Close analysis of documents related to the recent protests in Ukraine culminating in the ouster of the Viktor Yanukovych-led government suggest probable foreign-orchestration, according to historian and geopolitical analyst F. William Engdahl. The US has vigorously advocated for Ukraine-European Union integration, much as it backed the 2004 failed “Orange Revolution” to split Ukraine from Russia in an effort to weaken Russia. Yanukovych opposed such amalgamation.
In December 2013 Ukrainians presented evidence suggesting direct involvement of the Belgrade-based, US-financed training group, CANVAS, as a key player behind the Kiev protests–an information sheet distributed to opposition protestors in Kiev that “is a word-for-word and picture-for-picture translation of the pamphlet used by US-financed Canvas organizers in the 2011 Cairo Tahrir Square protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak and opened the door to the US-backed Muslim Brotherhood.” In addition, Ukrainian boxer-turned political guru Vitaly Klitschko, a major figure inspiring the coup, has met with US State Department officials and is close to Angela Merkel’s CDU political machine in Germany. Two EU statespersons pushing integration—Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski—are also both closely aligned with Washington interests.
EDITOR’S NOTE – April 1, 2014: It has come to Project Censored’s attention that certain aspects of Engdahl’s report for Boiling Frogs Post are not only controversial but also have the potential to be factually misleading. Readers are encouraged to read the original report, linked below, with circumspection, and to pay careful attention to the critique by Stephen Zunes, posted in the comment section on April 1, 2014. Project Censored stands behind its decision to post the Validated Independent News summary of Engdahl’s story, as researched by Chris Jimenez and evaluated by James F. Tracy of Florida Atlantic University, which accurately summarizes Engdahl’s report.
William Engdahl, “US NGO Uncovered in Ukraine Protests,” Boiling Frogs Post, January 7, 2014, http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2014/01/07/us-ngo-uncovered-in-ukraine-protests/.
Student Researcher: Chris Jimenez (Florida Atlantic University)
Faculty Evaluator: James F. Tracy (Florida Atlantic University)