...i was perusing the german-language media this morning and came across a report that the german FM 'was concerned' with the ukrainian trade blockade of the 'occupied territories'. also just minutes ago heard that the french FM issued a similar 'concern'.
normally 'concerned' translated from a diplomatic lingo would imply that germany is not very happy with some ukrainian govt actions
. it is very rare when germany would resort to a public reprimand of its client-state...means: the fukc-up must be significant...
so, i decided to dig a little and learn more. what follows is my own summary with the supporting links. note, i only used the ukrainian pro-govt or independent sources
in english. no rt, no sputnik.
very briefly, the story that emerged is one of economic self-destruction based on stupidity and the irrational, ultra-nationalist zeal. truly mind-boggling !
..some time in january the activists of the ukrainian ultra-right, ultra-nationalist groups moved to impose a total blockade on the movement of vital goods btwn the separatist regions and ukraine. among the blocked commodities was the special energy-rich coal mined by the separatists but used by the ukrainian powers stations, steel mills and multiple other industries. the hurt imposed by the nazi elements on their own economy and citizens was obvious
. more than once various govt officials including the PM groismann warned of the negative consequences to the economy. what did the official govt do ? nothing ! partly out of fear of their own nazis, partly out of gloating the blockade 'hurting' the separatists ability to sell, they just sat on their hands.
finally, yesterday the govt police and security moved in and after some clashes (7 wounded) took control of the blocked rails and roads. one would think that the putsch govt was wisening up ? not really, they kicked out the illegal blockers and today officially installed the 'legal' blockade, b/c one should not trade with the separatists
'. amazingly, the prez ordered the finance ministry to estimate the cost to ukraine's economy due to this 'necessary measure
'. the 1st estimates are minus 2% gdp in the economy that keeps falling !!
little wonder the germans and the french are trying to point to the economic stupidity b/c it them them wasting their taxpayers own resources on the putsch govt. not to mention that the minsk agreements are rather clear about ukraine's obligation of integrating and accommodating the unhappy rather then killing and alienating.
such is the consequence of the rabid ultra nationalism https://www.kyivpost.com/article/opinion/op-ed/timothy-ash-thoughts-ukrainian-trade-blockade-eastern-donbas.htmlhttps://eblnews.com/news/europe/ukrainian-minister-wants-remove-blockade-rebel-held-east-59231https://www.unian.info/economics/1826576-cabinet-prolongs-state-of-emergency-in-energy-sector.htmlFinance ministry to calculate Ukraine's losses from blockade of occupied Donbashttps://www.unian.info/economics/1825587-finance-ministry-to-calculate-ukraines-losses-from-blockade-of-occupied-donbas.html