The Rape of Ukraine: Phase Two Begins

This Drama is Far from Over-Further Wars as the Prime Instrument of Policy

The events in Ukraine since November 2013 are so astonishing as almost to defy belief. An legitimately-elected (said by all international monitors) Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovich, has been driven from office, forced to flee as a war criminal after more than three months of violent protest and terrorist killings by so-called opposition.

His “crime” according to protest leaders was that he rejected an EU offer of a vaguely-defined associate EU membership that offered little to Ukraine in favor of a concrete deal with Russia that gave immediate €15 billion debt relief and a huge reduction in Russian gas import prices. Washington at that point went into high gear and the result today is catastrophe. A secretive neo-nazi military organization reported linked to NATO played a decisive role in targeted sniper attacks and violence that led to the collapse of the elected government. But the West is not finished with destroying Ukraine. Now comes the IMF with severe conditionalities as prerequisite to any Western financial help.   

After the famous leaked phone call of US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland with the US Ambassador in Kiev, where she discussed the details of who she wanted in a new coalition government in Kiev, and where she rejected the EU solutions with her “Fuck the EU” comment,[1] the EU went it alone. Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier proposed that he and his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, fly to Kiev and try to reach a resolution of the violence before escalation. Polish Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski was asked to join. The talks in Kiev included the EU delegation, Yanukovich, the three opposition leaders and a Russian representative. The USA was not invited.[2]

The EU intervention without Washington was extraordinary and reveals the deeping division between the two in recent months. In effect it was the EU saying to the US State Department, “F*** the US,” we will end this ourselves.

After hard talks, all major parties including the majority of protesters, agreed to new presidential elections in December, return to the 2004 Constitution and release of Julia Tymoshenko from prison. The compromise appeared to end the months long chaos and give a way out for all major players.

The diplomatic compromise lasted less than twelve hours. Then all hell broke loose.

Snipers began shooting into the crowd on February 22 in Maidan or Independence Square. Panic ensued and riot police retreated in panic according to eyewitnesses. The opposition leader Vitali Klitschko withdrew from the deal, no reason given. Yanukovich fled Kiev.[3]  

The question unanswered until now is who deployed the snipers? According to veteran US intelligence sources, the snipers came from an ultra-right-wing military organization known as Ukrainian National Assembly - Ukrainian People's Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO).

Members of UNA-UNSO marching in Lviv

Strange Ukraine ‘Nationalists’

The leader of UNA-UNSO, Andriy Shkil, ten years ago became an adviser to Julia Tymoshenko. UNA-UNSO, during the US-instigated 2003-4 “Orange Revolution,” backed pro-NATO candidate Viktor Yushchenko against his pro-Russian opponent, Yanukovich. UNA-UNSO members provided security for the supporters of Yushchenko and Julia Tymoshenko on Independence Square in Kiev in 2003-4.[4]

UNA-UNSO is also reported to have close ties to the German National Democratic Party (NDP). [5]

Ever since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 the crack-para-military UNA-UNSO members have been behind every revolt against Russian influence. The one connecting thread in their violent campaigns is always anti-Russia. The organization, according to veteran US intelligence sources, is part of a secret NATO “Gladio” organization, and not a Ukraine nationalist group as portrayed in western media. [6]

According to these sources, UNA-UNSO have been involved (confirmed officially) in the Lithuanian events in the Winter of 1991, the Soviet Coup d’etat in Summer 1991, the war for the Pridnister Republic 1992, the anti-Moscow Abkhazia War 1993, the Chechen War, the US-organized Kosovo Campaign Against the Serbs, and the August 8 2008 war in Georgia. According to these reports, UNA-UNSO para-military have been involved in every NATO dirty war in the post-cold war period, always fighting on behalf of NATO. “These people are the dangerous mercenaries used all over the world to fight NATO’s dirty war, and to frame Russia because this group pretends to be Russian special forces. THESE ARE THE BAD GUYS, forget about the window dressing nationalists, these are the men behind the sniper rifles,” these sources insist. [7]

If true that UNA-UNSO is not “Ukrainian” opposition, but rather a highly secret NATO force using Ukraine as base, it would suggest that the EU peace compromise with the moderates was likely sabotaged by the one major player excluded from the Kiev 21 February diplomatic talks—Victoria Nuland’s State Department.[8] Both Nuland and right-wing Republican US Senator John McCain have had contact with the leader of the Ukrainian opposition Svoboda Party, whose leader is openly anti-semitic and defends the deeds of a World War II Ukrainian SS-Galicia Division head.[9] The party was registered in 1995, initially calling itself the “Social National Party of Ukraine” and using a swastika style logo. Svoboda is the electoral front for neo-nazi organizations in Ukraine such as UNA-UNSO.[10]

One further indication that Nuland’s hand is shaping latest Ukraine events is the fact that the new Ukrainian Parliament is expected to nominate Nuland’s choice, Arseny Yatsenyuk, from Tymoshenko’s party, to be interim head of the new Cabinet.

Whatever the final truth, clear is that Washington has prepared a new economic rape of Ukraine using its control over the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

IMF plunder of Ukraine Crown Jewels

Now that the “opposition” has driven a duly-elected president into exile somewhere unknown, and dissolved the national riot police, Berkut, Washington has demanded that Ukraine submit to onerous IMF conditionalities.

In negotiations last October, the IMF demanded that Ukraine double prices for gas and electricity to industry and homes, that they lift a ban on private sale of Ukraine’s rich agriculture lands, make a major overhaul of their economic holdings, devalue the currency, slash state funds for school children and the elderly to “balance the budget.” In return Ukraine would get a paltry $4 billion.

Before the ouster of the Moscow-leaning Yanukovich government last week, Moscow was prepared to buy some $15 billion of Ukraine debt and to slash its gas prices by fully one-third. Now, understandably, Russia is unlikely to give that support. The economic cooperation between Ukraine and Moscow was something Washington was determined to sabotage at all costs. This drama is far from over. The stakes involve the very future of Russia, the EU-Russian relations, and the global power of Washington, or at least that faction in Washington that sees further wars as the prime instrument of policy.

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F. William Engdahl, BFP contributing Author & Analyst

William Engdahl is author of A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics in the New World Order. He is a contributing author at BFP and may be contacted through his website at where this article was originally published.


[1]F. William Engdahl, US-Außenministerium in flagranti über Regimewechsel in der Ukraine ertappt, Kopp, February 8, 2014, accessed in

[2] Bertrand Benoit, Laurence Norman and Stephen Fidler , European Ministers Brokered Ukraine Political Compromise: German, French, Polish Foreign Ministers Flew to Kiev, The Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2014, accessed in

[3] Jessica Best, Ukraine protests Snipers firing live rounds at demonstrators as fresh violence erupts despite truce, The Mirror UK, February 20, 2014, accessed in

[4] Aleksandar Vasovic , Far right group flexes during Ukraine revolution, Associated Press,  January 3, 2005, Accessed in

[5] Wikipedia, Ukrainian National Assembly  Ukrainian National Self Defence, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, accessed in

[6] Source report, Who Has Ukraine Weapons, February 27, 2014, private to author.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Max Blumenthal, Is the US backing neo-Nazis in Ukraine?, AlterNet February 25, 2014, accessed in

[9] Channel 4 News, Far right group at heart of Ukraine protests meet US senator, 16 December 2013, accessed in



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  1. colinjames says:

    I say (every expletive known to man) to the US foreign policy establishment. Congratulations- Mission Accomplished! Total chaos, another country primed for looting, another reason for the world to hate us, mistrust us, and one step closer to WWIII, which apparently is the goal of the neocons whether they know it or not. Anything but peace, diplomacy, cooperation, respect for international law and a nation’s sovereignty. And f*ck the presstitute western media while I’m at it. Pray to the God or Gods or whatever higher power may or may not exist this situation gets resolved peacefully,

    • Mark Passehl says:

      The world doesn’t hate you, just your maggot leadership and its anti- (even ante) human banker bosses. The HUGE reaction of u.s. (and u.k.) citizens against the planned attack on Syria averted something really serious ; and showed the world (or, anyone with eyes that see) the basic goodwill of the western populations (as opposed to their all too sick governments). And this happened despite the best efforts of Dino the dinosaur media. So object again, and keep objecting. Support the Russians in this overt assault on their real national security. Persuade u.s. servicemen to refuse to participate in overseas attacks. Remember that Russians have been the biggest victims of the banksters by far (if you know 20th cent. history), and deserve our support now. Remember too that, apart from maybe Brzezinski, these criminals didn’t and couldn’t anticipate the rise of the inet and alternative media just in time to expose 911. People know now, and in the long term these gangsters are screwed.

  2. Be Brave says:

    Matthew, your footnotes link to files on your own hard drive. Not sure what the purpose of that is. Additionally, it’s not good security practice – we see the file structure of your computer. Either upload the documents to the net, or remove those links, I would suggest.

  3. My thoughts go with the people of Ukraine who have been duped and now will be looted and under the thumb of a brutal leadership. I don’t think Putin will let go of the Crimera (that has apparently been Russian for 2-300 years?). I think the country will be split and Russia will gain back the south and east that was always Russian anyway. From what I understand the south and east were placed under Ukraine when the Ukraine was still Russian territory before the Russian collapse and spit up of it’s satellite countries. I wonder what the US could have been thinking–that there would be no response from Russia? That makes no sense. It is all very confusing to me. All the big world powers appear to be into the NWO scheme so why do they need another war? This is very scarry for the world–if US & Russia actually go to war. I pray better heads prevail.

  4. This makes sense.

  5. If true that UNA-UNSO is not “Ukrainian” opposition, but rather a highly secret NATO force using Ukraine as base>>
    Engdahl raises aninteresting question about the existence of Gladio-Ukraine. But it cannot be UNA-UNSO , a very public organization easily penetrated by intelligence agencies including Russian. UNA-UNSO cannot be more than a strong-arm front and a diversion for the real Gladio which must be located within certain state agencies as it was the case in Western Europe. And there is very few candidates for this role in Ukraine. These people must have communication with Nato elements and, especially, Gladio-US, with those political elements in US leadership who supervise destabilization operations in Eastern Europe, and last not least, with the Banderovite centers in the United States and Canada. To these hypothetical construction, I would also add the Uniate-Vatican channel because without the blessings, material and organizational support of their holy fathers, Gladio-Ukraine is unthinkable. Also Gladio commanders cannot be public figures like heads of military or secret services. Which leaves us with only two organizations and groups of people: shadow senior officers in SBU and/or military intelligence. Gladio is a delicate business. The UNA-UNSO thugs wouldn’t be allowed anywhere near it.

  6. Carsonite says:

    We need to clarify when the sniper activity occurred. Some sources are saying Feb. 20, others Feb. 22, others both. This is an important detail as we try to reach the general public with the story of the U.S.-backed coup in Kiev.

  7. It was Feb 20.
    The snipers with yellow bands were officers of Ukrainian anti-terrorist units who fought the “opposition” snipers who might have included UNA-UNSO members. Their role was to provide a cover for Berkut riot police who was shot at. Western media editing made it look like they were shooting unarmed protesters.

  8. Bill Engdahl has been the best source of Great Game inside-story for the longest time. I learned about Halford Mackinder from you, Bill, on the Alex Jones program a decade ago. For those who think we are still fighting the Communists, please note that when Sir Halford John Mackinder declared his Heartland thesis to the Geographical Society of London,
    “Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland;
    who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island;
    who rules the World-Island controls the world.”
    (Mackinder, Democratic Ideals and Reality, p. 106)
    it was 1904, when the Czar was still firmly in power, or, rather, had not yet seen the first Revolution, “Bloody Sunday” and all that.
    (“The Year 1905” as Shostakovich titles his 11th Symphony).

    The Great Game, which Kipling presented in his charming novel “Kim”, serialized in McClure’s Magazine in 1900, tells how the English (now, the Anglo-American) Empire has had its eyes on Central Asia for at least that long, more like 1820.

    They need their disguises ripped off in public, more than any single thing else in the world.

  9. This recorded phone call – confirmed but not condoned by Estonian Foreign Ministry- between Urmas Paet Estonian Foreign Affairs Ministry returning from fact finding tour Kiev, and EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton, has Paet state ‘stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition” . According to the Estonian FM, “all the evidence shows” that the “same snipers” at Maidan were shooting at people from both sides – that ‘most likely there won’t be an investigation’.

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