Kiev, Ukraine Woman Prosecutor On Maidan.

Posted April 24, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe. The starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.”

– Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) German philosopher

mountain33Natalia Poklonskaya was a prosecuting attorney living in Kiev – in Ukraine’s version of America’s Department of Justice –  during the final months of Maidan events leading up to a snipers’ massacre of over 100 police and protesters.  Because of what she saw and experienced, Ms. Poklonskaya resigned from the Ukraine government and is now apparently Crimea’s chief law enforcement attorney/prosecutor.

The 34-year old divorced mother of one daughter was born in Crimea and now is its chief prosecutor, whose version of events about what occurred in Kiev and the violent takeover of power in the national government represents a highly contrasting view from virtually all American media reports. As Ms. Poklonskaya mentions in this interview, “people have a right to their own opinion”, so such will be the case for those who hear what she has to say.

The reason her interview on Crimean television is shared here is to remain consistent in a philosophy that sees no “sides” in Ukraine’s situation or any other situation where problems associated with violence and war occur. This is a philosophy that asserts, in the majority of events where violence and killing happen, there have been, whether to a small or large extent, fatal errors committed directly related to an absence of spiritual awareness that there is but “one side” – humanity.

In previous posts, this writer has stated the absolute and critical importance of positively identifying those responsible for the over 100 murders in Kiev on and around February 20, 2014. In legal terms, there is now enough information available for people to know that there is “reasonable doubt” on the new Ukraine law enforcement division’s claim that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych and his security force were responsible. The facts and theories which have surfaced since February 20 are so compelling that no person on Earth can deny the paramount need to find the mass murderers.

In simplest terms, any effort from any person to deflect attention away from what has come to be know as the “Maidan Massacre”, or any effort to cause others to ignore the highest importance of apprehending the killers, equals participation in the greatest potential failure and negative consequences for people in Ukraine and the region. In layman’s terms, law and order as it pertains to successful investigation leading to the arrest of the persons behind the massacre cannot be “swept under the rug.” The “Maidan Massacre” is now far, far too enormous to avoid or ignore – the highest moral, ethical, and just actions must be carried out to completion.

Ms. Poklonskaya:

“…an unconstitutional coup d’état and armed seizure of power. It’s not a ‘peaceful protest’ which everybody is talking about so proudly to this day. I don’t understand what kind of ‘peaceful protest is that.”

Interviewer:

“When events become warlike?…”

“Yes, because these are the decisive events, which will ultimately be forever remembered as the finale of all this Maidan 2014. It’s the rise of Nazism, the same Nazism our forefathers have liberated us from. They spilled their blood onto the soil so that we could live under a peaceful sky. But now, at government level, under the government in Kiev, it’s all being praised. Nazism is being equated with heroism and bravery. My dear compatriots, my dear Crimeans, those soldiers who died for our freedom are being ruthlessly vandalized (statues) and demolished offhand. How can we spectate this all indifferently? I couldn’t understand it.”

“What has the general prosecutor’s office been doing to try and prevent something?”

“…but all the actions of the new illegitimate authorities, who seized power by bloodshed of our internal troops as well as civilian casualties – testify – that the new government is not eager to punish those vandals. On the contray, they indulge such actions and other displays of Nazism. Look who’s running for president in the upcoming elections. A man who’s wanted by the international manhunt – a man who’s calling for arming and murdering. Yes, I’m talking about Dmytro Yarosh, who raised this army and was shouting loud at Maidan, not fearing anybody.”

“I’ve made my choice not to work for those law enforcements anymore, because I don’t support the new government which they must obey now… Everything that happened and all those people who seized power, and now are giving orders governning the country from Kiev – I don’t support any of that. That’s why I don’t want neither to stay in Kiev, nor to work for general prosecutor’s office anymore… My conscience simply won’t let me support that Nazism.”

“I am and all of you are being contemplated by your forefathers who died for you – soldiers who perished fighting in World War II and those from internal troops who perished trying to maintain order on Maidan, trying to stop those demented radicals. There’s absolutely no way I can support that.”

“What would the legal evaluation be to all this? You were witnessing Berkut riot police carrying out their duties and you saw what the radical mob is doing to them. Why are (were) authorities letting their employees get killed and burned alive?”

“That was something extraordinary and couldn’t be explained in sane words. It’s something I still can’t comprehend – how they put those teenage soldiers up as cannon fodder. Something I also want to point out… In Kiev, only the “Heavenly Hundred” are considered heroes, but those soldiers that got killed are not considered heroes at all. …When I went to hospital and had a conversation with one of them – he’s a young kid in service for four months, three of them on Maidan. His arm is broken, he is still being treated.”

He gave me that frightened look and said:

“Nobody has ever beaten me up so badly before.”

“And he’s only 19 years old.”

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(Thank you to batnik-subs at YouTube)

Kiev Dr. Olga Bogomolets: We Are Tired To Live With Corruption And Without Truth.

Posted March 28, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“The press, important as is its office, is but the servant of human intellect and its ministry is for good or evil, according to the character of those who direct it. The press is a mill that grinds all that is put into its hopper. Fill the hopper with poisoned grain and it will grind it to meal, but there is death in the bread.”

– William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

ripple11On March 5, 2014 an intercepted phone call between European Union high official Catherine Ashton and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet about Ukraine was released to the  public, then quickly went viral on the internet, and has since been listened to by millions of men and women around the world. After more than three weeks no American news organization has investigated and reported on the air to Americans the issues discussed in that phone call.

The ultimate and overwhelmingly newsworthy message of that call was spoken of by Mr. Paet. He conveyed his conversations with the medical staff who were treating sniper victims on February 20, 2014, and in that phone call he referred to Dr. Olga Bogomolets, a physician who was treating Ukrainian protesters who were ruthlessly shot down. Mr. Paet suggested the possibility that snipers were killing both Ukrainian police officers and protesters, and that it may be the case that ousted President Victor Yanukovych was not behind the murders, but that entities of the new coalition may have given “shoot to kill” orders.

Mr. Paet conveyed to the European Union’s Ms. Ashton that the new coalition government was reluctant to investigate the sniper killings, then Ms. Ashton expressed her perception that there had been some signals that an investigation was forthcoming.

What is perplexing is the complete absence of any investigative work by the media news corporations in America, because what has been suggested by Mr. Paet is that what happened was an intentional destabilization of Ukraine’s government and a violent coup d’état. One would think that such a huge story would become investigated to the point where either the violent coup d’état theory was found true or false. This would be the logical action of any news organization with self-proclaimed qualities of journalistic idealism – going after the truth.

Those who have noticed the many hours – virtually wall-to-wall – of on-air reports from CNN in recent weeks on the Malaysian airliner that went missing have to wonder if it was not possible for CNN to squeeze a ten-minute report about the nearly 100 Ukrainian police officers and protesters who were shot dead. And in that 10-minute report CNN or BBC could have talked to Catherine Ashton, Urmas Paet, and Dr. Olga Bogomolets, so that their worldwide viewers would have a fuller understanding of events in Ukraine.

The following video was uploaded on YouTube March 27, 2014 and contains a press event at the “Ukraine Crisis Media Center” – the language in the video is Ukrainian until Dr. Olga Bogomolets responds to questions in English shortly after 39 minutes. Ukrainians will be interested in the entire event, but English-speaking viewers would be advised to begin listening at 39:00.

In Dr. Olga Bogomolets words (some paraphrases):

“On February 20 the first snipers shootings began at 9-10 am, the last person was killed at 4 pm, the most died from 11 am – 1 pm. Wounds were very heavy, so it was very difficult for doctors to save victims. Snipers were shooting directly to the heart, to the neck, to the brain and eyes. (I told the) mass media to talk to people, to explain in Ukraine now, people are dying, not because someone is giving command to shoot, not only because (of) that, but because millions are keeping silent at the same moment.”

“So, I was calling to our politicians of all political parties, news makers, anyone who can give the world the message, that a criminal… absolutely inhuman, criminal situation in the Ukrainian nation is happening in the 21st century. I was also telling everybody that I can prove that snipers were working and killing people because of the shots and the wounds. I didn’t have possibility to see the patients on the other side (police officers), those who were wounded.”

“After the help was done to the Maidan people, policemen asked me to go help the officers and soldiers, so I went there and was also helping them, but I have no information about. So, I had a meeting on that day with dozens of politicians (February 20), dozens of mass media. The message was the same for everybody – that snipers are killing people on Maidan – protesters because I was in the hotel treating them.”

“So, was it a misunderstanding or just trying to make provocation? I don’t know. I just think that we have to look for truth, and we have to ask for independent organization, expert group who’ll check the information and who will give the Ukrainian people the true answer – with no lying.”

“Because we are tired to live with corruption and without truth. So, this was the message.”

At this point Dr. Bogomolets gets asked if she had direct experience to find the bullet wounds of police officer and protester victims were the same.

“Okay, look, I’m not a criminal expert – I’m a doctor – so it wouldn’t be professional for me to give any comments. Because we have criminal experts, you can talk to them and you can get this information.”

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(Dr. Bogomolets / English language begins shortly after 39 minutes)