Friday, July 25, 2014

Dmitry Minin – Ukraine Turf Wars, Kolomoisky vs. Poroshenko - Strategic Culture Foundation

The civil war in Ukraine is in full swing. The strong and influential ones start serious turf wars trying to cook a hare before catching him. Donbass and the control over Ukraine are at stake. Petro Poroshenko and his team believe the position of President paves the way for full control over Ukraine. But Igor Kolomoisky, a tycoon to have great ambitions and is hardly immune to greed, may think otherwise.

The third richest man in Ukraine (Poroshenko tops the first ten) the governor of Dnepropetrovsk region funded private armed formations known for waging a tough fight against the self-defense forces – they are battalions Dnepr, Azov, Aidar, Donbass. He compensated the expenditure by providing regular logistics to the regular army. With the thugs joining his formations, Kolomoisky hopes to be able to call the shots in Ukraine. His main interest is property. He wants to own the riches of the leading tycoon Rinat Akhmetov ($15 billion in comparison with only $3, 9 billion in case of Kolomoisky). The way to do it is to confiscate the companies that belong to Akhmetov and transfer them to someone reliable (probably meaning himself). At one of the meetings Kolomoisky said the state had to confiscate the property: factories and shares, of those who took the side of separatists and who is involved in funding terrorism in the country. According to Kolomoisky, dozens of industrial facilities have been appropriated without competition, now Yanukovych and his team uses the profits for killing their own compatriots.

Predominantly residing in Switzerland, Kolomoisky finds ways to control the Dnepropetrovsk, Odessa and Kharkov regions. At the moment his influence is getting spread around the regions of Donetsk, Zaporozhye, and Nikolaev. He puts forward the idea of dividing the Donetsk region by making separate the Priazov region with Mariupol as its capital… His ambitions go as far as to become the provincial governor of the whole south-east of Ukraine with its two thirds of national GDP. It’ll make President Poroshenko a ‘lame duck” with no leverage to rule the country.

Actually Kolomoisky does not care much about Ukraine, but he does really care about his Jewish compatriots living in Israel. Ukrainian national news - UNN information agency published the revelations of the well-known expert, the veteran of Israeli Shin Bet ("Shabak"), the organization responsible for internal security, Alex Groissman who believes that the recent events in the Middle East make more Israelis consider the possibility of moving to Ukraine. They pin their hopes on Kolomoisky to save them from Islamic militants. They believe their job is done; they pushed the Soviet Union and then China from the Middle East and controlled the restive Arab neighbors. Now as Washington uses the controlled chaos to clean the way for the emergence of new quasi-states under its control capturing new oil and gas deposits on the way, Israel with its special vision of the Middle East becomes expendable there.

Complete story at - Dmitry Minin – Ukraine Turf Wars, Kolomoisky vs. Poroshenko - Strategic Culture Foundation

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