Friday, February 28, 2014
Three months ago I wrote the above story and there has been nothing but chaos in the Ukraine since as Russia, the European Union, NATO and the USA have undertaken a battle of wits, sanctions, threats, land grabs and political posturing that left the people of the Ukraine in dire straights.
Sunday, May 25, the people of the
finally took control of their own destiny by holding an election under very
difficult circumstances and may just have taught all those trying to tell them
what to do that the people of the can take care of themselves
if we just leave them alone. Ukraine
I salute the people of the Ukraine and the rest of the world should learn more about them and their long battle for independence that included invasions by Hitler and Stalin, millions of deaths, survival within the Soviet Union and from outside terrorists, anarchists or whatever you want to call them. All the while the
remains the breadbasket for the world and the conduit for Russia natural gas to fuel Europe.
Here is a report on the election from the CBC (Canadian) News Network and the results, well stock markets throughout
Europe are up today. When the people with money are happy that means things may be good for awhile and when people can speak for themselves that is even better.
Exit polls suggested candy tycoon Petro Poroshenko won
presidential election in the first round Sunday, a ballot that took place amid
weeks of fighting in eastern regions where pro-Russia separatists have seized
government buildings and battled government troops. Ukraine
The rebels had vowed to block the ballot in the east and less than 20 per cent of the polling stations were open there. But nationwide, about 60 per cent of the electorate turned out, the central elections commission said.
Poroshenko, viewing the exit polls as definitive evidence of victory, said his first steps as president would be to visit the eastern industrial region of Donbass — home to Ukraine's coal mines — and "put an end to war, chaos, crime and bring peace to the Ukrainian land."
Long lines of voters snaked around polling stations in Kyiv, the pro-Western capital, but heavily armed pro-Russia rebels in eastern
intimidated locals by
smashing ballot boxes, shutting down polling centres and issuing threats. Ukraine
|Putin vowed to recognize new leader|
The exit poll for Sunday's election, conducted by three respected Ukrainian survey agencies, found the 48-year-old candy tycoon Poroshenko getting 55.9 per cent of the vote.
After the polls closed, Poroshenko appeared on a stage beside former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, who at one point last year was leading in national polls for president. He later decided to support Poroshenko and run for Kyiv mayor instead. Results of that race were not available Sunday, but Poroshenko told journalists that their own private survey showed Klitschko winning the race.