Despite the statements by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry that Kiev does not recognize any “terrorist referendum” nor in Donetsk or Lugansk regions, nor in the Crimea, the Ukrainian authorities and the media closely followed the referendum.
Any information about the falsification, fake ballots, which allegedly lay at the checkpoints, about schools in Artemovsk who refused to “transform” in the precincts, was shown in the “correct” media with surprising periodicity.
Holding and organizational details of referendum was closely analyzed. “In order to hold a referendum of this magnitude on the territory with about 3 million people, it is necessary to open thousands of polling stations, organize work of the commissions … It’s certainly not done, “- said the temporary head of the Presidential Administration Sergey Pashinsky. At full seriousness from TV-screens was stated, “retirees and state employees was gathered” at the polling stations at gunpoint i.e. administrative resource was used.
Moreover, what is the main instrument of power if not an administrative resource? Only the acting government is able to effectively apply administrative measures. The opposition does not have these “arguments”. So, it turns out that Turchynov or interim Prime Yatsenyuk used the levers of power for increasing turnout in the cities and villages of the two eastern regions of the country? If not, it is “give a dig” to a local authorities of Donetsk and Lugansk region. In addition, it means, that Kiev recognized in this way, that there is an alternative to Kiev power on Donbass, rather than a “bunch of separatists”.
Finally, overreacting to violations at the polling stations, unmasking counterfeiters and noting absence of observers, the Kiev government de facto recognized, that in two eastern regions taking place a referendum on citizens right for self-determination and not public polls or mass rallies.
Simultaneously failed another referendum on accession of Lugansk and Donetsk to Dnepropetrovsk, initiated by Governor Igor Kolomoisky. Moreover, although the morning mass media reported that more than one million residents of the eastern regions favor the merge, closer to the dinner this topic has been closed. However, “Dnepr” reminded about itself: troops of punitive eponymous special battalion entered Krasnoarmiysk, with soldiers blocking polling stations, and seizing voters’ lists and bulletins.
Once again: how to explain such a reaction to a referendum, which was held with the violations, allegedly will not be recognized by anyone and represents no threat to the integrity of Ukraine? Or does it presents? So, it was one more lost informational war, and the army of Kolomoisky helps to disguise failure of Kiev, because instead of the referendum results, attention will be switched to the next stage of the antiterrorist operation.
It means that TV presentation of a “few drunken residents of Slavyansk and intimidated by terrorists residents of Mariupol voted for the DNR on the street, because the polling stations wasn’t organized at all” failed. In addition, attempts to suppress the referendum with tanks – an original answer of Kolomoisky to Rinat Akhmetov.
The fact is that the stronger than conducting so-called referendum, Kiev was frightened with appeared in the morning of May 11 statement, from “Metinvest” (read, Rinat Akhmetov). Board of LLC “Metinvest Holding” urged the Ukrainian authorities “to abandon the practice of full-scale battles in the peaceful cities of Donbass with the use of the Armed Forces, heavy armor and weapons.”
“We think that Ukrainian military and other armed men must immediately leave the city of Mariupol and other localities. There is still the possibility of peaceful talk”, – said in a statement. Rinat Leonidovich with whom they always came to a general decision, abruptly changed course, which scared Kiev authorities to hiccups.
“We are surprised by the statement of Metinvest, and we understand that it was a statement from Akhmetov, who advocated for united Ukraine and by whose recommendation chairman of the Donetsk Regional State Administration (Sergei Taruta) was appointed…” – said Mr. Pashinsky. A proposal, that a few days ago did Kolomoisky to Akhmetov (about the ports in Odessa and Mariupol in exchange for support of a unified Ukraine), appeared not such beguiling, he could refuse. “Respected” (as Akhmetov called in the Donbass) suddenly went “to the side of the people”. For this the interim head of President Administration Sergei Pashinsky promised tha sanction will be applied to him. Is this mean – “dismiss of the oligarchs”, or what? ..
In fact, such a reaction of the richest man of Ukraine – is the financial ATO for Kiev. Incidentally, it was felt in Europe too: on the very day of the referendum in the Donetsk and Lugansk, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has predicted the collapse of the economy in the Donbass in connection with events in the region. Simultaneously, there was information in the German newspaper “Bild” that foreign mercenaries are involved in the anti-terrorist operation in the Ukrainian.
Both of these signals were immediately heard by Maidan power. It is noteworthy that to “lie about the referendum” was entrusted to the interim head of the Presidential Administration Sergei Pashinsky on whom, in any case, all punctures will be written on. However, the country’s leaders sharply changed the rhetoric. So, Acting President of Ukraine Turchynov announced the national roundtables starting on May 14, which should help to “hear the voice of Donbass” and lead to changes in the Constitution.
Yulia Tymoshenko, who at morning of May 11 stated that “the so-called referendum, which is held in the Donbass – is the fraud of Kremlin and terrorists who support the Kremlin’s special operations on the territory of Ukraine”, already in the afternoon, after the appearance on polling stations in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions maxed out, suddenly began to talk about that “enough to send our sons to incomprehensible war.” This is understandable: the temporary power follow the pace of people’s will with fear. And what will happen tomorrow?
Coming Presidential Elections are merely remembered. Turchynov admitted that in the most parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions it is impossible to elect single leader of Ukraine. In addition, “captivity” of Lyashko also leads to disruption the elections. The leader of the Radical Party – presidential candidate, is untouchable person, and if he “will be removed” – it will stop the electoral machine.
Referendum showed that the zone of instability has the potential for expansion. Donetsk and Lugansk already excluded from the electoral and governmental processes. Kharkiv is not ready technically, but no one said that the referendum would not happen there. Of course wounded mayor Gennady Kernes sends “greetings” from Israel clinic but, apparently, is not going to return at home.
And finally – oligarchic regime has broken. Main “backup” of current temporary power has shattered. “Conquering” of Dnepropetrovsk and Odessa by Kolomoisky and “180 degrees turn” of the most rich man in Ukraine, who controls energetics, metallurgical and coal industry, finally “completed” Ukraine’s division, also by financial sign.