UKRAINE NEEDS A RESET TO ESCAPE THE KREMLIN-MADE CHAOS

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In recent years, the Ukrainian issue has gained international significance. Politicians from leading countries, international organizations, experts, and the ordinary public take more interest in Ukraine developments. This hadn’t been observed since the very proclamation of Ukraine’s independence.

Clearly, the tragic events of 2014 gave the start to these developments, specifically when formal president Yanukovich escape to Russia, taking money from the Ukrainian budget. Then, Moscow launched an unprovoked, insane, and utterly cynical hybrid aggression. In fact, it became a colonial war against the Ukrainian people.

A new surge of international attention to Ukraine arose in 2019-2020 when Moscow tried to plunge Ukraine into American domestic politics and the US presidential campaign. That caused an objective and pragmatic desire of Western politicians to understand the real situation in Ukraine. It happened simultaneously with President Zelenskiy came to the office endowed with large popular support. He declared a renewal of the country’s entire political and economic life, bringing it closer to the civilized world standards.

This caused fierce opposition from the old, corrupt, so-called ‘elite’ in Ukraine. In fact, this initiated a neutralization of privileged status for irresponsible beneficiaries of the state budget, including former high-ranking functionaries, oligarchs, and corrupt politicians, but not the Ukrainian people.

At the same time, the Kremlin, led by Putin, took advantage of Ukraine’s difficult political situation. Moscow openly realizes its concept of seizing Ukraine by methods of ‘controlled chaos.’ This must be recognized as the main pivot of modern Russian policy towards Ukraine and other countries. However, such approaches are being implemented not only in the post-Soviet territory but also in the West. And the United States is not an exception, but rather the main goal.

Moscow has moved to the active phase of its chaotic game against Ukraine, using the electoral period in the US and temporary inattention of American leaders to Putin’s hybrid strategy.

For that purpose, the Kremlin brought in all the influence agents, additional resources of its special services, and simply “useful idiots” into battle. Russian manipulators do not disdain to use corrupt officials in the Ukrainian government, including representatives of political and economic circles in the country. The latest development around the resonant decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine only confirms these conclusions.

In this context, the most dangerous thing is the Kremlin’s ability to influence Ukraine’s situation through international organizations. For example, Russia uses its permanent membership in the UN Security Council, designed to prevent and stop all wars and illegal armed aggression. As an aggressor nation, Russia has paralyzed the peacekeeping activity of the UNSC, blocking the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Until recently, the OSCE representatives in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian Donbas had a reputation as “blind observers” who “did not see” the Russian invaders, mercenaries, mounts of Russian weapons, Kremlin’s aggression consequences.

There is not exactly an ideal situation in international legal, financial, and economic organizations as well. Representatives of the Venice Commission still apply an ideal Western jurisprudence matrix to Ukraine, despite Putin’s brutal activity, who influences the unreformed Ukrainian judicial system created by Yanukovich corrupt regime. Therefore, now we see ‘bizarre’ court decisions that undermine the country’s rule and threaten Ukraine’s independence.

The approaches of international financial and economic organizations should be mentioned separately. Some of them continue convenient “grant” cooperation with the previous government representatives, ignoring the fact that Ukraine’s leadership has changed after the presidential elections. This primarily concerns an activity of the IMF Office in Ukraine. This is exactly what President Zelenskiy said in his speech in the Ukrainian Parliament on October 20. He emphasized the importance of continuing transparent mutually beneficial cooperation with the IMF in the difficult conditions of a pandemic, Russian aggression, and Ukraine reforms.

It should be noted that the IMF understands the inevitable problems of Ukraine’s transition to civilized norms of interaction. However, there are also factors of incomprehensible restraint from some IMF representatives in Ukraine. It seems they don’t understand that the times of shady agreements, unjustified pressure, and unethical behavior have passed after former leaders of the Ukrainian National Bank, including notorious Valeria Gontareva, have gone.

Time after time, respected local IMF representative Wim Fonteyne is trying to act by ‘proven’ methods with ‘independent’ functionaries in Ukraine, convenient for him. However, he ignores Ukraine’s financial sector’s ongoing transformation exactly according to Western standards. That negatively affects Ukraine’s cooperation with the IMF and doesn’t allow progress in critical lending to the Ukrainian financial and economic sectors. We acknowledge Mr. Fontaine’s merits as an economist in the framework of the USAID program ‘Transformation of the financial sector in Ukraine.’ However, it should be honestly admitted that his long-running stay in Ukraine since 2010 clearly dulled his professional view and the objective working approach in the IMF’s programs for Ukraine.

Obviously, the former pro-Russian and ‘offshore’ presidents’ approaches do not work in Ukraine and will never work again. Ukraine has taken a firm course to implement the best world standards for national financial institutions and doesn’t want to engage in Russian ‘colonial’ scenarios.

Of course, the IMF’s central management should decide whom to be appointed as their Ukraine representative. However, an effective unbiased approach requires the infusion of new blood, ideas, and concepts to develop relations with Ukraine. That naturally implies an appointment of new reputable representatives. Otherwise, another round of chaos in the country is not excluded, and this time it could damage the financial and economic sectors.

Summing up, we should recognize the existence of negative coordination of destructive events in the political, financial, economic, and legal domains in modern Ukraine, including its international relations. This leads to the deliberate collapse of Ukraine’s sovereign political, economic, and legal systems with invariable controlled chaos as a result.

Who has benefits from this? The answer is obvious. Of course, neither the people of Ukraine nor the civilized Western countries are interested in this. Only the insane and fanatical Kremlin’s desire to implement its own global revanchism scenarios explains the current exertion of destructive Russian-style ‘chaotization’ in Ukraine and other countries in the world.

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