New Cold War
Colour revolutions and western propaganda
A prolonged crisis in Ukraine began on 21 November 2013, when then-president Viktor Yanukovych suspended preparations for the implementation of an association agreement with the European Union.
Colour revolution is a term that was widely used by worldwide media to describe various related movements that developed in several societies in the former Soviet Union and the Balkans during the early 2000s. The term has also been applied to a number of revolutions elsewhere, including in the Middle East. ... The colour revolutions are notable for the important role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs)...
Over the past several decades, the "regime changes" approach has been embraced by both neocons and liberal interventionists and has been implemented by both Republican and Democratic administrations. Sometimes, it's done through war and other times through "color revolutions" — always under the idealistic guise of "democracy promotion" or "protecting human rights."
This article examines the role of Western support for domestic non-governmental organisations during the 2004 Ukrainian election and the Orange Revolution. It critically assesses the thesis that Western support and the groups who received Western money were overly biased towards a particular candidate, namely Viktor Yushchenko.
There were then important international players seeking to influence Ukrainian politics. How far they did so is a contentious matter. Changes in the technology of global information and communication since the late 20th century have implications for politics and the ways that political power might be exerted. 'Soft power' through democracy promotion and 'people's power' has become a major social constituent of political change and one of the key components of American foreign policy, especially in the post-communist societies (Nye 2004). Soft power was clearly a potent instrument for use in Ukraine.
But while the gains of the orange-bedecked "chestnut revolution" are Ukraine's, the campaign is an American creation, a sophisticated and brilliantly conceived exercise in western branding and mass marketing that, in four countries in four years, has been used to try to salvage rigged elections and topple unsavoury regimes.
Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin
The Ukrainian presidential election of 2010 was Ukraine's fifth presidential election since declaring independence from the Soviet Union in 1991... On February 14, Viktor Yanukovych, with 48.95% of the popular vote, was declared President-elect and winner of the 2010 Ukrainian Presidential election.
"The Central Election Commission declares Viktor Fedorovich Yanukovich elected president of Ukraine", commission president Volodymyr Shapoval said after confirming results... many analysts say that Tymoshenko lacks sufficient proof to persuade a court to overturn the commission's findings.
Euromaidan was a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began on the night of 21 November 2013 with public protests in Maidan Nezalezhnosti ("Independence Square") in Kiev, demanding closer European integration.
Geoffrey Pyatt and Victoria Nuland distribute bread to Euromaidan protesters
Far from "organic," the movement was heavily subsidized and sponsored by the US government. Before the crisis, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland bragged about the US "investing" $5 billion in "helping" Ukraine become more western-oriented.
Well, I set up a foundation in Ukraine before Ukraine became independent of Russia. And the foundation has been functioning ever since and played an important part in events now.
Eighty-six-year old Hungarian-American, George Soros, is a very rich man. He currently ranks number 46 in the very exclusive club of richest persons in the world. In 1947, as Hungary tilted to the Soviet Union block, he went to the United Kingdom to study economics. This early life experience made him not only an anti-communist, but also a staunch anti-Russian who was always plotting his revenge against the Soviets. Soros knew that, to have any say in the capitalist order, one had to become filthy rich. At some point in his life, however, Mr. Soros decided that money only mattered if he could leverage it in influencing policies on a global scale.
George Soros speaks to Ukrainian puppet Petro Poroshenko
Ukraine Crisis Media Center (UCMC) is a non-governmental organisation that provides information about events in Ukraine, challenges and threats in the national security, in particular in the military, political, economic, energy and humanitarian spheres. UCMC assists media representatives that cover Ukraine in their materials around the world.
Maks Czuperski and Eliot Higgins from propaganda tool Bellingcat at Hromadske.TV