by Dr. Joseph Mercola
Ukraine’s rich land has historically been used as a
pathway for Western powers as they attempted to conquer
result, Ukraine, being surrounded by greater powers on
all sides, had to master the art of changing sides
Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), founded in
1929, had the ultimate goal of creating an ethnically
pure, independent Ukraine
intelligence agencies kept watch on Ukrainian
nationalist organizations as a source of
counterintelligence against the Soviet Union;
declassified CIA documents show close ties between U.S.
intelligence and Ukrainian nationalists since 1946
meddling during the Maidan Revolution encouraged
demonstrators to overthrow Ukraine’s democratically
leaked phone call, intercepted by Russian intelligence,
between Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of
state for European and Eurasian Affairs, and U.S.
ambassador to Ukraine Geoffey Pyatt openly discussed
their plan for a new Ukraine government
Ukraine is an ancient and proud land, a borderland where East meets
Its blue and yellow flag
represents the sky and fields of wheat, and its rich sought-after
land has been used as a pathway - during WWI and WWII - for Western
powers as they attempted to conquer the East.
But, as noted in "Ukraine on Fire," a 2016 documentary produced by
Ukrainian people ended up paying the highest price for these
grand games of power." 1
As a result, Ukraine,
being surrounded by greater powers on all sides, had to master the
art of changing sides.
Beginning in the middle of the 17th century, Ukrainian leader Bogdan
Khmelnitskiy broke a truce agreement with Poland and sided with more
Five decades later,
during the Russian-Sweden War, Ukrainian leader Ivan Mazepa broke
the union with Russia and joined forces with the Swedish invaders.
Ukraine turned into a
German protectorate in 1918, after Russia agreed to the conditions
of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.
The fate of Ukraine was often written by third parties, and, the
"The truth is,
Ukraine has never been a united country.
When WWII broke out, a
large part of Western Ukraine's population welcomed the German
soldiers as liberators from the recently-forced-upon-them Soviet
rule and openly collaborated with the Germans." 2
of Ukrainian Nationalists Committed Genocide
While the full scale of collaboration wasn't revealed for many
years, whole divisions and battalions were formed by Ukrainian
collaborators, and in the beginning of the war, more than 80,000
people voluntarily enrolled in the Division "Galicia," which was
notorious for extreme cruelty toward Jewish, Polish and Russian
people in the territory of Ukraine.
Many members of these military groups came from the Organization of
Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), which was founded in 1929 and had the
ultimate goal of creating an ethnically pure, independent Ukraine.
Their official flag was
black and red - to represent land and blood. In 1940, Stepan
Bandera, who was anti-Semitic and anti-communist, became the leader
of the most radical section of OUN, and declared an independent
Ukraine in 1941.
The act led his German allies to put him in prison for most of the
war, but he still spread his ideologies from behind bars.
historians estimate that the OUN militia exterminated from
150,000 to 200,000 Jews on Ukrainian territory occupied by the
Germans by the end of 1941." 3
OUN eventually ended up
fighting equally against German and Soviet forces, but by 1943, USSR
forces pushed back German troops and began liberating Ukraine.
Western Ukraine, which
was held by the Germans, was finally liberated in 1944, but
Bandera's regime continued to carry out guerilla warfare on
Ukrainian villages until the 1950s.
In 1945, Germany submitted to the allies, and Ukraine remained a
part of the Soviet Union, but the peace was short-lived.
The U.S. and Soviet
Union, who were allies to defeat the Nazis, became foes as the Cold
War began, leaving the world under the constant threat of nuclear
war for 45 years.
Ukrainian Nazi Leaders
U.S. intelligence agencies kept watch on Ukrainian nationalist
organizations as a source of counterintelligence against the Soviet
Union. Declassified CIA documents show close ties between U.S.
intelligence and Ukrainian nationalists since 1946.
After WWII, Bandera and other Ukrainian Nazi leaders fled to Europe,
and the CIA helped protect them.
The CIA later informed
the Immigration and Naturalization Service that it had concealed
Bandera and other Ukrainians from the Soviets.
While the Nuremberg trials brought justice to the leaders of fascist
"the Ukrainian Nazis
were spared the same fate, and some were even granted
indulgences by the CIA." 4
According to the film,
"By 1951, the
Agency [CIA] excused the illegal activities of OUN's security
branch in the name of Cold War necessity." 5
Then, in a controversial
transfer, in 1954, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gifted Crimea to
by Multiple Revolutions
In 1989, Narodniy Rukh, or People's Movement, emerged, which
advocated for independence of Ukraine from USSR and became an
incubator for leaders of Ukrainian neo-Nazism.
One of them, Oleh
Tyahnybok, founded the radical group Svoboda in 1991, which
preached the ideals of Bandera. Additional groups followed.
Also in 1991, the collapse of the Soviet Union meant that it was the
first time in modern history that Ukraine was truly independent.
New businesses emerged as
a result of the newly free economy. Oligarchs emerged seemingly
overnight, creating a class system with a few rich elite and many
others struggling to survive.
Multiple revolutions followed, including the 2004 Orange Revolution,
triggered by that year's presidential election.
Support for the two
candidates - Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych - split the
country again, east against west. Yushchenko's wife, Kateryna
Yushchenko, is a former U.S. state department official who worked in
the White House during the Reagan administration.
Yushchenko lost, but many didn't agree with it and charged fraud.
Mass protests, with protestors clad in Yushchenko's orange campaign
color, occurred in order to overturn the results.
The election was annulled
and Yushchenko won the next election - after recovering from a
mysterious poisoning illness, which is said to have been carried out
by the Ukrainian State Security Service. 6
Encouraged Coup D'Etat
Yushchenko wasn't elected to a second term, but he granted Bandera
"Hero Status" upon his exit from office.
Yanukovych became the
next president, and he removed Bandera's Hero Status, but in 2013
the government announced it would suspend plans to sign an
association agreement with the European Union, favoring an offer
from Russia instead.
Protests again resulted, becoming known as the Maidan Revolution.
Days of peaceful protests turned into violence, and U.S. meddling
fanned the flames, encouraging demonstrators to overthrow Ukraine's
democratically elected government.
As noted by the CATO
"A decent respect for
democratic institutions and procedures meant that he [Yanukovych]
ought to be able to serve out his lawful term as president,
which would end in 2016...
Neither the domestic opposition nor
Washington and its European Union allies behaved in that
Instead, Western leaders made it clear that they supported the
efforts of demonstrators to force Yanukovych to reverse course
and approve the EU agreement or, if he would not do so, to
remove the president before his term expired.
Sen. John McCain (R‑AZ), the ranking Republican on the Senate
Armed Services Committee, went to Kiev to show solidarity with
the Euromaidan activists.
McCain dined with opposition leaders,
including members of the ultraright-wing Svoboda Party, and
later appeared on stage in Maidan Square during a mass rally.
stood shoulder to shoulder with Svoboda leader Oleg Tyagnibok."
A leaked phone call,
intercepted by Russian intelligence, between Victoria Nuland,
the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs,
and U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffey Pyatt also openly
discussed their plan for a new Ukraine government: 8
candidates included Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the man who became prime
minister once Yanukovych was ousted from power. During the
telephone call, Nuland stated enthusiastically that 'Yats is the
guy' who would do the best job.
Nuland and Pyatt were engaged in such planning at a time when
Yanukovych was still Ukraine's lawful president.
It was startling to
have diplomatic representatives of a foreign country - and a
country that routinely touts the need to respect democratic
processes and the sovereignty of other nations - to be scheming
about removing an elected government and replacing it with
officials meriting U.S. approval."
New Governor in Odessa
Days after Yanukovych was ousted from office and fled from Kyiv,
additional controversy arose over the Crimea referendum.
Officials stated that
more than 95% of voters chose to join Russia, but the U.S. painted
it as a Russian invasion.9 Then, on May 30, 2015, former Georgian
president Mikheil Saakashvili - "an old friend of the U.S." - was
appointed to be governor of Ukraine's southern Odessa.
"A quick look at his
biography gives the idea that's he's been groomed for a special
mission," the film states. 10
Saakashvili had received
a U.S. State Department scholarship and worked for a New York law
firm. He was involved in the Rose Revolution in Georgia, which
overthrew the legitimately elected president.
Soon after, Georgia announced its intentions to join NATO and plant
new military bases right on Russia's border.
Saakashvili was later
accused of misuse of power, embezzlement and other criminal charges,
but he fled to the U.S., where his friends in Washington found him
another assignment as governor of Odessa.
Shortly before, he gave up his citizenship to Georgia to become a
Adding to the anti-Russian rhetoric was the 2014
Malaysian Airlines jet crash, which was shot down by a missile over
Ukraine, killing 298 people.
The U.S. and Ukraine blamed Russia, leading to immediate sanctions
against the country. But a Russian report found a different
conclusion - that the plane was shot down by a Ukraine missile.
According to the film:
"One would expect
that these controversial results would again stir up public
interest in the investigation, but the tragedy of Malaysian
flight MH17 had already played its role in the big geopolitical
Therefore, it was soon forgotten. The goal was achieved.
After the third wave
of sanctions hit Russia, the tensions between the two countries
skyrocketed, so the question presents itself, are we truly
witnessing the beginning of Cold War 2.0, and if so, what are
our chances to survive it this time?"
2022 - Doomsday
Clock at 100 Seconds to Midnight
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists introduced the Doomsday Clock in
It represents a countdown
to global nuclear annihilation. During the height of the Cold War,
it came its closest to midnight - 2 minutes - then cooled,
stretching to 17 minutes by 1991.
In 2015, around the time the film was released, increased
instability had moved the clock back to 3 minutes to midnight, due
to modernizations in global nuclear weapons and,
weapons arsenals," with world leaders failing to "act with the
speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from
potential catastrophe." 12
At the time, the Bulletin
of Atomic Scientists read:
"The clock ticks now
at just three minutes to midnight because international leaders
are failing to perform their most important duty - ensuring and
preserving the health and vitality of human civilization."
In an update released
January 20, 2022, however, the Bulletin reported that the world is
"at doom's doorstep," with the clock moving to just 100 seconds to
"[T]he Clock remains
the closest it has ever been to civilization-ending apocalypse
because the world remains stuck in an extremely dangerous
In 2019 we called it
the new abnormal, and it has unfortunately persisted...
Leaders around the
world must immediately commit themselves to renewed cooperation
in the many ways and venues available for reducing existential
Citizens of the world can and should organize to demand that
their leaders do so - and quickly. The doorstep of doom is no
place to loiter...
Without swift and
focused action, truly catastrophic events - events that could
end civilization as we know it - are more likely. When the Clock
stands at 100 seconds to midnight, we are all threatened.
The moment is both
perilous and unsustainable, and the time to act is now."
The 2016 'Ukraine on Fire' film
removed from the
Google-owned video-hosting website...
The 2016 'Ukraine on Fire' documentary, which features
filmmaker Oliver Stone and chronicles the tumultuous
modern history of the country, has been removed by YouTube
for being in violation of its guidelines.
The film's director, Ukrainian filmmaker Igor Lopatonok
claims that YouTube representatives informed him
documentary was taken down for featuring "violent or
graphic content," but did not explain why it had never
run into any problems before, despite being hosted on
the platform for the past six years...
taken to Twitter to urge people who enjoyed the film to
download it and "post it everywhere."
Free-speech-orientated platforms such as
Rumble were quick to pick
up on YouTube's act of censorship and have since been
promoting the film on their websites
'Ukraine on Fire' chronicles the events of the Euromaidan -
a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest that gripped Kiev
in November 2013 - and explores what led up to the armed
coup which ousted then-president Viktor Yanukovich
and launched the country into an eight-year-long conflict
with the eastern regions of Ukraine.
1 Ukraine On Fire Documentary, 3:56
2 Ukraine On Fire Documentary, 7:00
3 Ukraine On Fire Documentary, 9:00
4, 5 Ukraine On Fire Documentary, 13:56
The Orange Revolution and the Yushchenko Presidency
7, 8 CATO
Institute August 6, 2017
News March 16, 2014
10 Ukraine On Fire Documentary, 1:20
11 Ukraine On Fire Documentary, 1:28
12 Ukraine On Fire Documentary, 1:30
of the Atomic Scientists January 20, 2022