Germany is using its de facto empire the European Union to integrate Ukraine into Berlin’s political and economic sphere.
However Germany’s expansion project was brought to a halt at the EU’s eastern partnership summit in Vilnius.
Moscow had brought its own pressure to bear on Kiev, including trade sanctions and other threats in order to keep Ukraine out of Berlin’s new drive to the east.
Yet Germany has continued its efforts to break Ukraine out of the Russian sphere and the German media now speaks of the “battle for the Ukraine” and a “new iron curtain” to be vanquished in the east.
The EU has also warned Ukraine that it faces a financial blockade if it continues to refuse to sign.
Berlin’s puppet EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton even blasted Ukraine for not “becoming a predictable and reliable interlocutor for international markets.”
The IMF has already suspended a credit line worth $15 billion in 2011 because Ukraine refused to stop subsidising household gas bills.
The EU treaty would also allow European monopolies to grab Ukraine’s crucial energy markets.
So who are these “pro-democracy” campaigners that can’t unseat the government made up of president Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of the Regions and supported by the Communist Party of Ukraine?
Bluntly it is an unholy alliance of conservatives, fascists and revanchist groups promoting a cult around former nazi collaborators.
This cult focuses particularly on Stepan Bandera, leader of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), which joined forces with the nazis during the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941.
Over the last 20 years numerous monuments to Bandera have been erected, particularly in west Ukraine, including a statue in the city of Lviv, site of one of the largest anti-Jewish pogroms.
Following the 2004 Orange revolution in Ukraine, incoming president Viktor Yushchenko of the Our Ukraine Party officially declared Bandera and fellow nazi Roman Shukhevych “heroes of the Ukraine.”
A prominent party which promotes this cult is the All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda” (freedom) party, led by one Oleh Tiahnybok who made a speech at the grave of another Ukrainian nazi recently, ranting against the “Jewish mafia in Moscow.”
Svoboda is involved in the extreme right-wing Alliance of European National Movements (AENM) umbrella organisation. Among the members are the neofascist Hungarian party Jobbik (the Movement for a Better Hungary) and France’s Front National. British National Party leader Nick Griffin is AENM vice-president.
It has also been seeking closer ties to the neofascist Forza Nuova in Italy and even the far-right German National Democratic Party.
Svoboda is directly drawing on the tradition of nazi collaborators who carried out numerous massacres in the occupied Soviet Union, yet Berlin has remained silent.
The pro-German “Batkivschyna” (Fatherland) party of Yulia Tymoshenko, imprisoned for fraud and embezzlement, entered an electoral alliance with Svoboda in the run-up to the last elections.
This enabled Svoboda to win 10.4 per cent of the vote, gaining 37 MPs in the Verkhovna Rada parliament.
It is no wonder that Germany is pushing for EU militarisation at an EU summit planned for later this month.