Ukraine braces for more terror under Poroshenko: Analyst
Ukraine’s President-elect Petro Poroshenko, known as the Chocolate King, is apparently willing to escalate terrorism in a country already battered by deadly violence, an analyst writes for Press TV.
“The Candy King shows no inclination to be reasonable and engage in peaceful dialogue. The signs are that state terrorism is to be stepped [up] under his management and with full Western support too,” Finian Cunningham wrote for the Press TV website.
The analyst added that the “fiasco” victory of Poroshenko in the weekend election heralds the “bitter taste of further appalling violence in Ukraine.”
“He (Poroshenko) is now siding with the neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic regime that seized power illegally in Kiev in February when the CIA-backed coup ousted the then elected president, Viktor Yanukovych,” he wrote.
Cunningham said Poroshenko, who has earned “millions of dollars” from selling chocolates in Russia, is looking for markets in the European Union (EU).
“No doubt that political ‘vision’ is strongly motivated by the personal gain of Poroshenko’s chocolate business finding new lucrative access to European markets,” he wrote.
The analyst stated that Ukraine’s president-elect is feeling free to harshly crack down on Russian protesters in Ukraine’s eastern cities as he enjoys “fulsome Western support.”
Cunningham said the Chocolate King is facing accusations of drug trafficking, prostitution and illegal arms trade.
“That such a sinister figure is now being presented by the US and European governments in such a positive light, is like a dizzying sugar rush to the head,” he wrote.
The government in Kiev has been staging military operations since mid-April in the eastern and southern regions in a bid to root out pro-Moscow demonstrations.
Poroshenko has ruled out negotiations with pro-Russian activists, vowing to continue military operations in the country’s southeastern provinces.