while the pace of events has dramatically picked up in Eastern Ukraine, with the formation of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics as a consequence of the Referendum results, overwhelmingly in favor of self-determination and independence from the Kiev Junta, a very serious incident has taken place on May 14th in the Eastern city of Dnepropetrovsk.
A group of gunmen armed with automatic rifles and clad in the black uniforms worn by the Ukrainian National Guard (нацгвардия украины), attacked what they believed to be the residence of Oleg Tsarev, People's Deputy of Ukraine and leader of "South-East" political movement. During the raid, the gunmen arrived at night in a minivan, fired several bursts of machine gun at the windows, then forced their way inside the house, smashing everything, and finally set the building on fire with Molotov cocktails. Eventually, it turned out that the punitive raid missed the intended target, since the house belonged to one of Tsarev's neighbors, who was fortunately away when the attack took place.
But who is exactly Tsarev, and who was behind this botched attempt at eliminating him?
Oleg Tsarev is a Dnepropetrovsk businessman and People's Deputy of Ukraine, who submitted his candidacy as self-nominee for the presidential election scheduled for May 25. Tsarev is a former head of the Dnepropetrovsk regional branch of the Party of Regions (Партия регионов), and a former People's Deputy of Ukraine; he was however expelled from the party on April 7th, while presidential candidate Mykhailo Dobkin got nominated instead to run for the upcoming elections. Tsarev was a supporter of Ukraine's federalization, as well as a proponent of referenda to be held in all parts of Ukraine, in order to defuse tensions between communities and delegate power to the regions, instead of centralizing it in Kiev. He withdrew his presidential candidacy on 29 April as an act of protest against Kiev, in the wake of rising tensions between the Kiev Junta and the Russophone community of South-Eastern Ukraine.
The other reason why Tsarev decided to withdraw from the elections, is that it had become too dangerous for him to continue his presidential campaign and meet with voters in Kiev, where his security could not be guaranteed, until on April 15th he was eventually the victim of a vicious attack by a mob of Right Sector radicals after attending the ‘Svoboda Slova’ talk show hosted by Ukraine’s ICTV channel. Party of Regions presidential candidate Mykhailo Dobkin who was attending the same talk show, on the other hand fared a little better than Tsarev, being attacked by radicals that poured green antiseptic solution and flour on his head, forcing him into a hasty retreat from Kiev, as can be seen in the following video, courtesy of RT.
In the wake of these unprecedented and unwarranted acts of aggression against some of the most prominent candidates who represented the Russophone community of South Eastern Ukraine, United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement condemning the attacks through the U.N.'s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, and Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, denounced a “shy silence” from Western countries towards the attack on Tsarev. Dolgov summed up his reaction in the following tweet:
“The Maidan tank democracy is in full swing, the extremists remained unpunished,” “Typical double standards.”
But back to Tsarev, after deciding to give up the presidential race, he called on "all presidential candidates representing Ukraine's Eastern and Southeastern regions" (namely) Petro Symonenko, Mykhailo Dobkin, Serhiy Tihipko and Renat Kuzmin to boycott the upcoming elections; because in his own words "An election that is being held while a civil war is unfolding must be boycotted". He also added that if they did not withdraw, they would be "playing into the hands of the illegitimate authorities and legitimizing not only them but also their decision to start a civil war against the Eastern regions". Upon returning to Dnepropetrovsk and realizing that the radical elements making up the Kiev Junta where hell bent on waging a war against the Russophone community and against the people of the Eastern regions, Tsarev ostensively sided with the pro-Federalization activists, and was often seen wearing the St.-George ribbon that became the symbol of all those who rejected Kiev's illegitimate rule. Eventually, on May 13th, Tsarev was included in the list of individuals sanction by the European Union for calling for the creation of Federal Republic of New Russia (Новоро́ссия), as can be seen on the map below:
Now, it is obvious that the elimination of Tsarev as a political adversary, and as a leader of the pro-Federalization movement of the East, was becoming an urgent priority for the Kiev Junta. This is especially true when considering that earlier efforts to get rid of political opponents had met with failure, such as the botched assassination attempts against Kharkiv Major Gennady Kernes on April 24th, and Luhansk Republic's governor Valery Bolotov on May 13th. Gennady Kernes was shot in the back by a sniper and after being in critical condition for several weeks, is slowly recovering in a clinic in Israel, while Bolotov was shot in in his car on his way to negotiations over the future of the Lugansk Oblast and lost a lot of blood but has been treated in a private clinic and is out of danger.
If the objective of those who sent these death squads was to "liquidate" some of the most influential leaders of the Donbass region, such as Kernes, Bolotov and Tsarev, it is clear that their criminal plans backfired, for their intended targets survived, the resolve of the pro-Federalization supporters increased, and even worse, the exact identity of those who commissioned these mafia-style murder attempts was swiftly exposed. While it is obvious that the "liquidation" order emanated straight from the Kiev Junta, responsibility was then handed over to Ukrainian Oligarchs Igor Kolomoysky and Sergey Taruta, who have been appointed governors of, respectively, the Dnepropetrovsk and Donetsk regions at the beginning of March. For a profile of these two unsavory characters and de facto henchmen of the Kiev Junta, have a look at the above video, courtesy of RT, which draws up a comprehensive profile of Kolomoysky and Taruta.
Having established the true nature of the Kiev Junta's plan to regain control of the Eastern regions by leveraging the clout of the Oligarchs, it comes as no surprise that both Kolomoysky and Taruta have been given a "blank check" to indulge in Mafia-like coercion and intimidation of all those who oppose Kiev's illegitimate rule. What is also important to point out, is that Igor Kolomoysky happens to be the president of the United Jewish Community of Ukraine and has a dual Ukrainian-Israeli citizenship although dual citizenship is not recognized by Ukraine. Now, in direct connection with the latest attempt on Tsarev's life, on May 14th, two telephone conversation recordings were leaked, where Kolomoysky's guilt and responsibility are proven without any shadow of doubt (he threatened Tsarev placing a $1 Million bounty on his head!), and which confirm the assumption that the Kiev Junta, with full Western backing and support, has established a Mafia-style system of territorial control and exploitation in the Donbass region, with the expectation that such a system will be enforced nationwide after the May 25th Presidential elections.
The following link contains the actual recordings (both of which have been confirmed as authentic), as well as the transcripts of the conversations both in Russian and in English (scroll down for the English versions):
Conclusively, with respect to Kolomoysky's Jewish background and Israeli connections (this whole topic deserves a lot of attention and will be further developed in a future post), it is important to emphasize the fact that the Jewish community of Ukraine at large, as well as several Jewish organizations in Israel, openly disagree with Kolomoysky's criminal behavior and are disgusted by his alliance and collaboration with the Kiev's Junta fascist and Neo-Nazi factions. Just a couple of days ago, the Jewish community of Lugansk issued an official statement condemning Kolomoysky's actions and his inappropriate and blasphemous use of the Synagogue as well as other religious symbols in his criminal dealings, as can be seen in the following link (in Russian):