Ihor Kolomoisky Affirms, Impeachment Circus Is ‘War against Russia, to the Last Ukrainian
14 November 2019
EIRNS—In an interview which may have made the NewYork Times very uncomfortable about their role in impeaching President Donald Trump, Ukrainian “oligarch” Ihor Kolomoisky said that the impeachment attempt is “a last straw,” pushing Ukraine toward resuming its traditional alliance with Russia. Kolomoisky is viewed internationally as President Volodymyr Zelensky’s primary political backer. Six years ago, he became governor of Dnipropetrovsk and funded and armed his own militia to fight pro-Russian activists in the Donbas region. But by now “He has had a change of heart, ”the Times admits.
Kolomoisky named prominent State Department witnesses against Trump in the impeachment circus, each as having demanded his removal from influence in Zelensky’s Ukraine as a quid pro quo for U.S. aid. These included former senior Russia NSC director Fiona Hill; Acting Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor, who threatened Zelensky that Kolomoisky’s influence “could cause you to fail”; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador George D. Kent, who told Zelensky that breaking with Kolomoisky was “a litmus test.”The Times observed that the IMF is holding up loans to Ukraine until Kolomoisky is at least hit with very large fines over his previous ownership of Privatbank—which would force him backout of the country, a second time.
And the objective of all this, if it were U.S. policy? “Waragainst Russia, to the last Ukrainian, ”Kolomoisky said.
Rather, the “oligarch” now wants to improve relations with Russia, possibly even to the extent of a military alliance. “They’re stronger anyway. We have to improve our relations,” he said. “People want peace, a good life, they don’t want to be at war. And you are forcing us to be at war, and not even giving us the money for it.”
As for the investigations of corruption in Ukraine wanted by President Donald Trump, including of the Bidens, Kolomoisky told the Times that if he were Ukraine’s President, he would proceed with such probes. And if a Democrat then became U.S. President? “If they get smart with us, we’ll go to Russia.”