Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 29.08.2018
Ukraine will terminate the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
Putin’s Muscovy is at war with Ukraine, and has been for four and a half years. The “Friendship” treaty is an anachronism from the time of the Russian Empire/Soviet Union occupation of Ukraine. This 1997 treaty reflected the distorted narrative of the “brotherhood of Slavic peoples” – driven by the Kremlin, this “brotherhood” was cast in the light of the “Great Russians” (the Muscovites) and the “Little Russians” (the Ukrainians).
The Muscovites are invading Ukraine, have illegally occupied Crimea and part of Donbas, and are visiting the horrors of war on their “brothers,” the Ukrainians. A framework for “friendship, cooperation and partnership” does not exist given the reality of unrelenting and implacable aggression my Muscovy against Ukraine.
Four years ago, August 2014, Ukrainian armed forces were on the verge of defeating the Russian armed forces and liberating Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine. Putin ordered a massive influx of men and armour, and encircled the Ukrainian army in Ilovaisk. Putin then arranged a ‘ceasefire’ and a ‘safe corridor’ for the Ukrainian troops to withdraw. Putin’s army then proceeded to massacre the Ukrainians in the ‘safe corridor.’ Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the ‘Ilovaisk cauldron.’ What Putin did at Ilovaisk killed any notion of friendship between Muscovy and Ukraine. Putin united Ukrainians in hatred of Muscovy. This enmity will last for generations. Ukrainians will never forgive and never forget the theft of Ukrainian land and murders of Ukrainian sons and daughters by the barbarian invaders from Muscovy. However long it takes, the war that Putin started for no good reason can only end now with the liberation of Crimea and Donbas and the complete restoration of Ukraine within its 1994 Budapest Memorandum-guaranteed borders.
Ukraine is carefully navigating the legal framework under international law in order to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The post-Second World War settlement does not leave room for Ukraine to declare that a state of war exists between it and the Russian Federation. The reason is that the Russian Federation illegitimately holds the permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council that properly belonged only to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Ukraine is boxed in by the insanity of international law where the world’s worst aggressor country, the Russian Federation, has veto power in the world’s peace-keeping body, the United Nations.
Ukraine has declared in law that the Russian Federation is the aggressor in the war. Ukraine has declared that Russia is the illegitimate, temporary occupying power in Crimea and in part of Donbas, and bears responsibility for the captive population (who remain Ukrainian citizens). The measures Ukraine has taken are consistent with resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
The Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation was broken by Putin and the invaders of Ukraine from Muscovy. The Ukrainian government will declare it dead, and carry on with its duty to restore Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, and defeat the invaders of Ukraine from Muscovy.
Photo: then presidents Kuchma and Yeltsin signing the treaty on 31 May 1997