#Commentary of Ekaterina Martyanova on Ukrainian methods to quell mass protests
Protest actions took place in the Ukrainian capital demanding to maintain benefits for Chernobyl clean-up and Afghan War veterans. Miners, who wanted to get their legally earned wages, joined the protest as well. Talking heads, which were sent by the authority to placate the crowd, once again made promises in exchange for stopping the protest.
Then, it was followed by the reaction of the Prime Minister Groysman: ʺI do not have a printing pressʺ. So, according to the Head of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers, it is necessary to print money in order to pay wages to miners in time. And where is money obtained from selling coal, which Ukraine needs so bad? Maybe the problem is “low” prices for public utilities and “high” wages of miners? And does Groysman turn a printing press on when he buys coal in the South Africa and the USA?
Undoubtedly, the Ukrainian power will discredit any mass protests accusing them of working for enemy propaganda and that actions are paid and organized by corrupted politicians and so on. This can help the power to keep destroying and plundering Ukraine at a particular point in time.
But root causes will not be addressed (and no one is going to do that), and hence, problems as well. They are just postponed for a while, and, consequently, the price for resolving these issues will increase. And an angry mob will not hold accountable the US, Russia or Europe, but Ukrainian statesmen, who become fairly brazen, because of impunity.
Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy