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Financial Times Admits It: Ukraine’s Army Is Falling Apart

The article in the Financial Times which we reproduce below is remarkable.

It completely contradicts the Western and Ukrainian media picture of the Ukrainian situation, which is of a Ukraine bravely resisting “Russian aggression”.  

Some US commentators have even written – absurdly – of Ukraine fighting the Russian army to a standstill.

The reality – as the article shows – is completely different.  

It is one of:  

(1) A deeply demoralised and disillusioned army, ill-equipped and poorly treated and trained, increasingly angry with Ukraine’s political and military leadership, which it feels has betrayed it;

(2) Rising support within the army rank-and-file for Right Sector – an organisation whose very existence and influence the Financial Times has previously sought to conceal or deny;

(3) Growing disillusion across Ukrainian society – not just the military – with a Maidan Revolution that has completely failed to end corruption and which is presiding over a collapsing economy;

(4) A collapse in support for Ukraine’s political leadership.  According to opinion polls support for Poroshenko is now just 14.6%, and for Yatsenyuk it is down to an incredible 1.3%;

(5) Growing demands from within the military for a resumption of the war as the only way to stop the army disintegrating completely.

This is of course the identical picture of the situation in Ukraine that Russia Insider has long been describing.

The article says that the governing coalition is not in imminent danger of collapse, despite the collapse of its popularity.  

Given the extent of political violence in Ukraine, a viable alternative to the Maidan movement is extremely difficult to organise.  It is not therefore surprising that as the mainstream of the Maidan movement has become discredited, support is drifting to its more extreme fringe – specifically to Right Sector.  

In practice, in conditions of economic and political crisis, a regime with so little support is unlikely to be sustainable for very long.

That this article – setting out the situation as it really is – has appeared in the Financial Times – a newspaper that fervidly supports the Maidan movement – is the best possible confirmation of how bad the situation in Ukraine has become.






This article originally appeared in the Financial Times