Throughout the last week the members of the Ukraine Ministry of Home Affairs and the Special Forces have been checking public organizations and parties. Their aim was to prevent them from participating in protest actions against the arrival of the US president in Kiev.
Starting form the Crimea and the South-East of the Ukraine, such “information war” with the opposition has spread to Kiev. During the last days all heads of the parties that have at least once taken part in public meetings, protests and marches have been invited for a serious talk with the authorities. Some representatives of such parties that have already been talked to say they were forced not to participate in any protest actions and not to appear anywhere close to the places where the US president might be.
The information that Bush will be guarded by the special branch of American snipers has recently leaked into the Ukrainian media. In case this information is true, any American officer, if concerned that Bush might be endangered, will be allowed to shoot any Ukrainian person that will show his protest to the US President. The question is what sovereignty of the Ukraine we are talking about if the US forces act in the way they behave in the Ukraine only in conquered Iraq, segodnia.ru reports.
Bush arrived in Kiev late Monday for a two-day visit aimed at showing U.S. support for Ukraine's membership bid.
After Kiev, Bush travels to Bucharest, Romania, for a NATO summit that is turning into a critical test for the alliance, which is split on the issue of Ukraine and Georgia.
Ukrainians are also split on the prospect of joining NATO. Hours before Bush was to arrive, several thousand protesters rallied outside the U.S. Embassy, shouting "Yankee, go home" and burning his effigy.
The United States, Canada and Eastern European members back the two ex-Soviet republics. Germany is leading Western European opposition and warns that granting the membership plan would torpedo hopes of improving relations with Russia, which fiercely opposes NATO's further eastward expansion and has been lobbying NATO members.
Taylor told reporters that during his visit, Bush will seek to convince skeptics in the alliance that Ukraine deserves an initial welcome, the AP reports.
"Strong statements coming from the leadership, the government of Ukraine are very useful in that regard," Taylor said.
"President Bush is also eager to talk himself with these leaders and with other people in this city so that he can go to Bucharest with even stronger arguments," he said.
Moscow has threatened to target nuclear weapons at Ukraine if it joins NATO and accepts the deployment of anti-missile defenses on its territory. Moscow also has warned it could recognize two Georgian breakaway provinces — Abkhazia and South Ossetia — if Georgia is given membership.
"The sharpest problems are Georgia and Ukraine. They are being impudently drawn into NATO. Even though, as is known, the overwhelming majority of Ukrainians are against this and in Abkhazia and South Ossetia they won't even hear of it," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview published Monday in the Russian daily Izvestia.