THERE IS A CLEAR FIGHT FOR WORLD DOMINANCE BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE U.S.
THIS HAS COME TO A HEAD WITH THE UKRAINE ELECTIONS .
NOV 30 2004
THE END TIME BEAST IS AT WAR WITH EPHRAIM .
THE RUSSIAN BEAST WHO WILL LEAD THE ATTACK IS THREATENING THE U.S.
OVER CROSSING THE LINE WITH THE UKRAINE ELECTIONS .
THE RETALIATION WILL BE NUCLEAR WAR BECAUSE OF THIS FIGHT FOR WORLD DOMINANCE .
THE LORD WILL COME FROM THE EAST TO THE WEST .
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned that Ukraine's crisis over last week's disputed presidential election must be solved without foreign pressure even as European envoys returned to Kiev for a second round of mediation.
While it was delivered in a phone call with the German chancellor, Putin's message appeared aimed more at the United States, seen by the Kremlin as behind a campaign to install Ukraine's pro-Western opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko at the helm of the nation Russia has always regarded as its main satellite.
The former Soviet republic of 48 million has emerged at the center of arguably the biggest direct geopolitical confrontation between Moscow and the United States and its Western allies since the late 1980s, when Eastern Europe was still firmly in the embrace of the Communist empire but struggling to break out.
"Putin is being told by his advisers and allies that for a long time, the West has been actively interfering in Ukraine and Yushchenko as a politician is a purely American project," said Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of a leading Russian foreign affairs journal. "He's told that the whole campaign is being run on ... mostly American, money, and if Yushchenko wins Ukraine will sharply change its political orientation quickly joining NATO , trying to rupture its ties with Russia and so on."
The United States and other Western nations have agreed with Yushchenko that the Nov. 21 runoff vote was marred by massive fraud.
Putin told German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Tuesday that "an exit from the crisis should be found in a democratic way, that is, on the basis of observing the law and not under external or internal pressure based on political passions," the Kremlin said in a press release.
The Russian leader has staked his personal and political reputation on Yushchenko's rival and the declared victor, Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, traveling to Ukraine twice to appear by his side during the election campaign.
Putin also was the first foreign leader and one of a very small club to congratulate Yanukovych on his victory even as the opposition and foreign observers cried fraud.
The crisis has divided Ukrainians along traditional lines.
Yushchenko, whose wife was U.S. born, says he wants to push the country to greater integration with Western Europe and has suggested he would seek NATO membership.
He drew his strongest support from the west, a longtime center of nationalism, while Yanukovych's stronghold was Ukraine's pro-Russian, heavily industrialized east.
The Ukraine imbroglio has followed a string of unexpected foreign policy failures in Russia's backyard that have gone a long way toward convincing the Kremlin that its influence in the region is waning.
As in Ukraine, Putin openly backed the establishment candidate in this fall's presidential election in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia and all indications are that the opposition rival won in spite of fraud.
Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko ignored the Kremlin's strong suggestions not to hold a referendum that would allow him to run for president indefinitely; now he is busy sacking aides who have been most closely identified with Moscow.
Moscow also is smarting from the eastward expansion of NATO and the European Union, and its competition with the United States for clout in formerly Soviet Central Asia.
"The president and the people surrounding him see Ukraine as the final Rubicon not to be crossed, a kind of Stalingrad," Lukyanov said referring to the city deep in Russia where the Soviets stopped the Nazi advance in World War II at a painful cost.
The spin doctors who have run Moscow's campaign for influence in Ukraine have given loud voice to Kremlin suspicions about Western designs on the nation.
Analyst Sergei Markov has advanced the theory that the United States is using Ukraine as a "Trojan Horse" to boost the influence of neighboring Poland, which is mediating in the current crisis and is one of the EU's newest members as well as a U.S. ally in Iraq, in Europe.
The most prominent Kremlin-connected analyst, imagemaker Gleb Pavlovsky, told the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily on Saturday that "If we give up Ukraine, the same thing will happen in Russia in a year."
Though few analysts could contemplate that, Alexei Titkov of the Carnegie Moscow Center said the Kremlin might fear that Ukraine could become a new launching pad for anti-Russian sentiment as the formerly Soviet republics in the Baltics have become.
"It cannot be excluded that in case of a Yushchenko victory in Ukraine, relatively good conditions could be created for a Kiev-based Russian opposition that could spread anti-Putin propaganda," Titkov said.
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