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US interests dominate in Ukraine, EU is financing the destruction — Communist party leader

October 14, 2014, 19:16 UTC+3 BRUSSELS
The leader of Ukraine’s Communists, Petro Simonenko, voiced his concerns during a news conference at the European Parliament
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BRUSSELS, October 14. /TASS/. The leader of Ukraine’s Communists, Petro Simonenko believes that US interests dominate his country.

“It is not Washington, Brussels or Moscow that should be deciding Ukraine’s problems,” he told a news conference at the European Parliament on Tuesday. “The place to resolve them is Kiev. Various political forces should be present at the negotiating table, but the place where solutions to all problems must be looked for is Kiev. Regrettably, US interests dominate in the territory of Ukraine, which, naturally, by no means promotes a rapprochement, let alone a peace settlement of the conflict.”

Simonenko argues that all power in Kiev is in the hands of big business tycoons.

“Ukraine’s conflict is an internal one first and foremost. As a result of the Maidan coup one group of oligarchs ceded power to another. But it is a hard fact that in Ukraine, a European state, the oligarchs are still in power and the very same people shape the structure of power to suit their interests.”

Simonenko pointed out that far from all Ukrainians supported eurointegration.

“The group of tycoons in power supports one vector - eurointegration. But in Ukraine there is another part of society, which is for integration with the Customs Union. The Ukraine’s current authorities refused to follow the way of a dialogue, but in the 21st century took the road of violence and used weapons against those who adhere to a different point of view," said the politician.

The EU influence in Ukraine

Simonenko has also accused the European Union of financing the destruction of his country.

“The EU today is financing Ukraine’s further destruction,” Simonenko told a news conference. "This can merely push up unemployment rates and the flow of migrants will soon be heading for Europe.” 

He warned that the current events in Ukraine are ruining the country’s economic potential.

“Corruption has gone from bad to worse, social policies are entirely absent from the government’s agenda, prices are soaring, so are housing and utility bills, many medicines are unavailable, and incomes, wages and pensions are being frozen. Many people are unable to earn a living,” he said.

Simonenko fears that the humanitarian disaster that is observed in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk Republics may spread to other regions of Ukraine.

“Donetsk and Luhansk are out of water, food and medicines. All this may cause the humanitarian disaster spread to other areas. Government agencies are financing war as a factor of settling scores. Thereby they destroy the country’s economic potential,” Simonenko said.

He believes that Ukraine is sliding towards the level of impoverished countries.

“Once a highly industrialized state, and in 1991 we were in the top ten European countries, today we are in the second hundred countries of the world,” he said.

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