My head is still not ready for all the "serious" articles on Ukraine (I've very little time, too). So far, I've only been able to read this piece by LaRouche Movement's Executive Intelligence Review (found via Kiev Ukraine New Blog).
I've heard they are known for their love of conspiracy theories - so here goes:
Evidence is mounting that Vice President Dick Cheney may be personally handling a "Ukraine portfolio," involving the destabilization of Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych's government, or even splitting the country in two [...].
They sure don't like "Cheney-friend Tymoshenko":
Back in Kiev, Tymoshenko crowed that "Cheney and Rice" support new elections.
And in the end, it's all about oil and gas, of course:
U.S. connections to the destabilization were the subject of sensational claims, such as the assertion by Socialist Party Rada member Vasili Volga, that Tymoshenko had received $1 billion from the Shell Oil Company during her U.S. trip, "to organize a coup in Ukraine."
I've looked it up, and, according to Kommersant, Shell has been in Ukraine since early June 2006 - after eight years of "negotiations":
The agreement with Shell will enable Ukraine to reduce dependency on the gas and oil of Russia and to break Gazprom’s monopoly on gas transit via its pipelines, spokesmen of press service of Ukrainian government said.
Shell is in Ukraine to conduct "exploration of the fields of Dnepr and Donetsk basin," Kommersant says - and so I wonder: if this is their (and Yulia's) intention to "even [split] the country in two," how are they gonna go about it, geographically? They are in the "hostile East" already, no problem - and why would they want to kick the chair from under their own butts?
All in all, it's always amazing to watch how something comparatively tiny and obscure as Ukraine suddenly turns into a bat that folks across the ocean use to smash the heads of their political opponents with - how suddenly it's no longer about us, but about Cheney and other irrelevant entities God knows where, how "local" - email-less coal miners, napping babushkas and the dancing youth - suddenly becomes "foreign"...