[Ed. – Guess they held off on the Obama selfie manning barricades in Maidan, once the deal fell apart.]
Members of parliament sang the national anthem as in cities around Ukraine people pulled down at least 16 statues of V.I. Lenin, some decapitating upon impact.
“All detainees must be released and perpetrators of violence against people must be punished,” Klitschko said. “People are the supreme controlling body for implementation of the arrangement.”
And the White House, after passing the crisis off to the VP months ago and being nudged into talk of sanctions by outrage over the violent crackdown unfolding on TV, took credit.
“This, I don’t think would have happened without the coordinated efforts of the United States and Europe,” Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken told CNN, claiming that the U.S. had “a lot” to do with the agreement. …
Blinken claimed the vague public message the administration has been sending about its stance on Ukraine was nothing like what they were accomplishing behind the scenes.
“We have been very clear, and I think that had an important impact in getting people to move,” he said. “First of all, we have already issued some visa restrictions on those who were responsible for the violence and repression. And under the law, we can’t reveal the names of the people that are on that list, but they are aware of it, and that had an impact.”
“We also told them that other steps could be forthcoming. And I think that had a real impact on their thinking, not just folks in the government, but some of the strong oligarchs who support the government and who also didn’t like the idea of possibly not being able to travel here to Europe to do business in both places. So I think the possibility of those consequences was a real motivating factor.” …
“The Vice President urged President Yanukovych to take immediate and tangible steps to work with the opposition on a path forward that addresses the legitimate aspirations of the Ukrainian people,” the White House said. It was Biden’s ninth call to Yanukovych since November. “Almost every time the vice president was calling, it was a moment of decisive choice for President Yanukovych,” an administration official said today.
Blinken told MSNBC today, though, that Obama “has been deeply involved guiding this every single day” — or deeply involved in instructing his underlings to make it go away.