That doesn't just go for the US and EU, but also to Russia. But in the eyes of the 'western' media, it is only Russia which has meddled. Typical
Don't you just love this quote by Colin Powell?
"If the Ukrainian government does not act immediately and responsibly there will be consequences for our relationship,"
Of course there are consequences, Colin, if the Ukrainian authorities don't overturn the result and install Yushchenko as President (even illegitimately). One of those consequences is that you and your NATO cronies won't be able to set up bases on Ukrainian soil, which will in turn be chocked full of weapons, which will be firmly pointed at the Russian Federation.
Also, thinly veiled threats from both the US and the EU of violence are not going too well in Ukraine. They call them 'warnings', but read between the lines, and you can see they are calling for Yushchenko to start violent actions if they don't get what they want.
Additionally, Yushchenko himself is inciting violence at the moment. He is openly calling for the police and the Ukrainian armed forces to revolt and to join his 'opposition'. This is bordering on criminal in itself, as the police are not stopping opposition protestors from protesting -- they are neutral. And the army, too, is neutral, and is staying out of this.
Just something further to reply #32. Sure, the Danish reporter (biased already just by nationality) can say it was 500,000 people, but even the most high figures provided by Yushchenko is in the range of 180,000-200,000. And the 15,000 was for Monday. Not Tuesday, when you quoted me.
This type of over-inflating the situation is also common in the EU and American media. Numbers attending is one. I have also seen several reports from various 'western' media sources which claim that the number one claim for fraud by Yanukovich, is an alleged
operation in Donetsk (I believe it was), in which a large number of pre-filled out ballots were being guarded by local police in a warehouse. Quite a claim! But why do the numbers of these ballots range from 100,000 right up to 500,000?
Which also begs the question. Even if it was 500,000 (unlikely), Yanukovich still had an extra 800,000 votes than Yushchenko overall (that is the 3% difference). What happened with the 300,000 votes? Discard them also? Are they legitimate? Are they not?
The 'western' media is also pissing me off, because they are blatantly only reporting one side of this story (Russian media is printing both sides!).
The 'western' media reports that several Ukrainian cities have announced that they will refuse to recognise Yanukovich as President, and will only recognise Yushchenko. Amongst these cities is Kiev and Lvov (Lvov being Lushchenko's stronghold). What the media refuses to report is that several Ukrainian cities have recognised Yanukovich, including Odessa, Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk.
The 'western' media reports a traversty against 48 million in Ukraine. The way they are reporting, it is like all 48 million people in Ukraine voted for Yushchenko. This is not the case. You have some 12 million Russians in Ukraine, most of which would have voted for Yanukovich. (Of course, this is assuming that all 48 million and 12 million were actually of voting age). Out of the 36 million left over, not all would support Yushchenko. Remember, approx. 50% of the entire population lives in industrialised eastern Ukraine.
Both the Russian Federation and the US/EU need to keep their noses out of this, and the let the Ukrainians sort it out for themselves. But personally, I still would prefer to see Yanukovich as the prez.