Pepe Escobar wrote a short but substantive piece on Blinken's visit to Ukraine for Saker's blog. Pepe writes:
Leaked info on the closed-door meeting between Blinken and Comedian-in-Charge Zelensky is no less than incandescent. Blinken seemed to have read a no holds barred riot act. Here are the guidelines. All Ukrainian state corporations must be controlled by the proverbial “foreign interests”. So board majorities must be either foreign or 5th columnists. The entire anti-corruption vertical drive must also be foreign-controlled. Same for the judicial system. Andriy Kobolyev – an American asset – must be reinstated as head of Naftogaz. Zelensky moved mountains to get rid of Kobolyev. Blinken demanded a massive push against every Ukrainian oligarch, so that huge chunks of Ukrainian economy are transferred to – who else – foreigners. Same for land privatization. Somewhat hilariously, Blinken warned that Russian troops might invade Ukraine. In this case, Zelensky can count only on huge political assistance, not military. So Zelensky in fact was ordered to stop asking to join NATO and cease provoking Russia, as President Putin, who already drew red lines, could make a “drastic decision”. Blinken demanded that American assets should be untouchable by Ukrainian law, and named honored figures of civil society. Maidan cookie distributor Victoria “F**k the EU” Nuland, also in the room, drew up a list of The Untouchables, and Blinken met with them separately.
And so the final act of turning Ukraine into the used condom unfolds. Russia observes this whole travesty with amusement. While late Zbig Brzezinski is rotating in his coffin, Russians are counting their blessings that they have been spared from being "brothers" to such a clusterfuck place and "nation" as Ukraine. The red line by Russia, however, as Pepe notes, remain pretty clear--no military bases or any stupid ideas about NATO. The rest, as I am on record, US and EU wanted this--let them pay. Blinken, a NYC Jewish boy and Nuland, a NYC Jewish girl, in a classic New York gangster fashion drew for Ukraine the future as a slave for a gang and Ukraine will be squeezed for everything it got. The clown who thinks that he was a president of Ukieland has been shown exactly his place as a clown and I am sure he finally recognized what a pile of shit did he step in when ran and won elections in Ukraine. The surrealism of this whole situation is such that my descriptive powers fail me completely because the whole Ukraine situation is one Kafkaesque theater of absurd.
Honestly, this was expected. Russia is getting ready to remove 152,000 illegal Ukrainians back to Ukraine (in Russian) and, in general, doesn't exhibit any compunction regarding Ukrainians who didn't want to be "brothers" with Russians but found it to be absolutely reasonable to go to Russia to earn living which is even in its lower pay bracket is much better than in Ukraine. So, there you go--the process of incorporating of LDNR into Russia will continue and at this stage I don't think any talk about Ukraine as a country makes any sense--it is a classic Ukrainian way, they turned, with the help of the US and EU into Gulyai Pole.
Have fun, America. Pop-corn?