Ukraine’s Widely Despised Regime

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by Stephen Lendman
US-installed fascists have no legitimacy whatever. Polls increasingly show it.
Last summer, Ukrainians were asked who they trusted most to lead them. Vladimir Putin was named overwhelmingly by 84% of respondents – even though he’s Russian, not Ukrainian. 
Illegitimate oligarch president Poroshenko scored 1%, Obama 1%, Angela Merkel 1%, illegitimate prime minister Yatsenyuk and various other Ukrainian officials 0%.
Ukrainians nationwide despise their ruling regime for good reason. It’s ruthlessly despotic, hugely corrupt, run by illegitimate officials, and at war with its own people. 
Poroshenko’s approval rating dropped from 47% several months after his May 2014 anointment to a new 17% low now – falling further from all indications.
When Washington ousted his predecessor Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014, 20% of Ukrainians supported him.
In Eastern areas Kiev controls, Poroshenko’s approval rating is 11%, in Southern areas a scant 7%. Elsewhere he scores around 22%.
Yatsenyuk has rock-bottom 8% nationwide support. Only the few benefitting from his corrupt policies back his tenure as prime minister.
Around 90% of Ukrainians believe their ruling regime is rife with corruption. Only 5% think anything is being done to change things.
Less than one in five Ukrainians say their country is heading in the right direction. A two-thirds majority believes otherwise.
Poll numbers excluded millions of Donbass residents. If included, Kiev’s regime would have scored much lower. Poroshenko, Yatsenyuk and other ruling officials have virtually no support in this part of the country.
They seized power by US-orchestrated coup d’etat, promising improved conditions for Ukrainians. Their misrule is systematically making things unlivable for most Ukrainians. How much longer they’ll last before open rebellion remains to be seen.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.