CIA Hired Ukraine Rioters that overthrew Elected Government

On January 21st, in a story titled "Russia's Sergei Lavrov: Ukraine getting 'out of control'", BBC News released a story that independently corroborated Russia's side of the story: that Ukraine's rioters were thugs paid by foreign governments to meddle in Ukraine's internal affairs.

Later that same day, the BBC revised the story by editing out all the facts that would be most incriminating regarding US-government involvement. Here is the innocuous final version, which present's Russia's side of the story much more as an allegation that is (no longer) supported by any facts or independent observation.

Below is my edit of the BBC story for the Making Waves radio show plus commentary, and below that find the original version of the BBC's story.

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US / EU Losing Grip on Crimea - 'News You Need to Know' by Steve Diamond

It's hard to know where to begin the story. Until researching the news this week, I wasn't aware that in the last few weeks the US grabbed control of Ukraine's goverment through covert warfare. Prior to that violent coup, Ukraine's legitimately elected leader favored close relations with Russia. Perhaps the following story is the best place to begin explaining this global chess game:

BBC
January 21, 2014

Russia's Foreign Minister has warned that protests in Ukraine are "getting out of 
control".

He described violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police as "scary" 
and accused EU politicians of stirring up the situation.  There has been a second 
consecutive night of clashes in Kiev.

Young men threw fireworks and petrol bombs at police guarding the road leading up 
to the Ukrainian parliament.  

Mr Lavrov's warning came after Ukrainian President Yanukovych on Monday cautioned 
that the violence threatened the country's stability.

Protesters have been camped out in Kiev since late November, angered by the 
government's turn to Moscow and its rejection of a planned treaty with the EU.
[That should have more fairly said "delay in signing" that treaty. ]

The EU foreign policy chief and the German Foreign Minister visited the protesters 
in December, as did US Assistant Secretary of State.

Warning that the "situation is getting out of control", Mr Lavrov added: "We have 
information that much of this is being stimulated from abroad."

Clashes went on through the night, with police using tear gas and stun grenades 
against several hundred young men ranged against them.

Peaceful protesters have blamed a little-known far-right group, Right Sector, for 
carrying out the violence.

Key opposition figures Arseniy Yatsenyuk and former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko 
have condemned the violence but seem unable to stop it, correspondents add.

Mr Klitschko has also accused the government of paying thugs.

One, a student called Nikolai Ignatenko, said: "We weren't told anything about what 
to do.  We stood by the metro and waited.  They gave us hammers - that's all".

Artyom Nemchenko, a college student, said: "I wanted to earn some money, I found an 
offer on the internet. They were offering 220 hryvnia (£16; $26)."

He said some of the provocateurs "were instructed to stir up trouble: erect barricades, 
launch attacks".

[ The US / EU strategists see that Russia's bases in Crimea, particularly their only 
warm-water port in the region, as having extraordinary strategic significance.  This 
is how the Russians re-supply Syrian government forces as they face Al-Qaeda affiliated 
terrorists (who are armed by the US).  The US has a long history of secret wars and 
CIA interventions.  Hiring provocateurs to topple undesired governments is the 
typical practice.  You can order pizza over the internet, and given Ukraine's weak 
economy, apparently for the price of a large pizza you can order over the internet 
a rioter to help topple the government. ]

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The relevant parts of the original version of the BBC News story:

From http://www.bbc.co.uk/
21 January 2014 Last updated at 08:04 ET 
Russia's Sergei Lavrov: Ukraine getting 'out of control'

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'Indecent'

"Members of several European governments rushed to the Maidan without any invitation 
and took part in anti-government demonstrations in a country with which they have 
diplomatic ties," Mr Lavrov said, referring to the square in which protesters have 
been encamped for many weeks.

"This is simply indecent."

He did not name names, but European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton 
and the then German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle visited the protesters in December, 
as did US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.

Warning that the "situation is getting out of control", Mr Lavrov added: "We have 
information that much of this is being stimulated from abroad."

Lines of riot police still held the road leading up to parliament on Tuesday morning, 
behind burnt-out buses and barricades, reports the BBC's Daniel Sandford in Kiev.

Clashes went on through the night, with police using tear gas and stun grenades against 
several hundred young men ranged against them.

At times, thousands of people cheered from the sidelines. 

...

Eighty police have been admitted to hospital following the most recent clashes, says 
Ukraine's interior ministry.

It says 32 protesters have been arrested. Thirteen of those held could face up to 15 years 
in jail for creating "mass disturbances", local media reported.
Violence renounced

The violence is in fact restricted to one small zone in central Kiev, close to the main 
protest encampment at Maidan (or Independence Square), with most of the rest of the city 
functioning normally, say correspondents.

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    We weren't told anything about what to do. We stood by the metro and waited. 
They gave us hammers - that's all”

Nikolai Ignatenko Paid 'provocateur'

Peaceful protesters have blamed a little-known far-right group, Right Sector, for 
carrying out the violence.

Key opposition figures Arseniy Yatsenyuk and former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko 
have condemned the violence but seem unable to stop it, correspondents add.

Mr Klitschko has also accused the government of paying thugs nicknamed "titushki" to 
delegitimise the protests through violence and create a pretext for the imposition of 
a state of emergency.

Mr Klitschko's spokeswoman wrote on Facebook that he, personally, caught, disarmed and 
interrogated two "titushki" during the night.

BBC Russian spoke to several suspected "titushki" detained by the opposition activists.

One, an 11th-year student called Nikolai Ignatenko, said: "We weren't told anything 
about what to do. We stood by the metro and waited. They gave us hammers - that's all".

Artyom Nemchenko, a college student, said: "I wanted to earn some money, I found an 
offer on the internet. They were offering 220 hryvnia (£16; $26)."

He said some of the provocateurs "were instructed to stir up trouble: erect barricades, 
launch attacks".

Talks disappoint

A raft of anti-protest laws passed hastily by parliament last week was published in 
Golos Ukrainy, a parliamentary newspaper, on Tuesday, and are due to come into force 
on Wednesday, said reports.

They prescribe jail terms for anyone blockading public buildings, and ban the wearing 
of masks or helmets at demonstrations.

They also ban any unauthorised tents in public areas and make slandering government 
officials a crime.

In a statement on Monday evening, President Yanukovych said that "now, when peaceful 
actions are turning into mass unrest, accompanied by riots and arson attacks, the use 
of violence, I am convinced that such phenomena are a threat not only to Kiev but 
to the whole of Ukraine".

But talks mooted between President Yanukovych and opposition leaders failed to 
materialise; instead their deputies met on Monday.

Lesya Orobets, an MP for the Fatherland opposition party, said the talks "showed 
almost no result", and complained that the president's chief negotiator was implicated 
in an earlier violent crackdown on protesting students.

She called for a high-ranking foreign mediator to oversee the talks.