The letter was re-published on the Facebook page of Ukraine’s former minister of foreign affairs, Leonid Kozhara (Dec. 2012-Feb. 2014). Kozhara copied the letter from a posting on Cyberguerilla.org, which, in turn, cites Anonymous as its source. It broadcasts a two-minute video and text by Anonymous.
The letter backs Yatsenyuk in ongoing disputes with President Poroshenko over appointments to positions of power in the Ukrainian government. It discusses two ministries in particular where foreign corporations have a keen interest in penetrating–agriculture and nuclear energy. Durbin assures Yatsenyuk that he backs his efforts to keep the present ministers in place. He also backs Yatsenyuk’s apparent efforts to have Poroshenko fire the minister of energy and coal as well as the head of a division of state-owned gas company Naftogaz.
Political analysts have raised doubts about the authenticity of the letter. But the widely-readKorrespondent.net media platform, owned by Petro Poroshenko until 2013, publishes a full story on the letter on July 5. Senator Durbin has not issued a public statement.
Anonymous writes in its report, "Whether the President or the Prime Minister of Ukraine wins the political duel is not that important. The key point is that the Ukrainian people will be the ones to lose.”
Richard Durbin is a Democratic senator elected in Illinois. He is outspoken in support of the war in eastern Ukraine and favours the U.S. government sending heavier weapons to the Ukrainian government. Here is a June 9 press release on the senator’s website:
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and the bipartisan Senate Ukraine Caucus met today with Ukrainian Prime Minister Anseniy [sic] Yatsenyuk to discuss increased military aid to Ukraine in the face of continued Russian aggression. Durbin is co-chairman of the Senate Ukraine Caucus with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) also attended today’s meeting.
"Ukraine is at a critical moment in its history. As Russia continues its unprecedented aggression in the region, the United States should to be doing more to ensure Ukraine can defend its borders,” Durbin said. "At today’s meeting, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk made it clear that increased military aid, defensive weapons, and economic support will help Ukraine in its struggle for freedom and sovereignty. The United States must act swiftly to provide this assistance and the Senate Ukraine Caucus stands ready to help.”
Durbin recently traveled to Ukraine to meet with senior government officials and visit the Yavoriv training area, where 300 United States Army personnel are training Ukrainian National Guard personnel. Watch Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor discussing the trip HERE.