Ukraine PM Cries "Russia Wants Us To Freeze" As Locals Prepare For A Long, Cold Winter

Tyler Durden's picture

We would like to be able to commiserate with Ukraine's US-muppet regime, we really would, but when Ukraine's PM Argeny Yatseniuk, or Yats as he is known to Victoria Nuland, almost cried in an interview with Reuters yesterday when he pleaded that "[Russia] wants us to freeze... This is the aim and this is another trump card in Russian hands.... So, except military offense, except military operation against Ukraine, they have another trump card, which is energy". we have just two things to say to him: i) he is absolutely correct, about Russia having the trump card that is - something obvious to everyone with half a brain from the start of the conflict, and ii) perhaps Ukraine should finally pay Gazprom not only for the gas they would like to use in the future, but also the gas they have already used and payment for which is overdue and which the IMF, i.e., the US taxpayer, gave Ukraine explicit money to pay for and instead was embezzled by the people in power.

More from Reuters on how Ukraine finally, with a year's delay, figure out just what the endgame is:

"The ultimate goal of Russia is to organize, to orchestrate another frozen conflict in Ukraine."


Russia's state-controlled energy company Gazprom cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June because of a row over Kiev's unpaid gas bill, raising concerns that the country may not be able to cover the peak-demand winter season.


The European Commission is aiming to propose an interim solution to the gas quarrel between Russia and Ukraine at talks it is brokering in Berlin on Friday.


Yatseniuk said there were no official negotiations on it, though he said a plan to help Ukraine secure additional gas "would be helpful for us."

But while we have absolutely zero compassion for Ukraine's puppet regime, which was used and abused by their "western partners", and is suddenly left out to dry, or rather freeze, with an imploding economy and an increasingly more angry population, where the cherry on top will be hyperinflation to follow a very vold winter, we are indeed sad for Ukraine's ordinary people, who are merely the innocent victims in the ongoing political power struggle between Obama and Putin, and for whom the next few months will be a living hell.

Still, we are confident they will survive: here is how the Ukrainian locals are preparing, according to Bloomberg:

Since Kiev’s authorities started turning off communal hot water supplies last month to save natural gas, people with their own boilers have found unwashed friends on the doorstep armed with a towel and a bar of soap.


Yulia Mikulska, an accountant from the Ukrainian capital, had gone weeks without a hot shower before she visited her brother’s summer house, which is fitted with an electric water heater. “I finally got to wash myself like a human being!” the elegant 38-year-old said.


Ukrainians are resorting to “wash visits” along with school closures and DIY insulation as the nation of 45 million braces for a winter without enough gas. Authorities, already fighting an insurgency in the east, are scrambling to build stockpiles in a country where temperatures can drop to 20 below zero Celsius (negative 4 degrees Fahrenheit) after Russia, the main supplier, stopped shipments in June.

An early winter in Ukraine means the locals will literally have to warm themselves for the next two months:

Kievenergo, which provides heat for the capital, said it may delay supplying customers until the start of November, when average temperatures are near zero, and stop at the end of March. By providing heat for one month less than usual, it will save 5.5 million cubic meters of gas a day.

The Kiev power authority has a modest proposal to the locals: chill. Literally.

Homes will have to be kept cooler, with the thermostat set at 19 degrees Celsius, 5 degrees lower than usual, according to Naftogaz Chief Executive Officer Andriy Kobolyev. Authorities have also warned of power cuts.

Another side effect: students will be dumber, something the "Western alliance" will surely welcome:

In the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, schools will likely close during the coldest months because there’s not enough fuel to heat them. The city has introduced a 6-day week and canceled vacations in October and March to make up the time.


Oleksandr Poltoratskyi, director of an elementary school with 700 pupils in Kiev, decided to forgo a plan to buy laptops and spent the money on a boiler instead. “That way we’ll be sure to have hot water for the kids, even if there’s rationing,” he said.

the biggest irony is that in desperately seeking to avoid becoming part of the new USSR, the Ukraine energy company what few customers it has left to, well, revert to the practices from the old USSR:

Naftogaz’s Kobolyev advised households to revert to frugal practices from Soviet times. They should glue strips of paper to the inside of window frames to keep warm air in, he told weekly newspaper Dzerkalo Tyzhnya. Kharkiv’s city council has called on residents to volunteer to help insulate apartment buildings and pay for the repairs out of their own pockets.

Mikulska, the accountant who showered at her brother’s place, said that installing a boiler is too expensive so she’s been heating up water in an electric tea kettle to wash herself and her 9-year-old daughter. She managed to color her hair using a kettle to rinse out the dye. If there’s a power cut, she says she won’t have any heat at all.

The bottom line:

“Imagine washing your child if there’s no heating,” she said. “Now that there’s some sun we can dry things, but later, if our heaters are cold, what are we going to do?”

Well, one thing you can do is go to the parliament, and protest, demanding a change in the government - one which actually prioritizes the best interests of its own people, not those of some burecrats a few thousand miles away. After all isn't that what got Ukraine in this sorded situation in the first place?

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Divided States of America's picture

Thats what you get for getting others to FREEZE Russian assets abroad.

Meat Hammer's picture

Ha!  Looks like Ukraine will be freezing its assets off.

knukles's picture

No, dahlings.  It's your buds in the West want you to freeze.

SoberOne's picture

They don't want you to freeze, they want you to pay!

pods's picture

Tell em to move to Detroilet, they seem to think that water comes out of the faucet for free.


SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Don't worry, Biden the Lesser is on it

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Did US give money to Ukraine to pay Russia for past gas?  Did Ukraine not then pay Russia?  If Obama wants to give my money away for free, why not pay Russia directly?

You don't give $5 to a panhandler, if you give him anything give him a $5 blanket or $5 of food, instead of cash to fund his drug habit.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Nudleman will distribute backpacking camp stoves with plenty of cookie dough mix for all.

Manthong's picture

Word Up to EU.. “Body Heat”.

..and that skinny, bald,  four eyed schmuck needs to be Trotysky’d or Stalin’d or something similarly violent.


Fractal Parasite's picture

Nuland's $5b would have more than paid the Gaz bill.

Manthong's picture

Most folks do not know that Trotsky made millions from the horror of the “soviet”:

..and that it was entirely funded by New York bankers, who made way more millions taking the down.

look up the history of  Jacob Schiff and the banks he was affiliated with.

 oh..and Lenin died of some brain disorder in the ‘20’s.

and Trotsky finally croaked sometime in the ‘40’s.

oh.. oh.. oh.. see if you can verify that J.P. Morgan (the original) was in Russia sometime shortly after the quiet coup that happened after some small skirmishes in a few Russian Cities.

Whatever you thimk.. it wasn't like that.

I was brain F'd as a kid.. you are brain f'd now .

The whole socialist evo-revo lution is an evil NWO plot to move resources from the productive to the latent (<.001 pct). and restore the barony of the past.

HardlyZero's picture

Just like their NE neighbor (Russia), wonder where the Kiev govt. dachas are heated this winter ?  That would be a hoot to see how the upper crust lives in Kiev on tax and IMF dollars.

Manthong's picture

If I was younger and wanted to be a sniping kind of guy..

Daschas would not be a good place to be.

tonyw's picture

"Ukraine's puppet regime, which was used and abused by their "western partners", and is suddenly left out to dry, or rather freeze"

You can bet your last dollar that the regime will be the very last to freeze, just the ordinary people as usual.

DeusHedge's picture

mmm, capitalism without technological advancement...

666's picture

Maybe we can send the politicians from the USSA and EU to Ukraine this winter so they can be set on fire and create some heat for the poor Ukes. It's a win-win situation for all!

Idaho potato head's picture

This is sort of like a meth head stealing your money then offering to help you look for it.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Tell em to move to Detroilet, they seem to think that water comes out of the faucet for free.
They think that, because it's true.

StychoKiller's picture

Meh, the FSA will soon find out otherwise:  "When Dreams Come Due, Government and Economics as if Freedom Mattered", by John Galt, ISBN:0-671-61159-3

Dubaibanker's picture

Actually, the NEWS of the MONTH today is that Hungary has cut gas supplies to Ukraine.

The fun in the break up of EU is just getting warmed up...oops...frozen down? the throats of the ever gullible public....better known as the sheeple....

Hungary suspends gas supplies to Ukraine
rwe2late's picture


EU and US taxpayers will eventually wind up paying for all the bills to prop up the installed Kiev government.

Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says the country has enough natural gas to ensure it is not "frozen" in the winter.

BERLIN (AP) — Ukraine would repay $3.1 billion in debts to Russia in exchange for guaranteed gas deliveries through the harsh winter months under a proposal unveiled Friday after talks brokered by the European Union.


hibou-Owl's picture

Is there a Dry firewood index/future ex France.
Many years ago I had an after school job cutting firewood, into forty foot sea containers for India ex NZ.

Wonder if Obummer will pick up the tab???

JuliaS's picture

Let me guess. Natural gas is a right. Wouldn't surprise me if it was actually in the Ukrainian constitution.

Dr. Engali's picture

Calling Al Snore..... Can we have some global warming please?

Dr Strangemember's picture

Since Obama got them into this mess... Perhaps he should ignore his own global warming message and ship them an ass-load of coal in an effort to save the trees?

Everybody wins!!!

Meat Hammer's picture

Han Solo in carbonite!  See?!  This is why I read ZH.

And I'll bet the article is interesting, too!

Dr. Engali's picture

Not me, I only buy it for the articles..... Oops wrong mag. Thought I was talking to my wife for a minute.

101 years and counting's picture

maybe Ukraine can just burn all the money the central banks keep printing to keep warm?  afterall, this entire "crisis" has been manufactured by the "Western" banks and their puppet countries (US, Germany, France, etc...)

HardlyZero's picture

It would be appropriate to see Putin as Batman's Dr. Feeze.   Cold!

williambanzai7's picture

Retards...IMF Sponsored Retards

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

Hey +1 from me. That was kind of funny.

rwe2late's picture

IMF has given Kiev $4.7 billion USD so far,

and over $12 billion more coming in the "pipeline" (pun intended).


LawsofPhysics's picture

I guess you should have left the "democratically elected" people in power then and not listened to the desparate fucks in the west then assfucks.

Mike Masr's picture

I hope these muppet idiots freeze this winter and please get Al Gore over there to drivel on and on about GW.

CheapBastard's picture

mmm … I highly doubt ANY leader, Ukraine, USA, Russia, Chinese, Japanese, African, etc will feel an ounce of cold or hunger discomfort this or any other winter. More likely $500, 7-course dinners at the D.C. Willard, or in the Brussels 5-Star Drie Konige Restaurant with $500/bottle fine wine and/or champagne.

However, I do think many genuinely patriotic average Joe Bloe citizens may freeze their asses off as a result of these Elite Oligarch squabbles.


[PS: I made the Brussels restaurant name up but you get the idea]

[PPS: I also made the name "Joe Bloe" up in case you were wondering who he is]

lasvegaspersona's picture

Thanks for the heads personal consierge was just told to book dinner  at the Drie Konige,...hear it has great Mon Fres Patuat (made that up).

Mercury's picture

Diplomatic lubricant:  John Kerry in carbonite.

Would look nice on the wall of Putin's office.

CuttingEdge's picture

Who would want a horse decorating his office?

I'm sure the local glue factory would be more suitable for the likes of Kerry. At least it would confirm even he has worth (however small).

Theta_Burn's picture

No doubt I would freeze if I didn't pay my bill..


Cthonic's picture

All that wood paneling and furniture will make nice firewood.

Bill of Rights's picture

Mystery Man Who Moves Japanese Markets Made More Than 1 Million Trades - Bloomberg


It was six minutes after the opening bell on Feb. 4, and dozens of big-name stocks were still untraded in Tokyo.


Meat Hammer's picture

Tell me more about your "right" to having natural gas pumped into your homes.  

If nothing else, humanity is getting a crash course on the difference between rights and privileges.

Ms. Erable's picture

Not to mention ownership and thievery.