The analyst stated that in the fight between Ukraine's elites, "there are many innocent people who suffer…with [gunfire opening] in such an easy way sometimes in Ukraine that one can just wonder whether it is Ukraine or the Wild West."
Eskin also recalled the case of a Jewish children's "doctor beaten up severely in Kharkov 'just because'," noting that "he was kidnapped, beaten up and told that he had to go to Israel."
"I know Kolomoisky quite well and have followed his political activities for a few years now. The man is really brave. [His origins are] from some mafia criminal business," Eskin noted. The analyst stated that the oligarch's actions in taking over the Ukrtransnafta and Ukrnafta offices were perfectly logical from a political and financial point of view, noting that Kolomoisky had probably realized "that if he will not defend his position now, he will lose everything."
Eskin noted that while several of Kolomoisky's protégés in the Ukrainian government have already been arrested, Kolomoisky himself has not, "and now the question is what is going to happen further because he shows signs that what he's going to do in Dnepropetrovsk is to lead a kind of movement that will take Dnepropetrovsk." Eskin believes that in the aims of preserving his wealth, Kolomoisky will attempt to gain a special status for Dnepropetrovsk inside Ukraine, "and in this way he plays into the hands of what the West calls pro-Russian forces, what we call Donetsk, Lugansk and other areas there."
All in all, Eskin sums up the political situation in Ukraine by noting that despite the controversy surrounding Kolomoisky in recent days, the oligarch is not far removed from others in the Ukrainian government, "including their own president, who bows and vows today to the ideology of Bandera and Shukhevych," even if Kolomoisky himself does not.
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