Ukraine is a hard to understand country for people not living there or following the news closely using several sources.
It is well known the central government in Kiev is supported by several private army’s. These army’s are often financed by ultra-rich businessman and not under control of Ukraine armed forces. Often the businessman got their money from natural resources like oil. The central power is a complex eco-system with various relations between politicians, oligarchs and military people.
Ihor Kolomoyskyi (also spelled as also spelled as Igor/Ihor Kolomoyskyi/Kolomoysky/Kolomoisky/Kolomoiskiy/Kolomoyskiy) is such an example of someone with lots of power.
He was a former governor of the eastern industrial region Dnipropetrovsk region. Kolomoyskyi, a banking, energy and media tycoon with a fortune that Forbes put at $1.8 billion last year, has been a valuable ally to the Kiev government in arming and financing militia groups and volunteer battalions there to hold off pro-Russian separatists. On March 25, 2015, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree dismissing Kolomoyskyi from the post of Dnipropetrovsk RSA Head
Little we know about the possible involvement of Kolomoyskyi’s army and the shot down of MH17.
Kolomoisky has passports of Ukraine, Cyprus and Israel. Israel started a ground offensive in the Gaza strip at July 17, 2014. We will never know if there is a connection between these two events. Lets us just remember these two events.
There is one video in which Kolomoisky states that MH17 was shot down by mistake by amateurs. The video has english subtitles.
Let us have a closer look at his army.
In this video released by the TV station of the Ukraine army we see a couple of BUK TELAR vehicles parked somewhere in Eastern Ukraine. According the Ukraine Army the place this video was made was Kramatorsk airbase. This has not confirmed by independant sources.
At 05:05 in the video we see a couple of interesting things:
- A white Volkswagen van with green strips and a small window just behind the driver (indicated in green circle)
- Two man wearing military uniforms with their badge on the left arm blurred. The viewer is not allowed to see to which unit these men belong.
This type of Volkswagen Transporter is used in Ukraine by banks to tranfer money. These are armoured vehicles.
Two similar looking white Volkswagen Transport vans with a green stripe on the side and small window behind the driver seat are seen in this video.
This video is one of many showing members of the Ukrainian ultra-nationalist group Pravy Sektor which took part in a commando-style raid against the Donbass referendum at May 11 2014 killing two unarmed civilians in the town of Krasnoarmeysk, an investigation by Paris Match has found. Pravy Sektor is said the be paid by Ihor Kolomoyskyi.
Probably the same van can be seen on the lefthand side in this video (at 10:13)
French Paris match has the story about these killings by Pravy Sektor members here (in english)
Paris Match writes:
They arrived telling us they belonged to the National Guard, but we knew it was a lie » said Vitalik Naydiomov, a witness. “We all recognized the minivans they were driving, from PrivatBank”. This bank has seen several of its branches burnt to the ground in eastern Ukraine. It belongs to local oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, one of the main backers of the current interim government in Kiev.
The video’s show two different coloured Volkswagen Transporter T5 vans:
- completely light green
- white with a green strip running on the side . Lefthand side has a small window. Righthandside does not have windows behind the frontseats. On the front of the van there is a green stripe as well.
So who operates these Volkswagen vans?
According a comment on my website under this post:
White vans with a dark green stripe at the side (and two dark green stripes at front) are standard for Ukraine’s cash-in-transit services, both state-owned and several private companies.
However, Privat Bank, being the largest commercial bank in Ukraine, has its own cash-in-transit service which uses the bank’s trademark color, light green. So, every Privat Bank’s cash-in-transit armored van is not white but light green, with the same dark green stripes; most of them (not all) have also a clear Privat Bank brand name inscription.
Several dozen of Privat Bank’s light green armored vans have been stolen and used by the Russian-induced separatists in an occupied part of Eastern Ukraine.
This page provides a photo and some information on the armoured Volkswagen Transporter. It confirms the vehicle is used by banks to transport money.
Ukraine PrivatBank is owned by Kolomoyskyi. PrivatBank uses green Volkswagen Transporters to tranfer money. One of their vans can be seen in many photos on the Internet as it has some interesting sticker applied. The logo on the frontdoor matches the logo on PrivatBank .
The same coloured Volkswagen vans appears in this video. Mind the logo and the darkgreen stripe is missing.
Kolomoisky and use of armed groups to get things done
It was Battalion “Dnepr-1” that occupied state-owned company “UkrNafta” in March 2015 on command of Kolomoisky. This artice provide some insight in the relation between Ihor Kolomoisky who is now in a serious conflict with the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko. The article describes how Kolomoisky delivered security in Dnipropetrovsk which was under attack from separatists.
Kolomoisky made another controversial appearance March 22 2015 , this time at the headquarters of the oil and gas behemoth Ukrnafta, where he held a now-insufficient 43 percent stake. Kolomoisky claimed, once again, that he had traveled there to protect his business interests from a raider attack. He said that the 40 or 50 men who accompanied him were, in fact, the company’s own private security forces.
It appears that millitia are using formerPrivatBank vehicles to disturb the Donbass referendum. A Volkswagen Transporter used by an unknown bank was seen at a military operation using BUKs.
No proof yet for any involvement but interesting to do some more research.by