3-4-14 Gorbachev was genuinely shocked when 90 per cent of Ukrainians voted for independence on December 1st, 1991.
The Russian government under Boris Yeltsin, who was determined to break up the Soviet Union, immediately recognised Ukraine as an independent country….
Russia’s legal counsel Sergey Shakhrai came up with the formula that met their requirements. A Cossack lawyer with a curling moustache, he argued that as the USSR was founded on the basis of a 1922 treaty signed by Russia, Belarus and Ukraine (and the Transcaucasian Federation that had ceased to exist), so the three surviving states could legally dismantle it.
At 4pm, on Sunday, December 8th, the Slav leaders signed the Agreement on the Creation of a Commonwealth of Independent States.
It stated: “We, the Republic of Belarus, the Russian Federation (RSFSR), and Ukraine, as originators of the USSR on the basis of the Union Treaty of 1922, confirm that the USSR, as a subject of international law and a geopolitical reality, ceases its existence.”
The new commonwealth would have no flag, no ministry of foreign affairs, no parliament, no citizenship, no tax-raising powers and no president. …
Gorbachev, the (rather powerless) Soviet leader, accused Yeltsin of “some kind of a political coup… meeting in the woods and shutting down the Soviet Union”. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/how-ukraine-s-fate-was-decided-in-a-hunting-lodge-1.1712000?page=1
As a result, the Union for which Lincoln gave his life has been steadily subverted in an ongoing revolution that has nearly destroyed the delicate architecture of the American republic with its limited powers, checks and balances, and individual sovereignty. -Messenger ECP, see http://books.google.com/books?id=-HVCQjNiM1kC&pg=PA102&dq=clare+prophet+lincoln&hl=en&sa=X&ei=EfsYU__xOs76oAT80ILAAw&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=clare%20prophet%20lincoln&f=false