The Senate is currently debating an aid package to Ukraine. The Senate bill "would provide $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to Ukraine and spend more than $100 million to promote democracy and security in that country."
Former Texas representative Ron Paul, in a March 23, 2014, column, writes about the fact that US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has admitted that since 1991 the US government has:
"Invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine...in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government."
As Paul states, Nuland was caught on tape just recently planning in detail the overthrow of the Ukrainian government. Apparently, "democracy promotion" means the overthrow of democratically elected governments and bringing to power governments that support U.S. policies.
There has been much misinformation about the recent turmoil in Ukraine. Interestingly, the standard media provide very little information about what really happened in Ukraine. Intercepted telephone messages between Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the EU and the Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet show that the snipers who killed from 70 to 100 demonstrators in Kiev were the same ones that killed some policemen.
According to The Guardian and a number of other publications, the conclusion is that the snipers "were protest movement provocateurs rather than supporters of then-president Viktor Yanukovych."
The most active groups among the protest movement have been the ultra-nationalist Svoboda and Right Sector. The attached video shows Svoboda MPs beating up the Ukrainian TV head and forcing him to resign.
It is interesting that the Congress is going through the motions of providing $1B loan guarantee to Ukraine when Russia claims that Ukraine owes it $16B for gas shipments that have already been delivered. While the EU is considering a bigger aid package, these funds will probably all go to the Russians eventually. In the meantime, the fiction promoted in Washington and Brussels is that Ukraine will become a Western-oriented liberal democracy.