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Thousands protest in Ukraine, defying court ban
Reuters ^ | Sunday, Jan. 19th, 2014 | Richard Balmforth and Natalia Zinets

Posted on 01/19/2014 6:31:27 AM PST by 1rudeboy

Up to 100,000 Ukrainians massed in the capital Kiev on Sunday in defiance of sweeping new laws aimed at stamping out anti-government protests.

The rally, the biggest this year in a cycle of pro-Europe protests convulsing the former Soviet republic for the past two months, was spurred by the legislation rushed through parliament last week and which the opposition says will lead to a police state.

Significantly raising the stakes in the confrontation with

President Viktor Yanukovich, opposition leaders announced a plan to gather people's signatures expressing no confidence in his leadership and that of parliament.

Denouncing as unconstitutional last Thursday's hurried vote in parliament by Yanukovich's supporters, they called for moves to set up a parallel structure of power - including a people's assembly and a new constitution.

"Yanukovich and his henchmen want to steal our country. Ukraine is united as never before in its struggle against those in power today, in its determination not to allow a dictatorship," declared boxer-turned politician Vitaly Klitschko, the strongest potential challenger for the presidency.

Though setting up an alternative power structure may not be realistic, Sunday's turn-out suggested it could also be difficult for the authorities to try to solve the crisis by use of force despite the court ban and the new laws.

Another opposition leader, far-right-nationalist Oleh Tyahnibok, dismissed the laws as unconstitutional as he spoke from the tribune on Kiev's main Independence Square.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: europeanunion; france; gasputin; germany; neosovietlackey; nwobootlicker; olehtyahnibok; russia; ukraine; unitedkingdom; viktoryanukovich; vitalyklitschko

1 posted on 01/19/2014 6:31:27 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

How rude of them ;-)


2 posted on 01/19/2014 6:33:08 AM PST by No One Special
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To: 1rudeboy

good


3 posted on 01/19/2014 6:34:30 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: No One Special

I saw some funny photos where the people are wearing bowls and colanders on their heads to protest the ban on helmets.


4 posted on 01/19/2014 6:35:17 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Bet you that sticks in pooty poot’s craw.


5 posted on 01/19/2014 6:44:08 AM PST by No One Special
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To: ETL; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks 1rudeboy


6 posted on 01/19/2014 8:02:19 AM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: 1rudeboy
A little Russia-Ukraine recent history...

I'm sure the Putin defenders will come after me for it. Screw them.

Yushchenko: Russia blocking poisoning probe
By Bonnie Malkin and agencies, September 12, 2007


Mr Yushchenko before and after the poisoning

"Mr [Viktor] Yushchenko, a pro-European politician who wanted to bring his country out of Russia's shadow, fell seriously ill on September 6, 2004 as he was competing in presidential elections against a pro-Moscow candidate, Viktor Yanukovich, now prime minister.

After months of tests in an Austrian clinic, it was determined that he had ingested a massive amount of the poison dioxin.

Although he survived, his face was left bloated and pockmarked, and he has had to undergo regular treatment to rid his body of the toxin.

In an interview with Le Figaro he said he believed the dioxin used to disfigure him was made in a Russian lab.

Mr Yushchenko did not directly accuse the Russian government of being behind his poisoning, but he did say he had 'practically put all the pieces together' and the attempt against him 'was not a private action'. ..."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1562838/Yushchenko-Russia-blocking-poisoning-probe.html
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"Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko (born February 23, 1954) [was] the third and [former] President of Ukraine". He took office on January 23, 2005.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Yushchenko
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(Ukraine) Hunt starts for Yushchenko's poisoner:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/1478922/Hunt-starts-for-Yushchenko%27s-poisoner.html
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pro-Moscow Viktor Yanukovich, new president of the Ukraine

7 posted on 01/19/2014 8:07:26 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: 1rudeboy

I don’t mind admitting I’m not quote informed; has Putin basically taken back Ukraine with ok by the Ukrainian government (now just a puppet to Putin) against the will of the people? And, 0bummer stood by and did nothing. I’m I close to accurate?


8 posted on 01/19/2014 3:40:21 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (Pajama-boy-in-chief's beatings continue until morale improves.)
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To: 1rudeboy
UPDATE: Protesters clash with police at large Ukraine rally

A group of young masked demonstrators attacked a cordon of police with sticks and tried to overturn a bus blocking their way to the parliament building after opposition politicians called on people to disregard the new legislation.

Despite appeals from opposition leaders not to resort to violence, and a personal intervention from boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko, protesters continued to throw smoke bombs and hurl fireworks and other objects at police.

The police appeared to show restraint during that fracas. The interior ministry said 30 police were hurt, including more than 10 admitted to hospital and four in serious condition.

More at the LINK

9 posted on 01/19/2014 4:04:24 PM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: CincyRichieRich

Pretty much, but it gets complicated (as things always are): what you have is a significant portion of the population that is trying to break from Russia, and a significant portion that is trying to remain in Russia’s sphere. You have to scratch the surface of both sides to see where their loyalties are.


10 posted on 01/19/2014 4:13:39 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
what you have is a significant portion of the population that is trying to break from Russia, and a significant portion that is trying to remain in Russia’s sphere. You have to scratch the surface of both sides to see where their loyalties are.

It's the language. While pretty much all Ukrainians are bilingual in both Ukrainian and Russian, the language they speak at home will generally tell you where their loyalties lie. Russian speakers tend to be pro-Yanukovich, pro Russia. Ukrainian speakers tend to be anti Yanukovich, pro West.

It's very much a divided country.

11 posted on 01/19/2014 4:26:29 PM PST by Drew68
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To: 1rudeboy

Slavic Spring.


12 posted on 01/19/2014 5:15:56 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: 1rudeboy

I have a question. Will the youth of our nation protest in this manner or are they wandering around like chickens with their heads cut off?


14 posted on 01/20/2014 3:59:02 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776
I have a question. Will the youth of our nation protest in this manner or are they wandering around like chickens with their heads cut off?

Probably through the internet, then in the streets if chaos results.

15 posted on 01/20/2014 4:10:39 AM PST by jetson (THE)
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To: Eleutheria5

Did you have a problem with my label of the events in Ukraine or was it the pictures of the fires and broken windows that upset you?


16 posted on 01/20/2014 8:36:39 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: mac_truck

I didn’t have any problem with your post. Whoever complained about it, it wasn’t I.


17 posted on 01/20/2014 9:06:52 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

interesting...thanks.


18 posted on 01/20/2014 9:12:33 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: mac_truck
Seems you weren't too far off in your label, either.

http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Jew-stabbed-in-Kiev-on-way-home-from-synagogue-338594
19 posted on 01/20/2014 9:32:35 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: ETL

“...Pro-Moscow Viktor Yanukovich...”

ETL, clarify for me please: By pro-Moscow, is that to mean that the current president Yanukovich is trying to rebuild communist control of the country and re-situate Ukraine as a satellite/vassal of Russia?

According to Wikipedia, this guy was a member of the Communist Party of Ukraine.

Political party:
Communist Party of Ukraine (Soviet Union) (Before 1991)[1]
Party of Regions (2003–2010)
Independent (2010–present)

Regarding Viktor Yuschenko: I remember the poisoning of this man, quite well. But HE was a member of the Communist Party as well (1980-1991).

Political party:
Our Ukraine (2005–present)
Other political
affiliations Our Ukraine-People’s Self-Defence Bloc (2001–2012)
Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1980–1991)

Confused as to who bad guys are here... I realize they were a one-party state (democrat - err, sorry, communist) and this was probably the norm...


20 posted on 01/20/2014 9:55:47 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: mac_truck
Your images were removed because of a copyright violation. For more information, please consult the Updated FR Excerpt and Link Only or Deny Posting List due to Copyright Complaints. It is also hotlinked at the top of the forum homepage under, "CopyrightList."
21 posted on 01/20/2014 10:24:11 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Thanks..sbt.


23 posted on 01/20/2014 10:48:53 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: Eleutheria5

One of the three main ‘opposition’ parties in Ukraine is Svaboda, an ultra-nationalist group with ties to other European national socialist organizations. They are descended from the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, a paramilitary organization which fought alongside the Nazis in occupied Ukraine during World War II.

Svaboda has been engaged in violent demonstrations against the elected government in Ukraine for over a year and no doubt were the main protagonists in yesterday’s violence in Kiev.


24 posted on 01/20/2014 11:42:22 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: ETL

He looks like a REAL Russian bear! Putin looks like a child next to him.


25 posted on 01/21/2014 7:35:51 AM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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He looks like a REAL Russian bear! Putin looks like a child next to him.

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pro-Moscow Viktor Yanukovich, new president of the Ukraine

26 posted on 01/21/2014 7:48:19 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Drew68; 1rudeboy; CincyRichieRich
The (presently jailed) former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko is also part of the mix:

The article on her in Wikipedia gives one a taste of Ukranian politics:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yulia_Tymoshenko

Tymoshenko is probably lucky to "only" be imprisoned, at this point: Then candidate and eventual President Viktor Yushchenko survived dioxin poisoning in 2004.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Yushchenko

27 posted on 01/21/2014 10:14:55 PM PST by Paul R. (We are in a break in an Ice Age. A brief break at that...)
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To: Paul R.; Drew68; 1rudeboy; CincyRichieRich

Oops, sorry - partially redundant info. there about Yushchenko at the end of my prev. post.


28 posted on 01/21/2014 10:18:14 PM PST by Paul R. (We are in a break in an Ice Age. A brief break at that...)
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To: Paul R.

BTW, does anyone know why putting pics and hot-links in the same post doesn’t work, for the links? I’ve tried to follow the HTML Sandbox guidelines, but then the links don’t show up at all. I’ll admit I’m a HTML novice. :-)


29 posted on 01/21/2014 10:24:14 PM PST by Paul R. (We are in a break in an Ice Age. A brief break at that...)
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To: mac_truck; Eleutheria5

the UIA were murderous. They killed Poles and Jews with a vicioiusness like the RPA (the Russian soldiers who turned coat) they were so appalling in the Warsaw uprising that they even disgusted the SS.


30 posted on 01/21/2014 11:59:55 PM PST by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: Eleutheria5
Well, just in the Ukraine, for Eastern Slavs

Southern Slavs and Western Slavs live in pretty democratic nations

31 posted on 01/22/2014 12:00:24 AM PST by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: NFHale

Yushchenko was a registered member of Communist Party in Soviet Union, but he was not a political power person. His background was accounting and he made it into Deputy Director of a bank. People at higher levels were pressured into joining the Communist Party and probably one could not have been promoted to Deputy Director level if he refused. Many people just signed the papers and that was it for them.


32 posted on 01/23/2014 7:20:35 AM PST by Krosan
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To: Krosan

“...Many people just signed the papers and that was it for them....”

Yeah, I get that... to be able to advance anywhere, they probably had to “play ball”.


33 posted on 01/23/2014 7:34:39 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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