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'Open arms and smile' fail to protect German colonel in Ukraine
Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Alissa de Carbonnel and Thomas Grove

Posted on 04/27/2014 10:10:31 PM PDT by wetphoenix

MOSCOW/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Days before he was taken prisoner, the German colonel who leads the team of European observers being held by separatist gunmen in eastern Ukraine described his technique for working in dangerous hotspots.

"In a moment when the situation gets tense I back off," Colonel Axel Schneider told a Reuters reporter in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Tuesday, when asked about the challenges of operating near the flashpoint city of Slaviansk.

"I don't wear a helmet, I don't wear a flak vest," he said.

"I am here with my arms open and a smile on my face."

Schneider's approach did not work on Friday, when the bus carrying him and his seven fellow observers was boarded by pro-Russian militiamen at a checkpoint on the edge of Slaviansk, in eastern Ukraine.

On Sunday, after three days being detained on suspicion of being NATO spies - including one night spent in a cellar - Schneider and his colleagues were paraded by their captors at a news conference in Slaviansk's city administration building.

Schneider, wearing a plaid button-down shirt, looked tense but was calm and deliberate as he said he and his group had not been harmed and were in good health, and were anxious to go back to their home countries.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Russia
KEYWORDS: eussr; germany; obama; ukraine

1 posted on 04/27/2014 10:10:32 PM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: wetphoenix

Germans in the Ukraine...not a smart idea.


2 posted on 04/27/2014 10:14:16 PM PDT by dfwgator
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~”In a moment when the situation gets tense I back off,”~

What I like about Germans is that they are always honest.
But it is also a primary reason why everybody hates them. If they don’t like something about you, or your idea, or what you are doing is not that perfect by their standard, they are so straight about it to a point of being extremely rude, even hateful.
That is also a reason why they weren’t successful in building their global empire, despite extraordinary technology and ability to make things done.
They simply unable to get along with other people. Even inside Germany, every city or land has a perception of residents of their place as good people and ‘true Germans’ and people from 15 miles away as aliens and a kind of untermenshen. “German diplomacy” is oximoron.


3 posted on 04/27/2014 10:37:26 PM PDT by wetphoenix
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Whatever one thinks about this situation or what we should do about it, part of the debate has to be the reality that Russia is indicating how it will respond to future actions. Russia is like Serbia big enough to fight back. And who can’t be knocked out. Those who advocate escalation better state plainly that they are willing to own the consequences. If this goes sidewise, the downside is tremendous. No apologia after about “botched execution,” we all know who is in charge.


4 posted on 04/27/2014 10:53:48 PM PDT by Monmouth78
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To: dfwgator

Pouring a bucket of gasoline to douse a glowing coal.
What could possibly go wrong?


5 posted on 04/27/2014 11:12:08 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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“Even inside Germany, every city or land has a perception of residents of their place as good people and ‘true Germans’ and people from 15 miles away as aliens and a kind of untermenshen.”

That explains mother. Germany was not a country but a collection of states. She was very proud of her ancestry, but less so of my father’s Bavarian roots.


6 posted on 04/28/2014 5:49:11 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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