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Ukraine Opens Talks with Russia; Bombing of Slavyansk Continues Anyway
FinanceTownhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Mike Shedlock

Posted on 06/09/2014 12:13:24 PM PDT by Kaslin

The Financial Times reports Poroshenko opens talks with Russia.

Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s new president, has opened talks with Russia on restoring peace in two breakaway eastern provinces a day after taking office, vowing to negotiate an end to the three-month-old pro-Russian insurgency.

Mr Poroshenko took part on Sunday in a three-member “working group discussion” on a proposed peace plan with Mikhail Zurabov, Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine, and a representative of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Iryna Friz, a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian president said.

The opening of dialogue came a day after the billionaire oligarch took office with a promise to “ensure lasting peace” in the country’s breakaway eastern Donetsk and Lugansk provinces, and on the same day that Ukraine’s military pummeled rebel positions in a heavy assault on the separatist-controlled city of Slavyansk.

Pro-Russian rebels, who fired back with machine guns and heavy artillery, said that an unspecified number of civilians in the city were injured or killed. Explosions were heard, some buildings caught fire, and columns of thick black smoke rose over the town on Sunday afternoon.

In his first speech as president on Saturday, the billionaire oligarch sounded a more emollient tone on making peace with the rebels than the uncompromising line favoured by his caretaker predecessors, who took power after February’s pro-Europe Maidan revolt.

Mr Poroshenko promised to allow easterners free use of the Russian language and move forward with a plan to decentralise government – core separatist demands – and the holding of new local elections in the east.

Peace Making

The peacemaking talk is off to a rather disingenuous start to put things mildly. Please consider Battles under way near Ukraine's Slavyansk and Kramatorsk.

Shooting resumed Sunday morning in the area of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, the headquarters of Slavyansk self-defense forces told RIA Novosti. "Battles are now under way on the outskirts of Kramatorsk, in the area of the Yasnogorovsky state farm, as well as on the outskirts of Slavyansk, near the Mashmet," the militia informed.

The Ukrainian army continues to bombard Slavyansk (the centre and the districts of Artem and Vostochny), and its suburbs - Yampil and Semyenovka. The security forces use mortars and self-propelled launchers Tulip.

Images of Slavyansk

Reader Dmitriy provided a link these Images of Slavyansk.







More images in link.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: ukraine; war

1 posted on 06/09/2014 12:13:24 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Looks more like damage from shelling.


2 posted on 06/09/2014 12:51:15 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Kaslin

Video from a Slovyansk suburb after today’s shelling.
http://filmys.com/index.php/773-George/videos/video/702-semyonovka-after-the-battle.#.U5YN0H7D-M9

Strelkov, the local rebel commander, is saying that while the Ukrainian Army is fleeing from combat, leaving them plenty of Ammo and equipment, they can’t withstand the heavy artillery and airstrikes. They are reporting a bunch of civilian deaths from the bombardments.

The rebel mayor reported that at least 12 civilians were killed in the bombardments yesterday, including a 4 yr-old girl when an orphanage was shelled.

Just today, there are reports that the rebels supposedly captured 3 T-62’s, 2 Grad’s, and several trucks after ambushing a convoy.

It’s tough to weed through the extreme propaganda coming out of Kiev, and what the rebels are saying, to come up with a clear picture of what is happening, but most of the video and pics speak for themselves.


3 posted on 06/09/2014 12:52:28 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: BenLurkin
This is what they are using on the ground....which the speratists demolished today....one left to take out


4 posted on 06/09/2014 1:28:24 PM PDT by caww
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To: tcrlaf
Just a portion of the destruction.....Kiev Military did destroy completely the village of Semenivka

Meanwhile Kiev Government attempts to find a solution to the fighting


5 posted on 06/09/2014 1:39:28 PM PDT by caww
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To: tcrlaf
Meanwhile McCain, (Obama's lapdog) moves in on Belarius to stop the SouthStream pipeline after Putin said no to Yats, who cried out to stop it because it would take away Ukraine's transfer fees. So McCain went to strong arm Belarius.....I have said before...keep your eye on McCain...he's the point man on all these uprisings the US is involved in. Regardless of what he says he is fully in Obamas courts


6 posted on 06/09/2014 1:46:05 PM PDT by caww
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To: tcrlaf
Ukraine's radical 'Oligarchs' 'Kolomoisky' and 'Akhmetov' are enjoying their win...the same ones who collectively robbed Ukraine for years... June 7,2014....."Putting on the Ritz"....they have it made now and they know it.


7 posted on 06/09/2014 1:50:38 PM PDT by caww
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To: tcrlaf
Sec. Nuland, Kerry, Ambass. Pyatt 'Coach' Ukraine President Poroshenko Before Meeting in Warsaw


8 posted on 06/09/2014 1:56:29 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww
Keiv Maidan activists welcoming the new Government of Ukraine...interesting it's not the EU flag they're holding out there.....Requesting Parliament positions be filled quickly


9 posted on 06/09/2014 1:59:22 PM PDT by caww
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Smoke rises from the burning furniture factory after a mortar attack from Ukrainian government troops in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, June 8, 2014.


10 posted on 06/09/2014 2:02:46 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww
Kiev is destroying much of the infrastructure and Industry in the East ....reasons are obvious..and it isn't to rid the area of terrorists....90% of buildings have no militia or separatists in them.


11 posted on 06/09/2014 2:08:15 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww
Many businesses being destroyed in Slavyansk, all part of destroying the economy and infastructure in Eastern Ukraine.


12 posted on 06/09/2014 2:10:43 PM PDT by caww
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13 posted on 06/09/2014 2:12:03 PM PDT by caww
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Though many mothers and their children have been bussed to Russia camps and places of refuge from the Kiev military shilling's...the elderly and men were left behind...heavy artillery shelling while this elderly woman seeks safety


14 posted on 06/09/2014 2:16:45 PM PDT by caww
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To: Kaslin

Good for the Ukrainians.


15 posted on 06/09/2014 2:17:01 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: caww
The town of Semyonovka was completely destroyed by shellings


16 posted on 06/09/2014 2:19:10 PM PDT by caww
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Though Kiev Gov. deny's people are exiting Ukraine from their shelling...mothers say it's not safe for their chidren anymore so they are being bused into Russia....RT has many photos of them arriving over the border but we can't post RT stuff here...so this is what I have of their departure so far.


17 posted on 06/09/2014 2:28:07 PM PDT by caww
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18 posted on 06/09/2014 2:29:32 PM PDT by caww
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19 posted on 06/09/2014 2:30:57 PM PDT by caww
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20 posted on 06/09/2014 2:33:34 PM PDT by caww
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Refugees sit in a bus, leaving Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, June 9, 2014 after a mortar attack by Ukrainian government forces


21 posted on 06/09/2014 2:35:33 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww
Those who cannot be bused directly are taking shelters in their basements...


22 posted on 06/09/2014 2:43:19 PM PDT by caww
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23 posted on 06/09/2014 2:51:29 PM PDT by caww
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24 posted on 06/09/2014 2:57:43 PM PDT by caww
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To: Kaslin

Update from Strelkov (rebel commander in Slovyansk), via the South Front Facebook page:

“At 5.30 the Ukrainian army was bombing Semenovka under the cover of a civilian transport plane - SU joined behind it, then came out, threw a bomb and hid again. Another civilian object has been broken.

At around 9 am – there was a short but intensive bombardment from Karachun Mount on the settlement of Artem. Two civilians were killed and one was wounded. There was a direct fire from mortars.
Again, Ukrainian army is pulling the forces from Izum to us. Snipers from Karachun have activated. The city is almost without mobile communication. Internet works only partially here and there. There is still no water supply.

Yesterday Avakov allegedly proposed a “humanitarian truce” near Slavyansk and a “green corridor”. It seems the shelling and bombing must have demonstrated the “peacefulness”. Well, we had no illusions anyway...”


25 posted on 06/09/2014 4:29:39 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: caww

“Meanwhile McCain, (Obama’s lapdog) moves in on Belarius to stop the SouthStream”

Moves on where ? LOL ! You’re a joke.


26 posted on 06/10/2014 3:11:10 AM PDT by Grzegorz 246
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