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  • VIDEO: Ukrainian Army Armored Column Defects To Pro-Russians In Kramatorsk

    04/16/2014 12:58:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    Youtube/Twitter ^ | 4-16-2014 | TCRLAF
    Seen several tweets of this over the last hour, and now this vid of the defection is posted on YouTube. The column had apparently been surrounded by several hundred pro-Russian civilians inside of Kramatorsk, with several older women linked arm-in-arm to prevent it's passing At about 8:50, you can see the commander arguing with someone on the phone..
  • Putin: Ukraine’s radical escalation puts it on edge of civil war

    04/15/2014 2:07:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    RT ^ | 4-11-2014 | RT
    The sharp escalation of the Ukraine crisis virtually puts the country on the brink of civil war, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a telephone call. Putin and Merkel discussed the upcoming Ukrainian crisis talks between Russia, Ukraine, the EU and the US, scheduled to be held on Thursday in Geneva. Merkel’s press office noted that, despite some differences of opinion, the upcoming talks were the main focus of the telephone conversation.
  • ANALYSIS: Civil War Unlikely as Kiev Junta Loses Support

    04/14/2014 3:05:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 67 replies
    RIANovosti ^ | 4-14-2014 | Daria Chernyshova
    Civil war in Ukraine is unlikely as Kiev’s junta is quickly losing support, according to Jon Hellevig, co-author of the book “Putin’s New Russia." “I don't think there will be any civil war,” Hellevig, a managing partner at the Moscow-based Awara Group, told RIA Novosti. “The Russian people of eastern and southern parts of present-day Ukraine will take over their local governments soon, without large-scale conflict,” said Hellevig, a longtime observer of Russia's development. Pro-federalization protesters in Ukraine’s eastern city of Slaviansk ignored a Monday deadline by the central regime to lay down arms.
  • White House confirms Russian media reports that CIA director was in Kiev over the weekend

    04/14/2014 12:50:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 45 replies
    NEWSER ^ | 4-14-2014 | AP
    The White House is confirming that CIA Director John Brennan was in the Ukrainian capital over the weekend. White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed Russian media reports of the trip to Kiev. Carney says Brennan's visit was part of a trip to Europe. Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is accusing the CIA of being behind the new government's decision to turn to force. But the CIA denies that Brennan encouraged Ukrainian authorities to conduct tactical operations.
  • Ukraine’s New Government Has Lost Its Grip On East Ukraine

    04/14/2014 12:39:54 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 4-14-2014 | Max Seddon
    “The police in Horlivka have gone over to the side of the people.” At 10:33 Monday morning, Sergei, a freelance cameraman in this sleepy industrial town 30 miles from the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, got a call from a blocked number. The man on the line said he was from Russian state television and asked if he could film an angry mob storming the local police station. Unsure what they were talking about — some anti-government activists had protested in Horlivka over the weekend but police held firm and things were now quiet — Sergei, declined. Two hours later,...
  • Russian Fighter Jet Flies Repeatedly Within 1000 Yards Of US Warship In The Black Sea

    04/14/2014 9:01:36 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 42 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11-14-2014 | Tyler Durden
    As we reported last Friday, a second US warship, the destroyer Donald Cook, crossed the Bosphorus last week and entered the Black Sea at precisely the time when NATO was arguing that its encroaching presence around Russia should not spook anyone. Apparently it spooked someone, Russin, which over the weekend decided to give the Americans a warm welcome. As AP reports, "A U.S. military official says a Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region."
  • US Pays Half Of Gazprom's Overdue Invoice With $1 Billion Ukraine Loan Guarantee

    04/14/2014 8:00:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-14-2014 | Tyler Durden
    With Ukraine no longer paying for Russian gaz, and with Gazprom making it clear Kiev has to a) first pay the overdue $2+ billion in invoice and then b) prepay some $5 billion in gas until the end of the year of Europe gets it, it was only a matter of time before the US Treasury stepped in and paid off part or all of Gazprom's demands. That time is now, when moments ago Jack Lew announced a $1 billion loan guarantee for Ukraine - very much the same way that the US provided billions in loan guarnatees for the...
  • Russia Calls Emergency Un Securty Council Meeting Live Thread (8PM)

    04/13/2014 4:04:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 60 replies
    United Nations ^ | 3-13-2014 | TCRLAF
    A live thread for the upcoming Security Council Meeting. It will be PUBLIC, and Ukraine will attend. Live Stream at: http://webtv.un.org/ http://webtv.un.org/
  • Ukraine crisis: UN Security Council to hold emergency session on Ukraine (8PM Tonite)

    04/13/2014 1:46:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    CBC ^ | 4-13-2014 | CBC/Reuters
    The United Nations Security Council will meet for an emergency session to discuss the escalating crisis in eastern Ukraine at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday. "The Council will meet at 8 at Russia's request," a council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Another diplomat said negotiations were under way on Ukraine's participation. Russia's Foreign Ministry said earlier it would put an urgent discussion of the situation in Ukraine on the Security Council agenda, calling Kiev's plans to mobilize the army to put down a rebellion by pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine "criminal".
  • 3 dead in shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas, authorities say

    04/13/2014 12:44:32 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 366 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 4-13-2014
    <p>Just breaking... FOX says Dispatchers have said at least ONE Dead. Shooting at a Jewish Community Center, where children were auditioning for a play, and at a Jewish Assisted Living Center several blocks away.</p>
  • Lawbreaking Rancher Cliven Bundy Wins Victory That Will Embolden Domestic Terrorists (BARF!)

    04/12/2014 3:16:57 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 207 replies
    PolticusUSA ^ | 4-12-2014 | Keith Brekhus
    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced today that it was ending its effort to seize Cliven Bundy’s herd of cattle that has been illegally grazing on federal land. The reason the BLM suspended the cattle round up was to protect the safety of federal employees and members of the general public. Bundy and a smattering of his right-wing supporters have threatened to wage a range war if the government continues with its effort to enforce the law. Let that sink in for a minute. The government is halting their efforts to enforce the law because of the threats being...
  • BREAKING: Airspace Over Bundy Ranch Now A No-Fly Zone (NOTAM Issued!)

    04/11/2014 8:04:21 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 554 replies
    FAA ^ | 4-11-2014
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  • DEVELOPING: Possible Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

    04/11/2014 1:47:40 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 4-11-2014 | James Miller
    There are reports of a possible chemical weapons attack in at least one area of Syria, but possibly more. Below we will be analyzing the information as it comes in. 2034 GMT: A potentially very important video. This claims to have been taken this evening in Kafr Zita, and it is uploaded by a channel that has posted videos nearly exclusively from Kafr Zita. It claims to show a helicopter dropping a barrel bomb filled with the chemical weapons. SNIP- Just today, the Local Coordination Committees reported that five people were killed in Harasta and several more were injured in...
  • Kiev backpedals on referendums after deadline to stop protest expires

    04/11/2014 9:32:51 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 61 replies
    RT ^ | 4-112014 | RT
    Just after a deadline set by Kiev for protesters in eastern Ukraine to vacate seized buildings expired, Parliament-appointed PM Arseny Yatsenyuk pledged to push through a law allowing regional referendums in the country. Holding referendums on the status of their respective regions was among the main demands posed by anti-Maidan activists, who have taken over a number of governmental buildings in eastern Ukraine this week. Ukrainian law currently does not allow regions to hold referendums separately from the rest of the country. It was one of the main arguments Kiev voiced in declaring illegal last month’s referendum in Crimea, which...
  • Presidential candidate: Ukraine’s Kiev-appointed local authorities rely on hired gangs

    04/10/2014 10:20:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    ITAR ^ | 4-11-12 | ITAR
    Ukraine’s presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev says the new local authorities that Kiev has appointed in the country’s southern and eastern regions rely on militias hired especially for a crackdown on opponents of the new leadership. “This job is being done by militants on the payroll of the local authorities,” Tsarev told the Russian government-published daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta in an interview. “In all regions of Ukraine’s South and East the newly-appointed governors have special deputies in charge of such matters. Each is in command of a group of about two hundred ‘hired soldiers’.” Tsarev said the militias were not necessarily members...
  • Putin Says Further Violations by Ukraine Will Compel Russia to Cut Off Gas

    04/10/2014 2:36:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    RIANovosti ^ | 4-10-2014 | RIA
    Russian energy giant Gazprom will be compelled to switch over to prepaid gas deliveries to Ukraine or completely cut off natural gas supplies, should the country further violate its terms of payment, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote Thursday in an open letter to 18 European leaders. “Gazprom is compelled to switch over to advance payment for gas deliveries, and in the event of further violation of the conditions of payment, will completely or partially cease gas deliveries,” Putin explained, saying this was undoubtedly an extreme measure. Talk of a gas cutoff came as Ukraine again defaulted on its gas debt...
  • US Mercenaries and Right Sector Fighters Move Into Donetsk – Militia Leader

    04/10/2014 11:23:33 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    RiaNovosti ^ | 4-10-2014 | Ria
    A ragtag band of US mercenaries, Ukrainian National Guard soldiers, and fighters from the radical Right Sector movement have arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk to raid a building occupied by anti-government protestors, a leader of a local militia group told RIA Novosti on Thursday. “About a hundred people from the National Guard are housed at the Donetsk airport,” said Sergey Tsyplakov, the deputy director of a local group called the People’s Militia of the Donbas. “Around a hundred Right Sector thugs are also in the city, as well as a hundred employees from a private US military...
  • It's On: Gazprom Prepares "Symbolic" Bond Issue In Chinese Yuan

    04/10/2014 11:07:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 4-10-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Curious what the fate of the petrodollar is? Look no farther than this Interfax update blasted moments ago by Bloomberg: "Gazprom Considers 'Symbolic' Yuan Bond Issue, Interfax Says." Bloomberg adds that the gas giant is considering proposals from potential organizers to market bonds in yuan, Interfax reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. -Gazprom unlikely be able to gain more than $300m due to mkt volume, newswire reports -No mandates, deal timeline yet -Issue may add new investors, become a “topical” public relations act amid tensions with U.S., EU Well, yes. It's called "symbolic" for a reason. More importantly,...
  • Donetsk Creates "People's Army"

    04/10/2014 10:44:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 4-10-2014 | Tyler Durden
    With tensions rising ever faster in eastern Ukraine, the anti-government (pro-Russia) movement in Donetsk has taken dramatic steps to bolster itself by creating a "people's army," or National Army of Donetsk. As RT reports, masked men, who are mostly civil volunteers, but also police and army defectors, say they “defend their motherland from the fascist army that’s going to kill them.” They also demand “a referendum to be independent from Kiev” and are in favor of “being with Russia.” The Ukraine forces are moving in on Donetsk...
  • Moscow warns Kiev against using military, mercenaries in southeastern Ukraine

    04/09/2014 4:16:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 49 replies
    RT ^ | 4-9-2014 | RT
    The Russian Foreign Ministry has voiced concerns over the buildup of Ukrainian forces and US mercenaries in the southeastern part of the country, calling on Kiev to immediately cease military preparations which could lead to a civil war. As parts of Ukraine push for greater autonomy – with Donetsk and Kharkov declaring independence on Monday – the self-imposed government in Kiev is reportedly dispatching additional forces in turbulent regions to avoid potential disobedience by local law enforcements. “We are particularly concerned that the operation involves some 150 American mercenaries from a private company Greystone Ltd., dressed in the uniform of...
  • &#8203;Kiev orders ‘state protection’ of protester-held govt HQ in Donetsk

    04/09/2014 4:08:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    RT ^ | 4-9-2014 | RT
    Ukraine’s self-imposed president Aleksandr Turchinov has ordered the protester-held local govt HQ in Donetsk to be taken under ‘state protection’ as armed personnel and armored vehicles have been reported moving into the eastern region of Ukraine. According to a decree signed by Turchinov, the local administration building in Donetsk and surrounding territory is an “important government facility, which is a subject to state protection.” The decree entered into force upon signature and Turchinov has already given Ukraine's state security service appropriate directions, Itar-Tass reports. Ukraine’s acting interior minister Arsen Avakov stated earlier on Wednesday that a “special police task force”...
  • Donetsk Protests Live Thread (About to be Stormed?)

    04/09/2014 12:45:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 98 replies
    Various/twitter ^ | 4-9-2014 | TCRLAF
    Twitter Hashtag #Donetsk has gotten busy in the last hour, especially after this Tweet from a UK blogger stating that the media was gathering, on rumor that the storming of the Donetsk Barricades was imminent. UStream live feed from the Donetsk Barricades. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/artem77?utm_campaign=t.co&utm_source=ustre.am%2F1b876&utm_medium=social&utm_content=20140409121554 Has been up for a while, but down the last 5 minutes. Several recent tweets about "Blackwater mercenaries being seen around/in Donetsk. Euromaidan PR tweets: "Rossiya 24 TV channel illegally broadcast by Donetsk administration captured by separatists." Acting President Turchynov orders to take Donetsk RSA under state security Numerous Twitter reports and Videos of Ukrainian troops, including...
  • The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene

    04/08/2014 4:00:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    WashPost ^ | April 7 at 10:18 am | By Kyle Dropp, Joshua D. Kertzer and Thomas Zeitzoff
    Since Russian troops first entered the Crimean peninsula in early March, a series of media polling outlets have asked Americans how they want the U.S. to respond to the ongoing situation. Although two-thirds of Americans have reported following the situation at least “somewhat closely,” most Americans actually know very little about events on the ground — or even where the ground is.
  • U.S. defense chief gets earful as China visit exposes tensions

    04/08/2014 3:50:54 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    Yahoo/Rueters ^ | 4-8-2014 | Phil Stewart
    Tensions between China and the United States were on full display on Tuesday as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faced questions in Beijing about America's position in bitter territorial disputes with regional U.S. allies. Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, standing side-by-side with Hagel, called on the United States to restrain ally Japan and chided another U.S. ally, the Philippines. Then, Hagel was sharply questioned by Chinese officers at the National Defense University. One of them told Hagel he was concerned that the United States was stirring up trouble in the East and South China Sea because it feared someday "China will...
  • UStream Live Feed From Donetsk Protest

    04/08/2014 2:35:54 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Ustream ^ | 4-8-2014 | Ustream
    Lots of twitters in the last two hours about Pro-Russian protestors preparing for an armed assault in Donetsk and Lugansk. Several videos on Twitter of a BTR convoy that has been moving toward Donetsk all day. Meanwhile, Several twitter reports of Ukraine's currency collapsing in price.
  • It's not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine

    04/08/2014 2:26:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    The Gaurdian ^ | 4-7-2014 | Sergri Lavrov
    The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them is the search for a balance of interests among its various regions, the peoples of which have different historical and cultural roots, speak different languages and have different perspectives on their past and present, and their country's future place in the world. Given these circumstances, the role of external forces should have been to help Ukrainians...
  • Russia, Ukraine Reach Agreement On Crimea Forces Return

    04/08/2014 2:05:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Interpretermag Ukraine Live Blog ^ | 4-8-2014 | Interpreter mag
    UkrInform.ua reports that the deputy head of Ukraine’s Presidential Administration, Andriy Senchenko, has announced that an agreement has been reached on the return of Ukraine’s ships from Russian-held Crimea. The first ships to return will be the corvette Ternopil, the missile boat Priluki and the tanker, Fastov, all of which are currently in Sevastopol. Simultaneously, the head of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Crimean media centre, Vladislav Seleznev, announced that an agreement had been made on the return of Ukrainian aircraft from Crimea, adding that: One plane will fly home under its own power following maintenance, several more will be transported...
  • Expanded meeting of the Federal Security Service board (Putin Speech Today)

    04/07/2014 8:02:11 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Kremlin ^ | 4-7-14 | Kremlin
    Vladimir Putin took part in an expanded meeting of the Federal Security Service board. PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, At this expanded meeting today, we will discuss the Federal Security Service’s results over the recent period and outline the priorities ahead (SNIP) Russia’s laws today give us the conditions we need for non-governmental and public organisations to work freely and transparently. But we will never accept for them to be used for destructive purposes. We will not accept a situation such as happened in Ukraine, when in many cases it was through non-governmental organizations that the nationalist and...
  • Czech leader says NATO could offer troops to Ukraine if Russia goes beyond Crimea

    The West should take strong action, possibly including sending NATO forces to Ukraine, if Russia tries to annex the eastern part of the country, Czech President Milos Zeman said on Sunday. "The moment Russia decides to widen its territorial expansion to the eastern part of Ukraine, that is where the fun ends," Zeman said in a broadcast on Czech public radio. "There I would plead not only for the strictest EU sanctions, but even for military readiness of the North Atlantic Alliance, like for example NATO forces entering Ukrainian territory," Zeman said. Pro-Russian protesters seized state buildings in three east...
  • NATO suspends civilian, military cooperation with Russia

    04/01/2014 10:14:08 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 49 replies
    Fox ^ | 4-1-2014 | AP
    NATO's foreign ministers ordered an end to civilian and military cooperation with Russia on Tuesday and told their generals and admirals to quickly figure out ways to better protect alliance members that feel threatened by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin. The 28-member alliance, the keystone of U.S. and European security since the end of World War II, was reacting to its most serious crisis in years: Russia's unilateral annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, which the U.S. and its allies have condemned as an illegal land grab. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the other ministers, meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels...
  • Top Kiev official wounded in shooting incident in city center

    03/31/2014 7:54:14 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 3-31-2014 | TASS
    Three people, including deputy head of the Kiev city state administration Bogdan Dubas, were wounded in a shooting incident in the Ukrainian capital’s center near the Mafia restaurant on Monday, Kiev police told Itar-Tass. The shooting was started by an activist of the Right Sector far-right group, Ukrainian parliament-appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Monday. “A Right Sector activist started shooting near the Mafia caf·. Three people were wounded, including two of them seriously. The wounded are two Maidan self-defense soldiers and Kiev city administration deputy head Bogdan Dubas,” Avakov said. “The reasons for the shooting are unknown. The wounded...
  • Ukraine's Darth Vader bids to lead nation to the dark side

    03/31/2014 5:05:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Gaurdian ^ | 3-31-2014 | Agence France-Presse
    Sith lord runs for president as candidate of Ukrainian Internet party, vowing to 'make an empire out of a republic' As Ukraine battles to stave off dark forces of its own, the Star Wars villain Darth Vader announced at the weekend he was running for president in a bid to restore glory to the downtrodden nation. The Sith lord, or at least an unnamed costumed protester often seen on Kiev's Independence Square flanked by his loyal stormtroopers during the winter protests, has been chosen as the official candidate of the Ukrainian Internet party (UIP) which has become known for its...
  • Russia's Military Begins Massive Nuclear War Drill

    03/29/2014 2:26:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 3-29-2014 | Zachary Keck
    -On Thursday, 10,000 Russian troops began a drill simulating the massive use of nuclear missiles. While much Western attention has been bestowed on Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine, Moscow also began a massive nuclear offensive exercise on Thursday. According to the Russian daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta, on Thursday Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces began a massive three-day exercise involving 10,000 soldiers and 1,000 pieces of equipment from more than 30 units. The major purpose of the drill, according to the report—which cites multiple senior Russian military officers—is to ensure Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces have sufficient readiness to conduct offensive operations involving the...
  • Obama considers sending anti-aircraft weapons to Syrian opposition

    03/28/2014 9:32:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    RT ^ | 3-28-2014 | RT
    President Barack Obama may authorize the shipment of new air defense systems to rebel forces in Syria’s ongoing civil war, a new Associated Press report states. Citing an unnamed US official, the AP stated Obama is mulling over the idea of sending man-portable air-defense systems, also known as MANPADs, to Syrian opposition groups, a move that would mark a notable shift compared to the White House’s past statements. As RT reported last month, the Obama administration has been interested in employing new ways to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad and boost the opposing rebels, who have lost ground...
  • White House and Kremlin seem to have different recollections of Obama-Putin call

    03/28/2014 6:58:05 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 122 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 3-28-2014 | Adam Taylor
    On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama spoke on the phone. Given recent tensions over Ukraine and Crimea, dialogue seems like a good thing. However, were the two presidents really talking to each other? After reading the two official statements about the call, it sounds like they got some wires crossed or something.
  • Putin Calls Obama, White House Says

    03/28/2014 2:20:02 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 115 replies
    NYT ^ | 3-28-2014 | Micheal Shear
    President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia called President Obama on Friday to discuss a proposal by Mr. Obama for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, and the two leaders agreed that diplomats for both countries should meet soon to discuss it, the White House said.
  • Turkey shuts off YouTube after 'Syria invasion plan' leak

    03/28/2014 2:06:14 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    RT ^ | 3-27-2014 | RT
    Access to YouTube has been cut off in Turkey after an explosive leak of audiotapes that appeared to show ministers talking about provoking military intervention in Syria. Other social media have already been blocked ahead of tumultuous local elections. The latest leaked audio recording, which reportedly led to the ban, appears to show top government officials discussing a potential attack on the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire. The tomb is in Syrian territory, but protected by Turkish soldiers. On the tape, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet DavutoÄźlu is heard saying that Prime Minister...
  • Exposed: Obama states Kosovo left Serbia only after referendum, but there was NO referendum at all

    03/27/2014 6:42:31 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    RT ^ | 3-27-2014 | RT
    Barack Obama’s speech on Ukrainian crisis seems to have left the public confused as he claimed that Kosovo broke away from Serbia “after a referendum”. But attentive listeners quickly pointed Obama’s gaps in history – there was no referendum in Kosovo. President Obama was speaking Wednesday at The Center for Fine Arts in the heart of Brussels, Belgium, and was telling the youth crowd mostly about Russian-Ukrainian conflict over the strategic Crimean Peninsula. He lashed out at Russia for “violation of international law, its assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Obama recalled the conflict around Kosovo and NATO’s involvement,...
  • Ukrainian nationalists threaten to storm parliament after's leader killing

    03/27/2014 2:09:30 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 48 replies
    RT ^ | 3-27-2014 | RT
    Over 1,500 nationalists from the Right Sector have circled Ukrainian parliament in Kiev threatening to storm it on Thursday. They demanded the resignation of the interior minister after their leader Muzychko was killed in a police operation. Up to 2,000 members of the Right Sector, which recently was revamped into a political party, flooded the square in front of Verkhovna Rada in the Ukrainian capital on Thursday night. The radicals, who brought car tires to burn with them, were banging on the Parliament’s doors, smashing the glass parts in them. Wearing masks and brandishing bats, they were shouting "Avakov, get...
  • Ukraine warns EU that transit of Russian gas via Ukraine territory may stop

    03/27/2014 12:19:40 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 3-27-2014 | ITAR-Tass
    KIEV, March 27. /ITAR-TASS/. A warning came to the European Union that transit of Russian natural gas to the EU via Ukrainian territory may stop. This warning is made in a letter Yuriy Prodan, appointed by the Supreme Rada as minister of energy and coal industry of Ukraine, addressed to EU Energy Commissioner Guenter Oettinger, the press service of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry reports.
  • Russia's Largest Gay Club Has Shut Down

    03/27/2014 8:24:21 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 54 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3-27-2014 | MELIA PATRIA via Nightline
    After enduring months of homophobic attacks, including gunfire and toxic gas, Russia's largest gay nightclub, Central Station, has finally closed its doors for good. The club management surrendered to a spate of harassment in late February, after a group of men allegedly blocked the front gates, preventing patrons from entering the building safely, according to staff members who were on the scene. The well-known club was widely considered a haven and a symbol of freedom for the country's besieged LGBT community. "All was [taken] by our enemies," lamented former club dancer Alexander Moskalets. "It's all gone." "They really stopped the...
  • Merkel not ready to back economic sanctions against Russia

    03/26/2014 11:41:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    RT ^ | March 27, 2014 | RT
    The West has not yet reached a stage where it will be ready to impose economic sanctions on Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, stressing that she hopes for a political solution to the stalemate over Ukraine crisis. The chancellor said she is “not interested in escalation” of tensions with Russia, speaking after Wednesday meeting with the South Korean president in Berlin. “On the contrary, I am working on de-escalation of the situation,” she added, as cited by Itar-Tass. Merkel believes that the West “has not reached a stage that implies the imposition of economic sanctions” against Russia, advocated by...
  • Michelle Recalls Surviving American Death Camps

    03/26/2014 7:59:54 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 48 replies
    People's Cube ^ | 3-26-2014 | Komissar Blogunov
    Speaking to a group of awestruck Chinese citizens, Michelle Obama recounted her years of oppression as a victim of racism and how she survived the American extermination camps. "There were laws in America that discriminated against people like me because of the color of our skin," said Michelle. A sharp inward gasp was heard as the interpreter finished her comment in Mandarin. Still haunted by laws that were no longer in effect when she was born, Michelle outlined her plight as she endured racism in Princeton University, and narrowly escaped death at Harvard Law School. Tears were seen streaming down...
  • Crimean chief prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya ‘wanted’ by Ukraine's security service

    03/26/2014 3:03:14 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 78 replies
    RT ^ | 3-26-2014 | RT
    Ukrainian national security service has put Crimea’s chief prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya on its wanted list. She is charged of taking actions aimed at the violent overthrow of constitutional order and takeover of government power. Poklonskaya took the office as Crimea defied the coup-imposed government in Kiev and sought independence from Ukraine. After the peninsula joined the Russian Federation, she was appointed as Crimea's acting chief prosecutor by Russia’s General Prosecutor Yury Chaika. The Ukrainian National Service for Security and Defense accuse her of violating article 109 of the Criminal Code, which deals with overthrow of the government. Poklonskaya became somewhat...
  • Twitter sues Turkey over service ban

    03/26/2014 2:26:21 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    RT ^ | 3-26-2014 | RT
    Twitter has filed lawsuits in several Turkish courts to challenge an access ban on its service recently pushed through by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The move comes on the same day an Ankara administrative court moved to suspend the ban. “It’s now been six days since the Turkish government blocked access to Twitter. Throughout this time, we’ve been engaged in a discussion with Turkish authorities to hear their concerns, inform them about how our platform and policies work, and try and bring this situation to a resolution,” Hurriyet Daily cited Twitter’s general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, as saying on the social...
  • Putin’s Approval Rating Rises to 80% – Poll

    03/26/2014 2:20:56 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 3-26-2014 | Ramil Sitdikov
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval rating has reached 80 percent, with a majority of Russians saying the country is heading in the right direction, an independent pollster said Wednesday. A poll by the Levada Center said public support for the Russian leader rose by 8 percent since Putin delivered an address to parliament on Crimea before the predominantly Russian-speaking region rejoined Russia last week. Levada said Putin's approval rating peaked at 85 percent in spring 2008, when Dmitry Medvedev, now prime minister, succeeded him as president. Another poll by Levada last week said a majority of Russians believe their country...
  • Kiev Authorities Plan to Crack Down on Maidan Radicals - Source

    03/26/2014 12:08:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3-25-2014 | RIA
    Ukraine’s interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has authorized the detention and questioning of the leaders of radical Right Sector party after receiving threats of retaliation for the killing of one of its notorious activists, a ministry’s source said Tuesday. The source said on condition of anonymity that Avakov’s order includes a police sweep of Kiev's Independence Square, known as Maidan, which is still occupied by scores of ultranationalists. “Investigators from the ministry are already working at some of the tents on Maidan,” the source said, adding that a crackdown on Maidan could start later tonight. Ukrainian special forces have gunned...
  • Moscow Demands Ukraine Cease Irresponsible Behavior Threatening Civil Aviation

    03/25/2014 11:58:12 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    RIA ^ | 3-26-2014 | RIA
    MOSCOW, March 26 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow is demanding Ukraine to refrain from irresponsible practices that are threatening the safety of civil aviation, according to a Russian Foreign Ministry statement published on Wednesday. Ukraine’s border control continues to deny Aeroflot crewmembers to leave their airplanes. “Such actions are not in line with international acts and conventions in following the demands for safe flights of international civilian aviation,” the statement reads.
  • Moscow Slams Closure of Russian TV in Ukraine

    03/25/2014 11:31:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3-25-2014 | Konstantin Dolgov
    A ruling by a Ukrainian court to suspend broadcasts of four Russian TV channels in Ukraine is an attack against human rights and media freedom, a senior Russian diplomat said on Tuesday. The District Administrative Court in Kiev ruled to suspend broadcasts of Russia's Rossiya 24, Channel One, RTR Planeta, and NTV-World in Ukraine pending hearings on a permanent ban. "Undoubtedly, this should be viewed only as an infringement on democratic freedoms and as a violation of Ukraine's international obligations. Certainly, millions of [Russian-speaking] residents of this country have the right to watch [Russian] TV and have access to [other]...
  • &#1047;&#1040;&#1064;&#1058;&#1054;? WHY? Stories of bombed Yugoslavia (Clinton's Undeclared War)

    03/25/2014 6:58:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    RT ^ | 3-24-2014 | RT
    Fifteen years after NATO’s 78-day bombardment of Yugoslavia, memories of the bombing still haunt present-day Serbia. NATO killed over 2,000 people, hundreds were civilians, 88 were children. Serbs ask ‘why?’ above all. Why did NATO smash their cities, kill their children, bomb hospitals and schools? When the NATO bomb campaign began (on March 24th 1999) Jelena Milincic was a student at the University of Belgrade, and just 18 years old. When the first bombs shook Belgrade she cowered under a table with her mother, sister, and best friend. Remembering this 15 years later, they laugh nervously. Jelena takes Anissa Naouai...