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  • Russia warns Ukraine of ‘irreversible consequences’ after cross-border shelling

    07/13/2014 9:41:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 7-13-2014 | Karoun Demirjian and Michael Birnbaum
    <p>Russia is warning Ukraine of “irreversible consequences” after cross-border shelling from the battle-worn east struck Russian territory Sunday, reportedly killing one Russian citizen and injuring two others.</p> <p>“This incident highlights the extremely dangerous escalation of tensions in the Russian-Ukrainian border and may have irreversible consequences, the responsibility for which lies on the Ukrainian side,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday, calling the incident an “aggressive action.”</p>
  • 1 killed, 2 injured: Russia vows response to Ukraine shelling Russian city

    07/13/2014 8:01:35 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    RT ^ | 7-13-2014 | RT
    An artillery shell from Ukraine has hit a private house in the Rostov region of Russia, killing a citizen and leaving two more injured. The Russian Foreign Ministry promises heavy consequences. Reportedly up to six mortar shells exploded on Sunday in the small Russian town of Donetsk, which has the same name as the Ukrainian city and is situated right on the Ukrainian border. Ukraine’s charge d'affaires in Russia has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry where he was handed a note of protest in the strongest terms. The Russian Foreign Ministry has called the shelling “an obviously aggressive act”...
  • Moscow protests shooting at Russian border guards from Ukrainian side

    07/12/2014 10:14:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    RT ^ | 7-12-2014 | RT
    Moscow strongly condemns Kiev forces shooting at Russian border guards and demands that such actions cease. Otherwise, Russia reserves the right to protect its territory and citizens, the Foreign Ministry has said. At around 3 am on Saturday, a vehicle with a squad of Russian border guards, on duty at the frontier between Russia and Ukraine, came under fire from the Ukrainian side, the Russian Ministry said in a statement. As a result of the incident in the Kuibyshev district of the Rostov region, the vehicle sustained damage: eight bullet holes were found in the vehicle’s chassis. “Only by good...
  • Russia's Rosneft to explore for offshore oil in Cuba, Putin says

    07/12/2014 10:03:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-11-2014 | Reuters
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he was hopeful Russian oil company Rosneft and Cuban state oil company Cupet could begin jointly exploring Cuba's potential offshore oil reserves "in the very near future."
  • At least 30 civilians killed by artillery attack by Kiev troops in Donetsk region - DPR

    07/12/2014 9:21:12 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 12 July 2014 | VOR
    About 30 civilians have been killed in an artillery attack on Maryinka, a suburb of Donetsk, Igor Strelkov (Girkin), the defense minister of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said at a press conference on Saturday. "We know about 30 dead people. But not all ruins have yet been cleared. So there might be more of them. Militia sites have not been affected by the shelling. There are no losses among our fighters," Strelkov said at a press conference on Saturday. DPR Prime Minister Alexander Borodai, who also attended the press conference, said the evacuation of civilians from Maryinka and other...
  • Report: At least 30 Ukraine troops dead in attack

    07/11/2014 10:05:41 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7-11-2014 | PETER LEONARD
    A Ukrainian Interior Ministry official said at least 30 servicemen were killed Friday after pro-Russia rebels fired on them with missiles. Zoryan Shkiryak, an adviser to the interior minister, said authorities would react swiftly to punish the perpetrators. "They will be destroyed or captured and be made answerable to Ukrainian law," Shkiryak said. Defense Ministry spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said the attack was on a forward base in a village near the Russian border and confirmed there had been heavy casualties, but did not give any specific figure. The base was located near one of three border crossings whose closure Russian...
  • Hamas orders civilians to die in Israeli Airstrikes

    07/10/2014 7:44:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7-10-2014 | Adam Kredo
    Hamas' Interior Ministry has ordered residents of the Gaza Strip to remain in their houses if they are about to be bombed by the Israelis, a move that effectively turns citizens into human shields and is intentionally meant to boost the casualty rate, according to a copy of the order published by Hamas. Israel warns Gaza residents of air strikes before they take place so innocent civilians have time to flee and seek shelter. The latest Hamas order that citizens ignore Israel’s warnings and stay put is a clear effort by the terror group to increase the death count and...
  • Fifty new Ebola cases and 25 deaths in West Africa - WHO

    07/09/2014 12:45:07 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-8-2014 | Reuters
    Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea since July 3, as the deadly virus continues to spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
  • Anger Mounts as Germany unearths Second U.S. Spy Suspect

    07/09/2014 12:06:46 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-9-2014 | Thorsten Severin
    German politicians reacted angrily on Wednesday to news of a suspected U.S. spy in the defence ministry, which came days after the arrest of a German foreign intelligence agency worker as a double agent. After the federal prosecutors said authorities had conducted searches in connection with a second spying case, Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners said Washington should remove any U.S. embassy staff involved and cease spying on its ally. Security sources told Reuters the latest suspect was from the military and worked in the defence ministry in Berlin, but no arrest appeared to have been made. The ministry confirmed...
  • Top Obama official blasts Israel for denying Palestinians sovereignty, security, dignity

    07/08/2014 7:03:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 86 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7-9-2014 | Raphael Ahren
    How can Israel have peace if it’s unwilling to delineate a border, end the occupation?’ asks White House Mideast chief, Phillip Gordon, in a blistering Tel Aviv speech. Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank is wrong and leads to regional instability and dehumanization of Palestinians, a top American government official said Tuesday in Tel Aviv, hinting that the current Israeli government is not committed to peace. In an unusually harsh major foreign policy address, Philip Gordon, a special assistant to US President Barack Obama and the White House coordinator for the Middle East, appealed to Israeli and Palestinian leaders...
  • Rocket fire reported north of Tel Aviv as Hamas dramatically ups range

    07/08/2014 1:38:51 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 59 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7-8-2014 | By Spencer Ho and Yifa Yaakov
    No initial reports of injuries or damage after massive barrage across country; Netanyahu vows to widen Gaza operation, as cabinet okays call-up of 40,000 troops; rockets shot down over Tel Aviv; terrorists killed in firefight at Zikim army base; Gazan death toll in double digits. Israel launched a major operation against Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza in the early hours of Tuesday morning, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, following heavy Hamas rocket fire over the preceding days. The fast-escalating situation in the south comes in the shadow of spiking Jewish-Arab tensions in Israel over the brutal killings of four...
  • Family Of Cop-Killer-If Officer Had Stayed In His Car, He Wouldn’t Have Been Shot

    07/07/2014 11:25:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 36 replies
    IJreview ^ | 7-7-2014 | Mike Miller
    The family of a man who used a semi-automatic rifle to kill an Indianapolis police officer Saturday night says it isn’t fair that the alleged shooter – Major Davis, Jr. – should “keep being dragged through the mud.” They also blamed the officer for not staying in his police car. As reported by WISH-TV, Davis was seen brandishing a semi-automatic rifle Saturday night in Indianapolis, which led to a 911 call that dispatched police to look for him: When IMPD Officer Perry Renn found Davis at 34th Street and Forest Manor Avenue, Davis opened fire on Officer Renn. Davis was...
  • Ukrainian President ousts Security Service Commander

    07/07/2014 10:40:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 7-8-2014 | VOR
    Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko has signed decrees of ousting General Vasily Krutov from the posts of first deputy head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and head of the SBU anti-terrorist centre. Respective papers have been posted on the Ukrainian president's web site. Vasily Krutov was appointed to these positions in the middle of April this year. The Ukrainian president has replaced Krutov with Vasily Gritsak, a Ukrainian police general-lieutenant and deputy chairman of the Ukrainian State Migration Service since April 2013. Petr Poroshenko has also dismissed Vladislav Bukharev from the position of SBU first deputy head responsible for the...
  • Bahrain expels top US diplomat after meeting with main opposition group

    07/07/2014 10:16:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    RT ^ | 7-7-2014 | RT
    <p>Bahrain’s Sunni government has expelled a top US diplomat citing interference in the country’s internal affairs following his meeting with the main opposition Shia group.</p> <p>Bahrain asked US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski, to immediately leave the country as he is “unwelcome” because of interference in the country’s internal affairs, the kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement as cited by Bahrain News Agency.</p>
  • Political Uncertainty in Iraq as Senior Iraqi General Killed

    07/07/2014 7:38:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Maylasia Sun ^ | 7-7-2014 | MS
    A senior general of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's army was killed in a mortar attack west of Baghdad on Monday even as Iraq's newly elected parliament postponed its next session until Aug 12 amid political deadlock over formation of a new government. Brig. Gen. Najim Abdullah Ali, the army commander of the sixth division in charge of securing part of the capital Baghdad, was killed in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad, near where security forces have been locked in a months-long standoff with Sunni militants who have seized control of the city of Fallujah. The government lost...
  • Leaked:US think-tank plan on E.Ukraine suggests internment camps, executions, nationalizing property

    07/04/2014 1:38:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 7-4-2014 | RT
    A leaked memorandum from the RAND corporation think tank suggests that Kiev should engage in an all-out war in the eastern regions, including shutting down all communications, putting citizens in internment camps and killing all who resist. The RAND Corporation is non-profit global think tank which offers research and analysis to the US armed forces. In the shocking letter, which has been leaked by the media, the advice offers a step by step brutal guide in how to deal with the population in eastern Ukraine. ‘Military op’s advantages overweigh disadvantage’ In the first line the memorandum notes that the peace...
  • Ukraine Crisis | Luhansk residential area bombed

    07/02/2014 5:08:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-2-2014 | Daily News
    This video shows a residential area on the north side of Lugansk being shelled. When it zooms in, you can see people standing in the streets, just watching the shells fall. The area is just north of the Train Station (Large building with a circular road), across the river. The video was taken from the same area where the Lugansk live traffic cams are, that I found and posted this morning.
  • Live Webcam-Fire,Explosions near Lugansk Airport

    07/02/2014 2:18:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    TCRLAF ^ | 7-2-2014 | TCRLAF
    From the live traffic/weather cams for rebel-controlled Lugansk. Smoke and explosions at 515EST. There must be some kind of a fight going on there, again. Latest Tweets say the airport is still in Kiev hands, but it is surrounded, and all the approaches are mined with IED's.
  • Germany to mediate Ukraine conflict as US warns Russia (U.S./John Kerry NOT Invited)

    07/02/2014 1:02:55 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Deutche Welle ^ | 7-2-2014 | bk/jr (AFP, Reuters, dpa)
    Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is hoping to establish a new ceasefire between Kyiv and pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine, as he hosts Ukrainian, Russian, and French diplomats in Berlin on Wednesday. A German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius had been invited to the afternoon meeting. Lavrov reportedly welcomed the initiative.
  • Hackers Claim Attack on Largest Commercial Bank in Ukraine (Green Dragon vs PrivatBank)

    06/30/2014 8:51:29 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 7-1-2014 | Ionut Ilascu
    A group of hackers called Green Dragon Crew announced on Twitter that the recent cyber-attack on the Privatbank, the largest commercial bank in Ukraine was their doing. The attack appears to be a distributed denial-of-service since on June 30, for a few hours, the bank’s pages either would not load or offered sporadic access to the customers. However, the group also claims that they managed to breach the bank’s systems and that they have access to customer bank accounts. In order to do this, they would have to access different systems because payment service and the website are not part...
  • 20 Minutes Until Ceasefire Deadline - Ukraine Armor On the Move

    06/30/2014 11:51:12 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    The Interpreter Live Blog ^ | 6-30-2014 | Interpreter Mag
    Ukraine's President has just under 20 minutes to extend the ceasefire agreement. Poroshenko is under heavy pressure from Moscow to do just that. But there is no sign that the ceasefire has worked, and as the deadline approaches, Ukraine's troops are on the move: The news website Obozrevatel reports that Poroshenko has declared martial law in Donetsk and Lugansk. It's not official yet, but it seems that the ceasefire is over and a new phase of the anti-terror operation (ATO) is just beginning.
  • Cameraman for Russia's top broadcaster killed in E. Ukraine

    06/29/2014 4:51:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 6-29-2014 | RT
    A cameraman for Russia's Channel One TV station died from injuries after being shot by Ukrainian troops in Donetsk, the head of the press service for the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) said, as quoted by RIA Novosti. “The cameraman was injured in the stomach and died of the wounds,” Klavdia Kulbatskaya said. SNIP--- The cameraman Anatoly Klyan, along with a few other journalists, boarded a bus full of women – mostly mothers – who were traveling to a military base in Donetsk to demand that their sons be dismissed from the unit and allowed to go home, Kulbatskaya added. When...
  • Combat will intensify after end of truce on Monday - Lugansk People's Republic head

    06/29/2014 4:44:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf
    Voice of Russia ^ | 6-29-2014 | VOR
    Combat actions in east Ukraine will only intensify after the truce comes to an end on Monday, TASS cites head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic Valery Bolotov as saying on Sunday. Kiev’s unilaterally-proclaimed seven-day ceasefire regime expired at 23:00 Moscow time on Friday, June 27. President Petr Poroshenko extended it until 22:00 local time (23:00 Moscow time) on Monday, June 30. Nevertheless, armed clashes between Ukraine’s military and local self-defense forces in east Ukraine have continued, despite the declared ceasefire. SNIP--- The head of the Lugansk People’s Republic also mentioned an armed clash between fighters of the National Guard...
  • Israel's Netanyahu calls for supporting Kurdish independence

    06/29/2014 1:16:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6-29-2014 | Writing by Dan Williams; editing by Ralph Boulton
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced support for Kurdish statehood on Sunday, taking a position that appeared to clash with the U.S. preference to keep sectarian war-torn Iraq united. SNIP----- "We should ... support the Kurdish aspiration for independence," Netanyahu told Tel Aviv University's INSS think-tank, after outlining what he described as the collapse of Iraq and other Middle East regions under strife between Arab Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims. Kurds, Netanyahu said, "are a fighting people that has proved its political commitment, political moderation, and deserves political independence".
  • Russia to send humanitarian aid to eastern regions of Ukraine on June 28

    06/29/2014 12:03:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Voice Of Russia ^ | 6-27-2014 | VOR
    The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday it has notified Kiev about plans to send 60 metric tons of humanitarian aid to eastern regions of Ukraine caught in the fighting between the government forces and independence supporters. "The note states that Russia has prepared a truck convoy to deliver a total of 60 metric tons of humanitarian aid comprising food and personal hygiene supplies," the ministry said in a statement. "The trucks are expected to depart to Luhansk and Donetsk on June 28, they may later proceed to other regions of Ukraine hosting internally displaced population," the statement said. Moscow has...
  • ISIS declares creation of Islamic state in Middle East, 'new era of international jihad'

    06/29/2014 11:40:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 6-29-2014 | RT
    ISIS jihadists have declared the captured territories from Iraq's Diyala province to Syria's Aleppo a new Islamic State - a ‘caliphate.' They removed 'Iraq and the Levant' from their name and urged other radical Sunni groups to pledge their allegiance. ISIS announced that it should now be called 'The Islamic State' and declared its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as "the caliph" of the new state and "leader for Muslims everywhere," the radical Sunni militant group said in an audio recording distributed online on Sunday. This is the first time since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1923 that a...
  • Russia "Not Optimistic" After EU Peace Talks; Threatens To Limit Reselling Gas To Ukraine

    06/27/2014 2:19:29 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 6-27-2014 | Durden
    With Petroshenko agreeing to extend today's cease-fire deadline for 3 days, the Russians, unfortunately, are not optimistic after the 'expert-level' talks in Europe. Given this, it appears Russia is preparing its retaliation for possible further sanctions that are being waved by Europe and the US. As AP reports, Russia's state-controlled gas company, Gazprom, says it could limit supplies to European customers that intend to re-sell the natural gas on to Ukraine. Whil enot naming specific countries, the Gazprom CEO explained he needed to clamp down on the so-called reverse-flow supplies the the cut-off Ukraine as they were "half-fraudulent schemes." Russia...
  • EU signs Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine (live Feed)

    06/27/2014 12:05:26 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    European Council ^ | 6-27-2014 | European Council
    Signing ceremony of the Association Agreements with Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine EU leaders sign Association Agreements with the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Iurie Leanca, and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The political part of the agreement with Ukraine was signed in March.
  • Dealers Ordered To Stop Selling Chevrolet Cruze For A Safety Defect

    06/25/2014 2:14:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 6-25-2014 | Micheal Ballaban
  • Russia's senate revokes Putin's power to use military in Ukraine

    06/25/2014 7:45:39 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 6-25-2014 | Laura Smith-Spark and Alla Eshchenko
    Russia's upper house of parliament voted Wednesday to revoke the right of President Vladimir Putin to use Russian troops in Ukraine, as efforts to calm a separatist uprising in Ukraine's east continue. The Federation Council had approved Putin's request for a resolution allowing for the use of force on March 1. But on Tuesday, the President sent a letter to the speaker of the upper house asking it to cancel the resolution. Only one senator voted against revoking the powers Wednesday, with 153 in favor. Putin's request was made in light of ongoing talks on how to settle the crisis...
  • Militia down chopper near Slavyansk, 9 feared dead – military spokesman

    06/24/2014 2:36:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 6-24-2001 | RT
    Nine people are feared dead after self-defense forces in the Donetsk region shot down a Ukrainian army helicopter, which was used for transporting military cargo, a Kiev spokesman said. The Mi-8 helicopter was downed “at about 5 pm local time at Karachun Mountain near Slavyansk by a rocket fired from a portable air defense system,” eastern Ukraine military operation spokesman, Vladislav Seleznyov, wrote on his Facebook page. “There were nine people aboard the helicopter. According to preliminary information, all those aboard died in the crash,” he said, adding that the helicopter was returning to a Ukrainian checkpoint after a cargo...
  • 8.0 Earthquake Off of Alaska-Local Tsunami warning

    06/23/2014 2:33:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 70 replies
    Pacific Tsunami Center ^ | 6-28-2014 | TCRLAF
    TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 2 NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI 1127 AM HST MON JUN 23 2014 THE EARTHQUAKE MAGNITUDE IS INCREASED FROM 7.1 TO 8.0 IN THIS STATEMENT. DUE THE THE DEPTH OF THE EARTHQUAKE THERE CONTINUES TO BE NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII. TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII SUBJECT - TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION REQUIRED. AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME - 1053 AM HST 23 JUN 2014 COORDINATES - 51.8 NORTH 178.8 EAST LOCATION - RAT ISLANDS ALEUTIAN ISLANDS...
  • Donetsk self-defense forces agree to ceasefire until 0700 GMT Friday

    06/23/2014 9:52:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    RT ^ | 6-23-2014 | RT
    DETAILS TO FOLLOW Borodai, the "Prime Minister" of the Donetsk Republic went on Television to announce this, which is apparently a result of the first talks between the rebels and Kiev, today in Donetsk.
  • Polish Foreign Minister: We Gave The US A “Bleep” Got Nothing

    06/22/2014 10:26:08 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 6-22-2014 | Ben Smith
    <p>Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski, generally viewed as a leading ally of the United States in Europe, said in a mysteriously-leaked recording Sunday that the alliance between the two countries is “not worth anything.”</p> <p>“We are gonna conflict with both Russians and Germans, and we’re going to think that everything is great, because we gave the Americans a blowjob. Suckers. Total suckers,” Sikorski says, according to a translation of the account for BuzzFeed.</p>
  • Obama tells Congress U.S. deploying up to 275 troops to Iraq

    06/16/2014 3:46:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 139 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-16-2014 | Reuters
    President Barack Obama told Congress on Monday the United States was deploying up to 275 military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the country's embassy in Baghdad after militants seized control of the north of the country.
  • Ukraine crisis: Russia halts gas supplies to Kiev

    06/16/2014 5:50:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 6-16-2014 | BBC
    Ukraine says Russia has cut off all gas supplies to Kiev, in a major escalation of a dispute between the two nations. "Gas supplies to Ukraine have been reduced to zero," Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said. Russia's state-owned gas giant Gazprom said Ukraine had to pay upfront for its gas supplies, after Kiev failed to settle its huge debt. Gazprom had sought from Kiev $1.95bn (£1.15bn) - out of $4.5bn it says it is owed - by 06:00 GMT. SNIP-- "Today, from 10:00 Moscow time, Gazprom, according to the existing contract, moved Naftogaz to prepayment for gas supplies," Gazprom...
  • Russia threatens to cut off gas to Ukraine

    06/15/2014 7:29:24 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    AlJazeera ^ | 6-16-2014 | Al Jazeera
    Ukraine faces the threat of Russia cutting off gas supplies when a 06:00 GMT deadline passes on Monday after talks on a long-running gas pricing dispute failed. Russian natural gas producer Gazprom said it was not extending the deadline for Ukraine to start paying off its gas debts after the discussions ended in the early hours of the morning in Kiev, raising the prospect of disruptions to gas flows to the European Union via Ukraine. The breakdown of the talks is likely to increase political tensions that have mounted in the past few days between Kiev and Moscow as Ukrainian...
  • Military jet downed by anti-Kiev forces in Lugansk - Ukraine's defense ministry

    06/13/2014 8:23:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 6-14-2014 | Russian Times
    Anti-Kiev forces took down a Ukrainian military Il-76 jet as it was landing in Lugansk, the country’s Defense Ministry said. It did not provide details on casualties. TSN.ua news website earlier cited an army source as saying that around 30 paratroopers were killed as self-defense forces hit the jet with a rocket early on Saturday. The plane was transporting rotating military personnel and had “troops, machinery, equipment and food,” the ministry said in a statement. The Il-76 is a heavy military transport aircraft that usually has a crew of seven and can transport up to 167 soldiers with weapons. Meanwhile...
  • ISIS butchers leave 'roads lined with decapitated police and soldiers'

    06/13/2014 12:07:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 82 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 6-13-2014 | By Sam Greenhill and Jill Reilly and Kieran Corcoran
    Full Title: ISIS butchers leave 'roads lined with decapitated police and soldiers': Battle for Baghdad looms as thousands answer Iraqi government's call to arms and jihadists bear down on capital The full horror of the jihadists’ savage victories in Iraq emerged yesterday as witnesses told of streets lined with decapitated soldiers and policemen. Blood-soaked bodies and blazing vehicles were left in the wake of the Al Qaeda-inspired ISIS fanatics as they pushed the frontline towards Baghdad. They boasted about their triumphs in a propaganda video depicting appalling scenes including a businessman being dragged from his car and executed at the...
  • 200 U.S. contractors surrounded by jihadists in Iraq

    06/13/2014 10:51:34 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 185 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6-13-2014 | Corsi
    About 200 Americans under contract with the Department of Defense at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq are trapped by the al-Qaida-inspired jihadists who have seized control of two cities and are now threatening Baghdad, according to WND sources. The sources, private contractors who have recently returned to the U.S. from Iraq, said Friday their former colleagues effectively have been abandoned by the U.S. military and are fighting for their lives against an army of jihadists surrounding the base who belong to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The U.S. contractors are at Balad to help the...
  • Ukraine to Shut Down Border With Russia: Does Not Rule Out Planting Land Mines

    06/11/2014 1:40:51 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    IBT ^ | 6-11-2014 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    Ukraine is believed to be considering shutting down its border with Russia in its eastern region as tensions between the two countries continue unabated. "We have to take all the necessary measures. Of course we are going to close the border immediately. We are now preparing for such a move," Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the interior minister, told the Ukrainian TV Channel Five. Ukrainian authorities have been alleging that pro-Russian separatists and extremists are constantly penetrating the bordering regions to enter Ukraine escalating the conflict. Russian officials have not yet confirmed the claims. When asked if there were plans to...
  • Chaos erupts at Cantor’s election night headquarters after his departure

    06/10/2014 6:48:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 106 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-10-2014 | Laura Vozzella
    As if the political drama were not powerful enough, chaos erupted at the election night headquarters shortly after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor conceded his stunning defeat to tea party backed conservative David Brat. Cantor addressed his supporters for about four minutes at a suburban Richmond hotel ballroom, then boarded SUV without taking questions from supporters scurrying after him. Then it got really rambunctious. In the room of downcast Cantor supporters, a new energy suddenly erupted — but not the kind they wanted election night. A group of immigration activists stormed the ballroom, screaming and waving a flag. “What do...
  • Two Metro officers killed. 3 others dead in "suicide' pact (Las Vegas)

    06/08/2014 1:59:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 6-8-2014 | LV Sun
    A Metro source has confirmed that two police officers died today, victims of a shooting in the northeast part of the valley. The source said one officer was shot and killed about 11:30 a.m. at Cici's Pizza at 309 N. Nellis Ave. The other officer was shot there and died while in surgery at UMC. At a 1:30 p.m. news conference Metro said one person was killed inside Walmart and two suspects were killed in the back of the store. The two suspects told other shoppers that they were part of a revolution and wanted a shootout with Metro. However,...
  • Blasts, gunshots as armed militants storm Pakistan's largest airport

    06/08/2014 12:46:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 85 replies
    RT ^ | 6-8-2014 | RT
    At least 5 people have reportedly been killed and an airport emergency declared after heavily armed militants stormed the airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. Twelve militants are thought to be inside and fire is seen rising from the scene. The militants launched grenades and opened fire as they entered the building. Two of the terrorists have reportedly been killed. At least three blasts were heard, and an airport emergency has been declared, with flight operations suspended, reported the local Karachi Post. The five people killed are Airport Security Force (ASF) staff, according to Pakistani news channel Geo.tv
  • Russia and Ukraine discuss Ceasefire (Obama meets Putin)

    06/06/2014 3:11:25 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 6-6-2014 | Al Jazeera
    The American, Russian and incoming Ukrainian leaders have discussed, in separate meetings in France, a ceasefire and other possible steps to de-escalate the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, reports said. Russian President Vladimir Putin held brief one-on-one talks on Friday with his US counterpart Barack Obama and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko, in a possible diplomatic breakthrough that played out amid continuing violence in eastern Ukraine. In remarks to reporters, Putin said the meetings with Poroshenko and other Western leaders were positive, and described talks with Obama as "substantial". "I think the exchange of views was very positive," he said after attending the...
  • U.S. sending advisers, military gear to Ukraine

    06/06/2014 10:06:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    National Journal ^ | 6-6-2014 | Marina Koren
    U.S. military advisers are heading to Ukraine, the Air Force Times reports. The small team will be there to assess "mid- and long-term needs for defense reform," a Pentagon official tells Chuck Vinch. The White House has slowly been rolling out its assistance to Ukraine since early March, including a $1 billion aid package. Back then, interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk met with President Obama at the White House and appealed for military aid, including arms, ammunition, and intelligence support.
  • Militia says shot down Ukrainian recon aircraft (AN-30)

    06/06/2014 9:29:09 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 5-6-2014 | TCRLAF
    A Ukrainian Antonov An-30 reconnaissance aircraft has been shot down by militia and presumably fallen a few kilometers to the east of the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk in the Donetsk Region, a militia spokesman said Friday. “A Ukrainian reconnaissance plane made circles all day. Militiamen shot it causing an engine to catch fire. After that, it turned back and flew beyond the city’s boundaries,” the militia spokesman said, adding that there is no place for landing in the radius of several kilometers. “A pillar of black smoke is rising above the presumed place where the plane fell,” he added....
  • Rebels take two Ukrainian Military Bases

    06/04/2014 11:47:39 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 51 replies
    UPI ^ | 6-3-2014 | Ed Adamczyk
    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine's Luhansk region forced the surrender of two military bases after heavy fighting -- a border guard base and a National Guard base. The Ukrainian border service announced personnel at its border base had been "redeployed to safer places" after sustained attacks. The National Guard base sustained heavy fire, including assaults by rocket-propelled grenades and machine gun fire, after a demand to surrender was rejected, the National Guard said. Three National Guard soldiers were injured, and all the vehicles on the base were destroyed, as well as the base headquarters.
  • U.S. official: 'Dangerous' Russian jet fly-by was 'straight out of a movie'

    06/04/2014 12:02:35 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 5-3-2014 | Jim Sciutto and Barbara Starr
    A Russian fighter jet buzzed dangerously close to a U.S. military plane in April, a U.S. official said Tuesday, describing the fly-by as "straight out of a movie." The Russian jet flew within 100 feet of the nose of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Sea of Okhotsk between Russia and Japan, a Defense Department official said. The fly-by "put the lives of the U.S. crew in jeopardy," the U.S. official said, calling it "one of the most dangerous close passes in decades." The incident occurred on April 23, the Defense Department official said, when a U.S. Air...
  • Ukraine's Yatsenyuk Urges EU to Block Russia's South Stream Pipeline

    06/03/2014 8:52:27 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | 6-3-2014 | ITAR
    Ukraine's Acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk urged the European Union on Tuesday to block Russian South Stream gas pipeline, currently under construction and expected to transfer Russian oil and gas to central and southern Europe via Black Sea bypassing Ukraine. "We call on the European Union to block the South Stream. Ukraine is a reliable transit country, we have fulfilled and will continue to fulfil our obligations," Yatsenyuk told the parliament. Aiming to diversify Russia's gas supply routes to Europe due to Ukrainian gas debt of $3.5 billion, which Russia fears may lead to possible transit disruptions, Russian gas giant...