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  • Fleeing Civilians ‘Burned Alive’ in Ukraine as Rebel Fighters Are Set to Cross the Border

    08/19/2014 3:15:10 PM PDT · by free_life · 8 replies
    Vice News ^ | August 18, 2014 | Harriet Salem
    Dozens of civilians, including women and children, were reportedly killed today after rebels hit vehicles carrying people trying to flee the ongoing fighting in the eastern Ukraine. According to military spokesperson Anatoly Proshin a "powerful artillery strike" hit a convoy, which was carrying white flags and under the escort of the Ukrainian army. "People were burned alive inside — they didn't have time to get out," he told Ukrainian news channel 112.ua. Andriy Lysenko, spokesperson for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, called the act a "bloody crime" and the work of "bandits" using weaponry given to them by the...
  • Betrayal, desertion could mean execution, Ukraine rebel leaders warn fighters

    08/18/2014 12:55:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Thomas Grove
    Under growing pressure from a government offensive, the rebel leadership in Ukraine's battle-torn east warned its fighters on Monday that desertion and betrayal could be met by execution. The warning appeared to signal a growing concern by the leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) over a breakdown of discipline in the fighting ranks as Kiev's military stepped up its offensive. Apart from being worried about desertions, which the Kiev military says are now telling on rebel ranks, the separatists are also worried about widespread lawlessness. "It is no secret that we have service personnel who carry out crimes....
  • Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine as aid convoy stops short of border

    08/14/2014 5:03:42 PM PDT · by familyop · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 14 August 2014 | Shaun Walker
    The white trucks of humanitarian aid rumbled through Russia in a convoy stretching for miles,...But, while the trucks came to a halt well short of Ukraine's border, a different Russian convoy did make the crossing into Ukrainian territory late on Thursday evening. The Guardian saw a column of 23 armoured personnel carriers, supported by fuel trucks and other logistics vehicles with official Russian military plates, travelling towards the border near the Russian town of Donetsk – about 200km away from Donetsk, Ukraine.
  • Ukraine's forces say close to taking rebel-held Donetsk

    08/11/2014 6:27:56 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 11, 2014 | Richard Balmforth and Sergei Karpukhin
    The Ukrainian military said on Monday it was preparing for a "final stage" of taking back the city of Donetsk from pro-Russian separatists after making significant gains that have split rebel forces on the ground. Spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Kiev's troops had now cut Donetsk off from the other main rebel-held city of Luhansk, 150 km (90 miles) away, on the border with Russia. "The forces of the anti-terrorist operation are preparing for the final stage of liberating Donetsk," Lysenko told Reuters. "Our forces have completely cut Donetsk off from Luhansk. We are working to liberate both towns but it's...
  • Dutch forensic team 'impressed' by work at MH17 crash site

    07/21/2014 6:56:28 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 7-21-2014 | BBC
    The leader of a Dutch forensics team has said he was impressed with the work done at the site of the MH17 airliner crash in Ukraine. Forensics expert Peter Van Vliet said: "I think they did a hell of a job in a hell of a place".
  • Donetsk Militia Agrees on Ceasefire in 25-Mile Zone Around MH17 Crash Site

    07/21/2014 4:10:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    RIaNovosti ^ | 6-21-2017 | RIA
    The Donetsk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine agreed on Monday to declare a ceasefire in clashes with pro-Kiev forces in the radius of 40 kilometers (25 miles) around the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to a leader of the self-proclaimed state. “This should help to ensure safe work of experts [at the crash site],” Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Boroday said during a news briefing. Boroday said a large group of international flight safety experts, including officials from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is expected to arrive in Donetsk soon. It was...
  • Rival Claims Over Crashed Malaysia Plane’s Recorders

    07/18/2014 6:09:17 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 18, 2014 | Sabrina Tavernise,Keith Bradsher
    GRABOVO, Ukraine — The grisly scene of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was still unsecured on Friday, with questions swirling over the custody and condition of the critical onboard devices that could answer questions about the fate of the jetliner and many openly asking why the airline had chosen to fly a civilian aircraft over a combat zone.
  • Ukraine rebels: We did not shoot down plane

    07/17/2014 10:12:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/17/14 | Peter Leonard - ap
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have denied that they are responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane.
  • Sarah Palin; Time to Impeach (Video)

    07/08/2014 6:11:31 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 68 replies
    Sarah's Facebook ^ | 07-08-2014 | Sarah Palin
    It’s time to take action and do what we can to stop this imperial President. That includes the House doing its job and considering impeachment. I’m taking a stand and hope you will join me. Use your voice; call your Congressman today! We’ll be speaking to you directly more often in the near future like this – stay tuned. Thank you for being in this fight! Together we'll take our country back!Video Here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152565757973588
  • 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...
  • UKRAINE Donetsk Citizen warning: Families begin to leave Donetsk {VIDEO}

    07/10/2014 12:47:08 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    BBC ^ | 9/7/ 2014 23:21 BST | Steve Rosenberg
    Ukraine conflict: Families begin to leave Donetsk The Ukrainian government has delivered a stark warning to pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk that it has a plan to take back the city. The Ukraine military has already pushed the rebels out of their best-fortified stronghold in the town of Sloviansk and in Artemivsk. Steve Rosenberg reports from Donetsk, where many shops and banks have closed for business as people begin to leave the city.
  • Pro-Russian Donetsk Rebels Paid In Dollars? By WHOM?

    07/07/2014 3:06:05 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 07 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Interestingly, an AP reporter yesterday spotted a line of rebels at a Donetsk foreign-exchange shop, trading handfuls of US dollars for Ukrainian currency (as the country's legitimate armed forces approach)... Of course they 'refused to talk to reporters', but the AP guy observed that 'their mood appeared black'. Obviously changing their money over to Ukrainian bills speaks volumes on who they expect to be in charge of the Donbas' largest industrial city (Donetsk) a week from now (seeing as how the Ukrainian Army chased them out of Sloviansk and two other SE cities over the weekend).  But who paid them...
  • Pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine reportedly prepare last stand in Donetsk

    07/07/2014 2:12:16 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 07, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine have retreated to the last major city under their control after a series of successes by the Ukrainian army earlier this week.
  • 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...
  • UKRAINE: self-proclaimed Prime Minister of "Donetsk Republic ordered to shoot children centre

    06/28/2014 6:28:27 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    The network has a document according to which the Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk Republic ordered the shoot direction of the Donetsk regional children and youth centre.
  • 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.
  • Ukraine's rebels in crisis after Donetsk 'coup'

    05/29/2014 2:30:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | May 29, 2014 | Roland Oliphant
    In one office on the sixth floor a fridge was stocked with huge cheeses and sausages bearing the logo of the Metro supermarket, a superstore close to the airport that was reportedly raided by well-organised looters after Monday's battle brought life in the district to a standstill. In other offices, fighters found vast quantities of cigarettes, soft drinks, and shops own-brand socks and underwear stacked on desks and in wardrobes. "We were starving on the battle field for two days," said a masked fighter, as he tested the ripeness of several mangos looted from the fruit and vegetable department that...
  • General and 13 soldiers killed in shootdown of helicopter in Ukraine

    05/29/2014 6:44:33 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05-29-2014
    At least 13 soldiers and an army general were killed Thursday when pro-Russian insurgents shot down a military helicopter outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk, interim President Oleksander Turchinov said. "I have received reports from Sloviansk itself that the terrorists shot down a helicopter carrying relief troops. Fourteen soldiers, including Gen. (Vladimir) Kulchitski, have died," Turchinov told Ukrainian media. Pro-Russian militiamen fired a bazooka at the helicopter near Sloviansk, the main pro-Moscow bastion in the Donetsk region, Turchinov said.
  • Fighting in Ukraine Escalates as Militia Groups Flock to Donetsk

    05/27/2014 4:44:13 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 58 replies
    vice.com ^ | May 27, 2014 | Harriet Salem
    "Our president [Ramzan Kadyrov] gave the order. They called us and we came,” 33-year-old Zelimhan tells VICE News. The bearded fighter, a member of a unit known as the “Wild Division,” says he arrived a week ago with 34 Chechen men who volunteered to come and support their “brothers” in the People’s Republic of Donetsk. Russia and the authorities of the rebel republic have repeatedly denied allegations that foreign groups are crossing into Ukraine to fight alongside the rebels. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has said that the country is under “undisguised aggression” from Moscow, which is “exporting foreign terrorism” to the...
  • UKRAINE: Ukrain military captured captured airport of Prokofiev Donetsk from Separatists

    05/26/2014 4:11:56 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    Ministry of Defence of Ukraine ^ | 26.05.2014 | Vladislav Seleznev
    TRANSLATION: 26 May at 4.30 militants were captured airport of Prokofiev Donetsk. In particular, there were about 200 people, the bulk of which comprised representatives of other states. Main group was in the new airport terminal. Capture Terminal because created a threat to life of civilian population. In this regard, in order to prevent the negative effects of ATO was made an ultimatum to surrender. Those who were ready to lay down their arms, guaranteed safety/security. The militants did not accept our conditions. At precisely the clearly specified/ appointed time began action to neutralize the terrorists. After light injury by...
  • Battle at Airport in Eastern Ukraine Poses Challenge for New President

    05/26/2014 9:07:10 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Mashable ^ | 5-27-2014 | Christopher Miller/3
    Ukraine government forces launched an aggressive assault Monday on pro-Russian separatists who had earlier seized a terminal building in the Donetsk airport. The government forces used airstrikes and helicopters to battle the insurgents, not long after President-elect Petro Peroshenko vowed to take a tougher approach to the armed militants who have seized government buildings in a succession of cities in the Russian-speaking eastern part of the nation. See also: Ukraine's New President: Can a Candy King Lead a Post-Revolutionary Nation? The seizure of the airport posed the first immediate challenge to Poroshenko, coming only a day after his overwhelming victory...
  • Gunfire, airstrikes leave Donetsk Intl airport up in smoke

    05/26/2014 5:45:53 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 2 replies
    Russian Times ^ | 5-26-14 | RT
    Intensive gunfire and blasts have been heard in the vicinity of Donetsk International Airport in eastern Ukraine, and two fighter jets are flying over the facility, witnesses and self-defense forces said. The Ukrainian military are bombing the Donetsk airport, self-defense forces reported on Twitter. Earlier, at least three helicopters were seen flying towards the airport. “The Ukrainian occupiers are conducting missile and bomb strikes on Donetsk International Airport. They are deploying military aircraft,” the message said. "I have heard at least three blasts. Helicopters are circling over the city and military jets can be heard flying by," witnesses told local...
  • Armed separatists gather outside home of Ukraine's richest man

    05/25/2014 5:11:52 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters | Reuters
    Scores of armed pro-Russian separatists massed outside the walled home of Ukraine's richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, in the eastern city of Donetsk on Sunday as Ukrainians voted for a new president. The rebels, roundly denounced by Akhmetov, have prevented voting in Donetsk, an industrial hub of a million people, and other parts of mainly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, where they have declared "people's republics" outside Kiev's control. Coal and steel billionaire Akhmetov, known abroad as the owner of Shakhtar Donetsk soccer club, has urged people to vote and accused the rebels of "genocide" last week.
  • Yarosh: Right Sector to guard voting sections in eastern Ukraine during elections

    05/23/2014 6:16:22 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 35 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 5/23/2014 (7:25 AM, EST) | Interfax-Ukraine
    Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh has said that representatives of his organization will contribute to ensuring security at voting stations in eastern Ukraine. ...
  • Pro-Russia Rebels Kill 14 Ukraine Troops as Crucial Poll Nears

    05/22/2014 9:23:35 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 05-22-2014 | VOA News
    Ukraine's acting president says 13 service members were killed when pro-Russian separatists attacked a military checkpoint in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region. President Oleksandr Turchnyov said Thursday the soldiers who died in the overnight attack near the town of Volnovakha "gave their lives for Ukraine." He said the separatists attacked the checkpoint using mortars, grenade launchers and heavy automatic weapons. Ukraine's Defense Ministry earlier reported that 17 servicemen were wounded in the attack. Another government serviceman was killed overnight in the neighboring Luhansk region.
  • Victoria Nuland [Obama Administration] Accused of Meeting With Neofascists in Washington

    05/19/2014 12:02:00 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 89 replies
    FireDogLake ^ | 5/19/2014 | DSWright
    In an interview with Bloomberg News [URL at link], Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asserted that Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland had meetings with the Ukrainian neofascist group Right Sector in Washington DC. The Right Sector has been involved in numerous killings including the burning of pro-Russian supporters in Odessa. ... Whether Nuland met with Artyomenko or any other representative of the Right Sector to help with fundraising and support is unknown. What is known is that the US is supporting the gang in Kiev's "interim government" which includes Svoboda an openly neofascist party...
  • Ukraine Crisis: UN-Marked Combat Helicopters Used in Government Offensive Against Separatists

    05/14/2014 7:26:42 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 50 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 5/14/2014 | Jack Moore
    Footage has emerged of a white Mil Mi-24 helicopter allegedly being used in Ukraine's antiterror operation against pro-Russian separatists near the Donetsk Oblast city of Kramatorsk. Three further combat Mi-24 helicopters and one transport Mi-8 helicopter bearing the UN logo were spotted in the region by the Russian news outlet Life News. The UN has distanced itself from the footage below [video at URL], stating that, as Ukraine is a contributor to the organisation's forces, it must remove any UN insignia when the materials are returned. A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said that any use of peacekeeping equipment,...
  • Separatists Ask Putin to Annex Donetsk Following Referendum; Sanction Hypocrisy and Warship Sales

    05/13/2014 2:33:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2014 | Mike
    Separatists in Donetsk claim a turnout of 74.9% in a referendum on self-determination with 89.7% voting in favor of self-rule. Ukraine says turnout was 32%. I suspect the truth is somewhere in between but that's a pretty wide gap. Even 32% turnout seems respectable given the circumstances. The Ukrainian government claims the election was a farce and the US called it illegal. Nonetheless, Separatists Urge Russia to Annex Donetsk in Wake of Referendum. In a statement, Denis Pushilin, one of the separatist leaders in Donetsk, said the rebels had asked Moscow to consider absorbing the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, “based...
  • Anger, confusion in Donetsk after rebel vote

    05/12/2014 6:35:01 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | Marion THIBAUT and Max DELANY
    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - A day after the people of Donetsk apparently voted overwhelmingly to split from Ukraine, an eerie calm reigned on the streets as people wondered what country they had woken up in. Unlike a similar referendum in the peninsula of Crimea, annexed by Russia in March, there were no wild celebrations, no sense of joy -- just slight confusion about the future and a lingering anger towards the leaders in Kiev. Taxi driver Dmytro Boyko told AFP as he waited to collect his daughter from school that many in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk were "frightened...
  • Donetsk People's Republic declares independence and requests accession to Russian Federation

    05/12/2014 11:39:38 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    Interfax via RTBH ^ | 5-12-2014 | Interfax
    Leadership of the "Donetsk People's Republic" has declared independence of the region and has sough accession to Russia. "Upon the results of the referendum held on May 11, 2014 and based on the sovereignty declaration of the Donetsk People's Republic, we, people of the Donetsk People's Republic, declare that from now on the Donetsk People's Republic is a sovereign state," co-chairman of the "Donetsk People's Republic" government Denis Pushilin said at a news conference on Monday. "We ask to consider the issue of accession of the Donetsk People's Republic to Russia," Pushilin said. SNIP-- After the collapse of the Soviet...
  • Voters in Donetsk Cast Ballots in Referendum (VIDEO)

    05/12/2014 9:55:43 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 4 replies
    CCTV ^ | May 11th, 2014 | Roza Kazan
    Voters in Donetsk were asked just one question - whether or not they supported self-rule for the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. There was an air of defiance and celebration in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol. Thousands turned out to vote on the sovereignty of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, lining up for hours in rising heat - despite Kiev’s so-called anti-terrorist operations to clear occupied government buildings here in eastern Ukraine. "It pains me to watch what our government is doing to our people here," Mariupol resident Pyotr Dmukh said. "We are all here out of our...
  • Self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic asks Russia for admission (Will Lugansk Follow Suit Alert)

    05/12/2014 9:56:48 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 26 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/12/2014 | Itar Tass
    DONETSK, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has made a plea asking to be accepted into the Russian Federation, the republic’s co-leader, Denis Pushilin, told a news conference on Monday. “We, the people of the Donetsk People’s Republic, relying on the results of the May 11, 2014 referendum and the declaration of independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic, declare that from now on the Donetsk People’s Republic is a sovereign state,” Pushilin said. “Proceeding from the will expressed by the DPR people and for the sake of restoring historical justice we are asking Russia to consider the...
  • No Surprise As East Ukraine Cities Vote Against Kiev

    05/12/2014 5:06:13 AM PDT · by McGruff · 161 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/12/2014 | Kenneth Rapoza
    Eastern Ukrainian cities voted to inch closer Moscow and further from Kiev on Sunday, following in the controversial wake of Crimea, a Black Sea peninsula formerly part of Ukraine. Between 94% and 98% of eligible voters in Ukraine’s eastern provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk both voted for greater autonomy from Kiev, the head of the region’s Central Election Committee said on Monday.
  • Ukraine crisis: Eastern rebels claim 'self-rule' poll victory

    05/11/2014 10:18:48 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 05/12/2014 | BBC News
    Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region have claimed a resounding victory in a "self-rule" referendum, saying 89% voted in favour. In Luhansk, another eastern region, the results - also expected to show a strong backing - will be released soon. BBC reporters at polling stations spoke of chaotic scenes, no voting booths in places and no electoral register. Ukraine called the vote a "criminal farce" organised by Russia. The EU and US also said the polls were illegal. Separatists claimed two people were killed by armed men loyal to Kiev in the city of Krasnoarmiisk. But otherwise the voting...
  • Putin to formulate his attitude to referenda in Ukraine's south-east on their results

    05/11/2014 8:02:13 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/12/2014 | Itar Tass
    OSCOW, May 12, /ITAR-TASS/. RF President Vladimir Putin will formulate his attitude to the referenda, held on Sunday, on the status of the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, "on the strength of their results", presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told the newspaper Kommersant. What the RF President's decision will be "is difficult to forecast", Peskov added. Asked by the newspaper whether Putin's attitude would be influenced by the fact that he himself had asked the federalization supporters to postpone the referendum until a later date, the presidential press secretary pointed out as follows: "Not asked but made such a recommendation". "However,...
  • Insurgents say Ukraine region opts for sovereignty

    05/11/2014 4:12:33 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 194 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 05-11-2014 | Peter Leonard
    DONETSK, Ukraine -- Ninety percent of voters in a key industrial region in eastern Ukraine came out in favor of sovereignty Sunday, pro-Russian insurgents said in announcing preliminary results of a twin referendum that is certain to deepen the turmoil in the country. Roman Lyagin, election chief of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic, said around 75 percent of the Donetsk region's 3 million or so eligible voters cast ballots, and the vast majority backed self-rule.
  • Donetsk People's Republic separatists[...]new round of killings, abductions

    05/11/2014 1:29:48 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 10, 2014, 7:53 p.m. | Oksana Mamchenkova
    The Donetsk People’s Republic marked the May 9 Victory Day with a new wave of violence, terrorism and kidnapping while the self-proclaimed people’s mayor of Sloviansk, Vyacheslav Ponomariov, reportedly vowed to kill Ukrainian soldiers rather than simply take them hostage. During the celebration of the Victory Day, Ponomaryov said that from now on his militants would “mercilessly kill” Ukrainian soldiers, shedding what he said had been a tacit agreement to not to shoot to kill them. “There will be no talks anymore. The harsher we will treat them, the sooner they start to respect us,” he said.
  • UKRAINE Mariupol, Donetsk: Terrorists[Pro-Seperatist]cut off ears & eyes gouged of dead commander

    05/09/2014 9:11:20 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 264 replies
    TSN.UA ^ | 5-9-2014 16:35
    Fiends have mocked over lifeless body. Police Department in Mariupol Mariupol zhorilo_1 Twitter In two hours completely burned building local police today in Mariupol, Donetsk oblast during the antiterrorist operation pro snipers killed the commander of the Territorial Defence Brigade Dnipropetrovsk Sergei Demidenko. And then mocked over his body . "Accommodation ATC Mariupol completely burned. Snipers killed our commander Dnipropetrovsk territorial defense brigades Sergei Demidenko. According to eyewitnesses , the terrorists bullied out of the body of the deceased Demidenko. Him - already dead - cut off the ears and eyes gouged out. Fiends ! Seriously wounded commander of the...
  • SBU releases intercepted call between Donetsk separatist and Russian politician

    05/08/2014 2:13:13 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 4 replies
    SBU ^ | May 7, 2014 | staff
    Security Service in Ukraine releases intercepted phone call between Donest separatist and Russian politician. English subtitles.
  • UKRAINE CRISIS | Pro-Russian destroying a building | Donetsk

    05/05/2014 10:26:26 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Global Daily News ^ | Global Daily News
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  • Death toll in Odessa rises to 46 people, 144 detained; OSCE observers free

    05/03/2014 3:42:36 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 3, 2014, 1:29 p.m. | Kyiv Post
    SBU: Russia behind kidnapping of OSCE military observers (VIDEO) Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) released a video that implicates Russia in the kidnapping of eight military observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The video allegedly shows telephone conversations between Russian Military Intelligence Colonel Igor Girkin – who allegedly leads the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine – and Vladimir Lukin, special representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Officials in Moscow have constantly denied involvement in the pro-Russian separatist movement in eastern Ukraine. However, the conversation recordings show Girkin and Lukin coordinating their actions while discussing a pending OSCE...
  • Putin the Predictable

    05/03/2014 1:32:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Salon ^ | May 2, 2014 | Lucian Kim
    "....Like the Moscow rallies two years ago, this winter’s Maidan protest was supported by the urban middle class and young people who came of age after the fall of communism. Together with backers from western Ukraine—which became part of the Soviet Union only after World War II—the demonstrators in Kiev made up a broad coalition not just against Yanukovych’s Moscow-sanctioned kleptocracy, but the country’s Soviet legacy. It’s no wonder that the toppling of Kiev’s Lenin monument in December was so symbolic.In eastern Ukraine, where ubiquitous Lenin statues are seen as a sign of Russian identity, feelings toward the Soviet past...
  • Tear gas in Ukraine’s Donetsk as activists seize Prosecutor’s Office

    05/01/2014 8:18:32 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    RT ^ | 5-1-2014 | RT
    May Day celebrations in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, have turned violent as pro-autonomy activists seized the local Prosecutor’s Office. Police responded with tear gas and stun grenades but later relinquished their weapons. The storming of the Donetsk Region Prosecutor’s Office began as several dozen shield-holding protesters pelted rocks and petrol bombs at the building while chanting “Fascists!,” as they tried to break in. There were no immediate reports about those injured, but as was seen on a live stream, at least one person was carried from the scene, with someone shouting: “Call an ambulance!” According to the Ukrainian UNIAN agency, several...
  • Pro-Russian thugs attack ‘United Ukraine’ rally in Donetsk

    04/29/2014 3:41:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 29, 2014, 10:31 a.m. | Kyiv Post
    Wielding pipes, iron bars and clubs, Kremlin-backed activists broke up a pro-Ukrainian rally in the city of Donetsk on April 28, leaving at least 10 people injured. Journalists reported that the pro-Russian men were dressed in military fatigues, and armed with baseball bats and threw firecrackers while attacking a “United Ukraine” demonstration as police failed to stop the one-sided violence.... [....] Polls show that the vast majority of residents in southeastern Ukraine, including in Donetsk, do not want to join Russia or break away from Ukraine.
  • Pro-Russian militants take over TV station in Ukraine's Donetsk (No resistance)

    04/27/2014 3:39:35 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    yahoo ^ | 4/27/2014 | AFP
    Dozens of pro-Kremlin militants seized the regional television station in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk on Sunday, an AFP journalist at the scene said. The insurgents, wearing camouflage uniforms and armed with baseball bats and knives, occupied the interior of the building, preventing anyone from entering. Most wore a red armband bearing the name of the pro-Russian group Oplot (Bastion). They were not carrying visible firearms, but militants carried several heavy bags inside the building and refused to answer reporters' questions. The insurgents covered the trident, Ukraine's national symbol, adorning the entrance with a sticker bearing the name of the...
  • Ukraine's Divisions Extend to East Itself

    04/25/2014 9:06:01 AM PDT · by FreeReign · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 24, 2014 7:30 p.m. ET | By JAMES MARSON And PAUL SONNE
    ...But Donetsk, one of the largest cities in eastern Ukraine, is missing one element that proved vital to the success of the Kiev protests in toppling Ukraine's pro-Russian president: people. Thousands of activists lived on Kiev's central square for three months, rising to tens of thousands at weekend rallies in the capital. By contrast, the movement here has never attracted more than a few thousand. Nowadays, the square in front of the assembly building often has only a few dozen stragglers. ...The west was the driving force behind Kiev protests that led to the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, a...
  • Scrutiny Over Photos Said to Tie Russia Units to Ukraine (NYT issuing a retraction?

    04/24/2014 12:36:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 22, 2014 | Michael R. Gordon and Andrew E. Kramer
    A collection of photographs that Ukraine says shows the presence of Russian forces in the eastern part of the country, and which the United States cited as evidence of Russian involvement, has come under scrutiny. The photographs were submitted by Ukraine last week to the Organization for Security and Cooperation, an organization in Vienna that has been monitoring the situation in Ukraine. Some of the photographs were also provided by American officials to Secretary of State John Kerry so he could show them when he met in Geneva last Thursday with his counterparts from the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine....
  • Ukraine crisis: What the 'Russian soldier' photos say ('Russian' soldier photos appear to be fake

    04/24/2014 8:04:16 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 48 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/22/2014 | Staff
    Theses photos [at URL] purport to show the same bearded Russian soldier (circled) in operation in Georgia in 2008 and Kramatorsk and Sloviansk in 2014 Photos released by the Ukranian government as "proof" of Russian soldiers on the ground in Donetsk leave many questions to be answered... The low-quality, annotated images were handed to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on 16 April, as evidence that Russian "sabotage-reconnaissance groups" had been working with separatists in the Donetsk towns of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk. According to a NYT article, the photos and their descriptions were "endorsed by the Obama administration"....
  • East Ukraine’s Donetsk republic plans to hold sovereignty referendum jointly with Luhansk

    04/23/2014 10:26:15 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/24/2014 | Itar-Tass
    DONETSK, April 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The leadership of the recently self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic plans to hold a referendum simultaneously with east Ukraine’s Luhansk region, co-chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic presidium Denis Pushilin told ITAR-TASS. “A referendum will be held no later than on May 11 and it is highly probable that Luhansk will also hold it with us no later than on May 11. Ludansk just has to confirm similar wording of the question. Our question is as follows, “Do you support the independence of Donetsk people’s republic?” Pushilin said. In his words, sovereignty gives the right and opportunity...
  • Ukraine unrest: Russian outrage at fatal Sloviansk shooting

    04/20/2014 6:16:14 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 36 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/20/2014 | BBC
    Russia's foreign ministry has expressed outrage at a fatal shooting incident in eastern Ukraine which it blamed on Ukrainian nationalists. Russian state media reported that five people were killed in a gun attack on a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian activists near the town of Sloviansk. Ukrainian officials said one died in a clash between "two groups of citizens". The incident comes as pro-Russian groups continue to occupy government buildings defying a deal to leave. Etrogrul Apakan, who heads the special mission of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe in Kiev, said his deputy would be in Donetsk to...