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  • Ukraine Militias Warn of Anti-Kiev Coup

    11/29/2014 3:37:24 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 28, 2014 | Jamie Dettmer
    KIEV, Ukraine—The burly man with the close-cropped silver hair and his two companions ask not to be identified too closely when they talk to me in some dowdy offices near an ancient monastery overlooking the Dnieper River. They want to be described as “patriotic businessmen,” they say, and one of them, whom we’ll call Alexander, is a very, very rich patriotic businessman. They have been funding Ukrainian self-defense militias formed in response to what they see as the ineffectiveness of the Ukraine Armed Forces in the face of pro-Moscow separatists and Russian troops in the country’s southeast. And they suggest...
  • Up to a dozen Ukraine officials dumped in wheelie bins

    10/07/2014 6:17:37 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 4 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | 10-07-2014 | Roland Oliphant
    The perpetrators are often members of the radical right-wing group Right Sector It’s a bad time to be a Ukrainian politician. The war in the east refuses to end, despite a “ceasefire”. Winter is approaching, and with it all the worries of another “gas-war” with Russia. And with parliamentary elections just weeks away, pre-revolutionary MPs are getting nervous about hanging on to their jobs. To make things worse, there is a growing chance of ending up in a wheelie bin. Since early September up to a dozen MPs, city councillors and other officials accused of wrong doing have been hauled...
  • STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN IN KYIV, UKRAINE

    09/04/2014 2:32:58 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    mccain.senate.gov ^ | Sep 04 2014 | SENATOR JOHN McCAIN
    Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today delivered the following statement at a press conference during his visit to Kyiv, Ukraine: “I am Senator John McCain, and it is always a pleasure to be back in Ukraine. “This is my fourth trip to Kyiv since brave Ukraine took to the Maidan last year to demonstrate for freedom and their country's independence. I keep coming back, and I am here now, because I believe what is happening in Ukraine is about far more than Ukraine. It is about the principles of international order that have brought peace and hope...
  • Putin’s aide confirms ‘2 weeks to Kiev’ remark

    09/02/2014 1:42:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 2, 2014 4:10 AM EDT
    A Russian official is complaining that EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso breached confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks if it wished. Yuri Ushakov, a presidential aide, told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday that Putin’s statement was “quoted out of context and carried a completely different meaning.” Ushakov says it was unworthy of Barroso to speak publicly about a private conversation. …
  • I can take Kiev in two weeks, Vladimir Putin warns European leaders

    09/01/2014 7:29:53 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/01/14 | Ben Farmer
    Vladimir Putin has boasted to European leaders that his forces could sweep into Kiev in two weeks if he wanted.
  • Ukraine Crisis: 'If I Want, I Will Take Kiev in Two Weeks', Putin Warns EU's Barroso

    09/01/2014 12:57:58 PM PDT · by babylon_times · 277 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/1/14 | Jack Moore
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a threat to outgoing European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso that he could "take Kiev in two weeks" if he wanted, Italian media reports have said. According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the Russian leader made the belligerent statement in a phone call with the outgoing EU leader, who is set to be replaced by Luxembourg's former prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker...
  • Russian convoy vanishes on road to Ukraine

    08/13/2014 5:41:24 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 24 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 13, 2014 | Roland Oliphant
    Ukraine accused Moscow of mounting a cynical attempt to incite a pro-Russian rebellion on Wednesday, as uncertainty surrounded a 262-truck "aid convoy" that appeared to grind to a halt before reaching the border. The stand-off came as violence worsened in eastern Ukraine, with the United Nations announcing that the death toll in the four-month conflict had doubled in the past two weeks to more than 2,000. Government forces are seeking to press their advantage against the pro-Russian rebels, which has stoked fears that the aid convoy is part of a Russian plan to fend off the rebels' seemingly inevitable defeat....
  • Ukraine Will Destroy Itself w/o Russia

    08/08/2014 4:17:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | August 8, 2014 | James Stafford
    Ukraine doesn’t need Russia to take it down—Kiev is doing fine destroying itself, most recently with a new tax code that doubles taxes for private gas producers and promises to irreparably cripple new investment in the energy sector at a time when reform and outside investment were the country’s only hope. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on August 1 signed off on a new tax code that effectively doubles the tax private gas producers in Ukraine will have to pay, calling into question any new investment, as well as commitment from key producers already operating in the country. The stated goal...
  • Clashes in Kiev as Ukraine moves to clear Independence Square protest camp

    08/07/2014 8:07:24 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8-7-2014 | Roland Oliphant
    Protesters and police have clashed in central Kiev as authorities moved to clear the protest camp on Independence Square. Black smoke billowed over the city centre as protesters set fire to barricades and hurled cobblestones at police and interior ministry troops who arrived to remove tents and barricades on Thursday morning. Clashes erupted when municipal workers equipped with cranes and backed by police and interior ministry troops arrived to clear tents on Khreshyatik street, the city's main thoroughfare, early on Thursday Ukrainian media reported the fires had been extinguished and many tents removed by early afternoon. It is not known...
  • Ukraine rebel chief Igor Bezler threatens to execute interviewer

    07/30/2014 1:59:13 AM PDT · by blueplum · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 29, 2014 | Shawn Walker
    ...As we talked, guards came for Budik and took him up to the main courtyard. A van had arrived, serving as an impromptu hearse, carrying the body of a rebel fighter who had died in combat. The Demon and the other fighters crowded round the open doors of the van to glance at the open coffin and pay their respects. Budik was also emotional. “I knew him well, since he was eight years old,” he said. “My wife and I would bring in homeless kids or orphans and try to give them a decent upbringing. I taught him boxing, tried...
  • Putin lashes out at criticism over plane crash as more bodies found

    07/21/2014 5:32:43 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 53 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | FoxNews.Com
    Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out against a chorus of international condemnation Monday over Moscow's role in training and arming the rebels believed to have shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane Thursday, killing all 298 on board.
  • Kiev Residents Create MH17 Memorial at Dutch Embassy

    07/19/2014 1:38:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | 19 Jul 2014 | Ira Spitzer
    In the aftermath of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, residents of Ukraine's capital city have created a spontaneous memorial at the Dutch embassy.In the aftermath of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, residents of Ukraine's capital city have created a spontaneous memorial at the Dutch embassy. More than half of the people aboard the flight were from the Netherlands. Residents began showing up at the Netherlands embassy in Kiev shortly after hearing the news that MH17 had crashed. While many wanted to talk, they feared using their full names in this politically charged climate. Natalia,...
  • UKRAINE: WE DID NOT SHOOT AT ANY PLANE

    07/17/2014 9:29:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 17, 2014 | Peter Leonard
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's president says his country's armed forces did not shoot at any airborne targets, after reports that a Malaysian Airlines plane went down over Ukraine.
  • Ukrainians Protest Against Europe, Saying It Abandoned Maidan For Russia

    07/13/2014 10:25:27 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 2 replies
    IBT ^ | Kristina Jovanovski | July 10 2014 11:29 AM
    KIEV, Ukraine -- Five months ago, Kirill Marlinski was on the streets of Kiev, demanding closer ties to the European Union. Now, he's demonstrating in the streets again, but this time against European countries. Like many other activists in the Euromaidan revolution that ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, he blames Europeans for turning their backs on Ukraine by continuing their deals with the country’s new nemesis, Russia. “We all went out on Maidan … [with a] simple slogan -- that Ukraine is Europe and Europe is Ukraine,” he said.“We went out to fight … and we just got spit in our...
  • UKRAINE: Klitschko believes that Kiev must maximize the protection of bridges

    07/11/2014 6:20:19 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    Klitschko: "Protection of bridges is of particular importance" / UNIAN photo Mayor noted that territorial defense is to strengthen the protection of strategic facilities in the capital, in particular the protection of bridges and highways. Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko finds it necessary to strengthen the protection of bridges and highways in the city. According to the press service of the mayor, he said this during a meeting with military commissar Kyiv Colonel Vladimir Kydonem. Klitschko said that territorial defense is to strengthen the protection of strategic facilities in the capital, in particular the protection of bridges and highways. "Protection...
  • Jewish group cuts funding for Kiev office over criticism of Putin

    07/03/2014 6:55:28 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 1 replies
    JTA ^ | 7/3/2014 | News Brief
    An organization representing Russian-speaking Jews cut funding for its Kiev office because of the office head’s criticism of Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, or EAJC, in February stopped funding its Kiev office, which is run by Josef Zissels, he told JTA Thursday. “I don’t know for sure why they stopped the funding, but I think it may be connected to my statements on Russia,” said Zissels, chairman of the Vaad Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine, and a vice president of the World Jewish Congress. Zissels was outspoken against Russia’s actions in Ukraine, including its...
  • UKRAINE: Fighting military and propaganda fronts!

    06/04/2014 11:19:15 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    https://www.facebook.com/butusov.yuriy?hc_location=timeline ^ | 6-4-2014 10:30 EDST | Yuri Butusov, Contrib. Editor/Tsenzor.NET
    Yuri Butusov indulges in humorous sarcasm regarding Russian propaganda war. "Here is an example of this ideological Subversion. Is an experienced hand in benderovcev and "pravosekov"! http://tumannaya-feya.livejournal.com/435275.html For the entire page translated into Englishuse this link: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Ftumannaya-feya.livejournal.com%2F435275.html&sandbox=1 In the capital city now really restless. You can not even imagine how much. The entire center flooded suspicious persons in embroidered shirts. Apparently this is some sort of gas or zombiruyuschaya music, as people in the know (without vyshivanok) in this photograph very eloquently pinch their noses and ears. Those who do not just pinched, thrown to the trays Embroideries, wreaths and...
  • Is Kiev’s ex-boxer mayor tough enough for the new job?

    05/31/2014 6:35:01 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 14 replies
    France24 ^ | 5/30/2014 | France24
    Just days after his May 25 election victory, former boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko gets his first outing as mayor of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. The 6ft 7in boxer-turned-protest leader-turned mayor is perfectly at ease on stage. But as soon as he plunges into the crowd, tensions mount. "You've got to deal with all these banks that refuse to give us our money back," says a woman, referring to the fall in the value of the national currency. Klitschko tries to enter the parliament building, but he's stopped by mothers of conscripts serving in the east of the country. "We...
  • Occupy Wall Street? Try Occupy Kiev: Maidan who ousted former leader won't leave Kiev Square

    05/27/2014 10:02:59 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    5/27/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    I was scrolling through the tele yesterday going from Fox News , then to MSNBC, then to FSTV, then AJAM (Aljazeera America), and the words "Occupy Kiev" were on TV. It was followed quickly by a reporter saying that the Maidan protesters won't do what the Kiev gov't told them yo do, and this was soon after Poroskenko was elected. They won't dismantle their large tent city, refuse to, and have drug out an old favorite - DRUMS - and on the TV....they were banging on them... McCain was there Dec. 2013 with them. Why not now, too? Same people,...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • How About neither for Putin, nor Obama's foreign policy, nor Right Sector, Nor Svoboda, nor Commies?

    05/16/2014 10:37:46 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    5/16/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    That might very well be the best position to take: Don't support Putin, but realize that Obama has the fecal touch on foreign policy issues. Libya (Benghazi). Syria (he thought about arming Syrian "rebels"). Egypt (the Muslim Brotherhood came to power and before that the WH said they were "largely secular"). Ergo - no interventionism of any kind in Ukraine, be it NGO's, mercs, etc. Don't support the Commies in Ukraine, but don't support Right Sector, or Svoboda, either. Angela Merkel and Hollande have both said that unlawful acts were carried out against those who were burned up in Odessa,...
  • West Warns Russia Not To Disrupt Kiev Polls & America To Not Mess w/ Black Panthers Outside Polls

    05/16/2014 7:41:20 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 26 replies
    5/16/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The WH has issued a stern warning that Russia must not interfere with the May 25th Ukrainian elections, and has also issued some breaking news: Americans must not mess with Black Panthers standing outside polling booths, if this were to occur in the future. They, nor anyone else, are saying that this will occur in the future, they are just 'sayin...Ever-impartial Obama and Eric Holder just want to remind people of this. /s The WH has also said that they are all-knowing, would never mess with elections as pertaining to Tea Partiers organizing for elections, know what is best for...
  • Ukraine crisis: Kiev talks open without rebels

    05/14/2014 10:36:30 AM PDT · by FBD · 101 replies
    BBC NEWS ^ | May 14, 2014 | BBC NEWS STAFF
    Talks to end the crisis in Ukraine have begun in Kiev, brokered by international monitors, but pro-Russian rebels are not represented. Ukraine's interim leaders and other public figures are at the talks, which are part of an OSCE roadmap plan. The "national unity round table" was meant to be as inclusive as possible. The interim government has said the annexation of Crimea by Russia this year cost Ukraine at least 1tn hryvnya (£49.3bn; $83bn; 60.5bn euros). A day earlier, Ukraine's military suffered its heaviest losses to the rebels so far in the fighting in the east, where rebels control a...
  • 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,...
  • Seven Ukrainian soldiers killed in ambush

    05/13/2014 3:43:59 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 60 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | 05-13-2014 | David Blair
    Ukraine's army suffered its bloodiest defeat since the onset of the crisis in the country’s east on Tuesday when seven soldiers were killed in an ambush. Pro-Russian insurgents launched the attack on a road linking the towns of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, both of which they control. The ambush appears to have been a counter-strike by the pro-Russians, who declared on Monday independence in two eastern regions after a controversial referendum in favour of self-rule. The defence ministry in Kiev said a military convoy came under fire from about 30 insurgents as it passed under a bridge. The assailants used rocket-propelled...
  • Merkel and Hollande Urge Kiev to Start Dialog with Ukraine's Regions Before [May 25th] Elections

    05/13/2014 7:35:24 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 33 replies
    NSNBC International ^ | 5/10/2014 | Christoff Lehmann
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande urged authorities in Kiev to begin a national dialogue with the rebellious regions in southeastern Ukraine before the presidential elections scheduled for May 25th. The development reveals a growing rift between the US/UK "Atlantic Axis"...
  • Ukrainians form militias to defend nation against chaos

    05/07/2014 6:21:31 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 118 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 7, 2014, 11:13 p.m. | Mark Rachkevych
    In the absence of effective military forces or law enforcement, Ukrainians are taking the defense of the nation in their own hands through loosely organized militias. One of them popped up in a YouTube video on May 2. Although the group was unidentified, the clip was posted by a pro-Ukrainian group of former military and law enforcement officers, calling themselves the Donbass Volunteer Battalion. The video shows men armed with Kalashnikov rifles and clad in black ninja outfits dismantling a Kremlin-backed roadblock near Krasnoarmiysk in western Donetsk Oblast. The national warriors also claim that 15 pro-Russian rebels were handed over...
  • Neo-Nazis may turn Ukraine into new Lebanon, Israeli rabbi says

    05/08/2014 2:46:20 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 62 replies
    Vestnik Kavkaza ^ | 5/8/2014 | Staff
    Israeli rabbi Michael Finkel says the Jewish community is on high alert because of the influence of the neo-Nazi's within Kiev's temporary government. "This is Right Sector. This is the peole who are marching in Nazi uniforms with SF on their arms and on their military uniforms," Finkel says. According to the rabbi, it is possible that Ukraine could turn into a country similar to Lebanon. "In Lebanon, there's an official government and there is Hezbollah, which is a terrrorist organization linked to the government. They're members of the parliament, and there's a Hezbollah militia over thre, a separate army,...
  • Boko Haram are "Insurgents," some Ukrainians are "Terrorists" & Terrorism is "man-caused disasters"?

    05/07/2014 3:35:03 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 22 replies
    5/7/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I can't keep up with it. Under Janet Napolitano - and in the MSM then - an act of terrorism became known as (or redefined as) "man-caused disasters." Before that, under the Bush administration, it was defined as an act of "terrorism." In the MSM, now, and to a large degree some Ukrainians are called terrorists. Sometimes they are called anti-Kiev protesters, or sometimes anti-government protesters. Should the MSM call Right Sector and others in Ukraine "terrorists"? One hardly ever even sees the word "fascist." But when you look at the top four news articles cached on Yahoo.com, when entering...
  • Who makes up the ranks of Kiev's "elite National Guard" being sent to Odessa and Slavyansk?

    05/06/2014 6:59:44 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies
    5/6/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Fox News reported yesterday that Kiev is sending an "elite National Guard" to Odessa, and today the International Business Times reported that Kiev is sending an "elite National Guard" to Slavyansk. Who makes up the ranks of this elite National Guard when Vice News reported on March 19, 2014 - in their article "A look Inside Ukraine's Volunteer National Guard" - and in it said then that Ukraine had - by its own admission - only 6,000 combat-ready troops? Looks like Kiev didn't/doesn't have a pot to even... much less an "elite National Guard." BTW, Vice News was the news...
  • ‘Fascists! Off to Kiev!’: Outraged Kramatorsk locals chase off Ukrainian military

    05/03/2014 4:09:04 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 23 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 05-03-2014 | Staff
    Residents of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk have lashed out at troops entering the city’s streets with outrage and insults. The soldiers were supposed to be "liberating the people from pro-Russian terrorists,” according to the Kiev government. The ongoing military crackdown on anti-government activists in eastern Ukraine has been portrayed as a noble quest of freeing the locals “kept hostage” by the so-called “terrorists” and “separatists.” Coup-imposed Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov recently branded the campaign “an anti-terrorist operation against the sabotage group of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the Russian Federation” on his Facebook page. Curiously, however,...
  • ‘Sooner or later Kiev’s army, Right Sector will attack civilians’

    05/02/2014 12:06:07 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 05-02-2014 | Pepe Escobar
    People in eastern Ukraine are not pro-Russian, they want a united and federalized Ukraine, a Finlandized Ukraine that is equally distant from the EU, NATO and Russia, and they are being confronted by guns, investigative journalist Pepe Escobar told RT. RT: We're now seeing Kiev deploying the military against its own people. Do you think the situation requires that? Pepe Escobar: No, of course not. Flashback, it’s very important. A few days ago John Brennan, head of the CIA, goes to Kiev, they launch an anti-terrorist operation. It’s a huge failure. A few days later US Vice-President Joe Biden goes...
  • BBC News - Profile: Ukraine's ultra-nationalist Right Sector

    04/30/2014 10:57:01 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 79 replies
    BBC News Europe ^ | 4/28/2014 | Staff
    <p>The Right Sector played a leading role in January's violent anti-Yanukovych protests in Kiev.</p> <p>The Right Sector is the most radical wing of Ukraine's Maidan protest movement that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February.</p> <p>Activists claiming to be Right Sector members were involved in Kiev's Maidan protests [link at URL] from late November but the group did not attract much attention until violent clashes with police in central Kiev on 19 January, in which it played a leading role.</p>
  • Russia offers proposal to resolve Ukraine crisis

    04/25/2014 9:14:33 AM PDT · by FreeReign · 50 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 25 April 2014 08.29 EDT | Julian Borger, diplomatic editor, and Dan Roberts in Washington
    Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov says pro-Moscow militants will lay down arms if Kiev clears occupied square and buildings. The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, appears to have offered a deal to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine, suggesting that if the country's government clears out the nationalist protest camp in Kiev, then pro-Moscow separatists will lay down their arms. Western officials greeted the proposal with scepticism, noting that such confidence-building measures were at the heart of an international agreement reached last week, but which failed to end the separatists' occupation of public buildings in eastern Ukraine. They said the protest...
  • 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"....
  • Netanyahu calls Putin, takes neutral stance on Ukraine

    04/17/2014 12:55:42 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/17/2014 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu initiated a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues, Iran and Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement. ... Netanyahu does speak to Putin by phone from time to time, so Tuesday night's conversation - though not a regular occurence - is by no means unprecedented. Russia is a major player in three areas of major concern to Israel: Iran, Syria and arms sales to the Middle East. ... On Monday, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki denied a Haaretz report last week...
  • Ukraine troops land in eastern town, then pull back to base (after hostile reception)

    04/15/2014 10:30:53 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04-15-2014 | Gabriela Baczynska
    KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 15 (Reuters) - Ukrainian airborne troops landed in a town in the east of the country on Tuesday apparently at the start of a crackdown to root out pro-Russian separatists - but they pulled back into base after meeting a hostile reception from local civilians. The town of Kramatorsk is one of 10 localities in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east where separatist rebellions have broken out. The move suggested Ukraine's authorities were going ahead with a plan for a broad military crackdown to end the unrest which began 10 days ago. Separately, the state security service announced a similar...
  • Ukrainian Interior Ministry: anti-riot operation in eastern city of Slavyansk begins

    04/13/2014 2:18:22 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 3 replies
    Arsen Avakov said units of all the law enforcement departments are involved in the operation Ukranian police officers© EPA/VOLODYMYR PETROV DONETSK, April 13, 10:02 /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s acting interim Interior minister Arsen Avakov has announced the start of an anti-riot operation in the eastern city of Slavyansk, which is located in the Donetsk region where protesters demanding federalization of the country occupied the local departments of the police and the Ukrainian Security Service Saturday. Avakov said on his page in Facebook the operation was steered by the Security Service and “units of all the law enforcement departments are involved in it.”...
  • Ukraine officials warn they will use force to clear government buildings

    04/09/2014 11:13:33 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 09, 2014 17:30 GMT | Associated Press
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Authorities in Ukraine's capital are warning that they are prepared to use force to clear several government buildings that have been seized by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The country's interior minister says the standoff in Luhansk and two neighboring regions must be resolved within the next two days. As he spoke, anti-government protesters in Luhansk raised high barricades along a thoroughfare in front of the security service building. Hundreds of supporters camped outside overnight and chanted the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Analysis: U.S. Cozies Up to Kiev Gov't Including Far Right(McCain pictured next to Neo-Nazi leader?)

    04/04/2014 11:24:37 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 133 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/30/2014 | Alexander Smith
    <p>The U.S. and Europe have been emphatic in their support of the new Ukrainian government – but a significant number of Washington's new bedfellows are members of what some experts class as extreme right-wing parties.</p> <p>When Sen. John McCain traveled to Kiev in December, he told the crowd of 200,000 on Independence Square: "The free world is with you, America is with you, I am with you."</p>
  • Ukraine orders disarming of armed groups after shooting

    04/01/2014 4:06:23 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 20 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | 4/2/2014 13:23 UTC | News Desk
    Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday ordered security forces to disarm illegal armed groups as police shut down the Kiev base of a far-right nationalist group prominent in the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovich after a shooting incident in which three people were wounded. Ukraine's new leaders acted after Monday night's violence in Kiev city centre, conscious that an increasing criminal climate could discredit the anti-Yanukovich uprising and be used by Moscow's propaganda machine to show that law and order was breaking down in Ukraine. The proposal approved by parliament linked a growing "criminal atmosphere" to what it described as "systematic provocations from...
  • 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...
  • Die Anstalt - Ukraine Maidan [satire by German national TV: McCain, Nuland, 'far-right' connection]

    03/25/2014 8:18:02 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    Die Anstalt - video with English subtitles at link.
  • Ukraine: Neo-Fascist Leader Yarosh Vows To Destroy Russia's Gas Pipelines To Stop 'World War III'

    03/17/2014 1:25:37 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 72 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 3/17/2014 | Jack Moore
    Dmytro Yarosh, a leader of the Right Sector movement, addresses a rally in central Independence Square in Kiev [Caption from] Reuters The leader of the far-right Ukranian Nationalist Pravy Sektor (Right Sektor) party has reportedly threatened to attack Russia's lucrative gas pipeline which travels through Ukraine to prevent the Kremlin from sparking a "Third World War.' ...
  • Two Billion in Ukrainian gold takes wing, but to whom?

    03/17/2014 10:01:11 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/17/14 | George Spelvin
    All of the gold in the Ukraine is rumored to have been flown out of Boryspil Airport, Kiev at 2 a.m. Ukrainian time early on March 11 according to an unsubstantiated email CiR just received. The entire Ukrainian gold stash could have taken flight into the New York Fed via an Atlantic air transport airlift according to a former Goldman Sachs hedge fund manager based out of Hong Kong. Here is the text of the Email sent to CiR that carried the warning that “This has not been verified,” and has been linked to King World News Blog, dated March...
  • Leader of Ukraine's Right Sector, revolution's enforcers, rails against Putin & Jewish oligarchs

    03/15/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 3/15/2014 | Matthew Schofield (McClatchy Foreign Staff)
    KIEV - The man Russian President Vladimir Putin has cast as one of Europe's potential new Adolf Hitlers is a little late for coffee this Saturday morning. Igor Mazur, or Topoyla (Poplar) as he's known because he's 6'7" is the leader of the Ukranian Right Sector at Maidan, Kiev's Independence Square. The Right Sector are the radical nationalists of this Ukranian Revolution. There are others: the right-wing Svoboda (Freedom) Party, for one, which has an actual political following, 12 percent of the vote in the last elections. It used to identify itself as a national socialist movement, just like the...
  • John Kerry To Explain Where The New Red Line Is - Live Feed

    03/14/2014 8:32:25 AM PDT · by Errant · 40 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 14 March
    On the heels of yet another multi-hour meeting with Russian foreign minister Lavrov, John Kerry takes to the podium to explain next steps... Live feed at link...
  • After Annexing Crimea, Russian Troops Are Piling Up By The East Ukraine Border

    03/12/2014 1:49:37 PM PDT · by Errant · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12 March 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Despite the relentless protests of Kiev, and of course the G7 group of world's most indebted nations, in the past two weeks Vladimir Putin once again succeeded in outplaying the west and annexed the Crimea peninsula without firing a single shot (granted there is still potential for material situational deterioration, one which would involve military participation by NATO whose outcome is not exactly clear). The market has "priced in" as much, with prevailing consensus now dictating that Russia will preserve its foothold in the Crimea however without additional attempts for annexation: certainly Poland is hoping and praying as much. However,...
  • Executive Order -- Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine

    03/08/2014 5:30:50 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 81 replies
    The White House ^ | March 6, 2014 | Barak Obama
    I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find that the actions and policies of persons -- including persons who have asserted governmental authority in the Crimean region without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine -- that undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets, constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat. I hereby order: Section 1. (a) All...