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  • 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 · 20 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...
  • Anti-Russians display controversial US Confederate flag in Kiev

    03/07/2014 12:30:30 AM PST · by Lattero · 18 replies
    PressTV ^ | Mar 7, 2014 | Caleb Maupin
    This was the flag of slave holding states in the United States that seceded in 1861, causing Civil War. Today the symbol is used by the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi groups, and other organizations who are hostile to African-Americans. For the last several decades, protests have continued, demanding that this flag not be displayed in public places. Many people were greatly disturbed to see that the Confederate Flag is now being displayed, not in the United States, but in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. Larry Holmes, a civil rights activist in New York City, explained why the flag is...
  • "Behind The Kiev Snipers It Was Somebody From The New Coalition", A Stunning New Leak Reveals

    03/05/2014 7:08:50 AM PST · by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity · 42 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 5, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    <p>The last time a leaked phone call out of Ukraine was released about a month ago ostensibly by the Russian NSA equivalent, one between US assistant sec state Victoria Nuland and the US envoy to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, it was revealed that the real puppet masters behind the Maidan movement, and the true instigators of the Ukraine "revolution" were none other than the "developed" world superpowers, lead by the US.</p>
  • Meanwhile, Down at the Maidan...

    03/04/2014 2:51:00 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 04 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Ukraine: New Interim Government; Too Many Familiar Faces

    03/01/2014 7:14:33 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 7 replies
    The New American ^ | 01 March 2014 | William F. Jasper
    Ukraine: New Interim Government; Too Many Familiar Faces The New American01 March 2014 Many Ukrainians are outraged as the same billionaire oligarchs and Communist-era politicians take charge in Kiev.... Related articles: Dispelling Disinformation (Part 1, Interview with Soviet Analyst editor/publisher Christopher Story regarding KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn's amazing revelations) Leninists Still Leading (Part 2, interview with Soviet Analyst editor/publisher Christopher Story re. Anatoliy Golitsyn) Red March to Global Tyranny (Part 3, Interview with Soviet Analyst editor/publisher Christopher Story re. Anatoliy Golitsyn) Ukraine Turmoil Escalates Into Foreign-backed Armed Uprising Mass Unrest in Ukraine Amid Supposed Tug of War Between EU,...
  • The Invasion So Far: Visual Summary Of Russian Forces And Movements

    03/01/2014 1:29:54 PM PST · by Errant · 68 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1 March 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Moments ago Interfax reported that two Russian anti-submarine warships have appeared off the coast of Ukraine's Crimea region, violating an agreement on Moscow's lease of a naval base, according to a Ukrainian military source as saying. Then again what else would a Ukrainian military source say. The source added that the two vessels, part of Russia's Baltic Fleet, had been sighted in a bay at Sevastopol, where Moscow's Black Sea Fleet has a base. So imagine two extra anti-sub ships off Sevastopol in the map below which until this latest update from Contemporary Issues and Geography, was keeping an accurate...
  • On the Maidan, the birth of a real Ukrainian civil society

    02/26/2014 10:23:48 AM PST · by FBD · 27 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Published Friday, Feb. 21 2014, 12:55 PM EST | Daniel Bilak
    Snip: ... "Unlike those on the Maidan, no one is prepared to die for the regime of Viktor Yanukovych regime. There will not be a civil war; claims to the contrary are attempts by eastern and Crimean political and economic elites to manipulate the situation to preserve their wealth and local feudal power. Most Ukrainians see this as a war between a dictatorial president and his people... (snip) ....The Maidan, therefore, has not spawned a civil war, but the birth of an authentic Ukrainian civil society. It is the culmination of an agonizing 20-year process of de-Sovietization of Ukrainian society,...
  • UKRAINE: Liberty's Victory- in Pictures

    02/24/2014 3:30:40 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 24 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    The Ukrainians got rid of a corrupt, delusional tyrant? Color me jealous... If you didn't see the pics of Yanukovych's tacky mansion, that's -here-  It's already been nationalized, and there's talk of turning into a 'Museum of Corruption'. Nobody knows where the deposed/impeached president is at still, most likely back in his power base of eastern Ukraine- an arrest warrant has been issued in his name. Tellingly, Yanukovych delivered his last, desperate TV address in Russian. And Ukrainian expats were roaming the streets of London yesterday, looking for a major Yanukovych ally (Rinat Akhmentov) they expect to see arriving at his extravagant London flat soon.  Akhmetov had received over 30% of government tenders... up until this last weekend, anyway....
  • The battle for Kiev may well be over, but is the battle for Crimea about to begin? (Videos at link)

    02/23/2014 4:56:29 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 18 replies
    <p>The picture above shows the scene earlier today in Kiev, as Ukraine's parliament voted to hold early elections and dismiss President Viktor Yanukovych.</p> <p>It's a heart-warming image. The bloody, protracted protests in Ukraine seem to have achieved their goals: Yanukovych is gone, new elections are due, and Yulia Tymoshenko, a key figure in Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution, has been freed from prison. Ukraine looks as though it might have pulled back from the brink.</p>
  • Ukraine protesters take Kiev (Yulia Tymoshenko released from prison, headed to protest camp)

    02/22/2014 9:07:00 AM PST · by rawhide · 15 replies
    The Big Story ^ | 2-22-14
    Parliament arranged the release of Yanukovych's arch-rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was on her way to Kiev to join the protesters. Asked by crowds gathered at the hospital where she was released about her further plans, Tymoshenko said, "I will run for president," news agencies reported. She said she will "make it so that no drop of blood that was spilled will be forgotten." Tymoshenko, the blond-braided icon of Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution, was heading from prison in the eastern city of Kharkiv straight to the protest camp, her party said.
  • Apocalypse soon: Ukrainian president reportedly flees Kiev

    02/21/2014 8:04:53 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 21, 2014 | Allahpundit
    If what The Interpreter’s hearing is true, Yanukovych has left Kiev for the city of Kharkiv. Maybe that’s because he’s lost control of the capital or maybe, as the State Department claims, he’s gone to Kharkiv to, ahem, shore up support. Either way, though, there’s no scenario where the government simply abdicates and the opposition takes over. Russia won’t relinquish the country that easily. So either things are about to get even rougher in Kiev as Putin fills the power vacuum or Yanukovych is planning a new move. What does that mean? Naval War College prof John Schindler fears the...
  • Address to Owners of Weapons (Ukraine)

    02/20/2014 5:51:32 PM PST · by annalex · 67 replies
    Address to Owners of Weapons Owners of weapons, We know that you are the most moderate and responsible part of the Ukrainian society, which so far did not participate in the standoff. Unfortunately, however the conflict transitioned to the armed stage. The control over the situation is effectively lost. Now each one of us bears personal responsibility for his own safety and the safety of his family, and in this difficult time, also for the safety of his fellow countrymen. Weaponry in the hands of responsible citizens has been in all times the bet peacemaker. We call you to act,...
  • Kiev woman speaks about the unrest in Ukraine

    02/20/2014 7:37:35 PM PST · by Jedidah · 12 replies
    WFAA ^ | Feb. 19, 2014 | Shelly Slater
    There's been word of a truce in the Ukraine –– protests have raged in Kiev for the past two days, following months of unrest there. News 8's Shelly Slater Skyped with a woman who is in Kiev and got her perspective of the protests. Video at link.
  • Before And After: Kiev’s Independence Square After Ukrainian Riots

    02/20/2014 6:37:11 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Bored Panda ^ | 2/19/2014
    This striking composite photo from the riots in Ukraine helps put the extreme devastation occurring in Kiev right now into perspective. The lighter image on the left is of Independence Square in Kiev before the riots and the seemingly post-apocalyptic half of the image was taken in the same square by Olga Yakimovich for Reuters on Feb. 19th.(via: Imgur)
  • Violence in Ukraine Creates Deepening Clash Between East and West

    02/20/2014 9:29:53 AM PST · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 20, 2014 | Steven Lee Myers
    MOSCOW — The two sides in what is developing into an East-West clash over Ukraine hardened their positions on Wednesday, with Russian officials denouncing what they called a coup by right-wing extremists, even as the United States and Europe threatened to impose sanctions on those responsible for the violence that has erupted in the capital, Kiev, and spread to other cities.