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  • Russian museum exhibits MH17 plane fragment for Victory Day show

    04/16/2015 2:12:18 PM PDT · by free_life · 12 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | April 16, 2015
    The fragment forms part of an exhibition marking 70 years since end of WWII A Russian museum plans to exhibit a plane fragment from downed flight MH17, despite the fact Dutch investigators are still combing the area for evidence to establish who exactly shot down the Boeing 777. Local media published photos of the fragment brought from the militant-held area of Donetsk by a Russian veteran's organisation, to the museum in the Russian coastal town of Eisk near the Ukrainian border. The so-called souvenir will form part of an exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over...
  • Russian secret services may have 'liquidated' troops who shot down MH17...

    03/07/2015 12:44:26 AM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/06/2015 | Will Stewart
    Russian secret services may have executed the troops suspected of shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, say sources involved in the investigation of the crash over eastern Ukraine. The Dutch-led probe is leaning towards a conclusion that a BUK missile fired from rebel-held territory downed the Boeing 777, killing all 298 on board. And it is highly likely the aircraft was shot out of the sky by Russian military personnel, according to a report by the Netherlands' state broadcaster NOS, citing anonymous sources in the police and the group of investigators working on the probe into the plane's loss.
  • New report says it proves Russian forces downed flight MH17

    01/11/2015 7:17:26 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Jan. 10, 2015, 3:51 p.m. | Maxim Tucker
    A report released today by German investigative group CORRECT!V concludes that a Buk surface to air missile launcher operated by the 53rd Russian Air Defense Brigade shot down passenger jet MH17. The report, titled MH17: Searching for the Truth, marries fresh testimony from military experts, separatist fighters and residents of east Ukraine, with photo, video, social media and satellite evidence to produce a compelling account of the events that led to the tragic deaths of all the Malaysian Airlines flight’s 298 passengers and crew on July 17 2014.
  • Russia: NATO expansion is biggest threat we face - warns Ukraine it would be "dangerous" to do so

    12/27/2014 2:05:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 26, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Russia has adopted a new military doctrine, keeping North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) expansion first among its list of primary external threats. The revised doctrine [PDF in Russian - 29 pages with 58 sections], signed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday, is comparable to a 2010 version, which also listed NATO expansion as a primary threat. Additions to the doctrine include a highlighting of the threat from "global strategic antiballistic missile systems" and a Russian goal to protect its interests in the Arctic region, according to Russian state-funded news organization RT. The doctrine’s adoption comes days after Ukraine took a...
  • Russia says UN weakened by US support of Israel

    08/03/2006 7:25:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies · 1,002+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 02, 2006
    Russia and other UN Security Council members are unhappy Washington is blocking attempts to pressure Israel over its offensive in Lebanon, Vitaly Churkin, its ambassador to the United Nations, said. Churkin told the Izvestia newspaper in an interview published today that the US position had weakened the position of the United Nations on the crisis. "Discontent has been rising recently among Security Council member countries with the fact that the US is prepared to block any decision which would bring pressure to bear on Israel," Churkin said. "This discontent is expressed practically every day by many delegations during consultations on...
  • A Russophobic Rant From Congress

    12/09/2014 8:25:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Hopefully, Russians realize that our House of Representatives often passes thunderous resolutions to pander to special interests, which have no bearing on the thinking or actions of the U.S. government. Last week, the House passed such a resolution 411-10. As ex-Rep. Ron Paul writes, House Resolution 758 is so "full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War." H. R. 758 is a Russophobic rant full of falsehoods and steeped in superpower hypocrisy. Among the 43 particulars in the House indictment is this gem: "The Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Georgia...
  • Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul: Apologists for Vladimir Putin

    08/06/2014 12:40:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/06/2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    As Vladimir Putin’s tanks begin to roll forth from Russia like Sauron’s legions from Mordor, a pair of American villains is working hard to undermine our resolve against the greatest threat from Europe to American values and power, and indeed to world peace, since Adolf Hitler.Evgeny Feldman, a photographer for the maverick Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, recently visited a book store in Moscow and tweeted [1] a photograph from amongst its shelves. Among volumes on one topical shelf such as The Crimes of the U.S.A. and The Third World War and Forward to Victory, in which authors offered bloodthirsty...
  • Ron Paul Says U.S. May Share Responsibility for Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash

    07/21/2014 12:17:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    time.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jay Newton-Small
    Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul claimed Sunday that the U.S. and European Union may share responsibility for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week. “While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report,” Paul, a former Republican congressman from Texas, wrote on his website. “They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when the EU and U.S. overthrew the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without U.S.-sponsored ‘regime change,’ it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in...
  • Ron Paul Defends Russia After Malaysian Plane Crash

    07/21/2014 11:03:00 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 25 replies
    Nusiness Insider ^ | 7/21/14 | Colin Campbell
    Former Congressman Ron Paul defended the Russian government on Sunday and slammed Western leaders for spreading "propaganda" after a Malaysian Airlines plane was allegedly shot down by Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine. "Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said," the former presidential candidate wrote. "While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report." One of those unreported things, Paul claimed in his weekly "Texas Straight Talk" column, was the...
  • Cuba’s Fidel Castro Condemns ‘Primitive’ Accusations of Russia’s Role in Boeing Crash

    08/05/2014 12:00:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    ria.ru ^ | August 5, 2014
    BUENOS AIRES, August 5 (RIA Novosti) – Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro dismissed Tuesday accusations of Moscow’s alleged role in the deadly Malaysian passenger plane crash as “primitive.” “Accusing the Russian Federation of destroying the Malaysian Boeing during the flight is horrifying primitivism,” Castro wrote in an article published in Cuba’s Granma newspaper. “Neither President Vladimir Putin, nor Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov nor other Russian leaders could have ever done such a stupid thing,” Castro stressed. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17. All 298 people on board,...
  • Web users debunk Russian TV's MH17 claim

    11/15/2014 5:59:10 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 14. Nov 2014 | Vitaly Shevchenko
    Russian state TV has broadcast what it claimed to be a photo of the moment Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet. But many commentators dismissed the image as a "crude fake". Late on 14 November, Russia's state-controlled Channel One TV broadcast what appeared to be a satellite photo of a passenger plane and a jet fighter in the skies above Donetsk, a separatist stronghold in Ukraine. It was, the report said, the moment the Ukrainian jet fired a missile at MH17.
  • Russian warplanes risking safety of European airliners, says Nato chief

    11/15/2014 4:02:51 PM PST · by McGruff · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Nov 2014 | David Blair
    Russia is placing civilian flights at risk by dispatching jet fighters and bombers into European airspace without following safety procedures, according to Nato’s secretary general. Jens Stoltenberg told the Telegraph that Nato fighters had intercepted Russian military aircraft over 100 times so far this year, compared with 30 such incidents in 2013.
  • Putin Will Leave G20 Summit Early After West Blasts Moscow Over Ukraine

    11/15/2014 11:39:04 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Time ^ | 1/15/14 | Sam Frizell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders lambasted him Saturday over the crisis in Ukraine and threatened further sanctions. “I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Putin, according to his spokesman Jason MacDonald, Reuters reports. President Barack Obama said the United States was at the forefront of “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17.” German Chancellor Angela...
  • Is this the moment MH17 was shot down as it flew over Ukraine? Russia state broadcaster produces

    11/14/2014 11:55:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 14, 2014 | Will Stewart
    Russian experts have claimed Malaysian Boeing MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian warplane and not a ground to air missile. This follows the release of 'leaked' satellite images which show a missile streaking towards the passenger plane, produced tonight by Russia's main state broadcaster. It was claimed that the space pictures were from a British or US satellite.
  • Web users debunk Russian TV's MH17 claim

    11/15/2014 7:09:12 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    bbc.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Vitaly Shevchenko
    Several commentators pointed out that the "Malaysia" logo on the plane from the photograph was in the wrong place. Maksim Kats, a Russian blogger, said the plane in the picture looked like a slightly altered version of the one that tops the search results if you Google "Boeing view from above" in Russian. It also happens to be a publicity photo of a Boeing 767, not a 777, which was shot down over Ukraine in July. Others noted that the fighter jet looked different from an Su-25 - the type which the Russian media had consistently claimed shot down MH17....
  • Abandon democracy, supporter tells Putin

    11/14/2014 9:18:32 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    9news.com.au ^ | November 15, 2014
    A man accused of travelling to Ukraine to recruit support for pro-Russian rebels has led a G20 rally calling for the end of democracy in Russia. About 30 Australian Cossacks, surrounded by almost as many police, marched through Brisbane's South Bank on Saturday, declaring their support for their "steel ruler", Russian President Vladimir Putin. The group's leader, Simeon Boikov, reportedly travelled to the Ukraine this year in support of pro-Russian rebels and bragged on his Facebook page about entering the war zone. Mr Boikov denied the media reports and said he was seeking defamation action. "They've blamed everybody on the...
  • Abbott says Putin compensating for failing economy with military aggression

    11/13/2014 7:43:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    9news.com.au ^ | November 14, 2014
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused Vladmir Putin of a "regrettable pattern" of military aggression which has culminated in warships off northern Australia. At a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron today, Mr Abbott linked the decline of Russia's economy with an increase in that nation's assertiveness. "It is part of a regrettable pattern, whether it's the bullying of Ukraine, whether it’s the increasing Russian military aircraft flying into the airspace of Japan, European countries, or whether it’s the naval task group which is now in the South Pacific, Russia is being much more assertive now than...
  • MH17: Source of the Separatists' Buk; A Bellingcat Investigation

    11/10/2014 4:03:27 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Bellingcat ^ | N.D. | Bellingcat MH17 Investigation Team
    It is the opinion of the Bellingcat MH17 investigation team that there is undeniable evidence that separatists in Ukraine were in control of a Buk missile launcher on July 17th and transported it from Donetsk to Snizhne on a transporter. The Buk missile launcher was unloaded in Snizhne approximately three hours before the downing of MH17 and was later filmed minus one missile driving through separatist-controlled Luhansk. The Bellingcat MH17 investigation team also believes the same Buk was part of a convoy travelling from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade in Kursk to near the Ukrainian border as part of a...
  • The Malaysia Airlines Crash Is the End of Russia’s Fairy Tale

    07/18/2014 11:12:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 18 | Anne Applebaum
    Before there is any further discussion of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, it’s important that one point be made absolutely clear: This plane crash is a result of the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, an operation deliberately designed to create legal, political and military chaos. Without this chaos, a surface-to-air missile would not have been fired at a passenger plane. From the beginning, the Russian government did not send regular soldiers to Ukraine. Instead, it sent Russian mercenaries and security service operatives such as Igor Strelkov — the commander in chief in Donetsk and a Russian secret police colonel who fought...
  • Kremlin-Backed Insurgents Now Claim Malaysia Airlines Plane Was Carrying Corpses

    07/18/2014 1:24:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    After the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashed on July 17 in Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast with 298 people on board, Kremlin-backed enthusiastically claimed credit, saying they thought they had shot down another Ukrainian military transport plane. “We did warn you - do not fly in our sky,” Kremlin-backed separatist leader Igor Girkin, a Russian intelligence service officer, wrote on his official Vkontakte soon after the tragedy. Though when the gravity of the mistake became obvious, the Russian-backed insurgents backpedaled and claimed innocence. The statements of Girkin posted on his Vkontakte page on July 18 appeared to be a lot more confusing....
  • Skirt-fronting Putin Can Help Eradicate Islamic State Crisis

    10/22/2014 12:14:59 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/22/14 | David Singer
    “Skirt-fronting” could well become the new buzz word in international diplomacy The possibility of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott shirt-fronting Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Brisbane next month over the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 in Ukrainian sovereign territory with the loss of all on board - including 38 Australians - has receded following Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s 25 minute meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the Asian Europe Summit held in Milan this week. Abbott had vowed: “I’m going to shirtfront Mr Putin. I am going to be saying to Mr...
  • Spiegel: Review finds rebels shot down MH17 in Ukraine

    A review by Germany's foreign intelligence agency has found that MH17 was brought down by a missile fired by separatists. Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for the plane's downing. A detailed analysis conducted by Germany's federal intelligence service (BND) concluded that separatists near Donetsk were responsible for bringing down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the news magazine Spiegel reported on Sunday. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 while on route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 passengers on board were killed, most of them Dutch nationals. BND President Gerhard Schindler presented the...
  • Australian MH17 crash victim 'had time to put oxygen mask on', says Dutch foreign minister

    10/09/2014 9:20:20 PM PDT · by DTA · 30 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 2014-10-10 | Barbara Miller
    One of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash was found wearing an oxygen mask, raising the possibility that some passengers may have been conscious as the aircraft went down in eastern Ukraine. Nearly 300 people died when the passenger jet crashed in July while flying over insurgent-held territory in eastern Ukraine. "You know that somebody was discovered wearing an oxygen mask and had time to put it on," Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans said on a late night Dutch chat show. The foreign minister suggested the passengers may have been conscious as the plane went down. The...
  • $30 Million Bounty Offered for MH17 Attackers as Ukraine Turmoil Continues

    09/18/2014 12:07:32 AM PDT · by free_life · 28 replies
    Vicenews ^ | Sept 17, 2014 | Olivia Crellin
    A German company is offering a $30 million bounty for the identities of the individuals responsible for downing Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine this summer. Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine are suspected of firing surface-to-air missiles at the civilian aircraft, which crashed July 17 while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board. A preliminary report carried out by Dutch investigators said that the crash was the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that struck the Boeing plane from the outside. Wifka, an independent German fraud investigation company, said...
  • Malaysian Jet Over Ukraine Was Downed by ‘High-Energy Objects,’ Dutch Investigators Say

    09/09/2014 5:58:06 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 21 replies
    NYT ^ | SEPT. 9, 2014 | ANDREW HIGGINS and NICOLA CLARK
    BRUSSELS — Eight weeks after a Malaysia Airlines plane disintegrated over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard and triggering a frenzy of East-West finger-pointing, investigators, in their first account of the calamity on Tuesday, released evidence consistent with an attack by a surface-to-air missile but shed no clear light on who was responsible. A preliminary report issued in The Hague by the Dutch Safety Board, which is leading an international effort to get to the bottom of the tragedy, gave some indirect support to assertions by the United States and Ukraine that pro-Russian rebels shot down the aircraft with...
  • MH17 destroyed in instant by 'number of high-energy objects', says report

    09/09/2014 12:46:36 PM PDT · by McGruff · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9 September 2014 | Julian Borger and Gwyn Topham
    <p>Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was destroyed in an instant when the cockpit and other parts of the fuselage were peppered by "a large number of high-energy objects," causing the plane to break apart over eastern Ukraine before anyone could raise an alarm, according to a preliminary report on the disaster which was released on Tuesday.</p>
  • MH17 disaster: Russians 'controlled BUK missile system'

    09/08/2014 2:31:33 PM PDT · by Agog · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/08/2014 | John Sweeney
    Russians were operating a BUK missile launcher seen in the area where the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet MH17 was shot down, eyewitnesses have told Panorama. Distinctive shrapnel damage to the plane points to a fragmentation weapon - such as a BUK - downing the plane. The Kremlin had previously suggested that the missile was from a Ukrainian fighter jet. Pro-Russian rebels have denied any possession of a BUK. However, photographs and videos cast doubt on the claim by the Kremlin and pro-Russian rebels - that they did not have a BUK missile launcher on their territory. Three eyewitnesses, all civilians,...
  • Garry Kasparov: It’s a War, Stupid!

    08/30/2014 8:50:50 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 69 replies
    Time ^ | 8-30-2014 | Garry Kasparov
    As Russian troops and armored columns advance in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government begs for aid from the free world it hoped would receive it and protect it as one of its own. The leaders of the free world, meanwhile, are struggling to find the right terminology to free themselves from the moral responsibility to provide that protection. Putin’s bloody invasion of a sovereign European nation is an incursion, much like Crimea — remember Crimea? — was an “uncontested arrival” instead of Anschluss. A civilian airliner was blown out of the sky just six weeks ago –—remember MH17? — and...
  • MH-17 Shoot Down Alters Air Force’s Space Equation

    08/14/2014 9:24:02 PM PDT · by Rabin · 16 replies
    DoD Buzz. ^ | July 24th, 2014 | Michael Hoffman
    Russia builds all of the rocket engines that deliver U.S. military satellites into space. Gen. William Shelton, U.S. Space Command, said Tuesday the recent missile attack on Malaysian passenger jet that killed 298 people will not result any change to this (crony driven, United Launch Alliance) RD-180 engine arrangement. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX, has sued the Air Force for the oppertunity to compete, for contracts that provide lift to military and intel satellite. Right now, only ULA is allowed to "compete" for the $9 billion Engine project. //Snip// Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Rogozin threatened in May to cut...
  • ‘Western media neglect of Moscow’s MH17 evidence is shameful’

    08/13/2014 10:09:35 AM PDT · by McGruff · 32 replies
    Russia Today ^ | August 13, 2014
    <p>Nearly one month has passed since Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over the skies of eastern Ukraine, taking the lives of 298 people.</p> <p>An international investigation is now underway, led by the Netherlands, with members from Ukraine, Malaysia, the United States, Russia and others.</p>
  • Ron Paul: US 'likely hiding truth' on downed Malaysian Flight MH17

    08/10/2014 10:58:30 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 50 replies
    Russia Propaganda Today ^ | August 10, 2014 | unattributed, naturally
    Former Congressman Ron Paul said the US knows ‘more than it is telling’ about the Malaysian aircraft that crashed in eastern Ukraine last month, killing 298 people on board and seriously damaging US-Russian relations in the process. In an effort to inject some balance of opinion, not to mention pure sanity, into the ongoing debate over what happened to Malaysian Flight MH17, Ron Paul is convinced the US government is withholding information on the catastrophe. "The US government has grown strangely quiet on the accusation that it was Russia or her allies that brought down the Malaysian airliner with a...
  • Ron Paul: US ‘hiding truth’ on downed Malaysian plane

    08/10/2014 7:21:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/08/14 06:08 PM EDT | Jesse Byrnes
    Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) accused the U.S. government of “hiding” the truth behind the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine last month. “The U.S. government has grown strangely quiet on the accusation that it was Russia or her allies that brought down the Malaysian airliner with a Buk anti-aircraft missile,” Paul said on his news website Thursday. […] “It’s hard to believe that the U.S., with all of its spy satellites available for monitoring everything in Ukraine, that precise proof of who did what and when is not available,” the former lawmaker and GOP...
  • Ukraine Says Rebels Mistook Doomed Flight MH17 for Aeroflot Plane

    08/10/2014 3:49:43 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | August 9, 2014 (Issue # 1823) | Anna Dolgov
    Ukraine has claimed that pro-Moscow separatists downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 after mistaking it for a Russian Aeroflot plane that they supposedly wanted to shoot down to provide Moscow with a pretext for invading Ukraine. [....] Ukrainian Security Service head Valentyn Nalyvaichenko said Thursday that separatists had intended to hit an Aeroflot airliner that was headed from Moscow to Larnaca, Cyprus, and whose flight path passed close to that of the Malaysian jet. Separatists were "ordered" to position a Buk anti-aircraft missile near the village of Pervomaisk in eastern Ukraine, but because the fighters were Russian, not local, they confused...
  • SBU provides evidence of Aeroflot plane downing scheme by Russia

    08/10/2014 3:16:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Saturday 09 august, 2014, 16:43 | Zik TV
    Russia’s original plan was to down the Aeroflot plane, not the MH17, to create a pretext for the invasion of Ukraine, SBU chief Valentyn Nalyvajchenko said, speaking in Shuster Live TV program late Aug. 8.
  • Malaysia wants the ‘missing’ Ukrainian ATC tapes

    08/09/2014 5:00:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    New StraightsTimes ^ | 8-8-2014 | HARIS HUSSAIN AND TASNIM LOKMAN
    UKRAINE has denied that its State Security Service (SBU) had seized the air-to-ground transmission tapes between its air traffic controllers and Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on the day the jetliner was shot down. Its ambassador to Malaysia Ihor Humennyi, in an exclusive interview with the New Straits Times, said that reports alleging that the SBU had seized the recordings had not been independently verified or confirmed by Kiev. “There is no proof or any evidence that the tapes were confiscated by the SBU. “I only read this in the newspapers.” Almost immediately after the shootdown, several news agencies, including the...
  • Russia publishes list of banned western foods in response to sanctions

    08/07/2014 5:46:33 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7 August 2014 | Jennifer Rankin
    Russia has banned fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the US, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway. Dmitry Medvedev said the ban was effective immediately and would last for one year. The agriculture minister, Nikolai Fyodorov, said on Thursday that greater quantities of Brazilian meat and New Zealand cheese would be imported to offset the newly prohibited items. He added Moscow was in talks with Belarus and Kazakhstan to prevent the banned western foodstuffs being exported to Russia from the two countries. The Kremlin's move comes in response to the grounding of the budget airline subsidiary...
  • Andrew Klavan: Putin's Secret Message to Obama (video)

    08/07/2014 4:26:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 8-7-2014 | Andrew Klaven
    Putin's Secret Message to ObamaI’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth. Ever since President Obama took office, he’s been making friendly overtures to the Russians, trying to “press the reset button” in relations between our two countries. In 2012, the president was even caught on an open mike promising he’d have more “flexibility” to cave in to Russian demands after he was re-elected. Russian President Vladimir Putin has responded warmly to Obama’s gestures by warmly cheating on our arms treaties, warmly supporting our enemies in Syria, warmly annexing Crimea, and warmly abetting the destruction of a Malaysian airliner...
  • As pro-Russia revolt founders in Ukraine, invasion fears rise

    08/06/2014 3:07:04 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 12 replies
    LAT ^ | Aug. 6, 2014 | Carol J. Williams
    As Ukrainian government forces close in on pro-Russia separatists' final strongholds, Western security strategists have sounded the alarm that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be preparing to invade eastern Ukraine to rescue the embattled insurgents. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday added his voice to the chorus of warnings that a massive Russian troop buildup on the border with Ukraine may be more than Kremlin saber-rattling. “It’s a reality, of course it is,” Hagel said during a visit to the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. “When you see the buildup of these troops, the sophistication and training of...
  • Canada imposes new sanctions over Russia’s role in Ukraine crisis

    08/06/2014 12:52:00 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | Aug. 06 2014 | Reuters
    Canada has slapped fresh economic sanctions and travel bans on some Russian and Ukrainian groups and individuals. In addition to VTB Bank OAO , Russia’s second-largest bank by assets, Canada targeted Bank of Moscow and the Russian Agricultural Bank (Rosselkhozbank). The United States imposed sanctions on all three banks last Wednesday to punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine.
  • Impunity reigns for abductions and ill-treatment by pro-Kyiv vigilantes in eastern Ukraine

    08/06/2014 12:25:21 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    Amnesty International ^ | 8-6-2014 | Amnesty International
    In eastern Ukraine, the battle lines have been shifting for months, after pro-Russian separatists asserted effective control over several key towns across the region. In a bid to assert its control, the Ukrainian forces have been fighting for months, to reinstate Kyiv’s authority over areas held by pro-Russian separatists. Law and order do not necessarily follow. In the broader context of a deteriorating security situation in the east, Amnesty International has recently raised its concerns with the Ukrainian authorities about one particularly errant MP who has been “detaining” – in effect abducting – and ill-treating individuals across the region. He’s...
  • MH17 search suspended over security concerns: Dutch PM

    08/06/2014 12:31:49 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 6, 2014 | AFP
    International experts have suspended their search for body parts at the MH17 crash site on Wednesday because of deteriorating security in eastern Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said. "It doesn't make sense to continue with the repatriation in this manner," the Dutch leader told a press conference in The Hague. Rutte said increasing tension between Kiev -- which is battling pro-Russian separatists in the area -- has made it too unsafe to continue with the search for victims' remains. "It goes without saying that Australia and Malaysia and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation are with us on this...
  • Putin Bans Import of Food From Countries That Sanctioned Russia

    08/06/2014 9:51:07 AM PDT · by lodi90 · 64 replies
    New Republic ^ | 8/6/2014 | Julia Ioffe
    Today, "with the goal of protecting Russia's national interests," Vladimir Putin issued a decree "banning or limiting" the import of food stuffs from countries that imposed sanctions on Russia after pro-Russian separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine. That includes the United States, the European Union, Japan, Australia, and Canada. Russia, despite once being the bread basket of Europe, now imports 40 percent of its food. And even if local growers and producers step up to fill the gap left by the ban, it will still take a long time and the transition will be rough.
  • Ukrainian Journalist Says Servicemen In [Russia] Are On Hunger Strike

    08/06/2014 7:44:29 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 15 replies
    Ukrainian Journalist Says Servicemen In Gukovo Are On Hunger Strike 14:25 (GMT) Andriy Tsaplienko, a senior correspondent for Ukraine's Inter television channel, has written on his Facebook page that Ukrainian soldiers and border guards, who were forced to take refuge in Russian territory on August 4, are trapped in Russia and are on hunger strike. He writes (translated by The Interpreter): The soldiers from the 72nd brigade and border guards are stuck in the territory of the Russian Federation. According to one of their commanders, none of the lads asked for asylum in Russia or switched their allegiance. They summoned...
  • Photographs show wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 used for roadblock ...

    08/06/2014 6:00:26 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | August 6, 2014 | Corey Charlton
    by pro-Russian rebels in eastern UkraineUkrainian media have published images they claim shows wreckage from the downed Malaysian aircraft is being used as part of a roadblock leading into the breakaway Donetsk region. The photographs, taken by Ukrainian journalists, purport to show part of the aircraft's fuselage being used to strengthen a roadblock near the village of Rassypnoye. Journalist Boris Mihalov, 32, said: 'We wanted to take more pictures and question those about how the wreckage was being used in this way but we were basically ambushed and carted away. 'They wanted to take the camera's memory card but we...
  • Moscow may force European airlines to fly around Russia

    08/05/2014 6:01:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 48 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 8-5-2014 | Rueters
    The Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has threatened to retaliate for the grounding of a subsidiary of Aeroflot, the national airline, because of EU sanctions, with one newspaper reporting that European flights to Asia over Siberia could be banned. Such a move would enforce costly detours on airlines, including Lufthansa and IAG, owner of British Airways, as more fuel would be needed for extended routes. Low-cost carrier Dobrolyot, operated by Aeroflot, suspended all flights last week after its airline leasing agreement was cancelled under European Union sanctions because it flies to Crimea, a region Russia annexed from Ukraine in March....
  • Former Horlivka prisoner recalls tortures, killings and intimate talks with captor

    08/05/2014 6:50:57 PM PDT · by Agog · 2 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 08/05/2014 | Oksana Grytsenko
    A special presidential flight landed in Kyiv late on July 29 carrying 17 exhausted people, who then met with President Petro Poroshenko. The group, which included 15 Ukrainian servicemen, one Swedish and one Georgian citizen, spent months as hostages in Horlivka, one of the last remaining strongholds of the Kremlin-backed separatists led by defiant rebel commander Igor Bezler who goes by the nickname of “Demon.” These people were set free in an exchange for Olga Kulygina, believed to be a Russian Security Service agent.
  • Putin asks government to develop countermeasures to Western sanctions

    08/05/2014 4:47:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 8-5-2014 | RT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged his government to come up with countermeasures to Western sanctions imposed against Russia over the Ukrainian conflict. Putin stressed that Moscow’s response should be “cautious.” “Obviously we need to do it cautiously in order to support domestic manufacturers, but not hurt consumers,” he said on Tuesday. The president expects the government to present a response to the sanctions as soon as possible. Putin said that the political tools of pressure being used against the Russian economy are unacceptable, stressing that they go against international rules and norms. Putin’s comments come on the same day...
  • Russia Calls For Emergency UN Security Council Meeting As Troops Fortify On The Border

    08/05/2014 2:09:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    Yahoo News/BI ^ | 8-5-2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Russia has called for emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday over what it called an urgent humanitarian situation in Ukraine, according to a report from the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS. "We are convening an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine," Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin was quoted as saying. Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the U.N. and the International Committee of the Red Cross expressed "readiness" to discuss its plan to deploy a "humanitarian mission" to Ukraine, which some consider to be a...
  • Why Col. Strelkov May Have Trouble Recruiting Russians (Abduction, Torture, Murder)

    08/05/2014 8:46:11 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 45 replies
    Why Col. Strelkov May Have Trouble Recruiting Russians 06:13 (GMT) Andrei Morozov (nick-name "Murza"), is an ultranationalist activist from Moscow who heads a small Russian neo-Stalinist nationalist group called "Red Blitzkrieg," among the groups supporting the pro-Russian separatists in southeastern Ukraine as we reported. Morozov travelled to the region and tried to join the "Donetsk People's Republic," but was arrested and tortured by the "militia" for his trouble. Ultimately he was released, and wrote an account on 21 May of his ordeal. Snip On the night of 12th May, without any commentary, I was taken to the dead end of...
  • EU may buy French warships built for Russia

    08/04/2014 10:50:52 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 4, 2014 | Ed Adamczyk
    The European Union may acquire two Russian warships currently under construction in France, analysts say. The possibility comes as the United States and Western Europe tighten economic sanctions against Russia, and Monday's denial of a German defense contractor's delivery of military components to Russia by the German government. ... The German Navy proposed the EU purchase the ships,