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  • Russia starts war games after Ukraine strikes rebels

    04/24/2014 5:13:55 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 7 replies
    Irish Times ^ | April 25, 2014 01:00 GMT | Daniel McLaughlin
    Russia has begun war games near Ukraine after denouncing as a “grave crime” Kiev’s security-service strike against pro-Moscow rebels. Ukrainian officials said five militants were killed yesterday when special forces stormed rebel roadblocks near the eastern city of Slovyansk, a stronghold for activists who want the industrial Donetsk region to split with Kiev’s new pro-EU government. The militants said two of their men had been killed and vowed to resist any attempt to storm Slovyansk, which is one of about 10 eastern towns and cities where official buildings have been occupied by activists, allegedly with help from Russian agents.
  • Ukraine crisis: Kerry accuses Russia of 'destabilisation'

    04/24/2014 4:50:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 24, 2014
    US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of "distraction, deception and destabilisation" in eastern Ukraine. In a strongly worded statement, he called on Moscow to help defuse the crisis there or face further sanctions.
  • Israel can’t accept the emerging US-Iran accord (Is war near?)

    04/24/2014 1:32:00 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/24/2014 21:55 | YAAKOV AMIDROR
    Ostensibly, official US policy on Iran’s nuclear program is clear: The US will not allow Iran to produce a nuclear bomb. Moreover, US President Barack Obama has said that, for this purpose, “all options are on the table” – implying a military option as well. In addition, according to many reports in American newspapers, Obama has ordered the development of diversified US military capabilities with which to attack Iranian nuclear facilities, far beyond what existed in the previous administration – providing further evidence of the president’s seriousness. But many people do not understand the meaning behind the vague statement, “We...
  • John Kerry Just Gave Russia A Final Warning

    04/24/2014 4:01:20 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 49 replies ^ | 4 24 14 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry provided Russia with a stern warning Thursday evening — start complying with the de-escalation agreement brokered last week in Geneva, or face the wrath of new U.S. sanctions. Kerry delivered a terse statement from the State Department's briefing room late Thursday, during which he blasted Russia for not taking a "single step in the right direction" toward de-escalation. He criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for what he called outlandish claims that the Internet is a "CIA plot."
  • Russian Troops Testing Ukraine Border: Officials

    04/24/2014 3:15:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4-24-2014 | Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
    Russian military forces are “pulsing the border” and making a “run toward Ukraine” — but pulling up well short — in their “training exercise," U.S. officials told NBC News on Thursday. But it’s not clear whether the Russian forces are actually preparing to cross the border into Ukraine or simply putting on a “show of force,” the officials said. They added that there is no strong indication that the Russians are preparing to invade but still stick by their earlier estimate that from their current positions, these troops could launch a complex invasion and be inside Ukraine in less than...
  • Sweden wants cruise missiles 'for defence'

    04/24/2014 2:32:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Local, Sweden ^ | 24 Apr 2014 | Oliver Gee
    The Swedish government has announced plans to beef up its defence forces by fitting its fleet of Gripen fighter jets with long-range cruise missiles. Defence Minister Karin Enström said the high-precision missiles would chiefly act as a deterrent to other countries that might be considering an attack on Sweden. “They would give new capabilities by offering a longer reach, but also the ability to fight targets that are further away,” she told Sveriges Radio (SR) on Thursday. She said the move would “increase the effectiveness” of Sweden’s defence. The cruise missiles would be added to the next generation of Gripen...
  • Protest crackdown in Slavyansk put on hold - Ukrainian Media

    04/24/2014 11:19:07 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies
    A special operation against pro-federalization protesters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk has been put on hold, Ukrainian media said Thursday citing law enforcement sources. Kiev Post said the decision was made by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), and the authorities are now revising the plan of the operation. The Kiev-based paper also said that at least seven people were killed in the crackdown on protesters, who have been demanding greater autonomy for their regions since late March. Federalization supporters in the eastern cities of Kharkov, Donetsk, Gorlovka, Slavyansk and Kramatorsk have refused to recognize the legitimacy of...
  • Putin Warns of Consequences as Ukraine Steps Up Offensive (Bloomberg Headline)

    04/24/2014 10:43:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies ^ | Apr 24, 2014 8:29 AM PT
    Headline OnlyLink to the Bloomvweg article:
  • Why Russia Needs Eastern Europe

    Which brings us to the current impasse. Eastern Europe has a long history of domination by Russia. Yet this domination saved Russia twice in the last two centuries. The space Russia created by pushing westward meant that any invasion was so lengthy that a European army had to face the fearsome Russian winter. This means Russia’s push east will not easily be turned aside: It is a matter of Russia’s survival. It will take more than a few protesters in Kiev to make Russia give up.
  • Peace Talks Suspended, Six-hour cabinet meeting decides to response to PA-Hamas unity by suspending

    04/24/2014 9:12:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 4/24/14 | Hezki Ezra, Ari Yashar
    During a six-hour security cabinet meeting on Thursday, ministers decided to respond to the Palestinian Authority's (PA) unity deal with Hamas, reached on Wednesday, by suspending the peace talks ahead of their April 29 deadline. Further, it was decided to implement various sanctions on the PA, such as financial sanctions, and the cutting of diplomatic contact including that of the peace talks. Sanctions were taken against the PA earlier in the month in response to its breach of talk conditions by applying to join 15 international conventions. Those sanctions put a near end to diplomatic contact, but not concerning the...
  • Seven Decades of Nazi Collaboration: America’s Dirty Little Ukraine Secret

    04/24/2014 8:30:18 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 40 replies
    The Nation ^ | Paul H. Rosenberg
    As the Ukrainian crisis has unfolded over the past few weeks, it’s hard for Americans not to see Vladimir Putin as the big villain. But the history of the region is a history of competing villains vying against one another; and one school of villains—the Nazis—have a long history of engagement with the United States, mostly below the radar, but occasionally exposed, as they were by Russ Bellant in his book Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party (South End Press, 1991). Bellant's exposure of émigré Nazi leaders from Germany's World War II allies in the 1988 Bush presidential campaign...
  • Obama warns sanctions against Russia are 'teed up' as tension builds in Ukraine

    04/24/2014 8:10:19 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 12 replies ^ | 4/24/14 | ap/fox
    President Obama said Thursday that new sanctions targeting Russia are "teed up" in the wake of a fresh warning by the Russian foreign minister that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response.
  • Halya Coynash: Moscow’s fictitious 'civil war' in Ukraine

    04/24/2014 8:05:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX ^ | April 24, 2014, 2:48 p.m. | Halya Coynash
    At least three major surveys carried out over recent weeks have demonstrated that the supposedly imminent “civil war” that Ukraine is plunging into is an entirely artificial Russian construct. Not one of the surveys has shown any significant level of support for federalization or for parts of the country joining Russia. A majority do not want Russian to become a second state language.
  • 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 · 39 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"....
  • Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach

    04/23/2014 11:12:57 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies ^ | Updated: Apr 23, 2014 9:59 AM PDT
    AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch defense department says several NATO member countries scrambled jets Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bomber planes approached their airspace over the North Sea.The Dutch ministry identified the planes as two Russian TU-95 Bears, and said it had launched two F-16s from Volkel air force base to intercept them. The Russian jets were escorted by aircraft from the Netherlands, Britain and Denmark until they departed.
  • Senior security official: Anti-terror operation suspended as Russian troops amass on border

    04/24/2014 6:39:46 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 24, 2014, 4:18 p.m. | Kyiv Post
    Video: Russian tanks, APCs, trucks mobilizing 10 kilometers from eastern border 4:15 – Citizen journalists purportedly located in Novoshakhtinsk, a Russian city 10 kilometers from Ukraine's eastern border in Rostov Oblast, shot footage of Russian military mobilizing. Columns of armored personnel carriers, artillery weapons, tanks and trucks, presumably transporting Russian soldiers are seen driving in the city's main highway. – Mark Rachkevych [Video] Anti-terror operation temporarily halted, government reformulating plan SBU releases Russian military chatter over killing of Horlivka lawmaker (VIDEO) 2:30 p.m. – Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) has released a YouTube video it says implicates high-ranking Russian Military Intelligence...
  • SBU nabs Russian, two Ukrainians suspected of working for Russian intelligence bodies

    04/24/2014 6:22:34 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 24, 2014, 1:10 p.m. | Mark Rachkevych
    Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) said it detained on April 23 a Russian citizen believed to be responsible for ensuring encrypted communication for the Russian special forces coordination center in eastern Ukraine allegedly headed by Russian military intelligence officer Igor Strelkov. [....] Earlier in the week, SBU chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko told journalists that there are at least 100 Russian military intelligence officers operating in Ukraine. The SBU had earlier arrest three of them and some 40 of their trained and recruited Russian and Ukrainian agents.
  • Kiev military op: Ukrainian army tanks, APCs, troops attack Slavyansk

    04/24/2014 3:04:56 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 27 replies
    Fighting has erupted just outside Slavyansk, a town in east Ukraine where population voiced their protest against Kiev authorities. Ukrainian troops on tanks and armored vehicles are trying to break into the town. According to Ukrainian Interior ministry, at least five self-defense guards have been killed and one policeman injured after the ‘antiterrorist operation’ launched by Kiev in the city. Three checkpoints erected by the anti-government protesters have also been destroyed. Witnesses report on Twitter lavyansk self-defense forces are now burning tires to hamper the entrance of infantry vehicles from Kiev into the city. Ukraine army attack have just driven...
  • Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

    04/23/2014 9:49:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 4:16 PM EDT | Laura Mills
    The founder of Russia’s leading social media network—a wunderkind often described as Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg—has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company’s ownership. The slow-motion ouster of Pavel Durov from the network known as VKontakte, or “In Contact,” is the latest sign that independent media outlets in Russia have become increasingly imperiled. Although months in the making, the loss of Durov’s leadership in VKontakte means that the space for free speech on the Russian web could shrink even further. …
  • Photos Prove Putin a Liar

    04/23/2014 2:21:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 23, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Video at the link Vladimir Putin has insisted that there are no Russian troops in eastern Ukraine - just like he insisted there were no Russian troops in Crimea until he admitted it last week. Now, the New York Times reports there are photos that clearly show known Russian military and intelligence people mixed in with pro-Russian militias, fomenting strife in Eastern Ukraine. For two weeks, the mysteriously well-armed, professional gunmen known as “green men” have seized Ukrainian government sites in town after town, igniting a brush fire of separatist unrest across eastern Ukraine. Strenuous denials from the Kremlin have...
  • UKRAINE: Slav separatists promise torturing hostages to thwart elections

    Ponomariov promises to steal and kill people/Reuters TRANSLATION "The self-proclaimed "mayor" Slavic Vyacheslav Ponomarev promises to prevent presidential elections in Ukraine at any cost. He said in an interview with Russian newspaper "We will take all necessary measures to election in the southeast did not take place" - he said, referring not only captured terrorists Slovyansk, but the entire Ukraine. "Take someone in captivity and pìdvìsimo for I * I. realistically, you understand?", answered questions on the journalist utočnûval′ne Ponomarev. He also has promised to purge dissenters, calling it "a harsh truth of life." But beyond that, Ponomarev...
  • Kidnapped: Pro-Russian Gunmen Are Holding This U.S. Journalist Hostage

    04/23/2014 11:00:53 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 45 replies
    Heritage ^ | April 23, 2014 | Rob Bluey
    <p>An American journalist for Vice News is being held captive by pro-Russian gunmen following his reporting on the turmoil in Ukraine.</p> <p>Simon Ostrovsky had covered the conflict over Crimea for weeks and went missing Tuesday. His disappearance is the latest example of a crackdown on journalists by Russia and its supporters, prompting a warning from the U.S. State Department.</p>
  • RAF Jet Chases Russian Planes Away From UK

    04/23/2014 10:36:04 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 33 replies ^ | April 23 2014 | No Attribution
    Two Russian surveillance planes which flew close to UK airspace have been chased away by an RAF jet fighter. The aircraft, believed to be Tupolev 95s, were spotted off the coast of northeast Scotland. They turned away from Britain when an RAF Typhoon was scrambled from Leuchars airbase, near Dundee, where crews are on standby to intercept unidentified aircraft at a moment's notice.
  • Tally of persons kidnapped by Russian-backed insurgents in Ukraine’s east grows to 13 (UPDATE)

    04/23/2014 7:28:16 AM PDT · by Agog · 11 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | 04/23/2014 | Kyiv Post
    Thirteeen persons, including journalists, have been kidnapped over the past week in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Sloviansk and Horlivka, according to Kyiv Post reporting and that of Donetsk-based news website Novosti Donbassa. Some have been released while two have been found dead.
  • Kiev must immediately deescalate east Ukraine crisis, call back troops - Moscow

    04/23/2014 9:45:52 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 13 replies
    Kiev authorities must “immediately” deescalate the situation in southeast Ukraine by withdrawing its troops from the region, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said, adding that Kiev must start nationwide talks and stop “distorting” the Geneva agreement. Follow RT’s LIVE UPDATES on military operation in eastern Ukraine “The Russian side once again insists on an immediate deescalation of the situation in the southeast of Ukraine, the withdrawal of divisions of the Ukrainian Army and the start of a real inter-Ukrainian dialogue including all the regions and political entities of the country,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website. Moscow...
  • No Reason to Doubt US Running the Show in Ukraine – Lavrov

    04/23/2014 9:35:04 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    RiaNovosti ^ | 4-23-2014 | Vitaly Belousov
    The visit of US Vice President Joseph Biden to Kiev this week and the subsequent restart of a military operation against protesters is evidence the US is controlling the actions of Ukrainian authorities, Russian Foreign Minister Segei Lavrov said Wednesday. “Now that Joe Biden visited Kiev this counterterrorist operation was declared in the active phase again,” Lavrov said during an English-language interview with the RT news channel. “It’s quite telling that they chose the moment of the Vice President of the United States to announce the resumption of this operation, because the launching of this operation happened immediately after [CIA...
  • Preparing the US military for the 'threat multiplier' of climate change.

    04/22/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT · by machogirl · 41 replies
    Slate via ^ | 04-21-2014 | Eric Holthaus
    The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just completed a series of landmark reports that chronicle an update to the current state of consensus science on climate change. Its conclusion: On our current path, climate change could pose an irreversible, existential risk to civilization as we know it, but we can still fix it if we decide to work together. But in addition to the call for cooperation, the reports also shared an alarming new trend: Climate change is already destabilizing nations and leading to wars. That finding was highlighted in last week's premiere of Showtime's climate change docu-drama...
  • The U.S. Cut Military Spending in 2013, While These Two Global Powers Did the Opposite

    04/23/2014 6:26:00 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 14 Apr 14 | Elizabeth Kreft
    Global military spending dropped by nearly two percent in 2013, led by the United States which dropped it’s spending by 7.8 percent. By contrast, the military industrial complexes in Russia and China are bustling; seeing a 4.8 and 7.4 percent increase, respectively. "For the first time since 2003, Russia spent a larger percentage of it’s Gross Domestic Product on military expenses than the United States… " The U.S. dropped spending from roughly $690 Billion in 2012, to $640 Billion in 2013, shrinking to 3.8 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. The reduction is noted in real terms, which means the...
  • Under Russia, Life in Crimea Grows Chaotic

    04/23/2014 6:16:03 AM PDT · by No One Special · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 21, 2014 | Neil MacFarquhar
    SIMFEROPOL, Crimea — After Russia annexed Crimea practically overnight, the Russian bureaucrats handling passports and residence permits inhabited the building of their Ukrainian predecessors, where Roman Nikolayev now waits daily with a seemingly mundane question. His daughter and granddaughter were newly arrived from Ukraine when they suddenly found themselves in a different country, so he wonders if they can become legal residents. But he cannot get inside to ask because he is No. 4,475 on the waiting list for passports. At most, 200 people are admitted each day from the crowd churning around the tall, rusty iron gate. “They set...
  • UKRAINE: U.S. to Move Troops to Allies Near Russia as Tensions Flare in Eastern Ukraine

    04/23/2014 4:45:52 AM PDT · by · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 22, 2014 10:03 p.m. ET | Julian Barnes DC, Carol Lee, Kiev, Ukraine & Philip Shishkin Slovyansk, Ukr
    Pentagon Seeks to Reassure NATO Allies as Kiev Accuses Pro-Russian Forces of Killings Hundreds of U.S. troops are headed for maneuvers in Eastern Europe through year's end, the Pentagon announced, new deployments intended to reassure allies on Russia's borders as violence took a sinister turn Tuesday in embattled Ukraine. Vice President Joe Biden, in a visit to Kiev, warned Russia to pull back its troops and abide by last week's international agreement or face the certainty of swift new sanctions. Mr. Biden also urged Ukraine's leaders to adhere to democratic principles and respect cultural differences, reassuring them, "You will not...
  • Ukraine crisis: What the 'Russian soldier' photos say

    04/23/2014 3:30:35 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 10 replies
    Do they prove anything? What comes across from the photos is that at least one unit of heavily armed, well-equipped, pro-Russian paramilitaries has been operating in the Donetsk region. But it cannot be said for sure that they are actual Russian special forces, as the Ukrainians argue. At the same time, the idea that they might be a local militia from Donetsk is belied by their apparent military professionalism. Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week there were "no Russian units, special services or instructors in the east of Ukraine" but such denials of military involvement ring hollow for many...
  • Firefighters v arsonists: US confirms $5bn spent on 'Ukraine democracy'

    04/23/2014 3:27:07 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 4 replies
    People holding illegal arms and occupying government buildings are perfectly OK, as long as they are permitted to do so, believes Washington’s top diplomat in Europe. But doing exactly the same thing without permission is bad. This piece of infallible logic came from the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, as she refused to equate the situation in Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in February with the present one in eastern Ukraine. In both cases armed militias have seized buildings and refused to leave. “You can’t compare the situation in Kiev, where now everything that is still being held by protesters...
  • Ukraine rebels brace for new assault as US troops head to region

    04/23/2014 3:11:31 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 41 replies
    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine braced Wednesday for a renewed military offensive by Kiev as US troops headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow over the escalating crisis. The United States said it plans to deploy 600 troops to Poland and the Baltic states to "reassure our allies and partners" after threatening Russia with more sanctions. Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov late Tuesday ordered a new "anti-terrorist" operation against separatists holding a string of eastern towns after the discovery of two "brutally tortured" bodies. One of the dead was a local...
  • Do not hurt Russian people with sanctions: Jimmy Carter

    04/22/2014 11:16:16 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 21 replies
    Paris (AFP) - Former US president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday the West should not impose sanctions that would hurt the Russian people over their leaders' actions in Ukraine. "So far, we have limited the sanctions to the leadership of Russia, and I think that is the proper approach," the Nobel peace laureate told AFP on the sidelines of a discussion in Paris on climate change. "I don't think we would go so far as to impose The statesman was taking part in a meeting with students as a member of The Elders group set up to promote human rights around...
  • US Troops Arrive in Poland for Exercises Across Eastern Europe Amid Ukraine Crisis

    04/22/2014 10:13:51 PM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of military exercises in four countries across Eastern Europe to bolster allies in the wake of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula last month. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday that the exercises will last about a month, and initially involve about 600 troops. An Army company of about 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, Italy, will start the exercises Wednesday in Poland. Additional Army companies will head to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and are expected to arrive by Monday...
  • Crimean authorities raise $1,500 mln to build gambling zone in Crimea

    04/22/2014 5:30:58 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/23/2014 | Itar-Tass
    © ITAR-TASS/Valery Matitzyn MOSCOW, April 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Crimea’s authorities have already raised a sum of $1.5 billion on the construction of a gambling zone on the peninsula, Crimea’s First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper published on Wednesday. Bearing in mind the fact that the world’s biggest gambling companies have already officially promised to invest in this project, budgetary financing will be minimal, he noted. “It is planned to create at least 10,000 new jobs. The resort is expected to yield a large-scale multiplier effect - a high workload of the entire infrastructure:...
  • Ukraine President Demands Action in East After Politician Killed

    04/22/2014 5:24:20 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 22, 2014, 9:17 p.m. | Reuters
    KIEV — Ukraine's acting president called for an anti-terrorist operation to be relaunched in the east of the country on Tuesday after the body of a local politician from his own party was found showing signs of torture.
  • Merkel Warns Russia of Economic Consequences Over Ukraine

    03/28/2014 2:04:35 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies ^ | March 27, 2014 | Harriet Torry
    BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said Russia "can lose a lot" economically if it escalates tensions in Ukraine further and prompts Western allies to impose economic sanctions. "It's not just about concrete sanctions. Russia also needs trade and movement, today we're all connected internationally" the chancellor said in a joint news conference with her Canadian counterpart. Speaking in Berlin, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged the economic risks, particularly for Europe, in slapping further sanctions on Russia and said "we should proceed quite cautiously." Mr. Harper added that the Russian economy is "quite fragile," and "when a major power...
  • Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine

    04/22/2014 4:12:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 22, 2014 | By LYNN BERRY, AP
    Since he took over Crimea, President Vladimir Putin has seen his popularity soar and his opposition fall silent. So when the U.S. vice president told Russia to defuse tensions in Ukraine, Putin had few reasons to listen. But now Putin, with his approval rating at 80 percent, no longer appears willing to tolerate any criticism. Chillingly, Putin has begun to cast his critics as "national traitors," an intimation that anyone who opposes the Kremlin is serving the interests of the West. He has compared Russians who oppose his aggressive actions in Ukraine to the Bolsheviks, who took advantage of Russia's...
  • Russia expels Canadian diplomat in delayed tit-for-tat retaliation

    04/22/2014 3:53:56 PM PDT · by rickmichaels
    Maclean's ^ | Apr 22, 2014 | Mike Blanchfield
    OTTAWA – The diplomatic chess game between Canada and Russia over the Ukraine crisis continued Tuesday, with the Kremlin ordering the expulsion of a senior Canadian diplomat stationed in Moscow. Russia ordered the removal of the first secretary at the Canadian embassy in retaliation for the expulsion of a Russian military attache from Ottawa earlier this month, said a Canadian government source, not authorized to speak on the record. The Harper government also called in the Russian ambassador for a diplomatic dressing-down last week as pro-Russian gunmen seized government buildings in several eastern Ukrainian cities following Russia’s annexation of the...
  • Ukraine orders military action in the east

    04/22/2014 3:14:23 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 3 replies
    Acting president orders new anti-terrorism operation after a local politician was found dead with signs of torture. Last updated: 22 Apr 2014 22:05 Ukraine's acting president has ordered a military operation against pro-Kremlin separatists in the east of the country, after the body of a local politician from his own party was found showing signs of torture. "I demand the resumption of effective counter-terrorism measures to protect Ukrainian citizens in the east from terrorism," Oleksandr Turchinov said on Tuesday, according to a statement from his other office as parliamentary speaker. Turchinov said that "brutally tortured" bodies had been found near...
  • Egypt Signing Unprecedented $3 Billion MIG-35 Deal with Russia

    04/22/2014 12:27:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | April 22nd, 2014
    Ehud Ya’ari of Israel’s Channel 2 News reported on Tuesday night, that Egypt and Russia will be signing an unprecedented military agreement. In this agreement between Cairo and Moscow, Egypt will receive 24 of Russia’s advanced Mikoyan MiG-35 fighter jets, along with military and strategic advisers, as well as training for the Egyptian Air Force. The deal is worth $3 billion. It follows in the footsteps of a $2 billion arms deal that Egypt signed with Russia in February, and was primarily funded by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The deal itself has been in the works since...
  • Baltics continue discussions to counter Russian propaganda TV

    04/22/2014 10:38:50 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 17 replies
    Baltic Times ^ | April 21, 2014
    The Baltic States are in talks to set up their own Russian-language television channel in a bid to counter the deluge of propaganda aimed at their ethnic Russian populations by Moscow-backed media, reports AFP. Numerous Russian-language media outlets already exist in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania but most emanate from Russia and toe its line on politics and history - sensitive issues in a region that endured half a century of illegal Soviet occupation. This month, Latvia and Lithuania each suspended the television channel Russia RTR for "inciting ethnic hatred." Vilnius had already taken two other stations off the air. The...
  • American Journalist With Vice News Captured in Eastern Ukraine

    04/22/2014 10:15:39 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Mashable ^ | 2014-04-22 16:19:36 UTC | By Brian Ries
    Ostrovsky's last two tweets, sent April 21, are about the "mayor" threatening to remove an Associated Press journalist from a press conference. He has not tweeted since Monday's press conference. His most recent video dispatch was posted April 20. "Sloviansk pro-Russia 'mayor' threatens to throw journalist out for "provocative" question about former mayor being held under guard," Ostrovsky last tweeted while covering the press conference. "Now he's not letting reporters leave the press conference: 'you'll go as you came in. In a group.' That's one way to guarantee coverage."

    04/22/2014 8:54:06 AM PDT · by kingattax · 28 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 22 Apr 2014
    VIDEO AT LINKTuesday at a news conference with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk from Kiev, Vice President Joe Biden pledged support for Ukraine and emphasized that United States does not recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea.

    04/22/2014 5:53:44 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | April 22,2014 | by J. MICHAEL WALL
    Paul A. Goble, considered the dean of American experts on the different nationalities of what Russia regards as its rightful space, warns that a small, newer NATO ally could be next. With a near-fully modernized strategic nuclear arsenal to give teeth to his iron will, Putin is using a low-cost, high-impact weapon against which the West has built no effective defense: political and economic subversion. The KGB excelled at political and economic subversion, and Putin built his career practicing both. Putin has turned Russia’s internal weaknesses into external strength. In presiding over the wholesale theft of the Russian economy, Putin...
  • Russian Roulette: The Invasion of Ukraine (Dispatch Twenty Eight)

    04/22/2014 7:17:19 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Last week, Ukraine launched an anti-terror campaign to recapture the cities being occupied by pro-Russia protesters. So far, the campaign hasn't been going so well. On April 16, the second day of the campaign, Ukrainian military moving into Sloviansk — the focal point of the pro-Russia forces — and gave up their equipment. The armory was brought to the center of town where it has become a local amusement. Elsewhere, crowds of pro-Russia protesters stopped a column of Ukrainian troops in Kramatorsk and made them disarm. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky was on the scene as Ukrainian forces disarmed their...
  • Lenin's Popularity Highest in Years on Revolutionary's 144th Birthday

    04/22/2014 8:01:50 AM PDT · by No One Special · 61 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | April 22, 2014 | Vladimir Filonov
    Supporters of Vladimir Lenin flocked to Red Square on Tuesday to celebrate the 144th anniversary of the revolutionary's birthday. Support for the legacy of Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Lenin is on the rise, a poll published on the eve of the 144th anniversary of his birth showed. Asked what they thought about Lenin's contribution to Russian history, 38 percent of Russians said his influence had been "mostly positive." The survey, conducted by the independent Levada Center pollster and published Monday, showed a steady increase in Lenin's popularity since 2006, when only 29 percent rated his influence as mostly positive. The figure...
  • Time for EU energy union, says Polish PM

    04/22/2014 7:38:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.04.14 @ 10:54 | Benjamin Fox
    The European Union must create an energy union to secure its supply and reduce its dependence on Russian gas, Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk has said. Tusk’s energy blueprint, set out in an article in the Financial Times on Tuesday (22 April), would establish a single European body that would buy gas for the whole 28-nation bloc. This would end a system that currently sees the different countries negotiate their own deal with energy giant Gazprom, the government-backed firm which dominates Russia’s gas market. Meanwhile, “solidarity mechanisms” between EU countries would kick into action if countries were threatened with being...
  • U.S. says will act 'in days' if no Russian action in Ukraine

    04/22/2014 6:38:21 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 25 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 4/21/14 | Doina Chiacu and Patricia Zengerle
    The United States' government said on Monday it will decide "in days" on additional sanctions if Russia does not take steps to implement an agreement to ease tensions in Ukraine reached in Geneva last week. The steps include publicly calling on pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to vacate occupied buildings and checkpoints, accept an amnesty and address their grievances politically, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. "If they don't take steps in the coming days, there'll be consequences," she said at a Monday news briefing. "Obviously, we would have to make a decision in the matter of - in a...