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  • Photos Prove Putin a Liar

    04/23/2014 2:21:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 36 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 Gazeta.ru. "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 · 30 replies
    Sky.com ^ | 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 · 39 replies
    Slate via Stripes.com ^ | 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 UMCRevMom@aol.com · 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 (New Vietnam?)

    04/23/2014 3:11:31 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 40 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
    wsj.com ^ | 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 · 16 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."
  • BIDEN DECLARES 'UKRAINE MUST REMAIN ONE COUNTRY,' INCLUDES CRIMEA

    04/22/2014 8:54:06 AM PDT · by kingattax · 27 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.
  • AGAINST ALL ODDS: WHY PUTIN IS WINNING

    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...
  • Ukraine crisis: Biden says Russia must 'start acting'

    04/22/2014 5:11:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 22, 2014
    US Vice-President Joe Biden has said Russia must "stop talking and start acting" to defuse the Ukraine crisis. He was speaking during a joint press conference in Kiev with interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Mr Biden warned Russia that further "provocative behaviour" would lead to "greater isolation" and urged Moscow to end its alleged support for pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, the funerals took place for three men shot on Sunday.
  • Joe Biden arrives in Ukraine as militants seize more buildings in east

    04/21/2014 9:52:16 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    LATimes ^ | 4-21-2014 | Carol Williams
    Vice President Joe Biden on Monday embarked on a mission to show U.S. support for Ukraine's embattled interim leaders as pro-Russia gunmen took over more government buildings in eastern Ukraine and the Kremlin's top diplomat blamed Washington for the mounting crisis. Biden was to meet Tuesday with acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, as well as civil society leaders in Kiev, the capital, before flying back to Washington. Although the White House said the vice president's visit was intended to underscore U.S. support for "national unity and a successful constitutional reform," the trip and other recent...
  • U.S. Conducts Spy Flight Over Russia

    04/21/2014 7:23:07 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 9 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | April 21, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory on Monday, a State Department official said. The spy flight originally was scheduled for April 14 but was canceled by Russia after a U.S. team for the flight failed to arrive near Moscow on time and Moscow refused temporarily to reschedule it. A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman also expressed anger on Monday over U.S. delays in certifying a new high-tech Russian aircraft to be used for spying missions over the United States
  • US: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord

    04/21/2014 7:16:57 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    AP Bigstory ^ | 4-21-2014 | NEDRA PICKLER and JULIE PACE
    Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. Russia in turn accused authorities in Kiev of flagrantly violating the pact and declared their actions would not stand. Biden, the highest-ranking American official to visit Ukraine during its conflict with Russia, planned to meet with government officials in the capital of Kiev on Tuesday. The vice president also planned to announce new technical support to help the...
  • Yanukovych calls for immediate removal of Ukrainian troops from the east

    04/21/2014 5:32:09 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 28 replies
    www.kyivpost.com ^ | April 21, 2014, 5:22 p.m | Isaac Webb
    Disgraced former President Victor Yanukovych called for urgent action to resolve the ongoing separatist violence in eastern Ukraine in a statement from Rostov-on-Don on April 21. Yanukovych requested the “immediate removal of all Ukrainian Armed Forces from the east of Ukraine, sent there as a detachment of the so-called ‘national guard,’ dressed in military uniforms and armed with automatic weapons and grenades.” Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine on February 22 after being accused of ordering riot police to fire on activists demanding his removal from power, called for “the immediate commencement of peaceful dialogue with the leaders of the eastern regions.”
  • New governor of Lugansk region takes control of courts and police – media

    04/21/2014 3:10:02 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 2 replies
    The new governor of the Lugansk region of Ukraine Valery Bolotov took control of the courts and the police. This information was reported by the Ukrainian media. "People of Lugansk region has entrusted me with this high post of an Acting Governor. I will try to justify the confidence of people" quotes the media. Bolotov plans to create the "National Council of Lugansk region, which will include representatives from all cities in the region." "Reassignment of all the power structures of the region, particularly the courts and the Interior Ministry, will be carried out only by legal means said Bolotov....
  • BOB DOLE SAYS US SHOULD SEND WEAPONS TO UKRAINE

    04/21/2014 1:21:58 PM PDT · by bkopto · 39 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | staff
    Former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole said Monday that the U.S. should send weapons, including tanks, to Ukraine to help it resist Russia's moves on its territory and to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a strong message. The 90-year-old Republican Party icon and former U.S. Senate majority leader said Putin "has sort of sized up" Democratic President Barack Obama and "concluded that he's not a strong leader." Dole's comments came as Vice President Joe Biden began a high-profile visit to Ukraine and only days after an announcement in Geneva that talks between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European...
  • In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin

    04/21/2014 12:26:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 19 April 2014 | Peter Baker
    Even as the crisis in Ukraine continues to defy easy resolution, President Obama and his national security team are looking beyond the immediate conflict to forge a new long-term approach to Russia that applies an updated version of the Cold War strategy of containment. Just as the United States resolved in the aftermath of World War II to counter the Soviet Union and its global ambitions, Mr. Obama is focused on isolating President Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world, limiting its expansionist ambitions in its own neighborhood and effectively making...
  • New Syrian-Iranian chlorine bombs make mockery of US-Russian chemical accord and UN monitors

    04/21/2014 7:48:15 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 17 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | April 21, 2014 | DEBKAfile
    The household cleaning agent chlorine, in heavy concentration is purchased by Iran and and fitted with detonators, to provide President Bashar Assad with a vehicle for cheating on his undertaking to surrender Syria’s chemical arsenal under the year-old US-Russian chemical disarmament accord. And Assad is indeed getting away with using chlorine bombs, with crippling effect, especially on children, every few days. On April 7, Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon offered chapter and verse to prove that the Syrian army had perpetrated a chemical attack on civilians in he town of Harasta on March 27, causing scores of serious injuries and...
  • Venezuela unrest: Fresh violence erupts in Caracas

    04/21/2014 9:11:34 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/20/2014 | BBC
    Fresh violence has erupted in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, between police and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. Masked protestors burned effigies of the president after a rally called "Resurrection of Democracy". Police responded to petrol bombs in the Chacao district with tear gas and water cannon..... On Sunday the rally started with a "Via Crucis" march, mirroring Jesus's walk to crucifixion. "We're staying in the street until we get our country back," student leader Djamil Jassir, 22. told Reuters news agency. Another protestor, Naybeth Ramirez, said: "There are many who have already died and it's for them that we're here....
  • Lavrov: US should face responsibility for powers it installed in Kiev

    04/21/2014 9:48:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 112 replies
    RT ^ | 4-21-2014 | Russia Toady
    The Russian Foreign Minister says the US should take responsibility for those whom they put in power instead issuing ultimatums to Moscow. "Before giving us ultimatums, demanding that we fulfill demands within two or three days with the threat of sanctions, we would urgently call on our American partners to fully accept responsibility for those who they brought to power,” said Lavrov during a press conference with his colleague from Mozambique, Oldemiro Baloi. All attempts to isolate Russia will lead to a dead end because Russia is "a big, independent power that knows what it wants," he added (snip) Meanwhile,...
  • What Would Reagan Do: Revive Europe Missile Defense

    04/21/2014 9:43:37 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 21, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Russian Aggression: Instead of a foreign policy that's a blend of Neville Chamberlain and Monty Python, the U.S. should trade flexibility for some backbone, scrap the reset button and start digging some missile silos. It takes a lot to make Jimmy Carter look like Winston Churchill. But President Obama, who bats not an eye as a Russian warplane buzzes a U.S. warship in the Black Sea, has accomplished that with his pusillanimous policy regarding Moscow's creeping anschluss in Ukraine. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's comparison of current events to the days before World War II is on the mark. On...
  • If you were Ed Snowden, what would you do?

    04/21/2014 9:21:52 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 54 replies
    New York Young Republican Club Blog ^ | April 20, 2014 | NYYRC
    Imagine you were in the position of Snowden. As a contractor to the National Security Agency, you knew that your government was monitoring what seemed to be an indefensible amount of electronic communication, from emails, to phone calls, between ordinary Americans. What would you do? Perhaps you would: Resign in protest? Go to the Press with declassified information? Point the Press in the right direction, to ask the right questions? Go public? Other whistleblowers in modern American history, such as Daniel Ellsberg, are today hailed as heroes. Help to start a national conversation about fundamental privacy rights, and the Constitutional...
  • Man seizing bank in Belgorod detained

    04/21/2014 5:52:14 AM PDT · by goldstategop
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/21/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. The man who earlier on Monday seized a subsidiary of Bank Zapadny in Belgorod, a city located 700 kilometers south of Moscow, has been detained, according to the press service of Russia's Interior Ministry. The man will get back his 23 million rubles (about $639,000) from his bank account, head of regional police headquarters Viktor Pesterev has told ITAR-TASS. The man has been detained, the press center of the Russian Interior Ministry reports. Pesterev, who conducted negotiations with the man, explained that he had tried to withdraw his money on Sunday, but could not do so...
  • Putin, Deterrence, and the Lessons of World War II (Audio)

    04/21/2014 5:27:06 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 53 replies
    Victor Davis Hanson, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, compares the behavior of Vladimir Putin in Crimea to Adolph Hitler in World War II Europe. Topics include comparing the Treaty of Versailles to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, Germany’s blitzkrieg as a sign of weakness, and Japan and Germany declaring war on the United States.
  • Putin signs decree on rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars

    04/21/2014 4:22:01 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/21/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars and other nationalities of Crimea, who were victims of Stalin-era repressions. “Taking advantage of an opportunity, I would like to inform colleagues that I have signed a decree on rehabilitation of the Crimean Tatars, the Armenian population, Germans, Greeks - all those who suffered from Stalin’s repressions,” Putin said. Other Crimean ethnic groups repressed by Stalin would also be rehabilitated, he said, listing Armenians, Germans and Greeks among them in a move reaching out to some 250,000 mainly Sunnite Tatars in a modern...
  • Germany should make use of shale gas: EU

    04/21/2014 3:08:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Apr 2014 10:34 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger has urged Germany to make use of shale gas options and added that the he saw no danger of Europe’s access to Russian gas falling victim to possible economic sanctions in the standoff over Ukraine. […] “I am against scaling back or even cutting our gas links with Russia in the coming years,” the commissioner said. “But we must pursue our strategy of diversification. […] I would also urgently press Germany to make use of the shale gas option and allow fracking projects.” …
  • What really happened at the Bay of Pigs

    04/20/2014 7:19:32 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 26 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 4/18/14 | Humberto Fontova
    “We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty!” proclaimed Lynch and Hawkin’s Commander-in-Chief just three months earlier. “They fought like tigers,” writes the CIA officer who helped train the Cubans who splashed ashore at the Bay of Pigs 53 years ago this week. “But their fight was doomed before the first man hit the beach.” That CIA man, Grayston Lynch, knew something about fighting – and about long odds. He carried scars from Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge,...
  • This Means War: US To Target Putin's Personal $40 Billion Stash

    04/20/2014 3:37:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/20/14 | tyler durnded
    While the White House has continually threatened further sanctions against Russia for non-de-escalation (even as it un-de-escalates itself), the specifics of the additional sanctions have been sparse. German CEO warnings over blowback from economic sanctions... the "nonsense" of replacing Russian gas with US gas... the Russian warnings of "interdependence" and "boomerangs"... all reduce the West's arsenal of financial sanctions. But, as The Times of London reports, perhaps the US has found a crucial pain point for Putin - a sanctions regime that would target Putin's personal wealth, which includes a reported $40 billion stashed in Swiss bank accounts. As The...