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  • Two Russian pilots killed as IS downs helicopter near Syria's Palmyra

    07/09/2016 2:29:26 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 42 replies
    middleeasteye.net ^ | July 9, 2016 | MEE and agencies
    Helicopter was brought down with aid of American TOW antitank missile system, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported
  • 'It's hell down there:' Inside the battle for eastern Ukraine

    06/07/2014 10:37:26 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | June 6, 2014 | Tim Lister
    Slovyansk, Ukraine (CNN) -- In a forest of pines to the east of Slovyansk, Prapor and his seventy men were digging in Thursday. A man in his late-fifties with a magnificent beard and four different weapons, Prapor freely admitted he was not a local. But he was here -- he said -- to resist the "Ukrainian fascists" in Krasny Liman, a nearby town just recaptured by government forces. He was dismissive of the group that had fled Krasny -- "Cossacks," he sneered. He had already lost seven men, but his fighters were the bravest. They would not run away. Meeting...
  • Poland's Walesa kneels in prayer at funeral mass for former foe Jaruzelski

    05/31/2014 12:06:17 AM PDT · by dfwgator · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/30/2014 | JAKUB IGLEWSKI AND CHRISTIAN LOWE
    (Reuters) - Lech Walesa, head of the Solidarity movement that ended Communism in Poland, knelt in prayer on Friday at a Catholic funeral mass for General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the Communist leader who for decades was his sworn enemy.
  • Neo-Nazis may turn Ukraine into new Lebanon, Israeli rabbi says

    05/08/2014 2:46:20 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 62 replies
    Vestnik Kavkaza ^ | 5/8/2014 | Staff
    Israeli rabbi Michael Finkel says the Jewish community is on high alert because of the influence of the neo-Nazi's within Kiev's temporary government. "This is Right Sector. This is the peole who are marching in Nazi uniforms with SF on their arms and on their military uniforms," Finkel says. According to the rabbi, it is possible that Ukraine could turn into a country similar to Lebanon. "In Lebanon, there's an official government and there is Hezbollah, which is a terrrorist organization linked to the government. They're members of the parliament, and there's a Hezbollah militia over thre, a separate army,...
  • How Top Spies in Ukraine Changed the Nation's Path [2005 NYTimes article]

    05/03/2014 7:28:40 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/17/2005 | C.J. Chivers
    KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 16 - As protests here against a rigged presidential election overwhelmed the capital last fall, an alarm sounded at Interior Ministry bases outside the city. It was just after 10 p.m. on Nov. 28. More than 10,000 troops scrambled toward trucks. Most had helmets, shields and clubs. Three thousand carried guns. Many wore black masks. Within 45 minutes, according to their commander, Lt. Gen. Sergei Popkov, they had distributed ammunition and tear gas and were rushing out the gates. Kiev was tilting toward a terrible clash, a Soviet-style crackdown that could have brought civil war. And then,...
  • 'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'

    05/03/2014 6:38:33 AM PDT · by Count of Monte Fisto · 15 replies
    The Local ^ | 23 Apr 2014 | Staff
    Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday urged young voters to head to the European parliamentary polls on May 25th "to cure the European disease of nationalism".
  • Chaos in southern Ukraine: Deadly fire, choppers down and street fighting

    05/02/2014 8:28:00 PM PDT · by Mariner · 182 replies
    CNN World ^ | updated 9:23 PM EDT, Fri May 2, 2014 | By Nick Paton Walsh, Chelsea J. Carter and Victoria Butenko, CNN
    Slavyansk, Ukraine (CNN) -- Deadly street fighting, helicopters shot down and civilians being used as human shields. That was the picture that emerged Friday in southern Ukraine as violence escalated amid reports that dozens of people were killed in a fire and still more were shot dead or wounded in street fighting, raising the question of whether the country can stave off a possible civil war. The violence -- pitting pro-Russian separatists against Ukrainian forces and those who support the government in Kiev -- prompted an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, with Russia demanding an end to what...
  • Ukrainian pilot dragged from wreckage as ‘highly skilled foreign military men’ named ....

    05/03/2014 6:38:45 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 50 replies
    National Post [Canada] / AP ^ | May 2, 2014 | Peter Leonard
    ... “Our security forces are fighting mercenaries of foreign states, terrorists and criminals,” Turchynov said in a statement. One of the downed helicopters was hit by a surface-to-air missile, the Ukrainian Security Service said, calling it a sophisticated weapon that undercut Russia’s claims the city was simply under the control of armed locals. The agency said its forces were fighting “highly skilled foreign military men” in Slovyansk.... Ukrainian troops met fierce resistance Friday morning but managed to take control of nine checkpoints on the roads around Slovyansk, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said. He called on the insurgents to lay down...
  • Russia demands Security Council meeting on Ukraine (Scheduled for Noon EST)

    05/02/2014 8:08:40 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5-2-2014 | Yahoo News
    The U.N. Security Council plans to meet in emergency session Friday on Ukraine after Russia called for a public meeting on the growing crisis there. The Russian mission to the United Nations tweeted that Russia asked for what will be the council's 13th meeting on the crisis, and the spokesman's office for the U.N. secretary-general confirmed that the open meeting would be at noon (1600 GMT). SNIP------- Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman on Friday said Ukraine's new offensive has "effectively destroyed the last hope for the implementation of the Geneva agreements" that aimed to defuse the crisis
  • Ukrainians in Scotland urge First Minister to apologise

    04/30/2014 4:25:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    heraldscotland.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Kate Devlin
    UkraInians in Scotland have accused Alex Salmond of "giving succour" to Vladimir Putin's regime and its undemocratic invasion of their country. A group representing the Ukrainian diaspora in Scotland said that the First Minister should issue a "sincere apology" for his controversial remarks praising the Russian President. Mr Salmond has come under fire after comments that he admired "certain aspects" of Mr Putin's leadership. Michael Ostapko, chairman of the Scottish branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, Scotland, said: "I have been overwhelmed by the reaction of the Ukrainians in Scotland to the comments."They are variously insulted, dismayed...
  • Four Ways The Ukraine Crisis Could Escalate To Use Of Nuclear Weapons

    04/30/2014 4:52:36 PM PDT · by trekdown · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/24/2014 | Loren Thompson
    Americans haven’t thought much about such scenarios since the Cold War ended, ... However, this year’s crisis over Ukraine is a reminder that Russia remains a nuclear superpower, and that the geopolitical sources of its security concerns have not vanished. In fact, Moscow may have greater reason for worrying today, because it has lost the buffer of allies that insulated it from Western attack during the Cold War, and now finds its capital only a few minutes from the eastern border of Ukraine by jet (less by missile). If you know the history of the region, then it is easy...
  • GOP senators: Arm Ukraine, hit Russian banks

    04/30/2014 2:10:56 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 235 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Olivier Knox
    Saying President Barack Obama hasn’t been tough enough on Russia, a high-powered group of Republican senators introduced legislation on Wednesday aimed at imposing new sanctions on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine. “Rather than react to events as they unfold, which has been the policy of this administration, we need to inflict more direct consequences on Russia prior to Vladimir Putin taking additional steps that will be very difficult to undo,” said Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top GOP member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who drafted the measure. The congressional push for a harder line on Russia comes...
  • Kerry Says NATO Territory Inviolable

    04/29/2014 12:11:42 PM PDT · by McGruff · 47 replies
    Voice of America ^ | April 29, 2014
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia on Tuesday that NATO territory was inviolable and the alliance would defend every inch of it. “Today Russia seeks to change the security landscape of Eastern and Central Europe,” Kerry said in a speech in Washington. “We have to make it absolutely clear to the Kremlin that NATO territory is inviolable we will defend every single inch of it,” said Kerry.
  • Report: Kerry says US taped Moscow's calls to spies in Ukraine

    04/29/2014 6:24:50 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 63 replies
    Report: Kerry says US taped Moscow's calls to spies in Ukraine By Rebecca Shabad - 04/29/14 08:25 AM EDT U.S. intelligence officials have recordings proving the Russian government has been directing a network of spies inside eastern Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a closed-door meeting Friday, according to The Daily Beast. “Intel is producing taped conversations of intelligence operatives taking their orders from Moscow and everybody can tell the difference in the accents, in the idioms, in the language. We know exactly who’s giving those orders, we know where they are coming from,” Kerry said in a...
  • Plight of the Crimeans: Thousands are fleeing — those that stay must get “residency permits”

    04/29/2014 8:15:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/29/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Kiev — A black-and-white photocopy of Vladimir Putin’s face hangs on a dartboard in the meeting room of an old Soviet sanatorium a few miles west of Kiev. The building now serves as a temporary home for several Crimean refugee families, and a couple of young men residing there hand me darts and encourage me to aim well at Putin’s face, which is already speckled with holes. Since Russia annexed Crimea, thousands of refugees have fled. Officials in Lviv region alone say they’re preparing for the influx of around 2,000 refugees. Meanwhile, in late March, Ukraine’s social-policy minister said...
  • Pro-Russian militants take over TV station in Ukraine's Donetsk (No resistance)

    04/27/2014 3:39:35 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    yahoo ^ | 4/27/2014 | AFP
    Dozens of pro-Kremlin militants seized the regional television station in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk on Sunday, an AFP journalist at the scene said. The insurgents, wearing camouflage uniforms and armed with baseball bats and knives, occupied the interior of the building, preventing anyone from entering. Most wore a red armband bearing the name of the pro-Russian group Oplot (Bastion). They were not carrying visible firearms, but militants carried several heavy bags inside the building and refused to answer reporters' questions. The insurgents covered the trident, Ukraine's national symbol, adorning the entrance with a sticker bearing the name of the...
  • Scrutiny Over Photos Said to Tie Russia Units to Ukraine (NYT issuing a retraction?

    04/24/2014 12:36:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 22, 2014 | Michael R. Gordon and Andrew E. Kramer
    A collection of photographs that Ukraine says shows the presence of Russian forces in the eastern part of the country, and which the United States cited as evidence of Russian involvement, has come under scrutiny. The photographs were submitted by Ukraine last week to the Organization for Security and Cooperation, an organization in Vienna that has been monitoring the situation in Ukraine. Some of the photographs were also provided by American officials to Secretary of State John Kerry so he could show them when he met in Geneva last Thursday with his counterparts from the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine....
  • Moscow orders Kiev to withdraw troops from Ukraine's Donbass region

    04/23/2014 6:37:58 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 4-23-2014 | MARK MacKINNON
    <p>Russia has warned the Ukrainian government to pull its military from the restive southeast of its own territory, saying it could invade to “protect” pro-Russian separatists there – just as it did in Georgia, another former Soviet republic that Moscow invaded six years ago.</p>
  • 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...
  • The Truce Is Over: Ukraine President Urges Restart Of Military Action

    04/22/2014 10:15:21 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 86 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 4-22-2014 | Durden
    Ukraine's Acting President Turchynov appears to be calling for an official break in the "truce" deal... -UKRAINE'S TURCHYNOV URGES RESTART OF ANTI-TERRORIST OPERATION -TURCHYNOV SAYS 'TERRORISTS' HOLDING EAST UKRAINE REGION HOSTAGE -TURCHYNOV SAYS EAST UKRAINE SEPARATISTS SUPPORTED BY RUSSIA So much for Joe Biden's peace-keeping salvation mission to Kiev...