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  • Victoria Nuland [Obama Administration] Accused of Meeting With Neofascists in Washington

    05/19/2014 12:02:00 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 89 replies
    FireDogLake ^ | 5/19/2014 | DSWright
    In an interview with Bloomberg News [URL at link], Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asserted that Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland had meetings with the Ukrainian neofascist group Right Sector in Washington DC. The Right Sector has been involved in numerous killings including the burning of pro-Russian supporters in Odessa. ... Whether Nuland met with Artyomenko or any other representative of the Right Sector to help with fundraising and support is unknown. What is known is that the US is supporting the gang in Kiev's "interim government" which includes Svoboda an openly neofascist party...
  • How About neither for Putin, nor Obama's foreign policy, nor Right Sector, Nor Svoboda, nor Commies?

    05/16/2014 10:37:46 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    5/16/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    That might very well be the best position to take: Don't support Putin, but realize that Obama has the fecal touch on foreign policy issues. Libya (Benghazi). Syria (he thought about arming Syrian "rebels"). Egypt (the Muslim Brotherhood came to power and before that the WH said they were "largely secular"). Ergo - no interventionism of any kind in Ukraine, be it NGO's, mercs, etc. Don't support the Commies in Ukraine, but don't support Right Sector, or Svoboda, either. Angela Merkel and Hollande have both said that unlawful acts were carried out against those who were burned up in Odessa,...
  • Democracy in Ukraine = Beat up politicians with wrong opinion while they speak in chamber (VIDEO)

    05/15/2014 4:21:41 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 11 replies
    Ukrainian Parliament ^ | May 10th, 2014
    Click to watch video of the Ukrainian parlimentary mayhem. The fellow in the ponytail is famous from a previous o Svoboda video showing 3 of their mps beating up a journalist.
  • Ukrainians form militias to defend nation against chaos

    05/07/2014 6:21:31 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 118 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 7, 2014, 11:13 p.m. | Mark Rachkevych
    In the absence of effective military forces or law enforcement, Ukrainians are taking the defense of the nation in their own hands through loosely organized militias. One of them popped up in a YouTube video on May 2. Although the group was unidentified, the clip was posted by a pro-Ukrainian group of former military and law enforcement officers, calling themselves the Donbass Volunteer Battalion. The video shows men armed with Kalashnikov rifles and clad in black ninja outfits dismantling a Kremlin-backed roadblock near Krasnoarmiysk in western Donetsk Oblast. The national warriors also claim that 15 pro-Russian rebels were handed over...
  • Neo-Nazis may turn Ukraine into new Lebanon, Israeli rabbi says

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

    05/02/2014 12:32:09 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    RT ^ | 5/2/14 | RT
    At least 38 anti-government activists died in fire at Odessa’s Trade Unions House after suffocating with smoke or jumping out of windows of the burning building, Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported. The building was set ablaze by the pro-Kiev radicals. [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT INSIDE] Some 50 people, including 10 police officers, were also injured in the incident, the official statement said. It was not immediately clear whether those injured in Friday street clashes in Odessa were included in those numbers. According to the ministry, the Friday standoff on Odessa included “anti-Maidan” activists on one side and “football fans” from Odessa and...
  • Ukraine crisis: Dozens killed in Odessa fire amid clashes

    05/02/2014 12:26:04 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 85 replies
    BBC News Europe ^ | 5/2/2014 | Staff
    At least 38 people have been killed in a fire in an official building amid clashes in Odessa, in south west Ukraine, local police say. ...
  • BBC News - Profile: Ukraine's ultra-nationalist Right Sector

    04/30/2014 10:57:01 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 79 replies
    BBC News Europe ^ | 4/28/2014 | Staff
    <p>The Right Sector played a leading role in January's violent anti-Yanukovych protests in Kiev.</p> <p>The Right Sector is the most radical wing of Ukraine's Maidan protest movement that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February.</p> <p>Activists claiming to be Right Sector members were involved in Kiev's Maidan protests [link at URL] from late November but the group did not attract much attention until violent clashes with police in central Kiev on 19 January, in which it played a leading role.</p>
  • 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....
  • George Soros about Europe, Russia and Ukraine (Euromaidan PR interview of Soros

    04/14/2014 12:55:16 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 65 replies
    EuroMaidan PR ^ | 4/12/2014 | Vitali Usenko
    In an interesting interview [link at URL] to the New York Review of Books, George Soros shared his ideas on many topics including Europe, Russia and the Ukranian crisis. He also presented his new book [link at URL] The tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival? Whether one agrees or disagrees with Soro's interpretations and arguments, it is hard to deny that the interview is extremely insightful and gives a lot of food for thought. I offer a discussion of the part of the interview devoted to Ukraine. George Soros emphasized the necessity of a large-scale technical and financial...
  • Help For Ukraine Would Be Equal To Helping Syrian "Rebels" When Obama Waited Too Long

    04/11/2014 7:30:32 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    4/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Obama waited too long to help the Syrian FSA against the monstrous Assad regime. When some sort of intervention was talked about: (bombing, indirect support, arms, etc) it was TOO late to help, and it would most likely have helped (either directly or indirectly) terroristic elements and possibly Al Qaeda elements which had taken the lead in Syria against Assad. NO WAY ON DOING THAT. PERIOD. And, once again, it is too late to help the Ukrainians against the thug Putin. (strike one against helping them). And as long as the Ukrainian gov't hasn't ran Svoboda and Right Sector and...
  • Donetsk Creates "People's Army"

    04/10/2014 10:44:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 35 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 4-10-2014 | Tyler Durden
    With tensions rising ever faster in eastern Ukraine, the anti-government (pro-Russia) movement in Donetsk has taken dramatic steps to bolster itself by creating a "people's army," or National Army of Donetsk. As RT reports, masked men, who are mostly civil volunteers, but also police and army defectors, say they “defend their motherland from the fascist army that’s going to kill them.” They also demand “a referendum to be independent from Kiev” and are in favor of “being with Russia.” The Ukraine forces are moving in on Donetsk...
  • Putin's Brave New Russia

    04/10/2014 8:33:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | Mar. 17 2014 | Victor Davidoff
    Trouble, even when expected, can come at unexpected times. For many months, Russians have expected that authorities would begin to block Internet sites that publish opinions from opposition leaders, activists and supporters. But when a number of sites were blocked on Thursday morning, it was like a bolt out of the blue. The Federal Mass Media Inspection Service blocked access to the website of the Ekho Moskvy radio, the online publications Ej.ru, Grani.ru and Kasparov.ru, the homepage of world chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov. The legal justification was the so-called Lugovoi law, named after its author, State Duma Deputy Andrei Lugovoi....
  • Sen. John McCain: Send Weapons To Ukraine

    04/09/2014 8:04:03 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 61 replies
    [Caption:] U.S. Senator John McCain, center, speaks as Democratic Senator from the state of Connecticut, Chris Murphy, second left, and Opposition leader Oleh Tyahnybok [All Ukrainian Union "Svoboda" leader], stand around him during a Pro-European Union rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Sen. John McCain (R. Ariz.) advocated for sending arms to Ukraine Tuesday [link at URL] on Fox News. McCain acknowledged the arms would not likely enable Ukraine to defeat the Russians in open war, but emphasized it could improve the Ukrainian military's morale and ensure that the Russians would have "a real fight...
  • US Contractor Greystone Denies Its ‘Mercenaries’ in Ukraine

    04/08/2014 4:29:43 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/8/2014 | Kirit Radia, James Gordon Meek, Lee Ferran and Ali Weinberg
    The Russian government today claimed there are more than 100 American 'mercenaries' from a defense contracting company disguised as Ukrainian troops in the embattled former Soviet nation, a claim the American firm and top U.S. officials deny. ... The latest news relesae from Greystone, as posted on a company blog, is from September 2012, titled "New business in Russia" and simply says the company "provided executive protection services in Russia." In April 2012, the company announced it had been awarded a similar contract in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. ...
  • Pro-Russians Storm Ukraine Government Buildings

    04/06/2014 9:36:37 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 86 replies
    TIME/AP ^ | April 6, 2014
    (KIEV, Ukraine) — Crowds of pro-Russian demonstrators stormed government buildings Sunday in two major cities in eastern Ukraine, where secessionist sentiment has sparked frequent protests since Ukraine’s Russia-friendly president was ousted in February. In Luhansk, 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of the Russian border, hundreds of people surrounded the local headquarters of the security service and later scaled the facade to plant a Russian flag on the roof. In Donetsk, to the southwest, a large group of people surged into the provincial government building and smashed windows. A gathering of several hundred, many of them waving Russian flags, then listened...
  • White House Warns Russia

    04/07/2014 11:31:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 94 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 7, 2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday warned Russian President Vladimir Putin against moving "overtly or covertly" into eastern Ukraine and said there was strong evidence that pro-Russian demonstrators in the region were being paid.
  • Russia Tells Ukrainians: 'Referendum' Or We Can't Protect You As Ukraine Proposes State Of Emegency

    04/07/2014 11:06:27 AM PDT · by Errant · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7 April 2014 | Tyler Durden
    The relative calm of the last two weeks as US talking-heads proclaim Ukraine 'fixed', Russia 'under control', and Europe 'recovering' is being obliterated this morning. The storming of various non-Crimean Ukrainian city government buildings suggest round two of the push is beginning and Russia is wasting no time explaining how this will go down. Russian Senator Viktor Ozerov stated that "Russia has no right to [send peacekeepers] unilaterally" to Eastern and Southern Ukraine (unless the UN agrees)... but... "Russia is interested in stability in Ukraine. At the same time, the will of the people must be documented. A referendum is...
  • Ukraine Crisis: Protesters Declare Donetsk 'Republic' (ruled by Supreme Soviet)

    04/07/2014 5:31:32 AM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    The BBC ^ | Monday, April 7, 2014
    Pro-Russian protesters who seized the regional government building in Donetsk, Ukraine are reported to have declared a "people's republic". Footage online showed a Russian speaker telling the assembly "I proclaim the creation of the sovereign state of the People's Republic of Donetsk." The rebels are reported to have called a referendum on forming a new republic. Earlier on Monday, protesters seized state security buildings in both Donetsk and Luhansk. SNIP From the Wall Street Journal:On Monday, the occupying protesters proclaimed the creation of the "Donetsk People's Republic," ruled by the self-declared "Supreme Soviet," the Interfax news agency reported. The protesters...
  • Score for UKRAINES: The prosecutor's office says it has identified the separatists in Donetsk

    04/07/2014 6:50:21 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 6 replies
    Ukrainian Pravda ^ | Monday, April 7, 2014 , 16:11
    Law enforcement agencies have established individuals who participated in the seizure of administrative buildings of the Donetsk Regional State Administration and SBU in the Donetsk region. This was announced by Attorney Nicholas Frantovskyy Donetsk region, the press service of the Prosecutor's Office. "At present, law enforcement agencies established individuals who participated in the riots. Measures are all necessary steps to apprehend the offenders," - he said. "Action without exception all the participants in the events will provide a fundamental legal assessment" - added Frantovskyy . "I emphasize that each recorded a violation of the law and the investigators examined all...
  • John McCain Is the Least Popular Senator in the Country(PPP poll we can believe in)

    04/04/2014 2:17:00 PM PDT · by amnestynone · 28 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | March 6, 2014 | Yuval Rosenberg
    Dem polls tells us about McCain popularity. Although this article doesn't tell us but Flake is also unpopular as well. Hopefully we will be able to take Flake out in 4 years and MCCain obviously isn't even going to try for reelection.
  • Analysis: U.S. Cozies Up to Kiev Gov't Including Far Right(McCain pictured next to Neo-Nazi leader?)

    04/04/2014 11:24:37 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 133 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/30/2014 | Alexander Smith
    <p>The U.S. and Europe have been emphatic in their support of the new Ukrainian government – but a significant number of Washington's new bedfellows are members of what some experts class as extreme right-wing parties.</p> <p>When Sen. John McCain traveled to Kiev in December, he told the crowd of 200,000 on Independence Square: "The free world is with you, America is with you, I am with you."</p>
  • Seven Decades of Nazi colaboration

    03/29/2014 2:08:56 PM PDT · by DTA · 97 replies
    The Nation ^ | Paul H. Rosenberg
    Seven Decades of Nazi Collaboration: America’s Dirty Little Ukraine Secret Paul H. Rosenberg and Foreign Policy In Focus The Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda holds a rally in Kiev, January 1, 2014. (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev) 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...
  • Ukraine to sign political aspects of EU pact on Friday

    03/19/2014 12:30:30 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Mar 17, 2014 | reuters
    Ukraine will sign an agreement on closer political cooperation with the European Union on Friday, leaving the signature of a more far-reaching trade accord for later, the EU said on Monday. EU foreign ministers said in a statement after meeting in Brussels that they looked forward to the signing of the political provisions of the so-called association agreement that Ukraine had negotiated with the 28-nation EU, on March 21.
  • Ukrainian nationalists force head of main state TV channel to resign (beaten by Svoboda Mob)

    03/18/2014 10:39:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 51 replies
    RT ^ | 3-18-14 | RT
    The head of the National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) has been beaten by members of the nationalist Svoboda party and forced to write a letter of resignation over allegations that his channel aired anti-Ukrainian content. The office of the acting CEO of the National Television Company of Ukraine, Aleksandr Panteleymonov, was stormed by people who claimed to be members of the freedom of speech and information committee. What began as a loud conversation quickly turned into a fight. A video of the incident has been posted online.
  • Ron Paul on Crimea: Why does US Care ?

    03/18/2014 11:16:19 AM PDT · by opentalk · 189 replies
    Politico ^ | March 18, 2014 | Tal Kopan
    Former Rep. Ron Paul says that America’s reaction to Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine should be,“so what?” “Why does the U.S. care which flag will be hoisted on a small piece of land thousands of miles away?” the Texas Republican and libertarian icon wrote in a USA Today op-ed Monday. ...Over the weekend, Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia,which the Russian government has moved to approve. American politicians have called the vote a sham and the administration has said it does not recognize the results of the vote,placing sanctions on some Russian officials in response. Ron...
  • Ukraine: Neo-Fascist Leader Yarosh Vows To Destroy Russia's Gas Pipelines To Stop 'World War III'

    03/17/2014 1:25:37 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 72 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 3/17/2014 | Jack Moore
    Dmytro Yarosh, a leader of the Right Sector movement, addresses a rally in central Independence Square in Kiev [Caption from] Reuters The leader of the far-right Ukranian Nationalist Pravy Sektor (Right Sektor) party has reportedly threatened to attack Russia's lucrative gas pipeline which travels through Ukraine to prevent the Kremlin from sparking a "Third World War.' ...
  • Leader of Ukraine's Right Sector, revolution's enforcers, rails against Putin & Jewish oligarchs

    03/15/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 3/15/2014 | Matthew Schofield (McClatchy Foreign Staff)
    KIEV - The man Russian President Vladimir Putin has cast as one of Europe's potential new Adolf Hitlers is a little late for coffee this Saturday morning. Igor Mazur, or Topoyla (Poplar) as he's known because he's 6'7" is the leader of the Ukranian Right Sector at Maidan, Kiev's Independence Square. The Right Sector are the radical nationalists of this Ukranian Revolution. There are others: the right-wing Svoboda (Freedom) Party, for one, which has an actual political following, 12 percent of the vote in the last elections. It used to identify itself as a national socialist movement, just like the...
  • Kremlin website hit by 'powerful' cyber attack

    03/14/2014 9:11:44 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 14 2014 | Tatyana Ustinova
    Hackers knocked out the Russian presidency's website several times on Friday and brought down the central bank website, the Kremlin press service said. "A powerful cyber attack is under way on the (Kremlin) site," a Kremlin spokeswoman said, adding that the attack was continuing and security experts were trying to prevent further disruptions.
  • Cruz: Harry Reid thinks Koch brothers are the Grinch who stole Christmas

    03/14/2014 8:05:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 3/14/2014 | Tom Tillison
    As the U.S. Senate took up a bill to provide financial aid to Ukraine, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to object to an IMF bailout Majority Leader Harry Reid attached to the legislation. In the process he blasted Reid for repeatedly demonizing the billionaire Koch brothers - Reid tried to blame the Koch brothers for halting progress on the Ukraine bill. "I'm beginning to think [the Koch brothers] are a character almost out of Dr. Seuss in the majority leader's mind, they are the grinch who stole Christmas in his telling," Cruz said. Cruz accused Reid of "using his...
  • Ukrainians and Russians clash March 13th on the streets of Donetsk [video]

    03/14/2014 12:16:51 AM PDT · by No One Special · 21 replies
    Last night, March 13th, on the streets of Donetsk, Russians and Ukrainians clash. Very violent and very good quality film by Vice News. Link is to youtube video.
  • As West Dithers With Weak Sanctions, Putin Moves On Ukraine

    03/14/2014 5:38:14 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 14 March 2014 | Editorial
    Ukraine: Two weeks after Russian troops covertly slipped into Crimea and took over, the consequences of U.S. passivity are clear: some 80,000 Russian troops amassing on Ukraine's border, three hours from Kiev. It's no surprise that they should be: The lack of leadership seen from the U.S. and the European Union in these lost days has been read as a green light for Russia to make a final grab for Ukraine.
  • John Kerry: Russia has until Monday to reverse course in Ukraine

    03/13/2014 11:59:01 AM PDT · by Errant · 141 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 13 March 2014 | Susan Crabtree
    Secretary of State John Kerry warned of serious repercussions for Russia on Monday if last-ditch talks over the weekend to resolve the crisis in Ukraine failed to persuade Moscow to soften its stance. Kerry will travel to London for a Friday meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov ahead of a Sunday referendum vote in the Crimea region to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. U.S. and European officials argue that Moscow is orchestrating the referendum and waging an intimidation campaign with thousands of Russian troops controlling the region. If Russian-backed lawmakers in Crimea go through with the...
  • Ukraine Warns Of 'Full Scale' Invasion As Russia Moves Its Artillery Close To The Borders

    03/12/2014 1:06:43 PM PDT · by Strategy · 255 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2014
    Russia could launch a 'full scale' invasion that would see troops overrun Ukraine in hours, a senior security official warned today. The secretary of Ukraine's National Security and National Defence Committee Andriy Parubiy claimed Russia has 80,000 troops, 280 tanks and 170 aircraft massed on the border ready to invade. 'They are adding to this military potential,' he said. 'We have a critical situation on the entire southeastern border. The Russian army is only two to three hours from Kiev.' Ukraine's defences would be incapable in the face of a Russian invasion, he said.
  • Russia Must Stop U.S. Expansion in Ukraine [Propaganda Alert]

    03/13/2014 10:29:12 PM PDT · by No One Special · 36 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | March 14, 2014 | Sergei Markov
    Today, as a result of the Ukrainian crisis, U.S.-Russian relations have hit their lowest point since the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 or of Czechoslovakia in 1969 — or perhaps even since they bottomed out during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Crimean crisis, which began as a power struggle between the ruling authorities in Kiev and opposition forces, transformed in to an attempt to overthrow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych by pro-Western and nationalist opposition forces with the support of the U.S. and European Union. The crisis escalated into a conflict between the U.S. and Russia after the West supported a...
  • Ukraine: Who's doing the sniping?

    03/12/2014 9:13:44 PM PDT · by varmintman · 22 replies
    SCGNews
    Apparently going viral tonight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fWkfpGCAAuw
  • Ukraine: far-right extremists at core of 'democracy' protest (Neo-Nazis)

    01/26/2014 2:36:51 PM PST · by kronos77 · 32 replies
    As violent scenes play out on the streets of Kiev, we look at the major role extremist right-wing movements have played in Ukraine's "pro-democracy" movement. Ukraine's far-right is gaining support and confidence through its role in the street protests, with the Svoboda party assuming a leading role in the movement and paramilitary groups leading the street fighting. In December US senator John McCain travelled to Ukraine to offer his support to the opposition, appearing on stage with leaders of the three opposition parties leading the protests - including the far-right Svoboda party. Svoboda is currently Ukraine's fourth biggest party and...