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  • Exclusive: Charred tanks in Ukraine point to Russian involvement

    10/23/2014 9:47:25 AM PDT · by tlozo · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Maria Tsvetkova and Aleksandar Vasovic
    The burnt-out remains of dozens of tanks and armored vehicles in fields near this small village bear witness to the ferocity of a battle that turned the tide of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Most of the tanks were used by the government forces routed in August near Horbatenko, 40 km (25 miles) southeast of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, a defeat so demoralizing that days later Kiev agreed a ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists. But among the debris Reuters found the blackened carcasses of what military experts have since identified as two Russian army tanks, supporting statements by Kiev and...
  • It's War and Peace, Stupid

    10/22/2014 7:13:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    If the polls are accurate, the United States can expect a much friendlier government in Kiev after the Ukraine parliamentary elections on October 26th. “Out will go the bodyguards and mistresses,” reports VOA News, “in are likely to come the street activists and war veterans: Ukraine's next parliament will be pro-Western and strongly nationalist, and it won't be to Russia's liking.” But that doesn’t mean much if the Obama administration won’t do anything to help Ukraine helps itself. But there is one compelling reason for pro-Western forces in Kiev to hope for a change of tone from Obama: Just a...
  • Israeli Training Ukrainian Forces

    10/20/2014 10:18:26 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 38 replies
    Israeli Training Ukrainian Forces Israel’s largest and most authoritative newspaper Yediot Ahronot published in its political supplement of 24 September 2014 extensive material about a military instructor from Israel in the Ukrainian army in the anti-terrorist operation zone. In a detailed interview with the journalist Edward Dox, the trainer Alex said he served in combat units of the Israeli Defense Forces and returned to Ukraine to protect it from the Russian invasion. Alex, 34, was invited by Boris Filatov, the vice governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, and has trained more than three thousand Ukrainian soldiers in Israel Defense Force techniques....
  • Ukrainian military accused of repeatedly using cluster bomb rockets against separatists

    10/21/2014 10:40:57 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10-21-2014 | Dan Lamothe
    The Ukrainian military has used cluster munitions numerous times in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists, likely scattering deadly bombs that did not immediately explode and putting civilians at risk, Human Rights Watch said in a new report. An investigation earlier this month found that the weapons were used more than a dozen times in fighting in eastern Ukraine, Human Rights Watch reported. Dozens of countries, including the United States, agreed not to use cluster munitions in a treaty signed in 2008, citing the indiscriminate nature of the weapon. Ukraine has not signed the treaty. “While it was not possible to...
  • Putin's Coup

    10/20/2014 8:23:56 AM PDT · by Agog · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/19/2014 | Ben Judah
    he war in Ukraine is no longer only about Ukraine. The conflict has transformed Russia. This increasingly is what European leaders and diplomats believe: that Vladimir Putin and his security establishment have used the fog of war in Ukraine to shroud the final establishment of his brittle imperialist dictatorship in Moscow. Among those who believe that this is happening, and that Europe will be facing down a more menacing Russia for a long time to come, is Radek Sikorski, who was Poland’s foreign minister from 2007 until September. “I think psychologically the regime has been transformed by the annexation of...
  • Germany blames pro-Russian rebels for MH17 crash

    10/19/2014 11:57:29 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    dailymail ^ | Oct 12, 2019 | Reuters and Gemma Mullin for MailOnline
    Germany has blamed pro-Russian rebels for downing the Malaysia Airline MH17 plane with a rocket from a Buk missile defence system. The BND foreign intelligence agency says separatists fired the device from a Ukrainian base which exploded directly next to the passenger aircraft. It is the first time a European agency has openly pointed the finger at rebels, who have so far denied accusations.
  • Spiegel: Review finds rebels shot down MH17 in Ukraine

    A review by Germany's foreign intelligence agency has found that MH17 was brought down by a missile fired by separatists. Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for the plane's downing. A detailed analysis conducted by Germany's federal intelligence service (BND) concluded that separatists near Donetsk were responsible for bringing down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the news magazine Spiegel reported on Sunday. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 while on route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 passengers on board were killed, most of them Dutch nationals. BND President Gerhard Schindler presented the...
  • Bundeswehr drones can’t handle Ukraine winter

    10/17/2014 12:13:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Oct 2014 12:32 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    “Luna” drones promised by Germany to monitor the Russian-Ukrainian border may not be sent after all—they can’t handle the bitter cold expected in the Ukrainian winter. “It’s a technical problem of the Luna system that it can't be controlled reliably at temperatures below −19°C [−2°F],” German MP Gernot Erler told public broadcaster Deutsche Rundfunk. Winter temperatures in the region would often plunge far lower at the drones’ operational heights of 3,000 meters and above, Bild reported, citing a military source. German drones were supposed to join unmanned planes provided by France and Austria in the Organization for Security and Cooperation...
  • Greek paper: World Jewish plutocracy behind Gaza strife, global financial crisis

    12/29/2008 11:02:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 981+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 12/29/8 | Haaretz Service
    A daily newspaper in Greece has blamed Jews both for the world financial crisis and the Israeli operation in Gaza, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported this week. "After the American Jews acquired once again the world's wealth and plunged the planet into an unprecedented financial crisis, they started rehearsing for WWIII," JTA quoted the Avriani newspaper's front-page headline as reading Sunday. "Midway through the paper's story on Israel's operation in Gaza, the story, under the heading 'The Plan,' explains that a Jewish plutocracy, having made the 'wealth of the century at the expense of the economies of the world,' is...
  • Russia says UN weakened by US support of Israel

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

    10/16/2014 4:04:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 15 October 2017 | Alberto Nardelli, bunch of other people
    The sudden slump in oil prices, which have fallen 15% in the past three months, has sent tremors through the capitals of the world’s great oil powers, many of whom could face testing budget crunches if the tendency persists. Higher output coupled with weaker demand from China and Europe has driven the price of crude down to $85 – its lowest for four years. The US also now produces 65% more oil than it did five years ago following the boom in shale production. The rise has contributed to the global glut of crude and allowed the US to import...
  • Putin Guest Of Honour At Serbia Military Parade (70th Anniversary Of Liberation Of Belgrade)

    10/16/2014 1:34:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/16/2014 | BBC News
    The Russian and Serbian leaders watched as jets, including a Russian aerobatic team, flew in formation over Belgrade to applause from the crowd. More than 3,000 Serbian soldiers took part in the parade, marching in heavy rain, with tanks, rockets and boats all featuring.... The event is likely to play well among Serbs and Russians nostalgic for Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. In another nod to the two countries' historic relations, a statue of Russia's last Tsar, Nicholas II, was erected this week in Belgrade.
  • EU parliament’s euro-skeptic bloc collapses

    10/16/2014 7:29:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 16.10.2014 | ipj/es (AFP, Reuters, dpa)
    A Euro-skeptic bloc within the European Parliament has collapsed. A Latvian member has pulled out of the group, breaching an EU rule that at least seven countries must be represented in a parliamentary faction. […] The exit also prompted European Parliament President Martin Schulz to postpone the assembly’s decision over this year’s Sacharov human rights prize until Tuesday next week. Nominees include Ukraine’s pro-EU Maidan protesters. […] There was a celebratory response from the main center-right European People’s Party (EPP) faction in the parliament, which alternates its sittings between Brussels and Strasbourg. “First defeat for euro-skeptics!” the EPP responded in...
  • Putin: Russia will reduce Europe's gas supplies if Ukraine takes gas

    10/16/2014 7:33:32 AM PDT · by McGruff · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/16/2014
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin said Russia will have to reduce gas supplies to Europe if Ukraine steals from gas pipelines that supply Europe—and crosses Ukraine en route. In June, Moscow halted gas supplies to Ukraine due to mounting debts and pricing disagreements. Disturbance of Russian gas supplies to Europe has happened two times in the past ten years, in 2006 and 2009. A third of Europe's gas comes from Russia. If no agreement is reached between Ukraine and Russia, Ukraine may face energy shortages this winter—further increasing risks to Europe's gas supply.
  • In a government address, Merkel urges dialogue with Russia

    10/16/2014 7:21:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 16.10.14
    In a 20-minute address to the German parliament on Thursday, covering a range of policy issues, German Chancellor Angela Merkel placed emphasis on the crisis in Ukraine. Merkel’s speech came ahead of direct talks with Russian and Ukrainian leaders at the European-Asian ASEM summit that also opens on Thursday in the Italian city of Milan. “The situation on the ground in Ukraine is dire,” Merkel said in front of Bundestag lawmakers, adding: “I will speak face-to-face with [Russian President Vladimir Putin] and [Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko] about ways to move forward in constructive fashion while in Milan.” […] Merkel’s address...
  • Victims Found in Mass Grave Lack Internal Organs

    10/16/2014 5:43:47 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 6 replies
    Pravda ^ | Septmber 29, 2014 | Pravda
    On the outskirts of Donetsk, militia fighters discovered new mass graves of civilians. Representatives of the People's Republic of Donetsk believe that the civilians were killed by National Guard soldiers, as the Ukrainian troops had been staying in the settlement, where the graves were found, since April, whereas Donetsk militia occupied the village only on September 21, RIA Novosti reports. However, Kiev officials deny the information. Earlier, a representative of the Council of National Security and Defense of Ukraine, Andrey Lysenko, said that "no soldier of the National Guard was ever staying in the location." Prime Minister of the People's...
  • Putin’s Soviet Style Kremlin is Too Much for “JV” Team Obama

    10/15/2014 10:10:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Vladimir Putin is quietly toiling away at reestablishing last century’s utopia-on-earth, known more commonly as the Soviet Union. Aside from rolling some T-72 tanks into Crimea, and giving a helping hand to the Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, he’s also been ramping up efforts to remake modern Russia into a more 20th century image. Putin’s Justice Ministry (I’m not sure, but it is possible that they took that agency’s name straight from the pages of a George Orwell book) is trying to shut down one of Russia’s oldest civil rights organizations.I know, I know, I know... You’re thinking “so what?”...
  • Ukraine far right battles police at parliament in Kiev

    10/14/2014 1:07:40 PM PDT · by DTA · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 2014-10-14
    Ukrainian nationalists have hurled smoke canisters and stones at riot police during clashes outside the parliament in Kiev. Violence erupted when the protesters demanded that MPs pass a law to recognise a World War Two nationalist group which opposed Soviet forces. Fifteen policemen were injured and at least 50 protesters had been arrested, the Ukrainian interior ministry said.
  • New Poll Shows Strong Opposition To Russia's Actions In Every Region Of Ukraine

    10/14/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 28 replies
    New Poll Shows Strong Opposition To Russia's Actions In Every Region Of Ukraine 18:37 (GMT) There have been several polls which show that prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea there was never a strong separatist sentiment among Ukrainians in any region. Another poll by IRI confirms this result: An excerpt from the summary: Strong Majority in Every Region Opposes Russia’s Military Aggression Despite continued claims to the contrary from Moscow and pro-Russian separatists, 89 percent of respondents oppose Russia sending troops to protect Russian-speaking citizens. The opposition to Russia’s actions is seen across all regions –...
  • Russian sanctions could be eased soon if Ukraine progress made: U.S. adviser

    10/12/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/10/2014 | Reuters
    Talks on easing sanctions against Russia imposed over the conflict in Ukraine could begin in the next few weeks, but more measures are possible if there is no progress over a ceasefire deal, the U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser said on Friday. The European Union and the United States have imposed economic sanctions on Russia, with the West accusing Moscow of providing pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine with troops and weapons. Russia denies the accusation. Last month, envoys from Ukraine, Russia, and the separatists negotiated a ceasefire in Minsk, and U.S. adviser Tony Blinken said sanctions could start to be...
  • Putin orders Russian troops withdrawal from Ukrainian border: reports

    10/12/2014 3:36:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Oct 12, 2014 | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops to withdraw to their permanent bases after military exercises in Rostov region near the border with Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported late on Saturday, citing Kremlin spokesman. The troops pullout came before an expected meeting between Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Milan next week.
  • Russia Deploying Tactical Nuclear Arms in Crimea

    10/11/2014 3:06:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 10, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Russia is moving tactical nuclear weapons systems into recently-annexed Crimea while the Obama administration is backing informal talks aimed at cutting U.S. tactical nuclear deployments in Europe. Three senior House Republican leaders wrote to President Obama two weeks ago warning that Moscow will deploy nuclear missiles and bombers armed with long-range air launched cruise missiles into occupied Ukrainian territory. “Locating nuclear weapons on the sovereign territory of another state without its permission is a devious and cynical action,” states the letter signed by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R., Calif.) and two subcommittee chairmen....
  • Reds, Whites and Serbdom: Why Chetnik Flags Should be in the Belgrade Liberation Parade

    10/09/2014 3:31:56 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    Reiss Institute ^ | October 8, 2014 | Boris Aleksic/Nebojsa Malic (translator)
    General Draza Mihailovich WWII The 70th anniversary of Belgrade’s liberation in WW2, will be marked by a military parade. After a 29-year hiatus, some 3,000 members of the Serbian Army will parade on October 16. Also scheduled is the appearance of the Russian acrobatics group “Strizhi”, flying the newest MiG-29 fighters. The celebration will be graced by the presence of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, a symbol of Russia’s rebirth. Putin’s visit to Serbia is a clear signal to both Serbian citizens and the West. During their aggression against the Serbs in the 1990s, Washington and Brussels have exterminated...
  • Ex-Soviet states bicker as Putin tries to unite them

    10/10/2014 10:50:43 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 33 replies
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/10/uk-ukraine-crisis-cis-idUKKCN0HZ1JR20141010 ^ | 10 Oct 14 | Ex-Soviet states bicker as Putin tries to unite them
    Vulgar chants about Vladimir Putin before he arrived for a regional summit in Belarus did not augur well for the Russian president's hopes of bringing the leaders of former Soviet republics closer together. Matters got even worse when bickering broke out at the start of the meeting, revealing fault lines over the Ukraine crisis and deepening doubts about the future of the loose grouping known as the Commonwealth of Independent States. Jibes between Putin and the leader of Moldova, and barbs aimed at the absent Ukrainian leader, raised new questions about his ability to woo countries to the Eurasian Economic...
  • When You've Lost Jimmy Carter...The Final Indictment Of Barack Hussein Obama

    10/10/2014 9:44:17 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Leadership: The former president on whose watch Americans were taken hostage and the mullahs rose to power in Iran gets it right in condemning the current president's failed handling of Syria and the Islamic State. We've often referred to Jimmy Carter as our worst president. But considering the recent IBD/TIPP poll showed 53% of Americans labeling Barack Obama's presidency a failure in just its sixth year, the incumbent may soon claim the title. It's one thing to make mistakes out of gullibility, quite another to foul up the world out of gross incompetence. It is said that Carter's presidency literally...
  • Bulgaria, Russia embroiled in new diplomatic spat

    10/10/2014 11:38:13 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    sofiaglobe.com ^ | October 10, 201
    For the second time in the space of one week, officials in Sofia and Moscow exchanged harsh words, after Russia’s foreign ministry said that an interview by Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev with a German newspaper was “regrettable”. Speaking to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview published on October 4, Plevneliev said that Russia was a “nationalistic and aggressive state” and Russian president Vladimir Putin viewed Europe as an opponent rather than a partner. In his weekly media briefing on October 9, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich said that Plevneliev’s interview was cause for concern, because it “once again repeated...
  • Nuclear War threat from Ukraine crisis threatens world, Nobel Peace Laureate warns

    10/10/2014 11:26:10 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    baltimorepostexaminer.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Martin Sieff
    The United States and Russia are dangerously close to stumbling into a war over Ukraine that could go nuclear and kill hundreds of millions of people in a single day, a Nobel laureate who is one of the world’s leading experts on the dangers of nuclear weapons warned in Washington this week. “It’s an incredibly dangerous situation. …If there’s a nuclear war tonight, that’s the Northern Hemisphere (of the entire world) gone, Dr. Helen Caldicott told a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday. She was speaking on the topic: “Ukraine: Is Nuclear Conflict Likely?” Caldicott is an Australian...
  • Lukashenka Says 'We Can't Be Dicing Up' Europe's Borders Again (Belarus)

    10/10/2014 8:43:01 AM PDT · by FreeReign · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | October 9, 2014 | Robert Coalson
    Even after decades of making the most eccentric statements, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka can still impress. In an interview with Kazakhstan's 16/12 Internet television channel posted on October 5, he flatly condemned Russia's bid to redraw international borders in Europe. Lukashenka argued that, once the process of rearranging borders according to historical claims begins, there is no end to it -- and Russia might end up disappearing if the borders of the medieval Mongol-Tatar Yoke are revived. "Then we would have to give to Mongolia and Kazakhstan and someone else practically all the territory of Russia and Western Europe and...
  • Belarus: Football fans jailed for anti-Putin chant

    10/10/2014 7:53:23 AM PDT · by FreeReign · 29 replies
    A court in the Belarusian capital Minsk has jailed eight Ukrainian football fans after they sang an insulting song about Russian President Vladimir Putin. One man was sent to prison for 10 days for possessing fascist symbols. Seven others were jailed for five days for using obscene language. They had joined in anti-Putin chants and songs at the Euro 2016 qualifier between Ukraine and Belarus. A number of Belarusian fans were also convicted and fined. Both local and visiting fans at the Euro 2016 qualifier between Ukraine and Belarus in Borisov came together in a rousing rendition of a well-known...
  • Australian MH17 crash victim 'had time to put oxygen mask on', says Dutch foreign minister

    10/09/2014 9:20:20 PM PDT · by DTA · 30 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 2014-10-10 | Barbara Miller
    One of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash was found wearing an oxygen mask, raising the possibility that some passengers may have been conscious as the aircraft went down in eastern Ukraine. Nearly 300 people died when the passenger jet crashed in July while flying over insurgent-held territory in eastern Ukraine. "You know that somebody was discovered wearing an oxygen mask and had time to put it on," Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans said on a late night Dutch chat show. The foreign minister suggested the passengers may have been conscious as the plane went down. The...
  • "THERE ARE NO OTHER JOBS ANYWAY"

    10/08/2014 11:32:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Censor.NET" ^ | 02.09.14 10:02 | Censor.NET
    20-year-old Anton Tumanov, from Kozmodemyansk in Mari El Republic, went to war and died. This is his mother’s story.
  • Russian Border Agents Has Closed Novorossiya For Volonteers

    10/07/2014 10:59:39 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 5 replies
    Gazeta.ru ^ | October 6, 2014 | Vladimir Dergachev
    Rebels claim that Moscow closes borders for volunteers from Russia and suppliers of freights to Donbass. To supporters of "the Russian spring" arises more and more questions from law enforcement agencies. Experts consider that the power intends to interfere further with private initiatives in the help to rebels of DNR and LNR. According to the field commander from DNR Oleg Miller, initially, when the Ukrainian crisis only inflamed, people with the weapon weren't allowed to pass neither in, nor out. But, as he claims, the border wasn't protected effectively that gave the chance to carry out big convoys with people...
  • Up to a dozen Ukraine officials dumped in wheelie bins

    10/07/2014 6:17:37 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 4 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | 10-07-2014 | Roland Oliphant
    The perpetrators are often members of the radical right-wing group Right Sector It’s a bad time to be a Ukrainian politician. The war in the east refuses to end, despite a “ceasefire”. Winter is approaching, and with it all the worries of another “gas-war” with Russia. And with parliamentary elections just weeks away, pre-revolutionary MPs are getting nervous about hanging on to their jobs. To make things worse, there is a growing chance of ending up in a wheelie bin. Since early September up to a dozen MPs, city councillors and other officials accused of wrong doing have been hauled...
  • Rebels in Eastern Ukraine Dream of Reviving Soviet Heyday

    10/06/2014 7:27:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 4, 2014 | Andrew E. Kramer
    In the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, the Supreme Soviet, as its separatist legislature is known, is nationalizing coal mines and reviving collective farms. At parades, people wave hammer-and-sickle flags; school officials talk of revising the curriculum to celebrate the triumphs of the Soviet Union. There is now a secret police force called the M.G.B., reminiscent of the K.G.B. Some rebels call it, only half-jokingly, the N.K.V.D., the notorious Stalin-era secret police force. The unrecognized separatist mini-states in eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, were rescued from a near-death experience last month, when a Russian military incursion routed...
  • Ebola And ISIS Are Complicating Democrats' Election Plans (Supposedly wanted to run on the economy!)

    10/06/2014 12:09:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 6, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    In a perfect world, Democrats would love to the 2014 midterm elections to be all about the economy. But in 2014, the world has been far from perfect. And Democrats say it's hard to grab the public's attention and focus it on a slowly improving economy with crises popping up at home and abroad. "August was Ebola. It was ISIS. It was Ukraine," Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told a small group of reporters Monday morning. "Global issues dominated. And in September, those issues continued to dominate. And so, part of the headwind...
  • The 100th Intelligence Brigade...Russian Federation...crossed from Rostov into #Novoazovsk.

    10/04/2014 3:55:25 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    #Report ^ | 5:47 AM - 3 Oct 2014 | Conflict Reporter
    #Report The 100th Intelligence Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in North Ossetia crossed from Rostov into #Novoazovsk.
  • SBU creates map of concentration camps and mass graves in Donbas

    10/03/2014 5:23:20 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 15:19 03.10.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, October 3 /Ukrinform/. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has begun the process of determining the location of concentration camps, prisons, torture chambers of militants and the places of mass graves of civilians in Donbas.
  • Ukraine Army Shelling Kills 10

    10/03/2014 5:51:42 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 12 replies
    The UK Morning Star ^ | October 1, 2014
    UKRAINIAN army shelling killed at least 10 residents in Donetsk yesterday despite a supposed ceasefire. Artillery fire killed four people in a school — all adults, though 70 children were present in the building at the time — and slew six more at a bus stop in the city, which is controlled by anti-fascist separatists. Fierce fighting was also taking place at Donetsk airport, with regime spokesman Andriy Lysenko and rebel official Alexander Zakharchenko both claiming control of the key facility.
  • Situation in Ukraine's eastern regions. Map

    10/03/2014 4:00:38 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | http://www.ukrinform.ua/eng/news/situation_in_ukraines_eastern_regions_map_326430 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, October 3 /Ukrinform/. The situation in eastern Ukraine remains tense. Despite the declared ceasefire, terrorists continue to shell Ukrainian army positions. The map that reflects the situation in Donbas as of 12.00 on October 3 has been released by the information and analytical center of the National Security and Defense Council.
  • Capture of Donetsk airport or Mariupol to trigger new sanctions - Bloomberg

    10/03/2014 3:53:26 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 12:15 02.10.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, October 2 /Ukrinform/. The European Union may impose additional sanctions on Russia if pro-Russian fighters capture the Donetsk airport or the city of Mariupol, Bloomberg has reported, citing its own sources. "If the separatists took the Donetsk airport or the city of Mariupol in an effort to create a land corridor, the EU might impose additional sanctions... The outcome is impossible to predict and could go either way," reads the statement.
  • Militants begin massive assault on Donetsk airport

    10/03/2014 3:49:34 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 09:18 02.10.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, October 2 /Ukrinform/. Terrorists began a massive assault on the positions of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) forces at the Donetsk airport early this morning.
  • UKRAINE Donetsk: Putin set target to take & create military base at airport [VIDEO]

    10/02/2014 6:52:22 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    Censor.net ^ | 02.10.14 22:00
    02.10.14 22:00 "Putin has set a target of today or tomorrow to take the airport in Donetsk, to create a military base there," Malomuzh. VIDEO The former Chairman of the foreign intelligence service of Ukraine, Army General Nikolay Malomuzh, explained why at the Donetsk airport there is such fierce fighting. According to Censor it. The General told the online Èspreso.TV. "The issue on the Exchange. We are opposed to this Exchange. Then we would have created conditions where the powerful military base," he said. According to Malomuža, "the RUSSIAN FEDERATION raised a question that today or tomorrow to take an...
  • UKRAINE: "I FOLDED MY LEG IN A BACKPACK AND CONTINUED THE FIGHT"

    "I FOLDED MY LEG IN A BACKPACK AND CONTINUED THE FIGHT" Volunteer from Chernivtsi Sergey Kozak is in the hospital a long time. Whether or not he will keep his left leg, which was sewn Kiev surgeons, only time will tell. I could not remain indifferent-and therefore went to war. My wife had just giveng birth to a second child on March 23 in the hospital, I saw that everything is fine. On March 25 and I went to the training ground. In the army we were once taught that all that is not enough, a soldier has to find...
  • 'Darth Vaders' To Vie For Ukraine Parliamentary Seats

    10/02/2014 8:43:01 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | October 02, 2014 | Carl Schreck
    Sixteen Darth Vaders have made an imperial march onto the ballot in Ukraine’s upcoming parliamentary elections, the latest and most expansive appearance of the “Star Wars” villain’s name and likeness in the country’s political life. All have been registered by Ukraine’s Central Election Commission for the October 26 ballot, a snap election announced by President Petro Poroshenko in August. Seven of the "Darth Vaders" are with the Internet Party of Ukraine, which advocates technological improvements to eliminate bureaucracy, while the other five are running as independents. Ukrainian political activists have used the “Dark Lord” of the legendary science-fiction series in...
  • What Do You Call War By Any Other Name? Defeat

    10/02/2014 5:32:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | John Ransom
    Consumer spending went up last month but paradoxically consumer confidence in the interim has plunged to lowest level since May. Consumer spending was up 0.5% in August, above expectations, reports the Commerce Department, while the Conference Board reports that consumer confidence has plunged to 86 for September.What accounts for the paradox?War, that’s all.Previously consumer confidence posted the 92.4 for the previous month of August, a seven-year high. “Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said high equity values, rising home prices, and falling gasoline costs indicate that ‘confidence should be rising not falling,’" reports the Wall Street Journal. Well...
  • Ukraine Can't Hide Putin's Victory

    10/01/2014 7:02:12 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 53 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | September 28, 2014 | Leonid Bershidsky
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is running a magic show. By pretending his country has a chance of joining the European Union or NATO, he is hoping to obscure Kiev's, and Europe's, gradual capitulation to Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Thursday, Poroshenko announced a reform program meant to culminate in a bid for EU membership. "The doors of the European Union are open to us, I am absolutely sure of that," he said. "Well-bred people always knock and never enter without permission, even if there's no lock." Today, Poroshenko's administration submitted a bill to parliament to repeal the country's non-aligned status...
  • Ukraine Rebels Closing In on Donetsk Airport

    10/01/2014 2:44:25 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 5 replies
    Military.com ^ | Oct 01, 2014 | Darko Vojinovic
    DONETSK, Ukraine — Rebels in eastern Ukraine appeared Wednesday to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk, the seizure of which would be a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists. At least 10 people were killed as residential areas near the airport were caught in the crossfire, further undermining a shaky truce that was imposed last month and has been riddled by violations since.
  • Ukraine Protestants Target of Russian Orthodox 'Jihad'?

    10/01/2014 3:04:12 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    CBN News Online ^ | September 30, 2014 | George Thomas
    SLAVYANSK, Ukraine - Peter Dudnik is convinced that the masked gunmen swallowing up large swaths of eastern Ukraine are a serious threat to evangelical Christians. Dudnik is a senior leader of Good News Church in Slavyansk, Ukraine. In an exclusive interview, Dudnik told CBN News the pro-Russian rebels "didn't treat Christians well because they consider the Orthodox Church far superior than any other church." "They also believe that Protestant Christians are American spies and since America is the enemy, evangelical Christians are also the enemy," he explained. ***Snip*** Not only did the Orthodox priests take over his church for services,...
  • Kasparov: Putin 'the most dangerous man' in the world & a bigger threat to U.S. than Islamic State

    09/30/2014 9:20:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 30, 2014 | Bianna Golodryga
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Arguably the world's best chess player ever, Garry Kasparov is on a new mission. He hopes to convince the world that the biggest threat to global unrest is not the Islamic State, al-Qaida or North Korea. Instead it is Vladimir Putin, Russia's president from 2000 to 2008 and then again from 2012 to today. In an interview with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga, Kasparov outlined his reasons for believing that Putin should be what keeps the world up at night. He chided President Barack Obama for being too late in addressing Putin's aggression in Ukraine — ultimately annexing...
  • Russia threatens Ukraine with "measures" for Association in November

    09/29/2014 6:42:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 14:37 29.09.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, September 29 /Ukrinform/. Russia is ready to take action in response for the entry into force of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU in November this year.