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  • Moscow warns against panic as ruble plunges to historic lows

    09/16/2014 12:16:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | September 16, 2014 | Anna Smolchenko
    Russian authorities told people not to panic on Tuesday as the battered ruble plunged to record lows, floored by tensions with the West over Ukraine, new sanctions and falling oil prices. The national currency fell to 38.82 rubles per dollar after weakening on Monday to below 38 against the dollar for the first time. It also broke through the symbolic level of 50 rubles per euro for the first time in several months. The ruble has slumped as investors fret about the impact of ever more stringent Western sanctions on the economy, which is already teetering on the verge of...
  • NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: defense minister

    09/14/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by McGruff · 38 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sep 14, 2014
    Ukraine's defense minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin. Valery Heletey told a news conference he had discussed weapons deliveries in bilateral meetings with NATO defense ministers during a NATO summit in Wales on Sept. 4-5.
  • UKRAINE: Russia wins concessions by getting Ukraine, EU to delay free-trade pact until 2016

    APPEASEMENT POLITICS In a concession to Russia, Ukraine and the European Union agreed delay implementation of a major trade agreement until the start of 2016, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said. They also appeared to be preparing to make more concessions after the ratification of the agreement, scheduled for next week. EU Trade Commissioner Karl de Gucht said in Brussels that Ukraine, Russia and EU also agreed on extending unilateral trade preferences for Ukraine until the end of 2015 as well. They allowed Ukraine to boost exports to EU by 14 percent in the first half of this year,...
  • What Petrodollar: Russia, China To Create SWIFT Alternative

    09/12/2014 1:54:36 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10 September 2014 | Tyler Durden
    If, when in February Victoria Nuland infamously launched a (not so) covert campaign to replace the ruling Ukraine president oblivious to the human casualties, resulting in a civil war in east Ukraine, NATO encroachment along the borders of Russia, and a near-terminal escalation in hostilities between Ukraine, Russian, and various regional NATO members, the US intention was to provoke the Kremlin so hard that the nation with the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources would jettison the US Dollar and in the process begin the unraveling of the USD reserve currency status (as much as Jared Bernstein desires...
  • U.S. steps up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    09/12/2014 11:00:31 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 12, 2014 | Arshad Mohammed and Bill Trott
    The United States hit Russia's largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for intervening in Ukraine. The sanctions target companies including Sberbank, the country's largest bank by assets, and Rostec, a conglomerate that makes everything from Kalashnikovs to cars, by limiting their ability to access the U.S. debt markets. They will also bar U.S. companies from providing goods or services to help five Russian energy companies conduct deepwater, Arctic offshore and shale projects. The Russian companies affected are Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Lukoil,...
  • Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany

    09/01/2014 3:51:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | September 1, 2014
    GDANSK, Poland: Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said on Monday (Sep 1). "We want partnership and good neighbourly relations (with Russia)" but on the condition that Moscow changes its policies and that there is a "return to respect for the rights of nations", Gauck said at a ceremony in Gdansk to mark the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland that set off World War II. Evoking the "miracle" of post-war reconciliation between Germans and Poles, Gauck said he was disappointed with the turn of events...
  • Read Russia’s Ominous Response to NATO’s Rapid Reaction Force

    09/06/2014 5:53:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | September 5, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    During today’s NATO summit, the alliance agreed to create a rapid reaction force to respond to threats to member states. That force is being formed specifically to deal with threats in eastern Europe. It is a direct response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The Russians responded swiftly. The Foreign Ministry suggests a larger NATO conspiracy is at work. The summit adopted a line towards NATO’s eastward expansion and build-up of its presence near Russia’s borders. These plans were nurtured for a long time and the Ukrainian crisis became merely an excuse for the start of their implementation. Russia also accused...
  • Coming Up: Obama Speaks From NATO Summit [Live Thread of Media Worship Service]

    09/05/2014 8:12:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 168 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | 9/5/14
    ....Obama plans to speak Friday on newly announced NATO plans to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine....speak at 11:30 a.m. ET from a NATO summit in Newport, Wales.
  • STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN IN KYIV, UKRAINE

    09/04/2014 2:32:58 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    mccain.senate.gov ^ | Sep 04 2014 | SENATOR JOHN McCAIN
    Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today delivered the following statement at a press conference during his visit to Kyiv, Ukraine: “I am Senator John McCain, and it is always a pleasure to be back in Ukraine. “This is my fourth trip to Kyiv since brave Ukraine took to the Maidan last year to demonstrate for freedom and their country's independence. I keep coming back, and I am here now, because I believe what is happening in Ukraine is about far more than Ukraine. It is about the principles of international order that have brought peace and hope...
  • UKRAINE: Report for September 4th

    09/04/2014 2:24:18 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    Brothers and sisters, on the basis of 4 September. With disappointing: 1 Russian occupiers clearly set their sights on Mariupol. Today was a battle of Shyrokino. But - it is another combat reconnaissance. What blood will cost us in the defense of Mariupol - is unknown. According to our data, the Ukrainian command also tightens up, a serious force - not in words but in practice. Even the civilian townspeople ready to defend their native city against the aggressor. This gives hope that "trykolorna" plague will not work. At the same time, there is the threat of active offensive actions...
  • Russia: Ukraine's desire to join NATO threaten peace talks

    09/04/2014 5:24:14 AM PDT · by McGruff · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 04, 2014
    Russia's foreign minister warned Thursday that Ukraine's NATO ambitions are threatening to derail peace talks in eastern Ukraine. Undeterred, Ukraine's president began a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and other top NATO leaders in Wales.
  • Russia Has Threatened Nuclear Attack, Says Ukraine Defence Minister

    09/04/2014 12:15:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 2, 2014 | Damien Sharkov
    Kiev has received threats of nuclear retaliation from Russia through unofficial channels if it continues to fight pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Valeriy Heletey, announced on his Facebook page on Monday. “The Russian side has threatened on several occasions across unofficial channels that, in the case of continued resistance they are ready to use a tactical nuclear weapon against us,” Heletey’s statement reads. The minister goes on to say that Russia’s “hybrid war” in Ukraine is at an end, accusing the Kremlin of attempting a “full-scale invasion”. Heletey called for all Ukrainian forces to “consolidate”...
  • Vladimir Putin’s Hitlerian Mind

    09/03/2014 10:10:51 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 3 Sep 14 | George Will
    he Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin’s fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West’s capacity to decide. Putin’s serial amputations of portions of Ukraine, which began with his fait accompli in Crimea, will proceed, and succeed, until his appetite is satiated. Then the real danger will begin. Suppose Ukraine is merely his overture for the destruction of NATO, the nemesis of his Soviet memory. Then what might be his version of the Gleiwitz radio-station episode 75 years ago?
  • URAINE: NATO Plans New Military Outposts to Stop Putin—Just Don't Call Them Bases

    To blunt Russia’s aggression, the Western alliance is considering new bases, new troops, and the economic equivalent of a nuclear bomb. Will the Obama administration go along? With Russian forces entering into Ukraine, NATO is putting together a plan to place the alliance’s troops in bases behind the former Iron Curtain. One U.S. official who was not authorized to speak to the press said the presence of U.S. troops inside these bases in Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia would act as a “tripwire for Russia. If Putin considers any military action in these countries, they will know that they...
  • Ukraine Crisis: Who Are the Russian Neo-Nazi Groups Fighting with Separatists?

    09/01/2014 12:17:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies
    ibtimes.co.uk ^ | September 1, 2014 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    The leader of Ukraine's Jewish communities has warned that Russian neo-Nazi organisations are increasingly active in the pro-Russian insurgency in east Ukraine. Iosif Zisels, head of Vaad Ukraine, the Association of Jewish Organisations and Communities of Ukraine, has said that that Russia is "infected with the ideas of revanchism and that is very closely linked to fascism". According to Zisels, neo-Nazi organisations – which have prospered in Russia for over 20 years, and fuel tensions in the country after the fall of the Soviet Union – are now operating in Ukraine after being active in Moldova and Georgia. Zisels says...
  • Cameron: we will permanently damage Russia's economy

    09/01/2014 1:12:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 81 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matthew Holehouse
    David Cameron has vowed to “turn the ratchet” on Vladimir Putin, as he warned Western sanctions would “permanently” damage the Russian economy. Moscow banks are running short of funding as investors pull capital out the country, while the rouble and the Russian stock market are falling, the Prime Minister said. He was speaking ahead of a Nato summit in Wales which will discuss Ukrainian membership of the military alliance. Addressing the Commons, the Prime Minister said Britain would face the “grave danger” posed by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine with “reliance and resolve”. On Saturday, European leaders gave Russia a...
  • History Repeating Itself in Europe

    08/31/2014 11:54:35 AM PDT · by No One Special · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    Watching history repeat itself in Europe is truly unsettling. Just as occurred not once but twice with Germany, Europe is now allowing Russia to go wilding across the continent scant years after having done the same with the USSR. Will these people ever learn? Within the past few days, two events neatly capture the bloodthirsty Russian bear in action. First, Europe found Russia repeatedly violating the airspace of Finland – not just flying attack aircraft near the border, as Russia has repeatedly done, for example, with Norway, but actually crossing it in a naked act of intimidation and war. Then,...
  • UKRAINE: Fighting for Ukraine can come tens of thousands of Chechens from EU

    08/29/2014 3:00:17 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 13 replies
    http://glavcom.ua/articles/21578.html ^ | 13.08.2014 at 10:00 | Michael Gluhovskij, "Commander in Chief"
    Akhmed Zakayev: Fighting for Ukraine can come tens of thousands of Chechens from the EU 13.08.2014 at 10:00 Michael Gluhovskij, "Commander in Chief" Ukraine continues the fifth month of armed confrontation in the Donbas, where the Ukrainian army, law enforcement officers and volunteers confront local separatists and mercenaries supported by Russia. On the side of the militants are involved mercenaries from Chechnya. After the first evidence of their presence in Ukraine, this fact was forced to admit the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov. He even threatened that more than 70 thousand Chechens can arrive at Donbass "restore order"...
  • Russia effectively at war with EU: Lithuanian president

    08/30/2014 7:51:44 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 237 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:03am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Russia is at war with Ukraine and so effectively at war with Europe, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Saturday, calling on Europe to supply Kiev with military equipment.
  • Seven NATO allies to create new rapid reaction force-report

    08/30/2014 10:44:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:41pm EDT | Reuters
    Aug 29 (Reuters) - Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers as part of plans to boost NATO defences in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on Friday.
  • Putin: You’re next, Kazakhstan

    08/29/2014 2:19:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/29/2014 | Noah Rothman
    When Russian President Vladimir Putin began referring to portions of Ukraine by their Tsarist-era name, Novorossiya, Russia hands expressed alarm. Novorossiya, or “New Russia,” incorporates the area of Southern Ukraine from Donbass to the present day border with Moldova. Some suggested that Putin’s brazen invasion and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula was a prelude to a much more significant land grab. They noted that Putin could have designs on the entirety of Southern Ukraine, linking Russia to the portion of Moldova known as Transnistria, an area which has been under Russian occupation for years and is already a de...
  • Ukraine to seek Nato membership, says PM Yatsenyuk

    08/29/2014 2:18:05 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 65 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 August 2014 | -
    Ukraine's prime minister has said he will ask parliament to put the country on a path towards Nato membership. Arseny Yatsenyuk said the government was sending a bill to MPs urging that Ukraine's non-bloc status be cancelled. The remarks come as Nato holds an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine. The West has stepped up its accusations of direct Russian involvement in the conflict, following advances by pro-Russian rebels. On Thursday Nato released satellite images it said showed Russian forces inside Ukraine. and said more than 1,000 troops were operating there.
  • Vladimir Putin's pointless conflict with Europe leaves it a vassal of China

    08/26/2014 4:07:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | August 6, 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Kremlin is counting on acquiescence from the BRICS quintet as it confronts the West, and counting on capital from China to offset the loss of Western money. This is a pipedream. China's Xi Jinping drove a brutal bargain in May on a future Gazprom pipeline, securing a price near $350 per 1,000 cubic metres that is barely above Russia's production costs. Pieties aside, the two countries are rivals in central Asia, where China is systematically building pipelines that break Russia's stranglehold. China has large territorial claims on Far Eastern Russia, land seized from the Qing Dynasty in the 19th...
  • The West 's green light for the federalization of Ukraine and its dependence on Russia

    08/27/2014 12:56:33 AM PDT · by se99tp · 53 replies
    CCDreport ^ | August 27th, 2014
    Current political situation suggests that the silent permission of West for a federalization of Ukraine may be already a fact. Russia is restoring its political, military and economic influence on one more state closer to the border with the Pre-1989 West. It may not be unrealistic to think that if the pragmatic Germany sold Ukraine to Putin, unimpressed by the incredible price it paid in blood for an independence of the KGB regime in Moscow, Berlin can also trade the other political achievements of Ronald Reagan with Russia.
  • UKRAINE: In A Time Of War and Recession, Ukraine's Independence Is more Important than Ever

    Ukraine celebrates Independence with sense of self and readiness to fight fiercely for freedom. If the iron curtain comes back, Ukraine wants to be on the Western side and has no interest in joining Russia. The Ukrainian people may not all be on the same page with Kyiv government, but they want western liberties and business opportunities. To Moscow the idea that Ukraine has the right to choose their own path – escaping Kremlin’s influence – is a source of instability and panic. They accuse the West of manipulating Ukraine protests and deny the idea that Ukrainian people may have...
  • Why Merkel Has the Clout to End the Ukraine Crisis

    08/24/2014 6:08:02 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | David Francis
    As the crisis in Ukraine continues with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s contempt of the west growing, it’s becoming clear that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be a key player if the crisis is to be resolved without a wider conflict. Since the crisis began, Merkel has played the stern headmaster to the United States and Russia, which appear more as squabbling students than world powers. Amid heated rhetoric coming from both Washington and Moscow, Merkel has been measured, chastising Russia when necessary, but calling for restraint from countries eager to punish Russia. Related: Putin Wants Eastern Ukraine. Let Him Have...
  • Kiev U-turn over claim that Russian tanks, artillery and 1,200 fighters deployed in E. Ukraine

    08/21/2014 11:58:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8-20-2014 | Will Stewart, Damien Gail
    -Ukrainian official claimed troops moved in just as the city was poised to fall -But they have since been forced to deny the allegation after strong rebuttal -If true it would have been tantamount to an invasion of Ukraine by Russia -Putin set to meet Ukrainian president Poroshenko in Belarus on Monday Muddled security officials in Ukraine were last night forced to deny a huge Russian military convoy had been deployed in the eastern rebel-run city of Lugansk. The strong rebuttal suggested an earlier claim about an invasion by Vladimir Putin's troops amounted to a crude propaganda move by the...
  • Betrayal, desertion could mean execution, Ukraine rebel leaders warn fighters

    08/18/2014 12:55:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Thomas Grove
    Under growing pressure from a government offensive, the rebel leadership in Ukraine's battle-torn east warned its fighters on Monday that desertion and betrayal could be met by execution. The warning appeared to signal a growing concern by the leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) over a breakdown of discipline in the fighting ranks as Kiev's military stepped up its offensive. Apart from being worried about desertions, which the Kiev military says are now telling on rebel ranks, the separatists are also worried about widespread lawlessness. "It is no secret that we have service personnel who carry out crimes....
  • Column of Russian military equipment breaks through to Luhansk - NSDC

    08/15/2014 6:29:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 15:13 15.08.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, August 15 /Ukrinform/. A column of Russian military equipment, on Friday, crossed the border of Ukraine in the area of Izvaryne checkpoint, trying to break through to help militants in besieged Luhansk. Spokesman of the NSDC Information-Analytical Center Andriy Lysenko said, LIGABusinessInform reports. When asked why the column was not destroyed from the air, Lysenko said that this border area is not controlled by the ATO. "But I assure you that what has got here, will not be released," he said. The number of technique and composition of the column is specified, according to the NSDC. To remind, on...
  • FSB wants to evacuate to Crimea its agents from Donbas who are in desperate situation

    08/15/2014 6:13:28 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Friday 15 august, 2014, 11:46 | Zik TV
    Due to the lack of support from local residents and successful operation by the Ukrainian army, the terrorists have realized they are in a desperate position. It follows from a telephone conversation between a FSB agent in Donbas and his boss in Crimea intercepted by Ukraine secret service Aug. 15. “The Russians are moving their agents within the terrorist groups in Donbas to Crimea,” Ukraine SBU says, Ukrayinska Pravda reports. “When I pass some locals they keep telling me ‘Damn you!’ the FSB agent, alias Trifon, says in the conversation. “The terrorists are merely marauders. You open to them the...
  • Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine as aid convoy stops short of border

    08/14/2014 5:03:42 PM PDT · by familyop · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 14 August 2014 | Shaun Walker
    The white trucks of humanitarian aid rumbled through Russia in a convoy stretching for miles,...But, while the trucks came to a halt well short of Ukraine's border, a different Russian convoy did make the crossing into Ukrainian territory late on Thursday evening. The Guardian saw a column of 23 armoured personnel carriers, supported by fuel trucks and other logistics vehicles with official Russian military plates, travelling towards the border near the Russian town of Donetsk – about 200km away from Donetsk, Ukraine.
  • UKRAINE: "A Bunch Of Russian Military Vehicles Have Just Crossed Into Ukraine"

    08/14/2014 4:16:55 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 27 replies
    Aug. 14, 2014, 2:54 PM A column of Russian armored personnel carriers (APCs) has reportedly crossed Russia's border with Ukraine. The APCs had earlier been seen traveling alongside a supposed Russian humanitarian convoy headed towards Ukraine's conflict-torn east... The APCs had been traveling with a humanitarian aid convoy of unmarked white trucks that Vladimir Putin's government was sending to Ukraine. Military vehicles, including anti-aircraft weapons and helicopters, started driving alongside the convoy earlier on Thursday. Most of the fleet of more than 262 vehicles within the humanitarian convoy, including about 200 trucks carrying aid, stopped 15 miles from the border...
  • Even a Russian invasion of Ukraine won't disturb Obama's vacation

    08/14/2014 1:14:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Jed Babbin
    Two crises – one in Iraq and one in Ukraine – aren’t enough to disturb President Obama’s vacation. In Iraq, a twofold crisis has the barbarian forces of the Islamic State trying to butcher their way into Kurdistan and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki clinging to power. The airstrikes and military aid to the Kurds ordered by Obama may help slow the advance of Islamic State forces but won’t significantly damage the group. As the suffering of the 30,000 to 50,000 Yazidis trapped by the Islamic State on Mount Sinjar worsens, the Pentagon is reportedly planning their evacuation, a massive effort...
  • Ukraine gets gas from Europe after Russia cutoff, volumes plummet

    08/14/2014 12:46:09 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    Ukraine imported gas from Poland and Hungary in July after Russia cut off supplies, and the volume amounted to about a tenth of its imports a year ago, according to domestic gas transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz on Thursday.
  • JOURNALISTS: We Just Saw Russian Military Vehicles Cross Into Ukraine

    08/14/2014 12:27:50 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8-14-2014 | Jeremy Bender/Reuters
    The Guardian's Moscow correspondent, Shaun Walker, and The Telegraph's Roland Oliphant tweeted today that a column of armored personnel carriers (ACPs) and other Russian military vehicles have crossed over the Ukrainian border. Vladimir Putin's government is sending a convoy of unmarked white trucks to Ukraine, and military vehicles started traveling alongside a supposed Russian aid convoy earlier on Thursday. Most of the fleet of more than 262 vehicles, including about 200 trucks carrying aid, stopped 15 miles from the border of Ukraine's rebel-held eastern region of Luhansk. If these reports are correct, a separate military convoy has apparently continued into...
  • Russian convoy vanishes on road to Ukraine

    08/13/2014 5:41:24 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 24 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 13, 2014 | Roland Oliphant
    Ukraine accused Moscow of mounting a cynical attempt to incite a pro-Russian rebellion on Wednesday, as uncertainty surrounded a 262-truck "aid convoy" that appeared to grind to a halt before reaching the border. The stand-off came as violence worsened in eastern Ukraine, with the United Nations announcing that the death toll in the four-month conflict had doubled in the past two weeks to more than 2,000. Government forces are seeking to press their advantage against the pro-Russian rebels, which has stoked fears that the aid convoy is part of a Russian plan to fend off the rebels' seemingly inevitable defeat....
  • Ukraine crisis: the neo-Nazi brigade fighting pro-Russian separatists

    08/11/2014 10:04:44 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 73 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8-11-2014 | Tom Parfitt
    Kiev throws paramilitaries – some openly neo-Nazi - into the front of the battle with rebels The fighters of the Azov battalion lined up in single file to say farewell to their fallen comrade. His pallid corpse lay under the sun in an open casket trimmed with blue velvet. Some of the men placed carnations by the body, others roses. Many struck their chests with a closed fist before touching their dead friend’s arm. One fighter had an SS tattoo on his neck. Sergiy Grek, 22, lost a leg and died from massive blood loss after a radio-controlled anti-tank mine...
  • Aug. 12, Ukraine army seizes 30 Russian paratroopers in Donbas

    08/12/2014 10:58:59 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 22 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Tuesday 12 august, 2014, 19:56 | Zik TV
    A group of 30 Russian special forces servicemen was captured by the Ukrainian army, NSDC spokesman Andry Lysenko said Aug. 12.
  • Ukraine's forces say close to taking rebel-held Donetsk

    08/11/2014 6:27:56 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 11, 2014 | Richard Balmforth and Sergei Karpukhin
    The Ukrainian military said on Monday it was preparing for a "final stage" of taking back the city of Donetsk from pro-Russian separatists after making significant gains that have split rebel forces on the ground. Spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Kiev's troops had now cut Donetsk off from the other main rebel-held city of Luhansk, 150 km (90 miles) away, on the border with Russia. "The forces of the anti-terrorist operation are preparing for the final stage of liberating Donetsk," Lysenko told Reuters. "Our forces have completely cut Donetsk off from Luhansk. We are working to liberate both towns but it's...
  • Russian 'humanitarian' convoy nearly enters Ukraine (UPDATE)

    08/10/2014 3:41:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Kyiv Post ^ | Aug. 9, 2014, 8 a.m | Christopher J. Miller
    DONETSK, Ukraine - A humanitarian convoy accompanied by Russian military personnel and military vehicles advanced toward the Ukrainian border with the intention of crossing into the country late on Aug. 8, but it stopped short of the frontier, a senior Ukrainian official has said. Speaking to a live audience on the "Shuster Live" TV news program, Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration Valeriy Chaly said the transit of the convoy could have provoked a full-scale war between the two countries. He did not say where the convoy had planned to enter the Ukrainian territory. “Russia tried to make a serious...
  • Ukrainian forces encircle rebel-held city, talk of truce collapses

    08/10/2014 9:43:37 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 10, 2014 | Richard Balmforth and Sergei Karpukhin
    Artillery shells slammed into the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Sunday as government forces tightened the noose around the rebel-held redoubt and called on pro-Russian separatists to surrender. To the east of Donetsk, government forces and the separatists were fighting for control of the town of Krasny Luch, a rail and road junction through which Kiev says the rebels are receiving supplies of Russian military equipment. Talk of a ceasefire, a possibility raised by a separatist leader on Saturday, evaporated as Kiev government forces kept up an offensive to crush the rebels. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko...
  • Leaked Rand Corporation terrifying memo about swift crackdown in Ukraine

    08/11/2014 3:24:58 AM PDT · by mgist · 29 replies
    news Voice ^ | 7/2014 | Torbjörn
    Leaked Rand Corporation terrifying memo about swift crackdown in Ukraine – July 2014 This alleged Rand Corporation classified document is claimed to be leaked to the internet on July 3, 2014. RT.com seem to be the first international media outlet to pick this up and write about it. NewsVoice decided to publish the original document in plain text format. NewsVoice cannot at this moment confirm the authenticity of the document. / The editor A leaked memorandum from the RAND corporation think tank suggests that Kiev should engage in an all-out war in the eastern regions, including shutting down all communications,...
  • Vladimir Putin Might Fall. We Should Consider What Happens Next.

    08/07/2014 8:33:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The New Republic ^ | August 6, 2014 | Julia Ioffe
    In July, the United States and the European Union finally bridged their differences and slammed Russia with severe sanctions in the wake of the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The pincers and scalpels of the previous rounds were discarded; this time, it was whole industries—defense, finance, and energy—that were targeted, including Sberbank, Russia’s largest commercial bank. If the first round of U.S. sanctions was met with ridicule among the Kremlin elite—Vladimir Putin’s gray cardinal Vladislav Surkov, sanctioned back in March, joked that what he likes in the United States is Tupac Shakur, dead since 1996—there’s not much bluster this...
  • Ukraine Will Destroy Itself w/o Russia

    08/08/2014 4:17:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | August 8, 2014 | James Stafford
    Ukraine doesn’t need Russia to take it down—Kiev is doing fine destroying itself, most recently with a new tax code that doubles taxes for private gas producers and promises to irreparably cripple new investment in the energy sector at a time when reform and outside investment were the country’s only hope. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on August 1 signed off on a new tax code that effectively doubles the tax private gas producers in Ukraine will have to pay, calling into question any new investment, as well as commitment from key producers already operating in the country. The stated goal...
  • U.S. gifts $8 billion [sic] to Ukraine for border protection

    08/01/2014 3:09:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 47 replies
    UPI ^ | 8-1-2014 | JC Finley
    The U.S. will be providing Ukraine with an additional $8 billion to bolster its border guard capabilities, the White House announced Friday. Vice President Joe Biden announced Friday that the U.S. will provide approximately $8 billion to help bolster Ukraine's State Border Guard Service. Biden shared the news with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a phone call on Friday. "This additional assistance," the White House said, "includes engineering equipment for improving infrastructure along Ukraine's borders, transport and patrol vehicles, surveillance equipment to extend the visual range of border security patrols, and small boats to conduct maritime patrol and interdiction operations."
  • Ukraine's pipelines will lose 50% of value when South Stream starts - Naftogaz head

    07/30/2014 12:50:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    RT ^ | 29 July 2014
    The South Stream gas pipeline, which bypasses Ukraine, may halve the value of Ukraine’s gas transportation system (GTS), according to Andrey Kobolev, head of Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz. After the Russian–led South Stream project is complete and working at full capacity, the value of Ukraine’s GTS may fall as much 50 percent from the present estimate of $25-$35 billion, RIA Novosti quotes the head of the company. “We have no wish to lose it, and it’s unreasonable," Kobolev said on a Ukrainian local TV channel. Construction of the South Stream pipeline in Bulgaria and Serbia was suspended...
  • President Obama will be giving a LIVE statement on Ukraine at 2:50P (ET)

    07/29/2014 12:09:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 115 replies
    He's already 20 minutes late....
  • Is the German Chancellor an Agent of Russia?

    07/22/2014 7:44:17 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 24 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | July 19, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    In the wake of the shoot-down of the Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, various pundits continue to say it is unlikely that Europe will do much about it. But why? It is just a lack of will? Or something else? The evidence is being ignored by most of the media, but it continues to indicate that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an agent, or at least a stooge, of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. In an extraordinary development, the office of the President of Russia reports that Putin said on Wednesday that the German Chancellor is “a reputable European leader under whose...
  • WH: We Haven't Changed the President's Schedule Amid Crises Because it Might Scare People

    07/21/2014 6:38:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Guy Benson
    On Thursday, we chronicled President Obama's series of decisions to carry on with his public schedule -- a burger joint photo op, a partisan speech on infrastructure spending, and a pair of Manhattan fundraisers -- in the midst of two major international crises. First, Russian-backed and -armed separatists in Ukraine shot down a commercial airliner, killing nearly 300 innocent civilians, including one American. The attack marked a dramatic and lethal escalation of the war in Eastern Ukraine, in which Russia is a malignant and destructive actor. New evidence appears to indicate that Moscow has been highly interested in obtaining the...
  • Evidence: Russia Implicated in MH17 Attack, Europe Weighs Tougher Sanctions

    07/21/2014 5:58:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Officials at the US Embassy in Kiev took the extraordinary step of releasing to the public a great deal of intelligence on the downed airliner attack this weekend, which clearly points the finger at Moscow. The case against Russia was built in a strikingly candid and prosecutorial blog post on the embassy's official website. Damning: We assess that Flight MH17 was likely downed by a SA-11 surface-to-air missile from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. We base this judgment on several factors. Over the past month, we have detected an increasing amount of heavy weaponry to separatist fighters crossing the...