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  • Germany, Poland and France call for more efforts to end Ukraine crisis

    08/28/2016 10:29:12 AM PDT · by Mariner · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 28th, 2016 | Reporting by Andrea Shalal
    The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland agreed on Sunday there should be greater international efforts to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters. He said there had not been sufficient progress in implementing the Minsk agreement. Western officials were talking with Russia and Ukraine to encourage them to implement measures already agreed in the Minsk process, including communal elections, he said. "We have to work for a de-escalation of the situation," he said.
  • Eastern Europe pushes Germany for joint EU army

    08/26/2016 10:12:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 26 Aug 2016 16:19 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Eastern EU countries on Friday pushed for the bloc to create a joint army as they met with Germany for talks on sketching Europe’s post-Brexit future. “We must prioritize security, and let’s start by building a common European army,” Hungary’s rightwing prime minister, Viktor Orban, said at talks with Czech, German, Polish and Slovak leaders. […] Leftist Czech Premier Bohuslav Sobotka, for his part, said that “we should also begin a discussion about creating a common European army.” […] In an early response to Britain’s shock vote to exit the EU, Poland’s powerful rightwing leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski called for EU...
  • Guns Of August: Fears Of Full-Scale War Return As Casualties Mount In Ukraine

    08/09/2016 12:42:05 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | August 9, 2016 | Christopher Miller
    Framed by a tiny cutout in the fortified bunker, this particular piece of no-man's land is tinted a blood-reddish orange by the setting summer sun. It's hot as hell, and it's about to get hotter. When the sun goes down, the guns start blazing. And all that separates the men at their triggers is a grassy patch of land the size of a soccer field that is heavily mined. If you're a Ukrainian soldier here, you don't need binoculars to observe the enemy -- you just look in his direction.
  • Network Close To NATO Military Leader Fueled Ukraine Conflict

    07/31/2016 8:46:09 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 28 July 2016 | Christoph Schult, Klaus Wiegrefe
    Working with dubious sourcing, a group close to NATO's chief military commander Philip Breedlove sought to secure weapons deliveries for Ukraine, a trove of newly released emails revealed. The efforts served to intensify the conflict between the West and Russia. Most of the 1,096 hacked emails date back to the dramatic 12 months of the Ukraine crisis after Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Thousands died in the skirmishes between Kiev's troops and Moscow-aligned separatists. More than 2 million civilians fled eastern Ukraine. Breedlove sought counsel from some very prominent people, his emails show. Among them were Wesley Clark, Breedlove's...
  • Can Russia Survive Washington’s Attack?

    05/22/2016 7:50:15 PM PDT · by thoughtomator · 37 replies
    Institute for Political Economy ^ | May 19, 2016 | Paul Craig Roberts
    It is not only American generals who are irresponsible and declare on the basis of no evidence whatsoever that “Russia is an existential threat to the United States” and also to the Baltic states, Poland, Georgia, Ukraine, and all of Europe. British generals also participate in the warmongering. UK retired general and former NATO commander Sir Richard Shirreff, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe until 2014, has just declared that nuclear war with Russia is “entirely possible” within the year. My loyal readers know that I, myself, have been warning for some time about the likelihood of nuclear war....
  • Militants continue to violate Minsk agreement in eastern Ukraine[MANY PRAYER REQUESTS LAST 10 MINS]

    05/15/2016 9:28:32 AM PDT · by · 26 replies
    ukraine today ^ | May. 15, 2016
    Further attacks against Ukrainian forces near Avdiivka, Maryinka, Luhanske Russian-backed militants continue intensive shelling of Ukrainian army positions near the town of Avdiivka in Donetsk regions, reports the press centre of Anti-Terrorist Operation. "The illegal military groups do not stop their shelling of Ukrainian troops in the combat zone. Today we recorded eight cases of enemy's violating the ceasefire," the press centre said. Read also More Ukrainian servicemen wounded in Donbas The most aggressive militant attacks were observed in the direction of Donetsk, including the city suburbs. The Russian-backed militants used small arms, grenade launchers, heavy-calibre machine guns, and 82mm-calibre...
  • OSCE chief monitor: Decision on Donbas should have backing of all 57 OSCE members

    05/15/2016 10:43:22 AM PDT · by · 2 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | 20:16 May. 13, 2016
    OSCE says it currently has no precedent for an armed mission Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug says that a decision on the possible deployment of an armed OSCE mission in Donbas, Ukraine's east, should have the backing of all 57 OSCE participating states during the OSCE Permanent Council. "The SMM is an unarmed monitoring mission. We are not a party to this conflict. We do not take sides. We do in fact have the political backing of all 57 OSCE participating states, representing every conceivable position and view in relation to this conflict. Our only objective is to bring...
  • Biden tells Ukraine U.S. ready to OK loan guarantee: White House

    05/13/2016 2:31:31 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies ^ | 5/13/16 | reuters
    U.S. Vice President Biden told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in a call on Friday that the United States is prepared to move forward with a third loan guarantee agreement to support reforms against corruption, the White House said. The United States promised the third $1 billion loan guarantee in November, but it was contingent on progress on reforms and fighting corruption. Biden also welcomed the appointment of a new prosecutor general in Ukraine as "an important first step to bringing much needed reform," to the prosecutor general office. Ukrainian lawmakers on Thursday appointed Yuriy Lutsenko, a close ally of Poroshenko,...
  • Ukraine Votes in First Jewish Prime Minister, Known for Israel Connections

    04/19/2016 12:00:47 PM PDT · by No One Special · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | April 14, 2016 | The Associated Press
    Volodymyr Groysman served as mayor of Vinnytsia where he doubled the city's budget in three years before becoming the first openly Jewish speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament. The Jewish speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Volodymyr Groysman, has been elected prime minister after a months-long political crisis. The parliament on Thursday voted 250-57 for Groysman, who was nominated by President Petro Poroshenko. The outgoing prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, resigned earlier this week after weeks of pressure for him to step down. He had survived a no-confidence vote in February. Groysman has been perceived as a conciliatory figure after the governing coalition...
  • Ukraine: The President’s Offshore Tax Plan Panama Papers]

    04/11/2016 3:26:58 PM PDT · by marvel5
    OCCRP ^ | April 3, 2016 | Anna Babinets and Vlad Lavrov
    When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ran for the top office in 2014, he promised voters he would sell Roshen, Ukraine’s largest candy business, so he could devote his full attention to running the country. “If I get elected, I will wipe the slate clean and sell the Roshen concern. As President of Ukraine I plan and commit to focus exclusively on welfare of the nation,” Poroshenko told the German newspaper Bild less than two months before the election. Instead, actions by his financial advisers and Poroshenko himself, who is worth an estimated US$ 858 million, make it appear that the...
  • A Pivotal Time for Ukraine: The U.S. Should Redouble Its Support

    04/08/2016 10:02:05 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 73 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | April 7, 2016 | Luke Coffey and Daniel Kochis
    Two years after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of the Donbas region, Ukraine remains a nation in peril. Russia considers its annexation of Crimea a fait accompli, has taken steps to consolidate its position in the Black Sea, and has created a frozen conflict in eastern Ukraine. Despite an official cease-fire, war is a day-to-day reality in the Donbas region, and Crimea remains under Russian occupation. Ukraine’s economic reforms remain incomplete; corruption continues to be a virulent and hardy foe. The U.S. needs to stay engaged in Ukraine. This means implementing policies that help the Ukrainians to defend themselves...
  • Russo-Ukraine War Two Years On

    02/24/2016 7:36:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | February 24, 2016 | Austin Bay
    On February 25, 2014 -- two bloody years ago if you live in eastern Ukraine -- Vladimir Putin's Russia invaded Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. Since then, the Kremlin has cleverly pursued its "creeping war of aggression" and its death toll -- Russian and Ukrainian alike -- continues to mount. Ukraine gets the worst of it, suffering extensive economic loss and endless political crises. As I write this column, the Ukrainian government is on the verge of collapse. Since a government collapse in Kiev seeds more chaos, it counts as a political win for the Kremlin. Germany, Great Britain, France and the...
  • Now We Know Who Really Runs Ukraine

    02/20/2016 2:14:53 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 10 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 02/17/2016 | Maxim Eristavi
    After hours of public bashing by lawmakers in the session hall of Ukraine's parliament, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk rose from his chair, visibly nervous. These were the last minutes before a no-confidence vote. But suddenly, Mustafa Nayyem, a well-known reformist legislator, saw a sight that must have chilled him to the bone. Moments before the vote, dozens of legislators from a range of parties suddenly left the session floor — they weren't going to vote against the government. Nayyem rushed to Twitter to warn the country: a backdoor deal had been reached, and the no-confidence vote would likely fail. But...
  • U.S. firm blames Russian 'Sandworm' hackers for Ukraine outage

    01/09/2016 3:47:39 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 7, 2016 | Jim Finkle
    U.S. cyber intelligence firm iSight Partners said on Thursday it has determined that a Russian hacking group known as Sandworm caused last month's unprecedented power outage in Ukraine. "We believe that Sandworm was responsible," iSight's director of espionage analysis, John Hultquist, said in an interview. The conclusion was based on analysis of malicious software known as Black Energy 3 and KillDisk, which were used in the attack, and intelligence from "sensitive sources," he said. The Dec. 23 outage at Western Ukraine's Prykarpattyaoblenergo cut power to 80,000 customers for about six hours, according to a report from a U.S. energy industry...
  • The IMF Outfoxes Putin: Policy Change Means Ukraine Can Receive More Loans

    12/09/2015 6:59:18 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 4 replies ^ | 12/9/2015 | Anders Еslund
    Today the Executive Board of the IMF reversed its "policy on not lending into arrears." IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said in a statement that “the IMF’s executive board met today and agreed to change the current policy on non-toleration of arrears to official creditors." Historically, the IMF has refused to lend to any country that has not serviced its debt to any sovereign. The IMF staff started contemplating a rule change in the spring of 2013 because nontraditional creditors, such as China, had started providing developing countries with large loans. The IMF intended to adopt a new policy in the...
  • NDAA 2016: Almost $1B to Arm and Train Syrian, Ukrainian Rebels

    10/15/2015 4:34:56 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | October 15, 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    The Senate has approved a 2016 Defense Department spending bill that earmarks nearly $1 billion to arm Syrian and Ukrainian rebels, including several batallions adopting neo-Nazi symbols and slogans. By a veto-proof 70-27 vote, the Senate voted on October 7 to approve the $612 billion Pentagon appropriation bill for 2016, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). While most of the items in the bill would never be approved were our government to be bound by the enumerated powers of the Constitution, a few of the provisions are particularly pernicious.
  • MH17 report suggests efforts were made to cover up causes of disaster

    10/13/2015 1:32:20 PM PDT · by Agog · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/13/2015
    The long-awaited Dutch report into the shooting down of flight MH17 suggests attempts were made to cover up the causes of the disaster, including a bungled autopsy on the body of the captain in which metal fragments from a Buk missile were deliberately removed. *** The report by the Dutch safety board said that more than 120 objects, “mostly metal fragments”, were found in the body of the first officer, who had sustained “multiple fractures”.. When Dutch experts identified the captain’s body they found it had already “undergone an external and internal examination to remove foreign objects”. Despite apparent attempts...
  • Flight MH17 shot down by Russian-built Buk missile, Dutch report says

    10/13/2015 7:38:14 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 58 replies
    reuters ^ | 10/13 | By Thomas Escritt and Toby Sterling
    Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a Russian-made Buk missile, the Dutch Safety Board concluded on Tuesday in its final report on the crash in July 2014 that killed all 298 people on board, most of them Dutch. But the long-awaited findings of the board, which was not empowered to address questions of responsibility, did not point the finger at any group or party for launching the missile.
  • MH17 report 2015: Families warned of its ‘distressing’ nature as it could change the way we fly

    10/13/2015 2:00:27 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 17 replies ^ | OCTOBER 13, 2015 | Robyn Ironside
    Data from black boxes, satellite imagery and photos from the crash site were expected to feature throughout the report and findings would be “based on objective analysis of available evidence”, the briefing note said. “The purpose of the report is to determine the cause of the accident, not identify who was responsible,” it said. The online sharing tool was launched in April, giving airlines up to date information about the airspace status of countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Egypt, Yemen and Mali. Other recommendations by the taskforce regarding conflict zone risk, included a comprehensive review of existing requirements...
  • Putin: "We can no longer tolerate the current state of affairs in the world"

    09/28/2015 9:55:37 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 81 replies ^ | September 28, 2015, 12:52 PM | CBS News
    CBS News September 28, 2015, 12:52 PM Putin: "We can no longer tolerate the current state of affairs in the world" EW YORK - Russian President Vladimir Putin took a defiant tone in his highly-anticipated United Nations address on Monday, ahead of a planned meeting with President Barack Obama. Putin spent much of the speech delivering the Russian perspective on world affairs, which he said is nothing more than "honest and frank." Putin dismissed many Western officials' expressed fears about Russian expansionism, saying the Kremlin has been accused too often of "growing ambitions." "It's not about Russia's ambitions but recognition...
  • John McCain visits Odesa, Ukraine

    09/23/2015 6:12:06 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 32 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | 09/23/2015
    US Republican Senator John McCain visits Ukraine's southern port city of Odesa on Wednesday, September 23, where he is meeting the head of Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili. Having arrived in Odesa McCain said that the US will continue to help Ukraine. At the same time, he emphasized the importance of Ukraine's fight against corruption. McCain once again said that Russia is "a gas station masquerading as a country" and called Russian President Vladimir Putin "a bully and a thug."
  • Ukraine's Poroshenko Bans Journalists for 'Threatening National interests'

    09/19/2015 9:13:41 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 8 replies
    Newsweek Via Yahoo News ^ | September 17, 2015 | Jack Moore
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko banned a number of Western and Russian journalists from the country, accusing them of being a "threat to national interests" or promoting "terrorist activities," according to a list published on the presidential website on Wednesday. Two British journalists working for the BBC—Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg and producer Emma Wells— and BBC cameraman Anton Chicherov had been banned from entering Ukraine but Judith Gough, the British ambassador to Ukraine, confirmed on Twitter that the BBC journalists would be released. Two Spanish journalists, Antonio Pampliega and Angel Sastre, were also included on the blacklist although Sastre went missing...
  • Exclusive: Russia building major military base near Ukrainian border

    09/09/2015 5:30:42 PM PDT · by keat · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 9, 2015 | 4:45 PM EDT | Anton Zverev
    SOLOTI, Russia (Reuters) - Russia has started to build a huge military base housing ammunition depots and barracks for several thousand soldiers near the Ukrainian border, a project that suggests the Kremlin is digging in for a prolonged stand-off with Kiev. The base, when completed, will even have its own swimming pool, skating rink and barber shop, according to public documents. This week workmen were erecting a fence in a cornfield outside the village of Soloti to mark out the perimeter, and told a Reuters reporter to leave, accusing him of being an Ukrainian spy. In almost the same spot...
  • Greece Allegedly Denies U.S. Request to Close Airspace for Russian Aid to Syria

    09/07/2015 7:58:23 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | 09/07/15 | Philip Chrysopoulos
    Athens has allegedly denied a U.S. request to close airspace to Russian aircraft that would transport humanitarian aid to Syria, according to a Sputnik report. According to the news agency report, citing as a source an anonymous Greek diplomat, Moscow has requested and received Athens’ permission to conduct flights to transport humanitarian aid to Syria in the period from September 1 to September 24. “On Saturday, U.S. Embassy [in Athens] appealed to the Greek government with a request to prohibit the flights of Russian aircraft in the FIR Athens. The Greek government refused to do so, in order not to...
  • Greek Foreign Ministry Confirms Received U.S. Request To Deny Russia Use Of Greek Airspace

    09/07/2015 6:10:06 AM PDT · by Fennie · 85 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 7, 2015
  • Vladimir Putin seeks to dump the dollar in regional trade

    09/02/2015 12:46:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 1, 2015 | David R. Sands
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has a new target in the revived cold war with Washington — the U.S. dollar. The website Russia Today* reported Tuesday that Mr. Putin has drafted a bill to block the use of both the American greenback and the euro in trade between the bloc of countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union, including Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. The measure “would help expand the use of national currencies in foreign trade payments and financial services and thus create preconditions for greater liquidity of domestic currency markets,” the Kremlin said in a...
  • Blood oozed through the soil at grave sites. You could see the pits move, some of them were still al

    08/30/2015 12:58:55 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24th August 2015 | Will Stewart
    'Seventy years on from the end of the Second World War the full, shocking scale of the Nazi-inspired Holocaust in Ukraine is finally being revealed - thanks to pioneering work by a French Catholic priest to research the truth of the industrial-scale killing. Around 2,000 mass graves of Jewish victims have been located where men, women and children were shot and buried by the Germans and their collaborators. But there maybe up to 6,000 more sites to uncover, with victims of this 'Holocaust of bullets' - so called because unlike in Poland and Germany where gas chambers were used as...
  • Violent Patterns Emerge in Putin's War on Ukraine

    08/19/2015 7:48:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | August 19, 2015 | Austin Bay
    Russian dictator and shameless propagandist Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of escalating warfare in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region. "I hope there won't be full-scale direct clashes," Putin said while visiting the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula. Putin delivered his accusation in what I call his "Vlad, Ace of Spies and KGB Colonel" mode. This patterned shtick is Cold War tough guy by design, theatrical photo-op Viagra for aging Communists. Along with his accusation, Reuters published a photo of Putin riding in a bathyscaphe (deep-sea ocean research submersible). As the bathyscaphe's bubble capsule submerges, Vlad (wearing a relaxed open-collar shirt, circa James Bond...
  • The US Air Force Is Sending 12 A-10 Warthogs To Eastern Europe To Deter Russian Aggression

    08/15/2015 8:51:46 AM PDT · by blam · 43 replies
    BI/ The Fiscal Times ^ | 8-15-2015 | Martin Matishak
    Martin Matishak, The Fiscal Times August 14, 2015 The Air Force didn’t help its long-standing argument that the A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jet should be retired when the service announced this week it would deploy more of the aircraft to Europe this fall. The 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia announced it will send 12 attack planes and crews to Central and Eastern European to bolster NATO’s “Operation Atlantic Resolve,” an ongoing show of military might meant to deter Russian aggression in the region. In March, the Air Force deployed a dozen A-10s from Davis-Monthan Air Force...
  • Is Putin plotting war in Europe? Experts warn Russia is 'actively preparing' for conflict with NATO

    08/12/2015 4:29:05 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 12, 2015 | Larisa Brown, Simon Tomlinson
    The increasing scale and frequency of military exercises undertaken by Russia means Vladimir Putin is 'actively preparing' for war in Europe, a think tank has warned. Research that analysed two recent large-scale exercises by Russia and NATO found that each side was training with 'most likely war plans in mind'. But the report warned that NATO was 'unable to match' the scale of those conducted by Moscow. Ian Kearns, director of the London-based European Leadership Network, which conducted the study, said the war games 'are contributing to a climate of mistrust' that have 'on occasion become the focal point for...
  • US Army in Poland

    08/07/2015 4:59:05 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 29, 2015 | Piotr Bodzek
    Apparently we invaded Poland, via the Czech Republic.
  • Russia prepares to seize Western assets

    07/27/2015 11:33:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 24 Jul 2015 13:36 | updated: 08:47 | (EurActiv with agencies, by Georgi Gotev)
    The Russian government has approved a draft bill that would allow it to seize foreign state assets, without warning. The move is seen as a tit-for-tat gesture, following Western court cases involving Russian firms. According to the new draft bill, Russia will be able to seize foreign state assets from countries which infringe on Russia’s jurisdictional immunity, according to the Russian press. The Ministry of Justice said the new law is meant to bring parity to the existing "jurisdictional imbalance" between Russia and other countries. In other words, Russia will now seize the state assets of other countries in proportion...
  • Quartet of crises threatens Europe's core

    07/05/2015 2:57:24 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 9 replies ^ | 4-5-2015 | Paul Taylor
    The EU's unity, solidarity and international standing are at risk from Greece's debt, Russia's role in Ukraine, Britain's attempt to change its relationship with the bloc, and Mediterranean migration.
  • The struggle for Ukraine is more serious than ISIS

    07/05/2015 6:16:58 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 14 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | 5 Jul 15 | Diane Francis
    KIEV — Vladimir Putin continues to chip away at Ukraine while the west just watches. In the past year, Ukraine has lost 9% of its territory, 1.3 million people have fled Russian-occupied regions, 6,200 people have died and 30,000 have been wounded. On July 17, one year ago, Russian missiles blew up a Malaysian plane over Ukraine, killing 298 passengers on board, a war crime barely mentioned. Ukraine’s economy has been damaged and the country’s payments on debts, due to years of exorbitant Russian gas prices, are the same as defense costs. Russia’s aggression is at bay because, in the...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Facing Ukraine Split

    06/17/2015 10:14:14 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 06-15-2015 | Vladimir Ryzhkov
    President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said that he considers Russians and Ukrainians "a single people." He justified annexing Crimea and providing military and political support to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics with the claim that he was defending the "Russian world." However, the conflict in Ukraine is the greatest breakdown of that "Russian world" since the reunification of Ukraine and Russia at the Council of Pereyaslav in the early 17th century. One of the main factors contributing to the collapse of that "Russian world" is the schism rapidly forming within the Russian Orthodox Church (ROS). It now seems...
  • Ukraine's Poroshenko warns of 'full-scale' Russia invasion

    06/04/2015 6:27:53 AM PDT · by Freeport · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2015-06-04 | Tom Burridge
    President Petro Poroshenko has told MPs the military must prepare to defend against a possible "full-scale invasion" from Russia, amid a surge of violence in eastern Ukraine. Russia has denied that its military is involved in Ukraine, but Mr Poroshenko said 9,000 of its troops were deployed. Clashes involving tanks took place in two areas west of Donetsk on Wednesday. There was a "colossal threat" that large-scale fighting would resume, the president told parliament in Kiev. The outbreak of violence, in the government-held towns of Maryinka and Krasnohorivka, was the worst since a ceasefire was signed in Minsk in February....
  • 'Russia no immediate threat,' says Nato chief

    06/04/2015 6:51:56 AM PDT · by McGruff · 4 replies
    The Local NO ^ | 04 Jun 2015
    Nato does not see Russia as an immediate threat to members states in the Baltic and Northern Europe, the alliance’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has said in his first official visit to his native Norway. "What we see is more unpredictability, more insecurity, more unrest... (But) I believe we don't see any immediate threat against any NATO country from the east," he told Norway’s state broadcaster NRK. He stressed, however, that he hoped relations with Russia would improve. "Our goal is still cooperation with Russia... That serves NATO and it serves Russia," he said. Stoltenberg commutes regularly between Oslo and...
  • Ukraine's Poroshenko warns of Russian invasion threat after fighting surge

    06/04/2015 5:03:07 AM PDT · by McGruff · 5 replies
    Ukraine's president told his military on Thursday to be prepared for the possibility of a "full-scale invasion" by Russia across the entire length of the joint border, a day after the worst fighting with Russian-backed separatists in months. His address in parliament was one of the first times Petro Poroshenko has used the word "invasion" to refer to Russia's behaviour since the start of a separatist rebellion in the east in which the United Nations says more than 6,400 people have been killed.
  • Transnistria shapes up as next Ukraine-Russia flashpoint

    06/03/2015 6:12:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 6-3-2015 | Neil Buckley
    Keep an eye on Transnistria, the pro-Russian breakaway state in Moldova. On Monday, Dmitri Trenin, one of Russia’s best-known foreign policy analysts and a man with good Kremlin antennae, tweeted: “Growing concern in Moscow that Ukraine and Moldova will seek to squeeze Transnistria hard, provoking conflict with Russia.” On Tuesday, a columnist in the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper warned that Russia “seriously faces the prospect of a repeat of the [2008] situation” – when it went to war with Georgia – “this time around Transnistria”. What sparked the tensions was a May 21 vote in Ukraine’s parliament to suspend military co-operation...
  • Former Georgian (Reaganite) Leader Saakashvili Gets Another Crack at the Russians...

    06/02/2015 5:10:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 June 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Takes Ukrainian citizenship, appointed Governor of Odessa region While it was pretty painful to watch the US-and-Israeli equipped and trained Georgian Armed Forces get their asses kicked by the Russians in 2008, the truth is that the greatly-outnumbered Georgians never stood a chance once the Kremlin decided to get militarily involved, due to the fact that loyal US ally Tbilisi had all their best troops still in Iraq... The Georgian army was reduced to five brigades, nearly all light infantry, ditching practically all its armor and artillery in favor of a counterterrorism and counterinsurgency approach to warfare, which of course was what...
  • Ukraine President appoints ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili (as Odessa) Governor

    05/30/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | 5-30-2015 | Maria Tymoshchuk
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday appointed fiercely pro-Western former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who once fought a war with Russia, as governor of the strategic Odessa region. Poroshenko made the announcement at a televised event in the Black Sea port alongside the reformist Saakashvili, calling the ex-Georgian president a "great friend of Ukraine". "There remain a large number of problems in Odessa: preserving sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and peace," Poroshenko said. SNIP---- Saakashvili is replacing millionaire Igor Palitsa in the post, a close ally of banking magnate Igor Kolomoisky who has been at loggerheads with Poroshenko over control of...
  • Putin Cracks Down on Christians in Crimea

    06/01/2015 5:21:57 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 12 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 31 May 15 | Geraldine Fagan
    In Russia this April, a Baptist pastor was jailed for professing his faith. Pavel Pilipchuk's five-day detention was brief, but excessive. It followed his refusal to pay a heavy fine for organizing street evangelism in the city of Oryol, around 200 miles south of Moscow. By not informing city officials of his plans, the pastor had violated Russia's law regulating public demonstrations, a local court ruled. Pilipchuk's plea that "Christian hymns and conversation are not demonstrations" fell on deaf ears. So did his appeal to Russia's constitutional guarantees of religious freedom. Freedom of speech and assembly are also increasingly under...
  • Russia Doctored Photos in Shooting Down of Airliner, Report Finds

    06/01/2015 3:23:56 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 31 May 15 | PATRICK REEVELL
    A new independent report finds that Russia doctored photos to implicate the Ukrainian military in the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner MH17 last July, casting doubt on Russian claims that neither separatists armed by Russia nor its own military were to blame for the disaster. The report is the latest by the independent analysis group, Bellingcat, which has been using open source material -- often video and photos posted on social media -- to provide hard evidence that Russia has been sending troops and weapons into eastern Ukraine to support rebels there, despite denials from the Kremlin. MH17 was...
  • Forensic Analysis of Satellite Images Released by the Russian Ministry of Defense

    05/31/2015 10:51:23 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 7 replies
    Bellingcat ^ | May 2015 | Bellingcat
    This is a recent report put out by Bellingcat which shows that the Russkies photoshopped their alleged evidence of Ukrainians shooting down MH17. This had been debunked through other means, for example, that the Ukrainian SU25, which was one of the possible culprits for this, is a ground attack plane that is too slow and can't reach the altitude the Russkies were claiming. Subsequently the Russkies got into a Wikipedia war trying to upgrade the SU-25 on the internet in order to fool stupid people. Nevertheless, if you still need more, this report goes into great detail showing that the...
  • NATO breaks treaty with Russia deploying troops in Latvia

    05/29/2015 2:52:39 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 12 replies
    Source: Pravda.Ru ^ | 29.05.2015
    The special request has been already approved by the Latvian government. Latvian Prime Minister, Laimota Straujuma confirmed the permanent presence of the NATO military force in the country. Generals from Lithuania and Estonia are also reported to request NATO deploy several thousand ground troops in their countries. As Lithuanian military spokesman Captain Mindaugas Neimontas said: "We are seeking a brigade-size unit so that every Baltic nation would have a battalion." However, the deployment of permanent forces flies in the face of the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation which was signed in...
  • Russian aircraft head off U.S. destroyer in Black Sea: RIA

    05/30/2015 11:19:21 AM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    Russian military aircraft were scrambled to head off a U.S. warship that was acting "aggressively" in the Black Sea, state news agency RIA reported on Saturday, citing an anonymous source in Russia's armed forces in Crimea. The source was quoted as saying that the U.S. destroyer Ross was moving along the edge of Russia's territorial waters and heading in their direction.
  • Putin denies Russian troops are in Ukraine, decrees certain deaths secret

    05/28/2015 10:52:43 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 28 May 15 | Karoun Demirjian
    MOSCOW — If there was one weak spot in Russian support for the Kremlin’s aims in Ukraine this year, it was the population’s strong aversion to sending in Russian troops — something Russia denies doing, despite mounting international evidence to the contrary. Now, Russia can ignore that evidence — as well as any questions citizens might raise — since President Vladimir Putin signed a decree classifying certain peacetime deaths of soldiers as state secrets. Putin signed an order Thursday making the deaths of Russian troops lost during “special operations” a secret, amending a previous decree that limited such secrecy to...
  • Poroshenko Signs Moratorium on Foreign Debt Repayment (Ukraine)

    05/28/2015 9:21:20 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 5-28-2015 | Sputnik
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law allowing Ukraine to impose a moratorium on repayment of its foreign debt until at least July 2016, a press release on Poroshenko's official website said Thursday. The Ukrainian parliament approved the bill, which could affect repayment of the country's $3-billion debt to Russia on May 19. Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier the bill de facto was an announcement of a default, casting a negative light on the professionalism of Ukraine's leadership. Moreover, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that Moscow would turn to an international court if the Ukrainian president signed...
  • Ukraine Tries Adapting to Life Without Lenin

    05/26/2015 7:42:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 22, 2015 | Laura Mills
    [subtitle: New law bans Soviet street names, statues and other reminders of communist past, as some question priorities.] In a country where at least 4,000 localities had a main thoroughfare named after Lenin, outlawing remnants of the Soviet era like street names and statues was bound to cause problems... The phenomenon is so common now that it has its own name -- "Leninopad" or "Lenin-fall," a phrase that echoes the Ukrainian word for snowfall...
  • Baltic countries to ask NATO for thousands of permanent troops

    05/16/2015 6:41:25 PM PDT · by robowombat · 39 replies
    The three Baltic states have written a letter to NATO asking for hundreds of soliders to be stationed in each country. They have expressed fears of possible aggression from Moscow. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia announced on Thursday that they would petition NATO to permanently station troops throughout the Baltic region as Russia has done little to allay concerns that it may pose a threat to its three small neighbors. "Russia sees NATO as its main nemesis and this has put the Baltic countries on the front line, so to say," said Roland Murof, speaking for the Estonian defense ministry. "Hence,...