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  • Russia’s Gazprom begins construction of Turkey pipeline

    05/08/2017 10:22:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    KOM News ^ | 8 May 2017 | none stated
    Map of the planned Turkish Stream (Wikipedia). Russia’s Gazprom has begun constructing the first stage of the Turkish Stream pipeline that will run gas from southern Russia across the Black Sea to Turkey, Reuters reported on Sunday.Switzerland’s Allseas Group S.A has begun laying pipes on the Russian shore of Black Sea. The pipeline will when completed by the end of 2019 allow the state-owned Gazprom company to send gas direct to southern Europe through the Turkish Stream while bypassing Ukraine.The Turkish Stream intergovernmental agreement was signed in October 2016 after having been halted for almost a year following the shootdown...
  • U.S. SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA WON’T BE LIFTED UNTIL CRIMEA IS RETURNED TO UKRAINE: REX TILLERSON

    04/26/2017 9:39:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 120 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | April 24, 2017 | GRAHAM LANKTREE
    The United States will not lift sanctions on Russia until President Vladimir Putin hands Crimea back to Ukraine, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said late Sunday. During a phone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Tillerson said the sanctions—which have crippled Russia’s economy and pushed down the value of the ruble—will “ remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine.” He also said that Moscow must honor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine that was outlined in the Minsk agreements, according to a State Department official.
  • Evelyn Farkas was the Pentagon’s top Russia expert. Now she wants Trump independently investigated.

    03/31/2017 4:37:58 AM PDT · by Steven Tyler · 29 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 31, 2017 | Kristinn Taylor
    Former Obama official and Hillary Clinton campaign advisor Dr. Evelyn Farkas gave an interview to Vox published February 16, two weeks before her now notorious March 2 Morning Joe appearance, that contradicts her denials this week that she only knew from the media about alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
  • Gunman in Ukraine kills Putin foe in attack denounced as ‘state terrorism’

    03/23/2017 11:15:36 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 20 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | March 23, 2017 | Andrew Roth and Natalie Gryvnak
    A former Russian member of parliament who defected to Ukraine and began sharply criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin was gunned down Thursday in downtown Kiev in an apparent contract killing. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called the murder of Denis Voronenkov, a former member of Russia’s Communist Party who fled to Kiev in October 2016, an “act of state terrorism by Russia.” A suspected assailant was arrested after Voronenkov was shot twice in the head, dying on the spot. The suspect’s identity or other details were not immediately made public. In Moscow, a Kremlin spokesman denied Russian involvement in the killing.
  • Obama’s Ukrainian Coup Caused 2.5 Million Ukrainian Refugees into Russia

    03/15/2017 3:02:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 35 replies
    Strategic Culture ^ | 12 March 2017 | Eric Zuesse
    On Tuesday, March 7th, Russia’s top parliamentarian dealing with the Ukrainian refugee influx into Russia — dealing, that is, with the people who have fled Ukraine as a result of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2014 coup overthrowing Ukraine’s democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych — presented the first-ever comprehensive number of asylum-applicants from Ukraine who have received asylum there after that February 2014 coup. The Russian government had never before publicly provided a number, but does have an established system of processing refugees, including assignment of official refugee status, which «allows the recipient various social benefits, including unemployment compensation» and so...
  • Ukraine reaches preliminary agreement with IMF

    03/04/2017 5:54:23 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 6 replies
    Yahoo Propaganda Via AFP ^ | March 4, 2017 | Dmitry Zaks
    The International Monetary Fund said Saturday it had reached a preliminary agreement with Ukraine that could see the war-scarred and cashed-starved nation receive fresh aid in the first half of the year. The news was particularly good for the ex-Soviet republic because the IMF statement referred to a loan of $1 billion (0.9 billion euros) and not the lesser sums discussed in earlier months. Ukraine also gets the reprieve of not having to go though the unpopular measure of raising its pension age to get the cash.
  • Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine: White House

    02/14/2017 11:01:04 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 90 replies
    World News ^ | 14 Fevb 17 | Erik Walsh
    "President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to de-escalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea," Spicer said at a daily news briefing. "At the same time, he fully expects to and wants to get along with Russia."
  • Putin to Trump: Lift Sanctions Or Ukraine Gets It

    02/10/2017 5:26:04 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 50 replies
    NEWSWEEK ^ | 9 Feb 17 | VOLODYMYR YERMOLENKO and TETYANA OGARKOVA
    On January 29, the fighting in Avdiivka, a town in eastern Ukraine within Ukrainian government-controlled territory, seriously escalated. The fighting began close to the demarcation line and six kilometers north of Donetsk (see map), and continued until at least February 3. According to official reports, 13 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 93 were wounded since the fighting intensified. Three civilians were killed and one wounded, and a British journalist was wounded and later operated on in the Dnipro hospital. Heavy shelling from the separatist-controlled territories also affected nearby residential areas. The town was cut off from electricity, heat and water...
  • Former Ukrainian leader said she was reassured by Trump

    02/04/2017 7:31:36 AM PST · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Stars & Stripes/The Washington Post ^ | February 4, 2017 | TOM HAMBURGER
    A Ukrainian political leader said she received assurances from President Donald Trump that he would look out for Ukraine in its ongoing dispute with Russia, according to people briefed in the aftermath of a quick, informal conversation between the two political figures. Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko had a momentary meeting with Trump just before he spoke to the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton on Thursday. Tymoshenko and a group of supporters who traveled with her from Kiev this week quickly relayed word of the exchange, telling allies in Washington that Trump had said he would not abandon...
  • UN ambassador Nikki Haley condemns Russian aggression in Ukraine

    02/03/2017 1:30:10 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 17 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Feb 3,2017 | Daniel Halper
    The new US ambassador to the United Nations used her inaugural statement to the international body to condemn Russian aggression in Ukraine. “I consider it unfortunate that the occasion of my first appearance is one in which I must condemn the aggressive actions of Russia,” Haley said. “It is unfortunate because it is a replay of too many instances over many years in which United States representatives have had to do that.” She singled out Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The remarks may help silence critics of President Trump who have feared he’s too in sync with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Putin is testing you McCain tells Trump as he asks the president to let Ukraine arm itself [tr]

    02/02/2017 12:21:14 PM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 2, 2017 | Geoff Earle
    Senator John McCain has written President Donald Trump to call out Russian attempts to 'dismember' Ukraine through new attacks, and warning that his new administration is being tested by President Vladimir Putin. He wrote after Russian artillery fired on Ukrainian positions, reigniting the conflict and killing as many as a dozen soldiers.
  • Russia Unleashes Artillery in Eastern Ukraine

    01/31/2017 6:33:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 31, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    One of the most characteristically Russian methods of warfighting is the heavy use of artillery. In Syria, Russian artillery gave a boost to a Syrian army badly depleted by years of heavy fighting. In eastern Ukraine, combined Russian-separatist forces continue to exchange artillery fire with the Ukrainian army on a regular basis.
  • Clashes in Ukraine flashpoint town rage for third day

    01/31/2017 9:26:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | January 31, 2017 | Yulia Silina
    Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels clashed heavily for a third straight day at a flashpoint town Tuesday, as thousands of locals remained without power after a deadly surge in fighting. The industrial hub of Avdiivka came under attack on Sunday from insurgents seeking to wrest back territory controlled by Kiev during the nearly three-year war.
  • Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia

    01/18/2017 12:19:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 16 January 2017
    Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia. Officials played down any link between the operation and NATO concerns over Russia, but the deployment coincides with the U.S. sending several thousand troops to Poland to beef up its Eastern European allies worried about Moscow's assertiveness. Marines from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina landed a little after 10 am CET (0900 GMT) at a snow-covered Vaernes airport near Trondheim,...
  • Reconstructing the Russian Trump Dossier Story: A Timeline

    01/13/2017 4:58:05 AM PST · by Fedora · 132 replies
    Original research | 01/13/2017 | Fedora
    September 2005: Bill Clinton visits Kazakhstan with Canadian mining tycoon Frank Giustra on a visit arranged by Siberian nuclear physicist Sergei Kurzin, a former employee of Marc Rich who traveled Russia scouting investment opportunities for Rich; Giustra makes a deal to acquire uranium assets through shell company UrAsia, to be transferred through a merger with South African/Canadian company Uranium One in February 2007; Senator Hillary Clinton applies pressure to Kazakh officials to approve the deal; Giustra subsequently gives $31.3 million to the Clinton Foundation, the first of several large donations; Uranium One will begin buying uranium assets in the U.S.,...
  • Ukrainian Efforts to Sabotage Trump Backfire

    01/11/2017 7:40:06 AM PST · by Trumpisourlastchance · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/11/17 | Kenneth P. Vogel and David Stern
    Donald Trump wasn’t the only presidential candidate whose campaign was boosted by officials of a former Soviet bloc country. Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.
  • Senator McCain says U.S. stands with Ukraine against Russia (When did he become president?)

    12/31/2016 5:42:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Thomson Reuters Foundation News ^ | January 1, 2017 | Reuters
    KIEV, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator John McCain promised on Saturday continued support for Kiev in the face of aggression from Moscow, as he spent New Year's Eve on the front line in Ukraine's eastern conflict zone. McCain was one of a bipartisan group of 27 U.S. senators who sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump in December, urging him to take a tough line against Russia over what they termed its "military land grab" in Ukraine. "I send the message from the American people - we are with you, your fight is our fight and we will...
  • Ukraine to nationalize its biggest lender, PrivatBank

    12/18/2016 6:54:08 PM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-18-16 | Natalia Zinets and Pavel Polityuk
    The Ukrainian government announced on Sunday that it will nationalize PrivatBank, the country's biggest lender, in one of the biggest shake-ups of the banking system since the country plunged into political and economic turmoil two years ago. In a statement late on Sunday, the government made no mention of the size of the potential burden to the state budget, but said it would ensure a stable transition and the smooth functioning of the bank. The Finance Ministry will take over PrivatBank, which is part-owned by one of Ukraine's richest men, the powerful oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk said...
  • Russia invasion IMMINENT: Vladimir Putin mobilises 55,000 troops for ‘frightening war'

    11/30/2016 6:59:22 PM PST · by SaveFerris · 74 replies
    Daily Star ^ | Published 30th November 2016 | By Henry Holloway
    RUSSIA has massed 55,000 troops along their eastern border as they prepare to unleash a "frightening war" upon Europe. -------- Military bosses claim Vladimir Putin has sent his mighty army to disputed frontiers along Eastern Europe. Putin’s mass military deployment comes as Russian lawmakers threatened a looming “frightening war” unless their enemies back down over the annexation of Crimea. Russia has been at loggerheads with NATO ever since it seized the peninsula on the Black Sea in 2014. Shockingly earlier this year Russia withdrew from the International Criminal Court after the organisation branded its occupation illegal and said it was...
  • Nuland-Pyatt leaked phone conversation _COMPLETE with SUBTITLES ( Planning US coup in Ukraine)

    10/18/2016 2:00:10 PM PDT · by GilGil · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/29/2016 | Staff
    WARNING: Profanity Victoria Nuland, Asst. Sec. of State for Europe, phone call to US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, in a phone call leaked to the news media on 4 February 2014. [expletive] the EU What's really important here is the level of planning for the coup that overthrew the elected President Viktor Yanukovych, which brought to power (as heard on the recording) a group of select individuals described as "moderate democrats." In fact, most of them, including Oleh Tyahnybok (whom Nuland insists the new head of state consult four times weekly), are a far-right nationalist faction with overt and...