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  • Russia sending tanks across border into Ukraine, Kiev says

    06/12/2014 2:04:49 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 82 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12 June 2014 | Sergei L. Loiko, Carol J. Williams
    See article at link.
  • The disappearance of America’s will

    04/26/2014 8:00:41 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    carolineglick.com ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades. As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships. In 2012, China seized the Scarborough Shoal from the...
  • White House denies presence of US mercenaries in southeastern Ukraine

    04/09/2014 11:32:59 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 16 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 9, 2014 | Interfax-Ukraine
    U.S. mercenaries are not involved in suppressing riots in southeastern Ukraine, the White House said on Tuesday, citing the Greystone private military organization. "I would point you to what the company [Greystone] itself has said in the past, which is that this is not true," White House press secretary Jay Carney said at a press conference.
  • Ukraine officials warn they will use force to clear government buildings

    04/09/2014 11:13:33 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 09, 2014 17:30 GMT | Associated Press
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Authorities in Ukraine's capital are warning that they are prepared to use force to clear several government buildings that have been seized by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The country's interior minister says the standoff in Luhansk and two neighboring regions must be resolved within the next two days. As he spoke, anti-government protesters in Luhansk raised high barricades along a thoroughfare in front of the security service building. Hundreds of supporters camped outside overnight and chanted the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Seriously, what?! John Kerry tells Russia 'you don't invade a country on completely phony pretexts'

    03/04/2014 2:51:28 AM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 25 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 03-04-2014
    The US Secretary of State spoke today of the unacceptability of invading a sovereign country on phony pretexts in order to assert one’s own interests in the 21st century. But no, he was not speaking about the United States, as one might have thought. “You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” Kerry said during an interview with NBC. “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th century behaviour in the 21st century.” Kerry has also threatened to isolate Russia economically and...
  • HUME: OBAMA FOREIGN POLICY UNDERGOING 'ACROSS-THE-BOARD SYSTEMS FAILURE,' 'IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE'

    04/09/2014 12:05:53 AM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    VIDEO AT LINK On Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” on Tuesday, network senior political analyst Brit Hume concurred with a statement Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had made earlier in the day about the failings of the President Barack Obama’s foreign policy under the direction of Secretary of State John Kerry. According to Hume, much of what the Obama administration had aimed to accomplish was reliant on Russia, which as of now has a relationship with the United States in disrepair.
  • Eli Lake Exclusive: U.S. Won’t Share Invasion Intel With Ukraine

    04/08/2014 5:19:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Monday, April 8, 2014 | Eli Lake
    American spies have spotted all the signs of an all-out Russian invasion of Ukraine. Why won’t they tell the Ukrainians about the forces on their border? U.S. intelligence agencies now have detailed information that Russia has amassed the kind of forces needed for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. But the Obama administration hasn’t shared with Ukraine the imagery, intercepts, and analysis that pinpont (sic) the location of the Russian troops ready to seize more Ukrainian land, The Daily Beast has learned. President Obama has repeatedly and publicly expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people—and warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin that there...
  • Ukraine’s Jews Dismiss Claims of Anti-Semitism

    04/08/2014 3:07:41 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 11 replies
    NYT ^ | April 8, 2014 | ANDREW HIGGINS
    DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — From his office atop the world’s biggest Jewish community center, Shmuel Kaminezki, the chief rabbi of this eastern Ukrainian city, has followed with dismay Russian claims that Ukraine is now in the hands of neo-Nazi extremists — and struggled to calm his panicked 85-year-old mother in New York. Raised in Russia and a regular viewer of Russian television, she “calls every day to ask, ‘Have the pogroms happened yet?' ” Rabbi Kaminezki said. He tells his mother that they have not, and that she should stop watching Russian TV. “It is a total lie,” he said. “Jews are...
  • Russia, Ukraine Reach Agreement On Crimea Forces Return

    04/08/2014 2:05:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Interpretermag Ukraine Live Blog ^ | 4-8-2014 | Interpreter mag
    UkrInform.ua reports that the deputy head of Ukraine’s Presidential Administration, Andriy Senchenko, has announced that an agreement has been reached on the return of Ukraine’s ships from Russian-held Crimea. The first ships to return will be the corvette Ternopil, the missile boat Priluki and the tanker, Fastov, all of which are currently in Sevastopol. Simultaneously, the head of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Crimean media centre, Vladislav Seleznev, announced that an agreement had been made on the return of Ukrainian aircraft from Crimea, adding that: One plane will fly home under its own power following maintenance, several more will be transported...
  • OSIMINT Monitor Russia to deploy Tu-22M3 ‘Backfire’ bombers to Crimea

    04/08/2014 8:19:41 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 10 replies
    Osimint Monitor ^ | April 5, 2014 | Staff
    Russia is to return Tupolev Tu-22M3 ‘Backfire’ long-range supersonic bombers to Crimea by 2016 as part of a build-up of maritime aviation assets on the strategic peninsula, which was seized by Moscow’s military forces earlier this month, reports Jane’s. The nuclear-capable bombers were the backbone of Soviet naval strike units during the Cold War but were subsequently withdrawn from bases in Crimea as part of the consolidation of Russian naval aviation and force level restrictions on the peninsula imposed by the Kiev government.
  • Conservative Merkel ally criticizes German foreign minister over Russia

    04/08/2014 12:20:55 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 8, 2014
    A senior Christian Democrat criticized German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's stance on Ukraine and Russia in a signal of a possible rift appearing within Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition over relations with Moscow. Conservative leader Merkel and Steinmeier, who is a senior member of the Social Democrats (SPD), have been at pains to stress how closely they are coordinating on policy since the Ukraine crisis began, despite the traditionally warmer ties to Moscow maintained by the leftist SPD.
  • Kerry warns Russia of tough new sanctions

    04/08/2014 11:26:15 AM PDT · by McGruff · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 8, 2014 | DONNA CASSATA
    <p>Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday threatened Russia with tougher economic sanctions if it fails to back down from its chaotic involvement in Ukraine.</p> <p>"What we see from Russia is an illegal and illegitimate effort to destabilize a sovereign state and create a contrived crisis with paid operatives across an international boundary," Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.</p>
  • Ukrainians, and Americans, are the Children of History

    04/08/2014 10:35:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | Michael Barone
    If you've been following events in Ukraine closely, you may have seen maps, available at electoralgeography.com, showing how the ethnic Russian areas voted heavily for one candidate and the ethnic Ukrainian areas for another. However, as the eminent historians of Eastern Europe Timothy Snyder and Anne Applebaum have written, the division is not simply based on ethnicity or language. Almost all Ukrainians can speak Russian and most can speak or at least understand the closely related Ukrainian. The maps suggest a different story. This division of Ukraine is based, most of all, on history. Consider the far western part of...
  • Russia warns of civil war if Ukraine uses force to quell eastern revolts

    04/08/2014 10:45:19 AM PDT · by McGruff · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | April 8, 2014 | Laura Smith-Spark, Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Victoria Butenko
    Russia warned Tuesday that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war, as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities. Pro-Russian protesters seized government buildings in the three cities of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv on Sunday. Rebels occupying Donetsk's regional government building Monday declared a "people's republic" and called for a referendum on secession from Ukraine to be held by May 11.
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of orchestrating separatist moves

    04/08/2014 1:18:29 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 35 replies
    Reuter's ^ | 8 Apr 14 | Richard Balmforth and Lina Kushch
    Police detained 70 people occupying a regional administration building in eastern Ukraine overnight, but pro-Moscow protesters held out in a standoff in two other cities in what Kiev called a Russian-led plan to dismember the country. Kiev says the seizure of public buildings in eastern Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking industrial heartland on Sunday night is a replay of events in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Moscow annexed last month.
  • Ukraine authorities say separatists holding 60 hostages in Luhansk building

    04/08/2014 9:23:45 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 4/8/14 | Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Giles Elgoo
    Ukraine's state security service on Tuesday said that pro-Russian separatists have placed explosives in a building they seized in the eastern city of Luhansk and are using weapons to hold around 60 people against their will. Pro-Russian separatists occupied the SBU building on Sunday evening in one of a series of attacks in the east of the country. At least nine people were injured when the separatists broke doors and windows throughout the building and raised the Russian flag.
  • Should America Fight World War Three in Order to Defend Estonia?

    04/08/2014 8:57:52 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 173 replies
    Estonia is a little nation of 1.3 million people, which was made a member of NATO in 2004. Estonia was once a province of the Soviet Union. It has a Russian minority that is 25 percent of the population, and Russia has vowed to protect ethnic Russians if they are subjected to mass violence by the Estonian majority. Did NATO make a wise decision to bring in itty-bitty baltic nations that were once part of the Soviet Union? I can understand the importance of preventing the Soviet Union from being brought back into existence. But the lives of American troops...
  • U.S. to trim air, sea and land nuke launchers under U.S.-Russia treaty: officials

    04/08/2014 9:18:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    U.S. to trim air, sea and land nuke launchers under U.S.-Russia treaty: officials 11:32am EDT By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will scale back its land, sea and air nuclear missile launchers under a New START treaty with Russia but not retire a ballistic missile squadron as some lawmakers had expected, U.S. officials told Reuters. The U.S. military will disable four missile launch tubes on each of its 14 U.S. nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear bombers to conventional use and empty 50 intercontinental ballistic missile silos, senior administration officials said on condition of anonymity. The plan...
  • Ukraine crisis: Nato warns Russia against further intervention

    04/08/2014 8:18:50 AM PDT · by McGruff · 85 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 April 2014
    Nato has warned Russia that further intervention in Ukraine would be a "historic mistake" with grave consequences.
  • Russia Accuses US Mercenaries Of Inciting Civil War In Ukraine

    04/07/2014 7:08:08 PM PDT · by Errant · 104 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7 April 2014 | Tyler Durden
    In response to claims by the Ukraine government (and the west) that Russia provoking trouble in Eastern Europe - with The White House's Jary Carney even suggesting that pro-Russia demonstrators were paid - Russia's foreign ministry has responded. Posting via their Facebook page, Russia urged Ukraine to halt any interior military preparations which could instigate a civil war. But the kicker, for which we anxiously await a rebuttal, is Russia's comment that they "are particularly concerned that the operation involves some 150 American mercenaries."
  • When Conservatives Go Wrong

    04/07/2014 10:06:03 AM PDT · by No One Special · 7 replies
    A Website for Patriots Who Think ^ | April 7, 2014 | JR Nyquist
    Blaise Pascal wrote that man was full of error. “This error is natural,” he explained, “without grace, ineffaceable. Nothing shows him the truth; everything deceives him.” Along similar lines, Frederick the Great said, “Man is made for error; it enters his mind naturally, and he discovers a few truths only with the greatest effort.” Conservatives are especially guilty in this regard when it comes to the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, Russia, and Communism. To understand the complex underlying realities, one must first discover the deceptive quality of the thing itself. A Communist is a human being with the...
  • Expanded meeting of the Federal Security Service board (Putin Speech Today)

    04/07/2014 8:02:11 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Kremlin ^ | 4-7-14 | Kremlin
    Vladimir Putin took part in an expanded meeting of the Federal Security Service board. PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, At this expanded meeting today, we will discuss the Federal Security Service’s results over the recent period and outline the priorities ahead (SNIP) Russia’s laws today give us the conditions we need for non-governmental and public organisations to work freely and transparently. But we will never accept for them to be used for destructive purposes. We will not accept a situation such as happened in Ukraine, when in many cases it was through non-governmental organizations that the nationalist and...
  • Latvia, Lithuania ban Russian state TV broadcasts

    04/07/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | April 7, 2014 | AP
    VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Latvia is joining Lithuania in banning Russian state television broadcasts because it found that several programs about the Ukraine crisis were tendentious and not in the Baltic nation's security interests. Latvian media council spokeswoman Sanita Blomniece told the AP on Monday that a three-month suspension of RTR Rossiya broadcasts will begin April 8.
  • Here’s How to Think About Russia and the Ukraine Crisis

    04/06/2014 9:45:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | March 27, 2014 | DANIEL LARISON
    Answering the key questions about NATO, PutinÂ’s intentions, and what George Kennan would do.The Obama administration has imposed economic sanctions on Russian officials, and Russia has been suspended from the G-8. Some in the U.S. are calling for stronger punitive measures. Is this a bad idea?Some punitive measures, including the targeted sanctions that have already been applied, may serve a limited purpose in expressing U.S. and European disapproval of the seizure and annexation of Crimea. Stronger measures, such as sector-wide sanctions on Russian finance, have the potential to be very damaging to Europe, Russia, and the global economy as a...
  • UKRAINE: Residents of Donetsk region appeal for protection against Pro-Russian separatistx

    04/06/2014 8:47:41 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 20 replies
    www.liga.net ^ | 04.07.2014 2:03
    GOOGLE TRANSLATE: Residents are asked to Donbass Turchinova protection against separatists In an open letter urged the representatives of the community , acting President to take the situation in south-east under control and deal with the passivity of security forces Residents are asked to Donbass Turchinova protection against separatists Alexander Turchinov Residents of Donetsk region appealed to the Acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov asking to protect them from the separatists and bring the situation in the region under its control. This is stated in an open letter , published Donetsk media. " We, the residents of Donetsk region ,...
  • Czech leader says NATO could offer troops to Ukraine if Russia goes beyond Crimea

    The West should take strong action, possibly including sending NATO forces to Ukraine, if Russia tries to annex the eastern part of the country, Czech President Milos Zeman said on Sunday. "The moment Russia decides to widen its territorial expansion to the eastern part of Ukraine, that is where the fun ends," Zeman said in a broadcast on Czech public radio. "There I would plead not only for the strictest EU sanctions, but even for military readiness of the North Atlantic Alliance, like for example NATO forces entering Ukrainian territory," Zeman said. Pro-Russian protesters seized state buildings in three east...
  • UKRAINE:

    04/06/2014 5:10:28 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    FACEBOOK ^ | 4/6/2014 | Yuri Butusov, Contrib. Editor/Tsenzor.NET
    BING TRANSLATION: "And now I write for those talks: "Crimea is also passed, now hand over the South-East, nothing has changed!" explain what has changed. 1. foreign policy positions. Thanks to the courageous resistance of Ukraine in the Crimea has been the introduction of sanctions by Russia against the West in the second degree. Russia has huge economic losses to exceed the loss of Ukraine. Russia is in an economic blockade. At the beginning of the conflict in Crimea have negative forecasts from financial rating agencies, and Russia was a stable and prosperous nation, which wanted to "Save" us. Now...
  • Soft power meets hard fact - The failings of a soft power approach to Russia

    04/06/2014 5:25:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | April 2014 | Masthead Editorial
    In February, noting events in Ukraine, we wrote in this space that history seemed to be stirring once again (if it had ever really slept). In Ukraine, at least, the observation “It’s about Russia” is not only accurate but thorough. When The New Criterion began publication, in September 1982, the Soviet colossus still cast its dismal, blighting shadow over Eastern Europe and the countries girdling the Black and Caspian Seas. The sudden disintegration of what Ronald Reagan aptly called “the evil empire” caught most pundits, and most Western politicians, entirely off guard. That eventuality was not part of the script...
  • IS GOD NOW ON RUSSIA'S SIDE

    04/06/2014 6:12:39 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 112 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/3/2014 | PATRICK J. BUCHANAN
    In the new war of beliefs, Putin is saying, it is Russia that is on God’s side. The West is Gomorrah.
  • Kiev report blames ex-Ukraine leader Yanukovych for protest deaths

    04/03/2014 9:27:00 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | April 3, 2014 | By Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Victoria Butenko and Alla Eschchenko
    Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- The killings of protesters in the Ukrainian capital during anti-government demonstrations in February took place under the order of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, a report said Thursday. The preliminary report by the Ukrainian government implicated pro-Moscow Yanukovych in the covert planning of a series of sniper attacks in Kiev, backed by Russia, during the rallies that eventually led him to flee across the border. Presenting the findings at a news conference, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said evidence showed Yanukovych had directly ordered snipers to open fire on protesters. Yanukovych, now in Russia, has denied personal responsibility...
  • Is Crimea gone? Annexation no longer the focus of Ukraine crisis

    04/01/2014 11:00:53 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | April 1, 2014 | Tom Cohen
    Washington (CNN) -- In diplomacy, like in sales, success often depends on making your adversaries believe they proposed the result you wanted. By that measure, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have closed the sale on annexing Crimea from Ukraine. On Monday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the region that Moscow now claims over international protests, while Russia also said it was withdrawing a battalion of infantry troops from the tens of thousands deployed near the border with eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts focus on defusing the immediate threat of armed conflict and setting up a negotiating process, rather...
  • Corruption Still Plagues Ukraine as West Pumps in Aid

    04/01/2014 11:57:19 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 8 replies
    Time ^ | April 1, 2014 | Simon Shuster
    When the U.S. began providing army rations to help Ukraine's military, caseloads of them went on sale on Ukrainian websites, raising questions about the country's endemic corruption just as the West begins delivering billions of dollars in aid. Last week, Vladimir Belonog, a military supplies salesman in Kiev, Ukraine, put a new item up for sale, not on his usual website, where he deals in everything from camouflage jumpsuits to paintball guns and ninja stars, but on an Internet auction site he hadn’t used before. The new items were U.S. army rations – known as a meals ready to eat,...
  • Ukraine Moves to Disarm Paramilitary Groups

    04/01/2014 8:12:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | April 1, 2014 | By ANDREW ROTH
    KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s Parliament on Tuesday ordered law enforcement agencies to immediately disarm unofficial paramilitary groups, signaling growing resolve in the interim government to confront nationalists and other vigilantes who played a big role in the overthrow of Viktor F. Yanukovych, the country’s pro-Kremlin former president who was deposed more than a month ago. The bill, introduced and passed unanimously, ordered both the Interior Ministry and the Security Service of Ukraine, the country’s successor to the K.G.B., to disarm the groups because of the “aggravation of the crime situation and systematic provocations on the part of foreigners in southeastern...
  • Ukraine crisis: NATO military chief warns Russian troops could invade swiftly

    04/02/2014 9:05:58 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | April 2, 2014 | y Laura Smith-Spark and Susannah Palk
    Brussels, Belgium (CNN) -- NATO's military chief warned Wednesday that Russian troops could begin moving on Ukraine within 12 hours of being given an order, amid fears that Moscow could seek to invade its eastern region. Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander Europe, also told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that with 40,000 troops massed near the border, Russia has all the components necessary to move on Ukraine. These forces are "supported by fixed-wing aircraft, rotary aircraft, all of the logistics required in order to successfully make an incursion if they needed," he said. In terms of deterrence, Breedlove said NATO...
  • NASA suspends ties with Russian gov't officials over ongoing crisis in Crimea

    04/03/2014 9:14:34 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 2, 2014 | By Sasha Bogursky, Greg Norman
    NASA has suspended contact with Russian government representatives, citing ongoing violations of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, FoxNews.com confirmed. "Given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, NASA is suspending the majority of its ongoing engagements with the Russian Federation," NASA spokesman Allard Beutel told FoxNews.com. News of NASA's decision came Wednesday afternoon when an internal letter written by a top official was leaked. “This suspension includes NASA travel to Russia and visits by Russian Government representatives to NASA facilities, bilateral meetings, email, and teleconferences or videoconferences,” states the letter, which was written by Michael F. O'Brien, NASA’s...
  • US Criticizes Russia's Gas Price Hike for Ukraine

    04/04/2014 8:49:23 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    Voice of America ^ | April 4, 2014
    The White House objected to Russia's increase in natural gas prices for Ukraine on Thursday and said markets should determine prices. White House Spokesman Jay Carney spoke after Russian natural gas producer Gazprom announced it would virtually double the gas price for Ukraine to $485 per 1,000 cubic meters this month, which Ukraine said was politically motivated. “That kind of action taken coercively against Ukraine is something we oppose,” Carney told reporters. “We believe that markets should determine energy prices.”
  • Moscow Calls on Ukraine to Pay Down Its Gas Debt

    04/03/2014 11:43:05 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 2 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | April 3, 2014 | By NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press
    Russia is tightening its economic screws on Ukraine, ordering Thursday a further increase in the price of gas it sells to the country and asking that past bills — which are growing by the day — be paid. Ukraine, whose economy is on the brink of collapse as it awaits international aid, relies on Russia for almost all its energy. Russia had been giving it discounts on gas as long as the government was willing to have close ties with Moscow. Now that the new government has signed a partnership with the European Union instead, those favors are being pulled...
  • Russia raises gas prices for Ukraine by 80 percent

    04/03/2014 11:34:42 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 3, 2014 | By Svetlana Burmistrova and Natalia Zinets
    * White House criticises Gazprom's move MOSCOW/KIEV, April 3 (Reuters) - Russia raised the gas price for Ukraine on Thursday for the second time this week, almost doubling it in three days and piling pressure on a neighbour on the brink of bankruptcy in the crisis over Crimea. The increase, announced in Moscow by Russian natural gas producer Gazprom, means Ukraine will pay 80 percent more for its gas than before the initial increase on Monday.
  • Ukraine: Pro-Russians storm offices in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv

    04/06/2014 1:44:29 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 April 2014 updated 16:23 ET
    Pro-Russian protesters have stormed government buildings in three eastern Ukrainian cities. In Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv they clashed with police, hung Russian flags from the buildings and called for a referendum on independence. Ukraine's acting president called an emergency security meeting in response. The unrest comes amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine over the removal of pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych and Russia's annexation of Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow has the right to protect the Russian-speaking population there. Ukraine's leaders deny the country's Russian speakers are under threat and have said they will resist any intervention in...
  • UKRAINE: No assaults Kherson REGIONAL STATE ADMINISTRATION

    04/06/2014 3:39:54 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
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  • Hear: Russian ambassadors talk about next annexing parts of U.S., world

    04/06/2014 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/6/2014 | David Harding
    After Crimea, what next? In an unauthenticated audio, Ambassadors Chubarov and Sergei Bakharev laugh about taking over areas in Alaska, Venice, Scotland, Catalonia and Miami. Watch out, the Russians are coming! ... The pair...joke that Russia will take control of Alaska, Venice, Scotland and Catalonia, a region of Spain which wants a vote on independence, reports The Guardian {link at URL]... The recording has been posted on Youtube, reports The Guardian [link at URL] ...
  • Pro-Russia protesters storm regional government building in east Ukraine

    04/06/2014 9:13:51 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-6-14 | Lina Kushch
    More than 1,000 people protested in a main square in Donetsk, an industrial city, before breaking into the regional administrative building where they hung a Russian flag from a second floor balcony, a Reuters witness said. The protesters outside cheered and chanted "Russia!". "Around 1,000 people took part (in the storming of the building), mostly young people with their faces covered," said Ihor Dyomin, a spokesman for Donetsk local police. "Around 100 people are now inside the building and are barricading the building." snip The news announcer said the Luhansk protesters wanted a referendum on the status of their region,...
  • Video: Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Obama with … Sarah Palin?

    04/03/2014 8:35:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Maybe Jimmy Fallon really does want to follow Jay Leno’s tradition of full-political-spectrum comedy. Earlier this week, Fallon ripped Barack Obama for his victory lap on ObamaCare, and last night he invited Sarah Palin to join him in this four-minute mockfest of Obama’s foreign-policy acumen. Palin is a good sport here, joking about the unusual names of her children at one point, but the subtext throughout this is that Palin was smart enough to see through Vladimir Putin — and Obama wasn’t. Watch for a cameo from “Obama” near the end (via Katie Pavlich): CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE...
  • Pro-Russians Storm Ukraine Government Buildings

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

    04/04/2014 10:06:45 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2014 | By Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk
    MOSCOW, April 4 (Reuters) - Russia's top natural gas producer, Gazprom, will eventually lose more than it gains from raising the gas price for Ukraine by 80 percent, analysts said on Friday, predicting Kiev would cut purchases and fail to pay in full. Gazprom on Thursday announced a price rise for Ukraine to $485 per 1,000 cubic metres, the second increase in three days. The $485 price is the highest of any Gazprom customer and compares with around $370 on average for clients in the European Union. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said the increase, two weeks after Moscow annexed...
  • UKRAINE: Russa's deadly and dangerous games

    04/04/2014 1:11:47 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 7 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 4, 2014, 8:54 a.m. | Dmitry Tymchuk
    The bad news: 1. Russian NTV channel reported the detention of 25 Ukrainians on the territory of the Russian Federation. According to NTV, they were planning terrorist attacks in Rostov, Volgograd, Tver, Orlov, Belgorod oblasts [regions] and the Republics of Kalmykia and Tatarstan. Among the detained activists, it was stated there were activists of “Right Sector” [ultra-nationalist group], who “confirmed the receipt of instructions from representatives of the SBU [Security Services of Ukraine].” We can laugh out of habit at this and forget about it – you never know what lies PutinTV will come up with next. But in reality,...
  • UKRAINE: Russian Roulette: The Invasion of Ukraine (Dispatch Twenty One)

    04/04/2014 3:50:13 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    YOUTUBE VIDEO: ^ | Apr 3, 2014 | VICE NEWS
    If you have not views this series, start with 'Dispatch One' that gives video chronological coverage. This is Dispatch # 21. Ukraine's ultra-nationalist Right Sector movement has been active during the Euromaidan protests. Kiev is now moving to disarm the group. On Monday, one Right Sector member instigated a shootout outside a restaurant. Three people were injured, including a city official. In response, riot police surrounded the Dnipro Hotel, which the group was using as their headquarters. The group was forced to vacate the building without their weapons and move to a base outside Kiev. Simon Ostrovsky of VICE News...
  • US warns Russia against gas hikes to hurt Ukraine

    04/04/2014 3:55:33 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 23 replies
    Washington (AFP) - The United States warned Russia Thursday not to use energy costs as an instrument of political coercion, after Moscow scrapped its last gas price discounts for Ukraine. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev earlier announced the move, effectively raising the price by $100 to $485 for every 1,000 cubic meters of gas. Asked about the decision, White House spokesman Jay Carney warned "markets should determine energy prices." "A country should not use supply and pricing terms as tools of coercion to interfere in Ukraine or anywhere else," he said.
  • Ousted Ukraine president ‘wrong’ to invite Russian troops into Crimea

    04/04/2014 1:59:40 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 3, 2014 | Kriel And Isachenkov
    n his first interview since fleeing to Russia, Ukraine‘s ousted president said Wednesday that he was “wrong” to have invited Russian troops into Crimea and vowed to try to persuade Russia to return the coveted Black Sea peninsula. Defensive and at times teary-eyed, Viktor Yanukovych told The Associated Press and Russia’s state NTV television that he still hopes to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin to get the annexed region back. Yanukovych said he has spoken with Putin twice by phone and once in person since he arrived in Russia — describing their talks as “difficult” — and hopes to...
  • Yulia Marushevska @ Toronto City Hall: "I Am a Ukrainian" - Toronto.

    04/02/2014 4:47:58 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | Mar 31, 2014 | Yulia Marushevska
    Yulia Marushevska, the Kyiv Ph.D. student who won over millions of people with her YouTube video "I am a Ukrainian" at a decisive moment during the EuroMaidan Revolution, is on a tour of Canada to help generate support for Ukraine's struggle against Russian aggression in Crimea. Original vieo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6kJf552QaM