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Ukraine: Coup, Couth, and Consequences

The West Snubs Russia over V-E Day

April 20, 2015

Editor Note:  Last year’s U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine – followed by violence and tensions – has soured plans for the May 9 commemoration in Moscow of World War II’s V-E Day, the Allied defeat of Nazi Germany, a war which cost the Russian people nearly 27 million dead.

By Ray McGovern

The controversy over alleged Russian “aggression” in Ukraine is already raining on the Kremlin parade with which Russia will mark the 70th anniversary of the Allies’ victory over Adolf Hitler and the Nazis on May 9. U.S. President Barack Obama set the tone by turning down the Kremlin’s invitation to take part in the celebration, and allies in Western Europe have been equally uncouth in saying No.

What? Air Defense Missiles to Iran? An Outrage!

Russia Impinges on Israeli 'Right' to Bomb Iran

Editor Note: American neocons are in a lather over Russia’s decision to go ahead with the sale of anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. The apparent outrage is that Iran thinks it has a right to protect its citizens from Israel’s right to launch airstrikes into Iran’s territory.

By Ray McGovern

The front page of the neocon flagship Washington Post on Tuesday warned that the Russians have decided, despite U.S. objections, “to send an advanced air-defense system to Iran … potentially altering the strategic balance in the Middle East.”

So, at least, says the lede of an article entitled “Putin lifts 5-year hold on missile sale to Iran” by Karoun Demirjian, whose editors apparently took it upon themselves to sex up the first paragraph, which was not at all supported by the rest of her story which was factual and fair – balanced, even.

Ukraine News - Apr 10, 2015


Ukraine outlaws Communist names in fresh break with Soviet past, It also bans Nazi symbols and propaganda - Yahoo News


Decommunisation: Dismantlement of monuments, all cities and streets with Soviet names to be renamed - EN.Censor.net


Poroshenko: Hitler and Stalin to blame for World War II - UNIAN news


VIDEO (English Subs): Poroshenko blames Hitler and Stalin for outbreak of WWII - YouTube


Ukraine’s Parliament Votes To Open Soviet-Era KGB Archives To Public - ibtimes.com


Ukraine recognizes ultranationalists as freedom and independence fighters, Organizations include the UPA and OUN - Sputnik


Historian on the legal status of Ukrainian independence fighters: Was this crude distortion of the past really necessary? Can one legislate historical events in such a fashion? - ukraineanalysis


Martial law bill passed in first reading by Verkhovna Rada - Russia Beyond The Headlines


New Martial Law Lets Poroshenko Seize Assets at Will - offguardian


Ukraine sets sights on joining NATO - Reuters


Ukraine to sign new cooperation agreements with NATO: PM - Global Times


Ukrainian Armed Forces working towards meeting NATO military standards: Poltorak - interfax.com


Ukroboronprom to shift to NATO arms production standards by 2019 - Russia Beyond The Headlines


US, Russian war games rekindle Cold War tensions in Eastern Europe amid Ukraine crisis - Fox News


Russian Defense Ministry: NATO needs Ukraine crisis to justify its existence - TASS


Russia Warns US That It Can Counter Its Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems: Sees PGS Of US As A Serious Threat - ibtimes.com


Russian Missile Operators Brought Up to Speed on Iskander-M - Sputnik International


As Russia Improves Its Surface-to-Air Missiles, US Looks To Counter - Defense One


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Amnesty International reports execution-style killings of captured Ukrainian soldiers - Reuters


Amnesty: Separatists must urgently remove from their ranks anyone suspected of war crimes and cooperate with an investigation - Amnesty


Interview with Amnesty official on the executed Ukrainian soldiers, 'I must emphasize that we have evidence of this happening on both sides' - rferl


'I kill if I want to': Russian rebel commander ‘Motorola’ says he shot dead 15 Ukrainian POWs (VIDEO) - mashable.com


Ukrainian rebel ‘Motorola' can officially be considered a war criminal now (VIDEOS) - Ukraine@war


Ukraine separatist leader Zakharchenko warns of possible return to war - Yahoo News


Pro-Russian Rebels Told: Major Attack on Ukraine Imminent - newsweek.com


East Ukraine Ceasefire Violations Increase Near Mariupol As Pro-Russian Rebels Prepare For Combat - ibtimes.com


OSCE: Ukrainian forces moving new heavy weaponry to buffer zone in Donbas - InSerbia News


Fortification work on demarcation line in Donbas to cost UAH 1 bln: ATO deputy commander - interfax.com


OSCE mission reports increase in ceasefire violations in Donbas - interfax.com


Two Ukrainian servicemen killed in past 24 hours-military spokesman (VIDEO) - uatoday.tv


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Main players in Ukraine debt battle prepare to face off - Reuters


Ukraine Creditor Group Has Plan to Avoid Writedown in Debt Talks - Bloomberg Business


IMF expects Ukraine agreement with creditors by June - Reuters


Ukraine’s Tanking Economy, Car-Production Plunges 96% And Many Banks Also Fail - Dissident Voice


Ukraine’s exhausted economy to rely on agriculture in Q2 - Reuters


Ukraine: Another crisis for ′Europe′s bread basket′ - DW.DE


Ukraine's cash-strapped Metinvest announces default, seeks breather from debt repayments - Reuters


Ukraine Seeks to Scrap Utility Sales in Move Against Tycoons - Bloomberg Business


Ukraine: Poroshenko earned $16 mln last year: report - InSerbia News


VIDEO: Supposedly another vid of Ukrainian radicals humiliating an allegedly corrupt official, in Ivano-Frankivsk. Nasty - Shaun Walker on Twitter

 

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Ukraine News - Apr 7, 2015


Poroshenko denounces federalization at the constitutional reform commission, Rebels say 'these things are absolutely unacceptable…we did not receive any invitations' - NYTimes.com


Poroshenko: the Ukrainian language is and will remain the only state language of Ukraine - interfax.com


Poroshenko: defense, national security and foreign policy of Ukraine not affected by decentralization - interfax.com


Poroshenko: tougher punishments for separatist statements, let alone actions, so that people are afraid to even think about it - interfax.com


Poroshenko: I won’t allow people carrying illegal weapons to walk around free - interfax.com


Poroshenko submits presidential bill on legal regime of martial law - interfax.com


Yatseniuk: Russia has no right to dictate to Ukraine form of its constitution - UNIAN news


Ukraine to resume paying pensions in occupied Donbas after control is restored: justice ministry - interfax.com


Donbass leaders to Germany, France: Make Kiev pay pensions approved by Minsk deal - RT News


Lavrov says constitutional reform must agree with militants - molbuk.ua


Ukraine far-right leader made army advisor in move to control militias - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Ukraine Nationalist Leader Joins Government: Right Sector MP Yarosh given Defence Ministry position - YouTube


Four Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In 24 Hours; Daily Death Toll Rising With A Total Of 13 Having Been Killed In Three Days - Interpreter_Mag


Donetsk Separatists Release 16 Captured Ukrainian Soldiers - rferl.org


Over 150 children killed or injured by landmines in east Ukraine: UNICEF - Novorossia Today


Russian bomb defusers on Ukraine's front lines, Battlefields in Donetsk and Luhansk are strewn with mines and other unexploded ordnance posing serious risks to civilians - mashable.com


Russia's Role in Ukraine Seen Shifting to Training Rebels - The Moscow Times


VIDEO: Drone video from Donetsk shows huge Russian military bases w/ heavy weapons (ceasefire violation) - Ukraine Reporter on Twitter


Ukraine bans broadcast of many Russian films - The Washington Post


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Crisis-hit Ukraine’s annual inflation rate hit 45.8 percent after a sharp acceleration of 10.8 percent in March - Business Insider


After a year at war, Ukraine at financial breaking point - Yahoo News


Ukrainian economy in free fall, National Bank projects an economic decline of 15 percent for the first quarter of 2015 - shafaqna.com


Ukrainian government approves framework for $15 billion debt-swap: Finance Ministry - Reuters


Cabinet approves list of eurobonds to be restructured: finance ministry - interfax.com


Russia expects Kiev to pay off debt in late 2015: deputy finance minister - TASS


Ukraine bank in plea for loan relief - The Sunday Times


Ukraine Pension Fund Is Bankrupt: Social Policy Minister - russia-insider.com


Ukraine to Triple Cheaper Gas Imports from Russia, Kiev is to pay $248 per 1,000 cubic meters during the April-June quarter - Oil and Gas News


Naftogaz imports gas from EU at average of $304 per 1,000 cubic meters in Q1 2015 - interfax.com


Ukraine reduces gas imports from Hungary in early April - interfax.com


Russia steps in as job losses, closures ravage east Ukraine - timesofindia


Russian state companies face bans from Ukraine investment - RT Russian politics


The American Woman Who Stands Between Putin and Ukraine - businessweek

 

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Credit where credit's due...but only where it's due: How Can Obama Claim the Alternative to a Nuclear Deal with Iran is War?

By Dave Lindorff


A kudo to President Obama. But just one.

If he manages to pull off an agreement with Iran on limiting that country's nuclear fuel enrichment program in the fact of determined resistance from Republicans, Neocons, the Israel Lobby and the warmongers in both the GOP and his own Democratic Party, he will have finally earned at least some small portion of the gold in his Nobel Peace medallion.

Cold War 2.0

By William Blum

Cold War 2.0, part I

In last month’s Anti-Empire Report I brought you the latest adventure of US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki trying to defend the indefensible. She said then: “As a matter of longstanding policy, the United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means,” which prompted me to inform my readers: “If you know how to contact Ms. Psaki, tell her to have a look at my list of more than 50 governments the United States has attempted to overthrow since the end of the Second World War.”

On March 13 her regular attack on all things Russian included this exchange with Associated Press writer Matthew Lee:

Lee: On this issue, did you get any more about this request to the Vietnamese on Cam Ranh Bay and not allowing the Russians to - and not wanting them to allow - you not wanting them to refuel Russian planes there?

Psaki: Well, just to be clear - and maybe I wasn’t as clear yesterday, so let me try to do this again - it’s - our concern is about activities they might conduct in the region, and the question is: Why are they in the region? It’s not about specifically refueling or telling the Vietnamese not to allow them to refuel. [emphasis added]

Lee: So there hasn’t been a request to stop refueling them, or there has?

Psaki: It’s more about concerns. It’s not as much about Vietnam as much as it - as it is about concerns about what activities they would be in the region for.

Lee: Okay. Well, you - I mean, there are U.S. planes flying over there all the time.

Psaki: Sure, there are.

Lee: So you don’t want Russian planes flying there, but it’s okay for U.S. planes to fly there? I mean, I just - it gets to the point where you - the suggestion is that everything the Russians are doing all the time everywhere is somehow nefarious and designed to provoke. But you can’t - but you don’t seem to be able to understand or accept that American planes flying all over the place, including in that area, is annoying to the Chinese, for one, but also for the Russians. But the suggestion is always that the American flights are good and beneficial and don’t cause tension, and that other people’s flights do cause tension. So can you explain what the basis is for your concern that the Russian flights there in the Southeast Asia area are - raise tensions?

Psaki: There just aren’t more details I can go into.

Cold War 2.0, part II

On Saturday, the Obama administration released a series of satellite images that it said showed the Russian army had joined the rebels in a full-scale assault to surround troops in the area around the city. Russia has denied that it is a party to the conflict, and it was impossible to verify the three grainy black-and-white satellite images posted to Twitter by the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt.
According to the United States, the images, commissioned from the private Digital Globe satellite company, showed artillery systems and multiple-rocket launchers Thursday in the area near Debaltseve.
“We are confident these are Russian military, not separatist, systems,” Pyatt tweeted. (Washington Post, February 15, 2015)

When the time comes to list the ways in which the United States gradually sunk into the quicksand, slowly metamorphosing into a Third-World state, Washington’s campaign of 2014-15 to convince the world that Russia had repeatedly invaded Ukraine will deserve to be near the top of the list. Numerous examples like the above can be given. If I were still the jingoistic nationalist I was raised to be I think I would feel somewhat embarrassed now by the blatant obviousness of it all.

For a short visual history of the decline and fall of the American Empire, see the video “Imperial Decay” by Class War Films (8:50 minutes).

During Cold War 1.0 the American media loved to poke fun at the Soviet media for failing to match the glorious standards of the Western press. One of the most common putdowns was about the two main Russian newspapers – Pravda (meaning “truth” in Russian) and Izvestia (meaning “news”). We were told, endlessly, that there was “no truth in Pravda and no news in Izvestia.”

As cynical as I’ve been for years about the American mainstream media’s treatment of ODE (Officially Designated Enemies), current news coverage of Russia exceeds my worst expectations. I’m astonished every day at the obvious disregard of any kind of objectivity or fairness concerning Russia. Perhaps the most important example of this bias is the failure to remind their audience that the US and NATO have surrounded Russia – with Washington’s coup in Ukraine as the latest example – and that Moscow, for some odd reason, feels threatened by this. (Look for the map online of NATO bases and Russia, with a caption like: “Why did you place your country in the middle of our bases?”)

Cold War 2.0, part III

Following the murder of Russian opposition leader, and former Deputy Prime Minister, Boris Nemtsov in Moscow on February 27, the West had a field day. Ranging from strong innuendo to outright accusation of murder, the Western media and politicians did not miss an opportunity to treat Vladimir Putin as a football practice dummy.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution urging an international investigation into Nemtsov’s death and suggested that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Council, and the United Nations could play a role in the probe.

US Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham introduced a Senate Resolution condemning the Nemtsov murder. The Resolution also called on President Obama and the international community to pursue an independent investigation into the murder and redouble efforts to advance free speech, human rights, and the rule of law in Russia. In addition, it urged Obama to continue to sanction human rights violators in the Russian Federation and to increase US support to human rights activists in Russia.

So it went … all over the West.

Meanwhile, in the same time period in Ukraine, outside of the pro-Russian area in the southeast, the following was reported:

  • January 29: Former Chairman of the local government of the Kharkov region, Alexey Kolesnik, hanged himself.
  • February 24: Stanislav Melnik, a member of the opposition party (Partia Regionov), shot himself.
  • February 25: The Mayor of Melitopol, Sergey Valter, hanged himself a few hours before his trial.
  • February 26: Alexander Bordiuga, deputy director of the Melitopol police, was found dead in his garage.
  • February 26: Alexander Peklushenko, former member of the Ukrainian parliament, and former mayor of Zaporizhi, was found shot to death.
  • February 28: Mikhail Chechetov, former member of parliament, member of the opposition party (Partia Regionov), “fell” from the window of his 17th floor apartment in Kiev.
  • March 14: The 32-year-old prosecutor in Odessa, Sergey Melnichuk, “fell” to his death from the 9th floor.

The Partia Regionov directly accused the Ukrainian government in the deaths of their party members and appealed to the West to react to these events. “We appeal to the European Union, PACE [Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe], and European and international human rights organizations to immediately react to the situation in Ukraine, and give a legal assessment of the criminal actions of the Ukrainian government, which cynically murders its political opponents.”

We cannot conclude from the above that the Ukrainian government was responsible for all, or even any, of these deaths. But neither can we conclude that the Russian government was responsible for the death of Boris Nemtsov, the American media and politicians notwithstanding. A search of the mammoth Nexus news database found no mention of any of the Ukrainian deceased except for the last one above, Sergey Melnichuk, but this clearly is not the same person. It thus appears that none of the deaths on the above list was ascribed to the Western-allied Ukrainian government.

Where are the demands for international investigations of any of the deaths? In the United States or in Europe? Where is Senator McCain?

Torture via sanctions

Discussions on constraining Iran’s nuclear program have been going on for well over a year between Iran and the P5+1 (the five nuclear powers of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany), led by the United States. Throughout this period a significant stumbling block to reaching an agreement has been the pronouncements of Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The IAEA is the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, and its inspections are considered a key safeguard against countries using civilian nuclear energy technology to produce weapons. Amano has consistently accused Iran of failing to reply fully and substantially to queries about “possible military dimensions” of present and past nuclear activities, or failing to provide sufficient access to nuclear facilities.

Failure by Iran to comply fully with IAEA demands undermine Tehran’s efforts to win the lifting of crippling UN, US and other sanctions, which currently prohibit foreign companies from doing business with Iran and deny access to the global financial system. Media coverage of the negotiations regularly emphasize Amano’s claims of Iran’s insufficient responses to IAEA’s demands. It is thus worth inquiring just who is this man Amano.

In 2009 Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano became the head of the IAEA. What the Western media routinely fail to remind its audience is that a US embassy cable of October 2009 (released by Wikileaks in 2010) said Amano “took pains to emphasize his support for U.S. strategic objectives for the Agency. Amano reminded the [American] ambassador on several occasions that … he was solidly in the U.S. court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.”

Even if Iran makes a superior effort to satisfy IAEA and Washington’s demands on all issues, it would remain questionable to what extent and how rapidly the sanctions would be removed, particularly under a Republican-controlled Congress. Iran specialist and author Gareth Porter recently wrote that “the United States and its allies have made no effort to hide the fact that they intend to maintain the ‘sanctions architecture’ in place for many years after the implementation of the agreement has begun. Last November, administration officials explained that US sanctions would only be removed after the International Atomic Energy Agency had verified that ‘Tehran is abiding by the terms of a deal over an extended period of time’ in order to ‘maintain leverage on Iran to honour the accord’.”

To appreciate the extraordinary degree of pressure and extortion the United States can impose upon another country we should consider the case of Libya in the decade-plus following the destruction of PanAm Flight 103 in 1988 over Scotland. To force Libya to “accept responsibility” for the crime, Washington imposed heavy sanctions on the Gaddafi regime, including a ban on international flights to Libya and payment of billions of dollars to the families of the victims. Libya eventually did “accept responsibility” for the crime, although it was innocent. As difficult as this may be to believe, it’s true. Read my account of it here.

Even after Libya accepted responsibility it still took years for the US to wipe out the sanctions, and it’s not clear that at the time of Gaddafi’s death in 2011 all of them had been removed. Once a nation becomes an Officially Designated Enemy of the empire the methods of torture can be exquisite and endless. Cuba is presently negotiating the end of US sanctions against Havana. They will need to be extremely careful.

“Like others of his ilk - such as David Horowitz and Christopher Hitchens - he learned too much in college and too little since.” Sam Smith

I’ve never been too impressed by what college a person went to, or even if they attended college at all. Gore Vidal did not attend any college; neither did H. L. Mencken; nor did Edward Snowden, who has demonstrated a highly articulate and educated mind. Among the many other notables who skipped a college education are George Bernard Shaw, Ernest Hemingway, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Then we have graduates from Ivy League colleges like George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Tom Cotton. I don’t have to present the case for Bush’s less-than educated mind; we’re all only too familiar with its beauty. But Obama has matched Georgie Boy for stupidity and inanity time and time again. My favorite, which he’s used on at least five occasions, is his reply to questions about why his administration has not prosecuted Bush, Cheney, et al for torture and other war crimes: “I prefer to look forward rather than backwards”. Picture a defendant before a judge asking to be found innocent on such grounds. It simply makes laws, law enforcement, crime, justice, and facts irrelevant. Picture Chelsea Manning and other whistle blowers using this argument. Picture the reaction to this by Barack Obama, who has become the leading persecutor of whistleblowers in American history.

Is there anyone left who still thinks that Barack Obama is some kind of improvement intellectually over George W. Bush? Probably two types still think so: (1) Those to whom color matters a lot; (2) Those who are very impressed by the ability to put together grammatically correct sentences.

And now we have Mr. Cotton, Senator from Arkansas and graduate of Harvard undergraduate and law schools. He’ll be entertaining us for years to come with gems like his remark on “Face the Nation” (March 15): “Moreover, we have to stand up to Iran’s attempts to drive for regional dominance. They already control Tehran and, increasingly, they control Damascus and Beirut and Baghdad. And now, Sana’a as well.”

Heavens, Iran controls Tehran! Who knew? Next thing we’ll hear is that Russia controls Moscow! Sarah Palin, move over. Our boy Cotton is ready for Saturday Night Live.

Notes

  1. Washington Post, February 15, 2015, “Amid doubts, truce in Ukraine appears to take hold
  2. RT, March 12, 2015, “EU lawmakers demand international investigation into Nemtsov’s death
  3. John McCain website, Press Release, “Senators John Mccain And Lindsey Graham Introduce Resolution Condemning Murder Of Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov
  4. Research for this section was done by a person who was raised in the Soviet Union and now lives in the United States.
  5. Middle East Eye, March 27, 2015, “Sanctions and the fate of the nuclear talks

The Russian Military Asked Me to Publish Its Propaganda

On Friday, March 20th, I spoke at the University of the District of Columbia Law School in Washington, D.C., as part of a series of teach-ins about peace organized by SpringRising.org. While there, a young man in a suit with a Russian accent approached me. He gave me his card, which says at the top "Embassy of the Russian Federation." It identifies him as a Major and as The Air Attaché Assistant. His name: Alexsei G. Padalko. The card includes the address of the Russian Embassy in Washington, two phone numbers, a fax number, and a gmail email address. His name appears on lists of diplomats on the websites of the Russian Embassy and the U.S. State Department.

Alexsei bought one of my books, which I signed, but he said he had another he hadn't brought with him and wanted signed, and he wanted to discuss working together for peace. I said I'd meet him the next day at a coffee shop. When we met, he began talking about having information about Ukraine. He wanted to slip me articles already written and pay me to publish them under my name. He claimed a personal interest in peace and a desire to keep this secret from his employers. It was fine to email him, he said, but he'd have to give me the articles in person. I told him that I would not post articles as by me if not by me, and I would not post them with a pseudonym for someone working for the Russian (or American or any other) military, but if he wanted to give me information to report on under my name in articles I researched with multiple sources, I would keep the confidentiality of any source entirely. I, of course, had told him I wouldn't take any money for anything. And he didn't explain where the money would have come from. He said the information was not secret. He had no interest in using secret email. Nothing was less than above board, he said. But then why the secrecy? And who would be writing the articles? (This man's English was not up to the job.) I told him what I considered proper journalistic behavior and he expressed surprise and concern that I would bring up journalism since I was a blogger. Apparently a blogger is someone you can feed propaganda to, while a journalist is someone who's out to get you. I tried to tell him I was actually interested in communicating the facts about Ukraine to the U.S. public and that I thought that doing so would benefit both Russia and peace. We parted with the understanding that I would email him a time to meet in Washington, and that he would give me information that I could use as a reporter.

I gave it some thought. I could not believe that he was acting against the wishes of his employers. Where was the money to have come from? Who was writing the articles? Why so openly give me his card and meet with me? And what would he want known in the interests of peace that his employers wouldn't? No, he was doing his job. I decided that I would avoid any of the secrecy, and if he wanted to tell me anything that I could report he could do that openly. I would, of course, seek to confirm it with other sources, give the State Department its chance to comment, and report it.

Later that same day I emailed him this:

"Alexsei,

"I'd like to write an article on Ukraine that includes Russian points of view, regarding any of the following: the history of NATO expansion, the coup, Malaysian Flight 17, Crimea, recent conflict, U.S. and NATO allegations, possible peaceful resolution.

"If you or anyone you know can provide any perspective on the matter, please just email or call."

He replied:

"No problem, deal"

Late that night, I wrote:

"Also, would Ambassador Kislyak like to explain Russia's view of Ukraine on a radio show that airs on lots of stations? See http://TalkNationRadio.org I'm the host, and the shows are pre-recorded by telephone at the guest's convenience. An interview can be anywhere from 1 to 28 minutes. I recommend 28 minutes. I would simply ask him for his view of the situation in Ukraine and let him talk. You can just let me know a day and a time and a phone number."

Alexsei has not yet replied to that offer.

Now, I'd like to call the Russian Embassy's main number and ask to be connected to Alexsei and make sure it's the same person. But a friend warns me that doing so produces "meta-data" to be used in framing people with crimes. And I don't seriously doubt the man's identity.

I write this in order to protect myself from any misunderstanding or frame-up, and in order to offer my unsolicited advice to the Russian government: My friends, independent media and small media outlets that are interested in the truth and in considering your points of view are in that position because of their honesty. When you approach them with secrecy and money you ruin the opportunity to have information shared in a credible and effective way. I and countless other bloggers and freelancers who could never bring ourselves to write the Pentagon propaganda that passes for journalism in major U.S. newspapers are not on your team. We're on the side of truth and the side of peace.

Many of us are well aware of the lie that NATO and the U.S. told Russia upon the reunification of Germany to the effect that NATO would not expand eastward. We're outraged by the expansion to your borders. We condemn the U.S.-backed violent coup in Kiev. We denounce the Nazi and foreign-imposed government of Ukraine. We oppose the U.S. arms shipments, the U.S. "National Guard" now guarding the wrong nation, the war games, the baseless characterizations of Russia's behavior, the lies about your aggression.

But you can't fix lies about your aggression by behaving aggressively. If the truth is on your side, don't imagine that it can't be reported and understood at least by some.

I'm aware that most of the military commentators in U.S. media outlets are in the pay of the U.S. military or its private contractors or their think tanks. I'm aware that matters of life and death cause rash decisions. But I encourage you to openly publish your views and to send them to me and anyone else open to them. I encourage you to place guests on my and other radio shows. Don't give those who have twisted reality beyond recognition an excuse to accuse you of the same.

Ukraine/Russia News - Mar 19, 2015


Poroshenko signs law on Donbas special status, postpones autonomy to Luhansk and Donetsk until elections under Ukrainian law - Sputnik


Poroshenko: we will deal [only] with representatives of Donetsk and Luhansk elected legitimately, according to the Ukrainian law - interfax


Ukraine plans to regain control over Donbas by all means: PM Yatsenyuk - TASS


DPR, LPR separatists leaders: no compromise with Kiev until decision on Donbas status is canceled - TASS


DPR Negotiator: Minsk accord says that all issues concerning elections should be coordinated with DPR and LPR envoys - Sputnik


Ukrainian rebels make new threat to abandon cease-fire - Fox News


VIDEO (Eng subs): DPR PM Zakharchenko: Ukraine govt undermines Minsk agreement with new law on Donbas special status - YouTube


VIDEO: (Eng subs): DPR PM Zakharchenko answers Ukrainian TV reporter question on new law on Donbas special status - YouTube


1 Soldier Killed And 5 Wounded With Attacks Near Donetsk And Mariupol - Interpreter_Mag


Protests and Riots After Ukrainian Soldiers Run Over Child With Armored Vehicle North of Donetsk (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag


APA - Ukraine to build fortifications along contact line with rebels


Poltorak: Size of Ukrainian armed forces to reach 250,000 in a month - UNIAN news


The Making of a Christian Taliban in Ukraine - The Intercept


Ukraine's industrial production fell 22.5 percent in February compared with a year earlier - UNIAN news


Hot water rates to increase by 55-57% from April 1, heating by 73% - UNIAN news


Cold water rates may increase by 25% - UNIAN news


Ukraine may cancel state regulation of food prices - UNIAN news


Corruption in Ukraine Aids Organized Crime Syndicates: US State Department - Sputnik International


Why Economies Of Ukraine and Russia Are Almost Inseparable - Hromadske International


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Russia Says Kyiv Violates Ukraine Peace Deal Over Autonomy Laws - rferl.org


External Influence Could Bring Kiev to Reason: Russia's Envoy to OSCE - Sputnik International


Russian launches military exercises from the Arctic to the Pacific, missiles in the Baltic and nuclear-capable bombers in Crimea - Business Insider


What's behind Russia's massive muscle-flexing? Virtually every unit, from paratroopers to antisubmarine forces, appears to be on drills - CSMonitor


Russia says drills prove ability to quickly deploy forces - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Russia sends nuclear capable 'Iskander' missile system to Kaliningrad - uatoday.tv


VIDEO: Russian nuclear submarines takes part in large-scale military drills - uatoday.tv


Russia Kicks Off Tank Drills With 1,500 Personnel in Western District - Sputnik International


Putin sends spy ships to Britain to intercept military communications - Daily Express


100,000 gather in central Moscow to celebrate the anniversary of Crimea reunification - RT News


Russia Was Ready for Crimea Nuclear Standoff, Putin Says in Documentary 'Crimea - Way Back Hom’ - Bloomberg Business


VIDEO (English subs): 'Crimea - Way Back Home' documentary, TV announcement - YouTube


VIDEO (English subs): 'Crimea - Way Back Home' documentary, Part 1 - LiveLeak.com - 


VIDEO (English subs): 'Crimea - Way Back Home' documentary,  Part 2 - LiveLeak.com


Boeing was hit by Buk: Submunitions that hit Malaysian Boeing coincide with warhead filling of the newest Russian anti-aircraft missile (PHOTOS) - EN.Censor.net


MH17: Did Sukhoi-25 take down passenger plane? Fighter jet designer says 'could not technically have shot down MH17’, allegations a cover-up - ibtimes.com


Exclusive: From 'Red October' village, new evidence on downing of Malaysian plane over Ukraine - Reuters


Vladmir Babak and Reuters’ Missile Launch Witnesses – How Do They Fit With What We Know About MH17 So Far? - bellingcat


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US Army Delays Ukraine Training in Effort to Preserve Ceasefire - Military.com


US should focus on economic support for Ukraine which is a more important priority: Defense Secretary Carter - Sputnik


Top US General in Europe: Arming Ukraine 'Isn't a Strategy' - Foreign Policy


Why Pentagon is hesitant to arm Ukraine - Yahoo News


Don’t send weapons to Ukraine, top Russian Kremlin critic says - The Washington Post


How The Ukrainian Diaspora In The US Is Funding The War Effort In East Ukraine - ibtimes.com


US Plans Show-of-Force Exercise in E. Europe - defensenews.com


U.S. To Conduct Patriot Missile Test in Poland In Response to Russian Aggression - Interpreter_Mag


Here are all the NATO military ships in the black sea (SLIDESHOW)- Business Insider


Germany to send 500 troops for drills in Lithuania - The Peninsula Qatar

    

Merkel Not Going Along with Poroshenko - EIRNS


Seven EU Countries to Oppose New Anti-Russian Sanctions at Summit - Sputnik International


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Obama Flunking Foreign Policy 101; In Desperate Need of New Teachers

Guiding Obama into Global Make-Believe

Editor Note: The Orwellian concept of “information warfare” holds that propaganda can break down enemies and decide geopolitical outcomes, a strategy that has taken hold of the U.S. government’s approach to international crises, especially the Ukraine crisis.

By Ray McGovern

CIA Director John Brennan told TV host Charlie Rose on Friday that, on assuming office, President Barack Obama “did not have a good deal of experience” in intelligence-related matters, adding – with remarkable condescension – that now “he has gone to school and understands the complexities.”

Ukraine/Russia News - Mar 10, 2015


Chairman and top Democrat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee press Obama on military aid for Ukraine - WashingtonExaminer.com


Corker, Menendez Send Letter to Obama Seeking Report on Defensive Lethal Assistance for Ukraine - US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations


Schedule of Hearings On U.S. Policy In Ukraine: Countering Russia and Driving Reform, Tue Mar 10 - US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations


VIDEO: Sheduled Video of Victoria Nuland Testimony on US Policy Toward Ukraine, Tue Mar 10 - C-SPAN.org


Amid Looming Federal Corruption Charges, Sen.Menendez Pushes White House for Military Aid to Ukraine - dailysignal.com


McCain joins Murphy in Connecticut to call for military support to Ukraine - nhregister.com


VIDEO: Murphy, McCain speak to Hartford’s Ukrainian community - FOX CT


German Ambassador: Last Month Obama Agreed With Merkel Not to Send Arms to Ukraine - ABC News


Germany Concerned about Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine - SPIEGEL ONLINE


Germany downplays report of rift with NATO over Breedlove comments - Reuters


VIDEO: Exclusive Interview: NATO Commander in Europe Philip Breedlove on Ukraine - watch on - uatoday.tv


European commission president Juncker calls for EU army, says this military development would persuade Russia the bloc is serious about defending its values - The Guardian


Ukraine Crisis: US Sending 3,000 Troops, Heavy Armor To Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania For NATO Military Exercises - ibtimes.com


NATO holds exercises in Black Sea (VIDEO) - uatoday.tv


Russian Navy Spotted In Black Sea Ahead Of NATO Exercise - rferl.org


Russian Jets Run ‘Attack Scenarios’ on NATO Ships - Washington Free Beacon


REPORT: Russia's Military Options in Ukraine: Gaming a Russian Offensive - Stratfor


VIDEO: A narrated animation outlining six offensive military options Russia could conduct in Ukraine - Stratfor


VIDEO: Stratfor's George Friedman discusses the concept of wargaming with an eye toward the Russia-Ukraine conflict - Stratfor


Putin Says He Decided To Take Crimea Just Hours After Yanukovych's Ouster - rferl.org


VIDEO (Eng subs): Putin on Crimea: The Road to Motherland (documentary teaser) - YouTube


POLL: Surveys showing Crimeans content with secession from Ukraine - rabble.ca


Russia massing sophisticated weapons in Crimea: NATO - Business Standard News


Putin appeals to Southern European countries for EU sanctions relief - LA Times


POLL: Russia’s Anti-American Sentiment At Its Worst Since 1988 - valuewalk.com


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POLL: Ukrainians support neutrality between Europe and Russia, disagree on war - usatoday.com


Ukraine Says Rebels Violating Cease-Fire - rferl.org


Ukraine accuses rebels of using heavy weapons near Mariupol - Yahoo News


Ukraine president says 64 soldiers killed since Feb 15 ceasefire - Yahoo News


Separatists say Kiev considering Donbass republics' proposals - Russia Beyond The Headlines


VIDEO: Female rebel fighters take part in Donetsk beauty pageant - RT


Poroshenko: Quarter of Ukraine’s industry stopped because of war - UNIAN news


Ukraine hopes to get its industry connected with global market, but faces isolation and crisis - AP


Ukraine's Economy Is Worse Than It Looks - Bloomberg View


Exclusive: IMF assumes Ukraine to get $15.4 billion from creditor talks - Reuters


Separatist leader Zakharchenko announces nationalization of Zasyadko mine where 34 miners have died this week -EN.Censor.net


VIDEO: Ukrainian miners protest against Ukraine's government intentions to close down 12 state mines - uatoday.tv


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Putin Wants to Eat Your Children

If U.S. television and politicians started saying that Saudi Arabia should be bombed because it kills and tortures innocent people, within a week many millions of Americans would demand just that. And because those voices do say that about ISIS, many millions of Americans do favor a war on ISIS.

My point is not that bombs would be worse than the problem addressed and would make the problem itself worse as well, although that's all true. Rather, my point is that most people who favor wars do so in order to blindly support a nation, and in blindly supporting that nation they allow it to dictate which wars they will favor. Although war supporters will give you reasons for the wars they favor, they actually favor whichever wars they are told to favor, and no others. And they'll give you the reasons they are told to believe in as well.

More often than not, the U.S. public is advised to favor a war on a single individual of demonic nature, even though a war against an individual is completely nonsensical. According to nonsensical propaganda, you don't bomb Iraqis; you bomb former-U.S.-ally Saddam Hussein. You don't bomb Afghans; you bomb former-U.S.-ally Osama bin Laden. You don't drone kill Pakistani and Yemeni and Somali children and women and men; you drone kill Al Qaeda Terrorist Number Three, over and over again. You don't liberate Libya from what stability it had; you kill former-U.S.-ally Muammar Gadaffi. You don't attack Panama; you attack former-U.S.-ally Manuel Noriega. Et cetera et cetera.

Well, it's Vladimir Putin's turn, which means Russia is at risk, which means the world is at risk, and yet the rough beast stumbling toward Bethlehem to be born is as oblivious to its conception as any unborn thing or television viewer.

The Washington Post has a criticism of the U.S. television show "House of Cards" as being unrealistic in its portrayal of a Putin character because the actor is too tall, the White House would never invite the Russian band Pussy Riot (jailed by Putin) to dinner with Putin, etc. If you actually watch the episode it gets a lot more unrealistic than that.

First the Putin character is made so obnoxious that you're supposed to take the sociopathic (hands-on) murderer who's the U.S. president for a nice reasonable guy. Then you're supposed to accept the whole pretense that the United States wants to and can create "peace" between Israel and its victims despite giving Israel billions of dollars of weapons every year and blocking all global accountability for its crimes. Then you're supposed to imagine that Russia and the United States can and should join forces and use those forces to violently bring about a state of nonviolence without ever even considering any of the grievances or injustices at the root of the problem.

Then comes a pretense that is central to the formulaic but muddy thinking that takes the U.S. into wars. When Pussy Riot protests Putin's domestic abuses, the U.S. president declares that he will follow their example and "stand up" to Putin. This equation between protesting domestic crimes and threatening military hostility from abroad is absolutely insane but absolutely standard in war propaganda.

And why does the President feel obliged to "stand up" to Putin? Because of how the negotiations had gone earlier in the program. The U.S. asked for Putin's help in "bringing peace" to the Middle East, and Putin said OK but I'd like you to take your missiles that are directed at Russia out of Eastern Europe. The President said he would pull out a small unspecified number but his doing so would have to be kept secret. Putin replied that such a bargain should not be secret and there would be no accountability if it were. And the U.S. President at that point freaked out, determined that Putin was an obnoxious jerk who ruined parties, imposed himself on the First Lady, and generally made everyone hate him as much as humanly possible, and therefore Russia deserved nothing and the world would be condemned to a greater likelihood of nuclear war.

You won't find that account in the Washington Post but you will see it if you watch the program. Or if you read U.S. magazines you'll find something similar. If you read U.S. books you'll find the same themes. If you listen to your Congress members you'll get the same general line. A war went from unpopular in 2013 to popular in 2014 because of some ugly videos of murders and the redirection of the war toward the murderers. Vladimir Putin is being set up as the reason for a popular war even as hostility is being provoked in Ukraine and throughout Eastern Europe.

This could be the last such set-up if we quickly learn our lesson and pull it back, or if we don't.

 

UPDATE:

Lee Camp points out to me that the song Pussy Riot sings at the end of the show has some interesting words:

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Ukraine/Russia News - Mar 4, 2015


In Bid To Halt Devaluation, Inflation Ukraine Raises Key Rate to World’s Highest Amid Hryvnia Rout - Bloomberg Business


Analyst: Ukraine unofficially has 272 percent inflation - The Washington Post


Ukraine central bank declares fourth-largest lender insolvent, it closed thirty banks last year and declared ten bankrupt since 2015 - Reuters


Ukraine agrees tough austerity package to gain $17.5bn IMF bailout, budget sees drastic pension cuts and energy bills tripling (VIDEO) - RT


VIDEO: 'Budget of genocide'? Ukraine makes amendments to meet IMF demands - RT


Ukrainian Economic Reforms are Humiliation for Populace: Putin - Sputnik International


Ukraine ranked fourth among world’s most miserable economies - irishtimes.com


Ukraine's economy is starting to disintegrate: Polish Deputy PM - Reuters


Ukrainians are seeing signs the economy is cracking under the weight of war and the risk of default - Bloomberg


Ukraine Economy Crisis: Rebels Reportedly Open Donetsk Banks Amid Economic Collapse, Growing Black Market For Cash - ibtimes.com


The Other Ukrainian Crisis: While most of the West focuses on Russia's next moves, it may be Ukraine's internal politics that determine the future of the region - Stratfor


Russia, Ukraine Reach Gas Deal For The Month Of March - rferl.org


Russia and Ukraine Agree to Discuss Summer Gas Package - The Moscow Times


Ukraine is trying to end its dependence on Russian gas at the worst possible time - Business Insider


Russia Bans Crop Imports From Ukraine - Financial Tribune Daily


Russia, EU officials to discuss Ukraine-EU association agreement implementation - TASS


Ukraine: Ukraine Imposed Additional 5-10 Percent Duties on Import - USDA Foreign Agricultural Service


More on Ukraine additional import charge - Lexology


VIDEO: Watch Ukrainian Rada erupt in mass brawl - YouTube


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Three servicemen dead as Kiev accuses Ukraine rebels of shelling - Reuters


EU, U.S. ready to step up sanctions if Ukraine ceasefire violated - Yahoo News


Obama extends for one year some sanctions against Russia, related to crisis in Ukraine - TASS


White House Notice: Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Ukraine - The White House


Top US military officer Dempsey backs arming Ukraine against separatists 'in the context of NATO allies’ - Yahoo News


Director of National Intelligence Clapper: Give Ukraine ‘Lethal Defensive Weapons’ - foreignpolicy.com


US Soldiers Readying for Deployment to Train Ukrainian Forces - defensenews.com


Russia Warns NATO: Any Threat in Ukraine Could Warrant Military Response - Russia Insider


NATO Says Russia Moving Its Weapons Systems In Crimea - ibtimes.com


Russia stepping up nuclear exercises amid events in Ukraine: NATO deputy chief - interfax.com


Ukraine to take part in the NATO crisis management exercise CMX15 - MFA of Ukraine


Ukraine's neighbor Romania to host Portuguese troops for NATO policing mission in May - Star Tribune


Passenger planes dodged Russian bombers in Irish-controlled airspace - BreakingNews.ie


Some 12,000 Russian soldiers in Ukraine supporting rebels: U.S. commander Hodges - Reuters


Nemtsov's 'Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine' Taken by Police - newsweek.com


The story of a Russian soldier's war in Ukraine: "We all knew what we had to do and what could happen” - Euromaidan Press |


'It Is a Government Crime': The Coffins of Russia's Ghost Soldiers In Ukraine Are Coming Home - VICE News


VIDEO: Killed in "Unknown Circumstances": Russia's Ghost Army in Ukraine (Part 1) - VICE News


VIDEO: Russia’s Ghost Army in Ukraine (Part 2) - VICE News


Russia’s 17th Humanitarian Aid Convoy Leaves for Ukraine’s Donbas: EMERCOM - Sputnik International


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Ukraine/Russia News - Feb 25, 2015


Moscow threatens to cut off gas to Ukraine - Reuters


Russia demands Ukraine pay for natural gas shipped directly to rebel-held areas of the country - Bloomberg Business


Medvedev warns Kiev to pay for “separatist” gas - protothemanews.com


Naftogaz CEO: Kiev plans to increase reverse gas supplies from Europe - TASS


No Time for Laughter: Gas Prices in Ukraine to Increase Fourfold on April 1 - Sputnik International


European Gas Prices Rise as Russia Limits Supplies to Ukraine - Bloomberg Business


Ambitious EU blueprint for energy union to loosen Russian grip on gas - The Guardian


EU courts Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan gas as Russian links sour - FT.com


Russia Lays Groundwork for New Gas Pipeline in Europe - VOA


Pipeline politics: new gas route revives Russian rivalry with West - Reuters


Hungary’s Viktator says Europe needs Russia - Georgia Straight


EU concerned about Hungary-Russia nuclear deal - Vatican Radio


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Ukraine's hryvnia closes 11.1 percent lower on Tuesday,  It has halved in value since the start of this year after tumbling by 50% in 2014 - Reuters


Ukraine Tightens Capital Controls as Hryvnia Drop Fuels Risk - Bloomberg Business


Ukraine Signals It Needs Cash Fast as Capital Controls Tightened - Bloomberg Business


Ukraine Creditors Face Harsher Terms as Hryvnia Dives, BofA Says - Bloomberg Business


Ukraine company bonds slide as currency controls tightened - Reuters


Conflict clouds Ukraine’s debt distress - FT.com


Russia Not Considering Restructuring Ukraine's Debt - Sputnik International


VIDEO: Ukraine conflict: economic consequences - DW.DE


VIDEO: Ukraine economy in free fall - inflation, energy tariffs soar - RT


VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Food prices soar in Donetsk as currency collapses and supply falls - Telegraph


Yatseniuk suspends management of State Fiscal Service and orders corruption investigation - UNIAN news


Ukraine's Tarnished Poster Child for Reform - Bloomberg View


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Ukraine Says Russian-Backed Rebels Still Attacking - rferl.org


Rebels’ claim of weapons withdrawal ‘empty words’, Ukraine says - Reuters


Ukraine Signs Defense Deal With UAE, To Buy Weapons - defensenews.com


Ukraine concludes 20 contracts on arms supply at IDEX-2015 show: Poroshenko - TASS


VIDEO: Poroshenko purchasing new weapons - LiveLeak.com


Poroshenko pledges to return Crimea to Ukraine - interfax.com


VIDEO: Most Crimeans backs Mother Russia's tough love, one year on - AFP


Ukrainian Separatists Take Two Towns in Push on Key Port Mariupol - newsweek.com


VIDEO: Militants move tanks towards Mariupol amid fears of major offensive - uatoday.tv


Amnesty report: Cluster bombs have been used in Ukraine conflict by both sides - AP


Putin says "apocalyptic" war unlikely with Ukraine - GlobalPost


Russia rejects beefed up OSCE Ukraine border monitoring - GlobalPost


Four Russian Drones Violate Ukrainian Airspace in One Day - newsweek.com


Russia Sends 16th Humanitarian Aid Convoy to Donbas: Emergencies Ministry - Sputnik International


POLL: More Americans still oppose (53%) than favor (41%) the U.S. sending arms and military supplies to the Ukrainian government - Pew Research Center


US arming Kiev would ‘explode’ situation in E. Ukraine: Russian Foreign Ministry - RT News


Britain to send military advisers to Ukraine, announces Cameron - The Guardian


Pentagon chief Ash Carter warns Russia on nukes - POLITICO

 

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Ukraine/Russia News - Feb 19, 2015


Russia-backed rebels capture key city Debaltseve in devastating blow to Ukraine - mashable.com


VIDEO: Rebel flag of Novorossia has been hoisted above Debaltseve - YouTube


Poroshenko says the withdrawal was "planned and organised" but soldiers say “we didn't hear anything about an order to pull out” - AFP


Soldiers share Debaltseve horrors, pull back made by commanders on the ground when they saw the situation catastrophic - Guardian


VIDEO (English ubs): Ukrainian soldiers talk about their flight from Debaltseve Cauldron - LiveLeak.com


Reports Of At Least 38 Dead And 167 Wounded Arriving In Artyomovsk - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO: Body bags bear witness to Ukrainian deaths near Debaltseve - YouTube


Statement by the President Poroshenko on the situation in Debaltseve (VIDEO) - Official web-site of President of Ukraine


VIDEO: Footage shows Ukrainian troops withdrawing from Debaltseve - BBC


VIDEO: Footage of Ukrainian troops surrender in Debaltseve - YouTube


Ukraine rebel leader Zakharchenko 'recovering from injury’ in Debaltseve - Yahoo News


VIDEO (English subs): Interview with Zaharchenko in hospital alongside Igor Plotnitsky - lifenews.ru


Militants in Donbas use advanced weapons to attack troops in Debaltseve: NATO - interfax.com


Russian Surface-To-Air Missile System Near Debaltseve (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag


Buzzfeed Displays Russian Tanks at Debaltsevo - Interpreter_Mag


Ukraine NSDC calls for UN-mandated peacekeepers after rebels take key town - Yahoo News


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Poroshenko at the NSDC meeting on Debaltsevo - YouTube


The Draft Dodgers of Ukraine - Foreign Policy


Ukraine Bonds Slide Most on Record on Troop Withdrawal Concern - Bloomberg Business


VIDEO: Ukrainian Economy on Verge of Collapse Amid Troop Moves - Bloomberg Business


Ukraine GDP tanks 15% as fighting drags on - cnbc.com


Ukraine's hryvnia weakens 3 pct on fraying ceasefire deal - Reuters


Ukraine seen pushing back debt repayments amid economic struggles - Reuters


Dollar mortgage crisis in Ukraine (VIDEO) - euronews, economy


Gas price for consumers will rise by 280%, heat supply by 66%: Bank of Ukraine Head - Censor.NET


Russia remains Ukraine’s major trading partner in 2014: Ukrainian statistics service - TASS

 

Ukraine's Economy Needs Russia - Stratfor


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White House Claims Eastern Ukraine separatists, Russia Fail to Live up to Minsk Deal - Sputnik International


Pentagon: Defeat of Debaltseve doesn't tip scale to arm Ukraine, "a U.S. military solution is not going to be had here” - WashingtonExaminer.com


EU accuses Ukraine separatists of violating ceasefire, threatens action - Yahoo News


Statement by EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the violation of the ceasefire in Debaltseve - European Union - EEAS


Merkel: Europe committed to partnership with Russia, "We want to shape European peace order together with Russia, not against Russia” - UNIAN


POLL: Germans strongly back Merkel's handling of Ukraine crisis - dpa news


Russian draft resolution on Ukraine passed by UN Security Council - RT News


Putin says some countries supplying weapons to Ukraine - UNIAN news


Ukrainian government created Black Book of Kremlin's crimes against Ukraine - Euromaidan Press


REPORT: Full Text of the “Kremlin Black Book” Detailing Russia's Crimes Against Ukraine - Government of Ukraine


Russia shelled Ukrainians from within its own territory, says study - The Guardian


'We saw a glow, they were burned alive’, Ukrainian soldiers recall attacks by Grad launchers and heavy artillery which they are convinced came from within Russia - The Guardian


REPORT: Origin of Artillery Attacks on Ukrainian Military Positions in Eastern Ukraine Between 14 July 2014 and 8 August 2014 - bellingcat


Russian Top Military Commander Lentsov Allegedly Leading Ukraine’s Separatists in Debaltseve - Global Voices


VIDEO (Russian): Russian Military Commander Lentsov denies he was in Debaltseve - YouTube


Amnesty International finds 'deplorable lack of progress' in Ukraine into probe of Euromaidan deaths (VIDEO) - uatoday.tv

 

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Ukraine/Russia News - Feb 17, 2015

 

Battle Rages for Debaltseve Town Where Ukraine Rebels Reject Cease-Fire - Reuters


Ukrainian military rejects rebel offer of corridor out of Debaltseve - Reuters


OSCE says Ukraine rebels turn back monitors from Debaltseve - Reuters


Ukraine army and Russian-backed separatists refuse to withdraw heavy weapons - Telegraph


VIDEO (Eng subs): Separatist PM Alexandr Zakharchenko's interview on the streets of Debaltesve - YouTube


VIDEO (Eng subs): Separatist PM Zakharchenko talks to Ukrainian POWs in Debaltseve - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine separatists shell Debaltseve - Conflict Reporter on Twitter


Escape from Debaltseve: How One Convoy Made It Out of Ukraine's Besieged City  - VICE News

 

Fighting In Shirokino, Near Mariupol - Interpreter_Mag

 

VIDEO: Ukraine’s Azov Battalion Releases Footage Of Fighting In Mariupol - sky.com

 

The Ukraine army confirms 5 KIA,25 WIA for day 1 of the ceasefire. Actual numbers are much higher. 8 KIA,27 WIA among Azov/Donbas battalions ONLY! - Conflict Reporter on Twitter

 

The untold story of the Maidan massacre. How did the shooting begin? Protest organisers have always denied any involvement - but one man told the BBC a different story (VIDEO) - BBC

 

Ukraine Bonds Drop on Debt Restructuring, Strains in Cease-Fire - Bloomberg Business

 

New Ukraine Bailout Deal May Mean MultiBillion-Dollar Pain for Creditors - WSJ

 

As IMF Extends $17.5 Billion Credit To Kiev, Gazprom Demands Debt Repayment - oilprice.com

 

Ukraine to spend $1 billion on strategic gas reserve to counter Russia - Business Insider

 

Is a New Russia-Ukraine “Gas War” Coming? - CIS 

 

Multibillionaire Kolomoisky files claim worth $180 mln against Ukraine over oil and gas deals - LiveLeak.com

 

While Ukraine's Economy Crashes, It's Sweet Business for Poroshenko - Sputnik International

 

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EU gets tough with Russian military leaders – and Soviet-era 'Sinatra', Sanctions slapped on 9 organisations and 19 individuals - Guardian


U.S. Blames Russia And Separatists, Urges Them To 'Immediately' Halt Ukraine Attacks - rferl.org


Press Statement of State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki: Cease-fire Violations in Ukraine - state.gov


POLL: Americans See Islamic State, Terrorism as Graver Threats Than Russia, Ukraine - gallup.com


Putin meets Security Council to discuss Ukraine - uatoday.tv


Russia carries out snap check of paratroopers in western Russia - Reuters

 

Russian Navy Holds Live Fire Exercise in Mediterranean - Sputnik International

 

East Ukrainian Republics Demand Non-Alliance Status for Ukraine, should Kiev join NATO they will consider the Minsk agreement null and void - Sputnik International

 

Ukraine crisis: What is Novorossiya role? - BBC News

 

Georgia calls in Ukraine envoy over ex-president Saakashvili's role in Kiev - Yahoo News

 

Poroshenko says Saakashvili to become a Ukraine’s representative abroad, Ex-Georgian president says will coordinate Ukraine arms supplies issue - focus-fen.net

 

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People? Hire Saakashvili (VIDEO) - Sputnik International

 

Agenda.ge - Georgian MP nominated for top prosecution role in Ukraine - agenda.ge

 

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Ukraine/Russia News - Feb 13, 2015


Ukraine cease-fire deal announced by Putin after marathon Minsk talks - Fox News


Key points of new Ukraine peace plan - Yahoo News


Full text of the Minsk agreement on Ukraine crisis - Telegraph


Ukraine ceasefire: Putin and Poroshenko disagree over autonomy of separatist regions - ibtimes.co.uk


VIDEO: Putin briefs press after marathon Minsk talks on Ukraine peace deal - YouTube


Poroshenko: Ukraine did not agreed to federalization or even autonomy to the Eastern region in Minsk talks - Fox News


Full text: Poroshenko on the ceasefire agreement - PRAGUE POST


Ukraine is to define Donbas territories with special status by mid-March: document - TASS


Ukraine’s new constitution to come into force by end of 2015 - TASS


New Ukraine agreement envisages restoring Kiev’s economic ties with Donbas - TASS


Court cancels the decision of Kiev concerning refuse of payments of pensions in the Eastern regions - Novorossia Today


Ukraine crisis: Donetsk rebels tout deal as path towards recognition - FT.com


Leaders of Ukraine's self-proclaimed republics sign documents on Donbas settlement, "All points need additional attention. The negotiations still continue” - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Separatist community in Donetsk downbeat on Ukraine ceasefire deal - euronews


VIDEO: More reactions in east Ukraine after Minsk deal announcement - Federal Times


Moscow will continue providing Donbas citizens with political support: Russia’s EU envoy - TASS


VIDEO: Russia’s EU envoy: a Ukrainian law should establish autonomous status of Donbass - CNN Video


Close Friend of Russian Leader Takes Role as a Negotiator for Ukraine - NYTimes.com


Ukraine's Poroshenko Puts Detained Pilot Savchenko on Center Stage in Minsk - The Moscow Times


Russian State Duma says no automatic release for Savchenko - UNIAN news


Russia to Send 14th Humanitarian Aid Convoy to Southeastern Ukraine - Sputnik International


Russia Holds Largest-Ever Strategic-Missile Manuevers - rferl.org


France May Now Sell Warships to Russia As Early As Next Week - Interpreter_Mag

 

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Ukraine says rebels strengthened by tanks, missiles from Russia while marathon four-nation talks were taking place - Yahoo News


Putin says rebels want encircled Ukraine troops in Debaltseve to surrender - Yahoo!7


Vladimir Putin's statement on Debaltseve - President of Russia


US sending around 600 paratroopers to Ukraine to train troops - Fox News


Even if Obama decides to send U.S. weaponry to Ukraine delivery could take months, officials say - WSJ


Lethal Arms Are Not What Ukraine Needs - NYTimes.com


Latest News from the Battles for Debaltseve - Censor.NET


Militants attack village of Shyrokyne near Mariupol: defense headquarters - UNIAN news


2 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 21 got wounded in the last 24 hours - NSDC of Ukraine on Twitter

 

Ukraine Offers Battlefield Bonuses to Rally Troops - Bloomberg Business

 

Ukrainians Evading Draft May Face Five Years in Prison - Sputnik International


Amnesty International declares arrested anti-war journalist in Ukraine prisoner of conscience - TASS


NYT whites out Ukraine’s brown shirts: a story from Mariupol hailing the Azov battalion without noting its neo-Nazi fighters - Consortiumnews


VIDEO: Ukraine’s Azov Battalion Is Not Neo-Nazi, But Some People In Battalion Are - Hromadske on Twitter


Croatian volunteers ‘fighting for Ukrainian army in Donbas’ - UNIAN news


Moscow urges Croatia, other countries to stop mercenaries’ involvement in Ukraine - TASS


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IMF, Ukraine Agree To $17.5 Billion Deal, part of an larger four-year, $40 billion funding package - rferl.org


Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Ukraine - imf.org


Transcript of a Press Conference on Ukraine by Managing Director Christine Lagarde - imf.org


VIDEO: Lagarde: IMF reached an agreement with the Ukraine government - rthk.hk


World Bank to provide up to USD 2 bn in aid to Ukraine - NewsHub


Ukraine's new bail-out: The austerity to come - The Economist


With IMF loan in hand, Gazprom calls on Kiev to settle debt - UPI.com


Ukraine is heading for a total economic collapse - Quartz

 

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Ukraine/Russia News - Feb 10, 2015

 

Obama says arming Ukraine on the table if diplomacy with Russia fails, he has not yet decided whether to approve such a plan  - Fox News


Democrats Are Now Pushing Obama to Give Guns to Ukraine - The Daily Beast


Kerry Tells Lawmakers He's for Arming Ukraine - Bloomberg View


Senators launch Ukraine Caucus - TheHill


Senator John McCain statement on remarks by President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Ukraine - mccain.senate.gov


VIDEO: Obama, Merkel hint at disagreements on Ukraine - usatoday.com


VIDEO: President Obama and Chancellor Merkel Full Press Conference - whitehouse.gov


TRANSCRIPT: Remarks by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel in Joint Press Conference - The White House

 

German Defense Minister Says Giving Arms To Ukraine Would Be 'Catalyst' For War - ibtimes.com

 

UK not to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine: foreign secretary - TASS

 

Spanish foreign minister warns against weapons for Ukraine - TASS

 

Le Pen Denounces Ukraine's 'War Crimes,' Calls for Dialogue With Russia - Sputnik International

 

Poland ready to back a US move to arm Ukraine - FT.com

 

Arming Ukraine is a ''Logical Move,'' Says Lithuania Minister - NASDAQ.com

 

Fico: Slovakia ready to supply more gas to Ukraine, but no arms - The Slovak Spectator

 

China opposes US plans to supply arms to Ukraine: Foreign Ministry - TASS

 

Why Arming Kiev Is a Really, Really Bad Idea - Foreign Policy

 

Don't arm Ukraine, Russia is seeking to defend a vital strategic interest - NYTimes.com

 

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Russia's Putin says Kiev on 'dead-end track fraught with catastrophe' in east Ukraine - Reuters


Putin says Ukrainians have to agree among selves to end crisis, Kiev must hold dialogue with Donbas separatists to end conflict - Yahoo News


Putin will not accept ultimatums over Ukraine, Renews blame on West - AFP


Excerpts of Putin Interview to Al-Ahram daily - TASS


Putin Full Interview to Al-Ahram daily - kremlin.ru


POLL: Anti-American Attitude of Russians 'Worst It Has Been in 25 Years': Levada Center - Interpreter_Mag


CHART: Anti-Americanism is exploding in Russia - Vox


EU delays sanctions by a week to support Ukraine peace talks - Reuters


Donetsk militia assume full control over the village of Logvinovo, block strategic highway near embattled Debaltseve - TASS

 

City of Debaltseve emerges as a tipping point in Ukraine’s war - FT.com

 

Desperation and Destruction in Contested Ukraine City Debaltseve - NYTimes.com

 

VIDEO (short version): Bloody aftermath of DPR’s battle for Logvinovo town on vital road to Debaltseve - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO (Eng subs, long version): Combat footage: separatists take Logvinovo locking the Debaltseve "cauldron” - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: Rebels send more heavy weapons to front line in Debaltseve - LiveLeak.com

 

The worst case – The pocket of Debaltseve closes, trapping thousands of Ukrainian troops - Conflict Report

 

Separatists: Kiev Orders to Mine Entire Rail Infrastructure in Debaltseve - Sputnik

 

Ukraine releases names of Russian soldiers killed in Debaltseve - EUROMAIDAN PRESS

 

Soldiers' Mother Head in Prikumya Charged with Fraud; Raised Cases of Russian Soldiers Killed in Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag

 

VIDEO: Absolutely MASSIVE explosion rocking a Donetsk chemical plant, mistaken by locals for NUCLEAR blast - YouTube

 

The Claim Donbass Rebels Are after Crimea Land Bridge Is Absurd - Russia Insider

 

Ukraine Passes Law Allowing Military to Shoot Deserters - Newsweek

 

Newsweek article on Ukrainian deserters falls prey to Russian propaganda - Examiner.com

 

Ukrainian reporter Ruslan Kotsaba ‘charged with high treason’ after calls to dodge draft (VIDEO) - RT News

 

Transcript of Court Ruling against Ruslan Kotsaba, Ukraine Anti War Journo - mondbasis.com

 

VIDEO: Another local protest against mobilization in Ukraine. This time in Velikaya Znamenka, Zaporozhie Oblast - Military Studies on Twitter

 

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Donors plan Ukraine conference in April to raise $15 billion - Yahoo News


Ukraine calls parliament to discuss budget changes for IMF deal - Reuters


Ukraine Bailout: What Will It Take to Dodge Default in Wartime? - Bloomberg Business

 

Ukraine's Economy Is Collapsing And The West Doesn't Seem To Care - forbes.com

 

Hryvnia official rate again hits new historic low - almost UAH 25 to dollar - UNIAN news

 

Gas transit via Ukraine in 2014 down 27.8%, import by 30.4% - TASS

 

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Obama the war president -- War: Where 69¢ of Each Tax Dollar Goes

By Dave Lindorff

 

         The Nobel Peace Laureate President Barack Obama, the guy who once campaigned claiming one US war -- the one against Iraq -- was a “bad” one, and the other -- against Afghanistan -- was a “good” one, turns out to be a man who, once anointed commander-in-chief, can’t seem to find a war he doesn’t consider to be a “good” idea.

Hypermasculinity and World-Ending Weapons

By Winslow Myers

Escalating tensions in the Ukraine raise the concern that the “firebreak” between conventional and the tactical nuclear weapons potentially available to all parties in the conflict could be breached, with unforeseen consequences.

Loren Thompson spelled out in Forbes Magazine (http://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2014/04/24/four-ways-the-ukraine-crisis-could-escalate-to-use-of-nuclear-weapons/) how the Ukraine crisis could go nuclear: through faulty intelligence; through the opposed parties sending mixed signals to each other; through looming defeat for either side; or through command breakdown on the battlefield.

In its simplest form, the complex Ukraine situation boils down to conflicting interpretations and value systems: for Putin, the NATO-izing of the Ukraine was an affront to the Russian homeland that could not go unacknowledged, especially given the history of repeated invasion of Russia by foreign forces. From the West’s perspective, the Ukraine had the right as a sovereign nation to join NATO and enjoy its protection, though the crisis begs the question of why there is still a NATO at all given our remove from the cold war—the former cold war. Is NATO a bulwark against Putin’s revived Russian imperialism, or was NATO’s overreach right up to Russia’s borders the initial cause of his paranoid response?

While sovereignty and democracy are significant political values, one has only to reverse the scenario in the Ukraine to begin to understand, if not sympathize with, Putin’s macho posturing. The most relevant reverse example already happened way back in 1962. It is of course the Cuban Missile Crisis, where the United States felt its “sphere of influence” unacceptably penetrated. 53 years later the international community appears to have learned little from coming within a hair’s breadth of annihilation.

The Ukraine crisis is an instructive example of why the blithe delay of the great powers to meet the their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty could end in a worst-case scenario. Our strategists have not begun to comprehend how much the presence of world-ending weapons reconfigures the role of military force in solving planetary conflicts.

It helps with this reconfiguration to acknowledge the evolutionary biology of male (female too, but mostly male) interaction in conflict—our fight or flight reflexes. Governmental officials and press commentators dignify this position or that by diplomatically phrased rationalizations, but beneath all the rhetoric we are still in a schoolyard space, beating our chests and roaring like gorillas.

It is a vast understatement to say that a new paradigm of masculinity is needed. In the old one, I am manly because I protect my position, my turf. In the new, I protect ongoing life on the planet as a whole. In the old, I am credible because I back up my threats with megatons of destructive (though ultimately self-destructive) power. In the new, I acknowledge that the rigidity of my convictions could end up ending the world. Given that the alternate is mass death, I look for reconciliation.

Is such a radical change possible in the present climate of masculine violence that so dominates world media, sports and video games, and hyper-competitive, often corrupt capitalism? But the looming reality of more Cuban Missile crises, assuming the world survives them, will pressure men to broaden out to the planetary level what it now means to be a winner, to be a protector not only of a family or a nation, but of a planet, home of all we share and value.

It is not as if there is no precedent for this emerging masculine paradigm. Think Gandhi and King. Were they wimpy or weak? Hardly. The capacity to expand identification to include care for the whole earth and all humanity lies within all of us, waiting for opportunities to take creative form.

One underpublicized example of the new paradigm emerging in creative tension with the old is Rotary. Rotary was begun by businessmen. Business by nature is competitive—and often politically conservative because markets require political stability—but the values of Rotary transcend the schoolyard aspects of competition, in favor of fairness, friendship, and high ethical standards that include asking one question implying planetary identification: will a given initiative be beneficial to all concerned? Rotary has more than 1.2 million members in over 32,000 clubs among 200 countries and geographical areas. They took on the extraordinarily large, seemingly impossible task of ending polio on the planet, and they have come very close to success. Perhaps organizations like Rotary will become the gymnasiums in which a new masculine paradigm will wrestle the old one into obsolescence. What might Rotary be able to do if it dared to take on ending war?

Winslow Myers is the author of “Living Beyond War: A Citizen’s Guide,” and serves on the Advisory Board of the War Prevention Initiative.

Ukraine News - Feb 5, 2015

 

Obama Pentagon nominee Carter says he would “very much incline" toward arming Ukraine - Yahoo News


White House may disagree with Carter on arms to Ukraine - Washington Times


White House: Supplying Ukraine to rival Russia’s weapons ‘unrealistic’ - Worldbulletin News


Lawmakers push Obama to send military aid to Ukraine - The Columbus Dispatch


Text of the Letter to President Obama by Senators Urging Military Assistance To Ukraine - BuzzFeed News


France not planning to deliver lethal weapons to Ukraine: defence minister - Reuters


Poland cool on Ukraine military aid (VIDEO) - euronews


Critics say sending arms to Kiev would be big gamble for U.S. - Reuters

 

Opinion: What the Flournoy and Friends' Plan To Arm Ukraine's Army Fails To Take Into Account - Defense One

 

Opinion: Why Arming the Ukrainians is a Bad Idea - Brookings Institution

 

Russians present in Ukraine in specialist roles: U.S. envoy - Reuters

 

NATO: Russia has deployed modern missiles in Donbas - Censor.NET

 

Kremlin pursues military modernization despite economic woes - AP

 

Tracking the Weapons Used to Fight Ukraine's War - NYTimes.com

 

US State Department: Russia and militants to blame for conflict in Donbas - UNIAN news

 

Volunteer Now! Russia Makes It Easy To Fight In Ukraine - rferl.org

 

Russia frees woman accused of treason over Ukraine: husband - Reuters

 

POLL: 82% of Crimeans support annexation - UNIAN news

 

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Advancing Ukraine rebels appear to capture frontline town - Reuters


Ukraine crisis: Deadly shelling hits rebel stronghold of Donetsk - CBS News


VIDEO: Aftermath of shelling of Donetsk hospital. Casualties - Military Studies on Twitter


Ukraine says lost five more soldiers in the east in past 24 hours - Reuters


Here is the updated Ukraine army death toll list - marqs on Twitter


OSCE confirms Luhansk was shelled with cluster munitions - TASS

 

Ukrainian Military Claims Destruction Of Enemy Tanks Outside Debaltsevo - Interpreter_Mag

 

VIDEO: Tank battle between Russian backed forces & Ukraine caught on film near Debaltseve - Military Studies on Twitter

 

Luhansk Carries Out First Air Attack Against Kiev-Led Forces - Sputnik International

 

Ukraine to Call Up Women Over 20 for Armed Forces - newsweek.com

 

Hacked Documents Reveal Ukrainian Military in Dire Conditions - Global Research

 

Ukraine will not be a federation but will remain a unitary state: Poroshenko - TASS

 

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Ukraine calls for further military and financial support - The Guardian


IMF Said to Seek Limit to Ukraine Bailout Share as War Escalates - Bloomberg Business


Ukraine's new bail-out: Nothing yet - The Economist


Collapsing economy is second front in Ukraine's war - usatoday.com


Chinese rating agency Dagong doubts Ukraine can repay debt using internal resources - TASS

 

Hryvnia official rate again hits new historic low of UAH 16.72 to dollar - UNIAN news

 

Putin says Ukraine needs to repay a $3 billion loan because Russia needs the money to fight its financial crisis - Business Insider India

 

Bread prices in Ukraine to go up by 14% in February - TASS

 

Welcome to the most corrupt nation in Europe - The Guardian

 

EU Pressured Kiev to Sign Association Deal, Ukrainian Ex-PM Says - Sputnik International

 

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Ukraine/Russia News - Feb 3, 2015

 

Officials Say U.S. Considers Supplying Arms to Ukraine Forces, Report Urges to Send $3 billion in Weapons and Equipment - NYTimes.com


U.S. has not made decision on lethal support for Ukraine: State Department - Fox News


White House adviser: More weapons not the answer to Ukraine crisis - Reuters


Military conflict between US and Russia over Ukraine would be unwise: President Obama on CNN - Firstpost


VIDEO: Obama on Russian relations - CNN Video


Obama asks for $168 Mln to counter Russia, the budget includes also $789 Mln to expand US military presence in Europe - Sputnik


Italian Newspaper: U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade Heading to Ukraine to Train Forces - AR15.COM


Merkel: Germany won't give weapons to Ukraine, favors talks - Yahoo News


Russia's Putin is "extremely concerned", calls for end to fighting in east Ukraine:TASS - Reuters


Experts fear US military aid to Ukraine would be dangerous move - GlobalPost

 

Opinion: Arming Ukraine Is Still a Terrible Idea - The American Conservative

 

Analysis: Ukraine’s Conflict With Russia Isn't America's Fight, Part 2 - forbes.com

 

Henry Kissinger, Mikhail Gorbachev separately warn about Ukraine crisis blowing out of control - National Post

 

REPORT: Preserving Ukraine’s Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do - Brookings Institution

 

VIDEO: Presentation of the findings in the report entitled "Preserving Ukraine's Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do."- YouTube

 

West must be ready for long standoff with Russia: NATO official - Yahoo News

 

Keynote address by NATO Deputy Secretary General: Russia’s aggression is a game-changer in European security - NATO

 

VIDEO: NATO Secretary General's Annual Report 2014: Press Conference - YouTube

 

TRANSCRIPT: Introduction and Press conference by the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, for the launch of the Annual Report 2014 - NATO

 

REPORT: The Secretary General's Annual Report 2014 - NATO

 

LPR parliament speaker says Kiev army uses NATO-marked munitions in eastern Ukraine - TASS

 

Putin s humanitarian convoy: 80 trucks arrive in Donetsk, 90 in Luhansk -  Ukrinform

 

Russia's Emergencies Ministry to form extra humanitarian convoy carrrying building materials to Donbas next week - TASS

 

Russian Soldiers' Mothers Organisation Reports Complaints Of Conscripts Forced To Sign Contracts, Sent To Rostov Region - Interpreter_Mag

 

Russia Begins WMD Defense Drills in Armenia and Near Ukraine - Sputnik International

 

Sanctions Send Russia's Gazprom East to Find Financing, Chinese Agency Dagong Assigned Gazprom its Highest AAA Credit Rating on Monday - The Moscow Times

 

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Ukraine separatists vow to mobilise 100,000 fighters - Yahoo News UK


VIDEO: 'DPR will mobilise five additional brigades before spring’: Zakharchenko - YouTube


Ukraine Rebels Upbeat After an Infusion of Aid - NYTimes.com


Kuchma: DPR, LPR envoys threatened in Minsk to resume full-scale fighting unless their demands are met - interfax.com


Ukraine troops fight to avoid being surrounded by rebels in Debaltseve - Yahoo News


Ukrainian Reinforcements, Including Attack Helicopters, Seen Headed Towards Debaltseve - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO: What It's Like To Get Trapped Inside Devastating Debaltseve Battle In East Ukraine - YouTube


The Ukrainian line of defense further collapses: the fall of Nikishyne - Conflict Report

 

Ukraine Says It Still Holds Uglegorsk (Vuhlehirsk) But Russia Is Pouring In Fighters And Drones - Interpreter_Mag

 

PHOTO: This is wounded Ukraine militia leader Semenchenko now - Conflict Reporter on Twitter

 

Separatists captured near Debaltseve confirm they were trained by Russian officers (VIDEO) - Censor.NET

 

Ukraine: Horror of civilian bloodshed in indiscriminate attacks by both sides - Amnesty International

 

Ukraine's war is getting worse and not everyone wants to fight, Whether out of fear or political frustration some are dodging the Kiev government’s draft - GlobalPost

 

Number of Ukrainians of conscription age seeking refuge in Russia up by 20,000 in a week - TASS

 

Ukraine Gas Deadline Heightens Threat of Shrinking Stockpiles - Bloomberg Business

 

Lies And Deception In Ukraine's Energy Sector - oilgasdaily.com

 

Hasenstab Sees $3 Billion Vanish in Ukraine as Big Bet Sours - Bloomberg Business

 

Russia to Stop Buying Ukrainian Space Rockets - The Moscow Times

 

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Ukraine/Russia News - Jan 28, 2015

 

Ukraine parliament moves to shut Russia-backed rebels out of peace talks by declaring them terrorists - Star Tribune


Terrorist organizations status for LPR and DPR may disrupt Minsk talks: LPR negotiator - TASS


Ukraine Declares 'State of Emergency' in Donbas but Stops Short of Martial Law - VICE News


Heavy Fighting Reported Across Front Lines - Interpreter_Mag


Ukraine rebels say government forces pushed back near Donetsk - Reuters


Is the fall of Debaltseve imminent? – A threat assessment. - Conflict Report


VIDEO: Ukraine Army Sends Reinforcements to Debaltseve in Desperate Bid - LiveLeak.com

 

Ukrainians grow unwilling to serve in the army: media - TASS

 

Mass exodus of military age males plagues latest Ukraine mobilization. Only 6% reporting as told - Military Studies on Twitter

 

Ukraine's aircraft capacity falls by nearly half since war started last year (VIDEO) - uatoday.tv

 

VIDEO: (Eng subs): DPR PM Alexandr Zakharchenko sitrep - YouTube

 

VIDEO: (Eng subs): DPR dept. Corps commander Eduard Basurin evening sitrep - YouTube

 

Ukrainian Authorities Arrest Spotter in Mariupol Shelling; Grad Commander is Russian Officer - Interpreter_Mag

 

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Mariupol ex-cop says he used Google maps, texted Ukraine army positions to Russia officer who missed by 1 km killing atleast 30 civilians - Lucian Kim on Twitter

 

Russian-Backed Separatist Commander Givi Tortures Ukrainian POWs (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

 

Video Shows Both Dead and Alive POWs in Krasny Partizan - Interpreter_Mag

 

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EU threatens more Russia sanctions for backing rebels in Ukraine - Chicago Tribune


New Greece PM objects to EU call for more Russia sanctions - Telegraph


News Analysis: How Greece Syriza's Win Could Change EU Policy On Russia - rferl.org


NATO Backs Kiev, Criticizes Russia at Emergency Meeting on Ukraine - The Moscow Times


NATO Secretary General statement on the extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission - NATO


Obama: We're Considering All Options 'Short Of Military Confrontation' To Pressure Russia - Business Insider


US’ Europe envoy: Ukraine crucial to Europe’s future, “A Europe whole, free, and at peace rises or falls with Ukraine” - Anadolu Agency

 

Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Security Council Emergency Briefing on Ukraine - usun.state.gov

 

VIDEO: US Army Lt Colonel Confirms US Troops in Ukraine Since September 2014 - YouTube

 

Russian ambassador to UN rejects US accusations of escalating situation in Ukraine - TASS

 

Russian 12th relief aid convoy for Ukraine’s Donbas leaves for Rostov region - TASS

 

Ukrainian army names Russian commander leading east Ukraine winter offensive - uatoday.tv

 

Russia Update: Court Upholds Definition of Soldiers’ Mothers of St. Petersburg as ‘Foreign Agent’ - The Interpreter

 

Russia's arms exports exceed 15 bln USD in 2014, President Vladimir Putin says - Global Times

 

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Ukraine News - Jan 24, 2015

 

Ukraine rebel leader announces new offensive "until we reach the borders of the Donetsk region” - VOA


VIDEO (Eng Subs): We're on the offensive, peace talks only after we reach the borders of the Donetsk region: Zakharchenko - YouTube


Ukrainian army reports over 100 attacks by militants in past 24 hours - interfax.com


Mobilization 2015: 60% of potential recruits received draft notices: Ukraine Ministry of Defense - Censor.NET


Yatseniuk instructs regional governors to prepare war economy plans - interfax.com


Russian aggression in the Donbas costs Ukraine $5-7 million daily, Finance Minister says - Censor.NET

 

Ukraine separatists say 24 of their fighters killed in rocket attack on Donetsk airport - Fox News

 

VIDEO (Russian): Donetsk rebels say they lost 24 fighters dead and 30 wounded in a day - Patrick Jackson on Twitter

 

DNR + LNR introduce new currency in Crimea. Printed in China - Ian Bateson on Twitter

 

Ukraine's richest oligarch Rinat Akhmetov reportedly questioned by prosecutor's office as part of a criminal investigation into the "financing of terrorism and illegal armed groups” - Interpreter_Mag

 

Rebel-led Donetsk Republic to approve death-penalty law - ANSA.it

 

Ukraine: The Rise of The Right - sky.com

 

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Putin Addresses Russia's Security Council, blames Ukraine's criminal orders for new fighting - Sputnik International


Hard evidence, the regular Russian army invades Ukraine - Conflict Report


General Vyaznikov (commander of Russian Forces in Ukraine) relocated his HQ to rebel-held Soledar in Donetsk - Ukraine@war on Twitter


Russia launched military exercise in Crimea - Censor.NET


Defense chiefs conclude two days of talks at NATO headquarters in Brussels focusing on Ukraine and Middle East terrorism - defense.gov


NATO to create offices in six countries of Central and Eastern Europe - UNIAN news


US Deploying Troops to Ukraine to Train its National Guard - Military.com


U.S. Should Stay Out Of The Russo-Ukrainian Quarrel: Why The Conflict In Ukraine Isn't America's Business, Part 1 - Forbes

 

Video And Reports Suggest Russian-Backed Forces Have Captured Krasny Partizan (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

 

Analysis The Rus Verkhnotoretske offensive is significant and more successful than the CP31 one. RF forces captured 30km² in 48 hours !! - Conflict Reporter on Twitter

 

Soldiers in Russian army uniforms seen next to leader of Donetsk separatists (PHOTO) - Censor.NET

 

OSCE: A convoy of ten unmarked T-80 tanks was seen travelling west on highway 36km east of rebel-held Donetsk - Conflict Reporter on Twitter

 

VIDEO: Russian TV shows Russia's flag flying above Donetsk Airport - Military Studies on Twitter

 

VIDEO: Brand new Russian  Army 2B26 Grad-K system takes part in shelling of Donetsk airport  - Conflict Reporter on Twitter

 

PHOTO: Ukraine’s Right Sector leader and Russia's bogeyman Dmytro Yarosh recovering in hospital from his "light” injuries at the Donetsk airport - Nikolaus von Twickel on Twitter

 

Were Chemical Weapons Used in Donetsk Airport’s Last Stand? - bellingcat

 

Ilovaisk 2.0 in the making at Debaltseve - Ukraine@war

 

Russia stops coal supplies to Ukraine - uatoday.tv

 

Electricity cut off in government controlled part of Luhansk region: governor - interfax.com

 

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Ukraine News - Jan 22, 2015

 

Ukraine says Russian troops join separatists in new assaults - Bloomberg


Ukraine Claims Build-Up Of Russian Forces In Donbass (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag


Russia has 9,000 troops on Ukrainian soil, Poroshenko tells Davos forum - Firstpost


Gen. Hodges: Russia doubles support to Ukraine rebels - TheHill


VIDEO: Press Conference - U.S. Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, Commander of the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe - LiveLeak.com


Lavrov: Russia to Push Ukraine Agenda Until a Desirable Outcome is Reached - The Moscow Times


Russia's response to Obama's speech? 'US intends to dominate the world' - smh.com.au

 

Russia Says EU Sticking To 'Unfriendly Course' - rferl.org

 

VIDEO: Putin says military is number one priority for Russia - uatoday.tv

 

Russia's new peace proposal for Ukraine is 'occupation plan': U.S. - Reuters

 

Ukraine conflict: US accuses rebels of 'land grab’ - BBC News

 

VIDEO: Watch Hillary Clinton Impersonate Vladimir Putin - ABC News

 

Ukraine Seeks New IMF Loan as Government Pursues Bondholder Deal - Bloomberg

 

Ukraine seeks larger IMF deal and hints at debt restructuring - FT.com

 

Gazprom Says Ukraine To Pay Full Gas Price As Of April 1 - rferl.org

 

Medvedev threatens to increase electricity prices for Ukraine - uatoday.tv

 

Russia Presses Ahead With Plan for Gas Pipeline to Turkey - NYTimes.com

 

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As Ukraine Says It's Lost 500 Square Kilometers of Territory, AP Reporters See Russian Armor Moving To Attack - Interpreter_Mag


Ukrainian army admits retreat from 31st roadblock near Luhansk - interfax.com


PHOTOS: Proof that militia captured the 31st checkpoint - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO (Russian): 31st checkpoint lost by Ukrainian military - YouTube


The Russian army offensive in northern Luhansk region – Day 1 - Conflict Report

 

Semenchenko: one soldier killed, seven wounded in battle for Luhansk checkpoints - UNIAN news

 

VIDEO: Shelling of Russian Cossack-held Stakhanov today causing a bloodbath (graphic!) - Conflict Reporter on Twitter

 

Confirmed location of Russian Army surface to air missile system 9K35 Strela-10 in Bryanka, Lugansk Region - Lugansk News Today

 

Convoy of Russian T-80 tanks spotted in Luhansk - uatoday.tv

 

Russia, Ukraine agree pullback line for heavy arms, though there was no agreement on a withdrawal of all troops - San Francisco Chronicle

 

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Donetsk Airport overrun by rebels, say army volunteers - kyivpost.com


VIDEO: Russia Spetsnaz Special Forces outside Donetsk Airport - raging.me on Twitter


VIDEO (Eng subs): DPR PM Zakharchenko interviews UAF soldiers captured at the Donetsk airport on his presser - YouTube


Praviy Sektor Leader Dmytro Yarosh Reported Wounded At Donetsk Airport - Interpreter_Mag


Ukrainian-held Avdeyevka Under Heavy Bombardment, Children To Be Evacuated - Interpreter_Mag

 

OSCE records GRADs into Ukrainian city killing civilians came from rebel-held areas - Ukraine@war on Twitter

 

VIDEO: Graphic, 2 civilians killed in the rebel-held Kirov region, Donetsk - Military Studies on Twitter

 

Tymchuk: Militants strike at Ukrainian forces near Mariupol - UNIAN news

 

Strategic railway bridge near Mariupol destroyed, cutting a railway link between the port city and Ukraine's west (VIDEO) - watch on - uatoday.tv

 

Shelling Reported In Mariupol (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

 

Dokuchajevsk GRAD video was filmed at SAME TIME as Volnovakha attack - Ukraine@war

 

Aerial photo from OSCE UAV of Volnovakha shows their own NNE direction was wrong - Ukraine@war

 

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Ukraine News - Jan 20, 2015

 

Ukraine army launch massive tank counteroffensive in Donetsk - AFP


Poroshenko vows to retake East held by pro-Russian separatists, would not ‘‘give up an inch’’ of its land to them - The Boston Globe


Mobilization announced in Ukraine - TASS


Ukraine Accuses Russia of Sending More Troops and Artillery to Aid Rebels, 2 Battalions Containing about 300-350 Soldiers Each - NYTimes


Putin Sends Message to Poroshenko Saying Recent Military Action in East Ukraine Threatens Peaceful Settlement - Sputnik International


Kiev’s new offensive in Donbass may lead to irreversible consequences for Ukrainian statehood: Russia Foreign Ministry - RT News


Are Russian Naval Infantry From Murmansk Fighting In Donetsk (VIDEO, PHOTOS)? - Interpreter_Mag

 

VIDEO: Heavy Russian assault on Pisky yesterday. Ukrainian forces try to hold the line - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Russian army forces control most of Terminal 1 of Donetsk airport - Conflict Reporter on Twitter

 

VIDEO (Russian): Interview with Russian Soldiers Captured in Ukraine - LiveLeak

 

They were never there: Russia's silence for families of troops killed in Ukraine - The Guardian

 

EVERYTHING you EVER wanted to know about Russian Generals in Ukraine - Ukraine@war

 

How to identify Russian units in Ukraine - Ukraine@war

 

Rebels blow up part of Donetsk airport, many Ukrainian soldiers wounded - IBNLive

 

VIDEO: Reportedly the demolition of the New Terminal in Donetsk Airport by the anti-Kiev forces - Military Studies on Twitter

 

Ukrainian presidential_advisor Yuri Biriukov on why the battle for Donetsk airport does not succeed - Conflict Reporter on Twitter

 

VIDEO: (Eng subs): DPR PM Alexandr Zakharchenko press conference 19/01/15 - YouTube

 

VIDEO: (Eng subs): DPR deputy corps commander briefing on combats of 18 -19/01/15 - LiveLeak.com

 

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Ukraine conflict: Security in east deteriorating, say OSCE observers - BBC News


Eastern Ukraine: Civilians dying and in grave danger as fighting escalates - Amnesty International


Hospital and university hit as Ukraine clashes flare - Yahoo News


Health crisis worsens in eastern Ukraine, WHO warns - Reuters


EBRD downgrades its forecast for Ukraine’s GDP decline in 2015 to 5% after a 7.5% drop in 2014 - UNIAN news


Driver says passenger bus near Ukraine’s Volnovakha was hit by fragmentation mine, “The checkpoint was shelled from Grads” he noted - TASS

 

VIDEO: Zoomed in, stabilized & slowed down video of Volnovakha explosion near bus 4better analysis - Ukraine@war on Twitter

 

Militants used Grad launchers to shell Volnovakha bus from Dokuchayevsk, The projectile has been identified as an unguided high-explosive M-21OF rocket: prosecutor general - interfax.com

 

Possible launch location determined for Volnovakha attack - Ukraine@war

 

Unpicking the Donetsk People’s Republic’s Tangled Volnovakha Bus Massacre Narrative - bellingcat

 

Another Bus Reportedly Hit By Rocket Or Shell In Donetsk, three reported dead (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

 

Booby-trapped honey jar explodes, Ukrainian soldier killed and three others were seriously injured - ABC Radio Australia

 

New Images of the MH17 Buk Missile Launcher in Ukraine and Russia - bellingcat

 

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Ukraine News - Jan 15, 2015

 

UN Security Council demands investigations of bus massacre near Donetsk - TASS


Joint Investigation of Bus Massacre in Ukraine to Begin on Jan. 15, will include representatives from Ukraine, Russia, DPR and OSCE - Sputnik


VIDEO: 'Bus attack leads to launch of joint investigation’: OSCE - YouTube


Bus in Donetsk region hit by rocket fragments: OSCE report - TASS


Moscow says bus shelling in Donbas confirms the need to settle crisis peacefully, warns against use of force in eastern Ukraine - GlobalPost


VIDEO: Full-Length Bus Shelling Video Showing Multiple Launch Rocket System Impacts (Explosions at 52 Sec, Bus at 2:58 Sec) - YouTube


VIDEO: (Eng Subs): Interviews of bus tragedy survivors: We stood at the checkpoint behind other buses before a powerful explosion - YouTube


Bus shelling death toll rises to 13, 12 more people remain in hospital in critical condition - UKRAINE TODAY

 

Making sense of the Volnovakha bus massacre: it appears that a rocket hit the mine field to the right side of the bus triggering a chain reaction (PHOTOS) - Conflict Report

 

The bus in the Volnovakha was blown up by the ukrainian antipersonnel mine (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Старый солдат

 

Volnovakha bus vs effects of a claymore mine, as the ones placed by Ukraine's army alongside the road (PHOTOS) - rui borges on Twitter

 

Bus with civilians hit at Ukrainian checkpost near Volnovakha by GRAD rockets - Ukraine@war

 

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‘People Starving’ in Eastern Ukraine as Humanitarian Crisis Unfolds - newsweek.com


Lack of Aid Deepens Suffering in Conflict-Hit East Ukraine - AP


Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Ukraine (links to full report) - CPT


Pro-Russian Forces Enter Donetsk Airport As Ukrainian Military Loses Ground - ibtimes.com


Part of Donetsk airport's new terminal ruined but Ukrainian army still in control: Ukrainian military spokesman - interfax.com


Separatist leader says they opened up a corridor to the Ukrainian military’s withdrawal from the Donetsk airport - TASS


VIDEO: Donetsk sky blasted red as shelling bombards airport area - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Heavy shelling near Donetsk airport kills one - Reuters

 

VIDEO: The shelling around Donetsk Airport impacts on civilian homes of the suburbs - YouTube

 

Has Russia Used Thermobaric Multiple Launch Rocket Systems In Donetsk? - Interpreter_Mag

 

Ukrainian Military Reports Attacks On Southern Front - Interpreter_Mag

 

16 times, Russian drones were recorded over Mariupol today. In the evening, the military opened fire on one with AA guns - Conflict Reporter on Twitter

 

Ukraine parliament asks EU to name Donetsk, Luhansk republics as terrorist organizations - TASS

 

Deputies allied to Ukraine's prime minister demand that the conflict-hit eastern region's shaky ceasefire is replaced with martial law - TASS.

 

Commission for making amendments to Constitution to be set up in Ukraine as steps towards decentralization of power - TASS

 

Mapping Russias army camps INSIDE Ukraine - Ukraine@war

 

Russia to dispatch 12th humanitarian convoy to eastern Ukraine when ready - TASS

 

Moscow Red Cross Sues 17 News Agencies for Defamation Over Aid Convoy Reports - The Moscow Times

 

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Russia to Shift Ukraine Gas Transit to Turkey as EU Cries Foul - Bloomberg


Gazprom warns EU to link to Turkey pipeline or lose Russian gas - Yahoo News


Turkey failed to agree natural gas price with Gazprom - Anadolu Agency

 

Poland stops reverse-flow supplies of gas to Ukraine - TASS

 

Russia to decide on Ukraine’s $3 bln bond repayment in nearest future: PM - TASS

 

Threat of debt writedowns hovers over Ukraine - The Globe and Mail

 

The New Ukraine: Rogues, Sexpots, Warlords, Lunatics and Oligarchs - New York Observer

 

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Ukraine News - Jan 14, 2015

 

Eleven Ukraine civilians, included seven women, killed when rocket hits bus - Yahoo News


VIDEO: 11 Civilians Killed in Bus Grad Attack - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Raw video shows the bodies still inside the bus- YouTube


Evidence Strongly Implicates Russian-Backed Separatists In Bus Shelling That Killed 11 Civilians - Interpreter_Mag

 

'Alternative' Theories Have Been Debunked - Interpreter_Mag

 

Did Separatists Boast Of Attack On Checkpoint That Killed 10 Civilians Before Trying To Blame Ukraine? - Interpreter_Mag

 

Separatist leaders say militia did not shell bus because it was "out of the operational range of the artillery of our militia” - RT

 

VIDEO (Russian): Separatist leader Andrey Purgin says militia did not shell the bus - YouTube

 

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The tower of Donetsk Airport is destroyed, Insurgents issue an ultimatum to Ukrainian force - uatoday.tv


PHOTOS: Donetsk Airport Tower – before and after destruction - UKRAINE TODAY on Twitter 


VIDEO: Shelling lights up night sky over Donetsk airport as fighting intensifies - RT News


VIDEO: A Long Showdown In The Ruins Of The Donetsk Airport - rferl.org


Reports Of Shelling On Southern Front Of The Dontesk Region- Interpreter_Mag

 

Zakharchenko: "If we understand that this conflict can’t be solved peacefully, we will have to solve it by force” -  UNIAN news

 

VIDEO (English): PM of Donetsk Republic Zakharchenko about the actions of the Ukrainian Army - YouTube

 

VIDEO (English) - Press Conference of Ukraine Military Spokesman Lysenko, 13th of January 2015 - - Ukraine Crisis Media Center

 

Highlights from military analyst Dmitry Tymchuk - Ukraine Reporter

 

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Ukraine Peace Summit Canceled Over Failing Cease-Fire - Reuters


Political Process in Ukraine Requires Dialogue Between Kiev, Donbas: Lavrov - Sputnik International


DPR official: "Kiev is avoiding a direct dialogue with the representatives of Donbas” - TASS


VIDEO (with English transcript): Address of Poroshenko: Mass shooting of people in Paris and Volnovakha are similar events - Censor.NET


VIDEO: Interview of Poroshenko - France 24


Poroshenko asked EU President to declare Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics as terrorist organizations - Devin Ackles on Twitter


Poroshenko to submit to Ukrainian parliament bills on mobilization, National Guard this week - interfax.com


Ukraine to mobilize women if necessary: General Staff senior official - focus-fen.net

 

Ukraine to seize cars owned by businessmen for army needs - TASS

 

Russia Warns of Ukrainian Govt. War Mobilization Plans - Prensa Latina News Agency

 

Donetsk republic official says Poroshenko has no control of Ukrainian military forces - TASS

 

Ukrainian battalion commanders: No thanks to Poroshenko's tanks - Fort Russ

 

NATO Warns About Increased Fighting, And Russian Aggression, In Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag

 

USS Donald Cook Conducts Underway Engagement with Ukrainian Navy - U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet

 

How to identify Russian tanks in Ukraine - Ukraine@war

 

Russian special forces in Luhansk: so called insurgents armed with AS Val assault rifles - the weapon used by the Russian Federation Army only (VIDEO) - Censor.NET

 

Russia to Reinforce Military Groupings in Crimea, Kaliningrad, Arctic - Sputnik International

 

Russian Radars Started Active Combat Duty in 2014 - bellingcat

 

Russia Could Revise Commitment to START Due to 'Unfriendly' US Actions - Sputnik International

 

Interpol puts Ukraine's Yanukovich, two allies, on wanted list - Reuters

 

VIDEO: Russian state media says Yanukovych will not be extradited - uatoday.tv

 

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World Bank downgrades Ukraine's economic outlook for 2015 - China.org.cn


Foreign currency reserves in Ukraine plunge 63 percent in 2014 - Reuters


Ukraine Eurobonds Drop as Goldman Sees More Than 70% Haircut - Bloomberg


U.S. to back $2 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine - Reuters

 

Statement of U.S. Treasury Department on Additional Economic Assistance to Ukraine - treasury.gov

 

Ukraine’s Effort to Cut Russian-Gas Reliance Sees Explorers Exit - Bloomberg

 

Energy minister: Ukraine imports about 70,000 tonnes of coal from Russia in 11 days of 2015 - kyivpost.com

 

Hungarian Imports of Russian Diesel Fuel Via Ukraine Disrupted - WSJ

 

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Ukraine/Russia News - Jan 12, 2015

 

Repeated rounds of rocket and mortar fire echoed across Donetsk on Sunday, Intense Ukraine shelling traps hundreds of miners - Yahoo News


Latest from OSCE: Increased number of ceasefire violations in Ukraine, the majority occurring in and around the Donetsk airport - OSCE


Ukrainian serviceman killed, 8 others injured in Donbas over the past 24 hours - PressTV


Ukraine Military spokesman: Two Civilians And Four Ukrainian Soldiers Killed Jan 9 - Interpreter_Mag


Conflict in Ukraine Has Claimed More Than 2,200 Lives in DPR: Ombudsman / Sputnik International


8-year-old boy Vanya lost both his legs, right hand and one eye in Ukraine shelling - Truth about situation in Ukraine

 

VIDEO: In Donetsk Bomb Shelter 'There's not been a day of Ceasefire' - YouTube

 

PHOTO: Ukrainian ultra-right radicals set fire to the editorial office of "Slavyanka" newspaper in Kharkov - Truth about situation in Ukraine

 

Ukrainian Security Agents Detain Russian-Backed Fighter Suspected of Preparing Terrorist Attacks in Zaporozhe - Interpreter_Mag

 

MAP: Interactive Map Of Separatist Hotspots In Eastern Ukraine - rferl.org

 

900 captives freed by both sides in east Ukraine crisis - PressTV

 

Secessionist Forces in Luhansk ‘Republic’: Order out of Chaos? - The Jamestown Foundation

 

Armed Formations in the Secessionist ‘Luhansk Republic’ (Part One) - The Jamestown Foundation

 

Luhansk rebel premier summons henchmen from Moscow to deal with unruly chieftains - zik.ua

 

VIDEO (Russian): Ukraine separatist complain about a private military company from Russia fighting against the rebels - Censor.NET

 

VIDEO (Russian): Pro-Russia fighter asks Putin to rein in Russian-sponsored warlords in Donbas Ukraine - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Ukraine Militant Grave Allegedly Defaced: 'Batman' killing marked escalation in insurgent infighting - YouTube

 

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No Ukraine Summit Without Progress on Peace Plan, Merkel Tells Putin - Reuters


Luhansk questions efficiency of 'Normandy format' talks on Ukraine which does not include the country's separatist forces - Sputnik International


Gorbachev Warns Tensions Over Ukraine Could Spiral Into Nuclear War - Reuters


Russia's Strategic Missile Forces to Conduct Over 100 Drills in 2015 - Sputnik International


S-400 Air Defense Systems to Protect Skies Above Moscow - Sputnik International


VIDEO: BBC Finds Russians Fighting In Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag


Gorlivka - The Ukrainian City Occupied By The Russian Military - Interpreter_Mag

 

VIDEO: Russian army convoy of GAZ Vodnik, BPM-97 and tanks in Krasnodon, Ukraine - Ukraine@war on Twitter

 

Google Earth shows ACTUAL attack of Russian army on Lugansk Airport Aug 31st (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war

 

AAAS-report may show actual Russian August invasion force (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war

 

Nadezhda Savchenko Has Lost 10 kg [22 Pounds] During 28 Days Of Hunger Strike - Interpreter_Mag

 

Russia Puts Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko In Solitary Confinement - rferl.org

 

Is this the proof that Russia shot down flight MH17? New report claims plane was hit by Buk surface-to-air missile launcher operated by 53rd Russian Air Defence Brigade - Daily Mail Online

 

REPORT: Flight MH17 – Searching for the truth. Our joint investigation with Der Spiegel and Algemeen Dagblad - correctiv.org

 

SU-25, MH17 and the Problems with Keeping a Story Straight - bellingcat

 

Russia says Ukraine has violated loan terms: agencies - Reuters

 

Naftogaz hails gas monitoring of Russian, Ukrainian stations - neurope.eu

 

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Ukraine News - Jan 9, 2015

 

UN: More than one million flee, Ukraine close to 'humanitarian catastrophe' - Yahoo News


OSCE report: Situation in eastern Ukraine worsening, Cease-fire violations occurred on both sides of the conflict - UPI.com


Latest information from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine - OSCE


Three Ukrainian Soldiers Killed On Eastern Orthodox Christmas Day - ibtimes.com


ATO press center: Gunmen shell Ukrainian military positions in Donetsk with Grad rockets overnight on Thursday - UNIAN news


Pro Kiev Regional State Administration: Terrorists resumed shelling of Luhansk region with missiles launched from MLRS Grad - Censor.NET


NSDC: terrorists shell Ukraine with "BM-27 Hurricane" for the first time in several months - mw.ua


News Analysis: Bombing campaign opens new front with the epicenters being Kharkiv, Odesa, Mariupol, and Kyiv - rferl.org


VIDEO (English) - Press Conference of Ukraine Military Spokesman Lysenko, 8th of January 2015 - Ukraine Crisis Media Center

 

11th Russian humanitarian convoy arrives in Ukraine’s Lugansk, Donetsk - TASS

 

Ukraine Military Spokesman: the so-called 11th “humanitarian convoy” from Russia invades eastern Ukraine - Ukraine Crisis Media Center

 

Some 100 photos from the huge Russian basecamp at Golovinka near the Ukrainian border (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war

 

Yatsenyuk Says Russia Must Remove 'Bandits' From Ukraine - rferl.org

 

Yatsenyuk compares Islamic terrorists in France with Donbas militants - joinfo.com

 

Donetsk Republic’s military: Mobilization wave in Ukraine is provocation against civilians - TASS

 

UN Not Consulting Donbas Leaders on Number of Casualties: DPR - Sputnik International

 

Pro-Russian Hackers Claim Cyberattack On German Government - rferl.org

 

Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk says Russia behind cyber attack on German government - Reuters

 

VIDEO (English): Documentary of Ukrainian reporter Alena Berezovskaya "ATO children”,  It has been filmed in Donetsk areas shelled by Ukrainian Forces - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Such passion! Nuns sing for Novorossiya. This is fabulous - Christopher Miller on Twitter

 

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EU Offers Ukraine $2.12 Billion More In Loans If Reforms Made - rferl.org


Ukraine's economy: it looks worse than ever - The Economist


VIDEO: Ukraine facing deep economic crisis - PressTV


Two gas producers in Ukraine warn policy changes to hurt - Reuters


Coal output in Ukraine declines 22.4% in 2014 - kyivpost.com


Another victim of the Ukraine crisis: its nascent tech industry - Quartz


REPORT: Venture capital investments in the Ukraine IT industry - ewdn.com

 

Ukraine Heading for Default yet Looking to Beef up Defence Spending - Sputnik UK

 

Ukraine seeks to increase military production capacity - setimes.com

 

Soros: Europe must bail out Ukraine to beat Putin - cnbc.com

 

George Soros Op-Ed: A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine - The New York Review of Books

 

Yulia Tymoshenko Op-Ed: Putin Is Bringing Darkness to the Edge of Europe - huffingtonpost.com

 

France: Europe hurting from Russia sanctions, needs to keep up pressure for Ukraine solution - Fox Business

 

Merkel sets high bar for lifting of Russia sanctions - Reuters

 

New Anti-Russian Sanctions Possible if Minsk Agreements Ignored:White House - Sputnik International

 

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Ukraine/Russia News - Jan 7, 2015

 

HRW Calls on Germany to Pressure Ukraine Government on Civilian Casualties - VOA


Ukraine: Civilians Need Greater Protection - Human Rights Watch


Kiev's brutal strategy in eastern Ukraine - LA Times


Czech president says Yatsenyuk pushes war in Ukraine’s southeast  - Strategic Culture Foundation


VIDEO: Yatsenyuk called 'war prime minister' by Czech President Zeman - uatoday.tv


Right Sector units refuse to obey orders of Ukrainian Defense Ministry - TASS


Ukrainian Ultrarightist Groups March in Memory of Bandera; Protesters Seize LifeNews Camera (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag


Ukraine National Security Council head demands Inter TV channel be stripped of license for showing performances by a number of Russian artists on New Year’s night - TASS

 

Ukraine Security Service puts Russian singers, actors on wanted list - TASS

 

Ukraine: Donbass refugees beaten for pro-Russian ice sculpture in Dnepropetrovsk - ibtimes.co.uk

 

Separatist 'Batman' Leader Killed With 6 Of His Fighters In 'Arrest' By LNR Forces (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

 

Batman Battalion Members Say in Interview that Bednov and Guards Were Killed in Ambush (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

 

VIDEO: Ex-insurgent leader Girkin urges militants to abandon east Ukraine war after upsurge in infighting - uatoday.tv

 

Was Ukrainian BUK 312 stolen by pro-Russian separatists (PHOTOS)? - Ukraine@war

 

Is this Ukrainian Buk a Clue in the MH17 Investigation or a Red Herring (PHOTOS)? - bellingcat

 

Dutch blogger Max Vanderwerff’s analysis debunking the Buk-M1 "missile plume” theory (PHOTOS) - docdroid.net

 

Did This Ukrainian Soldier Prove Ukraine Shot Down MH17? - bellingcat

 

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Ukraine Suffers Highest Annual Inflation Rate In 14 Years, nearly 25 percent - rferl.org


Ukraine Bonds at 60 Cents Seen Signaling Risk of Default - Bloomberg


Russian gas exports to Ukraine dropped by 50% in 2014 - RT Business


Gazprom concerned over Ukraine’s possible siphoning off of Russian gas - TASS


Ukraine’s 2014 gas imports from Europe soar to 5.1 Bcm - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

 

Gas tariffs in Ukraine will increase in first quarter of 2015 - Censor.NET

 

EC and Ukraine will hold consultations through fees that violate the Association Agreement - Ukrainian Crisis

 

Can This Man Save Ukraine's Economy? - Bloomberg View

 

Shadow Bankers now run Ukraine - Sputnik UK

 

Russia Is Still Ukraine's Largest Trading Partner - forbes.com

 

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VIDEO: Ukrainian military spokseman: More Russian army soldiers sent to Ukraine, Kremlin troops 'disguised as local fighters' - YouTube


How Russians Are Sent to Fight in Ukraine - newsweek.com


The list of Russian soldiers who died in Ukraine. So far 250 identified - Nataliya Gumenyuk on Twitter


Most Russian soldiers killed in Donbas ‘came from Moscow, Dagestan and Rostov’: Report - UNIAN news


La Repubblica: Putin Decree Enables Foreigners To Serve In Russian Military Because Of War In Ukraine - mw.ua


Ukraine's top intelligence agency deeply infiltrated by Russian spies - mashable.com


Intercepted phone conversation suggests Russia will supply weapons, vehicles to rebels - Kyiv Post on Twitter

 

Did Russia Send a New Batch of Military Vehicles to Separatists Controlled Ukraine (PHOTOS)? - bellingcat

 

Further Evidence that Russian BPM-97 Armor Used by Russian-Backed Fighters in Ukraine (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

 

Russian armor attacking Ukrainian positions from Styla (VIDEOS) - Ukraine@war

 

Russian Gvozdika 122 mortar team on standby near MH17 crash area (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war

 

Russian electronic warfare station discovered in Donbas, says Tymchuk - UNIAN news

 

Google Earth shows biggest Russian camp ever near Ukrainian border - (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war

 

New Satellite Evidence Provides Additional Proof Russia Fired Grad Rockets Into Ukraine (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

 

Russia to form 11th humanitarian convoy for Donbas early January - TASS

 

OSCE To Double Size Of Ukraine Monitoring Mission - rferl.org

 

NATO's priority in 2015: Setting up reaction force in Europe designed as a deterrent to Russia - AP

 

US and Russia in danger of returning to era of nuclear rivalry - The Guardian

 

Putin Makes His First Move in Race to Control the Arctic - newsweek.com

 

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