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Worst president ever?: History Should and Probably Will Judge President Obama Harshly

By Dave Lindorff


President Barack Obama is on track to go down in history as one of the, or perhaps as the worst and most criminal presidents in US history. 


The Mystery of Maylasian Airlines Flight MH17

 

 


Propaganda, Intelligence and MH-17

 

 

Editor Note: Propaganda is the life-blood of life-destroying wars, and the U.S. government has reached new heights (or depths) in this art of perception management. A case in point is the media manipulation around last year’s Malaysia Airlines shoot-down over Ukraine.

By Ray McGovern

During a recent interview, I was asked to express my conclusions about the July 17, 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, prompting me to take another hard look at Official Washington’s dubious claims – pointing the finger of blame at eastern Ukrainian rebels and Moscow – based on shaky evidence regarding who was responsible for this terrible tragedy.

Cold War redux: Could war games spark a European conflict?

By MARK MacKINNON, LONDON — The Globe and Mail

War between Russia and the NATO alliance should be unthinkable. But a new study of recent military exercises suggests both powers are preparing for just that possibility.

Researchers at a European think tank warned that while there was no evidence that either side intended to go to war, the increasing frequency and size of military exercises on both sides of the NATO-Russia border heighten the possibility of an unplanned incident that could spark a wider conflict (Read the report PDF). The finding raises the spectre of a continent-wide clash of conventional armies, the sort not seen since Russia and the Western allies combined to defeat Nazi Germany in the Second World War.

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Make deal not war!: Obama’s, and Washington’s, Absurd Choice of a Nuclear Deal or War on Iran

By Dave Lindorff


I don’t know which is worse: President Obama asserting, in defense of the nuclear deal he and his Secretary of State John Kerry negotiated with Iran, that “The choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy and some form of war, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not three months from now, but soon,” or the fact that most Americans, and most American pundits, seem to accept that limited choice of options as a given.

Ukraine News - July 19, 2015


'Normandy Four' leaders agree to implement Minsk accords on Ukraine by end of 2015 - UNIAN news


Russia calls Ukrainian constitutional changes inadequate, decentralization does not include defense, foreign policy, national security - rferl.org


Putin stresses the establishment of direct dialogue between Kiev authorities and representatives of Donetsk and Luhansk - Sputnik 


Moscow: West should persuade Ukrainian authorities to start real national dialogue instead of encouraging Kiev’s irresponsible policy - TASS


Poroshenko: Constitutional changes stipulate no special status for Donbass, “There isn’t a single hint on federalization" - Sputnik 


Ukraine calls local elections but not in rebel-held east - US News


U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Nuland sees no ground to talk about Ukraine's way to federalization, only decentralization - interfax.com


Russia says US Nuland ‘jumping to conclusions’ backing Ukraine constitutional law - TASS


Nuland: In case of escalation in Donbas costs for Russia will go up - interfax.com


Victoria Nuland Press Conference in Ukraine - Embassy of the United States Kyiv, Ukraine


US to punish Putin by stepping up financial sanctions if Russia does not fulfil commitment to Minsk agreement - The Independent


Separatist: Kiev didn't submit new draft law on constitution to Contact Group for discussion - TASS


Statement Of The LNR Chairman of the Government Plotnitsky On The Draft Amendments To The Ukrainian Constitution - Voices from Russia

 

Ukrainian law on local elections has nothing to do with the DPR: Pushilin - Novorossia Today


Lavrov and Steinmeier call for soonest Ukrainian troops’ withdrawal from Shyrokino - TASS


Ukraine Rebels Claim Readiness To Pull Back Tanks, Smaller Arms - rferl.org


Strelkov Reportedly Says that Motorola, Givi Out; Zakharchenko Stripped of Guard; DNR Defense Ministry Dismantled after Moscow VIP Visit - Interpreter_Mag


Savchenko moved to Russia's Rostov region: lawyer (VIDEO) - uatoday.tv


Right Sector to hold popular assembly in Kyiv on Tuesday - interfax.com


Right Sector doesn't believe in unbiased inquiry into Mukacheve events, ready to defend its fighters - interfax.com

 

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MH17 investigators to analyse footage of Russian-backed rebels at crash site in Ukraine - news.com.au


The moment Russian-backed rebels realise their momentous mistake after shooting down flight MH17 - news.com.au


VIDEO: Footage reveals Russian-backed rebels arriving at the wreckage of MH17 - news.com.au


TRANSCRIPT: Russian-backed rebels ransack the wreckage of MH17 in shocking 17-minute video - news.com.au


MH17 Victims' Families Suing Igor Girkin, AKA Strelkov, For $900 Million - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO: MH17 investigator: ‘Buk Missile strike most credible scenario' - BBC News


Chemical examination found submunitions from Boeing corresponding to Russian Buk missiles: Butusov - EN.Censor.net


Unraveling the mystery of MH17: A full recount of the event (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) - mashable.com


MH17 In Their Own Words: Witness Testimonies on Social Media from July 17th, 2014 - bellingcat


A local resident describes seeing a rocket flew from south of Snizhne towards MH17 - MH17 Live on Twitter


SBU intercepted conversation between separatists discussing the downing of Flight MH17 - MH17 Live on Twitter


Separatist communications discussing the Buk intercepted by the SBU - MH17 Live on Twitter

 

Russia’s Colin Powell Moment – How the Russian Government’s MH17 Lies Were Exposed - bellingcat


Zaroshchens’ke Launch Site: Claims and Reality: A Bellingcat Investigation - bellingcat


Evidence the Russian Military Supplied the Type of Missile Used to Shoot Down MH17 - bellingcat


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Talk Nation Radio: Andre Vltchek on Exposing Lies of the Empire

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Russia News - June 20, 2015


Russia 'open to world', will cooperate with West: Putin tells the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum - Yahoo News


VIDEO (English): Putin addresses the plenary session of the 19th St Petersburg International Economic Forum - President of Russia


TRANSCRIPT (English): Putin addresses the plenary session of the 19th St Petersburg International Economic Forum - President of Russia


VIDEO: Tonight on PBS: watch Charlie Rose 's conversation with President Putin (link) - Charlie Rose Show on Twitter


Putin: Russian economy has stabilized, now time to focus on the future - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Russian economy shrank by 3.2 % in first five months: minister - The Economic Times


Despite Tensions, U.S. Company Officials Attend Russian Economic Forum - The New York Times


Europeans return to business in St. Petersburg - DW.DE


Greek leader tells Russia he seeks 'new harbors' from European storm - LA Times


Russia and Greece Band Together to Build Turkish Stream Pipeline - The Moscow Times


Putin: Russian pipeline project to help Greece pay its debt - StarTribune.com


EU to extend Russia sanctions to January 2016 - Yahoo News


Russian sanctions to 'cost Europe €100bn' - newsweek.com


Exclusive: Gazprom building global alliance with expanded Shell - Reuters


Russia angered by freezing of accounts in Belgium and France in $50 billion Yukos case - US News


Russia's relationship with China deepens following the fallout from sanctions imposed by the West - cnbc.com


China, Russia boost investment, financial cooperation - Chinadaily.com.cn


Chinese firm to rent Russian land in Siberia for crops - BBC News


Saudi Arabia, Russia sign nuclear power cooperation deal - Reuters

 

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Cold war 2.0? Russia, NATO edge toward high-risk military standoff - CSMonitor.com


NATO: Maneuvers of the New Rapid Response Force in Polish War Games Aimed at Showing Readiness to Russia - VOA


Russia not acting as responsible nuclear power: NATO top commander Breedlove - Reuters


NATO Central and Eastern Europe commander advocates arming Baltic and Eastern Europe to deter Russia - DW.DE


Russia warns Sweden over joining NATO - Business Insider


Norway's NATO Missile Defense Aid Irks Russia - defensenews.com


Putin: Unilateral US withdrawal from ABM treaty pushing Russia toward new arms race - Missile ThreatMissile Threat


Pentagon Building Cruise Missile Shield To Defend US Cities From Russian Cruise Missiles - Defense One


Russia built one of the most alarming anti-aircraft systems in history — and won't say who it's sending it to - Business Insider


How Russia's most advanced military equipment stacks up against NATO's hardware - Business Insider


Russia to Ink Deal to Supply China with 24 Su-35 Fighter Jets - Defense Tech


Russia, China do not create military blocs: Putin - TASS


Report: Russia and China cracked Snowden documents containing details that could allow British and U.S. spies to be identified - The Washington Post


Putin says autonomy for Ukraine's east, amnesty, local elections key for ending conflict - Fox News


Putin reaffirms Russia's support for Syria's Assad - Reuters

 

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Had He Not Been Murdered!

Barack Obama: No Jack Kennedy

Editor Note: A half century ago – at the peak of the Cold War – President Kennedy appealed to humankind’s better nature in a daring overture to Soviet leaders, a gamble that brought bans on nuclear testing and a safer world, a bravery that President Obama can’t seem to muster.

By Ray McGovern

Democratic Sen. Lloyd Bentsen’s “you’re no Jack Kennedy” put-down of Republican Sen. Dan Quayle in the 1988 vice presidential debate springs to mind on a day on which I cannot help but compare the character of President Barack Obama to that of John Kennedy, the first President under whom I served in the Army and CIA.

Will Allies Fold Again on Ukraine

Will “Junior Partners” Act Like Adults at G-7?

By Ray McGovern

 

President Barack Obama arrives in Germany Sunday to meet with the leaders of Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Japan, and Canada for the “G-7 summit” at a resort in Bavaria.

 

This particular genre of summit was formerly known as the “G-8.”  But that was before the U.S. succeeded in blaming Russia for the violent aftermath of the U.S./EU sponsored coup d’état in Kiev on Feb. 22, 2014, and managed to get Russia disinvited last year.

 

Stakes Higher Than Usual

 

We shall have to wait until the two-day gathering in Bavaria is over to gauge the results.  But the stakes are high and – for once – it is conceivable that the U.S. will suffer a significant setback in its continuing, if increasingly quixotic, effort to exploit recent violence in Ukraine to isolate Russia.

 

Ukraine/Russia News - May 16, 2015


Ukraine Recession Deepens as Economy Shrinks 17.6% in the First Quarter, Conflict with Russia-Backed Separatists Slashes Industrial Output - WSJ


Shadow economy in Ukraine in 2014 up to record high since 2007, to 42% of GDP: Trade Ministry - interfax.com


Due to worsening of the balance of payment Ukraine to hold WTO consultations on additional import tax on June 11 - interfax.com


Ukraine eyes strategic investors in sell-off of state-owned assets - The Economic Times


Ukraine says creditors must accept debt proposals - Reuters


Ukraine minister Natalie Jaresko says ‘all options on the table’ for debt (VIDEO) - FT.com


VIDEO: Natalie Jaresko on Ukraine Debt Restructuring - YouTube


Military confrontation in Eastern Ukraine costs state coffers $5-7 mln a day: Finance Minister Jaresko - interfax.com


The battle with the country's creditors threatening to wreck a bailout plan constructed by the International Monetary Fund - Worldbulletin News


IMF calls deadline for Ukrainian state debt restructuring by June - Ukrinform


IMF mission commences work in Ukraine: Finance Ministry - TASS


Russia would not take part in the "debt operation" of the Ukraine’s debt restructuring and awaits the next repayment installments in June - Tass


Russia-Ukraine conflict overshadows EBRD meeting - Business New Europe


EBRD To Invest More In Central Europe, Ex-Soviet Union, But Not Russia - rferl.org


Russia votes against EBRD financial plan for 2016-2020 - TASS


Gas purchases from EU to account for at least half of all imports: Yatseniuk - interfax.com


Yatseniuk hopes for cut in price of EU gas after Paris talks - interfax.com


Kiev insists on revision of gas transit agreement with Russia: Ukraine’s PM - TASS

 

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Ukraine president enacts controversial laws banning Soviet symbols - digitaljournal.com


Ukraine’s law honors nationalist groups who helped the Nazis carried out the Holocaust while also killing 100,000 Polish civilians - Reuters


Ukraine has lost control of more than 400km of its Russian border in the east of the country - uatoday.tv


Ukraine navy left high and dry after Crimea losses - Yahoo News


US House of Representatives allocates USD 300 million to Ukraine in defense bill to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine - uatoday.tv


US Senator McCain turns down Ukraine advisor role - Yahoo News

 

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At Foreign Ministers Meeting EU and Nato vow to step up cooperation to counter Russian 'hybrid warfare' - ibtimes


Russia hopes NATO will stop attempts of absorbing Georgia, Ukraine: envoy - TASS


Russia Says Ukraine Attendance at NATO Spring Session Puts Minsk Commitment Into Question - Sputnik International


Russia says to boost military presence in Crimea in response to NATO E. Europe expansion - RT News


Russia Says It Can Deploy Nuclear Arms to Crimea - Washington Free Beacon


Russia backs legislation to force out ′undesirable′ foreign groups - DW.DE


Evidence Mounts That Russia Supplied Buk Missiles To Ukraine Separatists - rferl.org


VIDEO: A 60 Minutes Australia Exclusive This Sunday: Who shot down MH17? - amp.twimg.com 


Russia: More than 200 Russian Soldiers Killed in Ukraine, Says Nemtsov Report - occrp.org


Russian Defense Ministry Dismisses Claim of Russian Troops in Ukraine - Russian peacekeeper


Top Russian Detective Removed From Nemtsov Murder Case - rferl.org


PayPal Blocks Russian Account For Nemtsov Report On Ukraine War - rferl.org


Facebook Is Pro-Russia, Senior Aide To Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko Says - ibtimes.com


Facebook’s Zuckerberg Responds to Ukrainians’ Complaints, But Is His Answer Enough? - Global Voices Advocacy


Russia’s First GDP Slump Since 2009 Signals Milder Recession, Russia’s economy fares better than forecast by all analysts - Bloomberg

 

Putin Buying Dollars Again Shows Worst of Crisis Is Over - Bloomberg Business


Ruble Up Against U.S. Dollar, Despite Central Bank Forex Purchases - The Moscow Times


France offers Russia 785 mn euros to ditch warship deal: report - Yahoo News


Russia remains EU’s third biggest trade partner: Foreign Ministry review - TASS

 

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An "Indispensable" Snub

Obama's Petulant WWII Snub of Russia

Editor Note:  Russia will celebrate the Allied victory over Nazism on Saturday without U.S. President Obama and other Western leaders present, as they demean the extraordinary sacrifice of the Russian people in winning World War II – a gesture intended to humiliate President Putin.

By Ray McGovern

President Barack Obama’s decision to join other Western leaders in snubbing Russia’s weekend celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe looks more like pouting than statesmanship, especially in the context of the U.S. mainstream media’s recent anti-historical effort to downplay Russia’s crucial role in defeating Nazism.

40 years after Vietnam: Celebrating the End of One War, and Witnessing the Start of a New One Here at Home

By Dave Lindorff


It was 40 years ago today that the last troops from America’s criminal war against the people of Vietnam scurried ignominiously onto a helicopter on the roof of the US Embassy in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and fled the country where US forces had killed some 3-4 million people in the name of “fighting Communism.” 


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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