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Ukraine/Russia News - Mar 10, 2015

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

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 -

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

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

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 -

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 -

NATO holds exercises in Black Sea (VIDEO) -

Russian Navy Spotted In Black Sea Ahead Of NATO Exercise -

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 -

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

POLL: Surveys showing Crimeans content with secession from Ukraine -

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 -


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

Ukraine Says Rebels Violating Cease-Fire -

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

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

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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.



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


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 -

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 -

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 -

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


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’ -

US Soldiers Readying for Deployment to Train Ukrainian Forces -

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

NATO Says Russia Moving Its Weapons Systems In Crimea -

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

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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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


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 -

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


Ukraine Says Russian-Backed Rebels Still Attacking -

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

Ukraine Signs Defense Deal With UAE, To Buy Weapons -

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

VIDEO: Poroshenko purchasing new weapons -

Poroshenko pledges to return Crimea to Ukraine -

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

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

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

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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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

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 -

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


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” -

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) -


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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 -


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 -


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 -


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



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 -

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

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

Putin meets Security Council to discuss Ukraine -

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 -


How to Lose Friends and Alienate People? Hire Saakashvili (VIDEO) - Sputnik International - Georgian MP nominated for top prosecution role in Ukraine -


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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 -

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 -

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

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 -

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 -

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



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 -

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


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

Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Ukraine -

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

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

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 -

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 -

VIDEO: Obama, Merkel hint at disagreements on Ukraine -

VIDEO: President Obama and Chancellor Merkel Full Press Conference -

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 -


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 -


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


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 -



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 -

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 -


Desperation and Destruction in Contested Ukraine City Debaltseve -


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


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


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


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 -


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 -


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



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 -


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 ( 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 -


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


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


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


POLL: 82% of Crimeans support annexation - UNIAN news



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 -


Hacked Documents Reveal Ukrainian Military in Dire Conditions - Global Research


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



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 -

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 -

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 -


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



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 -

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

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 -


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 -


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) -


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



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 -

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 -


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 -


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 -

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

Yatseniuk instructs regional governors to prepare war economy plans -

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 -


Ukraine: The Rise of The Right -



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 -

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

US Deploying Troops to Ukraine to Train its National Guard -

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 -


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


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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 -

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' -


Russia Says EU Sticking To 'Unfriendly Course' -


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


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 -


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


Medvedev threatens to increase electricity prices for Ukraine -


Russia Presses Ahead With Plan for Gas Pipeline to Turkey -



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 -

PHOTOS: Proof that militia captured the 31st checkpoint -

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 -


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



Donetsk Airport overrun by rebels, say army volunteers -

VIDEO: Russia Spetsnaz Special Forces outside Donetsk Airport - 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 -


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 -



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 -


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



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

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 -

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

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



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 -

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



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

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 -

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



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 -

Ukraine to mobilize women if necessary: General Staff senior official -


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 -



World Bank downgrades Ukraine's economic outlook for 2015 -

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 -


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 -


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 -


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 -


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



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 -


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 -


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 -


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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 -

Latest information from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine - OSCE

Three Ukrainian Soldiers Killed On Eastern Orthodox Christmas Day -

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 -

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

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 -


Yatsenyuk compares Islamic terrorists in France with Donbas militants -


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 -


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



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

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 -

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

REPORT: Venture capital investments in the Ukraine IT industry -


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


Ukraine seeks to increase military production capacity -


Soros: Europe must bail out Ukraine to beat Putin -


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 -


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 -

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 -


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 -


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) -


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



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

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 -



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 -

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 -

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

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 -


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 -


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Out With Empty Shirts, Pastel Ties, and the Neoconna Prima Donna



Rebuilding the Obama-Putin Trust



Editor Note: Heading into the last quarter of his presidency, Barack Obama must decide whether he will let the neocons keep pulling his strings or finally break loose and pursue a realistic foreign policy seeking practical solutions to world problems, including the crisis with Russia over Ukraine.

By Ray McGovern

The year 2015 will surely mark a watershed in relations between the United States and Russia, one way or the other. However, whether tensions increase – to war-by-proxy in Ukraine or an even wider war – or whether they subside depends mostly on President Barack Obama.

Hitting a journalistic nadir: Cold-War-Style Propaganda Posing as News at the New York Times

By Dave Lindorff

As shameful a propagandist for Washington’s war machine as the New York Times has been over the years, sometimes I still cannot believe the brazenness of its abandonment of even a pretext of dispassionate journalistic standards. One of those moments came today, when I read the left-column page-one article by Jim Yardley and Jo Becker headlined “How Putin Forged a Pipeline Deal that Derailed.”

Ukraine/Russia News - Dec 30, 2014


Poroshenko: No military solution to Ukraine conflict, will meet the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on Jan. 15 - LA Times

Poroshenko warns of martial law “immediately” if rebels relaunch hostilities -

Military operation in Donbas does not end until January 15: Poroshenko - TASS

Address of President Petro Poroshenko at the press conference of December 29, 2014 - Official web-site of President of Ukraine

Kiev, Donetsk Military Meet, No Agreements Reached: DPR Official - Sputnik International

Kiev, Donbas to Continue Prisoner Swaps Monday: Donetsk Ombudsman - Sputnik International


Ukrainian army repulsed terrorists’ attack on Donetsk airport, Three soldiers and 14 separatists were killed: Poroshenko - Censor.NET


VIDEO: Separatists continue shelling the Donetsk airport - Censor.NET


Separatists attacked Ukrainian army positions near Mariupol, one soldier killed: ATO headquarters - Censor.NET


Jewish Community To Create Jewish Defense Force In Mariupol - JP Updates


Russia’s body count is rising in Ukraine, despite army officials’ denials - Telegraph


VIDEO: UK media confirms that Russian troops fought and died in Ukraine -


How a Retired Russian Army Officer Sends ‘Volunteers’ to Fight in Ukraine -



Ukraine adopts 'draconian' budget backed by IMF - Business Recorder

Cabinet to increase gas rates for population to market level in 2015, 20 million of Ukrainians will receive grants-in-aid - Censor.NET

Ukraine’s parliament adopts law imposing 5-10% import tax - TASS

Scuffle during protests outside Rada, calls for the government to refrain from austerity, excise duties and other taxes (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

IMF mission to visit Ukraine from Jan 8 - Reuters


Putin, IMF Chief Discuss Russia's Efforts to Help Crisis-Hit Ukraine - Sputnik International


Ukraine ready to buy coal from Donbas: Poroshenko - TASS


Kiev Ready to Supply Electricity to Crimea if It Gets Enough From Russia - Sputnik International


Kiev has no plans to use blockade of Crimea as element of pressure in talks on Donbas - TASS


Kiev to Pay $3 Billion to Moscow in Arrears: Ukrainian Finance Ministry - Sputnik International


Nuclear reactor shutdown at Ukraine's biggest power station after 'electrical malfunction' - Daily Mail Online


Ukraine Separatist Leader Warns Against Using U.S. Nuclear Fuel -


Self-proclaimed Luhansk republic nationalizing strategically important enterprises - TASS



Russian Ruble Drops 7 Percent as Economy Shrinks - ABC News

China plays long game with ruble deal, Beijing bolsters global currency ambitions as Russia swaps challenges central role of U.S. dollar - Barron’s

VIDEO: Russia and China forge closer ties - Al Jazeera

Medvedev: Russia to Define Measures to Support Economy After Holidays - Sputnik International

4 Reasons Why Russia Isn't Doomed - Seeking Alpha


Apple Inc.'s Back in Russia: Here's Why It Left in the First Place -


West wants to end confrontation with Russia over Ukraine: EU foreign policy chief - RT News


Putin Shown Not ‘So Smart’ as Russia Economy Suffers, Obama Says - Bloomberg


TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Full NPR Interview - NPR


Most Admired in U.S.: Obama, Clinton ... but Russian President Vladimir Putin also has his admirers too, he crashed the top 10 list - NBC


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Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 28, 2014


Russia Revises Military Doctrine, Lists NATO Buildup As Major Threat - Sputnik International

NATO stronger military potential at Russian borders causes concerns: defense ministry - TASS

Complete text of the Russia's Military Doctrine (Russian) -

NATO hits back at Kremlin assertion that it is a ′security threat′ - DW.DE

US Reviewing Russian Military Doctrine: White House - Sputnik International

Relations with EU to stay Russia's priority 'for years to come’: Moscow - RT News

Gorbachev: Putin saved Russia from disintegration - RT News

Russia’s New Military Doctrine Permits Retaliatory Nuclear Strike Only - Sputnik International

Nuclear submarines of Borei class to become guarantors of Russia’s security: deputy PM - TASS


Russian Missile Regiments to Receive Heavy 100-Ton Sarmat ICBMs: Source - Sputnik International


Russia Successfully Test Launches RS-24 Yars ICBM From Plesetsk: Ministry - Sputnik International


Russia’s future railway-based system Barguzin to carry 6 ballistic missiles: source - TASS


Russia’s new military doctrine allows creation of joint missile defense systems - TASS


Modern air defence missile systems S-300V4, Tor-M2U supplied to Ground Troops - TASS


VIDEO: $6+ Billion Dollar Russian 'Pentagon' Command and Control Centre Launched In Moscow -


Russia’s revised military doctrine lists foreign private military firms among threats - TASS


Russia's new military doctrine says use of protest moods typical for conflicts nowadays - TASS


Russian defense sector eyes change of focus to limit effect of sanctions - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Why Russian arms sales are on high octane - Russia & India Report


Russia Defense Ministry plans to send major expedition to Arctic in 2015 - TASS


Arctic Should Remain Zone Free of Military Activity: Russia’s NATO Envoy - Sputnik International


Russia called on to suspend arctic oil ambitions - Peak Oil News



Ukraine and Rebels Exchange Hundreds of Prisoners - Reuters

VIDEO: Ukraine and Rebels Exchange Hundreds of Prisoners, New Round Of Swaps Expected -

Ukraine’s centre for POW release: аnother 490 people listed as prisoners of war in Donbass - TASS

Round of Minsk talks on Ukraine possible on Dec 28 or 29 - Russia Beyond The Headlines

POLL: Ukrainians Overwhelmingly Opposed to Giving Up Donbas - Window on Eurasia

POLL: Over 80% of Ukrainians believe that Russia and Ukraine are at war - Censor.NET

POLL: Signature of Ukraine-EU association deal seen as important event by only 8.3 percent of Ukrainians -

POLL: Almost 80% of Ukrainian convinced that the level of corruption unchanged or increased - Ukrainian Crisis


POLL: More than 75% of Ukrainians disapprove govs austerity measures, lowering standard of living - abovetopsecret


POLL: More Ukrainians unhappy with quality of life - TASS


Self-proclaimed DPR republic nationalizes Ukrainian state companies - TASS


Russia to supply coal to Ukraine without prepayment - Ukrainian ministry - TASS


Moscow, Kiev Sign Agreement on Electricity Supply to Ukraine: Official - Sputnik International


Electricity Service to Crimea Cut Again - Interpreter_Mag


Ukraine Cuts Off Train and Bus Service to Crimea - The Moscow Times


Cutting Off Passenger Railway Service to Crimea Temporary Measure: Kiev - Sputnik International


Visa, MasterCard stop supporting bank cards in Crimea - Reuters


Ukraine Reports Russian Military Equipment Is In 'Aid Convoys' - Interpreter_Mag


Afghanistan against US plans to transfer mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles to Ukraine: Kabul official - RT News


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Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 26, 2014


Ukraine’s NATO aspirations dangerous for Europe: Lavrov - TASS

Ukraine ascension to NATO would end Russia-NATO ties: Moscow - RT News

Russia to take retaliatory measures to NATO's eastward expansion - GlobalPost

Russia doing more than anyone else to help settle situation in Ukraine: Lavrov - TASS

Lavrov says coming back to logic of national unity is crucial for Ukrainians - TASS

Russian FM Lavrov urges major constitutional reform in Ukraine - RT 

Lavrov: Russia Recognizes Poroshenko's Commitment to Peace in Ukraine - Sputnik International

Russia Signals More Military To Belarus as Ukraine Briefly Cuts Power To Crimea -


Russia puts new military comsat into orbit (VIDEO) - RT News


Russia Releases List of Russian Combatants Killed in Ukraine from Ukrainian Defense Ministry Source - Interpreter_Mag


Savchenko in her first interview from a Russian prison: I did not aim any mortar fire, especially at unarmed persons - UNIAN news


Nadiya Savchenko to continue her hunger strike indefinitely after appeal rejected -


Russia's finance minister insists currency turmoil is over - Telegraph


Russia’s international reserves fall below $400 billion to 5-year low - TASS


Putin Aide Says Russian Inflation to Hit 11 Percent in 2014 - The Moscow Times


Putin Orders Vodka Price Cap Amid Economic Crisis -


Sanctions-Struck Gazprom Sees Gas Production Hit Record Low, Sales to EU and Turkey Down 9 pct in 2014 - The Moscow Times


Gazprom Confirms Ukraine’s $1.65Bln Gas Debt Repayment - Sputnik International



Ukraine Conflict Sides Agree to Swap Captives: Luhansk Leader - Sputnik International

Pullout of Heavy Artillery in Donbas to Begin on December 26: Kiev - Sputnik International

Contact Group for Ukraine to hold second round of talks in Minsk on Friday: media - TASS

Ukraine peace talks continue via online link, separatists say - EUROPE ONLINE

Eastern Ukraine: Humanitarian disaster looms as food aid blocked by pro-Kyiv battalions - Amnesty International

Ukraine broadens powers of top security body, NSDC secretary is entitled to declare martial law or a state of emergency - Xinhua

Maximum resources are allocated for defense. The NSDC has recently decided to allocate 5% of GDP for the purposes of defense and security - Petro Poroshenko on Twitter


Seven persons injured during riot near Kharkov town hall, More than 200 people demand resignation of Mayor Gennady Kernes - TASS


Radical protesters throw ‘old regime’ official into dumpster in Kharkov (VIDEO) - RT News


VIDEO: In Kharkov the Right Sector beats a guy -


Railway bridge near Mariupol was blown up, practically cutting railway connection btw city and rest of Ukraine - Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter


Ukraine Expects IMF Decision on Multi-Billion Dollar Loan by Late January - The Moscow Times


Ukraine's parliament backs import tax rises amid budget crisis - Reuters


Ukraine resumes electricity supply to Crimea after brief blackout - APA


Ukraine Warns of More Power Cuts if Mild Weather Fades - VOA


VIDEO: Power Outage Throughout Crimea - YouTube


Ukraine Receives $380Mln Loan From World Bank for Power Grid Rehabilitation - Sputnik International



New Competing Claims On Downing Of MH17 Pointing The Finger At The Separatists Or The Ukrainian Army -

Newly-Available Photos of MH17 Shoot-Down by Separatists, and Interview with Eyewitness by RTL Nieuws (PHOTO, VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

Second MH17 BUK trail photo of MH17 shoot-down by separatists from July 17th (PHOTO) - Ukraine@war


Interview with eyewitness who made the photo of the BUK trail - Ukraine@war


Buk M2 TELAR Identifying Numbers Painted Over in Sudzha Videos (VIDEO, PHOTO) - bellingcat


Russian popular daily publishes eyewitness report on Ukraine military's role in MH17 shootdown - TASS

Witness account of Ukraine military’s MH17 shootdown confirmed by lie detector: investigators - RT News


VIDEO: (English): Witness account of Ukraine military's role in MH17 shootdown - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT (English): Witness account of Ukraine military's role in MH17 shootdown -


Donetsk Leader Zakharchenko Says Witnessed Downing of MH17 Plane by Ukrainian Jets - Sputnik International


VIDEO: (Ukrainian): 'I saw Malaysian Airlines MH17 with my own eyes’: Zakharchenko - YouTube


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Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 20, 2014


European leaders warn against too much economic pain on Russia - LA Times

France's Hollande Floats Prospect of Sanctions Relief for Russia, Risks EU Split - Bloomberg News

VIDEO: France’s Hollande Floats Rollback of Russian Sanctions - Bloomberg

German Foreign Minister Warns Against More Russia Sanctions - Atlantic Sentinel

Italian PM urges revision of attitude to Russia, opposes new sanctions - TASS

Sanctions Now Risk Being Too Painful for Russia, Denmark Says - Businessweek

Obama waives sanctions authority despite new law, concerned that the measure is not in line with with the European Union - Yahoo News

Statement by President Obama on the Ukraine Freedom Support Act - IIP Digital


Corker to Obama: Convince Europe to up sanctions on Russia - TheHill


Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU - US News


EU bans investment in Crimea, targets oil sector, cruises - Reuters


Russian experts: The lastest EU summit concerned not so much about the Ukrainian crisis as economic relations with Russia - TASS


Fresh US sanctions could do long-term damage to relations with Russia: Lavrov - AFP


Russia Reserves Adequate Response to Ukraine Freedom Support Act: Official - Sputnik International



Europeans Face Export Losses as Sanctions Bite Russian Ruble - WSJ

Sanctions against Russia hurt both sides, $40 billion annual US-Russia trade is dwarfed by EU-Russia $460 billion -

Western companies scramble to cope with Russian ruble drop - Reuters

Russia crisis hurts these Western brands the most - CNN

GM, Audi, Jaguar halt Russian sales amidst ruble's collapse -

Renault-Nissan boss warns of 'bloodbath' for car sales in Russia - Telegraph

Apple, IKEA, McDonald's Raise Prices In Russia Due To Ruble Falls - Business Insider

BASF, Gazprom Fall Victim to Sanctions as Asset Swap Ends - Bloomberg


VIDEO: Sanctions Against Russia Affecting Germany - YouTube


Russia Warships Update: France Still Won't Deliver Mistral Helicopter Carriers, Francois Hollande Says -


EU asks Russia to go ahead with South Stream - TASS


Europe and Russia After South Stream - Stratfor


China Offers Enhanced Cooperation as Russia Struggles - Bloomberg


Ruble Advances as Cash Crunch From Higher Rates Supports Demand - Bloomberg


POLL: Vladimir Putin's popularity soars to 81% as Russia faces economic chill -


Putin: Russia military modernization to go ahead - Boston Herald


Russian nuclear forces to get more than 50 new missiles in 2015: Putin - TASS


Shoigu: In 2015 Russian AirForce & Naval Aviation will receive 126 new aircraft  88 helicopters. Navy to receive 2 submarines & 5 warships - Missilito on Twitter


3rd Russian Borei-class nuclear sub raises its colors (VIDEO) - RT News



IMF, Ukraine fail to reach pact on next bailout tranche - Reuters

Ukraine’s Rating Cut by S&P to CCC as IMF Delay Raises Default Risk - Bloomberg

G7 Officials to Discuss Ukraine Funding Gap - WSJ

Russian Media: Western Nations Tired of Ukraine’s Financial Demands - Sputnik UK

POLL: Majority of EU Citizens Against Additional Financial Aid to Ukraine - Sputnik International

POLL: Ukrainians' Ratings of Their Lives, Country Hit New Low -

Ukraine power units idled as coal reserves shrink - Reuters


Arms deliveries and military aid to Ukraine not discussed at EU meeting: Merkel - TASS


Former US Ambassador: Ukrainian claims on building one of Europe’s most powerful armies and reversing Crimea’s reunification with Russia could have dangerous consequences - Sputnik


Kiev, East Ukraine Republics Fail to Set Date of Next Reconciliation Talks - Sputnik International


Donetsk, Luhansk, Kiev Agree All-For-All Prisoner Swap as Priority - Sputnik International


Putin: Poroshenko Seeks Peace in Ukraine, but Many Others Want War - Sputnik International


Putin: Donbas Economic Blockade Futile, Counterproductive Path for Ukraine - Sputnik International


Lavrov: Bill renouncing Ukrainian neutral status plays into party of war hands - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Five Ukrainian government soldiers and five pro-Russian separatists killed in clashes - Bloomberg


Two Ukrainian Volunteer Fighters Killed In Ambush Near Staryi Aidar - Interpreter_Mag


Human Rights Watch: Ukraine Indiscriminate Rocket Attacks In Eastern Regions Require Better Investigation - Human Rights Watch


Ukraine's Azov Battalion Is Not Neo-Nazi, But Some Ppl In Battalion Are - Hromadske on Twitter


Russia transported T-64A tanks into Ukraine first half of december (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


Ukraine forms 'ministry of truth' to regulate the media - The Guardian


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Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 18, 2014


Russian Ruble Gains Back Some Of Its Lost Value From The Previous Day Dubbed "Black Tuesday” -

Russia spends billions to prop up ruble and stem the worst financial crisis of President Putin's 15 years in power - GlobalPost

Russia has resources, market instruments to rectify economic situation: Medvedev - TASS

VIDEO: Russia will never suffer economic meltdown, but Ukraine can: Lavrov -

Russia has cash to prevent economic collapse (VIDEO) - CNN

Russian central bank preparing measures to pump money into banks in 2015 -

Russia's Latest Torment: Higher Prices for Everything - Bloomberg

Russians Flock to Stores to Pre-empt Price Rises -

Ruble Chaos Forces Retailers to Suspend Sales in Russia - The Moscow Times


Apple Halts Online Sales In Russia As The Ruble Collapses - Forbes


Russia Government Pressures Exporters not to Hoard Foreign-Currency Earnings - The Moscow Times


Bank of Russia Bolsters Lenders as FX Debt Payments Loom - Bloomberg


Russia’s 20 richest people lost US$10B in two days due to the ruble’s collapse - Financial Post


Russian Economy to Rebound in 2015 if Ukraine Crisis De-Escalates:Saxo Bank - Sputnik International


Economist Katusa: Low Oil Prices Aren't the End of Russia (VIDEO) -


Russian Arms Exports Hit $13 Billion in 2014 - The Moscow Times


Russia crisis leaves banks around the world exposed by the billions - RT Business


Anxiety Over European Banks Amid Ruble Crisis -


Banks Most Exposed Russia's Looming Debt Crisis - Business Insider


Russian turmoil knocks back European equities - Reuters


It’s Not Just Russia’s Companies Feeling the Pain - WSJ


German business group warns the recent drop in the ruble will negatively affect Germany’s exports to Russia -


Asian Markets Down on Ruble Crisis - Sputnik International


Russia-Ukraine border situation affects global economy: Kremlin spokesman - TASS



EU says Ukraine needs $15 bln, has limited ability to help - Reuters

Finance ministry hopes Ukraine to receive IMF $3 bln loan installment early Jan 2015 -

Ukraine's Currency Hits Record Lows on 'Black Tuesday' - Interpreter_Mag

Chevron Shale Exit Shreds Ukraine’s Hope of Energy Independence - Bloomberg

Poroshenko sets course for 'Euro-Atlantic' security integration, aims to EU membership by 2020 and to abandon the "nonbloc” status -

VIDEO: Ukraine to Pursue Euro-Atlantic Security Integration: Poroshenko is for canceling non-aligned status - YouTube

Putin Orders Snap Military Drills on NATO Border -


Top US Diplomat Warns Russia: Don't Put Nukes in Crimea -


Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels agree to resume peace talks on Sunday - The West Australian


Donetsk separatist leadership ready to hold on-line Skype-conference with Kiev tomorrow - TASS


Lavrov: Moscow Supports Ukraine’s Integrity, E Ukraine Not 'Another Crimea’ - Sputnik International


POLL: Few Ukrainians approve of allowing Donetsk and Luhansk to leave Ukraine, Forty-three percent approve of decentralizing power -


Pushilin: DNR 'Prepared To Exchange 152 Captured Ukrainian Soldiers' - Interpreter_Mag


Ukrainian Military Report 26 Attacks From Russian-Backed Forces Over Last 24 Hours - Interpreter_Mag


SBU Says Airports Closed Due To SAM Threat - Interpreter_Mag


Evidence that Russia is transporting back its destroyed tanks (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


Tenth Russian convoy to deliver humanitarian aid to east Ukraine: Emergencies Ministry - TASS


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Shooting Down MH 17 - BUK 312 Story False Says Ukraine Crew Member


(Image: BUK 312 in Kiev junta terrotiry - Anatoly Sharij)

The shoot down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 came into greater focus with the December 15 YouTube video featuring a former crew member of BUK self-propelled fire installation, number 312 (BUK 312). Ukraine's government and others maintained that the BUK 312 unit shot down MH17 while manned by a resistance crew.   The Obama administration championed that narrative holding both the resistance and Russia responsible for the 298 deaths on July 17. The interview was conducted by investigative journalist Anatoly Sharij and translated by Marina Stewart (see full test in English at end of this article).  

The 23-year-old former BUK 312 crewmember revealed that the missile unit was in fact manned by the Ukraine military. He outlines the missile system's location and how it operated.   The former sergeant also offered analysis and research indicating the very low probability that the 312 crew shot down MH17.

Russia/Ukraine News - Dec 16, 2014


Medvedev: EU not willing to treat Ukraine as equal partner, “The association agreement does not contain any mention of Ukraine’s membership” - Sputnik

Medvedev: EU, US Reluctant to Give Ukraine Money, Even for Immediate Needs - Sputnik

Medvedev: Kiev may lose $15Bln after association with EU, should Customs Union member-states take steps to protect their markets - Sputnik

Medvedev: Ukrainian citizens will not be able to work in Russia without labor patent, Ukraine will lose up to $13bn in remittances - APA

Medvedev: Ukrainian economy built thanks to Russia, looming threat of social and economic collapse of the country -

Medvedev: 'Russia has experienced tragic events in Ukraine as our own pain', given the two countries’ shared culture, values, and historical identity - Sputnik

Russia says it wants east Ukraine to stay with Kiev under reformed constitution to allow autonomy to Russian-speaking regions - Reuters

Medvedev: Kiev's Blockade of East Ukraine Shows Lack of Responsibility - Sputnik International

Medvedev: Issue With Gas Transit Through Ukraine Settled Only Temporarily - Sputnik International

Medvedev: Russia concerned about Kyiv's attempts to upset atomic energy cooperation -

Russia announces a three-day exercise near the Ukrainian border. On previous occasions it meant a surge of the intervention corps - Leonid Ragozin on Twitter

Russian top brass (200 generals and other commanders) meeting and strategizing somewhere in Rostov region - Maria Antonova on Twitter

Geolocating Russia moves of more T-64s and GRADs towards Ukraine (PHOTO) - Ukraine@war

Russians film their own large columns on the move in Ukraine (VIDEO, PHOTO) - Ukraine@war

FM Lavrov says Russian nukes could be stationed in Crimea - Andrew Roth on Twitter

Russia Blamed by Nordic Nations for Endangering Airliner - Bloomberg

Russia denies another near collision in Baltics - The Sacramento Bee

US, Europe arms sales decline for third year in a row, Russia sees spike in sales largely thanks to a Kremlin push to modernise its military -

The Top 25 Weapons Companies In The World (Excluding China): Report - Business Insider

Plans to Create Russian National Orbital Station Confirmed - Sputnik International


Dems, GOP press Obama to back Russian sanctions, The bill also would provide lethal military assistance to Ukraine - ABC News

White House has not yet decided on Russia sanctions bill - Reuters

Lavrov: U.S. Ukraine support bill hostile move, "a maniac desire to punish Russia for all imaginable and unimaginable transgressions" -

Russia Issues Stern Warning To U.S. Against Fresh Economic Sanctions, Vows To Strike Back Because Of Ukraine Support Act -

Russia Press Digest: U.S. bill on Ukraine is ‘time bomb under bilateral relations’ - Russia Beyond The Headlines

‘If US sends weapons to Ukraine, Russia should send troops’: lawmaker - RT

How Many Enemies Does America Want? Congress Sacrifices U.S. Security With New Sanctions Against Russia - Forbes

Russian Ruble Crashes to World's Worst-Performing Currency - The Moscow Times

Russian ADRS Drop Most in Five Years as Ruble Plunges - Bloomberg

Russia Boosts Interest Rates To 17 Percent Amid Currency's Slide - NPR

Russia cuts spending as recession looms: Report - Worldbulletin News

Moscow Authorities Threaten Merchants with Fines for Showing Prices in Foreign Currency; Urges Consumers to Inform on Businesses - Interpreter_Mag

Russia’s Debt Problem May Not Be as Bad as It Seems - WSJ

Ukraine's frozen war is bringing dramatic changes to world economy - Reuters


Ukraine Seeking $10 Billion in Aid Amid Talks With U.S., EU to stave off a default as its economy shrinks - Bloomberg

Ukraine Prime Minister Asks NATO, EU for More Help - ABC News

Ukraine needs national referendum on NATO membership: PM - TASS

NATO Secretary General tells Ukrainian Prime Minister ''NATO stands with you’’ - NATO

VIDEO: Joint press point with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk - YouTube

Joint Press Release following the first Association Council meeting between the European Union and Ukraine - Council of the European Union

Ukrainian Bonds Tumble Amid Talks on Aid to Avert Default - Bloomberg

Gas volume in Ukraine’s underground storage sites falls as heating season begins - TASS

Ukraine says Chevron plans to pull out of $10 bln shale gas deal - Reuters

Press Release: UN report details dire plight of people in eastern Ukraine amid ongoing rights violations - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

REPORT: Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Separatist Military Leader: "We must take the borders of the Donetsk region. If Ukraine does not agree to solve this issue by political means, we will settle it militarily - Interpreter_Mag

Convoy with Russian Tank Labeled 'To Mariupol' Has Been Geolocated in Ukraine (PHOTO, VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

Numerous Attacks On Ukrainian Positions, Including Grad Use Reported - Interpreter_Mag

Official says 917 Ukrainian army servicemen killed in Donbas military operation - TASS

Ukraine's three major airports closed indefinitely: state aviation service - TASS

Ukrainian female pilot Nadezhda Savchenko detained in Russia on hunger strike - Interpreter_Mag

Poroshenko grants alleged Belarusian Neo-Nazi Ukrainian citizenship -


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