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What’s a little espionage among friends?: Station Chief Ousted as CIA Spies Found in German Parliament and Spy Agency

By Dave Lindorff 


Munich -- You have to wonder how much more the German public will take of the country’s ongoing humiliation by the United States and its extensive program of secretly spying on what nominally is one of America’s most reliable allies.


Ukraine News - July 11, 2014


Ukraine field troops prepare for assault on Donetsk - AFP


Ukraine reclaims another rebel town, consolidate its position into recaptured territory - Business Spectator


Ukraine's Army Now Holds Two-Thirds of Donbas, Senior Security Official Says - atlanticcouncil.org


Ukraine rebel commander says will not pull out of Donetsk - Reuters


VIDEO: Pro-Russia separatists not giving up fight in Donetsk - The Washington Post


Separatists plan to evacuate Donetsk as Ukraine army nears - FT.com


VIDEO: Families begin to leave Donetsk - BBC


Ukraine Crisis: Fighting Breaks Out Near Donetsk Airport, Train Station - ibtimes.com


Russia arrests female Ukrainian aviator over journalists' deaths - AFP


Ukraine accuses Russia of abducting female military pilot - Los Angeles Times


Meet The Tough-As-Nails Ukrainian Pilot That Russia Wants To Try For Murder - rferl.orr


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Divisions appearing among Ukraine's eastern rebels, dozens of militiamen turn in their weapons - Fox News


Ukraine rebels face drop in morale: ‘What’s the point of fighting?’ - Toronto Star


Donetsk rebel governor losing hope of Russia intervention - AP


Patchwork Makeup of Rebels Fighting Ukraine Makes Peace Talks Elusive - NYTimes.com


Ukraine Crisis: Russian commander Girkin, aka Strelkov, Key Player In Eastern Unrest - Kiev Ukraine News Blog


Part of the Vostok Batallion went under Girkin's Command - Censor.NET


Mass media reports field commander Bezler refused to obey to the Donetsk rebel authorities - rupaper.com


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Soot-Stained Documents Found in Ukraine Reveal Execution Trials Ordered by Strelkov (PHOTOS) - mashable.com


Transcripts show rebel justice in East Ukraine was swift and merciless, executed residents for petty crimes - buzzfeed


Human rights group sees growing proof of abductions, torture by both sides in Ukraine - Reuters


Hundreds of people kidnapped by insurgents in East Ukraine, Some abductees have been released but others remain in captivity - mashable


Intercepted conversation shows rebel commander Bezler involved in the killing of Ukrainian deputy Rybak (PHOTOS) - Ukraine Investigation


Alleged executions by rebel Igor Bezler - niqnaq


Some executions of hostages by Igor Bezler proved to de staged - stopfake.org


The story of rebel Igor Bezler extorting money from Ukrainian businessmen - Free Ukraine


VIDEO: Igor Besler caught posing as a Russian Officer, in fact he is a Ukrainian ex-funeral service worker who got fired for theft and blackmail - YouTube

 

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Ukraine News - July 9, 2014


Ukraine Lays Plan to Besiege Rebels in Eastern City - WSJ


Mayor: Poroshenko promises not to use aircraft, artillery in Donetsk - interfax.com


Ukraine Tycoon Akhmetov pleads with the government not to bomb Donetsk - The Jakarta Globe


Kiev says will not introduce unilateral ceasefire again, "Now any talks are possible only after militants lay down arms” - ITAR-TASS


Poroshenko says he is ready for political dialogue with insurgents, "in order to elect new authorities as well as decentralisation” - zeenews


VIDEO: Ukrainian Forces Re-Take Eastern City of Artemivsk - Boston.com


Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko is being held in Russian prison, Kiev’s Foreign Ministry expressed strong protest - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council report: July 8 - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


Ukraine Justice Ministry Moves to Ban Communist Party - The Moscow Times


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Rebel Leader on Donetsk and Lugansk siege: "Any blockade of these two cities by the Ukrainian army is impossible" - The Moscow Times


Ukraine army still far from victory over rebels in east - BBC News


Hundreds of militants have gone to Donetsk after retreating from Slaviansk amid fears of new bloodshed (PHOTOS) -  DailyMail


After Slaviansk's fall, splits open in Ukraine rebel ranks - Reuters


Thousands cheer pro-Russian rebels at Donetsk rally - The Washington Post


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Statement from Deputy Minister of Defence of Luhansk People’s Republic - YouTube


VIDEO: Pro-Russian rebels of Vostok battalion await Ukrainian forces in Donetsk - YouTube


VIDEO: Train suspended over motorway as bridge blown up by E. Ukraine separatists - RT In motion


Separatist military commander Strelkov latest blog posting - The Vineyard of the Saker


‘Strelkov’ apologizes for Donetsk looting - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


Operation of bank owned by oligarch Kolomoisky stopped in Lugansk People's Republic - The Voice of Russia


Kolomoisky proposes to seize assets of Ukrainian separatists' supporters, their sponsors - interfax.com


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Kremlin silent as pro-Russian rebels retreat in Ukraine, There are signs that Moscow is seeking to distance itself from the separatists - AFP


Russia lawmakers unlikely to vote again on Ukraine action: speaker - AFP


Russia speaks for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


Obama, Hollande call on Putin to pressure Ukraine rebels on ceasefire, "A durable solution to the crisis in Ukraine can only be a political one" - AFP


VIDEO: Ukraine in the State Department Daily Press Briefing - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Ukraine in the State Department Daily Press Briefing - Embassy of the United States Kyiv, Ukraine


NATO Chief Warns of Duplicity by Putin on Ukraine - NYTimes.com


NATO, Russia Launch Black Sea Drills - rferl.org


NATO Sets Record By Sending Nine Ships Into Black Sea - RIA Novosti


Ukraine Really Wants Its Militarized Dolphins Back from Russia - VICE News

 

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Ukraine News - July 3, 2014


Foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agree on a plan for a resumption of the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine - AP


VIDEO (English): Full statements by the Ukraine, Russia, Germany, France foreign ministers on E. Ukraine ceasefire - YouTube


Joint Declaration by the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany - Auswärtiges Amt


Kiev Ready for Talks With Independence Supporters Anywhere: Poroshenko’s Office - RIA Novosti


Separatist PM open to reinstalling a truce, "We can waive some of our political demands for a peace settlement in our region” - Euro Asia News


Ukraine Wants to Seal Its Russian Border - The Daily Beast


Ten including child dead in artillery fire in Luhansk region: Luhansk People's Republic - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: Live footage of Luhansk residential area bombed by the Ukrainian army - YouTube


VIDEO: Devastation and bodies in Luhansk - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: More on Luhansk bombing aftermath - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO (English Subtitles) - A longer footage of the airstrike aftermath in Luganskaya village - LiveLeak.com


Separatist commander Igor Strelkov: After the Ukrainian army blew up a pipeline, no sources of water supply in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk - Facebook.com


Russian REN-TV Channel Says Its Journalists Deliberately Targeted in Ukraine - RIA Novosti


Lugansk People’s Republic militiamen free Ukrainian journalists - ITAR-TASS


Cluster bomb found in Donetsk region unexploded - The Voice of Russia


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UN: 160,000 refugees fled the fighting in Donetsk and Lugansk, Two-thirds went to Russia while the rest is staying in Ukraine - usatoday


UN refugee agency warns of ‘sharp rise’ in people fleeing eastern Ukraine - United Nations News Centre


VIDEO: Ukraine: Number of displaced dramatically increases - euronews


Many Ukrainians Flee to Russia, Angry, Afraid, Determined to Stay - WSJ


18,000 Ukrainian Refugees in Russian Accommodation Centers: Emergencies Ministry - RIA Novosti


500 Ukrainian Refugees Arrive in Crimea Daily: Official - RIA Novosti


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Refugees from Luhansk - YouTube


VIDEO: Evacuation of Children From Kramatorsk Orphanage - YouTube


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Lavrov Elbows Kerry Out

 

 


The Risk of a Ukraine Bloodbath

 

 

Editor Note: Pressured by neocons and the mainstream U.S. media, the Obama administration is charting a dangerous course by seeking a military solution to Ukraine’s political crisis and possibly provoking Moscow to intervene to protect ethnic Russians.

By Ray McGovern

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko – by thumbing his nose at the leaders of Russia, Germany and France as they repeatedly appealed to him to renew the fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine – has left himself and his U.S. patrons isolated, though that’s not the version of the story that you’ll read in the mainstream U.S. press.

Ukraine News - July 2, 2014


Ukraine relaunches attack on rebels after failed truce - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Ukraine’s Poroshenko announce end of ceasefire, vows to attack rebels - Reuters


VIDEO: Ukraine attacks separatists after truce fails - Al Jazeera


Ukraine retakes border crossing from rebels as Poroshenko goes on attack - The Guardian


Pro-Russian rebels capture police HQ in Ukraine - The Seattle Times


VIDEO: Bus blasted in Ukraine's Kramatorsk, at least 4 dead - YouTube


VIDEO: Kramatorsk. Mortar shelling. Video surveillance cameras - LiveLeak.com


Crew of Russian TV journalists come under mortar fire in Ukraine, Three were killed within the past month - ITAR-TASS


Slavyansk blacked out as a result of warfare in eastern Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Interview with separatist military commander Strelkov, talks about alleged chemical attack of Ukrainian military - YouTube


Bill on constitutional changes in Ukraine not foreseeing de-centralization promised by Poroshenko: Party of Regions - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Donetsk Peoples Republic intends to leave Ukraine's jurisdiction and integrate with Customs Union - The Voice of Russia


Donetsk Peoples’ Republic may nationalize Akhmetov’s enterprises - A Socialist in Canada


Richest Ukrainian Akhmetov Walks $13 Billion Tightrope - Businessweek


Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine, looks west as war next door imperils its Russian market - The Washington Post


Turchynov Deems Possible Dissolution Of Communist Party Faction After Parliament Procedural Regulations Changed - Ukranian News


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Putin Accuses Ukraine Leader Poroshenko of Shunning Road to Peace - VOA


Putin to West: Stop turning world into 'global barracks,' dictating rules to others - RT News


Top 10 takeaways from Putin's foreign policy speech - RT News


Russia could not afford to let NATO troops arrive in Sevastopol to radically change the balance of force in the Black Sea: Putin - Itar-Tass


VIDEO (English): Full Putin's foreign policy speech - YouTube


POLL: Poll Shows Russian Support for Arming Separatist Militants in Ukraine - atlanticcouncil.org


NATO chief Breedlove to move forces from U.S. to Europe to respond to Russia in Ukraine - McClatchy DC


Excerpts of NATO chief Breedlove speech: Russian actions bring Europe to decisive point - U.S. Air Force


VIDEO: NATO General Breedlove Blames Russia for Rising Tensions - VOA


NATO defensive measures excessive: Russia’s ambassador - ITAR-TASS


State Department reiterates the US' support to Ukraine through Poroshenko's end to the country's cease-fire with the pro-Russian separatists - KUNA


VIDEO: State Department press briefing on Ukraine - YouTube


U.S. choice of new ambassador to Russia may cause chill in relations - Russia Beyond The Headlines

 

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Meme with Wings: Are Western Anti-Fracking Activists Funded by Putin's Russia?

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

At a June 19 speaking event at London's Chatham House, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen claimed the Russian government is covertly working to discredit hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the west from afar.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Ukraine News - June 25, 2014


Putin asks parliament to cancel Russian authorization to use force, wants to extend cease-fire in Ukraine - AP


Ukraine's Poroshenko welcomes Putin's step towards military de-escalation - Yahoo News


US welcomes Putin call to revoke authorization to use force in Ukraine - AFP


EU hopes for implementation of Putin’s offer to revoke right to use army in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Putin & Fischer press conference in Austria (recorded live feed) - YouTube


OSCE chair says some solutions to Ukrainian crisis must be found in next few days - ITAR-TASS


Contacts on resolving conflict in Ukraine should continue until certain results reached: Russian Deputy FM - The Voice of Russia


Ukraine rebels down helicopter, killing nine despite truce - GlobalPost


Ukraine president says may revoke ceasefire after helicopter downing - Khaleej Times


Donetsk separatist leader: Kiev sabotages ceasefire agreements - ITAR-TASS


Miners call on all sides to the military conflict in Donbas to lay down their weapons, cease fire, and stop killing people and destroying enterprises - Interfax


Coal mines in Ukraine could close amid conflict - worldcoal.com


VIDEO: Ceasefire holds in Ukraine's flashpoint city of Slavyansk - YouTube


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UN Estimates 423 Killed in Ukraine's East - ABC News


UN: Numbers of Displaced Ukrainians Rising - VOA


Despite recent positive steps, Ukraine situation remains deeply worrying, Security Council told - United Nations News Centre


VIDEO: Ukraine situation remains deeply worrying, Security Council told - unmultimedia.org


VIDEO: Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power at UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine Situation - dvidshub.net


TRANSCRIPT: Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power at a Security Council Meeting on the Situation in Ukraine - usun.state.gov


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Austria defies US, EU over South Stream during Putin visit (VIDEO) - DW.DE


VIDEO: Austria and Russia sign South Stream gas pipeline treaty - RT Business


Putin: US unhappy with South Stream because it wants to deliver gas to Europe - RT Business


U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers to Break With Obama Over Russia Sanctions - moneynews.com


Russia to set own barriers in response to Ukraine's EU trade pact - Reuters


Russia to Substitute 95% of Ukrainian Defense Imports - RIA Novosti


Putin's Renunciation of Force in Ukraine Sends Ruble and Stocks Skyrocketing - The Moscow Times


Ukraine Supreme Court Clears Tymoshenko Of All Charges In Gas Case - Eurasia Review


Shale gas won't be extracted in Donetsk, says separatist leader - Ukrainian Journal

 

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Ukraine News - June 24, 2014


Ukraine separatists vow to honor the govt cease-fire as peace talks get under way in the east - Fox News


Separatists set conditions for negotiations with Kiev - RT News


Three-party talks on resolving Ukraine's crisis begin in Donetsk - The Voice of Russia


Poroshenko invites Russia to send inspectors to Ukraine to monitor ceasefire - ITAR-TASS


Obama and Putin talk on the phone on Ukraine - chicagotribune.com


Oligarch Medvedchuk may have convinced Putin that Poroshenko's peace plan is a step towards reaching a final settlement - CSMonitor


"Ukrainian choice" Medvedchuk could start a political settlement - Russian news and facts


VIDEO (Russian): Peace Talks Underway in Donbass As Viktor Medvedchuk Arrives With Federalisation Proposal - LiveLeak.com


Ukraine looks to Polish federalism as a model for political reform - GlobalPost


Current requirements and recommendations on constitutional reform in Ukraine of the Parliamentary Assembly and Venice Commission - pravo.org.ua


EU prepares civilian mission to assist security sector reform in Ukraine - European Union, EEAS


U.S Department of State: Background Briefing on Ukraine - Scoop News


VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: 'We recruit volunteer fighters from Russia’ - BBC News


Ukraine railroad blown up, Russian train derailed (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - RT News


VIDEO: Police Clash With Maidan Supporters In Kharkiv


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Europe to Sign Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine on June 27 - naturalgaseurope.com


Guide to the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement - eeas.europa.eu


Ukraine to dominate EU foreign ministers’ summit - France 24


Kiev Willing to Consult Moscow on Implementation of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement - RIA Novosti


New Ukraine FM Seen Bringing Sober Style to Kyiv Diplomacy, Regarded as  a consummate diplomat capable of deftly navigating the integration with Europe  - VOA


Russia to protect its market if Ukraine signs free trade agreement with EU: Russian deputy PM - The Voice of Russia


Russia may impose temporary ban on farming products' imports from Ukraine, They may contain the dangerous pest corn rootworm - The Voice of Russia


Gazprom's Gas Flow to Europe via Ukraine Remains Stable as Debt Feud Continues - ibtimes.co.uk


Naftogaz May Review Transit Contract with Russia in Court - RIA Novosti


Ukraine hopes for out-of-court deal with Gazprom: Naftogaz CEO - ITAR-TASS

 

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Ukraine News - June 23, 2014


Putin backs Poroshenko's peace plan, calls on both sides in Ukraine conflict to lay down arms and compromise - The Guardian


VIDEO: Putin calls for “genuine dialogue” between Kyiv and eastern rebels - euronews


Putin Orders Forces in the Urals on Combat Alert - ABC News


VIDEO: Combat Ready Alert: Putin orders surprise drills in Central Military District - YouTube


Ukraine president Poroshenko offers talks with pro-Russian separatists - Yahoo News


Poroshenko warns of ‘detailed Plan B’ if Ukraine ceasefire fails - RT News


New Ukrainian constitution may be passed in September: Poroshenko - The Voice of Russia


TRANSCRIPT: Televised Address of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko - Official web-site of President of Ukraine


Fighting strains Ukraine ceasefire - Reuters


VIDEO: Ukrainian peace broken amidst cross-border shelling - euronews


Ukraine Blames Separatist Militias for 'Violating Truce', Says Gunmen Carried Out 11 Armed Attacks on Army Positions During the Last 24 hours - mashable.com


Rebels Shell Border Guard Convoy In Luhansk Region - Ukranian News


Ukraine’s National Guard shelling Lugansk village Ananyevka despite ceasefire: LPR militia - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine's military resumes bombardment of the town of Shchastye near Lugansk: media - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Russian TV shows footage exposing Ukraine’s artillery strikes in the Lugansk region - ITAR-TASS


Latest statements from separatist military commander Igor Strelkov (June 22) - The Vineyard of the Saker


Why Ukraine's Separatist Movement Failed in Kharkiv: Mayor Kernes Returns To Different City After Being Shot - New Republic


Russia indicts Ukraine’s Kolomoisky, Avakov for using prohibited means of warfare - ITAR-TASS


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Kiev nationalists clash with police outside Orthodox monastery, as churchgoers were holding a peace service to end war (VIDEOS) - RT


VIDEO: Nationalists clash with anti-war march in Kiev - YouTube


VIDEO: Kiev peace demonstration demands end to warfare - YouTube


VIDEO: Kiev nationalists vandalize SberBank of Russia - YouTube


VIDEO: More footage of protesters attacking Russian bank in Kiev - LiveLeak.com

 

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Ukraine News - June 21, 2014


Ukraine leader declares week-long ceasefire in east - THE DAILY STAR


Ukrainian president rules out talks with separatists of self-proclaimed republics - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine peace plan to call for 10-km buffer zone on Russia border - GlobalPost


Rebels in eastern Ukraine reject peace plan and ceasefire offer by Poroshenko - The Irish Times


Militia of Donetsk People's Republic distrusts Poroshenko's security guarantees - The Voice of Russia


Militants of Lugansk won't lay down arms while Ukraine won't take away army from LNR - ITAR-TASS


Poroshenko, local authorities of Ukraine’s eastern regions fail to find negotiating position - ITAR-TASS


New battles as Ukraine says 300 separatists and 7 Ukrainian troops killed in fighting, rebels drive tanks - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine despite cease-fire - AFP


Kiev’s army shelling kills 5yo boy & his mom in Slavyansk (VIDEO) - RT News


VIDEO: Huge build up of troops near Lugansk - LiveLeak.com


Donetsk Republic forms division of miners - ITAR-TASS


Good morning, Donetsk -- Ukraine rebels spread the word on radio - Yahoo!7


US hits 7 Ukraine rebels with sanctions - Mail Online


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Russia: Poroshenko’s ceasefire looks more like ultimatum, “Key element is yet lacking - a proposal to start talks with the separatists" - ITAR-TASS


Russia re-deploying near Ukraine border, stockpiling additional tanks and artillery - skynews.com


President Putin calls emergency meeting with security council to discuss southeast Ukraine events - The Voice of Russia


Ukrainian Rebel Commander Identified As Russian GRU Military Intelligence Colonel - Washington Free Beacon


Kiev seizes 'Russian armoured vehicle', says fighters and military equipment have been coming into the country from the Russian border - ibtimes


Ukrainian military refute reports on full control over eastern border with Russia - ITAR-TASS


Russian checkpoint on Ukraine border comes under fire, Moscow expects explanations from Kiev (VIDEO) - RT News


Putin plotting to halt UK fracking, warns Nato chief - AP


‘What are they smoking?’ Greenpeace ridicules NATO claims of Russian fracking plot (VIDEO) - RT News

 

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Ukraine News - June 19 , 2014

 

Ukraine's president offers unilateral ceasefire after talks with Putin, Merkel - Fox News


VIDEO: Ukrainian President calls for peace plan after Putin phone call - euronews


Ukraine to cease fire in eastern regions in next few days: acting defense minister - ITAR-TASS


Military operation to secure Ukraine's eastern border nearly complete, says defense minister - UPI.com


Ukraine’s Poroshenko nominates new Foreign Minister, suggests relieving Deshchytsia from post after he shouted “Putin is a dickhead” - RIA Novosti


Russian diplomat welcomes Ukraine president’s choice for foreign minister - ITAR-TASS


Poroshenko offers condolences over death of Russian journalists in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine's Poroshenko proposes ally as central bank chief - Yahoo News UK


Ukraine’s Parliament Proposes to Dissolve, calls new elections - RIA Novosti


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Rebels Reject Ukrainian Leader’s Cease-Fire Idea, “If they want peace, then they can leave” - NYTimes.com


Donetsk, Luhansk leaders say contacts with presidential settlement envoy are impossible until Ukrainian troops stay - ITAR-TASS


'No to war!': Thousands of miners protest Kiev’s crackdown on E. Ukraine (VIDEO) - RT News


Lavrov: Moscow expects full-scale ceasefire from Ukrainian authorities and negotiations with southeast separatists - voiceofrussia.com


VIDEO (Russian): Lavrov Urges Ukraine to Negotiate With Pro-Russian Separatists - YouTube


Russian Army Ready for Any Developments in Ukraine, World: Defense Minister - RIA Novosti


U.N. Report Details Casualties in Eastern Ukraine - NYTimes.com


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


Russia Foreign Ministry: UN report fails to objectively assess Kiev’s criminal actions - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine Defense Ministry says 147 servicemen killed in military operation - ITAR-TASS


2 Russian journalists killed in eastern Ukraine - AP


VIDEO: Moment Ukraine army shell hits Russian TV crew caught on tape - RT News


Kharkiv Mayor Gennady Kernes Returns After Assassination Attempt - The Moscow Times


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Interior minister: Blast at Ukraine gas pipeline due to bomb, security increased - Reuters


Ukrainian pipeline blast caused by poor investment: Gazprom - ITAR-TASS


Ukrainian government is ready to introduce state of emergency in the energy sector - ITAR-TASS


Kiev wants joint EU-Ukraine gas strategy - skynews.com


Moscow to Hold New Gas Talks Only After Kiev Clears its Debt: Russian Energy Minister - RIA Novosti


Hungary to increase reverse-flow gas supply to Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

 

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Ukraine News - June 17, 2014


Russia cuts Ukraine's gas after talks fail - GlobalPost


Ukraine’s stance in gas talks with Russia is ‘blackmail’, a method to negotiate an ultra-low price: Gazprom CEO - RT Business


Gazprom files $4.5 billion lawsuit against Ukraine's Naftogaz - ITAR-TASS


Gazprom Says Further Lawsuits Against Naftogaz to Follow Shortly - RIA Novosti


European Consumers to Receive Russian Gas in Full Volume: Gazprom - RIA Novosti


If Ukraine tries to steal Europe-bound gas, Gazprom will develop alternative routes: Miller (VIDEO) - RT Business


Europe Ready to Consider Opal Pipeline For Future Gas Supplies: Gazprom - RIA Novosti


Gazprom ready to finance supply of gas to European storage facilities - ITAR-TASS


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Ukraine declares emergency in energy sector, to set "economically justified" tariffs for transit of Russian gas through its territory - IANS


PM Yatseniuk says Russia intends to temporarily set the price of gas for Ukraine at $385/1,000 m3 and in winter raise it to $500 - Ukrinform


Ukraine's Naftogaz Sues in Stockholm Over Russia Gas - Capital.gr


The European Union has offered reverse-flow gas supplies to Ukraine at a price lower than that of Russia’s Gazprom: Naftogaz - ITAR-TASS


Naftogaz asking EC for major gas reverse flow from Slovakia - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Ukraine Able to Maintain Domestic Gas Supplies for Several Months - Capital.gr


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Poroshenko calls for Ukraine ceasefire to buy time for peace deal - The Globe and Mail


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Poroshenko announces potential ceasefire plans - YouTube


Ukrainian army ready to cease fire in east in 5-7 days: Security Council chief - ITAR-TASS


Donetsk, Lugansk should hold early local elections: Poroshenko - The Voice of Russia


Ukraine to close border with Russia next week: defence minister - ITAR-TASS


Over 100 people killed in Lugansk in past 2 days: head of self-proclaimed Lugansk republic - Strategic Culture Foundation


Ukraine's army opens mortar fire on community near Lugansk - self-defense - The Voice of Russia


Militia report downing two drones of Ukrainian army - ITAR-TASS


Pro-Russian rebels take Ukraine state bank, 'We want the tax revenues to stay here instead of going to Kiev’ - skynews.com


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Ukraine mourns the 49 servicemen killed after plane shot down, 300 protestors assault the Russian embassy in Kiev - The Westside Story


VIDEO: Protesters attack Russian embassy in Kiev - LiveLeak.com


Ukraine FM Deshchytsia calls Putin dickhead, sparks calls from Russia for his resignation - Business Insider


VIDEO: Ukraine FM Deshchytsia calls Putin dickhead - YouTube


Psaki defends Ukraine FM over 'Putin f**ker' remark, confuses Iraq and Iran (VIDEO) - RT USA


FM Lavrov accuses Ukrainian acting interior minister of connivance with extremists on the rampage in front of the Russian Embassy in Kiev - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: Lavrov slams Russian embassy attack in Kiev - YouTube


Ukraine Says Russia Has 38,000 Troops on Border Amid ‘Invasion’ - Bloomberg


Approximately 200 Russian Army Vehicles Reported Moving Toward Ukraine Border (VIDEOS) - The Speaker


NATO releases photographs of what it says were suspected Russian tanks delivered to separatists in eastern Ukraine - foreignpolicy.com


NATO Says Russia Considers it an Opponent, Prepares Ukraine Aid - atlanticcouncil.org


Russia prepares plan for complete substitution of military products from Ukraine: Rogozin - The Voice of Russia

 

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Ukraine News - June 10, 2014

 

Poroshenko Points To Need Of Ceasefire In East Ukraine - Ukranian News


VIDEO: Ukraine’s president calls for a ceasefire this week - euronews


Exclusive: Ukraine’s President Seeks ‘Understanding’ With Russia - TIME


Diplomatic messages: Ukraine President Once Agent for U.S. State Department - OpEdNews


‘He has pleased me’: Peace hopes rise in Ukraine as Putin praises new President - canada.com


Peace settlement in Ukraine’s east to bear fruit in days: Kremlin - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Putin on Ukraine ceasefire - Telegraph


Putin orders border service to reinforce Ukraine border: agencies - Everest Herald


Russia would react to NATO build-up near borders: minister - Reuters


Donetsk Republic leader on ceasefire: “If all the troops are pulled back, these words could be turned into reality” - ITAR-TASS


Lugansk People's Republic doesn't believe in Poroshenko's promises to cease fire - The Voice of Russia


Avakov to send all Interior Ministry patrol units to eastern Ukraine - Ukrinform


Self-Proclaimed Donetsk Republic Compiles Lists of Prisoners: Donetsk Official - RIA Novosti


Ukraine releases two Russian journalists arrested for ‘spying’ (VIDEO) - RT News


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Slovyansk burns as new Ukrainian President Poroshenko yearns for peace - CNN.com


VIDEOS: E.  Ukraine warzone: Demolished houses, fires after heavy shelling - RT News


VIDEO: Sloviansk: Life has become a nightmare. Locals' story about their life in the city. - YouTube


‘Not safe for our children!’ Mothers with kids flee Kiev crackdown in Lugansk (VIDEOS) - RT News


Human Rights Watch warns Ukraine to decrease use of force - UPI


Ukraine, separatists battle to control border with Russia - Reuters


Russians Yearning to Join Ukraine Battle Find Few Barriers - NYTimes.com


Pro-Russian rebels attack Lugansk airport - AFP


Luhansk airport suspends flights: Luhansk People’s Republic - ITAR-TASS


In Donetsk, pro-Russian patrols keep order at night - Yahoo News


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Ukraine President Takes on Other Crisis: a Broken Economy - WSJ


Ukraine's separatist regions face bleak economic future - Yahoo Finance UK


Poroshenko is ready to sign immediately economic part of association with EU - ITAR-TASS


EU not ready to adopt Ukraine as its member yet: French FM - The Voice of Russia


FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine - The White House


Son of VP Biden working for Ukraine energy firm as US tries to influence Kiev's policies - Star Tribune


Hillary Clinton advised Barack Obama to take tough line with 'thin-skinned' Vladimir Putin - Telegraph


Ukraine to pay debt to Russia after gas price agreed: Energy Minister - RT Business


Bulgaria Halts Work on Gazprom's South Stream Pipeline - The Moscow Times


EU-Moscow row over South Stream gas pipeline - BBC News


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Ukraine News - June 4, 2014


Obama announces $1 billion program to boost military presence in Eastern Europe - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Barack Obama earmarks1 billion dollars to boost US military presence in Europe - Telegraph


U.S. presses NATO allies to raise defence spending after Ukraine - Reuters


More US base consolidations on the way in Europe - Stripes


U.S. reaffirms: No weapons will go to Ukraine - usatoday


US To Send Advisers To Assess Ukraine's Defense Reform Needs - rttnews.com


NATO to bolster defence in eastern Europe - Al Jazeera English


NATO To Finalize a package to reform and modernize Ukraine's armed forces - rferl.org


Ukraine receives only non-lethal weapons from NATO countries: defense minister - ITAR-TASS


Another NATO Vessel to Enter Black Sea Next Week – Military Source - RIA Novosti


Russia to reorganise troops to counter NATO activities - zeenews


Moscow slams Ukraine military attacks coinciding with top US defense official visit to Kiev - RT News


POLL: Putin Forever? Russian President's Ratings Skyrocket Over Ukraine - rferl.org


POLL: International Relations scholars oppose military assistance in Ukraine, military aid to Egypt - William & Mary


EU asks Bulgaria to stop work on Gazprom's South Stream pipeline - Reuters


South Stream Dragged into Russia-Ukraine Gas Spat as Rhetoric Spikes - The Moscow Times


Gazprom ready to complete South Stream without international finance - RT Business


Naftogaz, Gazprom discussing gas price at $350-380 for April 2014 through June 2015 - nrcu.gov.ua


POLL: Less than half of Ukrainians support economic aid from the West - Pew Research Center


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Ukrainian forces in fierce clash with pro-Russian separatists in rebel-held city Slavyansk- The Washington Post


Ukrainian soldier killed in offensive against pro-Russian rebels in Slavyansk - theguardian.com


Turchinov orders to look at imposing martial law in Donetsk, Lugansk regions - ITAR-TASS


Slavyansk separatists claim to have shot down Ukraine army plane, one helicopter and several tanks - The Voice of Russia


181 people killed, 293 injured in Kiev military op in eastern Ukraine: Prosecutor General - RT News


OSCE relocates observers from Donetsk and Luhansk regions for security reasons - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Dispatch from Donetsk: Ukrainian nationals, pro-Moscow rebels battle in flashpoint city Slavyansk - Fox News


VIDEO: Ukrainian army shells Slavyansk residential area, 3 civilians killed - YouTube


VIDEO: Death and despair in Slavyansk after Ukraine army shelling - YouTube


VIDEO: Slavyansk women & children shelter in basements from Kiev military op - YouTube


VIDEO: Kids evacuated from Slavyansk, E.Ukraine to escape Kiev's shelling - YouTube


Ukraine army shells hit an hospital in Slavyansk (VIDEO) - RT


VIDEO: Moment when a MANPAD hit a ukrainian helicopter in Slavyansk - LiveLeak.com


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OSCE Confirms: Luhansk Deaths Caused by Airstrikes - Antiwar.com


VIDEO: OSCE confirms fatal attack on Lugansk admin building was air raid - YouTube


Ukraine opposition calls for international probe in fatal Luhansk air strikes - turkishweekly.net


Confirmed: Ukrainian air force fired over 150 missiles at Lugansk, bombed admin HQ (VIDEO) - RT News


Kiev’s Lugansk botched air strike fuels the rebellion in east Ukraine - The Times


A Guide To The Separatist Leaders Of Eastern Ukraine - rferl.org


Interview with Alexander Borodai, the self-declared prime minister of eastern Ukraine’s secessionist Donetsk People’s Republic - ft.com


Ukrainian Protesters Won't Leave Kiev's Maidan Despite New Government, It Is Still Occupied and It's Become a Darker, More Dangerous Place Lately - New Republic


9 People Arrested in Connection With Shooting Of Kharkiv's Jewish Mayor Kernes - JP Updates


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Ukraine News - June 3, 2014


Separatists Storm Border Post in Eastern Ukraine - NYTimes.com


Negotiations between militia and Ukraine border post command come to deadlock - ITAR-TASS


Russia-Ukraine border checkpoints become a new frontline in the battle to wrest control of the country's east - GlobalPost


Guns and fighters seep through Ukraine's porous Russian border - theguardian.com


At Ukraine’s Perilous Border, Law Is Dispensed by Men in Masks - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: Five dead in assault on border command centre in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine - euronews


VIDEO: Ukraine border guards camp attacked in Luhansk - BBC


VIDEO: Lugansk: Separatists Storms Ukraine Border Post - YouTube


VIDEO: Raw video of pro-autonomy militia in Lugansk border base battle - YouTube


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Atleast five killed in admin HQ blast as fighter jets deployed to Lugansk, Ukraine (VIDEOS) - RT News


VIDEO: Ukrainian Su-25 bombing civilians by unguided rockets in Lugansk - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: CCTV Captures SU-25 Rocket Attack in Central Lugansk - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Luhansk - Casualties after the airstrike (6 videos) - LiveLeak.com


Pro-Russia Troops Take Symbol of Ukraine Uprising, Vostok Battalion evicts the ragtag band of locals who had occupied the Donetsk regional administration building - NYTimes.com


More foreign fighters break cover among Ukraine separatists, Battalion Vostok - or the East Battalion - is a heavily armed, well-organized fighting group - Reuters


Vostok Battalion, A Powerful New Player In Eastern Ukraine - rferl.org


VIDEO: The Vostok Battalion taking control of anti-Ukraine Donbas insurgency - YouTube


VIDEO: The Vostok Battalion, a Kremlin-backed faction in the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, has ousted local Ukrainian separatists from the regional administration building - YouTube


VIDEO: Vostok Battalion detain looters in Donetsk - YouTube


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Russia Calls UN Meeting to Seek Ukraine Cease-Fire - ABC News


West criticizes Russian draft resolution on Ukraine - Yahoo News


U.S. Reiterates $18 Million Aid to Ukraine After 400-Man Border Attack - Hit & Run - Reason.com


Russia, NATO trade accusations over Ukraine crisis - Reuters


NATO Ministers To Review Response to Ukraine Crisis - defensenews.com


Secretary General sets out NATO’s position on Russia-Ukraine crisis - NATO


Russia to take necessary measures if NATO military potential comes closer to its borders - envoy - The Voice of Russia


UOSCE Ukraine monitors lose contact with second team - CBC News


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Russia's Gazprom Gets Paid By Ukraine - Forbes


Russia satisfied with first gas payment from Ukraine — energy minister - ITAR-TASS


Russia’s Gazprom ready to reduce gas price for Ukraine not only through lower export duty - ITAR-TASS


Russia Gives Ukraine More Time to Pay for Natural Gas - NYTimes.com


Ukraine indefinitely delays signing Association Agreement with EU - MINA


Ukraine’s GDP to drop by 5% in 2014 – Fitch - RT Business


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Like Madoff telling a bum to get a job: After Running from his Anti-War Past, Kerry Tells Snowden ‘Man Up’ and Face Trial in US

By Dave Lindorff

 

            Our prissy Secretary of State John Kerry, hair carefully coiffed for his interview, told NBC’s Brian Williams last week that fugitive National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden should “man up” and return to the US to “stand in our system of justice and make his case.”

Ukraine News - May 29, 2014


VIDEO: The battle for Donetsk airport: Ukrainian separatists suffer heavy losses - euronews


VIDEO: Donetsk morgue overflowing after Ukrainian military offensive - RT


VIDEO: A truck carrying corpses to the Donetsk morgue - YouTube


VIDEO: Separatists in Donetsk refuse to concede - euronews


VIDEO: Pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk fear government troops will launch attack on city, prepare for assault - euronews


Miners rally in favour of separatists in eastern Ukraine - Reuters


VIDEO: Donetsk miners call on Ukranian ‘occupiers’ to leave region - euronews


Luhansk Rebels Send Reinforcements to Donetsk - The Moscow Times


Ukraine forces suffer new losses in a rebel raid on their barracks in the flashpoint Lugansk region - Sky News


80 Ukrainian soldiers surrender to self-defense forces in Lugansk - RT News


Lugansk Republic institutes commission for compensating damage to victims of operation - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine's Lugansk plans to hold parliamentary elections in Sept. - GlobalPost


In east Ukraine, arms maker walks fine line between Kiev and Moscow - The Globe and Mail


Ukraine crisis: who commited murder at the Maidan? Parliamentary Commission in Kiev rejects claims that Yanukovych police unit was to blame for killings that led to change of power - Telegraph


After the Ukrainian Elections, a Look at Far-Right Political Movements - The Blue Review


Right Sector militants ask Kiev to arm them with heavy weapons - The Voice of Russia


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Obama signals reset in US foreign policy, urges against 'military adventures' - Fox News


VIDEO: President Obama Speaks to West Point Graduates - The White House


TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s Commencement Address at West Point - NYTimes.com


Russia to help Kiev establish dialogue with southeast if it ends military op: UN envoy - RT News


Ukraine PM calls on Russia to block guerrillas crossing the Russian border into Ukraine" - Reuters


Chechen fighters among ranks of rebel militants in Ukraine, self-appointed mayor says - Fox News


VIDEO: Battalion Vostok convoy moves in Donetsk, said to include fighters from the northern Caucasus - YouTube


VIDEO: Russian Mercenaries in Donetsk: Chechen leader Kadyrov denies sending troops to Ukraine - YouTube


Kiev adopts draft agreement on Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian brigade of armed forces - ITAR-TASS


Ischinger mulls OSCE Ukraine pullout, Poroshenko sees 'state of war' - DW.DE


Russia's Gazprom says Ukraine will owe $5.2 billion as of June 7 - chicagotribune.com


Russia may grant gas price discount to Ukraine, but contract revision not on agenda - ITAR-TASS


EU to help Ukraine find $10 bln to pay Russia for gas: newspaper - The Voice of Russia


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Krauthammer is right: The US Empire is in Decline

By Dave Lindorff


I was shocked to find myself in almost perfect agreement today with a recent column by the neoconservative pundit Charles Krauthammer. 


Usually Krauthammer has me groaning, but yesterday his column nailed it.


Ukraine News - May 27, 2014


VIDEO: Newly Elected Ukraine President Poroshenko Claims Victory, Wants to Visit East - AP


VIDEO: Top priority is peace, says Ukraine’s Poroshenko - cnbc.com


Kremlin Says Russia Respects Poroshenko's Election - The Moscow Times


Poroshenko, Lavrov call for Russia-Ukraine talks to end crisis - Los Angeles Times


Poroshenko Plans to Visit Russia in June to Discuss Ukrainian Crisis - RIA Novosti


Yatsenyuk to Retain His Post as Prime Minister: Ukraine’s Poroshenko - RIA Novosti


Ukraine's Poroshenko to sell all his business in order to become President - The Voice of Russia


Self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic to cooperate with Poroshenko only with Russia’s mediation - ITAR-TASS


In East, Separatists and Fear Stop Voters - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: Russian separatists disrupt presidential vote in Ukraine’s eastern regions - euronews


20% of polling stations open in Donetsk, Luhansk regions: observers - ITAR-TASS


Report: Kharkiv Jewish Mayor Kernes Casts Vote For Ukrainian President From Hospital Bed - JP Updates


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Ukraine launches air strike against rebels who seized Donetsk airport - Telegraph


VIDEO: Battle to control Donetsk airport - BBC


VIDEO: Jet attack on Donetsk Airport area - YouTube


Leader of the DNR: self-defence units bring down 2 helicopters of Ukraine’s Armed Forces - ITAR-TASS


Ukrainian army grenade hits truck carrying wounded in Donetsk: reports - RT News


Ukrainian army shells Slavyansk residential area, 3 civilians killed (GRAPHIC VIDEO) - RT News


Italian Andrea Rocchelli becomes first journalist killed in eastern Ukraine conflict - GlobalPost


'Torn to pieces': Ghastly details emerge of Italian reporter and his Russian interpreter’s killing in E. Ukraine - RT News


Donetsk People’s Republic switching over to Russian laws - ITAR-TASS


Lugansk republic leader bans sale of corporate rights - The Voice of Russia


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Tentative deal in Ukraine-Russia gas dispute, EU says - Fox News


Kiev negotiators agree to pay $2 billion to Gazprom to cover part of gas debt - RT Business


Kiev Calls on Naftogaz to Hire Top Lawyers for Gas Row With Gazprom - RIA Novosti


Avoiding Ukraine Pipelines Would Hurt Gazprom: Chart of the Day - Bloomberg


Gazprom Faces $800 Million in Taxes as Ukraine Rejects Gas Price - Bloomberg


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Ukraine News - May 25, 2014


At least a dozen people reportedly killed in Eastern Ukraine as fighting flared between separatists and nationalist paramilitary groups - VICE


Leader of the nationalist Donbass Battalion reports the ongoing conflict near Karlivka - Ukraine Investigation


Donbass Battalion: Ukrainian Civilian Militias Face Pro-Russian Foes (VIDEO)- NYTimes.com


Kiev lets loose Men in Black nationalist paramilitary forces - The Sunday Times


Ukraine's Azov Battalion 'Ready To Take On Separatists' (VIDEO) - Sky News


Kiev pins hopes on Dnipropetrovsk oligarch in battle against separatists, nationalist fighters co-funded and organized by Kolomoisky - Reuters


Dnipropetrovsk defies East Ukraine stereotypes; It has become a hub of anti-separatist groups - rferl.org


Ultra-nationalists united: Football fans rally for Ukraine's sake - BBC News


In Ukraine, women militants are taking up weapons on both sides of the barricades - foreignpolicy.com


Ukraine crisis: Polling booths deserted in east of the country - The Independent


Polling stations sit next to rebel barricades in Ukraine's Mariupol - Yahoo News


Donetsk, Lugansk republics unite in “Novorossiya” state - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Ukrainian Volunteer Donbass Battalion Lost Many In A Fight By Karlivka, Eastern Ukraine - YouTube


VIDEO: Pro-Russia Separatist Vostok Battalion After Gunfight In Karlivka - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine: Bodies lie among charred buildings in Karlivka - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Full interview of Right Sector leader - YouTube


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Russia says to complete troop pullback from Ukraine border 'within days' - Reuters


Putin Indicates He’ll Respect Result of Ukrainian Election - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: Russia will respect Ukraine vote results: Putin - AP


Putin: I don’t think new Cold War will start, no one wants it - RT News


Putin: I’m concerned Ukraine radicals can disrupt gas transit - RT Business


Ruble Rises After Putin's Statement About Respect for Ukrainian People's Choice - RIA Novosti


Ukraine Crisis Drives a Quiet Lobbying Boom in U.S. - Bloomberg


Ukraine is a Prize Neither Russia Nor the West Can Afford to Win - Brookings Institution


REPORT (Full): Beyond the Sanctions: Russia, the West, and Ukraine - Brookings Institution


Ukraine media freedom under attack: OSCE - Yahoo News


REPORT (Full) : Media Freedom under siege in Ukraine - OSCE

 

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Ukraine News - May 23, 2014


Donetsk sees deadliest assault on Ukrainian troops, It is unclear who attacked the checkpoint - BBC News


VIDEO: Live footage of the attack on Ukraine Army checkpoint in Donetsk - YouTube


VIDEO: Aftermath of Donetsk attack: dead bodies on the ground - YouTube


Martial law introduced in self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Head of Luhansk Republic Bolotov: Declaration of martial law - YouTube


Lugansk People’s Republic ready for talks with Kiev if punitive operation stopped - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine crisis: Both sides shy away from call to arms - smh.com.au


Donetsk people’s republic authorities ask Russia to recognise republican independence - ITAR-TASS


People's Republic of Donetsk Defended By Grannies - New Republic


Solidarity Eludes Ukraine Separatist Groups as Presidential Election Nears - NYTimes.com


Ukraine partisans battling separatists raise concerns - FT.com


Militia 'Arms Race' Threatens Deadly Escalation in Ukraine Conflict - mashable.com


VIDEO: Meeting the Donbass Battalion, pro-Ukraine militia - Vice


Ukraine's front-runner presidential candidate Poroshenko: realist ready for compromise - Fox News


Profile of Petro Poroshenko in the Run Up to the Ukraine Elections - SPIEGEL ONLINE


New Ukrainian president should dissolve parliament: presidential candidate Poroshenko - ITAR-TASS


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Russia moves some troops away from Ukraine; NATO says big force remains - Reuters


Putin says troops withdraw to help Ukraine vote - Boston Herald


US Congress recognizes that neo-Nazis were present on Maidan - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: Congressional Hearings: Nuland Grilled on Neo-Nazis in Ukraine & Money U.S. is Spending - YouTube


Moscow Concerned About Lack of OSCE Response on Odessa Tragedy Inquiry - RIA Novosti


Moscow Says Kiev Breaking Law by Refusing Visits to Detained Russian Journalists - RIA Novosti


Human Rights Watch calls for immediate release of Russian LifeNews journalists - The Voice of Russia


Russia, China Ink Historic Gas Supply Deal, The price could be estimated at around $350 per 1,000 cubic meters - RIA Novosti


Russian Response: China Gas Deal Offers Leverage vs. West, Ukraine - TheStreet


Gazprom to receive $25 billion prepayment for gas supplies to China - ITAR-TASS


Russia-China gas deal may influence U.S. strategy on Ukraine - PBS


Energy Prices are Big Part of Ukraine Crisis - VOA


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Ukraine News - May 21, 2014


Ukrainian oligarch backs Kiev rule, urging factory workers to daily strikes - The Guardian


Ukrainian tycoon’s calls for rallies against separatists go largely unheeded - The Washington Post


Donetsk workers fail to answer call to rally against separatists - FT.com


VIDEO: Ukraine’s Richest Man Calls Strike Against Separatists- Boston.com


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Full statement of Ukrainian tycoon calling for rallies against separatists - YouTube


VIDEO: Donetsk Anti-Separatist Protest: Donbas drivers honk their horns in support of Ukrainian unity - YouTube 


Who Holds East Ukraine’s Port of Mariupol? No One Really, Reports of Routed Protesters Greatly Exaggerated - Antiwar.com


Donetsk People's Republic says wants to nationalize businesses - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Interview with Donetsk People's Republic head Denis Pushilin on nationalization of assets of some tycoons - YouTube


Talks suspended with dissenting tycoon: leaders of self-porclaimed Donetsk People's Republic - ITAR-TASS


Federalists Take Over 11 Election Commissions in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk Regions - RIA Novosti


Election officials at sharp end in separatist Ukraine city - Reuters


Ukrainian parliament adopts Memorandum of Peace and Accord, confirming ”the constitutional status of Ukrainian as a state language” but pledging to ensure the rights of minority languages - APA


Ukrainian official confirms poisoning deaths in Odessa, victims may have died from chloroform vapors - ITAR-TASS


Russia calls on U.N., OSCE for impartial probe of Ukraine deaths in Odessa - Yahoo News


Ukrainian administration ignores OSCE appeals to release Russian LifeNews journalists - ITAR-TASS


Kiev authorities freeze pension payment in Slavyansk, Kramatorsk - The Voice of Russia


Ukraine’s newly-proclaimed republics seek unification - ITAR-TASS


Self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic elects a Russian as head, passes constitution - RT News


Breakaway Lugansk Republic appoints topless woman minister - standartnews.com


PHOTOS: Topless photoshoot of woman apponted Minister of the Republic of Luhansk (27 photos) - hybridtechcar.com


VIDEO: Slovyansk residents caught in the crossfire - The Washington Post


Is Separatist Colonel Strelkov the Kremlin’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Gone Out of Bounds? - The Interpreter


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Russia defense minister orders troops away from Ukraine border:report - Yahoo News


Ukraine says Russian troops move back from border, none of 40,000 Russian soldiers are stationed within 6 miles of the country - Yahoo!7


Pentagon: No sign of Russian troop pullback - The Sun Herald


Front-Runner in Ukraine Election May Be Shifting Putin’s Stance - NYTimes.com


Russia Could Be Sending Chechen Militants To Ukraine - Business Insider


Chechens: The Secret Players In The Russia-Ukraine Game - NPR


Ukraine Rejects Russian Demand to Prepay for Gas Imports - WSJ


Russia believes it is impossible to return to $268 gas price in negotiations with Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


Russia Poured $200Bln Into Ukrainian Economy Over 20 Years: Russian Minister - RIA Novosti


Hungary accelerates gas delivery to Ukraine - GlobalPost


Slovakia prepares pipeline for reverse supply to Ukraine - energyglobal.com

 

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Ukraine News - May 18, 2014


Ukraine round table: Yatsenyuk in favor of financial autonomy to the East but against federalism, rules out negotiations with 'terrorists' - DW.DE


At Ukraine Peace Talks, Eastern Leaders Assail Central Government - VOA


Ukraine needs federalization; decentralization not enough: Luhansk Regional Council head - en.interfax.com


VIDEO: OSCE, Ukrainian officials meet in Kharkiv - CCTV News


VIDEO (Ukrainian): OSCE Talks in Kharkiv - YouTube


VIDEO: East Ukraine Separatists Branded 'Terrorists' - YouTube


As long as territories of Donetsk People's Republic occupied, no dialogue with Kiev possible: separatist - The Voice of Russia


One month on, Ukraine military fails to rout rebels - AFP


Ukraine's election body warns it may be impossible to hold next week's presidential election in the east with almost two million voters - AFP


"South-East Army" urges Kiev's security forces to leave territory of Lugansk People's Republic - The Voice of Russia


Donetsk volunteer guards take control of regional headquarters of National Guards - ITAR-TASS


Separatists recapture their leader on the eve of peace talks in Ukraine - Yahoo News


Lugansk People's Republic to adopt own constitution: spokesperson - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: Donetsk unveils constitution, "new gov't" elected - CCTV News


Donetsk People’s Republic prepares draft for acceding Russia - ITAR-TASS


Mysterious Russian Mr Fixit heads Ukraine rebel state, Borodai has been appointed prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine - straitstimes.com


Meet Ukrainian Separatists' Shock Troops: the Russian Orthodox Army,  The army’s undisputed commander is Igor Girkin aka “Strelkov” - NBC News.com


Elusive Muscovite with three names takes control of Ukraine rebels, in Donetsk region "Colonel Igor Strelkov" assumed command of all rebel forces there - Reuters


Who's Funding East Ukraine Separatists? - Institute for War and Peace Reporting


2 Ukraine oligarchs speak up for unity, against pro-Russia faction - Los Angeles Times


VIDEO: Steelworkers patrol in Mariupol at the behest of Metinvest magnate Rinat Akhmetov - YouTube


Ukraine civil war fears mount as volunteer units take up arms, offering support to regular units of the Ukrainian army in their fight against armed separatists in the region - theguardian.com


Gunmen attempt to enter Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant, In video footage allegedly showing the attempted break-in the men say they are members of the Right Sector group (VIDEO) - RT News


’Ukrainian helicopter with UN symbols in Slovyansk turned out to be from peacekeeping operation two years ago in Congo’ - freerepublic.com


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UN warns of alarming deterioration in human rights in east Ukraine (VIDEO) - DW.DE


Press Release: UN report documents “alarming” deterioration in human rights in eastern Ukraine - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


REPORT (Full): Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, May 15 - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 


UN Ukraine report shows double standards whitewashing Kiev's actions, ignoring violent nationalism and Odessa massacre: Russia - RT News


127 Killed in Kiev’s Special Op in Southeast Ukraine: UN Official - RIA Novosti


Readout of the President’s Call with President Hollande of France: Russia will face significant additional costs if it continues its provocative and destabilizing behavior - The White House


Government of Ukraine Issues U.S. $1 Billion Bond with U.S. Guarantee - The FINANCIAL


U.S. Waited Months to Send Ukraine Spare Tires - The Daily Beast


Senators push to cut off Pentagon contracts with Russia amid Ukraine crisis - Fox News


Russia Can’t Be Trusted Over Ukraine, NATO Chief Says - Bloomberg


Poroshenko opposes a referendum on Ukraine’s membership in NATO - The Voice of Russia


Moscow to consider Kiev's proposal on joint efforts on stabilizing situation at border: deputy FM - The Voice of Russia


POLL: Putin’s rating reaches maximum in past six years - ITAR-TASS


Full text: Putin’s second letter to EU about Ukraine's gas payment - PRAGUE POST


Russia Offers Negotiations on Ukraine Gas Price in Return For $2.2Bln Debt Payment - The Moscow Times


Gazprom: Russia-China Gas Deal Imminent - VOA


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NYET to Ukraine on NATO Membership

How NATO Jabs Russia on Ukraine

Editor Note:  The U.S. mainstream media portrays the Ukraine crisis as a case of Russian “imperialism,” but the reality is that Moscow has been reacting to aggressive moves by Washington to expand NATO to Russia’s border in violation of a post-Cold War pledge.

By Ray McGovern

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov used Wednesday’s interview with Bloomberg News to address the overriding issue regarding the future of Ukraine, at least from Moscow’s perspective. Speaking in fluent English, he said Russia would be “categorically against” Ukraine joining NATO.

Ukraine News - May 15, 2014

 

Ukraine Begins Peace Talks _ Without Separatists Who Weren't Invited - NPR


VIDEO: Ukraine Launches Talks But Its Foes Are Missing - YouTube


PM Yatsenyuk calls for constitutional amendments and decentralization of power in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


Next roundtable on national unity due in Donetsk on May 17 - The Voice of Russia


US commends Ukraine for roundtables, understands the unwillingness to invite separatists 'who literally have blood on their hands' - KUNA


Ukraine on brink of civil war: Lavrov - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO (Full Interview): Ukraine `as Close to Civil War' as Possible: Lavrov - Bloomberg


Dragging Ukraine into NATO negative for European security, It would be a critical threat to Russia’s national security: Lavrov - RT News


Russia Can Do Business With Elected Ukraine Leader, Lavrov Says - Bloomberg


Donetsk gunmen in Ukraine seize election office, declaring that the country’s May 25 parliamentary and presidential vote will not be held there - The Globe and Mail


Donetsk People’s Republic starts forming its own army - ITAR-TASS


Almost all policemen in Ukraine’s Donetsk come down to side of pro-federation activists - ITAR-TASS


Donetsk separatists capture army commander in Ukraine - London Evening Standard


Self-defense units in Slavyansk, Kramatorsk confirm to have killed 8 Ukrainian gov't troops, destroyed several armored vehicles - The Voice of Russia


UN-marked strike helicopter ‘used by Kiev against militia’ sparks scandal - RT News


Crimea Ready to Provide Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine’s Luhansk, Donetsk Regions - RIA Novosti


Billionaire Akhmetov's empire on frontline in Ukraine crisis - Yahoo News


Akhmetov Considers It Necessary To Amend Constitution, Decentralize Power In Eastern Ukraine But Is Against Independence - Ukranian News


Ukrainian oligarch Akhmetov calls for suspension of Kiev terror operations in East Ukraine, uses resources to set up citizens' brigades - Sott.net


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Akhmetov: Successful Donbas in unified Ukraine - ukrstream.tv


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Ukraine Crisis Hits Economies in Region, EBRD Says - WSJ.com


EBRD warns on deeper recession threat facing Ukraine and Russia could follow - GlobalPost


EBRD: Russian Recession Could Damage Global Economy - The Moscow Times


Press Release: Russia-Ukraine crisis threatens recovery in EBRD region - EBRD


REPORT (Full): The Ukraine/Russia crisis weighs on transition region's growth - EBRD


What Ukraine’s economy looks like without its Russian-speaking regions - Quartz


Russia says open to talks if Ukraine pays off some gas debt, revised gas price is possible - Reuters


Ukraine to use EU and IMF money to pay for Russian gas - EUobserver


Russian gas supplies at risk from Ukraine crisis: Germany’s utility - ITAR-TASS


NASA hopes to continue cooperation with Russia on ISS - The Voice of Russia


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Ukraine News - May 14, 2014


Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russian separatists kill seven government soldiers in ambush - The Independent


VIDEO: Seven Ukrainian Troops Killed In Ambush By Separatists Outside Kramatorsk - YouTube


German foreign minister will try to broker dialogue between Ukraine government, rebels - Fox News


VIDEO: German FM Steinmeier stresses need for national dialogue during Kiev visit - YouTube


Russia's FM urges to immediately launch OSCE roadmap on crisis settlement in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


Russia 'expects' Ukraine rebels to comply with OSCE roadmap - GlobalPost


PM Yatsenyuk: The government is promoting its own roadmap, It has some things in common with the OSCE but the settlement should be Ukrainian - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine’s foreign ministry: OSCE crisis settlement roadmap is "auxiliary instrument" - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine's Party of Regions demands negotiations with Donetsk region residents - ITAR-TASS


Despite recent escalation, full-blown conflict in Ukraine can be averted: Ban - United Nations News Centre


Luhansk 'People’s Governor' Injured in Assassination Attempt After Independence Referendum - RIA Novosti


Mayor of Kharkov: "assassination attempt was political" (VIDEO) - bhol.co.il


Confusion over rival claims to control Donetsk - GlobalPost


Donetsk and Lugansk Republics begin unification talks: Donetsk People's Republic co-chairman - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: Donetsk celebrates newly-claimed independence from Kiev with fireworks - YouTube


Maidan Square activists urged to fight for Ukraine in the east - The Guardian


Bullets found after Kiev riots do not fit Berkut commando guns: The Ukrainian parliamentary committee - ITAR-TASS


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Russia bans US from using Space Station over Ukraine sanctions, bars its rocket engines from launching US military satellites - Telegraph


France facing pressure from US over warship deal with Russia - Fox News


U.S. releases satellite images of Russian forces near Ukraine - Yahoo News


VIDEO, PHOTOS: US satellite images ‘show’ Russian troops still on Ukraine border - euronews


Russia announces USD2.4 billion Black Sea Fleet investment - IHS Jane's 360


Russian Defense Ministe Shoigu Details Black Sea Fleet Expansion Plans In Light of the Annexation of Crimea - EurasiaNet.org


Russia's Black Sea Fleet to Receive 30 New Ships by 2020: Navy Commander - RIA Novosti


Russia to Station Aircraft, Ships Throughout Crimea – Navy Chief - RIA Novosti


Crimea Takeover Seen as Potential Game Changer in Mediterranean: Military Analysts - The Moscow Times


Sevastopol to mark Black Sea Fleet Day - ITAR-TASS: Russia


POLL: Over 41.6% of Ukrainians opposed to Ukraine joining NATO, 36.7 percent support it - The Voice of Russia


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Gazprom introduces pre-payment system for Ukraine, sends $1.66bn bill - RT Business


Russia's Gazprom Warns Ukraine it Does Not Have Enough Gas For Winter - ibtimes.co.uk


Ukraine Can Use EU Aid to Pay Off Russian Gas Debt: European Commission - RIA Novosti


EU, Ukraine Sign Aid Deals Worth $1.78 Billion - ABC News


Gazprom may use Europe’s UGSs to guarantee more gas supplies to Europe in winter - ITAR-TASS


Joe Biden's son Hunter to head legal unit at Ukraine's largest private gas company - Washington Times

 

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Ukraine News - May 13, 2014

 

After referendum separatists In Eastern Ukraine Declare Independence - NPR


Ukraine eastern regions to boycott presidential vote - Al Jazeera English


VIDEO: Ukraine rebel leader: joining Russia might be ‘appropriate’ - euronews


Russia stops short of recognizing East Ukraine secession vote, promotes dialogue between easterners and the Kiev government - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: Lavrov: We respect Ukrainian referendum, de-escalating the crisis is possible only if the rival sides speak directly - YouTube


Ukraine's roadmap prepared by OSCE not unveiled due to positions held by some people in Washington and Kiev: FM Lavrov - voiceofrussia.com


Ukraine Should Focus on Decentralization, Minority Rights:  OSCE Chief - RIA Novosti


White House dismisses Ukraine referendums - TheHill


EU Council refuses to recognize referendum in Ukraine and expands sanctions vs. Russia - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: How EU Sanctions Impact Russia's Economy: Video - Bloomberg


POLL: Ukraine favors Europe over Russia, new CNN poll finds - CNN.com


The Wolves Hundred: Putin’s Russian Musclemen in East Ukraine - TIME


400 US mercenaries from the notorious US private security firm Academi (formerly Blackwater) 'deployed on ground’ in Ukraine military op, German media reports - RT News


Interview: Three Weeks A Hostage In Slovyansk - rferl.org


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IMF: Ukraine Crisis Could Have 'Severe' Economic Consequences For Europe - Business Insider


Russia repeats Ukraine gas cut threat if no payment by June 2 - Reuters


Russia will lower gas price if Ukraine pays debt - TheHill


Medvedev: Russia has evidence Ukraine has money to pay gas debt - ITAR-TASS


Russia analyzing how to avoid Ukrainian gas storage facilities in shipping gas to Europe - interfax.com


Ukraine to Get Development Bank Cash to Boost Economy - Bloomberg

 

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Look who’s calling voting ‘divisive’ and ‘illegal’: The Blood-soaked US Has No Business Opposing Sovereignty Plebiscites

By Dave Lindorff



The rot at the core of US international relations, domestic politics and the corporate media is evident in the American approach to the Ukraine crisis.


Ukraine News - May 10, 2014


Russia calls for OSCE-mediated dialogue in Ukraine - Reuters


Ukraine leaders propose 'round table' on eastern rebellion with OSCE assistance - Reuters


OSCE secretary general arrives in Kiev to discuss ways of deescalation in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: OSCE Chief Lamberto Zannier Discusses Roadmap with Ukrainian Government - YouTube


OSCE peacekeeping: draft ‘roadmap’ for defusing Ukraine - swissinfo.ch


Donetsk Activists Say Ready for Kiev Talks, Fear Deceit - RIA Novosti


Ukraine rebels in Donetsk and Lugansk ignore Putin call to delay self-rule vote - Reuters


VIDEO: Slavyansk’s acting mayor defiant, maintains May11 referendum - YouTube


Kharkov federalists decide against holding referendum on May 11 - The Voice of Russia


POLL: Pew: Despite Concerns about Governance, Ukrainians Want to Remain One Country (The poll was not conducted separately in the regions of Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov)  - Pew Research


POLL: Razumkov: The majority in the SouthEast Ukraine is opposed to the use of force by the Kiev government, wants dialogue between the opposing sides - businessinsider.com


Ukraine deploys 15,000 troops to Russian border, NATO beefs up forces in E. Europe: Moscow - RT News


Ukraine's Expanding National Guard Includes Kyiv Pro-Western Protesters (VIDEO) - VOA


NATO eyes 'defensive' permanent troop deployment near Russia's borders - RT News


Putin, marking Crimea annexation, lays claim to historic mantle - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Russia’s Putin Starts Army Drills - Bloomberg


Ukraine's Arms Industry Is Both Prize and Problem for Putin - Businessweek


This map shows how Russia’s military relies on Ukraine - washingtonpost.com


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At least 7 dead in southeastern Ukraine port city Mariupol - FresnoBee.com


Ukraine Forces Destroy Police Building in Mariupol - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: Shootout During Ukrainian Army Operation In Mariupol Eastern Ukraine - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukrainian soldier shoots man in Mariupol after being shot by a civilian - ITV News


VIDEO: Police Station Set On Fire By Ukrainian Forces In Mariupol Amid Renewed Fighting - YouTube


VIDEO: BMP light tanks and BRT armored personal carriers drove into the Mariupol, Some unarmed civilians tried to hold them up - YouTube


Abductions rise in east Ukraine as pro-Russian rebels brook no dissent, "People's Mayor" says harsh action needed in time of war: We have to make sure these people pose no threat - trust.org


Child wearing St. George's ribbon shot in Slavyansk - The Voice of Russia


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