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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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Ukraine News - May 8, 2014


Putin to Ukraine rebels: postpone secession vote - Reuters


Ukraine crisis: Russia's Putin 'backs 25 May election’ - BBC News


VIDEO: Putin calls for end to Kiev’s military op, postponing referendum in E. Ukraine - RT News


Putin backs Merkel's proposal on meeting to establish dialogue between Kiev administration and eastern representatives - Voice of Russia


VIDEO: Poroshenko: Putin appeal to stop the referendum and acceptance of the presidential election is a great news - YouTube


NATO, U.S. dispute Putin's claim of Russian troop withdrawal near Ukraine - The Globe and Mail


Pentagon beefs up aid to Ukraine - Military Times


Donetsk Is Slipping Further Out of Kiev's Grasp - VICE News


Anti-Kiev protesters regain control of city council in Mariupol - RT News


VIDEO: Activists regain control of Mariupol city hall, surround it with tyres - YouTube


Rebel leader released in exchange for Ukrainian security men-separatists - Reuters


Ukraine: Captives of Separatists Describe Brutal Beatings - Human Rights Watch


Gazprom: Ukraine fails to pay its April gas bill - RT Business


Ukraine receives first aid tranche from IMF program - DW.DE


IMF to help Ukraine repay gas debts - ITAR-TASS


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Ukraine government says pro-Russian rebels sparked deadly Odessa fire - Fox News


Odessa survivor: After the pro-government attackers entered the Trade Union burning building, some people were strangled or shot (VIDEO) - RT


VIDEO: At 1:48 sec of the video a pro-government attacker yells from the roof to his people, At 2:18 they enter the rear of the building - YouTube


VIDEO: Proof that pro-government attackers were inside before fire erupted - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Pro-government attackers kill people of the Odessa Trade Union building and and scour their bodies  (English subtitle) - LiveLeak.com


PHOTO: Pregnant housecleaning woman strangled in Odessa union building - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Attacking injured people in front of the burned building in Odessa - LiveLeak.com


PHOTO: Man with molotov cocktails on the roof of Trade Unions House wearing the same red armband as the pro-government attackers on the street - hughmcmanners


VIDEO: Pro-government attackers entering the plaza at the Trade Union House in Odessa, burning the anti-government tents and attacking the building - YouTube


VIDEO: Survivor reveals what really happened in Odessa, click the button on the lower left (Captions) for ENG subs - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Odessa woman survivor shares terrifying experience, click the button on the lower left (Captions) for ENG subs - LiveLeak.com


PHOTOS, VIDEOS: A collection attesting the massive presence of armed pro-government protesters in Odessa on May 2 - cuamckuykot.livejournal


VIDEO: Maidan girls preparing the Molotov cocktails that were then used to assault the building - LiveLeak.com

 

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Ukraine News - May 6, 2014

 

Dozens injured, fatalities on both sides in ongoing military op in Slavyansk (VIDEO) - RT News

Ukraine Helicopter Shot Down Over Slavyansk Amid Clashes (VIDEO) - Sky News

VIDEO: Bloodshed continues in Slovyansk - CNN

VIDEO: Ukraine troops attack roadblocks in Slavyansk - RT

VIDEO: Anti-Kiev militants beef up Slavyansk checkpoints - YouTube

VIDEO: Caught On Tape: Ukraine Helicopter Firing Rockets, Shot Down - Prison Planet.com

VIDEO: Gas pipe explodes amidst fierce fighting in Slavyansk - YouTube

VIDEO: Slavyansk woman killed on balcony by sniper - YouTube

VIDEO: Ukraine army enters Mariupol: Fighting & shooting in streets - YouTube

VIDEO: PrivatBank burns in Mariupol - YouTube

Ukraine's Largest Bank PrivatBank Suspends Cash Operations In The Rebel-Held East - Business Insider

VIDEO: PrivatBank shutters branches in Donetsk - YouTube

Raiffeisen Bank subsidiary suspends work in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk regions - ITAR-TASS

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Defiant chants ring out at Odessa's fireball funerals - Telegraph

VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: funerals for Odessa fire victims held - Telegraph

Ukraine sends elite force to Odessa due to unrest - SFGate

Ukraine, Kramatorsk: 'Those fascists killed this girl and they will be in hell’' - Telegraph

VIDEO: Funeral for nurse gunned down by Kiev military in Kramatorsk- LiveLeak.com

$10,000 a head: Right Sector Radicals put a bounty on UK journalist in Ukraine - RT News

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Germany pushing for new Ukraine talks in Geneva - Yahoo News

Kiev welcomes German initiative on second Ukraine talks in Geneva - Xinhua 

Russia calls on Kiev to 'stop the bloodshed', enter talks: statement - Reuters

Republicans push for bill to allow military aid to Ukraine - Washington Times

POLL: Growing concern over Ukraine but little support for military action - CNN.com Blogs

Ukraine's security service denies consultations with CIA - The Voice of Russia

OSCE observers detained in Sloviansk linked to Germany's intelligence service: media - ITAR-TASS

Kiev Struggles to Break Russia’s Grip on Gas Flow - NYTimes.com

Ukraine waits for Slovakia to turn on gas - Houston Chronicle

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Ukraine News - May 5, 2014


Odessa police release 67 anti-govt activists after crowd surrounds police HQ (VIDEO) - RT News


VIDEO: Pro-Russia demonstrators storm Odessa police headquarters, win the release of 67 people detained - YouTube


VIDEO: Shocking! Bodies of Anti-govt Activists Burnt Alive In Odessa trade union building - YouTube


Radicals shooting at people in Odessa’s burning building caught on tape (VIDEO) - RT News


VIDEO: In Odessa Ukrainian far-right radicals finished off anti-govt people - YouTube


VIDEO: Odessa Horror: How clashes turned into massacre - YouTube


Avoiding facts? Mainstream Western media uncertain who is behind deadly Odessa blaze - RT News


Ukraine PM Says Odessa Violence Engineered By Russia, He also blamed security forces for failing to prevent the bloodshed - rferl.org


US Ambassador to Ukraine: No evidence of direct Russian involvement in violence in Odessa - Washington Times


CIA, FBI agents 'advising Ukraine government': report - Yahoo News


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Ukraine crisis: tension mounts in Kramatorsk after army rolls in, The separatists say at least 10 people were killed - Guardian


VIDEO: Ukrainian forces clash with rebels in Kramatorsk - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine’s Kramatorsk tense after clashes between rebels and army - Yahoo News Singapore


Pro-Russians regain control of buildings in Kramatorsk - turkishpress.com


At least one dead, two more wounded in Ukraine's Lugansk as bloody clashes continue - The Voice of Russia


In Lugansk, a rebel commander’s call to battle is answered - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Protesters rally outside Lugansk SBU building - YouTube


Pro-Russia gunmen in Slavyansk release OSCE European arms inspectors - latimes.com


Intercepted Phone Calls Show Putin Called The Shots On European Hostages In Ukraine - Forbes


Ukraine army cuts off main road to Slavyansk - GlobalPost


VIDEO: Ukrainian Army seals off Slavyansk - YouTube


Meet the self-proclaimed 'people’s mayor' of Ukraine's Slaviansk - France 24


In Ukraine, separatists seize one of last government sites in Donetsk - latimes.com


VIDEO: Crowd attempts to storm Donetsk Military Prosecutor's Office - YouTube


VIDEO: Protesters Storm Two Government Buildings in Donetsk - YouTube


Donetsk forms first regiment of Republican Army - The Voice of Russia


Kharkov mayor posts his photo from hospital after assassination attack - ITAR-TASS


Behind the Masks: The rebels are Ukrainians but have deep ties to Russia, They are veterans of the Soviet, Ukrainian or Russian Armies and some have families on the other side of the border - NYTimes


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Where the Buck Stops, ACT!

Needed: Obama-Putin Summit on Ukraine

Editor Note: As the death toll mounts in an incipient civil war between east and west Ukraine, a group of retired U.S. intelligence professionals urges President Obama to hold a summit with Russia’s President Putin to defuse the crisis.

May 4, 2014

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: Urgent Action on Ukraine

The buck stops with you, Mr. President. If you want to stop a bloody civil war between east and west Ukraine and avert Russian military intervention in eastern Ukraine, you may be able to do so before the violence hurtles completely out of control. You need to take the initiative and do it now.

Ukraine News - May 3, 2014

 

31 anti-government activists die after radicals set Trade Unions House on fire in Ukraine's Odessa (VIDEOS)— RT News


‘Nobody is letting us walk out of here alive’: trapped Odessa anti-government activist to RT (VIDEOS) - RT News


VIDEO: Rescuers Pull People from Burning Odessa Trade Union Building - TeleManagement


VIDEO: Fierce street battles in Odessa, Ukraine as pro & anti Kiev demos clash - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine: Odessa on the edge of all-out street war - YouTube


Moscow outraged by events in Odessa, views the tragic events as a sign of Kiev's "criminal irresponsibility” - THE DAILY STAR

 

US urges Kiev to punish those responsible for death of people in Odessa - The Voice of Russia

 

Ukraine: Neo-Nazi Right Sector Leader Threatens 'Civil War' - Israel National News

 

VIDEO: Ukraine’s Right Sector Threatens to Blow Pipelines from Russia to EU - YouTube

 

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Ukrainian Military Strike Rebel-Held City Slavyansk as Fighting Spreads - NYTimes.com


Ukraine President says 'many' rebels killed, wounded in crackdown - usatoday.com


Explosions, gunships rouse Slavyansk to barricades - GlobalPost


Pro-Russian rebels down army helicopters in Slaviansk offensive - France 24


VIDEO: Locals stall troops and armour en route to Slavyansk, Part 1 - YouTube


VIDEO: Human chains of E. Ukrainian residents block Kiev troops, APCs near Slavyansk, Part 2 - Youtube


VIDEO: Slavyansk residents angry at Ukraine military operation - YouTube


VIDEO: Downed Army helicopter burning in Slavyansk - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Helicopter pilot rescued by separatists - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: Slavyansk self-defenders guard barricades, prepare for 'Kiev offensive' - YouTube

 

VIDEO (Russian): Crimean separatists: Hundreds of us are coming to help South-Eastern Ukraine’ - YouTube

 

Ukraine Reinstates Conscription as Security Deteriorates in Eastern Region - VOA

 

Pro-Russian activists in Slaviansk say 2 Ukrainian Alfa unit officers freed - interfax.com

 

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Russia, EU, Ukraine fail to reach agreement at gas talks - RT Business


Russia to cut gas to Ukraine in June if no prepayment received - Reuters


Russian energy minister: Ukraine must use some of its IMF loan to repay gas debts - ITAR-TASS


No doubts about Ukraine gas debt, EU intends to help Naftogaz - EU energy commissioner - ITAR-TASS


EU wants same price for Russian gas for all its members: Oettinger - EurActiv

 

Gazprom worried by uncertainty about gas transport from Russia to Eu across Ukraine - The Voice of Russia

 

Russian gas supplies 'not guaranteed', EU commissioner warns - EUobserver

 

Why Putin's Potential Retaliation Against Western Oil Giants Could Backfire - Businessweek

 

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War w/Russia "Not Unthinkable;" Kerry wars on RT

Kerry’s Propaganda War on Russia’s RT

April 30, 2014

Editor Note:Secretary of State Kerry, who has bumbled through a string of propaganda fiascos on Ukraine, decries Russia’s RT network as a “propaganda bullhorn” that Americans should ignore – just trust what the U.S. government tells you.  Right!

By Ray McGovern

When specialists with a good sense of history insist that war with Russia is “not unthinkable” precipitated by events in Ukraine, one should take careful note. The “not unthinkable” quote is from pre-eminent American historian of Russia, Stephen F. Cohen, who recently appeared with John J. Mearsheimer, historian of U.S. foreign policy, on RT’s Crosstalk.

Ukraine News - May 1, 2014

 

Pro- Russian masked gunmen tighten grip on eastern Ukraine - GlobalPost


From Kiev, no orders as east Ukraine police slip out of control - Reuters


Ukraine President Turchinov says government is helpless to restore order in east, some local law enforcement units support the "terrorists" - AP


Ukraine's Military On Full Alert For Possible Russian Attack - Reuters


POLL: Ukrainians Doubt Effectiveness of Interim Government, 80 percent of respondents from the east consider it illegitimate - VOA


VIDEO: Pro-Russian activists storm Lugansk govt HQ - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine separatists seize second provincial capital Lugansk, fire on police - usatoday.com


VIDEO: Police leaves Lugansk government building ceding control to the activists - YouTube


VIDEO: Pro-Russian gunmen at the police station in Lugansk - usatoday.com


VIDEO: Armed men guard 'border of Donetsk Republic' - YouTube

 

Ukrainian Activists Take Control of TV Station in Luhansk - RIA Novosti

 

Ukraine Unrest: Separatists Seize Buildings In Horlivka - huffingtonpost.com

 

VIDEO: Pro Russian activists attack police station in Horlivka - YouTube

 

Maidan opponents seize Alchevsk city council - media - The Voice of Russia

 

OSCE military observers held in Sloviansk unlikely to be released soon - ITAR-TASS

 

Donetsk referendum to take place soon, 2000 polling stations ready - The Voice of Russia

 

Donetsk will not take part in presidential poll: rebel leader - GlobalPost

 

Meet Igor Strelkov, The Face Of The Insurgency In Eastern Ukraine - AP

 

Interview with Sloviansk Separatist Leader Reported by Human Right Protection Group - Ukrainian Winnipeg

 

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IMF Board Approves $17 Billion for Ukraine - ABC News


IMF Press Release: IMF Approves 2-Year US$17.01 Billion Stand-By Arrangement for Ukraine, US$3.19 Billion for immediate Disbursement - IMF


IMF Survey : Ukraine Unveils Reform Program with IMF Support - IMF


Ukraine Economy Wounded as First Quarter GDP Shrinks - ibtimes.co.uk


Ukraine’s overall debt for Russian gas grows to $3.492 billion - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine can pay for Russian gas at reduced price or will go to court - ITAR-TASS

 

IMF says Russian economy already in recession, bleeding capital - latimes.com

 

Russian Federation: Concluding Statement for the 2014 Article IV Consultation Mission - IMF

 

Putin Threatens Retaliation Against Western Oil Companies - oilprice.com

 

GOP senators: Arm Ukraine, hit Russian banks - Yahoo News

 

NATO not to give direct military aid to Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

 

U.S., Russia bolster communications to prevent accidental confrontation - Washington Times

 

Kerry: U.S. Taped Moscow’s Calls to Its Ukraine Spies, however State Dept spokesperson says Kerry was referring to Ukrainian intelligence adding The Daily Beast's story was a "mischaracterization" - The Daily Beast

 

Russia Shows Modern Military in Ukraine Crisis - VOA

 

Putin 'to visit Crimea' for May 9 military parade - Yahoo News

 

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