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US news organizations dispense propaganda, not news: Forget ‘Fair and Balanced,’ US Corporate Media Give Only the Government’s

By Dave Lindorff

One searches almost in vain for honest reporting on the Ukraine conflict in the US corporate media, which is simply parroting the US government position, which is that the rebels in eastern Ukraine are simply tools of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Russia invades Ukraine. Again. And again. And yet again … using Saddam’s WMD

By William Blum

“Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion on Wednesday [August 27], sending armored troops across the border as it expanded the conflict to a new section of Ukrainian territory. The latest incursion, which Ukraine’s military said included five armored personnel carriers, was at least the third movement of troops and weapons from Russia across the southeast part of the border this week.”

None of the photos accompanying this New York Times story online showed any of these Russian troops or armored vehicles.

Ukraine News - Nov 19, 2014


NATO Sees Military Buildup In Ukraine, Urges Russia To Pull Back -

Doorstep statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg upon arrival at European Union Foreign Affairs Council (VIDEO) - NATO

Ukraine crisis: Russia demands guarantees from NATO - BBC News

Putin says west is provoking Russia into new cold war as ‘spies’ deported - The Guardian

Moscow will not allow the defeat of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, Putin warns - AP

Russian President Putin says Ukraine needs federalization to settle conflict - Business Insider

VIDEO (English): Exclusive ARD interview with Russian President Putin - ARD

TRANSCRIPT (English): ARD interview with Russian President Putin -

German, Russian foreign ministers discuss Ukraine crisis, Both reportedly agreed on the need to return to the so-called Minsk protocol -

VIDEO: Press Conference of German, Russian foreign ministers on Ukraine -

Opening remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a joint meeting of the foreign ministry boards of Russia and Belarus - MFA of Russia


Talks on eastern Ukraine must involve separatist militias: Russian diplomat - TASS


Russia bans meat imports from Montenegro on suspicion of smuggling from EU - TASS


Putin Says West Has 'Lost Russia's Food Market' -


Russia’s Farmers See Opportunity After Ban on Western Food Imports -


Ukraine crisis pushing Russia into recession, hits east Europe - EBRD | Reuters


Russian Airlines Face Losses Over Ukraine Crisis -


Head of Russian Central Bank Defends Ruble Float - The Moscow Times


Crimea Gets Renationalized - Businessweek


Web users debunk Russian TV's MH17 claim - BBC News


Russian State Television Shares Fake Images of MH17 Being Attacked - bellingcat


ARES research report suggests that separatists were “very likely” to have received arms from Russia “however the level of state complicity in such activity remains unclear” - ARES


REPORT: ARES Research Report No.3 “Raising Red Flags: An Examination of Arms & Munitions in the Ongoing Conflict in Ukraine - ARES


PHOTO: Russian GRU Spetsnaz paratrooper Milchakov and unity are now surfaced in Donetsk - elisaschreuder on Twitter



Donetsk residents angry over Kyiv threat to end the funding of all public services in rebel areas by this weekend - VOA

Ukraine takes economic swing at rebels by closing state offices, hospitals, schools, banks – but might hit people instead (VIDEO) -

Report Says 64 Pensioners in Eastern Ukraine Starved to Death - The Moscow Times

Ukraine scraps human rights treaty for rebel areas - RT News

Ukraine opposition seeks reversal of decree blocking welfare benefits for eastern regions - TASS

VIDEO (Russian): Mothers protest demanding social support for children in East Ukraine (Part 1) - YouTube

VIDEO (Russian): Mothers protest demanding social support for children in East Ukraine (Part 2) - YouTube

Five Ukrainian soldiers killed in east Ukraine fighting - GlobalPost


Artillery fire, explosions shake Donetsk airport - Reuters


No new offensive planned against rebels: Ukraine - Business Standard News


Ukraine Releases Russian Jailed Over Alleged Plot To Kill Putin -


Ukraine may see 7% GDP decline in 2014: Yatsenyuk -


The collapse of Ukraine’s economy: Don’t chicken out of Kiev - The Economist


Ukraine’s economy: Worse to come - The Economist


'Politics blinded them?' Putin says sanctions against Russia may backfire on Ukraine - RT News


EU to extend list of separatists in Eastern Ukraine targeted by visa ban and asset freeze -


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Ukraine News - Nov 13, 2014


NATO alleges columns of Russian tanks, artillery and combat troops entering eastern Ukraine - VOA

VIDEO: NATO general says Russia sending troops into Ukraine - YouTube

Numerous sightings of large columns of unmarked military vehicles and tanks in the Donetsk region (VIDEOS,PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag 

VIDEO: Alleged Russian military column entering east Ukraine -

60 km from Russian border we observed a convoy this morning with 15 armytrucks plus artillerie (PHOTOS) - Jeroen Akkermans on Twitter

Picture Taken By Journalist May Prove That Russia Has Deployed Artillery Radar In East Ukraine (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

Videos May Show Russian Special Forces Clearing The Way For Military Convoys In Ukraine (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

Russian Legislators Receive Responses from Military Officials on Soldiers Reportedly Killed in Combat in Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag

Russia to send seventh aid convoy to east Ukraine - TASS

Russian FM stresses importance of Kiev’s direct dialogue with Donetsk, Luhansk - TASS

In-patient mental examination authorized for Ukraine pilot accused of murder in Russian court - TASS

VIDEO: Ukrainian army pilot Nadezhda Savchenko appears in Moscow court -

NATO general: Russia beefing up bases in Crimea, but there is no clear assessment of whether that includes deployment of nuclear weapons - NZ Herald News

Russia moving more military hardware to Crimea. Picture from the Kerch ferry web camera (PHOTO) - Maria Antonova on Twitter

Russian Defense Ministry board considering formation of military grouping in Crimea - TASS

Russia to donate 47.1 billion rubles to Crimea making about 75% of its budget - Vestnik Kavkaza

Russia's long-range bombers to conduct regular patrol missions from the western Atlantic to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico - Yahoo News

Intelligence report details close encounters with Moscow -

MAP: Russia’s "close encounters" with NATO air forces -

POLL: 83 percent of Russians agree that the West is conducting an information war against Russia - RT News

Jews reject Russia claims of Ukraine anti-Semitism - BBC


Heavy shelling rocks Ukraine rebel bastion Donetsk - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Fighting in Ukraine's Donetsk Escalates to Heaviest in Months - WSJ

Numerous Attacks In Donetsk And Lugansk Regions - Interpreter_Mag

Some 2,400 houses damaged, need repair in Luhansk: OSCE report - TASS

Ukraine, Syria civilians attacked with incendiary weapons: HRW (VIDEOS) - RT News

OSCE Monitor: Russian-Backed Rebels Seem To Be Preparing To Attack Crucial Port City Mariupol - Business Insider

Attack On Ukrainian Checkpoint Northwest Of Mariupol - Interpreter_Mag

VIDEO: Attack on Mariupol Eastern checkpoint and nearby petrol station -

At the Security Council UN Official Warns Of Return To Full-Scale War In Ukraine's East -

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he wishes to stop the war in Ukraine and to prevent the beginning of WWIII - Crimean News Agency

Arseniy Yatsenyuk: Russia has already crossed hundreds of “red lines” - Charter’97

VIDEO (English) - Press Conference of Ukraine Military Spokesman Lysenko, Nov 12 - Ukraine Crisis Media Center

Donbas civil society leaders accuse Ukraine of 'declaring war' on own people -

Ukraine rebels: a disunited front run by warlords - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Sentenced to Death by a Crowd in Separatist East Ukraine, Interview with Separatist Commanders - VICE

Three Ukrainian battalion commanders leave for U.S. to meet with McCain - Russia Beyond The Headlines

Kiev regional police head accused of neo-Nazi ties -

Wanted British 'White Widow’ Islamic State terrorist killed in Ukraine, claims Russian news agency - Daily Mail Online

Ukraine's economic situation 'desperate': Institute of International Finance -


MH17 was brought down by missile supplied by Russian military to separatists in Ukraine: Report - Daily Mail


Origin of the Separatists’ Buk: A Bellingcat Investigation - bellingcat

MAP: Exploring the MH17 Linked Buk Convoys in Ukraine and Russia with Mapbox - bellingcat

Geolocating the June Russian Buk Convoy in Millerovo - bellingcat


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Ukraine News - Nov 8, 2014

Ukraine accuses Russia of sending 32 tanks, 16 artillery systems and 30 trucks loaded with fighters and ammunition to the East - ABC News

VIDEO: (English): Russian Tanks and Artillery Move Into Luhansk, Says Ukraine military spokesman - Yahoo UK

NATO sees increase in Russian troops along Ukraine border - Daily Mail Online

United States does not have "independent confirmation" of Russian incursion in Ukraine - Yahoo News

Putin Holds Talks With Security Chiefs Over 'Deterioration' in Eastern Ukraine - The Moscow Times

Russia says it stands by Ukraine ceasefire deal, respects but does not officially recognize Donetsk, Luhansk elections - Reuters

Putin Not Planning on Meeting Poroshenko, Heads of DPR, LPR: Spokesperson - RIA Novosti

NATO plans large-scale military drills in Eastern Europe and Baltic States - TASS

NATO launches Iron Sword war games in Lithuania -

VIDEO: NATO Conducts 'Iron Sword' Exercises In Lithuania -

Ukrainian female military officer Savchenko In Russian Court - Interpreter_Mag

Three witnesses claim Ukrainian pilot Savchenko is innocent - Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI)

PHOTOS: Images of the abducted Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko put before a Russian court -

POLL: Vast majority of Russians do not want the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics in eastern Ukraine to become part of Russia - YouTube

Gorbachev to defend Putin in Berlin - DW.DE

Ruble Set for Worst Week in 11 Years as Russia Says Ready to Act - Bloomberg

In Ukraine Crisis, U.S. Businesses Face Tit-for-Tat Response to Sanctions -

Poroshenko: Ukraine Yet to Receive Payment for Russian Gas Transit - RIA Novosti

Ukraine's currency reserves plummet 23 percent to nine-year low - Reuters

Ukrainian Currency Hits Record Low - WSJ


Ukraine crisis: Killing of 2 teens playing soccer shocks war-weary nation - CBS News

Ukraine's National Guard denies it shelled school in Donetsk -

VIDEO: Mourning in Donetsk at funeral for two teens killed while playing football - Reuters

Missile That Killed 2 Teens in Donetsk May Not Have Come from Ukrainian Forces - Interpreter_Mag

Geolocation: Rocket that hit School No63 did not come from government-controlled Peski (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) - Ukraine@war

Statement on the protection of children during the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine - UNICEF

Children die in Donetsk. Who is to blame? - EUROMAIDAN PRESS

Up to 200 rebels killed in Donetsk aiport fighting: Ukraine's Defense Ministry -

Five Ukrainian soldiers killed in clashes with separatist militias - Fox News Latino

Intense Shelling In Lugansk Region - Interpreter_Mag

VIDEO: Hromadske TV apparently showing the aftermath today of some heavy shelling in Donetsk - YouTube

The Battle of Ilovaisk: Details of a Massacre Inside Rebel-Held Eastern Ukraine -

Ukraine imposes passport controls around rebel area - Yahoo News

Poroshenko rules out any possibility of granting the state status to the Russian language in Ukraine - TASS

Ukraine Holds Politically Charged 'Dictation' Contest -

Ukraine’s 'Right Sector' Leader Recognized as Elected Member of Parliament - RIA Novosti

Svoboda nazi apologist quits party to become head of Security Service propaganda - Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine


Alleged Child Molester Sentenced to Death by Show of Hands in Separatist Eastern Ukraine - Newsweek

VIDEO: Alleged Child Molester Sentenced to Death by Show of Hands in Separatist Eastern Ukraine - YouTube

Kyiv Authorities Slam Separatist Courts Handing Down Summary Death Sentences -

Laws of war in the Lugansk People's Republic, “People’s Court” pronounces first death sentence for statutory rape - EUROMAIDAN PRESS

VIDEO: Separatist-appointed Cultural Minister Irina Filatova, whose scantily-clad photographs went viral, demands death sentence for Ukrainian writer over cartoon -

Stagnation and Infighting Take Hold in Rebel-Controlled Eastern Ukraine - SPIEGEL MOBIL

Separatists groups quarrel among themselves in Donbas -

Rebel Leader Bezler Linked to MH17 Disaster Is Reported Dead - Newsweek

Ukrainian security service can’t confirm reports of death of separatist leader Bezler - UNIAN news

Donetsk rebels call reports that Horlivka cdr Igor Bezler was killed "a ruse by the Ukrainian press" - Nikolaus von Twickel on Twitter


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Ukraine News - Nov 4, 2014


Alexander Zakharchenko named prime minister of eastern Ukraine after 'election' - Telegraph

Igor Plotnitsky wins self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic head elections - TASS

Miner's son, Lenin fan win separatist Ukraine votes - Yahoo News

High turnout in separatist Ukraine vote, Ukrainian separatists say (VIDEO) -

VIDEO (English Subtitles): Long queues to vote in Luhansk Republic - YouTube

Donetsk, Luhansk say ready to hold an equitable dialogue with Kiev and to restore relations with Ukrainian regions - TASS

Text of the joint statement by the Donetsk, Luhansk republics - Interfax

Ukraine needs to change strategy in east after rebel vote: Poroshenko - Reuters

Address by the President of Ukraine - Official web-site of President of Ukraine

Despite provocations, the diplomatic path of resolution remains the priority for the Ukrainian authorities - Petro Poroshenko on Twitter

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Appeal of Petro Poroshenko regarding to the formation of a coalition in Parliament and the pseudo-elections at Donbass -

Kiev ready to buy coal from self-proclaimed republics in Donbass: official - RT Business

2 soldiers killed by car bomb a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol - GlobalPost

VIDEO: Car Bomb Attack on Mariupol Ukraine Checkpoint - YouTube

Heavy Shelling In Donetsk As Fighting Renews - Interpreter_Mag

Ukrainian Soldiers At Checkpoint 31 Receive Ultimatum From Separatist Fighters - Interpreter_Mag

OSCE says its drone fired at in Ukraine, U.S. blames rebels - Yahoo News

OSCE Statement On Attack On Monitoring Drone - Interpreter_Mag

Bodies of 286 Women Discovered, 400 Listed Missing in East Ukraine: Zakharchenko - RIA Novosti

Europe remembers victims of Odessa massacre (VIDEOS) - RT News

'People's Court' In Separatist-Held Alchevsk Issue Death Sentence By Show Of Hands (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

VIDEO: Ukraine’s rebels open school doors to Russian education - euronews

Ukraine's Maria Zarring with 34k breasts named Russia's top 'natural beauty’ (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - Daily Mail Online

PHOTOS: Meet the busty Russian model at the centre of Ukraine propaganda claims - Irish Mirror Online


Russia says it respects separatist vote but stops short of recognising Donetsk and Luhansk as independent, calls for talks with Kiev - Guardian

Minsk Agreements Implementation Possible After Donbas Elections: Russian Official - RIA Novosti

Russia urges Kiev not to conduct military operation in south-east of Ukraine - TASS

Russia blocks UN statement on Ukraine vote -

'Russian' Troops Surge Into Ukraine As Donetsk And Luhansk Elections Reveal Winners -

NATO: 300 Russian Troops in Eastern Ukraine Train Rebels -

Russia's border with Ukraine completely porous: NATO general - TODAYonline

In the last 24 hours the flight of 3 Russian reconnaissance Su-24 over Azov and Kerch Strait, IL-20 over the Black Sea were observed - NSDC of Ukraine on Twitter

Russian Aid Convoy Of Vehicles Enter Ukraine Through Donetsk Border -

Ukraine unaware of contents of Russia's 5th 'humanitarian convoy’: NSDC -

Russian Emergencies Ministry preparing 6th humanitarian convoy for Donbass - TASS

Russian Hackers Target NATO, Ukraine And Others: ISight - Business Insider


US blasts contested elections in Ukraine - TheHill

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Illegal Separatist Elections in Eastern Ukraine - The White House

Elections in eastern Ukraine no reason to bring Russian troops into Ukraine: White House - TASS

EU blasts Russia over Ukraine separatist vote - GlobalPost

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the ‘presidential and parliamentary elections’ in Eastern Ukraine - European Commission

UN says elections in eastern Ukraine violate Minsk agreements - TASS

Russia Threatened With More Sanctions After Backing Vote - Businessweek

Ruble Weakens as Ukraine Rebel Elections Spur Sanctions Concern - Businessweek

Iron Sword 2014: NATO stages massive military drill in Lithuania - RT News

Guided-missile destroyer USS Ross to Enter the Black Sea - U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet


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Ukraine News - Oct 31, 2014


East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy - Reuters

Eastern Ukraine: EU deplores Russian support for ‘elections’ in self-proclaimed ‘republics’ -

Poroshenko, Merkel condemn plans to hold 'pseudo-elections' in Donbas on November 2 -

VIDEO: Ukraine’s Poroshenko condemns 'pseudo elections' in east - YouTube

Central Europe, Britain oppose Ukraine rebel vote - Daily Mail Online

UN Chief Condemns Planned Separatist Election іn E. Ukraine - VOA

Moscow criticizes West for its refusal to recognize rebel-organized elections in Ukraine - AP

VIDEO: Moscow will recognise rebel elections in east Ukraine - YouTube

Online voting in Donetsk’s elections began yesterday. These are the candidates for PM. Most people only know Zakharchenko (PHOTOS) - Christopher Miller on Twitter

Ukraine Security Council reports rise in Donbas separatists’ military activity -

Nine killed in Ukraine battles over the last 24 hours - Business Standard News

East Ukraine's rebels prepare for a long cold war - AFP

Donetsk separatists declare total mobilization of men and woman from 18 to 55 -

East Ukraine Demarcation Line Yet to Be Set: Donetsk Separatist Prime Minister - RIA Novosti

Donetsk People's Republic Plans to Take Control of Mariupol: Separatist Prime Minister - RIA Novosti

Mariupol authorities report shelling of Ukrainian positions near town -

Since September pro-Russian forces intensified their effort to retake the Donetsk International Airport (MAPS) - Washington Post

VIDEO (English): Press-conference of former Donetsk military commander Igor Strelkov - YouTube

VIDEO: Holy hell. Video shows Donetsk rebels brutally beating other rebels, one with allegedly deadly head wound - Christopher Miller on Twitter

Ukraine Purges Interior Ministry Leadership With Pro-Russian Ties - VOA

Ukrainian GDP Plunges 5.1% Amid Deadly Conflict in Nation’s East - Businessweek


NATO Reports Spike in Russian Military Flights over the Black, Baltic seas and the Atlantic Ocean - AP

NATO Statement on Large-Scale Russian Air Activity in Europe - NATO

NATO Chief: Russia's Actions in Ukraine 'Challenge’ Security - VOA

VIDEO: NATO Chief Stoltenberg says Russia poses 'Euro-Atlantic security challenge' - YouTube

MAP: Just how busy has Russia's air force been over the last few days? - Robert Coalson on Twitter

Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal - Reuters

Russian Humanitarian Aid Convoy to Arrive in Ukraine Wednesday: Emergencies Minister - RIA Novosti

U.S. Urges Russia To Free Jailed Ukrainian Pilot Nadiya Savchenko -

VIDEO: State Department’ Psaki: Savchenko Covered By Minsk Accord - YouTube

Russia’s investigators say no grounds for Ukrainian woman pilot’s release from custody - TASS

VIDEO (English): Update on the captured pilot Nadiya Savchenko with Vira Savchenko, Nadiya’s sister - Ukraine Crisis Media Center

POLL: 82% of Russians think that foreign journalists criticises Putin because they want to destroy Russia - Shaun Walker on Twitter

White House Confirms Computer System Cyber Attack -

Security Firms Tie Russian Government to Utilities Hacks - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Did Russians hack W.H. computer network? - CNN


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Ukraine News - Oct 28, 2014

Ukraine's Pro-Western Parties Win Parliamentary Elections, Open Coalition Talks -

With 75.% of the Votes Counted Popular Front Edges Ahead of Poroshenko Bloc, Svoboda Out in Ukraine's Parliamentary Elections - Interpreter_Mag

OSCE observers give Ukraine election a clean bill of health - Reuters

VIDEO: OSCE Says Ukraine Elections 'Free And Fair' -

OSCE full statement on the Ukraine elections - OSCE

Pro-Russian Separatists spurn polls in Ukraine -AFP

'Party of War’ Winning Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections: Donesk Separatist Prime Minister - RIA Novosti

Kharkiv, Luhansk, Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regions prefer Russia leaning Opposition Bloc -

CHART: How the Donbass voted: Opposition Bloc 33.30% Petro Poroshenko Bloc 19.20% Communist Party 10.00% Popular Front 6.90% Samopomich 6.60% -

Turnout in parliamentary polls in south-eastern Ukraine reached 41%, 11% lower than in other regions: CEC - TASS

Analysis: Pro-Western election will not heal Ukraine's divisions, Poroshenko will have to compromise with Yatsenyuk which advocates a tougher line with Russia and separatists - dpa news

Right Sector leader winning in his one-seat constituency in Dnipropetrovsk region - TASS

Detained Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko Loses Appeal in Russia, Expects Seat in Ukrainian Parliament - Interpreter_Mag

Two government soldiers killed in ambush on Ukrainian checkpoint in Lugansk, artillery shelling in Mariupol - APA

Heavy shelling breaks out near Donetsk after Ukraine poll - DW.DE

VIDEO (Russian): Separatist forces vow to continue fighting for Donetsk airport - YouTube

Russian crooner Kobzon sings with separatist leader Zakharchenko in Donetsk - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Zakharchenko Sings with Joseph Kobzon - YouTube


Lavrov: Russia ready to recognize Ukrainian parliamentary election results - TASS

Lavrov: Russia Hopes Ukraine Authorities Adopt Peaceful Approach in Dealing with the Separatists - RIA Novosti

Lavrov: Moscow to recognize results of Nov 2 elections held by separatists in Luhansk, Donetsk People’s Republics - TASS

Obama charges Russia with interference in Ukraine elections, says U.S. will not recognize the Nov 2 elections in separatist areas - Washington Times

Statement by the President on Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine - The White House

Ruble Drops as Pro-EU Groups Win Ukraine - Businessweek

Russia economy slows as Ukraine crisis bites: official data - Yahoo News

UBS Executive: Sanctions Pain on Russia Has Only Just Begun - WSJ

Russian Brain Drain Saps Talent as Sanctions Hit Financing - Bloomberg

Russian Military On The Move On The Ukrainian Side Of The Donetsk Border (PHOTO, VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

Russia bringing in new batches of volunteer-mercenaries at Donetsk airport? (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war

Russian Uragan/Smerch/Tornado team caught on satellite images in Donetsk? (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war

Was Ukraine shelled with Smerch rockets from Russian territory? - Ukraine@war

Poland planning a major realignment of its military structure because of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine - ABC News

Exclusive: US Embassy in Moscow Faces Cold War-Era Harassment - ABC News

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Ukraine Restarts War on Eastern Regions Sources Say


The Kiev government of U.S. puppet Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is about to restart the failed attempt to subdue the southeastern region of the country known as Novorussia according to highly credible sources. (Image)

Colonel Igor Strelkov, a native Russian, helped create and led the Novorussian forces during the critical phases of resistance to the Kiev regime. At the height of his success, he left active command and was replaced by local leaders. As Strelkov sees it:

[An] "Endless flow of [Ukraine government] military columns moves towards Donetsk and Makeevka areas and towards Gorlovka area. Troops are being moved at ever increasing pace.

"At the same time they engage in massive use of heavy MLRS fire, heavy artillery and tactical missiles “Tochka-U” (SS-21 Scarab B) [a tactical ballistic missile - see Ukraine Firing Ballistic Missiles - Obama-Kerry Say Nothing].

"The number of victims among the population during this so-called truce is higher than it was in the period of active hostilities one month ago. Igor Strelkov, Important Statement, 20.10.2014 (click "Show More" for full text)

Will the US - EU Notice? Ukraine Rioters Demand Honors for Nazi Collaborators

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(10/14) Thousands of rioters demanded special recognition for the Ukraine Insurgent Army, a resistance group that allied with Nazi Germany during World War II. The Ukraine political party, Svoboda, staged the demonstrations.

Svoboda, an extremist right wing party, played an important role in the United States supported transition government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Its influence continues in the current government of President Petro Poroshenko. The United States and European Union have offered across the board praise for Poroshenko's government. (Image)

SpiegelOnline, Mar 17, reported that the German Society for International Cooperation supported Svoboda members of Ukraine's parliament in financial reform efforts.   The society is a non-government organization funded by the German government. The Konrad Adenauer political foundation, tied to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party, provided legislative training and instruction for Svoboda reported by Spiegel in the same article.


Freedom’s just another word: US Launches Wars and Backs Coups in the Name of Democracy, but Won’t Back Real Democracy Activists

By Dave Lindorff

The US claims to be supporting democracy from Ukraine to Cuba, and from Somalia to Iraq, often by bombing the alleged opposition, or by supporting proxy wars and subversion. But one place where real democracy activists are battling against the forces of repression they are curiously getting no backing from the United States: Hong Kong.

Ukraine News - Sep 17, 2014

Ukraine ratifies EU association agreement - DW.DE

VIDEO (Live): Ukraine ratifies EU deal - Yahoo News

In a concession to Russia key element of EU-Ukraine trade deal is delayed until 2016 - DW.DE

Poroshenko is facing a backlash for bowing to Russian pressure and postponing the implementation of an EU trade deal - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Ukraine critics denounce Russian influence over EU trade deal - YouTube

Is Postponing the EU Trade Agreement Harmful to Ukraine? - EconoMonitor

Ruble plunges to new lows, authorities tell Russians not to panic -

White House says rouble plunge linked to sanctions on Russian economy - Reuters

Russia central bank starts overnight forex swap operations with banks to increase short-term banking sector liquidity -

Russian Central Bank Fears Weak Oil Price Could Threaten Economy - WSJ

Gazprom's Profits Down 41% In First Quarter - Business Insider

EU delays decision on Russia’s access to OPAL gas pipe - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine Battles to Eject Russian Telecoms Giants - The Moscow Times

Russia needs government investment to avoid recession, says former finance minister - Reuters

C.Bank chief says Ukraine 2014 GDP may shrink by up to 10 pct - agency - Reuters


Ukraine parliament grants self-rule, amnesty to eastern regions - Telegraph

Ukraine presidential bill proposes local elections in Donbass on December 7 - ITAR-TASS

Splits in Ukraine's pro-EU camp emerge over Poroshenko autonomy plan for East Ukraine - Business New Europe

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Tymoshenko: Self-rule status for Donetsk and Lugansk is a “humiliating and disgraceful surrender” for Ukraine - YouTube

VIDEO: "Peace can only be reached by winning" says Svoboda leader about self-rule for Donetsk and Lugansk - YouTube

Donetsk Oblast Governor Taruta says Donetsk will feel 'raped' because of new law on self-rule of Donbass -

Leaders talk peace, some Ukrainian nationalists contemplate guerrilla war - The Washington Post

Q&A: Ukraine’s Donbas Battalion Commander Seeks US Support - VOA

VIDEO: Nazis symbols in the helmets of Azov Battalion members in Ukraine -

Tires on fire: Right Sector rallying in Kiev as govt votes for political purging (VIDEO) - RT News

Ukrainian Parliament Member Tossed In Trash Bin By Angry Protesters (VIDEO) -

VIDEO: Clashes break out in Kiev between Right Sector and police - YouTube

Ukraine s self-rule offer slows rebel independence drive - Yahoo!7

Donetsk, Luhansk armies to form armed forces - ITAR-TASS

Separatist leader: Luhansk Wants to Introduce Ruble as National Currency - RIA Novosti

Donetsk council says 3 killed, 5 wounded in eastern Ukraine city despite cease-fire - Fox News

Another exchange of prisoners of war between Donetsk and Kiev to take place in 2 days - ITAR-TASS

Top Ukrainian And Russian Business Leaders Propose 10-Point Peace Initiative - huffingtonpost


NATO, Russia to Hold Countervailing Military Exercises in and Around Ukraine - The Jamestown Foundation

Russia to send troops to Crimea as NATO holds exercises in Ukraine - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Ukraine And NATO Allies Commence Rapid Trident Military Exercise - YouTube

NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: defense minister - Reuters

Russia still has around 1,000 troops in Ukraine: NATO - Mail Online

Showing Off A 'Captured' T-72B3 Tank, Separatists Provide Further Evidence Of Russian Support - Interpreter_Mag

Israeli diplomats nix drone sale to Ukraine mid fears Russia would disapprove: report - The Times of Israel

Russia raids Crimea Tatar assembly after polls - GlobalPost

Updated Evidence Review: Who Shot Down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17? - The Interpreter


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Russia/Ukraine News - Sep 11, 2014

Criticizing NATO, Putin Underlines Need for Nuclear Deterrence - VOA

Putin Tightens Grip on Russian Defense Industry - The Moscow Times

VIDEO: Putin takes control of Russia's defence industries and calls for new weapons - YouTube

Russia developing new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter US, NATO - New York Post

Russia Test-fires Intercontinental Nuclear Missile, Hits Target 3,500 Miles Away -

VIDEO: Bulava ICBM test-fired from Russian nuclear sub Vladimir Monomakh - YouTube

Russia: Ukraine in NATO would be 'unprecedented challenge’ - AFP

Ukraine and NATO navies gather for Black Sea manouevres - ITAR-TASS

Canada says its frigate buzzed by Russian warplanes during NATO drill, Russia denies - AP

Russian coastal defenses in Crimea stage target practice amid NATO drills in Black Sea (VIDEO) - RT News

Russian strategic bombers reportedly practice nuclear missile strike against US - RT USA

The Ukrainian Crisis' Overlooked Nuclear Dimension -


Ukraine's President Pledges To Give The Country's East More Autonomy -

VIDEO: Ukrainian president agrees to give rebel-controlled areas more autonomy -

Luhansk and Donetsk republics may start negotiating their political status with Kiev soon - ITAR-TASS

Poroshenko: 70 Percent of Russian Troops Have Left Ukraine - VOA

Exclusive: Russian Soldiers Reveal the Truth Behind Putin's Secret War -

Ukrainian guards start building wall on the border with Russia - ITAR-TASS

OSCE says will use drones for ceasefire monitoring in Ukraine - Yahoo News

VIDEO: OSCE observers assess Ukraine ceasefire - YouTube

VIDEO: Ukraine War: The exchange of prisoners - YouTube

Ukraine's Security Chief Says Savchenko, Sentsov On Prisoner-Exchange List -

Mother of Ukrainian rebel hostage 'received his head in the post' - Mail Online

Azov fighters are Ukraine's greatest weapon and may be its greatest threatn -

VIDEO: Battalion "Azov" soldiers in spare time -

Ukraine Opens Criminal Investigation Against Members of Volunteer Battalions - RIA Novosti

MH17 official report finds jet was shot down by multiple 'high energy impacts' over Ukraine - Mail Online

Main points of the MH17 Ukraine crash report - BusinessWorld


Gazprom limits Polish gas supplies preventing the EU member state from supplying Ukraine via so-called reverse flows - Bloomberg

U.S., EU ready new sanctions to stop oil exploration in Russia - Reuters

EU to hold off on new Russia sanctions - RTÉ News

VIDEO: Europe Delays Russia Sanctions: EU defence officials discuss Ukraine crisis - YouTube

VIDEO: EU delays sanctions on Russia amid economy concerns - CCTV News - English

OSCE chief says reasonable to give Ukraine ceasefire chance before sanctions - Reuters

Amid Intensifying Requests, American Military Aid to Ukraine Stalls -


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Making the news fit the politics: NY Times Finds Conclusions Where None Exist in Dutch Flight 17 Downing Report

By Dave Lindorff

The New York Times, which has been misreporting on, and misleading its readers about the downing of Malaysian Flight 17 since the plane was downed last July 17, continues its sorry track record of flogging anti-Russian sentiment in the US and of supporting the post-putsch Ukrainian government in Kiev.

Washington’s seedy propaganda campaign: Satellite Images of Alleged Russian Artillery in Ukraine Come A-Cropper

By Dave Lindorff

In the ongoing propaganda campaign mounted by the Obama administration to claim that Russia has “invaded” Ukraine from the east, it offered up some grainy black-and-white satellite images purporting to show heavy Russian military equipment inside the Ukraine. 

Ukraine News - Sep 9, 2014

Ukraine ceasefire overall held, still shaky: OSCE - Reuters

VIDEO: I have feeling this will work. People want it: OSCE on Ukraine ceasefire - YouTube

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe: Text of the Protocol on Ceasefire in Ukraine - Council on Foreign Relations

Petro Poroshenko Announces Release of 1,200 Ukrainian Prisoners in Mariupol Trip -

Poroshenko, On Visit To East, Vows Mariupol Will Stay Ukrainian - KPLU

President Poroshenko Puts Mariupol Defenses on High Alert - RIA Novosti

VIDEO: President Poroshenko in Mariupol - YouTube

VIDEO: Ukraine’s Coast Guard Admiral: Mariupol's Port Won’t Be Taken - YouTube

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

PM Yatseniuk says Ukraine ‘will impose martial law if truce fails’ - London Evening Standard

Yulia Tymoshenko: “Minsk protocol” threatens Ukraine's integrity - Charter’97

Interview with Igor Plotnitsky, Prime Minister of the Luhansk People’s Republic - RIA Novosti


Amnesty: Evidence of war crimes by Ukrainian and separatist forces, Satellite images of Russian involvement (PHOTOS) - Amnesty International

Amnesty: Ukraine must stop ongoing abuses and war crimes by pro-Ukrainian volunteer forces - Amnesty International

REPORT: Abuses and war crimes by the Aidar Volunteer Battalion in the north Luhansk region - Amnesty International

VIDEO: Russian Army in Ukraine: Amnesty International offers fresh proof in Ukraine Today interview - YouTube

Donbass Battalion Member Says Azov Broke Ceasefire In Mariupol - Interpreter_Mag

VICE News correspondent embeds with the Azov Battalion, a volunteer militia based in Mariupol that is allegedly linked to neo-Nazism - VICE News

Foreign Policy talks to deputy leader of ‘pro-govt’ Azov Battalion - RT News

Preparing for War with Ukraine’s Fascist Azov Battalion -

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Azov NG battalion commander talks about Mariupol defense - YouTube

No official conclusion despite long investigation into mass death in Odessa - ITAR-TASS

Separatist ambush on Aidar battalion during ‘ceasefire', 11 KIA (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


Eyewitnesses: Russians 'controlled BUK missile system’ in the MH17 disaster- BBC News

Images Show the Buk that Downed Flight MH17, Inside Russia, Controlled by Russian Troops (PHOTOS) - bellingcat

New Data on MH17 Crash Questionable: Russian Civil Aviation Union - RIA Novosti

Further Reports of Russian Paratroopers Killed in Ukraine - The Interpreter

Russia Reports Troop Deaths In Ukraine, But Calls Them 'Volunteers' - NPR

Ukraine Says Russian Armor and Heavy Weaponry Still Crossing Border - Interpreter_Mag

Another 40+ Russian armor on the move Sept 3rd (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war

Russian T-72BM Visible In Footage Of 'Novorossiya' Parade in Perevalsk (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag


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What Russian invasion?: In-Place Cease-Fire Reached between Government and Rebel Forces in Ukraine

By Dave Lindorff

The separatist rebels of eastern Ukraine and the government in Kiev that controls the Ukrainian army have reached a cease-fire in place that leaves the separatists largely in control of the Russian-majority regions of the eastern part of that country.

Ukraine News - Sep 6, 2014

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels reach ceasefire deal - Reuters

VIDEO: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Announces Cease-Fire - CNN

VIDEO: Negotiators’ Statements on Ukraine Cease-Fire -

Why Ukraine truce works for both sides, The ceasefire deal has the potential to become a turning point - BBC News

POLL: Ukraine’s Pro-War Parties Are Collapsing In The Polls - Business Insider

Ukraine president says all prisoners of both side to be freed under ceasefire - Reuters

Kyiv, separatists exchange lists of captives on Friday: Ukraine's former President Kuchma -

Kuchma: Working group to be formed by Monday to implement Minsk agreements, in particular the matter of self-government of these regions and the transfer of power to them -

Ukraine ready for 'extraordinary’ decentralization steps in some areas of Donbass, Poroshenko says - Belarus News

Military Spokesman: Ukrainian Troops Set to Observe President's Ceasefire Order - RIA Novosti

Donetsk Self-Defense Forces Declare Ceasefire - RIA Novosti

VIDEO (Ukrainian): "Ukraine ceasefire deal agreed at Minsk talks”, rebel leader Zakharchenko confirms - YouTube

First Batch of Humanitarian Aid to Be Sent to East Ukraine Soon: Russia - RIA Novosti

PM Yatsenyuk’ hardline statement on ceasefire: To attain peace we need three points: ceasefire, withdrawal of the Russian army, Russian bandits and terrorists, control over the border -

Ukrainian government intends to approve Yatsenyuk’s border wall plan - ITAR-TASS

Statement by the Donbas Battalion founder Semenchenko regarding the ceasefire (VIDEO) - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


NATO Agrees Rapid Response Force With Headquarters in Eastern Europe -

Text of the Wales Summit Declaration issued by the Heads of State and Government at the meeting of the North Atlantic Council - NATO

VIDEO: President Obama Holds a Press Conference at the NATO Summit - The White House

TRANSCRIPT: Remarks by President Obama at NATO Summit Press Conference -

Obama: Sanctions Against Russia May Be Lifted If Ceasefire Continues - RIA Novosti

Merkel: Sanctions against Russia may be postponed if there is de-escalation in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO (German): German Chancellor Angela Merkel NATO Press Meeting - YouTube

No solution of Ukrainian crisis without Russia: OSCE chairman - ITAR-TASS

Poroshenko: Ukrainians to decide on accession to NATO - Ukrinform

US unlikely to station its military basis on territory of Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

Before Ukraine, Putin Modernized the Russian Military - Washington Free Beacon

Russia’s Modified Military Doctrine Not Providing for Preventive Nuclear Strikes: former Chief of the General Staff - RIA Novosti

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Ukraine News - Sep 5, 2014


In a joint article in The Times newspaper Cameron, Obama vow to stand together in support of Ukraine against Russia - Yahoo News

Text of the joint article by David Cameron and Barack Obama: Strengthening the NATO alliance - GOV.UK

NATO says arms supply to Ukraine up to individual allies - Reuters

Rasmussen: NATO Not Involved in Member States’ Decisions on Military Aid to Ukraine - RIA Novosti

Poroshenko: NATO Members Propose Ukraine Military Cooperation on Bilateral Basis - RIA Novosti

Nato Summit 2014: Nato Members to Provide Precision-Guided Weapons to Ukraine -

Secretary General: NATO to Allocate Some $19.4 Mln in Aid to Ukraine - RIA Novosti

US to lead multinational exercises in Ukraine, About 1,300 personnel from 15 nations take part including 200 U.S. soldiers - VOA

Here Are The Soldiers US Is Sending To Ukraine - Business Insider

Joint Statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, Sept. 4, 2014 -

Russia warns NATO not to offer Ukraine membership of the alliance - Reuters

Putin says he 'cannot be stopped' as NATO warns Russia has 3,000 troops in Ukraine - Mail Online

Text of the 7 Point 'Putin Plan' For Peace In Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag

Pentagon Notes ‘Exceptionally Capable’ Russian Force Along the Ukrainian Border -

Russia’s nuclear forces will hold a large-scale exercise this month along the country’s border with China - The Diplomat

Pentagon Excludes Possibility of War With Russia Over Ukraine - RIA Novosti

Eastern European hopes for permanent NATO bases stymied by Russia - Military Times

US and UK Push for NATO Countries to Increase Military Spending - teleSUR

Can NATO spend smarter? -

Protesters stage anti-Nato march in Cardiff, Four arrests - BBC News

VIDEO: Anti-Nato protest in Cardiff - YouTube

VIDEO: NATO Summit Wales 2014 (Day 1, 11 hours) - YouTube

VIDEO: Watch live tomorrow the Nato Summit in Wales - Telegraph


Ukraine and rebels back ceasefire, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan - Reuters

Ukraine's president, at NATO summit, voices 'careful optimism' on peace talks with rebels - Daily Courier

Demilitarized zone, OSCE monitoring among E.Ukraine rebels’ peace proposals - RT News

Ukraine crisis: Leaders talk about peace, but in Mariupol, Luhansk and Donetsk, the reality looks more like war - The Independent

Ukraine reinforces defense of Mariupol against rebel attack, army shells rocks Donetsk killing atleast one woman - Reuters

Over 800 servicemen killed in army operation in eastern Ukraine: military spokesman - ITAR-TASS

Spot report by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, 4 September 2014: The Situation in Mariupol - OSCE

The Dead and the Living in Luhansk - Human Rights Watch

VIDEO: Fear grows as artillery fire rocks outskirts of Mariupol - YouTube

VIDEO: Footage & A Photo From Mariupol For August 4th - Migukin's Blog

VIDEO: Grad rockets destroy Donetsk school and homes - Ruptly

VIDEO: Man shelled as he stood on his balcony in Donetsk - YouTube

Russia redeploys huge convoy of armor in Ukraine (VIDEO) - Ukraine@war

A website for search of Russian servicemen, which disappeared in Ukraine, was created in Russia - Info Resist

Appeal to the world psychiatric community on behalf of Ukrainian servicewoman Nadiya Savchenko detained in a Russian mental hospital - EUROMAIDAN PRESS 

Russia Stocks Climb 3rd Day on Ukraine Truce as ECB Spurs Ruble - Bloomberg

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War by stealth and by mini-armies: US Invades Iraq...Again, and Secretly

By Dave Lindorff

Flash! The US has re-invaded Iraq!

Iraq Has WMDs and Russia Has Invaded!

How did they imagine they'd get away with it, claiming that Iraq had vast stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and even nuclear weapons?

Defectors had made clear the chemical and biological weapons (some of them provided by the United States) had been destroyed. Inspectors had searched almost every inch of Iraq and said they'd get to the last few inches if given a few more days. Iraq was screaming that it had no such weapons. Numerous nations around the world were agreeing with Iraq. Colin Powell's own staff warned him that his claims would not be deemed plausible.

And yet, they got away with it to such an extent that most well-intentioned people in the United States to this day maintain that nobody can possibly be sure that Bush, Cheney, et alia, knew their statements were false when they made them.

"All this was inspired by the principle -- which is quite true within itself -- that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods." —Adolf Hitler

The U.S. media has repeatedly been claiming that Russia has invaded Ukraine.  They claim it for a while, and there's obviously been no invasion, so they pause.  Then they claim it again.  Or they claim that a convoy of aid trucks constitutes an invasion.  But the aid trucks look like aid trucks in all the photographs, and yet nobody has taken similar photographs of any invasion.  When Ukrainian tanks rolled into eastern Ukraine and were surrounded by civilians, we saw photographs and videos. Now there's just a Colin-Powellesque satellite photo from NATO supposedly showing Russian artillery in Ukraine. 

The major Russian invasion that apparently comes complete with some sort of muggle-and-photographer-repellant charm is said to consist of 1,000 troops -- or roughly as many troops as the U.S. has now sent back into Iraq in no sort of invasion to worry about whatsoever. 

But where are the 1,000 Russian troops invading Ukraine? Ukraine claims to have captured 10 of them, but the captured troops don't seem to have agreed to the story.  And what happened to the other 990?  How did someone get close enough to capture 10 but not photograph the other 990?

Meanwhile Russia says it's all lies and publicly urges the United States to engage with Ukraine diplomatically and urge the Ukrainian government to stop bombing its own citizens and work out a federalist system that represents everyone within its borders.

But NATO is busy announcing a counter-invasion to the invisible Russian invasion.

How do they imagine they'll get away with it? Well, let's see. Not a single individual responsible for the lies that launched the destruction of Iraq and the death of some million people and the predictable and predicted chaos now tormenting Iraq's whole region has been held accountable in any way.

The lie that Gadaffi was about to slaughter innocents, the lie that facilitated the attack on Libya and the hell that has now been established there -- No one has been held accountable for that lie in any way whatsoever.

The lie that the White House had proof that Assad had used chemical weapons -- No one has been held accountable.  No one has even had to recant as they switch targets and propose bombing Assad's enemies.

The lie that drone strikes don't kill innocents and don't kill those who could easily have been arrested instead -- No one has been held accountable.

The lie that the United States had proof Russia had shot down an airplane over Ukraine -- No one has been held accountable, and the United States is opposing an independent investigation.

The lie that torture makes us safe, a lie that led to the United States torturing some folks -- No one at the level of air-conditioned office work has been held responsible at all.

Why do they think they can get away with it?

Because you let them. Because you don't want to believe they commit such atrocities. Because you don't want to believe they tell big lies.

You know, some people feel like idiots for having believed the Iraq lies. Imagine how they're going to feel when they find out they believed a nation had been invaded when it hadn't.


David Swanson is author of War Is A Lie.

Ukraine News - Sep 2, 2014

Rebels no longer demanding full independence, say they will respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - AP

Donetsk, Luhansk ‘republics' present list of demands ahead of the meeting of the Contact Group  - ITAR-TASS

Excerpts: Pro-Russia ‘republics’ outline demands in swap for peace ahead of Minsk talks - EUROMAIDAN PRESS

Next session of Contact Group on Ukraine due on Friday - ITAR-TASS

Talks with Ukraine in Contact Group may get official status - ITAR-TASS

Moscow Hopes Minsk Talks on Settling Situation in Ukraine to Be About Ceasefire: Lavrov - RIA Novosti

VIDEO: Putin responds to BBC doorstep: Kiev authorities refuse to hold substantial dialogue with Ukraine’s southeast - YouTube

Russia: Demonstrators Against War in Ukraine Arrested - The Interpreter

NATO plans high-readiness 'spearhead' with troops, jets, and ships in East Europe -

Military option on Ukraine 'does not exist', says new EU chief - Telegraph

Europe drafts emergency energy plan with eye on Russia gas shut-down -

Ukraine negotiates gas supplies bypassing Russia: Poroshenko - ITAR-TASS

Reverse-flow gas ‘trial run’ from Slovakia to Ukraine successful - ITAR-TASS

Russian ruble slides to all-time low as new sanctions loom - CNN

Putin Faces Debt to Import Curbs as EU Weighs Sanctions - Businessweek


Ukrainian forces retreat from Luhansk airport after clashes with 'Russian tank column’: Kiev - France 24

Ukraine Border Gateway Seized by Rebels as War-Weary Locals Pray for Peace - VICE News

Ukrainian officials say nearly 700 soldiers had been taken prisoner since the rebel offensive began - BBC

VIDEO: Rebels capture more govt forces in Eastern Ukraine -

VIDEO (Russian): DPR 'Prime Minister' Zakharchenko met captive Ukrainian troops before releasing them home - YouTube

At Least Four Tactical Battalions of Russian Federation Armed Forces in Ukraine: Andrey Lysenko, military spokesman - Interpreter_Mag

US Official Confirms That Russian Military Has Sent SA-22 SAM Systems Into Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag

VIDEO (English) - Press Conference of Ukraine Military Spokesman Lysenko, Sep 1 - Ukraine Crisis Media Center

Ukraine war pulls in foreign fighters - BBC News

Ukrainian Woman, Held Up to Public Abuse, Is Released -

Ukrainian Woman Tells Of Public Abuse At Hands Of Pro-Moscow Separatists -

INTERVIEW (Russian): Ukrainian Woman Tells Of Public Abuse At Hands Of Pro-Moscow Separatists -

Iryna Dovhan, the woman humiliated by terrorists in Donetsk, speaks of her ordeal (Excerpts) - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


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Ukraine News - Sep 1, 2014

Putin Calls for Talks on East Ukraine “Statehood", But Not Independence -

Putin's statement is not referring to giving “statehood" to Novorossia as it is Ukraine’s internal affair: Kremlin spokesman - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Putin urges immediate talks on "statehood" in east Ukraine - YouTube

Ukrainian govt should not fear federalization: Putin - Russia Beyond The Headlines

Putin calls Poroshenko partner with whom dialogue can be conducted - Russia Beyond The Headlines

POLL: Putin faces limited opposition from Russian public on Ukraine - Pew Research Center

VIDEO: Putin: 'Don’t Mess With Russia...I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers’ - Headlines & Global News

VIDEO (English): Putin talks Ukraine, NATO, Crimea at two hours Q&A with Russian youth (FULL) - YouTube

Ukraine Crisis: Gorbachev Warns of 'Terrible Slaughter' in Europe, "If our country intervenes, such a fire could break out that the whole world wouldn't be able to put it out" - Yahoo News UK

U.S. lawmakers call for arming Ukraine government - Yahoo News

POLL: HuffPost/YouGov Poll Shows Few Americans Think The U.S. Has An Obligation To Defend Ukraine -

POLL: HuffPost/YouGov Poll Results: Ukraine -

Merkel says she's against arming Ukraine, but sanctions are coming -

Arms deliveries to Ukraine useless, will further expand confrontation: Hollande - ITAR-TASS

EU gives Russia ultimatum over Ukraine crisis, orders preparation of 'urgent' Russia sanctions - Fox News

Britain to spearhead 10,000-strong Nato rapid reaction force with mission to halt Putin's 'Tsarist expansionism' - Mail Online

NATO plans to deploy five bases in Eastern Europe: newspaper - ITAR-TASS

Poroshenko calls for soonest possible start of Contact Group talks, “The situation has reached the point where nothing can be changed’, therefore the sides must begin negotiations” - DWDD

Rebel number two to join Ukraine contact group talks on Monday - Reuters


Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains - AP

Ukrainian forces in port city of Mariupol prepare for 'Russian-led' assault of the separatists - GlobalPost

VIDEO: Mariupol residents form human chain against pro-Russian fighters - YouTube

VIDEO: Local Civilians step up to protect Mariupol from attack - YouTube

VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Many leave threatened city of Mariupol - BBC News

Zakharchenko: “We’re Preparing a Second Large-Scale Offensive” - Voices from Russia

Assassination Attempt Made on Zakharchenko, PM of 'Donetsk People's Republic’ - Submariners World

Moscow Military Review Lists Seven ‘Probable’ Targets in ‘Novorossiya’ - Johnson's Russia List

Rescue under way after separatists claim first attack on Ukrainian ship - Reuters

VIDEO: Boat of Ukrainian board guards hit in the sea several kilometers away from Mariupol -

Russia and Ukraine trade soldiers at border: Russian news agencies - Firstpost

Russia and Ukraine swap captured soldiers - YouTube

VIDEOS: The battle for Ilovaisk turns out to become one of the hardest fought with several Ukrainian volunteer battalions being surrounded and facing annihilation - Ukraine@war

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Rebels interview Ukraine prisoners at Ilovayask -

VIDEO (English subtitles): Ukrainian troops surrendered near Starobeshevo -

Second Russian Humanitarian Convoy at Ukrainian Border - Interpreter_Mag

Russia ready to implement Poroshenko's plan of humanitarian relief to Lugansk and Donetsk: Putin - Russia Beyond The Headlines

Only 300,000 People Out of Population of 900,000 Remain in Donetsk: DPR - RIA Novosti


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Get a grip America: Who’s the Real Aggressor in Ukraine? (Hint: It’s Not Russia)

By Dave Lindorff


            The US corporate media are awash in fevered articles and news stories about a Russian “invasion” of Ukraine, as though it was 1938, with German troops marching into Sedetenland and Austria. But let’s step back and look at what’s going on, calmly and rationally.


Ukraine News - Aug 29, 2014


NATO: More than 1,000 Russian troops are in Ukraine, with air defense systems, artillery and tanks transferred to separatist forces - Yahoo News

NATO: These new satellite images show Russian troops in and around Ukraine (PHOTOS) - The Washington Post

VIDEO: NATO spokesman statement on satellite imagery showing Russian combat troops inside Ukraine - YouTube

3000-4000 Russian volunteers including soldiers on leave fighting Ukrainian troops alongside rebels, separatist leader says - Telegraph

Russia’s Version of the Navy SEALs May Be Fighting in Ukraine (PHOTOS) - bellingcat

Revealed: Around 40 Russian Troops from Pskov Died in the Ukraine, Reinforcement Sent In (PHOTOS) - bellingcat

Analysts Confirm Presence of Russian Army Tanks in Ukraine (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

VIDEO: Ukraine releases video of purported Russian tank in Novoazovsk - YouTube

VIDEO: Ukrainian army captured tank T 72 with Russian documents - YouTube

VIDEO: Russian Military Convoy Reported Heading Toward Lugansk - Interpreter_Mag

Defense official says Pentagon has evidence Russia firing missiles inside Ukraine - Fox News

Russians call for probe of soldiers' deaths near Ukraine -

Russian village's graves may tie Kremlin to fighting in Ukraine - Reuters

Paratroopers' Grave Markings Vanish as Rumors Circulate They Were Killed in Ukraine -

VIDEO (English subtitles): Wives of Russian soldiers protest against the policy of disinformation of the authorities -

VIDEO (English Subtitles): RFE/RL's Russian Service spoke to relatives of the Russian paratroopers detained in Ukraine - RFE/RL

VIDEO (Russian): Russian TV Journalist About Official Causes of Death of Russian Soldiers: Paratroopers Died from Heart Attacks and Strokes - Censor.NET


Russian-Backed Separatists Enter Novoazovsk In Southeastern Ukraine - huffingtonpost

Ukraine rebel leader says targeting strategic port of Mariupol - Reuters

Ukraine crisis: All eyes turn to Mariupol as separatist showdown looms - The Independent

Ukraine: is Mariupol the new front in separatist war? - Alex Thomson's View

Protesters in Mariupol gather to display their anger over Russian military presence near their hometown (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

VIDEO: Protesters in Mariupol gather to display their anger over Russian military presence near their hometown - YouTube

Demonstration in Kharkiv Against Russian Invasion - Interpreter_Mag

Four Hundred Ukrainian Soldiers Desert Battlefield - Interpreter_Mag

VIDEO: 400 armed Ukrainian troopers, who had abandoned their positions in the ATO zone, attempted to pass the block-post in Zaporizhzhia -

Ukraine president blames military failure on deserting commanders, soldiers and their relatives accuse Kiev of neglect - RT News

As Pro-Russia Forces Gain Ground Ukraine’s Volunteer Battalions Decry Kiev Leaders - VICE News

Donetsk Militia Forces Claim They Take Nearly 90 Ukrainian Servicemen Captive in One Day - RIA Novosti

Putin calls on pro-Russian rebels 'to open a humanitarian corridor for encircled Ukraine servicemen in order to avoid pointless victims’ - Reuters

Ukrainian Service Woman Nadezhda Savchenko To Be Transferred To Psychiatric Hospital In Russia - Interpreter_Mag

Separatist Leader says DPR leaves Ukraine never to return, "Novorossiya no longer agrees not only to federalization, but to the preservation of Ukraine as such” - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Press Conference of Separatist Leader Zakharchenko on the Counteroffensive, 24 Aug 2014 - YouTube


President Barack Obama again rules out U.S. military action in Ukraine, says there must be a diplomatic solution - Reuters

VIDEO: Obama: No US Military Action in Ukraine - YouTube

VIDEO: Full Press Conference of President Obama on the Economy, Iraq, and Ukraine - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s Aug. 28 remarks on Ukraine, Syria and the economy - The Washington Post

US warns of more sanctions against Russia over Ukraine - Yahoo News

Merkel says EU to discuss further Russia sanctions - Yahoo News

VIDEO (German): Merkel warns Russia to expect more sanctions from Europe - YouTube

Russia Wants Say in EU-Ukraine Association Deal, Propose Three Amendments - The Moscow Times

Merkel Tells Putin She Supports Three-Way Talks on Ukraine’s EU Association: Kremlin - RIA Novosti

Russian, Ukrainian experts to analyze Ukraine-EU deal: minister - ITAR-TASS

Ukrainian parliament to consider ratification of EU association agreement September 16 - ITAR-TASS

Poroshenko signs decree banning exports of military, dual-use items to Russia - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine's Bonds Fall Most in Four Months as Fighting Intensifies -

Ukrainian Finance Ministry to sell $340 mln to National Bank to stabilize exchange rate: PM Yatseniuk -

German Economy 2014: GDP Stumbles On Lower Sentiment Surrounding Ukraine Crisis -

Wall Street loses ground on Ukraine worry - Reuters


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NATO Forces in Eastern Europe May Lead to Endless War, Hostilities - Expert


WASHINGTON, August 28 (RIA Novosti), Lyudmila Chernova – The deployment of NATO forces to new bases in Eastern Europe opens new possibilities for endless war and hostilities, New York director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) Alice Slater told RIA Novosti.

The disturbing saber rattling from NATO chief Anders Rasmussen announcing that NATO will deploy troops for the first time in Eastern Europe since the Cold War ended, build a “readiness action plan,” boost Ukraine’s military capacity so that “in the future you will see a more visible NATO presence in the east,” while withdrawing Russia’s invitation to an upcoming NATO meeting in Wales, “opens new possibilities for endless war and hostilities,” Slater said.

The NATO secretary-general told European journalists that the alliance was to deploy its forces in Eastern Europe in response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and to counter the threat posed by Russia to the former Soviet Baltic republics.

"It is ironic, that at this moment in history when so many people and nations around the world are acknowledging the 100th anniversary of our planet’s hapless stumble into World War I, great powers and their allies are once again provoking new dangers where governments appear to be sleepwalking towards a restoration of old Cold War battles,” Slater said.

"A barrage of conflicting information is broadcast in the various national and nationalistic media with alternative versions of reality that provoke and stoke new enmities and rivalries across national borders," the expert added.

The nongovernmental organization director noted that with the United States and Russia in possession of more than 15,000 of the world’s 16,400 nuclear weapons, humanity can ill-afford to stand by and permit such conflicting views of history and that opposing assessments of the facts on the ground can lead to a 21st century military confrontation between the great powers and their allies.

"While sadly acknowledging the trauma suffered by the countries of Eastern Europe from years of Soviet occupation, and understanding their desire for the protection of the NATO military alliance, we must remember that the Russian people lost 20 million people during World War II to the Nazi onslaught and are understandably wary of NATO expansion to their borders in a hostile environment," she explained.

"This, despite a promise to Gorbachev when the wall came down peacefully and the Soviet Union ended its post WWII occupation of Eastern Europe, that NATO would not be expanded eastward, beyond the incorporation of East Germany into that rusty Cold War alliance," Slater added.

"Russia has lost the protection of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which the US abandoned in 2001, and warily observes missile bases metastasizing ever closer to its borders in new NATO member states, while the US rejects repeated Russian efforts for negotiations on a treaty to ban weapons in space, or Russia’s prior application for membership in NATO," Slater concluded.

Germany’s Der Spiegel reported Sunday that Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia felt threatened by Russia's intervention in Ukraine and feared of what they described as Russian aggression.

NATO members are scheduled to meet in Wales to discuss the alliance's response to Russia, which it accuses of interfering in Ukrainian affairs.

Ahead of the NATO summit at the end of next week, the four countries have urged the military bloc to mention Moscow as a potential aggressor in its summit communique.

Russia’s Permanent Mission to NATO told RIA Novosti on Monday that Moscow has no plans to participate in any activities during the NATO summit in Wales.

Ukraine News - Aug 27, 2014


Russia could lose over 100 bln rubles from EU-Ukraine association, will have to cancel Ukraine’s preferential regime in trade: Putin -

VIDEO (English subtitles): Vladimir Putin's Full Speech in Belarus - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT (English): Putin’s full speech in Belarus -

ARCHIVE: Loss of Ukraine's military-industrial complex will cost Russia $938 million - Russia Beyond The Headlines

Ukraine keen on further dialogue with EU, Eurasian Troika: Poroshenko -

Poroshenko calls for consultative mechanisms assessing the damage in trade with Russia in the framework of EU-Ukraine association - interfax

Poroshenko & Putin discuss implementation of Ukraine’s association agreement with EU - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO (Slavic): Poroshenko and Lukashenko statements in Belarus - YouTube

Draft Final Document of Ukraine-Customs Union-EU Meeting Ready: Belarusian Leader - RIA Novosti

Belarus hosts Ukraine talks, strikes neutral position between Moscow and Kyiv - DW.DE

Merkel: Ukraine can go to Eurasian Union - EUobserver

Eurasian Economic Union: host of Minsk talks - WBP Online


Ukrainian forces capture 10 Russian soldiers, Russian Defense Ministry saying the soldiers probably crossed the border inadvertently - Fox News

VIDEO: Ukraine says video shows Russian soldiers detained in east Ukraine - Reuters

VIDEO (English Subtitles): Interrogation of Russian Paratrooper Captured in Ukraine on August 25 - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: Transcript of Interrogation of Russian Paratrooper Captured in Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag

Ukraine Doesn't Believe Russian Troops Captured Across The Border Were ‘Lost’ -  Interpreter_Mag

In Ukraine, an armoured column appears out of nowhere, Ukrainian officials said the column was an incursion by Russian troops - Reuters

Heavily Armed 'Men In Green' with Russian Accent Enter East Ukrainian Villages -

VIDEO: Weapons Convoys Seen Rolling in Eastern Ukraine - AP

Powerful Russian Armored Convoy Spotted In Ukraine Headed Toward Lugansk, Complete With T-72 Tanks (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

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So, I Asked the Russian Ambassador What He Thinks of NATO

The Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, spoke at the University of Virginia on Tuesday evening, in an event organized by the Center for Politics, which no doubt has video of the proceedings. Kislyak was once ambassador to Belgium and to NATO.

Kislyak spoke to a packed auditorium and took, I think, well over an hour of questions. He spoke frankly, and the questions he was asked by students, professors, and other participants were polite and for the most part far more intelligent than he would have been asked on, for example, Meet the Press.

He told the audience that Russia had known there were no WMDs in Iraq, and had known that attacking Iraq would bring "great difficulties" to that country. "And look what is happening today," he said.  He made the same comment about Libya. He spoke of the U.S. and Russia working together to successfully remove chemical weapons from the Syrian government. But he warned against attacking Syria now.

There will be no new Cold War, Kislyak said, but there is now a greater divide in some ways than during the Cold War.  Back then, he said, the U.S. Congress sent delegations over to meet with legislators, and the Supreme Court likewise. Now there is no contact.  It's easy in the U.S. to be anti-Russian, he said, and hard to defend Russia.  He complained about U.S. economic sanctions against Russia intended to "suffocate" Russian agriculture.

Asked about "annexing" Crimea, Kislyak rejected that characterization, pointed to the armed overthrow of the Ukrainian government, and insisted that Kiev must stop bombing its own people and instead talk about federalism within Ukraine.

There were remarkably few questions put to the ambassador that seemed informed by U.S. television "news." One was from a politics professor who insisted that Kislyak assign blame to Russia over Ukraine.  Kislyak didn't.

I always sit in the back, thinking I might leave, but Kislyak was only taking questions from the front. So I moved up and was finally called on for the last question of the evening.  For an hour and a half, Kislyak had addressed war and peace and Russian-U.S. relations, but he'd never blamed the U.S. for anything in Ukraine any more than Russia.  No one had uttered the word "NATO."

So I pointed out the upcoming NATO protests. I recalled the history of Russia being told that NATO would not expand eastward. I asked Kislyak whether NATO ought to be disbanded.

The ambassador said that he had been the first Russian to "present his credentials" to NATO, and that he had "overestimated" NATO's ability to work with Russia. He'd been disappointed by NATO actions in Serbia, he said, and Libya, by the expansion eastward, by NATO pressure on Ukraine and Poland, and by the pretense that Russia might be about to attack Poland.

"We were promised," Kislyak said, that NATO would not expand eastward at all upon the reunification of Germany. "And now look." NATO has declared that Ukraine and Georgia will join NATO, Kislyak pointed out, and NATO says this even while a majority of the people in Ukraine say they're opposed. 

The ambassador used the word "disappointed" a few times.

"We'll have to take measures to assure our defense," he said, "but we would have preferred to build on a situation with decreased presence and decreased readiness."

Wouldn't we all.

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Editor Note:  Official Washington’s war-hysteria machine is running at full speed again after Russia unilaterally dispatched a convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian supplies to the blockaded Ukrainian city of Luhansk.

By Ray McGovern

Before dawn broke in Washington on Saturday, “Ukrainian pro-Russian separatists” – more accurately described as federalists of southeast Ukraine who oppose last February’s coup in Kiev – unloaded desperately needed provisions from some 280 Russian trucks in Luhansk, Ukraine. The West accused those trucks of “invading” Ukraine on Friday, but it was a record short invasion; after delivering their loads of humanitarian supplies, the trucks promptly returned to Russia.

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