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South Ossetia Warns Of “Naked Nazi Dictatorship” In Ukraine

March 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Republic News Agency
Republic of South Ossetia

March 14, 2014

At the session of the political Council of the party «Unity» was condemned the illegal actions of radicals in Ukraine

Today, March 13, in the office of the political party “Unity” was held the enlarged meeting of the political council with the participation of MPs and party activists.

At the meeting was agreed the date of holding the congress, where will be approved the list of candidates to the Parliament of the Republic of South Ossetia.

The primary focus of the discussion was the question on the situation in the Crimea and Ukraine as a whole. The participants unanimously condemned the illegal actions of nationalist extremists in Ukraine and urged to support the party in an effort to prevent the spread of neo-Nazism in the 21st century.

The Chairman of the political council Zurab Kokoev has noted that the party “Unity” seconded a parliamentarian Inal Bazzaev to the Crimea, who met there with representatives of the peninsula, special sub-unit “Berkut” and residents of the Autonomous Republic.

He emphasized the warmth with which he had been welcomed and conveyed their sincere thanks to the people of South Ossetia. In turn, those present thanked the leadership of the party for organizing this trip and stressed the importance of supporting the Crimean people in this difficult situation.

In conclusion, members of the council issued a statement on the referendum to determine the status of the Crimea.

“March 16, 2014 in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea will be held a referendum to determine the status of Crimea. According to the results of the public opinion polls the overwhelming majority of the population (about 80%) sees the Crimea as a part of the Russian Federation. With Crimea our people are linked by a common history, spiritual and moral values. We are not indifferent to the fate of people with whom we lived for many years in one state. Political council of the party “Unity” supports the position of the leadership of Russia in Ukraine and Crimea in solidarity with the people in the desire for reunification with Russia.

We condemn the illegal actions of the Ukrainian nationalist extremists and appeal to the people of goodwill to join us in an effort to condemn and prevent the spread of neo-Nazism in the 21st century.

We are with the people of Crimea in this crucial time!

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Republic News Agency
Republic of South Ossetia

March 6, 2014

Residents of the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine are afraid of a repetition of the Kiev scenario – Foreign Ministry of South Ossetia

South Ossetia is monitoring with anxiety the developments in Ukraine, where as a result of a coup d’état, Kiev and many cities in Western Ukraine are seized by the armed radical extremists whose actions are becoming more ambitious and aggressive, stated Acting Foreign Minister of South Ossetia David Sanakoev.

“The situation has gone far beyond the legal and constitutional framework, are committed massacres, destroyed monuments, shouted out anti-Russian slogans; the Verkhovna Rada is adopting decisions restricting the rights of linguistic minorities and prohibiting objectionable political parties, there is a gross interference in the affairs of the church and the establishment of the naked Nazi dictatorship. In my opinion, the country is on the verge of economic collapse and humanitarian disaster that in one way or another will touch the entire European continent,,” said Acting Foreign Minister of South Ossetia.

“It is no secret that in the escalation of tension, not the last role played the blatant interference of some high-ranking politicians of Western countries and the USA in the internal affairs of sovereign Ukraine, who wanted to make it a place of their geopolitical games and create the conditions for a re-division of regional boundaries,” stressed David Sanakoev in his statement.

According to him, all these disorders caused fair indignation of citizens of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea and Eastern regions of Ukraine, with mainly Russian-speaking population, who do not want a repetition of such scenario.

The South Ossetian people, as no one else understand what is happening in these regions of Ukraine, as they themselves experienced the grave consequences of Georgian nationalism in August 2008, which, by the way, was supported by representatives of the naked fascist Ukrainian organizations.

Undoubtedly, it is necessary to say that we express our full solidarity with the actions of the Russian Federation to support their compatriots in Ukraine, aimed at preventing an escalation of tension of the situation and avert bloodshed,” said the Acting Minister.

He believes that the Ukrainian people should decide their own fate themselves.

“We will be monitoring the situation in Ukraine and call on all political forces to stop the violence, to restore the rule of law, bring the situation back to the constitutional and legal framework and peacefully, without bloodshed, resolve the situation,” said the Acting Foreign Minister of South Ossetia.

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NATO To Supply Ukraine Military Assistance Against Russia

March 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Stars and Stripes
March 17, 2014

NATO, Ukrainian minister talk closer ties in wake of Crimea referendum
By John Vandiver

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STUTTGART, Germany: NATO will forge closer ties with Ukraine and intensify efforts to help build up the country’s military, the alliance’s secretary general said Monday, a day after a controversial referendum in Crimea on secession.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya discussed the referendum in which residents of the Crimea peninsula voted overwhelmingly to join Russia.

“The secretary-general reiterated the alliance’s firm commitment to support Ukrainian sovereignty and independence, and the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine’s frontiers,” a NATO news release stated.

The two officials also discussed NATO’s intent to boost cooperation with Ukraine, including “strengthening efforts to build the capacity of the Ukrainian military and more joint training and exercises.”

Deshchytsya also said Ukraine would submit within days a request to NATO for unspecified technical equipment.

On Sunday, voters in the autonomous Crimea region elected to break off from Ukraine and join Russia. What comes next is uncertain.

In a statement, NATO called the referendum “both illegal and illegitimate,” saying it violated Ukraine’s constitution and international law. “Allies do not recognize its results,” the statement said. The alliance called on Russia to de-escalate the situation and cease all military activities against Ukraine.

In response to the crisis along NATO’s border, the alliance deployed E-3 AWACS reconnaissance aircraft to Poland and Romania to monitor the unfolding crisis in Ukraine.

The alliance also has beefed up its air policing mission in the Baltics as part of an effort to reassure allies in the region. Meanwhile, the U.S. has sent F-16 fighters to Poland and dispatched the Navy’s USS Truxtun, a guided-missile destroyer, into the Black Sea for training activities.

But while the U.S. and Europe are moving to impose sanctions on Russia in connection with its intervention in Crimea, no Western political leaders of consequence have called for a U.S. or NATO troop presence in Ukraine.

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NATO Tells Russia To “Cease All Military Activities Against Ukraine”

March 17, 2014 2 comments

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
March 17, 2014

Statement by the North Atlantic Council on the so-called referendum in Crimea

We consider the so-called referendum held on 16 March in Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea to be both illegal and illegitimate. The referendum violated the Ukrainian Constitution and international law, and Allies do not recognise its results.

Furthermore, the circumstances under which it was held were deeply flawed and therefore unacceptable. This was demonstrated by the rushed nature of the poll under conditions of military intervention and the restrictions on, and the manipulation of, the media, which precluded any possibility of free debate and deliberation and deprived the vote of any credibility.

We urge the Russian Federation to de-escalate the situation, including by ceasing all military activities against Ukraine.

The so-called referendum undermines efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine.

We further call upon the Russian Federation to honour all its international commitments, return to the path of dialogue and seek a peaceful, political solution, including through direct dialogue with the government of Ukraine. We therefore urge the Russian Federation not to take any steps to annex Crimea, which would be a clear violation of the United Nations Charter.

NATO Allies reiterate their full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization
March 17, 2014

NATO Secretary General discusses Crimea referendum, future cooperation with Ukraine’s Acting Foreign Minister

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed the latest developments in Ukraine, including the so-called referendum in Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea, as well as the Alliance’s plan to intensify the NATO-Ukraine partnership with Andriy Deshchytsya, Ukraine’s Acting Foreign Minister on Monday (17 March 2014).

Mr. Fogh Rasmussen said Sunday’s so-called referendum undermined international efforts to find a peaceful and political solution to the Ukraine crisis and violated the Ukrainian constitution and international law. The Secretary General reiterated the Alliance’s firm commitment to support Ukrainian sovereignty and independence, and the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine’s frontiers.

The two also discussed NATO’s determination to boost cooperation with Ukraine through the NATO-Ukraine Commission. This includes increased ties with Ukraine’s political and military leadership, strengthening efforts to build the capacity of the Ukrainian military and more joint training and exercises. The Secretary General has also said that NATO will do more to include Ukraine in its multinational projects on improving capabilities.

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TV Debate: U.S. Growing Aggressive Over Ukraine

March 16, 2014 2 comments

Press TV
March 16, 2014

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Press TV has interviewed Rick Rozoff, manager at Stop NATO from Chicago, to discuss the US role in Ukraine’s crisis.

What follows is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: How do you see, first of all, Russia’s reaction after this referendum?

Rozoff: What do I anticipate Russia’s reaction to be? I think it’s fairly easily predictable. The referendum will pass overwhelmingly. Russia will recognize it. Steps may be taken for the eventual incorporation of Crimea into the Russian Federation. I think that’s fairly indisputable.

I might follow up on the point of my namesake, Dr. Weitz, who I’ve always known to be a very dispassionate if not an entirely disinterested commentator on international affairs. When he spoke about Crimea he drew the conclusion, without spelling it out in detail, to the five-day war in the South Caucasus in August of 2008 over South Ossetia, you know, I’ve one have always argued that Crimea in essence really is the fifth so-called frozen conflict in former Soviet space.

It’s important to recollect that the war in the South Caucasus occurred only in the few months after the NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania, where Georgia and Ukraine were not given an open invitation for what’s called a Membership Action Program, that is they weren’t invited formally to join NATO as a full member, but they were assured that they could and would eventually become full members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but to do so, there are a couple of major preconditions that have to be met. Number one, there cannot be the basing of foreign troops on the soil of an aspirant nation to NATO; by foreign troops, really non-NATO troops, of course.

Secondarily, there cannot be any unresolved territorial disputes. Well, in 2008, Abkhazia and South Ossetia were unresolved territorial disputes standing in the way of Georgia’s accession to NATO and Crimea has been vis-à-vis Ukraine.

So, I believe the West is very interested in resolving, if you will, which is to say subduing the breakaway or the unresolved breakaway republics in Ukraine, as well as in former Georgia.

Press TV: Is it basically Washington that cannot do anything, or do you see Washington becoming more aggressive after the referendum?

Rozoff: It clearly has become more aggressive before the referendum. We’re talking about a geo-strategically vital part of the world, of course, but we’re also talking about a tinderbox that could be set aflame quite easily, and the matches are being thrown in that direction.

I’m referring of course to the fact that the United States has announced, the Pentagon has announced, Chuck Hagel has announced that the US is going to deploy 10 F-15s to an airbase in Lithuania as part of the now decade-old air policing operation run by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The US is rotating F-16 jet fighters into Poland from a base they’ve previously been stationed at in Italy. The US has a warship currently in the Black Sea engaged in naval drills with Bulgaria and Romania.

And the list goes on. The US is going to be holding a military exercise, Rapid Trident, in the nationalist stronghold of the Lviv, Ukraine, in July.

My concern is this brinkmanship, this saber-rattling by US and NATO. Let’s keep in mind that within hours, the highest body within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the North Atlantic Council, is to meet on Ukraine and immediately thereafter the NATO-Ukraine Commission will meet.

So my fear is this, that even if these are allegedly symbolic maneuvers or measures taken by the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization, matters of this sort have a way of getting out of hand.

We do have to recall this is the centenary of the beginning of World War I. I don’t believe anyone in the summer of 1914 anticipated what would transpire over the following four years. So we do have to be particularly cautious in this situation. It’s a volatile one.

Press TV: Are you concerned – do you really feel that this could break out into a full-fledged war, Mr. Rozoff?

Rozoff: There is absolutely a potential for that happening in any number of ways not immediately predictable.

Press TV: Mr. Rozoff, your takes on the comments out of Washington [by the previous guest speaker, Richard Weitz] that Moscow didn’t need to do this, and that the ethnic Russians were not under threat in Crimea.

Rozoff: With due respect to Dr. Weitz, the ten-point propaganda bullets, if you will, put out by the State Department were characterized by the Russian foreign ministry as low propaganda, and I would have to concur. This wasn’t terribly sophisticated either in content or presentation.

But I think one thing that Russia is definitely feeling, you know, I wrote an article roughly five and a half years ago about the Eastern Partnership – that is, the program of the European Union under which the Association Agreement with Ukraine that was rejected, I should say postponed, on November 21 of last year and was used as the pretense for the violent uprising and the bloody overthrow of an elected government in that nation – was part of a concerted effort by the West, the US in the first place through the European Union, to effectively destroy the emerging Customs Union or Eurasian Union projected by Russia, with Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and possibly Armenia.

But even more than that, it was meant to finish off the Commonwealth of Independent States, that is to destroy any economic or other organization that linked the former Soviet Republics minus the three Baltic States.

I think that is transparently the intention of Washington and Brussels, and what they want to do is isolate Russia entirely within former Soviet space as well as within Europe.

Press TV: Mr. Rozoff, your take on [previous guest speaker’s comments]. There seems to be double-standards that are taking place here if we look at, as I said, what takes place in the United States and how unpopular governments usually wait until the next election for the people to voice their perspective, and yet Mr. Weitz has even just admitted that the United States was involved in pushing the opposition, if we want to call it, and basically one of the main factors in bringing about this coup.

What will it take to end these double-standards? On the one hand, we see the United States and its allies condemning Moscow for this act but nothing is basically being said about the original coup that overthrew a democratically elected government.

Rozoff: If I may, Victor Yanukovich, his days were numbered as it were, seriously, because there was to have been a scheduled election 11 months from now; that is, February of next year.

I’m certain that in any other government on the face of the earth, at least one approved of by the State Department and the White House, if there was massive political opposition in the country, the opponents would be told to organize in the forthcoming election and defeat the incumbent.

That was certainly an option available to Ukraine and, by the way, the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, is much more diverse and reflective of popular political sentiment than the US Congress has ever been. It’s a multi-party parliament with representatives across the political spectrum as opposed to our own.

I would argue further more to develop more on your point, that I believe Mr. Yanukovich’s poll ratings, as bad as they may have been two months ago, were higher than Barack Obama’s currently.

And I’m sure that neither Dr. Weitz nor John Kerry nor Obama himself would urge that the Ukrainian model could be replicated in Washington.

But I think that even beyond that, we have to recall the infamous leaked audio tape between the State Department’s Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador to Kiev a few weeks ago, Geoffrey Pyatt, in which if anyone who’s heard this thing, it’s indisputable, the State Department’s Nuland – by the way, former US ambassador to NATO and former State Department spokesman for Hillary Clinton – pinpointed the precise man who would be running the Ukraine after the government of Yanukovich was overthrown.

And that man, even though he’s the prime minister and not technically president, is in Washington right now receiving his marching orders from Barack Obama and meeting with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund immediately on the heels of going to Brussels to hold a press conference with the Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. If you want any clearer evidence about the nature of who ordered the coup d’état in Kiev and who ordered the successor to Yanukovich, there it is.

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Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela and beyond: Beware the wars of March

March 15, 2014 3 comments

Stop NATO
March 15, 2014

Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela and beyond: Beware the wars of March
Rick Rozoff

In the 1930s it was a notorious fact the German government of Adolf Hitler chose the month of March to perpetrate its most daring moves in reasserting the nation as a continental power, culminating in the most deadly war in history.

For example:

March 1933:
German federal election brings Hitler to power as chancellor

March 1936:
Germany remilitarizes the Rhineland in contravention of the Treaty of Versailles

March 1937:
The Third Reich’s Condor Legion bombs and attacks Durango, Spain and the next month bombs Guernica

March 1938:
Germany absorbs Austria

Over the past fifteen years a not dissimilar pattern has emerged.

In March of 1999 the U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization began Operation Allied Force, the 78-day air war against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

In March of 2003 the U.S. and several of its NATO allies began Operation Iraqi Freedom, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, ultimately with troops from 23 of NATO’s current 28 member states stationed in the country.

In March of 2011 the U.S. launched Operation Odyssey Dawn, nineteen days later taken over by NATO under the code name of Operation Unified Protector, a more than six-and-a-half-month-long air war and naval blockade against Libya.

The above were the first wars ever conducted by NATO and were, respectively, its first wars in three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa.

In the unbroken series of direct, covert and proxy wars waged by the U.S. and NATO since the attack on Yugoslavia on March 24, 1999, the following nations and former nations have been seriously, more than likely fatally, wounded. Destroyed.

The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (subsequently the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, now splintered into three entities)
Macedonia
Afghanistan (what was left of it after the U.S. and several of its NATO allies supported a fundamentalist-extremist insurgency operating out of Pakistan from 1978-1992 and then backhandedly supported the Taliban takeover in 1995-1996)
Iraq
Somalia
Ivory Coast
Libya
Yemen
Syria
Sudan
Mali
Ukraine

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North Atlantic Council, NATO-Ukraine Commission To Meet In Hours

March 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Interfax-Ukraine
March 13, 2014

Rasmussen: North Atlantic Council to meet on Sunday followed by NATO-Ukraine Commission

NATO Allies are closely coordinating their actions in connection with the difficult situation in Ukraine, according to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

“NATO Allies coordinate closely on [the] grave sit in Ukraine. [The] North Atlantic Council will meet tomorrow followed by [the] NATO-Ukraine Commission,” he wrote in Twitter.

NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu also confirmed that the North Atlantic Council will meet on Sunday afternoon.

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Letters on Ukraine

March 15, 2014 1 comment

The Toronto Star
March 15, 2014

Readers’ Letters

Realpolitik and the Russian enigma

Regarding the two letters (“More voices on Ukraine crisis,” March 8) that were highly critical of my recently published letter in the Star (“Don’t poke Russian bear in Ukraine,” March 4), there are two key points that cannot be left unchallenged:

First, the unruly mob that forced democratically-elected Victor Yanukovych from power in the Ukraine was not the kind of peaceful “nonviolent” protestors that Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. would have supported. In fact, there are allegations that the snipers who shot the not-so-peaceful protestors were in fact mercenaries hired by the Western-funded opposition.

Second, America with its “manifest destiny” and Canada were not very “peaceful countr(ies)” in the way that they attacked and stole territory from their neighbors and treated the native populations living there “since (the) 1700s.” Before condemning Russia for doing what every large nation does, we should look in the mirror first.

Michael Pravica, Henderson, Nev.
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Don’t poke Russian bear in Ukraine, Letter March 3

Can anyone deny that U.S.-NATO bombed Serbia to install USA’s Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo? Now, my next question. What is USA doing in Serbia’s Kosovo since 1999? It is 2014 and the USA’s military base is still firmly in place. Are we going to use our brains or are we going to be taken in by phony pretexts?

Russia, then, has much more reason to claim Crimea, right next door to Russia, than USA coming clear across the world to bomb sovereign Serbia for 78 straight days, together with its ally NATO doing the same. And Canada was right there with them. Did most folks forget already? It is much better to do our investigative research, and then come forth with our viewpoints.

Liz Milanovich, Edmonton

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Right Sector leaflet for Southeast Ukraine

March 13, 2014 1 comment

“Right Sector’s urgent requests to the locals of Southeastern Ukraine:

Right Sector’s urgent requests to the locals of Southeastern Ukraine

1. Due to general mobilisation, all males younger than 54 must appear at district recruitment centres.

2. All citizens possessing firearms and non-lethal weapons must promptly hand it in People’s Self-Defense that are headquartered at regional administrative buildings.

3. Locals who permanently reside on streets named after criminal Communist regime must submit their IDs to custom office departments.

4. You must vacate all buildings located nearby military facilities and administrative buildings.

5. You must provide People’s Self-Defense units with your living space.

6. You must give up criminal activity meant to undermine revolutionary movements!

Glory to Ukraine!”

 

Living space is needed because Right Sector is moving to the East. All flats in Kharkov, for example, are rented for the next 6 months, people in Kharkov say.

 

http://www.invissin.ru/topics/ukrain_en/right_sector_leaflet_for_eastern_ukraine/

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U.S. Army To Lead NATO Military Exercise In Ukraine

March 13, 2014 2 comments

Stars and Stripes
March 13, 2014

US Army to proceed with planned exercise in Ukraine
By Nancy Montgomery

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Rapid Trident 2013 in Lviv

VICENZA, Italy: Atlas Vision is canceled. But Rapid Trident is still a go.

The status of two annual U.S. Army Europe military exercises that were scheduled for July — one in Russia, one in western Ukraine — is being affected differently by the situation in Ukraine, which has been described as the worst crisis since the end of the Cold War. The fact that the U.S. and its allies chose to go ahead with an exercise in Ukraine while canceling the one in Russia demonstrates Western support for Kiev in its confrontation with Moscow.

On March 3, the Pentagon announced that all exercises, bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences with Russia were off.

Air Force Lt. Col. David Westover, a spokesman, said the U.S. European Command had been in the planning stages for Atlas Vision 2014, which was to take place in July in Chelyabinsk, in northeastern Russia, and focus on joint peace-keeping operations. But because of the crisis, “all planning for this exercise has been suspended,” he said.

However, planning for Rapid Trident 2014 — a large, USAREUR-led multinational exercise scheduled for July — is ongoing, he said.

That exercise, in Lviv, near the Polish border, is to “promote regional stability and security, strengthen partnership capacity, and foster trust while improving interoperability between USAREUR, the land forces of Ukraine, and other (NATO and partner) nations,” according to the USAEUR website.

In addition to USAREUR troops, Rapid Trident 2014 will include units from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania, the United Kingdom and Ukraine, Westover said. It will feature a combined U.S. and Ukrainian battalion headquarters practicing a peacekeeping operation, he said. “Exercise planning will continue until we are told otherwise.”

Last year’s exercise lasted two weeks and included about 1,300 troops. It focused on “airborne and air-mobile infantry operations,” according to a report on the Rapid Trident website.

On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is considered key in dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that “the territorial integrity of Ukraine cannot be called into question.” The same day, President Obama vowed to “stand with Ukraine” during a White House visit by Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the besieged country’s pro-Western acting prime minister.

Westover said if relations were normalized between the West and Russia, Atlas Vision might or might not be rescheduled.

“Obviously without proper prior planning, conducting an exercise of this nature becomes difficult and jeopardizes our ability to participate,” he said.

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Zbigniew Brzezinski: Strong Polish NATO Chief Good Choice During Ukraine Crisis

March 12, 2014 5 comments

Radio Poland
March 12, 2014

Brzezinski – ‘Pole would make good NATO chief’

Former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski has said a Pole would be a good choice for NATO secretary general when the post comes up for grabs in July.

On the 15th anniversary of Poland joining the alliance on 12 March 1999, Zbigniew Brzezinski told the PAP news agency that “maybe the events of recent weeks in Ukraine are confirmation that an energetic and well-informed Secretary General of NATO – with sensitivity to problems and potential risks [in the region] – would be a very good choice. But if not this time, then next,” he said on Tuesday.

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s five-year term comes to an end in July this year and Brzezinski thinks that a candidate, such as Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski, would be a choice to lead an enlarged alliance.

In 1999, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary joined the alliance and Brzezinski, who was President Carter’s national security adviser from 1977 to 1981 and who currently works at Washington’s Center for International Studies (CSIS), said a robust “fence” between superpowers such as NATO can stabilize relations in the long run.

“There is an old American expression: good fences make better neighbours,” Brzezinski said, even though recent events in Ukraine have shown that “Russia can still be aggressive”.

On further expansion of NATO – more members from the old eastern bloc, who are also now members of the EU – joined in 2004 and Albania and Croatia joined in 2009 – Brzezinski said that “being asked to join NATO is not an act of charity” and member nations must be prepared to play a full role in the collective defence of the alliance.

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Poland, Black Sea: U.S. Begins War Games Near Ukraine’s Borders

March 11, 2014 2 comments

RT
March 11, 2014

NATO starts air drills close to Ukraine’s borders

NATO has begun wargames in Poland as recently dispatched US jets are set to take part in the exercises. Poor weather has delayed naval maneuvers in the Black Sea…

The air drills began on Tuesday at the Lask Air Base in central Poland. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski was present as the exercises commenced, standing by as four Polish F-16s lifted off. A US Hercules transport plane landed with support staff, while at least 12 US F-16 fighter jets and 300 personnel are due to arrive by Thursday.

Komorowski, without directly naming Crimea, said “events to the east” provided a reason to protect military spending in an age of austerity.

“I hope events to the east of the Polish border, which is also NATO’s border, will encourage tough decisions regarding Polish security,” Reuters cites him as saying.

The decision to deploy the US jets followed a phone conversation between US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak on Sunday. Washington insisted the air exercise was planned long in advance, though Siemoniak maintains the exercise was to have been smaller, only involving transport aircraft.

Following recent events in Crimea, however, Siemoniak asked the Pentagon to send fighter jets instead.

“This was our request,” Reuters cites Siemoniak as saying at a Polish Rocket Defense site. “We really appreciate that the reaction was that quick and significant.”

On Monday, NATO also gave the green light to Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) for reconnaissance flights over Poland and Romania in order help monitor the crisis in Ukraine. The planes are slated to fly from their home airbases in Geilenkirchen, Germany and Waddington in Britain, from where they will cross Romanian airspace on Tuesday.

That follows a decision made by the US last week to send a KC-135 aerial refueling plane and six F-15 fighter jets to Lithuania to bolster NATO’ air patrol over Baltic airspace. Those ships will reinforce four F-15s, which arrived on January 1 to fill NATO’s Baltic Air Policing rotation. The rotations is scheduled to end April 30.

Baltic allies had requested the assistance amid a growing standoff between Ukraine and Russia on the Crimean Peninsula. Following the deployment, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the modest US military deployment should be viewed as “concrete steps to reassure our NATO allies.”

Meanwhile, strong winds and high seas have caused the US and its NATO allies Bulgaria and Romania to delay the naval portion of its military exercises by 24 hours, the Bulgarian defense ministry said.

“The weather is now improving, the sea is not that rough and I don’t expect another postponement,” Reuters cites Lieutenant-Colonel Dimitar Titev as saying.

Washington said both the air drills and the joint Black Sea exercises with Romania and Bulgaria, which were delayed due to bad weather, were scheduled long before crisis struck Ukraine.

On Saturday, US Navy destroyer, the USS Truxtun, crossed Turkey’s Bosphorus strait and entered the Black Sea. The ship, with around 300 crew, was heading to “previously planned” training exercises with the Bulgarian and Romanian navies. The exercise is not expected to entail any live-fire component.

The USS Truxton, one of the largest destroyers ever built for the US Navy, had been expected to visit the Bulgarian port of Varna March 12-14. However, Titev said he was presently unable to predict what its estimated time of arrival would now be as a result of the inclement weather.

The Bulgarian naval frigate Drazki, and three Romanian naval vessels will take part in the drill, which will be held in international waters southeast of the Romanian port of Constanta. Constanta lies about 220 miles from the Crimean port of Sevastopol, where Russia’s Black Sea fleet leases a base.

The exercises come as the parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea adopted an independence declaration from Ukraine which precedes a referendum slated for March 16.

The United States says it will not recognize the referendum on Crimea, while Russia’s State Duma has said it will only debate the issue of Crimea joining Russia only after the referendum takes place.

Washington has accused Moscow of committing outright military aggression in Ukraine, while Russia denies invading the region, saying any action would take place within a framework of international law to protect Russian citizens from attack.

Putin said that Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine would take place only as a “last resort.”

Hopes of a diplomatic solution to the crisis were severely dampened after Kerry decided to cancel a visit to Moscow on Monday to discuss the issue with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

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Video Interview: EU Pact Furthers Ukraine’s NATO Integration

March 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Press TV
March 10, 2014

EU pact furthers Ukraine’s NATO integration: analyst

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Press TV has conducted an interview with Rick Rozoff, manager of the Stop NATO network, Chicago about the rush for the new government in Ukraine to sign the EU pact previously rejected by the former administration of the country.

The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Press TV: First of all, why do you think that the new government in Kiev is in such a hurry to sign this association pact with the EU?

Rozoff: I think you’re being too charitable in referring to the ruling clique in Kiev right now as government. I think terms like ‘regime’ or even ‘junta’ would be more appropriate. Even out of politeness, ‘government’ is stretching it a bit.

The regime now of Yatsenyuk, I think we should know immediately by the way that his first trip abroad was just recently a few days ago to Brussels where he went to the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), had a press conference with the Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen and effectively invited the North Atlantic Council, which is the top planning body of NATO, to come to Kiev, Ukraine, for the time ever and now we see that Mr. Yatsenyuk is heading to the United States very shortly. He went to Brussels as he is going to Washington to receive his marching orders. He is nothing other than a proxy for the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Why is he in such a hurry to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union under the auspices of a program called the Eastern Partnership? Because those are his orders.

And he has to sign them before the presidential election because on the off-chance that the election doesn’t turn out according to American plans they want to make sure they have the Association Agreement, which includes by the way a very strong military component to further integrate Ukraine into NATO and US military nexus.

That’s important to know.

Press TV: The former German chancellor Schroeder has also slammed the European Union for applying so much pressure on Kiev to sign this pact. Do you think that the regime, as you point out, in Kiev is doing it out of pressure or it has been the agenda of people like Yatsenyuk from the get-go?

Rozoff: It’s a combination of the two, but I’m sure your viewers and listeners recall that the tape that surfaced a few weeks ago with US Assistant Secretary of State for European an Eurasian Affairs Victoria Newland giving orders to the American ambassador in Kiev, Geoffrey Pyatt, as to who would be the next prime minister of Ukraine and she mentioned precisely Yatsenyuk. And that’s exactly the role he has right now.

The US ordered the coup. the US ordered the head of the junta to be Mr. Yatsenyuk and now he is receiving his orders, again from NATO and from Washington.

Let’s be perfectly clear about this. This was not a legal or a reasonable transformation of political power in Kiev. It was an armed coup d’état by nationalist and racist extremists for the most part, using violence that resulted in the death of at least 13 police officers.

And it’s precisely this sort of neo-fascist putsch that has led to the regime change in Ukraine with all the dangerous military repercussions we’re talking about, including the fact that we may now see US and NATO military bases and interceptor missiles stationed within miles of the Russian border in Ukraine.

Press TV: Speaking of which, right now when you look at the US mainstream media specifically and what the Western officials are portraying it, it seems as if Russia is the aggressor here; but from the way you put it and looking at the situation as a whole it seems the instigation comes from another party.

Rozoff: Precisely that. There was to have been a presidential election, a federal election in Ukraine 11 months from now, February of next year (2015). It is not as though if there was such a burning need for political change in Ukraine people could not have waited for 10 or 11 months and voted differently in next year’s election.

What in fact occurred was a matter of some urgency because the legally-elected internationally-recognized president of the country Viktor Yanukovych, who was overthrown in a coup d’état at the threat of his life apparently, he has now fled the country…He refused on November 21st to sign the Association Agreement we’re speaking about, which was referred to by fomer German chancellor Gerhard Schroder.

And we have to recall that he said recently very strongly that the EU insisted that should Ukraine sign the association agreement, which is now going to happen under the auspices of the US proxy regime in Kiev, then that would necessarily preclude Ukraine joining the projected Customs Union with Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and perhaps Armenia.

This is economic warfare against Russia, it’s an attempt to destroy what remains of the Commonwealth of Independent States, that is the post-Soviet economic formation. And it is an attempt to further integrate Ukraine into the US-NATO military network.

That is, I think, the most important matter to understand in this transformation of the last month.

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“Radical nationalists seized power in armed coup”: Russian foreign minister on Ukraine

Russian Information Agency Novosti
March 8, 2014

Russian FM: Ukraine Controlled by Ultranationalists

MOSCOW: The head of Russian diplomacy on Saturday slammed Ukrainian post-revolutionary authorities and alleged attempts to demonize Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian crisis.

“The so-called ‘interim government’ [in Ukraine] is not independent and, sadly, depends on radical nationalists who seized power in an armed coup,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Ukrainian opposition took power in the country last month, ousting President Viktor Yanukovych after a drawn-out standoff with the police that resulted in at least 100 deaths on both sides.

Opposition forces were led by the Right Sector, a confederation of far-right ultranationalist groups.
The opposition set up presidential elections for May and installed a new government. The Right Sector has no seats in the Cabinet, but its members organized armed patrols in the capital Kiev and have been documented on at least one occasion to physically abuse a local prosecutor for lack of revolutionary zeal.

“The so-called ‘Right Sector’ is calling the shots through terror and intimidation,” Lavrov told a press conference in Moscow.

The minister also said Russia is willing to work with other countries in order to find a solution for the Ukrainian crisis.

But Lavrov said critics should stop demonizing Russia.

“We should have a fair dialogue like partners, without attempts to paint Russia as almost a party to the conflict,” Lavrov said.

Thousands of troops widely alleged to be the Russian military have effectively taken control over Ukraine’s pro-Russian Republic of Crimea last week.

Crimean authorities said the region will join Russia and set a popular vote on the secession for March 16.

Secession plans were strongly denounced by the pro-Western government in Kiev as well as EU and US officials.

Russia has staunchly denied sending any troops to Crimea, calling the invading units “local militias” despite the fact that they speak Russian, use Russian military equipment and license plates and have repeatedly admitted their Russian provenance on camera.

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Itar-Tass
March 8, 2014

Russian FM: Ukrainian parliament-appointed government dependent

MOSCOW: The current Ukrainian government is dependent, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his Tajik counterpart Sirodzhiddin Aslov on Saturday.

“The so-called interim government… depends on radicals who seized power,” Lavrov said.

“The West knows well what they are but tries to conceal facts for reasons of political expediency,” he said.

Ukraine’s legitimate president, Viktor Yanukovich, was ousted in a violent uprising in February. The parliament then took over and appointed an interim head of state and government, which Russia does not recognize.

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“NATO Factor” In Ukraine “Extremely Dangerous”: Russia

Interfax
March 7, 2014

“NATO factor” to create additional tensions in Ukraine – Moscow

MOSCOW: It is extremely dangerous to add “the NATO factor” to the complicated situation in Ukraine, Moscow says.

“It seems reflexes of the past prevailed and prevented an objective analysis of the situation. We think that attempts to add “the NATO factor” to the already complicated and fragile situation in Ukraine are extremely dangerous, as it creates an additional element of tensions and undermines normalization prospects,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said, answering a media question on the ministry website.

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Interfax
March 7, 2014

Moscow criticizes NATO’s tendentious approach to Ukrainian situation

MOSCOW: The NATO Council’s decision to suspend meetings with Russian representatives demonstrates a biased approach to the Ukrainian situation, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

“The NATO Council’s decision to suspend meetings within the framework of practical cooperation with Russia exhibits a biased and tendentious approach to the analysis of causes and consequences of the Ukrainian events,” he answered a media question on the ministry’s website.

“The intention to limit the work in coordinated areas and projects of interaction in the deterrence of common challenges and threats to member countries of the Russia-NATO Council – terrorism, piracy, crises, extremism, natural and man-made catastrophes, as well as in Afghanistan and Syrian chemical weapons – contradict the common sense,” the diplomat said.

“The Russia-NATO Council does not have projects and cooperation projects, which meet the interest of exclusively Russia or alliance member countries,” he said.

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Top NATO Body Invited To Ukraine; “Gravest Threat To Europe Since Cold War”

March 7, 2014 1 comment

Russian Information Agency Novosti
March 7, 2014

Ukraine Proposes to Host NATO Council Meeting

BRUSSELS: Ukraine’s interim prime minister said on Thursday he has invited NATO Council to hold a meeting in Kiev over the recent developments in the political crisis in the country.

“I invited the North Atlantic Council to visit Kiev and hold a meeting there,” Arseny Yatsenyuk said during a visit to Brussels, where he met with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and EU officials.

“We believe that it will strengthen our cooperation,” Yatsenyuk said.

He also reiterated Ukraine’s request for additional military aid from NATO “to strengthen the country’s defenses on the technical level.”

Ukraine earlier appealed for assistance from NATO, asking the alliance to use all possible measures to ensure the country’s territorial integrity and protect its people following the approval by Russia’s parliament of the deployment of military forces in Ukraine.

The political crisis in the former Soviet republic has led to the current standoff between Russia and the West over the fate of Crimea, an autonomous Ukrainian region with a majority ethnic Russian population.

Crimean authorities have refused to recognize as legitimate the new central government in Kiev, which ousted President Viktor Yanukovych late last month, and on Thursday they announced a decision to become part of Russia.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization
March 6, 2014

Secretary General assures Ukrainian Prime Minister that NATO stands by Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk on Thursday (6 March 2014) that “in these difficult moments, NATO stands by Ukraine. NATO stands by the right of every nation to decide its own future. NATO stands by Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and by the fundamental principles of international law”.

The Secretary General and the Prime Minister discussed the grave developments in Ukraine and how NATO and Ukraine can strengthen their partnership. The Secretary General said the crisis in Ukraine “presents serious implications for the security and stability of the Euro-Atlantic area as a whole.” He added that the crisis is the gravest threat to European security since the end of the Cold War.

Mr. Fogh Rasmussen stressed that the Alliance intends to step up its partnership cooperation through the NATO-Ukraine Commission to support democratic reforms. This will include bolstering ties with Ukraine’s political and military leadership, strengthening efforts to build the capacity of the Ukrainian military and more joint training and exercises. NATO will also do more to include Ukraine in its multinational projects to develop capabilities.

The NATO Secretary General commended the people of Ukraine for their determination and courage and for the restraint shown by the Ukraine armed forces, and reiterated that a political solution is the only way out of the crisis.

“Above all, we call on Russia to honour its international commitments and halt the military escalation in Crimea. We call on Russia to withdraw its forces to their bases, and to refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine. There should be no attempt to draw new lines on the map of Europe in the 21st century”, Mr. Fogh Rasmussen concluded.

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Russian Security Council Holds Urgent Meeting on Ukraine

March 6, 2014 2 comments

Interfax
March 6, 2014

Putin hosts Russian Security Council session addressing Ukraine situation

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has hosted a Russian Security Council conference addressing the situation in Ukraine, taking into account the Crimean Supreme Council’s Thursday decision on preparing Crimea’s accession to Russia, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov told Interfax.

Taking part in the meeting were Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Federation Council Chair Valentina Matviyenko, State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin, presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov, Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) chief Mikhail Fradkov, and Security Council permanent member Boris Gryzlov.

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Itar-Tass
March 6, 2014

Lavrov: US intentions to impose sanctions against Russia are already a threat

ROME: US intentions to impose sanctions against Russia are already a threat, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the Italian capital on Thursday.

“I drew attention of the US State Secretary as I did so yesterday in Paris that non-stop fuelling of atmosphere continues, some restrictive lists against Russian citizens to be banned to enter the United States were announced,” the minister said. “Kerry assured us that there are no lists yet, there is an instruction, but this does not change the situation. There are also threats to freeze activity in the Group of Eight and the Russia-NATO Council,” Lavrov said.

“These structures are needed for us no more than for our partners and no more than for the world community which is quite interested in normal dialogue between Russia and the West, without any attempts of ultimatums and attempts of unilateral demands to change our position,” Lavrov noted.

“Our president has laid out absolutely clearly our position in this case with Ukraine. This position enjoys broad understanding in the world. Unfortunately, information background is filled with unilateral semi-hysterical assessments,” the Russian foreign minister noted.

“I said this once again to Kerry and he understands this that this hardly helps normal work under the threat of ultimatums and sanctions,” Lavrov added.

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
March 6, 2014

US Authorizes Sanctions Against Officials ‘Destabilizing’ Ukraine

MOSCOW: The White House said Thursday that it was imposing visa bans and authorizing other sanctions against officials “who are most directly involved in destabilizing Ukraine.”

The statement did not directly identify the officials to be affected.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his US counterpart John Kerry denied the existence of such blacklists when they met in Rome on Thursday. It was their third meeting in two days.

“He [Kerry] assured me that there were no such blacklists, there were only orders, but that doesn’t change anything. It’s still a threat, just like decisions to freeze the activities of the G8 and the Russia-NATO Council,” Lavrov said.

He said such moves only stir up tensions and complicate future diplomatic efforts.

The move came hours after an announcement by the Crimean parliament that it intended to secede and request annexation by Russia. A popular vote on the issue is to be held in the region on March 16.

The potential sanctions, authorized by an executive order signed by US President Barack Obama, would apply to individuals as well as legal entities, and threaten to further deteriorate the already strained relations between Russia and the US following the occupation of Ukraine’s largely Russian-speaking Crimea peninsula by troops apparently under Russian control over the weekend.

An adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier this week that Russian authorities would consider dumping more than $200 billion of US government bonds in response to possible US sanctions against Russian companies and individuals.

The US visa bans are the latest in a series of moves by the West to obstruct Russian deployment in Crimea, including suspending bilateral trade meetings, joint military exercises and preparations for a summit of the leaders of the G8 group of powerful democracies that was scheduled for June in the Russian city of Sochi.

The US Defense Department’s newspaper, “Stars & Stripes,” reported Thursday that the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Truxtun was en route to the Black Sea for previously scheduled exercises with Romania and Bulgaria.

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Washington: Pentagon, Military Chiefs Prepare For Ukraine Conflict

March 6, 2014 2 comments

United States European Command
March 5, 2014

Hagel, Dempsey Outline U.S., Partner Approach to Ukraine
By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON: In advance of their budget testimony this morning before a Senate panel, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey outlined Defense Department activities pertaining to the crisis in Ukraine.

Hagel and Dempsey appeared before the Senate House Armed Services Committee to discuss the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request for DOD, and Hagel alluded to the Ukraine situation in his statement to the panel.

“I think it’s clear … that the events of the past week underscore the need for America’s continued global engagement and leadership,” he said. “The president’s defense budget reflects that reality.”

Addressing the unrest in Ukraine that led to the invasion [sic] of Crimea by Russian troops, Hagel said that over the past few days he and Dempsey have been in constant touch with their fellow ministers and chiefs of defense in NATO, Russia and Ukraine.

“Today we are putting together a call for me with the new minister of defense for Ukraine,” he said. “Over the last couple of weeks, I have had conversations with the previous two ministers, and General Dempsey spoke this morning with Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu.” Hagel also spoke March 1 with Shoygu about the situation in Ukraine.

The secretary attended a NATO defense ministers conference last week in Brussels. While there, he took a few hours to meet with the NATO Ukraine Commission and spent time with Ukraine’s acting defense minister, Oleksandr Oliynykof.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry was in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev yesterday and is in Paris today, and he is scheduled to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today. NATO officials met yesterday and will meet again today, the secretary said.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, announced that it is sending 35 observers to Ukraine. The United Nations has had a Security Council meeting, and Hagel said he expects more activities along the diplomatic and economic front.

“Earlier this week, I directed the Department of Defense to suspend all military-to-military engagements and exercises with Russia,” he added. These include two scheduled trilateral exercises with the Russians, one with the Canadians and Russians and the other with the Norwegians and Russians.

“Also, this morning the Defense Department is pursuing measures to support our allies, including stepping up joint training through our aviation detachment in Poland … and augmenting our participation in NATO’s air policing mission on the Baltic Peninsula,” the secretary said.

At U.S. European Command, Eucom Commander Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove is convening meetings with the Central and Eastern European chiefs of defense, he said.

“I think everyone on this committee knows … that this is a time for wise and steady and firm leadership, and a time for all of us to stand with the Ukrainian people in support of their territorial integrity and their sovereignty,” Hagel said. “That, in particular, is what President [Barack] Obama continues to do as we pursue diplomatic and economic options.”

The United States and the OSCE, with the International Monetary Fund, have proposed separate economic packages that for Ukraine are particularly important, the secretary said.

In his remarks, Dempsey acknowledged what he called the alarming progression of events in the Ukraine over the past few days.

“Our senior leaders have made it clear that they wish to see Russia’s provocation resolved through diplomatic means in close collaboration and coordination with our allies,” the general added.

Over the past several days, Dempsey also has spoken with most of his NATO counterparts, in particular those in the Baltics and Eastern Europe. He said they are concerned and seek U.S. assurance for their security.

“During our conversations, we committed to developing options to provide those assurances and to deter further Russian aggression, [and] we agreed that together we must help shape a path back to sovereignty and security for all the people of the Ukraine,” the general said. “Simply put, the allies stand together.”

Dempsey recommended suspension of the department’s military-to-military exchanges with the Russian Federation and directed Eucom to consult and plan within the construct of the North Atlantic Council. “Obviously, we want to provide NATO’s leaders with options that stabilize and not escalate tension in the Ukraine,” he said, “but we are only one part of that equation.”

This morning, Dempsey said, he spoke with his Russian counterpart, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, urging continued restraint in the days ahead to preserve room for a diplomatic solution.

“Russia’s actions remind us that the world today remains unpredictable, complex and quite dangerous,” Dempsey said. “We cannot think too narrowly about future security challenges, nor can we be too certain that we have it right. The world will continue to surprise us, often in unpleasant ways.”

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Rumors Of U.S. Interceptor Missiles In Ukraine: Russian Foreign Minister

Interfax
March 4, 2014

Lavrov: Allegations on Ukraine-U.S. talks on housing missile shield aimed at worsening Russia-West relations

MADRID: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov describes unconfirmed reports on ongoing negotiations between the new Ukrainian authorities and the U.S. on the possibility of deploying U.S. missile defense elements in Ukraine in exchange for financial aid as gambling and an attempt to aggravate relations between Russia and the West.

“If this is so, we have yet another example of those currently sitting at Verkhovna Rada trying to gamble on relations between Russia and the West and aggravate these relations in the hope of catching something in that muddy water, with the absolute connivance of our Western partners,” Lavrov said at a press conference following negotiations with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo in Madrid on Wednesday.

Lavrov said he had not heard himself that Ukraine was in negotiations on housing U.S. missile defense elements on its territory in exchange for financial aid.

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Lighting the Fires for Chaos in Ukraine

March 4, 2014 2 comments

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
March 3, 2014

 

LIGHTING THE FIRES FOR CHAOS IN UKRAINE

 

A couple of people have wondered if I exaggerated the possibility of war with Russia over Ukraine.  I don’t think so – in fact I would suggest that the proxy war is already underway.

Two of the first things that happened following the US led coup d’etat in Ukraine was the “new government” declaring that the Russian language would be outlawed in the country (which has millions of Russians in it) and that the ban on Nazi symbols and ideology would be lifted.  It cannot be said often enough that many of the violent agitators in Kiev were in fact the ultra-nationalist descendants of those Ukrainian Nazi sympathizers who supported Hitler’s invasion of the former Soviet Union during WW II.

But there is even more.  NSNBC International reports the following:

Being one of the most reliable sources of information about the activities of Turkey’s intelligence service MIT and Turkey’s armed forces, Aydinlik Daily quotes a “source that has spoken with the newspaper”, alleging, that an intelligence unit linked to Turkey’s intelligence service MIT has headed to the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic Crimea to provoke Crimean Turks to act against the ethnic Russian majority and Russian interests in the autonomous republic. The source reported that the deployment of the Turkish unit has been coordinated with both the USA and EU.
Translated this essentially means that for all the moralistic talk coming from the Obama administration about how Russia should not be intervening in Crimea, the US-NATO are, and have been, deeply embedded in the drive to take over Ukraine.

Russian intelligence obviously is aware that this “low intensity” warfare is now being directed by US-NATO.  That is why Putin asked his governing body for permission to move Russian forces into the Crimea to stabilize the situation.

I am indeed a lifelong peace activist.  I don’t support war.  But I also have always believed that someone under attack has the right to defend himself or herself.  Whether they were the Native Americans; people in Nicaragua being attacked by the US funded and trained Contras; the Syrian government now under attack by a CIA and Saudi Arabian funded and trained Al Qaeda forces; or anywhere else – they have a right to defend their lands.

This morning I watched a bit of mainstream TV news just to get a feel for what the talking heads were saying.  Here are some of the things I heard:

  • We must put economic sanctions on Russia
  • Putin does “not care” what the US thinks
  • We must “roll back this Russian invasion”
  • Putin is not in touch with reality
  • It’s almost like we are dealing with North Korea
  • Putin is “unstable”
  • There is “confusion in Moscow”
  • Putin is clumsy
  • There could be a military collision
  • US should help bail out Ukraine

The video of Victoria Nuland speaking last December, on a stage decorated with the logos of ExxonMobil and Chevron, is particularly important as she reveals that the US “invested” $5 billion in this coup d’etat.  There can be no doubt that the US-NATO have pulled this stunt and is that not a violation of international law to destabilize and overthrow an elected government?  (Even if you don’t approve of it?)  Is that not an act of war toward neighboring Russia and would not Russia have the right to take measures to stabilize the situation?

Yesterday I watched a video from a news conference where Ukrainian Navy Rear Admiral Berezovsky (who had just been appointed to that post by the “new revolutionary government” in Kiev) had come to Crimea and announced that he was not going to support the coup d’etat and instead pledged himself to the Crimean government, which is allied to Russia.  The mainstream American media this morning was spinning that story by saying Berozovsky had “surrendered” to Russia.

As you can see on the map above this whole situation is about natural gas and oil.  Russia’s huge supplies of natural gas are shipped to Europe and other locations by pipelines that run throughout Ukraine.  ExxonMobil, Chevron and other western oil majors want control of these resources.  Like we’ve seen in Iraq, Libya, Venezuela and other places that have natural resources, Mr. Big is quite willing to destabilize and go to war if necessary to grab these resources. This is a long-term project by the US-NATO and they are just getting started.

Mr. Big is a bully and when anyone stands up to the bully they will be demonized.
Bruce K. Gagnon
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Zbigniew Brzezinski: Deploy NATO Troops For War In Ukraine

March 3, 2014 6 comments

Christian Science Monitor
March 3, 2014

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First, we have to formally recognize the new government in Ukraine, which I believe expresses the will of the people there. It is the legitimate government. And interference in Ukrainian affairs should be considered a hostile act by a foreign power.

Further, we should put NATO contingency plans into operation, deploying forces in Central Europe so we are in a position to respond if war should break out and spread.

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Russia Condemns U.S., NATO Threats On Ukraine

March 3, 2014 2 comments

Itar-Tass
March 3, 2014

FM disagrees with NATO Council statement blaming Russia for military escalation in Crimea

“An astute manipulation of facts and fomenting tension do not contribute to normalizing the situation in Ukraine,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement

Stanislav Krasilnikov

MOSCOW: Moscow strongly disagrees with a statement by NATO Council, which condemns Russia for military escalation in Crimea in contravention with the principles of international law, says a commentary published on Russian Foreign Ministry’s web page on Monday.

“Such a stance doesn’t contribute to stabilizing the situation in Ukraine and only encourages those forces that intend to use the current events to achieve their reckless political goals,” Russia’s diplomatic service said in a statement. “It is obvious that the existing threats to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are caused exclusively by the domestic political crisis in this country. Its settlement requires a fundamentally different behavior of our partners.”

“The Black Sea fleet units staying in Crimea do not interfere in Ukrainian domestic political affairs,” the Foreign Ministry stressed, “All redeployments of units stem only from the task of providing security of the fleet’s objects and the inadmissibility of attacks of extremists and radicals on our compatriots.”

“An astute manipulation of facts and fomenting tension do not contribute to normalizing the situation in Ukraine and to confidence in our relationship with NATO countries,” the ministry stated.

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
March 3, 2014

Russia Slams Kerry’s ‘Threats’ over Ukraine

MOSCOW: The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned as “unacceptable threats” comments made by the US Secretary of State John Kerry over possible Russian military action in Ukraine.

The Russian parliament granted a request from President Vladimir Putin to authorize deployment of military forces in Ukraine on Saturday. In a series of public remarks over the weekend, Kerry called the move a “brazen act of aggression” and threatened Moscow with devastating economic and political consequences.

“We consider there are unacceptable threats against Russia in the series of public statements by Secretary of State John Kerry in connection with the recent events in Ukraine and Crimea,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Without bothering to grasp the complicated trends underway in Ukrainian society and to gain an unbiased insight into the situation that continues to deteriorate after the violent seizure of power by radical extremists in Ukraine, the Secretary of State continues to employ Cold War clichés by suggesting punishment of Russia instead of those responsible for the state coup.”

The statement continued: “Washington also ignored that Kiev’s newly established regime trampled on the February 21 [reconciliation] agreement, signed by foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland, and formed the “government of winners” that de-facto declared a war on the Russian language and everything Russian.”

Russia called on the US and its allies to stop encouraging nationalist and anti-Russian initiatives by Ukraine’s new leadership and focus on a dialog and mutually acceptable decisions for the pro-European west and pro-Russian east.

“It’s evident that existing threats to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity originate solely from an internal political conflict. Its settlement requires an absolutely different approach from our partners,” the ministry said.

Ukraine appealed for assistance from NATO on Saturday, asking it to take all possible measures to ensure its territorial integrity and protect its people.

In a statement issued on Sunday, NATO expressed “grave concern” about Russia’s authorization of military action in Ukraine, saying that it would be “a breach of international law.”

Russia replied that such a stance by NATO “would not contribute to de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine and would only encourage the forces that would like to use current events for reaching their own irresponsible political goals.”

Moscow also reacted angrily to threats by the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom to dismiss fellow member Russia from the G8 group of top industrialized nations.

Kerry said that Washington was prepared to strip Moscow of its G8 seat, to withdraw investments and businesses from Russia, to impose travel bans and to freeze assets.

In a statement published by the White House, the US and its allies, who symbolically billed themselves as the “G7,” said they were putting on hold preparations for the forthcoming G8 summit in the Russian city of Sochi. Russia currently holds the presidency of the G8.

Foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich dismissed the decision as “baseless.”

“This [decision] is not only politically flawed, it is also against the principles of fruitful relationships in this [G8] format, which is intended to use the combined potential of the Group of Eight to benefit [global] development, economic stability and efforts against trans-boundary challenges and threats,” he said.

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Russia May Recall Ambassador To U.S. Over Ukraine Statements

March 3, 2014 1 comment

1) Russian ambassador could be recalled in response to U.S. statements over Ukraine
2) Foreign Ministry: Russia does not want war with Ukraine
3) Lavrov: New Ukrainian power intends to attack human rights, freedoms
4) Russian Baltic Fleet holds exercises in framework of surprise inspection
5) NATO issues statement condemning Russia

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Interfax
March 3, 2014

Russian ambassador could be recalled in response to U.S. statements over Ukraine

MOSCOW: The Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee has passed a draft appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the recall of the Russian Ambassador to the United States.

The committee session was held behind closed doors. The letter has been sent on the house’s behalf to the Russian head of state.

The move comes after U.S. President Barack Obama made a disrespectful statement that Russia will be pay dearly in the event of military intervention in Ukraine, Federation Council members said at their extraordinary session last Saturday.

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Interfax
March 3, 2014

Foreign Ministry: Russia does not want war with Ukraine

MOSCOW: Russia does not want a war with Ukraine and is prepared to support all forces in that country that advocate stronger relations between Moscow and Kyiv, Russian State Secretary – Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said.

“Russia does not want a war with Ukraine,” he said on Vladimir Solovyov’s Voskresny Vecher program aired by Rossiya 1 channel.

“I am absolutely positive that no one in Russia wants a war,” the diplomat added.

“We are against the use of such terms in the discussion of our relations with Ukraine, which is close to us. We will render full support to the forces, which stand for strengthening bilateral relations, especially as European stability depends on these relations. The Western politicians who are harshly criticizing us now should understand that,” the diplomat said.

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Itar-Tass
March 3, 2014

Lavrov: New Ukrainian power intends to attack human rights, freedoms

GENEVA: New Ukrainian power intends to enjoy the fruits of its victory to attack human rights and freedoms, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday.

“The Verkhovna Rada approved decisions, which restricted the rights of ethnic minorities, dismissed judges of the Constitutional Court and demanded criminal proceedings be instituted against them,” Lavrov said.

“Demands are made to impose restrictions on the Russian language, ban undesirable political parties and conduct lustration. Thus, ‘winners’ intend to attack human rights and freedoms,” the Russian minister said.

“These deeds aroused indignation in eastern and southern regions of Ukraine and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea where millions of Russians live,” he said. “Amidst permanent threats by ultra-nationalists, self-defense units have been created. They are to prevent the attempts to seize administrative buildings by force in the Crimea and deliver weapons and ammunition to the peninsula.”

“We have received information on new provocations, including against the Russian Black Sea Fleet on the territory of Ukraine,” Lavrov said.

Agreement not fulfilled

Ukraine’s opposition has fulfilled no provision of the agreement on crisis settlement, signed on February 21, Lavrov said on Monday.

“On February 21, almost after three months of riots and chaos, the Ukrainian president and the opposition concluded the deal, which was also signed by foreign ministers of Germany, Poland and France,” he said.

“The authorities had not introduced a state of emergency and had taken police units from streets,” Lavrov said. “The opposition, however, has fulfilled nothing. Illegal weapons have not been handed in, administrative buildings and streets in Kiev have not been fully freed, and radicals continue to control the capital.”

“Instead of promises to create a government of national unity, “the government of winners” has been formed,” Lavrov added.

Internal crises overcome by dialogue

“Any internal crises should be overcome by dialogue of all political forces, ethnic and confessional groups, in compliance with international obligations, first of all the obligations on international humanitarian law, the protection of human rights and ethnic minorities rights,” Lavrov said at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

“It is very important to dissociate oneself from extremists, who are trying to take control over the situation by illegal means – by escalating violence and committing terrorist acts,” the Russian minister said.

Human rights are a very serious problem “to make it a bargaining chip in geopolitical games and use it to impose one’s will on others, moreover to conduct operations on changing regimes”, he said.

“Experience proves that the use of force under the pretext of protecting peaceful civilians is counterproductive and increases the sufferings of the population by depriving them of the fundamental right – the right to life,” Lavrov said.

“The above-mentioned approaches towards settling internal conflicts are applicable to Syria, Ukraine and other any country,” he said.

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Itar-Tass
March 3, 2014

Baltic Fleet holds exercises in framework of surprise inspection

KALIINIGRAD: More than 3,500 servicemen of the Russian Baltic Fleet are taking part in the tactical exercise of coast guard troops on a test-site in the Kaliningrad region on Russia’s Baltic coast in the framework of a surprise inspection of combat readiness of troops and ammunition of the Western and Central Military District.

More than 450 units of military hardware, including personnel armored carriers BMP-2, tanks T-72, self-propelled artillery installations and communication facilities, are taking part in the large-scale exercise, Chief of the public relations department of the press service of the Western Military District Captain 2nd rank Vladimir Matveyev told Itar-Tass on Monday.

The coast guard troops which had marched many kilometers from places where they are permanently stationed have practiced defense and offensive operations to improve their skills in handling conventional armaments and hardware, maneuvering on a battle field and in the construction of fortifications. During the tactic exercise the troops have complied with the assigned norms in shooting, tactical , engineering and special training under conditions which maximally resembled a battle field, Matveyev said.

The specifics of the exercise was that servicemen of motor-rifle regiments had practiced defense and offensive operations under conditions of radio and electronic blockade, enforced by a presumed adversary, artillery fire and air strikes, Matveyev added.

In the final leg of the exercise, the servicemen will practice combat shooting from all kinds of firearms and grenade launchers at targets which imitate caterpillar and cross-country vehicles and live manpower.

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Interfax-Ukraine
March 3, 2014

NATO condemns Russia’s military escalation in Crimea – statement

NATO condemns Russia’s military escalation in Crimea and expresses concern about the decision by the Federation Council of Russia’s Federal Assembly to use Russian armed forces on the territory of Ukraine, NATO said in a statement after a meeting of the North Atlantic Council and the NATO-Ukraine Commission in Brussels on Sunday.

“Military action against Ukraine by forces of the Russian Federation is a breach of international law. It contravenes the principles of the NATO-Russia Council and the Partnership for Peace. Russia must respect its obligations under the United Nations Charter and the spirit and principles of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, on which peace and stability in Europe rest. We call on Russia to de-escalate tensions,” the statement reads.

NATO also calls upon Russia to honor all its international commitments, including under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and a bilateral agreement on the principles of the Black Sea Fleet’s stationing in Crimea, and to withdraw its forces to its bases, and to refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine.

“We urge both parties to immediately seek a peaceful resolution through dialogue, through the dispatch of international observers under the auspices of the United Nations Security Council or the OSCE,” the statement reads.

“We emphasise the importance of an inclusive political process in Ukraine based on democratic values, respect for human rights, minorities and the rule of law which fulfills the democratic aspirations of the entire Ukrainian people,” the statement reads.

NATO says Ukraine is a valued partner for NATO and a founding member of the Partnership for Peace. NATO Allies will continue to support Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and the right of the Ukrainian people to determine their own future, without outside interference.

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting on Sunday, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that NATO intends to engage with Russia in the NATO-Russia Council.

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Interview: Ukraine: a Nazi-like victory of US/NATO lawlessness

March 2, 2014 2 comments

Voice of Russia
March 2, 2014

Ukraine: a Nazi-like victory of US/NATO lawlessness – Rick Rozoff
John Robles
Recorded on February 24, 2014

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The US/NATO takeover of Ukraine, thought out and planned by the Neo-Conservative geopolitical architects and Zbigniew Brzezinski acolytes in the United States who have been driving the US policy of aggressive war and the destruction of countries since the events of 9-11, is not exactly going according to their plan for attaining complete global domination, uni-polarity and American hegemony.

Their ignorance of the peoples of the countries they are invading and attempting to subvert, their use of everything from Islamic extremists to militarized neo-nazis groups and their threats of sanctions and “prices to pay” are guaranteeing their own failure, and it is about time.

Voice of Russia regular Rick Rozoff spoke to us about the revocation of a 2012 Ukrainian federal law that permitted language rights to linguistic groups, which means in areas where Russian is spoken by a majority of people it cannot be used. Mr. Rozoff says that the cultural pogrom we have seen in Ukraine is on a level that is almost unimaginable and compares it to the ascension to power of Hitler’s National Socialists in Germany after 1933. Rozoff call the events in Ukraine: “…the worst thing that has occurred in our lifetime for what it signals: the utter triumph of lawlessness internationally, the utter triumph of international gangsterism and I mean the big gangsters in the West who are behind this ultimately and their gutter-snipes and their punks on the streets who are delivering the goods for them.” As for financial aid Rozoff says the usurpers in Kiev are simply asking for their pay-off money.

This is John Robles. You are listening to an interview with Rick Rozoff – the owner and manager of the stop NATO website and international mailing list.

Robles: Hello Rick, how are you?

Rozoff: Good John, despite the circumstances.

Robles: Yeah, I have no words right now myself. But I would like to hear your take on what is going on right now in Ukraine, and especially with the outlawing of the Russian language?

Rozoff: Ukraine is divided right now. It is not only divided between people who are Russian-speaking primarily, or Russian and Ukrainian bilingual and those fanatics and extremists in Western Ukraine who insist on speaking Ukraine only, Ukrainian, rather, only. I mean there is linguistic and general cultural geographical divide that exists in the country, but really what we are talking about is ideological and I would argue ultimately moral divisions within the country.

What occurred on Saturday, let’s call it by its proper name, it was the most overt coup that has occurred in Europe since before World War II; there’s no question about that. The only comparison, and we’ve discussed it before, would be something on the order of Benito Mussolini’s March on Rome in 1922.

If the previous color revolutions, including the so-called Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004 and 2005 was essentially an illegal seizure of power, and it’s my contention it was, it was at least done under the auspices or under the pretense of it being a parliamentary electoral transition, that is a special election was held and there was a change of regime based on the result of the election, whether or not that was a legitimate election or not.

What happened this past Saturday, however, is of a totally caliber. What we have seen is a group of violent mob activists, essentially chasing the government out of power, in collusion with certain forces within the parliament, within the Rada. But for the most part a mob – mob rule – has taken over in Ukraine, and what we are going to see that, given the flavor or the nature of the real core of the opposition on the streets in Kiev, in Lviv and elsewhere in the country, which is extreme nationalist, fanatically and intolerantly nationalist to the point of fascist, is what we can expect to see is a series of punitive measures – vendettas, pogroms – and these will be directed against, first of all, political adversaries, there is a statement I believe on Interfax today where a leader of the Party of Regions, formally the governing party, only a few days ago after all, only four days ago, stated that “we are now operating at gun-point.” And he’s a deputy in the parliament, in the Verkhovna Rada, and it’s something we’ve all suspected that not only have members of the now-opposition parties, formally governing parties, operating under duress but that in essence there have been threats to their lives and the lives of their families and that is what I suspect is occurring, and that’s why you see some of the defections if not most that we’ve seen.

We also have to realize that there is a movement afoot, as you indicate, to revoke a 2012 federal law that permitted language rights to any linguistic group that represented ten or more percent of the population in any given political entity and province, and that has now been revoked. That means in areas where Russian is spoken by a majority of people, technically, it cannot be used as a state language, one of two state languages.

Similarly with other ethnic minorities, Hungarian and others in the west of the country, Romanian perhaps. We have already heard about an attack on a synagogue in Kiev. We’ve heard anti-Semitic language, clearly anti-Russian. We’ve seen that monument erected to the victory of the Soviet Union in World War II over Nazi Germany desecrated. We’ve seen a statue to General Kutuzov, who led the Russian army in the war against Napoleon in 1812, destroyed.

We have seen a cultural pogrom on a level that is almost unimaginable: the only comparison I could possibly think of is shortly after the ascension to power of Hitler’s National Socialists in Germany after 1933, you know the book burnings and the other cultural assaults against ethnic and other minorities in the country, this is what we are seeing right now.

Look, I have right in front of me right now, a photograph of the City Hall in Kiev from two or three days ago, and there are pillars, columns, in the center of it. The Svoboda banners or pennants are hanging from both sides – you know the three fingers and the fist, a roughly a variation of the OTPOR, you know clenched fist salute of all the colored revolutions. In the middle is a giant representation of Stepan Bandera, the Ukrainian nationalist and accused Nazi collaborationist in World War II. This is what’s taken over in Kiev; this is what’s taken over in much of Ukraine

Robles: What would you say about Secretary of State John Kerry. Two statements I would like you to comment on, one by John Kerry, he says: “Ukraine is going through an extraordinary transition and developments there shouldn’t be viewed as a West against East scenario”.

And also, this is the so-called opposition, or I don’t know if you can call people who have used force to occupy the houses of government as new leaders, but that’s what the Western media is calling them.
“The new leaders in Ukraine have promised to fight separatism”, as the European Union and Russia called on them to ensure the country’s integrity’. Can you comment on those two statements?

Rozoff: John Kerry’s comment? I would first of all just counterpose his comment…There’s a useful duplicity amongst American politicians; when they’re actually part of the governing administration they speak, at least in the public, with a degree of restraint that belies their true intention, which came to the fore or was revealed a couple of weeks ago when the Victoria Nuland tape was aired – this is how they talk privately, right, telling the European Union to get “f’ed” and dictating terms for the next regime in Ukraine after the coup that occurred on Saturday.

But while they are speaking at least to the public, to the media, they use restrained language like Mr Kerry. However, within the last 24 hours John McCain, one of the ranking senators in the US Senate and a former presidential candidate not too long ago, was on television stating this is a question, this is a distinction between East and West, there is a conflict between East and West.

The Ukrainian people, he states as though he’s empowered to speak on their behalf or can divine what their true intentions are, he says the Ukrainian people want to be a part of the West and not the East. East carries a negative connotation – the reference is clearly to Russia – that there is something inherently bad about the East and about Russia, and of course no sane Ukrainian in Mr McCain’s view would possibly want to affiliate with his kith and kin across the border in Russia, who are seen as inherently inferior or inherently savage or and barbarian and so forth.

He also said, and I think this worth … your listeners ought to know about this, that the events and the takeover, the bloody and violent coup in Ukraine last Saturday – he said this twice – should make Russian President Vladimir Putin “a little nervous”.

This is the same McCain who said, right after Muammar Gaddafi was killed in October 2011 that Vladimir Putin ought to pay attention, in so many words that he’s next. This is again he is a senior member of the US Senate, a presidential candidate. He is speaking the truth of what the American political establishment means. Kerry is simply sugar-coating his words.

Robles: So they are threatening Vladimir Putin, this a provocation in your opinion?

Rozoff: Again. Well I don’t know what else to say, but McCain twice in the television interview said to Vladimir Putin, given the events, recent events in Ukraine, “ought to be a little nervous.” That’s a quote.

Robles: I see, I see. What about the new “leaders”, these “peaceful protesters” that they are going to fight separatism? Can you comment on that?

Rozoff: Well, let’s keep in mind separatism is a two-edged sword and these people have played both bloody ends of it. On the one hand, had they not succeeded in bringing down the government, the legally elected and universally-, internationally-recognized government of Ukraine last Saturday, then they themselves would have played the separatist card in northwest Ukraine, around the Lviv area, calling for independence or breaking away or at least some autonomy status.

Now having taken control of the capital in a putsch, in a coup, they are against separatism, and the US and NATO of course are right behind the extremists, the Molotov cocktail-hurling and the sniper rifle-wielding extremists who took power on Saturday, are coming in – that is, the US and NATO and the European Union – and saying, we will not tolerate separatism or the fragmentation of Ukraine.

That is an unquestionable reference in the first place to Crimea. That should any efforts be made by the duly-established authorities in Crimea to assert the rights, say, of the Russian language and so forth that can then be construed or exploited by the whatever anarchic mob of gangsters that’s running the affair currently in Kiev that threaten Crimea and then call on their Western patrons to back them up.

Robles: But they actually have under international law and under normal international standards, they have the right to secede from Ukraine if their human rights and their right to self-determination and the right to speak the language that is native to them, if that’s infringed upon, they have the right to secede from Ukraine. SO what they are doing is the exact opposite, they are forcing the breakup of Ukraine themselves..

Rozoff: When the first and the real color revolution succeeded in 2003-2004, that is in Georgia, where Mikhail Saakashvili came to power with an irredentist and uncompromising hostile towards Russia, his first manoeuvre, within a month or two of taking office, was to threaten an autonomous region within Georgia, just as Crimea is an autonomous region within Ukraine, and I’m talking about Adjara or Adjaria. And he threatened the country, there was still a small handful Russian peacekeepers there, he actually moved his military right up to the border.

Eventually it lead to the president of Adjara having to flee to Moscow and then they took over the area. This is what I believe the new extremists in Kiev are going to replicate if they can. They are going to have their, just like Hitler distinguished himself by remilitarizing the Rhineland and then eventually bombing Spain or moving into the Sudetenland…Everyone of this ilk needs some military campaign to consolidate power and I fear that threats against Crimea would be the most likely scenario for consolidating some sort of fascistic power in Kiev.

Robles: I see. Where do you see NATO in all of this, Rick, please? That is very important.

Rozoff: It is in a very thick of it. I mean despite the fact that NATO is going out of its way to keep a low profile, because to do otherwise is to expose the real essence of what is occurring in Ukraine, which is: that a country of vital geostrategic significance, one that is not only close to Russia, but is arguably almost inseparable to it, the way Syrians and Lebanese may have felt in the past is I think how Ukrainians and Russians do now. They see themselves as at one time being part of one political entity. There are quite literally relatives on each side of the boarder and certainly particularly in the Crimea.

NATO has said a couple of things. Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen two days ago, on February, 23 made a statement in to the effect that Ukraine is a vital partner of NATO and NATO is a friend to the Ukrainian people.

Robles: A vital partner?

Rozoff: Yes. Impressing the stamp of NATO, in other words we’ve branded you, we’ve marked you off as our territory, and there is an upcoming meeting of defense ministers in Brussels. I believe it’s occurring tomorrow, for two days, 26 and 27, our time here.

And there is going to be a regular scheduled meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, something set up to help integrate Ukraine fully into NATO as though the coup had never occurred, right? As though there had been no disruption. Everything else has gone by the wayside. I’m sure public transportation, I’m sure health services, I’m sure everything else has been impacted or impeded by the upheaval in Ukraine but not the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission which is going on their schedule tomorrow.

We had occasion in the past to mention that even under Yanukovich, and you think how much worse it is going to be now under whatever junta is implanted in Kiev, that even under Yanukovich Ukraine became the first country to assign a naval vessel to two, permanent, NATO maritime operations, one in the Mediterranean, one in the Indian Ocean, Operation Active Endeavour and Operation Ocean Shield respectively, and that Ukraine became the first none-full member of NATO to supply military forces for NATO’s Response Force. So the process of integrating Ukraine into NATO has been going on for decades. It has been intensified in recent years rather than the opposite. And that opportunity now presents the US and its allies with the opportunity to further absorb and consolidate control over Ukraine.

This is possibly the worst thing that occurred in our lifetime and I do not exaggerate, for what it signals: the utter triumph of lawlessness internationally, the utter triumph of international gangsterism, and I mean the big gangsters in the West who are behind this ultimately and their guttersnipes and their punks on the streets who are delivering the goods for them.

To the tune by the way, as the new even fluid and amorphous regime in Kiev is asking of the West $35 billion in bailout money.

Robles: That is the first thing they got in there, the first thing they did was saying: “Oh, Russian –it is illegal as a language, so therefore other Russians are also illegal. And we need several billion dollars”. That is a first thing they did.

Rozoff: Yeah, they are asking for their pay-off money.

You were listening to an interview with Rick Rozoff – the owner and manager of the stop NATO website and international mailing list.

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Lithuania Calls For NATO Clause To Be Activated Over Ukraine

March 2, 2014 1 comment

EUobserver
March 1, 2014

Lithuania invokes Nato treaty on Ukraine

Lithuania’s FM Linkevicius has said Russia’s decision to deploy forces in Ukraine means “Nato, art. 4 becomes valid,” referring to article 4 of the Nato treaty.

The article says Nato members must meet for consultations if “the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened.”

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Duma: Western-Backed Fascism, Terrorism In Power In Ukraine, Threaten Russians

Itar-Tass
March 1, 2014

Duma says possible use of Russian army in Ukraine has humanitarian purpose

MOSCOW: The decision adopted on Saturday, March 1, by the Federation Council, upper house of the Russian parliament, which allows the president to send troops to Crimea, an autonomy within neighbouring Ukraine, aims to protect life and security, Irina Yarovaya, chair of the Security and Anti-Corruption Committee in the State Duma (lower house of parliament), said.

“Terrorism is the most dangerous crime around the world. But it is fascism and terrorism that have proclaimed their power in Ukraine and pose a real threat to the life and security of Russian citizens living in Ukraine and undoubtedly to the brotherly people of Ukraine,” she said.

Yarovaya reiterated the repeatedly pronounced position of Russian parliamentarians that power in Ukraine was seized by force. “Organised criminal groups proclaimed themselves the new authorities and are acting in defiance of all rules of international law and the Ukrainian Constitution,” she said.

“The decision adopted by the Federation Council today is fully in line with the Constitution and international law, but most importantly it is aimed at protecting life and security.” Yarovaya reaffirmed that Russia “respects sovereignty and has always acted and continues to act to protect the sovereign rights of people around the world. We have repeatedly warned the international community and the United States against interfering in the internal affairs of Ukraine,” she said, adding that “some European and U.S. politicians bear direct responsibility for the crisis in Ukraine, for the bloodshed and for the coup.”

She believes that U.S. President Barack Obama’s latest statement on Russia “has fully exposed the U.S. policy of brutal interference in the sovereign rights of other countries and aggressive imposition of its interests.”

“Our task is to prevent casualties among our citizens and protect constitutional order in Ukraine,” he said.

The MP stressed that the Federation Council’s decision “is essentially humanitarian in nature just as is the parliament’s decision that the authorised international bodies should assess the legitimacy of the Verkhovna Rada which is acting outside the law and outside the interests of the people of Ukraine.”

“The security of all people living in Ukraine, the supremacy of law, respect for the constitutional rights of the people of Ukraine, security and independence of the sovereign state of Ukraine – these are the ultimate values that Russia’s decision aims to protect,” Yarovaya said.

Her colleague Vladimir Komoyedov, chair of the Duma Defence Committee, told ITAR-TASS that the decision on the use of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine had been made “not to let blood” but to protect people.

“No one is speaking about combat operations. This decision was adopted not to use arms and ‘let blood’ but to protect our people,” he said.

Komoyedov lauded the Federation Council’s decision. “The current situation in Ukraine, I think, is clear to everyone. So, it was the right thing to do,” he added.

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs and Ties with Compatriots Leonid Slutsky said the decision was timely. “We are witnessing and participating in a civilisational clash ‘for’ and ‘against’ a one-polar world order. Russia has always been against this, but the West is trying to separate Ukraine from the Russian world, from Russia and from integration processes in the post-Soviet region in all possible ways,” the MP said.

He stressed that the current developments in Ukraine “are an anti-constitutional coup that threatens the security and life of our compatriots, their fundamental rights and freedoms.”

“We cannot remain indifferent to this. We must ensure security, primarily in Crimea as a region that is the bulwark of resistance to the coup and armed seizure of power in Kiev,” Slutsky said.

He noted that Russia could and had a right to deploy a limited contingent of troops in Crimea “for the purpose of preserving the Russian Black Sea Fleet and the lives of our compatriots in Crimea and for resisting possible armed provocations by the present anti-constitutional regime in Kiev.

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Ukraine: Russian MPs Approve Troops, NATO To Hold Meeting

Stop NATO
March 1, 2014

1) Federation Council committees support Putin’s letter on use of army in Ukraine
2) Parliament approves Putin request for military action in Ukraine
3) NATO’s top civilian body to discuss Ukraine
4) Crimean demonstrators: No to fascism! No to Nazism!
5) Interfax headlines:
Russian upper house to ask for ambassador to be recalled from U.S.
Russian legislator slams Obama for “direct threat” to Russia
Yanukovych asks Russian parliament to help Crimea – lawmaker
Russian Duma to “definitely” send observers to Crimea referendum – lawmaker
New Ukrainian authorities’ decisions to be contested in intl courts – Duma deputy
Russia’s Northern, Baltic Fleet units performing training missions in Baltic, Barents Seas:
Defense Ministry

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Itar-Tass
March 1, 2014

Federation Council committees support Putin’s letter on use of army in Ukraine

MOSCOW: The Committee on International Relations of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russian parliament, on Saturday, March 1, supported President Vladimir Putin’s appeal regarding the use of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine pending normalisation of the situation in the neighbouring country.

The Federation Council Committee on Security also supported the president’s appeal. Both committees advised the upper house to uphold it, Security Committee Chair Viktor Ozerov and International Relation Committee Chair Vladimir Dzhabarov said.

The Federation Council was summoned for an urgent meeting on Saturday to discuss Putin’s letter.

“In connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine, the threat to the lives of citizens of the Russian Federation, our compatriots, the personnel of the military contingent of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation deployed in the territory of Ukraine (Autonomous Republic of Crimea) in accordance with an international treaty, and pursuant to Article 102-1(d) of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, I hereby submit to the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation a letter on the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine pending normalisation of the social and political situation in that country,” the president said in his letter to the Federation Council.

Earlier in the day, the Federation Council asked Putin to take “exhaustive measures” to protect Russians in Ukraine.

“We have urgently summoned the house Council and thought it necessary to make a statement assessing the current situation in Ukraine,” Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko said.

“Today there is a real threat to the life and security of Russian citizens living in Ukraine. There is a threat to our military in Sevastopol and the Black Sea Fleet, and I think that Russia should not be a bystander,” she said.

The main purpose of the Federation Council’s appeal to the president is to urge him “to take exhaustive measures, all possible measures, to ensure the security of our citizens living in Ukraine, help our brotherly Ukrainian people achieve stabilisation and channel the current crisis into a civilised legal track so that the agreements that were signed by the opposition leaders and the head of state were implemented strictly,” Matviyenko said.

She noted that members of the Federation Council “asked the president to take exhaustive measures to prevent further escalation and put the resolution of the political crisis onto a legal track so that those who have grabbed power did not hurry so much and did not trample upon the rights of people and different regions of Ukraine.”

In accordance with Article 102-1(d) of the Russian Constitution, issues concerning the use of the Russian Armed Forces outside the country fall under the jurisdiction of the Federation Council, which considers them following the relevant request from the president.

The Federation Council debates such issues after studying the president’s request which should contain sound reasons for his proposal.

The Federation Council chair then sends the request to the upper house’s committee on defence and security and committee on international relations, which prepare their conclusions.

After that the Federation Council studies the possibility of using the Russian Armed Forces outside the country at its nearest sitting after receipt of the president’s request. The president and the prime minister are invited to attend the sitting which begins with a report delivered by the president himself or his representative, followed by the reading of the conclusions made by the Federation Council committees on defence and security and on international relations.

A decision allowing the use of the Russian Armed Forces outside the country is to be adopted by a majority of Federation Council members and is then formalised in a resolution of the upper house. The document is forwarded to the president within two days of its adoption.

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
March 1, 2014

Parliament Approves Putin Request for Military Action in Ukraine

MOSCOW: Russia’s upper house of parliament on Saturday approved a request from President Vladimir Putin to use armed force in Ukraine.

Putin made the request because of what he said was a threat to the lives of Russian citizens and military forces located in naval bases in Crimea.

The Federation Council voted unanimously in support of military action.

The move comes after reports of large Russian troop movements in the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, and a week after the opposition swept to power in Kiev when ousted President Viktor Yanukovych suddenly left the city.

Russian troops will remain deployed until the “political-social situation in the country is normalized,” the Kremlin said in a statement requesting the intervention.

Senators in the Federation Council lined up during an extraordinary session Saturday afternoon to express their support for armed intervention.

Lawmakers accused the United States and European countries of open support for violent protesters in Ukraine.

The decision follows a wave of pro-Russian protests in southern and eastern Ukraine, as well as calls from the newly elected prime minister of Crimea for Putin to intervene.

The ratcheting up of Russian rhetoric over Ukraine and widespread reports of the presence of Russian troops already maneuvering on Ukrainian soil has provoked outrage in Kiev and condemnation from world leaders.

US President Barack Obama said Friday that he was deeply concerned about Russian troop movements inside Ukraine, and warned that violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty would be deeply destabilizing.

Officials from the interim Ukrainian government have said Russia is trying to provoke conflict, and have called on the Kremlin to withdraw all soldiers back to Russian naval bases on the Black Sea coast.

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Interfax-Ukraine
March 1, 2014

North Atlantic Council to consider situation in Ukraine on March 3 – acting foreign minister
 

NATO will convene the North Atlantic Council to consider the situation in Ukraine.

“A special meeting of the North Atlantic Council regarding Ukraine will take place on Monday,” acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deschytsia said at a briefing.

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Itar-Tass
March 1, 2014

Crimeans march through Simferopol and go back to central square for rally

SIMFEROPOL: Thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine’s autonomy of Crimea, on Saturday, March 1, and returned to central Lenin Square where they had started.

About 5,000 people have gathered in the square. They are holding large Russian tricolour flags and chanting pro-Russian slogans. They are also carrying “No to fascism” and “No to Nazism” posters.

One of the demonstrators said through a loudspeaker that Russian flags had been hoisted in Odessa, Kharkov and several other Ukrainian cities.

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Interfax
March 1, 2014

Headlines (stories available to subscribers only)

Russian upper house to ask for ambassador to be recalled from U.S.

Russian legislator slams Obama for “direct threat” to Russia

Yanukovych asks Russian parliament to help Crimea – lawmaker

Russian Duma to “definitely” send observers to Crimea referendum – lawmaker

New Ukrainian authorities’ decisions to be contested in intl courts – Duma deputy

Russia’s Northern, Baltic Fleet units performing training missions in Baltic, Barents Seas:
Defense Ministry

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Putin Asks Parliament to Approve Military Action in Ukraine

Stop NATO
March 1, 2014

1) Putin asks parliament to approve military action in Ukraine
2) Putin’s letter on use of Russian army in Ukraine goes to upper house
3) Russian parliamentarians call on Putin to act in Crimea
4) Federation Council committees support Putin’s letter on use of army in Ukraine
5) Russia may send limited armed force to Crimea to protect Russian citizens, Black Sea Fleet:
Federation Council chair
6) Crimean leader appeals to Putin
7) Amid escalation fears, Russia says Kiev sent fighters to Crimea
8) Russia’s Black Sea Fleets agrees with Crimean authorities on joint guard

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
March 1, 2014

Putin Asks Parliament to Approve Military Action in Ukraine

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has requested approval from the country’s upper house of parliament to move armed forces into Ukraine, according to the Kremlin’s press service.

The move comes after reports of large Russian troop movements in the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, and a week after the opposition swept to power in Kiev when President Viktor Yanukovych suddenly left the city.

Putin, who has yet to speak publicly about the crisis in Ukraine, requested permission to use military force because of a threat to the lives of Russian citizens and danger posed to Russian military forces located in naval bases in Crimea, according to the Kremlin.

Russian troops will remain deployed until the “political-social situation in the country is normalized,” the Kremlin said.

The approval of the Federation Council…is required to use Russian forces outside the country’s boRders.

Putin and members of the Russian government will attend a special session of the chamber in order to receive the approval, according to state-owned television channel Rossiya 24.

Putin will address the Federation Council as part of the deliberations, Rossiya 24 said.

The recently appointed Prime Minister of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov said Saturday that troops from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet were already deployed across the peninsula to guard strategically important sites.

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Itar-Tass
March 1, 2014

Putin’s letter on use of Russian army in Ukraine goes to upper house

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, March 1, sent to the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, a letter on the use of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine pending the resolution of the current political crisis in that country.

“In connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine, the threat to the lives of citizens of the Russian Federation, our compatriots, the personnel of the military contingent of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation deployed in the territory of Ukraine (Autonomous Republic of Crimea) in accordance with an international treaty, and pursuant to Article 102-1(d) of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, I hereby submit to the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation a letter on the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine pending normalisation of the public and political situation in that country,” the presidential press service said.

Putin also appointed Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin to be his official representative in the Federation Council when it considers his letter.

Earlier in the day, the Federation Council asked Putin to take “exhaustive measures” to protect Russians in Ukraine.

“We have urgently summoned the house Council and thought it necessary to make a statement assessing the current situation in Ukraine,” Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko said.

She said a group of Russian senators, who had visited Crimea, had informed their colleagues about the situation in the Ukrainian autonomy and specifically in Sevastopol, the home base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

“Today there is a real threat to the life and security of Russian citizens living in Ukraine. There is a threat to our military in Sevastopol and the Black Sea Fleet, and I think that Russia should not be a bystander,” she said.

The main purpose of the Federation Council’s appeal to the president is to urge him “to take exhaustive measures, all possible measures, to ensure the security of our citizens living in Ukraine, help our brotherly Ukrainian people achieve stabilisation and channel the current crisis into a civilised legal track so that the agreements that were signed by the opposition leaders and the head of state were implemented strictly,” Matviyenko said.

She noted that members of the Federation Council “asked the president to take exhaustive measures to prevent further escalation and put the resolution of the political crisis onto a legal track so that those who have grabbed power did not hurry so much and did not trample upon the rights of people and different regions of Ukraine.”

“The agreement [of February 21] clearly determined the sequence of steps. A constitutional reform first – it was supposed to be carried out with broad participation of public and political forces and regions in order to work out a consensus-based document that would be supported by all people in Ukraine. According to international practices, such serious documents should be adopted in a national referendum,” Matviyenko said.

Having expressed regret that this had not happened, she noted that “the speed with which presidential elections have been announced [in Ukraine] puts its legitimacy in question.”

“The agreement calls for forming a government of national accord, which means that it should include representatives of all political forces. In reality we see that the government, which was approved to the stomping of the Maidan, did not include all political forces and was formed from opposition parties only,” Matviyenko observed.

She also said that “the heads of regions were not summoned for consultation.” So “we can understand why there are protests in regions, except for Western regions of Ukraine,” she added.

Matviyenko called for finding “a calm, civilised and legal solution to the crisis” and stressed that “there is no need to demonstrate high political and diplomatic culture in this case because we can see that this is neither appreciated nor understood, and most importantly the security of people will not be ensured.

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
March 1, 2014

Russian Parliamentarians Call on Putin to Act in Crimea

MOSCOW: The leaders of Russia’s upper and lower houses of parliament called Saturday on President Vladimir Putin to stabilize the situation in Crimea and protect Russian citizens.

The leader of Federation Council, Russia’s upper house, said the use of military force in the former Soviet nation could be justified after the opposition swept into power in Kiev last weekend.

“In this situation it would even be possible, on the request of the Crimean government, to bring in a limited contingent [of troops] to guarantee security,” Valentina Matviyenko said.

The partition of Ukraine has become increasingly likely in recent days as heavily armed men understood to be Russian soldiers have taken control of key facilities and blocked roads in Crimea.

About 60 percent of the residents of Ukraine’s southern peninsula are ethnic Russians with the remainder of the population made up of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, who largely support the incoming regime.

The State Duma, Russia’s lower house, released a similar statement Saturday that said must Putin bring the situation in Ukraine under control.

“All available means” should be deployed to protect Russian citizens, said Sergei Naryshkin, a former head of the presidential administration and the current parliamentery speaker in the Duma.

The Crimea has been visited by a series of Russian Duma deputies in recent days, including former boxing champion Nikolai Valuev, former figure skater Irina Rodnina, and the first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova.

Pro-Russian protests calling for secession have taken place sporadically across the southern and eastern Ukraine since President Viktor Yanukovuych was toppled from power a week ago.

Meanwhile, international media has reported widespread military movements, believed to be units from Russia’s Black Sea fleet headquartered in Crimea, including tanks and helicopters that began on Tuesday. Ukrainian officials have accused the Kremlin of provoking conflict and called on Russia to return all soldiers to their bases.

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Itar-Tass
March 1, 2014

Federation Council committees support Putin’s letter on use of army in Ukraine

MOSCOW: The Committee on International Relations of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russian parliament, on Saturday, March 1, supported President Vladimir Putin’s appeal regarding the use of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine pending normalisation of the situation in the neighbouring country.

The Federation Council Committee on Security also supported the president’s appeal. Both committees advised the upper house to uphold it, Security Committee Chair Viktor Ozerov and International Relation Committee Chair Vladimir Dzhabarov said.

The Federation Council was summoned for an urgent meeting on Saturday to discuss Putin’s letter.

“In connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine, the threat to the lives of citizens of the Russian Federation, our compatriots, the personnel of the military contingent of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation deployed in the territory of Ukraine (Autonomous Republic of Crimea) in accordance with an international treaty, and pursuant to Article 102-1(d) of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, I hereby submit to the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation a letter on the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine pending normalisation of the social and political situation in that country,” the president said in his letter to the Federation Council.

Earlier in the day, the Federation Council asked Putin to take “exhaustive measures” to protect Russians in Ukraine.

“We have urgently summoned the house Council and thought it necessary to make a statement assessing the current situation in Ukraine,” Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko said.

“Today there is a real threat to the life and security of Russian citizens living in Ukraine. There is a threat to our military in Sevastopol and the Black Sea Fleet, and I think that Russia should not be a bystander,” she said.

The main purpose of the Federation Council’s appeal to the president is to urge him “to take exhaustive measures, all possible measures, to ensure the security of our citizens living in Ukraine, help our brotherly Ukrainian people achieve stabilisation and channel the current crisis into a civilised legal track so that the agreements that were signed by the opposition leaders and the head of state were implemented strictly,” Matviyenko said.

She noted that members of the Federation Council “asked the president to take exhaustive measures to prevent further escalation and put the resolution of the political crisis onto a legal track so that those who have grabbed power did not hurry so much and did not trample upon the rights of people and different regions of Ukraine.”

In accordance with Article 102-1(d) of the Russian Constitution, issues concerning the use of the Russian Armed Forces outside the country fall under the jurisdiction of the Federation Council, which considers them following the relevant request from the president.

The Federation Council debates such issues after studying the president’s request which should contain sound reasons for his proposal.

The Federation Council chair then sends the request to the upper house’s committee on defence and security and committee on international relations, which prepare their conclusions.

After that the Federation Council studies the possibility of using the Russian Armed Forces outside the country at its nearest sitting after receipt of the president’s request. The president and the prime minister are invited to attend the sitting which begins with a report delivered by the president himself or his representative, followed by the reading of the conclusions made by the Federation Council committees on defence and security and on international relations.

A decision allowing the use of the Russian Armed Forces outside the country is to be adopted by a majority of Federation Council members and is then formalised in a resolution of the upper house. The document is forwarded to the president within two days of its adoption.

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Interfax
March 1, 2014

Russia may send limited armed force to Crimea to protect Russian citizens, Black Sea Fleet – Federation Council chair

MOSCOW: Russia may send a limited armed force to Crimea to ensure security of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and Russian citizens staying there, Federation Council Chair Valentina Matviyenko says.

“Perhaps in this situation we could grant the Crimean government’s request and send a limited contingent there to provide security of the Black Sea Fleet and Russian citizens living in Crimea,” Matviyenko said on Saturday.

At the same time, she admitted that “this decision surely rests with our president, the supreme commander-in-chief.”

“But, taking into account the situation, even this option cannot be ruled out. We should protect the people,” Matviyenko said.

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
March 1, 2014

Crimean Leader Appeals to Putin, Confirms Russian Troop Presence

SIMFEROPOL: The Crimean Prime Minister said Saturday that Russian troops are operating on the Ukrainian peninsula and made a personal appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin for more assistance.

The Kremlin said in a subsequent statement that it would not ignore the request for help.

Sergei Aksyonov, who was appointed prime minister after a parliamentary vote Thursday, said that an agreement was in place with Russia’s Black Sea Fleet for Russian soldiers to perform guard duties at strategic locations.

“We have established cooperation with the Black Sea Fleet to protect vitally important sites,” Aksyonov said during a Cabinet meeting.

There have been widespread reports of significant Russian military activity, including the movement of tanks, troops and helicopters, across the Crimea in recent days. But Russia has insisted that all the movements are allowed within the framework of a 1997 agreement with Ukraine about the use of naval bases.

“I am turning to Russian President Vladimir Putin to request assistance to preserve peace and calm,” said Aksyonov, who is the leader of Ukraine’s Russian Unity Party.

Aksyonov also announced that a referendum on the status of Crimea within Ukraine will be brought forward by almost two months, to March 30, and said that local security forces including the police and the army – which are usually commanded from Kiev – will be brought under his control.

The developments in Crimea appear to bring closer a possible partition of the former Soviet nation where a new government is struggling to control the country after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych last week.

Putin has made no public comment on the current Ukrainian crisis since the opposition swept to power after months of street protests ended in a violent crackdown in which 82 people died.

The incoming authorities in Kiev have described developments in Crimea as an invasion, and interim president Oleksandr Turchynov told reporters late Friday that Russia was seeking to provoke conflict.

Crimea was transferred to the Ukrainian Republic by the Soviet leadership in 1954. Since the fall of Communism it has enjoyed a large degree of political autonomy within Ukraine, including its own prime minister.

About 60 percent of the population in Crimea identifies itself as ethnic Russian, with the remainder being Ukrainian or Crimean Tatar.

Pro-Russian groups and Tatars, who mostly support the new regime in Kiev, clashed outside the Crimean parliament Thursday during a confrontation in which at least two people died.

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
March 1, 2014

Amid Escalation Fears, Russia Says Kiev Sent Fighters to Crimea

MOSCOW: Armed men dispatched from Kiev to the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea attempted an overnight storm of the local Interior Ministry, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

“As a result of this perfidious provocation several people were injured,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“This confirms that certain well-known political circles in Kiev are striving for the destabilization of the situation… we call on all those giving such orders from Kiev to show restraint.”

The allegation comes as international media report large scale Russian military movements in Crimea that have included tanks, helicopters and troops.

In recent days heavily armed soldiers in unmarked uniforms have occupied the region’s parliament, airports and other strategic points across the peninsula.

Reports from the regional capital of Simferopol on Saturday suggested that the military presence had been strengthened with the appearance of several manned machine gun positions around the parliament, which is flying the Russian flag after it was seized by unidentified gunmen earlier this week.

Ukrainian authorities have accused Russia of seeking to provoke a conflict…

Russia maintains that any military movements in Crimea are within the framework of a 1997 agreement regulating its use of Black Sea naval bases on the peninsula that it leases from Ukraine.

Self-defense squads, which maintain that they will resist orders from Kiev, have been forming in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine since the opposition swept to power in Kiev last weekend.

The Foreign Ministry said that the alleged assault on the Interior Ministry in Crimea on Saturday was fought off by some of these pro-Russian self defense squads. It did not specify which side suffered the casualties.

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Itar-Tass
March 1, 2014

Source: Russia’s Black Sea Fleets agrees with Crimean authorities on joint guard

SIMFEROPOL: Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has agreed with the Crimean authorities on joint guard of the Fleet’s facilities, the Fleet’s press service reported on Saturday.

Earlier, Crimea’s Prime Minister Sergei Aksenov said the authorities controlled fully the situation in the autonomous republic. “We have established cooperation with the Black Sea Fleet in guard of vital facilities. Joint groups are working and I am sure they will be able to secure the order.

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Hitler’s Fascism Is Reincarnated In Ukraine

February 26, 2014 1 comment

Republic News Agency (South Ossetia)
February 26, 2014

Hitler’s Fascism Is Reincarnated In Ukraine
Statement of the South Ossetian political party “Justice Labor Development”

In November 2013 Ukrainian authorities postponed the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU. This was the beginning of civil protest actions staged by the European-oriented part of the population. The result of this process was the overthrow and exile in mid-February 2014 (and soon can be expected the arrest) of the incumbent president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, whose anti-national and anti-state ruling is beyond any doubt.

However, despite the apparent disability of Yanukovych and his entourage during the ruling in Ukraine, the international community has witnessed in the bowels of the civil protests a military-political reincarnation of Hitler’s fascism. Slogans and theses on the surface of these processes, today turned into the Legislative Assembly draft laws of Ukraine, the need to create in Ukraine a mono-national environment, a ban on all other languages except Ukrainian, a ban on other sources of information are the full proof of that and lead us to the inevitability of the specified perception and without in-depth study of the covered processes.

Moreover, we cannot ignore the fact that the above-mentioned postulates of reincarnation of Hitler’s fascism are in complete contradiction with the whole set of fundamental articles of the Ukrainian Constitution (Basic Law), namely : Article 1, Article 3, Article 5, Article 10, Article 11, p. 15, Article 21, Article 22, p. 24.

The international community should not also be blind to discrediting the institutions of the statehood in Ukraine.

Here is the quote from the speech of one of the organizers of the protests, uttered a few days ago at a rally in Kiev on the occasion of the success of the protesters against the Ukrainian authorities: “We should be more organized and continue the fight to rid the country of the internal occupation! ”

Fascism is an ideology that mankind has already experienced in the mid-20th century during World War II and its content and consequences are well known. The world community, especially the countries of the so-called post-Soviet space, which suffered the greatest damage from fascism, should have a special moral obligation and high mission, ensuring the non-occurrence of a similar ideology both at the present historical stage and in the future.

In this sense, we state a significant omission of the fact that at the moment fascism is not equated with international terrorism as a threat to international security and stability.

The Republic of South Ossetia, as the country repeatedly subjected to attacks of the Georgian fascism, including in the modern era, is well aware of all the consequences of triumph of such an ideology. Speaking about the need to recognize fascism as a factor of threat to international security, the political party “Justice Labor Development” also proceeds from the fact that at the end of XX – the beginning of XXI centuries could have been avoided the tragic trajectory of developments in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, if the international community had developed a responsible attitude to all forms of manifestation of fascism, since the end of World War II.

Based on the above, recognizing the high moral and responsible mission against fascism in post-Soviet countries, the political party “Justice Labor Development” considers it necessary to:

a) Recognize fascism as one of the key threats to international security, along with international terrorism;

b) The political party “Justice Labor Development” recognizes competent a uncompromising attitude to all forms of manifestation of fascism by the leading countries of post-Soviet space, proclaiming them as a threat to national security, with appropriate actions against them, wherever they take place.

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NATO Defense Chiefs Hold Discussion On Ukraine

February 26, 2014 2 comments

Interfax
February 26, 2014

NATO to hold political discussion on Ukraine

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BRUSSELS: Ukraine is a close partner of the North Atlantic Alliance, and NATO is its sincere friend, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen wrote on Twitter ahead of a meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels.

“#NATO #DefMin will discuss #Ukraine situation & hold a NATO-Ukraine Commission,” the secretary general wrote on Twitter.

He also mentioned the upcoming important political discussions on Ukraine, Afghanistan and (NATO’s) defense capabilities. 

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Interview: Coup in Ukraine

February 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Taylor Report
February 24, 2014

Coup in Ukraine
“Weimar Triangle” emerges
February 24th, 2014
Featured Guest: RICK ROZOFF

Description:

Rick Rozoff returns to the program to follow-up on his previous interview about the possibility of a coup in Ukraine.

Rozoff’s most dire predictions have come to fruition. The events in Ukraine “have been long in the making” and “methodically planned out.”

The only thing that isn’t materializing is EU aid to Ukraine. “If you’ve pledged yourself unconditionally, why would they buy you?”

Audio Files:

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NATO-Ukraine Commission To Meet During Defense Chiefs Gathering

February 25, 2014 1 comment

Itar-Tass
February 25, 2014

NATO-Ukraine commission to meet February 27 as part of NATO defense ministers meeting

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BRUSSELS: The NATO-Ukraine commission (NUC) is going to meet in Brussels on February 27 as part of a meeting of the alliance’s defense ministers, NATO official spokesperson Oana Lungescu said on Thursday.

“The NATO — Ukraine commission is a reliable platform for supporting democracy,” Lungescu went on to say.

Though not officially confirmed, Ukraine’s deputy defense minister is expected to represent Ukraine at this meeting.

The NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC), established in 1997, is the decision-making body responsible for developing the NATO-Ukraine relationship and for directing cooperative activities. It also provides a forum for consultation between the Allies and Ukraine on security issues of common concern.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Defence Ministers’ Meetings – Brussels, 26-27 February 2014

NATO HQ, Brussels

26 February 2014

12:30 NATO Secretary General’s Doorstep Statement

14:00 NAC Meeting – Opening remarks

18:40 Press conference by the NATO Secretary General

27 February 2014

09:30 NAC Meeting with non-NATO ISAF Contributing Countries – Opening remarks

12:00 Meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission – Opening remarks

13:15 Press conference by the NATO Secretary General

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U.S. National Security Advisor “Warns” Russia On Military Action In Ukraine

February 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Russian Information Agency Novosti
February 23, 2014

Obama Official Warns Russia on Military Action in Ukraine

WASHINGTON: A senior US official on Sunday warned Moscow not to send troops into Ukraine amid the political crisis gripping Russia’s ex-Soviet neighbor, saying such a move would constitute a “grave mistake.”

“It’s not in the interests of Ukrainian or of Russia or of Europe or the United States to see the country split. It’s in nobody’s interest to see violence returned and the situation escalate,” White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Rice’s comments followed a report by the Financial Times last week quoting an unidentified senior Russian official as saying that Moscow could intervene to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine’s Crimea territory, home to a Russian naval base.

“If Ukraine breaks apart, it will trigger a war. They will lose Crimea first [because] we will go in and protect [it], just as we did in Georgia,” the official was quoted as saying in a reference to Russia’s 2008 war with Georgia over the breakaway republic of South Ossetia.

Ukrainian lawmakers impeached Yanukovych on Saturday, though he remained defiant in a statement issued the same day from a location in his political stronghold in the east of the country, describing attempts to unseat him as a coup.

Rice said that Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with a message delivered by his American counterpart, Barack Obama, in a phone call between the two leaders Friday.

“The president’s message was, look, we have a shared interest in a Ukraine that remains unified, whole, independent and is able to exercise the will of its people freely,” she said.

In a telephone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed the United States’ “strong support” for the Ukrainian parliament’s decision to transfer presidential duties to speaker Oleksander Turchinov, the State Department said in a statement.

Kerry also “underscored the United States’ expectation that Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic freedom of choice will be respected by all states,” the State Department said.

Lavrov told Kerry, meanwhile, that the Ukrainian opposition has “effectively seized power,” refuses to lay down arms and “continues to place its stake on violence,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Lavrov emphasized to his US counterpart that an agreement signed Friday between Yanukovych and Ukrainian opposition leaders calling for early presidential elections and constitutional reforms must be enforced, noting that the United States welcomed the deal at the time.

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Jubilant Rasmussen: Ukraine Is A Close Partner To NATO And NATO Is A Friend Of The Ukrainian People

February 23, 2014 2 comments

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
February 23, 2014

NATO Secretary General statement on Ukraine

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I am closely monitoring the important developments in Ukraine. The people of Ukraine must determine their own future in freedom and democracy. I continue to call for calm and restraint, so that all sides can focus on pursuing the path of democracy, stability and prosperity through peaceful dialogue and early elections.

I commend the statement of the Ukrainian army that it will in no way intervene in the political crisis. It is important that this continues to be the case.

Ukraine is a close partner to NATO and NATO is a friend of the Ukrainian people.‎ We look forward to continue cooperation with Ukraine based on the NATO-Ukraine Charter.

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NATO Chief Talks Of Ukraine, NATO-EU Merger

February 22, 2014 2 comments

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
February 21, 2014

Secretary General discusses European Defence and Ukraine in Greece

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed European efforts to develop military capabilities with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Friday (21 February 2014), wrapping up a two-day visit to Athens which included attending an informal meeting of EU defence ministers. “As the holder of the presidency of the European Union, Greece is especially well placed to make sure that the countries of Europe do develop their capabilities and their strength. This would benefit NATO, the EU and the world,” the Secretary General said.

It is vital that European countries play their full part and “and take their full share of responsibility for security,” Mr. Fogh Rasmussen said after his talks with the prime minister. He said that it is important that EU nations carry through on commitments made by EU leaders at their December European Council to improve defence capabilities. This is the message the Secretary General also gave at the informal EU defence ministerial on Thursday.

The Secretary General said that in September at the NATO Summit in Wales “we will put new energy” into the relationship between Europe and North America. “We all need Europe to be strong, so that we can continue to protect our values, and our interests”, said Mr. Fogh Rasmussen.

During a press conference with Prime Minister Samaras, the NATO Secretary General also spoke about Ukraine: “I condemn the outrageous bloodshed in Ukraine. I urge all parties to stop this tragic spiral of violence. The Ukrainian government has a special responsibility to ensure that the armed forces do not get involved in this political crisis. The Ukrainian military and special forces should not turn on the people of Ukraine. That would have severe consequences for our partnership with Ukraine. The only way forward is dialogue. So I welcome all efforts to find a peaceful solution. NATO is an alliance based on values –freedom, democracy, and the rule of law. And we stand together against all threats to our security”.

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Ukraine: another piece in US-NATO-EU neo-con puzzle

February 22, 2014 1 comment

Voice of Russia
February 21, 2014

Ukraine: another piece in US-NATO-EU neo-con puzzle

John Robles

Ukraine: another piece in US-NATO-EU neo-con puzzle

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A monstrous crime is being committed in Ukraine right before the eyes of the world and the western media is helping to cover it up and distract the attention of the entire world from the core fact that the events in Ukraine are not a popular uprising but a carefully orchestrated synthetic coup d’état brought about by long entrenched western color revolution infrastructure that was installed by US/NATO/EU to bring about the illegal act of regime change on the sovereign country of Ukraine.

The unprecedented violent actions by the armed insurgents, who openly use deadly force on law enforcement and have set Kiev in flames, attempting to overthrow the government by force, are in fact treasonous crimes against the Ukraine and the people of Ukraine as they are being controlled from the outside and violate all internationally accepted democratic principles as well as all of the internal laws and constitutionally dictated standards of conduct enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine.

It is illegal under international law for any country to carry out measures to bring about the illegal change of the government in any other sovereign state, this includes support of any kind for insurgent forces, the implementation of economic and other measures to pressure the government to step down or dissolve and all other instruments and measures both covert and overt that may be used to bring about what is now popularly called “regime change” by the West and the US Government.

International Law

Overthrowing governments and removing presidents by force is illegal and covered in laws and ruling by bodies such as the World Court and even the International Criminal Court, which has become a mere instrument of the West, however the United Nations Charter is the most important document and widely respected of all of these instruments and one which all countries that attempt to abide by international law attempt to follow.

Under the UN Charter all attempts by the US/NATO/EU to influence the events in Ukraine so as to bring about a resolution that conforms to their own interests are illegal.

The debate over US/NATO/EU meddling in Ukraine and the use of US/NATO/EU military force, economic measures, political pressure and all of the other “tools” they use, including aggressive military attack and occupation, to effect regime changes in countries such as Afghanistan, Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Serbia, Venezuela, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Sudan and the other targeted countries, has conveniently been absent of one key fact: coercive, forced and outside regime change violates basic all of the accepted tenets of international law.

UN Charter

According to Article 1 (2) of the UN Charterdeveloping peaceful international relations based on the “principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples” is one of the founding principles of the United Nations, and by default the UN Security Council. Therefore any attempt by any country to subjugate or pressure another into implementing measures or carrying out an agenda not instigated from within and not in keeping with the will of the people is illegal. The “will of the people” can only be known through referendums and democratic political processes and debates, not through fabricated pogroms in the streets, which the US is expert at organizing. As for pressure on the government, even the implementation of sanctions is therefore illegal as this is done to pressure a government from the outside.

It is prohibited under international law to threaten to use force and Article 2 (4) of the UN Charter states this clearly and requires all UN member states to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of other states. US/NATO/EU have not threatened military force against Ukraine, as they already have their ground force installed as they did in Syria, Libya, etc. but this applies to other countries they have invaded recently.

Article 2 (7) of the UN Charter states clearly that the United Nations and its members have no authority to intervene in matters which are within the domestic jurisdiction of any state (sovereign country). However the US/NATO/EU have gotten around this by implementing and using what they call the Responsibility to Protect. Uprisings and violent demonstrations such as what is happening in Ukraine fall within the definition of domestic jurisdiction, therefore any outside attempt to interfere is illegal.

Armed Insurgents

What is alarming in Ukraine is the violent and militarized nature of what the West is endlessly painting as a legitimate opposition. This portrayal runs contrary to what the most of the world is seeing right in front of their eyes on their TV screens. Even multiple statements by US officials themselves and a recently released telephone conversation between US official Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Ukraine, show that these are not members of a legitimate internal opposition, but rather radicalized, militarized, trained, planted, funded and supported members of western “color revolution” infrastructure.

The US/NATO/EU continue to egregiously blame the government and are criminally silent when the opposition they support, and in fact planted, murder members of the security forces and policemen. The outright murder, kidnapping and extreme violence against police and security forces should be something that would cause an outcry among police officers worldwide, especially in the US, where their police are given almost god-like reverence, yet the so called “international community” and members of the world’s law enforcement bodies are silent.

Nothing that the insurgents have done would be supported in any US/NATO/EU country or city, yet they continue to call on, threaten and pressure the authorities in Ukraine to not interfere or take required measures. The violent insurgents have made a mockery of law and order and have literally set the capital of a civilized, democratic European country on fire.

Storming, seizing and burning down the buildings which house the instruments and bodies of the state; openly shooting, murdering, kidnapping and falsely detaining members of law enforcement; destroying and setting alight the property of the state and the people; organizing the pogrom we are seeing in Ukraine; violating the law and acting against their own constitution; blackmailing and threatening officials to step down or be complaint and finally promoting policies that are not in keeping with the desires of the Ukrainian people, are all factual aspects of the Ukrainian “opposition”. So why is US/NATO/EU openly supporting them?

Business As Usual for US/NATO/EU

In my journalistic work I have attempted to robustly detail for years what US/NATO have been doing in their redesigning of world’s geopolitical landscape and I cannot repeat this enough, what we are seeing in Ukraine is just another regime change for the West. The tactics they use are always the same, we have seen them and documented them time and again and they continue to be illegal and egregious. Yet they continue with impunity.

All of the regime change actions and provocations that US/NATO/EU have used in Ukraine have been documented and exposed before the fact, yet the US president, EU leaders and their compliant media continue to egregiously stick to their own artificial pre-planned narrative.

The goal was regime change because US/NATO/EU understood that the Ukrainian Government and more importantly the Ukrainian people would not allow their country to be subverted and become yet another US/NATO/EU client state. More importantly this turn to Russia seriously interferes with US/NATO/EU military plans to base US/NATO missiles in Ukraine, evict the Russian Black Sea Fleet and achieve their prime military objective of neutralizing Russia and eliminating Russia’s response to a first strike nuclear attack, which at the end of the day is the goal. The people of Ukraine and the organs of government are just inconveniences for US/NATO/EU and even if the country is completely destroyed and divided, their goal will be carried out. The destruction of the state of Ukraine will in fact benefit the US/NATO/EU and this fact we have seen repeatedly in the last 15 years.

Obama Connects Syria and Ukraine

In comments related to a soon to be released Voice of Russia interview Professor Francis Boyle a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law told me the following: “Obama said that the people of the Ukraine should be able to determine their own future just like the people of Syria should be able to determine their own future. So Obama himself linked the two. The strategy is the same: regime change, civil war, destruction of the State. So this elevates the call by the State Department for a transition to a government of technocrats to the presidential level. The cat is out of the bag. Regime Change of the democratically elected government of Ukraine is openly admitted to be USG policy. Even worse than Syria, whose government was arguably not really democratic. Nevertheless as I point out in my book, the demand for regime change by one government against another government is illegal and violates the World Court’s ruling against the United States in the Nicaragua decision (1996).”

Media Failure

The western mass media continues to promote and spread a phony slanted narrative of the events in Ukraine and their attempts have been formidable and almost impossible to counter. This concerns mostly the nature and portrayal of the police murdering opposition which, like the cop killers in the Caucuses, the West portrays as heroes and some sort of freedom fighters.

Again the hypocrisy of the West in Ukraine is resounding and completely obvious, yet they continue with impunity. US illegality and their complete and total disregard for international law continue to stare the world in the face in Guantanamo and worldwide, yet the compliant media has failed as US illegality has now spread like a cancer to include all NATO/EU countries.

It is another black day for the world as we see that the mass media has completely failed and been corrupted in the West. All of the facts surrounding the murderous insurgents in Ukraine and their bloody uprising and the collusion of the Central Intelligence Agency, US/NATO/EU and the West are being conveniently ignored as the subservient media chooses to attempt to go so far as to blame Russia which has from day one made it a point not to interfere.

Nowhere do we see debates going on regarding: the over $50 billion the US has spent buying out Ukraine; the admission by Victoria Nuland of US meddling in her telephone conversation, during which she implicated the head of the UN in US/NATO/EU plans; the training and equipping of the insurgents by US/NATO/EU; the fact that all outside pressure and meddling is illegal nor the fact that if anything similar happened in the West it would in no way be allowed.

Wake Up Call

They have won and Ukraine has fallen. The President of Ukraine has stated he will step down, which was the first call by the US/NATO/EU, when the first encampments appeared on Maidan Square. This was their clear goal and even though we documented it they have won. However what they have in fact done is committed another crime on an international scale.

Will anyone answer for the crime of subversion and for violating the sovereignty of Ukraine? Not likely. Therefore this should be a serious wake up call to all countries of the world, but will it? Also not likely.

What is striking in Ukraine was that it was a democratically elected government, that all of the US/NATO/EU plans were know from the start and that it was still allowed to proceed.

Once again, as we saw in Iraq, Libya and all other countries where the governments have been recently overthrown and the leader executed or otherwise removed (with North Korea being the perfect example) the only protection that any country has from the imposition of US/NATO/EU regime change is quite simply nuclear weapons.

US/NATO Obama/Neo-Con Plans and Impunity

After 9-11 Neo-Con Paul Wolfowitz, the then US Deputy Secretary of Defense stated that the US Government is now in the business of destroying countries, executing presidents and changing governments at will.

General Wesley Clark who was the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, took issue with the Neo-Con architects from the Project for a New American Century (LINK 5) and gave testimony that the US planned to overthrow seven countries after 9/11: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

Mr. Clark called the post 9-11 overtaking of the US Government a coupand said it was plotted by Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and “a half dozen other collaborators from the Project for the New American Century”. In a report Glen Greenwald cites a US Secretary of Defense Memo which gave even more detail and put a timeframe on the plan: “I just got this memo from the Secretary of Defense’s office. It says we’re going to attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years – we’re going to start with Iraq, and then we’re going to move to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.”

Greenwald reported that General Clark was shocked and wrote about the following exchange: “And we’ve got about 5 or 10 years to clean up those old Soviet regimes – Syria, Iran [sic], Iraq – before the next great superpower comes on to challenge us.” Clark said he was shocked by Wolfowitz’s desires because, as Clark put it: “the purpose of the military is to start wars and change governments? It’s not to deter conflicts?”.” Clark said he was shocked by Wolfowitz’s desires because, as Clark put it: “the purpose of the military is to start wars and change governments? It’s not to deter conflicts?”

A New Regime Would Be Illegal

Any regime installed in any way other than trough democratic elections in Ukraine and under the current crisis will be illegal. President Yanukovich despite being weak and some might argue incompetent in maintaining stability in his country, was democratically elected in elections that were recognized by the entire world. This is important to underline.

Even though he was placed in a Catch 22 situation by the West where if he cracked down he would be demonized and if he did not he would be overthrown, his handling of the internal crisis leaves a lot of questions to be answered.

Timing of Ukrainian Coup

It is also important to note the similarities between the timing of the events in Ukraine and the invasion by Georgia of South OssetiaBoth taking place during Olympics and again the words of Neo-Con Paul Wolfowitz: “… we’ve got about 5 or 10 years to clean up those old Soviet regimes before the next great superpower comes on to challenge us.”

Ukraine is the crowning jewel and it looks like they will obtain it.

The views and opinions expressed here are my own. I can be reached at robles@ruvr.ru.

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Ukraine: Opposition Leader Warns Yanukovych ‘You Will End Like Gadhafi’

February 21, 2014 3 comments

CBS
February 20, 2014

Ukraine: Opposition Leader Warns Yanukovych ‘You Will End Like Gadhafi’

Excerpt:

Opposition lawmaker Oleh Lyashko warned that Yanukovych himself was in danger.

“Yanukovych, you will end like (Moammar) Gadhafi,” Lyashko told thousands of angry protesters. “Either you, a parasite, will stop killing people or this fate will await you. Remember this, dictator!”

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Unconditional Surrender In Ukraine

February 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Stephen Lendman Blog
February 21, 2014

Unconditional Surrender in Ukraine
By Stephen Lendman

As things now stand, Obama won. EU partners won. Fascist extremists won. Russia lost.

So did ordinary Ukrainians. Months of struggling for something better apparently turned out in vain. More on this below.

Events remain fast-moving. Overnight negotiations produced an early Friday morning deal.

Talks lasted eight hours. Opposition leaders Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Oleh Tyahnybok and Vitali Klitschko were involved.

So were Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Russian Human Rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.

Ukraine’s ruling Party of Regions called on “everyone involved in the confrontation to lay down their arms.”

“This deed will be your greatest contribution to Ukraine’s future,” it said. “We should all consolidate around the common goal of restoring peaceful life on our soil.”

“We should stop this fratricidal war for the sake of peace, for the sake of justice and for the sake of Ukraine’s future.”

On Thursday, Ukraine’s parliament passed a resolution near unanimously. It condemned the use of force against protesters.

It prohibits Ukrainian Security Council counterterrorism. Yanukovych expressed willingness to hold early presidential and parliamentary elections later this year.

He’s amenable to constitutional change before summer. He’s willing to form a national unity government in days.

In a Friday national address, he said:

“I am announcing steps needed to restore peace and avoid further victims of the standoff.”

“There are no steps we should demur from taking together in order to restore peace to Ukraine.”

His web site said “I declare the initiation of early presidential elections. I also invoke a return to the Constitution of 2004 with the redistribution of powers in the direction of a parliamentary republic.”

“I summon to begin formation of the government of national trust.”

His comments sounded more like unconditional surrender. If so, it’s bad news for most Ukrainians.

It likely means new pro-Western government. Spurning EU membership last November let him dodge a bullet.

He did the right thing. EU countries covet Eastern expansion. Doing so adversely affects Russia.

It’s disastrous for vulnerable populations like Ukraine’s. EU membership involves harsh neoliberal austerity.

Financial demands include mass layoffs, deregulation, deep social spending cuts, wage freezes or cuts, unrestricted free market access for Western corporations, corporate friendly tax cuts, marginalized trade unionism, and harsh crackdowns on nonbelievers.

Ukraine will be pushed to join NATO. Doing so encroaches further on Russia’s borders. It makes future confrontations more likely.

Ukrainians were manipulated against their own self-interest for months. They’ve been through this before. They ended up losers.

Promises made were broken. Exploitation followed. They should have known better. Once deceived should be enough. EU membership assures harder than ever hard times.

Poland’s Sikorski said progress was made “but important differences remain.” A statement released said the peace deal would be formally signed at noon Friday Kiev time. No further details were given.

An unnamed EU diplomat called it a “temporary agreement.” The devil is more than in the details.

It resides in Washington. Obama wants regime change. He orchestrated violence to achieve it.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said “we cannot say anything definitive before the end of the morning.”

“The opposition…wants to be able to consult with some of its members…”

“In this sort of situation, as long as things haven’t really been wrapped up, it’s important to remain very cautious.”

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said an agreement hadn’t been reached – “only the content of an eventual agreement, since the proper subjects to build such an agreement are people.”

Reuters quoted opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko saying: “We will sign the deal. We are prepared to do everything to obtain a peaceful solution.”

“All arguments must be considered before it comes to a signature,” he added.

Voice of Russia said Moscow’s ombudsman Lukin “refused to sign the final document.”

On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin met with Security Council members to discuss ongoing events.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev issued a toughly-worded statement. He aimed it at Yanukovych, saying:

“We shall, of course, continue cooperating with our Ukrainian partners in all areas that have been agreed.”

“We shall bend every effort to honor the pledges we have taken with regard to Ukraine.”

“But for this to happen, our partners should be in good shape. Ukraine’s authorities should be legitimate and effective and should not allow anyone to walk all over them.”

Veronica Krasheninnikova heads the Russian Institute for Foreign Policy Studies. Opposition leaders Yatsenyuk, Tyagnibok and Klitschko by no means represent most Ukrainians, she said.

Yanukovych lost credibility by surrendering to their demands, she added. He’s “part of the problem,” she stressed.

He “opted out of the use of the mechanisms that he’s been invested with by the constitution.”

He failed to “tak(e) required measures to preserve the constitutional system, which is his presidential duty.”

On Friday, thousands of protesters remained in Kiev’s Independence Square. Violence continues. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said:

“Rioters opened fire at police officers and tried to break through in the direction of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament).”

Reuters quoted one protester calling the deal “just another piece of paper. We will not leave the barricades until Yanukovych steps down.”

Ukraine’s Health Ministry said at least 77 people died since Tuesday. Dead bodies remain on Kiev streets.

Accurate death and injury counts are hard to come by. Calm may not be easy to restore.

Events so far very much benefit Washington and EU partners. They disadvantage Russia. Days earlier, Putin offered to buy $2 billion worth of Ukrainian eurobonds straightaway.

Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said it’s part of the $15 billion loan agreed on earlier. On Friday, doing so remains undecided in the wake of ongoing events.

Russia is very much concerned about possible new pro-Western Ukrainian government if new elections are held.

It wants clarity before committing cash. The advantage it gained earlier looks lost. It’s a huge setback.

How Moscow reacts remains to be seen. Expect ordinary Ukrainians to awaken too late to realize they’ve been had again.

They endured plenty for something better. Opposition leaders duped them to expect it.

They deserve better than they got. As things now stand, they lost out entirely. Harder than ever hard times await them.

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Ukraine: Crucible Of Intensifying Conflict Between West And Russia

February 21, 2014 1 comment

Stop NATO
February 21, 2014

1) White House demands Ukrainian government withdraw all security force from center of capital
2) Putin meets Russia’s Security Council members to discuss Ukraine crisis
3) European Union agrees to fast-track sanctions against Ukraine
4) Russia foreign minister slams threat of sanctions against Ukraine
5) Ukrainian Health Ministry: Kiev death toll reaches 75
6) Interior Ministry: Sixteen police officers killed
7) Belarusian president sends condolences to his Ukrainian counterpart

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UNIAN
February 20, 2014

White House demands from Yanukovych to withdraw forces from center of Kyiv

The leadership of the USA demanded from the Ukrainian President to withdraw all security forces from the center of Kyiv and to allow opposition to hold the protest actions.

The United States calls the Ukrainian authorities to withdraw special subdivisions from the center of Kyiv and calls opposition to hold peaceful protests,  Press Secretary of the President of the USA Jay Carney said this”, RIA Novosti reports.

“We call President Yanukovych to withdraw security forces immediately from the center of Kyiv and to respect a right for a peaceful protest. We call protesters to express their opinion peacefully”, – said Carney.

He also called the army of Ukraine not to interfere in the conflict, which, according to the opinion of the White House, should be solved by political means.

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Voice of Russia
February 21, 2014

Putin meets Russia’s Security Council members to discuss Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a conference with the permanent members of the Russian Security Council to address the situation in Ukraine on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Taking part in the meeting were Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and other high-ranking officials.

The conference was also attended by Federation Council Chair Valentina Matviyenko, State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin, presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, his deputy Rashid Nurgaliyev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Alexander Bortnikov, Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) chief Mikhail Fradkov, and Security Council permanent member Boris Gryzlov.

“The situation in Ukraine was discussed at the conference,” Peskov said.

Putin emphasizes it’s imperative to immediately stop bloodshed in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has held telephone conversations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, the Kremlin press service said. “The sides voiced their extreme concern over the sharp escalation of the armed confrontation in Ukraine that happened through the fault of the opposition’s radical wing,” it said.

“Putin emphasized that it is imperative to immediately stop the bloodshed and take urgent measures to stabilize the situation and suppress any extremist and terrorist sorties,” the press service said.

“The Russian president informed Merkel and Cameron that Russia’s Commissioner for Human Rights Vladimir Lukin was heading to Kiev for the purposes of mediation,” it said.

At Yanukovych’s request, Russia’s President Putin sending envoy to Kiev as mediator

President of Russia Vladimir Putin sends Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin to Kiev, as a mediator in negotiations with the opposition, at the request of President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, Press-Secretary of the Russian leader, Dmitry Peskov, said.

“A telephone conversation between President Putin and President Yanukovych was carried out on the initiative of the Ukrainian side, during which the President of Ukraine suggested that the head of the Russian state should send a Russian representative to Kiev to participate in the negotiation process with the opposition as a mediator,” Peskov said.

The Russian leader’s Press Secretary said that “Putin has made the decision to send Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin on this mission”.

It is known, that Vladimir Petrovich (Lukin) has an abundance of experience in diplomatic service, and a considerable reputation among human rights defenders; he has headed a major opposition party,” Peskov reminded.

Sanctions threat against Ukraine looks like blackmail – Sergei Lavrov

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has condemned Western threats of sanctions against Ukraine as blackmail and double-standard approach.

The foreign minister is on a working trip in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. He said at a press conference that Ukraine’s opposition couldn’t or simply wouldn’t “dissociate itself from extremist forces.”

“The possibility of sanctions is nothing but an attempt at bullying,” Lavrov said during a news conference in Baghdad, in remarks translated from Russian into Arabic.

Mr. Lavrov accused the United States of double standards as it piled all the blame on the Ukrainian government.

“The EU is mulling sanctions while paying uncalled-for visits to Ukraine,” he added. “This behaviour looks like blackmail [to me].”

Ukraine and western countries should stand apart from radicals – Russia

Ukraine and the West should stay apart from radicals, Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, said. “Russia thinks that Ukraine opposition as well as western countries should stay apart from extremists and other radicals,” said Lavrov during the press-conference in Bagdad on Thursday. This Tuesday, mass disorders escalated in Kiev again.

During the Verkhovna Rada meeting, the opposition insisted on return of the parliamentary-presidential form of government and on putting the Constitution of 2004 in force again.

Aggressive protestors wanted to approach the building of Ukrainian Parliament, they seized the buildings in the center of Kiev, burned tire-covers, threw stones and Molotov cocktails in the law enforcers. According to the police, the radicals use fire arms.

Russia’s Lavrov blames West for forcing Ukraine into EU

The demand to hold early elections in Ukraine is aimed at forcing Ukraine to choose Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“You probably heard more than once that the capitals of Western European countries have demanded that the people of Ukraine should be given the freedom to choose, and they added that the choice should be in favor of the European Union,” Lavrov told a press conference in Baghdad.

“Their purpose in the current initiatives is to essentially force this choice is evident to the Ukrainian administration: the demand to hold parliamentary and early presidential elections as soon as possible and to form a coalition government. That is, they are trying to decide everything for them,” Lavrov said.

West misinterprets Ukraine extremist violence, threatens to sanction gov’t – Russian FM Lavrov

The West is incorrectly interpreting the extremists’ actions in Ukraine and threatening Kiev with sanctions instead, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“Our Western partners in Europe and the U.S. are laying all the blame on the country’s authorities and fail to properly qualify the extremists’ actions,” Lavrov said at a press conference in Baghdad.

“We are really concerned about this, because double standards are obvious here, and instead they are threatening [the government] with sanctions, and not only threatening, but the Americans have already imposed them, thereby encouraging the opposition to dismiss any compromises,” he added.

Russian FM accuses Western media of distorting truth about Ukraine unrest

The Western mainstream media are distorting the situation in Ukraine, Russia’s foreign chief Sergei Lavrov has said.

Speaking at a press conference in Baghdad, Lavrov accused Western media of giving biased coverage on the Ukrainian political crisis.

The latest accounts estimate the number of casualties at 35 following clashes that have been erupting across the country. Over 500 have been injured in Kiev alone.

Moscow has accused extremist and opposition of pushing the country towards the edge, adding that the rhetoric of foreign officials was inciting radicalism and contributing to unrest.

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Radio Poland
February 20, 2014

Update: EU agrees to fast-track sanctions against Ukraine

The EU will introduce sanctions against Ukrainian authorities, a meeting of EU foreign ministers has decided, as Thursday’s death toll in Kiev reportedly reached 60.

Italian foreign minister Emma Bonino was the first to break the news on Thursday evening, after crisis talks in Brussels.

“The decision is to proceed very rapidly, in the next hours, to a visa ban and asset freeze on those who have committed the violence,” she told reporters on leaving the meeting.

The talks took place amid the worst day of violence in Kiev since protests began in November after President Viktor Yanukovych pulled out of signing an association agreement with the EU.


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Xinhua News Agency
February 21, 2014

Russia FM slams threat of sanctions against Ukraine

BAGHDAD: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized on Thursday the West’s threat to impose sanctions on Ukraine as a blackmail and double standards.

“The opposition cannot or do not want to distance itself from extremists. The West led by Europe and the United States assume all responsibility for Ukraine situation,” Lavrov said in a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari during his official visit to Baghdad.

“They do not blame the extremists’ acts, while threaten to impose sanctions. These are double standards,” Lavrov said, adding “these sanctions encourage rioters.”

“The EU also wants to impose sanctions and sending missions to Ukraine, such actions can be seen as blackmail,” he said.

He also said that “we are deeply concerned about the events in Ukraine and worried about the attempts of influencing the situation in the country.”

Lavrov pointed out that his country stresses on the need to discuss the situation between the Ukrainians themselves in an internal dialogue without interference from others.

Earlier in the day, Lavrov arrived in Baghdad on an official one-day visit, during which he and his accompanying delegation were received by the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki in his office in Baghdad. The two sides discussed a range of “bilateral and regional issues, in particular the need for political solutions for the Syrian crisis, as well as means to fight terrorism,” said a statement by Maliki office.

Maliki stressed Iraq’s desire to cooperate with Russia to defeat terrorism, while emphasizing Iraq’s need for weapons that are “specialized in fighting and chasing terrorist groups,” as well as its interest in “exchanging security information.”

The meeting comes at a time when Iraq is witnessing its worst violence in recent years, as militant insurgents launch nearly daily attacks and bombings on security forces and civilians.

Baghdad had signed weapons contracts with Russia worth more than 4.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, making Moscow Baghdad’s biggest arms supplier after Washington.

Lavrov’s visit to Iraq is the second for the top Russian diplomat to the country since the toppling of former president Saddam Hussein by a U.S.-led invasion in 2003. His last visit to the country was in May 2011.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 20, 2014

Death toll of Kyiv clashes grows to 75, says Health Ministry

At least 75 people have died as a result of street clashes in Kyiv since February 18, the Ukrainian Health Ministry reported on its Web site.

According to the ministry, a total of 571 people in Kyiv sought first aid since Tuesday morning, 363 of them were hospitalized.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 21, 2014

16 policemen killed in Kyiv unrest – Interior Ministry

MOSCOW: The number of Ukrainian police officers killed in the latest riots in Kyiv has risen to 16, the Interior Ministry said on its website on Friday.

“The number of deaths among officers of law enforcement agencies has grown to 16. A total of 130 policemen have been admitted to hospitals with gunshot wounds,” the ministry said.

As many as 565 policemen have requested medical care, it said. Of them, 410 have been hospitalized.

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Belarusian Telegraph Agency
February 20, 2014

Lukashenko sends condolences to Yanukovych over Kyiv unrest victims

MINSK: President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has expressed condolences to President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych over a massive loss of life caused by the unrest in Kyiv, BelTA learned from the presidential press service.

“Belarus has always condemned wrongful acts of the participants of political conflicts and unconstitutional methods of resolving domestic policy issues which inevitably lead to the escalation of violence,” the message of condolences reads.

On behalf of the Belarusian people and himself Alexander Lukashenko has also sent condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

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Ukraine: Sick Fascist Filth, Gangland Violence As Political Opposition

February 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Voice of Russia
February 20, 2014

Ukraine: sick fascist filth and gangland violence as political opposition – Rick Rozoff

Audio

With the release of a recent conversation between the US ambassador to Ukraine and Victoria Nuland plotting the downfall of the current legitimate elected government in Kiev, it is clear who is behind the attempted coup in Ukraine. US backed “activists” with sniper rifles and hand guns are openly firing on police something that would not be tolerated anywhere in the world but which is being portrayed by western leaders as being legitimate opposition protest behavior. However such cold-blooded murder would lead to brains being swept off the street in their cities. According to Voice of Russia regular Rick Rozoff, who spoke on these issues, what we are color revolution techniques in action and the western media is playing along as a propaganda tool for those behind the scenes.

Hello. This is John Robles Rick Rozoff, I am speaking with Rick Rozoff the owner and manager of the Stop NATO website and international mailing list. This is a regular feature of the Voice of Russia.

Robles: Can you give us an update on what is going on with NATO? A lot of stuff is going on, a lot of attention on Ukraine. And I’d like to ask you about Ukraine. But, first, what is going on with NATO right now?

Rozoff: Well, it is acting true to its new purpose in the post-Cold War period as an international military bloc. For example, just in the last week or so, for the first time ever a delegation from the NATO Military Committee, and the Military Committee in its full form consists of the military chiefs of staff of all the 28 full NATO members, visited Georgia. And this, again, is a first, it is unprecedented, and clearly acknowledging or demonstrating how strategically important Georgia is to NATO’s Eurasian but ultimately European plans. That is number one.

NATO’s also commenced its air patrols over the North Atlantic nation of Iceland, including warplanes from both Finland and Sweden with the express intention of further integrating Finland and Sweden, and of course Finland has a lengthy border with Russia, those two countries into NATO as ultimately four NATO members.

We have to recall that both those nations have troops fighting under NATO command with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, that Sweden supplied Griffin military aircraft for the war against Libya three years ago…In parts of the world

Also, NATO warships have docked in both Puntland, which is a semi-autonomous, really at this point independent part of Somalia, as well as in the Seychelles, an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa in recent days. This is part of the – permanent – NATO military operation, military presence in the Indian Ocean called Ocean Shield, which complements their permanent military naval deployment in the Mediterranean, Active Endeavor, and so forth.

We also noticed the first US guided missile warship arriving at the Rota naval base in Spain, on the Atlantic coast of Spain, as part of what eventually will be four US warships with interceptor missiles, part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach, but ultimately part of the international US and allied missile shield program, interceptor missile program. So, this gives you some indication of what is going on throughout the world.

There have been other initiatives shown by NATO in other parts of the world, including in Africa most notably. Something that isn’t directly NATO but for all the difference it makes it may as well be, just a few days ago in Brussels, which is the headquarters of both the European Union and NATO, the European Union announced a joint military operation in the Central African Republic (CAR). This is done through the Military Committee of the European Union, comparable to what was done in Chad, neighboring Chad a few years ago.

But it is noteworthy that NATO has recruited several non-EU member states to provide troops for that mission, including Georgia, Serbia, Canada, Norway, Turkey and the United States. This was at an alleged, quote, force generation conference in Brussels on February the 13th, five days ago. That gives you an idea of what is happening internationally.

To segue into our main topic of discussion, today the Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, again called on, quote, “all parties in Ukraine” to desist from violence.

I could only imagine if a comparable situation, one that’s…what is occurring in Kiev right now were to be occurring in Brussels, if, say, “all parties in Belgium to refrain from violence”, when state security personnel were being shot to death and set on fire with Molotov cocktails, if he would have such a balanced perspective – of course he would not.

Robles: Regarding Ukraine, how many policemen have been injured already there?

Rozoff: The number is rising of course. But the latest report I see is that over 184 police officers have been wounded, 35 of them critically, and at least seven of them have been shot to death.

Robles: What is the reaction from the US right now? Has Nuland come out condemning any of this? Has anybody in the US condemned this or are they all supporting it?

Rozoff: The US ambassador to Ukraine, the same Geoffrey Pyatt who was caught on tape with Victoria Nuland in recent weeks plotting the downfall of the current legitimate, elected government in Kiev, threatened sanctions, mentioned the fact that sanctions could be enforced against, again, “all parties.” It is impossible to levy sanctions against fascist guttersnipes and mobsters who are on a rampage, they have no assets that can be seized and no trade that can be halted and so forth. So, this is a unilateral threat to the government of Ukraine, which is under siege, quite literally under siege, with government buildings being stormed, personnel being seized captive, even killed in the case of the central headquarters of the ruling party in the country, the Party of Regions, where a member… presumably a member… a security office by one account, at their central headquarters in Kiev was murdered.

What we are seeing is almost gangland violence trying to pass itself off as political opposition. What is very important to noted is that the president of the country Victor Yanukovich is to meet with three major opposition leaders: Yatsenyuk and Klitschko and Tyagnibok at 11:00, Kiev time. So something is going to be breaking at that point but there is a clear coordination between the opposition figures within the Parliament, within the Verkhovna Rada, and the Molotov-cocktail-hurling, rifle-wielding so-called opposition outside.

Robles: I’m sorry, Rick, are there charges? Haven’t charges been pressed against Klitschko and, what is his name, Yatsenyuk? Aren’t they facing charges already? And if you could, can you tell us about..you told me before we started about videos you saw, that they were actually… someone had a sniper rifle or something, a rifle with a scope and they were actually just shooting policemen.

Rozoff: That’s exactly it, and anyone who e-mails me at rwrozoff@yahoo.com, I’d be glad to give then a link to that video. It is circulating, somebody in Italy has sent it out and there are several similar videos, but this is one of the more stark I’ve seen.

It shows a young so-called activist, as US would portray him, with, exactly, a sniper rifle with a scope firing presumably at police or other security personnel; somebody else has a handgun he’s firing. So there are weapons on the street. And clearly the fact that seven security personnel have been shot dead confirms the fact that firearms are being used.

Again, I don’t know in which other capital city in the world this sort of behavior would be tolerated, much less portrayed by Western leaders as being legitimate opposition protest behavior when what you are talking about is cold-blooded murder.

Robles: Can you imagine in the US that people have started shooting police just openly on the street?

Rozoff:I hate to put it in such stark and graphic terms, but the only way I could characterize this is: they’d be sweeping their brains off the street for the next day.

Robles: I mean how can they possibly get away with trying to support this? What are the American people, I mean the average people, thinking about this?

Rozoff: Unfortunately, the average person does not go to the Internet and look up videos, which are readily accessible. But I would have to say largely in the Russian media as I don’t know anywhere else in the world where we’re seeing these videos, even there are often times Western news agencies – Reuters, BBC and so forth – but because of the controlled nature of news, particularly in relation to foreign affairs, in the United States and other NATO countries we’re only seeing the doctored and sanitized version.

I’ve often argue this, John, I think perhaps even on your show, it’s the equivalent of somebody walking into a movie theater where the hero has finally taken enough from the villain and starts fighting back. And when you see that, and only that, it’s very difficult to confuse the characters and to believe that the perpetrator is the victim and vice versa. This is one of the methods used by the Western establishment so-called news media, which are really propaganda outlets, to portray the “peaceful protestors being assaulted without provocation by brutal security forces.”

But again, you are correct in stating: were something like this to happen in Washington DC or Paris or London, I can assure you the first police officer who was injured in any manner would be the cause for a crackdown the likes of which wouldn’t be forgotten in a hurry. However, this trick about the “regime change”, so-called color revolution technique, which is to place the targeted government in a situation where if they do not respond harshly they are seen as vulnerable and then the violence is escalated. If they make any effort, no matter how belated, to even defend themselves it is seen as being a gross violation of human rights and portrayed that way by the Western governments and their rather formidable media outlets.

And this is a situation that I believe is occurring right now in Kiev. But we have to..anyone who has seen this, who has gone to my website or Russian websites and has seen the actual fires in downtown Kiev, this is again the capital city of a European country going up in flames, for the second time in 15 years, we saw Belgrade similarly set of fire by NATO bombers what will be 15 years from next month, if this is a new world order what you are seeing is a resumption of fascistic, brutal violent uprisings which ultimately are backed by the US and its cohort of NATO military powers. And what I fear right now, if the violence is not halted very quickly in Ukraine, you are going to see full-fledged, if not civil war, you are going to see foreign-backed armed insurgency, if not comparable in every particular to what’s happening in Syria at least similar in terms of its basic dynamic.

Robles: I’d like to make a comment here for… and this might be a little unusual… for American law enforcement officers, police officers in the US. I’d like to make a plea for them, look at what’s happening to their colleagues in Ukraine and call their senators or whoever and ask them: “How can they possibly support this?” What do you think?

Rozoff: That is a very good point. A lot of Chicago police officers incidentally are of Ukrainian ethnic background, there is a neighborhood not terribly far from where I am called Ukrainian Village, as a matter of fact. And to see their colleagues and there is, let’s be honest, there is a special sense of fraternity or comradery between people of the same professions around the world particularly those that entail some degree of personal danger, and for police officers around the world to be watching this: you know, I would suggest that there is an understanding they themselves could be next if some Western-supported insurgent uprising of the sort that is occurring on the streets of Kiev…Incidentally, there is a report by Interfax-Ukraine that armed groups in Western Ukraine, in Lviv, have been intercepted by security personnel en route to Kiev. So what you’re talking about is something almost comparable to, say, Generalissimo Franco’s march on Madrid, Spain in the late ’30s counting on the fifth column, the infamous fifth column, supporters within the city to assist them and so forth. But this is nothing less than an effort to topple a legitimate government in Europe in the 21st century through vicious street violence, the sort one may have associated with Adolf Hitler’s attempted Beer Hall Putsch in 1923 or Mussolini’s March on Rome. This is the kind of sick fascist filth we are seeing in Ukraine.

Robles: I see.

This is John Robles. You were listening to an interview with Mr Rick Rozoff, the Owner and Manager of the Stop NATO website and international mailing list. This is a weekly feature of the Voice of Russia. You can find other work by me and by Mr Rick Rozoff on our website at voiceofrussia.com. Thank you very much for listening and we wish you the best wherever in the world you may be.

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Proxy Conflict With Russia: Ukraine Descends Into Open Warfare

February 20, 2014 3 comments

Stop NATO
February 20, 2014

1) Western news media coverage of Ukraine perverted: Russian foreign minister
2) “The West makes no comment on throwing of cocktail bombs or seizing of buildings”: Russian foreign minister says U.S. responsible for armed extremists in Ukraine
3) Speaker of the Crimean parliament: Well-train and well-armed contingent of 5,000 foreign mercenaries active in Kiev
4) Russian Foreign Ministry blames extremist gunmen for Ukrainian violence
5) Russia demands Ukrainian opposition halt violence
6) In consultation with Western patrons, Ukrainian insurgents engage in delaying tactics in order to accumulate arms: Presidential administration
7) Ukrainian Interior Ministry: Rioters employing specialized ammunition
8) Conflict with Moldova and Romania pending? Transdniester now effectively blockaded
9) British foreign secretary: “Violence against peaceful protestors is unacceptable and the Ukrainian gov should be held accountable”
10) Weimar Triangle meets Maidan Triumvirate: French, German, Polish foreign ministers meet with Tyagnybok, Klitschko, Yatseniuk
11) As the foreign ministers cancel scheduled meeting with Ukrainian president
12) French foreign minister orders new elections in Ukraine
13) United States bans visa issuance to 20 senior Ukrainian government officials
14) Mob moves to attack presidential administration building

Обострение ситуации на Украине

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Interfax
February 20, 2014

Western media coverage of Ukraine “perverted” – Lavrov

BAGHDAD: Moscow is concerned by how the West has been trying to impact on the situation in Ukraine, and also notes that the situation in this country is being misrepresented, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“We are most deeply concerned by what is going on in Ukraine, and in particular by how Western capitals have been trying to comment and influence on this situation,” he told a press conference in Baghdad.

“The Western media coverage of the situation is extremely perverted,” the minister said.

“They have been peddling simple formulas such as “The West is calling on the government to stay away from Maidan’, although they choose not to say what Maidan amounts to,” Lavrov said.

Western media outlets maintain silence over the instances of violence against governors in various Ukrainian regions, and about attempts to attack weapon storage facilities, and urge only the government to stop violence against peaceful demonstrators, he said.

“Both the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian president have more than once demonstrated their good will and proposed a compromise. In particular, they agreed to free those arrested in Maidan in exchange for the freeing of the occupied administrative buildings. The government has honored its part of the agreements, but the opposition have disrupted theirs,” the Russian minister said.

“In Western reports from the scene you will hardly find a mention of the organization such as Right Sector which openly stated that it will cooperate neither with the government, nor the opposition, and that this movement will operate in a way it sees fit. And they operate by using radical extremist methods, including regular use of force,” the Russian foreign minister said.

“The opposition is either unable or reluctant to distance itself from extremists,” he said.

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Itar-Tass
February 20, 2014

The USA assumes all responsibility for Ukraine’s authorities

BAGHDAD: The West’s threat to impose sanctions on Ukraine is a blackmail and double standards, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“The opposition cannot or does not want to dissociate itself from extremists. The USA assumes all responsibility for Ukraine’s authorities. These are double standards,” Lavrov said, adding “America’s sanctions encourage rioters.”

“The EU is also trying to discuss sanctions and sending missions to Ukraine,” the Russian minister said.

“Such actions can be considered blackmail,” he said.

“As for the West’s accusations against Russia, there is a proverb saying an uneasy conscience betrays itself. We voice deep concern about the events in Ukraine. We’re worried about the Western capitals giving influencing the situation in the country,” the Russian minister said.

“The situation is interpreted wrong. Mass media circulate reports saying the West urges the government not to disperse Maidan although the West prefers to keep silent on Maidan’s essence,” he said, adding “The West makes no comment on throwing of cocktail bombs or seizing of buildings.”

Ukrainian authorities to concentrate on protecting people – Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Russia’s government will fulfil the promises it has made to Ukrainian partners, if the authorities are legitimate and effective.

“Of course, we will continue cooperation with Ukrainian partners in all directions we have agreed on and will try to do our utmost to fulfil our promises,” he said.

“At the same time we need to see our partners keeping themselves in good shape and the authorities remaining legitimate and effective,” he said. “We proceed from an assumption that the authorities should focus on protection of people and law enforcement structures that defend interests of the state and people.”

Moscow says it doesn’t interfere in Ukrainian conflict

Earlier Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich commented on the United States’ intention to take unilateral measures against Ukraine’s political leadership, saying sanctions can’t be aimed at individuals and should be approved by the UN Security Council.

“The United Nations alone can adopt and implement restrictive measures towards other states. In that sense we firmly adhere to the assumed commitments,” the diplomat said. Lukashevich emphasised, that from the standpoint of international law such measures are absolutely illegitimate and many other UNSC member states think likewise.

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Interfax
February 20, 2014

Foreign army composed of 5,000 militants active in Kyiv – speaker of Crimean parliament

MOSCOW: A foreign army composed of 5,000 militants who are ready to fight is active in central Kyiv, Volodymyr Konstantinov, speaker of the Crimean parliament, said at a meeting with a delegation of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in the State Duma in Moscow.

“An actual foreign army composed of well-trained, armed, bold, well-paid people is active in the center of the city. We estimate the number of these people at some 5,000 people,” Konstantinov said, adding that “those 5,000 people are ready to fight.”

Konstantinov said what is now happening in Ukraine is a challenge to the entire Russian world. “Ukraine is just a stage here,” he said.

Despite the danger of the situation, the central administration can still be saved, and Ukraine needs help with that, the politician said.

Konstantinov believes it would be very important for Ukraine if the Russian administration “represented by the president or the Foreign Ministry” issue a tough statement sending “a very clear signal to those who plan and finance this anti-constitutional coup.” He said the signal should be as follows: “If you succeed in that [in carrying out an anti-constitutional coup], all actions happening from this time on are illegitimate.” That is, Russia should make it clear to these forces that all interstate agreements are liquidated “if the lawful administration is overthrown.” This means that Ukraine is facing a complete collapse and this should be made very clear, Konstantinov said.

Konstantinov also pointed out that the administration of Crimea has more than once asked the president of Ukraine to use force to prevent dangerous developments in the situation. “However, we were not heard,” he said. Thus, he said he believes time was seriously lost.

Konstantinov also reiterated that Crimea will not recognize any illegitimate decisions made by the central administration under pressure, including statements issued by politicians, specifically, possible public statements on resignation.

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Interfax
February 20, 2014

Moscow lays blame for violence in Kyiv on radicals

MOSCOW: Radical gunmen are responsible for the ongoing violence in Kyiv, as the Ukrainian Interior Forces and the special task police force Berkut do not have firearms, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at a news conference in Moscow on Thursday.

“I have said absolutely clearly that the radical gunmen, who have taken up arms and are calling for an armed uprising and the toppling of the government, bear primary responsibility,” Lukashevich said when asked whether the Ukrainian legitimate authorities are responsible for the violence in Kyiv.

“Our information indicates that some military servicemen and law enforcement officials were killed today,” Lukashevich said.

“You can see videos literally every minute in which the gunmen say openly that state-of-the-art firearms are coming into their possession. There have been reports that the gunmen got over 1,500 rifles, assault rifles, and other firearms today alone by plundering military depots,” he said.

Lukashevich pointed out that “members of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s Interior Forces and the Berkut special task force do not have firearms, which you have seen perfectly well in the videos.”

“Concerning the casualties’ affiliation and the specifics of the injuries caused, most of them are law enforcement members anyway,” he said.

“Some European politicians have gone as far as to say that our Russian special forces were seen on Maidan [Independence Square]. This had to be denied, including through social media,” Lukashevich said.

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Interfax
February 20, 2014

Russia demands Ukraine protest leaders stop bloodshed – Foreign Ministry spokesman

MOSCOW: Russia demands that the Ukrainian protest leaders put an end to the bloodshed and continue a search for peaceful ways to settle the crisis.

“We reaffirm our demand that the Maidan leaders immediately stop the bloodshed and continue looking for peaceful solutions to the crisis without threats and ultimatums,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

The situation in Kyiv can and should be settled within the framework of the incumbent Ukrainian authorities’ constitutional prerogatives, he said.

The fact that extremists have been using firearms increasingly more often indicates “an open attempt at a coup and forcible seizure of power,” he said.

“We strongly condemn the radicals’ and extremists’ actions and believe they bear primary responsibility for violence and bloody lawlessness. Serious responsibility also rests with the opposition activists who have proven to be unable to fulfill the agreements reached with the authorities,” he said.

“The situation can and should be settled within the framework of the incumbent Ukrainian authorities’ constitutional prerogatives,” Lukashevich said.

“The continued attempts of meddlesome mediation from the outside, the threats of sanctions and other methods to affect the situation are inappropriate and can’t do any good but can only worsen the confrontation,” he said.

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Interfax
February 20, 2014

Opposition trying to buy time with talks to arm militants – Ukrainian presidential administration

KYIV: The Ukrainian presidential administration said it was concerned about the fact that the opposition ignored attempts for peaceful settlement of the conflict in Kyiv and forceful clashes occurred again.

“The assurances of the opposition leaders on the necessity of a truce and a return to dialogue turned out to be just a maneuver to buy time, to mobilize and arm militants from Maidan,” the administration said in a statement released by the Ukrainian president’s press office.

With firearms “radical-minded protestors from Maidan started to push the law enforcement officers on February 20 at 9 a.m. [11 a.m. Moscow time] despite the truce declared,” the document said.

“Militants have ignored all the attempts of the authorities to establish dialogue and work toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict. They have started to attack. They act in organized armed groups and use firearms, including sniper rifles, with the intent to kill. While law enforcement officers are unarmed and use special equipment only,” the statement said.

According to the information of the presidential administration, dozens law enforcement officers were killed or injured and all possible means are being used to stop the bloodshed and resistance.

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Interfax
February 20, 2014

Ukrainian rioters use special ammo – Ukrainian Interior Ministry

KYIV: The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has ordered an expert evaluation of the physical evidence of the use by rioters of special ammunition intended for damaging special equipment.

An examination of the law enforcement’s special equipment damaged in the riots indicates that special ammunition were used against it, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s public relations department has reported.

“About a dozen shots were fired from various types of firearms, some of which were probably equipped with special ammunition. Investigators and operatives said the shooters aimed at people who were driving the special equipment as most of the shots hit the cabins and the windscreen,” a report posted on the Interior Ministry website says.

A group of investigators said they had found seven holes in the hull of one water canon and two holes in the hull of another water canon. “Some of the holes were made by shots that were able to break the metal hulls of special vehicles,” the police said.

The Interior Ministry provided photos of the holes, saying that an expert evaluation has been ordered.
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Interfax
February 20, 2014

Transdniestria suspends bus traffic to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv over incident in Ukraine

TIRASPOL: Regular bus traffic from Tiraspol to Moscow and St. Petersburg and from Bendery to Kyiv has been suspended for the sake of the security of Transdniestrian residents, head of the unrecognized republic’s state transportation and road service Vladimir Trandasir told reporters on Thursday.

“Our mini-bus was stopped in the vicinity of the Mankovka village in the Cherkasy region of Ukraine last night with the use of special means, the so-called Molotov cocktail. The driver was advised at gunpoint to go back, and he followed that advice,” he said.

In the words of Trandasir, the driver works for a Moldovan transportation company operating this route.

“The traffic will be suspended until further notice,” he said.

A number of Ukrainian media outlets circulated in Transdniestria said that a mini-bus traveling from Tiraspol to St. Petersburg had been set on fire by unknown persons with Molotov cocktails on the Odesa-Kyiv road.

The Ukrainian journalists said the attack was perpetrated by local residents who set up a roadblock to hinder the transportation of the opponents of opposition forces to Kyiv.

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Interfax
February 20, 2014

UK foreign secretary says Ukrainian govt “should be held accountable” for violence

KYIV: UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the Ukrainian authorities “should be held accountable” for the ongoing violence in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

“Violence against peaceful protestors is unacceptable and the Ukrainian gov should be held accountable,” Hague said on his Twitter page.

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Interfax
February 20, 2014

Ukrainian opposition leaders meet with foreign ministers of France, Germany, and Poland

The opposition leaders Arseniy Yatseniuk (Batkivschyna), Vitali Klitschko (UDAR), and Oleh Tiahnybok (Freedom) have met with the foreign ministers Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Laurent Fabius of France and Radoslaw Sikorski of Poland.

“A meeting between the opposition leaders and the foreign ministers of Poland, Germany, and France has just ended,” Yatseniuk’s press officer Olha Lappo told Interfax-Ukraine.

Lappo said the meeting had addressed the possible ways of stopping the bloodshed and preventing further escalation of the conflict in Ukraine.

“The only way to do that is to create a demilitarized zone and take the conflict to parliament,” Lappo quoted Yatseniuk as saying.

Klitschko, for his part, blamed the current events in central Kyiv on the authorities, reiterated that the only way to stop the bloodshed is “full resignation of the administration.”

“A truce was declared. It was violated by the Berkut police, who tried to burn down the Conservatory…That was the end of the truce,” Klitschko was quoted as saying by his press officer Oksana Zynovyeva.

Klitschko also restated that the protesters “stayed peaceful at night, but they were deceived.”

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UNIAN
February 20, 2014

EU Ministers left Kyiv without meeting with Yanukovych – mass media

The Ministers of the European Union left Ukraine, having not met with President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych. BBC Ukraine reports this.

The meeting was canceled due to security reasons.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 20, 2014

EU demands elections in Ukraine – French foreign minister

The Ukrainian administration should conduct elections, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in an interview with BFM TV on Thursday before the meeting between an EU delegation and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

“Our purpose is to cause the Ukrainian administration to conduct elections. There is no solution other than elections,” he said.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 20, 2014

United States bans visa issuance to about 20 senior Ukrainian government officials

The United States has banned visa issuance to some 20 senior officials of Ukraine’s government who are considered liable for acts of violence in Ukraine, the U.S. Department of State said.

“So today [Wednesday], we moved to restrict visas, to deny – to ban visa issuance to some 20 senior members of the Ukrainian government and other individuals who we considered responsible for, complicit in, or responsible for ordering or otherwise directing human rights abuses related to political repression in Ukraine,” a senior State Department official told reporters on Wednesday.

The names of those involved haven’t been disclosed.

“In the event that things go well, these visa sanctions that we’ve put in place are reversible, but in the event that they do not go well, there are other steps that we can take in close coordination with the EU in coming days,” the official said.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 20, 2014

Unknown people heading towards Ukrainian presidential administration building; shots audible

A group of people have tried to break through to the building of the Ukrainian presidential administration from the side of Khreschatyk Street.

At around 1500 a group of unknown individuals headed towards the administration surrounded by several police cordons. Shots and explosions can be heard, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent said.

Internal Troops who formed a live cordon have been put on alert.

Meanwhile, law enforcement declined to comment on the situation, asking to refer to their bosses.

A warning has already been issued that police will use firearms if protestors continue attacking law enforcement, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said.

It was reported that Maidan self-defense repeatedly called from the stage on the protestors not to go outside the Independence Square perimeter. Opposition leaders stated possible provocations.

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Obama Threatens Ukraine Over “Peaceful Protesters”

February 19, 2014 2 comments

Stop NATO
February 19, 2014

1) Obama threatens Ukrainian government over “peaceful protesters”
2) Russian ambassador to European Union derides – characteristic – one-sided, partisan, distorted Western media presentation of events in Ukraine
3) Weimar Triangle: French, German, Polish foreign ministers descend on Kiev to give Yanukovich Western ultimatum
4) Commandant Punch: Klitscho calls on Western patrons to levy “tough sanctions” on his country
5) France planning sanctions against Ukraine: foreign minister
6) French, German heads of state speak of sanctions against Ukraine
7) Ukrainian president dismisses pro-NATO head of military

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
February 19, 2014

Obama Threatens ‘Consequences’ if Ukraine Violence Continues

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged the Ukrainian government to stem the surge of violence in the ex-Soviet country and warned that there will be “consequences” if the deadly clashes continue.

“We are going to be watching very carefully, and we expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in dealing with peaceful protesters,” Obama said during an official visit to Mexico.

The comments were Obama’s first on the situation in Ukraine after an explosion of violence there Tuesday that left 25 people dead amid clashes between riot police and anti-government demonstrators.

Ukraine’s main government security agency on Wednesday declared what it called a nationwide anti-terrorism operation as authorities attempted to clear a protest camp in the capital Kiev.

Obama said the United States “condemns in strongest terms the violence that’s taking place” in Ukraine and that Washington has been “deeply engaged with our European partners as well as both the Ukrainian government and the opposition to try to assure that that violence ends.”

“We’ll be monitoring very carefully the situation, recognizing, along with our European partners and the international community, there will be consequences if people step over the line,” he said.

The United States expects Ukrainian protesters “to remain peaceful” but is holding the government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych “primarily responsible for making sure that it is dealing with peaceful protesters in an appropriate way,” Obama said.

“I do think there is still the possibility of a peaceful transition within Ukraine, but it’s going to require the government, in particular, to actively seek that peaceful transition, and it requires the opposition and those on the streets to recognize that violence is not going to be the path by which this issue will be resolved,” he said.

Obama did not specify the nature of the “consequences” Washington might back if the violence is not reined in.

But US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier Wednesday that American officials are discussing “the possibility of sanctions or other steps with our friends in Europe and elsewhere in order to try to create the environment for compromise.”

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday condemned the violence in Ukraine but accused European leaders of refusing to admit that “radical elements” within the opposition are responsible for the carnage.

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Interfax
February 19, 2014

Russian diplomat criticizes Western media for slanted coverage of events in Ukraine

BRUSSELS: Russian ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov has described as biased Western media coverage of the current situation in Ukraine.

Even serious and respectable Western media “feel a compulsion for one-sided coverage of the developments in Ukraine which is regrettable,” he said to reporters on Wednesday.

“The way developments in Ukraine are covered by different media outlets, including TV channels, sometimes creates the impression that two different countries are in question,” he said.

“I hope that the European Union and its member-countries have other sources of information as well,” the diplomat said.

Chizhov added that eight out of the current 28 European commissioners have a fairly good command of Russian. “I don’t think they have problems with objective information. Neither does the EU delegation to Kyiv,” he said.

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Interfax
February 19, 2014

Foreign ministers of Poland, Germany, France to meet Yanukovych – Sikorski

BRUSSELS: Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski claims that the Thursday meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will be held in the format of the Weimar triangle – France, Germany and Poland.

Hence the meeting should be attended by the foreign ministers of the three countries – Frank-Walter Steinmeier from Germany, Laurent Fabius from France and Sikorski from Poland.

The conclusion can be drawn from his posting on Twitter. “Tomorrow’s meeting with President Yanukovych by Weimar triangle foreign ministers: FR-D-PL, with support from EU High Representative,” he wrote.

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Itar-Tass
February 19, 2014

Ukraine’s opposition leader asks West to impose tough sanctions against officials

KIEV” Leader of Ukraine’s intransigent oppositionist UDAR party, former international boxing celebrity Vitali Klitschko has appealed to the West “to impose tough international sanctions on the Ukrainian officials,” whom he blamed with “the escalation of the conflict” in this country.

He made the appeal Wednesday as he spoke to reporters after a meeting with Western ambassadors accredited in Ukraine.

“Tough sanctions should be imposed without procrastination on the government officials who are guilty of the escalation of this conflict and the use of force, as well as on the people surrounding (President Viktor) Yanukovich and the country’s top officials,” Klitschko said.

He believes that “high-rank observers” should be dispatched to Ukraine for attending the talks with government officials, pinning down the decisions taken there and acting as guarantors of their implementation.

Klitschko, who along with the two other leaders of the irreconcilable opposition, Arseny Yatsenyuk and Oleg Tyagnibok, has apparently lost much of his power to control the rampaging crowds of radical “protesters”, also said the authorities should remove the law enforcement units from the streets of Kiev and other Ukrainian cities and send them back to the places of permanent stationing.

The oppositionist actions that escalated red-hot Tuesday have left at least twenty-five people dead, including seven to nine policemen.

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Xinhua News Agency
February 19, 2014

France mulls sanctions as violence in Ukraine escalates: FM

PARIS: France would “probably”, with its European partners, take sanctions against Ukraine to stop escalating violence in Kiev, French Foreign Ministry Laurent Fabius said Wednesday.

Speaking after a weekly cabinet meeting, Fabius noted that Paris “will not remain unconcerned” over “a terrible situation at few hundred kilometers from (French borders).”

“We will consider sanctions…There may be a whole scale of penalties, including personal sanctions against people who are causing the violence. It’s necessary that calm returns as soon as possible and each part accepts the dialogue,” he added.

Moreover, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will “express a common position” on the situation in Ukraine, later in the day, after the Franco-German council held at the Elysee, as” those responsible for this can not go unpunished,” according to Fabius.

At least 25 people, including policemen and protesters, were reportedly killed and hundreds of people were wounded during the violence in Kiev that erupted Tuesday and continued into the early hours of Wednesday.

The violence was the latest wave of clashes between demonstrators and riot police in the political standoff, which began last November when the government’s decision to backtrack on the country’s European integration angered many Ukrainians.

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Xinhua News Agency
February 20, 2014

Hollande, Merkel condemn violence in Ukraine, promise sanctions

PARIS: French President Francois Hollande and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday condemned the bloody clashes in Kiev, Ukraine, vowing to punish those behind these acts of violence.

Holding a joint meeting of their cabinets in Paris, both leaders blamed the violent acts “unacceptable” and “intolerable” and ensured that “those who have committed acts (of violence) and those who are preparing further ones will not remain unpunished.”

The French president added that “graduated and targeted” sanctions would be discussed at the extraordinary meeting of European Union foreign ministers scheduled for Thursday in Brussels.

“We are on the side of men and women who suffer,” added the German Chancellor.

Early media reports said on Tuesday and in the early hours of Wednesday, at least 26 people died in street clashes between the riot police and protesters in Kiev. The confrontation also left 263 protesters and 342 officers injured.

The unrest marked the latest wave of clashes between demonstrators and police in the almost three-month-long political standoff, which began last November as peaceful demonstrations calling for the country’s European integration.

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http://en.ria.ru/world/20140219/187700068/Ukrainian-President-Sacks-Chief-of-Armed-Forces.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
February 19, 2014

Ukrainian President Sacks Chief of Armed Forces

KIEV: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has sacked the head of the armed forces, Col. Gen. Volodymyr Zamana, his press service announced Wednesday.

The reason for the dismissal was not immediately clear, but Zamana was quoted by the AFP news agency earlier this month as saying that “no-one has the right to use the armed forces to limit the rights of citizens.”

Yanukovych appointed Adm. Yuriy Ilyin, previously the head of the Ukrainian navy, as the new chief of the armed forces.

The presidential decree was published shortly after Ukraine’s main government security agency, the SBU, declared what it called a nationwide anti-terrorism operation.

Ukraine’s defense ministry earlier said that its soldiers might take part in the operation by protecting vital military locations from “takeover attempts by terrorists.”

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Ukraine: West Directs Syrian And/Or Yugoslav model

February 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Stop NATO
February 19, 2014

1) Leading Russian parliamentarian says opposition organized as a military campaign, warns of repeat of Yugoslav model (ahead of fifteenth anniversary of NATO’s air war against Yugoslavia)
2) Extremists in Western Ukraine escalate violent attacks against government targets
3) Western nations fueling extremist violence in Ukraine: Russian foreign minister
4) Russian official accuses U.S. of acting as puppet master pulling strings on violent extremists
5) U.S. ambassador to Ukraine: Visas for Ukrainian officials annulled, more sanctions to come
6) Russian presidential spokesperson: Ukraine violence entirely the fault of Western-backed extremists
7) Rioters in Western Ukraine seize hundreds of firearms: security service
8) Health Ministry: Death toll climbs to 26, ten police and security personnel
9) Health Ministry: 342 police, 263 others hospitalized
10) 800 injured in Kiev violence, ten police officers shot dead
11) Ukrainian prime minister: Deadly attacks attempt to seize power
12) U.S. ambassador to Ukraine: Government “responsible for everything that happens in Ukraine”
13) As with Syria, European Union and Russia clash over Ukrainian uprising
14) European Council President Rompuy threatens sanctions against Ukraine
15) European Union deliberates over sanctions against Ukrainian government, officials
16) Former Lithuanian prime minister: President Victor Yanukovych must be tried in international court
17) President of European Parliament: Ukrainian authorities “have lost all legitimacy”
18) Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Chairman Alexei Pushkov: Vice President Biden, U.S. government signal support to armed extremists
19) Ukrainian president: Putschists’ call to take up arms crosses the line
20) Security Service opens criminal investigations into coup plotting
21) Russian Federation Council chairperson denounces armed violence in Ukraine, accuses opposition chiefs of receiving marching orders from the West
22) Russian Foreign Ministry demands opposition forces cease deadly bloodshed
23) Two traffic police shot dead in Ukrainian capital
24) Ukrainian Defense ministry intensifies security measures around ammunition stores

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Itar-Tass
February 19, 2014

Russian MP warns against break-up of Ukraine under Yugoslav scenario

MOSCOW: MP Leonid Slutsky, who chairs the Duma committee on the Commonwealth of Independent States and Compatriot Relations, described the situation in Ukraine as “a limit provoked by the radicals, who organized it well in terms of a military campaign”.

Regrettably, the leaders of the Ukrainian opposition are no longer controlling the situation in full. I was their skyrocketing ambitions and the reluctance to agree to a compromise suggested by the Ukrainian authorities that provoked another spiral of pogroms, fires, clashes with 25 civilians, militia and journalists already dead, Slutsky told journalists on Wednesday.

The situation in Ukraine develops, incited by the West that seeks to resolve its geopolitical tasks, but is indifferent to the fate of the whole country and its people. The so-called protest movement has long gone beyond the permissible norms from the point of view of the democratic European values, and has brought the country on the verge of a break-up,” Slutsky said.

“Russia and deputies of the State Duma are prepared to give all the necessary assistance should the fraternal Ukrainian people ask for it.”

“One cannot let the situation in Ukraine develop to the “Yugoslav “scenario. It is necessary to put an end to the bloodshed by all possible means and prevent interference from outside,” Slutsky added.

“It is a pity that the Olympic truce was violated, and that the Ukrainian athletes, who are already urged to quit the Olympic Games, might also become hostages of extremists’ policies,” the deputy noted.

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
February 19, 2014

Fear of Nationwide Turmoil in Ukraine Mounts as Unrest Spreads

KIEV: Violent unrest in Ukraine’s capital has spread to other cities in the former Soviet nation, highlighting geographical divisions and raising fears that civil conflict could spin out of control.

Reported disturbances were concentrated in the major cities of the country’s west, the heartland of Ukrainian nationalism, where there is strong backing for anti-government protesters in Kiev, but it also spread to the east where President Viktor Yanukovych draws his support.

In the Ukrainian city of Lviv, near the country’s border with Poland, mobs reportedly seized administrative buildings and set fire to a military base.

“Go out and use your weapons to protect people – your family, your neighbors, your friends,” Lviv Mayor Andrei Sadovy wrote in a Facebook post addressed to security services Wednesday, the UNIAN news agency reported.

“Be aware that a little aggression on your side against the people with be met with a stronger response. It will be impossible to stop,” he wrote.

Ukraine is deeply divided between its east, where much of the country’s industry is concentrated and people have closer ties with Russia, and the west, which is more orientated toward Europe and where people favor Ukrainian ahead of the Russian language made compulsory in Soviet times.

Violence rippled out in all directions, to both the east and west of the country, overnight from the capital Kiev where protesters and police are locked in a deadly confrontation that has claimed at least 25 lives.

As well as Lviv, the occupation of government buildings by anti-government activists and confrontations with police were reported Wednesday in the western cities of Ivano-Frankivsk, Lutsk, Rovno and Ternopil.

In Ternopil, about 300 activists stormed the regional administration building and set fire to a local police precinct, torching police vehicles and forcing officers exiting from police buildings to kneel in the streets, UNIAN reported.

Activists in west Ukraine have provided strong logistical support and manpower for the protests in central Kiev, which began in November after the government unexpectedly backed off from long-planned agreements to cement closer ties with the European Union. That deal was suspended in favor of forging closer ties with Russia, which has since committed to granting billions of dollars in loans to Ukraine.

The fighting in Kiev has also inspired violence in the country’s east, where Yanukovych was born and where he enjoys his highest levels of support.

The offices of the Batkivshchyna and Svoboda political parties, which have played a key role in organizing the ongoing protests in Kiev, were reportedly attacked with Molotov cocktails overnight by unidentified assailants in the Crimean city of Cherson.

The office of Svoboda, the most overtly nationalist of Ukraine’s mainstream opposition parties, was firebombed in the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukrainian television channel 24 reported, citing local party members.

Despite strong backing for the ruling Party of the Regions and Yanukovych in eastern Ukraine, pro-government demonstrations have been sporadic and facilitated by strong logistical from the authorities.

The Higher Council of the Crimea, a southern region of the country on the Black Sea with historical Russian ties, issued a statement Wednesday calling on Yanukovych to take decisive steps to bring the situation under control, UNIAN reported.

“We demand that you, as head of state, take concerted action and extreme measures. This is expected by hundreds of thousands of people in the Crimea that voted for you in the presidential elections and who hope for stability,” the regional body said, according to UNIAN.

With the Kiev metro system shut and entry into the capital city restricted, communication links in other parts of the country also appeared to be breaking down.

Anti-government activists blocked the Krakovets border crossing between Ukraine and Poland overnight, lighting fires from piles of tires, UNIAN reported.

Trains between Lviv and Kiev and Ivano-Frankivsk and Kiev were delayed Wednesday morning after reports of explosive material being carried on board, Russian media reported.

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Interfax
February 19, 2014

Number of Western countries responsible for current events in Ukraine by encouraging opposition – Lavrov

KUWAIT CITY:Extremists are to blame for the events happening in Ukraine, however opposition forces, which refused the compromise, and Western countries, which interfered in the domestic affairs of Ukraine, bare some responsibility as well, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“Of course, the blame is on extremists, who tried all these weeks and all these months to bring the situation to such forceful scenario but considerable share of responsibility is also on opposition activists, who refused compromise, gave the authorities demands outside the legal frame and in the end turned out to be incapable to fulfill what has been agreed,” Lavrov said at a news conference following a meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart.

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RT
February 18, 2014

Moscow accuses US diplomats of ‘puppeteering’ Ukraine

A leading Russian Foreign Ministry official has condemned the US State Department attempts to influence the political situation in volatile Ukraine and warned that such behavior could lead to tragic results.

The United States is trying to impose a “Western vector of development” on Ukraine while camouflaging their intent with calls not to obstruct the free choice of the Ukrainian people, Russian news agencies quoted the ministry’s Aleksandr Lukashevich as saying.

The Russian diplomat called such an attitude “puppeteering”, adding that the recent statement by US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf was a typical example. In the statement, the US gave instructions regarding future actions of the Ukrainian government, Lukashevich said. Such instructions included a demand to stop all cases against the participants in the street riots, and to immediately start to form a multi-party technical government, the Russian official stated.

Such US behavior is very well known and it leads to tragic results, the Foreign Ministry representative emphasized.

Lukashevich also said that the US had apparently started “casting” for future places in the technical Ukrainian government, or at least such a conclusion could be made from a telephone conversation by a top US diplomats that had been made public on YouTube. In the clip that appeared on the internet in early February, Washington’s new top diplomat for Europe, Victoria Nuland, is heard saying “f**k the EU” while speaking with the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyat, on how to end the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine. The conversation continues with Nuland suggesting that one of Ukrainian opposition leaders, Vitaly Klichko is not fit for government work and should make way for another candidate, Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

As fresh violence erupted on Kiev’s streets on Tuesday the Russian Foreign Ministry issued another statement. It considers the crisis “a direct result of the permissiveness policy exercised by those western politicians and European structures who were from the very beginning turning a blind eye at the aggressive actions of the radical forces in Ukraine.” The ministry added that such an attitude was encouraging the radicals to escalate the violence and further provoke their opponents.

Russian diplomats again called upon the Ukrainian opposition to abandon threats and ultimatums and start a meaningful dialogue with the authorities in order to take the country out of the deep crisis.

Russian politicians have repeatedly called on their foreign colleagues to abstain from interfering in the Ukrainian political crisis. In January the upper and lower houses of the Russian parliament passed separate declarations that called the civil unrest in Kiev an organized campaign aimed at displacing lawfully elected officials. The Russian MPs also warned that the Ukrainian crisis could have grave consequences for the country’s people, statehood and territorial integrity.

President Vladimir Putin also expressed concern about the political situation in Ukraine in late January but assured that Russia would not cancel its help to the Ukrainian economy and people if Ukraine also honors the agreements.

In mid-December the Russian and Ukrainian presidents agreed on a plan under which Russia is buying $15bn of Ukrainian debt in 2-year bonds and also giving Ukraine a $3.5 billion discount on natural gas purchases on behalf of state-owned Gazprom. Ukrainians will pay $268.5 per thousand cubic meters of natural gas instead of $400, a nearly 33 percent discount.

At a recent government conference Putin spoke of the aid plan and told officials that all contracts with Ukraine must be completely fulfilled. However, the President added that Russia would wait for Ukraine to form a new government before starting to execute its obligations.

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Voice of Russia
February 19, 2014

US annuls visas to Ukrainian officials, new sanctions expected – US diplomat

The United States is considering all means to influence those guilty of using violence in Ukraine, US Ambassador to Kiev Geoffrey Pyatt told reporters on Wednesday.

As to the sanctions, the US has already cancelled visas of some officials, who, as the US thinks, are involved directly in using force at Maidan, Pyatt said.

The US has already said that all instruments of policy are currently on the table, the ambassador said.
Pyatt said he expected Washington to announce new sanctions soon. The US condemns the violence that occurred during the Maidan protests and thinks that the right to peaceful protests should be protected, he said.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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Itar-Tass
February 19, 2014

Responsibility for events in Ukraine completely on extremists, Dmitry Peskov says

MOSCOW: All responsibility for the current unrest in Ukraine lies squarely on the extremists, Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has said.

“The Russian leadership and president believe that the responsibility for the current developments lies squarely on extremist elements, whose actions can be regarded as a government coup,” Peskov said. “This applies to the seizure of buildings and attempts to lay hands on weapons.”

At the same time he said that “the Russian president’s position is confined to waiting for an early settlement of the situation,” Peskov said, adding that the ways and means of achieving a settlement was Ukraine’s own business.

Peskov said that late last night the Russian and Ukrainian presidents had a telephone conversation. He dismissed as a fake mass media allegations about the contents of what was said.

“Everything that has been published about the contents of the conversation is not true,” Peskov said.

“The Russian president did not give any advice before and is not giving advises to his Ukrainian colleague on what to do. And he does not intend to advise him in the future,” Peskov added.

The presidential spokesperson said that Moscow was maintaining a dialogue with all civilized political forces in Ukraine.

In reply to journalists’ question about extending a second loan tranche he said: “I cannot say anything on the issue yet.”

“Obviously, in the situation when extremists stage what is happening in Ukraine, settlement of this situation is the top priority,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated.

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Itar-Tass
February 19, 2014

Rioters in Western Ukraine seize hundreds of firearms – security service

Rioters who stormed the service’s offices in the Ivano-Frankovsk Region and also in the Lvov and Ternopol regions in the west of the country have laid hands on a large amount of weapons

KIEV: A senior official of Ukraine’s Security Service said that rioters who stormed the service’s offices in the Ivano-Frankovsk Region and also in the Lvov and Ternopol regions in the west of the country have laid hands on a large amount of weapons.

According to the service’s deputy chief, Vladimir Poroiko, in Ivano-Frankovsk the attackers seized 268 firearms, including two machine-guns, 92 hand grenades, and about 10,000 cartridges.

“We are trying to track down where the weapons are to leave no chance for them to be used in mass riots,” he said.

Also, Poroiko said that the rioters may have seized some classified information.

“The Security Service is doing its best to ensure the confidential information the rioters may have obtained should not be disclosed,” he said, adding that the information concerned had been received from foreign counterparts.

The main task of the Ukrainian Security Service is now to maintain the country’s security and territorial integrity, and we do hope that the standoff will be defused and an escalation of the conflict prevented.

Earlier in the day the Ukrainian Security Service had announced a decision had been made to launch a nation-wide counter-terrorist operation.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 19, 2014

Ukraine riots death toll climbs to 26 – Health Ministry

The death toll from the riots in Kyiv has climbed to 26, and 10 of these people are Interior Ministry officials, Ukrainian Health Minister Raisa Bohatyriova said.

“As for the overall number of people who have died or have been killed during these events, this number is 26. Ten of them are Interior Ministry officials and the rest are participants in the events that have taken place in the center of Kyiv,” Bohatyriova said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday.

The Health Ministry reported earlier about 25 fatalities.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 19, 2014

In Kyiv 263 participants of disturbances, 342 policemen hospitalized – acting Health Minister

As of now, 263 participants of mass disturbances and 342 policemen, mostly with gunshot wounds, are currently is Kyiv medical facilities, acting Ukrainian Health Minister Raisa Bohatyriova said.

“Out of 388 citizens, who sought medical care, 263 participants of mass rallies have been admitted to hospitals and about 160 patients are in serious condition, moderately serious condition and extremely serious condition,” Bohatyriova said at a briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday.

Main injuries are gunshot wounds, she said.

At the same time, 371 law enforcement officers have sought medical care (since yesterday’s events until noon on Wednesday) and “342 people have been hospitalized and, as of 2 p.m. (4 p.m. Moscow time), ten people, including two traffic police officers, have been killed,” Bohatyriova said.

Policemen wounded are in Kyiv hospitals and central hospital of the Interior Ministry and 72 of them have gunshot wounds and 82 are in moderately serious condition and serious condition, the acting minister said.

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Voice of Russia
February 19, 2014

About 800 injured in Kiev clashes – Ukrainian officials

A senior Interior Ministry official said on Wednesday that about 800 people, including 392 police officers, had been injured in current clashes in Kiev.

Oleh Tatarov, deputy head of the ministry’s investigation department, said during a meeting in Kiev with foreign ambassadors that 350 people, both police and civilians, had been hospitalized with injuries.

“Eighty-three law enforcement officials were admitted [to the hospital] with gunshot [sic] wound and are in severe condition,” Tatarov said. He said 10 officers had been shot dead, and that all of them had been killed with “improvised weapons.”

Tatarov said 59 people had been arrested.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
February 19, 2014

Ukraine’s Premier Calls Protests ‘Attempt to Seize Power’

KIEV: Ukraine’s acting prime minister said Wednesday that the violent protests that have rocked the capital were an attempt to seize power by force.

“Both society and authorities strongly condemn the violence. This is not a sign of democracy. … This is the manipulation of people’s minds and an attempt to take power by force,” Serhiy Arbuzov told a Cabinet meeting.

At least 25 people, including nine police officers, were killed in bloody, day-long clashes that ran into the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Ukrainian capital. Officials said more than 70 policemen suffered gunshot wounds in the fighting.

Unrest erupted around noon Tuesday as thousands of people marched on the parliament building, where a standoff was taking place over proposed constitutional reforms that the opposition said could provide a way out of the political crisis that is paralyzing the country.

In his address to the nation Wednesday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said that opposition activists had crossed the line by calling for supporters to take up arms at mass protests intended to oust him from power.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 19, 2014

US Ambassador: Yanukovych responsible for everything that happens in Ukraine

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has said that the United States holds Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych responsible for the escalation of the crisis in Ukraine, as Dzerkalo Tyzhnia weekly (ZN.UA) quotes the U.S. diplomat as saying.

The comment came after Pyatt met with Foreign Minister of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara to discuss the situation in the country.

“From this moment on, the United States holds Yanukovych responsible for everything that happens in Ukraine,” Pyatt said.

According to the diplomat, this was a first round of the negotiations, and a second will follow later.

Pyatt also reported that the United States believes that the crisis in Ukraine can still be resolved through dialogue, but is considering the introduction of sanctions against those who encourage the use of violence.

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
February 19, 2014

Russia, EU Clash as World Condemns Violence in Ukraine

KIEV: Countries across the world issued condemnations Wednesday of fatal violence in Ukraine as Russia and the European Union clashed over who was to blame.

The EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced that EU foreign ministers would hold an extraordinary meeting in Brussels on Thursday to discuss a response, with options on the table including sanctions against individuals considered responsible for the bloodshed.

At least 25 people died in a day of fighting between anti-government protesters and riot police in the center of the capital Kiev as the authorities continued their attempts to dismantle a protest camp in the city.
“It was with shock and utter dismay that we have been watching developments over the last 24 hours in Ukraine,” European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a statement.

“It is the political leadership of the country that has a responsibility to ensure the necessary protection of fundamental rights and freedoms.”

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted Wednesday that responsibility for deaths lay with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, saying: “He has blood on his hands.”

Russia joined condemnations of the violence, but accused European leaders of failing to hold Ukrainian opposition leaders responsible.

“As a result of the criminal activity of radical elements from the opposition, last night saw bloodshed in Kiev and a series of other Ukrainian cities,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“We do not see any clear response from European politicians and structures, who refuse to admit that all the responsibility for the actions of radical elements inside Ukraine lies with the opposition.”

The Kremlin views the actions of the Ukrainian opposition as an attempt to seize power by force, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Wednesday after confirming that Putin spoke by telephone to Yanukovych on Tuesday evening.

The United States called on both sides to de-escalate the crisis. Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to Ukraine, warned on his Twitter feed that those fuelling violence could be targeted with sanctions.

US Vice President Joseph Biden telephoned Yanukovych overnight to express his “grave concern regarding the crisis” on the streets of Kiev, the White House said in a statement.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 19, 2014

Rompuy promises to respond to events in Ukraine with sanctions

European Union leaders are alarmed by the escalation of violence in Ukraine, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on Wednesday.

“EU will respond quickly to deterioration including via targeted sanctions,” Rompuy tweeted.

“Those responsible to be held accountable. Authorities must ensure fundamental rights,” Rompuy said.

According to Rompuy, “genuine dialogue is only sustainable democratic way out incl. constitutional reform, inclusive government & free, fair elections.”

The EU is still ready to support reforms and modernization of Ukraine as well as enhancing democracy and economic prosperity of its citizens, Rompuy said.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 19, 2014

EU countries to decide on which sanctions to impose against Ukraine – EC spokesperson

The European Commission cannot yet say exactly which sanctions will be imposed against those responsible for the violence and deaths in Ukraine, and this decision will be taken by EU member states.

European Commission spokesperson Alejandro Ulzurrun de Asanza y Munoz said this at a briefing in Brussels on Wednesday.

When asked which sanctions could be imposed against Ukraine, he said that these would be “restrictive measures.”

“The EU has basic principles that can be applied, a set of tools. A meeting of the [Political and Security] Committee is currently being held, so I cannot specify which sanctions will be imposed,” he said.

He also said that the question of which sanctions, when and against whom will be applied would be resolved by EU member states.

He also confirmed that the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement remained on the table.

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UNIAN
February 19, 2014

Leader of Lithuanian opposition, ex Prime Minister Kubilius believes that Yanukovych must be tried in international court

Leader of the Lithuanian opposition, former Prime Minister of Lithuania Andrius Kubilius believes that President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych must be tried in international court.

The former head of the Lithuanian government wrote this on Twitter.

“After brutal bloodshed in EuroMaidan Yanukovych must be tried in international court”, wrote Kubilius.

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UNIAN
February 19, 2014

Ukrainian authorities are about to lose all legitimacy – president of European Parliament

President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz states that in a result of the force actions against demonstrators in Kyiv with numerous victims, the authorities of Ukraine has almost lost all its legitimacy and calls to urgent cease of further bloodshed.

According to an own UNIAN correspondent in Brussels, it is said in the special statement of Schulz.

“A tragedy is unfolding in Ukraine. The failure of authorities to engage in genuine dialogue has led to renewed violence and deaths of many protesters and police. It is deeply shocking and unacceptable. It requires a strong and urgent action. The Ukrainian authorities are about to lose all legitimacy”, it is said in the statement of the President of the European Parliament.

He called to immediate cease of bloodshed at all costs.

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Interfax
February 19, 2014

U.S. signals support to Ukrainian extremists – Pushkov

MOSCOW: The United States demonstrates support for extremist forces in Ukraine, State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Chairman Alexei Pushkov said.

“Biden has called on Yanukovych, but not the radicals, for ‘maximum restraint’! That is how extremists once again received a signal of support from the U.S.,” Pushkov wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

It was reported that in his telephone conversation with Viktor Yanukovych U.S. Vice President Joe Biden demanded that the Ukrainian president remove riot police from the streets of the Ukrainian capital, the White House said.

The death toll from Kyiv riots has soared to 25, including nine policemen.
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Interfax
February 19, 2014

Yanukovych: opposition’s call to arms crosses the line

KYIV: The opposition leaders break the law by their call to arms and must face the court, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said.

“They crossed the line when they called to arms. This is a blatant violation of law. And lawbreakers must face the court, which will decide their punishment. This is not my whim but my duty as the guarantor of the constitution to keep peace in the country, tranquility of its citizens and justice for everyone,” Yanukovych said in an address posted on his website early on Wednesday morning.

The Ukrainian president urged the opposition leaders to immediately distance themselves from radicalized forces, which had been provoking bloodshed and clashes with the police. “Or, if they do not wish to leave, admit their support to the radicals. But that would be quite another story,” the president continued.

In the opinion of Yanukovych, the opposition leaders have neglected the main principle of democracy. One may come to power only at a polling station, but not in the street or square, he said.

“I told them more than once that the election was coming. If people have trust in you, you will take the office. If not, you will not. But either way has to be legal, consistent with the Ukrainian constitution,” the president said.

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National Radio Company of Ukraine
February 19, 2014

Security Service launches probe into attempted coup

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has opened criminal proceedings for illegal actions of some politicians aimed to seize power, its press office said in a statement on Wednesday.

“On February 19, the Security Service of Ukraine has started a pre-trial investigation into committing illegal actions by some politicians aimed at seizing power,” the message reads.

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Interfax
February 19, 2014

Authorities should have prevented violence in Ukraine – Matviyenko

MOSCOW: Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko believes that the Ukrainian authorities share the responsibility for the ongoing events in Kyiv.

“The incumbent authorities, if they are the authorities then it is their task as the authorities to prevent such things, to act in strict compliance with Ukrainian legislation, within the framework of the Ukrainian constitution, and to take legal measures in order to avoid mass disturbances, violence and human casualties,” Matviyenko said, responding to media questions.

Human deaths were the most terrible thing, which have happened on Maidan, she remarked.

“Everything that is going on in Ukraine is a source of serious concern and every Maidan action linked to the protest has nothing to do with any political demands,” Matviyenko said.

“These are organized mass disturbances in which firearms are being used and the death of civilians, police officers and a journalist shows that the situation has become critical. Certainly, we kept saying from the very start that [the sides] should sit down at the negotiating table, hold a dialogue and find peaceful solutions to the emerging confrontation,” Matviyenko said.

She emphasized that Russia would not meddle in the affairs of a sovereign country no matter what it was seeing some Western countries doing.

“We have expressed concern about the provocative actions, about a lack of appropriate evaluations of the violence that is happening in Kyiv, which looks like a violent attempt to overthrow the legitimate authorities and which is going beyond the limits of any civilized process,” Matviyenko said.

In her opinion, Russia will soon express its opinion about the measures that the international community should take. She criticized the opposition leaders who, in her words, “were traveling to the West and meeting with the heads of Western countries.”

“If the appeal for stopping violence had coherently been made at those meetings, the Maidan appeals and actions would have been completely different,” Matviyenko concluded.

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Interfax
February 19, 2014

Russia demands Ukrainian opposition leaders stop bloodshed, resume dialogue with govt

MOSCOW: The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that the Ukrainian opposition leaders involved in the ongoing street riots must stop the bloodshed and immediately resume dialogue with the legitimate authorities.

“Russia demands that the leaders of Maidan stop the bloodshed in their country and immediately resume dialogue with the legitimate authorities without threats or ultimatums,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Ukraine is a state that Russia considers a friend, a brother and a strategic partner, and we will wield all our influence so that peace and accord might be restored in this country,” it said.

“Blood was shed through radical opposition forces’ criminal actions” in Kyiv and some other Ukrainian cities last night, the Foreign Ministry said. “A number of people have been killed and injured both among civilians and among law enforcement agencies, which are defending the state’s legitimate interests by ensuring law and order,” it said.

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National Radio Company of Ukraine
February 19, 2014

Two traffic police officers shot dead in Kyiv

Two traffic police officers have been killed and one more has been wounded during an armed attack in Kyiv, the public liaisons department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry has reported.

“The event took place in the Sviatoshynsky district of the capital. According to preliminary figures, traffic police officers pursued an offenders’ car. Shots were heard from there,” reads the statement. “Two traffic police officers were killed on the spot, and the third one was taken to hospital. He is in a serious condition. Police are establishing the circumstances of the attack.”

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Interfax-Military
February 19, 2014

Ukrainian defense ministry steps up security around ammunition stores

KYIV: Troops have been re-deployed from a military base to others due to the increased security around stores of ammunition and other military facilities, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.

“Due to the aggravation of the sociopolitical situation in the country and to prevent pilfering of ammunition stores and any military gear, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have taken steps to increase security at military arsenals, bases, stores and other military facilities,” a spokesperson for the Defense Ministry told Interfax.

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Ukraine: Leading Russian MP Warns Of Yugoslav Scenario

February 19, 2014 1 comment

Stop NATO
February 19, 2014

1) Leading Russian parliamentarian says opposition organized as a military campaign, warns of repeat of Yugoslav model (ahead of fifteenth anniversary of NATO’s air war against Yugoslavia)
2) Extremists in Western Ukraine escalate violent attacks against government targets
3) Western nations fueling extremist violence in Ukraine: Russian foreign minister
4) Russian official accuses U.S. of acting as puppet master pulling strings on violent extremists
5) U.S. ambassador to Ukraine: Visas for Ukrainian officials annulled, more sanctions to come
6) Russian presidential spokesperson: Ukraine violence entirely the fault of Western-backed extremists
7) Rioters in Western Ukraine seize hundreds of firearms: security service
8) Health Ministry: Death toll climbs to 26, ten police and security personnel
9) Health Ministry: 342 police, 263 others hospitalized
10) 800 injured in Kiev violence, ten police officers shot dead

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Itar-Tass
February 19, 2014

Russian MP warns against break-up of Ukraine under Yugoslav scenario

MOSCOW: MP Leonid Slutsky, who chairs the Duma committee on the Commonwealth of Independent States and Compatriot Relations, described the situation in Ukraine as “a limit provoked by the radicals, who organized it well in terms of a military campaign”.

Regrettably, the leaders of the Ukrainian opposition are no longer controlling the situation in full. I was their skyrocketing ambitions and the reluctance to agree to a compromise suggested by the Ukrainian authorities that provoked another spiral of pogroms, fires, clashes with 25 civilians, militia and journalists already dead, Slutsky told journalists on Wednesday.

The situation in Ukraine develops, incited by the West that seeks to resolve its geopolitical tasks, but is indifferent to the fate of the whole country and its people. The so-called protest movement has long gone beyond the permissible norms from the point of view of the democratic European values, and has brought the country on the verge of a break-up,” Slutsky said.

“Russia and deputies of the State Duma are prepared to give all the necessary assistance should the fraternal Ukrainian people ask for it.”

“One cannot let the situation in Ukraine develop to the “Yugoslav “scenario. It is necessary to put an end to the bloodshed by all possible means and prevent interference from outside,” Slutsky added.

“It is a pity that the Olympic truce was violated, and that the Ukrainian athletes, who are already urged to quit the Olympic Games, might also become hostages of extremists’ policies,” the deputy noted.

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
February 19, 2014

Fear of Nationwide Turmoil in Ukraine Mounts as Unrest Spreads

KIEV: Violent unrest in Ukraine’s capital has spread to other cities in the former Soviet nation, highlighting geographical divisions and raising fears that civil conflict could spin out of control.

Reported disturbances were concentrated in the major cities of the country’s west, the heartland of Ukrainian nationalism, where there is strong backing for anti-government protesters in Kiev, but it also spread to the east where President Viktor Yanukovych draws his support.

In the Ukrainian city of Lviv, near the country’s border with Poland, mobs reportedly seized administrative buildings and set fire to a military base.

“Go out and use your weapons to protect people – your family, your neighbors, your friends,” Lviv Mayor Andrei Sadovy wrote in a Facebook post addressed to security services Wednesday, the UNIAN news agency reported.

“Be aware that a little aggression on your side against the people with be met with a stronger response. It will be impossible to stop,” he wrote.

Ukraine is deeply divided between its east, where much of the country’s industry is concentrated and people have closer ties with Russia, and the west, which is more orientated toward Europe and where people favor Ukrainian ahead of the Russian language made compulsory in Soviet times.

Violence rippled out in all directions, to both the east and west of the country, overnight from the capital Kiev where protesters and police are locked in a deadly confrontation that has claimed at least 25 lives.

As well as Lviv, the occupation of government buildings by anti-government activists and confrontations with police were reported Wednesday in the western cities of Ivano-Frankivsk, Lutsk, Rovno and Ternopil.

In Ternopil, about 300 activists stormed the regional administration building and set fire to a local police precinct, torching police vehicles and forcing officers exiting from police buildings to kneel in the streets, UNIAN reported.

Activists in west Ukraine have provided strong logistical support and manpower for the protests in central Kiev, which began in November after the government unexpectedly backed off from long-planned agreements to cement closer ties with the European Union. That deal was suspended in favor of forging closer ties with Russia, which has since committed to granting billions of dollars in loans to Ukraine.

The fighting in Kiev has also inspired violence in the country’s east, where Yanukovych was born and where he enjoys his highest levels of support.

The offices of the Batkivshchyna and Svoboda political parties, which have played a key role in organizing the ongoing protests in Kiev, were reportedly attacked with Molotov cocktails overnight by unidentified assailants in the Crimean city of Cherson.

The office of Svoboda, the most overtly nationalist of Ukraine’s mainstream opposition parties, was firebombed in the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukrainian television channel 24 reported, citing local party members.

Despite strong backing for the ruling Party of the Regions and Yanukovych in eastern Ukraine, pro-government demonstrations have been sporadic and facilitated by strong logistical from the authorities.

The Higher Council of the Crimea, a southern region of the country on the Black Sea with historical Russian ties, issued a statement Wednesday calling on Yanukovych to take decisive steps to bring the situation under control, UNIAN reported.

“We demand that you, as head of state, take concerted action and extreme measures. This is expected by hundreds of thousands of people in the Crimea that voted for you in the presidential elections and who hope for stability,” the regional body said, according to UNIAN.

With the Kiev metro system shut and entry into the capital city restricted, communication links in other parts of the country also appeared to be breaking down.

Anti-government activists blocked the Krakovets border crossing between Ukraine and Poland overnight, lighting fires from piles of tires, UNIAN reported.

Trains between Lviv and Kiev and Ivano-Frankivsk and Kiev were delayed Wednesday morning after reports of explosive material being carried on board, Russian media reported.

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Interfax
February 19, 2014

Number of Western countries responsible for current events in Ukraine by encouraging opposition – Lavrov

KUWAIT CITY:Extremists are to blame for the events happening in Ukraine, however opposition forces, which refused the compromise, and Western countries, which interfered in the domestic affairs of Ukraine, bare some responsibility as well, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“Of course, the blame is on extremists, who tried all these weeks and all these months to bring the situation to such forceful scenario but considerable share of responsibility is also on opposition activists, who refused compromise, gave the authorities demands outside the legal frame and in the end turned out to be incapable to fulfill what has been agreed,” Lavrov said at a news conference following a meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart.

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RT
February 18, 2014

Moscow accuses US diplomats of ‘puppeteering’ Ukraine

A leading Russian Foreign Ministry official has condemned the US State Department attempts to influence the political situation in volatile Ukraine and warned that such behavior could lead to tragic results.

The United States is trying to impose a “Western vector of development” on Ukraine while camouflaging their intent with calls not to obstruct the free choice of the Ukrainian people, Russian news agencies quoted the ministry’s Aleksandr Lukashevich as saying.

The Russian diplomat called such an attitude “puppeteering”, adding that the recent statement by US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf was a typical example. In the statement, the US gave instructions regarding future actions of the Ukrainian government, Lukashevich said. Such instructions included a demand to stop all cases against the participants in the street riots, and to immediately start to form a multi-party technical government, the Russian official stated.

Such US behavior is very well known and it leads to tragic results, the Foreign Ministry representative emphasized.

Lukashevich also said that the US had apparently started “casting” for future places in the technical Ukrainian government, or at least such a conclusion could be made from a telephone conversation by a top US diplomats that had been made public on YouTube. In the clip that appeared on the internet in early February, Washington’s new top diplomat for Europe, Victoria Nuland, is heard saying “f**k the EU” while speaking with the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyat, on how to end the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine. The conversation continues with Nuland suggesting that one of Ukrainian opposition leaders, Vitaly Klichko is not fit for government work and should make way for another candidate, Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

As fresh violence erupted on Kiev’s streets on Tuesday the Russian Foreign Ministry issued another statement. It considers the crisis “a direct result of the permissiveness policy exercised by those western politicians and European structures who were from the very beginning turning a blind eye at the aggressive actions of the radical forces in Ukraine.” The ministry added that such an attitude was encouraging the radicals to escalate the violence and further provoke their opponents.

Russian diplomats again called upon the Ukrainian opposition to abandon threats and ultimatums and start a meaningful dialogue with the authorities in order to take the country out of the deep crisis.

Russian politicians have repeatedly called on their foreign colleagues to abstain from interfering in the Ukrainian political crisis. In January the upper and lower houses of the Russian parliament passed separate declarations that called the civil unrest in Kiev an organized campaign aimed at displacing lawfully elected officials. The Russian MPs also warned that the Ukrainian crisis could have grave consequences for the country’s people, statehood and territorial integrity.

President Vladimir Putin also expressed concern about the political situation in Ukraine in late January but assured that Russia would not cancel its help to the Ukrainian economy and people if Ukraine also honors the agreements.

In mid-December the Russian and Ukrainian presidents agreed on a plan under which Russia is buying $15bn of Ukrainian debt in 2-year bonds and also giving Ukraine a $3.5 billion discount on natural gas purchases on behalf of state-owned Gazprom. Ukrainians will pay $268.5 per thousand cubic meters of natural gas instead of $400, a nearly 33 percent discount.

At a recent government conference Putin spoke of the aid plan and told officials that all contracts with Ukraine must be completely fulfilled. However, the President added that Russia would wait for Ukraine to form a new government before starting to execute its obligations.

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Voice of Russia
February 19, 2014

US annuls visas to Ukrainian officials, new sanctions expected – US diplomat

The United States is considering all means to influence those guilty of using violence in Ukraine, US Ambassador to Kiev Geoffrey Pyatt told reporters on Wednesday.

As to the sanctions, the US has already cancelled visas of some officials, who, as the US thinks, are involved directly in using force at Maidan, Pyatt said.

The US has already said that all instruments of policy are currently on the table, the ambassador said.
Pyatt said he expected Washington to announce new sanctions soon. The US condemns the violence that occurred during the Maidan protests and thinks that the right to peaceful protests should be protected, he said.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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Itar-Tass
February 19, 2014

Responsibility for events in Ukraine completely on extremists, Dmitry Peskov says

MOSCOW: All responsibility for the current unrest in Ukraine lies squarely on the extremists, Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has said.

“The Russian leadership and president believe that the responsibility for the current developments lies squarely on extremist elements, whose actions can be regarded as a government coup,” Peskov said. “This applies to the seizure of buildings and attempts to lay hands on weapons.”

At the same time he said that “the Russian president’s position is confined to waiting for an early settlement of the situation,” Peskov said, adding that the ways and means of achieving a settlement was Ukraine’s own business.

Peskov said that late last night the Russian and Ukrainian presidents had a telephone conversation. He dismissed as a fake mass media allegations about the contents of what was said.

“Everything that has been published about the contents of the conversation is not true,” Peskov said.

“The Russian president did not give any advice before and is not giving advises to his Ukrainian colleague on what to do. And he does not intend to advise him in the future,” Peskov added.

The presidential spokesperson said that Moscow was maintaining a dialogue with all civilized political forces in Ukraine.

In reply to journalists’ question about extending a second loan tranche he said: “I cannot say anything on the issue yet.”

“Obviously, in the situation when extremists stage what is happening in Ukraine, settlement of this situation is the top priority,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated.

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Itar-Tass
February 19, 2014

Rioters in Western Ukraine seize hundreds of firearms – security service

Rioters who stormed the service’s offices in the Ivano-Frankovsk Region and also in the Lvov and Ternopol regions in the west of the country have laid hands on a large amount of weapons

KIEV: A senior official of Ukraine’s Security Service said that rioters who stormed the service’s offices in the Ivano-Frankovsk Region and also in the Lvov and Ternopol regions in the west of the country have laid hands on a large amount of weapons.

According to the service’s deputy chief, Vladimir Poroiko, in Ivano-Frankovsk the attackers seized 268 firearms, including two machine-guns, 92 hand grenades, and about 10,000 cartridges.

“We are trying to track down where the weapons are to leave no chance for them to be used in mass riots,” he said.

Also, Poroiko said that the rioters may have seized some classified information.

“The Security Service is doing its best to ensure the confidential information the rioters may have obtained should not be disclosed,” he said, adding that the information concerned had been received from foreign counterparts.

The main task of the Ukrainian Security Service is now to maintain the country’s security and territorial integrity, and we do hope that the standoff will be defused and an escalation of the conflict prevented.

Earlier in the day the Ukrainian Security Service had announced a decision had been made to launch a nation-wide counter-terrorist operation.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 19, 2014

Ukraine riots death toll climbs to 26 – Health Ministry

The death toll from the riots in Kyiv has climbed to 26, and 10 of these people are Interior Ministry officials, Ukrainian Health Minister Raisa Bohatyriova said.

“As for the overall number of people who have died or have been killed during these events, this number is 26. Ten of them are Interior Ministry officials and the rest are participants in the events that have taken place in the center of Kyiv,” Bohatyriova said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday.

The Health Ministry reported earlier about 25 fatalities.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 19, 2014

In Kyiv 263 participants of disturbances, 342 policemen hospitalized – acting Health Minister

As of now, 263 participants of mass disturbances and 342 policemen, mostly with gunshot wounds, are currently is Kyiv medical facilities, acting Ukrainian Health Minister Raisa Bohatyriova said.

“Out of 388 citizens, who sought medical care, 263 participants of mass rallies have been admitted to hospitals and about 160 patients are in serious condition, moderately serious condition and extremely serious condition,” Bohatyriova said at a briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday.

Main injuries are gunshot wounds, she said.

At the same time, 371 law enforcement officers have sought medical care (since yesterday’s events until noon on Wednesday) and “342 people have been hospitalized and, as of 2 p.m. (4 p.m. Moscow time), ten people, including two traffic police officers, have been killed,” Bohatyriova said.

Policemen wounded are in Kyiv hospitals and central hospital of the Interior Ministry and 72 of them have gunshot wounds and 82 are in moderately serious condition and serious condition, the acting minister said.

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Voice of Russia
February 19, 2014

About 800 injured in Kiev clashes – Ukrainian officials

A senior Interior Ministry official said on Wednesday that about 800 people, including 392 police officers, had been injured in current clashes in Kiev.

Oleh Tatarov, deputy head of the ministry’s investigation department, said during a meeting in Kiev with foreign ambassadors that 350 people, both police and civilians, had been hospitalized with injuries.

“Eighty-three law enforcement officials were admitted [to the hospital] with gunshot [sic] wound and are in severe condition,” Tatarov said. He said 10 officers had been shot dead, and that all of them had been killed with “improvised weapons.”

Tatarov said 59 people had been arrested.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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Blood In The Streets: West Is Repeating Syrian Model In Ukraine

February 19, 2014 2 comments

Stop NATO
February 19, 2014

1) Ukrainian prime minister: Deadly attacks attempt to seize power
2) U.S. ambassador to Ukraine: Government “responsible for everything that happens in Ukraine”
3) As with Syria, European Union and Russia clash over Ukrainian uprising
4) European Council President Rompuy threatens sanctions against Ukraine
5) European Union deliberates over sanctions against Ukrainian government, officials
6) Former Lithuanian prime minister: President Victor Yanukovych must be tried in international court
7) President of European Parliament: Ukrainian authorities “have lost all legitimacy”
8) Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Chairman Alexei Pushkov: Vice President Biden, U.S. government signal support to armed extremists
9) Ukrainian president: Putschists’ call to take up arms crosses the line
10) Security Service opens criminal investigations into coup plotting
11) Russian Federation Council chairperson denounces armed violence in Ukraine, accuses opposition chiefs of receiving marching orders from the West
12) Russian Foreign Ministry demands opposition forces cease deadly bloodshed
13) Two traffic police shot dead in Ukrainian capital
14) Ukrainian Defense ministry intensifies security measures around ammunition stores

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
February 19, 2014

Ukraine’s Premier Calls Protests ‘Attempt to Seize Power’

KIEV: Ukraine’s acting prime minister said Wednesday that the violent protests that have rocked the capital were an attempt to seize power by force.

“Both society and authorities strongly condemn the violence. This is not a sign of democracy. … This is the manipulation of people’s minds and an attempt to take power by force,” Serhiy Arbuzov told a Cabinet meeting.

At least 25 people, including nine police officers, were killed in bloody, day-long clashes that ran into the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Ukrainian capital. Officials said more than 70 policemen suffered gunshot wounds in the fighting.

Unrest erupted around noon Tuesday as thousands of people marched on the parliament building, where a standoff was taking place over proposed constitutional reforms that the opposition said could provide a way out of the political crisis that is paralyzing the country.

In his address to the nation Wednesday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said that opposition activists had crossed the line by calling for supporters to take up arms at mass protests intended to oust him from power.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 19, 2014

US Ambassador: Yanukovych responsible for everything that happens in Ukraine

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has said that the United States holds Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych responsible for the escalation of the crisis in Ukraine, as Dzerkalo Tyzhnia weekly (ZN.UA) quotes the U.S. diplomat as saying.

The comment came after Pyatt met with Foreign Minister of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara to discuss the situation in the country.

“From this moment on, the United States holds Yanukovych responsible for everything that happens in Ukraine,” Pyatt said.

According to the diplomat, this was a first round of the negotiations, and a second will follow later.

Pyatt also reported that the United States believes that the crisis in Ukraine can still be resolved through dialogue, but is considering the introduction of sanctions against those who encourage the use of violence.

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
February 19, 2014

Russia, EU Clash as World Condemns Violence in Ukraine

KIEV: Countries across the world issued condemnations Wednesday of fatal violence in Ukraine as Russia and the European Union clashed over who was to blame.

The EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced that EU foreign ministers would hold an extraordinary meeting in Brussels on Thursday to discuss a response, with options on the table including sanctions against individuals considered responsible for the bloodshed.

At least 25 people died in a day of fighting between anti-government protesters and riot police in the center of the capital Kiev as the authorities continued their attempts to dismantle a protest camp in the city.
“It was with shock and utter dismay that we have been watching developments over the last 24 hours in Ukraine,” European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a statement.

“It is the political leadership of the country that has a responsibility to ensure the necessary protection of fundamental rights and freedoms.”

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted Wednesday that responsibility for deaths lay with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, saying: “He has blood on his hands.”

Russia joined condemnations of the violence, but accused European leaders of failing to hold Ukrainian opposition leaders responsible.

“As a result of the criminal activity of radical elements from the opposition, last night saw bloodshed in Kiev and a series of other Ukrainian cities,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“We do not see any clear response from European politicians and structures, who refuse to admit that all the responsibility for the actions of radical elements inside Ukraine lies with the opposition.”

The Kremlin views the actions of the Ukrainian opposition as an attempt to seize power by force, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Wednesday after confirming that Putin spoke by telephone to Yanukovych on Tuesday evening.

The United States called on both sides to de-escalate the crisis. Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to Ukraine, warned on his Twitter feed that those fuelling violence could be targeted with sanctions.

US Vice President Joseph Biden telephoned Yanukovych overnight to express his “grave concern regarding the crisis” on the streets of Kiev, the White House said in a statement.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 19, 2014

Rompuy promises to respond to events in Ukraine with sanctions

European Union leaders are alarmed by the escalation of violence in Ukraine, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on Wednesday.

“EU will respond quickly to deterioration including via targeted sanctions,” Rompuy tweeted.

“Those responsible to be held accountable. Authorities must ensure fundamental rights,” Rompuy said.

According to Rompuy, “genuine dialogue is only sustainable democratic way out incl. constitutional reform, inclusive government & free, fair elections.”

The EU is still ready to support reforms and modernization of Ukraine as well as enhancing democracy and economic prosperity of its citizens, Rompuy said.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 19, 2014

EU countries to decide on which sanctions to impose against Ukraine – EC spokesperson

The European Commission cannot yet say exactly which sanctions will be imposed against those responsible for the violence and deaths in Ukraine, and this decision will be taken by EU member states.

European Commission spokesperson Alejandro Ulzurrun de Asanza y Munoz said this at a briefing in Brussels on Wednesday.

When asked which sanctions could be imposed against Ukraine, he said that these would be “restrictive measures.”

“The EU has basic principles that can be applied, a set of tools. A meeting of the [Political and Security] Committee is currently being held, so I cannot specify which sanctions will be imposed,” he said.

He also said that the question of which sanctions, when and against whom will be applied would be resolved by EU member states.

He also confirmed that the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement remained on the table.

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UNIAN
February 19, 2014

Leader of Lithuanian opposition, ex Prime Minister Kubilius believes that Yanukovych must be tried in international court

Leader of the Lithuanian opposition, former Prime Minister of Lithuania Andrius Kubilius believes that President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych must be tried in international court.

The former head of the Lithuanian government wrote this on Twitter.

“After brutal bloodshed in EuroMaidan Yanukovych must be tried in international court”, wrote Kubilius.

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UNIAN
February 19, 2014

Ukrainian authorities are about to lose all legitimacy – president of European Parliament

President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz states that in a result of the force actions against demonstrators in Kyiv with numerous victims, the authorities of Ukraine has almost lost all its legitimacy and calls to urgent cease of further bloodshed.

According to an own UNIAN correspondent in Brussels, it is said in the special statement of Schulz.

“A tragedy is unfolding in Ukraine. The failure of authorities to engage in genuine dialogue has led to renewed violence and deaths of many protesters and police. It is deeply shocking and unacceptable. It requires a strong and urgent action. The Ukrainian authorities are about to lose all legitimacy”, it is said in the statement of the President of the European Parliament.

He called to immediate cease of bloodshed at all costs.

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Interfax
February 19, 2014

U.S. signals support to Ukrainian extremists – Pushkov

MOSCOW: The United States demonstrates support for extremist forces in Ukraine, State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Chairman Alexei Pushkov said.

“Biden has called on Yanukovych, but not the radicals, for ‘maximum restraint’! That is how extremists once again received a signal of support from the U.S.,” Pushkov wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

It was reported that in his telephone conversation with Viktor Yanukovych U.S. Vice President Joe Biden demanded that the Ukrainian president remove riot police from the streets of the Ukrainian capital, the White House said.

The death toll from Kyiv riots has soared to 25, including nine policemen.
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Interfax
February 19, 2014

Yanukovych: opposition’s call to arms crosses the line

KYIV: The opposition leaders break the law by their call to arms and must face the court, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said.

“They crossed the line when they called to arms. This is a blatant violation of law. And lawbreakers must face the court, which will decide their punishment. This is not my whim but my duty as the guarantor of the constitution to keep peace in the country, tranquility of its citizens and justice for everyone,” Yanukovych said in an address posted on his website early on Wednesday morning.

The Ukrainian president urged the opposition leaders to immediately distance themselves from radicalized forces, which had been provoking bloodshed and clashes with the police. “Or, if they do not wish to leave, admit their support to the radicals. But that would be quite another story,” the president continued.

In the opinion of Yanukovych, the opposition leaders have neglected the main principle of democracy. One may come to power only at a polling station, but not in the street or square, he said.

“I told them more than once that the election was coming. If people have trust in you, you will take the office. If not, you will not. But either way has to be legal, consistent with the Ukrainian constitution,” the president said.

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National Radio Company of Ukraine
February 19, 2014

Security Service launches probe into attempted coup

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has opened criminal proceedings for illegal actions of some politicians aimed to seize power, its press office said in a statement on Wednesday.

“On February 19, the Security Service of Ukraine has started a pre-trial investigation into committing illegal actions by some politicians aimed at seizing power,” the message reads.

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Interfax
February 19, 2014

Authorities should have prevented violence in Ukraine – Matviyenko

MOSCOW: Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko believes that the Ukrainian authorities share the responsibility for the ongoing events in Kyiv.

“The incumbent authorities, if they are the authorities then it is their task as the authorities to prevent such things, to act in strict compliance with Ukrainian legislation, within the framework of the Ukrainian constitution, and to take legal measures in order to avoid mass disturbances, violence and human casualties,” Matviyenko said, responding to media questions.

Human deaths were the most terrible thing, which have happened on Maidan, she remarked.

“Everything that is going on in Ukraine is a source of serious concern and every Maidan action linked to the protest has nothing to do with any political demands,” Matviyenko said.

“These are organized mass disturbances in which firearms are being used and the death of civilians, police officers and a journalist shows that the situation has become critical. Certainly, we kept saying from the very start that [the sides] should sit down at the negotiating table, hold a dialogue and find peaceful solutions to the emerging confrontation,” Matviyenko said.

She emphasized that Russia would not meddle in the affairs of a sovereign country no matter what it was seeing some Western countries doing.

“We have expressed concern about the provocative actions, about a lack of appropriate evaluations of the violence that is happening in Kyiv, which looks like a violent attempt to overthrow the legitimate authorities and which is going beyond the limits of any civilized process,” Matviyenko said.

In her opinion, Russia will soon express its opinion about the measures that the international community should take. She criticized the opposition leaders who, in her words, “were traveling to the West and meeting with the heads of Western countries.”

“If the appeal for stopping violence had coherently been made at those meetings, the Maidan appeals and actions would have been completely different,” Matviyenko concluded.

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Interfax
February 19, 2014

Russia demands Ukrainian opposition leaders stop bloodshed, resume dialogue with govt

MOSCOW: The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that the Ukrainian opposition leaders involved in the ongoing street riots must stop the bloodshed and immediately resume dialogue with the legitimate authorities.

“Russia demands that the leaders of Maidan stop the bloodshed in their country and immediately resume dialogue with the legitimate authorities without threats or ultimatums,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Ukraine is a state that Russia considers a friend, a brother and a strategic partner, and we will wield all our influence so that peace and accord might be restored in this country,” it said.

“Blood was shed through radical opposition forces’ criminal actions” in Kyiv and some other Ukrainian cities last night, the Foreign Ministry said. “A number of people have been killed and injured both among civilians and among law enforcement agencies, which are defending the state’s legitimate interests by ensuring law and order,” it said.

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National Radio Company of Ukraine
February 19, 2014

Two traffic police officers shot dead in Kyiv

Two traffic police officers have been killed and one more has been wounded during an armed attack in Kyiv, the public liaisons department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry has reported.

“The event took place in the Sviatoshynsky district of the capital. According to preliminary figures, traffic police officers pursued an offenders’ car. Shots were heard from there,” reads the statement. “Two traffic police officers were killed on the spot, and the third one was taken to hospital. He is in a serious condition. Police are establishing the circumstances of the attack.”

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Interfax-Military
February 19, 2014

Ukrainian defense ministry steps up security around ammunition stores

KYIV: Troops have been re-deployed from a military base to others due to the increased security around stores of ammunition and other military facilities, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.

“Due to the aggravation of the sociopolitical situation in the country and to prevent pilfering of ammunition stores and any military gear, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have taken steps to increase security at military arsenals, bases, stores and other military facilities,” a spokesperson for the Defense Ministry told Interfax.

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Ukraine: U.S.’s revenge on Russia for halting war against Syria

February 18, 2014 1 comment
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Russia Accuses U.S. Of Dictating Events In Ukraine As Violence Flares

February 18, 2014 2 comments

Stop NATO
February 18, 2014

1) Russian Foreign Ministry: U.S. attempting to dictate its will in Ukraine
2) Ukrainian foreign minister urges West to condemn violent uprising
3) Tensions rise in Ukrainian capital as thugs assault ruling party headquarters
4) Kyiv: Thirty-seven law enforcement personnel wounded, at least one shot
5) Interior Ministry accuses opposition of using firearms
6) Insurgents hurl firebombs, seize Kyiv City State Administration
7) Defense Ministry urges mob to desist from provocations, vacate armed forces building
8) Mob breaks windows, tries to storm Ukrainian Health Ministry central building
9) Extremists use firebombs, sack ruling party headquarters in the capital
10) Take person at Party of Regions headquarters and militia member prisoner
11-12) “Stop Nationalism and Fascism!” Pro-government volunteers mobilize against putschists
13) Neo-fascist Svoboda party announces general mobilization
14) Barricades outside key Lviv government offices removed
15) Western Ukraine: Protesters leaves several government administration offices

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
February 18, 2014

Russia Accuses US of Meddling in Ukraine’s Domestic Affairs

MOSCOW: A recent statement by a US Department of State official shows that the United States is trying to dictate its own solutions to the Ukrainian government, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday.

“Once again, we note that the United States is trying to impose the ‘Western vector’ of development on the Ukrainian government under the guise of calls to stop interference into the Ukrainian people’s freedom of choice, and tells the authorities of a sovereign state what they should do next and how they should do it,” spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.

He said a recent statement by a US State Department spokeswoman “offers numerous instructions for what the Ukrainian government should do next.”

The US State Department’s Marie Harf on Friday welcomed the release of protesters detained during mass anti-government protests under a previously announced amnesty deal.

Harf urged Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his government to halt “all investigations, arrests, detentions and prosecutions against demonstrators and civil society activists,” and said the United States is “gravely concerned” over intimidation of the media and organizations advocating “fundamental democratic principles and good governance” in Ukraine.

“The next step in this process should be the formation of a multiparty technical government, with genuine power-sharing and responsibility, which can earn the confidence of the Ukrainian people and restore political and economic stability to Ukraine,” Harf said.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 18, 2014

Foreign Ministry calls on foreign states and international organizations to strongly condemn actions of radicals in Kyiv

Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara has called on foreign states and international organizations to make an objective assessment of the events in Kyiv on Tuesday.

“We call on foreign states and international organizations to make objective and impartial assessments of the situation in Ukraine and expect them to strongly condemn the illegal actions of radical forces,” reads a statement by, which was obtained by Interfax -Ukraine.

Kozhara said that on Tuesday “radical forces in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, posing as peaceful protesters, initiated a new, groundless outburst of violence and lawlessness.”

“The so-called protesters make armed attacks on government buildings, set fire to the buildings, cause serious injury to law enforcement officers, use firearms and urge other citizens to do so,” he said.

He said that such actions endanger the lives and safety of Ukrainian citizens and the constitutional order in the country, as well as demand that the authorities make an independent assessment and a proper response as part of the existing legislation in order to restore law and order.

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Interfax
February 18, 2014

Tensions running high in central Kyiv

KYIV: Tensions are running high in Mariinsky Park in front of the parliament building in central Kyiv, an Interfax correspondent reported.

Clashes erupt now and then between hundreds of radical-minded opposition activists and police. Flares and flash bangs are hurled at interior troops’ cordons.

Protestors are preparing paving stones, moving them closer to police cordons.

One serviceman was reportedly injured and evacuated deeper into the law enforcement camp.

The first tensions flared up near a police cordon in Mariinsky Park near the parliament building, which separates the Party of Regions supporters from anti-government protestors.

Mobilization was announced from an improvised stage of the pro-government rally and men strong enough to offer resistance were asked to walk to the left flank of the tented camp “to support the interior troops.”

By contrast, women were urged to move to the square in front of the parliament building where they could be protected.

Meanwhile, several dozen radical-minded protestors attacked the office of the Party of Regions on Lipskaya Street in central Kyiv.

Masked demonstrators are hurling stones at the windows of the building accommodating the Party of Regions’ headquarters and into the courtyard over the fence. They also brought down and burnt the party flag. The Party of Regions’ activists retaliated by spraying water at the assailants from a hose.

Some activists are climbing over into the courtyard in an attempt to set a window on fire.

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Interfax-Ukraine
February 18, 2014

Five interior troops were wounded in clashes with protesters in Kyiv – Ukrainian Interior Ministry

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said several interior troops were wounded in clashes with protesters in central Kyiv on Tuesday.

“Five interior troops were wounded. Doctors have taken a bullet from one serviceman’s body and another one is bleeding. A pistol bullet has been removed from one serviceman’s body. Another law enforcement official is now bleeding and doctors are trying to remove a bullet from him,” the Interior Ministry said in a report.

According to the police, 37 law enforcement officials were hurt in the clashes.

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National Radio Company of Ukraine
February 18, 2014

Police declares: radical protesters use firearms against police officers

The matter is about confrontation in Shovkovychna, Instytutska and Hrushevskoho streets .

The Interior Ministry urges protesters not to do radical actions and reminds of criminal responsibility for the offense. Now confrontation around the Parliament building is somewhat abated.

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UNIAN
February 18, 2014

Militia: activists seize building of KCSA again

Before that protesters were burning tires and threw Molotov cocktails near the building of KCSA.

Protesters have seized building of Kyiv City State Administration again.

The main department of militia disclosed this to UNIAN.

“The protesters broke through and seized the building of KCSA”, – militia said.

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Interfax
February 18, 2014

Ukraine Defense Ministry urges protestors to vacate Central House of Officers

KYIV: The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has urged protestors to immediately vacate the Central House of Officers on Hrushevsky Street in Kyiv.

“The seizure of the armed forces’ Central House of Officers in Kyiv on February 18 was illegal and the building must be immediately vacated,” the Defense Ministry’s press service said.

This building has the status of a military unit subordinated to the Defense Ministry, which works in the interests of servicemen, military veterans and their families, the Defense Ministry said.

“Protestors’ actions and seizure of a military unit is provoking a reaction from the Defense Ministry,” the statement says.

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Interfax
February 18, 2014

Protesters try to enter Ukrainian Health Ministry

KYIV: Protesters have tried to enter the building of the Ukrainian Health Ministry in central Kyiv, but ministry security prevented them from doing that, a ministry official told Interfax on Tuesday.

A group of protesters came to the Health Ministry building, broke the fence, and hurled stones at the ministry’s windows, breaking them. They also tried to get inside the building, but were unable to do so.

Many ministry officials have now left the central building of the ministry. One of them was injured by a stone hurled by a protester.

The Health Ministry building is in Mariyinsky Park, not far from the parliament building.

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National Radio Company of Ukraine
February 18, 2014

Radical protesters burst into Party of Regions’ Kyiv office

Radical activists of Ukraine’s opposition broke into the Party of Regions office on Lypska Street and entered the courtyard. They also pulled down the metal fence, torched a car and seized files with documents from the staff.Before the attack the protesters pelted the building with ‘Molotov cocktails. ”

However, office workers extinguished the fire. Later on all office workers were allowed to leave the building. Riot policemen of the Berkut special police force started pushing protestors out of Lypska Street, where the Party of Regions’ office is headquartered.

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UNIAN
February 18, 2014

Protesters take man, who stays in office of PR at Lypska Street as prisoner

Protesters took a man, who stayed in office of the Party of Regions at Lypska Street as a prisoner.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, the captured man is about 50 years old and he wears civil[ian] clothes.

At the same time protesters took a militia officer as a prisoner at Lypska Street and led him somewhere.

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National Radio Company of Ukraine
February 18, 2014

Govt loyalists in Kyiv preparing to counter opposition protestors

Participants in a pro-government rally being held on February 18 under the Party of Regions banner in front of the parliament building are gathering strength to offer resistance to aggressive opposition protestors in central Kyiv.

White and red arm bands are worn to identify government loyalists.Obstacles are being removed from the frontline, including tents. A tent caught fire and burnt down an hour ago, but is still smoldering.A Party of Regions rally is continuing near the parliament building with demonstrators chanting: “Stop Nationalism and Fascism!” “Support Viktor Yanukovych!”

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Interfax
February 18, 2014

Govt loyalists in Kyiv preparing to counter opposition protestors

KYIV: Participants in a pro-government rally being held on Tuesday under the Party of Regions banner in front of the parliament building are gathering strength to offer resistance to aggressive opposition protestors in central Kyiv.

Men wearing helmets and holding sticks have approached the engagement line between the interior troops and protestors. They are digging up paving stones and carrying them on blankets nearer to the scene of likely clashes, an Interfax correspondent reported.

White and red arm bands are worn to identify government loyalists.

Obstacles are being removed from the frontline, including tents. A tent caught fire and burnt down an hour ago, but is still smoldering.

A Party of Regions rally is continuing near the parliament building with demonstrators chanting: “Stop Nationalism and Fascism!” “Support Viktor Yanukovych!”

The government district is filled with the smoke of burnt car tires coming from the crossing between Hrushevsky Street and European Square.

Meanwhile, riot policemen of the Berkut special police force started pushing protestors out of Lipska Street, where the Party of Regions’ office is headquartered.

Demonstrators have reached the intersection of the Lipska and Instytutska streets, an Interfax correspondent reported. Maidan self-defense activists are at the vanguard and their numbers keep increasing. They have formed a cordon opposite the monument to Manuilsky.

Riot policemen have cordoned off Lipska Street near the Party of Regions office.

Reports said earlier that protesters broke into the Party of Regions office on Lipska Street and entered the courtyard. They also pulled down the metal fence, torched a car and seized files with documents from the staff.

About 20 women left the building. Only men remain inside.

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UNIAN
February 18, 2014

Svoboda announces general mobilization

Leader of the Svoboda All-Ukrainian Union Oleh Tyagnybok announced a general mobilization.

The Svoboda All-Ukrainian union wrote this on Twitter.

“Oleh Tyagnybok calls all men to arrive in Kyiv immediately – general mobilization!”, – it is said in the message.

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National Radio Company of Ukraine
February 17, 2014

Barricade outside Lviv regional administration dismantled

Utility workers dismantled the barricade outside the building housing Lviv Regional State Administration and Lviv Regional Council last night.By now road traffic has resumed on the street beside the Regional State Administration where the barricade was erected.Outside the building there are about ten police officers and a State Auto Inspection patrol vehicle.

On January 23, 2014, local residents occupied the offices of the regional state administration, thus leaving the administration staff with no access to their workplace for a few days.The law granting amnesty to all Ukrainian rioters will take effect on February 17, 2014, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office said a day earlier.

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National Radio Company of Ukraine
February 17, 2014

Protesters vacate Lviv, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava regional administrations

All the protesters left the building of Lviv Regional Administration on February 16 morning, a police officer who is on duty in the building.

MP Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook page on the night from February 15 to February 16 that the buildings of Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk and Poltava Regional State Administrations had been vacated, as well.

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Nikolai Gogol: The dove not seeing the hawk. War in the Ukraine

February 17, 2014 Leave a comment

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Russian writers on peace and war

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Nikolai Gogol
From Taras Bulba (1834-1842)
Translated by Angus Roxburgh

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But the future is inscrutable: it spreads out before man like an autumn mist rising out of a marsh; birds fly madly up and down therein, scoring it with their wings, not recognizing each other – the dove not seeing the hawk, nor the hawk the dove, and neither knowing how far he flies from his ruin.

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All around arose the snore of the slumbering army, answered from afar by the neighing of their stallions, indignant at having their feet hobbled. In time the splendid July night gained ominous magnificence from the glow of fires still burning in the distance. At one point a flame spread calmly and majestically across the heavens; at another, encountering something combustible, the flame would burst into a whirlwind, hiss and shoot upward to the very stars, dying away in tatters high in the firmament. Over there, the black, burnt-out monastery stood menacingly like a stern Carthusian monk, displaying its sullen majesty at every new flare. Nearby its orchard was in flames; one could almost hear the trees hissing in the twisting smoke, and when the fire leapt up, its phosphorescent, lilac light illumined the ripe-hanging plums and turned the yellow pears into pure gold; and in their midst the bodies of poor Jews and monks, consumed by fire together with the building, hung black from the walls and from the boughs of the trees. High above the conflagration hovered a flock of birds, like tiny crosses against the fiery background. The beleaguered town appeared to be asleep. Its spires and roofs, its stockade and walls silently flickered in the light of the distant fire.

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The square seemed dead, but Andrii thought he heard a faint moan and, looking around him, saw two or three people across the square, lying almost motionless on the ground. As he screwed up his eyes to see whether they were sleeping or dead, he stumbled across something lying at his feet; it was the lifeless body of a woman, evidently a Jewess. She seemed young, though her distorted, haggard features belied this. On her head was a red silk scarf and two rows of pearls or beads embellished her ear-caps, from under which a few long ringlets curled out and lay across her wizened, veiny neck. By her side lay a child, clutching her flaccid breast and twisting it involuntarily in his fingers, in fury at having found it milkless; he had stopped crying and screaming, and only his gently rising and falling stomach showed that he had not quite drawn his last breath.

They turned into a street and were suddenly stopped by some madman who pounced on Andrii like a tiger when he espied his precious bundle, and clung to him, crying, “Bread!” But his strength was no match for his madness and he flew to the ground when Andrii tried to fend him off. Moved by compassion, Andrii threw him a loaf of bread, which he seized like a mad dog, tearing it and gnawing at it, and right there on the street he expired in terrible convulsions; for too long he had been deprived of sustenance. At almost every step they were shocked by the terrible sight of the victims of starvation. It was as though many had not been able to withstand the torment in their homes and had run outdoors in the hope of finding something in the air to revive their strength. One old woman was sitting at the door of her house, and it was impossible to tell whether she had fallen asleep, died, or merely sunk into oblivion; whatever the case, she was sitting quite still, her head on her breast, unhearing and unseeing. From the roof of another house, a shrivelled body hung limply from a noose; some wretched wight could not endure the pain of hunger and had judged it better to expedite his demise by suicide.

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[M]any were the nobles…who had equipped themselves either with their own ducats, or from the royal coffers, or with money obtained from Jews on the security of all that could be found in their castles…Sometimes they had not enough to buy a drink, but they all spruced themselves for the war.

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Red rivers were running everywhere, bridged by the corpses of Cossacks and their foes. Taras glanced upwards and saw a string of vultures stretched across the sky. Ay, someone would gain from it all!

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They were a product of that coarse and violent age, when man still lived a bloody life of martial exploits, hardening his soul thus, and never knowing humaneness. In vain did a few exceptional men try to oppose these terrible measures.

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NATO, Council Of Europe Conspire Over Ukraine

February 15, 2014 1 comment

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
February 14, 2014

NATO Secretary General meets with Council of Europe Secretary General

Secretary General of the Council of Europe visits NATO

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed international issues of common concern and prospects for furthering institutional interaction with Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Friday (14 February). The meeting was part of periodic high-level consultations between the two organizations and of NATO’s interaction with international organizations in general, in the spirit of a comprehensive approach to security.

The NATO Secretary General welcomed the active and important role played by the Council of Europe in promoting human rights, democracy and freedom of expression. He also commended the intensive engagement conducted by the Council of Europe to promote a political solution to the current crisis in Ukraine. Mr. Rasmussen stressed the right of people to engage in peaceful demonstrations and urged that further efforts to reach a political settlement in Ukraine were needed.

NATO and the Council of Europe are based on the same fundamental values. All European NATO Allies are member states of the Council of Europe. Canada and the United States have observer status. Current staff-level consultations between NATO and the Council of Europe are mainly focused on issues relating to cyber governance and counter-terrorism.

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Escalation of violence in Ukraine: martial law may be only option

February 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Voice of Russia
February 13, 2014

Escalation of violence in Ukraine: martial law may be only option

John Robles

Escalation of violence in Ukraine: martial law may be only option

Photo: EPA

The situation in Ukraine continues to escalate as the western-backed Ukrainian opposition becomes militarized and grows bolder and more violent in their attempts to overthrow the government. It has been clear for some time that what is taking place in Ukraine can in no way be called civil unrest or a popular uprising, what is taking place is a clear western-backed-insurrection and an attempt to overthrow the government by force. The recent killing of a judge for passing a minor sentence on “oppositionists” who attempted to storm a government building shows that soon the government will have no choice but to use maximum force.

What may have begun as peaceful protests to a government decision to join the Russian-led Customs Union have escalated beyond all proportion due to the activation of the complete array of Western color revolution infrastructure that was already in place. This included threats against judges, police, officials and members of their families yet the government was forced to attempt to appease the thugs even offering amnesty and top government posts to the opposition.

Rather than cracking down as the government had every right to do, these moves at appeasement and attempts to enter into dialogue only emboldened the “opposition” further and led to the taking of government buildings, the militarization of the opposition and now the assassination of a judge, whose job it was to uphold the laws of Ukraine. With all this it appears that the time to declare a state of emergency and, if needed, martial law has already passed. Or will we wait until more judges and police officers are killed in the streets or burned alive or crippled for life?

Assassination of Judge

The latest ugly twist in the Ukrainian “Orange Revolution 2.0” saga come as a young judge named Alexander Lobodenko was assassinated in the street near his home. Justice Lobodenko, who was only 34-years-old, was shot multiple times in the back by two assailants and left for dead.

Police are investigating and believe the execution style murder was carried out as a result of his judicial work, however they would not speculate on the exact suspects as the investigation is still ongoing.

According to local media on the 28th of January Judge Lobodenko sentenced two, so-called “pro-European activists” to two months of house arrest after they tried to break into the city hall building during a rally in Kremenchug days before.

President Yanukovich has since issued a decree amending legislation in order to better protect judges and their family members and hopefully other officials and police who have also been targeted by an increasingly violent and even armed “opposition”.

Militarized Opposition

The “opposition” in Ukraine continues to receive support from the West and this is not just innocuous doughnuts handed out by Victoria Nuland, witnesses and people on the ground report that the going rate for the hooligans is 30 euros a day, they are equipped with NATO issue tents and they are increasingly being supplied with military uniforms, helmets, body armor, shields, materials to make weapons with and even weaponhs themselves.

The latest addition to their arsenal, which also includes offices, headquarters, media support and the entire color revolution infrastructure long ago placed in Ukraine by the West includes fortifications to the barricades at Maidan Square.

Local media are citing what they are calling “one of the commandants of Maidan” lawmaker Stepan Kubiv as saying that: “… sand and empty bags have been purchased and are at storehouses in Kiev and will be delivered to Maidan in order to strengthen the barricades but that they will start strengthening the barricades at Hrushevskogo and Instytutska Streets firstly.”

Many, including myself, have been questioning why the proper authorities are letting this continue. It has obviously escalated to something far beyond peaceful protests and the government has the right, if not the primary responsibility, to defend the integrity of the state and maintain civil order.

Blackmail by the West

The western-backed protests have escalated to the point that the government has been forced to resign amid call that the elected President of Ukraine Vicotr Yanukovich step down. These unprecedented calls came almost immediately after he chose to sign agreements with Russia rather than an association agreement with the EU, and came from EU officials and were spread throughout the western media.

The outside pressure and that from Ukraine’s “opposition” has been so great that on January 31st President Yanukovich was forced to sign a bill declaring amnesty for protesters and canceling anti-demonstration laws on January 31, in effect giving the insurrectionists impunity and allowing them to do whatever they pleased.

Not only was it made crystal clear from the recent conversation released on the Internet between US “diplomat” Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Ukraine, that the US is actively and almost completely transparently now, involved in attempting a coup in Ukraine and the overthrowing of the elected government to be replaced with hand-picked western puppets, but an array of other threats and statements from a broad range of western and NATO affiliated officials have also made it clear the West’s intent.

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton has publically admitted that she clearly warned the Ukrainian leadership that the EU could: “… exert ‘all possible types of pressure on it’ and even publically stated when asked about sanctions against Ukraine during a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament that: ‘…none of the options has been removed from the agenda.’”

We have to recall and underline that this all came about due to an EU association agreement. Ukraine said no to the EU, but as Victoria Nuland recently admitted the US has spent over $52 billion to “own” Ukraine and they will not take no for an answer.

Divide and Conquer

The divide and conquer strategy of the West in Ukraine is similar to what was planned for the Russian Federation and has already begun with the country effectively now operating as a federation. According to the Russian Minister/Counselor to Ukraine in Kiev Andrei Vorobyov, Ukraine has: “… already informally turned into a federation, as alternative government bodies have been set up in a number of regions.”

“I am sure that, regardless of political wishes, the country is developing toward federalization. Whether it will be formally stipulated by the constitution or whether it will formally remain to be a unitary state, but informally it is already a federation,” Mr. Vorobyov said at a debate titled the “Federalization of Ukraine: From Split to Unity”.

According Interfax Vorobyov stated that: “… the priority now is to resolve the crisis in a peaceful way, and Russia is interested in a peaceful settlement through negotiations.”

Government’s Hands Tied

It is clear that the authorities and the Security Services of Ukraine have been unable to deal with the threat to the state, for whatever reasons, and the situation has escalated to the point where the debate is now about sending in the armed forces. However the Defense Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lebedev, in an interview with Interfax said that: “Under the law ‘On the Armed Forces of Ukraine,’ it is only possible if a state of emergency or martial law is introduced in the country. Under the Constitution, it may be introduced by a presidential decree and is subject to approval by the Verkhovna Rada, and currently there exists no such decree.”

When Will Enough be Enough?

The question now is how many more judges, police officers and members of the security forces are going to have to die before the western-backed insurrectionists, neo-nazi extremists and those who storm government buildings face the full wrath of the government that they are trying to overthrow?

A legitimate “opposition” exists in any country, it elects leaders, argues policy, holds peaceful demonstrations and works within the rules. They DO NOT receive funding and orders from foreign powers, set police on fire, shoot judges in the back, demand high government positions by force, cause instability and mayhem and seize government buildings. These are insurrectionists who only understand force and in reality there is only one cure.

Hopefully the “opposition” in Ukraine will finally see that force is not the way forward and enter into a peaceful dialogue with the government and the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine will no longer be under threat. The problem is one for the Ukrainian people to work out peacefully and outside interference must not be allowed, but the government does have a responsibility to the Ukrainian people and under the Ukrainian Constitution to guarantee the integrity of the state and the country. They do not have a responsibility to the US/NATO/EU to run their country as the West sees fit.

My thoughts are with the Ukrainian people.

The views and opinions above are my own. I can be reached at robles@ruvr.ru.

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Interview: Ukraine on the Grand Chessboard

February 13, 2014 1 comment

Taylor Report
February 13th, 2014

Ukraine on the Grand Chessboard
“A Phase Beyond” the first wave of colour revolutions
February 10th, 2014
Featured Guest: RICK ROZOFF

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Rick Rozoff discusses NATO’s “Eastern Partnership” program, which targets ex-Soviet countries, including Ukraine, for military and economic integration with the U.S.

What is happening in Ukraine is “a phase beyond” the first wave of colour revolutions, and is something qualitatively different.

Audio Files:

Interview with Rick Rozoff

MP3 Page:

http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/74403

Link:

Stop NATO

https://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/

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