Posts Tagged ‘ Ukraine ’

Ukraine: Regime to nationalize biggest bank as tycoons’ rescue fails

December 19, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Ukraine will nationalize PJSK Privatbank following a failed rescue bid by the billionaire owners of the nation's biggest lender. The former Soviet republic will take over 100 percent of the bank after shareholders requested government help, according to a statement late Sunday. Privatbank, based in the eastern city of Dnipro, had a capital shortage of 148 billion hryvnia ($5.6 billion) on Dec. 1, central bank Governor Valeriya Gontareva said Monday. While savings are guaranteed by the state, Eurobond holders will be subject to a bail-in." (12/18/16)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-18/ukraine-s-no-1-bank-to-be-nationalized-as-tycoons-rescue-fails  

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Dutch court rules Kiev regime can steal art belonging to Crimean museums

December 14, 2016
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MSN News    

"A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that priceless Crimean art treasures loaned to an Amsterdam museum shortly before [Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine] in 2014 should go back [sic] to Ukraine. Four Crimean museums launched a joint legal bid in November 2014 to force the Allard Pierson Museum to return the historic collection of archaeological artefacts, displayed in an exhibition titled: 'The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea.' ... 'The claim by Crimean museums that the artefacts are Crimean heritage, or belong to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was not accepted by the judges, because neither are sovereign states,' the Amsterdam regional court added." (12/14/16)

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/crimea-treasures-must-be-returned-to-ukraine-dutch-court/ar-AAlxZPm  

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Merkel, Hollande back extending sanctions against Russia

December 13, 2016
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Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Holland said on Tuesday they favored extending EU sanctions against Russia in an upcoming EU summit where the issue will be discussed. ... The EU's 28 leaders are set to meet in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the sanctions against Russia which will expire on January 31 next year. There appeared to be consensus amongst most member states to extend the sanctions. Some in the bloc, however, favor lifting the sanctions as Moscow has imposed retaliatory measures that hurt EU farmers." (12/13/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/merkel-and-hollande-support-sanction-extensions-against-russia/a-36750757  

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Black Sea: Ukraine regime tests missiles despite Russian ire

December 1, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Ukraine has begun surface-to-air missile tests over the Black Sea, west of the disputed Crimea peninsula. Russia, which annexed Crimea in 2014, had called the planned tests a provocation and threatened to shoot the missiles down. But on Thursday Russia's air transport agency said Ukraine had moved the border of the test area further away, apparently reducing Russian concerns. A Ukrainian official said the tests were in line with international law." (12/01/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38166597  

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Ukraine: Yanukovych denies ordering Euromaidan shootings; Kiev regime announces treason charge

November 28, 2016
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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty [US state media]    

"Exiled former President Viktor Yanukovych has told a Ukrainian court via video link that he never ordered police to fire on protesters during Euromaidan demonstrations that roiled the country nearly three years ago. The statements -- from Russia -- mark the 66-year-old Yanukovych's first testimony to a Ukrainian court over the deaths, which helped fuel the unrest that ousted his pro-Moscow administration in February 2014. It came as Ukrainian prosecutors used a pause in the proceedings in Kyiv on November 28 to announce that they have launched formal treason charges against Yanukovych." (11/27/16)

http://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-yanukovych-denies-euromaidan-shootings-treason-charge/28144141.html  

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Russia: Regime says two soldiers abducted at Ukrainian border

November 22, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Tensions ratcheted upward as Russia said Tuesday two of its servicemen were abducted in Crimea by Ukraine, while Ukraine said the two men are defectors. ... Ukraine said the men are deserters from the Ukrainian military who defected and remained in Crimea after 2014. They were allegedly among thousands of Ukrainian military personnel who remained in Russian-controlled Crimea after Russia's annexation [sic] of the Crimean peninsula. Ukraine considers those defectors to be deserters. ... 'The two deserters have not been abducted. They have been arrested while crossing the Chonhar checkpoint at the border,' Ukrainian Security Service spokesperson Olena Hitlianska said." (11/22/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/11/22/Russia-says-two-soldiers-abducted-at-Ukrainian-border/9981479815291/  

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UN committee votes to condemn Crimean voters for choosing re-affiliation with Russia

November 15, 2016
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New York Times    

"A key U.N. committee approved a resolution Tuesday condemning Russia's 'temporary occupation' of Crimea and reaffirming the United Nations' commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty over the Black Sea peninsula. Russia urged the General Assembly's human rights committee to vote against the resolution, but it was approved by a vote of 73-23 with 76 abstentions. The resolution is virtually certain to be adopted by a similar vote when it comes before the 193-member assembly next month." (11/15/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/11/15/world/europe/ap-un-united-nations-ukraine-russia.html?_r=0  

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Ukraine: Saakashvili resigns as Odessa governor, citing corruption

November 7, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Mikheil Saakashvili, governor of Ukraine's Odessa region, lashed out at government corruption as he announced his resignation Monday. ... Saakashvili was appointed Odessa governor in 2015 after his term as president, from 2008 to 2013, of the nearby Republic of Georgia, where he led an anti-corruption drive." (11/07/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/11/07/Odessa-Ukraine-Gov-Saakashvili-resigns-citing-rampant-corruption/1071478525951/  

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What should we do about Crimea?

August 23, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"When the mainstream media discusses Crimea they are all lock-step: that's the peninsula Putin annexed. Never do they mention that there was a referendum in which the vast majority of the population (who are mostly ethnic Russians) voted to join Russia. The US media never reports on this referendum because it produced results that Washington doesn't like. How arrogant it must sound to the rest of the world that Washington reserves the right to approve or disapprove elections thousands of miles away -- meanwhile we find out from the DNC hacked files that we don't have a lot of room to criticize elections overseas." (08/22/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/crimea  

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Ukraine: Poroshenko may introduce martial law if invasions of seceded republics keep ending in ass-whippings for regime troops

August 18, 2016
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WHTC 1450 News    

"Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he did not rule out introducing martial law and a new wave of military mobilization if the conflict with pro-Russian separatists [sic] worsened. Poroshenko made his comments as fresh tension with Russia over Crimea reignited fears that a fragile ceasefire deal hammered out in the Belarussian capital Minsk in February 2015 could collapse following the deadliest month of fighting in a year. ... Since 2014, Ukraine's pro-Western leadership has announced several waves of mobilization, calling up Ukrainian men to join the military in its [invasions of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics]. Earlier on Thursday, the Ukrainian military reported that three servicemen had been killed and six wounded in fighting over the past 24 hours." (08/18/16)

http://whtc.com/news/articles/2016/aug/18/ukraine-could-introduce-martial-law-if-eastern-fighting-worsens-poroshenko/  

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Ukraine’s “October Surprise”

August 14, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"[T]he Ukrainians -- like the rest of the world -- have been watching the US presidential campaign, and they don't like what they see. Donald Trump, while disdaining to get involved in Ukraine's feud with the Kremlin, is asking 'Wouldn't it be good if we could get along with Russia?' This has provoked the Ukrainians into paroxysms of spittle-flecked hysteria. ... In short, the leaders of Ukraine hate Trump, have continually denounced him, and are openly rooting for a Clinton victory in November: by launching a terrorist attack on Crimea, and before that trying to assassinate the President of the rebellious Luhansk Republic in eastern Ukraine -- they put a bomb under his car, seriously injuring him -- they hope to provoke Putin into taking military action. And voila!, we have an 'October surprise' -- with Hillary taking a hard-line anti-Russian stance, and Trump put in the position of seeming to defend Russian 'aggression.'" (08/12/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/08/11/ukraines-october-surprise/  

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Crimea: Russian regime accuses Ukrainian regime of terror plot

August 11, 2016
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"The Russian government has reported an incident in which two Russian officials, a soldier and a member of the FSB security service, were killed breaking up an attempted incursion by what they described as a Ukrainian spy network operating in the Crimean Peninsula. Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the Ukrainian government of being behind the plot, aiming to provoke a new conflict to distract the Ukrainian public from its myriad problems, adding that in breaking up the network they'd foiled potential terror attacks against critical infrastructure inside Crimea. ... Ukraine denied the claims outright, not only insisting that they had nothing to do with the attempted incursions across the Ukraine/Crimea border, but insisting that such incidents didn't happen at all." (08/10/16)

http://news.antiwar.com/2016/08/10/russia-attempted-ukrainian-terror-plot-foiled-in-crimea/  

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Another Sarajevo?

August 8, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The elected President of the Republic of Luhansk in what used to be eastern Ukraine barely survived an assassination attempt when a bomb exploded underneath his car. He has been seriously injured. There seems little doubt that this was the work of the SBU, the notorious Ukrainian secret police outfit that has been implicated in a series of mysterious attacks and 'suicides' that have killed opposition journalists and politicians in recent months. Unable to put down the popular rebellion in the east, the coup leaders in Kiev have resorted to terrorism -- which is fitting, since fighters formerly affiliated with ISIS are now in their ranks. Just as the Serbian 'Black Hand' murdered the Archduke and set off World War I, so the ultra-nationalist Ukrainians -- just as crazy as their Serbian counterparts of a century ago -- may have sparked World War III." (08/08/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/08/07/another-sarajevo/  

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Ukraine: Car bomb kills investigative reporter

July 20, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Prominent Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev early on Wednesday as he prepared to drive to the local radio station, where he anchored a talk show. An adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister wrote in a Facebook post that an improvised explosive device had been planted on the underside of the car, which belonged to Olena Prytula, Mr. Sheremet's romantic partner and a founding editor of the online news site where he worked. ... The 44-year-old Belarusian-born journalist had been a thorn in the side of authorities in his home country and in Russia for nearly two decades." (07/20/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2016/0720/Car-bomb-kills-investigative-reporter-in-Ukraine-following-safety-concerns  

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Russian, Ukrainian regimes swap prisoners

May 25, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Russia and Ukraine appeared close Wednesday to wrapping up a high-level prisoner swap with a Ukrainian helicopter pilot dubbed the country's 'Joan of Arc' traded for two Russian servicemen accused of being members of Russian military intelligence. The pilot, Nadezhda Savchenko, was back in Ukraine's capital Kiev, said a message posted on Twitter by Ukraine's president Poro Poroshenko. That appeared to set in motion the release of the two Russians, but official details had not been made by either side. The Ukrainian, Lt. Nadiya Savchenko, and the Russians - Capt. Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Sgt. Alexander Alexandrov -- were all captured during fighting in [Donetsk People's Republic], where pro-Russian separatists have carved out an unrecognized [sic] statelet after two years of war with Kiev." (05/25/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-frees-imprisoned-ukrainian-pilot-in-dramatic-prisoner-swap-say-reports/2016/05/25/75ccaed4-24e9-4f1a-bbf6-ccb17a4d9c00_story.html  

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Ukraine: Thirty years after Chernobyl disaster, containment is nearing completion

April 25, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"An international effort to seal the destroyed remains of the nuclear reactor that exploded in Ukraine 30 years ago is finally close to completion, and remarkably, considering the political revolution and armed conflict that have rocked the country since 2014, it's close to being on schedule. The completion of the New Safe Confinement, often called the 'arch,' could contain the radiation from mankind's worst nuclear catastrophe for a century, says the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which has led the project. But it will also mark a handover to Ukraine's fractious and underfunded authorities, who are expected to tackle future waste management at their own expense." (04/25/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/30-years-after-chernobyl-disaster-containment-is-nearing-completion/2016/04/24/fa6888a4-064f-11e6-bfed-ef65dff5970d_story.html  

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Stoltenberg: NATO, Russia meeting confirms “profound disagreements”

April 20, 2016
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Reuters    

"NATO's first formal meeting with Russia's envoy to the alliance in almost two years underscored the deep East-West divide over the Ukraine crisis and the future of Europe's security, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. 'In the meeting, it was reconfirmed that we disagree on the facts, on the narrative and the responsibilities in and around Ukraine,' Stoltenberg said after the meeting." (04/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-nato-idUSKCN0XH1E3  

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Ukraine: Groysman elected as new PM

April 14, 2016
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"The speaker of the Ukrainian parliament was elected the country's new prime minister Thursday in a vote that the government hopes will end a months-long political crisis but which reformers say gives Ukraine's oligarchs a free hand in running the country. In recent months, political tensions have risen in Ukraine and some respected reformers have resigned, citing disenchantment with the government's cronyism and entrenched corruption. The Supreme Rada on Thursday voted 257-50 in favor of Volodymyr Groysman, a compromise choice nominated by President Petro Poroshenko after his apparent first choice, U.S.-born Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, was rejected by the governing coalition." (04/14/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/14/ukraine-elects-new-prime-minister/  

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As Ukraine collapses, Europeans tire of US interventions

April 11, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"On Sunday Ukrainian prime minister Yatsenyuk resigned, just four days after the Dutch voted against Ukraine joining the European Union. Taken together, these two events are clear signals that the US-backed coup in Ukraine has not given that country freedom and democracy. They also suggest a deeper dissatisfaction among Europeans over Washington’s addiction to interventionism." (04/11/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-ukraine-collapses-europeans-tire-us-interventions  

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Netherlands: Voters reject EU-Ukraine deal in referendum

April 7, 2016
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Leesville Daily Leader    

"A clear majority of people who voted Wednesday in a Dutch referendum rejected a far-reaching European Union free trade deal with Ukraine, and with all votes counted it was clear that the threshold of 30 percent voter turnout would be met and the result would be valid. The turnout was at 32.2 percent, broadcasters NOS and RTL reported after all votes were counted and reported by municipalities to national news agency ANP's election service. While it was long in doubt if the result would be valid, the sentiment among those in the nation of 17 million who voted was crystal clear: According to the ANP count, 61.1 percent rejected the EU-Ukraine pact and 38.1 percent voted for it. The remaining votes were blank or spoiled." (04/06/16)

http://www.leesvilledailyleader.com/news/20160406/reports-dutch-reject-eu-ukraine-deal-in-referendum  

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Ukraine: MPs call for investigation into Poroshenko after Panama leaks

April 4, 2016
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Reuters    

"Ukrainian lawmakers said on Monday parliament should investigate allegations that President Petro Poroshenko used an offshore firm to avoid tax, following a global leak of documents from a Panama-based law firm over the weekend. According to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Poroshenko set up an offshore company to move his confectionery business, Roshen, to the British Virgin Islands in August 2014 during a peak in fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists. Poroshenko has not commented publicly." (04/04/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-panama-tax-ukraine-idUSKCN0X1158  

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Russian regime accuses Ukrainian regime of ignoring peace deal

March 23, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Opening a day of intense international diplomacy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday accused Ukrainian's government of dragging its feet on implementing last year's cease-fire agreement. Although last year's cease-fire between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces has largely held, none of the political elements, including calling a local election there, has been implemented. Fighting in Ukraine's [former, now seceded] industrial heartland which has close ties to Russia has killed more than 9,100 people and left large swathes of land under [local secessionist] control." (03/23/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/russia-accuses-ukraine-ignoring-peace-deal-37862125  

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Russia: Court finds Ukraine’s “Joan of Arc” guilty for deaths of journalists

March 21, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Russian court Monday found a Ukrainian helicopter pilot nicknamed Ukraine's 'Joan of Arc' guilty of involvement in the 2014 deaths of two Russian journalists, the conclusion to a case that has drawn international condemnation and revived old memories of Stalin show trials. Lt. Nadiya Savchenko had been accused of helping the Ukrainian army target the shelling that led to the June 2014 deaths of two Russian journalists in [a seceded region formerly part of Ukraine] at the height of fighting there. Little known before her capture, Savchenko, 34, has since become a national symbol of resistance in Ukraine and a target for Russians to focus their anger about the killing of [former Ukrainian] civilians." (03/21/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russian-court-finds-ukraines-joan-of-arc-guilty-for-deaths-of-journalists/2016/03/21/7b1429dc-1ce3-4298-accb-51b6bba5885a_story.html  

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Ukraine: Second faction quits regime coalition

February 18, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Ukraine sank deeper into political turmoil Thursday as the governing coalition lost its majority in parliament after a second faction bailed out. The move by Samopomich (Self Help), which has 26 seats in the 450-seat parliament, leaves the coalition partners with 217 votes. Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's faction withdrew from the coalition a day earlier. The failure to create a new majority coalition may lead to early parliamentary elections, something President Petro Poroshenko has sought to avoid, fearing it could further destabilize the nation." (02/18/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/another-faction-quits-ukraines-governing-coalition/2016/02/18/121fe700-d651-11e5-a65b-587e721fb231_story.html  

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UK: Ukrainian regime will go to court to avoid paying debt to Russian regime

February 18, 2016
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GlobalPost    

"Kiev vowed on Thursday to fight Russia's demand for the full repayment of a $3-billion (2.7-billion-euro) loan it issued to Ukraine in 2013 under ousted Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovych. Russia on Wednesday filed a lawsuit with the High Court in London after the two sides failed to reach a private settlement over the debt. The eurobond was issued on the Irish Stock Exchange and is governed by English law. ... Kiev had been due to repay the eurobond purchased by Moscow from Kiev on December 21. But it viewed Russia's loan as private debt that fell under the restructuring terms it agreed with other commercial lenders last year." (02/18/16)

http://www.globalpost.com/article/6734698/2016/02/18/ukraine-vows-fight-russian-3-bn-debt-claim-london-court  

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