Posts Tagged ‘ Ukraine ’

Ukraine: Tymoshenko’s factions quits governing coalition

February 18, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Ukraine saw more political turmoil Wednesday, as former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko announced that her faction was withdrawing from the governing coalition, which she criticized as an obstacle to reforms. Tymoshenko's move came a day after Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's cabinet survived a no-confidence vote in parliament even though a majority of lawmakers declared its work unsatisfactory. The vote reflected lawmakers' fears that it could lead to the collapse of the governing coalition and an early election. Tymoshenko, who leads the smallest of the four factions in the governing coalition, accused its participants of collusion in a bid to protect their seats." (02/17/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/ex-pm-tymoshenkos-faction-quits-ukraine-ruling-coalition/2016/02/17/5406d41c-d57a-11e5-a65b-587e721fb231_story.html  

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Ukrainian, Russian gangs close turf lines to truckers

February 16, 2016
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Ukraine's prime minister has announced that cargo trucks registered in Russia will temporarily not be allowed to enter Ukraine, in response to Russia's ban on Ukrainian trucks. Arseniy Yatsenyuk's announcement comes after Russia detained 152 Ukraine-registered trucks and banned Ukraine-registered cargo vehicles from entering. Yatsenyuk said the ban on Russian trucks will be lifted when Russian authorities allow Ukrainian truckers into Russia again." (02/15/16)

http://www.startribune.com/ukraine-and-russia-close-their-borders-to-foreign-truckers/368824151/  

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Merkel urges Putin to use influence over pro-Russian regimes of seceded Ukrainian states

February 2, 2016
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La Prensa    

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a telephone conversation on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, urging him to use his influence over the [Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] in order to proceed with implementing the Minsk agreements. The German government said in a statement that the conversation was at the request of Putin, after Merkel met on Monday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and it was emphasized that the sanctions imposed on Russia will remain until Moscow fulfills the Minsk agreements." (02/02/16)

http://www.laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/3598607_merkel-urges-putin-to-use-influence-over-pro-russian-separatists-in-ukraine.html  

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Ukraine: Regime expects to re-conquer seceded states this year

January 14, 2016
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Bluefield Daily Telegraph    

"Ukraine's president says he expects the government to restore control over the [Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] before the year's end. A military conflict between [invading Ukrainian] forces and Russia-backed [seceded state forces] has killed more than 9,000 people and left parts of the [formerly] Ukrainian industrial heartland in ruin since fighting broke out there in April 2014." (01/14/16)

http://www.bdtonline.com/region/ukraine-expects-to-restore-control-over-rebel-east-this-year/article_addc20b5-2770-59d3-9e73-78b97ae006b1.html  

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EU officially extends Russia sanctions for six months

December 21, 2015
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"The EU has decided to maintain economic sanctions against Moscow citing incomplete implementation of the Minsk peace accord. Moscow claims the extension will encourage Kyiv to 'sabotage' the peace process. ... The EU concluded that Russia had failed to fully respect the roadmap to peace in [the seceded states that were once part of] eastern Ukraine, as determined by the so-called Minsk accord." (12/21/15)

http://www.dw.com/en/eu-officially-extends-russia-sanctions-for-six-months-over-ukraine-conflict/a-18932985  

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What happens when IMF’s rules get in the way of politics?

December 17, 2015
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Voices Of Liberty
by Paul-Martin Foss  

"One of the IMF's lending rules had been that the Fund would not continue to support countries that failed to repay official creditors (i.e. other governments). Recently the IMF changed those rules so that it may continue to support a country that defaults on a payment to one of its official creditors. The beneficiary of that rule change? Ukraine. And which country is Ukraine likely not to repay? Russia. ... Rule changes like this give the lie to the idea that the IMF is some sort of disinterested organization looking out solely for the good of the international community. In reality, the organization is as political as any. As a remnant of the Bretton Woods system, it still is dominated by the United States. Stay on Washington's good side and the IMF will bend over backwards to give you money. Get on Washington's bad side and watch your lifeline disappear." (12/16/15)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/what-happens-when-imfs-rules-get-in-the-way-of-politics/  

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Biden makes trip to Ukraine in sign of US support

December 6, 2015
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"U.S. Vice President Joe Biden comes to Ukraine's capital on Sunday for a visit aimed at pushing the country toward making reforms and reassuring it that the crisis in Syria is not overshadowing Washington's concerns about Ukraine. Fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed [newly independent states to Ukraine's east] has significantly diminished since early September, after killing some 8,000 people since April 2014, but tensions remain high because of unresolved questions about the final political status of the [seceded states that Kiev wishes it still ruled]. Meanwhile, Western attention has turned largely toward the fight against Islamic extremism in Syria and Iraq." (12/06/15)

http://news.yahoo.com/biden-makes-2-day-trip-ukraine-sign-us-095127776.html  

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Crimea: State of emergency after electricity pylons “blown up”

November 23, 2015
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RTT News    

"A state of emergency has been declared in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed by Russia last year, after pylons supplying energy to the territory from Ukraine were blown up, according to reports on Sunday. The reports said that two million people have been left without power, and 20%-30% of the peninsula was supplied with electricity, almost half of that by generators. The reports indicated that pylons in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson has been blown up by pro-Ukrainian activists." (11/22/15)

http://www.rttnews.com/2583435/crimea-declares-state-of-emergency-after-electricity-pylons-blown-up.aspx?type=corp  

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Russia: Regime to impose embargo on Ukrainian food

November 18, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"Russia will begin a food embargo against Ukraine beginning in the new year, the Russian economic minister announced. The move to ban Ukrainian goods, largely agricultural products, from entering Russia comes despite attempts by the European Union to forestall such an action. Russia had previously said it was considering tariffs, and not an embargo, against Ukraine, which will leave the Russian-dominated Commonwealth of Independent States' free trade zone to participate in the EU's tariff-free market, beginning Jan. 1." (11/18/15)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/11/18/Russia-to-impose-food-embargo-against-Ukraine/9021447851996/  

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Ukraine and occupied territories: Local elections show split

October 26, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Four exit polls from Ukraine's local elections released Monday indicated the governing coalition would retain its dominant position in the west and center of the country despite widespread disappointment with the government of President Petro Poroshenko. In the south and east [i.e. in occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics], voters favored the Opposition Bloc, formed from the remnants of the party of the former pro-Russia president, who was overthrown in early 2014 after months of street protests. ... Sunday's elections were held nationwide, except for parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk [People's Republics not occupied by Ukrainian troops]. In eastern areas recaptured by government forces, former separatists ran for office as candidates from the Opposition Bloc." (10/26/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/exit-polls-in-ukraine-local-elections-show-east-west-split/2015/10/26/aeba6b04-7bd3-11e5-bfb6-65300a5ff562_story.html  

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Donetsk People’s Republic: Ukrainian soldier killed

October 14, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"The Ukrainian defense ministry says one soldier was killed and two were injured on Tuesday in [Donetsk People's Republic] in violation of a month-long ceasefire between government and rebel forces. The defense ministry said Wednesday the [DPR troops] used grenade launchers against their positions in Avdiivka, near the [DPR city] of Donetsk. [DPR forces] reported one man killed and two injured on Saturday in an attack on their positions around Donetsk." (10/14/15)

http://abcn.ws/1LtNZLV  

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Dutch safety board: Buk missile downed MH17 in Donetsk People’s Republic

October 14, 2015
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Carlisle Sentinel    

"The missile that downed Malaysia Airlines flight 17 exploded less than a meter from the cockpit, killing the crew inside instantly and breaking off the front of the plane, the Dutch Safety Board said Tuesday as it presented the results of an official probe into the crash in [Donetsk People's Republic]. It added that the tragedy that killed all 298 people aboard the plane on July 17, 2014, wouldn't have happened if anyone had thought to close the airspace of [Donetsk People's Republic] to passenger planes as fighting raged below. The report did not consider who launched the missile. However, it identified an area of 320 square kilometers from which the launch must have taken place. All the territory within the area was in [DPR forces'] hands at the time of the crash." (10/13/15)

http://bit.ly/1jm5tiQ  

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Ukraine’s “democratic” dictatorship

September 21, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"When the Western-backed coup overthrew the democratically-elected government of Viktor Yanukovich, I warned that -- in spite of the Western media narrative depicting the 'Maiden' rebellion as 'democracy'-loving liberals -- Ukraine was headed for authoritarian rule. My prediction has been borne out several times over. The media crackdown in Ukraine is nothing new: the television journalist Ruslan Kotsaba was arrested on 'treason' charges last year -- for making a video opposing Ukraine's conscription law. His story was ignored or buried in the Western media, and as far as I can tell he's still in detention -- facing a possible death penalty. Speaking of the death penalty, the prominent writer Oles Buzina was murdered in cold blood recently, along with several opposition figures who -- we were told -- simply committed 'suicide.'" (09/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oxm8rf9  

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Ukraine: WHO confirms two cases of polio in Zakarpattya Oblast

September 2, 2015
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Kyiv Post [Ukraine]    

"The discovery of polio in two children in Ukraine's westernmost Zakarpattya Oblast is causing concern, marking the country's first cases of the paralytic disease in nine years. One child was 4 years old and the other 10 months old at the time of onset of paralysis, according to the World Health Organization, taking place on June 30 and July 7, respectively. Both children had not been vaccinated against polio. The WHO blames the low vaccination rate in Ukraine against poliomyelitis, the viral disease that can affect nerves and lead to partial or full paralysis." (09/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/py3ojds  

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Ukraine: Blast wounds 100 cops after vote on “autonomy” for seceded states

September 1, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"One hundred policemen protecting Ukraine's parliament were wounded, 10 seriously, after MPs gave initial backing to reforms for more autonomy in [the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, which seceded from Ukraine in 2014], officials say. As police were pelted with fire crackers and petrol bombs, an explosion was heard in front of parliament. MPs had just voted in a rowdy session to approve more powers in areas of Donetsk and Luhansk under control of [local Russian-backed governments]." (08/31/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34105925  

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DPR: Shelling kills nine as clashes escalate

August 17, 2015
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least nine people have died in heavy exchanges of artillery fire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-[Donetsk People's Republic forces]. Seven were civilians and two were government soldiers, reports said. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the latest fighting suggested preparations for a new offensive by the Kiev government's forces." (08/17/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33962356  

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Ukrainians are not Nazis — and they need our help

August 10, 2015
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Jon Basil Utley The American Conservative
by Jon Basil Utley  

"It's one thing for libertarians to argue against helping Ukraine with weaponry, but it is quite another to call Ukrainians neo-Nazis and anti-Semitic, giving credence to the barrage of propaganda on Russian TV, and to try to defame their struggle. There are some elements that could be so described, especially in the Azov Brigade, which fought key battles with the separatists and Russian invaders. But the national election last May showed them winning only 1 percent of the national vote and being decisively defeated." (08/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qdbkl6g  

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Monsters of Ukraine: Made in the USA

July 31, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Yes, your tax dollars are going to arm, train, and feed neo-Nazis in Ukraine. That's what we bought into when Washington decided to launch a regime change operation in that bedraggled corner of southeastern Europe. Your money is also going to prop up the country's war-stricken economy -- albeit not before corrupt government officials rake their cut off the top. Dmytro Korchynsky, who heads a group of several far-right 'volunteers' gathered together in 'St. Mary's Battalion,' declares his goal of organizing a 'Christian Taliban' that will put Ukraine in the forefront of an effort to 'lead the crusades,' adding: 'Our mission is not only to kick out the occupiers, but also revenge. Moscow must burn.' That's a goal American neocons and their liberal enablers can get behind, but Korchynsky's invocation of the Taliban ought to make the rest of us step back from that precipice." (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2ydo3u  

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Ceasefire brings limited respite for DPR residents

July 21, 2015
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Reuters    

"Natalya Brazhnikova goes to sell bread each day at a badly charred market on the outskirts of Donetsk in [Donetsk People's Republic] despite the risk of shelling and gunfire. Since her husband lost his job when the local coalmine closed because of fighting between [invading Ukrainian] forces and [DPR troops], their family has depended on the money she makes to survive. Many other residents of the Oktyabrsky district on the northwestern edge of ... Donetsk have fled. Those who remain face a struggle to survive even though a ceasefire was agreed in [DPR] in February. Brazhnikova, who is in her 40s, counts herself lucky that her stand near a bus stop was not destroyed when the market was hit by shelling and caught fire." (07/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/omdar7q  

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How to disappear a country

July 21, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Amie Ferris-Rotman  

"[The]s division between what natives of the Donetsk region now call 'Ukraine' and their own statelet of the [Donetsk People's Republic], carved out by separatists last May and recognized by no one else, appears to be solidifying. ... Reaching the Donetsk region from Kiev involved a long train journey followed by hours of driving through five heavily armed checkpoints to cross the frontline-cum-de facto border between Ukraine and the DPR. In what seemed like a tacit recognition of this border, Ukrainian border guards stamped foreigners out of Ukrainian-held territory, leaving a purple ink square in their passports. Colonel Andriy Lysenko, a Ukrainian military spokesman, said this was a 'temporary measure aimed at safety and security.'" (07/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/npvmubj  

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DPR: At least 17 killed in battles

June 4, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"[Donetsk People's Republic fighters] said 15 people in territory under their control were killed Wednesday during battles around the rebel [sic] stronghold of Donetsk that is threatening to tip the country back into full-blown war [to eject Ukrainian invaders]. Two other deaths were reported in a[n invader]-controlled area. Russian news agencies cited rebel [sic] armed forces chief Vladimir Kononov as saying the dead included fighters and civilians. The figure could not immediately be verified." (06/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ogayjow  

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Ukraine: Regime to prosecute “Russian soldiers” abducted from neighboring Lugansk People’s Republic

May 18, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Ukraine says it will prosecute two men it claims are elite Russian soldiers captured fighting in [the Lugansk People's Republic, parts of which are occupied by Ukrainian forces]. The two wounded men were seized in the town of Shchastya, almost 30km (19 miles) from the Russian border. The head of Ukraine's security service has told the BBC there is proof the men are Russian troops. Russia said the two men were no longer serving soldiers. [LPR troops] said the men are [from the LPR]." (05/18/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32788413  

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Ukraine: US troops begin training regime forces

April 21, 2015
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The Hill    

"The Pentagon announced Monday that approximately 300 U.S. paratroopers are in Ukraine training its forces to [re-impose the regime's rule on the seceded Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics]. The soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade based in Vincenza, Italy, will train three groups of about 300 Ukrainian National Guardsmen over the next six months at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv in Western Ukraine." (04/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nr5ejpt  

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Political murders in Kiev, US troops to Ukraine

April 20, 2015
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Ron Paul The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul  

"Last week two prominent Ukrainian opposition figures were gunned down in broad daylight. They join as many as ten others who have been killed or committed suicide under suspicious circumstances just this year. These individuals have one important thing in common: They were either part of or friendly with the Yanukovych government, which a US-backed coup overthrew last year. ... While some journalists here in the US have started to notice the strange series of opposition killings in Ukraine, the US government has yet to say a word. Compare this to the US reaction when a single opposition figure was killed in Russia earlier this year. ... instead of questioning the state of democracy in what looks like a lawless Ukraine, the administration is sending in the US military to help train Ukrainian troops!" (04/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kj9lvmk  

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Ukraine: Ally of ex-president Yanukovych found dead

April 17, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A Ukrainian opposition politician, Oleg Kalashnikov, has been found dead with gunshot wounds in Kiev -- the latest ally of the former government to have died in suspicious circumstances. Mr Kalashnikov had been involved in the 'anti-Maidan' protests in support of deposed President Viktor Yanukovych. It is not clear if he was murdered or committed suicide. Police say an investigation has been launched. At least eight Yanukovych allies have died suddenly in the last three months. Most of the deaths are said to have been suicides. However, officials say it was possible some were killed or forced to take their lives." (04/16/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32329512  

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