Posts Tagged ‘ Ukraine ’

Kiev’s bloody war is backfiring

February 9, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Draft resistance is at an all-time high: a mere 6 percent of those called up have reported voluntarily. This has forced the Kiev authorities to go knocking on doors -- where they are met either with a mass of angry villagers, who refuse to let them take anyone, or else ghost towns where virtually everyone has fled. In the Transcarpathia region of western Ukraine, entire villages have been emptied, the inhabitants fleeing to Russia to wait out the war -- or the fall of the Kiev regime, whichever comes first. 'It may seem a paradox,' says Transcarpathia's chief recruitment officer, 'but from the western Ukrainian region of Ternopyl people have fled to Russia in order to escape army conscription.' The frantic Ukrainian regime is now contemplating conscripting women over 20." (02/09/15)

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Do you want ANOTHER Cold War?

February 7, 2015
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Wilson  

"President Obama is considering sending military aid to the Ukraine. Taking sides in Ukraine's civil war will antagonize Russia and provoke another Cold War. That's what the Ruling Class wants, because a Cold War means increased Defense spending. Cronies in the Military-Industrial Complex will be happy." (02/06/15)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/do-you-want-another-cold-war  

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Waltzing to Armageddon: The west’s dance with death in Ukraine

February 6, 2015
posted by

Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd  

"Last week, the Obama Administration announced it is sending troops to Ukraine to 'train' the Ukrainian National Guard. The folly of this move -- which, as later stories showed, is only the beginning of a much larger U.S. military involvement in Ukraine -- is so astounding and appalling as to defy comprehension. What it amounts to, in essence, is deliberately provoking a crisis that will bring the world closer to a nuclear war than it has been since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, all for the sake of a territorial and political dispute in one corner of Ukraine. In following this insane policy, Obama is backed by the full weight of the entire bipartisan political establishment -- and by the media establishment, which is eagerly pushing a maniacal anti-Russianism unseen since the McCarthy era." (02/06/15)

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Why we shouldn’t arm Ukraine

February 5, 2015
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"In recent decades, you could make a good living betting on American military intervention in any foreign crisis covered by CNN. President Barack Obama has resisted demands to escalate our response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, but his resistance may soon collapse. It has been under great pressure for months, with Republicans accusing him of being 'weak and indecisive.' ... Obama abstained from shipping weapons to Ukraine because there was no reason to think they would do much good -- and there still isn't. Lethal military assistance combines several unappealing features." (02/05/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/02/05/why-we-shouldnt-arm-ukraine  

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Donetsk People’s Republic: Rocket fire kills at least five near hospital

February 5, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Rocket salvoes hit a previously safe section of ... Donetsk on Wednesday, killing at least five people and damaging a hospital, six schools and five kindergartens, [Donetsk People's Republic spokespersons] said. The fighting between [DPR forces] and [invading Ukrainian troops] escalated sharply in January, with more than 220 civilians killed in the past three weeks alone, according to the United Nations." (02/04/15)

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Turning Ukraine into a stage for western preening

February 4, 2015
posted by

spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"Western leaders, cheered on by a braying, Russia-stereotyping commentariat, have not only helped to create the situation in Ukraine -- they have also ceaselessly used it to haul themselves on to the moral high ground, issuing condemnations of Russia, and pushing through new rafts of economic sanctions with one hand, while beckoning Ukraine's government to come ever closer to the European Union with the other. And now, as Russia responds ever more dangerously, ever more unpredictably, to what it perceives to be a threat on its border, how are Western leaders and an increasingly excited media responding? By upping the ante yet further." (02/04/15)

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Donetsk People’s Republic: 23 dead in 24 hours as local troops fight Ukrainian invasion forces

February 2, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"Authorities in Kyiv say 13 Ukrainian soldiers and ten civilians were killed in 24 hours between January 31 and February 1, in [neighboring Donetsk People's Republic]. Hopes of a ceasefire in the region evaporated on Saturday (January 31) when peace talks between Ukrainian and Russian authorities and [delegates from the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] collapsed. ... The United Nations estimates more than 5,100 people have been killed since conflict in the region started in April 2014. Over 900,000 are thought to have been displaced across the [three countries]." (02/01/15)

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US escalation in Ukraine is illegitimate and will make matters worse

February 1, 2015
posted by

Michael S. Rozeff LewRockwell.com
by Michael S Rozeff  

"Steven Pifer, a senior fellow at Brookings, writes 'The West, including the United States, needs to get serious about assisting Ukraine if it does not wish to see the situation deteriorate further. That means committing real money now to aid Ukraine's defense.' He's dead wrong. No matter who is in the right or wrong in Ukraine, the U.S. shouldn't intervene further. It shouldn't have intervened in the first place." (01/31/15)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/01/michael-s-rozeff/us-escalation/  

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Fresh violence vs. Ukrainian invaders in DPR may be used as excuse for more sanctions against Russia

January 28, 2015
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Oklahoma City Sun    

"Many [invading Ukrainian] soldiers among dozens killed in fresh attacks allegedly [in Donetsk People's Republic], prompting West[ern] threats of more sanctions against Russia for openly aiding and arming the [Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics]. But Russian President Vladimir Putin stood as defiant as he always has been and accused the Ukrainian government of prolonging the conflict by refusing to talk to the [seceded states]." (01/27/15)

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Donetsk People’s Republic: Ukrainian invaders retreat from airport; shelling kills 13

January 22, 2015
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from Donetsk airport's main terminal, scene of bitter fighting in recent weeks. The [Ukrainian] government said the military still retained control of parts of the airport, but six soldiers had died and 16 had been wounded. In the centre of the ... city, shelling hit a bus, killing 13 people. [DPR troops] paraded captured Ukrainian soldiers at the scene, as onlookers shouted abuse and beat or pelted them with debris from the blast site. The [DPR and Ukrainian regimes] traded blame for the attack, which comes nine days after a shell also killed 13 people on a bus in the village of Buhas outside Volnovakha, 35km (22 miles) south-west of Donetsk." (01/22/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30929344  

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Poroshenko vows he will force seceded states to accept Ukrainian rule

January 18, 2015
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Washington Post    

"Ukraine’s president vowed Sunday to reassert government control over [the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] as the [invading Ukrainian] army unleashed a counter-offensive against Russian-backed [DPR troops] vying for command over the airport in the city of Donetsk. The separatist stronghold was shaken by intense outgoing and incoming artillery fire over the weekend as a bitter battle rages for the air terminal and surrounding areas. Streets in Donetsk, which was home to 1 million people before unrest erupted in spring, were completely deserted Sunday and the windows of apartments in the center were rattled by incessant rocket and mortar fire." (01/18/15)

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Donetsk People’s Republic: Rocket strike kills 11 bus passengers

January 14, 2015
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Irish Times [Ireland]    

"Kiev blamed [Donetsk People's Republic forces] for shelling that killed at least 10 civilians on a bus and toppled the control tower at Donetsk airport, which for months has been at the epicentre of fighting between [invading Ukrainian] and [DPR government] forces. ... [Ukrainian o]fficials said the rockets that hit the bus were probably aimed at a nearby checkpoint manned by Ukrainian servicemen. [DPR officials] denied responsibility and blamed [the invaders] for the attack, which is the worst single strike against civilians in recent months." (01/14/15)

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France seeks end to Russia sanctions over Ukraine

January 5, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"French President Francois Hollande says he wants Western sanctions on Russia to be lifted if progress is made in talks on the Ukraine conflict this month. He did not specify which sanctions -- imposed by the EU, US and Canada - could be lifted. The sanctions began after Russia annexed Crimea in March." (01/05/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30679176  

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Ukraine: Parliament votes to abandon nonaligned status

December 24, 2014
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Salt Lake Tribune    

"Ukraine’s parliament dropped the nation’s nonaligned status Tuesday, possibly paving the way for a bid to join NATO in defiance of the Kremlin’s wishes. Russia, meanwhile, finalized a new economic alliance with other former Soviet nations it had vainly hoped Ukraine would join. The parallel moves reflected new divisions in Europe as Russia-West ties have plummeted to their lowest point since Cold War times over the Ukrainian crisis." (12/23/14)

http://www.sltrib.com/home/1985935-155/story.html  

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Is it “game over” for Ukraine?

December 9, 2014
posted by

Richard W. Rahn Cato Institute
by Richard W. Rahn  

"Ukraine will likely go bankrupt within the next few months. This past Friday, it was reported that the country has less than $10 billion in foreign-currency reserves. My sources (who have been spot on the Russian/Ukrainian situation over the last couple of years) tell me the situation is actually worse than the official reports in that Ukraine is now losing foreign reserves at a rate of $3 billion a month and that rate is accelerating. Even worse, some of the reserves may be 'illiquid' -- which likely means they have already been spent or even stolen." (12/08/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/it-game-over-ukraine  

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Ukraine reports accident at Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant

December 4, 2014
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euronews [EU]    

"Ukraine has reported an accident at a nuclear power plant but the government says it poses no danger. It happened on November 28, forcing one reactor to be shut down. The Zaporizhzhya plant in the country’s southeast produces a fifth of Ukraine’s electricity. ... Ukrainian Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn .... said the problem was caused by an electrical short circuit, which caused 'technical damage' but did not threaten the reactor." (12/03/14)

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Ukraine: Parliament approves new government

December 3, 2014
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ABC News ABC News    

"Ukraine's parliament approved the formation of a new government Tuesday, bringing an end to weeks of behind-the-scenes political wrangling following an October election that ushered in a group of pro-Western parties. The new Cabinet has come together as government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces agreed on a tentative cease-fire in one war-stricken region along the Russian border." (12/02/14)

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Ukraine, Luhansk People’s Republic governments agree to ceasefire

December 2, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Ukrainian and [Luhansk People's Republic politicians] have agreed to a new ceasefire in [Luhansk People's Republic], set to begin on Friday, international observers say. The deal only affects forces facing each other in the Luhansk region. Separate ceasefire talks are under way in [the neighboring Donetsk Peope's Republic]. Heavy fighting has raged at the Donetsk airport in the past three days." (12/02/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30290690  

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Russia: Putin drops South Stream gas pipeline to EU, courts Turkey

December 2, 2014
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Reuters    

"Russia on Monday scrapped the South Stream pipeline project to supply gas to southern Europe without crossing Ukraine, citing EU objections, and instead named Turkey as its preferred partner for an alternative pipeline, with a promise of hefty discounts. The EU, at loggerheads with Moscow over Ukraine, and keen to reduce its energy dependence on Russia, had objected to the $40 billion South Stream pipeline, which was to enter the EU via Bulgaria, on competition grounds." (12/01/14)

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Stay away from Kiev

November 19, 2014
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The ugly reality is that the Ukrainian 'revolution' was nothing of the sort: it was a coup rather than a revolution, and its leadership, rather than being aspiring democrats who want to be members in good standing of the West, are in fact a collection of thieving oligarchs, like Poroshenko, neo-Nazi thugs, and the usual opportunists who hang around every Western-backed 'color revolution' looking for the main chance. Standing behind them are the Western intelligence agencies who ginned up this phony 'revolution,' and are now homing in on the Russians, hoping to provoke a full-scale invasion of Ukraine so as to justify their plans for a revival of the cold war." (11/19/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/11/18/stay-away-from-kiev/  

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DPR/LPR: Ten Ukrainian occupation troops killed

November 17, 2014
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Yahoo! Maktoob News [Jordan]    

"Seven Ukrainian soldiers and three police officers were killed in [the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] in the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev said Monday. The officers were killed in shelling while out on patrol near Makarove in the Lugansk region. Five other police were also wounded in the attack. Six soldiers died in separate incidents, officials said, while nine others were also wounded. One of the injured servicemen later died in hospital from his wounds, the military said later." (11/17/14)

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Putin to leave G20 early after western pols throw Ukraine tantrum

November 15, 2014
posted by

Reuters    

"Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early, a member of his delegation said, after Western leaders blasted Moscow on Saturday for the crisis in Ukraine and threatened more sanctions. The Russian official told Reuters that Putin planned to skip a working session on Sunday at the two-day summit in Brisbane and bring forward his departure because he needed to attend meetings in Moscow." (11/15/14)

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Ukrainian invaders “redeploy” troops as NATO says Russian tanks are in DPR, LPR

November 13, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald    

"Ukraine said it was redeploying troops in the [Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] because of fears [the new nations' troops] will launch a new military offensive, despite Russia's denials it has sent troops to reinforce the [DPR and LPR troops]. ... NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, US General Philip Breedlove, said the alliance had seen Russian troops and tanks entering [the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] in the past few days, confirming reports by international observers." (11/13/14)

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Ukraine: Currency plunges as ceasefire fears grow

November 11, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"Ukraine's currency lost nearly 5 percent of its value on Monday after a weekend that saw the heaviest shelling in a month hit the main [resistance] stronghold in the [Ukraine-occupied Donetsk People's Republic] and signs that Moscow had dispatched troops and tanks to reinforce [DPR troops resisting the Ukrainian occupation]. The prospect that a two-month-old ceasefire could collapse and all-out war return to [Donetsk People's Republic] has weighed down the economy and helped drive the currency 12 percent lower since the central bank abandoned an unofficial peg a week ago. " (11/10/14)

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Ukraine: Government accuses Russia of aiding LPR with tanks

November 7, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Kyiv claimed on Friday that an estimated 32 tanks had crossed over into the [Ukrainian-occupied Luhansk People's Republic] from Russia on Thursday. Ukrainian military spokesperson Andriy Lysenko also said that the convoy consisted of 30 trucks filled with troops and heavy weapons, including 16 howitzer cannons. Trucks and three mobile radar stations were also sighted, Lysenko said. However, A report from Russia's Interfax news agency quickly denied the claims as a 'provocation,'citing a Russian defense ministry spokesperson." (11/07/14)

http://www.dw.de/kyiv-32-tanks-enter-ukraine-from-russia/a-18047302  

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