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Donetsk People’s Republic: Shell kills boys playing football

November 6, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"[A] tattered ceasefire is under renewed pressure as shelling killed two teenagers playing football in [Donetsk People's Republic] and [Ukrainian] President Petro Poroshenko said he was deploying reinforcements to face a threatened separatist offensive. In another sign of Ukraine's permanent-looking break-up, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced he was cutting subsidies to the [Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics], so as not to finance 'terrorists.' ... Heavy bombardments raged on Wednesday around Donetsk's former international airport, where [invading Ukrainian] forces are holding out against besieging [DPR troops]. One shell landed in a nearby school football field and killed two boys aged 14 and 18." (11/06/14)

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Ukraine: Poroshenko orders invading troops to key cities

November 5, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has ordered army reinforcements to key [cities in the neighboring Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] in case of a new [resistance] offensive. Mr Poroshenko said the units were to protect Mariupol, Berdyansk, Kharkiv and the north of Luhansk region. He spoke after meeting security chiefs in the wake of disputed polls in [locally]-held areas of Donetsk and Luhansk. He said he was still committed to the current peace process but has proposed cancelling a key plank of the plan." (11/04/14)

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Russian Foreign Ministry: Politicians elected in DPR, LPR get mandate to resolve crisis

November 3, 2014
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RIA Novosti [Russian state media]    

"The politicians elected in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) have received mandate for a solution to resolve the crisis and to restore normal life in the regions, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday. ... On Sunday, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics held elections of the heads of the local governments and representatives of the legislative bodies. The United States, the European Union and the United Nations condemned the elections, claiming they undermined the peace agreement reached in Minsk, Belarus." (11/03/14)

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Ukraine: Regime decries democracy, denounces Russian recognition of DPR, LPR elections

October 28, 2014
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Reuters    

"Ukraine on Tuesday condemned as 'destructive and provocative' Russia's stance towards elections organized by [the governments of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] next Sunday, saying Moscow's recognition of the vote could wreck chances of bringing peace. The Nov. 2 vote would be being held in defiance of Ukrainian national elections last Sunday in which pro-Western parties, dedicated to holding the former Soviet republic together and negotiating a settlement to the conflict, triumphed." (10/28/14)

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Amnesty International reports war crimes in eastern Ukraine, seceded states

October 21, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Human rights organization Amnesty International has reported war crimes by both Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists during the conflict in Ukraine [and the seceded states]. Both sides are being urged to investigate. ... Early in September, both sides agreed a ceasefire and a demilitarized zone for eastern Ukraine [and the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics]. Nevertheless, violence continued, especially around the airport Donetsk, with the truce being violated by both sides. According to the United Nations, in the past seven weeks alone, more than 330 people have been killed in the conflict zone." (10/20/14)

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Obama regime rebuffs Ukraine junta’s appeal for arms

September 19, 2014
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USA Today    

"The White House refused to include weapons in an aid package announced Thursday for embattled Ukraine despite an impassioned plea by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for more military assistance. The Obama administration is providing $46 million in non-lethal security assistance and $7 million for relief organizations providing humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians affected by the conflict between [invading Ukrainian] forces and [the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics]. The White House announcement came shortly after Poroshenko stood before a joint session of Congress and pleaded for more political support and military equipment beyond the non-lethal aid the United States has pledged." (09/18/14)

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Ukraine: US, NATO troops rattle sabers at Russia

September 16, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"About 1,300 troops from 15 countries -- including the US and other Nato members -- have begun a military exercise near Lviv in western Ukraine. The US says the drill had been planned before the current crisis in [Donetsk People's Republic], where [Ukrainian invaders] have been battling [DPR forces]." (09/15/14)

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DPR: Six killed, 15 wounded in shelling

September 15, 2014
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ABC News    

"Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in ... Donetsk, the city council reported Monday -- the worst violation yet of the cease-fire between [Donetsk People's Republic forces and invading] Ukrainian troops that took effect Sept. 5. Two northern neighborhoods were heavily shelled Sunday, leading to the casualties and damaging both residential and administrative buildings, the council said. Fighting centered on Donetsk's [invader]-held airport has left many northern neighborhoods in the crossfire." (09/15/14)

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The IMF’s new cold war loan to Ukraine

September 9, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Michael Hudson  

"In April 2014, fresh from riots in Maidan Square and the February 22 coup, and less than a month before the May 2 massacre in Odessa, the IMF approved a $17 billion loan program to Ukraine’s junta. Normal IMF practice is to lend only up to twice a country’s quote in one year. This was eight times as high. Four months later, on August 29, just as Kiev began losing its attempt at ethnic cleansing against the eastern Donbas region, the IMF signed off on the first loan ever to a side engaged in a civil war, not to mention rife with insider capital flight and a collapsing balance of payments. ... This loan demonstrates the degree to which the IMF is an arm of U.S. Cold War politics." (09/09/14)

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DPR: Shelling rocks fragile ceasefire

September 8, 2014
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CNN    

"Shelling hit areas near two key cities in [Donetsk People's Republic] on Sunday, intensifying fears that a ceasefire that took effect less than two days ago may be falling apart. The fledgling truce between the Ukrainian [invaders] and [DPR defenders] began Friday evening, and both sides were already accusing each other of violating it by Saturday. Sporadic artillery and machine gun fire rang out in the early hours of Sunday on the outskirts the strategic port city of Mariupol. ... Shelling and explosions were also heard near the airport of the flashpoint city of Donetsk on Sunday morning, the city council said on its website." (09/07/14)

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LPR: Invading Ukrainian troops lose ground

September 2, 2014
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euronews [EU]    

"Ukraine’s military pulled back its forces from defending a checkpoint near Luhansk on Monday in the latest retreat for Kyiv-backed troops. Locals had taken shelter in cellars while the fighting raged. Ukraine soldiers said the [Lugansk People's Republic troops] had Russian support. The strategic port city of Mariupol appears to be a[n LPR] target after intense fighting in the area. Some believe Russia wants to establish a supply corridor for Crimea." (09/02/14)

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DPR: Ukrainian invaders say Russian aid can enter with Red Cross OK

August 13, 2014
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Las Vegas Sun    

"A convoy of more than 260 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid rumbled toward the border with [Donetsk People's Republic] on Tuesday, but [the invading/occupying Ukrainian regime] said the goods would only be allowed in if they were inspected by the international Red Cross. The tug-of-war over humanitarian aid to [Donetsk People's Republic] reflected deeper issues than just the need for food, water and shelter in a war-wracked zone where apartment buildings are being hit daily by rockets." (08/12/14)

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DPR: Ukrainian invaders threaten Russian aid convoy

August 12, 2014
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ABC News    

"A convoy of 280 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid headed for [Donetsk People's Republic] on Tuesday, but Ukraine said it wouldn't let the mission in because it isn't being coordinated by the international Red Cross and could be a covert military operation. ... Russian television and news agencies reported that 2,000 tons of aid was en route to Ukraine, where fighting between pro-Russian separatists and government forces has claimed more than 1,300 lives since April, according to a U.N. report." (08/12/14)

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DPR: Ukrainian troops edge closer to Donetsk

August 5, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"Ukrainian troops took control of a checkpoint Tuesday on the western edge of the [seceded] city of Donetsk as the government makes further gradual advances to quash separatist forces in the east. An Associated Press reporter saw a tank waving the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag in the suburb of Marinka, which lies on a key road into Donetsk. Rebel combatants could still be seen in sniper positions in a nearby area closer to the city center." (08/05/14)

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DPR: At least 19 civilians killed in fierce fighting

July 29, 2014
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Reuters    

"Intense fighting between [invading] Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian [troops in Donetsk People's Republic] killed at least 19 civilians, local officials said on Tuesday, as Kiev pressed an offensive to close in on the separatists. ... Officials said 14 people, including five children, were killed in fighting on Monday evening in the town of Gorlovka/Horlivka, one of several spots that saw fierce battles between the rival forces in the last few days. In the city of Luhansk, officials said five civilians were killed when shelling hit a retirement home." (07/29/14)

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DPR: Fighting rages around Flight 17 crash site

July 28, 2014
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CBS News    

"At least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two [Donetsk People's Republic] cities held by [DPR troops, officials in the rebellion-wracked east said Monday. Authorities in Luhansk that five people were killed and 15 injured by overnight artillery strikes. Three were killed in Donetsk as a result of clashes, the city's government said. Territory between the cities has seen intensified fighting as [invading Ukrainian] government troops try to gain control over the area where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed earlier this month." (07/28/14)

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Ukraine: PM resigns as ruling coalition disintegrates

July 25, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, creating new uncertainty in his nation at a crucial moment in its military offensive against pro-Russian rebels in the east. ... The immediate trigger for Yatsenyuk’s resignation was the decision by the Svoboda and Udar parties earlier Thursday to pull out of the coalition government, which took over five months ago after Yanukovych was driven out of office by sustained protests. Party leaders said their intention was to force early elections." (07/24/14)

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DPR: Two Ukrainian military jets shot down

July 23, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Two Ukrainian warplanes were shot down Wednesday over [Donetsk People's Republic] in the same vicinity as a Malaysian airliner that was downed last week, Ukrainian officials and rebels said. ... Ukraine has accused Russia of supplying fresh firepower to [DPR forces] over the porous border in recent days, even as international attention has focused on a possible Russian role in the attack on Flight 17." (07/23/14)

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EU readies possible capital, tech sanctions on Russia

July 22, 2014
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Yahoo! News    

"The European Union threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine that could inflict wider damage on its economy following the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but it delayed action for a few days. Efforts to forge a united front were hampered by a French announcement that the planned delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead despite U.S. and British pleas to halt it. At a meeting in Brussels, EU foreign ministers for the first time raised the possibility of restricting Russian access to European capital markets, defence and energy technology, asking the executive European Commission to draft proposals this week." (07/22/14)

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America’s hypocrisy on Ukraine

July 22, 2014
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"Much finger-pointing has occurred on the downing of Malaysia flight MH-17 over separatist-held territory in Ukraine. The American media -- still reflexively anti-Russian even though the Cold War has been over for almost a quarter-century and heaping blame on Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, since even before his annexation of Crimea -- have gone hog wild with recrimination after the downing of the aircraft. And Russia and Putin are easy targets." (07/21/14)

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DPR: Ukraine, Russia point fingers over downed Malaysian airliner

July 18, 2014
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Fox News    

"As pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government traded charges about who was behind the surface-to-air missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines jet with 298 aboard Thursday, [Donetsk People's Republic personnel] on Friday said they have found 'most' of the plane's recording devices. ... [DPR spokesperson]Alexander Borodai told Reuters that Ukrainian military forces shot the jet down, but Kiev denied involvement and labeled the incident a 'terrorist act.' Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine bore responsibility for the crash, but he did not address the question of who might have shot it down and didn't accuse Ukraine of doing so." (07/18/14)

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Obama, Merkel to coordinate possible new sanctions against Russia

July 16, 2014
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Cihan [Turkey]    

"US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced late Tuesday they are ready to coordinate possible new sanctions against Russia, according to the White House statement issued on the results of the phone conversation between the two leaders. ... The two leaders stated that Moscow should call on independence supporters in [Donetsk People's Republic] to lay down arms and release all hostages. Obama and Merkel once again accused Russia of supplying self-defense militia with arms and fighters, although President Vladimir Putin had repeatedly denied the allegations ..." (07/16/14)

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Ukrainian solders killed in DPR, Kiev regime points at Moscow over air strike

July 15, 2014
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Reuters    

"At least six Ukrainian soldiers were killed in renewed attacks on government military posts and checkpoints by pro-Moscow separatists near the [Donetsk People's Republica's] border with Russia, the Ukrainian military said on Tuesday. There were also reports of an air strike killing four civilians in the small town of Snizhne, for which Kiev denied responsibility and appeared to point a finger at Russia -- two days after Moscow threatened retaliation for the death of man when a shell landed on the Russian side of the border." (07/15/14)

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Russia warns Ukraine after fatal shelling

July 14, 2014
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Russia has promised to respond with 'irreversible consequences' to a 'dangerous escalation' of violence near its border, after a Russian man was killed and two women injured by shells fired across the Ukraine border. Alexander Titov, a spokesman for the regional government in Rostov, told the Russian news agency Itar Tass that a shell damaged two homes at about 5.20am GMT in Donetsk, a town of the same name as the city in [Donetsk People's Republic, which recently seceded from Ukraine and has been invaded by Ukrainian forces]. ... Ukraine has denied firing on Russian territory, and suggested the attack could have been the work of pro-Russian rebels trying to provoke Moscow to intervene on their behalf. The rebels denied they were responsible." (07/13/14)

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LPR: Thirty Ukrainian troops reported killed in missile attack

July 11, 2014
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Reuters    

"A [militia] attack with Grad missiles on a Ukrainian post on the [Lugansk People's Republic's] border with Russia on Friday may have killed as many as 30 soldiers and border guards and final casualties may even be higher, an interior ministry official said. If the casualty figures are confirmed, this would amount to the deadliest [militia] attack on [the invaders'] government forces since the Ukrainian military ended a unilateral ceasefire on June 30. The pro-Russian separatists launched their attack at around 5 a.m. on the border post at Zelenopillya, in Luhansk region, military sources said." (07/11/14)

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