RUSSIA/UKRAINE

Apr 16 22:50

US warns Russia of further sanctions

The US has prepared a new list of sanctions against Russia that it says it will implement if the Kremlin fails to pull its troops from the border with eastern Ukraine. Last month the US placed restrictions on influential Russian businessmen and blacklisted a bank. President Barack Obama has now raised the idea of targeting sanctions at entire sectors of Russia's economy, such as oil and mining, but that could also impact US companies.

Apr 16 22:47

Switching Sides: Ukrainian armored unit joins anti-government protesters in east

Ukrainian armoured vehicle crews have switched sides, joining the anti-government protesters in the East. Activists place a Russian flag on one of them.

Apr 16 22:45

No one interested in war in eastern Ukraine, especially Moscow

Tensions are high in eastern Ukraine, but with nothing to be gained strategically, war is nobody's interest. What's behind the sabre-rattling? Is there a covert operation underway, or is it a case of events developing anarchically?

Apr 16 22:03

Crimea: whose land is this?

by Sergei Khrushchev

Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Nikita Khrushchev, who is in charge of research in a U.S university, argues that Crimea was never a part of Ukraine except for bureaucratic reasons. The land has actually been Russian for centuries and Washington is wrong to make it a major bone of contention with Moscow.

Apr 16 22:00

CIA director in Kiev searching for missing mercenaries

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed that CIA director John Brennan was in Kiev last weekend. One of his advisors told the newspaper Vzgliad that Brennan had not come to oversee the "anti-terrorist" operations conducted by the Ukrainian authorities, but to seek information and rescue twenty Greystone Ltd mercenaries of whom there has been no news.

Apr 16 16:29

Ukraine, Through the US Looking Glass

The acting president of the coup regime in Kiev announces that he is ordering an “anti-terrorist” operation against pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine, while his national security chief says he has dispatched right-wing ultranationalist fighters who spearheaded the Feb. 22 coup that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych.

Apr 16 13:01

EU spy chief rules out Russian military presence in Ukraine

There is no large Russian military presence in East Ukraine, head of EU intelligence, Commodore Georgij Alafuzoff, has said. The spy chief has dismissed multiple accusations from the West alleging Russian involvement in the unrest in the region.

In an interview with Finnish national news broadcaster, Yle, Alafuzoff said the Russian military had nothing to do with the seizing of government buildings in eastern Ukraine.

Apr 16 12:45

Russian economy hit by Ukraine fallout; 0% growth in 2014 possible

Russia's economy has been hit hard by the Ukraine crisis, prompting finance officials to cut growth forecasts for this year to near zero and draining the country's hard currency reserves as investors flee an uncertain market, Kremlin officials disclosed Wednesday.

Apr 16 12:35

Six Ukrainian Army Vehicles Join Pro-Federalist Protesters in Kramatorsk

Six armored transport vehicles sent to the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk are currenty controlled by pro-federalist activists, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Apr 16 12:16

Kiev Government No Longer Controls Armed Forces: Troops Sent to Eastern Ukraine Switch Sides

The personnel of six armored transport vehicles sent to the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk have switched sides and have joined the pro-federalist activists, witnesses told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

“We found them at a square near the railway station. A group of women surrounded them, we started telling them we were peaceful residents who are just fighting for their rights and that there are no terrorists here,” the witness said, adding: “They won’t shoot us.”

“The main armored transport vehicle had a Russian flag on it and they left together with our [protesters] towards Slaviansk,” the witness said.

The number of personnel from the transport vehicles was not specified.

Apr 16 12:16

US to send new warship to Black Sea: Romanian President

As tensions grow between Ukraine and Russia, Romanian President Traian Basescu says the US will send another warship to the Black Sea after its guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook leaves.

Speaking to reporters in the port of Constanta on Monday, the Romanian president added that USS Donald Cook arrived in the Black Sea last week to carry out exercises aimed at improving interoperability, increasing readiness and boosting relations.

Basescu noted that a French vessel is also in Romania’s Constanta Port to show support.

Apr 16 12:05

Poland: NATO Must Ignore Russia, Send Ground Troops

Continuing to play up the idea of a ravenous Russian bear racing across the continent devouring all it sees, Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak is pushing for NATO to send “significant” amounts of ground troops to his country as soon as possible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Probably looking forward to increased business for the local prostitutes!

Apr 16 11:44

Ukraine pushes tanks toward flashpoint separatist city of Slavyansk

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces towards the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east.

The seven buses, filled with 100 paratroopers, and 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers represented the Western-backed team’s most forceful response to date to raids that have seen state buildings in nearly 10 cities across Ukraine’s rust belt fall under the control of pro-Russian militants.

They had moved within 40 kilometres (25 miles) of Slavyansk and set up a checkpoint that could control all traffic leading to Slavyansk — an economically depressed industrial city of 100,000 that has been under effective control of separatist gunmen since Saturday.

Apr 16 11:38

Petition fails to remove WWII Russian tanks from German Memorial

The German government rejected on Wednesday a call by two newspapers to remove Russian tanks from a World War II memorial in central Berlin in protest against spiralling tensions in Ukraine.

Apr 16 11:31

Right Sector weapons cache discovered in Odessa

Rounds of ammunition, cold weapons, clubs, Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and other munitions were found.

Apr 16 11:30

The Mass Marketing Campaign For World War III

Published on Apr 16, 2014

The establishment has begun a new mass marketing campaign for World War III, equating Vladimir Putin with Adolf Hitler.

The fact that the current crisis in Ukraine was instigated by a US-backed coup which toppled a democratically elected government has been conveniently forgotten.

Apr 16 11:28

NATO to deploy ships, intensify Baltic & Mediterranean patrols 'due to Ukraine crisis'

NATO is strengthening its military presence in the Baltic and Mediterranean due to the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis. The organization is to deploy ships and intensified aerial patrols in the region.

Apr 16 11:28

CIA Directs Kiev Proxy Regime to Launch Military Assault against Rebels in Eastern Ukraine

The rebellion in the East has genuine popular support, but the mainstream media, the US-NATO-EU axis, and its puppet regime in the Ukraine cannot allow this fact to become widely known and understood because then people might start to ask questions, like:

‘Why did the “international community” sponsor and support a violent coup by a nationalist mob against an elected government when it knew all along that half of the population, together with a closely related and powerful neighbour, would NEVER accept the outcome?

Apr 16 10:57

NATO Bolsters Defenses With Air, Sea Patrols on Russia’s borders

NATO bolstered the defense of frontline member states in eastern Europe, recommitting to its original mission of fending off Russia in the wake of President Vladimir Putin’s menace to Ukraine.

The U.S.-led alliance will upgrade contingency plans, hold more military drills in eastern Europe and step up air and naval policing on its flanks, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

“We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water and more readiness on the land,” Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels today after the 28 North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies approved the bulked-up defense posture.

As Ukraine’s prime minister warned of a new Berlin Wall in Europe, NATO dusted off the script used to break down the old one. It emphasized that the point is to defend alliance territory, not extend it further into Russia’s borderlands.

Apr 16 10:53

Combat vehicles in east Ukraine city fly Russian flags; unclear who the masked men on them are

A combat vehicle with pro-Russian gunman on top runs through downtown Slovyansk on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The troops on those vehicles wore green camouflage uniforms, had automatic weapons and grenade launchers and at least one had the St. George ribbon attached to his uniform, which has become a symbol of the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

Apr 16 10:11

Pro-Russians Killed as Ukraine Airborne Troops Take Back Kramatorsk Airport. Russians Say: "This is The Worse Case Scenario"

Ukraine is reporting that airborne troops have taken back Kramatorsk airport in Eastern Ukraine. The defense ministry has reported that all of the troops are accounted for and that none were killed during the "anti-terrorist" operation.

The RIA news agency quoted Russia's foreign ministry as saying it is "deeply concerned" about reports of casualties.

Apr 16 09:55

Things New Ukrainian Government Brought to Ukrainian People so Far

What did new Ukrainian government bring to the people of Ukraine so far?

1) Caused deaths to 120 Ukrainians
2) Devalued Ukrainian currency from 8 grivnas for $ to 14 grivnas.
3) Illegally jailed around 150 Ukrainians
4) Caused loss of greatest piece of land - exotic, super fertile, agrarian and tourist land - Crimea with its beautiful landscape, prospering wineries and annual 5 million visitors.
5) Loss of industrial and money-making South-Eastern regions. (Donetsk region by itself is counted for 1/8th of entire Ukrainian GDP)
6) Destruction of downtown Kiev
7) Society split
8) Massive spendings
9) Civil war
10) Fascism, nazism, Russophobia, anti-Semitism, hate and violence

Apr 16 09:19

Mega oil field discovered in southern Russia

Ah! So!

A new oil field with roughly 300 million tons of oil and 90 billion cubic meters of gas has been discovered in the Astrakhan region of Russia.

“The field’s reserves are unprecedented, this discovery confirms the high potential of the Astrakhan region in terms of these major discoveries,” Sergey Donskoy, Russia’s Natural Resources Minister said on Wednesday.

Apr 16 08:24

Dozens of Ukrainian troops surrender APCs, withdraw from Slavyansk

Reports from Slavyansk say that the army troops sent to the eastern Ukrainian city for an “anti-terrorist operation” are leaving en masse. Some troops are openly voicing support for the eastern Ukrainians, while others are speaking out against a war.

According to Interfax, citing local self-defense activists, some 300 Ukrainian troops agreed to lay down their weapons and “go home” following negotiations in Slavyansk.

Apr 16 08:16

White House Endorses Ukraine Crackdown on Protesters

Region locals stopped an armored column of airborne troops of Ukraine near the Raygorodka village of Lugansk. Tanks, armored personnel carriers and trucks with howitzers were moving from Dnepropetrovsk to Lugansk, Itar-Tass reported. Village Raygorodka of Novoaydarskogo region is located 30 kilometers from Lugansk.

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"That's OUR land and OUR cattle, and I don't give a hoot in hell about democracy and the rule of law, those uppity protesters have got to be crushed to a bloody ... what? Oh? So, which one? Okay, thanks. (Ahem) That's OUR puppet government and OUR stolen nation, and I don't give a hoot in hell about democracy and the rule of law, those uppity protesters have got to be crushed to a bloody pulp!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 16 08:13

Villagers stop armored column of Ukrainian troops near Lugansk

Region locals stopped an armored column of airborne troops of Ukraine near the Raygorodka village of Lugansk. Tanks, armored personnel carriers and trucks with howitzers were moving from Dnepropetrovsk to Lugansk, Itar-Tass reported. Village Raygorodka of Novoaydarskogo region is located 30 kilometers from Lugansk.

Apr 16 08:06

Ukraine crisis: Nato to bolster forces in eastern Europe - Guardian

Nato has announced it has decided on a series of immediate steps to bolster its forces in eastern European as pro-Russian militia rolled into towns across eastern Ukraine in armoured vehicles.

"You will see deployments at sea, in the air, on land to take place immediately – that means within days," the Nato secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, told a news conference after the decision was taken by Nato ambassadors.

Hours earlier, pro-Russian separatists seized five armoured personnel carriers and a tank from the Ukrainian army, which they then drove in a victory lap through the centre of Kramatorsk in Ukraine's east and on to the nearby town of Slavyansk. The Ukrainian defence ministry confirmed that vehicles had been taken by pro-Russian forces.

Apr 16 07:35

Dozens of Ukrainian troops surrender APCs, withdraw from Slavyansk Published time: April 16, 2014 14:21 Get short URL

Reports from Slavyansk say that the army troops sent to the eastern Ukrainian city for an “anti-terrorist operation” are leaving en masse. Some troops are openly voicing support for the eastern Ukrainians, while others are speaking out against a war.

According to Interfax, citing local self-defense activists, some 300 Ukrainian troops agreed to lay down their weapons and “go home” following negotiations in Slavyansk.

Apr 16 07:13

Obama Heads for War in Ukraine

Permanent war is official US policy. At issue is unchallenged global dominance.

All independent governments are targeted. Eliminating them is prioritized. So is replacing them with pro-Western puppet states.

Ukraine is Exhibit A. Obama bears full responsibility for ousting its democratically elected government. Elevating illegitimate fascist putschists to power followed.

Apr 16 07:07

Transnistria urges Russia to recognize its independence

The Supreme Council of Transnistria has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognize its independence. Transnistrian legislators refer to the right for self-determination and the 2006 referendum results when 97% of the population vote for independence. Sergey Cheban, head of the Transnistrian parliament commission for foreign policy and international affairs, said yesterday that recognition of the independent state was the main goal.

Apr 16 07:05

Fighter jet shot down near Ukraine’s city of Kramatorsk, witnesses say

Shots are being fired at the airdrome near the city of Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast, and one fighter plane has been shot down, witnesses report from the scene.

As follows from what the people say four fighter planes, presumably Sukhoi-27 were hovering over Kramatorsk. At a certain point they opened fire at the local airdrome. Who commanded the planes and who downed the fighter remains unclear. Witnesses claim there have been casualties at the airdrome. An ambulance is on the way to the scene.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This happened yesterday and we are still waiting for details as to who commanded those planes.

Apr 16 04:55

Ukraine SITREP April 15, 18:30 EST update 1 (Ukrainian civil war day 1)

The Ukrainian military is told that it has to stop "terrorists". Regardless of whether they believe it or not, the Ukrainian commanding officers are more or less willing to execute that order. What they seem to be unwilling to do is kill many civilians or, even less so, take a city by force. So they stop in the outskirts and conduct very tense and unpleasant dialog with very hostile and suspicious civilians.

The Ukrainian security services are probably more willing to shoot civilians, but they seem to be really weary of entering the rebel cities, and I can't blame them. Unlike most of the barricades around the cities which are manned with civilians (including women and senior folks), some barricades and buildings inside the city are defended by armed men, some definitely with military experience, and supported by many civilian demonstrators. Any SBU force seen shooting civilians risks being killed by a lynch mob.

Apr 16 03:42

Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap?

Russia is not responsible for the crisis in Ukraine. The US State Department engineered the fascist-backed coup that toppled Ukraine’s democratically-elected president Viktor Yanukovych and replaced him with the American puppet Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a former banker. Hacked phone calls reveal the critical role that Washington played in orchestrating the putsch and selecting the coup’s leaders.

Apr 15 20:59

Villagers stop armored column of Ukrainian troops near Lugansk

Region locals stopped an armored column of airborne troops of Ukraine near the Raygorodka village of Lugansk. Tanks, armored personnel carriers and trucks with howitzers were moving from Dnepropetrovsk to Lugansk, Itar-Tass reported. Village Raygorodka of Novoaydarskogo region is located 30 kilometers from Lugansk.

Apr 15 15:21

Former U.S. Diplomat: Send U.S. Ground Troops to Ukraine - CFR member wants to heighten tension with Russia

A former U.S. diplomat and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, James Jeffrey, is calling for U.S. ground troops to be injected into the brewing civil war in Ukraine.

Apr 15 14:38

US miscalculated will of Ukrainian people

US confirms CIA chief paid a covert visit to Kiev. This sparked speculation US is helping coordinate activists in eastern Ukraine.

Apr 15 12:58

Those who don’t lay arms, will be destroyed - Ukrainian military op commander

A Ukrainian general leading the operation against protesters in the east of the country has warned that activists who refuse to lay down their arms will be “destroyed.”

Apr 15 12:51

Ukraine ‘special operation’ against seperatists underway

Ukrainian armed forces today launched a “special operation“ against militiamen in the country‘s Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro-Moscow separatists.

Apr 15 12:17

Helicopter shot down in east Ukrain

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN SYRIA.

Apr 15 12:13

Human rights activists report casualties in Ukraine's Kramatorsk

There are reports that several people have died in Kramatorsk, where a military airdrome was seized by Ukrainian forces, according to Maxim Shevchenko, head of the group on monitoring of human rights in Ukraine under the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights, citing local human rights activists.

Apr 15 12:06

CIA director in Ukraine as Washington steps up threats against Russia

Mike Head
RINF Alternative News

Seizing upon spreading protests and building occupations in eastern Ukraine in response to February’s Western-backed putsch in Kiev, the Obama administration is escalating its accusations, threats and provocations against Russia.

In the clearest sign of intensifying US involvement in the Ukraine crisis, the White House admitted—after vehement denials—that CIA Director John Brennan flew into Kiev over the weekend. Brennan arrived, under a false name, for discussions on how to further exploit the crisis that the US and its allies deliberately triggered by orchestrating the February coup.

Apr 15 09:57

Washington's Outrageous Ukraine Double Standards

The hypocrisy and double-standards of the US government's reaction to the protests are breath-taking.

After orchestrating and synchronizing protests and attacks by armed militants in Kiev to overthrow the elected government, US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday..."expressed strong concerns that attacks today by armed militants in eastern Ukraine were orchestrated and synchronized..."

When protesters in Kiev, with the support of US government regime changers like Victoria "Fu*k the EU" Nuland, overthrow a democratically-elected government, they are praised by John Kerry for "fighting for the right to associate with partners who will help them realize their aspirations."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The sense I get here is that the US government is slouching toward a war against Russia, which it cannot win for reasons I have articulated many times on this blog.

And why?!? Because war got the US government out of the financial messes it was in before World War I and II by going to war. And the financial mess in which the US government finds itself now, courtesy of really bad economic mismanagement by both the Federal Government and the Federal Reserve, are nothing short of spectacularly horrific.

But that was before Russia, China, India, Pakistan, the UK, Israel, and France all had nuclear weapons. So the game has changed mightily, but the mindset of US government, unfortunately, has not.

Coupled with the reality that the US military doesn't have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to any war against any country, unless it is either not well militarily equipped (as was Iraq) or is militarily primitive (as is Afghanistan), a military scenario in the Ukraine against Russia is dangerous in the extreme; because the moment American military leadership realizes that they cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air (which should have been the lesson learned from Vietnam), such a war will most likely go nuclear.

So I would very strongly caution those precious few adults in the room in the bowels of power in DC (particularly if they have kids and grandkids) to be extraordinarily careful about what they wish for as an outcome from such a war. The unintended consequences could be both horrific...and irreversible.

Apr 15 09:31

U.S. military on high alert as Ukraine troops trade gunfire with pro-Russian militants

U.S. military assets in the Black Sea are on high alert amid reports Ukraine troops traded gunfire with pro-Russian militants.

An Associated Press reporter filed a report claiming intense gunfire at an airport in eastern Ukraine after the government sent in army troops to retake control from pro-Vladimir Putin militiamen.

Apr 15 09:16

Putin to Obama: Use your influence to prevent bloodshed in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his American counterpart on Monday to use the White House’s influence on the Ukrainian government to prevent further “bloodshed” from occurring in the country.

According to a statement released after the phone conversation by the Kremlin, Putin dismissed recent reports that peg Russia as being responsible for heated protests that have erupted in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian activists have successfully managed to seize a number of local government buildings and police stations.

“In response to the president of the United States’ expressed concern about Russia’s supposed meddling in southeastern Ukraine, the president of Russia noted that such speculations are based on inaccurate information,” the press statement read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because a war with Russia over the situation in the Ukraine would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly counter-productive thing the US government could do is, unfortunately, absolutely no guarantee that the US government will not do it.

And I would like to politely remind those few adults in the room in the bowels of power in DC that the US military, at this point in its history, doesn't have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a CONVENTIONAL war against Russia; and this is what makes the military scenario here so scarily dangerous.

Apr 15 09:14

CIA caught red handed in Ukraine

The three-ring diplomatic circus in Ukraine continues to entertain, even if sadly so. The White House found itself having to backtrack on the CIA's denial that Director Brennan was not in Kiev over the weekend and his visit had no connection with the military crackdown ordered against East Ukraine during that time. It was a special moment.

Let us count the mistakes here. First, the Russians put the coup-deposed President Yanukovich out on point with the story about Brennan's visit, which they would not have been so stupid to do if it were not true. Validation was coming in quickly anyway, as Brennan had met with a good number of senior coup members and the top security people.

Keeping the visit secret with that many in the loop was impossible.

Apr 15 09:13

Unidentified Fighter Jets Open Fire On Kramatorsk Airfield, Casualties Reported

Things in east Ukraine have spiraled out of control. Moments ago Itar Tass reported that there has been a shoot out at the separatists-controlled airport in the city of Kramatorsk where according to on the ground witnesses, four Su-27 fighter jets have allegedly opened fire at the local airfield. It is unclear who the unidentified warplanes belong to although Itar Tass notes that one of the jets was allegedly taken down, so there should be confirmation shortly.

Apr 15 08:52

Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap?

Russia is not responsible for the crisis in Ukraine. The US State Department engineered the fascist-backed coup that toppled Ukraine’s democratically-elected president Viktor Yanukovych and replaced him with the American puppet Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a former banker. Hacked phone calls reveal the critical role that Washington played in orchestrating the putsch and selecting the coup’s leaders. Moscow was not involved in any of these activities. Vladimir Putin, whatever one may think of him, has not done anything to fuel the violence and chaos that has spread across the country.

Apr 15 08:31

Kiev cuts water supplies to Crimea: Crimea deputy PM

Crimean First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev says Kiev reduced water supplies to the peninsula by three times and called on Ukrainian authorities to reconsider the decision.

Apr 15 08:03

Ukraine's illegitimate president launches special operation in Donetsk region

Ukraine launched a special operation in the north of the Donetsk region on April 15, Acting President Alexander Turchinov said at a meeting of the Parliament.

Apr 15 07:55

Ukraine’s Interim Leader Announces Start of Operation Against Protesters in Donetsk Region

Ukraine's parliamentary speaker and interim President Olexander Turchynov has announced the start of a military operation in the north of Donetsk Region, where demonstrations by pro-federalization protesters are ongoing.

Apr 15 07:38

Palladium Soars to 32-Month High On Supply Fears

Together, Russia and South Africa make up nearly 80% of the world’s palladium supplies. Given the current instability, investor concerns are primarily on the supply side.

Apr 15 07:26

Europe having cold feet on sanctions

The United States is working to convince a reluctant Europe of the need to punish Russia more severely for its meddling in Ukraine while at the same time warning Moscow to step back or take more financial hits.

It's a difficult balancing act for Europe, which wants to make Russia pay for its aggression but fears the economic turmoil from the fallout of new, harsher trade sanctions by the West. Europe is Russia's largest trading partner and therefore has huge sway over Russia's shaky economy.

Economists say the U.S. risks appearing weak without support from Europe. But Europe is far from ready to levy penalties against Moscow that would undercut its own financial stability and possibly endanger its main source of energy.

Apr 15 07:25

Europe moves softly softly on Ukraine

The United States, Nato and most European leaders believe these actions are being supported by Russia with the intention of destabilising Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And dammit; that's OUR job!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 15 07:20

Russia says Ukraine close to civil war as Kiev begins offensive

Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armored personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the rebels to lay down their arms, witnesses however saw no signs yet that Kiev forces were about to storm state buildings in the Russian-speaking east that armed militants have occupied.

Apr 15 07:15

Russian government drafts law to ban GMO imports

(RIA Novosti) – The import of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Russia could be prohibited should such products fail to pass inspections, according to a draft law published on the Russian government’s legal web portal.

Apr 15 07:12

Russia Could Ban Import of Untested GMOs

The import of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Russia could be prohibited should such products fail to pass inspections, according to a draft law published on the Russian government’s legal web portal.

Apr 15 07:11

Ukraine presidential candidates attacked in Kiev

Radicals have attacked two Ukrainian presidential candidates. One of them, Oleg Tsarev, was “brutally beaten,” claimed the candidate’s press office. The radicals poured green antiseptic solution and flour on another candidate, Mikhail Dobkin.

Oleg Tsarev was attacked after being trapped inside the ICTV media building following his appearance on the ‘Svoboda Slova’ chat show, according to the statement released by Tsarev’s office.

“It was with great difficulty that government’s security forces were able to recapture Oleg Tsarev from the angry mob. He was severely beaten and is in serious condition,” the press office said.

Apr 15 07:10

Military storm airfield, town in eastern Ukraine, wounded reported - protesters

Ukrainian troops are storming an airfield in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, said anti-Maidan activists as cited by RIA Novosti. The activists added that several people were injured.

Ukrainian troops approached the military airfield in armored personnel carriers between the eastern cities of Kramatorsk and Slavyansk, the people’s militia located at the airfield told RIA Novosti on the phone.

“They started negotiating with the people’s militia, which is in control of the airfield. The shooting started unexpectedly. There are injured among the people’s militia, and there may be deaths,” they said.

Apr 15 06:46

We’re All Ukrainians Now

On February 22, 2014, Ukrainian freedom died. Western-supported fascist putschists seized power. They ousted Ukraine’s democratically elected government.

Mob rule replaced it. Illegitimate xenophobic, ultranationalist, neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic thugs run things. They do so with full US backing.

Apr 15 04:42

NATO's Pet Nazis Savage Ukrainian Presidential Candidate

US-EU legitimacy is crippled as their Kiev regime uses overt, systematic violence and intimidation to consolidate its hold over Ukraine.

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Apr 14 22:32

New Russian bill equates popular bloggers to mass media

Russian lawmakers suggest that internet authors whose works attract 10,000 or more visitors a day should be accredited as journalists, receiving all rights and responsibilities commensurate with this status.

Apr 14 19:19

Washington's Outrageous Ukraine Double Standards

The Washington foreign policy establishment is furious. Protesters in eastern Ukraine, who feel threatened by the US-backed government in Kiev that hascancelled Russian-language television programming and installed oligarchs to rule over them, have poured out into main squares in many major eastern Ukrainian cities. Some have stormed government buildings and taken control of them. They favor a more federalized Ukraine, where more political decisions are made locally rather than dictated from the unelected rulers in Kiev.

Apr 14 17:28

Washington Drives The World To War — Paul Craig Roberts

The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression of the Russian separatists in the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that were foolishly attached to the Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule.

Washington’s plan to grab Ukraine overlooked that the Russian and Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine were not likely to go along with their insertion into the EU and NATO while submitting to the persecution of Russian speaking peoples. Washington has lost Crimea, from which Washington intended to eject Russia from its Black Sea naval base. Instead of admitting that its plan for grabbing Ukraine has gone amiss, Washington is unable to admit a mistake and, therefore, is pushing the crisis to more dangerous levels.

If Ukraine dissolves into secession with the former Russian territories reverting to Russia, Washington will be embarrassed that the result of its coup in Kiev was to restore the Russian provinces of Ukraine to Russia. To avoid this embarrassment, Washington is pushing the crisis toward war.

Apr 14 17:08

The Great Decoupling: How the West is Engineering its Own Downfall

James Corbett
Activist Post

Reports out of Moscow indicate that Russia is on the verge of signing the “holy grail” of gas deals with China. The deal between Russian state-owned gas firm Gazprom and Beijing would see as much as 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year flowing through the first proposed Russia-China pipeline by 2018. The agreement has apparently been in the works for years, but recent events on Moscow’s western flank (read: the Ukrainian situation) has moved the timetable on the plan up dramatically, with the last sticking point being the price. If the deal is signed next month during Putin’s state visit to China, as many analysts are speculating will happen, it will be a significant event not only economically, but geopolitically...

Apr 14 13:56

White House confirms CIA director visited Ukraine over weekend

White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan visited Ukrainian capital Kiev over the weekend and met with high-ranked Ukrainian officials.

Apr 14 13:54

EU to expand Russia sanctions over Ukraine

The European Union has approved to expand sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine’s recent developments.

Apr 14 13:49

Leaked UN Report Claims Russia ‘Rigged’ Crimea Referendum

A draft UN report on human rights in Ukraine reportedly acquired by US-based political magazine Foreign Policy claims Russia “rigged” the referendum in Crimea, the news outlet said on its website.

Apr 14 13:23

Breaking!: Putin to Obama: Use your influence to prevent bloodshed in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin has urged his US counterpart Barack Obama to use his influence on the Ukrainian government to prevent “bloodshed” in the country.

Apr 14 12:55

Pro-Russia rebels storm police station in Ukraine's Horlivka

Ukraine's acting president says he would welcome United Nations peacekeepers in the east, where armed separatists have taken over government buildings. Pro-Russia activists moved in to a police station in Horlivka on Monday. They are now occupying state property in at least 10 towns and cities.

Apr 14 12:50

Ukraine crisis, US plot to launch nuclear war with Russia

The US has engineered the crisis in Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia as part of its scenario to provoke Moscow to engage in a nuclear war with Washington, according to a political analyst from the Center for Research on Globalization.

Apr 14 12:44

US considers offering military help to Ukraine – Kerry advisor

An advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the United States may decide to send arms to eastern Ukraine as tensions continue to worsen there between pro-Russian protesters and supporters of the country’s interim government.

Apr 14 12:40

Kiev urges UN to hold joint 'anti-terrorist operation' in eastern Ukraine

Ukraine’s coup-installed president, Aleksandr Turchinov, has proposed the conducting of a joint operation with UN peacekeeping forces, signing a decree immediately imposing a special anti-terrorist operation in the east of the country.

Apr 14 11:47

Russian jet buzzes U.S. warship in Black Sea 12 times

According to reports, the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, was buzzed by a Russian jet on 12 occasion Saturday as international tensions rise. The passes were said to be within 1000-yards of the warship, at various altitudes ranging from near sea level to 500ft.

Apr 14 11:18

If Kiev uses force, Russian cooperation over Ukraine will be undermined – Lavrov

"If the authorities in Kiev will use force, our entire cooperation on the Ukrainian issue will be undermined," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting of the World Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots. "We are now discussing the possibility of holding a meeting of Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine," Lavrov said.

Apr 14 11:04

Europe drafting joint response to Putin's message

The draft of a joint response to the letter of Russia's President Vladimir Putin on the situation involving Ukraine's debt for Russian gas will be prepared on Monday, April 14, Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said.

Apr 14 10:33

Oh, that awkward moment: Ukrainian PM greets Swiss president with Danish flag

An official visit of Switzerland’s president to Ukraine has kicked off with a diplomatic blunder as the country’s coup-imposed authorities greeted him with Danish flag instead of the Swiss.

It was Swiss president, Didier Burkhalter, who pointed the mistake out to prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk, during their meeting on Monday.

However, Burkhalter was kind enough to treat the incident as a joke, the Swiss media reports.

Apr 14 10:32

Crisis in Ukraine: Maidan activists protest against interim gov't in Kiev

If Kiev fails to respond to demands of the people and moves to stabilize the economy, mass anti-government protests will sweep Ukraine, warned activists of the "For a Decent Life" movement led by Irina Bogdanets as they rallied in Independence Square in the Ukrainian capital on Monday.

Apr 14 10:09

Ukraine to Gazprom: We won’t accept new gas prices and are suspending payments

The newly-appointed head of Ukraine’s national gas company says the country “sees no reason” to comply with the “political” hike in gas prices imposed by Russia, and will formally stop transferring money to Moscow until the situation is resolved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Russia will shut off the valves, and you can expect gas shortages here in the US (and demands to increase fracking) as the US tries to cover the Ukraine and European shortfalls.

Apr 14 09:18

BREAKING: Russian fighter jet buzzes U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

A U.S. military official says a Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region.

The official says the fighter flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level, saying this prompted ship commanders to issue several radio warnings.

The fighter appeared to be unarmed and the passes ended without incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you sail warships up to the coasts of other countries, they usually will come out to take a look at what you are doing! If Russia sailed a warship into the Gulf of Mexico, what do you think the US would do?

Apr 14 09:07

Europe's rule of law in worst crisis since cold war, says Council chief

Thorbjørn Jagland's report on democracy in Europe argues lack of human rights in Ukraine paved way for Russia's actions

Apr 14 09:00

Eurasian Corridor Project: China to Invest $5Bln in Russia’s Far East

Amid increasing tensions with the West, Russia is making progress on long-awaited deals with its eastern neighbor, China.

The China Development Bank has confirmed its plans to invest $5 billion in Russia’s Far East, news reports said Friday.

Investments will be channeled to regional economic zones and will finance large infrastructure projects, Russia’s Far East Development Ministry said.

“Russia is ready to take on the transit cargo coming from the Asia-Pacific region to Europe, in line with the plans of the Chinese government to reanimate the Great Silk Way,” said Far East Development Minister Alexander Galushka.

The new silk way is not meant to be a physical replica of the ancient route that connected China and the Mediterranean through Persia, but is rather a general concept of a land and sea transport corridor that has the same purpose — to link Asia and Europe, Galushka said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government continues to wage wars in an attempt to get what it needs, while the Russians and Chinese are striking development deals to achieve the same outcomes.

What is wrong with this picture?!? If you are an American who cares very much about the future of your country, BLOODY EVERYTHING!!

Apr 14 08:56

French spy ship FS Dupuy de Lôme with COMINT/ELINT equipment Passed Through Turkish Straits

On 14 April 2014 we expect the destroyer FS Dupleix to pass through the Turkish Straits.

But by far the intelligence gathering ship FS Dupuy de Lôme will be the most controversial one. She is fitted with COMINT and ELINT equipment. Her helicopter pad might be used to launch and recover unmanned air vehicles which can carry additional intelligence gathering sensors. According to Jane’s Fighting Ship, the ship is available for 350 days a year and active for 240 days.

May be France is better in making strategic communication at a level that can be correctly interpreted by Russians by sending two spy ships to the back yard of the Russians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such a move will not ratchet down tensions in the region, and are nearly guaranteed to escalate them.

Apr 14 08:13

Bildt defends Ukrainian right to use force

Speaking to Swedish Radio News, Bildt says: "No democratic state can tolerate illegal, armed groups taking over police stations and administrative buildings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You know, what the Kiev government did to seize power in the first place!"

Apr 14 07:52

Russia Hints At Ushering In A New Gold Backed Ruble

This action comes in response to JPMorgan entering the economic battlefield and blocking Russian wire transfers.

Apr 14 07:45

Russia Declares War on U.S. Dollar

Through Gazprom, Russia is openly declaring war on the U.S. dollar and its long-standing role as the settlement currency in global oil transactions. Ukraine is yet another proxy war for the U.S. and Russia. Now, however, the long knives are coming out.

Apr 14 07:30

Mossad involved in Arctic Sea hijacking?

Apr 14 07:26

BBC News Ukraine crisis Turchynov announces anti terror operation

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the Orwellian double-think on this is that the Kiev government, installed by force after overthrowing the elected government represents "Democracy" while the Eastern Ukraine, which wants nothing to do with a government they did not elect, are now "terrorists."

Apr 14 07:20

Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus to have new joint currency by 2025

In May 2014, presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus will sign an agreement on the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union. Sections 9 and 11 the agreement, the draft of which is available on the official website of the Russian Ministry for Economic Development, are devoted to the joint monetary policy and financial markets. During the first stage, it is planned to set up an advisory board of the heads of central banks of participating states. The banks would be responsible for the rate of national currencies, regulation of banking and insurance activities and the harmonization of the securities market.

Apr 14 07:09

Russia Seeks US Explanation for CIA Director's Visit to Ukraine – Lavrov

The United States has not yet given a sufficient response to reports of a recent visit by CIA Director John Brennan to Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

“We would like, in particular, to understand the meaning of these reports about CIA Director Brennan’s recent visit to Kiev,” Lavrov told journalists at a press conference.

“So far we haven’t received any intelligible explanations,” he said.

Apr 14 07:08

Ukraine ex-president: CIA provokes civil war in Ukraine

Speaking on a Russian television station late on Sunday, the ousted president said the United States authorized the new government in Kiev to use force to crack down on protesters in the country’s east.

Yanukovych also warned that Ukraine’s interim officials have taken the country to the brink of a civil war.

He noted that CIA Director John Brennan met with Kiev’s new leaders in person and "in fact sanctioned the use of weapons and provoked bloodshed," in Ukraine.

Yanukovych added that in the event of any bloodshed, the new interim officials of Ukraine as well as the US administration will be held responsible.

Apr 14 07:05

Cameron Demands Russia Condemns Pro-Moscow Activists in Ukraine

David Cameron has claimed the latest crisis in Ukraine "bears the hallmarks" of a Russian approach.

Following a phone conversation with German chancellor Angela Merkel, he called on Moscow to unequivocally condemn the illegal occupation of government buildings.

Cameron was on holiday in Lanzarote but has held phone conversations with both Merkel and France's Francois Hollande.

Apr 14 06:54

Militants Defy Deadline Set by Ukraine to Stop Occupying Sites

A deadline set by the Ukrainian government for pro-Russian militants in the country’s east to vacate occupied buildings passed on Monday without signs of an effort to enforce it.

Commandos who engaged in gunfights with men who had set up roadblocks stormed a Ukrainian police station in the city of Slovyansk on Sunday, but there were no signs after the deadline passed at 9 a.m. Monday that they had tried to approach again.

Apr 14 06:54

Lavrov challenges ‘hypocritical’ West over Kyiv ultimatum to Ukraine protesters

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused Western countries of hypocrisy over Ukraine, challenging them to respond to Kyiv’s threat to use force against pro-Russian protests.

“The violence on Maidan, which ended with dozens and dozens of deaths – this was called a democracy. While peaceful protests going on now in the southeast (of Ukraine) is called terrorism and it is declared that armed forces will be used in a so-called ‘anti-terrorism operation’,” Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow.

Apr 14 06:53

Reuters: Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine appeal to Kremlin to help

Pro-Russian separatists who said they were part of a new "Donetsk People's Republic" in eastern Ukraine appealed on Monday for Russian President Vladimir Putin to help defend them against Ukrainian government forces.

Apr 14 06:47

We’re All Ukrainians Now

On February 22, 2014, Ukrainian freedom died. Western-supported fascist putschists seized power. They ousted Ukraine’s democratically elected government.

Mob rule replaced it. Illegitimate xenophobic, ultranationalist, neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic thugs run things. They do so with full US backing.

Apr 14 01:32

President Vladimir Putin’s letter to leaders of European countries

President Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are proving to be rational leaders and true statesmen compared to their pathetic counterparts in the US, France, Germany and Britain. The US Foreign Policy is irrational.They want countries to be subservient to them and they don’t want Israel’s actions or ambitions questioned in the Middle East.

Apr 13 22:46

Swedish finance minister says IMF's Ukraine bailout too small

While the IMF prepares an $18 billion rescue package for Ukraine, Sweden's minister of finance, Anders Borg, says that is not enough to stabilise the country.

Apr 13 22:35

Kiev must stop war on Ukrainians - Russia's UN envoy

The International community must demand that those who are in power in Kiev stop war on their own citizens in south-eastern Ukraine, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin told the UN Security Council.

Apr 13 13:05

Moscow slams Kiev’s military op order as ‘criminal’, calls for UNSC meeting

Moscow slammed Sunday’s order, issued by the coup-imposed acting President Aleksandr Turchinov approving a full-scale security operation in the country’s eastern regions, as “criminal”. “Blood has already been spilled as the result of such actions in the South East.”

Apr 13 12:09

Ukraine to fight pro-Russia forces

Ukraine's president says a full-scale operation involving the army will be launched in the east after pro-Russian militants seized government buildings.
Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said he would not allow a repetition of what happened in Crimea which was annexed by Russia last month.

His live televised address from parliament came after pro-Russian forces targeted half a dozen cities.
Moscow has strongly criticised Kiev's plan to use its armed forces.

Apr 13 11:43

pro-Russian activists disarm the "National Guard" of Ukraine

Apr 13 10:44

THE RISE OF PUTIN AND THE FALL OF THE RUSSIAN-JEWISH OLIGARCHS

Watch this all the way through and draw your own parallels between Russia and her oligarchs and America today and her Wall Street types. This is truly a amazing movie with interviews with the oligarchs and others who directly speak to their actions and hubris at the time. We hear about Putin and the Oligarchs as if it were a bad thing. America should pay heed to what was done to remove these creatures from power and follow suit in whatever way is most effective for this Western culture.

THEN tell me you would NOT like a Putin type to set your country free from such individuals!

Apr 13 10:26

White House Plans Biden Visit to Kiev Amid Eastern Ukraine Tension

The White House said on Saturday that Vice President Joe Biden would travel to Kiev this month to show support for the Ukrainian government as U.S. officials expressed new concern over "violence and sabotage" by militants it said were apparently supported by Russia in eastern Ukraine.

Biden, set to travel to Kiev on April 22, will become the most senior U.S. official to visit the country since the crisis began there.

Apr 13 10:25

Russian Media Report CIA Director Held 'Secret Consultations' in Kiev

Russian news agencies reported Sunday that U.S. CIA director John Brennan had a secret meeting with Ukrainian officials in Kiev before they began operations against separatist forces that had taken over buildings in the country's east.

Brennan landed in Ukraine on Saturday under an assumed name and held a "series of secret meetings" with the country's "power bloc" Interfax reported, citing an unidentified official in the Ukrainian parliament. The unidentified official said that there were "unconfirmed reports" that the U.S. security official was behind the decision to use force in eastern Ukraine after pro-Russian separatist forces took control of the city of Slovyansk.

Ukrainian parliament Communist Party deputy Vladimir Golub told RIA Novosti that lawmakers were talking about the visit openly and opined that the Ukrainian Security Service had become a unit of the CIA.

Apr 13 09:27

Blackwater Resurfaces In Ukraine

Well, that’s great news, isn’t it? Blackwater is back. After a first wave of negative publicity over its involvement in Iraq, a major PR hush-hush campaign led to a series of mergers, takeovers and name changes; first, in 2009, it became Xe Services, only to turn into Academi in 2011. What a brilliant moniker for a bunch of modern day mercenaries that is. Who would expect a ruthless killing machine behind a name like that?

Russia quite matter of factly mentioned that it doesn’t appreciate the presence of 150 mercenaries from Academi affiliate Greystone in Ukraine, wearing, no less, Ukrainian special task police uniforms, where the soldiers of fortune are apparently being deployed, by US/EU/Ukraine, to stifle the protests in eastern cities like Donetsk and Kharkiv. Does make you wonder if the US would be just as matter of factly if a heavily armed Navy Seal style Russian or Chinese private army were active in Mexico or Canada.

Apr 13 09:22

OPINION: Ambiguity of ‘Mercenary’ Label Is Politically Expedient

Defining someone as a “mercenary” has become a tool of political will and expediency, as the definition is ambiguous, Matt Potter, a British journalist told RIA Novosti.

“Because 'mercenary' is so loose and therefore easily manipulated, defining people as 'mercenaries' has become as much an act of political will and expediency as calling someone a ‘traitor’,” Potter said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier voiced concerns over the buildup of Ukrainian forces in the southeastern part of the country, including some 150 US mercenaries from the Barbados-registered Greystone company dressed in uniforms of the country’s elite Sokol police unit.

The US dismissed the claims, with US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland saying there was no truth to them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since it was the US that lied to us all about Saddam's nuclear weapons, the benefit of the doubt goes to Russia on this. And, it should be remembered. there is a video of the capture of one of these American mercenaries, so we know the US Government is, as usual, lying through their teeth.

Apr 13 09:08

Ukraine misses deadline to pay Russia's Gazprom gas debt

If you've ever been in arrears on your gas bill you will know it's in everyone's interests to come to some sort of agreement with your supplier. But Ukraine and Russia seem to be struggling.

Ukraine owes Russia $2.1 billion (£1.2 billion) for gas and counting. More correctly, it owes that rather staggering sum of money to Gazprom, the world's largest gas company which is owned by the Russian state.

The final deadline for Ukraine to settle the outstanding balance, in full, came and went yesterday at 17:00 Moscow time (14:00 BST). My understanding is that no money changed hands. Gazprom executives this morning sound mightily cross but it isn't clear what happens next.

Apr 13 09:03

Ukraine turmoil LIVE UPDATES

Ukrainian coup-imposed authorities have their hands full with various problems. The country’s eastern regions remain in turmoil, with protesters demanding autonomy from the capital, and economic perils are aggravated by an imminent gas debt crisis.

Apr 13 08:53

Right Sector arrives in Slavyansk to suppress protests

Militants from the radical group Right Sector have come to the city of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine to take part in a force operation against protesters who had occupied several government buildings in the city.

These protesters are demanding that Ukraine should be a federative state with more autonomy for its regions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the same people that thought it was good to kick out the government in Kiev seem to have a problem with other cities trying to do the same.

I suspect many of these "militants" are actually the hired US mercenaries.

Apr 13 08:41

Ukraine miners take to Donetsk streets in uprising that mimics Kyiv protests

If they can do it in Kyiv, we can do it in Donetsk.

That’s what Roman Romanenko says as he organizes the occupation of this eastern Ukraine city’s seat of government, which he and hundreds like him seized to protest the new leadership in Kyiv. Clad in fatigues and a blue beret, the 35- year-old former paratrooper says he quit his coal-mining job to come here.

“My miner’s soul told me to be here,” said Romanenko. “Those people in Kyiv spat on us. They think Ukraine is only western Ukraine and are ruling as they please.”

Apr 13 08:30

Israel rejects Washington's pressure over Ukraine

The US Administration, visibly irritated with Israel's "neutrality" towards the political crisis in Ukraine, has been putting pressure on Tel-Aviv, the Haaretz newspaper reports.

Apr 13 06:57

China and Australia to Hasten FTA (Free Trade) negotiation. Wants an agreement quickly. Sydney to be an Official Yuan trading exchange.

China and Australia have been in FTA (Free Trade Agreement) negotiations since 2005. Now China and Australia are rushing and get an agreement set between them.

Besides the FTA between them. It was announced Yesterday Sydney Australia will be an international Yuan trading exchange.

Australia and China have agreed to enhance offshore market development of the Renminbi

Once the arrangements are finalised, it will place Sydney alongside Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan as an official trading hub for the yuan, the Australian Financial Review reported.

The only questions left are: How much longer does the dollar have? How soon will Russia, China, Middle East, and Australia drop the dollar completely for trade between them?

Apr 13 03:06

Ukraine's Slavyansk under siege as Kiev orders crackdown on protests

There are reports from the scene of a gunfight in the city of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, where anti-government protesters seized several buildings. It comes after Kiev announced an “anti-terrorist operation” against the protesters.

Apr 13 02:24

President Vladimir Putin’s letter to leaders of European countries

Western media’s relentless demonizing of President Putin is backfiring. President Putin’s approval ratings hits a three year high and have risen to 88% (The Independent and BBC reported) in the past week, as Russians back their president over Ukraine, a height western leaders can only dream of.

“It goes without saying that Russia is prepared to participate in the effort to stabilize and restore Ukraine’s economy, however, not in a unilateral way, but on equal conditions with our European partners.” writes President Putin.

Apr 12 16:12

Pro-federalization activists take over govt buildings across Eastern Ukraine

Thousands of pro-federalization activists have rallied in cities across Eastern Ukraine, calling for greater sovereignty of their region from Kiev. Activists have formed militias that helped anti-Maidan protesters seize several government buildings.
Pro-federalization activists occupy city council, police HQ in Slavyansk

Activists in Slavyansk, a city in eastern Ukraine located in the north of the Donetsk region with a population of 120,000, seized the police headquarters and the city council building Saturday. Police said Anti-Maidan protesters also seized the local office of Ukraine’s Security Service, the SBU.

Apr 12 13:08

Crimean Constitution comes into force

The constitution turned Crimea from an autonomous region of Ukraine into a part of the Russian Federation with full and equal rights.

Apr 12 11:42

AFP PODCAST & ARTICLE: György Schwartz — The Man Behind the Mess in Ukraine

Anyone following the Ukrainian crisis in the reality-warping media comes away with this impression: The Ukrainian people, desperate for Western-style democracy, rose up and rebelled against their authoritarian president. Russia then invaded the Crimea in order to keep Ukraine under its iron grip.

The reality, however, is far from the spin peddled by the mainstream media and its globalist backers. The rebellion in Ukraine was orchestrated by Western bankers as part of a vicious chess game that pits Washington against Moscow. Putin did not invade Crimea, and in a referendum voted on March 16, 97% of Crimeans asked to be allowed to join Russia.

Dave Gahary spoke with reporter Pete Papaherakles, the author of this article, to learn more about what’s behind this story, in this informative interview (28:22).

Apr 12 10:41

U.S. Threatens Russia with Sanctions Over Oil Deal with Iran

The United States is threatening Russia with more sanctions, not only over the situation in Ukraine but also over a possible oil deal between Moscow and Tehran.

Reuters reported that U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told his Russian counterpart on Thursday that any oil-for-goods deal Moscow might strike with Iran could run afoul of U.S. sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to US Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew (who obviously did NOT get the memo): The Russian Finance Minister has publicly stated today that Russia does not acknowledge US sanctions against Iran! Sorry to have to be the first to tell you, sir, but I thought somebody needed to! :-)

Russia only recognizes UN Security Council sanctions against Iran, not the United States’ own “Oil for Goods” deal, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said after a meeting with US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday. “The US Secretary of the Treasury informed us that they have information about the possible participation of our companies in trade ties with Iran for buying Iranian oil,” Siluanov said. “In this situation we are acting on the basis of decisions by the United Nations, which defines sanctions and groups of goods that will fall under the sanctions, and we are acting within the limits of the decisions approved by international organizations,” he added.

This move on Russia's part, sir, may get other UN members to follow suit. I don't know what might be playing on your Ipod right now, but I would suggest the theme from the movie "Exodous" might just be appropriate!

Apr 12 10:11

RussiaRussia Does Not Acknowledge US Sanctions Against Iran – Russian Finance Minister

Russia only recognizes UN Security Council sanctions against Iran, not the United States’ own “Oil for Goods” deal, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said after a meeting with US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday.

“The US Secretary of the Treasury informed us that they have information about the possible participation of our companies in trade ties with Iran for buying Iranian oil,” Siluanov said.

“In this situation we are acting on the basis of decisions by the United Nations, which defines sanctions and groups of goods that will fall under the sanctions, and we are acting within the limits of the decisions approved by international organizations,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia's actions here could well pave the way for other countries ignoring US sanctions, and only observing UN sanctions.

This was a masterful geopolitical move.

Apr 12 09:14

Kiev hands over powers to stop pro-Russian east breaking away

Kiev offered sweeping autonomous powers to regional governments in an attempt to defuse attempts by pro-Russian protesters to establish separatist republics in the east of Ukraine.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the acting prime minister, told regional leaders and businessmen in Donetsk that parliament should consider a “law on referendums … to allow regions to decide issues of key importance to them”.

Apr 12 09:10

Alfa anti-riot police refuses to storm protesters-occupied buildings in Eastern Ukraine

Leaders of the Ukrainian anti-riot police unit Alfa have refused to obey the orders of the interim authorities in Kiev to storm the administrative buildings in the east Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, the local media reported on Friday.

“We are going to act in strict compliance with the law. Our unit has been set up to release hostages and fight terrorism,” one of the Alfa leaders said.

Apr 12 09:06

Recognition of legitimacy of Crimea can accelerate Russia's decision on bailout to KievRead more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_12/Recognition-of-legitimacy-of-Crimea-can-accelerate-Russias-decision-on-bailout-to-Kiev-2219/

For financial assistance from Russia, Ukraine needs to recognize the legitimacy of the Crimea as part of the Russian Federation, as well as constitutional reform, elections and not to discriminate against Russian, said Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Game, Set, and Match... Putin!

Apr 12 09:02

State Department Again Denies Presence of US Mercenaries in Ukraine

Claims that a private US security company has sent mercenaries to Ukraine are untrue, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has said.

The security company denied such accusations in a phone conversation, Nuland said before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, without naming the company.

Russian media earlier reported that mercenaries of US private military company Greystone Limited were involved in the recent crackdown on pro-federalization protestors in eastern Ukraine. According to the firm’s official statement obtained by RIA Novosti, its employees did not take part in the events, and there are no plans to deploy anyone to the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With so utterly little credibility the US State Department has at this moment, I would tend to believe that reports of US private security units in the Ukraine are most probably true.

IF President Obama were to knock on my door, and declare the sun was shining, I would feel morally obliged to walk outside and see for myself.

Apr 12 08:32

George Osborne warns City to prepare for turmoil over Russia sanctions and interest rate rises

The City must brace itself for a new wave of market volatility amid looming interest rate rises and the possibility of harsher Russian sanctions, the Chancellor has said, as he insisted that the Treasury was prepared "for any eventuality" on the Ukrainian crisis.

Apr 12 08:22

NATO’s Russian troop build-up satellite images ‘show 2013 drills’

The satellite images released by NATO that allegedly show a current build-up of Russian troops near Ukrainian border were taken in August 2013 amid military drills, a source in the General Staff of the Russian Army has said.

NATO’s top military commander in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, on Wednesday claimed that there is evidence of what he says are 40,000 Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, tweeting a link to satellite images.

The images, some of them colored and some black and white, appear to show multiple Russian tanks, helicopters, fighter jets and a “special forces brigade” with locations and dates added to them. The dates marked range from March 22 to March 27, 2014. Another image not available on the original webpage but used by some Western media has “April 2, 2014” stamped on it.

Apr 12 07:47

Undercover US agent in spetsnaz clothing arrested in Ukraine

Apr 12 07:46

State Department Again Denies Presence of US Mercenaries in Ukraine

Claims that a private US security company has sent mercenaries to Ukraine are untrue, US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Proving to the world once again that everything that comes out of the mouth of a US Government official is just 100% USDA choice bovine excrement, because only a few days ago, forces in Eastern Ukraine captured a US Mercenary who was wearing a Spetsnaz uniform. There is video of the arrest which is already all over the internet.

Apr 12 07:31

International group raises money for Ukraine's cash-starved military

As the military threat from Russia becomes already palpable, attempts are being made to strengthen Ukraine’s military forces given Ukraine's poor economic condition.

A special Ukrainian Military Crisis Fund (http://ukrmilcf.org/), an initiative set up by few businesspeople, invites people from all over the world to donate money in order to cover lack of basic supplies in the Ukrainian army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yes, let us all buy bullets for the unelected government's armed thugs!

This is probably a scam anyway!

Apr 12 07:01

Tensions high as deadline for anti-Kiev protesters passes, govt crackdown feared

The 48 hour ultimatum for those defying the power of Kiev in the eastern city of Lugansk passed without the sight of government troops storming the barricades.

Apr 12 06:48

Putin Tells US Leaders ‘Not Nice to Read Others' Mail’

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called Washington’s reaction to his letter to European leaders on Ukraine strange, adding “it’s not nice to read others’ mail.”

In other words - Butt out!

Apr 12 06:44

Gingerbread instead of fast food: Russian regions declare a war on McDonald’s

Several Russian regions held protest actions against American fast food on Friday. The protesters called for closing McDonald’s fast food restaurants In Russia and refrain from opening the new ones.

Apr 12 06:41

Russia outlines preconditions for re-establishment of aid to Ukraine

Ukraine should recognize Crimea’s independence, reform the country’s constitution, regulate the crisis in its eastern regions and guarantee the rights of Russian speakers if it wants to get financial help from Moscow, Russia’s finance minister has said.

Apr 11 16:51

Russia Loses Leverage with China on 'Holy-Grail' Gas Deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin obviously thinks that preventing Ukraine from moving closer to the West is a strategic interest and one that is important enough to risk international condemnation. Seizing Crimea has led to negative international opinion, capital flight, deteriorating relations with Europe, and a potential enormous toll to the Russian economy. It has also threatened to permanently damage the commercial relationship Russia has with its largest energy customer – Western Europe.

Apr 11 13:10

Our Government Has Already BeenCaught Lying About Iraq

It turned out that the "Iraqi troops satellite photos" were fake

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So NATO's photos of Russians should be taken with a grain of salt.

Apr 11 12:59

Kiev backpedals on referendums after deadline to stop protest expires

Just after a deadline set by Kiev for protesters in eastern Ukraine to vacate seized buildings expired, Parliament-appointed PM Arseny Yatsenyuk pledged to push through a law allowing regional referendums in the country.

Apr 11 12:43

NATO uses old images taken in August 2013 to claim that Russian troops are deployed on Ukrainian Borders

NATO wants to justify it’s existence and what better way than to show a big build up of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border. Fact is that the pictures are from August 2013. The military adventures of recent years by NATO, shows that it likes to use fake pictures and videos in order to justify invasions and gaining support at home for unpopular wars.

Apr 11 12:31

EU set to help Ukraine pay gas bills - Oettinger

European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger is working on a plan to help Ukraine pay some of its gas bills to Russia, he told Austria's ORF radio on Friday, saying there was "no reason to panic" about Russian gas supplies to Europe.

Apr 11 12:15

Donetsk miners press for more independence from Ukraine

Ukraine's Prime Minister has told leaders in the east he is commited to giving the region's more power. But to many in the eastern city of Donetsk, especially those working in mines, this is not enough as they doubt the current government would improve their lives. They demand more powers be given to regional authorities.

Apr 11 11:47

EU taking Putin’s letter on gas transit ‘seriously’ – Merkel

The EU is taking seriously President Vladimir Putin’s letter to 18 European countries, in which he warned that Ukraine’s debt crisis could affect gas transit from Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Apr 11 11:43

Google mapmakers to mark Crimea as Russian territory

Russia's largest search engine Yandex has already updated its mapping tools to designate the Crimean peninsuala as part of Russia.

Apr 11 09:38

Why US Fracking Companies Are Licking Their Lips Over Ukraine

he way to beat Vladimir Putin is to flood the European market with fracked-in-the-USA natural gas, or so the industry would have us believe. As part of escalating anti-Russian hysteria, two bills have been introduced into the US Congress – one in the House of Representatives (H.R. 6), one in the Senate (S. 2083) – that attempt to fast-track liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, all in the name of helping Europe to wean itself from Putin's fossil fuels, and enhancing US national security.

According to Cory Gardner, the Republican congressman who introduced the House bill, "opposing this legislation is like hanging up on a 911 call from our friends and allies". And that might be true – as long as your friends and allies work at Chevron and Shell, and the emergency is the need to keep profits up amid dwindling supplies of conventional oil and gas.

Apr 11 09:30

Europe Folds As Putin Tells It To Pay Ukraine's Gazprom Bill, Or Else

Another day ending in "y" means another day in which Putin plays the G(roup of most insolvent countries)-7 like a fiddle.

The latest: Europe should provide aid to Ukraine to ensure uninterrupted natural-gas deliveries to the region, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said as reported by Bloomberg.

"Russia is the only country helping Ukraine’s economy with energy supplies that are not paid for," Dmitry Peskov told reporters today in Moscow, commenting on President Vladimir Putin’s letter yesterday to 18 European heads of state. “The letter is a call to immediately review this situation, which is absurd on the one hand and critical on the other.

Apr 11 08:39

New Cover-up in Boston Bombing Saga—Blaming Moscow

Maybe you heard: the Russians are responsible for the Boston Marathon Bombing. At least indirectly.

That’s what the New York Times says. Had the Russians told the Americans everything they knew about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the bombing might have been averted by the FBI. The Times knows this because it was told so by an anonymous “senior American official” who got an advance look at a report from the “intelligence community.”

Anyone who still entertains the fantasy that America is a vigorous, healthy democracy with an honest and reliable security apparatus and an honest, competent, vigilant media need only consider this major news leak just published as a New York Times exclusive. It pretty much sums up the fundamental corruption of our institutions, the lack of accountability, and the deep-dyed complicity of the “finest” brand in American journalism.

Killing Two Birds with One Stone

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

And the sloppy demonization of Russia continues, unabated.

But the problem for the New York Times is, after lying to the American public so consistently about Saddam's nuclear bombs; Al-Assad's gassing of his own people; and the need to invade and occupy Afghanistan, Americans are growing skeptical of anything it has to say, and with damned good reason.

Apr 11 08:22

Europe Targets Russia Irresponsibly

European nations follow Washington’s lead. They act disgracefully. They do so reprehensibly. They harm their own self-interest.

They partner in America‘s wars. They embrace confrontation. They harm their own people. Russia bashing is prioritized.

Apr 11 08:21

OPINION: Russia to Benefit From US Suspension of Nuclear Cooperation Program

Washington’s decision to end cooperation with Moscow on dismantling weapons of mass destruction due to the crisis in Ukraine will free up Russia for a military partnership with China, a Russian defense expert has said.

Apr 11 08:15

America to invade Ukraine

The current Obama administration is not all together stupid, they can read public felling and sentiment. American people are tired of war, wars and wars and multitudes of wars. No other country in the world has been at war constantly since the Second World War, other than the US. Finally the people of the nation are weary of the endless killing and body bags coming home. The rhetoric of the slogans of deceit and the beating war drums are no longer stirring a failing country. The senses are becoming numbed by the endless lies and killing. Obama can at least see that he is not going to stir a nation on false pretexts this time over the Ukraine issue. Fortunately, because of the internet, many Americans can now see for themselves the truth behind much of the manoeuvrings of governments who are controlled by other forces.

Apr 11 08:12

Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk appeals to restive east

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has promised leaders in the country's restive east they'll be granted more powers. The move is an attempt to quell separatist sentiment amid heightened EU-Russia energy tension.

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Ukraine is asking for Europe's help to pay Russian gas bill. Looks like the plan to allow the ECB to loot Ukraine isn't working out very well.

Apr 11 07:53

Ukraine’s revolution isn’t over yet

As head of the government’s newly christened Lustration Committee — the result of a popular mandate during the months-long protests against Viktor Yanukovych — he’s meant to be spearheading an effort to cleanse Ukrainian politics of any traces of the ousted president, as well as the official abuse for which his regime was toppled.

Sobolev’s task might be easier if his committee had any real power, he says, or if the country’s new ruling coalition were to show any real interest in passing legislation aimed at purging the old elite.

But, according to Kyiv's leading moral crusader, the popular demand for lustration voiced on Independence Square, the “Maidan,” has fallen victim to politicians looking to save their own skin.

“It looks more like an attempt to fool the Maidan with this idea,” he says.

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In other words, the honeymoon is over with the new coup d'etat government in Kiev (actually in this case it was a rape) and the Ukrainians have already lost trust and confidence in their new leadership.

Apr 11 07:20

Ukraine PM offers more power to eastern regions to quell crisis

In an attempt to quell the deepening crisis in eastern Ukraine, the interim prime minister has offered to devolve more power to the regions.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk met officials in Donetsk on Friday, where pro-Russian separatists are occupying government buildings and demanding a referendum on independence from Kiev.

Yatsenyuk did not meet with representatives of the protesters, nor did he offer any detail on how his vision of devolution differed from that of the separatists.

It came as the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said Russia did not want to take over more Ukrainian territory but repeated a call for Kiev to grant more powers to regional authorities. "We want Ukraine to be whole within its current borders, but whole with full respect for the regions," state-run RIA quoted Lavrov as saying.

Apr 11 06:44

Ukraine’s first IMF money won’t be used to pay off Russian debt

Paying off debt to Russia will not be a first priority for Ukraine when it secures its first tranche of International Monetary (IMF) bailout cash, Oleksandr Shlapak, coup-imposed Ukraine’s Finance Minister has said.

"The money that we receive from the IMF will be divided between the reserves of the National Bank and the state budget, and the money will be earmarked. So we do not plan to spend on repaying debts to Russia,” Shlapak said at the IMF and World Bank spring meeting in Washington DC on Thursday.

Apr 11 06:43

NATO’s Russian troop build-up satellite images ‘show 2013 drills’

Upon looking at the photos, a senior official at the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces has confirmed to RIA Novosti the troops shown are indeed Russian ones and that they were photographed in the south of Russia.

There is one problem, though: the images were taken some eight months before the stated date, the source said.

“These shots, which were distributed by NATO, show Russian Armed Forces units of the Southern Military District, which in the summer of last year were taking part in various drills, including near the Ukrainian border,” the General Staff official told RIA Novosti.

Apr 10 22:45

Ukraine’s putsch-appointed local authorities rely on hired gangs

Ukraine’s presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev says the new local authorities that Kiev has appointed in the country’s southern and eastern regions rely on militias hired especially for a crackdown on opponents of the new leadership.

Apr 10 19:27

Russia not to restore Ukraine’s economy single-handedly - Putin in letter to EU leaders. FULL TEXT

Here's what Putin said,full text with out somebody putting words in his mouth. Once again he comes off as reasonable,businesslike and statesmanlike. There is no need to characterize any of this statement as a threat!

Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed possible mechanisms to European leaders for urgent discussion of the situation with Ukraine's debt for Russian gas, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement. Putin's letter was sent on Thursday to the leaders of Moldova, Romania, Turkey, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Austria, and Italy. Here is the full text of it:

Apr 10 17:49

IMF chief says Ukraine bailout won’t fail

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She said that about Cyprus and Greece.

Apr 10 16:20

Putin Reaches Out In Open Letter To Euro Leaders

Ukraine’s economy in the past several months has been plummeting. Its industrial and construction sectors have also been declining sharply. Its budget deficit is mounting. The condition of its currency system is becoming more and more deplorable. The negative trade balance is accompanied by the flight of capital from the country. Ukraine’s economy is steadfastly heading towards a default, a halt in production and skyrocketing unemployment.

Apr 10 13:57

NATO’s Russian troop build-up satellite images ‘show 2013 drills’

The satellite images released by NATO that allegedly show a current build-up of Russian troops near Ukrainian border were taken in August 2013 amid military drills, a source in the General Staff of the Russian Army has said.

Apr 10 13:35

Pro-Russian separatists reject Kiev's amnesty

Ukraine's government has offered an amnesty to pro-Russia activists who are barricaded inside buildings in two cities. Ukraine's acting president has promised the groups won't be prosecuted - so long as they lay down their weapons. But the demonstrators have so far rejected the deal.

Apr 10 13:32

Russia dismisses Council of Europe 'farce' vote

Moscow has expressed both hurt, and outrage after being targetted with a slew of new sanctions at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe .

Apr 10 12:30

US to send more fighter jets to Poland amid tensions with Russia

The US Air Force plans to deploy 18 fighter jets, already based in Europe, to Poland for joint maritime exercises at Lask Air Base in the Black Sea, US officials say, amid continued tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine.

Apr 10 12:27

Demonstrators in Donetsk plan to create ‘people’s army’

Demonstrators in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, who have seized the regional administration building, have decided to create their own “people’s army”, Denis Pushilin, one of the leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic proclaimed on April 7.

Apr 10 10:53

Growing East/West Divide

US hostility toward Russia is unprecedented. It exceeds the worst of Cold War politics. John Kerry’s Tuesday Senate testimony highlights what’s ongoing. Big Lies substitute for truth.

Kerry hypes one after another. Credibility isn’t his long suit. Or integrity. He represents the worst of imperial arrogance. His style reflects demagoguery, bullying, and bluster.

Apr 10 10:46

Vladimir Putin professes high hopes for Ukraine summit

Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he hoped talks between Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US due next week would have a "positive" outcome, but warned that Ukraine's interim government should not do anything that could not "be fixed later".

The four-way talks, the first since the crisis, were announced on Tuesday night.

"I hope that the initiative of Russian foreign ministry on adjusting the situation and changing it for the better will have consequences, and that the outcome will be positive," the Russian president told a televised government meeting. "At the very least, I hope that the acting [leaders] will not do anything that cannot be fixed later."

Apr 10 10:41

Replacing Russian Gas Deliveries with US Shale Gas? Washington Lies to the EU

The White House and State Department have engaged in brazen lying to EU governments regarding the ability of the US to supply more than enough natural gas to replace Russian gas deliveries. Recent statements by US President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are so patently false that it betrays an incredible desperation in Washington over the situation in Ukraine versus Moscow. Or it suggests that Washington is so out of touch with any factual reality she simply doesn’t care what she says. Either way, it suggests an unreliable diplomatic partner for the EU.

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The BLM is selling oil leases across the west to the fracking companies. This may well be the real motive to drive Cliven Bundy off of his ranch, and we are now getting word that similar B:M moves against ranchers are happening not only elsewhere in Nevada but in Colorado. So it looks like the US Government is going to turn the nation over to the frackers so they have enough gas to move their war agenda forward.

Apr 10 10:21

It's On: Gazprom Prepares "Symbolic" Bond Issue In Chinese Yuan

Curious what the fate of the petrodollar is? Look no farther than this Interfax update blasted moments ago by Bloomberg: "Gazprom Considers 'Symbolic' Yuan Bond Issue, Interfax Says."

Apr 10 10:09

'Presence of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine shows weakness of Kiev govt'

The Kiev government is having trouble holding power even in western Ukraine, where it should have firm control. Meanwhile it’s bringing in mercenaries to retake eastern areas, anti-war activist Daniel Patrick Welch told RT.

Apr 10 09:48

BEX ALERT - Russia Didn’t Share All Details on Boston Bombing Suspect, Report Says

The Russian government declined to provide the F.B.I. with information about one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that would most likely have led to more extensive scrutiny of him at least two years before the attack, according to an inspector general’s report.

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Pathetic attempt to link Russia to the Boston bombing.

Apr 10 09:37

AP Interview: US troops may be sent to E Europe

NATO's top military commander in Europe, drafting countermoves to the Russian military threat against Ukraine, said Wednesday they could include deployment of American troops to alliance member states in Eastern Europe now feeling at risk.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove told The Associated Press he wouldn't "write off involvement by any nation, to include the United States."

Foreign ministers of the 28-nation alliance have given Breedlove until Tuesday to propose steps to reassure NATO members nearest Russia that other alliance countries have their back.

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Translation: American troops are most probably already in Eastern Europe (if not the Ukraine proper) as of the dateline of this article.

Apr 10 09:32

OPINION: US Mercenaries Could Start All-Out War In Ukraine for Profit

The deployment of foreign private security firms in Ukraine is unacceptable as they increase the risk of an outbreak of civil war, Dennis John Kucinich, a former US Representative from Ohio and a two-time presidential candidate, told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

“We saw in Iraq how private security forces can get out of control. Whenever you are in a politically sensitive, a military sensitive situation the last thing you want is private security out there, because they can actually profit by an expanded conflict. They can stir up a war and then profit from it,” Kucinich said.

The former US Representative said he is completely against the use of private security companies in any conflicts.

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Unfortunately, Kucinich is entirely correct in his assessment here.

Apr 10 09:29

Second US Navy Destroyer to Arrive in Black Sea by Thursday

A US Navy destroyer will arrive in the Black Sea by Thursday, CNN reported early Wednesday citing Pentagon sources.

The USS Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, departed for the Black Sea from Spain. The warship is equipped with the Aegis fire control system and Tomahawk subsonic cruise missiles.

The warship will be the fourth to visit the Black Sea since February.

The guided missile destroyer USS Truxton extended its deployment in the Black Sea, Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said last week.

Moscow has already taken note that the duration of deployment of US warships in the Black Sea has exceeded the terms laid out in an international convention governing the presence of naval vessels in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a joint press conference with Kazakhstan's foreign minister last Thursday.

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Looks to me as though the US and NATO are beginning to pre-position resources ahead of a military confrontation with Russia.

And unfortunately, just because something would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly wrong and counterproductive thing to do at this time regarding Russia, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government will not do it.

Apr 10 09:17

Russia, Ukraine Share Heritage of Courage and Valor in WWII Battle Against Fascism – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated World War II veterans and citizens of the Ukrainian city of Odessa on Thursday, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the city from fascist occupation, stressing the common goal of the two countries in honoring the memory of the war.

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Putin playing the unity tone between Russia and Ukraine during WWII, and both peoples sacrifices to defeat fascism.

Apr 10 09:14

Russian Official Says Further Sanctions Will Not Impact Moscow’s Policies

The threat of sanctions against Russia will not change Moscow’s policies, no matter what measures the United States, Germany, or other Western countries have in mind, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Thursday.

“It's impossible to force sanctions on Russia. The more calls for sanctions, the harsher the sanctions placed on Russia, the more mobilized Russian society will become, and we will search for various ways to get around these difficulties,” Shuvalov said at the international “east forum Berlin 2014” conference.

The deputy prime minister assured the audience that Russia has no plans to introduce retaliatory economic sanctions against the West.

Apr 10 09:04

US pays $8 million a month to have its private armies deployed in Ukraine - British press

Deputy Chief of People's Self-Defence of Donbass, Sergei Tsyplakov, claims that 100 "soldiers of fortune" have arrived this time. Judging by US and UK press reports, the overall strength of the ground force that the Kiev-based government is going to send to the South-East of Ukraine makes up 1,800.

The US private military companies Blackwater and Greystone are the ones that are mentioned increasingly often. Blackwater is actually non-existent. It has changed its name several times and is now called Academi. It's a biggest private army of the world. Blackwater is one of its subdivisions. 90 percent of orders of both companies come from the US Department of State, the Pentagon and even the White House. They can collect from 5,000 to 10,000 "soldiers of fortune" under their standards.

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1800 mercs? Sounds like Kiev does not have control over the regular Ukrainian army!

Apr 10 08:44

Putin warns Kiev against irreversible mistakes

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Wednesday a positive outcome to the first international peace talks on Ukraine but also upped the pressure by warning Kiev's interim leaders against making any irreversible mistakes.

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