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Ukraine crisis. News in Brief. Thursday 05 November [Ukrainian sources]

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 12:54 am
THURSDAY

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News -
Russian terrorists fired 12 times at Ukrainians yesterday.
Update - ATO staff say no deaths or injuries yesterday.
However I have read of a significant increase in fighting over the last couple of days.
Rumours that Shokin wants to go as Pros General, but Poro wants him to stay.
The Sinai plane crash. Russia and Egypt seem to be in collusion. Neither want it suggested that the cause of the crash was a bomb.
Expect a cover-up?

Weather -
As predicted, cooler this morning. And foggy. 0 now. Maybe high of 5.

Footie -
Unfortunately Dynamo lost in London v Chelsea. To be honest, they did not play well.
I woke up, and watched the last half-hour. They equalised, and then gave away a free kick from which Willian scored.
ironically, he used to play for Skahtar Donetsk.


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ATO headquarters: In evening militants fired 12 times at Ukrainian military (Zik.ua)

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 12:59 am
http://zik.ua/ua/news/2015/11/05/shtab_ato_za_vechir_boyovyky_obstrilyaly_ukrainskyh_viyskovyh_12_raziv_639801
Last night, in the zone of ATO were armed provocations. Terrorists, mercenaries from 18.50 to 00.30 with grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms fired at positions 12 times ATO forces...
Militants fired on the Opitnoe, Avdeevka, Novgorod, and Pisky. Insidious attacks were carried out in the direction of chemical and cement plants, Spartacus, Old Donetsk airport terminal, Shirokoi Babki and Putilov forest.
After that night in the zone of ATO passed quietly.
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DNR - LNR driven into a corner (Kriminal.TV)

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:08 am
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http://kriminal.tv/news/dnrlnr-zagnani-v-gluhoj-ugolhw.html
"In Enachke heating systems in order to Donetsk: to reduce gas consumption by 50%."
... "Horlivka, Makiyivka, Donetsk, Yenakiyevo - Turn off all the boiler room" ...
These messages are constantly LDNR - Teplovik trying to distribute a scarce gas for partial heating cities. ..

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Putin trying to save money for his new wars in other places.
Are the babushkas out on the street singing "Rasseeeya"? I doubt it - unless given 20 grivna for turning out to a demo.
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My starring role in Russian propaganda [Engl]

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:21 am
http://www.politico.eu/article/my-starring-role-in-russian-propaganda/
...In a bid to enhance the credibility of its reports, Russian state media have started naming European journalists as sources in fabricated stories. Over the summer, I was surprised to read that my friend Luke Harding, a British journalist for the Guardian, had supposedly written a book entitled “Nobody but Putin.” A Russian publisher had released it without his knowledge or permission.
“I was amazed when a Russian friend told me he’d found my ‘new’ work in a Moscow bookshop,” he told me recently. “The publisher had ripped off [my previous book] ‘Mafia State,’ changed the title, and censored all material embarrassing to the Kremlin....

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Good personal article about Kremlin manipuation of the media and western journalists. Through lies, distortions, etc. etc.
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Can Ukraine Kick Its Russian Gas Habit? [engl]

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:31 am
http://www.rferl.org/content/ukraine-russia-kicking-gas-habit/27345541.html
The head of Ukraine's state-owned gas company, Naftogaz, dropped a bombshell this week, vowing that the country could stop buying gas from neighboring Russia as soon as early 2016 if Kyiv is not offered a better price....
One of the reasons is the fact Ukraine has "witnessed a massive decline" in demand for gas ..."So it's now down to some 40 to 45 billion cubic meters per year, while it was nearly double that a decade ago," ...
The drop is due in large part to the simmering conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has led to the loss of control -- at least temporarily -- of energy-hungry factories in Donbas, Ukraine's traditional industrial heartland....
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In Ukraine declared a storm warning: Details (FaceNews.UA)

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:40 am
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http://www.facenews.ua/news/2015/296283/
"November 5, the night and morning fog in places, visibility 200-500 m," - said in a statement.
In the Hydrometeorological Center said that poor visibility is particularly in Kiev and the region.

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штормовое - Not really a Schtorm ... just fog. Quite typical for this time of year. Cold, damp mornings.
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Evidence Points to Lockerbie-Style Bomb in Russian Air Disaster in Egypt [Engl]

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:50 am
http://sputniknews.com/analysis/20151105/1029613459/a321-downed-by-bomb.html
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The growing balance of evidence suggests that the Russian Metrojet airliner that crashed in the Sinai desert was destroyed by a Lockerbie-style bomb planted onboard the aircraft in breach of security at the Sharm el-Sheikh airport, experts told Sputnik....
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Not good for Putin, although the Russian media will raise his popularity to 113%, if they feel that would help him.
In reality the Russians are beginning to blame him for their problems. I saw video of an impromptu demo in Moscow yesterday, with people calling for Putin to go.
And saying that the government are simply lying to the people about Ukraine, Syria.
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Just looked at Vesti - front page of the big Russian news agency. Their lead story - the A-321 downing. But - no mention of a bomb.
They did brush with the idea last night, but this morning - nothing. Just that people are searching the area.
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Ria-novosti - exactly the same story. Searching the area. No mention of a bomb.
This makes me very suspicious. The western press - full of talk about a possible bomb. And the Russian press simply avoiding this subject this morning. ?!
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Petro Poroshenko Bloc won in the Kiev region (Socportal.info)

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:53 am
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http://socportal.info/2015/11/05/blok-petra-poroshenka-peremig-v-kiyivs-kij-oblasti.html
As a result, "Petro Poroshenko Bloc" Solidarity "received 22 mandates in the regional council (26.13%), Ukrainian Union" Fatherland "- 16 seats (19.99%)," Association "Self" - 10 seats (10.59 %), Radical Party Oleg Lyashko - 9 seats (10.58%), "Ukrainian Union of Patriots" dill "- 7 seats (9.29%)," our land "- 7 seats (8.53%), "Freedom" - 7 seats (8.47%) and Opposition bloc - 6 seats (6.42%).
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Poro 22, Tymo 16, Samo 10, Lyashko 9, Ukrop 7, Nash 7, Svob 7, Oppos 6.
One real mess. Can't see this lot agreeing to anything.
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Small traders ready to supply gas to Ukraine from the EU at $ 220-230 / cu. m - Demchishin (Interfax-Ukraine)

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:59 am
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http://interfax.com.ua/news/economic/301663.html
"There are small traders who are willing to sell us (gas - IF) in the region of $ 220-230, in that range," - he said.
V.Demchishi reminded that the price of Russian gas for Ukraine remains unchanged - $ 227.36 ...
The Minister expressed confidence that in the first quarter of 2016 the price of gas will be lower than in the fourth quarter of 2015, but exact figures are not named.

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Bizarrely, by destroying much of the industry in the Donbass, Putin has also destroyed the need for Russian gas for the energy inefficient metal plants there.
I read that Ukrainian demand for gas is down by about half compared with a decade ago. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot...
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Gestapo "DNR" carries out mass executions of rebellious militants (CRiME-ua.com)

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:41 am
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http://crime-ua.com/node/12520
According to him, the main reason for the bloody clashes between militants is the lack of payment for services rendered.

Donbass "reserve" of terrorism a new wave of violence. By order of the Kremlin masters "MGB DNI" holds a mass liquidation of the recalcitrant militants.

"The command of the Kremlin militants began squabbling among themselves. More and more gaining momentum Chechen scenario. Proof of yesterday's clashes between gunmen from the train / railway station in Donetsk "- said on his page on Facebook volunteer Vitaly Klim.

"After an 8-hour get-together among militants threshed their own more than 12 200's and 21 300's. At night, the so-called Ministry of State Security forces carried out mass arrests of the NPT, which resulted in more than 40 militants with bags over their heads were taken in the direction of the October and Mospino. Some residents say that around 5:30 - 5:40 am in a green area on the street Red aviation, they clearly heard short bursts of automatic fire. Do these two cases together any relationship, it's hard to say, but the fact is a stubborn thing, and we can safely assume that the question of the execution of the disobedient "- Klim wrote.

According to him, the main reason for the bloody clashes between militants issued the lack of payment for services rendered "services".

"Those reportedly killed more than three months Ukrainians free," - said the volunteer.

"In fact, many groups have exposed carpentry and Zakharchenko ultimatum -" money or chase, or we go on the offensive on Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, Mariupol, because we have nothing else to eat. " It is not surprising - freaks come zashibat loot, not someone's lousy and moronic idea to push. So I do not be surprised, if not today, then tomorrow we will hear the change of leaders in the DNI and LC with the appointment of a more loyal to the leadership of our leaders, or FSB conducted massive sweeps. That such things ... "- wrote Klim.

Earlier it was reported that the indignant non-payment of money the militants picketed in Donetsk, the so-called headquarters, demanding to pay promised salaries.
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Election results to the Dnipropetrovsk City Council (Tyzhden.ua)

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:13 am
http://tyzhden.ua/News/150699
Particular, the "opposition bloc", "Ukrop", "public power", "Petro Poroshenko Bloc -" Solidarity "and" Samopomich ".
According to him, in the Dnipropetrovsk city council "opposition bloc" will present 25 MPs, "Ukrop" - 21 deputies, "public power" - 7 "BPP -Solidarity "won 6 seats and the" Samopomich "- 5 deputies.

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This is important because it is on Putin's land corridor to Crimea.
Opposition block - i.e. Yanukovich's old Party of Regions scum - did well...
За його словами, в Дніпропетровській міськраді «Опозиційний блок» будуть представляти 25 депутатів, «УКРОП» – 21 депутат, «Громадську силу» – 7, «БПП – «Солідарність» отримала 6 місць і «Самопоміч» – 5 депутатів.
Not a great result really. What happened to Tymoshenko? She's from Dneprpetrovsk!
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Ukraine Live Day 626: Fighting And Shelling Reported In Donetsk [Engl]

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:19 am
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...We note that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), which described an elevated level of fighting in their report based on information received as of 19:30 on November 3, published yesterday, said that they saw "fresh impacts" and shrapnel from a Grad rocket in separatist-held Staromikhailovka, around 5 kilometres east of Krasnogorovka:...
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Sinai plane crash may show price of Putin's military adventurism in Syria [engl]

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:25 am
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/05/sinai-plane-crash-putin-military-adventurism-syria-analysis
There is unlikely to be any immediate political cost to Putin, given his government’s dominant control over parliament and the media. Rather, the next pressing question, if Moscow accepts that Isis caused the disaster, is what Russia may do by way of retaliation.
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Yesterday in the zone ATO passed without loss - Staff

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:29 am
http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2015/11/5/7087621/
"During the last day of hostilities, no Ukrainian military killed and not suffered injuries," - he said.
Meanwhile Colonel confirmed that on Wednesday the enemy opened fire in the direction of our positions near the village. Novgorod (district Gorlovka), and on the western outskirts of Donetsk (the front section of Avdeevki to Marinka).
It used small arms and rocket launchers of different systems.
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Putin Thinks He's 'Vladimir the Great,' Condoleezza Rice Says [Engl]

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:35 am
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-05/putin-thinks-he-s-vladimir-the-great-condoleezza-rice-says
...Putin’s largesse is rooted in the need to maintain his core constituents: the uneducated, the elderly, the retired military, and the rural populations....
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Yefremov released from surveillance

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:03 am
Analyst: “That Yefremov’s surveillance wasn’t immediately extended either reflects incompetence on the government’s part or behind-the-scenes deals.”

KYIV, Nov 5, 2015 (UBO) – The Prosecutor General of Ukraine confirmed on Nov. 4 that the term of the surveillance of Oleksandr Yefremov expired on Nov. 1, Concorde Capital informed clients in an online advisory today, based on a report the pravda.com.ua news site.

Yefremov’s electronic bracelet was removed on Nov. 3 and a harsher surveillance or detention measure can be applied should he miss a future court date, the report said. Yefremov is charged with inciting ethnic animosity but is suspected of various crimes under the Yanukovych administration and financing the Russian-backed terrorists, for which he has not been charged. He served as head of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction under Yanukovych.

Concorde analyst Zenon Zawada added: “Yefremov is among the few top officials of the Yanukovych administration to have been arrested. Yet his charges are petty compared to his suspected crimes and he hasn’t even faced trial yet. His release from detention comes as the Poroshenko administration faces criticism for targeting the Kolomoisky entourage for arrest while the Yanukovych entourage remains free. That Yefremov’s surveillance wasn’t immediately extended either reflects incompetence on the government’s part or behind-the-scenes deals.”

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Kremlin comments on cause of Russian plane crash in Egypt

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:31 am
The Kremlin believes that any theories about what caused a Russian plane to crash in the Sinai Peninsula killing 224 people are speculation and that only the official investigation can determine what happened, Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, according to Reuters.

Peskov was reacting to an assertion from British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond who said that there was a significant possibility that Islamic State's Egyptian affiliate had orchestrated a bomb attack on the Russian airliner.

"We have said this before and we will repeat it again: theories about what happened and the causes of the incident can only be pronounced by the investigation," said Peskov, when asked about Hammond's comments, the report says.

"So far, we have heard nothing like this from the investigation. Any kind of similar assumptions like this are based on information that has not been checked or are speculation.".....................

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SBU arrests former justice minister Olena Lukash

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:40 am
"At 15:00 we announced a briefing regarding the arrest of Olena Lukash, who was on the wanted list for involvement in the crimes against Maidan [protestors]," Hitlianska wrote on her Facebook account.

Lukash was the justice minister in 2013-2014 during the government of Mykola Azarov. She was dismissed on February 27, 2014.

On February 28, 2014, the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) ordered the Interior Ministry and SBU to arrest Lukash on suspicion of shooting activists on Maidan in Kyiv through February 18-22.

In March, the EU and Canada announced that Lukash was on the list of senior Ukrainian officials subject to financial sanctions.

On May 28, 2015 the PGO accused Lukash of misappropriation and property embezzlement through abuse of office.

The corresponding information has been posted on the official website of Interior Ministry.

According to the website, Lukash has been on the wanted list since July 28, 2015.

She was accused of committing an offence under Article 191, Part 5 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (embezzlement of property or misappropriation through abuse of office), and of official forgery (Part 2, Article 366 of the Criminal Code)................

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SBU arrests former justice minister Olena Lukash

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:40 am
"At 15:00 we announced a briefing regarding the arrest of Olena Lukash, who was on the wanted list for involvement in the crimes against Maidan [protestors]," Hitlianska wrote on her Facebook account.

Lukash was the justice minister in 2013-2014 during the government of Mykola Azarov. She was dismissed on February 27, 2014.

On February 28, 2014, the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) ordered the Interior Ministry and SBU to arrest Lukash on suspicion of shooting activists on Maidan in Kyiv through February 18-22.

In March, the EU and Canada announced that Lukash was on the list of senior Ukrainian officials subject to financial sanctions.

On May 28, 2015 the PGO accused Lukash of misappropriation and property embezzlement through abuse of office.

The corresponding information has been posted on the official website of Interior Ministry.

According to the website, Lukash has been on the wanted list since July 28, 2015.

She was accused of committing an offence under Article 191, Part 5 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (embezzlement of property or misappropriation through abuse of office), and of official forgery (Part 2, Article 366 of the Criminal Code)................

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NATO boosts EU presence as Putin repeats promise to "defend" Russians abroad

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:09 pm
"NATO has to be able to defend any ally against any threat. We are able to do that today but we have also to recognize that the world is changing and therefore NATO has to adapt and now we are addressing the challenge of what we call long-term adaptation. We have also increased our presence in the eastern part of the alliance with more pre-positioning and also with the establishment of the small headquarters, the NATO force integration units and they are key because they are the link between national forces and NATO forces," Stoltenberg said, Ukraine Today reports.

Over the last two years Russia has conducted numerous large-scale military exercises.

Most recently in October Russian elite special forces carried out anti-terrorist operation drills in the southern Krasnodar region bordering Crimean peninsula, annexed from Ukraine.................

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UN wants better access to vulnerable communities in east Ukraine

on Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:20 pm
Wrapping up a three-day visit to Ukraine, the United Nations humanitarian chief is calling for sustained and unimpeded access to the vulnerable communities caught in the middle of the crisis and who urgently need humanitarian aid, according to the Organization's website.

“I came to Ukraine to see for myself the consequences of the conflict in eastern areas for the civilians living there and those who have been forced to flee,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, said in a press release issued in Kyiv on Thursday at the end of his visit.

“As the winter fast approaches, our top priority must be to quickly scale up the coordination and delivery of aid for the most vulnerable people, especially the elderly and ill,” he added.

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which Mr. O’Brien heads, around four million people in eastern Ukraine need assistance and protection. Families do not have access to basic supplies and services, including food, clean water supply, and heating fuel....................

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