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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Thursday 10 December [Ukrainian sources]

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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Thursday 10 December [Ukrainian sources]

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:54 am

THURSDAY

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News -
Russian forces attacked "more than 30 times" yesterday.
Also last night Russian terrorist group detained in Kiev. Unfortunately on Ukrainian Special forces died in the operation. See below.
Update - in the ATO zone 2 soldiers killed, and 10 wounded yesterday. (The two dead, and 7 of the injured when vehicle hit mine)

Weather -

Zero. But no snow. Cloudy also. High maybe around 2 or 3.
Similar throughout Ukraine. Kiev, Odesa, Donetsk, Lviv.

Footie -
Dynamo made it though )) 1-0. But Chelsea also won, so Dynamo go through in 2nd place.
Which means a very hard draw in the next round. Also - I expect they will play to an empty stadium again.
Pity because they are likely to draw maybe Bayern, or Barca, or Real. One of the big big teams.
Draw next Monday, I think. Thought - will they keep the Ukrainian and Russian team apart?!


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Rabinovich: How Putin with his own hands destroyed Russia's influence on Ukraine (FaceNews.UA)

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:59 am

7:36
http://www.facenews.ua/news/2015/300890/

Due to the decline in oil prices economic and political influence Russia has decreased, he said.

"Putin with his own hands destroyed all the influence of Russia, and, in the decades ahead if the Putin regime will be durable. But I think it will last long, and as long as Russian influence in Ukraine can only by bayonets and tanks. Even with the new Russian regime with Ukraine may be based on business, trade ", - he said.

He predicted that US influence in Ukraine will increase.

"American influence in Ukraine will only increase, because that Ukraine should join NATO. It is obvious that the guarantee of the Budapest memorandum did not work, and the only guarantee of security that can be provided by the Ukraine - it is NATO membership. The conflict with Russia of course will slow introduction, but I am quite sure that in a few years Ukraine will become a member of NATO and the US influence as the leading NATO countries will be further strengthened, "- suggested Rabinowitz.

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Saying that, while the Russian-Putin regime persists, Russian influence in Ukraine can only by bayonets and tanks..


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Champions League, "Dinamo" advance to the playoffs (RL)

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:02 am

http://www.radiosvoboda.org/content/news/27418184.html
Kiev "Dynamo" for the first time in 16 years became the playoff round of the Champions League football. ... beat Israeli "Maccabi" from Tel Aviv - 1: 0.
The only goal on a free kick after 16 minutes, Denys Garmash scored.
Duel at the NSC "Olympic" played to empty stands - Dynamo thus served the first of two games without spectators because of racist incident during the October fight with "Chelsea".
First place in Group G took the team Jose Mourinho. In London the players, "Chelsea" beat Portuguese "Porto" (2: 0) and scored 13 points. Dynamo have 11, "Porto" with the 10 points will continue performances in the European League.
The draw of the Champions League 1/8 final will be held on Monday, 14 December. Among the potential contenders "Dynamo" - Spanish "Real", "Atlético" and "Barcelona", German "Bavaria" and "Wolfsburg" English "Manchester City".
Also on December 14 learns of his rival in the Europa League 1/16 Donetsk "Shakhtar".

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Nice photo of an almost completely empty Olympic stadium.


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Terrorists struck the outskirts of Kurakhovka multiple launch rocket systems - headquarters (Tyzhden.ua)

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:04 am

http://tyzhden.ua/News/153601
In addition, Shyrokyne fired from 122-mm mortars.
During last night fighters Russian-terrorist forces more than 30 times violated the terms of cease-fire in the zone of ATO. The press center staff.
"Last night, the bandits repeatedly opened fire with heavy machine gun, grenade launchers and small arms on Pisky, Novgorod and Opitnoe in the Donetsk direction. From these weapons and anti-aircraft systems, tanks, 82 and 120mm mortars invaders repeatedly hatyly by Krasnohorivtsi. And on the southern edge of the village Kurakhovka enemy is hit with multiple launch rocket systems "- said in a statement....
"Near the village of Novgorod, which on the outskirts of Mariupol, there was brief fighting collision with DRG Invaders, in which the enemy retreated. In the same direction under enemy fire several times ended Shyrokyne. Evening Kremlin mercenaries beat with grenade launchers, heavy machine gun and 82 mm mortars, and after midnight - two of 122-mm artillery systems "- said the headquarters.
According terrorists stepped up in the Luhansk region, shelling positions of the Armed Forces 82 mm mortars fixed near Trohizbenky with grenades - on the outskirts of the villages Chastye and Jovti.

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I do not see what Putin hopes to gain by continuing the war now.
All he is doing is building up more and more hate against Russia. Putin is completely mad.

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FM: One of the major conclusions of the UN report - we have direct confirmation of delivery to Donbass of weapons and mercenaries from the Russian Federation (Channel 5)

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:38 am

8:07
http://www.5.ua/ato-na-shodi/MZS-Odnym-z-naivazhlyvishykh-vysnovkiv-u-dopovidi-OON-ie-priami-pidtverdzhennia-postavky-na-Donbas-zbroi-ta-naimantsiv-z-RF-100812.html
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But Lavrov and Putin still spill out the old old lie; time after time after time, for the Shaun Walker journalists.

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In Ukraine, yesterday 73 [road] accidents, which killed 11 people - DerzhNS (112.ua)

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:45 am

http://ua.112.ua/avarii-np/v-ukraini-za-dobu-stalosia-73-dtp-v-iakykh-zahynuly-11-liudei-derzhns-277805.html
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To be honest, a fairly typical figure. Road safety in Ukraine is appalling.
The result of decades of bribery. Anyone can buy a driving licence, and the police in many areas can be bribed to let you off a speeding ticket, or drunk driving.
Also, the roads are incredibly poorly designed in much of the country.

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The SBU has officially confirmed the death of a fighter Alpha

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:53 am

http://m.liga.net/news/politics/261509-v_sbu_ofitsialno_podtverdili_gibel_boytsa_alfy.htm
Earlier, sources in the security services LІGA.net reported the death of Alpha SBU Special Forces soldier during the arrest Russian saboteurs - citizens of the Russian Federation in Kiev. During the capture of a saboteur wounded two investigators, one of them - seriously (head injury). After that fighters of group opened fire and destroyed the Russian commandos...
The special operation SBU and counterintelligence began late on December 9 in the capital. Police officers stopped the activities of sabotage and reconnaissance groups from Russia, who has worked in a number of Ukrainian cities, including Kiev. Detained three citizens of Russia and three citizens of Ukraine. Another member of the DRGs from Russia resisted, wounding two soldiers of Alpha and was killed by return fire. Commandos seized an arsenal of weapons, including explosives.

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Russians planning terrorist attacks in Ukraine.
Russia is a terrorist state.

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'I Can't Lie Anymore!' Kazakh State TV Correspondent Quits London Job [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:02 am

http://www.rferl.org/content/kazakhstan-state-tv-reporter-quits-propaganda/27414660.html
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Brave. You don't get many Russians doing this. Too scared, and too weak. I like the quote -
She also described journalists as "cogs in the wheel."

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EU [Italy request] Postpones Renewal Of Russian Economic Sanctions [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:10 am

http://www.rferl.org/content/eu-postpones-renewal-russian-economic-sanctions/27418102.html
European Union nations postponed a decision on December 9 on renewing the bloc's economic sanctions against Russia after Italy called for a debate on the matter.
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The italians love a good fascist - Mussolini, Hitler, Putin.
Are they going to start kissing Putin's butt again? It looks like it. Scumballs, in the same ballpark as the Greeks.

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Production of anti-Turkish t-shirts in Russia held up by delay of Turkish fabric

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:17 am

https://meduza.io/shapito/2015/12/09/zaderzhki-turetskoy-tkani-pomeshali-dizayneru-vypustit-antituretskie-futbolki
designer Ekaterina Dobryakova necessarily promised to release anti-Turkish T-shirts, but can not do so due to the fact that the machine with a cloth from Turkey stuck at the border.
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This story is not a joke. !! Later the designer denied what she said. ..
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Donald Trumpovich Did Trump say it, or was it one of Russian politics’ nuts? Take the quiz [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:28 am

https://meduza.io/en/quiz/donald-trumpovich
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Yes. A real quiz! )) Me - I scored 6/10. Basically I can't tell them apart!

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Kiev remains an economic lifeline for separatist-held east [Engl; wsj]

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:42 am

http://www.wsj.com/articles/kiev-remains-an-economic-lifeline-for-separatist-held-east-1449714420
Ukraine has lost control of 85 coal mines, more than half its total, according to Ukraine’s energy ministry. After the separatists halted shipments, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Ukraine didn’t have enough coal to get through the winter, though the energy minister played down talks of brownouts or energy rationing on Friday , saying it was working to diversify supplies.

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'Invincible unity' (or the lack of it) [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 3:42 am

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35026254
President Putin has put forward the same idea. Speaking at the United Nations in September, he called for a "genuinely broad alliance against terrorism, just like the one against Hitler"
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Here bbc journalist Steve Rosenberg, again puts forward the Kremlin idea of a Yalta type conference, where Putin can divide up Europe as he wishes.
RFERL journalist Whitmore - a smart guy - warned of this a few weeks ago. And now Rosenberg pushes the Kremlin idea once more for the bbc.
Rosenberg tries to present a balanced argument, but fails, of course. Unlike Whitmore, who has more guts. The fact that the bbc twat is raising the issue of Russia dictating in Europe and beyond, is all that Putin's propaganda team needs. Rosenberg, the clown, has put the Russian position back onto the agenda.
Result - another Moscow Resident permit achieved for another year. Well done, Komrade Steve.

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Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 3:51 am

http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/UA/12thOHCHRreportUkraine.pdf
In total, from mid-April 2014 to 15 November 2015, HRMMU recorded at least
29,830 casualties (Ukrainian armed forces, civilians and members of the armed groups) in the
armed conflict area of eastern Ukraine, including at least 9,098 killed and at least 20,732 injured. ...

Serious human rights abuses against the population residing in the territories
controlled by the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’
and the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’continued to be reported,
with new allegations of killings,
torture and ill-treatment, illegal detention and forced labour received by HRMMU. Local
residents continued to remain without any effective protection of their rights. Places of
detention maintained by the armed groups remained virtually inaccessible for independent oversight
, ...
Rallies to challenge the policies of the ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ or ‘Luhansk
people’s republic’ have been extremely rare because people are afraid to assemble and speak out...
...in May 2015, a Ukrainian soldier was
stabbed after being captured and survived thanks to the medical personnel of a hospital,
having been taken to its morgue
. On 20 October, HRMMU received additional details
concerning the alleged summary execution of three members of Ukrainian volunteer
battalions in the yard of the former premises of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in Donetsk, in mid-September ....
A Donetsk-based media professional stated to HRMMU that there was no freedom of
speech in the ‘Donetsk people’s republic’
, as “no one from local media would even think to express a critical opinion”
. To ensure their safety, journalists working in the areas
controlled by armed groups reportedly have increasingly resorted to self-censorship.
.

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Such is Putin's "Novorosseeya". A hell on earth. Or, if you are Seumas Milne or Corbyn, his side kick, then your vision of paradise.
Article is a pdf file. 40 pages. Wierd formatting, if you try and copy bits!

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Rough going for Premier Yatseniuk

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:44 am

http://zik.ua/en/news/2015/12/09/rough_going_for_premier_yatseniuk_652657
The Tymoshenko-led Batkivshchyna faction signed the petition initiated by several reform-minded members of the Petro Poroshenko-led BPP calling for the resignation of Premier Arseny Yatseniuk and his cabinet, Ukrayinska Pravda reports Dec. 9.
“All the 70 members of my faction have signed the petition today,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

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Tymoshenko has only one aim - to be President.
I know this because I know somebody who attends her meetings.
Yatseniuk - very very difficult job. No money, war against Russia, and people expecting European utopia yesterday.
But - 70 members? Tymoshenko doesn't have 70 MPs. Don't get this.
Can they bring Yatseniuk down? Perhaps together with the opposition block and some nice Christmas bribes to other MPs from the Putin fund to destabilize Ukraine..
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According to wiki, Tymoshenko has 18 seats. Opposition block - Yanukovich buddies - have 42. Together = 60.
They would need to bribe a lot of deputies to force Yatseniuk out.


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Khodorkovsky Says New Russian Revolution 'Inevitable' [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:49 am

http://www.ukrainebusiness.com.ua/news/16455.html
"With the absence of fair elections and other mechanisms for a legal change of power, the only way to change things is revolution," Khodorkovsky said.
Citing an ongoing crackdown on democratic institutions and political dissent, Khodorkovsky suggested Putin had hijacked the country in a "full-fledged unconstitutional coup."

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Talk like this has got to worry the Kremlin.
Nobody is talking about a possible "revolution" in Spain, or France, or Finland or....
But Russia is highly unstable due to the economic situation there, and the lack of basic freedoms and human rights.
Can the Kremlin keep a lid on it all, and keep supporting the dictator Putin? Or will they decide it is time for change?

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North Korea's Kim Jong Un Claims Country Has Hydrogen Bomb [engl]

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:23 am

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/north-korea/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-claims-country-has-hydrogen-bomb-n477511
BEIJING — North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has claimed his country has developed a hydrogen bomb, a significant step forward from the less powerful atomic bomb....
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Kim Jong Un - mega fruitcake dictator, perhaps Putin's closest ally. Mad dictators always support each other.
Reminds me of Putin's threats to use nuclear weapons after his invasion of Crimea and the Donbass. Fruitcakes.

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Oil price down another dollar

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:30 am

www.bloomberg.com/energy/ 2 minutes' ago

Crude Oil & Natural Gas
INDEX UNITS PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE CONTRACT TIME ET 2 DAY
WTI Crude Oil (Nymex)
USD/bbl. 37.19 +0.03 +0.08% JAN 16 04:52:45
Brent Crude (ICE)
USD/bbl. 40.28 +0.17 +0.42% JAN 16 04:52:54
Natural Gas (Nymex)
USD/MMBtu 2.06 -0.01 -0.34% JAN 16 04:53:02
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I've never seen gas this low. 2.06.
The next "landmark" will be Brent falling below 40 dollars / barrel.
All good news for Ukraine and the gas price next year.
Also - each fall of 1 dollar now is an effective fall of 1/40 x 100% = 2.5% I believe.
Putin's war machine is running out of funds in a rapid manner.

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Russia's Gazprom sees Q1 gas price for Ukraine at $230 before discount

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:47 am

http://af.reuters.com/article/idAFR4N13Q01V20151208
Tue Dec 8, 2015 10:04am GMT
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The price has fallen about 10% since he thought about this!
Whatever, better than Tymoshenko's super deal of 450 dollars with Putin, widely acclaimed by her, the Kyivpost editorial team, and Putin himself, of course.
What will Ukraine ask for? 200?
see also
http://www.pravda.com.ua/rus/news/2015/12/8/7091777/ re the 230 offer.

Draft state budget for 2016 built on forecast average gas price of $210-215 – Energy Ministry
http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/310229.html

What are the EU countries currently paying?
https://ycharts.com/indicators/europe_natural_gas_price
This says 6.24 which I think is about 220 dollars / k m3.
January's price probably will be about 210.

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Yesterday in the ATO area, two soldiers killed, and ten wounded - Staff

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http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2015/12/10/7092050/
"Yesterday, near the village Opitnoe about 15.30 our infantry fighting vehicle when moving from one reference point to another hit a bomb. As a result of this tragedy, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and seven were wounded," - said the colonel to clarifying questions....

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Killed Alfa fighter used to combat in Donbas; he saved child's life at expense of his own, - SBU speaker

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The fighter of the Alfa special detachment who was killed in special operation last night in Kyiv used to conduct combat tasks in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area.

This was announced by SBU speaker Olena Hitlianska at a briefing on Thursday, Censor.NET reports.

"Unfortunately, one of our servicemen, Alfa special detachment fighter, who was combating in the ATO area, was killed. He has many honors. But he was killed in Kyiv. In fact, he died saving a 7-year-old child, whose father joined the sabotage group," Hitlianska noted.

"We had to save the child first, and then to neutralize the saboteurs. He is saved at the expense of another life. No calculations here," she said.

Hitlianska also specified that this sabotage group was preparing terrorist acts in a number of Ukrainian cities.

SBU Chief of Staff Oleksandr Tkachuk announced that the soldier died in a hospital. Another Alfa fighter received wounds and is being treated.

He also noted that the search was conducted in Obolon district of Kyiv.

Tkachuk said the child was in fact a hostage of the situation.

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400 US soldiers help train Ukrainian troops, - General Hodges

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About 400 American soldiers are currently helping train Ukrainian servicemen at the Yavoriv training ground in the Lviv region.


Commander U.S. Army Europe, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said in a Pentagon news conference, Censor.NET reports.

On Nov. 23, a new phase of training of the Ukrainian Armed Forces started, currently involving the first out of five army battalions, he said, adding the program was part of the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine, which includes British, Lithuanian and Canadian trainers.

During the second phase, the United States and other NATO countries plan to train and equip six battalions of Ukraine's ground forces, including a special forces battalion. According to Hodges, the training is provided by instructors from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army based in Vicenza (Italy).

The army battalions will be doing drills at the Yavoriv training ground, while the special forces battalion - in Khmelnytskyi.

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"I believe in the people of Ukraine," - Vice President Biden sums up his visit to Kyiv. VIDEO

Post by Admin on Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:47 am

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has ended his visit to Ukraine. On Dec. 7 he met with the country's leadership, on Dec. 8 the vice president addressed the Verkhovna Rada.



"Folks, we're home from Ukraine. This was a good trip.

"It was a real honor, on the final day, to be able to speak beak before the Rada - the Ukrainian legislature. The last American official to do so was President George H.W. Bush.

"I hope the members of the Rada accepted my candor in the spirit it was given. This is a country that has a second chance at establishing a genuine democracy. Many of the young people in this Rada were the ones filling the Maidan, raising their voices and demanding this of their government.

"Now, they are in a position to help make it a reality.

"And, they have two great threats right now: Russian aggression and endemic corruption. The United States is prepared to help them tackle both.

"And if they do, I have no doubt that this Rada will go down in history as the founding fathers of the first-ever united, democratic, genuinely free Ukraine.

That's my hope. And I believe in the people of Ukraine. I believe they will get this done."

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EU defers extension of sanctions against Russia, - Radio Liberty

Post by Admin on Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:03 am

Ambassadors of the 28 member states have postponed making a decision on Dec. 9 on renewing the bloc's economic sanctions against Russia for its military aggression in the Donbas.

Censor.NET reports citing Radio Liberty.

Permanent representatives of the EU countries had been expected to agree on a six-month extension of the sanctions without any debate. But Italia's ambassador said the matter should be decided by EU leaders who meet next week in Brussels.

"Italy and some other southern European states have shown some reluctance to maintain the sanctions, which have packed a powerful economic punch," the article notes.

As previously reported, Italian government suggested postponing the decision on the extension of economic sanctions against Russia for its military aggression in the Donbas.

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Georgia accuses Russia of violating its airspace

Post by Admin on Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:10 pm

A Russian military helicopter has violated the airspace of Georgia, the Ministry of Defense said on Thursday, according to Russian online newspaper Vzglyad.

It happened in the "conflict zone," but the Georgian Defense Ministry did not specify the exact area. The incident might have happenned in South Ossetia.

"A few minutes later, a Russian military helicopter left the airspace and returned behind the "line of occupation," the Georgian Defense Ministry said.

According to the newspaper, on December 10, the Georgian Foreign Ministry in its statement urged Russia "in response to the unilateral commitments not to use force repeatedly recorded and undertaken by Georgia, to make similar legal obligations."

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Eliminated leader of subversives detained in Kyiv appeared to be Right Sector’s former soldier, whom SBU considered FSB agent

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The leader of subversive and reconnaissance group recently detained during the operation of special services in Kyiv, who was shot dead during arrest, appeared to be former soldier of the Ukrainian Volunteer Corps ‘Right Sector’ Serhii Amirov, whom the Security Service of Ukraine called hundred-per-cent Russia’s Federal Security Service agent.

Sources in law enforcement agencies, familiar with the details of the night raid in Kyiv, Kharkiv and other cities told Lіga, Censor.NET reports.

It is noted that seven members of the Russian subversive and reconnaissance group were detained totally. The eighth one, the leader of the subversive and reconnaissance group, was shot dead. Three of the detainees were citizens of the Russian Federation. The rest including the shot person were citizens of Ukraine.

The names of the Russians have not been voiced. The interlocutors of the news outlet have confined themselves to a refutation of the previous version of the 'Caucasian trace': "There isn't even the smell of Dagestan." The Ukrainian side has already informed the Russian consulate on the detention of Russian citizens suspected of terrorist activities.

However, according to the outlet, the killed leader of subversive and reconnaissance group was Oleh Muzhchyl aka Serhii Amirov, a 50-year-old native of Donetsk. He had earlier been an undercover agent placed in the ranks of the "Right Sector" but was then expelled from the organization. The Right Sector representatives said they had severed ties with him back in summer. "He was hundred-per-cent FSB agent," the security agencies insisted. The eliminated saboteur repeatedly visited Russia. He used three different identities and passports.

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The United States expects the European Union to support extension of sanctions against Russia in next week’s vote.

U.S. Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam Szubin said on Thursday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"An EU vote to extend sanctions will make clear to the Russian government that economic normalization will not happen until it reverses its aggressive and destabilizing activities in Ukraine," Szubin said.

Read more: "Italy does not oppose sanctions against Russia and shares EU member countries position," - Ambassador of Italy in Ukraine

"We have worked closely with the EU to maintain economic pressure on Russia until the full implementation of Minsk, and believe strongly that this remains the appropriate benchmark," Szubin said in London.

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