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Fighting on the frontline continues. Putin clearly wants to keep the war going.
His Russian empire is clouding his brain. At the expense of thousands upon thousands of Ukrainian lives.
The Russian people do nothing to stop him, and are complicit in this murder. Along with all the Russian "journalists".

Update; 1300. Ukrainian tv News - apparently "contact" between two planes, one Russian, one American, over the Black Sea.

Weather -
Blue sky, sunshine, as usual. It has been like this for a week.
I open the windows when I get up. Now about 22C. Only 26 predicted for today. ok.

Poster - Billboard, in various locations in Kiev -
немає жодних державних грошей ; є тільки гроші платників податків
"There is no such thing as public money; there is only taxpayers' money." - the face you will recognise, I am sure...
I believe said at her Speech to the Conservative Party Conference on October 14, 1983.

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US authorities will not take part in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2015, reports Tass. "The US government will not be represented at any level," - said a senior representative of the US authorities.

The reason for the lack of US forum called Russia's approach to the Ukrainian crisis.

According to official Washington, since last year SPIEF this approach has become "even more aggressive."

Business in the United States given the signal that the "return to the normal conduct of business" with Russia is fraught with "obvious economic and reputational risk", according to the representative of the US administration.

Earlier it was reported that US companies who want to visit the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), "there will be nothing," the US government softened its stance towards the "Russian Davos", says FT. In Russian
About 70 local residents occupied Gorlovka attacked the Special Representatives of the OSCE monitoring mission. This is stated in the report of the mission to 11 June, reports "UNN" .

According to the report, the residents were under stress, behaved aggressively and critically expressed to the representatives of the mission. Also, some people have threatened members of the CMM.

Angry mob tore OSCE flag car and threw him to the ground, only after that observers were able to leave the scene. According to the press service of the OSCE, the incident occurred in the presence of the Russian armed forces from the joint center for control and coordination.

Remind special monitoring mission of the OSCE in Ukraine for the first time since May 14 resumed work on the two observation posts located near the village Shirokino. In Russian
Relatives of those killed in the Donbas SWAT GRU RF confirmed the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine.

About this on his page on Facebook , said Russian journalist Ruslan Leviev.

"After a year and almost two months after the official start of the war / ATO, it finally happened: I went out to a relative of one of the victims of the GRU special forces, thanked for their work and wished them good luck and said that yes, all because he was a military , contract soldiers was killed in Ukraine ", - he wrote.

The journalist said that the relatives of the victims also reported that Russian military itself there was not torn, went to order, as well as two others who died with him.

"As a survivor Nikita Chistyakov, who also went with them. And they were in the Crimea, too. Earlier, when I went to relatives of those killed / captured, of which I wrote, they always attacked with accusations, they say, do everything for the sake of public relations for the sake of money, for fame, "- he stressed.

Leviev also explained why relatives delyut official announcement in Russia.

"They do not have direct hard evidence. All the three victims did not tell the family that they all have in Ukraine. They said only that if you send, it will not give up. And when they are in Ukraine, through social networks corresponded with relatives, too It does not say that they are in Ukraine. And by the FSB did not return the mobile phones of the victims, which could be any data. So they have knowledge at the level of "well we understand, of course, that the official story about the North Caucasus - complete nonsense, and died He, of course, in Ukraine, "- he wrote. In Russian

In Lviv, the Day of Russian activists staged a picket in front of the Russian Consulate.

This writes the "Gromadske.Lvov" to Twitter and publish photos from the event.

Several dozen residents of Lviv dismantled marker plates consulate "the aggressor", as well as wrought-iron gates adorned at the entrance to the territory of Ukraine and flags "Right Sector".

According to eyewitnesses, at this point in the building of the Consulate held celebrations in honor of the Day of Russia, which caused strong resentment among activists.

However, it is noted that the collision was avoided.

As reported by the "Observer", on Thursday, June 11 Ukrainian patriots came to the General Consulate of Russia in Kharkiv and in honor of the "holiday" pelted him with eggs, flour and green paint. In Russian
Recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent several letters to the ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl. This writes the German magazine Spiegel, citing unnamed sources.

Letters that Putin sent Kohl focused on the crisis in Ukraine.

"By sending the letter, Putin hoped that Kohl will stand up for Russia in the situation around the Ukrainian crisis ... Kohl Opinion on foreign policy issues are still matters to members of the European Union. And the support Kohl could help Moscow in connection with the tough stance of the current Chancellor Angela Merkel, "says Spiegel.

The Office of the former Chancellor in conversation with the publication refused to comment on the data.

"Previously, Helmut Kohl has repeatedly warned European politicians from discontinued dialogues with Russia. Russia's participation in building a stable European security system is important," - he wrote in his book "The trouble for Europe" ("Aus Sorge um Europa"), which was published in November last year. In his book, Kohl laid part of the responsibility for what is happening in Ukraine to the West. "The West, of course, can not be silent about the behavior of Russia and the situation in Ukraine, but he himself would behave smarter" - pointed Kohl. According to him, both sides have made mistakes, "- said the publication.

At the moment, 85-year-old Helmut Kohl is in the University Clinic of Heidelberg after hip surgery. Its representatives said that the state of the ex-chancellor "generally good".

As reported by the "Observer", in Transnistria to actively build up anti-Ukrainian sentiments . Russian propaganda skillfully engaged in the popularization of topics deterioration of relations between Ukraine and the neighboring breakaway republic, even hinting at the possibility of military conflict - in 2008 in South Ossetia. Intimidated Ukrainians, residing in the territory of the unrecognized republic, even sent a letter to the president and the people of Ukraine assurances that infringe their rights. In Russian

This is a clear indication that Putin's found himself in a pickle, as he has recently gone to Italy and who knows where else for support. If he wasn't concerned, he wouldn't be doing what he's doing.

Sounds to me he knows he's running out of time and needs some help to at least be able to save face in the eyes of his people, knowing they can take him out as czar Nicholas was. Soon after, Nicholas and his family were excuted. That's when Lenin came into the picture, once he returned to Moscow from exile.
There were actually previous czars that also reached out to the rest of Europe, to try to save themselves. Putin must read Russian history books on a daily basis.
The bloody massacre that took place in Kharkiv on the night of June 12 was organized by local gangs, instigated by the Russian security services. This live "Hustler Live" on Friday, June 12, said the head of the SBU Valentin Nalyvaychenko.

"I can confirm that it was an act of hooliganism incitement, with machetes. It is the local gang, but provoked and instigated by foreign intelligence services - Russian. Since it is the eve of the Day of Russia, someone decided that we need to show a terrible image for the entire Russian propaganda machine Federation ", - said Nalyvaychenko.

He added that the Security Service of Ukraine will seek to help all parties involved in the case.

As reported by the "Observer", in Kharkov in the street Yarosh staged a massacre on campus. In Russian
The United States and the European Union has already prepared a new package of sanctions against Russia , which will take effect in the case of aggravation of the situation in the ATO.
It is reported by the TV channel CNN citing high-ranking sources in the US White House and the European Union.

The new sanctions, according to sources, include the expansion of the black list of Russian citizens and companies. We also consider the extension of sanctions against the financial, energy and defense sectors of Russia.

The reason for the imposition of sanctions, as stated by a source in the White House, could be enhanced action militia at any point along the line of contact.

Discussion of the new sanctions, according to the television channel, was launched after the resumption of hostilities near Donetsk, but the decision on them was taken as the fighting had stopped.

"There are a number of different options that the leaders [of the West. Ed.] Will have at their disposal to respond to Russian aggression, and that we apply fairly quickly. We are not talking about weeks," - said a source in the White House .

As reported by the "Observer", after a meeting of Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk with US Vice President Joseph Biden in Washington last stressed that the United States and other countries "Big Seven" ready to introduce new sanctions against Russia because of the situation in the East of Ukraine . In addition, the readiness of member countries "Big Seven" toughen sanctions impact on Russia said US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.

At the same time, according to US President Barack Obama entered the civilized world sanctions against Russia successfully operate. He estimated that the loss of the Russian economy for the time sanctions were $ 150 billion. Supported US counterpart and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had insisted that the country's "big seven" willing to consider withdrawal from the Russian sanctions only after the full implementation of the Minsk Agreement.

While the Kremlin has promised oteagirovat suitable sanctions, saying that Russian sanctions in matters committed to the principle of reciprocity. In Russian
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said about the detention of four employees of the Interior Ministry, involved in the export of weapons from the warehouses of the Ministry of Interior for transmission to titushkam while Maidana.

This Avakov said at a government session on Friday.

"Yesterday and today General Prosecutor's Office and the criminal investigation had been arrested four police officer, one ex-employee - Major Special Forces, which are exported machines from the warehouse and the Interior Ministry transferred the illegal bandit formations" - said Avakov.

He added that the other three - it's current employees of the warehouse, who were detained on Friday.

"They are fully convicted of involvement in this criminal scheme", - said Avakov.

He added that the GPU began manufacturing "by a criminal group, headed by former Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko," who gave the criminal order for the extradition of weapons from the warehouses of the Ministry of Interior of illegal armed groups.

Order of the Vice Minister of Zimin and Tseplakov Vasiliev, Koshelev, Boyko Maksyura, four of whom are wanted, and four detainees were now direct executors. In Russian
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States next week will be appointed Valery Chaly, who now holds the position of Deputy Head of Presidential Administration. It was reported sources "Commander."

Recall that in mid-April, Petro Poroshenko dismissed Ukraine's Ambassador to the US Alexander MOTSYK. Even then in Ukraine spread information that the deputy head of the Presidential Administration Valery Chaly may come to replace MOTSYK.

Then Chaly promised that a decision by the President, he is ready to lead the diplomatic mission in the United States.

"It's a big challenge for me, if such a decision will be - it will obviously be very high expectations that have yet to be properly implemented," - said Chaly then. In Russian
on Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:04 pmAdmin
The International Monetary Fund has warned Ukraine’s creditors that it is prepared to continue its $40bn bailout of the conflict-torn country even if it fails to reach an agreement to restructure its sovereign debt.

In an open letter released on Friday and addressed to the “financial community”, Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director, warned that the fund was prepared to continue its own financing of Ukraine even if it stopped servicing its debts...........

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Former Regions, former head of the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine Vasyl Khara said that the eldest son of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych - Alexander Yanukovych - took away property from the members of the Party of Regions. He said this in an interview with "Commander in Chief" .

"The 20 members of the Party of Regions faction seized property. Sasha Yanukovych seized of using the Security Service and the GPU. They looted property taken away from people. In his! "- Said Hara.

The former head of the FPU noted that when Yanukovych was still prime minister, and he was a deputy of the ordinary, it is very easy to get to see him. "Ringing in his waiting room, he told me that I needed a meeting with him, and the next day was at it," - said Hara.

"When he became president, deputies for months could not get through to him at the reception. I wanted him to tell about it, about the theft, on the situation of trade unions and so on. But the meeting did not work, "- said the former head of the FPU. In Russian
Russian President Vladimir Putin is the greatest threat to the European Union, bypassing the extremist parties and the economic crisis. These survey results of 50 European and American high-level experts unveiled the Brussels weekly POLITOCO.

"The Russian president is now represents the most serious threat to Europe, ahead of a weak economy," - says the publication.

As noted, such an opinion was expressed by 28 experts, who believe that this year should not expect improvement in relations between the EU and Russia.

Among other challenges for the EU respondents cited economic problems (15 respondents), extremist parties (13), a migratory crisis (9), the weakening of the EU-US (9), Islamist terrorism (Cool, the output of the UK from the EU (7) yield Greece out of the euro zone (6), the collapse of states (5).

The study was attended by senior experts from the EU and the United States, including actions after, MEPs, former members of the government, Deputy Secretary General of NATO, experts in international relations. In Russian
Metropolitan Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky, and Wisniewski, Vicar of the Kyiv Metropolis Alexander (Drabinko) said that in the difficult situation of the UOC-MP. He said this in an interview with "Commander in Chief" .

Metropolitan explained by the fact that a sufficiently large part of our episcopate psychologically, culturally and spiritually formed in the Soviet era, when the "age-old fraternal friendship" of the Ukrainian and Russian peoples was one of the tenets of the "Soviet of faith."

"However, we must be aware: Ukraine - it is not" temporary ", the Ukrainian government does not" pass ". And the so-called "our" is unlikely to come. Ukrainian society is no longer accept the old myths of the Soviet and tsarist times "Soviet Ukraine" and "Little Russia." And the sooner we "wake up" the faster we integrate into the new historical realities - the greater the chance will be at our church, the more it will hear the sermon, the more respectful to people's attitude to the Church, to Orthodoxy, "- said the priest.

When asked whether the priests follow instructions from Moscow is 100%, the Metropolitan said: "I do not know. For others can not answer. In our Holy Transfiguration church special prayer ascends through prayers of St. Peter Graves, for peace in Ukraine, to end the war, preserve the integrity of the borders of Ukraine, where I was born." In Russian
The US side has left unanswered the dangerous incident provoked by the Russian fighter, who tried to prevent the flight of American combat aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea. This was announced on Friday, the official US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke, reports "Ukrinform" .

"When there are such dangerous incidents, we will certainly respond to them," - said Rathke, when asked about the US reaction to the aggressive behavior of the Russian plane.

At the same time, he did not comment on what channels were used for the response of the Russian side, hinting that the Pentagon was engaged in this issue.

Recall, May 30 Russian fighter jet flying at the same altitude with the American aircraft at a distance of three meters, after which certain time accompanied by US aircraft, and then left the area of ​​operations. US Air Force did not retaliate.

The day before, when it became aware of the incident, the American Foreign Ministry did not immediately confirm whether filed a diplomatic protest to the Russian side. In Russian
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent several letters to the former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on the crisis in Ukraine, wrote in a Friday, June 12, the German magazine Spiegel, citing unnamed sources.

The authors of the material believe that Putin, by sending a letter to Kohl, counting on his support for Russia in the situation of the Ukrainian crisis. Officials from Kohl declined to comment on the publication of information about the letters.

Opinion Kohl writes Spiegel, in matters of foreign policy is still quite weighty. Support for ex-Chancellor of Germany could help the Russian president to confront the current tough stance of Chancellor Angela Merkel to Russia.

85-year-old former chancellor has repeatedly warned European politicians from the termination of dialogue with Russia. In his book "The trouble for Europe", he expressed the opinion that Russia's participation is essential to building a stable European security system.

Helmut Kohl served as Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998. Kohl played a big role in the process of European unification and the unification of Germany.

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“Putin cannot present the annexation of Crimea in a way that the Europeans will consider it as well-based,” the paper says.

By Paul Goble* for “Windows on Eurasia”:

Russian actions in Crimea and the Donbas “have weakened Russian arguments about the change of power in Kyiv” at the time of the Maidan and thus cost Moscow support in European and other Western capitals, according to a lead article in Nezavisimaya Gazeta on June 9.

In his interview with Corriere della Sera, Vladimir Putin repeated his longstanding views about the Maidan and the subsequent change of power in Ukraine, arguing that the change in power in Kyiv was unconstitutional and that the West should not be supporting those who came to power as a result (

Moreover, in the same interview, Putin suggested that the reason the Maidan happened was because then incumbent President Viktor Yanukovych did not immediately sign an agreement with the European Union. “But the new authorities also put off its signing. So why should the former have been overthrown if they behaved reasonably?” is Putin’s view.

Many would dispute Putin’s version of events and suggest that Yanukovych “delegitimized himself” as a result of a whole range of actions. But Putin’s argument “is not without an internal logic” and might have been accepted by Europe as significant “if it were not for two ‘buts’ – Crimea and the Donbas.”

Most of the European political establishment and society, the Moscow paper’s editors say, “consider that Russia seized and continues to occupy the territory of a sovereign state,” something that for them is “completely unacceptable.” And consequently, they are not interested in what Putin has to say about the Maidan even while they are convinced that Kyiv’s effort to join the West and “defend itself from an aggressive neighbor” is completely reasonable.
“Putin cannot present the annexation of Crimea in a way that the Europeans will consider it as well-based,” the paper says. The Kosovo argument “doesn’t work,” given that Milosevich was in the eyes of the Europeans carrying out a genocide against the Albanians, something for which there was no analogy in Ukraine...................

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Aleksandr Herzen, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Andrei Sakharov. Now, a 17-year-old from a Moscow suburb is joining such notables in the long-standing Russian tradition of being exiled for his political views.

"All the democrats in Russia were sent into exile," teenager Vlad Kolesnikov says, "and I feel like I have been sent into exile."

For some weeks now, Kolesnikov has been leading a quixotic and lonely campaign to protest Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea and Moscow's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Most recently, he wore a T-shirt with a Ukrainian flag and the words "Return Crimea" on it to his school in the Moscow suburb of Podolsk. He tells how a school official met him outside the classroom.

"You know, I will never forget how he looked," Kolesnikov tells RFE/RL's Russian Service. "At first he looked at me like a normal, sane person. But when he saw my shirt, he looked into my face and I saw such hatred!"

In class a few minutes later, Kolesnikov says, the student sitting in front of him turned around and said, "Kolesnikov, do you want me to smash in your face now or later?"

A few days later -- after Kolesnikov published a couple of Facebook posts about the incident -- he was jumped by some classmates. He insists that he wasn't beaten up. "It was just a split lip, a few bruises, some bumps on the head, and three drops of blood," he says.

Last Straw.................

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Only six years ago, President Vladimir Putin visited the Polish port of Gdansk, birthplace of the Solidarity movement that threw off Soviet domination, and reassured his Eastern European neighbors that Russia had only friendly intentions. Putin spoke harshly that day of the notorious World War II-era pact that former Soviet leader Josef Stalin had signed with Adolf Hitler — an agreement that cleared the way for the Nazi occupation of Poland and Soviet domination of the Baltics — calling it a "collusion to solve one's problems at others' expense."

But Putin's view of history appears to have undergone a startling transformation. Last month, the Russian leader praised the 1939 nonaggression accord with Hitler as a clever maneuver that forestalled war with Germany. Stalin's 29-year reign, generally seen by Russians in recent years as a dark and bloody chapter in the nation's history, has lately been applauded by Putin and his supporters as the foundation on which the great Soviet superpower was built.

Across a resurgent Russia, Stalin lives again, at least in the minds and hearts of Russian nationalists who see Putin as heir to the former dictator's model of iron-fisted rule. Recent tributes celebrate Stalin's military command acumen and geopolitical prowess. His ruthless repression of enemies, real and imagined, has been brushed aside by today's Kremlin leader as the cost to be paid for defeating the Nazis. As Putin has sought to recover territory lost in the 1991 Soviet breakup, his Stalinesque claim to a right to a "sphere of influence" has allowed him to legitimize the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine and declare an obligation to defend Russians and Russian speakers beyond his nation's borders.

Putin's embrace of Stalin's power-play tactics is applauded by many Russians and other former Soviet citizens as the sort of decisive leadership they longed for while watching communism collapse around them. To the proponents of a reinvigorated Russia, reformist Mikhail Gorbachev and his successor, Boris Yeltsin, are seen as having submitted Russia to Western domination. A poll this spring by the independent Levada Center found 39% of respondents had a positive opinion of Stalin. As to the millions killed, 45% of those surveyed agreed that the deaths could be justified for the greater accomplishments of winning the war, building modern industries and growing to eventually give their U.S. nemesis a battle for supremacy in the arms race and conquering outer space.

The share of Russians who look back approvingly has been increasing steadily in recent years, and the segment of those who tell pollsters they have no opinion on his place in their history has shot up even more sharply, said Denis Volkov, a sociologist with the Levada Center. He points to this year's massive Victory Day events as the Kremlin's message to ungrateful neighbors that they owe their peace and prosperity to the wartime deaths of more than 20 million Soviet citizens.

"The figure of Stalin is being justified through the war," Volkov said. "There is an attitude now that, yes, there were repressions and, yes, there were huge losses, but we won the war after all."

Victory exonerated Stalin's excesses, just as it does Putin's "strongman" posture toward neighbors and former Soviet subjects now outside the Russian Federation's borders, Volkov said.
Read more: Putin's desire to protect Russian speakers in Ukraine resulted in putting the brunt of the fighting on them, - Obama

Stalin has weathered more than six decades of historical revisions to maintain his standing as a rival to the West, "which is the context in which he interests Putin," said Nikolai Svanidze, a writer and historian whose grandfathers died in Stalin's political purges.

"Just as Stalin defeated the West 70 years ago by capturing half of Europe," Svanidze said, "we are defeating the West again today. Crimea is our Berlin, our Reichstag, and there is no way it will be restored to Ukraine in the foreseeable future."

Svanidze also predicts there will be no more credible elections as long as Putin chooses to stay in power. That, he said, is another parallel with Stalin's lifetime sinecure as Soviet leader. In Russian
Polish politicians: Ukraine unites Europe, while Putin is looking for enemies in the West (Charter'97)

Russian "curators" run away from "LNR" (
"They see what is really happening in the country, and do not want to participate in this lawless. They are even willing to pay the leadership, to transfer to somewhere you like, but away from here, "- commented the source. According to him, the transition costs 300 - 400 thousand rubles.

Militants fired at positions of our soldiers from all directions. The most difficult situation - in Donetsk - the press center of the ATO (Tsenzor.Net)

In Kiev, renamed 122 streets with names of communist [associations] (
There is every reason to extend sanctions against Russia - Grybauskaite (Tsenzor.Net)
[Lithuanian president, I think]

Putin wrote letters to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl of the conflict in Ukraine, - Spiegel (RBC-Ukraine)
[trying to put pressure on Merkel via his old friends, like Schroeder who has a high paying job and lots of shares in Gazprom.... corruption basically]

In Lviv people protest outside the Russian consulate
Ukraine organizes the conference to attract investments in the United States on July 13.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said this at the Cabinet's meeting on Friday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
"To attract investors, we organize the first major investment conference in the United States on July 13. About 150 executives of major U.S. companies are expected to visit this investment conference," the Head of Government said........
Michael Bociurkiw told a news conference in Kyiv on June 11 that it was the second time recently that OSCE monitors saw children, this time during a visit to the village of Shyrokyne.

"During that most recent visit our monitors did spot what appear to be underage children as well at the checkpoints, and if my memory serves me correctly, this is the second time in recent times that we've seen children and some of them with arms," Bociurkiw said.

He added that, despite assertions to the contrary, neither the Ukrainian forces nor the separatists completed the withdrawal of heavy weapons as agreed during truce talks in February in Minsk.......
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says Russia is "training, arming, bankrolling, and fighting alongside" pro-Moscow rebels battling government forces in eastern Ukraine.

In an emotional June 11 address to an audience in Kyiv, Samantha Power accused Russia of spreading "outright lies" about the Ukraine conflict intended to hide its involvement in a war she portrayed as aimed at thwarting Kyiv's alliance with the West.

She acknowledged that Ukraine faced problems even "before Russia began training, arming, bankrolling, and fighting alongside its separatist proxies in eastern Ukraine, something the Kremlin continues to deny."

Lauding Ukraine's record on media freedoms and transparency in the face of its conflict with Russia, Power accused Moscow of fomenting unrest in Ukraine in order to derail reform efforts after last year's Maidan street protests that helped oust former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

"It seems the Russian government's cynical calculation in fueling this aggression was that a new Ukrainian government and newly empowered Ukrainian civil society would be so consumed by the military threat to their nation and so burdened by its destabilizing effects that they would not be able to focus on carrying out the project of the Maidan," Power said..............

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As Crimea has shown, Mr Putin is no more averse than George Bush was to taking aggressive military action to suit his purpose

“I discussed this personally with Putin a while ago. I said: ‘Vladimir Vladimirovich, the payback for your country for supporting separatists would be that violence would come back to hit you as well.’ Putin said: ‘If anyone tries anything against us, we shall crush them like cockroaches.’”

Mikheil Saakashvili, the then President of Georgia, was describing his conversation with the Russian leader when I interviewed him four years ago. It took place soon after suicide bombings at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, carried out in revenge, it was claimed, for the Kremlin’s military operations in the Caucasus.

I had gone to Tbilisi straight from covering the fall of President Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali in Tunisia, in what was the start of the Arab Spring, although we were not to know that at the time. Mr Saakashvili said that what happened in Tunisia was of transitory interest. The real problem, he wanted to stress, would lie with Russia in eastern Europe. So, he was half right in his analysis.......................

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The US ambassador to the United Nations has accused Moscow of “outright lies” over the financing and arming of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Addressing an audience in Kiev, Samantha Power warned the Kremlin it would “pay the price” if it continued to violate international law.

Power told the audience: “Nobody wants there to be damage to the Russian economy. But those are the consequences – that is the diplomatic and economic isolation – that Russia must face in the wake of its aggression up to this point and in the event there is further aggression.”

She also called for the Minsk peace agreements
signed in February and September – to be fully implemented.

Russia has repeatedly denied supporting the rebel uprising.

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The gas transport company Ukrtransgaz said gas supplies would be cut to three towns -- including the port city of Mariupol -- as repair work, expected to take up to two days, is carried out.

The company said in a statement on June 12 that gas supplies to Europe would not be affected.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry accused pro-Russian rebels of shelling the pipeline.

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accused the separatists of trying to destabilize government-controlled Mariupol.............

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The chief of Ukraine’s Security Service, Valentyn Nalyvajchenko, was invited to speak at US Congress hearings on Russia’s involvement in the war against Ukraine, Nalyvajchenko’s aide Markian Lubkivsky writes in facebook June 11.

“Hearings on Russia’s military presence in Ukraine are scheduled in Senate and Congress foreign relations committees,” Lubkivsky says.

The organizers have asked Valentyn Nalyvajchenko to present evidence of Russian troops involvement in Donbas and discuss the effective ways of helping Ukraine in the security area, Lubkivsky says.
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Russia is launching a nuclear race by positioning its nuclear weapons closer to Europe, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov told in an interview with Kanal 5 June 11, Ukrayinska Pravda reported.

“This is not the first time Putin has threatened the world with Russia’s nuclear club. I wouldn’t describe it as a gesture of a sober-minded person. Given this person runs a huge country with a big nuclear potential, it amounts to a serious threat to the entire world,” Turchynov said.

Russia is deploying its tactical nuclear missiles in Crimea where they can be used against NATO countries, he said.

“Russia won’t stop after the annexation of Crimea. Kremlin has not merely broken collective security system in Europe, Kremlin is eager to change the parity of power – which is especially dangerous,” Turchynov said.

He advised Turkey to block the passage of Russian Navy ships through the Bosporus strait and the world to disconnect Russia from SWIFT.

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The economic blockade of Donbas will continue until there is progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, Poroshenko said addressing officials in Mariupol June 11, Interfax-Ukrayina reports June 12.

“We are willing and ready to restore the economic links with the rebel-held territories in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and ensure a free flow of people and goods.

Our main condition is that Ukraine is to assume control over its borders with Russia, as has been envisaged by the Minsk agreements,” Pres Poroshenko stressed.

At present, about 400 km of the border with Russia is controlled by Russian border guards and rebels.
The Ukrainian Institute of National Memory has come up with a list of cities, towns and villages whose names symbolize the Communist totalitarian regime, Apostrof reports June 12.

The communities of all 871 townships are to rename or return the old names to their places of location by Nov. 21, the law on the de-Communization of Ukraine says.

Under the law, the monuments to Communist era leaders must be pulled down as well as the names of streets, squares, buildings.

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At 2 a.m. today, the terrorists blew up part of the Popasna-Roty railway in the Ukrainian army-controlled part of the Luhansk oblast, oblast governor, Henady Moskal writes in Facebook June 12.

The explosion was carried out by the enemy terrorist group, Ukraine army spokesman says.

The blast may affect the generation of electricity in the area.

The damage is being repaired by rescue workers. However, their work is complicated by the fact that the approaches to the scene of the accident have been mined  by the terrorists, Moskal says.

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Exchange rates on Kreschatik, near Bessarabski Market

Mariupol, Berdyansk, Volnovakha temporarily without gas (Ligabusinessinform)

More than 40% of Ukrainians want to introduce the death penalty for corrupt officials (Сегодня.ua)
[That could be a lot of executions.
Everybody I have been in contact with in the legal system is corrupt - all the judges - without exception.
They give a decision with regard to who pays the highest bribe. Documents are useless in Ukrainian courts.
If this went through the Rada I could see a good 100,000 people being executed. Probably more.
The militants holding a journalist captive and blocking the exchange of hostages, "Irina Gerashchenko (No censor.)
[You won't read about this from Shaun Walker in The Guardian. His "DNR guys". ]

The militants fired at Avdeevku: wounded two civilians, because of the damage to the pipeline lit gas-MIA. Photo Essay (No Censor.)

Night at the Lugansk region blew up the railroad, which transported coal at Uglegorskuû TPP (Island)
Restoration work is complicated by the fact that the approaches to the rail way in many places are mined. Tomorrow until the end of the day the movement by rail plan to recover, "said Moskal.
[Putin continues his sabotage work. Putin the terrorist.]

A warehouse caught fire near Kiev with foam, smoke is visible from the capital (new time)

[found this video on youtube
Caption says - Fire in Brovary - this is an area about 10 km east from Kiev. Not too far from Borispol - town and airport

Brovary -
by chance, a photo I took on Monday or Tuesday, from the end of Kreschatik, Europaiski plocha, next to the Philharmonic.
Far in the distance, on the horizon, you can see the town of Brovary - seems to be about 10 miles away.

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Militants shelled  Novotoškovku of artillery. At Krimski injured four of our soldiers, "Moskal (No censor.)

IKEA does not plan to develop in Ukraine-official statement (case)
[contradicts some information given a day or two ago]
I missed this article - found it doing a random google search. In English, by Yatseniuk!! 3 days old.

What is at stake in Ukraine if Russia continues its onslaught
By Arseniy Yatsenyuk June 8
Arseniy Yatsenyuk is prime minister of Ukraine.
Ukraine is fighting a war on two fronts. The one you see on television is taking place in the east of our country, where thousands of Russian troops are engaged in an armed aggression against Ukraine’s territorial integrity, including the illegal annexation of Crimea.
Less visible, but just as important, is Ukraine’s war against the Soviet past and the legacy of corruption and misrule that has held us back for so many years. These battles must be fought and won together because they are essentially about the same thing — Ukraine’s desire to build a prosperous and democratic future.
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