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News -
Russian forces attack Ukraine more than 20 times yesterday.
Update - no deaths or injuries yesterday in the ATO zone. Slava Ukraini.

Weather -
Not too bad for mid-December. +1. high of +4 expected. A little sunshine, but ground is very wet.
Soggy ground makes any advance by Putin's tanks difficult.

Footie -
Ukraine drawn against World Champions Germany, plus Poland and Northern Ireland in the Euro 2016 finals in France next summer.
Draw for the Champions League on Monday.

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on Sun 13 Dec 2015 - 23:24Admin
When Russia began air strikes in Syria in September, it said it was fighting terrorism, targeting so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters. But Moscow also had geopolitics in mind.

And while it clearly had other foreign policy goals, could Moscow now be using its involvement in Syria as leverage over EU sanctions linked to the crisis in Ukraine?

Diplomats in Brussels are adamant that that's just what Russia is doing.

Since IS claimed responsibility for the Paris terror attacks and the downing of a Russian airliner over Sinai, EU officials say Moscow has been working diligently to try to convince individual member states that now is the time to engage with Russia and end its isolation linked to the war over eastern Ukraine.

The official collective position in Brussels, though, is that there will be no trade-off of issues...................

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In occupied Crimea rescuers worried about the increasing number of poisoning by carbon monoxide (CO) from the working diesel and petrol generators, which Crimeans actively use after problems with the power supply of the peninsula.

On Sunday the press service of the Main Directorate of the Russian Federation on NFM Republic of Crimea.

"Over the past two weeks, cases of poisoning the residents of apartment buildings and private households by carbon monoxide, which is released during the operation of electric generators," - said in a statement.

In this regard, asking rescuers Crimean residents to observe basic safety rules when using generators. In particular, never place the generator in a garage, shed, room or any other confined space, because even when you turn off the CO level may rise sharply within minutes, and the gas can be stored in the air for the next few hours. In Russian
During the forum, "Peace, security and development" in Turkmenistan, the delegation of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova who were victims of the Russian aggression and demanded the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops.

This was told Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing Gennady Zubkov, who headed the Ukrainian delegation, in his Twitter.

"Ukraine needs the full implementation of the Minsk agreement on the withdrawal of Russian troops from its territory, closing the borders. We demand respect for the principles of inviolability and territorial integrity of our country", - he said.

In addition, Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti urged Moscow to withdraw its troops from Transnistria.

"We reiterate the need to complete the withdrawal of Russian troops and removal of ammunition from the territory of our country. We are also in favor of the transformation of the peacekeeping operation in the area of ​​security in the civil mission under an international mandate," - he stressed. In Russian
US Vice President Joe Biden during his speech in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine spoke so plainly that surprised even their own press - people who accompany him around the world.

It was on "the details of the Week" on Sunday, December 13, he told The New York Times at the White House Peter Baker.

"I was surprised by a very sharp tone of Biden, who now and then taught and zhuril deputies. Even broke the cry to members of Parliament. I rarely see him in this," - said Baker.

"He spoke very directly," - said the reporter. In Russian
Russian promoter Dmitry Kiselyov in his Twitter account had a kind of survey of "Liar of the Year" and the results were disappointing for the "mouthpiece of the Kremlin" and its host - President Putin.

This was reported by a blogger from Russia Olga Romanova in Facebook

"Let's take a little sum up the year. First nominated for "Liar year" - Kiselev wrote and added four names to choose from: Obama, Erdogan and Putin Poroshenko.

Office Kiselev posted on the night of December 13, 2698, he managed to gain votes. From the Scrin "survey" shows that in the category "Liar Year" by Kiesleva landslide "victory" was ... Russian President Putin, gaining 58% of votes.

On the "second position" in Kiseleva by a wide margin is the Ukrainian leader Poroshenko (28%), followed by Erdogan and Obama each scored 7% of the vote.

After the unexpected results, Dmitry Kiselev your post deleted. "What a beautiful story on Twitter Dmitry Kiselev. He conducted a survey, and then erased the results. But all the moves written, "- wrote in a Facebook Romanov. In Russian
UNIAN sat down with one of Russia’s opposition leaders, former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, to learn how the opposition sees the prospects for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

In Russia, any discussion, whether it is an international conference or the analysis of internal problems, sooner or later, touches the Ukrainian issue. Off the record, many supporters of the Russian authorities as well as a few opposition members believe that it is the aggression against Russia’s neighbor that has put an end to the era of "Putin's stability." It all started with the annexation of Crimea and escalated with the invasion of Donbas. The Russians are becoming more aware that destabilizing Ukraine comes with a great cost.

The deadline of the Minsk agreements is about to expire, and sanctions against Russia may be extended if pro-Russian militants in Donbas do not comply with these agreements. UNIAN spoke with Russia’s ex-Finance Minister, one of the leaders of the Russian opposition, Mikhail Kasyanov, to find out whether there is a way out of this vicious circle, and what it is supposed to be like.

Mikhail, is it possible, in your opinion, to perceive the Minsk format of settlement as the best one?

My party and I welcome the Minsk agreements because they allowed to stop the war and the killings. This is the main achievement. Of course, there are problems in this document, as there it stipulates a faulty sequence of actions. But there is one important factor:  the agreements declare that the final outcome must be the transfer of full control over the territory, including the border, to the Ukrainian government. We look forward to the implementation of these provisions.

Russia should implement its part of the agreements, including the provision to stop the escalation. We already see that the leaders of various armed groups in these unrecognized territories were replaced by the more moderate people, more bureaucrat-type. The people who could disappear within one day, upon the order from the top.

Basically, I see that Putin and his regime are ready to end the conflict in Donbas. The question is that they demand something more from the West. If the West continues to insist on full implementation of the Minsk agreements, with the end point of transferring control over the border and the territory to the Ukrainian authorities, the current Russian authorities may agree. This is too heavy a burden. Putin and his regime are severely affected by sanctions. Sanctions work, they really do.

You said that the sanctions seriously affect Russia. What is the cost of the occupied Donbas for Moscow?...................

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Investigators have discovered that Abdelhamid Abaaoud had pictures of places in Birmingham stored on his smartphone, according to well-placed sources, raising the chilling possibility that his cell was planning atrocities in Britain, according to the Daily Mail.

One source said the images may have been taken by Abaaoud himself, suggesting that he was able to enter the UK despite being the subject of an international manhunt even before the Paris attacks last month that left 130 people dead, the report says.

A source said the regular calls made by Abaaoud and the photographs found on his phone have led British police to the 'frightening conclusion' that he wanted to bring to the city the same carnage that he inflicted upon the French capital...............

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A Russian warship fired a warning shot to prevent a collision with a Turkish fishing vessel in the Aegean sea, further straining ties between the two nations after last month’s downing of a Russian bomber near the Syrian border.

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax Ukraina.

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday one of its warships, Smetlivyi destroyer, had been forced to fire warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea to avoid a collision and that it had summoned the Turkish military attache over the incident.

The crew of the Kashin-class guided missile destroyer Smetlivyi spotted the Turkish fishing trawler some 1,000 meters from the Russian warship early on Sunday morning, the ministry said. The ship was sailing towards the destroyer and ignored calls for radio contact and other attempts to communicate.

Turkey shot down the Russian warplane during a Syrian bombing raid on Nov. 24, poisoning bilateral relations and triggering retaliation from President Vladimir Putin that includes bans on some Turkish food products and restrictions on flights. Putin called the incident a "stab in the back," while Turkey said it was defending its territory after previous border violations. In Russian
Donbas rebels and their Russian patrons are preparing a massive provocation to give them a pretext to launch an offensive in Donbas, says the head of an intelligence group in the rebel-held territory operating under SBU control.

“The Russians plan to strike in January,” the source says.

“Drug-addicts are being removed from the front-line troops and replaced by troops trained in Rostov, Russia,” the source says.

The enemy scenario is to stage a provocation, accuse Ukraine of the disruption of the Minsk agreements and launch an offensive, he says.

Ukraine army intelligence reports large concentrations of tanks and heavy artillery near Pervomajsk, Alchevsk and Donetsk.
Don't see it here, but I think the EU leaders are also due to discuss extension of the sanctions against Russia.
Italy didn't support this and asked for "discussion" on the matter, I understand.
Ukraine's government has managed to cut state debt from $73 billion to $66 billion due to debt restructuring and swaps for low-cost, long-term loans, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said.
If true, good going. Especially while having to fight a war against Russia.
The problem is - making cuts creates unrest among the population. Just look at Greece.
And in Ukraine the populist politicians will just jump at any opportunity to create a problem, never mind a nice bribe from Putin to do the same.
A long drawn out dispute may be on the horizon between two rival factions of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. More than 10,000 signatures have been collected in favor of transferring the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, one of the best-known historical attractions in the country, over to the Kyiv Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Lavra, also known as the Monastery of the Caves, is currently in the possession of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Despite Putin's policy of locking up anybody and everybody who might protest it looks as if domestic issues are on the rise in the RF.

Russia says one of its warships fired warning shots at a Turkish fishing vessel in the Aegean Sea to avoid a collision.
Putin now seems to believe he can fire at and bomb anybody anywhere in the world.
Most ships would sound their horn. Putin and the Russians use missiles and bombs.
Question - how primitive can Russian become? Answer - very.
Quite funny.
Putin should sack ministers, but nobody dare call for Putin to go himself.
Always somebody else to blame - Obama, America, Turkey, Ukraine, fascists.... etc etc etc.
on Sun 13 Dec 2015 - 6:19Nelson
From link in post above. UP

During the last day, no Ukrainian military have been killed and wounded there.
A briefing on Dec. 13 AP spokesman for ATO Andrey Lysenko.
on Sun 13 Dec 2015 - 2:20Nelson

Crude Oil & Natural Gas
WTI Crude Oil (Nymex)
USD/bbl. 35.62 -1.14 -3.10% JAN 16 2015-12-11
Brent Crude (ICE)
USD/bbl. 37.93 -1.80 -4.53%
It seems only a couple of days ago the price was holding above 40 for WTI.
And now below 36. That, in itself is a fall of 10%. 10% of 40 is 4 dollars.
So - while these falls of a dollar or two seem small, in percentage terms they are quite large now.
on Sun 13 Dec 2015 - 2:15Nelson
Deputy Chief of Staff of the "People's Militia" LNR Yaschenko Igor said that the murder of the commander of "Cossack Regiment" in LNR Paul Dremova known about the nickname Papa [Batka], Ukrainian special services were involved.
Likely Putin removing somebody critical of Russia. Blown up in his car. Or simply local argument within the LNR.
Russia's budget deficit is expected to reach 1.5 trillion rubles ($21.7 billion) in 2016 with an oil price baseline of $40 a barrel, Deputy Finance Minister Maxim Oreshkin said Friday, Interfax agency reported....
Less money for war against Ukraine, and others.
Not a bad article.
on Sun 13 Dec 2015 - 1:43Nelson
Explaining the circumstances of his arrest from a police station in central Moscow, Sergei Mitrokhin, head of the Yabloko liberal party, told the AFP news agency: "I was holding a placard that read 'Respect our Constitution.'"
Amazing... North Korea beckons...
Meanwhile there are right wing fascists in Europe - Le Pen, Polish right-wingers, Seamus Milne, and others who simply adore Putin.
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7:17
The situation in the area of ​​ATU remains unchanged - at night the militants continued to provoke Ukrainian military in breach of the ceasefire.
The press center reported ATO headquarters in Facebook.
After midnight, militants with rocket-propelled grenades hit on Ukrainian Shyrokynoho positions in the area. Point-blank shootings with firearms were recorded at Mayorskoho and Pisky.
Near Zaitsev militants have used prohibited agreements Minsk 120mm mortar.
Total night from Saturday to Sunday invaders more than 20 times violated the ceasefire conditions.
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