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Putin's terrorists fired 20 times at the Ukrainian people last night.
Sadly reading that one more soldier was killed in the ATO zone yesterday, and one injured. Ukr. Pravda report below.
Putin still trying to bring Ukraine to its knees, as he's signed a decree to stop trade with Ukraine.

Turkey's also getting away from buying oil from Russia which would further hurt Putin and Gazprom. Many other countries are following the same pattern. Bottom line is, Putin, from his acts against Ukraine is losing many clients. As the bully he is, bet that he'll cause ramifications from these moves against him.

-6c real feel temperature.
Sunny. Temperatures slowly warming to -4 to -2C. Winds W at 10 to 15 km/h.
Update - actually a pleasant day in Kiev. Sunshine all day. But cold, of course. No snow. Roads clear.
Now - evening - clear sky still - and a lovely crescent moon.
Admin sent me to check out the fishing on the Dnepr. Nobody there. No ice at all.
Forecast - to be warmer by the weekend.


Kyiv ready to discuss brief transition periods to remove Russian concerns over EU association

Kyiv believes it will succeed in reaching an agreement at three-party consultations at the ministerial level, to be held in Brussels on December 21, allaying Russian concerns over Ukraine's association agreement with the EU, Ukrainian Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Natalia Mykolska told journalists on Wednesday on the sidelines of the WTO conference in Nairobi.

Ukraine is ready to discuss the possibility of establishing brief transition periods - lasting two-three years - for a number of technical regulations, said Mykolska, who is Ukraine's trade representative.
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Ukraine is "ready to pay the price" for a trade deal with the European Union, President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday after Moscow moved to restrict its own trade ties with Kiev over the accord that is due to take effect on Jan.1.

Controversy over the EU-Ukraine trade deal was the initial trigger of unrest in Kiev that culminated in the ousting of a Moscow-allied president in 2014. Russia then annexed Crimea and backed a separatist revolt in eastern Ukraine in moves that led to Moscow's worst standoff with the West in decades.

As Poroshenko arrived in Brussels, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to suspend a free trade zone with Ukraine from Jan. 1, making good on Moscow's threats to retaliate if Kiev presses ahead with closer EU ties.

"Ukraine is aware of these restrictions and the expected damage to the Ukrainian economy. But we are ready to pay this price for our freedom and our European choice," Poroshenko said in Brussels...............

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The International Monetary Fund has handed a victory to Russia’s Vladimir Putin in his fight to force Ukraine to repay a $3bn bond that matures on Sunday, the fate of which has been threatening to force a halt to western efforts to rescue the war-hit Ukrainian economy.

Kiev has been trying unsuccessfully to force Moscow to participate in a restructuring it agreed with commercial creditors including US fund giant Franklin Templeton earlier this year. But the IMF’s executive board ruled on Wednesday that the Russian debt was official, or sovereign, throwing those efforts into disarray.................

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on Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:02 pmAdmin
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says Kyiv will suspend trade with Russian-occupied Crimea in one month.

Yatsenyuk said at a government meeting on December 16 that Ukraine's cabinet had decided that "the supplying of goods, work, and services to Crimea and from Crimea" will be banned within 30 days.

The only exceptions, he said, would be "personal items, socially important foods, and humanitarian aid."

Yatsenyuk added that the restoration of electricity to Crimea is a separate issue that could only be decided by Ukraine's Security and Defense Council.............
Russia towed two oil rigs and an oil-extracting platform that belong to Ukraine from neutral to its territorial waters Dec. 15. .

The move is an example of glaring violation of Ukraine’s property rights and plunder of its national assets, Ukraine foreign ministry says in a statement Dec. 16.

Russia has again ignored the international law. The property must be returned to Ukraine, the statement says.
The state-run Naftohaz company will sue Russia for seizure of assets and damages, NH said in a statement Dec. 16.

In 2014 alone, NF suffered UAH13.8 bn ($552 mn) in losses from suspended activities. The total cost of assets amounts to UAH15.7 bn ($628 mn).

NF also lost in Crimea and on the shelf 15 oil and gas deposits, 1,200 km of pipelines, 43 gas distribution stations and 29 vessels.

The lost assets include 4 drilling rigs, two of them state-of-the-art.

The capacity of lost deposits equals 50 bn cu.m. of gas, 3.5 mn tons of oil and 1 mn tons of gas condensate.
Hillary Clinton took “chaos candidate” Donald Trump and company out behind the proverbial woodshed last night as they fumbled about on stage, and took a switch to them. The Republican presidential hopefuls made their fifth debate a celebration of ignorance, hate and bigotry, and Clinton called them on it by live blogging on Twitter. Frank Bruni called it a “tense” debate in a New York Times op-ed, but I’d call it “appalling,” and Clinton seemed to agree.

Who we met at CNN’s televised debate last night was, in Hillary’s words, “7 Republican candidates who are totally unprepared to be commander-in-chief.” And by blazing away on twitter as they spewed, she showed American voters why.

Echoing president Obama, she condemned the repressive rhetoric coming from the stage, tweeting,

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Vladimir Putin has ordered the suspension of Russia’s free trade zone with Ukraine, following up on threats that Kiev’s trade deal with the EU would cost it preferential access to the Russian market.

The move by the Russian president comes as EU members prepare to discuss on Friday another extension of sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea and its role in the war in Ukraine.

It also all but ends hopes that trilateral talks scheduled for Monday aimed at addressing Moscow’s concerns over the EU-Ukraine agreement could avert a further escalation of a trade war with Kiev................

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Despite Russian claims that it is fighting the LIH, the reality is quite different.

This was stated by Chief of General Staff of the Free Syrian Army (CAC), Major General Khalid Ahmed Birri reported

"Russia cooperates with the regime and with LIH. In other words, Russia has set a goal to fight terrorism, "- said the general.

According to him, presumably acquire Russian oil from LIH.

"It is assumed that in the east of Homs and other parts of the country are located in the world's second-largest gas field. Thus, the Russian want to protect their own interests. We obvious that a partner LIH mode and operates in synchronism with it. Recent events indicate that the Assad regime and acquire Russian oil from LIH. Recently intercepted talks between the rebels and Russian LIH commanders who lead the attack, "- he said. In Russian
In the European Union tonight ready to agree on certain points relating to the decision to grant visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens.

This was stated by President of the European Council, Donald Tusk during a joint statement with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Brussels.

"Ukraine has made good progress in recent months towards the liberalization of the visa regime, which will allow us to decide on visa-free regime as soon as possible. I hope that this evening we will be able to agree on certain points, "- said Tusk.

Earlier, President of the European Council, Donald Tusk during a joint statement with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Brussels noted that Ukraine has made progress in meeting the criteria for visa-free regime. In Russian
on Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:51 pmAdmin
After meeting with Putin, the Secretary of State calls for a new US-Russian partnership—but can he enact it?

 Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. American Secretary of State Kerry’s meeting with Russian President Putin, on December 15, frames the discussion.

Cohen interprets Kerry’s public remark that when Washington and Moscow work together, good things happen, as a call for a partnership in resolving the Ukrainian conflict and for a coalition against the Islamic State in Syria—in effect, a major departure from current Obama Administration policy of Cold War and “isolating Russia.” But will Kerry be backed by the White House, Cohen asks, recalling that a similar initiative by Kerry in May was torpedoed by Vice President Biden and his allies in the State Department and Senate.........................

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Turkish Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Yonet Tezel claims that Russian military activity in Syria, only 10% is directed against the terrorists "of the Islamic state." He said this in an interview with "Commander in Chief".

In his opinion, Russia, together with the international community to join the fight against terrorism.

"But they (the Russians. - Ed.) Military activity in Syria so far, according to the expert information, only 10% was directed against the terrorist elements of the" Islamic State "(LIH)," - said the ambassador.

Recall September 30, Russia struck their first blow in Syria after the Federation Council of the Russian Federation has agreed to the use of the Air Force of Russia on the territory of other states. In Russian
on Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:38 pmNelson
I love this still -

Where in the world can an Armenia and a Georgian use foul language at each other in Russian? Only in Free Ukraine Very Happy

For the full versiion see video posted by Admin earlier today. (scroll up)

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ZDFzeit: Machtmensch Putin
Gegner oder Partner Europas?
a psychological portrait of a man whose greatest passion lies in preserving his power.
In German, obviously. Video report from TV channel ZDF. Includes evidence of T72B3 Russian tanks in Ukraine.
43 minutes long. Clear German. "aber die macht-mensch Putin.... " might as well call him "power mad Putin"...
Turkish officials have detained a total of 27 ships with Russian flags as of Dec. 15 due to missing documents or transactions in line with the Mediterranean and Black Sea memoranda, sources added.
What does Putin do next? Start a war with Turkey? Not many sanctions left for him to impose now. But Turkey can do a lot of things by way of retaliation.
Crude Oil & Natural Gas
WTI Crude Oil (Nymex)
USD/bbl. 35.81 -1.54 -4.12% JAN 16 11:29:37

Brent Crude (ICE)
USD/bbl. 37.20 -1.25 -3.25% JAN 16 11:30:18
Natural Gas (Nymex)
USD/MMBtu 1.79 -0.03 -1.76%
Fewer spondulies for Putin's war machine.
on Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:54 amNelson
Бойовики 20 разів провокували сили АТО на відкриття вогню – штаб
This report from this morning.
At night in the area ATO 1 soldier killed, another suffered injuries - Staff
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 12:51
For the past day in the zone of the antiterrorist operation one Ukrainian military was killed and one suffered injuries....
on Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:42 amNelson
According to a poll from the Moscow-based Levada Center independent polling and sociological research organization, only 41 percent of those who mainly rely on TV for news actually trust it.
That is well below the 79 percent who said they trusted television news in 2009.

And poorer people - the typical babushka or country folk simply either do not understand, or cannot afford a computer, good mobile, or the internet, and these people - of course - are Putin's main supporters. Poor and ignorant.
Sanctions against Russia can only be eased when the Minsk peace deal is fully implemented and that is not yet the case, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday....
Putin will not like this one bit. He likes telling other people what to do - not the other way round!
One of the leaders of the Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Dzhemilev said that Russia annexed Crimea brought to nuclear weapons.

He said this in an interview with "Focus", when asked about the possibility of returning Crimea Ukraine.

"The strategy can be based on the opportunities, and we are very limited. The military way is no longer - even more so, as reported by various sources, Russia has delivered the Crimea has nuclear weapons "- said Dzhemilev.

"In any case, it is known that they are almost completely restored the nuclear storage facility in the tract Kyzyltash near Yalta, which was closed and devastated after signing the Budapest Memorandum 1994 refusal of Ukraine of nuclear weapons brought to the Crimea and the missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons "- he added. In Russian
...Putin's decision to suspend a 2011 free trade treaty with Ukraine was set out in a decree which cited "extraordinary circumstances affecting the interests and economic security" of Russia...
Similar to above story, but in English.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the termination of the agreement on free trade zone with Ukraine on January 1, 2016, the press service of the Kremlin.

"Due to the exceptional circumstances that affect the interests and economic security of the Russian Federation and the need to take immediate action," - said in the text of the decree.

Recall, December 1, Minister of Economic Development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev told a high probability of introduction of the food embargo for Ukraine to January 1, 2016. In Russian

Putin still trying to force Ukraine on its knees. He's frustrated and still trying to use his bully tactics, as many other countries aiding Ukraine monetarily which he can't stand. He also wants the EU to stop the FTA with Ukraine, which he shouldn't have anything to say about it. Another way to stop Ukraine from regenerating its economy. So he's basically beating a dead horse, as whatever he tries is going to fail.
on Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:28 amOdessite
The decision to extend electricity supplies to the Crimea would take NSDC

The government at the current meeting adopt a decision to limit the supply of goods and services in the Crimea and in the opposite direction, which will enter into force 30 days after adoption. The Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, opening Cabinet meeting, Interfax-Ukraine. "Prohibited the supply of works, goods and services for all customs regimes (...) except personal belongings, socially significant food and humanitarian assistance" - said the prime minister. He said that the decision to extend electricity supplies to the Crimea would take NSDC. Note, November 23, to stop trade with the Crimea and to stop cargo transport from the peninsula suggested President Poroshenko. Recall that food blockade Crimea began on September 20 and continues to this day. Dzhemilev spoke of "benefit" blockade Crimea
on Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:26 amOdessite
In November, Ukraine 9.9% increase in the number of registered unemployed. Such data are the State Statistics Service (State Statistics Committee).

Thus, in November 2015 in Ukraine, there were 433.5 thousand. Registered unemployed persons, while as of October their number was 336.8 thousand. People. Compared with January 2015, registered unemployed persons in November decreased by 17.3% - at the beginning of 2015 there were 524.4 thousand People.
on Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:24 amOdessite
At a meeting of the National Council reform Interior Minister threw in  Saakashvili's glass.

These days one of the most discussed topics in the Ukraine was a scandal between the chairman of the Odessa Regional State Administration Mikhail Saakashvili and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

At this time, another skirmish between officials went beyond mutual recriminations, the course went even a glass of water in the presence of the President of Ukraine.

See also: Saakashvili vs Yatsenyuk: the conflict is growing

The opposition Ukrainian prime minister and the governor of the Odessa region becomes all the brighter and more active.
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the governor of the Odessa region continue to exchange accusations and criticism in the press.
Conflict of politicians becomes protracted, and they do not try to hide it from the public.
Saakashvili accuses Yatsenyuk inefficiency of reforms, corruption and links with the oligarchs, the prime minister, in turn, believes that Saakashvili can not be called a successful reformer.
Piquant situation added the rumors that it was the former president of Georgia may change Yatsenyuk to the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine.
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