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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Thursday 31 December. [Ukrainian sources]

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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Thursday 31 December. [Ukrainian sources]

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:35 am

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Russians attack 31 times

Weather -
-12 now. Cold. Getting a little colder each day.
But still no snow. That's one good thing. Roads are clear.

Best wishes -
On behalf of Admin and the crew here at Ukraine English News, may I wish all viewers a happy and prosperous New Year.


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In the ATO zone terrorists attack Ukrainian units 31 times (UNN)

Post by Nelson on Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:39 am

http://www.unn.com.ua/uk/news/1534799-situatsiya-u-zoni-ato-boyoviki-31-raz-namagalisya-sprovokuvati-ukrayinski-pidrozdili
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All the usual places - Opitnoe, Pisky, Marinka, Gorlovka.

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In Kharkiv [oblast] pulled down a statue of Lenin (Telegraph)

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http://telegraf.com.ua/ukraina/mestnyiy/2234199-na-harkovshhine-snesli-pamyatnik-leninu.html
It is noted that the decision was taken by local authorities of Petropavlovsk village council as part of the requirements of the Law of Ukraine on decommunisation.
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Putin authorizes police to shoot at women and children in 'terror' related inclidents

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law new legislation which allows Russia's State Security Service officers (FSB) to shoot at civilians including women and children.

Russia's Parliament (the State Duma) approved the document on December 22. It says that the FSB officers may use firearms against the crowd when it is necessary to prevent a terrorist attack.

They are authorized to open fire when they release hostages, or when they repel and "group or armed attack on crucial and potentially dangerous objects, or state-run objects, buildings, facilities, structures."...................

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The leader of "DNR" totally against EU peacekeepers in the Donbas (Hronika.info)

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http://hronika.info/obwestvo/110293-glavar-dnr-kategoricheski-protiv-mirotvorcev-es-na-donbasse.html
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Warlord "DNR" Alexander Zakharchenko called unacceptable the idea of ​​attracting EU peacekeepers to stop the fighting in the Donbass.
He criticized the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, and accused him of wanting to renew the war ...
"Poroshenko long dreamed drag Donbass" third force ", ie foreign troops and weapons. Such action will only escalate the conflict. ..." -

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It begs the question, why this Puppet does not want peacekeepers? Answer. Putin does not want peace in Ukraine.

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Ukraine to impose tit-for-tat sanctions on Russian goods – premier [Engl]

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http://zik.ua/en/news/2015/12/30/ukraine_to_impose_titfortat_sanctions_on_russian_goods__premier_659187
On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Ukraine cabinet will address the ban against some Russian goods and an import tax on Russia’s export...
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Ukraine takes more gas from UGS, orders gas imports from Slovakia due to cold weather

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http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/314940.html
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Gas stocks are quite a bit higher than last year. Slovakia - not Gazprom.
I presume Gazprom are offering a "special deal" (eg 50% higher than the rest of Europe) only acceptable to Tymoshenko.

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Poroshenko says EU peacekeepers needed for security at Donbas elections [Engl]

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http://www.unian.info/politics/1226725-poroshenko-says-eu-peacekeepers-needed-for-security-at-donbas-elections.html
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President had a phone conversation in the Normandy format

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http://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/prezident-ukrayini-proviv-telefonnu-rozmovu-u-normandskomu-f-36583
...The Head of State stressed that the OSCE must obtain full access to the entire occupied territory, including the border. He reiterated that it is necessary to withdraw all occupation troops from the territory of Ukraine....
In this regard, the President emphasized that it is necessary to cancel fake “elections” which pro-Russian militants have scheduled. Once again, he underlined that the elections in Donbas should be held with the participation of the Ukrainian parties, media, the Central Election Commission, international observers and be conducted in accordance with the ODIHR/OSCE standards....

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Russia to break up in one year – diplomat

Post by Admin on Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:28 am

Due to low oil prices Russia is headed for a big crisis that will trigger off its breakup, Yury Shcherbak, publicist, scholar and ambassador, told on television, Glavred reports Dec. 31.

“The landmark US Congress decision to allow the sale of American oil was the declaration of an economic war on Russia,” he said.

Russia has used oil to dictate its terms to other countries.


“Russia’s disintegration will start in 2017 as huge amounts of oil will hit the market,” Shcherbak said.

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Russia lost when it switched from threats to sanctions – Vitali Portnykov

Post by Admin on Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:36 am

In response to Russia’s economic sanctions, Ukraine government imposed tit-for-tat sanctions. Now, the Russians will start an outcry about the suicidal Ukraine government decision, renowned political analyst Vitali Portnykov writes on Newsru Dec. 31.

He says, among other things,

“The Kremlin announced massive sanctions to make Ukraine return to its stable.

This is not going to happen. The Russian sanctions and the Ukrainian response will destroy all trade between the former FSU republics.

Moscow has always resorted to sanctions when Ukraine was about to take independent decisions. They cut off gas in the dead of the winter, rescinded contracts with Ukrainian companies and now cancelled the FTA.

To Ukraine’s credit, this blackmail was challenged, unlike many other countries that bowed to Russia and sold out their sovereignty.

The Russian craziness about its imperial glory will eventually end. However, the share of the Russian goods on Ukraine markets will be occupied by other countries, making it impossible for the Kremlin to use its economic leverage against Kyiv.

Russia lost when it came from threats to economic sanctions since it has no other leverage. Its propaganda machine failed, the war stalled, economic ties have been ruptured. The Kremlin has no ammunition left.”

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Results of year of screening corrupt officials: 2,500 officials prohibited from holding senior positions, 860 - dismissed

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860 officials, who came within the purview of law on the cleansing of power, have been dismissed according to the results of the expiring 2015.
Censor.NET reports citing the Public Screening Committee NGO.

"The results of the year of civil servant screening in numbers:

· Three attempts to abolish the Law "on the cleansing of the ranks of power" have been prevented (through the Venice Commission and the Constitutional Court of Ukraine).

· 13 draft amendments to the Law were registered in the parliament. The Verkhovna Rada has supported only one draft amendment.

· 2,557 persons have been registered in the Register of persons, who came within the purview of law on the cleansing of power over nine months of their tenure. They all were prohibited to hold public offices for 10 years (http://lku.org.ua/registry/dashboard)

· 860 people have been dismissed directly under the Law with their registration in the State Register of the Justice Ministry. They were also prohibited to hold public offices for 10 years (http://lustration.minjust.gov.ua/register)
Read more: Tereshchuk dismissed for organizing militia officers' demonstration

· 42 senior officials have been excluded from our top 50 of "incompletely purged officials" (http://lku.org.ua/press_articles/380)

· Three of them have been excluded last month after a year of struggle: former Deputy Interior Minister, current First Deputy Head of National Police Vasyl Pascal, Head of Kyiv police Oleksandr Tereshchuk, Commander of Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Anatolii Pushniakov

· 21 MPs of the current eighth convocation are subjects to restrictions related to civil servant screening

· The Public Screening Committee report covering the first year of civil servant screening in Ukraine consists of 44 pages

· Over 30 journalistic investigations carried out by the Public Council on civil servant screening have revealed violations of the Law on the cleansing of power and corrupt practices of officials.

· Two petitions initiated in 2015 will have action in 2016: dismissal of Interior Minister Avakov (https://itd.rada.gov.ua/petitions/Petition/Index/1007) and dismissal of judges of the Constitutional Court, who criminally conspired with Yanukovych to usurp power.

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Russian ruble scrapes new low, no happier for 2016

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updated xx mn ago | updated at xx14514957641451484938 The Russian ruble on the last currency trading day of the year has hit a new 2015 low against the US dollar, at one point falling to 73.20 to the greenback. Weaker oil prices since mid-2014 mean the ruble has more than halved in value against the dollar. The other major cause is external financing restrictions—part of Western sanctions over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis. Yet ordinary Muscovites did not seem worried, one saying: “It’s a normal, dynamic process, which is how it should be. The exchange rate’s the same as the situation in the country.

There’s nothing strange in it. We’ll survive.”..................

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Ukraine army intelligence detects 220-mm Uragan missile batteries in demilitarized zone

Post by Admin on Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:36 pm

Near Kominterneve, Kalynivka, Perevalske and Novoamvrosivske Ukraine army intelligence detected large caliber mortars, tanks, SPA and 220-mm Uragan missile batteries, all banned by the Minsk agreements.

The OSCE mission and Joint monitoring mission representatives were notified about the detection.

The crime rate in the rebel-held territories remains high and mounting further. Most of the crimes (illegal seizures of cars, use of arms) are committed under the influence of alcohol and drugs, leading to many civilian victims.

The crimes are committed both by rank-and-file servicemen and their officers. The rebels usually cover up the crimes. The intelligence report runs.

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Ukraine has become a non-permanent member of UN Security Council

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Since January 1, Ukraine has become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the next two years. The decision was taken at a meeting of the UN General Assembly October 15, 2015.

The status of a non-permanent member of the Security Council gives Ukraine the right to preside in the Council to convene its meetings and participate in shaping the agenda. Thus, in contrast to the permanent members, Ukraine is deprived of the right of veto.

Officials have called this status a huge success for the country and a great victory for Ukrainian diplomacy. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that membership in the UN Security Council will create the world's global pro-Ukrainian coalition. He is convinced that the next two years will open new opportunities for Ukraine to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as to help bring about peace in the east of the country.

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin called the election of the country's Security Council demonstration of global solidarity with Kiev. "Ukraine now understands the price of the principles of the UN understands the nature and value of the UN Charter. Therefore, we are proud of this demonstration of support for Ukraine, as the real world solidarity with Ukraine, "- Klimkin said.

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Putin congratulates Obama on New Year and urged him to cooperate

Post by Admin on Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:34 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated President Barack Obama on New Year, called for cooperation between the two countries in the fight against the various international problems.

Write about it, "Ukrainian News" with reference to the "Voice of America".

Relations between Moscow and Washington have reached the most acute since the Cold War, when Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, and began to support the separatists in eastern Ukraine. The United States and other countries have reacted by introducing sanctions against Russian officials, public companies and entire sectors of the Russian economy.

In his New Year greeting, Putin told Obama that "relations between Russia and the United States are a key factor in ensuring international security."

Putin also said that the two countries "could effectively counter the new threats and challenges," if they can build a "constructive dialogue".

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Main events in 2015. Ukrainian version (PHOTOS &VIDEO)

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2015 will be remembered for the emergence of a new Ukrainian police, local elections shootout shooting in Mukachevo and in the end abnormally warm December. And this is not an exhaustive list of events that the country has experienced. The focus of the Ukrainian were also a report on the causes of the tragedy Malaysian Boeing summer of 2014, the economic and energy blockade of Crimea, the death in a car accident known Ukrainian singer Andriy Kuzmenko, the murder of journalist Olesya elder, the appointment of former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to the post of governor of the Odessa ...

Speaking of events worldwide, the 2015 has also been full of tragedies. Earlier this year, terrorists broke into the wording of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing editorial staff. In November the streets of Paris again sounded a series of explosions that have chained the world's attention to the French capital. No less repercussions and the problem of refugees, millions fleeing from the war in Syria and terror "Islamic state."

"Cupola" offered by the famous Ukrainian figures and politicians choose the main events of 2015.

Oleg Skripka, musician, band leader of "BB"

- Conflict with Russia broke out and spread to the whole world.

- Start of cultural identification of Ukraine in the world.

Sergey Zhadan writer

- I was surprised by one thing - strength, courage and wisdom of the Ukrainian - fighters and volunteers.

Myroslav Popovych, philosopher

- One of the main event of the past year - the loss of the Crimea and Donbas.

Basil Shkliar writer

- Among the international events I have noted Parisian tragedy worthy of "dialogue" with Russia and Turkey, of course, the war with IDIL, which also has featured the world.

- Among the Ukrainian events I have singled proud posture Hope Savchenko Moscow under guard.

- Process decommunisation, first renaming settlements, residents and civic activity Krivoy Rog in defending their right to vote.



Serhiy Leshchenko, MP

- Visa-free regime, which almost introduced towards Ukraine.

- Adoption of the Law of Ukraine on the financing of political parties from the state budget.

- Convert the fight against corruption on the part of political discourse. Now the fight against corruption was not only marhynaliv occupation, and the whole political process.

Maria Burmaka singer

- Ukraine has not ended the war.

- Loss Andriy Kuzmenko.



Natalia Vlaschenko, TV presenter

- Ukraine has maintained integrity.

- In my family are all alive and well.

- Politicians have not fulfilled any of the promises that were given. End of the year ended with a shameful vote on the budget and the tax code that they wrote for themselves.



Ivan Drach, writer

- For me the biggest event - an exhibition in Catherine Bilokur Art Arsenal.



Dmitry Gordon, journalist, City Council Member

- Reducing the number of Ukrainian soldiers killed in the area ATO.

- Check former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to the post of governor of Odessa



- Russian authorities to catastrophic drop in oil prices.

Natalia Zabolotnaya, head of the "Art Arsenal"

- The war that never ceases to be a war.



- The absolute unwillingness of politicians to solve the problems associated with new humanitarian challenges - immigrants, in military ATE.

- We developed and conducted public discussion of the Law of Ukraine on State Fund for Human Development, now it is registered in the parliament, it signed 19 deputies. This is the only hope for the revival of social and cultural landscape of the country.

Vladimir Parasiuk, MP

- The tragic events in Debaltsevo, Donetsk airport, Shyrokynomu.

- Recognition of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army as a belligerent party in the Second World War.

Nikolai September, journalist

1.Vidsutnist serious hostilities in Eastern Ukraine.

2. sluggish, but some changes and reforms.

3. Incessant promotion of the finish line.



Christian Zherehy, Ukrainian director, actor

Of all the events of the year, I would pick the brightest sociocultural phenomenon Hrystyny ​​Soloviy new album "Alive Water", in particular - the famous video "Trimai."



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2016 will be a turning point for the resolution of the conflict in Ukraine - OSCE

Post by Admin on Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:51 pm

Head of the Special OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine Ambassador Erturul Apakan expressed the firm hope that the next year will be a turning point for de-escalation of violence and the implementation of concrete steps with a view to a comprehensive settlement of the conflict in Ukraine. It is reported by the press service of the OSCE.

"The people of Ukraine is waiting for peace and normalcy in the country", - he said.

"We understand the catastrophic humanitarian crisis that faced so many people in the east of Ukraine, and the need to stop the violence, fueled by the crisis", - said E. Apakan.

In anticipation of the coming into the country and around the world holidays "we remember the many who died and those who had to be separated from their families and friends, with whom they would have celebrated these holidays," - said the Head of Mission.

According to him, in 2015, there have been positive developments, particularly the signing of the ceasefire and the withdrawal of weapons, but it does not mean that the world has already begun, or that the safety of the civilian population is guaranteed.

"A full and comprehensive cease-fire is still there. In the last week of December, the number of violations of the ceasefire in the east of Ukraine has again increased, and this alarming development for the end of the year. "

"Violations of the ceasefire - is not the only threat to the civilian population. On either side of the contact line of mines still remain a cause of death and injury, "- he said, recalling that the signatories of the memorandum of 19 September 2014, agreed to remove the mines in the security zone.

"For the safety of all the people of Ukraine is extremely important that these commitments are implemented without delay", - summed up the E. Apakan.

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In Odessa, for the fireworks lit up the house 4

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In the first minutes of the New Year from the careless handling of fireworks lit up four houses in Slobodka, said "Duma."

The incident occurred on the street Radial (Sugar village).



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In Russia, two children were killed as a result of ignition of Christmas trees

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The bodies of two children were found on the morning of the fire place in Kansk (Krasnoyarsk region), reports Tass.

"The bodies of the children were found about 2:30 (21:30 Moscow time on Thursday) to extinguish the fire in the street Angarsk Kansk. This girl, 2008 and 2015 birth. The fire occurred in an apartment on the Christmas tree (which broke out - Ed.) "- Said the official representative of the UK GSM in the Krasnoyarsk Territory Olga aldehyde.

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Piontkovsky: Putin realized his crushing defeat in Ukraine

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During the year, the Russian policy toward Ukraine was stable enough and came from the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has understood what he has suffered a serious defeat.

This opinion was expressed Russian political scientist and publicist Andrei Piontkovsky, the "New Era".

"However, their goal - by any means thwart the possibility of development of Ukraine in the European scenario, that example of the success of Ukrainians do not become contagious for Russian society - the Russian president did not give up" - the expert believes.

According to him, the whole year, Putin sought exactly this with the help of their own interpretation of the Minsk Agreement, aimed at pushing terrorist organizations "DNR" and "LC" in the political arena of Ukraine, "to all sorts of Motorola and Givi sat in the Verkhovna Rada", growing instability and to force Ukraine to fund "all this mess."

According to the expert, Ukraine successfully resists such attempts of the Russian leader, whose ideas are not too successfully put into practice what is causing further low intensity of the struggle over the interpretation of the Minsk Agreement.

"But despite all the shooting and the outbreak of hostilities, a serious escalation Putin did not go. He is well aware that this will be followed more sanctions, and US President Barack Obama will not be able to resist the idea of ​​selling Ukraine lethal weapons", - he said.

Pintkovsky said that Putin had exhausted the resources of Russia.

"He's an adventurer, and acts as a player in some Foreign casino, raising the stakes. Yes, in Ukraine, he lost, but he has a more important task - to maintain their power, showing on the TV image of the great military victories - and this in a crumbling economy. In Ukraine, Putin climbed to block its European course, for the Syrian campaign, no reasonable explanation other than a demonstration of military successes of the Russian Federation, no, "- says the analyst.

In his opinion, an attempt to ignite the Russian public opinion heroic victories in Syria failed. Public attitudes to the adventures of the Kremlin - rather skeptical, and promotion of the flying missiles and Syrian victories do not "catch" the Russians, and the crumbling economy becomes more and more important point of the Russian agenda.

"In general, as far as I see it, Putin met the New Year in a state of confusion and misunderstanding about what to do next," - summed up Piontkovsky.

As reported by the "Observer", December 23 Piontkovsky expressed the view that a further escalation in the Donbas from Russia will not be because the damage caused by the Russian army under severe attack, is unacceptable for the Russian society.

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