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Putin fires 44 times at the Ukrainian people yesterday.

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Lots of snow yesterday. About -3 now where I am, near Kiev.
Forecast - near zero today, and then plus temperatures for the rest of the week. All the snow should melt. Photo from last night -

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on Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:21 amNelson
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66 attacks by Putin on Tuesday. Weather - snow starting to melt. There is going to be mega water everywhere in a couple of days' time.
The priority of the revised military strategy of United States European Command (EUCOM) called "curb Russian aggression."
This writes Deutsche Welle.

The document, released on Tuesday, January 26, lists six priorities for the next three to five years. As the document says, in recent years, the security situation in Europe has changed significantly. Overall US command sees threat from three directions - north, east and south.

The main reason for concern in the first two areas called Russia due to its increasing aggressive behavior in Eastern Europe and the militarization of the Arctic.

At the same time Europe faces from the south to the threat of the terrorist group "Islamic State" (ID), the document says.
"Our command has performed outstanding work, focusing equally on revanchist Russia, mass migration and terrorists," - said the head of EUCOM, General Philip M. Breedlove.   In Ukrainian
MP Giorgi Logvinsky in social network Facebook announced that the PACE adopted a resolution according to which the European parliamentarians will be responsible for visiting the occupied Crimea and Donbas bypassing Ukrainian legislation.

He said that members of the Assembly shall be immune and be able to visit the Crimea and Donbas to perform official duties, for example, to monitor the elections and work as reporters.

"In all other cases - MEPs are obliged to act in accordance with national legislation. If it is written that entry to the occupied territory or in the area of ​​the ATO only with the permission of the authorities in Ukraine - then kindly get permission and then planning a trip. I enter without permission - Carry responsibility. According to our laws - criminal "- he added. In Russian
The law enforcement authorities received an anonymous message on the mining of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in Kiev.

This is reported by sources Espreso.TV channel.

Now information about mining the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, law enforcement check. In Russian
PACE delegates signed a declaration, which provides the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland mandate to ensure dialogue between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia without intermediaries for the exchange of prisoners of war.

This was announced on Facebook sister Ukrainian People's Deputy, pilots Faith Hope Savchenko.

"The result of our joint Cosmopoltan Project Foundation works for the release of Hope Savchenko: signed the Declaration, which provides CE Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland mandate to work for dialogue between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, without intermediaries, to exchange prisoners of war and hopes Savchenko," - she wrote. In Russian
on Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:34 pmAdmin
Police blocked access to Red Square, and all that were therein replaced outside the facility, while eyewitnesses reported reanimobile who left the Kremlin.

Reported Russian newspaper "Vedomosti".

The reason for restrictive measures police officer called "holding spetszahodiv", but refused to explain its nature and causes. Another police officer said the restrictions "technical reasons". All passes were limited to the square metal frame, next to which the police on duty.

At the same time, "Interfax" referring to the comments of sources in law enforcement says that the area blocked for 40 minutes, and purge the security forces explain the "big turn to the rink." In social networks spread assumption of health problems in the Russian president.   In Ukrainian
Police blocked access to Red Square, and all that were therein replaced outside the facility, while eyewitnesses reported reanimobile who left the Kremlin.

Reported Russian newspaper "Vedomosti".

The reason for restrictive measures police officer called "holding spetszahodiv", but refused to explain its nature and causes. Another police officer said the restrictions "technical reasons".

All passes were limited to the square metal frame, next to which the police on duty.

At the same time, "Interfax" referring to the comments of sources in law enforcement says that the area blocked for 40 minutes, and purge the security forces explain the "big turn to the rink."

In social networks spread assumption momentous changes in the Russian state.

"Russian reporter reporting on "inside info" on Putin's heart attack"

Street blocked   In Ukrainian
In Moscow, police blocked access to the Red Square, and all were on her people, including employees of the roller fairs, brought outside the facility. About this newspaper "Vedomosti".

Their actions, law enforcement officers explained differently. One of the police said that it is "carrying out special operation", but declined to explain its causes and nature. Another police officer explained the restriction "technical reasons."

According to the reporter, all the passages in the area are limited metal frames, and next to them the police on duty. Residents look at this offer workarounds.

Reporter also noted at least one ambulance between the building of GUM and St. Basil's Cathedral.

Moscow Department of the Interior Ministry has not yet commented on the information In Russian
In Moscow, police cleared an hour ago and closed the Red Square, drove her to all the people who were there, including members of the rink and fair.

The cause of the emergency measures, police officers were able to explain confining generalities "This special operation", "I do not know, I was ordered to clear the area of ​​all!"

At present the area is enclosed by metal frames and a chain of police officers in the area will not let anyone. This writes blogger Andrew Shipilov

It also reported that the Kremlin has left several ambulances! In Russian
The scale of the planned reforms in 2016 Ukraine will be a leader in the world.

This was announced on his Twitter the former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt at a luncheon with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Davos, reports Tsenzor.NET. "I do not know of a country that would so profoundly reformed in 2016 as the Ukraine. But obviously it is necessary to more ", In Russian
The former Prime Minister and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Carl Bildt said he was not going to become Ukraine's PM.

As reported by Censor.NET citing LB.UA, answering a question by Dagens Nyheter, the Swedish politician wrote in an e-mail: "Ukraine has got a very good prime minister. There is no reason to replace him."

Bildt added he was not going to head the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers.

Earlier, some Ukrainian media wrote Bildt was considered as possible head of the Cabinet, should the incumbent Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk resign. In Russian
Steven Pifer reminded Sergey Lavrov about the real commitments under the Budapest Memorandum.

"As Lavrov knows, the Budapest Memorandum required Russia to respect independence and borders of Ukraine, refrain from use of any force against it," the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine wrote in his Twitter, Censor.NET reports.

As reported, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has come up with a series of loud statements on the "Ukrainian issue." In particular, he said that the "Budapest Memorandum contains one single commitment: not to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine. No one did it, and no threats to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine have ever been made."

He also said that Russia did not conduct negotiations on the return of Crimea to Ukraine, and was not going to do that, because, in his opinion, "there is nothing to return." In Russian
Russia renders the Budapest Memorandum as selectively as it treats the Minsk agreements, so Ukraine encourages all guarantor-states to hold new consultations.

This was stated by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, Censor.NET reports referring to Interfax-Ukraine.

"I got acquainted with the statement of the head of the Russian diplomatic authority about Russia allegedly not having violated its commitments under the Budapest Memorandum. I'm once again convinced of Russia's particular treatment of international documents - as the case with the Minsk agreements, Moscow reads the Budapest Memorandum from the end and does it very selectively," Klimkin said.

Klimkin invited all representatives of the Russian government to "carefully re-read the entire text of the Budapest Memorandum and make sure it includes not only paragraphs 4 and 5 where nuclear weapons are mentioned."

At the same time, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister stressed that the Russian Federation had violated all other paragraphs. "It has been violating paragraph 1 of the Budapest Memorandum, which stipulates that the independence, sovereignty, and existing borders of Ukraine should be respected. Russia has been violating paragraph 2 of the Memorandum, where it pledged not to use any weapons against Ukraine," Klimkin recalled.

In addition, over the last few years, the Russian Federation has been regularly violating paragraph 3 of the Budapest Memorandum, exercising economic pressure "aimed at subordinating Ukraine's sovereign rights to its own interests."

"Given the fact Lavrov's statements question Russia's commitments under paragraph 6 of the Budapest Memorandum, we respectively once again propose to hold consultations with all its signatories. Unfortunately, all our previous proposals to convene such consultations were ignored by Russia. Why should someone so convinced of non violating the Memorandum shun such consultations?" the minister said. In Russian
Ukraine's finance minister says the cash-strapped country expects to receive up to $10 billion from foreign sources this year, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Natalie Jaresko was quoted by Ukrainian media as making the statement during a cabinet meeting on January 26.

"If we are focused on our program of reforms, then including the IMF and other bilateral and multilateral sources, it will be up to $10 billion," Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform quoted Jaresko as saying.

The IMF plans to extend at least $1.7 billion in credit to Ukraine next month for the country to replenish its gold reserves, Ukrinform reported.....
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said the claim of corruption laid against Russian President Vladimir Putin is "pure speculation and defamation," Russian news agency TASS has reported.

"The contents of this BBC report is pure speculation and defamation, which has no ground," Peskov said on Tuesday, as reported by TASS.

"All in all we've got used to media hoaxes, which are either related to lack of qualifications or rush toward gutter news, or are orchestrated campaigns," spokesman said, adding that "in this case of course we unwittingly notice that the reports coincided with quasi-judicial exercises in certain countries, publications of like tenor in very reputable media."

According to Peskov, "in the case of the BBC film everything would have looked like another example of patent irresponsible journalism but for the official comment presented in the film," meaning the comment made by the representative of the U.S. finance ministry. "Here the situation is different – those are official charges," Kremlin spokesman said.

Peskov has also denied Western reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin owns a luxury yacht.

The Kremlin spokesman thus commented on an assertion made in a BBC film....................

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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) might recognize Russia as an aggressor state responsible for the situation in the Donbas based on the report of the Russian opposition.

This was announced by deputy head of the Russian opposition party PARNAS Vladimir Kara-Murza in his interview with UNIAN, Censor.NET reports.

He said that Marieluise Beck, member of the legal matters committee of the Assembly, wished to initiate the discussion within the Council of Europe.

"On Jan. 26 there will be hearings in the legal committee of the PACE dedicated to the Donbas situation. I will speak there as an external expert. The point of the hearings is to find out who is responsible for what's happening in the Donbas, Ukraine or Russia," he said.

"I will say that the level of the Kremlin's impact and intrusion is so high into what has been going on in parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions for almost two years now, that it is the Russian authorities who are responsible for what happens there. I mean the military, political, and economic influence," the politician said. He dubbed the so-called republics' independence a farce.

Kara-Murza's source is the report titled "Putin. War." by late Russian politician Boris Nemtsov. The report, Kara-Murza says, includes data of acting Russian soldiers participation in the Donbas events. The document also states that the Kremlin influences the situation politically through Vladislav Surkov, the curator of the so-called 'people's republics.'

"All of the aggression launched by the Kremlin regime in Ukraine is caused by the desire to make the democratic experiment in Ukraine fail. From the Kremlin's point of view, a European democratic Ukraine would be a bad example for the Russian society. Putin understands this well, and that is the reason why the aggression had been initiated," Kara-Murza said. In Russian
Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine - Main Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios said that the Ukrainian courts had brought in the verdict of guilty for six Russian servicemen who took part in the hostilities in the Donbas.

He said in an interview to Channel 5, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

"Six sentences have already been imposed against the Russian military including those who were detained..." Anatolii Matios informed.

In addition, 26 criminal cases filed against the Russian military have been referred to the court.

Anatolii Matios noted that such trials had priority. The cases are heard as quickly as possible in order the evidence of war waged by Russia against Ukraine will be considered by the international tribunals.

Earlier in September, the Dzerzhynsk City Court (the Donetsk region) sentenced Russian Armed Forces Major Vladimir Starkov to 14 years in prison for taking part in the war against Ukraine. In Russian
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced at a press conference that Crimea will remain part of the Russian Federation.

This is reported by Censor.NET citing

"We have nothing to return," Lavrov said, stressing there are no talks about Crimea's seceding from Russia.

The minister asked not to listen to Ukrainian and Western media about Crimea.

Read more: Double water rate to be introduced in occupied Crimea: residents will pay for water even when not using it

"It is probably not the best idea to listen to someone else. It is better to visit the place," the minister said.

Lavrov announced in November that Western countries began to change their stance on Ukraine and "no one was asking about Crimea." In Russian
Europe’s passport-free travel zone is set to be suspended for two years after EU ministers demanded a stop to the influx of migrants.

Censor.NET reports citing The Times.

Brussels was instructed to suspend the Schengen zone to allow more border checks, while officials are working on plans to lock Greece out of the travel area because the country has failed to stop or register hundreds of thousands of migrants.

The European Commission will now work on emergency measures for a new system of frontier controls to prevent migrants getting from Greece to Germany through the Balkans. In Russian

“The troops of both breakaway republics are armed with 470 tanks, 800 armored personnel vehicles, and about 200 missile batteries,” head of Ukraine army intelligence department Gen. Vadym Skibitsky said, according to on Jan. 25.

As a rule, heavy weapons are deployed outside the neutral zone in major cities. A large part is in hiding and must have been transferred from the neutral zone.

During their training exercises, the enemy troops practice counteroffensive operations, the general said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking on the transfer of Donbass Ukraine, Kuban and forget about Taganrog.

Such an opinion in comments "Observer" expressed Head of the Institute of History of Ukraine NASU Stanislav Kulchytsky.

"Putin distorts the facts. For instance, he says that Lenin went on the Elimination of Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Soviet Republic in order to gain control over all Ukraine. Not done" additive ", attached Shahtinsky county and Taganrog. In 1925," additive "took : in Shakhty district majority were Russians, and in Taganrog - Ukrainian, but still took to Russia ", - said Kulchytsky.

Historian emphasized that part of the occupied Ukrainian lands passed into. "In Ukraine selected Kuban. Kuban People's Republic would join the Ukrainian State Skoropadsky Paul. Hetman could not retain power, Kuban remained in Russia. There, however, had Ukrainianization first, but then the famine and Russification" - said Kulchytsky.

"All their actions and statements, Putin is trying to retain power in terms of cheap oil. He needs different ways to mobilize Russians. External" mobilizatory "- Ukraine and Syria. Inside Russia, I think he will try to push their heads Russian nationalism and Communism that there are still popular "- summed Kulchytsky.

As reported by the "Observer", January 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin called "delirium" Ukrainian Donbass. In Ukrainian
Terrorist Zakharchenko boasted that burned the village Kozhevia in Donbass during the "offensive".

- I want to thank your university for the concept of rural revitalization tannery. Once your student I agreed and asked to do a project of this village. For me, this village landmark. It was our first offensive operation. Unfortunately, during the fighting the village, we almost destroyed. In order to save his men, I had to burn the house. The fact that these houses burned, we saved his life and his men.

Strange that only now people like Girkin and Zakharchenko are coming out with some of the atrocities they commited.
Last weekend it was Girkin saying he executed people.
I saw a lot of people coughing and sneezing about a month ago. But far fewer now. Hopefully the virus (H1N1) is on the wane.
...Amendments to the Constitution (in terms of decentralization of power - Ed.) are possible only as the final point of the negotiation process after the Russian aggressor ceases hostilities, withdraws its troops from the territory of Ukraine, and Ukraine restores control over the border. Only in this case the bill to amend the Constitution in terms of decentralization will be introduced for consideration in the second reading," Maksym Burbak said in the parliament Tuesday morning. ...
Agree totally. And I don't see Putin giving up his control over the border, or Donbass. He won't even let OSCE observers into the border posts.
That really would be a joke. Azarov! He has a lot of business deals and money in Austria. But I don't think he stole quite as much as Yanukovich.
Looks like there is not a lot of support in Putin's home town for "Novorosseeya".
So what now for the Donbass? Russian occupation, like Crimea, with poverty? Or a future with Europe?
Unfortunately I think the former is fairly likely... The Soviet Babushkas will support the idiots.
Basically about money. Who controls the ministries controls the money. It's all about power and money.
Tax evasion. An Ukrainian pastime.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 12:42
Over the past day in the zone of the antiterrorist operation suffered wounds one soldier.
Told the spokesman for the presidential administration Alexander Motuzyanyk ATO.
"One day that passed, because of the fighting, no Ukrainian military was killed, but one soldier was injured. It happened at Pisky near Donetsk", - he said.
Vladimir Putin has been accused of corruption on a breathtaking scale. His critics say he's used his power to amass a secret fortune, so is the Russian president really one of the richest people in the world? Reporter Richard Bilton meets former Kremlin insiders who say they know how Putin's riches are hidden.

From the BBC's Panorama program, broadcast 25th January, 2016.

According to the chairman of the parliamentary faction "Self-help" Oleg Berezyuk, in order to avoid early elections and to restore public confidence in the government, it is necessary to completely change the government as holding one or two permutations in government, voters will not understand.
"There are quality solutions parliament and the government, which were adopted last year. But the propensity for corruption, unfortunately, does not decrease, and people feel it every day. Therefore, we are opposed to the parliamentary elections at least another year, and for this you need to change the government. The people do not believe this government  "- said the MP....

Slightly more positive than Tymoshenko, who is basically calling for elections. Is she on Putin's payroll again?
If Tymoshenko goes into opposition - which is basically where she is anyway - then Samopomich have more power. Their votes are needed more than ever.
Could be interesting. Should pass, I would think.
Ministry of Economic Development will offer the Government to refrain from raising the current tariff of 1.53 rubles per kilometer for travel of trucks on federal highways, said on Monday, January 25 RBC....
Kept very quiet, but looks like they are backing down - or at least suspending the increase. Remember that the truck drivers have been protesting, and the police have been trying to block their protests.
Putin scared of a major revolt? Even revolution? You don't often see Putin back down.
....The plant’s deadly qualities were first identified in the 1870s by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes....
Another death in London, but dating from 2012. But police did nothing initially despite advice to investigate further.
Miners in Kremlin-backed militant-controlled Makiyivka may face trial for ‘treason’ after going on strike earlier in January over unpaid wages...
Normal way for Putin to deal with dissent. Shoot the people dead, or lock them up. It sets an "example" to the rest. The climate of fear.
...She explained that as a consequence of the resignation of the government, the coalition will break up and "courage will have to be mustered" to go for early parliamentary elections....
Tymoshenko wants elections. She wants to be President. Everybody knows this.
And I know people at her senior meetings. They say - that is the ONE thing that she wants - to be President. Nothing else will do.
Debatable whether Yanukovich or Tymoshenko is best as President, in my opinion. Both equally as bad.
Why does Ukraine have to suffer with this selfish, self-centred, money grabbing bandits?
Since the beginning of 2016, the National Bank of Ukraine has sold $161.3 million in seven currency auctions for the stabilization of the hryvnia, according to
Stupid. Absolutely stupid.
The dollar has been very strong. The British pound has fallen perhaps 10% against the dollar - BUT - the hryvnia hasn't. Due to intervention.
Clearly the government has money to burn, and is now burning it. Idiots. Better to let it drop another 10%, especially while gas prices are falling. Then the inflation risk is reduced.
Vladmir Putin has a vast personal fortune including a 57-metre luxury yacht he was given by the owner of Chelsea football club, a new documentary claims...
on Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:28 amNelson
...Adam Szubin, who oversees US Treasury sanctions, has told BBC Panorama that the Russian president is corrupt and that the US government has known this for "many, many years".
He said: "We've seen him enriching his friends, his close allies, and marginalising those who he doesn't view as friends using state assets. Whether that's Russia's energy wealth, whether it's other state contracts, he directs those to whom he believes will serve him and excludes those who don't. To me, that is a picture of corruption."...

see also below - basically the same source
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:01
The militants do not stop shelling Ukrainian position in the area of ​​ATO.
The press center informs Staff ATO page on Facebook.
"Opitnoe, Pisky, Luhansk, Novgorod, Zaitsev, Marinka, near of these settlements enemy was shooting in our fortifications" - said in a statement.
Again it was the hottest in the region of Donetsk airport. Militants fired Ukrainian positions with small arms, heavy machine guns and grenade launchers of various systems. Around 23:00 the terrorists fired on a stronghold of the forces ATU nearby sand from the tank.
Unrest in the region has been temporarily occupied Gorlovka. Here militants fired Ukrainian positions from different types of weapons near Novgorod and Zaitsev.
In just the past day 44 times gunmen opened fire on strengthening forces ATO.
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