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Russian forces attack the Ukrainian people 81 times yesterday. A further increase.
Tymoshenko hugs Yanukovich ally Herman in Washington yesterday. Both are very rich women. What do they plan now for Ukraine?
Update - sadly one soldier killed, three wounded.

Weather -
-1 at the moment. Will be only +2 or 3. But - well above average.
Unreal for early February. No snow, no ice. Roads are clear. Good for people going to work, doing business.
Lower costs.

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on Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:54 amNelson
on Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:13 pmAdmin
The "LC" published a full list of activists of the pro-Russian Public Movement "World Luhansk".

The list, which includes more than 62 thousand. Man posted on the breakaway party resources.

It is noted that the work on attracting new participants in the movement will continue.

In turn, one of Luhansk under the name Savely Wasserman on his Facebook page said that the way the terrorist "authority" issued a "hit list".

"Dill did not even have to strain our All gathered in one file, and there you are." - He wrote.

Earlier luganchanin wrote that the "entry" into the ranks of the activists carried out forcibly. In Russian
Former Russian president's economic adviser Andrei Illarionov said that it was Ukraine, Vladimir Putin showed the power he had not seen from Western countries.

He said this in an interview to "Gordon".

"The West and the previously understood and seem to still not understand Putin's psychology On a decoy, he will never bite, he understands first of all force -. Military, political, economic, psychological, but the force of Western power does not show, on the contrary. - constantly inferior Kremlyu.Putinu force showed it was Ukraine, was able to fight back when the Russian troops in Donbass ", - said Illarionov.

According to him, the Ukrainians have made it clear to the Kremlin: in direct military confrontation to defeat them is impossible.

"And if possible, it will cost unacceptably expensive. Not the United States, Germany and France have demonstrated that power, and Ukraine! Therefore, Putin began to reckon with official Kyiv, although the right of this, of course, does not say. But for the last year, with the help of the Minsk . agreements, the West reduced the force Ukraine to weaken remind that on 12 February 2015, at the time of the signing of the Minsk-2, Debaltsevo was, by the way, Ukrainian and that the city surrendered, almost did not accept at the same time the boiler -. also the result of Minsk "- explained the former adviser to the Russian president. In Russian
on Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:32 pmAdmin
Russia sent 25 foreign banks to bid for the organization of the placement of government bonds in 2016. This is stated in a statement the Ministry of Finance.

The list includes mainly the largest US banks, Europe and China: Barclays, BNP Paribas, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of China, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Crédit Agricole, Credit Suisse, Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg, Morgan Stanley, Mizuho Financial, Nomura, Citigroup, Societe Generale, Scotiabank, TD Securities, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China, HSBC, RBC Capital Markets, UBS, UniCredit.

In addition, the list includes and three Russian bank VTB (potential placement will "VTB Capital"), Gazprombank and Sberbank (Sberbank CIB). In Russian
Russia is preparing another provocation in the militant-controlled territory of Donbas in order to discredit Ukraine in the international arena, according to the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

It is noted that under the guidance of the Department of Information warfare of the Territorial Center of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation, fake news pieces are being prepared in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine about the so-called "refugees from Ukraine," who have allegedly fled to the "DPR" and "LPR" due to an "extremely difficult socio-economic situation and political persecution" in Ukraine......
The Russian Defense Ministry has said that it refused to negotiate with NATO on "military situation in Ukraine," Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters in Moscow on Friday, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia.

"Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel claimed several days earlier that Russia was not ready to restore contacts with the Alliance," Antonov said, according to Russian news agency TASS.

The deputy minister said Pavel wanted to talk to head of the Russian Staff General Valery Gerasimov.

"The main topic of the conversation was named "necessary check of the operational communication channels," as well as suggested discussion items related to military activities on both sides of the borders, to settlement of incidents between the Russian and NATO military, to the military situation in Ukraine, fulfilment of the Minsk accords and to OSCE's activities in Ukraine," Antonov said................

The unprecedented meeting between the leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches, due on February 12 in Cuba’s Havana, has been prepared for 20 years, a senior Orthodox cleric told reporters in Moscow on Friday, according to Russian news agency TASS.

The meeting in Cuba will take place when Pope Francis will make a stop on his way to Mexico and where Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will be on an official visit, TASS wrote.

A joint declaration will be signed on the future relations between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church, the Vatican Radio has reported.

"The meeting has been prepared for a long time. In 1996 and 1997, intense talks were held on organizing a meeting of his Holiness Patriarch Alexy II," said the chairman of the department for external church relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

These talks were stopped due to no possibility to agree on some issues. "This concerned the Greek-Catholics and proselytism of Catholic missionaries on the canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate," the metropolitan said.

Russia's Orthodox Church has never rejected a possibility of organizing a meeting in future "when the necessary conditions for it emerge," he stressed.

"Over all these years, the major obstacle for holding the meeting was the union [united Church]," the metropolitan said....................

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This meeting hasn't happen in over 1,000 years.
on Fri Feb 05, 2016 6:17 pmAdmin
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has threatened to quit along with his entire cabinet if parliament pushes for a government reshuffle.

"We all came in as one team and we will continue working in the future as one team," the 41-year-old leader told a televised session of parliament on February 5.

"And if it is decided that this team should be changed, then we will all leave together."

Yatsenyuk's comments come after President Petro Poroshenko on February 4 said it is essential to "reset" the government amid a growing political crisis heightened by this week's shock resignation of reformist Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius...........

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A former police officer attempted to pay a $25,000 bribe to the Prosecutor General's Office investigators inside the building of the agency.

Kyiv region Prosecutor Yevhen Bondarenko said at a briefing, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

"The attempt to bribe Prosecutor General's Office investigator was recorded by the Internal Security Service and prosecutors of Kyiv district in the premises of the Prosecutor General's Office building Feb. 4, 2016," he said.

According to Yevhen Bondarenko, a former employee of the Directorate for Combating Organized Crime of the Interior Ministry offered two members of the military prosecutor's office a $25,000 bribe in exchange of lifting the attachment from the ship, which was seized for illegal entry into the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine - the territory of Crimea. In Russian
Yevhenia Papko, an 82-year old woman covers 15 km once a week on foot from her village to a town library – to borrow books to read. It takes her several hours to get to the library, ZIK reports Feb. 5.

Books are the only pastime since her television broke down several years ago. With her meager pension, she cannot afford a new one. That is also why she foots it to the town as bus tickets are very expensive, she says.

“I read various kinds of book. My favorites are the books about the war,” she says.

After a post about her in the Facebook, Yevheniya gets presents of books from everywhere. “Books are better than TV,” she says, saying the young must read more.
Vladimir Putin thinks Russian air strikes in Syria have helped turn the war's tide but the pace of the Syrian army's advance has frustrated him. If Aleppo falls, he could get the military and symbolic prize he has been craving.
Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

More than four months of Russian air strikes have stabilized the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the Kremlin's closest Middle East ally, helping his forces find momentum on the battlefield.

But the names and strategic significance of the towns and villages they have recaptured have failed to electrify a Russian public more worried about falling living standards. Nor has the Syrian army - backed by Russian air power - yet delivered a major victory that Russia can sell to the wider world as proof of its military might and growing Middle East clout.

Retaking full control of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the five-year war, would change the narrative, say diplomats and analysts, bringing Putin a step closer to his preferred end-game which envisages a Russia-friendly Syrian government that allows Moscow to keep its naval and air base there.

"So far we've heard reports of government forces gaining ground here and there and there have been a few notable successes," Dmitry Trenin, a former colonel in the Russian army and director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, told Reuters.

"It would be a useful distraction and a show for people," said Stepan Goncharov, of independent pollster, the Levada Center, saying state media had in the past used Syria to stoke anti-Western feeling and to reinforce the idea that Russia is again a great power. "Their trick is to remove themes that stir social anxiety and replace them with ones that unite," said Goncharov. "A military victory (in Aleppo) would be a great power moment, a symbol of military might, and would be used to increase support for the authorities."

He said the last time Levada asked, in October, they found that 72 percent of Russians had a broadly positive opinion of Russian air strikes in Syria, but that the subject had since taken a back seat to stories about the economy and what the Kremlin was doing to navigate the economic crisis. In Russian
From January through September of 2015, 627 Russian servicemen were killed and 2,155 wounded, Ukraine army intelligence department head Vadym Skibitsky said in a briefing in Kyiv Feb. 5.

“We have documents confirming the death or wounding of the Russian servicemen in Ukraine. In all, 627 servicemen were killed and 2,155 wounded. They served in the 1st and 2nd army corps [a mixed troop of the Russian and rebel servicemen – Ed.]

Ukraine army intelligence also published the names of identified Russians and the causes of their death.
....After showing little interest in building political institutions in the DNR and LNR or enthusiasm for funding social policies, Moscow has begun in the past four or five months to bankroll pensions, social benefits and salaries to local officials and the separatist military forces. If consistently maintained, this will cost it over $1 billion a year, a substantial sum for the Russian treasury in straitened economic times.
Some observers in Donetsk are persuaded the measures are increasingly clear signs Moscow has decided to transform the crisis into a frozen conflict, a scenario international participants in the peace talks have long feared. ...
...Then, on Sunday 24 January, smaller demonstrations started against the government ... The group that organised them, the “International Congress of the Russo-Germans” (Internationaler Kongress der Russlanddeutschen) was previously unknown.... The sudden appearance of organisation out of nowhere interested only in political mobilisation bears significant similarities to the Russian hybrid campaign in the Donbas in 2014....
The demonstrations reveal cooperation not only between the Russian propaganda machine, ...but also connections to very extremist activists including the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD). Is Russia starting to organise and finance the right-wing German opposition? In Austria, Russian sponsorship and support for right-wing extremists is long established....

You won't hear about this from Shaun Walker or Seumas Milne in the Guardian.
Strange. I thought it was getting more from South Africa now. No mention of this.
Putin the mad dictator cranking up the war again.
The advisor and 4 military students, says Russia, were caught in shelling carried out by ISIL. The four students also lost their lives.

Russian General Igor Konashenkov, refuses to reveal the name of the killed soldier, citing defense ministry regulations.......
"We don't have and there can't be any other unifying idea, apart from patriotism," Putin was quoted by Interfax as saying at the meeting of the Leaders Club, a union of entrepreneurs from 40 Russian regions.

"And that is a national idea," he added.

Putin also pointed out that in order to implement patriotism as a national idea, it is not enough if "the president or anyone else has only once said it," the RBC news website....
Yatseniuk says entire govt of Ukraine will resign if Rada decides to reformat it.

The entire Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers will resign if the Verkhovna Rada makes a decision on its full reformatting, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said.

"We clearly said the following: we all came as one team, and we will continue working as one team, and if a decision is made that the team should be changed, we will leave together," Yatseniuk said at a Verkhovna Rada session during a question and answer at the government session...
Friday, February 5, 2016, 12:41
Over the past day in the area of ​​anti-terrorist operation killed one soldier, wounded three more.
This at a traditional briefing on Friday, spokesman of the Presidential Administration on ATO Andrei Lysenko.
According to him, the situation on the contact line deteriorated. Enemy fire made 81 Ukrainian position - a record number since the end of August 2015. 12 times enemy used heavy weapons.
"For the past day as a result of active hostilities our 1 soldier killed, three others injured," - said Lysenko.
...Movement DRG guards noticed at about 21:00 with a portable thermal imaging device. The group of up to 5 people made its way to the military positions of the APU.
"The information immediately brought to military small arms fire forced the enemy to turn back. In retreating, the saboteurs opened fire. None of Ukrainian defenders was not injured, "- noted in UASBGS...

Putin still wants his corridor to Crimea.
In Washington, the leader of the "Batkivshina" Yulia Tymoshenko forgave all images of former "Regiions" Anna Herman and so they embraced....
"According to the moderator, thanks to the ability to forgive they now call each other not only as sisters. They gave the word, and their speeches were limited to the fact that forgiveness and mutual respect Ukraine overcome its internal crisis, we all will live in a new way in our large united family . After the woman embraced and held each other for a long time in his arms under applause from opposition deputies, "- he wrote.
Recall that on 4 February in Washington, President Barack Obama gathered guests at the traditional prayer breakfast. With Ukraine there flew 25 politicians and public figures.

One of the party of Regions leaders, Herman, and Tymoshenko together in Washington... So what are they planning next for Ukraine?!
Both are very rich women, and both want to stay rich. That will determine all of their plans together.

..."According to the base forecast evaluation of consumer inflation at the end of 2016 remained unchanged (12%), and the base - decreased slightly (to 9.2%)," - said in January the inflation NBU report....
Also good news.
Inflation really depends upon how much the government decide to put up the gas and electricity prices.
Hopefully with the fall in gas prices globally they can reduce the planned rises in the summer. We will see.
That would be a good political move - IF supported by the IMF.
"The beaches are in terrible condition. If there is no stop, we will all be finished." - Inhabitants of the occupied Alushta on the future of the holiday season (Tsenzor.Net)
Alushta beaches have not been repaired since 2014 and are in a terrible state.
According Tsenzor.NET, it told residents at a meeting with the representative of the occupation of the Crimean authorities. He feared that the poor state of the beaches will leave them without opportunities to earn during the holiday season, and survive.

They're not out of the streets waving the Russian flags anymore in Crimea. Only in Shaun Walker's eyes, and the Kremlin press.
"What a clown..."... I think we can all agree with that.
..."We will report to the Verkhovna Rada 16th and we'll talk about all the problems that exist, - said Igor Zhdanov - but I am sure that now is not the time nor the collapse of the coalition or the resignation of the government, because this can lead to that we will lose power. I will openly say it. "...
If Liashko, Tymoshenko and the opposition (Regions) get in, then it's back to the old days, for sure.
By results of 2015 the surplus amounted to 849 million dollars. against a negative balance of 13.3 billion dollars. in 2014...
According to these data NBU on the page in the social network Facebook, this last balance of payments was erected in the "plus" in 2010.
According to the regulator, a positive trade balance was the result of a significant reduction of the current account deficit, which last year was the lowest since 2005, down to 204 million. US or 0.2% of GDP. Correction current account contributed to a faster drop in imports (33.5%) compared with the fall in exports (30.5%)...

Well - some good news.
The temperature in Ukraine is still well above average for this time of year, and looks set to stay that way for some time.
Here, the pressure chart for next Tuesday from

Amazing. Looks like warm southerly winds from Greece for Ukraine. Time will tell.
We can complain all we want about lying politicians in our own country, but last week Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stepped up and showed us how it’s really done: ...
Keep in mind that Lavrov wasn’t just Russia’s ambassador to the UN back in 1994; he actually signed the original Budapest Memorandum. He hasn’t been foreign minister for 12 years because he’s an idiot. He was lying, he knew he was lying and he knew everyone knew he was lying — and he didn’t care.....
...If these lies convince just a few nutters or populist politicians in Europe to mouth off and shift the debate Moscow’s way, then they’ve succeeded. But as we in the West finally begin to pay more attention to the Kremlin’s antics, we’re starting to catch on.

Telling us how it really is.
Reporter edition of "fourth power" has visited the cemetery "militia DNR" in Donetsk, where he saw hundreds of unmarked graves. Militants are known to be buried in various cemeteries in the city, but the most famous burial shaft located in the village №6 «Capital». Over the past two years, the cemetery has grown significantly due to a number of new graves...
[Lots of photos at the link]

...Many of the "new" names are based on a return to old, pre-Soviet, names or new ones based on a local place or object or a prominent historical figure -- noncommunist, of course...
Other name changes were more cosmetic, with the small town of Krasny Liman dropping the Krasny, which signifies the communist red color, to be known simply as Liman...
....Unless the government significantly changes its stated goals, foreign investors will remain uninterested. Particularly if state media reports are true and any new owners of privatized firms must be subject to Russian jurisdiction. This would drastically limit interest by foreign investors wary of Russia's legal system....
Absolutely. And anyway, Putin can take over any private company he likes. No matter how small, or how big - Yukos!
on Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:14 amNelson
...Unlike other recent high-profile departures from the Ukrainian government, Mr Abromavicius sensationally went into great detail over what he said was rampant corruption and dysfunction in the corridors of power....
"It has become clear that any kind of systemic reform is decisively blocked. It is more than the mere lack of support or political will," Mr Abromavicius told journalists. "I refuse to be part of this system....

Quite a serious, and seriously long (for the bbc) article, by another American, David Stern. Good summary of the situation, in my opinion.
This is quite an event. A lot of ambassadors have expressed concern over his resignation.
An interesting article also in the KP.
I am hoping this journal is changing for the better. I used to avoid it completely due to its blind support for oligarch Tymoshenko.
Notably by Taras Kuzio, a nobody, very likely on the payroll of YT.
But things seem to be changing at KP, I hope. This is not bad -

Abromavicius blows whistle on those who block reforms
By very young kid from Chicago. Suggesting that privatisations are being blocked by those siphoning off billions from state companies.
Terrorists have significantly increased the number of attacks in the area ATU - Staff
In several areas of insurgents used mortars again.
The occupying forces in Donbas 81 times used the weapon against Ukrainian forces in Donbas. This is stated in the summary of the press center ATO Staff network Facebook.
In particular, the stronghold of the forces ATO to Zaitsev and Mayorsku than grenades and small arms, the enemy once again waged intense fire from mortars caliber 82 and 120 mm.
Also subjected to mortar shelling positions in Ukrainian Talakivtsi that Mariupol direction.
Nearby Donetsk enemy used rocket launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms in our fortifications in Mar'yintsi, Avdeevka, sand, questionnaire and the mine Module. For Krasnohorivtsi militants fired mortar shells. In Svetlodarsk arch enemy with heavy machine guns fired on our positions in Lugansk. Near Gorlovki shelling with small arms and grenades at Ukrainian forces at Toiskoi and Verhnotoretsk.
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