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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Friday 12 February [Ukrainian sources]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:25 am
FRIDAY

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Putin's separatists hit Ukraine 53 times yesterday.
Update - 2 soldiers injured, no dead.
Also report of 6 Russians dead, 12 injured in "uncoordinated" action.

Weather -
Looks like a lovely morning. Zero, blue sky. Should be plenty of sunshine today. High around +5.
Update - sunshine and +7. Spring-like - again!


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Separatists fire 53 times yesterday at ATO force positions

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:32 am
http://glavcom.ua/news/361302.html
For the past day 53 times pro mercenaries opened fire on the positions of the ATO forces. Under mortar fire of the enemy were in the position of the Ukrainian military Zaitsev Krasnogorovka and Pisky, the press center of the ATO headquarters.
In Krasnogorovka militants used anti-aircraft guns. With grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns opened fire on enemy fortifications at Troitskoi, Verhnetoretskom, Mallorcan, Novgorod, Lugansk, Opitnoe and Butovka mine.
"14 times were fired upon our strong points in the area of ​​Marinka. About 22.00 from automatic grenade terrorists opened fire on KPVV "Marinka", - stated in the press-center.
In Mariupol direction it was restless in the area of ​​Lebedinsky and Granite, where the enemy used a grenade and small arms.
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Russia prepares pervasive repression of the Crimean Tatar people - Chubarov (Ukrainian Truth)

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:39 am
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http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/02/12/7098692/?attempt=1
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The Stalinist road. The Russian road. Repression. North Korea.
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In Volyn man crushed to death by falling pine (AtmWood)

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:44 am
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http://atmwood.com.ua/2016/02/12/na-volyni-muzhchinu-nasmert-pridavila-srublennaya-sosna/
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Apparently went to the forest to collect some firewood. Loggers didn't notice him. What a way to go...
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Cabinet approves Action Plan for 2016, to be presented to MPs [Engl]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:53 am
http://www.unian.info/politics/1262541-cabinet-approves-action-plan-for-2016-to-be-presented-to-mps.html
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved the program of the Cabinet’s work for 2016 and the basics of the government’s work for 2017, and is now ready to present the documents for Parliament’s consideration, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday....
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But will the Rada pass it? There will be lots of populist ideas coming from the idiots - free Mercedes for everybody - just vote for me, and all will be super.
Will the idiots win?
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Australian father of MH17 victim writes open letter to Putin (text) [Engl]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:56 am
http://www.unian.info/world/1262619-australian-father-of-mh17-victim-writes-open-letter-to-putin-text.html
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Very very intelligent letter.
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...President Putin, after the Metrojet atrocity you were reported as saying of those responsible, “We will hunt them everywhere, wherever they are hiding.” You called on other nations to help in apprehending the perpetrators.

I ask you now to display the same resolve in bringing to justice the people responsible for the shooting down of MH17. It is deeply distressing to our family that your government’s actions in response to MH17 seem more designed to hinder the investigation than to assist it.

In July last year Russia vetoed the UN Security Council Resolution for an international criminal tribunal to be established to investigate MH17.

I understand also that your government has not made the primary radar data of the incident available to the investigation by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) and stated that the data had not been retained. This seems extraordinary given that claims have been made implicating Russia in the shooting down of MH17. Why then would Russia not make available every shred of data in order to demonstrate its innocence to the world at large? ...
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Crimean singer in line to represent Ukraine at Eurovision [Engl]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:04 am
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/11/crimean-singer-in-line-to-represent-ukraine-at-eurovision
....The leading contender to represent Ukraine in this year’s Eurovision song contest is a 32-year-old hoping to sing about the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars under Stalin....
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Amazing story for the British Guardian. Editor is a manic Stalinist, Seumas Milne, Advisor to the Labour Party leader. Milne also idolizes Putin.
(See our Journalist in Ukraine sticky thread, for write-up on madman Milne. )
However, Milne is currently on leave, so - the Guardian is able to report on this.
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Zakarpattia region activists block Russian trucks heading for Europe. PHOTOS

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:10 am
http://en.censor.net.ua/photo_news/373871/zakarpattia_region_activists_block_russian_trucks_heading_for_europe_photos
...As reported, Poland has recently banned Russian trucks from entering its territory, so they actively use border between the Zakarpattia region and Slovakia and Hungary....
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Good move, even if mostly symbolic. Notice also in the photos - almost complete lack of snow in the area. Zakarpatha! Amazing.
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Human rights situation in Crimea: A brief analysis of the EP vote [English]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:19 am
http://anton-shekhovtsov.blogspot.com/2016/02/human-rights-situation-in-crimea-brief.html?spref=tw
On 3 February 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution "on the human rights situation in Crimea, in particular of the Crimean Tatars". The resolution reminds that "the Russian Federation has illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol and therefore violated international law, including the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and the 1997 Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between the Russian Federation and Ukraine"....
584 MEPs took part in the vote; of them 472 (81%) supported the resolution, 79 (14%) voted against it, and 33 (6%) abstained....

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Those against - Spanish communists, Italian and French fascist parties, ... amazing... just amazing.
The communists and fascists united in their support for Putin.
43 of the 79 voting against were from France or Italy. Putin is funding the National Front - right wing party - in France.
Thanks to Euan Macdonald twitter for posting this.
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Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Files Lawsuit Against Putin [Engl]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:44 am
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russian-opposition-leader-navalny-files-lawsuit-against-putin/559272.html
...Russia's president violated the law on counteracting corruption, according to Navalny.
Putin didn't report a conflict of interest when he signed a decree on the allocation of $1.75 billion from Russia's National Wealth Fund to the Sibur petrochemical company, Navalny said in his lawsuit.
Navalny claims the funds were allocated ... after Kirill Shamalov, the husband of a woman reported to be Putin's daughter, became a shareholder in the company...

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If this happened in the US with Obama it would be mega-news. In Russia - nothing.
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A Year After Minsk Accord, Shaky Truce Is The New Normal In Donetsk

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:30 am
http://www.rferl.org/media/photogallery/ukraine-donetsk/27543557.html
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Good collection of photos from RFERL showing the impact of Putin's war on the people.
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Russia has not fulfilled a single clause of Minsk accords – Ukraine's foreign ministry [Engl]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:36 am
http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/324004.html
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I am sure Russian has no interest in fulfilling a single clause of any agreement! Serial liars. A nation of liars. Putin, Lavrov, et al.
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As Ukraine Looks Elsewhere, Gazprom Plans No Let Up in Exports [Engl; bloomberg]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:46 am
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-12/as-ukraine-looks-elsewhere-gazprom-plans-no-let-up-in-exports



Nice diagram. Says Russian gas sales to Ukraine down by 90% over the past decade. 90% is pretty good going.
I am sure Ukraine used to be Russia's largest gas market. No longer...
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Park Where You Want In This Lawless Land [engl]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:11 am
http://www.kyivpost.com/article/content/ukraine-politics/park-where-you-want-in-this-lawless-land-407919.html
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Good article, for the Kyivpost. Known to many ex-pats as the "Yulia Post", because of its fanatical butt-kissing support of gas princess billionaire Tymoshenko.
Perhaps it is changing. Let us all hope so.
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Polish FM: The Kremlin - aggressive imperial aspirations (LIGA.Novosti)

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:18 am
http://news.liga.net/news/politics/8989324-glava_mid_polshi_u_kremlya_agressivnye_imperskie_ustremleniya.htm
...The Russian authorities do not intend to build good neighborly relations with Europe; on the contrary, their aim - to destroy this relationship. Such an opinion was expressed by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Witold Waszczykowski in an interview with Radio Poland...
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samopomich begin collecting signatures for confidence in the government [vote] (Contracts)

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:25 am
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Samopomich - part of the coalition - the government - collecting signatures for a vote of confidence in the government!
Only in Ukraine. For the ultimate in populist politicians and parties. Need 150 signatures.
I would expect the Opposition block (old Regions supporters), Tymoshenko's lot, Liashko maybe, and Putin for sure to support this motion.
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Donbas rebels flooding mines, Luhansk governor says

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:33 am
Pro-Russian separatists in Donbas deliberately flood coal mines and destroy industrial companies, Luhansk Governor Georgy Tuka told Liga.Net Feb. 11.

It will be difficult for Ukraine to restore the companies after the liberation of Donbas, the governor said.

“I talked to experts who were involved in the rebuilding of Georgian enterprises after the Russian invasion. The Russians usually leave the burnt out land, deliberately destroying the infrastructure – hospitals, schools, bridges” Tuka said.

The Russians are also dismantling and shipping to Russia the equipment of Donbas plants. Sometimes the equipment is assembled in Russia, sometimes used as scrap, the official stressed.

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This is an indication that they don't plan or think they won't be able to run the region, in the near future. So they destroy everything in site that can make income for them.

This must be a request from the Kremlin, which would also indicate that they don't expect to be there too much longer.

The troops as thought of the buildup on the Russian border is only for show. Why would they want to fully invade Ukraine and damage what would work for them to support the region, after all is said and done.

IMO, they continue to think and maneuver like youngsters that doesn't take much to see right through them, as many us experrienced childish strategies at homes in the past.


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Since the start of ATO soldiers have defused over 29,000 mines and explosive devices - MoD

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:59 am
http://www.day.kiev.ua/ru/news/120216-za-vremya-ato-sapery-obezvredili-bolee-29-tys-min-i-vzryvnyh-ustroystv-minoborony
Over time TAU sappers defused more than 29 thousand of mines and explosive devices, -. Ministry of Defence
February 12, 2016 - 10:37
Since the beginning of ATO engineer units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have neutralized more than 29 thous. Mines and explosive devices. This was during a briefing the press-secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Colonel Victoria Kushnir.

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Amazing number. And all bought by babushkas at the KMart store in Donetsk, according to Lavrov.
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Soros: Russian Regime Will Face Bankruptcy in 2017 [Engl]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:12 am
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/soros-russian-regime-will-face-bankruptcy-in-2017/559297.html
...Russia's social security programs are running out of money, and the nation's budget deficit stands at 7 percent of GDP, Soros wrote. Unless the government brings the deficit to 3 percent, inflation may spiral “out of control,” he said....
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NBU cuts official exchange rate to UAH 26.08 to dollar [Engl]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:56 am
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I'll try and have a look at the Bureau de Change tonight or tomorrow. I expect things to be nearer to 27.
Remember that the rate used to be 8 to a dollar. Fixed for many years.
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Hryvnia now at 38 to a pound

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:02 am
www.xe.com 2 minutes ago
Hryvnia to one dollar / one euro / one pound
Inverse: 26.1750 29.5577 38.1027

As for the ruble, back near 80 to a dollar
Inverse: 79.4948 89.7742 115.715
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Intel: in the ATO zone 6 Russian soldiers were killed yesterday and 12 wounded (RBC-Ukraine)

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:21 am
https://www.rbc.ua/rus/news/razvedka-zone-ato-vchera-ubity-6-rossiyskih-1455272228.html
According to the deputy head of the Ministry of Defense of the GRU, the military killed due to "lack of coordination"
In the area of ​​anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in Donbass Yesterday, 11 February, 6 killed Russian soldiers, 12 were injured. This was during the briefing, said Deputy Director of the Main Directorate of Defence Intelligence of Ukraine Vadim Skibitskiy, the "112 Ukraine".
"Yesterday, as a result of uncoordinated actions of Russian troops were killed 6 and injured 12 Russian army officials The bodies and injured were taken to the Donetsk regional hospital." - Skibitskiy said
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2 [Ukrainian] soldiers injured yesterday in the ATO zone; no dead

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:25 am
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Lysenko: Russian troops now deployed "Grads" near the borders of Ukraine

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:28 am
https://www.rbc.ua/rus/news/lysenko-voyska-rf-segodnya-razmestili-grady-1455275420.html

Russian military morning, February 12, 2016 launched a "Grad" in the immediate vicinity of the territory controlled by Ukraine. This was announced today at a press briefing said the representative of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine (APU) on the ATO, Colonel Andrei Lysenko, the correspondent of RBC-Ukraine.

"According to operational information, this morning, in the immediate vicinity of the controlled Ukrainian territory occupants deployed in battle formations MLRS" Grad "(latest sample on the basis of KAMAZ vehicles) and ACS Thus the Russians, with the aim of covering his power group launched a smokescreen." - Lysenko said.
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Tymoshenko calls for the resignation of the Cabinet and early elections

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:32 am
https://www.rbc.ua/rus/news/timoshenko-trebuet-otstavki-kabmina-dosrochnyh-1455273337.html
Tymoshenko calls for the resignation of the Cabinet and early elections
Ukraine News> Policy 02/12/2016 - 12:35
According to Tymoshenko, then you must create a new technical government
"Fatherland" Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko demanding the resignation of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and early elections. This Tymoshenko said in a joint statement with the leader of the "anti-corruption movement," Valentin Nalyvaychenko, RBC-Ukraine reports.
"Our team firmly insists on the need, with those as soon as possible, the government's resignation after we are obliged to do everything in our power to form a new technical government.", - Said Tymoshenko.
According to her, if a technical government will not be able to form, then it will insist on early parliamentary elections.
"If this does not work, our joint team will insist on immediate parliamentary elections", - she added.
Recall faction "Samopomich" initiates the collection of signatures for the resignation of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

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The braided witch. Doing her master's bidding. Instability is the name of the game for Tsar Putin.
The gas princess wants to be President.
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In Ukraine [it will be] sharply warmer (Bagnet)

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:02 am
http://www.bagnet.org/news/society/281753
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But only for a day or two. Predicting about 12 for Kiev, 16 for Odessa. Early next week. But then back to 3 or 4 by mid week.
But that is still above normal.
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Naftogaz buys gas from Europe for less than $200 per 1,000 cubic meters [Engl]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:44 am
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http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/324154.html
The national gas company Naftogaz Ukrainy is buying gas from Europe for less than $200 per 1,000 cubic meters, Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister, Volodymyr Demchyshyn, told reporters after the government meeting on Thursday.
"Somewhat less than $170 [per 1,000 cubic meters] is the hub price, and a bit less than $200, including transportation," he said.
The minister said that he was informed about the purchase price with a slight delay, so it might not be the 'latest' price.

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That's good news also.
Russia was wanting about 216. So about 8% less than "Russian discount" gas.
Yes, "discount" in Russian - another lie. Yet another lie from Putin and his cronies.
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Euan MacDonald: Lessons from the past about Minsk II [Engl]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:54 am
http://www.kyivpost.com/article/opinion/op-ed/euan-macdonald-lessons-from-the-past-about-minsk-ii-407961.html
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Another good article from the KP.
Is there hope yet for this paper than used to kiss Tymoshenko's butt on a daily basis?!
They seem to have got some younger, more intelligent journalists in. Maybe the Tymoshenko grovelling days of the Yuliapost - sorry - Kyivipost - are over.
We can all hope.
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But back to Macdonald - good stuff. A couple of sentences -
...So as Putin sat at the table in Minsk, talking peace, he was fully aware that his forces were preparing for more war. And, no doubt, he was betting that the Western response to the Russian military seizure of Debaltseve would be weak and indecisive.
He was right. In the wake of the Russian attack on Debaltseve, the United States declared that the issue of providing Ukraine with lethal weapons to defend its territory was “on the table.” But even after subsequent violations of Minsk II, such weapons have never arrived.

Article is worth a read.
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Bureau de Change rates

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:43 am
Admin sent me out this afternoon to check on the exchange rates.
Amazing weather. It was really warm. +7. +5 when I came home. Not your usual temperatures for the first half of February, that is for sure.

At one bureau I saw
one dollar = 26.65 / 27.4
and at a second one, a rather better rate of
one dollar = 26.4 / 26.8
But compare this to the old days when the rate was 8.00 and - well, if you have a western salary or pension, your money goes a lot lot lot further.
Renting an apartment is half the price it used to be. Imported goods are still the same in price. But anything made or produced, grown, in Ukraine is much cheaper now.
So a tram ticket - the price in Kiev has gone up to 3 uah. But that is only 10 cents. 7p. I know some people in the US and UK who wouldn't stop to pick this much up off the floor.
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Dollar soars to UAH 26.60/$1 [Engl]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:00 pm
http://en.censor.net.ua/news/374042/dollar_soars_to_uah_26601
Hryvnia quotations against the dollar on the interbank currency market on Friday fell to UAH 26.60/$1 by the end of trade..
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MP Yurii Lutsenko: Yatseniuk has two options - negotiating with factions or leaving [Engl]

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:04 pm
http://en.censor.net.ua/news/374049/mp_yurii_lutsenko_yatseniuk_has_two_options_negotiating_with_factions_or_leaving
...Yatsenyuk needs to negotiate with the respective factions, and from my point of view, first of all with Samopomich, perhaps with the radicals, and hardest of all with Batkivshchyna, ....
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RE:Bureau de Change rates

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:05 pm
I told that to wife about the cost of trams, which she says it's that same for Marshrutka's and she said, 3 here and 3 there. After a few trips it adds up for them that aren't employed.

Gasoline's going up and down, but it's still staying low enough to where Russia's hurting big-time.

A report I read, Gazprom ASKING for Ukraine to do business with them. Being the second largest country in Europe, Ukraine's a big moneymaker for Russia, but that's no longer the scenario, by nobody's fault but their own. The rest of Europe is finding other alternative sources. I imagine Gazprom and Rosneft, if Rosneft can stay afloat are freaking out on how to make the moneys they were making in the past.

All this is coming down on the little runt in Moscow. I had a poll in Twitter the other day to see who they thought would take Putin out or get rid of him, and the majority said it would be his own oligarch, a-la Hitler's clan placing a bomb under his seat. Won't take much C-4 to take him out.


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G7 ambassadors welcome Cabinet's newly proclaimed working principles

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:21 pm
The G7 ambassadors (the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan) welcome the new working principles enunciated by the Cabinet of Ministers.

This is stated by Embassy of Japan press service, Censor.NET reports.

"The G7 ambassadors welcome the announcement made by the Cabinet of Ministers on the basic objectives and principles of public policy on Feb. 11, 2016, in particular zero tolerance to political interference and corruption," the statement reads.

As also noted, the G7 ambassadors are fully committed to supporting Ukraine in its reform efforts and will continue to work together for the benefit of the people of Ukraine.

The ambassadors called on the Cabinet, the Presidential Administration, and the Verkhovna Rada to unite their efforts.

Earlier, President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk, and Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Hroisman assured the G7 ambassadors of preserving the unity of the Ukrainian authorities.

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French reporters to film director: “Ukraine – Masks of the Revolution” slanders our vocation

on Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:40 pm
On Monday, February 1st, we were shocked to view the documentary by Paul Moreira entitled “Ukraine – the Masks of Revolution,” broadcast by Canal+, in its Special Investigation series—although it was not the thesis of the film that disturbed us. We as a group regularly cover extreme-right groups in Ukraine. We have reported that the war has made them more virulent, heavily armed, and that it constitutes a danger to the future of the country.

No. What profoundly disturbed us in this film is its lack of perspective on the complex issues rooted in the depths of Russian-Ukrainian relations. The confusion that results is exacerbated by a number of factual errors, by conflicting information, and also by shortcuts and a manipulation of actual events.

We cannot remain silent over undated images from YouTube, taken of torchlight marches of neo-Nazis occurring subsequent to the Maïdan protests, being inserted into video depictions of actual events. Or of mischaracterizations of the partisan affiliations of key figures in the demonstrations.

We also deplore the documentary’s inappropriate treatment of the linguistic questions that have been faced in Ukraine. These questions have certainly proven to be delicate ones on a number of occasions. But Ukraine is one of the most bilingual countries in Europe. Through an apparent lack of knowledge, Mr. Moreira makes a dramatic exaggeration when he refers to ‘Russians’ or ‘Ukrainians of Russian origin’ as the inhabitants of a country where national identity is not defined solely by ethnic-linguistic affiliation, at least not in 2016.......................

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