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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Wednesday 24 February [Ukrainian sources]

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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Wednesday 24 February [Ukrainian sources]

Post by Nelson on Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:07 am

WEDNESDAY

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News -
Putin fires at Ukrainians 84 times yesterday.
New Bellingcat report on who shot down MH!7. Long. 115 pages. Link below. Many photos.
Massive evidence. Report in En and Ru.
Update - 2 soldiers injured yesterday.

Weather -
Rain and rain and rain, again! Raining all night. Still raining now.
Quite cold today. Only 2 or 3C.

Footie -
A big day today for Dynamo Kiev. In the last 16 of the Champions League. For the first time in many years.
Admin is sending me to the game at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Looks like being cold and wet!
I'll report on the game, hopefully with photos, tomorrow.


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ATO zone: terrorists fire 84 times at ATO forces

Post by Nelson on Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:11 am

http://www.unn.com.ua/uk/news/1549893-situatsiya-u-zoni-ato-boyoviki-84-razi-obstrilyali-pozitsiyi-sil-ato
The situation in the zone ATO: 84 times militants fired position forces ATO
KIEV. 24 February. UNN. Militants illegal gangs continue to violate the terms of the armistice and to fire on positions forces ATO. Over the past day, Russian mercenaries fired 84 times strengthen the Armed Forces, reports UNN with reference to the press center ATO headquarters.
The most dangerous was the Donetsk area where the enemy fired 69 times our bases with mortars, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms.
Our fortifications near Avdeevka, Piksy, Opitnoe, Zaitsev, Mayorska Pervomayskogo, and also Bukova mine, Zenit subjected to fire from mortars and 82-caliber 120 mm.
At Opitnoe position of Ukrainian military fired on enemy anti-aircraft installations,
and in Krasnohorivtsi of BMP.
In Mariupol direction under mortar fire fighters found themselves in positions of Ukrainian near Talakivky, Chermalyk and Vodnaya.
Midnight active fire Russian mercenaries dropped. There were sporadic shelling positions near Opitnoe with grenades and small arms.

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And Putin, Lavrov and Cherkin call that a ceasefire?


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Kiev man burned himself in an attempt to take a selfie

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:15 am

on February 21 in Kiev, 20-year-old man climbed onto the roof of an electric Grouse - Kiev, to make the Self, and received an electric shock. It is reported by the press service of "Ukrzaliznytsia".

The station Svyatoshino victim on the roof of an electric saw operator. Railway workers have removed the voltage on the road and called an ambulance. Man taken to hospital clinical burn.

As it turned out, on the roof of the train was not injured one. With him were several other people who were traveling from the station Belichi.

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In Odessa, a drunken policeman shot at his own car and was detained by colleagues

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:22 am

In Odessa, a police officer shot in his car. The incident took place on February 20 in the courtyard of an apartment house on the street of Marseille. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.

According to the press service of GUNP, in 29 years of law enforcement officers, in a state of alcoholic intoxication, there was a conflict with relatives who did not give him the keys to the car. As a result, a man fired several shots through the window of his van.

Arrived on the order of police has detained the gunman. According to the latter, he wanted to get out of the car a bottle.

On this fact carried out a service check.

Criminal proceedings open for hours. 4 Art. 296 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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Political analyst described the chances of early elections (24 channel)

Post by Nelson on Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:23 am

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http://24tv.ua/politolog_rozpoviv_pro_imovirnist_dostrokovih_viboriv_n661130
The first option - is a smaller form the current parliamentary coalition. In fact, it is a minority government. But formally, if Lyashko joined or will be at least 226 deputies in the coalition payroll - it will continue to exist. This is the most likely option in the near future. If you find that the coalition did not, then try to create a new coalition with the new government. Only the least likely option - early elections
- Said the analyst.
The main reason for the low probability of early elections called Fesenko opinion on the question of our Western partners...

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Gas consumption in Ukraine reduced by one-third in two years [Engl]

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http://www.unian.info/economics/1273610-gas-consumption-in-ukraine-reduced-by-one-third-in-two-years.html
...Thus, gas consumption by households reduced by 26% over the past two years (excluding the temporarily occupied Crimea, Sevastopol, Donetsk and Luhansk regions).
It is worth noting that in the period from 2004 to 2013, gas consumption by the population decreased only by 1%....

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By far the biggest fall is by industry.
Akhmetov was getting very cheap gas - subsidized - for his metal industry. That's why he was happy with the old days, and Yanukovich and his banda.

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Putin v. Poroshenko: European Court Claims Reach $100 Billion [Eng; Bloomberg]

Post by Nelson on Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:47 am

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-23/putin-v-poroshenko-european-court-claims-reach-100-billion
...The pivot from combat zones to courtrooms will ensure relations between the former Soviet neighbors remain tense for the foreseeable future, lawyers and officials from both countries said. Many of the cases may take years to resolve and cost tens of millions of dollars in legal fees alone....

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Amnesty International reported on the limitation of freedom of expression in Russia

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:54 am

International human rights organization Amnesty International has published an annual report on the state of human rights in the world. Over the past year human rights defenders "have recorded serious violations of economic, social, political and civil rights in many countries."

Among others on the 211 page report also mentioned Russia, where, according to the AI, severely restricts freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and the government is expanding control over the Internet and has influence on the media. Referred to as the harassment of NGOs in accordance with the law on "foreign agents." Separately stands the situation in the North Caucasus, where the "do not stop serious human rights violations."

The document says that the Russian authorities are trying to consolidate the society "around the ideas of unity, patriotism and" traditional values ​​", as well as fear of alleged external and internal enemies."

In addition, human rights defenders are reminded of the murder of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow and the investigation into the beating of Oleg Kashin. The report states, and criminal cases, including against the director of the Ukrainian literature library Natalia Sharina, activist Ildar Dadin and Eugene Vitishko.

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"National security threat". The full text of the report of Ilya Yashin on Ramzan Kadyrov

Post by Nelson on Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:02 am

https://openrussia.org/post/view/12965/
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Basically Kadyrov is an out of control nutcase, running his own empire in Chechnya, with the support of Putin.

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On the implementation of anti-crisis plan in Russia were insufficient funds

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Implementation of anti-crisis plan will cost 250 billion rubles, but in its execution, the government has only 120 billion rubles from the anti-crisis fund, writes on Tuesday, February 23, "Kommersant".

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov in a letter to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the country, the government has distributed funds anti-crisis fund of up to 250 billion rubles, but in fact turned out to be less than the available funds.

Now the government, according to estimates of the RF Ministry of Finance, there are 65 billion rubles, about 55 billion rubles, it can appear in April 2016 when, when the federal treasury will direct the fund unclaimed balances the budget-2015.

The Russian government may distribute only 120 billion rubles without budget changes for 2016, Siluanov wrote in the letter. In the meantime, it was allocated only 35 billion rubles, and in terms of which, the newspaper notes, is not legally exist, accounted for 170.7 billion rubles on costs.

Finance Ministry proposes to solve the problem as follows. White has the right to spend in 2016 to 342.2 billion rubles from the Presidential Reserve. The paper admits that these funds have their own plans for the president of Russia Vladimir Putin, so the government will have to prove that the anti-crisis plan is more important.

Siluanov proposed to reduce the cost of anti-crisis fund to 120 billion rubles, and to ask the president of Russia 130 billion rubles. Office assumes preservation fund engineering, a large reduction in the costs of anti-crisis Ministry of Health Support exports through VEB, "Eximbank of Russia" and "Russian export hub." Can not be called Siluanov subsidies on loans to enterprises and support of industrial engineering.

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CIA and Pentagon doubt Russian ceasefire in Syria

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United States military officials are skeptical that Russia will fulfill the conditions of the truce in Syria, and we intend to prepare a plan to increase the pressure on the Russian authorities. This is with reference to a senior US administration writes The Wall Street Journal.

According to the official, the head of the CIA and the Pentagon, John Brennan and Ashton Carter, as well as head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford at the meetings expressed sharp views, calling to introduce new measures to create trouble Moscow.

It is noted that the growth of negative attitudes to Russia's actions in administration may force President Barack Obama to take stronger action against Moscow.

In turn, close to the Secretary of State, John Kerry, the source reported that an agreement on a cease-fire in Syria, including will understand if you can trust the Russian authorities. According to him, in the case of ignoring the conditions of Moscow may need to "Plan B".

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"Restoration of Soviet era, ruin, and empty streets": occupied war-ridden Luhansk. PHOTOS

Post by Nelson on Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:22 am

http://en.censor.net.ua/photo_news/375793/restoration_of_soviet_era_ruin_and_empty_streets_occupied_warridden_luhansk_photos
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I saw this yesterday, but forgot to post.
Lugansk. Yes - an absolute wasteland now.
One photo - Forshet supermarket, Eldorado I think - electronics shop, possibly Foxtrot... closed. Finished.
Presumably ransacked by the occupiers. The spoils of war.
What has Putin done to the place? Absolutely finished. Nothing there.
And as for the roads! One bicycle, two or three people, one trolleybus. Deserted!

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In the Lviv region officer shot the soldier in the head

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In the Lviv region Zhovkva district 23 February senior lieutenant of the Armed Forces of Ukraine seriously wounded soldier-contractor with a pistol, said ZAXID.NET.

According to the head of the Western Regional Media Centre of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Alexander Poronyuka, incident occurred due to careless handling of weapons.

"Lieutenant disassemble the gun and the cartridge in the chamber he turned, there was a spontaneous shot. The contract soldier received a gunshot wound to the head. At the moment, he was hospitalized. Condition - hard, "- said Poronyuk.

He assured that there was no hostile relations between the military.

They were going to go on a business trip. Both were sober. How old wounded soldier - is unknown.

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"Right sector" predicts military coup in Ukraine

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Head of Press Service of the "Right Sector" Artem Skoropadsky sure that military coup will happen in Ukraine. About this he wrote on his page on with Facebook .

"Let's be honest - we have no state. There MIA with its caricature of the "new police", which can disperse any street punks. There are a handful of politicians in Parliament, of which 20 people typed honest people. There is a "president", who surrounded himself with punitive army of the same Ministry of Interior (who do not know, except for a "new police", the main task of the Ministry of Interior now is to protect the president in the event of a coup). There are oligarchs who rend each other through their channels and the same politicians in Parliament. There are volunteers and VSUshniky, who returned from the front and that, in fact, ready for the coup itself, from which the "president" will protect the Interior Ministry. There is a "Right Sector", "Azov" and OUN ", - wrote Skoropadsky.

According to him, somewhere there is "unknown to us Napoleon" - "Colonel, Colonel or General some teams that at the right time will bring tanks on Khreshchatyk during the popular uprising and executed from these tanks all the Interior Ministry, the Parliament, politicians and the president. "

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Russians forget about Putin's wars will disappear when the popcorn and beer - expert

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:42 am

When the Russians will lose their basic household items, you will quickly forget about the war waged by Russia in other countries, and will ask President Vladimir Putin awkward questions about domestic issues. Such an opinion in an interview with an apostrophe expressed Russian journalist and publicist Andrei Piontkovsky.

He believes that all the tactical victory of Putin leading the country to a huge strategic defeat.

"It was obvious that he had lost in Ukraine, there is no Russian world, there is no" New Russia ", therefore it is necessary to climb in Syria and to show there is some kind of" victory "to its population supported. But this time, the economy fell so seriously that has emerged unemployment and difficulties with supply and products. Syria - it is still far away. It's nice, probably Russian man in the street, crunching popcorn under the TV and drinking beer, watching Putin all the replays, but when there is no longer any popcorn or beer, and even basic things, then all quickly forget about the Syrian and start asking, and we have in the country is going, "- said Piontkovsky.

Russian political scientist believes that the situation is seriously worsening the Russians, but to predict the beginning of mass protests in Russia, he is not taken.

"It is difficult to judge. The situation really seriously deteriorated. But when it breaks out protest - impossible to predict. A classic example: at the end of February 1917, when Lenin gave a lecture to the young Swiss Social Democrats, asked him, and when will the revolution? And he said - we, the elderly, do not live to see, but you're young, you'll see. He returned to lecture home, and there is a telegram from Petrograd that the revolution has begun. What happened? Nothing special, just did not deliver bread bakeries in St. Petersburg for two days. A bread, incidentally, was full, just somewhere stuck train. When run out of patience of the masses - it is very difficult to predict. But the vector of changes is inevitably in the same direction ", - said Piontkovsky.

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The names of the Russian military involved in the collapse of the MH17

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:54 am

On Wednesday, February 24, Bellingcat expert group published a report titled «MH17: alleged suspects and witnesses from the 53 th air defense missile brigade." Use the information in the public domain, civil investigative journalist managed to restore the movement of the brigade in the summer months of 2014, its composition and command structure. In addition, Bellingcat experts were able to identify the personality of the Russian military, who are more likely to directly issue orders to transport anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) "Buk" on the territory of Ukraine and in the missile launch, shot down in July 2014 the plane "Malaysian airlines" .

According to the authors of the investigation, "Buck", shot down the plane, most likely operated soldiers of the 2nd Battalion of the 53 th air defense missile brigade of the Russian army. Bellingcat notes that the standard crew of "Buka" consists of two soldiers - the plant operator and the driver and the sergeant and lieutenant. In this case the decision to start the rocket takes lieutenant. The authors were able to determine the identity of ten officers of the 2nd Battalion, one of which could give the order. But exactly who did it, experts say Bellingcat can not, therefore, the report indicated only their names and the first letters of the names and faces in the pictures are blurred intentionally.

But the exact composition of the crew must be known to the commander of the battalion and / or brigade commander, since they had to take away the soldiers and officers to manage the "Buck", say the report's authors. Bellingcat able to establish that the position of battalion commander at the time allegedly served Dmitry Trunin. In turn, his superior, the commander of the 53 th air defense missile brigade was Sergei Muchkaev. The authors of the investigation suggest that Muchkaev gave orders about the movements of the 2nd Battalion, and, in particular, on the transportation of SAM "Buk" on the Ukrainian territory. Although, according to experts, Muchkaev hardly make their own decisions about transportation SAM on the territory of Ukraine - it is the responsibility of the higher command.

Describing the findings and pointing to the alleged witnesses and suspects, investigating authors repeatedly use words such as "if", "likely", "very likely" and the like, because they do not have access to restricted documents of the RF Ministry of Defense, and all conclusions are based on analysis of data from publicly available sources.

Bellingcat experts also conclude that indirect responsibility for the collapse of the MH17 carry the higher ranks of the Russian army. In particular, the commander of the air defense missile connections Western military district (ZVO) Aleksey Zolotov, the commanders of the 20th Guards Combined Arms Army ZVO Alexander Lapin (8 July 2014) and Alexander Gull (since July 8, 2014), head of the Air Defense Forces (PVO ) and aviation ZVO Andrew Kokhanov, commander of the air defense of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces (AF) of the Russian Federation Alexander Leonov, commander of the Western military District, Anatoly Sidorov, Chief of the Land Forces of the Russian Federation Oleg Salyukov.

Crowned with a list of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, his two first deputies - Valery Gerasimov and Arkady Bahini. And Russian President Vladimir Putin, who under the Constitution is still the supreme commander of the Armed Forces. All of these people were involved in making or execution of the decision on the transfer of military equipment to the Russian-Ukrainian border and Ukraine, the authors believe the investigation. "In accordance with the probable conclusion that the Russian" Buk "shot down MH17, primary responsibility for the collapse of the" Malaysian Airlines "aircraft carries the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation together with military commanders and the leaders of the self-proclaimed" DNR "and" LC "- sums up the experts Bellingcat.

He told Deutsche Welle founder Bellingcat Eliot Higgins, this report - shortened and censored version of the report, which was handed over to the Prosecutor's Office of the Netherlands in December 2015. In particular, in the version given to investigators the full names of suspected soldiers of the 53rd air defense missile brigade, and their faces in your photos are not blurred. In addition, the public version of the report did not include information which, in the opinion of analysts Bellingcat, there is "insufficient volume for publication, but it is potentially relevant to the investigation," said Higgins.

At the moment, the report is available in English only. Now on its translation into Russian working team of volunteers, he told DW Eliot Higgins. Founder Bellingcat expressed hope that the Russian version of the report will be ready "in a few weeks."

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The fall of MH17: experts Bellingcat established who shot down the plane (Columnist)

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http://obozrevatel.com/crime/53281-krushenie-mh17-ekspertyi-bellingcat-ustanovili-kto-sbil-samolet.htm
.....Also, experts have managed to trace the entire chain of possible suspects, starting with the commanders of calculations SAM "Buk", which is likely to be soldiers of the second division of the 53rd air defense missile brigade of the Russian armed forces, and ending with the senior officials of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, as well as the Supreme Commander of the country, Vladimir Putin, ....
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MH17 – Potential Suspects and Witnesses from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade

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https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2016/02/23/53rd-report-en/
This report, MH17: Potential Suspects and Witnesses from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, presents information regarding the Russian brigade that we believe provided, and possibly operated, the Buk-M1 missile launcher that downed Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. In this post, we will summarize the role of the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade and “Buk 3×2” in the downing of MH17 before providing a summary of the report....
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The full report, in pdf download here, or at the link above
https://www.bellingcat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/53rd-report-public.pdf

The report is over 100 (one hundred) pages long!! 115, to be exact.

I've given it a very quick read. VERY impressive. Conclusion - Putin.

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Bellingcat website under serious Ddos attack. Alternative download for report here

Post by Nelson on Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:20 am

Belligcat alternative site
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bimwlr1pyyk9dvy/53rd-report-public.pdf?dl=0

I wonder why somebody is attacking the Bellingcat website?! No guess as to whom.

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"We cannot stop halfway after implementing most unpopular reforms over 24 months," - PM Yatseniuk

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http://en.censor.net.ua/news/375907/we_cannot_stop_halfway_after_implementing_most_unpopular_reforms_over_24_months_pm_yatseniuk
...."This means that the major parliamentary factions - Poroshenko Bloc and People's Front - must finally assume full responsibility for the political and economic stability," he stressed.
"We hope to strengthen the coalition. The talks with other members of the former coalition are currently underway to strengthen it," the PM said. ...

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Yats had to put up gas prices, electricity prices, communal charges, fight a war against Russia, and an economic war from Russia also.
Now, into 2016, things should slowly get better. I expect inflation to drop massively. And prices to stabilize.
And who is rocking the boat - on purpose - to manoever into the PM or President's chair? At the same time shifting all the blame for the hard economic times onto Yatseniuk?
Yes - billionairess Tymoshenko.
She wants to ovrthrow the government, and sit in the PM or President's chair, and take the applause for things improving, now the hard bills are out of the way.
Do people like that make me puke? Yes.

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In Yanukovych's corrupt schemes ... involved about 75 Ukrainian companies - Transparency International (RL)

Post by Nelson on Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:16 am

http://www.radiosvoboda.org/content/news/27570770.html
In the corruption schemes former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych involved about 75 Ukrainian companies. This was on Radio Liberty said analyst Yevgeny Chernyak Transparency International.
"The schemes did not act alone Yanukovych and his cronies and family members. It involved about 75 Ukrainian companies, 51 companies located in foreign jurisdictions, including offshore, this Panama, Great Britain, Austria, Switzerland, Cyprus. And about 20 individuals who are key. That scale schemes so great that they are not so easy to understand and process. Especially our guards, "- said Chernyak.
According to the analyst, the investigation of these crimes may take several years....

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Payette: investors expect Ukraine to implement the IMF program (RBC-Ukraine)

Post by Nelson on Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:33 am

https://www.rbc.ua/rus/news/payett-investory-zhdut-ukrainy-vypolneniya-1456307151.html
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Not if Tymoshenko can help it. She can see big $$$$ again.

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Sadovy: "Samopomіch" will not return to the coalition (Gordon)

Post by Nelson on Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:34 am

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http://gordonua.com/news/politics/sadovyy-samopomch-ne-vernetsya-v-koaliciyu-121384.html

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Dinamo - Manchester City: the forecast of bookmakers for the 1/8 final match of the Champions League (Columnist)

Post by Nelson on Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:45 am

http://sport.obozrevatel.com/football/70693-dinamo-manchester-siti-prognoz-bukmekerov-na-match-18-finala-ligi-chempionov.htm
February 24 Kiev "Dynamo" will play against "Manchester City" the first leg of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. Beginning of the meeting at the NSC "Olympic" at 21:45.
Sergei Rebrov Team is considered an outsider with bookmakers .... Factor to win the "white-blue" is 3.2, while quotations of winning the English - 2.25. Draw estimated index 3.3.

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Well - currently snowing a little. Rain all last night, and so far all of today. The playing surface will be slow, I would think.
I'll report on the match tomorrow. Admin sending me there later today.
Man City can blow hot or cold. And if their players don't like the +1 temperature expected, they might be in for a hard time. Dynamo are not a walkover.

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Two soldiers injured yesterday in the ATO zone - Staff

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At night in the area ATO wounded two soldiers - Staff
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 12:46
..."During the last day of hostilities, no Ukrainian military killed, but two soldiers were injured. It happened in the area of ​​mine Putilov and near Krasnogorivka shelling the militants," - he said.
Total, according to the colonel, the terrorists carried out 74 attacks on Tuesday.


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Why Europe Is Right to Fear Putin’s Useful Idiots

Post by Nelson on Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:20 am

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.... : far-right politicians not only vote for pro-Kremlin policies in the EU parliament, they also take part in election observation missions — most notably the referendum for the annexation of Crimea and the “elections” in Ukraine’s Russian-controlled “people’s republics.” The Russian media uses these events and far-right leaders’ visits to Moscow to tout European support for Putin. Even Le Pen was an unknown in Russia until the Ukraine crisis and her outspoken public support for Putin. Now she is paraded as proof that there is some support for Putin’s policies in Europe.....
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Russia continues violating Turkish airspace, President Erdogan says

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:52 am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Russia of continuing to violate Turkish airspace, three months after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border.


Erdogan said speaking to a group of local officials in Ankara in a speech broadcast live on Wednesday, Censor.NET reports citing Reuters via Yahoo News.

At the same time, the Turkish president stressed that Turkey was an enemy of neither Russia nor Russian people. However, Erdogan did not specify when and where exactly these violations of Turkish airspace by Russian aircraft took place.

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Yatseniuk claims there is deliberate delay in confiscation of Yanukovych's assets

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:51 am

The forfeiture of $1.5 billion stolen by former president Viktor Yanukovych's regime is intentionally delayed.


As reported by Censor.NET citing 112 Ukraine, it was announced by Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk.

"The State Financial Monitoring Service seized $1.5 billion last year and there is no need to trace the money: it has been found and arrested in Oshchadbank. And there were repeated attempts to lift the arrest through various judicial decisions in order to steal the money back. About 80 offshore companies controlled by the former regime were involved in the scheme," he said.

"I have a well grounded impression that there is a deliberate delay in the confiscation of the money," the head of the government added. Source: http://en.censor.net.ua/n376007 Source: http://en.censor.net.ua/n376007


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Ukraine is Russia's zero-sum game with the West, - CIA Director Brennan

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:54 am

Putin is in a bit of a quandary now inside of Ukraine.


CIA Director John Brennan said in an interview to NPR, Censor.NET reports.

Speaking of Russian President Putin, Brennan said: "So we see the very aggressive actions that he's taken in Ukraine, because he sees that area as almost a zero-sum game with the West. And I think he was concerned about which way Ukraine was leaning. And it clearly was leaning westward. That's why he took the actions that he did."

Read more: Putin's regime still eager to disintegrate Ukraine and reinstall pro-Russian government, - Defense Intelligence

According to CIA director, Putin "has found that he's in a bit of a quandary now inside of Ukraine, in terms of realizing his objectives."

Brennan calls Russian president "very assertive, very aggressive."

"He pursues Moscow's agenda in a variety of means. He does it with his intelligence and security services when he wants to hide his hands, but also, he's doing it rather overtly right now, obviously, with the introduction of thousands of Russian military personnel and sophisticated weaponry inside of Syria."

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Russia's actions in Ukraine - pulling the blanket with the West - CIA Director Brennan

Russian President Vladimir Putin is extremely frustrated with economic sanctions and other consequences of the Ukrainian conflict, says the director of the CIA, John Brennan.


He stated this on Sunday, March 22 in the television program Fox News Sunday passes Tsenzor.NET citing Deutsche Welle.
According to the head of the CIA, Putin has put personal interests above the interests of the Russian people, to Reuters said. "I do not think that he is satisfied with the situation There is every indication that, due to its position of Putin becoming less comfortable." - Said Brennan.

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Russian Military Command Found Linked To MH17 Downing

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:13 pm

A team of open-source researchers investigating the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has published a report it provided to Dutch prosecutors linking the commanders of a Russian military unit to the plane’s downing.

The latest report, released on February 24 by the British group known as Bellingcat, links higher-ups in Russia's military chain of command to the tragedy and adds other details building on earlier investigations into the July 2014 downing of MH17.

Its previous reports had identified Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade as being the likely source of the missile that Dutch aviation officials say brought down the jet, killing all 298 people on board.

But it adds to the growing body of circumstantial evidence suggesting Russian complicity. This includes personal information about Russian military officers and enlisted soldiers who Bellingcat alleges specifically knew of, and possibly even manned, the Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile system believed to have brought down MH17.

Bellingcat in December provided a full version of the report to Dutch prosecutors, who said they would "seriously study" the group's claim that its research identified up to 100 Russian military personnel who might have knowledge of the movements of the missile launcher that destroyed the Boeing 777................

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Turkey, EU, U.S., Canada support Ukraine's statement on Russian restrictions at WTO General Council

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:31 pm

Ukraine at a meeting of the General Council of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva has made a statement on the Russian Federation's using illegal and discriminatory trade restrictions imposed on January 1, Deputy Minister, Trade Representative of Ukraine Natalia Mykolska has reported.......

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Ukraine, U.S. sign investment deal to build grain terminal at Yuzhny port

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:49 pm

Ukraine and the United States have signed an investment agreement worth a total of about $100 million to build a grain terminal at the port of Yuzhny in Odesa region.

One of the parties to the agreement is U.S. company Cargill, one of the world's largest private companies investing in food production.

The official signing ceremony took place at Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers in the presence of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Wednesday, February 24.

"I would like to congratulate the Ukrainian and U.S. companies on the fact that $100-million investment has become reality. This is evidence of a real partnership between Ukraine and the United States," Yatsenyuk said while commenting on the signing of the agreement.........

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Cargill's investment shows confidence in Ukrainian government

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:57 pm

The signing of an agreement on U.S. Cargill's investing $100 million in the construction of a grain terminal at the Yuzhny seaport confirms investors' confidence in the Ukrainian government, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has said.

"Today's agreement is a vote of confidence in the Ukrainian government, and in particular in those who have led the charge for reform in this cabinet," he said at the ceremony of signing this agreement in Kyiv on Wednesday.

"They [U.S. companies] are looking for a Ukrainian government that demonstrates a clear and unambiguous commitment to the path of reform. They are looking for a Rada who demonstrates a clear willingness to uphold Ukraine's commitments to the IMF. And they are looking for a government and a presidency that demonstrate a clear commitment to continued progress on the rule of law, to include the critical issue of anticorruption reform," he said.................

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Ukrainian military fully regained control of Shirokino

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:32 pm

Ukrainian military fully regained control of Shirokino. This was the TV channel «112.ua» told the press officer of the sector "M" Alexander Kindsfater.

"Yes, a few days ago, the militants completely abandoned their part. Our division took the town under their control, "- he confirmed.

According to him, currently held demining areas, elimination of explosive objects.

"Before leaving, the militants have mined almost every house. They put tens of stretch marks, mines, traps. The aim of the terrorists, apparently to cause maximum damage to the Ukrainian army soldiers and civilians, who want to return to their homes ", - he said.

Kindsfater suggested that in this way the militants are preparing a large-scale terrorist attack.

"Our engineers now conduct a survey of territories and buildings. Identify places where established mines and unexploded ordnance remain, "- said the press officer.

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Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the United Kingdom have signed a cooperation plan for this year

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:49 pm

Ministry of Defence and the UK today, February 24, signed a cooperation plan for 2016. This is stated in a statement the press service of Ukrainian authorities.

The document was signed during a meeting of the Ukrainian delegation with the Director of the Department of the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain Nick Herr international security policy. The document includes measures in all areas of bilateral cooperation between the two countries this year.

In addition, yesterday held a meeting of the Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine on European Integration, Igor Dolgov, with the Minister for the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom Penny Mordo.

The sides discussed issues related to the current state and prospects of development of bilateral relations in the defense sector, the military and political situation in Ukraine, humanitarian aid from the UK, the process of reform of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the development of the legal framework of bilateral cooperation.

Considerable attention was paid to the special preparation course with the participation of British instructors and educational projects, as well as the work in Ukraine the British advisor on governance and financial management in the field of defense.

On January 22 at the Rivne Training Ground launched a training course infantry units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to NATO standards, training military exercise instructors from the UK.

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In the US, relatives of those killed in the crash MN17 filed a lawsuit against the Girkin

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:02 pm

Relatives of those killed in the crash of Flight MH17 have filed a class action lawsuit in Chicago against the Russian citizen Igor Strelkov (Girkin), who is accused of involvement in the accident. In addition, the statement points to Russia's participation in the incident, according to "Voice of America" ​​.

"50 million dollars for each victim require the representatives of the relatives of passengers Boeing" Malaysian airlines ", which was shot down in the skies over Ukraine in July 2014, by Igor Girkin", - the report says.

Girkin charged on three counts, including murder, destruction of the aircraft, in violation of international law, as well as collusion with other persons involved in the accident.

The statement also emphasized the involvement of Russia. The document notes that Girkin - a Russian citizen, and in the sanctions list of the EU, Canada, Switzerland and New Zealand, he is identified as the current Russian GRU officer.

"DNI" is fighting with the support of Russia, so Girkin acted on the basis of actual or apparent authority of the Russian government, and in accordance with the law in Russia and / or the "Donetsk People's Republic", - the statement is assumed.

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Russia has announced the signing of new agreements on the Donbas

Post by Admin on Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:18 pm

The representative of the Russian President in the contact group on Donbass Boris Gryzlov announced the signing of new documents in order to resolve the situation in the east of Ukraine.

According to Gryzlov, the next week is expected, the two agreements will be signed in Minsk. The first agreement concerns marking and fencing of areas where demining is not yet passed.

The second agreement will ban shooting practice in the 15-kilometer zone from the line of demarcation, writes Interfax.

"We discussed the working versions of these documents to be signed within the framework of the working group on security in the next week", - he added.

Gryzlov said that the representatives of the "parties to the conflict" have agreed on the markup and special marking of mined areas.

Earlier, a spokesman for Ukraine's representative on the Trilateral contact group Leonid Kuchma Daria Olifer announced the results of its meeting in Minsk on Wednesday, February 24. She emphasized that the daily violations of the silence in the Donbass not allow negotiators to make progress on any issue.

Note that commenting on the results of the meeting in Minsk, Olifer did not mention plans to sign a new agreement on the Donbass.

The next meeting of the Tripartite Liaison Group will be held in Minsk on March 2 - on the eve of a meeting of foreign ministers of the Quartet Normandy in Paris, scheduled for March 3. It was in Paris on the key decisions on political issues, security issues must be considered, as well as on the humanitarian aspects.

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