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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Sunday 13 March. [Ukrainian sources]

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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Sunday 13 March. [Ukrainian sources]

Post by Nelson on Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:49 am

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Russians fire 71 times at Ukraine, including use of tanks and 122mm guns.

Weather -
Cooler again. Had some rain overnight, but now sunshine. +2 at 0730.
It may be a little below average for the next week. Shock - after perhaps every day above average in February!


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Militants fire 71 times at ATO yesterday, use tanks, 122mm guns

Post by Nelson on Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:52 am

http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/03/13/7101891/
Day in ATO 71 fire, the militants used IP tank 122-mm guns
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 7:05
A record number of attacks in recent weeks registered in the Donetsk area - 62, 8 and 1 in Mariupol Luhansk.
The press center ATO headquarters.
Thus, 19 mortar attacks recorded across dividing lines. Stressful situation remains under Avdiyivka where Russian fighters besides mortars and grenade launchers for firing positions used twice and tank cannons caliber 122 mm.
With mortars, grenade launchers and small arms fire drove the enemy intensively on basic points of nearby Zaitsev and Mayorska. Triple reinforcement forces ATO Lugansk near the Russian terrorists fired BMP.
About 18 hours militants with 122 mm artillery systems fired at positions Krasnogorivka, firing 18 shells at the same time....

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During the dismantling of a monument to Lenin it shattered into pieces (Turystam.in.ua) 6:19

Post by Nelson on Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:59 am

6:26
http://www.turystam.in.ua/13623-pid-chas-demontazhu-pam-yatnik-leninu-rozletivsya-na-shmatki
...The authorities of the district center Ivanovka Odessa region dismantled monument to Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, reports Depo.Odesa referring to "Route E-95."
The monument is planned to move the yard of the museum district. However, when removing it broke apart...

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Symbolic?

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Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro's inquiry into Russian trolls stirs up a hornet's nest [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:11 am

http://www.smh.com.au/world/finnish-journalists-jessikka-aros-inquiry-into-russian-trolls-stirs-up-a-hornets-nest-20160310-gng8rk.html
[i]....Backman stirred up the trolls, Aro says. Soon after she began to receive "very disturbing messages, absurd messages, trolling messages" in Russian, English and Finnish, on the internet and by phone. And over time – as she has written more stories about their activities – they have just become worse.
"All these horrible things [they say] have given me this feeling of fear sometimes. They stalk me all the time. They stalk everything that I do on social media. They take my pictures and add them to [false blogs]."
They "repurposed" her holiday photos, they emailed editors and politicians to call for her sacking. They even stalk her friends.
At one point, one offered to "play down" the hate speech against her if she apologised and promised to stop writing about pro-Russian trolls – an offer Aro considered blackmail.
Such trolls, Aro says, are having an unhealthy impact on freedom of speech and democracy more broadly....
"You go through the disinformation stories around the continent and you see the very same article launched at some minor Russian blog site, then multiplied by 15, 20 different web pages and then gets back to the Russian media who can say, 'Oh, ISIS fighters have joined the Ukrainian armed forces.'
"It is organised to serve the purposes of the Kremlin."...

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Like, Share, Convict: Russian Authorities Target Social Media Users [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:24 am

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/like-share-convict-russian-authorities-target-social-media-users/562015.html
...Since Putin's return to the Kremlin in 2012, dozens of websites have been blocked and branded "extremist," and the number of people prosecuted has ballooned....

......Her crime was sharing a cartoon that depicted President Vladimir Putin bending over a map of war-torn Eastern Ukraine with a knife in his hand.
The 46-year-old single mother from the Urals city of Yekaterinburg had no idea she would be prosecuted for reposting a picture. ...
the judge ordered the destruction of her laptop and mouse — "criminal weapons." This gave rise to a whole line of jokes about justice in Russia coming down to the execution of computers. .... 1937 all over again."...

In December 2015 Polyudova, 27, was convicted to two years in a penal colony for three posts on VKontakte — all of them in support of Ukraine. ...

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Good article. Worth a read. The road to North Korea.

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Europe's Russia Policy: Damage Control (Op-Ed) [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:30 am

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/562022.html
...Europe — governments and public opinion — connects Moscow's military support of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and their air strikes over populated areas, with the recent worsening of the refugee ordeal. To them, the Kremlin has become a threat to security, stability and prosperity on the European continent.

Since the annexation of Crimea and war in eastern Ukraine, Europeans have very little trust in the Russian leadership, and no big expectation as to what Moscow can deliver. This marks a radical change from the 2000s, when Russia was respected and courted as a major partner in trade, economic cooperation, and security, and had friends in many capitals....

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Blunt Force: Key Facts About The Mysterious Death Of Ex-Putin Adviser Mikhail Lesin [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:44 am

http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-lesin-mysterious-death-key-facts/27604577.html
....This, however, has not stemmed speculation that Lesin may have been in Washington to cut a deal with the feds -- and that the former Kremlin insider may have been killed to prevent him from revealing intimate details about the workings of Putin's government....
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Yatseniuk challenges Poroshenko - FT (24 kanal)

Post by Nelson on Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:50 am

http://24tv.ua/ru/jacenjuk_brosil_vyzov_poroshenko__the_financial_times_n666707
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has defied President Petro Poroshenko. He asks him to either "support me or dismiss me."
About this newspaper writes The Financial Times.
In an interview with Yatsenyuk he complained of numerous attacks from the ruling coalition.
"It is unpleasant when you stabbed in the back" - lamented Yatsenyuk.
According to him, the parliament rejected 60% of government bills.
The publication notes that in Ukraine now a serious political crisis since the euromaidan.
Political uncertainty may undermine international financial support to Ukraine. IMF has postponed the transfer of the next tranche of financial assistance to clarify the issue, structural reforms, whether the Government will continue to pursue - the journalists say.
Some experts have compared the crisis to the conflict between President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who, as a result, undermine Ukrainian pro-democracy "Orange Revolution."

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Lavrov's no fool. He's just a scumbag (24 kanal)

Post by Nelson on Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:56 am

http://24tv.ua/ru/lavrov_ne_durak_on_prosto_podonok_n666354
8:14,
Lavrov explained the non-admission of Ukrainian doctors to see Savchenko due to her defiance and contempt of court....
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Nothing much in the story. But it was the headline that caught me eye ))
Лавров не дурак. Он просто подонок
Lavrov isn't an idiot. He is simply a scumbag.

Brilliant!

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Stalin, Russia’s New Hero [Engl; NYT]

Post by Nelson on Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:03 am

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/opinion/sunday/stalinist-nostalgia-in-vladimir-putins-russia.html?_r=0
...This quiet rehabilitation began after Vladimir V. Putin came to power in 1999. Stalin’s legacy has become a tacit justification as the Putin government has strengthened its own grip on power. Under Stalin, “order” and national prestige trumped human rights or civil liberties.

“By raising the figure of Stalin, the Putin regime is trying to raise the idea that collective interests are more important than individual lives, and that means the regime has less responsibility to society,” Lev Gudkov, who conducts the Levada Center’s Stalin polls, told me....

When Russia is besieged by enemies, including a government in Ukraine that the state news media has described as a “fascist junta,” the image of Stalin the defender against Nazis wins out over that of Stalin the paranoid tyrant. ...

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Police looking for former district militia officer, leader of a gang which plundered people in Donetsk region. PHOTO

Post by Admin on Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:58 am

The Main Administration of the National Police in the Donetsk region is looking for Yurii Voshko (born Aug. 21, 1963, resident of Kostiantynivka) - who is the leader of a gang which committed 40 armed robberies and other crimes.
Censor.NET reports citing the Main Administration of the National Police in the Donetsk region. Four members of the gang have been apprehended as of today..

Voshko is a former district militia officer who resigned in 2003. His gang involved five members. He controlled all the processes, developed the plans of the attacks, and distributed the plunder. The gang has terrorized the residents of the Donetsk region since May 2014.

The gang raided selected houses with firearms and bladed weapons. The intruders penetrated the house under the guise of community service workers. They tied up, beaten and tortured people. They tried to attack when there were only women in the houses, taking everything valuable including even food.

One of such attacks took place in Dec. 2015 in the town of Chasiv Yar in the vicinity of Bakhmut. The bandits followed a family and studied their daily routine for a long time, collecting information from the neighbors. They broke into the apartment where a young woman with a year-old baby was at the time. They tied up the mother, stole the money and golden jewelry, and fled. The child was crying in an arena, while the woman was not able to escape.

The officers managed to apprehend two perpetrators of the crime. One of them had been hiding in Russia and was stopped at the border while trying to get in the Luhansk region. Another one was constantly changing the place of residence. The police tracked him in Melekine in the Donetsk region, where he moved from Kyiv.

The criminals confirmed the testimony of the other band members and admitted committing a series of robberies and other crimes.



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Members of Russian music band Underwood were not allowed to enter Ukraine

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Musicians of Russian Underwood rock band were not allowed to cross Ukrainian border at the request of law enforcement officers.

The assistant of the head of the State Border Guard Service Oleh Slobodian told 112 TV Channel, Censor.NET reports.

"They were not arrested, just were not allowed to cross the State border. It is true that the musicians wanted to enter Ukraine yesterday. The state border guards followed the instructions of law enforcement officers. As a result, these citizens were not allowed to cross the border," he said.

"We can not disclose the circumstances of the instructions. We have just fulfilled our mission within the competence," the official stressed.

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Rebels lose 23 killed, 34 wounded near Avdijyvka

Post by Admin on Sun Mar 13, 2016 7:03 pm

Following intense fighting near Avdijyvka, the Russian/rebel troops lost 23 killed and 34 wounded, Ukraine army intelligence says March 13.

March 12, the enemy shelled Ukraine army positions near Kruta Balka, Yasynuvata and Mineralne, using 122-mm artillery guns, tanks, heavy mortars.

On March 12, 23 bodies of the rebels and 34 wounded servicemen were delivered to Donetsk hospital No. 18, the army says.

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Rebels out to capture grey zone near Avdijyvka – Ukraine FM statement

Post by Admin on Sun Mar 13, 2016 7:08 pm

The situation in the Avdijyvks zone has deteriorated sharply, Ukraine foreign ministry statement runs March 13.

The Russian command formed a tactical group consisting of 800 servicemen, 19 tanks, 30 APCs, 122-mm and 152-mm artillery guns, 120-mm and 82-mm mortars and 122-mm Grad missile batteries. In so doing, the Russians violated the Minsk agreement banning heavy artillery 30-km from the touchline.

The shelling of Ukraine army positions do not merely cause the deaths of Ukraine servicemen and civilians but destroy critical life-supporting facilities which may lead to a humanitarian disaster in the area, the FM statement continues.  

If the Donetsk sewage-filtering station is destroyed, the area may be hit by the outbreaks of dysentery and hepatitis.

The rebels and their Russian command are impeding the work of OSCE monitors, since objective and impartial monitoring of the ceasefire situation is not what Moscow needs, the foreign ministry statement says. 

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Russia deployed 90 servicemen and six IFVs in Donbas - Intelligence

Post by Admin on Sun Mar 13, 2016 7:22 pm

Russia has deployed more troops and ammunition in the occupied Donbas

Censor.NET writes citing the report of Ukraine's Defense Intelligence.

A convoy of military equipment for the rotation of units which suffered substantial losses at Avdiivka entered Ukraine from the Russian Federation in Yasynuvata area. It included four trucks with personnel (up to 90 people), four trucks with ammunition for tanks and 120-mm mortars, and six IFVs.

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Plans finalised for Pope's Polish visit

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The Pontiff will arrive in Kraków on 27 July and he will have a meeting with the Polish president, the state authorities and bishops, Radio Poland reported today.

On July 28 Pope Francis will celebrate a mass at the Black Madonna shrine of Częstochowa to mark the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland. After that, he will return to Kraków for a welcoming ceremony with participantsof the World Youth Days, during which he will address pilgrims from around the world for the first time.

On July 29, the Pontiff will visit the site of the former Nazi German concentration camp of Auschwitz and, upon his return to Krakow, he will participate in the Way of the Cross service.

The next day, Pope Francis will visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in the Kraków district of Łagiewniki, have lunch with a group of young pilgrims and take part in a night vigil.

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Ukraine won the European Championship-2016 in wrestling

Post by Admin on Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:00 am

Ukrainian team won the medal standings at the European Championships in freestyle, women's and Greco-Roman wrestling, which ended in Riga (Latvia).

24 sets of medals have been played. Ukrainian team won first place in the total number of medals - 14 (1 gold, 5 silver, 8 bronze), reports Ukrinform.

In the medal standings of Ukraine national team ahead of Russia (12 awards) and Georgia (9).

"Gold" on the last day of the continental championship won a world champion in Greco-Roman wrestling kievlyanin Jean Belenyuk (weight category up to 85 kg).

Silver winners wrestling Euro 2016 Tatyana became cat (55 kg), Oksana Gergel (60 kg), Julia Tkach (63 kg), Andrei Yatsenko (57 kg) and Alexander Cherneckii (130 kg).

In the bronze step of the podium of the Latvian capital rose Julia Havaldzhi-Blagin (53 kg), Anna Vasilenko (58 kg) Alina Stadnik-Makhinya (69 kg), Alla Cherkasova (75 kg), Dmitry Tsimbalyuk (59 kg), Semyon Radulov (65 kg), Ibrahim Aldatov (86 kg) and Alain Zaseev (125 kg).

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The terrorist attack in Côte d'Ivoire suffered head of the Ukrainian peacekeeping mission

Post by Admin on Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:06 am

The beach town of Grand Bassam in Cote d'Ivoire, where as a result of militant attacks branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb killed 12 to 20 people, there was a group of Ukrainian peacekeepers from the UN police mission in Côte d'Ivoire. This was announced by the Department of Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Facebook page.

According to the Honorary Consul General in the city of Abidjan A.Zaher, head of the peacekeepers, Major O.Lyahova received facial injuries. Now she is in the hospital, there is no threat to her life, the report said. Sacher went to the hospital for a detailed understanding of the situation and provide possible assistance to Ukrainian citizens.

It is noted that the information about the other victims from the number of Ukrainian citizens as of 21:30 absent.

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Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: US must help Ukraine to protect themselves

Post by Admin on Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:15 am

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that the US should help Ukraine strengthen its security.

"I certainly believe that we must help Ukraine to defend itself, I believe that people should be able to defend himself with the help of small arms, even though the US government did not choose this path, and I understand it," - she said in an interview on ICTV, shown on Sunday evening.

According to her, Minsk agreements are constantly violated Russia, but sanctions and oil prices have their effect.

"Obviously, the Minsk agreements are constantly violated, but we need to treat this with patience and continue to stand your ground. Sanctions, together with low oil prices seriously harm the Russian economy ", - emphasized K.Rayz.

She also added that Ukraine needs to implement economic reforms, and the government to do is to make more efforts.

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