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Russian forces attack Ukraine 44 times yesterday.
Sadly one soldier died. Ten were injured.

Weather -
+4 now. Ok. Maybe high of 5 or 6 today. Cloudy. A touch of rain overnight.
Colder tomorrow, for a couple of days. Then springlike, hopefully!

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on Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:20 amNelson
The American will walk through the whole territory of the United States, to draw attention to the war in Ukraine. She began her journey «Walk For Ukraine» in the fall of the town of Front Royal, in Virginia, and plans to complete it before the end of the year in one of California campuses, reports VIDIA portal.

"My name is Maya and I travel across America to draw attention to the Ukrainian struggle for freedom, and explain why it is important for the United States", - explained his intention girl.

"I'll take 5 hours a day for a week (average 12 miles) and I hope to cover long distances on the weekends. I'll try and have one day of rest per week. If the long distance between the cities I have to go by bus or in part, by taxi. However, I try to cover most of the distance on foot ", - stated in the project description. In Russian/русский
Today in Geneva, the United Nations Working Group on mercenaries called on the Government of Ukraine to ensure accountability for human rights violations committed by foreign armed actors during the conflict that has plagued the country since 2014.

“What is particularly concerning is that with the diverse array of foreign armed actors who joined the conflict, reports on human rights violations by these individuals have not been properly investigated or brought to justice,” said Patricia Arias, who formed the Group with co-human rights expert Saeed Mokbil.

The Group's delegation expressed deep concern about allegations of mercenaries joining all sides to the conflict, which they stressed was clearly prohibited under international law.

“To date, foreign fighters have been prosecuted for various crimes including terrorist-related offences, but no prosecutions have been in relation to the human rights violations that took place,” Ms. Arias said.

At the end of an official five-day visit to the country, the experts revealed that human rights violations had reportedly been committed at the hands of not only mercenaries, but also other foreign fighters, ranging from volunteers to paid service men and women, and independent militia members to professional military.

The Ukraine authorities informed the expert group that at least 176 identified foreigners were serving in armed groups of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics, which reportedly include large numbers from Russia, Serbia, Belarus, France and Italy, among others. Women were also among the combatants, though in a significantly smaller extent.

“Although we received much information pointing to several levels of foreigner engagement in the armed conflict in Ukraine, the lack of coherent information on payments and the motivations of fighters make it difficult for us to ascertain which fighters are mercenaries,” noted Mr. Mokbil.

In 2015, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted legal amendments permitting the inclusion of foreigners and stateless persons to serve in its regular armed forces and its National Guard, including those who fought in the volunteer battalions during the conflict.

“However, impunity for human rights violations remains largely unquestioned, paving the way for a murky zone with negligible accountability,” Mr. Mokbil said. “We urge the Government of Ukraine to ensure accountability for violations that have been instigated by all parties to the conflict, to ensure justice for victims.”

Working Group's Recommendations........................

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In Lugansk region will be judged by the citizen of Ukraine, who combined service in the police and cooperation with the Federal Security Service of Russia, the press service of the prosecutor's office of Luhansk region.

"The prosecutor's office of Luhansk region in the court directed the indictment against former police Chief of the National Police Department in Luhansk region for the commission of criminal offenses under Part. 1, Art. 111 of the Criminal Code (high treason) and h. 1 tbsp. 258-3 of the Criminal Code (participation in the activities of a terrorist group or terrorist organization), "- said in a statement.

As noted, the police officer was arrested January 26, 2016 the employees of the Security Service of Ukraine with the participation of the Prosecutor's Office of Lugansk region, during a search of his office.

It is reported that the attacker is accused of intentionally to harm the defense capability of Ukraine providing foreign representatives of the FSB of Russia, who operate under the guise of so-called "state security ministry" LC ", assistance in carrying out subversive activities against Ukraine.

"It is established that a traitor had given his consent to the voluntary co-operation with representatives of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, namely the promotion of the activities of a terrorist organization" LC "by collecting information on the location and arrangement of checkpoints, routes of movement of military equipment and means of secrecy. To provide information to the accused used clandestine channels of communication through e-mail accounts on the Internet. The further fate of the traitor court will decide "," - said in a statement. In Russian/русский
SBU detained the head of one of the firms that helped Viktor Yanukovych to assign Suholuche, Andrew Babikina.

This was reported by the SBU press service.

Before detention Babikin was a nationwide wanted list.

Investigators say that he was one of the accomplices Yanukovych during the appropriation of lands controversial hunting grounds Suholuche.

In addition Babikin was one of the leaders of "Kiїvunіversalservіs" company, which served the residence of Yanukovych in Mezhyhiria.

Babikin is now delivered to the GPU. In Russian/русский
The militants refused to engage in dialogue for the exchange of hostages. As reported in his Facebook authorized the President on the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Donbass Irina Gerashchenko, insurgents specifically understate the number of Ukrainian hostages.

"Unfortunately, today is absolutely destructive debate by militants. Again, artificially understate the number of hostages in their territories. Today came to frank delirium - has denied the facts about the contents of a few prisoners, although yesterday shouting about "criminal cases" against them "- said Gerashchenko.

She also recalled that the Ukrainian hostages the militants do not let any of the Red Cross mission, no relatives, and requests official Kyiv ignored.

"We demand to provide comprehensive lists of people who hold the militants ... We insist on the matter of the release of patients, those who have long held and we are in this position," - Gerashchenko said.

The MP noted that Minsk has also been raised illegally convicted in the Russian Federation and sentenced to 22 years in prison Ukrainian pilots Hope Savchenko. "We reiterate the position of Ukraine - Ukraine is not never recognize the verdict of the judgment seat. And hope to be released in the framework of the Minsk agreements, "- she summed up.

March 15 President Petro Poroshenko said that the captivity of the militants freed three hostages Ukrainian Zavizion Gregory, Peter Eroshevich and Vadim Petrenko. In Russian/русский
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a meeting with the team of Kharkiv Design Bureau and the military have personally experienced the BTR-4.

"These are very handsome-APCs waiting for the troops," - said Poroshenko himself on Twitter and posted a video.

In turn, in the IT-sector of Kharkiv on Twitter page passed the word Poroshenko, for which "manage BTR-4 is easier than the Volga."

Earlier today, the state concern "Ukroboronprom" passed in the military zone ATO party modernized to NATO standards BTR-4, mortars and 120-mm "The Hammer". In Russian/русский
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved two bills aimed at fulfilling the obligations under the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. As the press service of the Cabinet, the decision was taken at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

In particular, as reported, the Cabinet approved a draft law "On basic requirements for buildings and facilities, as well as the conditions placed on the building products market, harmonized with the standards of EU legislation", which provides for the definition of the main requirements for buildings and building products, and settle procedures for assessing their conformity with the requirements.

Also at the meeting it was approved by the Government the draft law "On the requirements for items and materials in contact with food", which provides for the definition of the foundations of trafficking of items and materials intended for direct or indirect contact with food in order to enhance consumer protection.

"Bills aimed at the implementation of Ukraine's commitments under the agreement on association with respect to the gradual approximation of Ukrainian legislation to EU law in the field of technical regulation, in particular the requirements of building products and security products", - the press-service of the Cabinet.

In particular laws are harmonized with the relevant regulations of the EU legislation on the establishment of harmonized conditions for the placing on the market of construction products; the format of the European technical assessment of construction products; the conditions of drawing up the declaration of conformity of construction products for publication on the web site; as well as materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs; active and intelligent materials and articles intended for contact with food (Regulation (EC) № 305/2011, implementing Commission Regulation (EC) № 1062/2013; Delegated Commission Regulation (EC) № 157/2014; Regulation 1935/2004 / EC, Commission Regulation 450/2009 / EC).

It is noted that in the near future, these bills will be submitted to the Parliament. In Russian/русский
Of the 28 thousand. SBU employees already laid off more than 2 thousand. Man. It was in the program "Evening prime" Live «» said the head of the SBU adviser Yuri tandem.

"We are working closely with the Ministry of Justice. I would say that one of those who worked in the Soviet era, the security service left 15 people, yet, but we are actively working. In fact, we are cleansed "- Tandit said.

According to him, in the ranks of the SBU also identify those who violate the laws, including articles of corruption, espionage or Article 110. Identify ilyudey who oppose the state's integrity.

"Even with the current head, about 40 people were detained. Three of the bottom already by the courts, they were sentenced to specific terms and they are in prison, on the other are the trials ", - he told Tandit. In Russian/русский
This is the biggest massacre of Russian troops from the beginning of the war in Donbas. Mina a powerful force of destruction exploded under a convoy of trucks that carried the branches 46 Operational Brigade of the Chechen Ministry of Internal Affairs of Grozny.

As reported Russian blogger Oleg Jarczuk, citing the Russian military communiques from Monday column composed of 4-ch trucks with soldiers, 2 trucks with ammunition and armored vehicle was literally swept away the outbreak of 35 kg of TNT, which was planted just below the road surface and in addition are covered with ball bearings .

After the explosion shattered the column was attacked by "unidentified subversive group." With the explosion survived only riding on the front armored vehicle. It was equipped with an electronic mine detector, which apparently did not work.

The blast threw the armored vehicle on the road. Probably someone from his crew had to give a message to staff about the attack on the column before and this machine was not broken shot grenade launcher. "Communication with the branch has been lost" - said in a statement.

"At the scene they moved units of 57 Brigade of Guards and mobile groups of MSW, which took a circuitous defense" - quoted a military message Russian blogger. On the spot it was found that some Russian soldiers were attacking the dobita shot in the head.

In total, Monday's attack had killed 83 Russian soldiers, including chief of staff of the Chechen brigade. FSB officers detained the commander of the brigade, which issued a license to a truck with soldiers rode in one column of trucks wiozącymi artillery ammunition.

According Jarczuka, the Russian leadership is trying by all means to hide the fact of the massacre of its branches in Donetsk, in order to avoid the outbreak of mass discontent among the soldiers and their family members.

There is, of course, no official confirmation of this information from the authorities separatists DNR nor the Kremlin sources.
At the talks in Minsk can not reach agreement on several points: the transition of justice, amnesty, immunity electoral and electoral security, said the representative of Ukraine to the political sub-Roman Immortal.

"A small part of transitional justice process is the question of amnesty, the electoral immunity, security of the electoral process. For example, the amnesty is impossible without demilitarization and demobilization, "- Immortal said " Ukrainian Truth " .

According to the Immortal, the other side's position is that the army corps should become a "people's militia".

"There are five conditions of the amnesty in accordance with international practice. Starting from security issues, ending with the financial software process, involving in the process of all parties to the conflict ", - the politician said.

"Further. The reason is the exchange of hostages held illegally and the beginning of the legal procedure. These are the key moments, all of them absolutely impossible to implement. They reject each item, do not understand what this process. And the conversation does not make sense "- said the Immortal.
Russia will continue to put pressure on the Crimean Tatars to clear the peninsula from the Ukrainian. Such an opinion on the TV channel «» expressed MP from the "Block Petro Poroshenko," Irina Lutsenko.

"I predict that they (Russia and pro-Russian Crimean authorities, - Ed.) Will continue to put pressure on the Crimean Tatars, forcing them to leave the territory of the Crimean peninsula, to clean and do not have trouble," - she said.

According to her, such actions of Russia and pro-Russian Crimean authorities are predictable.

"Russia's actions are predictable, they are always in relation to the Crimean Tatars were a consistent policy of genocide and survival. Today, in fact, the Crimean Tatars hold a pro-Ukrainian, patriotic position. They are a bulwark of Ukrainian, it is not strange and doubly sounds, on the territory of Crimea, so Russians strongly beneficial to this bastion of Ukrainians patriots, citizens of Ukraine held there a serious defense, showing pro-Ukrainian position and infecting it the rest of the population that lives on Crimean peninsula ", - she said. In Russian/русский
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlow said that after the attacks in Brussels that took place March 22, Warsaw can not accept migrants.

This she said in an interview with television channel Superstacja.

"I see no possibility that at the time the migrants arriving in Poland" - said the Prime Minister of Poland.

Poland became the first EU country that refuse to accept migrants from acts of terrorism in Brussels.

Morning at Zaventem airport on March 22 , two explosions , which resulted in the collapsed ceiling panels in the departure lounge. Soon it became known about the explosion at the metro station "Malbec" in Brussels. As a result of terrorist attacks killed 32 people .

Responsibility for the attack has assumed a terrorist group "Islamic State." In Russian/русский
According to the State Border Service, the Mi-8 helicopter was in the airspace of Ukraine for four minutes.

Russian military transport and attack helicopter Mi-8 AMTSH on Wednesday, 23 March, violated the air space of Ukraine in the Kherson region.

This was reported by the State Border Service of Ukraine.

It is noted that the helicopter, tail number 068 was recorded in the area of ​​the State Border Service outfit Arabatskaya arrows at 12.08.

"AMTSH Helicopter Mi-8 (tail number 068), followed by a course of 110 ° at an altitude of 1000 to 2000 m from the Gulf of Siwash. At 12.09 he crossed the Spit Arabat Spit on gas distribution station in 12.10 turned south over the Ukrainian gas production platform" Strelkovaya- 5 "in the sea of ​​Azov and 12.12 crossed the administrative border of the Kherson region in the direction of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous republic of Crimea", - the report says.

Beginning in 2014, significantly more frequent cases of violation of air borders of the various countries of the Russian air force . So, NATO claimed that Russian military aircraft made ​​dangerous maneuvers near the civil courts .

Over the past two years, one bomber was shot down by the Russian Air Force in violation of air borders in November 2015 Turkish fighter aircraft attacked a Russian aboard on the border of Turkey and Syria. In Russian/русский
Police checks airport, railway and bus stations in Rostov-on-Don.

Because found at the airport of Rostov-on-Don suspicious bag law enforcers evacuated all passengers. Also evacuated passengers from the city's three railway stations.

About it reports "Interfax" referring to sources in the emergency services.

According to the agency, explosives currently checked bag found in the airport. Stations cordoned off by police.

March 19 while landing in Rostov-on-Don crashed aircraft FlyDubai airline. As a result, the crash killed 62 people, including eight Ukrainian citizens . Among the possible causes of the crash is called a technical malfunction, weather conditions and pilot error. In Russian/русский
Head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Mikhail Saakashvili said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has fallen low, dropping to his socks.

Head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Mikhail Saakashvili joked in connection with the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian speaker Maria Zakharova, who drew attention to the way he acts with the trouser leg tucked into socks.

"How low has fallen president of All Russia, at long press conference of Yulia Tymoshenko joked about my tie, reported Sarkozy and the world about wanting to hang me by the balls, and now a lively interest in my right toe, falls lower and lower," - wrote Saakashvili in his Facebook.

March 20 in Dnepropetrovsk hosted an anti-corruption forum in which Saakashvili spoke with the trouser leg tucked into socks . Commenting on photos from the event, speaker of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, suggested that the former Georgian president specifically implemented in the Ukrainian establishment , "then to accuse Moscow still in it."

In 2008, the Radio and Television BBC aired footage of President Mikheil Saakashvili chews the tip of the tie . This incident was widely picked up by Russian media and became an element of propaganda in the information war during the armed conflict in South Ossetia. In Russian/русский
The Il-76 aircraft carrying 160 military servicemen who performed the task of materiel support of the Russian air group in Syria has left Hmeimim airbase and headed for Russia, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry has told reporters, according to Russian news agency TASS.

The military service members who have left Hmeimim performed the work of fueling aircraft, supplying fuel, water and aircraft ammunition, food as well bath and laundry support, maintenance of equipment and communications. The decision to send them to the place of permanent deployment was taken in connection with the pullout of the main force grouping and reduction in the volume of work, TASS wrote..........
U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Daniel Baer says he is surprised by Ukraine's position as for Russian OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) personnel's access to Ukrainian territory after Crimea and Donbas were occupied by Russia.

"Given the Russian invasion [of Ukraine], it is striking that Ukraine allows Russian citizens to serve along with other monitors," Baer tweeted in Russian during a USApoRusski Twitter Q&A session on Wednesday.........

Russian oil sector badly needs to invest to maintain output

But that may not be enough. With the enormous west Siberian fields developed in Soviet times in decline, Russia needs to invest ever more just to keep oil production steady. Rosneft’s sharp increase in drilling at Yuganskneftegaz came as output at the unit fell 3.2 per cent last year. Rosneft said in December it could increase capital expenditure by one-third this year in rouble terms compared with 2015, just to keep production stable.

This counterintuitive move highlights a paradox driving the Russian oil industry — thanks to the weakness of the rouble and the nature of the country’s tax system, energy companies are coping with the collapse in crude prices better than their peers almost anywhere in the world. Russia, the world’s third-largest oil producer, lifted output to a post-Soviet record of 10.91m barrels a day in January, partly due to a 12 per cent increase in drilling last year.

But investments in new Russian production are increasingly in doubt should oil prices stay low.

A large part of the problem is financial — the combined impact of western sanctions related to the Ukraine conflict and low oil prices has forced Russian oil companies to prioritise their investments. The position of Rosneft is further complicated by its hefty debts..............

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Tom Reed, CEO of JKX Oil & Gas PLC, talks to CNBC about gas prices in Ukraine and says that prices have been much higher in the past.
Vladimir Putin received enormous credit for preventing any terrorist incidents from interfering with the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but the method he adopted – helping jihadists to leave the Caucasus for the Middle East prior to the games and then blocking their return to the Russian Federation – is now backfiring in both places.

Last week, the International Crisis Group released a 53-page report “Jihad for Export” that has attracted attention in Russian media.

Putin’s policy helped reduce terrorist incidents in the North Caucasus at the time of the Olympiad but only by intensifying Islamist radicalism in the Middle East and further radicalizing those jihadists in the North Caucasus, the ICG report suggests.

This is yet another example of the way in which Putin’s pursuit of his short term goals often entails larger and longer term disasters.

In support of its argument, the ICG report quotes a source in the law enforcement organs of Daghestan who said that “of course, we opened the borders and helped [the Islamist radicals] to go there and then closed the border behind them by introducing criminal responsibility for participation in such militant activities.”

According to that source, “everyone is happy: they are dying there on their way to Allah, we have no terrorist acts here, and we are bombing them” at the present time in Syria.

“…Of course, we opened the borders and helped [the Islamist radicals] to go there and then closed the border behind them by introducing criminal responsibility for participation in such militant activities. …Everyone is happy: they are dying there on their way to Allah, we have no terrorist acts here, and we are bombing.”

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on Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:46 pmAdmin
Lavrov, who was hosting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Moscow on March 23, told journalists that Kyiv's inaction was the main stumbling block to a peace settlement in Ukraine’s east.

The Minsk deal signed in February 2015 has helped reduce the fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, but skirmishes have continued.

Steinmeier urged both sides to comply with the terms of the agreement, warning of a possible escalation.

He also expressed hope a humanitarian solution could be found for Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko, who was sentenced on March 22 to 22 years in prison in Russia for her alleged involvement in the death of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine.....

...A former intelligence officer, Putin surprises the modern and politically correct world with one simple technique: he does the exact opposite of what he says. He plays by the KGB old school rules. The most important for him are the symbols like the USSR and the "zone of influence of the superpowers," among which he, of course, he sees Russia. The system is creaking, but it is still working: Russian voters are ready to laud populism forgetting their empty fridges. But how long will this state of self-deception last?...
Savchenko has defeated the Russian Goliath in something that the Kremlin believes it is the best (with all KGB experience): in manipulating public opinion....
The only surviving of the three men possibly committing the attacks in Brussels on March 22, Najim Laachraoui has been arrested in Belgian city of Anderlecht.

This was announced by The Guardian citing Twitter account of Belgian medium DH. be, Censor.NET informs.   In Ukrainian/український

I've read elsewhere that this is false. For example, see
Belgian media retract reports of surviving suspect’s arrest in The Guardian
All evidence necessary to prove involvement of Leonid Kuchma in the murder of journalist Heorhii Gongadze have been collected, while only political will is required to initiate the trial.

Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Butusov said on air of Channel 24.

He also stressed that it was difficult to find another crime in which the assassin's paymaster had been so clearly exposed by existing facts.

According to Butusov, Kuchma's guilt is proven by the international expert review of the Major Melnichenko's recordings, which authenticity has also been confirmed by the FBI. He said that it was necessary to make domestic expert review of the recordings so that they could be used as evidence as well as initiate trial with participation of all persons involved in the recordings to confirm their authenticity.

"The fact that the Prosecutor General's Office does not recognize the recordings as evidence in the case is actually the gravest crime. To great embarrassment of current president, the non-adduction of Melnichenko recordings casts a shadow over Poroshenko as he is involved in these recordings as well. And one may get the impression that Poroshenko does not authorize the trial so that his conversations with Kuchma would not be attached to a dossier of some case," the journalist said.   In Ukrainian/український
Pres Putin’s topmost goal is to destroy the European Union, and he uses all possible means to do this, a high-level official in Poroshenko’s office, Yury Ruban said, speaking on Kanal 5 TV late March 22.

“Over the past several years, there happened such processes in Western Europe which were impossible without outside support. The logistics of recent terrorist acts indicate that they were made not by any separate terrorists but rather masterminded and made with the help of a foreign-based center,” the official said.

March 22, Ukraine’s Security Service chief pointed his finger on Russia for assisting Arab terrorists to stage blasts in Europe.
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Crude Oil & Natural Gas
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Any fall is good news for Ukraine. It means a lower gas price in a few months' time.
And helps lower government debt. (massive subsidies still on household gas and electicity.)
Members of the faction RPL withdraw signature under the coalition agreement, - Lyashko
Lyashko faction withdraws signature under the coalition agreement, to avoid speculation on this subject and to make the Parliament leadership to announce that the coalition de jure does not exist.
This politician said in a commentary channel "NewsOne" and presented the document with the signatures of party members.
At the same time, Lyashko said that his faction left the coalition after the majority of the partners August 31, 2015 voted in favor of the anti-Ukrainian amendments to the Constitution.
Radikal [party] also said that tomorrow, March 24th, will be presented in parliament a candidate for prime minister. On the question of who it will be, Lyashko said that he is interested in is not the name of the head of the Cabinet, but the program of action.

Why do that now? Because they must be ready to form a new coalition. My opinion.
Groisman gathers the leaders of all factions of the meeting (Facenews)
It is reported that this information was confirmed leader of the "Popular Front" Maxim Bourbaki. According to him, will be discussed during the meeting, "the socio-political situation in the country, as well as to agree on the agenda for next week."
Bourbaki said that such meetings are traditionally held on the Thursday before the plenary week. He also noted that we are talking about the meeting of the leaders of all parliamentary factions, not just the coalition....
..."The gross external debt decreased by $23.5 billion over the year. We have reduced debts by 16.5 percent. In addition, we have reduced the national debt and government-backed debt by almost $7 billion," Yatseniuk declared. ....
In most countries this would be an amazing success. But in Ukraine - repaying debts - a no-no. Better to divert the money to your own interests. Bandit land.
....According to the head of the SBU, "having discussed the subject of a terrorist attack near 33 Vladymyrska Street (SBU HQ) and given the fact that tough security has been set up there, they decided to blow the SBU’s Kyiv regional office at 13 Askoldov Lane.”...
The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (PGO) has drawn up notice of suspicion for Serhii Kurchenko of committing crimes during liquefied petrol gas (LPG) transactions.

Censor.NET reports citing statement by the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office.

According to the statement, the Main Investigation Directorate in conjunction with the Department of Procedural Control of criminal proceedings initiated by the PGO central body investigators, have drawn up notice of suspicion for Serhii Kurchenko as the leader of a crime ring involved in grave and extremely serious crimes in the field of transactions with liquefied gas in 2010 - early 2014 following the full, comprehensive and impartial investigation, taking into account the obtained evidence.

The PGO emphasized that during this period, Serhii Kurchenko organized misappropriation of state-owned LPG worth of $2.2 billion by a ring he headed. The LPG produced by Ukrhazvydobuvannia PJSC and Ukrnafta PJSC was illegally acquired at the auctions at below market rates allegedly for the population. The crime ring members were actually selling LPG right away to the entities subordinated to Serhii Kurchenko at market prices in the territory of Ukraine.

Those illegal actions have inflicted damage to the state in the amount of more than $2 billion.

Serhii Kurchenko has been put on the international wanted list. The court imposed pretrial detention on him in absentia.  In Ukrainian/український
“I have no doubts that ISIS and Putin’s regime are working in harness, Russian-based journalist Sasha Sotnik writes in Facebook march 23.

“Putin’s message to Europe runs, ‘I’m not gone from Syria. I’m giving you a hard time anywhere. I’ll keep you on a frying pan and you will moan from pain,’” Sotnik says.

“Europe must not surrender.

Lecturing is no good now, but the EU is paying for having wooed KGB man Putin for many years.

Over decades, the Russian Mafia has spread its tentacles in the world, buying up lobbyists and politicians like Schroeder and Sarkozy, and playing its revenge on Europe for sanctions and condemning Putin’s inhuman regime.

I feel this is only the beginning.

The EU cannot stand back regardless of the pain, sufferings and fright. Europe must kill the Putin monster with total sanctions.

The Putin regime is best to be destroyed economically with truly effective sanctions that will kill it in the matter of several months – before the monster kicks back in despair and launches a global catastrophe,” Sasha Sotnik writes.
The targeting of an organization dedicated to protecting indigenous culture is just the latest abuse of a law meant to root out foreign actors in Russian politics....
This article is NOT a joke.
You might be thinking - indigenous group - foreign ?? How can this be??
The irony is... massive. Such is Russia today.
on Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:23 amNelson
Absolutely fascinating article comparing Putin's rise to power with that of Napoleon III.
A short passage from the start -
....Arguably the best of Marx’s body of work, and in my opinion probably the most readable, is his Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon. Written in 1851-52, it was essentially an attempt to explain the 1851 coup in France that saw the Legislative Assembly dissolved and former president Louis Bonaparte (nephew of that Napoleon) then proclaim himself Emperor Napoleon III, reversing the democratic experiment and ending the Second Republic.
In a nutshell, Marx’s answer was that a premature revolution, in a country without the social substructure to support it—essentially a mature, organized and politically aware proletariat—is a dangerous and counter-productive thing. The risk is that it actually leads to a regime with all the energies liberated by revolution, but all the instincts of the autocratic past....
...“I hope that all Europeans in the wake of this terrible threat of terrorism in light of the terrorist attacks in Brussels can put aside geopolitical games and come together, to prevent terrorists from controlling affairs on the continent,” Lavrov said, TASS reported.
Lavrov was speaking at the opening of talks with the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier....

Amazing or not, exactly what Whitmore in the post above said would happen.
The Russians saying - "they are all terrorists, Ukraine, Syria, .. lets bomb them all together. "
Are Kerry and Steinmeyer smart enough to see the wood through the trees? Or are they starting to think about Russian $$$$ ?
Clearly Lavrov sees the occupation of the Crimea and eastern Ukraine as "a political game". Scumball.

Whitmore telling it like it really is.
....Speaking on Russian state television, Zhirinovsky said -- and I am quoting here: "Now there will be attacks across Europe -- and this benefits us. Let them die and die." ...And that message will be: Forget about Ukraine, forget about Nadia Savchenko, forget about Crimea. We have a common enemy, so let's fight them together....

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Interesting news.
There will be a lot who don't like her. She was not brought up in the crime-corruption-ridden halls of the Ukrainian parliament.
....Payments for housing and utility services accounted for 14.8% of the total expenditures of Ukrainian households, or UAH 196 billion.
Transport expenses totaled UAH 138 billion, or 10.4% of overall spending, and costs related to bad habits were estimated at UAH 94 billion, or 7.1%....

Interesting. 38.4% on food and non-alcoholic drinks. 14.8% on housing.
I would say that housing costs in Ukraine are actually much lower than in western Europe.
Many people in the west have big big mortgages. And spend a lot on gas all year round.
At night in the area ATO 1 soldier killed, 10 injured - Staff
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 12:46
One day in the area of anti-terrorist operation killed one soldier, another 10 were injured.
This at a traditional briefing on Wednesday, spokesman of the Presidential Administration on ATO Andrei Lysenko.
"For the past day as a result of active hostilities one Ukrainian soldier was killed, 10 soldiers were wounded," - said the colonel.
....Aivaras Abromavicius wrote: "My view on the principles for forming the Cabinet fully coincides with the one of Natalie Jaresko. The people with an impeccable reputation are needed."
The Rada deputies i.e. bandits, will not like that. They want people who will protect their own little kingdoms, money-making scams.
That means that they will absolutely not support Jaresko. My opinion.
Plan B is to use her, frame her, - set her up for something, and dispose of her.
...."We started the fire tests of Ukraine-made missiles, and today's launch showed that our missile has fulfilled the task and hit exactly the intended target," said Turchynov, stressing that, unlike the Russian analogue, the Ukrainian missile is precisely guided, "which allows to greatly improve the efficiency of its use."...
Get them into production quick!! Stop Putin's imperial madness.
Steinmeier has called Russia a condition for easing sanctions
Today, at 09:12, "Commander in Chief"
Mitigation of EU sanctions against Russia depends on progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreement on Ukrainian settlement. This was stated by the Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

It was "full implementation". Now it is "progress".... ?! German business, $$$$, pulling the strings now?
Not entirely clear, to be honest.
Ban Ki-Moon normally sits on the fence and smiles at Putin, given the opportunity. A waste of space. Complete waste of space.
on Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:07 amNelson
Militants activated across the boundary line - the headquarters of ATO
On the afternoon of March 22, gunmen activated around the boundary 44 times and shelled positions Armed Forces.
The press center ATO headquarters.
According to the report, Russian mercenaries continue to violate the terms of the armistice and to fire on positions forces ATO from Minsk II banned weapons.
Thus, in the Donetsk direction 38 times enemy strongholds Armed Forces fired grenades from different systems, WCC and small arms.
Besides the position near Pisky and Opitnoe Russian mercenaries fired mortars of caliber 82 mm mortars defenders Avdeevki of caliber 82 and 120 mm and about 19.00 with a tank made 12 shots.
For positions ZENIT enemy of the powerful 122 mm cannon shells produced 4.
Strongholds near Novgorod, Zaitsev, Mayorska, Luhansk and Verhnotoretskoho gunmen fired from grenade launchers and machine guns.
In Mariupol direction was conducted firing positions forces ATO near Granite Shyrokynoho and Novotroitsk with grenade launchers and heavy machine guns, and near Pavlopolya mercenaries packaged mortar.
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