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73 attacks yesterday by Russian forces on the Ukrainian people.  
Update - 5 injured. Read elsewhere one very gravely wounded. Avdeevka. Putin is evil.

Weather -
Drizzly start to the day. +14. Amazingly warm. high maybe around 20. Well above average for early April.
Update - still 21 at 17.00 hrs. I've got all my windows open, gas (heating) off now for several days.

Observation -
It has been a long time since I have left Kiev on a Friday evening. Actually the metro, after 1800 hrs - not too bad. I changed lines, got a seat both times.
But the roads - crazy. So many vehicles streaming out of the capital. I think people have seen the weather, and gone to their plots and land and little cottages to plant potatoes and sweet corn and the like. Saw several accidents on my way out of the city. Including one three car shunt - following too closely at speed. Fast lane.

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on Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:32 amAdmin
Pope Francis this year, is scheduled to visit the three countries. It is reported by Vatican Radio.

From 24 to 26 June will be the patriarch of Armenia. Then, in September, he will travel to Georgia and Azerbaijan. It does not specify where the Pope will go to the beginning, but we know that on a visit to these two countries at the Francis has three days - from September 30 to October 2.

Pope Francis called on the faithful to support Ukraine and to hold a charity fundraiser. April 24 special collection will be held in all Catholic churches in Europe. The Pope called on all the faithful to join "their generous donations." In Russian/русский

The construction of the second branch of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline, lobbied by the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom, can become Russia’s "Trojan horse" for the European Union, according to Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolev who spoke at the "Nord Stream 2 - Energy Union at the Crossroads" conference held in the European Parliament this week.

"Like the Trojan Horse, the Nord Stream 2 is wrapped as a gift but is designed to weaken the EU from within," said Kobolyev, according to Naftogaz press service.

According to him, the project does not help to diversify gas supply in the EU as it does not provide access to new sources of gas. “It will cause redirection of gas flows from existing routes that bring gas to the CEE and will lead to a rapid demise of these routes,” said Kobolev. “This will result in a massive concentration of the delivery of Russian gas to the EU in Germany.”

This change of gas market landscape will create new opportunities for Gazprom to abuse its dominant market position and harm energy security in the EU. Most countries of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe heavily depend on Russian gas and have limited or no alternative sources of gas supply. If Nord Stream 2 is built, their bargaining position against Gazprom will further deteriorate,” Naftogaz CEO said...................

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Despite the loud statements of the Ukrainian authorities on active corruption counteraction, there is still a significant increase in the amounts of bribes in Ukraine, according to a report by Transparency International Ukraine.

“Last year an average size of a bribe was UAH 40,000, while corrupt officials took UAH 30,000 in 2014. Total sum of bribes in 2015 was UAH 19 million, which is 3 million less than in 2014. It can partially be explained by the increase of the dollar rate: corrupt officials keep abreast of the times and raise the tariffs on their ‘services’,” reads the report.

The representatives of TI Ukraine and Persha Instantsiia/First Instance online platform on judicial disputes presented these survey results at a press conference. Up to a thousand of cases under the Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine On Bribing were analyzed in the period from 2014 to February 2016. We have conducted the survey within the framework of The First Instance is Under Control project, with the support of the Embassy of the United States.

Only one-fifth of officials, or 19%, that were tried for extortion or bribery have been jailed. 9% of the convicted were acquitted and 38% of them received probation. 34% of offenders were fined. The average amount of the fine barely exceeded UAH 20,000, according to the report....................

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Representative of Ukraine's Defense Intelligence Vadym Skibitskyi has released an audio recording that confirms the participation of Russian army in hostilities in the Donbas

As reported by Censor.NET, the record contains a conversation between two Russian generals - Andrey Gurulev and Mikhail Zusko. One of them reports on the situation in the Donbas. The record was made in the autumn of 2014 on the eve of the "elections" in the occupied territories.

Answering a question on how militants in trenches will vote Zusko says: "We'll take ballot boxes on the positions."   In Ukrainian/український
Militants suffered heavy losses in battles near Yasynuvata in March - about 90 killed and over 100 wounded.
Censor.NET reports referring to militant Andrey Chervonets' LiveJournal.

"During March 1-25, the losses were relatively small - about 25/200 [killed - ed.] and 80/300 [injured - ed.]. And then, the number of casualties started to grow. During March 20-30, 50/200 (losses suffered during March 1-25 and March 20-30 may overlap a little). And on April 1, Vostok Battalion ["DPR" paramilitary unit - ed.] suffered heavy losses - 19/200 and about 30/300," the terrorist wrote.

Overall, 87 militants were eliminated on April 3.   In Ukrainian/український
Several Russian military have been exterminated in the occupied Donbas.

Censor.NET informs citing the Defense Intelligence press service.

After a series of armed clashes in the vicinity of Avdiivka, nine bodies of the killed Russian servicemen were delivered to the morgue of the Donetsk Regional Clinical Hospital, while 21 wounded soldiers were transported to the City Hospital №18 and the Central Clinical City Hospital.

Casualties have been reported among the ordinary personnel of the intelligence units of the "9th Assault Separate Motorized Rifle Regiment of Marines of the 1st Army Corps of the Russian Armed Forces". A soldier of the regiment operating as part of sabotage and reconnaissance groups in the Shyrokyne area was killed and five more were injured.   In Ukrainian/український
Results of the referendum in the Netherlands on ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement may lead to changes in the body of the document.

Dutch Prime Minister Rutte announced, Censor.NET reports citing Radio Svoboda.

According to him, it may take months to develop a solution that would satisfy all the political parties. Dutch parliamentarians will have to take into account the position of the voters while voting on the issue, he said.   In Ukrainian/український

Russian President Vladimir Putin was told about the collapse of production in Crimea after the annexation of the Crimean peninsula, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia reporting from the Media Forum of regional and local media "Truth and Justice."

In particular, Putin was informed of the closure after the annexation of many companies across Crimea and people losing jobs: Crimea Milk company was shut down, while an oyster farm is on the verge of closure as well as a lion sanctuary Taigan, and a pig farm Veres is now going through a liquidation procedure...............
on Sat Apr 09, 2016 12:50 pmAdmin
Russia has postponed the funding within the framework of the Federal Target Program  for the development of the occupied Crimea and Sevastopol until 2017 and beyond, according to the Minister of Economic Development, Alexei Ulyukayev, TASS reports.

"We decided on the shift of the significant sums, so to say, to the right – moving them over to 2017 and the following years. This affected the amount of about RUB 23 billion. In view of this decision, there will be no other shifts," Ulyukayev said..............
Allowing Novatek (NVTK.MM) and Russia's top oil producer Rosneft (ROSN.MM) to export gas to Europe would not be in Russia's national interest, RIA news agency quoted Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom (GAZP.MM) as saying on Saturday....
Gazprom - was, and is, one of Putin's main weapons in his war with Ukraine. He doesn't want his power weakened in any way.
Ein Folk, ein Reich, ein Putin (Der Fuhrer).
Funny incident are interested FSB
In Sevastopol, the scandal at the opening rally public of the Council under the so-called "governor" Sergei Menyaylu. According Tatar blogger Ali-zade on Facebook citing local media pro at the beginning of serious performance of the anthem of the Russian Federation on the big screen began to appear the text, which "were made rude and offensive mistakes." For example, in the first line of "Russia - madness our country" was the adjective "bezumnaya." The rest of Sebastopol resources do not even dare to quote. ,,,
According to the Sevastopol media, the incident immediately came to the interest of the FSB.


Lines like
"Drunk country, we die with you",
"From the southern seas to the northern ice, lies, fighting, thieving and wankers" (the best I can do for the last word)
"God forgotten, mad stupid land"
"Fat bandits.... we celebrate it all".
Remember the money in the account of Putin's cellist friend, and Putin's response....

[ for background story, see
April 7, 2016 5:50 pm
Putin’s cellist friend ‘interested only in musical instruments’
Vladimir Putin has dismissed claims that his close friend Sergei Roldugin used complicated offshore financial instruments to funnel $2bn out of Russia, insisting the cellist was interested only in musical instruments..... ]
....Thus, the minimum value of the property of the family of Army General and head of the Russian National Guard - 940 million rubles. And in fact, even higher, because the "new" part of its real estate evaluated at old rather than market value.
So here's a fact: Putin's guard - billionaire.

My headline, as original bizarre to translate.
Remember - Putin has created a new "National Guard" - sort of like Hitler's SS. To guard the Fuhrer - Putin.
Abviously clean of corruption from the top downwards )))
Any unrest - and these guys will be shooting Russians to protect their "billions". Good incentive.
....Before and during its attack on Ukraine, for example, Russia increased violations of NATO air space. The Kremlin spread stories about Putin’s readiness to use nuclear weapons, organized large-scale military exercises on its western borders, and behaved, in every forum, like a militant, aggressive, and irrational opponent. This was paired with a global information campaign: “There is no war in Ukraine. Russia is only helping to solve a crisis.”

This campaign, with its aggressive show of arms, was designed to make the West reluctant to intervene militarily or give assistance to Ukraine. By denying the reality of war, Russia allowed the West to hope that the Kremlin was looking for a way out. Russia hid its real goals behind the possibility of “finding a diplomatic solution.” And the West responded as predicted — our leaders sacrificed their negotiating position in the hope that this was sincere....
In clashes near the morgue Avdeevka Donetsk Regional Hospital im.Kalinina delivered killed 9 militants to City Hospital №18 and Central Clinical City Hospital im.Vyshnevskoho - 21 wounded.
This April 9 reported in the Directorate of Intelligence Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
According to the Defence, because attempts to attack the forces ATO near n.p.Avdiyivka losses experienced personnel of the 11th separate motorized infantry regiment (Makiyivka) and 3 separate motorized rifle brigade (Gorlovka) 1 AC Armed Forces.
"Established regular casualties intelligence units oshmsp 9 megapixel 1 AK Armed Forces: April 6-8, 1 killed and injured five Russian servicemen of the regiment, which were composed of sabotage and reconnaissance groups near n.p.Shyrokyne" - said in intelligence report.
Militants in the temporarily occupied Donbas conduct tactical exercises under the guidance of Russian major general.
This is stated in the notice of the General Intelligence Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
April 7-8 brigade of 5th motorized rifle brigade (Makiyivka) at the site near n.p.Torez carried out under the direct supervision of Corps Commander Major General V.Asapova of the Russian Armed Forces.
As you know, earlier in intelligence reported that as a result of clashes in the area Avdeevki 9 militants killed, 21 were wounded. Also killed 1 and injured five Russian servicemen who were a part of sabotage and reconnaissance groups near n.p.Shyrokyno.
Post includes twitter by Pussy Riot in English - ...Today, together with the Ukrainian activists, we supported protest against the prison term, which received Ukranian citizens in Russia....

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on Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:57 amNelson
Headquarters: In the area of ​​ATO Ukrainian soldiers wounded 5
Saturday, April 9, 2016 13:13
One day in the past, due to fighting between Ukrainian troops killed there, five soldiers were wounded.
This April 9 AP spokesman for the ATO Andrei Lysenko.
He said the military with 4 injured near Avdeevki one - in the Donetsk airport.
"The epicenter of the fighting is Avdiyivka, almost half of all enemy attacks Ukrainian positions in the Donetsk area falls on the industrial area of ​​the city. For the past day there has fallen more than fifty mortar shells militants" - said Lysenko.
Evening, April 8 enemy snipers were active around midnight attacked enemy positions with Ukrainian 122-mm self-propelled artillery "Carnation"....
....In particular, as reported in the PAT, if the April 6 from storage seized 4.18 million cubic meters. m of natural gas, the April 7 they are replenished by 2.15 million cubic meters. m.
As explained, "Ukrtransgaz", this has contributed to the well-established in Ukraine is extremely warm for the beginning of April, the weather and the end of the heating season, including in major cities that burn significant amounts of gas to the CHP for heat production, as Kiev and Kharkov....

I suggested a couple of days ago that their was some intervention on the foreign currency market to strengthen the hryvnia - probably as a prelude to buying gas from Europe. Prices from 01 April will be lower. I'm not sure what, as of yet.
....Dutch lawyer Gerard Spong said that a referendum on association with Ukraine, which was held on Wednesday, was illegal. He said this in a television broadcast, reports De Telegraaf.
According to the lawyer, the Government have to start in this case a criminal investigation.
According to Spong, activists of "EU citizens Committee" collected signatures for a referendum under false pretenses - it was not an association with Ukraine, but the opposition to the EU.
The lawyer recalled that the organizers recognized that their concern is not Ukraine, the Netherlands but their relationship with the EU....
Not a surprise here.
Incidentally I've heard that Odessite does a good line in European passports if anybody is interested.
In a vague sort of way, many people are aware that the Russian government provides material and moral support to extremist political groups in Europe. Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked her security officials to look into Russian influence in German online media. Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front, has taken loans from a Russian bank to fund her party, and is asking for more.
But until last week’s Dutch referendum, we hadn’t seen a good example of how Russian influence actually works in a Western European election....
Trust people to television has dropped to the level of 2001
The most reliable information - the Internet and newspapers, believe the Russians

In 2015, Russians' trust in television showed a record decline, from the data of research "Rosindeks" research company Ipsos Comcon.
In the first half of 2015 data on TV 35% of respondents trusted the age of 10 years in the cities with a population of more than 100 000 people. This is 7 percentage points lower than in the same period of 2014 In the second half of the year the figure was only 33%, 9 percentage points lower than in the second half of 2014 Such a low level of trust in television programs in Russia has not been since 2001 ., analysts say.

Viewers have become less interested in entertainment and comedy programs on TV and more to view such content on the Internet, analysts say. They also noted the decline of interest in the socio-political and analytical programs on TV. All in great demand in the past year used the sports broadcasts.
The most popular channel for obtaining reliable information in 2015, was the internet. In the first half of the network news trusted 43%, in the second - 42%. Analysts noted a decrease in interest in political news on the Internet. But in 2014, more Russians are showing interest to financial news and issues, there is growing interest and information dedicated to home and family.

Not the greatest online translation. But -
Russians don't trust TV and Kisselev any more. Probably seeing too many dead bodies being returned from Ukraine.
And sick of hearing that everything is an American conspiracy - including Putin's billions stashed abroad.
Fairly low trust in the internet also, but the Russian internet is fairly controlled.
Note - this is a Russian source.
Russia has completely blocked Ukrainian transit of goods through its territory.
Ukrkondprom chairman Oleksandr Baldyniuk told Evropeiska pravda, Censor.NET reports.
"The transit of confectionery has been completely blocked. We have been just informed that Russia returned our goods vans heading to Central Asia," he said...
on Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:28 amNelson
And what price for their "Ukrainian brothers"? 180?
Better off free than living under the hammer of dictator Putin and his evil Russian empire.
Buy from Europe.
I am sure inflation will fall massively this year. Year on year, was 33% or more, a couple of months' ago; and now 20% and falling.
It all depends now on the gas price and electric price. How much will the government have to put prices up to satisfy the IMF demands?
Otherwise - I would say that prices fill be very stable this year.
A video was released by the Open Russia foundation founded by Russian opposition’s Mikhail Khodorkovsky of a secret training of the newly-created Russian National Guard simulating dispersal of mass protests.....
Looks like Putin is expecting trouble in Russia.

Saturday, April 9, 2016,
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin confident that the results of the referendum in the Netherlands on ratification of the Association Agreement Ukraine and the European Union will not prevent Ukraine to get visa-free regime with the EU.
He told the TV channel "Inter", Interfax Ukraine.
"There are clear assurances (European politicians - Ed) that a visa-free regime - a completely separate way. If the Commission gives the go-ahead, and the relevant decision within the European Commission has prepared that Ukraine has fulfilled all the requirements towards visa-free travel - we are moving towards a visa-free regime ", - said Klimkin....
Staff: The epicenter is in the zone ATO Avdiyivka
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 6:32
In the area of ​​ATU militants still active hostilities: the last day they opened fire 73 times on Ukrainian positions.
The press center ATO Staff reports page on Facebook.
"The epicenter of the armed conflict is Avdiyivka. Here Ukrainian soldiers against enemy fire struck nine blows with mortars caliber 120mm and 82mm. Total units that defended the city were fired 25 times," - said in a statement.
Also prohibited mortar fire from gunmen opened by ATU forces towards Zaitsev, Novgorod, Nevel and Pisky. With machine guns, grenade launchers and small arms were fired Ukrainian forces in parts of the questionnaire, and Shyrokynoho Mayorska.
"In Mariupol direction bandits continued their activity snipers near Marinka, and in the Pavlopolya enemy fire from re-used self-propelled guns" - said the ATO headquarters.
During this period, the forces ATO had 18 times to open fire in response.
April 8 militants fired district Avdeevki incendiary mine.
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