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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Monday 11 April [Ukrainian sources]

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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Monday 11 April [Ukrainian sources]

Post by Nelson on Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:46 am

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News -
64 attacks by Putin's Russian forces on Ukraine yesterday.
Update - 2 soldiers wounded.

Rada -
Yatseniuk announced his resignation live on tv yesterday evening in an address.
He said that he will present it to the Rada on April 12. Tuesday.
Will there be enough votes to appoint a new PM? Likely to be Groisman.
And can they get a new coalition sorted?

Weather -
+14 at 0900. But high of only 17 predicted for today.
But warming up where I am. Sunshine. Pleasant.


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Separatists use banned mortars yesterday in the ATO zone

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http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/04/11/7105060/
Day in ATO: Militants used a "banned" mortars
Monday, April 11, 2016, 7:02
In the area of ​​ATU over the past day militants carried out 64 attacks, 16 of which were made of mortar.
The press center ATO Staff reports page on Facebook.
"Using 120mm caliber fire fighters inflicted blows to the Ukrainian units in the areas of settlements Trinity and Luhansk, and caliber of 82mm - near Talakivky, Shyrokinoho, Mayorska and Novoselivka", - the report says.
Also, mortar shells were fired Avdeevki neighborhood.
In addition, the Ukrainian army fortifications in the area of ​​Berdyansk terrorists used to fire artillery receiver. In particular, in the direction Sahanky was recorded 35 shots from the weapon caliber 122 mm.
Using anti-aircraft installations, grenade launchers, machine guns, small arms and snipers fired on militants strongholds of forces in areas ATO Opitnoe, Marinka, Stanitsa Luhansk, Pavlopolya Zaitsev, Novotroitsk, Pisky, Novgorod and Verhnotoretska.
At headquarters stressed that the ATO forces continue to control the situation. During the last day they were forced to 7 times open fire.

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"Samopomich" say they will support the new prime minister on one condition

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http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/04/11/7105049/
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Basically saying that they do not want early elections because of their destabilizing influence.

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EU to propose visa-free travel for Ukraine despite Dutch vote

Post by Nelson on Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:22 am

http://www.unian.info/politics/1315311-eu-to-propose-visa-free-travel-for-ukraine-despite-dutch-vote.html
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It will be interesting to see what requirements the EU puts forward for visa free travel. Return ticket, maybe 40 or 70 euros a day spending money? Minimum funds of 500 euros? Biometric passport... What else?

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Poroshenko expects creation of coalition and introduction of Hroisman as PM on April 12

Post by Nelson on Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:35 am

http://en.censor.net.ua/news/383628/poroshenko_expects_creation_of_coalition_and_introduction_of_hroisman_as_pm_on_april_12
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We will see.
It will be interesting to see what Samopomich, Liashko's party, and Tymoshenko's party do.

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G7 foreign chiefs call to implement Minsk Agreements over Ukraine [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:40 am

http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/336766.html
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Two sentence article. This is one of them -
"The sides have stressed the necessity of fully implementing the Minsk agreements, on both Ukrainian and Russian sides, for resolving the situation in Ukraine through peaceful and diplomatic means," reads the statement.
Interesting - they don't even bother to mention Shaun Walker's beloved "DNR guys", or the "LNR". Ukraine and Russia.

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Putin ponders a Spring offensive in Ukraine [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:51 am

http://europe.newsweek.com/putin-spring-offensive-ukraine-russia-kiev-445142?rm=eu
....Warm summer weather and the end of the “mud season”—as waterlogged ground from melting snow and spring rains dries—is historically the time for military offensives in the region, dating from Napoleon’s march to Moscow and Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union.....
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So-so article. Almost bbc - ish in its "Russia denies..." style.
But very American also. It may not even mention Europe at all! Author - Peterson, is an American.

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Emergency on Kiev subway: witnesses tried to stop the train, but to no avail (Columnist)

Post by Nelson on Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:03 am

http://kiyany.obozrevatel.com/life/36705-chp-v-kievskom-metro-ochevidtsyi-pitalis-ostanovit-poezd-no-bezuspeshno.htm
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Happened on 09 April. Drunk metro worker - fell on line. Others tried to stop train but... He lost his leg. Drunk.
Osorkorki station - the line to Borispilska - Kreschatik . In fact I travelled on this line last Friday evening... the 8th. And will go on it tomorrow also.
But I'm glad I missed this incident.

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Yanukovich stole 30 billion dollars from Ukraine

Post by Nelson on Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:14 am

http://gazeta.ua/articles/politics/_anukovich-ukrav-v-ukrayini-30-mlrd/691209
Yanukovych in Ukraine has stolen $ 30 billion
Former President Viktor Yanukovych and stolen by the authorities of Ukraine budget at least $ 30 billion.
It said Washington lawyer expert Alan Riley Atlantic Council, reports "Radio Liberty".
"If we talk about the money that has stolen the previous Ukrainian regime of Viktor Yanukovych, we should mention the machinations of VAT and public procurement. To help you understand the scale of the figures: the budget of public procurement in the year was $ 12 billion. And even the most conservative estimates of the previous regime is Ukraine to return about $ 30 billion, "- said Riley.....

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Recall that from the Panama papers Tymoshenko's business had a "turnover" through the Panama account of 10 billion dollars a year.
But you will not read about that in the Yulia Post (Kyiv Post). The Kyiv Post owner was also shown to have financial links to Tymoshenko!
Ukrainian politicians steal big time. Compare this with British PM Cameron's 50,000 dollars offshore - peanuts.

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Two soldiers were wounded yesterday in the ATO zone - Staff

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http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/04/11/7105101/
At night in the area ATO wounded two soldiers - Staff
Monday, April 11, 2016, 12:36
Day in the zone of the antiterrorist operation passed without loss, two soldiers were wounded.
This at a traditional briefing on Monday, spokesman of the Presidential Administration on ATO Andrei Lysenko.
"During the last day of hostilities deadweight losses among our soldiers there, but two of our soldiers were wounded," - he said.

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The Kremlin responded to the resignation of Yatseniuk

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http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/04/11/7105119/
The Kremlin responded to the resignation Yatsenyuk
Monday, April 11, 2016, 13:58
The Kremlin said that the Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk "not a memorable contribution to the normalization of relations" between Russia and Ukraine.
On Monday said a spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, says TASS....

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Not memorable for Russia, but vitally important for Ukraine - breaking free from the control of the Kremlin - finally.

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Biden thanks Yatsenyuk for partnership [Engl]

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http://www.unian.info/politics/1315312-biden-thanks-yatsenyuk-for-partnership.html
...."The Vice President thanked Prime Minister Yatsenyuk for his partnership during a historic time for Ukraine. He congratulated the government of Ukraine on its accomplishments over the past two years, in particular on the strides it has made on difficult but necessary economic reforms, the signature of the European Union association agreement, and the work it has done to increase energy independence," the statement read.....

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Ukraine starts replenishing its gas stockpiles [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:49 am

http://www.unian.info/economics/1315534-ukraine-starts-replenishing-its-gas-stockpiles.html
....According to Ukrtransgaz, total gas stockpiles in Ukrainian USFs amount to 8.46 billion cubic meters (bcm), which is higher by 11% as compared to last year.
According to Ukrainian Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn, Ukraine plans to buy about 11-13 bcm of gas in 2016, and the required volumes can be provided by the European suppliers.....

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Goodbye, Gazprom.
As for the last couple of weeks of the heating season - well - no heating needed. Warm again today. 21C where I am. 2 t-shirts )
I haven't used the gas heating in a week now. This week - maybe a little cool - 16 or 18... but above average. No problem.
Ukraine - one has to say - has been very lucky with the weather for the past couple of years. The higher temperatures must have saved hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Poroshenko to dissolve Rada if there is no new Coalition, Govt this week – Kubiv [Engl]

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http://www.unian.info/politics/1315854-poroshenko-to-dissolve-rada-if-there-is-no-new-coalition-and-government-this-week-kubiv.html
....According to Kubiv, Poroshenko has stressed that this week the country should get a new government and a new coalition focused on reforms, implementation of the Association Agreement with the European Union, cooperation with the International Monetary Fund and the fight against corruption. "Otherwise, the parliament will be dissolved," the representative of the President said....

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Russian casualties up near Avdijyvka

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Fourteen bodies and 19 wounded Russian servicemen were delivered to a Donetsk hospital Apr. 9, Ukraine army intelligence says.

Acceleration of attacks by Russian/rebel troops on Avdijyvka led to a growing number of casualties among the servicemen of Russian army infantry brigades deployed in the area of Avdijyvka.

“On Apr. 9, 14 dead and 19 wounded Russian servicemen were taken to Kalinin and Central city hospitals,” Ukraine army intelligence reports.

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Ukraine is Russia’s enemy No. 1, poll says

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In a poll cited by Interfax-Rossiya, Russian respondents said that the countries that favor Russia most are Belarus, 68%, China, 56%, and Kazakhstan, 50%.

The list of Russia lovers also includes India, 26%, Cuba, 15%, Brazil, 10%, Venezuela, 9%, Japan and Germany, 8%, Iran and Israel, 7%, France, 6%, and Italy, 4%.

The most hostile country is Ukraine, 71% of the Russian responders believe, followed by the USA, 69%, and Turkey, 63%.

Putin’s approval ratings in March 2016 dropped by 7% on last year and prior to the Crimea grab.

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Bloc of Petro Poroshenko says two factions to enter Rada coalition [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:50 am

http://www.unian.info/politics/1315683-bloc-of-petro-poroshenko-says-two-factions-to-enter-rada-coalition.html
..."There will be a coalition, and it will consist of two parties, it is a normal European practice. As it is already clear, the Batkivschyna, the Radical Party and the Samopomich parties will not enter the coalition. But some MPs, who were members of these parties and the previous coalition, have entered our party, and we will still be accepting [others]. The main principle is that we will not accept former MPs from the Party of Regions," the politician said.....
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That all sounds quite interesting.
What is more - expect Liashko and Tymoshenko to blow their nuts. They will not be happy.
And if the new coalition can last, then slowly Tymoshenko and Liashko will disappear into the dust.
But you can guarantee that billionaire gas princess Tymoshenko will wax lyrical about corruption, and anything she can think off to boost her popularity.
Her buddies in the Yulia-Kyiv-Post will support her all the way, to be sure.


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The Morning Vertical By Brian Whitmore, April 11, 2016

Post by Admin on Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:52 am

ON MY MIND

In many ways, corruption is the new communism. The Soviet Union sought to spread communism and establish a bloc of nations loyal to Moscow. Vladimir Putin's Russia seeks to spread its corrupt business model to establish a bloc of nations dependent upon Moscow. The Soviet Union tried to co-opt Westerners with the power of an idea. Putin's Russia is seeking to corrupt them with the allure of easy money, by using shady financial flows to ensnare foreign elites. The Soviet Union first concentrated on its immediate neighborhood, Eastern Europe, before seeking to spread its model outward. Putin's Russia is also concentrating on its immediate neighborhood, the ex-U.S.S.R., but has also set its sights farther afield. Corruption isn't just a matter of good governance anymore. It's now a national security issue and should be treated as such.

IN THE NEWS

Suicide bombers have attacked a police station in a Russian town in the Stavropol region.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has resigned, paving the way for a new government.

The European Union has criticized an outbreak of violence in Eastern Ukraine after OSCE monitors were attacked near Donetsk.

Reuters is reporting that the European Union go ahead with visa-free travel for Ukrainians despite a Dutch referendum that rejected the EU's Association Agreement with Kyiv.

Russia's state-run Rossia-1 television station is advertising a "documentary" film, which will be aired on April 13, depicting opposition leader and anticorruption blogger Aleksei Navalny as a paid foreign agent engaged in espionage.

Navalny has called for a criminal investigation to be opened into the TV station.

WHAT I'M READING.......................


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Inflation may be lower than predicted 12% in 2016 – NBU [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:09 am

http://www.unian.info/economics/1315824-inflation-may-be-lower-than-predicted-12-in-2016-nbu.html
...The regulator notes that in general, in the first quarter of 2016, consumer inflation was 1.6%, that is significantly less than the forecast of the National Bank (4.0%), published in January inflationary report....
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Frankly it all depends upon how much the government put up prices.
If they put up gas another 30% and the same for electricity, then - inflation will be higher.
With the fall in oil and gas prices I think they have some room for manoevre.
Also - if the hryvnia would strengthen a little - with some political stability and stable oil prices - then this would also reduce inflation.
Currently I see very little movement on prices in the shops and stores. Most of the inflation is government-created. Utilities and the like.

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Radical party will not support Hroisman as PM, - party leader Liashko

Post by Nelson on Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:15 am

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Liashko wanted to be Speaker. This was a step too far for the BPP and Narodni Front.
Now - Liashko - 100% in opposition with Tymoshenko and the old Yanukovich party.

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Merkel laudsYatseniuk's remarkable reform contribution [Engl]

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http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/336893.html
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He did an impossible job under impossible circumstances, and paid the price. But Ukraine owe him a great debt.
He has moved Ukraine forward 10 years in 18 months.

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Lawsuit: Trump aide funneled mob-linked Ukrainian oligarch's fortune into U.S. real estate

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A senior aide to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump helped a scandal-plagued Ukrainian oligarch with ties to political and criminal figures in Russia park millions of dollars in offshore real estate investments, according to documents released as part of a federal racketeering suit, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

The lawsuit, brought by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, accused U.S. political consultant Paul Manafort of complicity in a complex scheme of retaliation against Tymoshenko and her political allies for impeding the business interests of Ukrainian gas tycoon Dmitry Firtash........................

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Groysman bid for Ukraine premiership on the edge (Financial Times)

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Efforts by presidential loyalist Volodymyr Groysman to form a new Ukrainian government appeared to be on the verge of collapse just one day after Arseniy Yatseniuk tendered his resignation as prime minister.

Following evening negotiations between the parties of President Petro Poroshenko and Mr Yatseniuk aimed at forming a new coalition government, MPs announced that Mr Groysman had withdrawn his candidacy.

“Parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Groysman turned down the premiership,” Mustafa Nayem, a crusading anti-corruption MP in the president’s party said in a Facebook posting. He blamed disagreements on ministerial posts for the rapid turnround...............

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In the Federal Republic of Germany said that Ukraine needs to do for the "Marshall Plan" to 100 billion euros

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The Ukrainian authorities should as soon as possible to implement the necessary reforms, especially those related to the judiciary and the prosecutor's office, as well as to settle the question about the appointment Premiere for financial assistance like "Marshall Plan" for more than 100 billion euros.

This was announced during a live broadcast from Berlin during the program "Svoboda Slova" on ICTV Bundestag deputy, co-chairman of the interparliamentary commission "Ukraine-Germany" Karl-Georg Welman, reports "Ukrinform" .

"We are ready to help, and my proposal was to make something like a" Marshall Plan "- more than 100 billion euros. Although the 30 billion euros already there, but the money can not be used because Ukraine does not carry out reforms. There will be no money without reforms. That such a condition, "- said the German deputy.

In his opinion, Ukraine must first do what's called "homework" as that in Germany "there is a great disappointment that not enough reforms."

"We need immediate political and administrative reform. There is no longer any illusions. And what is happening in Ukraine, - lends itself very powerful monitoring ", - said Karl-Georg Welman.

Bundestag deputy also responded to a direct question about what will be the sign held reforms.

"First of all, will judicial reform - is the cornerstone. Independent judges, independence of the prosecutor - this is the first. And we need to really get a significant European reforms in Ukraine. We need a robust structure, reliable government. Very much we hear that there is concern that the retiring incumbent Prime Minister, appoint a new - it is necessary that the words were finally action "- said the member of the Bundestag, the co-chairman of the interparliamentary commission" Ukraine-Germany ".

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