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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Saturday 16 April [Ukrainian sources]

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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Saturday 16 April [Ukrainian sources]

Post by Nelson on Sat Apr 16, 2016 3:12 am

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Russians attack 61 times. 2 soldiers wounded. Avdeevka area.

Weather -
Looking much better today, after the cold and the rain yesterday.
+11 now at 10 am. High maybe of 16. Update: +18 at 13.00 hrs.


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Gunmen fire on their own territory - ATO HQ

Post by Nelson on Sat Apr 16, 2016 3:16 am

http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/04/16/7105713/
ATO headquarters, gunmen fired on the territory under their control
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 7:12
Terrorists continue to use anti-terrorist operation in the area of ​​prohibited weapons and tried to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine, shoot at territory under their control.
The press center ATO headquarters.
So, for the past day 61 times bandit group again fired on the positions of Ukrainian troops along the boundary line.
The biggest attacks suffered positions forces ATO in areas Avdeevka, Marinka, Krasnogorivka and Taramchuka. It is here illegal militias with mortars caliber 120 mm and 82 mm and referred more than a hundred pounds. And towards Sokolniki and birch enemy used BMPs and anti-missile systems....
With a view to keeping their positions Ukrainian military opened fire 15 times in response to small arms and grenades.
Also during the first deputy head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Alexander Hug in the Donetsk region, the militants made another provocation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Applying large caliber machine guns, grenade launchers and small arms near Avdeevka, the enemy hoped for a fire. And it was not. Then gunmen fired their controlled territory.


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OSCE reports extension of geography of violence in Donbas [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Sat Apr 16, 2016 3:25 am

http://www.unian.info/war/1321095-osce-reports-extension-of-geography-of-violence-in-donbas.html
...violence has again been extended to areas in southern Donetsk region. ...

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NBU strengthens official exchange rate to UAH 25.47 to dollar [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Sat Apr 16, 2016 3:30 am

http://www.unian.info/economics/1321208-nbu-strengthens-official-exchange-rate-to-uah-2547-to-dollar.html
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The hryvnia has definitely strengthed a little in the past few days.
I saw 25.3 / 25.7 - something like this - at the Bureau de Change yesterday. It used to be nearer 27.

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Five Challenges for the New Faces in Ukraine's Government [Engl; Bloomb.]

Post by Nelson on Sat Apr 16, 2016 3:40 am

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-14/five-challenges-for-the-new-faces-in-ukraine-s-government

....1. Unlock delayed IMF cash....
2. Kickstart anti-corruption efforts....
3. Quell talk of early elections...
4. Keep economy out of recession...
5. Step up Minsk implementation...

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What about the war against Russia? Surely that is the no.1 priority. If there is no Ukraine, no need to bother about 1-5 in the list above!!

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Russian shows of force could have serious consequences - President of Finland (European Truth)

Post by Nelson on Sat Apr 16, 2016 3:57 am

http://www.eurointegration.com.ua/news/2016/04/16/7047911/
Russia demonstrations of its military strength could have serious consequences.
This was stated by the President of Finland Sauli Niinisto, reports Yle.
Thus he commented on the last occasion when Russian fighter jets repeatedly flew dangerously close to the US destroyers near Latvia
"Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. It is - unwanted and dangerous situation. When in the Gulf was more traffic, we are very afraid that nothing happened. You were not isolated cases show of force on the part of individuals. Since many serious adverse situations arose through chance, "- he said....

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Interesting - comments from Finland also now.
Normally Finland keeps its mouth shut. On the Russian border.

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Clean-up crew [Engl; Economist]

Post by Nelson on Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:12 am

http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21697000-ukraine-broken-its-civic-activists-are-trying-build-new-country-clean-up-crew
....Inevitably, the civil activists and NABU investigators—rigorously selected, trained by Western anti-fraud services and well paid—are provoking resistance from the old system. The General Prosecutor’s office, headed until recently by Viktor Shokin, a protégé of Mr Poroshenko, has refused to pass information to NABU and attacked the Anti-Corruption Action Centre. “In a country where officials steal by percentage points of GDP, it was always going to be a struggle,” says Ms Kaleniuk. “We were ready for it.”
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Not a bad overview of the current situation.

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President in Lviv region: Opening the Fujikura Automotive Ukraine Lviv LLC is a powerful signal for investors [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:12 am

http://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/vidkrittya-zavodu-kompaniyi-fudzhikura-automotiv-ukrayina-lv-36983
....“Let this event be a powerful signal for all potential investors willing to believe in our country,” Petro Poroshenko said and added that 550 new jobs created by the enterprise were only the first stage....

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Smile! Russian Lawmaker Backs Creating ‘Ministry Of Happiness’ [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:21 am

http://www.rferl.org/content/happy-counries-russia-ministry-of-happiness/27675243.html
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Serious story. I thought immediately of 1984, Orwell. Ministry of Truth. Ministry of Peace. Ministry of Love.
Such is Russia today.

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Poll on popularity of Ukraine (Sotsportal)

Post by Nelson on Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:39 am

http://socportal.info/2016/04/16/opituvannya-yaki-krayini-podobayut-sya-ukrayintsyam-najbil-she.html
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Poll: which countries like most Ukrainian (Sotsportal)
As of February Poland remains the leader of Ukrainian foreign policy sympathies. Poorest attitude from Russia....

According to these results, 58% of Ukrainian in Poland are favorable, including 15% - more than favorably. Another 36% are neutral, and only 4% - negatively.
In second place - Belarus. It is like 58% of Ukrainian, but the level is very warm support, compared with Poland, a little less - 13%. Neutral treatment in 36% of Ukrainian. A Ukrainian 4% gave a negative answer.
EU generally warm treats half of respondents Ukrainian. Another 39% - neutral, 7% - 2% and cold - very negative.
According to the US commitment took 7th place. 43% are neutral to them.
Next in the ranking - Germany, Moldova and Turkey.
Russia ranked last place for a positive attitude. Only 19% responded positively. 22% remained neutral Ukrainian. And 58% equally divided between negative options and very negative.

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Germany. Is in the EU. ?!
Anyway - we get
1. Poland 58% 2. Belarus 58% ? EU 50% 7. USA 43%.... Last. Russia 19%.
Russia - last. Shaun Walker's "journalist" buddies at RIA - the Russian Ministry of Truth - working hard to achieve that result! jocolor jocolor jocolor

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Two soldiers wounded yesterday in the Donbass - ATO

Post by Nelson on Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:06 am

http://www.bbc.com/ukrainian/news_in_brief/2016/04/160416_vs_ato_situation_day
Last night at the Donbass wounding two fighters ATO
9 minute (s) ago
Over the past day, no Ukrainian military in Donbas killed, but two were injured. This Saturday spokesman of the Presidential Administration on ATO Andrei Lysenko.
He said that both military were wounded in the area Avdeevki where last month last battles of separatists.
Andriy Lysenko said that attacks on military positions near the Ukrainian Avdeevki last virtually around the clock.
In the self-proclaimed "DNR" in violation of the truce accused Ukrainian army.

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Amusing. The BBC site has to say that the Russian side - Shaun Walker's "DNR guys" - say it is the Ukrainian army violating the ceasefire.
The BBC really makes me puke at times. Well - to be honest - most of the time.

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Dead bodies of 38 Russian soldiers transported to Russia, – Defense Ministry

Post by Admin on Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:23 am

The Russian military, carrying out sabotage and reconnaissance actions near Avdiivka (Donetsk region), suffered more losses.

Censor.NET reports citing Intelligence department of the Ministry of Defense.

38 dead bodies of Russian soldiers were transported to the Russian Federation through the former Donetsk checkpoint on the night of 15 April.

Nine killed and 11 wounded Russian soldiers of the "separate assault battalion" (Donetsk), the 3rd (Horlivka) and 100th (Donetsk) separate motorized rifle brigades were taken to Donetsk central city clinical hospital №9 and city clinical hospital №5 on April 15.

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"If you engage in political games instead of reforms, the West may turn away from you," - Steven Pifer

Post by Admin on Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:51 pm

The new U.S. president will continue to support Ukraine if the Ukrainian leadership will carry out intensive reforms and truly fight corruption.

Expert of the Brookings Institution, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer said at the 9th Kyiv Security Forum, Censor.NET reports citing LIGA.net.

"If you engage in political games instead of reforms, the West may turn away from you. We hope that the new government will work effectively and promptly, otherwise there is a risk that the West's patience runs out. It is not endless," he said.

According to Pifer, the new U.S. president will continue to assist Ukraine if the Ukrainian leadership carries out intensive reforms and truly fights corruption. "The question is, what Ukraine the new American president will see nine months later. If Ukraine is plunged into a political crisis without any reforms, the president will be tempted to say, let the Europeans deal with Ukraine themselves. And this is bad," he stressed.

Pifer recognized that inhibition of reforms in Ukraine is beneficial to the Kremlin, which uses the conflict in the Donbas to pressure the government of Ukraine.

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Russia holds military exercises in occupied Crimea and Transnistria, - Defense Ministry

Post by Admin on Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:08 pm

Russia continues to conduct military exercises at the Ukrainian border and in occupied Crimea.

Censor.NET reports citing Intelligence department of the Ministry of Defense.

Units of the Black Sea Fleet are conducting military exercises (missile strikes and artillery fire) on a training ground in the vicinity of Opuk Cape (65 km east of Feodosia) since April 15.

800 servicemen and 200 pieces of military equipment of the 810th separate brigade of marines (Sevastopol), the 8th Artillery Regiment (Simferopol), the 126th separate brigade of coastal defense (Perevalne), the 15th separate rocket-artillery Coast Brigade (Sevastopol) are engaged in the exercises. Forces are ruled by Commander of the Black Sea Fleet Admiral Alexander Vitko.

At the same time, tactical exercises were held by the Armed Forces of the self-proclaimed Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) at a military training ground near Afanasievca (Dubasari district, 10 km from the state border of Ukraine) on April 11-15. 400 soldiers of the 1st (Tiraspol), 2nd (Bender), 3rd (Rîbnița), 4th (Dubasari) separate motorized rifle brigades, as well as the 1st separate artillery antiaircraft brigade (Tiraspol) and the 1st tank battalion (Vladimirovca) participated in the exercises.

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Russian military recruit prisoners in Donbas

Post by Admin on Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:14 pm

The Russian soldiers recruit inmates into the ranks of the terrorists in the Donbas, promising amnesty and 10 thousand rubles reward.

Censor.NET reports citing Intelligence department of the Ministry of Defense.

The command of the 1st Army Corps of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (Donetsk) agitates in prisons of Horlivka, Torez and Snizhne, where the prisoners offered full amnesty, expiry of conviction and 10 thousand Russian rubles as reward. It is expected to select about 300 people for further training and service near ​​Marinka.

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Russian journalist tells about Putin’s eclipse

Post by Admin on Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:31 pm

Putin’s Russia is in for a very somber period of its history, Russia-based Olexandr Sotnik writes on Facebook Apr. 16.

“Russia is now entering its final period, ‘the golden age,’ because of the massive fear among the high and mighty after the publication of Panama documents.

It is not merely Putin’s headache but that of the entire global corruption system. The world has changed following the publication. Now the owners of dubious off-shore companies cannot be immune from the public eye.

Hence, the earlier scenario of Putin quitting his office quietly is no longer viable.

Russia is in for a somber period of screw tightening that will inevitably lead to a social explosion and break-up of Russia into several states.

“The golden age” with its army of police will be one of the most ignoble pages of Putin’s Russia and dot all the I's in the existence of the moribund empire,” the journalist says.

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Kremlin said organizing secret military units in Germany, other Western countries

Post by Admin on Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:38 pm

Germany’s “Bild” has published excerpts from a new book by Boris Reitschuster entitled “Putin’s Secret War” that suggests that Moscow is organizing special military units inside Germany and other Western countries that the Kremlin could use to destabilize these states in the event of a crisis.

Although Reitschuster’s claims are disputed, one indication that they likely deserve to be taken seriously is that when his materials appeared in “Bild” on Monday, hackers immediately took down his email account................

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Jewish Wunderkind Turned Ukrainian Prime Minister - Who Is Volodymyr Groysman?

Post by Admin on Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:16 pm

Groysman's openness about his background isn't customary in a country where anti-Semitism and Communist repression made it undesirable for politicians to be seen as too Jewish.

By Cnaan Liphshiz as published in Haaretz, Apr 14, 2016

JTA - Like many Ukrainian mayors, Volodymyr Groysman used to visit his local synagogue on Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah.

But unlike most of them Groysman, the former mayor of Vinnytsia, did not visit the synagogue as a political gesture. He was going in his private capacity as a member of his central Ukraine city’s Jewish community.

Groysman’s Jewishness is not very unusual, even for a mayor and senior politician in Ukraine, where 360,000 Jews live. But his openness about it was not customary in a country where anti-Semitism and decades of Communist repression once made it undesirable for politicians to be seen as too Jewish, said the local rabbi, Shaul Horowitz.................

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Brexit would weaken EU's front against Russia – UK's Europe minister

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A vote to leave the European Union in the British referendum would weaken the bloc's efforts to maintain a determined front against Russian aggression, Britain's Europe minister said on Saturday, according to Reuters.

NATO remained the main player in European security, David Lidington told the Globsec security conference in Bratislava, but the EU could play a strong role in responding to Russian challenges in the field of energy, use of information and cyber capabilities, as reported by Reuters.

The "In" camp holds a one-point lead ahead of Britain's June 23 referendum on whether it should remain in the 28-member bloc, according to an online opinion poll by YouGov released on Friday.

"In terms of maintaining a determined front in the face of Russian aggression – that would be weakened," Lidington said referring to the impact of a possible decision to leave............

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Pure BS!

The only difference will be, the UK won't be a member. Has nothing to do with it being a NATO member. All European countries will continue to work with each other to fight Russian aggression as most have been doing. This is nothing but fear-mongering from the "in" camp. Good try, but the Brits aren't dumb as you might think.


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