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19 attacks by Russian forces on Ukraine yesterday. 2 soldiers injured.
Well down from over 100 attacks one week ago. Another of Putin's "games". Creates up and down emotions.

Weather -
Lovely sunshine, blue sky. +6 at 0900. High maybe of 15? Ok.
I just checked historical averages. +7 night / +16 day would be normal for 21 April.
I would expect that the gas heating is turned off all over Ukraine now. Kiev - went off apparently on April 04 !!

Observation -
Many TV programmes this weekend about Chernobyl - 30th anniversary. 26 April 1986. 01.23 hrs.

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Ukrainian national hockey team won the World Championship in Division 1B, which ended in Croatia.

Our team has managed 1 point ahead of its main competitors, the team of Great Britain, which along with Ukraine before the tournament was called the main contender for promotion to the grade. However, yesterday's unexpected defeat ukrantsev the match with Lithuania (1: 2) is very complicated task of our team on upgrades.

Today, Ukraine needed to win in regular time Great Britain, as well as to keep the fingers crossed for the hosts of the tournament, so they are not lost in regulation time Lithuanians. Fortunately Ukrainian fans, yellow and blue at the last minute managed to pull out a victory over Britain 2: 1, and the Croats have not lost in regulation time Lithuania (1: 1), and by the end of the game even beat the Balts in a series of free throws. In Russian/русский
During the past days recorded another loss of personnel 1 (Donetsk) and 2 (Lugansk) AK Russian Armed Forces. It is reported by Defence Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

"One soldier killed and five wounded from the 9 Assault separate motorized rifle regiment of marines (Novoazovsk) and 100 separate motorized rifle brigade (Donetsk) AK 1 and 6 separate motorized rifle regiment (Stakhanov) 2 AK", - the report says.

In addition, according to the investigation, on 20 April as a result of a dispute between the military mortar platoon 9 oshmsp MP, on the basis of alcohol abuse in the locality Krasnoarmeysk, one mortar killed and two others suffered severe stab wounds. In Russian/русский
On Sunday, April 24, most of the European Catholic churches are to raise funds for the humanitarian needs in Ukraine, thus responding to the Pope Francis' appeal.

The parishes are not only to spread the pontiff's initiative but also to inform their congregations about victims and consequences of the armed conflict in Ukraine's Donbas.

The Vatican delegation headed by the Secretary of the Pontifical Council 'Cor Unum' that regulates humanitarian aid from the Holy See, will visit Ukraine after this Sunday's fund-raising event in the European churches..................
Lilia Shevtsova, a prominent Kremlinology expert and a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings Institution, claims Russian President Vladimir Putin shelved the idea of Novorossiya after he had to face sanctions from the West, and fierce resistance from Ukrainians in the east.

Speaking to Ukrainian news outlet Shevtsova said that ‘any Russian autocratic leader would not tolerate Ukraine's breakout':

"For the Kremlin Ukraine's ‘breakoff' equaled the amputation of a key element of Russian statehood. The Kremlin hoped that the West would ‘swallow' the annexation of Crimea and Russian aggression in Donbas," the political expert said.

"I think, if Putin knew what would happen next, he would not go beyond ‘Crimea is ours!'. I mean western sanctions and resistance of Ukrainians, which made him bury the idea of...........
Proven involvement in the theft of property and looting officers of the Federal Security Service of Russia, which "serving" to cover positions in the so-called "Ministry of State Security of the NPT."

This is stated in the message of the press service of Defence Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, passes Tsenzor.NET . So, while trying to steal a car in the private Novoazovsk (Donetsk region), was detained by local residents FSB officer named Andreev, who had a license MGB colonel "DNR". In Russian/русский
Russian military in Donetsk stole a handbag in a local resident.

As Tsenzor.NET in the construction of the Main Intelligence Defense Ministry of Ukraine said: "The absence of moral principles and the low level of military discipline Russian military AK 1 increases the number of criminal offenses against the civilian population. On the eve of the celebration of International Women's Day in the Kiev region of Donetsk 5 single soldier Infantry brigade (Donetsk), under the influence of excessive alcohol drinking, "congratulated" a local resident, stealing her bag with documents and money."   In Ukrainian/український
Russian servicemen of "9th Assault separate motorized rifle regiment of marines" (Novoazovsk, Donetsk region) were forbidden to leave the territory of the military base.

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

"Given the numerous robberies of private homes of the residents of Novoazovsk, taking place since early April, 2016, Russian military commandant decided to temporarily ban the military men of the 9th Assault separate motorized rifle regiment of marines to leave the territory of the unit in personal issues," the Defense Ministry's report reads.   In Ukrainian/український In Russian/русский

The Russian military started a fight with the use of bladed weapons in Krasnoarmiisk (Donetsk region). As a result, one person was killed.

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

On April 20, a conflict was developed between drunken soldiers of mortar platoon of the 9th Assault separate motorized rifle regiment of marines (Novoazovsk). As a result, a mortar man was killed and two more soldiers got serious stab wounds.  In Ukrainian/український
The militants actively attract underaged Ukrainian citizens in terrorist activities in the occupied Donbas.

Journalist Serhii Zubchenko wrote in an article for, Censor.NET reports.

"The reliability of this information is confirmed by a number of different independent sources, both military and civilian. The youth of Donbas, who did not leave the occupied territory for various reasons, can join the ranks of extremist pro-Russian fifth column in Ukraine, becoming the 'lost generation'," Zubchenko noted.

"The first information about direct involvement of children in terrorist activities of the pro-Russian gangs in the Donbas dates back to 2014, when a propaganda video of 15-year-old Andrii (nicknamed Royce), "the youngest militiaman in Donetsk, commander of a "training company" of Vostok Battalion appeared in Russian media," the author recalled.

Later the story of Andrii Ivakhno, student of the 10th grade of Mospyne High School (Donetsk region), who also joined the illegal Vostok Battalion, was shown on Russian state TV. More similar stories about armed boys and girls appeared with impressive regularity. Zubchenko argues that pro-Russian militants recruit girls as well.

The information that pro-Russian illegal armed groups recruit minors was confirmed by the OSCE SMM report as of May 28, 2015.

What is significant is that the young militants dream to serve in the Russian army, not in the 'DPR' or 'LPR' illegal armed groups. Thus, the children who won the competition among 15 paramilitary organizations on the occupied territories were supposed to be sent to the All-Russian summer camp named after Zhukov in Moscow, Zubchenko wrote.

The terrorists use girls not only as soldiers, but also for prostitution. Children are also used for smuggling through checkpoints and roadblocks, as well as for secret installation of GPS-beacons on military equipment.

A video of a military summer camp opened by Vostok Brigade illegal armed group (former Vostok Battalion) in the occupied city of Donetsk has caused a considerable response recently.

Participants of the camp, children aged from ten to 17 years (both boys and girls dressed in military uniforms with chevrons of the USSR and the Russian Federation who live in military tents) undergo military training that includes theory, tactics, weapons handling, shooting, etc. The video also features "Orthodox priest father Boris", whose words "have nothing to do with the Orthodox Church, but are a total aggressive totalitarian propaganda," as Zubchenko put it.

In Alchevsk, children, including the 10-year-old Bohdana Neshcheret, have been recruited by the Prizrak Brigade. It is also reported about the children's Sabotage Battalion named after St. George formed on the basis of the lyceum in Rovenky town under the leadership of the local "priest" Avdiuhin.

After Russian movement of schoolchildren organization (analogue of the Pioneer organization in the USSR) was established, the recruitment of minors on the occupied territories of Ukraine intensified significantly. However, 'DPR' and 'LPR' camps do not train suicide terrorists, at least so far.

The majority of young men and women who took part in the "military-patriotic" terrorist camps will most likely never be able to return to normal life, the author stressed. "We are talking about the fate of at least 580,000 children living in the temporary occupied Ukrainian territories and close to the front line (data of the UNICEF Ukrainian office). And there are still more than 215,000 registered as internally displaced persons," he informed.   In Ukrainian/український
Despite the Minsk agreements, the intelligence unit of the mechanized infantry battalion of the 59th Brigade has spotted two trucks and unidentified armed men near the village of Kalynivka (Popasnianskyi district) on April 14. According to the report, these trucks were transporting 120-mm mortars, banned by the Minsk agreements.

Censor.NET Chief editor Yurii Butusov wrote on Facebook.

According to him, the battalion commander, acting proactively, decided to destroy the banned mortars in order to ensure the cease-fire observation in the area. Thus, Ukrainian soldiers moved towards the enemy equipped with portable 9K111 Fagot antitank missile system.

They have fired at the trucks from 1000-1100 meters distance.

"The first missile failed to hit the target precisely. However, the second one hit the Ural truck directly. Two trucks, ammunition and 120-mm mortar detachment were eliminated in a powerful explosion," Butusov wrote.

According to the terrorists, there was Russian mercenaries' unit of the 2nd separate motorized rifle regiment of the Cossack regiment named after Platov of the 2nd Corps of the army of the Russian Federation in the Donbas in these trucks.

The 'LPR' media reported about five killed and seven wounded militants in the explosion. The funeral of the dead was held on the basis of the 6th Regiment in the city of Stakhanov on April 18.

Here is a link to the website of the occupation administration of Stakhanov.

The military equipment, banned by the Minsk agreements, was completely destroyed.The OSCE SMM confirmed the result of the operation. This is a convincing proof of the cease-fire violations by the Russian mercenaries.

"For active and regular peacekeeping activities in the demilitarized zone and the elimination of the banned military equipment, I offer to recommend for a decoration with the highest state awards the command of the battalion, the operator of the antitank missile system and soldiers of the unit.

"Thus, the video of the launch will receive wide publicity as an example of effective counterpenetration, as well as documentation of the fight… This video is very important in order to morale activities and is the best advertisement of Ukrainian Army," Butusov summed up.   In Ukrainian/український
The Pechersk court in Kyiv ordered the prosecutor general’s office to investigate the accusations of Viktor Medvedchuk, renowned Ukrainian politician, magnate and Putin’s buddy, in anti-Ukrainian activities, lawmaker Andry Levus, People’s Front, wrote in Facebook Apr. 22.

 “Apr. 5, a group of Rada lawmakers accused Medvedchuk and his pro-Russian Ukraine’s Choice organization of separatism, state treason and funding terrorism.

However, the demand by lawmakers and NGOs to investigate Medvedchuk’s activities, fell on the deaf ears of PGO,” the lawmaker said. 

 “PGO said the accusations were not grounded enough and refused to open the case. Finally, we, through the Pechersk court, managed force the PGO to react. Judge Batryn acknowledged the inaction by the PGO and ordered prosecutors to start the investigation,” Andry Levus said.
Naval forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will hold a series of anti-terrorist exercises involving military equipment and Special Forces in the city of Odesa.

Censor.NET reports citing Facebook. of the press service of the Naval Forces of Ukraine.

The exercises will be held on April 26-29, 2016.

"We ask residents and guests of the city to stay calm and treat the temporary inconvenience and restrictions on the movement of transport with understanding and respect," the statement read.  In Ukrainian/український
Apr. 22, Russian police surrounded a mosque in Sevastopol to check identities and cell phones of worshippers, Crimean Tatar activist Lenur Islyamov wrote in Facebook.

The crackdown happened days after the Russian authorities banned Mejlis, the Crimean Tatar assembly, saying it was a terrorist organization.

Crimean Tatar leader Refat Chubarov accuses Russia of pursuing the Stalin policy of extermination of Tatars. In April 1944, Stalin ordered forceful resettlement of the Tatars to Kazakhstan and Siberia.
Putin's political game around the release of Nadia Savchenko has entered a new stage. The European Commission has proposed to abolish visas for Ukrainians. PACE has assessed objectively in its resolution the situation in Ukraine. France’s top diplomat did not find a better place than Moscow to urge Ukraine to grant a special status to Donbas.

After conviction of GRU officers Alexandrov and Yerofeyev captured in the spring of last year in the Ukrainian Donbas, the Kremlin decided to make concessions in the Savchenko case. Ukrainian prisoner of war had the opportunity to talk on the phone with her family and hear the Ukrainian president’s call to stop her hunger strike. The lawyers of Nadia Savchenko believe that a political solution has been reached on Savchenko’s exchange, but Putin is likely to drag the process. On the one hand, he is in no hurry, on the other – he would really wish to swap the illegally detained Ukrainian female pilot for the easing of Western sanctions against Russia. And unfortunately, this is not a whim, but a certain confidence based on his expertise in political games.

Russia should be more engaged in fulfilling the Minsk agreements.
In this respect, the Moscow visit of French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Herault in Moscow is quite indicative. Ahead of his trip to the Russian capital the distinguished guest said that Russia should be more engaged in fulfilling the Minsk agreements. But upon his arrival, he urged Ukraine to provide a “special status” for Donbas in the first half of 2016. At first sight it might seem as if Hérault is not aware of the situation in the east of Ukraine and knows nothing about the problems in the work of the Trilateral contact group in Minsk, but this is not quite true. This foreign political somersault is indicative of the mood in the political elite of the Old World, just as Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s call to improve relations with Moscow..................

To read further go to this link:
Moody's confirms Russia's Ba1 sovereign rating, outlook negative.

The driver for Moody's decision to confirm Russia's current Ba1 rating relates to the economy's demonstrated resilience to the renewed drop in oil prices, which has been facilitated by exchange rate flexibility and the authorities' additional fiscal adjustments. The new oil price fall did not add lasting headwinds to the economy, inflation or financial stability, with growth taking only a brief and quite mild additional hit. While the ruble initially depreciated by around 15% in January when oil prices dropped, it has since strengthened in line with the subsequent recovery in oil prices and declining inflation, leading to limited economic disruption, Moody's said..............

To read further go to this link:
By Richard Sisk for Business Insider, Apr 22, 2016

Russia should be warned that its dangerous flybys of US ships and planes could be met by force, President Barack Obama's nominee as the next NATO and US European Command commander said Thursday.

“Sir, I believe that should be known -- yes,” Army Gen. Curtis M. “Mike” Scaparrotti said when asked by Sen. John McCain whether Russia should be told that the US would take action if American lives were endangered.

Pursuing the same line of questioning, Sen. Joe Donnelly, an Indiana Democrat, asked Scaparrotti whether the Russians should be told that “next time it doesn't end well for you.”|

The general responded that “we should engage them and make clear what's acceptable. Once we make that known, we have to enforce it.

“I think they're pushing the envelope in terms of our resolve,” Scaparrotti added. “It's absolutely reckless, it's unjustified and it's dangerous.” As NATO commander, he said one of his first actions would be to review the rules of engagement for US and allied forces in the region.

On Monday, two Russian Su-24 fighters made numerous, close-range and low-altitude passes while the US guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook was conducting landing drills with helicopters in the Baltic Sea.

On Tuesday, a Russian helicopter circled around the Cook seven times at a low altitude. About 40 minutes later, two Su-24s made 11 close-range and low-altitude passes.

Secretary of State John Kerry later said that the sailors of the Cook would have been justified in shooting down the Russian fighters.
In the area of ​​ATU fewer attacks on some fronts complete calm
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 12:48
For the past day two soldiers Armed Forces were injured as a result of fighting in the Donbas killed there nobody.
This at a briefing on April 23 AP spokesman for the ATO Andrei Lysenko.
According to him, soldiers were wounded in the Donetsk area - under settlements Zaitseva and Avdiyivka.
"The situation in the area of ​​ATU slightly improved - reduced the number of attacks Ukrainian positions of troops, and in some parts of the front - Stanichno Luhansk region, near Pervomayskaya on Svetlodarsk arc, near Donetsk airport - established complete calm" - said Lysenko.
Thus the direction of Lugansk NFP broke silence mode 4 times, including fixed mortar attack.
In Donetsk area - 5 enemy attacks, mostly mortar. At the direction of Mariupol gunmen opened fire 10 times, the most active militants were near settlements Berezove and Shyrokyne.
..."We need to resolve the conflict in Ukraine and to reassure allies, who are rightly concerned Russian aggression," - said Obama....
Very vague and diplomatic, as always, from Obama. Will he sacrifice Ukraine in an effort to appease Putin?
Give the lion a little lamb to munch on? But for Putin Ukraine is perhaps just a little snack on his perceived road to rebuilding the Soviet empire. Mass delusion around Putin and his entourage.
TODAY, 12:49 116
The incident occurred in the mosque Ah Yar after weekly Friday Jumu'ah in Sevastopol after the prayer in the mosque made a test paper on PACE will impose sanctions against the invaders, involved in the persecution in Crimea Kyiv, April 23 (New Region, Anna Belous) - On Friday, April 22 at a mosque in Sevastopol all present documents were checked and forced to submit data mobile phones. Told coordinator of the public blockade of Crimea Lenur Islyamov on the Facebook page. The incident took place in the mosque Ah Yar after weekly Friday Jumu'ah. According Islyamova, Russian police surrounded the mosque and forced to present passports of all those present. Recall, April 5, it was an attack on a private small bakery in the village of Marino. Earlier in Pioneer Village in a cafe detained 35 of the Crimean Tatars. Chapter Mezhdlisa the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov said earlier that the last two years of occupation of the peninsula Russia led to fear among Crimean due to constant harassment......

You won't read about this from Kremlin boy Shaun Walker in the Guardian. Millionaire Seaumus Milne, the infamous Putin and Stalin idolizer is his boss there, side-kick of Corbyn. Bad news about Ukraine - fair game for scumball Russiaprofile and Guardian "reporter" Walker. But repression in Russia? We can't mention that, especially not in The Guardian!
Russian terrorist Igor Girkin (Strelkov) reported that police questioned his mother in a case in which he is suspected of killing two people.
This Girkin wrote on his page on the social network "VKontakte".
"Before my mom came two police officers and said that I killed two men in St. Petersburg .. Since it was written evidence that it was at this time I have not seen" - said girkin.
In these actions, he accused the presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, who oversees the Kremlin occupied Donbas.
Earlier girkin suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin should be removed from office because he is not responsible for the Russian prisoners in Donbas.

Girkin beginning to get on the wrong side of the Kremlin.

see also
Strelkov suggested that Putin be removed
The former leader of "DNR" Igor girkin (Strelkov) suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin could be removed from office because he is not responsible for the Russian prisoners in the Donbas
He said this during a press conference, UNIAN reports....
"The government - bad or good, blame is not. He personally responsible for everything that happens with the Russian people, Russian citizens, because he is the president of Russia,..., then from him this responsibility will be taken ", - said Strelkov.
He added that the government of Russia behaves very treacherously against the Russian prisoners of war.
Russia said it temporarily suspended its demand for full repayment of a $3-billion loan to Ukraine to give the new government in Kyiv time to decide what to do about it...
see also
Russia grants Ukraine's request to delay Eurobond case defense
..The Eurobond in question was issued by the government of former president Viktor Yanukovich just two months before he fled to Russia in February 2014 amid bloody street protests....
Interesting headline by rferl. Are they suggesting that Groisman is "softer" on Russia than Yatseniuk?
Certainly, the Russian administration - and Tymoshenko - hated Yatseniuk.
on Sat Apr 23, 2016 4:59 amNelson

Certainly the best and most factual article about Ukraine from the bbc this year. cat cat cat
on Sat Apr 23, 2016 4:52 amNelson
Germany’s establishment once believed in conciliation with Russia. No longer
Apr 23rd 2016 | BERLIN | From the print edition
...“I used to see Russia as a strategic partner and competitor,” says Roderich Kiesewetter, an MP from Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic party (CDU). “Now it has become a potential enemy.” Even proponents of Ostpolitik, Germany’s traditionalpolicy of accommodation with Russia—mainly members of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), the junior partners in government—felt let down. Remaining Russia sympathisers such as Alexander Rahr, director of the German-Russian Forum in Berlin, are left appealing to his country’s deep-rooted fear of war. “The most important issue at the moment is not Ukraine, but preventing a third world war,” says Mr Rahr.

Russia once counted on business ties with Germany to secure the relationship. It miscalculated. Among Germany’s trade partners, Russia ranks below the Czech Republic. Before the EU’s Ukraine-related sanctions, Russia accounted for 4% of German trade; that has fallen to 2.4%. “Our overriding goal is to show that we will not accept violations of the post-war order,” says Markus Kerber, director of BDI, a business association....

Not a bad article. Worth a read, particularly the last paragraph.
....Under the current version of the bill, the National Guard is prohibited from using weapons in the case of “a large gathering of people, as a result of which random people may be affected.”
Deputies have argued that the rule must have certain exceptions in case of terrorists attacks, hostage situations, large-scale unrest or armed attacks on important state property.
“We believe that in these cases the risk of harming random individuals will be justified,” the Committee's statement said, RBC reported....

Making sure there is no Maidan in Russia. The dictator trying to stay one step ahead.
Paul Manafort’s work with Viktor Yanukovich is a showcase of his talents
...In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press this month, Mr Manafort described his primary responsibility in Ukraine as helping bring the country closer to the west. “The work I was doing in Ukraine was to help Ukraine get into Europe, and we succeeded,” Mr Manafort said.
Yet Mr Yanukovich’s critics say the former Ukrainian president hindered Ukraine’s integration with the west, running a presidential campaign — guided by Mr Manafort — that exploited ideological divisions between the western part of the country and a pro-Russia east that is now run by separatists.
“Ukraine is now closer to the EU and looking to the EU not because of Manafort but because of hundreds of thousands of people who stood on [Kiev’s] Maidan [square], protested for three months and the 100 people who died there with the purpose of changing the system,” said Daria Kaleniuk, an anti-corruption activist in Kiev....

Manafort is simply lying through his teeth.
On Friday, April 22, the State Duma adopted the Major-General the Interior Ministry and a member of the faction "Fair Russia" Tatyana Moskalkova Commissioner for Human Rights. Our correspondent has talked with the Ombudsman and asked her what she will pay attention primarily to the new position.
Moskalkova has promised that will take control of the investigation into the attack on journalists and human rights activists in Ingushetia, which happened at the beginning of March. Also, answering the question of Rain, Moskalkova stated that in her opinion, in Russia there are no political prisoners, at least in the Criminal Code about which nothing is said....

Russian source.
One has to laugh at this - there are no political prisoners in Russia.
This woman is Putin's new Commissioner for Human Rights. And guess what? She has absolutely no experience in Human Rights )) Retired police officer.
Only in Russia.
The relevant statement was delivered by Ambassador Ihor Prokopchuk, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna, at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on 21 April 2016...
The Delegation of Ukraine regrets to note that the situation in Donbas shows no signs of de-escalation as the intensive armed provocations of the combined Russian-separatist forces continue. Moscow further pursues the goal of Ukraine’s destabilization and fuelling violence in Donbas, including to exert pressure on Ukraine, the EU and all of Ukraine’s international partners....
...Russia, for its part, has not undertaken practical steps on any of the commitments it assumed in Minsk.....
...The documented evidence of direct Russian military intervention in Donbas continues to be strengthened by additional findings. We draw attention to the recent report by the investigative journalist organization Bellingcat, examining in-depth different sources to determine the origin of artillery fire on the Ukrainian military units, deployed near the Ukrainian-Russian border in summer 2014. Evidence attached to the report, including satellite imagery, video files and witnesses’ accounts, allowed to conclude that Russia had used MLRS “Grad” to shell the Ukrainian forces more than 300 times from its territory....

Interesting. Ukraine presenting a Bellingcat report as further evidence.
On Thursday, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) responded to Bellingcat’s follow-up response requesting specific examples of faked evidence. The MFA sent its first reply last week, which can be read in full here. In its second response, with the original document in Russian here and in English here, the MFA did provide the specific examples of fakery requested by Bellingcat; however, these examples were plagiarized from two LiveJournal blog posts from the user “albert-lex.” The first of these blog posts, “Belling the Cat,” is from October 2015, and the second, “Anti-Russian experts on NATO’s Hook,” is from March 2016....

Through its response, it seems as if the Russian MFA has adopted the positions on evidence surrounding the downing of MH17 from the LiveJournal blog of “albert-lex.

Basically they admit they've lost the argument, and so cruise the internet for garbage. Russia Foreign Affairs under mega-liar scumball Lavrov.
The total amount of subsidies paid to families for housing and utility services in Ukraine amounted to UAH 1.802 billion in January-March 2016, which is UAH 1.675 billion, or 14.1 times up year-over-year, the State Statistics Service has reported...
This is big big money.
And many people claim subsidies illegally. I know this for sure. But it will take time - several years - for Ukraine to adjust to the real price of gas, and then for it slowly to remove subsidies - as pensions increase to western Europe levels. Several years hence.
...Ukraine on April 19 did not suspend supplies of gas from Hungary and continues its imports from Europe from three directions, ...
Beliavsky said that 4.8 million cubic meters of gas daily arrives to Ukraine from Hungary, 3.5 million cubic meters from Poland and 2.4 million cubic meters from Slovakia...

About 20% of that goes into storage. Good idea. Building up reserves for next winter.
Observation -
The days of old, when Russian media were full of images of Putin turning the big valve, and cutting off the gas to Ukraine - which appeared every winter as a threat - have dissapeared.
...The prosecution authorities of German city of Schwerin investigating the case told DW that the prime suspect at that moment was a 69-year-old resident of Berlin working as a business consultant and selling the interested parties information received from civil servants through bribery, including from the police officers and members of the prosecutor's office.
The woman particularly suspected of obtaining information from an officer of criminal police of a federated state in northern Germany Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the interests of Dmytro Firtash.....

connected with the US case.
on Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:51 amNelson
..."Khreshchatyk, Teatralna, Zoloti Vorota, and Klovska have joined the network! The service is now available at seven stations!" reads the statement.
The other three stations where Wi-Fi network started operating earlier are Olympiyska, Ploshcha Lva Tolstogo, and Maidan Nezalezhnosti....

By memory, all on the same line - the one that goes out to Kharkivska and Borispilska.
Maybe Teatralna and Zoloti are the same station. Interchange...
..."Ukrainian defense industry continues to work towards a missile tactical for the Ministry of Defence. Today, one of the main objectives is to improve the performance characteristics of the product, and provide full closed cycle of its production in Ukraine", - reported NSDC first Deputy Secretary Oleg Hladkovskyy.
According to him, the tests confirm the possibility of Ukrainian defense industry to develop and improve existing technologies in close cooperation with research institutions.

Necessary to try to hold back the Russian dictator's imperial ambitions.
Headquarters: Militants fired 19 times, used a prohibited weapon
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 6:28
In the area of ​​ATU fighters of illegal armed groups violate the silence by applying against Ukrainian military banned weapons.
The press center ATO Staff reports page on Facebook.
"The number of attacks Ukrainian units compared to the same period last day decreased from 30 to 19," - said in a statement.
Five times militants fired mortar shells of caliber 82 mm: three of them - on Avdiyivka, once - in areas of Chastye and Zaitsev.
In addition, terrorists fired position forces ATU near Trohizbenky, Shyrokynoho and birch with automatic grenade launchers, machine guns and large-caliber small arms.
"To Ukrainian military defense had 9 times open fire in response," - added to the staff.

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