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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Tuesday 31 May [Ukrainian sources]

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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Tuesday 31 May [Ukrainian sources]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 1:46 am

TUESDAY

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News:
21 attacks by the Russian proxies yesterday on the Ukrainian people.
Update - sadly one soldier killed, two wounded.

Weather:
Like yesterday. Humid. But a little more cloudy in the Kiev area. Some rain last night, but t-shirt temperatures.
Everywhere is very very green.
Normally the rains would come in June, but this year May has seen some rain perhaps every other day. Good for some crops.
But the strawberries this year may be more expensive.
Update:
25 at 1700.
Went to the market. Strawberries 25 uah a kilo, and cherries 35. First cherries - from Kherson.


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ATO forces recaptured Russian Forces flamethrower from militants - Staff

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 1:50 am

http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/05/31/7110240/
ATO forces recaptured DRG militants Russian flamethrower - Staff
Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 7:24

The situation in the area of ​​ATO remains tense - a day times 21 gunmen opened fire on strongholds of the Ukrainian forces.
The press center ATO Staff reports page on Facebook.
It is noted that Ukrainian military recaptured flamethrower infantry fighters who are in service with Russia.
"Another proof that Russia is supplying arms and ammunition to militants are captured in combat contact with the enemy DRG modern infantry flamethrower that adopted for the Armed Forces," - said in a statement.
The headquarters said that the increasing number of attacks and in the territory of modern Ukraine Russia Russian arms associated with the recent arrival of another Russian "humkonvoya."
Also mortars caliber 120mm militants fired position forces ATU in the area Verhnotoretska, Novobahmutivky, Krasnogorovka and Opitnoe.
On the Ukrainian military in Avdeevka and Nevelsk, terrorists fired with small arms, grenade launchers of various systems and 82 mm mortars.
Besides strengthening the forces ATO near Krasnogorovka, Novotroitsk and Talakivky were fired from small arms, heavy machine guns and automatic grenade launchers. Near Krasnogorovka also conducted sniper fire.
When the Supreme Court shelling positions in the area Zaitsev gunmen used weapons infantry fighting vehicles and 82 mm mortars, and near the villages of Lugansk, despite the presence there of the OSCE office, were firing machine guns large caliber, with grenades and weapons of different BMP.

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Steinmeier - Berlin will never recognize Crimea as Russian territory

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 1:57 am

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Contrast that with the Greek scumballs, and the scumball Greek PM meeting with Putin, and Putin saying that it is not open to discussion.
And the Greek scumball calling for negotiations about Donbass!
Boycott all Greek goods.

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German officials see no obstacles for Ukraine’s visa-free regime with EU - Envoy [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 2:03 am

http://www.unian.info/politics/1360569-german-officials-see-no-obstacles-for-ukraines-visa-free-regime-with-eu-envoy.html
....The visa working group of the Council of Europe will continue to discuss the proposals of the European Commission to grant Ukraine a visa-free regime at the next meeting on June 14.
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I'm betting on September 01. Schools, others heading back to work.

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Russian troops preparing offensive to create land corridor to Crimea - NSDC [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 2:06 am

http://www.unian.info/war/1360666-russian-troops-preparing-offensive-to-create-land-corridor-to-crimea-nsdc.html

...Koval noted that "Russia violates the provisions of the Minsk agreements, and does not intend to comply with them."

"The Russian troops are preparing for the resumption of active offensive operations in order to advance to the administrative border of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as penetrate the land corridor to Crimea," said Koval.

He emphasized that international sanctions against Russia "are effective, but not enough to force Russia to abandon the plans of aggression against Ukraine."...

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NATO to boost presence in Poland after Warsaw summit, - Stoltenberg

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 3:04 am

The Alliance will enhance its presence in Poland upon the results of summit in Warsaw. The exact number of troops and deployment locations are being discussed, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Censor.NET reports citing RIA Novosti.

Speaking at a news conference in Warsaw, he reminded that the Alliance had previously agreed to boost its presence in Eastern Europe.

According to Stoltenberg, it will be a multi-national presence on a rotational basis. There are clear proposals from military experts, the discussion on the exact volume of NATO's advanced presence as well as deployment locations is underway, he noted.

The secretary general stressed this would be a clear signal to any potential enemy that an attack on Poland would be an attack on the whole Alliance.

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Passing judicial reform is Rada's key task this week, - Parubii

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 3:16 am

Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andrii Parubii sees the adoption of the new law on legal proceedings and the status of judges as well as amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine in terms of judicial reform the key task of this plenary week in the parliament.

Censor.NET reports referring to his Twitter.

"The main task of this week is to adopt judicial reform bills," Parubii wrote.

As previously reported, on Thursday, June 2, Rada intends to consider in second reading and adopt the bill to amend the Constitution of Ukraine in terms of judicial reform as well as the updated law on legal proceedings and the status of judges.

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Chornovil willing to testify about Party of Regions' slush funds

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 4:02 am

Political expert and former Party of Regions MP (2004-2008) Taras Chornovil says he is to do with the party's so-called slush funds and ready to testify about this in the NABU.

As reported by Censor.NET, he announced this on air of Espreso.TV's talk show.

"There were a lot of funds. Each Party of Regions leader had his own fund. Personal money, personal influence. Very often, Kliuiev's [Party of Regions deputy chairman - ed.] funds were used to buy places in the list of Batkivshchyna. Then, they bought those who had already quit Batkivshchyna in 2006-2007," he said.

Chornovil also noted he personally knew people for whom Kliuiev paid 3 million to Tymoshenko each year so that these people were on Batkivshchyna's party list.

Also, according to the ex-deputy, there was an election fund and a rally fund.

Chornovil admits his name may appear in the relevant documents as he received money from Party of Regions members.

He added he was ready to testify about the said slush funds in the NABU.

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“Trepak list’ may send political parties tumbling

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 6:45 am

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau, NABU, has launched an investigation into the ‘Trepak list,’ a roster of politicians and officials who had been paid huge bribes by the Regions party during the reign of Viktor Yanukovych for defecting their parties or giving voting favors.

Other anti-corruption agencies will join NABU to track down the money from the Regions war chest, $2 billion, and their recipients, Radio Svoboda says May 31. 

Contrary to some declarations that the bribes had been given anonymously, the investigators say the recipients had left their signatures on the pay sheets.

 “When the Trepak list is published you will be surprised to learn that the bribes went to political parties, some currently the most avid critics in the Rada,” Lutsenko said.

The Radical party is today one of the most vocal critic of Pres Poroshenko’s policy. Its leader Oleh Lyashko said in a statement that he had known long before about this provocation by the special services.

 “The big question is why they hadn’t launched the investigation when Viktor Trepak was head of SBU anti-corruption department,” Lyashko said, adding the operation is aimed at discrediting the Radical party. 

 Lyashko linked the provocation to the attempt by the Radicals to probe into Pres Poroshenko’s off-shore companies.

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Vitally important that emphasis is put on a justifiable and stringent sentencing, not just a slap on the hand. As if that's the case, then there's no stopping the criminal norm in Ukraine.


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Savchenko to MPs: "I won’t let you forget those guys who started dying for Ukraine on Maidan and now continue dying for it in Donbas"

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 7:20 am

Today's meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine was opened by the address delivered by Ukrainian servicewoman and Batkivshchyna party MP Nadiia Savchenko.

Censor.NET correspondent reports.

Savchenko got up on the parliament's stand with Ukraine's national flag. "Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Heroes!" she said.

"I am a Member of the Parliament Nadiia Savchenko. I have returned and join the work now. I want to thank all the Ukrainians, who have fought for me, raising the consciousness of Ukrainian and international communities and demonstrating them what Ukraine is. I want to thank all the good and decent people who have supported both me and Ukraine.

"I want to apologize to Vadym Puhachiov's mother as her son gave his life for my freedom. I am sorry that I'm alive and your child is dead. I have returned and I will not let those who sit in these chairs forget the guys who started dying for Ukraine on Maidan and now continue dying for it in Donbas," Savchenko said.

Following these words, Savchenko removed a banner with her image from the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada and replaced it by the one with pictures of the Ukrainian captives.

"I am in the parliament now. I am taking my portrait away from the parliament's stand and replace it by the portraits of the guys who will gaze into your eyes, who are still in the enemy's rear today fighting for our Ukraine. I am doing this for you to face them every time you will be speaking from this stand and realize that you have no right not to get the last of them out," Savchenko added.

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Police searched for explosives on the plane that landed in Kiev

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 7:39 am

The plane vidtransportuvaly in a special place at the airport "Kyiv", where it tested professionals



At the airport "Kyiv" (Juliani) lasted several hours checking information of bomb the plane, the press service of the capital management Natspolitsii.

"Today, about 12 hours before the next part was reported that mined the plane that arrived from abroad. In Juliani quickly left experts vybuhotehnichnoho department, forensic experts, investigative team and operational staff. In addition, the resonant statement informed the Security Service, prosecutors, doctors and rescue workers, "- said the police.

Established on board aircraft is 160 people - passengers and crew. The plane vidtransportuvaly in a special place, where he checked professionals and evacuated passengers.

At 14.00 police reported that they have completed verification of the cabin.

"No explosive objects and substances not found", - said in a statement.

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Prosecutor General's Office conducts a search of the head office of the bank "Khreshchatyk"

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 7:44 am

Fund Deposit Guarantee reported that there seizure of documents

In the main office of the Bank "Khreschatyk" in Kiev on Khreschatyk Street, 8a is seizure of documents.

This information was confirmed in the Fund Deposit Guarantee.

"This is all information that is current. Let's go to the place, we see that there is. They say that the Attorney General's office is working "- said employee of the Fund.

Recall, April 5, National Bank has recognized the bank "Khreshchatyk" insolvent and Guarantee Fund introduced a temporary administration.

As you know, 24.9379% of its shares owned by the Kyiv city state administration.

Indirect owner of the bank is Andrey Ivanov with a share of 37.44% and Nikolay Soldatenko with a share of 24.2% of shares.

As reported, according to NBU, October 1 bank by assets held 18th place (10,090 billion hryvnia) among 122 operating banks.

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Russia calls the "Naftogaz" $ 600 million for gas for militants

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 7:53 am

Moscow believes that Ukraine should pay for gas used by occupation forces in the Donbas

Russian "Gazprom" assesses their claims to "Naftogaz Ukraine" for delivery in the occupied areas of Donbas 600 million.

The corresponding figure announced by the deputy chairman of "Gazprom" Alexander Medvedev on Tuesday.

"We are putting a total score for the supplied gas. They now do not take (accounts - Ed.). No separate accounts for Luhansk and Donetsk - goes the score. Gas goes only by one contract. There is no separate supply contracts to Donetsk or Lugansk, "- he said.

Medvedev also said that "Gazprom" on June 2 launches new underground gas storage in the Czech Republic.

"The day after tomorrow we will celebrate the opening of our storage Damborzhitse in the Czech Republic", - he said.

Earlier it was reported that court between "Gazprom" and "Naftogaz" the Arbitration Institute of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce on the contract will continue for approximately six months.

Today, the amount of claims of "Gazprom" for this claim is 31.75 billion dollars.

Recall that "Gazprom" and "Naftogaz" are suing the Stockholm Arbitration June 2014. Then the Russian monopoly has accused Ukrainian company to "improper performance of obligations" under contract number CP from 19.01.2009, "a large debt for supplied gas" and no payments for current account deliveries.

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You invaded it. Pay for something you wanted. Ukraine shouldn't pay for something that was taken away from them. Must be you don't like the cost of what you've caused. Stupid is as stupid does.

No worries. Ukraine will pay for it, once it's back in their hands in the near future.



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Turkish media reported something Putin decided to make peace with Turkey

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 9:34 am

Putin understands: his adventure took more than earned - Star gazete

Turkish media believe insincere words of Russian President Vladimir Putin about the intention to make peace with Turkey. "During his visit to Greece Vladimir Putin symbolically sitting in the chair of the Byzantine era, said the desire to normalize relations with Turkey. These words should not be interpreted either as funny or as a sincere confession "- writes Turkish edition Star gazete .

The publication says that Turkey needs Russia far more than Russia - Turkey. "Serious investment theme of new energy routes. In addition, the work associated with the construction of nuclear power plants. Construction of pipelines. This is a serious financial relationships. While on vegetables and fruits Russia is pursuing a policy of humiliation, ultimately, Turkey - alternative energy route and the second largest buyer of Russia ", - says the publication.

Star gazete adds that Putin understands: his adventure took more than earned. The publication notes that Putin fears a rebellion of their own people because of economic difficulties and therefore tries to deflect attacks society active in foreign policy.

"Now Putin makes a new move. Expecting an apology, it seeks to mobilize political fault lines in Turkey. Turkey Summing point "vybachymosya let's see, Putin also agreed to accept", he takes the ball Erdogan's apology ... wait a while to apologize should the one who violated the border - another example of shamelessness, "- writes Star gazete , specifying that ydetsya the scandal with Russian aircraft.

"Yes, he (Putin - Ed.) Was in a difficult position. But let's leave it at that, let it suffocate in the grip of these come with their own mistakes. Putin will meet face to face with reality, and Russian society will call him to answer for the sins of all. That is why he is trying to make the problem outside "- sums up edition.

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Occupation authorities warned Crimean: payment for gas will double

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 9:45 am

Raising tariffs will be phased

The representative of the occupying power Crimea, the so-called "head of the State Committee on prices and tariffs" Nina Zotovych announced plans to increase fees for gas Crimean twice. She said that it is not a one-time increase in tariffs for gas, but gradually, over 7-10% twice a year.

According to her, the amount of electricity tariffs in Crimea will also grow, but for households and other consumers in different ways. "From January 1, 2017, we plan to be in the first price zone (with electricity) and electricity supply situation would be: the entire population will get electricity at fixed taryfamy.Usi other buyers will buy its electricity at unregulated prices and electricity price will be formed market mechanism."

Zotovych said that the tariffs for gas and electricity in the occupied Crimea remain the lowest in Russia.

in response to this information, appointed by the Kremlin so-called" head of the republic, "Sergei Aksenov said that all utility tariffs in Crimea should rise to economically a reasonable level of no more than 10-15% every six months or a year, no spike will not - says the mouthpiece of the occupation authorities "Kryminform".

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Political analyst predicts split "Opposition bloc"

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The election of two co-chairmen - a temporary compromise

Inside "the Opposition bloc" can happen split. Such an opinion in comments "Commander" expressed political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko.

According to him, within this political power are two groups between which there is a risk of conflict. "If between them held some controversy about funding or strategic course of the party, it could lead to a split. So far managed to maintain balance through a compromise: the election of two co - Yuri Boyko and Boris Kolesnikov, "- said the analyst.

He also said that the group from which elected Chairman Boyko represents George and Dmitry Firtash Lyovochkin, and the group, which loosely represents Kolesnikov - Renat Akhmetov interests.

However, it does not bind the recent decision of MP Vadim Rabinovich withdrawal from "the Opposition bloc" within the dualism of political power. Fesenko believes Rabinovich decision to withdraw from the ranks of "Opobloku" predicts individual and no mass exodus from the faction.

"There were rumors that Rabinowitz wants to create his own political force. Perhaps it did not fulfill the place that he was in "the Opposition bloc" but maybe he just wanted to create his own project, "- said the analyst.

Recall, May 13, MP Vadim Rabinovich announced his intention to leave "Opposition bloc". Then he said: the reason for the decision was that "Opoblok" does not show himself a true opposition.

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MPs fear decide the fate of 800 judges who are waiting for permanent appointment - Speaker

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 10:16 am

Head of the Verkhovna Rada explained why the people's representatives are afraid to vote in respect of judges appointed during the time Yanukovych

New Parliament Speaker Andrew Paruby in an interview with "Commander" explained why for quite a long time in the Parliament can not solve the issue of 800 judges appointed during the time of Yanukovych, whose term expired five-year term, and are now waiting purpose to life.

"In this direction the discussion. What is the key issue? MPs are afraid to vote. Because we have cases where several judges voted. And then it turned out that those judges were corrupt past. And members of reformers who clicked "for", came under the barrage of public criticism. All are simply afraid to vote. But the situation is complicated. We have areas where one or two judges, which is simply not performed the function of justice. This, of course, the powers of the committee ( on legal policy and justice - "Glaucus") . And the Committee on this subject made ​​many different attempts, "- said the speaker of parliament.

Paruby added that proposed a public debate to highlight at least some categories of judges in respect of which no criticisms. What committee chairman Ruslan Knyazevich said that this has been conducted, and all were on the reservation.

"Parliament does not have investigative functions to a judge for each obtain reliable data. I have had a conversation with NABU people to help us with that list to isolate at least part of the judges, the question of who could make the hall "- added Paruby.

Verkhovna Rada Chairman also commented on the position of Justice Minister Pavel Petrenko, which is to free all 800 judges and competition through close these vacancies new people.

"I know the position of minister. We were on this occasion had a long conversation together with community activists. But my position remains an important committee. As the head of the Verkhovna Rada should focus on it. During our last conversation Knyazevych asked even a pause before the final decision to announce the committee. And I still will make the proposal to the hall, which will be agreed with the committee, "- said Paruby.

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Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan to buy Antonov planes

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 10:41 am

Antonov Aviation, 70 years today, has signed new contracts with Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan for the supply of its cargo and passenger planes, Pres Poroshenko told the meeting of Antonov employees at the corporation assembly plant May 31.

Ukraine’s defense ministry has also placed orders for Antonov cargo planes, the president said.

 “Russia tried to stall us, stopping cooperation and cutting supplies of parts but Antonov withstood the pressure and resumed production on its own, Poroshenko said.

 “Our common goal is to turn Ukraine into an aviation player in the world. Seeing how well several models of Antonov planes are selling, I am convinced the task is real,” Pres Poroshenko said.

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SBU suspended social benefits payment to 450,000 "pension tourists", Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister says

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 11:39 am

The Security Service of Ukraine has identified about 450,000 people illegally applying for social payments from the state budget as they actually live in the temporarily occupied territories.

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko said in an interview with Censor.NET.

According to him, the so-called "pension tourism" is meant when the residents of the occupied areas of Donbas have formally registered on the territories controlled by the legitimate authorities to receive social benefits.

"Either social services or the Pension Fund simply do not have means to establish which side of the demarcation line a person actually lives on. According to Ukrainian laws and government regulations, all such information is provided to us by the State Migration Service or Interior Ministry, or the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU)," Rozenko said.

"These agencies were efficient last year and the "pension tourism" flourished. But three months ago, the Security Service handed over to the Pension Fund the database of almost 450 000 people, who, according to the SBU, were not actually living on the territory controlled by the legitimate government, but received social benefits and pensions," the official said.

According to him, the payment of pensions to the individuals included in these lists has been immediately suspended.
"Those who were put on the list by mistake, have the opportunity to change this. However, they should undergo identification by the Pension Fund, local authorities and so on in the territory controlled by the legitimate authorities," the vice prime minister said.

He also clarified that in the case of citizen's confirmed emigration to the territory controlled by Kyiv, the person has the right to immediately receive the full amount of social payments such as pensions owed to one.

According to Rozenko, 1,780,000 displaced persons are currently registered in Ukraine by the agencies of the Ministry of Social Policy.

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1,800 judges face lustration in Ukraine – justice minister

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 11:45 am

Positions of local judges will be subject to competition, Justice Minister Petrenko said May 30.

No judges will be appointed for life tenure by-passing the lustration, the official said. 

Ukrainians with legal education who are not members of the judiciary can take part in the competitions, Minister Petrenko said.

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Russian troops preparing to capture land corridor from Donbas to Crimea - NSDC

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 11:49 am

The Russians are preparing to launch a massive offensive operation to capture a land corridor from Donbas to Crimea, first deputy head of Ukraine’s National Defense and Security Council Mykhailo Koval said, addressing a joint session of Polish, Lithuanian and Ukrainian legislatures representatives, Ukrinform reports May 30.

The international sanctions now in force against Russia are an effective tool but not sufficient enough to make Moscow stop its aggression against Ukraine, Koval said.

With no road communication, water and electricity supply from mainland Ukraine to Crimea, the peninsula is in desperate situation.

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US Ambassador to Ukraine shocked by escalation in Donbas

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 12:14 pm

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt is shocked by recent escalation of the situation in the Donbas.

The ambassador told journalists at the Kyiv Institute of Postgraduate Education after the oath-taking ceremony of the U.S. Peace Corps volunteers in Ukraine on Tuesday, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"We are shocked by the escalation happening in eastern Ukraine in recent days. We have seen how Russian-led separatists shot down an OSCE's unmanned aerial vehicle. And we have seen in the OSCE report that the separatists are moving along the contact line in columns in order to carry out raids and attacks," he said.

Ambassador Pyatt noted that U.S. President Barack Obama had stated at the G7 summit that the violence had to be stopped.

"It is in Russia's power to stop this violence," the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine added.

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In pictures: Ukraine removes communist-era symbols [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 12:23 pm

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36396854
By Vitaly Shevchenko
BBC Monitoring, Zaporizhya
40 minutes ago
From the section Europe
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Ok collection of photos of "Leninopad". ))
Better than the usual garbage the bbc often produce.

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Yesterday in the area ATO 1 soldier killed, 2 wounded - Staff

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 12:27 pm

http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/05/31/7110272/
At night in the area ATO 1 soldier killed, 2 wounded - Staff
Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 12:48

One day in the area of ​​anti-terrorist operation killed one military and two were wounded.
This at a traditional briefing on Tuesday, said a spokesman for the Presidential Administration Alexander Motuzyanyk ATO.
"For the past day because of fighting one Ukrainian soldier was killed, two of our soldiers were wounded. These losses suffered Ukrainian troops in Donetsk direction," - said the colonel.
Also during the day in the area ATO in Donetsk area was recorded 6 flights enemy UAV.


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Europe Still in Denial as Russia Ushers in the Age of Hybrid Hostilities [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 12:38 pm

http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/europe-still-in-denial-as-russia-ushers-in-the-age-of-hybrid-hostilities#.V02kkLJaoOs.twitter
MAY 31, 2016
....European leaders will gather in June to discuss whether to extend sanctions against Russia over the Kremlin’s hybrid war in Ukraine. The current sanctions regime will likely remain in place, but the mere fact the subject is up for debate is evidence of Europe’s alarming refusal to acknowledge the new security reality facing the continent. Many inside the EU seem unwilling to admit the twenty-five year honeymoon period of European peace and prosperity since 1991 is over. They cling to the idea of a return to the old ‘business as usual’ status quo, and appear to believe Russian aggression is only an issue for Moscow’s immediate neighbors. This policy of obstinate denial is not only morally bankrupt—it also encourages the Kremlin to escalate a hybrid war campaign designed to reverse the results of the Cold War and break up the European Union itself....
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Not a bad read. Not too long.

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Twits at twitter suspend @darthputinkgb

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 12:51 pm

@support have suspended the amusing parody account @darthputinkgb. Please follow @DietKGB -- while you still can
From @edwardlucas

https://twitter.com/DietKGB
Some quotes  -

We allow freedom of speech. But not freedom after speech.

Workers of the world unite!! Or we will shoot you.
#MayDay

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Knowing Monday is coming is one thing. Knowing we will come for you on Monday is something else.


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This from the great Brian Whitmore -

Brian Whitmore ‏@PowerVertical 4 ч.4 часа назад
Brian Whitmore Ретвитнул(а) Citizen Intelligence
Why did @support block @DarthPutinKGB? Have the Russian trolls taken over Twitter?

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Moscow has no plans of recognizing Ukraine's self-proclaimed republics — Lavrov [Engl; BUT Ru source]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 1:06 pm

http://tass.ru/en/politics/879223
Moscow has no plans of recognizing Ukraine's self-proclaimed republics — Lavrov
Russian Politics & Diplomacy May 31, 13:25 UTC+3
According to the Russian foreign minister, recognizing the self-proclaimed republics would give the West a pretext to stop pressure on Kiev on implementing the Minsk peace deal.
...."If we say now that 'our patience has run out, we will go another way,’ they will say ‘fine, then the West will have no influence on the current Ukrainian authorities now," Lavrov said.
Nevertheless, Russia is not abandoning or forgetting about Ukraine’s southeast, the diplomat went on to say.
"We are not giving up Ukraine’s southeast or forgetting about it and are very actively supporting it not only politically," Lavrov said.....


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Not as clear as it sounds.
Playing games, as usual. Games with Ukrainian lives. Russian scum. In Russia human life has no value. That's why it is a Third World Country, along with North Korea.

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Ex-militant leader launches movement on 'Ukraine and Belarus returning to Russia' [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 1:15 pm

http://uatoday.tv/politics/ex-militant-leader-launches-movement-on-ukraine-and-belarus-returning-to-russia-663659.html
....The declaration states that "the lands where Russian people live and which are watered with blood of Russian people, have the right to become part of Russia."

The members of the new movement are in favour of "uniting the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, and other Russian lands into a single all-Russian state and transforming the entire territory of the former USSR in the unconditional Russian zone of influence."....

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Mega nutcase Strelkov- Gerkin.
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Also of interest - same site -

Moscow agent Strelkov admits Russian army behind Crimean referendum
http://uatoday.tv/news/moscow-agent-strelkov-admits-russian-army-behind-crimean-referendum-404995.html
....Ex-insurgent leader Igor Girkin ('Strelkov') has admitted in a recent Russian TV interview that the March 2014 Crimean referendum was forced through by Russian occupation forces and received almost no local support.....
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That's not what Putin and his favourite English journalist Shaun Walker said.

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Dozens in Russia imprisoned for social media likes, reposts [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 1:32 pm

http://bigstory.ap.org/0274242811894097a9d79f789002aab0
TVER, Russia (AP) — Anastasia Bubeyeva shows a screenshot on her computer of a picture of a toothpaste tube with the words: "Squeeze Russia out of yourself!" For sharing this picture on a social media site with his 12 friends, her husband was sentenced this month to more than two years in prison.

As the Kremlin claims unequivocal support among Russians for its policies both at home and abroad, a crackdown is underway against ordinary social media users who post things that run against the official narrative. Here the Kremlin's interests coincide with those of investigators, who are anxious to report high conviction rates for extremism. The Kremlin didn't immediately comment on the issue.

At least 54 people were sent to prison for hate speech last year, most of them for sharing and posting things online, which is almost five times as many as five years ago, according to the Moscow-based Sova group, which studies human rights, nationalism and xenophobia in Russia. ...


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North Korea.
You won't read this story in Seumas Milne's Guardian.

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Savchenko Sworn In As Lawmaker, Urges Fight For 'Kremlin Prisoners' [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 1:34 pm

http://www.rferl.org/content/ukraine-savchenko-sworn-in-parliament/27768308.html
...."I won't let you, who sit in these chairs in the Verkhovna Rada, forget those guys who died at the Maidan and who currently are dying in the Donbas."

Savchenko vowed to make it her priority to fight for the release of other Ukrainians held in Russia, whom Ukraine describes as political prisoners.

She then removed a poster with her image on it from the rostrum, where it had been hanging for months as Kyiv sought to secure her release. In its place, Savchenko hung a banner depicting several other people who remain in Russian custody. ....

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Anticorruption Prosecutor: When Shokina Heprokuratura allegedly helped us and kept in a pocket fig

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 1:35 pm

Pressure committed, but some were obstructing the work

Head of anti-corruption prosecutors Nazar Holodnytskyy in an interview with "Commander" shared with the Prosecutor General of the subtleties in the Shokina.

He said that pressure from top state leadership and management to the GPU NABU and anti-corruption prosecutor in the truest sense of the word committed, but some obstruction work was: "There have been games in the" cat and mouse "when we vytrebuvaly to study the case of the Prosecutor General, and we answered that can not provide them for various reasons. For "case is closed", or even the fact that "the director of NABU NABU not an employee."

According to official Holodnytskoho even had a letter of explanation signed Shokina to prosecutors, director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau is not an employee NABU because has no right to claim the case and the prosecutor of the Specialized Anti-Corruption prosecutor's Office does not have to agree.

"The position of the GPU was that, like, we will help, but say it simply: fig in the pocket hold" - said the head of the CAP.
for According Holodnytskoho despite following the Prosecutor General, managed to reclaim 17 cases, and as of today they are transmitted. But instead of 5-10 days, these things waiting for months.

"We tried to put in a certain framework, artificially created when, for example, according to some employees of the GPU, Deputy Attorney General - Head of the CAP must ask permission from the local prosecutor demanding the prosecution of criminal proceedings. In addition, the introduction of such proceedings prosecutors CAP had to go to the place of its investigation. It is clear that such a position was not conducive to cooperation ", - stressed anti-corruption prosecutor.
He said that now, after the election of a new prosecutor general, cooperation should improve:" At present there is a full understanding of the new head of the GPU and I think nestykuvannya in relations with other structural units of the GPU will be removed."

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Twitter Targets Parody Accounts Needling The Kremlin [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 1:39 pm

http://www.rferl.org/content/twitter-parody-accounts-darthputinkgb-suspended-russia/27770817.html
....At least five English-language Twitter accounts needling the Russian government had been suspended as of May 31, including the popular @DarthPutinKGB. The account mocks Russian President Vladimir Putin -- and playfully asserts that it is the one being parodied by the Kremlin’s official Twitter feed.

Fans of the feed swiftly launched the hashtag campaign #NoTwitterGulagForDarthPutinKGB in support.

Other suspended accounts included @RusEmbassyNot, a parody of Russian diplomacy efforts; @SovietSergey, which tweaks Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov; @AmbYakovenkoNot, which lampoons Aleksandr Yakovenko, Russia’s ambassador to Britain; and @Russia__Not, which spoofs the Russian government.....


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Looks like the Russians have taken over twitter. Or paid somebody big big $$$$$$ inside the organisation.

This from the head of Bellingcat -

Eliot Higgins
‏@EliotHiggins
Dear Twitter, we do get that @DarthPutinKGB is a parody account, no need for suspension.

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The Council called on the EU to introduce visa-free regime for Ukrainian

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 1:58 pm

Parliament adopted a corresponding resolution

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution "On appeal to the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, the Parliament and the leadership of the EU Member States to implement the EU visa regime for Ukraine." For this decision voted 247 deputies.

Addressing Parliament stresses that the introduction of the EU visa regime for Ukrainian citizens should be a welcome step in the EU in response to Ukraine's decision to introduce visa-free travel for citizens of EU member states, which was adopted in 2005.

BP considering full implementation by Ukraine of criteria Action Plan on visa liberalization believes that a visa-free regime of mutual travel create adequate opportunities for effective implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU by reviving people contacts, student and youth exchanges, cultural and humanitarian cooperation as well as business activity.

also, the parliament notes that due to the completion of the Ukraine all the criteria of the Action Plan to liberalize the EU visa regime for Ukrainian citizens to Ukraine in this context should not nominated any additional conditions.
parliament stressed that the progress of each country in visa dialogue with the EU should be assessed separately and objectively.

Parliament calls for the European Parliament, European Council, European Commission, parliaments, Heads of State and Government, Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of the Member states as well as Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, call to complete all legal procedures necessary for the approval of legislative initiative amending Council Regulation (EC) number 539/2001 from 15.03.2001 g. on the introduction of the EU visa regime for Ukraine in the near future, before the summer holidays.

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Jean-Claude Juncker’s Russia trip raises red flags [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 2:06 pm

http://www.politico.eu/article/jean-claude-juncker-trip-to-russia-vladimir-putin-raises-concerns/

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker faces growing resistance from the U.S., some European countries — and even among his own staff — to a trip to Russia next month.

Their fear, according to diplomatic sources, is that Juncker’s visit will strengthen Russian President Vladimir Putin’s position right before a crucial decision on renewing economic sanctions against Moscow.

Juncker plans to attend a major international conference in St. Petersburg — an annual gathering of politicians, business leaders and thinkers that is often described as Putin’s version of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Commission president would be the first leader of an EU institution to visit Russia since sanctions were imposed in March 2014 after the country’s incursions in Ukraine, including the annexation of the Crimean peninsula....


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Newcomers may break backbone of corruption in PGO - expert

Post by Admin on Tue May 31, 2016 2:11 pm

The fact that outsiders have been put by Yury Lutsenko in key positions in the prosecutor general’s office is good news, political expert Oleksandr Palij told ZIK May 31.

One of the newcomers is a Rada lawmaker Dmytro Storozhuk, 31,  who will serve as Lutsenko’s first deputy.

Another newcomer is Petro Shkutyak who will head internal security. A Donbas war veteran, he is supposed to purge corrupt prosecutors from PGO.

One of the newcomers is a US citizen with Ukrainian roots – Bohdan Vitvytsky.

He will have an important role to head a PGO commission to select prosecutors for the General inspection.

He was US deputy federal prosecutor to fight economic crimes and is now a legal adviser to the US embassy in Ukraine.

Bohdan Vitvytsky, 67, was nominated to head the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine but due to his age he didn’t meet the 65-year age limit.

Another newcomer is a new deputy general prosecutor Valentyna Telichenko, 69.

As a lawyer, she represented the interests of Myroslava Gongadze, Yulia Tymoshenko, Yury Lutsenko, Nadya Savchenko in the European Human Rights Court.

Yevhen Yenin, 35, will join a new group of Lutsenko deputies.
Earlier, Yenin was an SBU and external intelligence service operative. Prior to his appointment he was adviser to the Ukrainian embassy in Italy.

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Diplomatic scandal: American student deported from Kazan for illegal tutoring [Ru source]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 2:24 pm

http://www.business-gazeta.ru/news/312300
Diplomatic scandal: American student deported from Kazan for illegal tutoring
American citizen Ian Bonner came to Kazan in 2012 with educational visa and studied at the Faculty of International Relations at the Kazan Federal University. However, as it turned out, he also worked part time as a tutor of English, without permission.

As a result, Vahitovskij District Court ruled for a forced expulsion of a foreigner from the territory of Russia, informs "Efir24". It is known that Bonner had married in Kazan, as the theme of the thesis chose the war in Chechnya, and even learned the Chechen language....


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The road to North Korea.

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Ukrainian orchestra performs ‘Game of Thrones’ theme song at iron and steel works factory

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 2:29 pm

https://meduza.io/en/lion/2016/05/31/ukrainian-orchestra-performs-game-of-thrones-theme-song-at-iron-and-steel-works-factory?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=share_fb&utm_campaign=share

Amazing images.

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Rada lowers excise duty on import of used cars: popular models to become up to EUR 4,000 cheaper

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 2:36 pm

http://www.unian.info/economics/1361739-rada-lowers-excise-duty-on-import-of-used-cars-popular-models-to-become-up-to-eur-4000-cheaper.html
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A lot depends upon the year of production.
The older cars paradoxically face a higher tax charge, if I recall correctly.
I'd like to see the full details. This article doesn't give them.

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Moody’s forecast for Ukrainian banks improves [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 2:41 pm

http://www.unian.info/economics/1361764-moodys-forecast-for-ukrainian-banks-improves.html
Moody's Investors Service has today changed the outlook for Ukraine's banking system to stable from negative.
“The change in outlook reflects our view that the economy will begin to emerge from a deep recession in the coming 12-18 months , which will help contain further asset quality deterioration,” reads the agency’s announcement published May 31....

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Maybe time to stick some money in an Ukrainian bank account? A risk, but... if the UAH rises from say 25 to a dollar to even 20... you can make a lot of money in a year.

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Party of Regions’ off-the-book payments unveiled: $66 million spent on political corruption over six months of 2012. DOCUMENT [Engl]

Post by Nelson on Tue May 31, 2016 2:57 pm

http://en.censor.net.ua/photo_news/391085/party_of_regions_offthebook_payments_unveiled_66_million_spent_on_political_corruption_over_six_months
..."The documents also provide information about persons involved in transfer of millions of dollars to the ICTV and Inter TV channels, regional printed media and FM-radio stations for Party of Regions' PR-campaign. Besides, the documents also provide evidence that the Party of Regions has been funding Nasha Ukraina and Communist parties during the election campaign-2012," the article reads. ....
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Bribes and bribes and lies and corruption.

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