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46 attacks by Putin on Ukraine. Update - 4 soldiers wounded.
Since the French senate backed Putin, and he also met with the Greek PM he has grown in confidence, and realised he can up the war again without any consequences whatsoever from the scum in western Europe, many of whom are undoubtedly on his payroll. Gasprom shares probably.

Warmer this morning again. 17 at 0900. Sunshine. Some light clouds.

Euro2016 starts this evening. Ukraine's first game is on Sunday against World Champions Germany.
You can't get any harder than that.

Darth Putin ‏@DarthPutinKGB 24 ч.24 часа назад
French senate votes to have Ukraine move its border away from my army.

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The agency also affirmed the long-term and short-term ratings of Ukraine in foreign and national currency at level «B- / B».

International rating agency S & P Global Ratings confirmed the long-term and short-term ratings of Ukraine in foreign and national currency at level «B / B», writes "Interfax".

It is reported that long-term rating forecast - "stable".

Simultaneously, the agency confirmed the long term rating of Ukraine national scale at «uaBBB-».

"Confirmation Ukraine's ratings reflects the stabilization of the macroeconomic picture in the country in 2016, including returning the economy to growth in the first quarter (which marked the first time in nine quarters) and easing inflation", - the report says.

According to the forecast S & P, in 2016 Ukrainian GDP will grow by 1% and by acceleration in the 2017-2019 biennium. Average rate of economic growth in the 2016-2019 biennium. Amount to 2%.

"Stable" forecast due to our view that in the next 12 months the Government of Ukraine will retain access to the formal credit programs, spending reform, albeit with a delay in the budgetary, financial and economic spheres ", - said the agency.  In Ukrainian/український
The sides discussed the situation in Syria, Libya and Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a telephone conversation with German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, the parties discussed the situation in Syria, Libya and Ukraine, the press service of the Foreign Ministry.

" Ministers discussed a number of topical international issues, including crisis management tasks in Syria, Libya and Ukraine. We considered the issue of the OSCE, where Germany is heading this year " - said in a statement.   In Ukrainian/український
Weather for long-term sovereign credit ratings is stable.

International rating agency S & P Global Ratings (S & P) on Friday confirmed long-term and short-term sovereign credit rating of Ukraine in foreign and local currency ratings at «B- / B". This is stated in the agency. "Confirmation of the ratings reflects the stabilization of the macroeconomic situation in Ukraine in 2016, where a return to growth in the economy in the first quarter (the first time in nine quarters) and the slowdown in inflation," - said in a statement .

At the same time long-term rating at «B-» reflects economic and political challenges that the country continues to face. These include widespread corruption, unpredictable situation in the east, and the state of the financial sector.  In Ukrainian/український
Former political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich and Young Front activists picketed Wednesday’s official opening of a mural which symbolizes Moscow-Minsk friendship.

The graffiti that shows a Belarusian boy giving flowers to a Russian girl was painted by Artur Koshak, an artist from the Russian town of Yaroslavl. The project was developed by Novatek Art company at the order of the Moscow city authorities.

On June 8, about one hundred people gathered at the mural in Mahiliouskaya Street in Minsk at 17:00. In the front there were youngsters wearing T-shirts Belaya Rus – they were allegedly forced to participate in the event by the city and university authorities. Soon red flags of the Communist Party of Belarus appeared.

Zmitser Dashkevich and his associates also came at 17:00. They were carrying white-red-white historical flags and banners ‘Putin Is Murderer’, ‘No Union With The Gang!’ The police and journalists surrounded the protesters; the organizers of the official ceremony seemed to be at a loss........

Savchenko said the government in Kyiv has failed to live up to public expectations raised by the ouster of Ukraine's former pro-Russian government in February 2014.

Savchenko spent nearly two years in Russian captivity before she was released in May and returned to a hero's welcome in Ukraine.She was elected to parliament in 2014 while in custody.

On June 7, Savchenko said she was willing to talk with Russia-backed separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine to try to end the nation's two-year-old conflict.

Savchenko told Ukrainian media that she believes direct peace talks with separatist leaders would be more effective than the current, unproductive talks that have included Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany.............

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed Law on Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine on Tax Exemption of Pensions adopted by the Parliament on June 2.

The head of state emphasized that the authorities had managed to save the country from default in 2015 and achieve macro-financial stability of the economy in early 2016, Censor.NET reports citing the president's press office.

"At the cost of tremendous efforts, we have managed to break the negative trend of decline in the economy and GDP of Ukraine, which lasted 14 quarters," Petro Poroshenko informed.

The head of state emphasized that the decline had been primarily caused by the Russian aggression, occupation of the large industrial region of our country, dismantling and destruction of production in that region and closure of Russian markets for Ukrainian producers. "Of course, these aggressive actions couldn't but affect our economic positions," the president said.

However, the situation has changed today and we have a positive dynamics. "In the first quarter of 2016, for the first time in 14 quarters, we observe the economic growth. We are confident that this trend will be continued, because we have a growth in foreign investment and attract new investors," Petro Poroshenko noted.

According to the head of state, all these factors provide an opportunity not only to ensure normal activity of the country, but also to abolish fiscal pressure on pensions.

"The first such steps allow us to ensure not only the funding of the Armed Forces, but also the protection of pensioners - those who need assistance most. This law abolishes taxation of pensions," the president emphasized.   In Ukrainian/український
Today, June 10, the Russian State Duma stripped lawmaker Ilya Ponomarev of his powers for alleged systematic failing in his duties including absenteeism.

Censor.NET reports citing TASS.

The decision was supported by 413 MPs while three lawmakers voted against.

It should be noted that Ponomarev was the only Member of the Russian Parliament who voted against the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.  In Ukrainian/український

The Se3curity Service of Ukraine, SBU, registered several incidents when Ukraine politicians were funded by Russia’s FSB to destabilize the situation in the country, SBU chief Vasyl Hrytsak said, Espreso reports June 10.

The funding is done by both Russia’s special services and Yanukovych-era politicians on the fly in Russia, Hrytsak said.

SBU has knowledge of secret meeting of second-third echelon politicians meetings with former Ukrainian politicians and FSB. The money they are paid is used to rock the boat in Ukraine, Hrytsak said.
On June 10-11, many EU countries as well as the U.S. and Canada will see rallies in support for Ukraine and against the aggression of the Russian Federation.

As reported by Censor.NET referring to Radio Svoboda, activists plan to picket the diplomatic missions of the Russian Federation as well as government buildings in the countries of residence in order to draw the attention of politicians and diplomats to the aggravation of the situation in eastern Ukraine.

According to coordinator Irena von Burg (Switzerland), rally participants will also call on the European Parliament to force Russia to withdraw its troops from the territory of Ukraine and stop the violence in the occupied Ukrainian territories and annexed Crimea.

According to von Burg, they will also urge the OSCE to reinforce the Special Monitoring Mission in the Donbas, launch round-the-clock observation, and get the terrorist-held part of the Ukrainian-Russian border under the mission's control.

"We appeal to the European and world community with a demand to step up pressure on Russia, so that it withdraws its troops from the occupied part of Ukraine. We also ask the European community to extend sanctions against Russia. In case our demands are not heard and taken into consideration, the activists of Ukrainian organizations will be ready to go on an indefinite hunger strike," von Burg stated.

As reported, rallies in support for Ukraine will take place in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Budapest, Vienna, London, Lausanne, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Zurich, Frankfurt, and a number of Ukrainian cities.

The residents of North American cities will join the Stop Putin campaign on June 11. Previously, pro-Ukrainian rallies took place in Estonia and Italy.   In Ukrainian/український
Pavlo Virskyi dance company has dedicated a dance to the Ukrainian football team on the eve of its participation in the European soccer championship in France.

As reported by Censor.NET, the men of the company decided to support Ukrainian football players and directed a football version of its Cossack 'Zaporozhtsi' dance. It's worth noting that some dancers, in addition to astonishing moves, demonstrated great football skills.   In Ukrainian/український
Yesterday in the area ATO injured four soldiers - Staff
Friday, June 10, 2016, 12:54
One day in the area of ​​anti-terrorist operation four soldiers were wounded.
This at a traditional briefing on Friday, spokesman of the Presidential Administration on ATO Andrei Lysenko.
"During the last day of hostilities fortunately none of Ukrainian soldiers killed, 4 wounded our soldiers" - were injured, "- he said.
He said the two military wounded near Avdeevki 1 - near the mine Putilov and 1 - at Krasnogorivka. This was due to hostile fire.
In Donbass 21 separatists killed in two days - intel.
On the Donbas killed 21 and wounded 7 gunmen on June 8-9. This is stated in the press service of Defense Ministry Main Intelligence Directorate, transmit Ukrainian News.
"As a result of blasting on your own mine car the" KAMAZ "killed 2 and wounded 3 soldiers of the 11th separate motorized rifle regiment (Makiyivka) as a result of failed outputs as part of sabotage and reconnaissance groups killed 2 and injured four soldiers of the 9th individual assault motorized infantry marine regiment (Novoazovsk) and 3 rd separate motorized rifle brigade (Gorlovka), "- said in it.
In addition, the hospital morgue Harcizskoye Donetsk region delivered 17 bodies of dead militants involved in the fighting in Yasinovataya district, on Wednesday, 8 June. Then one soldier was killed, five were wounded.
5 Application of the enemy drones, including 2 from the territory of Russia was recorded on Thursday, June 9th. The militants fired rocket-propelled grenades position near Zaytsevo Thursday....
on Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:40 amNelson
Ukraine’s visa-free travel to EU delayed - WSJ
...Bloc’s biggest member states raise new concerns over the issue of granting Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo the visa-free regime, pushing the approval to September at the earliest, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Germany is reported to be concerned about organized crime by Georgian gangs, while France is worried that the visa waivers could create new security vulnerabilities at a time of heightened terror fears.  Other countries have also slowed down approval. Italy and France have said a decision should await the approval of new rules which will make it easier to suspend visa-free regimes in case of abuse. The European Parliament is only expected to formally back the changes in September....

This will put more pressure on western leaning Ukrainian politicians. And make Ukraine more unstable.
But looking east - to Putin - is no longer attractive. Putin has burnt the bridges.
Ukraine is being left on its own. European promises are fading to dust. ...
Found the original article in the wsj here

Georgia, Kosovo, Ukraine’s Visa-Free Access to EU Delayed
....On Thursday, Mykola Tochytskyi, Ukraine’s ambassador to the EU, said he hoped EU governments and the parliament would formally approve Kiev’s visa bid by early autumn at the latest.
He warned however that any further delays and linking Ukraine’s bid with others would hurt the EU’s credibility. That will add to domestic pressure on the government when it is trying to push difficult legislation through parliament connected to its economic program and the Minsk peace agreement with Russia.
“It’s very difficult to explain at home…why we should be linked to other countries for purely political reasons,” Mr. Tochytskyi said. “The key issue is not to stop this process (of approval).”....

Unusual for wsj article to be free to view.
Price of Russian gas should be below $ 177, - "Naftogaz"

June 10, 2016, 11:07

The price of Russian natural gas for Ukraine in the third quarter of 2016 should be lower than $ 177 per 1 thousand. Cubic meters, said business development director of "Naftogaz Ukraine" Yuri Vitrenko.
About this he wrote on his Facebook page.
He also noted that on June 9 on the German market (hub NCG) price in July was below $ 173. Vitrenko noted that the market price of Russian gas to Ukraine shall be determined by the formula "German transport hub minus to it by the Russian-Ukraine border."
"Therefore, we in such conditions, gas from" Gazprom "buy generally will not buy All the necessary gas to the European market with the benefit of this we are now no problems there.." - Said Vitrenko...

on Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:11 amNelson
As a returning visa: details about why and how long delayed visa regime, it was officially confirmed that the "true European" reported in the last month, "according to sources."
June 10 at a planned meeting in Luxembourg, the EU Council at the Head of Ukrainian Interior Ministry to discuss visa-free regime, but ... has not taken any decision. The issue simply is not put to the vote.
As a result, in summer 2016 the EU will not introduce a visa regime for citizens of Ukraine. The most optimistic option is now autumn.
And, despite the statements of European officials, it is - not a "technical delay" and political.
And here is that the EU currently does not told us "no." The political decision on visa-free travel for Ukraine, no one questions the.
This option is now not even discussed.
But this does not mean that we can rest easy.
Three months ago, few imagined the current problems - apparently, we are at the finish line and in August we can forget about the visa. But the "new circumstances" ...
Just now, unfortunately, there are scenarios in which our prospects could be even worse. And perhaps the biggest danger in these scenarios comes from ... Ukraine itself.
Therefore, details on today's "schedules", the reasons and key threat - in "European truth."

My guess was 01 September. But... that is looking unlikely now.
They will certainly resist any vote until after the British EU referendum.
on Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:46 amNelson
The latest from Darth Putin  Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy

Darth Putin ‏@DarthPutinKGB  17 ч.17 часов назад
Darth Putin Ретвитнул(а) Shaun Walker
Plenty of people still go there on holiday. Darth Putin добавил(а),
Shaun Walker @shaunwalker7
Four years ago today arrived in Donetsk to cover the England Euro 2012 games there...

Darth Putin ‏@DarthPutinKGB  16 ч.16 часов назад
Sent 302 of these to French senators today.

[award, for services to the Kremlin  Very Happy  
Who is Posso di Borgo, one might ask.... French senate scumball website - ]

Darth Putin ‏@DarthPutinKGB  37 мин.37 минут назад
If Hillary wants someone's twitter account shut, she needs to ask @mfa_russia how they get it done.

Darth Putin ‏@DarthPutinKGB  24 ч.24 часа назад
French senate votes to have Ukraine move its border away from my army.

And this from Soviet Sergey

Soviet Sergey ‏@SovietSergey 13 ч.13 часов назад
Soviet Sergey Ретвитнул(а) MFA Russia
Yes. The terrorists have been hiding in schools and hospitals lately. Soviet Sergey добавил(а),
MFA Russia @mfa_russia
#Lavrov: The current focus in Syria is on full compliance with the ceasefire regime, from which terrorists must be excluded
on Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:37 amNelson
Yesterday the Telegraph did a story on Savchenko. Put it as their lead item.
The bbc....
well - I couldn't even find this story on their site! Buried away somewhere. Found it via twitter.
Ok report, from naive Spanish-Cuba expert Rainsford. For some reason, the bbc have stuck her in Moscow.
Three soldiers killed by explosion at Chernihiv training area- General Staff
Saw this story on the news last night.
Written text says 2 killed and 1 injured.
Chernigiv - north of Kiev.
Deliberate effort to blind OSCE SMM intended to conceal from international community buildup of combined Russian-separatist forces in eastern Ukraine - Baer
...."Within a single week, combined Russian-separatist forces shot down the SMM's two long-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) near Horlivka... Combined Russian-separatist forces also sabotaged OSCE cameras outside of Donetsk, which are critical to monitoring volatile hot spots like the area between Avdiyivka and Yasynuvata, and they have refused to allow the SMM access to fix them. OSCE reporting confirms that combined Russian-separatist forces are responsible for over 80% of the SMM access restrictions, especially in hotspots like Avdiyivka and along Ukraine's border with Russia. This deliberate effort to blind the SMM is intended to conceal from the international community the buildup of combined Russian-separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, the advanced Russian weaponry these forces have in their arsenal, and the military personnel and materiel that regularly cross the border from Russia into Ukraine," Baer said at the OSCE Permanent Council on June 9, according to the press service of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.....
Russia faces another 6 months of EU sanctions - media
Diplomats had feared the move would spark a major political battle between states such as Hungary, Greece and Italy, which favour a rethink on sanctions, and the more hawkish states, including Poland and the Baltic countries, which want the regime to continue, The Financial Times reports...
An article about Sanctions against Russia without one mention of Ukraine and the war Russia is conducting there.
Hungary, Greece, Italy.... scumball nations.
Headquarters: Militants again fired at ATO forces with banned weapons
For the past day gunmen opened fire 46 times on positions forces ATO.
The press center ATO headquarters reported on the page in Facebook.
The intensity of the attacks has increased in the afternoon.
In Lugansk area on positions near the village of forces ATO Lugansk, Boguslavsky and steppe terrorists fired grenades from different systems.
"In Donetsk area Russian mercenaries fired strongholds near Zaitsev, Mayorska, Luhansk, and Verhnotoretskoho Novoselivka Second of all types of small arms and grenade launchers, and near Nevelsk, Avdeevki, Troitsko addition even with mortars," - said the headquarters.
In Mariupol direction gunmen opened fire on strongholds of forces ATO near Krasnogorivka, Marinka, Taramchuka, Pavlopolya and Shyrokynoho with small arms, machine guns, grenade launchers and mortars.
The positions of Ukrainian forces in the area Novotroitsk twice came under fire from heavy mortars and artillery caliber 152 mm.
Ukrainian military in some cases opened fire.
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