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41 attacks by Putin's forces yesterday.
AP saying 0 dead, 2 wounded Ukrainian soldiers.

Warm and humid today. I had to go into the centre of Kiev. Quite sticky. 25C.
Tomorrow 30 predicted. Maybe more rain and thunderstorms also.

Saw a good number of people wearing Ukrainian footie kit today in Kiev. Games -
GROUP B 16:00 England v Wales
GROUP C 19:00 Ukraine v Northern Ireland // 2200 Germany v Poland [all times Ukrainian]

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The question of an agreement between Russia and the EU to begin with Ukraine. This European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday, 16 June, during a speech at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, the press service of the European Commission in Ukraine.

Juncker said that the illegal annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine "subjected relations between the EU and Russia hard test." Russia's actions "rocked the principles of the European security order."

"Sovereign rights, use of force and territorial integrity are important and should not be ignored", - said Juncker.

Commission President said the Ukrainian people have chosen a future for their own children and all must respect this choice. He recalled the importance of the Minsk agreements, noting that the only way for Russia to reverse sanctions.

Juncker said that despite the fact that the current relations between Ukraine and Russia are problematic, filled with distrust, "they are not destroyed and they still can be repaired" . "We need to improve and I believe that we can," - said the head of the European Commission.

He also noted the importance of dialogue and the fact that despite the preservation of economic sanctions "door should be open."   In Ukrainian/український


Russian sergeant was fatally wounded in the shelling in Aleppo automotive columns

Office press service and information of the Defense Ministry confirmed the deaths of Russian military personnel in Syria, reports "Interfax".

"June 7 at the Main Military Clinical Hospital named. N.N.Burdenka in Moscow died of wounds sustained during the shelling car column of Russian Center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria contract Service Junior Sergeant Michael Shyrokopoyas. Mortal wound he received in the first half of May in the province of Aleppo, "- the agency quoted Defense Ministry posts.

It is reported that the military was promptly provided medical assistance, the special plane was taken to a military hospital in Moscow. But injuries were incompatible with life. Shyrokopoyasa presented the Order of Courage and buried with honors in the Amur region, the report said.   In Ukrainian/український

Consul of the Russian Federation said that three fan convicted in France, served appeal.

Seven Russian fans fought with Spanish tourists in Cologne, Germany, six arrested, reports TASS. " About 19 ​​o'clock in front of Cologne Cathedral was attacked them at three Spaniards. Six arrested, one escaped. They had tickets for the match Russia - England, whether they were on this game, we do not know. We do not know whether they were deported from France, "- said the official.

He said that all the detainees were at a plane ticket to Moscow. A police spokesman said yes When asked whether they had Russian passports. According to him, now the alleged offenders questioned how much time they spend at the police station, he did not elaborate.

Operational comment from the Russian consulate could not be obtained.   In Ukrainian/український
on Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:37 pmAdmin
As NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels discuss efforts to deter Russian aggression, rising tensions not seen since the Cold War will be on the minds of central and eastern European foreign ministers gathering Thursday in the former Yugoslavia.

The agenda of the annual meeting of the Central European Initiative (CEI) in Banja Luka aims to focus on Europe’s migration crisis as well as business, transportation, and energy issues.

But the 18-member state group is expected also to discuss plans by some Balkan nations to join NATO, the Euro-Atlantic military alliance whose expansion Russia has deemed a threat to its security.

NATO foreign ministers in May signed the Accession Protocol for CEI member Montenegro, paving the way for Podgorica to become the defense alliance's 29th member as soon as July.

Bosnia and Herzegovina and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are also pursuing NATO membership, while Russia’s strongest ally in the region, Serbia, is so far remaining neutral. Albania and Croatia became NATO members in 2009.

◆ Pushed Towards NATO

NATO expansion in the region underscores Balkan security concerns but also Moscow’s waning influence in the former zone of Soviet influence.

"For Russia it's something like a very telling signal... that it's losing it's traditional influence it had lost with many countries in eastern and central Europe," says Moscow State University's Institute of International Relations' Viktor Mizin. "And, now it's the turn of [the] Balkans," he adds.

While all the Balkan countries looking to join NATO began their efforts years ago, Russia's aggression in Ukraine has only spurred the drive toward NATO, says Alexander Golts, a Moscow-based independent military analyst and visiting researcher at Uppsula University in Sweden. "And, I think it's a clear [example] of Russian 'successes' in foreign policy when the most closest allies to Russia are trying to escape from it as soon as possible," he tells VOA's Moscow Bureau via Skype. "Of course, it's the result of Russia's 'successes' in Ukraine and Crimea," he adds.

Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and ongoing military support for rebels in eastern Ukraine sparked calls for stronger deterrence in NATO's eastern European members.

NATO ministers Tuesday agreed to station four battalions on a rotational basis to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Russia responded with snap, nationwide military exercises. Last May, Russia stationed three military divisions on its western border.

"There is no doubt that the expansion of NATO in the Balkans will worsen already strained relations between Russia and the military alliance," says expert for the Russian International Affairs Council Ilya Kravchenko.

◆ Montenegro, Last Straw?................

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In his June 16 speech, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Russia "has a critical role to play" in addressing global issues "from ending the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, to safeguarding human rights and controlling the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction."

Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko said he doesn't understand how the UN chief "can say such things which sort of praise the role of Russia in settling the conflict in Ukraine when the Russian Federation is the main player in aggressing Ukraine and in keeping this conflict boiling."

Yelchenko also said Russia is accused of rights abuses in Crimea and that Moscow is "building up the nuclear potential" on the Black Sea peninsula.

The Ukrainian Consulate sent a letter to the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia with a requirement to allow diplomats to see Haiser Dzhemilev who is serving his sentence in the colony No. 10 in Astrakhan.

Consul General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don Vitalii Moskalenko told Censor.NET.

According to him, no answer has been received so far. "We have been denied access to him for a few months under various supposedly plausible but, in fact, artificially invented excuses. We have appealed to the Astrakhan branch of the Federal Penitentiary Service, to the colony where he is being held, to the Interior Ministry office in the Astrakhan region, in short, all structures, but everywhere we get refused and denied," Vitalii Moskalenko said.

Three months ago, consuls even went to Astrakhan, but they were again denied meeting with Haiser, son of Ukrainian MP, leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev, according to the consul.

As previously reported, in May 2013, Haiser Dzhemilev fired a shotgun and killed family friend Fevzi Edemov in the courtyard of his house in Bakhchysarai. According to Haiser's mother, it was an accident, but according to Mustafa Dzhemilev, it could be due to an exacerbation of mental illness. On April 11, 2015, the Dniprovskyi district court of Kyiv found Haiser guilty in absentia and sentenced him to three years and eight months in prison. However, Russia held its own process in the Krasnodar regional court, sentencing him to five years in prison on June 10, 2015. Lawyers believe that the trial of Haiser was an attempt to exert pressure on his father, former head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Mustafa Dzhemilev. After appealed, the sentence was reduced to three years and five months.   In Ukrainian/український

President of the European Council Donald Tusk has announced the extension of sanctions against Russia.

He said this at a press conference with Finland's PM Juha Sipila, Censor.NET informs citing TASS.

Tusk said the situation 'was clear' now, and the position of the EU is that the sanctions against Russia should be linked to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The sanctions will be prolonged, he said, possibly before the meeting of the European Council.

The president of the European Council said the issue was not controversial.

As reported, the EU, U.S., and other countries introduced sanctions against the Russian Federation due to its occupation of Crimea and the aggression in the east of Ukraine, which sanctions have been many times extended since then. Talks about visa-free regime and new cooperation agreement have been halted, Russian officials banned from EU entry, and their assets put on hold. The sanction list includes 151 person and 37 companies. Sectoral sanctions cover 20 Russian financial, oil, and defense agencies.

In August 2014, Russia introduced retaliatory sanctions in response to those by the EU, U.S., Australia, Canada, and Norway. The so-called 'countersanctions' were a ban on import to Russian of fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat products from these countries for a period of one year.  In Ukrainian/український
Verkhovna Rada has appealed to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Constantinople to give independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church now under the Russian patriarch.

 “It’s a positive appeal and it brings UOC to independence as never before,” political expert Taras Chornovil says June 16.

The conflict between the ROC and world Orthodoxy has broken into the open, with the ROC refusing to participate in the upcoming world congress of Orthodox churches, he says.

Since the Russians won’t attend the congress, an epochal decision may be passed to give self-rule to the UOC and break the last link by which the ROC keeps Ukrainians in slavery, Taras Chornovil says.
une 16, Verkhovna Rada rejected the bill aimed at confiscating the property and assets of Yanukovych, Kanal 24 reports.

Of the 309 lawmakers present in the hall only 169 backed the bill.

Meanwhile, confiscating the property of Viktor Yanukovych was on the campaign agendas of most political parties which formed the ruling coalition.
on Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:46 amNelson
The Punk Nation
...I spoke with a Baltic diplomat earlier this month and he said: “Putin is just a hooligan – it’s a hooligan state!”
He was actually talking about Russian military posturing in the vicinity of his country, but clashes in France clearly confirm his viewpoint. It’s not football hooligans as such, but the reaction of the Russian state to their hooliganism – like summoning the French ambassador on the account of arrests made by French police....


Russian national aspiration - hooliganism, and trolling... !
Lufthansa to make Odesa-Munich flight year-round, will not to return to Kharkiv for now
Some of Russia's hools in France turn out "DPR" allies, - Independent
British newspaper journalist claims one of the Russian fans at Euro 2016 in France is an accomplice of "DPR" terrorists. ...
Oil futures down on U.S. stockpile report, Brexit concern
The lower the price, the better it is for Ukraine. Gas prices will be lower.
Bellingcat publishes new evidence of Russia's invasion of Ukraine
....These satellite images show the deployment of Russian military vehicles and artillery positions, along with newly-created paths into Ukraine. The timing of this satellite imagery coincides with a major surge in Russian activities in Ukraine near the border crossing points, including the sightings of Russian servicemen in a village about a dozen kilometers from the border crossing point," Bellingcat wrote in a report published on June 15....

Russia Ante Portas: Updated Satellite Imagery Shows Border Crossings and Artillery Sites

Putin is a liar. Cherkin is a liar. Lavrov is a liar. Are all Russians liars? It would appear so, judging by those ruling the peasants.
Headquarters: Militants use anti-aircraft guns and grenade launchers
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 7:47

During the day, gunmen opened fire 41 times on the ATO forces, of which the direction Mariupol - 25 times in Donetsk - Lugansk 15 and -1.
The press center ATO Staff reports page on Facebook.
In Mariupol direction with heavy machine guns and grenade launchers of various terrorists fired Ukrainian position in Mar'yintsi, Krasnohorivtsi, Novotroickoe, Taramchuku and Talakivtsi. With anti-aircraft installation ZU-23-2 were fired at Birch force ATO.
At 22.00 on the southwestern outskirts of temporarily occupied Dokuchaevsk militants fired mortar shells of caliber 120 mm towards the fortifications forces ATO near Novotroitsk and birch. In peaceful neighborhoods Krasnogorivka led fire tank.
In Donetsk area fighters with machine guns and large-caliber grenade launchers of various systems fired on strong points, along with Trinity, Avdeevka, Novgorod and Zaytsev. In Luhansk terrorists used heavy mortars and infantry fighting vehicles and there were snipers.
In Luhansk militants with grenades fired by Ukrainian Novozvanivky positions in the area.

Putin is attacking much more in the Mariupol direction now. Clearly, Donbass he doesn't care about, but -
a corridor to Crimea - that is very important to Putin.
At night in the area ATO wounded two soldiers - Staff
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 13:00

One day in the area of anti-terrorist operation 2 soldiers suffered injuries.
This at a traditional briefing on Thursday, spokesman of the Presidential Administration on ATO Colonel Alexander Motuzyanyk.
"For the past day, no Ukrainian military killed, two of our men were wounded," - he said.
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