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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Monday 20 June. [Ukrainian sources]

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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Monday 20 June. [Ukrainian sources]

Post by Nelson on Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:01 am

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News:
31 attacks on Ukraine by Putin's Russian murderers.
Update: one Ukrainian soldier killed, two injured.

Weather:
Hot. 26 already at 9 am. High maybe of 32? Sticky. Like India, or Florida.


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HQ: Militants struck with tanks and "heavy" mortars

Post by Nelson on Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:02 am

HQ: Militants struck with tanks and "heavy" mortars
http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/06/20/7112325/
Over the past day in the area of ​​ATU gunmen opened fire 31 times on positions of Ukrainian forces 14 times the Donetsk area, 11 - in Mariupol and 6 - in Lugansk.
The press center ATO Staff reports page on Facebook.
The hottest was near Krasnogorovka where from 21.00 to midnight from gunmen temporarily occupied Staromyhaylivtsi struck with mortars caliber 82 and 120 mm, tanks and artillery of 152 mm caliber, firing with more than 150 mines and shells.
Under fire from automatic grenade launchers were positions forces ATO near Marinka, and small arms - near Hnutovoho, Talakivky and Shyrokynoho.
In Donetsk area strongholds of the Armed Forces in the area of ​​mine Module came under fire mortars caliber 82 mm and nearby Zaitsev and Avdeevki - mortars of caliber 120 mm....

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The head of the Foreign Ministry of Austria wants to encourage Russia with a phased lifting of sanctions for each step in the implementation of "Minsk" (Island)

Post by Nelson on Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:26 am

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The head of the Foreign Ministry of Austria wants to encourage Russia with a phased lifting of sanctions for each step in the implementation of "Minsk" (Island)
http://www.ostro.org/general/world/news/502129/
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz called for the lifting of sanctions against Russia for each step in the implementation of the Minsk agreements made by the Russian side. He said this on the air of the Austrian TV channel, - transfers ZN.UA with reference to Channel News Asia.
"I am convinced that we have gradually come to the fact that for the performance of each item of the Minsk Protocol, for each step in this direction will be gradually removed the sanctions", - said Kurtz....

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"Peace in our time II".
And when Hitler walks into Vienna?
"Oh, that wasn't supposed to happen"... Oh dear - a World War, 30 million dead. Whoops...
Idiot. Trying to placate a mad psychotic child with an axe and kitchen knife by offering sweets.
One word - idiot.

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Python bites girl in Odessa

Post by Nelson on Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:31 am

http://censor.net.ua/news/394090/piton_ukusil_devochku_v_odesse
Python bites girl in Odessa
In Odessa, in the Deribasovskaya Street, the girl was bitten by a python.
According Tsenzor.NET referring to the "First City", the witness said that the owner of a python on a regular basis for some time to come with him on the main street of Odessa and offered money to be photographed with the reptile. When another customer picked up the snake in her arms, she bit the hand of a girl who was passing by with his mother.
Immediately after the incident was caused by the police and ambulance. The client quickly gave python owner and disappeared. According to an eyewitness, the owner of the python was detained.

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"Normandy Four " will meet in July, before the NATO summit in Warsaw

Post by Nelson on Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:36 am

http://nbnews.com.ua/ru/news/183266/
"Normandy" Quartet " will meet in July, before the NATO summit in Warsaw

"Normandy format", which includes the presidents of Ukraine, France, Russia Petro Poroshenko, Francois Hollande, Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in early July 2016 will hold a meeting before the NATO summit in Warsaw (Poland), which will discuss future steps for the implementation of the Minsk agreements. This was reported by a source in the German government.
"We strive to provide timely new holding Minsk talks", - quotes the edition of the Stuttgarter Zeitung source in the German government, which stated that "Normandy format" to hold talks in early July, before the NATO summit in Warsaw (Poland).
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Interesting move. Could be a waste of time, like the last 20 meetings.
When you're dealing with a compulsive liar it is hard to come to any meaningful agreement about anything.
I think Nato meets around 09 July...

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Ukraine to be unable to avoid retirement age increase, - Social Policy Minister says

Post by Nelson on Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:46 am

Ukraine to be unable to avoid retirement age increase, - Social Policy Minister says
http://en.censor.net.ua/news/394069/ukraine_to_be_unable_to_avoid_retirement_age_increase_social_policy_minister_says
The government has no plans to raise the retirement age in Ukraine so far. However, it needs to be done in the future.
This was stated by Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Andrii Reva, Censor.NET reports citing RBK-Ukraine.
"... What would she think about it, in your opinion, given that the Germans retire at the age of 67?" he said.


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Looks like they are going to put this off for a few years. Frankly, pensioners in Ukraine get next to nothing, so currently it would probably cost more to increase the pension age, but also to increase the pension to a reasonable level.
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[Currently 60 and 57 (women)].
In Ukraine the retirement age is to be increased gradually to 60 years for women and 62 years for men-civil servants by 2021.[40]
[This is currently going through, I believe. Passed by the Rada in 2011. But I expect the IMF to want further increases. ]

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German Foreign Ministry try to clarify what Steinmeier said

Post by Nelson on Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:00 am

German Foreign Ministry try to clarify what Steinmeier said
Speaking exclusively to Bild am Sonntag (19 June edition), Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said:
http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/Infoservice/Presse/Meldungen/2016/160619_BM_Bild_am_Sonntag_engl_version.html
19.06.2016
“Showing strength on its own is not enough”

With its annexation of Crimea and its military activities in eastern Ukraine, Russia has aroused a feeling amongst our eastern neighbours that a threat exists. We must take this seriously. That is why it was right to find a joint NATO response – and this we did with the reassurance measures approved at the NATO summit in Wales. We are not shirking our responsibility!
No-one can regard the envisaged scope of NATO measures as a threat to Russia, and, in all measures, strict adherence to the NATO-Russia Founding Act was a clear red line for us.

What we should not do now, however, is further inflame the situation with loud sabre-rattling and war cries. Anyone who believes that symbolic tank parades on the Alliance’s eastern border will increase security is wrong. We would be well advised not to deliver up any excuses for a new, old confrontation....

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Two more paragraphs at link.
Basically I see it as grovelling up to Putin.
Maybe some agreement is in the pipeline, hence the call for a new Normandy 4 meeting before the Nato summit in early July.

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Germany's Steinmeier favours gradual phasing-out of Russia sanctions [Engl; Reuters]

Post by Nelson on Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:22 am

Germany's Steinmeier favours gradual phasing-out of Russia sanctions
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-ukraine-crisis-germany-steinmeier-idUKKCN0Z50BJ
The European Union should gradually phase out sanctions imposed against Russia over the Ukraine crisis if there is substantial progress in the peace process, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was quoted on Sunday as saying.
His comments reflect divisions within Germany's ruling right-left coalition over policy towards Russia. Steinmeier's Social Democrats (SPD) back a more conciliatory stance towards Moscow than Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc.
Merkel has repeatedly said that sanctions imposed against Russia can only be lifted once the peace agreement to end the conflict in Ukraine is fully implemented, not only partially.
Steinmeier struck a different tone. "Sanctions are not an end in themselves. They should rather give incentives for a change in behaviour," he told the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland, a network of local newspapers....


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Interesting. Some of the quotes in the Reuters article do NOT appear in the German Foreign Ministry version of the interview with Bild. (see one post up).
The Germans trying to put their own spin on what Steinmeier said... the "edited" version  jocolor  jocolor  jocolor



Putin - The cheque's in the post - via Switzerland. Spasiba, Franki!
Steinmeier - Mein Fuhrer. We kan do gut business. Mein hero is Von Ribbentrop. Jawohl!



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Yesterday 1 military killed, 2 injured. Losses of militants are larger

Post by Nelson on Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:42 am

For the past day 1 military killed, 2 injured. Losses of militants larger
http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2016/06/20/7112344/
Monday, June 20, 2016, 13:39

1 Ukrainian military was killed and two wounded during anti-terrorist operation on 19 June.
This was at the briefing said the speaker of the Presidential Administration on ATO Andrei Lysenko, transmit Ukrainian News.
He said the military was killed by shelling near Novozvanivky Lugansk region.
Lysenko said that only in the Luhansk region recorded 6 shelling positions forces ATO, and the direction Mariupol - 2.
In Donetsk, terrorists fired toward positions ATO forces using mortars, grenade launchers, 150-millimeter howitzers, tanks and BMP.
Lysenko also announced the elimination of 7 militants, and 11 wounded on 19 June.
"Yesterday, killing 7 and wounding 11 invaders from the right 4 units of illegal armed groups," - he said....

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Further evidence of MH17 downing by Russian Buk revealed as Russia's propagandists hacked

Post by Nelson on Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:52 am

nother evidence of MH17 downing by Russian Buk revealed as Russia's propagandists hacked
http://en.censor.net.ua/photo_news/394136/another_evidence_of_mh17_downing_by_russian_buk_revealed_as_russias_propagandists_hacked_informnapalm
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Quite a long article. Not always the best of translations. [In English]

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Kremlin sees no reasons for meeting of 'Normandy Four' countries heads yet

Post by Nelson on Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:58 am

Kremlin sees no reasons for meeting of 'Normandy Four' countries heads yet
http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/351325.html
...."The preconditions for such a meeting will emerge only if the Ukrainian side displays determination to take the steps which are clearly specified in the Minsk agreements. Unfortunately, they do not display such determination," he said,....

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Ukraine, Ukraine... Russia just sends in the tanks, and then blames Ukraine.
They see Steinmeier is coming over to their side... so.... expect no progress. They see the European solidarity breaking up - Greece, the French fascists, now the German Steinmeier. Expect another 10,000 or more to die....

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Kremlin sees no preconditions for meeting of 'Normandy Four' countries heads yet ... It is not an accurate translation of the original meaning, in my opinion.

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"Putin wanted to demonstrate his supremacy by pardoning me and other Ukrainians," – Savchenko’s first speech in PACE. VIDEO

Post by Admin on Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:00 am

Ukrainian pilot Nadiia Savchenko has delivered her first address at the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

As reported by Censor.NET citing 112 Ukraine TV channel, Savchenko thanked MEPs for their contribution in her release and promised to perform her duties of a PACE Member so as to be useful for the European community. She also added that Russia had abducted her and other Ukrainian citizens while Crimean Tatars kept being abducted in occupied Crimea. According to her, the Russian Federation must be held accountable for these crimes by the European Court.



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Council of EU to consider extension of anti-Russian sanctions tomorrow

Post by Admin on Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:10 am

The Council of the European Union has announced the date for consideration of the extension of sanctions imposed against Russia.

On Tuesday, June 21, the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union (COREPER) intends to consider extending of the sectoral sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation over its aggression against Ukraine. The Council of the EU informed UNIAN today, June 20, Censor.NET reports.

"It is scheduled for tomorrow," the Council of the European Union representative said.

In 2014, the European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. These restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and expanded. In particular, the talks on visa waiver and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended; several Russia's officials were banned to travel to the EU while their assets were attached. Trade, financial, and military restrictions were introduced. The sanctions list included a total of 151 individuals and 37 entities. The sectoral sanctions were imposed against 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense companies.

The Russian Federation imposed a package of retaliation sanctions against the EU, U.S., Australia, Canada, and Norway in August 2014. The so-called counter-sanctions prohibited imports of fruits, vegetables, as well as dairy and meat products to Russia from these countries for a one year period.

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More Russian lies - this time in Syria via youtube

Post by Nelson on Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:15 am

More Russian lies - this time in Syria via youtube

RT cuts incendiary cluster bombs footage from Syria airbase video, but you can't delete anything from the Internet:

Original I believe is here - via
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In the edited version they cut out the shot of the cluster bombs under the plane.
Expect Germany's Goebbels - Steinmeier to say that Putin is dropping chocolate chip-cookies. Humanitarian aid from Putin and von Ribbentrop.


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Influential DT on how long Putin will threaten Ukraine and world

Post by Admin on Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:20 am

The utmost goal of the Russian policy is to keep the Putin regime alive, Dzerkalo Tyzhnya reports June 20.

It is for this purpose that the regime is tightening the screw in Russia, hurling tons of militarist and chauvinistic propaganda on the populace.

However, such condition cannot continue long, DT stresses. Sooner or later, Putin will be forced to launch a full-sized war or to backtrack and, therefore, face the probability of a revolution in Russia.

Anyway, the Russian threat, either in the form of aggressive policy or a weak state and a source of instability will continue for many years. Realizing the threat is crucially important for Ukraine, the newspaper writes.

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Kremlin spin doctors discredit Ukraine in Poland - Radio Svoboda

Post by Admin on Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:23 am

The Russians have launched a massive anti-Ukrainian campaign in the Polish Internet, Polish experts say.

The campaign began as early as 2013. To convince the Polish that Ukrainians are their diehard enemies, Russian spin doctors never tire to repeat the stupid declarations of the Kremlin propaganda.

One of the most avid provocateur is the Polish-speaking Russian Sputnik Polska radio internet forum, Polish experts note.  

The Russian spin doctors are capitalizing on the sad historical past of both nations, specifically, the Volyn massacre, trying to drive a wedge between the Ukrainians and Polish, Polish experts say.

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Orthodox church leaders meet despite Russian boycott

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Leaders of the world's Orthodox Christian churches have gathered for the first time in more than 1,200 years despite a boycott by the Russian church and three others, according to Radio Liberty.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew led prayers on June 19 on the first day of a weeklong council on the Greek island of Crete, RFE/RL reports. "This great and holy council will carry the message of unity... it will help to escape the deadlocks of the present," Patriarch Bartholomew told local media. But despite decades of preparation, Orthodox leaders failed ahead of the meeting in Crete to overcome differences. The Russian church – the most populous in a religion of some 300 million people – as well as the Georgian, Bulgarian, and Syria-based Antioch patriarchates boycotted the so-called Holy and Great Council. In a statement on June 17, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow said he hoped religious leaders gathered in Crete could prepare for a full meeting at a later date. Kirill visited Greece last month, joining Russian President Vladimir Putin on a trip to the monastic sanctuary of Mount Athos...................

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EU Statement on “Russia’s Ongoing Aggression against Ukraine and Illegal Occupation of Crimea”

Post by Nelson on Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:37 am

EU Statement on “Russia’s Ongoing Aggression against
Ukraine and Illegal Occupation of Crimea”
In English. pdf
http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/vienna/documents/eu_osce/permanent_council/2016/pc_1105_eu_on_ukraine.pdf

....We deplore the actions of separatists to advance their positions, including moving to
a checkpoint near Horlivka 900m forward, placing it little more than a kilometre away
from a Ukrainian checkpoint; and moving 450m forward a checkpoint now located on
Stanytsia Luhanska bridge, north of the Siverskyi Donetsk river and across the
contact line.
Such moves violate the Minsk agreements and increase the risk of
further destabilisation. We urge all sides to take immediate steps to disengage, ....


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And Steinmeier, the German Goebbels, wants to drop sanctions....
What reaction from the EU - apart from words - NOTHING.

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Kremlin sees no preconditions for meeting of 'Normandy Four' countries heads yet

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"Regarding that, certainly, all "Normandy Four" countries are interested in holding such a fruitful meeting, it is true," he said.

"The preconditions for such a meeting will emerge only if the Ukrainian side displays determination to take the steps which are clearly specified in the Minsk agreements. Unfortunately, they do not display such determination," he said, adding that not having "any tangible prospects for productivity, holding of a top-level meeting is hardly possible."

When asked whether such a meeting is possible before the NATO summit in July, Peskov replied "there are no preconditions for it yet."

Several Western media reported earlier that the meeting of the leaders of the "Normandy Four" countries (Ukraine, France, Russia, Germany) may allegedly take place in early July prior to the NATO summit in Warsaw............

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Savchenko: “Russia lousy neighbor to have”

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Nadya Savchenko, a PACE lawmaker and Ukraine army chopper pilot who spent 2 years in the Russian jail, attended a PACE session today, Obozrevatel reports June 20. In her address she said,

 “Ukraine is on the frontline of the battle against Russia. We are paying with our lives for peace in Europe. I appeal to you to support Ukraine unequivocally. Only united we will win. I wish you never had what we have lived through. I wish no one had such a neighbor as Russia,” Savchenko said. 

She noted that Pres Putin had never taken any compromising steps, he had always shown his supremacy. 

 “I was kidnapped by the Russians in Donbas and moved to Russia. It is a violation of human rights. Somebody is to be kept accountable for this,” she said.

 “There is no way the Russian delegation, with its disregard for human rights, can be reinstated as PACE member,” Savchenko said.

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Germany ready to take further restrictive measures to increase costs for Russia, German Chancellor's spokesperson says

Post by Admin on Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:37 pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands by her view that European sanctions against Russia can only be unwound once Moscow fully implements the Minsk peace deal for eastern Ukraine.

Her spokesman said on Monday, June 20, Censor.NET reports citing The New York Times.

"The sanctions can be removed as soon as Russia fulfills these obligations," spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular government news conference, reiterating the stance agreed at a meeting of the Group of Seven economic powers last month.

"However, we are ready to take further restrictive measures to increase the costs for Russia, should its actions make this necessary," he added.

In 2014, the European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. These restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and expanded. In particular, the talks on visa waiver and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended; several Russia ' s officials were banned to travel to the EU while their assets were attached. Trade, financial, and military restrictions were introduced. The sanctions list included a total of 151 individuals and 37 entities. The sectoral sanctions were imposed against 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense companies.

The Russian Federation imposed a package of retaliation sanctions against the EU, U.S., Australia, Canada, and Norway in August 2014. The so-called counter-sanctions prohibited imports of fruits, vegetables, as well as dairy and meat products to Russia from these countries for a one year period.

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Another evidence of MH17 downing by Russian Buk revealed as Russia's propagandists hacked, - INFOGRAPH & VIDEO

Post by Admin on Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:55 pm

InformNapalm received access to a massive array of data on Russian propagandist journalists through the alliance of Ukrainian hacker groups FalconsFlame, Trinity and Рух8.

Volunteers of the InformNapalm international community analyzed the data from several hacked mail boxes of Russian journalists. In one of the mail boxes belonging to Sergey Zenin, a reporter of the Russian Channel One, the found a very strange message,Censor.NET reports.

On November 29, 2014 Sergey Zenin received a message from a certain Anton Zverev antzverev@gmail.com (Sat, Nov 29, 2014 12:21:22 +0300), apparently a Reuters Moscow bureau reporter (DPR accreditation # 232 according to the Myrotvorets list). The message contains transcripts of several interviews about the downed Malaysian MH17 flight. InformNapalm v olunteers have analyzed the message and commented on the retrieved correspondence to show what the militants were talking over the crash of the MH17 and which parts of their interviews made it to the publication.

This pair of jets (two Ukrainian Su-25) tailed that Boeing on purpose, they even appeared on the radars on purpose, flew low to be seen, and switched on all the navigation. I'm sure they were flying without navigation, just by on-board instruments, or maybe even by the sun… I am more than sure, they were waiting for an attack with the Igla MANPADS [editor's note: Igla - a Russian man-portable air defense system], and just when the attack began, they bonked this Boeing. These Su's hit the Boeing. The militia, Oplot [editor's note: a pro-Russian armed group] began to target them, and they just wacked the Boeing. Was there a MANPADS shot? Yep. So, blame the Boeing on the rebels. In fact, they (Su-25) used the on-board cannon"

Comment from InformNapalm: this is one of the first versions by the Russian side about the attack of a Ukrainian Su-25, closely retold. It does not take into account the altitude range of Igla MANPADS and the ceiling height of the Su-25.

Quote 2:

"And then calls started - "the target has been hit". First it was said that a Su has been hit… Not everyone can distinguish at the height of even five kilometers, if it is a Su or a civilian plane. Visually, without special skills, you just can not tell. And from there, shyte like this started going around - the target hit, but it had a long fall, and then, thirty minutes later - Ok, the "bird" has dropped. I was somehow sure that the call and the talk was about one of the Su's. But it turned out, that it was not the Su hit, but that this Su hit that Boeing"

Comment from InformNapalm: apparently the interviewee was at that time somewhere in the area and at least witnessed the first reaction to the downed aircraft.

Quote 3:

"We were right there, when it was wacked, it was close to sunset, we were just starting to move out of Snizhne. The cell signal was generally lousy there at that time, Life [editor's note: Ukrainian telecoms operator] went down at once, MTS [editor's note: Ukrainian subsidiary of a Russian telecoms operator] still worked. And so I got a call on MTS, they said - the "bird" got wacked. And when I asked - where did you shoot from, he says - from Debaltseve. In general, all these Su's were pounded from the Debaltseve post, because at the time, there were MANPADS only in Luhansk, in Debaltseve and Donetsk. And there was another mobile group working, they were just spotted in Zuhres. There were no MANPADS anywhere else. But we all know that MANPADS does not reach more than six (kilometers), or even more than five. Then, when we were moving, we did not even move, we were standing there, at that Shakhtarsk checkpoint, you know? We were at this checkpoint, and saw this cow falling. The sound it made was sick, then I realized that it was the wrong "bird". I only could not figure out then, why and how a MANPADS could hit a Boeing. After analyzing all the events, it appears that it was hit by that pair of jets. They just had launched that pair on purpose to get our guys going, to make them use Iglas.

Comment from InformNapalm: here it gets interesting. The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) at the time had a shortage of MANPADS to counteract the Ukrainian aviation. The interviewee was "standing" in the area of the "Shakhtarsk checkpoint". Most likely, he means one of the checkpoints on the H21 Donetsk-Luhansk road near Shakhtarsk. That must have been the reason for sending the Buk missile system to this area.

Why is the interviewee so adamant about the operation of two Ukrainian aircraft? At the time the Ukrainian Air Force often used pairs of Su-25s. The day before the MH17 was downed, on July 16, representatives of the DPR claimed that they had shot down two Su-25 of the Ukrainian Air Force in the area of Snizhne. The next day, the Ukrainian authorities analyzed the attack and claimed that the aircraft were fired at from the Russian territory.................







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WashPost: Trump Ties to Putin Make World 'Nervous'

Post by Admin on Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:06 pm

While Donald Trump has often singled out Mexico and China as particularly serious threats to U.S. trade and defense, his attitude toward Russia and its dictatorial leader Vladimir Putin seems to be in a class by itself.

And that is making many world leaders nervous.

In a long story published late Friday, The Washington Post details a marriage of flattery and gifts that go back years between the presumptive GOP presidential candidate and the Russian strongman.
That story reveals that since the 1980s, Trump has made numerous trips to Moscow looking for business deals with Russian moguls, and he has relied on Russian investors to buy his properties around the world.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said Trump’s relationships with Putin and other Russian oligarchs "makes everyone I talk to around the world nervous — and it makes me nervous as well."

David J. Kramer, who served as deputy assistant secretary of state dealing with Russia during the George W. Bush administration, told the Post he was "appalled" by Trump’s approach to Putin.

"Why would anyone welcome an endorsement from [Putin]?" Kramer asked, referring to recent compliments the two leaders have exchanged. On CNN Sunday, Putin once again praised Trump in an interview with Faeed Zakaria...............

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Leader of Russian fans, expelled from France, was detained again in Toulouse

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Consul General of Russia in Marseille Sergey Molchanov, for his part, said that Shpryhina sent to the police station at the airport of Toulouse.

Chairman of the Russian Union of fans of Alexander Shpryhina, which last week expelled from France, was detained again in this country, Russian agencies reported a spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Paris.

According to spokesman Sergei Parinova, he was detained at the Stadium in Toulouse after he began to write out on Twitter that, contrary to the prohibition to stay in France, he still got there.



Consul General of Russia in Marseille Sergey Molchanov, for his part, said that Shpryhina sent to the police station at the airport of Toulouse that will likely again on Tuesday to expel Russia.

The agency "France Press" prompting words of the spokesman of Interior Ministry of France Pierre-Henri Brande, who said that the decision on Shpryhina who violated the ban to stay, or be considered as administrative violations, or even the judicial procedure.

Alexander Shpryhina and 19 Russians decided to expel from France after a confrontation with police after the Russian football fans staged a series of fights during the European football championship; three Russians then sentenced to imprisonment for up to two years. Also through the fight UEFA fined the Russian Football Union for 150 thousand euro, and the Russian team received a conditional suspension until the end of the championship.

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In the US, former officials quickly called to approve the accession of Montenegro to NATO

Post by Admin on Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:21 pm

In the US, more than 30 former officials and commanders have called the White House and Congress not later than the end of the year officially approve the accession of Montenegro to NATO.

Membership of the Balkan countries in the North Atlantic alliance will strengthen stability and security in Southeast Europe, said in their statement that the published site War On The Rocks, transmit Radio Liberty.

They said Montenegro has established a small but efficient army and reformed its security structures to NATO standards, and has made significant progress in the areas of rule of law, fighting corruption and organized crime.

In addition, the authors emphasized the statement, the membership of Montenegro in NATO clearly reject the idea that a third party can be actual veto over NATO enlargement. These words are an obvious allusion to the sharp opposition of accession of Montenegro to the Alliance.

Among the authors of the open letter - the former US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel or two former commander of NATO forces in Europe and the United States, General Philip M. Breedlove and Admiral James Stavridis.

More than a month ago, May 19, Montenegro signed a protocol on its accession to NATO; it will become the 29th member of the Union after the protocol ratified by all current members, and hope that it will happen until the middle of 2017 or even the end of this. Russia once again stated that this step makes it to "appropriate reaction" because it involves interests.

Later, on May 30, Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Đukanović said that his country has good relations with Russia, but that does not mean that it will give the future Moscow. Meanwhile in Moscow, Russian permanent representative to NATO Alexander Grushko again said that Montenegro's accession to NATO "absolutely negative" impact on European security and create "yet another division of the Balkans."

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Tymoshenko was the inspiration Onishchenko schemes - expert (VIDEO)

Post by Admin on Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:25 pm

Chornovil believes that parliamentary immunity be removed from Onishchenko.

In the case of Alexander Onishchenko sit almost all but a few deputies. It is in the "On Politics" by Sergei Rudenko in Espreso.TV said political analyst Taras Chornovil.

"In the case Onishchenko sit almost everything except a few people who have parliamentary immunity" - said Chornovil.

Chornovil believes that the parliamentary immunity of Onishchenko withdraw, but when it comes to the Parliament before that, the suspect will disappear from the country.

The expert noted that in the case of Yulia Tymoshenko appears Onishchenko and so interesting whether our law enforcement agencies to promote her allegations.

"I can say with certainty that Tymoshenko was the inspiration for the scheme, under which" worked "Onishchenko" - said Chornovil.



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The EU extended sanctions against Russia

Post by Admin on Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:51 pm

The European Union has decided to extend economic sanctions against Russia for another six months.
This was stated by the Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Marc Eyro, reports RIA Novosti.

Thus at the next EU summit on 28 - 29 June requires debate about possible steps in case of improvement.
"Today's conditions for lifting sanctions are not met, the Minsk agreement are not met. There are changes, but not enough. I want the next European Council, as the feasibility of these sanctions will be determined at the level of Heads of State and Government, we are not satisfied with automatic extension of sanctions for six months, and that was a discussion, and the president of France and chancellor of Germany failed to report that made "Norman" format changes in the performance of the Minsk agreements, "- said Eyro.

"As these sanctions will be continued for six months, we need discussion to understand that if there are specific changes, you can make a step forward. But it needs to meet the conditions, the Russian and Ukrainian must do its part in the implementation of the Minsk agreements" - he added.

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The Council of Europe gave a "terrible and cynical response" Donbas: Ukraine is preparing a response

Post by Admin on Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:54 pm

Permanent Delegation of Ukraine to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is preparing a letter, which expresses outrage over reports of the Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Yanhlanda.

On June 20 it announced the first deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Gerashchenko on his page on Facebook .

Gerashchenko said that the report Yanhlanda, which he presented at the PACE session, not a single word about human rights violations in the occupied Crimea and Donbas.

"How did it happen that the annual report of the Secretary General on Human Rights 104 pages not one word of violations of fundamental rights in the annexed Crimea and Donbas occupied ... He said that the information allegedly not included in the annual report on human rights, as this report may contain information from the special monitoring missions. and as in Crimea and Donbas no mission last year is not allowed, then the information in the report is not entered, "- she wrote.

In addition, the Deputy Speaker said that this Yanhland gave Ukraine "monstrous and cynical response."

"It's just awful! He answered (Torbjorn Yanhland. - Ed.) Is very uncertain, and its position is outrage. It turns out that if Russia closed the world occupied territories - now silent about the abuse of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatars? Just a shame. Our delegation is preparing a letter of indignation "- summarized Gerashchenko.



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