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28 attacks from Putin's Russian forces yesterday on Ukraine.
AP says no dead or injured. Slava Ukraini!

Possibly a little better. Still very humid. But.. 24 at 0900.
Chances of some rain. That would be great - if it happened. High maybe near 28.
Anything below 30 would be great. Yesterday was really muggy.

Ukraine lost 1-0 v Poland last night - and went home. Manager offered his resignation.
Russian press openly critical of their team. Unusual. Their manager also resigned.
NI went through as one of the best 3rd place teams. So 3 British teams into the last 16.

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During the meetings in Toronto also talked about Canada program to support Ukraine in the next year.

Canadian investors have expressed significant interest in Ukrainian startups and various innovations.
This Ukrinform on the basis of Canadian-Ukrainian business forum said Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of Ukraine Dmytro Shymkiv.

"Interest in Canadian partners in innovative high Ukrainian business", - said Shymkiv who participated in a panel dedicated to the IT industry, and in a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings.

He stressed that the forum made it possible to open Canadian officials and entrepreneurs eye on the Ukrainian innovation. "The event allowed Canada to focus on the fact that collaboration around innovative technology can be. We have demonstrated the possibility of Ukrainian IT companies have shown a particular living product made in Ukraine ", - said the deputy head of the AP.

According to him, during the meeting in Toronto also talked about Canada program to support Ukraine in the next year.

"We also discussed how the program should look like the Government of Canada is important for the continuation of reforms in Ukraine. This was the feedback, "- said Shymkiv.

In his opinion, the Canadian-Ukrainian business forum was very useful for both countries. "The real effectiveness forum will be seen later measured results of the concluded agreements. But the fact that businesses from both countries to discuss their cooperation, study and Ukrainian products involved - already the result. The fact that the Prime Minister of Canada came here - this is the result. Important as political statements and business cooperation ", - summed Shymkiv.

Recall this week in Toronto took the Canadian-Ukrainian business forum, which was attended by about five hundred guests. Visited forum and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, International Trade Minister Christine Freeland, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and other top Canadian guests. The official Ukrainian delegation was headed by First Deputy Prime Minister Stephen cubes.  In Ukrainian/український
Aryan said that serious work ahead of a delegation from the counter "the Kremlin's lobby, which increased in May at times."

The vast majority of members of the PACE debate opposed the unconditional return of Russia to PACE. This was announced by MP, chairman of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Vladimir Aryan on his page in Facebook.

He also noted that a serious work ahead delegation to combat " the Kremlin's lobby, which increased in May at times ".   In Ukrainian/український
Ukraine and Canada have excellent opportunities in agriculture, clean technology and other areas.

Before Canada and Ukraine opened opportunities for cooperation that both countries should take advantage of.
This opinion was expressed by Minister of International Trade Canada Christine Freeland, reports Ukrinform.

"Ukraine and Canada have excellent opportunities in agriculture, clean technology and other areas, as both our governments focused on innovation," - said Freeland.

She remembered separately aerospace industry, cooperation which should be actively promoted.

"I talked with their Ukrainian counterparts on the real possibilities that the Canadian aerospace industry - is very important to us - is in Ukraine - the country with developed aerospace sector", - said the Minister.

According to her, Ukraine and Canada are required to strengthen their strategic partnership and deepen economic cooperation.

"I am convinced that Ukraine and Canada today, more than ever, have the opportunity to take advantage of this wonderful moment", - concluded Freeland.   In Ukrainian/український
Stoltenberg refused to explain why this meeting will take place later than expected NATO.

The meeting of the NATO-Russia summit will be in Warsaw, which will be held July 8-9 this year. This was announced by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, reports Associated Press.

"I'm not sure if it's possible (to hold a meeting before the summit) ... but I hope that we will be able to spend it soon after the summit," - said Stoltenberg.

He refused to explain why this meeting will take place later than expected NATO.

Stoltenberg previously reported that agreement was reached on the meeting, whose theme will be transparent relationships and minimizing risks.

He said that Russia is not in compliance "of the NATO-Russia", but the alliance is not looking for a confrontation with her.   In Ukrainian/український
The growth of Ukraine's industrial output in May 2016 slowed down to 0.2% from 3.5 % year-over-year (y-o-y) recorded in the previous month, the State Statistics Service of Ukraine reported.

Industrial output has grown for the fourth consecutive month compared to the same period in 2015, after growth resumption in February this year for the first time in the last three years. According to the State Statistics Service, a drop in industrial production in May accelerated to 3.7% comparing with April 2016, after a decrease of 3.4% in April as compared to March. Since the beginning of the year, in January-May, the industrial output has grown by 3.1% (y-o-y). The highest growth dynamics in May 2016 were recorded in the production of coke and fuel – up by 13% y-o-y. The production of rubber and plastic products was up by 8.5% y-o-y. The chemical industry saw a growth of 8.4% y-o-y, while furniture and other products sector grew by 7.7% y-o-y. The metallurgic production expanded by 7.4% y-o-y. The highest production growth rates in May 2016 as compared with the previous month were recorded in metal ores mining sector (3.5%), the manufacture of coke and fuel (1.3%), crude oil and natural gas production ( 1.2%)..............

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President Vladimir Putin of Russia believes that the military advance of the Third Reich on the Soviet Union could have been prevented if the West had not pursued a policy of deterrence “which is still underway."

As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, Putin said this delivering speech to the State Duma today.

"The main lesson of the most recent war is well known: it (the war) could have been prevented. The Nazis and their allies had to be timely and resolutely curbed, but it did not happen. The direct proposals of the Soviet Union - our country - on joint efforts, on collective defense were either given outright refusals or were just outtalked," Putin said indignantly.

"The leaders of certain Western countries gave preference to the policy of deterrence of the Soviet Union, strived to bring it to the international isolation. However, the actual terrible global threat was posed by Nazis then. This threat was underestimated, omitted. They were reluctant to recognize that the criminal regime was emerging and getting stronger in enlightened Europe," he stressed.

Read more: Investigation of MH17 downing sees progress in identification of Russian military and their equipment, - Butusov

"What other lesson is needed in order to unite for the sake of struggle against international terrorism today, rejecting the outdated ideological differences and geopolitical games?" the Russian president wondered.

"We witness the rapid growth of the risk of this common threat proliferation. It is necessary to create a modern, non-aligned collective security system, equal for all states. Russia is open to discuss this important issue and has repeatedly declared its readiness for dialogue. But we do not see a positive reaction again so far, as it was before the World War II. On the contrary, NATO escalates its aggressive rhetoric and its aggressive actions right at our borders. In these conditions, we must pay special attention to the issues of enhancing the defense capability of our country," Putin emphasized.

Read more: NATO to unfreeze relations with Russia after Ukraine's territorial integrity restored, - Gen. Pavel

As known, Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in March 2014, following deployment of its troops and started destabilizing the situation in the Donbas. The Russian Federation supplies "DPR" and "LPR" terrorists with weapons and deploys mercenaries and its regular troops in the Donbas. Hostilities have been underway in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions since mid-April 2014. In Russian/русский
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and U.S. President Barack Obama will meet during the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said at a meeting with Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andrii Parubii, Censor.NET informs citing 112 Ukraine TV channel.

Read more: Nuland travels to Kyiv, Moscow to discuss Minsk implementation, - US Department of State
She stressed that the efforts aimed at compliance with the IMF requirements taken by Ukraine over the last several months had also provided possibility for the U.S. to sign $1 billion worth loan guarantees. Nuland said that she arrived in Kyiv with several colleagues from the White House and they were willing to feel the atmosphere before the meeting of the presidents in Warsaw, discuss the security related steps as well as the Minsk agreements implementation with Ukraine's authorities.

It should be reminded that the NATO Summit is sheduled to be held in Warsaw July 8-9.  In Ukrainian/український
There are 41,000 militants and Russian regular troops in the Donbas.

This was stated by Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine on European Integration Ihor Dolhov at a press briefing dedicated to Ukraine's issues planned to be tackled at the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.
"The number of the separatists and the Russian regular troops who are currently deployed in the territory of our state in the occupied parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions amounts to 41,000," he said.  In Ukrainian/український

on Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:51 pmAdmin
SBU exposes Russian spy on Ukraine-Russia commission to monitor the ceasefire in Donbas – Col. Vladimir Cheban, SBU reports June 22.

The Russian handed over sensitive information on the schedule of OSCE drone flights to rebels.

Based on this information the Russian/rebel troops could hide their firing positions from the OSCE observers as well as their large-caliber artillery positions.

SBU arrested the colonel and extradited him, banning entry in Ukraine for 5 years.

SBU provided the tapes with colonel’s recorded phone communications with the rebels.
In Cuban in south Russia, the authorities destroyed by a bulldozer 38 tons of strawberries from Ukraine

According to the Russian legislation, food imported from the countries that imposed sanctions against Russia must be destroyed.

The destruction caused an outcry on social networks, with indignant Russians saying the strawberries could have been given to poor people who cannot afford to buy them.
Social Democrats seek to ease tensions with Putin

Since Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, German chancellor Angela Merkel has served as chief enforcer of the EU’s hard line against Moscow.

But for how much longer is unclear as she comes under mounting attack from her own coalition partners, the Moscow-friendly social democrats, amid arguments in Germany and other Nato states about the value of maintaining a tough stance towards Russia.............

To read further go to this link: Financial Times 
on Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:14 amAdmin
Analyst: “Though the amount of the new loan [IMF] program could be much lower than initially expected (USD 3.4 bln in the best case vs. USD 5.8 bln anticipated initially), we are not rushing to revise our gross external debt forecast of USD 127 bln by the end of 2016. Private borrowings might easily offset lower IFI loans amid stronger economic performance.”

KYIV, June 21, 2016 (UBO) - Ukraine’s gross external debt contracted 1.2%, or USD 1.4 bln, to USD 117.4 bln as of April 1, Concorde Capital informed clients today based on a National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) report of June 16. External debt equaled 129.7% of GDP, which is slightly less than 131.3% of GDP at the end of 2015.

The main driver of the debt decrease was private sector liabilities, which contracted USD 1.9 bln to USD 74.2 bln. Liabilities of Ukrainian banks fell USD 1.8 bln, owing to repayments of their external loans, the NBU said (most likely, in the form of conversion of their external debts into equity).

At the same time, state liabilities increased USD 0.5 bln to USD 43.2 bln by the end of 1Q16. Government liabilities increased USD 0.8 bln on the back of a Japan International Cooperation Agency loan (USD 0.3 bln) and guaranteed debt translation into Eurobonds (USD 0.3 bln). NBU liabilities contracted USD 0.3 bln due to repayments on swap operations.

Short-term liabilities decreased USD 3.6 bln qoq to USD 47.6 bln in end-1Q16 owing to an imposed moratorium on USD 3 bln in Eurobonds that a Russian state agency holds........
Russia Loses to Wales, Sparking Football Memes Galore

One example -

Those weren't our football players — you can buy those kits in any shop" reads a tweet that harkens back to Putin's 2014 claims about troops in Crimea who were spotted wearing Russian uniforms.
France Deports Leader of Russian Football Fans for Second Time
Alexander Shprygin, the head of the Russian Supporters Union, was deported from France for a second time on Wednesday, Radio Free Europe reported....
He's getting some good air-miles.
The Daily Vertical: They're Still Dying In The Donbas

The great Brian Whitmore.
on Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:17 amNelson
Confessions Of A Ukrainian 'Political Prisoner'
....His conviction on terrorism charges, he said, was a source of constant laughter among both law enforcement officials and his fellow inmates. "They would say, 'You, a terrorist?' Inmates would tell officers in front of me: 'Look at this terrorist. I'm more of a terrorist than he is,'" Afanasyev said....

Steinmeier Says Europe Threatened By 'New Divides,' Urges Dialogue With Russia
Basically covered on this forum yesterday.
Steinmeier is the one doing the dividing, by going to Moscow and kissing Putin's butt.
Pickets against the reduction of child allowances and payments to pregnant women in regions affected by the Chernobyl accident
Protest on June 21 at the State Duma. Since July 1, will be significantly reduced child allowances and payments to pregnant women in the regions of Russia, who suffered from the Chernobyl accident.
Russia was ready to open second front in Odessa via Transdniestr - SBU Head

First major interview with the Head of Security of Ukraine Basil Gritsak

[this about half-way through this very long interview]

...Key in the said - blast bridges and capture a thin isthmus near the border with Transnistria, where Russian troops are based. Under the guise of "militia" in the nine districts of Odessa oblast cut enter the Russian troops from Transnistria - is the beginning of the proclamation of the so-called People's Republic of Bessarabia headed by Russian officers. After the capture of the Odessa region - the destabilization of Moldova and Romania, attempts to capture Odessa, a second front for the Ukrainian army. For the Russian troops in Transnistria opens the way transfer of supplies from the Crimea. This would open up tremendous opportunities for Russian destabilize the south-west of Ukraine and neighboring countries in Europe - with hail, hurricanes, tanks and infantry corps....
In a small circle, I reported on the situation in Odessa and the preparation of plans for the second front - the president and the chief of the General Staff.
- What was the reaction?
- They were, to put it mildly, surprised.

My heading.
Poroshenko made the remark on French television ahead of a June 21 meeting in Paris with French President Francois Hollande.

Two Britons remained in a coma on June 21 after being seriously injured ahead of a June 11 Euro match in Marseille.

They were among 35 mostly British fans hurt in the three days of violence.

French prosecutors said the Russian fans in Marseille targeted England supporters in an orchestrated "hunt."

Three Russian fans were jailed for up to two years and six England fans were sentenced for up to six months.....
IMF regularly talking about retirement age increase in Ukraine
There is already a pension age increase working its way through the system.
And pensions in Ukraine are so small, I don't see any point in messing about with this currently.
Life expectancy is also very low in Ukraine. The IMF need to think a bit, rather than simply stick to dogma.
Verkhovna Rada and PACE deputy Nadiia Savchenko deems it appropriate to gradually lift the economic sanctions against Russia but leave the personal ones.

As reported by Censor.NET referring to Ukrinform, she said it on air DW's Nemtsova. Interview project.

"I believe that the sanctions should be more personal so that those guilty of what is happening will get exactly what they deserve. The economic [sanctions - ed.] should be lifted over time as commitments are fulfilled. Step by step," Savchenko said.

According to her, this is "very frustrating" that sanctions affect both common people in Russia and Europe and Ukraine."

"Europe can and must, as well as all the civilized world, talk to Russia in the language of economics and politics," Savchenko said, emphasizing it is not "necessary to plunge into a third world war."

Earlier, Tuesday, COREPER (the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union) made a decision to extend sanctions against Russia for another six months - until Jan. 31, 2017. The final decision is to be made by the EU Council before the end of July.

As previously reported, 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.   In Ukrainian/український
on Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:29 amAdmin
Yulia Tymoshenko, ex-premier and leader of Ukraine's large opposition Batkivshchyna party, was the originator of gas corruption scheme later headed by lawmaker and tycoon Oleksandr Onyshchenko, influential political expert Taras Chornovil said late June 20, speaking on Espreso.TV.

 “Almost all the players in the Onyshchenko case will be put behind bars, with the exception of several with deputy immunity,” Chornovil said.

The expert predicts the immunity will be lifted from Onyshchenko. However, when it comes to this, Onyshchenko will flee the country. 

Yulia Tymoshenko figures in this case, and it will be interesting whether prosecutors will be able to file charges against her, he said.
 “There is no doubt Tymoshenko was the originator of the corrupt scheme now used by Onyshchenko when domestically produced gas was bought up at low prices at auctions and then resold at commercial prices to Ukrainians,” Taras Chornovil stressed.
on Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:28 amNelson
Alone with a bear
....Europe is afraid (or, due to economic bonuses, does not want) to call a spade a spade. But if one engages in verbiage and ignores the real situation on the ground, there can be no talk about any conflict settlement. ...
Translated into normal language, this means that the Kremlin shows it will continue killing the Ukrainian soldiers as long as Kyiv doesn’t agree with the Kremlin the constitutional amendments providing for neutrality and the special status of the occupied Donbas, with the right to veto any decisions of the Ukrainian authorities. And there are some other “minor” things: the amnesty / legalization of militants and giving the Russian language and official status of a second state language. To fall for such demands means to open the gates for the Moscow Trojan horse. Moreover, this horse doesn’t even hide its militaristic intentions Unfortunately, this message of the Kremlin is gradually beginning to find understanding in the West. ...

Not a bad article; opinion, obviously.
Video footage of Russian air power assault in the north of Syrian city of Aleppo has been uploaded on the Internet.

As reported by Censor.NET, it can be seen from the video that Russian air power uses flame bombs for its night assault.   In Ukrainian/український
SBU chief: Though difficult to prove, Russian advisers play key role in Maidan massacre
....Hrytsak went on to say he was sure they had been given certain guarantees that they wouldn't be left alone: "And so it happened: everyone who is to blame for the executions of the people at the Maidan is in Russia now. And they are not being handed over to us. Isn't this evidence of Moscow's role or evidence of Russia having coordinated all these things?" he said in an interview with
on Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:10 amNelson
No dead or injured yesterday in the ATO zone
the headquarters of the ATO said about the absence of losses for the day
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 12:38

Day in the zone of the antiterrorist operation passed without loss.
This at a traditional briefing on Wednesday, spokesman of the Presidential Administration on ATO Andrei Lysenko.
"Today no one Ukrainian soldier was killed and was not injured," - said the colonel.
However, he could not talk about progress in the investigation of the death of the volunteers at the mine "Butovka", noting that it will report to the General Staff.
"Briefing on the topic will a representative of the General Staff Armed Forces. It will be announced later," - said Lysenko.
Lysenko previously reported that into the death of the soldiers on the front line June 11, 2016 held a formal investigation.
As you know, the volunteers said that as a result of shelling by militants Butovka building the mine in the Donetsk region partially collapsed under the rubble were killed 4 people, 10 soldiers from the Duk "Right Sector" wounded.
on Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:45 amAdmin
Russia’s legislators allowed the Russian Guards to use weapons in a crowd of people to prevent terrorist acts or free hostages, TASS reports June 21.

The guards can fire their weapons in the crowd of people to prevent terrorist acts, free hostages, protect state buildings and facilities, and their own barracks, Duma’s resolution runs.  

Earlier, Duma authorized security service FSB to fire at the crowd which includes women and children.
Hollande announces preparations for next Normandy format meeting for Ukraine
No date, no details.
I think he wanted a meeting before the Nato summit in Poland. But Putin doesn't want this. Putin is a dictator, not a negotiator.
So I would expect the current inpasse to continue for many months to come. A frozen conflict. Putin is an expert in these.
Occupation authorities encourage Crimeans to stock up firewood for winter
...n the winter of 2015, firewood turned a scarce commodity in Russia-annexed Crimea, with a waiting list for its purchase being drawn up until 2017. The occupation authorities called on local residents to limit the purchase of firewood and substitute it with coal....
Where are you supposed to find firewood in Crimea? Not a lot of trees there to begin with. On in occupied Russia. ..
Tymoshenko and 450 dollar gas deal with Putin - opinion

Of course, 450 dollars was a mad price.
And most people can work out why she agreed to such a crazy price. There only seems to be one logical answer.
And for that answer you need to look at Tymoshenko's clothes and her handbag.
Her handbag is typically Louis Vuitton, costing around 10,000 dollars. But in her income declaration she earns kopeks.
So you have to ask yourself, "is she an honest woman"?

But more.
If Putin did give her a nice bonus for agreeing this deal, then... you can be sure that Putin can suddenly produce the documents to show that Tymoshenko has a few billion in an account in Nauru or the Bahamas via Gazprom.
And if Putin can do this, then he has a good hold over Tymoshenko.
How would Putin use Tymoshenko? To destabilize Ukraine.

What has Tymoshenko done since getting back into politics?
Criticize those in power constantly, even when she was part of the "coalition".
Question: Is Tymoshenko acting on behalf of Putin to destabilize the government? All her actions point that way.
Tymoshenko threatens Groisman over his words regarding the 2009 gas contract
The lawyer of Tymoshenko Mykola Titarenko said that Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, in criticizing the signatories gas contract with Russia in 2009 did not mean Timoshenko.
This is stated in its "demand refutation of false information" sent by the UE on demand Tymoshenko on news UP "Groisman hinted that Tymoshenko was" dividends "of a deal with Putin" on 21 June.
"Separately, I have to stress opinions of the author to obtain" dividends "my client the results of signed gas contracts in 2009," - said Titarenko.
The lawyer cited the part quoted UP following statement Groisman: "At the time of signing the $ 450 price of gas, the price of gas was $ 235 maximum. I think it did not fair price. Expert community knows that it did not fair. Of every thousand cubic meters of gas from 2009 every year who had to do with the signing (of agreements), there was a dividend. "...

...Groisman also said:
"We had a 2006 gas at what price? And in 2008 - 135 dollars? So why it is necessary to sign a contract for 450 (USD) per 1,000 cubic meters? Why, I ask? And now someone I tells that the market price that is installed on gas - a crime? "
"We have it (gas price) was not a market. We have one myself figured out what could the Russians to sign a contract for $ 450 per thousand cubic meters - is no market is not defined, and a signature of one person has determined that it will be 450 dollars" ,...

Why did Tymoshenko agree a massive price for gas with Putin? I think we all know the answer.
But Tymoshenko doesn't like Groisman saying why. Hence now the threat of legal action.
I am sure in the eyes of the Yulia Post (aka Kyiv Post) she is an innocent angel. But then she has financial connections to the owner of the Yulia Post also. ...
We all know how business works in Ukraine, and Tymoshenko knows more than anybody that gas money is big money, and a few billion in an account in Nauru is unlikely to be traceable.
ATO: yesterday militants fired 28 times, actively "worked" snipers
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 7:38

During the last day recorded 28 cases opening fire from the militants: 13 shelling in Donetsk and Mariupol areas and 2 to Lugansk.
The press center ATO Staff reports page on Facebook.
In Donetsk towards Butivka mine and Avdeevki militants fired heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, mortars caliber 82 mm heavy artillery caliber 152 mm, on Ukrainian military position. .
For Ukrainian forces in the area Verhnotoretska and Luhansk terrorists fired from automatic grenade launchers. Ukrainian position near Troiskoi mortars were fired from various caliber. With self-propelled 122 mm caliber artustanovok militants struck on strengthening the forces ATO near Mayorska and Nikolayevka ..
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