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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Sunday 5 February. [Ukrainian sources]

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:34 am
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Trump cheerleading boosts investment in Russia.  Crimea Was Just The Beginning.  The journalist noted the sad situation in relations with Ukraine Trump.  Trump stood in front of a journalist for Putin.  Meeting with Tymoshenko Trump: Washington Post learned interesting details.  In the US Congress made the law of Ukraine support.  In Russia told about the dangers of Trump policy towards the Kremlin.  Russian troops suffered new losses in Syria.   Fighting in Avdivka, what it means of aggravation in relations between Russia and the West.  The assassination of the leader of the militants FSC, the OSCE has revealed new details.  Russian hackers attempted to break down the Dutch government computers.  Klimkin criticized the proposal by Austria on incremental lifting sanctions on Russia.

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Trump cheerleading boosts investment in Russia (Financial Times)

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:36 am
Trump cheerleading boosts investment in Russia (Financial Times)

US president’s positive view is reducing the geopolitical risk surrounding the country

Just weeks before Donald Trump was sworn in as US president, the billionaire Republican posted a series of comments on Twitter about Russia.

“Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing,” he posted on the messaging platform. He added that the two countries, which had a fraught relationship under Barack Obama, the former president, could work together in the future to “solve pressing problems” around the world.

The tweet — one of a series of positive comments the new US president has made about the country and Vladimir Putin, its president, over the past year — was viewed by many investors as the latest signal that the geopolitical risks surrounding Russia are decreasing.................

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The Daily Vertical: By Brian Whitmore (VIDEO report) Crimea Was Just The Beginning

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:39 am
The Daily Vertical: By Brian Whitmore (VIDEO report) Crimea Was Just The Beginning






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Trump stood in front of a journalist for Putin

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:41 am
Trump stood in front of a journalist for Putin

US President Donald Trump in an interview on Fox News said of the host, who called Putin a murderer, declaring readiness to contact the head of the Russian state, reports The Washington Post .

"I respect Putin. In fact, I respect many people, but it does not mean that I can explain all" - said Trump. "But Putin - murderer" - said the journalist Bill of Raleigh. "There are many killers. We have many murderers. You, I think our country has such an innocent?" - Said the owner of the White House.

He stressed that, in his view, the US is better to have good relations with Russia.

"If Russia helps us in the fight against the Islamic state and Islamic terrorism, but this struggle is the main, this is good," - said Trump.

Earlier, in an interview with "apostrophe" Russian journalist Yulia Shevtsova expressed doubt that Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will enter into a "big deal" about the division of spheres of influence in the world.

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Western media learned of the meeting with Tymoshenko Trump

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:46 am
Western media learned of the meeting with Tymoshenko Trump

US President Donald Trump held a brief meeting with deputies of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko.

It said the publication Politico.

The meeting was held on Thursday, February 2, at the National Prayer Breakfast. The main topics of conversation with US President Ukrainian parliamentarian conflict began in Donbas and sanctions against Russia.

It is noted that Donald Trump during the meeting said that the US will not remove sanctions from Russia and will continue to support Ukraine.

As reported, "Apostrophe", formerly spokesman Sean Spicer White House said the United States will not withdraw from Russia sanctions, which were imposed in connection with the Russian annexation of Crimea peninsula while not return control of Ukraine.

As reported, "Apostrophe", formerly president Donald Trump held a brief meeting with the deputy Yulia Tymoshenko, which announced its intention to keep sanctions against Russia.

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Meeting with Tymoshenko Trump: Washington Post learned interesting details

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:48 am
Meeting with Tymoshenko Trump: Washington Post learned interesting details

US President Donald Trump during his meeting with Ukrainian leader "Batkivshchyna" Yulia Tymoshenko did not give her official guarantee to support Ukraine and continuing sanctions policy towards Russia.

This publication reports The Washington Post .

"The president and the former prime minister held a brief, informal meeting and took pictures at the reception to the National prayer breakfast" - confirms the fact of the White House meeting with Trump said.

"Although no guarantees are not provided, as the former Prime Minister (Ukraine - Apostrophe) can not be an official interlocutor President (US - Apostrophe), United States concerned about violence in eastern Ukraine," - said the White House.

In turn, the deputy head of the party "Batkivshchyna" Hryhoriy Nemyria said that "Tymoshenko will not give further comments on the basis of respect for the private nature" conversation with Trump.

As reported, "Apostrophe" administration Trump made it clear that believes Russia Party to the conflict in Donbas.

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In the US Congress made the law of Ukraine support

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:49 am
In the US Congress made the law of Ukraine support

In the House of Representatives of the US Congress had introduced a bill in support of Ukraine.

It is reported by news agency "Ukrinform".

The bill was registered under number HR 830 and is called "On deterrence, prevention and suppression of Russian aggression in Ukraine, support democratic reforms in Ukraine and other purposes."

It is reported that the bill, the text of which has not yet been published, is identical STAND for Ukraine Act, which included the introduction of new sanctions against Russia and strengthened them in law.

STAND for Ukraine Act was never put to a vote in the Senate before the end of the session.

The initiator of consideration of this bill became a Republican Congressman Elliot Engel together with 24 members of the House of Representatives.

Currently the bill being discussed in the committees of the House of Representatives of the US Congress.

As reported, "Apostrophe", before it became known about the rejection of the claim US Justice renewing the decree American president Donald Trump of migrants.

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In Russia told about the dangers of policy Trump Kremlin

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:51 am
In Russia told about the dangers of policy Trump Kremlin

Russian political scientist Lilia Shevtsova believes that the policy of US President Donald Trump, unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama, is a direct threat to Russia.

This Shevtsova wrote in his column on the "apostrophe".

According to her statement about Trump intends to build on the "national interest" means not only refusal of promoting democracy in the world, but the rejection of compromise and willingness to use military power of the United States.

Political analyst wrote that the slogan "America first" is not a policy of isolationism and militant nationalism, where no place of equality with Russia.

Also, Shevtsova said, the statement of US President intends to rely on international policy agreement does not bode well for the Kremlin because Trump understands the agreement only in the context of the axiom: "Winner takes all".

Trump Ready to cooperate with Russia in the fight against terrorism, emphasizes the analyst means an invitation to the Kremlin's fight against all Islamic civilization, which is a part and of society.

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In Turkey, there was a mass arrest militants ISIL

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:53 am
In Turkey, there was a mass arrest militants ISIL

Turkish police conducted a large-scale operation in several provinces to identify suspected of involvement in a terrorist organization "Islamic State", in which were detained around 400 people.

This is the website dailysabah.com.

The operation was carried out on February 5th in the provinces of Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa, Konya, Manisa, Samsun and Gaziantep. A significant number of those detained are foreigners.

Only in the metropolitan region of Turkey police found and detained 60 people for allegedly militants have ISIL.

Most arrests were made near the Turkish border with Syria in the province Sanlıurfa where it was detained 150 suspects.

As reported, "Apostrophe", before it became known about bringing the Greek army on alert because of provocative actions Turkish Air Force.

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Russian troops suffered new losses in Syria

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:55 am
Russian troops suffered new losses in Syria

In the Syrian province of Latakia on the road between the cities of Baniyas and Dzhableh the explosion military vehicle killed five Russian soldiers.

This TV channel Al Jazeera , citing sources in the Syrian opposition.

Car explosion occurred on February 4. It is noted that the vehicle was carrying ammunition. Print the attack is excluded, the most likely cause of the explosion is called a technical problem.

According to the channel, incidents surrounded the military government regime Syrian investigation ashamed with Russia.

In turn, as the Russian agency "Interfax", the Defense Ministry denied this information, calling it "another information face off" and "fake."

As reported, "Apostrophe", in January became aware of the death of an officer in Syria.

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What the fighting in Avdivka means of aggravation in relations between Russia and the West

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:59 am
What the fighting in Avdivka means of aggravation in relations between Russia and the West

Russian journalist Aleksei Venediktov says the escalation of fighting in Avdiyivka aggravation of relations between Russia and the West.

He said the radio station "Echo of Moscow".

The journalist said that the UN Security Council on the situation in Avdiyivka US envoy Nikki Haley recalled the occupation of Crimea by Russia and said that three years of Ukrainian people suffering from the aggression of the Russian Federation. Solidarity with the application, said Venediktov, expressed spokeswoman Trump, adding that this is the point of view of the White House.

Venediktov said that the agreement between Moscow and Kyiv will lead to the fact that leaders need Donbas fighters lose their livelihood, and they added the journalist, they continue to die.

As reported, "Apostrophe" in Avdiyivka renewed supply of gas, heat and water.

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The assassination of the leader of the militants DNR, the OSCE has revealed new details

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:05 pm
The assassination of the leader of the militants DNR, the OSCE has revealed new details

The force of the explosion, which resulted in killed, "the head of the People's Militia DNR" Colonel Oleg Anaschenko amounted to 4.5 kilograms of TNT.

It is stated in the report of the OSCE.

It is also noted that the explosion of a car, which killed Oleg Anaschenko, was in motion.

Explosion occurred on February 4 at 7:55. During the arrival of the OSCE scene was surrounded by DNR militants, some of whom were armed.

Observers are not found in the car and around the traces of blood. Officer of the Armed Forces at STSKK observers reported that the explosion killed Oleg Anaschenko.

As reported, "Apostrophe", earlier in the network discussed the elimination of the so-called head of the People's Militia Oleg DNR Anaschenko.

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Russian hackers attempted to break down the Dutch government computers

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:06 pm
Russian hackers attempted to break down the Dutch government computers

Russian hackers faction ART28 (Fancy Bear) and ART29 (Cozy Bear), who conducted the attack on the servers of the US Democratic Party , tried to gain access to computers of the government of the Netherlands.

It is reported by " European truth " in reference to the publication of De Volkskrant.

Cyber ​​attacks conducted over the past six months. It is emphasized that they were unsuccessful.

Hackers tried to find out the authority of Dutch officials, sending them letters phishing email and create fake sites to access the personal data of civil servants.

Earlier the head of the intelligence service AIVD Dutch Rob Bertola emphasized that over the last six months the government site hundreds of times subjected to attacks by hackers from Russia, China and Iran.

Bertola called it a threat to the democratic system of the Netherlands. He added that the hackers, in particular, tried to seize email access civil servants and employees of large business corporations.

As reported, "Apostrophe", recently accused Norway of APT29 Russian hackers in cyber attacks against their security services.

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Klimkin criticized the proposal by Austria on incremental lifting sanctions on Russia

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:09 pm
Klimkin criticized the proposal by Austria on incremental lifting sanctions on Russia

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin spoke against the proposal Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurtz gradual lifting of sanctions from Russia.

This Klimkin said in an interview with Austrian newspaper Profil, transmits the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.

"Russia insists that it is not a party to any conflict, does not show any remorse or willingness to correct what she natvoryla. In other words, we want to sweeten of what she did not want to hear" - said the Ukrainian minister.

"If we want to encourage the offender to one year of killed less than last year. Is not that crazy logic?" - Said Klimkin.

He stressed that Russia must return the Crimean Ukraine to withdraw its troops from the Donbas and Kyiv return control of the Ukrainian border.



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Interview pavlo klimkin the journal " identity ": " I don't see any sense in ZM ' yakshenni sanctions "
Profile: how important is for Ukraine eu sanctions against Russia?
Pavlo Klimkin: EU sanctions is one of two reasons that Russia not much closer pidstupylasʹ to borders implications. The first reason is the readiness of Ukraine oboronyatysʹ. A friend is a feeling that any violation of international law receives financial consequences. If there was no sanctions, tempted to "create the facts in place" would be to in. Putin's much bigger. We must not forget also about the moral aspect of it. Sanctions is only rysoyu between good and evil, in peace and war, which in this situation was held yevrosoyuzom. No sanctions - and there is no difference between good and evil, you can do what you please.
Profile: or makes sense our suggestion avstriysʹkym minister for foreign affairs s. Kurtsom walking the lifting of sanctions?
P. Klimkin: I just don't see. Russia insists that she is not any side conflict, not demonstrated any remorse or charge to fix what she natvoryla. I mean we want pidsolodyty Russia what she even refuses to listen. We make a step forward, so who up persists in his right perekroyuvaty borders in Europe and at your own discretion to attack their neighbors. Like we want to stimulate the criminal to that this year killed less than the last. Isn't this skhyblena logic?
Profile: What, in your opinion, would be correct lohikoyu?
P. Klimkin: correct lohikoyu would make criminal back to foundations of international law and fix his crimes. Only then you would even debate softening of death penalty.
Profile: that had to b now do Russia?
P. Klimkin: quite simple. Output of donbas troops - regardless of the "Holiday" or not, they return to Ukraine control of Ukrainian border, de okupuvaty Crimea. This is for starters.


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The Russian military in the Crimea population engaged in blackmail

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:11 pm
The Russian military in the Crimea population engaged in blackmail

The Russian military in the occupied Crimea are trying to hush up the mass brawl between the Tula paratroopers and the local population of the Crimean Tatar origin. It is reported by Defence Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

In particular, it noted in the department, Russian law enforcement agencies in an emergency mode, conducted investigations with a view to the appointment of those responsible.

"At the same time the Russian command is working with the affected local residents to change their testimony, including through bribery and intimidation of witnesses and victims," ​​- the intelligence.

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Ukrainian interest. Tension in Avdiyivka, talks in Berlin, and harsh statements in Warsaw

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:20 pm
Ukrainian interest. Tension in Avdiyivka, talks in Berlin, and harsh statements in Warsaw

The escalation in Avdiyivka sparked a wave of outrage around the world, which was different from what Russia had expected as it applied its massive media pressure. Petro Poroshenko during his Berlin visit held talks with Angela Merkel. Top officials in Poland have failed to find a better time to express concern about the influence of the historical contradictions on the current state of Polish-Ukrainian relations.

Russia has decided to take full advantage of transition in Washington and assert their claim to the right to play equals. To this end, the Kremlin has targeted Avdiyivka, the Ukrainian-controlled industrial town in Donbas, whose power grid is completely tied to a local coke plant. Due to the fact that the Right Sector troops of the Ukrainian forces have long been holding their ground in Avdiyivka’s industrial zone [the so-called 'promzona,' which is a strategically important location], which for several months has been an epicenter of local hostilities, the Kremlin's logic seems clear enough: to shift responsibility for the escalation of violence to the Ukrainian side, at the same time launching artillery strikes so massive that the reports of shellings could reminisce of Aleppo, thus forcing the West to accept the Russian plan for the Donbas "settlement." However, the Ukrainian military have stood strong under the fire of the Russian artillery and Grad MLR systems. Besides, the official Kyiv’s humanitarian response, as well as the efforts of volunteer activists, was rather effective. The international community, albeit a bit belatedly, has also made it clear: the blame for the aggression lies with Russia, as it pushes forward the separatists, kept on the Kremlin’s short leash. As for the shelling, it’s the idea of the Russian military, seeking to provoke retaliatory attacks on residential areas of Donetsk where the launchers have been positioned in an ugly “human shield” tactic. The fighting is accompanied by an unprecedented campaign involving Russia’s top speakers: Putin’s spox Dmitry Peskov provides comments on what is happening in Avdiyivka almost daily, while the Russian leader himself during his visit to Budapest threw a wave of accusations against the Ukrainian authorities. It seems it was particularly important for him to voice these allegations from the territory of the European Union, even more so – from the territory of a Visegrad Four member state. The meetings of the UN Security Council confirmed that the world's major players have not changed their stance regarding the settlement of the conflict in Donbas. The address by Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin basically echoed Putin’s earlier statement, while the new Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Nikki Haley appeared to be a worthy successor of Samantha Power in terms of impartiality of the assessments of Russian actions in Ukraine..................

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Avdivka - a reason to give Ukraine a lethal weapon - the former defense minister of Poland Onyshkevych

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:23 pm
Avdivka - a reason to give Ukraine a lethal weapon - the former defense minister of Poland Onyshkevych

Aggravation of the situation in the Donbass in the last days is a good opportunity to revisit the issue of providing Ukraine with lethal weapons.

As the Tsenzor.NET referring to Ukrinform, it said the former Minister of National Defence of Poland Janusz Onyszkiewicz.

"It is a favorable time to return to the case and declare that if the escalation will continue, the United States very soon will be put into effect this program (providing lethal weapons Ukraine - ed.). It would be a very good and natural reaction" - said Onyszkiewicz.

He added the current situation in Ukraine is less need words of support, and more - action.

Assessing the worsening situation in the area Avdeevki, former Defense Minister of Poland said that it lasts for several days, and therefore is not some self initiative separatists, and a clear plan, led to the Kremlin.

"The desire to aggravate the situation and permit it probably is Moscow's desire to test the American president, he will act in such a situation, close to the eye or respond firmly," - said the expert.

According to him, it can also be associated with the approach of presidential elections in France and trying to check how some react to the escalating presidential candidates. He noted that several of them believes that the Ukrainian question for them is uncomfortable and can "complicate their campaign."

Onyszkiewicz also commented on statements by pro-Kremlin politicians and experts in recent days stressed that the escalation in the Donbass initiated by the Ukrainian side, in an attempt to remind myself Administration Trump in terms beginning "constructive" talks between Moscow and Washington.

He noted that this situation is apt saying "a thief hat off," that is the biggest culprit shouting to distract from the attention.

Recall morning Jan. 29 militants began active offensive operations in the area Avdeyevka industrial zone.

After two days of aggravation Ukrainian soldiers were able to take positions of militants and improve your tactical position on this stretch of the contact line . It was also reported about the loss of Ukrainian soldiers .

January 30 due to militant attacks Avdiyivka left without electricity, water and heat.

The evening of January 30 in Avdiyivka was declared a state of emergency.

According to the press center ATO headquarters, now the militants do not stop the assault action near Avdeevka .

The city created operational headquarters for care .

Deputy Head of Presidential Administration Kostyantyn Yeliseyev said that the situation in the Donbas moved from regional to international plane , and if Russia during the consideration of this issue at the UN Security Council impose his veto, it will show the real attitude of the Russian side to the situation in the Donbas.

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At least 30 militants eliminated near Avdiivka, - Novaya Gazeta

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:25 pm
At least 30 militants eliminated near Avdiivka, - Novaya Gazeta

The Armed Forces of Ukraine repulsed the terrorists' attack.

At least 30 militants of ''DPR'' (''Donetsk People's Republic) army were killed in the fighting near Avdiivka, Censor.NET reports citing Russian Novaya Gazeta.

One of the militants' chieftains told that to the Russian reporters.

"On Feb. 2, we have lost about 30 "two hundredth" [dead - Ed.]," the so-called "DPR Department of Defense'' representative announced.

The fighting in the vicinity of Avdiivka has been underway since Jan. 28. However, the militants reduced the intensity of the shelling in the past few days. Ukrainian military repulsed the attack near Avdiivka.

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EU to extend sanctions against Russia in March, - Bloomberg

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:26 pm
EU to extend sanctions against Russia in March, - Bloomberg

The European Union plans to renew asset freezes and travel bans against key allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin who are accused of destabilizing Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports citing Bloomberg.

Four EU officials said member governments intend by mid-March to prolong the sanctions for another six months on more than 100 Ukrainians and Russians. Among them: Arkady Rotenberg, co-owner of SMP Bank and InvestCapitalBank, and Yury Kovalchuk, the biggest shareholder in Bank Rossiya.

In 2014, the European Union, the United States and other countries have imposed sanctions against Russia due to the occupation of the Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine.

Talks on visa-free regime and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended. A number of Russian officials were banned to enter the EU and their assets were frozen.

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Militant Konsul died and Givi wounded in battle near Avdiivka, - separatist websites. PHOTO

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:29 pm
Militant Konsul died and Givi wounded in battle near Avdiivka, - separatist websites. PHOTO

The militant Mikhail Tolstoy, also known as "Givi", received a concussion and a thigh wound in the battle near Avdiivka.

This was announced on one of the separatist websites which claims to deliver a real-time data, Censor.NET reports citing Ostrov.

Givi received minor injuries. "Somalia" unit came under fire, and Givi was wounded in a thigh and received a contusion,'' the separatist website informs.

It is also reported that ''the mechanised brigade commander nicknamed Konsul and several other soldiers were killed."



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Ukraine’s acting envoy to NATO: "It is critical to prevent the Kremlin’s complete withdrawal to a parallel reality

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:37 pm
Ukraine’s acting envoy to NATO: "It is critical to prevent the Kremlin’s complete withdrawal to a parallel reality"

Acting Head of Ukraine’s Mission to NATO Yehor Bozhok has told UNIAN about some details of Russia’s “prank attack” against NATO, how the Bloc’s governing bodies respond to the latest escalation in Avdiyivka and whether they expect the situation to worsen, as what is the Alliance’s attitude to the call by President Poroshenko to hold a referendum on NATO accession.

Along with the latest attacks by the pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s infamous pranksters have resorted to another type of attack, aimed to discredit Ukraine in NATO by attempting to hold "negotiations" with the secretary-general, posing as Ukrainian authorities. However, they ultimately failed in their insidious endeavor. Acting Head of Ukraine’s Mission to NATO Yehor Bozhok sat down with UNIAN this Friday to tell about how NATO uncovered Russian pranksters, how close the communication is between Ukraine and NATO Headquarters over the situation in Avdiyivka, and why the Ukraine-NATO meeting at the level of defense ministers will be held in June instead of February.

Please tell us about the phone prank attack and a sham phone conversation, allegedly with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, which is being so widely covered by Russian media.

Starting yesterday, our Mission in cooperation with the private office of the Secretary General has been fighting off prank attacks against the NATO chief. Phone pranksters on behalf of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine were struggling to arrange a phone conversation allegedly between President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. They also tried to arrange a telephone conversation –and here I should emphasize – between "Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of Ukraine Kostyantin Yelovyeyev" (his real name is Kostyantyn Yeliseyev) and NATO Secretary General. All these attempts were immediately spotted by NATO security officials. We were briefed immediately and, since yesterday, we have been monitoring together this kind of activity of pranksters who sought to set up a provocation. Due to the fact that they failed, they made a fake performance, which we here in NATO and Ukraine have found ridiculous as we were all aware of what was going on. They would not stop for anything to discredit NATO, discredit Ukraine, and create a necessary media background in order to cover up their heinous actions in eastern Ukraine.

Have you talked with these pranksters?................

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Republicans criticise Trump defence of Putin as a ‘killer’ (Financial Times)

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:59 pm
Republicans criticise Trump defence of Putin as a ‘killer’ (Financial Times)

Remarks that US is not ‘so innocent’ draws fire from party leaders

Donald Trump on Sunday was criticised by prominent Republicans after saying in a televised interview that the US was no better than Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

The US president has said he wants improved relations with Mr Putin, a former KGB agent who has been accused of ordering the deaths of opposition politicians, dissidents and journalists during his nearly two decades in power.

When Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly challenged Mr Trump in the interview, saying “Putin’s a killer,” the president replied: “There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers . . . What, you think our country is so innocent?”

The comments, in an interview to be aired ahead of the Super Bowl football championship, drew fire from several Republican lawmakers. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska said on ABC’s “This Week” that the US was “not at all” like Mr Putin’s Russia.

“There is no moral equivalency between the United States of America, the greatest freedom-living nation in the history of the world and the murderous thugs that are in Putin’s defence of his cronyism,” Mr Sasse said.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell also broke with Mr Trump on CNN. “I do think America’s exceptional. America is different. We don’t operate in any way the way the Russians do,” he said. “I think there’s a clear distinction here that all Americans understand . . . I obviously don’t see this issue the same way he does.”

Senator Marco Rubio tweeted: “When has a Democratic political activists [sic] been poisoned by the GOP, or vice versa? We are not the same as #Putin.”..................

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The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Zakharov accused Ukraine of "military provocations", ostensibly to support US interests

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:26 pm
The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Zakharov accused Ukraine of "military provocations", ostensibly to support US interests

Ukrainian government carries out military provocations to maintain interest in Ukraine in the US.

As Tsenzor.NET citing TASS , the official said a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova, the TV channel NTV.

"What will happen to Ukraine, as it was the central theme of the order of the previous administration (US. - Ed.)? When is given money in a given hundreds of millions that it is unclear in whose pocket settled. What can continue this interest in Ukraine? Reform? to do this, they need to hold. achievement? to do this they need to reach. only by military provocations that hit the living, beating on people, you can keep the topic afloat Ukraine ", - she said.

Recall morning Jan. 29 militants began active offensive operations in the area Avdeyevka industrial zone.

After two days of aggravation Ukrainian soldiers were able to take positions of militants and improve your tactical position on this stretch of the contact line .

The evening of January 30 in Avdiyivka was declared a state of emergency.

Deputy Head of Presidential Administration Kostyantyn Yeliseyev said that the situation in the Donbas moved from regional to international plane , and if Russia during the consideration of this issue at the UN Security Council impose his veto, it will show the real attitude of the Russian side to the situation in the Donbas.

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US Senator McCain to Putin: "He will never be our partner, including in the fight against IS"

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:56 pm
US Senator McCain to Putin: "He will never be our partner, including in the fight against IS"

Russian President Vladimir Putin will never be a partner of the United States.

As Tsenzor.NET referring to ABC News , it said Senator John McCain of the Republican Party.

"He will never be our partner, including in the fight against IS. For our chief would be naive and dangerous to think differently," - he said.

See also: Trump has refuted the idea of Putin as a killer: "There are many killers"

Earlier, US President Donald Trump announced that he would be grateful for any help from Russia in the fight against terrorists IS.

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Donetsk "Hamas" and Putin

on Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:54 pm
Donetsk "Hamas" and Putin

The conclusion of the research team Bellingcat that Russian mercenaries are shelling Ukrainian territory of Donetsk and neighborhoods using population as "human shields" brings us back to the tactics of the radical Palestinian movement "Hamas".

When the organization seized power in Gaza strip, she began regular attacks inside Israel with rocket launchers. However - and this is a key point in the tactics of "Hamas" - roztashovuvaly rocket launchers in the midst of residential areas. "Hamas" was important not only obstrilyaty Israel as provoke a reaction that can not lead to the destruction and casualties in these neighborhoods. Thus, the "Hamas" immediately reached several goals. His rocket reached inside Israel, created the inhabitants of the northern part of the country a sense of danger and movement supporters argued that only "Hamas" actively fighting the enemies. At the same time you can get an impressive television picture people suffering as a result of the Israeli "attack" and maintain an atmosphere of hatred among the population of Gaza strip.

Thus, all people - regardless of their political views, attitude towards Israel movement "Hamas" and the idea of ​​the solution to the Middle East conflict - was held hostage by radical groups.

Vladimir Putin - one of the few politicians of the modern world who does not hesitate to apply hands figures of "Hamas". Immediately after the victory of the radical movement in parliamentary elections in the Palestinian Authority president of Russia announced its readiness to maintain contact with him and invited members of "Hamas" in Moscow. Contacts with representatives of the Russian leadership, "Hamas" were not interrupted after the coup in Gaza and formation in the area of ​​government of the unrecognized groups. Representatives of the "Hamas" have recently been welcome at a meeting of Palestinian factions in Moscow and warmly chatted with one of his former partners - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The fact that the "Hamas" and Russia use the same tactics, is not surprising. I would not even call this tactic was the invention of radical Middle East. As you know, all the founders and instigators of Middle East Terror trained in the Soviet Union, but their instructors were staff officers of the KGB - Office, which began his career Vladimir Putin. So the tactic of using the population as human shields - is not Palestinian, and the Kremlin invention. It is no accident, Russian President promised to put women and children in front of his troops in an attack on Ukraine.

For Putin and his puppet important to sow hatred atmosphere in Ukraine

Applied Tactics human shields in Gaza and the Donbas is, however, noticeable differences. Residents of the Gaza strip - and not Israeli citizens do not pretend to a nationality. Their future due to the decision of the Middle East conflict, they may become citizens of the new state or one of the neighboring Arab states. We can talk about trying to create a negative image of Israel beyond, but not the internal destabilization of Israel.

In the case of Ukraine it all is much more dangerous. Russian mercenaries and military disguised Ukrainian citizens. They are not even very important to respond Ukraine shelling or not. If necessary, they are - as it has been many times - can obstrilyaty most residential areas of Donetsk and other Ukrainian cities and blame Armed Forces of Ukraine. For Putin and his puppets in Ukraine is important to spread an atmosphere of hatred. Making his countrymen hate Ukrainian Donbas, Donbass residents and believe that Ukraine does not accept them as its citizens and wish them evil.

The best answer to terrorists - do not become victims of the infamous propaganda, which is paid in human lives. In Ukrainian, the residents of all regions of Ukraine one common enemy - Kremlin regime. And in the occupied regions - Donbass and the Crimea - this enemy is even more dangerous than the rest of the inhabitants of the country. Because this enemy turns them into hostages of its objectives and ambitions.

That is why all Ukrainian joint task - to end the occupation, exile enemy of Ukrainian land, reintegration liberated territories. We can not allow the Kremlin ever use any of innocent people as "human shields."

Vitaly Portnikov - journalist and political commentator.

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