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Ukraine crisis. News in brief. Tuesday 6 June. [Ukrainian sources]

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:59 am
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The Kremlin responded to the words of Pence as a threat. German Ambassador can not imagine Trump participation in negotiations in "Norman format".  Russian-occupation forces shelled a school in Pavlopole.  Ukrainian cruise ship suddenly went to Russia.  Hero of Russia Andrei Troshev, fought in Ukraine, was poisoned vodka in St. Petersburg.  Stockholm arbitration has repealed rule "take or pay" - "Gazprom".  "This mafia sit" - Tymoshenko has threatened the government.  Ukraine found itself in the top ten countries with the worst roads in the world.

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Russian-occupation forces shelled a school in Pavlopole

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:02 am
Russian-occupation forces shelled a school in Pavlopole

Russian-occupation forces fired Pavlopilsku secondary school.

As the Tsenzor.NET , this statement reads Ukrainian side STSKK released by the press center of the headquarters of ATO page in Facebook.

"The Ukrainian side STSKK reports continued attacks by the Horde NFP peaceful settlements and civilian infrastructure facilities along the boundary line. In particular, about 18 pm on June 5 militants shelled residential sector Pavlopil settlement, using prohibited weapons Minsk agreements large caliber "- said in a statement.

However, as emphasized several ammunition directly hit the building Pavlopilskoyi secondary school and caused serious damage.

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Stockholm arbitration not repealed regulations "take or pay" - "Gazprom"

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:05 am
Stockholm arbitration not repealed regulations "take or pay" - "Gazprom"



Russian monopolist "Gazprom" declares that the Stockholm arbitration has repealed a rule take or pay ( "take or pay") a contract with the national oil and gas holding company "Naftogaz Ukraine".

This at a press conference in Moscow said Deputy Chairman of the Russian gas monopoly "Gazprom" Alexander Medvedev, reports Tsenzor.NET with reference to UNIAN.

"One question touched only that here, the award revoked take or pay. It is not, not canceled they take or pay. I'm not going to tell you that there really, but the abolition of take or pay is not" - said Medvedev.

He said that the balance of the Stockholm arbitration to "Gazprom" positive, even in the previous step.

"The volume of this balance will be determined on the basis of a final arbitration decision," - said Medvedev.

He said that the June 30 court - "date of invoice objections and comments."

"This does not mean that 30 June will be the final conclusion. Moreover, as we know, arbitration often timing decision-making may shift. As a rule, not in the direction of acceleration, and toward tightening. This is a difficult question requires serious work" - said Medvedev.

Recall, May 31 Stockholm Arbitration Institute adopted a decision on the dispute between "Naftogaz Ukraine" and "Gazprom" on contract in 2009 to supply gas.
The essence of the decision:
1) the "take or pay" abolished;
2) prohibition of re-export gas abolished;
3) The revised formula for 2014 (European administered price).

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The Kremlin responded to the words of pensions as a threat to Russia, regret and hope that the US position still clearer

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:07 am
The Kremlin responded to the words of pensions as a threat to Russia, regret and hope that the US position still clearer

Kremlin regrets rhetoric Vice President Mike Pence for Russia.
It informs Tsenzor.NET with reference to UNIAN, about it said a spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov.

He noted that the Kremlin rhetoric regrets Vice President Mike Pence on Russia, but focuses on the position of Donald Trump, which is fundamental.

"We hope that clearer still the US position, but of course, the position of president Trump is fundamental and precisely the position you are guided in Moscow. And certainly we regret in connection with the wording on our country" - Peskov said, responding to a question about which applications (or Tillerson pensions) are oriented in the Kremlin.

Earlier, US Vice President Pence called Russia, Iran and terrorism among the major threats to the world and to fight against what the US is ready to help its NATO allies.

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Hero of Russia Andrei Troshev, fought in Ukraine, was poisoned vodka in St. Petersburg, with it found millions and Syria map

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:10 am
Hero of Russia Andrei Troshev, fought in Ukraine, was poisoned vodka in St. Petersburg, with it found millions and Syria map



Russian police colonel retired Andrey Troshev, fought in Ukraine, with 5 million rubles in his pocket hospitalized in one of St. Petersburg hospitals in inadequate condition.

As the Tsenzor.NET with reference to the publication "to Fontanka.ru" except money Trosheva found the maps and distribution list to buy two dozen tents. Located in an inadequate state of the patient is not yet contact.

As it became known to journalists edition, first picked up a man in the house №13 on Palm Street late in the evening on June 5. He was taken to the emergency room, but, apparently, to introduce it was not able to, the newspaper notes. Doctors discovered he had documents to the name Andreya Trosheva five million rubles and five thousand dollars in cash, geographical Syria cards, pay slips for weapons and electronic plane ticket to Krasnodar. Explanation was not achieved by the patient. Doctors notified the police.

Note Troshev - a combat officer, a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya. He commanded the self-propelled artillery battery in Afghanistan in the mid-eighties, after the army continued to serve in the Petersburg OMON and SOBR GU MVD in the North-West. He was awarded the highest state distinction marks.

According to "Fontanka" Troshev - one of the closest associates Dmitri Utkin, known as Wagner, whose journalists call the commander of Russian mercenaries in Syria. He was also seen in the joint visits with representatives of the security services billionaire Evgeniya Prigozhina and probably also worked on the "Concord" controlled Prigogine group structure. However, for what services the hero got his reward - is unknown.

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"This mafia sit" - Tymoshenko has threatened the government, responding to accusations by the gas contracts of 2009

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:13 am
"This mafia sit" - Tymoshenko has threatened the government, responding to accusations by the gas contracts of 2009

The current government uses the Stockholm court, "to destroy the party" Motherland "as opponents."

As the Tsenzor.NET about it at a meeting of the conciliatory council faction leaders, committees and groups of the Verkhovna Rada said leader of the "Fatherland" Yulia Tymoshenko, commenting struck her as head of the Cabinet in 2009 gas contract.



According to Tymoshenko, the principle of "take or pay" - a standard contract for all European consumers of Russian gas, but in 2011 the European Commission has recognized this monopoly requirement (which may not be in the contract), after which all EU countries started to abolish the principle of "take or pay".

"Now Ukraine abolished - and there is nothing extraordinary," - said ex-prime minister, stressing that for 8 years "Ukraine has not paid a penny on a" take or pay".

Tymoshenko also noted that "in 2009 the price of gas was 232 dollars 98 cents, not 450," and this is confirmed in the case file against her sentence which bore Rodion Kireyev.

"Today, the corrupt authorities established for the people of the Ukrainian gas price of 285 dollars per thousand cubic meters. And I'll take a commitment to the people of Ukraine that the Mafia is behind it will stay - because they robbed people selling Ukrainian gas more than in 2009 when the contract was sold Russian gas. also today, through a contract that you layete, 140-160 dollars per thousand cubic meters of gas costs, and you have to buy on corruption indirectly in nearly 230 and you will answer for this", - said Tymoshenko.

Recall that in 2009, Yulia Tymoshenko signed a contract with Putin on Russian gas supplies to Ukraine. This contract was written principle of "take or pay", which provides penalties for Ukraine in case of shortage of Russian gas to the amount specified in the contract.

This principle was the basis for the appeal "Naftogaz Ukraine" in the Stockholm arbitration court in 2014. The company demanded that "Gazprom" to abolish the principle of "take or pay" and to pay compensation in the amount of 30.3 billion dollars for the revision of tariffs for transportation of fuel through the gas transport system of Europe. "Gazprom" instead demanded "Naftogaz" 47.1 billion dollars.

May 31 Stockholm Arbitration Institute adopted a decision on the dispute between "Naftogaz Ukraine" and "Gazprom" on contract in 2009 to supply gas.

The essence of the decision:
1) the "take or pay" abolished;
2) prohibition of re-export gas abolished;
3) The revised formula for 2014 (European administered price).

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Ukrainian cruise ship suddenly went to Russia

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:16 am
Ukrainian cruise ship suddenly went to Russia

Ukrainian cruise ship type river-sea "General Vatutin" for unknown reasons, changed course and headed to the Russian Rostov-on-Don.

It is reported "Dumskaya" .

Thus, the liner came out on June 1 Kyiv, then went to Kherson, where without entering another cruise option - the port of Odessa - Ishmael moved in, and then in Vylkove.



Yesterday, June 5, at 5 am, the ship came from reopening and took a course in Crimea. Night "General Vatutin" had occupied near the southern coast of the peninsula and this morning began moving in the direction of Rostov-on-Don.

Explanations such strange behavior yet.

In the cruise company that organizes tours to "Vatutin," said they did not have information about the movement of vehicles.

Earlier, the network ridiculed the Russian cruise ship "Prince Vladimir" , which dramatically changed the destination from Yalta to Sevastopol (Crimea occupied by Russia).

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Ukraine found itself in the top ten countries with the worst roads in the world

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:18 am
Ukraine found itself in the top ten countries with the worst roads in the world

Ukraine ranked 137 with 144 place in the ranking of quality of roads from the international NGO The World Economic Forum.

This is stated in the updated annual ranking of countries by quality of road surface, reports Autocentre.ua.

Experts have studied the condition of roads in 144 countries and rated it a 7-point scale.

Last year, Ukraine ranked 134th in the ranking of The World Economic Forum, but only when experts examined 138 countries.

Following Ukraine in this year's ranking found themselves Mongolia, Guinea, Haiti and Romania. The worst roads - in Moldova, the country received a total of 1.5 points, as 40% of local roads in need of repair.

According to The World Economic Forum, the best roads in the world - in France, the country received the highest score of 6.5 points. Second place went to the UAE, and the third - Singapore. In the top ten also hit Portugal, Oman, Switzerland, Austria, Hong Kong, Finland and Germany.

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German Ambassador can not imagine Trump participation in negotiations in "Norman format"

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:20 am
German Ambassador can not imagine Trump participation in negotiations in "Norman format"

At this stage there is no indication that the US intends to become a full member of the "Normandy format". Currently, it is only the coordination between the US, Germany, France, in the talks.

In an interview with the Public said German Ambassador to Ukraine Ernst Reichel.

" I think at this stage there are no signs that America is going to become a full member of the" Normandy format ". Imagine if in the case of Summit will need the presence of Donald Trump. He is concerned about a bunch of things. It is not clear whether Trump attended private meetings at the highest level will not create more obstacles " , - he said.

According to the ambassador, now the new US administration is satisfied with the existing format.

" It is more important - a common position and close coordination in this particular case between the US, Germany, France, the" Norman talks. " And we work closely, in particular, the old US administration and the new " , - said Reichel.

See also The full version of the interview the Ambassador of Germany public.

Three years Normandy format : What is expected from the agreements Ukraine-Russia-France-Germany?



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US threatens to quit UN Human Rights Council

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:51 pm
US threatens to quit UN Human Rights Council

Nikki Haley hits out at inclusion of abusers and claims bias against Israel

The US threatened to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, as ambassador Nikki Haley criticised the inclusion of human rights abusers among its membership and what she described as an institutional bias against Israel.

In the first US address to the Geneva-based body since it was established, Ms Haley said that the administration “is looking carefully at this council and our participation in it”. 

“Being a member of this council is a privilege and no country who is a human rights violator should be allowed a seat at the table,” Ms Haley told the council, adding that if Venezuela does not halt human rights abuses at home it should relinquish its membership of the body.

But critics and human rights groups have also accused the US of being soft on human rights abusers, citing President Donald Trump’s praise for authoritarian leaders such as Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. 

The new administration has approved previously blocked arms sales to countries accused of rights violations and appears to downplay the role of human rights in determining foreign policy...............

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Media publish top-secret NSA report on Russia hacking US presidential election

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:32 pm
Media publish top-secret NSA report on Russia hacking US presidential election

Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election in the United States.

Censor.NET reports referring to The Intercept citing a highly classified intelligence report by the National Security Agency.

The report, dated May 5, 2017, is the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light.

The report indicates that Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood. It states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyber attacks described in the document.



As noted, the Russian hackers sent spoofed emails purporting to be from Google to employees of an unnamed U.S. election software company, according to the NSA report. Although the document does not directly identify the company in question, it contains references to a product made by VR Systems, a Florida-based vendor of electronic voting services and equipment whose products are used in eight states.

However, there is no final conclusion as to whether the interference of the Russian Federation has affected the presidential election in the United States.



The report points out that the Russian hackers may have been able to penetrate into the U.S. voting system deeper than previously thought.

The report adds significant new detail to the picture that emerged from the unclassified intelligence assessment about Russian election meddling released by the Obama administration in January. The January assessment presented the U.S. intelligence community's conclusions but omitted many specifics, citing concerns about disclosing sensitive sources and methods. The assessment concluded with high confidence that the Kremlin ordered an extensive, multi-pronged propaganda effort "to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency."



The Intercept also says that officials asked not to publish this report and refused to comment on its contents.

As CNN further reported, the materials had been leaked to an online media outlet by Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia. She has been detained and faces up to 10 years in prison for leaking classified information.

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Tillerson: Trump asked to improve relations with Russia

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:01 pm
Tillerson: Trump asked to improve relations with Russia

US President Donald Trump asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson restore relations between the US and Russia.
It informs Tsenzor.NET with reference to "Ukrainian News" , this Tillerson said during a visit to New Zealand.

According to him, relations with Russia have deteriorated ever, and Trump asked him to try to stabilize them and restore confidence.

Moreover, Tillerson should prevent political instability in connection with an investigation of possible links campaign representatives Trump and. According to the secretary, Trump asked him to buzz around the case did not prevent the work of establishing relations with Russia.

Earlier edition of The Washington Post reported that the son and adviser to US President Donald Trump Jared Kushner at the end of 2016 offered the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak a secret channel of communication between the team and the Kremlin Trump to protect pipelines from US intelligence.

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US urges UN to take "strong" resolution on Ukraine - Haley

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:07 pm
US urges UN to take "strong" resolution on Ukraine - Haley

US Permanent Representative to the UN Nikki Haley urged the UN Human Rights Council to increase its effectiveness and, in particular, to adopt a strong resolution on the situation in Ukraine.

She said Tuesday, during a meeting of the Council in Geneva, reports Tsenzor.NET referring to Ukrinform.

"This session of the imperative to take powerful as possible, decisions about the critical situation of human rights in Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Belarus and Ukraine, and to prevent further violations and abuses of human rights in these countries ", - said the representative of the United States.

Haley stated that respect for human rights - a very important activity of the United Nations, which should take care not separately identified only one body, but also others, including the Security Council.

However, she stressed that the Council for Human Rights is a lot of countries where the human rights violations. "Being a member of this Council - a privilege, and no country that is a violator of human rights, should not take place at this table," - said Haley.

In this regard, she stressed that the Council, in particular, have never considered the human rights violations in Venezuela, but in March adopted five resolutions against Israel.

She noted that the United Nations Human Rights Council should be "more effective, more accountable and more responsive."

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Russia has called several reasons for Putin's rudeness West

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:47 pm
Russia has called several reasons for Putin's rudeness West

Russian President Vladimir Putin would during a trip to Paris Emmanuel macron to indicate "his place" and decided to recoup Having failed the interview American journalist.

Such an opinion in his column on the "apostrophe" s financier and expressed blogger Slava Rabinovich.

"So, let's think, what would it be rudeness Putin. Before that, he went to France to try to throw his hat in a circle and show macron:" Who are you at all, greenhorn ?! I am here for the eighteenth year in power, and you just came. And it's contrary to my will. "And well you can understand who the macron: look at his resume, biography, education" - says Rabinovich.

This blogger says that the visit to Paris for Putin turned a real shame. "And basically - the Russian citizens and Russia connected with people who understand that it is a shame when their internationally represents a schmuck like Putin" - adds Rabinovich.

Having fiasco, Putin openly rude and engaged in demagoguery during the interview American journalist Mehin Kelly.

"It's rudeness to close Putin. After his trip to France and many other defeats in foreign policy, the answer to the question" What is happening? "Should be the following:" omitted godfather - is not godfather. "Putin is trying to show that he still godfather and can not put down "- said Rabinovich.

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Russian journalist said the Kremlin manages its hackers

on Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:21 pm
Russian journalist said the Kremlin manages its hackers

For hackers abroad using Russian affiliated structure.

Such an opinion in an interview with DW was expressed by Russian journalist Andrei Soldatov.

"This is a complicated system, but quite effective: there are a few people at the highest state level who coordinate this work, and a group of informal actors" - said Soldatov.

According to him, a PR agency or group of people is not a stage of negotiation, and work directly with the Kremlin. Through this position their work more flexible and mobile, and the state is not responsible for their actions.

Soldatov says that this technique has been tested on the Russian opposition and independent journalists in early dvotysyachnyh.

"Since 2007, this practice was used abroad, for example in Estonia when it was engaged in a Kremlin movement" Our. "We all understand how this movement there. But as formally these people are government officials, and government structure can not be accused in the hacker attack "- said the journalist.

He said that Russian hackers are not yet able to cause serious damage. The only thing they managed in the United States and France - they say. Soldatov also said that the strategic objectives of these people do not belong.

"Obviously, this is often just a tactical actions, operations there, there. Their goals appear localized, try to influence, try to express themselves. We should not, however, forget the other. There is a general result, the overall effect of all these hackers "- says journalist.

According to Soldatov, Russian hackers trying to bring to Europe the feeling of hopelessness and lack of confidence in the state, politicians and media.

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