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Ukraine crisis. News in Brief. Sunday 28 June [Ukrainian sources]

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Ukraine crisis. News in Brief. Sunday 28 June [Ukrainian sources]

Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 2:29 am

SUNDAY

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News -
The long weekend continues - Constitution Day.
Reading now that terrorists fired 85 times yesterday at the Ukrainian forces.
No word yet on casualties. I've read of two injured at Stanitsa Lugansk.
Almost nothing again in the English language press.
it looks like the war against Russia is fading into the background - just what Putin wants, perhaps.
The usual terror attacks by Putin, blowing up railroads, and the like.
The usual shelling.
McCain said that the ceasefire was a "fiction". Nobody can disagree with that.
Ukraine needs UN peacekeepers, but Putin and Lavrov obviously don't want that. They want war. And death.
From Shaun Walker's "DNR" guys.

Weather -
Forecast of 24 today. Some blue sky, some white cloud. Still no rain.

Nice car -
Photo I took yesterday!
One young guy has painted his car a little...
Also - on the bonnet, PTN XLO - Cool !




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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 2:32 am

9:00
McCain: The ceasefire in the east of Ukraine - it is a fiction (Telegraph)
http://telegraf.com.ua/ukraina/politika/1952739-makkeyn-prekrashhenie-ognya-na-vostoke-ukrainyi-eto-fiktsiya.html

9:19
Putin does not want a peaceful settlement in the east of Ukraine - McCain (ATN)
http://atn.ua/politika/putin-ne-hochet-mirnogo-uregulirovaniya-na-vostoke-ukrainy-makkeyn
[Try and explain that to Obama]

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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 2:37 am

9:30
At Stanitsa Lugansk because of yesterday's shelling wounded two Ukrainian military - Moskal (RBC-Ukraine)
http://www.rbc.ua/rus/news/stanitse-luganskoy-vcherashnego-obstrela-1435472769.html
9:16
At the headquarters of ATO have reported shelling of the prohibited howitzers (News)
http://vesti-ukr.com/donbass/105216-v-shtabe-ato-zajavili-ob-obstrele-iz-zaprewennyh-gaubic

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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 3:01 am

Terrorists last night left Popasnaya without electricity, and stop the flow of water in the Luhansk region (New Times)
http://nv.ua/ukraine/events/terroristy-za-noch-obestochili-popasnuyu-i-prekratili-podachu-vody-v-luganskoy-oblasti-56675.html
[Humanitarian aid from Putin and lavrov]

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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 3:03 am

9:50
Ukraine celebrates the 19th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution (Trust.ua)
http://www.trust.ua/news/112436-v-ukraine-otmechayut-19-letie-so-dnya-prinyatiya-konstitucii.html
[3 day weekend]

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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 3:06 am

9:32
For the past day militants fired 85 times at the [Ukrainian] military and settlements - ATO headquarters (RL)
http://www.radiosvoboda.org/content/news/27097624.html
For the past day pro-Russian militants fired 85 times Ukrainian military positions and settlements.
According to the press center of ATO headquarters, most of the attacks affected towns Pisky, Opitnoe, Krasnogorovka, Marinka and mine "Butovka" located near Donetsk, there were 45 recorded attacks, including the Minsk agreement prohibited artillery.

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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 3:36 am

10:27
In the area of ​​fighting ATO 60 thousand people, - Poroshenko (Hronika.info)
http://hronika.info/obwestvo/66585-v-zone-ato-voyuet-60-tysyach-chelovek-poroshenko.html
In eastern Ukraine, there are about 40,000 armed fighters.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, said an increasing number of Ukrainian military to 60 thousand people.
This information he unveiled on the Ukrainian TV channel "Inter", said Hronika.info citing Main.
"In the very top, the previous peak times it was no more than 30 thousand", - said the President.


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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 3:38 am

10:18
Dutch investigator [re crash of] MN 17 were not allowed in the Luhansk region - prosecutors Netherlands (News of Donbass)
http://novosti.dn.ua/details/253633/
Dutch investigators have completed work at the crash site on the territory of Boeing, which militants of the illegal armed formations "DNR" and "LC" captured in the summer of 2014.
This was reported on Saturday night Prosecutor Netherlands TASS.
The prosecutors noted that the mission was not able to gain access to the Lugansk region. With the support of the OSCE Mission specialists have access to the Donetsk region.


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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 3:40 am

10:17
What will happen to "Novorossia": the forecast for the Donbas (apostrophe)
http://apostrophe.com.ua/article/politics/2015-06-28/chto-budet-s-novorossiey-prognoz-dlya-donbassa/1895
The latest statement of the leader of the DNI Alexander Zakharchenko the imminent creation of the so-called "New Russia" is unfounded. As found "Apostrophe", the separatists have no specifics about the project, involving the seizure of new territories of Ukraine. However, the militants expect that the difficult economic situation in the country can contribute to the emergence of a new "people's republic." Experts do not believe in such prospects, but fear of new fighting in the Donbas.

Militants again talking about the creation of the project "New Russia", which involves the capture of new territories in the east and south of Ukraine. As previously reported, "Apostrophe", the relevant statements of the leader of the DNI Alexander Zakharchenko could become a pretext for the resumption of hostilities in the Donbas. According to senior analyst of the International Centre for Policy Studies Anatoly Oktisyuka separatists can really try to expand the self-proclaimed LC and DNI to the administrative boundaries of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions.

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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:26 am

11:15
A woman in the Stanitsa Lugansk had been killed with a grenade (Pulse of Kiev)
http://society.puls.kiev.ua/incident/335492.html
[Rather unclear - seems she was trying to get - illegally - into the occupied territories.]
11:10
Ukraine declared a storm warning (Columnist)
http://obozrevatel.com/politics/42096-v-ukraine-obyavili-shtormovoe-preduprezhdenie.htm
On Sunday, June 28 on the mainland are expected heavy thunderstorms and downpours.
This is stated in the operative forecast of the Hydrometeorological Center of.
"June 28 in Ukraine, except for the western part, thunderstorms, sometimes gusts of 15-20 m / s, on the Left Bank in some places, heavy rains," - said in the message.

[Blue sky and sun, light cloud, where I am... ]

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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:38 am

John McCain: The Russia-Ukraine cease-fire is a fiction [in English]
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-russia-ukraine-cease-fire-is-a-fiction/2015/06/26/5cf0cde6-1a9d-11e5-93b7-5eddc056ad8a_story.html

[Found the article referred to above in some Ukrainian papers]

Last weekend, I traveled with Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to eastern Ukraine to meet with the courageous men and women fighting there for their country’s freedom and future. I arrived on a solemn day as Ukrainian volunteers grieved the loss of two young comrades killed by Russian artillery the day before. They had lost another comrade a few days before that, and four more the previous week. Their message to me was clear: The cease-fire with Russia is fiction, and U.S. assistance is vital to deterring further Russian aggression.

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SBU detained two 'DPR' intelligence agents. (VIDEO)

Post by Admin on Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:16 am

The Security Service of Ukraine detained two informants of the militants in the ATO area.

Two men from Velyka Novosilka village were recruited by a 'DPR' militant with the call sign Smith, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the Security Service of Ukraine.

Read also: Commander of Berkut regiment, who was involved in execution of Heavenly Hundred has been detained - SBU Acting Head Hrytsak

"The criminals have received the call signs Brat Nelson (Brother Nelson) and Staryi Hrek (Old Greek). On the instructions of the 'DPR GRU', they collected information on the locations of the Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine, as well as about Ukrainian equipment and weapons in the ATO area. The agents maintained secrecy," the SBU reported. The detainees have pleaded guilty. A criminal proceeding is opened against them for assistance to participants of criminal organizations.



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Putin’s gas transit threats mere bluffing, expert says

Post by Admin on Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:40 am

Pres Putin’s threats that Russia Gazprom won’t use Ukraine’s pipelines to pump gas to EU are empty, Vitali Portnikov writes on Radio Svoboda website June 27.

For several past months Gazprom officials have been talking to Ukraine and the world that the transit of gas via Ukraine would be stopped. The Turkish Stream pipeline, nodded by Putin himself, will turn Ukraine’s pipelines into a heap of rusty iron, Gazprom said.

Gazprom advised Europeans to start building connecting pipelines to the Turkish border as there won’t be any alternative to buy gas – except from the Turkish hub. When reminded by European Commission members that such radical change of supply routes is in disparity with theie current contracts, the Russians jeered openly, saying they don’t realize that Ukraine is out of the transit business.  

The reluctance of Europeans to build connecting pipelines to Turkey was political pressure on Russia to keep it dependent on Ukraine’s transit networks, Gazprom said.

And now, after so many breast-beating declarations, Pres Putin instructs Gazprom to hold talks with Ukraine on gas transit after 2019!

What’s happened? Nothing special. The bottom line is that the Russians cannot make do without Ukraine’s pipelines, and their threats were mere bluffing whereas the decision to build by-passing pipelines was political. From the economic point of view, it would be utter stupidity to throw away billions of dollars to build the alternative pipeline.

Gazprom, and Russia’s budget, is in dire straits now due to low oil prices, West’s energy policy and competition. What remains for Putin to do is to look with sober eyes on the realities and start waving away sad thoughts,” Vitali Portnikov wrote.

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As I said a few days ago in an opinion, this is nothing but bullying and saber rattling.

Would Turkey want to deal with the same issues Ukraine has to deal with?

And now, after all this blowing smoke, they want to talk to extend the contract. I've passed a comment to current administration that they hold the ace and not to get into talks anytime soon. In 2019, there might not be any need for transporting, as Europe will have other sources. Four EU countries are already talking to Algeria regarding transporting energy to them. There have been talks of LNG ports in the Odessa oblast.

Ukraine has other sources of income they're very rich on. They also have the ability (once this conflict with the Kremlin is over) in the east to extract energy for them to export.

The rope around its neck has been loosened with the discounts Ukraine's receiving, although more bullying has popped up with Gazprom stating Ukraine doesn't deserve any discounts. What else will they say to make believe they're tough and have to be dealt with no matter what. Expect more blowing smoke.


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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:45 am

In the area of ​​ATO no military deaths;  11 wounded. The fighting in Donetsk almost around the clock
Sunday, June 28, 2015, 13:49
http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2015/06/28/7072718/
In Donetsk towards fighting continued almost around the clock. The main objectives of the militants are Ukrainian military positions in the area of ​​the airport, including Pisky, Avdeevka, Opitnoe.
"The enemy does not stop attempts to penetrate our defenses in Marinka, Krasnohorivtsi Troitsa and around Gorlovki, but every time exposed to strong resistance by our troops. Militants use a wide range of weapons - from small arms and grenade launchers for 152-mm artillery and 120 mm mortars and anti-aircraft installations, "- said Lysenko.

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Slava Rabinovich on what’s written on wall for Pres Putin

Post by Admin on Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:47 am

Putin will be forced to take the responsibility for the downed Malaysian Boeing in Donbas, Slava Rabinovich writes in Facebook June 28.

“I wonder, is Putin aware that now he is faced with a case for being incriminated in the downing the plane with 300 passengers. There will be a trial, a tribunal, a UN session, and conviction.

Then suits for compensation will follow. And this will happen very, very soon. And it will be impossible for Putin to play the fool like in the YUKOS shareholders $50-billion damage claim.

Then claims from Ukraine will follow.

It beats me how Putin cn remain at the helm after all this. Honestly speaking, I am not sure there is anyone among the leaders of Russia who realize what’s going to happen now,” Slava Rabinovich wrote.

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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:02 am

ATO map for today, 28 June, from http://www.radiosvoboda.org/

Looks like Putin is trying to push out from all directions.
Understand Ukrainian positions are holding.



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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:11 am

Ukrainian weather forecasters revise up wheat crop forecast [in English]
http://www.brecorder.com/agriculture-a-allied/183/1200537/
[Put up about 5% - near record levels again.
I can't see why. Quite dry where I am. But I met with friends for lunch. They'd been near Kharkiv, and said that there had been a lot of rain there.
That might explain it. Also it is not quite as hot as normal. 24 most days at the moment.
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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:30 am

17:21
Anti-war rally in Moscow: Putin - resign (Charter'97)
http://www.charter97.org/ru/news/2015/6/28/157496/
About 25 activists of the "Solidarity" movement, despite the rain, went to the metro station "Dobryninskaya", UNIAN.
As the civil society activist Mark Halperin, agitating against the war is very important and you need to communicate using pickets truth Russians. "As for the aggressive-minded citizens - to some extent this is normal because the brains of the people zombified by television, which shows only one point of view", - he said.

[Brave people.
I am sure they will be arrested and locked up for a while. You cannot protest in fascist run Russia.
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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:33 am

17:02
"Authorities" of the Crimea assure that the peninsula went Ukrainian tourists (Segodnya.ua)
http://www.segodnya.ua/regions/krym/vlasti-kryma-uveryayut-chto-na-poluostrov-poehali-ukrainskie-turisty-627284.html
[How? No trains. And you need a visa now. No way. Maybe some people visiting family. ]
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I just did a google search in Russian, using "Beach Crimea 28 June".
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In Crimea, for the year lost a hundred beaches
http://news.allcrimea.net/news/2015/6/24/v-krymu-za-god-ischezla-sotnya-plyazhei-39329/
[nice photo - a dozen people?!
And I love this story!!
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Crimea announced ceiling of 6 million tourists
http://news.allcrimea.net/news/2015/6/25/krymu-obyavili-potolok-6-mln-turistov-39401/
According to the chief architect of the Crimea Alexander Kuznetsov, the infrastructure of Crimea allows us to take a year about 5-6 million tourists...
In Crimea sights on 10 million tourists, but only 15 years later

[Shaun Walker stuff - what a joke...
I suppose suggesting that they have to limit the number of tourists because of the ïnfrastructure!!
Tourists - there are no tourists going to Crimea. None.
As for the photos in this report - they look pretty old to me... Shaun Walker "journalism" at work.
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Found this on youtube, dated 21 June. The guy is complaining that there are no tourists.
You will see more people at the "beach" in Sevastopol. I've been to this place.
It's basically for residents of the city. And when I was there it was seriously busy.
Crimea - forget tourism. Putin has destroyed the place.




And this also from 21 June - and this is a WEEKEND!! Swimming with people - not!!


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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:12 am

18:00
Leader of the "DNR" Zakharchenko "threw mud" on Yanukovych (Socportal.info) (Socportal.info)
http://socportal.info/2015/06/28/lider-dnr-zaharchenko-obliv-brudom-yanukovicha.html
The so-called head of the militants "DNR" Alexander Zakharchenko said that the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych betrayed them. It is reported by "Interfax".
"I will say the following: I believe this man a traitor, because man, in which were, since 2004, we voted for him voted against all others, betrayed all. I personally at a time when there Maidan in Kiev, was certain that he will return to the Donbass, gather all and we with a clear conscience furbish bad broom Kyiv from Nazi evil. But he ran away, "- Zakharchenko commented information so that the alleged Yanukovych became his adviser

[Still the usual nazi garbage. Even Putin and Lavrov have stopped spouting this rubbish.]

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Post by Nelson on Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:17 am

17:51
In the ranks of the militants serious conflict is brewing - the headquarters of ATO (Hvilya)
http://hvylya.net/news/exclusive/v-ryadah-boevikov-nazrevaet-sereznyiy-konflikt-shtab-ato.html
He said that, according to intelligence reports, the main initiators of the installation of artillery and tanks in the streets of private housing estates to fire on positions of APU are mostly militants who came from Russia.
"Local people who had risen to the ranks of armed groups do not support such actions but can not do anything against the Russian mercenaries, who have full support of the Kremlin", - he said.

[Don't expect this story from scumball Shaun Walker in the Guardian. Russiaprofile "journalist", Moscow resident for decades... ]

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How Russian TV changed during Ukraine crisis

Post by Admin on Sun Jun 28, 2015 3:02 pm

Most notably, this has seen a huge surge in anti-Western rhetoric and other inflammatory propaganda designed to demonise those seen as enemies of the Kremlin.

But it has also coincided with other less publicised changes in the behaviour of the main channels and the people who watch them. These have included a huge surge in the amount of news and current affairs programming, the marginalisation of important domestic issues, and an increase in the amount of TV people are consuming...........

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The Finance Ministry said that the creditors of Ukraine may be the environment of Yanukovych

Post by Admin on Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:35 pm

Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko stated that it is possible that part of the Ukrainian debt belongs to the "family" Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage - Arbuzov. She stated this on the air "TSN" .

"All this is possible because these bonds you can buy-sell. They are sold to the Irish Stock Exchange. I do not know who is the beneficial owner ", - she said.

N.Yaresko also told how it is planned to supplement the budget of Ukraine due to the elimination of corruption in the fiscal services, customs and tax services, structural subdivisions are under the control of the Ministry of Finance.

"We are talking about an increase in revenues is in one area to reduce the tax pits 10% of the customs - by 20%. This is the first step. Let's see, this team will be able to do it, "- she said.

The Minister of Finance also announced its readiness to fly to negotiate with creditors as soon as they are ready to discuss the restructuring of Ukrainian debts.

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Yatsenyuk said that Ukraine will soon give up on Russian gas

Post by Admin on Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:38 pm

Ukraine 10 years to meet their needs at the expense of its own gas production. This was announced on June 28 at the Ukrainian TV channels broadcast by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

The head of government said that the economy is "one of the most energy-intensive in Europe." "We need to take the difficult and the only right decision on the tariff policy", - he said, noting that during the heating season for the population must be 21 billion cubic meters of gas, and the gas of its own production of 19 billion cubic meters.

"12 billion cubic meters of state-owned company produces" Naftogaz Ukraine "7 billion cubic meters - private companies that sell gas at market prices," - said Yatsenyuk. According to him, the cost of Ukrainian gas production is $ 100, and it costs the consumer 3.6 thousand hryvnia (about $ 170).

As the prime minister promises "some politicians" to reduce tariffs - untenable. "Previously, when rates were lower tens of billions of dollars went to pay off debt," Naftogaz "and not on the development of the company and the creation of new jobs. Consumers pay for it," - he said."

Our challenge is to increase its own production, reduce consumption, make energy-efficient economy ", - said the prime minister.

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Filaret consecrated the memorial sign in honor of the victory over the army of Tsarist Russia (PHOTOS)

Post by Admin on Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:49 pm

His Holiness the Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Filaret consecrated the memorial plaque today, released in honor of the Battle of Konotop in 1659. Symbol released to commemorate the victory of the Cossacks hetman Ivan Vyhovsky which, in alliance with the Crimean Khan Mehmed IV Giray the river Sosnovka Konotop defeated troops of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich 356 years ago.



The consecration took place in the center of Kiev on Khreshchatyk in the framework of the road show "Ukraine єdina."

From June 29 to July 10 will go to Stone promo tour the cities of Ukraine. In particular, on June 29 in Rivne in the central area of ​​the presentation. Stone also see men of the city Zhytomyr, Lviv, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Khmelnytsky, Vinnytsia, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Melitopol, Mariupol, Zaporizhzhya, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Poltava.



July 11, 2015 a memorial sign will be installed in Konotop.



Recall, today in Kiev on Khreshchatyk from 10:00 to 21:00 is held road shows "Ukraine united." From the streets of Bohdan Khmelnytsky to the street Proreznaya, teams will be performances in circuit racing, rally, off-road competitions, drifting and stantraydingu.

In addition to the consecration of the memorial sign to the anniversary of Konotop battle in the center will also be competitions for the Cup of Kiev on the slalom performances of sportsmen, entertainment for children and young people.

In between races Cup slalom races will be held the first national demonstration sports car for off-road competition - "boar". Exhibition will continue Motorsports technology, contests for the audience, music (bands and DJ).

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June 29, 1659 Cossack hetman Ivan Vyhovsky in alliance with the Crimean Khan Mehmed IV Giray the river Sosnovka Konotop defeated the troops of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. In the Soviet Union textbooks about this event is not told, and they knew about it only by specialists. The sovereign Ukraine remembered the battle of Konotop. March 11, 2008, President Viktor Yushchenko issued a decree on the celebration of the anniversary.

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Canada allocates Ukraine $12 million for democracy

Post by Admin on Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:24 pm

The Government of Canada will provide further financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of over 15 million Canadian dollars (equivalent - approximately 12.1 million US dollars).

"More than $ 15 million will be allocated from the Ukrainian Government of Canada in support of democracy and institution-building", - said the Minister of Defence of Canada, Jason Kenney, report "Details".

Recall, Jason Kenney June 27 arrived in Ukraine with a two-day visit. He also previously zavlyal that Canada is ready to supply Ukraine arms.

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Without the English to the civil service will not start. Poroshenko

Post by Admin on Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:41 pm

In Ukraine is preparing a global program of learning English for the Ukrainians. This was during the Convocation ceremony at the Kiev-Mohyla Academy, said the president of Petro Poroshenko.

The program involves compulsory knowledge of English for certain categories of civil servants, - he said.

According to Poroshenko, Ukrainian government officials should have to know English. He also reminded that in 2016 Ukraine plans to announce a year of English.

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In occupied Crimea Lolita tracksuit sang in Ukrainian (PHOTOS)

Post by Admin on Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:51 pm

In occupied Kerch June 27 at the stadium im.50 anniversary concert took place in October, in which the singer Lolita sang the song in the Ukrainian language, reports Kerch.FM.



Lolita appeared on stage barefoot and in a tracksuit. She presented a song from the repertoire of "Okean Elzy", some listeners singing along.

Besides Lolita, appeared on the stage Ella "5 Fiesta Family», Bianka and Oleg Gazmanov.

Lolita performances by elegant pas.



Earlier Lolita angrily criticized the Russian government. However, Lolita was not allowed to speak at the tribute concert Kuzma.

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