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Sadly reading one dead, 2 injured, Ukrainian soldiers. And this is just the regular troops, not the volunteer batallions, I understand.
I read a good interview with Lutsenko about the credit bill. And why he resigned.
What will happen now is anybody's guess, but they can't allow the banks to collapse.
Russia - mixed signals. They are saying they want Donbass to be "part of Ukraine".
But Russia want to control this "part". One way, or another.
I also saw on the bbc an item about a march in Kiev yesterday - by what the bbc called the "right-wing".
These was not on the tv news here. But "pravi sector" marches make good stories with the British press.

Weather -
Getting warmer, day by day now. Blue sky, some white cloud. I think close to 30 today. And higher tomorrow, and next week.. 90s.

4th of July -
The 4th of July - a big big day today - the start of the "Tour de France".
It might also be some small holiday in America or somewhere, but the British don't remember this.

The leader in the yellow jersey, and who's the guy in red? Liashko?
1600 - Tour de France live now on Eurosport. You can watch also on the internet. (as I'm doing)

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on Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:05 pmAdmin
According to the German economist Anders Aslund, the EU pays too much attention to solving the problems with Greece , while the conflict in Ukraine drops out of sight.

This Aslund wrote in the pages of the German edition of Capital, reports Deutsche Welle.

According to the expert, in the spring of last year the European Union with great fanfare announced the opening of its market for Ukraine. However, the remaining 40 major trade quotas, many of which, according to him, have been exhausted. Instead of having to open itself Ukraine, in September 2014 the EU under pressure from Russia postponed the full embodiment of a free trade agreement with Ukraine.

"The right thing to do is exactly the opposite: Europe is widely open its doors to Ukrainian goods to oppose something militant trade blockade on the Russian side," - said Aslund.

The analyst believes that now in Ukraine for the first time is really capable of and genuinely reform-minded government, which has made many fundamental reform steps that demanded the West. In particular, in April increased the price of gas for the population, have been abolished coal subventions, government procurement taking place in terms of this competition, and companies are required to disclose information about their true beneficiaries. "A lot is being done to indicate on the brink of the oligarchs" - adds Aslund.

In response, the EU has supported a four-year program of assistance from the International Monetary Fund, the volume of 17.5 billion dollars. However, foreign exchange reserves are sorely lacking, says an economist.

"This last year the EU gave the green light to the allocation of Ukraine five billion euro loan - this is only a fortieth of what has gone to Greece", - says Aslund.

In this economist believes that such actions do not make sense. According to him, Ukraine is being reformed, while Greece almost half a decade did nothing and now openly opposes these reforms. At the same time, reminds Aslund, the Ukrainian population is four times the number of residents of Greece, and it plays an important strategic role for Europe.

"After the EU de facto lost to Greece, he needs a success - and Ukraine can bring such a success. But this assumes the necessary attention and a lot of resources," - said Aslund.

He argues that if Europe refuses to Ukraine in military aid, it must at least provide financial support.

"Ukraine is in urgent need of fresh foreign exchange reserves, and the European Central Bank could no problem to provide a guarantee in the amount of more than ten billion euros. This would stabilize the national currency, and it would not cost the EU - access to the money could be linked to strict conditions. Money would remain in Frankfurt. There is no reason that would indicate against such aid "- the expert believes.

As reported by "Apostrophe" on July 3, the European Financial Stability Fund, lend money on behalf of the European Union, declared a default by Greece on liabilities to them.

The referendum in Greece on the proposals of creditors is scheduled for July 5. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged citizens "firmly but calmly to answer authoritarian and harsh policies of austerity."

See also material "apostrophe" " default of Greece: what conclusions should Ukraine do." In Russian
Chairman of the Odessa Regional State Administration Mikhail Saakashvili assured that his team will hunt for bribes every day around the clock, and these activities will gain momentum until the moment when the image of law enforcement actions will change completely.

On Saturday, July 4, the newly appointed head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) of Ukraine carried out the operation, during which when receiving a bribe detained two officers of the detective department of the Odessa Police. This was Facebook says the chairman of the Odessa Regional State Administration (RSA), Mikhail Saakashvili.

According to the governor of Odessa, during the operation the police even had to open fire. "For those who have not yet understood, we will hunt for bribes every day and all day, every day, these actions will gain strength until the moment when the image of the law enforcement agencies are not fully change. You do not want to jail, write an application and go into business" - Saakashvili wrote.

Today, the new head of the Department of Internal Affairs carried out the operation and caught taking bribes on two officers of the detective department of the Odessa Police. In the ...

Posted by Mikheil Saakashvili on Saturday, 4 July 2015

July 3, Saakashvili sacked 20 officials of the Odessa Regional State Administration. The governor, in particular, has declared its intention to transfer the functions of the public in exposing corruption.
Earlier, on June 29, in the fight against bribery in Odessa was signed a memorandum on establishing a center of administrative services. It is expected that the project will begin to provide services, without waiting for adoption of the law in the Ukrainian parliament. Now, inhabitants of Odessa and area residents will be able to receive any document within a time interval from a few minutes to several hours. In Russian
In one of the military range in the Kharkiv region Kharkiv operational brigade soldiers conducted training on fire training and fire arms of the T-64BV.

It is reported by the press service of the National Guard.

It is noted that the tankers worked exercises, which include combat vehicle driving on rough terrain, the choice of firing position, the firing of all weapons and the problem of tactical and special training.

At the same time the guards had a shooting on the go, and with a short stop in a defensive battle. Also during target practice, they checked the functioning and performance of the armament of the tank and its individual elements, the report said. In Russian

The leader of the Radical Party , Oleg Lyashko insisted that the scandal was fired the head of the Ministry of Ecology Igor Shevchenko was appointed to his post immediately with the filing of the chapter "Batkivshchyna" Yulia Tymoshenko .

This he said in an exclusive interview with "Observer".

"Julia goes to the podium and remembers the commandments of God. So, one of the commandments of God, it seems, the ninth," Do not lie. "We must first start with yourself before you call others to adhere to the commandments of God," - said the head of the Radical Party.

"Because when money for the post of the Minister of Environment (former Minister of Environment Shevchenko. - Ed.) Appoint corrupt, selling position oligarch Onishchenko, and after the corruption is revealed, she goes on," blue eye "tells the whole country, which is not has no relation to the appointment of corrupt - it's called a lie. And it's a violation of God's commandment "Thou shalt not lie" - he added.

As reported by the "Observer", previously MP from the Radical Party Andrey Lozovoy unveiled a letter that indicates that the leader of "Batkivshchyna" Yulia Tymoshenko has lobbied Shevchenko appointment to the post of minister.

The journalists of the program "Groshі" on channel 1 + 1 previously reported that the MP-millionaire former Regions Alexander Onischenko bought the post of Minister of Environment for Igor Shevchenko. He allegedly paid for the position of 10 million dollars Yulia Tymoshenko , has received the quota for participation in the coalition agreement.

Reporters conducted an investigation and concluded that the head of the Ministry of Environment "working out" on his appointment, trading licenses and permits in the area of ​​mining.

According to the "pennies" Igor Shevchenko had previously been closely associated with the fugitive government minister Azarov Edward Stavisky - Onishchenko partner in the gas business.

On July 2, a parliamentary coalition voted for the resignation of Igor Shevchenko from the post of Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources.

The reason for the dismissal was made ​​public on media reports that the head of the Ministry of Environment regularly flies to Europe, private jets, one of which belongs to the MP, the former regional Alexander Onishchenko. In Russian

Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally decided to barricade all possible escape routes from the situation in which he put himself and Russia. A nuclear blackmail for the signing of the second package of agreements in Minsk has forced the West to decide on a confrontation that will have the most disastrous consequences for Russia.

In an interview with "Observer" said the former adviser to Putin, president of the Institute of Economic Analysis, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute Andrei Illarionov.

Thus, in his opinion, only nuclear blackmail Putin made German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with French President Francois Hollande to fly to Minsk in February and signed the new agreements. And so, according to Illarionov, "to legalize the elimination of Ukraine's sovereignty over the Ukrainian-Russian border in the eastern Donbass".

Former Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation believes that the Kremlin, making the efficiency of nuclear blackmail, can resort to it again. But now the West has already decided on a confrontation with Russia, which the Kremlin perceived as a deadlock, seeing no way out.

"Putin is arbitrarily long can imagine the situation as a stalemate, in which he was allegedly driven. In fact, this is not a dead end it has driven the West, he climbed into it. Furthermore - continues to climb further and further. And all the possible out of this impasse, he carefully barricades, "- says the expert.
However, given the presence of Russian nuclear weapons and 700,000th army, it makes millions of people around the world to be afraid of the Kremlin.

"This is the tragedy of the current situation, because hundreds of millions of people depend directly on Putin. Their lives, health and well-being really depends on the decision of one man. But the problem is that in today's world, ordinary citizens, experts and leaders of Western countries know what to do in this situation ", - said Andrei Illarionov.

Thus the only way out of this situation, according to experts, could be a continuation of the confrontation, which, though yielding results, but in the long term and not always successful. In fact, the West and Russia is once again under the Cold War, which can take other, more hot form.

"This process can not be easy and simple to predict. That means that this war will be even different stages. But at the end of her Ukraine will return control over its occupied territories. And I greatly fear that for Russia it will not only complete the geopolitical implications of this confrontation "- sums up the Andrei Illarionov. In Russian
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:39 pmAdmin
In Lugansk region in the vicinity of the 29th checkpoint on a mine blew up five Ukrainian soldiers. It is reported by Channel 112 with reference to the Facebook page fighter "Aydar" Sergey Efremov.

"Sad news from the 29th checkpoint. Today, the mine exploded a group of soldiers. Two people died from the 24th Mechanized Brigade and one" aydarovets. "Another man from our battalion in critical condition, and the second is our 300th will live exactly . Also wounded were two of the 24-ki. The data on the injured / killed can still change, "- Efremov wrote.

He later reported that the wounded died in hospital fighter, "Aydar", as one soldier had died the 24th Brigade. In Russian
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:08 pmAdmin
Former adviser to the US President for National Security Zbigniew Brzezinski believes that the West and Russia are in a state of cold war. He stated this in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, says the "Voice of America" ​​.

"We are already in a position to enter the cold. Luckily its transition into a hot phase is still unlikely," - said Brzezinski.

Renowned political scientist believes that the pressure on Russia can bring results, but noted that the challenge that is thrown Ukraine threatens its very existence.

"If this continues, and if Ukraine does not crash, the internal pressure of Russia will make its leaders (whoever it was at the time) to look for alternatives. I hope that Putin is smart enough to realize that it is better to look for alternatives in advance, and not at the last minute ", - said Brzezinski.

Ukraine should have the freedom to choose their political identity, political philosophy and implement them through close ties with Europe.

The expert also noted that the comparison of Putin and Hitler bypass the fact that Hitler was not interested in the accumulation of personal wealth.

"Hitler never particularly interested in order to enrich themselves. Putin is keen to earn more money, and it introduces in his life is another factor that may stabilize Putin and his passion. But more dangerous is that Putin is by nature a gambler" - The specifications given Putin Brzezinski.

American expert expressed the opinion that the crisis in Ukraine should be solved by the use of approaches that ensure the independence of the Russian way of development in Finland. In Russian
In one of the units APU, located in the capital, soldiers were poisoned.

As the press service of the Defense Ministry, in fact food poisoning appointed official investigation. "Currently, the military unit working committee, composed of officers of the Military Service Law Enforcement in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, representatives of" volunteer descent "of the Defense Ministry and the military logistics of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the results of the commission, in case of violations, the perpetrators of said the event will be held accountable, "- said in a statement.

State servicemen is satisfactory, they are assisted. In Russian
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine believe that the forces of the Russian Federation and the pro-Russian militants in the Donbas is not enough for a full-scale offensive.

Such an opinion in an interview with radio "Freedom" stated Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Igor Dolgov.

"I am not a military man, as you know. I do not have, the more strategies, tactics and so on. But what can you expect from the Russian side of the separatists, in principle, is in some reasonable scheme. These clever schemes show that for a full offensive, yet, our enemy forces is not enough. And I hope that our joint efforts of the international community, our friends, do not allow these forces to bring to the level where the offensive could last to the western borders of Ukraine and move to the area actually European Union and NATO, "- said Dolgov.

The deputy head of the Defense Ministry also advised not to trust the figures on the number of Russian troops in the Donbas or on the border with Ukraine, which are published on social networks.

"I do not advise you to trust the numbers and any data that pass through the Facebook. There are other sources. There are other data. Of course, not all the data we can open. Not all data can be public," - said the deputy minister.

He said that the number of insurgents in the Donbas technology is growing rapidly. In Russian

I agree with him, regarding the west won't allow the Kremlin to get to the western border and I've been mentioning that since last year. Does the west and neighboring NATO countries actually want the Kremlin forces on their border? Think again if you think they'll allow it. It'll be a constant concern to those NATO members.

So far there's no need for western military to enter Ukraine. Ukraine has been forcing more losses and damage on the terrorists and Kremlin forces. They haven't gained a thing lately and have lost greatly in Marinka and Shyrokyne. And it's Russia which use to be a major military force against Ukraine, a country 1/3 its population. And this is what Russia has sent into Ukraine? Are they just attempting a scare in the cheap, to see what they can get in a frozen conflict but will never actually pull a full force into Ukraine? How long monetarily can they afford for it to last? We hear daily, news about how much Russia's hurting. Today there was another small protest against being in Ukraine from within Russia. They've become a constant occurrance.

So the bottom line is, Are they going to deplete Russia's economy, run out of military equipment and troops, then go towards the west? Will Russians be happy with it? IF they took all of Ukraine and destroyed it while heading to the west, are they then going to be able to afford the reconstruction of a country that its population don't want them in their country? There are too many that give the Kremlin way too much credit. Not sure if its for the sake of argument or just not thinking thoroughly on all the facts.
The European Union may consider the results of the new referendum in the Crimea, if it will be held under the supervision of the OSCE. This was stated by a senior European source says , "The main thing"

"If this is done in compliance with international law, under the supervision of the OSCE, may we look (to the results of the referendum - Ed.)", - The source said, when asked about voiced by a number of experts in the West, the idea of ​​holding a new referendum in the Crimea and the possibility of recognition of its results.

Recall illegitimate referendum on the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea took place 16 March 2014.

The referendum was put two questions: the restoration of the Crimean Constitution of 1992 and to join the Crimea to Russia. UN, CIS, EU and OSCE monitors its official did not send. In Russian

This is so asinine, as a good part of its initial population that were pro Ukrainian have left Crimea. So the main population that remains are going to have the same frightened atitude that there is in Russia. They don't vote against the government, as they know what the circumstances might be. Same scenario in Crimea.

If the EU does allow this to happen, they're basically sealing the theft by the Kremlin of Crimea, a region that legitimately belongs to Ukraine. Perhaps they just want the issue to go away and this is their way out of it. They've ruined their reputation in more ways than one, what's one more move to solidify that task.
Patrol police officers have high enough salaries not to take bribes. This Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said in comments to journalists after the ceremony of taking the oath of a new patrol in Kiev.

"Today is the birthday of Ukrainian police. This - the team, the new philosophy, attitude towards work. They are young, educated, energetic people. I am confident that together we can clean up the city. I have always said that change begins from Kiev, and we are proud that Kiev is the first city where a new police ", - said the mayor.

Klitschko expressed confidence that the patrol will not bribes because they have decent wages and social guarantees.

"The new police have decent wages, social protection, modern equipment. The competition was 25 people per seat. And I hope that they will not risk taking bribes - because it put an end to their prospects and future. I'm sure they will not let you down, "- said Klitschko. In Russian
The horn of the Russian authorities - the news agency "RIA Novosti" - published a scandalous news, citing a senior source in Europe.

Ostensibly, the EU can agree with the results of the new referendum on the exit of the Crimea from Ukraine and accession to Russia, if the vote will take place under the supervision of the OSCE.

"If this is done in compliance with international law, under the supervision of the OSCE, may we look (to the results of the referendum, - Ed.)", - Informs the Russian media.

As you know, members of the European Union and other civilized countries have recognized the annexation of the Crimea illegal to impose sanctions on Russia. In Russian
The head of the international affairs committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Alexei Pushkov is conducting a survey in the social network Twitter, interested in the reaction of the Russians to act rock singer Zemfira. As previously reported, "Commander in Chief" at a concert in Tbilisi, she sang the song "I wonder how are you", turning in the hands of the Ukrainian flag.

"Please express your attitude to the action Zemfira in Tbilisi, where she sang, waving the flag of Ukraine. Who is against - retweet who for - favorites" - wrote Russian.

As of 12:30 in this post was 382 not supported outrage policy in 1227 supported.

Pushkov later complained: "In a survey of Russian citizens are actively involved Ukrainians, which reduces its sociological precision. But in any case, the result speaks for itself." In Russian
The crime occurred in Reni Odessa area this morning.

This is stated in the press service of the police station of Odessa region.

At half past five in the morning in Reni District Police Department received a report that on Komsomolskaya Street near the disco bar, three strangers made a few shots from a gun at anyone, then fled in an unknown direction. As a result of shooting three citizens were injured leg. They are currently hospitalized in a medical institution.

Law enforcers carried out investigation priorities and establish the circumstances of the incident. He is wanted criminals.

The primary investigative activities determined that the attackers drove up to the entertainment at the car "Opel Vectra". One of the passengers got out of the cabin and a hunting rifle fired two shots in the direction of the stairs. As a result, the angle shot hit the steps and the rebound hit the delicate limbs three vacationers. After that, unknown disappeared at the above car.

Personality of the two intruders have been installed, they were residents of Reni aged 25 and 26 years. Activities for the establishment of a third accomplice continues.

On this fact initiated criminal proceedings on grounds of crime under Part 4 st.296 (hooliganism) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. For their actions attackers be punished with imprisonment for a term of three to seven years. In Russian
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 5:11 pmAdmin
By the shore of one of the districts of Mariupol washed raft with explosives.

This was reported by the local newspaper "0629" with reference to the press officer of the sector "M" Yaroslav Chepurnov.

"Militants are wind and current and send us these gifts," - said the officer.

According to him, the raft was discovered in time professionals who undermined it. Because of this the victims managed to escape.

Management sector "M" refers to residents to be vigilant and not to touch strange objects in the sea or on the shore. In Russian
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 5:04 pmAdmin
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia is not an immediate threat to NATO countries.

This Stoltenberg said in an interview with DW.

"We are dealing with a self-confident Russia, which violates international law, uses force to expand its borders. I believe that we need to strike a balance between the analysis of the situation and a description of the threats to NATO countries. We should not exaggerate the dangers and to dramatize the situation. We do not We see an immediate threat because of NATO - the most powerful defense alliance of all time. " - Said the NATO secretary general.

According to him, the countries are not in a new Cold War, but Russia is doing everything to intimidate its neighbors Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.

"Today we face new threats. This is the" Islamic state ", violence and conflict in Iraq, Syria, North Africa," - he said.

"Russia is increasingly mentioned nuclear weapons as part of their defense strategy. Our response is defensive in nature. It is proportional to and comply with international treaties. We have increased the readiness of our forces. We have strengthened military presence on the eastern borders of the alliance. We will organize a kind of small headquarters in the Baltic States, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania. We have strengthened air patrols and presence in the eastern countries of the alliance in response to the behavior of Russia ", - said Stoltenberg. In Russian
Former Chief of General Staff, sent troops to disperse the Maidan, demands to recognize that he had no right to occupy this post.

As the decision of the District Administrative Court of Kiev, placed in the Unified Register of judgments, Vice-Admiral Yuri Ilyin asks to terminate the contract on passage of military service from 17 February 2014.

Recall, the admiral was appointed Chief of the General Staff of the presidential decree 19 February 2014, when the shooting began on Independence activists. Three days later, when Viktor Yanukovych fled from Kiev, Ilyin said that the army would not carry out criminal orders. However, the reality was different - as he wrote Commander , immediately after his appointment as Chief of Staff, allegedly ordered the move a number of military units equipped and armed groups to disperse the Maidan.

February 28 Acting President Alexander Turchinov Ilina fired from his post.

In court, the former chief of staff proves that his contract serving in the Ministry of Defence, concluded in February 2014, illegitimate.

Ostensibly appropriate orders were taken in violation of the law - not timely furnished. In addition, they gave Defense Minister Pavel Lebedev, and was - the president.

The representative of the Ministry of Defence at the hearing objected to the satisfaction of the claim. Like, a document drawn up in accordance with the law.

The court found that the previous contract on Service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine between Ilyin and the Ministry of Defence was signed February 18, 2009 for a term of five years. At that time, he worked as the first deputy commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, and in 2012 became the first commander.

The term of the contract expired February 18, 2014, so the order of the Minister of Defense of February 17, 2014 it was extended. Two days later, Admiral decree Yanukovych was appointed Chief of General Staff - Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In this capacity, Ilyin spent 10 days. February 27, he was hospitalized with a heart attack in the intensive care unit of the military-medical clinical center of the Crimean region Sevastopol. As previously reported by the former head of the Ukrainian military telecentre "Breeze" Miroslav Mamchak, this happened after the meeting with the chairman of Ilina Coordinating Council on the organization of the Sevastopol gorupravleniya Alexey Chaly, the head of the city council Yuri Doynikova, representatives of power structures.

After acting President Oleksandr Turchynov dismissed Admiral February 28, 2014, he was a retiree and placed at the disposal. about. Defense Minister Igor Tenyukh preserving all types of collateral and the lists of the General Staff of the Armed Forces.

Arguments Ilina that a new contract, he did not know and was hired illegally, the judge did not accept. It turned out that it was the opposite. Admiral himself initiated the extension of the service contract in advance by submitting the relevant report and the necessary documents.

And his former assistant said in court that Ilyin was not going to resign from the ministry. Allegedly, on February 18 when the shooting began on the Maidan, Ilyin "expressed concern about the absence of a contract."

District Administrative Court of Kyiv on May 27 rejected the admiral's claim.

Recall Prosecutor General's Office on the fact of desertion opened criminal proceedings against former Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Admiral Yuri Ilyin. As the press service of the GPU, Ilyin, being at the disposal of the Minister of Defence, at the end of May 2014 left the place of service. Criminal proceedings opened under Part 1 st.408 Criminal Code of Ukraine (desertion).

If the court took the side of Yuri Ilyin in litigation, then the claims of the Prosecutor General could be withdrawn.


From 1983 to 1991 Yuri Ilyin served in a separate brigade of marines Black Sea Fleet commander of a platoon, battery commander.

In the period from 1991 to 1998 he served in the headquarters of the Command of the Naval Forces of Ukraine.

From August 1998 to December 2003 he commanded a marine brigade of the Naval Forces of Ukraine.

In the period from December 2003 to June 2005 he served in the Command of the Naval Forces of the post of deputy chief and head of the department of defense planning.

From June 2005 to August 2008 was a military representative of a group of officers in international staffs and missions in the United States.

Since August 2008, he served in the Command of the Naval Forces of the First Deputy Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff - First Deputy Commander of the Naval Forces.

Previously, the site "Nashі groshі" reported that the former Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Defence requires to pay him financial assistance, cash collateral and assign a pension. In Russian
In the Donetsk region eliminated Novoazovsk Chief of Staff of Russian naval intelligence. About how the press officer of the sector "M" Yaroslav Chepurnoy.

The circumstances of the death of a senior Russian military Chepurnoy not commented. Which of the Ukrainian units involved in the liquidation, the officer also reported.

Note that the local edition with reference to the Russian blogger Oleg Yarchuk writes that the Russian spy was shot sniper.

The press service of the regiment "Azov" explained that this is possible, but it is not the work of the regiment.

"Azov" this is not involved. The work of other departments, we can not comment, "- said the press service of the battalion. In Russian
At the Mariinsky park in Kiev today, there was a concert of vocal and instrumental ensemble Command US Army in Europe, reports special correspondent "Commander."

During a concert in support of the freedom of friendly relations between Ukraine and the United States, the best artists of US troops presented the audience a selection of the most popular and beloved American songs.

As special guests, along with the American group by the National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine. In Russian
Counterintelligence Slovakia declared an increase in the activity of Russian spies in its territory, as well as in other countries of the European Union and NATO. It is reported by Associated Press, citing a report of the Slovak Information Service dealing with intelligence and counterintelligence.

According to data published in the report of the Slovak spetsluzhb scouts from Russia tried to occupy public office in Slovakia, to infiltrate the country's security forces and to influence public opinion.

In Bratislava, noted that this activity is associated with the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. The document also describes the actions of Russia in the alleged support of militants, which Moscow takes to save the Ukraine in its sphere of influence. In Russian
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:35 pmNelson
Top Russian Official Elected Chair of Board of Liberal University [in English]
[Putin's "thought-Police" beginning to gain absolute control over every strata of society.
Soon you won't be able to breathe without Putin knowing about it. ]


Thought Police
..The Thought Police (thinkpol in Newspeak) are the secret police of the fictional superstate, Oceania, in George Orwell's 1949 dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four....
In Orwell's novel, the government (which is dominated entirely by the Inner Party) attempts to control not only the speech and actions, but also the thoughts of its subjects, labeling "unapproved thoughts" with the term thoughtcrime, or crimethink in Newspeak. For such infractions, the Thought Police arrest two characters in the book, Winston and Julia.
Orwell's Thought Police also a operate a false resistance movement to lure in disloyal Party members before arresting them. One Thought Police agent, O'Brien, is part of this false flag operation. It is not revealed, however, if a genuine resistance movement actually exists -- though the tactic of using a false resistance group called Operation Trust was actually used to lure out dissidents by the State Political Directorate in the Soviet Union.[3][4]...
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:22 pmNelson
Russia to Replenish Reserve Fund if Oil Price Exceeds $70 – Finance Minister [in English]
According to the ministry, Russia will be spending money from its Reserve Fund in 2015-2017 and will reduce it to 500 billion rubles ($9 billion) by the end of 2017. The country had 4.27 trillion rubles ($77 billion) in the fund as of July 1.
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:54 pmNelson
Further to Admin's post above about falling oil prices - well....
Oil prices are falling today
Gas prices are also down. Good for Ukraine.
They delayed coming to an agreement with Russia for winter gas.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - the oil price is the only thing that will keep the mad dictator Putin in check.
WTI back near 55. Very Happy

Crude Oil & Natural Gas
WTI Crude Oil (Nymex)
USD/bbl. 55.52 -1.41
-2.48% AUG 15 12:59:56
Brent Crude (ICE)
USD/bbl. 60.32 -1.75
-2.82% AUG 15 13:29:59
Crude Oil (Tokyo)
JPY/kl 46,390.00 -870.00 -1.84% DEC 15 14:55:28
Natural Gas (Nymex)
USD/MMBtu 2.77 -0.05
-1.84% AUG 15 12:59:59
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:46 pmNelson
The Block Poroshenko will not support the vote for the law on foreign currency loans (Details)
A group of deputies of the faction "Block Poroshenko" has registered a draft resolution on violation of voting during consideration of the bill on the return of foreign currency loans, said the deputy head of the faction Igor Kononenko.
"Next week, if an extraordinary meeting of parliament, or a week - at a planned meeting - this law will peregolosovat" - he said.
Kononenko said that the law can not be implemented.
"Our faction will not give a single vote for it, because the bill carries over a more than 90 billion hryvnia losses for the banking system of the country. In fact - it can not be implemented. If it is implemented, it is the collapse of the banking system of Ukraine", - He stressed Kononenko.

[I frankly don't understand this.
72 of the BPP voted for it!!! End of story. They supported it, and voted for the law. ]
In an exclusive interview, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tells German news broadcaster Deutsche Welle about NATO's defense posture, which is proportionate and in line with the Alliance's international commitments, and he claims that Russia is ready to use force against its neighbors.

"Everything we do is defensive. We're protecting the allies. Russia is behaving aggressively. The annexation of Crimea is an aggressive behavior. Russia continues providing separatists in eastern Ukraine with modern weapons, anti-aircraft systems, sends troops there – this is an act of aggression. We protect our allies, Russia uses force to redraw the borders and destabilize Ukraine," Stoltenberg said, as reported by DW.
According to him, Russia is ready to use force against Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.

"Russia is ready to use force against Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. Russia more often mentions nuclear weapons as part of its defense strategy," NATO's chief said...................

Read further at link:
On the new Power Vertical Podcast, I discuss this phenomenon with two leading experts on the issue: Peter Pomerantsev, author of the book Nothing Is True And Everything Is Possible: Inside The Heart Of The New Russia, and Andrew Wilson, a senior fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and author of the book Virtual Politics: Faking Democracy In The Post-Soviet World.
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:34 pmNelson
Poroshenko for almost 2 hours discouraged Lutsenko from resigning the post of head of the party(
"The president expressed his full support to Yuri Lutsenko Vitalievich as the leader of the faction, as the leader of a political force, and asked him to remain in office and continue to lead the faction" - said Kononenko.
According to him, the meeting lasted almost 2 hours. "We had a very frank, almost two-hour conversation about the situation in the faction. They discussed the question of voting for the bill №1558-1 (" On the restructuring of liabilities on loans in foreign currency "- MFN) faction members. We discussed the issues of the upcoming local elections, the tactics and strategies at local elections ", - said the MP.

[I hope Lutsenko stays. I think he is good at heart. Not a bandit. And he seems intelligent for me.
But many are losing popularity at the moment - Poroshenko, Yatseniuk, Lutsenko.
And the idiotic MPs can only think about their own cushy jobs, and short-term popularity.
But what are they going to do about that vote - 1558.... If it stands, the banks will go bankrupt in a month's time.]
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:30 pmNelson
Saakashvili eliminated the three divisions of the Odessa Regional State Administration (Radio 24)
[I also saw an item about this on Kanal 5 or another news channel.
Sakashvili is really - well - sacking everybody! He is having a good clearout, that's for sure.
And probably making a lot of enemies. .. But the corruption needs removing. ]
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:19 pmNelson
Saw this video on Kanal 5 news.
Russian singer waves Ukrainian flag at concert

Russian singer Zemfira, in Georgia, Tiblisi, waving the Ukrainian flag.
She also said "Slava Ukraini" I understand.... Video here...
She could be in serious trouble with Putin.

on Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:10 pmAdmin
The latest oil industry intelligence says that in spite of depressed crude oil prices, an important indicator – the rig count – actually increased. This suggests possible good news for retail consumers and more bad news for energy producers – particularly for Russia where foreign customers are quickly figuring out ways to find cheaper oil and gas from non-Russian providers.

From the Oil Price Intelligence Report weekly:

The big news from the U.S. this week was new data that showed that the weekly rig count…actually increased. That’s right, after 29 consecutive weeks of rig count declines, the industry may have finally hit bottom and could be on its way back. For the first time in seven months the U.S. saw additional rigs added into operations. Baker Hughes reported that an additional 12 oil rigs came into service for the week ending on July 2, although natural gas rigs declined by 9, for a net gain of 3 rigs.

The data is evidence of ongoing efficiency gains and resilience on behalf of shale drillers. Despite oil prices still 40 percent lower than they were a year ago, many companies are still drilling. On the other hand, the data is not supportive of oil prices, which had a rough week. After trading a few dollars above and below $60 per barrel for WTI (and a few dollars more for Brent), oil broke below that trading range this week for the first time in two months.

The positive rig count figures add more softness to the markets, as it signals a possible return of new drilling while the global glut in oil has yet to substantially subside. Just to sum up why this is such bearish news production has not substantially declined in the U.S., the world is still awash in oil, and shale companies just added more rigs back to the field. That is not a recipe for market equilibrium.

For complete text of the report, link below:

Recommend to read further at link:
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:08 pmNelson
Militants per day about 20 times ATU forces shelled positions (UNN)
According to the press center at 9.40 for half an hour pro-Russian militants fired at positions near the Donetsk airport.
"For the present time near Marinka, marsh, Avdeevki, Lozova, Novgorod militants proved useless nerves of steel Ukraine advocates, provoking soldiers shelling ATO small arms. Around 15.30 in the vicinity of the village Marinka worked sniper" - said in a statement.
Recall the last day situation in the area of ​​counter-terrorist operations remained completely controlled by the ATO. Pro-Russian occupiers 37 times violated the ceasefire.

[Sadly one soldier died, however.
The figures seem a little lower than a week ago- sometimes over 100 attacks in a 24 hour period - but who knows what Putin will do next?
He is simply a nutcase. ]

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Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said on July 3 that the separatists “withdrew to the east, leaving the settlement of Shyrokyne completely destroyed."

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine said it observed that all positions and bunkers previously occupied by the rebels in the village were "vacant."

Meanwhile, separatist leader Denis Pushilin was quoted as saying the rebels are “waiting for a similar step [from Kyiv].”
Tymoshenko, head of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party, said in Kyiv that there were "political reasons" behind the "terrorist attack" early on July 4.

The explosion on the ground floor of the building did serious damage to the party's offices but did not cause any injuries.

Tymoshenko said if an impartial investigation is not carried out promptly then Batkivshchyna party members in Sumy will "publicly name those who threatened them."

She said the party officials had received telephone threats after having uncovered a "corruption agenda under the housing and utilities tariffs.".....

Still wants that attention she once got. All Ukrainians know about her dark political history. If she wants an investigation, then name the suspects, don't threaten with it.

When will she learn that she's a has-been from her own doing. Who knows, she might've set this up herself, knowing her background.

She must be #1 guest on Shuster Live, just to get the attention.

I'm not sure why I'm even wasting my time on her. Not worth the energy.
There has been a qualitative shift in the West toward a tougher stand regarding Russia’s undeclared war in Ukraine, Valerij Solovej, professor at Moscow’s prestigious diplomat-training institute MGIMO writes in Facebook July 4.

Citing his sources, the scholar lists 10 arguments:

1. Putin was given a black spot with a very simple message – leave Donbas in summer, transfer control of the border to Ukraine.

2. Berlusconi was chosen as a messenger for his many years of friendship and common business interests.

3. West’s leaders are reluctant to speak directly to the recipient of the black spot.

4. Putin insiders and brainwashed citizens spurned the black spot.

5. The West was prepared for the reaction and has started to push the pendulum of repressions.

6. Which repressions? – just some coming my way: the downing of the Malaysian Boeing, FIFA scandal, YUKOS court case.  

7. There has been a qualitative shift in West’s attitude toward Russia, and the decision has been made to come to the confrontation with Moscow, to trust Russia’s deeds, not words and not to succumb to blackmail.

8. The point of no return is passed. There won’t be any more concessions.

9. The West does not preclude the military flare-up in Donbas, but says the chances are very small. Moscow has been warned that the price for escalating the war will surpass all expectations.

10. In summary, the steamroller is on its way.

There has been a noticeable change of heart among the Russian elite
, the author stressed, promising to focus on this topic in his later publications.

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Russia’s biggest lenders are scaling back their London investment banking ambitions as sanctions curb deal-making and deter clients from trading with them.

Censor.NET reports citing Evropeiskaya Pravda

OAO Sberbank, the country's largest lender, recently cut seven bankers in its London office, reducing staff there to about 40. On Wednesday it said it will also cut management roles in response to the economic slump.

VTB Group, the country's second-biggest lender, continues to reduce personnel in London after cutting 55 jobs in Europe last year, starting off 2015 with a workforce of 425.

Even some Russian lenders not sanctioned are retrenching. Alfa Bank, the firm backed by billionaire Mikhail Fridman, has cut headcount in the British capital after shuttering its New York office. Otkritie Financial Corp., Russia's fifth-largest lender, cut staff at its London brokerage unit in April.

Read also: Culprits in the Donbas troubles are the ones who imposed sanctions on Russia, Putin says
"I'm not surprised big U.S. and European funds won't trade with Sberbank and VTB," Tom Adshead, chief operating officer for the consultancy Macro Advisory in Moscow and a former portfolio manager, said by phone. In Russian
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 10:03 amNelson
Grybauskaite to Russia: when faced with such aggression, dialogue can not be (true European)
[100% correct.
And 100% opposite to what some politicians, like Kravchuk, and a German guy were saying yesterday.]
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:52 amNelson
In the area of ATO killed one soldier and two wounded - Lysenko
[Sad. Putin and Lavrov won't stop killing. That we know for sure. Such are the Russian people.]
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:36 amNelson
In Moscow held a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine (PHOTO) (Aloud)
[So - will Putin arrest these people saying they are a danger to Russia? Crazy country... ]

on Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:34 amNelson
In Novoazovsk the Chief of Staff of the Russian Navy Seals died (
Division 1st special group "Delfin" (* consolidated special intelligence detachment of Marine Pacific and Northern fleets) during training in the waters of a shot from a sniper weapon high power units killed the chief of staff
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:28 amNelson
US Missile Destroyer will go into the Black Sea on July 5 (Telegraph)
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:48 amNelson
Fears that Putin is planning fresh assault on Ukraine as drone footage reveals build up of Russian tanks just 10 miles from the frontline [in English]
[At least here they call a Russian tank "a Russian tank". ]

[Also, the way the soldiers are lined up - these are regular Russian troops for sure, not some rag-tag gang of mercenaries on drugs.
I posted some of this a couple of days ago, but not the video. 20 seconds long. ]

on Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:30 amNelson
DSNS warned of heavy rains with hail and tornadoes in southern Ukraine (UNIAN)
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:26 amNelson
Russia may use nuclear weapons for defensive purposes, - Foreign Ministry (Tsenzor.Net)
[A nice thing to say on July 4. From the Russian Foreign Ministry - Mikhail Ulyanov,]
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:14 amNelson
Ukraine crisis: Rally in Kiev urges war on eastern rebels [in English 'bbc]
[Rather naive report, American freelance, Stern, Brown U, USA]
The demonstrators say the Russian government is bringing troops and equipment into Ukraine, a claim that Russia has always denied.
[Talk about living in a world of denial... ]
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:09 amNelson
Shyrokyne: film with sea view (
These lands - part Shyrokynoho and Sopyne and Berdyansk - were reclaimed Ukrainian fighters in suicide back in February 2015. The first battalion got here "Azov". The invaders ruled here from September to the end of January.
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:05 amNelson
In Mariupol washed ashore raft with explosives (Ukrainian News)
[Putin and Lavrov and Shaun Walker's "DNR guys" are not going to stop trying to destabilize Ukraine. ]
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:50 amNelson
Lutsenko said he was not ready to be responsible for the stupidity of others, and then went "on the carpet" to Poroshenko (FaceNews.UA)
The deputy also said that he is ready to lead the team, but is not ready to be responsible for the stupidity and the populism of certain figures.
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:47 amNelson
Lugansk and Donetsk region should remain a part of Ukraine, - Secretary of the Russian Security Council (
[But then goes on to rant about America "starting" the revolution in Ukraine. Shaun Walker stuff, for the Russian media.]
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:44 amNelson
Stoltenberg: We should proceed from the actual actions of Putin (LIGABusinessInform)
NATO Secretary General stressed that the alliance has to respond to the aggression of Russia, strengthening its security
on Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:39 amNelson
Lutsenko explained the reason for his resignation
People's deputy Yuriy Lutsenko has resigned from his post as chairman of the faction "Bloc Poroshenko" because deputies from the Party voted for the law on the restructuring of foreign currency loans, although they agreed on the eve of quite the opposite.
About this Lutsenko said in a statement, released on the official website of the "Solidarity - Block Petro Poroshenko."
"Yesterday the Verkhovna Rada to work productively, but, unfortunately, then the game began personal ambitions. Unfortunately," Samopomіch "left the session hall and started the circus with the Radical Party. It all turned into uncontrollable direction, then suddenly it was voted a law that is economic disaster for the country ", - he said.
According to Lutsenko, "the vote at the mercy of populism attack psevdolyubvi to the people" would cost 90 billion. UAH. of the Ukrainian financial system. It is exactly the same as the military budget of Ukraine, stressed the politician.
"The deputies are well aware that this money is not that it is impossible, but every one of them wanted to be kind to almost 75,000 borrowers. However, you can not be kind to the 75 thousand, resulting in a 45 million Ukrainians suffer. And in general can be put an end to the Ukrainian state, "- he wrote.
Lutsenko admitted that for him was a shocking fact that 72 MPs faction "Block Poroshenko" clicked "yes", although the faction was adopted another solution - the opposite content.
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