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Word of fighting at Chastye, and Stanitsa Lugansk. Attack by Russian infantry. But forced to retreat.
No work yet on the number of attacks by the Russian forces yesterday in total.
But I have read of 26 times just yesterday evening alone.
Update - reading of 0 dead, but 3 injured soldiers yesterday.

Good news for Ukraine - looks like scumball "journalist" and 15 year Moscow resident Shaun Walker has left Ukraine, and is back home.
He can now produce his Kremlin garbage for Putin ad infinitum. - Russiaprofile now RIA Novosti journalist. Also The Guardian.
Nato saying that Putin has sent over 1000 pieces of heavy military equipment into the Donbass in the past few months.
So much for Minsk. Putin and Lavrov are liars - big time. And murderers also.

Weather -
Looks like being another hot day.
When I got up at 0600 it was 21. And it's not going to get any cooler.
I was out yesterday evening. Walked back from the mall, and it was 33 - at about 2030.
And humid. It reminds me very much of Vietnam. Do your shopping before 9 am !
By the weekend it might be a little cooler, but little sign of rain. So different from last year.

Return your underwear -
This is not a joke. Talking to some soldiers back from the ATO zone. Further mobilization - rotation taking place.
They have to  return all their clothes  - jackets, trousers, vest, and even.... underwear.
Some are disgusted by this - and you can understand why...
I also know of some guys moving quite close to the frontline. I can't mention where, for obvious reasons.
But I'll try and stay in touch with them.

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The observation mission of the OSCE, which is based on the Russian border crossings "Gukovo" and "Donetsk" in the Rostov region continues to record the facts of export of coal from the Donbass in Russian. This is stated in the weekly report of the mission for the period from 1 to 7 July, reports "Ukrinform" .

"During the reporting week, the mission continues to notice a large number of trucks crossing the border in both directions, and the transportation of coal from dump trucks Lugansk region in the Russian Federation through the border checkpoint" Gukovo ", - the report says.

The Mission notes that the Ukrainian-Russian border crossing in both directions commodity trucks. Besides a large number of trucks registered in the Luhansk region, the OSCE observers also noted trucks registered in the Russian Federation and Belarus. However, they say that in the last week the number of trucks from Belarus decreased from 48 to 38 compared with the previous one.

Also, mission fixes fuel trucks that cross the border in both directions.

"The number of which in the past week decreased from 37 to 26 compared with the previous week. These trucks were mostly on tanks inscription in Russian "Lost" and "Flammable", - the report says. In Russian
Russian manufacturers and international companies that manufacture products in the territory of the Russian Federation, through a boycott of their products Ukrainian citizens suffered huge losses, the dimensions of which exceed $ 1 billion. This is in the air "on Channel 5," said the director of the Ukrainian association of suppliers of retail chains Alex Doroshenko.

According to Doroshenko, for 2014, Russian producers have lost $ 1 billion.

"Over the past year, according to our information, they were missing $ 1 billion. That is a Russian company and international companies that manufactures its products in the Russian Federation. It's fall, which occurred one year when the Ukrainians do not buy products from the Russian Federation ", - said the expert.

Doroshenko also said that this year Russia will lose twice.

"As a result of this year we expect to receive up to $ 2 billion, in the first place - due to the fact that international companies that produce goods in the Russian Federation, transferred its production to European plants. In Russian
Last weekend attendance of the city's beaches in Mariupol was about 30,000 travelers a day, which is a record for 2015. This influx of vacationers associated with sunshine. In June, in Mariupol it was rainy.

It is reported by the press service of the Mariupol city council.

In the sunniest June on weekdays, it is estimated urban rescuers, the number of tourists in the city's three beaches has reached 12 thousand people, and on weekends, the figure grew to 20 thousand. But these days, there were very few.

Last year on the beaches of the city gathered about 40 thousand. People a day. In Russian
The UN has declared its intention to develop a plan for the development of Ukraine for the next 15 years. The head of the UNICEF office in Ukraine, Giovanna Barberis said during a press conference on the final report of the "Millennium Development Goals".

As has told the head of the UNICEF office in Ukraine, Giovanna Barberis, the UN formed a clear plan for development of Ukraine from 2015 to 2030.

According to the vice-president of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Serhiy Pirozhkova, work on the development strategy of Ukraine is actively continuing.

"We spent a lot of round tables and consultations with specialists for a clear understanding of the plan for the future development of Ukraine", - said the cakes. In Russian

You have a funny way of showing it first thing to do is to get rid of Russia out of the security Council. Or else,  they'll continue getting in the way of Ukraine's potential prosperity, unless they have a true democratic leader.
In "Donbass republics" again exaggerate the legend of a plot of land and slaves. The pro-Russian social networks actively spreading fake letter Interior Minister Arsen Avakov president of Petro Poroshenko. The "document", which asked to "urgently extend in the" Classmates "," stated that the issue of extradition of slaves is "in the process of decision."

Furthermore, according to create fake "letter," Interior Minister reportedly will appeal to the Minister of Agrarian Policy to allocate land in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions, located in the reserve fund for "encouraging fighters of the National Guard and the volunteer battalion" Right Sector "."

Recall the legend that every soldier APU for participation in ATU promised land, and two slaves from among the pro-Russian local population, the Russian media was launched last fall.

In January 2015 this myth began to move again Luhansk "militias." In Russian
The court took into custody the son of the head of the Court of Appeal of Kyiv with the possibility of bail of 6 million USD. This was reported in the press service of the GPU.

"July 4, 2015, the investigating judge granted the request of the inspector General Prosecutor's Office and the court chose Dmitry Chernushenko - the son of the chairman of the Appeal Court of Kyiv Anton Chernushenko measure - detention with simultaneous determination of collateral in the amount of 6 million USD," - said in a statement.

Recall, the investigator of the General Prosecutor's Office announced on suspicion of committing a criminal offense under Part. 1 tbsp. 376 (interference in the judiciary), ch. 4, Art. 27 (species accomplices), h. 2, Art. 376-1 (illegal interference with operation of automated workflow system ships), ch. 4, Art. 27 h. 2 tablespoons. 375 (imposition of a judge (judges) is obviously illegal sentence, decision, ruling or order) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine Dmitry Chernushenko - the son of the chairman of the Appeal Court of Kyiv Anton Chernushenko.

Thus, the investigators of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine together with the employees of the Security Service July 2, 2015 pursuant to Art. 208 Code of Criminal Procedure detained the author of SMS-messages, which is the son of the head of the Court of Appeal of Kiev Anton Chernushenko. In these SMS-messages containing instructions on making decisions in court cases before the Court of Appeal of Kiev. Later Anton Chernushenko made interventions in the automated workflow of the court "ERMS appeal" to an artificial distribution of cases and identify himself or the presiding judge in the composition of the board, which considers the above case, to be able to enact knowingly unjust decisions (definition).

July 3, 2015, at the request of the General Prosecutor's Office investigator Court granted permission for the arrest and delivery to the Court of Justice of Appeal of Kiev Anton Chernushenko for the consideration of the petition on the election of his remand in custody. In Russian
Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine found a cache of explosives and ammunition near the pumping station in Kiev Svyatoshinsky area. It is reported by the press center of the SBU.

During the inspection of confiscated grenades F-1 with fuses, two kilograms of TNT in the bombs and two boxes of ammunition.

Started criminal proceedings under Art. 263 (illegal handling of weapons) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. In Russian
The "stop-list" of foreign NGOs, prepared by the Federation Council, includes in addition to the Soros Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation World Congress of Ukrainians and Ukrainian World Coordinating Council, the Crimean field mission on Human Rights. This was reported by RIA "Novosti" a source in the upper house of parliament.

"The project of a" stop-list "included" Open Society Institute "(Soros Foundation), National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the MacArthur Foundation, Freedom House, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Foundation" Education for Democracy "East European Democratic Centre, the World Congress of Ukrainians, Ukrainian World Coordinating Council, the Crimean field mission on Human Rights" - a spokesman said.

Earlier, at a press conference, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said that the "stop-list" will 12 organizations. The senator stressed that the basis for drawing up the list of regions began treatment, the authorities are concerned that operate on their territory by foreign organizations, which do not even have branches in Russia. According to Matvienko, drawing up a "stop-list" will make clear, understandable work of non-governmental organizations for public bodies and power structures that often do not even know what these associations. In Russian
Today, July 7, about 5:30 in the morning militants "DNR" was shot at the village Telmanovo Donetsk region. The shelling is made from mortars, from the village free, which is also occupied by "DNR."

According to "Defense of Mariupol" The shelling had damaged only peaceful facilities: a kindergarten, a boiler room, five-story residential building, district RES, which provides electricity not only the village, but located near population centers.

Now, in the village of a power failure, there is no water, gas and communications throughout the region Telmanovskiy no light and mobile.

Also, militants bombarded with. Free, which killed a child and badly damaged homes. Now the village has no electricity and gas.

"According to our source, the firing is related to conduct negotiations on the settlement of the situation in the Donbass, which are now held in Minsk. Thus the puppet government "DNR" on the orders of his Russian curators trying to blame the Ukrainian side of violating the cease-fire ", - stated in the message. In Russian
Ex-president of Georgia, head of the Odesa region Mikhail Saakashvili surprised by the statement the head of the Ministry of Transport Denis Antonyuk addressed to the Attorney General about the illegality of the dismissal of his financial claims. This governor wrote on his page to Facebook.

"The former head of the State Aviation Service filed a lawsuit on me, saying that I have it caused damage of 1 million hryvnia because of its non-occurrence in the post with a salary in 5000 hryvnia. It is like the famous Odessa literary hero Panikovski (one of the central characters of the novel by Ilf and Petrov "Golden Calf", the image of the small provincial rogue beginning of XX century. - Ed.) I have a million calls. I am only interested in the damage it suffered in a minute, a day, a week, a month or a year? ", - Saakashvili said.

Recall Antoniuk wrote to Prosecutor General Viktor Shokina declaration of the illegality of his dismissal because of misconduct, he said, the actions of the head of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili.

Antoniuk also insists that the statements of the Odessa Governor inflicted moral damage and loss of reputation, which he estimated at one million hryvnia.

In addition, Antoniuk said that he was removed from office illegally, since no violations allegedly not allowed, and asked to inspect Shokina suspension. In Russian
This weekend NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) have arrived in the Black Sea, to train and operate with ships from the Bulgarian, Romanian, United States, Greek and Turkish Navies.

Censor.NET reports citing the statement of the NATO Maritime Command.

The statement reads: "This training opportunity will begin with both groups participation in the Bulgarian lead Exercise BREEZE 2015, an annual Maritime exercise, based on a Crisis Response Operation scenario, which aims to enhance interoperability through practice between the host nation, invited nations and NATO units. The exercise will also contribute to the reassurance of Black Sea nations by NATO.

"Sponsored by the Bulgarian Navy, this exercise will involve 23 surface vessels and a Turkish submarine. There are numerous air assets participating: organic rotary wing aircraft from naval units along with fixed wing aircraft from the Bulgarian Air Force.

"Led by Rear Admiral Silvestre Correia (PRT Navy), SNMG1 is currently composed by the Flagship NRP D. Francisco de Almeida (F 334), HNLMS Tromp (F 803) and ROS Regele Ferdinand (F 221). SNMCMG2 is led by Captain Ramazan Kesgin (TUR Navy) since last Thursday and the Group is currently composed by the flagship TCG BARBAROS, TCG ENEZ and ROS ALEXANDRU AXENTE. These NATO maritime forces possesses substantial sea-control, anti-submarine, anti-air warfare and mine-warfare capabilities.

"This is a great opportunity to work with our Black Sea Allies and to operate in conjunction with SNMCMG2. The Black Sea is a key strategic area for the Alliance and NATO deeply values its partnerships with the nations in the region. I truly believe that our participation in exercise BREEZE 2015 with both NATO Groups will contribute for a better mutual understanding and knowledge of the maritime environment. NATO Forces and national navies conducting this multinational training will contribute to enhance our interoperability and to maintain the highest level of readiness with our Allied navies in the region." said Alberto Correia.

"SNMG1 and SNMCMG2 deployment into the Black Sea is conducted in full compliance of international conventions as a scheduled visit in support of training as well as emphasising the defensive nature of the Alliance. The Group will return to the Mediterranean later this month to resume patrols contributing to maritime situational awareness in the region.

"SNMG1 and SNMCMG2 are two of the NATO's four Standing Naval Maritime Groups, multinational integrated forces that project a constant and visible reminder of the Alliance's solidarity and cohesion on the world's seaways. These Forces provides NATO a continuous maritime capability for operations and other activities in peacetime and periods of crisis and conflicts. An immediate maritime response to an emerging crisis or maritime operational requirement may be provided by the Standing Naval Force (SNF) under the command of the Allied Maritime Command, based in Northwood, UK." the statement reads. In Russian
The representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republics" in the talks in Minsk Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Dane stated about the readiness of terrorist diversion of troops from several localities on the demarcation line. According to them, the troops will be withdrawn in the event of fulfillment of certain conditions by the Ukrainian army.

Pushilin noted that the militants are ready to leave Krasnogorovka and Marinka, if Kiev agrees to demilitarize Avdeevka and other localities.

At the same time representative of the "LC" Vladislav Dana pointed out that in the case of a positive result, Lugansk also support the initiative.

Recall that in the "DNR" Shirokino declared a demilitarized zone. In the near future there will be a number of measures for mine clearance, after which there will be a joint observatory is equipped with a common center of control and coordination of the cease-fire, which will include representatives of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In Russian
The representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republics" in the talks in Minsk Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Dane stated about the readiness of terrorist diversion of troops from several localities on the demarcation line. According to them, the troops will be withdrawn in the event of fulfillment of certain conditions by the Ukrainian army.

Pushilin noted that the militants are ready to leave Krasnogorovka and Marinka, if Kiev agrees to demilitarize Avdeevka and other localities.

At the same time representative of the "LC" Vladislav Dana pointed out that in the case of a positive result, Lugansk also support the initiative.

Recall that in the "DNR" Shirokino declared a demilitarized zone. In the near future there will be a number of measures for mine clearance, after which there will be a joint observatory is equipped with a common center of control and coordination of the cease-fire, which will include representatives of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In Russian
Pechersk District Court of Kiev prosecutor's office granted the petition and applied to the first deputy head of the Main Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Vladimir Shapakinu measure in the form of detention for 2 months, and as an alternative to a deposit identified 3.2 million USD. This was told to journalists after the court decision prosecutor Vitaly Opanasenko.

"The investigating judge took into account all of our applications and the first suspect he defined the measure of restraint in the form of detention Shapakinu Vladimir Vladimirovich and identify alternative collateral in the form of 3.2 million UAH", - said the prosecutor, quoted by UNN .

Recall, July 5, the GPU and the SBU detained the deputy chief of the Main Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General Vladimir Shapakina and deputy prosecutor of Kyiv region Alexander Korniytsa on suspicion of extorting bribes in a large scale.

During the searches they had found about 400 thousand. Dollars in cash, a Kalashnikov, edged weapons and 39 packets with diamonds. In Russian
At 20:10 the fire in the building of the Embassy of the Republic of Yemen, which is located at ul. Stetsenko, 12 in Kiev, eliminated. It is reported by the press service of Ukraine GSCHS.

Cause of the fire will be established by the investigation.

Recall, the message about the fire was received by the rescue service at 17:59. In Russian
Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, if necessary, bring to the next so-called "humanitarian" column on the Donbas items and equipment for the organization of educational process by 1 September. He told reporters Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Artamonov.

"At the moment, these applications have been received, but we're constantly monitoring that is necessary to the population of Donbass. If necessary, the next load will include tutorials or other necessary equipment for the educational process, "- he said.

Artamonov said that at present the Russian Emergencies Ministry delivers to the regions construction materials to rebuild the social infrastructure, including schools and the Donbass.

Total since last August Russian Emergency Situations Ministry sent to the Donbass 31 column. July 16 will leave Donbass 32th column with "humanitarian aid." According to Artamonov, 33th and 34th columns go on 23 and 30 July. In Russian
The head of the Pentagon's weapons support granting Ukraine

Today at 20:52 "Commander in Chief"
US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter did not rule out the possibility of Ukraine arms. He stated this on Tuesday during a hearing in the Armed Services Committee of the US Senate.

"We see it, but we have not yet made such a decision", - said the head of Carter asked the Senate Committee John McCain, the US administration is planning to deliver a lethal weapon Ukraine.

Although the hearing focused exclusively on the US strategy to counter the group "Islamic State", McCain still raised a number of issues in Ukraine. "Do you still maintain armed Ukraine or not? It's a simple question, "- said McCain.

"Yes, I have not changed my views" - said Minister Carter.

Recall that during the hearings on the appointment of the head of the Pentagon in February 2015, Carter confirmed that considers it necessary to find a "way of Ukrainian weapons, including lethal." In Russian
In the Kiev region in Brovary bus stop "Shevchenko Park" (area "Fork") tonight kiosk exploded, said "Hromadske.TV" .

According to preliminary data of law enforcement officers, the cause of the explosion was the fire extinguisher, which is probably due tore stay in direct sunlight.

The blast killed a woman - the seller of the kiosk. Another victim was given medical assistance. Law enforcers refrain from official comments, carried out investigations. In Russian
Pamela Anderson wrote a letter to Putin

Today at 23:54 "Commander in Chief"
Actress Pamela Anderson has published an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he asks to prohibit the passage of the Northern Sea Route vessel carrying Icelandic fin whale meat is a rare whales, reports "Air Force" .

According to the actress, who is also known as a defender of animal rights, on board Winter Bay is nearly 2000 tons of fin whale meat on the verge of extinction. Georgia is in Japan.

This ship has banned the passage through the Suez and Panama canals, since the hunting of fin whales is forbidden and the goods violates the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora threatened with extinction.

In this connection, the letter says, the ship intends to use the Northern Sea Route and expects from Russia permission. In his letter, Anderson urges Putin to prevent trafficking through the territorial waters of Russia illegal cargo.

Fin whales are the blue family. In the twentieth century they were almost completely destroyed, and therefore the 1984 hunting them was banned all over the world. However, in 2006, Iceland resumed fishing for fin whales. Japan is also one of the few countries willing to buy the meat of endangered cetaceans. In Russian
Higher Education obtained in the occupied territories are not recognized not only in Ukraine but also in other countries, including Russia, say in the Ministry of Education of Ukraine, and in the context of the student council be transferred to universities in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.

"On diplomas and other documents, which are issued in the so-called" DNR "and" LC ". Of course, these documents have no legitimate power either in Ukraine or in Europe, or even in Russia," - said the First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Inna Sovsun at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday, - the "Interfax-Ukraine".

"The Republic of Bulgaria supports sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The Russian annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol violates international law, the Constitution of Ukraine and the Budapest Memorandum of 1994. Bulgaria does not recognize and will never recognize this illegal act. Bulgaria will also never recognize the results of the 'referendums', illegally organized by militants in Donetsk and Luhansk. For us, Crimea is Ukraine, and Ukraine is Europe," he said.

Plevneliev also stressed that crisis in Donbas should be settled through implementation of the Minsk agreements, and EU sanctions against Russia should be linked to fulfillment of peace accords.
"Bulgaria supports these sanctions and will act in support of Ukraine on the implementation of EU sanctions. Nobody has the right, especially in Europe, to shift the borders by force, and to occupy foreign territories," the President of Bulgaria said.
The functions of the old Department of Auto Inspection (DAI) have already been undertaken by the new Kyiv Traffic Police patrols

KYIV, July 7, 2015 (UBO) - The State Traffic Inspection in Kyiv will be liquidated by the end of the week, announced Eka Zguladze, the first deputy minister of the Interior Ministry on July 6, as reported by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

Concorde Capital informed clients today in an online advisory that the DAI will be replaced by the police patrol that was launched on July 4. Zguladze’s announcement came as a surprise to Kyiv’s traffic police, as reported by the news site on July 7. The traffic police’s workload is currently being handled by 200 police patrols, said their chief, Oleksandr Fatsevych. “There’s not a single traffic officer left,” he said, as reported by “The police will handle the work to the fullest extent.”

Some of the Kyiv traffic officers will be transferred to the police patrol, while others will be dismissed, said an Interior Ministry spokesman. The same day, Interior Ministry Arsen Avakov announced he liquidated the entire traffic police of the Donetsk region under Ukrainian government control. Last week, he decided to liquidate the traffic police of the Mykolayiv region, citing corruption..................
The Pechersk district court in Kyiv remanded Deputy Chief of the Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office Volodymyr Shapakin in custody with the right to post bail of $ 3,000,000.

His lawyer Viktor Petrunenko told UNIAN, Censor.NET informs.
According to him, the court is currently deciding whether to remand Deputy Prosecutor of Kyiv region Oleksandr Korniets, who has also been detained on suspicion of bribery during the joint raid of the PGO and the SBU.

As noted by Viktor Petrunenko, the motion of the Prosecutor General's Office is considered by the chairman of the Pechersk district court in Kyiv personally.

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The servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine have detained a mercenary, the citizen of the Russian Federation, who fought on the side of the “LPR” terrorists, near Popasna in the Luhansk region.

It turned out that 24-year-old Oleg Doronin, the resident of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District of Russia (Nizhnevartovsk, Tyumen region), was a member of the illegal armed group of Dremov. According to the detainee, he arrived to the "LPR" in April.

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A forger sent a hoax letter to Russian media in an apparent bid to convince journalists that a senior U.S. lawmaker, Senator Richard Durbin, was trying to tell Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk how to run his government, Durbin's office said Monday.

The hoaxer wrote to Yatsenyuk on what appeared to be U.S. Senate letterhead, claiming to be Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, a leading American voice on Ukraine-related issues who traveled to Kiev in May to discuss Russian aggression.

Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, said his office had told the CIA and the FBI about the letter. Marter said he first learned about it when he was contacted by Russian state-owned media asking for comment.

The forged letter was on paper that resembled U.S. Senate stationery, but with Durbin's title wrong. The Illinois lawmaker is assistant Democratic leader, but the forged letter called him "Assistant Minority Leader."

It suggested that Yatsenyuk "invest every effort" to keep some officials in place, including the agriculture minister and the head of the country's nuclear monopoly. But it said the U.S. Senate feels some others do not have the qualities necessary for their jobs.

"Senator Durbin has been outspoken in his criticism of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and supportive of Ukrainian efforts to reform their economy and defend their nation. This letter is a forgery and was obviously written by somebody with a tenuous grasp of the English language," Marter said.

Drawing censure from Moscow, some members of Congress have been pushing President Barack Obama for a tougher response after Russia's annexation of Crimea and reports of Russian tanks and artillery crossing into Ukraine.

Last month, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress backed legislation that would authorize $300 million for Ukrainian security assistance, but specifies that half the money would be withheld unless at least 20 percent of it is spent on lethal aid for the Kiev government.

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on Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:25 amNelson
Well - I've said before that, for me, there is only one thing that keeps Putin in check - the oil price.
I don't think he could care less about Europe or about America. But the oil price controls his military budget.
I haven't looked at the price for a couple of days. It was around 60 dollars / barrel.
Today ... well....


Crude Oil & Natural Gas
WTI Crude Oil (Nymex)
USD/bbl. 52.49 -0.04 -0.08% AUG 15 07:45:47
Brent Crude (ICE)
USD/bbl. 56.97 +0.43 +0.76% AUG 15 07:46:17
Crude Oil (Tokyo)
JPY/kl 43,590.00 -170.00 -0.39% DEC 15 07:45:40
Natural Gas (Nymex)
USD/MMBtu 2.79 +0.03 +1.16% AUG 15 07:46:36

Prices actually fairly stable on the day, but...
52.5 for West Texas... 57 dollars for Brent.
Prices are getting near record lows for the last several years.
One can only think that the Greece crisis has helped here also.
Markets have fallen, and people have less confidence, and will spend less. QED.
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:37 amNelson
Yesterday in the zone of ATO injured 3 [Ukrainian] fighters -headquarters
Tuesday, 07 July 2015, 12:40
Last night in the area of conducting anti-terrorist operations in the past without loss.
The traditional Briefing Tuesday, spokesman of the presidential administration on ATO Andriy Lysenko.
"During the last 24 hours as a result of provocations and engagement, we have not lost a single soldier, three were injured," he said.
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:35 amNelson
ATO map for today Tuesday 07 July 0000 hrs

on Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:03 amNelson
Another Russian news source

В РФ с начала июня разбился пятый военный самолет: в Хабаровском крае погибли оба пилота бомбардировщика Су-24М
In the Russian Federation since the beginning of June the fifth military aircraft crashed in the Khabarovsk Krai: the deaths of both pilots of the Su-24 m bomber
[All is not well with the Russian Air Force]
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:48 amNelson
At UEN news we look at all sources for news about Ukraine, even the Kremlin website! What a Face

Телефонный разговор с Премьер-министром Греции Алексисом Ципрасом
A phone conversation with Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras [And Putin]
Discussed the outcome of the referendum in Greece on the conditions for granting financial aid to Athens International lenders, as well as some issues of further development of Russian-Greek cooperation.
Vladimir Putin expressed support for the people of Greece to overcome the difficulties facing the country.
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:40 amNelson
Militants fire tank shells and mortars on Ukrainian army in Donetsk region overnight [in English]
Russia-backed militants attacked Ukrainian army positions and civilian areas in eastern Ukraine 26 times from Monday evening to midnight, including four attacks with banned 120mm mortars,
[26 times in 6 hours.. No let up really. Putin keeping the war going on and on... ]
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:26 amNelson
Duma Approves Construction of $4 Billion Kerch Bridge to Crimea [in English]
The bill passed Monday simplifies permit and licensing procedures for companies involved in the project, which will be managed by Stroigazmontazh (SGM). SGM is 51 percent owned by Rotenburg, a personal friend of President Vladimir Putin.
[And in the meantime? The Kerch ferry for another five years? And even then - everything travelling by road? Madness which is today's Russia.
And the roads in Crimea are simply not designed for sending all the food from Kerch across the peninsula to Simferopol and Sevastopol  - the two largest cities, I would think. ]
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:13 amNelson
For people trying to do business in Ukraine, a stable exchange rate is vital for planning.
But with Greece playing games the euro is far from stable also.
incidentally, I read that Putin phoned up the Greek PM to congratulate him on the mess he has created in Europe.
No doubt a big fat bonus in the post.

Currently exchange rates from

Currency             euro       pound
1 USD 1.00000   0.90722 0.64240
Inverse: 1.00000   1.10232 1.55679

1 GBP      1.55694    1.41222

I can't remember the euro this low. 1.1 dollars to a euro now.
And as for the pound. The rate used to be about 1.2, and now is 1.4 euros to one British pound.

The hryvnia more or less stable. 22 to a dollar - something like that. Up and down a little in the past two days, but nothing too much.
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:54 amNelson
Terrorists want to resume the work of Ukrainian banks in the "DNR" and the "LNR" (Explorer)
English version:
[Talk about "joke of the day".
They spent months destroying all the Ukrainian banks, taking all the money from the branches, and cash machines.
Wholescale theft by Shaun Walker's  "DNR guys". And now - they want them to re-open?!
Only a total fruitcake like Putin or Lavrov could come up with this one. ]
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:49 amNelson
Militants undertake rotation of personnel and equipment,-ATO Headquarters (Commander)
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:34 amNelson
From Ukrainska Pravda

Fighting at Chastye, Stanitsa [Lugansk], Shirokino

Tuesday, 07 July 2015, 08:51
Militants continue to bombard the positions of the forces of the ATO and cities controlled Ukraine, trying to provoke Ukrainian troops on the use of heavy weapons.
This writes the Coordinator of the Group of "Informational resistance" Dmytro Tymchuk on the morning of July 7 in Facebook.
They apply, except rifle weapons and 82-mm mortars also 120-mm mortars, artillery (122 mm and 152 mm) armor (tanks and FACILITIES).
At Chastye and Stanitsa Luhansk some infantry groups of militants attempted to break into tactical rear forces ATO, intense shooting with automatic small arms, automatic grenade launchers AGS-17, 82-mm and 120-mm mortars also used mobile anti-aircraft installation GENERAL CONDITIONS-23-2.
"The fire of Ukrainian troops in response to the movement of the infantry group of stopped the enemy and they were forced to move away ," writes tymchuk.
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:27 amNelson
In Kiev, broken traffic lights fixed by [new] policeman -PhD in Physics (Explorer)
[A great story.
I'm sure this couldn't happen in the US or the UK. Against safety regulations no doubt.. ]
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:25 amNelson
In the Chernobyl zone continues putting out two pockets of decaying peat-RNGS (facts and comments)
[Peat fires can burn for months. High temperatures and no rain are also not going to help the situation. ]
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:21 amNelson
Contact Group on the Donbass will meet under the chairmanship of the new representative of OSCE (Wave)
[That's going to be an experience for him.
I bet he's never talked to two thugs / gangsters before. That's for sure. Putin democracy in action. One man. One vote. Putin's vote. ]
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:18 amNelson
Russia tightened the accusation against Savchenko (No censor.)
[now saying that she was directly involved in the murder of a journalist.
And we all know that there is video evidence that she was in captivity before the murder took place.
But we are dealing with Russia. No justice, no democracy, only fear and dictatorship.]
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