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The first post below - Putin shelled Ukraine 80 times yesterday.
the second post below suggesting if there are over 100 incidents then there is an escalation in the war.
The figure does seem to vary widely. Clearly the Kremlin decides when to up the death figure, and when to be quiet - for example, on the MH17 anniversary there was very little shelling by Putin.
Report below - via Admin - on French MP scumballs visiting the Crimea.
I've had a look in the French press - but found nothing on this to date.
Pravi Sektor - march in Kiev yesterday.
BbC guy says "thousands". AP - "hundreds" . Read other report that said about 1000. Probably including the "tourists" by the look of it.
But good story for the western press. Right wing - fascists - want to overthrow Poroshenko, the government.
Frankly playing right into Putin's hands.

Weather -
Pleasant. But already 22C at 0800 this morning. High near 30 probably.
And temperature in the 30s for the rest of the week.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has missed a chance to capture the Ukraine. This sure-known historian Yuri Felshtinsky.

He said this in an interview with "Express online."

"Crimea was able to capture the lighter and faster than expected. And it turned the head organizers of the project. In April and May 2014 it seemed that Ukraine is no longer, and that concentrated along the Russian-Ukrainian border 40-50 thousand. Russian troops can take more Kiev before the presidential elections scheduled for May 25. But instead of another blitzkrieg similar Crimean, we have witnessed a protracted war, "- he said.

According to him, Putin is not aware that in Ukraine it has nothing shines.

"Why did not Putin gave the order to begin the capture of Ukraine in April-May 2014, we will never know, we do not know until now why Stalin decided not to seize Finland in 1939-1940 year. There is a version that because of the large losses are carried in battle with the Finns the Red Army. But this is only version. What is happening today confrontation in Ukraine - the result of indecision Putin in April-May 2014. He gave Ukraine a break. A chance to seize the Ukraine, Putin had missed. The problem is that he does not know "- he added.

According Felshtinsky Putin "more than a year can not understand exactly what it should and is able to take in respect of Ukraine." In Russian
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that the Speaker of the Senate Gerard Larcher was able to talk of a trip to the occupied territory of the Crimea two senators liberals. It is reported by "LigaBusinessInform" .

Speaking at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs in Paris, Fabius said his attitude to this trip "hostile." The Minister also noted that the Speaker of the Senate Gerard Larcher was able to dissuade from going to the occupied territory Senators Liberal Yves Pozzo di Borgo, and Joel, Harry Meylama.

At the same time the Speaker of the National ASSEMBLY, the lower house of the French parliament, the Socialist Claude Bartolone failed to dissuade the trip of ten members, of which nine are the party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy "Republicans".

Bartolone but it is forbidden to talk to the deputies in the occupied Crimea, on behalf of the National Assembly and the use of budget funds for the trip. In Russian
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that shocked the MPs' statements about the intention to visit the occupied Crimea, writes Le Figaro.

"There is a risk that this trip will be used by the Russian mass media in their favor, and the risk of violations of international law," - said Fabius.

According to him, Fabius "hostile" attitude to the plans of French deputies. In Russian
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:48 pmAdmin
The Pentagon plans to give Ukraine a new longer-range radars, which should help the country to resist the artillery fighters, writes The Wall Street Journal.

The proposal must be approved by the White House, which considers the possibility of delivery of non-lethal equipment to Ukraine. In Russian
United States of America in the next year are going to send the heavy armored vehicles for military exercises in Hungary.

This was a reference to the pro-government newspaper Hungarian Napi Gazdasag reports Reuters.

"As a response to NATO's conflict between Russia and Ukraine in the next year could send the US Army combat vehicles" Bradley "and M1 tanks on military exercises in Hungary," - said in a statement.

The press service of the Defense Ministry of Hungary and the US Embassy in Budapest is no longer commented on the article in the Napi Gazdasag, namely the publication did not specify how to disclose information received.

The newspaper also notes that the idea to put tanks on the border with Ukraine, Hungary arose during the February visit of the Commander of the US Army in Europe, Ben Hodges.

In addition, the publication adds that representatives of the US armed forces with war machines "Stryker" will take part in the exercise "Brave Warrior" in Hungary and in the general educational crossed the Danube, scheduled for the autumn.

As you know, in response to the aggression of Russia in Ukraine NATO strengthens the defense capability of its members. In particular, in February of this year, the defense ministers of the member countries of the Alliance have decided to create a network of command centers in Eastern Europe and double the number of a rapid reaction force to protect the region in the event of any threat from Russia.

US officials last month said that Washington plans to deploy heavy military equipment in the Baltic and Eastern European countries in order to prevent subsequent Russian aggression. In Russian
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:31 pmAdmin
During the last week of patrol police in Kiev were dismissed four employees. This was the chief of the Metropolitan Police patrol Dmitry Evdokimov declared on air "Channel 5"

"During the past week four of our patrol officers have been dismissed from their jobs. Among the reasons: one person, we have found it in their spare time, not in the service, used alcohol, was in the car. We say goodbye to these people immediately, "- he said.

In addition, Yevdokimov said that the police, who are legitimate, will always have support. However, if it was proved that the patrol broke the rules, he will be dismissed.

Recall patrol police in Kiev started work on July 4.

In general, the metropolitan police patrol is 2 thousand. People.

Today, July 22, Deputy Interior Minister Eka Zguladze urged citizens to report any violations to the police. Zghuladze noted that the people of Kiev positive feedback on the work of the patrol police are very important for the police officers themselves, but at the same time called on the citizens to respond in case of violations in the work of the police. In Russian
Chairman of the faction "Block Poroshenko" in the Verkhovna Rada Yuriy Lutsenko said that the law enforcement officers involved in the conflict of a shooting in Mukachevo Transcarpathian region He said this on the air "Channel 5".

"They (law enforcement) knew in advance that will occur near the office (MPs) Lano ... and the SBU, the Interior Ministry and know that there will be ... and then were part of the mechanism of redistribution of smuggling," - he said it.

Lutsenko believes involvement in the conflict and also the regional administration, which, together with representatives of law enforcement officers were so-called "old mafia".

According to Lutsenko, you must first reform the power structure of the region. In Russian
Poroshenko discussed with the commander of NATO forces in Europe, prospects for cooperation

Today at 00:15"Commander in Chief"
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with the commander of US forces in Europe, commander in chief of NATO forces in Europe, Gen. Philip Bridlavom. It is reported by the press service of the Head of State.

As noted, the sides discussed the situation in Ukraine and the prospects for cooperation.

Poroshenko informed Philip Bridlava about the current situation in the Donbass, and stressed that Ukraine strictly adheres to the Minsk agreements and insists on the need for proper implementation by all parties.

He also noted the effectiveness of joint military exercises, particularly in the Yavoriv training ground. Poroshenko expressed Ukraine's interest in developing further cooperation in the defense sector, including the expansion of the program of joint exercises in order to strengthen the Ukrainian army, bringing its level of preparation in accordance with the best modern standards.

"We have an effective military-technical cooperation. We also have good prospects for cooperation in the issue of military exercises, "- said the President.

Breedlove praised the current level of cooperation between the Ukrainian and the US military, in particular the issue of joint exercises.

"All the information I get, indicates that the exercises are very good that the military train and perform at a high level", - he said.

Breedlove also noted the need to continue reform of the Ministry of Defence.

"It is difficult to reform when there is a war. We support you and will support in the future ", - he said. In Russian
Ukraine received € 600 million from the European Commission. This is the first credit tranche within a new program to support the economy , according to a story TSN.19 30 . As explained in the Ukrainian representative office of the EU, the total aid will reach almost € 2 billion. They are designed to reforms in public finance, energy and social protection of population and business. In the near future Ukraine is likely to receive and the next loan from the International Monetary Fund. "It is expected that the meeting of the Board of Directors of the International Monetary Fund can happen 31 numbers . This allows Ukraine to receive the next tranche of 1.7 billion, "- said the prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. In Ukrainian
Ekskulap 2000 UAH demanded for providing guidance and appropriate documentation in the medical-social expert commission to continue the disability group.

Today, July 22, prosecutors Lviv region and police arrested five city municipal doctor clinical clinic Lviv, who demanded and received 2000 USD from the citizen by providing relevant documentation and referral to medical and social expert commission to continue him of disability. For the given fact initiated criminal proceedings under Part 3 of Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (acceptance of the offer, promise or obtain undue advantage by an official).

This was reported today, July 22, the press service of the prosecutor's office in Lviv region. In Ukrainian
Today, July 22, members of the Standing Committee of Kyiv City Council on Culture and Tourism has agreed to rename 12 streets, one square, Lane and Prospect in Kiev, reported the press service of Kyiv City Council on the official site.

According to the draft decision, rename subject to the following facilities:
- Shlikhter in Bethlehem, Dniprovskiy district,
- Artem on Sich Riflemen, Shevchenkivskiy district;
- Alexei Kirilenko in Brest, Svyatoshinskiy district;
- Krupskaya Paul Chubinskogo Darnitckiy district;
- Lenin's Kopylschansku, Desnianskiy district;
- Lenin on Peter Doroshenko, Svyatoshinskiy district;
- Gorky Anatolia Lupynosa, Solomenskyi district;
- Gorky Kirill Osmak, Darnytskiy district;
- Metallistov on Michael Braychevsky, Solomenskyi district;
- Chapayeva to Vyacheslav Lipinsky, Shevchenkivskiy district;
- Schorsa Evgueni Konovaltsia Pecherskiy district;
- Yuri Kotsyubinskogo Vladimir Vinnichenko, Shevchenkivskiy district;
- area Dzerzhinsky on Libidska, Holosiivskyi district;
- lane Czeslaw Belinsky at Alla Horska Shevchenko district;
- Prospect 40th Anniversary of October to Holosiyivsky, Holosiivskyi district)................... In Ukrainian
Russian troops regularly enter separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine and serve there on a rotational basis, according to a volunteer who has been fighting with the insurgents since October.

Rustam, a Russian citizen from Tatarstan's Saba district who gave only his first name, made the claims in a telephone interview with RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service on July 20.

He said that regular Russian troops enter Ukraine's Luhansk and Donetsk regions for a period of one week before they leave and are replaced by fresh forces. Russia also regularly sends military instructors to Ukraine's east to train pro-Russian separatists, according to Rustam.
Prosecutor General will press for unlock page to search for ex-president Viktor Yanukovych in the database of Interpol.

This is stated in the message GPU distributed on Tuesday.

"The General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine will insist on unlocking information on international wanted Viktor Yanukovych," - said in a statement the GPU.

In the prosecutor's office also said that July 17, 2015 to the GPU with the General Secretariat of Interpol received a letter with information about lawyers Yanukovych's appeal to the court decision in Lyon Interpol General Secretariat of 09/01/2015 declaring Yanukovych in the international search.
"Representatives of the Headquarters GPO reported that in connection with the complaint Yanukovich VF Commission recommended that the control file Interpol General Secretariat temporarily until the next session on 23-25 ​​September to block information on the international wanted list said person" - added in a statement.

Thus the information to search for Yanukovych VF with the Interpol database is not available to the Member States and the public on the official website of the organization.

"At the same time, in a letter to Interpol, expressed requests for clarification of legislation of Ukraine concerning the special pre-trial investigation (in absentia) and clarification of certain aspects of detection of Yanukovych. The information requested immediately, the same day the Prosecutor General of Ukraine was sent to the General Secretariat of Interpol" - added the statement. In Ukrainian
Russia's refusal to fulfill the Minsk agreements will mean the imposition of new sanctions.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, John A. Heffern said this during his visit to Warsaw, PAP informed.

"If the behavior [actions of Russia] deteriorates, the sanctions will be strengthened," Heffern said. According to the representative of the U.S. Department of State, the sanctions will steepen if the Russian Federation continues committing further acts of aggression in eastern Ukraine and the Kremlin refuses to implement the Minsk agreements.

He reminded that Washington assisted Kyiv in training servicemen.

However, the U.S. diplomat named reforms, particularly economic ones, the best way to defend Ukraine against aggression.
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:44 pmAdmin
More than a year after the anschluss, Crimea is about to experience what a real Russian invasion feels like.

And this time it won't be "polite people" arriving to lead a virtual liberation of the peninsula from the clutches of mythological Ukrainian fascists.

According to a report in Kommersant, the Kremlin is preparing to dispatch an army of political commissars to de facto run Crimea's affairs and oversee the local authorities.

"Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has instructed federal departments to draw up a list of candidates from among their high-ranking officials for appointment to posts as first deputy chiefs of the peninsula's executive bodies," the daily reported, citing unidentified Kremlin officials.

You have to wonder whether all those pro-Moscow Crimeans who celebrated last year's annexation had any idea what they were getting themselves into. If they didn't then, they sure do now -- because the honeymoon is definitely over.

"In effect we are talking about a revival of the institution of commissars," a Kremlin official told Kommersant, referring to the Soviet-era institution of Communist Party political officers dispatched to ensure ideological discipline and purity.

"All decisions on key issues relating to the life of Crimea will be made exclusively in coordination with the officials sent from the center," Kommersant quoted one official as saying.

Put another way, the Crimean elite is about to feel the crushing embrace of Vladimir Putin's power vertical. And it is about to learn that being part of Russia means being colonized and cannibalized by Putin's cronies.

Let The Purges Begin..................

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Perfectly equipped and professionally trained special purpose and emergency mobile units capable of repelling both external and internal threats are being created.

This was announced by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov today after maneuvers of a National Guard special forces unit on the training ground in Novi Petrivtsi, Censor.NET reports citing the NSDC press service.

"Russia is waging a brutal hybrid war against us and not only on the battlefield. Unable to break through our defense at the front, they send terrorist and sabotage and reconnaissance groups to our territory, support and encourage criminal and separatist groups to destabilize the situation in the country, spread havoc and chaos," the secretary stressed. Oleksandr Turchynov said the council had set forth a task to create and reinforce the National Guard numerous special forces "of quick and proper response to any internal and external threats."

"These units are intended to neutralize and, if necessary, destroy terrorists, sabotage and reconnaissance groups or armed gangs," Turchynov said. He added that both professional training of special forces and their provision with modern weapons, equipment, communications, reconnaissance and surveillance means were extremely important. "All the Internal Ministry training grounds and centers have launched selection, preparation and training of specialists involving foreign instructors," Turchynov said adding that most of the officers and soldiers of these units had got combat experience and military awards.

"And what is more important, today, during the maneuvers, we got enough evidence of our soldiers being ready to professionally perform their tasks," Oleksandr Turchynov said. He stressed the special forces were aimed at taking quick control of any threat anywhere in the country with appropriate logistics and technical base being prepared for these purposes. Moreover, he said that in the process of the Internal Ministry reform the National Police would see a 6000-personnel operative and urgent action corps - KORD. This special unit is to take over functions previously performed by such special police units as Berkut, Sokil, Gryfon and others.

"The KORD's main objective is to ensure effective counteraction with armed gangs and criminal groups, as well as to protect our citizens no matter what part of Ukraine, city, town or village they come from," the secretary said. According to him, in the near future the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine launches a competition to enroll personnel, which is to become the face and a powerful force of new police. Preference will be given to physically prepared, mentally stable patriots, especially those who received combat experience defending the territorial integrity of our country. In Russian
New armored vehicles such as Kozak combine the combat might, reliable armor and are convenient to use.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov told reporters after transfer of the new equipment to special and operational purpose detachments of the National Guard of Ukraine on the shooting range in Novi Petrivtsi, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the NSDC.

"I drove various armored vehicles and armored personnel carriers at the front. They meet the required level of protection of the personnel but many of them are very inconvenient to operate," Oleksandr Turchynov said.

According to him, it is very difficult to fulfill tasks using such vehicles for several hours in a row," and it is dangerous to stay in some of them without a helmet during movement off the road." "The new vehicle combines efficient protection and comfort for our servicemen. The stay of a soldier in the vehicle is not associated with physical activity anymore," he said and added that this is especially important for the commandos so that they would be able to relax while moving on a combat mission.

According to him, Kozak armored vehicle has been tested and passed into service of the National Guard of Ukraine. The last model of the vehicle, which has become a production one, already takes into account all the proposals of the military after they have tested trial models. "100 of these vehicles must be delivered on the frontline until the end of year," NSDC Secretary tasked the manufacturers.
In addition, Oleksandr Turchynov said that the new means of communication have been presented as well while the secure and efficient communication that cannot be suppressed during the combat "is an important component in the coordination of operations ensuring the efficiency of actions."

The NSDC Secretary also told about domestic and imported unmanned aerial vehicles, which were demonstrated at the ground. "This is high-quality equipment that allows committing operations both at the frontline and during neutralization of the terrorist and subversive groups - to find them and adjust their liquidation," he said.

Oleksandr Turchynov added that the transition from the quantitative approach, which was vital in the beginning of military aggression, to a qualitative one including either the equipment support and the selection and training of the personnel of the special forces is underway. "This is crucial because one expert worth 10 amateurs. And the war has once again proven this," he concluded. In Russian
Russian policy of declaring the operations clandestine, whatever the actual level of secrecy or lack thereof, has proved effective, blunting the Western response and tangling up the prose of European diplomatic statements.On the ground, though, the gap between the propaganda and the reality is almost comical.

Censor.NET reports citing the article in the New York Times by Andrew E. Kramer.

A year after the war started in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian military has largely abandoned efforts to disguise its activities along the border withUkraine. The tiny village of Golovinka, an hour or so's drive off the main highway on rutted dirt roads, has been transformed lately into a hive of military activity. The once-quiet military base nearby, Kuzminka, is teeming with soldiers and heavy weapons.

Last year, the Russian Defense Ministry described the military buildup along the border as a military exercise, and it periodically announced pullbacks after exercises were completed. However, the large army presence, which cannot easily be disguised, seems now to have become permanent.

Ukrainian and Western governments say Kuzminka is a staging ground for Russian soldiers and weapons headed into the war zone in southeastern Ukraine, where Kyiv says 9,000 Russian soldiers are now stationed for a possible attack this summer on the city of Mariupol.

The United States has released satellite images of self-propelled howitzers on one side of the border, and then on the other, and European monitors say they see nightly evidence of heavy weapons streaming into southeastern Ukraine from Russia.

Why the Russian Army was stockpiling ammunition near the Ukrainian border was not a question the Kremlin or local commanders wished to address. Russia denies sending either men or weapons into Ukraine, claiming that any Russians there are private citizens volunteering to fight in the war.

On this occasion, the army's presence became so pronounced it could be seen from outer space.

An enormous smoke plume rose over the steppe, according to a video posted online. Villagers piled children into cars and sped away. At the base, commanders ordered the thousands of soldiers garrisoned there to just run, saying, "We will find you later," according to Viktoria Makarenko, a reporter with Novaya Gazeta who covered the blast.

"They thought the whole thing would blow," Ms. Makarenko said of the army's decision not to try to keep the blast on April 28 a secret. "It would be visible from space, so there was nothing to hide. They wanted to get the people out."

In the steppe villages around here, known by their Cossack name stanitsy, residents are learning to live with the military presence, not to speak of the constant rumble of military convoys down side roads near the border.

Local residents say tens of thousands of soldiers are now garrisoned at Kuzminka, sleeping in tents. For the village, their presence has its upsides, too.

A cluster of young soldiers, lithe and fit and shirtless in the summer afternoon, loitered beside a recently opened grilled chicken shack called Brotherly.

The owner, Vladimir, who would not give his last name owing to the sensitivity of discussing the soldiers in the village, said he opened a month ago and attributed his success selling rotisserie broiled birds marinated in mayonnaise and paprika to the first rule of real estate: location, location, location.

Brotherly opened beside the path through the fields that soldiers traverse to reach the village. In just a few minutes on a recent visit, a dozen or so soldiers with Mongolian features typical of some Siberian ethnic groups walked past. Soldiers with Mongolian features have also been seen fighting on the rebel side in eastern Ukraine. In typical times, few, if any, Mongolians are seen on either side of this border.

The border, until last summer patrolled by Ukrainian border guards, is porous, not only allowing Russian military convoys to cross without interference, but opening the way to large-scale smuggling of coal, weapons and stolen cars. As many as a dozen coal trucks cross the border here a day, said Paul Picard, a French diplomat who heads the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's monitoring mission in the area.

In last year's invasion of Crimea, Moscow deployed Russian soldiers whose only disguises were uniforms without identifying insignia. Similarly, Russian military activities along the border are ostensibly secret and yet obvious. Since counting began on Sept. 1 last year until June 1 this year, the European monitoring mission on the Russian side of the border has recorded 20,021 men in military uniforms crossing to and from rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine. That is an average of about 500 people who appear to be soldiers crossing the border per week. The men wear a variety of identifying patches, but not those of the Russian Army, or they have none at all.

Mr. Picard said he had asked some of these men what they are doing.

"They told us they cannot cross with weapons, but they receive weapons on the other side," he said. In Russian
The alleged terrorists’ offensive in the Donbas can be launched in the fall after the elections in the government-controlled territory of Ukraine.

InoPressa reports citing the article in The Times by Jack Losh, Censor.NET informs.

Jack Losh wrote: "A Russian separatist commander has accused Moscow of abandoning rebels in eastern Ukraine and called on it to supply more weapons.

The article reads: "Alexei Markov, of the Ghost Brigade in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, said that his fighters were eager to launch a summer offensive, but found themselves unable to respond to constant artillery attacks from the Ukrainian army.

"We want weapons from Moscow - we have very few and are running short of supplies. We need more troops, more artillery, more combat vehicles," - Markov said.

According to Jack Losh, the section of the front line, where the Ghost Brigade is deployed, is one of the forgotten corners of the conflict.

According to the author of the article, there are fighters from Chechnya, Siberia, Western Russia and Ukraine, as well as two volunteers neo-Stalinists from Italy in Markov's formation.

An unnamed source among the separatists told the newspaper that the offensive could be launched in the autumn after the elections in the government-controlled territory of Ukraine adding that there will presumably be a stand-off until that time. In Russian
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:25 amAdmin
The Russian Defense Ministry has officially refused to Alexander Alexandrov, Eugene and Yerofeyev, captured in the Donbas in May 2015. This follows from the response of authorities to requests from members of the Council for Human Rights under the President of the Russian Federation and the Director of the project "The Citizen and the Army" Sergei Krivenko. Scan a document published online portal ",".

In the letter, in particular, indicated that the detainees in Ukraine Alexander Yerofeyev and really "previously received military service under the contract" in the Russian army. But further indicated in the document, "the events connected with their departure from the Russian Federation, and stay on the territory of Ukraine, occurred after the dismissal from military service and does not relate to its passage." The letter signed by the head of the military account of Sergei Botsvin.
He said the talks had been held with a "professional company from Great Britain."

According to him, it may take control of the Zakarpattia, Lviv, Volyn and Chernivtsi customs.
Leonid Grach, the former head of the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea and first secretary of the Crimean section of the Communist Party of Russia says growing anti-Russian attitudes could provoke an outburst like the one seen in Mukachevo.

By Paul Goble* for “Windows on Eurasia”:

July 20 – Anti-Russian attitudes are growing in Crimea, according to Leonid Grach, the former head of the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea and first secretary of the Crimean section of the Communist Party of Russia, and there is a risk that could provoke an outburst like the one seen in Mukachevo.

In a comment for Krym.Realii, Grach blamed this development on the inaction of the Russian authorities and the “corrupt actions” of the organs of power in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian peninsula. As a result, he says, “The Right Sector could appear as a form of ‘self-defense” unless the authorities act.

“If there will not be a strengthening of constitutional control and demands for observing the laws both by the authorities of Crimea and by the FSB and Investigation Committee, then we could go along a path far from favorable both for Crimeans and for Russians. For that not to happen, the constitutional order must be introduced in Crimea.”

Grach, who very much wants the Russian annexation to succeed, added that he welcomes the proposal of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to include federal deputy ministers in the government of Crimea so that they could serve as “Russian controllers to establish order in Crimea.”

An example of the ways in which poor planning and supervision may be exacerbating anti-Russian feelings concerns the draft.  Today, “Novyye izvestiya” reported that the Russian uniformed services will draft 2500 people from Crimea in the fall cycle, up from the 458 taken in the spring one......................

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on Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:35 amNelson
Poroshenko ordered the creation of a 30-km buffer zone in the Donbas (News)
"I have instructed the members of our tripartite contact group on Ukraine to sign immediately with the OSCE and with the Russian side, which is a party to a tripartite contact group, an agreement that would guarantee the establishment of a 30-kilometer buffer zone over the line of the collision. Pull artillery, which remained, to withdraw tanks , take mortars and shelling can not always do, "- Poroshenko said during the presentation of the new governor of Luhansk region during his working visit to Severodonetsk.
[You can't do this without UN peacekeepers. Putin will simply occupy the vacated territory.
He's done it before, and he will do it again]
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:32 amNelson
Terrorists suddenly transferred equipment from Mariupol in the other direction (Charter'97)
"On the territory occupied by the enemy, there is a regrouping of forces and rotation. Ukrainian scouts constantly monitor the movement of enemy forces. Today, the enemy took a significant part of equipment and manpower from Mariupol and concentrate it on the direction of Donetsk", - the press-service.
[Putin's generals playing games, looking for weak spots, one presumes. ]
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:28 amNelson
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry warned the French deputies about their trip to the Crimea (
"The trip of French deputies in Crimea - an irresponsible step, disrespect for the laws of Ukraine and the policy of France and the EU's non-recognition of the illegal occupation of the ARC. There will be consequences," - he wrote.
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:25 amNelson
Georgi Tuka officially heads Luhansk region (Details)
[replacing Moskal, who was moved to Zakarpathia to sort out the smuggling and conflict there]
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:50 amNelson
well - I mentioned Russia and its closeness now to North Korea....

Russia using North Korean 'slave labour', say human rights groups [in English]
[but they call them "worker brigades"]
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:01 amNelson
Russia is preparing another "gumkonvoy" to Donbas July 23 (RBC-Ukraine)
[Ammunition, missiles, and so on. Humanitarian help for the Donbass from Putin and Lavrov. The Russians call it mostly "medicine". ]
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:02 amNelson
Garry Kasparov's Name Airbrushed Out of History of Spartak Sports Society [in English]
- At the last moment, the stuff on him was taken out, - answered the author/editor, with an apologetic tone. – But I don't know who did it. I did not expect this myself. It must have been someone from the upper echelons.

[utterly amazing....
Now Putin is rewriting history. Removing peoples' names... just like the Soviet times... Putin has totally lost the plot...
Kasparov - for me the greatest ever chess player. And yet they include Petrosian!
As somebody comments, a "political decision". ]
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:43 amNelson
Another foreign foundation closes in Russia

Statement of MacArthur President Julia Stasch on the Foundation’s Russia Office [in English, and russian]
It is with regret, but with confidence that it is the right decision, that we share the news that the MacArthur Foundation will close its branch office in Moscow.
The recent passage and implementation of several laws in Russia make it all but impossible for international foundations to operate effectively and support worthy civil society organizations in that country. ....
These laws, public statements by Russian legislators, and the vote by the Federation Council to include MacArthur on a “patriotic stop-list” of organizations recommended for designation as “undesirable” make it clear that the Russian government regards MacArthur’s continued presence as unwelcome.   ......

Since we established our office in 1992, we have awarded more than $173 million in grants to further higher education in Russia, advance human rights, and limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons. We are proud of our engagement in Russia and have deep respect for the many individuals and organizations we have supported.

[Isolation - North Korea beckons... ]
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:27 amNelson
Ukraine Boosts Gas Imports From Slovakia to Replace Russian Volumes [in English]
Ukraine increased its purchase of natural gas imports from Slovakia by 41 percent on Tuesday, boosting its storage supplies, transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz said.
[Ukraine was Russia's largest market for natural gas. Now? I'm not sure. ]
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:24 amNelson
Specter of War Haunts Life in East Ukraine Despite Ceasefire [in English]
The Crimea peninsula has been seized back from Ukraine,...
Many other residents of the Oktyabrsky district on the northwestern edge of separatist-held Donetsk have fled. ...
The only resident of three nine-story apartment buildings built for miners several decades ago is a 75-year-old man called Mikhail. ....

[Naive comments about the occupation of Crimea by the Reuters journalist.
But interesting - reading between the lines. Putin seems to be removing everybody from the Donbass.
He will be left with old Soviet era babushkas. And nobody else. Depopulation.
And cleansing the population of those with western tendencies. ]
The SBU continues to clean own staff from corruption.

In Lviv the SBU jointly with the military prosecutor’s office detained the SSU Office in Lviv region major case senior investigator during receiving the bribe.

The lieutenant-colonel of justice extorted UAH 300 thousands from the resident of Lviv for taking the decision on nonbringing to criminal responsibility under p.1 Article 366 (forgery in office) of the Criminal code of Ukraine.

The criminal proceeding under p.3 Article 368 (receiving of improper advantage) of the Criminal code of Ukraine was initiated according to the SSU materials. The offender was detained. The immediate investigative actions are under way. The issue on choosing preventive measure for him and the notification on suspicion is being solving.

It will be recalled that on July 18 in due course of the special operation in Kyiv the SSU detained the group of individuals, led by current official – the SSU Central Directorate lieutenant-colonel, which was engaged in illegal interception. The most up-to-date special system for taking off data from the mobile communication channels was seized from the offenders.

As the SSU Head Vasyl Hrytsak stressed: “The SSU would continue uncompromising combatting corruption, including among law-enforcers of any post. The cleaning of own staff has just begun. In Ukrainian

[N.B. SBU - the more recent name for the KGB - secret service]

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In Kharkiv Security Service of Ukraine stopped the activities of converting the center, which was used to finance terrorist activities "FSC".

Residents Lugansk region who are temporarily living in Kharkiv, used and details of bank accounts they created commercial firms for illegal transfer of funds in cash.

Attackers transferred funds to the accounts of fictitious enterprises and then receive money in bank branches in Kharkiv. Couriers who were directors legally fictitious structures receiving cash through credit cards and checkbooks using. Cash accumulated in the office, then crossed to Luhansk region in the territory controlled by illegal armed formation.

During searches of intruders seized more than three million, a large number of payment cards of various banks, checkbooks, tax invoices worth about 1.5 million USD, recording marks of the interest rates of conversion transactions, the setup documentation of fictitious companies, agreements and seals firms with fictitious.

Opened criminal proceedings under Part. 1, Art. 258-5 (financing of terrorism) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The investigation continues. In Ukrainian
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:11 amNelson
Yanukovych disappears from Interpol wanted list temporarily [in English]
INTERPOL National Central Bureau for Ukraine assures that the access to the file of the wanted former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has only been restricted temporarily.
[no real info]
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:00 amNelson
Another bbc report - this one on the Ukrainian economy.

Ukrainians struggling as their economy shrinks
"Whenever you go into a store or to the market, you can't believe your eyes. Because what you paid for sausage or cheese for one kilogramme before, now buys 100 grams."
[This is absolute boll@@ks.
I've been living in Ukraine right through the second revolution.
And I eat a lot of cheese. I buy Ukrainian cheese. I like it. I tend to buy a wedge.
I used to pay about 25 hryvnia, and now I pay maybe 35.
So the suggestion that the price has gone up x10 is absolutely false.
In Kiev, yes, prices are higher. But that's one reason I don't live in the city.
And also, if you buy imported cheeses from Italy or wherever, yes, they are more expensive.
But - in a word - boll@@ks.
The basic theme - that times are much harder now - yes, of course. ]
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:50 amNelson
Dutch Flower Sellers Say Russia’s Ban Threat May Have MH17 Link [in English]
The proposed ban emerged after a call for an international tribunal to prosecute people suspected of shooting down Flight MH17 was rejected as “premature and counterproductive” by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone conversation with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte last week. ...
Dutch flowers meet the standards for plant health and talk of pests is “just an excuse for the Russian government to ban flowers,” Maarten Leseman, spokesman for the Hague-based LTO Nederland, said by phone. “The real reason is political. The tribunal could be the real reason.”
Conflict, Sanctions
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:39 amNelson
Regarding the bbc report above, about the Pravi Sektor, a slightly more intelligent story in the Washington Post.

Hundreds of Ukrainian right-wingers rally against govt [in English]
Speaking Tuesday at the national Right Sector congress, group leader Dmytro Yarosh called for a referendum to impeach President Petro Poroshenko and his government.
....Yarosh also called for ....martial law...
The stand-off in Mukacheve has caused a split in Right Sector with several dozen fighters quitting the battalion to join other battalions in protest.
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:24 amNelson
I've been looking at the oil price over the past few days.
This is what keeps Putin in check.
.. Slowly falling, but still not below 50 / barrel. But close -

Oil price closing on 50 dollars / barrel

Crude Oil & Natural Gas
WTI Crude Oil (Nymex)
USD/bbl. 50.19 -0.67 -1.32% SEP 15 00:47:42
Brent Crude (ICE)
USD/bbl. 56.57 -0.47 -0.82% SEP 15 00:47:18


Hryvnia falls a little over the past month.
Regarding the exchange rate, Admin sent me out to the shopping mall yesterday evening to check on the rates.
For a dollar, I saw 23.5 / 24.00 .
So the currency here has weakened a little over the past month.
At one point it was closing in on 21. Then it was nearer 22 about a week ago. And now nearer 24. That's quite a fall. 10% or so, over the month.
Destroyed water facilities in Western filtration plant, supply a number of settlements beyond the control of the territories of Donbass Ukraine, they can be recovered by Germany. This separatist LuganskInformTsentru said the authorized representative "LC" in the tripartite contact group Vladislav Dane.

"Determined to restore the water supply facilities associated with Western filtration plant. With funds provided by Germany, they can happen partial recovery to ensure water supply in the required quantities in the territory of some settlements "LC" and "DNR" - he said, explaining that the topic was discussed at a meeting of the subgroup on the economy.

He added that the OSCE representatives present at the meeting of the subgroup, also supported the comprehensive approach to the restoration of destroyed water supply facilities.

"Now we are waiting from Ukraine written approval to start the rehabilitation of the water supply," - said the Dane. In Russian
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:19 amNelson
Right Sector militia: Symptom of Ukraine's unfinished revolution [in English]

[Rather sensationalist report by a BBC guy about the Pravi Sektor.
Suggests they want to bring down the current government.
The Pravi Sektor got about 1% of the vote in the Presidential elections.....
Rather naive report, in my opinion. The right sector are a small faction, good fighters, loyal to Ukraine.
But they get a lot of bad press now. I think they lost a lot of support when they attacked the gay rights march in Kiev.
People then realised that they had another agenda. Not just fighting against Putin.
I would suggest that their support is diminishing. Especially after the shooting in Mukachevo over contraband control it would seem.
No mention of these things by the bbc guy, but then, he just wants a good story lasting 90 seconds. ]
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:09 amNelson
Ukraine film director Sentsov in 'terror' trial in Russia [in English]
Mr Sentsov, 39, is one of a number of a Ukrainian figures held by Russia. Military pilot Nadiya Savchenko is also facing trial in southern Russia accused of killing two people.
Both have been described by the US as Ukrainian hostages held by Russia.
Ms Savchenko says she was abducted by pro-Russian rebels on Ukrainian territory and handed to the Russian authorities.
A group of French parliamentarians met in Moscow with State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin, and then visit the Crimea.

"The visit of French parliamentarians in Russia with a visit to the Crimea will open a new page in Russian-European dialogue on the Crimean issue" - said the coordinator of the parliamentary group for relations with the French Parliament, the head of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Leonid Slutsky, reports "Interfax" .

He said that the delegation will arrive in Moscow on July 22 evening.

"On 23 July, following a meeting in the State Duma will go to the Crimea", - said Slutsky.

According to him, this is the first large delegation of Western politicians and parliamentarians since the "Crimean Spring". In Russian
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:02 amNelson
Fesenko: shelling in Donbas. is this a new Putin offensive? (
If the number of attacks per day more than a hundred - so it really is a serious aggravation, writes the portal HB political scientist, director of the Center for Political Studies "Penta" Volodymyr Fesenko.
There is a very simple test that can be used to assess the combat situation in the Donbass - just the information and statistics, which publishes the Ukrainian side. If the number of attacks per day more than a hundred - so it really is a serious exacerbation, which can be fraught with new escalation of conflict.
on Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:56 amNelson
Terrorists fired on positions Ukraine defenders 80 times - ATO Press Centre (UNN)
KYIV. July 22. UNN. During the day yesterday, July 21, defense positions Ukraine were fired at about 80 times by pro bandit formations. Almost half of the attacks occurred in the period from 18 th to 24 th hour. This UNN reports referring to the press center ATO.
With tanks and mortars Russian terrorists fired point Opitnoe.
"With 120-mm mortars and tanks militants tsilyly the positions of ATU forces near the village Vodina and Novgorod. Using small arms, grenade launchers and 82 mm mortars, Russian invaders provoked ATU forces soldiers to fire in response to virtually across dividing lines. This happened Marinka inhabited areas, Pisky, Opitnoe, Vodina, Old Aydar, Novgorod, Krasnogorovka, Shyrokine, Avdeevka, Zolotoe, Mayorsk, Stanitsa Luhansk Lozovoe near Donetsk airport "- said press service.
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