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Kiev's Every Move Undermines the Position of the US

"In an interview with the radio station Russia Today, Rostislav Ishchenko, President of the Center for Systematic Analysis and Forecasting, talks about who is trying to draw Russia into a military conflict, and why, Crimea's role in the situation, and the splitting of Ukraine into separate territories...

'Even now, when efforts to propel Europe into a direct confrontation with American have failed and are unlikely to succeed, the US is interested in seeing Russian troops in the Ukraine, because they cannot hold onto the Ukraine, and it's clear that the Kiev government will fall.

The longer the government lasts in Kiev, the more money and resources, including political, diplomatic and economic resources, the US will inevitably lose in propping it up. No one wants to waste resources on what is basically a lost cause. If Russia takes control of the Ukraine, then it will become Russia's responsibility, politically, economically and financially. Until then, it's the responsibility of the US.

And each successive move by the Kiev regime, each escalation of the terror, is slowly but surely eroding the position of the US, because sooner or later it will be necessary to admit that they have organized and supported a Nazi regime..."

As has Canada, and a large part of its 'progressive' mushheads, who never have to answer for this complicity, and like Libya, as now with Ukraine, will simply 'forget' their Nazi cheerleading role in it. Thankfully Babble records and preserves their shame for history.

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The Ukrainian regime has rejected Minsk 2. All the pretenses about wanting peace are now fully exposed.

The resistance will be blamed and fresh opportunities for slaughtering schoolchildren, old people, hospital patients, etc. will be provided for the brutal Canadian and US-sponsored junta in Kiev.

A month after the Minsk agreement the masks are off. New weapons are coming, American instructors are in Ukraine, the IMF credit is approved. Time to get back to killing the kids of Donbass. Where are the sanctions on Kiev?

Did anyone have any doubts that those who chose bombs instead of talks a year ago will flip and turn into peacemakers? There is no other choice in the alternate reality perpetuated by the Ukrainian media. There is no other choice for the ultra-nationalist Kiev government, like there was no choice for Hitler. It has to follow the program. They only understand the language of force. Only when Novorossia forces enter Kiev will anything change. 

The only reason they paused the war is because they were annihilated, and couldn't physically go on. But that's no longer a problem, thanks to the Americans, who can't wait to start killing the Russians.

Will Europe open its eyes and realize what monster they helped create?


Back to war? Ukrainian parliament rejects the Minsk agreement

Verkhovnaya Rada rejected the Minsk agreements, promising a storm of Donetsk

The Verkhovna Rada after a day of backroom negotiations on Tuesday night voted in favor of a resolution on Donbass. In fact, the documents violate the Minsk agreement. Firstly, the Ukrainian side has already failed the deadline for the adoption of laws. Secondly, MPs rejected the dialogue between Kiev and DPR and LPR, declaring the Republics - "occupied territories". Thirdly, the Ukrainian Parliament appealed to the UN Security Council with a proposal for the deployment of a peacekeeping mission, which is opposed by the militia. Moreover, the representatives of Peter Poroshenko had promised that the army will eventually bring Ukrainian order to Donetsk and Lugansk.

"We can negotiate only when Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts hold elections under the full control of the Ukrainian government...

Yes, what they want is the peace of the graveyard. Then, and only then, will they "negotiate" ...

Washington: Sieg Heil!

Ottawa: Sieg Heil!

Kiev: Sieg Heil!


DPR PM Alexander Zakharchenko on Minsk Rejection by Ukrainian Rada

"...For my part, I can say that these actions of his [Poroshenko], tell us that he's a person who promises one thing in Minsk, then does another. Basically I'm suprised Ukraine can live with such a president.

My vision is for them to withdraw all their troops from here, stop all hostilities, and we take back all our towns where we held the referendum.

And then we sit and talk. Make economical arrangements, build up good-neighbor relations as equal partners."


DPR-DM SITREP 17/03/15/: UAF Tank Destroys Truck with Two Militiamen Inside

"[Another] egregious violation of the Minsk Agreement by Ukrainian military, has taken place at the Zayichenka settlement area, where a Ukrainian tank has fired an aimed shot at a moving truck with two of our militiamen inside. As a result of this provocation, both were killed on the spot. Information on this was immediately sent to the OSCE monitoring mission."



Canada Contributes $7.1 M to Support Democracy in Ukraine

"Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson says the money will support Ukraine's efforts to build a more peaceful, democratic and prosperous future.

Since January 2014, Canada has contributed more than $568 million in assistance to Ukraine, including two - $200-million, low interest loans to help stabilize the economy."


IMF's Plan B Falling Apart

"The first quarter of 2015 is the quarter when Ukraine's economic crisis has fully hit home. Output continues to collapse. Inflation has risen. The foreign exchange rate of the hryvinia has plunged.

Private western creditors resent a voluntary haircut as the numbers simply don't add up..."


Yushchenko Advises Ukrainians to Stock Up on Salt and Matches

"Vicktor Yushechenko advised Ukrainians to stock up on matches and salt since the IMF credit will not save the country's economy. Ukraine's third president said that the IMF loan of $17.5 Billion is unbelievably small.

'The best sanction against Russia is to help Ukraine. Investments in the range of $200, $300, $400 billion. A Marshall Plan. How do we mobilize investors to come to Ukraine? They are after our resources: bridges across the Dnepr, the Black Sea continental shelf? the Dnepr Riviera,'...Yeshenko shared his thoughts..."


Lavrov Calls Kiev's Decision on Donbas Special Status Gross Violation of Minsk Agreements

"...Yesterday, I addressed the heads of foreign ministries of France and Germany with special requests, drew their attention to Kiev's flagrant violation of first steps of the political part of the Minsk package, and called on them to make a joint three-party demarche to our Ukrainian colleagues in order to prompt them to fulfill what they have signed, and what was supported by the leaders fo Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia,' Lavrov said..."


Developments in S Eastern Ukraine

- DPR rescuers came under army fire at Donetsk airport

- Ukrainian police detain demonstrators in Konstantinoka Donetsk Region

- Kiev pledges $37 M for Russia border fortifications


'Disgraceful Decisions'

"As the leaders of the proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics A Zakharchenko and I Plotnitsky announced, no compromise with Kiev is possible until the 'disgraceful decisions' made by the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko and its Verkhova Rada regarding the special status of Donbas are cancelled.

The only thing that is interesting in all these accusations directed at the junta of doing what it always does - violating all agreements that are signed with it - are the terms of the next sequence of fraud and deceit that  will conclude with high intensity military action. The fact Kiev is not going to implement the Minsk Agreements is absolutely obvious.


DPR- PM Zakharchenko: UAF Attacks Spartak Settlement, UA Gov't Undermines Minsk Agreement

"It has become clear to everyone that Kiev doesn't want peace. There is no dialogue. People's sufferance is coming to an end. So, if Mariupol and Konstantinovka ask we'll come. The Minsk Agreements have basically been anulled by yesterday's decision and the actions of Kiev.

These problems were meant to be solved politically. It was the main purpose of the Minsk meetings. Now Kiev acts as if this never existed at all. So, if Kiev doesn't understand the first time, doesn't understand the second time, it will understand the third or the fourth. We're ready for as much hostilities as necessary to make Kiev understand.

If Poroshenko thinks that his army is that combat capable, as he boasts, then we're ready to make another one, two or three 'cauldrons'. And we'll keep making these 'cauldrons' until they realize. There's still hope that Kiev will finally come to their senses and will return to the Minsk Agreements it made.

Germany and France gave guarantees regarding the Minsk Agreement, so the responsibility for Kiev's actions rests with Europe. Europe needs to do something about Kiev and make Kiev keep their agreements."


The Three Plans of Petro Poroshenko (and vid)


Citizenship Minister Chris Alexander Delivers A Troubling Speech on Ukraine


CrossTalk; Ukraine's Delicate Balance (and vid/podcast)

"Ukraine's delicate balancing act: to the surprise of many, the ceasefire designed to de-escalate Ukraine's civil war is holding. Nonetheless there are many reasons to remain skeptical. Kiev is desperate for more arms, which Washington would like to provide. Crosstalking with Marcus Papadopolous, James Carden and Seumas Milne"

Doug Woodard

In rebel-held Donetsk, religious intolerance grows:



Yes, another unfortunate aspect of this conflict is religious sectarianism. Here's more:

Patriarch Krill Calls For End to Persecution of Ukraine's Orthodox Christians

"I am aware of threats - and in some cases, death threats - received by at least ten clergymen of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Those regions where nationalist groups have been most active, saw acts of vandalism, church arsons, distributions of leaflets and posters inciting religious and ethnic hatred,' the patriarch said.

'Peace in Ukraine will not be sustainable unless the country eliminates 'unfairness and discrimination based on language, nationality or religion,' he said.."


Corruption in Ukraine Aids Organized Crime Syndicates - US State Department

"According to a US State Department annual report on money laundering and financial crimes, Ukraine should address the rise of cyber-crime and related transnational organized crime activity in the country.

'In Ukraine, significant vulnerabilities to money laundering have been identified in foreign economic activities, credit and finance, the fuel and energy industry, and the metal and mineral resources markets,' the report said.

Ukraine ranks 142 out of 175 countries on Transparancy International's corruption index..."


Ukraine Faces Collapse in Foreign Trade

"The poor economic situation in the country is reflected in the severe decrease of Ukrainian export volumes. According to official Ukrainian foreign trade statistics for 2014, the volume of exports fell by 22%. The latest data show Ukrainian exports to the EU in January 2015 dropped by 31% compared with January 2014. The decrease to CIS countries and Russia was even more apparent, reaching 54.9% and 60.3% respectively."


Ukrainians For Cleaning, Gardening, Pierogi and Sex At the Piaseczno 'Slave Market', Poland

"A Pole locked up two Ukrainian women in the basement. He let them out after two weeks, but they didn't want to talk about it. 'Didn't you go to the police?' - I ask. 'But we have no rights here,' the answer."


TRNN: Why Have So Many Ukrainians Fled To Russia? (and vid)

"Journalist Vladislav Gulevich says that many of the 730,000 Ukrainian refugees in Russia see the Ukrainian military as the main threat to their lives."



One Million From Eastern Ukraine Have Taken Refuge in Russia


One-Year Anniversary of the Crimean Spring

Western mainstream news reporting of the one-year anniversary of the referendum in Crimea to secede from Ukraine (the so-called annexation of Crimea by Russia) has been tempered and subdued by the very inconvenient reality, published surveys and news reports showing widespread satisfaction of Crimeans with the decision..."

How odd they wouldn't prefer Ukraine's  Nazis, oligarchs and the IMF


The Saker: A Must See Interview About the History of Ukraine (and vid)

"Today, I am truly delighted to be able to present you with an amazingly interesting video: an interview of the Ukrainian writer and historian Oles Buzina, in which he (in 90 minutes or so) not only covers the key moments of the history of the land today called 'the Ukraine', but also explains where the modern Ukraine came from and what it is.

To my knowledge, this is the first time that an English speaking audience gets access to such a thorough and well presented explanation of what the Ukraine is, and what it is not, what is factual and what is myth..."


The IMF Is In Bed With Ukraine's Oligarchs

"The biggest beneficiary of last year's IMF financing is likely to repeat its good fortune, according to sources close to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). This is PRIVATBANK, controlled by IGOR KOLOMOISKY*, governor of Dnipropetrovsk region and financier of several [Nazi] units fighting on Kiev's side in the civil war..."

*Is This Man The Most Powerful Jew In The World?

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Poroshenko: “Don’t you raise your voice at me, or you’ll be taken away!"

How Poroshenko lost it.

Fort Russ wrote:
Ukraine’s president Poroshenko made threats against people about to be laid off - Borispol airport workers. He yelled at the assembled workers, then said that if they raise their voice against him, “they’ll be taken away.”

At first Poroshenko issued an emotion-laden explanation of the reasons behind layoffs. He said that they are not illegal, and that if the airport workers believe they were laid off unlawfully, they can turn to the courts. Courts whose impartiality will be ensured by…Poroshenko himself.

“Right now the government is economizing. Yanukovych cost the state 1.5 billion hryvnya per month. Now we are spending only 800 million on the president—we are making cutbacks. The presidential administration was cut by 40%. Today, when there’s a war on, nobody will be supported by the government budget. That’s why there are cuts. In full accordance with the law.”

Poroshenko also exhorted the laid-off workers to "earn money."

These words caused the crowd to be even more upset. In order to calm down the protesters, Poroshenko sternly warned: “Don’t you raise your voice at me, or you’ll be taken away.”


Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Ukrainian Civil Service

"The Ukrainian people are rapidly plunging into poverty. However, the Ukrainian elites have no reason to worry. The profit from the business, which Petro Poroshenko promised to sell during the election campaign has tripled..."


The Main Business Scheme of Ukrainian Euro-Leaders

"The current authorities will definitely steal everything..."


7.5 Billion UAH Fraud of Yatsenyuk Government Uncovered in Ukraine

The Kiev junta wanted to expose the fraud of the previous government of Yanukovich. But audits, which continued until a year after the Kiev junta took control, also uncovered their own fraud. The head of State Financial Inspection was fired for the findings..."


Developments in SE Ukraine

- Ukraine has to regain control over Donbas by all means - PM Yatsenyuk, 'Yats'

- Kremlin waits for Berlin, Paris to comment on Donbass special status

- Ukraine sends official request to EU for peacekeepers

- S Ossetia stands by recognition of self-proclaimed republics


The Cross and the Sword

"The making of a Christian Taliban in Ukraine..."


Are you kidding, NDPP?

Which side has been flying Jesus flags for over a year now, and claiming to be acting in the interests of Orthodox Christian values?


You mean don't look here, look over here instead?


No, I mean if he has a problem with it, why was it not a problem a year ago, when it was the other side flying flags with the face of Jesus on their tanks, and murdering people who weren't orthodox, or Vladimir Putin talking about religious values and rights, and invoking the Orthodox church as part of his official policy.

Nothing wrong with pointing out a double standard.

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What a crock of shite. The Ukrainian junta has (damaged or) destroyed 70 Orthodox churches so far. They don't like the unifying role that the Orthodox churches are playing in the Donbass freedom struggle. The Novorossiyan resistance has destroyed ... zero churches.

NDPP is perfectly correct to draw attention to the attempt to use and link up all sorts of fundamentalists in the pathologicial Russophobic orientation of the junta. The unity of these elements is frothing Russophobia and, therefore, the Orthodox Church is a target for destruction.


Nina Kouprianova: "A significant role played by Orthodox Christianity in the Donbass conflict is also evident from the fact that over 70 churches had been deliberately damaged or destroyed in this region by the West-backed Kiev forces. Novorossia’s spokespeople stated that they had no strategic military positions nearby, and that generally nothing else was hit next to the churches." (emphasis mine - ikosmos)

in English

in Russian


" ... they had no strategic military positions nearby, and that generally nothing else was hit next to the churches ..."

"... they had no strategic military positions nearby, and that generally nothing else was hit next to the churches ..."

"... they had no strategic military positions nearby, and that generally nothing else was hit next to the churches ..."


Just imagine the outrage if this was 70 synagogues. It would be called cultural genocide. But, since it is only the spiritual home for the "Moskals", the Western media is silent ...

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How the liberal and anarchist left became swept up in the surge of right-wing nationalism in Ukraine.

Dmytriy Kovalevich wrote:
The serious flaws of our left and anarchist tactics in Ukraine (which resulted in its current weakness) can be traced to the early 2000’s and the wrong approach adopted by many of them that time. It is particularly expressed in their permanent, short-term approaches – the desire to get results immediately....

The dilemma faced by the lefts was something like the following: when you see a hundred middle-class nationalists rallying and demanding privileges for themselves, what tactics do you choose? Do you create an opposing group to challenge them and their ideas, or do you intervene and try to influence and hijack the middle-class nationalists concerns? The liberal left in Ukraine chose the latter. But as a result, they were the ones to be influenced, not the other way around.


Ukraine's Poison Pill For Peace Talks  -  by Robert Parry

"The Ukrainian government's latest maneuver - undermining the Minsk-2 agreement with a requirement for a rebel surrender - is likely to drive the country back into a full scale civil-war and push the US and Russia closer to a nuclear showdown, reports Robert Parry...."


US Combat Forces, FBI and CIA in Ukraine. Vice President Biden Congratulates Poroshenko for Violating Minsk Peace Agreement - by Stephen Lendman

"Obama continues using Kiev junta proxies to wage war on Donbass. He's supplying Kiev with heavy weapons, munitions and other US aid. US combat forces are in Ukraine working directly with its military. CIA and FBI operatives infest Kiev.

Kiev continues violating [Minsk agreements] with full US support and encouragement. Kiev's failure to grant Donbass special status violates its pledge to do so. It wants total control over Donbass regained. It intends seizing it forcefully. Expect it anytime..."


Hey Canada: He's on Our Side:




Thanks for the confirmation, ikosmos. This would be kind of funny, if it wasn't so fucked up.

Ignore the Jesus flags, Vladimir Putin's proclamations about Orthodox Christian values, claims of religious rights, that murder of pentacostals in Slavyansk, and everything else.,

.. and yet one street gang pops up and suddenly Ukraine is the Taliban.


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Why don't you show the 70 or more churches that the "terrorists" have destroyed? If these were synagogues, we would be hearing loud shouts that it constituted "cultural genocide" but, since they're only Orthodox Churches, the Western MSM is silent, just as they are silent about the 1,000,000 refugees to Russia, the thousands killed by the junta, and the billions in damage to infrastructure.

But yeah, those dastardly Orthodox christians.


Actually, why don't you show us how the Ukrainian government is instituting a policy of religious orthodoxy, including anti-gay legislation and banning swearwords like the Russian government. And flying Jesus flags, like their proxies the rebels. That might add a bit of weight to this bullshit Taliban claim.

And what is this "if it was a synagogue"? Aren't you already claiming they are Nazis backed by the west? This is the problem with throwing every piece of shit at the wall to see what sticks - sometimes you wind up contradicting yourself.



Ukraine Crisis News, etc. 20-03-2015


'Ukraine's New Spy Law Designed as Provocation, Opens Whole Can of Worms'

"Ukraine's parliament has passed a law allowing its intelligence units to carry out military operations in eastern Ukraine. It would allow special serices to infiltrate and operate in the Donbass region. 'We might start seeing assassinations, bomb-blasts and psychological attacks,' says Danie McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute..."


Assassination Attempt on DPR Commander Givi

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They also sent a bomb to the Public Prosecutor of Crimea. There is a glut of sudden "suicides" by opposition figures in putsch Ukraine.

eta: Smith, you know very well that ugly bigotry of one kind or another can sit cheek by jowl with other, seemingly contradictory bigotries. Some people, for example, operate on the delusion that Islamophobia and anti-Semitism can't co-exist, and wallow in the former while denouncing the latter. This is a big mistake.

The Harper regime is cultivating hatred (of Muslims, of "the other", of those that are different) of all sorts and this is a genii that cannot be pushed back into the bottle when it gets too far gone.

In some ways, Russophobia has taken over the typical bigotry of anti-Semitism in Western societies as the "default" bigotry.


UK Sends Military Trainers To Ukraine (and vid)

"Britain has sent military personnel to Ukraine to help its army fight against pro-Russia militias in the country's volatile east. British media say the 35 military trainers are based in Mykolaiv, in the south of the country and they are expected to be there for the next two months.

'The UK is committed to supporting Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity in the face of Russia's aggression,' and MoD spokeswoman said. It is the first time a Western nation has conducted a long term military training program in Ukraine since its war against pro-Russia militias that began last year.

A London-based analyst says the UK's policy will aggravate the situation further..."


The Victory of National Demcracy in Ukraine and the Crushing of Political Opposition

"Is there any real political opposition in Ukraine? No..."


OSCE Monitor Handcuffed and Blindfolded by Ukraine Security Agents, Released 'With Apologies'

"Ukrainian Security Service 'agents' have detained, blindfolded and handcuffed an OSCE monitor in the Kiev-controlled city of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine. Having found out his identity, the three men in balaclavas released the monitor 'with apologies'.

'The men revealed themselves as members of the State Security Services of Ukraine (SBU), the mission revealed. Meanwhile, the March 19 report mentions a number of violations of the fragile ceasefire on both sides.."


Gorbachev Blames War in Ukraine on Pestroika Failure and USSR Breakup

"Gorbachev has already expressed the opinion that the military conflict in Ukraine was rooted in the hasty and thoughtless breakup of the USSR. This is one of the ideas of his latest book of memoirs called 'After the Kremlin' - released last December last year.

He also reiterated to the leaders of Western nations to stop dragging Ukraine into NATO because more attempts would result in nothing but deeper strife with Russia and further escalation of the conflict..."


Ukraine SITREP: Friday, March 20, 2015

"Just like the Titanic, the Ukraine is sinking faster and faster. By now, I expect that most of you must have heard of the quasi-insurrection in occupied Konstantinovka following the killing of a mother and child by a drunken Ukrainian APC crew.

Then there is the mini-war taking place between the [Billionaire] 'President' Poroshenko and the notorious Jewish oligarch Kolomoisky over the control of Ukrtransnafta. This is a clear sign of the deep process of 'Somalization' taking place in which all the power in the country is divided between warlords.

As for the Ukrainian economy, it continues to free-fall..."


In Post-Revolutionary Ukraine, Homophobia and Oppression Deepen

"...But even the pessimists among the LGBT community could not have anticipated the levels of hate that rose from the ashes of a new Ukraine."


The Friends of Hitler Club: Uniate Metropolitan A Shoptytsky Eternalized in the Center of Lviv

"The Ukrainian government started another campaign of historic proportions. On the central square of Lviv they want to raise a giant monument of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky who led the so-called Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church for 44 years (1900-1944).  For this the Ukrainian cultural authorities are ready for anything - even spend a budget of $1.3 million and dismantle the square. At the same time, the country is on the verge of economic collapse.

The reason for this urgent display of honor is apparently the fact that on July 1, 1941 (the day after the Nazis occupied Lviv) A Sheptytsky addressed the congregation with a welcome message for this cause. After that, he met with the leader of OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists), Stepan Bandera, and blesed him for his fight against the Soviets.

In the light of the Uniate's persecution of the Orthodox Church that's now being carried out throughout western and central Ukraine, accompanied by the beating of believers, seizure of churches and blackmailing of priests, the installation of a monument of the Uniate's 'headliner' undoubtedly looks like a political action..."

'An Appeal To The People of US, EU and Canada'



Oligarch Governor Raids Oil Company HQ in Kiev (and vid)

Oligarch wars: Kolomoysky v Poroshenko


IMF Makes Ukraine War-Fighting Loan - Allowing US to Fund Military Operations Against Russia

"The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed on a scheme of war financing for Ukraine. For the first time, according to Fund sources, the IMF is not only violating its loan repayment conditions, but also the purposes and safeguards of the IMF's original charter. IMF lending is barred for a member-state in civil war or at war with another member state, or for military purposes, according to article I of the Fund's 1944-45 Articles of Agreement.

Here are the IMF papers spelling out the details..."


Certainly there is homophobia in Ukraine, and homophobic attacks, as there is here. What there isn't is a state that follows suit. For that you have to move a bit east:

From your article at #183


As it stands now, certain parts of eastern Ukraine have criminalized homosexuality, using Vladimir Putin’s own directives against LGBT ‘propaganda’ as both a legal and moral template. In the Crimea, newly installed Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov has bluntly stated that they “do not need such people.”




Ukraine Oligarchs 'Top Cash Contributors' to Clinton Foundation Prior to Kiev Crisis

"...Between 2009 and 2013, the very period when Hillary Clinton was serving as US secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation appears to have received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. That places Ukraine as the leading contributor among foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation."

Doug Woodard

A Family Business of Perpetual War  -  by Robert Parry

"Not only will the Ukrainian civil war resume but wo will the Cold War between Washington and Moscow with lots of money to be made by the Military Industrial Complex..."


Ignoring Kiev's Non-Compliance With Minsk Accords Deteriorates Situation in Ukraine

"All countries should bear their share of responsibility for ensuring that the conditions of the Minsk agreements are fulfilled. Ignoring non-compliance with the Minsk agreements by one side does not facilitate stabilization, Dmitry Peskov said.

The Kremlin is concerned about continuous shellings in the south-east of Ukraine in violation of the Minsk agreements. The Ukrainian forces have violated the ceasfire regime in east Ukraine, 52 times over the last 24 hours..."


Interview with Richard Sakwa: EU Ukraine Policy: 'Stupidity on a Grand Scale'

"I think the prevailing and utterly simple western view of the matter is the most unsettling aspect of the whole crisis. It is frightening to see how the public and the elites in the West have accepted this false viewpoint."



Ukraine Commission Called To Probe PM and Government Corruption

"Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada parliament has registered a draft resolution on setting up a commission to investigate alleged corruption by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and members of his cabinet. The resolution was initiated by Sergey Kaplin, representing the Petro Poroshenko bloc in the parliament.


Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk Administration Officials Accused of Supporting Gangs

High ranking officials from the Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration support gangs, head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Valentin Nalivaichenko said on Monday. The head of the Dnipropetrovsk region is Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, who, according to 2013 data is ranked second among Ukraine's richest persons..."


NATO Urges West to Use 'All Tools' To Back Kiev

"A top military commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has urged the West to employ all means - including sending arms - to help the Ukrainian government, in respose to what he alleged was Moscow's arming of pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine.

'We in the West should consider using all of our tools in reply. Could it be destabilizing? The answer is yes..."



Oligarch Wars

Kolomoisky Finishing Ukraine Up?

"...Only two scorpions succeeded in coming through to the final battle: Petro Poroshenko and Igor Kolomoisky..."


Kolomoysky Calls For Federalisation of Ukraine - Ukrnafta Building in Ukraine Seized by Dnepr 1 Battalion - US Ambassador Pyatt Warns Kolomoysky

"Will Poroshenko back down again? Will Kolomoysky? Or will there be bloodshed in Kiev?


Is Uncle Sam 'Tossing' Kolomoiskii?

"Events in the Ukraine are taking a very serious turn. Poroshenko has declared that private 'pocket' armies of governors will no longer be tolerated and he has now given Kolomoiskii 24 hours to lay down arms. Poroshenko's chief henchmen - Arsen Avakov and the CIA's Valentin Nalivaichenko - have indicated that Poroshenko has their full support and loyalty.

In other words, the full power of the junta is now threatening to come down on Kolomoiskii's head. Kolomoiskii, in turn, is preparing some kind of pro-Kolomoiskii 'maidan' in Dnepropetrovsk for Wednesday. It sure looks like the freaks are really going to go after each other..."




Poroshenko Fires Oligarch Governor Amid Oil Company Standoff (and vid)

"Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decreee relieving Dnepropetrovsk Governor Igor Kolomoysky from his post, the president's website said. The resignation came after a meeting between the two, amid the ongoing standoff around oil giant Ukrnaft. According to the presidential website, Kolomoysky decided to hand in his resignation, which the president accepted..."


Some 10,000 Miners Go On Strike in Western Ukraine

"Miners demand resignation of Ukraine's energy and coal industry minister and full repayment of wage arrears for January and February."


Robert Parry: Ukraine's Oligarchs Turn on Each Other

"Ukraine's post-coup regime is facing what looks like a falling-out among thieves as oligarch-warlord Igor Kolomoysky, who was given his own province to rule, brought his armed men to Kiev to fight for control of the state-owned energy company, further complicating the State Department's propaganda efforts, reports Robert Parry..."


The Hemingway of Lying  - Fighting Words From Spain to Ukraine  -  by John Helmer

"Fakery in allegiance to the truth."


US House Votes 348-48 To Arm Ukraine, Russia Warns Lethal Aid Will 'Explode' the Whole Situation

"Yesterday, in a vote that largely slid under the radar, the House of Representatives passed a resolution urging Obama to send lethal aid to Ukraine, providing offensive, not just 'defensive' weapons to the Ukraine army..."


Poroshenko's Spring Cleaning: Minister Arrested Right in Cabinet Meeting

"After the defeat of Kolomoisky in the inter-oligarchic quarrels became apparent, Poroshenko continues to ride the wave of victory, launching further centralization of power. At the meeting of the Cabinet of ministers, the Minister of Emergency Situations was arrested on suspicion of involvment in criminal schemes for the purchase of fuel..."


Ultra Nationalist Battalion Gears Up For More Fighting

"The far-right Azov Battalion, whose symbol resembles a black swastika on a yellow background, is preparing to defend the port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine against a widely expected attack by pro-Russian separatists. 'We don't like the ceasefire at all. As with the previous ones, it'll only lead to another offensive by the enemy,' Azov commander Andrey Biletsky told Reuters.

'Appeasing the aggressor will only lead to more aggression. THis war will inevitably continue - either until our complete defeat or until our final victory and return of our lands in all east Ukraine and Crimea. We believe in the second scenario,' said the 35 year old..."


Ukrainian Troops Shell Shirokino, Open Fire on OSCE Motorcade


Ukraine Facing Dangerous Power Struggle (and vid)

"A power struggle is in the making in Ukraine. The volunteer battalions which are not fully controlled by the Ukrainian government now face a new dilemma: to join the army or leave the front line in East Ukraine. The nationalistic (NAZI) Right Sector has already refused to give up its autonomy.

The battalion is one of the paramilitary units supported by oligarch Igor Kolomoisky. The oligarch was sacked as governor of Dnipropetrovsk by President Petro Poroshenko - an oligarch himself - in the wake of a dispute over the state's richest oil producing companies."


Leader of Ukraine's Far-Rightwing Demands President Sell His Business

"An oligarch cannot hold the post of Ukraine's president, Lyashko said."


NDPP wrote:

The Hemingway of Lying  - Fighting Words From Spain to Ukraine  -  by John Helmer

"Fakery in allegiance to the truth."

Wow. What a hack.

I am kind of surprised that a financial reporter doesn't understand that media - of every kind - require financing to run. There is no connection at all between his money slur and reporting on Ukraine, just as there is no connection between his Hemingway yarn and reporting on Ukraine.

Not even any connection between his taking the example one woman reporter and spinning it to blame women in particular for biased reporting against Russia, presumably because they are swayed by "affection" in a way men are not. And really classy, jumping to a smear about women reporters from a mention of who Hemingway wanted to have sex with. Nothing about Gellhorn's writing, only that she "promoted herself" as a war reporter:


Once started, the war against Russia has been good for women reporters newly arrived at the Financial Times bureau in Moscow. They have made up in animus towards the Russians what their predecessors had demonstrated of its opposite – that’s to say, affection for a handful of oligarchs whose business practices were never reported as anything but impeccable. These reporter bylines substitute for one another, unmemorably.

Bullshit. And especially bullshit because he doesn't even quote anything that Anne Applebaum has written.


Ukraine's Pension Fund Bankrupt

"The Pension fund of Ukraine is bankrupt and [still] exists only through subsidies from the state budget. This was declared by the Minister of Labor and Social Policy of Ukraine, Pavel Rozenko:

'80 Billion UAH is a subsidy to the Pension fund of Ukraine, which will not even suffice for the payment of all pensions. I want to say that this is a catastrophic situation...'


Joseph Goebbels Awards Presented to Ukrainian Journalists

"Anchor of Poroshenko TV channel receives a Goebbels award. The founder of the project is the people's movement Media Lustration. According to the activists of the movement, 'the award will be presented to the brightest violators of standards of information journalism.

For inciting hatred among the Ukrainian people, ethnic hatred, and involved in the creation and dissemination of propaganda, the nominees are:

- Channel 5 journalist Vitaly Gaidukevich, who called for all those who disagree with government policy to gather their suitcases and go to Russia (and a million+ did!).

- 'Ukrainian Week' reporter Bogdan Butkevych for the call to kill part of the population of Donbass.

- Information Minister Yuriy Stets for the monopolization of the right to 'the truth'.

As stated by the movement's spokesman, human rights activist Dmitry Vasilets, lawyers for the organization will identify the facts of the unlawful conduct of journalists and initiate legal proceedings. 'If a crime is committed, a specific call to murder, and the media assists in this, then the media will receive from us an invitation to court and the amount of the claim.

The funds will go to those affected by the conflict in the East of Ukraine', said Vasilets."


UN In Ukraine: Peacekeepers Or NATO Trojan Horse?

"The same day that the March 4th deadline was reached for the political steps to be taken to ameliorate the situation in the Ukraine between the Kiev regime and the Donbass governments, the UN confirmed that it had received a request from President Poroshenko for a 'peacekeeping' force to be sent to Ukraine.

The Russia UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin, correctly remarked that this called into question the Kiev regime's commitment to the Minsk Agreement. The history of UN interventions in the past have too often been a history of betrayal of the people whose peace was supposed to be enforced, and a disguised means of helping one side of a conflict to defeat the other..."

(Canadian 'peacekeepers' specialize in this)


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