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  • Kiev U-turn over claim that Russian tanks, artillery and 1,200 fighters deployed in E. Ukraine

    08/21/2014 11:58:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8-20-2014 | Will Stewart, Damien Gail
    -Ukrainian official claimed troops moved in just as the city was poised to fall -But they have since been forced to deny the allegation after strong rebuttal -If true it would have been tantamount to an invasion of Ukraine by Russia -Putin set to meet Ukrainian president Poroshenko in Belarus on Monday Muddled security officials in Ukraine were last night forced to deny a huge Russian military convoy had been deployed in the eastern rebel-run city of Lugansk. The strong rebuttal suggested an earlier claim about an invasion by Vladimir Putin's troops amounted to a crude propaganda move by the...
  • Transnistria Declared Mobilization

    08/20/2014 11:16:46 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Publika.MD ^ | 8-21-2014 | Publika
    (Google Translated) Transnistria declared mobilization. Chapter Tiraspol administration Yevgeny Shevchuk signed a decree calling all conscripts, reservists and employees of so-called state structures. In a paper published on the official website Shevchuk says that during the months of Transnistria will be charges in military peacekeeping force. The decree will come into force tomorrow. Responsibility for its implementation rests with the head of the regional department of defense. Earlier in Transnistria repeatedly stated about possible provocations on the part of Ukraine , which could lead to armed clashes.
  • ICRC team enters eastern Ukraine to smooth way for Russian convoy

    08/20/2014 10:44:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-20-2014 | Stephanie Nebehay
    Red Cross officials entered eastern Ukraine on Wednesday to smooth the planned delivery of relief supplies aboard a Russian aid convoy, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. The convoy has been stuck at the Russia-Ukraine border for nearly a week due to Ukrainian concerns it could serve as a Trojan horse to infiltrate military supplies to pro-Russian separatists in the area. Moscow says the mission is purely humanitarian in support of civilians trapped by the conflict. "An advance ICRC team crossed into eastern Ukraine this morning, having received security guarantees from groups controlling the territory for this...
  • URGENT STATEMENT of the Russian MFA, August 15, 2014

    08/15/2014 7:32:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    Slavyangrad.org ^ | 8-15-2014 | Russian Foriegn Ministry
    Statement of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Connection with the Attempts to Derail the Delivery of Humanitarian Aid to Those Suffering from Hostilities in the Southeastern Region of Ukraine 15-08-2014 The attempts to create new and greater obstacles in the way of the delivery of Russian humanitarian aid to the civilian population of Donbass cause deep concern. The implementation of this mission has entered its final stage. In discussions with the representatives of the Ukrainian authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), we were able to reconcile practically all the key parameters of the transfer...
  • JOURNALISTS: We Just Saw Russian Military Vehicles Cross Into Ukraine

    08/14/2014 12:27:50 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8-14-2014 | Jeremy Bender/Reuters
    The Guardian's Moscow correspondent, Shaun Walker, and The Telegraph's Roland Oliphant tweeted today that a column of armored personnel carriers (ACPs) and other Russian military vehicles have crossed over the Ukrainian border. Vladimir Putin's government is sending a convoy of unmarked white trucks to Ukraine, and military vehicles started traveling alongside a supposed Russian aid convoy earlier on Thursday. Most of the fleet of more than 262 vehicles, including about 200 trucks carrying aid, stopped 15 miles from the border of Ukraine's rebel-held eastern region of Luhansk. If these reports are correct, a separate military convoy has apparently continued into...
  • Russia Calls for Ceasefire in East Ukraine to Facilitate Humanitarian Effort

    08/14/2014 11:56:17 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Rossiya Segodnya ^ | 8-14-2014
    Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday called for an immediate ceasefire in violence-torn eastern Ukraine to ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian aid to civilian population suffering amid armed clashes between Kiev-led forces and independence supporters. "It is necessary to guarantee the security of the upcoming humanitarian mission," the ministry said in a statement. "We urge the warring sides at this crucial junction to show the political will to alleviate the suffering of the population of the affected region," the statement said. Russia has sent a convoy of 280 trucks carrying some 2,000 metric tons of humanitarian aid to southeastern Ukraine,...
  • Ukrainian Hryvnia Sinks To Record Lows Against US Dollar

    08/13/2014 11:38:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    BI ^ | 8-12-2014 | Myles Udland
    The Ukrainian hryvnia just made a new low against the U.S. dollar. On Tuesday, one dollar bought 13.4 hyrvnias, with the hryvnia losing more than 4% against the dollar just today. The latest drop in the currency comes amid reports that Russia is sending a convoy of 280 humanitarian aid trucks into Ukraine, according to Reuters.
  • Ukraine: Humanitarian mission into rebel-held territory will be led by Red Cross

    08/11/2014 10:30:17 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Winnepeg Free Press ^ | 8-11-2014 | Yuras Peter Leonard
    The Red Cross will lead an international humanitarian aid operation with Russia and the European Union into the rebel-held city of Luhansk — a plan that Ukraine says the backing of President Barack Obama. The Kremlin earlier announced that it was dispatching the humanitarian convoy into eastern Ukraine. Ukraine had previously objected to Russia sending any aid into the region, and the West had strongly warned Russia that any attempt to send its military personnel into Ukraine under the guise of humanitarian assistance would be seen as an invasion. In the last week, Ukrainian government forces have been closing in...
  • Ukraine crisis: the neo-Nazi brigade fighting pro-Russian separatists

    08/11/2014 10:04:44 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 73 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8-11-2014 | Tom Parfitt
    Kiev throws paramilitaries – some openly neo-Nazi - into the front of the battle with rebels The fighters of the Azov battalion lined up in single file to say farewell to their fallen comrade. His pallid corpse lay under the sun in an open casket trimmed with blue velvet. Some of the men placed carnations by the body, others roses. Many struck their chests with a closed fist before touching their dead friend’s arm. One fighter had an SS tattoo on his neck. Sergiy Grek, 22, lost a leg and died from massive blood loss after a radio-controlled anti-tank mine...
  • Over 10,000 killed in Kiev’s punitive op - Ukrainian MPs

    08/08/2014 9:46:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 130 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 8-8-2014 | RT
    More than ten thousand people have been killed in Kiev’s punitive operation in southeastern Ukraine since April, said a Ukrainian parliamentary group. The MPs addressed the president urging to declassify information on citizens killed. The Ukrainian parliamentary group “For peace and stability” said on Friday that the figure was given by volunteer groups working in the east of the country, ITAR-TASS reported. “We have estimated that just in the first two weeks of July nearly 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the area of the ‘anti-terrorist operation’,” the group said in a statement in the Verhovnaya Rada (Ukraine’s parliament). “The...
  • Ukraine Considers Sanctions That Would Block the Flow of Gas from Russia

    08/08/2014 8:06:10 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Yahoo News/The Wire ^ | 8-8-2014 | Polly Mosendz
    Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine announced today that the nation is considering a new round of sanctions against Russia, including transit sanctions, which would affect both air travel and gas supplies to Europe. Earlier this week, Russia sanctioned produce, pork, beef from a variety of nations and air travel from Ukraine, in retaliation for U.S. and E.U. sanctions against them. This new round of Ukrainian sanctions also includes a list of 172 Russian citizens and 65 companies. They would be sanctioned specifically for "sponsoring terrorism, supporting the annexation of Crimea, and violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine." For the...
  • Impunity reigns for abductions and ill-treatment by pro-Kyiv vigilantes in eastern Ukraine

    08/06/2014 12:25:21 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    Amnesty International ^ | 8-6-2014 | Amnesty International
    In eastern Ukraine, the battle lines have been shifting for months, after pro-Russian separatists asserted effective control over several key towns across the region. In a bid to assert its control, the Ukrainian forces have been fighting for months, to reinstate Kyiv’s authority over areas held by pro-Russian separatists. Law and order do not necessarily follow. In the broader context of a deteriorating security situation in the east, Amnesty International has recently raised its concerns with the Ukrainian authorities about one particularly errant MP who has been “detaining” – in effect abducting – and ill-treating individuals across the region. He’s...
  • Finland warns Russia sanctions could spell ‘economic crisis’

    08/06/2014 11:03:56 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    Euratciv ^ | 8-6-2014 | Euractiv with Reuters
    Finland could face an economic crisis because of European Union sanctions against Russia and Helsinki will seek financial compensation from the EU if it is disproportionately hit by the measures, its prime minister said on Wednesday (6 August). Last week, the EU imposed tough sanctions targeting Russia's banking, oil and defence sectors over Moscow's stance in the Ukraine crisis. The West accuses Moscow of actively backing pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and blames them for downing a Malaysian airliner last month. Russia denies the charges. Russia is Finland's third largest export market, accounting for about 10% of total Finnish sales...
  • Moscow may force European airlines to fly around Russia

    08/05/2014 6:01:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 48 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 8-5-2014 | Rueters
    The Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has threatened to retaliate for the grounding of a subsidiary of Aeroflot, the national airline, because of EU sanctions, with one newspaper reporting that European flights to Asia over Siberia could be banned. Such a move would enforce costly detours on airlines, including Lufthansa and IAG, owner of British Airways, as more fuel would be needed for extended routes. Low-cost carrier Dobrolyot, operated by Aeroflot, suspended all flights last week after its airline leasing agreement was cancelled under European Union sanctions because it flies to Crimea, a region Russia annexed from Ukraine in March....
  • Putin asks government to develop countermeasures to Western sanctions

    08/05/2014 4:47:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 8-5-2014 | RT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged his government to come up with countermeasures to Western sanctions imposed against Russia over the Ukrainian conflict. Putin stressed that Moscow’s response should be “cautious.” “Obviously we need to do it cautiously in order to support domestic manufacturers, but not hurt consumers,” he said on Tuesday. The president expects the government to present a response to the sanctions as soon as possible. Putin said that the political tools of pressure being used against the Russian economy are unacceptable, stressing that they go against international rules and norms. Putin’s comments come on the same day...
  • Russia Calls For Emergency UN Security Council Meeting As Troops Fortify On The Border

    08/05/2014 2:09:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    Yahoo News/BI ^ | 8-5-2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Russia has called for emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday over what it called an urgent humanitarian situation in Ukraine, according to a report from the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS. "We are convening an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine," Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin was quoted as saying. Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the U.N. and the International Committee of the Red Cross expressed "readiness" to discuss its plan to deploy a "humanitarian mission" to Ukraine, which some consider to be a...
  • Mary Gresham’s grief over invalid son’s death echoes from 1865

    08/05/2014 11:01:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-5-14 | Michael E. Ruane
    Mary Baxter Gresham was 42 when her invalid son, LeRoy, died in June 1865. She had already lost two infant children and had just lived through the upheaval of the Civil War in Macon, Ga. But when 17-year-old LeRoy, know as “Loy,” died on June 18 in the house where he was born, she was devastated. “God has tried me often and in many ways but never has my heart been so wrung as now,” she wrote to her sister, Sallie, on July 12. “And yet the trial had so much mercy mixed with it that my soul swells within...
  • The American Flag Daily: Damn The Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead!

    08/05/2014 3:57:27 AM PDT · by Master Zinja
    The American Flag Daily ^ | August 5, 2014 | JasonZ
    It was during the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, when Admiral David Farragut ordered what would eventually be a successful run through a minefield and eventually lead to an important Union victory and the capture of Mobile Bay, the final Confederate-held port east of the Mississippi River. When Farragut, lashed to the rigging in order to see above the smoke of the battle, saw his ships slow as they approached and was told there were torpedoes (mines) in their path, he was reported to have said, "Damn the torpedoes! Go ahead!" or "Full speed ahead!" No one...
  • Ukraine's Security Chief submits resignation — Media

    08/04/2014 11:14:52 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    Andriy Parubiy, the secretary of the Ukrainian national security and defense council, allegedly submitted resignation two weeks ago, a Ukrainian online edition reported on Monday. "Parubiy made this decision after he was proposed to announce a new stage of ceasefire in the counter-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine," ZN.UA said citing an unnamed source. ZN.UA said that Parubiy refused to make this announcement and decided to step down. The secretary's press service said they had no information on his resignation
  • Hunters may be hired to kill 2,800 deer on Civil War battlefields

    08/03/2014 11:20:47 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 72 replies
    theverge ^ | August 2, 2014 04:47 pm | By Dante D'Orazio
    Hunters may be hired to kill 2,800 deer on Civil War battlefields By Dante D'Orazio on August 2, 2014 04:47 pm   (Scott Bauer, US Department of Agriculture / Flickr)  7inShare Civil War battlefields may soon light up with gunfire once again if a new plan to "reduce" deer populations gets approved. The US National Parks Service has proposed a $1.8 million plan to hire sharpshooters to hunt and kill white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields over the next five years.Deer populations at the Antietam and Monocacy battlefields, located in Maryland, as well as the Manassas battlefield in Virginia, are far...
  • And the War Came

    08/02/2014 6:33:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    The innocent American could only read the headlines and shake his head sorrowfully at the continuing carnage in Gaza -- a pillar of fire by night and a cloud of smoke by day. How did this happen again? Simple: Hamas renewed its indiscriminate attacks on Israel through overhead rockets, underground tunnels, words and deeds -- and Israel finally responded in force. Not just the innocent but the sophisticated observer has to wonder: Why? What's the sense of it? There seems none from the rational -- that is, the conventionally Western -- point of view. Which may explain why generations...
  • U.S. plans to train, arm Ukraine National Guard in 2015

    08/01/2014 5:32:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 73 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 8-1-2014 | Missy Ryan
    The Obama administration has notified Congress of its plans to train and arm the Ukrainian national guard next year, the Pentagon said on Friday, as Washington continues to intensify its response to Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. "The Defense Department and State Department have notified Congress of our intent to use $19 million in global security contingency fund authority to train and equip four companies and one tactical headquarters of the Ukrainian national guard as part of their efforts to build their capacity for internal defense," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters. The training, which requires...
  • U.S. gifts $8 billion [sic] to Ukraine for border protection

    08/01/2014 3:09:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 47 replies
    UPI ^ | 8-1-2014 | JC Finley
    The U.S. will be providing Ukraine with an additional $8 billion to bolster its border guard capabilities, the White House announced Friday. Vice President Joe Biden announced Friday that the U.S. will provide approximately $8 billion to help bolster Ukraine's State Border Guard Service. Biden shared the news with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a phone call on Friday. "This additional assistance," the White House said, "includes engineering equipment for improving infrastructure along Ukraine's borders, transport and patrol vehicles, surveillance equipment to extend the visual range of border security patrols, and small boats to conduct maritime patrol and interdiction operations."
  • President Obama will be giving a LIVE statement on Ukraine at 2:50P (ET)

    07/29/2014 12:09:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 115 replies
    He's already 20 minutes late....
  • Breaking news - Kerry: Kiev ready for ceasefire, talks with militia in E. Ukraine

    07/29/2014 8:36:11 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 6-28-2014 | RT
    Tuesday, July 29 15:20 GMT: Kiev is ready for a cease-fire “now,” US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed, following a meeting with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Washington. Kerry added that President Petro Poroshenko is also ready to start talks with the militia in the southeast of the country. 15:06 GMT: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a telephone conversation with US State Secretary John Kerry has urged Washington to influence Kiev to achieve a prompt ceasefire and to start negotiations with southeast Ukraine. Lavrov stressed the need to return to the accord achieved at Geneva on July...
  • Fighting Halts Police Visit To MH17 Site

    07/27/2014 7:15:55 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 38 replies
    Sky News ^ | 7-27-2014 | Sky
    Plans for a team of unarmed Dutch and Australian police officers to visit the site of the Malaysia Airlines plane disaster have been cancelled. Fighting around the site of the airliner downed in eastern Ukraine prevented the visit. The vast crash scene, which covers 20 square miles, mostly fields, is currently controlled by pro-Russian separatists who are battling Ukrainian government forces in a months-long conflict. A Ukrainian defence official said his troops were trying to clear the areas around the site near the village of Grabovo from rebels. There was reportedly fighting at several locations, including near the town of...
  • IMF Urges Ukraine to Honor Emergency Funding Obligations

    07/26/2014 11:28:41 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 7-25-2014 | Ian Talley
    The International Monetary Fund has urged Ukraine's fragile government to honor its bailout obligations, a sign the fund is concerned a breakdown in the country's coalition could jeopardize its emergency financing package. Ukraine's ruling coalition broke up on Thursday, with Prime Minister Arseniy Yansunyuk submitting his resignation, jeopardizing passage of a supplementary budget that may be needed for the IMF's executive board to approve the next tranche of financing in late August. The fund said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde discussed the implications of the political developments with President Petro Poroshenko and Mr. Yatsenyuk by telephone on Friday. (SNIP) The...
  • 5 Reasons Reparations For Slavery Are A Bad Idea

    07/25/2014 10:12:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 26, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Terrible ideas never really die on the Left; they just come back over and over again, like a gas station sandwich after a night of heavy drinking. So it is with reparations for slavery, which liberals would happily embrace en masse if they ever thought they could ram it through Congress. Here's why reparations for slavery are a bad idea. 1) How do you prove that slavery is responsible for problems black Americans are having today? If it were 1866, it would be easy to prove that black Americans who had been enslaved were hurt by the practice. They were...
  • Ukraine in civil war: Red Cross

    07/24/2014 10:48:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 7-23-2014 | AFP
    The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt. The formal classification means participants in the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east could eventually be prosecuted for war crimes in international courts. "Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to take its toll on civilians, and we urge all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, otherwise known as the law of armed conflict," ICRC director of operations Dominik Stillhart said in...
  • 18 soldiers return to Ukraine after medical treatment in Russia

    07/24/2014 1:54:54 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 6 replies
    The Kyiv Post ^ | July 24, 2014, 11:14 a.m.
    18 Ukrainian servicemen have returned home after undergoing medical treatment at hospitals in the Russian southern city of Rostov-on-Don, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vasyl Zvarych told Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday, July 24.
  • Communist Party Ousted From Ukraine Parliament

    07/23/2014 8:53:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 153 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 7-23-2014 | Commies Stow
    The Communist Party of Ukraine will cease to exist on Thursday, the speaker of Ukraine's parliament announced. "We only have to tolerate this party for another day," Verkhovnaya Rada speaker Oleksandr Turchinov said on Wednesday in comments carried by online news portal Ostro.org. Discussion of the Communist Party's dissolution began in earnest in May, after party leader Petro Simonenko said that if he were in charge of the country, he would immediately call back the troops from eastern Ukraine, referring to the military operations taking place there as acts of "war against the people," RIA Novosti reported. Turchinov, who was...
  • British Journalist for Russian TV Missing in East Ukraine

    07/23/2014 11:45:37 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    NDTV ^ | 7-23-2014 | AFP
    A Russian television channel said on Wednesday it had lost contact with a British journalist reporting from conflict-torn eastern Ukraine. RT said on its website it had been unable to reach Graham Phillips since the early hours of Wednesday after he went to cover intense fighting around Donetsk airport. The channel said it received a text message from Phillips saying "All is fine" at around 2:00am, after which contact was lost. RT's editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, posted a link to the story on her Twitter account, saying "our stringer Graham Phillips has gone missing in Ukraine." RT said it had warned...
  • Ukraine war crimes trials a step closer after Red Cross assessment

    07/23/2014 8:06:58 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7-22-2014 | Tom Miles
    The Red Cross has made a confidential legal assessment that Ukraine is officially in a war, Western diplomats and officials say, opening the door to possible war crimes prosecutions, including over the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH-17. "Clearly it's an international conflict and therefore this is most probably a war crime," one Western diplomat in Geneva told Reuters. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is the guardian of the Geneva Conventions setting down the rules of war, and as such is considered a reference in the United Nations deciding when violence has evolved into an armed conflict. "Within...
  • Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine to fend off Putin-backed rebels

    07/23/2014 7:24:41 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Maggie Ybarra
    A team of Pentagon officials is heading to Ukraine to help the country rebuild its fractured military, a mission that lawmakers and analysts expect will result in recommendations for greater military assistance in the country’s fight against pro-Russia separatists amid international outrage over the downing of a commercial airplane. Within the next few weeks, a group of Defense Department representatives who specialize in strategy and policy will head to Kiev to evaluate specific programs that the United States may want to help bolster, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. Their objective is to work with Ukrainians to “shape...
  • Donetsk Militia Agrees on Ceasefire in 25-Mile Zone Around MH17 Crash Site

    07/21/2014 4:10:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    RIaNovosti ^ | 6-21-2017 | RIA
    The Donetsk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine agreed on Monday to declare a ceasefire in clashes with pro-Kiev forces in the radius of 40 kilometers (25 miles) around the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to a leader of the self-proclaimed state. “This should help to ensure safe work of experts [at the crash site],” Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Boroday said during a news briefing. Boroday said a large group of international flight safety experts, including officials from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is expected to arrive in Donetsk soon. It was...
  • Russia dismisses accusations Ukrainian separatists shot down Flight MH17 [it's not their fault]

    07/21/2014 8:20:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 248 replies
    France 24/AFP ^ | 7-21-2014 | AFP
    Russia’s Defence Ministry dismissed accusations on Monday that pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine’s east were at fault for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet last week, alleging instead that Ukrainian warplanes had been flying close to the plane. The ministry also denied accusations that Russia had supplied the separatists with SA-11 Buk anti-aircraft missile systems – which are known as “Gadfly” in NATO – or “any other weapons.” “Russian air space control systems detected a Ukrainian Air Force plane, presumably an SU-25 (fighter jet), scrambling in the direction of the Malaysian Boeing,” Lieutenant-General Igor Makushev of Russia’s Air Forces told a...
  • The American Flag Daily: First Bull Run

    07/21/2014 5:41:54 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 3 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 21, 2014 | JasonZ
    On July 21, 1861, the First Battle of Bull Run (or First Manassas, as the Confederates referred to it) was fought outside of Washington D.C. in Virginia. Expecting the war to be a brief conflict to put down the rebellion, the Union Army instead was defeated at Bull Run and retreated in shambles to Washington. After the battle, both sides realized the Civil War would be a longer, bloodier conflict than most had previously expected.
  • Image found of Confederate White House housekeeper

    07/19/2014 4:15:19 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 19, 2014 | Fox News
    Mary O'Melia left Ireland for America as a young widow with three children before she was hired as housekeeper at the White House of the Confederacy. An intimate witness to history, she also has been much of a mystery. That was until this year, when a woman with a distinctive Irish lilt to her voice called The American Civil War Museum. The housekeeper, the woman said, was related to her late husband, and she had in her possession a necklace that Confederate first lady Varina Davis gave O'Melia. But there was more. "What really took my breath away is she...
  • Malaysia Airlines Crash: UN Security Council Sets Urgent Meeting on Ukraine

    07/17/2014 11:30:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 117 replies
    NDTV ^ | 6-18-2014 | NDTV
    United Nations: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today morning on Ukraine. Britain's UN Mission said yesterday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10 am today. The request follows Wednesday's downing of a Ukrainian air force fighter and yesterday's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people over eastern Ukraine. Britain has proposed a Security Council press statement calling for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident." The statement, obtained by The Associated Press, was circulated to all 15 council members, who must approve it before...
  • The American Flag Daily: The First Admiral

    07/16/2014 5:45:52 AM PDT · by Master Zinja
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 16, 2014 | JasonZ
    On July 16, 1862, David Farragut became the first man in American history to be promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, in recognition of his actions in helping to capture New Orleans earlier in the year during the Civil War. He would later be promoted to vice admiral and then admiral prior to his death in 1870, the first man to hold those ranks in the Navy as well.
  • America: No longer 1 nation, 1 people

    07/15/2014 6:16:29 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    WND ^ | 15 July 14 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Albuquerque in 2001, George W. Bush declared that, as Mexico was a friend and neighbor, “It’s so important for us to tear down our barriers and walls that might separate Mexico from the United States.” Bush succeeded. And during his tenure, millions from Mexico exploited his magnanimity to violate our laws, trample upon our sovereignty, walk into our country and remain here. In 2007, supported by John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Teddy Kennedy and Barack Obama, Bush backed amnesty for the 12 million people who had entered America illegally. The nation thundered...
  • Russia warns Ukraine of ‘irreversible consequences’ after cross-border shelling

    07/13/2014 9:41:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 150 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 7-13-2014 | Karoun Demirjian and Michael Birnbaum
    <p>Russia is warning Ukraine of “irreversible consequences” after cross-border shelling from the battle-worn east struck Russian territory Sunday, reportedly killing one Russian citizen and injuring two others.</p> <p>“This incident highlights the extremely dangerous escalation of tensions in the Russian-Ukrainian border and may have irreversible consequences, the responsibility for which lies on the Ukrainian side,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday, calling the incident an “aggressive action.”</p>
  • Moscow protests shooting at Russian border guards from Ukrainian side

    07/12/2014 10:14:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    RT ^ | 7-12-2014 | RT
    Moscow strongly condemns Kiev forces shooting at Russian border guards and demands that such actions cease. Otherwise, Russia reserves the right to protect its territory and citizens, the Foreign Ministry has said. At around 3 am on Saturday, a vehicle with a squad of Russian border guards, on duty at the frontier between Russia and Ukraine, came under fire from the Ukrainian side, the Russian Ministry said in a statement. As a result of the incident in the Kuibyshev district of the Rostov region, the vehicle sustained damage: eight bullet holes were found in the vehicle’s chassis. “Only by good...
  • At least 30 civilians killed by artillery attack by Kiev troops in Donetsk region - DPR

    07/12/2014 9:21:12 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 12 July 2014 | VOR
    About 30 civilians have been killed in an artillery attack on Maryinka, a suburb of Donetsk, Igor Strelkov (Girkin), the defense minister of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said at a press conference on Saturday. "We know about 30 dead people. But not all ruins have yet been cleared. So there might be more of them. Militia sites have not been affected by the shelling. There are no losses among our fighters," Strelkov said at a press conference on Saturday. DPR Prime Minister Alexander Borodai, who also attended the press conference, said the evacuation of civilians from Maryinka and other...
  • Report: At least 30 Ukraine troops dead in attack

    07/11/2014 10:05:41 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7-11-2014 | PETER LEONARD
    A Ukrainian Interior Ministry official said at least 30 servicemen were killed Friday after pro-Russia rebels fired on them with missiles. Zoryan Shkiryak, an adviser to the interior minister, said authorities would react swiftly to punish the perpetrators. "They will be destroyed or captured and be made answerable to Ukrainian law," Shkiryak said. Defense Ministry spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said the attack was on a forward base in a village near the Russian border and confirmed there had been heavy casualties, but did not give any specific figure. The base was located near one of three border crossings whose closure Russian...
  • Washington and Lee University to remove Confederate flags following protests

    07/09/2014 12:56:01 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 8, 2014 | T. Rees Shapiro
    Washington and Lee University expressed regret Tuesday for the school’s past ownership of slaves and promised to remove Confederate flags from the main chamber of its Lee Chapel after a group of black students protested that the historic Virginia school was unwelcoming to minorities. President Kenneth P. Ruscio’s announcement was a surprising move for the small, private liberal arts college in Lexington, which has long celebrated its Southern heritage. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee served as the university’s president after the Civil War, his crypt is beneath the chapel, and the school has gingerly addressed its ties to the Confederacy...
  • Ukrainian President ousts Security Service Commander

    07/07/2014 10:40:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 7-8-2014 | VOR
    Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko has signed decrees of ousting General Vasily Krutov from the posts of first deputy head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and head of the SBU anti-terrorist centre. Respective papers have been posted on the Ukrainian president's web site. Vasily Krutov was appointed to these positions in the middle of April this year. The Ukrainian president has replaced Krutov with Vasily Gritsak, a Ukrainian police general-lieutenant and deputy chairman of the Ukrainian State Migration Service since April 2013. Petr Poroshenko has also dismissed Vladislav Bukharev from the position of SBU first deputy head responsible for the...
  • The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Salmon P. Chase

    07/07/2014 2:31:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    NY Times Disunion ^ | July 2, 2014 | RICK BEARD
    On July 4, 1864, four days after President Abraham Lincoln had surprised him by accepting his resignation, Treasury secretary Salmon P. Chase confided to his diary, “I am too earnest, too antislavery … [and] too radical.” Chase surely possessed each of these attributes – in excess – but they had little to do with his unexpected exit from Lincoln’s “team of rivals.” Rather, it was much more personal. Chase’s oft-repeated threat to quit had tested the forbearance of a beleaguered president once too often. Out of patience, Lincoln ended his tenure with the observation that “you and I have reached...
  • Birth Of Admiral David Farragut

    07/05/2014 6:15:27 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 6 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 5, 2014 | JasonZ
    July 5th is the birthday of Admiral James Farragut, the first man to hold the ranks of rear admiral, vice admiral and admiral in the United States Navy. Farragut is notable particularly for his actions during the Civil War, including the capture of New Orleans in 1862. He continued to be on active duty until his death in 1870.
  • Leaked:US think-tank plan on E.Ukraine suggests internment camps, executions, nationalizing property

    07/04/2014 1:38:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 7-4-2014 | RT
    A leaked memorandum from the RAND corporation think tank suggests that Kiev should engage in an all-out war in the eastern regions, including shutting down all communications, putting citizens in internment camps and killing all who resist. The RAND Corporation is non-profit global think tank which offers research and analysis to the US armed forces. In the shocking letter, which has been leaked by the media, the advice offers a step by step brutal guide in how to deal with the population in eastern Ukraine. ‘Military op’s advantages overweigh disadvantage’ In the first line the memorandum notes that the peace...