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  • Congress Passes 13th Amendment, 150 Years Ago

    01/31/2015 5:54:39 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    History Channel ^ | 1/30/2015 | Christopher Klein
    On January 31, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery in the United States. On the 150th anniversary of the vote, look back at the evolution of President Abraham Lincoln’s support for the 13th Amendment and his behind-the-scenes dealings to ensure its continued path to ratification. Although he believed slavery to be immoral, Abraham Lincoln was not an abolitionist when the Civil War broke out in 1861. The president’s stated goal in the early years of the war was strictly the preservation of the Union. Granting freedom from bondage to the nearly 4 million...
  • Mystery of Confederate submarine that sank Union ship then vanished finally solved?

    01/30/2015 12:59:21 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 63 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | January 30, 2015 | Sadie Whitelocks
    After 15 years of painstaking restoration, scientists say they are on the brink of solving what sank the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley - the first sub in history to wreck an enemy warship. Considered the Confederacy's stealth weapon during the Civil War, the hand-cranked Hunley sank the Union warship Housatonic in winter 1864 and then disappeared with all eight Confederate sailors inside. Its remains were discovered in 1995 in waters off South Carolina and five later it was raised to a conservation lab. Now with about 70per cent of the hull cleaned of heavy rust, Paul Mardikian, a senior conservator...
  • After 150 years, Confederate submarine's hull again revealed

    01/30/2015 11:13:54 AM PST · by Kartographer · 74 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/30/15 | BRUCE SMITH
    A century and a half after it sank and a decade and a half after it was raised, scientists are finally getting a look at the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship. What they find may finally solve the mystery of why the hand-cranked submarine sank during the Civil War. "It's like unwrapping a Christmas gift after 15 years. We have been wanting to do this for many years now," said Paul Mardikian, senior conservator on the Hunley project.
  • PACE(Council Of Europe) Deprives Russia of voting rights until April over Ukraine, Russia quits

    01/28/2015 1:16:51 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 1-28-2015 | Sputnik
    Russia has suspended work in the PACE for a year following the adoption of a resolution depriving the Russian delegation of its voting rights in the organization until the April session. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted on Wednesday a resolution depriving the Russian delegation of its voting rights in the organization until at least the April session. The resolution stresses that the revision of the decision and other sanctions against Russia could be held during opening meetings of the April session if Moscow demonstrates substantial progress in meeting the PACE demands over Russia's alleged role...
  • Son of ex-slave who served in Union army during Civil War dies 179 years after father's birth

    01/27/2015 7:40:15 PM PST · by iowamark · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/27/2015 | AP
    RALEIGH, N.C. – Luke Martin Jr., whose father was an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died — 179 years after his father was born. Martin was 97 when he died Sunday at his home in New Bern, North Carolina.. ..lived in the house where he was born — a house his father built in the 1890s. Martin had little memory of his father, Luke Martin Sr., who died at age 84 in 1920 when the son was just a few years old, according to Martin-Williams. The elder Martin, who was born in 1836, was married twice, the second...
  • Pro-Russian rebels reject peace deal, launch new offensive against Ukrainian govt troops

    01/23/2015 11:24:25 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    WashPost ^ | Jan 23 | AP
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  • NATO: Fighting in eastern Ukraine fiercer than ever

    01/22/2015 11:19:06 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 11-22-2015 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG
    Fighting in eastern Ukraine is fiercer than ever in some locations, NATO's top commander in Europe said Thursday - adding that the weapons systems seen now in the region have in the past heralded a fresh incursion by Russian troops. "Violence has intensified and changed character in Ukraine," U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove told a news conference at NATO headquarters. He said the fighting has re-escalated to levels seen before the Sept. 5 Minsk cease-fire agreement "and in some cases beyond." Questioned by reporters, Breedlove, the alliance's chief commander in Europe, said he couldn't confirm Ukrainian authorities' statements that...
  • Pat Buchanan: 'Civil war' in Democratic Party

    01/05/2015 9:18:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 5, 2015 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    For the third time, the cops of the NYPD have turned their backs on the mayor of New York. The first time was when Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at Woodhull Hospital where mortally wounded officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu had been taken on Dec. 20. The second was when the mayor spoke at Ramos’ funeral. The third was at Liu’s service on Sunday. Detestation of de Blasio among the NYPD and the cops who came from across the country to stand in solidarity with their slain brothers is broad and deep. And, in a way, de Blasio served...
  • With #BlackBrunch, activists try new way of drawing attention to racial issues

    01/05/2015 8:20:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 5, 2015 | Daniel Wood
    On weekends, activists dressed in black are entering restaurant after restaurant, chanting and singing. The idea behind #BlackBrunch is to disrupt business as usual at upscale locations.A half century after Huey Newton and Bobby Seale formed the Black Panthers in Oakland, Calif., to carry guns and follow police around to record brutality, a new activism tactic has been launched in the same city to address racial injustice – albeit the weapons are different. On Sunday, activists dressed in black entered restaurant after restaurant in Oakland. Drawing out megaphones, 36 African-Americans chanted, sang, and filed out. Known as #BlackBrunch, the idea...
  • A new South rises and America wins – The beginning

    12/27/2014 9:15:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Kevin Fobbs
    WASHINGTON, December 24, 2014 — For tens of millions of southerners the December 6 runoff loss of Louisiana U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu to Rep. Bill Cassidy represented the epic opening of a new age in America. This region is now a solid conservative south for the first time since Democrats seized control just after the end of the Civil War. For a region of the nation that stretches from the Carolinas to Texas, this is massive and so is the impact of this new Red, White and Blue American Wave. Here a New South Rises. How the new south...
  • U.S. colonel’s wife calls abortion a “fearfully frequent National crime” in 1871

    12/22/2014 7:55:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Dec 22, 2014 | Amanda Read
    In the 20th century, we dealt with the disgrace of human abortion becoming sanctified by national law, and this continues today. But abortion has for ages been a dark struggle for humanity, especially deep in the hearts of women. The correspondence of a Civil War Army wife sheds some light on this. In December 1871, Alice Kirk Grierson wrote to her husband, Colonel Benjamin Henry Grierson, a letter in which she reflected upon the challenges of childbearing during the war years. “I think it is desirable that the parents of every unborn human being, should, from the first hour of...
  • Divest the West (Saturbray)

    12/20/2014 8:28:57 AM PST · by bray · 3 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 12/20/14 | bray
    Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:7 While the world was caught up in a cheesy movie and the race war, there was a major event happening in Salt Lake City. No it was not the declaration of Romney's 10th run at the presidency, there was a convention of Western States discussing how to finally get their land turned...
  • `Flame and Blame` uncovers Sherman's strategy of war on civilians

    12/05/2014 1:01:20 PM PST · by aomagrat · 203 replies
    WIS TV ^ | Dec 05, 2014 | Renee Standera
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS-TV) - At this time in December 150 years ago, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman and his army were advancing on Savannah, leaving a wake of destruction behind. But the true wrath of Sherman's army was being reserved for South Carolina. "He wanted to cripple the Confederacy," said retired University of South Carolina journalism professor Patricia McNeely. Since the campus survived the burning of Columbia, the Horseshoe was an appropriate place for our interview. "He wanted them to give up fighting. He wanted them to lose faith in their leadership in the Confederacy. But most people have overlooked...
  • The Real Civil War: It's Not Within the Republican Party

    12/05/2014 7:41:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/05/2014 | Charles Krauthhammer
    Old habits die hard. The media are so enamored of the continuing (and largely contrived) story about the great Republican civil war that they fail to appreciate that the real internecine fight is being waged on the other side of the aisle. I grant that there’s a lot of shouting today among Republicans. But it’s a ritual skirmish over whether a government shutdown would force the president to withdraw a signature measure — last time, Obamacare; this time, executive amnesty. And it will likely be resolved with the obvious expedient of funding the government through next year, except for a...
  • 150 years on, Sherman's March to Sea still vivid

    12/05/2014 5:44:32 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 354 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-15-14 | Christopher Sullivan
    MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — At the heart of this well-preserved antebellum city, sunbeams stream through the arched windows of a grand public meeting room that mirrors the whole Civil War — including its death throes, unfolding 150 years ago this week when Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman launched his scorching March to the Sea. The first major objective along Sherman's route, Milledgeville was Georgia's capital at the time, and this room was the legislative chamber. Crossing its gleaming floor, Amy Wright couldn't help recalling family stories of the hated "foragers" who swept through then. "They were just called 'Sherman's men,'"...
  • The New American Civil War

    12/03/2014 7:01:17 PM PST · by The_Harlequin · 23 replies
    Uncommon Sense ^ | 21-2-14 | Chris Shugart
    If our country were a marriage, there’d be a lot of people asking for a divorce right now. And we know how messy those can be. When irreconcilable differences go unresolved between spouses, one or both parties may seek to dissolve the marriage. On a national level, history has shown us that unresolved differences can lead to war. Which is a little bit like divorce. In either case, this doesn’t necessarily imply a military conflict. There can be such a thing as a non-shooting “cold war” just as once existed between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. To be sure,...
  • Time to defend the border?

    11/19/2014 6:39:14 PM PST · by ealgeone · 15 replies
    Self | 11-19-14 | ealgeone
    If bammy is going to act on his own, is it time for freedom loving Americans to take up arms and protect the southern border? Imagine 100-500 thousand armed citizens deployed along the border. That would send a message. Or maybe redeploy this citizens group to a more northeasterly location..... It could happen. Question is, is it time?
  • Economist: Financial Collapse Will Cause Civil Unrest to Erupt In America By 2016

    11/08/2014 10:47:19 AM PST · by blam · 63 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 11-8-2014 | Paul Joseph Watson _ Martin Armstrong
    Paul Joseph Watson November 7th, 2014 Economist Martin Armstrong is predicting that rising resentment against the status quo as a result of economic inequality is likely to cause a serious political uprising before 2016. “It looks more and more like a serious political uprising will erupt by 2016 once the economy turns down. That is the magic ingredient. Turn the economy down and you get civil unrest and revolution,” writes Armstrong. In making the forecast, the economist cites the case of 90-year-old World War 2 veteran Arnold Abbott, who is being targeted by authorities in Fort Lauderdale for defying a...
  • Robert Downey Jr. reportedly playing Iron Man in 'Captain America 3

    10/18/2014 3:33:46 PM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    The Verge ^ | 14 Oct 2014 | Jacob Kastrenakes
    Film will introduce 'Civil War' plot line It looks like Robert Downey Jr. will be putting the Iron Man suit back on again for some big roles in the Marvel universe. According to Variety, Downey is close to signing on to play Iron Man in Captain America 3, taking up a significant role in the film that will help it introduce a new phase of Marvel movies.The film will reportedly find Iron Man and Captain America feuding over a law called the Superhero Registration Act, which requires heroes to register with the US government to do its bidding. Iron Man is...
  • The Death of Taney

    10/16/2014 9:05:49 PM PDT · by iowamark · 61 replies
    On Oct. 12, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln must have breathed a bit easier. Not because the war was over — it would last another six months. Not because he had been re-elected — the election remained nearly a month away. And not because Gen. William T. Sherman had begun his decisive march through Georgia — the general was still holding Atlanta. While much remained unsettled, Lincoln’s achievements as president seemed more secure that autumn day because the president learned that his old nemesis Roger B. Taney, the Maryland-born chief justice of the Supreme Court, had died. Ever since Taney had...
  • The Ugly history of the Democrat Party: Part Twelve

    10/15/2014 9:05:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/15/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    This installment continues by exposing how the Democrats did everything they could to undermine the Union Army and keep Blacks as their slaves with their own Wesley Clark. By 1864 prominent Copperhead editors were calling for “peace at any price.” [27] Because their editorials were so treasonous, promoting seditious activities such as draft resistance and organized violent protests, some Democrat, Copperhead editors were arrested, one being John Mullaly of the Metropolitan Record, New York City’s Catholic newspaper. A Copperhead newspaper in Wisconsin published a pamphlet titled Abraham Africanus I which accused Lincoln of selling his soul to Satan in return...
  • Christian-Owned Company’s Refusal to Print Gay Pride T-Shirts Will Likely Land Its Staff in Mandated

    10/13/2014 8:12:25 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 101 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | october 13, 2014 | billy hallowell
    A civil rights commissioner has found that a Kentucky T-shirt company that refused to print shirts for a gay pride parade is guilty of discrimination, calling for its employees to attend diversity training — but the company likely won’t be backing down. Greg Munson of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission announced last Tuesday that Hands on Originals, a T-shirt company based in Lexington, Kentucky, discriminated against the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington when it refused to print the shirts. As TheBlaze previously reported, the gay rights group filed a complaint against Hands on Originals back in March 2012, alleging...
  • Hispanic Heritage Month tribute to Moses Ezekiel

    10/12/2014 11:41:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/12/14 | Calvin E. Johnson Jr.
    "Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank, Not lured by ambition, or goaded by necessity, But in simple obedience to duty, as they understood it, These men sacrificed all, dared all....and died" Hello America and the World! The movie ‘Field of Lost Shoes’ was released on Sept. 26. ‘Field of Lost Shoes’ is about one of the more storied minor battles of the Civil War, when cadets from Virginia Military Institute were hurled into action to stop a Union invasion of their corner of the Shenandoah Valley. September through October is Hispanic Heritage month and an...
  • The ugly history of the Democrat Party: Part Nine

    10/08/2014 8:59:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/8/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The story of the Democrats (available in its entirety free see details below) continues by exposing how Democrat James Buchanan helped insure America would be plunged into a Civil War and the evidence that he was our first Gay president. James Buchanan 1857 to 1861 Among the pre-Civil War Democrat Presidents, perhaps the worst and most disastrous to America was James Buchanan, a Pennsylvanian who is widely thought of as America’s first gay President. [25] Buchanan, a member of both the Jackson and the Pierce Administrations, was sufficiently light in the loafers to have been regularly referred to as Mrs....
  • Civil War Drama Field of Lost Shoes Argues No Confederates Were Racist

    09/30/2014 12:29:23 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 161 replies
    The Village Voice ^ | Wednesday, Sep 24 2014 | By Nick Schager
    Rewriting history to egregious ends, Field of Lost Shoes recounts the true-life saga of seven Virginia Military Institute cadets who in 1864 died in service to the Confederate Army during the Battle of New Market. Awash in phony-looking facial hair and clichéd period drama, Sean McNamara’s drama defines those brave boys via their love of black people, their embrace of Jews, and their desire to fight so that they might protect their homeland from “foreign invaders,” uphold their “traditions,” and preserve their “future.” Save for a brief prologue, there isn’t a pro-slavery Southern man to be found in this fantasyland...
  • Did Lincoln Want to Ship Black People Back to Africa?

    09/27/2014 12:46:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    The Root ^ | September 22, 2014 | Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    Editor’s note: For those who are wondering about the retro title of this black-history series, please take a moment to learn about historian Joel A. Rogers, author of the 1934 book 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro With Complete Proof, to whom these “amazing facts” are an homage. Amazing Fact About the Negro No. 92: When President Abraham Lincoln met with free black leaders in 1862, what did he propose? Today marks the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s “shot heard ’round the world.” I’m referring, of course, to the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation he fired off from the White House on...
  • How to Spell the Rebel Yell

    09/19/2014 7:00:00 AM PDT · by condi2008 · 11 replies
    Longreads ^ | 09/11/2014 | Elena Passarello
    First Manassas. In the 90-degree heat, the Union fords Bull Run and then busts through line after line of Confederate troops, aiming for the railroad to Richmond. Under the grassy shield of Henry House Hill’s western slope, the Confederates scramble for reinforcements. Somebody overhears General Bee comparing Colonel Jackson to a “stone wall.” This either compliments Jackson’s steadfastness or jeers the corporal’s languor. No one will ever know for certain, since Bee is shot dead shortly after the quip leaves his lips.
  • Civil War massacre launched reparations debate

    09/11/2014 6:50:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post's Style Blog ^ | September 11, 2014 | Gillian Brockell
    On a rainy night in early 1865, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton arrived in Savannah, Ga. — which the Union had captured weeks earlier — with a question: What should become of newly free black people? It was a question that many in power had been asking for some time. What was different this time was to whom the question was posed: the newly free black people themselves. It was a visit born of a massacre about a month before, and it launched a debate that continues to this day. The issue of where these people should go had dogged...
  • A Stillness in the City

    09/09/2014 7:08:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Just a few blocks away from Little Rock's snaggle-toothed skyline, its intersecting interstates and rush-hour traffic, an island of respite opens in the middle of downtown. It's an exhibit of photographs taken between 1995 and 2012 in and around sleepy little Wilmot (Pop. 550) down in Ashley County. That's in L.A., or Lower Arkansas, the southernmost part of the state, which is about as Southern as it gets. The exhibit, now showing at the Arkansas Arts Center, brings a welcome peace to the state's capital as this year's political campaigns heat up. And you know the political frenzy is bound...
  • Ukraine crisis: Putin hopes for peace deal by Friday

    09/03/2014 1:21:31 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 109 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9-3-2014 | BBC
    <p>Ukrainian president says he has agreed with Russia's President Putin on "permanent ceasefire" in east of country.</p>
  • BREAKING-Bloomberg Announces Permanent Ukraine Ceasefire

    09/03/2014 1:21:31 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9-3-2014 | CNBC
    Announced just now on Bloomberg TV as breaking news. Several Tweets just now breaking say it was announced by Poroshenko's "Presidential Press Service Moments ago. More as it comes.... CNBC now announcing it on their TWitter, as well: https://twitter.com/CNBCWorld
  • US Troops Are Heading To Ukraine

    09/02/2014 3:51:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 73 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 9-2-2014 | Tyler Durden
    While only 'humanitarian adviser' boots on the ground are present in Iraq (and Syria), Reuters reports that preparations are under way near Ukraine's western border for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies. As Obama told reporters last week, "that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming," it seems a little odd 'strategically' to go ahead with the Rapid Trident exercise Sept. 16-26 as a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member Ukraine, entailing the first significant deployment of U.S....
  • Arming Ukraine could lead to nuclear war: Lech Walesa

    09/02/2014 12:25:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    France24 ^ | 9-2-2014 | AFP
    European military assistance to Ukraine could lead to a nuclear conflict between Russia and NATO, according to Poland's iconic cold warrior and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa. "It could lead to a nuclear war," the anti-Communist legend told reporters when asked whether the EU should send weapons to Ukraine to help it fights off separatist rebels and Russian aggression.
  • Pro-Russia Forces Gain Ground as Ukraine’s Volunteer Battalions Decry Kiev Leaders

    08/27/2014 7:06:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    Vice News ^ | 8-27-2014 | Harriet Salem
    <p>As Russia forces push forward towards the southeastern Ukraine coastal city of Mariupol and evidence mounts of direct Russian military support to the insurgent fighters, besieged volunteer units of "patriots" leading the way in the country's fight back say they are not receiving enough support from Kiev to win the war.</p>
  • Civil War hero who died at Gettysburg to be awarded Medal Civil-War-officer-receive-Medal-Honor

    08/27/2014 7:10:27 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 37 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | OLLIE GILLMAN FOR MAILONLINE
    1st Lieutenant Alonzo Hersford Cushing to be awarded Medal of Honor Lt Cushing was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 He stood his ground and fought on despite a bullet wound to the head Congress grant special exemption to give Lt Cushing the medal 151 years on Relatives and admirers had campaigned since 1980s for proper recognition Two Vietnam War veterans will also receive medal in ceremony next month
  • Amy Goodman: The ghost of Dred Scott haunts the streets of Ferguson (She doesn't disappoint)

    08/22/2014 6:02:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Monterey Herald ^ | August 22, 2014 | Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan
    The ghost of Dred Scott haunts the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Thousands have been protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. He was due to start college just days after he was shot dead in broad daylight. Police left his bleeding corpse in the middle of the street for over four hours, behind police tape, as neighbors gathered and looked on in horror. Outraged citizens protested, and police brutally cracked down on them. Clad in paramilitary gear and using armored vehicles, they shot tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and...
  • Ukraine Says Russia Violated Its Border (Aid Convoy Arrives Lugansk Without Permission)

    08/22/2014 9:30:44 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8-22-2014 | Anton Troianovski in Kiev, and
    -Kiev Says Crossing of Russian Trucks Without Red Cross Violates Agreement Ukraine charged Russia with violating its borders by driving dozens of trucks into the rebel-held east of the country on Friday, a sharp escalation in tensions after an extended standoff over a large convoy believed to be carrying humanitarian aid that Moscow dispatched last week. Russia's foreign ministry said it sent in the trucks unilaterally because Kiev was deliberately halting the delivery. But Ukrainian officials said trucks had entered Ukraine without being accompanied by the International Committee of the Red Cross, violating a previous agreement. They charged that Russian...
  • 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...