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  • Ukraine Tries Adapting to Life Without Lenin

    05/26/2015 7:42:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 22, 2015 | Laura Mills
    [subtitle: New law bans Soviet street names, statues and other reminders of communist past, as some question priorities.] In a country where at least 4,000 localities had a main thoroughfare named after Lenin, outlawing remnants of the Soviet era like street names and statues was bound to cause problems... The phenomenon is so common now that it has its own name -- "Leninopad" or "Lenin-fall," a phrase that echoes the Ukrainian word for snowfall...
  • Ukraine Says Chevron Plans To Pull Out Of $10B Shale Gas Deal

    12/15/2014 6:48:02 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | December 15, 2014 | Reuters
    U.S. energy major Chevron plans to withdraw from a $10 billion shale gas deal with Kiev, a senior Ukrainian presidential official said on Monday. Ukraine signed a shale gas production-sharing agreement with Chevron amid great fanfare in November 2013, just months before mass protests in Kiev ousted former president Viktor Yanukovich, plunging the country into a major crisis with Russia. "There is information that they (Chevron) are planning this decision," Valeriy Chaliy told journalists, referring to a report by local media that Chevron had told the government it was pulling out of the deal. Chaliy declined to give further details....
  • Russia sending tanks across border into Ukraine, Kiev says

    06/12/2014 2:04:49 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 82 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12 June 2014 | Sergei L. Loiko, Carol J. Williams
    See article at link.
  • The disappearance of America’s will

    04/26/2014 8:00:41 AM PDT · by No One Special · 11 replies
    carolineglick.com ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades. As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships. In 2012, China seized the Scarborough Shoal from the...
  • White House denies presence of US mercenaries in southeastern Ukraine

    04/09/2014 11:32:59 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 16 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 9, 2014 | Interfax-Ukraine
    U.S. mercenaries are not involved in suppressing riots in southeastern Ukraine, the White House said on Tuesday, citing the Greystone private military organization. "I would point you to what the company [Greystone] itself has said in the past, which is that this is not true," White House press secretary Jay Carney said at a press conference.
  • Ukraine officials warn they will use force to clear government buildings

    04/09/2014 11:13:33 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 09, 2014 17:30 GMT | Associated Press
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Authorities in Ukraine's capital are warning that they are prepared to use force to clear several government buildings that have been seized by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The country's interior minister says the standoff in Luhansk and two neighboring regions must be resolved within the next two days. As he spoke, anti-government protesters in Luhansk raised high barricades along a thoroughfare in front of the security service building. Hundreds of supporters camped outside overnight and chanted the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Seriously, what?! John Kerry tells Russia 'you don't invade a country on completely phony pretexts'

    03/04/2014 2:51:28 AM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 25 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 03-04-2014
    The US Secretary of State spoke today of the unacceptability of invading a sovereign country on phony pretexts in order to assert one’s own interests in the 21st century. But no, he was not speaking about the United States, as one might have thought. “You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” Kerry said during an interview with NBC. “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th century behaviour in the 21st century.” Kerry has also threatened to isolate Russia economically and...
  • HUME: OBAMA FOREIGN POLICY UNDERGOING 'ACROSS-THE-BOARD SYSTEMS FAILURE,' 'IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE'

    04/09/2014 12:05:53 AM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    VIDEO AT LINK On Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” on Tuesday, network senior political analyst Brit Hume concurred with a statement Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had made earlier in the day about the failings of the President Barack Obama’s foreign policy under the direction of Secretary of State John Kerry. According to Hume, much of what the Obama administration had aimed to accomplish was reliant on Russia, which as of now has a relationship with the United States in disrepair.
  • Eli Lake Exclusive: U.S. Won’t Share Invasion Intel With Ukraine

    04/08/2014 5:19:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Monday, April 8, 2014 | Eli Lake
    American spies have spotted all the signs of an all-out Russian invasion of Ukraine. Why won’t they tell the Ukrainians about the forces on their border? U.S. intelligence agencies now have detailed information that Russia has amassed the kind of forces needed for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. But the Obama administration hasn’t shared with Ukraine the imagery, intercepts, and analysis that pinpont (sic) the location of the Russian troops ready to seize more Ukrainian land, The Daily Beast has learned. President Obama has repeatedly and publicly expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people—and warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin that there...
  • Ukraine’s Jews Dismiss Claims of Anti-Semitism

    04/08/2014 3:07:41 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 11 replies
    NYT ^ | April 8, 2014 | ANDREW HIGGINS
    DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — From his office atop the world’s biggest Jewish community center, Shmuel Kaminezki, the chief rabbi of this eastern Ukrainian city, has followed with dismay Russian claims that Ukraine is now in the hands of neo-Nazi extremists — and struggled to calm his panicked 85-year-old mother in New York. Raised in Russia and a regular viewer of Russian television, she “calls every day to ask, ‘Have the pogroms happened yet?' ” Rabbi Kaminezki said. He tells his mother that they have not, and that she should stop watching Russian TV. “It is a total lie,” he said. “Jews are...
  • Russia, Ukraine Reach Agreement On Crimea Forces Return

    04/08/2014 2:05:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Interpretermag Ukraine Live Blog ^ | 4-8-2014 | Interpreter mag
    UkrInform.ua reports that the deputy head of Ukraine’s Presidential Administration, Andriy Senchenko, has announced that an agreement has been reached on the return of Ukraine’s ships from Russian-held Crimea. The first ships to return will be the corvette Ternopil, the missile boat Priluki and the tanker, Fastov, all of which are currently in Sevastopol. Simultaneously, the head of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Crimean media centre, Vladislav Seleznev, announced that an agreement had been made on the return of Ukrainian aircraft from Crimea, adding that: One plane will fly home under its own power following maintenance, several more will be transported...
  • OSIMINT Monitor Russia to deploy Tu-22M3 ‘Backfire’ bombers to Crimea

    04/08/2014 8:19:41 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 10 replies
    Osimint Monitor ^ | April 5, 2014 | Staff
    Russia is to return Tupolev Tu-22M3 ‘Backfire’ long-range supersonic bombers to Crimea by 2016 as part of a build-up of maritime aviation assets on the strategic peninsula, which was seized by Moscow’s military forces earlier this month, reports Jane’s. The nuclear-capable bombers were the backbone of Soviet naval strike units during the Cold War but were subsequently withdrawn from bases in Crimea as part of the consolidation of Russian naval aviation and force level restrictions on the peninsula imposed by the Kiev government.
  • Conservative Merkel ally criticizes German foreign minister over Russia

    04/08/2014 12:20:55 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 8, 2014
    A senior Christian Democrat criticized German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's stance on Ukraine and Russia in a signal of a possible rift appearing within Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition over relations with Moscow. Conservative leader Merkel and Steinmeier, who is a senior member of the Social Democrats (SPD), have been at pains to stress how closely they are coordinating on policy since the Ukraine crisis began, despite the traditionally warmer ties to Moscow maintained by the leftist SPD.
  • Kerry warns Russia of tough new sanctions

    04/08/2014 11:26:15 AM PDT · by McGruff · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 8, 2014 | DONNA CASSATA
    <p>Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday threatened Russia with tougher economic sanctions if it fails to back down from its chaotic involvement in Ukraine.</p> <p>"What we see from Russia is an illegal and illegitimate effort to destabilize a sovereign state and create a contrived crisis with paid operatives across an international boundary," Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.</p>
  • Ukrainians, and Americans, are the Children of History

    04/08/2014 10:35:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | Michael Barone
    If you've been following events in Ukraine closely, you may have seen maps, available at electoralgeography.com, showing how the ethnic Russian areas voted heavily for one candidate and the ethnic Ukrainian areas for another. However, as the eminent historians of Eastern Europe Timothy Snyder and Anne Applebaum have written, the division is not simply based on ethnicity or language. Almost all Ukrainians can speak Russian and most can speak or at least understand the closely related Ukrainian. The maps suggest a different story. This division of Ukraine is based, most of all, on history. Consider the far western part of...
  • Russia warns of civil war if Ukraine uses force to quell eastern revolts

    04/08/2014 10:45:19 AM PDT · by McGruff · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | April 8, 2014 | Laura Smith-Spark, Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Victoria Butenko
    Russia warned Tuesday that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war, as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities. Pro-Russian protesters seized government buildings in the three cities of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv on Sunday. Rebels occupying Donetsk's regional government building Monday declared a "people's republic" and called for a referendum on secession from Ukraine to be held by May 11.
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of orchestrating separatist moves

    04/08/2014 1:18:29 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 35 replies
    Reuter's ^ | 8 Apr 14 | Richard Balmforth and Lina Kushch
    Police detained 70 people occupying a regional administration building in eastern Ukraine overnight, but pro-Moscow protesters held out in a standoff in two other cities in what Kiev called a Russian-led plan to dismember the country. Kiev says the seizure of public buildings in eastern Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking industrial heartland on Sunday night is a replay of events in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula Moscow annexed last month.
  • Ukraine authorities say separatists holding 60 hostages in Luhansk building

    04/08/2014 9:23:45 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 4/8/14 | Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Giles Elgoo
    Ukraine's state security service on Tuesday said that pro-Russian separatists have placed explosives in a building they seized in the eastern city of Luhansk and are using weapons to hold around 60 people against their will. Pro-Russian separatists occupied the SBU building on Sunday evening in one of a series of attacks in the east of the country. At least nine people were injured when the separatists broke doors and windows throughout the building and raised the Russian flag.
  • Should America Fight World War Three in Order to Defend Estonia?

    04/08/2014 8:57:52 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 173 replies
    Estonia is a little nation of 1.3 million people, which was made a member of NATO in 2004. Estonia was once a province of the Soviet Union. It has a Russian minority that is 25 percent of the population, and Russia has vowed to protect ethnic Russians if they are subjected to mass violence by the Estonian majority. Did NATO make a wise decision to bring in itty-bitty baltic nations that were once part of the Soviet Union? I can understand the importance of preventing the Soviet Union from being brought back into existence. But the lives of American troops...
  • U.S. to trim air, sea and land nuke launchers under U.S.-Russia treaty: officials

    04/08/2014 9:18:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    U.S. to trim air, sea and land nuke launchers under U.S.-Russia treaty: officials 11:32am EDT By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will scale back its land, sea and air nuclear missile launchers under a New START treaty with Russia but not retire a ballistic missile squadron as some lawmakers had expected, U.S. officials told Reuters. The U.S. military will disable four missile launch tubes on each of its 14 U.S. nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear bombers to conventional use and empty 50 intercontinental ballistic missile silos, senior administration officials said on condition of anonymity. The plan...