Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 23, 2019 15:17:25 GMT -5
Circus indeed...better an asteroid hits and takes out half the country..
The Circus Begins! Ukrainian Elections Now in Full Swing as Candidates Prepare a Grand Show.
Vesti News Jan 23, 2019
The Patriarch of Jerusalem, who refused to meet with Poroshenko the day before, citing his bad health, today received a delegation from the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Priests from the Odessa diocese arrived in the Holy Land. In Kiev, it turned out today that Poroshenko won't be allowed to single-handedly play a religious card in the electoral race. His assistant, the main schismatic Filaret, unexpectedly appeared today at the rally where Tymoshenko stood as a candidate for president.
A former Pentagon official and DC think tank hero has decided to block journalists on Twitter, rather than acknowledge the inconvenient fact that Ukraine’s parliamentary speaker has a well-documented neo-Nazi past.
Michael Carpenter, an Atlantic Council senior fellow who served as a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, took a swing at journalist Max Blumenthal on Twitter – describing him as a “pro-Putin propagandist” and a “sleeze.” Responding to an article that suggested some sort of nefarious Kremlin role in Blumenthal’s opposition to US military intervention in Syria, Carpenter tweeted out: “This explains a lot. Blumenthal came up to me at a recent event in DC with a video camera in hand and kept asking me why I supported Ukraine’s 'Nazi leadership' (while recording my responses). I dismissed him as a pro-Putin propagandist and walked away. What a sleeze.”
Tragically, Carpenter wasn’t able to savor his magnificent dunk on Blumenthal for very long, as it was soon revealed that he had completely misrepresented what the journalist had actually asked him. As a video of the brief exchange clearly shows, journalist Ben Norton pointed out, Blumenthal queried Carpenter about why far-right Ukrainian parliamentary leader Andriy Parubiy, who co-founded two neo-Nazi groups in his country, was being fêted by Congress and the noble DC think tanks that Carpenter associates with.
Journalist Aaron Mate made a similar observation about the inaccurate tweet, writing to Carpenter: “Dare I say that to fabricate, & not retract, would be a sleeze move.”
But the Twitter saga doesn’t end here. Undeterred by being caught fudging the facts, Carpenter lashed out at Norton:
“Your pro-Putin & pro-Asad agenda needs to be exposed for what is [sic: it] is — virulent propaganda. It’s not for me to whitewash anyone’s past, and Parubiy can answer for himself. But rather than citing an op-ed from a fellow troll, try using a reputable source.”
The “reputable source” provided by Carpenter was none other than StopFake, the rather rough-around-the-edges internet operation that “fact checks” media reports deemed damaging to Ukraine.
Norton responded by providing two mainstream news reports – from Britain’s Channel 4, and the Washington Post – which identify Parubiy’s well-established links to Ukraine’s neo-Nazi movement.
Carpenter, who holds an MA and PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and was even a Fulbright scholar who studied in Poland, still had one card left to play. Using his award-winning intellect, the celebrated scholar…blocked Norton and Mate on Twitter.
Orthodox canon ‘not a weapon for conquest’: American Synod rejects new church in Ukraine.
RT.com 31 Jan, 2019 00:01
The Orthodox Church in America (OCA) has released a letter to its clergy and congregation announcing that they will not recognize the new Orthodox Church in Ukraine and denouncing those who treat the faith as a political tool.
Citing widespread ‘confusion’ and ‘scandal,’ the Holy Synod of Bishops clarified the OCA’s position to their nearly 85,000 adherents in Monday’s letter. The autocephalous American jurisdiction is joining Poland, Serbia and Antioch in refusing to recognize the newly formed ‘Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU).’
The Synod declared their “deep sorrow and distress” over how the creation of the Ukrainian government-backed OCU led to a schism in the universal Orthodox faith. The OCU was recognized and declared autocephalous by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople earlier this month. The body itself was formed last year, from two schismatic churches.
Before granting the new church formal independence, Constantinople declared null and void a 1686 letter that acknowledged the Russian Orthodox Church as the religious authority over Kiev and entire Ukraine. Moscow responded by severing diplomatic and spiritual ties with Constantinople, arguing that it marred itself by recognizing as canonical the schismatic priests in Ukraine.
With most other autocephalous Orthodox Churches distancing themselves from the conflict, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), a self-governed part of the Russian Orthodox Church, remains the only universally recognized Church in the country. The leadership of the OCA maintained a tone of pastoral diplomacy, but expressed their continued recognition and support for Metropolitan Onufry, who heads the UOC.
The creation of the OCU is largely a political project of the current government in Kiev, part of its overall effort to break all ties with Russia. As part of his current reelection campaign, President Petro Poroshenko has advertised his role in convincing Constantinople that it should support the schismatic churches. The new church enjoys full support of the secular authorities while the Moscow-connected UOC was targeted by several laws aiming to dictate how it should operate.
One such law demanded that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church change its name to include the word ‘Russian’ in its name – supposedly to show its affiliation. Another one was apparently conceived to legalize the state seizure of church property, but was amended at the last moment under pressure from the EU and other religious organizations in Ukraine.
The American Church indirectly recognized the political aspects of the Ukrainian religious crisis, comparing it to how the OCA gained independence from Moscow in 1970. Becoming autocephalous is “not a declaration of independence, an expression of nationalism, or an excuse for isolationism,” the OCA letter stressed.
The Synod avoided making any explicitly political commentary though, instead offering a generalized criticism of involving the Church in secular matters: “The canonical tradition of Holy Orthodoxy is not a weapon to be wielded for conquest but a remedy to be applied for the healing of human souls.”
Putin on Ukraine schism: Russia reserves right to defend people’s freedoms, incl. religious beliefs.
RT.com 31 Jan, 2019 13:44
While Russia doesn’t seek to meddle in Ukraine’s church affairs, it reserves the right to do “everything” to defend people’s freedoms, including religious beliefs, President Vladimir Putin warned at a meeting with Orthodox clergy.
“The Russian government believes that any meddling in church affairs is off-limits. We’ve respected and will respect the independence of church life, especially in a neighboring sovereign country,” Putin said on Thursday, while meeting heads of several Orthodox churches in Moscow.
“Yet we reserve the right to react and do everything to protect human rights, including the freedom of worship.”
The top Orthodox clergy gathered in the Russian capital to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the enthronement of Patriarch Kirill. The ongoing religious rift in Ukraine has been one of the hottest topics at the gathering, which also touched upon relations between church and state, science and religion, as well as other issues.
The ongoing schism in Ukraine has “nothing to do with the faith,” Putin stated, as it solely serves the interests of politicians and sows only “hatred and intolerance.”
“A blatant interference into the church life is being carried out, as if its initiators have learned from the atheists of the past century, who have expelled the faithful from the temples, attacked and prosecuted the clergy,” the president said.
Orthodox Christianity has faced a major rift recently as Ukrainian authorities moved to create their own church, independent from Moscow. The canonical, internationally recognized Ukrainian Orthodox Church had traditionally been part of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Kiev’s move attracted support from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, which granted independence to a newly created body, dubbed the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, earlier this month. The Moscow Patriarchate has refused to recognize the new entity, with Patriarch Kirill describing the situation as an “unprecedented meddling of state” into church affairs. Other heads of the Orthodox world have either been silent on the new church or outright condemned it.
Last Edit: Feb 7, 2019 14:21:13 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
US-funded Ukrainian radio defends neo-Nazi group, deletes article when called out.
RT.com 5 Feb, 2019 21:58
Radio Svoboda, the Ukrainian outpost of the US-funded Radio Free Europe, has taken issue with an article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz critical of local neo-Nazis, only to delete its opus after coming under criticism.
Journalist Michael Colborne painted a grim picture of Ukraine’s violent extreme right. Colborne himself says he was attacked while covering a gay rights march in Kiev last November.
One group singled out by Colborne is C14, a neo-Nazi organization that began as an offshoot of the far-right ‘Svoboda’ (Freedom) party. Initially known as the National-Social party of Ukraine, Svoboda’s politicians have described the party as “the last hope of the white race,” approvingly quoted from ‘Mein Kampf’ in council meetings, and organized militant summer camps for children – training the young ones to play games, climb mountains, and shoot at Russians.
C14’s members prefer street-level activism, and celebrated Hitler’s birthday (April 20) last year by burning down a Roma gypsy camp in Kiev, and clubbing and pepper-spraying the fleeing Roma.
Colborne goes on to describe the countless other extremist groups active in Ukraine. Many took part in the 2014 Euromaidan protests, and more have since become involved in ‘legitimate’ politics. From the C14 yobs working with the country’s pro-Western health minister, to the ultranationalist Azov Battalion working with intelligence agencies and being officially incorporated into the Ukrainian National Guard, Ukraine has a serious Nazi problem on its hands.
One would expect Radio Free Europe – established in 1949 to promote the American message during the Cold War – to at least reject outright Nazism.
Not this time.
RFE/Radio Svoboda chose instead to pick apart Colborne’s article line by line. First, the station claimed that Colborne’s photos of racist graffiti in Kiev were written by “people who speak Russian as a foreign language,” hinting that the Nazi daubings were the work of foreign provocateurs.
Then Radio Svoboda cast doubt on Colborne’s claim that he was assaulted at the LGBT rally, questioning why he didn’t mention the fact that the police immediately investigated the attack. The police opened an investigation, Colborne explained, but never followed the case up with him. Unsurprising, considering that the police in Kiev have been happy to allow Azov Battalion vigilantes to patrol the city’s streets, imposing “Ukrainian order.”
Moving on to defend C14, Radio Svoboda claimed that the Roma camp attack didn’t actually take place on Hitler’s birthday, despite the fact the Radio Free Europe’s English language service reported the attack happening “overnight on April 20-21.” The incident was also condemned by Ukraine’s usually complicit government, and by Amnesty International, who claimed C14 operate with “full impunity.”
Instead of assaulting the gypsies and burning their homes, Radio Svoboda insists that the “masked attackers throwing rocks and spraying gas” politely asked the Roma to pack up and move on.
And when looking for sources to disagree with Colborne, Radio Svoboda got in touch with none other than the National Corps, a far-right party formed in 2016 by Azov Battalion veterans.
Radio Svoboda deleted the article, explaining that it did not comply with editorial standards. An archived version can still be found though, in which the author blames the rising tide of anti-Semitic attacks in Ukraine on...wait...you guessed it: Russia.
With Radio Svoboda covering for neo-Nazis, the Ukrainian government has made few attempts to hide its sympathies for the fascist past. The country’s parliament made the birthday of Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera a national holiday in December, and thousands of Ukrainians celebrated the day with a torchlit procession through the streets of Kiev on New Year’s Day.
Tortured to Death: Russian Donbass Volunteer Murdered in Ukrainian Prison by Vicious Guards.
Vesti News Feb 5, 2019
It became known on Friday that a Russian, Valery Ivanov, was tortured to death in a Ukrainian prison near Lvov. The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case. Russia's plenipotentiary in the Donbass Settlement Contact Group, Boris Gryzlov, announced that the examination proved that the cause of death was torture.
Ukraine’s meddling in church affairs promotes ‘division & hatred’ – former president Yanukovich.
RT.com 6 Feb, 2019 22:03
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who was ousted in a West-backed coup in 2014, has slammed Kiev politicians for meddling in the Orthodox Church affairs, in a rare press appearance in Moscow.
“It was intolerable of the state, the politicians and the president to interfere in church affairs,” Yanukovich told journalists, arguing that the creation of the so-called Orthodox Church of Ukraine was aimed at sowing “division, enmity and hatred.”
Throughout the history of Ukraine “none of the presidents have meddled in church business” and the church has always been separated from the state, he said.
Orthodox Christianity faced a major rift recently after the current government of Ukraine decided to create its own church, independent from the Moscow Patriarchate. The move was largely seen as part of Kiev’s overall effort to break all ties with Russia – and a part of President Petro Poroshenko’s re-election campaign.
The newly created entity got the backing of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople while the other heads of the Orthodox world have either been silent on the new church or have outright condemned it.
The ousted president, who has himself faced accusations of ordering violence while trying to tackle the 2014 protests that resulted in a coup backed by the US and the EU, went even further, calling the current situation in Ukraine “institutionalized terrorism” that poses a danger to the nation and to the world. “It’s a shame,” he said, that the heroes of today’s Ukraine are “pogrom-makers, anti-Semites and all sorts of radicals. Young people look up to them.”
Earlier this year, Kiev declared the birthday of Stepan Bandera – a nationalist leader and Nazi collaborator who’s been hailed as a hero for fighting the Soviets – a national holiday.
In January, a Ukrainian court sentenced Yanukovich, now living in southern Russia, in absentia to 13 years in jail on treason charges. The former president blamed the Ukrainian authorities for exercising “unprecedented pressure” on the court and said that the decision “has nothing to do with the law.”
Orthodox Priest faces Ukrainian Nationalist Schismatics and obvious ethnopyletist heretics who want to use Church for the glory of nation instead God.
Poroshenko Pulls Out the Big Guns, Lobs Treason Charges at Opposition Candidate Viktor Medvedchuk.
Vesti News Feb 6, 2019
Today, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office opened a criminal case against Viktor Medvedchuk, one of the leaders of the party Opposition Platform — For Life. Its candidate, Yuriy Boyko, is challenging Poroshenko in the election ratings. Medvedchuk could face arrest on charges of treason. But it's crystal clear that Poroshenko looks like a person who's putting skin in the game. Kievans complain about calls from local housing authorities, which strongly recommend that they vote for Poroshenko.
Century behind Europe: World Bank says Ukraine needs up to 100 yrs to reach German growth.
RT.com 7 Feb, 2019 10:57
It will take Ukraine between 50 and 100 years to get to the same level of economic development as its European partners, the World Bank has revealed, as it called on Kiev to boost reforms further.
In its assessment of the country’s development, the World Bank said that under the current economic rate of merely 3 percent, Kiev will need at least 50 years to reach Poland’s GDP per capita and half a century more to close the gap with Germany, according to TASS and Ukrainian media, citing the bank’s findings.
The document was presented in Kiev on Wednesday. Ukraine is decades behind the necessary reforms and if it fails to adopt them, the growth rate will remain paltry, according to the World Bank’s vice president for Europe and Central Asia, Cyril Muller, who was presenting the report.
Last month the World Bank worsened its forecast for Ukraine’s economic growth for 2019, decreasing it from 3.5 percent to 2.9 percent, but hoping that it may expand up to 3.4 percent in 2020. In 2018, the organization stressed that corruption is one of the key factors slowing down the country’s development by nearly 2 percent annually.
However, the worsening economic situation has apparently had little effect on the Ukrainian rich, as the net worth of three top tycoons amounts to more than 6 percent of the country’s GDP, the World Bank found.
The figure is twice that of neighboring Russia and three times more than in Poland and has remained almost unchanged since 2007, according to Muller. The vice president noted that it is very difficult to implement any reforms, which he earlier said are vital for the country, when there are such “powerful groups of influence.”
Kiev has an Association Agreement with the European Union and hopes to join the bloc at some point in the future. Brussels has recently poured cold water on the idea, as it did not include the country on its enlargement plan by 2025.
It has been more five years since Ukraine’s ‘Euromaidan’ protest movement ousted then-president Viktor Yanukovych and the new government took the course for closer alignment with the EU instead of Russia. However, the country is still ranked as emerging Europe’s poorest country, with a GDP per capita of just $2,960.
Ukrainians rank among the world’s poorest people, with the net wealth of citizens lagging behind Bangladesh and Cameroon. More than a million people in Ukraine are facing acute food insecurity, according to last year’s report by representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to the UN Security Council.
Ukraine court extends arrest of Russian journalist Vyshinsky.
RT.com 8 Feb, 2019 14:29
The Kherson City Court in Ukraine has extended the arrest of RIA Novosti Ukraine’s Chief Editor Kirill Vyshinsky until April 8. The previous term was to expire on February 16, but the court extended it on Friday. Lawyers for the Russian journalist will appeal the new ruling. They have already filed a complaint to Ukraine’s Supreme Court over the conditions of his confinement. The complaint will be considered on March 20, and Vyshinsky is expected to be delivered to Kiev to take part in the court’s session. The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) carried out an operation on May 15, 2018 against RIA Novosti Ukraine staff members, accusing them of high treason.
Last Edit: Feb 21, 2019 14:40:43 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 21, 2019 14:47:43 GMT -5
Ukrainian police launch ‘I am Bandera’ flash mob after Nazi collaborator’s name is ‘misused’
RT.com 12 Feb, 2019 05:07
Top police officials in Ukraine have pledged allegiance to Ukraine’s nationalist hero and Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, after an officer used his name as a slur when rounding up radical right-wing protesters.
Senior Ukrainian police officers are joining a social media flash mob in repentance for an unnamed officer shouting “Get down, Bandera” as he tackled violent protesters attempting to raid a police headquarters in Kiev.
In a video of the incident that took place on February 9, a group of officers in full riot gear can be seen pinning activists from the radical nationalist С14 group to the ground near the entrance to the police station. In the heat of the showdown, one of the people, presumably a police officer, can be heard yelling the fateful words.
The group has been notorious for violent attacks on Romany camps and has sometimes been described as neo-Nazi. The scuffles captured in the video broke out following a rally organized by Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko in downtown Kiev.
Initially a meeting between Tymoshenko and her supporters, the rally was disrupted by protests staged by C14, demanding an investigation into Tymoshenko’s former party member’s links to the recent murder of a female journalist. As tensions flared, police intervened and took the activists into custody to stave off provocations. During searches, police found knives, gas sprayers, and a gun.
Shortly afterwards, several dozen C14 activists headed to the police station to help the detained members break free. Police say the radicals attempted to get past the doors and were gassing officers. Police repelled the assault, detaining 24 people and seizing knives and a gun. Three policemen were injured in the clashes. While all of the thugs were later released, criminal proceedings were launched against them for using force against law enforcement, for storming a government building, and for hooliganism.
While the radicals denied that they intended to storm the police station, the General Prosecutor’s Office launched an official misconduct probe into the actions of the police.
Moreover, police are now apologizing for one of its ranking members using Bandera’s name in an ostensibly negative context. The flash mob has been joined by Chief of Ukrainian National Police Serhiy Knyazev as well as Chief of the Patrol Police Directorate Yevhen Zhukov.
The latter shared the ‘I am Bandera’ slogan on his Facebook page and wrote that he doesn’t support either the call made by the officer, or the storming of government property.
Since a Western-backed coup in Ukraine in 2014, which brought current President Petro Poroshenko into power, Kiev has been set on whitewashing the image of Bandera, a divisive figure in Ukraine’s history.
Before the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, Bandera actively worked with the Nazis. However, he soon fell out with the Reich, which saw no use for him and his Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (UPA). Bandera was arrested in 1941 and was incarcerated for three years before being released. The UPA’s military wing has been accused of perpetrating mass killings of Poles and Jews during the war. Bandera’s birthday on January 1 is marked with festive torch-lit processions across Ukraine every year. The day has been an official holiday since 2019.
Jail time for Ukrainian officer who 'misused' Nazi collaborator’s name referring to far-right mob.
RT.com 13 Feb, 2019 11:31
A Ukrainian court sentenced a police officer who used the name of nationalist hero and Nazi henchman Stepan Bandera as a slur while scuffling with far-right rioters in Kiev. They walked free from custody, but the officer did not.
Vasily Melnikov, the officer in question, is now set to spend the next two months in a pre-trial detention facility although he may be released on a $4,240 bail. Local reports say the trial was closely watched by members of C14, a far-right group Melnikov was dispersing in a viral video that caused quite a stir across Ukraine.
Earlier this week, C14, whose name presumably refers to the fourteen-word white supremacy slogan, approached a police station in the Ukrainian capital. Riot police had to tackle assailants armed with knives, pepper sprays and a pistol. The brawl eventually got more violent when the far-right tried to storm the building.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 21, 2019 15:04:39 GMT -5
BREAKING! Ukrainian Drone Drops Three Bombs on Donetsk Civilian City Center!
Vesti News Feb 18, 2019
Three bombs that detonated in the city center of Donetsk this morning were dropped by a Ukrainian Army drone according to the DPR military. The bombs blew up in the district where administration buildings and the hotel of the OSCE mission are located.
Ukraine’s Poroshenko signs constitutional amendment on ‘NATO, EU membership’
RT.com 19 Feb, 2019 14:51
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has signed a constitutional amendment committing to join NATO and the European Union. Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, Poroshenko said he sees securing Ukraine’s membership in the EU and NATO as his “strategic mission.” Poroshenko is running for a second five-year term in the March 31 election. He also told Verkhovna Rada that he aims to make a formal bid to join the EU by 2023. He acknowledged, however, that Ukraine needs to come a “long way” to meet the criteria of joining both institutions. European Council President Donald Tusk addressed the parliament in Ukrainian, declaring that “there is no Europe without Ukraine,” AP reports.
Art of politics: Ukraine seeks to ban Russian WWII film… in US.
RT.com 19 Feb, 2019 18:46
Kiev has apparently decided to move its war on everything Russian to the movies screens – this time in the US. Ukraine’s embassy has urged US cinemas to stop showing a Russian WWII film, calling it “propaganda.”
The diplomatic mission “called [on] cinemas to reconsider their intension to show it because the film openly justifies and promotes Moscow’s hostile foreign and security policy (including Russian ongoing aggression against Ukraine),” the embassy said in its appeal posted on Facebook.
The movie, which provoked the surprisingly harsh reaction from Ukrainian diplomats, is called ‘T-34’, after the famous Soviet tank which became a symbol of the Soviet fight against Nazism during WWII. It tells the story of a tank crew escaping from the Nazis. The movie is set during WWII and has nothing to do with modern times or any country’s foreign policy.
The story centers on a group of Soviet soldiers, which consists not only of Russians but people from other Soviet republics like Belarus, fighting for their lives against the Nazis. The film does not contain anything that could be interpreted as remotely anti-Ukrainian. However, the diplomats, who never bothered to watch the movie in the first place, apparently decided they needed to be outraged over its distribution within the borders of Ukraine’s cherished “ally,” just because it’s Russian.
It seems that the mere reminder of a common past with a nation that Kiev now likes to portray as a “vile aggressor” angers Ukrainian officials. However, some zealous members of the Ukrainian community in the US outdid even the diplomats and took matters into their own hands – attempting to disrupt the film’s distribution in several US cities by issuing threats to the cinemas. Of course, it did not even occur to them to actually watch the movie first.
As a result, T-34 was canceled in San Francisco, while in Boston it was simply moved to another cinema. The film warriors immediately earned the praise of the diplomats, who called on other Ukrainians in the US to join the cause, publishing a list of cinemas planning to show the movie.
People on social media seemed unamused with the tireless efforts of the Ukrainian diplomats, combating what is literally a fictional “Russian threat,” as they mocked the embassy’s appeal.
“Have you even seen the movie? It is about our T-34 [produced] in Kharkov [now, Ukraine’s second largest city]… it has (a) multiethnic crew,” one person wrote.
“It’s a good patriotic film. It teaches [you] to love your country – Ukraine, Russia, the US… and hate Fascism. Kiev apparently cannot allow that,” another said.
Some simply thanked the diplomats for the free advertising, saying that now they “will definitely go watch the movie.” Others said Ukraine might as well “try and ban [the] supermoon… over Russia.”
Some commenters told the embassy “not to interfere with… freedom of speech.”
“I do not understand what problem they have [with the film]. I can only assume they are protesting because the film is Russian,” a spokesman for the company distributing the movie in North America told Russian media, adding that T-34 received approval from a special commission before appearing in the US.
“Hysteria about ‘T-34’ distribution in the US shows how much the Ukrainian politicians are afraid of [the] possibility of ordinary people in New York, Boston and Washington seeing that the Soviet people were united in their fight against Fascism,” Russian MP Dmitry Belik told RT Russian.
“It would be a heavy blow to the Ukraine and those American politicians supporting it as it would destroy the myth about… Russia’s domination and infringement upon the rights of other peoples that were once part of the Soviet nation,” he said.
Massive LED swastika displayed at Kiev shopping mall. Are ‘hackers’ to blame?
RT.com 19 Feb, 2019 20:53
A swastika has been displayed in a Kiev shopping mall, located at a street named after Nazi collaborator-turned Ukrainian ‘hero’ Stepan Bandera. The mall itself denied involvement in such a shocking display and blamed hackers.
The offensive display appeared on the LED-illuminated staircase of the Gorodok Gallery mall in the Ukrainian capital on Saturday and was caught on video by some baffled shoppers.
Footage from the scene shows the massive swastika over a red and white field, with the whole display closely resembling the state flag of Nazi Germany. While the woman who captured the video was seemingly offended by the sight, some other visitors to the mall appeared to stroll casually past the display like nothing was wrong at all.
Indeed, it could have been just a design change and in keeping with the location of the mall, which is situated on Stepan Bandera Avenue. The street used to be called Moscow Avenue but, in 2016, was renamed after Bandera, a Ukrainian nationalist and Nazi collaborator, hailed in modern Ukraine as a national hero.
The mall vehemently denied links to the appearance of the Nazi symbol, stating that the LED staircase was swiftly turned off after the huge swastika was noticed by security. Management blamed unknown “hackers” for the incident, adding that it is fully cooperating with law enforcement to capture the culprits behind the shocking display.
Death Throes! Poroshenko’s Government in Agony As Its Last Days Loom Ahead of Elections.
Vesti News Feb 19, 2019
Ukraine is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the so-called “revolution of dignity", which resulted in bloodshed and a coup d'état. Torchlight processions are no surprise in Ukraine today. The past five years have greatly changed Ukraine. The civil war in the southeast, exorbitant utility bills and gas rates; the path to Europe turned out to be a hoax. Much has changed, but not the government itself. All of the same people are still fighting for the presidency using the same methods.
Russia remains Ukraine’s key trade partner despite Kiev’s claims of cutting economic ties.
RT.com 20 Feb, 2019 13:57
Despite years of mutual trade restrictions, Russia remained Ukraine’s biggest trade partner in 2018, according to data published by the State Statistics Service of Ukraine.
Sales of Russian produce to Ukraine saw 12.3-percent year-on-year growth to US$8.1 billion. That makes Russia the biggest Ukrainian supplier, leaving China, Germany, Belarus, and Poland far behind. At the same time, the Russian market remained a major destination for Ukrainian exports. Ukraine sold $3.7 billion worth of goods to Russia, marking a 7.1 percent increase compared to the previous year.
Moscow suspended the free trade zone deal with Kiev shortly after the Ukrainian government signed an association agreement with the EU. Ukraine was automatically included on Russia’s counter-sanctions list against the EU, introduced by Moscow in 2014 in retaliation to European penalties over re-unification with Crimea and Russia’s alleged military involvement in Ukraine’s eastern regions.
In 2015, Ukraine imposed sanctions on a wide range of food imports from Russia, including meat and fish, coffee, dairy products, chocolate and confectionery, grains, cigarettes, beer, and many others. Last year, Kiev added fertilizers to its endless list of restrictions. In December, the Ukrainian authorities extended the measures for another year. The country also introduced sanctions against several individuals and entities.
In response, Russia banned the import of more than 50 Ukrainian goods, worth $510 million. The Kremlin announced that the restrictions can be lifted if Kiev gives up its own restrictions targeting specific Russian goods.
Despite bilateral restrictions, trade turnover between Russia and Ukraine has been increasing in recent years, with Russia enjoying a significant trade surplus.
UN: Poroshenko suggests removing Moscow’s UN Veto ‘to put Russia in its place’
Ruptly Feb 20, 2019
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko suggested taking away Russia’s UN Veto while giving a speech at the United Nations in New York City on Wednesday.
Last Edit: Feb 21, 2019 15:52:07 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
‘Semi-fascist’ attack on minorities: Hungarian official slams Ukraine’s education reform.
RT.com 22 Feb, 2019 15:19
A Hungarian official has branded Ukraine’s education law “semi-fascist,” saying it “tramples” on the rights of minority citizens living in the neighboring country to have access to education in their own language.
Gergey Guiyash, who heads Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s administration, used the harsh words during a media conference in Budapest on Thursday.
Responding to questions about Ukraine’s upcoming presidential elections on March 31, Guiyash said he hoped a change in power in Kiev would bring about better diplomatic relations, while lamenting that Budapest had been “unable to communicate with the present one.” He stressed that Hungary still hoped amendments can be made to the controversial education law.
Tension between the countries has been growing since 2017, when Ukraine’s parliament passed the education reform package. It stipulates that the language of instruction in Ukrainian educational institutions would be Ukrainian, and will be rolled out in stages during a transition period that will run until 2023.
However, the law has been criticized by many of Ukraine’s neighbors, with Romania and Russia joining Hungary in condemning the law as a violation of the rights of Ukraine’s minority citizens. By way of retaliation, Budapest has threatened to block meetings between Ukraine and both the EU and NATO.
Kiev, meanwhile, has repeatedly denied such allegations. In October, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin claimed the objective of the law wasn’t to forcibly assimilate ethnic Hungarians. Instead, he hoped the law would help open up chances for the self-realization of Ukraine’s Hungarian minority.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 26, 2019 13:46:47 GMT -5
Zelensky in the Lead! Kolomoisky-Backed Clown Candidate Promises Ukraine Nothing But Laughs!
Vesti News Feb 25, 2019
This week marked the fifth anniversary of the bloody coup perpetrated by Ukrainian Nazis. Senseless brutality, basically savagery, was demonstrated by the radicals. President Yanukovych had already signed an agreement to hold new elections in six months. He would've agreed to anything, even to hold them in three weeks. But no, the rebels broke into his residence to kill him. Europe's guarantees of a peaceful transition proved to be empty promises. The coup became a fact.
Ukrainian Schismatic "Priest" starts the attack against Orthodox Christians.
Orthodox Church Mar 5, 2019
Ukrainian Schismatic Nationalist "Priest: started an violent seizure of the Orthodox Church in Ternopil's Diocese.
The video clearly shows “Father” Ivan Lesik, known for political racketeering, pushing and hitting women parishioners of the canonical Holy Transfiguration Church in the village of Gnezdichno in the Ternopil Province, and the same violence being used by the other schismatics and the Right Sector nationalists. The video also shows police standing idly by, not intervening.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 22, 2019 22:18:31 GMT -5
Top Ukrainian prosecutor attacks US ambassador, hints he may help Trump manage Russiagate.
RT.com 21 Mar, 2019 15:58
What's a little public backstabbing among close allies? Ukraine's top prosecutor seems to be trying to have a US envoy replaced using corruption allegations and a promise to help Donald Trump combat the Russia collusion narrative.
Hill.TV, the video branch of leading American political newspaper the Hill, ran a story evoking HBO's frontline series 'Game of Thrones' this week. The starring role was given to Yuriy Lutsenko, the prosecutor general of Ukraine and a close ally of the country's president. The character probably slated for an unexpected tragic end – at least in terms of her current tenure – is Marie Yovanovitch, the career diplomat who has been serving as America's top woman in Ukraine since August 2016.
The Ukrainian official, who got his current job months before Yovanovitch got hers, said that during their first meeting the American diplomat "gave me a list of people whom we should not prosecute." The claim was branded "an outright fabrication" by the embassy, which said the interview was meant to discredit the ambassador.
The accusation came in the context of a murky case of American financial aid, which was provided to fund anti-corruption reforms in the country. Lutsenko said his office failed to account for $4.4 million of the money. He said the embassy assured him in a letter that the money was spent as intended, and called the situation "strange.""We have never seen those, and the US Embassy replied there was no problem," he said.
The letter in question was apparently published by the Hill in a separate story and was penned in April 2016, before Yovanovitch took office. It says that the allegations of embezzlement against a deputy prosecutor general, which were raised by some Ukrainian MPs at the time, were groundless.
The Hill correspondent, who interviewed Lustsenko, John Solomon, says the document is "supporting part of his story" by showing that Yovanovitch's predecessor did ask the Ukrainian justice "to stand down on the misappropriation-of-funds case." The deputy prosecutor general had already been sacked by Lustsenko's predecessor by the time the letter was sent.
Next comes a plot twist. In the same interview, the Ukrainian prosecutor announced he was launching an investigation into alleged interference in 2016 US presidential election by Ukrainian officials, who wanted to help Hillary Clinton win. So they leaked to the US media financial documents, which purported to incriminate Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, for receiving illegal payments from the Ukrainian government during his time lobbying for it.
This is hardly a revelation – a Ukrainian court even ruled in December that two Ukrainian officials had committed such interference, while Manafort has been sentenced to a lengthy term for tax dodging and money laundering. What is interesting is how the Hill links Lutsenko's words with the infamous Steele dossier and its role in launching an FBI investigation into candidate Trump – which the US president himself sees as a bona fide conspiracy against him.
The newspaper builds on this by saying that Lutsenko is not the only person to complain about the American Embassy in Kiev. It cites House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, who argued that the State Department may want to sack Yovanovitch – an Obama appointee – due to "her disdain for the current administration." If this take makes it to Fox and Friends, who knows what may happen?
If Lutsenko's interview is indeed aimed at smearing and potentially disposing of Yovanovitch, his boss, President Petro Poroshenko, may find it quite convenient. With the diplomatic mission in disarray, Poroshenko would be under less scrutiny ahead of crucial election on March 31. His campaign is limping to the date with no certainty that he would even get into the second round. Poroshenko is fighting accusations of embezzling defense budget money by his business partner while the interior minister has accused his campaign of mass voter bribery.
Above the Law! US Prevented Kiev Prosecuting Protected Class of Criminals!
Vesti News Mar 21, 2019
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko stated that at his first meeting with US Ambassador to Kiev Marie Yovanovitch, she gave him a list of people who shouldn't be prosecuted in Ukraine even if they commit a crime. Lutsenko called it "unacceptable pressure".
No April Fool’s Joke! First Round of Ukrainian Elections Puts Comedian Zelensky on Top of Heap!
Vesti News Apr 1, 2019
The elections were held in Ukraine. Vladimir Zelensky and Pyotr Poroshenko reached the second round. Zelensky is celebrating but he shouldn't. But candidate Poroshenko can celebrate today, of course.
Taxes of Ukraine’s Poroshenko show his income jumped 10,000% thanks to Rothschild Trust.
RT.com 1 Apr, 2019 11:34
The annual income gains of Petro Poroshenko, who is currently fighting for a second presidential term in Ukraine, saw a nearly hundredfold surge in 2018, the president’s tax documents reveal.
According to the Ukrainian unified register of asset and income declarations, Poroshenko’s fortune totaled 1.56 billion hryvnia (US$57 million) over 12 months through March 31, which is 95 times as much as he reported in the same period a year ago. In 2017, Poroshenko’s gains reportedly reached 16.3 million hryvnia ($600,000).
Most of Poroshenko’s income – around $40.4 million – reportedly comes from return on investment in Zurich-based Rothschild Trust Schweiz, a trust subsidiary of Rothschild Bank AG. The Ukrainian president also earned $14.7 million in profit from the Prime Assets Capital investment fund, while returns on domestic government loan bonds amounted to nearly a million dollars.
Poroshenko reportedly received around $30,000 from property sales, with more than $14,000 reportedly received from his wife Marina Poroshenko. Meanwhile, his official paycheck totals $12,400.
The average monthly salary in Ukraine in September 2018 was 9,042 hryvnia (about $320), according to the country’s State Statistics Service.
According to the tax filings, the president owns a residential house with an area of more than 1,330 square meters in Kozyn, Kiev Region, along with three land plots in the same village with a total land area of about 42,000 square meters. Poroshenko also has three properties with a total land area of more than 12,000 square meters and two apartments in Kiev. Another apartment belonging to the president is located in the city of Vinnytsia, while Poroshenko’s wife owns a flat in Kiev, and a land plot and a garden house in Boryspil district in Kiev Region.
Poroshenko is currently trying to scratch out a win in Ukraine’s presidential election against showman Vladimir Zelensky, who is reportedly leading the race with 30.4 percent of the vote. According to official exit poll data, Poroshenko is second with 17.8 percent, while veteran Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko is third spot with 14.2 percent.
As no candidate received an absolute majority, the Ukrainian Central Election Commission is set to hold the second round on April 21.
Donetsk Celebrates 5 Hard Years of Struggle… Situation Remains Precarious Even Now.
Vesti News Apr 8, 2019
Today is the fifth anniversary of the Donetsk People's Republic. The young state appeared in response to the coup in Kiev and the military aggression by the unbridled nationalists. Donbass paid a terrible price for its freedom and the right to speak its native language: 10,000 civilians dead, ruined cities, destroyed infrastructure.
Russia strikes back at Ukrainian sanctions with export ban on oil & petroleum products.
RT.com 18 Apr, 2019 14:40
Russia has banned exports of oil and petroleum products among other goods to Ukraine, as well as blacklisting certain imports from the country in response to Kiev's sanctions against Moscow.
Apart from oil, the expanded restrictions on specific Ukrainian goods include engineering products, consumer goods, and metal products, worth almost US$250 million as of 2018, according to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
The full list of blacklisted imports was published on the government website on Thursday. The embargo, which comes into effect immediately, includes bulldozers, pipes and pipe laying vehicles and other items.
The document also says that the shipments of coal, gasoline and diesel fuel will be restricted starting from June 1. Supplying these will be possible only under special government orders.
The new sanctions also forbid some exports from Ukraine, including clothing, shoes, socks among other goods.
The measure comes in retaliation to Kiev’s new sanctions against Moscow, announced on April 10. Ukraine targeted imports of glass containers, formalin, electric equipment for railway infrastructure, and other products from Russia.
It is not the first time the two sides have expanded economic restrictions against each other, with Russia usually retaliating to Ukrainian moves. The latest tit-for-tat response came in December 2018, when Russia slapped Ukraine with a ban on the imports of more than 50 Ukrainian goods, worth $510 million. It came shortly after Kiev extended its own embargo on Russian foods until the end of 2019, with restrictions targeting baked goods, chocolate, meat, fish, coffee, black tea, and some alcoholic beverages, among other items.
Despite bilateral trade restrictions, the turnover between Russia and Ukraine has been increasing in recent years, with Russia enjoying a significant trade surplus. Mutual sanctions have also failed to stop Russia from being the leading trade partner for Ukraine in 2018.
Comedian Zelensky celebrates win over Poroshenko in Ukraine presidential vote.
RT.com 21 Apr, 2019 17:01
Ukrainian comic Volodymyr Zelensky is set to win the presidency in a landslide victory over incumbent leader, Petro Poroshenko, exit polls show. Zelensky has already been visited by police over violating one election law.
The high turnout in the second round of the presidential election in Ukraine reveals an enthusiasm for the promise of change brought by Zelensky. He’s leading with some 72-74 percent of the votes, according to the latest exit poll figures. Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko secured only around 25-28 percent of votes, suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of Zelensky.
Zelensky’s team celebrated victory as soon as the first official exit polls were out, even reciting a rocket launch-like countdown. The soon-to-be president didn’t waste many words, simply thanking his parents, his wife, his team and Ukrainian citizens who voted for him. He also jokingly thanked the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) for “keeping him in shape” during the campaign.
In contrast, Poroshenko held a lengthy speech and a Q&A, vowing to remain active in politics and to protect the “achievements” of his presidential term, including sanctions against Russia. Yet he accepted the defeat and said the election was fair.
Zelensky got himself into trouble with the law on Sunday when he showed his ballot to the cameras with a ticker next to his name. This violated Ukraine’s rules on secrecy of elections. Police arrived to Zelensky’s campaign HQ to issue a fine for the deed, but his team said it was no big deal.
A professional comedy actor, scriptwriter and producer, Zelensky comes to power in Ukraine on the wave of disillusionment with Poroshenko’s failure to tackle corruption and a sharp decrease of living standards in Ukraine over the past five years. His campaign was built on a promise to break down a corrupt system of oligarchic power in Kiev. Part of his appeal was rooted in a character he played in a TV series – a school teacher who accidentally became the head of state and chose to act as a servant of the people.
Zelensky’s campaign apparently outmaneuvered that of Poroshenko’s, culminating in the comedian’s idea to turn the public debate into a massive show hosted at a Kiev stadium. The Friday debate sealed Zelensky’s lead, despite the incumbent’s attempts to portray his opponent as a Moscow stooge and a puppet of oligarch Igor Kolomoysky.
By securing the presidential office Zelensky’s political party – called ‘Servant of the People’ after his own TV show – gets a head start in the upcoming parliamentary election, scheduled for October. He will need to secure a support base in the legislature to be able to implement his policies, and a failure to do so may easily undermine his landslide win.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 28, 2019 11:06:01 GMT -5
Should have done this 5 years ago...hopefully this will spread to other regions in Ukraine
Putin signs decree making it easier for eastern Ukraine residents to obtain Russian passports.
RT.com 24 Apr, 2019 13:49
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that will simplify getting a Russian passport for eastern Ukraine residents of the breakaway republics. Putin said that the move is aimed at protecting human rights.
The new rules, that took effect immediately on Wednesday, apply to the permanent residents of the breakaway parts of Ukraine – Lugansk and Donetsk regions – the area which has an estimated 3.7 million residents who are predominantly ethnic Russians. The decree allows for the residents of the two republics to get a Russian passport under a simplified three-month procedure.
The decree has been published on the Kremlin website three days after Ukraine elected a new president.
It’s not aimed at “creating problems” for Ukraine, Putin explained. “People living on the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics are completely deprived from any civil rights, it crosses all boundaries from a human rights perspective to tolerate this situation,” he said.
The regions have been a battlefield for five years, after eastern Ukraine residents rejected the new authorities which came to power during the 2014 Maidan events. The new Kiev authorities tried to quell the rogue regions by force, using military and police units, as well as affiliated far-right volunteer militias. While the fighting was not very active for the past few years, the smoldering conflict regularly takes its toll on the both warring parties, as well as local civilians.
Ukrainian authorities have imposed a strict blockade on the breakaway regions, trying to prevent any cash and goods flow into the self-proclaimed republics. Apart from continuous artillery shelling of residential areas, Kiev also repeatedly disrupted water and electricity supply. Their residents therefore are forced to frequently go to Russia, in order to get the most basic household items or healthcare. Moscow, on its part, tried to ease the hardships of the Lugansk and Donetsk residents, repeatedly sending humanitarian convoys packed with food and other basic items and recognized the identity documents issued by the republics in 2017.
The simplified process of getting Russian citizenship for the residents of the breakaway regions has been rumored for some time. Proponents of the measure argue that Russia should help alleviate the hardships which people in the two self-proclaimed republics faced since turning against Ukrainian authorities.
‘Not as good as Poles or Romanians?’ Putin defends offer of Russian passports to E. Ukrainians.
RT.com 25 Apr, 2019 12:40
There’s nothing sensational about Russia offering fast-track citizenship to people in eastern Ukraine, as other states have engaged their fellow countrymen for quite some time in similar ways, Vladimir Putin said.
The strong criticism of Russia’s humanitarian initiative to fast-track citizenship is “strange,” Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters on the heels of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Poland has been issuing the ‘Karta Polaka’ (Polish Card) for ethnic Poles in Ukraine, while Hungary and Romania issue passports under similar programs, Putin said.
This is also the case for native Ukrainians who “feel connected to Russia” for various reasons, such as family bonds or intermarriage. “Moreover, if other neighbors of Ukraine has been doing this for many years, why can’t Russia do the same?” the president asked.
“I have a question in this regard – are Russians living in Ukraine not as good as Romanians, Poles, and Hungarians?”
Earlier this week, a presidential decree was signed to ease the process of obtaining Russian citizenship for people in breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine. They can apply for a Russian passport under a fast-track program and obtain it within three months.
Unsurprisingly, the move drew criticism from Kiev, where President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky is about to assume office. However, Putin said the proposal was not intended to provoke anyone. “The issue of passports is a humanitarian one.”
Ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking Ukrainians find themselves in a precarious situation, as they have been deprived “of many things [including] fundamental human rights.” Those coming from eastern Ukraine often have trouble in everyday life, be it enrolling at a university or simply booking a flight, Putin explained.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government seems to show little interest in implementing the landmark Minsk peace agreement, as they have essentially cut off the region from the rest of the country.
What about the people living in these territories? Will they be left behind living in complete isolation?
Nevertheless, Moscow is ready to restore ties with Kiev, “in full but not unilaterally.”
Zelensky, who partly campaigned on the Ukrainian people’s exhaustion with the war, signaled that he could be more flexible in reaching compromise on the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk regions, but it remains to be seen if he will live up to his promise, Putin said.
Lugansk Begins Russian Integration Process! Residents Begin Submitting Passport Applications!
Vesti News Apr 26, 2019
Meanwhile, the Lugansk People's Republic has started the submission of documents for Russian passports. The leader of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, shared the news in our interview with him.
Last Edit: Apr 28, 2019 11:25:47 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
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