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    The Situation in the Ukraine. #14

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    Post  Erk on Tue May 26, 2015 3:56 am

    Cowboy's daughter wrote:Ukraine Watch ‏@UkrWatchTower 12h12 hours ago

    Ukraine observers imformed OSCE of barbaric shelling of Avdiivka coke plant, hit by 77 shells

    Shocked

    If shelling of a coke plant is "barbaric", what is shelling of innocent civilians in Donbass????

    On the scales of God for eternity, I do believe one human life is worth more than a million coke plants.

    How about the shelling of water, electricity, homes, schools, hospitals, gas lines, infrastructure in Donbass by Kiev government???

    photo of "barbaric shelling" of coke plant

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    censor.net are saying militants are shelling the plant for blackmail http://en.censor.net.ua/news/337354/militants_are_shelling_avdiivka_coke_plant_to_blackmail_towns_residents

    The NAF need to show drone footage of where the UAF shelling is coming from.

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    Post  Flagship Victory on Tue May 26, 2015 8:33 am

    Maidan reports 1 Maidan soldier KIA and 12 more WIA yesterday.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue May 26, 2015 9:02 am

    I have already spent too much time to follow this war rooting for Novorossiya. If they don't want to fight they deserve to be defeated. The ukrops are more deserving winners since they actually want to defeat the enemy.

    I understand the frustration of people like Monarchist who have followed the war a lot more emotionally than I have.

    Put the situation in context... the victim of a rape could fight like a wildcat... but that could lead to them being killed and then raped. A victim of rape could resist so that a non rapist would realise and stop... even if they end up getting raped they might not get killed.

    Novorossiya is hardly in a position of strength and is certainly not able to dictate terms or control the situation to any great degree.


    @kvs... are you serious thinking that a UNSC resolution would mean anything at all? Do you think Russia would even get anything through without a US or UK or French veto?
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    Post  whir on Tue May 26, 2015 9:47 am

    Spiegel via Google Translate wrote:Ukraine-Vermittler: Russland verweigert CDU-Politiker Einreise
    Ukraine-agent: Russia denied CDU politician entry
    Monday, 25/05/2015 - 13:53 clock

    Scandal at the airport in Moscow: Russia has the CDU foreign policy expert Karl-Georg Wellmann refused entry. The Federal Government submitted a protest.

    Russia has the CDU foreign policy expert Karl-Georg Wellmann refused entry. According to him, he had a "high-level invitation". Wellmann told the "Berliner Kurier", he had been agreed in Moscow for talks, "which are about the future of Ukraine - just explicitly including the Russians - to go".

    "I have no sympathy and no explanation for this approach," Wellmann said on Monday upon his arrival in Berlin.
    The German Ambassador in Russia officially put a protest. Rüdiger Freiherr von Fritsch had made representations "without delay" the Russian Foreign Ministry. A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry in Berlin said the incident with Wellmann was "incomprehensible and unacceptable". The German government expects the abolition of refusing entry.

    Wellmann had been refused entry at the international airport Sheremetyevo; he had to fly back to Berlin. He was also informed that he received a travel ban by 2019.

    The CDU politician has been Chairman of the German-Ukrainian Parliamentary Group; in May 2014. He was responsible for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as an election observer in the Ukraine. Continue reading.

    Yahoo wrote:Full-house in Kiev bar inspired by Russian propaganda
    By Laetitia Peron 8 hours ago

    Kiev (AFP) - The title of the menu, "Long live Junta", and its Hitler-like caricatures of Vladimir Putin are some of the more benign gags at a new bar in Kiev packed nightly with crowds.

    Opened this month, the Karatel bar, whose name translates as "The Punisher", offers a tongue-in-cheek gastronomical take on all the main cliches of Russian propaganda about Ukraine's conflict with pro-Moscow separatists in the east.

    The owners, some of them Ukrainian army veterans, offer a discount to active soldiers.

    They say their black humour is harmless, and that it helps people affected by the conflict feel at ease.

    But serving novelties such as the salmon "grilled separatist" and poultry-based "Berkut-grill" -- a reference to riot police accused of brutally dispersing pro-Western Maidan protesters last year -- the bar brazenly pushes the boundaries of political correctness. Continue reading.

    Forbes wrote:Yats To Washington: Please Buy Ukraine
    INVESTING 5/25/2015

    Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy “Yats” Yatsenyuk is lobbying Washington to convince American firms to buy up Ukraine in the country’s planned flea market of state controlled enterprises.

    “The Prime Minister of Ukraine has urged U.S. partners to actively use the investment opportunities offered by the privatization campaign in Ukraine, particularly in the energy sector,” a statement posted on Ukraine’s governmental website said on Monday.

    Yats met with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin recently to discuss the current state of economic reforms following an additional $1 billion pledge in official U.S. aid to the fledgling nation.
    Ukraine seems to be constantly embattled. The recent Euromaiden revolution took the country out of Russia’s sphere of influence and into Europe and the U.S. “loving arms.” However, the nation is not united on Kyiv’s newfound love for the west. And despite calls for Ukraine to be more pro-actively engaged with a capitalist Europe than with a mostly state controlled Russian economy, it is unclear just how attractive the country looks to Americans right now. The hub of Ukraine’s industrial east is largely controlled by separatist groups backed, in part, by the Russian military. Although Russia denies official support (they say its volunteer support), the AP has reported extensively on how local pro-Russia separatist groups receive off-the-reservation military aid from “Uncle Putin”. Continue reading.

    NV via Google Translate wrote:Спецслужбы задержали группу чиновников за помощь боевикам в контрабанде грузов в Донбасс
    The security services detained a group of officials for helping militants of smuggling of goods in the Donbass
    Today, 14:12

    SBU, the military prosecutor's office and the department Peacemaker fighters detained officials suspected of corrupt practices in the area of ​​the ATO.

    This was reported in the press service of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine in Kiev area.

    "To expose officials who organized the illegal movement of trucks with Ukrainian goods temporarily bypass the roadblocks in the territory outside the control of the Ukrainian government," - said in a statement.

    Detainees declared suspect. Court against them a preventive measure - detention.

    According to this criminal proceedings under Part 3 st.369 (offer, promise or giving of an undue benefits officer) of the Criminal Code.

    Officials face a term of four to eight years. Continue reading.

    Hromadske TV via Google Translate wrote:«Правий сектор» призупинив мобілізацію бійців у зону АТО
    "Right Sector" suspended mobilizing fighters in the area of ​​ATO
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    Ukrainian Volunteer Corps "Right Sector" on May 25 suspended the mobilization of soldiers in the zone of the antiterrorist operation in eastern Ukraine.

    "Set in the training center" Legal Sector "followed by sending the front suspended for a short period," - said in a statement on the official website of AC.

    The reasons for such a decision not specified.

    Recall, May 14, leader Dmitry Yarosh aircraft registered in the Verkhovna Rada a draft law on the legalization Duc as non-party military formation. Continue reading.

    ATO in Ukraine / АТО в Україні wrote:Truce? Russian terrorists beat all guns
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    Post  Cowboy's daughter on Tue May 26, 2015 12:19 pm

    Ukrainian Volunteer Corps "Right Sector" on May 25 suspended the mobilization of soldiers in the zone of the antiterrorist operation in eastern Ukraine

    ^^^^ Wonder what's up with that?
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    Post  whir on Tue May 26, 2015 12:26 pm

    Spiegel via Google Translate wrote:Wellmann-Eklat am Moskauer Airport: "Ich wurde behandelt wie ein Verbrecher"
    Wellmann-scandal at the Moscow Airport: "I was treated like a criminal"
    Tuesday, 05/26/2015 - 13:48

    CDU foreign policy expert Karl-Georg Wellmann was not allowed to enter Russia. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he talks about the scandal at the Moscow airport - and says why he thinks not about him.

    Russia travel ban against the CDU foreign policy expert Karl-Georg Wellmann has led to the first consequences. Bundestag Vice President John Sing Hammer (CSU) said a planned trip to Moscow for the time being from . "As Vice President of the Bundestag, I can not accept that a parliamentary colleagues, without notice at the Moscow airport, the entry will be denied it." Wellmann was at the international airport Sheremetyevo been refused entry ; he had to fly back to Berlin. He was also informed that he received a travel ban by 2019. The CDU politician has been Chairman of the German-Ukrainian Parliamentary Group; in May 2014. He was responsible for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as an election observer in the Ukraine.

    The Russian political opposition party criticized the entry stop sharp. "The prohibition does not only fall out of the frame of civilized relations between states, but also testifies to an inappropriate foreign policy," party leader Sergei Mitrokhin said in Moscow on Tuesday.

    In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE is Wellmann was surprised by the action of Russia. There had been no indication in advance: Continue reading.

    Pravda UA via Google Translate wrote:Суд снял арест с ценных бумаг Януковича-младшего
    Court withdrew the arrest with the Securities Yanukovych Jr.
    Monday, May 25, 2015, 21:17

    The Court of Appeal of Kiev withdrew the arrest imposed on the property of Alexander Yanukovych, including securities that are registered in the "All-Ukrainian Development Bank."

    According to sources, "Ukrainian Truth", the decision was made back April 14, 2015.

    To avoid the release of resources, on the same day SCFM, given the new circumstances, I have decided again to stop supplies financial transactions in securities on the open a bank account.

    Property Yanukovych may be finally unlocked in case to May 28, 2015, the General Prosecutor's Office did not re-apply to the court for attachment.

    Seizure of property of Alexander Yanukovych, including securities that were registered in the bank "FBG" decree was imposed Pechersk district court in Kiev on April 1, 2014.

    As of April 1, 2014, the aggregate balance of the securities account was 1 billion 067 million hryvnia - that is how much of the total nominal value of securities.

    As is well known, "Ukrainian Bank for Development" is a wholly-owned by the eldest son of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych Alexander, and chairman of the bank until the middle of last year worked Valentine Arbuzov - the mother of former First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Arbuzov. Continue reading.

    Reuters wrote:Russia is lying when it denies its troops are in Ukraine: Kerry
    World | Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:54pm EST

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Russia was lying when it said there are no Russian troops or equipment in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government troops.

    Fighting has abated in eastern Ukraine in recent days, raising hope that a ceasefire that was due to start on Feb. 15 can finally take effect after the rebels initially ignored it to storm the government-held town of Debaltseve last week.

    Western countries have not given up on the ceasefire deal to end fighting that has killed more than 5,600 people, although they remain suspicious of the rebels and their presumed patron, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Asked during U.S. congressional testimony if Russia was lying when it says it has no troops or equipment in Ukraine, Kerry replied: "Yes." Continue reading.

    NTV via Google Translate wrote:На границе России и Украины вырыли 100-километровый ров
    On the border of Russia and Ukraine dug a 100-kilometer ditch
    05/26/2015, 7:22

    In the Rostov region along the Russian-Ukrainian border, was built more than 40 kilometers of fences and dug trenches around a hundred kilometers

    This " Russian newspaper "reported in the regional FSB Border Guard directorate.

    The ministry explained that the engineering fortifications were built to ensure the stability of the Don region, in particular, to precech arms trafficking.

    Since the beginning of 2015, Russian border guards in the Rostov region have stopped more than 60 attempts to import of arms and ammunition. In particular, staff of the FSB border guards seized 40 firearms, about 6000 rounds of ammunition, 200 grenades, 100 rounds, and more than 30 minutes. Detained 400 trespassers and border regime, with five times the FSB officers had to use the weapon. Continue reading.

    Pravda UA via Google Translate wrote:Саакашвілі, Шустер і Катеринчук хочуть відкрити в Україні американський університет
    Saakashvili, Shuster and Katerynchuk want to open in Ukraine an American university
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 16:39

    Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili together with Mykola Katerynchuk and Savik Shuster establish private American University of Ukraine.

    Information Memorandum on the establishment of the American University of Ukraine made by Ernst & Young, has "Ukrainian Truth".

    According to the document Ernst & Young, as Ukraine has created favorable conditions for the development of the educational project, decided to open a private university, which will meet the American education system.

    Bachelor and Master programs it will be developed according to the American education system.

    It is expected that the university will teach at prominent professors of higher educational institutions of the USA and Europe.

    It is planned that the university will be based in Kiev, and the first students at the university will in September 2016. The language of instruction should be English.

    It is planned to introduce several faculties: Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Business, Faculty of Communication and Media Arts and the Faculty of Public Administration. Continue reading.

    TASS wrote:Analyst: Ukrainian government loses support from abroad as foreign experts leave cabinet
    World May 26, 13:56 UTC+3

    Natalie Jaresko, who came from the United States and is currently holding the post of the country’s minister of finance, is the only one among the foreigners holding a stable position at the moment

    KIEV, May 26. /TASS/. Recent resignations of foreign experts from the Ukrainian government might signal the loss of support from abroad of the country’s cabinet of ministers, led by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a Ukrainian political analyst said on Tuesday.

    Ruslan Bortnik, the director of the Ukrainian Institute of Policy Analysis and Management, said "the withdrawals may be a signal for the government of Yatsenyuk that he is losing the support of foreign partners."

    "We all realize that the majority of foreigners were representing to some extent western interests," Bortnik said adding that "there is currently an atmosphere of grand changes in the government of Ukraine."

    The political expert said that one the sound resignations recently was the walkout of German national Sasha Borovik, who was seen as the most possible candidate for the post of the country’s deputy minister of economy.

    "Sasha Borovik’s withdrawal on the day of [US Department of State spokesperson] Victoria Nuland’s visit [to Kiev on May 18] may be a bad sign, the so-called presentation of a ‘black spot’," Bortnik said. Continue reading.

    TASS wrote:Kiev forces occupy Donetsk region school — self-proclaimed republic spokesman
    World May 26, 15:16 UTC+3

    A battalion of Ukraine's armed forces rejected its deployment in field conditions

    MOSCOW, May 26. /TASS/. Kiev-controlled forces have seized the building of a high school in a village they have occupied on territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, a DPR Defense Ministry spokesman told reporters on Tuesday.

    "Ukrainian army unit commanders, seeking self-preservation, are trying to hide behind the civilian population," said representative Eduard Basurin.

    "According to our intelligence, a battalion of Ukraine's armed forces rejected its deployment in field conditions and occupied a high school building in the village of Alexandro-Shultino on their own initiative," Basurin said, locating the incident in the republic's Konstantinovsky district.

    Spokesman Basurin spoke to reporters on Monday of a hospital seized by a battalion of Ukrainian troops in the city of Dzerzhinsk. This followed reports that a mercenary unit had been deployed in a children's hospital there. Continue reading.

    News-Front wrote:Signalers brigades of the People's Militia LC ready to serve the motherland!

    Army units DNR in action
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    Post  Cowboy's daughter on Tue May 26, 2015 12:28 pm

    it's strange to see parts of Donetsk that aren't shelled.
    This is Donetsk, right?

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    Post  whir on Tue May 26, 2015 12:42 pm

    Washington Post wrote:What people in southeast Ukraine really think of Novorossiya
    By Gerard Toal and John O'Loughlin May 25 at 12:02 PM

    Novorossiya is frozen. Last week Oleg Tsarev, leader of the ‘parliament’ that ostensibly united the eastern Ukraine separatist entities, the Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk Peoples Republic (LPR), announced the project was now on hold. The reason Tsarev gave was that Novorossiya was incompatible with the Minsk II Accords, the principles agreed by the ‘Normandy Four’ — French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin – in February to end the crisis in eastern Ukraine. His statement and similar ones by others may signal that rebel leaders have been encouraged to consolidate around territory they now control rather than launching a new offensive to grab more. Time will tell. What it does reveal is belated recognition on the part of separatists and perhaps the Kremlin that Novorossiya as a geopolitical project to break Ukraine has fallen well short of its objective.

    Tracing the origins of Novorossiya as a contemporary geopolitical re-imagining of Ukraine takes one to the murky world of relations between Kremlin forces and a spectrum of Russian nationalists. In a recent article, Marlene Laruelle outlined the three colors of Russian nationalism behind Novorossiya: a red Novorossiya preoccupied with reasserting Russia as a neo-Soviet great power, a white Novorossiya concerned with reviving and extending reactionary Orthodox ideals, and a brown Novorossiya driven by Russian ultra-nationalist fantasies and practices. What these power connected networks produced was an opportunistic geopolitical gambit on the heels of the Crimean annexation in March 2014 to detach southeast Ukraine from Kiev’s control.

    The envisioned territory stretched from Odesa to Donetsk to Kharkiv, uniting eight southeast oblasts into a singular space. Pro-Russian nationalists in these areas launched a series of anti-Maidan protests as occasions for the seizure of local public buildings and proclamation of counter-coup regimes to the perceived EuroMaidan coup in Kiev. These moves, however, garnered uneven public support and manifestly failed in the two strategic locations of Odesa and Kharkiv. Only in the oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk did they take hold, and not everywhere there. From the outset, therefore, there was a manifest gap between the aspirational greater Novorossiya and the lesser Novorossiya formed around the DPR and LPR. Putin famously amplified the project in his annual Direct Line television extravaganza in the pivotal month of April 2014 when he reminded everyone that the Novorossiya oblasts “were not part of Ukraine back then” in the tsarist days.

    Continue reading.
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    Post  whir on Tue May 26, 2015 12:48 pm

    Cowboy's daughter wrote:^^^^ Wonder what's up with that?
    There's something in the air.

    Cowboy's daughter wrote:it's strange to see parts of Donetsk that aren't shelled.
    This is Donetsk, right?
    Yes.
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    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue May 26, 2015 12:51 pm

    Cowboy's daughter wrote:Ukrainian Volunteer Corps "Right Sector" on May 25 suspended the mobilization of soldiers in the zone of the antiterrorist operation in eastern Ukraine

    ^^^^ Wonder what's up with that?

    Probably few recruits
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    Post  Cowboy's daughter on Tue May 26, 2015 12:58 pm

    Russian Patriot wrote:
    Cowboy's daughter wrote:Ukrainian Volunteer Corps "Right Sector" on May 25 suspended the mobilization of soldiers in the zone of the antiterrorist operation in eastern Ukraine

    ^^^^ Wonder what's up with that?

    Probably  few recruits

    That may be it.
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    Post  Cowboy's daughter on Tue May 26, 2015 1:05 pm

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    Spiegel via Google Translate wrote:Wellmann-Eklat am Moskauer Airport: "Ich wurde behandelt wie ein Verbrecher"
    Wellmann-scandal at the Moscow Airport: "I was treated like a criminal"
    Tuesday, 05/26/2015 - 13:48

    CDU foreign policy expert Karl-Georg Wellmann was not allowed to enter Russia. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he talks about the scandal at the Moscow airport - and says why he thinks not about him.

    Russia travel ban against the CDU foreign policy expert Karl-Georg Wellmann has led to the first consequences. Bundestag Vice President John Sing Hammer (CSU) said a planned trip to Moscow for the time being from . "As Vice President of the Bundestag, I can not accept that a parliamentary colleagues, without notice at the Moscow airport, the entry will be denied it." Wellmann was at the international airport Sheremetyevo been refused entry ; he had to fly back to Berlin. He was also informed that he received a travel ban by 2019. The CDU politician has been Chairman of the German-Ukrainian Parliamentary Group; in May 2014. He was responsible for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as an election observer in the Ukraine.

    The Russian political opposition party criticized the entry stop sharp. "The prohibition does not only fall out of the frame of civilized relations between states, but also testifies to an inappropriate foreign policy," party leader Sergei Mitrokhin said in Moscow on Tuesday.

    In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE is Wellmann was surprised by the action of Russia. There had been no indication in advance: Continue reading.

    Pravda UA via Google Translate wrote:Суд снял арест с ценных бумаг Януковича-младшего
    Court withdrew the arrest with the Securities Yanukovych Jr.
    Monday, May 25, 2015, 21:17

    The Court of Appeal of Kiev withdrew the arrest imposed on the property of Alexander Yanukovych, including securities that are registered in the "All-Ukrainian Development Bank."

    According to sources, "Ukrainian Truth", the decision was made back April 14, 2015.

    To avoid the release of resources, on the same day SCFM, given the new circumstances, I have decided again to stop supplies financial transactions in securities on the open a bank account.

    Property Yanukovych may be finally unlocked in case to May 28, 2015, the General Prosecutor's Office did not re-apply to the court for attachment.

    Seizure of property of Alexander Yanukovych, including securities that were registered in the bank "FBG" decree was imposed Pechersk district court in Kiev on April 1, 2014.

    As of April 1, 2014, the aggregate balance of the securities account was 1 billion 067 million hryvnia - that is how much of the total nominal value of securities.

    As is well known, "Ukrainian Bank for Development" is a wholly-owned by the eldest son of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych Alexander, and chairman of the bank until the middle of last year worked Valentine Arbuzov - the mother of former First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Arbuzov. Continue reading.

    Reuters wrote:Russia is lying when it denies its troops are in Ukraine: Kerry
    World | Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:54pm EST

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Russia was lying when it said there are no Russian troops or equipment in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government troops.

    Fighting has abated in eastern Ukraine in recent days, raising hope that a ceasefire that was due to start on Feb. 15 can finally take effect after the rebels initially ignored it to storm the government-held town of Debaltseve last week.

    Western countries have not given up on the ceasefire deal to end fighting that has killed more than 5,600 people, although they remain suspicious of the rebels and their presumed patron, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Asked during U.S. congressional testimony if Russia was lying when it says it has no troops or equipment in Ukraine, Kerry replied: "Yes." Continue reading.

    NTV via Google Translate wrote:На границе России и Украины вырыли 100-километровый ров
    On the border of Russia and Ukraine dug a 100-kilometer ditch
    05/26/2015, 7:22

    In the Rostov region along the Russian-Ukrainian border, was built more than 40 kilometers of fences and dug trenches around a hundred kilometers

    This " Russian newspaper "reported in the regional FSB Border Guard directorate.

    The ministry explained that the engineering fortifications were built to ensure the stability of the Don region, in particular, to precech arms trafficking.

    Since the beginning of 2015, Russian border guards in the Rostov region have stopped more than 60 attempts to import of arms and ammunition. In particular, staff of the FSB border guards seized 40 firearms, about 6000 rounds of ammunition, 200 grenades, 100 rounds, and more than 30 minutes. Detained 400 trespassers and border regime, with five times the FSB officers had to use the weapon. Continue reading.

    Pravda UA via Google Translate wrote:Саакашвілі, Шустер і Катеринчук хочуть відкрити в Україні американський університет
    Saakashvili, Shuster and Katerynchuk want to open in Ukraine an American university
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 16:39

    Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili together with Mykola Katerynchuk and Savik Shuster establish private American University of Ukraine.

    Information Memorandum on the establishment of the American University of Ukraine made by Ernst & Young, has "Ukrainian Truth".

    According to the document Ernst & Young, as Ukraine has created favorable conditions for the development of the educational project, decided to open a private university, which will meet the American education system.

    Bachelor and Master programs it will be developed according to the American education system.

    It is expected that the university will teach at prominent professors of higher educational institutions of the USA and Europe.

    It is planned that the university will be based in Kiev, and the first students at the university will in September 2016. The language of instruction should be English.

    It is planned to introduce several faculties: Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Business, Faculty of Communication and Media Arts and the Faculty of Public Administration. Continue reading.

    TASS wrote:Analyst: Ukrainian government loses support from abroad as foreign experts leave cabinet
    World  May 26, 13:56 UTC+3

    Natalie Jaresko, who came from the United States and is currently holding the post of the country’s minister of finance, is the only one among the foreigners holding a stable position at the moment

    KIEV, May 26. /TASS/. Recent resignations of foreign experts from the Ukrainian government might signal the loss of support from abroad of the country’s cabinet of ministers, led by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a Ukrainian political analyst said on Tuesday.

    Ruslan Bortnik, the director of the Ukrainian Institute of Policy Analysis and Management, said "the withdrawals may be a signal for the government of Yatsenyuk that he is losing the support of foreign partners."

    "We all realize that the majority of foreigners were representing to some extent western interests," Bortnik said adding that "there is currently an atmosphere of grand changes in the government of Ukraine."

    The political expert said that one the sound resignations recently was the walkout of German national Sasha Borovik, who was seen as the most possible candidate for the post of the country’s deputy minister of economy.

    "Sasha Borovik’s withdrawal on the day of [US Department of State spokesperson] Victoria Nuland’s visit [to Kiev on May 18] may be a bad sign, the so-called presentation of a ‘black spot’," Bortnik said. Continue reading.

    TASS wrote:Kiev forces occupy Donetsk region school — self-proclaimed republic spokesman
    World  May 26, 15:16 UTC+3

    A battalion of Ukraine's armed forces rejected its deployment in field conditions

    MOSCOW, May 26. /TASS/. Kiev-controlled forces have seized the building of a high school in a village they have occupied on territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, a DPR Defense Ministry spokesman told reporters on Tuesday.

    "Ukrainian army unit commanders, seeking self-preservation, are trying to hide behind the civilian population," said representative Eduard Basurin.

    "According to our intelligence, a battalion of Ukraine's armed forces rejected its deployment in field conditions and occupied a high school building in the village of Alexandro-Shultino on their own initiative," Basurin said, locating the incident in the republic's Konstantinovsky district.

    Spokesman Basurin spoke to reporters on Monday of a hospital seized by a battalion of Ukrainian troops in the city of Dzerzhinsk. This followed reports that a mercenary unit had been deployed in a children's hospital there. Continue reading.

    News-Front wrote:Signalers brigades of the People's Militia LC ready to serve the motherland!

    Army units DNR in action

    It seems like there's a lot going on behind the scenes.

    re: Signalers brigades of the People's Militia LC ready to serve the motherland!,

    from comments, my older brother was a radio relay operator in the Marines, back in the '60's, but I understand nothing about the workings. I wish someone could put the comments into plain English, so I could understand them. How vunerable they are.....

    google translate

    Work in the radiotelephone mode -[b] the most vulnerable[/b] and pomehonezaschischёnny kind of communication ... In radiotelegraphy working level of training required is already higher frequency range ... there is still a Soviet - extinguished malomoschnym transmitter in a wide range with a bang ... that keeps the antenna on snot [b]need half an hour to assemble and disassemble[/b] as much ... and [b]it is demolished by the wind[/b] ... within range of all wireless mode at all current means guaranteed covered by artillery ... that works like a magnet attracts the station ... That's only if it is in the rear to coordinate coming from abroad to help the troops - then the air for half an hour it'll do ... They work on the PC 143? If so, teleradioobmen - 1000% protected by cryptographic codes. (the 66 th Khungi yet we have seen in Chechnya) FAPSI - my memory;) · 2 minutes ago (edited) + Constantine Bautdinov Teleobmen ??? About Us BORO they did not muddled - God forbid cryptographic code machine does not gets into the wrong hands ... but for the BOR to create the main communication channel and it is due to noise is a very long time ... and in the event of hostilities with this all will be there ... Khan in the best case they will work on the appointment ... but it's a big war ... wrote:
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    Post  Cowboy's daughter on Tue May 26, 2015 1:19 pm

    Pervomaisk is a city in Mykolaiv Oblast, Ukraine and the center of the Pervomaisk Raion. It is located on the Southern Bug river which bisects the city.

    from wikipedia, such as it is.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pervomaisk,_Luhansk_Oblast

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    Post  Flagship Victory on Tue May 26, 2015 1:26 pm

    Anyone know if NAF is using heavy weapons of over 100 mm caliber against Maidan positions?
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    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue May 26, 2015 1:28 pm

    Flagship Victory wrote:Anyone know if NAF is using heavy weapons of over 100 mm caliber against Maidan positions?

    Yes they are as OBSCE can't find it in designated withdrawal zone.
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    Post  Flagship Victory on Tue May 26, 2015 1:32 pm

    Russian Patriot wrote:
    Flagship Victory wrote:Anyone know if NAF is using heavy weapons of over 100 mm caliber against Maidan positions?

    Yes they are  as OBSCE  can't  find  it  in designated  withdrawal  zone.

    OBSCE? thumbsup What's the B?

    Personally, I'm a sniper guy rather than an artillery guy. Dragunov / PKM can drop a man from 800 meters away. ASVK / Kord can drop a man from over a kilometer away. Shooting rather than shelling will reduce civilian casualties to a minimum.

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    Post  PapaDragon on Tue May 26, 2015 1:38 pm

    Don't care too much for average Ukrainians in light of this last year but still interesting data:

    http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/one-chart-shows-how-maidan-screwed-average-ukrainian/ri7417

    One Chart That Shows How Maidan Screwed the Average Ukrainian

    The revolution of dignity has left Ukrainians with miserly purchasing power and staggering inflation

    This one chart sums up the “post-Maidan” reality for most Ukrainians. It show average monthly salaries in hryvnias and dollars, by city, between December ‘13 and March ‘15. Look at the staggering difference. It’s true that salaries have increased across the board, but factor in the fact that consumer prices were up 60.9% higher in April from the year before, with 14% inflation in the first four months of 2015 alone, and you begin to understand the grim financial situation facing your average Ukrainian. And salaries definitely haven’t increased 60% to compensate for inflation…

    No EU membership, just as much — if not more — corruption, a bloody civil war, looming default, ultra-nationalists under every rock….the list goes on forever. We wish there was one chart that could really show what Ukraine is facing. For now, this is still sobering:

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    Post  Cowboy's daughter on Tue May 26, 2015 1:39 pm

    OSCE ‏@OSCE 3h3 hours ago

    .@OSCE_SMM observed ongoing fighting in & around Donetsk airport. Military movements on both sides of contact line.

    http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/160096

    The SMM observed that fighting continued in and around the destroyed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”)-controlled Donetsk airport, noting over 170 explosions during the reporting period[1]. Because of security restrictions, the SMM was unable to patrol in either the Shyrokyne area (20km east of Mariupol) or government-controlled Avdiivka (15km north of Donetsk). wrote:

    The SMM re-visited three “DPR” and eight Ukrainian Armed Forces heavy weapons holding areas, observing that the majority of weapons previously recorded were in situ, and that their locations comply with the respective withdrawal lines. At four of the Ukrainian Armed Forces holding areas, however, the SMM noted that a total of 15 artillery pieces and six multiple rocket launcher systems were missing. Despite claims that withdrawal of heavy weapons was complete, the SMM observed the following weapons’ movements or presence in areas that are non-compliant with the Minsk withdrawal lines: (i) in “DPR”-controlled areas, three T-64 main battle tanks (MBT); and, in government-controlled areas, one T-64 MBT. wrote:
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    Post  whir on Tue May 26, 2015 1:42 pm

    Flagship Victory wrote:Personally, I'm a sniper guy rather than an artillery guy. Dragunov / PKM can drop a man from 800 meters away.  ASVK / Kord can drop a man from over a kilometer away. Shooting rather than shelling will reduce civilian casualties to a minimum.
    No, it would just make everyone a target.
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    Post  Cowboy's daughter on Tue May 26, 2015 1:46 pm

    PapaDragon wrote:Don't care too much for average Ukrainians in light of this last year but still interesting data:

    http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/one-chart-shows-how-maidan-screwed-average-ukrainian/ri7417

    One Chart That Shows How Maidan Screwed the Average Ukrainian

    The revolution of dignity has left Ukrainians with miserly purchasing power and staggering inflation

    This one chart sums up the “post-Maidan” reality for most Ukrainians. It show average monthly salaries in hryvnias and dollars, by city, between December ‘13 and March ‘15. Look at the staggering difference. It’s true that salaries have increased across the board, but factor in the fact that consumer prices were up 60.9% higher in April from the year before, with 14% inflation in the first four months of 2015 alone, and you begin to understand the grim financial situation facing your average Ukrainian. And salaries definitely haven’t increased 60% to compensate for inflation…

    No EU membership, just as much — if not more — corruption, a bloody civil war, looming default, ultra-nationalists under every rock….the list goes on forever. We wish there was one chart that could really show what Ukraine is facing. For now, this is still sobering:

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    They've lost over half of their income, with prices up 70%.

    That'd be like me losing half my income and prices up 100%.

    No body can live like that....not and buy food and pay bills...
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    Post  Flagship Victory on Tue May 26, 2015 1:47 pm

    Cowboy's daughter wrote:OSCE ‏@OSCE 3h3 hours ago

    .@OSCE_SMM observed ongoing fighting in & around Donetsk airport. Military movements on both sides of contact line.

    http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/160096

    The SMM observed that fighting continued in and around the destroyed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”)-controlled Donetsk airport, noting over 170 explosions during the reporting period[1]. Because of security restrictions, the SMM was unable to patrol in either the Shyrokyne area (20km east of Mariupol) or government-controlled Avdiivka (15km north of Donetsk). wrote:


    Why does OSCE always put DPR and LPR in quotation marks? confused

    Cowboy's daughter wrote:They've lost over half of their income, with prices up 70%.

    That'd be like me losing half my income and prices up 100%.

    No body can live like that....not and buy food and pay bills...

    The hyper inflation in Ukraine is largely caused by too much money injection by IMF and the EU. When conquistadors brought huge amounts of gold to Spain in the 1500s and 1600s, Spain experienced hyper inflation. Likewise, Germany and Japan both experienced hyper inflation post WW2. Hyper inflation in itself is not a bad thing. Over time, salaries will rise to match prices of goods and services. China has also experienced hyper inflation over the past few decades, with prices and salaries being over 10 times what they used to be about 25 years ago.
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    Post  Cowboy's daughter on Tue May 26, 2015 1:55 pm

    Kiev forces occupy Donetsk region school — self-proclaimed republic spokesman

    http://tass.ru/en/world/796774

    MOSCOW, May 26. /TASS/. Kiev-controlled forces have seized the building of a high school in a village they have occupied on territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, a DPR Defense Ministry spokesman told reporters on Tuesday. "Ukrainian army unit commanders, seeking self-preservation, are trying to hide behind the civilian population," said representative Eduard Basurin. "According to our intelligence, a battalion of Ukraine's armed forces rejected its deployment in field conditions and occupied a high school building in the village of Alexandro-Shultino on their own initiative," Basurin said, locating the incident in the republic's Konstantinovsky district. Spokesman Basurin spoke to reporters on Monday of a hospital seized by a battalion of Ukrainian troops in the city of Dzerzhinsk. This followed reports that a mercenary unit had been deployed in a children's hospital there. wrote:
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    Post  Regular on Tue May 26, 2015 1:56 pm

    Flagship Victory wrote:Personally, I'm a sniper guy rather than an artillery guy. Dragunov / PKM can drop a man from 800 meters away.  ASVK / Kord can drop a man from over a kilometer away. Shooting rather than shelling will reduce civilian casualties to a minimum.

    pirat

    Personally, I'm tank rather sniper guy. T-72 can drop a man from 1800 meters away. T-14 can drop a man from 5 km away. Shooting tank rather sniper shooting will increase die on enemy position.


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    Post  VladimirSahin on Tue May 26, 2015 1:58 pm

    Regular wrote:
    Flagship Victory wrote:Personally, I'm a sniper guy rather than an artillery guy. Dragunov / PKM can drop a man from 800 meters away.  ASVK / Kord can drop a man from over a kilometer away. Shooting rather than shelling will reduce civilian casualties to a minimum.

    pirat

    Personally, I'm tank guy rather sniper guy. T-72 can drop a man from 1800 meters away. T-14 can drop a man from 5 km away. Shooting tank rather sniping will increase die on enemy position.

    respekt +1
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    Post  Flagship Victory on Tue May 26, 2015 1:59 pm

    Regular wrote:
    Flagship Victory wrote:Personally, I'm a sniper guy rather than an artillery guy. Dragunov / PKM can drop a man from 800 meters away.  ASVK / Kord can drop a man from over a kilometer away. Shooting rather than shelling will reduce civilian casualties to a minimum.

    pirat

    Personally, I'm tank guy rather sniper guy. T-72 can drop a man from 1800 meters away. T-14 can drop a man from 5 km away. Shooting tank rather sniping will increase die on enemy position.

    thumbsup Snipers used to be cool. But now they are easy prey due to GPS equipped mini drones the size of a hand which can spot snipers from hundreds of meters up using IR undetected and send GPS coordinates to artillery teams.


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