Tuesday September 1, 2015
Merkel on Minsk: Separatists Must Approve Electoral Law (VIDEO) / Russia Insider TV / September 1, 2015 / Angela Merkel gave a video press conference today on Minsk electoral law implementation. A transcription of the subtitles is as follows. Merkel: “We want to manage the implementation of the electoral laws, which is also being worked on by the Ukrainian Rada, in a way that the separatists also approve of it. It is written in the Minsk agreement that elections must be held according to Ukrainian law as well as the principles of ODIHR. That is the OSCE organization. There are consultations taking place today in Ukraine. We are still discussing the question about whether the constitutional debate is properly balanced; we worked on that — there were reports about that. Then the Rada should – and then did – write down the special status of Donetsk and Lugansk in the constitutional drafts. There is now a debate about that between Russia and Ukraine: about whether that is happening in the right place and the right form. There have been legal consultations concerning that in the German Foreign Ministry with the corresponding experts, including the Venice Commitee. We are trying in – lets say – very subtle detailed work to bring things forward. Unfortunately it is going slower than you’d think, but we feel a great deal of reponsibility toward this process.” Video available at source.
Purgin: The Verkhovna Rada Will Not Be Able to Cancel DPR Elections on October 18 / riafan.ru / Edited autotranslation / September 1, 2015 / St. Petersburg / The Verkhovna Rada will not be able to take into account all the requirements of Donbass, even in the second reading of the bill on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine in terms of decentralization, because local elections in the DPR, scheduled for October 18, cannot be canceled or rescheduled, Chairman of the DPR National Council Andrei Purgin told the Federal News Agency on Tuesday during his visit to St. Petersburg. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the eve of August 31, with scandals inside and outside the Houses of Parliament, passed the first reading draft amendments to the constitution of the country in terms of decentralization. Offers from Donetsk and Luhansk, despite the Minsk Agreement, were not taken into account. According to Purgin, it is unlikely that Parliament will agree to consider the amendments of the republics on the second reading of the document. “There’s a need for a separate law on elections in the republic. It is unlikely that it will be accepted,” said Andrei Purgin. Viewed Rada bill, according to Purgin, it can not be applied to the DPR, even when incorporated in it any change [sic]. Purgin is sure that Kiev has not included in the final version of the law a number of provisions on which the DPR “cannot retreat.” Thus, the DPR finds it impossible to participate in the election of the Ukrainian parties, as well as the Ukrainian media, “which actually called for the destruction of the population of Donbass”. In addition, the DPR [has] the need to take into account “the voting residence.” “We do not want a man who left the territory of the Republic [one and -tr?] a half years ago elected as our mayor, because he was in another territory one and a half years, when there was war and shelling,” said Purgin. He added that in a situation of war, any possible political solution, even if it is found to be non-standard, wears a “unique character.” “You cannot cram into a common legislative framework what happened. We do not elect the president, we did not participate in the elections to the Verkhovna Rada, we do not accept the laws, contact law Kiev does not agree upon [sic]. There are all-Ukrainian laws that absolutely did not meet our realities. If we solve the problem by political means, it means a reduction in aggression, and consensus. But what could be the consensus, if we hold elections by the Ukrainian law, which destabilizes the situation?” said Andrei Purgin.
Moscow calls for Donbas to stay at negotiations table despite Kiev’s arrogant position / TASS / September 1, 2015 / MOSCOW / Moscow is confident that yesterday’s clashes in Kiev would not have happened if the European Union and United States had called on Kiev to fulfill its commitments, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told students and lecturers of the International State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) on Tuesday. “We are for Minsk-2 to be implemented in its full volume, without any kind of omissions or tricks,” Lavrov said. “We are ready to help in this matter and are doing everything possible so that Donetsk and Luhansk, despite Kiev’s absolutely arrogant position, remain at the negotiations table and stay committed to the Minsk agreements, the main aim of which is to preserve Ukraine’s integrity while securing the rights of people on these territories,” he added. “We understand all political difficulties, opinions voiced in the Verkhovna Rada, including that other regions of Ukraine deserve more authority. However, all this is a matter of political negotiations,” Lavrov said. Russia is “ready to help as much as it can, we have rather good relations with separate Ukrainian regions,” he continued. “Other countries have great relations with Kiev, with different political forces in the Verkhovna Rada,” he added. “I am convinced that nothing like yesterday’s events would have happened and the Minsk agreements would have been implemented if Western countries who have a decisive influence on official Kiev gathered all political forces and strongly recommended them [Kiev authorities] to act in accordance with what was agreed upon,” the foreign minister concluded.
Clashes in Kiev prove that extremists not part of “mainstream” — Lavrov / TASS / September 1, 2015 / MOSCOW / Yesterday’s clashes in Kiev show that it is dangerous to coquet with extremists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told students and lecturers of the International State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) on Tuesday. “What happened in Kiev yesterday are the same extremists, the Svoboda [Freedom] party,” Lavrov said. “When parliamentary elections were held in Ukraine in 2012 – and Svoboda’s charter adheres to documents of Ukrainian nationalists who announced their support for the new Hitler order – then EU made a statement, calling on Ukrainian politicians to refrain from cooperating with this strongly nationalist party,” Lavrov noted. “When the coup happened, we reminded our colleagues how they treated this organization,” he continued. “No one denied that EU held such a position, but the French foreign minister said that ‘everything is fine’ and that ‘Svoboda is moving in the direction of political mainstream’. Well, it showed its ‘mainstream’ yesterday. One should not coquet with extremists anywhere,” the top diplomat stressed. Clashes in Kiev on August 31. Over 3,000 protesters against the Ukrainian Constitution amendments gathered at the Rada headquarters on Monday morning. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said some 30 protesters, including the one who threw a grenade at policemen, were detained. Around 90-100 National Guards members were injured in the clashes, and one servicemen died from sustained injuries, advisor to the interior minister Anton Geraschenko said. The Right Sector, Ukraine’s ultranationalist radical organization, called an urgent gathering for its supporters in downtown Kiev following Monday’s clashes between police and protesters against amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution. Meanwhile, according to Ukrainian News reports, three journalists have been injured on Monday during the Rada clashes.
Ukrainian Prosecutors Qualify Riots Near Parliament as Terrorist Attack / Sputnik / September 1, 2015 / KIEV / The results of a preliminary investigation into Monday’s deadly riots in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, let the prosecutors qualify the incident as a terrorist act, the press service of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday. “According to a report by the Prosecutor General, the investigative team, which was set up yesterday on presidential orders, received additional information that allows us to qualify the actions of the perpetrators of provocative actions outside the Verkhovna Rada as the preparation, organization and carrying out an act of terror,” the press service said in a statement. According to the statement, at last four suspects are under investigation in connection with the Monday clashes between police and protesters outside the building of the Ukrainian parliament that killed law enforcement officers and wounded 140 people, including 56 National Guard soldiers. Leaders of Svoboda, Ukrop, the Radical Party as well as other suspected organizers of the riots will be questioned by investigators soon, the statement added.
Ukraine’s Protesters Were Paid to Storm Parliament? / Sputnik / September 1, 2015 / A video has appeared on the internet showing a group of people paying protesters money to demonstrate in front of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament). In addition to money being handed out, there were also t-shirts distributed with labels and logos, some of which read “Ukrop”, website joinfo.ua reported. The journalists also managed to film how the protestors who came to the building of the Ukrainian parliament were handed flags of the Kolomoisky-sponsored party. Ihor Kolomoisky, the former governor of Dnipropetrovsk, is one of Ukraine’s richest tycoons with a business empire that includes holdings in the energy, media, aviation, chemical and metalwork industries. Moreover, the notorious oligarch sponsors Azov radical battalion, which fights in Donbass. Media, including Western newspapers, have persistently published facts proving that the Azov battalion comprises far-right extremists. . . . MORE>>
Donetsk Republic Leader Dismisses Rumors About Referendum on Joining Russia / Sputnik / September 1, 2015 / Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, dismissed on Tuesday rumors about plans to conduct a referendum on joining Russia. / DONETSK / Zakharchenko dismissed Ukrainian media reports that the self-proclaimed people’s republic of Donetsk aims to hold a referendum on joining Russia. “There will be no referendum. We will have elections. If there is a need to conduct a referendum, I will personally inform you,” Zakharchenko told RIA Novosti. “Ukrainian media spread the information claiming that instead of elections we are going to hold a referendum,” he said. Donetsk and Lugansk self-proclaimed republics decided to hold separate elections of mayors and district governors on October 18 and November 1 respectively. The rest of Ukraine is set to vote in local elections on October 25. [… More background at source.]
Will Kiev Riot Shatter Minsk and Lead to Atlantic War? / by John E. Fordcapin / Quemado Institute / August 31, 2015 / If one thinks in broad political terms about the situation in Ukraine, the Kiev riot is an important event. It exposes Minsk as an impossible agreement. What is really going on? From a broader perspective, what is Minsk now? Poroshenko’s signature on the document was not enough to ensure Ukraine’s compliance. Members of the Verkhovna Rada do not believe their elected “President” had the right to sign away Kiev’s control of Donbass without parliamentary approval. They contend he did not have the right to sign an agreement with foreign leaders that mandates reform of Ukraine’s constitution. They perceive that that the Minsk agreements violate Ukraine’s sovereignty, if such sovereignty can be argued in view of US manipulation. The ultra-nationalists are right on this technical point. But now it has come to a head. Poroshenko can’t fulfill the Minsk agreements. He lacks the power within his own country. By some accounts, he is soon to be impeached, and his two likely successors, Valentin Nalivaichenko, former head of the Ukrainian Security Service, and Sergei Levochkin, former chief of staff for Viktor Yanukovych, are both Ukrainian nationalists who . . . MORE>>
I’m not a Ukrainian, I’m a separatist / Novorossia Vision / September 1, 2015 / You live in a country which you were born in and consider your Motherland. You love it as it is, with all its drawbacks. It’s not perfect, like everything in the world. You aren’t a genius. You have a job that gives you enough money to buy some food, clothes, to have fun in your spare time and even to save a little bit for a rainy day. Those who are smarter can even deposit this little bit to save it for the future wonderful life for themselves and their children. You live in an ordinary old flat. You travel by bus. You have an ordinary life in a country that is far from being the richest. But you love it anyway because you realise that “you’re good enough where you were born”. You get education here, work here, start a family here; your children are born here and go to school where you used to study yourself. In a word, you live like everybody else around you. Someone lives a bit better, another lives a bit worse but, on the whole, everyone is satisfied. Almost everyone. There are always some grumblers. Those, you know, who wake up in the morning and get resented that the sun has risen and is shining too brightly. I call such people “chronic whiners”. They’re just used to living in such a way. You can’t change their mind. From time to time everyone gets influenced by them. Sure thing, Ukraine was not a country of high living standards, but there were well-off families after all. That was how you lived and considered yourself a Ukrainian. Then came a period of turmoil. It came in the end of 2013 when some people decided that their life was much harder than that of the others and believed guys in jackets promising them . . . MORE>>
A new school year, and a new attempt at ceasefire, in Donbas and Ukraine / Russia News Feed / September 1, 2015 / Today is the opening of the new school year across Ukraine and in the Donbas region in the east of the country. Notwithstanding the tragic riot of right-wing extremists in Kyiv the day before which killed three policemen and injured dozens more, this year’s school opening brings added hope–that the cease fire agreement of last week which takes effect today may hold, and that the governing regime in Ukraine may finally agree to meet and talk with representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. Such talks are a condition of the comprehensive Minsk-2 ceasefire agreement of Feb. 12, 2015. Kyiv has yet to live up to it. Today in Donetsk, Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko visited Donetsk secondary school #4 to welcome students to their new school year. He is a graduate of the school. Zakharcheno told the first-year students at the school, “I want to congratulate you, my dear first-graders. You now start a new life. Today is the first day you will sit behind desks and meet new friends. I’m sure you will respect and obey your parents and teachers. . . . MORE>>
Monday, August 31, 2015
Opponents of decentralization amendments hold rally in front of Verkhovna Rada / Russia Beyond the Headlines / August 31, 2015 / A protest of several political forces and public organizations against the first reading of decentralization amendments to the Ukrainian constitution began near the Verkhovna Rada in Kiev on Aug.31 morning. About 1,500 activists, mostly Svoboda followers, have gathered on Constitution Square in front of the parliament, an Interfax correspondent reports. Activists of the Oleh Lyashko Radical Party and UKROP have joined the protest as well. The activists are holding party banners and state flags of Ukraine. Parliament deputies and activists are addressing the audience from a stage. A cordon of police officers carrying protective equipment separates the demonstrators from the Verkhovna Rada building. The protesters sang the national anthem of Ukraine in the beginning of their demonstration. Radical Party deputies and rank-and-file protesters were standing on different sides of the police cordon. On Aug.31, the Verkhovna Rada is set to give preliminary approval to the presidential bill amending the Ukrainian constitution in the part of power decentralization. The opponents see bill provisions related to peculiarities of local self-government in individual districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions as ‘a special status’ of Donbas and legalization of separatism.
Avakov: 122 men, incl. Deputy Interior Minister, wounded in clashes outside Rada / Unian / August 31, 2015 / Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announces that 122 people, including his deputy Vasyl Paskal, have been wounded in clashes outside the building of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, after lawmakers voted on decentralization-related amendments to the Constitution, according to an UNIAN correspondent. “What we’ve got as of now, 122 persons who have been wounded in clashes outside the Verkhovna Rada, in an explosion of a grenade thrown by Svoboda Party representatives and protesters. One of them, a 24-year-old National Guard serviceman, who is a conscript from the city of Kherson, has died. Twelve people are undergoing surgery in a Defense Ministry hospital, seven people are undergoing surgery in Interior Ministry hospitals, several of them are in a serious condition. One of them is in a deep coma,” Avakov said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday. What is more, two French TV journalists have also been wounded and are in a hospital now. Among the wounded are servicemen from the National Guard, police officers, the state guards service, the interior ministry’s riot police and police officers from Kyiv police stations. “Deputy Minister Vasyl Paskal [in charge of criminal investigation] has a shrapnel wound,” the minister said.
Thousands strong rally started outside Verkhovna Rada / qha.com.ua / August 31, 2015 / Over 5 thousand activists have gathered outside the Verkhovna Rada building protesting constitutional amendments granting greater autonomy to Donbass. / KIEV / As reported earlier, Ukrainian MPs were expected to discuss constitutional amendments having to do with decentralization of power today. As Krymskiye Novosti news agency reports, members of the Radical Party parliamentary faction have blocked access to the rostrum, while 3 stages have been put up outside the Verkhovna Rada building. The rally is reported to have been organized by the Radical Party, Svoboda Party, Ukrop Party and Ukrainian Republican Party.
Multiple injuries in Kiev as grenade explodes during protest against constitutional law / rt.com / August 31, 2015 / Dozens are feared to have been injured during clashes in front of the parliament in Kiev, the Ukrainian National Guard said. Crowds of protesters came to oppose amendments to the constitution that would provide for decentralization of the country. The protest started on Constitution Square in Kiev in front of the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that “about 90 people were wounded near the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament), including several people in serious condition.” Police officers, National Guard troops, the interior ministry’s special forces servicemen and members of other law enforcement agencies were among the injured, he added. According to the minister, the wounds were caused “by several explosive devices thrown by the people wearing Svoboda (Freedom) Party T-shirts, who provoked clashes with the National Guard in front of the Rada.” “30 people have already been detained. But there’ll be more arrests. The grenade thrower has been captured, several grenades, including maximum damage F1 grenade, have been seized from him,” Avakov said, as cited by TASS. The minister said that he “directly blames” the leader of the Svoboda party, Oleg Tyagnibok, for the incident, saying that what happened near the parliament was “a crime, not a political stance.” He also said that two French television journalists covering the protest were among those injured in the blast. “They’re in the hospital now,” Avakov said. However, his claims haven’t been confirmed by any of the television channels in France. However, French freelance photographer, Antoine Delaunay, wrote on Twitter that he was hit by a stone near the parliament building. . . . MORE>> Editor’s note: several videos and further detail available at source.
Svoboda protesters were the most aggressive, eyewitness says / zik.ua / August 31, 2015 / Among other groups protesting today outside Verkhovna Rada Svoboda activists were the most numerous and aggressive, provoking the police and calling them traitors, Ukrayinska Pravda editor-in-chief Sevgil Musayeva-Borovyk writes in Facebook Aug. 31. There were Svoboda leaders Tyahnybok, Mohnyk and Farion at the protests but none of them tried to lull their activists. “That is why I anticipated provocations but I never believed a combat grenade would be used. From the video, it could be clearly seen that the grenade had been hurled by one of Svoboda protesters,” the journalist writes.
NATO Regime Provocations “Operation Sea Breeze” Starts Today At Black Sea / Novorossia Today / August 31, 2015 / The multinational naval manoeuvres Sea Breeze 2015 are beginning on Monday in the Odessa and Nikolayev regions of Ukraine and in the north-western part of the Black Sea. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry press service reported that the exercise that will continue until September 12 is aimed at “drilling a multinational security operation in a crisis region.” “The maneuvers are to enhance confidence and security in the region, improve interoperability between the naval force of Ukraine and NATO and partner countries,” the ministry said. The current Sea Breeze 2015 exercise will be the largest in its history. The drills will involve up to 2,500 military from various countries. The Ukrainian army’s participating force will comprise 1,000 troops, 9 ships, 8 planes and helicopters, up to 50 wheeled vehicles and about 10 patrol boats from the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service. The US forces will be represented by up to 1,000 troops with weapons and military equipment, 5 warships, 2 submarines, 6 planes and helicopters and 40 wheeled vehicles. In addition, other NATO member states and countries participants in the Partnership for Peace Program will send to the manoeuvres . . . MORE>>
US-Ukraine Drills to Aggravate Donbass Conflict, Provoke Russia – Lawmaker / Sputnik / August 31, 2015 / The Ukraine-NATO joint naval drill Sea Breeze-2015, which kicked off today in southern Ukraine, is a breach of the Minsk agreements, a Russian MP said Monday. “These multinational exercises should be viewed as direct participation by the US and NATO in ramping up the strategic and combat preparedness of the Ukrainian armed forces,” Franz Klintsevich, a member of the State Duma’s Defense Committee, told RIA Novosti earlier in the day. “The negative impact this will have on the ongoing armed conflict in Donbass is tantamount to sending lethal weapons to Kiev,” he added. Franz Klintsevich said the Sea Breeze-2015 drill was undermining the implementation of the Minsk accords. “The choice of the Odessa and Nikolayev regions as the venue of the Sea Breeze exercises is yet another attempt by the United States to provoke Russia,” Klintsevich noted. The land, naval and air drills, set to run until September 12, are also designed to improve interoperability between the Ukrainian Naval Forces and the Naval Forces of NATO member and partner countries, the statement said. The exercises, held under NATO’s Partnership for Peace program in Ukraine’s Odessa and Nikolayev regions, involve around 2,500 military personnel also from Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Britain, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and Moldavia, including about 1,000 troops from Ukraine. Vice Admiral James Foggo, the commander of the US 6th Fleet, described the exercise as “an important opportunity to work with our partners and conduct meaningful training in the land, air, and maritime domains.”
US Packs Military Punch Deploying First Strike Aircraft Near Russia’s Borders (foreign policy savvies call for dialogue) / by Andrei Akulov / Strategic Culture Foundation / August 31, 2015 / In June at the Paris Air Show, US air force chief Deborah James first publicly floated the idea of deploying the F-22 (the Raptor), America’s most sophisticated fighter plane to Europe to counter Moscow’s actions in the Ukraine. Two months later the Pentagon turned it into a reality. The United States is to deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe as part of efforts to support eastern European members of the NATO alliance against Russia. The inaugural deployment of America’s most sophisticated fighter jet to Europe is rich in symbolism and tells a lot in practice. … This is the first ever deployment of F-22 to Europe outside air shows is seen as a move to boost NATO’s air strike capability as the relations with Russia become more tense. According to General Mark Welsh James, US air force chief of staff, the F-22’s deployment in Europe would allow US to test the ability of the jets to communicate and fight together with the Eurofighter and other advanced warplanes and gain more experience with the European terrain. F-22 is the fifth generation multirole aircraft. It’s a single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft was designed by Lockheed and Boeing as an air superiority fighter but can also be used for ground attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligence. The Raptors act as electronic warfare enabled sensor-rich planes to provide data key to other aircraft: they escort strike packages into and out of the target area while gathering details about the enemy systems and spreading intelligence to other “networked” assets supporting the mission to improve the overall situational awareness. «The United States would not be deploying F-22s if it did not consider it necessary», said Konrad Muzyka, a military analyst . . . MORE>>
American, not Russian, aggression is the real problem / by Bryan MacDonald / Strategic Culture Foundation / Russia didn’t want a new Cold War. The myth of a “revanchist Russia” is convenient spin. The real issue is American interventionism. Ordinary Russians generally like and admire American culture. They consume American TV and movies. Teenagers in Siberia follow the street fashion of New York. Even in isolated Yakutia you will find people who can rap along to Kanye West or Jay Z. Many older people can manage a few bars of Elvis or Sinatra. The reverse is not true in the States. Few Americans could quote a bit of Pushkin. In fact, most US citizens have probably not even heard of him. Or Pasternak. Or Tolstoy. Regrettably, if you ask an average American for an opinion on Russia, the current likely answer is something that depicts the nation as their enemy. This is very, very sad. Especially when Russia has no desire to be an enemy of the US and is not a threat to any genuine American interests. Actually, Russia is not even much of a danger to most of the things it’s supposed to be a danger to. Like the Baltic States, for instance. Or the EU project. However, relentless anti-Russia propaganda in the US corporate media has brought us to this point. American elites are now more united in their disdain for Russia . . . MORE>>
Poroshenko: Ukrainian constitution won’t envision special status for Donbass / Russia Beyond the Headlines / August 29, 2015 / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has reiterated that draft amendments to the Ukrainian constitution do not envision any special status for Donbass, nor do they provide for special status of the capital city or other cities.” target=”_blank”>Russia Beyond the Headlines / August 29, 2015 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has reiterated that draft amendments to the Ukrainian constitution do not envision any special status for Donbass, nor do they provide for special status of the capital city or other cities. “No matter how you look for it there, there is no special status [for Donbass]. I open the current constitution: ‘Article 92. The following are determined exclusively by Ukrainian laws, Clause 16, status of the capital of Ukraine’, that is, the current constitution contains status, but it also provides for the possibility of special status for other cities, and some already want to take advantage of this constitutional provision,” Poroshenko said at a meeting with members of territorial communities on Saturday. The Zaporizhzhya regional council has issued an address to the president and the Verkhovna Rada, requesting that the region be granted special status. “Then there will be a parade of sovereignties. My amendments to the constitution eliminate this article, and there will be no right to status,” Poroshenko said.
just in case you may be inclining to the theory that perhaps the jews really are a superior people, wise and free, i bring you yet again igor “benny” kolomoisky / niqnaq / August 29, 2015 / German media: Kolomoisky fled to Pindostan with money from IMF tranche. Ukrainian oligarch, former Governor of Dnepropetrovsk region Igor Kolomoisky has been enriched by the IMF’s financial support directed to the development of the economy of Ukraine, reported RIA Novosti with reference to the German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten. The author of the article noted that the IMF, in theory, was supposed to monitor the distribution of funds provided to Ukraine in the amount of $17b. These funds were intended to go on the stabilization of the economy. Meanwhile, the author reports that 40% of the total amount of financial aid to the country then demanded PrivatBank, owned by Igor Kolomoisky. In the end, despite the efforts of international creditors, the economic situation in Ukraine has gotten worse, and almost $2b from the initial tranche of the IMF in the amount of $4.5b disappeared “down a black hole.” In addition, attention is drawn to the investigation carried out by the Ukrainian anti-corruption project “Our dime” (“Our money”), which found that the money provided by the IMF was smuggled abroad through offshore companies with accounts at PrivatBank Cyprus. The author explains: Forty-two Ukrainian companies, owned by offshore companies abroad, took PrivatBank loans for $1.8b. They ordered goods from six foreign manufacturers. The funds were transferred to the accounts of the sellers, who “randomly” appeared at the branch of “PrivatBank” in Cyprus. The ordered goods were to serve as collateral for . . . MORE>>
Sunday, August 30, 2015
DPR Demands Ukraine Withdraw Armored Vehicles From Line Of Contact – Pushilin / Novorossia Today / August 31, 2015 / Kiev government’s position on the withdrawal of weapons with the caliber under 100 mm boils down to demilitarization of four separate districts rather then the entire line of disengagement something that the authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic insist on and something the DPR self-defence forces have already done, Denis Pushilin, the representative of the DPR in the Contact Group for settling the armed civil conflict in eastern Donbass said on Sunday. “We demand that the Ukrainian armed units withdraw their armored vehicles from the entire line of disengagement, while Kiev insists on four problem points only”, Pushilin said about the position taken by the Ukrainian negotiators. Meetings of three subgroups of the Contact Group the ones for political, economic and humanitarian issues ended in Minsk on August 26, while the subgroup for security continued working with an interval on August 27. DPR officials hoped an agreement on the pullback of weapons with calibers under 100 mm would be achieved exactly at the latter meeting but the parties to the talks failed to produce a conclusive document eventually. Pushilin once again raised the problem of the Ukrainian initiative to set up logistical centers on the line of contact separating the pro-Kiev units and the self-defence forces, saying the implementation of that idea could undermine the September 2014 and February 2015 Minsk accords. “A definite roadmap exists and should be fulfilled, while inventions of new things and revisions of the Complex of Measures are wrong as a minimum. “As a maximum, they will bring about a disruption of the Minsk accords and that’s inadmissible”.
US Considering Two Candidates to Replace Poroshenko? / Sputnik / August 30, 2015 / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is an unbelievably weak leader in his nature, American historian Professor Stephen Cohen said. According to him, Poroshenko yields to foreign influence and is incapable of defending his own stance. The comment followed a recent three-way meeting in Berlin, during which Poroshenko discussed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande ways to settle the Ukrainian conflict. According to Cohen, the fact that Russian leader Vladimir Putin was not invited to the talks proves Merkel and Hollande wanted to reprimand Poroshenko. The professor believes that Poroshenko himself would like to observe the Minsk agreements because he is not a man of war. He has no skills required to be a military commander, he is a businessman. However, far-right radicals which threaten to topple Poroshenko would never let him reach a compromise, Cohen explained. […] According to him, Poroshenko has completed his mission and now the US is preparing a candidate to replace him.
“The US is considering two people to replace Poroshenko – Valentin Nalivaichenko, former head of the Ukrainian Security Service, and Sergei Levochkin, former chief of staff for [toppled Ukrainian president] Viktor Yanukovych. Both are in good standing with the US State Department,” the politician said. . . . MORE>> Editor’s note: Colonel Cassad has this to say about Valentin Nalivaichenko: “The Chairman of the Ukrainian Security Service Valentin Nalivaichenko believes that the SBU should be reformed by using the security service of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists—Ukrainian Insurgent Army as an example. … Nalivaichenko believes that task forces [of the SBU] ought to operate more decisively, and ‘counteract any signs of separatism or aiding the aggressor in business or in any other aspect of civic life.'” According to Alexander Donetsky of Strategic Culture Foundation, “Valentin Nalivaichenko, the head of Ukrainian counterintelligence, has been a sponsor of terrorist organization Trizub for a few years being involved in the combat training of its members. …The agency [SBU] led by Nalivaichenko is notorious for cruel tortures and beatings.” The Saker says, “The head of the notorious Ukrainian secret police (the SBU), Valentin Nalivaichenko, is a known CIA agent.” About the second candidate Levochkin, Fort Russ has this to say: “Sergey Levochkin and the block he controls is not against russophobic rhetoric, is not against eurointegration so destructive to Ukraine’s economy, is not against bombing Donbass (all the Opposition Block votes in the Rada confirm this). He simply wants to be in charge of these processes instead of Poroshenko.”