Civil War in Ukraine: Western Empire vs Russia

Voyageur

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Published on Dec 6, 2018 / 8:06
On the Day of the Ukrainian Army, let's take a look at some of what they've done in Donbass.
What one viewing this sees compared to what he saw through his own eyes while driving around the Donbass - which his anguish was clear and echoed, the West is pretty much blind to. Instead, where I live as example, the narrative is void of any of this. Instead (that word again), many Canadian MP's are lockstep with the NATO handlers message, and right-on queue, that message is broadcasted by most all of the media that plays its role on their behalf. Nothing new here as people have gotten use to seeing airbrushed scenes of one reality over the true reality. such as Donbass or even what took place in Libya and Syria etc.

Here at home, there are MP's deeply tied to the Kyiv cause who from one side of their mouths purposly stand with the Canadian people on Veterans day doing everything they can to use the words; oh please 'Remember' and 'Least we Forget' when the fascist scourge ran its course, and from the other side of their mouths (the hypocrisy of their ways) they are fervently propagandizing, organizing funding and trade (with retooled trade agreements) and direct weapons disbursements and sales - valuable assistance they would say in the defence of democracy. Anything to keep the Russophobic rhetoric in the discourse. And yet they, as cultural members of the Ukrainian associations, team with their apparent biases, conflicts of interest and warped ideological passions, to help direct anti-Russian expat friends or those in Kyiv who rule become the good-guy norm. It is intermixing these ways that they have become such successful lobby's for their causes where none should be tolerated. In this, the list of influencing Canadian politicians is rather large and for many they obviously get away with it and are held up as stunning examples of democracy; hence they get elected when they should be shunned.

In Canada (2006) there were roughly 500,000 (around 400,000 (Russian born) in the US) Russian Canadians vs Ukrainian Canadians (1,360,000 {960,000 only in the US with ten times the population} "full or partial Ukrainian origin") and the list of who is in politics more than mimics the difference in population. Notably, there are those of Ukrainian heritage with the 'top' job like the foreign affairs minister (no bias there ;-)) and gov-representatives in each province (their overt bias is the problem not that they would strive to politics). And then there are the Russian Canadians with people like the past political contender, Ignatieff (professor), who was swept aside (wonder why) and then powerful globalist businessmen like the Bronfman clan whose allegiances lay elsewhere. Direct expats or those culturally identified often show alliances as to how their expat roots developed in the first place (e.g. Iranian expats who might have originally left with the fall of the Shaw and are waiting in the wings for change or are helping (now their children) to revert the current sitting government in the manner of Obama's hopy changy), and their associations are often very political to those ends. This seems the case in Canada with the Ukrainian association who are regularly visited by politicians from Kyiv (including the Neo-fascist kind). Many Ukrainian Canadians, however, are from persecuted Jewish roots or even Russian/Ukrainian roots who would not be welcomed with salt and bread at the association door.

Anyway, it is from the help of many of these expat types that have allowed regions like the Donbass to suffer so. They have perpetuated lies in every manner in providing Canadian citizens with the information they want them to know not what they need to know.
 

c.a.

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Anyway, it is from the help of many of these expat types that have allowed regions like the Donbass to suffer so. They have perpetuated lies in every manner in providing Canadian citizens with the information they want them to know not what they need to know.
Their's a contingency of Russian expats (in Sacramento California), with the same agenda.

 

c.a.

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The forces of BLUEFOR, which includes a 24-hunched mechanized company, completed the first phase of the Combined Resolve XI practice phase. The Ukrainians, together with the Allies, successfully worked on defense, holding their positions and experiencing minimal "losses".
A briefing on Kerch Strait crisis held by the First Deputy Head of the Coast Guard Department of the FSB Border Service Aleksey Volsky and Head of the Investigative Department of FSB Mikhail Shishov in Moscow on Saturday dedicated to the Kerch Strait crisis on Saturday, December 8.

Tensions rose off Crimea on November 25th as three Ukrainian navy vessels breached Russian territorial waters, before being impounded by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). According to the Ukrainian authorities, their vessels had the right to pass freely through the Kerch Strait, under international law. Moscow says it was not given advanced warning. The FSB described the vessels’ transit as “illegal,” all 24 Ukrainian sailors were sentenced to two months in custody until January 25, 2019.
 

Voyageur

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In this article by John Helmer (December 7th, 2018), he takes a look into the geopolitical/strategic field that is currently applying pressure at many focal points against Russia (Ukraine the biggest theater); nothing unknown here.

Given what peeps can see happening above and below, coupled with political, economic, societal and geopolitical disintegration - with the creep back to the Russian boogeyman, one might keep these words in mind:

"We do not need the celestial threat to disguise Cold War intentions; rather we need the Cold War to disguise celestial intentions!"

~ British astronomer Victor Clube, author of The Cosmic Serpent and The Cosmic Winter, in a report commissioned by the U.S. Air Force


GORILLA AND BEAR TAKE PRISONERS, AS THE LIKELIHOOD OF ALL-EUROPE WAR STRETCHES TO POLAND, ROMANIA, CYPRUS, GREECE


By John Helmer, Moscow
Please recognize, if not in yourselves then in others, that there is pleasure in hating.

“The pleasure of hating”, William Hazlitt, an English writer of two hundred years ago*, compared this to what the British Prime Minister of today calls a novichok – “a poisonous mineral, [which] eats into the heart of religion, and turns it to rankling spleen and bigotry; it makes patriotism an excuse for carrying fire, pestilence, and famine into other lands: it leaves to virtue nothing but the spirit of censoriousness, and a narrow, jealous, inquisitorial watchfulness over the actions and motives of others.”

If not stopped in politics, this pleasure of hating leads with certainty to violence and war. The pleasure of hating Russia and Russians is what today is driving the United States to putting all of Europe in war.

Ten days ago, in the Kremlin’s situation room in Moscow, twelve hours of warnings were issued to the Ukrainians in their situation room in Kiev, connected live to NATO headquarters in Brussels, to pull back an armed naval operation between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, in the Kerch Strait. The warnings were ignored. Over the bow shots were fired; the Ukrainians decided to ignore them. Lethal shots were fired, wounding three, and the Ukrainians surrendered. They are now in prison in Simferopol.

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Marine traffic in the Kerch Strait, November 28, 2018. Source: https://www.polygraph.info/
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova explained on Thursday: “First, there are not only rank-and-file soldiers, but also members of the security service. Second, an investigation is underway. From the public rhetoric that we are now witnessing, they were clearly acting upon an order, which was part of a pre-planned provocation. President Putin said that it was imperative to establish all the details. An investigation is underway.”

Left: The Ukrainian Navy’s Nikopol gunboat (P176) and support tug Yany Kapu (A947) under arrest in Simferopol harbour on November 26; centre, one of the 24 Ukrainian crew members entering Simferopol court on November 27; right, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland endorsing the Ukrainian war operation in a press statement on November 30.

“I also want to draw your attention, “ Zakharova added, “to the history of incidents similar to the [November 26 one in] Kerch Strait. There are hundreds or even thousands of them. You are well aware of how they are usually resolved. No one spends hours asking the perpetrator to stop acting crazy and beg for recognition signals to be given. Nobody spends hours in an attempt to stop the provocative actions…Every other country… knows what the protection of the state border is all about. Check the history, including the latest, and look at how countries carry out the legitimate activities to protect their state borders. No country would be too soft in such circumstances. Moreover, no country would even try to stop this madness by putting its own citizens at risk for so much time.”

The Ukrainian leadership, starting with President Petro Poroshenko, has publicly described the capture and imprisonment of the 22 Ukrainian Navy and 2 Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) agents. “They are not criminals, as Putin wants to show, they are prisoners of war.” The Ukrainian who is foreign minister of Canada, Chrystia Freeland, has added her “condemn[nation of] this Russian aggression…in calling for the release of those 24 sailors who are prisoners of war.” Volodymyr Omelyan, the minister in Kiev responsible for infrastructure and seaports, announced at Mariupol port that it is important to remind Ukrainians and the world that Russia was “waging war” against his country.

A Canadian lawyer on war crimes, Christopher Black, responds that either the Ukrainians are prisoners of war, or they are terrorists. “No state of war exists. Russia is treating this as a criminal matter. For Ukraine to say they are POWS would mean [Poroshenko] would have to admit his men attacked Russia and were captured. That puts him at fault.”

The Russian military response, and President Vladimir Putin’s delay in announcing his assessment, can be understood in the sequence of details reported here.

If the Ukrainian version of war with Russia is to be believed, then the engagement of Russian force with Ukrainian force was warfare – in which the Ukrainians were defeated and taken prisoner. This eliminates the claim which the Anglo-American media are broadcasting that there was an illegal Russian attack on the Law of the Sea rule allowing vessels to proceed in “innocent passage”. If on the other hand, there were grounds for the Russian side to suspect a terrorist operation under way against the Crimean Bridge, then that too cannot be called “innocent passage”.

For more lawyering on what these terms mean, and how they might apply to the Kerch Strait incident of November 26, read this. For example: “Each coastal state maintains its own interpretation as to whether specific vessels in its territorial sea may be prejudicial to its peace, good order or security. At present, no global standard is defined regarding the carriage of arms, armed personnel, personnel in fire positions, and other relevant conditions, resulting in a complex legal gray area.”

Viewed by the Russians, the Kerch Strait incident is one of the fresh assaults being prepared by the US along all of Russia’s frontiers, and within missile-shooting distance of Russia’s nuclear-armed defences and command bunkers. The new attack platforms include Poland, Romania, several Balkan states, Cyprus and Greece. A fresh attempt by the US to establish a new military base in Cyprus has just been reported.

Yesterday Zakharova issued a warning against turning Cyprus into a nuclear-armed American attack weapon. “A number of sources have reported that the US is proactively exploring a military build-up in Cyprus, making little secret of the fact that this effort is designed to counter Russia’s growing influence in the region in light of the progress in the Syrian operation by the Russian Aerospace Forces. Specifically, a delegation of US experts has recently inspected military and strategic sites on the island with a view to setting up a forward deployment base for the US Armed Forces. Washington is actively discussing with Nicosia ways to expand military-technical cooperation.”

“Russia has pointed out to the leadership of the Republic of Cyprus on numerous occasions that further efforts to militarise the island and draw it into US and NATO plans for the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East regions would inevitably lead to dangerous destabilisation effects for Cyprus itself. Moscow cannot turn a blind eye to the anti-Russia nature of these plans and, should they materialise, will be forced to take retaliatory action.

The reason for the rising hostility between Russia and Greece is the return of the Greek Government to the secret provisions of agreements with the US allowing the stationing of US nuclear-armed on missiles on sea and land around Greece, especially the Cretan base complex around Souda Bay. Russia has yet to issue a formal warning about these new threats, which were neutralized by Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou in the 1980s. For the NATO version of the shift in Greek policy, read this.

The new US basing plans involve what the Russian General Staff and Putin have already called cross-hair threats to Russia’s defences. They are also violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty of 1987. The US accuses Russia of violating the treaty; Russia charges the US with violations. A US Congressional Research Service comparison of the US and Russian positions can be read here. For what Russian commanders mean by the retaliatory targeting called cross-hairs, click.

The Russian General Staff Chief, Gen. Valery Gerasimov (right), reiterated the cross-hairs warning on Wednesday in a meeting
with foreign military attachés in Moscow. “If the US withdraws from the intermediate-range missile Treaty (INF), the countries that have deployed American missile systems on their territory will become targets for Russia…Given that there are official representatives of foreign military agencies in the hall, I would like to convey through you to your leaders that if the INF Treaty is destroyed, it will not remain without an answer from our side.”

For the discussion with Chris Cook, listen to today’s Gorilla Radio broadcast from Victoria, British Columbia, between Minute 00:00 and 26:53.

Gorilla Radio is broadcast every Thursday by Chris Cook on CFUV 101.9 FM from the University of Victoria. The radio station can be heard here. The Gorilla Radio transcripts are also published by the Pacific Free Press and on the blog. For Chris Cook’s broadcast archive, click to open.

[*] For the full text of Hazlitt’s essay of 1826, click to read. Hazlitt started with a spider running along the mat at his feet. “A child, a woman, a clown or a moralist a century ago, would have crushed the little reptile to death… I bear the creature no illwill , but I still hate the very sight of it. The spirit of malevolence survives the practical exertion of it… we give up the brute violence but cannot part with the essence or principle of hostility.”
 

youlik

Jedi Master
Вполне возможно вы уже сталкивались с подобными фактами. Я публикую это в качестве юмора, однако оцените что авторы серьезно проводят "исследования", печатают подобные книги, получают и с гордостью носят научные звания.

Украинцы создали цифры, основали Иран и дали начало шумерам: Откровения лауреата премии Степана Бандеры


Translation
It's possible you have already faced with similar facts. I publish this as a humour, but you appreciate please that the authors seriously conduct "research", print such books, receive and proudly wear scientific titles.

Ukrainians have created figures, founded the Iran and gave rise to the Sumerians: the revelation of the winner of the award of Stepan Bandera
In Lviv, the book was published by the winner of the award Stepan Bandera Igor Tsar, according to which the Ukrainians allegedly created Arab figures, as well as founded Iran and gave rise to the Sumerians.

In Ukraine, the book published by the winner of the award Stepan Bandera Igor Tsar " Ukraine-the ancestral home of mankind." This was written on Facebook by the head of The Ukrainian Jewish Committee Eduard Dolinsky.

In his" work " the writer on the basis of documents and scientific research tries to justify the position that Ukrainians can be considered the oldest nation that formed the history of mankind. In particular, the Tsar claims that the Bible allegedly says that in the second century BC Ukrainians reached Jerusalem.

In addition, they allegedly invented the numbers, after which they got to India, and then to Europe. Moreover, English was also invented in Ukraine, the proof of which is the word "mother".

""Rigveda" was written on the banks of the Dnieper. Aryan tribes from Ukraine founded Iran in the fourth Millennium BC. Ukrainians gave rise to Sanskrit, " says Dolinsky.

The final chord was the statement that the Sumerians really come from the Ukrainians.

We will note that the Ukrainian side repeatedly appeared in the center of scandals from-for statements of ardent nationalists. So, the doctor of political Sciences, Valery bebik claimed that all the apostles (except Judas) were Ukrainians, and the mythical founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus were born in the area of modern Sumy region.

Украинцы создали цифры, основали Иран и дали начало шумерам: Откровения лауреата премии Степана Бандеры
 

angelburst29

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December 10, 2018 - NATO-Backed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Poses with Pro-Nazi Soldier
NATO-Backed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Poses with Pro-Nazi Soldier - Grayzone Project

Ukraine President Poroshenko promoted a photo of himself posing next to a soldier wearing a Nazi SS totenkopf patch.



On December 6, the Ukrainian billionaire oligarch leader posted a photo on multiple social media accounts that shows him standing with armed troops. One of these Ukrainian soldiers is wearing a patch with a skull-and-bones design called the totenkopf. This is a symbol closely associated with Nazi Germany, and specifically the Third Reich’s genocidal paramilitary the Schutzstaffel (SS).

This photo op came while Poroshenko is imposing martial law and requesting a NATO military buildup in the Black Sea.

The monitoring group Defending History, which tracks neo-fascism and Nazi Holocaust revisionism in Eastern Europe, called attention to this photo:

Defending History‏ @DefendingHistor Dec 8

#Ukraine’s President @poroshenko poses with his troops...one of whom is wearing a patch of the Nazi SS Totenkopf (Deaths Head) division. And where does this info come from? Poroshenko’s own FB page! Crazy.pic.twitter.com/DMMAqWUzoi







Poroshenko posted this photo on both his official Twitter profile and Facebook page.

In a follow-up tweet, Poroshenko also wrote “Slava Ukrayini!” This is a Ukrainian nationalist slogan that was created in the 1920s by fascists who later became Nazi collaborators. In August, Ukraine made this fascist salute into the official greeting of its military. It was later also adopted by Ukrainian police.

This is not the first controversy linking Poroshenko to a Nazi symbol. In July, one of his advisers wrote on Facebook the neo-Nazi symbol “1488,” which combines the white supremacist “14 words” with code for “Heil Hitler.”

The Grayzone Project has previously reported on how the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion was incorporated directly into Ukraine’s National Guard, and how the United States has armed and advised these fascists.

In late November, Poroshenko’s government declared martial law, after a questionable skirmish with Russian military. This decree gives the government the authority to curtail elections, expression, movement, meetings, and strikes.

Following the incident, Poroshenko requested a major NATO military presence in the Black Sea, along with more weapons and an expansion of sanctions against Russia. The billionaire chocolate oligarch turned president has previously taken steps for Ukraine to join NATO.

The Grayzone Project also recently reported on how US-funded fascists in Ukraine have trained American white supremacists.

In October, an activist from the violent Ukrainian neo-Nazi gang C14, who collaborated with Kiev police to “purge” citizens from the Roma ethnic minority, spoke at the US government-funded America House Kyiv.
 

youlik

Jedi Master
Интересный вопрос! Сегодня возможно будет ответ.

Что-то знают? Посольство США советует американцам избегать массовых акций возле украинских храмов
14.12.2018 - 23:30
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Translation
Interesting question! Today may be the answer.

Know something? The U.S. Embassy advises Americans to avoid mass actions near Ukrainian churches
14.12.2018-23: 30
The Embassy of the United States of America recommends that Americans in Ukraine tomorrow, December 15, avoid mass gatherings of people and demonstrations near religious buildings in connection with the "unification Cathedral"in Kiev.

This is stated in the message on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

"On Saturday, 15 December, held the vote associated with the autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Cathedral of St. Sophia in Kiev (Vladimirskaya street, 24). In this area is expected a huge crowd of people. Mass of people and protests are also expected near other religious places throughout the country," the report said.

American diplomats offer their citizens in Ukraine to avoid crowded places and demonstrations, to be prepared for a stronger police presence than is usually the case, as well as to block streets, restrictions and searches. It is also recommended to follow the instructions of law enforcement agencies and follow the messages in the local media for the latest information.
 

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Ukrainian fighter jet crashes on landing, pilot is killed
By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: December 15, 2018
MOSCOW — Ukraine's military says a Ukrainian air force pilot has died when his Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet crashed while attempting to land at a base in the northern region of Zhytomyr.

The Ukrainian General Staff wrote on its Facebook page that the plane went down Saturday during a routine flight. An investigation into the crash is underway.

Su-27 fighter jets were designed by the Soviet Union and continue to be built by Russia. Depending on the model, they carry either one or two pilots. It was not immediately clear what the model was in Saturday's crash.

Ukraine lost a two-seat Su-27 in October during exercises with the U.S. Air National Guard. An American pilot, riding in the second seat, died along with his Ukrainian comrade.

Translated from Russian by Microsoft
The attack of the VU in Donbass is prepared by US officers. Isn't it time to take a "language"? Lieutenant Colonel Eric Adams, assistant military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, held a closed meeting with the team of the VU brigades in Mariupol. The meeting was held at the headquarters of... Наступление ВСУ на Донбассе готовят офицеры США. Не пора ли взять «языка»? – Новости РуАН


 

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December 15, 2018 - Ukraine's President names Leader of New Church in Split from Russia
Ukraine's President names leader of new church in split from Russia | Reuters

Ukraine chose the head of a new national Orthodox church on Saturday, marking an historic split from Russia which its leaders see as vital to the country’s security and independence.


Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko congratulates newly elected head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox church Metropolitan Epifaniy (Dumenko) at the Saint Sophia's Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine December 15, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

President Petro Poroshenko said 39-year-old Metropolitan Epifaniy of the Kiev Patriarchate church had been chosen as head of the church by a council, comparing the move to Ukraine’s referendum for independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

“This day will go into history as a sacred day ... the day of the final independence from Russia,” Poroshenko told thousands of supporters, who shouted “glory, glory, glory”.

“And Ukraine will no longer drink, in the words of Taras Shevchenko, ‘Moscow’s poison from Moscow’s cup,’” he said, quoting the country’s national poet.

Relations between Ukraine and Russia collapsed following Moscow’s seizure of Crimea in 2014. Ukraine imposed martial law in November, citing the threat of a full-scale invasion after Russia captured three of its vessels in the Kerch Strait.

The Ukrainian Orthodox church has been beholden to Moscow for hundreds of years, and Ukraine’s leaders see church independence as vital to tackling Russian meddling.

Kiev says Moscow-backed churches on its soil are a Kremlin tool to spread propaganda and support fighters in the eastern Donbass region in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people. The churches strongly deny this.

Epifaniy was chosen by a council at the St Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, built by the son of Prince Volodymyr whose baptism in 988 led to the spread of Christianity in the region.

A triumphant Poroshenko arrived in the morning, shaking hands with people, clenching his fist and crossing himself. The new church may boost the pro-Western leader, who lobbied hard for its creation and faces a tight election race in March.

“It is a church without a prayer for Russian power and the Russian army that kills Ukrainians,” Poroshenko told the crowd after the announcement was made.

But Russia bitterly opposes the split, comparing it to the Great Schism of 1054 that divided western and eastern Christianity. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill made a last ditch appeal this week against the process.

On Saturday, the Russian church called the council a failure because only two members of the church it supports in Ukraine had attended the meeting, according to Interfax news.

Spokesman Metropolitan Hilarion said the plan “to persuade the canonical Ukrainian church to participate in the creation of the new structure failed ...with the exception of two traitors.”

‘ROUGH PRESSURE’
Ukraine won approval for the new church in October from the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, the seat of the global spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians.

“We want to support the process of Ukraine’s split from Moscow and for us to have our own church, which is not governed from the Kremlin,” said Lyudmyla Alekseyeva, 66, a pensioner who had come to the event with her daughter and granddaughter.

“The church should not depend on those who fight against us in the Donbass.”

Supporters wore ribbons in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag, with the message “We are going our own way.” Many had waited outside in freezing temperatures while the council deliberated.

Religious divisions deepened in Ukraine after 2014 and two Orthodox factions vie for dominance.

The church known as the Moscow Patriarchate, aligned with the Russian Orthodox Church, sees itself as the only legitimate church in Ukraine.

The rival Kiev Patriarchate was born after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its popularity has grown since 2014. It favors European integration and championed the independent church but the Moscow Patriarchate denounces it as schismatic.

Ukraine’s state security service raided Moscow Patriarchate church properties in the run-up to the council, but denied the raids were an attempt to silence opposition to independence.

Patriarch Kirill had appealed to world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, ahead of the council.

“Recently, the intervention of the leaders of the secular Ukrainian state in church affairs has acquired the character of rough pressure ... which allows us to speak about the beginning of full-scale persecutions,” he said.

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Ukraine's President names leader of new church in split from Russia | Reuters


15/12/2018 - Ukraine splits from Russian Orthodox Church after Three Centuries
Ukraine splits from Russian Orthodox Church after three centuries

Ukraine has ended hundreds of years of religious dominance by the Russian Orthodox Church.

Thousands gathered in front of the Orthodox Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev on Saturday as religious leaders met there to formalise the split and enlarge an already existing Ukrainian Orthodox church.

The head of the world's Orthodox Christians in Istanbul had already ruled that the split should go ahead in October.

That infuriated the Russian church - it denounced it as a schism and severed ties with Istanbul.

It ended 332 years of Russia, the world's largest Orthodox church, acting as Ukraine's spiritual guardian.

But the dispute is as much about politics as religious doctrine.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 to worldwide condemnation.


Christopher Miller ✔ @ChristopherJM
https://twitter.com/ChristopherJM/status/1073292157363068930
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople will give a Tomos - a decree granting independence, or autocephaly - to the future head of the local Orthodox Church in Ukraine on January 6, Orthodox Christmas Eve. https://www.rferl.org/a/bartholomew-autocephaly-tomos-kyiv-january-6-church-spokesman/29654610.html …
2:02 PM - Dec 13, 2018

Bartholomew To Grant Autocephaly Tomos To Kyiv On January 6
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople will hand over a decree granting independence to the future head of the local Orthodox Church in Ukraine on January 6, according to a church...
rferl.org


Video - VIDEO : Ukraine splits from Russian Orthodox Church after three centuries

 

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December 13, 2018 - Captured Ukrainian Navy Captains tell Russia: We won't testify
Captured Ukrainian navy captains tell Russia: We won't testify | Reuters

Two Ukrainian navy captains being held in a Russian jail have refused to provide testimony because they consider themselves prisoners of war, their lawyers said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: A detained Ukrainian serviceman and crew member of one of Ukrainian naval ships, which were recently seized by Russia's FSB security service, looks out of a minibus window outside a court building in Simferopol, Crimea November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov/File Photo

Russia seized three Ukrainian navy vessels and their combined crew of 24 last month off the coast of Russian-annexed Crimea and accused them of illegally entering Russian waters.

Ukraine has said Russia captured the two small gunboats and one tugboat illegally and accused Moscow of military aggression.

The United States and the European Union have called for the release of the sailors, who are in pretrial detention in Moscow.

Roman Mokryak, the commander of one of the gunboats, told Russian investigators he would not provide any information until his crew was released, his lawyer, Ilya Novikov, said on Wednesday.

“He believes he alone answers for what happens on board, that his crew carried out his orders and that they cannot be held to account,” Novikov wrote on Facebook.

Oleh Melnychuk, the captain of the tugboat, has also refused to testify, denying Moscow’s accusations and calling himself a prisoner of war, his lawyer Edem Semedlyayev wrote in a separate Facebook post on Wednesday.

No date has been set for the sailors’ trial.

Ukraine has said it fears Russia is preparing to attack it, citing an alleged military buildup along its border. Russia denies this and says Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is trying to whip up anti-Russian sentiment as part of an election campaign.

Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014 and backs separatists fighting Kiev’s forces in the east of the country.

In Washington, the Pentagon said Ukraine Navy Commander Admiral Ihor Voronchenko would be meeting with officials, including Chief of U.S. Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, on Thursday and Friday.

“(Pentagon) leaders will reiterate the U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its territorial waters, as well as the right of its vessels to traverse international waters,” Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told Reuters on Thursday.
 

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Nothing like blindly setting yourself up for a fall?
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko speaks during the news conference in Kiev, Ukraine December 16, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

December 16, 2018 - Ukraine President hopes anti-corruption Court formed by February
Ukraine president hopes anti-corruption court formed by February | Reuters

A special Ukrainian court to try corruption cases will hopefully be formed by February, President Petro Poroshenko told a news conference on Sunday.

Ukraine has agreed to set up such a court as a condition for loans from the International Monetary Fund.


13/12/2018 - NATO to deliver Secure Comms to Ukraine Military by year's end
NATO to deliver secure comms to Ukraine military by years' end

NATO will deliver secure communication equipment to Ukraine's military this month, its head Jens Stoltenberg told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a meeting on Thursday over the escalation of its conflict with Russia.

"I told President Poroshenko that I will deliver secure communications equipment for the Ukrainian armed forces by the end of this year," Stoltenberg said, as part of a 40 million euros pledged by allies to strengthen Kiev's armed forces.

Stoltenberg voiced respect for what he called Ukraine's "calm and restraint" during the crisis and reiterated the military alliances' support for the former Soviet nations' aspirations to join - which Moscow vehemently opposes.

Moscow is resisting international calls to release three Ukrainian ships seized last month in the Kerch Strait, which controls access to the Sea of Azov near the Crimea region that Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Poroshenko on Thursday said his nation's absolute priority was to seek the return of its sailors. EU leaders will discuss Ukraine and Russia over a summit dinner later in the day.
 

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December 17, 2018 - Kremlin says new Ukrainian Church being used for Political ends
Kremlin says new Ukrainian church being used for political ends | Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, Parliamentary Speaker Andriy Parubiy and newly elected head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox church Metropolitan Epifaniy (Dumenko) sing national anthem at the Saint Sophia's Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine December 15, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich




The Kremlin on Monday accused Ukraine’s politicians of using the creation of a new Ukrainian Orthodox church independent of Moscow for political ends.

Ukraine chose the head of a new national Orthodox church on Saturday, marking a historic split from Russia which its leaders see as vital to the country’s security and independence.

“In Ukraine, these processes, this schism-creating activity is completely mixed up with politics, which of course is probably not allowed in church canon,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.


December 07, 2018 - Kiev Regime – A Western Frankenstein Creation
Kiev Regime – A Western Frankenstein Creation

Russian President Vladimir Putin put it succinctly when he recently warned that prospects for peace in Ukraine were negligible as long as the current authorities in Kiev remain in power. Worse, given a new rash of provocations by the Kiev regime, the entire region is being threatened with conflict, and even all-out war.



It seems clear – and criminally reprehensible – that the Kiev regime and its President Petro Poroshenko are intent on dragging the United States and the NATO military alliance into a war with Russia. The incendiary conduct of Ukrainian politicians and their military is that of a regime out of control, with no regard for maintaining international peace. But this Frankenstein creation is entirely the responsibility of the American and European governments which have enabled and condoned its reckless behavior.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova got it right when she said that Russia is the party which is preventing Europe from sliding towards war by stoically containing the Kiev regime’s provocative conduct. Yet the regime turns reality on its head by claiming that it is “defending Europe” from “Russian aggression”.

The recent Kerch Strait incident was a cynical and flagrant attempt by Poroshenko to incite a conflict with Russia. The three Ukrainian warships violated Russian maritime borders in a deliberately menacing maneuver. Moscow was within its legal right to apprehend the heavily armed vessels and 24 crew members some of whom were secret services.
Absurdly, the Kiev regime is accusing Russia of “lawlessness”. More perplexing, the US and European governments appear to have bought into that perverse narrative and are also haranguing Russia over the incident. Poroshenko has been doing the US and European media rounds urging American and NATO military support.

This week it was reported that the US Navy 6th Fleet is planning to send a warship into the Black Sea area “in response to Russian aggression”. US warplanes also reportedly this week flew over Ukrainian territory under the so-called Open Skies treaty, in a blatant show of force to Moscow.

Following the Kerch Strait incident, the Kiev regime has gone several steps further in inflaming tensions with Russia.

It is renewing the push for an historic schism in the Russian Orthodox Church. Evidently, the politicians in Kiev are trying to incite sectarian conflict between Ukrainians, many of whom wish to remain part of the Russian Orthodox denomination rather than a putative new, separate church of Ukraine. The nefarious agenda is also to antagonize Moscow which will be obliged to defend the security of its church interests and members.

There were also credible reports of the Ukrainian Armed Forces this week mobilizing artillery and troops on the Contact Line with the breakaway Donbas regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. The Kiev regime has been waging a low-intensity war against the ethnic Russian people in Eastern Ukraine over the past four years because they refuse to accept the legitimacy of the February 2014 coup which ousted an elected government. Despite an international peace treaty, the Minsk Accords of 2014 and 2015, the Kiev regime has shown no signs of granting autonomy to the Donbas regions and has continued its aggressive military campaign. This week’s mobilization of UAF – and reports of NATO troops also present – raises concerns that the Kiev regime is deliberately destabilizing the region.

Poroshenko and his Russophobic cabal are calling on NATO for support in the event of a confrontation with Russia. This is a reckless premeditated pursuit of war, which has been a tendency by the Kiev regime ever since it illegally seized power in the CIA-backed coup d’état in 2014.

The US and European governments bear responsibility for creating the highly dangerous situation by their fawning over Kiev with military and financial support.

The resonance with the origins of World War II is too alarming to ignore. It was through the Ukraine that the German Third Reich launched its catastrophic offensive on Soviet Russia in June 1941. Today, the Kiev regime is all too reminiscent of Neo-Nazi affiliation and a rabid anti-Russian mentality. Its unhinged conduct is being indulged by American and European governments, military and media – either out of ignorance or, more sinisterly, out of calculated intent to prompt confrontation with Russia.

It is only 73 years since the end of World War II. Incredibly, despite living memory of that horror, the world is being endangered again by criminal disregard for international law. And in the same geographical location.

Western governments are fully responsible for the present instability and potentially incendiary situation. They must act immediately to restrain the Kiev regime – if, that is, they genuinely want to uphold peace with Russia.


December 17, 2018 - Lavrov vows Russia will not wage war against Ukraine
Lavrov vows Russia will not wage war against Ukraine


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Russia is not going to wage war against Ukraine but will respond in kind, if Kiev carries out a provocation on the border with Crimea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station on Monday.

"We will not wage war against Ukraine, I promise you," he vowed.

Donbass republics
He stressed that Ukraine’s domestic problems were "much broader and deeper" than just the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics (DPR, LPR). That’s why Russia cannot just recognize the DPR and LPR, as that would be tantamount to leaving the rest of Ukraine in the hands of the Nazi regime.

"You want to recognize the LPR and DPR? And what’s next? To lose the rest of Ukraine and abandon it to the Nazis?" he said, when asked why Russia refused to recognize these self-proclaimed republics.

Provocation near Crimea
He noted though that Kiev was plotting more incitement on the border with Russia. "I am sure there will be more provocations," he warned. ""[Ukrainian President Pyotr] Poroshenko is planning an armed provocation on the border with Russia, on the border with Crimea during the last ten days of December."

The minister vowed that Russia would not leave that unanswered. "The answer is: they will regret it. This is our country, this is our border. We will not allow him [Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko] to try to somehow protect his interests, the way he sees it, and violate those rights that Crimeans defended in full accordance with international law," Lavrov stressed.

Russia’s top diplomat pointed out that the current regime in Kiev was similar to that of neo-Nazis.

"We are not fighting the Ukrainian regime. It is Ukrainian citizens living in Donbass who are fighting against the Ukrainian regime, which has full Nazi and neo-Nazi characteristics," Lavrov pointed out. According to Russia’s data, Poroshenko has been discussing the upcoming provocation on the border with Crimea with his Western sponsors. "They advise him to keep low intense combat actions to enable them to go ahead with propaganda that Russians are carrying out an offensive against Ukraine and that’s why Russia needs to be hit by sanctions, but military actions should never switch into a phase that will be followed by full-scale responses," Lavrov stressed.

Russia’s top diplomat emphasized that Kiev’s provocations are ongoing. "Our respective services are making all necessary efforts to thwart these incidents."

Minsk accords
The Minsk agreements are the only way of overcoming the crisis in the Donbass region, he said.

"There is no alternative to the Minsk agreements," the minister stressed. "I said the same thing the year before last as well."

In response to a journalist’s remark that the Minsk agreements are allegedly not working, he said, "The UN Charter has likewise been violated on numerous occasions, and it is does not work many times either. However, it is impermissible to give in to panic."

Ukrainian regime
Lavrov said the current Ukrainian regime is similar to that of neo-Nazis.

"We are not fighting against the Ukrainian regime. These are Ukrainian citizens living in Donbass, who are fighting against the Ukrainian regime, which has all characteristics of Nazis and neo-Nazis," Lavrov said.

When asked why Moscow is not severing ties with Kiev, Lavrov stressed: "We have relations with the Ukrainian state, the Ukrainian state is much more and more important for us than that regime, which is currently in power thanks to the West’s betrayal of all norms of the international law and international behavior."

"The Ukrainian people have nothing to do with it, and I’m sure that most Ukrainian citizens wish peace to their country and want it to get rid of this shameful regime and resume normal ties with Russia," he said.

To this aim, Ukraine’s domestic problems need to be settled, which are "much broader and deeper than simply the Lugansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic.
 

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Provocation near Crimea
He noted though that Kiev was plotting more incitement on the border with Russia. "I am sure there will be more provocations," he warned. ""[Ukrainian President Pyotr] Poroshenko is planning an armed provocation on the border with Russia, on the border with Crimea during the last ten days of December."

The minister vowed that Russia would not leave that unanswered. "The answer is: they will regret it. This is our country, this is our border. We will not allow him [Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko] to try to somehow protect his interests, the way he sees it, and violate those rights that Crimeans defended in full accordance with international law," Lavrov stressed.

Russia’s top diplomat pointed out that the current regime in Kiev was similar to that of neo-Nazis.

"We are not fighting the Ukrainian regime. It is Ukrainian citizens living in Donbass who are fighting against the Ukrainian regime, which has full Nazi and neo-Nazi characteristics," Lavrov pointed out. According to Russia’s data, Poroshenko has been discussing the upcoming provocation on the border with Crimea with his Western sponsors. "They advise him to keep low intense combat actions to enable them to go ahead with propaganda that Russians are carrying out an offensive against Ukraine and that’s why Russia needs to be hit by sanctions, but military actions should never switch into a phase that will be followed by full-scale responses," Lavrov stressed.

Is The U.S Planning A Chemical Weapons False Flag In The Donbass?

The head of the DPR Denis Pushilin made an urgent statement on the preparation of provocations by the Ukrainians.

The DPR obtained new data confirming the preparation of the Kiev regime under the leadership of Western curators of large-scale provocations against their own people, which could lead to mass casualties.

The security services of Ukraine are planning to conduct sabotage on environmentally hazardous enterprises near the line of contact, followed by accusation of the crime of Russia and the republics of Donbass. These are primarily enterprises that use chlorine, ammonia and other hazardous substances in their production.

"As another option, the use of chemical warfare agents allegedly released from the territory of the NPT is considered. There is evidence that the Americans have already prepared shell fragments treated with combat poisons to lend credibility to the accusations of the DPR and Russia."

I believe that the purpose of the provocation is the unleashing of hostilities in the Donbas and the abolition of the presidential elections in Ukraine, in which Poroshenko has no chance of winning.

The operation is coordinated by military attaches and personnel representatives of the US and British special services.

"Western military intelligence officers, on the basis of a methodology worked out in Syria, have already painted an action plan for the Kiev regime."

Work is underway to create an analogue of Syrian White Helmets in Ukraine, which, according to the authors, should record the consequences of population poisoning and falsify videos that allegedly prove involvement in the anti-human actions of the militia forces and Russia.

We appeal to the world community, the UN, the OSCE and other humanitarian missions to prevent the unleashing of large-scale hostilities in the Donbas. We do not want innocent civilian casualties.



West is creating analogue of Syria’s White Helmets in Ukraine - DPR head

Head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin has stated that Western intelligence agencies are creating an analogue of the Syrian non-governmental organization White Helmets in Ukraine.

"The Western military intelligence officers have already outlined a plan of action based on the methodology developed in Syria. The work to create an analogue of Syria’s White Helmets in Ukraine is underway," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.

The participants of the Ukrainian analogue will have to "report the effects of the poisoning of the population and fabricate video materials allegedly proving the opposition forces and Russia’s involvement in the dehumanized actions," Pushilin said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Pushilin reported a massive sabotage by Ukraine’s militants on environmentally hazardous Donbass facilities which use chlorine, ammonia and other poisonous substances in their production. The Ukrainian army may also use combat poisoning substances to further blame the republics for carrying out a chemical attack. According to the DPR intelligence service, the operation is being coordinated by military attaches and intelligence officers from the US and the UK.

The White Helmets is a non-governmental organization created in Syria in 2014. Its official name is Syria Civil Defense. The organization was repeatedly blamed for staging photo and video materials of demolitions and victims of attacks allegedly carried out by the Syrian government and the Russian Aerospace Force.
 

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Is The U.S Planning A Chemical Weapons False Flag In The Donbass?

The head of the DPR Denis Pushilin made an urgent statement on the preparation of provocations by the Ukrainians.

The DPR obtained new data confirming the preparation of the Kiev regime under the leadership of Western curators of large-scale provocations against their own people, which could lead to mass casualties.
West is creating analogue of Syria’s White Helmets in Ukraine - DPR head

Head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin has stated that Western intelligence agencies are creating an analogue of the Syrian non-governmental organization White Helmets in Ukraine.

I wouldn't rule out a Chemical Weapons false flag attack but what really concerns me, Kiev's provocations are being instantly "labeled" as possible "chemical based" and news reports are lumping the White Helmet's into the mix, like it's some kind of packaged deal ... where you can't have one - without the other?

If Poroshenko and his Nazi collaborators are "stupid and desperate enough" - there is also the strong possibility - biological warfare
might be used - substances created by one or more of the many secret US labs, located on Ukrainian soil? Check out the entries in the Thread below on Bacteriological warfare:

bacteriological warfare


December 6, 2018 - Ukrainian parliament recognizes Nazi collaborators as 'combat veterans'
Ukrainian parliament recognizes Nazi collaborators as 'combat veterans'

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has recognized WWII-era collaborators with the Third Reich, who carried out atrocities and participated in the Holocaust, as ‘combat veterans’.


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Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) has recognized WWII-era collaborators with the Third Reich, the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), and its affiliated Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA, both outlawed in Russia), who carried out atrocities and participated in the Holocaust, as ‘combat veterans’. A total of 236 lawmakers voted for a bill amending the list contained in a law "On the Status of War Veterans and their Social Protection Guarantees," while 226 votes were needed to pass the bill.

The law previously deemed only UPA members, who fought against the Nazi German Army in 1941-1944 and were later rehabilitated as victims of political repression to be combat veterans. However, those who were involved in subversive activities against the Soviet government in 1944-1956 will also be deemed to be combat veterans.

An explanatory note says that as of late May 2018, about 1,200 members of the OUN and the UPA were still alive. They will now be provided with 20 social benefits such as utility and public transport discounts.

OUN and UPA
The extreme right wing Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists was active mostly in Western Ukraine. In order to establish an independent Ukrainian state, which was its chief goal, the OUN relied on the use of extremist methods, including terrorist attacks. During World War II, the OUN collaborated with Nazi intelligence and waged a war against the Soviet authorities. In 1943, it established the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).

OUN and UPA mercenaries, called Banderites after Ukrainian Insurgent Army leader Stepan Bandera, were guilty of numerous crimes, namely participating in the Holocaust. According to a number of researchers, they killed at least one million people, including 200,000 Poles during a massacre in the Volyn Region, in addition to slaughtering tens of thousands of Jews, Russians, and multitudes of civilians.

In May 2015, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko signed a law glorifying the OUN and the UPA, whose activities had been previously designated as ‘struggle’ for the country’s independence. Monuments to Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevich - the leaders of the 20th century Ukrainian nationalist movement - have been erected across Ukraine, memorial events and torchlight processions take place in their memory, and streets are named after them. 0bea/pa.


December 17, 2018 - Kremlin concurs with Lavrov that Ukrainian regime reminiscent of Nazis
Kremlin concurs with Lavrov that Ukrainian regime reminiscent of Nazis

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov castigated the current Ukrainian regime likening them to their pro-Nazi predecessors of WWII.



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Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov agrees with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement claiming that the current Ukrainian regime is similar to that of neo-Nazis.

"Some manifestations of neo-Nazism in Ukraine are obvious and undeniable, to our great disappointment," the Kremlin spokesman said, commenting on the statement Lavrov made during the interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station. "In this regard, such an estimation of the activities of the government, which condones manifestations of neo-Nazism and turns a blind eye to it, is fair."

Peskov expanded on what he means by "neo-Nazi manifestations". "It is the fact that neo-Nazis do not hide their positions at all, they publicly proclaim their opinion on some [events], they glorify Nazis, talk about their commitment to the Nazi ideology. These manifestations are very well-known and notorious all over the world, it’s not a secret to anybody," the Russian presidential spokesman added.

Earlier on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the current Ukrainian regime is similar to that of neo-Nazis. When asked why Moscow is not severing ties with Kiev, Lavrov stressed: "We have relations with the Ukrainian state; the Ukrainian state is much bigger and more important for us than that regime, which is currently in power thanks to the West’s betrayal of all norms of the international law and international behavior."


December 19, 2018 - Nazi collaborator’s birthday declared official holiday in Ukraine
Nazi collaborator’s birthday declared official holiday in Ukraine

The figure of Stepan Bandera, who was killed in Munich on October 15, 1959, is still tearing Ukrainian society apart.


© AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov

The birthday of leader of the extremist Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN, outlawed in Russia), known as Nazi collaborator, Stepan Bandera will be officially celebrated in Ukraine, the parliament said in its resolution on Wednesday.

"Stepan Bandera was an outstanding figure and theorist of Ukraine’s national liberation movement," the Verkhovna Rada’s resolution said, according to 112.Ukraine TV channel.

The 110th birthday anniversary of Bandera will be marked on January 1, 2019. This day has been declared as an official holiday in Ukraine.

Earlier, the Lvov regional council announced that 2019 would be the year of Stepan Bandera.
 
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