Civil War in Ukraine: Western Empire vs Russia

youlik

Jedi Master
«Реформы умерли, а слова президента ничего не значат», — The Washington Post об итогах первого года Зеленского
13.07.2020 - 15:59

Это, на мой взгляд, классический пример манипуляции. Смешивая правду с ложью и открыто называя черное белым. Там, где этот "эксперт" угрожает ухудшением отношений между Украиной и ее поддерживающими силами, он абсолютно прав. Украина на 100% контролируется внешними силами, и они не позволят ей предпринять шаги против своих интересов. Однако когда "эксперт" говорит о политике Януковича как о деструктивной, он на 100% лжет. Во время правления премьер-министра Азарова экономика Украины имела самый впечатляющий рост за все постсоветское время. Иными словами, правительство Азарова было самым эффективным из всех правительств при всех президентах, начиная с Кравчука. С другой стороны, при президенте Порошенко страна перешла под полный контроль США и ЕС, и это имело самые разрушительные последствия для украинской экономики. Все это верно при условии, что мы исходим из объективных интересов Украины как независимого государства. Вышеупомянутый "эксперт" вовсе не исходит из этих позиций.

«Бюро удовлетворения хотелок»: главу МИД Украины высмеяли за странное заявление о Донбассе
13.07.2020 - 18:45

"Reforms are dead, and the President's words mean nothing" — the Washington Post on the results of Zelensky's first year
13.07.2020 - 15:59
On the pages of the American publication The Washington Post published an article about the resignation of the head of the national Bank of Ukraine Yakov Smoliy.

The article "The head of the NBU resigned and received a coffin as a warning: a scandal that threatens economic health" quotes the opinion of an expert on new economic and banking markets Timothy ash.

He notes that Smoliy's resignation and attacks on the NBU are the work of the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, who does not want to accept the loss of control over PrivatBank.

In addition, it is noted that Ukraine under the presidency of Vladimir Zelensky may find itself in conflict with those partners whose assistance it requires, speaking of" Russian aggression": we are talking about the US and EU countries, as well as international institutions.

According to ash, " reforms in Ukraine are dead, and the words of the guarantor of the Constitution Zelensky in reality mean nothing."

The expert adds: the Ukrainian state today faces the threat of a return to the economic policy of the times of Viktor Yanukovich, which can literally destroy the country.

«Реформы умерли, а слова президента ничего не значат», — The Washington Post об итогах первого года Зеленского

This, in my opinion, is a classic example of manipulation. Mixing truth with lies and openly labeling black with white. Where this "expert" threatens to worsen relations between Ukraine and its supporting forces, he is absolutely right. Ukraine is 100% controlled by external forces and they will not allow it to take steps against its interests. However, when the "expert" speaks of Yanukovich's policy as destructive, he is 100% lying. During the government of Prime Minister Azarov, Ukraine's economy had the most impressive growth in all post-Soviet times. In other words, Azarov's government was the most effective of all the governments under all the presidents, starting with Kravchuk. On the other hand, under President Poroshenko, the country came under full control of the United States and the EU, and this has had the most devastating consequences for the Ukrainian economy. All this is true, provided that we proceed from the objective interests of Ukraine as an independent state. The above-mentioned "expert" does not proceed from these positions at all.

"Bureau of satisfaction of hotelok": the foreign Minister of Ukraine was ridiculed for a strange statement about the Donbass
13.07.2020 - 18:45
Today, Ukrainian foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukraine does not intend to consider changes to the Constitution in order to secure the legal status of "separate districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions".

"When Russia is not satisfied with the provision of a law of Ukraine or a draft law, this is Russia's problem. We are an independent state, and we will adopt the laws that we consider necessary, " Kuleba said.

To this he added the strange remark that this demand of Russia is nothing more than a "wish". The head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry is not at all confused by the fact that this procedure is prescribed in the internationally recognized document of the Minsk agreements.

"We respect our international obligations and always correlate our legislation with international obligations, but no country will tell us what the law should be. We do not have a Bureau to satisfy the "wishlist" of other countries, " the Ukrainian Minister said.

He added that the" special status " of Donbass can only be considered within the framework of the General process of decentralization.

"As for mentioning the so — called ORDLO in the Constitution, this is unacceptable for us, and we are openly talking about it with our partners," Kuleba said.

Recall that in early July in Berlin, at a meeting of representatives of the "Normandy format" on the Donbass, Russia insisted on the earliest possible provision from Kiev of draft amendments to the Constitution on the special status of the Donbass.

At the same time, Kuleba's statement that Ukraine is not a Bureau for satisfying the "wishlist" of other countries looks very controversial. Here it should be taken into account that it was made against the background of publications of scandalous telephone conversations between ex-President Petro Poroshenko and American Vice-President Joe Biden, as well as a number of laws adopted under President Zelenskiy at the request of the International monetary Fund.

This statement has already found a response on the Internet, and it is openly ridiculed.

"Here, the head of our foreign Ministry, Dmitry Kuleba, says that" Ukraine is not a Bureau for satisfying the "wishlist" of other countries."

This is how he commented on the issue of the special status of the Donbass, which, allegedly, Russia insists on without reason.

With the "Minsk process" everything is clear, nothing new, but about "not meeting someone's wishes" - really funny.
The States, the IMF, the EU-will confirm, "- write the authors of the Telegram channel "Zrada Chi Peremoga".

Odessa journalist Yuriy Tkachev also commented on this issue.

"The foreign Ministry of Ukraine continues to burn: he said that, they say, Ukraine will adopt the laws that it considers necessary, and that, we quote, "we do not have the satisfaction of the "wishlist" of other countries."

Sounds formidable, doesn't it? But do not rush to be happy or afraid: we are talking only about Russia.

When it comes to other countries, such as the US or the EU, we are just very much a "Bureau of satisfaction of wishlist" — Petro Poroshenko and the records of his negotiations with Biden will not allow you to lie. Yes, Zelensky with his law on the sale of land, banks and other things is also in the topic," Tkachev wrote in his author's Telegram channel.

«Бюро удовлетворения хотелок»: главу МИД Украины высмеяли за странное заявление о Донбассе
 

youlik

Jedi Master
Рождаемость в два раза ниже смертности: население Украины резко сокращается
21.07.2020 - 1:30

Украинское правительство, когда-то в 90-е годы, провело одну перепись населения. После этого в течение очень долгого времени подобные мероприятия не проводились и официальных данных не существовало. Очевидно, здесь нечем гордиться. Теперь они осмелились опубликовать некоторые цифры, но они все еще стесняются полной правды. Правда, согласно последней полноценной переписи, численность населения составляла более 52 миллионов человек. Если разделить это примерно на 30 лет существования "незалежной", то получится уменьшение численности населения на 333 тысячи человек в год. По другой версии, независимость этой страны сейчас обходится в 20% населения. Еще один нюанс. Государственная статистика Украины учитывает численность населения с учетом Крыма и Донбасса. Вместе это около 5 миллионов, которые можно смело вычесть из цифр, озвученных статистикой. Это ужасная правда.

The birth rate is twice lower than the death rate: the population of Ukraine is sharply declining
21.07.2020 - 1:30
According to the State statistics service, in the period from January to may of this year, the population of Ukraine decreased by 116,700 people.

By June 1, 2020, the country's population was 41 million 785 thousand people. For comparison, in 2019, the population as of July 1 was 42 million 30 thousand 832 people.

Now there is a significant excess of the number of deaths over the number of newborns. For 100 dead Ukrainians, there are 48 births.

Рождаемость в два раза ниже смертности: население Украины резко сокращается

The Ukrainian government, once in the 90s, conducted one census of the population. After that, for a very long time, such events were not held and official data did not exist. Obviously, there is nothing to be proud of. Now they have dared to publish some figures, but they are still shy of the full truth. The truth is that according to the last full-fledged census, the number of inhabitants was more than 52 million. If you divide this by about 30 years of existence of "nezalezhnaya", you get a decrease in the population of 333 thousand per year. According to another, the independence of this country has now cost 20% of the population. Another nuance. State statistics of Ukraine considers the population taking into account the Crimea and Donbass. Together, this is about 5 million, which can be safely deducted from the figures voiced by statistics. This is the terrible truth.
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday said he welcomed Iran’s decision to hand over the black boxes from the crash of a Ukrainian airliner to France, saying those responsible would be held accountable.

Ukraine president welcomes Iran handing over black boxes from plane crash to France


July 20, 2020 - Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight with a ground-to-air missile on Jan. 8 shortly after the plane took off from Tehran. Iran later called it a “disastrous mistake” by forces who were on high alert during a confrontation with the United States.

Zelenskiy added that Ukrainian experts would take part in decoding the black boxes, alongside experts from France, the United States and Canada.


Data analysis on downed Ukraine jet starts Tuesday; Canada sceptical about Iran explanation


July 20, 2020 - Investigators examining the black boxes from the Ukrainian jet accidentally shot down by Iran will begin analyzing recovered voice and flight data on Tuesday, France’s BEA accident investigation bureau said on Monday.

Iranian forces say they downed the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 jet on Jan. 8 after mistaking it for a missile amid heightened tensions with the United States. All 176 people on board - including 57 Canadians - were killed.

BEA said on Twitter that both CVR and FDR data have been “successfully downloaded,” in reference to the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.

It did not elaborate on the content of the CVR audio, which records pilots’ verbal communications and other cockpit sounds. The release of any further information is a matter for Iranian authorities leading the investigation, a BEA spokesman said.

Iran agreed in June to send the recorders to the BEA for analysis, ending a long standoff with Canada, Ukraine and France.


Shots heard as bus passengers taken hostage in western Ukraine


July 21, 2020 - A man who said he was armed with weapons and explosives seized a bus in the western Ukrainian city of Lutsk on Tuesday and took a number of people on board hostage, police said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said “shots were heard, the bus was damaged”. Police blocked off the city centre.

Police identified the man as 44-year-old Maksym Kryvosh, born in Russia.

They said in a statement that he had said he was armed with explosives and weapons. Between 10 and 20 people were onboard the bus, they said.

In posts on social media, he demanded that senior Ukrainian officials publish statements saying that they were terrorists. He also threatened to detonate another bomb in a crowded place.

Deputy interior minister Anton Gerashchenko said Kryvosh had been convicted twice and spent about 10 years in prison.

Streets in Lutsk were cordoned off by uniformed personnel, police cars and an armoured personnel carrier.

“We are in full control of the situation. I know all the details. I am talking with our specialists who are in Lutsk. Professionals are working, doing everything to free our hostages,” Zelenskiy’s press service quoted him as saying.

Photos showed a small bus parked in the middle of an empty street. Two windows of the bus were smashed and other windows were covered with curtains.
Ukrainian police free all remaining hostages trapped on bus in western Ukraine
July 21, 2020 - Ukrainian police have secured the release of all the remaining hostages who were seized on a bus in western Ukraine on Tuesday, and detained the hostage taker, police said in a statement.

“The hostages have been released,” the statement said. “A man who took hostages in Lutsk today and held them on a bus has been detained.”
 

Artem Yalovyi

The Force is Strong With This One
In posts on social media, he demanded that senior Ukrainian officials publish statements saying that they were terrorists. He also threatened to detonate another bomb in a crowded place.
And it is also worth adding that this terrorist is part of all that modern madness - ecofanatics. He made the hostages watch a documentary about animal suffering in laboratories, slaughterhouses, etc. "The Earthlings" and demanded that the president recommend it to the whole country.
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
KYIV July 22, 2020 - Ukrainian, Russian and OSCE negotiators reached an agreement on Wednesday for a full ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine from Monday, Ukraine’s president’s office said.

Deal reached for east Ukraine ceasefire from July 27

“The breakthrough... is the result of the effective work of the Ukrainian delegation with the support of our international partners in Berlin and Paris,”
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s press service said in a statement.
It said the full and comprehensive ceasefire, if observed by the other party, was a precondition for the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Zelenskiy has sought to resolve the conflict since his election last year, arranging a number of prisoner swaps. Ukraine and Russia have been foes since 2014, when Moscow seized Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and backed the rebellion in the east.


Donbas peace talks: New ceasefire agreed from July 27
A new ceasefire has been agreed in Donbas / ua.depositphotos.com

A new ceasefire has been agreed in Donbas / ua.depositphotos.com

Ukraine has once again reaffirmed its full readiness to comply with the agreements reached during the Paris summit in December.

The Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on July 22 held a video conference during which the parties agreed on a new, full and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

It is to start at 00:01 Kyiv time on July 27, the press service of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's Office said in a statement on the official website on July 22.

"As part of the [TCG's] humanitarian subgroup, the Ukrainian side, as agreed, has handed over lists of persons for mutual release and expects the same from the other side," Zelensky's Office said.
 

youlik

Jedi Master
«Совсем тупой»: Зеленский требует расшифровки каждого пункта Минских соглашений
24.07.2020 - 0:26

Захарова высмеяла странное заявление Зеленского
24.07.2020 - 2:00


"Absolutely stupid": Zelensky demands to decipher every point of the Minsk agreements
24.07.2020 - 0:26
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said that he insists on a detailed interpretation of each point of the Minsk agreements.

This procedure, according to him, is necessary to determine which of the points Ukraine can fulfill.

"We want a transcript of every point in Minsk," he said.

"Then we know or will see whether we are able to do it or not, how we will do it, who is responsible," the Ukrainian President explained.

Commentators on the Network put forward different assumptions about the purpose for which Zelensky asks to decipher what has long been deciphered and discussed in various formats, including "Normandy". The most common versions are "he is completely stupid" and "delays time".

And the authors of the Telegram channel "Zrada Chi Peremoga" wonder: "Does this mean that the stalling of Minsk from the moment of its signing directly depends on the fact that our leadership stupidly does not understand what is written there?"

https://rusvesna.su/news/1595539585

Zakharova made fun of a strange statement Zelensky
24.07.2020 - 2:00
The Russian foreign Ministry is ready to explain in detail the essence of the Minsk agreements to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on the YoutTube channel "Solovyov LIVE".

As previously reported by Russian Spring, Zelensky made a statement that raised many questions and doubts about the adequacy of the Ukrainian President. He said that he needs a detailed transcript of the Minsk agreements so that he can understand whether Kiev is able to implement them.

"The Russian foreign Ministry is ready to help Vladimir Zelensky decipher the text of the Minsk agreements," Zakharova said on the YouTube channel "Solovyov LIVE"

"I believe that when a person admits that they do not understand what is written in the contract, we can only sympathize with them, and secondly, thank them for their frankness," she added.

"Now it becomes obvious why all this has been stalling in recent years under Zelenskiy: he just didn't understand what was written there," Zakharova summed up.

https://rusvesna.su/news/1595541775
 

angelburst29

The Living Force
The US-Ukraine Foundation hosted notorious neo-Nazi militant Diana Vynohradova in a webinar this month. While legitimizing Ukrainian white supremacists, the think tank has forged close ties with foreign policy elites in Washington.

Influential DC-based Ukrainian think tank hosts neo-Nazi activist convicted for racist violence | The Grayzone

July 20, 2020 -
The influential Washington-based US-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) hosted a webinar this July 15 about a documentary about Vasyl Slipak, a famed Ukrainian opera singer who died in 2016 fighting alongside the ultranationalist Right Sector’s “Volunteer Ukrainian Corps” (DUK) in eastern Ukraine.

The webinar featured an appearance by Diana Vynohradova (Kamlyuk), a sieg-heiling neo-Nazi decorated with white supremacist tattoos. Vynohradova was convicted of participating in a notorious racist murder and has incited hatred against Jews, denigrating them as “kikes.”

With her presence in the webinar, Vynohradova provided a shocking example of the mainstreaming of neo-Nazism in Ukrainian politics, and the tolerance for pro-NATO fascists in Washington. The USUF which provided her with the stamp of approval is a leading think tank of the Ukrainian diaspora with ties to the US State Department and anti-Russian foreign policy advisors in both parties.

Through its Friends Of Ukraine Network (FOUN), the USUF has recruited some of the most hardline anti-Russia foreign policy hands in the Beltway. The Canary UK reported last year that the USUF and FOUN are “pushing a frightening escalation of the armed conflict in Ukraine” through their annual policy recommendations to the US government, and that the FOUN has described itself as “the largest, highest level and most politically diverse group of Americans to call for arming Ukraine with American weapons.”

Shortly before the USUF panel, a Ukrainian journalist was forced to flee Kyiv after co-authoring a report detailing a Ukrainian media outlet’s myriad ties to neo-Nazis, including Vynohradova.

On July 3, five days before the USUF announced its webinar featuring Vynohradova, a respected Ukrainian journalism site called Zaborona published an exposé of StopFake, a propagandistic “fact-checking” organization funded by the UK Foreign Office and several EU member states. The article dedicated over a paragraph to Diana Vynohradova, noting her close relationship with one of the main faces of StopFake, Marko Suprun.

Zaborona reported that Vynohradova was convicted in the early 2000s for her participation in the racist murder of a Nigerian citizen. “I don’t like Negroes,” her friend replied when asked why he stabbed the Nigerian to death.

While in prison, Vynohradova wrote poems for the notorious neo-Nazi band Sokyra Peruna. During the 2013-14 “Revolution of Dignity,” she advised protesters from the main stage on Kyiv’s Independence Square “not to give in to supplications from the kikes.”

In the past, Vynohradova wore a neo-Nazi “1488” tattoo on her right arm, but she has since covered it up. She has not bothered to hide the white supremacist Celtic Cross above it, however, and continues to sport a kolovrat necklace — a Slavic pagan symbol that resembles a swastika.

Just days before the USUF panel, Zaborona editor-in-chief Katerina Sergatskova fled Kyiv with her family after being doxxed by Ukrainian nationalists.

During the USUF panel, Vynohradova was introduced by the moderator, retired Ukrainian Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, as a spokesperson for the … erm … Right Sector. Wherever she is, the general stated, Vynohradova is “doing something useful for the country, as always.”

Vynohradova opened her remarks by praising Vasyl Slipak. “I think he was a person [on] some kind of sacred mission,” she said of the ultra-nationalist martyr. “He had some superior force, as if other-wordly. Vasyl, for me, is a model that I bring up for children as we raise them.”

Later, Vynohradova panned her smartphone lens to a group of teenage Ukrainian nationalists gathered on a field and bearing a Right Sector flag.

“We [Right Sector] are doing youth camp here, of young patriots, the club named Kommandos,” the neo-Nazi explained. They promised to avenge the death of Slipak, calling him “this Great Knight of Ukraine.”

The “Kommandos” is a crypto-Nazi “military-patriotic” youth camp with attendees as young as ten years old. Vynohradova is its lead instructor. The campers’ t-shirts are produced by a white supremacist clothing brand, SvaStone, founded by Arseniy “Bilodub” Klimachev, the frontman of Sokyra Peruna and a leader of Right Sector.

Another Kommandos supporter is Anatoly Shponarsky, an MMA fighter with the neo-Nazi “14 words” tattooed on his stomach who provided the camp with “sports equipment.” The above photo of nationalist youth pretending to sleep in the shape of a swastika was uploaded to the camp’s official Facebook page last summer.

Besides serving as an organizer of “Right Youth” summer camps, Vynohradova has been involved in all three wings of the fascist Right Sector’s “national liberation movement,” as a spokesperson for the Right Sector’s Volunteer Ukrainian Corps (DUK), and as a member of the party’s leadership.

The moderator of the USUF panel, Ukrainian Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, was the former military attache at the US embassy. Markian Bilynskyj, the USUF’s vice president for field operations and director in Ukraine, facilitated the discussion, and presumably was responsible for inviting the neo-Nazi Vynohradova.

Oksana Koliada, the former Minister of Veterans Affairs in Ukraine (2019-20), was originally scheduled to participate in the webinar. With her help, according to journalist Oleksiy Kuzmenko, the Veterans Affairs Ministry was “hijacked” by the “Veterans Movement of Ukraine” (VMU), which the neo-Nazi Azov movement co-founded. Soon after her appointment, Koliada attended a concert organized by the VMU and headlined by Sokyra Peruna.

Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak, the highest authority of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the US, took Koliada’s place and began the USUF discussion. As the former Apostolic Exarchate for Ukrainian Greek Catholics in France, he knew Slipak, who lived in Paris before he returned to Ukraine in 2014.

“Vasyl was radical in everything,” Gudziak recalled. “For some, you know, who see a picture or two or a clip or two, you might say, boy, he was some extreme nationalist,” said Gudziak. He didn’t deny this perception, but insisted that the truth was more complicated. “I think he was motivated by injustice … seeing Ukrainians, people of his blood, people of his nation, being harmed and killed … and he acted in a reflex.”

According to the Archbishop, Slipak should serve as an example for Ukrainians, “to take us out of our complacency, out of our bourgeois complaining … [and to] share what you have, give what you can. Maybe give your life itself. I think Vasyl Slipak will be speaking in this manner to all who will come to know his story.” Gudziak remained quiet for the rest of the webinar.

A documentary about Slipak screened at the start of the webinar. Entitled “Myth,” the film featured an animation based on Slipak’s last words: “I will dissolve [into Ukraine] and live forever.”

As a pool of blood spread into the shape of Ukraine, the slogan invoked Nazi concepts of blood and soil.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian legislator, Yana Zinkevych, joined the panel later on to emphasize the need to incorporate Vasyl Slipak’s story into the education of Ukrainian youth, and even high school textbooks, as an “example of sacrifice.”

The USUF’s Markian Bilynskyj agreed, declaring, “it goes back to what Archbishop Gudziak was saying,” that Slipak’s death should inspire others to encourage “more selfless involvement in society.”

Zinkevych was elected to Ukraine’s Parliament last summer as a member of the former president Petro Poroshenko’s “European Solidarity” party. She also served as commander of the “Hospitallers,” a medical battalion of the “Ukrainian Volunteer Army” led by Dmytro Yarosh, the founder and ex-leader of the far-right Right Sector.

Zinkevych and the Hospitallers were previously part of the DUK when Yarosh commanded Right Sector. Dmytro Yarosh issued an ominous warning to the liberal Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy last year, promising that he would be lynched if he “betrays” his country.

While serving as a high level member of Poroshenko’s ostensibly center-right party, Zinkevych has continued to associate with extremists in groups like Right Sector.

The far-right outfit Right Sector endorses the 20th century Ukrainian fascist concept of “Natiocracy,” which holds that Ukraine should be governed by a nationalist dictatorship. After the 2019 presidential election, it issued a statement suggesting the necessity of acting “outside of formal democratic procedures” in conjunction with allied “armed formations” to safeguard Ukraine’s independence. Even the NGO Freedom House, a US government-funded outfit that supports regime change operations abroad, has described Right Sector as “extremist.”

John Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and chairs the FOUN’s National Security Task Force, has done his best to downplay the influence of Right Sector. In 2018, he claimed to Newsweek, “Pravy Sektor was a real force years ago, but even then a limited force that Russia exaggerated, so that’s an old Kremlin propaganda piece…”

Anders Åslund, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and vice-chair of FOUN’s Economic Security Task Force, took the denial of Right Sector’s street muscle a step further in 2015, declaring it a fantasy “which Russian propaganda had created.”

If the “Friends of Ukraine” nestled in top Beltway think tanks truly believe that Right Sector is just a figment of “Kremlin propaganda,” they must not have watched the white supremacists starring in the latest webinar sponsored under their watch – or the film that screened before it began.

Below is a scene from “Myth,” the documentary on Vasyl Slipak that screened during the USUF webinar. Slipak can be seen standing on the far-right with his DUK unit. On the left, a Nazi “SS” symbol is visible on the wall.
 

c.a.

The Living Force
FOTCM Member

Negative tendencies have been ramping up in Eastern Europe. Now, it seems that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko seem to be forging a new anti-Russian alliance and fueling tensions in the region for own political purposes.

The two presidents held a phone call during which they discussed the extradition (!) of 33 Russians to Ukraine that the Lukashenko government detained near Minsk. Lukashenko claims that the detained Russians are members of the ‘Wagner’ private military company (that does not exist officially) and came to Belarus to stage ‘terrorist attacks’ and a coup against Lukashenko. While the detained persons were indeed some private military contractors, the public evidence allows to conclude that they were moving through Belarus to Turkey. Then, they were planning to deploy in some Middle Eastern and African countries. The Russians were detained in Belarus as a part of Lukashenko’s political game ahead of the presidential election. Over the past years, Minsk has already made several publicly anti-Russian steps aiming to pressure the Kremlin to continue sponsoring the Lukashenko regime despite its inability to act like a Russian ally.

In this light, Lukashenko found an understanding in Ukraine, which since its first day of independence has been receiving direct and indirect donatinos from Russia.
These donations did not stop even, when the post-2014 coup regime came to power and started a terror against ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking part of the population. This expectedly led to the separation of Crimea and a civil war in eastern Ukraine that was blamed on Russia. Kiev still believes that Moscow somehow must sponsor its economy and actions.

At the same time, both countries face significant economic and social difficulties. The popularity of the Ukrainian and Belarusian governments are quite low and falling. So, Zelensky and Luakshenko apparently decided to coordinate their efforts in getting some resources and political profit from foreign sponsors thanks to exploting of the ‘Russian threat’. President Zelensky is even planning a visit to Belarus.

As to the Kiev regime, the ‘extradition’ of the illegally detained Russians is finally a real chance to capture some Russian citizens. So far, the overwhelming majority of people involved in the prisoner swaps between Kiev and the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics is Ukrainians. This fact contradicts the main mainstream version claiming that the mighty Ukrainian Army and government-funded Nazis are fighting the ‘Russian Army’ in the region of Donbass.

The Belarusian-Ukrainian ‘anti-Russian front’ is being forged amid the following developments:

Ukraine

The ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine between the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the forces of the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics began on July 27th.

A little bit over a week has passed, and it is barely holding, and it appears that prospects for it actually lasting longer than the previous 30 attempts are slim.

On August 3rd, the SMM OSCE released its daily report, which also said that between July 27th and 19:30 local time on August 3rd, there have been a total of 246 ceasefire violations.

Evidently, there is improvement, but the violations continue.

The disengagement of forces is also not particularly effective.

Below are direct citations of what the SMM observed:
  • On August 3rd, inside the disengagement area near Stanytsia Luhanska (government-controlled, 16km north-east of Luhansk), the SMM saw three members of the armed formations (wearing armbands with “JCCC” written on them) between the new span of the Stanytsia Luhanska bridge and their checkpoint south of it.
  • On July 31st, inside the disengagement area near Zolote, an SMM mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) spotted an armoured light utility vehicle (Kozak-2) in the south-eastern part of Katerynivka (government-controlled, 64km west of Luhansk), near a former position of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
  • On August 3rd, near the checkpoint of the armed formations south of the disengagement area, the Mission saw six members of the armed formations (wearing armbands with “JCCC” written on them), two of whom it saw entering the disengagement area, walking about 350m north inside the disengagement area and then returning.
These are the most notable, showing activity on the side of the Ukrainian armed forces. On the side of the DPR/LPR, the reports of spotting individuals near the disengagement area are usually just workers, fixing roads or something of the sort.
 

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Robert Powell, the husband of Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., reportedly took $700,000 from a Ukrainian oligarch named Igor Kolomoisky. Mucarsel-Powell sits on the House Judiciary Committee, the committee that drafted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his alleged abuse of power with regards to Ukraine.

In 2018, the Daily Beast reported that a number of businesses linked to Kolomoisky hired Powell as an attorney. One of those firms paid Powell at least $700,000 over two years, according to public records.

The Miami Herald reported Powell was working for companies tied to Kolomoisky for 10 years. Powell made most of his money in the two years leading up to his wife’s election in 2018.

Kolomoisky has been accused of contract killings and embezzlement in the past. Yet, in 2018 when https://twitter.com/DailySignal, she did not see her husband’s work as relevant to her campaign.

“Debbie Mucrasel-Powell is running for Congress, not her husband. To imply that Debbie has anything to do with her indirect shareholder of a parent company that once employed her husband is an enormous stretch,” said Michael Hernandez, senior communications advisor for her campaign in 2018.

While Mucrasel-Powell may have convinced her constituents that her husband’s work is unrelated, it is a clear conflict in the current impeachment of Trump. Mucarsel-Powell voted to impeach Trump.

The House has moved to impeach Trump over a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. When the House initiated impeachment hearings, they were arguing Trump asked for a quid pro quo or potentially bribed the Ukrainian president. No evidence to corroborate those charges has been found, so now the House is charging the president with abuse of power and obstructing Congress in relation to the Ukrainian phone call.

And yet, no Democrats see a problem with one of their own committee members’ spouses doing business with a Ukrainian ogliarch. There has been no check on whether Mucrasel-Powell is benefitting from her husband’s work with a foreign power that interfered in the 2016 election.
There is a double standard in Mucrasel-Powell’s ability to impeach the President for his work in Ukraine, simultaneously,
allowing her husband to earn money from Kolomoisky, a thug from the same foreign power.

Chrissy Clark is a former staff writer at The Federalist. She has work featured in The Daily Signal and received a degree in political science from Michigan State University.



 

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Just documenting some info in Ukraine.


Sidenotes:
One Ukrainian citizen killed in massive Beirut explosion – Ukraine'...
A day ago
A Ukrainian citizen is among the victims of the blast / REUTERS

A 32-year-old citizen of Ukraine was killed in a massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4.

"He was only 32. He was going to get married. Not so long ago he reportedly came to the embassy for voting," Ukraine's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Lebanon Ihor Ostash said on Facebook late on August 8. "The young promising economist left the KPMG office, heading home... A terrible explosion took the life of the citizen of Ukraine, William Azar. His mother, Natalya Azar, is from Kyiv."


According to the embassy's previous report, Ukrainians were not seriously injured in the explosion. "They sustained minor injuries, such as wounds or bruises. But no one was seriously injured," the ambassador said then.

As UNIAN reported earlier, a massive explosion rocked the port area of Lebanon's capital, Beirut, on August 4.

As of August 8, there were 158 people were killed and 6,000 wounded in the incident. It was unclear what exactly caused the explosion. Lebanon's prime minister said an investigation would focus on an estimated 2,750 metric tons of the explosive ammonium nitrate stored at a warehouse.

After the explosion in Beirut, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered to check the handling of explosive materials in Ukraine. The Ukrainian government, in turn, endorsed a draft presidential decree on the provision of humanitarian aid to Lebanon to overcome the consequences of the disaster.

Hmm.. Electric vehicles in a war-torn country.

British Ambassador to Ukraine

Obama/Biden Block Investigations Into $5.3 Billion Missing | Rudy Giuliani | Ep. 52
Jul 10, 2020

Updated Aug. 07, 2020 10:20AM
Port authorities claimed the cargo, offloaded from ship TRUMP D, named after the U.S. president, is safe because it is in “big bags” just like those in Beirut.

An American-owned cargo
ship named after the president of the United States docked in a Ukrainian port has just offloaded 10,000 metric tons of the same chemical substance that nearly leveled the city of Beirut this week, according to the Liveuamap news source. The hangar in Lebanon only had 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, which caused catastrophic damage to the Lebanese capital.

The ship docked in Ukraine, which was previously named Seabreeze before a Florida company registered as Pilin Fleet Management LLC purchased it in 2018, and renamed it Trump D, was registered by Marine Traffic tracking website in the Yuzhi port near Odessa on Friday.


Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has now ordered “relevant checks” on the storage condition of the substance, which is primarily used for agricultural fertilizer or high-powered explosives after port officials claimed it was safely stored in “big bags.

Photos online suggest that the ammonium-nitrate powder was also stored in similar “big bags” in the port of Beirut when it detonated, likely sparked by a nearby fire Tuesday afternoon.

The Trump D was placed under investigation three months ago by Ukrainian prosecutors in Crimea after the previous owners were suspected of stealing sand from the Crimean coast. That investigation has since been closed without charges.

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine issued a statement ordering authorities to ensure that the ammonium nitrate is securely stored and to “carry out extraordinary measures for government supervision” for work safety and “security against manmade disasters and fires.”
 
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Antifa and the Ukraine (funding), connection. And the ongoing Coup d'état.

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Years of service 19672007
President Barack Obama
Deputy Thomas E. Donilon
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Succeeded by Thomas E. Donilon
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July 1, 1999 – January 12, 2003
President Bill Clinton
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Artem Yalovyi

The Force is Strong With This One
Almost half of Ukrainians do not consider Ukraine independent - poll
On August 21, it is reported that 48.6% of Ukrainians believe that Ukraine is not an independent state.

These are the data of an all-Ukrainian sociological survey of the population conducted by the Social Monitoring Center from August 8 to 15, 2020. The figures were published by the Interfax-Ukraine agency.

When asked if Ukraine is currently an independent state, 40.5% answered yes, 48.6% - no, Ukraine is not an independent state, 10.9% found it difficult to answer.
Residents of Ukraine also answered the question about the dependence of the country's economic policy on external influence. Thus, 45.4% of respondents consider the economic policy of Ukraine to be completely dependent on other countries and organizations, 41% consider dependence to be partial, and 7.7% are sure that Ukraine is pursuing an independent economic policy.

According to sociologists, residents of Ukraine believe that the greatest influence on their country is exerted by: the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - 45.2%, the United States - 40%, the European Union - 39.4%, the Russian Federation - 28.9%
 

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Довольно сильно надоело читать про то, как сходит с ума население большой страны. Как его сводит с ума шайка воров и предателей, прикрывающаяся националистическими и фашистскими идеями. Ниже я приведу статью, вселяющую слабую пока надежду на то, что нынешнее сумашествие заканчивается.

27.08.2020 00:02 Пётр Городов
Проблеск новой дружбы. Украинский город решил «породниться» с российским

А еще хочу поделиться радостью. Почти вся семья родственников, проживающих в Стаханове, ЛНР, получили Российское гражданство. Для этих людей это огромное событие, позволяющее увереннее смотреть в завтрашний день, ну и для нас тоже радость.

I am quite tired of reading about how the population of a large country goes mad. How it is driven mad by a gang of thieves and traitors who hide behind nationalist and fascist ideas. Below I will cite an article that instills a faint hope that the current madness is ending.

27.08.2020 00: 02 Peter Gorodov
Glimpse of a new friendship. Ukrainian city decided to "get brotherhood" with Russian one.

An unusual event by current standards occurred recently in Ukraine. On the anniversary of the liberation of Kharkiv from the Nazis, an agreement of intent was signed to facilitate the conclusion of a twinning agreement between the cities of Chuguev (Kharkiv region) and Veliky Novgorod (Novgorod region).

The difficult memory of the Victory
After the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, the annexation of Crimea to Russia and the war in the Donbass, relations between Russia and Ukraine fell to their lowest point since the collapse of the USSR. Not only diplomatic ties, but also economic and social ties were disrupted. In Ukraine, TV channels, movies, series, and books were banned in a special order. Long-term cooperation agreements were being torn up.

In recent years, Ukraine has been celebrating Victory Day in a difficult situation. The new Kiev authorities tried in every possible way to disrupt the perception of this holiday as a Soviet victory over Nazism, but at the same time to emphasize the special Ukrainian role in it. Hence there were a lot of absurdities. For example, the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that Auschwitz was liberated by the Ukrainian front. Zelensky did not want to mention that they were red army troops — the 1st Ukrainian front under the command of Marshal of the Soviet Union Ivan Konev.

The "Immortal regiment" March also faces huge problems every year. Although it still involved a lot of Ukrainians, the procession is constantly faced with the provocations of the nationalists. They beat participants of the action, threw smoke bombs and bags of paint at them. The nationalists ' greatest hatred was caused by the St. George's ribbons. So, in 2017 in Kiev, they were forcibly taken away even from old veterans.

Against this background, it was difficult to imagine any cooperation between Russia and Ukraine in the cultural sphere on the topic of the great Patriotic war. Nevertheless, the "miracle" was suddenly possible.

Brothers in grief
On August 23, Kharkiv traditionally marks the anniversary of liberation from the Nazis. For a city with a three-hundred-year history, the occupation was one of the most terrible events. Alexey Tolstoy wrote: "I saw Kharkiv. This must have been Rome when the hordes of Germanic barbarians swept through it in the fifth century. A huge cemetery."

In the peaceful may of 1941, more than 902 thousand people lived in the city. In 1943, according to forecasts, the millionth citizen of Kharkiv was to be born. But the Nazis made their terrible adjustments to the fate of Kharkiv. It was the most populated Soviet city that had ever been under Nazi occupation, and the Nazis made it pretty clear what would have happened to other cities if they had been occupied by the Wehrmacht. During the occupation, more than 700 thousand people died here, i.e. three quarters of the population.

On the next anniversary of the liberation of the city, Kharkiv and Novgorod regional organizations signed an agreement of intent to facilitate the conclusion of a twinning agreement between Chuguev and Veliky Novgorod.

This initiative was made by a group of Ukrainians, citizens of Russia. Among them-honorary citizen of Chuguev, Hero of Russia, pilot-cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, honorary citizen of Gorlovka, Hero of the Soviet Union, cosmonaut Alexander Volkov, military historian Vasily Golotyuk, Supreme ataman of the" Great brotherhood of Cossack troops " Andrey Datsenko, endocrinologist Eugene Kozhedub and many others.

"The agreement is not only a tribute to those who died during the great Patriotic war, compatriots is also an important sign of the times, when Ukrainian and Russian, other Slavic peoples, the peoples of the world proclaim your clear choice: to live in peace and harmony, based on the total memory of fight against fascist aggressors", — stated in a statement after the ceremony.

The purpose of the agreement is not only to assign Chuguev and Veliky Novgorod the status of twin cities, but also to develop trade, economic, scientific and cultural ties and perpetuate the memory of the great Patriotic war. For example, the parties committed themselves to work together to perpetuate the memory of the heroic defender of the Fatherland, a native of Chuguev, Vladimir Grigoryevich Litvinov (1919-1944). Hero of the Soviet Union, commander of a tank company of the 7th tank brigade of the 8th army of the Volkhov front died a death of bravery on January 22, 1944 when liberating the village of Kshentitsy in the Novgorod region. He was buried in Veliky Novgorod, in a mass grave at the memorial" Eternal flame of glory " of the Novgorod Kremlin.

The agreement was made possible thanks to the International relay of memory and gratitude "homeland of the hero — Homeland of the hero", which has been held on the initiative of villages and cities of Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia and Russia since 2011. This is an international movement that allows territories to enter into twin-city inter-municipal relations based on the feats performed during world war II by Heroes of the Soviet Union and full holders of the order of Glory. To date, 13 twinning agreements have been concluded, and more than 50 twinning agreements are under development.
Проблеск новой дружбы. Украинский город решил «породниться» с российским

I also want to share my joy. Almost the entire family of relatives living in Stakhanov, LNR, received Russian citizenship. For these people, this is a huge event that allows them to look more confidently into the future, and for us, too, it is a joy.
 
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