lørdag 17. januar 2015

Heavy fire at Yuzhno-Ukrainskaya power plant

Heavy fire at Yuzhno-Ukrainskaya power plant | Русская весна
Heavy fire at Yuzhno-Ukrainskaya power plant | Русская весна
Heavy fire at Yuzhno-Ukrainskaya power plant | Русская весна
Heavy fire at Yuzhno-Ukrainskaya power plant | Русская весна
Heavy fire at Yuzhno-Ukrainskaya power plant | Русская весна
Heavy fire at Yuzhno-Ukrainskaya power plant — the transformer near power units ignited. The fire could be seen even from the town. Glow was seen over the power plant and fire alarm was heard meters away.
 
Tonight at 22:04 on the territory of «Yuzhno-Ukrainskaya AES» power plant inside a transformer started a fire. The outbreak was extinguished within an hour at 23:40. This was reported by press-service of the power plant in Nikolayev region. 
 
According to radiation control conducted just after the area radiation background does not exceed normal values. Special expert team is working on the fire site to determine the cause and aftermath of fire.
As reported by press-service an emergency call was registered at local fire-rescue service at 22:40. When emergency team arrived duty shift staff of the power plant switched the transformer off. The fire was extinguished with foam cannons. 16 equipment units and 125 fire-fighters were involved in the process.
 
Short circuit was called the preliminary cause why the transformer caught fire. Nuclear reactor haven’t stopped and has been operating without interruptions. In the town of Yuzhno-Ukrainsk there is no panic among residents.
As was reported before new Cabinet’s plan guided by Arseniy Yatsenyuk provides power augmentation for Yuzhno-Ukrainsk power plant in Nikolayev region.

 

fredag 16. januar 2015



1) Video. Ukrainian soldier with antipersonnel mine:
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2) Antipersonnel mine and fragments in the bus:





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4) The bus:



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US Weapons Discovered in Airport Occupied by Ukrainian Military

Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) forces found US-made weapons in airport previously occupied by Ukrainian troops, according to Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

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Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) forces found US-made weapons in airport previously occupied by Ukrainian troops, according to Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

DONETSK, January 15 (Sputnik) – Eastern Ukrainian independence forces have found US-made weapons left behind after the Ukrainian military pulled out of an airport they previously occupied in Donetsk, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said Thursday.
  “We found American-produced weaponry. … So, what do you think when you find an M-16 at the airport?” Alexander Zakharchenko said during a press conference in the republic’s capital of Donetsk.

Kiev began a military operation to suppress the independence supporters of southeastern Ukraine in mid-April 2014. On September 5, Kiev forces and the independence fighters of Donetsk and Luhansk reached a ceasefire agreement during a Contact Group meeting in Minsk, Belarus. However, both sides have since accused each other of repeatedly violating the truce.

On Wednesday the deputy chief of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, proposed establishing a localized truce in the areas around the Donetsk Airport, where clashes between independence fighters and Kiev forces have intensified in recent days. Later that day, a senior DPR official announced that Kiev forces began withdrawing their troops from the airport's territory.
  The United States has supported Kiev from the beginning of the conflict, providing Ukraine with $340 million in aid in 2014. On Tuesday, the US Treasury Department announced the extension of a $1 billion loan guarantee to Kiev for the first part of 2015. The Ukraine Freedom Support Act, signed by US President Barack Obama in mid-December, authorizes the provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine. However, before the document was signed, US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki announced that despite the bill, the country's policy of not arming Ukraine with lethal weapons remained unchanged.

The New Ukraine Is Run by Rogues, Sexpots, Warlords, Lunatics and Oligarchs

Prominent Ukrainian MP denounces Obama's weakness, calls him a 'shot-down pilot'

Anti-government protesters clashing with police in Independence square, February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Hopes that Ukraine would mature into a western democracy have decayed as a motley crew of leaders has taken center stage (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Anti-government protesters clashing with police in Independence square, February 20, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Hopes that Ukraine would mature into a western democracy have decayed as a motley crew of leaders has taken center stage (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.)


There were times in Ukraine’s recent history when even the country’s military brass were kneeling before the U.S. Literally. In June 2013, then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft received the saber of the Ukrainian Cossack in the city of Kherson from a kneeling Ukrainian high-rank military official. Mr. Tefft nowadays is serving the country as an Ambassador to Russia where no such honors are even imaginable.

But that was then—a previous regime.

On the surface, today’s Ukraine is much more favorably disposed toward everything Western and everything American because of the exciting wind of transformations that swept through the Ukrainian political landscape last year. Its political culture looks modern, attractive, refined and European. For example, at the end of last year a new law was passed that allowed former citizens of other countries to participate in Ukrainian politics and even the government, in case they denounce their former citizenships. The reason given was the fight with notorious Ukrainian corruption. Apparently, in a country of more than 40 million people, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk (called “Rabbit” by his citizens) couldn’t find a dozen or so native-born yet not corrupt professionals for his government.

Now three former foreigners—ex-American Natalia Yaresko (Minister for Finance), ex-Lithuanian Aivaras Abromavičius (Minister For Economy and Trade) and ex-Georgian Alexander Kvitashvili (Minister for Public Health)—are firmly established in their new cabinets. They are just the beginning. They gave up their U.S. and European passports with only two benefits in return: a $200-a-month salary and the chance to build a prosperous new Ukraine.

In a strange twist of fate, the Ukrainian ministers during their meetings now have to speak hated Russian—former foreigners do not speak Ukrainian well enough and locals do not speak English at the level necessary for complicated discussions on how to save a Ukraine economy that is disappearing before their eyes.

The problems they are facing are overwhelming. The new minister for economy, Mr. Abromavičius, knows that the country is in fact bankrupt. “To expect that we are going to produce real as opposed to declarative incentive programs is unrealistic,” he declared. In other words, the new Ukrainian budget is nothing but a piece of paper. But without this piece of paper there will be no new money from the European Bank and the IMF.

The first steps he has taken so far are controversial.

Estonia Lady 5555

The new minister for economy appointed former Estonian Jaanika Merilo as his advisor on foreign investments and improving the business climate in Ukraine. Directly after her appointment, Ms. Merilo posted a series of candid images that display her long legs, plump lips and prominent cleavage, including some shots in which she emulates movie scenes.

On January 5, the new minister for economy appointed former Estonian Jaanika Merilo—a young dark-haired beauty—as his advisor on foreign investments, improvement of business climate in Ukraine, coordination of international programs and so on. Directly after her appointment, the young lady put online not her resume or a program for Ukrainian financial stabilization but a series of candid shots that display her long legs, plump lips and prominent cleavage. In some shots, she places a knife to her lips a la Angelina Jolie and sits on the chair a la Sharon Stone.

Ms. Merilo, too, forfeited her European passport in the hope of a better future for her new Motherland.

By law, double citizenship is not permitted for a Ukrainian governmental official, but, as often happens in Ukraine, for some there is always another way around. The governor of Zaporozhe region, oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, for example, has three citizenships.

As exhilarating winds of change swept through the Ukrainian government, Western newspapers giddily reported the fact that after the last elections for the first time in decades there would be no Communists in the Ukrainian Parliament. But that means all possible organized opposition to the current president and prime minister is gone.

Instead, the new Rada has a big group of parliamentarians of very uncertain political loyalties and even dubious mental state—former warlords and street activists who distinguished themselves during street fights and tire burnings.

These government rookies are sometimes turning to strange ways of self-promotion, now within the walls of the Parliament.

One new face in the Rada—leader of the Right Sector ultra-nationalist party and former warlord Dmytro Yarosh—admitted in a January interview with Ukrainian TV that he caresses a real hand grenade in his pocket while inside the Rada. Because he is MP, the security personnel has no right to check his pockets. They just ask if he has anything dangerous on his person and he says no. The reason to have a hand grenade on his body is that there are too many enemies of Ukraine within the MP crowding him during the voting process. He is not afraid, of course. But when the time comes, he will use this grenade and with a bit of luck he will take a lot of them with him if he dies.

Former warlord Dmytro Yarosh is the leader of the ultra-nationalist party Right Sector and now an MP. He told Ukrainian TV that he caresses a real hand grenade in his pocket while serving inside the Rada.
Former warlord Dmytro Yarosh is the leader of the ultra-nationalist party Right Sector and now an MP. He told Ukrainian TV that he caresses a real hand grenade in his pocket while serving inside the Rada.
Ukrainian MPs Yuri Beryoza and Andrei Levus, also former warlords and members of radical parties, became notorious last December after publicly applauding the terrorist attack in the Russian city of Grozny—an attack in which 14 policemen were killed. “On our eastern borders our brothers are coming out from under Russia’s power. It’s normal. These are the allies of Ukraine,” said Mr. Beryoza. This is the same fellow who had earlier promised that the Ukrainian army would soon take Moscow. Andrei Levus proposed Russia withdraw all of her “punishers” from the “People’s Republic of Ichkeria” (i.e. Chechnya) immediately.

Another former warlord, former member of social-national party and today’s Ukrainian MP Igor Mosiychuk said to the journalists that Ukraine, “being in the state of war, must stimulate the opening of the second front in the Caucuses, in Middle Asia” against Russia. In the scandalous video, which has been viewed 2.5 million times, he unloaded an assault rifle into the portrait of the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ranting, “Ramzan, you have sent your dogs, traitors into our land. We have been killing them here and we will come after you. We will come after you to Grozny. We will help our brothers to free Ichkeria from such dogs like you. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the free Ichkeria!”

Despite this bravado, the personal security for all three MPs had to be increased—at high cost to the cash-starved country—after the Chechen leader promised to bring them to justice in Russia for incitement of terrorism.


Rada deputy Anton Gerashchenko, who also serves as an advisor to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, called US president Barack Obama a ‘political midget’ or ‘dwarf,’ a ‘shot-down pilot’ and says that Obama is in ‘ostrich position.’



While it may be tempting to dismiss these words as the ravings of former warlords who have been traumatized by war, worrisome shifts of the political mindset have been appearing in the mainstream of the Ukrainian political establishment.

Anton Geraschenko is the poster boy of the next generation of Ukrainian politicians. He holds an important position as the advisor to the minister for internal affairs, executing the role of the Ministry’s spokesman. This 36-year-old, well-educated member of the Parliament is a familiar face on TV, and a darling of the nation’s political talk shows. He is well-spoken and gives elaborate interviews on every political subject to all major Ukrainian newspapers.

Last Friday, while on his trip to the U.S., Mr. Gerashchenko published two controversial posts on his Facebook page, which could be considered very revealing from the perspective of the changing mood in the Ukrainian political class toward the United States.

In the first, Mr. Gerashchenko praised a George Soros article in which the 84-year-old financier is “flying high” like an eagle “over the pettiness of Obama and other political dwarfs.” Mr. Gerashchenko blamed Mr. Obama and other “political dwarfs” for not realizing that “Putin’s actions towards Ukraine are the tectonic shifts in the world history, much bigger in scale than those that were the results of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington.” According to Mr. Gerashchenko, George Soros lost all hope that “Barack Obama will give a chance to the people of the United States to give large-scale economical assistance to the people of Ukraine, not the miserable hand-outs that have been ten times less than the help that was given to Iraq or Afghanistan.” Mr. Gerashchenko vented his frustration at Mr. Obama for not giving Ukraine money on the scale of the Marshall Plan or the aid packages that were given to rebuild Japan after WWII or South Korea after the Korean War.

Prominent Ukrainian lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko's Facebook posts have created a stir, downplaying Sept. 11 and lobbing insults at President Obama.
Prominent Ukrainian lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko’s Facebook posts have 
created a stir, downplaying Sept. 11 and lobbing insults at President Obama.
According to his post, Mr. Gerashchenko believes that the United States has the obligation to give to the Ukraine enough money so the people of “occupied Crimea and Donbass in a maximum of three or five years would dig tunnels and destroy walls and barbed-wire fences, bursting into the territory of prosperous Free Ukraine … looking for jobs, social assistance, high quality of living – as a counterweight to the Mordor which the Russian Federation will definitely have become” (‘total catastrophe’) under the leadership of “Putler.” (“Putler” being ‘Putin’ and ‘Hitler’ combined into one word—a popular new term among Ukraine’s new political class.)

The Facebook post by the young Ukrainian politician created an uproar in both Ukraine and Russia—but Western media preferred to look the other way.

Inspired by his sudden notoriety, Mr. Gerashchenko posted one more rant on the same subject later on the same day in which he elaborated his ideas even farther.

“Yes, Obama is a political dwarf because it looks like he does not grasp the full scale the consequences of Putin’s capture of Crimea. Because last spring and in the beginning of last summer Obama took the ‘ostrich’s position’ and preferred not to see the Putin’s aggression on the continental part of the Ukraine. In the U.S.A., Barack Obama for his indecisive actions and lost positions in foreign politics is called ‘lame duck’ which is analogous to our expression ‘shot-down pilot’. And this name is well deserved. Barack Obama will never be put in the same row with such great U.S. Presidents as Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan. And even with Bill Clinton …”

In his second post Mr. Gerashchenko went on to say that he was expressing not only his own feelings but the attitude of a significant part of the Ukrainian population, “which considers Obama’s actions unworthy of the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, the one that made Ukraine give up its nuclear status … Instead of decisive actions, from March on we have seen nothing but declarations that the White House is ‘very concerned,’ expresses its concerns’ and also ‘deeply worried’ by the situation in our country.”

By Mr. Gerashchenko’s light, President Putin’s entire operation in Crimea and Donbass was possible only because Mr. Putin knew that Mr. Obama would never risk any strong moves to stop him. According to this star of Ukrainian politics, America gave “only” $1 billion to Ukraine but Mr. Gerashchenko and the like view this as a pittance. Instead, they want a big slice of the hundreds of billions that the U.S. has spent on war from 2001-2014 in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

These revealing and troubling posts were deleted within hours on the same day they appeared. Deleted or not, Mr. Gerashchenko, as well as some significant number of Ukrainian politicians, rant at Mr. Obama for not doing what George Soros wants him to do—immediately spend $50 billion of U.S. and E.U. taxpayers’ money on building an immediate paradise in Ukraine. George Soros’ motives could be pragmatic, of course. Some evil tongues have been saying that the financier’s arguments for the bailout of a falling Ukrainian economy by the U.S. and European taxpayers have roots not in his love for freedom around the world. They say that he has a lot of the Ukrainian government’s bonds in his portfolio and in the case of Ukraine’s national default he will lose billions.

Screencap of the Facebook post in which Rada deputy Anton Gerashchenko, who also serves as an advisor to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, called US president Barack Obama a 'political midget' or 'dwarf,' a 'shot-down pilot' and says that Obama is in 'ostrich position.' (Facebook)
Screencap of Anton Gerashchenko’s Facebook post. (Facebook)

Ironically, the biggest winner of a significant and prompt infusion of Western money into Ukraine would be the hated “Putler.” Just last week, Russia, strapped for cash itself as the ruble plummets, started to spread rumors that it is considering demanding early repayment of its $3 billion 2014 loan to Ukraine because the conditions of the loan demand such a step in the event that the national debt of Ukraine exceeds 60 percent of its GDP. By now the national debt of Ukraine is around 70 percent of its GDP and the prognosis is that by the end of this year it will be around 90 percent of its GDP. If any significant amount of money is given to Ukraine, Russia will immediately start sucking out a big part of it as Ukrainian gas and other energy bills will finally be paid on time … to Russia.

Mr. Gerashchenko’s scandalous FB posts are gone, but the questions raised by them still remain. Will the Ukrainian political class turn away from the U.S. and the West if the generosity of the U.S. taxpayers does not match the nebulous expectations of the reformers in the Ukrainian government? Are the Ukrainians ready to rely mostly on themselves on the long and painful journey of building their own independent nation? Amid all the reform talk and the importing of attractive foreign “advisors,” one cannot but wonder if it’s nothing more than camouflage for the same old Ukrainian game—to convince the world to give, as Mr. Gerashchenko’s first Facebook post put it, just one more “large-scale economical assistance.”

Read more at http://observer.com/2015/01/the-new-ukraine-is-run-by-rogues-sexpots-warlords-lunatics-and-oligarchs/#ixzz3OwGlP8hX
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torsdag 15. januar 2015

 Journalists of 17 CHANNEL filmed how Ukrainian armed forces are shelling residential area of Donetsk. 

The direct hit to residential building at 1:29.

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Page of the former Finnish diplomat blocked due to "wrong" Poroshenko photo?

The known Finnish lawyer Peter Iiskola, who is a former diplomat and staff member of the Council of Europe, published on his Facebook page a photo of Peter Poroshenko, who was sitting in a chair with a sweetly smiling. With this smile he usually appears at meetings with his Western backers.

Poroshenko was shown with visible flags of States that he is devoted to. It is not hard to guess that this is the US and EU flags. And in the background a Nazi swastika ...

Peter Iiskola told the Russian media portal Svobodnaya Pressa (Free Press) that found this "picture" at the end of last year on the Internet. It appeared there when three countries, namely the USA, Canada and Ukraine, opposed the approval of a UN resolution condemning Nazism in general and, in particular, its obvious manifestations in the course of the so-called "anti-terrorist operation" in the South-Eastern Ukraine. Yes, and not only in the South-East.

Russia, as well as a number of observers from some European countries, has repeatedly drawn attention to this in the international community. Citing facts, numerous eyewitness accounts and so on. Russia made sure that the issue was on the agenda of the United Nations. But the final resolution condemning the neo-Nazism was opposed by the mentioned three countries.

This photo "Poroshenko with swastika flags" was censored on the page of Peter Iiskola in Facebook.

- Facebook blocked me for posting this picture, Peter Iiskola says.

- Frankly speaking, I was not very surprised. Apparently, the owners of this social network are those who, like the US, Canada and Ukraine, does not condemn neo-Nazism. Because they do not notice its revival, its contemporary manifestations, in particular, in Odessa and in the Donbass. Can people be so totally deaf and blind? But there is also another explanation. The American corporate media prefer not to notice the Ukrainian neo-Nazis and their Western supporters. Some representatives of these media have gone even further by silencing those who are trying to tell the truth.

"SP": - I remember that in 2013 Edward Snowden was speaking about the CIA total surveillance around the world. Snowden spoke about the connection between the bosses in popular networks and the American intelligence ...

- What Snowden told about NSA - and Zukkerberg, Google, Microsoft etc. - has become a reality in my case. And, I think, not only in my case. My Facebook page was blocked. What is significant is that this is done with the consent of the leaders of certain countries - explicit or tacit.

The president of the Czech Republic, Mr. Milos Zeman, has recently openly condemned some European leaders for supporting or closing their eyes to the Ukrainian neo-Nazism. Zeman also condemned USA for being actively involved in the coup in Kiev in February last year with the same neo-Nazis. In particular, the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. Her private telephone conversation with the US Ambassador to Ukraine confirmed this fact.

"SP": - Her significant phrase of this conversation - "Fuck the EU!" - quickly became "volatile". In Ukraine were held legitimate elections, but the legitimate president was ousted ... We saw there (in the Maidan - Ed.) some people who are considered to be neo-Nazis.

- USA somehow imagines itself as the principal on Earth. Trying to lead the rest of the world, spreading everywhere their dubious "democratic values." USA does not hear or want to hear those who ring the warning bells - warnings of the danger of a revival of fascism in Europe. I get a feeling that there over the Ocean we have now in the twenty-first century everything just like in the 1930’s in Europe. Only now, instead of Adolf – there is Barack. This prompts me to say: "Yankees go home from Europe, and stay home. You are no longer welcome."

However, let's also be fair and objective. In recent months we have also heard some sober voices from USA, including them, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

"SP": - This is because he voted in Congress (the only representative of his State of California) against the law on financial assistance to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia?

- Dana Rohrabacher opposed to incite the Cold War. As Ronald Paul (Ron Paul), a former member of the House of Representatives, he is a politician of the old «Reagan school» (associates of President Reagan - Ed.), He said last spring that "the people of Crimea want to be a part of Russia and they have the right to self-determination ". Such politicians in USA are now increasing. They believe that this whole Maidan was necessary to Washington in order to distract their citizens from domestic problems and excessive government spending. And the American worldwide program of surveillance.

"SP": - Peter, was your Facebook page blocked for a long time?

- A couple of days. Already unlocked. But to me, as they say in such cases, enough is enough. I plan to give up Facebook.

Read more: http://svpressa.ru/society/article/109565/
Facebook angry
Page of the former Finnish diplomat blocked due to "wrong" Poroshenko photo?

The known Finnish lawyer Peter Iiskola, who is a former diplomat and staff member of the Council of Europe, published on his Facebook page a photo of Peter Poroshenko, who was sitting in a chair with a sweetly smiling. With this smile he usually appears at meetings with his Western backers.

Poroshenko was shown with visible flags of States that he is devoted to. It is not hard to guess that this is the US and EU flags. And in the background a Nazi swastika ...

Peter Iiskola told the Russian media portal Svobodnaya Pressa (Free Press) that found this "picture" at the end of last year on the Internet. It appeared there when three countries, namely the USA, Canada and Ukraine, opposed the approval of a UN resolution condemning Nazism in general and, in particular, its obvious manifestations in the course of the so-called "anti-terrorist operation" in the South-Eastern Ukraine. Yes, and not only in the South-East.

Russia, as well as a number of observers from some European countries, has repeatedly drawn attention to this in the international community. Citing facts, numerous eyewitness accounts and so on. Russia made sure that the issue was on the agenda of the United Nations. But the final resolution condemning the neo-Nazism was opposed by the mentioned three countries.

This photo "Poroshenko with swastika flags" was censored on the page of Peter Iiskola in Facebook.

- Facebook blocked me for posting this picture, Peter Iiskola says.

- Frankly speaking, I was not very surprised. Apparently, the owners of this social network are those who, like the US, Canada and Ukraine, does not condemn neo-Nazism. Because they do not notice its revival, its contemporary manifestations, in particular, in Odessa and in the Donbass. Can people be so totally deaf and blind? But there is also another explanation. The American corporate media prefer not to notice the Ukrainian neo-Nazis and their Western supporters. Some representatives of these media have gone even further by silencing those who are trying to tell the truth.

"SP": - I remember that in 2013 Edward Snowden was speaking about the CIA total surveillance around the world. Snowden spoke about the connection between the bosses in popular networks and the American intelligence ...

- What Snowden told about NSA - and Zukkerberg, Google, Microsoft etc. - has become a reality in my case. And, I think, not only in my case. My Facebook page was blocked. What is significant is that this is done with the consent of the leaders of certain countries - explicit or tacit.

The president of the Czech Republic, Mr. Milos Zeman, has recently openly condemned some European leaders for supporting or closing their eyes to the Ukrainian neo-Nazism. Zeman also condemned USA for being actively involved in the coup in Kiev in February last year with the same neo-Nazis. In particular, the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. Her private telephone conversation with the US Ambassador to Ukraine confirmed this fact.

"SP": - Her significant phrase of this conversation - "Fuck the EU!" - quickly became "volatile". In Ukraine were held legitimate elections, but the legitimate president was ousted ... We saw there (in the Maidan - Ed.) some people who are considered to be neo-Nazis.

- USA somehow imagines itself as the principal on Earth. Trying to lead the rest of the world, spreading everywhere their dubious "democratic values." USA does not hear or want to hear those who ring the warning bells - warnings of the danger of a revival of fascism in Europe. I get a feeling that there over the Ocean we have now in the twenty-first century everything just like in the 1930’s in Europe. Only now, instead of Adolf – there is Barack. This prompts me to say: "Yankees go home from Europe, and stay home. You are no longer welcome."

However, let's also be fair and objective. In recent months we have also heard some sober voices from USA, including them, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

"SP": - This is because he voted in Congress (the only representative of his State of California) against the law on financial assistance to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia?

- Dana Rohrabacher opposed to incite the Cold War. As Ronald Paul (Ron Paul), a former member of the House of Representatives, he is a politician of the old «Reagan school» (associates of President Reagan - Ed.), He said last spring that "the people of Crimea want to be a part of Russia and they have the right to self-determination ". Such politicians in USA are now increasing. They believe that this whole Maidan was necessary to Washington in order to distract their citizens from domestic problems and excessive government spending. And the American worldwide program of surveillance.

"SP": - Peter, was your Facebook page blocked for a long time?

- A couple of days. Already unlocked. But to me, as they say in such cases, enough is enough. I plan to give up Facebook.

Read more: http://svpressa.ru/society/article/109565/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Facebook angry
Page of the former Finnish diplomat blocked due to "wrong" Poroshenko photo?

The known Finnish lawyer Peter Iiskola, who is a former diplomat and staff member of the Council of Europe, published on his Facebook page a photo of Peter Poroshenko, who was sitting in a chair with a sweetly smiling. With this smile he usually appears at meetings with his Western backers.

Poroshenko was shown with visible flags of States that he is devoted to. It is not hard to guess that this is the US and EU flags. And in the background a Nazi swastika ...

Peter Iiskola told the Russian media portal Svobodnaya Pressa (Free Press) that found this "picture" at the end of last year on the Internet. It appeared there when three countries, namely the USA, Canada and Ukraine, opposed the approval of a UN resolution condemning Nazism in general and, in particular, its obvious manifestations in the course of the so-called "anti-terrorist operation" in the South-Eastern Ukraine. Yes, and not only in the South-East.

Russia, as well as a number of observers from some European countries, has repeatedly drawn attention to this in the international community. Citing facts, numerous eyewitness accounts and so on. Russia made sure that the issue was on the agenda of the United Nations. But the final resolution condemning the neo-Nazism was opposed by the mentioned three countries.

This photo "Poroshenko with swastika flags" was censored on the page of Peter Iiskola in Facebook.

- Facebook blocked me for posting this picture, Peter Iiskola says.

- Frankly speaking, I was not very surprised. Apparently, the owners of this social network are those who, like the US, Canada and Ukraine, does not condemn neo-Nazism. Because they do not notice its revival, its contemporary manifestations, in particular, in Odessa and in the Donbass. Can people be so totally deaf and blind? But there is also another explanation. The American corporate media prefer not to notice the Ukrainian neo-Nazis and their Western supporters. Some representatives of these media have gone even further by silencing those who are trying to tell the truth.

"SP": - I remember that in 2013 Edward Snowden was speaking about the CIA total surveillance around the world. Snowden spoke about the connection between the bosses in popular networks and the American intelligence ...

- What Snowden told about NSA - and Zukkerberg, Google, Microsoft etc. - has become a reality in my case. And, I think, not only in my case. My Facebook page was blocked. What is significant is that this is done with the consent of the leaders of certain countries - explicit or tacit.

The president of the Czech Republic, Mr. Milos Zeman, has recently openly condemned some European leaders for supporting or closing their eyes to the Ukrainian neo-Nazism. Zeman also condemned USA for being actively involved in the coup in Kiev in February last year with the same neo-Nazis. In particular, the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. Her private telephone conversation with the US Ambassador to Ukraine confirmed this fact.

"SP": - Her significant phrase of this conversation - "Fuck the EU!" - quickly became "volatile". In Ukraine were held legitimate elections, but the legitimate president was ousted ... We saw there (in the Maidan - Ed.) some people who are considered to be neo-Nazis.

- USA somehow imagines itself as the principal on Earth. Trying to lead the rest of the world, spreading everywhere their dubious "democratic values." USA does not hear or want to hear those who ring the warning bells - warnings of the danger of a revival of fascism in Europe. I get a feeling that there over the Ocean we have now in the twenty-first century everything just like in the 1930’s in Europe. Only now, instead of Adolf – there is Barack. This prompts me to say: "Yankees go home from Europe, and stay home. You are no longer welcome."

However, let's also be fair and objective. In recent months we have also heard some sober voices from USA, including them, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

"SP": - This is because he voted in Congress (the only representative of his State of California) against the law on financial assistance to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia?

- Dana Rohrabacher opposed to incite the Cold War. As Ronald Paul (Ron Paul), a former member of the House of Representatives, he is a politician of the old «Reagan school» (associates of President Reagan - Ed.), He said last spring that "the people of Crimea want to be a part of Russia and they have the right to self-determination ". Such politicians in USA are now increasing. They believe that this whole Maidan was necessary to Washington in order to distract their citizens from domestic problems and excessive government spending. And the American worldwide program of surveillance.

"SP": - Peter, was your Facebook page blocked for a long time?

- A couple of days. Already unlocked. But to me, as they say in such cases, enough is enough. I plan to give up Facebook.

Read more: http://svpressa.ru/society/article/109565/ 
 

 

 Peter Iiskola 
Page of the former Finnish diplomat blocked due to "wrong" Poroshenko photo?
The known Finnish lawyer Peter Iiskola, who is a former diplomat and staff member of the Council of Europe, published on his Facebook page a photo of Peter Poroshenko, who was sitting in a chair with a sweetly smiling. With this smile he usually appears at meetings with his Western backers.
Poroshenko was shown with visible flags of States that he is devoted to. It is not hard to guess that this is the US and EU flags. And in the background a Nazi swastika ...
Peter Iiskola told the Russian media portal Svobodnaya Pressa (Free Press) that found this "picture" at the end of last year on the Internet. It appeared there when three countries, namely the USA, Canada and Ukraine, opposed the approval of a UN resolution condemning Nazism in general and, in particular, its obvious manifestations in the course of the so-called "anti-terrorist operation" in the South-Eastern Ukraine. Yes, and not only in the South-East.
Russia, as well as a number of observers from some European countries, has repeatedly drawn attention to this in the international community. Citing facts, numerous eyewitness accounts and so on. Russia made sure that the issue was on the agenda of the United Nations. But the final resolution condemning the neo-Nazism was opposed by the mentioned three countries.
This photo "Poroshenko with swastika flags" was censored on the page of Peter Iiskola in Facebook.
- Facebook blocked me for posting this picture, Peter Iiskola says.
- Frankly speaking, I was not very surprised. Apparently, the owners of this social network are those who, like the US, Canada and Ukraine, does not condemn neo-Nazism. Because they do not notice its revival, its contemporary manifestations, in particular, in Odessa and in the Donbass. Can people be so totally deaf and blind? But there is also another explanation. The American corporate media prefer not to notice the Ukrainian neo-Nazis and their Western supporters. Some representatives of these media have gone even further by silencing those who are trying to tell the truth.
"SP": - I remember that in 2013 Edward Snowden was speaking about the CIA total surveillance around the world. Snowden spoke about the connection between the bosses in popular networks and the American intelligence ...
- What Snowden told about NSA - and Zukkerberg, Google, Microsoft etc. - has become a reality in my case. And, I think, not only in my case. My Facebook page was blocked. What is significant is that this is done with the consent of the leaders of certain countries - explicit or tacit.
The president of the Czech Republic, Mr. Milos Zeman, has recently openly condemned some European leaders for supporting or closing their eyes to the Ukrainian neo-Nazism. Zeman also condemned USA for being actively involved in the coup in Kiev in February last year with the same neo-Nazis. In particular, the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. Her private telephone conversation with the US Ambassador to Ukraine confirmed this fact.
"SP": - Her significant phrase of this conversation - "Fuck the EU!" - quickly became "volatile". In Ukraine were held legitimate elections, but the legitimate president was ousted ... We saw there (in the Maidan - Ed.) some people who are considered to be neo-Nazis.
- USA somehow imagines itself as the principal on Earth. Trying to lead the rest of the world, spreading everywhere their dubious "democratic values." USA does not hear or want to hear those who ring the warning bells - warnings of the danger of a revival of fascism in Europe. I get a feeling that there over the Ocean we have now in the twenty-first century everything just like in the 1930’s in Europe. Only now, instead of Adolf – there is Barack. This prompts me to say: "Yankees go home from Europe, and stay home. You are no longer welcome."
However, let's also be fair and objective. In recent months we have also heard some sober voices from USA, including them, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.
"SP": - This is because he voted in Congress (the only representative of his State of California) against the law on financial assistance to Ukraine and sanctions against Russia?
- Dana Rohrabacher opposed to incite the Cold War. As Ronald Paul (Ron Paul), a former member of the House of Representatives, he is a politician of the old «Reagan school» (associates of President Reagan - Ed.), He said last spring that "the people of Crimea want to be a part of Russia and they have the right to self-determination ". Such politicians in USA are now increasing. They believe that this whole Maidan was necessary to Washington in order to distract their citizens from domestic problems and excessive government spending. And the American worldwide program of surveillance.
"SP": - Peter, was your Facebook page blocked for a long time?
- A couple of days. Already unlocked. But to me, as they say in such cases, enough is enough. I plan to give up Facebook.
Read more: http://svpressa.ru/society/article/109565/

onsdag 7. januar 2015

New York Times Still Pretends No Coup in Ukraine

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Image: The neo-Nazi Wolfsangel symbol on a banner in Ukraine.

During my years at Newsweek in the late 1980s, when I would propose correcting some misguided conventional wisdom, I’d often be told, “let’s leave that one for the historians,” with the magazine not wanting to challenge an erroneous storyline that all the important people “knew” to be true. And if false narratives only affected the past, one might argue my editors had a point. There’s always a lot of current news to cover.
But most false narratives are not really about the past; they are about how the public perceives the present and addresses the future. And it should fall to journalists to do their best to explain this background information even if it embarrasses powerful people and institutions, including the news organizations themselves.
Yet, rather than take on that difficult task, most major news outlets prefer to embroider onto their existing tapestry of misinformation, fitting today’s reporting onto the misshapen fabric of yesterday’s. They rarely start from scratch and admit the earlier work was wrong.
So, how does the mainstream U.S. news media explain the Ukraine crisis after essentially falsifying the historical record for the past year? Well, if you’re the New York Times, you keep on spinning the old storyline, albeit with a few adjustments.
For instance, on Sunday, the Times published a lengthy article that sought to sustain the West’s insistence that the coup overthrowing elected President Viktor Yanukovych wasn’t really a coup – just the crumbling of his government in the face of paramilitary violence from the street with rumors of worse violence to come – though that may sound to you pretty much like a coup. Still, the Times does make some modifications to Yanukovych’s image.
In the article, Yanukovych is recast from a brutal autocrat willfully having his police slaughter peaceful protesters into a frightened loser whose hand was “shaking” as he signed a Feb. 21 agreement with European diplomats, agreeing to reduce his powers and hold early elections, a deal that was cast aside on Feb. 22 when armed neo-Nazi militias overran presidential and parliamentary offices.

Defining a Coup
One might wonder what the New York Times thinks a coup looks like. Indeed, the Ukrainian coup had many of the same earmarks as such classics as the CIA-engineered regime changes in Iran in 1953 and in Guatemala in 1954.
The way those coups played out is now historically well known. Secret U.S. government operatives planted nasty propaganda about the targeted leader, stirred up political and economic chaos, conspired with rival political leaders, spread rumors of worse violence to come and then – as political institutions collapsed – chased away the duly elected leader before welcoming the new “legitimate” order.
In Iran, that meant reinstalling the autocratic Shah who then ruled with a heavy hand for the next quarter century; in Guatemala, the coup led to more than three decades of brutal military regimes and the killing of some 200,000 Guatemalans.
Coups don’t have to involve army tanks occupying the public squares, although that is an alternative model which follows many of the same initial steps except that the military is brought in at the end. The military coup was a common approach especially in Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s.

But the preferred method in more recent years has been the “color revolution,” which operates behind the façade of a “peaceful” popular uprising and international pressure on the targeted leader to show restraint until it’s too late to stop the coup. Despite the restraint, the leader is still accused of gross human rights violations, all the better to justify his removal.
Later, the ousted leader may get an image makeover; instead of a cruel bully, he is ridiculed for not showing sufficient resolve and letting his base of support melt away, as happened with Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran and Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala.

The Ukraine Reality
The reality of what happened in Ukraine was never hard to figure out. George Friedman, the founder of the global intelligence firm Stratfor, called the overthrow of Yanukovych “the most blatant coup in history.” It’s just that the major U.S. news organizations were either complicit in the events or incompetent in describing them to the American people.

The first step in this process was to obscure that the motive for the coup – pulling Ukraine out of Russia’s economic orbit and capturing it in the European Union’s gravity field – was actually announced by influential American neocons in 2013.
On Sept. 26, 2013, National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman, who has become a major neocon paymaster, took to the op-ed page of the neocon Washington Post and called Ukraine “the biggest prize” and an important interim step toward toppling Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At the time, Gershman, whose NED is funded by the U.S. Congress to the tune of about $100 million a year, was financing scores of projects inside Ukraine – training activists, paying for journalists and organizing business groups.

As for that even bigger prize – Putin – Gershman wrote: “Ukraine’s choice to join Europe will accelerate the demise of the ideology of Russian imperialism that Putin represents.  … Russians, too, face a choice, and Putin may find himself on the losing end not just in the near abroad but within Russia itself.”

At that time, in early fall 2013, Ukraine’s President Yanukovych was exploring the idea of reaching out to Europe with an association agreement. But he got cold feet in November 2013 when economic experts in Kiev advised him that the Ukrainian economy would suffer a $160 billion hit if it separated from Russia, its eastern neighbor and major trading partner. There was also the West’s demand that Ukraine accept a harsh austerity plan from the International Monetary Fund.

Yanukovych wanted more time for the EU negotiations, but his decision angered many western Ukrainians who saw their future more attached to Europe than Russia. Tens of thousands of protesters began camping out at Maidan Square in Kiev, with Yanukovych ordering the police to show restraint.

Meanwhile, with Yanukovych shifting back toward Russia, which was offering a more generous $15 billion loan and discounted natural gas, he soon became the target of American neocons and the U.S. media, which portrayed Ukraine’s political unrest as a black-and-white case of a brutal and corrupt Yanukovych opposed by a saintly “pro-democracy” movement.

The Maidan uprising was urged on by American neocons, including Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who passed out cookies at the Maidan and told Ukrainian business leaders that the United States had invested $5 billion in their “European aspirations.”

In the weeks before the coup, according to an intercepted phone call, Nuland discussed with U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt who should lead the future regime. Nuland said her choice was Arseniy Yatsenyuk. “Yats is the guy,” she told Pyatt as he pondered how to “midwife this thing.”

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, also showed up, standing on stage with right-wing extremists from the Svoboda Party and telling the crowd that the United States was with them in their challenge to the Ukrainian government.

As the winter progressed, the protests grew more violent. Neo-Nazi and other extremist elements from Lviv and western Ukrainian cities began arriving in well-organized brigades or “sotins” of 100 trained street fighters. Police were attacked with firebombs and other weapons as the violent protesters began seizing government buildings and unfurling Nazi banners and even a Confederate flag.

Though Yanukovych continued to order his police to show restraint, he was still depicted in the major U.S. news media as a brutal thug who was callously murdering his own people. The chaos reached a climax on Feb. 20 when mysterious snipers opened fire on police and some protesters, killing scores. As police retreated, the militants advanced brandishing firearms and other weapons. The confrontation led to significant loss of life, pushing the death toll to around 80 including more than a dozen police.

U.S. diplomats and the mainstream U.S. press immediately blamed Yanukovych for the sniper attack, though the circumstances remain murky to this day and some investigations have suggested that the lethal sniper fire came from buildings controlled by Right Sektor extremists.

To tamp down the worsening violence, a shaken Yanukovych signed a European-brokered deal on Feb. 21, in which he accepted reduced powers and an early election so he could be voted out of office. He also agreed to requests from Vice President Joe Biden to pull back the police.

The precipitous police withdrawal then opened the path for the neo-Nazis and other street fighters to seize presidential offices and force Yanukovych’s people to flee for their lives. Yanukovych traveled to eastern Ukraine and the new coup regime that took power – and was immediately declared “legitimate” by the U.S. State Department – sought Yanukovych’s arrest for murder. Nuland’s favorite, Yatsenyuk, became the new prime minister.

Media Bias
Throughout the crisis, the mainstream U.S. press hammered home the theme of white-hatted protesters versus a black-hatted president. The police were portrayed as brutal killers who fired on unarmed supporters of “democracy.” The good-guy/bad-guy narrative was all the American people heard from the major media.

The New York Times went so far as to delete the slain policemen from the narrative and simply report that the police had killed all those who died in the Maidan. A typical Times report on March 5, 2014, summed up the storyline: “More than 80 protesters were shot to death by the police as an uprising spiraled out of control in mid-February.”

The mainstream U.S. media also sought to discredit anyone who observed the obvious fact that an unconstitutional coup had just occurred. A new theme emerged that portrayed Yanukovych as simply deciding to abandon his government because of the moral pressure from the noble and peaceful Maidan protests.

Any reference to a “coup” was dismissed as “Russian propaganda.” There was a parallel determination in the U.S. media to discredit or ignore evidence that neo-Nazi militias had played an important role in ousting Yanukovych and in the subsequent suppression of anti-coup resistance in eastern and southern Ukraine. That opposition among ethnic-Russian Ukrainians simply became “Russian aggression.”

This refusal to notice what was actually a remarkable story – the willful unleashing of Nazi storm troopers on a European population for the first time since World War II – reached absurd levels as the New York Times and the Washington Post buried references to the neo-Nazis at the end of stories, almost as afterthoughts.

The Washington Post went to the extreme of rationalizing Swastikas and other Nazi symbols by quoting one militia commander as calling them “romantic” gestures by impressionable young men. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Ukraine’s ‘Romantic’ Neo-Nazi Storm Troopers.”]

Yet, despite the best efforts of the Times, the Post and other mainstream outlets to conceal this ugly reality from the American people, alternative news sources – presenting a more realistic account of what was happening in Ukraine – began to chip away at the preferred narrative.
Instead of buying the big media’s storyline, many Americans were coming to realize that the reality was much more complicated and that they were again being sold a bill of propaganda goods.

Denying a Coup
To the rescue rode the New York Times on Sunday, presenting what was portrayed as a detailed, granular “investigation” of how there was no coup in Ukraine and reaffirming the insistence that only Moscow stooges would think such a thing.
“Russia has attributed Mr. Yanukovych’s ouster to what it portrays as a violent, ‘neo-fascist’ coup supported and even choreographed by the West and dressed up as a popular uprising,” wrote Andrew Higgins and Andrew E. Kramer. “Few outside the Russian propaganda bubble ever seriously entertained the Kremlin’s line. But almost a year after the fall of Mr. Yanukovych’s government, questions remain about how and why it collapsed so quickly and completely.”
The Times’ article concluded that Yanukovych
“was not so much overthrown as cast adrift by his own allies, and that Western officials were just as surprised by the meltdown as anyone else. The allies’ desertion, fueled in large part by fear, was accelerated by the seizing by protesters of a large stock of weapons in the west of the country. But just as important, the review of the final hours shows, was the panic in government ranks created by Mr. Yanukovych’s own efforts to make peace.”
Yet, what is particularly curious about this article is that it ignores the substantial body of evidence that the U.S. officials were instrumental in priming the crisis and fueling the ultimate ouster of Yanukovych. For instance, the Times makes no reference to the multitude of U.S.-financed political projects in Ukraine including scores by Gershman’s NED, nor the extraordinary intervention by Assistant Secretary of State Nuland.
Nuland’s encouragement to those challenging the elected government of Ukraine would surely merit mentioning, one would think. But it disappears from the Times’ version of history. Perhaps even more amazing there is no reference to the Nuland-Pyatt phone call, though Pyatt was interviewed for the article.

Even if the Times wanted to make excuses for the Nuland-Pyatt scheming – claiming perhaps it didn’t prove that they were coup-plotting – you would think the infamous phone call would deserve at least a mention. But Nuland isn’t referenced anywhere. Nor is Gershman. Nor is McCain.

The most useful part of the Times’ article is its description of the impact from a raid by anti-Yanukovych militias in the western city of Lviv on a military arsenal and the belief that the guns were headed to Kiev to give the uprising greater firepower.
The Times reports that “European envoys met at the German Embassy with Andriy Parubiy, the chief of the protesters’ security forces, and told him to keep the Lviv guns away from Kiev. ‘We told him: “Don’t let these guns come to Kiev. If they come, that will change the whole situation,”’ Mr. Pyatt recalled telling Mr. Parubiy, who turned up for the meeting wearing a black balaclava.

“In a recent interview in Kiev, Mr. Parubiy denied that the guns taken in Lviv ever got to Kiev, but added that the prospect that they might have provided a powerful lever to pressure both Mr. Yanukovych’s camp and Western governments. ‘I warned them that if Western governments did not take firmer action against Yanukovych, the whole process could gain a very threatening dimension,’ he said.
“Andriy Tereschenko, a Berkut [police] commander from Donetsk who was holed up with his men in the Cabinet Ministry, the government headquarters in Kiev, said that 16 of his men had already been shot on Feb. 18 and that he was terrified by the rumors of an armory of automatic weapons on its way from Lviv. ‘It was already an armed uprising, and it was going to get worse,’ he said. ‘We understood why the weapons were taken, to bring them to Kiev.’”
The Times leaves out a fuller identification of Parubiy. Beyond serving as the chief of the Maidan “self-defense forces,” Parubiy was a notorious neo-Nazi, the founder of the Social-National Party of Ukraine (and the national security chief for the post-coup regime). But “seeing no neo-Nazis” in Ukraine had become a pattern for the New York Times.

Still, the journalistic question remains: what does the New York Times think a coup looks like? You have foreign money, including from the U.S. government, pouring into Ukraine to finance political and propaganda operations. You have open encouragement to the coup-makers from senior American officials.

You have hundreds of trained and armed paramilitary fighters dispatched to Kiev from Lviv and other western cities. You have the seizure of an arsenal amid rumors that these more powerful weapons are being distributed to these paramilitaries. You have international pressure on the elected president to pull back his security forces, even as Western propaganda portrays him as a mass murderer.

Anyone who knows about the 1954 Guatemala coup would remember that a major element of that CIA operation was a disinformation campaign, broadcast over CIA-financed radio stations, about a sizeable anti-government force marching on Guatemala City, thus spooking the Arbenz government to collapse and Arbenz to flee.

But the Times article is not a serious attempt to study the Ukraine coup. If it had been, it would have looked seriously at the substantial evidence of Western interference and into other key facts, such as the identity of the Feb. 20 snipers. Instead, the article was just the latest attempt to pretend that the coup really wasn’t a coup.

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søndag 4. januar 2015

National Guard Takes Over Odessa in an "Anti-Terror Sweep"

Fort RussJanuary 3, 2015
Vajag_2007 - Live Journal
Translated from Russian by Kristina Rus 






A large number of well-equipped, armed men on "Kraz" trucks arrived to Odessa train station.
According to the publication "Dumskaya", at least two columns entered the city: from Tairov and through the village Kotovsky.

As explained by the press service of the Odessa police, "gunners which scared the citizens are soldiers of the National Guard, who will participate in the anti-terrorist crime-prevention sweep of the city."

"They will patrol the streets together with the police, special battalion (former "Berkut"), the state security service, police and other security forces," - said the head of the Department Vladimir Shablienko.

As reported by "Politnavigator" earlier the Odessa Police HQ announced the beginning of the anti-terrorist operation. During their duty police officers will stop and check suspicious persons, inspect personal belongings - informed the Odessa police.

A few days ago, the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Alexey Goncharenko from "Poroshenko Block" said that Kyiv has retained control of Odessa only due to the position of pro-Ukrainian forces, which on May 2 did not allow the pro-Russian citizens to stage a "Russian spring".

"Odessa was the first city that gave resistance to the separatists. On May 2nd in Odessa, when an attempt was made to disperse a pro-Ukrainian march and seize the Odessa administration building, it was stopped not by police, not by the SBU, not by the national guard, but by ordinary Odessans, which came to the city centre. And this is very important,” - said Goncharenko.

In October 2014 the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko denied the opportunity of militia's advance in the direction of Odessa. According to him, Odessa in the Western and Russian media is now called "a banderite city".

Translator's Note:

"Democracy" was one of the main goals declared by the Maidan movement, which promised a better future for Ukrainians. Not only the leaders of Maidan toppled a democratically elected president, but also marginalized, silenced, murdered and prosecuted a large part of Ukrainian population, just for their political beliefs - not wanting to sell out the country to the Western handlers and instead wanting to maintain the close ties with Russia, which were built over centuries, and not wanting to worship a war-criminal Stepan Bandera who inspired a brutal mass murder of 100's of thousands men, woman and children, because they weren't Ukrainian in the Volyn Massacre. Instead of an all-inclusive dialog and political process the opposition to the new government is dealt with by force. It is no surprise that force is the only tool that the opposition is left to resort to in the absence of a political solution. The question remains, what has changed recently which led to such a radical response by the Ukrainian government? The answer could range from an increase of a threat to the authorities on the ground to a general intensification of a crack down across the potential "hot spots" in South-Eastern Ukraine due to an influx of nationalist military commanders in the Ukrainian government, who successfully advocated for an increase in the funding for the military as of January 1, 2015 on the backs of the vulnerable sectors of the population. 

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