Ukrainian Film Director Under Threat of 20 Years Imprisonment in Russian Federation

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Oleh Sentsov, the Ukrainian film director who is being accused of preparing a terrorist attack in Crimea, might face 20 years imprisonment in Russia, as his lawyer Dmytro Dinze informed, who also noted that official charges have been brought against Sentsov only on June 11, Deutsche Welle reports.

“It is already possible to consider twenty years of imprisonment under the Russian anti-terrorism law,” Dinze says. Before being granted access to the documents of Sentsov’s case, the attorney had to sign a confidentiality statement.  Continue reading

Russian journalists first on the scene of gas explosion in Ukraine

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Journalists from Russia Today arrived at the site of a gas pipeline explosion in the Lokhvytsky district, in the Poltava Oblast in Ukraine, in record time, says the Chairman of Naftogaz Ukraine Andriy Kobolev.

He remarked on this astonishing journalistic timing on his Facebook page the day of the explosion, Tuesday, June 17, as reported by Espreso TV.

“It took the ‘journalists’ from Russia Today exactly 10 minutes to be on the site of the pipeline explosion, in an unremarkable area, deep in the Poltava Oblast. As they say, they drove around, stopped briefly, and lo and behold, there it was,” he writes. Continue reading

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Explosion reported at gas pipeline in Ukraine

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There was an explosion at the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhhorod gas pipeline in the Poltava Oblast in Ukraine, Tuesday afternoon, June 17, reports Interfax Ukraine, citing the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Poltava Oblast.

“Information on the explosion was received around 14:20. Fortunately there were no victims. Firemen are continuing their work,” the press service reported. Continue reading

Soros forms advisory group to support reforms in Ukraine

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George Soros, founder of the Open Society Foundation and the International Renaissance Foundation, is assembling a strategic advisory group to assist Ukraine’s government in carrying out reforms, the Renaissance website reports, June 17.

Soros announced his initiative during a meeting in Kyiv, on June 16,  with President Petro Poroshenko. Also present at the meeting were the Chairman of the International Renaissance Fund Oleksandr Sushko and the Executive Director Yevhen Bystrytskyy. Continue reading

What Is the Israeli Compression Bandage And Why You Should Send One To Ukraine’s Troops

The Israeli Compression Bandage saves time in an emergency situation where every second is crucial.  It combines the functions of numerous separate pieces of equipment into a single easy-to-use unit. The application is simple and quick.The bandage performs multiple functions, and therefore enhances the treatment provided.

The Israeli Compression Bandage provides injury victims acting alone the ability to accomplish the entire bandaging operation independently, including, in certain cases, tourniquet application, even if using only one hand.

It consolidates numerous treatment equipment into a single unit and provide in one device: Continue reading

Mychailo Wynnyckyj: Thoughts from Kyiv – 16 June 2014

Mychailo Wynnyckyj PhD Professor at Kyiv-Mohyla AcademyDuring the past few weeks I have relaxed somewhat. The Ukrainian Presidential election ran smoothly; President Poroshenko spoke brilliantly at the Rada on the occasion of his inauguration; news of the anti-terrorist operation in the eastern regions of Ukraine seemed to show that the ring around the Russian mercenaries was closing. So, I decided (like many in Kyiv), to return to my daily routine for a while. But Saturday’s downing of a military transport aircraft near Luhansk airport with 49 servicemen onboard, followed by today’s gas supply shut off (predictable, but nevertheless unpleasant), and news of renewed Russian troop movements on Ukraine’s eastern borders have got me worried again.

Trying to predict the future is a bad idea. I have been ribbed by several of my readers for having wrongly predicted imminent Russian invasion before.  I am not a psychologist, nor a psychotherapist – I don’t know what Putin is planning to do during the next couple of days/weeks. And it would seem that much depends on the decisions of this one man. Speculation as to his true motives abounds: amassing economic power (including personal wealth), expressing Russian nationalism (which could mean anything from Dugin-style Eurasianism to a more modest concern for Russian-speakers in the “near-abroad”), maintaining authoritarianism (i.e. fear of losing power due to a revolutionary demonstration effect). Putin’s motives are likely a combination of some or all of the above. Whatever the real state of affairs inside his head, the aggressive nature of the policies and actions of the Kremlin is becoming increasingly worrying: a local war in the Donbas has already started, and its spread seems increasingly inevitable.

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Ukraine reports new Russian troop activity at border

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The press service of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine is reporting renewed Russian troop and equipment activity near the state border, new recruitment efforts for Russian militants, and planned assaults on Ukrainian forces with the help of Russian satellite information, reports Interfax Ukraine, June 17. Continue reading

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister becomes YouTube sensation

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After Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andriy Deshchytsia performed the famous hit of football fans about Russia’s President Putin, his video on YouTube has attracted more than a million viewers, reports Ukrainska Pravda, June 16.

The video, filmed by Hromadske TV, appeared on YouTube the day it was filmed, June 14. To date, it has attracted more than a million viewers, and the number keeps growing. Continue reading

Putin’s War in Ukraine Marks Rebirth of Stalinism in Russia, Chubais Says

Paul Goble, originally on Window on Eurasia

Sevastopol, Crimea after Russian occupation: Stalin, a man who killed millions of people, is now greeting the city and its guests

Sevastopol, Crimea after Russian occupation: Stalin, a man who killed millions of people, is now greeting the city and its guests

Staunton, June 16 – The Russian authorities have unleashed and are conducting a war in Ukraine, “a new type of war without declaration or a front line” and one that is simultaneously “destroying all official Soviet and post-Soviet myths and clarifying the real nature of the political regime in Russia,” according to Igor Chubais.

Chubais, a Moscow professor and commentator and the elder brother of UES head Anatoly Chubais, says in a blog post yesterday that as a result of what Putin is doing in Ukraine, “everyone must understand that a reborn and updated Stalinist regime is operating in Russia” (aboutru.com/2014/06/i7333/). Continue reading