Russian tanks with Ukrainian markings massing at border

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The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has confirmed the presence of tanks on the Ukrainian-Russian border, reported Council spokesman Volodymyr Chepovyy.

Tanks with Ukrainian markings and people in Ukrainian military uniforms have been detected near the village of MIllerovo, in the Russian Federation, about 20 km from the Ukrainian-Russian border, Chepovyy said, June 21, at a press briefing, reports Tyzhden.ua. “The purpose could be to carry out provocations on Ukrainian or even Russian territory,” he said. Continue reading

Ukraine to sue Russia for UAH 1 trillion for Crimea

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Ukraine will sue the Russian Federation for more than UAH 1 trillion for the illegal seizure and robbery of Ukraine, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in the Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday, June 3, reports Ukrainska Pravda.

Answering questions from deputies, Yatsenyuk spoke of the challenging legal process. “The problems lie with the international legal framework, he said. “There are not that many options where we can take this issue to court. But, without revealing all the legal details, we will use all possible legal means to bring the Russian Federation to court, ” he said. Continue reading

In The Crimea, Prices Are Growing and Food Is Disappearing. However the Government Promises Chinese Sweets Instead of Roshen

May 26th, 2014 | 13:56

 

This is how the confectionary department of one of the food stores looks like. The situation is slightly better in others – there are several kinds of sweets…

Two months have passed since the moment when the Crimea was annexed. “Sobering” is hitting many Crimeans already, however, it should be noted, not all. There are still those who are ready to live with an empty wallet and fridge, but also to “die in Russia.”

Meanwhile it is difficult to find a really positive side to current everyday life in the Crimea. Let’s speak of the most profane – the prices on food and goods of primary importance. 

The Crimeans are lamenting the empty shelves in shops and supermarkets, the ridiculously high prices – meat for 100 UAH on average, buckwheat almost for 20 UAH, bread which has become 50% more expensive… This is Russian reality in the Crimea today.

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Russian helicopters interfere with Crimean Tatar commemoration

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In Bakhchisaray, during an assembly on Lenin square commemorating the 70th anniversary of Stalin’s deportation of the Crimean Tatars, two military helicopters began to circle the assembled gathering and continued to fly low during the entire somber event, interfering with speeches, reports tyzhden.ua, May 18.

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Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry responds to Putin

Response of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to certain statements of the Russian President Vladimir Putin during his “Direct Line” telecast on April 17:

In Ukraine we regard several statements made by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin during his “Direct Line” telecast on April 17 with disappointment and concern. Many statements are in direct contradiction to the assurances given by the Russian side during the Geneva negotiations regarding its interest in deescalating the situation in Ukraine and Ukrainian-Russian relations.

Contradictory statements made by the Russian side completely discredit its stated position that Russia, supposedly, has not been involved in events in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the eastern regions of Ukraine.

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Russians seize Ukrainian Red Cross property in Crimea

Ukrainian Red Cross SocietyThe Red Cross Society of Ukraine says that the Russian Red Cross has illegally seized its property in Crimea. The president of the Ukrainian Red Cross, Ivan Usychenko, made the accusation at a press conference, April 18, reports Ukrainska Pravda, citing Ukrainian News.

According to Usychenko, the leadership of the Russian Red Cross held a meeting on March 28, where it decided to create Russian branches of the Red Cross on the annexed territories of Crimea, Simferopol, and Sevastopol.

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Putin’s Plan: Civil War in Ukraine

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Vadym Denysenko

Kyiv is not in control of the Donbas. It is not controlled by Akhmetov or anybody else in Ukraine. Today Donbas is controlled once again by Yanukovych or, more accurately, by Russian intelligence services through people who have always been and continue to remain in Yanukovych’s circle. Within the next two weeks, they need to clean out the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Every city council, every district council, and then the oblast councils will make decisions on referendums, language, etc. In addition, they will decide to create an “army of the southeast,” which will be armed and which will be given the assignment to protect the Russian-speaking population of the southeast. In other words, a month before the presidential elections, Kyiv will not be in control of almost 7 million citizens of Ukraine.

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Russia seizes oligarch assets in Crimea

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On April 11, the so-called parliament of the Crimean Republic created the state enterprise “Krymenergo,” which will manage the energy assets of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, reports Espreso.TV. Since the pseudo government of Crimea has been adopting decisions recently that are not based on any legal framework but are more in line with “hostile takeovers,” this development can hardly be considered sensational.

In this case, however, there is one detail that points to a move to the next stage of the Ukrainian-Crimean “relationship.” Now Crimean officials are switching from raiding government property to raiding private property.

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“Crimea is Ukraine” graffiti appears in Simferopol

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A sizable graffiti protesting Crimea’s annexation to Russia has appeared in Simferopol, reports Espreso.TV, citing Krymr.org, April 9.

On a long concrete fence enclosing the railroad from the residential areas of the city, an unknown artist has painted the mural “Crimea=Ukraine!” in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag.

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Putin’s Propaganda Machine and Ukraine’s Informational Weakness

Glib Kanevsky, expert at the Center of Political Studies and Analysis

April 1, 2014

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Crimean referendum billboard. Photo frankensstein.livejournal.com

The international diplomatic establishment suddenly awakened to the blood-thirsty bear with the revanchist mindset. But this animal is not brutal or dumb. In that, it resembles Hitler’s Germany. In the past, the world gazed surprised as capable German people chose to support a bloody dictator. Here is one answer to the puzzle: the gigantic propaganda machine that is working the minds of the Russians.

“When Crimea suddenly found itself a part of another country, Russia felt not just mugged but robbed clean,” stressed Vladimir Putin and annexed Crimea. The planned bacchanalia at the Kremlin’s St. George Hall may not have happened if the residents of the peninsula boycotted the illegal referendum. It may not have happened if the residents of the peninsula had no desire to join Russia. But they did. Continue reading