Ukraine will sue Russia for losses in Crimea

Ukraine’s Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko

Ukraine is preparing to sue Russia in international courts to recover damages for property losses in Crimea, said Ukraine’s Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko, reports Espreso TV, April 3, citing Interfax Ukraine.

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Crimea resident: “All the fairy tales about a great life with Russia turned out to be just Aksenov’s yarns”

To the Southeast and all of Ukraine. My name is Andriy Sokolov. I am 37 years old and I reside in Yalta. I voted for the Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and I have already realized what a huge mistake I have made. There are no words to describe what is happening in Crimea. You have to see it for yourself. I am a businessman and own several cottages near the central beach. Crimea is now living in complete information, legislation, and grocery chaos. All the fairy tales about a great life with Russia turned out to be just Aksenov’s yarns. They pulled off what they wanted and simply vanished. No one tells us anything, so Crimeans have no clue what to do and how to live further. No one gives a rat’s tail about us. Continue reading

Ukraine asks the Netherlands to return museum exhibits

Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has formally requested that the Netherlands guarantee the return to Ukraine of exhibits from the exhibition “Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea ” from Amsterdam, announced foreign ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyynis.

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The UN General Assembly Vote on Crimea: Background and Analysis

Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN Yuriy Serheyev

By Serhiy Sydorenko for Ukrainska Pravda, March 27

On Thursday, March 27, consideration of the Ukrainian question moves to the next level. For the first time a decision on the Crimean crisis will be taken that cannot be vetoed by Russia. However, Ukrainska Pravda (UP) sources believe the voting outcome may not be too positive for Kyiv.

Voting on Ukraine’s resolution in the UN may destroy the myth of unconditional support for Ukraine and demonstrate that Russia remains a powerful lobbyist on the world stage. Unfortunately, these are the realities of international politics.

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85% of Ukrainians: Crimea is part of Ukraine

ukraina-kryim-kartaOnly 6% of Ukrainians believe that Crimea should be separated from Ukraine and 85% are in favor of preserving Crimea within Ukraine. The vast majority of Ukrainians support preservation of current borders, according to the results of the Razumkov Centre survey that were presented today at a press conference and reported by the UNIAN. Continue reading

ANOTHER RUSSIA-ORCHESTRATED ROGUE STATE?

By Robert van Voren
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So it seems the next steps are becoming clearer. Yanukovych, propped up health-wise by his mentor Putin, will gloriously return to Eastern Ukraine with well-armed and – of course – unmarked “self-defence forces”, set up his own government in “liberated territories” and claim to be the sole legal representative of the Ukrainian people. Putin, totally surprised by this extraordinary move, will feel compelled to respond to the heartfelt cry for assistance from Russian brethren and fulfil his obligations according to international law. As Yanukovych is according to Russia still the only legitimate President of Ukraine Russia sees no alternative than to recognise his government and there you are – another rogue state on the border of Russia. And with a little bit of luck the “self-defence forces” (unmarked, of course) will manage to occupy the whole east and south of the country and link Russia with its other rogue state, Transdniestria.

My worry is what Kyiv will do. It seems to have sunk into apathy and lack of ability to take any concrete steps. If you see how Ukrainian troops were “pulled back” from Crimea, in total disarray and without even receiving proper orders from Kyiv, my fear is Yanukovich will indeed be successful.

For Russia is is the next step towards isolation, patriotic ecstasy and neo-fascism. It is also one step closer to its demise, but why do so many people have to suffer before it reaches that stage?!

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Mustafa Dzhemilev recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize

Former prime minister Yevhen Marchuk is proposing that Mustafa Dzhemilev, leader of the Crimean Tatars, be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, reports the publication Den.  Marchuk shared his views during his presentation “Lessons for Ukraine” at the conference “Challenges of the times: an expert opinion,” held at the Kyiv International Institute of Management on March 23. Continue reading

Ukrainian film director refuses Armenian award

By Olha Moskalenko, 3/20/20

The co-director of the film Paradjanov, Olena Fetisova, has refused the State Award of the Republic of Armenia because of the country’s political position.

As reported by news source Komentari, March 20,  Olena Fetisova, the writer, producer and co-director of the film Paradjanov, will not attend the ceremony of the State Award of the Republic of Armenia for the feature film about the film director Sergey Paradjanov. The filmmaker asks that the cash portion of her award be used for the needs of Armenian orphans. Continue reading

Poland Fears Russian Aggression and Doubts NATO Help

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Poland is greatly concerned about a possible attack from Russia, reports Yuriy Shcherbak, Ukraine’s former ambassador to the US, after a recent trip to the country. Shcherbak took part in an international conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the revival of the Solidarity movement in Poland and shared his experiences with Espreso.TV on March 18.

“There is a great concern there,” he said. “They are thinking primarily about themselves now. No wonder [American Vice-President Joe] Biden traveled to Poland. No wonder they are now demanding American presence in Poland. They think that Lithuania may be next.”

Shcherbak also spoke of one “terrible thing” that happened after his presentation. A vote was held on the question “Do you believe NATO will help Poland in the event of military aggression? And 80% of the participants said ‘No,’ and they are members of NATO,” he concluded. Continue reading

From Russia with Lies

Georgiy Mirskiy, historian, Honored Scientist of Russia: “The history of mankind has not seen a more deceitful system than the Russian.” 

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I was thirteen years old when Stalin had started the war with Finland. The Red Army had crossed the border, and the next day the Soviet people heard on the radio: “In Terijoki city the revolted workers and soldiers have formed the Provisional People’s Government of the Finnish Democratic Republic.” The father then said: “See, no country will be able to fight with us, there will be a revolution immediately.”

I took the trouble to take out a map, explored it and said, “Dad, Terijoki is just next to the border. It seems that our troops have invaded it on the first day. I do not get it – what kind of revolt and people’s government are these?” Soon it turned out that I was absolutely right: a boy from my class had an elder brother in the NKVD [People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs] troops and a few months later he secretly shared with his brother that he was among those, who have brought comrade Otto Kuusinen, head of the Finnish Communist Party there after the infantry forces of the Red Army entered Terijoki. Everything became widely known later. That is when I, still a child, but beginning to understand politics, thought to myself for the first time: “How can our government lie like that?” Continue reading