Putin’s propaganda. Is Russia returning to the 1930s?

Photo from Euromaidan Art & Graphics

Photo from Euromaidan Art & Graphics

By Robert van Voren

He was tense, and rightly so. A few days ago Lev Shlozberg, member of the council of the Pskov region, stood up and addressed a silent audience. They all listened in awe. He attacked the prevailing mood in Russia, comparing the attacks on “people’s traitors” and the mass patriotic hysteria with the atmosphere in the 1930s under Stalin. And if that was not enough, he continued to expose the corruption in the governor’s office, the deal and tricks that allowed the ruling class to enrich itself and keep the rest of the population in poverty. “These are the real people’s traitors,” he said, “these are the people that ruin our country.”

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Musicians played the EU anthem in airports of six Ukrainian cities – VIDEO

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On March 30 at 13:00, orchestras of six Ukrainian cities (Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Odesa and Dnipropetrovsk) held simultaneous flashmobs, performing ‘Ode to Joy’, the anthem of the European Union, in the international airports of the respective cities.

According to Mediaport, the event was part of a volunteer project ‘Our common air’ to honor those who died in Kyiv on February 18-20. In honor of the deceased policemenand ‘Heaven’s Hundred’ symphony orchestras of these cities played the anthem of the European Union at the same time.

In Lviv ‘Ode to Joy’ was performed by the Gloria Chamber choir and Academic Symphonic orchestra INSO-Lviv


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MPs called on US, UK for immediate steps concerning Russia

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine requested action on the security guarantees of Ukraine to preserve the country’s independence, sovereignty, and existing borders.

Two hundred and sixty three deputies voted for the appeal. Continue reading

Money from the Yanukovyches, Azarovs and Kluyevs to return

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On Thursday, the EU has published the list of Ukrainian officials against whom sanctions were applied and accounts of which are now frozen in banks of Europe. Europe is freezing the accounts of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, his sons Olexandr and Victor, as well as heads of security agencies, the Cabinet of Ministers and the Presidential Administration.

The reason for the inclusion of all of these former officials to the list is that they are already defendants in the case of embezzling funds from the Ukrainian budget and withdrawing it from the country. Full list of people of Yanukovych’s regime that came under EU sanctions include: Continue reading

Turchynov tells Patriarch Kiril discrimination does not exist in Ukraine and will continue European integration

02 MARCH 2014, 17:16
A phone conversation between Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov and Patriarch of Moscow and the all Rus Kirill was held on Sunday
( Press Secretary of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine).

In the course of conversation that was held at the initiative of the Russian Party, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov told Patriarch Kirill that there are no reasons to speak about discrimination on grounds of language, nationality or religion in Ukraine. “There were no such facts that there will not be,” he stressed. 
Apart from this, the Chairman of the Parliament emphasized lack of “judicial, political or any other reasons for bringing Russian military contingent into the Crimean peninsula.”
“Blocking and seizure of civil and military objects poses a real threat to Crimean population,” he added. Continue reading

Why does Ukraine lose (time after time!) an information war to Russia?

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Olga Burda on FB:
Why does Ukraine lose (time after time!) an information war to Russia? First of all, because Russia appears in the Ukrainian mass media only when it imposes a ban on Ukrainian cheese supply (from time to time) or threatens to launch a war against Ukraine (like this time). The rest of the time Ukrainian mass media do not give a damn about Russia and focus their journalistic attention on other issues. In a meantime, Russian mass media write about Ukraine in detail on a daily basis, study it under a microscope, bring out of woodwork and exaggerate things enormously, presenting some insignificant nitty-gritty from our life as chiller-dillers. 

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Ukraine may seek military assistance from the West

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March 3, 2014

Acting Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Andrei Deshchytsa, has announced that Ukraine considers Russian actions to constitute aggression and that it intends to seek military assistance from the West if Russian troops begin using their weapons.  

“I maintain the position that any conflict must be resolved peacefully through diplomatic means. That said, if Russia resorts to open aggression through  an overt use of weapons, it will of course be  necessary to seek assistance,”  the Minister said, as reported by Kommersant-Ukraina. Continue reading

Maidan, the heart of Europe

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Greetings to you from Kyiv, where I find myself at the moment.

For several months, I have been waking up thinking of the people who spend their nights on Independence Square, called Maidan, in Kyiv. Their bodies must withstand cold; their spirits, fear. During the day they welcome us with smiles and earnest handshakes, determined above all not to give up. These men and women of very different professional backgrounds and of varying worldviews embody the civic society of our country in all its great diversity. Volunteers of all ages do all they can in genuine solidarity. The golden rule of Maidan: absence of self-interest and selfishness. Each of these people says “no” to lies and repression. In the heart of Europe, here and now, these people stand opposed to inhumanity. They have accepted Pascal’s wager, the wager of our faith, without which we would have no future.

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The EP is going to remind Russia that it is a guarantor of Ukraine

ImageThe European Parliament intends to remind Russia that it acted as a guarantor of the existing borders of Ukraine, and makes to refrain from economic pressure.This is stated in the draft resolution of the European Parliament (EP), designed by all political groups. A draft resolution will be put to the vote on Thursday.

Yes, the EP intends to remind you that the existing borders of Ukraine were guaranteed the United States of America, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom in the Budapest memorandum on security guarantees. Continue reading

Klyuyev agrees to testify, seeks EU protection

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Kluyev states that he had nothing to do with the bloody events in Kyiv and is ready to cooperate fully with the investigation. He also seeks EU protection.

Andriy Kluyev, the former head of the presidential administration, has urged leaders of the European Union and the international community to guarantee the “objective, transparent and impartial investigation of events in Ukraine responsible for the loss of human life.” According to the statement released by Andriy Petrenko, Kluyev’s press secretary, the life of the former presidential administration head is being threatened. “I declare without any reservation that not only was I not involved in this tragedy, but I tried to prevent it in every way. I also proclaim my readiness to fully cooperate with competent authorities to establish the truth,” the statement concludes. Continue reading