Interfax-Ukraine: Kyiv offers Moscow a plan to transform Russia into a confederation

The Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (MFA) offered Russian Federation a plan to make a confederation out of Russia, which involves having several official state languages to ensure equal representation of ethnic minorities in the matters of state and politics.

euflYevheniy Perebiynis, the head of the MFA’s Department of Information Policy, commented on Russia’s proposal of Ukrainian federalization and upholding the rights of Ukrainian citizens, at a briefing on Monday, March 31. Mr. Perebiynis pointed out that the Russians’ forceful suggestions on Ukraine’s federal organization, political, economic and sociocultural life were grossly inappropriate.

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Russia’s Proposed Plan for Ukraine

Ukrainian political strategist Taras Berezovets published the following action plan reportedly proposed by Russia for Ukraine.

“There are reports that Russia has prepared for Ukraine the following plan, which, according to the Kremlin’s conception, should be supported by the US and the European Union:

1) Adoption of the new Constitution of Ukraine, which would affirm Ukraine’s neutral status. Ukraine officially rejects prospects of membership in EU and NATO. Continue reading

Kyiv provocateurs detained. Did they have an FSB commander?

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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported that they had uncovered in Kyiv a group of people who were trying to destabilize the situation by provoking clashes.

“The provocateurs totaling about 40 people, headed by a citizen of Ukraine, Serhiy R., had a criminal order to discredit peaceful public events in downtown Kyiv, namely at Independence Square and its vicinity,” said the SBU. Continue reading

Russian secret services spreading disinformation to raise panic in Ukraine

SBU-rumorsRussian special services are spreading disinformation to raise panic in Ukraine and escalate the situation.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported that Russian security services are regularly disseminating all sorts of disinformation aimed at raising panic in Ukraine, causing unrest, and escalating the situation. “You can call it a ‘game of nerves’,” said one SBU official. “They often use manipulation to scare people with ‘urgency’: ‘Something bad will happen here tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow . . . .” Continue reading

Security Council of Ukraine says Russia wants to derail presidential elections and could invade mainland Ukraine

Ukraine Security CouncilAccording to the Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine, Russian troops are stationed not only in Crimea but also near the northern and eastern borders of Ukraine. Their current total number of troops is around 100,000.

The main Russian objective regarding Ukraine today is to derail the early presidential elections, and there is a fairly high risk of a Russian invasion of mainland Ukraine. Andriy Parubiy, Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine (NSCU), announced this today. Continue reading

Belarusian journalist on the sadists who seized Crimea

Dmitriy Galko met Ukrainians who were kidnapped in Crimea.  He spoke about their meeting in his blog:

From the very beginning, I did not like someone’s light hand in bringing into use the phrase “polite people” when referring to the invaders of Crimea.  I think it could be a part of the informational war, which works to voice Putin’s assertion that there can be no intervention if no shot has been fired and that, therefore, there was no intervention in Crimean, but rather something like an operation to restore order.gi-4195-19987-big.jpg

One who is familiar with the history may recall such interventions, for example, when Hitler took Sudetenland. However, I do want to talk not about the historical analogies but the false image of the “polite” occupier.  It took me one meeting in a Kherson hospital with guys who were kept captive in Crimea for nearly two weeks for that image to crumble into dust. Their names are Andrij Schekun and Yuri Shevchenko. The only thing that unites them is the Crimean captivity hell that they experienced. Before, they did not know each other.

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Kharkiv citizens appeal to the International Community – English VIDEO

Kharkiv citizens’ appeal to the International Community:

We speak on behalf of nearly two million Kharkiv people. Kharkiv is the second largest city in Ukraine, a hub of culture, education and technology.As well as the rest of Ukraine our city is a multiethnic and multiconfessional community. Here you can meet people speaking Russian (the most common language in any Eastern Ukrainian city), Ukrainian (it is Ukraine after all), Vietnamese (Kharkiv has its own little Vietnam), Dari (there are a lot of people from Afghanistan as well), Hebrew and Yiddish (a large Jewish community has lived in Kharkiv for a long time), Armenian, Georgian, Uzbek, Tajik, Mandarin, Cantonese, and many other languages. Our city has Orthodox churches and a Catholic church, a synagogue, a mosque and a pagoda. And we are proud to have here all this diversity.

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International Response to Annexation of Crimea

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Prime Minister David Cameron, 18 March 2014

“The steps taken by President Putin today to attempt to annex Crimea to Russia are in flagrant breach of international law and send a chilling message across the continent of Europe.”

“It is completely unacceptable for Russia to use force to change borders, on the basis of a sham referendum held at the barrel of a Russian gun. President Putin should be in no doubt that Russia will face more serious consequences …”

Foreign Secretary William Hague, 18 March 2014

“No amount of sham and perverse democratic process or skewed historical references can make up for the fact that this is an incursion into a sovereign state and a land-grab of part of its territory, with no respect for the law of that country or for international law.” Continue reading

Russian State Duma to the Polish Foreign Ministry: let’s divide Ukraine

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Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received an official letter from the State Duma of the Russian Federation with a proposal to divide Ukraine’s territory. The news comes from the Wiadomości news program on TVP1 (the Polish state broadcasting company).

Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma and leader of the LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky proposes that Poland insist on holding a referendum in five western Ukrainian Oblasts: Volyn, Lviv, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Rivne, on the matter of accession to Poland.

Hungary and Romania received a similar ‘offer’ regarding Zakarpattya and Chernivtsi oblasts. Only the central oblasts of Ukraine were to remain within its boundaries. Continue reading