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

March 18, 2014: Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk Announces that Russia-Ukraine conflict has Reached Military Stage

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Speaking at the Ministry of Defense, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announces that the conflict between Ukraine and Russia has reached a military stage. Yatsenyuk stated that the Russians opened fire on Ukraine’s military personnel in Crimea and called to immediately convene a meeting of defense ministers of Ukraine, US, UK and Russia, as per Budapest Memorandum.

Russian: http://www.unian.net/politics/897926-yatsenyuk-zayavil-chto-konflikt-s-rf-pereshel-v-voennuyu-stadiyu-i-prosit-sobrat-komissiyu.html

March 18, 2014: Statement of Ukraine’s MFA on Recognition by the RF of Crimean Independence

Statement of Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the recognition by the Russian Federation of the self-proclamation of the Republic of Crimea as a subject of international law

Ukrainian: http://mfa.gov.ua/ua/press-center/news/19853-zajava-mzs-ukrajini

March 17, 2014: US President Executive Order

March 17, 2014: US President Executive Order — Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/17/executive-order-blocking-property-additional-persons-contributing-situat

UN representative says foreigners involved in Ukraine’s protests

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović stated at a press conference in Kyiv, March 14, that  believes that citizens of another country are taking part in current protests in Ukraine. “Certain protesters were not from this region, and that means they were brought in from another country,” he stated, adding that such cases must be investigated.

Šimonović said he is concerned about those injured and killed as a result of the protests in the regions, especially in Kharkiv and Donetsk, and stressed that those responsible for killing people on Maidan (Independence Square) in Kyiv, including the snipers, must be found. Continue reading