World War VI: Statement made by A. Illarionov at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

World War VI

Statement made at the assembly of the Committee for Economics and Security of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Vilnius, May 31st, 2014. Continue reading

Putin is unable to destroy Ukrainian-ness, he only enforced it

Nazariy Zanoz

Throughout almost the entirety of the 23 years of independence, the Ukrainians have been constantly repeating mantra-like similar messages, which all come down to the following: in this time nothing has been done essentially for Ukrainity to not only develop, but survive; that there is no national idea; and Russia is advancing on all fronts: linguistic, cultural, economical, and now military and so forth. All of these opinions make one think that the Ukrainian identity is incredibly weak and helpless and will not survive without others’ help.  Continue reading

“Novorossiya? Steppe Ukraine? Northern Black Sea region?” 

Putin remembered Novorossiya 212 years after its disappearance. 

In a TV interview several weeks ago the Russian President Vladimir Putin talked history: “The issue is providing the legal rights and interests of Russians and Russian-speaking citizens of the southeast of Ukraine. I remind you, using the terminology of Tsarist times, this is Novorossiya: Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Mykolayiv, Odesa were not part of Ukraine in Tsarist times, these are all territories which were given to Ukraine in the 20’s by the Soviet Government. Why they did this, God only knows. This all happened after the respective victories of Potemkin and Catherine II in the famous wars with the centre in Novorossiysk. This is where Novorossiya comes from.”  Continue reading

Putin, Merkel and Poroshenko conversed in France

Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the President Elect of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko spent several minutes conversing before the official breakfast in the name of the French President Francois Hollande in the French town of Doville, reports “Dozhd” correspondent. 

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Poroshenko should not shake Putin’s hand – expert

Kyiv – The President Elect of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is to participate in the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the deployment of the Allied Powers army in Normandy, France today. The Ukrainian leader was invited to the event by the French President Francois Hollande. During the visit Petro Poroshenko might have “certain contact” with Vladimir Putin, however a separate meeting has not been planned. This was reported by the Russian President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov. What might this “contact” look like and what could Poroshenko speak about with Putin? 

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Celebration in Normandy as an opportunity for diplomacy

London – On June 6th, at least 17 state leaders, including the Queen of England, President of the United States and the Chancellor of Germany, are to meet in Normandy. They will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the deployment of the anti-Hitler coalition army and the opening of the western front in Europe. However, contemporary history will also be created in France. As the newly-elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who has been invited, might have the opportunity for the first meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

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If Russia Stops Financing Terrorists, the Situation in the East of Ukraine Will Be Solved Within One-Two Weeks

May 28th

“If Russia is out of the game, we will solve the situation in the East of Ukraine within a week or two. But while Russia is supporting and financing the terrorists, giving them access to Ukrainian territory – this creates enormous difficulties,” emphasised the Prime Minister of Ukraine at the Energy Security Summit in Berlin this Wednesday, May 28th. 

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Ukrainian oligarchs who are detested by Moscow

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Ihor Kolomoysky

Espreso TV has rated the top five oligarchs who have ended up in Russia’s disfavor over recent events in Ukraine

Ihor Kolomoysky — for offending the Kremlin

Ihor Kolomoysky took first place in the rankings. Kolomoysky began the series of activities disliked by the northern neighbor as soon as he moved into the governor’s chair. At first he organized the hunt for the weapons and terrorists so cherished by Russia. He promised cash rewards: US $1,000 for a gun, US $ 1,500 for a machine gun, US $10,000 for each captured “green man.” Continue reading

Poroshenko Prohibited Putin To Call Yanukovych Legitimate

May 27th, 2014 

The Russian President was denied the right to interpret the Constitution of Ukraine. 

The winner of the presidential elections in Ukraine Petro Poroshenko thinks that the Russian President Vladimir Putin has no right to call Victor Yanukovych the acting President of Ukraine citing the Ukrainian Constitution.

He said this in a conversation with a correspondent of the Russian “Kommersant” Andrey Kolesnikov.

To the remark that Putin has said numerous times that there are no formal grounds to consider Yanukovych an illegitimate President, Poroshenko replied: “This is the opinion of citizen Putin.”

“If someone thinks that there is something wrong in the country, let the go to the Constitutional Court. Citizen Yanukovych can file a plaint to the Constitutional Court with the appeal to the decision of the Higher Court regarding his deposition, and the decision of the Constitutional Court will be final and not subject to appeals,” he added.

At the journalist’s remark that none of the reasons written down in the Constitution of Ukraine, according to which Yanukovych could have been deposed, were adhered to, Poroshenko said:

“And who gave you the right to interpret my Constitution? You, esteemed Andrey, or you, esteemed Vladimir Vladimirovych, who gave you the right to interpret our Constitution?… Your opinion as a citizen of your country regarding who has to be President here does not interest me, just like a Russian citizen is not interested by the opinions of some Canadian or Austrian or Papua New Guinean citizen. This is not your place,” he concluded.

We remind you that on May 23rd the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin stated that Victor Yanukovych remains the legitimate President of Ukraine.

Source: lb.ua

Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina

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Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry responds to Putin’s pronouncements on Ukraine

promo-pic4Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine regarding the intentions expressed by the Presidents of the Russian Federation and Switzerland, which chairs the OSCE, to deescalate the situation in Ukraine, May 7, 2014

Today the presidents of the Russian Federation and Switzerland, which chairs the OSCE, voiced intentions to deescalate the situation in Ukraine.

Despite the appearance of “good faith” gestures, the content and rhetoric emanating from the Kremlin have nothing in common with any real attempts to seek a solution.
The discussion of a peaceful settlement of the situation in Ukraine without the participation of Ukraine is meaningless and unacceptable. Continue reading