Apr 13, 2016
Ukraine’s incredibly unpopular prime minister has finally resigned. He will probably be forever remembered by his nickname ‘Yats’ – given to him by the Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. Yatsenyuk’s failure in power speaks volumes about the many failures Ukraine has experienced since the illegal regime change two years ago.
CrossTalking with Michael Vlahos, George Szamuely, and Richard Sakwa.
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Did the Panama Papers just claim their second victim?
Just days after Rothschild was forced to defend Ukraine’s billionaire president Petro Poroshenko from his involvement in with the Panamanian tax haven law firm Mossack Fonseca, when it said that “as a matter of principle, we never comment on individuals or client relationships, but on this occasion we have been authorized by our client to confirm that Rothschild Trust has been appointed by Mr Poroshenko as trustee of a blind trust to hold his shares in Roshen”, moments ago Ukraine’s embattled prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced that he had resigned, according to local media reports.
“I decided to resign from the post of Ukraine’s prime minister. On Tuesday, April 12, the decision will be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian parliament]”, Yatsenyuk said as quoted by Ukrainian TV channels Sunday. Continue reading »
Officials Say Move Needed to ‘Restore Public Faith
The Ukrainian government has issued a new decree today barring all employees from publicly criticizing the government, or any of its institutions, or any of their colleagues. The ban is part of a new “ethics code” on loyalty, and threatens disciplinary action against violators.
Officials said the move to prevent criticism was necessary to “restore public faith” in the government after several damning leaks related to the Yatsenyuk government’s inability to get widespread corruption under control. Continue reading »
And what could possibly go wrong?
Kiev is preparing a special military unit in a bid to retake Crimea, the Ukrainian premier says.
“We are working on a project that will prepare us to regain Crimea,” said Arsen Avakov, RT reported on Saturday.
Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17, 2014 and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum a day earlier, in which 96.8 percent of participants voted in favor of the secession.
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Two years have passed since Yanukovich was deposed and, as it turns out, another ruthless clan of oligarchs has taken power. No wonder then that Ukraine is heading for a new wave of violence and chaos. Oligarchs are fighting each other, the IMF is pulling out of the country, officials issue laws and regulations only to see them repealed within a day or two by others, and raided European companies are leaving the country after being robbed by the so-called pro-Brussels oligarchic elite.
It was evident from the beginning that the US and NATO-sponsored power transition was doomed to fail. Prime Minister Yatsenyuk made no secret on his personal website about his principal partners, NATO and Victor Pinchuk’s foundation. Victor Pinchuk is a link between the Ukraine corrupt oligarchic establishment and the Western political elite. In 2005, the BBC depicted him as a paragon of Ukraine’s kleptocracy: Continue reading »
This is a new, and, we hope, not long-lived feature on Russia Insider. Ukraine’s civil war is still very much ongoing. Both sides are exchanging fire. Civilians and soldiers continue to die on both sides.DONi was recently founded by a Finnish journalist and Russian businessman whom we know, and we have every reason to believe that their reporting can be relied on as truthful. More information about the agency follows below this report.Due to its slow, simmering nature, events in Novorossiya rarely make headlines, so people forget there is a real war going on.Donetsk, Thursday, Feb 25, 16.30 pm. Exclusive to Russia Insider(Attn readers: this is frequent feature – if you would like to have clarification of facts mentioned here, additional information, more explanation of why certain events are happening, please ask us in the comments section, or email the author at: firstname.lastname@example.org This will help us provide you with information you want to have.)
Over the past two days the intensity of shelling has decreased. The 207 incidents of shelling reported by the DPR Defense Ministry are a less terrifying experience than the roughly 800 incidents of shelling before. Nevertheless they still threaten the lives of civilians and cause a considerable damage to their homes. According to the Ministry, the latest shelling resulted in two civilians being wounded in a suburb of Donetsk and a 10-year-old boy suffering shell-shock in Gorlovka, a city to the north of the capital of the DPR. Continue reading »
Amid the so-called “ceasefire” in Ukraine, yet ongoing shelling in many regions, the Donbass news agency reports that more than 20 Ukrainian solders have died and over 200 soldiers are hospitalized after an apparent leak of a deadly virus called “California Flu” from a US lab near the city of Kharkov.
More than 20 Ukrainian soldiers have died and over 200 soldiers are hospitalized in a short period of time because of new and deadly virus, which is immune to all medicines. Donetsk People’s Republic intelligence has reported that Californian Flu is leaked from the same place where research of this virus has been carried out.
The laboratory is located near the city of Kharkov and its base for US military experts.
Information from threatening epidemic is announced by Vice-Commander of Donetsk Army, Eduard Basurin.
From 1853 into 1856 the Ottoman Turkish Sultan, egged on by Britain and the France of Napoleon III, went into one of the most absurd conflicts in modern history, the Crimean War. Perhaps the most lasting outcome of the ridiculous war fought on Crimea was the oft-cited line from Lord Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade: “Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do & die…Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.”
It aptly describes the escalating conflict being incited by Turkey’s would-be new Sultan, Recep Erdoğan, provoking Russia again and again. Only, in a paraphrase of the famous line by Karl Marx describing France of the time of Napoleon III, “History repeats itself; first as tragedy, second as farce.” This third time, it is Erdoğan, not as Napoleon III, but as Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Continue reading »
Ukraine’s Central Bank has reported a 44 percent hike in inflation this year. However, Kiev’s economists are optimistic about 2016 as they announced a 12 percent inflation target.
According to Central Bank head Natalya Gontareva, the 44 percent rise is an improvement on 60.9 percent inflation in April. Continue reading »
Originally appeared in The Moscow Times
Vladimir Putin said in an interview that he would not allow the people of Donbass to be ‘eaten up’ by Ukrainian extremist fanatics
President Vladimir Putin said he will protect Russians living in southeastern Ukraine from what he described as being “eaten up” by Ukrainian “nationalists,” according to an interview broadcast Sunday. Continue reading »
Waiting for the response.
Ukraine has imposed a moratorium on the $3 billion Russian debt repayment, said the country’s Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk at a cabinet meeting on Friday. The announcement comes ahead of the December 20 deadline for the debt redemption.
“Considering that Russia has refused, despite our efforts, to sign an agreement on restructuring and to accept our proposals, the cabinet is imposing a moratorium on payment of the Russian debt worth $3 billion,” said Yatsenyuk.
The payment is halted “until we make restructuring proposals or a relevant court decision is made,” added the Prime Minister. Continue reading »
The IMF has now been drawn into the U.S. Cold War orbit. On Tuesday it made a radical decision to dismantle the condition that had integrated the global financial system for the past half century… By doing so, it announced its new policy: “We only enforce debts owed in US dollars to US allies.”
On December 8, the IMF’s Chief Spokesman Gerry Rice sent a note saying:
“The IMF’s Executive Board met today and agreed to change the current policy on non-toleration of arrears to official creditors. We will provide details on the scope and rationale for this policy change in the next day or so.”
Since 1947 when it really started operations, the World Bank has acted as a branch of the U.S. Defense Department, from its first major chairman John J. McCloy through Robert McNamara to Robert Zoellick and neocon Paul Wolfowitz. From the outset, it has promoted U.S. exports – especially farm exports – by steering Third World countries to produce plantation crops rather than feeding their own populations. (They are to import U.S. grain.) But it has felt obliged to wrap its U.S. export promotion and support for the dollar area in an ostensibly internationalist rhetoric, as if what’s good for the United States is good for the world. Continue reading »
US Vice President Joe Biden says Russia should stick to a peace agreement on Ukraine and return the Black Sea Crimea peninsula to its western neighbor.
Biden made the comment during his latest trip to Ukraine where he told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that “the US stands firmly with the people of Ukraine in the face of continued, I emphasize, continued aggression from Russia and Russian-backed separatists.”
Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17, 2014 and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum a day earlier, in which 96.8 percent of participants voted in favor of the secession. The voter turnout in the referendum stood at 83.1 percent. Continue reading »
In threat to switch off Ukraine’s gas, Russian president acknowledges gas deliveries to the European Union would also be jeopardised
President Vladimir Putin threatened the “extreme measure” on Thursday of cutting off Russian gas for Ukraine unless the country pays in advance for all its supplies.
In a stark letter to 18 world leaders, Mr Putin acknowledged that, in such a “critical situation”, gas deliveries to the European Union would also be jeopardised. Continue reading »
Kiev’s prepayment is sufficient to cover deliveries for a couple of days, Gazprom CEO noted.
“Volumes of the prepaid gas are running out. I think that they will be sufficient… for a couple of days or so,” Miller told journalists on the sidelines of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum summit in the Iranian capital. Continue reading »
Kiev will not pay Russia the $3 billion debt owed to it, unless other conditions of the restructuring are applied. This was stated by Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
“I said to other lenders there are other conditions to be met or you will not receive the debt. The basic condition is reducing debt by 20%, the transfer of all debts of four years. If you do not like this, then you will receive the decision of the government of Ukraine via a moratorium on paying Russia the $3 billion. It is very easy to explain to our neighbours and the aggressor state: we will not pay $3 billion “,— quotes “RIA Novosti” citing the Prime Minister of Ukraine Continue reading »
From the article:
“NATO military planning generates confrontational approaches to security issues that in our view should belong to the past. The creeping increase in NATO’s military presence on our frontiers [is] testing [our] patience.”
Russia’s dramatic intervention in Syria has served to push the conflict in Ukraine (a country that is now partially governed by Star Wars characters) to the back of the world’s collective mind. After all, separatists exchanging fire with government forces and/or far-right “volunteer” battalions every couple of days against a dreary backdrop of rundown Eastern European towns isn’t nearly as exciting as Sukhois dropping bombs on sword-waving desert bandits and so, Ukraine’s crisis has gradually receded into the background.
That said, it’s important to remember that one of the principal reasons for deteriorating relations between Moscow and the West is the conflict in Ukraine. Continue reading »
You know about ISIS in Syria and Iraq …
But did you know that ISIS is also spreading like a cancer in Afghanistan?
The Independent reported in July:
The Americans, who were, just three months ago, dismissing the arrival of Isis in Afghanistan as nothing more than an internal squabble within Taliban, now belatedly acknowledge they are facing a growing threat with very limited means of response after the withdrawal of the bulk of international forces at the end of last year. Continue reading »
– Ukraine Reignites – 1 Killed, 50 Injured After Grenade Attack On Parliament (ZeroHedge, Aug 31, 2015):
Amid the Ukraine government’s vote for constitutional changes to give its eastern regions a special status (that it hopes will blunt their separatist drive) protests have turned deadly as RT reports50 Ukrainian nation guards have been injured in a greande blast near parliament in Kiev.
People’s Artist of Ukraine Nykolai Gnatiuk posted the following report on his facebook page:“Here I am finally back home from Russia, where I stayed with relatives for more than 40 days. I covered the territory from Bryansk to the coast of the Krasnodar region. What can I, as a Ukrainian, share with the Russians, and Ukrainians?I liked the Krasnodar region, clean everywhere, with the roads no worse than in Europe, the fields well-maintained, shops full of local products, service at a high level, a lot of well-off people, not to mention the houses (I haven’t seen such beauty in a long time (my Sums region is about 200 years behind), and what cars! Most importantly, I have not seen the Russian troop movements, though I had to travel day and night, and nobody in Russia says anything about the war with Ukraine. On the way I met a lot of cars with Ukrainian plates, and there’s a Ukrainian license plate on my car, too, but neither the police at their posts nor the FSB ever stopped me. Continue reading »