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MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) Armed men dispatched from Kiev to the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea attempted an overnight storm of the local Interior Ministry, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

As a result of this perfidious provocation several people were injured, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

This confirms that certain well-known political circles in Kiev are striving for the destabilization of the situation we call on all those giving such orders from Kiev to show restraint.

The allegation comes as international media report large scale Russian military movements in Crimea that have included tanks, helicopters and troops.

In recent days heavily armed soldiers in unmarked uniforms have occupied the regions parliament, airports and other strategic points across the peninsula.

Reports from the regional capital of Simferopol on Saturday suggested that the military presence had been strengthened with the appearance of several manned machine gun positions around the parliament, which is flying the Russian flag after it was seized by unidentified gunmen earlier this week.

Ukrainian authorities have accused Russia of seeking to provoke a conflict. World leaders, including US President Barack Obama, have expressed their deep concern about the apparent Russian incursion into Crimea.

Interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said Saturday that Russia should immediately recall all its troops to the bases where they are normally located.

If not, the responsibility for any armed confrontation provoked by the radicals being de facto supported by the Russian military will lie with the Russian leadership, Yatsenyuk said.

Russia maintains that any military movements in Crimea are within the framework of a 1997 agreement regulating its use of Black Sea naval bases on the peninsula that it leases from Ukraine.

Self-defense squads, which maintain that they will resist orders from Kiev, have been forming in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine since the opposition swept to power in Kiev last weekend

The Foreign Ministry said that the alleged assault on the Interior Ministry in Crimea on Saturday was fought off by some of these pro-Russian self defense squads. It did not specify which side suffered the casualties.

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Putin Asks Russian Senate to Approve Military Action in Ukraine


MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) Russian President Vladimir Putin has requested approval from the countrys upper house of parliament to move Russian armed forces into Ukraine, according to the Kremlins press service.

The move comes after several days of media reports of Russian troop movements in the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, and a week after the regime of President Viktor Yanukovych was toppled in Kiev.

Putin, who has yet to speak publicly about the crisis, requested the permission to use military force because of threats to lives of Russian citizens and the Russian military forces in naval bases in Crimea.

Russian troops will be used until the political-social situation in the country is normalized, according to the Kremlin.

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These minutes the Russian Senate begins a special session for discussion of inquiry of the President of Russia for the direction of the Russian armies to Ukraine before situation stabilization in this country.
 
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At this moment already 140,000 refugees crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border for fear of violence and fear for their own lives.
 
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Parliament Approves Putin Request for Military Action in Ukraine


MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) Russias upper house of parliament on Saturday approved a request from President Vladimir Putin to use armed force in Ukraine.

Putin made the request because of what he said was a threat to the lives of Russian citizens and military forces located in naval bases in Crimea.

The Federation Council voted unanimously in support of military action.

The move comes after reports of large Russian troop movements in the southern Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, and a week after the opposition swept to power in Kiev when ousted President Viktor Yanukovych suddenly left the city.

Russian troops will remain deployed until the political-social situation in the country is normalized, the Kremlin said in a statement requesting the intervention.

Senators in the Federation Council lined up during an extraordinary session Saturday afternoon to express their support for armed intervention.

Lawmakers accused the United States and European countries of open support for violent protesters in Ukraine.

The decision follows a wave of pro-Russian protests in southern and eastern Ukraine, as well as calls from the newly elected prime minister of Crimea for Putin to intervene.

The ratcheting up of Russian rhetoric over Ukraine and widespread reports of the presence of Russian troops already maneuvering on Ukrainian soil has provoked outrage in Kiev and condemnation from world leaders.

US President Barack Obama said Friday that he was deeply concerned about Russian troop movements inside Ukraine, and warned that violations of Ukraines sovereignty would be deeply destabilizing.

Officials from the interim Ukrainian government have said Russia is trying to provoke conflict, and have called on the Kremlin to withdraw all soldiers back to Russian naval bases on the Black Sea coast.

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The flow of the refugees who have crossed the Russian border, considerably grew for the last days. However, all these people aren't strangers for Russians. All Ukrainians who will wish to leave Ukraine for reasons of personal security, will be accepted by Russia and they can count on obtaining the Russian nationality as the Russian Federation needs these people. Extensive empty lands of the Russian Far East can be transferred to Ukrainians for economic development.
 
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Clash Breaks Out at Pro-Russian Rally in East Ukraine


MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) Clashes broke out Saturday during at least one of a series of pro-Russian demonstrations across eastern Ukraine, where resistance remains strong against the interim government that has taken hold in the capital, Kiev.

Crowds at the rallies called for intervention from Russia, whose parliament has already given the go-ahead for possible armed intervention in Ukraine.

Attendance at a rally in Kharkhiv, a city of 1.5 million people, was estimtated by Russian state television at about 10,000. More than 100 people were injured at that gathering as protesters overcame resistance from pro-government activists to storm the regional administration building, according to the local UNIAN news agency.

Footage from the scene showed protesters milling with riot police in the trashed building. Many protesters were shown with light injuries, including bloodied heads.

Pro-Russian demonstrations have become a frequent occurrence in the predominantly Russian-speaking east and south of the country in recent days following the flight of President Viktor Yanukovych that swept the opposition to power. Protesters say they are alarmed by nationalist rhetoric now emanating from Kiev.

The gatherings have highlighted the linguistic and ethnic divides in Ukraine, but a real specter of partition has risen in recent days as Russia has moved troops into the southern Crimea Peninsula amid increasingly bellicose language from the Kremlin. Russian officials have said repeatedly that they must respond to perceived threats against the lives of ethnic Russians living in Ukraine.

Russian flags were reportedly raised Saturday over local government buildings in cities across eastern Ukraine, including Kharkhiv, Donetsk, Odessa, Mariupol and Dnieperpetrovsk.

Thousands of people gathered in the industrial city of Donetsk near the border with Russia, expressing their support for Ukrainian riot police who confronted protesters in Kiev and calling on Russia to intervene in Ukraine.

The line-up of speakers was reportedly hijacked by pro-Russian groups who adopted an increasingly militant line as the afternoon wore on.


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Putin Tells Obama Russia Will Act In Case of Ukraine Violence
   
   
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MOSCOW, March 2 (RIA Novosti) Russian leader Vladimir Putin told US President Barack Obama in a telephone conversation Sunday that Moscow reserved the right to protect its own interests and those of Russian speakers in the event of violence breaking out in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.   
   
The Kremlin press service said Putin responded to Obamas expression of concern over possible Russian plans to deploy troops in Ukraine by drawing attention to the provocative, criminal acts of ultranationalist elements being effectively encouraged by authorities in Kiev.   
   
Putin said that there was a real threat to the life of many Russians on Ukraines territory, the press service said.   
   
Russias upper house of parliament voted Saturday to approve military action on Ukraine, citing the same motivations as those mentioned by Putin.   
   
There is already a substantial Russian military presence in southern Ukraine, courtesy of the leased Black Sea Fleet naval base in the Crimean Peninsula.   
   
Large movements of Russian troops have been reported around the peninsula, which is in defiance of express instructions from Ukrainian authorities this week for Russian soldiers to remain confined to their quarters.   
   
In the 90-minute conversation with Putin, Obama condemned Russias military intervention, calling it a clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity and describing it as a breach of international law.   
   
The US leader urged Russia to minimize tension by pulling back troops to bases in Crimea and refrain from any involvement in affairs anywhere else in Ukraine.   
   
In a gesture aimed at signaling the degree of its distress over the course of events, the White House said it is suspending planned participation in preparatory meetings for a G-8 summit due to be held in June in the southern Russian city of Sochi, which last month hosted the Winter Olympics.   
   
Going forward, Russias continued violation of international law will lead to greater political and economic isolation, the White House said in a read-out of the conversation between Obama and Putin.   
   
Crimea is home to a large ethnic Russian community, which has reacted with alarm to what it sees as the aggressively nationalistic government that has taken hold since last months ouster of President Yanukovych. Eastern Ukraine, which was another political stronghold for Yanukovych, also has a substantial Russian-speaking population and saw many anti-government protests Saturday.   
   
Obama said that the United States understood the need to protect the ethnic Russian minority in Ukraine and that it would push Kiev to ensure their rights werent hindered.   
   
The Ukrainian government has made clear its commitment to protect the rights of all Ukrainians and to abide by Ukraines international commitments, and we will continue to urge them to do so, the White House said in the readout.   
   
Russias Federal Migration Service said it has noted a sharp spike in applications from Ukrainian citizens seeking refuge.   
   
The head of the migration services citizenship department, Valentina Kazakova, said 143,000 people had applied for asylum in the last two weeks of February alone.   
   
People are afraid for the fate of those close to them and are asking not just for protection, but also to help them receive fast-tracked Russian citizenship, Kazakova said. A large number of applications are from members of Ukrainian law enforcement bodies and government officials fearing reprisals from radically disposed groups.   
   
Updates with White House readout.   
   
   
   
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BBC - Kiev dominated by fascists:

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Some 675,000 Ukrainians Fled to Russia Amid Crisis Report


MOSCOW, March 2 (RIA Novosti) Russias border guard service said Sunday that some 675,000 Ukrainian citizens have migrated to Russia since the beginning of 2014 amid fears of uncertain future in crisis-hit Ukraine.

The border guards said the majority of refuge-seeking Ukrainians took up temporary residence in neighboring Belgorod, Rostov, Bryansk and Kursk regions as well as in Krasnodar Territory.

In February alone, the migration flow from Ukraine to the Rostov region increased by 53 percent, while exodus to the Kursk region rose by 71 percent, showing signs of a looming humanitarian catastrophe, according to the border guard service.

Russias Federal Migration Service said earlier it has noted a sharp spike in applications from Ukrainian citizens residing in Russia seeking Russian citizenship.

People are afraid for the fate of those close to them and are asking not just for protection, but also to help them receive fast-tracked Russian citizenship, the head of the migration services citizenship department, Valentina Kazakova, said on Saturday.

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Ukrainian Troops in Crimea Side with Pro-Russia Forces


SIMFEROPOL, March 2 (RIA Novosti) Ukrainian servicemen stationed in Crimea are leaving en masse their military units and handing over weaponry and arsenals to local pro-Russia authorities and militia, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Sunday.

Crimea, an autonomous republic within Ukraine, is now at the center of the ongoing crisis in the country as pro-Russia groups move to distance themselves from a reformed national parliament that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych a week ago.

The current development comes shortly after Russias upper house of parliament unanimously approved a request from President Vladimir Putin on Saturday to deploy military forces in Ukraines mainly ethnic Russian-populated region of Crimea.

Putin issued his request in response to what he said was a threat to the lives of Russian citizens and military forces located in naval bases in Crimea.

Putin, who is the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, has not yet ordered the deployment of a limited military contingent in Ukraine, but said in telephone conversations with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US President Barack Obama early on Sunday that Moscow reserved the right to protect its own interests and those of Russian speakers in the event of violence breaking out in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

There is already a substantial Russian military presence in southern Ukraine, courtesy of the leased Black Sea Fleet naval base in the Crimean Peninsula.

Large movements of Russian troops have been reported around the peninsula, which is in defiance of express instructions from Ukrainian authorities this week for Russian soldiers to remain confined to their quarters.

Meanwhile, thousands of pro-Moscow protesters staged a number of rallies in eastern Ukraine on Saturday backing the anti-Kiev stance of the Crimean population and calling for Russia to defend them as well.

New authorities in Kiev have already responded to Russias plans by putting the army on high alert and calling up all military reserves.

Kiev has also appealed to NATO on Saturday" with a request to consider all options to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

The North Atlantic Council, NATOs main governing body, is scheduled to hold an extraordinary meeting on Sunday to discuss events in Ukraine, the military blocs secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said in his Twitter blog.

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Moscow Inverses Roles in Kiev


by Thierry Meyssan

While NATO leaders are jubilant over the Kiev coup, which they present to public opinion as a revolution, the situation is reversed in the field. Instead of government of thugs raising the stakes between Washington and Moscow, it is now up to U.S. agents to exercise power and manage the problems they have organized. Moreover the country is ruined and nobody whomsoever will succeed in bringing about a quick recovery. Russia can now defend its interests without incurring the liabilities from twenty years of earlier corruption.

Russia did not responde to the Ukrainian events during the Olympic Games in Sochi. [1] Its press continued to make headlines of the exploits of its athletes while there was fighting in Kiev and in several provincial capitals. The Kremlin considered in effect that at any time, the enemies of Russia could still turn its sports festival into a bloodbath.

As expected, power had changed hands in Kiev at the closing of the Games. Westerners, largely misinformed, had the impression of a pro-European revolution. However, disclosure of a telephone conversation between the assistant U.S. Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, and her ambassador, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, left no doubt about the US plot. [2] Using false images, a government of thugs and crooks [3] was transformed into a band of Russophile torturers. [4] As in all the "color revolutions", mysterious snipers on the rooftops fired upon both the crowd and the police, and the government was held responsable. In the confusion, the West had the impression that "the people" had seized the national palace. In reality, while mostly Nazi activists fought in Maidan Place live on international television, politicians discreetly seized the national palace in another part of the city. From this point of view, Europeans can rest assured that it is not the Nazis who took power.

Ukrainian Nazis have nothing to do with the Western European extreme right-wing, usually openly Zionist (except the French National Front). During the Cold War, they were incorporated into the NATO stay-behind networks operationalized to sabotage the Soviet economy and were maintained by Poland [5] and Lithuania. During the three months of demonstrations, they were joined by Tatar Islamists who came especially from Syria where they practiced jihad. [6] Tatars, historical inhabitants of the Crimea, which were dispersed by Stalin for having supported the Nazis during World War II, are now spread mainly in Ukraine and Turkey. In Maidan square, they were able to show their know-how acquired in Syria : they blinded and mutilated police. [7]

The revolution in Maidan square masks an extremely classic coup. [8] In the presence of US "diplomats", the Rada has violated the constitution which it repealed without a referendum. It dismissed the President without debate or trial and bestowed legislative and executive powers upon Oleksandr Turchinov, the former head of the secret services.

The new dictator appointed Arseniy Yatsenyuk as Prime Minister, which corresponds, miraculously, to the wishes expressed in advance by Victoria Nuland. The new Prime Minister appointed a new cabinet which he presented to the protesters in Maidan Square. These protesters, and many more of which the Nazis now represent no more than a third, booed many of them, because they were Jews.

In the Crimea, where the majority of the population is Russian and where the Russian Navy is based, the Regional Parliament also took on a "revolutionary fervor", overthrowing the local government (loyal to Kiev) and appointed its own (pro -Russian). Simultaneously, military personnel in uniform, but without a flag or insignia, took over the government buildings and the airport, preventing the new government in Kiev from sending its forces.

In Kiev, the Rada denounced Russian interference and called for respect for the Budapest Memorandum. In 1994, the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia signed an agreement on freezing Ukraine in exchange for its giving up nuclear weapons. [9] But for Moscow, the Memorandum no longer applies because it has been violated by Washington and London since the "Orange Revolution" of 2004 [10] and even more since the coup last week.

Whats going to happen now? On May 25th, Brussels will organize elections to the European Parliament, Kiev will organize a presidential election, while the Crimea will hold a referendum on self-determination. Once independent, Crimea can always choose to link to Russia to which it belonged until 1954. The European Union, in turn, must fulfill the hopes it aroused and therefore pay, with who knows what money, part of of the $ 35 billion Ukrainian debt. The Nazis of Maidan Square will not return to the underground, but claim their share of government.

But the story will not be over as long as there remain problems for the Kremlin in the eastern part of Ukraine (which houses a Russian population and defense industry) and Transnistria (the former Bessarabia, which was once the research center for Soviet missiles). This small country, of Russian population, which does not appear on any map because it does not hold a seat at the UN, took its independence upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but is considered part of Moldova. It resisted valiantly in a war that it fought with Moldova, Romanian aviation advisors and NATO in 1992. [11] It has since managed to keep the Soviet social model while adopting democratic institutions. Safety is ensured by a Russian "peacekeeping force". [12] At minimum, twenty square kilometers of Ukraine could rise and join Transnistria to offer it an exit to the Black Sea, but the Ukraine would then be cut off from its western appendix. At best, connecting Crimea to Transnistria would suppose taking hundreds of kilometers of coastline including the city of Odessa.

Disorders will therefore continue in Ukraine, but it will be for the hosers hosed - the United States and the European Union - to bear the weight. Besides the financial burden, how will they manage their victorious Nazi and jihadists allies? Washingtons show of force is turning into a fiasco. [13]

Thierry Meyssan   

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Roger Lagasse


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[1] "After Yugoslavia, Ukraine? ", By Thierry Meyssan , Voltaire Network, February 5, 2014.

[2] What about apologizing to Ukraine, Mrs. Nuland?, Oriental Review, Voltaire Network, 7 February 2014.

[3] "Ukraine is selling off its energy sector to the West ", by Ivan Lizan , Translation Louis -Benoit Registry , Voltaire Network , 2 March 2013.

[4] "Fake pictures in Ukraine" , Voltaire Network , 6 February 2014.

[5] Poland as the Slavic Turkey of NATO Destabilization, by Andrew Korybko, Oriental Review, Voltaire Network, 22 February 2014.

[6] Jihadists in charge of crowd control in Kiev protests, Translation Alize'e Ville, Voltaire Network, 5 December 2013.

[7] " " , YouTube, February 21, 2014.

[8] "Coup pro-US in Ukraine" , Voltaire Network , 23 February 2014.

[9] "Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine s accession to the Treaty on the Non- Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons" , Voltaire Network, 5 December 1994.

[10] "Washington and Moscow do battle in Ukraine[" by Emilia Nazarenko and writing , "Ukraine: The Street Against the People" , Voltaire Network, 1 and 29 November 2004.

[11] "In 1992 , the United States tried to crush militarily Transnistria" , by Thierry Meyssan , Voltaire Network, 17 July 2007.

[12] "Tiraspol forward base of the Russian army ?" Arthur Lepic , Voltaire Network, 15 August 2007.

[13] Can Washington overthrow three governments at the same time?, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Roger Lagasse, Al-Watan (Syria), Voltaire Network, 23 February 2014.

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Ukrainian Black Sea Fleet took the oath of allegiance to the Republic of Crimea. The Ukrainian Navy flagship Hetman Sahaidachny raised the Russian St Andrews flag. Now Republic of Crimea has its own army, air force, air defense and navy.
 
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Ukraine: The Law, the Putsch and the Imposter



02.03.2014


The irresponsibility of the western media calling Oleksandr Turchynov "Interim President" and referring to the "new Government" of Ukraine walks hand in hand with the notion that Governments can be deposed and instated by groups of armed thugs on the streets. Turchynov claims power, but what about the massive voting fraud in the Rada?

Under the law, under the Constitution of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov is not the Interim President, he is an imposter, the leader of a Putsch who has as much right to declare himself or to be declared Interim President as the author of this article, or anyone else for that matter. Why doesn't Turchynov, the subject of a criminal investigation in the past, not declare himself Queen of Sheeba?

In any civilized nation, the event which rubber-stamps a Government is not an armed uprising in which thugs shoot at the police. In a civilized nation, what rubber-stamps a government is something called an election and in the last election, Viktor Yanukovich was elected President of Ukraine with 12.48 million votes, as leader of the Party of Regions, gaining almost 49 per cent of the vote against Tymoshenko's 45.47%.

Under the Agreement signed between President Yanukovich and the members of the Opposition in February 2014, the forthcoming election was to be brought forward from 2015 to late 2014, so until then, the President of Ukraine is Viktor Yanukovich. Under the existing Constitution, in the absence of a Presidential exercise of duties, it is the Prime Minister who takes office as Interim President and the Presidency is ratified by the Constitutional Court.

Mykola Azarov resigned the Premiership on January 28 2014, and was replaced as Prime Minister by Sergiy Arbuzov. In replacing the legitimate Prime Minister with Arseniy Yatsenyuk and in terminating the powers of the Constitutional Court judges, using a pro xy voting system which has been outlawed during President Yanukovich's Presidency, and in the absence of many of the Party of Regions deputies in the Rada, the action of proclaiming Turchynov as Interim President and of replacing Government Ministers has no legal basis whatsoever and is therefore void under Ukrainian law and as per the Ukrainian Constitution.

A civilized country is ruled by the law and obeys the norms of its Constitution. The only time Turchynov garnered any votes was when he stood for Mayor of Kiev in 2008, and got less than 20 per cent of the vote. Hardly a democratic platform on which to stand. In fact, the more one digs into the past of Mr. Turchynov, the worse it stinks.

Formerly head of the Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU), he was the subject of a criminal investigation for destroying papers linking his ally Timoshenko with a criminal on the lists of the American FBI (Ten Most Wanted, Semyon Mogilevich). The entire political process during the last week has the same dubious stench surrounding it. For a start, how does the Rada make any decisions when most of the main political block, the Party of Regions, was absent?

And let us analyse the constitution of the Rada: The Party of Regions (Yanukovich's Party) holds 134 seats. 117 are non-affiliated, many of these voting with the Party of regions; the Communists have 32 seats, often voting with the Party of Regions. On the other side is the Fatherland Party (Timoshenko) with 88 seats and UDAR (Klitschko) with 42, then the Freedom Party with 36.

How, then, is Yanukovich ousted with "over 300 votes"? The answer is simple. As you can see from the photographs, on the streets of Kiev were some innocent civilians, starry-eyed youths caught up in a drunken euphoria caused by lies and misguided promises by ex-boxers, ex-soccer players and the like but also many Fascist extremists, armed thugs who had started to shoot at the police to provoke a reaction. Look at the pictures.

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And look at the picture showing members of the Rada holding the voting cards of other members. This explains the "vote". Multiple voting for absentee members. Ladies and gentlemen, the photograph on the left denounces massive electoral fraud.

So, President Yanukovich did not "flee" leaving a void that had to be filled (the reason quoted for his "removal"), he absented himself temporarily from the fray to avoid any more bloodshed. For the CIA, 88 deaths is small fry if it justifies a change of government and a veering westwards by a mineral-rich nation on Russia's borders, but this does not a revolution make nor a Government constitute. Had Viktor Yanukovich remained in his palace, it would have been stormed by these Fascist thugs and his armed guard would have had to open fire, worsening the situation further by creating more bloodshed.

The entire Putsch was hastily carried out and was entirely the result of political interests from beginning to end. The education minister, Dmitry Tabachnik, was removed because his policy had been "too pro-Russian", the Russian, Hungarian and Romanian languages have for now lost their status as official languages of Ukraine and the Prosecutor-General, Viktor Pshonka, was detained, because he was identified with the imprisonment of Timoshenko, for abuse of power.

Members of Parliament inside the Rada had declared that they felt they had to do something quickly otherwise the crowd outside would have stormed the building.

This, in a civilized nation, is no way to conduct policy, has no legal foundation whatsoever and therefore, Mr. Oleksandr Turchynov is an imposter and a Putsch leader who brings ridicule to his country. Who needs a circus when Kiev is crawling with clowns, and why doesn't Turchynov declare himself Queen of Sheeba, King of Planet Zog of the Mayor of Saturn...together with his less than twenty per cent of the popular vote?

The question is, Oleksandr Turchynov knows this, and from the second he wakes up in the morning, to the second he goes to bed, he knows he is an imposter, he knows he was not elected and he knows that his Putsch dissolved the only legal bodies with the power to conduct affairs of State as he usurped the presidency from Viktor Yanukovich.

Oleksandr Turchynov is not, legally, the Interim President of the Ukraine and his Government is not a Government - it is a clique of imposters. Any foreign powers greeting and recognizing them is guilty of criminal association. This is the law.
               
                        
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey, Pravda.Ru
 
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Ukraine: Shock, anarchy, chaos


03.03.2014


In Ukraine, bandits called by EU representatives "peaceful protesters" are robbing, beating, raping and extorting money "for the revolution." Even the "Commandant of Maidan" Andrei Paruby acknowledged that "something went wrong," although earlier he promised that "Kiev will see order it has never seen before." Pravda.Ru correspondent in Ukraine talked about these events.

On the morning of February 26 Ukrainian and international media reported the dissolution of special police unit "Berkut." In particular, Russian BBC Service informed their audience that the Acting Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov signed a decree on the Elimination of special police unit "Berkut" and reported it on his Facebook page.

Elimination of "Berkut" was proposed by deputies of the Verkhovna Rada faction "Freedom." The bill on the elimination of units that took part in the dispersal of mass protests in Kiev was registered on February 23.

For now let's put the question of the legitimacy of the newly declared "acting" heads of ministries and departments of revolutionary Ukraine aside. Instead, we will try to get a feel of the situation in the country in its entirety and Kiev and the surrounding area in particular.
   
Early in the morning on February 22, "the Commandant of the Maidan," Andrei Paruby declared from stage that "Maidan self-defense" was in full control of the government quarter. "Seventh unit is in the Verkhovna Rada along with a division of the "Right Sector." The Cabinet of Ministers is guarded. Nineteenth and third units are guarding the presidential administration. Fifteenth unit is guarding the interior ministry," said Andrei Paruby.

He also assured that from now on Maidan would take control of all Kiev. "It is important for us to show that when Kiev is under the control of the Maidan, Kiev will see order it has never seen before," summed up Paruby.
   
Taking control of the center by revolutionaries became possible on the afternoon of Friday, February 21, when last buses of internal forces left the capital of Ukraine. The security forces left as a result of the decisions taken on the night before by Ukrainian parliamentarians. Deputies voted for the Cabinet and state authorities issuing instructions on stopping the Security Service, Interior Ministry, the armed forces and other bodies from implementing anti-terrorism measures because they contradicted the Constitution .

The resolution, among other things, mandated cease fire, and the security forces units had to return to their places of permanent deployment. That, in fact, was done, and Kiev, respectively, was at the mercy of the revolutionaries and other "peaceful protesters."   

Blogger Arsen Avakov (also known as the "acting Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine") admitted the following the next day after the establishment of "the never seen before" order in Kiev. In the capital and its suburbs, it turns out, there were groups of people in masks, helmets, armed with batons and traumatic weapons and firearms. They call themselves representatives of "the Right Sector," "left wing", "Freedom party", "Maidan Self-Defense." They are acting on their own, namely, stopping and checking anyone "suspicious" and making decisions on the basis of revolutionary expediency. As a result, there were cases of burning houses, looting, and robbery. In addition to the government district, the groups acted near Borispol airport, at the perimeter of Zhuliany airport, major highways and suburbs of the capital.

Police is demoralized and this is understandable. No one wants to risk their lives trying to call to order armed masked men. Especially because there is likelihood to run into "peaceful protesters" violating whose rights to a peaceful protest would be costly. The situation is particularly tense in Kiev and the surrounding area. It is difficult to say what is happening in the western regions. There is information about the situation in the southeast bordering the center, in Dnipropetrovsk region.

In Dnipropetrovsk region extremists are no longer satisfied with pogroms and burning the offices of the Party of Regions. They have launched a full-scale persecution of party members and activists. This was stated by the press service of the Dnipropetrovsk regional organization on February 25. Here is one of the examples:      

"Eight masked men armed with automatic weapons entered the house of the chairman of Apostolovo district administration Andrei Leonov. They demanded him to resign and withdraw from the party, as well as pay them 300 thousand hryvnia. "We suffered on the Maidan, and you've been stealing money," they shouted, waving their arms. Andrei Leonov was able to call police. When the police arrive, there was gun fight in the center of Apostolovo. Some were wounded, some criminals managed to escape." End of quote.

One would assume that the opponents of the Maidan are trying to discredit the revolutionaries and exaggerating the events. But in the afternoon of February 26 suspicions that something was wrong were confirmed by "the Commandant of the Maidan." Under the guise of "Self Defense" in Kiev some gangs are looting. This was stated by Andrei Paruby on air to "Channel 5" a couple of hours after Avakov's statement about the dissolution of "Berkut." "We have to protect dozens of objects and deal with people who have gone beyond morality," explained Andrei Paruby.

But on the same day in the late afternoon the "Commandant of Maidan" was "backstabbed" by his fellow "Fatherland" party member Gennady Moskal, who said that an armed group calling itself "self-defense" engaged in robbery in the regions.   

"People armed with firearms have created stable gangs and attack property and residential complexes of the representatives of the former government," read a statement released by his press service.

According to Gennady Moskal, these people are robbing abandoned houses, taking valuables, there are even cases of rape. Also groups of masked people with guns "stop vehicles, insult passengers and demand money allegedly to support the revolution."

"Especially defiant are the gangs of criminals who are part of 31st and 33th units of Maidan self-defense. The 31st unit is headed by Sasha Bunker, and the 33rd unit is armed with ten Kalashnikovs. Furthermore, there is an unknown organization UPA "SWAT" armed with nearly 20 shotguns and nine Kalashnikovs," said Gennady Moskal.

According to him, some of the active parts of the 31st and 33rd units are transported by a vehicle with Verkhovna Rada license plate AA 0019 BP.

The MP demanded that the head of Maidan Andrei Paruby takes the situation under control.

"If Mr. Paruby is in charge of the 31st and 33th units, he has to put them in their place and finally ban masks (especially given that Yanukovych's regime has been already overthrown), or accept the responsibility for these outrageous acts," he said.

Gennady Moskal asked Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to take immediate action to protect civilians. "We must stop the arbitrariness of these gangs to avoid compromising the idea of Euro Maidan," said the MP.   

It appears that Gennady Moskal is still not satisfied with the effect of his statement because in the morning of February 27 he made ​​another one.

Representatives of some Maidan units have stolen cars from the residence of President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. This was announced today in the Verkhovna Rada, said "Fatherland" lawmaker Gennady Moskal to a correspondent of RBC-Ukraine.

"Increasingly more units are arriving to Kiev. They are looting, stealing cars from the residence of Yanukovich, destroying property, getting into apartments. I do not support these people and do not treat them with respect, but we should not turn Maidan into a gang, steal art and alcohol, or shoot. How can a unit have ten machine guns and 20 shotguns?" said Gennady Moskal.

Can the decisions made recently, particularly by the Verkhovna Rada, be considered legitimate if the government is protected by the Maidan self-defense?

Chances are that the hostages of Banderivtsy/bandits are all residents of the government quarter. They not only include regional representatives and Communists (the latter, in particular, vote unanimously for any suggestions of the revolutionaries). It is understandable because meetings of Rada are broadcast and displayed on a large screen, and the exit from the parliament is "guarded" by the Maidan self-defense. The opposition trinity (Yatsenuk - Klitschko - Tyahnibok) are also held hostage by them, let alone completely defenseless civilian population.
            
Alexei Kovalev, Pravda.Ru
   

 
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Russia Revitalizes Project to Build Bridge to Crimea


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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed an order Monday to construct a bridge linking Russia to Ukraines Crimean peninsula.

The bridge would span the 4.5-kilometer Strait of Kerch, which separates Ukraine and Russia, an estimated $3 billion project that has been under discussion for a decade.

Russian troops have fanned out across the Crimean peninsula in recent days, seizing strategic locations and reportedly digging trenches at an emerging border with Ukraine.

Ukraines acting president and prime minister have accused Russia of invading their country while international leaders have condemned Moscows actions as an attempted annexation of Crimea.

Medvedev told a Cabinet meeting that he had signed an order creating a subsidiary of state-owned road builder Avtodor that will be responsible for implementation of the bridge project. This step would move the project to a more practical phase, he said.

The announcement is the latest in a series of measures that look set to make Crimea more economically dependent on Russia.

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Monday that the regional budget of the Crimean government was running a 35 billion ruble ($1 billion) deficit and that Russia would develop a plan of financial aid for the region by the evening.

Russia agreed to provide $15 billion in financial aid for the Ukrainian government of President Viktor Yanukovych before he fled into exile last month as violent clashes between riot police and anti-government demonstrators claimed 88 lives and left hundreds injured.

Moscow has now frozen that financial support, saying that it wants to understand more clearly who is in control of the government in Kiev.


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Crimean air base pledges allegiance to local authorities



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The Ukrainian Air Force 240th tactical aviation brigade based near Sevastopol has pledged allegiance to the authorities of Crimea. It is manned by more than 800 troops and has almost 50 planes, although most of them are not operational.

Today the command of the 204th base in Belbek has declared that it stands with the people or Crimea, a spokesman for the local authorities told Interfax.

With the addition of the personnel of the base, the total strength of Crimean military has almost reached 6,000 people, he said.

Belbek Airport hosts 45 MiG-29 fighter jets and 4 L-39 training jets. However only four fighters and one training aircraft are currently operational, the report said.

Crimean authorities earlier denounced the self-proclaimed government in Kiev and declared that all Ukrainian law enforcement and military deployed in the peninsula must take orders from them. The majority of troops in Crimea switched sides in favor of the local authorities.

Among those pledging allegiance to Crimea is Rear admiral Denis Berezovsky, who was appointed by Kiev last week as chief of the Ukrainian Navy, but swore to serve the people of Crimea on Monday.


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Russia Slams Kerrys Threats over Ukraine


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The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned as unacceptable threats comments made by the US Secretary of State John Kerry over possible Russian military action in Ukraine.

The Russian parliament granted a request from President Vladimir Putin to authorize deployment of military forces in Ukraine on Saturday. In a series of public remarks over the weekend, Kerry called the move a "brazen act of aggression" and threatened Moscow with devastating economic and political consequences.

We consider there are unacceptable threats against Russia in the series of public statements by Secretary of State John Kerry in connection with the recent events in Ukraine and Crimea, the ministry said in a statement.

"Without bothering to grasp the complicated trends underway in Ukrainian society and to gain an unbiased insight into the situation that continues to deteriorate after the violent seizure of power by radical extremists in Ukraine, the Secretary of State continues to employ Cold War clichés by suggesting punishment of Russia instead of those responsible for the state coup.

The statement continued: Washington also ignored that Kievs newly established regime trampled on the February 21 [reconciliation] agreement, signed by foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland, and formed the government of winners that de-facto declared a war on the Russian language and everything Russian.

Russia called on the US and its allies to stop encouraging nationalist and anti-Russian initiatives by Ukraines new leadership and focus on a dialog and mutually acceptable decisions for the pro-European west and pro-Russian east.

Its evident that existing threats to Ukraines sovereignty and territorial integrity originate solely from an internal political conflict. Its settlement requires an absolutely different approach from our partners, the ministry said.

Ukraine appealed for assistance from NATO on Saturday, asking it to take all possible measures to ensure its territorial integrity and protect its people.

In a statement issued on Sunday, NATO expressed grave concern about Russias authorization of military action in Ukraine, saying that it would be a breach of international law.

Russia replied that such a stance by NATO would not contribute to de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine and would only encourage the forces that would like to use current events for reaching their own irresponsible political goals.

Moscow also reacted angrily to threats by the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom to dismiss fellow member Russia from the G8 group of top industrialized nations.

Kerry said that Washington was prepared to strip Moscow of its G8 seat, to withdraw investments and businesses from Russia, to impose travel bans and to freeze assets.

In a statement published by the White House, the US and its allies, who symbolically billed themselves as the "G7," said they were putting on hold preparations for the forthcoming G8 summit in the Russian city of Sochi. Russia currently holds the presidency of the G8.

Foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich dismissed the decision as baseless.

This [decision] is not only politically flawed, it is also against the principles of fruitful relationships in this [G8] format, which is intended to use the combined potential of the Group of Eight to benefit [global] development, economic stability and efforts against trans-boundary challenges and threats, he said.


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3 South Ukrainian Cities Want to Join Crimea - Lawmaker


SIMFEROPOL, March 4 (RIA Novosti) A senior Crimean lawmaker said on Monday that representatives of three southern Ukrainian administrative capitals expressed willingness to become a part of the autonomous republic if its autonomy is broadened in a referendum.

Deputy speaker of Crimeas Supreme Council Serhiy Tsekov said Crimean authorities had received calls from representatives of local administrative bodies in Mykolaiv, Kherson and Odessa.

They think that they should be together with Crimea, he said.

Ukraines mainly ethnic Russian-populated region of Crimea is now at the center of the ongoing crisis in the country as pro-Russia groups move to distance themselves from a reformed national parliament that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych a week ago.

The Crimean parliament voted last week to hold a referendum on greater autonomy on March 30.

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Crimea Mulls Switch to Moscow Time


SIMFEROPOL, March 3 (RIA Novosti) In the latest sign of the southern Ukrainian province of Crimeas growing attempts to align with Russia, local lawmakers are considering changing the clock to Moscow time.

Crimean parliament speaker Volodymyr Konstantynov said Monday that he has ordered a working group be created to sound out local views before a decision is made about moving clocks forward by two hours.

Calls for secession in the mainly ethnic Russian-populated peninsula have been mounting since an uprising in the capital, Kiev, last month precipitated the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, who leaned toward allying Ukraine with Moscow.

Local residents in Crimea have become alarmed at what they perceive as aggressively nationalist Ukrainian rhetoric coming out of Kiev in recent weeks and openly support suggestions their autonomous republic merge with Russia.

The time-change proposal was put forward Monday by Crimea parliament deputy speaker Serhiy Tsekov, who suggested the move would be beneficial to peoples health.

For many years we have been wondering why we live by a time that is strange to physiology, Tsekov said.

The security situation remains in the balance in Crimea after Russias parliament Saturday approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to allow military action in Ukraine, in his words to defend Russian citizens and the Russian-speaking population.

While Putin has not formally ordered any deployments, there is mounting evidence that Russian troops have fanned out across the Crimean Peninsula.

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