Kerry Agrees to Defuse Ukraine Crisis While U.S. Sends Military Aid to Junta

Kerry meeting nullified by Pentagon announcement to send military aid to Ukraine

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
April 17, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reportedly reached “a compromise, of sorts,” on the situation in Ukraine. Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the top diplomats agreed that all parties in the dispute would refrain from “violence, intimidation, or provocative actions” and that all “illegal armed groups will be disarmed.”

 

Meanwhile, at the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, during a joint news conference with the Defense Minister of Poland, Tomasz Siemoniak, said the United States will exacerbate the situation by providing “non-lethal military assistance” to the regime in Kyiv.

The material will consist of “health and welfare items and other supplies,” including medical supplies, helmets, sleeping mats, water purification units, shelters, small power generators, hand fuel pumps, and other items that will be used by the Ukrainian military. Last month, the Pentagon sent several hundred thousand meals-ready-to-eat (MREs) to the Ukrainian military.

“The United States continues to stand with Ukraine. And earlier this morning, I called Ukraine’s acting defense minister to tell him that President Obama has approved additional non-lethal military assistance for health and welfare items and other supplies,” Hagel said during the news conference.

The announcement came after the Obama administration put a stop to a previous aid commitment, including body armor and night-vision goggles.

Making a further mockery of the talks between Kerry and Lavrov, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said the United States should send lethal military aid to the coup.

“Here is what I would do: I would be sending arms to the Ukrainian army. I would encourage the European Union to expand and take in Ukraine… I would provide serious assistance to the Ukrainians so that they could defend themselves” against pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine, McConnell said.

McConnell also said the United States needs to confront Russia more forcefully.

“I would renew the discussions that the president just dropped, the idea of missile defense and the Czech Republic and Poland at the beginning of his term as a sort of a gesture to the Russians. I would reengage with the Pols and the Czechs and see if we can’t get missile defense back in those countries. All of those steps would indicate without sending in a single American soldier that the U.S. is serious in standing up to this kind of new form of Russian aggression,” he told a Kentucky radio station

 

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Pro-Russia separatists take armor, humiliating Ukraine forces

KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Separatists flew the Russian flag on armored vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans.

Six armored personnel carriers were driven into the rebel-held town of Slaviansk to waves and shouts of “Russia! Russia!”. It was not immediately clear whether they had been captured by rebels or handed over to them by Ukrainian deserters.

Another 15 armored troop carriers full of paratroops were surrounded and halted by a pro-Russian crowd at a town near an airbase. They were allowed to retreat only after the soldiers had handed over the firing pins from their rifles to a rebel commander.

The military setback leaves Kiev looking weak on the eve of a peace conference on Thursday, when its foreign minister will meet his Russian, U.S. and European Union counterparts in Geneva.

Moscow has responded to the overthrow of Moscow-backed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich in February by declaring the interim Kiev government an illegitimate gang of fascists. It has also announced its right to intervene militarily across the former Soviet Union to protect Russian speakers, a new doctrine that has overturned decades of post-Cold War diplomacy.

The EU took a step towards imposing tougher economic sanctions on Russia by informing its member states of the likely impact of proposed measures on each of them. Countries have a week to respond before the European Commission starts drawing up plans for sanctions on energy, finance and trade.

To keep the sensitive material from leaking, each of the 28 member states was told only of the expected risks its own economy would face. The information was handed to each EU ambassador in a sealed brown envelope.

Russia seized and annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula last month, and its armed supporters have now taken control over swathes of Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland.

 

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Apparent Ukrainian troop defections escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine — Tensions escalated in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, with pro-Russian gunmen storming City Hall in the sprawling city of Donetsk and a cluster of Ukrainian troops meant to be restoring order in the region apparently defecting to the side of separatists.A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into an eastern Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia demonstrators Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes to re-establish control.

The events signaled a challenge ahead for the pro-Western Ukrainian government on the second day of its campaign to quell the restive east and came as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine was on the verge “of a civil war.”

A line of combat vehicles flying Russian flags rolled Wednesday morning into Slovyansk, a city of 120,000 where separatists have set up roadblocks since Saturday. One soldier named Andrei, speaking to the Associated Press, identified the men as part of the 25th Brigade of Ukraine’s airborne forces that had switched to the side of pro-Russian forces. The troops, in green camouflage and packing automatic weapons and grenade launchers, received a warm welcome from local separatists, AP said.

The report could not be immediately verified, and it was unclear whether the troops, if they did defect, were acting on their own free will.

Around 10 a.m. local time, a squad of separatists backed by seven masked gunmen in camouflage stormed the seat of Donetsk’s mayor and local council.

By Wednesday afternoon, more than 40 men, some masked and heavily armed, were occupying the building but still allowing workers and local officials to go about their business inside city hall.

 

 

 

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Russia Puts Fighter Jets on Combat Alert as Tensions Mount

Moscow announces massive expansion of global military presence

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
February 27, 2014

Russian fighter jets along the country’s western border have been put on combat alert as tensions mount over fears that Moscow is preparing to intervene militarily to protect its interests in Ukraine.

Image: Russian Fighter Jet (Wikimedia Commons).

“Constant air patrols are being carried out by fighter jets in the border regions,” Interfax quoted a ministry statement as saying. “From the moment they received the signal to be on high alert, the air force in the western military region left for the … air bases.”

The news arrives just a day after the United States warned Russia it would be a “grave mistake” to conduct any kind of military intervention in Ukraine following Moscow’s announcement yesterday that a snap drill involving 150,000 troops would take place in western Russia.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s interim government has also warned Russia against making military movements in Crimea after armed men seized control of government and parliament buildings in the region. Earlier this week, pro-Russia citizens installed a Russian Mayor in the town of Sevastopol as part of a growing backlash against the western-backed coup.

Moscow has also announced that it plans a massive expansion of its global military presence with a number of new bases in countries including Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, the Seychelles, and Singapore. The move is significant because Russia only currently has one naval base outside the former Soviet Union – in Tartus, Syria.

Some are also speculating that the deployment of the USS George H W Bush (CVN 77) aircraft carrier to European waters is linked to the crisis, although such maneuvers were planned months in advance.

The United States is already moving to secure a financial stake in Ukraine following the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych, saying it plans to offer $1 billion in loan guarantees, ensuring the country becomes a debt slave to the Anglo-American establishment and thereby further reducing Russian influence.

Yanukovych himself asserted today that he is still Ukraine’s legitimate president while complaining of “rampant extremism on the streets of our country.” Russia is likely to provide personal protection for Yanukovych once he leaves Ukraine.

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Experts fear Crimea could become next flashpoint

Ben Farmer
thestarphoenix.com
February 24, 2014

The White House warned Russia to keep its troops out of Ukraine Sunday amid fears that Moscow may step in with military force following the overthrow of the president, its ally.

Tensions also mounted in Crimea, in the southeast of Ukraine, where pro-Russian politicians are organizing rallies and forming protest units, demanding autonomy from Kyiv.

The region is now seen as a potential flashpoint because of its deep strategic significance to Moscow.

U.S. President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said it would be a “grave mistake” for Russian President Vladimir Putin to send soldiers into Ukraine to restore a friendly government.

Susan Rice said nobody would benefit if Ukraine were to split apart.

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U.S. Intelligence Boss Predicts More Violence in Ukraine

Violent demos staged by Soros funded and State Dept. encouraged activists

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
January 29, 2014

Obama’s intelligence boss, James Clapper, set the stage on Wednesday for further violence in Ukraine and a more robust response by the United States.

“Firmly intent on maintaining his hold on power, Yanukovych will probably resort to coercion, extralegal means, and other tactics to tilt the playing field in his favor and ensure his reelection, threatening a further erosion of democratic norms,” National Intelligence Director Clapper said in a statement sent to the Senate.

He said the financial aid package sent by Russia in December will prevent an immediate collapse of the Ukrainian economy in the “short term” and will increase dependence by the government in Kiev and make it vulnerable to Russian political pressure. Clapper made the remarks in an annual assessment by sixteen intelligence agencies.

The spy agency critique arrives as Leonid Kravchuk, Ukraine’s president from 1991 to 1994, warned the country is on the “brink of civil war” as increasingly violent protests against the government of President Viktor Yanukovych escalate. “It is a revolution. It is a dramatic situation in which we must act with the greatest responsibility,” he said to a standing ovation before the Ukrainian Parliament.

At least five people, including a police officer, have died during protests that began in November when Yanukovych signaled willingness to strengthen ties with Russia. The opposition demands closer ties to the European Union. On Tuesday, Russian President Putin reaffirmed his country’s commitment to Ukraine and warned of interference in its internal affairs.

Following the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on Tuesday, the Ukrainian Parliament repealed a number of anti-protest laws enacted on January 16 curtailing freedom of assembly.

Soros Groups Continue Pressure on Government Despite Concessions

The George Soros Open Society Institute supported and funded group Spilna Sprava has agreed to end its occupation of the Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry in the center of Kiev. The occupation of government buildings by the radical group nearly resulted in a declaration of a national emergency by the government.

According to the Ukrainian nationalist political party Svoboda, Spilna Sprava has agreed to relocate to the Ukrainian House, a building originally erected as a Lenin museum in 1978. According to Svoboda Party member Oleksandr Leonov, Spilna Sprava needs to leave the ministry ahead of the passage of an amnesty bill that would apply to protesters arrested during “EuroMaidan” rallies.

Maidan, Ukrainian for “independence,” is the name of the square where the opposition continues to confront the government.

“The connections between the Kyiv uprising and the EU outside manipulators are so apparent, the Kyiv square that has become the ‘Tahrir Square’ of Ukraine is called ‘Euromaidan.’ The initial Tahrir Square uprising in Cairo, which overthrew Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, was partly manipulated by Soros-financed and [CIA tactician Gene Sharp]-influenced street demonstrators who took their cues from professional political agitators hastily flown into Egypt from the United States and Europe,” Wayne Madsen wrote in December.

The Party of Regions, a Ukrainian political party described as euroskeptic by its detractors, told the Kyiv Post today it has ample evidence of U.S. complicity in the violent demonstrations.

“The Americans dole out cash to certain activists, $50,000 at a time just for fuel, right on the U.S. Embassy premises,” writes Katya Gorchinskaya for the Kyiv Post. “Some protesters are getting upwards of $500 per day for taking part in the protests, and the pay grows the more Molotov cocktails they throw at the defenseless police who have the law on their side to use weapons in such cases, but instead they act with great restraint.”

“Ever since the democracy manipulation efforts of international hedge fund brigand George Soros were joined with the artificial street revolution tactics of CIA tactician Gene Sharp to form the core strategy of the U.S. neo-conservative goal of imposing a ‘New American Century’ on the entire world, Ukraine has served as the prize of America’s interventionist foreign policy,” Madsen summarized late last year.

“Ukraine, which resisted efforts by the European Union to integrate it into Europe’s banker-led federation of austerity and poverty, came into the EU’s cross hairs after it abandoned an ‘Association Agreement’ pact with the EU. Instead, Kyiv opted for a more lucrative economic union with Russia. That move triggered off a mass street uprising in Kyiv’s Maidan (Independence) Square that demanded the resignation of Ukraine’s democratically-elected President and government,” writes Madsen.

According to a survey conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Center, a large number of Ukrainians support the Yanukovych government.

“President Viktor Yanukovych would still get 30 percent of the vote in a presidential election,” writes Gorchinskaya. “This is an amazing result, that represents about 10 million people. And the number is truly stunning when you read that 71 percent of those polled said the situation in the country has gotten worse in the course of last year. This means many of those who are unhappy with the government, still endorse it.”

This political reality is not portrayed accurately in the West, however, where corporate media coverage gives the impression most Ukrainians want to merge with the European Union and accept a regimen of austerity and bankster-imposed “reforms” that invariably lead to a lower standard of living and ever increasing misery.

CNN, Fox, MSNBC and the rest of the corporate alphabet media continue to pay attention to sensationalistic EuroMaidan activists clad in balaclavas throwing Molotov cocktails while portraying Ukrainian police as thugs and the government as puppets sucking up to a post-Soviet regime in Moscow. The obvious activist links to Soros, the State Department, USAID, the CIA surrogate NED and the European Union, on the other hand, are completely ignored.

This article was posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Kiev Protest: Police Lit on Fire

Protesters heave molotov cocktails during anti-government uprising

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Protesters and police heave molotov cocktails in effort to join EU / Image via Twitter

Five protesters have died during an anti-government uprising in Kyiv, Ukraine which has been waged for over four days now.

As many as 200 officers have been injured over the past four days, reports RT, with roughly 300 protesters injured.

The commotion has seemingly intensified upon news of the deaths, with the European Union threatening to punish Ukraine leaders for violently confronting the protesters and the U.S. government “strongly condemning” police violence.

As per the Ukraine Prime Minister’s orders, police have not been allowed to possess firearms during the confrontation, however, that did not stop protesters from being gunned down.

Police are instead relying on smoke and tear gas, rubber bullets, stun grenades, molotov cocktails and also water cannons.

Earlier, an order banning police use of water cannons in sub-zero temperatures was lifted, and as reported below, at least three tanks are awaiting departure from Chernihiv just north of Kyiv.

Medics who treated the wounded activists claim at least one protester was injured by a police sniper.

The protests supposedly stem from Ukraine President Vicktor Yanukovych’s decision to refuse a European Union trade deal in favor of stronger economic ties with Russia.

As reported Monday, the protests have largely been organized by USAID, the CIA’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Freedom House (which has also been alleged to be a CIA connected organization), and George Soros’ Open Society Institute.

 

Police are also hurling molotov cocktails:

 

This article was posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm