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Re: Ukraine Civil War
« Reply #645 on: June 06, 2017, 01:54:59 AM »
In Blum's latest Anti-Empire Report (always worth a read), he mentions The Arseniy Yatsenyuk Foundation whose Partners include US Department of State, the National Endowment for Democracy, Chatham House - no need to background them.

Other Partners are:
NATO Information and Documentation Centre, Ukraine
Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project of the German Marshall Fund. This fund was set up by Germany, but is headquartered in Washington DC and is an American public policy think tank and grant-making institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between North America and Europe.

Horizon Capital - private equity fund manager .

Swedbank, the largest bank in Sweden and the Baltic region. Its Ukrainian branch was sold in 2013 to Mr. Mykola Lagun, the majority owner in Delta Bank:
https://www.kyivpost.com/content/business/mykola-lagun-expands-in-banking-324158.html
Mykola Lagun has become one of the most active players on the Ukrainian banking market since 2010.  Local businessmen are rushing to pounce on the golden opportunity being offered by foreign banks, who continue to divest their Ukrainian assets at prices far below those they paid before the global financial crisis.

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation. Pinchuk is a Ukrainian jewish billionaire industrialist
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Pinchuk
In 2004 Pinchuk and Rinat Akhmetov, two of Ukraine's richest men, acquired the Kryvorizhstal steel factory for about $800 million.[5] Later, the first Tymoshenko Government reversed this sale, and held a nationally-televised repeat auction that netted a $4.8 billion.[5]

International Renaissance Foundation  is part of the Open Society Foundations network established by investor and philanthropist George Soros.

And finally Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Re: Ukraine Civil War
« Reply #646 on: June 06, 2017, 01:55:18 AM »
So, the great peace conference has come and gone, the only outcome being the short and vague http://eeas.europa.eu/statements/docs/2014/140417_01_en.pdf Joint Statement  , immediately followed by
http://rt.com/news/kiev-troops-southeast-ukraine-244/ Kiev: Military operation in Ukraine southeast to go on despite Geneva agreement
http://rt.com/usa/obama-press-conference-ukraine-268/ Obama: We are preparing additional sanctions against Russia
http://rt.com/business/russia-west-oil-prices-136/ Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed
and today this from the Polish Defence Minister:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2014/04/18/u-s-ground-troops-going-to-poland-defense-minister-says/
U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says

By Fred Hiatt   
April 18 2014

Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday.

Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play a leading regional role, “under U.S. patronage,” he said.

But the defense minister also said that any immediate NATO response to Russian aggression in Ukraine, while important, matter less than a long-term shift in the defense postures of Europe and America. The United States, having announced a “pivot” to Asia, needs to “re-pivot” to Europe, he said, and European countries that have cut back on defense spending need to reverse the trends.

“The idea until recently was that there were no more threats in Europe and no need for a U.S. presence in Europe any more,” Siemoniak said, speaking through an interpreter. “Events show that what is needed is a re-pivot, and that Europe was safe and secure because America was in Europe.”

How likely is such a reversal on defense spending? Siemoniak said there was widespread support at a recent meeting of European defense ministers. “Now they’ll go back to their presidents, prime ministers and ministers of finance, and this will stop being easy,” he admitted.

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Re: Ukraine Civil War
« Reply #647 on: July 13, 2017, 08:06:59 PM »
Voting "to abolish immunity for certain MPs" means voting to lock the opposition up.

https://www.rt.com/news/396264-ukraine-nationalists-clashes-police-rada/
Up to 1,000 Ukrainian nationalists clash with police, block parliament
13 Jul, 2017

Around 1,000 protesters, mainly from Ukraine's nationalist movements, have blocked the parliament building in Kiev and several streets in the area, while deputies were voting on immunity of certain MPs. Police deployed tear gas to repel crowds turning violent.

Having gathered in the center of the Ukrainian capital at the entrance to the Verkhovna Rada parliament building on Thursday morning, around 1,000 protesters scattered smoke pellets and started banging on metal barrels with sticks, Interfax Ukraine reported.

Clashes erupted between the protesters – many of who covered their faces with black masks – and police, with some nationalists having pepper sprayed the officers, Ruptly reported. Police deployed tear gas against the protesters.

No one has been arrested, according to Interfax.

Inside the building, MPs were voting on the abolition of parliamentary immunity for certain opposition deputies, as requested by Ukraine's prosecutor general.

Outside, the protesters with nationalist flags demanded the abolition, with hundreds of them burning flares and smoke pellets, as well as throwing fire crackers, Ukrainian 112 TV channel reported.

The same day, Ukraine-EU summit has been taking place in Kiev. Speaking at the meeting, President of the European Council Donald Tusk has called on Ukraine to stay united and avoid internal conflicts, rather than worry about external threats.
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Re: Ukraine Civil War
« Reply #648 on: July 24, 2017, 11:42:52 PM »
https://www.rt.com/news/397401-ukraine-arms-us-envoy/
US mulls sending arms to Kiev, doesn’t view move as 'provocative' – US special envoy to Ukraine
25 Jul, 2017

Washington is considering sending “defensive” weapons to Ukraine, US special representative Kurt Volker says. He insists the potential move, long desired by Kiev, would not be "provocative." It comes as Moscow warns against fueling Ukraine's civil war.

In an interview with the BBC on Tuesday, Volker, who was appointed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as the US special representative for Ukraine negotiations in July, said that US authorities are pondering whether to ship armaments to Kiev.

Noting that the discussion is currently focused on “defensive weapons, ones that would allow Ukraine to defend itself and to take out tanks, for example,” Volker argued that such supplies “would actually to help [sic]” Kiev fend off alleged encroachments from Moscow.

Volker fell short of providing any indication of when such a deal could be reached between Washington and Kiev, saying that he is “not again predicting where we go on this.”

However, he claimed that despite the unresolved conflict in eastern Ukraine, Washington does not view such a move as "provocative."

“I think that argument that it would be provocative to Russia or emboldening of Ukraine is just getting it backwards,” Volker told the BBC, adding that the US believes a “new strategic dialogue” with Moscow is needed to resolve the Ukrainian conflict, which has recently seen a spike in violence.

Volker, who is a former adviser to US Senator John McCain and a former US ambassador to NATO, previously described the conflict between Donbass rebels and Kiev as a "hot war” and an "immediate crisis,” as opposed to a frozen conflict. Volker visited Ukraine on Sunday, offering comments on camera and posing with Ukrainian servicemen before driving off in an armored vehicle.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said in June that Kiev had almost worked out an agreement with Washington on defensive weapons. Hailing the progress reached on “defensive agreements” with the US, the Ukrainian leader claimed the parties “have an almost consensual text of the agreement [about the arms supplies].” Poroshenko voiced hope that the deals would be finalized within the present fiscal year.

Poroshenko’s assurances came on the heels of his meeting with US President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and other senior US officials during a visit to Washington in June. Poroshenko said he discussed the issue with Tillerson, adding that the agreement could be signed once Mattis arrives in Ukraine.

While no official date for the visit has been announced, the Ukrainian ambassador to the US, Valery Chaly, said in June that Kiev had invited Mattis, Tillerson, and US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to visit Ukraine before the end of the year. Tillerson visited Ukraine earlier this month.

Last week, fighting in Donbass that had seemingly subsided in recent months again intensified, claiming at least 12 lives. The surge in violence sparked concern among observers and mediators of the Minsk agreements and was addressed during a telephone conversation between the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany - known as the 'Normandy Four' - on Monday.

While negotiations surrounding weapons supplies to Ukraine currently appear to concern only “defensive” weapons, Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly said they are eager to receive “lethal” arms from the US.

Meanwhile, Russia has warned Washington against fueling the civil conflict in Ukraine by funneling lethal weapons to Kiev.

Stressing that the potential arms deal between Kiev and Washington is an “exclusively internal matter” between the two countries, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow hopes Washington "would not forget that Ukraine is the country where the civil war is ongoing.”

Last week, Ukraine’s defense minister, Stepan Poltorak, reiterated that Kiev is waiting for Washington to greenlight the transfer of lethal arms to Ukraine, as proposed by the US Senate Armed Services Committee in June.

Following the proposal, an unnamed US State Department official told RIA Novosti that the US has not yet made up its mind on whether to supply lethal arms to Kiev.
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Re: Ukraine Civil War
« Reply #649 on: July 25, 2017, 02:10:37 AM »
https://www.rt.com/news/397401-ukraine-arms-us-envoy/
US mulls sending arms to Kiev, doesn’t view move as 'provocative' – US special envoy to Ukraine
25 Jul, 2017

Washington is considering sending “defensive” weapons to Ukraine, US special representative Kurt Volker says. He insists the potential move, long desired by Kiev, would not be "provocative." It comes as Moscow warns against fueling Ukraine's civil war.

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Following the proposal, an unnamed US State Department official told RIA Novosti that the US has not yet made up its mind on whether to supply lethal arms to Kiev.

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