Russian President Vladimir Putin said the crisis in Ukraine has evolved into a full-scale civil war during an economic forum in the western Russian city of Saint Petersburg. Blames the situation on Washington’s backing for the overthrow of former Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych.
Ukrainian helicopter gunships shot at a Ukrainian military checkpoint in Donetsk Region in the aftermath of a night battle, attack may have been a case of friendly fire, in which one pro-Kiev unit mistakenly attacked another unit. 16 Ukrainian troops killed, 30 injured.
When the military retreated after the shootout, about 30 of them decided to stay and surrender. Cherniy said that self-defense forces fed the prisoners and decided to relocate them in the local college. “After they boarded a bus and drove to the college, the military opened fire at the bus with a heavy machine gun,” said the self-defense force representative.
Luhansk People’s Republic will declare a general mobilization of men aged 18 to 45, Head of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) Valery Bolotov said Thursday, particular attention will be drawn to the formation of “special medical groups.”
Russian ambassador to United Nations: Moscow vetoed anti-Syria resolution to prevent Western military intervention in the Arab country. French-sponsored document could attemptto use International Criminal Court for political support, lay groundwork for military intervention in Syria.
Pro-Russian protesters seized four coal mines in east Ukrainian region of Lugansk as the country prepares for a presidential election on Sunday that the pro-Russia protesters have vowed to disrupt.
16 Ukrainian troops were killed and over 30 injured in an attack on a military checkpoint in Donetsk Region. The deadliest assault on the army since Kiev launched its military operation in the south-east of the country comes a few days ahead of election.
Acting President Aleksandr Turchinov says Kiev is ready to “clear eastern Ukraine of terrorists” in a final stage of their military operation, dubbed punitive by Moscow. This comes just after the parliament’s call for immediate troop withdrawal.
Ukrainian troops deployed in the country’s east should immediately return to their bases, the country’s parliament said in a memorandum. The freshly-adopted document also urges constitutional reforms based on the decentralization of Kiev’s power.
Ukraine government troops stationed outside the city of Slavyansk in Donetsk region targeted residential areas of the city. Several houses destroyed during overnight attack on Tuesday, no reports of fatalities. Attack has sparked anger among residents, anti-Kiev sentiments continue to rise.
United Nations warned of worsening humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine due to lack of social services as continued assaults by army on protesters. System on verge of collapse. Could have major wave of displaced persons. Upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine would make no difference.
Professor James Petras: very clear in the U. S. vast majority of people opposed to US engaging in overseas wars which have no benefits to the US population nor to the US economy; nor do these interventions further democracy. Public wants to concentrate on economy and unemployment.
Television debates with three nationalist presidential candidates ended up in calls to pursue a guerilla war against pro-federalist Ukrainian citizens and conduct targeted assassinations of their leaders.
Mali's Prime Minister Moussa Mara says the West African country "at war" with terrorists in city of Kidal after clashes between Tuareg separatists and the Malian army left dozens dead. Eight soldiers, 28 militants killed in fighting Saturday. Mali’s natural resources, include gold and uranium.
Local officials in Ukrainian city of Kharkiv said they will hold referendum on independence from Kiev government. No date set for vote yet. Earlier in the day, clashes between Ukraine National Guard forces, pro-Russian protesters in city of Kramatorsk in Ukraine's region of Donetsk.
US Central Intelligence Agency denied its agents killed in clashes between Ukraine army, pro-Russia forces in southeast Ukraine. Self defense units killed, injured, arrested 650 troops among them 70 foreigners. 13 CIA operatives killed, 12 injuried. 14 Greystone officers US private security company 50 from Academi security contractor -formerly known as Blackwater- killed or wounded in clashes.
US and Israeli military forces begin a massive joint military exercise; Juniper Cobra, in Israel. Claims the five-day drill preparing Israel for military responses to missile attacks. two US warships, stationed at the Mediterranean Sea, will also take part. U. S. helped Israel finance, develop missile architecture.
Ukraine army shelled city of Kramatorsk Sunday, fierce clashes between Kiev military, self-defense forces who stopped convoy from entering city. Intense shooting, large-caliber guns. Powerful explosions. Water, gas lines shelled, factory on fire. Blasts, gunfire in city of Slavyansk.
Shoot-out between Ukrainian military and self-defense forces occurred on Saturday at the airport in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, according to the Defense Ministry of Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Ministry outraged by Kiev authorities; situation in Donetsk region dramatically worsened. Ukraine troops supported by aviation attempted to storm the city. Civilian installations shelled by heavy artillery."We are insisting on immediate stoppage of military actions by Kiev.
Israel is engaging in a direct war with Syria by carrying out several attacks against the Arab country, conducted several aerial attacks which indicated that it is directly engaged in a war with Syria, is supporting foreign-backed militants operating against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Government, with the full backing of Washington, is seeking to end all constitutional restraints on Japan’s full involvement in US wars of aggression, and to forge new military alliances with countries such as Australia and the Philippines. Insist actions were to promote peace.
Military action reportedly resumed in the town of Slavyansk in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region, with local residents reporting on social media loud explosions and a large number of signal bombs in the sky. Junta artillery is shelling from its positions on Mount Karachun.
Blast, took place Thursday, bomber blew his explosive-laden car near the Bab al-Salameh border crossing on the outskirts of Aleppo. Dozens injuried.
RIA Novosti: Donetsk self-defense forces ultimatum for Kiev military, warning if troops do not withdraw from in Donetsk region within 24 hours, they will be taken by force. "If armored vehicles not pulled back, roadblocks not removed, have power and means to destroy everything. Voters support self-rule.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: Moscow believes information that Western, and foremost American, mercenaries are operating in Ukraine to be true, “We are waiting for answers, because we have very strong suspicions that this might be true. The questions that we asked remain unanswered.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there is a “real war” in eastern and southern Ukraine, Ukrainian acting Defense Minister Mykhaylo Koval said the two countries were embroiled in an undeclared war. Accused Russia of supporting separatists with its special forces and saboteurs.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: Ukraine is on the brink of a civil war, Moscow has no intention to deploy forces in Ukraine. Kiev’s interim government has been staging military operations against pro-Russia protesters. Kiev is set to hold talks over the country’s crisis.
Duma MPs outraged by current Kiev authorities escalation of civil war, murders of civilians by nationalist radicals. Millions of Ukrainian citizens hostages of Kiev junta, victims of mass Human Rights violations. Ukraine situation should be blamed on radical opposition and foreign political circles.
Why do we tolerate the threat of another world war in our name? Why do we allow lies that justify this risk? The scale of our indoctrination, wrote Harold Pinter, is a "brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis", as if the truth "never happened even while it was happening".
Chad announced it is shutting its border with Central African Republic (CAR) to prevent spillover of violence. For any Chadian who wishes to return home with his property, we will open the border wide. But apart from this nobody is authorized to cross the border until the Central African crisis is solved,"
About 400 elite mercenaries from US private security firm Academi (formerly Blackwater) are taking part in the Ukrainian military operation against anti-government protesters in southeastern regions of the country, German media reports.
Kiev extending its reign of terror against all popular resistance in Ukraine. Tanks, armoured personnel carriers and heavily armed troops were unleashed on unarmed civilians in Mariupol. Kiev claims 20 people killed. Obama administration blamed “pro-Russian separatists.”
Second time in a week, Ukrainian anti-regime protesters holed up in a building killed by fires set by pro-regime attackers with ties to newly formed neo-Nazi security forces. Tactic of torching an occupied building occurred again May 9 in Mariupol killing undetermined number of people inside.
An APC, allegedly captured by self-defense forces from Ukrainian troops, was set ablaze in the center of Mariupol in the aftermath of Friday’s bloody clashes. The Ukrainian National Guard has announced it will temporarily withdraw from the city center. Gunshots and explosions heard in the center of the city.
A checkpoint of the self-defense forces in Slavyansk has come under heavy gun and mortar fire, with explosions heard from the city. The attack comes hours before a regional referendum is due to begin. Self-defence forces expect Kiev’s military units deployed nearby could storm the city.
The United States has stepped up pressure against Syria's government, slapping sanctions on senior Syrian officials, a Russian bank and state-owned oil refineries. The sanctions target six senior officials of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,
So, what do we have here? In Libya, in Syria, and elsewhere the United States has been on the same side as the al-Qaeda types. But not in Ukraine. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in Ukraine the United States is on the same side as the neo-Nazi types
With a mixed feeling of joy and grief, young and old are flooding the streets all across Russia and former Soviet states to commemorate those millions who sacrificed their lives to stop the Nazi horde 69 years ago. 27 million Soviet citizens perished during the national struggle against Nazi Germany.
Russian president Putin urged both Kiev and anti-government protesters to take steps to de-escalate crisis in Ukraine. He also stated Russia pulled its troops from the border, urged anti-government activists to postpone their planned vote on autonomy. May 11th vote is going on as planned.
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