INTERNATIONAL

Did The Winter War Just Begin? Russian Gas Supplies To Europe Plunge 15%, Ukraine Transit Slashed 54%

Zero Hedge Just a week ago, the Russian energy minister made the first public 'threat' of gas supply "throttling" disruptions to Europe but judging by the data that has just been released, it appears the 'throttling' has begun. Bloomberg reports that Russian gas supplies to Europe fell 15% year-over-year in…
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INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine Army Sees Worst Day Since Truce as Battles Flare

Bloomberg Fighting continued in Ukraine between government forces and separatists one day after the country’s military suffered its worst casualties since signing a truce earlier this month. Separatists tried to storm the government-held Donetsk airport twice in the past 24 hours, Ukraine military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters today in…
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INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine: Protesters take down Lenin statue in Kharkov, carve “Glory to Ukraine” on side (VIDEO)

| WTF News | Protesters pulled down a statue of Lenin in the eastern Ukraine city of Kharkov. The last time a statue fell like this, Iraq was put on the path to become what it is today. As the LA Times said, the US "stage-managed" the event, and the…
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Currency Wars

Ukraine Currency Crashes To Record Low As IMF Blasts “Gross Abuses”

Zero Hedge Despite celebrations of de-escalations and truce in US equity markets (by asset-gathering commission-takers), the situation continues to go from bad to worse in the nation almost forgotten now that ISIS is stealing American headlines. The Hryvnia plunged this morning - its biggest single-day drop on record - following…
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Ukraine

House passes resolution in support of Ukraine

TheHill The House on Wednesday passed a resolution to express support for Ukraine to establish its own future without interference from other countries, namely Russia. Passage of the resolution by voice vote comes a day before Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will address a joint session of Congress. House Foreign Affairs…
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INTERNATIONAL

VIDEO: Ukrainian Mob Throws Politician Into A Dumpster Over Anti-Free Speech Bill

Deadspin An angry mob was waiting outside of Ukraine's parliament today, and they were not playing games. When they spotted Economic Development Party member Vitaly Zhuravsky leaving the building, they grabbed him and threw his ass right into a dumpster. It's not clear exactly what Zhuravsky did to deserve getting…
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INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine President’s Days Numbered After Broad Accusations Of “Betraying National Interests”

Zero Hedge As we summarized late on Friday, while Europe has been banging the populist drums over ever-escalating Russian sanctions, it quietly and without much fanfare folded in the one place where Russia could have been truly hurt, the Free Trade (DFCTA) agreement between Ukraine and the EU. But while…
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INTERNATIONAL

US extends Russia sanctions, targets biggest lender Sberbank & gas giant Gazprom

RT The US has introduced new sanctions against Russia’s biggest lenders – Sberbank, Gazprombank and Rosselkhozbank – and added some of the country’s state-owned technology firms and five energy companies, the Treasury said on Friday. Another Russian lender, Bank of Moscow is also on the blacklist. In the oil sector,…
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INTERNATIONAL

Russia’s 2nd Ukraine aid convoy of 200 trucks crosses border

RT All 200 trucks in Russia’s 2nd convoy carrying long-awaited humanitarian aid for devastated areas of eastern Ukraine have crossed the border after weeks of delays that occurred despite an agreement on relief corridors in the Minsk ceasefire deal. “At 08:00 Moscow time (04:00 GMT) the customs procedures for all…
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Focus C

Russia detains officer from Estonia with “materials that have the character of an intelligence mission”

VOX On Friday morning, less than 48 hours after President Obama delivered a speech in Estonia warning that Russian aggression against Estonia could trigger war with the US and NATO, Russian security forces have seized an officer with Estonia's state security bureau at gunpoint and taken him into Russia. Estonia says…
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INTERNATIONAL

ISIS Threatens Putin, Caliphate In Chechnya; Kadyrov Responds “You Will Be Destroyed”

Zero Hedge ISIS threats, it would appear, are not limited to President Obama and his American allies. RIA is reporting that Russian leaders are seeking to cut access to an ISIS video posted that threatens Putin (for ties to Assad), and plans to liberate (via Caliphate) Chechnya, and calls the…
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Focus G

FIFA president calls foul, says 2018 World Cup will stay in Russia

RT News The president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, says there is no chance of the 2018 World Cup being taken away from Russia. This came after calls from politicians to move the event because of Russia’s supposed role in the Ukrainian conflict. The head of world football’s governing body was…
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Focus A

Ukraine crisis: France halts delivery of warship to Russia

Descrier France has halted the delivery of the first of two warship deliveries to Russia due to the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine. French President Francois Hollande blamed Moscow’s recent actions in supporting and arming the pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine for the change in policy. France had previously resisted pressure…
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Focus A

Russia Slams Barroso Over Leaked “Take Kiev In 2 Weeks” Comments, Revises Military Doctrine

Zero Hedge As we discussed yesterday, Vladimir Putin's apparent 'threat' to EU's Barroso that "If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks," prompted both anger and response as NATO reacted by stating a new "spearhead" force of 3-5,000 troops would be flown in to combat any (further)…
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Cold War

NATO Membership For Ukraine – Another Move On The Grand Chessboard

Activist Post As the geopolitical tug of war continues to take place over the ravaged country of Ukraine, both sides of the conflict – NATO and Russia – have begun taking steps toward a more solidified structure of alliances that will no doubt have massive reverberations across the world and…
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Focus H

Ukrainian Coast Guard Attacked Near Russian Border, Some Killed

Zero Hedge A Ukraine military spokesman has confirmed that some sailors were killed and more injured when 2 Ukraine Coast Guard cutters came under attack by artillery from onshore near the village of Bezimenne (close to the Russian Border). This is believed to be the first such incident since the…
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INTERNATIONAL

NATO planning ‘rapid-deployment force’ of 10,000 troops to counter Russia

RT NATO is reportedly working towards the creation of an expeditionary force composed of 10,000 troops from seven different member states as a result of escalating tensions with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. According to the Financial Times, the force’s creation will be spearheaded by Britain and involve contributions…
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INTERNATIONAL

Moscow warns of reprisal over Poland’s ‘outrageous’ airspace closure for Russian Defense Minister’s jet

RT Polish closure of its airspace for the plane of the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu will not go without an “appropriate response” as it caused a “real threat to flight safety,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry has stated. An hour after the TU-154 left Slovakia, the flyover in Polish airspace was…
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Hegelian Dialect

More than 50,000 U.S.-Backed Troops Are Fighting in Ukraine’s Civil War. Why?

Washington's Blog Eric Zuesse The Government installed in February 2014 the current Ukrainian Government, which started Ukraine’s civil war against the residents in Ukraine’s southeast, who reject this Government. The , and the Ukrainian Government that the installed, call the residents there “terrorists,” for refusing to be ruled by the people that the imposed in…
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Economic Warfare

IMF Approves 1.39 billion Bailout Payment to Ukraine

foxbusiness The International Monetary Fund on Friday approved the latest payment to Ukraine in its $17 billion bailout program, providing a critical boost to Kiev as it faces military, economic and political threats. The IMF said its board approved a $ billion payment, which will bring total disbursements under the…
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INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Launching Invasion, Then Promptly Retracts

It has been a busy morning: following a substantial surge in Ukraine separatist activity in the past 24 hours, which saw them capture the strategic Sea of Azov port town of Novoazovsk, a move which the NYT classified as "Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion on a New Front", Ukraine has turned…
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INTERNATIONAL

7,000 Trapped Ukrainian Forces; IMF to Fund Ukraine Wars?

globaleconomicanalysi Ukraine is bankrupt. It accepted an $18 Billion IMF Bailout in March, allegedly with strict conditions. Do those conditions allow war funding?  I have to ask because Ukraine's President Warns of ‘Constant Military Threat’ along with more military spending and a military parade. Ukraine’s pro-western president announced $3bn in…
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INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine President Dissolves Parliament, Announces Decision On Twitter, Elections October 26

| WTF News | The chocolate king keeps it interesting at least, announcing the latest bit of geopolitical news on his Twitter account. RT Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, has made the decision to dismiss the country’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, a message on his official Twitter account says. The decision…
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INTERNATIONAL

UEFA won’t recognize Crimean clubs playing in Russian league

RT European football’s ruling body UEFA said that the three Crimean Republic clubs that have joined Russian competitions this season will not have their games officially recognized. “In light of the complex and difficult factual and political considerations, and until an agreed solution can be found with regard to the…
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INTERNATIONAL

Russian Artillery Units Are Firing at Ukrainian Soldiers, NATO Says

Time Artillery units being operated by Russian soldiers have crossed into Ukraine and are firing on Ukrainian forces, Western officials said Friday, in an apparent escalation of the ongoing conflict along the border. “We have seen the use of Russian artillery in Ukraine in the past days,” Deputy National Security…
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Council on Foreign Relations

Council On Foreign Relations: The Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s – Not Putin’s -Fault

Washington's Blog Mainstream, Hawkish Group Blames the West for the Mess In Ukraine We’ve previously reported that it’s the West’s encirclement of Russia – breaking a key promise which led to the break-up of the Soviet Union – which is behind the Ukraine crisis. We’ve also noted: The State Department…
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Rebels down Ukrainian warplane as military equipment ‘arrives from Russia’

France 24 Local authorities said that at least 10 civilians were killed in the rebel-held city of Donetsk as a fresh round of fighting broke out, involving artillery and mortars, after the insurgents claimed they were receiving fresh stocks of heavy military equipment from Russia and 1,200 fighters. Moscow sternly…
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INTERNATIONAL

Russia Accuses Ukraine of Staging Gleiwitz-Style False Flag

Infowars Moscow suggests Kiev could have killed their own troops in order to portray Russia as aggressor Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons The Russian government has accused Kiev of pulling a Gleiwitz-style stunt in its claim that Ukrainian troops destroyed a “Russian military column,” alleging that Kiev staged a false flag…
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INTERNATIONAL

Tensions soar as Ukraine says destroys Russian armour

Yahoo News Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine said on Friday it had destroyed part of a Russian military convoy that crossed onto its territory in an incursion that has sent cross-border tensions rocketing. NATO accused Russia of active involvement in the "destabilisation" of eastern Ukraine, where pro-Kremlin separatists have been fighting…
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INTERNATIONAL

US Sending 600 Troops, APCs And Tanks To Countries Bordering Russia To “Reassure Threatened Allies”

Zero Hedge Escalation over the Ukraine conflict, a/k/a Cold War , just took another major step forward. Because here comes the literally. While the world is focused on the first deployment of US marines in Iraq in nearly a decade, as "humanitarian advisors" of course so as not to destroy…
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INTERNATIONAL

Another High Level East-Ukraine Resignation: Leader Of East Ukraine Rebels Strelkov Quits As Defence Minister

Zero Hedge Yesterday the market soared (and then forgot to correct) following fake news (subsequently rejected) that the leader of the east Ukraine rebels, Igor Strelkov, has been seriously wounded. It took minutes for the correct story to come out (he was ok), but now a follow up report indicates…
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INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine approves law on sanctions against Russia

Reuters The Ukrainian parliament approved a law on Thursday to impose sanctions on Russian companies and individuals supporting and financing separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. The government has already prepared a list of 172 citizens of Russia and other countries, and of 65 Russian companies, including gas export giant Gazprom…
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Drones (Civilian/Military)

Ukrainian National Guard to get squadron of drones

Interfax The Ukrainian National Guard is setting up an operational squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as of this Monday, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said. "We have decided along with National Guard Commander Stepan Poltorak: our research and trial teams on tactical drones are joining their efforts. As of this…
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INTERNATIONAL

Ukraine Blocks Russian Humanitarian Convoy, Accuses Kremlin Of Sending “Disguised Military Gear”

Zero Hedge It took virtually no time from the announcement of the massive, 300-vehicle strong Russian humanitarian convoy destined to alleviate the crisis in east Ukraine, to its departure, leading many to assume - correctly - that the operation had been planned weeks in advance. Truck convoy sets out from…
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Focus D

NYT Discovers Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis at War

Consortium News Throughout the Ukraine crisis, the State Department and mainstream media have downplayed the role of neo-Nazis in the Kiev regime, an inconvenient truth that is surfacing again as right-wing storm troopers fly neo-Nazi banners as they attack in the east, Robert Parry reports. By Robert Parry The New York Times…
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Economic Warfare

Russia to ban all US agricultural products, EU fruit & vegetable imports – watchdog

RT Moscow plans to ban all US agricultural products, including poultry, as well as EU fruit and vegetable imports in response to Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, according to the country’s agricultural watchdog. READ MORE: Putin bans agricultural imports from sanctioning countries for 1 year All…
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Focus G

Ukraine’s border guard gets $8 million boost from U.S.

Continuous, blatant impropriety. UPI Vice President Joe Biden announced Friday that the will provide approximately $8 million to help bolster Ukraine's State Border Guard Service. Biden shared the news with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a phone call on Friday. "This additional assistance," the White House said, "includes engineering equipment…
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INTERNATIONAL

The New York Times’s Dangerous Lies About Ukraine and Russia

Blacklisted News (PREFACE: Right before this went to press, Britain's Guardian headlined "Moscow May Walk Out of Nuclear Treaty," and Washingtonsblog bannered "Senior Intelligence Officers: Obama Should Release Ukraine Evidence." The latter newsflash is a memo to the President signed today by 9 senior retired intelligence professionals who gently lay out the evidence that President Obama has…
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Land for gas: secret German deal could end Ukraine crisis

The Independent Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine. The Independent can reveal that the peace plan, being worked on by both Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hinges on two main ambitions: stabilising the borders…
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Focus D

Dozens, including 2 children, die as Kiev troops shell Gorlovka in E.Ukraine (VIDEO)

RT At least 13 civilians and likely dozens more have been killed by continuing artillery barrages, as government troops close in on militia positions around the city of Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine. A 1-year old - killed next to her parents - and a 5-year old are among the dead,…
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False Flag

MH17 Verdict: Real Evidence Points to US-Kiev Cover-up of Failed False Flag

21st Century Wire Until this past Monday, the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17th, 2014, was a potential game changer for global geopolitics and the New Cold War. However, a funny thing happened on the way to the Kremlin… In this report, we will lay out the…
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INTERNATIONAL

Bloomberg Lies as Ukrainian Rebels Allegedly Down 2 Warplanes

Infowars More deception by West as Ukrainian rebels down two more SU-25 warplanes. In Bloomberg’s article, “Two Ukrainian Jets Shot Down, Three Dangerous Explanations,” it claims two Ukrainian SU-25 ground attack warplanes were shot down by rebels over Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, stating: Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman told reporters in…
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Cold War

NATO Poland base may be prepared for blitz against Russia

RT NATO’s Europe commander advocates stockpiling a base in Poland with enough weapons, ammunition and other supplies to support a rapid deployment of thousands of troops against Russia, British media reported. General Philip Breedlove’s idea would be presented to members of the alliance at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales…
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INTERNATIONAL

190 Australian troops on standby for deployment in Eastern Ukraine

Sky News The federal government is close to finalising an agreement with the Ukrainian government to deploy federal police officers to the MH17 crash site. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the deployment would include Australian Defence Force personnel alongside AFP officers. Some of the police officers may be armed and…
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Cover-ups

Russia Accuses US Of Fabricating MH17 Evidence As US Reveals More “Evidence” Of Russian Military Involvement

Zero Hedge The farce of facts continues to grow as Ukraine's national security council head says US is wrong (in finding no link to Russia) and claims to have proof MH17 was shot down by Russians (from BBG) EXPERT PRELIM CONCLUSION IS MH17 SHOT BY RUSSIANS: PARUBIY EXPERT PRELIM VIEW…
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Focus B

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Government Collapses, PM Yatsenyuk Resigns

Zero Hedge As if Ukraine was not struggling through enough turmoil currently, Bloomberg reports that the fragile coalition government has collapsed after two parties quit. The UDAR and Svoboda parties said they’d leave the government and seek a snap parliamentary ballot. Tempers have been fraying recently as numerous brawls have…
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