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« Vastaus #17700 : 08.04.2017, 10:41:43 »
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McCain: Trump Administration 'Seriously Considering' Lethal Defensive Aid to Ukraine
The Arizona senator pushed Obama to provide such aid previously.

The Trump administration is giving serious thought to providing Ukraine with lethal defensive aid, Arizona senator John McCain told THE WEEKLY STANDARD, a move that is likely to rile the Kremlin if realized.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is slated to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin next week, expressed support for such aid during his January confirmation hearing. McCain said that Tillerson signaled the potential for providing lethal defensive aid to Ukraine in a meeting Tuesday.

"He certainly said that we need to provide more assistance to—they're seriously considering more assistance to the Ukrainians," McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told TWS. "I reminded him that it was in the defense authorization bill, he said, 'yes, we are considering that option."

Other members of Trump's team have reportedly been less supportive of Ukraine and made moves to tone down language in the GOP platform on providing weaponry last summer. (That account has been disputed.) Republican lawmakers have said they were unsure where Trump would land on lethal defensive aid.

The president has pledged to improve relations with the Kremlin—and the Ukrainians have for years been fighting Russian-backed separatists on the country's eastern border. The 2017 defense policy bill authorizes Trump to provide security assistance to Ukraine.

McCain has both discouraged the president from attempting a "reset" with Putin and pushed for the administration to supply Ukraine with lethal defensive aid. He also called for the provision of such aid under President Obama, whose administration preferred nonlethal assistance.

"Each of our last three presidents has had great expectations of building a partnership with the Russian government. Each attempt has failed," he said in January.

Tillerson said in March that sanctions against Russia related to its destabilizing actions in Ukraine will remain as long as those activities continue. Other members of the Trump administration, most prominently U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, have also been talking tough on Russia.

"I don't think that we can trust [Russia]," Haley said during her confirmation hearing in January. "I certainly think [sanctions] should be preserved, and I don't think they should be lifted unless we have seen as a strong change from the Russian government."
http://www.weeklystandard.com/mccain-trump-administration-seriously-considering-lethal-defensive-aid-to-ukraine/article/2007547#.WOfHb59NTBM.twitter
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« Vastaus #17701 : 11.04.2017, 19:48:11 »
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U.S. asks G7 ministers why it should care about Ukraine conflict
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asked his European counterparts on Tuesday why American voters should care about the conflict in Ukraine, France's foreign minister said.

The new U.S. administration under President Donald Trump has indicated it might be less engaged on the international stage than some of its predecessors, telling its allies that it would put U.S. interests first.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Tillerson had openly questioned why "American taxpayers" should be concerned about Ukraine, which has been racked by a separatist conflict for the last three years.

Ayrault told reporters he had replied: "It is in the interests of the U.S. taxpayers to have a Europe that is secure and is strong politically and economically ... You don't want a weak Europe, broken into bits and feeble.
 
The West slapped sanctions on Russia in 2014 over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula and its support for the rebels in eastern Ukraine, in a conflict in which more than 10,000 people have been killed.

Kiev and NATO say Moscow has fueled the fighting by supporting the separatists with troops and weapons, a charge it denies.

Tillerson posed the question at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) industrialised nations. The former oil executive flew to Russia immediately after the gathering and was not immediately available for comment.
 
In its closing communique, the G7 said a Ukraine ceasefire agreement, struck in Minsk in 2015, had not been fully implemented, adding that Russia was not doing enough to help restore peace.

"Russia's behaviour is not consistent with the rules-based international order," the G7 statement said.

"We remain united in using a wide array of foreign policy tools, including restrictive measures and sanctions, with the goal of persuading Russia to return to a path of shared respect of those principles."

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told reporters a ceasefire was due to take effect over Easter.

"We must convince both sides ... that a ceasefire in Ukraine is the key precondition for getting back into a political process," he said
http://www.reuters.com/article/g7-foreign-ukraine-idUSKBN17D1P6
Kenties jos Venäjä vetäytyy Syyriasta, niin USA antaa Venäjälle vapaat kädet toimia Ukrainassa.
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« Vastaus #17702 : 11.04.2017, 19:56:05 »
^Kaikkien bacmanien,putinistienisämmaalististen paras päiväuni Hommalla. ;)
Kun yksi ihminen kärsii harhasta, sitä sanotaan hulluudeksi. Kun monta ihmistä kärsii harhasta, sitä sanotaan uskonnoksi. -Robert M Pirsig-
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« Vastaus #17703 : 12.04.2017, 14:01:02 »
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Thanks goes to RFE/RL reporter Claire Bigg for this interview –

(WNN/Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/Lady Liberty) KYIV, UKRAINE: A Ukrainian group helping victims of domestic abuse says the conflict in eastern Ukraine has led to a dramatic upsurge in violence against women across the country.
Aliona Zubchenko, the spokeswoman for the Kyiv-based International Women’s Rights Center La Strada, spoke to RFE/RL’s Claire Bigg.

RFE/RL: La Strada says the number of women calling its hotline for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and gender discrimination has spiked in recent months. How big is this increase?
Aliona Zubchenko: We took a total of 7,000 calls in 2014, 80 percent of which related to domestic violence. This year, the figure has risen more than twofold. In the first three months of this year, we had more than 2,600 calls.

RFE/RL: Your group blames mounting domestic violence on the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. How are the two connected?
Zubchenko: Women call and tell us that they were married for 15 years, that they had a good family, and that their husbands were never violent, never hit or insulted them. Then they left for the war and returned completely changed. They are violent. They beat the children. They beat their wives and drink. These women don’t know what to do because they don’t recognize the husbands they had before the war in these men.

RFE/RL: How do La Strada’s psychologists explain this change of behavior in men who return from the fighting in eastern Ukraine? Can we talk about posttraumatic stress disorder?
Zubchenko: We are talking about post-traumatic stress disorder — 100 percent. We are talking about psychological trauma, when people there resort to violence for several months because it’s the only way to survive, and then come back home. They have become used to violence and consider it normal, so they continue to display this behavior, this time with their families.
There are situations when men come back disabled after being held captive. We have cases where men were castrated. This is a massive blow for men. We have calls from parents whose 20-year-old sons committed suicide after being held captive and castrated, because they could no longer live with this. But there are other situations when men who have lost their sexuality try to compensate by being violent.
Very often, domestic violence is connected to the fact that men start abusing alcohol after returning. This is a big problem.



RFE/RL: Do soldiers and fighters seek psychological help, too, or are they reluctant to do so?
Zubchenko: There is a stereotype in Ukrainian society that real men do not consult psychologists, that the best psychologists are a friend and a bottle of vodka. Men think this will make them feel better, which is a huge mistake. When they are drunk, they can become violent.

RFE/RL: The problems you mention concern the families of men who returned from eastern Ukraine. What about local men who fought, or are still fighting, on the side of the insurgents? Do you receive any calls from eastern Ukraine?
Zubchenko: We get some calls from occupied territories, but not enough to understand whether we are dealing with isolated cases or with a widespread problem. In addition, neither we nor Ukrainian authorities have access to the occupied territories, so we can only guess what is happening there.
We have, however, received calls from women who were subjected to sexual violence in the occupied territories. They say separatists seize women, lock them up in basements, and sexually abuse them. Unfortunately, we can only listen to these calls. Our psychologists can offer counseling to these women, but we cannot turn to law-enforcement authorities because they don’t have access to these areas.

RFE/RL: Has your hotline received many such calls?
Zubchenko: About 15, but not everyone is able to get in touch with us. Our hotline is a nationwide Ukrainian hotline, but not all operators work in the Luhansk and the Donetsk regions. Out of Ukraine’s three main operators, two don’t work there. In Crimea, Ukrainian operators don’t work at all. So Crimean women cannot call to tell us what is happening there.

RFE/RL: Psychological help aside, are there enough shelters in Ukraine for women who flee severe domestic violence?
Zubchenko: We have a network of shelters for victims of domestic violence. There are shelters in every region, but on average they can each accommodate about 30 women and children. The problem is that there is usually only one shelter per region, and some regions have 10 million residents. So 30 beds, of course, are completely inadequate for a population of 10 million.

RFE/RL: What are your thoughts about the recent surge in domestic violence? In your opinion, is it a temporary byproduct of the conflict or will it have long-lasting effects on Ukrainian society?
Zubchenko: We are very worried about the women who call us, but also about those who don’t call us. While the women who call us receive some kind of support, those who either are unable to call us or don’t know where to seek help remain alone with their problems. This is very dangerous.
We can assume that the number of suicides or murders will rise, because what begins as minor violence against women often grows into murder. The war in eastern Ukraine continues. The number of displaced people and soldiers who fought there will continue to grow. The consequences of what is now taking place in our country will be felt for decades.
https://womennewsnetwork.net/2017/04/11/war-ukraine-domestic-violence/
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« Vastaus #17704 : 16.04.2017, 13:16:17 »
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzc8PCENe5M

Ukraine and its western supporters should receive this strong and clear message from the people of Donbass, Donetsk People's Republic. From the order of the Head of DPR, about 30,000 reservist gathered to mobilization assembly on 6 April 2017. These Donbass citizens are not enlisted to the already strong DPR People's Militia, but they are ready to join the militia, and defend their land, if and when its needed.

Everyone in Donbass knows already too well why they need to fight this war, and video shows also the reason.

"It’s the third year in a row that we are leading the war on our land. It’s the third year in a row that the enemy is trying to kill us, our children, our parents. Every day the Kiev junta tells that sooner or later they will blow us out and occupy our territory. Every day the Ukrainian Media tells that valiant Ukrainian army should kill us all," said Alexander Zakharchenko to the reservists.

"So today, in this field we showed them that it’s not just our army that protects Donbass, but all the population. I am very proud of the fact I was born in Donbass. I am proud that I’m here with you. I am proud of all of you. I am sure that together we will win! The victory will be ours, the enemy will be beaten," he concluded.
Meanwhile in Donbass 30 000 sotilaan/reserviläisen sotapsykoosin nostatus tapahtuma. Varsin komeaa menoa.
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« Vastaus #17705 : 20.04.2017, 13:50:04 »
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Is A Major Ukrainian Offensive Against The Rebels Looming?

On December 24, 2016, Ukraine Rebels Agreed to a New Indefinite Truce. It is the latest in many truces that neither side has honored since the Minsk Protocol, was signed on 5 September 2014.

The Minsk ceasefire agreement completely collapsed in January 2015, with renewed heavy fighting across the conflict zone, including Donetsk International Airport and Debaltsovo. A new ceasefire, called Minsk II, was agreed to on 12 February 2015.

Minsk II largely held if you don’t count near-daily artillery fire and periodic small-unit actions that have killed many hundreds on each side. However, there are numerous signs another major outbreak might be at hand.

Speculation on a renewed major outbreak comes from an April 9 Website Post by Alexander Khodakovsky.

Is A Major Ukrainian Offensive Against The Rebels Looming?

That poster, from the preceding link, is reminiscent of a WWII call to arms. The message on the poster translates as “Join the Peoples’ Militia!”

Wikipedia notes Alexander Khodakovsky is the commander of the pro-Russian Vostok Battalion formed in early May 2014 during the 2014 insurgency in the Donbass. Khodakovsky is a former commander of the Alpha special unit of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). During the 2014 insurgency in the Donbass, he left Ukrainian state service and became the leader of the pro-Russian “Patriotic Forces of Donbass” in Donetsk Oblast, and later (until July 16, 2014 when he was replaced by Vladimir Antyufeyev) the Security Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR).

Reader Jacob Dreizin emailed that other warning signs of a potential offensive include an intense barrage of warlike statements from Ukrainian officials including the Interior Minister and the National Security Council chief, as well as social media chatter from individuals claiming to be local residents, about unusually intense Ukrainian military aircraft activity to/from the Kramatorsk airfield (about 30 miles from the frontline) and other locations in the Ukraine-controlled part of the Donbass.

In other posts, Khodakovsky speaks of unusually heavy concentrations of Ukrainian material near the front, and warns that Ukraine is likely to launch an offensive soon, with an eye to victory before or around May 9th, a day which has symbolic significance as it is not only the start of the Eurovision contest (hosted in Kiev this year) but also “Victory Day” in Russia and the former USSR, such that deciding the war on Kiev’s terms around this date would deliver a major psychological blow to the Russian government and to all pro-Russians in Ukraine.

An April 10 Khodakovsky Article is even more ominous. Here are a few paragraphs translated by Jacob Dreizin.






What is humane? To remain silent or to talk about the coming war?

 

There are many more important signs that allow me to make a preliminary conclusion: War is on the doorstep. Do I have the right to say this? I must.

 

I think that before Easter the enemy will not go on the offensive – Not everything that can kill us has yet been dragged up to the front. But the process is ongoing. In Kramatorsk, combat airplanes and helicopters are landing at the military airfield almost every day. High-caliber weapons, such as Tochka-U’s [short-range ballistic missiles, of the sort Ukraine already used in 2014], are also arriving. In Lugansk, even the well-heeled moles of the OSCE [European monitors] have confirmed the redeployment from permanent stations of almost 100 heavy combat vehicles, which have crawled closer to the front. I think they want to organize a celebration for us for May 9th, so that we won’t have a third parade [Donetsk held May 9th parades in 2015 and 2016].

 

Be a little concerned, remembering that the war is not somewhere far away, but on the borders of the city. If full-scale battles commence, then this time it won’t be like in 2014. Most likely, not one border crossing to Ukraine will be able to function. The south will be set aflame, and that direction will be closed. There will be only one way left – to Torez and Snezhnoe, or maybe to Amvroseevka as well, to the border, to which everyone, civilians included, will be scrambling. And they will get stuck, becoming easy targets for random fire.

 

Think with your head and take care of yourself.

Igor Strelkov Comments

More definitive comments come from Igor Strelkov, who initiated the military phase of the Donbass revolt by claiming Slaviansk with a platoon-sized force on April 12th, 2014, then kept half of Ukraine’s combat-capable forces pinned down there until early July 2014, providing critical time for the rebels and their Russian advisors to secure the border and organize additional militia units in other parts of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Although Strelkov was forced to return to Russia by his own side in August 2014 (likely due to conflicts with Khodakovsky among others), he is a hero to Russia’s hard-nationalist camp and claims to maintain good contacts in Donetsk according to Jacob Dreizin.

On April 4th, Strelkov posted on his social media page, as translated by Dreizin: “In the course of the coming month, I anticipate very serious events with a totally unpredictable outcome. I have sufficiently firm grounds on this. There will be no additional comments.”

On April 13th, without referring to his April 4th post, Strelkov wrote the following as translated by Dreizin: “Near Donetsk—a savage artillery battle with losses on both sides. The concentration of Ukrainian forces and material in the immediate rear is either complete or close to completion. On the front line, in all the main sectors, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been replaced with National Guard. Aviation is concentrated on near-frontline airfields. Both sides await Easter. There are a lot of rumors about the start of large-scale battles either during the holiday or immediately after.”

If truly large-scale fighting breaks out (for the first time since the winter of 2014-2015) it would likely be contained within the former provincial borders of Donetsk and Lugansk, since going beyond those borders would —as Strelkov stated on YouTube — require large-scale, Russian Federation involvement, including a call-up of Russian reserves that we have not yet seen.

A postponement is possible if someone in Washington or Europe put their foot down on Kiev, as Chancellor Merkel did in August 2015. Otherwise, it’s pretty clear both sides are preparing for war.

From the point of view of Kiev, there may be no better time than the present because the West is already cooling towards Russia.
https://macro.economicblogs.org/zerohedge/2017/04/durden-a-ukrainian-rebels-looming/
En kyllä ymmärrä, miksi Ukraina haluaa Donbassin kapinallisten alueet itselleen, eihän siellä asu kuin etnisiä venäläisiä (eläkeläisiä) noin muutenkaan. Mutta niin se kait menee.

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« Vastaus #17706 : 21.04.2017, 10:55:06 »
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Itä-Ukrainan teräskaupunki Mariupol jää ilman sähköä

Lähes puolen miljoonan asukkaan kaupunki jää sähköttömäksi ainakin puolen vuoden ajaksi.

Itä-Ukrainassa sijaitseva Mariupol ei pysty maksamaan sähkölaskujaan. Siksi kaupunki on joutunut katkaisemaan asukkailtaan sähkön ja kuuman veden. Katko jatkuu ainakin puoli vuotta.

Mariupol on Ukrainan hallituksen tärkein kaupunki kapinallisten hallitsemassa idässä. Se on ollut hallituksen tukiasema taistelujen repimällä Donetskin alueella vuodesta 2014 lähtien.

Noin puolen miljoonan asukkaan satamakaupungissa sijaitsee esimerkiksi merkittäviä terästehtaita. Siitä huolimatta talous on kuralla.

Kaupunki on sähkön tarjoajalle velkaa 28 miljoonaa euroa.

Mariupolin pormestarin Vadim Boitšenkon mukaan kaupungin ainoa vaihtoehto on katkaista sähkö ja kuuma vesi ainakin lokakuun puoliväliin asti. Katkosta jatketaan mahdollisesti vuoden loppuun.
http://yle.fi/uutiset/3-9573435

Hmm... mitenköhän vi"""" kaupunki voi toimia ilman sähköä?

Meanwhile Ukrainan armeijan joukot tippuu panssarivaunuista vodkapäissään.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_rD9wcIcOs
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