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The other side of the medal - official dates of the beginning and the end of the operation can be clearly seen.

The other side of the medal – official dates of the beginning and the end of the operation can be clearly seen.

Some of you must have already heard about the introduction of a new state award in the Russian Federation – a medal “For the return of the Crimea”. (in particular, Ukraina Moloda and Vesti wrote about the first awarded). However, later the attention of official mass media was brought to the fact that there are dates of this operation on the back of the medal: 20.02.14-18.03.14.

The vast analysis, published by the Russian Internet publication “Market Leader”, describes all aspects of long-term reputation and other consequences that might threaten Russia due to the frankness that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation officials showed.

It is obvious, there is no mistake there – the corresponding department of the Ministry of Defense stated exact dates of the operation (it was clearly planned beforehand). What the officials didn’t think through is the fact that the date the operation started (20.02.14) matches the date Maidan protesters were shot by snipers, while Yanukovych was still a legitimate president. Infamous “Truce agreement”, made by Yanukovych and United Opposition with the help of international mediation and which Russia insists on keeping, appeared later – on 21.02.2014. Putin’s “little green men” came to the forefront in Crimea only on 27.02.2014, when the Parliament of Crimea was seized by “unidentified gunmen”. Therefore, it would be quite logical to name this date the beginning of the operation.

20.02.2014, the date given on the medal, eliminates all previously numerous versions about who shot Maidan on the 20th of February, as well as so called “survey about intention of the population of Crimea”, upon the results of which Putin based his aggression. Everyone understands that there was no possibility of any survey on 20.02 (and it should have been carried out before that date).

Significantly, first person to pay attention to the dates was Volodymyr Prosin – a historian and a journalist from Lugansk region, where the armed operation of Russian Federation Special Services aiming to destabilize and break up Ukraine is continuing at the moment. A couple of hundred people have already been awarded with this medal, there is a great number of documented proof, which shows the date of the 20th of February as the beginning of the operation, and the case is just beginning to gain resonance. Obviously, this “overlook” of Russian Ministry of Defense officials will cause further reputation loss to Russia and will significantly influence the investigation of the crimes committed by Yanukovych regime with secret aiding from Russian government during Euro-Maidan.

Translated by Olha Yankova

 

 

Thanks to the pictures of pro-Russian demonstrations, Facebook users identified one of their participants.

Anton Raievsky near tents in Odesa, on Kulikove pole square

Anton Raievsky near tents in Odesa, on Kulikove pole square

He turned out to be a neo-Nazi from St. Petersburg Anton Raievskyi. During the demonstration the Russian was playing a role of Russian-speaking citizen of Odesa, who urges Odesa to join the Russian Federation.

Raievskyi is a member of “Black Hundred” group, which expresses their views through their YouTube channel. According to the pictures it can be stated that the organization copies the style of Nazi Germany. Members of “Black Hundred”, including Raievskyi, decorated themselves with tattoos with Nazi mottos.

Raievskyi came to Ukraine in order to train “Odesa guards” – a group of 50 people, who visit separatists’ marches in Odesa wearing military uniform, masks, with shields and batons. The organization also destroys Ukrainian national symbols in the city.

The case with Raievskyi is not an exception. The number of identified Russians who participate in mass riots in Ukraine is growing all the time.

According to information from Odesa region council members, at least 700 members of Russian Army Special Forces and Intelligence units were sent to Prydnistrovja in last couple weeks. A great number of Federal Security Bureau of Russian Federation were sent there as well. They penetrate through the border to the territory of Ukraine and conduct subversive activities in the informational and other spheres on the territory of Odesa region at the moment.

Experts explain the activity of Russian special serviced on the territory of Odesa region by the fact that Odesa port has turned into the main base of Military Fleet. That’s why we have to be ready that there will be more provocations from Russians over there.

Russian neo-nazis on march in Odesa

Russian neo-nazis on march in Odesa

Raievsky profile on social video network, where the text says he's a member of all-Russian orthodox movement 'Black Hundred'

Raievsky profile on social video network, where the text says he’s a member of all-Russian orthodox movement ‘Black Hundred’

 

Swastika tatoo on Raievsky hand

Swastika tatoo on Raievsky hand

 

/source – UaPress/

hrushevskogoAt a time when green-colored numbers on the scoreboard in Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council of Ukraine) stated the power shift, the ways of political and street sides of the protest went in opposite directions forever. Politicians and street protesters have completely opposite interests, and completely different notions of victory.

The armored limousines of Viktor Yanukovych still travel somewhere across the country, trying to get to the border; the emissaries of the new government haven’t substituted all regional officials yet, not all the ostrich farms and gold portraits have been found yet, and deft politicians of all kinds and all loyalties have already realized that they should unite against what’s the worse for them – against Maidan. It all comes down to the question in which sauce the general association of deputies as “a new consolation” should be served to the rebelled society. Side dish to it might include pacification of the country, war prevention, intervention, default, influenza epidemic, some imaginary immediate and specially created hazard. The hazard, for the sake of which everyone should stand together and forget about everything else. Politicians don’t even try to conceal that EuroMaidan hinders them now. A temporary head of state Oleksandr  Turchynov, elected in quite a questionable way, said in his appeal to Ukraine that the protests are over and people may go home, yet he didn’t mention neither Maidan nor the rights and freedoms. On the other hand, the top of the Party of Regions has regained consciousness and angrily dissociated itself from abuses of Viktor Yanukovych. Here sounds the old refrain the holy and spotless party condemning the “cult of personality” and is ready to keep on working in new conditions without changing anything. In the main session hall, no one pays attention neither to new “carcasses” there and “button pushing”, nor to the fact that new officials and defectors speak Russian. The revolutionary expediency kills revolutionary demands. Yulia Tymoshenko, “grandmother of Ukrainian revolution”, right after being released from prison appeared on Maidan and has vulgarized everything with her festive statements the day of mourning for the dead, saying: “My dear, you felt bad without me, you were freezing and dying only because I wasn’t there with you, but now rejoice, I will protect you and make you the masters of your own land!”. Paternalistic sermon was mixed with populist promises of the immediate reprisal, revenge, which shows that she understood the mood of the crowd accurately. Someone has remarked cleverly that Yulia chose a wrong place for her performance, since her Maidan is located a hundred meters down Khreschatyk Street near the entrance to the court, with the sham tents of her supporters, empty for several years.

These speeches, which have considerable dissonance with the requirements and discussions of the last three months, with the requirements of open and fair policy, became possible only because the fact that EuroMaidan didn’t have enough time to sign clear public contract with the political class on their own terms, when they still needed it. This political act, contract, agreement should have been made not between the government and opposition, but between the politicians and the people. The political class should accept the duties to meet the requirements of Ukrainian citizens, violations of which could make anyone resign, without the need to gather the protests again and again.

Nice promises of the system change and punishment of the guilty were loudly announced, and sometimes they are still being heard from the Maidan stage. However, gentlemanlike oral agreements do not work in such spheres. A politician never remembers what he said or promised before, hoping for obliviousness of people, so he should be observed and controlled. The politicians have no eternal enemies in their environment; yesterday’s “bloody regime henchman” can easily become the truest “friend of the people” today, and vice versa. System changes should consist of numerous measures to restore the legitimacy, including early Presidential and Parliamentary elections, implementation of the constitutional and territorial reforms, the reform of the police and the court. Instead of that, they are easily replaced by empty populist slogans, such as lustration, which are reduced to replacing some faces on the same positions, and meaningless campaigns, such as the fight against corruption, when shadowy money is just changing the owners.

“Halt! Halt!” – terrible words of support that were heard on the barricades during the night attacks of security forces. These words are still echoing the protest. “We should keep standing!” – until the public contract turns into the political fact, until Maidan completely destroys the criminal system. The direction of protest towards the cabinets on Hrushevskoho Street and Presidential Administration hasn’t changed.
Source: maksymus.livejournal.com

2014-03-03

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Shakhtar fans’ tribune on a stadium

The page of Donetsk FC Shakhtar’s ultras includes a call to come out to the Security Service building on March 4 with the Ukrainian flags. Numerous Donetsk residents have come out with such an initiative in social networks.

Tomorrow at 6 pm, Donetsk residents who speak Russian but want to live in an Independent Ukraine are gathering next to the Security Service building at 62 Shchors Street. Please bring along Ukrainian flags. We do not support any political forces, our goal is to prevent splitting up of Ukraine”, appeal the ultras of our favorite soccer club.

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Putin’s well played displays of ’emotionalness’

Vladimir Putin is attempting to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine by claiming that he is rushing to the rescue of the country’s oppressed Russian-speaking minority. However, it is becoming increasingly clear than many members of this supposedly oppressed minority neither welcome nor support Putin’s military intervention.

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine unfolds, more and more Russian-speaking Ukrainians are taking to social media and joining public protests in a bid to declare their opposition to the Russian aggression and express their contempt for the distortions being promoted by the Kremlin in order to justify Putin’s military aggression. This increasingly strident and vocal opposition from Russian-speaking Ukrainians undermines Moscow’s publicly stated justification for war, and poses serious questions about the true motives behind Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine-based Russian-language author Andrey Kurkov, who has authored such international bestsellers as ‘Death and the Penguin’, spoke for millions of Ukrainian Russian-speakers on 2 March when he outlined his opposition to Putin’s Crimean invasion in an emotional online post. “My ancestors settled in Crimea in 1785,” wrote the internationally acclaimed author. “Growing up in Crimea, I was nurtured on Russian culture. I think, I talk, and I write in Russian, and I want to say this with every fibre of my being – I demand the immediate removal of Russian troops from Ukraine.”
Kurkov’s outright rejection of the Kremlin’s claims to be defending the rights of Russian-speaking Ukrainians was one of many thousands of similarly forthright messages to appear online during the first days of the Russian invasion, reflecting the credibility gap between the official Moscow position and the reality on the ground in Ukraine. His comments highlight one of the key misconceptions about the crisis in Ukraine – that the country’s Russian-speakers are automatically in favour of closer ties with Russia itself.

Journalists seeking to make sense of Ukraine’s complex identity issues continue to latch onto language as a shorthand way of understanding the rival geopolitical sympathies in the country. However, in reality, a person’s mother tongue is simply not an accurate guide to their political affiliation in today’s Ukraine. International coverage of Ukraine’s Euromaidan revolution and Russia’s subsequent military invasion has been badly hampered by the highly inaccurate assumption that all of the country’s Russian speakers want Ukraine to remain in the Russian orbit, while Ukrainian speakers are universally pro-EU. This is not merely overly simplistic – it is dangerously misleading. There are actually millions of Russian-speaking Ukrainians who are proud of to be part of the greater Russian cultural world, while at the same time also favouring European intregration. They are proud Russian-speakers, and proud Ukrainians.

The sheer folly of equating Russian-speakers with Kremlin supporters is perhaps best illustrated by the situation in the Ukrainian capital city. Kyiv is an overwhelmingly Russian-speaking city, and yet it is also a bastion of pro-European, pro-democracy sentiment. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests would not have been possible without the emphatic and sustained support of Russian-speaking Kyiv residents, who kept thousands of activists fed and clothed throughout months of protests. And yet according to the overly simplistic picture presented in much of the international media, Russian-speaking Kyiv should be a stronghold of pro-Kremlin sentiment.

Ukraine’s contemporary pop culture is also dominated by the Russian language. Many of the country’s main TV channels broadcast in Russian, while Russian language radio dominates the Ukrainian airwaves. Most of the country’s top pop stars perform in Russian, while the Russian language press continues to far outnumber Ukrainian language publications. In fact, the only area of everyday life where Ukrainian language enjoys special priority status is in the sphere of official government business and interaction with state organs.

Language has long been a highly politicized issue in post-Soviet Ukraine, where it has often been exploited as the country has sought to develop a new an inclusive national identity from the wreckage of the Soviet inheritance. There have been numerous political confrontations over the years involving efforts to secure official status for Russian or protect the Ukrainian language from being overwhelmed by Russian in the public sphere. However, while arguments over the status of the Russian language are nothing new, the idea that Ukraine’s Russian-speakers are an oppressed minority in need of military protection is so absurd that it would be comical were it not now associated with such tragic consequences.

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Armed Russian citizens attacking Kharkiv regional state administration.

Yesterday, on the 3rd of March, at the checkpoint “Crimea-Kuban” Ukrainian border guards detained seven people in two vans, armed with automatic weapons on the ferry “Yeisk” coming from Russia. Upon their arrival a squad of armed Russian soldiers rushed into the checkpoint and blocked our border guards.

According to operational information from the group “Information Resistance” the checkpoint is now blocked by about 100 armed invaders.

On the next ferry “Nicholay Aksemenko” three “KAMAZ” lorries stuffed with the armed “Putin tourists” threatening with weapons arrived to the same checkpoint. Russian titushky (a collective term for provocateurs and thugs hired for money, and law enforcement agents in civilian clothing) together with the Russian military men pushed the Ukrainian border guards aside and cars got into the territory of Ukraine.

Further, this group blocked the “Kerch” department of the Border Guards of Ukraine.

Currently, Russian troops continue coming to the regions of Russia bordering with Ukraine.

Thus, according to the sources of “Information Resistance” in the Russian regions units of the 4th Armored Division and the 2nd Brigade of special forces, 20th Motorized Rifle Brigade have been brought to the border.

Today in the Crimea the third artillery battery of the 810th separate brigade of the Russian Black Sea Fleet (Sevastopol) was thrown in the direction of Perekop. Apparently, the Russians intend to permanently block the isthmus. 35 pieces of equipment – APCs and armored cars “Tiger” – also headed there.

The photo above: armed Russian citizens attacking Kharkiv regional state administration.

Source: www.crime.in.ua

The activists took down Russian flag from the building of Regional State Administration. This information appear on Odesa web page Dumskaya.net

This happened after the supporters and those opposing the federalization agreed to leave the building of RSA, unblock and free it.

It’s mentioned that the protesters left after that. Pro-Russian activists left in an organized column. The supporters of Maidan expect the continuation of confrontation the following day.

We want to remind, that Odesa region council condemned bringing Russian troops to the territory of Ukraine.

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Putin_20140304This looks, feels and smells like a Putin climb-down, if there is such a thing.

He took this right to the edge, but ultimately was probably struck by the unified Western response and the threat of Western economic sanctions – his comment that yesterday’s Russian market rout was linked to Fed policy was an exotic spin. Plus I guess his efforts to goad the Ukrainian administration into a knee jerk military response failed, while hopes perhaps of largescale demonstrations in Eastern Ukraine calling for Russian intervention there also seem to have failed to secure sufficient traction, and may well have been counterproductive, I.e. Uniting Ukraine against foreign intervention.

Russia’s UN envoy was given a rough ride yesterday, having to fall back on the less than convincing line that former President Yanukovych asked for military intervention – questioned by Yanukovych’s own spokesman today.

In the end Putin’s bluff was called, and he blinked first, well let’s hope. That said, Russia is now in de facto control of the Crimea, so not entirely sure what the game plan of
Kiev or the West is to get that back. The assumption now also is that
Putin will make life very difficult for the new administration in Kiev – and evidence therein today with the announcement of gas price hikes.

Events over the past week, over Crimea, have been nerve wracking, and can yet take another turn, but at least the immediate tensions could ease back now.

We are left though still with a scenarios where the new government in Kiev faces huge challenges, likely a “unhelpful” Eastern partner but the prospect now of speedy and more focused financial support efforts from the West.

This has surely changed our perceptions of Russia. Pre-Vilnius, the Putin administration was eager to use the Sochi Olympics to rebrand Russia, and sell the country as a good place to do business, with a focus by the administration on getting Russia up those World Bank Doing Business Surveys. However, intervention in Crimea has raised serious question marks now over Russia’s relationship with Ukraine and the West. Comments by Kremlin advisers, such as Sergei Glazyev, over potential retaliation for sanctions were also hardly helpful.

Krym_no_signs“Good” news for Russian troops in Crimea that in the last few days became the “heroes” of our times, who roam the Crimea with no distinctive signs on the cars without license plates, capturing Ukrainian military units, blocking the administrative building, airports, etc.

According to Article 13 of the “Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces” (also known as Geneva Convention), these “unknown” armed groups do not fall under any of the categories mentioned in the Article (as they do not carry any distinctive signs at all). Therefore, we congratulate Russian soldiers with the fact that their command once again has made a setup for all the staff (as it previously happened in Chechnya, Abkhazia, and other places).