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'Mission is over': Europe in shock as Ukraine kills integration plan

Published time: November 22, 2013 01:56
Edited time: November 22, 2013 10:01
source: http://rt.com/news/eu-ukraine-agreement-reaction-125/


Special EU envoys Aleksander Kwasniewski (L) and Pat Cox react after voting in the parliament in Kiev on
November 21, 2013. (AFP Photo /Sergei Supinsky)


The EU is utterly disappointed by Ukraine’s decision to align itself closer to Russia and halt its preparations for signing a European trade and political agreement, effectively killing the country’s chances to eventually join the bloc.

“This is a disappointment not just for the EU but, we believe, for the people of Ukraine,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement, claiming that “the most ambitious” pact ever offered to a partner by the EU would have helped the country’s economy.

The decree signed by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's government on Thursday orders the “halt of the process of preparing the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.”

The decision was taken to “ensure the national security of Ukraine” and “restore lost trade volumes with the Russian Federation” after considering the effects on trade relations with Moscow, legislators said.

The announcement follows the Ukraine parliament's earlier refusal to pass a bill that would see jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko allowed to travel abroad for treatment  - a key EU deal condition for the summit that was scheduled in Vilnius, Lithuania, next week.

The EU envoy at the negotiations, Polish politician Aleksander Kwasniewski confirmed that the deal would not go ahead saying the “mission is over… The accord will not be signed in Vilnius.”

Many European politicians as well as Ukraine’s own opposition have already slammed Kiev’s decision.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt critcized Ukraine's decision, saying the “Ukraine government suddenly bows deeply to the Kremlin” due to the Russian “politics of brutal pressure.”

A “deep disappointment at the unilateral decision” was also voiced in a statement by EU envoys Aleksander Kwasniewski and Pat Cox, who highlighted what they call a “dramatically increased pressure from Russia in recent weeks.”

British Foreign Secretary William Hague in the meantime called the decision a “missed opportunity.”

Not all European countries however have adopted such a critical approach. It was Ukraine's “sovereign right to make a decision which path she wants to follow,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said.

Call to impeach

Arseniy Yatsenyuk Ukrainian opposition leader and a former Minister of Economy called for President Viktor Yanukovych to step down.

"If Yanukovych is refusing to sign the agreement, then it is not only state treason but also grounds for the impeachment of the president and the dismissal of the government," he said in parliament.


Protesters hold Ukrainian and European Union flags during a rally to support euro integration in central Kiev
November 21, 2013.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

 
People have begun flocking to Kiev’s main Square and home of 2004 Orange revolution. More than 1500 protesters with banners gathered in the Maidan Square to voice their opposition to the government’s decision, local media reports. A number of MPs have also joined the protests, more are planned for this Sunday.

Police have cordoned off the presidential administration building as more security vans arrive at the scene.

EU integration roadblock

After the cabinet's decision, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele canceled his Friday trip to Kiev. President Yanukovych, however said that despite “difficulties” his country would continue towards European integration.

Russia welcomed Ukraine's decision to actively develop ties with Moscow, while President Putin said he wasn't completely against Ukraine's association with EU. But trilateral trade talks should take place before Ukraine signs an agreement with the EU.

“We favor this, but only before decisions are made,” Putin said.“How can we hold negotiations on issues that have already been agreed upon and endorsed?”
EU’s ‘ridiculous’ plan to help Ukraine

The European Union has actually done nothing to convince Ukrainian leaders that association with the EU would actually solve its economic crisis, Polish MEP Pawel Zalewski stated earlier this week.

As compared to hundreds of billions of euros channeled into Greek, Spanish and Portuguese economies, he said, one billion offered to Ukraine was inadequate and "ridiculous."

"It's a ridiculous amount compared to the resources allocated to rescue Southern Europe from bankruptcy," Zalewski said as cited by PR Newswire.


Reuters / Gleb Garanich

In the meantime Russia has the “means and willingness” to offer Ukraine what the EU lacks, which is money, Eric Kraus, Managing Director of Anyatta Capital told RT, adding that Ukraine is a “vital part” of the European Russian speaking space.

“The European Union offers a lot of words,” Kraus said, implying that nothing tangible would have come out of the deal. “What they don’t offer is what Ukraine needs – and that’s money.”

“Ukraine is not vital to the EU,” Kraus explained. “It is a part of a geopolitical chess game and they’d like to take that piece. They are not going to spend a lot of money for it. They can’t, they’ve got Portugal, they’ve got Greece. Pretty soon they’ve got France.”

The financial analyst also explained the economic problems that Ukraine is facing.

“The problem is that Ukraine is in dire economic strains. Ukraine is 2-6 months from default. They cannot raise money in markets. They are running a deficit. They are having a lot of trouble keeping the currency stable.”

RW - Hard to beleive that in this day I would commend the Ukranians for NOT going with the Europeans. Times do change.

Why would those who favor this union be called protesters - they are advocating something that the government turned away from. They are protagonists, not protesters. 1500 undoubtedly paid-for protagonists.



Putin: EU blackmailing Ukraine over halt in trade deal

Published time: November 22, 2013 12:40
Edited time: November 22, 2013 13:51
source: http://rt.com/news/putin-eu-ukraine-blackmail-151/


President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (RIA Novosti/Aleksey Nikolskyi)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the EU of "blackmailing" and “pressuring” Ukraine over its decision to suspend preparations for a trade pact with the bloc. He added that Ukraine’s decision will be clear in the next few days.

"When we heard (I just found out yesterday) that Ukraine has suspended – not canceled but suspended – negotiations with the EU and wants to review everything, we heard a threat from the EU to Ukraine up to the point of holding mass protests. This is pressure and blackmail," Putin said at a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg. 

Putin reiterated Russia's readiness to hold three-way talks with the EU and Ukraine on trade and the economy.

"We are ready to participate in the negotiations. To a certain extent, this is a test of how serious the EU’s intentions are,” Putin said.

Ukraine’s integration with the EU is not a political issue, but an economic one, Putin added.

At one point in the press conference, Putin lightened the mood with a joke – at America’s expense.

A Russian journalist brought up the question of a phone call between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his Lithuanian counterpart, Dalia Grybauskaite. Grybauskaite’s aide, Jovita Neliupšienė, claimed that Moscow had warned Kiev off the EU deal, the journalist said.

Putin replied he had no information about what was said in the call, but added, smiling, that maybe the question should be asked instead to the United States.

“I do not know what the president of Ukraine and the president of Lithuania were talking about. Maybe we can ask our American friends and they can tell us. But they haven’t said anything to us yet," Putin said, apparently referring to the latest scandal with the US National Security Agency’s surveillance program and their tapping of EU leaders’ phones.
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- 'Mission is over': Europe in shock as Ukraine kills integration plan
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2013, 10:12:34 AM »
So much for the colored revolutions. What's next?
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- 'Mission is over': Europe in shock as Ukraine kills integration plan
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2013, 11:33:24 AM »
The Ukrainians are closely related to their Russian neighbor, are they not? Why would they jeopardize that relationship and join the heavily ''infiltrated'' West.   
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- 'Mission is over': Europe in shock as Ukraine kills integration plan
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2013, 01:30:00 PM »
The Ukrainians are closely related to their Russian neighbor, are they not? Why would they jeopardize that relationship and join the heavily ''infiltrated'' West.

Yes and no. 10 years ago at the height of the O revolution 1/2 the country wanted to be part of the EU. I bet that number is way down today. 2nd, many Ukes still have bad feelings about the Russians because of what Stalin did in the 1930's. The Germans moved very quickly through the Ukraine because there wasn't much resistance--and many Ukes fought on the side of Germany.

I don't know the exact numbers, but those are the issues. From what I understand the divide is geographic E. Ukraine and W. Ukraine.
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- 'Mission is over': Europe in shock as Ukraine kills integration plan
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2013, 07:51:35 AM »
Yesterday: Ukraine opted to seek stronger ties with Russia, cutting off preparations for a European Union trade agreement a week before its scheduled signing would have capped almost six years of negotiations.

President Viktor Yanukovych’s government will focus on reviving trade with Russia and other former Soviet republics, it said yesterday. The decision is probably final, said Linas Linkevicius, the foreign minister of Lithuania, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency. Postponing the signature of the agreement “is not realistic,” he said by phone.

The EU and Russia, buyers of about a quarter of Ukrainian exports each, are jostling over relations with the country of 45 million people that’s an essential transit route for east-west energy shipments. The second-most populous ex-Soviet country is also crucial to the ambition of Russian President Vladimir Putin to set up a trading area to emulate the Brussels-centered bloc.

More here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-21/ukraine-pivots-to-russia-with-last-minute-freeze-of-eu-deal-plan.html
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Ukraine opposition calls for early elections
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2013, 09:06:54 AM »
Ukraine opposition calls for early elections

Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:38PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/30/337519/ukraine-opposition-urges-early-polls/



The Ukrainian opposition has called for early presidential and parliamentary elections in the country after riot police launched a violent crackdown on pro-EU protesters in the capital, Kiev.

On Saturday, Arseny Yatsenyuk, one of Ukraine’s three main opposition leaders, condemned the brutal crackdown on protesters, stressing that the government of President Viktor Yanukovich must step down.

He also said that the opposition is preparing to stage a nationwide strike in the near future.

Many Ukrainians are outraged at the government’s refusal to sign a political and free trade deal, known as the Association Agreement, with the European Union.

Yatsenyuk, who is also a former economy minister, went on to say, “We have taken a common decision to form a headquarters of national resistance and we have begun preparations for an all-Ukraine national strike.”

He also called for an inquiry into the actions of Ukrainian Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko.

The opposition figure made the remarks after riot police stormed the Independence Square in Kiev in the early hours of Saturday, swinging batons and beating the protesters. Several dozens of the demonstrators were reported wounded due to the brutal clampdown.

Earlier on Saturday, opposition lawmaker Andriy Shevchenko said the site of the protest rally “has been brutally mopped up,” adding, “Dozens wounded, dozens arrested. Ukraine has not seen anything like this before.”

On Friday, the EU signed an agreement with Moldova and Georgia at the end of a two-day summit in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. However, Ukraine, which was expected to sign the deal, refused to do so.

Yanukovich defended his country’s decision not to sign the deal, saying that Kiev needs economic and financial support from the 28-nation bloc before it could sign the accord.

The government also argues that Ukraine cannot afford to sacrifice trade with Russia for closer ties with the 28-nation bloc.

RW - An opposition that wants to sell out the country makes demands. I can just imagine where their money is coming from.
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Thousands of protesters block govt HQ in Kiev
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2013, 07:53:53 AM »
Thousands of protesters block govt HQ in Kiev

Published time: December 02, 2013 08:30
Edited time: December 02, 2013 15:20
source: http://rt.com/news/kiev-standoff-opposition-authorities-568/


Protesters are seen near barricades which blocked a street in Kiev December 2, 2013. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

The opposition have entrenched themselves in the center of the Ukrainian capital, ready to repel police, while a column of 5,000 activists are picketing the cabinet headquarters. Police are trying to persuade intruders to leave government facilities.

Early in the morning opposition leaders formed a column of protesters that marched to the Ukrainian government headquarters and encircled it, declaring they would stay there all day to prevent the government from functioning. Protesters have also announced a national strike starting from Monday.

Eight buses with officers from the Berkut riot police squad are parked in the courtyard of the government building, but they are not interfering with the demonstrators. Police are guarding the entrances to the cabinet.

Those blocking government headquarters are carrying national flags and banners of the nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party, following overnight clashes with the police.

Opposition leaders have addressed their supporters and reiterated their demands: resignation of both the government and the president and early presidential and parliamentary elections.

Kiev mayor, Aleksandr Popov, has called on the protesters occupying the city administration building to “let the employees work normally for the city, its citizens and guests”. Popov warned that blocking the administration’s work may result in “delays in payments for public sector workers, food shortages, water, power and heating shortages”, and may disrupt the work of hospitals, schools and kindergartens.

Former minister of the interior and currently one of the leaders of the opposition, Yury Lutsenko, called on the people to rally near the cabinet building and not to approach the presidential administration, which was fruitlessly sieged on Sunday.

The rally near the seat of government will continue until “an order to return to Maidan [Independence Square] comes,” Lutsenko stressed.

Protest leaders are stressing that the march is peaceful and are calling on their supporters to “remain calm”.

The Ukrainian protest reached a head of steam the previous night in fierce clashes with police, who were trying to contain a human sea of reportedly around 500,000 protesting people.

Some senior EU politicians have blamed Russia for what's led to the situation in Kiev, saying it was Kremlin interference that sunk the deal with the EU.

But the fact that some European politicians are getting involved directly in the protests in Ukraine, and are calling for a revolution and a regime change in the country “is the most egregious violation of the UN Charter and international law, violation of sovereignty and noninterference into domestic affairs of other states,” Mark Sleboda, professor of international relations at Moscow State University, speaking to RT.


Protesters are seen near barricades which blocked a street in Kiev December 2, 2013. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

The clashes left 165 activists wounded, 109 of whom were hospitalized overnight. Reportedly, nearly 140 law enforcement officers were also injured, and no less than 75 of them were brought to hospitals, five in serious condition.

Over 40 journalists suffered injuries in recent clashes between protesters and police in Kiev. Most of them were wounded during the siege of the presidential administration on Sunday, Interfax reported.

Despite the huge number of people taking part in the protests, police said the ‘spear’ of protesters, who lashed police ranks, were groups of young aggressive activists. Masked and wearing helmets, armed with tubes and metal rods, they were a rogue element numbered in the mere hundreds, according to the police. Most of them belong to ultra-right nationalist groups.



"The presidential administration building became a scene of a battlefield on Sunday as several hundred protesters clashed with the police in a very brutal for Ukraine manner with rocks flying towards the police, tear gas and flashbangs used (against the police); this was pretty much hell breaking loose," RT's Aleksey Yaroshevsky reported.


Protesters participating in pro-EU rallies stand near the entrance to Ukraine's Cabinet building in Kiev on December 2, 2013.
(RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)


The demonstrators managed to storm the Kiev City Council building and headquarters of the Ukrainian trade unions, but police managed to protect other government buildings.

Having failed to seize major government buildings in the Ukrainian capital and paralyze the work of the government and presidential administration, opposition activists are gearing up to make another attempt to gain the upper hand for more bargaining power.

“We should be careful about attributing what’s going on to the majority of people in Ukraine. I suspect that the tragedy of Ukraine is that the great majority of people is rather passive and certainly rather disillusioned about politics on both sides,” Mark Almond, professor of history at Oxford University told RT. In the end the minority groups of nationalists supported from the EU might succeed in creating a really volatile situation, which would question "whether Ukraine is viable as a state", Almond warned.

In the meantime, police are negotiating with opposition members who remain inside the seized buildings, trying to talk them into leaving the scene peacefully. They are trying to persuade the activists that in view of the start of a new working week, civil servants must return to work in the mayor’s office and trade unions’ headquarters.

Some intruders have agreed to move on to Maidan Square and join activists who remain there behind barricades, guarding territory gains made overnight.

The city of Kiev is now much quieter. The number of protesters has decreased dramatically, practically 100-fold, from the estimated 500,000 to 5,000 currently rallying near the government residence. The protesters remaining on Maidan Square have even made passageways in the barricades to allow pedestrians through. Several police buses are parked next to the presidential headquarters, providing protective security.


About 1,000 protesters blocked off the Ukrainian government's main headquarters on Monday in protest at its
decision to suspend moves to deepen integration with Europe and to revive economic ties with Russia.
(RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin)
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Ukraine opposition vows to maintain protests, PM calls to end violence
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2013, 06:11:23 AM »
Ukraine opposition vows to maintain protests, PM calls to end violence

Published time: December 04, 2013 10:58
Edited time: December 04, 2013 11:34
source: http://rt.com/news/ukraine-protest-parliament-blockade-698/


Pro-EU integration activists get warm next to a fire in Kiev’s Independence Square.(RIA Novosti / Iliya Pitalev)

Ukrainian opposition MPs are blocking the parliament demanding the government’s resignation. Meanwhile Prime Minister Azarov has called on his opponents and thousands of street protesters to de-escalate the tension and negotiate.

“The government is ready for dialogue, I am prepared to take part in it myself,” Nikolay Azarov said at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

He said Ukrainian politicians and public figures need to work to scale down the ongoing political crisis, which was sparked by the government’s failure to sign a trade agreement with the EU. In particular Azarov called to keep in line the mass protests in Kiev, which sparked into violence in the past days.

“The call from the West to Ukraine to avoid violence is directed not only at the authorities, but also at the protesters,” he said, adding that his government will ensure people’s right to peaceful protest.


RIA Novosti / Iliya Pitalev

Meanwhile the conflict is waged not only in the streets, but in the national parliament as well. After MPs voted on Tuesday against a no confidence bill, which would dismiss Azarov’s government, opposition factions are blocking the work of the legislature.

“Our key demands to the parliament are the dismissal of the government and an end to political repressions, the liberation of Yulia Tymoshenko,” Arseny Yatsenyuk, leader of the Batkovshchina parliamentary party said on Wednesday.

In addition to the former prime minister and top rival of Ukraine’s President Victor Yanukovich, the opposition wants to free the nine protesters, who had been arrested on Tuesday by a Kiev court.

The activists face terms of up to eight years for organizing the rioting on Sunday, when protesting crowds clashed with police and stormed several administrative buildings in Kiev, including the mayor’s office, a unions headquarters and a large cultural center. Throughout the city 190 protesters and 140 security troops were injured in the scuffles.


People shout slogans in front of the Ukrainian cabinet of ministers building during a rally to support EU integration
in Kiev December 4, 2013.(Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)


Sunday’s violence came a day after a brutal dispersal of protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square. The mistreatment of the demonstrators by the police was criticized by both the president and the prime minister. The head of Kiev police has since been asked for his resignation.

The government, emboldened by its Tuesday victory in the parliament, resists the opposition demands.

“Everyone guilty of violations of laws will be held accountable. But this will be decided in a calm environment,” Azarov said.

But the government is not planning at the moment to use force to retake control of the government buildings from the protesters.

“I believe we will soon find a certain compromise solution to the issue. It’s in the first place a conflict-sparking issue, the illegal seizure of the building,” said Aleksandr Popov, the head of the mayor’s office.

He added that his office was functioning well in backup premises at municipal administration buildings and is in control of the situation in Kiev, ensuring that the public transit system and public services are working.


Protests shout slogans as they block the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers in Kiev on December 4, 2013.
(AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)


As the confrontation continues, Ukraine is sending governmental delegations to both Moscow and Brussels to discuss economic ties.

President Yanukovich decided two weeks ago not to sign the association agreement with the EU because the move would hurt the country’s economy. The damage would be caused by both a costly modernization of the national industry the agreement would require and the loss of the Russian market for Ukrainian goods.

Kiev requested that the EU offer considerable economic aid to compensate for Ukraine’s losses, but Brussels insists it will not give Ukraine any special treatment or review the terms of the agreement.
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- 'Mission is over': Europe in shock as Ukraine kills integration plan
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2013, 11:28:56 AM »
Huge crowds rally for EU deal, build barricades in Ukrainian capital

Published time: December 08, 2013 08:06
Edited time: December 08, 2013 17:25
source: http://rt.com/news/ukraine-protest-biggest-kiev-897/


A man shouts slogans during a rally organized by supporters of EU integration at Maidan Nezalezhnosti or
Independence Square in central Kiev, December 8, 2013 (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)


Ukrainian protesters blocked streets leading to government buildings with barricades, as tens of thousands rallied on Kiev’s Independence Square. The opposition hoped its pro-EU protest would attract 1 million people, calling it “The Million March.”

Nearly 100,000 protesters have gathered on Kiev’s center, according to police estimates. The opposition has claimed nearly 1 million people are taking part in the rally. However, observers at the scene quoted by RT's Paul Scott said such a figure is way too “optimistic.”

Defying government instructions to stop blocking administrative buildings, opposition leaders on Sunday called on a several-thousand-strong group of demonstrators to move from Maidan toward government offices and “set up camp there.”


A man sits on a barricade during a rally organized by supporters of EU integration in central Kiev, December 8, 2013 (Reuters / Stoyan Nenov)

A large group of protesters then approached a thick police cordon surrounding the parliament (Verkhovna Rada) and the Cabinet of Ministers. Activists blocked the street next to the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers with makeshift barricades made from metal shields and concrete flower-beds.

The opposition Udar (Strike) party’s leader, Vitaly Klitschko, who headed toward the government buildings with the demonstrators, says that they aim to block the whole government quarter of offices, while Batkivschina (Fatherland) leader Arseny Yatsenyuk says the protesters will be picketing outside the buildings of “ministries, tax administration and other institutions.” Opposition leaders are expecting the protests to continue “until the resignation of the government.”

Meanwhile, a group of protesters has taken down the monument to Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin on Kiev’s Bessarabskya Square, decapitating and smashing the statue with hammers after it fell to the ground.

Ukrainian Interior Ministry reminded that the actions of peaceful protesters “should not infringe rights of other citizens” and warned that blocking traffic is punishable in accordance with the country’s criminal code.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) also said in a statement it launched a criminal case into “actions directed at a government takeover” in the country. “Certain politicians” are suspected of undertaking unlawful actions with the ultimate aim of organizing a coup, the SBU said, adding that no charges have yet been filed in the case.

Opposition leader Oleg Tyagnibok of Svoboda (Freedom) party has condemned the opening of a criminal investigation as a “provocation” and an attempt to “terrorize” the people.


An aerial view shows Maidan Nezalezhnosti or Independence Square crowded by supporters of EU integration during
a rally in central Kiev, December 8, 2013 (Reuters / Stoyan Nenov)


The demonstrators are protesting the Ukrainian leadership’s decision to withdraw from the EU association agreement last month. Opposition leaders demand that the current government steps down and are calling for immediate elections.

Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for abuse of office, has called on the pro-EU rally participants not to negotiate with the government.

“Don’t give up, don’t take a single step back, don’t have negotiations with the authorities,” Tymoshenko said in a statement, which was read out to the rally participants by her daughter Yevgenia. “Our goal is Yanukoych’s immediate removal from his presidential office.”

Several thousand supporters of the ruling Party of Regions have meanwhile gathered for a pro-government rally in Kiev’s Mariinsky Park, near the parliament (Verkhovna Rada). The organizers of the demonstration, called under the slogan, “Let’s create Europe in Ukraine,” claim it has attracted 15,000 participants.


An aerial view shows Maidan Nezalezhnosti or Independence
Square crowded by supporters of EU integration during a
rally in central Kiev, December 8, 2013 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)


The pro-government rally organizers are calling for the peaceful resolution of the political crisis, and they condemn the opposition for what they see as an attempt to destabilize the situation in the country and to split Ukrainian society.

On Friday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich paid a short official visit to Russia for brief talks in Sochi with Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin. The two presidents discussed "trade and economic cooperation... and preparation for the future treaty on strategic partnership," according to the Ukrainian president’s office.

Later, Russian and Ukrainian officials said that the presidents didn't speak about Kiev joining the Moscow-led Customs Union. Earlier, media had reported the contrary.

On Saturday, a delegation of members of the European Parliament arrived in Ukraine to meet with opposition leaders and address the crowd in the streets of Kiev, spurring on the protest.

Russia accused Western nations of aggressively interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation by supporting the protests.

“Excuse me, but taking part in such actions is called simply interference in internal affairs,” Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said about the visit this week by German FM Guido Westerwelle to protests in Kiev.

“I wonder how our German partners would feel if, for instance, the Russian Foreign Minister just went to some gathering that was violating German regulations. I doubt they would take it as a friendly step,” Medvedev said.

The participation of EU politicians in Ukrainian rallies is a gesture of despair, argues Moscow-based political analyst Dmitry Babich.

“Since 2008, when the program of eastern partnership was launched, the EU has spent 2.5 billion euro on it,” Babich told RT. “And what was the result? This money, instead of being spent on the unemployed in Spain, the poor people in Greece, it was spent on telling Ukrainians how nice the EU is and how bad Russia is. This is why now the EU is desperately trying to make a semblance of activity.”

A week ago, several hundred thousand people took to the streets, angered over the violent police crackdown on anti-government protesters who occupied Kiev’s Independence Square the day before.

RW - There seems to be a lot of Ukranians who have aanciful view of what joining the EU truly means.
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- 'Mission is over': Europe in shock as Ukraine kills integration plan
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2013, 04:25:07 PM »
The jew U is funny.

Jew U: We won't talk to you about joining the Union until you release Yulia.

The Ukraine: But we don't want to join.

FWIW, this is a big setback for the Jews. Fresh red blood from the Ukraine would of helped the jew U maintain the illusion of a successful economy for another 5 or 10 years.
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Kiev deploys riot police to contain pro-EU protests
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2013, 09:53:34 AM »
Kiev deploys riot police to contain pro-EU protests

Mon Dec 9, 2013 4:36PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/09/339067/kiev-deploys-riot-police-to-stop-rallies/



Ukrainian riot police have been deployed to the streets of the capital, Kiev, to stop thousands of pro-EU protesters who have been blocking entrances to key government buildings including the City Hall.

Security forces wearing helmets and holding shields formed a human chain across Kiev's main street close to the City Hall and Independence Square, while also shutting three main subway stations outside the main protest site to block access to mass protests which have gripped the capital for weeks.

Protesters are demonstrating against a government decision to expand trade policy with Russia, while holding off on an EU association agreement.

Officials as well as opposition activists have asked protesters to evacuate buildings they have been occupying in order to avoid clashes. A court set a Monday deadline for the protesters to leave.

Eyewitnesses said some demonstrators appeared to be evacuating Kiev’s City Hall, while others are reinforcing their positions.

Ukraine's opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko has demanded the government’s resignation though he has also expressed willingness to hold talks with President Viktor Yanukovych.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Kiev in the largest protests since the 2004-2005 Western-sponsored Orange Revolution in the country.

Protests were triggered after the government refrained from signing the Association Agreement with the European Union (EU) at the third Eastern Partnership Summit in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, on November 29.

Kiev refused to sign the agreement after EU leaders called on Ukraine to allow jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymshenko to travel overseas for medical treatment.

EU has blamed Russia for Ukraine’s refusal to sign a trade deal with the bloc, saying it will not allow Moscow to “veto” deals in Eastern Europe.

Ukraine says it cannot afford to sacrifice trade with Russia for closer ties with the EU.
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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2013, 04:21:35 PM »
Ukrainian riot police begin clearing Kiev protest camp

Published time: December 10, 2013 23:40
Edited time: December 11, 2013 00:45
source: http://rt.com/news/kiev-police-protest-camp-030/


Internal Troops of Ukraine deploy near Independence Square in Kiev on December 10, 2013. (AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov)

Several hundred special forces officers moved towards the protesters’ camp on Independence Square in Kiev after an official read out a court decree which states that demonstrations in the city center are illegal.

Police in riot gear appeared from Institutska Street and began forming columns in front of the protesters on Independence Square. More riot police are reportedly arriving at the scene.

Police began an assault on one of the protesters’ barricades at the House of Trade Unions, approaching from the side of Independence Square, RT’s Irina Galushko reported. Berkut special forces are taking part in the operation, she added.

The scene at Independence Square remains very tense, as opposition leaders and police urge people to stay calm. A group of protesters gathered around a stage to sing Ukraine's national anthem as police encircled them. Protesters remain near City Hall, where prayers are being held.

Protesters are shouting, "Tomorrow, there will be a million of us," as they are pushed out of Independence Square.

Another group of special forces began storming the protesters' barricades on Independence Square from Mihaylovskoy Street.

City cleaners are following closely behind police, clearing out barricades as officers remove protesters.

Police are forming a perimeter around the square, preventing people from entering.

One of the tents on Independence Square is on fire, Galushko tweets.

Riot police began pushing back protesters from Independence Square after breaking down barricades on Khreschatyk, the Kyiv Post reported. Police reached Independence Square and the assault is now in full force, according to witnesses.

Earlier, Ukrainian opposition members made clear that they expected special forces to break up protests within the next several hours.

Unrest in Ukraine began on November 21 when Yanukovich refused to sign an association agreement with the EU, sparking mass protests.
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Russian MPs blast West for interference in Ukraine and ‘aggravating’ situation

Published time: December 10, 2013 19:13
source: http://rt.com/politics/ukraine-unrest-russian-parliament-010/


Protesters clash with riot police at the Viktor Yanukovich presidential office in Kiev on December 10, 2013.
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Russian lawmakers have voiced concern over the “interference” of foreign officials in Ukraine’s internal affairs and open calls by some western politicians to oppose the decisions of a legally elected government, which “aggravates” the situation.

Ukraine’s geopolitical choice is an internal and sovereign right of its people, the State Duma’s deputies said in a statement on anti-government protests in the neighboring country. Russian MPs urged western politicians to stop putting pressure on Ukraine.

The Lower House has also called pro-EU protesters to stop illegal actions and solve all problems within the framework of the law.

“Unsanctioned rallies, blocking access to state authorities [buildings], as well as the seizure of administrative buildings, rioting, and destruction of historic monuments lead to destabilization in the country and may cause serious negative economic and political consequences for the Ukrainian population,” reads the document, supported on Tuesday by 444 out of 450 deputies.

The State Duma called on all political forces in Ukraine to search for a peaceful solution to the situation.

Mass anti-government rallies began about three weeks ago, after President Viktor Yanukovich backed away from signing an association agreement with the European Union.

The head of the Duma committee on international affairs, Aleksey Pushkov, believes that the entire situation is based on a myth that for Ukraine association would mean its accession into the EU - which is not the case.

For Ukraine, signing the agreement would mean that it would “unilaterally depend” on the union, the MP said on Tuesday, during the Duma’s discussions about their statement on the developments in the neighbor state. That would result in EU advisors being placed in practically every key Ukrainian ministry, and having control over its financial and national programs, Pushkov stated, as cited by Interfax.
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Thousands hit Kiev streets in rival rallies as mayor suspended over protest crackdown

Published time: December 14, 2013 17:01
source: http://rt.com/news/ukraine-rival-rallies-president-254/


Pro-European Union opposition supporters attend a mass rally on Independence Square in Kiev on December 14, 2013
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Tens of thousands of people from across Ukraine have gathered in central Kiev for rival anti- and pro-government rallies. President Yanukovich suspended the city’s mayor and top security official over the brutal eviction of protesters.

The Ukrainian ruling Party of Regions has estimated that some 200,000 of its supporters have come to Kiev's European Square to back President Viktor Yanukovich and his cabinet’s anti-EU move.

Many of the banners read, "We’ll save Ukraine!"

"There are many Kiev residents among protesters, who came to support the alternative point of view, which is different from the one being promoted at the nearby rally on Independence square,” the ruling party’s press office said. “They all unite in the opinion that it is necessary to stop the civil confrontation and restore peace and tranquility in the society."


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pro-EU protesters rallying on Independence Square and Yanukovych supporters rallying on European Square in Kiev
on December 14, 2013 (AFP Photo / Viktor Drachev)


Many Party of Regions activists arrived in Kiev on Friday, with the largest groups coming from the major cities of Donetsk - where Yanukovych once served as regional governor - Lugansk, Sevastopol, and Dnepropetrovsk.

"There are students, factory workers, coalminers and retirees," the rally’s coordination center said.

"I have supported the Party of Regions since 2004. I should be here. It is my duty to be here because I trust our President," one of activists from the eastern city of Lugansk told AP.

The Party of Regions has ruled out the possibility of resolving the country’s political crisis by force.

"Any conflicts, the most difficult matters should and can only be solved by the negotiating table. People should not be driven away from their work, from their families," Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov told supporters as he opened the rally at 2:00 p.m. local time.

The rally, which is set to last for two days, is just 200 meters away from Maidan - or Independence Square - where the opposition’s supporters have been camping out for three weeks of protests sparked by Yanukovich's refusal to sign an association deal with the European Union.


Pro-European protesters with blue and yellow Ukrainian flags have also been streaming to Maidan – or ‘EuroMaidan’ as it has been dubbed.

Reinforced police patrols have been deployed to the area.

To prevent clashes, police forces have kept the two rallies separate, preventing demonstrators from forcing their way through to the rival side.

Dozens of anti-government protesters shouted over the heads of police officers separating them, telling them that “east and west should be together.”

The opposition has called for a vast turnout on Sunday.

Despite the Party of Regions’ estimate of 200,000 attendees, local police have put the number of activists of both rallies at around 60,000 people.

Meanwhile, the country’s general prosecution is investigating the eviction of another opposition rally on November 30.


Pro-European Union opposition supporters cook on Independence Square in Kiev on December 14, 2013
(AFP Photo / Viktor Drachev)


Prosecutor-General Viktor Pshonka said that four top officials - the deputy secretary of the National Security Council, Kiev’s mayor, and then-head of Kiev police and his deputy - are being investigated on suspicion of abuse of office in the crackdown on protesters.

Shortly after the prosecutor-general’s statement, President Yanukovich suspended the mayor of Kiev, Aleksandr Popov, and deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Vladimir Sivkovich, from office.

“The investigation is preparing a request to the court asking for the two officials to be put under house arrest,” Prosecutor-General Viktor Pshonka said.

The opposition said that the move is only a half-measure, adding that more people should be held responsible.

"Each of the persons named has their own bosses who must have known about this crime," the opposition Udar party, led by boxing world champion Vitaly Klitschko, said in a statement.

The opposition demands the president fire two of his closest allies: Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov and Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko, whom it says are also responsible for the November 30 crackdown.

Since the violence, protesters have also been demanding Yanukovich’s resignation and early elections.
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West must stay out of Ukraine affairs: Yanukovych
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2013, 02:19:01 PM »
West must stay out of Ukraine affairs: Yanukovych

Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:45PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/19/340854/west-must-stay-out-of-ukraine-affairs/



Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has warned the West to stay out of his country’s internal political affairs, after European and US diplomats visited protests in Kiev.

“I am categorically against others coming to our country and teaching us how to live,” Yanukovych told reporters on Thursday, adding, “There is no need for us to run around searching somewhere for masters who have interests in Ukraine. There is no need to humiliate ourselves like that.”

The statement follows a month of protests against Yanukovych’s decision to scrap an Association Agreement with the European Union and side with Russia.

This is while the White House has said any agreement between Russia and Ukraine will not address the concerns of Ukrainian protesters.

Yanukovych also warned that Kiev will not allow anyone to break the current pact with Moscow, saying, “What is very important is that this is our internal matter, and that other countries do not intervene in our internal affairs.”

Moscow and Kiev reached a strategic economic and trade agreement under which Ukraine is given significant discounts on Russian gas price and billions of dollars in credit.

The Kremlin will invest USD 15 billion from the National Welfare Fund (NWF) in Ukrainian government securities, and reduce the price of gas sold to Ukraine by about one-third.

European Union leaders have blamed Russia for Ukraine’s refusal to sign the deal with the union, saying they will not allow Moscow to “veto” deals in Eastern Europe.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that Western countries are losing “their sense of reality” over Ukraine’s crisis. He has also charged them with using blackmail to cut Kiev off from Russia.
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« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2013, 10:42:10 AM »
Ukraine opposition urges more anti-govt. rallies

Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:19PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/12/22/341366/ukraine-opposition-urges-more-protests/



Ukrainian opposition leaders have vowed to continue putting pressure on President Viktor Yanukovych, urging anti-government demonstrators to stay on Independence Square in the capital Kiev.

“We will not leave. We will celebrate the New Year here and we will celebrate Christmas here,” Vitaly Klitschko, a former professional boxer and leader of the political party, Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform, addressed about 100,000 protesters who had gathered at Kiev's iconic square.

Klitschko and the leaders of other major opposition parties said they were establishing a nationwide political movement called Maidan.

"We will make life hell for this government," Oleh Tyahnybok, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist party, All-Ukrainian Union "Svoboda," said.

In late November, Yanukovych refrained from signing a trade agreement with the European Union (EU) at the third Eastern Partnership Summit in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.

His decision triggered angry street protests by the opposition supporters in Kiev.

The Ukrainian president is facing intense pressure to decide whether to sign a deal with the EU or to join a Russian-led Customs Union, which also includes former Soviet states of Belarus and Kazakhstan.

On Saturday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said his country is ready to strike an association agreement with the EU if the deal offers “favorable” terms.

This is while the European Union has repeatedly made clear that the Association Agreement itself remains on the table, but that its terms cannot be renegotiated.

European Union leaders blame Russia for Ukraine’s refusal to sign the deal, saying they will not allow Moscow to “veto” deals in Eastern Europe.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has in return accused Western countries of losing “their sense of reality” over Ukraine’s crisis, and also charged them with using blackmail to cut Kiev off from Russia.

RW - If these protesters are nationalist then they would balk at signing up with either the EU or Russia. If the Ukrainians are so blind as to believe that the EU wants them in because the Ukranians are so loved by Europe instead of just as another needed partner to shoulder the grand theft known as the EU then I suppose they should go with the enemy they don't know - yet!
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« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2014, 06:34:49 PM »
FWIW, this is a big setback for the Jews. Fresh red blood from the Ukraine would of helped the jew U maintain the illusion of a successful economy for another 5 or 10 years.

Thus, the attempts to destablise the Ukrainian govt. I am so glad the wave of "huge" and "spontaneous" demonstrations - which were anything but that - have fizzled.

The same strategy is also now being used against Turkey.

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US Senate threatens Ukraine with sanctions

Wed Jan 8, 2014 5:35PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/01/08/344496/us-threatens-kiev-with-sanctions/



The US Senate has threatened Ukraine with sanctions for what it calls the use of force by Kiev against anti-government protesters.

US senators approved a resolution on Tuesday that specifies stronger measures against Ukraine, including visa bans and asset freezes against individuals responsible for ordering or carrying out the violence against the protesters.

The US Senate also urged leaders in the United States and the European Union (EU) to continue working together actively to support a peaceful and democratic solution to the Ukraine crisis.

Ukrainian and Russian officials had previously accused Washington and EU of meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs, saying the US is trying to rally people against the Ukrainian government due to its strong ties to Russia.

Ukraine has been rocked with anti-government protests after President Viktor Yanukovych refrained from signing an association agreement with the EU at the third Eastern Partnership Summit in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, in November 2013.

European Union leaders blame Russia for Ukraine’s refusal to sign the deal, saying they will not allow Moscow to “veto” deals in Eastern Europe.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has in return accused Western countries of losing “their sense of reality” over Ukraine’s crisis, and also charged them with using blackmail to cut Kiev off from Russia.

In December 2013, Russia and Ukraine reached a strategic economic and trade agreement under which Kiev is given significant discounts on imported Russian gas and billions of dollars in credit.

Under the deal, Moscow will buy USD 15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds, reduce the price of gas sold to Ukraine by about one-third, and improve work conditions for Ukrainians working in Russia.

RW - You have to wonder just how inept the USG is. Taking such a move can only be interpreted one way - an announcement to the world that the USG/EU/Israel is behind yet another coup attempt against a neighbor of Russia.
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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2014, 03:42:07 PM »
Thus, the attempts to destablise the Ukrainian govt. I am so glad the wave of "huge" and "spontaneous" demonstrations - which were anything but that - have fizzled.

The same strategy is also now being used against Turkey.

It looks like the same old tactics aren't working anymore. Saw that with the Wall St. protests after the paid ringers couldn't control the unpaid protestors or create a sizable mob. Eventually they revoked their permits to protest and told everyone to go home.
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Ukraine ex-minister injured as terror trial protesters clash with riot police
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Ukraine ex-minister injured as terror trial protesters clash with riot police

Published time: January 11, 2014 16:15
source: http://rt.com/news/ukraine-trial-protest-clashes-460/


Opposition activists clash with riot police as they block police buses near a court in Kiev January 11, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Violence broke out between protesters and riot police after a Kiev court jailed three nationalists for allegedly plotting a terrorist attack in 2011. There are injured on both sides, including ex-minister and current opposition leader, Yury Lutsenko.

Some 11 demonstrators and around 20 law enforcers were injured during the clashes outside the court building in the Ukraine capital in the early hours of Saturday morning. Two protesters and one policeman – who had his leg broken - have been hospitalized, according to officials.

Lutsenko - a leading opposition figure, who was an interior minister in the pro-Western government of Yulia Tymoshenko - is under intensive care in hospital, his press-secretary told Interfax.

The Prosecutor’s Office in Kiev is looking into last night’s incident to find out the details of what happened and whether Berkut anti-riot police used force against demonstrators as protesters claim. So far, no one has officially complained about police violence, they said.

A criminal case has been launched over Lutsenko’s beating, the prosecutor’s office press secretary, Yana Sobolevskaya, said. Criminal proceedings have also been opened over the protesters’ actions during the rally. Activists may face charges for hooliganism, illegal interference in court affairs, and resisting the police.

The clashes occurred outside a courthouse in Kiev, where a large and mixed group of demonstrators - including nationalist party Svoboda members - gathered for the verdict in a trial against three members of the nationalist organization, Patriot of Ukraine.


An opposition activist attacks riot police during a rally near a court in Kiev January 10, 2014. (Reuters/Maks Levin)

The court sentenced the trio to six years behind bars for calls to overthrow the constitutional power, and allegedly plotting to blow up a monument to the Bolshevik Revolution leader, Vladimir Lenin, in Boryspil on Ukraine’s Independence Day on August 24, 2011.

The men, nicknamed in the media “Vasilkov terrorists”, were arrested two days before the possible attack, after security services reported they had discovered a home-made explosive device and extremist leaflets in the office of Patriot of Ukraine in the town of Vasilkov. The organization members denied the accusations and accused law enforcers of planting the bomb and leaflets on them. Adding greater controversy to the story, the Lenin monument was dismantled before the alleged plot was uncovered.


Opposition activists clash with riot police as they block police buses near a court in Kiev January 10, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

The court’s decision, delivered late on Friday, sparked anger among protesters, who attempted to block a vehicle carrying the convicts. The situation escalated further when they started pelting rocks and bottles at police. Berkut troops responded with batons, local media reported.

Clashes then moved to a nearby district police headquarters, where demonstrators were joined by a new group of supporters, including pro-EU protesters who demanded that “police violence” against demonstrators be investigated.

According to Lutsenko’s wife, Irina, the politician was hit on the head by Berkut anti-riot troops when he attempted “to stop the bloodshed”.


Former Ukrainian Interior and opposition leader Minister Yuriy Lutsenko receives medical help after clashes with riot police
near a court in Kiev January 10, 2014. (Reuters)


Ukraine’s ruling Party of Regions has condemned the “assault” on the court and accused the far-right Svoboda party of the “provocation”.

“It’s perplexing that those who support European values, and a European path for Ukraine, support terrorists. The Party of regions condemns any terrorist activities or plotting such activities,” the party said in a statement on Saturday, as cited by Interfax.


An opposition activist clashes with riot police during a rally near a court in Kiev January 10, 2014. (Reuters/Maks Levin)
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