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US Attempts to Resettle MKO Members in Romania Dangerous to Ukrainian Gov't
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2014, 07:37:00 AM »
US Attempts to Resettle MKO Members in Romania Dangerous to Ukrainian Gov't

Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:39
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921022000077



TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington is seeking to resettle the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as MEK, PMOI, NCRI) terrorists in Romania, which “will prove quite a headache both to Romania and its neighboring countries”, reports said.

“When the US State Secretary John Kerry met with his Romanian counterpart Titus Corlatean in Brussels in December, they took up the issue of moving the Mojahedin in question to Romania, according to some reports,” Ilya Kharlamov wrote Friday in an article titled “US to flood Romania with terrorists” which was published on the Voice of Russia website, Habilian Association reported.

Earlier in March 2013, Albanian Prime Minister made the decision to offer asylum to 210 members of the MKO camped in Iraq after a meeting with US Department of State Assistant Secretary, the UN envoy in Iraq, and other officials.

Although the MKO soon turned down the offer and demanded instead for resettlement in the United States or relocation back to Camp Ashraf in Iraq's Diyala province, after some two months, the first group of MKO members were moved to Albania followed by the second and the third groups a little after.

Kharlamov went on to describe the MKO as individuals “who opposed the rule of the Shah of Iran” and “started their resistance in the middle of the 1960s on a romantic idea of building a class-free socialist society, but as time went on, the idea degenerated into mass-scale terrorist attacks and acts of sabotage.”

Referring to MKO’s killing of hundreds of thousands of people in Iran, Kharlamov added, “The impressive ‘record of service’ proved no hindrance to the EU and US recent decision to strike the Mojahedin-e Khalq off their list of terrorist organizations.” “The EU and the US obviously proceeded from the assumption that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend", although the two saw Mojahedin-e Khalq as terrorists just a short while ago.”

“If the Romanian leaders have certain doubts, and they will certainly question the correctness of the decision, then they should stiffly oppose the move. The organization acts against Iran, Tehran sees it as terrorist, Mojahedin-e Khalq is known for numerous terrorist attacks and life attempts. Besides, the US plan is at variance with the recent trend towards improving relations between Washington and Tehran,” he went on to cite a Russian expert in Oriental Studies Boris Dolgov as saying.

The Voice of Russia correspondent, Ilya Kharlamov, emphasized that the US attempts have “proved futile, even though Romania heavily depends on Washington.” “The US sees Romania as an important nation in terms of its geopolitical interests, and has been patronizing Bucharest throughout the post-Soviet period. But the pay Washington has demanded seems clearly excessive.”

He also cited another expert Sergei Demidenko as saying that “action on the US plan is fraught with danger, but is highly improbable.”

“A transfer of a large group of people, drilled ideologically and militarily, to an unstable European area will clearly add no quiet to the area,” Demidenko explained.

Kharlamov concluded that “whether to accept the members of an organization, placed on a par with Taliban and Al-Qaeda, or not depends wholly on the Romanian government, which will likewise be solely responsible for its decision.” “The authorities of the neighboring Ukraine will also have food for thought. The well-trained fighters may prove effective as a force to change the government or at least rock the unstable situation, for they are not used to sitting idly.”

RW - The attempt here is to bring USG proxy terrorists into the effort to destabilize the Ukraine.
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- 'Mission is over': Europe in shock as Ukraine kills integration plan
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2014, 01:54:50 AM »
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.

I agree with you that the contrived "mass movements" are fizzing. I wonder what is "Plan B" - it might be something shocking. Anyway the people of the Ukraine are awake to them.

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- 'Mission is over': Europe in shock as Ukraine kills integration plan
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2014, 06:55:49 PM »
Riot police move to force protesters off Kiev streets

Published time: January 21, 2014 01:18
Edited time: January 21, 2014 03:17
source: http://rt.com/news/police-protesters-violence-ukraine-924/


A pro-European protester throws a missile at Ukrainian riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

Police are trying to force protesters off the streets in Ukraine’s capital as clashes enter the third day. The security services have reportedly fired rubber bullets at the protesters, who’ve retaliated with by throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails.

Riot police advanced towards the protesters on Hrushevsky Street, which borders the government quarters, RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports from Kiev

“We have just seen that the police have started pushing the protesters off this particular place that they were occupying for the last 24 hours.”

A smoke grenade explodes duringclashes between police and protesters in central Kiev on January 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov)

A smoke grenade explodes duringclashes between police and protesters in central Kiev on January 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Vasily Maximov)

Reportedly, police have been using non-lethal shotguns, firing at some of the protesters. But, police warned that there is a possibility of weapons being used against some protesters, local media reported.

“Protesters have been responding by throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at the police,” Yaroshevsky said, adding that right now the situation is at a stand-still.

There are approximately 200-400 protesters in a stand-off against the same number of police officers, Yaroshevsky observed.

There are also reports of people gathering on Independence Square. Yaroshevsky described “groups of men in sports uniforms carrying baseball bats and chains surrounding the area of the Independence Square.”

He also noted that many of the right-wing radicals have withdrawn from Hrushevsky Street and moved to Independence Square.

The leader of the opposition Udar Party, Vitaly Klitschko, has urged to avoid violence and said that he believes the thugs gathering in Kiev is a government’s plan to create havoc.

A pro-European protester looks at vehicles burnt after clashes with Ukrainian riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

A pro-European protester looks at vehicles burnt after clashes with Ukrainian riot police in Kiev January 20, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

On Monday protesters climbed atop the main gate of the Dynamo football stadium, using it as a strongpoint to bombard police special forces with Molotov cocktails.

The police opted for tear gas and stun grenades in order to contain the rioting crowd, which local media estimated at around 2,000.

RT’s cameraman was caught in the stand-off when he was hit in the back with a rubber bullet fired by police, Aleksey Yaroshevsky reported. The cameraman was not injured.

Earlier, anti-government protesters in Kiev set up an improvised catapult, launching stones and firecrackers at police cordons. The police later destroyed the device.

RT's Ruptly crew filmed the catapult in action when it finally became operational.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry on Monday condemned the “commandants of Maidan” – the deputies from the opposition representing the protesters rallying in central Independence Square – for providing rioters with “dangerous cold steel arms.”

The clashes in Kiev erupted after a massive rally held in Independence Square on Sunday, where protesters spoke out against new laws adopted by the Ukrainian government last week.

The legislation toughens restrictions on mass protests, access to certain websites on the internet and introduces criminal punishment for libel and defamation of officials.

The situation in Ukraine has been tense since November 21, when the authorities suspended preparations for signing an association agreement with the EU.
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Angry Protestors Surround US Embassy in Ukrainian Capital
« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2014, 06:49:39 PM »
Angry Protestors Surround US Embassy in Ukrainian Capital

Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:22
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921104000119



TEHRAN (FNA)- A huge crowd of demonstrators has surrounded the US embassy in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, protesting against Washington’s meddling in the country’s internal affairs.

The event was organized by Kievans for Clean City, a new pro-government activist group which has spoken out against the rioters and violence in downtown Kiev, Al-Alam reported.

Several thousand demonstrators are taking part, urging the US to “stop sponsoring” mass unrests.

“The US is behind everything that is happening in Kiev’s downtown right now. The financing is coming from over there. This has to be stopped. That is what we came out here to say to the whole world: ‘US - stop! US - there needs to be peace in Ukraine,’” said Ivan Protsenko, one of the movement’s leaders.

Rioters on Grushevskogo Street continue to burn tires, with building No. 4 catching fire from the high flames, local media quoted the Ministry of Internal Affairs as saying.

Police have been holding their line throughout the evening, attempting to extinguish fires with water cannons. After four days of protests, the center of the Ukrainian capital continues to resemble a warzone, with smoke, barricades, and debris all around. Wednesday's clashes between rioters and police intensified in the afternoon after riot police cleared Grushevskogo Street.

Footage from the Ukrainian capital showed hundreds of police officers using tear gas, rubber bullets, and stun grenades against the protesters. The dispersal is the largest to take place since the latest outbreak of violence began four days ago. Some clashes involved policemen snatching individual rioters from the crowd and brutally beating them.

Rioters threw firecrackers, Molotov cocktails, and stones at police.

The riots have reportedly left two people dead and at least 300 injured, according to local media. Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said on Wednesday that more than 70 people have been detained during the unrest.

The clashes erupted after a massive rally was held in Independence Square on Sunday, where protesters spoke out against new laws adopted by the Ukrainian government last week.
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« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2015, 12:41:30 AM »
90 Ukrainian troops captured in Debaltseve: Kiev military

source: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/02/19/398277/90-Kiev-troops-seized-in-Debaltseve

Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:45PM


The photo shows the Ukrainian soldiers leaving the restive area of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine, February 18, 2015. (AFP photo)

Over 90 Ukrainian soldiers have been captured near the city of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine, while the location of 82 others is unknown after pro-Russia forces took control of the strategic town, the country’s military says.

“Engaging in uneven confrontation with the enemy forces at one of the frontline sections of the Debaltseve foothold, over 90 servicemen of the Ukrainian armed forces were captured. The General Staff is also searching for 82 soldiers whose whereabouts is unknown at the moment,” read the statement issued by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry on Thursday.

Reports also said that 13 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 157 injured during clashes with pro-Russia forces in Debaltseve as the Ukrainian forces were leaving the violence-wracked area.

The new clashes came despite a ceasefire deal recently inked between the warring sides in eastern Ukraine. Kiev and pro-Russia forces accuse each other of violating the truce.

East Ukraine ceasefire deal

During peace talks in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk on February 11-12, the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed on the withdrawal of heavy weapons from Ukraine’s front lines and a ceasefire, which officially went into effect at 2200 GMT on February 14.

Back in September 2014, the representatives of Ukraine, Russia, and the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk had also signed another ceasefire deal in Minsk. However, the truce was violated on an almost daily basis by both the Ukrainian military and the pro-Russia forces, and thus failed to deliver any practical result.



Source of conflict

Donetsk and Lugansk are two mainly Russian-speaking regions in eastern Ukraine, which have been hit by deadly clashes between pro-Russia forces and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations in April last year to crush pro-Russia protests there.

In May 2014, the situation in the two flashpoint regions started to worsen as residents overwhelmingly voted for independence from Ukraine in referendums.

R ~ So we pick up from the early start to the Kiev putsch and their deliberate provocations for war with Russia to the current situation which finds the Ukraine army pretty much routed at the hands of the Donetsk and Lugansk independence fighters. Of course those terms are not used in the west which prefers to call them pro-Russians, as if that were a bad thing. As usual the media distortions of what has taken place in east Ukraine is at a par with the Iraq and Syrian and Libyan reporting we've come to know and distrust. Paid hacks are paid hacks in every country still harboring a printing press.

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- 'Mission is over': Europe in shock as Ukraine kills integration plan
« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2015, 03:20:06 AM »
While FB was lost in the ether, a source of info on the Ukraine situation was The Vineyard of the Saker.

Interesting video posted there recently on the Ukraine situation... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68RErgHOzN8

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- 'Mission is over': Europe in shock as Ukraine kills integration plan
« Reply #26 on: March 02, 2015, 04:13:02 AM »
US govt issues logistics support tender for 300 military personnel in Ukraine

Published time: March 02, 2015 19:42
source: http://rt.com/news/236953-us-logistics-troops-ukraine/


Reuters / Sgt. Stephen A. Gober

The US is planning to send about 300 military personnel to Ukraine from March to October to train the Ukrainian army, according to a tender on a US government website that requires logistics for the troops.

The US government has published a tender, saying it’s hiring services for the movement of equipment and approximately 300 US personnel in Ukraine, according to the Federal Business Opportunities website.

“The contractor shall provide all equipment, vehicles, and personnel necessary to provide ground transportation in accordance with the ordering clause,” the tender states.

Transportation will be required from 5 March until 31 October for about three return trips from Lvov International Airport to the International Peace Keeping and Security Center (IPSC) in Yavoriv.

In February, Washington confirmed it will send troops to Ukraine to train Kiev troops fighting against the militias in eastern Ukraine.

“We’ll train them in security tasks, medical [tasks], how to operate in an environment where the Russians are jamming [communications] and how to protect [themselves] from Russian and rebel artillery," US Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges was cited as saying by Reuters on February 11.

The Ukrainian government requested the training as "they work to reform their police forces and establish their newly formed National Guard," Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman told Defense News in January.

Funding for the mission was requested by the President Barack Obama administration in the fiscal 2015 budget and comes from the congressionally authorized Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF). The US is reportedly ready to spend $19 million to put the Ukrainian National Guard through its paces.

The UK has followed the US and is planning to send up to 75 British military personnel in March. They will offer medical, intelligence, logistics and infantry training to the Ukrainian army.

Prime Minister David Cameron said in February that UK support would be given “well away from the area of conflict,” adding that the purpose of aid would be to improve Ukraine’s tactical advantage.

Poland voiced support by saying that Warsaw will send military advisers to Ukraine.

"The defense ministry intends to send Polish instructors to support the training of Ukrainian non-commissioned officers," Defense Ministry adviser Boguslaw Pacek told Reuters in February.

The Yavoriv operations site, near the Polish-Ukrainian border, is the largest military firing range in Europe, covering 40,000 square kilometers. The last international military exercises in the Lvov region took place in September 2014. About 1,300 servicemen from 15 countries, including the US, Canada, Germany and the UK participated.

Despite the Minsk-2 peace agreement brokered on February 12, Washington is still mulling over sending weapons to Ukraine.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in February that supplying weapons would “escalate the whole situation” in eastern Ukraine and “would be a major blow to the Minsk agreements.”

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon previously warned that supplying weapons to Ukraine would worsen the conflict, Reuters reported in February.

Read moreUS arming Kiev would ‘explode’ situation in E. Ukraine – Russian Foreign Ministry

The White House has also admitted that possible military assistance from the US to Ukraine could increase violence.

“Providing additional military assistance could and is likely to have the effect of increasing the bloodshed,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on February 5.

The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, said the US is already supplying Kiev with ammunition and weapons on a “large-scale basis.”

Meanwhile, former US diplomat James Jatras, told RT: “This discussion in Washington about supplying weapons has been going on for some time. Usually that indicates that some kind of a covert program is already in operation and that we already are supplying some weapons directly.”

Commenting on a statement recently made by Poroshenko that the weapons are not intended for offensive use, Jatras said: “The notion that there are offensive and defensive weapons is really absurd here,” and that supplying the weapons is “clearly designed to give Kiev some kind of military option that Kiev does not currently have, and of course it has an offensive intent behind it.”

R - Here, there, everywhere - the omnipresent USG. In this case it's clear that the Ukraine military is falling apart and needs bolstering.
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- 'Mission is over': Europe in shock as Ukraine kills integration plan
« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2015, 04:37:32 AM »
‘We should absolutely consider lethal aid’ to Ukraine – US Gen. Martin Dempsey

Published time: March 04, 2015 13:22
Edited time: March 04, 2015 19:42
source: http://rt.com/usa/237601-ukraine-lethal-aid-dempsey/



Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Even with a sustainable ceasefire active in Ukraine, the US top brass is nursing schemes of arming Kiev troops with lethal aid, while the US president has prolonged anti-Russian sanctions introduced a year ago in connection with the Ukraine crisis.

It’s the first time that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, has spoken out in favor of supplying Kiev troops with American weapons.

“I think we should absolutely consider lethal aid and it ought to be in the context of NATO allies because [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s ultimate objective is to fracture NATO,” AFP cited Dempsey, speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

US Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges said in Berlin on Tuesday that Ukraine is demanding from Washington "intelligence, counter fire capability and something that can stop a Russian tank."

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said that supplying Ukraine with lethal aid is going to increase stakes for Russia, accused of helping the rebels in eastern Ukraine militarily, something Moscow consistently denies.

"When [Russian] mothers start seeing sons come home dead, when that price goes up, then that domestic support begins to shrink," Hodges said, as cited by AP.

"If you don't have something that gives muscle to the diplomacy, to the economic aspect, then it's not going to be as effective," he said.

A month ago, when the conflict in eastern Ukraine was in full swing, the Obama administration, was considering sending only “defensive” weapons to Kiev forces.

Now that the armed hostilities in Ukraine have been put on hold in general, Washington is going public with plans to supply Kiev with lethal aid.

US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, said on Wednesday that Obama has not yet decided whether to send arms to Ukraine. Nuland said that Obama has received recommendations and advice from cabinet members but is still deliberating.

America’s NATO allies, namely France and Germany, have spoken against arming Ukraine, a move that could shatter the fragile peace that have just settled in the country torn by a civil war.

Both sides of the conflict are currently fulfilling their obligations under the peace agreement signed between the Kiev authorities and the rebels on February 12, pulling away all major artillery and multiple rocket launching systems from the frontline.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said last week that UK is not going to supply Ukraine with lethal weaponry, but British troops might support Kiev with tactical intelligence, training and logistics.

Poland also announced it may follow the UK’s lead and send military advisers to Ukraine to help train troops.

In early February, the foreign minister of NATO member state Lithuania told media that his country should provide defensive arms to Kiev.

According to UN estimates, the number of casualties from the Ukrainian conflict – now 11 months old - exceed 6,000.
Obama prolonged anti-Russian sanctions

When it comes to sanctions against Russia, which is accused of providing military support to the Ukrainian rebels, NATO member states are presenting united front. On Tuesday, Western powers once again threatened Moscow with more sanctions if Russia, which has always stressed is not a side of the conflict, somehow violates the truce.

The US President Barack Obama has prolonged the sanctions introduced against Russia by Executive Order 13660 on March 6, 2014, “to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

The actions of the Russian government “undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets,” claims the order.

The US sanctions against Russian economy and authorities are prolonged for another year. But European states that have suffered the worst consequences from the Russia’s countermeasures, are likely to reconsider the trade war with Moscow, believes Russian Economic Development Minister Aleksey Ulyukaev.
Europe considers suspending sanctions

“As regards the sanctions, I have mentioned some aspects of this issue,” Ulyukaev said following talks with the new EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom.

“Firstly, the aspect of the political development now that we see that the Minsk agreements are implemented in real life, when the tensions fall, when there is a real separation of the conflict participants, and this is the reason for a revision. As far as I understood, Malmstrom treats my position with understanding, and she shares it in general,” said Ulyukaev as cited by Prime business news agency.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said on Tuesday that sanctions could be removed altogether if the Minsk peace agreements are fully observed.

R ~ '"When [Russian] mothers start seeing sons come home dead, when that price goes up, then that domestic support begins to shrink," Hodges said, as cited by AP.'
Fortunately American mothers don't see theor sons coming home dead thanks to a muzzled/complacent press. besides every dead American is an instant hero and the mothers can take solace in patriotism and a lifeless flag. And let's get this straight, Dempsey and his band of merry warriors have ALWAYS considered sending troops to the Ukraine. They are there now trying to patch together a conscript army that has been cut to pieces, underfed, underarmed, underequipped and with no sense of patriotism.
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