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Monday, 20 January 2014

Rioters and Police in Tense Standoff in Kiev After Violence

00 Kiev. riots 02. 20.01.14

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Editor’s Note:

The attempt of the pro-Western quislings to break the resolve of the Ukrainian government failed. Sunday’s riot attempted to terrorise the government into resigning. You NEVER negotiate with thugs who’re throwing rocks at you. The West made a naked attempt to topple the Yanukovich government… it failed utterly. Shame on Vitaly Klichko… he’s nothing but an émigré long-resident in the West who does the West’s bidding. He holds Germany’s highest civilian award… and, under Angela Merkel, that means that Klichko has sold his birthright for a comfortable life in the EU.

It isn’t over yet… but the oppos failed to put a pro-Western puppet junta into power. Kiev may well be “a bridge too far”.

BMD

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On Monday, police and anti-government rioters in Kiev stood down after some of the worst street violence since protests began in November. Rioters erected barricades on a street near main government buildings in an apparent effort to extend their control beyond the main square occupied by protestors for almost two months. One could see torched vehicles still smouldering on downtown streets, a reminder of unrest unleashed on Sunday when a group of aggressive rioters broke away from a rally voicing discontent at wide-ranging legislation to clamp down on the current protests. The violent clashes, which ran late into the night, saw police deploy water cannonsstun grenades, and tear gas against mobs throwing Molotov cocktailsfirecrackers, and other projectiles. Reportedly, the clashes injured around 60 police, as well as several dozen rioters. UNIAN cited health officials as saying three demonstrators lost an eye and that one had a hand amputated as a result of injuries sustained in the fighting. Reports say that the injured include two journalists from Izvestia and American-run Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Police arrested more than 20 people and opened an investigation into the rioting.

Since late November, rallies brought the heart of Kiev to a standstill after opposition activists occupied the Maidan in response to a government decision to pull back from closer ties with the EU in favour of economic coöperation with the Eurasian Economic Community. Initially focused on the EU decision, with time, discontent degenerated into mere anti-government agitation. On Monday morning, rioters used charred vehicles, debris from the earlier day’s fighting, and chemical toilets to create a line of defence between themselves and police near the Rada and Cabinet of Ministers building. One could see some people hurling objects from behind the barricades at police. One protestor stripped to the waist, braving temperatures well below freezing, to wave a Ukrainian flag at police.

The MVDU accused opposition deputies of fomenting unrest by handing out sticks pointed with metal spikes to demonstrators. Meanwhile, the police face claims that they intentionally fired on journalists with rubber bullets. Reputedly, the government shall hold talks with opposition leaders on Monday in a bid to find a way out of the increasingly unpleasant political impasse. Vitaly Klichko {mostly resident in Germany… he’s a pro-Western carpetbagger and quisling: editor}, leader of the UDAR opposition party, called on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to take part personally in talks. Earlier Monday, however, Yanukovich formed a government group to work to settle the political crisis.

20 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140120/186731613/Demonstrators-Police-in-Tense-Standoff-in-Kiev-After-Violence.html

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Mighty KAMAZ Wins Dakar Rally for the 12th Time

00 Dakar 2014 Rally. KAMAZ-Master Team. Russian winners. 20.01.14

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During the final stage of the Dakar 2014 rally, the crew of Andrei Karginov from the KAMAZ-Master Team lost time whilst offering help to a Chinese ATV driver. However, the judges decided that they’d compensate him for the time lost, and, finally, named Karginov the winner in the truck class. Gérard de Rooy, a Dutch driver, refused to help the Chinese driver of the broken-down ATV. When the crews of Karginov and Nikolayev came, they tried to help, but with no success though. They saw that they needed to use special equipment. With the help of Karginov’s KAMAZ truck, the Chinese driver was able to re-enter the race. This cleared the road, eliminating all danger to traffic. A statement posted on the website of the KAMAZ-Master Team said, “The fact that the members of the Russian crew offered help to their Chinese colleague (No 319) is indisputable, and the organisers decided to compensate the KAMAZ-Master Team crew for the time lost”. Gérard de Rooy from the Netherlands came second in the team count. Eduard Nikolayev was third, Dmitri Sotnikov was fourth, and Anton Shibalov was fifth. They’re all members of the world-famous KAMAZ-Master Team, which has won the Dakar rally for the 12th time.

19 January 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_01_19/Russian-racer-wins-Dakar-rally-1237/

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USA Threatens Sanctions as Tensions Rise in Kiev

00 Kiev. Riots. 20.01.14

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Editor’s Note:

The American move is overwhelmingly stupid; it’s completely counter to the American national interest (it weakens their local allies, showing them up as American stooges). Besides which, Russia’s RIGHT NEXT DOOR. Yanukovich need only call on VVP and help would be on the way instantly. The USA listened to the Galician Uniate blathering for too long… it believes their drivel. The USA has no dog in this fight; the Ukraine is part of the Orthosphere, of Greater Russia, it’s not part of the West. In short, it’s ours… by culture, by religion, by folkways, by customs, and by shared history. I say, “Let Galicia go to the Westerners… they’d find them hard taskmasters and stingy with the gelt. Let Zakarpattya go to Slovakia in federal union… they’d get on in peace as they’ve always have (the Slovaks are live n’ let live sorts)”. The rest of the Ukraine would rejoin their Russian confrères… they’d bless their Carpatho-Russian brethren (that would be an amicable parting) and they’d ignore the Galicians and their caterwauling (I wouldn’t want to be a Galician in the Ukraine after this… such a divorce will leave a sour taste in Russian and Ukrainian mouths).

In short, the USA is ENSURING that the Ukraine joins the EvrAsES and that it’ll join the Eurasian Union when founded. Hasn’t anyone told neocon Republicans and interventionist Democrats of the Law of Unintended Consequence? Didn’t they learn from their fiasco in South Ossetia? The USA is NOT the “sole superpower”… the sooner it learns this sobering reality, the better it’ll be for all concerned…

Do note that today’s an American federal holiday (Martin Luther King Day)… was this something ginned up by underlings left to stew in the District as their elders and betters took off to do politics and have some time off? Interesting speculation, no (most pols are in their districts schmoozing the voters, BTW)? Oh, yes… attacking cops and burning buses isn’t “peaceful protest”… if it happened in DC, the cops would be out in force, swinging their batons twice as fiercely as the Ukie cops just did.

BMD

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The USA slammed the Ukrainian government over violent clashes between police and demonstrators in Kiev Sunday and threatened to impose sanctions if cops use force against protesters. News reports indicated many casualties amongst rioters as police deployed water cannons, stun grenades, and tear gas against protesters throwing Molotov cocktails, firecrackers, and other projectiles at police. National Security Council spokesman Caitlin Hayden {she’s such a minor figure that nothing substantial is available on her: editor} said that the USA is deeply concerned about the latest clashes. The AP reported that she said, “[The Ukrainian government] moved to weaken the foundations of the Ukraine’s democracy by criminalising peaceful protest and stripping civil society and political opponents of key democratic protections under the law”. She called on Ukraine to open a dialogue with the opposition {yes, let’s open a dialogue with terrorists, something the USA itself rejects: editor}. The White House said that the USA is considering measures including sanctions if the Ukrainian government uses violence, echoing a warning from the US State Department last month.

On Sunday, a crowd of about 10,000 rioters gathered in downtown Kiev to protest new legislation that lawmakers passed last week to limit protests. Tensions ran high well into the night as police reportedly used water cannons and tear gas against demonstrators near the Rada building, whilst protesters hurled various objects and smoke bombs at police. The violence continued despite appeals from opposition leaders, including Vitaly Klichko {Klichko is a millionaire; he’s lived long in Germany and has high awards from its government… in short, he’s a new Bandera; he’s a quisling and pro-Western lickspittle: editor}, at the scene. On Monday, the MVDU said that rioters injured about 100 police, 61 of whom were in hospital. It also said that rioters burned six police cars. UNIAN cited authorities as saying 103 protesters sought medical help as of early Monday morning, with 42 of them in hospital. Police arrest more than 20 people, and the authorities opened an investigation into the affair.

Media reports said the police held a film crew from the American-run Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, but officials hadn’t issued any confirmation as of Monday afternoon {Potapov must condemn the RFE/RL role in this… but he won’t. I’d say that he showed himself untrustworthy in the extreme by this omission: editor}. 5 Kanal reported that two men who identified themselves as construction workers said they were hiding from the clashes when a group of policemen ordered them to strip before beating them and pouring water over them. Temperatures are well below zero (32 degrees Fahrenheit) in Kiev. Police said that they were looking into the claims.

Late Sunday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said on his official website that he’d instructed National Security and Defence Council head Andrei Klyuyev to form a working group of ministers and presidential administration officials to solve the political crisis. Korrespondent.net reported Monday that Vadim Kolesnichenko, a Party of Regions Rada deputy, said “foreign special services” were behind the anti-government protests. Kolesnichenko defended the new law on protests as similar to those existing in the EU and the USA. Sunday’s riot was the latest in a series of large-scale street protests that started in the Ukraine in November after the government announced that it’d postpone the signing of an association agreement with the EU and delayed trade deals with the EU, opting instead to strengthen ties with Moscow.

20 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140120/186719842/US-Threatens-Sanctions-as-Tensions-Rise-in-Kiev.html

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