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Thursday, 20 February 2014

20 February 2014. Let’s Break the Tension… There be Some INTERESTING Cats Out There…

00 Cats 01. Millie the Guard Cat. 20.02.14

I think that we’re all wrung out with the story of the Kiev fighting. Yes… we’ll have to return to it. For now, let’s take a break and romp with the furbies…

This is Millie… she’s a guard cat in England. I shit you not… she guards the premises… and she does look SERIOUS…

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00 Cats 02. Kuzma the Library Cat. 20.02.14

In Novorossisk, Kuzma is an “assistant librarian”… he takes his job very seriously…

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00 Cats 03. Belgian Postal Cat. 20.02.14

In the 1970s, “post cats” appeared in Belgium, in a village near Liège. Yes, they deliver the mail… yes, they get it right… no, I don’t know how they do it…

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00 Cats 04. Stubbs the Mayor Cat. 20.02.14

Stubbs is the “Acting Mayor” of Talkeetna AK USA… he’s been shot with an air gun, a dog gave him a vicious bite, but he lives up to the ideal of “I takes a licking, but I keeps on ticking”…

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00 Cats 05. Larry  the UK Mouser Cat. 20.02.14

Larry is the Chief Mouser of the UK… he lives at 10 Downing Street. Vicious liars claim that Larry sleeps on the job, but every one knows that cats are nocturnal…

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00 Cats 06. Tama the Station Master Cat. 20.02.14

Tama is the “station master” of the railway stop at Kishi Station on the Kishigawa Line in Kinokawa (Wakayama Prefecture) in Japan…. since Tama’s been on the job, ridership from the station is up 10 percent… would I lie to youse guys?

Let’s all smile and break the tension… for the cruel world is still waiting for us… but it can wait for a while, can’t it?

BMD

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The Ukrainian Crisis: The EU Isn’t a Happy Paradise

00 Svoboda anti-Russian poster. 21.12.13

THIS is the sort of hate spread by the oppos… any questions?

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German journalist Andrea Seibel wrote in Die Welt, “The Ukraine’s division is fatal for it”. She added that the nationalist Western Ukraine seeks self-determination within the EU, whilst the Eastern Ukraine wants to share paths with Russia. Of course, for Seibel, Russia symbolises everything that isn’t free. So far, the attitude of most European and American media outlets is equally one-sided… the West is good and the East is bad. Yes, indeed, the Ukraine has deep divisions; this fact is visible from the different reactions found in various Ukrainian regions to the tragic events in Kiev. In the Western city of Lvov, so-called activists attacked a military base and blew up a munitions depot. In the eastern cities of Kharkov and Donetsk, the local population thwarted attempts to attack local government offices, as they don’t want nationalist Western Ukrainians ruling over them.

The question is, “Who’s teaching Ukrainians unity?” During the last ten years, the EU has seen divisions such as those not seen since the time of the religious wars in the 16th and 17th centuries. The animosity between Europe’s formerly Protestant North and its formerly Catholic South is visible; it sometimes reaches beyond the limits of decency. In our times, this animosity centres over different countries’ attitude to budget policies and the problems of public debt. Germany, Holland, Finland, and other countries with balanced budgets and good credit ratings happen to be Northern and Protestant; they often indulge in what people now euphemistically call “anti-Mediterranean rhetoric”. For example, Stephan Richter, the editor of The Globalist, said that the first Protestant, Martin Luther, would’ve never agreed to include Italy and Spain in a monetary union. Herr Richter explained his stance by these countries’ Catholic past and their, I quote, “fiscal sins”.

Therefore, even the EU isn’t a happy paradise with no divisions. Nevertheless, Russia and the Ukraine don’t try to play on these divisions. On the contrary, the Ukrainian and Russian élites made efforts for many years to integrate themselves into this European entity. The whole conflict in the Ukraine started with the pretext that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was unwilling to go along that road fast enough. Yet, let’s not forget…  Yanukovich didn’t cancel his country’s association agreement with the EU. He just postponed it for financial reasons. Still, this was enough for the EU to declare a propaganda war against him, declaring him Russia’s stooge and a representative of the presumably “unfree” Eastern Ukraine. “Divide and Rule”… this ancient Imperial Roman tactic seems to be in vogue now more than ever. However, Russia and Ukraine abuse this norm much more rarely than some other political entities… on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

20 February 2014

Dmitri Babich

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_20/Ukraine-crisis-European-Union-is-not-a-happy-paradise-6117/

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20 February 2014. The Situation in Kiev Develops

00 Kiev riots 02. 20.02.14

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On Thursday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Ukraine and the West should distance themselves from radicals. He said in a press conference in Baghdad, “Russia thinks that the Ukrainian opposition and Western countries should keep a distance between themselves and extremists and other radicals”. During a Rada session today, oppositionists insisted on return to a parliamentary-presidential form of government and on readopting the Constitution of 2004. Aggressive rioters approached the Rada building, seizing buildings in the centre of Kiev, burning tyres as a smokescreen, and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at security forces. According to the MVDU, the radicals used firearms.

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Dmitri Peskov, the Presidential Press Secretary, said that President Vladimir Putin sent Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin to Kiev as a mediator in the negotiations with the opposition at the request of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, saying, “A telephone conversation between President Putin and President Yanukovich occurred, on the initiative of the Ukrainian side, during which the Ukrainian President suggested that the head of the Russian state should send a Russian representative to Kiev to take part in the negotiations with the opposition as a mediator, so, Putin decided to send CommissionerVladimir Lukin on this mission. As everyone knows, Vladimir Petrovich (Lukin) has abundant experience of diplomatic service, and a considerable reputation among human rights advocates; besides that, he headed a major opposition party”.

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On Thursday, Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Vitaly Zakharchenko said that MVDU units have permission to use deadly force, after two days of fierce fighting on the streets of Kiev killed more than 50 people. A month-long stand-off between Berkut spetsnaz troops and protesters demanding régime change erupted in fresh violence this week and the government is under pressure from both Russia and the West to regain control of the situation. Zakharchenko said in a statement published on the MVDU website, “I signed an order for police to use combat weapons, which they can use within legal guidelines”. Television video showed police firing bursts from assault rifles; in another video, an opposition militant in a helmet opened fire from behind a tree. Zakharchenko urged protesters to hand in their weapons and opposition leaders to condemn radical actions.

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Orthodox clergy in Kiev held a service to commemorate the victims of the continuing violence at the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra. The Chancellor of the UOC/MP, Metropolitan Antony Pakanich of Borispol and Brovary, served a pannikhida for those who died in the violent street clashes in Kiev. At the service in the Assumption Cathedral, Metropolitan Antony said, “Today, we’ve come here to pray for those who perished. We should pray to God for the end of violence that’s split our nation so that He’ll bestow love and tolerance on us”.

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Reports say that downtown Kiev residents are fleeing en masse after a shaky truce between the legitimate government and oppositionists collapsed. A Golos Stolitsy correspondent said that the fighting caused huge traffic jams at the bridges as downtown residents hurried to cross over from the Dneper‘s troubled right bank.

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Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Western mainstream media are distorting the situation in the Ukraine. Speaking at a press conference in Baghdad, Lavrov accused Western media of giving biased coverage on the Ukrainian political crisis. The latest accounts estimate the number of dead at 35 following clashes that erupted across the country, with over 500 injured in Kiev alone. Moscow accused extremist oppositionists of pushing the country towards the edge, adding that the rhetoric of foreign officials incited radicalism and contributed to the unrest.

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On Thursday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) official spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich issued a statement saying, “Now that rebel fighters use firearms on an increasingly greater scale, one should see this, beyond any doubt, as an overt attempt to stage a coup d’état and use force to seize power. We strongly denounce action by radical extremists, who’re chiefly responsible for the violence and bloody outrage”.

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Russia issued an official warning to oppositionist leaders in Kiev, saying that they must put an immediate stop to bloodshed. On Thursday, MID spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich said that the oppositionist leadership must resume peaceful dialogue with the government and refrain from all threats and ultimatums, noting, “We’d like to reiterate our demand that the ‘Maidan’ leadership immediately end this bloodshed and start looking for a peaceful way out of the crisis, without any threats or ultimatums. We can and must settle this situation within a constitutional framework, with the current Ukrainian government”.

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Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the West incorrectly interprets the extremists’ actions in Ukraine and threaten the legitimate government with sanctions. At a press conference in Baghdad, Lavrov said, “Our Western partners in Europe and the USA are laying all the blame on the country’s authorities and fail to properly qualify the extremists’ actions. We’re really concerned about this, because double standards are obvious here, they’re threatening [the government] with sanctions, and not only threatening, but the Americans already imposed them, thereby encouraging the opposition to dismiss any compromises”.

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On Thursday, the Lvov municipal administration posted on its Facebook page that a Russian diplomatic mission came under attack overnight in Lvov, in the Western Ukraine. Across the city, shopping malls and administrative headquarters had to go on the defensive to fight off looters, some of whom believed to be both underage and drunk. Andrei Sadovy, Mayor of Lvov, said, “We managed to fend off attempted attacks on shopping malls, a Russian consulate, and the Sikhovsky Raion administration; we stopped a few other incidents. What we saw here was obviously a foreign scenario for destabilising the situation in Lvov”. Sadovy also warned owners of liquor shops who reportedly sold spirits to minors that he’d punish any such offence with a complete ban on alcohol sales in the city. He emphasised, “I’ll issue a complete ban on all alcohol sales in the city if there’s a single report that someone sold liquor either after 22.00 or to an underage person”.

 20 February 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_20/Ukraine-and-western-countries-should-stand-apart-from-radicals-Russia-1642/

 http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_20/Russias-Putin-sending-envoy-to-Kiev-as-mediator-at-request-of-Yanukovych-0447/

 http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_20/Ukrainian-police-force-armed-with-combat-weapons-ministry-9856/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_20/Kiev-holds-prayer-service-for-unrest-victims-3978/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_20/Traffic-jammed-as-masses-flee-downtown-Kiev-and-right-bank-reporter-8651/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_20/Russian-FM-accuses-Western-media-of-distorting-truth-about-Ukraine-unrest-9792/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_20/Coup-dEtat-and-seizure-of-power-are-currently-attempted-in-Ukraine-Russia-9500/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_20/Russia-demands-Kiev-protest-leaders-put-immediate-stop-to-bloodshed-0377/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_20/West-wrongly-interpreting-extremistsactions-in-Kiev-by-threatening-Ukrainian-authorities-with-sanctions-Russian-FM-1806/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_20/Russian-diplomatic-mission-malls-in-Ukraine-fend-off-night-attacks-8158/

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MVDU Halted Train from Lvov Containing Contraband Firearms… Crimea Mulls Secession from the Ukraine

00 Trip-wire pipe bomb. 20.02.14

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According to the MVDU, cops stopped a train from Lvov in Kiev. They seized six homemade bombs, firearms, live ammunition, sticks, and shotguns from passengers. The authorities opened a criminal case on the matter. Meanwhile, a member of the Party of Regions, Oleg Tsaryov, just back from a rally of party supporters, told LifeNews that the rebels in downtown Kiev have not only submachineguns and sniper rifles, but also grenade launchers and a machine-gun. According to the latest reports, 28 people have already died in riots in the centre of Kiev. Dozens of others are in hospital, including MVDU personnel.

20 February 2014

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On Thursday, Vladimir Konstantinov, the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea (VS ARK), didn’t rule out that the Crimea wouldn’t secede from the conflict-ridden Ukraine if the political crisis spirals further out of control. He said, “It might happen if the country splits. Anyway, the entire situation is heading towards it”.

20 February 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_20/Ukrainian-police-stop-train-with-firearms-7187/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_20/Crimea-may-mull-breaking-away-from-Ukraine-5300/

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