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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Crimean Government Will Raise Funds for Medical Care for Donbass Kids

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Save Donbass Children

ADNAKA

2014

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Arina Novoselskaya, Minister of Culture of the Republic of the Crimea reported that the Crimean government is ready to raise funds for the medical care of kids injured in the present war in Novorossiya. RIA Novosti stated that Novoselskaya noted that they’d raise the money needed through the charity festival Masters of Arts of Crimea for the Children of the Donbass. The festival, which started in Simferopol, will feature the Crimean Philharmonic and the Crimean branch of the all-Russian Choral Society in charity concerts in five Crimean cities. Novoselskaya said, “Taking into account the different outcomes from various forms of aid, we chose to use targeted assistance. We’d give focused support; we’d cooperate with the hospitals treating kids affected by the hostilities and the general social upheaval in the Donbass. We’d help individual children, by paying for their medical treatment”.

14 September 2015

RT на русском

http://russian.rt.com/article/115296

Monday, 5 January 2015

A Renaissance for the Crimea? Peninsula Looks with Hope to the Future

00 crimea. pro-novorossiya rally. 05.01.15

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A few days before the end of 2014, I visited Crimea to see the immediate effects of its reunification with Russia. I found a peninsula largely content with its historic choice, but grappling with a future that, whilst promising much, won’t be easy. The Azov Sea winds roared and the waters were choppy. A lone Russian policeman is trying to keep order among hundreds of frustrated car drivers on the approach to Port Kavkaz, from where it’s only 4 kilometres by ferry to Crimea’s Kerch. I’ve been slowly inching forward for five hours. Frustration is general and rain lashes down. I approach the officer, asking if I can expect to reach Crimea tonight. He explained, whilst pointing towards the sky, “Normally, it only takes an hour or two, but the weather was horrible all day. Until we build a bridge across the strait, we’re at His mercy”. As I return to my vehicle, a man in a Sevastopol-registered car rolls down his window and asked for an update, “What’s he saying?” I replied, “That God will decide when we get there”. He shot back, “I hope God knows we’re trying to get home for New Year. I’m tired. I’ve already driven from Rostov”. I retorted, “Maybe if Crimea goes back to the Ukraine, God would call off the storm?” My interlocutor moaned, “No, No, No! Crimea is never returning to the Ukraine! I’d sit here for six months rather than do that”.

I’d arrived at Port Kavkaz at 19.00. Eventually, we rolled onto the ferry at 01.00. It might have been the music, Damien Rice was monotonously warbling on my stereo, but I instantly fell asleep. At 05.00, the angry occupant of the car behind knocked at my window, “Wake up! Wake up! We’re here!” So, we go off the boat, into Kerch. There are no lights at all. The Ukrainian authorities cut off electricity to the Crimea. Better to head for Simferopol then than wait for Kerch to wake up. The roads aren’t as bad as I’d feared; clearly, the new Russian authorities have already made some investment in them. However, the evidence of two decades of Kiev’s misrule is hard to miss. Wild dogs roam the villages and material poverty is obvious. Bear in mind that I’ve crossed from the wealthy Russian southwest… Sochi, Anapa, Novorossiysk. Compared to the glitz, glamour, and modernity of prosperous Sochi, this is another world. It’s akin to leaving San Diego and immediately entering Albania.

In Simferopol, the power is back on. It’s breakfast time at the Hotel Moscow. I asked the server, “Where are you from?” She replied, “Yalta, Russia”. Yalta is a legendary Tsarist and Soviet resort; until a year ago, it was the Ukraine’s “summer capital”. Oddly, when I was in Yalta in 2013, a friend from Lvov asked me what it was like. I answered, “Russia”. The differences with the mainland Ukraine were already glaring then. At the next table, Dmitri and Leonid, two local entrepreneurs, are having a pow-pow. I seize the opportunity to gauge their feelings about the new Crimea. Dmitri said, “Imagine you’re a dog at the pound and you’ve just given up hope, then, suddenly, a kind man comes and takes you home… that’s how we feel”. Leonid butted in quickly, “Putin adopted us, rescued us. I’m 30. I’ve lived in a failed state for most of my life. This is the first time I feel there are real prospects for the Crimea. Kiev didn’t care about us… only to steal from us and have holidays here. I noted that the new sanctions from the US would surely affect the business climate. Dmitri laughed, “Obama’s a donkey, let me be clear. When a drunken Ukrainian from the Donbass [Soviet leader N S Khrushchyov] handed the Crimea to the Ukraine, did the Americans have sanctions then? No, they didn’t. I had American English teachers from the Peace Corps. These Americans were always talking about democracy and freedom. We democratically voted to rejoin Russia. If they love democracy so much, why do they sanction us for our free choice?” As I left, Leonid shouted, “Crimea was Russia, Crimea is Russia, and Crimea will always be Russia!”

The next stop is Sudak, where I promised to meet a Tatar who contacted me via social media after reading a piece I wrote about the Crimea earlier last year. Tamila defines herself as Ukrainian and is just back from Kiev. She said, “It’s like communism here again”. I replied, “It seems pretty capitalist to me”. She shot back, “I mean it’s like the Soviet Union”. Tamila doesn’t like Russia, although she’s never been to the mainland. She supported the Euromaidan, but is disenchanted with the movement. “Of course, the Ukraine’s destroyed. Of course, we’re economically better off than them. Of course, Poroshenko betrayed the Maidan. However, I don’t trust Russia. Stalin deported my ancestors”. I counter that Stalin was Georgian. Tamila exclaimed angrily, “He was the ruler of Russia then”. I asked her, “What do you really want?” She said, “I think Crimea should be independent, its own country, but if that isn’t possible, I’d rather be managed by Kiev instead of Moscow”. Tamila accepts that most locals prefer union with Russia, saying forlornly, “The people think they’re going to be rich because they joined Russia. The Kremlin wants Crimea for its strategic military value. The Byzantines, Ottomans, even the British fought for this place. I understand that Russia won’t let the Americans come here, but I’d like to see another way”.

Driving toward Feodosiya, I spot a Ukrainian flag painted on a lamppost. It’s the first I’ve seen all day. Entering the city centre, there’s a traffic accident. A Russian-plated Toyota smacked into the rear of a Ukrainian-registered Lada. A crowd gathered… perfect timing to try talking to a few locals. Igor is an off-duty policeman. Although he’s not wearing it, my question is how does he feel in his new uniform? He told me, “I’m not political, but I know one thing, in the Ukraine, they paid me 2,000 grivna a month, which is about 8,000 roubles (819 Renmnbi. 8,352 INR. 132 USD. 157 CAD. 165 AUD. 112 Euros. 87 UK Pounds). It isn’t possible to live on this money. Suddenly, we joined Russia and my salary increased to 50,000 roubles (5,114 Renminbi. 52,655 INR. 823 USD. 967 CAD. 1,028 AUD. 697 Euros. 545 UK Pounds). So, one month pays more now than six did before. My wife’s a nurse, she also got a bigger amount of money, and the Russians are fixing the hospital”. I take a spin around Feodosiya, which is where the Crimean Riviera starts. At the main promenade, I buy a souvenir from a kiosk. The sales assistant, Galina, gave me a clear opinion, “When the USSR ended, we were promised the sun and stars; instead, for 20 years, it got worse here every year. My view is that the Ukraine’s a failure; it’s too weak. People here have more in common with Vladivostok than Lvov. It’s another world. The Ukraine should be like Yugoslavia and just break up into parts where everyone can be happy”.

Leaving Crimea was easier than entering it. The weather was calm and the crossing took only four hours from the start of the queue to landfall in Port Kavkaz. However, the urgent necessity for a bridge from the peninsula to the rest of Russia is obvious. Another stark observation is the difference in living standards between old and new Russia. Despite current economic problems, western media commentary fails to mention just how prosperous Russia is in comparison with most of its former Soviet satellites. During its time in the Ukraine, Crimea fell to pieces. Currently, Crimeans have hope. They earnestly believe that their economic nightmare under Kiev’s rule is over. How Russia responds in this regard will be vital. If it keeps its promises and invests money in great quantities, Crimea could be poised for a golden age. However, if Moscow fails to honour commitments, the mood may change.

5 January 2015

Bryan MacDonald

RT

http://rt.com/op-edge/219611-crimea-russia-renaissance-ukraine/

Thursday, 14 August 2014

14 August 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Geopolitics for Dummies

00 Geopolitics for Dummies. 14.08.14

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Mother Russia is calling the kids home… need I say more?

BMD

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Junta “Orders” Troop Withdrawal from the Crimea AFTER All Troops Gone… Notorious Terrorist Sashko Bily Dead… Right Sector Wants “Justice” for His “Murder”

00 Aleksandr Turchinov. Timoshenko hack. 23.02.14

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Aleksandr Turchinov, the boss of the American-installed junta, signed a decree on the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the Republic of Crimea (RK) and Sevastopol, which stated, “Enact the National Security and Defence Council decision of 23 March 2014 “On redeploying military units (divisions), institutions, and organisations of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and other military formations” from the Crimea into other regions of Ukraine. Turchinov’s press flacks announced that the National Security Council and the junta’s Security Council Secretary would monitor the decree’s implementation.

Meanwhile, the RK formed a temporary working committee to discuss repatriating military personnel and prisoners from the Ukraine to the RK. On Monday, the Presidium of the State Soviet of the RK (GS RK) voted to establish such a special committee. Svetlana Savchenko, the head of the commission and a member of the GS RK Presidium, said, “We’re talking about soldiers from the Crimea who’re serving outside the peninsula. This process could also affect people from the Republic of the Crimea now held in prison in the Ukraine”. She noted that it’s a complicated problem, as “it’s unclear with whom to negotiate” in the Ukraine. In turn, GS RK Chairman Vladimir Konstantinov noted that Minoborony officials would be part of the negotiation effort, and that the goal of the RK Commission is to gather information about the whereabouts of RK citizens, saying, “There are people with whom to negotiate, and the Minoborony created a negotiation team. We discussed this with Sergei Shoigu, the Minoborony head”.

Editor:

The unreality deepens… the Ukrainian forces have all left the Crimea. Finally, the junta ORDERS their withdrawal. If that isn’t proof that the junta’s as cracked as it’s illegitimate, I’ll retire to Bedlam with Mr Scrooge…

BMD

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An SBU source said that Greystone Limited, a commercial “military company”, would take charge of suppressing protest movements in the Eastern Ukraine. According to a source cited by ITAR-TASS, the junta believes that the SBU isn’t able to suppress protests and neutralise leaders and activists of the pro-Russian movement in the East. In particular, the source said, junta boss Aleksandr Turchinov is of this opinion, “Therefore, they decided to hire foreign mercenaries, who’d serve as political police and state security protection”. Our source stated that the idea to hire mercenaries came from oligarchs Igor Kolomoisky and Sergei Taruta, the junta governors of Dnepropetrovsk and Donetsk Oblasts. Not so long ago, during a meeting with Turchinov, they discussed a plan to stop the protest movements in the East. Kolomoisky noted, “Why reinvent the wheel if there are real people who understand how and how much to pay?” According to open source information, Greystone Limited is a subsidiary of Backwater, later renamed Academi. According to military experts, the company has ties with the CIA and the US Defence Department. Its employees participated in the American Afghan War; after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the company appeared in Iraq, becoming involved in training the new Iraqi armed forces and police, as well as supporting occupation forces.

Editor:

Note well that the junta doesn’t trust its own policemen and special services! It finds that the only forces available to it are unreliable and untrained neofascists enrolled in the so-called “National Guard”. Therefore, it’s turning to American forces enrolled as private mercs to give Langley deniability (betcha that most of ‘em are Galician Uniates from the American/Canadian diasporas). This is proof, even for the slow learners, that Langley and Foggy Bottom are the puppeteers behind the junta. It also proves that Christiane Amanpour is a painted whore for Langley (she made an unwarranted snide swipe at the daughter of Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin)… she doesn’t criticise the junta for hiring American mercs to shoot down civilians… no, indeed! She shouts, “Hooray for the New World Order (but without all the “black helicopter” conspiracy theory froufrou, if you please)!”

Where’s the junta getting the money for these pricey goons? Why, they’re for free… courtesy of the American taxpayer. Aren’t you glad that the Republican Party stamps its boot into the faces of the unemployed so that we have the money to pay for murderous yobbos throughout the world (it gives a new meaning to “Pro-Life”, doesn’t it?)? After all, we gotta protect the “investments” of the Affluent Effluent above all else (they have McMansions to pay for and country club dues aren’t cheap), dontcha know…

BMD

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A knowledgeable source told ITAR-TASS that the RF government discussed a draft plan to link the power grids of Krasnodar Krai and the Crimea. The first stage of the programme envisages creating reserve capacities of 500-700 megawatts. Our source said, “Russia delivered diesel generators with 56 megawatts capacity to the Crimea and we’re assembling nine mobile gas-turbine power plants with 202 megawatts capacity. We must complete this work by mid-May. We plan to give reserve capacities of 500-700 megawatts”. They added that this capacity exceeds Crimean domestic consumption. The peak electricity consumption in the Crimea is about 1.2 gigawatts, the usual level being 800 megawatts. Of this, some 50 megawatts goes to uninterruptible power supply facilities, such as social infrastructure and the Black Sea Fleet. Crimea’s own capacity is some 550 megawatts, with electricity from renewable sources accounting for 240-270 megawatts. The second stage of the programme, planned for two years ahead, envisaged linking the power grids of Krasnodar Krai and the Crimea through an undersea power transmission line under the Kerch Strait. According to preliminary estimates, the cost of the network and of the transformers would be about 50 billion roubles.

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“We must complete this process by mid-May”. One wonders if Russia’s expecting a complete cutoff of electricity from the Ukraine in mid-May… one also wonders why they’re expecting that. Russians aren’t dreamy bandura-strumming romantics… they’re hard-headed realists (living with bad neighbours with the habit of invasion made them so). Interesting, no?

BMD

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On Tuesday, local media reported that Aleksandr Muzichko, a leader of the far-right movement Right Sector, died in a gun-battle in murky circumstances in Rovno in the Western Ukraine. However, a Russian security source told Interfax that he remains on the international most wanted list on charges of banditry and establishment of an organised criminal group, saying, “Muzichko remains on the international most wanted list because, so far, the Russian side hasn’t received any official notification from its Ukrainian colleagues about his murder”. Furthermore, even if he’s truly dead, Russian law requires that criminal charges filed against Muzichko must go to court unless his relatives ask the Russian authorities to close the case.

Editor:

Where’s the Munchkin coroner when we need him? No one’s gonna miss “Sashko Bily” (“White Al” in peasant dialect)… even the junta was afraid of him. He had so many people looking for his head that it’s impossible to guess at the real perps:

  • The junta wanted him dead for threatening them
  • The Russians wanted him dead for fucking them up in the First Chechen War
  • The Chechens wanted him dead for knowing too much
  • The Jews wanted him dead as he was the vilest anti-Semite in the Ukraine
  • The Americans wanted him dead as he was a danger to their plans
  • Svoboda wanted him dead as he was a loose cannon who didn’t listen to Führer Tyagnibok

When that many people want you dead, you usually end up dead. One wonders if usually antagonistic people teamed up to kill him… politics DOES make for strange bed-partners at times, doesn’t it?

BMD 

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00 aleksandr muzichko 02. 26.03.14

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Editor:

What follows below is the OFFICIAL account. Read it in that spirit.

BMD

On Tuesday, Aleksandr Muzichko (AKA Sashko Bily (“White Al” in peasant dialect)), a member of an organised criminal group earlier placed on a wanted list, suffered serious wounds during his arrest as opened fire on the cops. Ukrainian First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov said at a briefing in Kiev “during his arrest, he was still alive, when the ambulance arrived, the crew pronounced him dead”. Late on 24 March, MVDU agents from the organised crime unit, including Sokol MVDU spetsnaz, carried out a special operation in Rovno Oblast to arrest the terrorist and his associates. Yevdokimov said that the arrest attempt took place at the Three Crucians café near Rovno, noting, “We arrested three people from the organised crime group and we seized an assault rifle and a pistol from them”. He went on to say that when the agents told them to “Freeze!”, Muzichko jumped from a window and then opened fire at a Sokol trooper, stating, “The bullet that Muzichko fired hit the Sokol trooper’s goggles, then, it stuck in his helmet; in response the injured trooper started shooting at him. Then, during the arrest itself, a fight occurred, with more shots fired”. The cops brought three detained bandits to Kiev and the authorities are questioning them {are they using the same torturers who aided the Americans during the Yushchenko junta? Perspirin’ minds wanna know: editor}. Yevdokimov said, “We believe that the actions of the group stipulate action under Article 257 of the UKU, ‘Banditry’”. He said that he asked local residents to aid “a more detailed investigation of the facts of this group’s activities”.

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On Tuesday, the Rump Rada appointed Colonel General Mikhail Koval as the junta’s “Defence Minister”. Of the 314 People’s Deputies present at the session, 251 supported the decision.

Editor:

Obviously, the junta’s former defence chief, Admiral Igor Tenyukh, stepped on a whole lotta toes. He had a habit of speaking the truth bluntly, with no treacly mealy-mouthed prevarications. He told the junta that the armed forces were useless… in no uncertain (and rather profane) terms. He headed the Minoborony Ukrainy for less than a month. The morale of the forces was in the shitter big time… now, it’s in the sewer… the junta flushed the professional officer corps “down the hole” (shades of Baby Plucky!). Do you need any more proof that the junta’s not only illegitimate, but incompetent as well?

BMD

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At a Tuesday briefing, Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Yevgeni Perebinis, said “The Ukraine neither was nor is planning to renew its nuclear status. Acting Foreign Minister Andrei Deshchitsa clearly expressed this position during his visit to the Hague”.

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00 aleksandr muzichko 03. 26.03.14

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The radical Right Sector demanded the immediate dismissal of Ukrainian Interior Minister Arseny Avakov and the arrest of members of the Sokol spetsnaz task force involved in killing nationalist leader Aleksandr Muzichko (AKA Sashko Bily (“White Al” in peasant dialect)) in Rovno Oblast early on Tuesday. At a news conference in Kiev on Tuesday, Right Sector leader Dmitri Yarosh said, “We can’t silently assent to the active counterrevolutionary activities of the MVDU. In this connection, we demand the dismissal of Interior Minister Arseny Avakov and we demand the arrest of the Sokol spetsnaz commander and all those guilty of [Muzichko’s] murder. Counterrevolutionary pressure on the Maidan and Right Sector as the vanguard of our revolution is noticeable of late. The murder of our brother-in-arms Aleksandr Muzichko… that’s exactly how we interpret what happened last night… confirms this. We understand that many want to unsettle and destabilise the situation in the Ukraine. Right Sector favoured and favours peace, tranquillity, and stability in our state, and we’ll do anything we can so that no incidents happen in the Ukraine”.

Editor:

This guy is SERIOUS. Smells like a new Committee of Public Safety, wot? I didn’t have any hopes at all for ordinary folks in the near term in the Ukraine. I think that opinion needs revision… downwards. God do have mercy on the suffering people of Little Russia.

BMD

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On Tuesday, Ukrainian First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov said at a press conference in Kiev, “I want to tell the Right Sector, the White Sector, [and others]… the time for disarmament is over, it’s expired. We’ll view any armed group and those with unlawful orientation as acting unlawfully, and all our actions would be within this framework. They’d be tough and resolute. Lately, incidents have become increasingly frequent in which armed people use Right Sector’s slogans, who introduce themselves as its members. They involve themselves in hostile takeovers of firms and companies or in other unlawful actions”.

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As of 25 March, 443 out of 703 Ukrainian providers licensed by the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of the Ukraine stopped broadcasting four Russian TV channels… Channel One (worldwide transmission), RTR-Planeta, Russia-24, and NTV-World. The National Council’s website reported that the Council received 28 letters of enquiry. Most of them came from the Cabinet of Ministers’ hot line and over 200 phone calls. Viewers mostly asked them to explain the reasons for shutting off the Russian channels. The junta’s official excuse was, “The reason for the shutoff was that they circulated information threatening Ukrainian national security, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, promoting war, violence, cruelty, spreading interethnic and racial hostility, encouraging religious strife, encroaching on human rights and freedoms. Most people understand this forced step. After these enquiries, most of those who called respect the explanations, but at the same time pointed up that they’d like to see TV serials and their favourite programmes, which are mostly interesting to older people”. Meanwhile, some viewers also reported that some providers didn’t comply with the National Council’s demand to stop broadcasting those TV channels and insisted on a respective response.

Konstantin Dolgov, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) Commissioner for Human Rights, said that one could only interpret this decision as an attack on democratic freedoms and violating the Ukraine’s international commitments, noting, “This deprives millions of people of civil rights, Ukrainian citizens, who have a right to watch TV and enjoy access to the Russian-language media”. Dolgov emphasised that the junta in Kiev, which came into power because of an anti-Constitutional coup, proclaimed its adherence to fundamental civil rights and freedoms and to democratic principles, observing, “The Kiev decision runs counter to those declarations”. Pavel Gusev, Chairman of the Moscow Union of Journalists, said, “A country that proclaims democratic development trends and signs respective political treaties with the EU lays itself open to ridicule when it shuts off Russian TV channels. On the one hand, the Ukraine pursues European democracy and on the other, inconsistently shuts off Russian TV channels. This is at odds with democratic principles”.

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Editor:

Just when I thought that this asylum couldn’t get any worse… it did. Just the news of the last day is surreal beyond all imagining… it’s Hieronymus Bosch on crack! Cheech n’ Chong are tokin’ up the bong, and they’re up in smoke… and they’re peddlin’ good shit to the junta (that’s the only logical explanation for the barmy goings-on that just get STRANGER by the day). Won’t someone get out the humane killer and put the Ukraine out of its misery? Too many ordinary folks are suffering…

BMD

25 March 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Ukraine-removes-its-remaining-troops-from-Crimea-and-Sevastopol-6450/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Ukrainian-leadership-to-hire-US-mercenaries-to-suppress-eastern-regions-source-3828/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Russia-may-link-power-grids-of-Krasnodar-territory-and-Crimea-within-two-years-2536/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Right-Sector-leader-killed-in-Ukraine-Russia-has-not-yet-been-oficially-notified-6506/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Sashko-Bily-was-fatally-injured-while-being-detained-by-law-enforcement-authorities-Ukrainian-Interior-Ministry-7378/

http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_03_25/Ukrainian-Rada-appoints-Mikhail-Koval-to-post-of-acting-Defense-Minister-9039/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Ukraine-has-no-plans-to-restore-its-status-as-nuclear-nation-Kiev-9413/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Ukrainian-radicals-demand-Interior-Ministers-dismissal-for-its-activist-murder-4458/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_25/Interior-Ministry-warns-it-now-views-all-armed-groups-as-illegal-deputy-minister-8819/

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