Crisis in Ukraine
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— The wedge between Ukraine and Russia over how to handle unrest in the eastern regions of Ukraine is on the verge of producing a serious wedge between the US and Western Europe. The immediate catalyst for both of these wedges is, of course, the escalating aggression Ukraine’s government is visiting on its own population in the eastern regions of the country.
By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR) – Unrest in Eastern Ukraine peaked today with the detonation of three bridges leading to Donetsk while at the same time Ukrainian troops barricaded Donetsk and Lugansk, two cities where residents have declared independent republics. As the unrest grows and larger numbers of Ukrainians flee their homes, some media analysts are questioning why Ukraine is slipping from headlines.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov argued forcefully for a ceasefire in Ukraine today at talks in Berlin between himself and the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Germany, and France. Lavrov was insistent about the need to organize full-scale, mutually respectful negotiations between the Maidan government and representatives of the eastern regions that have been resisting the Maidan regime of President Petro Poroshenko.
By Victoria Mashkova WASHINGTON (VR) – There hasn’t been a week since the escalation of the Eastern Ukraine conflict that Russian journalists working there haven’t been detained, injured or murdered. And this week, unfortunately, is not an exception.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – Russian President Vladimir Putin today proposed that the Upper House of the Federation Council of Russian Duma revoke the March 1 resolution, which allows Russia's military action in Ukraine. The move by Putin was hailed internationally and even by the White House, which has been largely critical of the Russian stance since the February uprising.
By Victoria Mashkova WASHINGTON (VR) – Russian journalists Igor Korneluyk and Anton Voloshin were confirmed dead in an area near the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk that was shelled in a battle between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – On Saturday, CNN International correspondent Ivan Watson was harassed, attacked, and detained by plain clothed police while he was giving on an air report about the first anniversary of mass protests in Istanbul.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) –Russia called the United Nations Security Council to an emergency meeting on Monday, amid troubling reports of violence and deadly airstrikes in eastern Ukrainian cities. Moscow seeks to discuss how to convince both sides of the conflict to end the fighting.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – The Bilderberg Summit, a meeting of some of the richest and most influential men and women on Earth was held in Copenhagen, Denmark last week. The Bilderberg Summit "was a precursor of bringing about the European Union and bringing about ultimately what is called the new world order or a global government," said Pete Papaheraklis, a reporter with the American Free Press.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR) — Ukraine's snap election of oligarch Petro Poroshenko on Sunday has not stemmed the Maidan regime's heavy-handed military operations in the eastern regions of the country. The fighting for Donetsk airport alone claimed dozens of lives in just one night. The backdrop of violence and widespread disaffection with the new regime in Kiev kept voter turnout in the East of Ukraine below 20%.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— While news over the last couple of weeks that Portugal is exiting IMF loan programs has proponents of budget austerity doing victory laps, the country’s ability to do without the IMF is simply a function of increasing appetite on the part of global investors for high-yield sovereign debt, and in no way testifies to Portugal recovering under its austerity regime.
By Victor Olevich HARRISBURG (VR) – Police officers and protesters are being shot by unidentified snipers in Kiev. Paramilitary units comprised of members of extreme right-wing mobs are being sent to suppress popular protests in Eastern Ukraine by force. Dozens of political activists are being burned alive in the middle of the port city of Odessa for opposing the government. Not since the bloody civil war in Yugoslavia has Europe seen political violence and civil strife on this scale.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— The future of the $100 billion complex that is the International Space Station (the ISS) is uncertain now, after the US chose to transfer tensions from the crisis in Ukraine to the space sector. NASA announced in early April that it would cease almost all cooperation with Russian counterpart Roscosmos (Russia’s NASA) in protest against Russia’s posture regarding Crimea and Ukraine. At that time, NASA said it would continue cooperation regarding the ISS, which is pursuing a wide variety of experimental and exploratory programs.
(VR) - Our times will probably go down into history books as an epoch when referendums became relatively easy to conduct technically, but extremely difficult to push through legally and politically. The recent controversy over the two referenda in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine, where people overwhelmingly voted for their regions’ independence from the new government in Kiev, are just the most recent examples of this alarming trend.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – Conflicts in Syria and Ukraine have some important, and perhaps disturbing, parallels that involved military aid and war tactics training to opposition factions by the US through its Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to Michel Chossudovsky, Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, an independent research and media organization based in Montreal, Canada.
By Crystal Park WASHINGTON (VR) – Two referendums held in Ukraine's southeastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk Sunday show a majority of residents want to sever ties with Kiev. Almost 90 percent of Donetsk voters said they wanted to become a semiautonomous region, while more than 90 percent of voters in Luhansk said the same. The West has rejected the referendums as illegal.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR) — US Vice President Joe Biden visited Kiev Tuesday to express his support for the Maidan Revolution government’s antagonistic approach to the mass movement for federation or autonomy in the mostly Russian-speaking eastern regions of Ukraine (the Kharkov, Donetsk, and Lugansk regions).
By Victoria Mashkova WASHINGTON (VR) – Russian President Vladimir Putin held an annual live question-and-answer session at Rossiya-1 state TV channel today.
By Kate Zickel WASHINGTON (VR) – Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Front voiced her support for the federalization of Ukraine during a visit to Moscow over the weekend.
By Kells Hetherington WASHINGTON (VR) — Global energy concerns and cultural and social divisions among citizens could push Ukraine into civil war, according to Andre Vltchek, a war correspondent who has just driven across the nation now besot by political unrest.