Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ukraine Updates --April 15 , 2014 --Kiev launches military operation in eastern Ukraine ........... But is Kiev fighting a two front battle ? Eastern Ukraine seeking a referendum and possible Federation ties with Russia , while the Right Sector wrecking havoc as it seeks the resignation of key Government leaders ! While Ukraine is driven to War by way of its Western Guides - take a peek at what's happening with the Ukrainian currency ?

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Ukraine To Issue "Military" Bonds To "Increase Combat Readiness Of Armed Forces"

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When it comes to funding itself, US guarantee or no US guarantee, troubled Ukraine which by most accounts is on the verge if not already embroiled in a civil war, appears unable to gain much traction. Some headlines from today confirming this:
  • UKRAINE FAILS TO SELL 3-MONTH USD NOTES AT AUCTION
  • UKRAINE FAILS TO SELL 9-MONTH UAH NOTES AT AUCTION: MINISTRY
So what is the desperate for cash nation to do? Why pull a page straight out of Uncle Sam's war playbook: play to people's patriotism and issue "military" bonds, of course.  Interfax reports that the Ukrainian Finance Ministry is to make issues of two-year government "military" bonds with worth 1.1 billion hryvni at an annual interest rate of 7%.
In other words, Uncle Sergey Want You To Buy Bonds!
According to government resolutions published on Tuesday, the first issue is non-documentary government bonds with a face value of 1 billion hryvni. The second one is documentary treasury bonds with a face value of 100 milion hryvni.
The yield on the bonds issued at a face value of 1,000 hryvni will be paid every six months. Unless, of course, Ukraine pulls a Movie Gallery and between its payments to Gazprom, and paying its military to avoid some unhappy soldiers, defaults before even the first payment is made.
More:
The National Savings Bank has been chosen to act as a general agent for allocating and servicing the circulation and redemption of the treasury bonds and will receive 0.5% from the par value of the sold securities. To maintain liquidity, it is allowed to buy back the treasury bonds at a price not below their par value.

"Such a proposal is an appeal to the community to unite in their efforts, wishes and intention to join the process of resolving national problems and providing financial help to national armed forces in order to increase their combat readiness and boost the country's defensive capabilities," the Finance Ministry said in its earlier announcement of the "military" bonds.
The next question: will these bonds be subject to locate, and which repo desk will have them in inventory as soon as possible, so the less patriotic elements can short the Ukraine "military" effort against Russia?




"Ukraine In Very Dangerous Situation", No Lethal Assistance Coming Says White House

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First it was the Russians who repeated they are "deeply concerned by the deaths in the Ukraine," and now it is the turn of the White House, through its  speaker, Jay Carney, to chime in as well:
  • RUSSIA DIRECTLY, INDIRECTLY SUPPORTING PROVOCATIONS: CARNEY
  • UKRAINE HAS TO RESPOND TO PROVOCATIONS IN UKRAINE, CARNEY SAYS
  • U.S. `ADMIRING' OF RESTRAINT UKRAINE GOVT HAS SHOWN: CARNEY
  • U.S. WILL KEEP PRESSING RUSSIA ON DE-ESCALATION, CARNEY SAYS
  • UKRAINE IN VERY `DANGEROUS' SITUATION, CARNEY SAYS
And yet, despite all the priase, Ukraine is on its own.
  • U.S. NOT CONSIDERING LETHAL ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE, CARNEY SAYS
  • CARNEY REITERATES U.S. DOESN'T SEE MILITARY UKRAINE SOLUTION
In other words, as we said last week, if it is Ukraine's gambit, that its allies will come to its rescue upon a lethal escalation and provocation, "it will be sorely disappointed." It seems Ukraine is about to figure this our first hand.




Unidentified Fighter Jets Open Fire On Kramatorsk Airfield, Casualties Reported

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Things in east Ukraine have spiraled out of control. Moments ago Itar Tass reportedthat there has been a shoot out at the separatists-controlled airport in the city of Kramatorsk where according to on the ground witnesses,  four Su-27 fighter jets have allegedly opened fire at the local airfield. It is unclear who the unidentified warplanes belong to although Itar Tass notes that one of the jets was allegedly taken down, so there should be confirmation shortly. Eyewitnesses also add that there are victims and an ambulance has been sent to the scene.
Itar-Tass also adds that according to the newspaper "News Kramatorsk" three helicopters were circling over Kramatorsk.
Elsewhere, RIA adds that Ukraine troops have now successfully regained control of the same airport.
Here is a photo of one of the fighters seen circling above Kramatorsk.

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Ukraine Launches Military Operation Against Separatists, Russian PM Says Country "Anticipating Civil War"

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Following last night's protest in front of the Kiev parliament by Maidan faithful and others who had gotten sick and tired by their government doing absolutely nothing to preserve the cohesion of the Ukraine - both west and east - this morning acting president Turchynov, realizing he is between a rock and a hard place and suddenly his position is quite precarious, finally announced that he had issued an order to the country's military to begin operations to retake government buildings seized by pro-Russia separatists in eastern areas.  Oleksandr Turchynov, also the parliament speaker, said the deployment had begun in the Donetsk region, where many of the approximately 10 towns affected by the protests are located.
“Overnight, an antiterrorist operation began in the north of Donetsk,” Mr Turchynov said in parliament, one day after his deadline for the demonstrators to surrender passed. “But it will be phased, responsible and balanced. The purpose of the actions, I stress once again, is to protect the citizens of Ukraine.”

Hours later Ihor Dyomin, a Donetsk region interior ministry spokesman, said that pro-Russia protesters who seized a police building in the town of Kramatorsk earlier this week had left voluntarily. It is not clear how many protesters there were or if they were armed.

Video posted on the internet on Tuesday morning showed pro-Russian activists blocking a Ukrainian army tank on the outskirts of Slavyansk, one of the cities and towns where law enforcement and regional government buildings had been seized by pro-Russian separatists.

Nela Stepa, mayor of the city where at the weekend separatists seized a regional law enforcement building, appeared on television saying that armed men dressed in camouflage “that don’t hide that they are from Crimea . . . from Russia” had also seized the city council building.

“I don’t know who or what this is,” she said in reference to a new mayor the grouping claims to have appointed for the city.

Kiev has also said it is open to dialogue with pro-Russia groups in the east, a move Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said on Tuesday was “certainly a step in the right direction, albeit very belated”.
It remains to be seen if Russia's response is also phased, responsible and balanced. For now, all signs point to no:
Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s prime minister, was much more pessimistic, responding on his Facebook page to the deaths of two people in Slavyansk on Sunday.

Blood has once again been spilled in Ukraine,” he wrote. “The country is anticipating civil war.”
To be sure, Ukraine is sticking to its narrative, most likely dictated to its by CIA director Brennan who as it was revealed "secretly" visited Kiev over the weekend, which is that it is all Russia's fault for destabilizing the region:
Kiev’s SBU state security service said on Tuesday it had identified a Russian special forces officer, Ihor Stryelkov, as leader of a “diversion group which is terrorising the local population, seizing administrative buildings and destabilising the social-political situation in eastern regions of Ukraine”.

Pro-Russia separatists detained by the SBU in recent days “recognised” Mr Stryelkov’s voice, the SBU claimed, as the person “giving them instructions to seize administrative buildings in Kharkiv”, the largest city in eastern Ukraine.

Mr Stryelkov, according to the SBU, arrived in Crimea last month to co-ordinate “the activities of Russian military personnel and special forces there seizing Ukrainian armed services posts there and regional government”.
Still, the day following Putin's explicit and latest warning to Obama that only he can now stop bloodshed in Ukraine, we can't help but feel that the situation in east Ukraine is about to truly spiral out of control... which of course should send stocks soaring in this bizarro, centrally-planned world in which nothing makes sense any more.

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Putin: Ukraine’s radical escalation puts it on edge of civil war

Published time: April 15, 2014 20:23
Edited time: April 15, 2014 23:06
Russian President Vladimir Putin.(RIA Novosti / Aleksey Nikolskyi)
Russian President Vladimir Putin.(RIA Novosti / Aleksey Nikolskyi)
The sharp escalation of the Ukraine crisis virtually puts the country on the brink of civil war, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a telephone call.
Putin and Merkel discussed the upcoming Ukrainian crisis talks between Russia, Ukraine, the EU and the US, scheduled to be held on Thursday in Geneva.
Merkel’s press office noted that, despite some differences of opinion, the upcoming talks were the main focus of the telephone conversation.
"While there were differences in the interpretation of current events, preparations for the planned meeting in Geneva...were the focus of the talks," Merkel's office said in a statement.
Putin meanwhile expressed hope that the Geneva talks will help to de-escalate the situation, and return it to peaceful cooperation.
The president also reiterated the importance of stabilizing the Ukrainian economy, and ensuring the supply and transportation of Russian natural gas to Europe.
On Tuesday, Moscow urged international partners to condemn Kiev’s recent "anti-constitutional"actions in southeastern Ukraine, which it believes may lead to catastrophe.
“We are deeply concerned over the military operation launched by the Ukrainian special forces with support by the army. There have already been victims,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Russian diplomats called it a criminal offense for Ukraine to fight against its own people who demand that their lawful rights are preserved. “Current events demonstrate persistent unwillingness of Kiev’s authorities to organize a dialogue with Ukrainian regions, which is necessary for the country,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, Polish Foreign Minister, Radoslav Sikorskii, has said that Warsaw agrees fully with the military operation in eastern Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports. He believes the Kramatorsk actions against “armed people” who “occupy airports” to be in line with the law.
Earlier in the day, Putin also spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During the call Putin stressed that the escalation of the Ukraine crisis was the result of Kiev’s irresponsible politics, which ignored legitimate rights and the interests of the Russian-speaking population.
The two also discussed bilateral cooperation and other topics on the international agenda, including the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program.


Slow start to Ukraine separatists crackdown

Kiev sends soldiers to the eastern region to confront separatists, as Russia declares Ukraine on the brink of civil war.

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Armed pro-Russia separatists still remain outside government buildings despite calls for them to leave [Reuters]
Kiev has said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists is underway, as Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of a civil war.
The Kiev crackdown appeared to get off to a slow start, if at all, however.
Twenty-four hours after the Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the separatists to lay down their arms, witnesses on Tuesday reported no signs yet that Kiev forces were ready to storm state buildings, in the Russian-speaking east that the rebels had occupied.
Oleksander Turchinov, Ukraine's interim president, insisted the operation had started in the eastern Donetsk region, although he said it would happen in stages and "in a considered way".
Amid the deepest crisis between Russia and western countries since the Cold War, the leaders of Russia and the United States called on each other to do all in their power to avoid further bloodshed.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gave a gloomy assessment after at least two people died on Sunday when Kiev unsuccessfully tried to regain control in Slovyansk, one of about 10 towns and cities where the separatists have seized buildings.
"Blood has once again been spilt in Ukraine. The country is on the brink of civil war," he said in a statement posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
Ukraine has accused Russia of stirring up the separatists following its annexation of Crimea, while Moscow says Kiev has provoked the crisis by ignoring the interests of its citizens who use Russian as their first language.
Pro-Russian politicians assaulted
Elsewhere in Kiev, two pro-Russian politicians have been attacked by pro-Ukrainian activists, the Associated Press news agency reported.
Oleh Tsaryov, a pro-Russian politician and a candidate in the May 25 presidential elections, was beaten by dozens of enraged activists in the early hours on Tuesday as he was leaving a television studio. The activists pelted him with eggs, shouted insults and then assaulted him.
Tsaryov's press service said in a statement that he was "brutally beaten".
Another Russian-leaning politician and presidential hopeful, Mikhaylo Dobkin, was sprayed with a green disinfectant and had flour thrown at him late on Monday.






Mixed Signals from US on Plans to Arm Ukraine

White House Says No, But Aides Say Its Still Being Considered

by Jason Ditz, April 14, 2014
President Obama plans to call Russian President Vladimir Putin, and White House officials say it will include a pledge that the US will not provide “lethal aid” for Ukraine in its ongoing crackdown against secessionists in the east.
The White House statement gave the impression this is a done deal, but other officials, including top State Department aide Thomas Shannon, say that the prospect of sending arms to Ukraine is “obviously” still being considered.
Protesters seeking increased autonomy, and potentially outright secession, have taken over multiple eastern provinces in the Ukraine, and as the pro-US interim government moves to send the military against those provinces, they have been courting Western nations, including the US, for increased military aid.
Not only is the region on Russia’s border, but many of the secessionists are ethnic Russians, and this has Russian officials warning they won’t accept a bloody crackdown on their frontier. US involvement would risk seeing Russia arming the protesters, and potentially intervene directly.


Ukraine Asks UN for Troops to Crush Eastern Protests

Envisions Joint Ukraine-UN 'Anti-Terrorist' Operation

by Jason Ditz, April 14, 2014
Ukraine’s military isn’t exactly combat ready, which is likely part of the reason the nation is balking at following through on threats of a crackdown on secessionist demonstrators in the east. Interim President Oleksandr Turchinov has an idea though: let the UN do it.
Turchinov phoned UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urging him to provide UN ground troops for a joint UN-Ukraine “anti-terrorist” operation against the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces.
The Ukraine interim government has rebranded the Ukraine protesters several times, dubbing them renegades, militants, and finally is now settled on calling them “terrorists” in hope of recruiting international support for attacking the region.
Ukraine’s ability to carry out the attack, however, is in serious doubt, as it was revealed that the military is so broke that they had to get billionaire Dnipropetrovsk governor Ihor Kolomoysky to give them $5 million to pay for gasoline and new car batteries just to get all their vehicles started to withdraw from Crimea last month.
The Interior Ministry was able to overrun a smaller protest in Kharkiv, but since then protesters have dug in and fortified their possessions in Donetsk and Luhansk, readying for protracted battles.
Needless to say, Russia is certain to veto any UN resolution on attacking the protesters, and has similarly warned Ukraine against trying to do anything to them.








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Tuesday, April 15

10:08 GMT:
At least 200 anti-government protesters have attempted to enter the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, to demand the resignation of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
09:04 GMT:
The eastern Ukrainian city of Gorlovka will take part in the referendum on the independence of the Donetsk Region, people’s mayor Aleksandr Sapunov told RIA Novosti.
The referendum will take place not later than May 11.
06:55 GMT:
Nationalists from the Ukrainian Right Sector group have stormed the HQ of Ukraine’s Communist Party in the northeastern city of Sumy, reported the local TSN TV channel. The activists have beaten the secretary of Sumy regional committee Valery Siryachenko.
Earlier, Right Sector members stormed the Communist Party HQ in the western city of Rovno.
06:49 GMT:
The decision by the coup-appointed Kiev government to use force on Ukrainian citizens in the country’s south-east is unacceptable, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said during press conference in Beijing, China.
Kiev’s decision to conduct a joint operation with UN peacekeeping forces is unacceptable, he said, adding that Russia will wait objective information from the OSCE mission in south-eastern Ukraine.
According to the minister, constitutional reform that takes into consideration all Ukrainian regions is the key to controlling the situation in the crisis-torn country.
06:29 GMT:
The anti-Kiev activists continue to control the buildings of the local city council and police department in Gorlovka, reports RIA Novosti.
The protesters have erected a barricade made of tires in front of the entrance of police department. Russian flags and flags of People’s Republic of Donetsk are flying above the building.
06:28 GMT:
Ukrainian citizens should take part in shaping their country, based on the equality of nations and languages, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev wrote on his Facebook page.
According to Medvedev, the Ukrainian people became the ‘hostages’ of politicians whom they didn’t choose and radicals who illegitimately became the police and army.
06:12 GMT:
Unconfirmed reports from the anti-government protesters in the Ukrainian eastern city of Slavyansk say clashes are occurring on the outskirts of the city, according to Interfax.
“Blasts and gunshots can be heard. Armored infantry vehicles are moving towards the city,” said an anti-government activist who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
05:26 GMT:
Footage called 'People versus Tank’ has emerged on YouTube. In the video, local people in the outskirts of the eastern town of Rodinskoye have stopped a tank allegedly on its way from Kiev to take part in the crackdown against south-eastern Ukrainian cities.
“Who are you going to shoot at?” shouted people at the military personnel in the tank.
4:29: GMT : Unidentified people have reportedly set fire to the local administration building in the village of Andreevka, in the suburbs of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, a representative from Slavyansk City Council told RIA Novosti .
02:14 GMT:
The UN outlined the risks of Ukraine’s nationalistic rhetoric in a new report written by the Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic. It warns that ethnic, racial and religious hatred adopted by some of the political factions in Ukraine may have a heavy impact on the situation in the country.
The report calls on Ukrainian authorities to stop the division of the country by ensuring that all citizens, including minorities, have equal participation in politics, especially when it comes to developing language rights legislation, Itar-Tass reported.
01:59 GMT:
The aide to the acting mayor of the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, and a representative of the self-defence units denied earlier media reports of fighting on the outskirts of the city, RIA Novosti quoted her as saying. “According to our information everything is calm in the vicinity of Slavyansk,” she said.

One of the leaders of pro-Russian separatists and

01:20 GMT:
Ukrainian presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev was brutally beaten by radicals and is now in critical condition, after being trapped inside the ICTV building after appearing on the Ukrainian talk show ‘Svoboda Slova’, Tsarev’s press office reported. Earlier, there were reports of the entire building being surrounded by unidentified gunmen.
01:16 GMT:
A self-defence faction of the Ukrainian eastern city of Slavyansk is reporting fighting on the outskirts of the town, according to Interfax. There are reports of a building burning and shots being fired in the nearby village of Andrrevka.



Kiev launches military operation in eastern Ukraine

Published time: April 15, 2014 07:45
Edited time: April 15, 2014 10:01

Ukrainian armoured personnel carriers (APC) drive in the Donetsk region on the road from Donetsk to Odessa on April 15, 2014. (AFP Photo / Alexey Kravtsov)
Ukrainian armoured personnel carriers (APC) drive in the Donetsk region on the road from Donetsk to Odessa on April 15, 2014. (AFP Photo / Alexey Kravtsov)
Ukraine’s coup-appointed acting President Aleksandr Turchinov has announced a crackdown on anti-government protesters in the north of the Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine.
“The anti-terrorist operation started overnight Monday,” said Turchinov. “The aim of these actions is to protect the citizens of Ukraine.”
Anti-government armed men stand guard as pro-Russian supporters gather outside the mayor's office in Slaviansk April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)
Anti-government armed men stand guard as pro-Russian supporters gather outside the mayor's office in Slaviansk April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

According to Turchinov, this ‘anti-terrorist operation’ also aims to prevent “attempts to break Ukraine apart.”
The anti-government protesters in south-eastern Ukraine have recently been protesting against coup-appointed Kiev authorities. They demand constitutional reform that would take into consideration the interests of all Ukrainian regions. They also propose the federalization of the country and to make Russian the second official language in the regions.
Earlier, a clip posted to YouTube showed local people in the town of Rodinskoye, Donetsk Region, who stopped a tank allegedly on its way from Kiev to take part in the crackdown against south-eastern Ukrainian cities.
Andrey Parubiy, head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, announced the first battalion of a National Guard “comprised of volunteers from Maidan self-defense troops", has left Kiev for the south-east.
According to Parubiy, the “battalion is comprised of volunteers from the Maidan self-defense troops".
On Monday, Turchinov signed a decree to officially begin a “special anti-terrorist operation” in the east of the country.
He ordered "that the National Security and Defense Council's decision of April 13, 2014, 'On urgent measures to overcome the territorial threat and to preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine' be put into effect."
Supporters of a referendum on transforming Ukraine into a federation at the entrance to the building of the Slavyansk City Administration in the Donetsk Region. (RIA Novosti)
Supporters of a referendum on transforming Ukraine into a federation at the entrance to the building of the Slavyansk City Administration in the Donetsk Region. (RIA Novosti)

Russia has warned that if Kiev uses force against anti-Maidan protests in eastern Ukraine, this would undermine the effort to convene a four-party conference on resolving the crisis in the country, which would include the US, the EU, Russia and Ukraine.
Turchinov also proposed conducting a joint operation with UN peacekeeping forces, a decision that was strongly condemned by Russian FM Sergey Lavrov at a Beijing press conference on Tuesday as “totally unacceptable.”
The Kiev authorities have already tried to launch a so-called “anti-terrorist operation” in the eastern city of Slavyansk, Donetsk Region, after anti-government protesters seized several buildings in the city.
image from Andrey Parubiy Facebook page
image from Andrey Parubiy Facebook page

Gunfire broke out on Sunday, after troops in black uniforms supported by armored vehicles and several helicopters approached the roadblock set up by the locals. One person was killed and two others injured during the crackdown.
There were rumors that among the troops were the members of the radical ultranationalist Right Sector movement, who were mobilized to take decisive steps to “defend Ukraine’s sovereignty.”

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Washington Drives The World To War

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April 15, 2014
The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression of the Russian separatists in the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that were foolishly attached to the Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule.
Washington’s plan to grab Ukraine overlooked that the Russian and Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine were not likely to go along with their insertion into the EU and NATO while submitting to the persecution of Russian speaking peoples.  Washington has lost Crimea, from which Washington intended to eject Russia from its Black Sea naval base. Instead of admitting that its plan for grabbing Ukraine has gone amiss, Washington is unable to admit a mistake and, therefore, is pushing the crisis to more dangerous levels.
If Ukraine dissolves into secession with the former Russian territories reverting to Russia, Washington will be embarrassed that the result of its coup in Kiev was to restore the Russian provinces of Ukraine to Russia.  To avoid this embarrassment, Washington is pushing the crisis toward war.
The CIA director instructed Washington’s hand-picked stooge government in Kiev to apply to the United Nations for help in repelling “terrorists” who with alleged Russian help are allegedly attacking Ukraine. In Washington’s vocabulary, self-determination is a sign of Russian interference. As the UN is essentially a Washington-financed organization, Washington will get what it wants.
The Russian government has already made it completely clear some weeks ago that the use of violence against protesters in eastern and southern Ukraine would compel the Russian government to send in the Russian army to protect Russians, just as Russia had to do in South Ossetia when Washington instructed its Georgian puppet ruler to attack Russian peacekeeping troops and Russian residents of South Ossetia.
Washington knows that the Russian government cannot stand aside while one of Washington’s puppet states attacks Russians.  Yet, Washington is pushing the crisis to war.
The danger for Russia is that the Russian government will rely on diplomacy, international organizations, international cooperation, and on the common sense and self-interest of German politicians and politicians in other of Washington’s European puppet states.
For Russia this could be a fatal mistake. There is no good will in Washington, only mendacity. Russian delay provides Washington with time to build up forces on Russia’s borders and in the Black Sea and to demonize Russia with propaganda and whip up the US population into a war frenzy.  The latter is already occurring.
Kerry has made it clear to Lavrov that Washington is not listening to Russia. As Washington pays well, Washington’s European puppets are also not listening to Russia. Money is more important to European politicians than humanity’s survival.
In my opinion, Washington does not want the Ukraine matters settled in a diplomatic and reasonable way. It might be the case that Russia’s best move is immediately to occupy the Russian territories of Ukraine and re-absorb the territories into Russia from whence they came. This should be done before the US and its NATO puppets are prepared for war. It is more difficult for Washington to start a war when the objects of the war have already been lost. Russia will be demonized with endless propaganda from Washington whether or not Russia re-absorbs its traditional territories. If Russia allows these territories to be suppressed by Washington, the prestige and authority of the Russian government will collapse. Perhaps that is what Washington is counting on.
If Putin’s government stands aside while Russian Ukraine is suppressed, Putin’s prestige will plummet, and Washington will finish off the Russian government by putting into action its many hundreds of Washington-financed NGOs that the Russian government has so foolishly tolerated.  Russia is riven with Washington’s Fifth columns.
In my opinion, the Russian and Chinese governments have made serious strategic mistakes by remaining within the US dollar-based international payments system. The BRICS and any others with a brain should instantly desert the dollar system, which is a mechanism for US imperialism. The countries of the BRICS should immediately create their own separate payments system and their own exclusive communications/Internet system.
Russia and China have stupidly made these strategic mistakes, because reeling from communist failures and oppressions, they naively assumed that Washington was pure, that Washington was committed to its propagandistic self-description as the upholder of law, justice, mercy,and  human rights.
In fact, Washington, the “exceptional, indispensable country,” is committed to its hegemony over the world. Russia, China, and Iran are in the way of Washington’s hegemony and are targeted for attack.
The attack on Russia is mounting.





Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:10 AM




Ukraine Hikes Discount Rate from 6.5% to 9.5%, Overnight Rate to 14.5% to Halt Crash of Hryvnia


The Ukrainian Hryvnia has plunged six consecutive weeks to new record lows.



Since the beginning of the year, the Hryvnia has fallen from 8.26 to the US dollar, to 13.16 to the US dollar, a decline of 37.2%

On Monday, the Ukraine central bank pulled out the bazooka with a massive set of rate hikes
 Kiev’s central bank raised the benchmark discount rate from 6.5 per cent to 9.5 per cent and the overnight loan rate from 7.5 per cent to 14.5 per cent on Monday night.

“The central bank considers it necessary to take the step to increase the value of the national currency, to restrain inflation and to stabilise the situation on the money market,” the central bank said in a statement.

Foreign exchange reserves have fallen to barely two months’ import cover, and the finance ministry warned in March that it expected the economy to contract by at least 3 per cent this year.

The International Monetary Fund offered an $18bn package in late March to help Kiev face its economic crisis while it faces mounting external pressure from Russia, which has warned that it will halt gas exports to Ukraine unless it covers its unpaid bills.

David Cameron on Monday agreed to accelerate work on further possible sanctions against Russia after discussing the crisis with Angela Merkel, German chancellor, and François Hollande, French president.

But Britain remains cautious about imposing sanctions that could have an impact on the City of London’s reputation as an open global financial centre and on companies, notably BP, which have big investments in Russia.

British officials confirmed BP has warned ministers of possible repercussions if relations with Moscow deteriorate: the company has a 20 per cent stake in Rosneft, the Kremlin-controlled oil company.
Ukraine has 2 months of reserves left. Escalating sanctions will make the situation worse. IMF looting is sure to follow.


Mike "Mish" Shedlock