De-Escalation Off: US Deploys Troops To Poland
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/18/2014 17:59 -0400
So what part of "All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions," did the US not understand when they decided that deploying troops to Poland was in keeping with the four-party deal? As WaPo reports,Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine.
Russia Confirms Troop Build-Up Near Ukraine; Warns West, More Sanctions "Absolutely Unacceptable"
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/18/2014 16:25 -0400
For the first time, Russia has confirmed that it has built up its military presence on the Ukrainian border (according to Agence France Presse). On the heels of the de-escalation and the West's threat of tougher sanctions (if Russia failed to abide by the new 'deal'), Kremlin spokesman Dmirty Peskov told Rossiya TV that "we have troops in different regions, and there are troops close to the Ukrainian border. Some are based there, others have been sent as reinforcements due to the situation in Ukraine." Reuters also reports that Washington statements "are unlikely to help dialogue," and further sanctions would be "absolutely unacceptable." It seems the 'deal' has done little to calm anything but the US equity market as Peskov blasted "You can't treat Russia like a guilty schoolboy."
The Daily Mail's latest update on suspected (now confirmed) Russian troop build-up
As Al Arabiya reports, a Kremlin spokesman confirmed Friday that Russia has built up its military presence on the Ukrainian border, Agence France Presse reported, as the United States warned that Moscow would face tougher sanctions if it failed to abide by a new international deal on Ukraine.
"We have troops in different regions, and there are troops close to the Ukrainian border. Some are based there, others have been sent as reinforcements due to the situation in Ukraine," spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Rossiya 1 television, AFP reported....Peskov said Russia would not be the only party held responsible for implementing the agreement on easing tensions in Ukraine, according to AFP.He added that threats offurther sanctions by Washington were "absolutely unacceptable.”"Our Western colleagues are trying to push responsibility [for implementing the deal] toward our side. But it must be underlined: it is a collective responsibility," Peskov said.
Reuters adds that President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said, "Statements like those made at a high level in Washington that the United States will follow in detail how Russia fulfils its obligations ... are unlikely to help dialogue,"
"You can't treat Russia like a guilty schoolboy who has to put a cross on a piece of paper to show he has done his homework," Peskov said in an interview with Russia's First Channel. "That kind of language is unacceptable."
Russia's Foreign Ministry accused U.S. officials of seeking to whitewash what it said was the use of force by the Ukrainian government against protesters in the country's mainly Russian-speaking eastern provinces.
"The blame for the Ukrainian crisis and its current aggravation is unreasonably being placed on Russia," the ministry said in a statement."The American side is once again stubbornly trying to whitewash the current actions of Kiev's authorities, who have embarked on a course for the violent suppression of protesters in the southeast who are expressing their legitimate indignation over the infringements of their rights."
Kiev: Ongoing military operation in eastern Ukraine enters ‘inactive phase’
Published time: April 18, 2014 12:22
Published time: April 18, 2014 12:22
Kiev is not going to halt military operation in Ukraine despite the April-17 Geneva treaty and will act depending on the treaty’s implementation, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.
However, the so-called “anti-terrorist operation” will for now enter an “inactive phase,” Ukrainian Security Service spokesman, Marina Ostapenko, told the local Ligabusinessinform agency.
“In connection with Easter holidays and with the Geneva agreements, the work is currently in inactive phase. The command staff are working, and re-planning is in progress,” Ostapenko said.
Ukraine "De-escalation" Voided As Pro-Russia Militia Refuse To Vacate Occupied Buildings
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/18/2014 07:58 -0400
If yesterday we had questions about the half life of the effectiveness of the latest diplomatic de-escalation of Ukraine tensions 'achieved' in Geneva, following news that both Ukraine would continue its anti-terrorist operation and that fighting had broken out in various east Ukraine locations after the agreement, today any questions have been swept aside following news that the Ukraine "separatist" milita, who after all is the primary object of Ukraine "anti-terrorist activities", has announced that they will only leave the occupied east Ukraine buildings if the interim government in Kiev resigns. Denis Pushilin, a spokesman of the self-appointed Donetsk People's Republic, told reporters that the insurgents do not recognize the Ukrainian government as legitimate.
Indeed, in an amusing twist, the militia has flipped the Geneva agreement on its head, alleging that if they are to abide by a signed document, so should the "illegitimate" government, which as a reminder took power following a US-assisted coup, even though an explicit agreement was signed on February 21between Ukraine and western powers previously retaining Yanukovich as president of the country, and ushering in presidential elections later in 2014. Needless to say, that agreement was made null and void within hours of signing. It is only logical, and perfectly expected, that so should this one.
"This is a reasonable agreement but everyone should vacate the buildings and that includes Yatsenyuk and Turchynov," he said referring to the acting Ukrainian prime minister and president.
More from AP:
Ukraine and Russia on Thursday agreed to take tentative steps toward calming tensions along their shared border after more than a month of bloodshed. But Pushilin, speaking at the insurgent-occupied regional administration's building in Donetsk, said the deal specifies that all illegally seized buildings should be vacated and in his opinion the government in Kiev is also occupying public buildings illegally.The deal calls for disarming all paramilitary groups and the immediate return of all government buildings seized by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine as well as pro-West right-wing protesters in Kiev. But none of the government buildings seized across eastern Ukraine has yet been vacated, according to local media.
Needless to say, neither the Ukrainian government nor as the Right Sector movement, whose activists are occupying Kiev's city hall and a cultural center in the capital, have commented on the call for buildings in Kiev to be vacated. One can assume they will hardly comply.
So what is the militia's demand?
Pushilin on Friday reiterated the insurgents' call for a referendum that he said will allow "self-determination of the people."
Or precisely what Russia wanted all along: a Crimea-style endgame, where the people are 'given the right' to determine their own future, as long as that future means becoming part of Russia in the coming weeks or months.
Friday, April 18
The Interior Ministry of Ukraine has denied all allegations of atrocities performed by the ultra-right nationalist Right Sector organization in the eastern pro-federalization districts of the country, Interfax reported. “The rumors about atrocities allegedly perpetrated by the Right Sector in the area of the counter-terrorist operation are not consistent with the reality,” maintained Interior Minister counselor, Stanislav Rechinsky, at a media briefing on Friday. “There’s no Right Sector there, only the servicemen of the National Guard, and they do not commit outrages.”
Earlier this week, Andrey Parubiy, head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council,announced that the first battalion of a National Guard “comprised of volunteers from Maidan self-defense troops,” has left Kiev for the Southeast. Ukraine’s National Guard is being formed to eventually become a 60,000-strong force completely independent from the country’s military and police. The citizens in the eastern parts of the country who want to conduct a federalization referendum have fears that militants that once backed the coup and later entered the National Guard could be used against them.
09:26 GMT:Over the last 24 hours, Ukraine’s border guards prevented 33 Russian citizens, traveling by Aeroflot, from entering the country, ITAR-TASS reported. A day earlier Aeroflot warned its passengers that the company had received notification from Kiev that Ukraine will bar entry to Russian male citizens aged between 16 and 60. The same restrictions apply to all Ukrainian citizens registered in the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which both recently seceded from Ukraine and joined the Russian Federation. Aeroflot schedules flights from Moscow to several Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kiev, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov and Odessa. The company are prepared to reimburse passengers in full should they opt to cancel their trip to Ukraine, but so far only a few have done this and Aeroflot has no plans to stop flights to the country.
Thursday, April 17
An anti-government activist has been wounded during a government assault on an impromptu roadblock outside Kramatorsk, Russia’s RIA news agency reports.
A man wearing camouflage was taken away by ambulance with undisclosed injuries.
Earlier, two parallel and peaceful demonstrations by supporters of Ukraine’s status quo, and pro-Russian federalization advocates in the center of the city, had to be separated by a human chain of police officers, but no casualties were reported.
Dozens of unarmed people rallying in Donetsk airport went there to protest against the travel restrictions imposed on Russian citizens by the Kiev authorities, Aleksandr Kots of Komsomolskaya Pravda daily told RT.
According to Kots, the group included representatives of the so-called Donetsk Republic, who say that they “don’t take orders” from the coup-imposed Kiev government and will decide on the border control rules on their own. The protesters are demanding that airport and border guard officials start negotiations with Donetsk Republic representatives on the issue, Kots said.
Twenty five of the 63 people detained overnight, after the attempted storming of a military base in Mariupol, have been released, Itar-Tass reports.
Police “could not charge those 25 people with anything,” Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser, Stanislav Rechinsky, told journalists.
About 100 anti-government activists have arrived at Donetsk international airport with a flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, chanting “Donetsk is a Russian city.” According to airport spokesman Dmitry Kosinov, there are “no aggressive actions” coming from the protesters and the airport continues to operate normally. The airport staff is currently negotiating with the activists.
The headquarters of the National Defense of Dnepropetrovsk region has announced a US $10,000 reward for every foreign “saboteur” passed over to the military at checkpoints on the borders of the region, announced Yury Bereza, the commander of the Dnepr-1 special forces unit, reports the UNIAN agency. The pro-Kiev government movement has also vowed to pay US $200,000 for freeing an administrative building seized by protesters.
Earlier, Ukrainian media reported that Ukraine’s largest bank, Privat bank, also promised to pay US$10,000 for every “Moskal” – which is an insulting word used by Ukrainians to refer to Russians. The bank was founded by the country’s third richest man, Kiev-appointed governor of Dnepropetrovsk, Igor Kolomoysky.
The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has welcomed the reward initiative and promised to award all policemen “demonstrating heroism and loyalty to Ukrainian people” amid “anti-terrorist” operation with medals and promotion, it said in a statement as cited by Interfax-Ukraine.
Culprits are in Kyiv and Washington
April 17, 2014
April 17, 2014
The CIA, in collusion with the State Department, is no longer able to pull off credible false flag operations.