Monday, May 5, 2014

Ukraine Updates - focus on restive Southeastern Ukraine -- As the May 11 , 2014 Referendum for Certain East Ukraine Regions approaches , the attempt to pacify continues by the Kiev Government ......Slavyansk , Andreevka , Smonovka see continued fighting today ...... Anti War articles cover the recent events in Odessa and the deadly fire killing dozens there , weekend fighting in Donetsk Region also discussed .... items of the day from Itar Tass ......

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-05/slavyansk-clashes-kill-20-rebels-injure-dozens-civilians-white-house-extremely-conce


Slavyansk Clashes Kill 20 Rebels, Injure Dozens Of Civilians; White House "Extremely Concerned" Unrest Is Spreading

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Ongoing military operations in Slavyansk have left at least 20 rebels dead and dozens more civilians injured according to Interfax.
  • *SLOVYANSK CLASHES KILL 20 REBELS, MANY CIVILIANS WOUNDED: IFX
As RT reports, fatalities are on both sides with little progress reported one way or the other. The White House says it's "extremely concerned" by the deteriorating situation in southern Ukraine. Perhaps more important for the average American citizen, Klitschko has decided to postpone his planned wedding to Hayden Panettiere due to the conflict... now it's getting serious!!

There were fatalities among both Kiev loyalists and local militia members after government troops renewed the crackdown on the defiant eastern Ukrainian protester stronghold of Slavyansk. Over a dozen of people have been killed, including some civilians.

There was a shooting on the outskirts of Slavyansk as pro-government troops raided a protester checkpoint on Monday.

At least 10 self-defense fighters and their unarmed civilian supporters have been killed in the latest clashes, the commander of Slavyansk self-defense, Igor Strelkov, told RIA Novosti.

We suffered losses – about 10 people, including civilians, 20-25 people were injured. I do not know the losses of our adversaries; clearly they are smaller than ours, they have armor. Most of our losses came from plainclothes [troops], disguised as civilians. We fell into their ambush near a petrol station,” Strelkov said.
Later confiremed by Interfax,
  • *SLOVYANSK CLASHES KILL 20 REBELS, MANY CIVILIANS WOUNDED: IFX
  • *INTERFAX CITES SLOVYANSK SEPARATISTS ON UKRAINIAN DEATH TOLL
As the physical and emotional stains of Odessa remain...
And, as AP reports, The White House says it's "extremely concerned" by the deteriorating situation in southern Ukraine.     
The U.S. and Europe have been focused on eastern Ukraine, near Russia, where pro-Russian separatists have been occupying buildings for weeks. But the unrest has spread to Ukraine's southern port of Odessa, where Ukraine's government is seeking to re-establish control.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says the possible loss of Odessa underscores the need for an immediate de-escalation to the crisis. He's suggesting Russia still needs to follow through with its part of a diplomatic deal to de-escalate.

Riots in Odessa led to 46 deaths Friday when a government building was set on fire. Carney says Ukrainian authorities should launch a full investigation. He says the U.S. mourns with Ukrainians the heartbreaking loss of life.
And then there's this...
The unrest in the Ukraine is reaching as far as Hollywood — at least, as far as "Nashville" actress Hayden Panettiere's wedding is concerned.

"Everything that's happening in Ukraine definitely put a hold on things, but we have time," Panettiere, 24, told Parade Magazine about her upcoming nuptials to professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko.







http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-05/4-ukraine-soliders-killed-40-wounded-fighting-east-escalates


4 Ukraine Soliders Killed, 40 Wounded As Fighting In East Escalates

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There was a humorous moment on the tape overnight when news hit that Germany was set to propose new (and improved) Geneva talks on Ukraine, according to German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. According to Bloomberg, the aim of new Geneva talks would be to correct failure of parties to adhere to accords forged in first talks in city. "New Geneva talks would seek to boost OSCE presence in Ukraine to ensure compliance with April accord, with observers also acting as mediators in local conflicts." Yes, utopia is great, and here's to hoping that once, just once, Russia will ignore the fact that it has every geostrategic advantage in the ongoing conflict and will pull back. In the meantime, here is what happened overnight as fighting in the Ukraine civil war continued unabated, claiming more lives and dozens of injuries overnight.
First from Interfax, which reported that:
  • UKRAINE GOVT TROOPS IN HEAVY FIGHTING IN SLOVYANSK: IFX
This was followed up promptly bya Bloomberg report that government forces engaged in firefight after ambush by separatists in Slovyansk, Interfax reports, citing acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. Number of soldiers killed unknown, Avakov is cited as saying by news service
And then this most recent update from Bloomberg:
  • UKRAINE TROOPS SUFFER 4 KILLED, ABOUT 30 WOUNDED IN SLOVYANSK
  • UKRAINE'S INTERIOR MINISTRY SAYS CIVILIANS KILLED IN FIGHTING
Reports of gun battles are coming from eastern Ukraine again, where local militias are holding several cities against a force of Kiev loyalists. There are deaths among Ukraine troops, Interior Minister said.

There was a shooting on the outskirts of Slavyansk as pro-government troops raided a protester checkpoint, RIA Novosti reported on Monday.

The agency said at least 11 people were injured in the attack on the checkpoint.

Ukraine’s acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, who is near Slavyansk, confirmed that Kiev has re-launched its crackdown on the protesters. He said up to eight troops have been injured in the clashes so far

“The number of fatalities is being double-checked,” the minister said.

Bells tolled in churches around the city to alert residents of the incoming threat.
Intefax cites a militia member as saying that their forces pulled back into the city after fighting in the villages of Andreevka and Semyonovka near Slavyansk. The Security Service of Ukraine spokesperson Marina Ostapenko said the renewed operation’s aim is “to establish a security perimeter around the regions engulfed by violence.”
There is a report of a separate civilian death near Slavyansk. A man driving his car was shot by one of Kiev’s armored personnel carriers blocking the city, protester spokesman, Aleksandr Maltsev, told Itar-Tass.
Why the continued and escalating aggression as per this:
Kiev has intensified attacks on Slavyansk and other protester-held cities in eastern Ukraine since Friday morning. So far government troops have managed to blockade transport to and from Slavyansk, but haven’t made significant territorial gains, preferring hit and run tactics.
Simple: recall that it was the warmongering IMF which told Kiev that unless it regains the east, that no bailout money will be forthcoming. In other words, while one can blame the violent coup and overthrow of the elected president on the CIA, the ensuing civil war is as much the doing of US foreign service as it is of the financial globalists.






Russia Today......



Kiev troops killed, dozens injured on both sides as military op continues

Published time: May 05, 2014 09:34
Edited time: May 05, 2014 10:39

Ukrainian security personnel man a checkpoint near the town of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine May 4, 2014 (Reuters / Baz Ratner)
Ukrainian security personnel man a checkpoint near the town of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine May 4, 2014 (Reuters / Baz Ratner)
Reports of gun battles are coming from eastern Ukraine again, where local militias are holding several cities against a force of Kiev loyalists. There are deaths among Ukraine troops, Interior Minister said.
There was a shooting on the outskirts of Slavyansk as pro-government troops raided a protester checkpoint, RIA Novosti reported on Monday.
The agency said at least 11 people were injured in the attack on the checkpoint.
Ukraine’s acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, who is near Slavyansk, confirmed that Kiev has re-launched its crackdown on the protesters. He said up to eight troops have been injured in the clashes so far
“The number of fatalities is being double-checked,” the minister said.
: Activists report they've damaged armored vehicles from the forces in one of the protecting the city.


Am at TV station -- see two helicopters -- can't get closer as the army's blocked the road with a train


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Protests Grow After Deadly Fire, PM Heads to Odessa

Police Arrested Pro-Russia Protesters After Friday Massacre

by Jason Ditz, May 04, 2014
After pro-government attackers burned a protester building in Odessa Friday, killing at least 38 people within, Odessa police responded with mass arrests of 67 of the surviving protesters, who they blamed for stirring “unrest.”
They didn’t stay arrested long, however, as the protesters marched on the police headquarters and stormed the building, smashing windows and forcing open gates.
The police relented, and released the detainees, though they say the charges against them have not been dropped. Ukraine’s interim PM was in Odessa today, and was harshly critical of the police, saying they should’ve moved against the protesters, who they dubbed “terrorist organizations.”
The police appeared much less interested in moving against the Right Sector and other ultranationalist organizations, which set the fire on the protest headquarters andopened fire on those trying to escape.
Odessa hadn’t been a major part of the protest movement, which has dominated the east, but the growing fury over the deadly fire, and the government’s reaction to it being a crackdown against the selfsame protest movement whose members were targeted in the fire, seems to be uniting protesters in the city.
The situation in Odessa remains extremely tense and unsettled, and the PM’s comments suggest they remain set on a course of confrontation against the protest movement, meaning the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.


Ukraine PM Slams Odessa Police, Blames Russia for Massacre

Claims Deaths of Pro-Russia Protesters a Russian Plot

by Jason Ditz, May 04, 2014
Ukraine’s Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk dismissed anger over Friday’s killing of scores of pro-Russia protesters in Odessa, faulting the police for not cracking down on the “terrorist organizations” before they were killed.
At least 38 people were killed in the incident, which saw pro-Kiev protesters attacking the headquarters of Odessa’s pro-Russia protests, setting the building on fire and shooting at people inside as they tried to escape. The attackers have been linked to the ultra-nationalist Right Sector.
Despite the pro-Russia protesters being the victims of the brutal attack, Yatsenyuk went on to claim that Russia had carefully orchestrated the entire incident to try to foment a civil war.
Yatsenyuk and other interim officials have accused the protesters of trying to provide a pretext for a Russian invasion, and while many of the protesters, particularly in the wake of military attacks on them, are indeed calling for Russian aid, it seems Russia’s government is reluctant to intervene directly, and is rather hoping that their deployment along the border will deter Ukraine’s interim government from going too far in its attacks on ethnic Russians across the east.


10 Killed as Ukraine Army Attacks Eastern City of Kramatorsk

Military Cuts Off Main Road to Slovyansk as Invasion Continues

by Jason Ditz, May 04, 2014
A bloody Friday for Ukraine gave way to more fighting over the weekend, as the military continued its invasion of cities in the Donetsk Oblast, focusing mostly on the area around Kramatorsk, Slovyansk, and Kostyanynivka.
While the invasion focused on Slovyansk on Friday, the weekend saw mostly attacks in Kramatorsk, where local militias clashed with the invading armored personnel carriers,leaving 10 dead, including at least two soldiers.
After Friday’s attack on Slovyansk saw the military losing two helicopters to shoot-downs, the military is now focused on cutting that city off from the rest of the region, with the military effectively blocking the main road into town.
Much of the military’s focus in the early hours of the fighting was destroying protester checkpoints, and while they reportedly destroyed quite a few the protesters have been rebuilding most of them in fairly short order.


Itar - Tass......