Poroshenko launches Bloody Assault on Eastern Ukraine

By Chris Marsden
Global Research, July 02, 2014
World Socialist Web Site

Region: Russia and FSU
Theme: Militarization and WMD, Police State & Civil Rights, US NATO War Agenda
In-depth Report: UKRAINE REPORT

petro-poroshenko-209x300Ukrainian forces have launched a series of bloody attacks in the eastern regions following the declared end Monday of a ten-day ceasefire by President Petro Poroshenko. The nominal ceasefire was never truly operational.

Heavy fighting and artillery bombardments were reported around the rebel-controlled cities of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, beginning at 19:30 Monday. Grad rockets were also fired at the city of Karlovka.

Igor Strelkov, the Russian commander of rebels in Slavyansk, said that many civilians had been wounded when government forces shelled several villages around the city.

At least four people were killed and five more wounded after a passenger bus came under fire in Ukraine’s Donetsk region Tuesday morning.

Russia protested the death Monday night of a Russian journalist, Anatoly Klyan, a cameraman for state-owned Channel One, who was shot in the stomach by Ukrainian forces on a bus carrying journalists and soldiers’ mothers.

Yesterday, Ukraine’s parliament speaker, Oleksandr V. Turchynov, declared, “The active phase of the counterterrorism operation resumed in the morning… Our armed forces are striking the bases and strongholds of the terrorists.”

Parliament was prepared to consider a request by Poroshenko for the imposition of a state of emergency in the east after he declared in a televised address midnight that Ukrainian forces would “attack and liberate our land… Termination of ceasefire is our response to terrorists, insurgents, marauders… Armed Forces, the National Guard, the State Border Service, the Security Service received appropriate orders.”

Poroshenko blamed the pro-Russian rebels in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions for failing to honour the ceasefire and denounced the government of Vladimir Putin in Moscow for allegedly failing to rein them in.

Militants had failed to take up a “unique opportunity” to support his peace plan, Poroshenko said, and had violated the ceasefire more than 100 times.

Later, in chilling, fascistic language on his Facebook page, Poroshenko declared that “we must be united, because we are fighting to free our land from dirt and parasites.”

In reply to Poroshenko’s claims, Kostyantyn Knyrik, a spokesman for the Donetsk People’s Republic, told the Interfax news agency that government forces had never adhered to a truce. “After Kiev declared its so-called ceasefire, strikes conducted by Ukrainian servicemen against Slovyansk and Semenivka did not stop for a day,” he said, adding that officials of the self-proclaimed republic had documented 200 violations.

“As a matter of fact, there was no ceasefire there,” he said. “The decision not to extend the ceasefire will not significantly impact military operations.”

Russia has demanded an investigation into claims that chemical and phosphorus weapons have been used by Ukrainian troops. People showing symptoms of chlorine poisoning were admitted to hospital following an alleged attack carried out by Ukrainian Special Forces near Slavyansk, according to separatist forces. Earlier, there were accusations of phosphorus firebombs being dropped on villages in southeastern Ukraine, accompanied by video footage.

Poroshenko’s assertion that Putin had not done enough to prove he was ready to support a ceasefire came despite the Russian parliament’s cancellation of an order allowing him to send troops to Ukraine to defend Russian citizens.

More significant still was the proposal made during teleconference negotiations Monday that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande for border checkpoints on the Russian side to be monitored by representatives of the Ukrainian Border Service as well as observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) so as to ensure that no crossing points were being used for illegal purposes.

That day, Hollande’s office announced agreement between Putin and Poroshenko on the proposal, which was a key element of the Ukrainian president’s “peace plan.” The two had also agreed to work on the liberation of more hostages and prisoners and the organisation of “substantial tripartite negotiations,” Hollande’s office said.

Poroshenko then rang US Secretary of State John Kerry, who likely told him the ruse of a ceasefire should no longer be maintained—especially given the reluctance of the European powers to impose new sanctions on Russia.

Putin has now pledged that Russia will “energetically defend the right of ethnic Russians, our compatriots abroad, using the entire arsenal of available means”, including “the right to self-defence.”

Moscow has been taking pains to identify the Obama administration as the major force stirring up tensions in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. This is, in part, an attempt to exploit divisions between Washington and the European powers over the economic and political impact of a full-scale conflict with Russia.

But there is no doubt that the US is prepared to go much further and faster than its European allies.

On Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gave a televised interview in which he said that “our American colleagues still prefer to push the Ukrainian leadership toward a confrontational path,” and that the chances of settling the crisis would have been better if they depended only on Russia and Europe.

Putin struck a similar note Tuesday. Addressing Russian diplomats in Moscow, he said: “We failed–when I say ‘we,’ I mean my colleagues in Europe and myself–we failed to convince [Poroshenko] that the road to a secure, stable and inviolable peace cannot lie through war.”

He added, “Our relationship with the United States is not the best at the moment. We have always tried to be predictable partners, handle business on an equal basis, but in return our legal interests were partially ignored and are still ignored.”

Russia was obliged to annex Ukraine’s Crimea region in March to prevent NATO forces entering, which would have created “a completely different alignment of forces,” he said. “I would like to stress that what happened in Ukraine was the climax of the negative tendencies in international affairs that had been building up for years.”

On Monday, US Air Force General Philip M. Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of US European Command, issued another bellicose denunciation of Russia. “Russian irregular forces are very active inside eastern Ukraine and Russian financing is very active inside eastern Ukraine,” Breedlove said.

Offering no evidence, he continued, “We see in training on the [Russian] side of the border is big equipment, tanks, anti-aircraft capability, and now we see those capabilities being used on the [Ukrainian] side of the border.”

Asked how many Russian troops have massed on the Ukraine border, Breedlove responded that there are “seven-plus battalion task groups on the east side of that border,” equivalent to 50,000 troops.

Breedlove’s anti-Russian rhetoric framed his announcement that troops will be dispatched from the US to Europe, starting in October, to buttress forces that have already been moved from Germany, Italy and elsewhere in Europe to mount additional ground and air patrols in the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as in Poland and Romania.

Breedlove urged Congress to reconsider any reductions in the number of troops in Europe and to approve $1 billion in additional military funding, because the US “may need to add additional rotational troops to cover the sustained, persistent presence that we are now envisioning.”

The US is urging all 28 NATO member states to reverse their own defence cuts and honour the military alliance’s commitment to spend a minimum of two percent of gross domestic product on defence—which presently is only met by the US, Britain, Greece and Estonia.
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Ukraine’s Gangster State – Video

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Posted on July 1, 2014 by Eric Zuesse.

Posted by Eric Zuesse, from RT, with Michael Hudson:

Hard and fast insights on Ukraine’s land-grabbing, with some frightening developments unfolding. I am interviewed briefly. This could well be another test on how far things can be pushed, building on Latvia. Share this.

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RT: Nuclear weapons plans in the new gangster state of Ukraine. Coming up.

Announcer: Ukraine’s new coalition calls officially for “pre-emptive nuclear strikes”.
Governors on the international wanted list.
And the sordid past of the new oligarch President.

RT: Pensions halved to $3 a day, heating costs doubled, forced sell-off of the country’s land and resources – all part of IMF “knee-breakers” imposed round the world, now in Ukraine.

In a bombshell announcement ignored by mainstream media, even the IMF itself now admits austerity doesn’t work, cuts and economic slumps are vicious circles.

Let’s speak to leading economist and author Professor Michael Hudson, great to talk to you, so why are Ukraine’s new oligarch leaders doing this?

Prof. Michael Hudson, author of The Bubble and Beyond:There was a Chilean-type military coup d’etat there. The people of Ukraine do not sign off on the IMF IOUs and sign the transfer of property. The coup d’etat leaders in Kiev signed up and what do they want? Their aim is not to help Ukraine, their aim is to get rich for themselves and to move as much of their money into London, New York and other centers as they can.

RT: To run Ukraine, assistant secretary of state Vic Nuland appointed the Fatherland party led by Yulia Timoshenko.

Martha Boersch, trial lawyer and former Federal Prosecutor: Because the money was being siphoned off by Lazarenko and Timoshenko, Ukraine at that time, as they have today, ran up a huge gas debt.

RT: Timoshenko’s business partner Pavel Lazarenko has served six years for stealing huge sums from the public, as the pair ran vast gas transit monopoly United Energy Systems.

Boersch: You could characterize her as an unindicted co-conspirator.

RT: Documentary Stealing Popcorn notes US political protection keeps her clear of those massive criminal charges to this day.

Jason Felch, investigative reporter:So we know that the political interests of the United States Government at the highest level probably didn’t want Yulia Timoshenko drawn into theLazarenko case.

RT: WikiLeaked cables from the US Embassy state “oligarch” Timoshenko has stolen vast sums from Ukraine and “hid” them in London to pretend “she wasn’t involved in business”.

BBC reports she was wanted for alleged involvement in the murders of the Head of Ukraine’s National Bank, Members of Parliament as well as business rivals.

This is her on Interpol’s international most wanted list.

Timoshenko denies the claims and her campaign slogan is “fighting the oligarchs”. Unless she means her alleged hits on rival billionaires, George Washington University reports the slogan causes “epic laughter” and notes Ukrainians shout “vorovka” – Mrs Thief – to her face.

Let’s talk to former US intelligence officer Scott Rickard, really great to see you. Is the US still protecting Ukraine’s criminals?

Scott Rickard, former U.S. intelligence officer: Certainly they’re protecting them, and they’re bolstering them, they’re putting them in a position where they can basically control the financial outcome of Ukraine, hiding the money in Isle of Man, hiding in the Cayman Islands and then Cyprus and working with the Western oligarchs to launder money. Poroshenko’s right in bed with the right guys.

RT: Timoshenko’s party has been joined in power by this man as the country’s President, or as the US ambassador to Kiev in a leaked cable admitted “disgraced oligarch”.
“Weapons, prostitutes, drugs, these are the things Poroshenko is associated with” in Ukraine, claims investigative reporter Greg Kolyada, adding Poroshenko’s not “self-made” as claimed by mainstream media. He got rich by “plundering state property with armed gangs” with his convict father, who was jailed for “large-scale theft” of state property.

Indymedia describes Poroshenko as the most corrupt person in Ukraine. In a country branded by a former State Department official as “the global epicenter of badness”, being the most corrupt is some achievement.

But “disgraced oligarchs” can do what they like, writes the SCF Foundation, as long as they carry out White House orders.

Leaked cables reveal secret meetings before the coup with the US ambassador, other top officials, as well as Mrs. Clinton, where among various instructions she told him the quickest ways to steal Ukraine into NATO membership.

If previous administrations made at least some pretense of being for the public, Ukraine is now literally a government “of the oligarchs, by the oligarchs, for the oligarchs”. Eighteen of the country’s 24 regions have had oligarchs and cronies parachuted into power by the new regime.

Igor Kolomoysky, “the head of the Ukrainian mafia” the US put in charge of an extremely sensitive Eastern region. He owns Ukraine banks, metals, resources, food, transport, military and oil industry.

The multibillionaire has a fetish for “gold statues”, notes Ukraine Business Insight, and lives in Switzerland.
“Looting of state property, bribes and murdering rivals” were part and parcel of becoming an oligarch in the “global epicenter of badness”.

Their appointment to actually run the country has now blown everything into the open.

Leaked conversation between governor Kolomoysky and presidential candidate Tsarev:
Kolomoysky: Tomorrow, f***, they will go after all your family, f***. Because we’re gonna hang them right in the town square, f***. And put a contract on your life, f***, big money. One million dollars. For your life. They’ll be looking for you everywhere.

RT: The newly-appointed oligarch was recorded putting an alleged hit on a presidential candidate and his family in Eastern Ukraine.

In another leaked call an official reveals Kolomoysky’s also behind the Odessa massacre, the deadliest attack so far in Ukraine’s civil war, where he paid Nazis from the infamous Right Sektor Party that burnt, slaughtered and strangled dozens of civilians to death, including elderly women.

In a fairly predictable development, handing state power to an oligarch and criminal suspect has turned him “crazy”.

Kolomoysky has his own private army, and set up the Azov Battalion of openly Nazi mercenaries, which London’s Sunday Times admits is behind the bloodshed that has caused revulsion among the population.

He’s now been placed on the international wanted list sent to Interpol in connection with “banned means and methods of warfare, aggravated murder, and abductions in Eastern Ukraine”, all in a few months since he was put in power.

Leading intelligence author William Engdahl’s investigated post-coup Ukraine he finds what’s happened is “so astonishing as almost to defy belief”.

Dr. Engdahl joins us, really great to speak to you, why do you write “US policies have put gangsters and murderers in Ukraine in power”?

William Engdahl, investigative journalist: I’ve already seen reports that the government has signed over the pipeline, the gas pipeline distribution network, they’ve signed that off to Chevron. German companies have grabbed metallurgical assets in Eastern Ukraine and coal assets, extremely prized coal assets there, so they’re already looting the crown jewels of Ukraine and the, I don’t know what you want to call it, the puppet regime that’s sitting in Kiev is doing their bidding. Now you’ve got a chocolate king as president, his opponent was the gas queen Yulia Timoshenko who looted billions from her country, from her fellow countrymen and is associated with figures of organized crime. So you’ve got a bunch of gangsters essentially and Nazi thugs running Ukraine and that is hardly a stable thing for peace in Europe.

Germany wants to go to war to defend a bunch of Nazis in Kiev because they get hot-headed and start creating incidents with Russia? I don’t think so but they better realize that’s the agenda that some people in Washington have. Because they want, not the American people and not the United States, but this tiny power cabal that have so much power in Washington, they want not only a new cold war, they want a new hot war. That’s a pretty dangerous thing to be playing around with. This is an escalation toward a new dimension of horror for mankind.

RT: Timoshenko revealed her real oligarch face in a leaked call pledging to nuke the Eastern part of Ukraine.

Leaked conversation between Deputy Nestor Shufrich and Fatherland leader Yulia Timoshenko:
Shufrich: What shall we do with the eight million Russian(-speakers) in Ukraine?
Timoshenko: Kill them with nuclear weapons.

RT: The openly Nazi Svoboda party, led by Oleg Tyagnibok, was rewarded for its appalling violence during the coup with six major cabinet posts, including Security Chief in charge of Ukraine’s Armed Forces.

Svoboda’s official manifesto calls for building nuclear weapons again in Ukraine, and “pre-emptive nuclear strikes without declaring war”, in other words open and supreme violation of international statutes.

Gunmen from Ukraine’s other big Nazi coalition Right Sektor were caught attempting to break into Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant.

Ukraine: Triumph, Tragedy, or Farce? report: The neo-Nazis are paying regular reconnaissance visits to nuclear power stations, with obvious intent to hold the whole world hostage. They have paid visits to bacteriological laboratories and, according to the people working there, got hold of bacteriological material that can be used for biological warfare. Other terrorists have merely been dreaming of such weapons – Ukrainian ones, with the connivance of or on direct orders from someone in the junta, may actually use them – to Senator McCain’s delight.

RT: Turkey is reportedly in talks with Ukraine’s new rulers to buy the project documentation for one of the world’s most powerful nuclear strategic weapons, the intercontinental ballistic missile NATO calls Satan.

Governments are now voicing concern that Kiev may be violating the international Missile Technology Control treaty, and the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation.

Having “gangsters and murderers” in charge is unlikely to end well for Ukraine. When that country also has nuclear weapons technology, with plans to use them, it’s an international threat. Seek truth from facts, this is the Truthseeker.

The “Battle for Europe” is Raging. How America Undermines Franco-Russian Relations

US Blackmailed France using the Banque Nationale de Paris as Hostage

 

putin-400x233On July 1st, during a meeting with all Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives, President Vladimir Putin revealed the details of a blatant blackmail against France. The US Administration used its unilateral (and de facto illegal) sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Sudan to punish France and in particular the Banque Nationale de Paris – Paribas. The Bank was blackmailed in to paying $8.97 billion for not submitting to the malicious diktat of the power-drunk but weakening hegemon, even though the sanctions are not a decision agreed by France.

In a development that has a direct impact on national sovereignty, Senior BNP executive Dominique Remy resigned in mid-May after New York state banking regulator Benjamin Lawsky (read Wall Street) named him as one of the 12 officials who should step down due to their roles in the “scandal”.

Putin revealed publicly something even worse. The case against France’s BNP was set up by Washington in order to blackmail France and force the country to refuse the delivery to Russia of two French-produced Mistral-class helicopter carriers for $1.6billion.

France and Russia, however, did not back down on the Mistral deal: at this very moment 400 Russian sailors are receiving training on the first Mistral in a French port.

Far from representing a demonstration of hegemonic power, the degrading blackmail is strengthening the links between Russia and the main countries of the European Union: namely France, Germany and Italy.

Putin told the Russian ambassadors:

“… What is being done to the French banks can cause nothing but indignation in Europe in general and here as well. We are aware of the pressure our American partners are putting on France to force it not to supply Mistrals to Russia. We even know that they hinted that if France does not deliver the Mistrals, the sanctions will be quietly lifted from their banks, or at least they will be significantly minimised.

What is this if not blackmail? Is this the right way to act on the international arena? Besides, when we speak of sanctions, we always assume that sanctions are applied pursuant to Article 7 of the UN Charter. Otherwise, these are not sanctions in the true legal sense of the word, but something different, some other unilateral policy instrument….” http://eng.kremlin.ru/transcripts/22586

The increasingly irrational and predatory US foreign policy has reached its climax,  characterised by a vast gamma of tools of pressure and intimidation. Now the US bully policy of the “with me or against me” is pushing more and more countries to look at a rational alternative.

Putin’s Russia, contrary to the desperate Wall Street media, is shining as a beacon of rationality and humanity, as the only adult and reliable person in the global saloon in which the drunk US cowboy is shooting his last bullets.

The Ukraine crisis, the creation of the grotesque ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the frantic pressure on Romania, Serbia, Italy and others to denounce the agreement with Russia for the South Stream gas pipeline and prevent Russia from exporting its raw materials – these seems to be the last bullets shot in the air.

Italy, for one, answered with a clear-cut statement by the state secretary for European affairs Sandro Gozi:

”The South Stream project has always been and remains most important for Italy.”

The interview was published on June 30, the day before Italy assumed the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

“As Italy takes over the European Union presidency, we give absolute priority to establishing political and economic integration with Kiev while resuming strategic partnership between the EU and Russia,… Relations with Moscow can be neither broken off nor suspended. On the contrary, we are convinced of the need to strengthen them further.”

One of the first calls Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini made at the beginning of the six month of Italian Presidency was with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov announcing a visit to Moscow within the month of July.

Serbia itself, after an internal debate to evaluate the strength of the US threats, decided to go ahead with the South Stream. And, of course, so did Austria during the official visit of Putin in Vienna on June 24. As the German agency Deutsche Welle wrote, uncharacteristically allowing itself a hint of polemics:

Austria defies US, EU over South Stream during Putin visit – Austria’s OMV and Russia’s Gazprom have signed a deal for the Austrian section of the controversial South Stream gas pipeline that bypasses Ukraine. Austria’s president, Heinz Fischer, has rejected US and EU criticism.”  http://www.dw.de/austria-defies-us-eu-over-south-stream-during-putin-visit/a-17734602

Germany is happily supplied with Russian gas through the North Stream.

Many in Europe expects now a new line from the European Union, despite the anti European policy the London’s city – controlled Brussels bureaucracy.

Behind the façade, the “Battle for Europe” is raging.

The ferocious and desperate ultimata coming from Washington appears increasingly impotent. And it is more and more clear why US-Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland in her infamous conversation with ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt in preparation for the coup d’etat in Kiev pronounced her immortal: “Fuck the EU!” The bloody destabilization of Ukraine was a means to an end: Keep Europe under control. It’s not working.

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What Happens When 350 Musicians Meet For The First Time In Brooklyn?

 

 

 

July 02, 2014 • NPR Music leave a lot of variables out in the wild when they make Field Recordings. That’s especially true when they commission new music for the annual Make Music New York festival, as we have for three years.

Since they are not using a traditional stage and people are roaming around, they don’t know exactly what the performance will sound like (though they are lucky to work with fantastic engineering colleagues). It’s always held outdoors, and they can’t be sure what the weather will be.

And in two of these three years — and this one — they have flung the doors open and invited anyone who wanted to perform to come play alongside professionals. Pretty risky, right?

But what they have found, and what is so incredibly , is that amazingly talented and generous people join in — this year, about 350 of them on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library. With a new piece by of , the beat and the heart were there already, but the spirit burst to life when all those musicians came out to play.

Congratulations to NPR for their efforts in bringing the annual Make Music New York festival to our city.

Credits: Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Saidah Blount, Anastasia Tsioulcas; Audio Engineers: Kevin Wait, Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Mito Habe-Evans, Colin Marshall, Christopher Parks, Maya Sharpe, A.J. Wilhelm, Marina Zarya; Special Thanks: Make Music New York, Brooklyn Public Library, Red Baraat, Mark and Rachel Dibner of the Argus Fund, our many volunteers and all the participating musicians; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann

Ed Sheeran, ‘X’

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CD Review

Ed Sheeran plays the Xfinity Center Sept. 9.

 

Taylor Swift bestie and duet partner, writer of songs for One Direction, management client of Sir Elton John, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran comes into his own on his sophomore album “x” — pronounced “multiply.”

If his slow-burning hit 2011 debut “+” — pronounced “plus” — helped break Sheeran thanks to “The A Team,” a hushed lament about a drug-addled prostitute, “x” will be remembered for the redhead letting loose his inner soulman and MC. It works thanks to his own keening croon and assistance from a wide spectrum of producers known for their work with rock and hip-hop artists, including Rick Rubin and Pharrell.

While many of the spare acoustic tracks creep up on you with their tunefulness a la “The A Team” — including burbling opener “One” and the haunting “Photograph” — others take charge right out of the gate.

“Sing” has a danceable snap similar to producer Pharrell’s own “Happy.” “Bloodstream” is one of several tracks to include an irresistible hum and simultaneous sense of ease and intensity. But “Don’t,” a scathing, cuss-laden takedown of a paramour who betrayed Sheeran while they were staying in the same hotel is his masterstroke, combining a singer-songwriter’s eye with a contemporary groove for lacerating-but-danceable results. (Out now)