NATO members start supplying weapons to Kiev – Ukrainian Defense Minister

Members of the military special forces sit on an armoured vehicle near Kramatorsk September 4, 2014.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

Members of the military special forces sit on an armoured vehicle near Kramatorsk September 4, 2014.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

 

Hagel said that the Ukraine crisis “has to be resolved politically.”

“And you can’t start that process until a ceasefire takes place,” he added. “But that isn’t the end. That is only the beginning, a ceasefire.”

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NATO member states have started supplying weapons to Ukraine, the country’s Defense Minister said on TV. His comments came a few days after a similar statement by a Ukrainian presidential aide sparked a diplomatic scandal and a rash of denials.

In an interview with Channel 5, Ukrainian Defense Minister Valery Geletey said that he had held verbal consultations with the defense ministers of the “leading countries of the world, those that can help us, and they heard us. We have the supply of arms under way.”

“This process has begun, and I feel that this is exactly the way we need to go,” the minister said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who attended the Sept. 4-5 NATO summit in Wales, announced that he had negotiated direct modern weapons supplies with a number of NATO member states.

Poroshenko claimed that some of the NATO member states said during bilateral consultations they are ready to supply Ukraine with lethal and non-lethal arms, including “high precision weapons,” as well as with medical equipment.

NATO has had repeatedly said that the alliance is not going to supply any weapons or military equipment to Ukraine. At the same time, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the alliance would not interfere if member states made decisions of their own regarding arms supply to Ukraine.

When Poroshenko’s aide Yury Lutsenko wrote on his Facebook page that the US, along with France, Italy, Poland and Norway, would supply modern weapons to Ukraine, the news prompted all the countries mentioned in Lutsenko’s post to say they had no information about supplies.

Last Sunday, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was the first to deny the arms delivery, saying he was not aware of a secret deal to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons.

Hagel ‘not aware’ of secret deal to supply Kiev with lethal weapons

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at the Krtsanisi military training base outside Tbilisi September 7, 2014. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at the Krtsanisi military training base outside Tbilisi September 7, 2014. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

 

 

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he was not aware of a secret deal to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons. His words contradict earlier statements by an aide to President Petro Poroshenko that the US is backing Kiev’s military with arms.

“I’m not aware of any kind of a secret deal that was made in Wales about supplying lethal weapons to the Ukrainians,” Hagel told journalists on a visit to Turkey’s capital, Ankara.

Earlier, Poroshenko aide Yury Lutsenko wrote on his Facebook page that the US, along with France, Italy, Poland and Norway, will supply modern weapons to Ukraine.

The agreements were reached at the Sept. 4-5 NATO summit in Wales, Lutsenko wrote, adding that the West will also send military advisers to Ukraine.

However, Hagel later denied the report Sunday, saying that Washington has not made an offer of “lethal assistance” to Ukraine.

Shortly afterward, Norway, Italy, and Poland also denied the report.

NATO to give Ukraine 15mn euros, lethal and non-lethal military supplies from members

However, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry has confirmed that joint US-Ukraine maritime exercises, under the Sea Breeze 2014 program, will be held Sept. 8-10 in the northwestern Black Sea.

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) crosses the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group. March 05, 2008 (AFP Photo / U.S. Navy / Seaman Mandy Hunsucker)

“The aim [of the exercises] is to set up safety measures in areas dangerous to ships,” Col. Andrey Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security Council, told reporters Monday.

Meanwhile, NATO is carrying out a week of military exercises in Latvia. The alliance says the drills are aimed at showing its commitment to Baltic member states in the face of an “assertive” Russia.

Following the NATO summit in Wales, a plan to create a new rapid reaction force in Eastern Europe was announced, likely numbering at least 4,000. The force will be ready to be deployed within 48 hours.

The Baltic states and Romania have already offered to host the force.

During his visit to Turkey, Hagel also said that he hopes the ceasefire will continue in the east of the crisis-torn country.

“We hope it holds,” he said. “If it can hold, then we are hopeful that that is the baseline, the beginning of an effort to move forward and resolve these issues that cannot be resolved militarily.”

Ukraine, US to conduct joint military drills in Black Sea

Hagel said that the Ukraine crisis “has to be resolved politically.”

“And you can’t start that process until a ceasefire takes place,” he added. “But that isn’t the end. That is only the beginning, a ceasefire.”

4 NATO warships to enter Black Sea before September 7 – military source

 

 

Panda Bear releases Grim Reaper mixtape

Panda Bear - Steven Arroyo

Panda Bear – Steven Arroyo

Today, Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, has launched a new personal website, pbvsgr.com. The acronym found in the URL seems to confirm the long-rumored title of Lennox’s latest solo album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper.

To coincide with the site’s launch, Lennox has shared a new mixtape. The 40-minute mix primarily features mostly other acts’ songs, including Container’s “Glaze”, Silk Flowers’ “Small Fortune”, and a Laidback Luke remix of a Moodyman song. However, as several users on Reddit have pointed out, Lennox also peppered in snippets of his own new music. Part of a song tentatively titled “Fill Those Spaces” or “Nadir” can be found at 15:20, while another track titled either “Can’t Come Back” or “Tropic of Cancer” appears at the 28:05 mark.

Listen to the full mix here.

Serving as the follow-up to 2011’s Tomboy, Grim Reaper has been described as “break-centric” and influenced by hip-hop producer 9th wonder, featuring tracks “constructed out of samples of self-made sounds” and is “meant as a celebration of the fact that new growth sometimes requires death.” Lennox reportedly teamed with friend and longtime collaborator Sonic Boom on the LP.

Since announcing work on the album back in February, Lennox has continually played new tracks as part of his live show. Download audio of a recent show in Brooklyn here.

Lennox will undoubtedly preview more new material as he wraps up his ongoing US tour later this month. Consult the full schedule here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foo Fighters performed a secret show as The Holy Shits in an abandoned train tunnel

Foo Fighters - London

Foo Fighters – London

Foo Fighters were at it again Thursday night, performing another secret show in the UK ahead of their gig at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. Once again, the band appeared under the-holy-shit-that’s-awesome moniker, The Holy Shits. And while there was no Foo Fighters cover band to speak of, they did play in an abandoned train tunnel underneath London’s Waterloo Station.

In front of a crowd of 600 lucky fans, the Foos ripped through a 21-song set comprised mostly of their numerous greatest hits. There were a few exceptions, however: “Weenie Beenie”, off the band’s 1995 self-titled debut, was performed live for the first time since 2009. “For All The Cows” also made a rare live appearance.

Check out a few photos and videos, along with the full setlist, below.

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Setlist:
White Limo
Arlandria
Generator
Rope
See You
New Way Home
The Pretender
Learn to Fly
My Hero
Cold Day in the Sun
All My Life
Skin and Bones
Monkey Wrench
Hey, Johnny Park!
For All the Cows
Breakout
Weenie Beenie
This Is a Call

Encore:
Times Like These
Best of You
Everlong