Turtle in Vimeo – From Ian Wittenber [ Staff Pick ]

 

 

 

 

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Official selection to Slamdance 2013.
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In-depth interview with Big League Film School:
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A movie about losing someone you love.

Starring
David Crane imdb.com/name/nm2419966
Jennifer Marks imdb.com/name/nm0548861

Editor
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Music
Chris Zabriskie chriszabriskie.com

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European help to Ukraine ‘unprecedented’ €11bn-EU representative

 

 

Vygaudas Usackas.(AFP Photo / Petras Malukas)

Vygaudas Usackas.(AFP Photo / Petras Malukas)

RT news – November 06, 2014

The European Union is ready to give Ukraine lots of money to help pay its multibillion dollar gas debt to Russia, according to the head of the EU office in Russia Vygaudas Usackas.

“The European Union is allocating up to an unprecedented €11 billion in financial aid to Ukraine,” Vygaudas Usackas said in an interview with the Echo Moscow radio station on Wednesday.

“We helped to reach agreements between Russia and Ukraine over a wide range of complex gas issues, and both the EU and IMF will continue to allocate sums needed for paying off the Ukrainian gas debt,” he added.

The EU representative also said that a sovereign and economically independent Ukraine is in the interests of everyone.

“I still hope that someday we will agree at a round-table discussion that Ukraine being an independent economic subject is of our common interest,” Usackas said. “So that neither Gazprom, nor the European commission and the IMF had to take care of it.”

Usackas says economic, political and social reforms are essential tools that Ukraine should use in achieving this goal.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin has assured Western Europe that there won’t be any interruption of natural gas supplies from his country this winter unless Ukraine again tries to meet its own energy needs by stealing fuel from the pipeline running through its territory.

“I can reassure you that there will be no crisis that could be blamed on Russian participants in energy cooperation,” the Russian leader said Oct. 16 during a visit to Serbia. He added, however, that “transit risks” are looming.

After months of negotiations Russia and Ukraine reached a gas agreement on October 31, which says Kiev needs to pay $3.1 billion by the year end. On Wednesday Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom confirmed it had received the first tranche of $1.45 billion from Ukraine’s Naftogaz which settles its gas debt for November and December 2013.

The winter plan worked out in Brussels also means that Ukraine will need to pay in advance for the gas it’s going to use. This means that on top of the debt repayment, Ukraine will have to pay $1.5 billion in advance for 4 billion cubic meters it’s going to buy from Russia this winter.

Ukraine plans to buy $770 million worth of gas (2 billion cubic meters) from Russia this winter to keep the heat on, but before that, they must pay off $1.45 billion in debt. The question is: who is going to pay the bill?

All three parties, Russia, the EU, and Ukraine met in Brussels on Tuesday and confirmed Kiev will pay $385 per 1,000 cubic meters of Russian supplied gas through the end of March. Before Ukraine can start purchasing gas, they need to pay off $1.45 billion in debt.

“There’s one obstacle: Ukraine failed to pay for Russian-supplied gas for seven months,” Oettinger said Tuesday. It will be difficult for Ukraine to find a benefactor, since, as Oettinger pointed out, its credit history is less than stellar. The economy is in ruin and may already need extra IMF money to stay afloat.

On Thursday, Ukraine’s state-owned Naftogaz said it had no schedule of prepayments for supplies from Gazprom, according to company representative talking to PRIME.

The Fall of Poroshenko’s Kingdom is near…

Poroshenko Red Eye Faces of Evil

Poroshenko Red Eye Faces of Evil

When the Evil Shredder Attacks, the Rebel spits and fight

Ukraine’s president-elect billionaire Petro Poroshenko, has promised to use full force until all separatists have been destroyed. He has now vowed to strengthen the military crackdown, making it faster and more efficient. Political scientist Mateusz Piskorski from the European Center of Geopolitical Analysis joins RT to discuss this issue.

The Ukrainian army attempted to take over Donetsk suburb with tanks a day after two children were killed in the shelling of a local school, rebels allege. This comes as Dutch inspectors, probing the Flight MH17 crash, arrived in the area.

The self-defense forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said that have repelled a tank attack on the outskirts of Donetsk, with Kiev forces losing at least five armored vehicles during the battle in the town of Yasinovataya.

“The tanks opened sporadic fire at our positions and residential areas,” the staff of the DPR militias told RIA-Novosti news agency.

According to the self-defense forces, at least two civilians were killed and seven others wounded in the fighting. The attack has been repelled, with the militias now trying to figure out “if it was an offensive reconnaissance and should we wait for a continuation of the operation.”

Meanwhile, Kiev has denied allegations that they had launched a new offensive in the suburb of Donetsk.

A man walks past a residential block and a car damaged by recent shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.(Reuters / Maxim Zmeyev)

A man walks past a residential block and a car damaged by recent shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.(Reuters / Maxim Zmeyev)

“We refute these allegations… We’re strictly fulfilling the Minsk [ceasefire] memorandum. We remain within the previously defined boundaries, in our positions. We’re not advancing,” spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov told Reuters by telephone.

DPR’s Interior Ministry said that Kiev’s forces were continuing the shelling of residential areas in Donetsk on Thursday.

“Three homes were hit, according to our records. We also have information on two civilians being wounded. It’s all happening in the Kievsky district of Donetsk, in the territory adjacent to the Donetsk airport,” a ministry representative told Interfax news agency.

Several shells hit the Donetsk Railway Transport Institute, with an RT stringer on the scene reporting of four injured civilians.

A large blast was also heard near another school, this time inside Donetsk, again not far from the airport. The projectile exploded in an apartment block next door to School No. 59, cleared by residents beforehand, which avoided casualties.

The incident comes less than 24 hours after two schoolchildren were killed and four injured by an artillery shell that hit a stadium in front of a school near Donetsk.

The children’s rights ombudsman of Ukraine, Valeria Lutkovskaya, on Wednesday appealed to the leaders of Kiev’s so-called “anti-terrorist operation” in the southeast of the country, urging them to “perform an immediate and impartial investigation into the deaths and injuries of children.”

The reports of fighting in the area go on, despite Kiev and the militias of Donetsk and Lugansk agreeing a ceasefire during talks in Minsk, Belarus, on September 5.

Ukraine has been engulfed in internal conflict since April, when Kiev’s forces began their crackdown on southeastern regions after they refused to recognize the country’s new coup-imposed authorities.

 2 teens killed, 4 injured in shelling near Donetsk school, E. Ukraine

Screenshot from RT video

Screenshot from RT video

RT news – November 05, 2014

Two schoolchildren were killed and four injured as an artillery shell hit a stadium in front of a school in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, local self-defense forces said.

“All the wounded were taken to the Donetsk regional trauma unit,” Natalya Yemchenko, a militia official with the Donetsk People’s Republic, was cited as saying by Interfax-Ukraine news agency. “They are now in intensive care. One of them is in critical condition and three other are in a state of moderate severity.”

“There were children – a lot of them – at the stadium” when the shell hit, Yemchenko wrote on her Facebook page.

“When attempts were made to evacuate them from the pitch, the massive shelling continued in the area. It was hard for the medics to get to them,” she said.

 

Shocking attack: Teens killed & injured in Donetsk school shelling

Yemchenko said the school building was also seriously damaged in the explosion.

Local journalist Andrey Krasnoshchekov, who visited the scene of the shelling, said that the boys were playing football when the tragedy happened.

Neither the ambulance, nor the Donetsk militias have reached the two dead bodies yet. It’s only us [journalists] and crying parents and relatives here,” Krasnoshchekov wrote on his Twitter account, almost an hour after the mortar hit as the medics tried to make their way through the shelling.

“There should be a thorough investigation into the shocking attack in Donetsk,” Denis Krivosheev, the deputy head of Amnesty International’s Central European and Central Asian program, was cited by RIA-Novosti news agency as saying. “If the components of war crime are detected, those responsible should be brought to justice.”

Ukraine has been engulfed in internal conflict since April, when Kiev’s army began its crackdown on the southeastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk after they refused to recognize the country’s new coup-imposed authorities.

The United Nations estimates that the death toll in the Ukrainian conflict has exceeded 4,000 people, with over 9,300 others wounded.

Screenshot from RT video

Screenshot from RT video

The warring sides agreed to a ceasefire during talks in Minsk, Belarus, on September 5, but there is still a long way to go for the conflict to be settled as the truce is being violated on a daily basis.

Shard shower: Girl dodges death as glass rains down at E. Ukraine stadium (VIDEO)

Still from youtube video (user Gumanitarniy shtab "Pomozhem")

Still from youtube video (user Gumanitarniy shtab “Pomozhem”)

A Ukrainian girl narrowly escaped death as a huge piece of glass façade broke off Shakhtar Donetsk’s Donbass Arena and crashed right in front of her. The incredible moment was caught on CCTV.

The video shows a small-statured girl walking towards the stadium. When a loud blast is heard she falls to the ground. In a second an enormous mass of glass plummets earthward and shatters, barely missing the prone child.

 

While the figure in the video is vague, Reuters said it looks like the passerby was little a girl.

A man is seen rushing to the girl, picking her up and walking her safety.

Luckily, the girl seems to have no serious injuries. As she was helped on her feet, she and the man rushed inside the stadium.

The accident coincides with an explosion a chemical factory in Donetsk that happened on Monday. Local militia claim the plant was targeted by a tactical Tochka-U missile (SS-21 Scarab).

Blast rocks chemical plant in Donetsk, claims of tactical missile

A huge blast has rocked a chemical factory in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, the city council says on its website. The blast wave reportedly shattered windows in houses in a radius of several kilometers.

The explosion reportedly took place at 12:10pm local time.

2014.10.20 “Донбасс-Арена” пострадала от обстрела/ 2014.10.20 “Donbass-Arena” was hit by gunfire.