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  • #AceNewsGroup 10:25 on April 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 21 – Timeline of Events and Latest from news sources.

    Monday 21

    18:11 GMT:
    1/2 Am now in #Kramatorsk at occupied City building where they tell me senior members of ‘Donbass People’s Republic’ are now in building..
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 21, 2014
    2/2 They say outside that meeting is being held between groups, aimed at forming ‘Donbass Republic’. No media access. pic.twitter.com/HvfnJ7W2Kb
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 21, 2014

    17:09 GMT:
    Anti-government activists have entered the local headquarters of the Ukraine Security Service in the town of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region, RT’s RUPTLY stringer reports from the scene.

    The activists are currently installed in the building, over which the flag of the People’s Republic of Donetsk has been raised.

    15:44 GMT:
    Names given of 3 activists killed in #Sloviansk shooting yesterday.#Ukraine #Russia pic.twitter.com/4kG8UDvFdK
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 21, 2014

    15.43 GMT:
    Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine.
    One Belarusian and two Italian journalists were stopped Monday by gunmen as they reported in the city of Slovyansk, which has been occupied by pro-Russia forces for more than a week.
    Slovyansk is one of many cities in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking eastern region where insurgents are demanding greater ties with Russia. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Ud
    By Philippa Stewart (ALJ)

    14.17 GMT:
    A monitoring mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has arrived in the town of Sloviansk in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region to investigate a shooting incident that took place there on the Easter night last weekend, the Deutsche Welle media corporation said on Monday. http://wp.me/p165ui-4U5

    14.09 GMT:
    In keeping with the Geneva agreement, Ukraine is working out measures to de-escalate tensions in the east of the country, acting Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia said o Monday, April 21.
    “We meet in the four-party format every day, with the participation of the leadership of the mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to work out measures towards de-escalation of the situation in the eastern part of Ukraine,” he said.
    However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier in the day that the Ukrainian authorities were not complying with the Geneva agreement.http://wp.me/p165ui-4U7

    14:01 GMT:
    Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich demanded that the Kiev coup-appointed government withdraw National Guard troops from eastern Ukraine and start peaceful dialogue with the citizens of the eastern regions.
    “You called millions of people terrorists. They have no other choice but to fight for their rights, their own life and lives of their children,” he said.
    Yanukovich also spoke in favor of a referendum on Ukraine’s federalization, which should be followed by constitutional reform.

    13:55 GMT:
    People and protester enjoy the music at #Donetsk barricades Ruptly https://t.co/ocVDnfFz6k
    — denise reese (@denice_ruptly) April 21, 2014

    13.05 GMT:
    Viktor Yanukovych has demanded to return Ukraine’s military forces to their permanent bases, to withdraw the National Guard units from the country’s east, and to start a dialogue with the people in the eastern regions of Ukraine. Yanukovych proposed to hold a referendum on the country’s federalization and the powers of the regions (Itar-tass) http://wp.me/p165ui-4TY

    12.59 GMT:
    Irma Krat, an activist of the Right Sector, and representative of the self-defence forces of Ukraine’s Donetsk region have held a joint briefing in Donetsk. Both parties stated that they agreed to release Irma Krat soon. The self-defense forces believe that she is one of the Maidan ‘centurions’, and have detained her on suspicion of subversion. http://wp.me/p165ui-4TS

    “The conditions are normal, nobody bullies me, I’m fed properly,” Krat said at the briefing.

    12:40 GMT:
    Irma Krat, a prominent Maidan activist and journalist, who was detained on Sunday in protester-held Slavyansk, gave a media conference on Monday.
    The protesters suspect the 29-year-old of having close links to the ultranationalist Right Sector movement, which they blamed for the deadly attack on one of the protesters checkpoints early on Sunday morning.
    Krat is accused by Self-defence of, effectively, working as spy for the Maidan side. She disagrees to Self-defence. pic.twitter.com/UuxshhoJDm
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 21, 2014
    Krat denied having links with the radicals, and insisted that she had arrived in Slavyansk in her capacity as a journalist and said that the protest in Maidan, which she supported, and the protest movement in eastern Ukraine mirror each other.
    At presser, Krat’s press pass is brought out, ‘self-defence’ draw attention to its being out of date. #Sloviansk pic.twitter.com/wcEU6qHRwr
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 21, 2014
    She added that she was treated well by her detainers and that she feels fine.
    Both Krat and the protest activists said she will soon be released.

    11.28 GMT:
    Protesters in Luhansk have announced the establishment of a joint headquarters of South-Western Ukraine which will coordinate efforts of protesters in all other regions, the local media reported Monday. The joint coordination centre will be based in Donetsk, the source said.

    On Monday, people’s gatherings have been held in Luhansk and other settlements of the region to formulate questions which should be put to a referendum the protesters are planning to hold on May 11.
    The establishment of a federal state, the status of a subject of a federal state and the status of the Russian language are among issues on the agenda of the planned referendum.
    A large-scale meeting of supporters of a federal state was scheduled in Luhansk for 3.00 pm Moscow time Monday. http://wp.me/p165ui-4TI

    10:31 GMT:
    Protesters in Lugansk have announced the creation headquarters for the coordination their activities in the south-eastern region, Itar-Tass found out. The base will be set up in Donetsk. This is taking place in an atmosphere of public gatherings aimed at tackling the kind of issues that will make their way into the upcoming May 11 referendum, including the question of federalization.

    08.51 GMT:
    “Everything points to the fact that the Kiev authorities are not able to control extremists, or do not want to control them,” the foreign minister said. The main thing now is to prevent any kind of violence in Ukraine, Lavrov added. “It is the first clause of the Geneva agreements, the first requirement,” the minister stressed. “This part of the Geneva agreement is not fulfilled, but on the contrary, steps are taken by those who seized power (in Kiev) in violation of the Geneva agreements,” Lavrov said.
    “We are concerned that instead of confirming the responsibility for the situation, Kiev and the West-European countries are trying to make Russia responsible,” he said. “There main proof is the Russian weapons in the conflict zones. It is ridiculous – no other weapons have ever been there,” Lavrov added.
    “Those who intentionally aim at instigating a civil war obviously hope to spark off an enormous, serious and bloody conflict, are conducting a criminal policy,” Lavrov said. “We (Russia) will not be only condemning this policy, but thwarting any manifestations of such policy as well,” the diplomat said, adding that “shooting at unarmed people on the Easter night is beyond any reason.”
    “Instead of giving ultimatums and threatening us with sanctions, Washington should realize in full measure its responsibility for those people they brought to power in Kiev,” Lavrov noted. “Attempts to isolate Russia are absolutely prospectless, as it is impossible,” the minister emphasized.

    01:19 GMT:
    The “people’s mayor” of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, has imposed a curfew from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 am, Ukraine’s Unian news agency reported.

    00.35 GMT:
    US Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with Ukraine’s coup-installed President Aleksandr Turchinov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk during his visit to Ukraine’s capital, the White House announced. Biden’s visit to Kiev will begin on Monday afternoon and will last two days. He will also meet with members of Ukraine’s parliament from various regions and representatives of non-government organizations.
    During the meetings, the two sides will “discuss the international community’s efforts to help stabilize and strengthen Ukraine’s economy and to assist Ukraine in moving forward on constitutional reform, decentralization, anti-corruption efforts, and free and fair presidential elections on May 25,” the White House statement said. “The vice president will also consult on the latest developments in eastern Ukraine and on steps to enhance Ukraine’s short- and long-term energy security.” http://wp.me/p165ui-4TV

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:49 on April 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 20 – Timeline of Events and Latest from news sources.

    Sunday, April 20

    19:06 GMT:
    The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has announced the creation of a special units corps to maintain order in the south-eastern parts of the country.
    The move is explained by the “externally inspired separatist terrorist attacks, creation of gangs financed from outside the country, and the threat to internal law and order” in those regions, the ministry’s website said.

    18:40 GMT:
    The self-defence forces in Ukraine’s Donetsk region are expecting assaults on checkpoints and administrative buildings they’re holding in the town of Slavyansk at 18:00 GMT, Itar-Tass reports.
    The anti-government activists are on high alert, with preparations to repel the attack under-way, said Vyacheslav Ponomarev, the “people’s mayor” of Slavyansk.
    According to Ponomarev, unidentified armed men were spotted gathering outside the town.
    The self-defence forces failed to establish their belonging to any units of the Ukrainian military and say they are militants from the radical Right Sector movement.

    18:09 GMT:
    Machine gun fire has been heard in the centre of Slavyansk, a city in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the scene.
    Anti-government demonstrators in Odessa have demanded the resignation of the head of the regional administration, Vladimir Nemirovsky, Vesti.ru reports.
    Hundreds marched the streets of Odessa on Sunday, with the demonstration concluding with a rally at the city’s Kulikovo Field.
    Protesters also showed their support to the idea of referendum on the federalization of Ukraine and urged the coup-imposed authorities to end political repressions.
    The self-defense forces in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region said that three of their checkpoint in the suburbs of the town of Slavyansk came under fire by unidentified gunmen, Interfax news agency reports. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Tl

    12.36 GMT:
    On Sunday, the Interior Ministry called on former members of the Berkut riot police, which had been branded as thugs and criminals by the new authorities, to return to service April 20 – 17.25 GMT: http://on.rt.com/xdnz8t

    “We, the members of the board of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, address the former members of Berkut. You always were the elite of the security forces,” said the statement of the ministry’s website. “On the eve of Orthodox Easter we urge everyone not indifferent to the fate of our country, to reconcile and unite, first of all by social consolidation and stopping the strife and mutual disrespect.”
    The Berkut special forces units were dismissed on February 25 by the coup-installed Kiev regime http://wp.me/p165ui-4T0

    11:14 GMT:
    The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed outrage over the deadly gun battle on Saturday night in Slavyansk. It said Kiev must deliver on its commitment to de-escalate the violence.

    10:02 GMT:
    The OSCE mission in Donetsk does not possess evidence of any Russian troop presence in Ukraine. The mission’s head, Klaus Zillikens, told Ekho Moskvy radio that information appearing in the media regarding the number of victims of clashes in the Donetsk region is often unsubstantiated and not backed by evidence. This includes the Donbass region as well, Zillikens said.

    09.30 GMT:
    The division of Ukraine’s interior ministry in the Donetsk region has confirmed three people died in a skirmish in Slavyansk (northern Donetsk region).
    The interior ministry’s version is “unidentified persons in four cars approached the block station and opened fire at the people guarding it.”
    The source said three people had been killed in the skirmish /two local residents, the third is being identified/, and three more were wounded. An investigation is under-way. Earlier, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry confirmed a murder of one man in Slavyansk. http://wp.me/p165ui-4T2

    09:26 GMT:
    Anti-Maydan activist, Konstantin Dolgov, has been jailed for two months by Kharkov’s court for his role in coordinating the local protest movement, his lawyer told Interfax-Ukraine.
    “We have five days to make an appeal,” Dmitry Tihonenkov, the lawyer, told the newspaper.
    No details of the specifics of Dolgov’s crimes are being shared at present, but it is known that the charge is for the deliberate destruction of property.

    08:01 GMT:
    Mood here, some 6km outside #Sloviansk – shock, sadness. Working to find identities of those killed. pic.twitter.com/Yw0hmockuM
    — GrahamWPhillips (@GrahamWP_UK) April 20, 2014

    06:49 GMT:
    The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has called on the former members of the Berkut riot police to stand up and fight against “intervention” and “save Ukraine.”
    Berkut were involved in confrontation with radical activists during the Ukrainian protests in February, defending governmental buildings in Kiev from crowds, pelting them with Molotov cocktails and stones. Protesters accused the police officers of brutality, so after Ukraine’s coup all Berkut units were disbanded.
    Former Berkut members must forget that they used to be on different sides of the barricades and remember that “they are children of a united Ukrainian land, forget grievances, and leave behind all personal ambitions,” the ministry leaders said in a statement.
    The statement says that “in February there was enough human wisdom to stop just short of fratricide. The plot to discredit Ukraine’s national statehood failed.” It’s not clear whether the ministry chose to dismiss the killing of more than 100 people during the Kiev protest as irrelevant, or decided to go against the position of the General Prosecutor’s office, which charged several former Berkut members with mass murder.
    The attitude towards Berkut troops is one of several undermining the split in Ukraine following the February coup. Many anti-Maidan protesters hail them as heroes, who fulfilled their duty and resisted the violence of the radical activists. Some former Berkut members are reportedly taking active part in the protest movement in eastern Ukraine, which is defying Kiev.

    05:15 GMT:
    Four people with gunshots have been taken to a hospital in Slavyansk overnight, RIA Novosti confirms.

    04:53 GMT:
    Five people have been reportedly killed in a shooting in Slavyansk, a city in eastern Ukraine held by anti-government protesters.
    The fatalities came after a night attack on a protester checkpoint on the outskirts of the city, a Rossiya 24 news channel correspondent reported. Four cars drove by the checkpoint and opened fire at local residents holding it, killing three people and seriously injuring another one.
    A group of protesters, who had firearms unlike those holding the checkpoint, was called from their camp in the city. They opened fire at the attackers, killing two of them, the report said.
    The protesters in the confrontation reportedly captured the attackers’ two cars. Firearms, explosives and aerial photos of Slavyansk were discovered there. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Ti

    01:34 GMT:
    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on the West to focus on preventing “further escalation” in Ukraine rather than on sanctions to target Russia, according to Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper, which is expected to publish the full interview on Sunday.
    “I sometimes wish that the same engagement being used for the debate about sanctions would also exist when it comes to avoiding a further escalation,” Steinmeier told the newspaper. “We’ve already exhaustively discussed the sanctions issue.”
    He also stressed that Germany supports the agreement reached in Geneva on the de-escalation of the conflict and vowed support to the OSCE mission in Ukraine.
    “It was clear that peace in Ukraine would not be immediately restored after the agreement in Geneva. Now the most important is that the agreed measures are implemented,” he said. http://wp.me/p165ui-4SS

    00.19 GMT:
    In his Easter message, the head of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church condemned the “aggression” in Ukraine.
    “Against our peace-loving nation, which voluntarily gave up nuclear weapons, there has been aggression, there has been injustice,” Patriarch Filaret said. “God cannot be on the side of evil, so the enemy of the Ukrainian people is condemned to defeat,” he added. “Lord, help us resurrect Ukraine.”

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  • #AceNewsGroup 11:13 on April 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 19 – Timeline of Events and Latest from news sources.

    Friday, April 18

    21.25 GMT:
    Ukraine’s parliament will vote for constitutional changes before May, the country’s coup-installed president, Aleksandr Turchinov, said on ‘Ukraine’ TV channel.The changes will include more power transferred to local regions. “I hope that before the end of May the parliament will be able to vote on constitutional changes regarding expanding powers of local governments in its first reading,” Turchinov said.

    17.19 GMT:
    NATO’s further enlargement and “one more step towards the Russian border” will cause “the entire European security architecture to be overhauled”, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on the TVC television channel’s “Pravo Znat” (The Right to Know) programme to be aired on Saturday evening, April 19. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Sw

    16:35 GMT:
    All of the Ukrainian Navy’s vessels have left Crimea, the press service of Ukraine’s coup-imposed president, Aleksandr Turchinov, said.
    “All the vessels of the Ukrainian Navy have departed from Sevastopol Bay and Donuzlav Bay [in Crimea], including the Kirovograd landing ship, Vinnitsa corvette, Zolotonosha base ship, and others,” the press service told Itar-Tass news agency.
    The ships are on their way to the port of Odessa where the Ukrainian Navy’s bases are situated.
    The withdrawal of other Ukrainian military equipment from Crimea, including warplanes, is also underway, the press service added http://wp.me/p165ui-4St

    15:55 GMT:
    88.2 percent of voters in south-eastern Ukraine are eager to participate in the country’s presidential elections on May 25, a survey by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) reveals.

    Only 39.1 percent of the people are undecided about which candidate they will vote for, ZN.ua weekly reports.

    According to the research, businessman Pyotr Poroshenko is currently leading the presidential race in southeastern Ukraine with 21.6 percent.

    MP Sergey Tigipko follows him on 10.6 percent, and then former head of Kharkov regional state administration, Mikhail Dobkin, who has the support of 8.4 percent.

    The survey took place April 10-15 and questioned 3,232 respondents in eight regions in southeastern Ukraine.

    Petro Poroshenko, independent member of Ukrainian parliament (left) and Ukrainian presidential candidate Sergiy Tigipko (AFP Photo / Volodymyr Shuvayev / Andrei Smirnov)

    14:42 GMT:
    Negotiations between the police and anti-government protesters in the town of Gorlovka in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region “brought no result,” the local police told RIA-Novosti news agency.

    The demonstrators in Gorlovka remain in control of the town’s administration building and the police headquarters.

    14:08 GMT:
    Russia says it is prepared to help Ukraine resolve its political crisis in conjunction with the OSCE.
    “The Russian side notes that Ukrainians must decide for themselves how to extricate themselves from the current political impasse, with the help of an OSCE monitoring mission. Russia is prepared to offer the broadest support in this venture,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin in a meeting with pro-Russian presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev.

    13.18 GMT:
    Three thousand Crimean citizens have refused to receive Russian passports and become citizens, head of the Federal Migration Service, Konstantin Romodanovskiy, told Interfax.

    According to the agreement that accompanied the absorption of Crimea into Russia, people were given a deadline until April 18, but the “small number” could either grow or diminish, Romodanovskiy continued, explaining that people are prone to changing their minds in situations like these. In this case, he said, it was possible to extend the deadline further http://wp.me/p165ui-4S7

    10.41 GMT:
    Ukraine’s foreign minister has said that operations against pro-Russian militants in the east of the country have been suspended over Easter. Andriy Deshchytsia told the BBC the security services would resume military action if the separatists continued to occupy government offices

    They are refusing to leave buildings in several cities, defying an agreement reached on Thursday to ease the crisis http://eeas.europa.eu/statements/docs/2014/140417_01_en.pdf


    10:18 GMT:

    Anti-Kiev protesters in Kramatorsk have once again captured the TV tower, as those who identify with Russia continue to face off against the Ukrainian military in the city. They have blocked the Ukrainian channels from being broadcast and switched over to Russian ones instead, RIA Novosti reports, citing the commander of the popular uprising. The pro-Russian group is dissatisfied with the way the country is being portrayed in the local programming, it claims http://wp.me/p165ui-4RQ

    09:54 GMT:
    More than 1.7 thousand tons in humanitarian aid from Russia’s regions have made their way to the Crimea, Emergencies Ministry representative, Aleksandr Drobyshenskiy told the press, according to Itar-Tass. The deliveries, which had started on March 14, came in the form of 32 convoys. Two more are being planned, according to Drobyshenskiy http://wp.me/p165ui-4RU

    09:29 GMT:
    If Kiev does not settle its gas debts with Moscow within a month, Gazprom will be forced to switch to a system of advance payments, President Putin has said, adding that the measure has nothing to do with May’s upcoming presidential election in Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports.
    “Moscow is willing to tolerate” the continuing absence of payments for another month, Putin said during a live Q&A session on Thursday, adding that this is stipulated in the existing contracts.
    “We don’t mix economics with the political process in Ukraine,” the President continued. “We were simply awaiting the receipt on April 7 of the money owed for the March for gas in March… this was $525 million. Not a cent… by the way, it was being transported at the lowest price, with all possible discounts.” http://wp.me/pzTwj-2VV

    08:24 GMT:
    President Putin has appealed to all European nations interested in bolstering Ukraine’s economy to come up with feasible programs for the country’s budget, RIA Novosti reports. The President sent communications to European leaders last week regarding Ukraine’s gas debt, which Russia had eased by reducing prices and subsidizing it with $35.4 million as a result http://wp.me/p165ui-4Sb

    03:28 GMT:
    Unidentified men tried to break through a barricade at Kramatorsk’s city administration building in eastern Ukraine, RIA Novosti reported, quoting the ‘People’s mayor’ of the neighbouring town of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev. Witnesses said up to 40 individuals approached the barricades and tried to dismantle them. Pro-federalization supporters called Slavyansk’s supporters for help and were able to maintain control of the city’s administration building http://wp.me/p165ui-4RZ

    Witnesses also stated that the men trying to dismantle the barricade said they were promised a reward from Ukraine’s oligarchs for every barricade and building they recaptured from pro-federalization supporters in eastern Ukraine.

    03:15 GMT:
    Sanctions that the EU is preparing to introduce against Russia will likely negatively impact some EU countries, Budget and Financial Programming Commissioner of the European Commission, Janusz Lewandowski, told Poland’s TOK FM. Lewandowski stated that there are countries that depend on Russia entirely for their gas consumption – including Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Poland. Other EU countries will feel the effect through the banking sector or through a negative impact on trade.

    02:04 GMT:
    Two Norwegian warships are now part of NATO’s defense force, the country’s Defense Ministry told NRK. The two vessels are responsible for patrolling the Baltic and North Sea and have been stationed there indefinitely. The move has been identified as a response to the latest developments in Ukraine http://wp.me/p165ui-4RW

    01:12 GMT:
    The US administration wants to help Ukraine in its fight against corruption and repatriation of stolen assets, Itar-Tass reported, quoting National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden. To that end, the US sent a group of experts from the Treasury Department and the FBI to Ukraine. Their role is to consult the Ukrainian government on how to conduct an investigation and collect evidence. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Sy

    00:51 GMT:
    Poland’s defence minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, said that an announcement will be made next week regarding sending US ground forces to Poland as part of a NATO expansion mission in eastern Europe, in response to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, The Washington Post reported.

    The minister’s statement was denied by Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby, the BBC reported. Kirby said the US is continuing to look at various available options to ensure that NATO allies are certain of US commitment to collective security.

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    • Brittius 16:04 on April 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

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    • Brittius 12:24 on April 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Payment in advance for petroleum products. I called it, because there is no way to replace a consumable product unless another source of replenishment is obtained, and quite candidly, no nation, has the muscle to pay Ukraine’s debts as the burden to taxpayers will be unsustainable. Ukraine will simply default and effectively screw any nation financially assisting. Obama is stupid enough to volunteer.

      • #AceNewsGroup 12:27 on April 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thought that when l post it and anyway really can Ukraine pay, what – with EU Grant?

        • Brittius 12:32 on April 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Cameron will make a press statement in substance, “There is good news, and a bit of bad news. The good news: It will be a bit chilly tomorrow with a steady rain. The bad news: Taxes are hereby increased to assist Ukraine in debt and foster the EU Grant, therefore, oil products will have an additional 7% tax increase. Now, now, I know what you are thinking and thank you, I fought seriously against a larger increase and would have it no other way. Only an additional 7% increase.”

          • #AceNewsGroup 12:40 on April 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            He is under pressure by people in the polls as he is losing ground to UKIP and in so doing trying to blacken Farage’s name – (less said soonest mended) but he will wait until after these local elections due end of this month.
            But a tax rise will be something the people will not be happy to agree to and could see his reign over very quickly.
            Also his present EU /XEU soon given his present situation over EU funding could be the signal of his demise!

            Waiting for next instalment – with bated breath !!!

  • #AceNewsGroup 13:12 on April 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 18 – Timeline of Events and Latest from news sources.

    Friday, April 18

    22:49 GMT:
    Former Ukrainian prime minister and presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko said it is important to implement the agreements from the Geneva talks and start a direct dialogue with people in the eastern part of the country. Tymoshenko made her comments while appearing on ‘Ukraine’ TV channel, adding that she visited the Donetsk region and talked to people there.

    22:49 GMT:
    Three Ukrainian national parties have reportedly been banned from the eastern town of Slavyansk, Ukraine’s Unian news agency reported, citing the town’s leader of the People’s Militia, Vyacheslav Ponomare. The three parties consist of the Udar, Rodina, and Svoboda parties.

    19.58 GMT:
    Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has passed a statement “’On an Anti-Russian Resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’ where it puts forward a tough condition for a continued dialogue with Russia in the form of a full lifting of sanctions against the Russian delegation.

    19:51 GMT:
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have held a phone conversation and agreed to continue talks on the settlement of the Ukraine crisis.

    The diplomats discussed possibilities for international assistance in the normalization of the situation in the country following yesterday’s four-party talks in Geneva, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

    Ukrainian authorities must implement the Geneva deal immediately and in full, including putting an end to violent actions and the launching of a national dialogue on constitutional reform, which is to include key regions and major political forces.

    18:48 GMT:
    Russia’s “entire society may mobilize” in response to the West’s attempts to “corner” it over the country’s position on Ukraine, Kremlin press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, has said.

    “Thank God, it’s impossible to corner Russia,” he said in an interview with Rossiya-1 channel, which followed Thursday’s annual Q&A with President Vladimir Putin.

    Peskov is confident that Russia will not get isolated over the events in the former Soviet republic since “not all countries” support sanctions against Russia. “Not all states are ready to step back from the principles of pragmatism in foreign affairs and sustain economic losses,” he said.

    Russia does have troops on the border with Ukraine – a country “which has just had a coup” – to provide for its security, Peskov said.

    “Some of the troops are deployed on a permanent basis, others were sent as reinforcements,” he said. “It’s worth mentioning that Russia is a sovereign state and entitled to deploy its forces without any limitations at any spot on its territory.”

    18:38 GMT:
    Europe understands there is no and will be no backtracking on Crimea, Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to the EU has told the Rossiya-24 TV channel.

    “Therefore, discussing the Crimea problem with us is rather a blind alley, and [Europeans] understand this,” he said. “At the same time, Crimea will certainly remain some kind of a thorn, a reason for those information wars to continue.”

    The Russian diplomat also believes that a referendum on the federalization of Ukraine is “inevitable” and the first step towards it has already been taken.

    “As of today, everyone including the signees of the Geneva document agree on the necessity of regionalization. The major point is not what the decision will called, but what it stands for,” Chizhov added.

    18:34 GMT:
    The White House warned Russia on Friday that Moscow would face tougher sanctions if it failed to abide by a new international deal on Ukraine or moved to send Russian forces into eastern Ukraine.

    “Those costs and sanctions could include targeting very significant sectors of the Russian economy,” Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, told reporters. (Reuters)

    15:02 GMT:
    Coup-imposed Ukrainian acting President Aleskandr Turchinov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk appeared in a televised address on Friday, calling for “national unity” and urging all to “refrain from violence.”

    “The Ukrainian government is ready to carry out thorough constitutional reform, which will define the authority of the regions,” Yatsenuk said.

    Local authorities in Ukrainian regions “will decide on their own” about whether to grant the Russian language or any other languages official status in the regions, Turchinov added.

    14:26 GMT:
    Moscow doubts a free and fair presidential election campaign is possible in Ukraine while the presidential candidates are being attacked by armed thugs, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. On Monday, two opposition candidates, Mikhail Dobkin and Oleg Tsarev of the Party of Regions, were attacked by groups of aggressive men. Tsarev was beaten and treated for injuries but refused to withdraw from the May-25 election.

    12:43 GMT:
    Ukrainian border guards have denied entry to approximately 600 Russian citizens who were traveling to the country. 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.” The State Border Service of Ukraine confirmed to RIA Novosti that about 600 Russian citizens have been denied entry to Ukraine over the last 24 hours. This number includes all violators, including those who fit to the previously announced restrictions, yet the service has not specified the exact statistics.

    12:39 GMT:
    Anti-government protesters in Ukraine’s Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region have recaptured the television tower and turned off Ukrainian TV channels, replacing them with Russian ones, such as Rossiya-24, Rossiya-1 and LifeNews, the local broadcasting company confirmed. Sometime earlier the regional office of the Security Service of Ukraine ordered all Russian TV channels to be taken off air.

    11:48 GMT:
    Ukraine’s security service has put son of the ousted President Viktor Yanukovich on its ‘wanted’ list for alleged forgery and document falsification. The penalty for such crimes varies from two to five years in prison. Aleksandr Yanukovich is Ukrainian billionaire who reportedly attained his wealth during the years of his father’s presidency.

    11:44 GMT:
    Ukraine’s prosecutor general has launched a criminal case against ousted President Viktor Yanukovich, who is charged with ‘creation of a terrorist organization’. Among other people named as members of this organization are former Interior Minister Aleksandr Yakimenko and former chief of the Security Service of Ukraine Vitaly Zakharchenko.

    The prosecutor general maintains that the trio were in charge of terrorist organization consisting of security and law enforcement officers that is responsible for mass murder of protesters and police officers in down-town Kiev in February.

    Charges have already been brought against Yanukovich. On February 25, the coup-imposed authorities in Kiev declared they would address international tribunal in The Hague to bring the former president to justice.

    Later, the prosecutor general issued a criminal case against Yanukovich “for an attempt to overthrow constitutional order in Ukraine” after the former president held a press conference in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don on March 3.

    10:12 GMT:
    Ukraine’s interim President Aleksandr Turchinov ordered round-the-clock bodyguards for six of the most prominent presidential candidates: Sergey Tigipko, Yulia Timoshenko, Pyotr Poroshenko, Oleg Lyashko, Mikhail Dobkin and Olga Bogomolets. Overall there are 23 presidential candidates and among them is Oleg Tsarev, a candidate who is extremely popular in eastern Ukraine and who was brutally beaten just three days ago by militants from the nationalist Right Sector group. However, Tsarev has not been put on the protection list. The presidential elections are set to take place on May 25.

    09.27 GMT:
    Ukrainian parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said a draft law on amnesty for protesters in eastern Ukraine is ready.

    “The cabinet has prepared a draft law on amnesty,” he told the Verkhovna Rada on Friday. “If the whole parliament expresses its will, the law will be registered, and let us vote for it,” Yatsenyuk said.

    08.58 GMT:
    Ukraine’s Security Service and the Radiobroadcast, Radio Communication and Television Broadcast Concern have stopped broadcast of Russian television channels in Kramatorsk (north of unrest Donetsk oblast).

    The Concern’s press service said the broadcast had been resumed as the local radio and television station was seized by local people, who blocked broadcast of the Ukrainian television.
    “At that time, electricity at the transmitting station was cut off,” the press service said http://wp.me/p165ui-4QT

    07.40 GMT:
    A checkpoint of protesters was destroyed in the village of Sergeyevka near Sloviansk, the Donetsk oblast, Ukraine’s 112.ua news agency reported.

    A woman in the village said shooting was heard “in the area of the road”.

    “Local residents say that people in military uniform have appeared in the village.

    Supposedly those are paratroopers participating in the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ anti-terrorist operation,” the agency reported http://wp.me/p165ui-4QK

    06:35 GMT:
    More than 80 Russians have been refused entry to Ukraine over the last 24 hours, Interfax says, citing airlines with flights to Ukraine.

    Ukrainian authorities announced unprecedented travel restrictions on Russian citizens on Thursday. All men aged between 16 and 60 travelling without families are now being denied entry to the country.

    Many of those in eastern Ukraine are concerned at the decision, which might cut them off from relatives and friends in Russia, RT’s Maria Finoshina reports from the Donetsk International Airport.
    06:14 GMT:
    A journalist of Russian Gazeta.ru news website was taken off a train from Moscow to Mariupol on the grounds that “the goal of her visit was not confirmed.” The online media outlet reports that the correspondent was also informed by the border patrol that they received an order not to allow journalists into Ukraine.

    03:08 GMT:
    Several Russian companies are withdrawing their business from Ukrainian TV ads due to the unstable political situation and looming economic crisis, Russian newspaper Izvestiya reported, citing Media First Ukraine director Roman Shihutsko. Some of the companies that will no longer be investing into Ukrainian ads include Yandex, MTS, Alfa-Bank, and VTB.
    01:34 GMT:
    Ukraine’s ban against the entrance of Russian males into Ukraine does not violate the principles of the OSCE, said OSCE’s director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Janez Lenarcic. Travel limitations can be used if they are “proportionate and badly needed,” the OSCE press office quoted him as saying.

    00:12 GMT:
    British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to provide an extra $1.7 million for the OSCE’s special monitoring mission in Ukraine, following his conversations with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and later US President Barack Obama. Cameron added that in the meantime, the EU should not stop its preparations for potential additional sanctions against Russia.

    Obama and Cameron “agreed that the outcome of the Geneva meeting represented a positive step forward, but that it was essential that the agreements reached were rapidly implemented in order to reduce tensions and create space for political dialogue in Ukraine,” said Cameron’s press office.

    “They agreed that the United States and European Union should do all they could to help implement these agreements, in particular through providing additional support to the OSCE special monitoring mission.”

    Ace Related News – Previous days of Conflict.
    1. April 17 – http://wp.me/p165ui-4PG
    2. April 16 – http://wp.me/p165ui-4Oi
    With thanks for the help and news from journalists, media, press reports, bloggers and webisites including: BBC – Ria Novosti – Tass – RT – NATO – Twitter – Ukrainian and Russian News and Media


  • #AceNewsGroup 15:45 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceBreakingNews – GENEVA – April 17 – 14.40 GMT – The foreign ministers of Russia, the United States and the European Union are working on a document that should provide a way for resolving the current crisis in Ukraine, a source in the western delegation told ITAR-TASS on Thursday, April 17.

    The meeting is continuing without the representative of Ukraine. The sides are discussing a concrete document on the resolution of the crisis in Ukraine, the source said.

    The document may be adopted if the sides come to agreement on all of its points, he said, adding that because of this the consultations will continue longer than was initially announced.


  • #AceNewsGroup 15:39 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – April 17 – 14.08 GMT – Ukraine’s State Border Service has confirmed it is introducing restrictions for entry of the country’s territory by citizens of the Russian Federation aged between sixteen to sixty.

    A notification on it was forwarded earlier to Russian air carrier Aeroflot.

    The same restrictions apply to the citizens of Ukraine registered in Crimea and in the federal city of Sevastopol.


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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 17 – Timeline of Events and Latest from news sources.

    Thursday, April 17

    18:55 GMT:
    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 centre of the city, had to be separated by a human chain of police officers, but no casualties were reported.

    18.38 GMT: PRESS RELEASE – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a four-party meeting on Ukraine on Thursday the Ukrainian servicemen had been mobilized into the army by an illegitimate decree to crack down on mass protests http://wp.me/p165ui-4Qm

    17.49 GMT:
    Soon after the Geneva document, adopted at a four-side meeting between Ukraine, the US, the EU and Russia, was published, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa said Kiev is not bound by its recommendations.

    According to Deshchytsa cited by RIA Novosti, “the troops in the East of the country are carrying out a special operation and can remain where they are.”

    17.49 GMT:
    Despite calls for a peaceful dialogue in the document on Ukraine adopted in Geneva, the coup-imposed Ukrainian Foreign Minister said it will not affect the “anti-terrorist” operation in the East of the country and the troops will remain there.

    Soon after the Geneva document, adopted at a four-side meeting between Ukraine, the US, the EU and Russia, was published, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa said Kiev is not bound by its recommendations.

    According to Deshchytsa cited by RIA Novosti, “the troops in the East of the country are carrying out a special operation and can remain where they are.”

    16.24 GMT:
    PRESS RELEASE – The Geneva statement adopted at a four-party meeting on Ukraine on Thursday, April 17, calls for a national dialogue in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the talks http://wp.me/p165ui-4Qi

    “It calls for an immediate commencement of a broad national dialogue which must be inclusive, transparent and accountable,” he said.

    15.26 GMT:
    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.

    15.08 GMT:
    Ukrainian police have released 25 out of 63 earlier detained participants of clashes at a military unit in the city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region, adviser to the interior minister Stanislav Rechinsky said on Thursday.
    “Police failed to bring any accusations against these 25 people,” local media cited him as saying.
    Ukrainian police commandos have conducted a law enforcement operation in the city of Mariupol overnight to Thursday. Parliament-appointed Interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov noted that three people were killed and 13 were wounded in the special operation.

    15.05 GMT:
    PRESS RELEASE 15.05 GMT:(VR) – The joint memorandum on the stabilization of the situation in the south-east of Ukraine, which may be signed by all factions on Thursday, April 17, will reject federalization, grant broader powers to regions, give official status to other languages in certain regions, and proclaim constitutional amendments, Serhiy Sobolev, acting head of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) faction in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament), said http://wp.me/p165ui-4Q3

    14.40 GMT:
    The foreign ministers of Russia, the United States and the European Union are working on a document that should provide a way for resolving the current crisis in Ukraine, a source in the western delegation told ITAR-TASS on Thursday, April 17.
    The meeting is continuing without the representative of Ukraine. The sides are discussing a concrete document on the resolution of the crisis in Ukraine, the source said.
    The document may be adopted if the sides come to agreement on all of its points, he said, adding that because of this the consultations will continue longer than was initially announced.

    14.23 GMT:
    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.

    14.08 GMT:
    Ukraine’s State Border Service has confirmed it is introducing restrictions for entry of the country’s territory by citizens of the Russian Federation aged between sixteen to sixty.
    A notification on it was forwarded earlier to Russian air carrier Aeroflot.
    The same restrictions apply to the citizens of Ukraine registered in Crimea and in the federal city of Sevastopol.

    13.32 GMT:
    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.

    12.36 GMT:
    Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has expressed hope that some agreement will be reached at the four-party talks on Ukraine with Russia, the United States and the European Union.
    “The situation (in Ukraine) is very fragile. A civil war can begin at any moment,” he told the RTBF TV channel on Thursday.

    10:07 GMT:
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a closed-door meeting ahead of the four-side conference in Geneva on Ukraine.

    09.36 GMT:
    Russia, United States, European Union and Ukraine currently meeting in Geneva. This is the first time Russia has sat down for talks with Ukraine since the coup appointed government came to power in Kiev.

    08:42 GMT:
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has arrived in Geneva for talks over the current situation in Ukraine. He has met with his US counterpart John Kerry and is expected to meet with representatives from the EU and Ukraine later on Thursday.

    07:51 GMT:
    Soldiers who laid down arms during military operation against protesters in east Ukraine will face a tribunal, coup-imposed acting President Aleksandr Turchinov said.

    “The 25th paratroopers brigade, the personnel of which demonstrated cowardice and laid down their arms, will be dissolved. And the soldiers responsible will be held accountable in court,” Turchinov said at a parliamentary session.

    On Wednesday crews of six Ukrainian armored personnel carriers sent to the town of Kramatorsk switched sides and joined the local self-defense squads. The defected troops, all of whom come from neighboring Dnepropentrovsk, explained their move by their unwillingness to go into battle against the local population.

    05:57 GMT:
    Three people were killed and thirteen others injured by gunfire in a confrontation between anti-Maidan protesters and soldiers stationed at an Interior Ministry base in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has written on his Facebook page.

    03:55 GMT:
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is heading to Geneva for Ukraine talks with the US, the EU, and Ukraine.

    03:03 GMT:
    The Ukrainian military freed detained Russian journalists from ‘Russia’ TV channel, Russia 24 reported. The night before, there were reports that a group of journalists were detained in southeastern Ukraine. The release comes after the Russian embassy in Kiev sent a note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine calling for an explanation as to why the reporters were detained.

    02:57 GMT:
    The debts of Ukrainian TV channels to their Russian counterparts were discussed during a closed-door meeting with Russia’s Deputy Minister of Communications Aleksey Volin, Vedomosti newspaper reported, citing sources who attended the meeting. Last year, Ukrainian channels purchased the rights to Russian series and shows worth US$200-$300 million, but started falling behind on payments at the end of 2013.

    02:03 GMT:
    Geneva talks on Ukraine between Russia, the US, the EU and Ukraine must result in Ukraine getting onto the path of normal development, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said at the UNSC meeting. Churkin added that it is important for all regions of Ukraine to understand what the future has in store for them.

    00:36 GMT:
    Ukraine’s security service and Mariupol police conducted a joint operation at around 1 a.m. local time, according to Mariupol’s website. Law enforcement officers reportedly detained 10 people. Read more about the anti-govt protesters rally near Ukrainian military base here http://on.rt.com/7urv87

    00:17 GMT:
    Slovakia has increased security in the eastern part of the country’s border that is adjacent to Ukraine, news agency TASR reported, citing a statement by Interior Minister Robert Kalinyak.

    “The situation in Ukraine is developing dramatically. We have adopted extraordinary measures,” Kalinyak said without specifying which measures were taken to enhance security.

    00:15 GMT:
    EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton met with Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa ahead of the Geneva talks on Ukraine between Russia, the US, the EU, and Ukraine.

    #EU High Rep #Ashton meets Ukrainian FM Andrii Dechchytsia ahead of Geneva talks on #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/O4Gb1UOBla
    — Michael Mann (@EUHighRepSpox) April 16, 2014

    With thanks for the help and news from journalists, media, press reports, bloggers and webisites including: BBC – Ria Novosti – Tass – RT – NATO – Twitter – Ukrainian and Russian News and Media

    Ace Related News – April 16 – http://wp.me/p165ui-4Oi


    • Brittius 13:42 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Brittius.com.

      • #AceNewsGroup 13:46 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        This will be added to as day proceeds in Geneva and Ukraine – please add any posts that will be included as you can appreciated. Thanks :)

        • Brittius 13:50 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Very good, thank you.
          Unless a firefight engagement, it might be best to update every few hours as there will be political wrangling back and forth, and the closer the situation becomes to all out war, nations will do their best to eel out of their grand political pacts to conserve financial solvency of their own nations. War, is such a bitter enterprise.

          • #AceNewsGroup 13:59 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            Great minds think a like and as you say they will conserve their financial position first and hang people out to dry, to save their investment portfolios.
            Now they would be well worth looking at – who owns what and where. That would tells us next move and before they even sit down and stop speaking.
            Umm me thinks?

            • Brittius 14:26 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

              Invested interests. Very good. Follow the money.

              • #AceNewsGroup 14:33 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

                I am trying – witness rise of the ruble post on finance news http://wp.me/pzTwj-2VO and the values – l am waiting for the dollar to reach par with euro and then see them squabbling among themselves in US and EU.

                • Brittius 14:39 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

                  In America, only thing reported is how badly the Russian Ruble is doing and how poor the economic situation of the RF is, and how Obama and His Majestic thinking will put the Russian Federation to their knees in equal triumph as His magnificent Obamacare program was, no, IS, successful. >Ahem!<

                  • #AceNewsGroup 14:58 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

                    Obamacare is like privatising the NHS not worth the paper it is written on – presented as care for everyone, colour, creed, rich or poor – in truth to enable American Healthcare Companies to get rich on the back of people signing up. Greater the uptake the better the return – thus drug companies shares rise and the economy can look more stable.
                    Farscical and all he needed to do was create a not-for-profit organisation and return all profits back to the scheme, thus people. Creating a self perpetuating way to help people – like a wheel – done it many times – works for the people not for profit.

                    We all know why – keep the businessmen happy in congress to get them to agree your policies and vote for you.

                    • Brittius 15:04 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

                      It has already been slipped into the Obamacare that non-licensed “healthcare practitioners” may, be used in lieu of licensed medical doctors. All of the illegals with bedpan training are now Obamacare physicians.

          • #AceNewsGroup 20:54 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            As promised update the time of events of Ukraine if you would like to copy and paste anything from midnight now approx.

            • Brittius 20:59 on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

              Everything is good. Bases covered nicely. Should be about 21:00 GMT so enjoy your evening, I will be here for another five hours.

    • Brittius 15:17 on April 17, 2014 Permalink

      :) Excuse me, I see news has not travelled. Conservative pundit Matthew Drudge, did a splendid article on the Drudge Report that in the US went viral. Obama shouting like a stern schoolmaster that the IRS is going to find those not paying for Obamacare and will fine them. Drudge renamed the fine, “Liberty Tax”, and all of the conservatives are beaming with pride of how paying the Liberty Tax will be an honor and blow against tyranny. Obama.., is livid.

    • Brittius 17:08 on April 17, 2014 Permalink

      Well written.

    • Brittius 17:24 on April 17, 2014 Permalink

      You’re welcome.

  • #AceNewsGroup 20:45 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceBreakingNews – DONETSK – April 16 – At least 300 supporters of Ukraine’s federalization rallied outside the regional administration building in Donetsk on Thursday, the Ukrainian media reports.

    The protesters demand holding a local referendum on the status of the Donbass region.


  • #AceNewsGroup 19:26 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceBreakingNews – DONETSK – April 16 – 17:06 GMT: The activists in Donetsk have replaced the Ukrainian flag in front of the mayor’s office with the flag of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

    #Donetsk city mayor office, flag change. Activists remove #Ukrainian one and put #Donbass and #Oplot. #Kiev #protest pic.twitter.com/saImkbe8a0
    — Maria Finoshina (@MFinoshina_RT) April 16, 2014


  • #AceNewsGroup 18:28 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceBreakingNews – ODESSA – April 16 – An arms depot owned by the Right Sector radical ultranationalist organization was discovered on Wednesday in the south-western Ukrainian city of Odessa, local media reported.

    The depot contained rounds of ammunition, cold weapons, clubs, Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and other munitions

    The depot contained rounds of ammunition, cold weapons, clubs, Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and other munitions.

    It was discovered by representatives of Odessa Cossacks, who help law enforcement bodies to ensure order on the streets.

    They called the police.

    The Odessa department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry confirmed the report on the search, but provided no details.


    • Brittius 20:16 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      6, my error. But per King’s Edicts, His Majesty Barack Obama, He may make ANY illegal move and it is perfectly good.

      • #AceNewsGroup 20:20 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Like the Obama quip. Not a Chess Player but Played Once and Won, but have a good idea of strategy moves in finance and economics, now learning politics. so would not have known you were wrong.

        • Brittius 20:24 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Doing too many things at once. I feel like a juggler at times. A watermelon, an egg, and an open straight razor.

          • #AceNewsGroup 20:34 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            Yes l do the same and have too many balls in the air, but learning to slow down. I get quicker when other people need help and advice.

    • Brittius 18:34 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

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      Odessa. Now, it is turning most interesting.

  • #AceNewsGroup 17:57 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews – JORDAN – April 16 – Latest information recently received: April 16 – 17.54 GMT: Syria said that several vehicles destroyed by Jordanian war-planes on Wednesday do not belong to the Syrian Army, Reuters reported.

    “No vehicles belonging to the Syrian Army moved toward the Jordanian border. What was targeted by the Jordanian Air Force does not belong to the Syrian Army,” Syrian state news agency SANA said.

    According to the Jordanian security source, the targets were Syrian rebels in civilian cars mounted with machine guns.

    Previous Post April 16 – 14.40 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4OH

  • #AceNewsGroup 16:52 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceBreakingNews – DONETSK – April 16 – Protesters in eastern Ukraine have hoisted flags of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic above the buildings of the District Councils in the towns of Novoazovsk and Krasnoarmeisk, local media reported on Wednesday.

    Flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in Donetsk

    In Novoazovsk, several dozen supporters of Ukraine’s federalization gathered near the building of the local administration demanding that it support the plebiscite. During the rally, the participants replaced the Ukrainian flags and with Donetsk People’s Republic’s ones.

    In Krasnoarmeisk, the protesters did not pull down the Ukrainian or Donetsk region’s flags, hoisting the Donetsk People’s Republic’s flag next to them. Later, protesters walked to the local police department and hung out the Donetsk People’s Republic from one of the windows.


  • #AceNewsGroup 16:39 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceBreakingNews – Reports from Slavyansk say that the army troops sent to the eastern Ukrainian city for an “anti-terrorist operation” are leaving en masse. Some troops are openly voicing support for the eastern Ukrainians, while others are speaking out against a war.

    According to Interfax, citing local self-defence activists, some 300 Ukrainian troops agreed to lay down their weapons and “go home” following negotiations in Slavyansk.

    Ukrainian soldiers,who’s APCs were taken by protesters earlier today, leave Slovyansk. Some soldiers genuinely support protesters
    — Ольга Ившина (@oivshina) April 16, 2014
    “We managed to negotiate with them. About 300 military – only some of those who closed around the city – decided to lay down their arms and go home,” a self-defence activist was quoted as saying.

    Conflicting reports are emerging about whether the activists would or would not allow the troops to keep their weapons and APCs. According to Western media journalists present at the scene, the locals would not allow them to take back the APCs surrendered earlier, but the soldiers were allowed to march away with their rifles.


  • #AceNewsGroup 14:19 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceBreakingNews – DONETSK – April 16 – 12:51 GMT: The Donetsk Region has defined the questions to be put on the May 11 referendum, stated regional Councilor Irina Popova.

    There will be just two of them:

    1) Do you support the creation of an independent Donetsk Republic?

    2) Of which state should a Donetsk Republic be part of: Ukraine or the Russian Federation?

    The Central Election Commission of Donetsk Region has already been allocated a headquarters building next to the regional government administration and is currently forming the list of members.


    • Brittius 14:43 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

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      Tumult. Turmoil. Political intrigue. More fracturing of the region. Best to Donetsk, Donetsk tell. ;)

      • #AceNewsGroup 14:53 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        It is changing by the minute – just posted about a denial of financing supporters my Finance site http://wp.me/pzTwj-2Vx it says unconfirmed of course my feeling is most likely true. Other factions getting involved but yes best of luck to Donetsk :)

  • #AceNewsGroup 09:32 on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 16 – Timeline of Events and Latest

    Wednesday, April 16

    19.45 GMT:
    Part of police force in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, have sided with anti-Kiev protesters, Ukraine’s parliament-appointed Vice-Premier Vitaly Yaryoma told journalists on Wednesday.
    “The situation in Donetsk is complicated. We are in touch with the city mayor and the administration chief. Some policemen are defending Ukrainian independence. However, there are policemen who have put on the ribbons of St. George,” Yaryoma said.

    19.40 GMT:
    At least 300 supporters of Ukraine’s federalization rallied outside the regional administration building in Donetsk on Thursday, the Ukrainian media reports.
    The protesters demand holding a local referendum on the status of the Donbas region.

    19:19 GMT:
    Donetsk’s South-East Movement for Federalization has made a list of demands to the authorities in Kiev, reports Itar-Tass. Following the results of its first session, the group demanded a constitutional reform aimed at the federalization of the country, a pardon for anti-government protesters, a cancellation of the mobilization of forces, and an end to military operations in Ukraine. The gathering was chaired by presidential candidate Oleg Tsaryov.

    19:03 GMT:
    Three people were injured after Ukrainian troops heading for Kramatorsk airfield in armored vehicles fired at a car attempting to block their way, RIA Novosti reports citing anti-government activists.

    The incident took place near the village of Pchyolkino, south of Kramatorsk. The car was placed in the way of a convoy of an unknown number of vehicles, which then continued driving towards the airfield.

    According to the activists, two people received leg injuries and a third one was shot in the shoulder. The wounded activists sought medical help.

    19:02 GMT:
    Ukraine’s acting prosecutor general, Oleg Makhnitsky, says that criminal proceedings have been launched against 14 banks – including Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank, RIA Novosti reports.

    18.35 GMT:
    “The US Department of State feverishly collects all speculations distributed by the current Kiev authorities in order to substantiate accusations against Russia of instigating and all but organizing disorders in Ukraine’s south-east,” the ministry said in a statement.

    17:57 GMT:
    By saying that “law must be enforced” in the south-east of Ukraine, the US is, in fact, giving its approval to Kiev’s war against its own citizens, the Russian Foreign ministry said in a statement.

    “Washington must realize the catastrophic consequences of such reckless support for their Kiev proteges,” the ministry said.

    17:06 GMT:
    The activists in Donetsk have replaced the Ukrainian flag in front of the mayor’s office with the flag of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

    #Donetsk city mayor office, flag change. Activists remove #Ukrainian one and put #Donbass and #Oplot. #Kiev #protest pic.twitter.com/saImkbe8a0
    — Maria Finoshina (@MFinoshina_RT) April 16, 2014

    16.54 GMT:
    An arms depot owned by the Right Sector radical ultranationalist organization was discovered on Wednesday in the south-western Ukrainian city of Odessa, local media reported.

    The depot contained rounds of ammunition, cold weapons, clubs, Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and other munitions

    The depot contained rounds of ammunition, cold weapons, clubs, Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and other munitions.
    It was discovered by representatives of Odessa Cossacks, who help law enforcement bodies to ensure order on the streets. They called the police. The Odessa department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry confirmed the report on the search, but provided no details.

    16:07 GMT:
    The troops from the disbanded Berkut special police force who were injured in the line of duty during the Maidan riots in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, will receive financial assistance of 200,000 roubles (around $5,500), Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev announced.

    15.50 GMT:
    Germany will send up to 6 Euro-fighter jets to patrol airspace over Baltic countries, as part of a campaign to set up security of NATO’s easternmost member-states in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine, a spokesman for the German Defence Ministry said Wednesday.

    14.57 GMT:
    Protesters in eastern Ukraine have hoisted flags of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic above the buildings of the District Councils in the towns of Novoazovsk and Krasnoarmeisk, local media reported on Wednesday.
    In Novoazovsk, several dozen supporters of Ukraine’s federalization gathered near the building of the local administration demanding that it support the plebiscite. During the rally, the participants replaced the Ukrainian flags and with Donetsk People’s Republic’s ones.
    In Krasnoarmeisk, the protesters did not pull down the Ukrainian or Donetsk region’s flags, hoisting the Donetsk People’s Republic’s flag next to them. Later, protesters walked to the local police department and hung out the Donetsk People’s Republic from one of the windows.

    Flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in Donetsk

    13.17 GMT:
    A new element may have appeared in the stand-off between the population of Ukraine’s eastern regions and the forces loyal to the central government, as unknown people blocked a crucial railway between the city of Kramatorsk and the town of Druzhkovka on Wednesday, the Donetsk Railway Department press service says.
    “In the wake of an unauthorized blocking of the railway between the stations of Kramatorsk and Druzhkovka by unidentified individuals, changes have been made in the routes of long-distance and commuter trains, which are diverted to a different line until the unauthorized blocking is lifted,” the press service said.

    12.49 GMT:
    NATO is strengthening its military presence in the Baltic and Mediterranean due to the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis. The organization is to deploy ships and intensified aerial patrols in the region.

    12:36 GMT:
    Around 60 soldiers manning Ukrainian armored vehicles sent to Kramatorsk to carry out military operations against anti-government protesters have switched sides and joined the local self-defense forces, RIA Novosti reports, citing the self-defense forces.

    “We have seen here that these are neither separatists nor terrorists, but ordinary local residents, with whom we are not going to go into battle,” one of the defecting soldiers said.

    All of the troops who decided to side with the self-defense forces come from Dnepropetrovsk, the next-door region to Donetsk.

    12:11 GMT:
    Kramatorsk residents sit near Ukrainian tanks.

    Sit-in citoyen pro-russe devant les tanks de l’armée ukrainienne près de . #Ukraine @RadioCanadaInfo pic.twitter.com/qbdsB1P5i8
    — J-Francois Belanger (@belangerjf) April 16, 2014

    12:00 GMT:
    Self-defense forces in Slavyansk say there’s fighting going on between their people and unknown gunmen at one of the checkpoints.

    “Unknown gunmen have arrived at one of the check-points from the side of the livestock feed factory, at the turn-off Izyum. They opened fire on peaceful observers at the checkpoint. A group of self-defense personnel have arrived to help the observers. Fighting is going on,” the self-defense forces’ coordinator told Interfax.

    11:32 GMT:
    The Russian flags on Ukrainian Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) were a stratagem, Kiev says. According to the acting head of the Batkivshchina Party, Sergey Sobolev, the Ukrainian military raised Russian flags on their vehicles on purpose, to fool the Donetsk region’s self-defense squads and thus be able to get into areas under the control of protesters.

    “Those were our military units using guerilla methods of intervention,” Sobolev said, citing the acting Defense Minister. “Very soon, in two to three hours this maneuver is going to be disclosed and you’ll understand that it was actually a breakthrough, which our units thus carried out.”

    11:30 GMT:
    Three more Ukrainian armored vehicles switched sides in the Donetsk Region, according to RIA Novosti. The vehicles came to the center of Slavyansk, took down their Ukrainian flags and handed their weapons to self-defense squads.

    “We decided not to be at war with the people and not to defend authorities like this,” members of the crews explained.

    11:15 GMT:
    The mayor’s office in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk has not been seized by protesters and such reports could be a provocation, a spokesman for a local militia group told RIA Novosti.

    10.45 GMT:
    Ukrainian troops have entered the eastern town of Kramatorsk a day after an operation began to recapture areas seized by anti-government separatists.

    However, they were blocked by civilians and it is unclear whether they have any control of the town.

    In the regional capital, Donetsk, pro-Russian gunmen took control of the mayor’s office.

    Ukraine’s interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has warned Russia wants to build a new “Berlin Wall”.

    In a televised address he demanded that Russia “stop supporting terrorists in Ukraine”.

    10:14 GMT:
    The anti-Maidan movement against the Kiev coup-imposed government in the southern city of Odessa has called for protest action.

    “From this day on, the Odessa region is declared the Odessa Popular Republic where the power belongs only to the people who live there. Tomorrow at 4pm [13:00 GMT] Odessa should be ground to a halt! Literally! Your task at the indicated time is to block the transport connections indicated on the map with your cars, pedestrians, go to the zebra crossings and stand there. Create as many traffic jams across the city as possible,” the Odessa Anti-Maidan movement website addressed the city’s residents.

    09.44 GMT: Russia considering WTO action against USA for sanctions against Russian banks – Russian Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev.

    09.24 GMT:
    Moscow urges French Foreign Minister not to accuse Russia of all of Ukraine’s problems, but to focus on honouring the liabilities Paris assumed as a guarantor of the February 21 accords – Russian Foreign Ministry.

    09.06 GMT:
    Ukrainian protesters seize six armoured vehicles of the Ukrainian army which had rolled in the town of Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, as part of the task force to conduct an anti-terrorist operation, local media reported.
    Activists surrounded the vehicles and blocked their movement. Then they disarmed the servicemen and drove the APCs towards the village of Ivanivka.

    08.26 GMT:
    Ukrainian troops sent to reclaim locations seized by pro-Russian militia in recent days, have been seen in the centre of Kramatorsk.

    The town’s airfield was recaptured on Tuesday after the acting president announced an “anti-terror operation”.

    Armoured personnel carriers in the town were blocked by pro-Russian locals who were talking to the soldiers.

    Tension is running high, with Russia’s President Putin warning Ukraine is “on the verge of civil war”.

    06:52 GMT:
    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes the current crisis in Ukraine shows “emphatically deep discrepancies between the south-east and the west” in terms of the country’s future.

    In his comment to ‘Arguments and Facts’ newspaper, which has been posted at the Foreign Ministry’s webpage, Lavrov has called on Ukrainians to begin “all-embracing and comprehensive dialogue.”

    “It cannot be described as a normal situation when, after each presidential election, the Constitution was changed in the country establishing this or that system of government depending on the will of political forces which had won at that moment,” Lavrov said. “Therefore, federalization is a path for each region to feel comfortable and to feel its rights ensured and traditions and a habitual way of life protected.”

    Lavrov believes all of the regions and political forces in Ukraine must have their say in the discussion of the country’s future development and in finding a solution to the current crisis.

    05.51 GMT:

    There will be serious long-term consequences if Russia continues to destabilise Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.

    Mr Hague warned that Moscow could face international isolation and lasting economic damage, through a reduction in foreign investment.

    The foreign secretary was speaking at the Lord Mayor’s Easter banquet in the City of London.

    Mr Hague added that it was a “crucial moment” in the Ukraine crisis.

    00:53 GMT:
    Canada announced that it will be boycotting an upcoming meeting of the Arctic Council in Moscow, citing Russia’s actions in the Ukrainian crisis.

    Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said she will not be attending the meeting, which is scheduled for later his week.

    With thanks for the help and news from journalists, media, press reports, bloggers and webisites including: BBC – Ria Novosti – Tass – RT – NATO – Twitter – Ukrainian and Russian News and Media


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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – LATEST – April 15 – Courtesy of RT, AFP, AP, Tass, Reuters and others.
    Kiev authorities have reportedly started a military operation against the anti-government protesters in eastern Ukraine. Protesters say, the troops are storming some areas with the assistance of armoured vehicles. Conflicting reports of casualties emerged after troops, with air and armoured vehicle support, stormed areas occupied by the activists.

    Tuesday, April 15
    17:51 GMT:
    Hundreds of local residents supporting anti-government activists have headed to the airfield in Kramatorsk to blockade Ukrainian troops controlling the area, RIA Novosti reports. According to the agency, the people are mostly civilians carrying Russian and Donetsk flags, but some are also carrying firearms.

    Donetsk region activists reporting on live internet channels say that the people have surrounded the airfield.

    Otra entrada al aeródromo de #Kramatorsk. Está bloqueada y el lugar está lleno d gente con ánimos prorrusos. #Ucrania pic.twitter.com/SsrPWq8vCh
    — Pablo González (@PabVis) April 15, 2014
    Zona de combates de Kramatorsk. Centenares de espontáneos mirando. pic.twitter.com/y7k9sfbRss
    — Pablo González (@PabVis) April 15, 2014
    17:41 GMT:
    Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the UN and the international community to condemn Kiev’s “unconstitutional” actions in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin’s press-service said in a statement.

    “Vladimir Putin stressed that the Russian side is expecting the UN and the international community to condemn Kiev’s unconstitutional actions [in eastern Ukraine],” the statement read.

    Putin spoke on the phone with UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon and discussed the escalating tensions in Ukraine prompted by Kiev’s security operation.

    An Ukrainian soldier (L) aims his rifle at pro-Russia protesters gathered in front of an Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 15, 2014.(Reuters / Marko Djurica )An Ukrainian soldier (L) aims his rifle at pro-Russia protesters gathered in front of an Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 15, 2014.(Reuters / Marko Djurica )
    17:28 GMT:
    Back online. Two pro-Russian protesters were wounded here at Kramatorsk airport allegedly. I saw one, a bullet graze
    — Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) April 15, 20

    Tuesday, April 15
    17:21 GMT:
    The UN chief has called on all sides in the Ukrainian crisis to make every possible effort to defuse the tension in the country.

    “The UN General Secretary is extremely concerned about the situation in eastern Ukraine. He called on the parties to do everything possible to defuse the tension and avoid further violence,” said a UN representative in a statement.

    17:07 GMT:
    The situation in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk is calm, says RT’s Spanish correspondent, Francisco Guaita, reporting from the scene. According to Guaita, the regional administration building and local police station are still under the control of anti-government activists and there are no Ukrainian military inside the city.

    Hundreds of people gathering in the centre of Slavyansk “want to make it clear that they want a referendum, they are not going to move from here… and they want more sovereignty,” Guaita reports.

    Tuesday, April 15
    17:02 GMT:
    No Ukrainian troops were injured or killed during the military operation at the Kramatorsk airfield, a source in the Ukrainian Defence Ministry told Interfax-Ukraine. The source could not provide any details on the number of casualties among the ranks of anti-government activists.

    According to the ministry and sources cited by RIA Novosti, routes in and out of Kramatorsk are being controlled by the Ukrainian armed forces. However, some 100 anti-government protesters are still holding barricades inside the town.

    Itar-Tass cites Ukrainian military sources as saying that the situation in the town is “calm,” and that National Guard troops loyal to Kiev are operating there.

    16:40 GMT:
    The Ukrainian military and anti-government activists have started negotiations at the Kramatorsk airfield, which was earlier stormed and taken by armed forces, RIA Novosti reports.

    16:28 GMT:
    Moscow is seriously concerned by reports of people being killed in the military operation launched by Kiev in eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, told RIA Novosti.

    16:28 GMT:
    WARNING: Video circulating on Twitter claiming #Ukraine helicopter downed is fake, is from Syria, February 2013 http://t.co/yvPnJMz2oG
    — RT (@RT_com) April 15, 2014

    Tuesday, April 15
    16:06 GMT:
    Ukraine’s acting president says army troops have restored control over a small airport in eastern Ukraine, Kramatorsk that had been occupied by pro-Russian activists.

    It was the first military action taken by the government after acting President Aleksandr Turchinov announced an “anti-terrorist operation” against the protesters who have seized control of numerous buildings in the east of the country. (AP)

    16:01 GMT:
    A Ukrainian general leading the operation against protesters in the east of the country has warned that activists who refuse to lay down their arms will be “destroyed.”

    “They must be warned that if they do not lay down their arms, they will be destroyed,”General Vasily Krutov, first deputy head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) told reporters, as cited by AFP.

    Krutov, recently appointed chief of the SBU’s Anti-Terrorist Center, then alleged that activists were being supported by hundreds of soldiers from the Russian army’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU).

    15:55 GMT:
    WRAP UP: Ukraine govt claims recapture of Kramatorsk airfield, self defence militia say 4 dead http://t.co/YtaPqbJrkM pic.twitter.com/urBvIEid2o
    — RT (@RT_com) April 15, 2014
    15:54 GMT:
    The coup-imposed Ukrainian authorities have moved to forcefully suppress the protests in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said in a statement, condemning Kiev’s military action.

    The legitimate demands of the residents in eastern Ukrainian regions have been ignored by Kiev, the ministry said.

    15:44 GMT:
    Activists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk are calling on the people to gather at the regional administration building in connection with the looming military operation by Kiev. The calls are being retweeted from Twitter channels such as @antimaidancom.

    15:39 GMT:
    There are several confirmed deaths among anti-government activists in Kramatorsk, reports war correspondent and member of the Russian Presidential Council of Human Rights, Maksim Shevchenko. According to Shevchenko, who is currently in the Donetsk region and receives feeds from human rights activists in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, the airport has been captured by troops.

    Kramatorsk activists reporting on live internet channels, however, claim that they are still holding their positions following the attack.

    15:25 GMT:
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday he hoped that the authorities in the Ukrainian capital have “enough brains” to prevent a further escalation of the conflict in the east of the country.
    “Ukraine is on the brink of civil war and it is scary,” he said after a meeting with his counterparts from Belarus and Kazakhstan.

    The only way to normalize the situation is to create conditions for economic development and dialogue so that the interests of all ethnic groups are taken into account and ethnic Russians can use their language, he said.

    15:24 GMT:
    There are currently no Ukrainian army vehicles inside the Donetsk region city of Slavyansk, say live reports on anti-government channels set up by eastern Ukrainian activists.

    The activists dismissed media reports that 500 soldiers and 20 APCs had entered the city.

    15:20 GMT:
    A Reuters correspondent heard several shots fired from inside Kramatorsk air base on Tuesday as a crowd of pro-Russian locals approached the gate of the facility that appeared to be under the control of Ukrainian forces.

    There was no sign of casualties and no gunfire or fighting during the 40 minutes before the shots were fired, the correspondent said. (Reuters)

    15:16 GMT:
    Protestors hold up a banner: Don’t shoot Kramatorsk residents
    — Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) April 15, 2014


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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – LATEST – APRIL 15 – Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an “anti-terrorist operation” against pro-Moscow separatists was under-way, though the crackdown got off to a slow start, if at all.

    Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the separatists to lay down their arms, witnesses reported no signs yet that Kiev forces were ready to storm state buildings in the Russian-speaking east that the rebels have occupied.

    Police said separatists had voluntarily surrendered the police headquarters in the city of Kramatorsk.

    Interim president Oleksander Turchinov insisted the operation had started in the eastern Donetsk region, although it would happen in stages and “in a considered way”.

    Amidst the deepest East-West crisis since the Cold War, the leaders of Russia and the United States called on each other to do all in their power to avoid further bloodshed.


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    #AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – LATEST – EU BLACKLIST – April 15 – Ukraine’s former Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov, former Minister of Revenues Oleksandr Klymenko, former Energy Minister Eduard Stavytsky, and member of the Party of Regions Yuriy Ivanyushchenko were added to the EU black list of sanctioned officials.

    Their assets on the territory of the EU (provided they have any) will be frozen.


  • #AceNewsGroup 09:57 on April 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – April 14 – President Joe Biden will visit Ukraine on April 21-22, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yevgen Perebyinis said on Monday, April 14.

    The United States “has expressed interest in holding meetings” between Biden and parliament-appointed Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

    “During the visit, Joe Biden is planning to hold consultations in order to help stabilize and strengthen the Ukrainian economy as well as help Ukraine carry out constitutional reform, fight corruption and conduct fair and honest presidential elections on May 25,” the spokesperson said.


  • #AceNewsGroup 20:48 on April 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceBreakingNews – EUROPEAN UNION – April 14 – The EU and the US say they will impose “further costs” on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, as unrest continues in the east of the country.

    EU foreign ministers said on Monday they would expand a list of names targeted by EU sanctions.

    Tension has been rising in Ukraine, with pro-Russian activists occupying buildings in more eastern towns.

    Also on Monday, the US said a Russian fighter jet repeated close-range passes over a US warship in the Black Sea.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said US President Barack Obama planned to speak by phone with Russia’s Vladimir Putin about the Ukraine crisis, possibly as early as Monday.

    In his news conference, Mr Carney warned that Russia’s actions “will come with a cost.”

    However, he added that “lethal” military aid for Ukraine was not currently being considered.



  • #AceNewsGroup 19:48 on April 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – April 14 – LATEST – On Monday afternoon White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan visited Ukrainian capital Kiev over the weekend and met with high-ranked Ukrainian officials.

    The CIA had already dismissed these accusations as “completely false”, but did not disclose whether its chief had actually been to Kiev – until now.

    “We don’t normally comment on the CIA director’s travel but given the extraordinary circumstances in this case and the false claims being levelled by the Russians at the CIA we can confirm that the director was in Kiev as part of a trip to Europe,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had also demanded an explanation about the nature of the visit.


  • #AceNewsGroup 18:38 on April 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceBreakingNews – LUHANSK – April 14 – Protesters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on Monday demanded that the leaders of the regional state administration disobey the new de facto Kiev authorities, local media reported.

    Demonstrators also demanded that the regional authorities recognize the people’s protest movement and give the demonstrators until April 16 to express their position regarding the demands.


  • #AceNewsGroup 17:43 on April 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 14 – (OSCE) – In the city of Donetsk, although the number of barricades at the occupied Oblast Administration Building and tents on Lenin Square did not appear to be increasing and no pedestrians were observed near the regional police headquarters, the monitors judged that the situation could deteriorate.

    In Kharkiv the monitors noted a large police presence, with up to 600 protesters in Shevchenko Park and a different group of around 2,000 protesters, who moved to the City Administration Building in the mid-afternoon. City Mayor Gennady Kernes addressed the crowd, after an initial delay, calling for a stop to the blockade and negotiations.

    In Luhansk the situation also remained tense, with up to 5,000 people in front of the Luhansk Teams of OSCE monitors have been working in Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk since the end of March.

    Their deployment follows the decision of the OSCE Permanent Council of 21 March to deploy the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine for an initial period of six months.

    The mission consists initially of 100 civilian monitors, and can be expanded to 500 people.

    The Mission’s mandate covers the whole territory of Ukraine, but monitors are initially being deployed to Kherson, Odessa, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Chernivtsi, Luhansk and Kyiv.

    Read More: http://www.osce.org/ukrainemonitoring/117622


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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – UN – April 14 – (RT) – Ukraine’s coup-installed president, Aleksandr Turchinov, has proposed the conducting of a joint operation with UN peacekeeping forces, signing a decree immediately imposing a special anti-terrorist operation in the east of the country.

    Turchinov said in a phone call with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, that Kiev’s new authorities would welcome the possibility that “if with your [UN] help, there is to be a joint anti-terrorist operation conducted in the east of the country…specialists and observers will be able to confirm the legitimacy and legality of our actions,” the press office of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party quoted Turchinov as saying.

    On his part, Ban Ki-moon said that Kiev could rely fully on help from the UN as its partner.

    Late Monday afternoon, Ukraine’s coup-appointed President Aleksandr Turchinov signed a decree to officially begin a “special anti-terrorist operation” in the east of the country, Ukraine’s presidential press-service said in a statement.

    He ordered “that the National Security and Defence Council’s decision of April 13, 2014 ‘On urgent measures to overcome the territorial threat and to preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine’ be put into effect”. The order becomes effective from the day of publication.

    Turchinov has appointed acting Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy, to oversee the operation.


  • #AceNewsGroup 15:18 on April 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL – April 14 – Andrei Panov, the acting head of Crimea’s border service, told journalists on Monday that the state border between Crimea and Ukraine would start functioning on April 25.

    “At present, Crimea’s border service has 27 checkpoints. It has opened another three auto-mobile checkpoints and two more railway checkpoints in Armyansk and Dzhankoi,” Panov noted. “We are starting to work legally and in full volume on April 25,” Panov said, adding the situation on the border was calm. “We are not imposing any restrictions.

    We hope that our Ukrainian colleagues will act accordingly,” Panov went on to say.


  • #AceNewsGroup 10:04 on April 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – LATEST April 14.

    1. UNITED NATIONS – April 14 – The United Nations Security Council is meeting to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine at Russia’s request at 20:00 New York time (04:00 Moscow time on Monday), Russia’s Permanent Mission to the UN says.
    2. ROSTOV-ON-DON – April 14 – Ukraine is “moving towards bankruptcy” but the Ukrainian people “will never submit to yield to dictation especially on the part of nationalists, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich told journalists in Rostov-on-Don late Sunday.

    3. The United States is directly linked to the events in Ukraine. It used its diplomatic channels and security services – Yanukovich. CIA director visited Kiev to meet Interior Minister Avakov and acting President Turchinov – Yanukovich.

    4. KIEV – April 14 – Ukraine’s interim parliament-appointed President, parliamentary Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov has not ruled out the possibility of declaring a national referendum, which, he said, might be held on the same day with the presidential election on May 25.
      “We are not against a referendum,” he said at the opening of a meeting of the Ukrainian parliament’s conciliatory commission, attended by government officials and parliamentary factions’ leaders. “I am certain that in the course of such a referendum, which the parliament might decide to declare, an overwhelming majority of Ukrainians would vote for one, unitary Ukraine.”

    5. MOSCOW – April 14 – Russia ready to use UN targeted sanctions on those hampering peaceful process in Darfur — Lavrov.

    6. MOSCOW- April 14 – Western hypocrisy over Ukraine is blown out of proportion, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov said in a statement on Monday.


  • #AceNewsGroup 21:50 on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April 13 – Latest.

    1. UNITED NATIONS, April 13 The United Nations Security Council is meeting to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine at Russia’s request at 20:00 New York time (04:00 Moscow time on Monday), Russia’s Permanent Mission to the UN says.
    2. Yanukovich calls on Ukrainians “to preserve Ukraine’s unity and defend their country.
      He urges Ukrainian troops not to obey “criminal orders” and refrain from firing at Ukrainian people.

    3. The United States is directly linked to the events in Ukraine. It used its diplomatic channels and security services – Yanukovich.

    4.CIA director visited Kiev to meet Interior Minister Avakov and acting President Turchinov – Yanukovich.


  • shaunynews 20:25 on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Deadly gun battles have broken out in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk as separatists seize government buildings in at least one other city in the region. Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said one officer was killed and another five injured as security forces attempted to retake occupied security buildings. In a statement on his Facebook page Mr Avakov said there was also an “unidentifiable number” of casualties among the protesters, who are being supported by around 1,000 civilians. Russia’s RIA news agency confirmed at least one activist had been killed in the raid.

    Video below, all out Civil war is happening, all out War is close

    Separatists are currently guarding barricades outside the occupied buildings and have set up checkpoints on roads leading into the Slavyansk. Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has mobilised the army and said a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” was being launched. He offered an amnesty to protesters who surrendered their weapons by Monday morning. He accused Russia of being behind the unrest to justify expanding its military control beyond Crimea, but this is rejected by the Kremlin.

    The US has threatened to bolster existing sanctions against Moscow if the trouble continues. It also blames the country for inflaming tensions in eastern Ukraine. “I think we’ve seen that the sanctions can bite,” said Samantha Power, America’s ambassador to the UN. “If actions like the kind we’ve seen over the last few days continue, you’re going to see a ramping up of those sanctions.”

    Media, who are based in Slavyansk, said the centre remains relatively calm and reports of fatalities were thought to be linked to clashes well into the outskirts. It’s reported that civilians, some of them elderly, have been stood at one checkpoint since late last night to act as “human shields” to protect pro-Russian protesters from Ukrainian security forces. Elsewhere local media is reporting that protesters have seized the mayor’s office in the eastern city of Mariupol. One report said activists entered the building unhindered after around 1,000 people took part in an independence rally. It said barricades were erected around the office and the Ukrainian flag removed. If confirmed that would bring the total number of cities where administrative buildings are under the control of separatists to five.

    Masked men, wearing unmarked camouflage uniforms and carrying special-issue assault rifles, seized the local police headquarters in Slavyansk on Saturday. They later took control of the security service building in the city, which lies some 90 miles from the Russian border. Also on Saturday gunmen seized a police station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk following a shoot-out. Other groups began their occupation of security buildings in Donetsk and Luhansk last weekend. Protesters in the region, which has a large ethnic Russian population, hope to follow in the footsteps of the Crimean Peninsula and force a referendum on joining the Russian Federation.

    The area was a strong bastion of support for ousted President and Kremlin ally Viktor Yanukovych and many residents fear they will be suppressed under the new Western-friendly interim government in Kiev. Moscow has also warned any Ukrainian military aggression against ethnic Russians will derail top-level talks on the crisis scheduled to take place in Geneva next week. Western leaders have expressed concern that the latest unrest strongly echoes the events which led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea last month following an overwhelmingly-backed referendum. The United States has pledged its “strong support” for Ukraine’s new government and urged Russia to de-escalate tensions. It has also called on Moscow to withdraw its troops from Ukraine’s eastern border, where Nato claims up 40,000 soldiers are now stationed. The EU and US have imposed a number of sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian individuals, but are yet to directly target Russia’s economy




  • Brittius 11:23 on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Washington Times reporting, eighteen United States senators improperly received money:


    • #AceNewsGroup 11:48 on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting – WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Florida and other U.S. states will join the Justice Department in seeking to determine if Comcast’s plan to merge with Time Warner Cable is legal under U.S. antitrust law, Florida officials told Reuters.

      Comcast shares slipped just over 1 percent, trading at $49.68 slightly before midday.

      “We are part of a multistate group reviewing the proposed transaction along with the U.S. DOJ Antitrust Division,” the Florida attorney general’s office said in an email sent late on Tuesday. http://money.ca.msn.com/investing/news/breaking-news/exclusive-states-to-probe-comcast-plan-to-buy-time-warner-cable

      • #AceNewsGroup 11:52 on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Lawmakers grilled company executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable about their proposed $45 billion merger, expressing doubts that the resulting mega-company would improve on its parents’ long history of combining high rates with poor customer service. ¶ “I believe this deal will result in fewer choices, higher prices and even worse service for my constituents,” said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who urged federal regulators to block the deal. ¶ Comcast executive vice president David Cohen and Time Warner Cable chief financial officer Arthur Minson focused on the benefits of the proposed marriage. ¶ Cohen argued that, together, the firms could better compete against a slew of Internet firms such as Netflix, Apple and Google. And with a national footprint, Cohen said, the merged companies could more quickly deploy faster Internet service. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/business-digest-comcast-time-warner-cable-deal-examined-by-lawmakers/2014/04/11/889da3be-bf46-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_story.html

    • #AceNewsGroup 11:45 on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing everyone in on the act. not surprised any more!

      • Brittius 11:48 on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I wonder how many insurance companies gave cash for Obamacare to be passed? I wonder how many gun control groups gave cash for prohibitive gun legislation? It ties in with Harry Reid’s former Assistant being the directory secretary of the Bureau of Land Management, another.., coincidence.

        • #AceNewsGroup 11:50 on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Did you see the Video and write up from Obama on the White House website about the healthcare plan?

          • Brittius 11:55 on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            Not from the White House page, it makes me want to puke.

            • #AceNewsGroup 12:03 on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

              It was so trite and well rehearst.

              • Brittius 12:08 on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

                During the Syrian Dilemma, when Obama spoke from the Rose Garden of the White House, he was hesitant and literally stumbling over his words and thoughts. If anyone recalls former president Ronald Reagan, Piece of paper every now and then to refresh his memory, and he looked directly at the people and spoke. Even his speeches, though written, were with vast quantities of honest sincerity. Obama is most clever in his presentations and the man is, the bottom of the barrel. Completely unacceptable.

  • Brittius 20:21 on April 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    BLM Stand Off With Militias

    Posted on April 12, 2014 by Brittius

    Reported by Fox News, the stand off situation in Clark County Nevada is officially concluded with the Bureau of Land Management standing down. The many militias were ready, willing, and able, to mix it up with the stooges of BLM and their Criminal Hired Mercenaries. A request for a congressional hearing into the situation has already been made by this blogger (me). ALL PERSONS ARE URGED TO GO ONLINE AND CONTACT THEIR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND REQUEST A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING. PLEASE INDICATE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE CONGRESSMAN TREY GOWDY TO CONDUCT Q&A OF BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR AND OTHER BLM PERSONNEL.


  • #AceNewsGroup 11:24 on March 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply  



    Originally posted on Ace Finance News 2014 :

    #AceFinanceNews – Moscow – March 19 – Transition of banks operating in Crimea from the payment system of the National Bank of Ukraine to that of the Central Bank of Russia will be not difficult, although Russia has had no such precedents before, former Central Bank of Russia deputy chairman Konstantin Korishchenko told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

    Transition of Crimea’s banks under control of the Russian regulator will proceed painlessly, as “the system of correspondent relations exists between banks and any payments can be carried out within this system for a rather long time,” he said, adding that there would be no difficulties with personnel training.

    Moreover, the transition process would create no reasons for curtailing business of certain banks, he said. #ANS2014

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  • #AceNewsGroup 21:30 on March 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews says President Putin’s Fiction: 10 False Claims About Ukraine

    Fact Sheet
    Office of the Spokesperson
    Washington, DC
    March 5, 2014
    As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, “The formula ‘two times two equals five’ is not without its attractions.”

    Below are 10 of President Vladimir Putin’s recent claims justifying Russian aggression in the Ukraine, followed by the facts that his assertions ignore or distort.

    Mr. Putin says: Russian forces in Crimea are only acting to protect Russian military assets. It is “citizens’ defense groups,” not Russian forces, who have seized infrastructure and military facilities in Crimea.
    The Facts: Strong evidence suggests that members of Russian security services are at the heart of the highly organized anti-Ukraine forces in Crimea. While these units wear uniforms without insignia, they drive vehicles with Russian military license plates and freely identify themselves as Russian security forces when asked by the international media and the Ukrainian military. Moreover, these individuals are armed with weapons not generally available to civilians.

    Mr. Putin says: Russia’s actions fall within the scope of the 1997 Friendship Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
    The Facts: The 1997 agreement requires Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Russia’s military actions in Ukraine, which have given them operational control of Crimea, are in clear violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

    Mr. Putin says: The opposition failed to implement the February 21 agreement with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
    The Facts: The February 21 agreement laid out a plan in which the Rada, or Parliament, would pass a bill to return Ukraine to its 2004 Constitution, thus returning the country to a constitutional system centered around its parliament. Under the terms of the agreement, Yanukovych was to sign the enacting legislation within 24 hours and bring the crisis to a peaceful conclusion. Yanukovych refused to keep his end of the bargain. Instead, he packed up his home and fled, leaving behind evidence of wide-scale corruption.

    Mr. Putin says: Ukraine’s government is illegitimate. Yanukovych is still the legitimate leader of Ukraine.
    The Facts: On March 4, President Putin himself acknowledged the reality that Yanukovych “has no political future.” After Yanukovych fled Ukraine, even his own Party of Regions turned against him, voting to confirm his withdrawal from office and to support the new government. Ukraine’s new government was approved by the democratically elected Ukrainian Parliament, with 371 votes – more than an 82% majority. The interim government of Ukraine is a government of the people, which will shepherd the country toward democratic elections on May 25th – elections that will allow all Ukrainians to have a voice in the future of their country.

    Mr. Putin says: There is a humanitarian crisis and hundreds of thousands are fleeing Ukraine to Russia and seeking asylum.
    The Facts: To date, there is absolutely no evidence of a humanitarian crisis. Nor is there evidence of a flood of asylum-seekers fleeing Ukraine for Russia. International organizations on the ground have investigated by talking with Ukrainian border guards, who also refuted these claims. Independent journalists observing the border have also reported no such flood of refugees.

    Mr. Putin says: Ethnic Russians are under threat.
    The Facts: Outside of Russian press and Russian state television, there are no credible reports of any ethnic Russians being under threat. The new Ukrainian government placed a priority on peace and reconciliation from the outset. President Oleksandr Turchynov refused to sign legislation limiting the use of the Russian language at regional level. Ethnic Russians and Russian speakers have filed petitions attesting that their communities have not experienced threats. Furthermore, since the new government was established, calm has returned to Kyiv. There has been no surge in crime, no looting, and no retribution against political opponents.

    Mr. Putin says: Russian bases are under threat.
    The Facts: Russian military facilities were and remain secure, and the new Ukrainian government has pledged to abide by all existing international agreements, including those covering Russian bases. It is Ukrainian bases in Crimea that are under threat from Russian military action.

    Mr. Putin says: There have been mass attacks on churches and synagogues in southern and eastern Ukraine.
    The Facts: Religious leaders in the country and international religious freedom advocates active in Ukraine have said there have been no incidents of attacks on churches. All of Ukraine’s church leaders, including representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, have expressed support for the new political leadership, calling for national unity and a period of healing. Jewish groups in southern and eastern Ukraine report that they have not seen an increase in anti-Semitic incidents.

    Mr. Putin says: Kyiv is trying to destabilize Crimea.
    The Facts: Ukraine’s interim government has acted with restraint and sought dialogue. Russian troops, on the other hand, have moved beyond their bases to seize political objectives and infrastructure in Crimea. The government in Kyiv immediately sent the former Chief of Defense to defuse the situation. Petro Poroshenko, the latest government emissary to pursue dialogue in Crimea, was prevented from entering the Crimean Rada.

    Mr. Putin says: The Rada is under the influence of extremists or terrorists.
    The Facts: The Rada is the most representative institution in Ukraine. Recent legislation has passed with large majorities, including from representatives of eastern Ukraine. Far-right wing ultranationalist groups, some of which were involved in open clashes with security forces during the EuroMaidan protests, are not represented in the Rada. There is no indication that the Ukrainian government would pursue discriminatory policies; on the contrary, they have publicly stated exactly the opposite.



  • #AceNewsGroup 19:48 on March 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceHealthcareNews says according to WASHINGTON (AP) that everyone is sick of hearing about the health care law?
    With plenty of people have tuned out after all the political jabber and website woes.

    But now is the time to tune back in, before it’s too late, as we are being told that the big deadline is coming March 31.

    By that day, for the first time, nearly everyone in the United States is required to be signed up for health insurance or risk paying a fine.

    Healthcare.govHere’s what you need to know about this month’s open enrolment countdown:


    Most people don’t need to do anything. Even before the health care law passed in 2010, more than 8 out of 10 U.S. residents had coverage, usually through their workplace plans or the government’s Medicare or Medicaid programs. Some have private policies that meet the law’s requirements.

    If you’re already covered that way, you meet the law’s requirements.

    Since October, about 4 million people have signed up for private plans through the new state and federal marketplaces, the Obama administration says, although it’s not clear how many were already insured elsewhere. In addition, many poor adults now have Medicaid coverage for the first time through expansions of the program in about half the states.

    President Barack Obama is urging people who have coverage to help any uninsured friends and relatives get signed up.


    Chances are you’ll hear more reminders about health care this month. The push is on to reach millions of uninsured people.

    The administration, insurers, medical associations and non-profit groups are teaming up with volunteers to get the word out and guide people through the sometimes-rocky enrollment process. They plan special events at colleges, libraries, churches and work sites.

    Singing cats, dogs, parrots — even a goldfish — are promoting the message in TV and online spots from the Ad Council.

    A big hurdle for the effort: As recently as last month, three-fourths of the uninsured didn’t know there was a March 31 deadline, according to polling conducted for the Kaiser Family Foundation. Most said they didn’t know much about the law and had an unfavourable opinion of it.

    Plus, many worry they won’t be able to afford the new plans.

    The enrolment campaign is emphasizing that subsidies are available on a sliding scale to help low-income and middle-class households pay for their insurance.

    How to enrol? Start at HealthCare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596. Residents of states running their own marketplaces will be directed there; people in other states go through the federal exchange.

    After March 31, many people won’t be able to get subsidized coverage this year, even if they become seriously ill.

    The next open enrolment period is set to begin Nov. 15, for coverage in 2015.


    There are exceptions. The big one is the Medicaid program for the poor.

    People who meet the requirements can sign up any time, with no deadline.

    Also, people remain eligible for Medicare when they turn 65.

    If you are insured now and lose your coverage during the year, by getting laid off from your job, for example, you can use an exchange to find a new policy then. People can sign up outside the open enrolment period in special situations such as having a baby or moving to another state.

    You can choose to buy insurance outside the marketplaces and still benefit from consumer protections in the law.

    People who do that wouldn’t normally be eligible for premium subsidies. But the Obama administration says exceptions will be made for people whose attempts to buy marketplace insurance on time were stymied by continuing problems with some enrolment websites.


    Some 12 million people could gain health coverage this year because of the law, if congressional auditors’ predictions don’t prove overly optimistic.

    Even so, tens of millions still would go without.

    That’s partly because of immigrants in the country illegally; they aren’t eligible for marketplace policies.

    Some of the uninsured will not find out about the program in time, will find it confusing or too costly, or will just procrastinate too long. Some feel confident of their health and prefer to risk going uninsured instead of paying premiums. Others are philosophically opposed to participating.

    Figuring out just how many of the uninsured got coverage this year won’t be easy because the numbers are fuzzy.

    The administration’s enrolment count includes people who already were insured and used the exchanges to find a better deal, or switched from private insurance to Medicaid, or already qualified for Medicaid before the changes.

    Some who sign up will end up uninsured anyway, if they fail to pay their premiums.

    The budget experts predict enrolment will grow in future years and by 2017 some 92 percent of legal residents too young for Medicare will have insurance.

    But even then, about 30 million people in the United States would go uncovered.


    A gap in the law means some low-income workers can’t get help.

    The insurance marketplaces weren’t designed to serve people whose low incomes qualify them for expanded Medicaid instead. But some states have declined to expand their Medicaid programs. That means that in those states, many poor people will get left out.

    People who fall into the gap won’t be penalized for failing to get covered.

    Some others are exempt from the insurance mandate, too: American Indians, those with religious objections, prisoners, immigrants in the country illegally, and people considered too poor to buy coverage even with financial assistance.


    The law says people who aren’t covered in 2014 are liable for a fine. That amounts to $95 per uninsured person or approximately 1 percent of income, whichever is higher. The penalty goes up in later years.

    A year from now, the Internal Revenue Service will be asking taxpayers filing their forms for proof of insurance coverage. Insurance companies are supposed to provide that documentation to their customers.

    If you owe a penalty for being uninsured, the IRS can withhold it from your refund.

    The agency can’t put people in jail or garnishee wages to get the money. But it can withhold the penalty from a future year’s tax refund.

    Courtesy of: #ConnieCass



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  • #AceNewsGroup 18:20 on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceBreakingNews says Viktor Yanukovich will hold a news conference in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don at 1700 local time (1300 GMT) on Friday, reports Itar-Tass citing sources close to Ukraine’s ousted president.

    The site of the event will be announced later, the agency writes.


  • #AceNewsGroup 14:00 on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #AceWorldNews says it is Thursday, February 27 – `Approval of Ministers in Yatsenyuk’s Cabinet’ as follows:

    Ukrainian parliament has approved the list of ministers to be in Yatsenyuk’s Cabinet. According to parliament speaker Aleksandr Turchinov, who is also Ukraine’s acting president, a majority of the newly-elected ministers do not belong to any political party, Interfax reported. Turchinov has already signed a decree appointing Yatsenyuk as the head of the Cabinet.

    Arseny Yatsenyuk, leader of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) party, has been approved as prime minister by the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada). A total of 371 out of 417 MPs voted for Yatsenyuk.

    The presidential election in Ukraine will require a budget of 1.965 billion hyrvnas ($200 million), said Mikhail Okhendovsky, the head of Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission. “Considering the current state of the Ukrainian budget, the commission recognizes the task of making the elections as cheap as possible,” he said, adding that organizational and technical proposals have already been made.

    The leader of the Batkivshina (Fatherland) party, Arseny Yatsenyuk, has announced he is not going to run as a presidential candidate. With the new presidential election set for May, the presidential race in the country has already started.

    Arseny Yatsenyuk.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)Arseny Yatsenyuk.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)
    The EU regards Aleksandr Turchinov as the president of Ukraine. The organization’s representative Olivier Bailly said that after the Ukrainian parliament, as the guarantor of democratic legitimacy, made a decision about resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich and appointed Turchinov as interim head of state, Brussels regards Turchinov as the only legitimate president of Ukraine.

    A new coalition called European Choice has been formed in the Ukrainian parliament with 250 MPs from the leading former opposition parties and factions, including Fatherland, Freedom, UDAR, Sovereign European Ukraine and Economic Development. The coalition would have more than a simple majority in the Ukrainian parliament (226 seats), but less than the 300 seats needed for an absolute Constitutional majority. The former ruling party, the Party of Regions, has announced that it will form the opposition. According to the 2004 Constitution, reinstituted by the new authorities, the majority in parliament can form the government of the country.

    Arseny Yatsenyuk, who was nominated as Ukraine’s prime minister on Thursday, said the government would have to take unpopular decisions to guide the country through an economic crisis.

    In a speech to parliament after his nomination, Yatsenyuk charted a course towards the European Union and urged Russia to cooperate with Ukraine following the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich.

    “There is no other way out for us than to take extremely unpopular decisions,”he said. His speech received loud applause. (Reuters)

    Masked men are attempting to seize the archives of the Justice Ministry in Kiev. The ministry’s press service has confirmed that the situation within the ministry’s headquarters remains normal.

    Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has demanded urgent consultations with Russia on the situation in the Crimean autonomous region. Due to the absence of the Russian ambassador in Ukraine, who has been recalled to Moscow for consultations, Russia’s temporary charge d’affaires was handed a note demanding that the military contingent of the Russian military bases in Crimea refrain from leaving the bases.

    People hold flags during a pro-Russian rally outside the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol February 27, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)People hold flags during a pro-Russian rally outside the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol February 27, 2014.(Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)
    The European Parliament has called on Ukrainian’s interim government to protect the country’s Russian-speaking minority’s right to use the language.

    “All Ukrainian and international, political forces must work together to ensure a united Ukraine, taking into account linguistic, cultural and historical factors,”said the parliamentary statement.

    #ANS2014 – RT News – Reuters – InterFax -

  • #AceNewsGroup 18:05 on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , absentia, , , Suez Canal   

    #AceWorldNews says an Egyptian court sentenced 26 people to death on Wednesday for plotting attacks on ships passing through the Suez Canal, Reuters said, citing judicial sources.

    The defendants were tried in absentia.


  • #AceNewsGroup 19:45 on February 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Bankok Post, Lumpini Park, People's Democratic Reform (PDRC)   

    #AceWorldNews says three people were reportedly slightly injured when the anti-government rally stage in Lumpini Park was attacked for three hours shortly after midnight.

    About 20 grenades were used in the area, the Bangkok Post said. The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) guards reportedly caught a suspect.

  • #AceNewsGroup 18:20 on February 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Filipino, , , Scarborough   

    #AceWorldNews says the Philippines government summoned China’s top envoy in Manila on Tuesday to protest what it said was the firing of a water cannon by a Chinese government vessel to drive away Filipino fishermen.

    The incident took place on January 27 at Scarborough Shoal, a rich fishing ground claimed by China and the Philippines, AP reported.

    The shoal came under Chinese control after Philippine vessels backed off from a tense stand-off with Chinese ships in the area in 2012.

  • #AceNewsGroup 18:03 on February 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Ibrahim Mahlab, National Democratic Party,   

    #AceWorldNews says Egypt’s outgoing housing minister, Ibrahim Mahlab, told state-run Al-Ahram newspaper Tuesday that he had been asked to form a new government.

    Mahlab is a civil engineer who was an official in deposed President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, Reuters reported.

    Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is expected to run for the presidency, was the defence minister in the country’s government that resigned Monday.

  • #AceNewsGroup 20:34 on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Daily Mirror, , , Richard Benyon   

    #AceUKNews says according to the Daily Mirror a Tory MP worth £110 million is raking in £625,000 a year from his hard-up tenants’ housing benefit – despite blasting the “something for nothing” welfare state.

    Richard Benyon – Britain’s richest MP – runs his vast property empire from a mansion on his sprawling country pile.

    But last night he was accused of cashing in off the back of the very handouts his party pledged to slash – as it emerged a string of other Tories were doing the same.

    Just last month the MP, 53, said: “The average household spends £3,000 per year on the welfare state. This figure had been rising inexorably and are unaffordable.”

    Mr Benyon has also attacked the Labour Party over payments and said: “Labour want benefits to go up more than the earnings of people in work.

    It is not fair and we will not let them bring back their something for nothing culture.” He is a director of the Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited, which owns most of the land and property linked to his family.

    It got £625,964 in housing benefit from West Berkshire council last year, more than any other private landlord in the area.

    Read More: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/richest-mp-britain-slams-welfare-3178089

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