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RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#192 table of contents with links :: Tuesday 2 September 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#192 ::Tuesday 2 September 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  1. Paul Grenier: A Remarkable Interview: Ukraine

Re: The Ukraine, the West and Russia

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Subject: The Ukraine, the West and Russia Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 From: “Dr. Christian Wipperfürth” <cwipperfuerth@email.de> (Associate Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations, dgap.org/en/user/16515/christian-wipperfuerth) The Ukraine, the West and Russia The “United Nations” have announced that far more than 2000 people have been killed in the east Ukraine between April and mid August 2014.

Interfax: Kremlin rows back from Putin’s talk of “statehood” for southeast Ukraine

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(Interfax – August 31, 2014) The Kremlin’s press spokesman has clarified remarks made by President Vladimir Putin about “statehood” for the separatist parts of southeast Ukraine. Dmitriy Peskov “explained that when he was talking about the need for Kiev to start talks with the militias in Novorossiya, Vladimir Putin was talking not about the region’s

Business New Europe: Sabre rattling vs. progress towards peace in Ukraine

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Ben Aris – September 2, 2014) September 1 saw more sabre rattling in Berlin and Brussels with more demands that “Russia must be made to pay,” while in the Belarusian capital Ukrainian rebel leaders made a few key concessions necessary for an eventual peace. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was

Re: A Remarkable Interview: Ukraine General Regarding the East Ukraine Separatists, “I don’t consider them enemies”

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Subject: A Remarkable Interview: Ukraine General Regarding the East Ukraine Separatists, “I don’t consider them enemies” Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 From: Paul Grenier <psgrenier@gmail.com> A Remarkable Interview: Ukraine General Regarding the East Ukraine Separatists, “I don’t consider them enemies” Paul Grenier The war in Ukraine, like virtually every war, depends for its continuation on

Interfax: Interview with Ambassador Alexander Grushko, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO

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(Interfax – August 28, 2014) Question: Ambassador Grushko, it is clear from statements by NATO leaders what kinds of decisions on Russia and in response to events in Ukraine may come at the alliance’s forthcoming summit. If the proposals announced to date are adopted in Wales, will it start a new Cold War between Russia

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russia denies invading Ukraine as West claims it has evidence of incursion

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Nikolai Litovkin, RBTH – August 29, 2014) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared that Russia has invaded his country. The EU and the U.S., however, are in no rush to provide military help to Ukraine, limiting themselves to sanctions against Russia. Meanwhile, Moscow has dismissed the latest Western

Interfax: TV main source of info for most Russians on Ukraine events; over half believe it is unbiased – poll

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(Interfax – August 29, 2014) An overwhelming majority of Russians – 94 percent – are following the events in Ukraine, and television remains the primary source of information for 93 percent of them, the Levada Center sociological service told Interfax with reference to a nationwide public opinion poll it conducted on August 22-25. About a

RIA Novosti: Ukraine’s Militia Uses Soviet Weaponry From Captured Warehouses – Defense Ministry

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MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti) – Self-defense forces in southeastern Ukraine are using the captured Soviet equipment that they got at the abandoned warehouses and captured Ukrainian forces’ equipment depots, while they do not receive anything from Russia, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Saturday in an interview with Slovak television. “When the USSR

Moscow Military Review Lists Seven ‘Probable’ Targets in ‘Novorossiya’

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, August 29, 2014) “Voyennoye obozreniye,” an online Moscow journal directed at the Russian military and military analysts, has published today list of seven targets Russian forces are likely to attack in the course of what it describes as “the probable future of the war for Novorossiya.” Of

Moscow Times: New Book Tells How Russia Took Crimea So Easily

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(Moscow Times – moscowtimes.com – Nabi Abdullaev – August 29, 2014) After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine had the second-largest armed forces in Europe (after Russia) and the fourth-largest in the world (after Russia, China and the United States). Twenty-three years later, when the Russian military invaded Ukrainian territory in Crimea

RIA Novosti: More Than Half of Americans Fear Tensions With Russia – Survey

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NEW YORK, August 29 (RIA Novosti) – More than half of Americans view growing tensions between Russia and its neighbors as a major threat to the United States, among a wide range of security fears that are revealed in a recent survey. “As the public’s views of global threats have changed, so have opinions about

Moscow Times: Russia Wants Say in EU-Ukraine Association Deal

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Delphine d’Amora – August 29, 2014) Russia wants to propose amendments to the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, top officials said, despite Ukraine and the EU maintaining that the bilateral agreement is moments away from ratification and not open to suggestions. Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev and

RIA Novosti: ‘Fact-Hiding’ Distinctive WesternBehavior in Regard to Events in Ukraine – Lavrov

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MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti) – “Fact-hiding” is a distinctive Western behavior in the events in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday. “It seems to me that ‘fact-hiding’ is a characteristic feature of the position, first and foremost, by the US and a number of European countries in regard to everything that is

Russian and rebel forces seen free to advance from border to Ukraine port of Mariupol

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Graham Stack in Bezimmine, Ukraine – August 28, 2014) The forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic – comprising irregular Russian-backed rebels and regular Russian troops – are free to advance from the border town of Novoazovsk to Ukraine’s second largest port of Mariuopol, warn fighters of Ukraine’s irregular

Interfax: Ukraine Foreign Ministry tentatively agrees to Russia’s next aid convoy – Lavrov

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MOSCOW. Aug 29 (Interfax) – The Russian Foreign Ministry has received a response from Kyiv which tentatively agreed to the possible dispatch of Russia’s second Ukraine-bound humanitarian aid convoy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. “We have received a response note from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, which gave its tentative agreement to a proposal

Interfax: Poroshenko says strayed Russian paratroopers to be repatriated – Putin

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SELIGER, Tver region. Aug 29 (Interfax) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that an agreement has been reached with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko about the handover of Russian airborne troops held in Ukraine. “We spoke about it with Petro Poroshenko, and he reassured me that the Russian military servicemen will be handed over to

RIA Novosti: Moscow to Push for Dialogue on Ukraine Crisis – Russian Foreign Ministry

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MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow will help in negotiations between the warring sides in Ukraine and is taking steps toward a de-escalation of the conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday. “Russia will consistently help in creating the conditions for transferring the situation into a negotiation channel through strengthening trust

Moscow Times: Russia Say West Doesn’t Understand Its ‘Close Relations’ With Ukraine

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – August 29, 2014) UNITED NATIONS – As the West lined up to condemn Russia for what Ukraine has called “an invasion” of its eastern regions, Russia at the UN Security Council urged it to keep out of its “close relations” with its neighbor in a show of

RIA Novosti: UN Report Claims Nearly 2,220 Dead, 6,000 Injured in Ukraine Crisis Since Mid-April

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GENEVA, August 29 (RIA Novosti) – A UN report published Friday said 2,220 people have died and some 6,000 have been injured between mid-April and August 17 in the Ukrainian crisis. “As of 17 August, the total number of people killed (civilians, military personnel and some members of armed groups) is at least 2,220 since

Fighting On The Streets Of Donetsk

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – August 28, 2014) RFE/RL’s Andrei Babitsky is in Donetsk and has sent this footage of fierce fighting on the streets of the eastern Ukrainian city this afternoon. (WARNING: Graphic content, including footage of dead bodies) Article from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – © 2014 RFE/RL, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Article also appeared at http://www.rferl.org/media/video/26555171.html    

Business New Europe: Ukraine on the verge of financial collapse

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – August 29, 2014) Ukraine reported terrible economic results this week leaving some commentators to say that the country is only weeks away from running out of money entirely. The results also suggest that the IMF sponsored rescue package plan was overly optimistic and that its standby agreement will have

Interfax: Russia’s NATO envoy says nuclear treaty debate is aimed at setting summit tone

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Brussels, 28 August: Attempts to draw NATO into a public discussion of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (IRNFT) issues look artificial, Russia’s NATO envoy Aleksandr Grushko has said. “We noted that the stove piping on IRNFT came in the lead-up to the summit. This clearly benefits those who would like to present Russia as the enemy.

Interfax: Russia will do all that’s needed to guarantee its protection from any threats – Moscow’s NATO envoy

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BRUSSELS. Aug 28 (Interfax) – NATO’s intention to adopt “a readiness action plan” as part of its recent steps near the borders with Russia under the pretext of some threats coming from the East is unjustified and will only serve to further complicate relations between Russia and the alliance, Moscow’s Permanent Representative to NATO Alexander

RIA Novosti: NATO Allies Anticipate Strong Russian Response to Action Plan – CSIS

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WASHINGTON, August 28 (RIA Novosti) – A week before the September 4-5 NATO summit in Wales, a number of allies started to fear that the readiness action plan to increase the alliance’s military presence along Russia’s border would be provocative, a Center for Strategic and International Studies representative told RIA Novosti. “The allies have already

RIA Novosti: NATO Not Obliged to Protect Ukraine, Not Going to Discuss Membership at Upcoming Summit

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MOSCOW, August 28 (RIA Novosti) – NATO allies do not intend to discuss the status of their relations with Ukraine or take the responsibility for the country’s protection, but will announce consulting and financial aid to Ukrainian military, a high-ranking NATO official told journalists. “In Wales, there will be an announcement on the form of

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#191 table of contents with links :: Saturday 30 August 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#191 :: Saturday 30 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  1. Buzzfeed: 21 Photos That Show

Moscow Times: NATO Expansion Plan Brings Back Iron Curtain Era

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – August 28, 2014) NATO will set up new bases in Eastern Europe in an attempt to deter President Vladimir Putin from meddling in the internal affairs of countries that used to be under Moscow’s control, the organization’s secretary-general told journalists in an interview published Wednesday. The move

RIA Novosti: Russian Invasion Claims Sparked by Minsk Talks, Kiev’s Military Failure – Russian Diplomat

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BRUSSELS, August 28 (RIA Novosti) – Thursday’s claims of a Russian military invasion of Ukraine were sparked by Kiev’s attempts to justify its military setbacks in the east and downplay the results of recent talks in Minsk, Russia’s EU envoy said. “I think that this is related to the launch of the Minsk process, which,

Business New Europe: Russia invades Ukraine (not)

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(Business New Europe MOSCOW BLOG – bne.eu – Ben Aris – August 28, 2014) “Russia invades Ukraine” screamed a banner headline in the Huffington Post on August 27 after it was reported that 100 Russian tanks had crossed the border into Ukraine. Let’s get one thing straight at the outset. Russia did not invade Ukraine

When literature came under state control: 80 years since the First Congress of Soviet Writers

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru - August 27, 2014) When literature came under state control: 80 years since the First Congress of Soviet Writers When the First Congress of Soviet Writers opened on Aug. 17, 1934 in Moscow, it marked a watershed in Soviet literature. The artistic freedom that had characterized the turbulent 1920s was

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#190 table of contents with links :: Friday 29 August 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#190 :: Friday 29 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  1. Business New Europe: Ukraine on

Elected By A Hair, New Abkhaz Leader Faces Herculean Tasks

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Liz Fuller – August 26, 2014) Veteran opposition politician Raul Khajimba has been elected de facto president of the largely unrecognized Republic of Abkhazia by the slenderest of margins — just 559 votes. He received 50.57 percent (50,494 votes) of the total 99, 869 ballots cast, defeating three rival candidates. Voter turnout in the early

RIA Novosti: Economy Minister Confirms Russian Plans to Privatize 19.5% in Rosneft Oil Company in 2015

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MOSCOW, August 28 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian government is to go ahead with plans to privatize a 19.5 percent stake in oil major Rosneft in 2015, likely in two stages, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said Thursday. “The [government] plan is being upheld and preliminary operations have already begun. We are talking about

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#189 table of contents with links :: Thursday 28 August 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#189 :: Thursday 28 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  Ukraine 1. Euromaidan PR: Daniel Centore, Ukraine

Anders Aslund: RE: Response [re: Ukraine, Russia, Putin, Media, JRL]

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Subject: RE: Response Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 From: Anders Aslund <AAslund@PIIE.COM> Dear David, Thank you for your inordinate attention you have given to my personal words to you. I appreciate your kind consideration. At the same time, I am surprised that anybody can object to me calling your list biased in favor of Putin.

No Basis for Moscow’s Claims that Russian Corruption has Declined, Experts Say

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, August 26, 2014) Independent Russian experts say that there is no basis for the claim by Boris Titov, presidential plenipotentiary for the rights of entrepreneurs, that the level of corruption in the Russian Federation has fallen. Instead, they say, all measures point to corruption still being a

Most Russian Students Want to Find Jobs Abroad

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – August 26, 2014) Three of every four Russian university students would prefer to work abroad rather than in Russia, Newsru.com reported Monday, citing a survey conducted by Career.ru. The survey revealed that 77 percent of Russian students found the prospect of overseas employment more appealing than working at home. Those

Economy faces challenge from fall in oil price and ruble value

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Alexei Lossan, RBTH – August 25, 2014) Low price-per-barrel for Urals crude oil is putting pressure on the Russian budget On Aug. 18, Reuters reported that the price for Russia’s benchmark Urals oil fell to $98 a barrel – its lowest level since May 2013. Even as recently

RIA Novosti: Russian Finance Ministry Expects Oil Prices of $90-95 per Barrel in 2015

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MOSCOW, August 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Ministry of Finance expects an average oil price of $90-95 per barrel in 2015, Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseyev told RIA Novosti on Tuesday. “The price for oil in 2015 will be $90-95 per barrel,” Moiseyev said. The Ministry of Economic Development earlier predicted an average oil price

Re: Pictures of the Odessa massacre

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Subject: Pictures of the Odessa massacre Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 From: Ludmila Foster <ludmilaf001@gmail.com> David: I hesitated sending you these pictures, but after all those attacks on you, you may want to post them on the JRL. http://ersieesist.livejournal.com/813.html [Very graphic!]  

RIA Novosti: NATO, EU Should Give Up Plans of Incorporating Ukraine – Dr. John Mearsheimer

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MOSCOW, August 26 (RIA Novosti) – The West ought to fundamentally change its approach towards the Ukrainian crisis, making Ukraine a ‘neutral buffer’ between Russia and NATO instead of westernizing it, asserts John J. Mearsheimer, American professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. “The United States and its European allies now face a

Interfax: RPD claims up to 7,000 Ukrainian soldiers trapped in east Ukraine “pockets”

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MOSCOW. Aug 26 (Interfax) – Militiamen of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) claim that up to 7,000 Ukrainian army servicemen have been trapped in three “pockets” in Ukraine’s eastern regions. “We have managed to drive the adversary into three “pockets”. One of them is located outside of Ilovaysk, the second one near Lutuhyne, and

Interfax: Ukrainian situation deteriorating, Russians say in poll

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(Interfax – August 26, 2014) Eighty percent of Russians are monitoring the political events evolving in Ukraine; 32 percent of them are doing so on a regular basis and 48 percent learn the news from time to time, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) said. The interest in the Ukrainian events has been high

Interfax: Russia could lose over 100 billion rubles from EU-Ukraine association – Putin

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MINSK. Aug 26 (Interfax) – The association agreement signed between the European Union (EU) and Ukraine could cost Russia billions and force it to introduce protective measures, said Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Due to Ukraine adopting zero duties on EU imports (which is to take effect almost immediately after the ratification of the agreement and


RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#188 table of contents with links :: Wednesday 27 August 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#188 :: Wednesday 27 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  1. Financial Times: The right stomach for sanctions.

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Distribution of Russian humanitarian assistance begins in Lugansk

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Alexandra Trifonova, Nikolai Litovkin, RBTH – August 26, 2014) The issuing of provisions of Russian humanitarian aid in Lugansk has begun after the controversial arrival of the aid convoy from Moscow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says another convoy is planned and insists that on this occasion delivery

RIA Novosti: Questions Left Unanswered at Putin-Poroshenko Minsk Talks

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MOSCOW, August 27 (RIA Novosti), Antonina Ivanova – The talks on Ukraine in the Belarusian capital of Minsk that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said would decide “the fate of the world and Europe” did not yield any breakthrough solutions to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The talks were attended by the presidents of Russia and

Interfax: Kyiv needs NATO help – Ukrainian PM

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KYIV. Aug 27 (Interfax) – The Ukrainian government plans to endorse a Ukraine-NATO action program for 2014 at its Wednesday session, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said. “The government will endorse a Ukraine-NATO annual action program today. The president of Ukraine will be present at the NATO summit. NATO is our partner, and we expect our

Ukraine: Cool the Rhetoric; Focus on the Outcome

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(jackmatlock.com - Jack Matlock - August 26, 2014) Jack Matlock is a career diplomat who served on the front lines of American diplomacy during the Cold War and was U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union when the Cold War ended. In his interview with Thomas Friedman published on August 9, President Obama gave a convincing explanation of

Business New Europe: “Scores” of regular Russian troops captured, claims Ukraine commander

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Graham Stack in Schastye, Ukraine – August 27, 2014) Irregular and regular Ukrainian forces have already captured “scores” of Russian Federation forces, a battalion commander tells bne, after Ukrainian media played videos of interviews with some captured members of Russia’s elite Pskov airborne division. Ukraine now appears to possess

Moscow Times: Russian Paratroops in Ukraine: Lost in a Game of Thrones

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexey Eremenko, Ivan Nechepurenko – August 27, 2014) A slew of reports about Russian paratroopers slain or captured in Ukraine have reignited fears of a Russian invasion in the war-torn country, but confusion reigned supreme, indicating that the stories are above all part of the propaganda battle. The reports came

Minsk peace talks make little progress as shelling in Ukraine continues

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Ben Aris in Moscow – August 27, 2014) There was little concrete progress in bringing about a ceasefire in the conflict ravaging eastern Ukraine, following a two-hour tete-a-tete between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko behind closed doors at a regional summit held in the marble-clad

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#187 table of contents with links :: Tuesday 26 August 2014

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… 6. Reuters: Slim chance of progress as Russian and Ukrainian leaders meet.
7. Moscow Times: Ukraine Compromise on the Table in Minsk.
8. Carnegie Moscow Center: Balazs Jarabik, Minsk Freeze: Can Ukraine Handle a Compromise? …

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#186 table of contents with links :: Monday 25 August 2014

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… 29. Moscow Times: Alexey Eremenko, On Independence Day, Ukraine’s Existence Questioned.
30. www.opendemocracy.net: Rodric Braithwaite, Review: Serhii Plokhy, ‘The Last Empire.’ When the Soviet Empire collapsed, Ukraine was the key.
31. Financial Times: Susan Glasser, Putin profits politically from wars and western apologists. The west is told what it wants to hear and turns a convenient blind eye. …

Ukraine Compromise on the Table in Minsk

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – August 26, 2014) After months of a bloody struggle over the fate of Ukraine, all sides in the conflict will attempt to initiate a tangible diplomatic resolution to the crisis during high-profile talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Tuesday, to be attended by the Russian and

Russia Claims Captured Soldiers Crossed Ukraine Border by Accident

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – August 26, 2014) The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that the ten Russian paratroopers captured by Ukrainian security services in the country’s east are indeed Russian, but said they crossed the border by mistake. Ukrainian security services earlier on Tuesday claimed they had detained ten Russian servicemen

As Russia and U.S. Struggle, China Rejoices

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – August 25, 2014) With multi-billion dollar energy deals between Moscow and Beijing recently being pushed through, China, the world’s second-biggest economy, is benefiting the most from the spiraling tension between Russia and the West over the violence in Ukraine. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban earlier this month

Opposition claims victory in Abkhazia’s presidential poll

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – August 25, 2014) Opposition candidate Raul Khadzhimba has claimed victory in the August 24 presidential poll in the breakaway Georgian republic of Abkhazia. Khadzhimba’s campaign staff said he had taken around 60% of the vote in the first round of voting in the unrecognized state. The head of Khadzhimba’s

@Fu-kingPutin; The rhetoric of hatred describing the situation in Ukraine misses the point – Ukraine has problems that are not derived from Russia or the Putin presidency

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(opendemocracy.net - David Marples - August 22, 2014) David Marples is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, Canada. For summer 2014 he is Visiting Professor at the Slavic and Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan. [DJ: Just to clarify: One word in this article has been tweaked so that spam

Interfax: Moscow ready for transparency in delivering second aid batch for eastern Ukraine – Lavrov

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MOSCOW. Aug 25 (Interfax) – Russia is ready for complete openness in its actions in issues relating to the delivery of humanitarian aid to south-eastern Ukraine and urges against speculation on this topic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow. “We have an absolutely open approach here and we are

Interfax: Moscow open to any format of Ukraine settlement – Lavrov

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MOSCOW. Aug 25 (Interfax) – Russia is ready to take part in settling the Ukrainian crisis in any format, provided this “does not substitute the substance,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “Basically, we are prepared – as was repeatedly stressed by President Putin – for any format, as long as there is a result

JRL Helpful Guide to Avoiding “Russian Lies”

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[note from web editor: check back for activated hyperlinks] DJ: On rare occasion “Russian lies” show up in a few of these sources but for the most part you are safe. All of these have appeared in JRL and have achieved a greater coherence of message than, say, Russia Direct or the Valdai Discussion Club.

RE: 2014-#184-Johnson’s Russia List/Russian lies

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Subject: RE: 2014-#184-Johnson’s Russia List/Russian lies Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 From: Anders Aslund <AAslund@PIIE.COM> David: Why do you run so many obvious Russian lies, such as this one? RIA Novosti: Shelling Kills Hundreds in Besieged Luhansk in East Ukraine. Frankly, I have stopped reading your list as I see little but Putin propaganda in

Interfax: Poroshenko will not agree to peace in exchange for Ukraine’s sovereignty and integrity

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(Interfax – August 25, 2014) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that peace in the zone of the armed operation will not be achieved at the expense of Ukraine’s sovereignty or territorial integrity. “Steps to peace cannot be unilateral. They should not be taken at the expense of the sovereignty, territorial integrity or independence of

Ukrainians Now Almost Unanimous in Supporting Independent Ukraine

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, August 24, 2014) Vladimir Putin’s Crimean Anschluss which was intended among other things to highlight or promote divisions among Ukrainians about the status of their country has had exactly the opposite effect: It has boosted the share of supporters of independent statehood from 83 percent to 90

Interfax: Rebel leader in Ukraine says independence is new aim

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(Interfax – Donetsk – August 24, 2015) The prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic [DNR], Oleksandr Zakharchenko, rules out the possibility of Ukraine’s federalization and insists on DNR’s independence. “We want to live independently. Federalization (of Ukraine) doesn’t suit us,” he told journalists at a news conference in Donetsk. In Zakharchenko’s opinion, the

Five Reasons Why This Weekend Might Be The Start Of The Endgame In Ukraine

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Daisy Sindelar – August 21, 2014) It’s a risky business, attempting to predict the outcome of the conflict in Ukraine. But this weekend’s Kyiv visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stirred hopes that a resolution to the Ukraine-Russia standoff and the bloody fighting in Donbas may finally be near. We look at five of

RIA Novosti: Putin Would Not Be Lured Into Military Invasion of Ukraine – Expert

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WASHINGTON, August 21 (RIA Novosti), Leandra Bernstein – The last thing Russian President Vladimir Putin would do is getting involved by the West into a military invasion of Eastern Ukraine, a senior fellow at the Foreign Police Center on the US and Europe told RIA Novosti. “I don’t think [Putin] would invade Ukraine. I think

Interfax: Some 100,000 Ukrainians request refugee status or temporary asylum in Russia – migration service

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MOSCOW. Aug 21 (Interfax) – Up to 100,000 Ukrainian citizens have applied for refugee status or temporary asylum in Russia since the conflict broke out in Ukraine’s southeastern regions in April, first deputy head of the Russian Federal Migration Service Yekaterina Yegorova told Interfax on Thursday. “The latest information available indicates that 99,364 people have

RIA Novosti: Watchdog Urges Kiev to Reverse Ban on Russian TV Channels

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MOSCOW, August 21 (RIA Novosti) – A New York-based media rights watchdog has hit out at Ukrainian authorities over their ban on Russian television broadcasts in the country and has urged Kiev to immediately restore unrestricted access to information, a statement published on its website Thursday said. “We are concerned by Ukraine’s ban on Russian

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#185 table of contents with links :: Sunday 24 August 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#185 :: Sunday 24 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  1. Anders Aslund: RE: 2014-#184-Johnson’s Russia List/Russian lies

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#184 table of contents with links :: Saturday 23 August 2014

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… 15. Reuters: Merkel says tightening Ukraine-Russian border is key to peace deal.
16. Reuters: Ukraine’s Poroshenko sees removal of Russian ‘mercenaries’ as key to peace.
17. Interfax: Poroshenko: Ukrainian must remain only official language in Ukraine.
18. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Dmitri Trenin, Russia’s New National Strategy ….

Opposition Must Admit Most Russians Were Deceived about What 1991 Meant, Eidman Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, August 20, 2014) “It is time to acknowledge the responsibility of the successful minority before the 90 percent of [Russian] citizens, whose hopes for a better future were deceived” following the collapse of the Soviet system, and for that minority to make changes “in the interests of

NATO to Shun Major Eastern Footprint in Nod to Russia

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – James G. Neuger, Patrick Donahue – August 18, 2014) NATO will stop short of basing substantial combat forces in eastern Europe to avoid a complete rupture in relations with Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. A North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit next month will settle on other ways of protecting the

Ukrainian sanctions on Gazprom could threaten European economy

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Kira Egorova, Anna Kuchma, RBTH – August 19, 2014) On August 14, the Ukrainian parliament passed a law enabling Kiev to introduce sanctions against Russian companies, meaning that if measures are introduced against Gazprom, the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory will be blocked. What threats does

Russian consumers hardest hit by sanctions

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Kira Tverskaya, special to RBTH – August 19, 2014) Economists point out that the Russian government’s recent food ban is likely to backfire as restaurants and consumers look for new sources for favorite products Moscow’s home cooks and restaurateurs alike have spent the past two weeks scrambling to

RIA Novosti: Red Cross Instructing Russian Humanitarian Convoy Drivers at Ukrainian Border Checkpoint

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DONETSK (Rostov Region), August 20 (RIA Novosti) – A convoy carrying Russian humanitarian aid to southeastern Ukraine remains at the border checkpoint with the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) giving instructions to the drivers, a representative of the contractor carrier company transporting the cargo told RIA Novosti on Wednesday. “The

Interfax: Russian Red Cross explains delay with lack of safety guarantees

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MOSCOW. Aug 20 (Interfax) – The main reason for the delay of the Russian humanitarian cargo for residents of eastern Ukraine is a lack of safety guarantees from Ukraine, Russian Red Cross Chairperson Raisa Lukutstova said. “The Ukrainian authorities do not comply with one demand of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) –

Can Russia stage a comeback in space?

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(opendemocracy.net – Ivan Safronov – August 18, 2014) Ivan Safronov is a correspondent at Kommersant and an expert on the space industry. Fifty years ago, the USSR was in the lead in the proxy war that was the space race, but now Russia is better known for rockets that either fail to launch or crash

Million-Man Army of Programmers Won’t Free Russia From Western Software

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Delphine d’Amora – August 20, 2014) Foreign software has become the latest target of Russian officials’ clamorous calls for self-sufficiency, with plans to swiftly replace all foreign imports and triple the number of Russian programmers heralding a crusade that analysts consider misguided and hopelessly optimistic. “We stand for complete sovereignty

Business New Europe: Civilians are paying the price for the fighting in east Ukraine

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – COMMENT: Vera Graziadei – August 19, 2014) “The lawgivers and founders of mankind, starting from the most ancient and going on to the Lycurguses, the Solons, the Muhammads, the Napoleons, and so forth, that all of them to a man were criminals, from the fact alone that in giving

RIA Novosti: US Department of State Ignores All Information on Ukraine Coming From Russia – Moscow

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MOSCOW, August 19 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is systematically providing the US Department of State, which continues accusing Russia of escalating tensions in Ukraine, with selections of publications, reports by Russian and foreign media from hot spots, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Tuesday. “We have started gathering facts; we have started collecting publications,

Aid convoy to move in direction of Lugansk at Moscow’s decision, says Russian Foreign Ministry

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(Interfax - August 22, 2014) Russia’s Ukraine-bound humanitarian aid convoy is starting to move in the direction of the city of Lugansk, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website. “Continuing to put forth new artificial demands and excuses has already become derisive. It is impossible to put up with this mayhem,

Ukrainian army “could take Luhansk by Independence Day”

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Graham Stack in Stannitsa Luhanska – August 22, 2014) The city of Luhansk, a centre of the Russian-backed insurgency in East Ukraine, could fall to Ukrainian government forces in the next few days, the commander of an army battalion moving up on the strategically crucial north-eastern flank of the

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#183 table of contents with links :: Friday 22 August 2014

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… 25. Kyiv Post: Yatsenyuk: ‘I think we will win’
26. The Economist: Ukraine and Russia: Battering on. The fighting in eastern Ukraine intensifies as pro-Russian rebels lose ground, raising fresh questions over the plans of Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
27. Kyiv Post editorial: More sanctions now.
28. The National Interest: Stephen Blank, A Time for Deterrence. …

Interfax: Poroshenko could dissolve Rada Aug. 24 – spokesperson

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KYIV. Aug 21 (Interfax) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko could make a decision to disolve the Verkhovna Rada on the Independence Day, his press secretary Svyatoslav Tseholko said. “Poroshenko on the disbandment of the Verkhovna Rada: the decision will be made when constitutional reasons arise. And their time falls on Independence Day,” Tseholko wrote on

Business New Europe: Sanctions aim at Russia’s Arctic push

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Joe Parson in Moscow – August 21, 2014) US and EU sanctions are threatening to derail a monster exploration and production project in the Russian Arctic between state-owned Rosneft and US oil major ExxonMobil. The threat is not that Washington will pressure US companies to pull out of Russian

Moscow’s Food War With West Could Hurt Russia Most

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(RFE/RL Explainer – rferl.org – Charles Recknagel - August 21, 2014) Moscow’s sweeping ban on food imports is meant as a slap in the face to Western powers for imposing sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine. But the ban is also causing food prices to rise in Russia, which is a major importer of food and has few immediate supply alternatives. Here

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#182 table of contents with links :: Thursday 20 August 2014

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… 28. Peterson Institute for International Economics: Anders Aslund, Is the West to Blame for Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine? Of Course Not!
29. The National Interest: James Carden, Ukraine’s Nightmare Drags On. In recent weeks, the American media has seemed focused on reporting on nearly every newsworthy event-except the Ukraine crisis.
30. Carnegie Corporation of New York: Rebuilding US-Russia Relations: Deana Arsenian, Introduction. United States and Russia: A Relationship to Manage …

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#181 table of contents with links :: Wednesday 20 August 2014

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… 13. Wall Street Journal: Fighting Rages in Eastern Ukraine Ahead of Meeting Between Russia’s Putin and Poroshenko.
14. New York Times: Plenty of Room at the Top of Ukraine’s Fading Rebellion.
15. Reuters: Ukraine rebel movement faces uncertain future. …

Ukraine’s Revolutionaries Surrender to Corruption

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com - Leonid Bershidsky - August 18, 2014) To international audiences, Ukraine is now no more than the scene of a Russian-inspired armed conflict. The fighting, however, is confined to areas that are home to 6.5 million of Ukraine’s total population of 45 million. Although the outcome there is important to all Ukrainians, there is

Interfax: Post-war rebuilding of Donbas will cost billions of dollars – Yatsenyuk

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KYIV. Aug 20 (Interfax) – Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the damage done to Ukraine by the war in southeastern Ukraine is in the billions of dollars. “It is very difficult to have a working economy and a healthy financial sector in a situation when there is a war going on in the country,”

Interfax: Poll: Russians say Aug 1991 events are tragedy, not triumph of democracy

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(Interfax – August 19, 2014) A relative majority of Russians (41 percent) see the August 19, 1991, putsch in the former Soviet Union as a tragedy which had harmful implications for the country and its people. The number has grown 14 percent in the past 20 years, from 27 percent in 1994, the Levada Center

Struggling With Sanctions, Russia Faces Oil Price Crash

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – August 20, 2014) The price of Urals crude oil, Russia’s key export and the lynchpin of its government finances, fell below $100 this week for the first time in more than a year, after plummeting $15 in under a month. Russia relies on hydrocarbon exports for 50

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