RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#102 contents with links :: Monday 6 May 2014

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Johnson’s Russia List :: 2014-#102 :: 6 May 2014
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1. Reuters: Both sides bury dead as Ukraine slides towards war.
2. Business New Europe: The cycle of violence in Ukraine makes another revolution towards disaster.
3. Interfax-Ukraine: Ukrainian troops kill over 30 “terrorists” in one day – minister.
4. Voice of America: Ukraine’s Campaign Against Pro-Russia Forces Angers Residents in East.
5. Kiev Is Blowing Its Chance to Take Back East Ukraine. On the ground in Ukraine’s Wild East, it’s clear the Kiev government’s strategy is failing to establish order even as it inflames local feelings.
6. RIA Novosti: Ukraine’s Party of Regions Warns of Imminent National Collapse.
7. Interfax: Ukraine must not use military, national guard to suppress protests – Lavrov.
8. Reuters: Russia questions “unusual” Ukraine election if troops deployed.
9. RIA Novosti: PACE Points Out Shortfalls in Ukraine Election Campaign.
10. ITAR-TASS: Ukrainian presidential election, if held at gunpoint, will escalate the crisis – experts.
11. Ukraine SITREP – May 5th, 17:37 UTC/Zulu: this time the junta means business.
12. Interfax: Concerns grow in Russia about possibility of military conflict with Ukraine – poll.
13. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Kiev hatches a power-sharing formula for its regions. Will anyone listen? The plans would end Kiev’s vast powers and give regional governments much greater control over their own affairs, a key demand of pro-Russia rebels.
14. RIA Novosti: Ukrainian Parliament Votes Against Referendum on Decentralization.
15. ITAR-TASS: Sanctions unable to make Russia quit its independent Ukrainian policy – experts.
16. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, MOSCOW BLOG: Why western sanctions will fail.
17. New York Times: Obama Aides Tell Executives to Skip Forum.
18. ITAR-TASS: German Foreign Minister: Refusing to talk with Russia ‘incredible mistake’
19. Moscow Times: Kerch Bridge To Crimea May Become Russia’s Link To The East.
20. Reuters: OECD slashes forecast for Russian economy, cites Ukraine crisis.
21. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, Russia heads toward stagnation.
22. The New York Review of Books: Anatol Lieven, Ukraine: The Only Way to Peace.
23. The New Republic: James Goldgeier and Andrew S. Weiss, Trying to ‘Win’ Ukraine Could Lead to Its Collapse
24. Moscow Times: Andrei Tsygankov, Treat Russia as a Global Power.
25. The Baltic Times (Riga): Ildar Yunusov, Ukraine needs a diplomatic, not military, solution.
26. The Voice of Russia: Dmitry Babich, ‘I get the war, you get the money’ – who is pushing Kiev to fight?
27. ITAR-TASS: Differences over Ukraine have not affected Russia-US disarmament cooperation.
28. ITAR-TASS: US, NATO missile defense targeted against Russia – Russian Defense Ministry.
29. Marco Siddi, The abuse of history in the Ukrainian crisis.
30. Pietro Shakarian, Odessa: A Ukrainian Tragedy.
31. Interfax: Almost half of Ukrainians have negative attitude to Bandera – poll.
32. Moscow Times: Ultranationalist Right Sector Opens Molotov Cocktail Cafe in Lviv.
33. Kyiv Post: Oleh Tiahnybok, Ukraine in danger.
34. Reuters: Gazprom says gas flows to Europe via Ukraine remain stable.
35. Reuters: No quick fix to Europe’s energy dependency on Russia-German minister.
36. New York Times: Clemens Wergin, Why Germans Love Russia.
37. Council on Foreign Relations: Ukraine Crisis Tests Uneasy U.S.-Germany Alliance. (interview with William Drozdiak)
38. Ukraine: U.S. Campaign Stuck Without Russian Intervention And German Support.
39. The Mirror (UK): British fight against terrorism suffers major blow as Russian spy deal breaks down because of Ukraine crisis.
40. The Voice of Russia: Western business is a lot smarter than the Western governments – political analyst.
41. ‘They need only blood’: Slavyansk woman killed by sniper fire on her balcony (GRAPHIC).
42. “Crucial investigation into the role of the junta in the Odessa massacre (MUST READ!)”
43. Released military observer: ‘We were shot at by Ukrainian army’
44. Kirit Radia, Why Russia’s Propaganda Machine Is Loving a NYT Report.
45. Russia Direct: Maurizio Martellini and Ewan Sirtori, Italy may hold the key to solving the Ukraine crisis. The Trentino Alto-Adige region in Northern Italy, which completed a successful process of regional institutional autonomy during the 1970s, could be a role model for separatist regions of Ukraine.
46. Reuters: Condemning Kiev ‘neo-Nazis’ and West, Russia details abuses.
47. RIA Novosti: REVIEW: Vladimir Putin Marks 10th Year as Russian President.
48. Most Russians concerned over “discrimination” across former USSR – poll.
49. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Kommersant-Dengi: Labor movement taking hold among post-Soviet workers, despite struggles.
50. RIA Novosti: EU Hardens Position on South Stream Pipeline Over Ukraine Crisis.
51. RIA Novosti: Next US Ambassador to Moscow to Have Very Difficult Job – Russia’s Deputy FM.
52. Moscow Times: Putin Bans the F-Word From Movies and Plays.
53. Financial Times: Afghanistan: Moscow brings back the memories. Russians are boosting the economy while Afghans head for the polls.
54. Moscow Times: What the Papers Say, May 6, 2014.