UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#193 :: Monday PM 5 October 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#193
Monday PM – 5 October 2015

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1. Russia and Ukraine: 9 Ways Neighbors Went From Friends to Enemies.
2. TASS: Ukrainian Tornado battalion members accused of rape, torture, abductions in Donbas.
4. TASS: 16,000 Ukrainian troops defect Donbas with weapons, prosecutor says.
5. AFP: Ukraine local polls postponed to ensure ‘undisputed’ vote.
6. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Parties satisfied with latest talks on ending Ukraine conflict. Russian observers are voicing cautious optimism after another round of talks between the leaders of Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine aimed at resolving the Ukrainian conflict. The issue of local elections in the Donbass remain the main stumbling block on the path to finding a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
7. Kyiv Post: Leaders agree to postpone Minsk deal implementation and Donbas elections.
8. AFP: Ukraine insists Russia must cede border by end of year.
9. TASS: Moscow expects feedback from Donetsk, Luhansk regarding new dates for local elections.
10. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Ukraine Is Being Told to Live With Putin.
11. Interfax-Ukraine: IMF worsens Ukraine’s GDP fall forecast to 11% in 2015.
12. World Bank sharply downgrades Ukraine’s GDP forecast.
13. Human Rights in Ukraine: Journalists probing Security Service luxury cars detained and manhandled.
14. Moscow Times: Paul Quinn-Judge, Syria Won’t Erase Putin’s Ukraine Problem.
15. Business New Europe: US-style cops win points in Ukraine’s regions while other reforms drag.
16. Human Rights in Ukraine: Not so new police: protesters and journalists detained in Kharkiv oblast.
17. Fort Russ: Azarov: Poroshenko’s UN speech humiliated Ukraine.
18. Robert Parry, US Tax Dollars and Ukraine’s Finance Minister.
19. Former Economic Adviser to Reagan and Thatcher Hired by Ukrainian Government. (Arthur Laffer)
20. Bryan MacDonald, Ukraine: One day cock of the walk, the next a feather duster.
Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia