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Ukrainian forces shell Russian town, killing one and wounding serveral.

Someone in the Ukrainian army must really want a much bigger war for his country, either that or he is an extremely careless gunner. Ukrainian shells have landed in a Russian town near the Ukrainian border. There has been property damage and at least one fatality. The Russian Federation has given notice it will respond:

1 killed, 2 injured: Russia vows response to Ukraine shelling Russian city

An artillery shell from Ukraine has hit a private house in the Rostov region of Russia, killing a citizen and leaving two more injured. The Russian Foreign Ministry promises heavy consequences. Reportedly up to six mortar shells exploded on Sunday in the small Russian town of Donetsk, which has the same name as the Ukrainian city and is situated right on the Ukrainian border.

Ukraine’s charge d'affaires in Russia has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry where he was handed a note of protest in the strongest terms. The Russian Foreign Ministry has called the shelling “an obviously aggressive act” on Ukraine’s part and warned it could have “irreversible consequences” with Kiev holding full responsibility for the provocation.

Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin promised a “rigorous and concrete answer” to the shelling of Russian territory that resulted in the senseless loss of life. “We’re currently evaluating the situation, and the facts we’ve learnt risk a dangerous escalation of the tensions on the border, which puts our citizens in high danger,” Karasin told RIA news agency, stressing that harsh reaction would follow only after detailed analysis of the situation.

The National Security Council of Ukraine has already declared that Kiev’s troops involved in the operation in the east of the country have nothing to do with the shelling incident. “Ukrainian troops are definitely not shelling the territory of the Russian Federation. We did not shoot,” said Andrey Lysenko, official representative of the information center of the NSCU. The leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) denied allegations of staging a provocation against Russian citizens. “We’re accustomed to being blamed for all Ukrainian shellings,” DPR’s vice-PM Andrey Purgin told Russian ‘Moscow speaks’ radio station.


read more, and see videos of the damage, at: http://rt.com/news/172404-russian-donetsk-shelled-victims/

Posted by another_liberal | Sun Jul 13, 2014, 10:03 AM (6 replies)

Serious escalation in the Ukrainian crisis.

Mortar shells fired by Ukrainian forces have impacted and exploded in a town on the Russian side of the Ukrainian/Russian border today. At lest one Russian civilian was killed and several more were wounded. The Russian government has promised a swift and suitable response:

Posted by another_liberal | Sun Jul 13, 2014, 09:14 AM (2 replies)

Israeli "Knock on the Roof" bombing technique caught on video.

The Israeli bombing technique known as "Knock on the Roof" is admittedly how the IDF sends warning it is about to strike a residential structure (in this case a multi-storied apartment building). In the video one can easily see the first, small explosion which is purportedly intended as a warning, to give residents of the building time to flee. The second massive explosion follows about a minute later, and is in turn quickly followed by a third, large explosion which goes off inside the structure, blowing out all of the walls.

Do you think you would have had enough time? What would you have had to leave behind just to save your life?
Posted by another_liberal | Sat Jul 12, 2014, 06:15 PM (32 replies)

Poroshenko calls for another ceasefire, and his forces increase their shelling.

President Poroshenko has called for yet another ceasefire. As on previous occasions when he made such announcements for the Western media's benefit, Kiev's armed forces responded by intensifying their artillery bombardment of opposition strongholds:

Friday, July 11

09:31 GMT:

The area near the military facilities of Lugansk self-defense forces, eastern Ukraine, is being shelled, local witnesses told ITAR TASS. Smoke is reportedly seen in the area and the ambulances have already headed to the scene. Lugansk self-defense troops control the area and warn local residents of the danger of shelling.

03:57 GMT:

Renewed violence is being reported in eastern Ukraine. Fighting has broken out around Donetsk airport, which is controlled by government forces. The premises is being blocked by local militia. Gunfire and explosions were heard in the city and in the nearby small town of Seversk, which was reportedly targeted by airstrikes. RT also received reports of heavy shelling in a mining area in the Lugansk region, not far from the Russian border. A bus transporting miners to work reportedly came under fire.

“We work at the same mine, they were my colleagues, they were going to work on the bus when it was shelled by the Ukrainian army. Four people died. And the shelling continues now,” one of the miners, Vadim, told RT, “They bombed a school, a kindergarden. My brother’s family was walking past as the apartment block was bombed, his wife was wounded in front of their child. There was blood everywhere. Everyone feels lost and scared,” he added.

Other accounts described the Ukrainian army firing at residential houses in the Kamennobrodskiy district of the Lugansk region, Itar-Tass quoted eyewitnesses as saying. Shelling has also been reported in a residential area of Karlovka village in the Donetsk region.


Read more at: http://rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/
Posted by another_liberal | Fri Jul 11, 2014, 07:30 AM (0 replies)

The continued shelling of civilians by Ukrainian forces is ethnic cleansing.

If what the Kiev government is now doing to its independence-minded ethnic Russian people is not ethnic cleansing it is so similar to that war crime as to be indistinguishable in its methods and its impact on the targeted population:

Thursday, July 10

10:38 GMT:

Three Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 27 wounded in clashes with the self-defense forces in the east of the country in the past 24 hours, the military said on Thursday. “The situation in the region remains tense,” according to the press-center of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. There have also been cases of road mining, both of highways and dirt roads, which the Kiev forces use.

06:33 GMT:

Fighting has been reported in eastern Ukraine near the ‘Donetsk’ checkpoint in Rostov Region, southwestern Russia, the press service of the Russian Southern Customs Service reported. The customs officers have been evacuated.

04:31 GMT:

Sanctions against Russia are stupid, believes Marine Le Pen, the president of the French far-right National Front.

“These sanctions are stupid, and have contributed to adding fuel to the fire, created a hostile environment against Russia,” said the French politician at a press conference. Le Pen believes that Russia is one of those countries which “preserves Ukraine's sovereignty and avoids the degradation of this situation to a civil war. The best way to stop this is to put everyone around the table,” she said, adding that Western countries “should not treat Russia with contempt,” because Russia is “a big regional player.”


Read more at: http://rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/
Posted by another_liberal | Thu Jul 10, 2014, 07:24 AM (38 replies)

Bombardment of civilian areas by Ukrainian forces continues.

The shelling of civilian targets continues in what can now be seen as a cynically veiled attempt to practice ethnic cleansing against the Russian-speaking residents of eastern Ukraine:

Posted by another_liberal | Thu Jul 10, 2014, 07:15 AM (9 replies)

IDF's Operation "Protective Edge" Begins Against Gaza

Source: The Jewish Press

The IDF operation against Gaza, called “Tzuk Eitan” or “Protective Edge”, has commenced. Israel Air Force planes have begun hitting targets in Gaza, following a day where some 80 Hamas terrorist rockets were launched against Israeli civilians.

Earlier in the evening sirens were heard as far as as Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and Gush Etzion, as a barrages of 30 long range rockets were launched deep into Israel. 9 people have been reported injured so far in Israel’s retaliatory strikes which have ranged from the northern to southern edges of the Gaza strip. The IDF has been dropping flyers in certain neighborhoods, telling the residents to evacuate their homes. The IAF has been targeting the homes of Hamas members. Senior Hamas members have already fled, suspecting their homes might be targeted.

Hamas is very upset their homes are being hit. Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh has called for an emergency meeting with the PLO. It is still not clear why Hamas has been doing everything it can to provoke a reaction from Israel.

Meanwhile the US (State Dept. Spox Jen Psaki) said, “We support Israel’s right to defend itself against these attacks,” but the US also urged Israeli to show restraint to avoid escalating the situation.

Read more: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idfs-operation-protective-edge-begins-against-gaza/2014/07/08/

It worked so well before, right?
Posted by another_liberal | Mon Jul 7, 2014, 08:54 PM (70 replies)

Israel launches "Operation Protective Edge," against Palestinians in Gaza.

the Israeli military has begun a new air and artillery offensive against the Palestinian territory of Gaza. It is described as a response to Hamas rocket attacks on southern Israel, but comes at a time of intense unrest in the occupied Palestinian West Bank as well. No matter what the justification given for such air and artillery attacks on heavily populated Gaza, the majority of injuries suffered and fatalities caused will not be among Hamas militants, but among innocent civilians. Many of those victims will be children:

Israel launches counter-offensive on Gaza after rocket barrage fired from Strip

Israel began a major counter-offensive on Gaza early on Tuesday following the launch of over 85 rockets at southern Israel on Monday. At least nine people have been injured as the Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes against Hamas targets. IDF has launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza following rocket fire, the Israeli Defense Force said on Twitter. Out of the nine injured, two were children, a BBC correspondent cited medical sources as saying.

The Israeli air force hit sites in northern and central Gaza early on Tuesday, the Times of Israel reported. Hamas said Israel targeted two houses and four training facilities in the Gaza Strip. The move comes after more than 85 rockets were fired at southern Israel Monday, with at least 16 of them intercepted by the Iron Dome defense batteries. The IDF has called up 1,500 reservists amid the escalating crisis.

Meanwhile, Hamas urged its supporters to fight back against Israeli attacks until “they understand that our people do not know defeat nor surrender,” Man’an news agency cited Hamas’ statement as saying. “Blood for blood, and whoever sets fire burns; our blood will not be wasted,” said the statement.

The IDF warned that “Hamas will not be safe as long as it continues to threaten the lives of Israeli civilians.”


Read more, and view videos of the attacks, at: http://rt.com/news/171088-israel-gaza-operation-protective-edge/
Posted by another_liberal | Mon Jul 7, 2014, 08:42 PM (0 replies)

IMF loans will enrich Ukrainian Oligarchs, but impoverish middle class, workers and poor.

The IMF is a tool of the most powerful international economic interests, that much we already know. In this interview, economist Michael Hudson explains how that powerful international financial Oligarchy intends to use its loans to help fellow Ukrainian Oligarchs make money off of their country's current crisis. It is a convoluted story of deceit , greed and uncaring Capitalist excess:

IMF pushes Ukraine to ‘voluntarily committing suicide’

Western support will allow more IMF and European lending to prop the Ukrainian currency so the Ukrainian oligarchs can move their money safely to British and US banks, economist and author Michael Hudson told RT’s Truthseeker.

RT: Could you summarize for us the tried and tested steps that will lead from IMF loans, to Ukraine's best assets ending up in private Western hands - the IMF's 'knee-breaker' role as you memorably described it as?

Michael Hudson: The basic principle to bear in mind is that finance today is war by non-military means. The aim of getting a country in debt is to obtain its economic surplus, ending up with its property. The main property to obtain is that which can produce exports and generate foreign exchange. For Ukraine, this means mainly the Eastern manufacturing and mining companies, which presently are held in the hands of the oligarchs. For foreign investors, the problem is how to transfer these assets and their revenue into foreign hands – in an economy whose international payments are in chronic deficit as a result of the failed post-1991 restructuring. That is where the IMF comes in.

The IMF was not set up to finance domestic government budget deficits. Its loans are earmarked to pay foreign creditors, mainly to maintain a country’s exchange rate. The effect usually is to subsidize flight capital out of the country – at a high exchange rate rather than depositors and creditors getting fewer dollars or euro. In Ukraine’s case, foreign creditors would include Gazprom, which already has been paid something. The IMF transfers a credit to its “Ukraine account,” which then pays foreign creditors. The money never really gets to Ukraine or to other IMF borrowers. It is paid to the accounts of foreigners, including foreign government creditors, as in IMF loans to Greece. Such loans come with “conditionalities” that impose austerity. This in turn drives the economy even further into debt – forcing the government to tighten the budget even more, run even smaller budget deficits and sell off public assets.


Read more of this fascinating interview at: http://rt.com/op-edge/170960-economy-imf-ukraine-oligarchs/
Posted by another_liberal | Mon Jul 7, 2014, 01:43 PM (10 replies)

New Ukrainian attacks on population centers in Lugansk Republic.

If this continued shelling and bombing of residential areas isn't ethnic cleansing, it appears to be something very close to that internationally recognized war crime. This brutal assault on civilians in their own homes is something our country, to a large extent, is paying for and encouraging be done:

Ukrainian forces shelling residential areas of Lugansk.

Kiev's artillery attacked the city of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, eyewitnesses and militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LNR) reported. One civilian was reportedly killed and four injured.

"Several buildings are burning in the city, some people have been injured, there are a lot of ambulances in the streets,” militia representatives told Itar-Tass news agency, adding that locals rushed to bomb shelters. Witnesses say the battery factory was hit, which is close to a bus terminal. Grad rocket launchers may have been used in the attack, the sources from the Lugansk People’s Republic said.

Ukrainian forces confirmed the shelling of the areas near the Lugansk railway and bus stations on Sunday afternoon, but blamed it on the opposing self-defense forces. A RIA-Novosti journalist also reported the sound of artillery and gunfire in Lugansk on Sunday. Several explosions were reportedly heard in the Lugansk airport area, and the movement of military equipment was observed in the town of Schastie, near Lugansk.

The previous night mortar shelling took place near the Lugansk airport, but there are no further reports of casualties so far. On Saturday, the health minister of the Lugansk People’s Republic said at least 80 people had been treated in Lugansk hospitals after a day of bombing and gunfire from Ukrainian forces. He said 56 of the injured were civilians. On Sunday in Lugansk city center, people were collecting signatures for an appeal to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Locals want to ask the UN to stop Kiev's aggression towards civilians, they said.

Read more, and view videos of the attacks, at: http://rt.com/news/170772-ukraine-residential-shelling-lugansk/
Posted by another_liberal | Sun Jul 6, 2014, 10:31 AM (38 replies)
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