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Aid Convoy may be attacked Russia fears.

Russian authorities say they have received information their much-discussed aid convoy will be attacked by one of Kiev's fascistic "Volunteer battalions." They also report that these far right militiamen have mined the road aid trucks will be taking.

Trucks from a Russian humanitarian convoy arrive to park on a field outside the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region, some 30kms from the Russian-Ukrainian border, Russia, on August 14, 2014.

Aid convoy to Ukraine faces disruption, may be attacked - Russia.

Moscow has information that the convoy delivering humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine may be attacked by Kiev’s forces, with the “punitive” Aidar Battalion planning to mine the road that the vehicles will use, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

On Friday, Moscow accused Ukraine of attempting to disrupt the humanitarian aid convoy now that the preparations for its delivery have reached their final stages and all key issues have been agreed upon. “We draw attention to the sharp intensification of military actions by Ukrainian forces with the obvious goal to block the route, agreed upon with Kiev, of the humanitarian convoy from the Russia-Ukraine border to Lugansk,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

In Moscow’s view, all this gives the impression that there are people both in Ukraine and abroad who are willing to disrupt the humanitarian mission, even “at the cost of new casualties and destruction.”

“Those nurturing such criminal plans are taking huge responsibility for their consequences,” the ministry said.


Read more at: http://rt.com/news/180664-ukraine-russian-humanitarian-convoy/

Posted by another_liberal | Fri Aug 15, 2014, 03:19 PM (3 replies)

Kiev intensfies shelling of residential areas in Donetsk and Lugansk Republics.

The part of this video which depicts the Donetsk skyline during a night artillery barrage has to be seen for one to have any idea what life there must be like for the civilian population.

Posted by another_liberal | Thu Aug 14, 2014, 01:43 PM (12 replies)

Putin addresses the Russian Federation.

Sounds peaceful enough to me, though perhaps a little irritated. Here's an idea: Maybe our President should talk to this President more often, and maybe he should do so in person?

Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti / Alexei Druzhinin)

Putin: Russians need to engage, but have no confrontation with wider world

Russians must consolidate and develop their country, neither sliding into isolationism nor sacrificing their dignity for the sake of pleasing anyone, President Vladimir Putin declared.

“We have to develop our country with calm, dignity and efficiency, without barricading ourselves from the outer world or breaking ties with partners, but also without allowing anyone to treat us with disrespect,” he told Russian MPs in Yalta, Crimea.

He called on a consolidation of the people, “not for the sake of any wars or conflict,” but “for an industrious labor force for Russia and in Russia's name.”

The president defended sanctions of food imports, which the Russian government imposed in response to several rounds of anti-Russian sanctions of the West. “It's not just a response. First of all, it's support for domestic producers and the opening of our markets to the countries and producers, who want and are willing to cooperate with Russia,” Putin said.


Read more at: http://rt.com/news/180268-putin-russia-mobilize-confrontation/
Posted by another_liberal | Thu Aug 14, 2014, 07:23 AM (30 replies)

Ukraine accuses Russia of cynicism over convoy; death toll rises sharply

Source: Al Jazeera Anerica

The Ukrainian government on Wednesday denounced Russia's dispatch of a humanitarian aid convoy toward the two countries’ border as an act of unbounded cynicism serving pro-Russian separatists. Separately, the United Nations said the death toll in fighting there has doubled in the last two weeks to over 2,000. Kiev said the trucks would not be allowed into Ukraine.

"First they send tanks, Grad missiles and bandits who fire on Ukrainians, and then they send water and salt," Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said at a government meeting. The comments reflected suspicions in Kiev and Western capitals that passage of the convoy onto Ukrainian soil could turn into a covert military action to help pro-Russian separatists now losing ground to government forces.

The convoy of 280 heavy trucks rumbled out of Moscow region on Tuesday and traveled some 300 miles to the southwestern Russian town of Voronezh. There it stopped at an air base behind high fences, according to a Reuters reporter at the scene. Several people who entered the air base and spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity said dozens of trucks were still parked at the base. It was not clear whether the Voronezh convoy was the only one traveling toward Ukraine.

"The journey isn't short of course," said one truck driver interviewed on Russian Rossiya-24 television. "How can I put it? It's pretty difficult. But how could we not help our Slavic brothers? We are all for it." There was no discussion on Russian television of any military intervention, and Moscow has insisted throughout that it has enlisted Ukrainian cooperation for the operation.


Read more: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/13/ukraine-accuses-russiaofcynicismoverconvoydeathtollrisessharply.html

Could Kiev be trying to finish its "anti-terrorism operation" and defeat the separatist movement in Donetsk and Lugansk before relief can arrive, breathing new life into the embattled rebels? One can only hope that at least aid from some source does reach those innocent noncombatants who so desperately need it. If Iraqis on a mountain in Kurdistan deserve our help, surely people in the heart of a major European city do as well?
Posted by another_liberal | Wed Aug 13, 2014, 06:27 PM (8 replies)

Iran uses Hamas for leverage in nuclear negotiations

Source: Al Jazeera America

In the wake of the latest conflict in Gaza, relations between Tehran and Hamas are now on the upswing, partly cobbled together through Lebanon’s Hezbollah, an Iranian ally whose leader Hassan Nasrallah declared support for Hamas early in the conflict.

In fact, contrary to some misleading media reports that Iran broke with Hamas more than two years ago, Tehran never completely severed ties but only temporarily reduced its support as a result of Hamas’ backing of Syrian rebels and the relocation of its foreign office from Damascus to Doha. Iran is now fully committed to material and moral support for the Palestinian resistance against Israel.

Outraged by Israel’s atrocities in Gaza and critical of Western governments’ vocal support of Israel, Iran’s ruling elite has prioritized giving humanitarian assistance to Gaza by seeking permission from Cairo to make deliveries through the Rafah crossing, which connects the Gaza Strip to Egypt. At the same time, Iranian leaders have gone public about the extent of the country’s support for Hamas, by openly boasting of sharing missile technology with Palestinian militants (principally Hamas and Islamic Jihad), improving Hamas’ ability to hit Israeli cities with its arsenal.

In addition, according to a recent news article in the conservative Tehran daily Kayhan, Iran has provided Hamas with the laser-guided anti-tank missiles, which gave serious pause to the Israeli army’s plan for deep incursions inside Gaza. There are also unconfirmed reports that the Hamas drone that was hit by the Israelis in early July was modeled after Iran’s drones. Full details of Iranian arms supplies to Hamas have yet to be reported.


Read more: http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/8/iran-hamas-palestinenuclearnegotiations.html

At least in this regard, it seems Prime Minister Netanyahu's "Operation Protective Edge" has backfired in it's stated aim to eliminate threats to the Israeli people from Hamas weapons.
Posted by another_liberal | Wed Aug 13, 2014, 07:22 AM (10 replies)

We send tens of millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine, so they can deny relief supplies to others?

It is reported that officials of the Ukrainian government are saying it will be a week before the Russian relief supplies now waiting at the Russian border can enter Ukrainian territory. I wonder how many lives will have to be sacrificed so the our Kiev lackeys have enough time to get their bookwork in order? In this case that long a wait can well mean relief delayed is the same as relief denied.

Kiev: Russia's humanitarian convoy will not be allowed into Ukraine

Kiev intends to hold up the internationally-supervised Russian humanitarian aid convoy meant for the Ukraine's east for at least a week, a spokesman for the Ukrainian military said.

Ukraine said the time is needed for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which is contributing to the Moscow-initiated mission, to establish where the aid should go in the Ukrainian region engulfed by civil war.

However, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Dobryshevsky, said that the destination for the Russian humanitarian aid will be determined jointly by Moscow’s representatives, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Ukrainian government.

The convoy of 280 trucks dispatched on Tuesday “did not pass the ICRC certification,” Andrey Lysenko said.

Presidential aide Valery Chaliy said Kiev wants the entire cargo to be unloaded on the border and transferred to Red Cross vehicles. “We will not allow any escort of the Russian Emergencies Ministry or Russian military,” he said. “Ukraine will take responsibility for this procedure.”


Read more, and view videos, at: http://rt.com/news/179740-humanitarian-aid-russia-ukraine/
Posted by another_liberal | Tue Aug 12, 2014, 12:28 PM (74 replies)

British M.P. calls for "Israel free zone" in his district.

This the same George Galloway who recently equated Hamas with Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising:

Posted by another_liberal | Mon Aug 11, 2014, 06:47 PM (4 replies)

British M.P. equates Hamas with Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

Posted by another_liberal | Sat Aug 9, 2014, 06:27 PM (6 replies)

We are already making things worse with our air strikes in Iraq.

When I suggested only two days ago that our starting new air strikes against the Islamic State fighters in Iraq would only make matters worse for the people of Iraq, that opinion was soundly rejected by some on these boards. Sad to say, but it appears my prediction is already coming true for at least some Iraqi civilians. As noted in the article below, Islamic State authorities have rounded up hundreds of non-Sunni Iraqi women and are holding them one assumes as hostages against further air strikes. Whether these women will be executed if more strikes are made, or if they will just be used as human shields to try and deter such future strikes, there is little doubt their lives (at least) have definitely gotten worse since our decision to re-intervene.

Hundreds of Yazidi minority women taken captive by ISIS in Iraq

Hundreds of Yazidi sect women have been captured by militants from the Islamic State group, formerly known as ISIS, according to media reports citing Iraqi officials. Kamil Amin, a spokesman from Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry, says hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been taken captive. He said that the women are under 35 years old and are being held at a school in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, which is now under IS control. The ministry learned of the situation from the victims' families, AP reports.

It comes after the US carried out limited airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) artillery, which had been targeting the Kurdish capital Erbil. An end date for the strikes has not yet been established, the White House said in statement on Friday.

Some 50,000 residents of the Yazidi community have been forced to flee their homes in northern Iraq, and their capital Sinjar is now under the control Islamic State Sunni jihadists. Up to 40,000 are stuck up Mt. Sinjar, where they are surrounded by IS fighters who have threatened them with death. Many women and children, as well as the sick and elderly, have already died on the mountain from hunger and dehydration, although the US dropped some food supplies earlier on Friday.

The president of the autonomous Kurdistan region, Fuad Hussein, confirmed on Friday that IS militants now have control of the Mosul dam, the biggest in Iraq, which may give them the ability to cut off vital water and electricity supplies.


Read more at: http://rt.com/news/179104-captive-yazidi-women-iraq/

Posted by another_liberal | Sat Aug 9, 2014, 08:44 AM (106 replies)

Ukrainian Army Grad rocket mortars hit hospital in Donetsk, several killed.

This OP will likely not please those of you who are firmly set in your extreme bias against the separatists of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics. Since you seem to care nothing for the suffering of ethnic Russians and other people whose homes are in those regions, you might want to stop reading right here. Thank you.

4 killed, 18 injured as hospital, residential area shelled in Donetsk, E. Ukraine.

“The hospital became a nightmare,” said a patient who survived after a major medical institution in Donetsk was shelled by Ukrainian troops in a series of attacks on residential neighborhoods that resulted in four casualties throughout the city. “This is absurd,” 37-year old Dmitry Kozhur told AP correspondent on the ground. “We came here to keep living, but now we are risking death.”

One of the largest medical facilities in Donetsk, the Vishnevsky hospital №1, had its dentistry unit hit by a mortar shell on Thursday, with much of the second floor destroyed and burnt out as a result of the strike. “There was a sudden explosion,” witness Dr. Anna Kravtsova said. “A mortar round flew through the window.”

OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) that same day attended the hospital to register the damage done and speak with the survivors of the attack. “The SMM saw many evidently traumatized and crying civilians and medical staff,” the report reads. “Ten patients in their pajamas were outside the building. A doctor told the SMM that two civilians who had been standing outside the building at the time of the attack had been hit by shrapnel, one of whom, he said, had died.”

On top of its regular activities, the hospital has been providing treatment to civilians injured in the conflict. Several residential buildings have also been hit in the shelling. The local healthcare officials said in a statement the overall death toll was four people, while 18 were injured.


Read more, and view videos of the aftermath, at: http://rt.com/news/178868-hospital-shelling-casualties-donetsk/

Posted by another_liberal | Fri Aug 8, 2014, 07:33 AM (12 replies)
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