All posts tagged: Kiev

Kiev’s Ivan Kudrya Street to become John McCain Street

Alex Boxman Pyotr Poroshenko’s recent proposal to change the name of Kiev’s Ivan Kudrya street to John McCain Street betrays the hidden Nazi agenda among Ukraine’s junta. Ivan Kudrya was Soviet Kiev’s hero during the fight against the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War (Second World War). He was an essential figure in the Kiev Resistance: he blew up a movie theatre full of German soldiers, derailed trains and when caught, was tortured and killed by the Gestapo. He also fought against the Western Ukrainian nationalists and Nazi collaborators. Their descendants and followers now, those who want to “cleanse” Donbass and pro-Russian South-Eastern Ukraine, want to remove his name (along with the memory of that anti-fascist resistance) from Ukraine’s history books, which they are re-writing. This time they have gone as far as suggesting that had the Germans not been “provoked” by the Resistance (and people like Ivan Kudrya) then tragedies such as Babi Yar (where the German Nazis killed 150 thousand Jews) supposedly wouldn’t have happened, as the Nazis wouldn’t have had to retaliate! …

VIDEO: Saakashvili threatens to jump off roof in Kiev before being detained

The ever-grotesque situation in Ukraine took another nose dive into farce today as Mikhail Saakashvili, ex-president of Georgia and governor of Odessa, climbed to the roof of his eight storey apartment building in Kiev and threatened to jump – for no very obvious reason. His rash action was apparently precipitated by the arrival of the Ukrainian Security Service (the SBU) to search his home as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, in which Saakashvili is charged with attempting to “oust the Ukrainian authorities”. According to some unsourced claims both Saakashvili and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have accused each other of being Russian agents. Presumably at least one of them is wrong.

War in Donbass: 3,600 Civilians Killed by Ukrainian Forces and Neo-Nazi Militia since Minsk II Agreement

by Theo Russell, from Global Reasearch According to figures obtained from the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) authorities, since the February 2015 Minsk II agreement over 3,600 civilians have died in the republic due to shelling, sniper and other attacks by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The DPR, along with the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), broke away from Ukraine in May 2014 following ‘status referendums’, and on 24 May the two separatist republics signed an agreement creating a confederation, Novorossiya, but the region is more widely known as the Donbass. After the February 2014 coup in Kiev, an ‘Anti-Maidan’ movement rapidly grew in the largely Russian-speaking Donbass, Odessa and Crimea regions, which sought to prevent the far-right groups which hijacked in the ‘Euromaidan’ protests entering their towns and cities. Their fears were confirmed by the Odessa Trade Union House fire on 2 May 2014, in which at least 50 Anti-Maidan supporters died when the building was surrounded by a far-right mob and petrol-bombed. There are reports of civilian casualties caused by Ukrainian strikes on the rebel …

Video: Protests in Kiev as US VP Biden visits

Still from the video below. Protesters rallied in front of Ukraine’s Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada [as US VP Joe Biden was addressing it] in Kiev, Tuesday, to demand the resignation of the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. RT in Russian reported: In Kiev, activists lined up along the route of the motorcade of US Vice President Joe Biden with signs reading “Biden go home” and “U.S. — evil Empire”, with videos of the action being shared on the internet. According to the activists, representatives of the security service tried to prevent the demonstration, seized the large banners and then with threats forced the protesters to disperse.

How Kiev Silenced Ukraine’s Biggest Opposition Newspaper

A two pronged campaign of heavy-handed harrassment, obstruction, demonization and intimidation by government and radicals stretching over 15 months couldn’t silence the paper or its chief editor, Igor Guzhva, until a deal was struck with the oligarch owner of the paper to change course and get rid of Guzhva, who was hit with an avalanche of financial violations charges as revenge.

UN Condemns Ukrainian Government Cover-Ups

by Eric Zuesse On September 18th, the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights headlined “Statement of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns Ukraine: Lives lost in an accountability vacuum,” and condemned there the current Ukrainian Government in strong language, regarding not only the coup which had brought them to power in February 2014, but regarding also the massacre of the people who on 2 May 2014 had been peacefully demonstrating in Odessa against the coup. Specifically, the ongoing cover-ups by the Ukrainian Government concerning both of these matters were condemned by him. The High Commissioner, Christof Heyns, said: By allowing almost immediate access of the scene to ‘pro-unity’ protesters, members of the public or to municipal authorities, investigators lost a large proportion of potentially valuable forensic evidence. Meanwhile I am worried by indications that the Government has significantly reduced the size of the team investigating these events in the past year, before it has had an opportunity to report. The slow progress of the investigation and the …

Chaos in Kiev as “Financial Maidan” Turns Violent

by Vaska Thursday, May 21, clashes took place in downtown Kiev, where crowds protesting the soaring cost of private loans and the economic crisis Ukraine’s been plunged into since the coup last year set fire to car tires and tried to break into the parliament building. So far, the protests have been contained by the riot police. The “Financial Maidan” movement has been active for several months in Kiev, with demonstrations near the Parliament and the National Bank. Their demands include refunds for those with deposits in banks hit worst by the crisis. They also demand resignation of the country’s Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk and Finance Minister Natalya Yaresko – a former US State Department employee. At least 11 “Financial Maidan” activists were into their fourth day of a hunger strike next to the Parliament building Thursday. One of them has been taken to hospital.

Ukraine’s ‘Secret Weapon’ Fires at Will. His own.

What happens when Vladimir Putin takes a media exposure break? It is the news every hour. What happens when Igor Kolomoisky WSJ-proclaimed as Ukraine’s Secret Weapon, raids the country’s main pipeline operator? No news there. Video of Kolomoisky’s raiders arriving at Ukrtransnafta headquarters So it is meticulously not reported by the “free world” media. It must have been the strong language the Dnepropetrovsk’s don used, when exiting the building his men took over Thursday evening. Or in the simple fact that the state of Ukraine is increasingly a ‘fact’ which is not reportable due to its withering. Here is a transcript of the final part of the video: I just wanted to see you. Your fucking face. There are no other opportunities to see you, Radio Liberty. You don’t ask how this raider seizure occurred in Ukrtransnafta? And about how Russian saboteurs got here, huh? Why aren’t you asking about it? Huh? Or you fucking needed to see Kolomoiskiy? We were freeing the building of Ukrtransnafta from Russian saboteurs. Who seized it. And you with …

Land rush

Hot on the heels of Kiev’s tanks came… Joe Biden’s shale mining equipment: “These vehicles were brought here in June, at the time the tanks arrived in Metalist and started shelling the town. We think they expected to seize swiftly the Southeast, the Donbass in particular, and start mining the shale gas.” And the report ends in this curious way: Even now, during the ceasefire, it is not really safe to be here. As locals told us, in the evening, the Ukrainian Armed Forces and National Guard volunteer battalions start shooting at each other.

Better late…

What Glenn Greenwald has to say on his latest piece in The Intercept came as a great surprise to me. An excerpt: Russian President Vladimir Putin has long said that the Ukrainian coup of last year, and the subsequent regime in Kiev, is driven by ultra-nationalists, fascists, and even neo-Nazi factions. The Russian TV outlet RT also frequently refers to “the active role far-right groups have played on the pro-government side in Ukraine since the violent coup of the last year.” For that reason, anyone pointing out that arming the regime in Kiev would strengthen fascists and neo-Nazis is instantly accused of being a Putin propagandist: exactly like those arguing that the best anti-Assad fighters were al-Qaeda-affiliated were accused of being Assad propagandists (until that became the official position of the US Government). U.S. media accounts invariably depict the conflict in Ukraine as a noble struggle waged by the freedom-loving, pro-west democrats in Kiev against the oppressive, aggressive “Russian-backed” separatists in the east. And the final sentence: it is vital that the true nature of America’s allies in this conflict be understood. Clapper …