All posts tagged: Odessa

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.

VIDEO: Ukraine’s nationalists clash with police in Odessa

Still from the video below, showing a far-right protester pepper-spraying the police. Dozens of far-right activists clashed with police outside the House of Trade Unions in Odessa on Sunday, as they tried to disrupt a demonstration of anti-government protesters who had gathered to celebrate the city’s ‘Liberation Day.’ [from the Nazis, by the Red Army on April 10 1944] The nationalists in military fatigue exchanged blows with police and National Guard, before being repeatedly pepper sprayed as officers tried to regain control of the situation.  

Ukraine Governor: US to Pay Employee Salaries, Train Police

by Systematic Mikhail Saakashvili was appointed governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region on May 30. (Photo: TASS) TeleSUR reports: Georgia’s former President Mikhail Saakashvili said on Facebook the United States would financially back his team and send police to train officers. Ukraine’s governor of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili, wrote that the U.S. government would allocate money for the salaries of his new team on his Facebook page Monday. The former Georgian president also added that the California police will train his region’s officers. “Within the framework of Odessa’s anti-corruption pressure, the U.S. government agreed to provide funds for the salaries of the new team of [Mikhail] Saakashvili,” Saakashvili posted on his Facebook page after the meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Saakashvili has been accused of war crimes and criminal charges in his native Georgia. His appointment as governor of the Odessa region was viewed by many as a provocation toward Russia. U.S. Ambassador Pyatt has been largely supportive of Saakashvili. Russia Today reported that earlier in July Pyatt said that the …

New Breakaway Republic in Ukraine to Join Donetsk and Luhansk Republics?

by Eric Zuesse A group of residents in the region of Odessa, one of Ukraine’s largest cities, is trying to break away from the Ukrainian government that was formed after the coup in Kiev in February 2014. As the first anniversary approaches of the May 2, 2014 massacre by U.S.-backed Ukrainian government thugs against pamphleteers in Odessa’s Trade Unions Building who had opposed the 22 February 2014 coup in Ukraine, there has been forming in Odessa a movement for complete independence from the U.S.-coup-imposed Kiev regime. Ukraine’s U.S.-imposed regime’s response is to crush this incipient movement before word of its existence can even get out to the rest of the world. The Mariupol atrocity and the May 2nd massacre in Odessa sparked Ukraine’s civil war by terrifying all Ukrainians who respected Russian culture and who considered themselves to be part of it (and such Ukrainians are the numeric majority in the southeastern half of Ukraine). It showed them that the rabidly anti-Russian regime, with its tolerance for and co-operation with nazis* and Ukrainian fascists, which had recently been installed by the U.S., was seeking nothing less …