Ukraine - Page 3

  • #ukraine billions of dollars are frozen in offshore accounts to be transferred back


    "Our financial intelligence ... identified 42 non-resident companies registered in Cyprus, Panama, UK, Belize, Seychelles which are directly connected with Viktor Yanukovych and his closest associates. From 2010 to 2013 the above mentioned companies through the accounts opened in banks of one of the neighboring countries have transferred the total amount of 16 billion hryvnias," Yatsenyuk said.


    According to the Prime Minister, Ukraine has identified all of the above offshore companies, all the names of senior officials and their authorized persons who managed the companies and funds in cooperation with financial intelligence United States, Great Britain, Latvia, Cyprus, and Panama. The State Service for Financial Monitoring blocked the funds in the accounts of 19 non-resident companies.


    "The total amount of frozen funds constitutes 1 billion 340 million U.S. dollars," he said.


    Investigation materials were passed on to the Prosecutor General, the court's decision confirmed the arrest of these funds. "I would also like to note that a significant portion of the funds was channeled through offshore companies to purchase domestic treasury bonds of Ukraine and Ukraine paid up to 19% annual interest on the money they have stolen," he said.


    Yatsenyuk addressed the Prosecutor General, the Security Service and the courts demanding all arrested funds to be officially returned to the state budget. "We are talking about billions of dollars arrested in the accounts. We have all the evidence that it is money stolen from the Ukrainians. Therefore, we expect the completion of a court review and a very active role of the prosecution in investigation and return of the funds to the property of the Ukrainian state, " the Prime Minister said Source: Source:

  • #ukraine new pictures show that #MH17 was shot down by a Russian BUK missile


    so this is another discussion to disclose as to what happened 

  • #ukraine the international observers of the Russian-occupied 'elections' came from Russia

    the OSCE says it - but they didn't do anything else than observe and didn't check anything - as always

    there is a Belgian in that group

    On 1 November the OT observed the border crossing of a group of 23 civilians from RF to Ukraine. RF border officials later confirmed that the group were “election observers”, allegedly from eight different countries. On 3 November the OT observed the return of a group of so-called observers but could not find out more details about their number and citizenship as interaction with the group was not possible.

  • #ukraine why France should't send the Mistral warships to mad Putin

    a very good article

    there is one very good reason not to do it

    there are already enough invasions, incursions and incidents to have another batch of them with warships with special troops on them going as far as the North Sea (like a Russian Nuclear ship did lately for the first time since .... the cold war)

  • #ukraine disband the #OSCE mission NOW and send new investigators

    The OSCE is playing with his credibility in a region where there will be a high need in the future for a mutually respected and trusted institution to inspect peace agreements and make both parties to respect them

    the OSCE can't play this role anymore in Ukraine and the people of the OSCE mission in Ukraine have lost all their credibility with one of the parties to be able to pursue their mission as if nothing happened

    * they have published reports which are pure propaganda for the Russians and are only based upon Russian versions and in the presende of Russian armed military (which make an objective analysis impossible). They have refused to consider any information or proof coming from the Ukranian side.

    * they have been seen to play taxi in their cars for armed russians

    * they have been refusing to go and monitor situations at the demand of the Ukranian side

    * they have stopped the monitoring of the enormously important border with drones because they were jammed by the Russians and they didn't protest loudly enough to the international community about this sabotage

    and so one could go on

    the result is that the Ukranians on the ground don't trust the OSCE mission, don't want to work with them and don't treat or see them as neutral (and some even think that they are just Russian spy missions - which is a normal paranoia in war times if the neutrality is not self evident).

  • #ukraine we are now living on the edge of military incidents with Russia anytime anywhere

    this is the risk that Putin is making with letting his nuclear and military planes, submarines and ships test our defenses all over the world and holding exercises that are so risky that they can spill over in military incidents and conflicts anytime

    maybe it is to make it even more clear to the rest of the world that he is really unpredictable as he tries to use this 'advantage' (our fear of his total unpredictability, doing nothing of what a normal responsable leader of a big 'empire' with nuclear weapons enough to blast the whole earth 100 times to pieces is supposed to do and doing always the opposite (ignoring the crashdown of his economy) and bordering on the totally stupid (not respecting a more than honourable temporary peace in Ukraine that the West has pushed down the throat of the Ukranians)

    these are our three moments on the edge for now

    "mid-air collision with passenger plane On 3 March this year, an SAS passenger plane taking off from Copenhagen with 132 passengers bound for Rome had a close encounter with a Russian reconnaissance plane which did not transmit its position. A collision was only avoided because of good visibility and the alertness of the SAS pilots, according to the report. The incident, which happened 50 miles south-east of Malmo, in Sweden, was before the shooting down of the MH17 passenger plane over Ukraine. Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists were blamed for the July missile attack.

    Simulated cruise missile attacks on North America In early September this year, Russian strategic bombers in the Labrador Sea near Canada practised cruise missile strikes. The Russian aircraft stayed out of Canada’s airspace but it was still a provocative move in light of the Nato summit at the time, according to the report. Cruise missiles launched from the Labrador Sea would have Ottawa, New York, Washington, Chicago and America’s Norfolk naval base in range.

    Black Sea encounter On 7 September, the Canadian frigate Toronto was buzzed by a Russian aircraft in the Black Sea with the plane coming within 300 metres. The Toronto locked its radar on the Russian plane but took no further action as the Russian plane was not armed. The incident coincided with larger Russian larger naval combat training activities near Sevastopol. “Such aggressive behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have resulted in the ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of self-defence,” the report says.

    meanwhile the communicationlinks between NATO and Russia are becoming every month even more limited as one or both sides are cutting them (and Putin didn't take the phone when Obama or Merkel wanted to reach him when there was a real crisis in the Ukraine and they were having more than enough of this kind of behaviour)

  • the paranoid worldview of Putin explained by himself #ukraine

    Putin went to speak before the Valdai international club - Moscow leaning research institute - where international observers and specialists went to listen because there is no other interview or congress where we would spell out so clearly his paranoid world view - enjoy (if you can)

    "Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in Valdai International Club discussion "World Order: New Rules or No Rules?" The modern global and regional security system is seriously fragmented and deformed, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.


    "Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the existing system of global and regional security can protect us from disruption. The system is seriously weakened, shattered and deformed. International and regional institutions of political, economic and cultural cooperation are going through a very difficult period," Putin said at the plenary session of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club.


    The winners in the Cold War seem to be bent on reshaping the world so that it could better accommodate their own needs, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday in a comment on US foreign policy.


    "It looks like the so-called 'winners' of the Cold War are determined to have it all and reshape the world into a place that could better serve their interests alone," Vladimir Putin said at the 11th conference of the Valdai Discussion Forum in the Russian city of Sochi.

    "The existing system of international relations, international laws, the system of checks and balances have been therefore declared useless, obsolete and ready to be torn down," the Russian president stated.


    The period of the Cold War is over, but the peace has never been made, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

    “The ‘Cold War’ is over. But it did not end with peace. [Neither did it end with] a transparent and clear agreement on new rules and standards,” Putin said.

    The idea of "national sovereignty" has lost its significance for many nations and is interpreted as they see fit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

    "The very concept of 'national sovereignty' is regarded by many countries as something relative. The proposed formula is virtually that the more loyal a regime is to the One Center of Global Power the stronger its legitimacy is," Putin said at the 11th annual Valdai Discussion Club meeting in Sochi, Russia.

    "In a world dominated by one country and a group of its satellites, the process of 'global decision-making' often boils down to pushing through their own recipes under the guise of a universal proposal. This group has in fact become so ambitious that its solutions are now passed off as decisions made by the entire global community," the Russian president said.

    Disobedience on the international arena is punished with force, economic pressure and meddling in domestic affairs, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

    "The measures against the 'rebellious' actors are well-known and repeatedly used: forceful action, economic and propaganda pressure, interference in domestic affairs," Putin said at the 11th Valdai International Discussion Club meeting.

    Putin also mentioned that 'disobedient' governments could be displaced using "supra-legal" actors.




  • after the east-germany people 24 years ago it is now up to Ukraine to resist the Russian bear


    maybe that is the symbolic message that Putin wants to send us

    with Gorba playing the good cop warning for the bad cop Putin

    pfff that shouldn't impress us much - as we never have let Berlin since the liberation fall into the hands of Russia - even when Stalin blocked it during months and the US had to organize the biggest airlift  ever with coal and food to keep a capital city with hundreds of thousands of people alive

    there are still some people who think that we may make peace with Putin and that we don't have to stand up to get a real peace deal and that we have to accept his 'interests' and his 'demands' to be able to guarantee peace in the Balkan and elsewhere in Eastern Europe

  • #ukraine new big and small russian trucks and missiles arriving at Donetsk

    the winter is starting and so Russia needs to intervene now and put down their lines that they want to hold because it is much harder to fight in the winter - just like the last big Russian intervention - this was the last possible weekend for a real invasion - and Putin didn't hesitate

    let Gorbachev chose the role of puppet and showmaster in Berlin this weekend and talk about peace but also how right Putin is because Russia was betrayed and so on

    tanks on the way from Rostov

    Putin is sending all kinds of troops and missiles in Ukraine and to the border with Ukraine

     the big missiles ready to enter Ukraine at the border (or already in ukraine depending on source)

    and one of the more recent columns of military trucks and armor 


    if this ain't war and invasion

    than i don't know what is

  • #ukraine the (un)known (un)knowns of the speculation against the Ruble Maginot defense line

    "The ruble weakened to a record as Russia’s central bank moved a step closer to allowing the currency to trade freely in an effort to shake out speculators.


    The currency slid as much as 3.1 percent against the dollar before trading 1.4 percent lower at 44.2255 by 3:07 p.m. in Moscow. The ruble pared declines after the central bank’s First Deputy Governor Ksenia Yudaeva said further interest-rate increases have not been ruled out. Three-month implied volatility for the currency soared to a five-year high, while wagers for higher borrowing costs fell.


    Russia spent about $30 billion to shore up the ruble in October as oil’s slide and U.S. and European sanctions over Ukraine worsened the world’s worst currency rout. The Bank of Russia said today it was abandoning its predictable intervention policy to hamper “speculative strategies” against the currency. It also freed itself up to sell foreign currency at undisclosed quantities to defend against “threats” to the nation’s financial stability.

    I have seen this time and time again before we had the Euro and it made speculators like Soros very rich at the time. National currencies were defended by the Central Banks at a certain rate and than speculators tested it all the time, making lots of money at the same time. It was for this reason that over the weekend national currencies (Belgian franc, french franc, Italian Lire,....) were devaluated and than defended at that level by all the central banks which together had enough money to defend the currency. 

    And at the time these national currencies had a fixed exchange rate or one that the banks said publicly they wanted to hold. That is the known known (everybody knows it). The second known known the speculators have to know is the number of resources the central bank has at its disposal (publicly published lately for Russia). The known unknown is in how far China - the only other international rich player which may be willing to help Russia at this moment - is willing to give new loans to Russia to defend its currency. But this maybe a known known to speculators who have bought or got internal or confidential private political and financial analysis by their investigators (called analysts). The unknown known is if the Russian national bank lets its currency float how much lower the currency may sink and how much the speculators may lose, this is their unknown risk. And it is an unknown unknown to the speculators - as long as somebody has not sold that information or some analysts have figured it out - how low the currency may sink if it is floated. And it is basd on this description of what is known and what is unknown and what is possible that speculators are winning or losing (big) money lately with their attacks against the Maginot line of the Ruble.

    Why ? Because the Russian Central Bank has spoken so freely of its policy and its resources that there is little that is unknown now.  Even a fake reversal of the trend didn't last long enough because it was known known that this was of no importance. As long as Russia is preparing for war and the war drums are becoming louder and louder in their national media, the prospect of investing in a country in which the leadership seems adrift and disconnected from economic and international reality (which is a known known) makes you take your money and run from the known unknown (what can happen next without running into a new global war in Eastern Europe like some more troops in Ukraine but not enough to make the US send tanks over) and the unknown unknown ( these kinds of local conflicts with different international powers at different sides of the conflict can go out of control and spark the possibilities of a greater or longer conflict with a bigger regional or international impact over a longer period of time). 

    And if banks hate one thing now - after the crisis in 2008 - than it is to have enormous 'positions' (some many rubles for a dollar or so many Russian bonds or shares) that may turn out to bring enormous losses for which they have again look for new money to buffer those to pass any stress test or to be credible on the international financial market. 

  • #ukraine Maidan film coming : all things ablaze

    it is just impossible to even write such a film and if you could write to direct it and even if you would direct it to make it as believable as the days and nights we sat before the computer watching streams and cams and videos and just thinking, let them win, don't die, don't give up

  • The Polish armed forces to buy Mini-drones

    they will stay 30 minutes in the air and have a range of 3km

    in fact they will become the eyes and ears of the troops on the ground as they advance

    expect our eastern borders in a few years to be full of drones and cameras and borders and smart borders

  • Russian hackers continue to publish secretive mails and documents from officials

    This is one example but the last weeks they have been very busy

    "Today we publish the correspondence of one of the arrays of heads of the Secretariat of Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov. By its functionality officer whose arrays we publish, oversees banking and prepares for the Deputy Prime Minister Shuvalov Help analytical notes and other similar documentation. Basically, in the arrays present informal business correspondence. Since the spring of 2014, began to appear in the correspondence negative scenarios on the Russian banking sector. By October 2014 participants pessimism correspondence, are certainly aware of the people became even more.
    We decided to publish these arrays. We think that our readers, including a sufficient number of people versed in economics and in the processes occurring there, themselves can draw conclusions. Besides banking, are present in the arrays, and other topics
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  • will Hung(a)ry become a playmate of Putin in the desemberement of #ukraine

    who said that the game was over, doesn't know Putin

    Putin is a KGB men inside out

    the KGB is known to have patience - enormously much patience - they believe that over time everything will fall into place and they just have to adjust a little her and a little there (and sometimes crush some protests violently but after that they can go back to the normal daily repression)

    So during the first offensive a week ago - and in 2008 - Putin tried to get the Hungarians involved and that didn't work at those times. Who knows now because he is developing a new more subtle strategy.

    We are entering very dangerous times and pressure is mounting and nobody has really noticied.

    "At present, and to lay the groundwork for further action, Segodnya says, Moscow should be actively supporting Rusin culture and language, providing humanitarian assistance targeted at the Rusins, promoting stories about them in Russian media and especially channels directed at foreign countries, and bringing pressure to bear on Kyiv to create a Rusin autonomy by raising this issue with Ukrainian officials and in talks with the leaders of other countries. “In the Rusin question,” the article insists, “Russia must not compete with Hungary. It will be more constructive to set up a common humanitarian strategy and a common cultural discourse about Trans-Carpathia.” Hungary will take the lead in public; Russia need “only send humanitarian impulses signaling the readiness of Russia to support the protection of Rusin culture and make it an object of serious research.”

    It appears increasingly likely that Russia will use Hungary as a cover to destabilize the situation in western Ukraine in the coming weeks, escaping blame or even attention until it may be too late, as was the case in Crimea. Consequently, even hints like these need to be tracked with care.[tt_news]=43042&tx_ttnews[backPid]=7&cHash=2689517926e9c29e02a775b5a81a9d81#.VFlKEcnkD3U

  • life in the Russian troll factory about #ukraine

    "W: We worked 12-hour shifts for two days with two days off. A blogger’s quota is 10 posts a day, 750 characters each, a commenter has to write 126 comments and two posts. A blogger has three accounts to manage. You have to distribute the 10 assignments between them. An assignment consists of a talking point, most often news, and a conclusion you should reach. So you have to fit the solution to the answer. Roughly, you write that you’ve baked tasty pies which means that life in Russia is great and Putin is a good guy. Visit Russia Today’s website – all our assignments are ther

    but bloggers and twitters and others should take care about one other thing that is in the interview

    they had also to stirr up things under posts with which they didn't agree and get the poster or blogger to react and to keep him busy or react stupidly

    just ignore them

    that costs them money and spares you time

    they are paid in cash (and 200 dollars a month which seems to be good money in Russia)

  • an interesting discussion about Russian desinformation campaigns under Putin

    this is what we have been hearing the last year and will be faced with the next few weeks and months

    and look at it desinformation is very very scientifically build

    and the Belgian media is very bad in responding to it (just copy paste journalism)

    for example lately : Separatists won elections at the donbass (what is wrong is that these were not really elections under any democratic definition of election and secondly only separatists could participate, so whoever won, the separatists would always have won). What was more interesting was turnout and that didn't seem to great if you watched the boxes being counted if you know that normally that there are hundreds of thousands of people living there).

  • #ukraine prepares for war again - this time they will be prepared

    follow the events on twitter with more than 300 twitter sources as we are going into what could be some very important days and weeks ahead (like it or not)

    The Russians are also preparing for war, expecting also an air offensive

    and meanwhile in Europe

    "Mogherini said the EU would assess whether to strengthen or ease sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in Ukraine depending on the situation on the ground.

    "This is a process that is going to go on in the coming weeks," she said, when asked if Russia's response to Sunday's rebel ballot could trigger stiffer sanctions against Moscow.

    The situation in Ukraine will be addressed at the next EU foreign ministers' meeting on Nov. 17, she said.

    "...I would say the main topic of discussion today should be ... how do we make sure that we find a solution to the conflict?" the former Italian foreign minister said.

    by than we could have a bloody war at our doorsteps, so isn't this a bit late or did you plan a holiday maybe ?

    a bbc documentary

    part of the daily dose of warmongering on Russian tv, here in an Orthodox Christian program (very very strange)

    when people start to talk about waging a kind of religious war for religious values and can speak freely on tv without even being questioned or contradicted they can say whatever nonsense

    oh yes and the result is that even kids are now in Russia participating in paramilitary training camps

    but at the same day the national unity day didn't have that success - if you didn't look at the russian tv that is

    and this is a correspondent from Russia Today in action