Incident with snipers in Kiev to be analyzed by emissary of UN Human Rights The incident with the snipers during protests in Kiev will be considered by assistant head of the UN Human Rights Ivan Šimonović during his trip to Ukraine told reporters on Friday, the official Representative of the organization Martin Nesirky.
Armed extremists kill hostages in Yarmouk camp near Damascus Armed extremist grouping the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant /ISIS/ has massacred captured Palestinian fighters in the refugee camp Yarmouk, near Damascus, an official representative of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – Special Command (PFLP-SC), Anwar Raja reports. He has not mentioned the exact number of victims.
The decision by the European Union to provide massive economic aid to Ukraine comes after the crisis around Crimea began. Huge figures have been mentioned, the European Commission talks about 15 billion euros. The new Ukarinian government wants more, however: new prime minister Arsenyi Yatsenyuk is asking for 35 billion euros over the next two years.
As the EU and the IMF are offering an 11 billion euros aid package for Ukraine, the US secretary of state John Kerry is threatening Russia with economic, political and diplomatic isolation. The reason is the crisis around the autonomous republic of Crimea, where the local authorities are defying the orders of the new government in Kiev – with some support from Russia.
The Ukrainian mass media have distorted the words of Russian permanent chairman to UN Vitaliy Churkin, having announced that Russia is planning to break off diplomatic relations with Ukraine. In fact, Mr. Churkin was just speaking about the conditions of bilateral high-level political contacts and the questionable legitimacy of the current Ukranian Government. This is not the first time when Ukrainian journalists have falsified information regarding Russia, and such biased coverage of events escalates the conflict, said Radio VR’s political analyst Dmitry Babich. He is also sure that contradictions between Russian and Ukrainian mass media will not lead to clashes between the two brotherly nations.
"I am sure that Crimea will now legally through democratic referendum join Russia and it certainly complies with international law. Here we have to understand that in this situation there has been violent coup which has been sponsored by the USA and European Union and the countries of European Union. With this coup they have de facto the constitution of Ukraine that is not enforced anymore," Jon Hellevig, a Finnish lawyer, told The Voice of Russia.
The US is planning to replace Russia as Ukraine’s main gas supplier by selling fracked gas to Ukraine. America is quickly trying to pull together its plan to start exporting natural gas resources to Europe by using the Ukraine as its cash cow. Energy diplomacy could simply spell out more profits for America to rake in, while Ukraine’s crisis is perceived as an opportunity to make monetary gains on the nation as part of the Obama Administration’s trail to greed.
The European Union is ready to provide financial assistance to Ukraine. Brussels will allocate 11 billion euros over 7 years. But Kiev will receive this money only if it carries out reforms, which the IMF insists on. Another condition may be Ukraine's joining the free trade zone with the EU. But this step eliminates all of Kiev’s attempts to overcome the crisis and could completely destroy the country’s manufacturing and agricultural industry, economists fear.
Henry Kissinger said he had seen four wars begun with great enthusiasm and public support, all of which the parties involved did not know how to end.The test of policy is how it ends, not how it begins.Far too often the Ukrainian issue is posed as a showdown: whether Ukraine joins the East or the West. But if Ukraine is to survive and thrive, it must not be either side's outpost against the other - it should function as a bridge between them, the former US State Secretary, Henry Kissinger, says.
China is ready for playing a constructive role in a political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a news conference on Saturday. "The development of the situation in Ukraine has its reasons and causes regret. The Ukrainian issue reflects the country's complicated history. The more complicated an issue is, the more accurate measures should be used to settle it," the foreign minister said. "China calls for protection of Ukrainian all ethnic groups' legal rights and interests, for support of stability in the region and for restraint for the purposes of preventing escalation of the tension."
Facebook has announced a major crackdown on illegal gun sales. Yielding to fierce pressure from lobbying groups to alter its policy on firearm-related commercial activity the giant social network is attempting a series of measures in relation to gun-related posts. The policy will also extend to Facebook-owned Instagram. Chelsea Parsons, Associate Director of Crime and Firearms Policy at the Center for American Progress, comments.
Moscow will respond should the European Union decide to impose sanctions against Russians. "Russia will not accept such language of sanctions and threats, but, in the event of their implementation in practice they will not be left without a response," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary posted on its website.
The Russian Air Force is getting down to the official testing of their T-50 fifth-generation jetfighter in what is evidence that the aircraft is actually ready and can soon be passed into service. The T-50 flight tests have been scheduled to start at the Akhtubinsk flight test centre in March or April this year.
The Chelyabinsk meteor is full of mysteries. Scientists from Nizhny Novgorod have found natural magnesium-iron nanocrystals while studying the fragments of the meteor. This can give new information about the nature of nanomaterials and the conditions of their natural formation. Dmitry Pavlov, one of the scientists and the authors of the research, gave an interview to "The Voice of Russia".