Ukraine, April 2014
Moscow calls for immediate release of the OSCE observers detained by protesters last week in eastern Ukraine, but cannot influence decisions made by local militia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
Russia will stand firm to prevent bloodshed in Ukraine and defend the rights of Ukrainian people by all available legal means, Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, said in an interview with The Voice of Russia radio Wednesday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has urged the Ukrainian authorities to stop their bellicose rhetoric and launch inter-Ukrainian dialogue with the purpose of reaching national accord instead.
The US geopolitical strategies of: isolation; "projecting US power by force"; destabilization; economic manipulation (sanctions); regime change; military expansion through the use of surrogate countries surreptitiously annexed by NATO; the continued demonization and attempted "isolation" of Russia through the use of the old and tired Cold War bogeyman and the current onslaught of anti-Russian propaganda, lies and reverse blame, are all backfiring on the increasingly aggressive, irrational and dangerous war hungry Washington planners.
The United States and Europe are looking for new tools to press Russia over Ukraine. The West claims that the Kremlin has actively intervened in Ukraine and by doing so allegedly provoked an acute crisis fraught with all-out civil war.
A statement by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) claims that Russia is "experiencing recession now" because of damage caused by the Ukrainian crisis. Earlier, the fund cut its growth forecast for Russia, and said that $100bn would leave the country this year.
Everyone willing to act as an observer at the forthcoming independence referendum in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk is free to do so, the election chief of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Roman Lyagin told RIA Novosti Wednesday. "There is a plenty of organizations and entities willing to oversee the [electoral] process, and we, undoubtedly, are interested in the international recognition of our plebiscite," he said. "We are not inviting anyone and not rejecting anyone, so all entities willing to oversee the process will surely have such an opportunity."
The Voice of Russia is attempting to look at the hidden agenda of the Ukrainian crisis. Mr. Turchinov, the acting President of the country, is a Baptist pastor with links to the neo-pentacostal religious group; the acting prime minister Mr. Yatsenyuk, is said to belong to the scientology movement; Greek Catholics have been prominent in Maidan and have played a prominent role along with a number of the so-called new religious movements. How come the different religious groups are pursuing a common political goal?
The Central Election Commission of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic has set up over 2,000 polling stations and 55 electoral commissions for the upcoming referendum, the head of the Election Commission told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
Russia has blocked OSCE attempts to discuss Kiev's complaint against Russian military activity near Ukrainian borders, Russia's permanent envoy to OSCE Andrei Kelin said Wednesday.
A group of about 30 Ukraine federalization supporters walked into the building of the Alchevsk city council (Lugansk region) on Wednesday, Interfax reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed in a phone conversation with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi the situation in Ukraine and the necessity for all concerned parties to respect this month's Geneva agreement, the Kremlin said Wednesday.
Tactical special drills due in Kiev in the early hours of May 1 will be conducted by the State Security Department, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.
The eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk will not vote in the May 25 presidential election in Ukraine if the majority of residents support independence in a referendum two weeks earlier, a protest leader said Wednesday.
Japan joins anti-Russia sanctions, does not make the list public, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency warns of satnav issues over Ukraine, Domestic perception of Russia’s army changes, US space restrictions against Russia may backfire, Deadline for Israel-Palestine peace talks passes, Afghanistan claims U.S., British have secret prisons on their bases: these are the stories in today’s world press digest brought to you by The Voice of Russia’s Global Discussion.
I want to show my solidarity and support tothe Russian Federation and the veterans who fought for freedom of not only their own country. Even though Russia had the highest number of casualties in World War II against Nazi Germany, they never used this against the German Federal Republic for any political reasons. This is why I think that one, especially a German, has to recognize and honor the sacrifices Russia has shouldered,to free itself and therefore Germany of Nazism. Robert Rupp, Germany
The president of Russia’s Rosneft oil company Igor Sechin, targeted by the latest round of US sanctions over events in Ukraine, believes his blacklisting among other Russian officials confirms that Rosneft is a highly efficient company. "As French politician Charles Maurice de Talleyrand has it, whatever is excessive is insignificant," Sechin told the Izvestia daily.
Syria's Assad aim at presidential elections is not to allow US, EU to overthrow gov't like in Ukraine - expert
Acting Ukrainian foreign minister Andrey Deshchytsya has asked for a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss the release of military experts from an OSCE mission in Slavyansk, the Donetsk region.