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EU welcomes end of Ukrainian protestors’ City Hall occupation

Posted by seumasach on February 17, 2014

Another CIA destabilization campaign bites the dust and so the Ukraine won’t be getting the IMF programme after all. Meanwhile a forlorn “Yats and Klitsch” plead with EU for assistance and ending of visa controls. The Europeans need to reflect on the idiocy of their intervention in this crisis and how someone like Ashton could become their foreign policy spokeswoman.

Euractiv

17th February, 2014

Ukrainian opposition protesters ended a two-month occupation of the City Hall in Kyiv yesterday (16 February), reaching an amnesty offer aimed at easing a stand-off over President Viktor Yanukovich’s rule. The Commission president, José Manuel Barroso, welcomed the move.

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Ukraine president agrees to coalition government

Posted by seumasach on February 13, 2014

“Yats” and “Klitsch”, the State Department’s point men in Ukraine are driving a hard bargain, nothing short of “all power to Yats and Klitsch”. However, it doesn’t look as if this is a true reflection of the balance of forces and Obama backing a neo-fascist coup in Ukraine remains an unlikely scenario since it would destroy at one fell swoop his entire foreign policy agenda over Iran, Syria and Palestine. This, however, could perfectly well be the goal of certain elements within the USA dismayed by Obama’s rapprochement with Russia.

PressTV

13th February, 2014

Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych has agreed to appoint a coalition government with the participation of opposition leaders.

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Up in arms: Congress considers war powers in Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on February 11, 2014

Examiner

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H. Res. 447, a resolution supporting Ukraine‘s protesters in a move to swing the Eastern nation toward the West.

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Ukraine In Lockdown Amidst Swine Flu Scare

Posted by seumasach on November 9, 2009

Martial law was effectively declared in the Ukraine last week by unpopular President Victor Yushchenko after an outbreak of what health officialsdescribed as flu and respiratory infections. The outbreak has reportedly already infected hundreds of thousands of people in the western regions of the country. In response, the office of the President on November 6 floated the idea of postponing the presidential election until May of next year.

The New American

8th November, 2009

Yushchenko claimed that “unlike similar epidemics in other countries, three pathogens of viral infections came to Ukraine at the same time: two of them are seasonal flu and the third is the A/H1N1.” He added that “such a combination of infections due to mutation may produce a new, even more aggressive virus,” that “the A/H1N1 virus is easily mutating,” and that “the virus has become particularly pathogenic.” However, some analysts have suggested the true culprit is in fact a political struggle among diverse factions and politicians vying for power.

Health officials reported on November 5 that 95 people have died of flu and respiratory infections due to the outbreak. So far only about 20 cases of swine flu have reportedly been confirmed in the country of about 40 million people. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that it is assuming that the outbreak was caused by the H1N1 swine flu virus. Several nations includingSlovakia have all but shut down border crossings with Ukraine in an attempt to contain the infections while the Ukrainian government appeals for international aid.

Ukrainian health officials on November 6 claimed on the ministry’s website that over 800,000 people had been infected with some sort of acute respiratory ailment, and that at least three deaths were linked to the swine flu. Some news reports have claimed the number of confirmed swine flu deaths is actually above 10. But the outbreak is showing signs of easing, according to the Deputy Health Minister.

However, the government still responded with a heavy hand. The “National Security and Defense Council should become the center of decision-making,” said Ukrainian President Yushchenko in astatement, referring to an executive body composed of the President, the Prime Minister, the Minster of Defense, the Foreign Minister, the chief of the security service, and the Minister of the Interior. “Failure to comply with its orders will immediately result in application to the law enforcement authorities…. For not a single moment you will be left alone by the state.”

A quarantine has been imposed on at least nine provinces of the country, while the government announced that all schools would be closed for at least three weeks due to the infections. Large public gatherings, churches, and even movie theaters have been banned temporarily, while the President is urging all citizens to be vaccinated and the criminal prosecution of resisters.

The President is also seeking to use the circumstances in a bid to squash political opposition and prosecute certain government officials for their alleged negligence in allowing citizens to travel and assemble. Though the World Health Organization has praised the draconian measures, many high-ranking Ukrainian officials including the Prime Minister have condemned the fear mongering and accompanying government response.

There is clearly a lot of uncertainty about the current situation in Ukraine, as evidenced by the contradictory news reports and official statements emanating from the country. But as the dust settles, the truth will hopefully rise to the surface. In the mean time, Ukrainian citizens should resist the tyrannical edicts being imposed upon them and demand that the presidential election be held as planned.

Update: Ukrainian president sees no need for swine flu state of emergency

http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=2201592#ixzz0WN78OGdA
Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko said yesterday he did not see any reason to impose a state of emergency over the flu epidemic in the country. “No, there are no such reasons. I do not want the country to stand motionless and to limit its vital activity,” Mr. Yushchenko told the Ukrainian 5 TV channel. According to the Ukrainian health ministry, an epidemic of flu and respiratory infections has now taken 144 lives in the country, with 43,762 people hospitalized and more than 930,000 recorded ill since the start of the epidemic in the late October. The country has reported 32 cases of swine flu including 14 deaths connected with the H1N1 virus.

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Russia-Ukraine Gas War: Europe’s Winter of Discontent

Posted by seumasach on January 21, 2009

Eric Wallberg

Global Research

20th January, 2009

More tricks and hot air from across the Atlantic leave Europeans in the cold

A hurried resolution to the Ukraine-Russia gas war was reached during a visit to Moscow by Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko to meet with her Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin this week. Ukraine finally agreed to pay higher European prices for Russian gas from 2010, after a 20 per cent discount in 2009.

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Russia to open a ‘second front’ in gas war

Posted by seumasach on January 17, 2009

“Timoshenko said the priority task for Ukraine was to resume gas transit to Europe to avoid further deterioration of the country’s image as well possible destruction of the pipeline system.

She also blamed corrupt political forces in Ukraine for disrupting gas negotiations between Kiev and Moscow.”

Russia Today

17th January, 2009

Russia and its partners are reaching agreements that may finally unblock gas supplies to Europe. At the same time Moscow is also forging ahead with planned pipeline routes that will bypass Ukraine.

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Ukraine blocks gas after Russia turns taps on

Posted by seumasach on January 14, 2009

Whereas in the war for “democracy” against Nazism you just couldn’t get the US to open a second front, now they’re opening a new one every day.

Telegraph

13th January, 2009

A spokesman for Ukraine’s state gas company Naftogaz said that it had blocked the transit of gas to Europe after it was turned back on because of “unacceptable transit conditions” imposed by the Russian energy giant Gazprom.

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Ukraine’s pro-Western government on brink of collapse

Posted by seumasach on September 3, 2008

Yahoo
KIEV (AFP) – The party of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko decided to quit the pro-Western governing coalition on Wednesday, plunging Ukraine into a new political crisis as relations with Russia worsened.
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