News from Ukraine on May 15, 2014 U.S., UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa

Ukrainian World Congress calls

for worldwide boycott of goods made in Russia

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is calling for a worldwide boycott of goods made in Russia in response to Russia’s brazen aggression against Ukraine.

Russia is persistently violating international conventions with its attempts to take control of Ukraine’s territory. This was first evidenced by the illegal and forceful annexation of Crimea which, even according to the statistics of the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights, was supported by only 15 30% of voters.

In addition, with the goal of disrupting the Presidential Elections on 25 May 2014 in Ukraine, Russia’s special forces and accomplices are instigating brutal acts of violence and provocations in Eastern and Southern Ukraine, including the illegal referendums in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts on 11 May 2014.

In view of the foregoing, the UWC is calling for a worldwide boycott of goods made in Russia until such time as Russia respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine in accordance with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances.

“The Ukrainian World Congress condemns Russia’s imperialist actions against Ukraine and calls on the international community to support this boycott for Russia to respect its international commitments and to ensure peace, security and stability in Europe,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.

The UWC is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The UWC has member organizations in 33 countries and ties with Ukrainians in 14 additional countries. Founded in 1967, the UWC was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status.

14 May 2014

Mitchell A. Orenstein

Putin’s Western Allies

Why Europe’s Far Right Is on the Kremlin’s Side

Given that one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stated reasons for invading Crimea was to prevent “Nazis” from coming to power in Ukraine, it is perhaps surprising that his regime is growing closer by the month to extreme right-wing parties across Europe. But, in both cases, Putin’s motives are not primarily ideological. In Ukraine, he simply wants to grab territory that he believes rightly belongs to him. In the European Union, he hopes that his backing of fringe parties will destabilize his foes and install in Brussels politicians who will be focused on dismantling the EU rather than enlarging it.

In Hungary, for example, Putin has taken the Jobbik party under his wing. The third-largest party in the country, Jobbik has supporters who dress in Nazi-type uniforms, spout anti-Semitic rhetoric, and express concern about Israeli “colonization” of Hungary. The party has capitalized on rising support for nationalist economic policies, which are seen as an antidote for unpopular austerity policies and for Hungary’s economic liberalization in recent years. Russia is bent on tapping into that sentiment. In May 2013, Kremlin-connected right-wing Russian nationalists at the prestigious Moscow State University invited Jobbik party president Gabor Vona to speak. Vona also met with Russia Duma leaders including Ivan Grachev, chairman of the State Duma Committee for Energy and Vasily Tarasyuk, deputy chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources and Utilization, among others. On the Jobbik website, the visit is characterized as “a major breakthrough” which made “clear that Russian leaders consider Jobbik as a partner.” In fact, there have been persistent rumors that Jobbik’s enthusiasm is paid for with Russian rubles. The party has also repeatedly criticized Hungary’s “Euro-Atlantic connections” and the European Union. And, more recently, it called the referendum in Crimea “exemplary,” a dangerous word in a country with extensive co-ethnic populations in Romania and Slovakia. It seems that the party sees Putin’s new ethnic politics as being aligned with its own revisionist nationalism.

The Kremlin’s ties to France’s extreme-right National Front have also been growing stronger. Marine Le Pen, the party leader, visited Moscow in June 2013 at the invitation of State Duma leader Sergei Naryshkin, a close associate of Putin’s. She also met with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and discussed issues of common concern, such as Syria, EU enlargement, and gay marriage. France’s ProRussia TV, which is funded by the Kremlin, is staffed by editors with close ties to the National Front who use the station to espouse views close to National Front’s own perspective on domestic and international politics. The National Front wishes to replace the EU and NATO with a pan-European partnership of independent nations, which, incidentally, includes Russia and would be driven by a trilateral Paris-Berlin-Moscow alliance. Le Pen’s spokesman, Ludovic De Danne, recently recognized the results of the Crimea referendum and stated in an interview with Voice of Russia radio that, “historically, Crimea is part of Mother Russia.” In the same interview, he mentioned that he had visited Crimea several times in the past year. Marine Le Pen also visited Crimea in June 2013.

The list of parties goes on. Remember Golden Dawn, the Greek fascist party that won 18 seats in Greece’s parliament in 2012? Members use Nazi symbols at rallies, emphasize street fighting, and sing the Greek version of the Nazi Party anthem. The Greek government imprisoned Nikos Michaloliakos, its leader, and stripped parliamentary deputies of their political immunity before slapping them with charges of organized violence. But the party continues to take to the streets. Golden Dawn has never hidden its close connections to Russia’s extreme right, and is thought to receive funds from Russia. One Golden Dawn¬¬-linked website reports that Michaloliakos even received a letter in prison from Moscow State University professor and former Kremlin adviser Alexander Dugin, one of the authors of Putin’s “Eurasian” ideology. It was also Dugin who hosted Jobbik leader Vona when he visited Moscow. In his letter, Dugin expressed support for Golden Dawn’s geopolitical positions and requested to open a line of communication between Golden Dawn and his think tank in Moscow. Golden Dawn’s New York website reports that Michaloliakos “has spoken out clearly in favor of an alliance and cooperation with Russia, and away from the ‘naval forces’ of the ‘Atlantic.'”

Finally, a cable made public by WikiLeaks shows that Bulgaria’s far right Ataka party has close links to the Russian embassy. Reports that Russia funds Ataka have swirled for years, but have never been verified. But evidence of enthusiasm for Russia’s foreign policy goals is open for all to see. Radio Bulgaria reported on March 17 that Ataka’s parliamentary group “has insisted that Bulgaria should recognize the results from the referendum for Crimea’s joining to the Russian Federation.” Meanwhile, party leader Volen Siderov has called repeatedly for Bulgaria to veto EU economic sanctions for Russia.

In addition to their very vocal support for Russia’s annexation of Crimea within the EU, Jobbik, National Front, and Ataka all sent election observers to validate the Crimea referendum (as did the Austrian Freedom Party, the Belgian Vlaams Belang party, Italy’s Forza Italia and Lega Nord, and Poland’s Self-Defense, in addition to a few far-left parties, conspicuously Germany’s Die Linke). Their showing was organized by the Russia-based Eurasian Observatory For Democracy & Elections, a far-right NGO “opposed to Western ideology.” The EODE specializes in monitoring elections in “self-proclaimed republics” (Abkhazia, Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh) allied with Moscow, according to its website.

The Putin government’s cordial relations with Europe’s far right sit oddly, to say the least, with his opposition to “Nazis” in the Ukrainian government. Yet Putin’s dislike for Ukrainian “fascists” has nothing to do with ideology. It has to do with the fact that they are Ukrainian nationalists. The country’s Svoboda and Right Sector parties, which might do well in the post-Viktor Yanukovych Ukraine, stand for independence in a country that Putin does not believe should exist separate from Russia.

Similarly, Russian support of the far right in Europe has less to do with ideology than with his desire to destabilize European governments, prevent EU expansion, and help bring to power European governments that are friendly to Russia. In that sense, several European countries may only be one bad election away from disaster. In fact, some would say that Hungary has already met it. As support for Jobbik increases, the anti-democratic, center-right government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has tacked heavily to the right and recently signed a major nuclear deal with Russia. Russia plans to lend Hungary ten billion euro to construct two new reactors at its Paks nuclear plant, making Hungary even more dependent for energy on Russia. Jobbik’s Vona wants to go even further, taking Hungary out of the EU and joining Russia’s proposed Eurasian Union.

European parliamentary elections, which are scheduled for the end of May, are expected to result in a strong showing for the far right. A weak economy, which was weakened further by the European Central Bank’s austerity policies, has caused the extreme right vote to surge. Current polls show the far-right parties in France and Holland winning the largest share of seats in their national delegations. Brussels strategists worry that 20 percent of members of the new European parliament could be affiliated with parties that wish to abolish the EU, double the current number. That could cause an EU government shutdown to rival the dysfunction of Washington and deal a major blow to efforts to enlarge the Union and oppose Russian expansionism.

It is strange to think that Putin’s strategy of using right-wing extremist political parties to foment disruption and then take advantage – as he did in Crimea – could work in southern and western Europe as well. Or that some of the extreme right parties in the European parliament, who work every day to delegitimize the European Union and whose numbers are growing, may be funded by Russia. Yet these possibilities cannot be dismissed. Russia might soon be able to disrupt the EU from within.

To counter Russia, European leaders should start launching public investigations into external funding of extreme-right political parties. If extensive Russia connections are found, it would be important to publicize that fact and then impose sanctions on Russia that would make it more difficult for it to provide such support. Pro-European parties must find a way to mobilize voters who are notoriously unwilling to vote in European parliament elections. Europe will also have to rethink the austerity policies that have worsened the grievances of many Europeans and pushed them to support the anti-system, anti-European right. Although Germany has banned extreme right parties from representation, other countries have not. Germany may have therefore underestimated the extent of damage austerity policies could do to the European project and should rethink how its excessive budget cutting, monetary prudence, and export surpluses are affecting politics in the rest of Europe.

Putin’s challenge to Europe must be taken seriously. Rather than making another land grab in his back yard, he might watch patiently from the sidelines at the end of May as pro-Russia far-right parties win a dramatic election victory in European parliamentary elections. These elections could weaken the European Union and bring Russia’s friends on the far right closer to power. France, Belgique, Canada, Suisse

Le 15 mai – 78 personnes ont déjà été tués par des armes à feu qui sont tombées entre les mains des terroristes. En même temps, les terroristes ont saisi 125 otages.

Le 15 mai – “Dans la nuit, les troupes ukrainiennes ont complètement détruit la base militaire cachée des terroristes près de Kramatorsk.” déclare le Président par intérim, Oleksandr Tourtchynov.

Le 15 mai – En vue des élections présidentielles du 25 mai, les terroristes pro-russes ont changé de tactique. Ils attaquent et occupent les commissions électorales des districts. Leur but – perturber les élections présidentielles. A Krasny Loutch, des “cosaques”pro-russes armés occupent le bureau électoral No.109. Le bureau électoral No. 109 de la ville d’Antratsyt a été occupé auparavant.

Le 15 mai – La cote de popularité de Petro Porochenko continue à grimper dans la course présidentielle; il a une chance de gagner l’élection au premier tour. 54,7% de la population voterait pour lui.

Le 15 mai – Le 14 mai, 200 métallurgistes ont rejoint la manifestation “Ville sans barricades” à Marioupol. Des représentants d’ONG, des habitants et des employés des complexes industriels Illitch et Azovstal ont commencé à démonter les barricades. Ces deux complexes appartiennent à l’oligarque Rinat Akhmetov qui a récemment commencé à parler en faveur de l’unité de l’Ukraine.

Le 15 mai – Günther Oettinger, le commissaire européen à l’Energie déclare que l’Ukraine devrait payer $350-380 US pour mille mètres cubes. La Russie exige $500 US. Polska

15 maja – Na Donbasie wskutek użycia przez prorosyjskich terrorystów broni palnej z ich rąk za cały czas rozruchów antypaństwowych zostały zabite 78 osób. Jednocześnie terroryści porwali już 125 zakładników.

15 maja – W nocy wojsko ukraińskie doszczętnie zniszczyło pobliżu Kramatorska zamaskowaną bazę terrorystów, powiedział p.o. Prezydenta Ołeksandr Turczynow.

15 maja – Ze względu na przygotowania do wyborów prezydenckich 25 maja, prorosyjscy terroryści zaczęli masowo stosować taktykę zajęcia lokali okręgowych komisji wyborczych. Ich cel – nie dać przeprowadzić wybory prezydenckie na Donbasie. W miejscowości Krasny Łucz uzbrojone prorosyjscy “Kozacy” okupowali lokal okręgowej komisji wyborczej nr 109, wcześniej został także okupowany lokal okręgowej komisji wyborczej w mieście Antracyt.

15 maja – Piotr Poroszenko nadal zwiększa swoją pozycję w wyścigu prezydenckim i ma szansę wygrać wybory już w pierwszej rundzie. Za niego gotowe głosować 54,7% wyborców.

15 maja – Poprzedniego dnia, 14 maja w Mariupolu ponad 200 hutników uczestniczyli w akcji “Miasto bez barykad”. Wraz z przedstawicielami organizacji pozarządowych i mieszkańcami miasta pracownicy hut imienia Illicza i “Azowstal” rozpoczęły demontaż barykad. Huty imienia Illicza i “Azowstal” są własnością oligarchy Rinata Achmetowa, który ostatnio zaczął występować o jedność Ukrainy.

15 maja – Europejski Komisarz ds. Energii Günther Oettinger powiedział, że Ukraina musi płacić 350-380 dolarów za tysiąc metrów sześciennych gazu ziemnego. Rosja domaga się 500 dolarów. Kazimierz Wóycicki

Moskwa-Kijów-Europa: Trolle Putina i pytania o europejski rozsądek

Trolle, jak wiadomo, to stwory rodem ze Skandynawii, złośliwe i tępe. Należy ich unikać, ale dzisiaj oto trudniej, bowiem zagnieździły się one w Sieci. Trolling, a w nieco spolszczonej wersji trollowanie, to rozsyłanie w internecie masowo bzdur. Tak było niegdyś. Trolle stały się bardziej przemyślne odkąd przeniosły się do Rosji. Nie są już tępe, choć z tępoty korzystaj – tępoty tych, do których rozsyłają swoje wiadomości.

Gdy chodzi o konflikt rosyjsko-ukraiński trolle mają ogromne znaczenie. Zabranie drugiemu państwo znaczącego kawałka terytorium czy wysyłanie na jego terytorium terrorystów winno uchodzić za jawny bandytyzm, chyba że sprawę uda przedstawić się we właściwym świetle i zyskać dla niej “zrozumienie”. Nie łatwe to zadanie, ale możliwe.

Niemcy mają wyrzuty za sumienia w związku z II wojną światowa wobec Rosji, wobec czego trzeba nazwać Ukraińców faszystami. Jakiegokolwiek związku z faszystami Niemiec natychmiast się przestraszy. Polacy nie lubią Ukraińców z powodu rzezi wołyńskiej, wobec czego należy nazwać ich banderowcami z UPA. Francuzi nic nie wiedzą o Ukrainie i sądzą, że jak ktoś pisze cyrylicą i jest prawosławny to już Rosjanin. Starczy im podesłać, że Ukraińców właściwie nie ma. Każdemu należy się właściwa wiadomość, spreparowana odpowiednio do kompleksów, niechęci czy ignorancji. Nie można wysyłać tego do wszystkich, bo Internet jest zbyt wielki. Trzeba odpowiednich adresów. W Niemczech do antyfaszystów, we Francji na przykład do wielbicieli talentu Depardieu, do Polski najlepiej na portale z nazwą Kresy w tytule. Dalej robotę wykona masa użytecznych idiotów, rozmnażając to w setki tysięcy miejsc.

Moskwa niegdyś atakowała za pomocą hakerów, na przykład na łotewskie portale rządowe. Efekt był jednak mizerny. Putin idzie za duchem czasu i udoskonala metody wraz z swoimi expertami od internetu takimi jak Władisław Surkov czy prokremlowskimi blogerami jak Konstantin Rykow, Aleksy Czadajew czy Maria Sergeyewa. Internet, który wedle cyber-utopistów miał być narzędziem globalnej demokratyzacji, staje się bronią podstępnej propagandy dyktatorskich reżymów. Białorusko amerykański znawca Internetu Evgeny Morozov alarmuje w tej sprawie w niedawnej, głośnej książce “Rozczarowanie siecią”. To co Morozow a właściwie Jauhien Marazau (bo taka jest białoruska pisownia jego nazwiska bez transkrypcji), opisywał jako wciąż jeszcze potencjalne zagrożenie, staje się dziś groźbą realną. Trolling Putina odczuwalny jest w całej Europie.

Jak bronić się przed tym trollingiem, który odwołuje się do wszechobecnej ludzkiej głupoty i naiwności? Pierwsza odpowiedz – nie ma takiej obrony. Jest tylko nadzieja, że Europejczycy nie są aż tak głupi jak sobie Putin wyobraża. Internet jest ogromny i można mieć nadzieje, że w tej społeczności, jaka zapełnia internet, jest dość rozsądku, aby kłamstwo nie zatriumfowało. Jeśli zaś ktoś nie wierzy w zagrożenie wirtualnymi trollami, może nabrać rozsądku przyglądając się czterdziestu tysiącom rzeczywistych trolli nad ukraińską granicą. I każdy kto nie pozostaje obojętny wobec konfliktu rosyjsko-ukraińskiego i używa internetu głosuje za rozsądkiem lub przeciw niemu. Italia, Svizzera, Vaticano

15 maggio – Nel Donbas sono morte già 78 persone per colpa delle armi da fuoco cadute nelle mani dei terroristi. Inoltre, i terroristi hanno preso 125 ostaggi.

15 maggio – La notte, nei pressi di Kramators’k, le truppe ucraine hanno completamente smantellato la base militare mascherata dei terroristi, – ha annunciato il presidente dell’Ucraina ad interim Oleksandr Turchynov.

16 maggio – In vista della preparazione delle elezioni presidenziali del 25 maggio, i terroristi filorussi hanno adottato la tattica della presa delle commissioni elettorali distrettuali, al fine di ostacolare le elezioni. A Krasnyi Luch i “cosacchi” filorussi armati stanno tentando di impossessarsi della commissione elettorale distrettuale N109. In precedenza è stata presa la commissione elettorale N109 nella città di Antrazyt.

15 maggio – Poroshenko continua ad accrescere il suo peso nella classifica pre-elezioni e ha la possibilità di vincere le elezioni già al primo turno. Il 54,7% degli elettori è pronto a votare per lui.

15 maggio – Il giorno 14 maggio a Mariupol’ più di 200 lavoratori metallurgici hanno preso parte alla manifestazione “Misto bez barykad” (città senza barricate). Insieme ai rappresentanti delle organizzazioni cittadine e agli abitanti, i lavoratori dell’impresa di Illich e “Azovstal'” hanno iniziato a smantellare le barricate. Le imprese suddette appartengono all’oligarca Rinat Akhmetov che di recente ha iniziato a sostenere l’unità dell’Ucraina.

15 maggio – Il commissario europeo per l’Energia Günther Oettinger ha detto che l’Ucraina dovrebbe pagare 350-380 dollari per mille metri cubi. La Russia ne vuole $ 500. Сербіиа

15. maj – U Donbasu zbog upotrebe vatrenog oružja koje se našlo u rukama terorista је ubijeno 78. ljudi. U isto vreme teroristi su zarobili 125. talaca.

15. maj – Noćas pored Kramatorska ukrajinski vojnici potpuno su uništili zamaskiranu vojnu bazu terorista – rekao je vršilac dužnosti predsednika Ukrajine Aleksandar Turčinov.

15. maj – Zbog pripreme Ukrajine za predsedničke izbore 25. maja proruski teroristi započeli su taktiku zauzimanja izbornih komisija. Svrha – da se ne održe predsednički izbori. U mestu Krasni Luč naoružani proruski “kozaci” osvajaju izbornu komisiju N109. Ranije bila je osojena izborna komisija N109 u g. Antracit.

15. maj – Rejtinzi Petra Porošenka u predsedničkoj trci i dalje se povećavaju, on ima šansu da pobedi u izborima na prvom krugu. Za njega bi glasalo 54,7% birača.

15. maj – 14. maja u Mariupolju više od 200. metalurga sprovode akciju “Grad bez barikada”. Zajedno sa predstavnicima društvenih organizacija і stanovnicima saradnici kombinata “Ilič” i “Azovstalj” počeli su da demontiraju barikade. Kombinati “Ilič” i “Azovstalj” su u vlasništvu Rinata Аhmetova, koji je u poslednje vreme počeo da se zalaga za nedeljivost Ukrajine.

15. maj – Evropski komesar za energetiku Gunter Еtinger smatra da Ukrajina mora da plati 350-380 dolara zа hiljadu kubnih metara gasa. Rusija želi 500 dolara. Portugal, Brazil

Notícias de 14 de Maio

Auto-proclamado “governador popular”da virtual “República popular de Luhansk”, Valeriy Bolotov oficialmente mudou para Federação Russa – o chefe adjunto do Serviço nacional da fronteira Serhiy Astakhov. Antigamente a divisão aconteceu entre separatistas de Luhansk: uma parte disse que Bolotov estava involvendo as pessoas em guerra civil. Na terça-feira, separatistas de Luhansk informaram sobre tentativa de assassinato do Bolotov – aparentemente, é caso de conflitos entre os vários grupos terroristas.

Em cidade de Kramatorsk, em 13 de Maio aconteceu um combate entre militares ucranianos e terroristas pró-russos. Unidade de 95 brigada aerotransportada de Forças Armadas da Ucrânia que está participando da operação anti-terrorista caiu em emboscada preparada pelos bandidos. Os terroristas utilizaram lançadores de granadas. Sete militares ucranianos foram mortos. Militares feridos foram mortos pelos atiradores de terroristas. Os bandidos que atacaram soldados pára-quedistas ucranianos utilizaram armas que não tem o exercito ucraniano.

Em cidade de Odessa os terroristas explodiram agência bancária do Privatbank que pertencente ao Ihor Kolomoisky – um de mais eficientes chefes da administração de região (Dnipropetrovsk), que suporta o governo da Ucrânia. Kolomoisky é chefe da Unida Comunidade Judaica da Ucrânia, chefe do Conselho Europeu das Comunidades Judaicas, e presidente da União Europeia Judaica (EJU). Esta tentativa é considerada como vingança de terroristas pró-russos para sua posição pró-ucraniana.

De manhã os representantes de organizações pró-russas e bandidos armados chegaram para edifício da unidade militar número 3037 de distrito de Budyonny da cidade de Donetsk com a finalidade de tomar armas. O assalto continua.

Procuradoria “anistiou” três separatistas que depuseram as armas em região de Luhansk.

Grupos subversivos russos receberam a tarefa de desmoralização de militares ucranianos e população local – coordinador de grupo Resistência da Informação, Dmytro Tymchuk.

Em 13 de Maio, a cidade de Debalceve da região de Donetsk foi ocupada pelos cossacos de Don (Rússia).

Os separatistas tentaram parar o funcionamento de minas em regiões de Donetsk e Luhansk da Ucrânia – o chefe de Sindicato Independente de Mineiros de Donbass, Mykhailo Volynko. O principal objetivo é criãção de caos e pânico na região.



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