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The Obama administration said Thursday it is ready to target broad sectors of the Russian economy if Moscow continues what Washington calls a campaign to sow violence and disrupt Ukraine’s presidential election this month.
Drawing the clearest picture yet of what the next phase of economic sanctions would entail, administration officials outlined possible penalties on Russia’s defense, high technology, engineering and energy sectors.
Ellen Nakashima MAY 8
USA Freedom Act would end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.
Further sanctions against Russia tied to Ukraine’s election
Further sanctions against Russia tied to Ukraine’s election
Anne Gearan MAY 8
A top diplomat says U.S. and Europe are united on the need for sanctions if elections are disrupted by Russia.
House lawmakers close to deal on surveillance legislation
Ellen Nakashima MAY 7
The bipartisan compromise bill would end the mass collection of Americans’ phone data by the NSA, aides said.
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These sectoral sanctions would be tailored to address particular areas of Russian trade vulnerability, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“The idea here is to use a scalpel rather than a hammer,” Nuland said, by focusing on trade and investment categories “where Russia needs us far more than we need Russia.”
originally posted by: victor7
Daniel Sandford @BBCDanielS · 1m
President Putin has not come here to Sevastopol for the morning parade. He is in Moscow. Lots of expectation he will come here later today.
US Mission to NATO @USNATO · 21m
Commitment to collective defense: The United States announces more exercises with European Allies, Partners: goo.gl...
The Moscow Times @MoscowTimes · 58m
Ukraine Border Guards Thwart Attack at Luhansk Checkpoint tmt-go.ru... #news
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#Ukraine lost 7 million people in #WWII. Our contribution to the Allied victory made us a founding #UN member. pic.twitter.com/SB0RbARt52
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[Press Release]Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on the Sanctions against Russia over the si.. www.mofa.go.jp... …
euronews @euronews · 2m
Ukraine crisis: NATO considering 'further steps' to defend allies eurone.ws...
Euromaidan PR @EuromaidanPR · 1h
Donetsk 'referendum' has same ' MADE IN MOSCOW ' label as #Crimea 'crisis' did http://(link tracking not allowed)/1nur05W |EMPR #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/4P7PqFrjPc
In Mariupol group of about 60 terrorists armed with automatic weapons, was an attack on Gorotdel police.
He said that as a result of battle 20 terrorists killed, 4 captured.
In Mariupol terrorists kidnapped police chief
"With the burning building ATC to the vehicle tried to take one retiree. Their car clipped a jeep, gunmen wounded a knife driver and Androshchuk shoved in the trunk and taken in an unknown direction," - wrote Lyashko.
originally posted by: lightedhype
a reply to: Neph89
To answer your question, this thread has turned completely away from breaking news updates from the Ukraine. The last 50 pages or so have been full of approxiamtely the same 5 people or so constantly posting Russophobic opinions and spreading propoganda. Hint hint 80% of the links being spread come from the same western biased sources and are barely updates but more recycled articles....The rest is bickering lol anyways,
There is still some good info and updates in here though for sure if you are willing to dig.
(Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea on Friday, marking the Soviet victory in World War Two and proclaiming the success of the peninsula's seizure from a Ukraine that Russia says has been taken over by fascists.
In east Ukraine, where pro-Moscow rebels plan a referendum on Sunday to follow Crimea in breaking from Kiev, several people were reported killed in the port of Mariupol, one of the bloodiest clashes yet between Ukrainian forces and separatists.
The head of NATO, locked in its gravest confrontation with Russia since the Cold War, condemned Putin's visit to Crimea, whose annexation in March has not been recognised by Western powers. He also renewed doubts over an assurance by the Kremlin leader that he had pulled back troops from the Ukrainian border.
The government in Kiev called Putin's visit, his first since the takeover of the region two months ago, a "provocation" that was intended deliberately to escalate the crisis.
KIEV, Ukraine — With tears running down his cheeks, Ukrainian photojournalist Yevhen Hapych tells a nightmare of a story about the time he and his brother were kidnapped and subjected to psychological and physical torture.
“They [the captors] filled our ears with cotton, blindfolded us with a thick bandage. We could hear something, but saw nothing. We were placed on the floor of the car. It was like a police car, because it had a siren,” Hapych told Ukrainian news station TSN in an emotional interview just after the two were released last Friday.
Putin is in Crimea, nuclear weapons are in Moscow's Red Square, Russian-backed militants are parading APCs through Slavyansk, but there is another message Russia is sending -- Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin is celebrating Victory Day in the Breakaway Moldovan region, Transdniestr. RFE/RL reports:
Rogozin, the Russian president's special representative for Transdniestr, said in Tiraspol May 9 Russia would do everything possible to guarantee the security of the self-declared republic.
He suggested that the government in Kyiv posed a danger to Transdniestr, which is between Ukraine and Moldova.
"On the borders of Transdniester a genuine blockade is being set up," Rozogin said, referring to Ukraine. "They don’t allow men 16 and 60 years old into neighboring Odesa, this speaks of the fear the fascists there are experiencing."
Rogozin arrived May 8 after a delay he said was caused by Ukrainian authorities denying his plane access through Ukrainian airspace.
In Lugansk region separatists at one of their checkpoints shot the car, which was a family of three. It is reported by "The Island " , citing a source in the local SBU.
According to the message , May 9, around 2 am on 850 km of Rostov -Kharkov in the area of Novi - Borovitsa , 15 km from point " Dolzhansky " were found 2 cars Toyota FJ Cruiser with lots of bullet holes . One car was a dead body in the other - the corpse of a woman and wounded 10- year-old girl who was hospitalized in serious condition.
As we found out , the man and the woman - a married couple , girl - their daughter.
According to witnesses, the car did not stop at the request of the militants who staged a road checkpoint and were fired from automatic weapons.
This picture appears to show a man, wearing a St. George Ribbon and dressed in the classic garb of Russian-backed separatists (or perhaps Russian Spetsnaz in eastern Ukraine), hiding behind a barricade. Ridus, a Russian citizen-journalism outlet, reports (translated by The Interpreter):
A few kilometers from Slavyansk, outside of Semenova, militia are putting up a new checkpoint made out of concrete blocks. They will guard it with the help of anti-tank weapons, Andrei Krasnoshchekiv, a Ridus correspondent reports.
But that's not an RPG he's looking through. It appears to be a 9P151 launcher, which could fire either a 9K115 Metis or 9K115-2 Metis-M missile, an advanced Russian anti-tank weapon.
Is the picture real? We've seen the Slavyansk separatists use heavy construction equipment to construct barriers like these. The man is wearing a St. George ribbon. The picture does not appear to have been uploaded before now.
So it's possible that this is one of Slavyansk's Russian-backed separatists, using a highly advanced piece of Russian military weaponry. Where did he get it?
a reply to: dragonridr
The head of NATO, locked in its gravest confrontation with Russia since the Cold War, condemned Putin's visit to Crimea, whose annexation in March has not been recognised by Western powers.
Terrorists in the Luhansk region captured two Ukrainian Position "Grad" . According to the terrorists , one of the plants was returned to the Valley , the second on the mountain Karachun transmits InfoResist with reference to the UNN .
According to media reports , the terrorists detained by the name of Major Roman Koty that 9 May should deliver anti-aircraft missile in the village Markovka Luhansk region. According to him, he did not know what will be further orders.
" Mayor presented the military card , which means that its military part A -1302 in Dnipropetrovsk ," - said in a statement .