Russia may convene extraordinary UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine
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Russia may convene extraordinary UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine

Russia may convene extraordinary UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine

If violence in Ukraine’s southeast does not stop, Russia will convene an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, said during a special program with Vladimir Solovyov on the Rossiya-1 TV channel, Itar-Tass reports.

“Should what we saw today continue, should force continue to be used against the protest movement in Ukraine’s southeast, we will be convening an extraordinary meeting of the Security Council,” the diplomat said.

At the same time, Churkin admitted that the UN Security Council is split regarding the situation in Ukraine and serious actions on the settlement of the conflict cannot be expected of it.

“The Security Council is split. We can’t expect much from it,” Churkin said.

He said however that the global organization’s significance should not be downplayed either.

“The UN and its Security Council can’t be better than the world that they exist in. Very often, the UN Security Council manages to find a consensus solution. Many turn to the UN Security Council for authorization,” Churkin said.

Russia calls UN chief to criticize actions of Ukrainian government in Slavyansk

Russia has called upon the UN Secretary General to criticize the actions of Ukrainian government in southeastern Ukraine, Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said during a TV broadcast.

“I phoned the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and asked him to deliver a public speech criticizing the actions of Ukrainian government in the south-east of Ukraine. I informed him of the situation and said that it was important to follow the implementation of the Geneva communiqué of April 17,” Churkin said, while commenting on the military operation in the city of Slavyansk.

“Ukrainian government should show that it intends to follow the Geneva agreement. So, there is still a chance to return to the fulfillment of the Geneva agreement. Anyway, there is no other efficient way of resolving the crisis,” he added.

“The West thinks that Russia should do everything for the people of the south-east region of Ukraine. However, Ukrainian government itself should begin to act in the right way. It promised to elaborate a new constitution that will take into account the opinions of all regions of the country…It also promised to amnesty the protestors, but the latter are still in prisons,” Churkin said.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon warns Ukraine crisis could 'spin out of control'

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Thursday that the crisis in Ukraine threatened to "spin out of control" and urged all sides to "refrain from violence". "The secretary general is deeply concerned about continued violence in eastern Ukraine, which has led to loss of life, further instability and which is contributing to a climate of fear and anxiety," Ban said in a statement released by his office. "As the stakes are now so high, the secretary general is seriously concerned that the situation could quickly spin out of control with consequences we cannot predict," he added.

"Military action must be avoided at all costs," Ban continued, urging all sides "to immediately refrain from violence, intimidation or provocative actions and find a way forward toward de-escalation."

Ban's comments came as Ukraine's military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns.

The offensive, which killed at least five people, sent international tensions soaring and oil prices up, raising the prospect of Russia making good on its threat of a massive response in the ex-Soviet republic.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges to prevent military action in Ukraine by any means - UN spokesperson

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on the conflicting sides in Ukraine to prevent the escalation of armed clashes between government forces and protesters in the country's southeast, a UN spokesperson said Thursday.

"Military actions must be avoided at all costs," Farhan Haq cited the UN chief as saying. The official said Ban Ki-moon also appealed to all sides of the conflict to curb violence, threats and provocative actions and find ways to de-escalate tensions in the current standoff.

Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the coup-imposed Kiev government of failing to comply with the April 17 accord reached in Geneva, calling on the sides in the standoff to refrain from violence.

Kiev resumed Thursday the crackdown on pro-federalization activists in Kharkov, Donetsk, Gorlovka, Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, who refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the current Ukrainian authorities and demand referendums similar to the one held in Crimea last month, which led to the republic's reunification with Russia.

In violation of the Geneva deal, up to seven civilians were killed or wounded in an army assault on a protester checkpoint in Slavyansk early Thursday.

The Kremlin immediately condemned the move saying that the use of military forces against the civilians by Kiev authorities is a serious crime putting in doubt the legitimacy of the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine.

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NYT Caught Creating Fake War Propaganda in Ukraine Just Like Iraq
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NYT Caught Creating Fake War Propaganda in Ukraine Just Like Iraq

Mayor of Slovyansk in Ukraine says photos are of his friends

Kurt Nimmo
April 24, 2o014

Following two days of propaganda centered upon dubious photographs the junta in Kyiv and the war machine media in the United States insist proves the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine, The New York Times has issued a retraction. It is buried on page A9 of the newspaper.

Freelance photographer Maxim Dondyuk said photos were taken without permission from his Instagram account.

Freelance photographer Maxim Dondyuk said photos were taken without permission from his Instagram account.

The Times quotes Vyachislav Ponomaryov, the mayor of Slovyansk, who says the man shown in one of the photographs submitted to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is a close friend. He declined to name the man. “He has a good background. He is one of my old friends. I have good friends in South Ossetia and in Grozny,” Ponomaryov said.

“We don’t have any direct contact with the special services of the Russian Federation,” he said. “Everyone you see here in the militia are my friends, my brothers, my allies in the battle with fascism. We have volunteers who came to us from Moldova, from Russia, from Belarus, from Kazakhstan, from the North Caucasus.”

The establishment media in the United States claims the photographs show Russian Federation troops. The State Department pawned the photos off as evidence despite the fact the authenticity of the photographs could not be independently verified. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday the images prove Russian troops are in Ukraine. “So these are just further evidence of the connection between Russia and the armed militants,” she said.

The Times reports the photographs were lifted from the internet by the junta and passed off as evidence. Freelance photographer Maxim Dondyuk, who worked for a Russian newsmagazine, said he had taken the group photograph in Slovyansk and posted it on his Instagram account, according to the newspaper.

“It was taken in Slovyansk,” he told The New York Times. “Nobody asked my permission to use this photograph.”

On Thursday, the State Department was backtracking. Psaki admitted the photograph does not show Russian troops in Ukraine and said it appeared in a “draft version” of a briefing packet released by the State Department.

The sloppy propaganda, however, has not deterred the State Department. Psaki claimed there is enough material to “make a connection between the Russians and the armed militants” in eastern Ukraine.

“We don’t have a shadow of a doubt about the connection,” she said, but did not offer to provide additional information.

Despite the admission by the State Department and the retraction, much of the corporate media continues to use the photographs as propaganda to make the case Russia has invaded Ukraine.


This article was posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 9:16 am


Protest crackdown in Slavyansk put on hold - Ukrainian Media
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Protest crackdown in Slavyansk put on hold - Ukrainian Media

Protest crackdown in Slavyansk put on hold - Ukrainian Media


A special operation against pro-federalization protesters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk has been put on hold, Ukrainian media said Thursday citing law enforcement sources.

Kiev Post said the decision was made by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), and the authorities are now revising the plan of the operation.

The Kiev-based paper also said that at least seven people were killed in the crackdown on protesters, who have been demanding greater autonomy for their regions since late March.

Federalization supporters in the eastern cities of Kharkov, Donetsk, Gorlovka, Slavyansk and Kramatorsk have refused to recognize the legitimacy of the current Ukrainian government and have demanded a Crimea-style referendum on the status of their regions.

In response to pro-federalization rallies Kiev's interim government has launched a special operation in crackdown on protesters. Following deadly attacks on activists last Sunday, Slavyansk has remained a hotspot for demonstrations despite the Kiev interim government's vow to crack down on the pro-federalization drive inspired by last month's referendum in Crimea.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday that Kiev has ordered the Ukrainian army to launch a major crackdown on protesters in southeastern Ukraine involving thousands of troops and heavy military equipment. Russia will conduct military drills in response to the developing situation in Ukraine's southeast, where a special operation has targeted the country's own citizens, the minister said.

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