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What’s inside – a letter from eastern Ukraine

Translation:

Fascist coup took everything from me. Everyday rythm of life. Being able to do what I like. Be with my family. Jog, go to the gym. Being able to plan at least a month in advance. To realize my dreams.

I could, of course, sit this situation out at home, wait it out. But how will I be able to look into my 87 year old grandfather’s eyes who stormed Berlin in WW2.

That is why i’m in Kharkov, shoulder to shoulder, and tomorrow I will be in the very front. Yes, they threaten us, yes they persecute us, yes I’m scared.

I miss my family and friends, words from a popular song sound in my head: “there beyond the fog”: “and we’ll return, we’ll come back… and we’ll smile, and hug our kids”…

Most important thing is hope. In dark times you can see people through and through. New heroes are being born in the light of new developments.

One thing is for sure:

Russians never give up. Russians win.

– Konstantin Dolgoff

Original:

ЧТО ВНУТРИ

Фашистская хунта отняла у меня всё. Обычный ритм жизни. Возможность заниматься любимым делом. Быть с семьёй. Бегать, ходить в тренажёрку, купаться в проруби. Планировать хотя бы на месяц вперёд. Мечтать, в конце концов.

Можно, конечно, было отсидеться дома, отморозиться, выжидать. Но как деду 87-летнему своему, который Берлин брал, живому деду как в глаза смотреть??

Поэтому в Харькове, поэтому с вами плечом к плечу, и завтра тоже буду в первых рядах. Да, поступают угрозы. Да, прессуют. Да, страшно. Да, могут.

Тяжело без родных и близких, в ушах группа “Любэ” – “Там за туманами”: “… и мы вернёмся, мы, конечно, доплывём…. И улыбнёмся, и детей к груди прижмём”…

Самое главное – есть Надежда, и есть Вера. В смутные времена видно людей – кто каков. Новые события рождают новых героев. Мининых и Пожарских новых.

И твёрдо, назубок, хоть во сне меня разбуди:

“Русские не сдаются! Русские побеждают!”

 

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Pavel Gubarev kidnapped by nazi self-proclaimed government in Kiev

This just in: Pavel Gubarev, has been kidnapped by nazis in Kiev. He has been very vocal against nazis. His wife, literately 15 mins ago has said following:

If in Kiev they think that by isolating my husband from people of Donbas they will prevent people from following him, they are wrong! right before he got arrested Pavel told me to be strong and that we will win. I’ve always trusted my husband, the father of my children. This righteous and strong man. Therefore, i’m ready to take this burden upon myself, responsibility in front of my people that he had carried and I want for the self-proclaimed government to hear us. I’m ready for the time being to be a leader until my husband is released, and he’ll be back in our lines of people.
Don’t look at me as a woman. I’m a mother of Pavel’s three kids. But most importantly i’m Russian. RUSSIAN WOMEN IN TOUGH TIMES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT BESIDE THEIR HUSBANDS.
I’m telling you, me and my kids are in Russia now. We are safe. Our friends took us and gave us everything we need. I always new that Russians help each other in tough times. Right now my husband who is a governor of Donetsk is in all news channels. alongside of news of support of our Russian speaking people and thier repressions, and nazi government.

I can assure you, RUSSIA IS WITH YOU, PEOPLE OF RUSSIA IS WITH YOU!

Therefore, as a temporary leader of Donbas, in this difficult moment, I call for everyone to be united, don’t be pessimistic, believe in the words that Pavel told me before he got kidnapped: “VICTORY WILL BE OURS”.

Further plan of actions of Ukrainian Donbas will be anounced soon”

-Cathrine Gubareva

 

 

update: Pavel has been found.

The Ukraine crisis through the whimsy of international law

Money and hard power count, and that’s that

By Neil Macdonald, CBC News Posted: Mar 05, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 05, 2014 2:56 PM ET

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with reporters on the possibility of U.S. sanctions against Russia for intervening in Ukraine before meeting with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office on Monday.

Listening to U.S. President Barack Obama bang on this week about the importance of world opinion and obeying international law and respecting sovereignty and being on the right side of history, you had to wonder whether he didn’t have a little voice in his head whispering: “Really? Seriously? I’m actually saying this stuff?”

This is the commander-in-chief of a military that operates a prison camp on Cuban soil, against the explicit wishes of the Cuban government, and which regularly fires drone missiles into other countries, often killing innocent bystanders.

He is a president who ordered that CIA torturers would go unprosecuted, and leads a nation that has invaded other countries whenever it wished, regardless of what the rest of the world might think.

Disclaimer here: Vladimir Putin’s proclaimed justification for invading Ukraine — protecting Russian-speaking “compatriots” in that country from some imagined violence — stinks of tribalism.

His rationale is essentially ethnic nationalism, something responsible for so much of the evil done throughout human history.

Stated motivation aside, though, what Putin is doing is really no different from what other world powers do: protecting what they regard as national self-interest.

And so far, he’s done it without bloodletting.

Imagine, for a moment, what Washington would do if, say, Bahrain’s Shia population, covertly supported by Tehran, staged a successful uprising and began to push itself into Iran’s orbit.

The U.S. Fifth Fleet is headquartered in Bahrain, just as Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is parked at its huge naval bases in the Crimea.

To pose the scenario is to answer the question of how America would react.

The same goes for all the other countries in America’s political realm. The Philippines, South Korea, certain Persian Gulf nations. Imagine if Russia’s military tried to return to Cuba.

The order of things

There is an order of things; it is disturbed at the world’s peril.

And Ukraine, for better or worse — decidedly worse, those in the western portion of the country will tell you — has for centuries been in Russia’s sphere.

UKRAINE-CRISIS/Armed men, believed to be Russian soldiers, stand outside the civilian port in the Crimean town of Kerch on Monday. (Thomas Peter ?Reuters)

Crimea, the region of Ukraine now occupied by Russia, was part of the Soviet Union and was deeded to Ukraine in 1954 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of a treaty that bonded much of Ukraine to Tsarist Russia.

To suggest, as European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso did this week, that Ukrainians “have shown that they belong culturally, emotionally but also politically to Europe,” is just wishful thinking, even if some Ukrainians wish it were true.

Furthermore, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was right when he pointed out that many of the countries denouncing Putin’s intervention were actively involved in encouraging anti-Russia Ukrainians to overthrow an elected, if distasteful, president and government.

Victoria Nuland, a senior American diplomat, was caught in flagrante delicto a few weeks back, chatting with another American official about which Ukrainian opposition figures should and shouldn’t be installed.

Washington’s reply: It was unconscionable of Russia to intercept and leak that discussion.

More angry flailings

Incidentally, some of the Ukrainian opposition groups that have now ended up in power are thuggish, anti-Semitic, anti-Russian, extreme right-wingers.

Putin’s description of them — ultranationalists — was mild. You just wouldn’t know it listening to Western politicians.

In Obama’s case, sitting beside him on Monday as he gave his lecture on international law from the Oval Office was close ally Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli prime minister, having just engaged in a protracted, robust handshake for the cameras, presides over a country that operates a military occupation in the West Bank, violating the “international law” Obama was demanding Putin obey.

The U.S. insists that Israel’s occupation can only be solved by respectful negotiation between the parties themselves, and it vehemently opposes punishing Israel with the sort of moves currently being contemplated against Russia.

It’s easy to go on and on in this vein — Britain’s prime minister, who leads a nation that helped invade Iraq on a false pretext, denouncing Putin’s pretext for going into Crimea. The NATO powers that helped bring about the independence of Albanian Kosovars complaining about the separatist aspirations of Russian-speaking Ukrainians, etc.

But that’s diplomacy. Hypocritical declarations and acts are woven into its essence.

What’s remarkable is the unspoken pact among the Western news media to report it all so uncritically.

When Obama spoke, the gaggle of reporters in attendance rushed to report his statements, mostly at face value.

Likewise, Western news reports seriously reported Russia’s ridiculous threat to end the role of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency, as though Russia’s creditors will begin to accept rubles at whatever exchange rate Putin decrees.

On TV and in print, we hear serious talk about the possibility of economic sanctions against Russia — which would only trigger a devastating trade back-blast against European economies.

HUNGARYRepublican Senator John McCain says it is Barack Obama’s “feckless foreign policy” that is to blame for Russia’s invasion of Crimea. However, he added, a military response is not on the table. (Reuters)

Other media analysts agree with the angry flailings of U.S. foreign policy hawks, who seem to think Obama should be much more aggressive with Putin, although they have few concrete suggestions. (A frustrated Senator John McCain demanded that rich Russians be barred from Las Vegas.)

The unspoken media-government arrangement is understandable, I suppose.

We must at least pretend there’s international law and fairness and basic rules, because it reassures us that we live in a world where raw power doesn’t ultimately rule.

But it’s all just gibberish; through the looking glass. We might as well be reporting that slithy toves gyre and gimble in the wabe.

Money and hard power count, and that’s that. The big players have it, and the smaller players play along. If we need the anaesthetic liquor of self-delusion to deal with it, well, drink up.

 

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Andrei Purgin has been kidnapped by armed men thought to be oligarch Rinat Akhmetov’s men who’s loyalty is with Kiev’s self-proclaimed regime

Andrei Purgin, a pro Russian protester has been kidnapped by armed men thought to be oligarch Rinat Akhmetov’s men and maidan extremists. One of the sympathizers posted on social networks:

“Urgent! Andrei Purgin, the leader of the movement “Republic of Donetsk” has just been kidnapped by a group of armed men. The oligarch Rinat Akhmetov got down to physical elimination of activists in Donetsk! We need emergency mobilization of our forces, otherwise the situation will get worse, private armies of the oligarchs in the struggle over local assets will destroy us all one by one. Local activists are unarmed, we are a peaceful group of people. However, it looks like it’s time get armed. There is war against Russia and Russian people in the Ukraine and all able bodied men should be here to help us fight the injustice.”

apn.ru reports that unknown people have approached Purgin and said that if he “will come out to protest today his woman will become a widow.” But he did come out and Akhmentov’s men kidnapped him.

Rinat Leonidovych Akhmetov is a Ukrainian businessman and oligarch. He is the founder and President of System Capital Management, and is ranked among the wealthiest men in the nation. In the 1980s, Akhmetov acted as an assistant to Akhat Bragin, whom law enforcement agencies regarded as a powerful crime boss. He has now been appointed as a mayor of Donetsk by government in Kiev.

Today’s Chronology:

11:29pm          Prugin has been kidnapped by Akhmetov’s militia

10:59pm         Akhmetov’s militia has failed to seize government building in Donetsk

04:55pm          Rinat Akhmetov’s militia is storming Donetsk government building and is trying to establish new Kiev self-proclaimed government rule in the city

10:39am          Russia is considering freeze on foreign assets as a response to Washington’s sanctions.

mar. 4 11:11pm          Habarovsk’s court has blocked following websites: wikipedia, konopoisk.ru and yandex.ru

mar. 4 06:35pm          Ukrainian new government wants to start talks about Crimea’s autonomy

mar. 4 06:07pm          Russian FDA has declined to resume import of pork from United States.

mar. 4 12:08pm          Yanukovych has asked Russia to bring military to Ukraine.