Tag Archive for Ukrainian News

NEWSLINK: Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russians seize Donetsk prosecutor’s office

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[“Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russians seize Donetsk prosecutor’s office” – BBC 5.1.14] The BBC covers unrest in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have continued seizing government building, with a moderate amount of violence: Hundreds of pro-Russian militants have seized the regional prosecutor’s office in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. The attackers threw rocks at police before storming the building and raising the flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT: Announcement Of Additional Treasury Sanctions On Russian Government Officials And Entities

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(Treasury Department press release – 4/28/2014) Sanctions Target Seven Russian Government Officials, Including Members of the Russian Leadership’s Inner Circle, and 17 Entities WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated seven Russian government officials, including two key members of the Russian leadership’s inner circle, and 17 entities pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13661. E.O. 13661 authorizes sanctions on, among others, officials of

Russia Today’s Disinformation Campaign

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(State Department – DipNote - Richard Stengel – April 29, 2014) Moscow is subjecting Ukrainians, Russians and the rest of the world to an intense campaign of disinformation that tries to paint a dangerous and false picture of Ukraine’s legitimate government. Russia Today, the Moscow-based TV network financed by the government, is a key player in this campaign of distortion. Along with its Russian operation, RT operates

Stratfor: The U.S. Opts for Ineffective Sanctions on Russia

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(stratfor.com – George Friedman – April 29, 2014) The United States announced new sanctions on seven Russian government officials April 28. A long-used tactic, sanctions can yield unpredictable effects or have no effect at all, depending upon how they are crafted. It is commonly assumed that sanctions are applied when a target country’s actions are deemed unacceptable. The sanctioning nation presumably chooses sanctions to avoid war

NEWSLINK: Gazprom Charges Ukraine $11.4b Before EU Gas Talks

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(Gazprom Charges Ukraine $11.4b Before EU Gas Talks – Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – 4.24.14) Russian state-owned gas giant Gazprom is attempting to charge Ukraine billions of dollars for not purchasing more gas from Russia, just as Ukraine seeks to negotiate with European partners for gas supplies from other sources: OAO Gazprom (OGZD), Russia’s state gas exporter, presented Ukraine with an additional $11.4 billion bill for fuel

NEWSLINK: Ukraine’s Neighbors Urge Expansion of U.S. Gas Exports

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(Ukraine’s Neighbors Urge Expansion of U.S. Gas Exports – Roll Call – Jonathan Broder – 3.11.14 – rollcall.com/news/ukraine_neighbors_urge_ expansion_of_us_gas_exports-231391-1.html) In light of turmoil in Ukraine and Russian hegemony in Crimea, Roll Call examines the potential for U.S. gas exports to impact energy-related geopolitics. Of special concern is Ukrainian and European dependence upon Russian energy sources. … with Russian troops tightening their grip on Ukraine’s strategic