Putin Visits Crimea to Celebrate Victory Day: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 37)

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On Friday, May 9, President Vladimir Putin of Russia visited Crimea for the first time after its annexation. He arrived at the Crimean port city Sevastopol during the Victory Day celebrations commemorating the triumph over Nazi Germany in World War II with a massive parade of Russian troops and veterans. The annual festivities quickly turned into a festival of Russian rule and a show of military power.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – May, 7 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Ukraine says troops from Russia and Crimea are fighting alongside separatists in the east of the country, Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Fattah El-Sisi says the Egyptian people will ‘put an end’ to the Muslim Brotherhood if he is elected, Iran’s hardline Revolutionary Guard says it builds then sinks replica American warships for practice, and French forces release video of their battle with rebels in the Central African Republic.

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UKRAINE
Government Says Russia has Troops in Embattled East
Officials report casualties on both sides as fighting intensifies between government troops and separatists.

EGYPT
Sisi Says Egyptians Will ‘Put an End’ to the Muslim Brotherhood
The former army chief gives his first national television interview since announcing his run for presidential office.

IRAN
Replica U.S. Ships Built and Destroyed for Target Practice
Naval chief’s comments showcase how different the Revolutionary Guard’s tone is from the more moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

C.A.R.
French Army Releases Video Of Fierce Fighting
French forces engaged in an hours-long battle with rebels believed to have killed aid workers and civilians last month.

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Rocks and Rubber Bullets in Donetsk Police Standoff: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 32)

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On International Workers Day, pro-Russia protesters marched through central Donetsk in eastern Ukraine calling for a referendum on the region’s future. Some want to join Russia, while others to become a federal republic inside Ukraine — all want to separate from the interim government installed after the Euromaidan revolution. Around 3,000 protesters first gathered on Lenin Square before marching on to lay flowers at a WW1 memorial. The protesters chanted in support of the planned May 11th referendum and denounced the government in Kiev as a “fascist junta” while waving Stalin flags. The crowd wasn’t entirely friendly, with one journalist, who was accused of being a “provocateur,” was bundled into a car and driven away by protesters in body armor, his destination unknown.

The march moved on to a police station where they were able to negotiate installing the Donetsk republic flag before speakers called to take over the nearby prosecutors’ office.

Outside the office, around 60 cops in riot gear were formed up, protecting the entrance. The protesters called for the prosecutor to come and meet them, but after five minutes clashes suddenly broke out. Stones were thrown and the police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Eventually the police were forced back by the onslaught, and there was a brief lull while the wounded were evacuated and the captured police were let go.

The crowd then moved to the back of the building, where about 100 police were gathered. Very quickly the protesters were able to hop the fences and force open the gate, surrounding the police and eventually forcing them to surrender. Police were then humiliatingly forced to hand over their shields, helmets, and batons before being lead out through the crowds, getting kicked and spat upon as they went.

The day before, acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said his government is “helpless” in dealing with the security situation in eastern Ukraine. The events on May 1st clearly backed that up. The police had little fight in them, and morale was surely worsened after such a humiliating clash. Today though, the Ukrainian government re-launched an operation to take the separatist stronghold of Slovyansk. Is this the start of a government fight back?

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – May, 2 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Ukraine reinstates military conscription and expels Russia’s military attaché on suspicion of spying, the Danish government suspends adoptions from Nigeria, hundreds of Africans trying to rush the Spanish border clash with border police, and Dutch police arrest Greenpeace activists trying to stop delivery of the world’s first shipment of Arctic oil.

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Government Reinstates Conscription, Expels Russian Diplomat
Ukraine’s acting president issues a decree restoring military conscription, and Russia’s military attaché is expelled reportedly for spying.

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Government Suspends Adoptions from Nigeria
Danish minister issues decision after Nigerian police make arrests related to so-called baby factory allegations.

SPAIN
Migrants Clash with Police in Attempted Border Breach
Around 700 African migrants confront border police while trying to reach Melilla.

THE NETHERLANDS
Police Arrest Activists Trying to Stop Shipment of Arctic Oil
Dutch anti-terror police arrest 44 Greenpeace activists but most are later released without charge.

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Unverified & Exposed: NYT-State Dept ‘Russians in Ukraine’ Image Proof Collapses

Pictures presented by Washington and Kiev as evidence of Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, and published on Monday by the New York Times, were unverified and in fact contradicted the claims they were to support.

The US State department acknowledged the error and the New York Times back-tracked on its Monday story, which claimed “photographs and descriptions from eastern Ukraine endorsed by the Obama administration … suggest that many of the green men are indeed Russian military and intelligence forces”.

The proof was this particular picture with an inscription “Group photograph taken in Russia”.

Freelance photographer Maxim Dondyuk took the photo.

“It was taken in Slavyansk [Ukraine],” he told NYT over the phone. “Nobody asked my permission to use it.”

The picture was amongst others Kiev gave the OSCE mission to Ukraine to ‘prove’ Russian involvement in the massive unrest gripping the Donetsk region.

The State Department repeated the claims, citing ‘confirmation’ of Moscow involvement.

“We see in the photos that have been again in international media, on Twitter, publicly available is that there are individuals who visibly appear to be tied to Russia. We’ve said that publicly a countless number of times,” Jen Psaki, State Dept spokeswoman said.

The New York Times eventually published a climbdown Wednesday – ‘Scrutiny Over Photos Said to Tie Russia Units to Ukraine’, where it admitted failing to properly verify the Kiev photo dossier.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April, 25 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Vladimir Putin warns Russia must protect itself from the “CIA project”, fighting rages in Syria’s Aleppo province, London police look to women to help stem extremism, and the death toll from West Africa’s ebola outbreak climbs.

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Putin on the Web
Russia’s president says the Internet was developed as a “CIA project” the country should protect its interests from.

The Assault on Aleppo
Rebels strike a cement factory believed to store weapons, and government air strikes level a marketplace.

Counting on Women
London police launch a campaign aimed at intercepting plans of British nationals to travel to Syria to fight in the war.

Ebola Outbreak ‘Unprecedented’
The death toll in West Africa continues to rise as doctors struggle to contain the virus in Guinea and Liberia.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April 18, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin about Russia’s spy program, journalists in Thailand face charges for reporting on human trafficking, Peruvian police forcibly remove squatters in the Amazon, and the FBI releases a video urging overseas students not to become spies for China.

Snowden Asks Putin About Russia’s Spy Program
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called in to a talk show via Webcam and asked Vladimir Putin if Russia has a massive data surveillance program similar to the USA’s.

Journalists Face Charges for Reporting on Human Trafficking
Two journalists are facing charges in Thailand after publishing a report that implicates the Thai navy in the human trafficking of Rohingya muslims from Burma.

Police Forcibly Remove Squatters In The Amazon
Police in Peru’s Amazon basin forcefully removed two thousand people who they accuse of illegally living and farming on government land.

FBI Video Urges Overseas Students Not to Become Spies
The FBI has released a short film aimed at convincing students studying abroad not to become spies for China.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April 17, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: an Al Qaeda leader threatens the US in a new video, doctors in Syria are battling a flesh-eating disease, diplomats descend on Geneva for Ukraine talks, and protests over coastal developments in Dakar.

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Al Qaeda Leader Threatens the US in New Video
The leader of Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch has threatened to attack the United States in a new video showing what could be the group’s largest gathering ever.

Doctors Battling Flesh Eating Disease
As if they didn’t already have enough to deal with, doctors in Syria are now battling a flesh-eating disease that has infected over 300 people in a single province.

Diplomats Descend on Geneva for Ukraine Talks
High-level diplomats from Russia, the US and Europe have arrived in Geneva for talks aimed at solving the Ukraine’s political crisis.

Protests Over Coastal Developments in Dakar
A protest against a new beachfront development turned violent in Senegal’s capital Dakar, after police fired tear gas to control crowds and arrested 24 people.

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Pro-Russian Protesters Occupy State Security Service Building: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 24)

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Pro-Russian protestors in Luhansk, the most Eastern city in Ukraine, took over the headquarters of the state security services on April 9. Armed with guns they found in the building, the demonstrators were determined not to leave. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visited the occupied building, which despite the occupation, was surprisingly calm.

But not everyone in Luhansk wants to join Russia — and some who express that sentiment are suffering dire consequences. We spoke to one resident who said he was severely beaten for siding with Ukraine, and another who is determined to leave the area if Luhansk becomes Russian. Amid calls for parts of Ukraine to join Russia, the tension and unrest across the country is spreading — and it is becoming increasingly difficult to predict what will happen next.

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Donetsk Demands a Referendum: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 22)

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On April 7, the people of Donetsk declared themselves an independent republic and called for a Crimea-style referendum by May 11th. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky was there as people stormed the regional administration building and demanded to join Russia.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – April 9, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: separatists in Pakistan bomb a train station killing 14 people, US officials accuse Russia of fueling unrest in eastern Ukraine, deadly clashes in a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon and Edward Snowden testifies before the Council of Europe via webcam.

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Baluch Separatists Bomb Train Station Killing 14
An explosion has ripped through a passenger train in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, killing 14.

US Accuses Russia of Fueling Unrest in Eastern Ukraine
US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of orchestrating the recent unrest in Eastern Ukraine.

Deadly Clashes in Palestinian Refugee Camp
Eight people were killed in violent clashes between rival Palestinian factions at a refugee camp in the south of Lebanon.

Snowden Testifies at Council of Europe via Webcam
Whistleblower Edward Snowden told Europe’s top human rights body that America’s surveillance program has been illegally spying on NGOs like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

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Tatar Nation: The Other Crimea

Crimea’s Tatars — who amount to 12 percent of the peninsula’s 2.2 million residents — overwhelmingly boycotted the March 16th referendum for Crimea to become part of Russia. The Tatar’s bad history with Russia was a major factor of their decision, as Stalin persecuted and deported them en masse from the Crimean Peninsula in 1944. After the collapse of the Soviet Union Tatars trickled back into Crimea, but their status there was always temporary. With Crimea’s much-disputed status as part of Russia following the referendum, the future of the Tatars is a big question mark. VICE News’ Simon Ostrovsky spent some time with Tatars in Simferopol in the week leading up to the referendum to get their side of the story.

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Protesters Break Into Kiev’s Parliament: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 20)

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As Crimea becomes part of Russia, tensions continue to rise in Ukraine and demonstrators attempt to break into parliament in Kiev. VICE News’ Simon Ostrovsky joins the protesters in Independence Square as they fight for a change in their government.

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Forcing Troops out of Crimea: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 19)

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Earlier this week, Ukraine’s government finally grasped reality and ordered its troops out of Crimea. But by the time of the evacuation order, Russia’s military had already started booting Ukrainian troops from their bases or getting them to switch sides. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky met with Ukrainian Marines in Feodosia as they decided whether to remain loyal to their country or break their oath of allegiance to stay with their families in Crimea.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 26, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: France’s far right party, Russia’s space program, Taliban attacks in Afghanistan and Syria’s space program.

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France’s Far Right Party Wins A Socialist Stronghold
France’s anti-immigrant National Front party just won an election in Henin-Beaumont — an industrial town that used to be a stronghold of the Socialist party.

Sanctions Impacting Russia’s Space Program
The recent tensions between Moscow and Washington could hinder the US-Russian Space collaboration, affecting NASA’s future role in Space. Read the article on VICE News: https://news.vice.com/articles/how-to-screw-your-partner-in-space

Attacks Highlight Afghanistan’s Fragile Security
The Taliban killed at least six people and left dozens wounded in three separate attacks in Afghanistan, just 10 days before the general elections are set to take place. Read the Article on VICE News: https://news.vice.com/articles/taliban-intensifies-attacks-ahead-of-afghan-election

Syrian Government Announces Space Agency
In spite of a civil war that has torn its country apart for more than three years, the Syrian government has announced plans to start its own Space agency.

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Crimean Crisis Takes Its First Life: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 15)

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Just a few days after Crimeans overwhelmingly voted in a referendum to join Russia, the crisis across the peninsula has taken its first life. In dispatch 15, VICE News’ Simon Ostrovsky attends the funeral of the young Tatar man whose body was found this week after he was beaten by Cossacks. Despite this death, residents across Crimea are hopeful that joining Russia will bring them a brighter future.

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Putin: Crimeans Expressed Their Will in Full Accordance with Intl Law, UN Charter

The referendum in Crimea was fully consistent with international law and UN Charter, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Barack Obama, after the overwhelming majority of Crimeans expressed their willingness to join Russia.

The citizens of the peninsula have been given an opportunity to freely express their will and exercise their right to self-determination, the Russian president said in a phone conversation with his US counterpart, according to Kremlin’s press service.

With a record-breaking turnout of over 80 percent, according to preliminary results, over 95 percent of the Crimean population said ‘yes’ to the reunion of the republic with Russia. International observers have not reported any violations or anything resembling any kind of pressure during the vote.

However, Obama said the Unites States and the “international community” will “never recognize” the results of the referendum “administered under threats of violence and intimidation,” according to White House spokesman.

Obama “emphasized that Russia’s actions were in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and that the US in coordination with its European partners is “prepared to impose additional costs on Russia,” the White House added.

Despite the existing differences in the assessment of the situation in Ukraine, the leaders of Russia and US have agreed that they must jointly seek to help stabilize the situation in the country, the Kremlin said.

“Putin drew attention to the inability and unwillingness of the current Kiev authorities to curb rampant ultra-nationalist and radical groups, destabilizing and terrorizing civilians, including Russian-speaking population, and our fellow citizens,” Kremlin statement reads.

In this context, the possibility of sending an OSCE monitoring mission to Ukraine was discussed, the press office reported. The Russian President believes such a mission should be extended to all Ukrainian regions.

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Ukraine: Defending the Homeland

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Last week the Ukrainian government announced the formation of the National Guard, after it was revealed that the army only had 6,000 combat ready troops compared to Russia’s 200,000. The volunteer force will bolster the under-strength military and protect Ukraine’s borders after Crimea having been effectively annexed and Russian forces now building up along Ukraine’s eastern border.

The first to answer the call were the self defense groups who fought on the barricades during last month’s revolution. So we headed down to the Maidan to hopefully tag along with them to the training grounds outside of Kiev for their induction day.

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Civilians Clash Over Crimea Referendum: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 8)

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As Russia moves 10,000 troops to the Ukrainian border and Crimea prepares for a secession referendum, tension remains high all over Ukraine, especially in the East.

On the night of Thursday, March 13 VICE News reporter Robert King captured this scene on the streets of Donetsk, where a large group of pro-Russian activists attacked a group of pro-Ukrainian demonstrators calling for unity.

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Ship Sinked to Block Port: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 4)

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With Crimea’s parliament voting to secede from Ukraine, Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian military installations in the peninsula has moved seaside. The Russian Black Sea Fleet prepared a special operation: the sinking of a decommissioned ship in the middle of Donuzlav Bay in order to prevent traffic in and out of Crimea’s port.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky noticed that the unidentified men in military fatigues had suddenly disappeared from the bases — locals said that they’d gone to obstruct a mission of observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from entering the region.

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Kerry Goes Full Retard: “You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext […]”

The US Secretary of State spoke today of the unacceptability of invading a sovereign country on phony pretexts in order to assert one’s own interests in the 21st century. But no, he was not speaking about the United States, as one might have thought.

“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” John Kerry said during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th century behaviour in the 21st century.”

Kerry has also threatened to isolate Russia economically and politically and warned of potential asset freezes and visa bans, adding to media and political hype that followed Russia authorization of sending a stabilization force in Crimea on official request from the authorities.

“There could be certainly disruption of any of the normal trade routine, there could be business drawback on investment in the country,” he said. “There could even be ultimately asset freezes, visa bans.”

Although Kerry was never challenged by the interviewer to comment in terms of that statement on Washington’s own constant threats to use force and military invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan, those who watched the interview immediately smelled the hypocrisy.

“Since when does the United States government genuinely subscribe and defend the concept of sovereignty and territorial integrity? They certainly are not doing that at the moment in Syria,” Marcus Papadopoulos, commentator for ‘Politics First’ told RT. “They certainly did not do that when they attacked Libya. They certainly didn’t do that when they invaded Iraq. They certainly didn’t do that when they attacked Serbia over Kosovo and then later on recognized Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence. The United States government merely pays lip service to sovereignty and territorial integrity, it picks and choses.”

Since the crisis in Ukraine escalated to a point where the lives of the Russian speaking population of Ukraine has become threatened, Kerry’s reaction comes, some believe, as the most ridiculous thus far, taking into account US own history of military actions all over the globe.

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First US Missile Shield Destroyer Arrives in Europe

The first of four US Navy destroyers, the USS Donald Cook, set to be a cornerstone of NATO’s European missile defense shield has arrived at the Spanish naval port of Rota, its new home. Russia says the system is a direct threat to its security.

Source: http://rt.com/news/missile-destroyer-usa-europe-560/

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Suicide Bombing Kills at least 17 in Russia’s Volgograd

At least 16 people were killed in a blast at a railway station in the city of Volgograd, southern Russia. A suicide bomber is suspected to have carried out the attack, says the National Anti-terrorism Committee.

Source: http://rt.com/news/volgograd-blast-victims-russia-937/

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