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Russia Continues Its Push To Take-Over Ukraine

From the Associated Press:

Pro-Russians storm Ukraine government buildings

By PETER LEONARD | April 6, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Crowds of pro-Russian demonstrators stormed government buildings Sunday in several major cities in eastern Ukraine, where secessionist sentiment has sparked frequent protests since Ukraine’s Russia-friendly president was ousted in February.

Naturally, this is what they would do, being so afraid of being persecuted as a minority.

In Donetsk, 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of the Russian border, a large group of people, including many in masks carrying sticks and stones, surged into the provincial government building and smashed windows.

A gathering of several hundred, many of them waving Russian flags, then listened to speeches delivered from a balcony emblazoned with a banner reading "Donetsk Republic." Activists in the building said they want to see a referendum for the Donetsk province to join Russia…

Here we go again. And never mind that all of this is about as ‘spontaneous’ as the Occupy Wall Street movement was in our country.

In Luhansk, to the northeast from Donetsk, hundreds of people surrounded the local headquarters of the security service and later scaled the facade to plant a Russian flag on the roof. Ukrainian media reported that demonstrators pelted the building with eggs, and then stones, a smoke grenade and finally a firebomb…

Local media reported similar unrest in Kharkiv, less than an hour’s drive from the Russian border.

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook account that Russia was to blame for the turbulence. Russian President Vladimir "Putin and Yanukovych have ordered and financed another round of separatist unrest in the east," he said…

They are so subtle.

Meanwhile, from Reuters:

Protests in eastern Ukraine aimed at bringing in Russian troops, warns PM

By Richard Balmforth and Natalia Zinets | April 7, 2014

KIEV (Reuters) – Protests in eastern Ukraine in which pro-Russian activists seized public buildings in three cities are part of a plan to destabilize Ukraine and bring in Russian troops, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Monday.

Saying Russian troops were within a 30 km (19 mile) zone from the Ukrainian border, Yatseniuk told a government meeting: "An anti-Ukrainian plan is being put into operation … under which foreign troops will cross the border and seize the territory of the country…

But they will have been ‘invited in.’ Don’t worry.

Pro-Russian protesters in the east seized official buildings in three cities – Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk – on Sunday night, demanding that referendums be held on whether to join Russia.

A similar move preceded a Russia-backed takeover of Crimea in March followed by annexation of the peninsula by Russia…

But we’re not supposed to notice the similarities.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, April 7th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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    “Americans should warily remember William Faulkner’s aphorism: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
    George F. Will

    Ukraine profile Timeline

    A chronology of events
    1917 – Central Rada (Council) set up in Kiev following collapse of Russian
    Empire.

    1918 – Ukraine declares independence: Ukrainian People’s
    Republic set up. Numerous rival governments vie for control for some or all of
    Ukraine during ensuing civil war.
    1921 – Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic established as Russian Red Army
    conquers two-thirds of Ukraine. Western third becomes part of independent
    Poland.
    1932 – Approximately 7 million peasants perish in man-made famine during
    Stalin’s collectivisation campaign.
    1937 – Mass executions and deportations as Stalin launches purge against
    intellectuals.
    1941 – Ukraine suffers terrible wartime devastation as Nazis occupy the country
    until 1944. More than 5 million Ukrainians die fighting Nazi Germany. Most of
    Ukraine’s 1.5 million Jews wiped out by the Nazis.

    German troops in Sevastopol in 1942 during their occupation in
    which millions lost their lives
    1944 – Stalin deports 200,000 Crimean Tatars to Siberia and Central Asia
    following accusations of collaboration with Nazi Germany.
    1945 – Allied victory in World War II leads to conclusive Soviet annexation of
    western Ukrainian lands.
    1954 – In a surprise move, Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev transfers the Crimean
    peninsula to Ukraine as a “gift”.
    Armed resistance to Soviet rule ends with capture of last commander of Ukrainian
    Insurgent Army (UPA).
    1960s – Increase in covert opposition to Soviet rule, leading to repression of
    dissidents in 1972.

    1986 – A reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power station explodes, sending a
    radioactive plume across Europe. Desperate efforts are made to contain the
    damaged reactor within a huge concrete cover. Many armed forces personnel die of
    radiation sickness.
    1988 – Prominent writers and intellectuals set up Ukrainian People’s Movement
    for Restructuring (Rukh).
    1990 – Student protests and hunger strikes bring down government of Vitaliy
    Masol.
    Independence

    1991 – Ukraine declares independence following attempted coup in Moscow: 90%
    vote for independence in nationwide referendum in December.
    Early to mid 1990s – About 250,000 Crimean Tatars and their descendants return
    to Crimea following collapse of Soviet Union.
    1994 – Presidential elections: Leonid Kuchma succeeds Leonid Kravchuk.
    1996 – New, democratic constitution adopted. New currency, the hryvna,
    introduced.
    1997 – Friendship treaty signed with Russia. Ukraine and Russia also reach
    agreement on the Black Sea fleet.

    Journalist Georgiy Gongadze was murdered in 2000 1999 – Death penalty abolished.
    Nationalist leader Vyacheslav Chornovil killed in car crash. President Kuchma
    re-elected.
    2000 – Chernobyl nuclear power plant is shut down, 14 years after the accident.
    Well over ten thousand people have died as a direct result of the explosion, the
    health of millions more has been affected.
    2001 February – The European Union calls for an inquiry into the murder of
    investigative journalist Georgiy Gongadze. Opposition demonstrations allege that
    President Kuchma was involved and call for his impeachment. President Kuchma
    denies the allegations.
    2001 April – Viktor Yushchenko government dismissed following no-confidence vote
    in parliament. Mr Yushchenko was respected in the West for fighting corruption,
    pushing ahead with economic reforms and working to attract investment, but was
    unpopular with powerful Ukrainian businessmen.
    2001 June – Pope John Paul II makes first visit to Ukraine amid protests by
    Orthodox Christians in Ukraine and Russia against the visit.
    2001 October – Ukrainian military accidentally shoot down Russian air liner over
    the Black Sea, killing all 78 on board. Defence Minister Olexander Kuzmuk
    resigns.
    2002 March – General election results in hung parliament. Parties opposed to
    President Kuchma allege widespread electoral fraud.

    Leonid Kuchma was forced out by popular pressure. His rule was tainted by
    scandal, corruption charges
    2002 May – Leadership announces decision to launch
    formal bid to join Nato.
    2002 September – Opposition stages mass protests demanding resignation of
    President Kuchma whom they accuse of corruption and misrule.
    Relations with the West are strained after US officials authenticate recordings
    in which they say Kuchma is heard to approve the sale of early-warning radar
    systems to Iraq. On the same tapes, recorded over two years previously, Kuchma
    is also allegedly heard ordering an official to “deal with” journalist Georgiy
    Gongadze.
    2002 November – President Kuchma sacks Prime Minister Kinakh. Viktor Yanukovych,
    governor of Donetsk region, appointed to replace him. He promises to fight
    poverty and work for integration into Europe.
    2003 March – Tens of thousands of people join Kiev demonstrations demanding that
    Kuchma resign.
    2004 June – Consortium in which President Kuchma’s son-in-law Viktor Pinchuk
    plays key role buys Krivorizhstal, the country’s largest steel mill, for a
    bargain price.
    2004 August – Ukraine ignores protests from EU and Romania by opening canal in
    the Danube delta which will link with Black Sea, rejecting claims that it will
    cause environmental damage.
    “Orange Revolution”

    2004 November – Official count indicates presidential election victory for Prime
    Minister Viktor Yanukovych. Western and other independent observers report
    widespread vote rigging. Opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko launches
    campaign of mass street protest and civil disobedience. Supreme Court later
    annuls result of poll.

    Orange-clad opposition supporters took to Kiev’s streets and forced a change of
    government
    2004 December – Opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko tops poll in
    election re-run. Rival candidate Viktor Yanukovych challenges result but resigns
    as prime minister.
    2005 January – Viktor Yushchenko sworn in as president after Supreme Court
    rejects challenge by losing candidate Mr Yanukovych.
    2005 February – President’s nominee Yulia Tymoshenko overwhelmingly approved as
    prime minister by parliament.
    2005 Februrary – Court annuls June 2004 sale of Krivorizhstal.
    2005 March – President Yushchenko announces that suspected killers of journalist
    Georgiy Gongadze are in custody. He also accuses the former authorities of a
    cover-up.
    Former Interior Minister Kravchenko, who had been due to give evidence in
    Gongadze investigation, shot dead in apparent suicide.
    Tymoshenko sacked

    2005 September – President Yushchenko dismisses the government of Yulia
    Tymoshenko. Parliament approves Yuri Yekhanurov as her successor.
    2005 October – Krivorizhstal reauctioned. Mittal Steel pays six times the price
    paid for it when it was originally put up for sale.

    2006 January – Russia briefly cuts supply of gas for Ukrainian use in row over
    prices. Moscow says its reasons are purely economic but Kiev says they are
    political.
    Previously agreed changes to constitution shift some significant powers from the
    president to parliament.
    The trial of three former policemen charged with killing opposition journalist
    Georgiy Gongadze begins in Kiev.
    2006 March – Viktor Yanukovych’s party tops polls in parliamentary elections.
    Yulia Tymoshenko’s takes second place, leaving President Yushchenko’s trailing
    in third.

    2006 June-July – After months of bargaining, the backers of the Orange
    Revolution – the Yushchenko and Tymoshenko blocs and the Socialists – agree on a
    coalition, but the deal collapses. The Socialists opt instead for a coalition
    with Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions and the Communists.

    Hero of the Orange Revolution was jailed for abuse of power in 2011, but freed
    after the 2014 revolution

    2006 August – Faced with a deadline to accept Viktor Yanukovych’s nomination or
    call new elections, President Yushchenko agrees that his rival can become prime
    minister.
    2007 February – Boris Tarasyuk, a close ally of the president and a strong
    advocate of strong ties with Europe and Nato, resigns as foreign minister after
    a protracted row with parliament.
    2007 September – Parliamentary elections. No clear winner emerges, although
    pro-Russian parties gain a narrow majority.

    2007 December – Yulia Tymoshenko is appointed prime minister again, in coalition
    with President Yushchenko’s party.
    2008 March – Russia’s state-owned company, Gazprom, agrees new contract to
    supply Ukraine’s industrial consumers directly, ending row over gas supply.

    2008 October – Global financial crisis leads to decline in demand for steel,
    causing price of one of the country’s main exports to collapse. Value of
    Ukrainian currency falls sharply and investors pull out.
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    Viktor Yushchenko spearheaded the Orange Revolution but disappointed in office

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) offers Ukraine a loan of $16.5bn (£10.4bn)
    to help it weather the storm.
    2009 January – Russia stops all gas supplies to Ukraine after collapse of talks
    to end row over unpaid bills and prices, leading to shortages in southeast
    Europe. Supplies are restored a week later when Ukraine and Russia sign a
    10-year deal on gas transit.
    2009 July – Ukrainian security service says a key suspect in the murder of the
    opposition journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2000 has been arrested and has
    confessed to the killing.
    2009 December – Ukraine and Russia sign deal on oil transit for 2010, allaying
    fears of supply cuts to Europe.

    2010 February – Viktor Yanukovych is declared winner of second round of
    presidential election. His main rival, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, refuses
    to accept the result, alleging fraud.
    2010 March – Yulia Tymoshenko steps down from the premiership after a number of
    her supporters in parliament switch sides and she loses a no-confidence vote.
    President Yanukovych appoints his long-standing ally Mykola Azarov to succeed
    her.
    2010 April – Ukraine agrees to eliminate its stockpile of weapons-grade nuclear
    material ahead of the Washington nuclear security summit.
    Parliament ratifies an agreement to extend Russia’s lease on the Black Sea fleet
    base at Sevastopol in Crimea for 25 years, in return for cheaper gas imports.
    2010 June – Parliament votes to abandon Nato membership aspirations.
    2010 July – International media freedom watchdogs criticise a Kiev court’s
    decision to cancel the allocation of broadcasting frequencies to two
    privately-run TV channels.
    2010 August – IMF approves fresh $15bn (£9bn) loan for Ukraine, subject to the
    government curbing the subsidising of utilities bills.
    2010 October – Constitutional court overturns limits on presidential power
    introduced in 2004.
    2010 November – President Yanukovych vetoes a tax reform that had prompted
    thousands of business owners and opposition activists to protest in city centres
    nationwide. The reform was part of austerity measures demanded by the IMF as a
    condition of the bailout approved in August.

    Feminist activists started campaigning for women’s rights at home but have gone
    global
    2010 December – Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Interior
    Minister Yuriy Lutsenko are charged with abuse of state funds. Both deny the
    charges and say they are politically motivated.
    2011 March – Ex-President Leonid Kuchma is charged over the 2000 murder of
    journalist Georgiy Gongadze. He denies any part in the killing.
    The IMF puts its $15bn bailout on hold in response to the government’s failure
    to pass a pension reform bill and its watering down of gas price increases.
    2011 April – The main suspect in the Gongadze killing, former interior minister
    official Olexiy Pukach, goes on trial. He is said to have confessed to
    strangling and beheading Gongadze.
    2011 October – A court jails former PM Tymoshenko after finding her guilty of
    abuse of power over a gas deal with Russia in 2009. EU warns Ukraine of
    “profound implications”.
    2011 May-June – Ukraine postpones summit of Central and East European leaders in
    Yalta after several leaders boycott it over the mistreatment of opposition
    leader Yulia Tymoshenko in prison. Others boycott the Euro 2012 football
    championship.
    2012 July – The European Court of Human Rights condemns the detention of former
    interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko and demands his release and compensation.
    Police in Kiev fire tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters angry at a law
    pushed through parliament with little debate that gives Russian regional
    language status.
    2012 October – First parliamentary elections since President Yanukovych came to
    power see a decisive win for his governing Party of Regions and a surprise boost
    for the far-right Freedom party. OSCE observers, the United States and the
    European Union express concern at the conduct of the poll.
    2012 December – Government resigns to allow a number of ministers, including
    Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, to take up seats in parliament. Government remains
    in office on an acting basis.
    2013 April – European Court of Human Rights rules unanimously that the arrest
    and detention of Yulia Tymoshenko in 2011 was unlawful.

    New revolution

    2013 July – Russia halts imports of chocolate from one of Ukraine’s main
    confectionary makers, Roshen, saying its products fall below safety standards,
    in what is seen as retaliation for Ukraine’s efforts to integrate further with
    the EU.

    Months of at times violent protests culminated in the collapse of the Yanukovych
    government in 2014
    2013 November – Tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets of central
    Kiev and other cities to protest at the government’s sudden decision to abandon
    plans to sign an association agreement with the EU. They accuse the government
    of bowing to Russian pressure, as well as being corrupt and unaccountable.
    2013 December – Anti-government protests continue. After talks between President
    Yanukovych and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin, it is
    announced that Russia has agreed to slash the price of gas supplied to Ukraine
    and lend $15bn (£9.2bn, 11bn euros). Prime Minister Mykola Azarov says the aid
    is needed to help avoid bankruptcy.
    2014 February – After months of failed efforts at compromise, the Kiev protests
    see their deadliest week. At least 77 people die and police are accused of using
    live ammunition. The EU imposes targeted sanctions, protesters storm government
    offices in the east, officials begin deserting the ruling party.
    Under an EU- and Russian-mediated deal, President Yanukovych concedes early
    elections, but soon after flees the capital, and the opposition takes control.
    Former PM Yulia Tymoshenko is freed and parliament elects her long-time ally
    Olexander Turchynov as interim president. Russia condemns the new takeover as a
    mutiny.
    Pro-Russian gunmen seize key buildings in Crimean capital Simferopol.
    Unidentified gunmen in combat uniforms appear outside Crimea’s main airports and
    Ukrainian military installations, sparking fears of Russian military
    intervention.
    2014 March – Russian parliament approves President Vladimir Putin’s request to
    use Russian forces in Ukraine. The Ukrainian army adopts a state of alert.
    Ukraine’s interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accuses Russia of declaring
    war.
    President Putin denies Russia has sent troops into Crimea and insists that the
    gunmen besieging Ukrainian military installations in Crimea are self-defence
    forces.
    Crimea votes to join Russia in a referendum deemed illegal by Ukaine and the
    West. Moscow moves to annex Crimea. Ukraine says it will never accept the move.
    The prospect of Crimea seceding from Ukraine sparks the biggest East-West
    showdown since the Cold War, with the US and its European allies imposing
    sanctions.

    Pro-Russian activists who seized the regional government building in the
    eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk reportedly declare a “people’s
    republic”.




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