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Moody’s downgrades Ukraine to ‘default imminent’

RT reports:Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Ukraine’s government bond rating one notch from Caa2 to Caa3, citing the current political crisis and deepening economic instability as reasons for its negative outlook. The Caa rating is a credit risk grading pertaining to investments that are both very poor quality and entail a high credit risk. The current downgrade drops Ukraine from Moody’s “extremely speculative” rating to “default imminent with little prospect

2 killed in shooting near Crimea military research center, ‘sniper detained’

RT reports:Two people – a self-defense member and a Ukrainian soldier – were killed and two others wounded after snipers opened fire from a partially inhabited building near a military research center in Simferopol. One sniper was detained, another is on the run. As RT producer Lida Vasilevskaya arrived at the scene, the perimeter of the Ukrainian military topography and navigation center was already surrounded by men in camouflage and

Chechen terrorist leader Doku Umarov killed in special operation

The President of Chechnia, Ramzan Kadyrov, has just confirmed that Chechen terrorist leader Doku Umarov, the self-styled “1st Emir of the Caucasus Emirate and 5th President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria” has been killed in a special operation of the Chechen security services. Recently, Dokku Umarov had promised to attack the Sochi Olympics.  The leader of the Ukrainian Nazis Dmitri Iarosh had appealed to Umarov to attack Russia and

Obama just made things much, much worse in the Ukraine – now Russia is ready for war

Something absolutely huge has just happened in Russia: the Russian Council of the Federation, the equivalent of the US Senate, has just UNANIMOUSLY passed a resolution allowing Putin to use Russian armed forces in the Ukraine, something the Duma had requested earlier.  Before the vote took place, Russian senators said that Obama had threatened Russia, insulted the Russian people and that they demanded that Putin recall the Russian ambassador to

Some kind of attack on Crimea definitely happened yesterday

First, a shot bullet style news update from the Ukraine: New government in Kiev declared that Russia had deployed 6’000 soldiers to the Ukraine. A car with 400kg of TNT-equivalent explosives was intercepted a a checkpoint yesterday in Crimea.  There is no word on the diver or possible passengers. Crimean authorities had decided to hold the referendum on the status of Crimea on March 30th, and not May 25th as

What really happened overnight in Crimea?

This night sure was interesting.  It appears that a group of unidentified armed men took control of the Belbek and Simferopol airports and, according to some reports, of an air-traffic control facility, then left.  They kept a low profile, were extremely polite and said that they had come to prevent a “Ukrainian paratrooper force” from landing, but that this had been a false alarm.  They then apologized and left.  The

Putin puts troops in western Russia on alert in drill

Reuters reports: President Vladimir Putin ordered an urgent drill to test the combat readiness of the armed forces across western Russia on Wednesday, flexing Moscow’s military muscle amid tension with the West over Ukraine. Putin has ordered several such surprise drills in different Russian regions since he returned to the presidency in 2012, saying the military must be kept on its toes, but the crisis in neighboring Ukraine gave them

Deconstructing Yanukovich’s treason (and Yulia on her way to freedom!)

So it is done. Yanukovich has fully capitulated. He has signed a deal with the insurgents which, according to the BBC, includes the following provisions: The 2004 constitution will be restored within 48 hours, and a national unity government will be formed within 10 days Constitutional reform balancing the powers of president, government and parliament will be started immediately and completed by September A presidential election will be held after

High level consultations between Russia and Crimea while Kharkov authorities prepare for the worst

Russian news sources are reporting the President Putin has chaired a meeting of the Security Council of Russia, the highest national security advisory board to the Russian President tasked with coordinating national security policies.  The SCR heard a report by the Chairman of the State Duma, Sergei Naryshkin, and the Chairwoman of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, about their consultations with Vladimir Konstantinov, the Chairman of the Supreme Council of

Kiev: 13 policemen killed by sniper fire

According to the very latest news, 13 policemen have been killed by sniper fire.  The insurgents are storming the Parliament which is being evacuated.  The Internal Ministry has announced that the police forces will be allowed to use firearms to defend their lives.In Kiev stores and office buildings are being looted and set on fire.In the meantime in Lvov and Zhitomir the local government offices have been stormed and take

Yanukovich backs down. Again.

Sure enough.  Yanukovich has backed down.  Again. RT reports: Ukraine’s president, opposition agree to a truce. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leaders agreed to a truce following a meeting which focused on how to end the crisis in Ukraine peacefully, the president’s press office confirmed. “Following the meeting, the parties announced: 1. Truce 2. The start of negotiations to end the bloodshed, to stabilize the situation in the country,

Armed insurrection in Kiev. The Empire blames Yanukovich

A full scale armed insurrection seems to be taking place in the center of Kiev.  RT reports 7 dead policemen, 11 dead civilians.  135 cops have been hospitalized, 35 are in critical condition.  A total of 221 people have sought medical attention, 114 of them were hospitalized.  The offices of the Regions Party of Yanukovich have been torched.  The opposition leaders are demanding a constitutional change and Yanukovich’s departure.  Communist

Russian military to have special command for Arctic operations

RT reports:Russia is creating a new command for the armed forces to defend Russia’s strategic interests in the Arctic region, based on the present Northern Fleet Navy division and include various existing Arctic-based military units as well as new formations.The HQ will be named the Northern Fleet – Joint Strategic Command, and its main task will be to defend Russia’s national interest in the Arctic, the Itar-Tass news agency reported

In the meantime, on the “Ukrainian front”

According to the BBC Western leaders are having a great time in Munich: they are re-igniting the Cold War under the pretext of – what else? – “supporting democracy” in the Ukraine: European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the “future of Ukraine belongs with the EU” while US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US backed Ukraine’s “fight for democracy“.(…) Mr Van Rompuy’s opening speech referred to the

Images of the coup attempt in Kiev

This from the BBC: Ukrainian opposition leaders have issued an ultimatum to President Viktor Yanukovych, after talks failed to resolve the political stalemate. Vitali Klitschko said he would lead pro-EU protesters “on the attack” in the capital, Kiev, if the government refused to call snap elections. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said compromises “might be possible”, but the opposition should avoid ultimatums. Notice the difference in tone? Opposition: ultimatum, attackRegime: compromise,

The center of Kiev is in flames

This is a picture taken off a live stream from the Grushevski street in the center of Kiev at 10:45EST today: The riot police has only been given the right to use water cannons, teargas and flash-bang grenades.  In the meantime, the cops are burned alive by Molotov cocktails and the US is introducing sanctions against “Ukrainian officials responsible for the violence in the center of Kiev”.The Saker