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December 15, 2019

Trump's Betrayal of The Kurds Reminds The Ukraine They Might be Next. How is The Mob?


As you watch Trump go about his I gotcha foreign policy without sometimes he even seems to know what he means to do. It's easy what Trump wants from the world. He wants money. Money, not power? You can't have one without the other. He has had problems holding to fortunes given to him not that he never earned it. Father, Mob in NYC and Vegas,. Never earn it. He likes to throw the dice and sometimes he is been lucky but like any hooked player in Vegas will tell you,. No matter how much you win you will lose it again because you need to keep playing. That is why the house always wins unless the house loses because the money is been siphon off like Trump did in Vegas. He took properties with money and milked them, would they go out and thousand of employees go on food stamps. Well not today, you need to be healthy and working to get food help. Or dying> But those properties went out and he got some of his investment through insurance but he was still borrowing while he played the diced on other life. He is damn good on that.
 Ok, what is today to be a Republican backing this man? 

Well, you are politicians like we have always known politicians. They only care about themselves. The thing is some people without the inkling what happens in the world including  Climate change, they elect people like them. I will never vote like someone like me but someone better. Even in Staten Island, you have a novice Representative who is very smart but he is just like most of us and he represents Trumpie Territory, Sometimes I don't think he knows what he is talking about but he yells it and not giving someone the chance to question him. He talks with the opposite idea he is in congress. I criticize this popular democrat or any other behaving like just politicians like the GOP in Washington. Only worry about how the shit should not all fall on them. Just enough to clean with the most toilet paper the Capital can supply for free.
Adam Publisher, Publisher (disagree??? )write a post under this news posting and my editorial.
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 Love without touching, hugging, kissing on the cheek The Eastern way, except Trump did ask for him to bend down. He refused.


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WASHINGTON / KIEV — President Trump’s willingness to withhold crucial military aid while pressing Ukraine to launch politically helpful investigations into his rivals startled Kiev. 
But his abrupt abandonment of America’s Kurdish allies in Syria unleashed its anxieties. Now they’re wondering if they might be next. 
“That situation tells Ukraine that our country can rely only on itself,” Commander Vyacheslav “Eagle Owl” Vlasenko, a stony-faced leader of Ukrainian forces in the war-torn Donbas region, told Vice News. “That situation tells Ukraine that our country can rely only on itself” 
For Ukraine, where soldiers are still fighting Russia-backed separatists in the east, Trump’s Syria pullback is doubly alarming: It not only reveals Trump’s willingness to turn his back on American allies on a whim but also directly benefits Kiev’s chief military threat, Russia. 
The U.S. remains Ukraine’s most important source of international assistance in its brutal five-year war with Russia-backed separatists, a conflict that has already killed some 13,000 people. Between April 2014 and June of this year, Washington provided Kiev with some $1.5 billion in aid that included lethal arms, defensive materiel, and hands-on training. A volte-face in support for Ukraine could dramatically alter the course of the war. 
“Whoever did this once might very well do it again,” said Volodymyr Ariev, a member of Ukraine’s parliament. “We’ve seen just such an attitude from Trump in negotiations with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.” 

Fickle friends

Trump angered even his most stalwart defenders in Congress by ordering U.S. troops to pull out of northern Syria, clearing the way for Turkish troops to launch an offensive against the Kurds that immediately raised fears of ethnic cleansing against a key U.S. ally. 
“In Ukraine we are witnessing a two-track credibility loss in Trump’s America”
The impulsive decision, which came shortly after a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, presented Trump at his most erratic, dramatically reordering U.S. foreign policy overnight with a flurry of falsehoods and little apparent regard for the fate of a foreign partner who lost over 10,000 lives fighting beside US troops in their war on ISIS. 
Ukrainians were already on edge over Trump’s apparent readiness to play politics with their $391 million in foreign aid, in a scandal that launched an impeachment inquiry. 
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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKIY, CENTER, LISTENS TO A SERVICEMAN AS HE VISITS THE WAR-HIT DONETSK REGION, EASTERN UKRAINE, MONDAY, OCT. 14, 2019. (UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE VIA AP)
The combined effect has hammered America’s reputation as a reliable ally in Ukraine, said Alyona Getmanchuk, director of the New Europe Center think tank in Kiev. 
“In Ukraine we are witnessing a two-track credibility loss in Trump’s America,” she said. “The first wakeup call was when Trump withheld military assistance for Ukraine. The second is the signal he’s sending with his attitude toward the Kurds.” 
House Democrats are investigating whether Trump abused his office by putting a hold on the aid while pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelekensky to announce investigations of Trump’s 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden and the 2016 U.S. election.

Another win for Russia

Few countries appeared to benefit more from Trump's sudden reversal in Syria than Russia, which gladly rushed in to fill the void created by America's withdrawal. 
Following the U.S. pullback, Russia and Turkey agreed to share control over northeastern Syria in a power-sharing deal that could reshape the political landscape of the Middle East for years to come. 
And Trump signaled that was pretty much just fine with him. 
“If Russia wants to get involved with Syria, that’s really up to them,” Trump said earlier this month. “The United States acted as a guarantor of the security of my country and one of the main constraints on the path of Russian expansion,” he said. "Of course, such an unstable policy worries me.” 
Ambassador Daniel Fried, a career U.S. diplomat, recalled fielding question after question about the Kurdish fiasco during his trip to Ukraine this month.
“That really shook them,” Fried told VICE News. “Many Ukrainian students and former fighters told me: What about the Kurds? Might you betray us in a similar fashion? I got that from a lot of people.” 
Fried, the former U.S. ambassador to Poland, noted that central and eastern European countries have decades of experience carefully reading the balance of power between Washington and Moscow. 
“American presidents doing deals with Moscow over their heads is something they know about in that part of the world,” Fried said.
As Ukraine’s political and military leaders watch the White House for further abrupt policy shifts or Trump’s next explosive tweet, some are already openly discussing the need to be prepared.  
The lesson from Trump’s reversal on the Kurds for Ukraine should be increased self-reliance, said Hanna Hopko, a former lawmaker who served as the head of the committee on foreign affairs in the Ukrainian parliament. 
"We have to analyze this case because one day Ukraine could be in the same place as the Kurds," she said. "This is why we have to be ready to defend our territory ourselves, and not rely on anybody else, because one day, we could find that we have been betrayed by one of our strategic partners." 
 Cover: President Donald Trump meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the InterContinental Barclay New York hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

October 23, 2019

Ukranian Journalist Held By Russia Separatists and Sentenced to 15 Yrs. in Penal Colony


I was thinking since VP Pence Likes to Visit Ukraine why would he not talk to the Russians about releasing this journalist. Maybe Giuliani would make a trip not to make money but for the good of someone which Im sure he does not remember how to do, but we can give him advice. Adam
Stanislav Aseyev -- shown here on Russian TV -- was abducted by Russia-backed separatists in the Donetsk region on June 2, 2017.
                    





A court established by Russia-backed separatists who hold parts of eastern Ukraine has sentenced journalist Stanislav Aseyev, an RFE/RL contributor, to 15 years in a penal colony.
In a ruling condemned as "reprehensible" by RFE/RL's president, separatist news outlet DAN reported on October 22 that the court had found Aseyev guilty of espionage, extremism, and public calls to violate the territory's integrity.
Aseyev, who wrote under the pen name Stanislav Vasin, disappeared in Ukraine's Donetsk region on June 2, 2017, and has been held in detention since by the separatists.
WATCH: After Two Years, Journalist Aseyev Remains Captive In Donbas (published in May 2019)


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"The conviction against Stanislav Aseyev, which dates from August but was made public only today, is reprehensible," said RFE/RL President Jamie Fly.

"Stas is a journalist and was only trying to raise awareness about the situation in eastern Ukraine. The ruling is an attempt by Russian-backed separatists in Donetsk to silence his powerful, independent voice. Stas should be released immediately," Fly added.

The 30-year-old journalist was one of the few reporters in Donetsk who continued to work in the city after it came under the control of the separatists.
Representatives of the separatists accused Aseyev of observing the deployment sites of their paramilitary groups and passing on the information to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), according to the news outlet Hromadske.

In August 2018, the bipartisan U.S. Congressional Press Freedom Caucus called for Aseyev's immediate release, describing him as "one of the few independent journalists to remain in the region under separatist control to provide objective reporting."
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (Republican-Florida) also called for Aseyev's release in July.

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders has also voiced concern about Aseyev's treatment, which it has called "increasingly disturbing."

RFE/RL has also urged the release of Ukrainian Service contributor Oleh Halaziuk, who has been held by Russia-backed separatists in Donetsk since August 2017.

January 18, 2019

He is 31, A Volunteer Soldier in The Ukraine Under Fire From Russia, Decides To End His Isolation and Come Out Gay




The LGBT community in Ukraine is often under attack but one volunteer soldier has gone public about his sexuality.
Viktor Pylypenko, 31, decided to come out after hearing how the LGBT community was being talked about. 
The BBC's Zhanna Bezpiatchuk went to meet him.
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VIKTOR PYLYPENKO, WHO SERVED IN THE DONBAS BATTALION UNDER THE NOM DE GUERRE “FRENCHMAN,” IS A LITTLE TIRED OF COMMENTING TO JOURNALISTS. HE IS THE ONLY PROJECT PARTICIPANT WHO DARED TO COME OUT. HE CONFESSES THAT IT IS EASIER TO LIVE NOW THAT HE DOES NOT HAVE TO HIDE / Photo by Mykola TYMCHENKO, The Day
The man confesses that it is easier for him to live after he came out. Viktor is pleased that he does not need to hide. “In reality, comings-out should be done almost daily, for far from everybody reads the internet, where all this is published,” Pylypenko adds. “Someone may be telling a joke about gays, and I have to do a coming-out in front of these people to make them aware of being wrong, so to speak.”
Viktor was in fact a rifleman in the “Donbas,” but he had to perform various functions. “We were short of personnel. When all kinds of far rightists chased gays and lesbians in Kyiv, we lacked soldiers,” he says. “I had to use a heavy antitank grenade launcher, and this robbed me of normal hearing – I hear badly now. I also did a combat medic course and used to give first aid on the battlefield. My comrades and I would carry off the wounded under gunfire. My platoon was also an assault unit, and we mopped up such places as Shyrokine.”
“COMING OUT OF ISOLATION”
The exhibit “We Were Here” was put on as part of the project “Coming out of Isolation: through Art to Visibility.” It is a long-term interdisciplinary project of the Isolation foundation and NGO Kyiv Pride. Its aim is to spotlight the problem of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in Ukraine through the prism of art.
In addition to Shebetko, the project involves Tetiana Kornieieva and Oleksii Salmanov. They studied the theme in March at the residency under the general guidance of the Polish artist Karol Radziszewski and tutors from Ukraine and the UK. Following this, the artists began to work on their own projects.
Besides, Kornieieva performed “Come In/Out” at the Kyiv Pride opening ceremony in June and then prepared, together with the online publication The Village Ukraine, a special project, “Alphabet of Equality,” in which LGBT people tell about themselves. Salmanov is going to present his project in the fall.
Isolation foundation curator Kateryna FILIUK says: “Handling the LGBT topic, I understood a banal thing which many people pass over. Whenever we say that what is going on in the bedroom is ‘their’ own business, we often forget that heterosexual couples can formalize their relationship, get married, acquire property, and legally divide, sell, or inherit the latter. They have children. All these moments present difficulties for the LGBT community who are in fact deprived of these basic rights. This is why openness is important – in order not to flash your identity around but to have the same rights as other citizens have.”
The exhibit “We Were Here” will remain open until October 7. There will be debates and film showings – you can follow announcements on IZONE’s Facebook page https://www. facebook.com/izone.ua.
By Mariia PROKOPENKO, photos by Mykola TYMCHENKO, The Day



May 6, 2017

Ukrainian Anti Gay True Colors Might be Showing Over Eurovision Rainbow



 Eurovision Rainbow in Kiev




The transformation of a Soviet-era monument in Kiev into "the world's largest man-made rainbow" was meant to trumpet Ukraine's willingness to celebrate diversity as it hosts the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

Instead, a dispute with far-right groups over the decision to color in the arch has highlighted a prevalence of homophobic attitudes despite the Western-backed government's pledge to promote LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender) rights.

On April 27, members of the conservative nationalist Right Sector group staged a protest at the 30-metre-(100-foot)-high “Friendship of Nations" arch in the center of Kiev, saying its rebranding amounted to "gay propaganda". 

Their demonstration halted work on the monument, leaving its gray steel frame only partly covered in multi-colored stripes.

"The perverted symbolism that has spoiled the colors of the rainbow has provoked indignation among Ukrainians with traditional values," Right Sector said in a statement on Monday, praising the action of its members.

Their vocal objections demonstrated the durability of widespread homophobia in Ukraine, which only banned discrimination against gay people in the workplace in 2015, under pressure from the European Union.

At the time of the vote, parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman, who is now prime minister, tried to reassure doubters, saying "God forbid" Ukraine would ever support gay marriage.

On Thursday, Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the city had "found a compromise" between the supporters and opponents of the rainbow plan. "The part that hasn't been completed will be covered with a Ukrainian decorative pattern," he said.

It was not immediately clear if the decision would resolve the disagreement, which has added to the public relations setbacks Ukraine has suffered as it prepares to host the final stages of the Eurovision competition next week.

Several senior competition organizers resigned in February, citing concerns about transparency. In April, Russia vowed to boycott the competition after Ukraine said it would bar entry to its contestant - because she had performed in Crimea after it was annexed by Russia in 2014.
  
Syria fighting eases as Russian deal takes effect

Ukraine won the right to host the contest, which attracts millions of television viewers across Europe, after its 2016 entry came first with a song about Stalin's mass deportation of ethnic Tatars from Crimea during World War Two.

The fate of the arch was already a subject of debate before the rainbow controversy.

Following the collapse of relations with Russia over Crimea and its role in Ukraine’s separatist conflict, some called for the monument's removal as it was originally built to celebrate the unification of Russia and Ukraine within the Soviet Union.

By Alessandra Prentice | KIEV

(Additional reporting by Pavel Polityuk; editing by Mark Heinrich)

February 15, 2017

Separatists/Ukraine are Asked About Missing Russ.Trans/Activist


Seroye Fioletovoye (center-hanging, aka Oleg Vasliyev and Maria Shtern) used to belong to
Pussy Riot

International rights groups have urged separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine to disclose the location and ensure the safety of a Russian LGBT activist and a fellow performance artist who went missing there two weeks ago.

Friends of transgender activist Seroye Fioletovoye (Gray Purple) and musician Viktoria Miroshnichenko say they have not heard from the two since they entered separatist-controlled territory on January 31.

The Kremlin-loyal tabloid news outlet Life News on February 13 cited an unidentified source with the separatists as saying that the two were detained because Fioletovoye had planned to stage a protest in support of sexual minorities in a separatist-held area of Donetsk.

There has been no formal confirmation of that claim, and Amnesty International said in a February 13 statement that it has "serious concerns" about the safety of the two Russians.

The international rights group published a petition calling on separatist leaders to reveal the location of the two Russians and protect them from "physical and psychological" abuse.

Russia-backed separatists control areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Ukraine's east nearly three years after the start of their war against Kyiv's forces that has killed more than 9,750 people.

International rights watchdogs and Western governments have repeatedly accused the separatists of illegal detentions and abuses, including torture.

Fioletovoye, who was born Oleg Vasliyev and also goes by the name Maria Shtern, is a former member of the Russian art group Voina, which drew international attention with its daring antigovernment stunts and spawned the dissident art collective Pussy Riot.

The activist typically uses "it" in self-reference, and rights advocates became increasingly concerned after a February 9 update appeared on Fioletovoye's Twitter feed referring to the activist as male.
Two tweets from the account of Seroye Fioletovoye that use a different personal pronoun to refer to the missing LGBT activist.
Two tweets from the account of Seroye Fioletovoye that use a different personal pronoun to refer to the missing LGBT activist.


The tweet was subsequently deleted and replaced with a new post consistent with the activist's typical gender identification.

"Friends, I am in the far-flung regions of the DNR," the tweet reads, using an acronym used by the separatists that stands for Donetsk People's Republic.
"I am busy with a film. There is almost no Internet. I'm alive and well," it continued.

The Twitter feed had been dormant since August, and the sudden tweet has raised suspicions that the activist was not the person who posted it.

"It was very, very creepy, and very concerning, too," Tanya Cooper, a Ukraine researcher for the New York-based Human Rights Watch, told RFE/RL.

Miroshnichenko is a musician who previously collaborated with Fioletovoye. She staged a performance-art piece at a 2013 event related to LGBT issues that Fioletovoye moderated.

In her most recent Facebook post -- on January 31 -- Miroshnichenko wrote that she would be online infrequently until February 15. She added in a comment to the post that she was traveling to the southern Russian region of Rostov, which borders the Donetsk region.

Human Rights Watch said in a February 10 statement that it feared the two had become the victims of "forced disappearance."

"Their disappearance demands an immediate and effective investigation," Cooper said in the statement
Based on reporting by Christopher Miller in Kyiv and Carl Schreck in Washington
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September 28, 2016

Investigation Shows Missile Downed Airliner Came from Russia





An investigation that implicated Russia in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was able to track the movements of a missile launcher thanks to photos and video clips from witnesses.
Investigators revealed social media posts aided their efforts to meticulously chart the surface-to-air missile system's path - concluding it was brought into rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine from Russia.
Prosecutors confirmed the plane with 298 people on board was shot down from the village of Pervomaysk by a Russian-made missile and the launcher was trucked back to Russia after the attack.
Reconstruction footage released by investigators contains witness photos and video that show the missile launcher traveling through the city of Donetsk and smaller towns towards the launch site. 

A spokesman had claimed: "First-hand radar data identified all flying objects which could have been launched or in the air over the territory controlled by rebels at that moment.
"The data are clear-cut...there is no rocket. If there was a rocket, it could only have been fired from elsewhere."
Russian officials also tipped off the JIT (Joint Investigation Team) that the rural town of Zaroshchenske was a potential launch site – claiming it was controlled by Ukrainian forces at the time.
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A Dutch-led criminal investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 released Wednesday found evidence the airliner was struck by a Russian-made Buk missile that was moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia.

The report confirmed multiple findings in the past of the cause of the crash of the Boeing 777, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, killing all 298 people aboard.

Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Dutch Central Crime Investigation Department, said communications intercepts showed pro-Russian separatists separatists had called for the missile to be deployed, and reported its arrival in rebel-held parts of eastern Ukraine.

The missile which brought down Flight MH17 two years ago over eastern Ukraine was transported into the area from Russia, a Dutch-led investigation has found. Video provided by AFP Newslook

“It may be concluded MH17 was shot down by a 9M38 missile launched by a Buk, brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation, and that after launch was subsequently returned to the Russian Federation,” Paulissen said at a news conference, announcing the results of the two-year investigation.

Russia, which denied responsibility for the July 17, 2014, crash from the start, continued to do so Wednesday.

Initially, Russian officials suggested a Ukrainian fighter jet flying nearby could have shot down the airliner. On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the Dutch-led investigation was “biased and politically motivated.”

The Russian military insisted Wednesday that no air defense missile systems have ever been sent from Russia to Ukraine. The Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, claimed the investigation's conclusions were based on information from the internet and Ukrainian special services, the Associated Press reported.

In Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the latest findings are "another step toward bringing to justice those responsible for this outrageous attack."

Eliot Higgins, founder of the open-source research group Bellingcat, whose early reports pointing at Russian involvement were verified by the Dutch report, said Russia has consistently issued false information about the crash "from claims about satellite imagery to claims about the movements of Buk missile launchers."

Russia has repeatedly denied allegations that pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine were responsible for downing the plane. Russia also has denied supporting the separatists with arms and money, despite evidence to the contrary from foreign governments and news media.

Prosecutors from the Joint Investigation Team — made up of investigators from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine — told the relatives of those killed that they would investigate about 100 people over the incident, the BBC reported.

Robby Oehler, whose niece died in the crash, told the broadcaster: "They told us how the Buk was transported [and] how they came to that evidence from phone taps, photo, film material, video."

A separate investigation by the Dutch Safety Board concluded in October 2015 that the plane was hit by a Russian-made Buk missile.

Eduard Basurin, from the Donetsk People's Republic rebel group, told the Interfax news agency: "We never had such air defense systems, nor the people who could operate them. Therefore we could not have shot down the Boeing.” 

In advance of the report's release, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia wanted "an impartial and full investigation of that tragedy."

"No conclusions can be made without taking into consideration the latest information that was published by our military — namely the primary radar data that recorded all aircraft or objects that could be launched or be in the air on the territory controlled by militia at that time," he told reporters, according to the Tass news agency.

He added that "the data are unambiguous and there is no missile (that allegedly downed the jet) there. If there had been a missile, then it could have been launched from other territory. In this case, I do not say which territory — this is a matter of experts.”

, USA TODAY

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