Kiev Seeks to ‘Raze Southeast to the Ground,’ Expel Russian Speakers – Lavrov

Monday, August 11, 2014

SOCHI, August 11 (RIA Novosti) – The Kiev government’s military operation in eastern Ukraine seems to be aimed at “razing the southeast to the ground” and forcing the Russian-speaking population to flee, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

“So far, it seems that the purpose of the so-called anti-terrorist operation is to raze the southeast [of Ukraine] to the ground and make all Russians leave it. Apparently, with a purpose to later populate it with those who have a different view of our history, culture, friendship and centuries-long ties between our peoples,” Lavrov told reporters during his visit to Sochi.

Kiev launched a military crackdown on independence supporters in the mostly Russian-speaking eastern regions of the country in mid-April. According to the United Nations, at least 1,367 people have lost their lives, with more than 730,000 Ukrainian residents fleeing to Russia since the beginning of the conflict. The Russian Federal Migration Service reported last week that about 60,000 Ukrainians have requested refugee status or temporary asylum in Russia. Moscow has repeatedly condemned Kiev’s war against its own people and urged an immediate stop to the punitive operation, advocating a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

(RIA Novosti)


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Kyrgyzstan confirms plans to join Customs Union before year end

Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev confirmed his country’s intention to join the Customs Union before the year end.

“Of course, we would like to join the Customs Union and the Eurasian Economic Union before the yearend,” he said during a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Kyrgyzstan’s leader added his country has been working actively to ensure successful result.

“I hope everything will be fine,” the president said.

Kyrgyzstan firmly and permanently develops relations with Russia, which the president called the country’s “strategic partner.

The Eurasian Economic Union, which envisages free movement of goods, services, capital and workforce and is based on the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, will become operational from January 1, 2015. The treaty on the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union was signed by the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on May 29 in Astana.

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Assault on Donetsk Risks War with Russia

...While it cynically claims not to want Russian intervention, the Obama administration has done everything in its power to provoke and goad Russia into such an intervention. Its policy was to install a violently anti-Russian, far-right government in Kiev and consolidate it through a violent war against the east Ukrainian population, with fighting taking place less than 50 miles from the Russian border. It is intent on humiliating the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin, creating the conditions for its collapse and the carve-up of Russia itself.

That very scenario is now beginning to play out in eastern Ukraine. US statements insisting that Russia should not intervene militarily to halt the bloodshed unleashed by its puppet regime are deeply hypocritical. Only three years ago, the US claimed that the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi might launch armed repression in Benghazi and seized upon it to launch a bloody war that devastated Libya, toppled the Gaddafi regime, and led to the brutal murder of Gaddafi himself...

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Odessa slaughter survivors reveal their side of story in intl photo exhibit

Survivors of the bloody Odessa May 2 clashes and subsequent tragedy at Trade Union House, where nearly 50 people were burnt alive, have organized international photo exhibits in order to convey the events with a new clarity denied to viewers by Kiev.

Violent clashes erupted on May 2 between rival rallies of anti-government protesters and radicals supporting the coup-imposed Kiev government. The confrontation led to a tragedy that left 48 people dead and 247 injured, as nationalists burnt the protester camp and then set fire to Trade Unions House with anti-Kiev activists trapped inside. The actual death toll could be much higher, as many of those who managed to escape the flames were then either strangled or beaten with bats by radicals, according to witness reports.

After the slaughter, a media blockade was imposed by Kiev, supplemented by an unwillingness to investigate the events in an objective, dispassionate manner. The most popular version of events in the Ukrainian media at the time stated that members of the anti-Kiev uprising set the Trade Union House on fire themselves, while the neo-fascist elements of the Maidan uprising were presented as victims of savagery...

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