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- That concludes President Obama's conference. Thanks for watching.
- comment by UN_Photo via twitter 4/17/2014 8:07:36 PM
- Those anti-Semitic flyers distributed by masked men need not be genuine to be genuinely terrifying to Ukrainian Jews: thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…comment by Yair_Rosenberg via twitter 4/17/2014 7:57:37 PM
- Recently Departed Founder Of Russia's Facebook Says Gov't Demanded Data On Ukrainian Protestors feedly.com/e/l4aKOsxvcomment by Josh Peterson via twitter 4/17/2014 7:57:17 PM
- Obama reiterates that the Ukraine crisis is hurting Russia’s economy. A weak case, given Putin clearly knows this and doesn’t mind it.comment by max_fisher via twitter 4/17/2014 7:56:07 PM
Protesters hold placards depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a demonstration against Russia's intervention in Ukraine, in front of the Russian embassy in Prague, April 17, 2014.
- Pres Obama says question now is whether Russia will use influence
they exerted "in a disruptive way" to restore order in Ukrainecomment by Jesse Rodriguez via twitter 4/17/2014 7:53:46 PM
- "My hope is we will see follow through in the next few days, but I don't think, based on past performance, we can actually count on that": Obama
- The question now is whether Russia will use influence they exerted "in a disruptive way" to restore order in Ukraine: Obama
- Ukraine offered assurances that Russians in Ukraine would have full rights and be fully represented: Obama
- “I don’t think we can be sure of anything": Obama
- “We didn’t start this whole mess in Ukraine,” Putin ally says. He blames U.S., in part, for giving $5 billion in aid: cnn.it/1tfcKBscomment by Christiane Amanpour via twitter 4/17/2014 7:46:23 PM
- Putin says annexation of Crimea partly a response to NATO enlargement
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia had been forced to respond to NATO enlargement and that its annexation of Crimea, home to its Black Sea Fleet, was partly influenced by the Western military alliance's expansion into eastern Europe.
Putin said Moscow will respond if the United States moves ahead with plans to base elements of a missile defense shield in eastern Europe, accusing Washington of fuelling a Cold War-style arms race.
Pres Obama enters WH briefing room to address Obamacare numbers and Ukraine crisis. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BlcqQUdCEAASwHU.jpgcomment by peteralexander via twitter 4/17/2014 7:43:05 PM
- comment by Washington Post via twitter 4/17/2014 7:42:13 PM
- Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss'
By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alexei Anishchuk
MARIUPOL, Ukraine - Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three of them were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising, accompanied by tough words from Vladimir Putin that overshadowed crisis talks.Full Article
- Relax, Eastern Ukraine is not forcing it's Jews to register. From @juliaioffe newrepublic.com/article/117415…comment by tnr via twitter 4/17/2014 6:57:29 PM
- comment by Pierre Briançon via twitter 4/17/2014 6:38:42 PM
- NATO to send ships to Baltic to bolster defense of E.European allies
BRUSSELS - NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defense of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday.
Separately, Canada said it had offered six CF-18 fighter planes as its contribution to NATO efforts to beef up its presence in eastern Europe and reassure nervous allies there that NATO would protect them in the event of any Russian aggression.
NATO, the 28-member alliance dominated by the United States, has made clear it does not plan to get involved militarily in Ukraine, which is not a NATO member.
- Armed men put Putin on the air in eastern Ukraine
Armed men took over a television tower in eastern Ukraine on Thursday and switched it to Russian channels playing an almost non-stop stream of sound-bites from a marathon TV phone-in by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Employees at the tower said the men, who were armed with Kalashnikov rifles, barged in after arriving in cars and frightening off guards by firing a shot.
TV engineers accompanying the men then took Ukrainian channels off the air and replaced them with five Russian channels.
- Reader Comment: Kerry commended Yatsenyuk for "courageously offering economic autonomy to the Eastern regions of Ukraine". This is not honest - Kerry should have condemned Yatsenyuk for having done this belatedly after his and his accomplices' policy had lead to the public unrest in the east of Ukraine. Besides this "courageous offer" failed to include the language issue because one of his allies - neo-nazi party "Svoboda" objected to that.
- Kerry says there will be additional sanctions on Russia if it does not carry out four-way agreement on calming tensions in Ukraine.
- U.S., Russia, Ukraine, EU call for end to Ukraine Violence
GENEVA, April 17 - The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on Thursday together called for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.
"All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions," said a joint statement released after the four foreign ministers met in Geneva. "All illegal armed groups must be disarmed; all illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate owners."
(Reporting By Tom Miles, Arshad Mohammed; editing by Stephanie Nebehay)
- U.S. to send medical supplies to Ukraine military
By Phil Stewart and Missy Ryan
WASHINGTON, April 17 - The United States said on Thursday it would send Ukraine's armed forces medical supplies, sleeping mats and other non-lethal aid, seeking to signal support for Kiev while stopping far short of adding any U.S. weaponry to a deepening standoff with Russia.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement at the Pentagon as Kiev grapples with a pro-Russia uprising that has seen fighters seize whole swathes of Ukraine while Moscow masses tens of thousands of troops on the frontier.
Hagel voiced deep concern over "Russia's ongoing destabilizing activities in eastern Ukraine."
"De-escalation has been our focus and Russia must take steps to make that happen," he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who overturned decades of post-Cold War diplomacy last month by declaring Russia had a right to intervene in neighboring countries and annexing Ukraine's Crimea region, accused the authorities in Kiev on Thursday of plunging the country into an "abyss."
Hagel said he spoke on Thursday with his Ukrainian counterpart to inform him of additional non-lethal military assistance, including helmets and water purification units for Ukraine's armed forces.
The United States would also provide small power generators and hand fuel pumps for Ukraine's state border guard service, he said.
"The United States will continue to review additional support that we can provide to Ukraine," Hagel said.
Kiev has long asked for military support from the United States, which U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have said included small arms, as well as non-lethal assistance, including military food rations.
But President Barack Obama's government has focused on providing financial support for Ukraine and pressuring Russia diplomatically, instead of trying to quickly overhaul Ukraine's heavily outnumbered and outgunned forces.
NATO has also made clear it will not intervene militarily in Ukraine, which is not a NATO member, despite Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and a buildup of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border.
It is focusing instead on boosting temporarily its presence in eastern Europe in a drive to reassure allies, such as the ex-Soviet Republics in the Baltics, that NATO would protect them if they ever faced Russian aggression.
Speaking at a Pentagon news conference alongside Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak, Hagel said the United States was looking at additional steps to reinforce NATO allies in central and eastern Europe.
He noted the United States would keep 12 F-16 fighter jets and 200 support personnel in Poland through the end of 2014.
His comments came a day after NATO announced it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe "within days."
(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Missy Ryan and Eric Beech)
Notices were sent to Jews in one city notifying them that they had to identify themselves as Jews...This is not only intolerable, it is grotesque. -Secretary of State John Kerry
- Ukraine local boss puts price on head of Russian 'saboteurs'
By Pavel Polityuk and Alastair Macdonald
KIEV - A billionaire regional governor in eastern Ukraine put a $10,000 bounty on the head of any Russian "saboteur" on Thursday and pledged a reward for the Ukrainian troops who shot protesters at their base overnight.
Aides to banking and energy tycoon Igor Kolomoisky, who was appointed last month by the new government in Kiev to run the industrial region of Dnipropetrovsk, also offered payments for weapons handed in to the local authorities and a reward of $200,000 for anyone who "liberated" an occupied public building.
It was the latest in a cascade of piecemeal initiatives from Ukrainian leaders since pro-Russian militants - backed, Kiev says, by special forces sent by Moscow - seized facilities in the nearby regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
It also highlighted the role of wealthy business "oligarchs" in Ukraine's politics - and in its relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Read more: www.reuters.com
- Ukraine restricts Russians' entry, Moscow threatens retaliation
Ukraine said on Thursday it will impose stricter border controls on Russian men trying to enter the country, where separatist rebellions have broken out, prompting Moscow to threaten retaliation.
The Kiev government, which has accused Moscow of stirring up trouble in the largely Russian-speaking east, said it would target checks on "men of an active age" due to "possible provocations".
- There may be surprise progress on Ukraine talks. Agreement will include measures to calm tensions. - @johnrayitvcomment by Brian Ries via twitter 4/17/2014 4:05:59 PM
- comment by jmsardo via twitter 4/17/2014 4:01:01 PM
- Ukraine asks ICC to investigate alleged crimes in late 2013 and early 2014
AMSTERDAM - Ukraine on Thursday invited the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into any serious international crimes that may have been committed on its territory in late 2013 and early 2014, the court said in a statement.
The invitation, in the form of a declaration accepting the court's jurisdiction for the period between November 21 and February 22, does not ask the court to investigate Russia's formal military involvement in Ukraine's Crimea province, which began on Feb. 27.
Ukraine's parliament earlier this year urged the ICC to investigate crimes allegedly committed by former President Viktor Yanukovich in an attempt to put down the protests that eventually toppled him and drove him into Russian exile. The court's prosecutors are not obliged to investigate.
(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; editing by Andrew Roche)
Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.- Read more at USA Today
- U.S. to send additional non-lethal support to Ukraine: Pentagon
WASHINGTON - The United States will send additional non-lethal military support to Ukraine, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday, in the latest U.S. move to reassure allies following Russia's annexation of Crimea and a buildup of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border.
"Earlier this morning I called Ukraine's acting defense minister to tell him that President Obama has approved additional non-lethal military assistance for health and welfare items and other supplies," Hagel said, speaking at a Pentagon news conference after talks with Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.
The new support follows NATO's announcement on Wednesday that it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe "within days." NATO has made clear it will not intervene militarily in Ukraine, which is not a NATO member.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Missy Ryan and Eric Beech)
- Ukraine invites international criminal court to investigate crimes allegedly committed on its territory earlier this year, last year.
- U.S., Russia, Ukraine, EU working on a joint statement but no agreement yet. Talks continue.: Western official
- Russia demands swift clarification on Ukrainian border restrictions, says it may take retaliatory measures: Foreign Ministry statement
- #Ukraine talks in Geneva w/ @JohnKerry @mfa_russia at same hotel where @HillaryClinton gave Lavrov reset button 5 yrs ago.comment by eliselabottcnn via twitter 4/17/2014 2:56:10 PM
- Dutch rightist Wilders blames EU for Ukraine crisis; hints at UKIP alliance
Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders blamed the crisis in Ukraine on the European Union on Thursday, accusing it of inciting violence by dangling the "carrot" of EU integration.
Weeks ahead of European Parliament elections likely to hand big gains to rightists, Wilders also said British Eurosceptic party UKIP - which has so far shunned his staunchly anti-Muslim Freedom Party - would choose to work with him after the polls.
We're still waiting for this press conference to begin.... A U.S. member of staff adjusts logos on the speakers podium before a media briefing by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after talks on the situation in Ukraine, in Geneva, April 17, 2014. Four-party talks to resolve the crisis in Ukraine are working on a written document that will be published later on Thursday if the talks go well, a diplomatic source with knowledge of the talks said. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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