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Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!

Ukraine Goes Cyprus 2.0, To Tax Deposits Over 100,000 Hryvnia (To Appease IMF?) http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-20/ukraine-goes-cyprus-20-tax-deposits-over-100000-hryvnia-appease-imf

The Honeymoon Is Over: Ukraine To Stun Citizens With 40% Gas Price Hike http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-20/honeymoon-over-ukraine-stun-citizens-40-gas-price-hike

Gas Talks Between Ukraine And Gazprom Cancelled, Naftogaz Chairman Detained On Corruption Probe http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-21/gas-talks-between-ukraine-and-gazprom-cancelled-naftogaz-chairman-detained-corruptio
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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2014, 02:02:15 PM »
Dear Ukrainians, Your Gas Bill Goes Up By 50% On May 1, Have A Nice Day http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-26/dear-ukrainians-your-gas-bill-goes-50-may-1-have-nice-day

Ukraine Only Has Enough Gasoline For A Month http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-25/ukraine-only-has-enough-gasoline-month

"Anarchy" Returns To Ukraine As Ultra-Nationalist Leader Killed By Police http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-25/anarchy-returns-ukraine-ultra-nationalist-leader-killed-police
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2014, 02:17:01 PM »
Pensions to be halved

The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun

Paul Craig Roberts
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/06/looting-ukraine-begun/

According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454 It is Greece all over again.

Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work. Naive protesters who believed the propaganda that EU membership offered a better life are due to lose half of their pension by April. But this is only the beginning.

The corrupt Western media describes loans as “aid.” However, the 11 billion euros that the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. Moreover, it comes with many strings, including Kiev’s acceptance of an IMF austerity plan.

Remember now, gullible Ukrainians participated in the protests that were used to overthrow their elected government, because they believed the lies told to them by Washington-financed NGOs that once they joined the EU they would have streets paved with gold. Instead they are getting cuts in their pensions and an IMF austerity plan.

The austerity plan will cut social services, funds for education, layoff government workers, devalue the currency, thus raising the prices of imports which include Russian gas, thus electricity, and open Ukrainian assets to takeover by Western corporations.

Ukraine’s agriculture lands will pass into the hands of American agribusiness.

One part of the Washington/EU plan for Ukraine, or that part of Ukraine that doesn’t defect to Russia, has succeeded. What remains of the country will be thoroughly looted by the West.

The other part hasn’t worked as well. Washington’s Ukrainian stooges lost control of the protests to organized and armed ultra-nationalists. These groups, whose roots go back to those who fought for Hitler during World War 2, engaged in words and deeds that sent southern and eastern Ukraine clamoring to be returned to Russia where they resided prior to the 1950s when the Soviet communist party stuck them into Ukraine.

At this time of writing it looks like Crimea has seceded from Ukraine. Washington and its NATO puppets can do nothing but bluster and threaten sanctions. The White House Fool has demonstrated the impotence of the “US sole superpower” by issuing sanctions against unknown persons, whoever they are, responsible for returning Crimea to Russia, where it existed for about 200 years before, according to Solzhenitsyn, a drunk Khrushchev of Ukrainian ethnicity moved southern and eastern Russian provinces into Ukraine. Having observed the events in western Ukraine, those Russian provinces want to go back home where they belong, just as South Ossetia wanted nothing to do with Georgia.

Washington’s stooges in Kiev can do nothing about Crimea except bluster. Under the Russian-Ukraine agreement, Russia is permitted 25,000 troops in Crimea. The US/EU media’s deploring of a “Russian invasion of 16,000 troops” is either total ignorance or complicity in Washington’s lies. Obviously, the US/EU media is corrupt. Only a fool would rely on their reports. Any media that would believe anything Washington says after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney sent Secretary of State Colin Powell to the UN to peddle the regime’s lies about “Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,” which the weapons inspectors had told the White House did not exist, is clearly a collection of bought-and-paid for whores.

In the former Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, Putin’s low-key approach to the strategic threat that Washington has brought to Russia has given Washington a chance to hold on to a major industrial complex that serves the Russian economy and military. The people themselves in eastern Ukraine are in the streets demanding separation from the unelected government that Washington’s coup has imposed in Kiev. Washington, realizing that its incompetence has lost Crimea, had its Kiev stooges appoint Ukrainian oligarchs, against whom the Maiden protests were partly directed, to governing positions in eastern Ukraine cities. These oligarchs have their own private militias in addition to the police and any Ukrainian military units that are still functioning. The leaders of the protesting Russians are being arrested and disappeared. Washington and its EU puppets, who proclaim their support for self-determination, are only for self-determination when it can be orchestrated in their favor. Therefore, Washington is busy at work suppressing self-determination in eastern Ukraine.

This is a dilemma for Putin. His low-key approach has allowed Washington to seize the initiative in eastern Ukraine. The oligarchs Taruta and Kolomoyskiy have been put in power in Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk, and are carrying out arrests of Russians and committing unspeakable crimes, but you will never hear of it from the US presstitutes. Washington’s strategy is to arrest and deep-six the leaders of the secessionists so that there no authorities to request Putin’s intervention.

If Putin has drones, he has the option of taking out Taruta and Kolomoyskiy. If Putin lets Washington retain the Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, he will have demonstrated a weakness that Washington will exploit. Washington will exploit the weakness to the point that Washington forces Putin to war.

The war will be nuclear.

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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2014, 03:25:56 PM »
Exxon Mobil Chairman told Obama there will be no war in Ukraine.  This happened yesterday. It was a SORCHA FAAL story so I didn't believe it until I started searching and there are a lot of financial stories stating the same on the net.

U.S. CEOs gearing up to protect Russian business interests as Crimean crisis turns bloody

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/03/19/u-s-ceos-gearing-up-to-protect-russian-business-interests-as-crimean-crisis-turns-bloody/

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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2014, 03:03:40 PM »
And Now The Real Economic Pain Begins As IMF Unleashes $27BN Bailout In "Near Bankrupt" Ukraine
27 March 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-27/and-now-real-economic-pain-begins-imf-unleashes-27bn-bailout-near-bankrupt-ukraine

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The IMF agreement will clear the way for €1.6 billion ($2.2 billion) in emergency aid from the European Union, European Commission President Jose Barroso said March 5.

The EU offered an €11 billion aid package. Ukraine is also waiting for $1 billion in loan guarantees and $150 million in direct assistance from the U.S.

“This represents a powerful sign of support from the international community for the Ukrainian government, as we help them stabilize and grow their economy, and move their democracy forward,” the White House said in an e-mailed statement.

Because there is nothing quite like insolvent Europe bailing out insolvent Ukraine.

As part of the IMF agreement, the Ukrainian government agreed to cut the budget deficit to 2.5% of GDP by 2016 and to raise retail energy tariffs toward their full cost, according to the Washington-based lender.

The central bank will shift toward a flexible exchange rate and the country will tackle bad debts in the banking industry, it said.


As we said: welcome to IMF vassal state status.

Enjoy your hyperinflation dear Ukrainians - at least you will have your "freedom"... just like Greeks have the Euro, if no economy to speak of.

Then again, with or without the IMF, Ukraine is likely a lost cause - earlier today, acting PM announced that the country is on the verge of bankruptcy, a statement which has no hyperbole in it whatsoever.

To wit: Ukrainian economy to shrink 3% this year, inflation to be 12%-14%, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk tells parliament in Kiev. He added the GDP forecast based on passage of “unpopular reforms.

If those laws aren’t adopted, we see default and 10% economic  decline. This package of laws is very unpopular, very difficult, very tough reforms, which we should have done in the last 20 years."

Flashback to Hank Paulson waving a blank 3 page term sheet before Congress demanding ulimited power or else the global economy gets it.

Other disclosures:

- Russian trade restrictions to reduce GDP by 1ppt; Russia will also raise energy prices

- “This is the payment for Ukraine’s independence”

- Ukrainian state debt is 53%/GDP

- Ukraine to pay $480/kcm for Russia gas starting on April 1

- Ukraine didn’t use reserves to back hryvnia in March

- Govt seeks to introduce more progressive income tax system

- Govt to keep minimum wage unchanged this year

- Govt to index pensions, public wages to inflation

- Ukraine needs “urgent” constitutional reform
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Ukraine Parliament Rejects IMF's Bailout Terms (As US Passes Ukraine Aid Bill)
27 March 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-27/ukraine-parliament-rejects-imfs-bailout-terms-us-passes-ukraine-aid-bill

The US Senate is more than happy to hand over a few billion and confirm sanctions:

*SENATE PASSES UKRAINIAN AID BILL WITH RUSSIAN SANCTIONS

*HOUSE PASSES VERSION OF UKRAINIAN AID, RUSSIAN SANCTIONS BILL

But, it seems the IMF's requirements for Ukraine's bailout are too much for the locals to bear:

UKRAINE PARLIAMENT FAILS TO SUPPORT FIRST BID TO PASS ANTI-CRISIS LAW REQUIRED FOR IMF DEAL

Lawmakers will continue to work on the bill as it seems they approve the top-line budget but not the taxes required to get there... beggars can be choosers again maybe?

US says "yes" to US Aid; Via NY Times,


The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to approve a billion-dollar aid package for Ukraine, two days after Senate Democrats relented to Republican demands that they drop a provision backed by the White House that would have authorized an overhaul of the International Monetary Fund.

The vote was 98 to 2. The House is expected to pass a similar bill later in the day.

President Obama has said he will sign the bill, which includes new sanctions against Russians and Ukrainians who provided support to Russia to annex the Crimea region of Ukraine.

“This bill is a first step toward supporting the Ukrainians and our Central and Eastern European partners, and imposing truly significant costs on Moscow,” the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, said in a floor speech as his chamber considered its bill.

Ukraine says 'No" to IMF (for now); Via Bloomberg,

Lawmakers approve budget changes needed for IMF loan deal.

Lawmakers to continue working on tax bill, acting President and parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov says

Lawmakers to vote on tax bill again today: Turchynov

We suspect beggars will be choosers once again.
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Dr. Michael Hudson: Who in Ukraine benefits from IMF bailout?
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2014, 12:43:21 PM »
Dr. Michael Hudson: Who in Ukraine benefits from IMF bailout? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8g5J7YGRpE

28 March 2014, The Big Picture RT
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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2014, 05:23:26 PM »
Ukrainian Junta Concedes to IMF Looting Plan - Plan will impose austerity measures rivaling those decimating living standards of the Greek people
28 March 2014
, by Kurt Nimmo (Infowars)
http://www.infowars.com/ukrainian-junta-concedes-to-imf-looting-plan/

Ukraine’s Parliament at first rejected on Thursday an “anti-crisis” law proposed by the IMF. It later adopted the legislation when 246 of 321 MPs voted in favor.

Average Ukrainians want a say in plan that will decimate their standard of living: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNbREhqdyi4

The bill will impose austerity measures rivaling those currently decimating the living standards of the Greek people.

The draft law kowtowing to the IMF was proposed by the coup government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a former central banker who runs a foundation propped up by the U.S. State Department, the National Endowment for Democracy, NATO, Chatham House, Horizon Capital, Swedbank, and the German Marshall Fund.

Prior to taking the IMF deal to Parliament, Yats, as the State Department calls Yatsenyuk, said Ukraine has “no other choice but to accept the IMF offer” that will force millions of Ukrainians into poverty.

He told legislators the IMF austerity package “is very unpopular, very difficult, very tough” and includes “reforms… that should have been done in the past 20 years,” prior to the U.S. funded and organized Orange Revolution and later rule by series of kleptocrats,

including former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who went to prison for embezzlement, and subsequently Russian supported President Viktor Yanukovych, who lived a lavish lifestyle at the expense of average Ukrainians.

Tymoshenko announced she will run for president on the same day the IMF plan was considered by Parliament.

The IMF plan will jack up income taxes, levy a freeze on wages, curtail old age pensions, and raise energy prices. Prior to conceding to the IMF plan, Kommersant-Ukraine noted social benefits will be targeted first.

“The Finance Ministry has prepared a plan for optimizing budget expenditures, which implies budget sequestration is to be in force before the end of March.

For this purpose, in particular, it has been proposed to reduce capital costs, eliminate tax schemes and preferences and to cut social benefits, for example, 50% of pensions to working pensioners,” it reported.

Gas prices will lead the way in deconstructing Ukrainian society: “State energy company Naftogaz announced this week that household gas prices would rise 50% beginning May 1 in what it said was part of efforts to make utility costs economically viable for the state by 2018.

Some analysts have estimated prices might have to double for consumers,” CBS News reported on Thursday.

“The increase in fuel and transportation prices will inflate costs of production,” notes Michel Chossudovsky.

“Combined with the impact of the devaluation of the hryvnia, it will have an immediate impact on the retail prices of essential commodities.

Moreover, the phasing out of subsidies on basic food staples is also contemplated as part of the IMF framework.”

Chossudovsky said the “IMF package will trigger a significant overall increase in the prices of essential consumer goods, thereby contributing to the impoverishment of a population which has already been impoverished.”

It will disassemble the Ukrainian economy and soften it up for targeted neoliberal looting.

The IMF deal is conditioned on the deregulation of the foreign exchange market, rolling back regulation of the forex market based on “enhanced exchange rate flexibility” – in other words, it will open the floodgates for speculative trade in the currency markets – and devaluing the hryvnia, the Ukrainian national currency.
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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2014, 05:28:54 PM »
OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS JOE STIGLITZ: IMF same exact four-step program

IMF same exact four-step program:

1.0 Privatization ‘Briberization.’

2.0 IMF/World Bank capital market deregulation allows investment capital to flow in and out the “Hot Money” cycle.

3.0 Market-Based Pricing, a fancy term for raising prices on food, water and cooking gas

4.0 IMF and World Bank call their “poverty reduction strategy”: Free Trade- “The IMF riot.”


http://www.gregpalast.com/the-globalizer-who-came-in-from-the-cold/


Indeedy the Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!

So no sinecure to mention this IMF report again.
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Ukraine Shocks Population With Staggered 100% Heating Price Increase While Restricting Cash Use
28 March 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-28/ukraine-shocks-population-staggered-100-heating-price-increase-while-restricting-cas

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In a TV address to his divided nation, Ukraine's PM Yatsenyuk stunned the people by first suggesting heating prices would rise gradually, then confirming a plan that will see prices rise 100% in the next 2 years (and almost 200% by 2017) as the cost of imported Russian gas is expected to be around $500 (up from the current $84).

This standard of living crushing move was then followed by tougher capital controls, restricting cash purchases to around $1300 per person per day after the Central bank basically admitted "amid a tense situation in money markets" it was broke.

And all of this comes on the heels of what can only be described as a vague pro-forma comment by US and EU governments over the riots by the "Right Sector" ultranationalists that clearly did not want to upset the state-sponsored thugs too much.

Yatsenyuk addressed the nation in a TV appearance:

    *UKRAINE TO RAISE GAS, HEATING PRICES GRADUALLY, PREMIER SAYS

    *UKRAINE TO RAISE HEATING PRICES 40% THIS YEAR, 40% NEXT YEAR

    *UKRAINE TO RAISE HEATING PRICES 20% IN 2016 AND 20% IN 2017


So a 182% increase by 2017

    *YATSENYUK SAYS PRICE INCREASE WILL BRING IT TO MARKET LEVELS

    *UKRAINE HOUSEHOLDS PAY $84 PER 1,000 CUBIC METERS GAS:YATSENYUK

    *IMPORTED RUSSIAN GAS WILL BE ABOUT $500: YATSENYUK

    *HOUSEHOLD RATE INCREASE IS `ONLY RIGHT DECISION:' YATSENYUK


And then, via The Ukraine Central Bank, they implement tougher capital controls:

    *UKRAINE CENTRAL BANK SETS LIMITS ON FOREIGN CURRENCY PURCHASES

    *UKRAINE CENTRAL BANK LIMIT PURCHASES 15,000 HRYVNIA PER PERSON PER DAY ($1300)

    *UKRAINE CENTRAL BANK LIMIT PURCHASES 150,000 HRYVNIA PER PERSON PER MONTH ($13,000)

    *UKRAINE CENTRAL BANK SAYS ON WEBSITE LIMITS TAKE EFFECT TODAY

    *UKRAINE CENTRAL BANK SAYS FX RESTRICTIONS TO REMAIN UNTIL MAY 1


After admitting they are broke...


Putin Calls Obama To “Draw Attention To Ukraine Extremists”, Obama Replies With Request To Pull Back Troops
28 March 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-28/putin-calls-obama-draw-attention-ukraine-extremists-obama-replies-request-putin-pull
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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2014, 04:22:35 PM »
Gazprom Raises Gas Export Price as Ukraine Looks for Cash
1 April 2014
, by Elena Mazneva (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-01/gazprom-raises-gas-export-price-as-ukraine-looks-for-cash.html

Russia’s natural-gas export monopoly raised prices for Ukraine 44% after a discount deal expired, heaping financial pressure on the government in Kiev as it negotiates international bailouts.

OAO Gazprom (GAZP) said Ukraine is losing its right to pay less because it has piled up a debt of more than $1.7 billion since 2013.

Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych won a lower price at the end of last year as he grappled with protests after ditching an association agreement with the European Union, on top of a previous discount in April 2010.

That may also be overturned, according to Russia’s government.

“The December gas discount can no longer be used,” Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexey Miller said today.

Ukraine has failed to settle its debt for previous gas shipments and isn’t paying in full for supplies now, he said.

The move raises the prospect that state-run Gazprom may threaten to halt sales to Ukraine, which relies on Russia for about half its gas.

European shipments were disrupted at least twice since 2006 when Russia cut Ukraine’s supplies during price disputes.

Gazprom’s pricing decision came after Russian President Vladimir Putin moved to reduce military tensions after annexing Crimea, saying yesterday that Russia’s withdrawing some troops from near the border with Ukraine.

Price Threats

Ukraine, completing a deal with the International Monetary Fund and waiting for U.S. aid, is critical to EU energy security because about 15% of European gas supplies travel through its Soviet-era pipeline network.

In January 2009, a dispute between Russia and Ukraine disrupted deliveries to Europe for about two weeks during freezing weather.

The second-quarter gas price for Ukraine is rising to $385.50 per 1,000 cubic meters from $268.50 in the first quarter, Miller said.

The average price for European customers this year is seen at about $370 to $380, according to the company’s forecasts.

The announced price still includes the 2010 discount, Sergei Kupriyanov, Gazprom’s spokesman, said by text massage.

Ukraine’s price may rise by an additional $100 per 1,000 cubic meters “on the same day” that the Russian state makes a final decision to annul all documents signed under the so-called Kharkiv accord, Kupriyanov said.

That would move Ukraine’s price to a level about 30% higher than Gazprom’s EU customers pay.

Rating Review

Moody’s Investors Service said in a statement today that it may cut the bond ratings of Gazprom and OAO Rosneft, after it put Russia’s government bond rating on review for downgrade on March 28.

Moody’s said it expects the companies’ ratings will not differ from the sovereign rating at the end of the review.

In Kharkiv in 2010, Ukraine agreed to extend Russia’s lease to the Black Sea Fleet base in Crimea from 2017 to 2042 in exchange for cheaper gas.

Russia has no need for the accords after the peninsula’s accession, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said last month, calling for Ukraine to pay about $11 billion lost to Russia’s budget.

Russian lawmakers began to approve legislation on annulling the Kharkiv accord yesterday.

The government hasn’t publicly announced a deadline for a final decision.

Ukraine is also increasing the fees it charges Gazprom to ship fuel to Europe by 10%, Miller said.

Gas transit to Europe through Ukrainian pipelines is proceeding as normal, Gazprom and Ukraine’s pipeline operator UkrTransGaz said today.

Ukraine’s Energy Minister Yuri Prodan asked the EU to step up efforts to ship natural gas shipments to his country to lessen the pressure from Russia, according to a letter he wrote to European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger and published March 27 on the ministry’s website.

‘Serious Shock’

“Any serious shock is unlikely for now,” until Moscow voids the last discount agreement, Dennis Sakva, an energy analyst at Dragon Capital in Kiev, said today by e-mail.

Ukraine may use fuel from its underground storage facilities before it gets the IMF aid, which is expected this month, Sakva said.

Ukraine has a “very low” 7.2 billion cubic meters of gas in underground storage, Andriy Kobolyev, chief executive officer of state-owned NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy, told reporters in Kiev today.

Naftogaz has asked regional governors to limit utilities’ gas consumption this month, he said.

Kobolyev said he planned to meet Miller this week, declining to elaborate on what they’ll discuss.

Prodan told reporters that a delegation will travel to Moscow on April 3.

Ukraine still hasn’t got any materials from Russia on overturning the Kharkiv agreement, Prodan said.

“Ukraine considers Crimea its territory, so Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is located in Ukraine,” he said.
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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2014, 04:33:21 PM »
Will Soros pay ?

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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2014, 09:25:09 PM »
IMF Seals Ukraine's Implosion - Joaquin Flores https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T825ECVW_Qo

6 April 2014, 108morris108
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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2014, 04:59:22 AM »
I wonder how long before the Western Ukrainian people are begging to join Russia .. .. ..

Probably after they get their first Gas Bill at a wild guess.  ::)

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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2014, 09:15:52 AM »
I wonder how long before the Western Ukrainian people are begging to join Russia .. .. ..

Probably after they get their first Gas Bill at a wild guess.  ::)

Well, here you've got some developments.

Pro-Russia Protesters Seize Government Building In East Ukraine, Demand Autonomy
6 April 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-06/pro-russia-protesters-seize-government-building-donetsk-demand-autonomy-ukraine

Crimea 2.0: Donetsk Activists Declare Kiev Independence, Request "Temporary Peacekeeping" Support From Putin
7 April 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-07/crimea-20-donetsk-activists-declare-kiev-independence-announce-peoples-republic-done

Russia Tells Ukrainians: 'Referendum' Or We Can't Protect You As Ukraine Proposes State Of Emegency
7 April 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-07/russia-tells-ukrainians-referendum-or-we-cant-protect-you-ukraine-proposes-state-eme

Activists declare independent Donetsk republic, seize local govt building https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM7ZBoGF_n8

7 April 2014, RT

And Another Region Seeks To Join Russia
7 April 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-07/and-another-region-seeks-join-russia

   TRANSNISTRIA SEEKING TO JOIN RUSSIA AFTER WINNING INDEPENDENCE

    MOLDOVA'S TRANSNISTRIA REGION SEEKS TO JOIN RUSSIA: PRESIDENT

    TRANSNISTRIA PRESIDENT SHEVCHUK SPEAKING TO REPORTERS ON RUSSIA
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« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2014, 09:36:48 AM »
What are we gonna do about these illuminati chumps.

They never stop do they.

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Russia's Gazprom says Ukraine did not pay for gas on time
« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2014, 12:13:19 PM »
UPDATE 1-Russia's Gazprom says Ukraine did not pay for gas on time
8 April 2014
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/08/ukraine-crisis-russia-gas-idUSL6N0N010I20140408

* Gazprom and Ukraine locked in gas price dispute

* Russian gas transit to Europe via Ukraine stable (Adds detail, comments)

Russian natural gas producer Gazprom said on Tuesday Ukraine had failed to pay for its March gas supplies on time but did not say whether the company would take any action against Kiev.

"They haven't paid for March," a spokesman said, confirming that Ukraine's total debt of $2.2 billion had not been reduced by the deadline of midnight on Monday.

Gazprom has often in the past not taken any action when Kiev failed to pay its bills on time.

But it cut off gas supplies to Ukraine during price disputes in the winters of 2008/2009 and 2005/2006, disrupting supplies of Russian gas to Europe that are carried via Ukraine.

Gazprom said Russian gas transit via Ukraine to Europe remained stable on Tuesday.

Ukraine's energy company, Naftogaz, declined immediate comment. Later on Tuesday, EU officials were due to meet Ukraine's energy minister in Brussels.

Relations between Kiev and Moscow have deteriorated since parliament ousted Ukraine's Moscow-backed president on Feb. 22 following months of protests.

Russian forces took over the Crimea region and Moscow then annexed it on March 21.

Gazprom has almost doubled the gas price for Ukraine to $485 per 1,000 cubic metres, compared to the $370-$380 it charges Europe on average.

Ukraine says the new price is unacceptable and is politically motivated.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk additional reporting by Pavel Polityuk in Kiev, editing by Timothy Heritage)
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Putin: Russia Can’t Subsidize Ukraine Forever
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2014, 10:00:12 AM »
Putin Threatens Ukrainian Imports as Economic Pressure Mounts
9 April 2014
, by Ilya Arkhipov (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-09/putin-threatens-ukrainian-imports-as-economic-pressure-mounts.html

Excerpt:

President Vladimir Putin told his government to draw up a plan to replace Ukrainian imports, saying Russia can’t subsidize its neighbor forever.

Addressing the cabinet outside Moscow today, Putin backed Foreign Ministry calls to overhaul Ukraine’s constitution to ease tensions in the country’s eastern provinces, where pro-Russian separatists have seized official buildings.

He urged more talks with the administration in Kiev before proceeding with an idea to demand that Ukraine pay in advance for energy.

Ukraine’s pro-European government accuses Russia of stoking unrest in the regions around the two nations’ border in a bid to destabilize next month’s presidential election.

It also says Russian bans on goods such as dairy products are politically motivated.

The U.S. and the European Union have warned Russia to pull back troops massed near Ukraine’s eastern provinces.
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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2014, 10:43:50 AM »
Crimea-Fueled Crunch Sends Banks Hunting for Cash: Russia Credit
9 April 2014
, by Vladimir Kuznetsov (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-08/crimea-fueled-crunch-sends-banks-hunting-for-cash-russia-credit.html

Excerpt:

Russian lenders are turning to more expensive collateral to borrow needed cash from the central bank as the crisis with Ukraine prompts withdrawals by savers.

Commercial lenders borrowed as much as 493 billion rubles ($13.9 billion) last month from Bank Rossii through foreign currency swap operations, the most in five years, according to central bank data.

These cash injections come on top of as much as 3 trillion rubles obtained from cheaper repo operations in March, the largest amount since December.

Banks are being starved of rubles as Russians pull deposits, according to OAO Sberbank, the country’s biggest lender.

The withdrawals have been spurred by President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, which triggered sanctions by the U.S. and allies, roiling investor sentiment toward the world’s top energy exporter.

“A new liquidity shock is entirely possible, if the situation in Ukraine develops in a negative way,” Dmitry Dorofeev, a money manager at BCS Financial Group in Moscow, said in e-mailed comments.

“With repo collateral almost used up the banks now have to resort to more expensive swaps.”

The central bank placed 3.01 trillion of rubles with banks for one week at 7% on April 8 in a repo auction using ruble-denominated assets as collateral.

Its overnight swap facility costs banks 8%.
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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2014, 09:03:49 AM »
Ukraine’s Rust Belt Faces Ruin as Putin Threatens Imports
10 April 2014
, by Jake Rudnitsky (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-09/ukraine-s-rust-belt-fears-ruin-as-putin-threatens-imports.html

Excerpt:

For Pavel Cesnek, the future of his sprawling locomotive maker in eastern Ukraine lies in the balance and its fate will be sealed across the Russian border.

The head of Luganskteplovoz in the city of Luhansk rules over a communist-era factory and workforce of 6,500 that builds trains primarily for state-run OAO Russian Railways.

Like many local businessmen, he fears the pro-European government in Kiev will antagonize the Kremlin into unleashing trade restrictions that could wipe out industry across Ukraine’s rust belt.

“Trade ties with Russia are an existential question -- to be or not to be,” said the 40-year-old Czech.

“Without Russia, there’d be a total collapse for me, my workers and my owner.”

President Vladimir Putin is threatening to halt Ukrainian imports as he tries to cool his neighbor’s plans to integrate trade with Europe after the ouster of its Russian-backed leader in February.

Ukraine’s east, whose metals and machinery plants rely on demand over the border, has been rocked by pro-Russian separatists who’ve seized official buildings and taken hostages.

While the eastern regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk are home to 28% of Ukraine’s 45 million people, they accounted for almost half of industrial output in January-February, statistics service data show.

Luhansk sends 70% of its exports to Russia, according to the service.
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Ukraine Democracy in Practice
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2014, 11:04:23 AM »
Ukraine Democracy in Practice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaDuT0Ybu0U
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Ukraine Heading for it’s Third Recession This Year
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2014, 06:09:09 PM »
Ukraine Heading for it’s Third Recession This Year

Ukraine’s economy, which has endured two contractions since 2008, is headed for a third recession this year, according to the U.S.- and EU-backed government, which expects GDP to shrink 3%.

With currency reserves depleted and the hryvnia at a record low, officials are pushing for final approval of an International Monetary Fund loan that will unlock $27 billion in international financing over two years.

Finance Minister Oleksandr Shlapak said in Washington yesterday that Ukraine needs at least $30 billion through 2015.

FROM: Ukraine Miners Don Camouflage as East Revolt Mimics West http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-10/ukraine-miners-don-camouflage-as-donetsk-uprising-mimics-maidan.html
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Ukraine Sees $7 Billion IMF Funding This Year
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2014, 07:29:49 PM »
Ukraine Sees $7 Billion IMF Funding This Year
11 April 2014
, by Daryna Krasnolutska and Sandrine Rastello (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-11/ukraine-sees-7-billion-imf-funding-this-year.html

Ukraine will probably receive $7 billion in International Monetary Fund financing this year to support the state budget and central bank reserves, Finance Minister Oleksandr Shlapak said.

The east European nation is also seeking further funding from the Group of Seven countries, Shlapak said an interview in Washington yesterday.

Of the group’s members, Canada has pledged $200 million and the U.S. has also responded, he said.

The government predicts Ukraine’s economy will shrink 3% in 2014, the third recession since 2008, while reserves are at a nine-year low.

The country sealed a preliminary accord with the IMF last month for as much as $18 billion in loans during two years, with the agreement unlocking $27 billion in international financing.

Ukraine needs about $30 billion through 2015 to “balance the situation,” Shlapak said.

“We have fulfilled all preliminary requirements we have agreed with the IMF,” Shlapak said. “Tomorrow, we will report that to our IMF colleagues.”

The hryvnia has weakened 35.2% against the dollar this year, the worst performance among more than 170 currencies tracked by Bloomberg. It depreciated 0.9% to 12.7109 per dollar as of 10 p.m. in Kiev.

“As to its adequacy, we’ll need more than the numbers the IMF are currently looking at I believe in Ukraine,” said Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver today in Washington.

“This is an issue subject to continual study and review.”


Mmmmhh won’t nearly be enough I am afraid. Ukraine owes Gazprom $2.2billion for supplies of natural gas. Ukraine needs at least $30 billion through 2015.
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Ukraine’s Rust Belt Faces Ruin as Putin Threatens Imports
« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2014, 11:05:52 PM »
Ukraine’s Rust Belt Faces Ruin as Putin Threatens Imports
10 April 2014
, by Jake Rudnitsky (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-09/ukraine-s-rust-belt-fears-ruin-as-putin-threatens-imports.html

Excerpt:

For Pavel Cesnek, the future of his sprawling locomotive maker in eastern Ukraine lies in the balance and its fate will be sealed across the Russian border.

The head of Luganskteplovoz in the city of Luhansk rules over a communist-era factory and workforce of 6,500 that builds trains primarily for state-run OAO Russian Railways.

Like many local businessmen, he fears the pro-European government in Kiev will antagonize the Kremlin into unleashing trade restrictions that could wipe out industry across Ukraine’s rust belt.

“Trade ties with Russia are an existential question -- to be or not to be,” said the 40-year-old Czech. “Without Russia, there’d be a total collapse for me, my workers and my owner.”

President Vladimir Putin is threatening to halt Ukrainian imports as he tries to cool his neighbor’s plans to integrate trade with Europe after the ouster of its Russian-backed leader in February.

Ukraine’s east, whose metals and machinery plants rely on demand over the border, has been rocked by pro-Russian separatists who’ve seized official buildings and taken hostages.

While the eastern regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk are home to 28% of Ukraine’s 45 million people, they accounted for almost half of industrial output in January-February, statistics service data show.

Luhansk sends 70% of its exports to Russia, according to the service.
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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2014, 11:33:49 PM »
History Ukraine: Webster Tarpley on Jeff Rense Radio 4/2/2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRWAF8TWSYE


Webster Tarpley - April 12, 2014 - World Crisis Radio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJTn6A0JGYU

NATO’s Russian troop build-up satellite images ‘show 2013 drills’ http://rt.com/news/nato-satellite-images-drills-712/

Skull & Bones: John Kerry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlQsHC9WzO8
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Ukraine Boosts Russian Gas Imports as Prepayment Threat Looms
« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2014, 08:40:21 PM »
Ukraine Boosts Russian Gas Imports as Prepayment Threat Looms
21 April 2014
, by Elena Mazneva (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-21/ukraine-boosts-russian-gas-imports-as-prepayment-threat-looms.html

Ukraine is boosting natural-gas imports from Russia to the highest in 10 weeks after President Vladimir Putin gave the country one month to resume payments or have to start prepaying for the fuel.

Ukraine imported almost 115 million cubic meters of gas from Russia on April 19, the most since Feb. 5, preliminary data from the Russian Energy Ministry’s CDU-TEK unit show.

That compares with 40 million cubic meters on April 16, before Putin’s statement.

The daily average in April last year was about 49 million cubic meters, according to Ukrainian Energy Ministry data.

Ukraine depends on Russian gas for half of its domestic needs and carries about 15% of Europe’s supply through its pipelines from Russia, making energy a key component in the international tensions over the smaller country’s future.

OAO Gazprom (OGZD), Russia’s state-controlled gas exporter, is supplying fuel to Ukraine with little chance of receiving payment on more than $2.2 billion already owed to it, Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, said April 11.

Russia “is ready to wait for a month” after not receiving “a single ruble or dollar” from Ukraine for March deliveries, Putin said April 17 during an annual call-in show.

Gazprom’s contract signed with Ukraine in 2009 stipulates a move to advance payments if the country falls behind on paying for supplies.

That agreement ended a pricing dispute that led Gazprom to halt deliveries to Ukraine, which disrupted transit flows to Europe for about two weeks during freezing weather.

Europe-Bound Gas

Sergei Kupriyanov, Gazprom’s spokesman, didn’t immediately comment about the increase in imports when reached by phone. Aliona Osmolovska, a spokeswoman for NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy, declined to comment by phone.

Gas supplies to Ukraine and fuel transit to Europe through Ukrainian pipelines are proceeding as normal, a different Gazprom press official said by phone, without elaborating and asking not to be identified in line with corporate policy.

Ukraine is seeking to diversify energy supplies by buying gas from Slovakia, Poland and Hungary using east-west pipelines in reverse.

Fuel supplies from Poland started on April 15, at levels amounting to about 3% of the former Soviet republic’s domestic consumption.

Talks on additional volumes from other countries are still in progress.
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Ukraine Separatists Hold Ground as U.S. Eyes Sanctions
« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2014, 08:50:03 PM »
Ukraine Separatists Hold Ground as U.S. Eyes Sanctions
21 April 2014
, by Kateryna Choursina and Henry Meyer (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-20/ukraine-separatists-hold-ground-as-u-s-eyes-sanctions.html

Deadly shootouts in eastern Ukraine during the weekend led to renewed calls in the U.S. for economic sanctions against Russia as a diplomatic accord showed little sign of defusing the crisis.
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Ukraine’s Unpaid Gas Bills Dwarf U.S. Aid Offer
« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2014, 09:57:02 PM »
Ukraine’s Unpaid Gas Bills Dwarf U.S. Aid Offer
22 April 2014
, by Joe Carroll, Nicole Gaouette and Julianna Goldman (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-22/ukraine-s-unpaid-gas-bills-dwarf-u-s-aid-offer.html

Excerpt:

Ukraine’s best hope for keeping furnaces and factories running through next winter is to store as much natural gas as it can after a U.S. aid pledge fell far short of the nation’s needs.

Energy supplies have given Russian leader Vladimir Putin powerful economic leverage in his battle with Ukraine.

Ukraine gets half its gas from Russia, and it’s the transit route for 50% to 60% of the gas Russia sells to other European nations.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian leaders this week that the U.S. would provide help so that, “Russia can no longer use energy as a weapon.”

Biden announced medium- to long-term initiatives to support Ukraine’s energy sector and announced $50 million in aid, an unspecified part of which would go to develop the country’s gas reserves, explore alternative energy and improve efficiency.

Russia responded yesterday, when Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Ukraine would have to prepay for natural gas unless it starts paying down the $2.2 billion debt it’s accumulated through March.

“Gas for cash,” Medvedev told the Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament.

Modernizing Ukraine’s energy infrastructure and attaining supply independence would take 16 years and require €170 billion ($234 billion) in investment, a figure that dwarfs its annual economic output, the Paris-based International Energy Agency said in an October 2012 report.

The immediate danger facing Ukraine is a cutoff of Russian gas shipments for nonpayment of its debt.
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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2014, 05:58:01 AM »
Ukraine Said to Receive IMF Staff Support for $17 Billion Loan
23 April 2014
, by Sandrine Rastello (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-23/imf-staff-said-to-back-17-billion-ukraine-loan-amid-contraction.html

Excerpt:

International Monetary Fund staff endorsed a $17 billion loan to Ukraine to help the government pay its debts amid a projected economic contraction of 5% this year, according to government officials who have seen the recommendations.

The staff’s report was delivered to members of the IMF’s 24-seat board late on April 22, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal documents.

The staff proposed an April 30 board meeting to consider the loan package, they said.

An IMF loan would clear the way for additional aid from the European Union, the U.S. and other donors at a time of escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

After weeks of talks with the government in Kiev, IMF staff concluded that Ukraine needs financing from the fund that’s at the higher end of the $14 billion to $18 billion range initially announced.

“The quick approval of the IMF program is absolutely essential to unlock European and multilateral money,” said Robert Kahn, a senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington and a former IMF and World Bank official.

Conny Lotze, an IMF spokeswoman, declined to comment.
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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #29 on: April 24, 2014, 05:58:55 AM »
Pepe Escobar on Ukraine's effects on pipelines and geopolitics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqxwqo-Mhgg

24 April 2014, Ry Dawson
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Re: Ukrainian people are in for a rude awakening – Welcome to the West!
« Reply #30 on: April 24, 2014, 07:32:34 AM »
Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/24/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSBREA3L11A20140424

Russia Launches Drill On Ukraine Border In Response To "NATO Build Up", Will Involve Fighter Jets
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-24/russia-launches-drill-ukraine-border-response-nato-build-will-involve-fighter-jets

Putin Says "Use Of Force In Ukraine Will Have Consequences" As Column Of Military Vehicles Seen Heading Toward Border
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-24/putin-says-use-force-ukraine-will-have-consequences-column-military-vehicles-seen-he

Fighting Breaks Out As Ukraine Deploys Tanks, APCs, Troops In Slavyansk: Deaths Reported
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-24/fighting-breaks-out-ukraine-deploys-tanks-apcs-troops-slavyansk-deaths-reported

Russia Renews Threat to Intervene in Ukraine as Truce Falters
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-23/ukraine-may-resume-push-in-east-as-russian-deal-crumples.html

Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/23/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSBREA3L11A20140423

Sergey Lavrov: "If Russian Troops Or People Attacked, We'll Retaliate"
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-23/sergey-lavrov-if-russian-troops-or-people-attacked-well-retaliate

Russia May Halt Oil Supplies On Ukraine Theft
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-23/russia-may-halt-oil-supplies-ukraine-theft


NY Times Publishes Fabricated Evidence to Sell WW3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc5hvKs2MqU

Video: Ukrainian troops APCs, choppers amid burning checkpoint in Slavyansk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Px_Ocv92V0

Video: Slavyansk checkpoint attack aftermath, Kiev forces leaving scene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrPK6cNNLI8

Ukraine army tanks, APCs deployed in #Slavyansk as Kiev 'anti-terror op' underway https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYRrWNaVdsI

Miners Fury: E.Ukraine economic core in revolt as workers cash-strapped https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f7hqwEhlm0

Video: US troops put boots on Polish ground as Ukraine crisis spirals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHn-mQwjjZg
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Ukraine’s DTEK Says Crimea Power Supply at Risk From Debts
« Reply #31 on: April 25, 2014, 05:46:25 PM »
Ukraine’s DTEK Says Crimea Power Supply at Risk From Debts
25 April 2014
, by Konstantin Rozhnov (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-25/ukraine-s-dtek-says-crimea-power-supply-at-risk-from-nonpayments.html

DTEK, the Ukrainian energy company led by the nation’s richest man, said customers in Crimea run the risk of power cuts after they didn’t fully pay for electricity they consumed in March.

Companies and organizations owe Krymenergo, DTEK’s Crimean unit, 741 million Hryvnia ($64.4 million), the company with offices in Kiev and Donetsk said in a statement on its website today.

DTEK is controlled by Rinat Akhmetov, who has a personal fortune of about $11.9 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“The main condition of supplying power to the peninsula is 100% payment in Ukraine’s currency,” according to the statement.

The unit isn’t authorized to supply customers if it hasn’t received payment, Dmitriy Gontar, director for sales at DTEK Krymenergo, said in the statement.

The escalating crisis in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea last month led to the worst standoff against the U.S. and Europe since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Five Western leaders agreed to extend sanctions on Russia today, according to an e-mail from the office of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.

OAO Gazprom, the state-run Russian gas company, this week presented Ukraine with an additional $11.4 billion bill for gas it promised to buy last year.

According to the terms of a 2009 contract, Ukraine owes a total of $18.4 billion under take-or-pay clauses, where customers must pay for gas whether they use it or not, Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier this month.

Putin also said outstanding debts mean Ukraine will have to pay for gas up front or risk being cut off, an event that could disrupt supplies to Europe.

European customers of Gazprom get about 15% of their shipments through Ukraine’s pipelines.

Russia also supplies Europe using links running under the Baltic Sea and through Belarus.
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Satellite Images Reveal Massing Of 15,000 Ukraine Troops, Hundreds Of Tanks
« Reply #32 on: April 26, 2014, 08:39:00 PM »
Satellite Images Reveal Massing Of 15,000 Ukraine Troops, Hundreds Of Tanks Around Slavyansk
26 April 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-26/satellite-images-reveal-massing-15000-ukraine-troops-hundreds-tanks-around-slavyansk#comment-4699995


I also could be that Putin truly doesn't want to invade but is concerned about his Russian citizens.

Putin doesn't have to invade since when the Fascist are put in place after the American rigged election the IMF will come in to loot the Ukraine completely dry.

They already took the gold and now the West will take the rest. Some neo-nazi nut will wreck the pipeline to the West and then the real party begins for the Ukrainian people.

Hammer time. Well her you have it already in a way:

Tit For Tat: Ukraine Blocks Crimea Water Supply With Russia Set To Halt Ukraine Gas
26 April 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-26/tit-tat-ukraine-blocks-crimea-water-supply-russia-set-halt-ukraine-gas
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Ukraine so to speak asking for it: Webster Tarpley
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Ukraine so to speak asking for it: Webster Tarpley
26 April 2014
, (Press-TV)
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/26/360192/west-to-eject-russia-from-black-sea/
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IMF Approves Loan (To Pay Ukraine's Gazprom Bill): Putin 1 - 0 IMF
« Reply #34 on: May 01, 2014, 04:17:43 AM »
IMF Approves Loan (To Pay Ukraine's Gazprom Bill): Putin 1 - 0 IMF
30 April 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-30/imf-approves-loan-pay-ukraines-gazprom-bill

Excerpt:

After 'billing' Ukraine this morning, Gazprom must be jubilant this evening as news exudes from Washington that...

    *IMF APPROVES UKRAINE LOAN OF $17 BLN OVER TWO YEARS

    *UKRAINE EXPECTS FIRST TRANCHE OF IMF AID MAY 5-MAY 8: FIN MIN


But,

    *IMF SAYS IMMEDIATE UKRAINE LOAN DISBURSEMENT TO BE $3.2 BLN

So that won't even cover the $3.49bn they already owe to Gazprom? (In fact, $2.2bn is approved for dissemination to Gazprom)

Remember we were already told by Ukraine that:

    *UKRAINE ENERGY MIN DOESN'T AGREE WITH GAZPROM'S LATEST BILL

    *UKRAINE ENERGY MIN SAYS CAN'T PAY PRICE GAZPROM IS PROPOSING


So - which is it? Won't Pay or Can't Pay?
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Ukraine Gets IMF Approval for $17 Billion Loan Amid Unrest
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Ukraine Gets IMF Approval for $17 Billion Loan Amid Unrest
30 April 2014
, by Sandrine Rastello (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-04-30/ukraine-gets-imf-approval-for-17-billion-loan-amid-unrest.html

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The International Monetary Fund approved a $17-billion loan to Ukraine with an immediate disbursement of $3.2 billion to help the country pay its debts as separatist unrest threatens to split the nation’s east.

“This program does have risks,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said after a board meeting in Washington yesterday, citing geopolitical tension and potential difficulty following through on loan conditions.

“Ukraine has an opportunity to seize the moment, to break away from previous practices, both from a fiscal, from a monetary and from a governance point of view.”

After twice freezing loans to Ukraine since 2008, the fund is banking on the interim government’s resolve to tackle unpopular measures such as the phasing out of natural-gas subsidies.

IMF approval clears the way for additional aid from the European Union and the U.S. just as they widen sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Deputy Finance Minister Vitaliy Lisovenko in an interview last week said the loan will help turn around investors’ sentiment over a shrinking economy and may enable a return to international debt markets later this year.

The government has to meet $9 billion in foreign-currency debt payments due this year, he said.

“Showing unprecedented resolve, the authorities have developed a bold economic program to secure macroeconomic and financial stability and address long-standing imbalances and structural weaknesses to lay a firm foundation for high and sustainable growth,” Lagarde said in an e-mailed statement.
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Ukraine Admits "Helpless" Against Pro-Russian Forces
« Reply #36 on: May 01, 2014, 11:53:08 PM »
Ukraine Admits "Helpless" Against Pro-Russian Forces; Reinstates Military Conscription
1 May 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-01/ukraine-admits-helpless-against-pro-russian-forces-reinstates-military-conscription


I think the problem is that Skull & Bones Kerry just blew $5 billion of tax payers money to support a bunch of retarded neo-nazi's because that's the people Skull & Bones Kerry likes.

Very skull & sones understandable but very foolish. Part of East Ukraine is already on Russian's side which makes the Western backed fascist part more and more isolated and very unsustainable.

Especially when the IMF is going to destroy of what was left of the economy with it's, literally killing, austerity measures.

Since trade and not war is the only way forward people would be begging for Russia to come back and don't fall for very misleading old sentiments misused by just a few dissidents.

Brzezinski likes this of course, make a sort of fascistic Finland so that U.S. can move in with NATO which definitely would escalate the situation.

Last time the U.S. promised a sort of Finland treaty the US broke it and betrayed International Law on Russia.

So Brzezinski has to do a lot better than that because that's not a feasible deal to Russia at all, it's cheap neo-trash propaganda.

And besides he's not at the card table, he's not the one who decides what's in best Russia's interests.


Zbigniew Brzezinski @zbig  ·  21 feb. https://twitter.com/zbig/status/436900174213173248

A Ukraine with freedom of movement toward Europe can be a Ukraine that, like Finland, doesn't threaten Russia's interests.


And wur winning the infowars ;D Yeah, baby, yeah!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2HBdRCroks

The News Industry Isn’t Dead… But Has 1 Foot In The Grave http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-01/news-industry-isnt-dead-has-1-foot-grave

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It's Official: Kiev Junta Has Lost Control of Army and East
« Reply #37 on: May 02, 2014, 12:57:15 AM »
It's Official: Kiev Junta Has Lost Control of Army and East - Joaquin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGdBzBYKeeM
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IMF Warns Ukraine: Fight For The East Or No Money
« Reply #38 on: May 02, 2014, 10:45:49 AM »
IMF Warns Ukraine: Fight For The East Or No Money
1 May 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-01/imf-warns-ukraine-fight-east-or-no-money

IMF approved the $17bn tranched loan to Ukraine last night, Gazprom gets paid; Ukraine gets its cash; and the door's wide open for the US and EU to pour more 'controlling influence' into the divided nation...

Except there's one thing:

IF UKRAINE GOVERNMENT LOSES EFFECTIVE CONTROL OVER EAST OF COUNTRY, $17 BLN IMF BAILOUT WOULD NEED TO BE REDESIGNED

Which, roughly translated, appears to mean go to war with pro-Russian forces (and thus Russia itself if Putin sees his apparent countrymen in trouble) or you don't get your money!

Some other items of note include:

*IMF URGES UKRAINE TO REACH PRICE ACCORD WITH GAZPROM BY SEPT

*UKRAINE INFLATION MAY JUMP TO 16.2% THIS YEAR, IMF SAYS

*RUSSIA'S GAS PRICE INCREASE MAY WEAKEN HRYVNIA: IMF STAFF
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And The First Thing Ukraine Will Buy With IMF Money Is...
« Reply #39 on: May 06, 2014, 11:13:44 AM »
And The First Thing Ukraine Will Buy With IMF Money Is...
6 May 2014
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-06/and-first-thing-ukraine-will-buy-imf-money

Excerpt:

A month ago, it was alleged, that Ukraine - under cover of night - loaded its gold reserves onto a plane and shipped them off (for safekeeping) in the US, as the potential price of 'liberation'.

So how ironic that, given the massive gas debts that Ukraine owes to Russia (and prepayments pending), and sizable bond maturities pending, the first thing that Ukraine's National Bank governor will be buying with his freshly minted loan from the IMF is... buy a billion dollars of gold.

We presume Gazprom still gets its payment and bondholders get paid off - because that seriously impair 'investor confidence' which is, as they note below, is what is crucial to stabilize the nation's economy... but it seems the Central bank has other priorities...


RECAP:

Ukraine Replaces Central Bank Head
24 February 2014
, by Daryna Krasnolutska, Kateryna Choursina and Ilya Arkhipov (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2014-02-23/ukraine-interim-leader-warns-of-economic-danger.html

Ukrainian gold reserves loaded on an unidentified transport aircraft in Kiev’s Borispol airport and flown to Uncle Sam’s vault
7 March 2014
, by Marcus Brooks (News Wire 24)
http://newswire-24.com/2014/03/07/4827/

Ukraine Gold Reserves Said To Be Put On Plane For Safekeeping in the US
9 March 2014
, (Jesse's Café Américain)
http://jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com/2014/03/ukraine-gold-reserve-put-on-plane-for.html

The Big Lie + What Happened To Ukraine’s Gold?
21 March 2014
, by The Doc (Silver Doctors)
http://www.silverdoctors.com/the-big-lie-what-happened-to-ukraines-gold/
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