Basically, it's all eyes on the Ukraine as it heads for civil war. There's nothing else that's more important - part of humanity's rush for the Abyss.
Civil war looms as fighting rages in eastern Ukraine LIVE UPDATES
Ukrainian security force officers walk past a checkpoint set on fire and left by pro-Russian separatists near Slavyansk April 24, 2014 (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)
Kiev’s troops remain in eastern Ukraine as the OSCE mission starts its work on “de-escalating” the situation on the ground. Anti-government protesters are unwilling to leave the seized buildings, demanding that the troops are pulled out first.
Thursday, April 24
Russia 'forced' to launch military drills near border in response to Ukraine op
Russia has begun extensive military exercises near the Ukrainian border following the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.
RIA Novosti / Igor Zarembo
Soldiers from the first company-sized contingent of about 150 U.S. paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Italy walk after unpacking as they arrive to participate in training exercises with the Polish army in Swidwin, northern west Poland April 23, 2014 (Reuters / Kacper Pempel)
NATO began military exercises in Poland on Wednesday, with more scheduled to take place in the Baltic states next week. So far, 150 US paratroopers have arrived in the country from their stationary base in Italy, with 450 more set to join them.
Russia calls on US to force Ukraine to stop offensive against protesters
Russia says the United States must force interim authorities in Ukraine to immediately stop a military operation against anti-Kiev protesters in the east and south.
24 April, 2014
Last week, acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk ordered a military offensive against the protesters, who seized government buildings in several towns and cities in eastern Ukraine.
He has claimed that Russian special forces are fueling the unrest in eastern Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed Yatsenyuk claims as "nonsense".
In statement issued on Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Washington must force Kiev to pull back forces to their permanent bases.
The Foreign Ministry also said phone conversations planned for Wednesday and Thursday between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his American counterpart John Kerry had not taken place.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday accused the US of being behind the Ukraine turmoil and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.
"There is no reason not to believe that the Americans are running the show," RT television quoted him as saying.
Earlier this year, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland disclosed that Washington has “invested” about $5 billion in “promoting democracy” in Ukraine over the past two decades.
In early February, Nuland visited Ukraine and held meetings with anti-Kremlin politicians who organized anti-government protests that led to the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych, the country’s democratically-elected president.
Disgusted Kerry And Lavrov Can't Even Hold A Phone Conversation Any More
24 April, 2014
With the "truce deal" laying torn asunder by un-de-escalation by each and every side in this dangerous game of chicken, it now seems even diplomacy is off the table. The Russian foreign ministry reports that the planned on April 23 and 24 telephone conversationsbetween, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry , unfortunately did not take place for reasons beyond Moscow's control, adding that
- *UKRAINE GETTING DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO CRISIS: RUSSIA
- *U.S. MUST FORCE UKRAINE TO STOP MILITARY PUSH IN EAST: RUSSIA
Ukraine's 48-hour red-line is getting closer and with the UN warning that "the situation could quickly spin out of control with unpredictable consequences," it is perhaps time to derisk a little.
The unpredictability of the situation in the south-eastern regions of Ukraine, where people are thrown against regular military units, special forces and paramilitary forces, ultranationalist, requires urgent action forced wards U.S. Kiev authorities to show restraint and not to use force.
The planned on April 23 and 24 telephone contacts, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, unfortunately, did not take place for reasons beyond Moscow reasons.In the run scheduled for April 25 conversation of foreign ministers of the two countries, the Russian side once again urges Washington to use all his influence on the interim government in Kiev to reason with him and convince refrain from hasty steps, Ukraine plunged deeper into crisis.
We hope that the U.S. finally take urgent measures for de-escalation of the situation in accordance with the provisions of the Geneva Declaration on April 17. Washington should make the current Ukrainian leadership to immediately stop military operation in the South East, to ensure allocation of units of the armed forces of Ukraine and its security forces to their permanent deployment. While nothing has been done to address this urgent task. We hope that Washington understands the full measure of their responsibility for what happens.
And The UN warns,
War in eastern Ukraine must be prevented “at all costs,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said as quoted by Itar-Tass.
Ban’s spokesman told journalists that all sides involved in the conflict in Ukraine must stick to the Geneva agreements of April 17, refrain from violence, repression and provocative actions.
Saying that he is “deeply concerned that the situation could quickly spin out of control with unpredictable consequences,” UN chief stressed that “military action must be avoided at all costs.”
Video: US troops put boots on Polish ground as Ukraine crisis spirals
The first wave of US troops has arrived in Poland to begin military drills "promoting peace and stability" across Eastern Europe. Tensions continue to mount in the region, as Ukraine teeters on the brink of a civil war
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