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Opinion: So Who Annexed the Crimean Peninsula Then?


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Due to the international media’s continued claims about the «annexation of Crimea», it’s been difficult for the citizens of the US and Europe to make sense of the details of the peninsula’s recent history. Exactly three years ago, on March 16, 2014, the Crimeans were offered a choice: to rejoin Russia or to return to the constitution of 1992 that proclaimed Crimea a legal, democratic, secular state whose relationship with Ukraine was based on bilateral agreements. That constitution was unilaterally abolished by Kiev on March 17, 1995, and here’s what’s surprising: no one at that time in the West demanded that the Ukrainian government stop violating the provisions of international law and the rights of the inhabitants of the Crimean peninsula. And then in 1995, special ops forces from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Armed Forces of Ukraine (ZSU) landed in Crimea and Sevastopol in order to establish «Ukrainian law and order», seizing the building housing the Supreme Council of the republic, where the administration of the acting president of Crimea, Yuriy Meshkov, was also headquartered, and demanding that he be turned over. Since Meshkov refused to vacate his office, they tried to poison him. Much later he described how his drink had been poisoned, and that later in the hospital he was refused proper medical care. Only an emergency evacuation to Moscow miraculously saved his life. Continue reading Opinion: So Who Annexed the Crimean Peninsula Then?

Thursday 11 August, 2016 Update: Dispute Over Alleged Crimea Incursions Escalates


Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, said this week it had foiled a Ukrainian sabotage mission.

It accused the Ukrainian government in Kiev of trying to send saboteurs into Crimea and reported the deaths of a soldier and a secret police officer in an operation to foil the alleged plot.

The Russian military has announced on the 12th of August the delivery of new air defence missiles to Crimea, in a move scheduled before the latest tension with Ukraine.

The S-400 Triumph missile systems were earmarked for troops in Crimea last month, Russian media said at the time.

Moscow also announced exercises in Crimea next week to simulate an attack by weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Source: Thursday 11 August, 2016 Update: Dispute Over Alleged Crimea Incursions Escalates

Vers une recrudescence d’une nouvelle guerre froide.


Les “28” pays d’OTAN ont décidé, à Varsovie en Pologne le 8-9 Juillet, d’entretenir le climat de ” nouvelle guerre froide” à l’égard de la Russie en ajoutant des nouvelles zones de frottement des deux forces près de la frontière russe. Continue reading Vers une recrudescence d’une nouvelle guerre froide.

Palestinian, Islamic State flags banned at Eurovision song contest


The Palestinian national flag and that of the Islamic State (IS) group will be banned from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) ruled on Friday.
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