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Four killed in gun battle in Eastern Ukraine despite peace accord

  • A gun battle near the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk has reportedly left five people dead, including three pro-Russian separatist militias. The two other dead were from a group that attacked in the militias, who were at a checkpoint.
  • The incident has come as the separatists refuse to vacate government buildings and other positions they've taken up despite the signing of an international agreement last week to "de-escalate" the crisis.
  • Under the deal, the buildings were to be vacated and armed militias disbanded. The Ukraine government has pledged not carry out military operations until after the Easter holiday ends on Monday.
  • A mediator from Europe's OSCE security body, which has been tasked with trying to help implement the international accord, traveled to eastern Ukraine yesterday in order to try to persuade the militias to stand down. The OSCE also plans to increase the number of monitors in Ukraine to 500 from 100. However, protesters want Ukraine's interim government to step down first.
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  • Patent News
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    here we go again. Putin wants his way
    20 Apr, 07:01 AM Reply Like
  • Longonlife
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    Comments like that are not analytical, show ignorance and deny the struggle for self-determination of the people of the Ukraine.
    20 Apr, 10:46 AM Reply Like
  • Stone Fox Capital
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    Self-determination of the Ukraine people??? Are you serious?
    20 Apr, 10:54 PM Reply Like
  • floortrader
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    It looks like PUTIN is having his way . The Europeans don't seem to care and the American are more concern that it doesn't effect their stock market . It is 1938 all over again ,hope Obama gives a "Peace in our lifetime " speech .
    20 Apr, 10:54 AM Reply Like
  • leopardtrader
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    Your comment shows that about 20million people of Eastern/Southern Ukraine are merely idiots tele-guided by the so-called PUTIN. What is bad about Russia caring for Ethnic Russians? Remember USA will ever do everything to protect the life of any American anywhere on earth. Get it that Russia is not one Somalia out there..rather it is a world military power.
    20 Apr, 11:28 AM Reply Like
  • Davephd
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    Most thugocracies believe they can do whatever they want.
    20 Apr, 11:41 AM Reply Like
  • Andrey Udovitskiy
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    I so much agree with you 'bout the US government? 8)
    20 Apr, 11:55 AM Reply Like
  • AJBaker
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    Grabbing territory on the basis that people sharing your ethnicity live there is precisely how Hitler attempted to justify his behavior. Putin looks comical making that argument while arguing that his kleptocracy is fighting fascism.

     

    Putin has been attempting to persuade the Russian speakers that they were endangered but blew off the slaughter of 80 in Kiev and argued that the elected President should have shown an even stronger fist. The result was the exposure of the elected President as a bought and paid for Russian puppet.
    20 Apr, 12:44 PM Reply Like
  • Andrey Udovitskiy
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    Please do remind me whether the citizens of Sudetenland had a Public of Referendum back in 1938? So please refrain from throwing such statements in the air further on, even though they are backed by CNN, NBC and other Faux News-alikes... I am not here to argue, nor to persuade nobody... the whole thing just makes me facepalm all the time.
    20 Apr, 01:09 PM Reply Like
  • muki
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    There is nothing inappropriate about that comparison. Russia invaded a sovereign country and annexed its part, violating international laws and their own guarantees. They used the local ethnic population as a pretext and sent in their armed troops to capture local strategic objects. That's exactly what Germans did to my country in 1938. Putin lied about the presence of Russian military forces - anybody trusting him and defending his actions this time should have his head checked. He got his 'invitation' from local cronies as a justification to invade an independent country - like Soviets did to my country in 1968. The present actions are transparent and sickening to anybody living east of Russia, but, unfortunately, many uninformed people in the west are falling for it and taking it as an opportunity for a cheap jab at their own government. So, Andrey, stop the BS about western media and think about what Putin would do if a part of Russia tried to separate and armed men occupied government offices. (Hint: they would be dead already, as we know from history).
    20 Apr, 06:19 PM Reply Like
  • leopardtrader
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    Lets us know how Texas was annexed in 1845 and what happened with California ( from Mexico) afterwards
    20 Apr, 06:28 PM Reply Like
  • muki
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    Seriously? I guess so. But thanks for pointing out that Russia still lives in the era of imperial conquest. Let us know when they get to the 21st century. It may take a while, though. Their dear leader is using this dream of a great Russian empire to cater to many Russians. No doubt he sees himself as a new Peter the Great - and this should scare many. If you really think his ambitions end with Crimea and some parts of Ukraine, you are very very wrong.
    20 Apr, 06:39 PM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    "What's bad about Putin caring about ethnic Russians?"

     

    One word, Georgia. from Wikipedia"burned and looted most ethnic Georgian villages in South Ossetia, effectively preventing 20,000 residents displaced by the conflict from

     

    Human Rights Watch reported that during the war South Ossetians returning. Furthermore, the civilians willing to live in South Ossetia were forced to accept a Russian passport in order to be authorised to. According to Memorial, the villages of Kekhvi, Kurta, Achabeti, Tamarasheni, Eredvi, Vanati and Avnevi had been "virtually fully burnt down". South Ossetian president Eduard Kokoity stated in an interview that Georgian villages were successfully demolished and none of the Georgian refugees would be allowed to return.[230] A total of 30,000 Georgians became refugees. The EU commission stated that "several elements suggest the conclusion" that ethnic cleansing was practised against ethnic Georgians in South Ossetia both during and after the war.

     

    If Russia furthers its aims at destabilizing Ukraine similar results will happen on a much grander scale. Invasion based on ethnic claims were used by Hitler to similar effect. Such claims are not legitimate. should Mexico invade San Diego to protect the Mexican people there? Should China take over the Philippines to protect the Chinese there? Japan invaded Manchuria because Manchurians had some Japanese blood and history together. Ethnic wars are bloody and tend to never end. Just look at the history of Europe.

     

    To defend such racial bickering is to stand on the wrong side of history which often equals nothing but racism on an even worse level than US slavery simply because it tends to devolve not just into oppression but genocide.
    20 Apr, 08:09 PM Reply Like
  • muki
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    A good point, Moon. Anybody who is trying to justify the Russian invasion by protecting ethnic Russians, but is ignoring the fate of the non-Russian population after the area is swallowed by the 'empire', is either a hypocrite or unable to think beyond newspaper headlines.
    20 Apr, 08:19 PM Reply Like
  • Andrey Udovitskiy
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    There the Mass Media goes once again... Let's see how those dirty bastards "pro-Russian separatist militias, who refuse to vacate government buildings" match against those lovely "pro-Ukrainian peaceful protesters (armed and defended, burning tires), who refuse to vacate government buildings". The hell, there are all burning tires...must be some kind of air in Ukraine that needs some burnt rubber along the oxygen, nitrogen...
    20 Apr, 11:57 AM Reply Like
  • yliu54
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    Take a look at stock futures, guys, nobody cares..
    21 Apr, 03:35 AM Reply Like
  • bikerron1
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    Why are we the ones that have to be the policeman of the world? As a tax payer I for one don't think we can afford it. With U.S. life's or money. If were going to keep this up, we will need a draft. And That won't go down very well with most people. We have more ways,to get are youth killed for nothing. Time to stop it.
    21 Apr, 04:55 AM Reply Like
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