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Ukraine crisis in tweets

Shooting war in Ukraine.

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And here’s the hit the Russian markets have taken.

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Chat on.


126 Responses to “Ukraine crisis in tweets”


  1. 2 GGail
    April 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    LL, thanks to you and Bob, I am able to keep up with the ever evolving events in Ukraine.

  2. 5 donna dem 4 obama
    April 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    “A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon. Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded. Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover”.

  3. 7 Nena20409
    April 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    GA TODers.
    Au for GGail.
    Great R&S.
    Haven’t read LL’s Post yet.
    Before I depart, here’s a link to Jay’s Presser on April 15th, 2014

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-press-secretary-jay-carney-190

  4. April 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks a million LL – this is some scary shit.

  5. April 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    The True Role of the FSB in the Ukrainian Crisis

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    “The second distinguishing feature of Russia’s intelligence services is their lack of interest in mass movements and the activity on the street in favor of a total focus on the corrupt elites holding power. This is based on the old idea that “if we control the shah, we control the country.”

    Oddly enough, this aspect of their work is remarkably similar to the style of British intelligence during the collapse of the British Empire. In the 1950s, British agents in Egypt tried to their very last to compromise the monarchy, whereas U.S. agents were already working with the “free officers” of Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, ultimately leading to the Suez Crisis of 1956. At the same time, the corporate cultures of the British Secret Intelligence Service and the FSB are so different that this single unexpected similarity can have only one explanation: The intelligence services of imperial powers tend to have the same biases toward their former colonies.

    This approach has at least two major drawbacks. First, all of the Ukrainians who cooperated with the FSB now have no political future in that country — depriving the FSB of access to the ruling circles. Second, if the FSB relied entirely on information provided by close associates of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, how accurate was their picture of the overall situation in the country?

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    In fact, KGB operatives were not taught to engage in politics. They were instilled with a narrow and limited view of events, one confined to a reliance on tactics while ignoring overall strategy. This is an outlook that disregards larger social processes in favor of a focus on agents of influence in different states.

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/the-true-role-of-the-fsb-in-the-ukrainian-crisis/498072.html

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    Worth reading the entire article by noted expert on Russian security services – Andrei Soldatov.

  6. 11 donna dem 4 obama
    April 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Hey Ladies and Gentlemen I got news for you….. Sigh!!!!!!!!!

  7. April 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Josh Foust’s tweet is illuminating. Ukraine is responding to an invasion, and yet many people on “the left” side with Russia.

  8. April 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Ukrainian troops in control of Donetsk Oblast’s Kramatorsk airfield, surround Sloviansk; Ukrainian deputy prime minister says several hundred Russian troops in Ukraine (LIVE UPDATES)

    “According to the AP, “The mayor of Kramatorsk said Ukrainian troops have now occupied the military airport and are blocking its entrance.”

    The freeing of the airfield is part of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s “anti-terrorist operation,” which is being conducted throughout eastern Ukraine to quell Russian-backed separatist movements.

    Rossiya 24 reports that four Russian-sponsored terrorists were killed as a result of the operation.

    Further, according to Interfax Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, says the Ukrainian special forces’ operation has led to the detainment of Russian officers.”

    http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/turchynov-anti-terrorist-operation-has-begun-in-northern-donetsk-343563.html

    • April 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      • April 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

        I believe Putin thought that Ukraine would just roll over, and his involvement wouldn’t be exposed.

        • April 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm

          Yep. I was never surprised that Tzar Vlad and GWB were so comfortable together. They both live in a world shaped only by their delusional minds, untouched by reality of any form including the reality of all the horror and destruction they both caused (and, in Putin’s case, still causing).

    • April 15, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Further, according to Interfax Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, says the Ukrainian special forces’ operation has led to the detainment of Russian officers.

      “Russian officers” – so they aren’t just Russian speaking Ukrainians who were being oppressed ?

      Color me unsurprised. The only question left is: How did they enter the country with their riot gear ?

      Interrogating these people might deliver some “interesting” intelligence ….

  9. April 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

  10. April 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    “This is interesting. Russia’s stocks have been trending downwards since February, but they really crashed in the period right before the annexation of Crimea. Russian stocks have been slowly inching upwards (though slower than world markets) since, and only dropped a little yesterday in response to the actions of pro-Russian militants.

    In other words, it’s possible that investors were prepared for Russian interference in eastern Ukraine, but were surprised when Ukraine actually reacted in any meaningful way.”

  11. April 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    As noted before, Ukrainians are not going to roll over for Tzar Vlad (or anyone else) ….

    ““The battalion will be armed with weapons from warehouses of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Operations will be planned and carried out in collaboration with government agencies. The Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Ihor Kolomoysky will have personal control over the actions of the Dnipro special forces battalion ” he said.

    “First of all, I want to warn all these so-called ‘green men’ that, in contrast to others, we are not cowards, and any attempt to seize buildings of the Security Service or the Ministry of Internal Affairs will be met immediately with lethal force. Anyone who wants to arrange a war in this region needs to know that Dnipropetrovsk will become a second Stalingrad for them, but this battle will be won by the Ukrainian people,” he said.

    As previously reported, Ihor Kolomoysky funded fuel and body armor for military units of the Southern Operational Command in March.”

    http://euromaidanpr.com/2014/04/15/dnipropetrovsk-promises-putin-a-second-stalingrad/

  12. 27 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    https://twitter.com/YeaYouRite/status/456110295077752832

    He’s been on that single topic all morning and now spilling over into the afternoon – yet he seems to dismiss the fact that she has won state-wide elections before and is now in the LEAD as a DEM in a deep red state. I’m thinking it’s time for him to give it a rest, for now. This is not the same situation as Newbie Allyson Grimes trying to run in KY by ignoring PBO while embracing Clinton as “The President.”

  13. 31 Nerdy Wonka
    April 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm

  14. 33 Nerdy Wonka
    April 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    LOL.

  15. 34 Nerdy Wonka
    April 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    • 35 cookemom
      April 15, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Oh wait……that’s what I’m suppose to be doing right now. I still haven’t gotten started, only 12 hours left in my day to get ‘er done!
      OK, I’m leaving for real this time.

  16. 36 donna dem 4 obama
    April 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    You can donate directly to her campaign right here:

    https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ej4ky?refcode=mainpage

  17. April 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Anyone wondering how massive the pro-Putin response to Ukraine’s anti-terror operation in Sloviansk ….

  18. 41 donna dem 4 obama
    April 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Please follow JT and make a donation if you can to his campaign.

  19. 42 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    https://twitter.com/MarlboroStan/status/456120510225465344

    I love Marlboro Stan but maybe I’m a bit slow today…can someone please explain to me what this means exactly? Thanks in advance!

  20. 47 Vicki
    April 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Nate Silver’s blog named 538 is part of ESPN.
    ESPN and Disney and ABC News are all part of one giant Media company.
    ABC News–home of Jon Karl—just hired Laura Ingraham.

    Connect the dots.

    My belief is that anything Nate writes up until August or September when there is actual data available is spin and speculation that will please his masters. If it is appalling anti–Democratic bullpucky, just ignore it.

    Late in the summer I think Nate Silver and his numbers and analysis may once again be trustworthy. Now, not so much.

    • 48 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Very true Vicki. Very, very true what you said. I hope folks regular TODers and lurkers alike read and heed your comment about 538.

      • 49 Vicki
        April 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm

        Thank you hf. We need to keep our spirits and Winning! message up in the face of what promises to be epic amounts of “depress the vote” onslaughts.
        Nate works for the enemy.

        Sam Wang @ princetonedu.is a terrific site for people who like numbers and polling.

    • 50 Betsy
      April 15, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks for that.

  21. 51 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: Pigs are flying y’all! Politico posts an Obamacare relatively positive article – with a positive headline to match.

    HEADLINE: Insurers see brighter Obamacare skies

    // Health insurers got their first taste of Obamacare this year. And they want seconds.
    Insurers saw disaster in the fall when Obamacare’s rollout flopped and HealthCare.gov was a mess. But a strong March enrollment surge, along with indications that younger and healthier people had begun signing up, has changed their attitude. Around the country, insurers are considering expanding their stake in the Obamacare exchanges next year, bringing their business to more states and counties. Some health plans that skipped the new marketplaces altogether this year are ready to dive in next year. //

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/health-insurers-obamacare-105676.html#ixzz2yye0jl7b

    • 52 Ladyhawke
      April 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks, I was wondering what that was flying by my window. Just image how hard it must have been for ‘GOPolitico’ to write anything remotely positive about President Obama. They must be so depressed. I bet they are getting hammered by the right wing nut jobs.

    • 53 Vicki
      April 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks for this interesting article, hf.
      Yes it is a rare positive mention for Obamacare. So rare that I avoid Politico altogether.
      Not that the tiger has changed its stripe, though. Politico re-iterated the GOP platform for 2014 continues to be anti-ACA. Good luck with that platform, dopes.

    • 54 Nena20409
      April 15, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Elephants not Only have wings, but they are flying way up in the SKY? Hmm?

  22. April 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    These MSM people are hideous.

    • 56 99ts
      April 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      They are self centered – so the President doesn’t want a media scrum involved but the media cannot see why – they love a good disaster, shooting, memorial etc and think not one whit about the people involved in same. They are close to the scum of society

  23. April 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Unfreakinbelievable.

  24. April 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    • 61 jackiegrumbacher
      April 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      That’s great news, Bob. I do hope that Putin get such tremendous push back that he literally does not know what hit him.

  25. April 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Is it me, or does everyone only see half of some pictures that are posted? The one with FLOTUS and the one that Bobfr just posted is cut off about halfway down. I get full views of some pics, but only half view of others.

    Maybe it’s happening because I should be doing something else very important before tonight’s deadline. Is WordPress trying to tell me something?

  26. April 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    “Concerning the referendum of 16 March, which the UN General Assembly declared invalid, the report sets out a number of concerns, pertaining to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and other civil and political rights. The presence of paramilitary and so-called self-defense groups as well as soldiers without insignia, was not conducive to an environment in which the will of voters could be exercised freely, and the UN Human Rights’ Office delegation received many reports of vote rigging.

    “A number of measures taken in Crimea are deeply concerning from a human rights perspective,” the report says. These include the introduction of Russian citizenship, making it difficult for those who opt to maintain their Ukrainian citizenship to stay in Crimea. “The current situation also raises concerns with regard to land and property ownership, wages and pensions, health service, labour rights, education and access to justice,” the report explains.

    It is widely assessed that while there were some attacks against the ethnic Russian community, these were neither systematic nor widespread, according to the Human Rights agency. There are also allegations that some participants in the protests and clashes in eastern Ukraine were not from the region, and that some had come from Russia.”

    Full report here: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47584&Cr=Ukraine&Cr1=#.U01zKseD0lb

  27. 68 JER
    April 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Today at 2:49 pm ET, President Obama will observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Read the statement here, and if you like, join the President for a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. ET today. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/15/moment-silence-mark-one-year-anniversary-boston-marathon-bombing?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email322-text&utm_campaign=boston

  28. April 15, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    • 77 Ladyhawke
      April 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Barack Obama Promotes Empathy with Oprah Winfrey: “My mother taught me empathy”

    • April 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      I have a conservative patron who I, for the most part, like.

      She came into the library the day of the ACA signup deadline, and saw one of our bookmarks for CoverdCA. She picked it up and said “So how much is this going to cost.” She’s a church-going Catholic, and she couldn’t see that having people with healthcare was a societal good, because she’d “have to pay for it.”

      • 80 57andfemale
        April 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

        Jesus would be so proud.

      • 81 57andfemale
        April 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm

        Tell her, “Less than it costs to subsidize food, health care and other assistance for Walmart employees because Walmart takes your tax dollars in profit instead of paying its people.”

      • 82 anniebella
        April 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm

        LL, I’m amazed at these so call Christians feeling that way. You would think a church going Catholic wouldn’t have any problem about helping people. She must be listening to her right wing Republicans more then her Pope.

    • 83 jackiegrumbacher
      April 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Very good insight on Johnson’s part. The odd thing is even if the Republican is in the exact same circumstances as someone else, he/she doesn’t identify with the other. I’ve seen this countless times in my own family. In their minds their own circumstances are always unique, so nothing seems to link them to the other person.

  29. 84 Nena20409
    April 15, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    C-SPAN.org has the WH presser with Jay already available.

    I am currently listening to it.

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?318900-1/white-house-briefing

  30. 85 donna dem 4 obama
    April 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    “The foundation is certainly being set for a 2016 presidential run. And O’Malley isn’t completely coy about the fact that he has an eye on the White House. In an interview with The Huffington Post on Monday, the governor said that he is preparing for a possible run regardless of whether or not Hillary Clinton — the prohibitive favorite — jumps in”.

  31. April 15, 2014 at 2:38 pm

  32. April 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    “Meeting of Foreign Ministers
    Ukraine

    The Council condemned actions undertaken by armed individuals in cities of Eastern Ukraine.

    These attempts at destabilising Ukraine must come to an end. The Council also decided to expand
    the list of those subject to asset freeze and visa ban.

    The Council reiterated its strong support for Ukraine’s unity, sovereignty, independence and
    territorial integrity, and called upon Russia to do likewise. It demanded Russia to call back its
    troops from the Ukrainian border and immediately withdraw the mandate of the Federation
    Council to use force on Ukrainian soil.

    Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said:
    “Anyfurther action aimed at destabilising Ukraine must stop. It is crucial that Russia and Ukraine engage
    in a meaningful dialogue to find a political solution. I will meet the Foreign Ministers of the United
    States, Russia and Ukraine this Thursday in Geneva. The purpose of this meeting is to start a
    dialogue on how to deescalate the situation in Ukraine and to ensure that peace and stability returns
    to the whole of Ukraine.”

    The Council also signalled that the EU is ready to assist Ukraine in the field of civilian security
    sector reform. All options will be examined, including a possible mission under the Common
    Security and Defence Policy, and a decision will be taken at the next Foreign Affairs Council.

    In addition, the Council approved macro-financial assistance to Ukraine to support the country’s
    economic stabilisation and reforms. € 1 billion can be made available to contribute to covering
    Ukraine’s urgent balance-of-payments needs as identified in the government’s economic programme
    supported by the IMF. This brings the total amount to € 1.6 billion.

    The Council also adopted temporary tariff cuts on Ukrainian goods, ahead of the application of the
    Association Agreement. The reduction of customs duties is expected to enter into force on 23 April.

    The Council moreover strengthened EU sanctions against persons responsible for misappropriating
    Ukrainian state funds. It targeted four additional persons in Ukraine with an asset freeze.”

  33. 98 desertflower
    April 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Can someone put this up here later? Thank ahead of time!

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017186975

  34. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    April 15, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    A red state Dem can be positive about Obamacare without distancing themselves from the President.

    It’s a good ad IMO!!!!!!!!

  35. 105 japa21
    April 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Okay, don’t see any new posts for an hour. What’s up?

    • 106 Gazelle
      April 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      WordPress is eating up comments again. One of my comments went “poof” and now testing this to see if it will show up.

  36. 107 Gazelle
    April 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I was wondering the same, Japa. Anyhoo, here’s a funny, just the line, not interested in the rest of what this R said:

    “If you have a Boehner lasting more than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention.”

    – A new ad from J.D. Winteregg (R), who is challenging Speaker John Boehner in next month’s Ohio congressional primary.

    .

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2014/04/15/bonus_quote_of_the_day.html#060788a

  37. 108 Gazelle
    April 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    WordPress ate the TODers, except Japa & I! :)

  38. 113 57andfemale
    April 15, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    • 114 dotster3
      April 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Isn’t that as disgusting as it gets. Just watching a report on this on Ed—-I guess some suggested women AND children up front—–with the hope that one would get shot and those creepy militia types, who were striding around with their guns and in camouflage and full beards, could get their war with the federal government.

      • 115 57andfemale
        April 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm

        I’m getting close to not recognizing my country anymore. These loons used to be considered fringe by absolutely everybody – now they constitute the GOP base. It’s terrifying.

      • April 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm

        Yeah….this is what the farmers and militias did when they fought the British for our free dumbs they put the women and children on the front lines to show American men were so tough we’d let our women and children die first……

  39. April 15, 2014 at 4:45 pm

  40. 118 Gazelle
    April 15, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    This was really sweet! Pharelll sheds a tear on OWN:

    .

  41. April 15, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    WHOA, I just 150K tweets. Gawd, I talk a lot.

  42. April 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm

  43. 121 57andfemale
    April 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    “Perception is perception and reality is reality and, if they don’t match up, then it is the job of journalism not to accept the perception as the reality, but to hammer home the reality until the perception conforms to this.”

    Charlie Pierce at his best: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Perception_And_Reality

    • 122 Nena20409
      April 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Great piece, but with one flaw. Chris Cillizza is not the ONLY culprit here. This infestation is wide, deep and has affected the 98% of the pundits in DC/NY corridor. That is the sad part.

      Mr. Pierce is one of two handful exceptions.

  44. April 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Oh, this should go well. #triangulation

  45. 126 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Good evening all. One of those days… Decided yesterday that I’d file an extension rather than fry my brain, so tell me, why did I procrastinate all day today when I knew that I had to go to the bank for a counter check? Made it to the bank five minutes before they closed; then to the post office with plenty of time to spare. Decided to treat myself so I picked up some ground sirloin from the butcher, and am now enjoying a juicy burger.


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