Ferguson protests raise international concern

FERGUSON, U.S. — Chinese and Russian officials are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis in the restive American province of Missouri, where ancient communal tensions have boiled over into full-blown violence.

“We must use all means at our disposal to end the violence and restore calm to the region,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments to an emergency United Nations Security Council session on the America crisis.

The crisis began a week ago in Ferguson, a remote Missouri village that has been a hotbed of sectarian tension. State security forces shot and killed an unarmed man, which regional analysts say has angered the local population by surfacing deep-seated sectarian grievances. Regime security forces cracked down brutally on largely peaceful protests, worsening the crisis.

America has been roiled by political instability and protests in recent years, which analysts warn can create fertile ground for extremists.

Missouri, far-removed from the glistening capital city of Washington, is ostensibly ruled by a charismatic but troubled official named Jay Nixon, who has appeared unable to successfully intervene and has resisted efforts at mediation from central government officials. Complicating matters, President Obama is himself a member of the minority sect protesting in Ferguson, which is ruled overwhelmingly by members of America’s majority “white people” sect.

Analysts who study the opaque American political system, in which all provinces are granted semi-autonomous self-rule, warned that Nixon may seize the opportunity to move against weakened municipal rulers in Ferguson. Missouri’s provincial legislature, a traditional “shura council,” is dominated by the opposition faction. Though fears of a military coup remain low, it is still unknown how Nixon’s allies within the capital will respond should the crisis continue.

Now, international leaders say they fear the crisis could spread.

“The only lasting solution is reconciliation among American communities and stronger Missouri security forces,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a speech from his vacation home in Hainan. “However, we can and should support moderate forces who can bring stability to America. So we will continue to pursue a broader strategy… -->

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Russia demanded to publish records of communication with the “Boeing”

Russia wants Ukraine to provide records of negotiations between the air traffic controllers and the pilots of the Malaysian “Boeing”, which crashed in the Donetsk region. This was reported on Tuesday, August 19, by the ITAR-TASS agency referring to Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin.

The question of negotiations, according to the diplomat, was raised at a meeting of the Security Council devoted to the course of the investigation of the crash in eastern Ukraine. Churkin called on UN Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, who on Tuesday will go to Kiev, to learn how Ukrainian authorities cooperate with international experts.

“The first thing that comes to mind is that they have to provide records of communication of their air traffic controllers to be able to understand why the Malaysian airplane was sent to the conflict zone,” – said Churkin.

Earlier Monday, Churkin said that Russia will request the UN Security Council for a report on the investigation of the crash of a Malaysian “Boeing-777”. On the same day, the Security Council held a closed hearing by UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Tarranko about the investigation of the airliner disaster. The diplomat said that the preliminary report of international experts will be published before the end of August.… -->

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Humanitarian aid to Ukraine: lost in translation

Russia has long been insisting on the provision of humanitarian assistance to the Eastern Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk Republics. Recently, an agreement on the delivery of humanitarian aid under the auspices of the International Red Cross has been achieved in spite of resistance from the authorities of Ukraine and the United States. The Red Cross has published the following statement:

In response to the latest initiative of the authorities of the Russian Federation to hand over humanitarian assistance to the ICRC in order to help people and areas affected by conflict in eastern Ukraine, the ICRC is ready to facilitate such an operation with the involvement, endorsement, and support of all sides concerned.

Today the ICRC met with the Ukrainian and the Russian authorities and shared a document which specifies the manner in which such an operation could take place. This includes the agreement by all sides that the ICRC will be allowed to deliver the aid with due respect for its fundamental working principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence.

Translated into the language of the Ukrainian government, according to a statement published on the website of the President of Ukraine, the same statement sounds like this:

A telephone conversation of President Poroshenko with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, has occurred today.

Peter Maurer said that he appreciated the President of Ukraine’s initiative for an international mission of humanitarian assistance. He assured that the International Committee of the Red Cross is ready to provide all possible assistance to this mission.

Lost in translation, is it?..

In the meantime the convoy carrying humanitarian aid left from Moscow suburb Narofominsk on Tuesday, August 12, and went in the direction of the south-western border of Russia, RIA Novosti reported.

“The convoy will deliver the inhabitants of eastern Ukraine about two thousand tons of humanitarian aid collected by residents of the Moscow region”, – told reporters the administration of the Moscow region.

Humanitarian aid, sent by Moscow and Moscow region, will be delivered by 280 trucks “KAMAZ”. Among the goods sent is food, including 400 tons of cereals, 100 tons of sugar, 62 tons of baby food, 54 tons of medical equipment and medicines, 12,000… -->

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Malaysian Boeing crash investigation gets stranger and stranger…

International Expert Commission, investigating the crash of the Malaysian Boeing flight MH17 in Ukraine, has stopped its work. The reports will be late and the investigation itself is getting stranger and stranger…

Apparently, the experts have not been able to collect the wreckage and investigate the remaining parts, and without this procedure it is very unlikely that the earlier expressed version of the missile and gunfire attack to the plane will be “proven convincingly.”

Participants of the International Commission spent two weeks sitting fruitlessly in Kiev. The planned trips to the crashed site are postponed every time for security reasons. Many of the experts eventually asked to return home. On Thursday, August 7, it was decided that the Commission shall leave Ukraine. According to the official version – due to the completion of the “first stage of searching.”

The management of the commission did not specify when and how participants will begin the second phase, saying only that the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that establish a one month deadline to the release of the first results will have to be pushed back.

Useful and useless investigation

Russian expert believes that his colleagues at the Commission, mainly civilian experts, vainly spent the time to decipher flight data recorders of the “Boeing”, which gave too little information. Unpromising, in his opinion, were also attempts to find elements of a missile air defense system “Buk” in the bodies of the dead passengers. Finally, the study of photographs of the wreckage is also an exercise in futility, said the expert. According to him, the holes in the fuselage parts could be either signs of military assault or the result of their fall to the ground.

The specialist believes that the most important for the investigation is the field stage: collecting surviving debris and laying out on the ground in a form close to the real outlines of the “Boeing”. Further computation would allow to distinguish the trajectories of fragments and the so-called density of the flow, from where it would be possible to calculate the location and distance of the explosion epicenter relative to the aircraft, and ultimately – the type of explosion. In this way, the Russian experts unequivocally… -->

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Kiev is preparing a chemical disaster for Ukraine

Kiev prepares a chemical disaster and the Ukrainian army has delivered in Kramatorsk ballistic missiles.

Minister of Defense of People’s Republic of Donetsk made ​​an official statement that his intelligence reports that Ukrainian troops are preparing a major provocation. The outcome of the provocation can be a chemical disaster in the south-east of Ukraine. The purpose is to cause shock to the whole world, under the influence of which blame the terrorist attack on the militia and push for official international recognition of the Donetsk republic as a “terrorist organization.”

What exactly is conceived by Kiev? It turns out they plan to launch ballistic missiles against the storage of poisonous chlorine in the territory of Donbass.

“According to my information, for three nights in a a row military transport planes were bringing rocket launchers to Kramatorsk. Now they are being serviced and prepared for launch”, – said Strelkov, – “Their targets are the sewage treatment plants in Donetsk and Lugansk. One contains 120 tons of chlorine, the other – 160 tons. A reserve target is the “Styrene” chemical factory with storage of ammonia. Depending on the wind the chlorine vapors can reach out to cover Donetsk and Volnovakha and every living thing in that area will be killed. The number of victims may well be in the tens of thousands.

According to Strelkov, before launching the missiles, Kiev is going to hold a propaganda campaign to convince the world that the militia is preparing “terrorist attacks” on chemical plants.

“If I had not seen with my own eyes what the Ukrainian military is doing, I would consider this information nonsense”, – said the minister of defense of Donetsk Republic, – “The idea is so monstrous that it’s hard to believe for those who had not seen Ukrainian troops firing phosphate ammunition on sleeping towns.”… -->

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Russia sends 60 tons of humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has sent a note to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine regarding the provision of humanitarian assistance to the southeastern regions of Ukraine, the office website says.

In response to numerous appeals for help by people of Donetsk and Lugansk, Russian Emergencies Ministry has sent humanitarian cargo weighing 60 tons, consisting of food and personal hygiene products.

“We plan that the trucks will head out on June 28 to Donetsk, Lugansk, and possibly other regions of Ukraine, where there are refugees,” said a statement on the website.

Foreign Ministry officials expressed hope that the humanitarian aid will offer relief to the inhabitants of the regions and refugees, and “will help reduce the number of the latter in the future”, according to the Foreign Ministry.

On Friday, the Russia’s Emergencies Ministry reported on the decision to send assistance to residents of the south-east of Ukraine.

Earlier this week, the head of the PACE Anne Brasseur named humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine horrendous.

FMS head Konstantin Romodanovskiy said earlier that in the border regions of Russia there are about 400,000 refugees from the Ukraine. In late April Romodanovskiy noted that signs of a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine are becoming quite obvious and include killings of civilians, including women and children.

Estimates differ widely on the number of people displaced. As of June 23, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had profiled more than 46,100 internally displaced persons (IDPs). But since there is, as yet, no formal registration system in place for Ukrainian IDPs and considering that humanitarian agencies have only limited access in some areas of the country, Ivan Šimonović, the UN’s Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, took the view that the actual number of Ukrainian IDPs was likely higher than stated UN figures.

Among those that remain, roughly a quarter of the Donetsk region’s 4.5 million population are suffering shortages of some or all basic supplies, including medicine and water.

Sonya, 4, watching as her brother collects water at a pumping station in Slovyansk, a city gripped by shortages.… -->

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