Ukraine News Links 2 May 2014

2 May 2014  8:18:54 PM —

Events in the Ukraine are moving extremely rapidly. The story links below are from the newest to the oldest and, as usual, the BBC is way behind in its scarce coverage. I’ll be updating this page on a regular basis. What’s perhaps not amazing is the fact that Western media coverage has dwindled to near non-existence (hence the plethora of Russian news agency feeds).

Ukraine FM denies use of military hardware in special operation in eastern regions (ITAR-TASS)

38 people die after radicals set Trade Unions House on fire in Ukraine’s Odessa (RT)

Pentagon Chief Exploits Ukraine For NATO, Arms, Energy Gains (Stop NATO)

US, EU prepare broad sanctions in case Ukraine elections are disrupted (RT)

US, EU’s support of Kiev’s tactics blocks peaceful resolution of Ukraine crisis – Russia (RT)

Kiev loses control of Donbas – What next in Ukraine crisis? (Socialist Appeal)

‘Many dead’ in Ukraine offensive (BBC)

Clashes between supporters of Ukraine’s authorities and protesters begin in Odessa (ITAR-TASS)

Kiev authorities ready to meet with Russian presidential envoy (ITAR-TASS)

Russia to call extraordinary meeting of UN Security Council over operation in Ukraine (ITAR-TASS)

Russia may file claim to court over reverse gas supplies from Europe to Ukraine (ITAR-TASS)

Smoke grenades, Molotov cocktails in Ukraine’s Odessa as pro- and anti-Maidan rallies clash (RT)

No doubts about Ukraine gas debt, EU intends to help Naftogaz – EU energy commissioner (ITAR-TASS)

Ukraine unilaterally bans Russian air companies to make flights to Donetsk, Kharkiv (ITAR-TASS)

Ukraine helicopters strike on massive gatherings of east Ukraine’s Sloviansk civilians (ITAR-TASS)

‘Cold War Against Russia — Without Debate’ (RT)

Russia demands exhaustive measures for security of presidential envoy in Ukraine (ITAR-TASS)

Russian Foreign Ministry urges West strongly to give up destructive policy over Ukraine (ITAR-TASS)

The Ukraine Debacle was Completely Avoidable (Dispatches from the Empire)

Rebels down Ukraine helicopters (BBC)

‘Ukrainian economy is caving in on itself’ (RT)

‘US in panic because of its waning power’ (RT)

Russian sanctions, NSA spying top the agenda at Merkel’s White House visit (RT)

At least two Ukrainian army helicopters shot down over Slavyansk (VIDEO) (RT)

Shooting resumes in east Ukraine’s Sloviansk – police (ITAR-TASS)

Sniper shoots at car with Russia’s daily journalists in Ukraine’s Sloviansk (ITAR-TASS)

Russia can’t get in touch with presidential envoy in southeast Ukraine (ITAR-TASS)

Kiev’s ‘punitive op’ in E. Ukraine irreparably severs Geneva accord – Kremlin (RT)

Russia urges OSCE to assist in stopping punitive Kiev operation in east Ukraine (ITAR-TASS)

Three killed, several wounded in army operation in east Ukraine’s Sloviansk (ITAR-TASS)

Federalisation supporters leave east Ukraine’s Luhansk regional prosecutor’s office (ITAR-TASS)

Ukraine security service anti-terror centre reports about gunfire at one more helicopter (ITAR-TASS)

Two killed, several people wounded in army operation in east Ukraine’s Sloviansk (ITAR-TASS)

Pilot of helicopter downed above east Ukraine’s Sloviansk killed (ITAR-TASS)

Third helicopter downed over east Ukraine’s Sloviansk, crew’s fate unclear (ITAR-TASS)

Inside the Fanciful World of Stratfor (Dissident Voice)

Ukraine reinstates military draft as NATO threatens Russia (WSWS)

White House: Obama-Merkel meeting to focus on Ukraine crisis (ITAR-TASS)

Protesters in eastern Ukraine see Kiev govt as a ‘gang of oligarchs’ (RT)

Militiaman: ?ombat helicopters above Slavyansk, east Ukrainian city blocked (RT)

Ukrainian troops begin special operation in Slavyansk (RT)

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