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People came to Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow to apologize for what their government and their compatriots are  doing in Ukraine. I cannot watch more than 30 seconds of it, I start crying. It must be extremely hard to watch you country being overrun by madness, your friends and neighbors turn into virtual zombies. And they face very real dangers, as Putin is dead set at stomping out all and any dissent.
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This people don`t russian it`s native Ukranian migrant
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Well, this got exactly nowhere. Akhmetov is reportedly in Kyiv, and is afraid to set foot in Donetsk. Money may talk, but truckloads of Chechens make a better argument.
 
This is a very interesting development. One of the richest men of Ukraine (if not the richest), someone widely seen as a de-facto owner of Donetsk, Rinat Akhmetov, vows to take concrete steps to fight separatism in Eastern Ukraine. It happens only a couple of days after he signed a memorandum of understanding with so called "people republics" of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Akhmetov's role in the crisis is hard to understand completely, but it is even harder to see it as constructive. He definitely had influence to stop captures of government buildings early and have not used it. Moreover, recently released self-proclaimed "peoples' governor" of Donetsk, Pavel Gubarev, claimed that Akhmetov bankrolled separatist movement. I think consensus is that he tried to wrangle concessions from Kiev, but lost control of the situation, and is now very much at odds with Russians running the show in Slavyansk and increasingly expanding their influence to Donetsk. I hope Kiev authorities take advantage of this. 

It should also be noted that Akhmetov is rumored to have started building his fortune by a very direct participation in organized crime. 

Экстренное заявление президента компании СКМ Рината Ахметова
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Yeah, bankrolling separatists was a stupidest investment on Akhmetov's part. He outsmarted himself pretty dramatically - too bad the whole region went down along with him... 
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Leader of separatists complains that people of Eastern Ukraine don't want to fight for him. What a shock!
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Hahahahaha, No shit Sherlock most normal people are not terrorists.
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Russia sends unprecedented numbers of riot police to occupied Crimea. Local police not trusted.

http://ru.krymr.com/media/video/25388544.html

And that's a place where Kremlin supposedly has 97% of support, and really has upwards of 10,000 troops.
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В преддверии Дня депортации крымскотатарского народа российские силовики провели показательные учения на площади Ленина Симферополя.
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By the white house today.
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A good write-up on how Ukrainians crowdsource and crowdfund equipment for their Army. Many of the groups (Wings Phoenix, ArmySOS, etc. on FB) have paypal accounts now. Reportedly there is even a slow but steady stream of donations from... Russia.

http://mashable.com/2014/06/05/ukraine-euromaydanarmy/#:eyJzIjoiZiIsImkiOiJfMGwzMWFxYmo4YjM0aG5mcCJ9
Behind the front lines of eastern Ukraine's war is a group of civilians who covertly deliver supplies to military troops fighting separatists.
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I freaking love these people!!
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This is a very interesting development. One of the richest men of Ukraine (if not the richest), someone widely seen as a de-facto owner of Donetsk, Rinat Akhmetov, vows to take concrete steps to fight separatism in Eastern Ukraine. It happens only a couple of days after he signed a memorandum of understanding with so called "people republics" of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Akhmetov's role in the crisis is hard to understand completely, but it is even harder to see it as constructive. He definitely had influence to stop captures of government buildings early and have not used it. Moreover, recently released self-proclaimed "peoples' governor" of Donetsk, Pavel Gubarev, claimed that Akhmetov bankrolled separatist movement. I think consensus is that he tried to wrangle concessions from Kiev, but lost control of the situation, and is now very much at odds with Russians running the show in Slavyansk and increasingly expanding their influence to Donetsk. I hope Kiev authorities take advantage of this. 

It should also be noted that Akhmetov is rumored to have started building his fortune by a very direct participation in organized crime. 

Экстренное заявление президента компании СКМ Рината Ахметова
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If you lie down with dogs then you wake up with fleas. 
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Thanks Christian! 
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Ukrainian activist describes how they crowdfund supplies and equipment for the Army and the National Guard, procure and deliver it themselves. On this trip they are bringing portable radios (used), UK Armed Forces uniforms (also used, but better quality than new standard issue in Ukraine), food and other supplies.

This is a true grassroots effort. ArmySOS is one of the groups that are doing it. Sorry for pointing you to Facebook - but their main communication tool is https://www.facebook.com/groups/armia.sos/ 

Money are most often sent via a very popular (in Ukraine) Privatbank system. You can use it from abroad via www.liqpay.com. This site has an unusual security system. You don't create username and password. Your phone number is your username, and a new password is sent to you via text every time you login. It usually takes a minute or two for a text to come to an American cellphone. Once you enter it, register a debit card, and you can fund this group, or a number of other worthy causes in Ukraine. You need to know a number of receiver's card - in this case it is 4149 4978 0480 1324. You pay $1.95 + 1% for a transaction on top of money you are sending.
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One of many chilling accounts of Ukrainian activists being captured, beaten, tortured, killed in separatist-controlled regions of Ukraine.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10822420/The-disappeared-whose-voices-will-be-silent-in-vote-on-self-rule-in-Ukraines-east.html 
Pro-Russian separatists continue to hold a number of prisoners against their will, in a campaign against dissent
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Dramatic - even tragic - day in Odessa, Ukraine. A city famous for its humor became a scene of violent street battles that left more that 40 people dead. Rough sequence of events:
- it was a day of a soccer game between Odessa's and Kharkiv's soccer teams. In spirit of the new tradition, fans of both teams organized a march for United Ukraine. After a similar march was attacked in Kharkiv, they expected an attack and issued a warning not to attack to separatists, but came unarmed. Text of the warning:   https://twitter.com/Dbnmjr/status/462299772460613632/photo/1
- separatists armed themselves attacked:
Одесса: "мирный сторонник федерализации" стреляет с крыши по людям
Одесса 2 мая. Видео со стороны сепаратистов. Стрельба из АК - 47 (a guy in the middle with an AK)
https://twitter.com/euromaidan/status/462315209734901760/photo/1
https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/462297319455473664/photo/1
https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/462295204288929793/photo/1
- soccer fans, who were later joined by Euromaidan activists, pushed back, using mostly paving stones, and made separatists barricade themselves in a shopping center. Up to three patriots were killed up to this point, many more wounded.  
 https://twitter.com/Dbnmjr/status/462283838404567042/photo/1
https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPR/status/462279187387002881/photo/1
- local police were wearing same red armbands as separatists - not clear what the meaning of it was, but it cannot be good for the local police.. It was either passive, or working on the separatists' side most of the time. later a SWAT-like unit loyal to government arrived and arrested separatists barricaded in a shopping center
https://twitter.com/SSkrut/status/462314870847729664/photo/1
- patriots then moved to a city square where separatists maintained a camp. Camp was destroyed, separatists locked themselves in a Trade Union building, patriots tried to break in then started throwing molotovs, separatists were shooting and throwing stones from the rooftop. Fire also started on one of the top floors from the inside of the building. A fairly long video of the events around the Trade Union building:
Одесса дом профсоюзов ПОЛНОЕ ВИДЕО  https://twitter.com/euromaidan/status/462318208062472192/photo/1
- people inside the building tried to escape the smoke through the windows. Rescue attempts were not very successful: firefighters were reportedly passive, and stone throwing from the rooftop continued all through the rescue attempts. Patriots moved elements of the stage to the building to let separatists climb down:
https://twitter.com/euromaidan/status/462277274411094017/photo/1

So, a shocking and a sad day. I am proud that patriots fought against adversaries armed with firearms and won, but the death toll is so strikingly high... and I have a sinking feeling that organizers of the attack may have fled, while the gullible choked inside the building... 

A three day mourning has been announced in Odessa.
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