American in Ukraine: Police Beat Me Mercilessly
An American citizen of Ukranian origin says he was brutally clubbed by Ukranian police Tuesday night amid bloody clashes with protesters.
George Sayevich, a resident of Silver Spring, Md., near Washington, D.C., was recovering Wednesday in a Kiev hospital, where he told The Associated Press that police beat him mercilessly even when he was lying on the ground.
Here is a link about a peace deal between Yanukovych and three leaders of the opposition..
I think this is just a ploy,,, because one of the requirements, is for the people to turn in all “illegal” weapons. Does anyone know what is legal and illegal in Ukraine?
This link has another link inside of it, that shows the new agreement.
Yulia Tymoshenko Freed? Ukraine Parliament Votes To Release Jailed Former Prime MinisterYulia Tymoshenko Freed? Ukraine Parliament Votes To Release Jailed Former Prime Minister....To be clear Parliament passed the law...still has to be signed by the President. Her no 1 enemy."
(1) Riot police have completely left the area of protests in Kyiv.
(2) Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been (for practical purposes) a political prisoner for more than two years, has been released and addressed the protesters at the Maidan (seated in a wheelchair).
(3) The Rada, Ukraine's parliament, voted to dismiss President Yanukovich. Whether they have the constitutional authority to fire him, I don't know. Reportedly, he doesn't accept their vote, but...
(4) Yanukovich has reportedly fled Kyiv. He has avoided the city center during the protests, instead spending his time at his sprawling luxury estate in countryside near the city.
(5) The (ex-)President's estate now being empty and unguarded (it apparently has a massive security apparatus), protesters have siezed and occupied it, declaring it to now be the property of the Ukrainian people.
*For those who truly care about Ukraine, instead of thinking of it as a Wal-Mart where you can shop for women.
In the bigger picture, Tsar Putin thought he could make Ukraine dance to his tune.
I (and millions of others, I am sure) have been deeply anxious about what terrible intervention Putin would make after today, when he no longer needed to worry about bad press spoiling his Olympic games.
Now Putin will be choking with rage at the Olympic closing ceremony -- he has been defeated by free people, in front of the whole world.
Ukraine has many deep structural problems, and many tough challenges to face in the coming weeks, and even decades. Russia certainly won't stop trying to treat Ukraine as its rightful property. But the dictator has been shown that his diktats lose power at Russia's frontier.
As the national anthem says, Ukraine has not yet died!
i thought some kind of deree was signed by russia & ukraine to always allow full Independence from russia in any future decisions back when russia gave them full Independence, Durak?
yes just saw the news, it looks all quiet on the Ukrainian front, great news.
president'y whats his face tried to flee to russia in a private plane but was stopped by airport customs officials or something.
he is somewhere unknown at this time.
These Ukrainian`s are very brave and patriotic and toppled a corrupt government pretty much without guns or any military backing.We know our government in USA is corrupt and not working.I can`t understand why we the people can`t all march on the Whitehouse and run them out of their offices and occupy them the same way ???. We would rather listen to the O`Reily factor on our big fat asses, complain and tweet.We are the only country that doesn`t revolt or hold mass demonstrations when are freedoms are being taken away.The Ukrainian`s have much bigger balls than we do.
Transparency International is a non-profit organization that makes an annual survey of what they call the Corruption Perceptions Index for countries around the world, where 0 is the worst possible (utter corruption) and 100 is the best possible (squeaky clean).
In 2013, the countries with the best scores were Denmark and New Zealand, tied with scores of 91. The lowest scores were 8 (for Somalia, Afghanistan, and North Korea -- truly awful regimes!).
USA scored 73.
Ukraine scored 25, tying Nigeria and Iran. Ukraine's public sector is as open and honest as Iran's!!! Taking into account statistical confidence intervals, Ukraine's index could overlap those of Yemen and Syria!
For each dollar equivalent generated by Ukraine's economy per person, the US economy produces ten dollars per person.
The US has never had a national election where the count was as massively distorted as Ukraine experienced in 2004 (the first time Yanukovich "won").
The US public has never listened to a telephone recording of their President saying that a journalist should be killed, who soon after was murdered -- by the way, that ex-President still roams free, having never been called to account.
The US has never had a presidential candidate poisoned to the extent that he fought for his life, surviving with his face severely scarred.
Consideration of these comparisons, may help to account for different degrees of passion and desperation between the two countries.
None of the foregoing, in any way diminishes the courage and patriotism displayed in Ukraine during recent months. Chest' i slava!
I agree, durak. The US is not as bad. However, a 73 score is not as good as what our nation should be in terms of transparency. USA should be the example.
Again, it's not as bad, but what happened in the US is the massive delay of tax exempt status for the opposition of the ones in power (Democrats). It is not clear if this swayed the outcome, but it did sway the election numbers.
Of the $15 billion Ukrainian bond purchase promised by Russia to sway the protesters... $3 billion was already purchased before the Olympics. The rest was suspended because Yanukovych could not contain the protesters. Then, around the time of the Yanukovych-Putin meeting in the Olympics, another $3 billion was purchased. That's when the Ukrainian police started shooting.
I don't believe the Russians can take the sale back, could they? They would have to sell the bonds in the open market. In the mean time, Ukraine seeks $1 billion help from the west to help pay for their Russian gas bill for 2013.
This was in my letter today from my girlfriend in Cremea
John I am suffering from the turmoil in Kiev. We have a civil war. Bandits are sponsored by America and Europe. The other day revolution was transferred to the Crimea. People go crazy. In Simferopol 25000 people, gathered in Sevastopol 50000 the other day. Today the full horror is created. In Simferopol people from all Crimea hold at once two meetings. People were divided into Tatars and Russians. Russians want that the Crimea belonged to Russia. And Tatars want will connect to the Ukrainian bandits. There is something awful. Across all Ukraine robberies, people kill people. Our president somewhere escaped. All deputies resign. Sevastopol declared itself the independent city, now it belongs to Russia.
now Russia is getting ready to invade and head straight to the Crimea. I did warn her this would happen when these riots started last year of Russian plans.
it must be tough for people there as she was pro EU from the start and right up to 2 weeks ago. I have not ask her now where she is standing with it. but she did say that she wants to leave the country and go on a one way ticket.
I would not give up on her. I just don't think it clear cut with all the people there and the history of the place. the Crimea has a population of 58% Russian, 25% Ukrainian and 12% tartar who was the original people that owned the Crimea they are now lined to the Ukrainians.
it was stalin who created this problem in May 1944 by moving and killing all the tartar there. and by moving in the Russian to take over the place.
it a shame because it's going back to the cold war days now. 2 superpowers trying to win over the people. specially Russia as it wants it old ways of having another USSR.