Exclusive: U.S. readies financial sanctions against Ukraine: congressional aides

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KatieBeth wrote:

http://maidantranslations.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/doctor-providing-medical-help-on-hrushevskoho-street-brutally-beaten-and-arrested/ This enough for you, Mr. President? The only people being violent (excepting for those defending themselves or others) are the Berkut and Titushky! Sanction them, sanction Yaunukovich and his regime – but for the love of all that is holy, leave the protest leaders alone – You, Mr. Obama, said it yourself last night – they have the right to express themselves freely and peacefully!

Jan 29, 2014 10:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
apollon333 wrote:

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Jan 29, 2014 10:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Vitex wrote:

Square during a show of force in Kiev, January 29, 2014″ ???
“The Obama administration is preparing financial sanctions that could be imposed on…protest leaders” ???
“Congressional aides, who asked not to be identified…” ???

Author/Editor, really tacky fabulations . This is the only place in cyber-universe, where reader would find fables like that related to mass protests in Ukraine. Repugnant.

Jan 29, 2014 10:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Kahnie wrote:

Once again, butting into someone else’s family squabble with no good outcome and really, none of our business. I used to ask, “Will we ever learn.” I have since come to the conclusion, “We will never learn and it will be our destruction.” Sheesh! The Ukraine? Why???? Are we worried about the Ukraine vote in Pennsylvania?

Jan 29, 2014 11:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Reminds me of the Cuban missiles between Russia and USA, it was too close to home for USA and eventually Russia caved in. Now USA is knocking on Russia’s door guess who blinks first, if I were a betting man I would put my bet on USA. Russia is not Iran and will never work, Europeans will never come onboard on this one.

Jan 29, 2014 11:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Kahnie wrote:

“The situation in Ukraine remains very volatile and more needs to be done,” said Representative Eliot Engel, the New York Democrat who sponsored the resolution. “We must remain engaged.”

Why must we remain engaged? What do we have at stake here that the American people know nothing about? The vote in Ohio?

Jan 29, 2014 11:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UkrainianJoe wrote:

SURE, WE MORE WORRIED ABOUT RUSSIA GETTING MAD AT US… WHY WORRY ABOUT UKRAINIANS, LET THEM DIE, THEY USED TO IT…. WE WON’T FREEZE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF CRIMINAL ASSETS OF THEIR LEADERS—MONEY DONT SMELL–THEY WILL PAY TAXES SO WE CAN PAY OUR LAZY PEOPLE NOT TO WORK AND ABORT BABIES… YOU KNOW, FIGHTING OVERPOPULATION…

Jan 30, 2014 12:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
azzzy wrote:

Russia is trying to rebuild the Soviet Union. Ukraine is the main component without which it is impossible. The US (and the rest of the world for that matter) will be directly affected by the direction Ukraine ends up choosing. Recently that direction suddenly had been changed towards Russia and away from the West. So involvement in the Ukrainian situation may not affect the votes in Pennsylvania or Ohio (now) but in the long run it may prevent the WWIII or a cold-war-like stand-off.

Specifically on the subject of sanctions, why are they being applied to the protest leaders as well??? We can’t punish both sides – it’s counterproductive and downright inane. Besides the protest doesn’t really have leaders. If so-called “leaders” don’t do what the crowd tells them, the crowd ignores them and does what it deems to be necessary.

Jan 30, 2014 12:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
QuenB wrote:

Very funny US finance all this violence and they willing to consider sanctions, Ukrainian Government shall consider sanction to US for supporting violence in Ukraine!

Jan 30, 2014 1:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
66600 wrote:

Well, stability in Europe is bit more important than Iran, Syria, Israel and likes of them. Just because it will prevent potential WWIII. But yes, some have nothing to worry about. Others will think for them.

Jan 30, 2014 1:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
QuenB wrote:

Very funny! US financed all this violence and they willing to consider sanctions, I think Ukrainian Government shall consider functions to US for financing and supporting violence in Ukraine!

Jan 30, 2014 1:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
Melodysun wrote:

I don’t know what else can US do for us besides praying… Honestly, it has become awful since the revolution started. If you voice your thoughts you never know who will appear at your door and search your house or who will disappear among your friends who sustain the protest against banditry government. But we are thankful for at least revoked visas. Do you really want to have such guests in your country who kill people and pretend to be Saints?

Jan 30, 2014 2:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
staroshchaka wrote:

Dear foreign journalists! Please make a pressure upon your governments and state authorities. Unfortunately we can see that interest in Europe to the events in Ukraine is decreasing. In case of sanctions against at least one of Ukrainian oligarchs or ministers our way to freedom and democracy will become irreversible. A lot of powerful persons in Ukraine just wait for external signal. Ask (or demand) your governments to provide sanctions!

Please, we really need your help!

Free Ukrainian citizen.

Jan 30, 2014 2:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
FinalOpinion wrote:

Why the f–k is the US getting involved with Ukraine’s problems. We are such a GD bunch of busybodies.

Jan 30, 2014 3:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
Markdalark wrote:

I would encourage everyone to read Tom Clancy’s latest novel; Command Authority. Once again the theme of his book is timely to the issue of Ukraine. It is almost spooky how relevant his story is to the current crisis.

Jan 30, 2014 6:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
WildWilli wrote:

Here we go again meddling in another country’s business. Are we a nation bent on war? Can we not resist getting involve in every little or big disagreement that other countries have. We have enough in our own country. How would we feel if other powers interfered in our disagreements?

Jan 30, 2014 6:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
WildWilli wrote:

Why is war monger John McCain over in the Ukraine stirring up trouble? He’s a war monger of the world, stirring up trouble in every country that he has an internal problem. When foreigners meddle in our business that way, we call them terrorists.

Jan 30, 2014 6:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
Kolyada wrote:

“Serhiy Kolyada got in hot water with Kyiv’s art establishment with his ballpoint-on-construction paper productions, portraying Kyiv as a melancholy zone of shadows. Check out his Web site (www.kolyada.com) to see his nude or semi-nude women depicted against shadowy backgrounds of corporate slogans.It’s art as social commentary: gutsy reflections on money, power and gender issues in Ukraine.” ( “50 Great Things About Kyiv” KYIV POST, Oct 20, 2004)

“…Serhiy Kolyada’s politically infused ballpoint pen drawings have left him virtually ignored by galleries in his home country of Ukraine. Publicity comes mostly through English language media and a majority of sales to foreign clients via private viewings and online galleries… Kolyada works in black ballpoint, using other mediums and collage occasionally to add color. In 2006, religious themes and “the mystical side of life” became subjects of interest to the artist…”
(“Ballpoint pen artwork”, WIKIPEDIA)

Jan 30, 2014 7:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
Kolyada wrote:

“Serhiy Kolyada got in hot water with Kyiv’s art establishment with his ballpoint-on-construction paper productions, portraying Kyiv as a melancholy zone of shadows. Check out his Web site (www.kolyada.com) to see his nude or semi-nude women depicted against shadowy backgrounds of corporate slogans.It’s art as social commentary: gutsy reflections on money, power and gender issues in Ukraine.” ( “50 Great Things About Kyiv” KYIV POST, Oct 20, 2004)

“…Serhiy Kolyada’s politically infused ballpoint pen drawings have left him virtually ignored by galleries in his home country of Ukraine. Publicity comes mostly through English language media and a majority of sales to foreign clients via private viewings and online galleries… Kolyada works in black ballpoint, using other mediums and collage occasionally to add color. In 2006, religious themes and “the mystical side of life” became subjects of interest to the artist…”
(“Ballpoint pen artwork”, WIKIPEDIA)

Jan 30, 2014 7:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
HereHere wrote:

So you ask, why? Even if you don’t care about human rights which is a shame here’s why. Ukrainian regime has turned into dictatorship and dictatorships don’t last for long. They usually go down in an armed conflict or end up by humanitarian catastrophe. What if in five years after the world had turned its back on Ukraine new US president says troops are needed in there. Would you as US citizens be happy about that after Iraq and Afghanistan?

Jan 30, 2014 8:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
Claudios wrote:

Ukrainian people shuld ask to themselves a question: why are Americans so much interested in ukrainian events? Probably they are only playing their game…

Jan 30, 2014 8:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
Claudios wrote:

Ukrainian people should ask to themselves a question: why are Americans so much interested in ukrainian events? Probably they are only playing their game…

Jan 30, 2014 8:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
kitty1kitty wrote:

Ukraine needs to be brought into the EU Ponzi scheme or else the whole scam will collapse. That means sanctions, and then bombs and regime change if necessary. Anything to keep the wall street/Tel Aviv vultures fat and happy. What the heck? They’re only gentiles, right?

Jan 30, 2014 8:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
kitty1kitty wrote:

Ukraine needs to be brought into the EU Ponzi scheme or else the whole scam will collapse. That means sanctions, and then bombs and regime change if necessary. Anything to keep the wall street/Tel Aviv vultures fat and happy. What the heck? They’re only gentiles, right?

Jan 30, 2014 8:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
FRPSR wrote:

Ukraine has been known as “The Ukraine” until very recently in Russia . That this was an obvious “junior” status of official recognition in comparison to say , Russia , Spain , England , France , etc. , against descriptive phrasing like “The West” is self evident .
Regardless as to the root nature precisely expressing the pathologies of official Russian slights , the satellite status as an internal province of Mother Russia exists to this day in the minds of Russian colonists , who make their home in eastern Ukraine .
The recently refurbished , re centralized , top down political power that derailed years of work in the blink of Cherubic Chairman Putin’s eye , is in an office in Moscow . The strict paternal hierarchy explaining the order of the playthings from the toy-box Putin assigns his oligarchs play dates for , is also in the Russian Federation’s Capital , Moscow .
Brusquely underlined for the slow of wit , by the refreshingly unveiled warnings rumbling out of the single voice of The Ukraine’s diktats , Putin .
What remains of Stalin’s distinctive legacies , can hardly be described without recalling the dearth of all but grisly details , or by humming the tunes Putin likes best .
Borrowing items from European adventures , which emphasized removal of raw material through the industrial “contribution” of rail service , serving as an expeditious handover of resources , sans stops . This sort of paternal attentions lovingly elbowed into generations of the defenseless , may be overlooked by the colonizer , but pride clings in the most obvious , and dangerous ways . As an unforgiving occupational culture pivoting on the reduction of the clients Ukrainian culture , has never found a serious voice to doubt the obvious , aside from a poor joke .
In the educational observations centuries of European colonial style of renaming raw materials from former nation states affords , their reduction into provincial resources for the industries of war machinery , plus the hard won privileges for the wealthy and powerful , a dacha on the gold coast of an internal province , all refreshingly re-familiarized for us by the response to a discordant Chechnya .

Jan 30, 2014 8:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
MariaTan wrote:

There is not enough widespread violence in Ukraina????? Oh yes,you’re right, it’s only slow, peaceful TORTURING- KILLING of innocent by corrupted government-bandits!
…and then- here you are,if protesters fight back- THEY can get sanctions!!? If I have understood correctly?

Jan 30, 2014 9:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
MariaTan wrote:

There is not enough widespread violence in Ukraina????? Oh yes,you’re right, it’s only slow, peaceful TORTURING- KILLING of innocent by corrupted government-bandits!
…and then- here you are,if protesters fight back- THEY can get sanctions!!? If I have understood correctly?

Jan 30, 2014 9:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
QuidProQuo wrote:

President Barack Obama referred to Ukraine in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, voicing support for the principle that all people have the right to free expression.

Expression is a spirited rally, what is happening in Ukraine and elsewhere where out of control fools try to “make a point” is far beyond a spirited rally. I am so sick of sickos encouraging anarchy and government instability. Making a point, doesn’t mean making an enemy in the process.

Jan 30, 2014 10:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
UncleRic wrote:

Ignoring Ukraine is like a family ignoring a neighbor.
So you may ask… he cares if a neighbor is beating his wife?
…doesn’t effect me.

Look what has already happened in Belarus.

Why bother with the United Nations?

We live in a ‘global village’ where what happens throughout our planet SHOULD be a concern to everyone.

Ukraine has been under foreign influence/domination throughout most of its history; and it’s a major hub of Europe with a vibrant population and natural resources.

Ukraine’s liberation from the Soviet Union has been squandered my self-serving mafia thugs; and Russia.

It’s time for the rest of the world to give a damn; and avoid another Belarus.

Jan 30, 2014 12:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DonWalker wrote:

As the violence escalates the US should impose stricter sanctions on Ukraine.

Jan 30, 2014 1:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
unionwv wrote:

Romney recently made the point that Putin was proving to be a much more effective chief executive than Obama.

In this case (a stark example): Putin announces he will help economically after the situation stabilizes; Obama turns down the financial screws to try and bend Ukraine into line with his and the EU’s agenda.

Jan 30, 2014 2:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Danram wrote:

This is a great step. Now, we need to expand the sanctions to those who are really causing the problems in Ukraine … Vladimir Putin and his “siloviki” in Russia.

Jan 30, 2014 10:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Danram wrote:

Gee Kahnie … Ya think that maybe it might be a good idea to support the Ukraine reformers so that Vladimir Putin isn’t able to reconstitute the Soviet Union someday?

Did that thought even occur to you?

I seriously doubt it.

Jan 30, 2014 10:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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