Ukraine Update: Pro-Moscow Leader Arrested In Donetsk, Russians Block Border Cross Points

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While the biggest strategic news of the day is that the Crimean parliament voted to join Russia with a done deal referendum to be held in a few days, as well as collapse of the anti-Russian sanction lobby with Germany and others getting cold feet against boycotting Russian goods, the tactical developments continue. Of note: earlier today the leader of the most persistent pro-Moscow protest movement in eastern Ukraine was arrested at his home in the city of Donetsk on Thursday, a Reuters journalist who was with police on the raid said. Around 10 members of the SBU security service arrested Pavel Gubarev at his apartment in a five-story Soviet-era block in the eastern city, on charges of "infringing the territorial integrity and independence of the state". He did not resist.

Gubarev, a Donetsk businessman, had led protesters who blockaded the regional administration building and flew the Russian flag until they were removed on Thursday. He had called himself the "people's governor" and demanded lawmakers sever ties with Kiev and put him in charge of the police force.

So if Russia needed yet another pretext to claim there is repression of pro-Russian individuals, Kiev gladly obliged.

Perhaps this explains why, as Bloomberg reports, the Russian military is restricting access of Ukrainian border troops to check-point buildings, border service says on its website. Bloomberg cites the Ukrainian statement as saying that Russian military use ultimatums to urge Ukrainian border troops to move and take side of self-proclaimed Crimean government. Blocked points include those near Massandra and Yevpatoria.

And some other re-escalation news: also according to Bloomberg, Russian military sank Ochakov ship in the Black Sea near Donuzlav on the eastern coast of the Crimean peninsula. Passage to Donuzlav lake is now blocked and Ukrainian navy ships are locked inside the lake. Bloomberg cited a defense ministry statement.

Still think Putin was de-escalating?

But here is the punchline:

  • RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY, IN REACTION TO U.S. STATE DEPT "PRESIDENT PUTIN'S FICTION", SAYS WASHINGTON UNABLE TO ACCEPT THAT THINGS IN UKRAINE ARE NOT DEVELOPING AS THEY EXPECTED THEM TO

Which is why we fully expect John Kerry to make some more hollow threats and call it a day.

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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:49 | 4516835 achmachat
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is he wearing an Archduke Franz Ferdinand uniform?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:50 | 4516844 Winston Churchill
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Close enough for Govt. (wet) work.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:58 | 4516855 BaBaBouy
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BANKER/Bitecoin SUICIDE (Suicided)??? WATCH

Bitcoin firm CEO found dead in suspected suicide      FOXNEWS

It appears bitcoin’s recent turmoil has claimed its first life.

Autumn Ratke a 28-year-old American CEO of bitcoin exchange firm First Meta was found dead in her Singapore apartment on Feb. 28. BREAKING: Satoshi Nakamoto, the mystery man behind bitcoin, finally located Local media are calling it a suicide, but Singapore officials are waiting for toxicology test results. Ratke formerly worked with Apple and other Silicon Valley tech firms on developing digital payment systems. "The First Meta team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke." - Statement on First Meta website Ratke’s death brings the number of questionable financial sector deaths this year to eight. On Feb. 18 a 33-year-old JPMorgan finance pro leaped to his death the roof of the JPMorgan’s 30-story Hong Kong office tower. Li Junjie’s suicide marked the third mysterious death of a JPMorgan banker. So far, there is no other known link between any of the deaths. Gabriel Magee, 39, a vice president with the JPMorgan’s corporate and investment bank technology arm in the UK, also jumped to his death from the roof of the bank’s 33-story Canary Wharf tower in London on Jan. 28. On Feb. 3, Ryan Henry Crane, 37, a JPM executive director who worked in New York, was found dead inside his Stamford, Conn., home. A cause of death in Crane’s case has not be determined until a toxicology report is complete, according to a spokesperson for the Stamford detectives division. The report is expected within two weeks.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:08 | 4516936 Volkodav
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Off topic

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:15 | 4516982 johnQpublic
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Russian military sank Ochakov ship in the Black Sea near Donuzlav on the eastern coast of the Crimean peninsula

 

how is this not the lead story?

now the rest of the navy is like fish in proverbial barrel

three dimensional chess....bitchez

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:26 | 4517029 e_goldstein
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While Putin plays chess, Obama is playing 'my little brony'.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:37 | 4517082 Independent
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Ok so Putin blocks in Ukraine Navy, they basically have no boats, next step is Odessa, with control of the Black Sea and with a Russian majority there in that port city, which is the only other port of Ukraine, he is going to deny the sea to Ukraine and link up to Transniester, which already has Russian troops on the ground and is heavily armed and pro Russian.  They can outflank any Ukraine response.  I think things will move fast in the next few days.  The west is pushing and is getting slapped each time by Putin.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:53 | 4517160 SDShack
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Yep, I said days ago the coup plotters in Kiev thought they had won with their siege, but they really failed by only laying siege to one city. Now they are finding out that all the power centers are in the East & South.... military, financial, economic, industrial, energy, etc. Kiev is just an empty shell without those power centers. The coup plotters are now realizing they are on the receiving end of the siege going forward.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:36 | 4517395 Volkodav
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They never had that much support, especially after showed real face and their tactics and identity come to light...

Announcing pension cut and other future depradations should finish them.

 

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:06 | 4517971 Dollarmedes
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"...Germany and others getting cold feet..."

It's not "getting cold feet" so much as the anticipation of getting cold feet...when their gas is turned off.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:40 | 4517105 tonyw
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I'm sure this is just an old Russian ship that has unfortunately sunk due to a mechanical failure/human error blocking the channel, they'll remove it as soon as possible.

 

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:30 | 4517356 Volkodav
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Boating accident...

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:39 | 4517811 earnyermoney
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Putin stored his gold on that boat.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:03 | 4517212 ShrNfr
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Also old news.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:09 | 4516941 strannick
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What about self determination? Guess this new Uke PM is showing his fascist colors sooner than expected..

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:27 | 4517337 silvermail
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Washington brought to power in Ukraine their pocket fascists:

http://www.veooz.com/photos/GuBblb.html

http://i.imgur.com/G89DoGV.jpg?1

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:35 | 4517779 Omen IV
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second link tells a huge story very concisely!

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:51 | 4516848 strannick
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Ukraine doesn't support democracy?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:01 | 4516896 john39
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banker cabal seems to be in a bit of panic...  tuned into national propaganda radio here in the U.S. this morning to check on big brother's point of view...  and was rather pleased to hear the desperation coming out of the talking heads' mouths... desperatly claiming that putin had to be stopped, punished...  but zero idea how or what to do.   what a great start to thursday morning.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:21 | 4517299 silvermail
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"is he wearing an Archduke Franz Ferdinand uniform?"

Photoshop from faux news.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:50 | 4516843 alien-IQ
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and why/how was a Reuters reporter "conveniently" with police at the time of the arrest?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:07 | 4516928 Volkodav
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Someone please tell alien-IQ who owns Reuters...

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:50 | 4517467 mandalou
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they own a bank in England i Believe.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:42 | 4517831 Againstthelie
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And tell him that the new Ukrainian PM is one of the tribe, too.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:46 | 4517443 Rafferty
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Must indeed be alien IQ if you don't know who owns Reuters. Hint:  The same people who plundered Ukraine and are now in power in Kiev.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:51 | 4516850 BadDog
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Cool threads, checking my territory ahead catalog

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:07 | 4516933 Big Corked Boots
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Do they have the boots to go with it?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:11 | 4516954 johnQpublic
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yes, on the ground in fact

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:52 | 4516853 Truther
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Check mate.... Barry

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:02 | 4516900 besnook
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REGGIE IS RIGHT THERE NEXT TO HIM.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:52 | 4516854 pashley1411
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I wonder who drummed up that provocation.    You really think arresting him is going to make any difference?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:53 | 4516857 the not so migh...
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he is in a marching band?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:54 | 4516862 Sufiy
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Guess who is killing the NSA Bitcoin scam now


Bubble Chronicles. Mystery Solved: Meet Satoshi Nakamoto - The Face Behind Bitcoin


 One mystery is solved: Satoshi Nakamoto is found and another one: when this bubble will be finally over will be found soon. Warren Buffet has discussed it recently and dismissed Bitcoin as a currency, as a store of value it is not working very well for the latest buyers from the last Fall. It will be more and more difficult "to find another fool" to buy it at a higher price after all recent news about Mt. Gox bankruptcy, millions of lost Bitcoins and crucial technical fault in Bitcoin architecture allowing it to happen. Constant attacks from the  Central Banks around the world will only add to the pressure on FIAT alternative. There is no "Gold 2.0" - there is only one real Gold and not so much of it left now.

  After these revelations about Satoshi Nakamoto pedigree and his long history of working on highly classified projects  you can think for yourself from what point in time NSA has been really involved in this project and what will be the implications on Bitcoin crowd of "freedom fighters" with further investigation reports coming out. The destiny of Bitcoin speculators we can learn from the history.

"I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it," he says, dismissing all further queries with a swat of his left hand. "It's been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection."

http://sufiy.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/bubble-chronicles-satoshi-nakamoto-f...



Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:58 | 4516882 fonzannoon
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Tyler you are letting you comments section get bombed with threadjacking blog pimpers.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:01 | 4516895 Spastica Rex
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I like real Spam - with eggs and rice.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:08 | 4517236 Big Corked Boots
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE

(can't believe nobody else posted this... or am I the only person who doesn't tire of it?)

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:12 | 4516961 superflex
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Once is fine, but pimping this shit in every thread is full retard.

 

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:55 | 4516863 BudFox2012
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Thank god the sanctions on Russia have not been put in place.  I ordered a mail order Russian bride last week, and I'd hate to have her held up in customs for a couple of years...

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:59 | 4516886 the not so migh...
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when they are done with her , you can have her

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:04 | 4516908 BudFox2012
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Not true.  I'm sure the TSA will find her to be a person of interest after customs is done with her, and detain her in a closed interrogation room for 6 or 7 monts.  Then ICE and DEA still get there shots at her too. 

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:45 | 4517128 Hephaestus
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Too late Bud.

US Announces Visa Restrictions on Some Russians

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/us-announces-visa-restrictions-russians-22796425

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:53 | 4517481 mandalou
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Customs prefer little boys.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:15 | 4516978 Stoploss
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Keep us posted.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:56 | 4516868 Debugas
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it is a mess there, people taking sides and fighting for power

many heads will roll

the tru challenge now is how to settle it all down with as little blood as possible and as fast as possible

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:56 | 4516869 deepsouthdoug
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Those arm pad thingies in your photo op look a little thread bare fella.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:57 | 4516875 Iam Yue2
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Only eight hours late on that story about the arrest .........

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:19 | 4516881 shanearthur
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 "Now youz can't leave!" - A Bronx Tale

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:00 | 4516890 forwardho
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It would, in the long run, be less embaressing ,if the U.S. Diplomatic corp got on thier knees and kissed putins naked ass at high noon in the middle of the street.

"Better to keep ones mouth shut, than to open it and remove all doubt"

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:07 | 4516926 1000yrdstare
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YOU FOOLS! you gott he wrong guy! that's the bellhop!!!

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:08 | 4516927 SpanishGoop
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Russia better leave the US/EU a way out.

I am sure they will take it, just to save face.

 

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