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East Ukraine's Donetsk Declares Itself Sovereign: Asks Putin To "Consider Absorption" Of Newly Independent State

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Just as we predicted last week, Crimea 2.0 is officially here.


While Putin has not yet confirmed it will, begrudgingly, annex Donetsk as a reminder earlier today the Kremlin said it "respects" the independence vote and calls for a "civilized implementation." And what could be more civilized than annexing two regions of Ukraine in under two months without firing a single shot?

Here is the official announcement by Donetsk leader Denis Pushilin:

As a reminder from last week:

Look no further than the Crimea case study:

  1. Donetsk declares independence
  2. Kiev, the west and NATO condemn the results, sternly refuse to accept the outcome, and issue more sanctions against Russian politicians and oligarchs
  3. Newly "independent" Donetsk requests military support from friendly Russia to defend its population, and the Russian tanks roll across the border

And as other regions in east and south Ukraine follow in the Donetsk' footsteps, assuring Russia a land connection to Crimea and cutting off Kiev from the Donbas industrial zones and the Slavyansk shale gas, Putin wins again.


In the meantime, while we await Russia's latest bearhug embrace of a formerly Ukrainian territory, here is Gazprom's take:


It is amazing what one can achieve when one has all the commodity leverage.

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Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:33 | 4750658 Slave
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Bathhouse - 0

Putin - I can't count that high

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:44 | 4750674 ilion
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This thing doesn't even surprise anyone.

I have to admit that if this all was pre-planned months ago by comrade Putin then this guy is really something. If he did do good things instead of bad then we could really live in paradise. Of course bad guys rarely turn into good guys. 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:52 | 4750725 RetiredSilverBug
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More people joining Russia is a good thing :)

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:55 | 4750733 lordylord
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These people are trading one set of chains for another.  Next time have a vote to rule over yourselves. 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:59 | 4750754 Joe Davola
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The "self's" we get to chose from this fall (and 2016) aren't exactly selling points for that self rule thing.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:08 | 4750805 Oh regional Indian
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It's okay Joe, the world is going from self rule to selfie rule.

No one but a few apparantly give a rat's ass or a bee's sting anymore.

Pretty soon, it will be bongs galore, damn the day's troubles. World over, they just  need some time to get the mad-making strains everywhere.

Legal, GMO'd stuff.

Huxley wins.

Orwell wins.

What a win-win situation this is....


Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:18 | 4750845 Manthong
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According to NWO types, this self-determination thing is not all that it is cracked up to be and must be stopped before things get out of control.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:47 | 4750957 Patriot Eke
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I strongly believe in and seek to further individual liberty, and I wouldn't want to be a puppet to either side.  However, when given the choice between the two there, it's a no brainer to go with Russia's oligarchs instead of the West's.  It's hard to further liberty when you're on the losing side of a global war after all.  /sarc...maybe

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:34 | 4750916 Overfed
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Well you know, Vivek, a dram is better than a damn.....

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:11 | 4750813 lordylord
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"The "self's" we get to chose from this fall (and 2016) aren't exactly selling points for that self rule thing."

Reduce the size and power of government and you would quickly find that it hardly matters who gets elected.  If we had a federal government that obeyed the limits placed on it by the Constitution, would a Romney or Obama (or Ron Paul) presidency really effect your life?  No, it would not.  Get government out of the economy and our lives.  Vote for a libertarian or a real conservative.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:21 | 4751107 smoothie
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Go Scotland, for de-escalation, it might make the world just a little more bright, in one dark corner!

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:53 | 4750727 Unknown User
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Putin can't afford to economically uplift Ukraine nor interested in losing pro-Russian votes there. Stable pro-Russian Ukraine is what Putin wants.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:05 | 4750797 FMR Bankster
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I think he wanted that in the past. However, after the second western backed coup in 10 years and the drive to separate Ukraine from the Russian zone of influence he's changed plans. Once Crimea was absorbed the chance to win elections where leaders looked east is gone. (2 million voters tied to Russia have now left Ukraine)So now he's moving to absorb those parts of Ukraine with the strongest historical ties (and economic links)to Russia. The maps on Zero hedge showing everything south and east from a line drawn between Kharkiv and Odesa plus the transnistra area of Moldova seems about right.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:12 | 4750822 CrashisOptimistic
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Good point.  But let's examine it.

Crimea was likely expensive.  But they have nat gas offshore.

Donetsk and the east carries the rest of the country economically.  They have the rich agriculture areas AND the industrial areas.  The west is mostly forest land. 

It's not going to be all burden.  The Chinese have leased farmland there for 70 yrs and those lease payments will stop going to Kiev.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:18 | 4751090 bobby02
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You might want to gander at Ukrainian energy intensity before salivating over that industry. Cheap natgas will float that boat, but selling natgas cheaply causes other problems in the Rus. Cheap dirty coal fires competitieve steel/pipe production but has other costs. Nukes are in Kiev and the west. Only viable LT solution is to cut entergy intensity, but that is beaucoup CAPEX, problematic when you are cut off from western capital markets.

I agree with you on Ag, but at the end of the day it's pretty low value added.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:12 | 4750746 spine001
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When commodity owners stop accepting fiat money as a media of exchange, it's game over. OBVIOUS, but forgotten in the MSM.

So your reasonable question should be: Why in he.l do they accept it? Well the answer is easier than you may think.  Because you can pass it on to somebody else to your gain before it looses value. Thus borrowing to buy some other asser before you even sold your commodity is the equivalent of: you already passed it off before you even got it, etc. It's a simple game of hot potato.  Things start getting interesting when the velocity of money goes up. Since nobody wants to be the guy holding the hot potatoe for smaller and smaller amounts amounts of time. At some point the players give up, usually after they discover that they can't find somebody to pass the potato on, fast enough to maintain their gain of giving their commmodities in exchange for that hot potato. At that point one player just decides to stop playing the game and start asking for hard assets rather than fiat money. From then on it snowballs to all players incredibly fast and the system breaks in miliseconds. 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:58 | 4750751 lordylord
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"I have to admit that if this all was pre-planned months ago by comrade Putin"

Pre-planned by the people who are in charge of Obama and Putin.  Putin and Obama are reading off of cue cards.  Well, maybe Putin can memorize his lines.  Obummer needs a teleprompter due to his obvious learning deficiencies. 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:38 | 4750677 TahoeBilly2012
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Have our Jews send in the Nazis, the CIA and Blackwater! FREEDOM!

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:39 | 4750678 ZH Snob
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very soon all that will be left of the Ukraine will be Kiev.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:42 | 4750689 lakecity55
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Hopefully, one day, all that will be left of the USSA is D.C.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:44 | 4750953 sethstorm
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Except that there is no USSA, there never has been a USSA, and that there will likely not be a USSA.


Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:07 | 4751052 Bunga Bunga
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Sleep on, sheeplestorm.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:51 | 4750987 ZH Snob
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looks like a couple of regime stooges came in a gave us all down votes.  nice work, boys, that'll really sway public opinion.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:04 | 4751046 sethstorm
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nice work, boys, that'll really sway public opinion.

At least it has more legitimacy than any of the votes for Russia to occupy Ukraine soil (Crimea, Donetsk, etc.).

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:11 | 4751068 Canadian Dirtlump
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It's the wannabe mercenary troll dwayne who works in the mail room at blackwater err xi err academi.



Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:42 | 4750691 Kirk2NCC1701
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Chicken Kiev.  It's what's for dinner.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:10 | 4750814 Oh regional Indian
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Duck Donetsk is the second course...

"free" range of course... ;-)

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:08 | 4751053 Bunga Bunga
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Served with fried Yatsies.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:42 | 4750692 Canadian Dirtlump
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This boobery is too perfect to not have an overt purpose be it by human machinations or the demonic.


If some pedestrian collection of turds like us can see it a mile away there isn't any doubt the intelligencia can.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:17 | 4750844 Oh regional Indian
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CD, we are the intelligensia. Your handle notwithstanding. :-)

IntelligenCIA was cool too...

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:42 | 4750951 sethstorm
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Putin - I can't count that low

Fixed that error for you, since Putin is playing at -infinity.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 18:56 | 4752606 Aussie V
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Twice now I have tried to down vote Sethstorm but my mouse doesn't recognise his red arrow. It just glides over.


Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:34 | 4750661 DavidC
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Putin = Chess

Obama = Tiddlywinks


Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:48 | 4750974 Uncle Remus
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Obama = Himself

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:34 | 4750663 unrulian
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Looks like business will be booming for Blackwater

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:36 | 4750671 IridiumRebel
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You mean Academi...err whatever the fuck they call themselves now. It will be different by next month.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:50 | 4750983 Uncle Remus
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He said "booming".

Heh heh. BOOM! Heh heh.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:35 | 4750669 IridiumRebel
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Looks like somebody needs to be FREEDOM'D!

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:37 | 4750673 pupton
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How long before American States begin declaring their independence and asking Russia for protection?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:40 | 4750681 hognutz
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Need to start ASAP

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:40 | 4750686 ParkAveFlasher
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We certainly have enough fat girls to throw in front of APCs!  (I'm sorry, I had to)

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:48 | 4750712 foodstampbarry
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As a Texan, I'm just waiting for Rick Perry to say the word. I'll have to abandon my land in FLorida but it will be worth it.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:59 | 4750755 RealityCheque
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That there is salatious talk sir. DC is not fond of that kind of thing.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:17 | 4750843 Dr. Engali
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DC isn't fond of any talk that doesn't include praise of "the one".

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:15 | 4750832 CrashisOptimistic
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You really think Washington could let the country's primary oil source leave?  hahahahah

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:54 | 4750714 Kirk2NCC1701
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"How long before American States begin declaring their independence and asking Russia for protection?"

A: Soon after the USD loses its GRC status, and those who depend on the largesse of the US.gov and its Fed have an "Oh SNAP!" moment.

Until then, both polar opposite demographic groups (the 0.1% and corporate welfare queens on the one hand, and poor-people welfare cases on the other hand) have what they need: Handouts.  The former get tons on free cash and the latter get just enough to keep from rebelling, while the reversion to a feudal state continues.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:21 | 4750860 NotApplicable
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I think Chinese buying up vast amounts of US real estate is the true Declaration of Dependence.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:49 | 4750981 Patriot Eke
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Unlike the fine citizens of Mariupol and other cities in Donetsk, millions of Americans are heavily armed.

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:03 | 4751041 sethstorm
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Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:40 | 4750683 Dr. Engali
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Come on Texas, get the secession ball rolling will ya? 

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