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The purpose of this curation is to offer a back ground information about Russian - Ukrainian relationship and conflict, with main focus on the information that is often missing in news reports.

I am trying to use credible and authentic sources in order to provide valid information and broaden the spectrum of view of the readers.

 

 

I think it is important to mention that I am a Russian citizen, but I grew up in Ukraine with most of my relatives living in Crimea up until now. I am a student in America University in Europe and I have been living out of the country for over 6 years.

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Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine" - YouTube

American Conquest by Subversion: Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine" "After three visits to Ukraine in five weeks, ...
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Very important video rarely discussed but it offspring a huge discussion amongst Russians and Ukrainians, on all blogs and social networks.

 

Victoria Nuland explains that in the past two decades, the United States has spent five Billion dollars ($5,000,000,000) to subvert Ukraine, and assures her listeners that there are prominent businessmen and government officials who support the US project to tear Ukraine away from its historic relationship with Russia and into the US sphere of interest

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Ukraine: another fine mess EU’ve gotten us into

Ukraine: another fine mess EU’ve gotten us into | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
How the EU’s technocratic foreign policy causes chaos.
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Conversation at the end of article, between Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso on the EU side and the Russian president on the other, shows that Ukrainian conflict is a game in geopolitics

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El-Erain fears 'global recession'

Chief Economic Adviser at Allianz Mohamed El-Erian says without a political solution in Ukraine, sanctions could lead to increased energy prices and a global recession.
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Economical issues around the conflict in Ukraine along with various points of view about why exactly it is a global issue.

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Ukrainian Gas Debt

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This article talks about the Gas debt of Ukraine and also about stabilization fund ( 15 bln rubbles ), which Russia gave to Ukraine  at the beginning of the crises.

though both facts are rarely mentioned in international media, they have an important role in understanding the conflict.

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EU - Enlargement - Conditions for membership - European Commission

EU - Enlargement - Conditions for membership - European Commission | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
A country may apply if it is European, respects the democratic values of the EU and is committed to promoting them.
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Here are the requirements to enter EU.

Ukraine is not currently in the position to fit most of them, so it is not joining EU anytime soon, but only wants to start a trade association with European Union.

This fact is often misrepresented in media and it is never mentioned in media that Ukraine has a huge financial debt and can not live up to the requirements to enter EU,most media just worries about Russia- Ukraine relationship

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Ukraine's revolution and Russia's occupation of Crimea: how we got here

Ukraine's revolution and Russia's occupation of Crimea: how we got here | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
A guide to what's happening, how it got to this point, and why some people say 'the Ukraine'
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This article gives the best insight into the relationship between Russians and Ukrainians in Ukraine, the percentage of Russian speaking population in the country and so on. It is a "must read" for anyone who wants to see this crises in a broader spectrum

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Украинские военные отметили «выходной» футбольным матчем — ИноТВ

Украинские военные отметили «выходной» футбольным матчем — ИноТВ | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
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Interestingly Google refused to translate the page, but here is the video from Spanish channel which shows Russian and Ukrainian soldiers playing football, after Ukrainian troops were blocked from sneaking into Crimea.

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Crimea joining Russia

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Here Russian media shows how Ukrainian soldiers in a friendly manner move to serve under Russian flags after referendum

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Ukraine crisis: why Russia sees Crimea as its naval stronghold

Ukraine crisis: why Russia sees Crimea as its naval stronghold | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
As Crimea's regional parliament voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, we explain Crimea
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Great overview of the reasons WHY Russia needs Crimea and why it is important for Russian economy and safety

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Crimea votes to join Russia; Ukrainians prepare for war

Crimea votes to join Russia; Ukrainians prepare for war | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
Ukrainians in this nation's capital prepared themselves for war Sunday after results from the disputed referendum in the Crimea showed an overwhelming majority in favor of joining the Russian Federation.
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In this article readers can see the testimonial of people who wanted Crimea to become a part of Russia, along with complains from those who refused to vote and with some reports about the unfairness of the referendum.

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Crimea (republic, Ukraine)

Crimea (republic, Ukraine) | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
Autonomous republic, southern Ukraine. The republic is coterminous with the Crimean Peninsula, lying between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Area 10,400 square miles (27,000 square km). Pop. (2001)...
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How Ukraine got Crimea and what it has been historically before peninsula became part of Ukraine.

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Russia and Ukraine one country, one state.

Russia and Ukraine one country, one state. | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
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News reporters often tend to leave out the essential fact, this two countries were one historically. There is a famous Russian proverb "Ukraine is the mother of Russian lands".

Therefore the complexity of the issue and the depth of the problem has to be carefully considered when reporting current Russia - Ukraine conflict.

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US spent $5 billion to destabilize Ukraine

US spent $5 billion to destabilize Ukraine | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
The protests in the western Ukraine are organized by the CIA, the US State Department, and by Washington- and EU-financed Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that work in conjunction with the CIA and State Department. The purpose of the protests is to overturn the decision by the independent government of Ukraine not to join the EU. The US and EU were initially cooperating in the effort to destroy the independence of Ukraine and make it a subservient entity to the EU government in Brussels. For the EU government, the goal is to expand the EU. For Washington the purposes are to make Ukraine available for looting by US banks and corporations and to bring Ukraine into NATO so that Washington can gain more military bases on Russia’s frontier. There are three countries in the world that are in the way of Washington’s hegemony over the world–Russia, China, and Iran. Each of these countries is targeted by Washington for overthrow or for their sovereignty to be degraded by propaganda and U
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strong and hateful article about US influence in Ukraine and hatred towards Russia

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Aligning interests in Ukraine is key to both EU and Russian energy security - EnergyPost.eu

Aligning interests in Ukraine is key to both EU and Russian energy security - EnergyPost.eu | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
All parties in the Ukrainian crisis should do their utmost to avoid any further escalation, writes Friedbert Pflüger, Director of EUCERS.
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Here a conflict of interests between West and Russia is discussed. Ukraine became the battle point for both sides

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Депутат Госдумы заявил, что на востоке Украины действуют российские военные

Депутат Госдумы заявил, что на востоке Украины действуют российские военные | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
Пономарев указал, что большинство протестующих не придерживаются сепаратистских позиций.
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The point of the article ( Google translate) is that people who are against the current situation in Ukraine and ask Russia to help ARE NOT asking to become part of Russia, they are calling for help in order to create a referendum and create a Federation in Ukraine

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‘EU has to fudge the admission criteria to make Ukraine eligible’

‘EU has to fudge the admission criteria to make Ukraine eligible’ | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
Ukraine couldn’t ever meet the most basic requirements for EU membership, though it doesn’t mean that the EU institutions and the people at its head won’t fudge the criteria, so that in some way Ukraine can become eligible, MEP William Dartmouth told RT.
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one of the few articles that explains and shows that Ukraine can not enter EU and gives some explanations why so (it is an interview with William Dartmouth)

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Conference in Belgium sheds light on complexities over Ukraine

Conference in Belgium sheds light on complexities over Ukraine | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
The Russia-Europe jigsaw will take time to unravel, as the European slow approach reflects clashing interests of various natures.
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"All in all, it has been evident that Ukraine is not fighting for its own freedom. In Ukrainian streets, citizens of the two parts are also carrying on with a confrontation that reflects complex interests. "

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Ukraine's Maidan protesters: 'The revolution is not finished yet' - Telegraph

Ukraine's Maidan protesters: 'The revolution is not finished yet'  - Telegraph | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
Ukraine's two revolutions are polar opposites on the ideological spectrum – Donetsk is pro-Russian and anti-Western, the Maidan is the exact reverse
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Here British media says that there is pro Russian part of the country and  pro-western part. However nothing is mentioned about what those words mean. Pro- Russian protestors want to remain in a good relationship with their sister country- Russia, pro - western sector wants to go into EU. Doing both is impossible at this point, as many trade agreement between Ukraine and Russia would have to be canceled if Ukraine enters EU. Mainly the gas trade and the gas debt are two important issues to take into account. 

 

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CNN: Славянск показал миру, во что ему обходится «Евромайдан» — ИноТВ

CNN: Славянск показал миру, во что ему обходится «Евромайдан» — ИноТВ | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
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CNN video which shows people in Slaviansk blaming Ukrainian nationalists for the armed conflicts and deaths of people

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Crimea: soldiers refuse to serve Ukraine and move to the "united forces of defence"

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Here Prime minister of Crimea claims that soldiers apply for resignation and move to pro-Russian protests in order to defend Crimea

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Football match between soldiers

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very important article which has no coverage in international media. Russian Ukrainian friendly football match in Kerch conducted to show that the conflict can be solved peacefully.

Comments under the report are also valuable to show there are people who think Ukrainians and Russians are brother nations, so war is NOT an option.

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Facts you need to know about Crimea and why it is in turmoil

Facts you need to know about Crimea and why it is in turmoil | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
With its multinational society and a long history of conquests, the Crimean Peninsula has always been a crossroads of cultures – and a hotbed of conflicts. Amid Ukrainian turmoil, every ethnic group of Crimeans has its own vision of the region’s future.
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Here readers can see facts about Crimea and about population rising against Ukrainian Government in favor of joining Russia. It also gives voice to Tatar people who opposed the referendum.

(Article written before Crimea joined Russia)

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Historical overview of relationships between Russia, Ukraine and Crimea

Historical overview of relationships between Russia, Ukraine and Crimea | Russian - Ukrainian conflict, missing facts | Scoop.it
The roots of the current standoff in Crimea go back a few days, and weeks, and years, and centuries.
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This is a rare example of facts being shown in media without pointing fingers, this article gives a brief historical overview of relationships between Russia, Ukraine and Crimea.

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How Ukraine Got Zakorpatie (Transcorpathia)

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Ukrainian territories were expanded after World War Two  by the favor of Russia.

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