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Ukraine sinking into war

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Armed men who identified themselves as members of Ukraine’s disbanded elite riot police, Berkut, at a checkpoint under a Russian national (L) and Russian naval (R) flags on a highway that connects the Black Sea Crimea peninsula to mainland Ukraine near the city of Armyansk.
Picture: AFP

Russia’s invasion of the Crimea is growing and the Ukraine is preparing for war.

Ukraine is mobilising for war after Russia President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in what was Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.

”This is not a threat, this is actually the declaration of war to my country,” Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said.  Read more »

Is Trev hiding in the Ukraine?

The Telegraph

Trevor Mallard may be doing some private consulting int he Ukraine while he is on the run from Judith Collins’ process servers.

Opposition and pro-president deputies brawl in Ukraine’s parliament, during debate on a hotly contested bill that seeks to accept Russian as an official language in the country.

Violent scuffles broke out in the Ukrainian Rada on Thursday as deputies debated the bill which would allow the official use of Russian language in certain parts of the country.

The brawl erupted between deputies loyal to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and lawmakers from pro-Western opposition parties, who want to preserve Ukraine’s cultural and political independence from its powerful neighbour Russia.

The law being debated proposes to allow the use of Russian as an official language equal to Ukrainian in some civic institutions such as schools, hospitals and courts in regions where a Russian-speaking population is in the majority.