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06 May 2014 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 06 May 2014 [PDF]
  • Afghanistan: UN official urges long-term support for vulnerable communities UN News Centre 06 May 2014 -- In the wake of last week's massive landslide in north-eastern Afghanistan, a senior United Nations relief official today voiced deep concern about the impact of conflict and natural disasters in the country, and urged the world to step up support to vulnerable communities.
  • Pakistan PM Defends Taliban Peace Talks VOA 06 May 2014 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is continuing to defend his government's efforts to tackle Islamic extremism and militancy through peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban. But critics say the controversial floundering peace dialogue is instead emboldening Islamist forces in Pakistan, adding to the concerns of religious minorities.

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  • Kerry Calls Eastern Ukraine Referendum 'Crimea Play-Book' RFE/RL 06 May 2014 -- Washington has denounced what it calls 'contrived and bogus' plans by pro-Russia separatist groups in eastern Ukraine to conduct a weekend referendum on self-determination.
  • Kerry to Russia: Don't Sabotage Ukraine Poll VOA 06 May 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday again warned Russia of increased sanctions if it tries to sabotage presidential elections in Ukraine, while on Capital Hill some lawmakers expressed frustration with what they see as the Obama administration's incremental measures.
  • US Lawmakers Focus on America's Response to Ukraine Crisis VOA 06 May 2014 -- A top U.S. official has defended the Obama administration's response to the crisis in Ukraine, and has promised more sanctions against Russia if Kyiv loses more territory to separatists widely seen as backed by Moscow. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland testified on Capitol Hill, where a growing bipartisan chorus is urging tougher penalties against Russia before presidential elections in Ukraine, scheduled for May 25.
  • Ukraine Says It Supports Dialogue, But Not With 'Terrorists' VOA 06 May 2014 -- Ukrainian officials Tuesday voiced support for a new round of international negotiations to find a peaceful resolution to the growing conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the county. But officials in Kyiv rejected Russia's latest proposal that pro-Russian rebels also be included in the talks.
  • Ukrainian forces prepare provocation against Russia in Donetsk VoR 06 May 2014 -- Russian military uniforms and fake IDs of Russian officers have been taken to the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk to stage an attack on Ukrainian border guards, a Ukrainian law enforcement official told RIA Novosti Tuesday on condition of anonymity. 'The task is to stage an attack on Ukrainian border guards by people dressed in Russian military uniforms and make a video of it,' he said.
  • Kyiv Seeks New Talks as Ukraine Slides Closer to War VOA 06 May 2014 -- Ukraine is ready to back a new round of talks in Geneva in a bid to de-escalate a political crisis with Russia as long as Moscow supports presidential elections on May 25, Ukrainian Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia said on Tuesday.
  • Ukrainian military contingent involved in punitive raid reaches 30,000 servicemen VoR 06 May 2014 -- The numerical strength of Ukrainian armed forces' group involved in the punitive raid in the Donetsk region is 30,000 people, coordinator of Donbass defense Vasily Kiselyov told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday. Additionally, according to self-defense forces' representative, armored vehicles and heavy armaments are being deployed at Slavyansk.
  • Ukrainian army fighting side by side with neo-Nazis against own people - Lavrov VoR 06 May 2014 -- The West continues to ignore the fact that Ukrainian army is fighting, side by side with neo-Nazis against their own people, Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday. Lavrov said that EU and US officials refuse to comment the fact that the Ukrainian army has received the order to fight against own people side by side with the neo-Nazis.
  • West turns blind eye to true causes of Odessa tragedy - Russian FM Sergei Lavrov VoR 06 May 2014 -- Western countries remain indifferent to the causes of last week's tragedy in Ukraine's southern city of Odessa that claimed dozens of lives, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday. 'Even though the West condemns the Odessa tragedy, it's turning a blind eye to the true causes of it,' Lavrov said during the Council of Europe's ministerial meeting in Vienna. The Russian foreign minister added that Western countries had concealed and justified actions aimed at the rehabilitation of Nazi collaborators by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko under the guise of Ukrainian patriotism.
  • Ukraine Parliament Holds Emergency Meeting On Crisis In Country's East RFE/RL 06 May 2014 -- Ukraine's parliament is holding an emergency session to discuss the escalating crisis in the east of the country. Ukrainian media reports say security chiefs on May 6 are expected to brief lawmakers of the Verkhovna Rada behind closed doors on the situation in the east, where pro-Russian forces have seized government buildings and police stations in a string of cities and towns.
  • Ukrainian Parliament Votes Against Referendum on Decentralization RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- The Ukrainian parliament has voted against holding a decentralization referendum on May 25 in Ukraine, Parliamentarian Alexander Briginec wrote on Facebook Tuesday.
  • Moscow Slams West for Pushing Own Agenda in Ukraine RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- Russia believes the tensions that have "ripened" in Ukrainian society were used by Western countries to advance their own interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
  • Lavrov Says External Players Should Contribute to Dialogue in Ukraine RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- External players, including Russia, the US and the EU, must help promote dialogue in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
  • Sides in Ukrainian Conflict Must Agree to Exit Crisis – Lavrov RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- The opposing sides in Ukraine need to agree on steps to settle the ongoing political crisis in the country under the observance of the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
  • Lavrov Says Nationwide Dialogue Way Out of Ukrainian Crisis RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- Moscow sees nationwide dialogue as the only resolution to the domestic political crisis in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
  • Lavrov Warns Against Excluding Ukraine Opposition from 4-Party Talks RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- Moscow does not believe holding new multilateral talks on Ukraine would be effective without representation from the country's opposition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
  • Ukrainian Police Confirm 46 Dead, 3 Missing in Odessa Clashes RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- Forty-six people died and three remain missing as a result of clashes in Odessa last Friday, the branch of Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs in the region said Tuesday.
  • Ukrainian Party Demands Resignation of Acting President RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- Ukraine's Party of Regions has demanded the immediate resignation of acting President Oleksander Turchynov and several government officials, the head of the Donetsk regional organization of the party said Tuesday.
  • Federalists Seize City Council in Ukraine's Donetsk Region RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- Pro-federalization supporters have taken control of the city council in the Ukrainian town of Debaltsevo in Donetsk Region, local media reported Tuesday.
  • Ukrainian Government Sides with Neo-Nazis Against Own People – Lavrov RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- The West continues to ignore the fact that Ukrainian army is fighting side by side with neo-Nazis against their own people, Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
  • Moscow Urges UN to Remain Impartial on Ukrainian Issues RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- A senior Russian diplomat has called on UN officials to be as impartial as possible while assessing the ongoing events in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
  • Ukraine's Party of Regions Warns of Imminent National Collapse RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- The Party of Regions, the previous ruling political force under ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, warned the current authorities in Kiev Monday that the process of Ukraine's disintegration is becoming irreversible.
  • Ukraine: Alarmed by surging violence, UN rights chief urges greater effort to resolve crisis UN News Centre 06 May 2014 -- Increasing violence in eastern and southern Ukraine is resulting in more and more death and destruction, the top United Nations human rights official said today, calling on all sides in the conflict to make a greater effort to find a peaceful resolution, particularly ahead of the 25 May presidential election.
  • OPINION: St. George's Ribbon Campaign Promotes Patriotism RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- St. George's ribbon is perceived in many countries of the former USSR as a symbol of Russia, and in Russia itself it contributes to the shaping of the national idea of patriotism, according to experts.
  • 'We're Worried,' Say Hard-line Opponents Of Iran's Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 06 May 2014 -- Iranian hard-liners have concerns about Tehran's ongoing negotiations over its nuclear program, and they want the government to know about it.
  • Russian-Designed Reactor at Indian Nuclear Plant Nears Capacity – Source RIA Novosti 06 May 2014 -- Experts working on the construction of India's Kudankulam nuclear power plant being built with Russian assistance have brought the first reactor unit to 90 percent of its capacity, a source in the industry told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
  • Moldovan Deputy PM Has White House Talks Amid Ukraine Crisis RFE/RL 06 May 2014 -- Moldova's Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration Eugen Carpov has met with a senior U.S. national security official in Washington, a day after Moldova placed its border forces on alert due to concerns about the crisis in neighboring Ukraine.
  • Egypt's Sissi: Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi Are 'Finished' VOA 06 May 2014 -- Egypt's former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says the Muslim Brotherhood has no future in Egypt if he wins the country's presidential election later this month.

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