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Violence continues in protest-torn Kiev



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Firefly Tech February 22 2014 at 9:00 AM

Good God the Ukrainian people are strong. Defenseless people are being murdered by government snipers. How said that their government is going against the peoples wishes! I wish our people in the USA were as strong minded as them...

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jdcoderus February 21 2014 at 3:44 PM

If some people commenting here that Ukraina would be better off with EU, they're don't know that EU's economy is falling apart, and has very strong effect on ours. UK is no longer member of EU, and they aren't stupid. And if some fellow Americans still want Ukraine join EU and not to accept $15 billion loan from Russia, then they can offer this loan from US side. For as long as I can remember Ukraina always wanted to be independent of ANY unions, and they've been independent since 1992. That's 22 years of 'Samostiyna Ukraina". If they have oil, then the country with population of 46 million can use it for own needs , not rely on Russia for gas and fuel, and be still independent. Joining EU doesn't guarantee anything. You have to follow government in Brussels, and once again become dependent on Germany and France. Look at other countries who became independent in 1992 and didn't join EU and NATO. They economies don't depend on falling of either Euro, Ruble or USD. And yes Kiev spelled Kiyv, and Odessa spelled Odesa. The latter now plans to become independent city state, sort of like Luxembourg. Ukrainians need to decide if they want to stay independent, join EU or keep sort of NAFTA with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Nobody in Europe cried wolf when US, Canada, Mexico created one. And enough wars, sanctions, threats, building democracies around the World, running covert operations, and not leaving other countries along to decide for themselves what they they want and which way they'll go. The protesters should go to other people and see if they are supported, and then state their opinions in election time.

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garyranderson February 21 2014 at 2:19 PM

it would be NICE, if the reporters would press government forces and protesters for actual/factual reasons for the violence. Instead, all we get is how many are dead and injured, and how many outsider countries are upset at hearing about the death toll. Certainly, if all these politicians send their best emissaries to discuss holding some people under "sanctions" they will be so embarrassed as to hang up their camo jackets and go home. Then the protesters would soon get bored with living outside in the cold, and they would all go back home as well.
It's not as if we sitting here do not understand what is being demanded and refused. The people in Kiev are tired of living in poverty because they are denied the opportunity to have jobs come into Ukraine from the EU. They see what life COULD be like for them, and they want it. But, the government has failed in it's economic mandate to "promote the common welfare" of it's citizens. They certainly want prosperity for all Ukraines, but only by associating with their former overlords in Russia. The protesters don't trust their government to deliver in that fashion, and have been roundly ignored as if they are surfs to be mitigated and controlled. What is so disheartening, is that the government calls this "democracy". There are REAL well published reasons why the government leans Russian. There's the gas pipeline that runs through Ukraine, that enriches the Russian host; and there's the new discovery of 15 Trillion barrels of oil shale beneath Ukraine. There's the Russian military access to the Black Sea, which is being leased by Ukraine, and could be lost if Ukraine goes Euro. So it's money, military, and oil, and probably more reasons as well. BUT YOU WON'T HEAR THAT FROM THEM, or the media, because you just wouldn't understand the delicate nature of regional politics. You will only see the gore and the outrage. As for these protesters, they're out there in stark disagreement over these reasons, right? --NOT! Ukraines want the right to decide their future. They want to be free, and the government says NO. So, they put the oil in a bottle, and light it, saying here's your oil, I'm not your slave anymore!

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Shelby February 21 2014 at 12:38 PM

Why would America intervene in Ukraine and not in Syria? The U.S. should stay out of internal conflicts within other nations. Prayers for the people of Ukraine!

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Richard C. February 21 2014 at 12:26 PM

From many of the 'Live' filming of these demonstrations remind me of how OUR Police treated the demonstrator's, across the US, during the Wall Street protests. Obamba is outraged by whats going on in Kiev, but in turn inocent, peaceful demonstrator's were treated with violence, by the same people that are charged with the safety of our citizen's! Totally unprovoked, and seeming to enjoy beating and Macing, people who presented no harm to anyone!

Maybe this is an 'awakinging' that what is going on around the world could come about here, in American. When governments use deadly force against its citizen's, it should be a crime, and brought to a halt. With those giving such orders, being removed and tried for their actions!

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Charlie dont surf February 21 2014 at 11:59 AM

Okay GOPlings, Obama is a wimp. However, recall that President Wimp and John Kerry stood almost alone in their plan to grease Assad’s bath houses with Tomahawks launched from carriers in the Persian Gulf. You, me and everyone including the EU you’re now challenging to act in the Ukraine told the trigger happy wimp to shoulder his piece.

So, what are Obama's options in the Ukraine, which is undeniably Putin’s bailiwick anyhoo? Hint: America is sick of involving its military in interminable and unwinnable wars thousands of miles from our shores. (Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea.)

Meanwhile, the EU and NATO are as militarily toothless as SEATO, the treaty organization that supposedly had America's back in Vietnam.

So, get a grip GOPlings. (Not you, Eddie K. in Dubuque. Pearl tells me you’ve been gripping yourself a little too frequently of late.)

Perhaps we could dust off the aging neocons: Dubya, Cheney, Rove and Rumsfeld, and cowboy our way into another effort to evict despotic goons only to see more despotic goons assume command.

Work on it, GOPlings.

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hetmel February 21 2014 at 11:52 AM

Huffy is sure having a lot of technical difficulties with rating articles. I keep getting can not rate because of tech diff and then one which says you have already rated this???????????? Now it says it cannot add my comment because of tech diff?????????????

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tbplayer44 February 21 2014 at 11:52 AM

A similar assault on Citizens is taking place currently in America, but the ignorant are too blind to see it. Instead of our Dictator President using the Army and Air Force, he is using the IRS... NSA...DoJ... and now the FCC, to wage his own war on those who want something different for our Country than what HE wants.

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hardworkingman_jeff February 21 2014 at 11:52 AM

Russia and China are the only 2 countries with no DEBT. They have money and the US is broke. They can afford to go to war and we can not. China is getting ready to fight Japan over some islands. Which side will the US take? T

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hetmel February 21 2014 at 11:52 AM

Huffy is sure having a lot of technical difficulties with rating articles. I keep getting can not rate because of tech diff and then one which says you have already rated this????????????

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