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Lviv mayor compromises in garbage conflict with president

Apparently, the Garbage situation in Lviv has been resolved: http://concorde.ua/en/research/daily/lviv-mayor-compromises-in-garbage-with-president-16762/ Dirty Ukrainian politics. Looks bad from all sides.

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi reached a compromise on June 23 with the Presidential Administration that has begun to resolve the conflict over Lviv city’s garbage disposal. Sadovyi told a press briefing that he has agreed to what he described as an “ultimatum” by the regional administration head who demanded that his governing body handle the city’s garbage disposal. The regional administration is the local representative of the Presidential Administration. . . .

Last week, Sadovyi published 229 rejections by local governments from accepting his city’s garbage, as evidence that the president’s team was working to sabotage his efforts and damage his poll ratings.

Trump’s Speech in Poland – saving Western civilization

Highlights:

“America loves Poland”

@6:00 “So that Poland and its neighbors are never again held hostage to a single supplier of energy.”

@19:30 “A strong Poland is a blessing to Europe, and they know that. A strong Europe is a blessing to the West, and to the world.”

@23:15 “We urge Russia to cease its destabalizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere.”

@25:45 “The West will never forget [who we are]. . . . there is nothing like our community of nations. The world has never known anything like our community of nations. We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient heroes. Embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand new frontiers. We reward brilliance. We strive for excellence. And cherish inspiring works of art that honor God. We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression. We empower women as pillars of our society and our success. We put faith and family, not gov’t bureaucracy at the center of our lives. And we debate everything. We challenge everything. We seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves.

And above all, we value the dignity of every human life, protect the rights of every person, and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom. That is who we are. Those are the priceless ties that bind us together as nations, as allies, and as a civilization.

What we have, what we inherited from our — and you know this better than anybody, and you see it today with this incredible group of people — what we’ve inherited from our ancestors has never existed to this extent before. And if we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again. So we cannot fail.

This great community of nations has something else in common: In every one of them, it is the people, not the powerful, who have always formed the foundation of freedom and the cornerstone of our defense. The people have been that foundation here in Poland — as they were right here in Warsaw — and they were the foundation from the very, very beginning in America.

Our citizens did not win freedom together, did not survive horrors together, did not face down evil together, only to lose our freedom to a lack of pride and confidence in our values. We did not and we will not. We will never back down.

As long as we know our history, we will know how to build our future. Americans know that a strong alliance of free, sovereign and independent nations is the best defense for our freedoms and for our interests.”

@32:00 “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it? We can have the largest economies and the most lethal weapons anywhere on Earth, but if we do not have strong families and strong values, then we will be weak and we will not survive.”

@36:45 “Those heroes remind us that the West was saved with the blood of patriots; that each generation must rise up and play their part in its defense and that every foot of ground, and every last inch of civilization, is worth defending with your life.

Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield — it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls.”

@38:00 “Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph.

So, together, let us all fight like the Poles — for family, for freedom, for country, and for God.”

Looks like the US will start providing Ukraine with weapons to combat Russia with

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said after meetings in Washington thatKiev and the United States would soon sign a number of agreements boosting defense cooperation, news agency Interfax Ukraine reported on Wednesday.

Poroshenko said U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Vice President Mike Pence had told him that key members of President Donald Trump’s administration would visit Kiev in the next two to three months.

“And very important agreements will be signed, including agreements on defense cooperation, including an agreement on defense procurement and an agreement on military-technical cooperation,” Poroshenko was quoted as saying at a briefing.

http://www.businessinsider.com/looks-like-the-us-will-start-providing-ukraine-with-weapons-to-combat-russia-with-2017-6

Podesta lobby group did not disclose extent of work for Ukrainian campaign advised by Paul Manafort

One of Washington’s most powerful lobbying firms did not disclose the wide extent of its lucrative political work for a Ukrainian group tied to both onetime Trump adviser Paul Manafort and to pro-Russian politicians, new records show.
The firm, the Podesta Group, said nothing in a 2012 lobbying report to Congress about at least 32 meetings, emails and other communications it had with the State Department, at a time when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was scrutinizing Ukraine’s upcoming election, records show.
The new disclosures shed light on the web of contacts between Russian-leaning Ukrainians, Washington lobbyists and U.S. policymakers during the Obama administration. The Podesta Group filed new, detailed lobbying disclosures in April to augment lobbying reports from 2012 to 2014 that had given little detail.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/podesta-manafort-lobbying/

Lviv mayor publicaly calls out president for Garbage Blockade.

L’viv’s mayor makes personal, public appeal to President Poroshenko & PM Groysman to lift the garbage blockade of leave. It is widely believed that the President, in an attempt to eliminate even a distant rival, has made it impossible for Lviv to export its garbage to landfills.

It is becoming a health hazard! And it is a disgrace for corruption reform.

I encourage my followers to publicize this.

Does anyone have contacts at the WHO?

Above the main entrance to the Lviv city hall appeared a large banner appeal to President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman demanding to stop junk blockade of the city. Banners cost 2000 USD paid personally Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy.

“Poroshenko, Groisman, stop junk blockade of the city!” – written on the banner located above the main entrance to the Lviv City Hall. A letter to the president and prime minister also duplicated in English.

Banner, judging by the photo, sent to the editor ZAXID.NET witness, appeared on Wednesday night, June 14.

Ukrainian language original: https://zaxid.net/na_lvivskiy_ratushi_vivisili_baner_z_vimogoyu_pripiniti_smittyevu_blokadu_n1428597

Mattis to visit Lithuania – concern over Kaliningrad A2AD bubble

Mattis to visit #Lithuania this week to address concerns over #Kaliningrad #A2AD bubble, #Russia’s #Zapad exercises.

Jim Mattis will visit the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius this week, marking his first ever visit to the Baltics in his new capacity as U.S. Secretary of Defense. Joining Mattis in Lithuania will be the Defense Ministers of all three Baltic states who will converge on the Lithuanian capital for a highly symbolic two-day meeting. The Mattis visit underscores the importance of the region to U.S. and NATO security interests and reaffirms U.S. support for Baltic security. It will also go a long way in calming the nerves of the leaders of the Baltic states and reassure our Baltic allies over U.S. defense commitments to their security.

Since 2014, NATO has become more cognizant about the weakness of its ability to defend the Baltics and has been taking steps to bolster its capacity to defend the region. To some critics, NATO’s feeble efforts to deter a Russian attack in the Baltic have remained modest and could very well be another Dunkirk in the making. Last year the RAND Corporation concluded in an assessment that U.S. and NATO forces in the Baltics were severely outnumbered, outranged and outgunned. In the neighboring Russia Cold War enclave of Kaliningrad, for example, there are over 30,000 Russian forces, which is larger than the military forces of all three Baltic states combined. Next door to Latvia, the Russian base in Pskov can field 30,000 Russian men with two days notice. To counter this threat, the U.S. military in Europe has a grand total of only 37,000 American ground forces to defend NATO’s widely exposed eastern flank that extends from the Baltic to the Black Sea.

http://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2017/05/10/mattis_goes_to_the_baltics_111350.html

Czech Republic Joins Poland, Hungary and Slovakia in Refusing EU-Imposed Migrants

Be strong Eastern Europe! You survived Economic Marxism. You can survive Cultural Marxism.

After much criticism of the scheme, which seeks to resettle an initial 160,000 migrants from Italy and Greece across EU member states, the Czechs have finally withdrawn citing concerns over security and the ‘’dysfunctionality’’ of what has been criticized as a shambolic program.

Prague had accepted only 12 of the 1,600 migrants required by Brussels before leaving the program, which imposes quotas on all 28 member states under threat of sanction.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/06/czech-republic-joins-poland-hungary-slovakia-refusing-eu-imposed-migrants/

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EU warns Poland that it has 24 hours to start taking in refugees under migrant-sharing plan

The EU has issued a 24-hour warning to Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland saying that they have to start taking in refugees under an EU migrant-sharing plan.

The three countries immediately rebuffed the threat and appeared ready to go to court.

The European Commission said in a statement that it has repeatedly urged them to relocate refugees or at least pledge to do so under the legally-binding refugee plan agreed two years ago.

But it said they have failed to take action ‘in breach of their legal obligations,’ and that it “has decided to launch infringement procedures.”

The plan to share 160,000 refugees in overwhelmed Italy and Greece among other European countries over two years was endorsed in September 2015 by a qualified majority vote.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/06/13/eu-warns-poland-that-it-has-24-hours-to-start-taking-in-refugees-under-migrant-sharing-plan-6706291/

Russian Assassin Masquerades as Reporter in Ukraine

It was midway through one of those purported interviews, in a terrifying flash of gunpowder, that Mr. Werner’s true identity came to light: He was, in fact, a Chechen assassin, the Ukrainian authorities now say.

Under the guise of a journalist, the assassin, Artur Denisultanov-Kurmakayev, tried to murder Ms. Okuyeva and her husband, Adam Osmayev, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said.

The plot went awry because Ms. Okuyeva was also armed, and the details of the attack and its aftermath are now shedding light on Kiev’s role as a testing ground for what Ukrainian officials say are hybrid war activities by Russia, including assassinations.

The attack was the third high-profile killing or attempted killing in Kiev that the Ukranian authorities have attributed to the Russian security services

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/world/europe/ukraine-assassin-russia-putin-amina-okuyeva.html?_r=0