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Ukraine Liveblog Day 56: Will Kiev Lose Control of the East?

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Police Search Car of Party of Regions Presidential Candidate

Oleh Tsaryov, a member former member of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions, has been openly critical of the government in Kiev - and the upcoming elections in May. Just today the Russian state-operated news outlet ITAR-TASS quoted him as saying that elections should be postponed until the fall, a federative framework should be included in constitutional reforms (Russia's demand), and the Russian language should be guaranteed in the constitution.

Tsaryov urged people from southeastern Ukraine to consolidate and make joint demands to the country’s leadership, which, as he believes, must enter into negotiations with the protesters and listen to them.

Earlier, the lawmaker agreed to lead the Southeastern movement for federalization. Only by federalizing Ukraine, it is possible to “save the country from breaking up”, the politician pointed out at a news conference in Donetsk.

Now the candidate appears to be in serious trouble with the police.

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Obama and Putin Speak - Kremlin Edition
US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke this afternoon on the phone. The Kremlin readout came out first. Here's some reaction:
The Kremlin also quotes Putin as saying that Kiev's inability to address the needs of southeast Ukraine is the reason for the chaos there.
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Anger In Kiev

A protest has started in Kiev as people express their anger at the acting President, Oleksandr Turchynov, and the acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.


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Propaganda Watch - RT Edition

As we've been covering for days, there is some evidence of Russian military involvement in the pro-Russian militias in eastern Ukraine. But the evidence is not as obvious as it was in Crimea. The reality is that while there may be Russian military instigators, pro-Russian separatists have been buying into the Kremlin's propaganda engine which has inspired many of them to take up arms.

Let's take a quick look at RT.com's front page for examples:

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The "breaking news" at the top really is breaking news -- because the winners of the Pulitzer Prizes were just announced -- but the focus of course is Ed Snowden. Beyond this, we have 14 front page stories in the top two sections. Seven are on Ukraine, 2 are on Wikileaks/spying stories (not counting the breaking news), 1 claims that progress in Afghanistan is an illusion, 1 is on the IRS falling behind on auditing (which infers corruption), and 1 is about Israel being mad at John Kerry. In other words, almost all of them have a clear and obvious anti-US or anti-Ukraine angle to them. The headline Ukraine story is not about pro-Russian gunmen seizing government buildings or shooting people (in fact, THAT is not on the front page at all, though one article at the bottom references the "Battle in Slavyansk"). Instead, the major headline is the visit of CIA Director John Brennan to Ukraine.

We could do a similar analysis for all the Russian state-operated media giants. If you only read the Kremlin-owned news, your perception of this conflict would be that the United States was building an invasion force on Russia's border, not that Russia was busy conducting a soft-invasion of Ukraine.


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EU To Take New Action
The EU will pass new sanctions, and the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy will send a mission to Ukraine:

Reuters adds details:

At a meeting in Luxembourg, several EU foreign ministers threatened Moscow with new sanctions over its actions in eastern Ukraine, although some said diplomacy should be given time before firm decisions are taken.

France's Laurent Fabius said he hoped "fundamental questions" about Ukraine would be tackled at Thursday's meeting involving Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the EU.

"If it is necessary, there may be a meeting of heads of state and government next week at European level, which may adopt new sanctions," he told reporters.

"The goal is to show firmness while keeping a dialogue open," he said.

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