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The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), Illinois Division, joins our fellow Americans, our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, and friends of Ukraine throughout the world, in condemning Putin’s military aggression in Ukraine. October 14 has been designated as a day of protest, calling upon the world community to “Stop Putin – Stop the War in Ukraine.”

Russian military formations and their surrogates, including advanced weapons systems, continue to pour into the Donbas region, in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian defense forces and the civilian population along the war zone are subjected to incessant shelling – over 10,000 have died, thousands more wounded and over 1.8 million have been driven from their homes.

Therefore, we appeal to President Obama and to the international community to force Putin to stop the killing.

http://www.ukrweekly.com/uwwp/stop-putin-stop-the-war-stop-the-killing-of-our-people/ – 10/25/2016

There are many look-ups cogent to looking over “Crimea, Ukraine, Russia,” starting with “hybrid warfare” and perhaps ending with “frozen conflicts”.

NATO appears so far reactive as regards the Russian investment in low-level fighting with artillery (and observation drones) in Crimea.  It has met the Russian presence with its own presence, but it has left to Ukrainian forces the mounting of resistance to Russian aggression.

So far, so good.

However, as Bashar al-Assad continues his destruction of Syria — in that immense piece of political theater this blog has referred to as “Assad vs The Terrorists” — pressure may mount in Moscow to “prove” through force its cooked-up narrative for Ukraine while Russia herself continues descending into economic misery — and as regards that misery –

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-09-26/russian-economy-takes-hit-fron-putin-s-grip – 9/26/2016.

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/russian-economy-crumbles-according-official-data/ – 9/20/2016.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-economy-kaliningrad-idUSKCN11D1MP – 9/7/2016.

What follows is simply the morning’s compilation of background source material in reverse chronological order.

http://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-defense/2107681-militants-launch-40-attacks-on-ukrainian-troops-in-donbas-in-last-day.html – 10/25/2016.

http://www.ukrweekly.com/uwwp/stop-putin-stop-the-war-stop-the-killing-of-our-people/ – 10/25/2016.

http://uatoday.tv/society/no-fly-zone-over-crimea-and-eastern-ukraine-792709.html – 10/25/2016.

Ukrainian news website Liga, citing sources from the Ukrainian delegation, reported that during the meeting in Berlin, Poroshenko grew tired of Putin’s insistence on elections and raised his voice, declaring, “No, you should just stop shooting.”

http://www.newsweek.com/poroshenko-told-putin-halt-fire-ukraine-513049 – 10/24/2016.

http://en.sobytiya.info/the-population-of-the-ukraines-region-next-to-crimea-prepares-for-territorial-defense.html – 10/24/2016.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/24/eus-russia-appeasement-over-military-trade-on-disp/ – 10/24/2016.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/interrogation/2016/10/tim_judah_on_how_putin_won_crimea_and_lost_ukraine.html – 10/18/2016

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14804613.Russia_and_the_West_____A_Cold_War_that__39_s_turning_hot/ – 10/15/2016

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/matthew-fisher-canadas-dreamers-ignore-russian-aggression-and-offer-putin-an-olive-branch-instead – 10/10/2016

Posted to YouTube by Vice News, October 5, 2016.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-military-forces-staging-near-ukraine/ – 8/17/2016.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/06/27/us-nato-thumb-noses-at-russia-with-massive-war-games-in-ukraine.html – 6/27/2016.

They are creeping across all of Europe; for the time being, they wear suits and, instead of sinking of boats, they use propaganda and espionage, money and servants who help them destroy democracy and freedom. Yet we don’t want them here; we are returning the green men back. It is not possible to overlook the dangers and ignore the crimes committed by Putin. It is not possible to forget the thousands of dead Chechnyans and Georgians, the theft of Crimea and the thousands of dead Ukrainians; it is not possible to ignore the war crimes committed in Syria. It isn’t possible to ignore the despotism exercised against the political prisoners in Russia, be they committed against Russian citizens or against abducted foreigners, such as Nadezhda Savchenko and Oleg Sentscov. Hundreds of thousands of dead, with some – like Nemtsov or Litvinenko – known by their name, but others just grey dead faces on photographs documenting the crimes of Putin, Kadyrov and al-Assad. Putin, take your little green men back, stop waging wars and occupying territories, supporting other dictators and oppressing your own nation.

http://euromaidanpress.com/2016/03/16/little-green-men-returned-back-to-russia-in-prague/#arvlbdata – 3/16/2016.

Posted to YouTube by oMen oMen, March 15, 2016.