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Ukrainian, Russian officials to meet in Berlin
17 August 2014 - The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia are meeting in Berlin on Sunday to resume diplomatic talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. The meeting between Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine and Russia's Sergey Lavrov will also be attended by their German and French counterparts Frank-Walter-Steinmeier and Laurent Fabius. (more)

Ukraine's leader talks with Putin, Merkel on peace
30 June 2014 - Ukraine's President spoke with the leaders of Russia, Germany, and France on Monday to figure out how best to resolve the deadly conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east. French officials said the phone call Monday touched on establishing a full cease-fire by both sides, having international monitors on the border between Russia and Ukraine, freeing prisoners, and holding substantial talks with Ukraine's separatist rebels. (more)

Peace talks begin in east Ukraine after ceasefire
23 June 2014 - The Interfax news agency says talks to end the uprising in eastern Ukraine have begun, bringing together a former Ukrainian President, the Russian ambassador, and pro-Russian rebel leaders along with European officials. The talks started Monday in Donetsk, the biggest city in the rebellious east. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko laid out his peace plan Friday, declaring a unilateral ceasefire in fighting to uproot the mutiny that has engulfed the nation's industrial east for the past two months. (more)

Ukraine's President Poroshenko declares week-long ceasefire, warns rebels
20 June 2014 - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday ordered a seven-day ceasefire in the fight against pro-Russian separatists. After announcement of the ceasefire, Poroshenko launched a 15-point peace plan to end the insurgency in the Russian-speaking east which erupted in April after street protests in the capital Kiev toppled the Moscow-backed Viktor Yanukovich. Poroshenko's peace plan would offer a safety corridor out to Russia for rebels and volunteer Russian fighters on condition they lay down their arms. (more)

Ukraine's Poroshenko sets out ceasefire plan after call with Putin
18 June 2014 - After a late-night telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday set out proposals for a peace plan for eastern Ukraine involving a unilateral ceasefire by government forces. Speaking to students at a military institute in Kiev, Poroshenko outlined a 14-step plan, including an amnesty for separatist fighters who lay down arms, and tighter controls over Ukraine's border with Russia. Acting Defence Minister Mykhailo Koval told journalists in Kiev the ceasefire 'will happen in the next few days'. (more)

Ukraine sees 'understanding' with Russia on peace moves
9 June 2014 - Ukraine said on Monday it had reached a 'mutual understanding' with Moscow on parts of a plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko for ending violence in the east of the country. Kiev gave no details and Russia did not comment directly but two days of talks, following a brief encounter in France last week that broke the ice between Ukrainian President Poroshenko and Russian President Putin, have given momentum to peace moves. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement released in Berlin that there was 'some faint light at the end of the tunnel' in the Ukraine conflict for the first time in months. (more)

Putin, Poroshenko seek quick end to fighting
6 June 2014 - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's newly elected leader Petro Poroshenko have spoken of their desire for a quick end to hostilities in southeastern Ukraine at their meeting Friday at the D-Day commemorations in France, a Russian spokesman said. French President Hollande and German Chancellor Merkel also joined in what French officials said was a 15-minute encounter. Putin talked separately with US President Barack Obama. (more)

Ukraine's President-elect Poroshenko hails 'start of Russia dialogue'
6 June 2014 - Seventy years on, the landing grounds of Normandy may still have the capacity to change history. Today, France and Germany took the lead bringing together Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's President-elect Petro Poroshenko for the first time. Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko has hailed a meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin as a start of dialogue over the east Ukraine crisis. Mr Poroshenko, who is to be inaugurated on Saturday, said he expected to be recognized soon by Moscow and that talks would start on Sunday. (more)

US and Russia ministers in Paris talks on Ukraine
30 March 2014 - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have arrived in Paris for crisis talks on Ukraine. The meeting was hastily arranged after President Vladimir Putin phoned President Barack Obama on Friday. Russia has annexed Crimea and there are reports of thousands of Russian troops massed close to Ukraine's borders. Earlier Mr Lavrov set out demands for a neutral and federal Ukraine, an idea Kiev called 'full capitulation'. However, Mr Lavrov has categorically denied any plans for an invasion. (more)

As Ukraine tensions ease, markets buoyant
26 March 2014 - Global stocks were buoyant Wednesday as tensions in Ukraine continued to ease and investors anticipated further stimulus measures, particularly from the monetary authorities in China. Further solid US economic data also reinforced hopes over the outlook for the world's largest economy. (more)

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US: Ukrainian delegation visits Maharishi School in Iowa
23 May 2014 - Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Iowa, USA, recently hosted a delegation from Ukraine. All of the six Ukrainians in the delegation practise Transcendental Meditation and hope the practice becomes widespread in their own country. Several commented on how much they liked nearby Maharishi Vedic City in particular because of the way the city was laid out according to Vedic principles and that the buildings were built according to Maharishi Vastu architectural designs. (more)

'A New Proven Way to Create Peace in Ukraine' - article featuring Invincible Defence Technology republished worldwide
21 March 2014 - The English-language version of an article titled 'A New Proven Way to Create Peace in Ukraine' continues to be picked up and reprinted worldwide. Two recent publications are Iran Almanac and Palm Tree Reports (Sierra Leone)--where the lead article headline featured on the home page currently reads: 'GLOBAL PEACE WITHOUT DEADLY CONFLICTS: A New Proven Way to Create Peace in Ukraine'. The article describes the 'scientifically verified, military field-tested approach to reducing turmoil known as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT).' The article also features a photo with the caption, 'Military personnel in Latin America, Africa, and Asia practise group Transcendental Meditation to help protect their nations.' (more)

A new proven way to create peace in Ukraine
4 March 2014 - During the last two months, Ukrainians have witnessed a highly volatile political situation unfolding in their country. Tensions continue rising as Russia intervenes in Crimea. World leaders search for ways to prevent tensions from further escalating. What can be done to find a peaceful solution to this serious crisis? Mykola L Didukh, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, and Dr David Leffler, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science in the USA, report that many countries around the world have shown growing interest in a novel but scientifically verified, militarily field-tested approach to reducing turmoil. Among military circles worldwide, this approach is known as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT). The military of Ukraine has the opportunity today through IDT to prevent further turmoil and to create national security, invincibility, and peace. But the time to act is now. (more)

Ukraine: Creating coherence and harmony in collective consciousness for peace and unity in the nation
3 March 2014 - At this critical time for Ukraine, when the country is going through a major transformation which opens unprecedented possibilities for unfolding its vast potential, an initiative has been started to enliven the evolutionary power of natural law in collective consciousness, to secure a smooth and peaceful transition into a new era of progress, happiness, and unity for the nation. The project aims to create a wave of positivity, coherence, and harmony in collective consciousness through the scientifically proven, practical application of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic Science and Technology. Efforts are underway to quickly establish a group of 100 practitioners of Transcendental Meditation and the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, in Kiev. The long term objective is to expand this group to 700--the required number (about the square root of 1% of the population) to create the Maharishi Effect of coherence and peace for the entire nation of 46 million citizens. (more)

South Africa radio interviews Dr David Leffler about Invincible Defence Technology to reduce violence in Ukraine
22 February 2014 - As political turmoil erupted in violence earlier this week in Kiev, Ukraine, Dr David Leffler, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science, was interviewed on the Voice of the Cape radio show, based in Capetown, South Africa. In the indepth interview, host Shafiq Morton focused on Invincible Defence Technology (IDT), the topic of Dr Leffler's recent editorial, 'Proven strategy to prevent turmoil in Ukraine', which was published in a number of venues in Ukraine, the USA, Canada, and Asia. Dr Leffler described IDT as a highly effective approach which has been successfully implemented in countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, and which scientific research has shown to reduce social stress and violence, even in war-torn areas. (more)

Proven strategy to prevent turmoil in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Croatian Information Centre reports on Invincible Defence Technology
15 February 2014 - 'In the 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered severe violence and conflict. Tensions have risen again. . . . If tensions continue rising, their resulting turmoil might further escalate into war yet again,' write Major General Kulwant Singh (Indian Army, retired) and Dr David Leffler in the Croatian Information Centre. The authors go on to say, 'Further unrest could be prevented if the military of Bosnia and Herzegovina acts now and implements a proven strategy. A new technology of defense is available that has been scientifically shown to prevent unrest, conflict and create peace by harnessing the deepest level of nature's functioning. . . . Among military circles worldwide it is known as Invincible Defence Technology (IDT).' Maj. Gen. Singh leads an international group of generals and defence experts that advocates Invincible Defence Technology. (more)

Ukraine: Year's highlights include Consciousness-Based Education, heart-health benefits of Transcendental Meditation
29 July 2013 - In Ukraine this past year, the health benefits of Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care were highlighted, through the visit of Lothar Pirc, founder and managing director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems, Germany. Mr Pirc gave a presentation on Maharishi Ayur-Veda to a large audience, and also held a press conference announcing important news from the American Heart Association. The AHA issued a scientific statement in April, published in the journal Hypertension, informing doctors that the Transcendental Meditation technique lowers blood pressure and recommending that TM may be considered in clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of hypertension. (more)

Ukraine: Leader of Cossacks welcomes president of Maharishi University of Management
12 July 2013 - In addition to meeting with educators during his visit to Ukraine this year, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, also met with local practitioners of Transcendental Meditation. In the group was Volodymyr Mulyava, Honoured Getman, or leader, of the Ukraine Kozaks (Cossacks). Mr Mulyava practises Transcendental Meditation and holds the title Honoured President of the Maharishi Movement in Ukraine. Dr Morris described Mr Mulyava as a man of great insight and wisdom. (more)

Ukraine: Orthodox priest appointed national director of religion and culture for Maharishi's programmes
2 December 2011 - The organization offering Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes in Ukraine has appointed archpriest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Yuri Tymoshchuk, its national director of religion and culture. Transcendental Meditation teachers and practitioners in Ukraine expressed confidence that the work of the Orthodox priest 'in this important position will bring prosperity and full implementation of the highest aspirations of religious and cultural integrity of every citizen of Ukraine and the whole country.' (more)

Vastu architectural design to support students in and out of the classroom
26 May 2011 - The Maharishi Vastu (Vedic architecture) design for a proposed new innovative school is laid out to support students in each part of their day, including classes, independent study, group practice of Transcendental Meditation, and meals. (more)

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Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east
24 August 2014 - Pro-Russian insurgents on Sunday paraded captured Ukrainian soldiers through the streets of the rebel stronghold Donetsk as bystanders shouted abusive slurs and tossed eggs, bottles, and tomatoes at them. The display came as President Petro Poroshenko vowed to raise defence spending to defeat the rebels during an ostentatious procession of tanks and weaponry through downtown Kiev, meant to mark Ukraine's 23rd anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union. The developments underscore the increasing divisions in Ukraine as it gears up for what could be many more months of conflict. While support and mobilization for Kiev's campaign against the separatists has only grown in many parts of the country, resentments fester in much of the east, where civilian casualties and shelling have become a part of daily life. Resentment has grown in the east as residential areas have increasingly come under fire in recent weeks, with the civilian death toll rising to at least 2,000 since April, according to a United Nations report. In Donetsk, an estimated 300,000 of the city's population of 1 million have fled the fighting, and many of those who remain have gone weeks without electricity or running water and spent days staked out in bomb shelters. Early Sunday, artillery shells struck several residential buildings as well as a major hospital and morgue in downtown Donetsk, although nobody was reported killed. The government has denied that Ukraine's forces were responsible for the shelling of any residential buildings or hospitals. (more)

Dozens die in Ukraine in street battles, Donetsk shelling
20 August 2014 - Heavy shelling hit residential neighbourhoods in Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk and government forces fought street battles in other towns on Wednesday as they sought to crush a four-month-old separatist rebellion. The forces of the Western-backed Kiev government are steadily gaining the upper hand over the separatists in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine and are tightening the noose around the main rebel bastions of Donetsk and Luhansk. The government in Kiev and its allies have accused Moscow of orchestrating the separatist rebellion and equipping the rebels with tanks, missiles, and other heavy weaponry. Moscow denies this and accuses Kiev of waging a war against its own people and shelling civilians. The conflict has plunged relations between Russia and the West to their worst level since the end of the Cold War in 1991. As well as worsening conditions for people on the ground, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said the fighting was draining the potential of the economy by the day, with attacks damaging mines, power stations, rail lines, and bridges. 'Russia is aware that rebuilding the Donbass (the industrial east) will cost not millions but billions of hryvnia,' he said. (more)

Ukrainian forces encircle rebel-held city, talk of truce collapses
10 August 2014 - Artillery shells slammed into the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Sunday as government forces tightened the noose around the rebel-held redoubt and called on pro-Russian separatists to surrender. To the east of Donetsk, government forces and the separatists were fighting for control of the town of Krasny Luch, a rail and road junction through which Kiev says the rebels are receiving supplies of Russian military equipment. Talk of a ceasefire, a possibility raised by a separatist leader on Saturday, evaporated as Kiev government forces kept up an offensive to crush the rebels. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said if the rebels wanted a ceasefire this meant 'raising white flags and putting down their guns'. There would be no truce while the Ukrainian army continued 'punitive' military action, the rebels retorted in a statement. Donetsk, a major industrial hub in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east, resonated with the crash of shells on its outskirts for about eight hours up to mid-day on Sunday, a Reuters witness in the town said. (more)

How scams and shakedowns brought Ukraine to its knees
7 August 2014 - Late last year, Ukraine's consumer protection agency began filing lawsuits against Foxtrot, the country's largest electronics retailer. By early March, Foxtrot faced at least 231 separate suits that demanded fines totaling more than $150 million. Many of the suits accused the company of minor violations of Ukraine's labeling law -- such as not placing a 'quality seal' on tiny memory cards and wafer-thin batteries inside mobile phones. Foxtrot said it placed the seals on the external packaging, which the law also allows. Viacheslav Povroznick, Foxtrot's CEO, said agency officials proposed a deal -- pay $1 million in cash and the lawsuits would disappear. 'We said no,' he said. 'It was like a kind of extortion.' Today, the company still faces a mountain of litigation. Six months after a popular uprising toppled President Viktor Yanukovich, Ukraine's new leaders are fighting wars on two fronts. One struggle is against Russian-backed insurgents in the east. The other is against staggering corruption that top officials say infected every level of government -- and continues to this day. (more)

Civilians killed in fighting in east Ukraine
3 August 2014 - Nine civilians were killed in new fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists around the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk in east Ukraine, local officials said on Sunday. Six people were killed in shelling and gunfire on the outskirts of Donetsk, deputy mayor Kostantyn Savinov said, and city officials said three were killed in shelling of Luhansk over the previous 24 hours. A Reuters reporter in central Donetsk said the shelling echoed through the night and witnesses said several buildings caught fire in the outlying Petrovsky district, including a school. The smell of smoke stretched as far as the city centre. Many residents of Luhansk, which is close to the border with Russia, have no electricity and some are without water, the city administration's press office said. Diplomatic efforts to end the conflict, in which in the United Nations says more than 1,100 people have been killed, have stalled. (more)

Ukraine: Fighting intensifies near MH17 crash site
27 July 2014 - Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month. Reports of the intensifying unrest prompted a postponement of a trip to the site by a team of Dutch and Australian police officers that had planned to start searching for evidence and the remaining bodies. In Washington, the State Department released satellite images which it says show that Russia has fired rockets more than seven miles (11 kilometers) into eastern Ukraine. The images, from the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, show blast marks from where rockets were launched and craters where they landed. They are said to show strikes between 21 and 26 July. Ukraine's National Security Council said that government troops have encircled Horlivka, a key rebel stronghold, and that there had been fighting in other cities in the east. Horlivka lies around 20 miles (30 kilometers) north of the main rebel-held city of Donetsk. (more)

More internally displaced in Ukraine as fighting continues - UN
26 July 2014 - A total of up to 230,000 people have been displaced by fighting in the Ukraine, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. The Ukrainian Red Cross issued an appeal on Thursday to push for more help for those who were affected by fighting in the areas of Luhansk, Donetsk, and Crimea. Ukraine descended into a bloody conflict after mass protests in March overthrew Russian-backed former president Viktor Yanukovich, who opposed stronger political and economic cooperation with the European Union in favour of closer ties to Russia. This led to upheaval in the country's ethnic Russian east, which prompted aggressive intervention from Russia and, eventually, to its annexation of Crimea. (more)

Ukraine, Russia never further apart
21 July 2014 - Even the most mild-mannered Ukrainians, known for their long-suffering tolerance born of a history of occupation and conflict, have turned on, if not all their neighbours in Russia, one in particular: Russian President Vladimir Putin. 'Putin should understand that it's enough already. This is not a conflict between Ukraine and Russia. It is an international conflict,' Ukraine's usually quietly spoken prime minister, Arseny Yatseniuk, told a news conference. For many Russians, the feeling is mutual. Since the street protests in Kiev that ousted a pro-Russian president in February, Russia has branded Ukraine's new rulers as fascists. It now says Kiev is being run by US leaders bent on bringing Russia to its knees. Marriages between Ukrainians and Russians have become tense, families divided, and one couple on the verge of marriage called it off after arguing whether Putin was in the wrong or the right, acquaintances said. (more)

Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine war zone, 298 dead
17 July 2014 - The United States believes a surface-to-air missile brought down a Malaysian airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board, an incident that sharply raises the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels. One US official said Washington strongly suspected the missile that downed the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow. There is no evidence Ukrainian government forces fired a missile, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. A second US official said the origin of the missile was unclear. US Vice President Joe Biden said the passenger jet apparently was 'blown out of the sky'. Ukraine accused pro-Moscow militants, aided by Russian military intelligence officers, of firing a long-range, Soviet-era SA-11 ground-to-air missile. Leaders of the rebel Donetsk People's Republic denied any involvement and said a Ukrainian air force jet had brought down the intercontinental flight. Russian President Vladimir Putin pinned the blame on Kiev for renewing its offensive against rebels two weeks ago after a ceasefire failed to hold. The Kremlin leader called it a 'tragedy' but did not say who brought the Boeing down. The loss of MH-17 is the second disaster for Malaysia Airlines this year, following the mysterious loss of flight MH-370 in March, which disappeared with 239 passengers and crew on board on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. (more)

Families caught in crossfire in eastern Ukraine
3 July 2014 - About half the 130,000 residents of Slaviansk are thought to have fled since fighters who want eastern Ukraine incorporated into Russia took control of the city in April, a month after Moscow annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. Since then, government forces trying to end the rebellion in towns and cities across the Russian-speaking region have pounded separatist positions in and around Slaviansk. Despite the growing danger and privation, many families with children have remained, either out of choice or because they believe they do not have the funds to get by elsewhere. But most adults have either lost their jobs or been deprived of access to the pensions or other benefits they would usually receive. There is no electricity in most of the buildings. There is still clean water but it cannot be pumped through the city without electricity and every morning residents stand in lines with cans and bottles at the filter station. Schools have shut. 'In two and a half months, our city has turned into a ghost town', said Marina Oleynik, head of a municipal social services centre for families and children. She cited unofficial data suggesting half the population had fled Slaviansk. (more)


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