Ukraine Separatists Hold Ground as U.S. Eyes Sanctions

 Shootouts in eastern Ukraine over the weekend led to calls for more U.S. economic sanctions against Russia, as a diplomatic accord aimed at defusing the crisis showed little sign of taking hold.

Ukrainian and Russian officials traded accusations over responsibility for tensions that escalated since last week’s signing of an agreement in Geneva that sought disarmament of all illegal groups and vacating of all seized buildings.

With separatists holding their ground in several eastern cities, the prospect for a small-scale civil war has increased, said Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University in Washington.

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“I see this as a creeping destabilization,” Stent said in an interview yesterday. “I’m not sure it’s a civil war yet, but the pre-conditions for a civil war are there.”

At least three people were killed in a clash in Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, the nation’s Interior Ministry said, as a top security official accused Russia of exploiting the violence to prepare grounds for an invasion.

Three “activists” were shot to death while on duty at a roadblock in an attack yesterday that also left three other people injured, the ministry said in a posting on its website. It said the assailants took “wounded and killed along with them,” without providing details. Ukraine’s Security Service said saboteurs carried out the assault.

Ukrainian Nationalist

Russia’s Foreign Ministry blamed the Ukrainian nationalist group Pravyi Sektor for the violence — an allegation that Pravyi Sektor denied in a statement. Viktoria Syumar, first deputy head of the National Security and Defense Council in Kiev, said on her Facebook page that Russia’s accusation and statements show it is preparing grounds to invade Ukraine.

In a separate incident, unidentified people attacked Ukrainian marines at a roadblock near Dobropillya in the Donestsk region of eastern Ukraine yesterday, leaving one of the attackers dead in an exchange of gunfire, the Unian newswire reported, citing Defense Ministry spokesman Dmytro Horbunov. None of the marines was killed, the report said.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called Russia a “threat to the globe” in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program over the weekend. “If Russia pulls back its security forces and former KGB agents, this would definitely calm down the situation and stabilize the situation in southern and eastern Ukraine,” he said.

Seeking ‘Extermination’

Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of seeking the “extermination of independent Ukraine,” a charge Russia denies.

Turchynov, speaking on the Ukraina television channel, said his government is willing to increase the autonomy of local regions, including “appointing governors proposed by residents of Donetsk, Luhansk regions,” in the restive East. Yet those offers have done little to quell the violence.

Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Dmytro Horbunov said in a telephone interview with Channel 5 television that there have been three to four cases of “provocations” by unknown people against Ukrainian military outposts in the Luhansk region in the eastern part of the country. The provocations consisted of throwing rocks and fireworks, the spokesman said.

As the violence continued, pressure grew on the Obama administration to impose broader economic sanctions on Russia. Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged the imposition of sanctions on Russia’s banking and energy sectors yesterday.

‘Ratchet Up’

“I think the time is now to rapidly ratchet up our sanctions, whether it’s on Russian petrochemical companies or on Russian banks,” said Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, on “Meet the Press.”

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top-ranking Republican on the committee, said on the same program yesterday the administration should impose sanctions on Russia’s energy and banking industries unless there’s an immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukraine border.

“Our foreign policy is always a day late and a dollar short because we’re reacting,” Corker said.

In announcing the Geneva accord last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, “if we’re not able to see progress on the immediate efforts to be able to implement the principles of this agreement this weekend, then we will have no choice but to impose further costs on Russia.”

Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kislyak, said new economic sanctions against his country would amount to “the revival of the Cold War mentality” and would be counter-productive.

‘False Notion’

“We can withstand pressures,” Kislyak said on “Fox News Sunday” yesterday. Claims that Putin seeks to restore the former Soviet Union are “a false notion” and Russia seeks only to ensure that Ukraine becomes “a country that is democratic, that supports the rights of all the ethnic groups, including certainly Russia’s, and we want to have a friendly neighbor,” Kislyak said.

The weekend of violence added to skepticism about whether Ukraine, the U.S. and the European Union will be able to use an April 17 Geneva accord to hold Putin accountable for easing tensions that the Russian president says he had no role in creating.

Nothing Done

Nothing has been done to implement the agreement, said Stent, author of a new book on U.S.-Russian relations called “The Limits of Partnership.”

“I see nothing that persuades me that anyone will be able to dislodge these people,” Stent said of the pro-Russia separatists who occupied government buildings in the Russian-speaking East.

Any civil war likely would be confined to those eastern towns, where the separatist movement is based, she said.

“It’s not a large-scale civil war, but it’s political paralysis because nothing’s going to move forward,” she said.

Ukraine’s Economic Minister Pavlo Sheremeta, speaking on the private television channel 1+1, said yesterday officials expect the International Monetary Fund to act this week on a loan to the country. Ukraine’s government sealed a preliminary accord with the IMF last month for as much as $18 billion in loans in the next two years. The rescue would unlock additional international financing bringing the total package to $27 billion.

Cold War

Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, said he’s hopeful that Ukraine can avoid a civil war.

“What I hear from Ukrainians across the board, and especially on this Easter holiday, is a desire to bring everybody together,” Pyatt said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program yesterday.

“There are obviously efforts from small, isolated groups to stir division,” Pyatt said. “But that’s not what I hear from most Ukrainians, including, I should add, Ukrainians in the East.”

Separatists who stage demonstrations and take over government buildings don’t represent the majority of Ukrainians, he said. “We’re really just talking about a couple of hundred of people at most of these sites.”

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  • William H. Depperman

    Time to tell the Truth:

    Materialist
    Analysis of the USA-Orchestrated Coup D’etat in the Ukraine:

    The
    United States of America thinks it is the World Dictator!

    The
    United States is an Outlaw State!

    The
    USA used a Tiny NAZI Minority to Overthrow a Majority and is about to have it ALL
    Undone:

    The
    USA Directed a Murderous NAZI-led Coup D’etat in the Ukraine then
    falsely

    And
    absurdly Blamed the Fairly-Elected President Yanukovych for œViolence!

    The
    2010 Ukrainian Presidential Elections were Certified by the USA and EU as Free
    and Fair!

    The
    USA is also trying to carry out similar Coup D’etats in Venezuela and
    Thailand!

    On April 14, 2014 USA sent CIA Chief John Brennan to Kiev to
    Direct the NAZI Regime!

    The
    American People and the Whole World Smell a Rat and the Rat is the USA!

    The
    Overwhelming Majority of the Ukrainian People DO

    NOT
    RECOGNIZE
    the USA-NAZI Coup D’etat Regime in Kiev!

    The
    Irony of End-Stage Capitalism has the USA once again supporting Open NAZIS:

    Prior
    to WWII the USA Supported the NAZIS rise to power Economically and
    Diplomatically in Order to send the NAZIS against the USSR deemed the Greatest
    Threat to World Capitalism and For 3 Years refused to open a Second Front in
    Europe to allow Maximum Damage to the USSR!

    By
    Providing $1 Billion to the NAZI Coup D’etat Regime the USA violates its
    own 1961 law”The Foreign Assistance Act”22 U.S. Code § 8422,
    which Prohibits foreign assistance to the Government Of any country whose duly
    elected head of government is deposed by coup or decree! Most of the Money will Pay for a newly-envisioned
    60,000 member œNational Guard led by NAZI œRight Sector (aka œMaidan
    Self-Defense) & NAZI Svoboda Party because Coup Regime does not
    trust Ukrainian Military! National Guard to deploy in Suppression of the Crimea
    & Eastern Ukraine!

    The
    Crimean Referendum to REJOIN Russia was LEGAL! The International Court Of
    Justice stated in 2010 that it had No Prohibitions on Declarations of
    Independence!

    But the Crimean Referendum has no analogy to Kosovo
    whatsoever despite Russian Claims!

    The USA Seriously
    œMiscalculated because of the One-Way Dynamic of Capitalism, which is in
    charge!

    The
    USA is Resigned to the Total œLoss of the Ukraine

    But
    Want the Ukrainian People to Pay a Blood Price!

    OVER HALF THE PEOPLE IN THE UKRAINE SPEAK RUSSIAN ON REGULAR
    BASIS

    The USA (!) Supported new Kiev Laws Outlawing the Russian Language in
    the Ukraine!

    Russia did NOT INVADE the Ukraine! The Kiev-Moscow
    Treaty now moot allowed Russia To have up to 25,000 troops in the Crimea to
    support its naval base. A number not exceeded Until AFTER the Russian
    President signed the Decree Allowing Crimea to REJOIN Russia!

    The
    American/NAZI-led Coup D’etat will be Entirely Reversed!

    All the Ukrainian People Will Vote in Referendums whether to REjoin
    Russian Federation!

    Referendum demands in Donetsk,
    Lugansk & Kharkov escalate & may eventually include all former USSR!

    Russia wants to use Diplomacy
    first to help educate the World about what actually happened in Kiev and To
    give the Russia-Loyal Self-Defense Forces Time to: 1.) Organize and set stage
    for Referendums through- Out the Ukraine, 2.) Allow calls for Federalism and
    the calls to reign in the NAZIS to be Rejected, 3.) Allow IMF-imposed austerity
    time to sink in 4.) Allow comparison with the Special Economic Zone being set
    up in The Crimea as in Kaliningrad Region and 5.) Allow Referendums to be held
    Prior to illegal SNAP Elections!

    The
    USA-controlled World Capitalist Media which uses the Big Lie on all topics

    Has
    Directed its NAZI Coup Regime to illegally shut down all 4 Russian
    language cable TV stations

    In
    the Ukraine and carried out radio-electronic attacks on Russian TV Satellites
    to œensure national security & sovereignty, while falsely accusing Russia of a œdisinformation
    propaganda campaign

    On April 8, 2014 the USA-NAZI
    Kiev Coup Regime sent Fighters from NAZI Right Sector and USA Private Military
    Contractor GREYSTONE (!) to Lugansk, Donetsk & other parts of the Southeast
    Ukraine to try to Intimidate and BLUFF the Ukrainian people to Stop the March
    to Referendums! Simultaneously the USA Falsely accused Russia of sending
    œagents & special forces into the Ukraine & stirring separatist unrest!

    On
    April 15, 2014 the USA-NAZI Coup Regime œanti-terrorist operation in the
    Eastern Ukraine Began Killing Russian Citizens who are now labeled œForeign
    Invaders who will be Destroyed!

    The
    Russian Federation may be forced to Intervene to Prevent More Criminal
    Bloodshed!

    On March 16, 2014 the Crimea Voted in a Referendum
    Overwhelmingly to Rejoin Russia! Because of the systematic and mounting Crimes
    against Russian People in the Ukraine and War plans by the USA-NAZI imposed Coup
    D’etat Regime it will be imperative for Russia-Loyal Self-Defense Forces
    throughout the Ukraine to take control of the Eastern Ukraine And then the Western
    Ukraine and to Hold Similar Referendums to REjoin the Russian Federation! The
    Media has Combined the USA’s Resignation to further Highly Popular Referendums,
    starting in the Eastern Ukraine, with Big Lies of a œRussian Invasion to try
    To make the Referendums which will be held throughout the Ukraine
    falsely appear to be held œUnder Duress! Meanwhile the EU/USA/IMF have
    implemented Austerity”Economic

    War of Subjugation and Population Reduction against the
    Ukrainian People! Russia
    has Cancelled its retaliatory sanctions against USA-EU! Russia wants no
    responsibility for undermining the European Economy and undermining both the
    USA Dollar and Euro Which will be the inevitable Result of USA-EU sanctions!
    The USA-EU sanctions e.g. Bank Account freezes, travel bans and visa blocks for
    Russian Citizens also represent Gross Interference in the Crimean &
    Ukrainian Peoples’ Right to Self-Determination!

    NATO Deployments & AWACS are Not designed to œReassure
    but to Intimidate Ukrainian People to try to Discourage Further Referendums in
    the Eastern and WESTERN Ukraine!

    The USA Big Lies about the Crimean Referendum to rejoin
    Russia, calling it œAnnexation!

    œAnnexation is defined as œUnilateral Seizure of
    Territory and does NOT involve a Referendum!

    The USA Criminally Opposes the Crimea’s Right &
    the Ukraine’s Right to Self-Determination!

    The
    Ukraine has been a part of Russia and then Soviet Union for Centuries!

    Fragmenting the Soviet Union was Simply Part of a USA
    Strategy of Divide and Conquer!

    USA and its NAZI-Proxy Kiev Coup Regime have unleashed a
    massive Big Lie Campaign

    Falsely claiming a œmassive Russian troop buildup on the
    Ukrainian Border but even New York Times (Mar 29, 2014 p 4) exposed that
    as a Total Lie! Such false claims have been made As false pretexts for huge
    NATO troop buildup to try to Force a Second Russian Surrender (See Below) and to possibly to SUPPLANT
    Ukrainian troops deemed loyal to Russia and œunreliable! NO œsniper shots
    were fired by Berkut Police, but ONLY by the USA-NAZI Coup D’etat Regime! œElections held by
    USA-Nazi Proxy Regime are as Illegal as the Coup D’etat itself!

    The Same Kiev Sniper-Provocateurs in Maidan deliberately shot
    both Police and Protesters

    According to Chief Doctor for the Maidan Clinic, Olga Bogomolets,
    in order to Create high Body count and be able to Shed Crocodile Tears and to
    act as Pretext for the Coup D’etat! Shots were fired at police &
    œprotesters from the Headuarters of so-called œMaidan Commandant Andriy
    Parubiy, who now heads Ukrainian Security Council! The Day after Russian
    acceptance of the Crimea to Rejoin Russia the USA-NAZIS decided to try the same
    Provocation in Crimea sending armed NAZI Squad to œstorm a Ukrainian military
    Base in Simferopol with automatic weapons Killing Ukrainian and Russian
    Self-Defense soldiers!

    Military
    shown in the media without uniform insignias are the Russia-loyal
    Self-Defense Force Composed of LOCAL, former
    Ukrainian military units organized to protect Russian citizens Throughout the
    Ukraine and to block movements of military forces by USA/NAZI-imposed Regime.
    Note: Inspections of Russian-Ukrainian Border by 8 European Countries Confirmed
    NO illegal Massing of Troops! USA œSatellite Photos are from August
    2013 and clearly do NOT show what USA insists! Referendums will be
    organized by Russia-Loyal Self Defense Forces throughout The Ukraine”NOT
    The Russian Military! Any Russian Advance into the Ukraine would be to Protect
    Russian Citizens and Interests against assaults by USA-NAZI Right Sector (aka
    Maidan Self-Defense) Coup Regime and USA Greystone/Blackwater Mercenary
    Military Contractors, and Would be by invitation of the elected President
    Yanukovych! Ukrainian Soldiers Were also NOT œGiven an Ultimatum to leave their military bases! Soldiers
    were given 3 Options: 1.) To swear Allegiance to Russia & retain the same
    rank and pay as in the Ukrainian military, 2.) To Receive Russian passports and
    remain in Crimea as civilians or 3.) To leave the Crimea! Only 11% Of Ukrainian
    soldiers opted to leave the Crimea!!! Initially the USA-NAZI regime blocked the
    border To Prevent soldiers from leaving to be able to falsely accuse Russia of
    œimprisoning them, and also Falsely accused Russia of œstorming military
    bases and œthreatening the lives of military Staff and Families! (BBC) The USA-controlled World media have
    unleashed nonstop a Barrage of Big Lies

    The
    USA/EU-NAZI Coup D’etat (Self-Declared) Regime is trying UNsuccessfully
    to Foment War or Manufacture the appearance of war between the Russia-loyal
    Self-Defense
    forces and the Ukrainian Forces but even prior to the Referendum many Ukrainian
    armed forces units had joined up with the Crimean now Russian Government! The
    USA-NAZIS & EU are getting desperate! USA is using A False propaganda media
    barrage to try to terrorize the Baltic States & Moldavia that Russia is
    about to invade while threatening Russia with economic catastrophe if there
    are more referendums

    The only Legal President of the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, Called
    for Referendums

    In Every Region of the Ukraine, but then Criticized the Crimean
    Referendum to Disassociate himself from Russia and Increase his Credibility
    with Nationalists!

    œSNAP ELECTIONS scheduled for May 25, 2014 are ILLEGAL ON THEIR
    FACE because normal
    elections are not scheduled until 2015 and because they are being held when the
    genuine opposition, namely the Ukrainian people have just been DISINFRANCHISED by the USA-orchestrated violent NAZI-led Coup D’etat
    against their duly and fairly elected government and against their best
    interests! The only legal President of the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, called
    for a Referendum to be held in every region of the Ukraine on their status
    within the Ukraine! (Euronews, March 28, 2014), but then
    hypocritically criticized the Right of Self-Determination for the Crimean
    people who had always been a part of RUSSIA and one day woke up to find that the USA had dictated that the Ukraine was a
    separate country, turned over like a bag of potatoes through the 1991 œBelovezhskaya Pushcha Accords, behind the
    backs of the people of the Ukraine and Belarusia, where the people had no
    representation whatsoever! The Russia-loyal Crimean Self-Defense Forces
    composed of local former Ukrainian military units, whose training did not stop
    with retirement from active service, took control of the Crimea without firing a
    single shot! And even prior to the Referendum to
    REjoin the Russian Federation”THERE WAS NO ANNEXATION”and there was NO Russian INVASION the Commander of the Ukrainian Navy,
    Denis Berezovsky, and most of the military stationed in the Crimea took new
    oaths of loyalty to the Russian-supported Crimean Government, which is now part
    of the Russian Federation, the Crimean Republic. In the Crimean Referendum
    1,274,096 people”87% of the Crimean people”voted and 96.77% voted in favor of REJOINING the Russian Federation (RT, March 21, 2014), (NOT 34% reported by USA Big Lie Media) According to Sergei Markov,
    professor of the Faculty of Political Science at the Moscow State Institute of
    International Relations and director of the Institute of Political Studies, if
    referendums in the eastern Ukraine œKharkov would have 75% of its population
    voting to become a part of Russia, Donetsk, 80%, Odessa 85%, Dnepropetrovsk,
    Zaporozhe and Kherson would have from 60% to 70% of pro-Russian voters. (The Daily Beast, April 7, 2014) This plus the basic economics should
    convince the remainder of the Ukraine to overthrow the USA-NAZI Coup
    d’etat regime once
    and for all!

    Note that the
    majority of the Ukrainian military joined the Russian forces prior to the
    Referendum! All together 89% joined the Russian
    military! But the USA
    directed its NAZI
    puppet regime in Kiev to œkeep trying provocations to stir up trouble and try
    to get the Ukrainian military to fight the Russia-loyal Self-Defense Forces and
    Russian forces in the Crimea. Prior to the referendum it was reported on RT.com (March 3, 2014) that the (USA-directed) the œKiev œUkrainian
    Defense Ministry to falsely claim on March 3, 2014 that the Russian Black Sea
    Fleet had delivered an ultimatum
    to the Ukrainian forces stationed on the Crimean peninsula which supposedly
    stated: œ’If the Ukrainian military refuses to surrender (!?) by 05:00 local
    time (03:00 GMT) the Russian Federation will begin a full-scale assault on the
    Units of the Ukrainina military in Crimea,’ as reported by an unnamed source in
    the ministry of the new (Coup D’etat-NAZI regime) to Interfax-Ukraine. Such false
    œultimatums are just provocations! It is a fact that 135 International Observers from 23
    countries monitored the Crimean Referendum on March 16, 2014, and was NOT a œreferendum at gunpoint as
    falsely claimed by the USA!
    The USA-controlled world capitalist media
    completely covers this up! The claim of a œRussian Invasion is a Big Lie. In a
    pathetic attempt to try to make Russia accept their NAZI Coup
    D’etat
    mass-murderer John Kerry who knows his hated regime’s days are numbered,
    hilariously keeps telling Sergei Lavrov: œWhen it’s gone, it’s gone, œit can’t
    be undone, (Wanna bet?) œlet bygones be bygones, and œlet’s be constructive
    about it and think how you can call off your decision regarding Crimea.(RT, March 30, 2014) HaHa!

    The Real John Kerry:

    Who is the USA Secretary of State
    really? During the rigged 2004 USA œpresidential election, which
    Kerry deliberately THREW after actually winning in a
    LANDSLIDE (!) in order to permit Usurper Bush II to have a second
    illegal term, it was reported in the New York Times that John
    Kerry personally killed 20 people defending their country from USA
    imperialist aggression in Vietnam, some whom he œran down and apparently killed
    with his own bare hands! After returning to the USA this
    genuinely ugly-to-the core, clumsy buffoon and depraved cutthroat
    functioned as part of the fake œLeft, joining VVAW leadership
    and testifying œagainst the war (!) before Congress! Yuk Yuk Yuk! We all so
    stooopid!

    The UN General Assembly Vote œCondemning the Crimean

    Referendum was achieved by USA Threats of Economic Sanctions!

    The March 7, 2014 UN General Assembly
    Vote where the foreign ministers of 100 countries voted on a resolution to
    condemn the Crimean Referendum and the Crimean People’s Right of Self
    Determination was achieved primarily by USA threats of economic sanctions and other œconsequences DO YOU WANT TO
    BE NEXT?” if they refused to sign on to the USA resolution. The USA directly threatened over half of the

    General Assembly Members, which are mostly smaller countries, with failure to
    sign economic contracts or other types of contracts now and for the future and/or
    to withhold political dividends. It is as simple as that! (Sergei Lavrov to RT, March
    29, 2014) But we do not need Lavrov to draw this conclusion ourselves through
    straight inductive reasoning! The Russian Federation was originally threatened
    with sanctions for supporting the Referendum in the first place as we all
    recall! That is how the USA,
    who thinks it is the New World Dictator, which appears to be busy very
    efficiently digging its own grave for a change, operates! But the truth is that
    69 countries refused to support the USA resolution, 11 voting directly against and 58 abstained.
    In addition 27 countries refused not to cast a vote at all, adding up to 93
    countries refusing to support it! In addition, the masses, the overwhelming
    majority of people who actually inhabit these countries and the entire World IS NOT FOOLED, despite the non-binding, USA-manipulated General Assembly UN votes and USA-directed Big Lie Media Campaign! The
    USA-led World Capitalist Dictatorship has total contempt for our intelligence
    but even more contempt for our ability to organize to do anything about it. We
    need to organize back the million-strong Communist-led Working Class Movement
    and this time not take any BRIBES
    such as the New Deal
    and this time carry out a Socialist Revolution in the United States. The USA has now lost all credibility and all legitimacy to rule and all right to
    sovereignty in the United States OR
    ANYWHERE ELSE!

    The United States Tries an Anti-Semitic Provocation Letter to
    Try to Generate Confusion!

    On April 17, 2014 the United States of America and CIA Chief John Brennan, who had visited the USA-NAZI
    installed government in Kiev three days before, directed its NAZI Coup
    D’etat Regime, to send an anti-Semitic letter to all Jewish citizens of
    Donetsk to demand that they œregister as Jews, report all their property
    and pay a new tax or be stripped of citizenship and face expulsion (BBC,
    April 1, & 19, 2014) as one more attempt at divide and conquer and
    simultaneous attempt to generate confusion regarding the origin of
    anti-Semitism in the Ukraine. NAZI Johnny Kerry pretended to act
    innocent and œshocked, at what was an obvious provocation designed by the USA
    to make it appear as if the anti-NAZIS are really the source of
    anti-Semitism as a contrived and clumsy act to try to generate CONFUSION”always
    a key goal of USA disinformation campaigns, calling it œintolerable
    behavior. œIn year 2014, after all of the miles traveled in all of the
    journey of history, this is not just intolerable; it’s grotesque, is beyond
    unacceptable,” so preposterously stated our warmonger NAZI Johnny-the-cutthroat
    murderer, while undoubtedly laughing to himself! Me thinks he protests too
    much! That language is so pretentious and over-the-top that it seems written in
    advance for the occasion! The USA-controlled world capitalist media and
    Internet rebroadcast NAZI Kerry’s statement worldwide! The anti-Semitic
    letter was supposedly stamped and signed by Denis Pushilin, who was identified
    on it as œPeople’s Governor. Pushilin denied the alleged letter,
    claiming it is fake. He noted that he is not and never was the so-called
    People’s Governor. œNo one has ever elected me as one, he told RT.
    He also added that the stamp on the letter is bigger than the stamp’s actual
    size. œThe stamp on the letter is larger and looks like it has been
    photoshopped. The next day
    Pushilin elaborated, stating: œThis is actually a fake, and not a good one.
    There’s a sign œPeople’s Governor. First of all no one calls me by that title,
    no one elected me. Secondly, the stamp is the former mayor’s! Everything’s
    photoshopped! (RT, April 18, 2014) USA! USA! USA!