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Russia Warns US Against “Illegal” Ukraine Bailout; Ukraine Commences Live-Fire “Drill” With Tanks | Zero Hedge

Russia Warns US Against “Illegal” Ukraine Bailout; Ukraine Commences Live-Fire “Drill” With Tanks | Zero Hedge.

The tit-for-tat sabre-rattling and rhetoric continues to build ahead of this weekend’s planned referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea region. This morning has seen 3 new threads beginning withUkraine’s “live-fire” exercises involving T-64B tanks. This was then followed by warnings from Russia of “consequences” of “unconditionally indulging radical elements” in Ukraine calling US financial aid “illegal” which was swiftly responded to by the State Department exclaiming it “unacceptable” that Russian forces take matters into their own hands and “do not create the right environment for diplomacy.” Not positive…

Ukraine did its own sabre-rattling:

  • *T-64B TANKS INVOLVED IN EXERCISE, LIVE-FIRE TRAINING: MINISTRY

The Russians are not happy

Russia says planned US financial aid to Ukraine is illegal

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that planned U.S. financial aid to Ukraine is illegal and outside American legal norms since it would be funding an illegitimate regime.

By all criteria, issuing funding to an illegitimate regime that seized power by force is unlawful and goes beyond the framework of the American legal system,” the ministry said in a statement.

The statement echoed assertions made earlier in the day by ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich. The ministry also warned Washington about the consequences of “unconditionally indulging radical elements” in Ukraine.

And Kerry has his own perspective:

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS RUSSIAN RESPONSES TO U.S. QUESTIONS ON UKRAINE DO NOT CREATE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT FOR DIPLOMACY

Kerry told Lavrov it is unacceptable that Russian forces and irregulars continue to take matters into their own hands in Ukraine

Of course, this remains a constant distraction from the fact that Russian boots are on the ground in Crimea and the US (and the West) are stuck with how to “off-ramp” the escalating Russian threats without sanctions that would blow-back on to their own economies.

And then Merkel chipped in…

  • *MERKEL SAYS RUSSIA IS ANNEXING CRIMEA, PARTY OFFICIAL SAYS

Russia Warns US Against "Illegal" Ukraine Bailout; Ukraine Commences Live-Fire "Drill" With Tanks | Zero Hedge

Russia Warns US Against “Illegal” Ukraine Bailout; Ukraine Commences Live-Fire “Drill” With Tanks | Zero Hedge.

The tit-for-tat sabre-rattling and rhetoric continues to build ahead of this weekend’s planned referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea region. This morning has seen 3 new threads beginning withUkraine’s “live-fire” exercises involving T-64B tanks. This was then followed by warnings from Russia of “consequences” of “unconditionally indulging radical elements” in Ukraine calling US financial aid “illegal” which was swiftly responded to by the State Department exclaiming it “unacceptable” that Russian forces take matters into their own hands and “do not create the right environment for diplomacy.” Not positive…

Ukraine did its own sabre-rattling:

  • *T-64B TANKS INVOLVED IN EXERCISE, LIVE-FIRE TRAINING: MINISTRY

The Russians are not happy

Russia says planned US financial aid to Ukraine is illegal

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that planned U.S. financial aid to Ukraine is illegal and outside American legal norms since it would be funding an illegitimate regime.

By all criteria, issuing funding to an illegitimate regime that seized power by force is unlawful and goes beyond the framework of the American legal system,” the ministry said in a statement.

The statement echoed assertions made earlier in the day by ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich. The ministry also warned Washington about the consequences of “unconditionally indulging radical elements” in Ukraine.

And Kerry has his own perspective:

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS RUSSIAN RESPONSES TO U.S. QUESTIONS ON UKRAINE DO NOT CREATE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT FOR DIPLOMACY

Kerry told Lavrov it is unacceptable that Russian forces and irregulars continue to take matters into their own hands in Ukraine

Of course, this remains a constant distraction from the fact that Russian boots are on the ground in Crimea and the US (and the West) are stuck with how to “off-ramp” the escalating Russian threats without sanctions that would blow-back on to their own economies.

And then Merkel chipped in…

  • *MERKEL SAYS RUSSIA IS ANNEXING CRIMEA, PARTY OFFICIAL SAYS

Ukraine’s Military Releases The Armored Vehicles And Fighter Jets | Zero Hedge

Ukraine’s Military Releases The Armored Vehicles And Fighter Jets | Zero Hedge.

Days after Kazakhstan broke out is tanks post-devaluation, the promise to “Restore order by all means envisaged” is under way in Ukraine as military vehicles are being mobilized into the city center (andfighter jets are being reported overhead). As Martin Armstrong so eloquently noted recently, “the Western powers represented by the EU and the US have nothing to stand on to protect Ukraine and can only offer lip-service at best. So once again, it appears that Ukraine is doomed and the best one can hope for there, is that Russia will allow the West to leave. The countdown goes forward and the political and economic crisis is indicative of what we see with the first shot across the bow in the rising trend of the Cycle of War.” The US has ‘demanded’ an end to the violence…

Via Voice Of Russia,

Two jet aircrafts, presumably military, have appeared over Maidan in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, the mass media report.

Live Feed

The economy is collapsing:

  • *UKRAINE JAN. INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT FALLS 16.0% IN MONTH (largest on record)

Things are rapidly deteriorating…

  • *KLITSCHKO URGES UKRAINIANS TO FLOCK TO INDEPENDENCE SQUARE
  • *KLITSCHKO SAYS MAIN TASK TO AVOID BLOODSHED
  • *KLITSCHKO SAYS UKRAINE FORCES MAY STORM INDEPENDENCE SQUARE
  • *KLITSCHKO URGES WOMEN, CHILDREN TO LEAVE INDEPENDENCE SQUARE
  • *UKRAINE RIOT POLICE AMASS ON PERIMETER OF INDEPENDENCE SQUARE

The death toll is rising (and hundreds are injured)

  • *UKRAINE INTERIOR MINISTRY SAYS ONE POLICEMAN SHOT DEAD TODAY
  • *UKRAINE SAYS 37 POLICEMAN INJURED IN CLASHES WITH PROTESTERS
  • *UKRAINE OPPOSITION SAYS 3 KILLED IN CLASHES, 7 CRITICAL
  • *TWO MORE DEAD BODIES DISCOVERED AMID KIEV PROTESTS: INTERFAX

The world condemns…

  • *EU’S ASHTON `DEEPLY WORRIED’ ABOUT RENEWED UKRAINE VIOLENCE
  • *GERMANY TO MAKE ALL EFFORTS TO RESOLVE CONFLICT: STEINMEIER
  • FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER FABIUS CONDEMNS VIOLENCE IN KIEV (FR)
  • *SIKORSKI SAYS UKRAINE URGENTLY NEEDS POLITICAL COMPROMISE
  • *US DEMANDS YANUKOVYCH END VIOLENCE IN KIEV, AFP SAYS

And now the military vehicles are rolling:

The Tanks Are Rolling In Post-Devaluation Kazakhstan | Zero Hedge

The Tanks Are Rolling In Post-Devaluation Kazakhstan | Zero Hedge.

Following the 20% devaluation of Kazakhstan’s currency on Tuesday, the nation has quietly drifted into a very un-safe scenario. As the following clip shows, tanks and Humvees are lining the streets around Almaty as stores are closed and food is running desperately short. Local accounts note that the people are growing increasingly indignant. At a mere 192bps, the cost of protecting Kazakhstan sovereign debt from default (or further devaluation) seems cheap in light of this.

Tanks and Humvees lining the streets around the largest city in Kazakhstan…

Kazakhstan CDS remain notably cheap…

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