Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Ukraine ,
Armed servicemen wait in Russian army vehicles outside a Ukranian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters
Ukrainian interim President Oleksandr Turchynov, who is also the acting chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, has left Kyiv to take charge of the crisis in Simferopol where there are signs of military intervention amidst military rhetoric emanating from Moscow.
The artificial and blatantly cynical intervention is an infringement of Ukrainian sovereign space and an attempt by Moscow to generate a response that they can react to on the pretense of protecting a Russian population that has emigrated to the area under privelege during the colonialism of the Soviet Union. It is a technical invasion and a principal Russian methodology.
James Sherr, an associate fellow from the Foreign Affairs think tank Chatham House, said that Moscow had crossed a line by reinforcing its Black Sea Fleet in Crimea and utilising their forces outside their designated bases in Sevastopol.
He believed Russia was behind the seizure of government and parliamentary buildings in Crimea and said: “Military intervention is already taking place in Crimea.” He believed that 200 to 300 troops had reinforced the Black Sea fleet over the preceding 48 hours, and added to the 13000 military personnel, mostly sailors, licensed to be there.
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Ukraine has put its armed forces on full alert and warned Russia that military intervention will lead to war shortly after Vladimir Putin gave the green light for an invasion as the upper house of the Russian parliament unanimously approved his request to send troops into the neighbouring state.
After a three-hour meeting with security and defence chiefs on Saturday, prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk said he had called for talks and urged Russia to return its soldiers to base in the Crimea region during a phone call with his counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. “Military intervention would be the beginning of war and the end of any relations between Ukraine and Russia,” Yatseniuk said.
Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, said he had put the armed forces on full readiness because of the threat of “potential aggression” as 15,000 Russian troops were said to have joined those who have effectively seized Crimea. Speaking live on TV, Turchynov said he had also ordered stepped-up security at nuclear power plants, airports and other strategic infrastructure.
Putin told the US president, Barack Obama, during a 90-minute call on Saturday night that Russia had the right to protect its interests and those of Russian speakers not only in Crimea but also in east Ukraine. Obama called on Russian forces to pull troops back to base in Crimea and not interfere elsewhere. He also warned Putin that Russia faced greater political and economic isolation. The White House said in a statement: “President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law.”
The US defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, told his Russian counterpart on Saturday that Moscow’s military intervention risked creating further instability and an escalation “that would threaten European and international security,” the Pentagon said.
Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he would hold a meeting on Sunday to discuss the crisis after Ukraine asked it, the US and EU “to look at all possible mechanisms for protecting its territorial integrity”.
Tensions escalated into the night when two Russian anti-submarine warships appeared off Crimea’s coast, violating an agreement on Moscow’s lease of a naval base, a Ukrainian military source was quoted as saying. The two vessels, part of Russia’s Baltic Fleet, had been sighted in a bay at Sevastopol, where Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet has a base.
Obama’s national security team met to discuss policy options, according to a senior administration official, while David Cameron said: “There can be no excuse for outside military intervention in Ukraine – a point I made to President Putin when we spoke [on Friday]. Everyone must think carefully about their actions and work to lower, not escalate, tensions. The world is watching.”
Foreign secretary William Hague said he was “deeply concerned” at the Russian parliament’s decision to use troops in Ukraine. He said: “This action is a potentially grave threat to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
After several days of Russian stealth, the move to deploy forces came suddenly and decisively. The Kremlin said Putin wanted troops in Ukraine “until the sociopolitical situation is normalised”. Less than an hour later, in a hastily convened extraordinary sitting of Russia’s Federation Council that was laced with cold war rhetoric, senators voted unanimously to support Putin’s proposal, and proposed withdrawing Russia’s ambassador to the US in protest at an “insult to the Russian people” from Obama.
Earlier in Kiev, Turchynov, who has been in power since president Viktor Yanukovych fled a week ago, convened a special session of the cabinet, and spoke by telephone with the US secretary of state, John Kerry.
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, a leading candidate in presidential elections set for 25 May, had called for parliament to convene and order a full mobilisation of the army. The United Nations security council was due to hold an emergency session to discuss Ukraine on Saturday night. In London, William Hague said that Russia’s ambassador to Britain had been summoned to the Foreign Office.
The Russian decree does not limit the use of troops to Crimea, specifying only that the Russian military could be deployed “on Ukrainian territory”, and the big question is how far the Kremlin wants to go. So far, Putin’s statement only talks about “protecting the interests of Russian citizens and compatriots”, but there are fears that Moscow is planning a full-scale annexation of Crimea, with its majority ethnic Russian population. Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said that no decision to implement the decree had yet been taken.
Ominously, there were also clashes in the major eastern Ukrainian cities of Kharkiv and Donetsk on Saturday, with the deputy mayor of Kharkiv saying that 97 people had been injured in violence between supporters of the new government in Kiev and pro-Russian demonstrators.
Putin’s move comes after two days during which the Kremlin’s motives were unclear. Armed men seized the Crimean parliament on Thursday and the peninsula’s airports on Friday, but claimed to be members of locally organised “self-defence squads”.
Ukraine had already accused Russia of a “military invasion and occupation” of Crimea. Michael McFaul, until last week the US ambassador to Russia, castigated the Kremlin: “Russian companies and banks with business in the west will suffer as a result of reckless Putin decision. Will they speak up?” he tweeted.
But the parliamentary session roundly dismissed western criticism in advance. Senator Nikolai Ryzhkov said Russia should be prepared for the west to “unleash their dogs on us”. “They ruined Yugoslavia, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, all in the name of western democracy. It’s not even double standards, it’s political cynicism.”
Late on Friday night, Obama told Russia there would be “costs” for intervention in Ukraine. A senator in the Federation Council said it “crossed a red line” and “insulted the Russian people”. The parliamentary body said it would ask Putin for the Russian ambassador to the US to be withdrawn.
However, actual signs of violence have been limited. The Russian foreign ministry claimed on Saturday that armed men “from Kiev” had tried to seize the government building in the Crimean capital, Simferopol, but had been repulsed by self-defence units, who took casualties. On the ground, nobody could offer any evidence of such an attack.
Yanukovych, who gave a press conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov on Friday at which he claimed he was still the legitimate president, has called the new government Nazis. His role is now unclear, but the Federation Council said he had approved the use of Russian troops. He fled after signing a compromise agreement with opposition leaders, in the presence of three EU foreign ministers. Russia has blasted the EU for failing to keep the opposition to its side of the bargain.
Yanukovych’s flight from Kiev was the culmination of three months of protest, ending with 82 people being killed in clashes with riot police. Ukraine’s new government has disbanded the Berkut riot police involved in clashes with protesters, while Russia has announced it will give them Russian passports. The first of them collected passports at a Russian consulate in Crimea on Saturday.
In Crimea on Saturday, there were more pro-Russia rallies, and the region already appeared under the control of Russian troops and pro-Russian militias, who were patrolling the airports, parliaments and roads in and out of the region.
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Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Anastasia Taylor-Lind VII, Ukraine ,
VII’s Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s portraits have placed the revolutionaries who have been invisible on the barricades in Kiev stage centre. Photographed for National Geographic the photos provide an insight into the determination and courage that has given the Ukrainian people yet another chance at freedom and a future for their country.
In an improvised studio in a graffiti-strewn alley, photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind has been quietly capturing images of the people who have been taking part in the dramatic protests in Kiev. Last week those violent protests, in the downtown square known as the Maidan, left more than 80 protesters and many police officers dead and culminated in the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Taylor-Lind discusses what it was like to photograph these men, women, and children before and after last week’s unprecedented violence.
How were you able to set up a portrait studio on a protest square, and why did you decide on portraits?
I started photographing in the Maidan the beginning of February by setting up a makeshift studio by the barricades along Hrushevsky Street [named after Mykhailo Serhiyovych Hrushevsky, president of the short-lived Ukrainian People's Republic, 1917-1918]. I’ve been using a black backdrop of black muslin fabric, and have a wonderful photo assistant, Emine Ziyatdinova, who has been working with a silver and gold reflector. But it’s pretty makeshift. I didn’t come to Ukraine intending to make a series of portraits. I’ve been working on a long-term project in Europe about declining populations, but it’s been impossible to ignore what’s been going on here in Ukraine. I had noticed the uniforms the fighters had fashioned for themselves and found it so interesting. They haven’t coordinated what they wear, but there is sort of an ideal for how they look.
And what is that ideal? Also, what is the yellow ribbon I see on one man’s arm? (See image above.)
It’s distinctly militaristic. There is a feeling of a uniform to it. The yellow ribbon—it’s actually yellow and blue. Those are the colors of the Ukrainian flag, and people have been tying on the ribbon in order to show support for the protests. The pictures are from two weeks ago, and some of the same people are almost unrecognizable now. So many here are clearly traumatized now. At the time of the pictures, the atmosphere was quite optimistic and defiant. Now the mood and atmosphere have completely changed. We are photographing some of the people again now, and they are completely different.
Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Patrick Brown ,
TRADING TO EXTINCTION PATRICK BROWN
Introduced by Ben Davies
Published to coincide with the Global Summit on illegal wildlife trade to be hosted by David Cameron in London in February 2014, Trading to Extinction is a unique and devastating record of this tragic industry.
Photo Patrick Brown
The book explores the sad truths behind this multi billion-dollar industry and is one of the most comprehens-ive photographic documents on the wildlife trade, spanning more than 10 years and offering a rare view into this illicit business. It is a shocking tale of cruelty, crime and human greed. This is an industry which, like the drugs trade, is fuelled by money, and whose tentacles encircle the world, from the remote forests of Asia to the trafficking hubs of Beijing, Bangkok, London, Tokyo and New York.
A poacher who kills a rhino and removes its horn in India gets $350. That same horn sells for $1,000 in a nearby market town. By the time it reaches Hong Kong, Beijing or the Middle East, the horn is worth $60,000 per kilogram, rivalling the street value of cocaine, and even the price of gold. Tiger bones are worth up to $700 per kilo. Meanwhile the price of ivory is increasing so rapidly that some people are buying it as an investment commodity. The numbers are truly staggering.
Trading to Extinction is a unique visual record through powerful black and white photographs by Patrick Brown, which is accompanied by a personal introduction by Ben Davies. The book takes the reader on a first hand journey into the seedy world of the illegal animal trade and its gruesome pursuit of profit, as well as describing international efforts to stop it.
PatrIck Brown is the recipient of the 3P Photographer Award, World Press Award, Days Japan Award, Picture Of The Year Award, New York Photographic Book Award and NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Award. His work has been exhibited at prestigious galleries and museums, including the International Center of Photography in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, and Visa pour l’Image in France. Patrick is represented by Panos Pictures and continues to cover social issues that are often forgotten by the mainstream media today.
Ben Davies is a Bangkok-based journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in a wide range of distinguished publications including the International Herald Tribune, the London Telegraph, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue and the BBC. He is the author of Black Market: Inside the Endangered Species Trade in Asia, which documents the multi-billion dollar trade in rare wild animals. Amongst his other books, he has written and photographed Living with Spirits: A Journey into the Heart of Thailand, Laos: A Journey Beyond the Mekong and Pangasinan: A Journey into the Philippines.
ISBN: 978-1-907893-51-3 300mm x 225mm 168 pages, 115 duotone photographs, with extensive texts.
Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Walkley Awards ,
Photo journalist David Dare Parker and picture editor of The West Australian Andy Tyndall held court and interacted
with a passionately involved audience at the Epson Print Gallery of
Team Digital in
a deep discussion of photography
and the media industry last night in Perth where images
from the 2013 Walkley awards were exhibited.
David defended photographers working in the
field of photojournalism and discussed the issues that they contend
with in an
emasculated newspaper industry and spent time
talking to Colin Murty whose
Christmas Island photograph
of a Hazara child in a coffin entitled ‘Final Journey’
won the news category Walkley. In a political world where
governments control information and impose totalitarian
misinformation Colin Murty’s photograph sharply
emphasised the importance and value of the democratic
values of serious journalism.
Congratulations to Ben Walton and Team Digital
and the Media Alliance
and the sponsors for this important exhibition.
See the biggest stories of the past year through the lenses of Australia’s best press photographers Heartbreak and triumph, jubilation and devastation: it’s all on show at the Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition, featuring works by Australia’s most outstanding photojournalists.
The Epson Print Gallery
268 Lord Street, Perth
Please check www.theepsonprintgallery.com
Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Ukraine, Ukrainian Photographers ,
Ukraine: Deadly clashes around parliament in Kiev
The BBC’s David Stern said it is not clear what sparked the latest clashes
Violent clashes have erupted during anti-government protests in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, with at least nine people, including two policemen, dead.
In the worst violence in weeks, police used rubber bullets and stun grenades as thousands of protesters marching on parliament.
A deadline set by the security forces for the violence to end has passed with no immediate sign of police action.
The clashes came as MPs were due to debate changes to the constitution.
The proposals would curb the powers of President Viktor Yanukovych, but the opposition say they were blocked from submitting their draft, meaning no debate could take place.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she was “deeply worried” by the escalation of violence, and urged politicians to “address the root causes”.
Russia blamed the upsurge in violence on “connivance by Western politicians and European structures” and their refusal to consider the “aggressive actions” of radical factions within the protest movement.
Ukraine’s unrest began in November, when Mr Yanukovych rejected a deal with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia.
The mood had calmed in recent days, but protest camps remain on the streets and the opposition – which insists the president must resign – had warned the government it risked inflaming tensions if it failed to act.
On Tuesday, thousands of protesters tried to march on the parliament building to put pressure on the government to address constitutional reform. But the march was blocked by lines of police vehicles.
The BBC’s David Stern in Kiev says it is unclear what sparked the clashes – protesters and police have blamed each other.
Unlike in previous weeks, violence took place in a number of locations, our correspondent adds.
Some protesters ripped up cobblestones to throw at police. Others threw smoke bombs. Police fired stun and smoke grenades, and rubber bullets.
Protesters also attacked the headquarters of President Yanukovych’s Party of the Regions, temporarily smashing their way in and setting it on fire before being forced out by police.
One person – believed to be an employee – was found dead inside.
The bodies of three protesters were found inside a building close to parliament. Another three bodies were seen lying in the street.
The interior ministry said two policemen had died of gunshot wounds.
Demonstrators smashed their way into an office of President Yanukovych’s Party of the Regions
The clashes are the worst seen in Kiev in weeks
A number of police and security force personnel were injured – and a policeman was killed – in the unrest
Dozens of protesters and security personnel are also reported to have been injured.
The heads of the security services and internal affairs ministry gave the protesters a deadline of 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT) to put an end to the clashes, warning they would “use all the possible methods” to end it.
The entire Kiev metro has been shut down, and police have converged on the edges of Independence Square, the site of the main protest camp since November.
Protest leader Vitaly Klitschko urged women and children to leave the square, saying they could not “exclude the possibility of use of force”.
But the deadline came and went with no apparent sign of security force action.
Inside parliament on Tuesday morning, there were scuffles as the opposition tried to submit a draft resolution on reinstating the 2004 constitution.
Continue reading the main story
- Opposition’s draft proposal in essence calls for a return to 2004 constitution that shifted key powers from president to parliament
- 2004 constitution repealed in 2010, shortly after President Yanukovych came to power
- Reforms would see president stripped of powers to appoint PM, cabinet members and regional governors – and possibly snap elections
- Ruling party is reportedly amenable to the proposal in theory, but says it needs to be discussed by non-governmental organisations and sent to Council of Europe’s Venice Commission for Review
The changes would mean President Yanukovych losing some of the powers he has gained since his election in 2010, including the power to appoint the prime minister and most cabinet members. They could also lead to snap presidential elections.
Opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the move was being blocked by President Yanukovych, saying his party members “show no desire whatsoever to end the political crisis”.
MPs who support the president say the proposals have not been thoroughly discussed, and that more time is needed.
The speaker of parliament, Volodymyr Rybak, said parliament would not meet on Wednesday, but that opposition leaders would meet the president for further talks.
Several countries have expressed their alarm and concern at the sudden escalation of the crisis.
- The US’s National Security Council said it was “appalled by the violence” and urged President Yanukovych to “immediately de-escalate the situation and end the confrontation”
- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on both sides to “return urgently” to their attempts to find a political solution.
- The UK’s Minister for Europe David Lidington said such violence had “no place in a European democracy” and urged “all parties to return to the path of compromise and genuine negotiation”.
- Poland’s foreign ministry said it had summoned Ukraine’s deputy ambassador to express its concern, and called for “immediate dialogue”.
Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Perth Centre for Photography ,
Photo Connie Petrillo
Justin Spiers + Jonathan Marshall Meat Fence
A powerful exhibition from Connie Petrillo and NZ photo artist Justin Spiers collaborating with Jonathan Marshall was opened on the 13th February at Perth Centre for Photography by Pofessor Chris Crouch from Edith Cowan University. Well worth the trip to PCP to see and respond to two artists working on challenging subjects.
Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : John Stanmeyer World Press 2014, World Press Awards ,
John Stanmeyer, born in Illinois, is a founder member of the VII photo agency. He is this year’s winner of the first prize in the World Press photo contest.
Over the last decade, Stanmeyer has worked nearly exclusively with National Geographic, producing more than 12 stories for the magazine. Between 1998 and 2008, John was a contract photographer for Time magazine, during which time he photographed the war in Afghanistan, the fight for independence in East Timor, the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, and other significant world news events. His years with Time resulted in 18 covers of the magazine.
Stanmeyer has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the prestigious Robert Capa award (Overseas Press Club), Magazine Photographer of the Year (POYi), and numerous World Press, Picture of the Year and NPPA awards. In 2008, his National Geographic cover story on global malaria received a National Magazine Award, and in 2012 he was nominated for an Emmy with the VII documentary film series, ‘Starved for Attention’.
Stanmeyer lives with this wife, Anastasia Stanmeyer (editor of Berkshire Magazine), and their three children on a farm in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.
Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Bohdan Warchomij Photographer ,
Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Bohdan Warchomij Photographer, Perth, Perth International Arts festival ,
The Spanish company Xarxa are masters of public theatre on the most spectacular scale. Audiences worldwide have revelled in the sheer force of their allegorical and visual storytelling.
Explosions of music and movement, the elemental collision of fire meeting sea, fireworks shooting an unforgettable array of light into the night sky are just part of dazzling theatre at its best.
Veles e Vents charts the perilous voyage of a ship on the open sea. It is both a celebration of a charged and dynamic ocean and an explosive reminder that the journey is often just as magical as the final destination.
Inspired by the work of Valencian poet Ausiàs March, Xarxa have created a spectacular that l set the skyline alight on Friday’s opening and continued for three nights to launch thePerth International Arts Festival.
Photos Bohdan Warchomij
Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Australian photographers, Bohdan Warchomij, International New York Times, Metaphor Images ,
SYDNEY, Australia — As Australians flocked to the beaches at the height of a hot Southern Hemisphere summer, a commercial fisherman hired for the task hauled in a 10-foot tiger shark, caught on a baited line set off the state’s south coast. The fisherman shot the shark in the head four times with a .22-caliber rifle and then towed the carcass out to sea, where it was dumped.
The catch on Jan. 26 — Australia Day, a national holiday popular for beachgoing — was the first under a new “catch and kill” policy in the state of Western Australia for large tiger, bull and great white sharks. Since then, at least one more large shark has died on the line; several smaller ones were caught and released.
The official cull comes after seven fatal shark attacks on swimmers in the state in the last three years, the most recent in November, when a 35-year-old surfer was killed. In one of the attacks, at one of the most popular beaches in Perth, no body was found, only the man’s damaged swim trunks. Five of the attacks were by great whites, officials say.
The state government’s decision is meant to reassure beachgoers, but it has horrified conservationists and flies in the face of global efforts to protect sharks, whose numbers have been in decline amid heavy pressure from Asian appetites for shark fin soup. Opponents of the cull policy have mounted protests and consulted lawyers about trying to halt it in the courts. International celebrities have weighed in, including the British actor and comedian Ricky Gervais and the billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson.