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    UKRAINE CRISIS: The Crimean War was to be The Last Crusade


    The Associated Baptist Press and the European Baptist Federation report that new Ukraine President Turchynov is an elder and occasional lay preacher at his Kiev church, the Word of Life Center. Given the ecumenical movement and the syncretism of "Christian" denominations, global citizens should be concerned about new "Christian Crusades" against Jews and other ethnic groups by despots.


    Ukraine abolishes law on languages of minorities, including Russian. Will be a war crime to use force against Ukraine civilians, Russia warns self-proclaimed president


    One of the first orders of the new Parliament of the Ukraine was to abolish the use of other languages in Ukraine---such as Hebrew (Biblical Yiddish), Judeo-Tat, Judeo-Iranian, Judeo-Spanish, Judeo-Aramaic, Judeo-Arabic and Russian.


    The abolishment of other languages sparked a wave of mass protests in Eastern Ukraine, where a vast Jewish and other ethnic Russian contingent is living and the majority of population speak Russian.


    Ironically, Ukrain President Turchynova's wife, Hanna (born 1970), PhD, is Head of Foreign Languages at National Pedagogical Dragomanov University (a Ukrainian University in Kyiv).


    A Ukrainian Rabbi has urged Kiev’s Jews to leave the city and even the State. Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman, told Ma’ariv, an Israeli newspaper.


    In the past, Ukrainian Jews suffered pogroms and government-sanctioned persecution, and anti-Semitism is still a threat.


    When Ukrainian nationalists and far-right groups began protesting against Viktor Yanukovych’s government on Kiev’s Maidan Square, many Western and Russian media outlets called the demonstrations fascist with anti-Semitic undertones. Armed and masked protesters brandished nationalist symbols linked with the fascism of yesteryear. This included the Celtic cross, which has replaced the swastika for many modern white-power groups, and the wolf-hook SS insignia. There was also the symbol 14/88. The 14 represents a 14-word slogan used by white nationalists, and the 88 stands for “Heil Hitler” – H is the eighth letter of the alphabet. Finally, there was the Black Sun occult symbol, with which the Third Reich adorned a castle hall.


    Jewish communities have existed in the territory of Ukraine from the time of Kievan Rus' (one of Kiev city gates was called Judaic). Kievan Rus was a loose federation of East Slavic tribes in Europe from the late 9th to the mid-13th century.


    By the 11th century, Byzantine Jews of Constantinople had familial, cultural, and theological ties with the Jews of Kiev. While at times they flourished, at other times they faced periods of persecution and antisemitic discriminatory policies. Before World War II, a little under one-third of Ukraine's urban population consisted of Jews[1] who were the largest national minority in Ukraine.


    Oleksandr Valentynovych Turchynov (Aleksandr Turchinov; born 31 March 1964) is a Ukrainian politician, screenwriter, and Doctor of Economic Sciences. Turchynov is the current Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament and acting President of Ukraine after Viktor Yanukovych was removed from power by the parliament on 21 February 2014.


    Turchynov is an elder and occasional lay preacher at his Kiev church, the Word of Life Center, which is a member of the Evangelical Baptist Union of Ukraine.[2][3]


    The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) is a private trade association representing the interests of US businessesmen active in Ukraine. Based in Washington, DC, the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) promotes US and Ukrainian commercial ties through regular interactions with US and Ukrainian businessmen and government leaders, and through the analysis and advocacy of key policy issues impacting US businessesmen and the future of US-Ukrainian relations.


    Oleksandr Turchynov was born in Dnipropetrovsk. He graduated from the Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgical Institute in 1986, after which he worked at Kryvorizhstal.[4]


    Kryvorizhstal is Ukraine's largest integrated steel company, located in the Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih. Bought in 2005 by Mittal Steel, the company is one of the most important businesses in Ukraine and a globally important steel producer.


    From 1987 to 1990, Turchynov served as head of the agitation and propaganda division of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Komsomol (Communist Youth League) Committee, which was led by Serhiy Tihipko.[2] Tihipko and Turchynov became political patrons of Leonid Kuchma, then head of Dnipropetrovsk-based Pivdenmash missile manufacturer.


    In December 1993, Turchynov co-founded and became Vice President of Ukrainian Union of Industrialist and Entrepreneurs.


    On 25 February acting President Turchynov assumed the duties of the supreme commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.



    The Crimean War (October 1853 – February 1856) was a conflict in which Russia lost to an alliance of France, Britain, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia (Italy). While neutral, Austria played a role in stopping the Russians.


    The immediate issue involved the rights of Catholic Christians in the Holy Land, which was controlled by the Ottoman Empire.


    The Yalta Conference, sometimes called the Crimea Conference and codenamed the Argonaut Conference, held February 4–11, 1945, was the World War II meeting of the heads of government of the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, represented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Premier Joseph Stalin, respectively, for the purpose of discussing Europe's post-war reorganization. The conference convened in the Livadia Palace near Yalta in Crimea. The meeting was intended mainly to discuss how to divide up the nations of war-torn Europe.


    On March 1, 1947 President Roosevelt (FDR) assured Congress that "I come from the Crimea with a firm belief that we have made a start on the road to a world of peace."[5] Four months after the death of Roosevelt, President Truman ordered the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.


    As the Soviet government annexed territory from Poland, Romania (both would be incorporated into the Ukrainian SSR after World War II) and the Baltic states, roughly two million Jews became Soviet citizens. Restrictions on Jews that had existed in the formerly independent countries were now lifted. Approximately 250,000 Jews escaped or were evacuated from the annexed territories to the Soviet interior prior to the Nazi invasion.


    David Ben-Gurion (1886 – 1973) was an Israeli Statesmen. He is the main founder and the first Prime Minister of Israel. He was born in Płońsk, Congress Poland, which was then part of the Russian Empire.


    Ben-Gurion does mention his hometown in his memoirs and says:


    "For many of us, anti-Semitic feeling had little to do with our dedication [to Zionism]. I personally never suffered anti-Semitic persecution. Płońsk was remarkably free of it ... Nevertheless, and I think this very significant, it was Płońsk that sent the highest proportion of Jews to Eretz Israel from any town in Poland of comparable size. We emigrated not for negative reasons of escape but for the positive purpose of rebuilding a homeland ... Life in Płońsk was peaceful enough. There were three main communities: Russians, Jews and Poles."

    [Memoirs : David Ben-Gurion (1970), p. 36.]



    The Reichskonkordat (Reich Concordat) was a treaty between the Holy See and the German Reich, during its transition into Nazi Germany. It was signed on 20 July 1933 by Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli (who later became Pope Pius XII) and Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen on behalf of Pope Pius XI and President Paul von Hindenburg respectively. The treaty guaranteed the rights of the Roman Catholic Church in Nazi Germany. Read "The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe" (Hardcover – Deckle Edge 2014) by David I. Kertzer


    The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation re-birthed with the Vatican's treaty with the Nazi Third Reich (National Socialist German Workers Party, 1933-1945).


    The German Roman Catholic Archbishops called Hitler, “A Gift from God.” Given the ecumenical movement and the syncretism of"Christian" denominations, global citizens should be concerned about new"Christian Crusades" against Jews and other ethnic groups by despots.


    New self-proclaimed Ukraine President Turchynovglobal businessman, economist, politician, and military and religious quasi "Christian" cleric.


    READ MORE at:






    1. Jewish Urban Population: 1897". Geschichteinchronologie.ch. 7 May 2007


    2. "Elevation of Ukrainian leader puts spotlight on Baptists". Abpnews.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01.


    3. "News | European Baptist Federation". EBF. Retrieved 2014-03-01.


    4. "Turchynov campaign draws scrutiny". Kyiv Post. 24 April 2008


    5. Figes, Orlando (2010). Crimea: The Last Crusade. London: Allen Lane. ISBN 978-0-7139-9704-0.

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