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  • U.S. Intelligence-Sharing Leaves Ukraine in the Dark

    02/28/2015 12:21:40 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 10 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 2/27/2015 | ADAM ENTOUS and JULIAN E. BARNES
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. is providing spy-satellite imagery to Ukraine to help in its fight against Russia-backed rebels, but with a catch: the images are significantly degraded to avoid provoking Russia or compromising U.S. secrets. The White House agreed last year to Ukraine’s request to provide the photos and other intelligence. But before delivering them, U.S. officials black out military staging areas on Russian territory and reduce the resolution so that enemy formations can’t be clearly made out, making them less useful to Ukrainian military commanders. Those steps, which delay the delivery of the images by at least 24 hours, are designed...
  • Ukraine PM to Russia: 'Get out of our land'

    02/25/2015 5:25:05 AM PST · by McGruff · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/25/2015 | Holly Ellyatt | Stephen Sedgwick
    As the cease-fire between Ukraine and Russia looks shaky at best, the prime minister of Ukraine told CNBC that Russia was not withdrawing heavy weaponry from the east of the country and needed to end its "illegal invasion." "I have a key aspiration, and this is the aspiration of the entire Ukrainian nation: Russians, get out of our land. But they are still in Ukraine; Russian military and boots are still on Ukrainian ground," Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told CNBC Tuesday.
  • Why the Globalist Wants Assad of Syria Gone [Vanity]

    02/25/2015 11:31:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    The reason Assad has been vilified is because Qatar wants a natural gas pipeline to run through the Arabian peninsula, through Jordan, through SYRIA, to Turkey. From Turkey, it can connect with existing pipelines to Europe, in order to supply Europe with natural gas. This proposed pipeline would threaten Russia economically, as Russia currently supplies Europe with natural gas. Syria and Russia are allies. Thus, Assad said "No" to the proposed Qatar-Turkey pipeline that would run through Syria. Next thing you know, there's an "uprising" in Syria, and Assad is public enemy number one. And when it became clear...
  • Russian Army Commander Alexander Lentsov leading terrorist offensive in Ukraine?

    02/22/2015 3:13:27 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Examiner ^ | February 18, 2015 2:08 PM MST | Examiner
    President of Russia Vladimir Putin scoffed at the defeat of the Ukrainian military in Debaltseve, pointing out that it was especially shameful, since they’ve lost the battle “to yesterday’s coal miners and tractor operators.” In reality, Ukraine is fighting against Russian military that is hiding behind the fraying veil of local rag-tag team of “separatists.” Russia is using its most sophisticated weaponry in eastern Ukraine, including the truck-mounted SA-22 surface-to-air missile system (Pantsir-S1). Ukraine does not possess these types of weapon systems. Russian Army Commander Alexander Lentsov leading terrorist offensive in Ukraine The so-called “rebels” are comprised of two key...
  • Kharkiv bombers were trained in Russia, says Ukraine's Security Service

    02/22/2015 2:59:34 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies ^ | Feb. 22, 2015 | Maxim Tucker
    Four terrorists that attacked a peaceful rally in Kharkiv today were trained in Russia and using Russian weapons, the Security Service of Ukraine said today. They had planned a series of further attacks following the bombing, which killed at least two and wounded 11, but were arrested before they could carry them out. "[The terrorists] were captured while attempting to attack with a flamethrower a club where soldiers and volunteers gather, as well as a shopping centre," Markiyan Lubkivskiy, a senior adviser in the Security Service of Ukraine, known as the SBU, posted on Facebook. "They had planned other sabotage...
  • Near Mariupol, Ukraine soldiers embittered by orders not allowing them to return Russian fire

    02/22/2015 11:59:27 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Feb. 22, 2015, 3:51 p.m. | Askold Krushelnycky
    MARIUPOL, Ukraine -- Despite the Minsk II cease-fire agreement, which was supposed to take effect on Feb. 15, shelling from the Russian side has continued along the Mariupol front and Ukraine's military expect the Azov Sea port city of 500,000 people will be the target of a major Russian assault within the next weeks. Although some Ukrainian and international media reports make it seem as if the fighting is happening in Mariupol itself, the city has not been hit since Grad missiles showered down on Jan. 24, killing more some 30 civilians and wounding many others. The fighting has been...
  • A Year After Fleeing Ukraine, Yanukovich Speaks of Return

    02/22/2015 12:11:32 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 21, 2015, 7:52 A.M. E.S.T. | Reuters
    MOSCOW — Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who fled to Russia a year ago after being toppled by months of street protests, said he was ready to return to Ukraine if the opportunity arose. The pro-Russian leader was overthrown by the "Maidan" uprising in Kiev against his decision to back away from a deal that would have taken the country towards integration with Europe and instead tighten economic ties with Russia, Ukraine's old Soviet master. Just weeks after his departure, Moscow annexed the Crimea peninsula, a base for Russia's Black Sea fleet, and pro-Russian separatists seized key buildings in the...
  • Putin is pushing the Patriarch to the brink

    02/22/2015 12:30:33 PM PST · by Agog · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 02/19/2015 | Geraldine Fagan
    The Patriarch of Moscow laid the intellectual groundwork for Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. But now he is paying an exceedingly heavy price Russia has done shocking things in Ukraine – but, with a display of nerve that should surprise no one, it presents its designs on that country as the legitimate resurgence of an Orthodox Christian civilisation.
  • Russian media admits that regular Russian troops took Debaltseve

    02/22/2015 12:28:04 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies ^ | February 20, 2015 12:23 PM MST | Julia Davis
    President of Russia Vladimir Putin arrogantly scoffed at the defeat of the Ukrainian military in Debaltseve, gloating at their “shame” of losing the battle “to yesterday’s coal miners and tractor drivers.” In reality, Ukraine is fighting against Russian military that is hiding behind the fraying veil of local “separatists.” Much like Russia’s “little green men” in Crimea, Ukraine is crawling with regular Russian troops and armaments. Russia is using its most sophisticated weaponry in eastern Ukraine, including the truck-mounted SA-22 surface-to-air missile system (Pantsir-S1). Ukraine does not possess these types of weapon systems, which immediately dispels ludicrous claims of separatists...
  • John McCain: ‘I’m Ashamed Of My Country, I’m Ashamed Of My President, I’m Ashamed Of Myself’

    02/22/2015 11:09:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/22/15 | Daily Caller
    Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain said something on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday about the U.S.’s handling of the ongoing standoff between Russia and Ukraine that surprised host Bob Schieffer. “I’m ashamed of my country, I’m ashamed of my president and I’m ashamed of myself that I haven’t done more to help these people,” McCain said. “It is really, really heartbreaking.” McCain was expressing his frustration with how the U.S. and major European powers like France and Germany have failed to stop Russian president Vladimir Putin’s advance on Ukraine. “I believe that German chancellor and president of France legitimized for...
  • Since 9/11, The U.S. Has Been Involved In More Than 5 Wars … And They’ve All Been Disasters

    02/22/2015 7:05:35 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | "George Washington"
    Below, we demonstrate that the U.S. keeps “losing” war after war. There are 3 potential reasons this might be happening: •Is this chaos an intentional way to implement regime change and grab resources? •Or is this a sign of the decline of the American empire … and we just can’t win a war anymore? •Or do those in charge just not really give a damn about winning … and are they just focusing on one short-term goal after another?
  • Thousands take part in commemoration of EuroMaidan Revolution's anniversary

    02/21/2015 4:58:22 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies ^ | Feb. 21, 2015 | Pavlo Podufalov, Volodymyr Petrov
    Ukraine this weekend is marking the anniversary of the culmination of the EuroMaidan Revolution. Thousands gathered on Independence Square on Feb. 20 to remember the Heavenly Hundred, the more than 100 demonstrators killed during three months of protests that forced President Viktor Yanukovych from power. Yanukovych fled the nation in fear on Feb. 21, 2014, leaving behind his billion-dollar estate and documents that incriminate him in massive financial corruption since taking power in 2010. He and his top former aides are being sheltered in Russia by President Vladimir Putin, who refuses to extradite them. Yanukovych faces murder and corruption charges...
  • Hey Merkel and Other Appeasers, Your Idiot 'Peace Deal' with Putin is Going Just Great...

    02/20/2015 7:16:40 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 February 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Perhaps we can try another once he's in Kiev... or Riga As previously noted here, thinking all at the table are negotiating in good-faith (when dealing with serially-dishonest former KGB agents who want to take things from you) is probably not a very good idea- when what we ought to be doing is arming the Ukrainians to the teeth and putting troops in Poland to exhibit (residual) NATO resolve. The Russians' completely ignoring the latest Minsk accord and continuing to slaughter Ukrainian citizens in the name of 'Novorossiya' without pause should be all the evidence any thinking person would need to...
  • Why the U.S. will have to bail out Greece

    02/18/2015 11:21:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 18, 2015 | Matthew Lynn
    Fighting has flared up again in the Ukraine. The Egyptians are sending soldiers into Libya as another North African state collapses into chaos. The militants of Islamic State are spreading their influence across the region. You’d think Barack Obama might have bigger foreign policy issues to worry about than a small state of 10 million people on the eastern edges of the Mediterranean. But Greece may be about to turn from a European into an American problem. As the game of brinkmanship between the radical Syriza government elected last month and the European Union gets played out, it has become...
  • Putin Paranoia

    02/18/2015 7:33:02 AM PST · by duckln · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2-17/2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Yet of all of the secessionist movements from the Atlantic to the Urals, none imperils a vital interest of the United States. None is really our business. And none justifies a war with Russia. Indeed, what is it about this generation of Americans that makes us such compulsive meddlers in the affairs of nations we could not find on a map? Consider if you will our particular affliction: Putin paranoia.
  • Putin Paranoia

    02/17/2015 6:22:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | February 17 | Pat Buchanan
    Hopefully, the shaky truce between Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko, brokered in Minsk by Angela Merkel, will hold. For nothing good, but much evil, could come of broadening and lengthening this war that has cost the lives of 5,400 Ukrainians. The longer it goes on, the greater the casualties, the more land Ukraine will lose, and the greater the likelihood Kiev will end up an amputated and bankrupt republic, a dependency the size of France on the doorstep of Europe. Had no truce been achieved, 8,000 Ukrainian troops trapped in the Debaltseve pocket could have been forced to surrender...
  • Russia may condemn annexation of German Democratic Republic

    02/15/2015 8:25:54 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Pravda.Ru ^ | 28.01.2015 | Pravda,ru
    Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin entrusted the Committee for Foreign Affairs to study the proposal from Communist Party deputy Nikolai Ivanov. It goes about the possible adoption of the statement from the Russian parliament condemning "the annexation of the German Democratic Republic by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1989," IA REGNUM reports.
  • Russian TV Outlines Scenario For Military 'Tour' Of Europe

    Russian tanks descending on Warsaw and Berlin? Missiles lobbed at Washington and London? Such are the scenarios aired by a Russian national television program in response to suggestions that world leaders mark the defeat of Nazi Germany somewhere other than in Moscow. In a recent segment broadcast by the St. Petersburg-based Channel 5 station, presenter Nika Strizhak and a reporter suggest sending Russian tanks, fighter jets, and nuclear missiles to Western capitals should world leaders snub Russia's celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory Day in May. "It's a very intriguing idea to move our Victory Day parade to London...
  • Russia's Lavrov Met With Hoots, Indignation At Testy Munich Talk

    02/14/2015 7:43:15 PM PST · by WhiskeyX
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | February 07, 2015 | Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sparked derisive laughter and indignation among the audience at a security conference in Munich by defending Moscow's actions in the Ukraine conflict and accusing the West of fomenting unrest in the crisis. In a testy question-and-answer session following his February 7 speech at the conference, Lavrov elicited scattered howls from an audience that included Western officials by claiming that Ukraine's Crimea territory willingly joined Russia in line with the United Nations Charter. "I guess it's funny. I also found many things [said here] funny as well, but I controlled myself," Lavrov, who spoke in Russian...
  • UKRAINE: Russia's war against Ukraine: recent developments in the Donbas

    02/13/2015 6:17:56 PM PST · by · 3 replies ^ | 13.02.2015 23:00
    What's happening in Lugansk, Donetsk, Mariupol, Debaltseve, Gorlovka and other hot spots east of Ukraine Photos - Defense Ministry Annexing the Crimea, Russia continued aggression on the territory of anti-Ukrainian Donbass. Artificial Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republic" became the centers of the Association of Russian mercenaries and professional fighters, subversive groups on the basis of people from the Caucasus and local pro-Russian activists. Receiving funding from Russia and weapons, including heavy armor, Grad MLRS, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorists regularly shelled not only camps and checkpoints ATO forces, but also residential houses, resulting in widespread killing civilians. Since mid-July, when the forces...
  • Russian TV sketch on invasion of Europe!!! Video (ENG SUBTITLES)

    02/12/2015 9:53:20 PM PST · by · 13 replies
    Published on Feb 12, 2015 A sketch by Kremlin TV on Russia's military might. In a matter of days, Russian tanks are taking over the European continent...
  • Syrian army tears through the south to sweep Iran and Hizballah up to Israel’s Golan doorstep

    02/11/2015 4:31:59 PM PST · by tired&retired · 12 replies
    DEBKA ^ | February 11, 2015 | Debka
    The large-scale offensive the Syrian army launched in southern Syria Sunday, Feb. 8 – the broadest in that region in the nearly-four year conflict – heralded Act III of the Iranian-Hizballah drive for a position on Israel’s Golan border, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. Israel curtailed Act I on Jan 18 with an air strike which killed a dozen Iranian and Hizballah officers scooping out the Golan town of Quneitra for their new base. Among them were the commander of Iranian forces in Syria, Revolutionary Guards general Mohamad Ali Allah Dadi and a senior Hizballah officer Ali al-Tabtabani. This cut short...
  • UKRAINE: Regiment "Azov" liberated Shirokino villages from the militants {MAP} [VIDEO]

    The situation in the region remains tense Debaltsevskogo bridgehead. Map ATO says that battle continues near the settlement Logvinova. Shirokino, Pavlopol, Lebedinsky and Pishevik have been stripped from the militants. ATU power in certain areas deter aggression and drive back the enemy fighters, destroy their firepower, manpower and equipment. Route Artemivs'k Debaltseve [Artemivsk Debalcevo] is under the control of the ATO. Map ATO February 12, says that the militants were firing on Human Settlements, under our control, and reference points Ukrainian divisions, transfers with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Defense. According to intelligence reports, the...
  • Putin says rebels want encircled Ukraine troops to surrender

    02/12/2015 5:20:44 AM PST · by McGruff · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | February 12, 2015
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that pro-Russian rebels had encircled up to 8,000 Ukrainian troops and expected them to surrender ahead of a ceasefire. "Of course, they (rebels) proceed from the assumption that this group will lay down arms and stop putting up resistance," Putin said after marathon talks with the leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine, citing information from separatists.
  • How Russia Plans To Retaliate For The Saudi-Driven Collapse In Oil

    02/10/2015 9:53:05 PM PST · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | February 10, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    A week ago we explained that yet another conspiracy theory, one involving virtually every geopolitical hotzone, from Saudi Arabia, to Russia, the United States, Qatar, Syria, ISIS, and Ukraine, has become fact when our speculation from last September, namely that the plunge in oil was an choreographed move between the US and the Saudis (even if Kerry realized - we hope - that it meant a recession for the US energy producing states and a collapse in the only vibrant US industry of the past decade: shale), one seeking to dislodge Russian control over the Syrian government and to facilitate...
  • The Dark Side of the Moon

    02/09/2015 10:21:11 AM PST · by No One Special · 46 replies ^ | February 9, 2015 | JR Nyquist
    Bluff 1. To engage in a false display of confidence or aggression in order to deceive or intimidate someone. 2. To make a display of aggression, as by charging or baring the teeth, as means of intimidating another animal.                                 - The Free DictionaryNuclear Blackmail is a form of nuclear strategy in which an aggressor uses the threat of use of nuclear weapons to force an adversary to perform some action or make some concessions. It is a type of extortion.                                - Wikipedia During the Munich Security Conference on Friday, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told Reuters of a three-fold concern....
  • The View From NATO’s Russian Front

    02/08/2015 11:07:13 AM PST · by tlozo · 136 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Feb. 6, 2015 | Sohrab Ahmari
    ‘I believe the Russians are mobilizing right now for a war that they think is going to happen in five or six years... with somebody within the next five or six years.” So says Lt. Gen. Frederick “Ben” Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe... "American engagement is essential if the West is to deter a revanchist Russia that has set out to “redraw the boundaries of Europe,” Gen. Hodges says... Russian President Vladimir Putin “has done in Ukraine,” he says, “is a manifestation of a strategic view of the world... This level of assistance suggests Ukraine “is not a foray,...
  • URGENT Update: French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.Ukraine

    02/08/2015 10:51:06 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 12 replies
    INVESTMENT WATCH BLOG ^ | Worker Ant #11
    URGENT: French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.#Ukraine — RT (@RT_com) February 7, 2015 Progress in solving Ukrainian crisis impossible to achieve through arms supplies - Merkel — RT (@RT_com) February 7, 2015 French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.Ukraine French President Francois Hollande called for “quite strong” autonomy for Ukraine’s eastern regions while speaking on France 2 TV. He also revealed part of the joint plan discussed in Moscow on the conflict’s solution. On Saturday, Hollande said that the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk need “rather strong” autonomy from...
  • Europe Fractures:France Pivots To Putin, Germany-US Splinter On Ukraine

    02/08/2015 10:52:44 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-8-2015 | Durden
    Following yesterday's summary of the utter farce that the Minsk Summit/Ukraine "peace" deal talks have become, the various parties involved appear to be fracturing even faster today. The headlines are coming thick and fast but most prescient appears to be: Despite John Kerry's denial of any split between Germany and US over arms deliveries to Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Steinmeier slammed Washington's strategy for being "not just risky but counterproductive." But perhaps most significantly is France's continued apparent pivot towards Russia. Following Francois Hollande's call for greater autonomy for Eastern Ukraine, former French Pres Nicolas Sarkozy has come out in...
  • Lavrov: West went back on agreements at the end of the Cold War

    02/08/2015 10:48:56 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 9 replies
    Lavrov: US escalated Ukraine crisis at every stage & blamed Russia At every stage of the Ukrainian crisis Washington has been taking steps that “only promoted further aggravation of the situation,” Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said at the Munich Security Conference. The West connives to justify Kiev’s military operation in eastern Ukraine, which involves the use of internationally prohibited munitions, such as cluster weapons, the head of the Russian delegation in Munich pointed out. “We cannot understand why in Afghanistan, Yemen and Mali the West is calling on the governments to hold talks with the opposition, in some cases even...
  • Ukraine crisis spiraling out of control

    02/08/2015 8:31:51 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 11 replies Blog ^ | February 8, 2015 | Rick Moran
    With last summer's cease fire agreement a distant memory, and amid a growing division between the US and Europe on whether to supply the Kiev government with weapons, western leaders are meeting in Munich to desperately find a formula that would stop the escalating fighting in eastern Ukraine. The Ukraine government claims that Russian tanks and troops are assisting separatist rebels in their drive to defeat government forces and establish a separate country for the largely ethnic Russians who live there. The Ukraine government refuses to bargain away their territory and Russia appears just as determined to help the rebels...
  • Russia: How long until the economy cracks? (Default coming?)

    Russia is skating on thin ice: Cheap oil, Western sanctions and years of mismanagement have sent its economy into a deep freeze. Now everyone is wondering when the ice will crack. As things stand, Russian GDP is expected to shrink by 5% (or more) this year, inflation has soared to 15%, the ruble is trading near record lows, consumer and business sentiment is on the slide, and its companies are shut out of financial markets in the U.S. and Europe. Escalating violence in Ukraine could lead to new international sanctions, and there's little sign of a significant rebound in world...
  • UKRAINE donetsk: Russian-backed rebels massing to attack key Ukrainian towns

    02/07/2015 12:20:11 PM PST · by · 15 replies
    Pro-Russian separatists intensified shelling of government forces on all front lines appear to be amassing forces for new offensives on key railway town Debaltseve and coastal city of Mariupol, Ukraine's military said Saturday. The center of main regional city of Donetsk echoed with sound of artillery blasts coming from north and east. "The situation inside the city is tense and powerful artillery fire heard… but we have no immediate information about casualties and damages." Separatist gains against Kiev government forces in eastern Ukraine, particularly a rebel advance on Debaltseve to the northeast of Donetsk, have given impetus to a Franco-German...
  • Estonia warns of crushing defeat if West fails to provide weapons to Ukraine

    02/07/2015 12:51:28 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 88 replies
    UAToday ^ | 2/7/2015
    Estonia's President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has warned that Russia will defeat Ukraine if the West does not provide military assistance to the Ukrainian military. The Estonian leader also said that the European Union should maintain unity and determination in the face of Russian aggression. Hendrik Ilves said it was also important to accelerate the delivery of assistance to eastern regions of Ukraine where a humanitarian disaster was unfolding. His comments come after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Germany would not be sending any lethal weapons to Ukraine and the Czech foreign minister said that there is 'no...
  • No 10 rejects 'bit player' claim over Ukraine crisis

    02/07/2015 1:44:44 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies ^ | 6 February 2015 | bbc
    ...Sir Richard - who stepped down as deputy Nato commander in Europe last year - has said the UK should be taking a more active role in diplomatic efforts. "Where is Britain?" he was reported as saying by The Times. "Where is Cameron? "He is clearly a bit player. Nobody is taking any notice of him. He is now a foreign policy irrelevance."
  • UKRAINE: The Battle of the Debaltsevo Bulge [MAP]

    The Battle of the Debaltsevo Bulge is possibly the most fierce and wide-ranging battle of the Muscovite-Ukrainian war to date. The battle involved the full capabilities of modern mechanized forces, the interaction of intelligence, infantry, artillery and armored vehicles, artillery and means of electronic intelligence. The Ukrainian army, for the first time in its history, held a successful defensive operation on a broad front showing itself to be fully capable in battle. After 8 days of fighting Ukrainian troops successfully repelled the Muscovite assault. The Muscovite army of mercenaries had attempted to destroy the Ukrainian defense in the Donbas and...
  • UKRAINE: Conscripts from Kamenka, Russia Are Preparing to “Get Lost”

    According to the information from a Russian activist, a member of the Facebook group “We are together” Albert Liberman, the 138th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Western Military District has been sent to Ukraine. Mr. Liberman stated that about 70% of the brigade is made up of newly recruited conscripts, and it would be worth giving a hint to their mothers in Saint Petersburg about their children’s assignment. Detachments of the 138th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade were discovered in the Rostov group of Russian invasion forces back in the fall of 2014. Specifically, an artillery unit of this brigade was...
  • Putin-backed rebels just made a huge move right under Europe's nose

    02/06/2015 3:13:34 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 51 replies
    Business Insider Yahoo ^ | 02/06/2015 | Elena Holodny and Michael B Kelley
    On the eve of Angela Merkel and François Hollande's meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) made a concrete push for Putin's vision of eastern Ukraine. The self-proclaimed, largely unrecognized DPR moved closer to unifying with the other region that has forcefully broken away by declaring itself the legal successor of a 1918 self-proclaimed Soviet republic. "We, the deputies of the Donetsk People's Republic, aware of our responsibility before the past and paving the road for the future, proclaim the continuation of the tradition of the Donetsk-Krivoy-Rog Republic and announce that the state of Donetsk...
  • US threats to arm Ukraine a 'bluff', say EU diplomats

    02/06/2015 2:36:13 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2-6-2015 | Bruno Waterfield
    American threats to arm Ukraine are a "bluff" aimed at making Russia blink as the crisis in east Ukraine deepens, according to senior EU diplomats. Angela Merkel and François Hollande’s mission to Moscow comes following a “radical deterioration” and Western intelligence showing “beyond doubt” that thousands of Russian are fighting in Ukraine, senior diplomats said. The general consensus among Western diplomats, including Nato, is that there is no military solution to the Ukraine crisis although attitudes are hardening in Washington as fears grow that Kiev is on the edge of military and economic collapse. One European diplomat said that reports...
  • Time To Arm Ukraine With Defensive Weapons

    02/04/2015 2:42:58 PM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 4, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Aggression: As Russian-backed separatist rebels continue their advance, it's becoming clear even to administration officials that Ukraine needs more help than first-aid kits and K-rations. A report issued Monday by eight former senior American officials urges the Obama administration to send — and send quickly — some $3 billion in defensive military equipment as it becomes increasingly evident that the effects of sanctions the president says have hurt Russia have not been apparent on the ground in Ukraine. Among the officials advocating the move, the New York Times reports, is former senior Pentagon official Michele Flournoy, once on the short...
  • UKRAINE: Six Ways to Help Ukraine Resist Russia’s Latest Invasion

    02/03/2015 7:14:15 PM PST · by · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 1, 2015 | David J. Kramer
    Jan. 25, President Obama stated Separatists in Ukraine had “Russian backing, Russian equipment, Russian financing, Russian training and Russian troops,” and that he will “look at all additional options that are available short of military confrontation to address this issue.” All talk, as was Mr. Obama’s bragging in State of the Union address ... ...Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk —president of EU—tweeted after Mariupol attack: “Once again, appeasement encourages the aggressor to greater acts of violence. Time to step up our policy based on cold facts, not illusions.” The West needs to respond immediately... six recommendations, some U.S. can do...
  • New Cold War: US, Russia fight over Europe's energy future

    02/03/2015 11:26:29 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | BRADLEY KLAPPER and MATTHEW LEE
    The United States and Russia are once more locked in what could be a generation-defining conflict, and Europe is yet again the core battleground. But this Cold War reprise isn't about military supremacy. It's about heat and electricity for tens of millions of Europeans. The points on the map aren't troop deployments, tank battalions and missile silos but pipelines, ports and power plants. As the Obama administration escalates economic sanctions on Russia and weighs military support to Ukraine, it also has revved up a less noticed but far broader campaign to wean Central and Eastern Europe off a deep reliance...
  • Russian Parliament Set to Request €4 Trillion in WWII Reparations From Germany

    02/04/2015 12:57:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Newsweek ^ | February 3, 2015 | Damien Sharkov
    Members of the Russian parliament are creating a task force to estimate the damages inflicted on Russia by Germany during WWII, in a bid to demand financial compensation from the German state almost 70 years after the end of the conflict, Russian daily newspaper Izvestia reported on Tuesday. The initiative is a direct response to trade sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and EU, for its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March and continuous support of separatist fighters in Eastern Ukraine since, according to Mikhail Degyaterov, an MP from the Liberal Democrat Party of Russia, who has proposed...
  • Russian banks are set to lose 1 trillion rubles in 2015

    02/03/2015 5:12:38 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2 Feb 15 | Thomas Hirst
    The Russian central bank's rate drop last week will not be enough to prevent the country's banking system from posting heavy losses this year, which could run to as much as 1 trillion rubles ($14.5 billion; £9.6 billion). Research from the ratings agency Moody's indicates that Russian banks are struggling to contain cost increases following the surprise 650 basis point interest rate hike by the central bank last month, to 17%. Although the Bank of Russia reduced rates to 15% last week in an effort to ease pressure on the banking system, these measures are unlikely to be enough to...
  • Russia’s War on Fracking: Threatened by low oil prices, Putin covertly supports anti-frackers

    02/03/2015 8:17:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/03/2015 | Tom Rogan
    As a senior archivist for the KGB’s foreign-intelligence directorate, Vasili Mitrokhin had access to a treasure trove of information. He unveiled those secrets after defecting to Britain in 1992. One such secret concerned the “active measures” — the lies – the KGB had used against the West during the Cold War. In the 1980s, for example, the KGB spread a couple of particularly pernicious rumors. It claimed the United States had manufactured the AIDS virus and that rich Americans were murdering children in the Third World for organ-harvesting purposes. Framed by faux science and ideologically screened “experts,” and harnessing anti-American...
  • PUTIN: Russian VDV (airborne) veterans anti-Putin song [use ENG subtitles or lyrics below]

    02/03/2015 2:11:45 PM PST · by · 4 replies
    Russian VDV (airborne) veterans anti-Putin song [ENG subtitles] Russian airborne veterans join protest movement with pro-democracy song UPD. Watch their performance on 4th February 2012 during mass protest rally in Moscow Lyrics: If you're a good citizen, if you're the President there's the Law and there are some restrictions that apply to you: You may not steal nation's money, and you should not ever lie to your people Be open to the public, be accountable for what you say Had 8 years as a President, but now you're a candidate again! Now look into our eyes, and drop your...
  • How the grandson of a leading Communist became the largest foreign capitalist in Russia, lost it all

    02/02/2015 1:08:08 PM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 9 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-02-02 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Bill Browder rose from rebellious grandson of the former head of the Communist Party USA, Earl Browder, to the leading foreign capitalist in Russia, as the founder and CEO of the high-flying hedge fund Hermitage Capital Management. But his rise was matched by a brutal and deadly fall, in which the Russian government would steal and destroy Browder’s company, and physically threaten its employees, culminating in the imprisonment, torture and death of Browder’s lawyer Sergei Magnitsky — the man for whom on account of Browder’s lobbying, the Magnitsky Act was named. Browder and a deceased Magnitsky would both be convicted...
  • Beijing Eyes Ukrainian Brides for Chinese Single Men

    02/01/2015 10:07:13 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    On the part of the single Chinese men, Ukrainian women are a good choice because besides being available, many of their females are beauty pageant caliber with their blond hair and blue eyes. It can be recalled that Asian males developed a crush on Natalia Poklonskaya, the young and attractive attorney general of Crimea who rose to global fame in March 2014 when she held a press conference following the military crash between Ukraine and Russia. Beijing News supported the idea of exporting Ukrainian brides, reports Foreign Policy. Other than the buxom ladies of Ukraine, other nationalities being considered as...
  • UKRAINE Berdyansk: Statue of Lenin demolished in the Seaside area (photo - video)

    02/01/2015 5:29:11 PM PST · by · 10 replies
    In Berdyansk demolished a statue of Lenin in the Seaside area (photo - video) On Wednesday morning, January 28, in Berdyansk demolished monument to Lenin According to witnesses it was about seven o'clock in the morning, came to the area two military trucks, the soldiers tied a monument to Lenin and pulled off its pedestal. Comment press officer Berdyansk city police department Igor Gorki Today, around 7:30 in the morning to the duty of the Berdyansk City Police Department received a message from an unknown that in the area of ​​the monument to Lenin (near Seaside area) gathered a group...
  • UKRAINE: Putin must be stopped. And sometimes only guns can stop guns {only excerpt MUST READ}

    <p>The time for diplomacy will come again, but it is not now: Ukraine urgently needs military support, and a counter to Russian propaganda.</p> <p>Vladimir Putin is the Slobodan Miloševi of the former Soviet Union: as bad, but bigger. Behind a smokescreen of lies he has renewed his drive to carve out a puppet para-state in eastern Ukraine.</p>