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  • Army wives urge Russia to come clean on soldiers in Ukraine

    08/28/2014 6:57:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe
    yahoo.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Anna Smolchenko
    Kostroma (Russia) (AFP) - Several dozen women gathered outside a military base in central Russia on Thursday to demand that commanders come clean about the whereabouts of their husbands after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent to Ukraine. The women -- mostly in their 20s, a few with small children -- huddled outside a base that houses paratroopers in Kostroma, around 300 kilometres (200 miles) north of Moscow. Some 350 soldiers from the city were this month sent on military drills to the border with Ukraine and then went incommunicado, said one of the women, 26-year-old Valeria Sokolova....
  • #BBCTrending: Canada and Russia in Twitter fight over map

    08/28/2014 6:24:35 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    bbc ^ | 28 August 2014
    Russia posted this map in response to Canada's Twitter That's the message the Canadian Nato delegation tweeted, in map form, to Russian soldiers "who keep getting lost and 'accidentally' entering Ukraine". "Geography can be tough," it notes snarkily. On Tuesday Ukraine released video of Russian paratroopers it says it captured within its eastern border. In response, Russian military sources said the men had crossed an unmarked portion of the border "by accident". Canadian officials, it seems, aren't buying the story. Since the tweet went live, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has alleged that Russian troops have been "deployed" in eastern Ukraine...
  • Obama dodges on Ukraine invasion

    08/28/2014 2:48:38 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    thehill.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Thursday sidestepped the question of whether Russia has mounted an invasion of Ukraine, describing the movement of troops and equipment across the border as an "incursion" and "continuation of what's been taking place" in the region. Obama accused Russia of "deliberately and repeatedly" violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and vowed "more costs and consequences" from the United States and its allies. "The separatists are trained by Russia, they are armed by Russia, they are funded by Russia," Obama said. "Russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the...
  • Russia Is Burying Soldiers in Unmarked Graves Just to Conceal Their Role in Ukraine

    08/28/2014 2:37:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    newrepublic.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Josh Kovensky
    ussia invaded Ukraine months ago, but President Vladimir Putin’s forces escalated the fighting this week. NATO announced that over 1,000 Russian soldiers are operating in the country’s Eastern region, while there are reports that regular Russian forces are barreling along the Sea of Azov toward the port city of Mariupol. Ongoing fighting between Russian and Ukrainian soldiers has left scores of Russians dead and wounded, with military hospitals near the border overflowing with injured troops and 100 Russian soldiers possibly killed in a single battle last week. So, with dead and wounded Russian soldiers now being trucked back to the...
  • UKRAINE: NATO Releases Satellite Evidence That Russia Is Lying About Invading Ukraine

    08/28/2014 1:51:50 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 11 replies
    NATO released a series of satellite images: "Russian combat soldiers, equipped with heavy weaponry ... operating inside Ukraine’s sovereign territory." NATO website, the photos "confirmed what NATO and its Allies had been seeing for weeks from other sources." This is a direct contradiction of statements made by Kremlin officials and a pro-Russian separatist leader all of the Russian troops who had entered the country were on "their vacations" and assisting the separatists on a volunteer basis. Tak said indicated "substantial numbers of Russian combat troops inside Ukraine" as well as "large quantities of advanced weapons, including air defense systems, artillery,...
  • Canada’s Baird slams Putin over ‘invasion’ of Ukraine

    08/28/2014 2:25:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | JOSH WINGROVE
    The apparent presence of Russian troops in Eastern Ukraine amounts to an “active invasion,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said, calling Russia’s advance an “absolutely reckless” and “shamelessly dishonest” provocation leading up to a NATO summit next week. .... “This is absolutely unacceptable, irresponsible and absolutely reckless. It is also deeply and shamelessly dishonest. While Russian President Putin talked about ceasefires with [Ukraine] President [Petro] Poroshenko in Minsk, his military was busy fighting on Ukrainian soil,” Mr. Baird told reporters Thursday in a conference call from Croatia. “Russia’s credibility was very limited after the dishonesty and deception over Crimea....
  • Vladimir Putin: The Return of the CommuNazi

    08/28/2014 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Austin Bay
    In August 1939 -- 75 years ago this week -- Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin signed the Hitler-Stalin Pact. In the wake of the Russo-German alliance, newspaper wits coined the term "ComunNazi." Communist-Nazi. Yes, "red" and "brown" entwined as the dictatorships they are. The two dictators' legions of liars hailed the deal as a peace treaty. Peace? Eastern Europeans in the dictators' gun sights scorned the falsehood. "Peace in our time, " Neville Chamberlain had proclaimed after the wretched Munich deal of 1938, which gave Hitler permission to annex slices of Czechoslovakia. Of course, when given a slice, Hitler annexed...
  • U.S. Officials Won’t Call Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine An “Invasion”

    08/28/2014 11:16:24 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 80 replies
    BuzzFeedNews ^ | August 28, 2014 | Rosie Gray
    Whatever you do, don’t call it an invasion. U.S. officials are refusing to call Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine this week an invasion, and the issue is not on the agenda for Thursday’s National Security Council meeting. “Today the president is meeting with his National Security Council to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria, our ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government, and our efforts to counter the threat posed by ISIL,” a White House official said on Thursday when asked if the situation in Ukraine would also be a part of the meeting. “You should not expect that...
  • Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine: Russian rights activists

    08/28/2014 10:57:01 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Reporting by Thomas Grove; Editing by Christian Lowe
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed in eastern Ukraine in a battle this month while helping pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian troops, two members of the Russian presidential human rights council said on Thursday, citing accounts of eye-witness and relatives of the dead. Ella Polyakova and Sergei Krivenko, both members of the council, said around 300 people were also injured in the violence on Aug. 13 near the town of Snizhnye in Donetsk Province, when a column of trucks full of ammunition they were driving was hit by a sustained volley of Grad missiles. "A column of...
  • Russia denies reports of military presence in Ukraine

    08/28/2014 10:16:01 AM PDT · by McGruff · 30 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Aug 28, 2014
    Russia's defence ministry on Thursday strongly denied reports that Russian military units were operating in Ukraine.
  • Russia Economy in Trouble, Official Says

    08/28/2014 9:32:03 AM PDT · by Tau Food · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 25, 2014 | Kenneth Rapoza
    Not too long ago, top officials within the Russian government said Western sanctions were not going to hurt. A couple of months later, reality has settled in. Russia’s Economic Development Minister, Alexei Ulyukayev, said the economy had many obstacles and entered a negative growth cycle. In an op-ed published in the Vedomosti newspaper Monday, Ulyukayev wrote, “ It could be said that we have entered a negative stage of the economic cycle. Lack of demand is a significant obstacle on the way to restoring steady growth.” Sanctions are not helping matters.
  • Russian media report 'invasion of Ukraine'

    08/28/2014 7:52:10 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 August 2014 Last updated at 08:32 ET | BBC
    Reports that Russian troops are intervening directly in the fighting in south-east Ukraine have started to appear in Russian media, despite repeated denials from the Kremlin. Newspapers and websites are quoting mainly Ukrainian and Western media reports about a Russian invasion, but some have also started to ask whether Moscow is now "fighting a war". Many Russian social media users, however, say they have no doubt that Ukraine has been "attacked". They echo sentiments in the Ukrainian twitter-sphere where #russiainvadesukraine, #StopPutin, and #UkraineUnderAttack have become the top trending hashtags.
  • Donbas Insurgent Leader Confirms: Thousands of Russian Army Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine (video)

    08/28/2014 7:42:34 AM PDT · by GeronL · 144 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Ukraine Today
    Ukraine Today: A militant leader in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk has admitted that Russian soldiers are fighting among his forces in the insurgency. Alexander Zakharchenko, the prime minister of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, told Russian media that between 3,000 and 4,000 Russian soldiers on leave from their posts have been fighting in the insurgency.
  • Ukraine Says Russian Forces Lead Major New Offensive in East

    08/28/2014 6:34:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    New York Times via CNBC ^ | 08/27/14 | Andrew E. Kramer and Michael R. Gordon
    Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, attacking Ukrainian forces and causing panic and wholesale retreat not only in this small border town but a wide swath of territory, in what Ukrainian and Western military officials are calling a stealth invasion. The attacks outside this city and in an area to the north essentially have opened a new, third front in the war in eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, along with the fighting outside the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.
  • Russian armored columns said to capture key Ukrainian town

    08/28/2014 7:36:36 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 57 replies
    WP ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Annie Gowen and Karoun Demirjian
    KIEV, Ukraine — Russian forces in two armored columns captured a key southeastern coastal town near the Russian border Thursday after Ukrainian forces retreated in the face of superior firepower, a Ukrainian military spokesman said. The two Russian columns, including tanks and armored fighting vehicles, entered the town of Novoazovsk on the Sea of Azov after a battle in which Ukrainian army positions came under fire from Grad rockets launched from Russian territory, according to the spokesman, Col. Andriy Lysenko. “Our border servicemen and guardsmen retreated as they did not have heavy equipment,” Lysenko said in a statement. Ukrainian authorities...
  • Leonid Kravchuk: Crimea will soon ask to be readmitted back into Ukraine

    08/28/2014 7:36:29 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Friday 11 july, 2014, 07:00 | Zik TV
    Addressing an international forum in Warsaw, ex-Pres Leonid Kravchuk said time will soon come when Crimean residents will ask to readmit them back into Ukraine, Ukrinform reports July 11. “Three million Crimeans cannot tolerate their present miserable life,” he said.
  • LIVE Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion

    08/28/2014 3:48:11 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | LIVE | BBC
    Key Points Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russia has sent troops to eastern Ukraine.Mr Poroshenko cancelled a trip to Turkey and called urgent meetings of officials to consider Ukraine's response.The accusation came as pro-Russian rebels seized control of Novoazovsk in the south-east, threatening to take the port of Mariupol next.Alexander Zakharchenko, a pro-Russian rebel leader in eastern Ukraine, said 3-4,000 Russian citizens were fighting with the rebels.The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is holding urgent talks on the crisis.All times BST (GMT + 1 hour).
  • 'Russian troops deployed' in Ukraine - Poroshenko

    08/28/2014 3:43:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 August 2014 Last updated at 06:31 ET | BBC
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has cancelled a visit to Turkey, citing "Russian troop deployments" in the east of the country. Mr Poroshenko said his place was in Kiev in view of a sharp deterioration in the situation in Donetsk region. His announcement came as pro-Russian rebels captured the seaside town of Novoazovsk and threatened to take the strategic port city of Mariupol. The rebel successes constitute the opening of a new front in the conflict. Mr Poroshenko said he was calling a meeting of the Ukrainian security council. He added that Ukraine would initiate an emergency session of the United...
  • Ukraine crisis: T-72 tank shoots hole in Russian denial

    08/28/2014 3:38:11 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 August 2014 | Jonathan Marcus BBC diplomatic correspondent
    Russia has consistently denied sending tanks into Ukraine, arguing that any vehicles used by separatist forces there must have been captured from the Ukrainian army itself. But now experts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London have told the BBC that they have identified a Russian tank in a separatist column in eastern Ukraine that they say could only have come from across the border in Russia.
  • Russia has offered it's version of association between Ukraine with EU

    08/28/2014 1:11:16 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 1 replies
    Russia will offer Ukraine and EU amendments to their agreement on association, the Vedomosti newspaper writes on Thursday with reference to the Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Andrey Belousov and the head of the Ministry of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev. The agreement of Ukraine and EU will be ratified in the fall, it provides free trade zone creation. Ukraine should nullify the majority of import duties for goods of EU, to accept the European phytosanitary norms and manufacturing regulations. According to Putin, it means that the Ukrainian market will actually be closed for the Russian goods, and...
  • Russian Captured Paratroops Claim Innocence in Kiev News Conference

    08/27/2014 11:29:06 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Aug. 28 2014 08:32 Aug. 28 2014 08:32 | Reuters
    A group of Russian paratroopers captured by Ukrainian forces gave a news conference on Wednesday in which they maintained their innocence.
  • Al Qaeda magazine hints of looming attack; urges bombing of Vegas, military targets

    08/27/2014 11:21:31 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    ·FoxNews.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Lisa Daftari
    A new English-language Al Qaeda magazine features a how-to article on making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the United States, including casinos in Las Vegas, oil tankers and military colleges, and implies that an attack is imminent. The online publication, called “Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem” and put out by the media arm of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, calls for Muslims around the world to follow “the recipe” provided to set off car bombs in crowded venues. It includes a timeline of "selected jihadi operations" that the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI),...
  • Russians, Chinese keen to buy EU passports from Malta

    08/27/2014 8:52:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 26.08.14 @ 08:30 | Andrew Rettman
    Russians, Chinese, and people from the Middle East have shown the most interest in Malta’s sale of EU passports so far. A spokeswoman for Henley & Partners, the British firm handling the controversial passport scheme, told EUobserver that “over 200” people from 30 different nationalities have applied since it got up and running in early 2014. She added that: “The main geographic areas from which applicants originate are the MENA [Middle East and north Africa] region, Russia, China, and South East Asia”. She also said the well-heeled applicants will bring in more than €200 million in foreign investment to the...
  • Canada’s delegation to NATO mocks Russia with snarky tweet over Ukrainian incursion

    08/27/2014 8:43:23 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | August 27, 2014 | Josh Visser
    With Ukraine’s government airing videos of unwelcome Russian soldiers in its territory, Canada’s delegation to NATO offered Moscow an unsolicited lesson in geography Wednesday. “Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & ‘accidentally’ entering Ukraine,” the delegation’s Twitter account said, with a picture of a map marked “Russia” in red and “Not Russia” in blue.
  • Russia accepts Ukraine’s European integration, loath to give back Crimea

    08/27/2014 7:47:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 36 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Wednesday 27 august, 2014, 08:54 | Zik TV
    The Minsk meeting indicated that Russia will accept Ukraine’s integration in Europe, but won’t give Crimea back, political expert Olesya Yahno said, speaking on ICTV late Aug. 26.
  • Captured Russian paratroopers want Putin to stop sending servicemen to Ukraine

    08/27/2014 7:43:47 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Zik TV ^ | Tuesday 26 august, 2014, 12:44 | Zik TV
    The 10 captured Russian paratroopers told about the purpose of their invasion of Ukraine.
  • Urgent: Checking and savings account information stolen from major banks

    08/27/2014 7:30:24 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 101 replies
    Kommando.com ^ | 8-27-14 | Kim Kommando
    Word has leaked that JPMorgan Chase and possibly four other banks have been hacked. Details are scarce at this point, but the FBI and other government agencies are involved in the investigation. The hack allegedly took place earlier in August and hackers have siphoned off huge amounts of sensitive data from Chase, including checking and savings account information. Even more concerning, sources say that the attack goes "far beyond the capabilities of ordinary hackers." Given the timing, some security experts are speculating it was the work of high-level Russian hackers. According to an inside source, there has been no increase...
  • Pro-Russia Forces Gain Ground as Ukraine’s Volunteer Battalions Decry Kiev Leaders

    08/27/2014 7:06:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    Vice News ^ | 8-27-2014 | Harriet Salem
    <p>As Russia forces push forward towards the southeastern Ukraine coastal city of Mariupol and evidence mounts of direct Russian military support to the insurgent fighters, besieged volunteer units of "patriots" leading the way in the country's fight back say they are not receiving enough support from Kiev to win the war.</p>
  • Russian Paratroopers Confirmed Killed in Ukraine

    08/27/2014 6:41:47 PM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy
    Commentary Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | Michael Rubin
    It is well-documented now how Russians have been living in a bubble with regard to news coverage of what has been going on in (and over) Ukraine. In the Russian narrative, the Ukrainians are all aggressive fascists and neo-Nazis seeking to victimize ethnic Russians, and while Russian humanitarian relief is heading into Ukraine, the idea that Russian forces are fighting there is nothing but nonsense. Now, fortunately, that bubble is bursting. First there were the soldier selfies. Now journalists in the Russian city of Pskov have confirmed the deaths of Russian paratroopers inside Ukraine, tracking the names of Russians that...
  • US Policing Steeped in Racism, Brutality, Misconduct, Abuse of Authority - Expert

    08/16/2014 8:17:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | August 16, 2014 | Lyudmila Chernova
    US policing is steeped racism, and its brutality, misconduct and abuse of authority is a national epidemic, President of Communities United Against Police Brutality Michelle Gross told RIA Novosti Saturday. "Policing, like much of the rest of American society, is steeped in racism," Gross stated. "Our organization's data on complaints received on our hotline indicate that Blacks are the victims in 60 percent of police brutality incidents. Further, anecdotal evidence shows that Blacks are more likely than any other group to die at the hands of law enforcement." The protests have been ongoing in Ferguson, Missouri since last Saturday, when...
  • Russian ’Resolution’ of a Russian-manufactured Crisis

    08/27/2014 3:05:35 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    The Finnish foreign ministry announced on Tuesday that back in June the United States and Russia held secret talks over Ukraine on Boisto Island in Finland. This startling announcement and synchronised information about the result – a ‘24-Step Plan to Resolve the Ukraine Crisis’ - were clearly timed to coincide with the meeting in Minsk between, among others Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. There were a number of crucial differences between the peace initiatives and one key similarity. Despite the Finnish report, the Boisto meeting, albeit sponsored by Finland’s foreign ministry, was between Russian and US...
  • Poland knows about Russian ‘humanitarian convoys’. It didn’t let one in.

    08/27/2014 2:54:47 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Grzegorz Kostrzewa-Zorbas, Polish journalist and former diplomat, writes that Poland has also been through a ‘humanitarian convoy’ crisis. It came through it unscathed by refusing to allow the convoy in. Georgia was less fortunate. Kostrzewa-Zorbas explains that the Soviet tactics used in 1991 to get into Poland through camouflage, distortion of reality and psychological pressure were similar to those now seen in Ukraine. it would be easier, he suggests, to counter what he calls the Russian military operation “humanitarian convoy” if politicians, as well as public opinion in Ukraine, in the EU and NATO remembered that the Soviet Union tried...
  • Macabre Convoy: Cargo 200 from Ukraine to Russia

    08/27/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    There is more and more evidence that Russian soldiers are fighting – and dying – on Ukrainian territory, and that the so-called ‘humanitarian convoy’ may have been used to take the dead back to Russia, including paratroopers from Pskov killed near Luhansk A day of mourning has been declared in the Russian city of Pskov on Aug 26. This comes five days after the Ukrainian armed captured two armed personnel carriers and reportedly discovered documents identifying men as paratroopers from the Pskov airborne brigade No. 74268. It has long been known that a large number of Russian mercenaries, as well...
  • Russian NGO has list of 400 killed or wounded Russian soldiers

    08/27/2014 2:43:20 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group KHRPG ^ | 28.08.14 | Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group KHRPG
    It looks extremely likely that at least some of the considerable number of men from the Caucuses long known to be fighting on the side of the Kremlin-backed militants in eastern Ukraine are or died as soldiers of the Russian Army. The Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers in the Stavropol area has drawn up a list of around four hundred Russian soldiers killed or injured. The head of the Committee Ludmila Bogatenkova told TV Dozhd that the list was put together from various sources in the armed forces which, for obvious reasons, she cannot reveal.. The names are from several mechanical...
  • If Russia is not at war, then who is in those freshly-dug graves?

    08/27/2014 2:36:50 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    In its editorial comment, Vedomosti.ru warns that “in the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine the Russian authorities are in danger of repeating the mistakes of the Soviet regime”/ It asks: “Is Russia fighting in Ukraine and if so, then on what grounds? If not, then who is in those freshly-dug graves or giving testimony at SBU interrogations?” Even Russian President Vladimir Putin’s KGB predecessors were unable to keep the death of large numbers of people secret, though they certainly tried. Efforts are still underway in Pskov and other parts of Russia to conceal the death or injury of a...
  • Paratroopers' Grave Markings Vanish as Rumors Circulate They Were Killed in Ukraine

    08/27/2014 1:58:32 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 10 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Aug. 27 2014 20:15
    A day after RUSSIAN JOURNALISTS claimed they were ATTACKED at a Pskov, Russian cemetery while investigating reports that PARATROOPERS recently buried there had been killed in Ukraine, the GRAVE MARKERS featuring the troops' NAMES have been MYSTERIOUSLY REMOVED, Russian media reported. Wreaths and other decorations marking the spot have also been removed, according to the independent Dozhd television channel. It was unclear who might have removed the markings. Prior to the apparent gravesite tampering, Russian journalists Vladimir Romensky of Dozhd TV and Ilya Vasyunin of the Russkaya Planeta news site said they were ATTACKED, threatened and told to leave town...
  • UKRAINE: Russian Soldier: My Unit Supplied Military Equipment Grads, IFVs & APCs to Terrorists VIDEO

    08/27/2014 1:26:57 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    En.glish censor.net ^ | 27.08.14 20:17
    In the Luhansk region the SBU detained a Private of the 9th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces, which is deployed in the Rostov region. This is stated by the press service of the SBU, Censor.NET reports. Read also: BTR-80 with the Emblem of Russian Troops Exploded on a Land Mine Near Novoazovsk. The Crew Escaped - Interior Ministry Russian soldier Petr Khokhlov, born 1995, during the questioning said that his military unit transfers military equipment and ammunition, in particular, multiple rocket launchers BM-21 Grad, IFVs (BMP-2) and APCs (BTR-80) to terrorist organizations LPR and DPR. Read also:...
  • Ukraine says convoy of 100 Russian tanks have crossed into east

    08/27/2014 12:08:11 PM PDT · by McGruff · 47 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 Aug 2014
    Kiev on Wednesday said a massive convoy of tanks and heavy weapons from Russia was travelling towards a government-held town in restive east Ukraine. A convoy of "up to 100" tanks, armoured vehicles and rocket launchers was seen travelling on a road toward Telmanove, a town about 50 miles south of rebel stronghold Donetsk and 15 miles from the Russian border, Ukraine's army said in a statement.
  • Let's be clear about this: Russia is invading Ukraine right now

    08/27/2014 12:06:17 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 36 replies
    Vox ^ | 8/27/14 | Max Fisher
    There are two things happening between Ukraine and Russia right now. First, Russian and Ukrainian leaders are meeting in Belarus to negotiate a peace deal in the Ukrainian conflict that Russia insists it has nothing to do with. Second, Russian military forces are crossing the border into Ukraine in what is clearly a hostile invasion and act of war. That includes Russian artillery, Russian tanks, Russian-trained irregular forces, and even uniformed Russian soldiers who have admitted on camera that they are Russian military ordered to invade by their commanders. But the first piece of that is obfuscating the second. Getting...
  • Islamic State Threat Is Something That We Have Seen Before

    08/27/2014 7:26:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Stephen Smoot
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel sounded the tocsin last week about ISIS, saying "they are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of ... military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we've seen."He also described them as “an imminent threat to every interest that we have.”The threat, however, is not unprecedented. Western Civilization has faced this before. Its failure to quickly kill it led to the suffering and death of tens of millions, although freedom ultimately prevailed.ISIS today looks like the 1919 version of the Bolsheviks. Will ISIS elevate itself, as the Communists did,...
  • Exclusive: In Ukraine, an armored column appears out of nowhere [Putin continues illegal war]

    08/27/2014 6:58:48 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 Aug 14 | Christian Lowe and Maria Tsvetkova
    MOSCOW/ NOVOAZOVSK Ukraine (Reuters) - On Monday, a resident of Novoazovsk in south-eastern Ukraine said she saw a column of armored vehicles approach the town and start shooting. "It all started at 8:00 this morning, tanks appeared, no fewer than seven of them," the woman, who gave her name only as Lyudmila, told Reuters by telephone. "Right now I can hear rumbling, explosions ... the residents are hiding."
  • The West 's green light for the federalization of Ukraine and its dependence on Russia

    08/27/2014 12:56:33 AM PDT · by se99tp · 53 replies
    CCDreport ^ | August 27th, 2014
    Current political situation suggests that the silent permission of West for a federalization of Ukraine may be already a fact. Russia is restoring its political, military and economic influence on one more state closer to the border with the Pre-1989 West. It may not be unrealistic to think that if the pragmatic Germany sold Ukraine to Putin, unimpressed by the incredible price it paid in blood for an independence of the KGB regime in Moscow, Berlin can also trade the other political achievements of Ronald Reagan with Russia.
  • Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat

    08/26/2014 4:27:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Ian Traynor
    Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary general. Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the organisations's summit in Cardiff next week would overcome divisions within the alliance and agree to new deployments on Russia's borders – a move certain to trigger a strong reaction from Moscow. He also outlined moves to boost Ukraine's security, "modernise" its armed forces and help the country counter the threat from...
  • Vladimir Putin's pointless conflict with Europe leaves it a vassal of China

    08/26/2014 4:07:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | August 6, 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Kremlin is counting on acquiescence from the BRICS quintet as it confronts the West, and counting on capital from China to offset the loss of Western money. This is a pipedream. China's Xi Jinping drove a brutal bargain in May on a future Gazprom pipeline, securing a price near $350 per 1,000 cubic metres that is barely above Russia's production costs. Pieties aside, the two countries are rivals in central Asia, where China is systematically building pipelines that break Russia's stranglehold. China has large territorial claims on Far Eastern Russia, land seized from the Qing Dynasty in the 19th...
  • Video Shows Column of Russian Vehicles, Manned By Chechen Fighters, On Ukraine's Border

    08/26/2014 2:01:36 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 20 replies
    Video Shows Column of Russian Vehicles, Manned By Chechen Fighters, On Ukraine's Border 19:21 (GMT) In the video below, an enormous column of Russian military vehicles is seen in an unidentified location. The dialogue suggests that they are waiting to enter Ukraine. We have not yet been able to geolocate the video, but we note that there is a column of smoke visible at around 24 seconds in. The men speaking in the video identify themselves as Chechens. Amongst the vast quantities of military hardware seen are T-90 tanks, MT-LB armoured personnel carriers and 2S19 Msta self-propelled artillery. The men...
  • 'Men in green' raise suspicions of east Ukrainian villagers

    08/26/2014 12:53:34 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 26, 2014 | Maria Tsvetkova
    Unidentified, heavily-armed strangers with Russian accents have appeared in an eastern Ukrainian village, arousing residents' suspicions despite Moscow's denials that its troops have deliberately infiltrated the frontier. .... While they wore no insignia, their appearance or behavior bore striking similarities to a group of Russian troops detained in Ukraine in the past few days, and to Russian forces which occupied Crimea earlier this year, the witnesses said. The men had white arm bands, the same identifying mark that was worn by 10 men captured a few kilometers (miles) away by Ukrainian forces and who, in video released on Tuesday, said...
  • Mysterious Armored Column Appears in Eastern Ukraine, Starts Shooting

    08/26/2014 10:26:02 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 150 replies
    Reuters via Newsweek ^ | August 26, 2014
    MOSCOW/ NOVOAZOVSK Ukraine (Reuters) - On Monday, a resident of Novoazovsk in south-eastern Ukraine said she saw a column of armored vehicles approach the town and start shooting. "It all started at 8:00 this morning, tanks appeared, no fewer than seven of them," the woman, who gave her name only as Lyudmila, told Reuters by telephone. "Right now I can hear rumbling, explosions ... the residents are hiding." In Kiev later that morning, Ukrainian officials said the column was an incursion by Russian troops which it alleges are fighting alongside pro-Moscow separatists, a claim Russia quickly dismissed as disinformation. That...
  • UKRAINE: See Pres Poroshenko face change when he met Putin in Minsk-[VIDEO]needs no translation

    08/26/2014 9:17:25 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 27 replies
    Coub ^ | 8/26/2014
    This video is all over social network... President Poroshenko looks as if he can barely stand to look at "Li'l" putin: http://coub.com/view/3233d
  • Russian soldiers detained in eastern Ukraine were sent for special task - NSDC

    08/26/2014 5:32:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Interfax-Ukraine ^ | 15:05 26.08.2014 | Interfax-Ukraine
    A group of Russian servicemen detained in eastern Ukraine did not get lost, but were carrying out a special task, Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) spokesman Andriy Lysenko has said.
  • Russian military source says captured soldiers entered Ukraine by mistake

    08/26/2014 5:27:06 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Aug. 26, 2014, 2:31 p.m. | Ian Bateson
    Russian soldiers captured by Ukrainian forces entered Ukraine by mistake, a Defense Ministry source has told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. “The soldiers were patrolling the Russian-Ukrainian border when they most likely crossed accidentally at an unequipped and unmarked checkpoint,” said the unnamed source. On the evening on Aug. 25, the Security Service of Ukraine, or SBU, said it had captured 10 Russian soldiers in the village of Dzerkalny, Donetsk Oblast, roughly 14 kilometers from the Russian border in a statement on its website. The capture of the Russian soldiers comes at a time when border tensions between Ukraine...