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  • Kremlin 'modus operandi' origins in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Georgia invasions

    08/29/2014 1:26:50 AM PDT · by se99tp · 1 replies
    CCDreport ^ | August 29th, 2014
    The Kremlin regime continues to misinform the Western audience trying to convince that that Ukrainian war is its internal issue. How successful it will be? It depends when the Western media will decide to finally report the bigger picture of this war.
  • Petro-dollar era is officially over as Gazprom begins sales in Yuan and Rouble

    08/29/2014 12:43:49 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Exeminer ^ | August 27, 2014 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    Aug. 27 will officially go down as a red letter day in the history of reserve currencies and dollar hegemony in how oil and gas are purchased throughout the world. In a new announcement from the Russian business media source, Kommersant, Gazprom has conducted the first sale of oil in a currency other than the dollar, and will henceforth open their purchase window to accept both Roubles and Yuan for the exchange of oil and gas products. Beginning today with an 80000 ton oil shipment from their Arctic fields, Gazprom Neft agreed to new terms on the sale and transfer...
  • U.S. Official Says 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine ["Full-Scale Invasion"!] Re-Set Button?

    08/28/2014 8:49:38 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | August 28, 2014 | Victoria Butenko, Laura Smith-Spark and Diana Magnay
    U.S. Official Says 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine By Victoria Butenko, Laura Smith-Spark and Diana Magnay, CNN August 28, 2014 Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- A top Ukrainian army officer said a "full-scale invasion" of his country was under way Thursday, as a U.S. official said up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed Ukraine's southern border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels. U.S. officials said Russian troops were directly involved in the latest fighting, despite Moscow's denials. Russian Combat Forces Inside the Territory of Ukraine Russian Combat Forces Inside the Territory of Ukraine Rebels backed by Russian tanks and armored personnel...
  • Iraq forces mass in bid to break jihadist siege of Turkmen town

    08/27/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    AFP via BI ^ | Aug. 27, 2014, 9:33 AM | Marwan Ibrahim
    Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break a two-month jihadist siege of the Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, amid growing fears for residents short of food and water. The imminent counter-offensive comes amid reports that US President Barack Obama is weighing a decision to authorise air strikes and aid drops in the area to assist around 12,000 residents trapped in the northern town. According to a civilian volunteer commander, thousands of Shiite militiamen from groups including Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Badr Organisation are gathering in the Tuz Khurmatu area of Salaheddin province,...
  • Allying with Assad to Stop ISIS is 7 Different Kinds of Stupid

    08/27/2014 8:15:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/27/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The latest genius to come up with this particular plan is Pat Buchanan. It’s not unique, but it’s a refreshing change from all the proposals that we ally with Iran to stop ISIS. Alternative proposals that we ally with Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy to stop ISIS are on the table. Here’s why it’s stupid 1. Assad is getting his ass kicked by ISIS and most of the other rebel groups. In other words what is the point of this alliance exactly? We’re already allied with an Iranian client in Baghdad that’s incapable of fighting its own battles and is...
  • Russia Sends Tanks And Troops Into Ukraine, Seizes A Strategic Town [Obama Freezes!]

    08/28/2014 8:20:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 28, 2014 | VICTORIA BUTENKO, CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    Russia Sends Tanks And Troops Into Ukraine, Seizes A Strategic Town By VICTORIA BUTENKO, CAROL J. WILLIAMS NATO confirms major incursion of Russian troops and armor into eastern Ukraine Russia's goal is to permanently destabilize Ukraine, NATO official says Ukrainian president cancels trip abroad, convenes emergency security meeting on Russian incursion Russian tanks and troops fired their way into eastern Ukraine on Thursday and seized a strategic gateway town on the road to the heavily militarized Crimean peninsula in a brazen display of support for pro-Russia separatists fighting Ukrainian government troops. Defense officials in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, said two...
  • Iran says tested new nuclear enrichment machine, may irk West

    08/27/2014 6:02:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/27/2014 | MICHELLE MOGHTADER AND FREDRIK DAHL
    Iran has conducted "mechanical" tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear programme. Iran's development of new centrifuges to replace its current breakdown-prone model is watched closely by Western officials. It could allow the Islamic Republic to amass potential atomic bomb material much faster. Tehran says its nuclear programme is peaceful and that it produces low-enriched uranium only to make fuel for a planned network of atomic energy plants. If processed to a high fissile concentration,...
  • #BBCTrending: Canada and Russia in Twitter fight over map

    08/28/2014 6:24:35 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 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...
  • Army wives urge Russia to come clean on soldiers in Ukraine

    08/28/2014 6:57:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    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....
  • Putin the Humanitarian Despot

    08/28/2014 7:16:01 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 1 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 28, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    Better than other world leaders, Russia's Vladimir Putin has mastered the language of meaningless intention. In a world where nearly every companies mission statement includes calls to "make the world a better place" and meaningless advocacy groups spend the bulk of their contributions on "spreading awareness," modern civilization has increasingly shown itself willing to disregard results and reward those who display "good intention," without concern for what roads this leads to. For his part, Putin has successfully gambled on western gullibility by endlessly uttering the term "humanitarian" to any number of his despotic maneuvers. While the world watches in disbelief...
  • UKRAINE: 40 soldiers of 331 Russian AIRBORNE Regiment refused to fight with Ukraine

    08/28/2014 4:04:27 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 10 replies
    Censor.net ^ | 29.08.14 00:16 | Elena Racheva
    40 soldiers 331 Russian AIRBORNE Regiment refused to fight with Ukraine and have been discharged from the army Some Russian paratroopers from the regiment of VDV 331 guessed on which "exercise" their ship refused to go there and were immediately discharged from the army. In his report on the fate of 331 paratroopers regiment she quotes the words of one of the wives of the soldier: "wives banned tosee off their husbands": "They said, bad luck - no expression says Elena. - I still came to my husband at the checkpoint, I brought things. ECHELON leaving with a technique very...
  • FINLAND, Helsinki: Finland Suspects Russian Airspace Violation

    08/28/2014 1:09:43 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014, 9:35 AM ET
    This handout picture from the Finnish Air Force taken Thursday shows a Russian AN-72 transport plane, taken by a Finnish aircraft pilot. Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such incident in six days. Ministry spokesman Max Arhippainen told The Associated Press that a Russian AN-72 transport plane is believed to have crossed into the Nordic country's airspace over the Gulf of Finland for a few minutes. (Finnish Air Force/Lehtikuva via AP) Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the...
  • 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...
  • Russian media report 'invasion of Ukraine'

    08/28/2014 7:52:10 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 50 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 · 145 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Russians troops fighting in Ukraine? Naw. They’re just on ‘vacation.’

    08/28/2014 4:02:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 28, 2014 | Terrence McCoy
    Russians troops fighting in Ukraine? Naw. They’re just on ‘vacation.’ By Terrence McCoy August 28 at 6:22 AM “Among us are fighting serving [Russian] soldiers, who would rather take their vacation not on a beach but with us, among brothers, who are fighting for their freedom,” Alexander Zakharchenko said in a reported interview with a Russian state television station. Except for the Russian government itself, they’re not even pretending anymore. Though don’t tell the Russians that. Just this week, after being confronted with video evidence that appeared to contradict their story, they maintained the charade.
  • 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.
  • Why this off-road, Russia-only Chevy concept should come to America

    08/27/2014 11:17:15 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 29 replies
    The Chevrolet Niva, a mini-SUV produced as a joint venture between GM and Russian automaker AvtoVAZ, is a beige little ute based on a Lada. It's an incredibly boring car in current form, but the next generation Niva concept unveiled today ahead of the Moscow auto show is a strong enough idea to make us wonder why Chevy hasn't tried something like this over here. Even if you ditch the concept-y winch up front, knobbly tires, off-road snorkel and roof rack featuring enough lights to illuminate Norilsk, the new Niva still manages to look far more aggressive than the standard...
  • US, Russia held secret Ukraine meeting on Finnish island: Helsinki

    08/27/2014 8:04:14 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 9 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | Agence France-Presse
    US, Russia held secret Ukraine meeting on Finnish island: Helsinki AFP | Aug 27, 2014, 03.20 AM IST HELSINKI: The United States and Russia met on a small Finnish island in June for confidential talks on the Ukraine crisis, the Nordic nation's foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry said the meeting was held on the island of Boistoe off the southern coast of Finland, but did not divulge who participated or at what level, and also did not disclose what was discussed. "The foreign ministry confirms that the meeting was organised and the ministry helped at the request of...
  • Russia accepts Ukraine’s European integration, loath to give back Crimea

    08/27/2014 7:47:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 37 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.
  • 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...
  • 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:...
  • 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.
  • Humor of Latest Bulgarian Fad -Vandalism of Soviet-Era Monuments- Lost on Kremlin

    08/26/2014 9:04:46 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 26 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    The Russians -well known for their great sense of humor (especially when you're making fun of them)- have loudly complained to the Bulgarian government for not-the-first-time re. the ongoing vandalism offensive against (offensive) USSR-era monuments glorifying the Soviet Red Army, the Bulgarian Red Army, and/or socialism in general that still dot the bleak post- communist landscape of the EU's poorest country. One gets the feeling they might have done a bit better by now economically if not for the damage wrought by 40 years of communist stagnation- they seem to think that too, as evidenced by the Bulgarians' disgust...
  • Rice blasts 'significant' Russian escalation

    08/26/2014 6:16:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 26,, 2014 | Justin Sink
    Russia’s persistent military infiltrations into Ukrainian territory represent a “significant escalation” of the conflict there, the White House warned late Monday night after the capture of 10 Russian paratroopers in Eastern Ukraine. "Repeated Russian incursions into Ukraine unacceptable. Dangerous and inflammatory," National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Twitter. The top Obama aide said the Kremlin had sent artillery, air defense system, dozens of tanks, and military personnel into the volatile region, where pro-Russian separatists are battling government forces from Kiev. “Russia has no right to send vehicles or cargo into Ukraine without” the government’s permission, she said. Kiev said...
  • 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...
  • Russia’s 98th paratroopers’ brigade moving to Mariupol

    08/25/2014 9:24:18 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 52 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Monday 25 august, 2014, 17:33 | Zik TV
    Russia’s 98th paratroopers’ brigade moving to Mariupol Zahar Lavrentiev, one of ‘Azov’ volunteer battalion servicemen, wrote in Facebook Aug. 25 that Russia’s 98th brigade of paratroopers is deploying to Mariupol. “Putin has started the open war. The 98th brigade is marching toward Mariupol now. We’ve taken two paratroopers prisoners. They were sure they are on a military exercise.
  • Putin’s Right Flank - Igor Strelkov represents an ultra-conservative challenge to Russia's president

    08/25/2014 5:15:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    theamericanconservative.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | PAUL ROBINSON
    Speaking in Crimea on August 14, Vladimir Putin recalled that the peninsula had been the last refuge of the anti-Bolshevik White Russian army in 1920 before it fled Russia, bringing the Russian Civil War to an end. Formerly a site of fratricidal conflict, the Crimea should become a site of “reconciliation between Reds and Whites,” said Putin, a call which paralleled his appeal for an end to the conflict in Ukraine. The Soviet Union collapsed only 22 years ago, so there are still some old Reds floating about, but there certainly aren’t any of the original Whites, the last of...
  • Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine (Photos)

    08/25/2014 5:04:06 PM PDT · by Ivan Mazepa · 24 replies
    Podrobnosti.ua ^ | Aug 25 2014
    10 Russian soldiers. 331 Airborne Regiment of the 98 Guards Division (military base #71211 out of Ivanovo) Same story, here with pictures from their Russian Facebook profiles (VKontakte)
  • Ukrainian forces destroy Russian convoy: 7 tanks, 6 armored vehicles and 80 mercenaries

    ATO continues to keep busy position, and cause heavy losses to terrorists. In general, destroyed about 250 Russian mercenaries 8 enemy tanks, 10 armored combat vehicles, 3 BM-21 "Grad", 1 howitzer. Note how far west inside Ukraine this occurred.
  • Donetsk POW March: When Is A Parade A War Crime?

    08/25/2014 4:52:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFERL ^ | Monday, August 25, 2014 | Carl Schreck
    When pro-Russian separatists marched captured Ukrainian soldiers at bayonet-point through the streets of Donetsk over the weekend, the crowd jeered, cursed, and hurled refuse at the haggard prisoners. It was a spectacle that shocked many, including human rights activists who called the procession a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions' rules on the treatment of prisoners of war (POWs). But whether the forced march constituted a war crime -- and whether it could be prosecuted as such -- is not so clear-cut, international law experts say. This ambiguity lies largely in how the Ukraine conflict itself is classified, according to...
  • Russian tanks invade Ukraine - Azov battalion deputy commander

    08/25/2014 3:00:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 12:20 25.08.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, August 25 /Ukrinform/. Azov battalion deputy commander Ihor Mosiychuk has reported an invasion of a large number of tanks, Grad multiple rocket launchers and howitzers through the Ukrainian-Russian border. He wrote this on his page on Facebook. "A full-scale invasion! This information has been fully confirmed by border guards and volunteers. Near the settlements of Marchenko and Shcherbak, not far from Novoazovsk, about 30 tanks with sketched Russian labels and under the symbols of the so-called DPR broke through the Ukrainian-Russian border. This convoy of armored vehicles is moving toward Telmanove and Amvrosiyivka," Mosiychuk said. According to the report,...
  • Ukraine forces clash with armoured convoy crossing Russia border: Kiev

    08/25/2014 2:47:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 61 replies
    AFP ^ | 2014/08/25
    Ukraine forces clash with armoured convoy crossing Russia border: Kiev "The Ukrainian border has been breached by a convoy of several dozen tanks and armoured vehicles" … Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine said a battle erupted on Monday between border guards and a convoy of "dozens" of armoured vehicles and tanks that entered its territory from Russia near the Azov Sea. "The Ukrainian border has been breached by a convoy of several dozen tanks and armoured vehicles" which crossed in the area close to Ukraine's industrial city Mariupol, security spokesman Leonid Matyukhin told AFP.
  • Russian-Backed Separatists Parade Ukrainian POWs

    08/24/2014 8:58:11 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 37 replies
    Russian-Backed Separatists Parade Ukrainian POWs 02:06 (GMT) Russian-backed separatists took the occasion of Ukrainian Independence Day with military parades in Kiev to organize their own grisly parade in Donetsk of Ukrainian POWs they have captured. The parading of POWs is a violation of the Geneva Convention. Russia's state TV LifeNews and Rossiya 24 broadcast the parade; RT.com showed only "captured Ukrainian military hardware." (More photos and details at link)
  • Pakistan Looks to Buy Weapons from Russia

    08/05/2014 12:06:52 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Via Meadia ^ | August 5, 2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    After recently ending its arms embargo against Pakistan, Moscow seems set to go through with a deal to sell MI-35 attack helicopters to the South Asian nation, ostensibly to assist it in its war against Islamist militants. This sale has little precedent; Pakistan and India’s Cold War alliances, with the U.S. and Russia respectively, have largely endured to this day. After 9/11 especially, Pakistan was a major recipient of American aid and military equipment, while India maintained its strategic relationship with Russia by continuing to be its biggest weapons buyer.
  • Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east as Kiev holds military procession

    08/24/2014 7:57:43 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    ·FoxNews.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | ·FoxNews.com
    Captured Ukrainian soldiers were paraded through the streets of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday as bystanders pelted them with eggs, water bottles and tomatoes, hours after Ukraine marked the 23rd anniversary of its independence from the former Soviet Union with a military parade through the capital, Kiev. [....] Human Rights Watch said parading the Ukrainian soldiers was a violation of humanitarian law. Rachel Denber of the New York-based rights group cited an article of the Geneva Conventions that prohibits "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment" of captives of armed conflicts. This parade is a...
  • The Rebels Are Gaining Ground in Syria

    08/24/2014 4:37:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 13, 2014 | Robert S. Ford
    Don't believe everything you read in the media: The moderate rebels of Syria are not finished. They have gained ground in different parts of the country and have broken publicly with both the al Qaeda affiliate operating there and the jihadists of the Islamic State. Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad's regime is showing new signs of weakness. The death of moderate armed opposition elements has been greatly exaggerated. These groups -- whom I define as fighters who are not seeking to impose an Islamic state, but rather leaving that to a popular decision after the war ends -- have recently gained...
  • Ukraine rebel leader claims French 'experts' joining separatists

    08/24/2014 1:52:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    expatica.com ^ | August 28, 2014
    The president of the self-declared pro-Russian People's Republic of Donetsk claimed on Sunday French military "experts" were joining separatist forces battling government troops in eastern Ukraine. "Tomorrow, we will receive officers from France. They are specialists ready to fight with us," Alexandre Zakhartchenko said at a Sunday press conference. However, he gave no details on the French servicemen, nor did he specify their numbers. There are also "Serbs and Swiss" among the pro-Moscow militants who are fighting for "European and socialist ideals", Zakhartchenko claimed.