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  • Russia effectively at war with EU: Lithuanian president

    08/30/2014 7:51:44 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 67 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:03am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Russia is at war with Ukraine and so effectively at war with Europe, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Saturday, calling on Europe to supply Kiev with military equipment.
  • Seven NATO allies to create new rapid reaction force-report

    08/30/2014 10:44:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:41pm EDT | Reuters
    Aug 29 (Reuters) - Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers as part of plans to boost NATO defences in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on Friday.
  • Putin: You’re next, Kazakhstan

    08/29/2014 2:19:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/29/2014 | Noah Rothman
    When Russian President Vladimir Putin began referring to portions of Ukraine by their Tsarist-era name, Novorossiya, Russia hands expressed alarm. Novorossiya, or “New Russia,” incorporates the area of Southern Ukraine from Donbass to the present day border with Moldova. Some suggested that Putin’s brazen invasion and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula was a prelude to a much more significant land grab. They noted that Putin could have designs on the entirety of Southern Ukraine, linking Russia to the portion of Moldova known as Transnistria, an area which has been under Russian occupation for years and is already a de...
  • Ukraine to seek Nato membership, says PM Yatsenyuk

    08/29/2014 2:18:05 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 59 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 August 2014 | -
    Ukraine's prime minister has said he will ask parliament to put the country on a path towards Nato membership. Arseny Yatsenyuk said the government was sending a bill to MPs urging that Ukraine's non-bloc status be cancelled. The remarks come as Nato holds an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine. The West has stepped up its accusations of direct Russian involvement in the conflict, following advances by pro-Russian rebels. On Thursday Nato released satellite images it said showed Russian forces inside Ukraine. and said more than 1,000 troops were operating there.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • UKRAINE: In A Time Of War and Recession, Ukraine's Independence Is more Important than Ever

    Ukraine celebrates Independence with sense of self and readiness to fight fiercely for freedom. If the iron curtain comes back, Ukraine wants to be on the Western side and has no interest in joining Russia. The Ukrainian people may not all be on the same page with Kyiv government, but they want western liberties and business opportunities. To Moscow the idea that Ukraine has the right to choose their own path – escaping Kremlin’s influence – is a source of instability and panic. They accuse the West of manipulating Ukraine protests and deny the idea that Ukrainian people may have...
  • Why Merkel Has the Clout to End the Ukraine Crisis

    08/24/2014 6:08:02 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | David Francis
    As the crisis in Ukraine continues with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s contempt of the west growing, it’s becoming clear that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be a key player if the crisis is to be resolved without a wider conflict. Since the crisis began, Merkel has played the stern headmaster to the United States and Russia, which appear more as squabbling students than world powers. Amid heated rhetoric coming from both Washington and Moscow, Merkel has been measured, chastising Russia when necessary, but calling for restraint from countries eager to punish Russia. Related: Putin Wants Eastern Ukraine. Let Him Have...
  • Kiev U-turn over claim that Russian tanks, artillery and 1,200 fighters deployed in E. Ukraine

    08/21/2014 11:58:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8-20-2014 | Will Stewart, Damien Gail
    -Ukrainian official claimed troops moved in just as the city was poised to fall -But they have since been forced to deny the allegation after strong rebuttal -If true it would have been tantamount to an invasion of Ukraine by Russia -Putin set to meet Ukrainian president Poroshenko in Belarus on Monday Muddled security officials in Ukraine were last night forced to deny a huge Russian military convoy had been deployed in the eastern rebel-run city of Lugansk. The strong rebuttal suggested an earlier claim about an invasion by Vladimir Putin's troops amounted to a crude propaganda move by the...
  • Betrayal, desertion could mean execution, Ukraine rebel leaders warn fighters

    08/18/2014 12:55:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Thomas Grove
    Under growing pressure from a government offensive, the rebel leadership in Ukraine's battle-torn east warned its fighters on Monday that desertion and betrayal could be met by execution. The warning appeared to signal a growing concern by the leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) over a breakdown of discipline in the fighting ranks as Kiev's military stepped up its offensive. Apart from being worried about desertions, which the Kiev military says are now telling on rebel ranks, the separatists are also worried about widespread lawlessness. "It is no secret that we have service personnel who carry out crimes....
  • Column of Russian military equipment breaks through to Luhansk - NSDC

    08/15/2014 6:29:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 15:13 15.08.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, August 15 /Ukrinform/. A column of Russian military equipment, on Friday, crossed the border of Ukraine in the area of Izvaryne checkpoint, trying to break through to help militants in besieged Luhansk. Spokesman of the NSDC Information-Analytical Center Andriy Lysenko said, LIGABusinessInform reports. When asked why the column was not destroyed from the air, Lysenko said that this border area is not controlled by the ATO. "But I assure you that what has got here, will not be released," he said. The number of technique and composition of the column is specified, according to the NSDC. To remind, on...
  • FSB wants to evacuate to Crimea its agents from Donbas who are in desperate situation

    08/15/2014 6:13:28 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Friday 15 august, 2014, 11:46 | Zik TV
    Due to the lack of support from local residents and successful operation by the Ukrainian army, the terrorists have realized they are in a desperate position. It follows from a telephone conversation between a FSB agent in Donbas and his boss in Crimea intercepted by Ukraine secret service Aug. 15. “The Russians are moving their agents within the terrorist groups in Donbas to Crimea,” Ukraine SBU says, Ukrayinska Pravda reports. “When I pass some locals they keep telling me ‘Damn you!’ the FSB agent, alias Trifon, says in the conversation. “The terrorists are merely marauders. You open to them the...
  • Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine as aid convoy stops short of border

    08/14/2014 5:03:42 PM PDT · by familyop · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 14 August 2014 | Shaun Walker
    The white trucks of humanitarian aid rumbled through Russia in a convoy stretching for miles,...But, while the trucks came to a halt well short of Ukraine's border, a different Russian convoy did make the crossing into Ukrainian territory late on Thursday evening. The Guardian saw a column of 23 armoured personnel carriers, supported by fuel trucks and other logistics vehicles with official Russian military plates, travelling towards the border near the Russian town of Donetsk – about 200km away from Donetsk, Ukraine.
  • UKRAINE: "A Bunch Of Russian Military Vehicles Have Just Crossed Into Ukraine"

    08/14/2014 4:16:55 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 27 replies
    Aug. 14, 2014, 2:54 PM A column of Russian armored personnel carriers (APCs) has reportedly crossed Russia's border with Ukraine. The APCs had earlier been seen traveling alongside a supposed Russian humanitarian convoy headed towards Ukraine's conflict-torn east... The APCs had been traveling with a humanitarian aid convoy of unmarked white trucks that Vladimir Putin's government was sending to Ukraine. Military vehicles, including anti-aircraft weapons and helicopters, started driving alongside the convoy earlier on Thursday. Most of the fleet of more than 262 vehicles within the humanitarian convoy, including about 200 trucks carrying aid, stopped 15 miles from the border...
  • Even a Russian invasion of Ukraine won't disturb Obama's vacation

    08/14/2014 1:14:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Jed Babbin
    Two crises – one in Iraq and one in Ukraine – aren’t enough to disturb President Obama’s vacation. In Iraq, a twofold crisis has the barbarian forces of the Islamic State trying to butcher their way into Kurdistan and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki clinging to power. The airstrikes and military aid to the Kurds ordered by Obama may help slow the advance of Islamic State forces but won’t significantly damage the group. As the suffering of the 30,000 to 50,000 Yazidis trapped by the Islamic State on Mount Sinjar worsens, the Pentagon is reportedly planning their evacuation, a massive effort...
  • Ukraine gets gas from Europe after Russia cutoff, volumes plummet

    08/14/2014 12:46:09 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    Ukraine imported gas from Poland and Hungary in July after Russia cut off supplies, and the volume amounted to about a tenth of its imports a year ago, according to domestic gas transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz on Thursday.
  • JOURNALISTS: We Just Saw Russian Military Vehicles Cross Into Ukraine

    08/14/2014 12:27:50 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8-14-2014 | Jeremy Bender/Reuters
    The Guardian's Moscow correspondent, Shaun Walker, and The Telegraph's Roland Oliphant tweeted today that a column of armored personnel carriers (ACPs) and other Russian military vehicles have crossed over the Ukrainian border. Vladimir Putin's government is sending a convoy of unmarked white trucks to Ukraine, and military vehicles started traveling alongside a supposed Russian aid convoy earlier on Thursday. Most of the fleet of more than 262 vehicles, including about 200 trucks carrying aid, stopped 15 miles from the border of Ukraine's rebel-held eastern region of Luhansk. If these reports are correct, a separate military convoy has apparently continued into...
  • Russian convoy vanishes on road to Ukraine

    08/13/2014 5:41:24 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 24 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 13, 2014 | Roland Oliphant
    Ukraine accused Moscow of mounting a cynical attempt to incite a pro-Russian rebellion on Wednesday, as uncertainty surrounded a 262-truck "aid convoy" that appeared to grind to a halt before reaching the border. The stand-off came as violence worsened in eastern Ukraine, with the United Nations announcing that the death toll in the four-month conflict had doubled in the past two weeks to more than 2,000. Government forces are seeking to press their advantage against the pro-Russian rebels, which has stoked fears that the aid convoy is part of a Russian plan to fend off the rebels' seemingly inevitable defeat....
  • Ukraine crisis: the neo-Nazi brigade fighting pro-Russian separatists

    08/11/2014 10:04:44 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 73 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8-11-2014 | Tom Parfitt
    Kiev throws paramilitaries – some openly neo-Nazi - into the front of the battle with rebels The fighters of the Azov battalion lined up in single file to say farewell to their fallen comrade. His pallid corpse lay under the sun in an open casket trimmed with blue velvet. Some of the men placed carnations by the body, others roses. Many struck their chests with a closed fist before touching their dead friend’s arm. One fighter had an SS tattoo on his neck. Sergiy Grek, 22, lost a leg and died from massive blood loss after a radio-controlled anti-tank mine...
  • Aug. 12, Ukraine army seizes 30 Russian paratroopers in Donbas

    08/12/2014 10:58:59 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 22 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Tuesday 12 august, 2014, 19:56 | Zik TV
    A group of 30 Russian special forces servicemen was captured by the Ukrainian army, NSDC spokesman Andry Lysenko said Aug. 12.
  • Ukraine's forces say close to taking rebel-held Donetsk

    08/11/2014 6:27:56 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 11, 2014 | Richard Balmforth and Sergei Karpukhin
    The Ukrainian military said on Monday it was preparing for a "final stage" of taking back the city of Donetsk from pro-Russian separatists after making significant gains that have split rebel forces on the ground. Spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Kiev's troops had now cut Donetsk off from the other main rebel-held city of Luhansk, 150 km (90 miles) away, on the border with Russia. "The forces of the anti-terrorist operation are preparing for the final stage of liberating Donetsk," Lysenko told Reuters. "Our forces have completely cut Donetsk off from Luhansk. We are working to liberate both towns but it's...
  • Russian 'humanitarian' convoy nearly enters Ukraine (UPDATE)

    08/10/2014 3:41:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Kyiv Post ^ | Aug. 9, 2014, 8 a.m | Christopher J. Miller
    DONETSK, Ukraine - A humanitarian convoy accompanied by Russian military personnel and military vehicles advanced toward the Ukrainian border with the intention of crossing into the country late on Aug. 8, but it stopped short of the frontier, a senior Ukrainian official has said. Speaking to a live audience on the "Shuster Live" TV news program, Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration Valeriy Chaly said the transit of the convoy could have provoked a full-scale war between the two countries. He did not say where the convoy had planned to enter the Ukrainian territory. “Russia tried to make a serious...
  • Ukrainian forces encircle rebel-held city, talk of truce collapses

    08/10/2014 9:43:37 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 10, 2014 | Richard Balmforth and Sergei Karpukhin
    Artillery shells slammed into the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Sunday as government forces tightened the noose around the rebel-held redoubt and called on pro-Russian separatists to surrender. To the east of Donetsk, government forces and the separatists were fighting for control of the town of Krasny Luch, a rail and road junction through which Kiev says the rebels are receiving supplies of Russian military equipment. Talk of a ceasefire, a possibility raised by a separatist leader on Saturday, evaporated as Kiev government forces kept up an offensive to crush the rebels. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko...
  • Leaked Rand Corporation terrifying memo about swift crackdown in Ukraine

    08/11/2014 3:24:58 AM PDT · by mgist · 29 replies
    news Voice ^ | 7/2014 | Torbjörn
    Leaked Rand Corporation terrifying memo about swift crackdown in Ukraine – July 2014 This alleged Rand Corporation classified document is claimed to be leaked to the internet on July 3, 2014. RT.com seem to be the first international media outlet to pick this up and write about it. NewsVoice decided to publish the original document in plain text format. NewsVoice cannot at this moment confirm the authenticity of the document. / The editor A leaked memorandum from the RAND corporation think tank suggests that Kiev should engage in an all-out war in the eastern regions, including shutting down all communications,...
  • Vladimir Putin Might Fall. We Should Consider What Happens Next.

    08/07/2014 8:33:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The New Republic ^ | August 6, 2014 | Julia Ioffe
    In July, the United States and the European Union finally bridged their differences and slammed Russia with severe sanctions in the wake of the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The pincers and scalpels of the previous rounds were discarded; this time, it was whole industries—defense, finance, and energy—that were targeted, including Sberbank, Russia’s largest commercial bank. If the first round of U.S. sanctions was met with ridicule among the Kremlin elite—Vladimir Putin’s gray cardinal Vladislav Surkov, sanctioned back in March, joked that what he likes in the United States is Tupac Shakur, dead since 1996—there’s not much bluster this...
  • Ukraine Will Destroy Itself w/o Russia

    08/08/2014 4:17:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | August 8, 2014 | James Stafford
    Ukraine doesn’t need Russia to take it down—Kiev is doing fine destroying itself, most recently with a new tax code that doubles taxes for private gas producers and promises to irreparably cripple new investment in the energy sector at a time when reform and outside investment were the country’s only hope. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on August 1 signed off on a new tax code that effectively doubles the tax private gas producers in Ukraine will have to pay, calling into question any new investment, as well as commitment from key producers already operating in the country. The stated goal...
  • U.S. gifts $8 billion [sic] to Ukraine for border protection

    08/01/2014 3:09:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 47 replies
    UPI ^ | 8-1-2014 | JC Finley
    The U.S. will be providing Ukraine with an additional $8 billion to bolster its border guard capabilities, the White House announced Friday. Vice President Joe Biden announced Friday that the U.S. will provide approximately $8 billion to help bolster Ukraine's State Border Guard Service. Biden shared the news with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a phone call on Friday. "This additional assistance," the White House said, "includes engineering equipment for improving infrastructure along Ukraine's borders, transport and patrol vehicles, surveillance equipment to extend the visual range of border security patrols, and small boats to conduct maritime patrol and interdiction operations."
  • Ukraine's pipelines will lose 50% of value when South Stream starts - Naftogaz head

    07/30/2014 12:50:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    RT ^ | 29 July 2014
    The South Stream gas pipeline, which bypasses Ukraine, may halve the value of Ukraine’s gas transportation system (GTS), according to Andrey Kobolev, head of Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz. After the Russian–led South Stream project is complete and working at full capacity, the value of Ukraine’s GTS may fall as much 50 percent from the present estimate of $25-$35 billion, RIA Novosti quotes the head of the company. “We have no wish to lose it, and it’s unreasonable," Kobolev said on a Ukrainian local TV channel. Construction of the South Stream pipeline in Bulgaria and Serbia was suspended...
  • President Obama will be giving a LIVE statement on Ukraine at 2:50P (ET)

    07/29/2014 12:09:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 115 replies
    He's already 20 minutes late....
  • Is the German Chancellor an Agent of Russia?

    07/22/2014 7:44:17 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 24 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | July 19, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    In the wake of the shoot-down of the Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, various pundits continue to say it is unlikely that Europe will do much about it. But why? It is just a lack of will? Or something else? The evidence is being ignored by most of the media, but it continues to indicate that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an agent, or at least a stooge, of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. In an extraordinary development, the office of the President of Russia reports that Putin said on Wednesday that the German Chancellor is “a reputable European leader under whose...
  • WH: We Haven't Changed the President's Schedule Amid Crises Because it Might Scare People

    07/21/2014 6:38:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Guy Benson
    On Thursday, we chronicled President Obama's series of decisions to carry on with his public schedule -- a burger joint photo op, a partisan speech on infrastructure spending, and a pair of Manhattan fundraisers -- in the midst of two major international crises. First, Russian-backed and -armed separatists in Ukraine shot down a commercial airliner, killing nearly 300 innocent civilians, including one American. The attack marked a dramatic and lethal escalation of the war in Eastern Ukraine, in which Russia is a malignant and destructive actor. New evidence appears to indicate that Moscow has been highly interested in obtaining the...
  • Evidence: Russia Implicated in MH17 Attack, Europe Weighs Tougher Sanctions

    07/21/2014 5:58:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Officials at the US Embassy in Kiev took the extraordinary step of releasing to the public a great deal of intelligence on the downed airliner attack this weekend, which clearly points the finger at Moscow. The case against Russia was built in a strikingly candid and prosecutorial blog post on the embassy's official website. Damning: We assess that Flight MH17 was likely downed by a SA-11 surface-to-air missile from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. We base this judgment on several factors. Over the past month, we have detected an increasing amount of heavy weaponry to separatist fighters crossing the...
  • Crashed MH17 flight 'was 300 miles off typical course'

    07/20/2014 6:23:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 114 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | July 18, 2014 | Tom Brooks-Pollock and Edward Malnick
    MH17 flight feared to have been shot down over Ukraine was taking a significantly different route to the usual course for flights from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, according to aviation expert. The crashed MH17 flight took a route 300 miles to the north of its usual path, an aviation expert has said. Robert Mark, a commercial pilot who edits Aviation International News Safety magazine, said that most Malaysia Airlines flights from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur normally travelled along a route significantly further south than the plane which crashed. Malaysia Airlines has insisted its plane travelled on an "approved route"...
  • MH17 Crash: Obama and Putin Discuss Incident

    07/17/2014 3:09:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Friday July 18, 2014
    The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have discussed the Malaysia Airlines plane incident over eastern Ukraine., according to wire reports. The Kremlin website published a statement late Thursday that says "the Russian leader informed the U.S. president of the report from air traffic controllers that the Malaysian plane had crashed on Ukrainian territory, which had arrived immediately before the phone call." The statement gave no further details about what the leaders discussed with regard to the plane crash. The rest of the phone call was dedicated to the general situation in eastern Ukraine, and recent...
  • Obama to make statement on Ukraine at 11:30 a.m. EDT: White House

    07/18/2014 6:53:29 AM PDT · by maggief · 243 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 18, 2014
    Obama to make statement on Ukraine at 11:30 a.m. EDT: White House by Amy Tennery (Reuters) 8:50 AM
  • 'That was a blast - look at the smoke': Sick boast of the laughing rebels as they 'saw MH17 hit....'

    07/17/2014 2:03:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 84 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 17, 2014 | SAM GREENHILL
    Laughing rebels filmed the plane as it crashed, gleefully bragging ‘That was a blast – look at the smoke!’ while a fireball rose from the debris. One of the voices is believed to be militia commander Igor Strelkov, who then penned a triumphant war cry on Twitter, saying: ‘We warned you – do not fly in “our sky”.’ A sickening mobile phone video posted online shows a pall of black smoke billowing over the crash site as three rebels provide an excited commentary. The extraordinary footage – apparently filmed by the shooters themselves – charts the terrible final moments of...
  • Malaysia Jet Went Down on Flight 800 Anniversary

    07/17/2014 2:03:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The apparent crash of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner in Ukraine came on the 18th anniversary of another huge aviation disaster: the midair explosion and crash of TWA Flight 800 into the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island. All 230 people on board the Boeing 747-100 were killed in the July 17, 1996, tragedy
  • MH17 Black Box “Sent To Moscow For Investigation”

    07/17/2014 1:51:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Anna Nemtsova
    MOSCOW, Russia — A Malaysian Boeing 777 airliner carrying 295 people on board was shot down by a surface to air missile outside the mining town of Shakhtersk in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, an area controlled by rebels. Ukrainian, Russian and pro-Russian rebel officials all confirmed that a missile had taken down the plane. It fell from a height of over 10,600 meters; everybody on board, including dozens of children and 15 members of the crew, died in the catastrophe. Pieces of the plane, human remains, passports, and money were spread in a radius of 15 kilometers around the catastrophe...
  • Russia warns Ukraine of ‘irreversible consequences’ after cross-border shelling

    07/13/2014 9:41:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 150 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 7-13-2014 | Karoun Demirjian and Michael Birnbaum
    <p>Russia is warning Ukraine of “irreversible consequences” after cross-border shelling from the battle-worn east struck Russian territory Sunday, reportedly killing one Russian citizen and injuring two others.</p> <p>“This incident highlights the extremely dangerous escalation of tensions in the Russian-Ukrainian border and may have irreversible consequences, the responsibility for which lies on the Ukrainian side,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday, calling the incident an “aggressive action.”</p>
  • Sarah Palin; Time to Impeach (Video)

    07/08/2014 6:11:31 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 68 replies
    Sarah's Facebook ^ | 07-08-2014 | Sarah Palin
    It’s time to take action and do what we can to stop this imperial President. That includes the House doing its job and considering impeachment. I’m taking a stand and hope you will join me. Use your voice; call your Congressman today! We’ll be speaking to you directly more often in the near future like this – stay tuned. Thank you for being in this fight! Together we'll take our country back!Video Here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152565757973588
  • Costs? US Sales To Russia Hit Record High After Sanctions

    07/05/2014 11:11:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/05/2014 | Tyler Durden
    While it is all too easy to show the massive outperformance of Russian stocks (even after Carney's "sell" recommendation) as evidence that US sanctions were not 'punishing' as the mainstream media might suggest; this week's release of trade data shows the utter farce that the so-called "costs" imposed on Putin actually are. As WSJ reports, despite all the scaremongery and sanctioning, US exports to Russia in May hit $1.2 billion - a record high (up 21% from pre-sanctions). That will certainly teach them!!  As WSJ reports, U.S. efforts to penalize Russia for its actions in Ukraine appear to have done...
  • Leaked:US think-tank plan on E.Ukraine suggests internment camps, executions, nationalizing property

    07/04/2014 1:38:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 7-4-2014 | RT
    A leaked memorandum from the RAND corporation think tank suggests that Kiev should engage in an all-out war in the eastern regions, including shutting down all communications, putting citizens in internment camps and killing all who resist. The RAND Corporation is non-profit global think tank which offers research and analysis to the US armed forces. In the shocking letter, which has been leaked by the media, the advice offers a step by step brutal guide in how to deal with the population in eastern Ukraine. ‘Military op’s advantages overweigh disadvantage’ In the first line the memorandum notes that the peace...
  • UKRAINE: The promised more detailed account of what we have going on in Donbass.

    07/03/2014 8:26:52 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    The promised more detailed account of what we have going on in Donbass. Put together a collage of facts and thoughts, reinforcing with their respective photos. I cannot get past recent events here in Donetsk, read enough comments about the shooting in the center of Donetsk and the subsequent attack of masked gunmen on PivatBanka office. The day before yesterday I was the involuntary witness to a gunfight at "Požarke", militants stormed the local POLICE DEPARTMENT, our prayer tent, is also located a few hundred meters from this place. For reference, this ATC DEPARTMENT has long captured the DNI (Photo...
  • NATO chief to move forces from U.S. to Europe to respond to Russia in Ukraine

    07/01/2014 2:27:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    sacbee.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON -- NATO’s top military commander said Monday that American troops from the United States will be dispatched to Europe starting in October to help respond to Russian aggression in Ukraine. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, supreme allied commander of the Western military alliance, said the U.S.-based troops will buttress American forces that have already been moved in recent months from Germany, Italy and elsewhere in Europe for stepped-up ground and air patrols in the three Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, plus Poland and Romania. “It’s a very momentous time in Europe, probably the most since the...
  • 20 Minutes Until Ceasefire Deadline - Ukraine Armor On the Move

    06/30/2014 11:51:12 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    The Interpreter Live Blog ^ | 6-30-2014 | Interpreter Mag
    Ukraine's President has just under 20 minutes to extend the ceasefire agreement. Poroshenko is under heavy pressure from Moscow to do just that. But there is no sign that the ceasefire has worked, and as the deadline approaches, Ukraine's troops are on the move: The news website Obozrevatel reports that Poroshenko has declared martial law in Donetsk and Lugansk. It's not official yet, but it seems that the ceasefire is over and a new phase of the anti-terror operation (ATO) is just beginning.
  • Russia demands investigation into claims chemical weapons were used in Ukraine amid frantic efforts

    06/30/2014 12:00:44 PM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 30 June 2014
    <p>Russia is demanding an investigation into the alleged use of ‘chemical weapons’ against separatists in the east of Ukraine as the two countries agreed to extend their ceasefire.</p> <p>Pro-separatist rebels have claimed that people showing symptoms of chlorine poisoning had been admitted to hospital following an alleged attack carried out by Ukrainian Special Forces near Slavyansk.</p>
  • Donetsk self-defense forces agree to ceasefire until 0700 GMT Friday

    06/23/2014 9:52:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    RT ^ | 6-23-2014 | RT
    DETAILS TO FOLLOW Borodai, the "Prime Minister" of the Donetsk Republic went on Television to announce this, which is apparently a result of the first talks between the rebels and Kiev, today in Donetsk.
  • Ukrainian Rebel Commander Identified As Russian GRU Military Intelligence Colonel

    06/20/2014 1:13:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    A key figure in covert Russian efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine is working for Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, according to U.S. officials. Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, who is currently using the nom de guerre Igor Strelkov, has identified himself in press reports as “defense minister” of the self-proclaimed, pro-Russian “Donetsk People’s Republic. This week he called for Russia to send military aid to rebels in eastern Ukraine. U.S. officials said Strelkov is considered a leading pro-Russian rebel who is undermining stability as part of a major Russian covert action program in Ukraine. Officials said Girkin is a GRU colonel who...
  • Poland leak: Radek Sikorski scorns 'worthless' US ties

    06/23/2014 8:02:01 AM PDT · by fifthvirginia · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 Jun 14 | Unknown
    Poland's Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski called his country's ties with the US "worthless", a Polish news magazine says, giving excerpts of a secretly recorded conversation.
  • In parts of east Ukraine, a daily struggle to survive

    06/20/2014 9:33:34 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    Retuers ^ | 6-20-2014 | SLAVIANSK UKRAINE
    Clutching empty plastic bottles, hundreds of people stand waiting for water in this besieged city, with the almost constant thud of artillery shells echoing in the distance. More than two months after pro-Russian separatists rose up in east Ukraine, electricity and water have been cut off in this depressed industrial city, food is running low and half the population has fled. Many of those who remain are getting desperate and local officials, echoed by Russia, warn that a humanitarian disaster is looming in east Ukraine as fighting intensifies between the rebels and government forces trying to prise them out. "I...