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Feb 06 12:34

Ammo truck - Ukraine army edition

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Kiev forces using ambulances to transport weapons.

Feb 06 12:32

NATO shell rounds usage detected in Gorlvoka


REPORT: Parts of NATO shells have been found near Gorlovka.

Feb 06 12:30

You're Selling Us War (But We're Not Buying) - Claire K. Rivero's latest!

Feb 06 12:20

Putin meets Merkel, Hollande behind closed doors in Moscow

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Moscow on Friday evening. They headed straight to the Kremlin for talks on the Ukrainian crisis with President Vladimir Putin behind closed doors.

After over an hour of talks, the three leaders went out to reporters for a protocol photo shoot before continuing. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the talks are being held without any delegation members.

Feb 06 11:13

Russians advised to pull their money out of banks and prepare for 'black market in cash'

A columnist for Russia's Vedomosti newspaper, a joint venture between the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, has advised readers to pull their savings out of banks and convert them into physical dollars.

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This is clearly an attempt by the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal to trigger a bank run in Russia!

Feb 06 08:04

Calls grow to arm Ukraine, as European leaders scramble for last-ditch peace plan

European leaders scrambled Thursday to try and forge a diplomatic deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, in an apparent bid to head off U.S. consideration of lethal military aid for the Ukrainian government in its war against Russian-backed separatists.

Feb 06 07:52

France not planning to deliver lethal weapons to Ukraine: defence minister

France will not for the moment deliver weapons to Ukraine for its fight with pro-Russian separatists, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday.

"We have no intention of delivering weapons at this stage to Ukraine," Le Drian said at a news conference with Canadian counterpart Robert Nicholson.

Feb 06 07:46

President Hollande Opposes Ukraine’s NATO Membership

France does not support the idea of Ukraine joining NATO, French President Francois Hollande said Thursday.

“For France, Ukraine’s NATO membership would be undesirable,” Hollande told reporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, Europe is bailing on the idea of a new World War fought in their front yards!

Feb 06 07:05

European defence ministers oppose sending weapons to Ukraine

European defence ministers spoke out on Thursday against sending weapons to the Ukrainian army, pointing to a potential transatlantic split if Washington decides to supply arms.

Feb 06 07:04

Russia's Putin to visit Egypt on Feb. 9-10

Two country will discuss bilateral ties as well as regional issues in the Middle East, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Feb 06 06:38

Hollande, Merkel go to Moscow to discuss Ukraine without consulting US – report

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande did not consult Washington before deciding to visit Moscow to hold talks on the Ukrainian crisis, a source in the French government told AP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Two things to take away from this.

1. Europe is not enthusiastic about a third World War to be fought in their front yards.

2. Between Merkel, Hollande, Bpoehner, and Netanyahu, Obama is being made irrelevant in his last two years in office.

Feb 06 06:04

Shunned Greece Agrees To Boost Economic Cooperation With Russia

It's been an odd few days for Greece's new PM Alexis Tsipras. From being lambasted by Jeroen Dijsselbloem, shunned by Angela Merkel's henchmen, holding hands with Jean-Claude Juncker, and losing a key funding channel from Mario Draghi; Tsipras' anti-austerity platform has been 'supported' by Barack Obama and he has been invited for a visit to Russia by Vladimir Putin, and reminded that Russia is willing (and able) to provide financial aid if asked by finance minister Anton Siluanov. So headlines this evening from ekathimerini should not be entirely surprising that Putin and Tsipras have agreed to boost cooperation in the economy and energy, tourism, culture and transport sectors; and discussed the possible creation of a pipeline to carry natural gas from Russia to Europe via Turkey and Greece.

Feb 05 15:31

John Kerry's Bovine Excrement That Will Lead To World War Three

Feb 05 13:36

Ukraine to Call Up Women Over 20 for Armed Forces

Ukraine’s armed forces could call up all female citizens of Ukraine aged between 20 and 50 to join the fight against pro-Russian separatists in the country’s eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Vladislav Seleznev, spokesperson for the armed forces’ high command told Ukrainian news agency Unian today.

Feb 05 13:35

Senators to Obama: Arm Ukraine now

Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee made a show of force Thursday to ramp up the pressure on President Obama to provide weapons to Ukraine.

"The United States must act with urgency to provide defensive lethal assistance to Ukraine," said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the committee’s chairman.

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Shame they are not talking about their own money and their own kids.

Feb 05 12:22

Russia Deploys Nuclear ICBM Launchers On Combat Patrol

Perhaps it is a coincidence that a day before John Kerry's arrival in Kiev (a visit which "coincided" with a 35% devaluation of the local currency) where among other things the US statesman discussed the possibility of official (as opposed to unofficial) deliveries of US "lethal support" to the civil war torn and now hyperinflation country, that Russia decided to put its nuclear ICBMs on combat patrol missions in various Russian regions. Specifically, according to Tass, "About 700 units of military equipment, including launchers are deployed in the positioning areas in the Tver, Ivanovo, Kirov, Irkutsk regions, as well as in Altai Territory and the Mari El republic."

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Putin is walking a fine line between not offering a provocation and not being seen as unprepared for what the US is trying to start.

Feb 05 12:19

‘Panic and jealousy’ – Rogozin blasts new US sanctions plan

The top Russian official in charge of the defense industry has called the US sanctions discriminatory, noting they often targeted companies whose products were on a par or better than American competition.
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Feb 05 12:06

Kerry: US Won't 'Close Eyes' to Russian Aggression in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States, while seeking a diplomatic solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, would not "close our eyes" to Russian tanks and fighters crossing the border.

Kerry said he and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko discussed issues including Russia's continued aggression during a meeting Thursday.

Feb 05 12:05

Ukraine crisis: Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande to fly to Russia

The leaders of Germany and France fly to Kiev and Moscow with new Ukraine peace plan as Nato bolsters eastern Europe against Russia and EU agrees new sanctions. Follow the latest developments

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Merkel cancels her visit to Obama and rejects arming Ukraine flat-out. Now she and Hollande are on their way to talk with Putin about a Ukraine peace plan. Sounds to me like Europe is getting cold feet about a new World War fought in their front yards!

Feb 05 11:57

Top NATO general warns of Russian reaction to arming Ukraine

The top NATO commander warned Thursday that any move to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons must take into account any possible angry reaction from Russia.

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"But that's what we WANT to happen!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 05 11:56

Schools, Kindergartens, Hospitals, Residential Areas: UN Says Escalation of Ukraine Conflict Catastrophic for Over 5 Million Civilians

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday urged parties to the eastern Ukraine conflict to stop fighting, as it is catastrophic for civilians in the affected areas.

“Bus stops and public transport, marketplaces, schools and kindergartens, hospitals and residential areas have become battlegrounds in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine … Any further escalation will prove catastrophic for the 5.2 million people living in the midst of conflict in eastern Ukraine,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, in a statement posted on the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) website.

Feb 05 11:55

US Taxpayers Will be Robbed to Arm Poroshenko

President Petro Poroshenko, who the US, along with the Europeans and NATO, helped place in power after last year’s coup, has declared that he has “no doubt” America’s taxpayers will provide the lethal weapons he desires to fight the separatists in eastern Ukraine. I never had any doubt, either. Of course it’s all to stop “Russian aggression.” NATO’s expansionism is never considered an important issue in the very dangerous war.

Our policy in Ukraine is a far cry from “neutrality,” staying out of the internal affairs of others, or avoiding entangling alliances. It is more like being the policeman of the world and claiming the title of the greatest arms manufacturer of all history. The military-industrial complex must be pleased with its repeated successes.

I’m sure the neo-cons are also ecstatic. And sadly it looks like Sen. Lindsey Graham may get his way and get US troops further involved.

Feb 05 11:55

NATO Meeting in Brussels Heightens Danger of War with Russia

NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels today to consolidate the military alliance against Russia, increasing the risk of a direct military confrontation between nuclear-armed powers.

Feb 05 08:28

Outrageous MSM Putin Bashing

Fact check

Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions. Rogue EU partners share it. Involved in planning, implementing, funding, arming, and directing Kiev's aggressive war on Donbas.

Moscow supports peace, not war. No Russian aggression exists now or earlier. Donbas self-defense forces justifiably reject coup d'etat fascist rule. Challenging tyranny is a universal right.

Washington willfully targets civilians in all its wars. The vast majority of AfPak, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukrainian casualties are noncombatant men, women and children.

Feb 05 07:47

Former US Diplomat: US Is Arming Kiev to Force "EU Wimps" into Confrontation with Russia

US arming Ukraine is very likely. When you see a policy discussion report in The New York Times, experience shows the policy is already being conducted covertly and this is just a way to bringing into public view a program that's already been initiated (NATO shell rounds are already detected in Gorlovka, Ukraine).

Nobody in Washington imagines with the best of support Kiev forces will be able to win this militarily.

Arming of Ukraine is primarily directed against Europeans. Since there is more and more dissension in European ranks from the US' confrontational policy the only way to scare the EU wimps back into a more confrontational position is to turn up the heat and the chaos. (Chief of US Army in the Europe is already awarding medals to crippled Ukrainian soldiers).

Feb 05 07:07

‘Group-Thinking’ the World into a New War

The armchair warriors of Official Washington are eager for a new war, this time with Russia over Ukraine, and they are operating from the same sort of mindless “group think” and hostility to dissent that proved so disastrous in Iraq, reports Robert Parry.

Feb 04 22:22

Convicted Fraudster Jonathan Hay, Harvard’s Man Who Wrecked Russia, Resurfaces in Ukraine

Yves here. You cannot make this stuff up. One of the sorriest chapters in recent American history was how we allowed an unprecedented opportunity to assist Russia in managing the end of its Communist era to turn into a looting exercise by well-placed insiders, including advisors under contract to Harvard.

If you are unfamiliar with this fiasco, which was also the true proximate cause of Larry Summers’ ouster from Harvard, you must read an extraordinary expose, How Harvard Lost Russia, from Institutional Investor. I am told copies of this article were stuffed in every Harvard faculty member’s inbox the day Summers got a vote of no confidence and resigned shortly thereafter.

Jonathan Hay ran the day-to-day operations of the Russia Project. He was found guilty of violating three counts of the False Claims Act and was debarred from serving in USAID. But he’s managed to resurface in Ukraine, working in the local operations of a Polish think tank. Nicely played.

Feb 04 16:46

US troops in Ukraine

Western media and poodle politicians parrot the narrative that Russia is the aggressor in Ukraine without a shred of evidence to support their claims.

Feb 04 12:33

Defense Secretary Nominee Urges US to Supply Lethal Arms to Ukraine

Washington should consider sending lethal weapons to Ukraine, Ashton Carter said in his address to the US Senate Armed Services Committee.

Feb 04 12:09

Warning: Suspicious Clintonites Rattle Sabers at Russia over Ukraine. War to Come?

In the proceeding week, the news had been occupied with a snowstorm that threatened to paralyze the U.S. Northeast; militant attacks, hostage situations, and death threats all involving Islamists; alleged NFL team cheating with soft footballs; chit chat over the upcoming Super Bowl; and, of course, the event itself on Sunday. It drew an unprecedented audience of 114.5 million viewers.

Then, the next day, with little build-up, whamo, the big story was Ukraine. It hit like a bombshell.

What had happened overnight to ramp up all this news furor? Nothing that I could see.

But it was a time for an opportunist to have a field day. The Super Bowl distraction was out of the news. In its wake there was a big vacuum waiting to be filled. And so, bingo, there was an instant, big story about Ukraine.

Feb 04 12:08

Washington Moves Toward Arming Ukrainian Regime

On Monday, the New York Times announced that the Obama administration is moving to directly arm the Ukrainian army and the fascistic militias supporting the NATO-backed regime in Kiev, after its recent setbacks in the offensive against pro-Russian separatist forces in east Ukraine.

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Feb 04 11:59

German Chancellor Rules Out Weapons Aid to Ukraine

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday ruled out any German supply of weapons to Ukraine, but emphasized that Europe must stay united against Russian aggression.

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So, while trying not to offend the US war party, Merkel is saying Germany doesn't want yet another World War fought on their front lawns. Twice is enough, thankyouverymuch. Go find somewhere else to play! This means that arming Ukraine will be seen as a unilateral move on the part of the US, forever affixing blame for starting WW3.

Feb 04 09:58

NATO confirms plans to open training center in Georgia

The alliance also plans to hold military drills in Georgia starting this year, its spokesman told a news briefing ahead of NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels on February 5.

The issue would be discussed at a session of the NATO-Georgia Commission, due to be held in the Belgian capital during the defense ministers’ meeting, the spokesman said.

He added that the alliance also planned to hold military drills in Georgia starting this year.

"NATO will hold exercises in Georgia this year," he said. "We will hold periodic military exercises in Georgia as part of our cooperation with that country next year."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

JUST what the world needs right now; another NATO base cozily close to Russia's border!

IF NATO is not playing picador with Russia right now, I don't know who is.

Feb 04 09:11

Ukraine Shelling Hits Hospital In Rebel-Held Donetsk

Heavy shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday afternoon killed at least five people and damaged a hospital, six schools and five kindergartens, local officials said.

The fighting between Russia-backed separatists and government troops in eastern Ukraine resumed in January after a month of relative calm, killing more than 200 people in the past three weeks, according to the United Nations.

The city hall in Donetsk said the number of casualties from Wednesday's shelling in the west part of Donetsk early afternoon was not immediately established but the rebel-run Donetsk News Agency reported five killed inside and near the hospital in Tekstilshchik district.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I believe that the shelling of hospitals (as well as the shelling of residential complexes) qualifies as war crimes; looks as though Ukrainian military commanders are taking a page from the IDF playbook

After all, the IDF bombs Palestinian hospitals and schools with impunity.

Feb 04 08:54

Another Conspiracy Theory Becomes Fact: The Entire Oil Collapse Is All About Crushing Russian Control Over Syria

... while we understand if Saudi Arabia is employing a dumping strategy to punish the Kremlin as per the "deal" with Obama's White House, very soon there will be a very vocal, very insolvent and very domestic shale community demanding answers from the Obama administration, as once again the "costs" meant to punish Russia end up crippling the only truly viable industry under the current presidency.

As a reminder, the last time Obama threatened Russia with "costs", he sent Europe into a triple-dip recession.

It would truly be the crowning achievement of Obama's career if, amazingly, he manages to bankrupt the US shale "miracle" next.

Feb 04 08:40

Ukraine government admits to targeting civilians in Donbass region

The pro-regime Ukrainian TV station Hromandske TV - which is funded by the U.S. Government, the Dutch Government, and George Soros (via his International Renaissance Foundation or 'Fund') - has reported that the Ukrainian Government is specifically targeting civilians to die in the Donbass region in the former Ukraine's southeast. It's being done in order "to clean the cities."

Feb 04 07:54

Luhansk Carries Out First Air Attack Against Kiev-Led Forces

Forces of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic in southeastern Ukraine reported that they carried out their first airstrike against a convoy of the Ukrainian army, which was heading with reinforcements to the troops surrounded in Debaltseve.

Feb 04 07:51

XYZ: What would happen if the Russian army really invaded Ukraine

We will not name the author of this material, as he is an active officer of the armed forces of Russia, but he perfectly described the situation - What would happen if the Ukrainian military faced the Russian army?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Russia really invaded Ukraine they would be in Kiev in 48 hours.

Feb 04 07:05

Ukraine: An Editorial in The New York Times Suggests US Is Looking for a Face-Saving Way Out

The editorial in the New York Times we attach below is the first belated acknowledgement that the only way of saving Ukraine and ending the war is by conceding federalisation to Ukraine’s eastern regions.

We do not know for sure whether this editorial reflects official US thinking. However, the probability is that it does.

Feb 04 07:05

Kiev halts medical aid to Donbas, allows no one to leave crisis zone — UN

Kiev’s declaration of emergency and restricted access to war-torn eastern regions seriously complicates medicine delivery and bars civilians from leaving dangerous districts, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its 25th report.

Feb 04 07:04

Russia moves closer to ratifying agreement on BRICS New Development Bank

Russia’s government has submitted to the lower house of parliament a draft federal law on ratifying an agreement on the New Development Bank (NDB), operated by BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), a decree published on the cabinet’s website said on Wednesday.

"The agreement envisages the creation of a multilateral financial institution - the New Development Bank that will finance infrastructure projects and projects of sustainable development in BRICS countries and developing countries," a briefing note says

Feb 04 07:04

Pakistan Is Reaching out to Russia

Concerned US overtures to India may shift balance of power in favor of its neighbor Pakistan seeks to warm ties to Russia

Feb 04 07:01

Egypt to sign LNG deal with Russia’s Gazprom in coming days — media

A delegation from the Russian energy giant arrived in Cairo on Tuesday to complete the negotiations on gas deliveries from Russia

Feb 04 07:00

Commercial production of Russia's new AK-12 and A-545 assault rifles to start in February

Commercial production of Russia's new Kalashnikov (AK-12) and Degtyarev (A-545) assault rifles will be launched in February so that the Defense Ministry could choose weapons for the new "soldier of the future" gear upon the results of tests expected to be completed by late 2015, the Izvestia daily reported on Wednesday.

Feb 03 16:44

Are These Guys Clinically Insane? No, They're From Wall Street

What can have made Barack Obama declare he's thinking of pulling Ukraine de facto into NATO and arming Kiev for war against Russia? And suicidally putting U.S. arms and military personnel into six other countries on Russia's border, under NATO Article 5 as he said, which requires the United States to defend those countries as if itself.

Does Obama think he's going to provoke a war and win it, against Russia, with a NATO "forward brigade"?

Feb 03 12:58

Chinese 'Silk Road' Initiative to Diminish US Role in Eurasian Region

By welcoming India and Russia to participate in its "One Belt, One Road" project, Beijing dealt the final blow to Washington's idea to create a US-controlled New Silk Road in Eurasia.

Feb 03 12:41

Kiev Junta Plans Escalated War

On Saturday, Contact Group representatives met in Minsk. Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini represented the OSCE.

Russian ambassador to Ukraine, Mikhail Zurabov, represented Moscow. Former President Leonid Kuchma represented Kiev.

Donetsk People’s Republic (DRP) parliament Speaker Denis Pushilin and Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) chief negotiator Vladislav Deinego participated.

Talks accomplished nothing. Kiev wants war, not peace.

Feb 03 12:39

Kiev Regime Battalion is Beheading East Ukraine Hostages … Just Like ISIS

Amnesty’s statement came before images of what appeared to be the severed heads of two civilians’ started circulating on social media today, identified by Russian news channel NTV as the heads of rebel hostages.

Shortly after, Kiev-based news network Pravilnoe TV reported that it had spoken with one of the mothers of the victims who confirmed her son was a rebel, captured during fighting in Donetsk.

She said she had received her son’s head in a wooden box in the post, blaming nationalist volunteers for her son’s death. Newsweek has not been able to verify the report independently.

Feb 03 12:35

U.S.-Russia Clash in Ukraine?

Among Cold War presidents, from Truman to Bush I, there was an unwritten rule: Do not challenge Moscow in its Central and Eastern Europe sphere of influence.

In crises over Berlin in 1948 and 1961, the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 and the Warsaw Pact invasion of Prague in 1968, U.S. forces in Europe stayed in their barracks.

We saw the Elbe as Moscow’s red line, and they saw it as ours.

While Reagan sent weapons to anti-Communist rebels in Angola, Nicaragua and Afghanistan, to the heroic Poles of Gdansk he sent only mimeograph machines.

That Cold War caution and prudence may be at an end.

Feb 03 12:05

US Training for Ukrainian Military Underway

A former top US Pentagon official said at an Atlantic Council conference that US training for the Ukrainian military is underway and being directed from NATO and the US Embassy in Kiev.

Feb 03 10:05

(VIDEO) Hundreds Try to Storm Ukrainian President's Office in Kiev

Demonstrators have reportedly tried to storm the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's office in Kiev Tuesday.

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Ukraine might just turn into another Yemen for US foreign policy!

Feb 03 09:56

Russia buys record amount of gold

Central Bank of Russia spent over USD6 billions on gold purchases last year in an attempt to shift away from a dependency on the dollar.

Feb 03 09:54

Gazprom Discusses Long-Term Loans With Chinese Banks

Deputy Chairman and head of the Gazprom finance and economics department said that Russian energy giant is discussing long-term loans with several banks, including in China and other Asian countries.

Feb 03 09:54

E. Ukrainian rebels announce recruiting drive, plan 5 new brigades

Anti-government forces in Eastern Ukraine have announced a recruitment campaign, to start next week. Kiev said the move indicates heavy losses suffered by their opponents.

The expected recruiting drive, which mirrors Kiev’s own mobilization order by President Petro Poroshenko last month, will be officially launched next week, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, told a local news station.

Feb 03 09:20

Russian lawmakers will reevaluate Germany's reparations for WWII damage

Lawmaker Mikhail Degtyaryov believes the final amount of reparations to be paid to Russia, which is the legal successor to the USSR, will stand at €3-4 trillion

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Russia follows Greece's lead. They will not get the money, of course, but it does help legitimize Greece's argument.

Feb 03 09:18

Hundreds trying to break into Ukraine president’s office in Kiev

Several hundred protesters have reportedly tried to break into the Ukrainian president’s administrational office in the country’s capital Kiev, but were repelled by security forces guarding the building. The stand-off grew into clashes in the street.

The demonstrators, who demand access to the administration’s conference room in order to make a TV statement, are still clashing with the National Guard, TASS reports.

Feb 03 08:26

Militias shoot down Ukrainian air force plane — LPR leader

Militia in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic have shot down a Ukrainian air force plane, the head of the republic said on Tuesday.

The piilot ejected as the plane, presumably a Su-25 attack aircraft, crashed near the town of Irmino, some 55 kilometers away from Luhansk, Igor Plotnitsky said.

He also said that miltia are now searching for the pilot.

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I hope it's the guy who shot down MH17.

Feb 03 08:09

Fashington terrorists attacking Mariupol (video by terrorists)

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BUMP TO THE TOP!

At the three minute mark we see the shoulder of one of the "terrorists" showing the patch of the Golden Hawks brigade. US Special Forces.



Frame captured from three minute mark.

Shoulder patch of the Golden Hawks Brigade, US Special Forces.

Feb 03 07:28

THIS IS IT: Obama confesses the coup in Ukraine was an American job

Feb 03 07:22

US sending weapons to Kiev ‘not the answer’ to Ukraine crisis – White House adviser

Supplying more arms to the Ukrainian government won’t solve the crisis in the country, a senior Obama administration official said. It comes after reports that some figures in the White House are advocating such a move.

“We don’t think the answer to the crisis in Ukraine is simply to inject more weapons,” deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN on Monday.

Instead, “the best way” lies through imposing more economic sanctions on Russia, the White House official added.

Feb 03 07:22

West Intends More Heavy Weapons for Kiev's Battered Military

Throughout months of conflict, Washington covertly supplied Kiev's military with lethal weapons. So did various EU countries.

Reports indicate new supplies coming. More on this below. Donbas self-defense forces keep battering Kiev's military.

Feb 03 07:20

Key US role in Ukraine crisis portrays Europe as ‘passive participant’

President Obama’s declaration that the US “brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine” shows Europe as a passive actor and doesn’t reflect well on its image, Chairman of Russia’s upper house Committee for Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev told RT.

Feb 02 16:46

Russia Begins WMD Defense Drills in Armenia and Near Ukraine

Russian radiation, chemical, and biological defense troops have begun massive drills at seven firing ranges in Russia's Southern Military Region, as well as in Crimea and Armenia.

Feb 02 16:04

Obama Openly Admits 'Brokering Power Transition' In Ukraine

Feb 02 16:03

Effects of the use of phosphorus munitions in the Donbas, 18+

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WARNING; THESE PHOTOS ARE GRAPHIC.

Feb 02 13:27

Obama Asks US for $168Mln to Counter Russia in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia

Barack Obama requested nearly $170 million to respond to alleged Russian interference in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova in his 2016 budget proposal submitted on Monday, budget proposal also includes $789 million to continue and expand US military presence in Europe.

Feb 02 13:26

Obama & Merkel to Discuss Arming Ukraine in Washington Next Week

For months, the United States has been supplying non-lethal aid to Ukrainian forces. But a number of officials have urged for that support to include lethal assistance, and with German Chancellor Merkel visiting Washington next week, those talks will be on the table.

Feb 02 13:12

More Russians expect full scale war with Ukraine, poll shows

Half of Russian citizens consider current events in the southeast of Ukraine a civil war and more people fear an open military confrontation between Kiev and Moscow, a recent poll reveals.

Feb 02 12:38

Kolomoisky camp accuses Poroshenko of understating the colossal losses at the front

Administration of Petro Poroshenko continues to hide huge losses of the Ukrainian forces in Donbass. Such a conclusion can be drawn from a post on the Facebook page of Deputy Chairman of Dnepropetrovsk city state administration, Svyatoslav Oliynyk.

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"Truth is the first casualty of war." -- Senator Hiram Johnson

Feb 02 12:15

Eleven civilians die in east Ukraine shelling over past 24 hours — DPR defense ministry

Eleven civilians have been killed and more than 40 wounded in shelling of east Ukraine's self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic over the past 24 hours, local defense ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said on Thursday.

Feb 02 11:05

U.S. taking new look at giving arms to Ukraine forces - NYT

President Barack Obama's administration is taking a new look at providing Ukrainian forces with defensive weapons and equipment in the face of a rebel offensive that shattered a five-month truce, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

The newspaper quoted U.S. officials as saying Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey were open to discussions of the idea and that NATO military commander General Philip Breedlove now supported providing such lethal aid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such a move would be tantamount to declaring war against Russia.

But of course, unfortunately, just because something is, potentially, the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly counter-productive move the US government could possibly make, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

Feb 02 10:53

Kerry Cancels Plan to Visit Putin in Moscow

Secretary of State John Kerry has canceled unannounced plans to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week, a U.S. official told ABC News.

The two were expected to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, where the United States blames Russia for arming and funding the separatist forces. The U.S. has also accused Russia of sending its troops across the border to bolster the rebels. Russia has denied the accusations.

The decision to cancel the visit came just days after an alleged Russian spy ring was broken up in New York, and after last weekend’s offensive by Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. This week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew suggested the United States could expand sanctions on Russia as the fighting in Ukraine continues.

Kerry is still expected to attend next week’s Munich Security Conference, and the possibility remains he may meet his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sanctions are most generally a prelude to war.

And I would like to very politely point out to those precious few in the bowels of power in DC that at this point, the US military doesn't have the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to guarantee a successful outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Feb 02 09:44

Brokered it & broke it: Obama on Kiev deal that paved path to bloodshed

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Basically, Obama is admitting US involvement in the coup that forced Ukraine's elected government from power a year ago, triggering the subsequent bloodbath.

Feb 02 09:36

Globalism Wins as Israel Plans “Free Trade” With Putin, Beijing

As the world is increasingly divided up into geographic “regions” under regional regimes cobbled together under the guise of pseudo-“free trade,” Israeli authorities are now quietly working to create what they call “free trade zones” with both the Communist Chinese regime and the Kremlin-dominated Eurasian Economic Union (member countries shown in green). The negotiations, officially announced this week, come as globalist plotters around the world accelerate their now-open efforts to subvert national sovereignty at a regional level — all on the road toward what top officials from Beijing and Moscow to London and Washington, D.C., regularly and openly refer to as their “New World Order.”

Feb 02 09:33

Ukraine "Truce"? Tanks Are Rolling In Poland As NATO Plans Permanent Eastern European Bases

With Ukraine, Germany, and France all expressing their concern this morning about "conflict escalation" between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukraine military, the so-called "truce" appears to be hanging by a thread of semanticism (despite OSCE's please for respect of the cease-fire and the demarcation line). Today's triple whammy of 'escalation' appears more focused on the non-Russian side as first, France begins sending tanks into Poland; second, Ukraine shifts its tanks to the front-line; and third - and potentially most inflammatory for Putin - NATO has confirmed plans to create permanent command centers in Eastern Europe. Putin has not responded yet but reports of 'nuclear bombers' flying above the English Channel "with transponders turned off," suggests the sabre rattling continues.

Feb 02 09:29

Constant shelling in Donetsk as peace talks in Minsk end in blame game

Shelling of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk is continuing practically non-stop with shells landing in civilian areas after mediators’ talks failed Saturday. Militia and Kiev forces are fighting for the strategically key area of Debaltsevo.

Officials of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said at least three civilians have been killed by Ukrainian artillery fire targeting residential areas overnight.

Feb 02 07:19

The Other Holocaust – The Terror Famine in Ukraine

People talk about “the holocaust” as if there had been only one this century, and that one unique in human history. But what of the one inflicted by Josef “Stalin” Djugashvili on Ukraine?

Feb 02 07:03

Obama openly admits 'brokering power transition' in Ukraine

In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Barack Obama acknowledged that the United States had "brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine," thus admitting to a high level of democratic impropriety.

Feb 01 14:51

Ukraine’s Government Is Losing Its War. Here Is Why!

On January 27th, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense headlined “Militants Continue to Suffer Losses,” and reported that four helicopters, and other weapons of the “militants,” were destroyed in battle, but no evidence was given to support the assertion.

Just two days prior, the (also pro-Government) Kiev Post had, in fact, bannered “Ukraine Hides Devastating Losses as Russia-Backed Fighters Surge Forward,” and reported “Ukraine’s worst-kept secret — that the Ukrainian army is drastically understating its casualties.” After detailing, there, what seems to be outrageous unconcern by the Government, for the welfare of troops it’s sending into battle (even by jamming battlefield-injured soldiers into regular civilian hospitals, which aren’t equipped to handle their injuries), this report ends with a doctor saying, “It’s bad everywhere. Yes, the soldiers are still standing at their positions ready to fight. But we don’t see any help coming for them.”

Feb 01 09:58

United States Delivers Prototype of Made-in-Ukraine “Kozak” Armored Vehicle to Ukraine Border Guard Service

Yesterday the United States delivered the first prototype of an armored “Kozak” vehicle to the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service (SBGS) at its logistics base in Kyiv.

Feb 01 09:50

Poroshenko adviser leaks disastrous data about the fourth wave of mobilization

... The heads of 14 rural councils of Ivano-Frankivsk oblast refused to accept the summons for notifications

... 57% of notified conscripts in Ivano-Frankivsk region did not arrive for medical commission.

... 37% of notified conscripts of Ivano-Frankivsk region have left the territory of Ukraine

... Heads of rural councils of Ternopil region openly sabotage events of notification, in case of appearance in the area of representatives of RVC - warn the residents of their own and surrounding villages.

... the head of the village council of Konyukhi, Kozovsky district reported that local people rented 2 buses and left for the territory of the Russian Federation.

... in the township of Colchino, Mukachevo district of Transcarpathian region, out of 105 people the summons were presented to only three: 9 persons do not reside at the address of registration, and 93 people during January left for "seasonal agricultural work".

Feb 01 09:26

Potential conscripts evade draft, flee country amid escalation in E. Ukraine

The most recent military draft in Ukraine has been described as “problematic” by Kiev's army spokesman. The recruitment effort, coming amid ever more intense fighting in the country’s east, sees a lack of enthusiasm on the part of potential soldiers.

“The fourth wave of mobilization is problematic,” Ukraine army spokesman, Vladimir Talalay acknowledged on Saturday, according to Tass. “The biggest difficulties are seen in Sumy, Kharkov, Cherkassy, Ternopol, Zakarpatye and other regions.”

Feb 01 09:25

Ukrainian Government: “No Russian Troops Are Fighting Against Us”. Sanctions against Russia based on Falsehoods

Ukraine’s top general is contradicting allegations by the Obama Administration and by his own Ukrainian Government, by saying that no Russian troops are fighting against the Ukrainian Government’s forces in the formerly Ukrainian, but now separatist, area, where the Ukrainian civil war is being waged.

Feb 01 09:11

Russian aggression and the BBC’s drums of nuclear war

The drums of war are beating on the BBC and other mass media, writes Oliver Tickell – naked propaganda about fictitious ‘Russian aggression’ intended to soften us up for a war that could wipe out life on Earth.
We must refuse to fall for the endlessly repeated lies, and tell our politicians that our highest priority of all is peace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My reply to BBC and indeed all corporate media. Feel free to use as a template for your own emails.

Corporate media assured us that the USS Main was sunk by a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, even though Captain Sigsbee reported the cause as an on-board fire. This story of a Spanish mine by the corporate media allowed President McKinley to trick the American people into the Spanish American war. An investigation carried out by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the father of America's Nuclear Navy, confirmed Sigbee's report. There had been no Spanish mine.

Corporate media assured us that the Lusitania was not carrying weapons when it was sunk by a German U-Boat, even though the German government had taken out ads in the New York papers warning passengers not to sail on that ship. This story of the sinking of an innocent passenger ship allowed President Woodrow Wilson to trick the American people into World War 1 and divert the war from the original belligerents, Austria-Hungary and Serbia, into a war against Germany. In the 1980s, divers entered the hold of the Lusitania and confirmed it had been smuggling weapons of war to Britain.

Corporate media assured us that North Vietnam launched a torpedo attack against the USS Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 4th, 1964. Even though Captain Herrick reported that the sonar detection of torpedoes by the Maddox had been an error by an inexperienced sonar operator, the claim of a torpedo attack allowed President Johnson to trick Congress into escalating the Vietnam war.

Corporate media assured is Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons. Need I say more?

So why would anyone believe the corporate media today when they assure us Russia has invaded Ukraine?

Jan 31 15:56

Italian Newspaper: 173rd Airborne Brigade Heading to Ukraine to Train Forces

American soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade at Camp Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, are expected to be leaving the base once again soon to head to Ukraine to help train soldiers for their fight against Russia, an Italian newspaper reports.

The operation will be part of a project outlined by Lt. Gen. Gen. Ben Hodges, the head of U.S. Army Europe, earlier this month, reports the newspaper, Il Giornale, will involve the same division that traveled to Ukraine last September for another NATO exercise, Rapid Trident, according to a translation of the Italian newspaper report.

Jan 31 15:53

No breakthrough as Ukraine peace talk parties meet in Minsk amid worsening crisis

All of the participants of the contact group on the Ukraine crisis – OSCE representatives, Kiev, Moscow, and the Donbass region – have met in Minsk. No new agreements have been reached, with the meeting ending in a blame game between Kiev and the rebels.

The meeting amid the deteriorating situation and intense fighting in eastern Ukraine was held behind closed doors and lasted for over three hours.

Jan 31 10:45

How to Start a Nuclear War

The United States has just made an exceptionally dangerous, even reckless decision over Ukraine. Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader who ended the Cold War, warns it may lead to a nuclear confrontation with Russia.

Rule number one of geopolitics: nuclear-armed powers must never, ever fight.

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Rule number two: See Rule number one!

Jan 31 10:12

Massive blaze devastates Russian library housing unique documents, ancient texts

One of Russia's largest academic libraries, which contains millions of unique historic documents, has gone up in flames in Moscow. A part of the building’s roof collapsed before dozens of fire fighters managed to contain the blaze.

The fire erupted at around 10 pm local time (7 pm GMT) on the third floor of the Academic Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) in Moscow. According to the Emergency Situations Ministry, some 2,000 square meters were engulfed in flames, prompting the roof to cave in.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And JUST as Russia was going to release their documents about Auschwitz!!!!!!!

Jan 31 10:01

Greece Is Now a Russia Sanctions Veto. Merkel Is Foaming at the Mouth

Two days ago, Zero Hedge first, and shortly thereafter everyone else, pointed out something stunning: the biggest surprise to emerge so far out of the new anti-Troika/austerity Greek government was not so much its intention to proceed with the first test of "Odious Debt" - this was largely known in advance - but its dramatic pivot away from Germany and Europe, and toward Russia.

As we noted before, not only has Greece already blocked all ongoing privatization processes, a clear snub of Merkel and the Troika which demands the piecemeal blue light special sale of Greece to western buyers as part of the "bailout", but is also looking at plans to reinstate public sector employees and announce increased pensions for those on low incomes: further clear breaches of the Troika's austerity terms.

Jan 30 17:13

The militia captured the most powerful TANK DESTROYER "Peony" by the SUPREME COURT, now they protect Donetsk (video)

Eyewitnesses in makiivka there were several self-propelled field artillery "Peony".

After the brutal terror of Ukrainian occupation troops, shelling the residential areas by the effaceurs soldiers, 203 mm self-propelled gun calls from local residents a sense of security.

According to some reports, install the "Peony" 2S7 were thrown by the Ukrainian military, cowardly fled from the battlefield.

Jan 30 15:05

Ukranian Troops Emotional Sendoff: Soldiers leave Ukraine's Kharkiv bound for conflict zone

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Mothers know new recruits are no match for battle-hardened forces in the east.

Jan 30 12:56

Inconvenient Truth: Hackers Reveal True Number of Ukrainian Army Casualties

Ukrainian hacker group CyberBerkut has published documents that reveal a grim picture of Ukraine’s military operation in Donbas – 1,100 soldiers dead over the last two weeks, more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles destroyed, poor discipline and army defection have become the new reality of Ukraine’s war campaign in the country’s east.

Jan 30 12:42

President of the Czech Republic against sanctions and visas with Russia

The President of the Czech Republic miloš Zeman opposes sanctions and any other isolation of Russia. He told this in an interview to ITAR-TASS.

“I don’t see any reason why you need to isolate the Russian Federation from the European Union, why talk about sanctions, blockade, embargo.. Isolation yet in neither case did not lead us to success, but led only to the fact that there was no understanding, no mutual trust. And it’s bad,” he said.

In addition, the head of the Czech Republic voted for the abolition of visas for Russian citizens, calling them “excessive, unnecessary obstacles”.

Jan 30 11:51

In the shelling of Donetsk killed 15 civilians

"Pilot - neutral zone, located in the north of the airport in Donetsk, APU there drove up, opened fire on the city, then retreat back to their positions," - noted in the department. Meanwhile, according to the latest figures, the number 14 trolleybus shelling killed five civilians. In the House of Culture in the Kuibyshev region - five citizens.

Jan 30 11:49

Debaltsevsky boiler. Exclusive footage Eugene Poddubniy from the war zone

The militia took control of the village Mikhailovka several localities along the route Donetsk Gorlovka and liberated the city Uglegorsk. Escape route for the 8000 Ukrainian military cut. All those who lay down their arms, militia promised to release from house to house.

Jan 30 11:48

Journalists under fire

Russia's Investigative Committee opened a criminal case in connection with the detention of journalists of Russian TV channel LifeNews in Kiev, "Interfax" spokesman Vladimir Markin TFR.

Jan 30 11:47

The situation in Ukraine

Twelve Colonies of humanitarian aid for Donbass formed, sending it to Donetsk and Lugansk is scheduled for Jan. 31, according to TASS referring to the MOE.

In press office confirmed that in the Rostov region completed the formation of the 12th humanitarian columns Russian Emergency Situations Ministry for Donbass. She is ready to be shipped.

The convoy of over 170 vehicles, loaded humanitarian aid with a total weight of over 1.5 tons. It is planned that will extend from the Don gumkonvoy rescue center for the next day.

Jan 30 09:51

Ukrainian Government: “No Russian Troops Are Fighting Against Us”

Ukraine’s top general is contradicting allegations by the Obama Administration and by his own Ukrainian Government, by saying that no Russian troops are fighting against the Ukrainian Government’s forces in the formerly Ukrainian, but now separatist, area, where the Ukrainian civil war is being waged.

Here is a screen-print of a google-chrome auto-translation of that statement:

Jan 30 08:40

RT Crosstalk 30 Jan Ukraine falling apart

Jan 30 08:22

Council Clamps Down: PACE votes to extend Russian Diplomatic Sanctions

Russia has been stripped of its voting rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) until at least April, following a vote on the country’s credentials in Strasbourg, effectively continuing the diplomatic sanctions that were already in place.

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