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The Dirty War on Ukraine

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July 23

Luhansk Republic reports that its forces have found stockpiles of US-made Stinger MANPAD missiles under the ruins of Luhansk airport, indicating the US started supplying the Kiev junta with "lethal aid" early on. sputniknews.com/europe/20150722/1024932018.html

June 24

More Color Revolution franchises? Now it's Armenia thesaker.is/is-a-color-revolution-underway-in-armenia/ . Last month (see below) it was Macedonia.
Armenia is a member of the Eurasian Union and has a Russian military base. Its neighbors Georgia (ruled by mad dog Saakashvili) and Azerbaijan are in the Wall Street bankster camp.

June 21

Vineyardsaker reports on a poll by the Ukrainian survey agency, showing 60% of population feel that ending the war in Donbass is the top priority, yet another 60% also don't want to officially give up Donbass or Crimea. Only 4% feel the country is on the right track. thesaker.is/very-interesting-public-survey-in-the-occupied-ukraine/

May 17.

Fascist junta mobilizing for new offensive on Donbass. www.globalresearch.ca/ukraine-crisis-report-military-escalation-in-donesk/5449758

May 9. The latest cookie-cutter color revolution, this time it's Macedonia.


some interesting comments there

Macedonia is the link between Greece and Serbia, and Americans are obsessed with not allowing Russia to get to Serbia in any way, especially not via gas pipeline.
They already destroyed The South Stream project, by blackmailing Bulgaria, which basically ceased to be a sovereign nation at that moment.
And now this. The war is starting in Macedonia, totally organized by the Americans.
It is worth noticing that the only countries in Europe where the majority of populations support Russia are in the Balkans. Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, half of Bosnia are all pro-Russian (not the governments but the people).
I don’t know what can Russia do regarding this.


Breaking up Yugoslavia was the first project of the ‘new’ post-1989 NATO; i.e. the NATO that had to re-invent itself (or die) once its raison d’être had disappeared.
A second step was to support the Kosovo Albanians – not the good citizens but the KLA mafia.
And a third recent step has been investment via ex-KLA in the invention of Greater Albania, against the inclination of Albania, and various Albanian populations across the region.
Kosovo is the toxic HQ of this plan. And the aim has been to create an arc of destabilization across the Balkans, divide & rule.

The KLA is another division of the CIA Foreign Legion.

May 5. A New, Social-Oriented State Rises in Donbass

Our author Webster Tarpley traveled to Donetsk in April and witnessed the construction of a new socially-oriented state, opposed to the oligarchical-fascist model that Wall Street is pushing down the throats of the Ukrainian people in Kiev. tarpley.net/eyewitness-report-from-the-donetsk-peoples-republic/  
"Wartime Revolution Against Neoliberals, Fascists, and Oligarchs in Donetsk-Donbass: All Banks Nationalized; Electricity, Coal and Infrastructure Under State Control; Shell and Hunter Biden Takeover Bids Rebuffed; World Leadership in Machine Tools for Mining Sought; State Sector Forming with Modern Supermarkets and Farm Cooperatives; Pensions and Social Benefits Paid by DPR; Dirigist National “Monetary Token” Readied; Expanded Reproduction, Family Formation and Population Growth Encouraged, with Goal of Three Children per Family and Education for Mental Capital; New State Is Product of Multigenerational Middle Class Mass Strike vs NATO-Backed Maidan Nazis; Kiev Incessantly Violating Minsk 2 Accord, Has Used Phosphorous, Cluster Bombs, and Most Likely Depleted Uranium; Poroshenko Guilty of Humanitarian Catastrophe;US Advisers Meddling Near Fighting Front; Washington Must Negotiate End of “Launch on Warning” Hair Trigger Nuclear Doctrine."

April 20

Also reported by Fort Russ last month, just heard about it from Richard Cottrell - a string of "suicides" of Party of Regions politicians, recent report by Justin Raimondo reporting the other day original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/04/16/the-murderers-of-kiev/ 
January 26 – Nikolai Sergienko, former deputy chief of Ukrainian Railways and a supporter of Viktor Yanukoych’s Party of Regions, reportedly shot himself with a hunting rifle. The windows were all locked from inside, and no note was found.
* January 29 – Aleksey Kolesnik, the former chairman of the Kharkov regional government and a prominent supporter of the now-banned Party of Regions, supposedly hung himself. There was no suicide note
* February 24 – Stanislav Melnik, another former Party of Regions member of parliament, was found dead in his bathroom: he is said to have shot himself with a hunting rifle. We are told he left a suicide note of “apologies,” but what he was apologizing for has never been revealed, since the note has not been released.
* February 25 – Sergey Valter, former Party of Regions activist and Mayor of Melitopol, was found hanged hours before his trial on charges of “abuse of office” was set to begin. Whoever was responsible neglected to leave a “suicide” note.
* February 26 – Aleksandr Bordyuga, Valter’s lawyer and former deputy chief of Melitopol police, was found in his garage, dead, another “suicide.
* February 26 – Oleksandr Peklushenko, a former Party of Regions member of parliament and chairman of Zaporozhye Regional State Administration, was found dead in the street with a gun wound to his neck. Officially declared a “suicide.”
* February 28 – Mikhail Chechetov, a professor of economics and engineering, former member of parliament from the Party of Regions, and former head of the privatization board, supposedly jumped from the seventeenth floor window of his Kiev apartment. Another “suicide”!
* March 14 – Sergey Melnichuk, a prosecutor and Party of Regions loyalist, “fell” from the ninth floor window of an apartment building in Odessa. Or was he pushed?

Mar. 8.

Fort Russ reports on a story by Tatyana Volkova, citing a trail of evidence in the Nemtsov murder case, which leads to the extremist Ukrainian politician Yarosh as the string puller. Volkova identifies him as an asset of the US color revolution factory CANVAS.  The killers were led to believe they would be doing a good thing in ridding Russia of Nemtsov. fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/03/from-chechens-to-right-sector-to-canvas.html  Russia's FSB has identified the assassin as deputy commander of Vostok, the Chechen brigade fighting for Novorossiya. thesaker.is/important-developments-in-the-nemtsov-murder-case/

And a Happy International Women's Day to our courageous Tatyana!

Feb. 25

Representatives of Kharkov region meet to discuss setting up their own Republic to save Kharkov from economic and social disaster under junta rule.  fortruss.blogspot.be/2015/02/kharkov-experts-gather-in-russia-to.html

Feb. 18 Debaltsevo update

Junta forces surrender at Debaltsevo, leaving on foot. Pravda reports they massacred civilians before fleeing. www.pravda.ru/news/world/17-02-2015/1248937-Artem_Olhin-0/ Ukrainian media contend it's an orderly withdrawal riding military vehicles reviewnews.net/ukraine-1/3120-ukrainskie-voennye-pokidayut-debaltsevo Sputnik reports hundreds of junta troops surrendering their weapons sputniknews.com/europe/20150218/1018413888.html  Novorossiya video clip shows a group of 72 soldiers surrendered, marching on foot, even carrying wounded - in English subtitles militia commander assures them they'll be well taken care of -- camera shows they had plenty of ammunition, but no reason to fight  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHPGNUbbJ70&feature=youtu.be Fortruss reports that one Ukrainian general admitted on TV that DPR forces have destroyed the junta HQ there. fortruss.blogspot.fr/2015/02/ukrainian-general-staff-confirms.html

As of Feb 19 Vineyardsaker reported NAF has taken over the entire city of Debaltseveo, with about 1000 junta troops hiding in the snowy woods with very little supplies. Mothers of soldiers protesting in Kiev for Porko to accept surrender conditions. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-strategic-implications-of-battle.html Saker says Porky is in complete denial but Ukrainian people are getting the truth via the grapevine and the Internet, so junta may be facing a credibility disaster as well. He quotes a porkish statement that there was an organized withdrawal from Debaltsevo, which might actually be half truth, at least the withdrawal part.

Feb 16.

Rick Rozoff at StopNato reports UK sending 55 "non-lethal" armored cars to shore up extremist junta in Kiev.

Junta to get $17 bn loan from IMF in exchange for turning over Ukraine's farmlands to the Monsanto monster. www.globalresearch.ca/ukraine-agrees-to-monsanto-land-grab-for-17-billion-imf-loan/5431312

Feb. 15

Ceasefire hardly lasted an hour. DPR reports they were targeted by junta artillery fire in Debaltsevo, and are returning fire. Anyway Zakharchenko had said if Ukies try to break out from cauldron there, DPR will fire on them. Not clear if ceasefire holding elsewhere.

Fri. Feb. 13. - unlucky for junta?

Fort Russ reported yesterday that Poroshenko and junta official-dumb are denying their troops are surrounded at Debaltsevo, and Porky is pouring men and tanks in to try to take the lid of the cauldron at Logvinovo, using an elite, NATO-trained units in a kamikaze offensive - trying to make the lie true. Fort Russ reports that all 40 attack tanks were destroyed, but NAF also took considerable losses, as the battle turned to infantry engagement and finally to an artillery duel. fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/02/poroshenko-throws-800-people-and-thee.html The analyst believes Porky's future is staked on the outcome at Debaltsevo. Why don't they just wait for the cease fire which should take effect tomorrow? Commanders don't want them to give up their weapons - and maybe their identity as foreign mercenaries. Evidently the evil empire would rather let their men die than let their identity be known.
Poroshenko's "last ditch massive surprise attack to deblock the Debaltsevo cauldron, which he maintains "does not exist". He had hoped that by the end of the day he will be able to pull off a victory and say, look - I was right, there is no cauldron! But all those Ukrainian lives were lost in vain..."  -- Vladimir Shurygin

He also predicts the junta will bomb civilian targets as a way of "slamming the door while leaving" - killing hundreds more civilians.

Junta tank with German license plates, natürlich http://www.libertasoccidentalis.org/?p=99168

Funny video of a tank push-starting an APC in the snow and mud (at the 23 second mark) www.bestoftheinternets.com/videos/tech/Ukraine-Huge-explosion-in-Debaltsevo-after-DPR-launch-surgical-artillery-strike.html They could be part of the force advancing on Debaltsevo

Graham Phillips with NAF's Prizrak (Ghost) Brigade 3 km from Debaltsevo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujxPSAifDWs&feature=youtu.be

Video of NAF tanks moving through Debaltsevo town https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3pIVQ0B0s0 Look Ma no Pocket now.

Today's Military Sitrep vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2015/02/13022015-military-report-of-novorossia.html

Finian Cunningham: The West is trying to twist the ceasefire agreement to make it look like a war between Russia and Ukraine, rather than a civil war in Ukraine (or in fact a US proxy war of occupation against Ukraine would be  most accurate). www.strategic-culture.org/news/2015/02/14/washington-wastes-no-time-to-sabotage-minsk.html

Background explanation of the Cauldron (encirclement) phenomenon (sometimes machine translated as "environment") www.skankworks.net/the-debaltsevo-boiler/

Debaltsevo is strategic because it is on the main road halfway between Donetsk and Luhansk, and was part of a pincer movement by the junta meant to encircle Gorlovka. The Southern Cauldron last summer developed the same way when the junta tried to encircle Donetsk and cut it off from the Russian border.

Analysis: Kiev junta is in disarray, with rightist extremists refusing to accept any compromise other than total victory of Ukrainian nationalism over Donbass, and with nothing to offer other than a World War III scenario as a begging pitch. Which the West isn't buying: they don't have "billions laying around to spend on keptocratic Ukrainians with delusions of grandeur." fortruss.blogspot.be/2015/02/all-is-lost-poroshenko-after-minsk-2.html

Most fascinating hysterical reaction to Minsk-2 sees Putin wiping the floor with Porko fortruss.blogspot.be/2015/02/russian-fifth-column-panics-over-putins.html

Veteran's Today carries a story from Pravda that the US is afraid Russia could release a bombshell:  satellite photos proving 9/11 was a false flag - which would be a diplomatic catastrophe for the evil empire. www.veteranstoday.com/2015/02/10/pravda-putin-threatens-to-release-satellite-evidence-of-911/ Confirmed. The original Pravda story is here: www.pravda.ru/news/world/northamerica/usacanada/07-02-2015/1247485-0/ The message is clear- don't take chutzpah too far. "The attack was planned by the US government, but exercised using her proxy," And who might the proxy be...

Follow up: Kevin Barrett on how 9/11 has weakened the US, and how the time is ripe for Putin to play the 9/11 Truth card www.veteranstoday.com/2015/02/12/putin911bomb/

Feb. 12 Minsk-2 agreement

Big agreement in Minsk for ceasefire and special status for Donbass. Mercouris sees it as a step forward for Novorossiya vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-minsk-agreement.html , Fotopoulos sees it as a total sellout, giving up territory and independence, while agreeing to monitoring of the border. What I see in the terms regarding withdrawal of artillery and exchange of prisoners is that Donbass didn't get much for the 8000 trapped troops in Debalstevo - half of them NATO mercenaries. Just promises from the junta side which are worse less than half a hryvnia. I mean worthless. Mercouris also says the agreement is not likely to hold. Then why give away Debaltsevo, the biggest tactical victory to date? 

The only way I can see this making sense strategically is as a kind of moral victory, if it shows goodwill from Novorossiya and Russia, while the junta keep acting in bad faith, causing more suffereing and casualties out of a refusal to be reasonable and agree peacefully, then Kjiv will lose even more support among its own people and could collapse.

Putin was under pressure of course, as the Pentagon announced it's getting ready to spend $1 billion on Ukraine en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/249918.html through 2017 - another Long War

Feb. 11

The false flag op predicted by some observers in the Donbass may have occurred now with the missile strike on Kramatorsk, which inflicted numerous civilian casualties. Western presstitutions have been quick to swallow the junta line that the trajectory came from "separatist-held" territory, although the contrary seems more likely. Suspiciously, Porky announced all the details of the attack within half an hour in a speech that was probably already prepared for maximum medialistic effect. Per Vineyardsaker. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-proof-that-kramatorsk-tornado.html

Feb 9-10

The Ukrainian currency "hryvnia" has lost almost 3/4 of its value since the beginning of the Color Revolution in 2013, from about 6 to the dollar to 24 to the dollar. www.tradingeconomics.com/ukraine/currency

Twitter search on Debaltsevo: Cauldron closed, NAF unit Motorola reportedly entered Debaltsevo yesterday, 8000 trapped troops don't want to fight, commanders tried to flee. Half of the troops are from NATO countries, they're making lots of phone calls to their familiies in NATO countries. Thus the big diplomatic embarrassment - imagine 4000 NATO POWs! Will Putin play this trump card for all it's worth - or toss it away in futile hopes of gaining good will from those of evil intent?

Remember that Debaltsevo voted out of Ukraine in the referendum, so whether the troops are from Ukraine or from NATO, they are an enemy occupying force.

One Ukie unit surrendered, commander says they had orders to shoot in the back any soldiers attempting to flee for their lives. lifenews.ru/news/149655 Good scoop LIfe News!

According to TASS, the junta troops have not made any concerted effort to break out of Debaltsevo, but the Azov battalion have launched a counter offensive at Mariupol. tass.ru/en/world/776579

Must-read background article on Debaltsevo from Jan. 31: fortruss.blogspot.pt/2015/01/thus-began-slaughter-debaltsevo-and-its.html 90% of casualties in the pocket are from artillery fire. NAF is shooting fish in a barrel. And the junta is running out of the almost endless stores of Soviet-era ammunition and equipment. The economy is also in collapse.

Vineyardsaker with South Front military Sitrep for Feb. 10, video vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2015/02/10022015-military-report-of-novorossia.html  NAF have taken several villages in Debaltsevo pocket and parts of the city. Junta troops are massing in Luganskovo, just north of the pocket, planning an offensive to break through at Logvinovo to relieve the troops trapped in the cauldron, however, they are only one battalion strong.

Feb 7

Signs of the Times - Sott.net with a very good critique of NATO saber-rattling about "maybe sending lethal weapons."  They have already been sending huge loads of the stuff, according to Wayne Madsen. And losing the war anyway. www.sott.net/article/292378-NATO-sending-lethal-military-aid-to-Ukraine-is-all-about-them-losing-the-war-it-launched 

RT reports on Ukrainians dodging the draft en masse rt.com/news/228131-draft-evasion-ukraine-military/

Feb. 5

Saker reports that Nuland and Kerry are in Kiev, Hollande and Merkel in Moscow - trying to salvage something from military defeat? Pressure on Putin as NATO threatens to send military force to shore up junta. Meanwhile, Novorossiya and junta agreed on a ceasefire to allow civilians to leave Debaltsevo, to be escorted by OSCE and theoretically given the choice where to go, Novorossiya or Ukraine. This removes the human shield which is the last line of defense for the trapped junta army -- thus the high level diplomacy? vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2015/02/ukraine-sitrep-extremely-dangerous.html

Others ask, Why does Putin sue for peace every time his side is winning?

"Putin splits West with peace plan for Ukraine" -- Report from the London Times: www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/europe/article4345871.ece
President Putin threatened to split the west last night with a surprise peace plan for Ukraine that drew in France and Germany but left Britain and the United States out of the loop.
Angela Merkel and François Hollande rushed to Kiev to try to persuade President Poroshenko to sign up to the terms, which include an immediate ceasefire and the possible deployment of a UN force.
There was deep unease, however, about an initiative that seeks to calm the west’s new Cold War with Russia, yet sidelines Britain and America...
The outlines of the proposal envisaged “freezing” the conflict along its current front lines, which would mean giving the separatists more territory than they held under a previous peace agreement in Minsk last September...
Mrs Merkel and Mr Hollande seized on President Putin’s overture as fears grow that the separatists are poised to capitalise on recent gains and that the Ukrainian economy is on the verge of collapse.
Western diplomats said that the two European leaders were bringing a revised version of a nine-page peace proposal sent to them by the Russian leader...
“Now we are in a war, and in a war that could be a total war,” Mr Hollande said. He also added his weight to one of Mr Putin’s core demands, saying that “France is not favourable to Ukraine’s entry into Nato, let us be clear”. ...
In Moscow a spokesman for the ministry of foreign affairs said that today’s meeting with the French and German leaders could touch on the possibility of deploying UN peacekeepers to east Ukraine, a move that would consolidate a “frozen conflict” within Ukraine’s borders similar to the Russian-controlled enclaves of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Transnistria inside Georgia and Moldova.
Ukraine’s government is also acutely aware that it will struggle to attract the huge international loans it urgently needs until the status of the two rebel republics of Donetsk and Luhansk is clarified and the fighting stops.
Mr Poroshenko said that Ukraine had reached a “very critical moment in our history”. Many in the country are concerned that, with rebel fighters in the ascendancy, any diplomatic proposal with a realistic chance of satisfying Mr Putin will be unfavourable to Kiev.
Yesterday the hryvnia plunged 46 per cent against the dollar after the cash-strapped central bank scaled back interventions to defend it. The currency later stabilised after interest rates were raised by 5.5 per cent to 19.5 per cent, although it was still trading almost a fifth lower than it had opened.
Nato defence ministers meeting in Brussels approved what Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general, said would be the likely expansion of the alliance’s rapid response force from 13,000 to 30,000 troops.
It represents the biggest boost to collective defence since the 1980s...
The White House also said President Obama would soon decide whether to provide lethal aid to bolster Ukrainian forces in their fight against pro-Russian separatists, a move that Europeans fear could spark even wider hostilities.
Moscow said yesterday that such a move “would pose a danger to Russia’s security” and “inflict colossal damage to Russian-American relations”.

But not to worry - they couldn't agree on a deal anyway www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/europe/article4347078.ece
"The Chancellor and the French president spent more than five hours with the Russian leader, but left after midnight without securing a halt to the worst outbreak of violence in Europe since the Balkan conflict." Anyway the caviar was delicious and with the repartée it was a pleasant evening. 

Feb. 4

Major defeat looms for junta as DNR-LNR pincer closes Debaltsevo cauldron - this could be another Ilovaysk, only bigger. fortruss.blogspot.pt/2015/01/thus-began-slaughter-debaltsevo-and-its.html  Kiev airforce last ditch attempt to relieve position fails as two junta SU-25 fighter-bombers are shot down. rusvesna.su/news/1422986169 Vineyardsaker believes cauldron is closed now, see map from Col. Cassad vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2015/02/ukraine-sitrep-debaltsevo-cauldron.html

Feb. 2

Vineyardsaker reports full "volunteer" mobilization in Novorossiya. Junta's 4th mobilization failing in face of massive resistance to conscription.

Jan 30

Debaltsovo is a town in Donetsk oblast that has been held by the junta since the start of the war, in an attempt to encircle Gorlovka. It now appears the NAF (Novorossiyan Armed Forces) have instead encircled Debaltsovo. Junta conscripts there may have little choice but to surrender.

Jan. 28

What cold war? Dead bodies in NATO uniforms, US weapons recovered from under debris of Donetsk airport. Denis Pushilin says junta has used mercenaries from the start. www.veteranstoday.com/2015/01/26/342227/

Vineyardsaker reports that the junta offensive has fizzled, in fact, it may turn into a Novorossiya counteroffensive. Today he also posted a video of Ukrainian deputy Oleg Tsarov telling parliament on Nov. 20, 2013 about the US preparations for staging a color revolution coup. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2015/01/must-watch-ukrainian-deputy-us-to-stage.html (this was before the Euromaidan riots). Tsarev said "Preparations are being made for a civil war in Ukraine, training specialists for information warfare… …and the discrediting of state institutions using modern media… …potential revolutionaries…for organising protests… and the toppling of the State Order. The project is currently overseen and under the responsibility…of the US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt."

Komsomolskaya Pravda reports an interview with a Ukrainian air force defector claiming MH-17 was shot down by a Ukie SU-25 pilot by mistake fortruss.blogspot.com/2014/12/meet-pilot-who-shot-down-malysian.html

Jan. 18

Looks like a major junta counteroffensive all along the front. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2015/01/novorussia-sitrep-intensive-combat.html
Saker also gives arguments why China is not going to invade Siberia but will prefer peaceful cooperation. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-myth-of-chinese-takeover-in-siberia.html
He also links to a new RT documentary on MH17 which supports the military aircraft shootdown scenario. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwC9RJopkHU 

Jan. 17

Novorossiya forces have finally liberated Donetsk airport from junta occupiers, Vineyardsaker reports. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2015/01/zakharchenko-offers-to-return-their.html Meanwhile the fascists are preparing a massive army of tanks to try to overwhelm the freedom fighters by sheer force of numbers. Hopefully the result is a lot of those tanks get captured and are turned against the enemy.

Jan. 15.

Russia is going to stop gas transit to the EU through the Ukraine. Except for Germany which is on the Nordstream pipeline, EU countries will have to get gas from the new pipeline into Turkey. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2015/01/apparently-it-really-did-happen.html
The Saker also reports that Dmitri Orlov has a fascinating new article on how Russia defends itself cluborlov.blogspot.com/2015/01/peculiarities-of-russian-national.html - basically it freezes out its enemies. The new Cold War is going to very cold for Europe.

Jan. 3, 2015

Pepe Escobar writes that 2015 will be all about Russia, China and Iran -- the year of Eurasia, and the Anglo-Zionist empire's war on the ruble will backfire.  sputniknews.com/columnists/20141231/1016436434.html

We have been moving house since Dec. 19, I had no time to post.  

Dec 19. Ukraine coup is revenge for Russian support of Syria, Stratfor founder suggests

"George Friedman, the CEO and founder of forecasters Stratfor, believes the US started to meddle in Ukraine in retaliation for Russia outfoxing Obama over Syria." rt.com/news/216043-stratfor-relations-russia-usa/ 
Is he affirming another Palestine-Khazaria link? (See map, Dec. 16.)
Actually the West has been meddling in Kievan Rus ever since the fall of the Khazar Empire, and the Neocon-Nuland phase has been well underway since the fall of Gorbachev. The powers that have sought to wrench the territory away from Russia are a list of countries subject to Khazar or Zionist influence: The Mongols; Poland; England; Germany and the USA. Germany created modern Ukraine as a maneuver against Russia during World War I - See tarpley.net/metaphysical-doubts-concerning-the-existence-of-modern-ukraine-a-1918-creation-of-the-german-general-staff/  (This at a time when the Jewish élite had great influence behind the scenes in Germany, and of course England as well.)

uk.businessinsider.com/sberbank-cib-chief-economist-warns-of-a-full-scale-banking-crisis-in-russia-2014-12 Banks may be unable to survive the interest rate burden that the CBR (Central Bank of Russia) has saddled them with.
Globalists have named CBR chief Elvira Nabiullova Central Banker of the Year. For her pert looks - or for destroying the Russian economy?

Russia's lower house of parliament hastily approved a draft law today to give the banking sector a capital boost of up to 1 trillion rubles ($16.5 billion), Reuters reported.

Dec. 17. Economic warfare bloodies the Ruble red: Fight back with a Russian Greenback

What Russia really must do is follow the path of Lincoln and Carey, List and Clay - the "American School" of high tariffs, advocated by Tarpley - to develop Russian  industry. This is not a matter of economic markets, but of economic warfare, and that means you must defend yourself. When the City of London declared financial war on the Union while its proxies in the South started a shooting war, Lincoln's response was to finance the Civil War by printing his famous greenbacks. Of course, he was asssassinated for it, and so was JFK for bringing back the greenback 100 years later (see the photo at right - it says US Note, not Federal Reserve Note at the top!). The banksters will kill who they will, so Putin can't go out on a limb alone, he must have a whole team behind such a move. 

"Yes, the fact that Lincoln and Kennedy were taking control away from the international bankers, ie the Rothschilds et al, is no doubt one of the reasons they were assassinated. And the same goes for President Garfield and maybe even McKinley."  www.orwelltoday.com/readerlincolnmoney.shtml

Forbes magazine admits it's war, they come right out and say "OPEC Destroyed The Russian Ruble.www.forbes.com/sites/francescoppola/2014/12/16/how-opec-destroyed-the-russian-ruble/  "The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) was doing everything right... on December 15th, the United Arab Emirates’ Energy Minister suggested that oil could fall as low as $40 a barrel. This was disastrous. The CBR’s worst-case scenario for the Russian economy assumed the oil price would fall to $60 a barrel."

Ukraine: a former crew member of the BUK-312 battery alleged to have been commanded by rebels and to have shot down MH-17 denies the story. He says it was under Ukrainian command and that it did not fire on the airliner. More evidence that it was a jet fighter - could be Ukrainian, NATO or other provocateurs.

Dec. 16. The Crunch hits the Ruble

Russian Ruble in free fall, losing 20% yesterday alone, down 50% for the year. Central Bank is finally forced to apply capital controls. rt.com/business/214927-ruble-capital-controls-nuclear/ 

Wall Street Journal warns the distress of the ruble could spell financial turmoil worldwide blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2014/12/16/5-reasons-for-investor-to-care-about-russias-market-turmoil/  There is talk of default by Russian companies with debt in dollars, and even of sovereign default. Zerohedge speculates Russia's last straw option may be a currency union with China www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-12-16/western-banks-cut-liquidity-russian-entities

Paul Joseph Watson says the financial onslaught against Russia is intended to soften her up for a color revolution. www.infowars.com/the-engineered-fall-of-the-russian-ruble/ quoting Takis Fotopoulos our author of a forthcoming book on the Ukraine crisis progressivepress.com/book-listing/ukraine-attack-russia-and-eurasian-union

Russian Central Bank Russia’s Central Bank Chair Elvira Nabiullina said it is a signal that Russians have to stop borrowing in dollars and spending on imports. “We must learn to live in a new reality, to focus more on our own resources to finance projects and give import substitution a chance.” rt.com/business/214747-ruble-central-bank-nabiullina/ Which sounds very sensible even if it echoes moves to autarky during the depression.

However, Nabiullina has also been criticized as part of the 5th column of western-leaning apparatchiks. Vineyardsaker takes issue, as do I, with her response of 17% interest rates, which will choke the economy. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/12/email-from-diogenes-with-some-quick.html  This is a monetarist knee-jerk reaction. If she means what she says about using own resources to finance projects, she needs to avoid policies that will kill projects. As Saker says, this is not medicine, it's poison.

One Russian writer (Aleksei Kettunen, Translation: Petri Krohn vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/12/ruble-exchange-rate-fluctuations-and.html) says the crisis has been caused by sanctions that hurt Russian companies and force them to buy dollars to finance outstanding loans. The money masters are trying to put the maximum squeeze on Russia before the year end, because on Jan. 1 the Eurasian Union comes into being, which will loosen the stranglehold of the dollar on the Russian economy. He predicts the Russian government to spend more on infrastructure projects next year. Of course, a weak ruble will also help Russian producers compete, so it's not all negative, once there is the swing away from dollar imports. After all, China built itself up by keeping its own currency cheap.

The Saker's own take on it: "Russia must take the strategic decision to drop the current system of backing each printed Ruble with purchased US Dollar and instead back the Ruble with either energy or metals or a combo of real-word resources." He says the real reason for the collapse of the ruble is investors lack faith in the free-market types at the central bank, and that Putin himself is too much of a market capitalist or economic liberal. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-russian-central-banks-counterattack.html Saker says the Eurasian Sovereignist need to strike back before the Atlantic Integrationists ruin the economy and the country.
Saker's diagnosis is right in line with Webster Tarpley and others who distrust the Fed, who praise Lincoln for printing the greenback and breaking free of the London banking web (for which he was assassinated.)

I don't notice many voices saying the cheap ruble may force Russia to take the directions it should - more reliance on manufacturing and less on the West.
Mostly beating this drum instead: 
+ Bloomberg News: "The foundations on which Vladimir Putin built his 15 years in charge of Russia are giving way."
+ The collapse of Russia's currency may actually force Putin to acquiesce on geopolitical issues from Syria to Ukraine. -- PolicyMic.com

Here is one lone voice still saying the Russians have an ace up their sleeve - they are shorting the ruble so they can get rid of worthless dollars to buy up all the rubles out there! www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40486.htm  Scroll down and there is a note that Ukraine isn't doing too well either: IMF, World Bank Halt Multi-billion dollar lending to Ukraine amid doubts about repayment. You mean they wanted the money back?!?

On the Novorossiya front, Saker has a translation of an interesting article about coal and mineral resources, who contends that Donbass naturally belongs together with Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporzhiye at least, as a natural industrial basin. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/12/ukraine-as-seen-through-eyes-of.html  This seems to explain Putin's reluctance to annex the Donbass, which would be more of a burden. What would be useful to Russia is more likely to keep all or most of the country. The author says that the separation of the Donbass from Ukraine is an American, not a Russian project.  


Ukraine= Palestine II? Texe Marrs says USA is recreating the Khazar empire on Russia's doorstep "the resurgent Khazar Empire has retaken control of its ancestral home and resumed its age-old goal of conquering the Rus."  henrymakow.com/2014/08/Khazars-Re-invade-Ukraine%20.html

This could actually be a HUGE story. How much of modern history might be explained by Khazaria's attempt to make a comeback and avenge its defeat by Russia? For instance, the Bolsheviks were mostly Khazar Jews. So were the oligarchs who plundered Jeltzin's Russia and oversaw the dismemberment of the Soviet Union. 
Curiously enough, some time ago I was wondering if the unquenchable and eternal animosity of the Jews and their Anglo allies towards Russia was linked to the fall of Khazaria at the hands of Russian princes a 1000 years ago.  

Not only could this explain a motive behind events like Zionism and Bolshevism, but it makes it a little bit understandable, why they should be so bitter. Not that we should let them have their way, but at least it puts their project under a standard category, of revanchism. 

So now we're seeing another Palestine in Ukraine with the native population becoming 2nd class citizens in their own country? 

History sure is a long game! This goes back really to ancient times. 

Would it be too naive to believe that exposing the motive might help defuse the deadly strategy it gave rise to? Or will it result rather in open calls for a New Khazaria, the same way we already have a New Judea in Palestine?

Map shows Khazaria reached as far as Kiev and Crimea; at its peak, its extent was quite a bit greater still.

Another BRIC in the wall: $2 bn diamond deal between Russia and Indiart.com/op-edge/214771-diamond-industry-russia-india/  Russia is world's largest rough diamond producer, while India is the biggest cutter and manufacturer. Thanks to sanctions, they are now cutting out the middlemen and developing direct ties. 

Russian Ruble in free fall, losing 20% on yesterday alone, down 50% for the year. Central Bank is finally forced to apply capital controls. rt.com/business/214927-ruble-capital-controls-nuclear/

Dec. 15

Ukraine's ex-PM Elena Bondarenko publishes open letter revealing that the NazCia junta in Kjiv are physically liquidating opposition and regime dissidents  fortruss.blogspot.com/2014/12/former-ukrainian-pm-elena-bondarenkos.html 

Takis Fotopoulos in Pravda: What is the NWO? It is the TNC's- Transnational Corporations run the world, manned by the TE's, the transnational elites, who agree on one thing: expansion of the anglo-zionist neoliberal system to every corner of the globe.
Love the cartoon at the right (even tho it doesn't mention the TNC's)

EU tries to bribe Turkey to set it against Russia  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV6uN9vaDQY

Congress itching for WW3 as it escalates economic and military warfare on Russia with new sanctions, lethal aid to its NazCia puppet junta in Kyiv  www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/15/ukra-d15.html

New stories on the war on Ukraine here rickrozoff.wordpress.com/ and in the Stop Nato Yahoo group if you are in yahoogroups 

Dec. 13

Progressive Press authors F. Wm. Engdahl and Takis Fotopoulos have both written about the empire's economic warfare on Russia, pointing out that the current drop in gasoline prices is targeted at Russia, which depends on oil revenues for up to 50% of its income. Also targeted are Syria (including US airstrikes on oil production) and Venezuela. See Dec. 9 entry here www.progressivepress.com/blog/dirty-war-syria 
China once again benefits from the fray (China recently became the world's largest economy, see today's entry here www.progressivepress.com/blog-entry/melange ) It was wise of Putin to make his gas deal with China before the US-Saudi deal to cut energy prices took effect.

Vineyardsaker reports that Russia and China have a counterstrategy: they are accepting final payment for oil and goods only in physical gold.  futurefastforward.com/images/stories/financial/GrandmasterPutinG%C3%87%C3%96sGoldenTrap.pdf via vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/12/confusion-about-anglozionist-sanctions.html Is the US effectively selling gold to cover its trade deficit? It buys FIVE times as much goods from China as it sells.
The Russian author, Dmitry Kalinichenko, notes that the empire is not able to employ its usual tactics, color revolutions or outright war, against Russia. Interestingly enough, gold is also the reserve value of choice when there is a war... 

The Saker also has a good story about the Ukrainian secret police, who didn't catch a single foreign spy during the 23 years of Ukrainian independence. Maybe because they are working for foreign spies. Which would be why they now have the American flag flying over the portal. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/12/us-flag-proudly-flies-over-sbu-building.html  "The Russians even made a hilarious video about a SBU "capture" of a FSB agent" - well worth watching it here, 3 min.

Novorossiya: What are the chances for success for the insurgency?
Two authors have different views. In Beating Goliath: Why Insurgencies Win , author Jeffrey Record says history shows the key factor is external support, although even then, few insurgencies succeed. This certainly holds true of spontaneous revolutions, which are much less likely to succeed than orchestrated color revolutions.  It's obvious then that the evil empire will concentrate on interdicting Russian assistance to East Ukraine and on maximizing its support for any insurgency against Syria. However, another researcher, Ivan Arreguin-Toft, concludes the main factor is strategy How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict .

Dec. 7

Gladio B and the Battle for Eurasia   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q0qau8f0w8 Jim Corbett lecture, 52 minutes. ‘Operation Gladio B’--the continuation of the old NATO Gladio program--covers a tangled web of covert operatives, billionaire Imams, drug running, prison breaks and terror strikes. Its goal: the destabilization of Central Asia and the Caucasus. In this presentation to Studium Generale in Groningen on November 19, 2014, James Corbett lifts the lid on this operation, its covert operatives, and the secret battle for the Eurasian heartland.

Dec. 6

"By cancelling South Stream, Russia has imposed upon Europe the most effective of the sanctions we have seen this year." The EU have just shot their own "energy security" in the foot by trying to make life impossible for Russia. Instead, Russia has signed two huge gas deals with China, a big and very strategic deal with Turkey, and a major deal to trade Russian industrial goods for Iranian oil. Deals with Japan, Korea, India and Pakistan are also under discussion. The EU is left out in the cold thanks to caving in to the provocateurs from Washington. Alexander Mercouris at vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-importance-of-cancellation-of-south.html Eurasia for the Eurasians, Europe for the Anglo-Zionist predator empire's next meal. 

South Stream, like Nord Stream, was intended to bypass Ukraine which has been an unreliable partner taking unfair advantage of its position as a transit route. The US-installed maniacs in Kiev have lost a big bargaining chip. South Stream now being replaced by "Turk Stream," which will also go under the Black Sea but to Turkey instead of Bulgaria. In future it could still be extended to Europe via Bulgaria, but not as a dead end under the sea, which would give the Bulgarians puppets the final say. With Turk Stream, the investment by Gazprom will bear fruit still, and if Ukraine wants to stay in the game, they need to play fair and throw out the Russphobic nutcases and countergangs from NGO-land. See also  www.globalresearch.ca/from-south-stream-to-the-turk-stream-pipeline-huge-win-for-turkey-big-win-for-russia-historic-loss-for-eu/5418312 

Takis Fotopoulos is not so optimistic. He writes in Pravda that the current oil price cut, instituted by US Saudi puppets, is economic warfare against Russia and Venezuela. english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/06-12-2014/129226-economic_warfare-0/ 
He also notes that in his recent meeting with French zionist PM Hollande, Putin agreed to respect Ukraine's "territorial integrity," which means sacrificing Novorossiya to NATO. 

Malaysian Airlines facing bankruptcy as a direct result of the downing of two of its airliners by the evil empire this year. Perfect example how the empire props itself up by smashing up the others. www.businessinsider.com/afp-ailing-malaysia-airlines-to-suspend-shares-december-15-2014-12

Dec. 1.

Putin announced Russia can't go through with the Southstream gas project without the permit needed from Bulgaria. Also, the EU is attempting to retroactively enforce legislation requiring Gazprom to give away half of the capacity for free to competing suppliers. en.itar-tass.com/economy/764598

Nov. 26

The Great Satan is planning another batch of color revolutions in central European countries that aren't falling in line on sanctions against Russia, the Vineyard Saker reports. Hungary, Czech Republic and Serbia to be targeted. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/11/sitrep-transcarpathia-transnistria-and.html Let's hope someday people catch on, but they play on the youth who always want to make their own mistakes. 

Nov. 23. The push to put Ukraine in NATO is on.

Via Rick Rozoff/ StopNATO. New Ukrainian Junta Pushes NATO Membership, War Budget Boost, Crimea. en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/234656.html  
State Department: U.S. Will Welcome Truncated Ukraine In NATO. en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/235785.html 
German FM Steinmeyer opposed to Ukraine membership in NATO rt.com/news/208147-germany-ukraine-nato-minister/

Nov. 14.

MH-17 Truth hits the fan at the Daily Mail www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2835088/Is-moment-MH17-shot-flew-Ukraine-Russian-state-broadcaster-produces-satellite-images-showing-fighter-jet-attack.html Russian TV shows satellite photo of air-to-air missile streaking to strike Malaysian airliner.
More via Vineyardsaker's blog vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/11/mh17-more-proof-that-ukies-did-it.html  Rostov airport civilian radar shows aircraft with transponder off in vicinity of MH-17 www.mk.ru/incident/2014/11/12/dannye-aviadispetcherov-podtverdili-ryadom-s-boingom-rukhnuvshim-na-ukraine-letel-voennyy-samolet.html

See Saker also for situation in Moldova - Transdnistria - Hungary vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/11/transcarpathia-transnistria-and.html

Nov.  3

Russia Today reports on Novorossiya elections, held on Sunday, Nov. 2. Incumbents Zakharchenko in Donetsk and Plotnitsky in Luhansk won with big majorities. High voter turnout in Luhansk, less so in Donetsk. International observers recognize elections as fair and up to international standards. Russia views them as an expression of the will of the people that should be respected. EU spokespersons whine that voting is "illegal." rt.com/news/201711-donetsk-lugansk-republics-elections/ 
"According to the Minsk peace agreements, elections in both Ukraine and the self-proclaimed republics should be conducted between October 19 and November 3."

Nov. 1

The chief Dutch prosecutor investigating the MH17 downing in eastern Ukraine does not exclude the possibility that the aircraft might have been shot down from the air, Der Spiegel reported. rt.com/news/199891-dutch-investigation-mh17-crash/

An edited abridgment of Dmitri Orlov’s Famous Essay, "How to Start a War and Lose An Empire," presented with pictures, captions and comments by Lasha Darkmoon www.darkmoon.me/2014/russia-rising/  "Russia is on the way up, America on the way down. Will Washington start a major new war in a desperate attempt to reverse its decline and deal a death blow to its increasingly confident competitor?"
Orlov's most fascinating essay may be "The Five Stages of Collapse," as applied to Russia, the USA, and Ukraine under the Kiev junta. cluborlov.blogspot.com/2008/02/five-stages-of-collapse.html
Stage 1: Financial collapse. Faith in “business as usual” is lost.
Stage 2: Commercial collapse. Faith that “the market shall provide” is lost.
Stage 3: Political collapse. Faith that “the government will take care of you” is lost.
Stage 4: Social collapse. Faith that “your people will take care of you” is lost.
Stage 5: Cultural collapse. Faith in “the goodness of humanity” is lost.
Although a Russian has analyzed this, US foreign policy practitioners are the past masters at pushing nations like Libya, Syria, the list ad nauseam, through the wringer to complete collapse.

Oct. 30

Videoconferences between military commanders from Novorossiya and Ukraine sides found them in agreement on a lot of issues, such as the need to clean out the Nazis and the oligarchs. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/10/something-very-very-interesting-has.html

Russia and Kiev come to terms on gas deal, thanks to EU mediation and funding. Ukraine will pay $1.45 billion and get a $100 discount on the price through the winter. en.ria.ru/russia/20141031/194865885/Ukraine-to-Pay-off-145-Bln-in-Russian-Gas-Debt-Immediately.html  and www.bbc.com/news/business-29842505  (BBC and other Western media do not mention the discount)

Oct. 28

Vineyardsaker: only 26% voter turnout in junta-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk province. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/10/transcarpathia-transnistria-and_27.html  Novorossiya will hold elections on Nov. 2, and Russia will recognize the results this time. 
He also predicts a winter offensive by the junta, who are madly manufacturing military hardware under the eye of their Mercan masters.  vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/10/what-could-next-junta-offensive-against.html  Prediction: The junta will try to storm the east with a blitzkrieg but it will fizzle and they won't have backup forces. 

Oct. 24  RT interviews eyewitnesses who saw the second plane that shot down MH 17. rtd.rt.com/films/mh-17-the-untold-story/

Maidan Massacre: New prize winning American documentary implicates the West's involvement in igniting the Ukraine crisis www.sott.net/article/287296-Maidan-Massacre-New-prize-winning-American-documentary-that-implicates-the-Wests-involvement-in-igniting-the-Ukraine-crisis

The meeting between Putin, Porky and Murkly in Milan achieved little, Russia is not going to give Ukraine any more gas on credit. Russian sources claim junta is now trying to get free coal from Poland. en.ria.ru/business/20141017/194201225/Ukraine-Asks-Poland-for-Free-Coal-Russian-Presidential.html

www.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/world/europe/conflict-uncovers-a-ukrainian-identity-crisis-over-deep-russian-roots-.html  “For Bulgakov, Ukrainian independence was something between a joke and a tragedy,”

Ukraine opposition protests change of election law a few days before election "designed to falsify the vote"  opposition.org.ua/en/news/sergej-larin-izmeneniya-izbiratelnogo-zakonodatelstva-za-6-dnej-do-vyborov-napravleny-na-falsifikaciyu-ikh-rezultatov.html Knowhow import from the world's greatest democracy USA

Cyberberkut hacked election day digital billboards in Kiev with slogan, Don't vote for war criminals. russian.rt.com/article/56111

Ukraine public opinion poll: over 90% negative responses on corruption and economy. bread-circuses-today.blogspot.ca/2014/10/even-usaid-partners-cant-cover-up.html

Europe will end up footing the bill for Ukrainian catastrophe russia-insider.com/en/politics_ukraine_opinion/2014/10/24/04-54-07pm/ukraine_trillion_here_-_trillion_there



Breaking news bites www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sdes7m

Putin Valdai speech takeaways: US is sawing at the branch it's sitting on. Color revolutions are letting the jinn out of the bottle. rt.com/news/199028-putin-speech-best-quotes/

Wall Street wonk calls for strong dollar to depress real price of oil and push Russia to the wall. www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2014/03/03/its-time-to-drive-russia-bankrupt-again/ the way Volcker / Reagan did it. Volcker was the guy who raised interest rates to 17% and broke the back of US industry. Hang on to those greenbacks. 

US putting pressure on Hungary, Orban government, for not falling in line with sanctions against Russia. rt.com/news/199076-us-diplomat-orban-russia/

Germany calls for probe of junta use of cluster bombs news.yahoo.com/germany-calls-clarification-ukraine-cluster-bomb-accusations-154222327.html

Oct. 19. Russian Discussion.

Very interesting discussion on prime time Russian TV vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/10/geopoliticians-discuss-russian-response.html "Geopoliticians discuss the Russian response to America's 'declaration of war'" 42 min English subtitles - they talk pretty fast, but hopefully there will be a text-only transcript available soon. 
Russia clearly realizes they have been made enemy #1 and they are sitting in the cross-hairs as the target in a full spectrum "hybrid" war of economic, political, subversive, propaganda and sanctions measures. The US is destroying every competing system and spreading chaos so that its own failing system will look good in comparison. No matter how much you try to do what they ask, they will smash you if they can - take Libya for example. Russia needs to join with BRICS nations and build a better more competitive system, and hurt the enemy economically. We also have much to reform within Russia, the corruption, productivity, education, etc. Rebuild own industry. Import replacement to fight sanctions. Sovereign monetary supply. 

Oct 18

“Pardon Us For Our Country’s Existence in the Middle of Your Military Bases” – Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s Speech at the UN  www.globalresearch.ca/pardon-us-for-our-countrys-existence-in-the-middle-of-your-military-bases-russian-foreign-minister-lavrovs-speech-at-the-un/5407937

Saker arranges a Q&A with top Russian expert Mikhail Khazin, who knows Putin personally. Now's the time to ask that burning question. www.thesaker.net/russia/exclusive-mikhail-khazin-qa-with-saker-blog-readers/#comments 

Novorossiya tanks being repaired in one of Akhmetov's Donetsk factories. ukraineatwar.blogspot.nl/2014/10/ahmetovs-factory-used-as-repair.html (Akhmetov is Ukraine's richest oligarch, from a Crimean Tartar family, has had quite a balancing act trying to sit the fence during the civil war.)

Oct 16


Eyewitness report on political situation, opinion and perspectives in Novorossiya www.facebook.com/ojcarroll/posts/10152476169223174

8000 right extremist demonstrators attack Rada in Kiev rt.com/news/195796-nationalists-protest-kiev-ukraine/  15 police wounded, 50 radicals arrested,
Unrest also in Kharkiv. Demonstrators demand recognition for the UPA, the Ukrainian army that fought the Bolsheviks in Kiev and Kharkiv after WWI amd during WW2.

Oct 13

Junta conscripts demonstrate for demobilization, overdue pay en.itar-tass.com/world/754189

Election campaign analysis. Carnegie Foundation sees a lot of support for more war in Ukraine electorate, although the economy is going to get worse.  carnegie.ru/eurasiaoutlook/
Neocon Nuland also arrives in Kiev to stoke the flames of war. www.sott.net/article/286953-Escalation-of-war-in-Ukraine-Victoria-Nuland-arrives-in-Kiev

Broke Ukraine refuses to pay any part of gas debt before resumption of deliveries. en.itar-tass.com/economy/754154

Porko picks a respected general for defence minister www.businessinsider.com/afp-ukraine-hands-popular-general-tricky-defence-job-2014-10

Sour grapes or sober analysis? US military journal paints new cooperation with China as a risk for Russia, as it offers raw materials and advanced weapons systems in exchange for investment, becoming China's junior partner  www.stripes.com/news/europe/putin-turns-to-china-as-sanctions-force-marriage-of-convenience-1.308111  China is not interested in helping Russia diversify and industrialize and advance beyond being a raw materials exporter, but is taking advantage of the sanctions on Russia to further its own aims - which to some extent coincide: the two partners are working to offset US hegemony in financial and other spheres. 


Oct 12

Ukraine's flagship aircraft builder Antonov failing after Porky's boycott of Russian market  www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/world/aviation-giant-is-nearly-grounded-in-ukraine.html

Reports of new ceasefire agreement in Donetsk, pullback of Russian units from border.

Junta's military debacle under the leadership of "psychopathic amateurs like Parubiy, Yarosh, Avakov and Lyashko," who didn't trust their own professional army generals.  orientalreview.org/2014/10/09/the-juntas-military-debacle-in-the-eastern-ukraine/

Porky sacks third defence minister this year ahead of his third meeting with Putin in Milan on Friday talk.ee/channel/Story:787678

Gen. Wesley Clark says America's hegemony depends for its survival on smashing Russian resistance in Ukraine  www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/general-wesley-clark-americas-global-strategy-begins-with-ukraine  "America’s Global Strategy Begins With Ukraine -- Former NATO Commander Says Every US Strategic Interest Is Tied to Russia-Ukraine Crisis" 

Oct. 11

Saker has updated map of fronts and fights in Novorossiya www.thesaker.net/russia/ukraine-sitrep-october-11th-1305-utczulu-no-novorussian-sellout-after-all/ Novorossiya commander says they control Donetsk airport completely except for a few moles in tunnels who occasionally pop up to direct junta artillery fire.

Russian oligarch and Putin nemesis Khodokorvsky resurrects his "Open Russia"  NGO,  a clone of the Soros NGO Open Society, aiming to topple the Russian government with slogans about freedom and democracy. gizadeathstar.com/2014/10/russian-oligarch-prepare-putins-downfall-next-ten-years/

Oct. 7.

BRICS and the myth of the multipolar world english.pravda.ru/world/asia/06-10-2014/128722-brics_myth_multipolar_world-0/  The media of western imperialism and of the BRICS countries are both promoting the myth of an emerging multipolar world. Motive: to conceal the fact of a congealing unipolar world order. The western elites control an overwhelming share of all the wealth, military power, political power and control over international organizations (look at the MH17 "investigation") and media. 
Even Russia is still heavily infiltrated and influenced by western-leaning elites, and the other BRICS members, like China and India, are in far worse shape in spite of their huge populations. The share held by BRICS is not large enough to compete within the western framework. If they really want to have their own pole of power, they need to break free of the snare.
This is the thesis of the forthcoming trilogy by Takis Fotopoulos on Ukraine and the Middle East progressivepress.com/comingsoon 
To make this clear, Fotopoulos employs the concept of the Transnational Elite, who are linked to the transnational corporations headquartered in Western countries. The western elites use the elites of non-western countries like franchisees to extend their control globally. Thus when we see actors like Saudi Arabia we can be fooled into thinking these are Arabs doing their thing. They are in fact puppets, their folkish garb notwithstanding.
Fotopoulos is critical of Putin's recent speech at the investment forum "Russia Calling!" (see "Putin: Russia Needs True Industrial Breakthrough in Coming Years"  en.ria.ru/russia/20141002/193557056/Putin-Russia-Plans-No-Restrictions-on-Capital-Flow.html ) Fotopoulos remarked, "Almost EVERYTHING Putin says is against a policy of self-reliance and in favor of keeping open/liberalized markets, privatizations etc. He does not even suggest controls on capital markets, which should have been introduced long ago to protect the ruble that is going down rapidly. All this simply means that the Eurasian Union is now planned to be a complementary part of the EU." Letting the currency drop at the same time as privatizing the energy sector could risk giving away the farm. 


Oct. 5

Saker: Junta forces in Donetsk airport are surrounded, supply lines constantly cut, have been given multiple chances to leave - yet they hang on. Why? Strategic significance? Zero. The only explanation is they want it for what they are using it for: to shell Donetsk city and terrorize the population.  vineyardsaker.blogspot.ru/2014/10/what-battle-for-donetsk-airport-reveals.html

Junta holding on to Donetsk airport because it's the base for US death squads, mostly foreign mercenaries, says Joaquin Flores syncreticstudies.com/2014/10/04/explaining-the-battle-for-donetsk-airport/ 

Bodies found in mass graves in E. Ukraine missing internal organs - junta criminals involved in organ trafficking english.pravda.ru/hotspots/crimes/25-09-2014/128612-ukraine_organ_trafficking-0/  See also aanirfan.blogspot.com/2014/07/mh17-bbc-video-biden-and-kerry.html 

Ukrainian junta military run business selling POWs and civilians  english.pravda.ru/hotspots/crimes/29-09-2014/128637-ukraine_prisoners_of_war-0/

Oct. 2

Brussels-based SWIFT payments network resists Washington pressure to freeze out Russia, fearing damage to its monopoly position  www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/2adebf9c-48c1-11e4-9f63-00144feab7de.html

Donetsk airport on fire, apparently fuel tank was hit by shelling  www.rightnow.io/breaking-news/moscow_bn_1411835375398.html  Collection of a zillion recent photos from twitter

New map of battle lines (in Russian only) en.voicesevas.ru/news/yugo-vostok/2985-the-war-in-the-south-east-online-10022014-chronicle.html

Oct. 1

Good source of updates: russia-insider.com/en/topics/ukraine

Kharkov residents put flowers at the toppled Lenin monument: Then the fascist mob came back, beating and kicking.  twitter.com/potifar66/status/516874671355338752  Report  korrespondent.net/ukraine/3425394-v-kharkove-ultras-razohnaly-protyvnykov-snosa-pamiatnyka-lenyna

In Odessa, Maidan-maniacs attack a peace  march. www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/124699  and an MP www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-01/ukrainian-mp-beaten-by-crowd-of-activists-in-odessa/5782328  Mob rule by fascists. Dissidents tied to trees and whipped. www.facebook.com/photo.php 

Report of tank battle at Donetsk airport yesterday. "Donetsk governor" Taruta makes statement about swap of territory for the airport. 
Artillery shells hit a high school and a bus in Donetsk, killing 10.
NAF increases pressure on Donetsk airport, with commander Zakharchenko claiming to hold 90% of the strategically and symbolically significant position.  www.philstar.com/world/2014/10/02/1375625/ukraine-rebels-close-donetsk-airport

Report from Mariupol: fascist occupiers brutalizing people, who hope for liberation by Novorossiya forces. rusvesna.su/news/1412085116

Vineyardsaker reports on an example how oligarchs of the Russian "Atlantic Integrationist" 5th column sabotage Putin's policies  vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/10/an-example-of-russian-5th-column-at-work.html  by capitalizing on the sanctions to inflate prices. 

Strong proof Right Sector, National Guard linked to mass graves near Donetsk  rt.com/news/192268-donetsk-mass-graves-right-sector/

Sept. 30.

More mass graves of civilians murdered by junta terrorists uncovered redpilltimes.com/mass-graves-cropping-ukraine-national-guard-positions/  and  rt.com/news/191236-ukraine-mass-graves-exhumation/  Donetsk militia found 400 bodies mutilated in mass grave  www.youtube.com/watch

Ukraine supposedly to pay $2 bn on gas debt by end of October rt.com/business/190952-gas-talks-russia-berlin/  in order to secure resumption of supplies.

Porky Puppet having Rothschild sell his assets. www.bbc.co.uk/ukrainian/news_in_brief/2014/09/140928_zsh_poroshenko_busines Who else

Fighting continues around Donetsk airport, which sets on the cease-fire line. www.france24.com/en/20140929-ukraine-forces-killed-shelling-near-donetsk-airport/  
Some reports indicate junta troops are encircled and trapped in the airport, want to leave but won't abandon hardware as NAF requires  lifenews.ru/news/141690
Nationalists in Kharkiv topple the Lenin statue there, reportedly Europe's largest.

Sept 28.

Analysis of ceasefire prospects from Slavyangrad  slavyangrad.org/2014/09/26/on-the-eve-of-battle-for-donbass/  Most likely outcome: junta will renew offensive. 

Yatsenyuk visits with famous color revolution sponsor, Freedom House NGO. twitter.com/FreedomHouseDC/status/515181656513445888  Why no more cookies? not even coffee or a glass of water on the table. 

Sept 25.

Cossacks vs Criminals? lifenews.ru/news/141248 10,000 Don Cossacks to join Donbass forces  translate.yandex.net/tr-url/ru-en.en/lenta.ru/articles/2014/09/23/prisoners/  Junta plans to send convicts to fight. New form of death sentence for petty criminals.

Mass graves of civilians unearthed by DNR, OSCE in areas earlier held by junta troops en.itar-tass.com/world/751115

Sept. 23.

Why Ukraine Will Never Retake Crimea  vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/09/why-ukrainian-defense-minister-will.html  Russia is making a fortress out of Crimea, a peninsula which historically has always been easier to defend than to take. 

Sept. 22  

Ukrainian polls show support for war is plunging among voters, pointing to a strong victory for Porky over hardliners Arsenic and Braid Brain  russia-insider.com/en/politics_ukraine/2014/09/19/10_10_06/support_ukraines_pro_war_parties_keeps_plunging

Huge explosion as junta shells chemical plant near Donetsk rt.com/news/152680-eastern-ukraine-army-operation/ 

Families of German MH17 crash victims plan to sue Ukraine  rt.com/news/189428-germany-plane-sue-ukraine/ 

New Sanctions Against Russia Could Deal Big Blow To ExxonMobil  oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/New-Sanctions-Against-Russia-Could-Deal-Big-Blow-To-ExxonMobil.html  Majors could get frozen out of Arctic drilling play

Voluntary battalions of National Guard use the ceasefire in order to rob local people novorossia.today/novorossia-news/voluntary-battalions-of-national-guardia.html 

Ukraine rebels reportedly begin withdrawing artillery from buffer zone  america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/9/22/ukraine-ceasefirewithdrawal.html  but DNR denies junta withdrawing  en.itar-tass.com/world/750693


Small peace demonstrations in Russia amplified by MSM  vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/09/september-21-ukraine-and-russia-mini.html

Saker's analysis of the ceasefire vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/09/ukraine-sitrep-september-20-2334.html

Sept. 19

U.S.-Backed Neo-Nazis Are Killing Thousands of Innocent People in Ukraine www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/09/19/18761807.php

FT says sanctions are strengthening the hand of hardliners and nationalizers in Russia. www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/8fcc4068-3f49-11e4-a5f5-00144feabdc0.html

Russian economy to come to standstill due to Ukraine crisis, sanctions — EBRD  en.itar-tass.com/russia/750098  private capital outflow from Russia reached $75 billion in the first six months of the year

analysis of the MH17 tragedy by the Russian Union of Engineers  www.vineyardsaker.co.nz/2014/09/18/malaysian-flight-mh17-crash-analysis-by-the-russian-union-of-engineers/

Infighting in Novorossiya, Russia and Banderastan vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/09/ukraine-sitrep-september-18-1730.html

Sept. 18

World War 3 A U.S. Conspiracy? Ukraine’s Nuclear Weapons Alleged To Be An American Plot  www.inquisitr.com/1482241/world-war-3-a-u-s-conspiracy-ukraines-nuclear-weapons-alleged-to-be-an-american-plot  Junta Minister of Defense Valerii Heletei declared Ukraine’s nuclear weapons programs could be restarted if they do not receive arms from NATO allies.

Porky visits Barky, has to eat own dog food rt.com/news/188808-poroshenko-usa-nato-lethal/ Obama declines to give Ukraine 'lethal aid' despite Poroshenko's plea

How to buy a tank online (if you aren't a school district getting one free from the Pentagon)  ntv.livejournal.com/364943.html


Russia evicts Crimean Tatars from assembly news.yahoo.com/russia-evicts-crimean-tatars-assembly-223237808.html 

Sept. 17

The Ukrainian parliament has approved laws on special status for the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, as well as amnesty for those participating in the hostilities. rt.com/news/188124-rada-donbass-status-amnesty/

However, the autonomy is only for a limited time, limited scope and limited to NAF-controlled territory. online.wsj.com/articles/ukraine-offers-special-status-to-rebellious-east-1410861681

Pyatt posts fake images on Twitter rt.com/news/187992-ukraine-drills-pyatt-fail/

Fraud investigation firm offers $30 million for info on who shot down MH17  www.wifka.de/who-shot-down-mh17-30-million-dollars-reward-for-information.html

The Rodent pushing for purge to root out politically incorrect corruption www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29239447

Lviv automobile plant shut down translate.yandex.net/tr-url/ru-en.en/www.novorosinform.org/news/id/9073

Junta spent $5 billion destroying Donbass translate.yandex.net/tr-url/ru-en.en/www.segodnia.ru/news/147471

Rightist extremists throw member of parliament into a dumpster, abuse him and keep him there. Western media called it the act of an angry mob.  www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2757586/Ukrainian-minister-Vitaly-Zhuravsky-thrown-bin-pelted-rubbish-angry-mob.html

Right Sektor admits junta lost 10.000 men in Donbas, yet boasts they will march on Moscow. varjag-2007.livejournal.com/6742948.html

Junta to sell old weapons to buy new ones. Good for US military industrial complex!  en.itar-tass.com/world/749840  and for capturing too.





Lavrov says manipulating MH17 crash into oblivion should not be allowed en.itar-tass.com/russia/746631

South-east Ukraine needs more Russian humanitarian aid — DPR representative en.itar-tass.com/world/749908

9 facts that prove the U S is behind Ukraine crisis www.youtube.com/watch

Leftist members of Europarliament walk out on Porky's speech novororssiyaupdates.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-intervention-in-plenary-in.html

Nothing new about Novorossiya www.countercurrents.org/stewart1709114.htm a historical perspective

Gleb Bazov ‏@gbazov #DONETSK AIRPORT - Over past 24 hours, #Ukraine (mercs, 3rd spetsnaz regiment & 93rd Brigade) made 3 attempts to break out. All repulsed. Most of 24 tanks that entered the territory of #Donetsk airport were observed leaving the area loaded with wounded #Ukraine's troops. #NAF continues to pursue a blockade of #Ukraine's forces in #Zhdanovka in addition to trapping enemy troops in #Debaltsevo.

Sept. 16

Vineyardsaker: Russian elections - crushing victory for Putin's party. Exactly zero signs of a "Russian Maidan". "Fall session of the Duma: all the party leaders spoke and all agree that harboring any hopes for sane relations with the West is a waste of time; the consensus is now that Russia must 1) turn to the rest of the planet 2) accept the challenge to deal with a hostile and aggressive West 3) use this opportunity to disengage Russian from the western political, economic and financial system."  vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/09/more-short-news-items-few-comments-and.html  Association agreement - The EU and Banderastan "will now go to the bottom together. Great - they truly deserve each other."

Sept. 15 Anglo-Zionist Empire gloats as Russia and Germany fight each other AGAIN. 

German medium-size businesses warned that European sanctions against Russia could cost them precious market share to companies in Asia. online.wsj.com/articles/german-businesses-feel-chill-over-sanctions-on-russia-1410277140  

Germany on the losing side from sanctions  deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2014/09/16/gestoertes-verhaeltnis-zu-russland-deutschland-gehoert-zu-den-verlierern/  Damage from the sanctions will be enormous and long-lasting. The German and Russian economies have been a perfect fit, with Russia supplying energy and raw materials, which Germany pays for with its industrial and consumer products - a form of trade that is making workplaces for Germans, rather than taking them away. Moscow also pays in cash, unlike most customers. And Russian natural gas is an ecologically attractive form of energy, too. 
The business sector is criticizing the (anglo-zionist controlled) German media for its arrogant stance and irrational longing to return to the Cold War. German businesses fear that lower-priced Chinese competitors will eagerly seize their niches in the Russian market. Germany is only hurting itself by trying to punish Russia - scoring against its own goal.
The EU internal market for German goods is weak, plagued by crisis-ridden economies. If Germany, the motor of Europe, falters, where will that leave the rest of the EU club? 
It would appear the NWO is out to prop up the dollar and their fortress America by turning the rest of the world into failed states, so they can shine alone as the bastion of whatever.

Germany lost both world wars because it had poor allies and Russia had better ones. The same scenario suggests itself again. Russia gets huge, powerful and prudent China on its team, while Germany is stuck with irresponsible, profligate, and trigger-happy intriguers like the USA, EU, Israel and the Ukraine junta. 
No wonder the German Mittelstand is grumbling. Not AGAIN!

Was the MH17 false flag another Israeli stunt? bollyn.com/14832/  The plane was shot down in the Dnepropetrovsk control zone - Kolomoisky's fief. Israel has modified Su-25's stationed in Georgia. There have been reports of airstrikes in Ukraine by aircraft based in neighboring countries. 

Warmonger Carl Bildt loses election in Sweden  www.friatider.se/carl-bildt-loses-election-era-small-dog-bloody-mouth-over

"Putain de Guerre" French Military Adviser Gaston Besson in Charge of “Foreign Fighters” in the Neo-Nazi National Guard Azov Battalion  www.globalresearch.ca/ukraine-french-military-adviser-gaston-besson-in-charge-of-foreign-fighters-in-the-neo-nazi-national-guard-azov-battalion/5401900  Psychopathic killer in charge of extremist battalion. 

Porky to propose "autonomy" and "amnesty" for Novorossiya. en.itar-tass.com/world/749670

Ukraine President Poroshenko Faces Backlash Over EU Trade Deal Delay  online.wsj.com/articles/ukraine-president-poroshenko-faces-backlash-over-eu-trade-deal-delay-1410727592  Political Rivals Criticize Compromise as Caving to Russian Threats of Economic Retaliation

Sept. 14

Preliminary Report on Crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17: An Internationally Sanctioned Cover-Up Orchestrated by the US and Britain www.globalresearch.ca/malaysian-airlines-mh17-preliminary-report-an-internationally-sanctioned-cover-up-orchestrated-by-the-us-and-britain/5401099

Russell  tribunal slams West for crimes in Ukraine www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/14/378676/tribunal-raps-west-for-crimes-in-ukraine/

Perfecting ‘Regime Change’ in Ukraine consortiumnews.com/2014/09/12/perfecting-regime-change-in-ukraine/  State of the art color revolution technology

Vineyardsaker has detailed SitReps on Hungary, Transcarpathia and Moldova today vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/

"You've been misled by the most sophisticated propaganda machine that the world has ever seen... the Western media." Right on!  euan-macdonald.blogspot.com/2014/09/how-russia-defeated-western-journalism.html  I have edited the statement a little to make it perfectly accurate, though.

Sept. 13.

Second humanitarian aid convoy checked through customs on its way to Luhansk.  en.ria.ru/society/20140913/192903913/Russian-Trucks-Delivering-Aid-to-Ukraine-Without-Assistance-of.html  The 245 trucks return after delivering 2000 tons of aid en.itar-tass.com/russia/749463  Junta refused Moscow's offer of joint control over the convoy  en.itar-tass.com/russia/749461

Lavrov hopes the world will learn the truth about the Boeing crash in Ukraine en.itar-tass.com/russia/749429

Op-Ed in Foreign Policy magazine: Ukraine Can't Afford the IMF's 'Shock Therapy' - Economic austerity ruined post-Soviet countries in the 1990s. Why are the same policies being forced on Ukraine today? www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/09/10/ukraine_cant_afford_the_imfs_shock_therapy

Yatsenyuk says Putin wants to take all of Ukraine. www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/world/europe/putin-intent-on-taking-all-of-ukraine-leader-says.html 
Fighting continues over control of Donetsk airport  mwcnews.net/news/europe/46114-attack-on-airport-.html 

Azov battalion maniacs dream of conducting a guerrilla war. www.stripes.com/news/europe/as-leaders-talk-peace-some-ukrainians-contemplate-guerrilla-war-1.303001  like they haven't already been losing one.
Interesting interview with Azov battalion leader running for Ferkhovno rada.  www.facebook.com/azov.batalion/posts/902496569780466:0 He says Wolfsangel symbol is actually the letters IN - Idea of a Nation. Ingeniously drawn in the SS style. Or maybe it means Ich Nazi. 

As Moscow banned food imports from the West, Turkey voiced its readiness to increase its exports of agricultural products to Russia, rt.com/business/180776-turkey-agricultural-exports-russia/  Lucky for Russian consumers - Turkey's food tastes so much better than the stuff grown in Europe.

Implementation of Ukraine's EU association agreement is put off for a year over Russian concerns.  euobserver.com/foreign/125601 

Ukrainian socialist intellectual and anti-corruption activist profiles Ukraine's economic collapse. slavyangrad.org/2014/09/13/does-the-kiev-government-have-a-plan/

NATO armored vehicles captured! Near #Telmanovo, #NAF captured 9 Cougar armoured vehicles developed by Canadian Streit Group. via Gleb Bazov @gbazov  twitter.com/gbazov/status/509644997864730624/photo/1

Sept. 12. MUST READ: Vineyardsaker on Strelkov and Russia's 5th Column vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/09/strelkov-from-swimming-with-piranhas-to.html  Crimea and Novorossiya events are part of a greater struggle against the 5th column within Russia that wants to break up the country into fiefdoms aligned with the Anglo-Zionist-Globalist scheme for total world empire. See also yesterday's Must Read about the plot to dismember Russia. 
Strelkov's 5th Column is the same faction as Saker's Atlantic Integrationists and the Transnational Elite of Takis Fotopoulos  

Russia Next on the List for “Regime Change”? gizadeathstar.com/2014/09/russia-next-list-regime-change/  The random guessing at reasons given for the offensive against Russia remind me of that earlier guessing game about the Iraq war - it was the oil, the Euro, etc. Missing the obvious that the method was the madness - it was about destroying Iraq, period. Ditto with Russia. It's not about say, Crimea, or harboring Snowden. The money masters cabal has been out to smash Russia for centuries. Napoleon, who sacked Moscow, was their recruit, and the two world wars between Russia and Germany were also the fruits of their intrigues. It's even likely that they had a hand in the original destruction of Kievan Rus by the Mongols. The Venetian empire were the espionage service of the Mongols. Remember Marco Polo and his decades-long visit to the Mongol capital. "Kublai Khan appointed Marco Polo as an official of the Privy Council in 1277..."

Nobody dares to come out and say "false flag by USA and Kiev junta," but.... Malaysia conducts own probe to establish MH17 crash cause en.itar-tass.com/world/749200  and Russia accuses international commission of stalling MH17 investigation, notes the shootdown was used to impose sectoral sanctions on Russia. 

Junta issues new map showing NAF control border strip all the way from Donetsk to Azov Sea  www.businessinsider.com/the-new-map-of-the-ukraine-conflict-is-alarming-2014-9  Kot-Ivanov also has a new map kot-ivanov.livejournal.com/2014/09/11/

SCO summit - Putin to discuss Ukraine with Asian allies in Dushanbe rt.com/politics/186588-putin-sco-dushanbe-summit/

2nd humanitarian convoy waiting three weeks for green light to go to Ukraine en.itar-tass.com/russia/749032

Sept 11. MUST READ:  Mapping a New World Order - The World After World War III? The Plans of the Empire of Chaos for Russia  www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39638.htm The end goal of the US and NATO is to divide (balkanize) and pacify (finlandize) the world’s biggest country, the Russian Federation, and to even establish a blanket of perpetual disorder (somalization) over its vast territory... the many future Russias, a plurality of weakened and divided states... demographically in decline, de-industrialized, poor, without any defensive capabilities, and hinterlands that will exploited for their resources. 
Radio "Free" (Vassal) Europe posted an article by Ukrainian zealot (self-hating Russian) with a map of the world after the next great war on Russia, which is reduced to an area called Moskovia. Siberia and Central Asia go to China, the Caucasus to Ukraine, St. Petersburg to Finland. It all fits in with self-hating Slav Brezezinski's notion of the breakup of Russia.
They're also too obviously trying to play the old China card. In reality, China with all that land and resources and a population going on 2 billion would be an even more formidable adversary than Russia. That can't be the real plan; the intention here is to sow distrust between the two giants. And maybe even break up China as well. 

Vineyardsaker also has lots of new material today. vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/  "A historic press conference" by Strelkov is the highlight, but so far only in Russian.

Porky and the Great Wall of Chocolate. "Ukraine Starts Building Wall to Keep Russia Out... Defense lines will include ... thousands of kilometers of trenches for personnel, armored vehicles and communication lines, and 4,000 army dugouts." Go for it! Junta wants to cook up the biggest, baddest cauldron to boil in yet! "The Rodent" Yatsen-yuk announced the start of "Project 'Wall'" -- "In the new military doctrine, the Russian Federation should be acknowledged as the only threat." LOL. Like NAF didn't just kick their tails. Who are they trying to fool. Could this be the most retarded junta in history. www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/ukraine-starts-building-wall-to-keep-russia-out/506828.html 
Even Der Spiegel notes that the wall will squander billions that Ukraine doesn't have, and will be militarily useless.  www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/ukraine-krise-kiew-will-mauer-an-grenze-zu-russland-bauen-a-991112.html 
Mark Sleboda asks, Is Putsch regime's Great Wall of #Ukraine to keep people out or to keep people in & prevent another million refugees fleeing to safety in #Russia? Maybe it's to keep junta conscripts from escaping to Russia.

Tough decision ahead on status of eastern Ukraine www.dw.de/tough-decision-ahead-on-status-of-eastern-ukraine/a-17909314

Azov fighters are Ukraine's greatest weapon and may be its greatest threat - The battalion's far-right volunteers' desire to 'bring the fight to Kiev' is a danger to post-conflict stability www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/10/azov-far-right-fighters-ukraine-neo-nazis 

Euro-puppets launch new sanction wave bigstory.ap.org/article/rocket-fire-heard-east-ukraine-rebel-stronghold 

It's Sept. 11, said the Terrorist in Chief. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZTkYPRpXJE 2 minutes guitar with very good lyrics by David Rovics

Sept 10 

Must see 3 minute video vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/09/why-america-needs-major-war-in-europe.html Why the war in Ukraine: the US is trying to prop up the dollar economy and the military industrial complex by wreaking havoc on its competitors: Europe, Russia, China, with a third World War fought in Europe. 
The Saker also posted a long commentary on the ceasefire, on BRICS (much less indebted than the US or UK), Scotland, China, Strelkov etc.
Saker also fears that NAF could be overextended in Mariupol, itself risking encirclement by junta reinforcements. No way NAF had forces to occupy a land bridge to Crimea.  

Take grainy US satellite photos of "Russian invasion" with a grain of grain -- Them there be corn harvesters, pardner!  thiscantbehappening.net/node/2449 

Definition of Ukrainian patriot: a Self-hating Russian.

Sergey Lavrov: Throwing Russia off balance is ultimate aim en.itar-tass.com/russia/748935 an in-depth interview.

Poroshenko tricked Russians into signing a cease-fire so he could reorganize troops. rt.com/news/185580-spanish-volunteer-gomez-lugansk/ (The other day I saw an article in Russian where he was boasting about this to a Ukrainian audience, but I can't find it again.) 

NATO may secretly arm junta ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2014/september/09/obama-to-secretly-arm-kiev.aspx



Sept 9

Donetsk releases 1.200 POWs.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th2sQ9AxKuk&feature=youtu.be RT’s Paula Slier reports on the latest from the shell-shocked city of Donetsk.
Rebels in Eastern Ukraine returned more than 1,200 prisoners to the government in Kiev since the beginning of the latest ceasefire, according to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. On Friday, Kiev and anti-government militias agreed to halt fighting and immediately turn over all prisoners of war. Although shelling has since resumed in some areas, with both sides accusing each others of violations, some are still hoping that the agreement will lead to peace. 

Opinion in Pravda: cease-fire is treason. english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/08-09-2014/128468-ukraine_ceasefire-0/ The author also notes that junta war minister Avakov is a death worshipper and certifiable lunatic, who believes in human sacrifice, tand hat Ukraine needs "atonement" in the form of human lives. Avakov: "Today noticed a strange coincidence, the English words atonement - ATOnement .. ATO- Anti-Terrorist Operation." See also Ukraine: When the Lunatics Run the Asylum. english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/29-06-2014/127918-lunatics_ukraine-0/ 

CIA-funded feudalist stooge and crypto-fascist Dalai Lama pipes up on cue to assail Putin  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine-abroad/new-york-post-dalai-lama-says-putin-wants-to-rebuild-the-berlin-wall-363722.html

Marine Le Pen Ahead of Hollande in France Presidential Poll; Le Pen Blames EU for Crisis in Ukraine  globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/09/marine-le-pen-ahead-of-hollande-in.html

Ukraine economy in free fall - a withering fire of double digit negative statistics  slavyangrad.org/2014/09/08/statistics-tell-the-tale-irreplaceable-losses-for-the-ukrainian-economy/

novororssiyaupdates.blogspot.com/2014/09/donetsks-pro-russia-rebels-celebrate.html "We read that you have Scotland wanting to secede there. Why don't you send your tanks there and destroy them instead of sending them here? We will be part of Russia now and will never go back to those fascists." Junta has 200 POWs from Novorossiya. 

novororssiyaupdates.blogspot.com/2014/09/who-really-won-in-ukraine-conflict.html  Senior US diplomat says if Russia occupied all of Ukraine and Belarus it would have zero impact on US national security. Of course, it's not about defense, it's about total control of all the world. 

Sept 8

NWO propagandists try to play the China card, pretending China may help Ukraine junta against Russia  www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/if-the-west-won-t-help-ukraine-china-will/506160.html

Very interesting first person account of a summer spent in Donetsk, with observations on the Ukrainian political landscape www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n17/keith-gessen/why-not-kill-them-all from the London Review of Books

Interview with extremist Azov battalion leader rt.com/news/185708-nazi-symbols-ukrainian-troops/  sporting nazi symbols, backed by chief shaitan Kolomoisky 

Yandex has some interesting stories you won't see elsewhere 
translate.yandex.net/tr-url/ru-en.en/www.segodnia.ru/news/146966 This one is about junta building defenses around Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk.
Dramatically worsened the situation on the outskirts of Donetsk translate.yandex.net/tr-url/ru-en.en/www.segodnia.ru/news/146970 offensive by punishers (fascist volunteer battalions) on Donetsk city
Punitive battalion "Azov" have not received the order to cease fire, Agency reports Voenkor.info. translate.yandex.net/tr-url/ru-en.en/www.segodnia.ru/news/146974

Give Diplomacy With Russia a Chance, say three former US ambassadors to Russia. mobile.nytimes.com/2014/09/09/opinion/give-diplomacy-with-russia-a-chance.html

Sept. 7

Text of ceasefire agreement provides for special autonomous status for Donetsk and Luhansk. rt.com/news/185700-lugansk-donetsk-special-status/

More shelling outside Mariupol last night. www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29095968 

Zaharchenko: A ceasefire agreement is not fully complied with  ria.ru/world/20140906/1023033990.html 
There were also reports of junta columns from Zaporozhie moving to reinforce Mariupol. Rebels claim local insurgents from Zaporozhie and Dnipropetrovsk, who are not under the NAF command, attacked the convoy. 

Novorossiya website posted list of civil defense shelters in Mariupol. novosti.ukraina-novorossia.ru/192-novosti-novorossii-3-sentyabrya-2014-doneck-mariupol-lugansk.html 
Junta authorities in Mariupol announce a second defense ring to be build around the city.  en.ria.ru/world/20140907/192723257/Second-Defense-Ring-to-Be-Installed-Around-Mariupol--City.html

AP reports shelling near Donetsk airport, which the militia have been trying to retake recently bigstory.ap.org/article/blasts-roar-near-donetsk-airport-ukraine

Kharkov power plants running out of coal, which is normally supplied from Donbass. 

EU may suspend sanctions if ceasefire holds. 

The crisis in the Ukraine has deep roots -Gennady Zyuganov  www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2014/09/06/the-crisis-in-the-ukraine-has-deep-roots-gennady-zyuganov/  Western nations have been attacking the original Russian people of the Ukraine region for a millenium. Today it is ruled by death squads, the private armies of US-backed oligarchs. 

Sept. 6 The Ceasefire you couldn't See

Latest: Twitter reports of heavy shelling and fighting on eastern side of Mariupol, including damage to civilian buildings. Twitter abuzz with accusations that "Russians violated ceasefire" in Mariupol. Apparently NAF have destroyed a junta checkpoint on the eastern side of the city. 

Simultaneously with this Twitter campaign, there were also accusations that nazi brigades tried to use the pause to launch counteroffensives. 
- DNR reported, "ceasefire violated at 22:15. all began with provocation by Ukrainian security services. fighting on the outskirts of Mariupol underway" 
- Multiple Twitter reports of a junta convoy advancing on Volnovakha  twitter.com/tonto_1964/status/508361444367548416  "UA columns heading north towards Volnovakha today. Note Red Cross marking on trucks towing artillery". 
- @GrayCardinal1 #ALERT Journalists & witnesses report #Ukraine Army brigades massing near #Schastye #Volnovakha. Expect massive assault soon. Ceasefire fake
- @SuchanVladimir Kiev reinforcements to Volnovakha do indicate a preparation for an offensive meant to split the Donetsk Republic at least into two or more. 

RIA Novosti cited the self-defense HQ as saying that Ukrainian forces shelled and stormed the small but strategically located town of Telmanovo. The militia’s positions came under shelling, after which a large convoy of armored vehicles entered the town  rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/

Conclusion: Junta used ceasefire tactically to deceive adversary and regroup forces into offensive position.

Vineyardsaker has an amazingly insightful analysis, predicting that the ceasefire won't hold because there are too many elements on both sides who oppose it. In fact, lack of political unity is the biggest handicap facing both Novorossiya and the junta. vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/09/ukrainian-ceasefire-q-and-rfc.html

USA Today quotes Ian Brzezinski saying cease-fire is a victory for Putin as it would lead to a frozen conflict www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/09/06/ukraine-cease-fire-risks-frozen-conflict/15191655/

Earlier. Reports that ceasefire is holding in Mariupol, confirmed by BBC reporter Fergal Keane from the city at the end of the day. An uneasy calm held in the rest of East Ukraine today, although each side accuses the other of ceasefire violations. 

Ukraine’s killing fields in 10 stories: Russia Today reporter Maria Finoshina reports from Luhansk and Donetsk on the mayhem suffered by civilians.  rt.com/news/185280-eastern-ukraine-crisis-stories/

"A cease-fire is not a panacea. What you need is you need both a cease-fire and a political process, plus a credible enforcement mechanism. At this point we only have the first one." www.buzzfeed.com/maxseddon/the-cease-fire-in-ukraine-is-only-the-beginning-of-the-end

OSCE SitRep on Mariupol, 5 Sept. - Vostochny checkpoint (Vostok=east, presumably on east side of town) www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/123254 "Residents also observed a column of Ukrainian military hardware destroyed by shelling and retreating from the northern checkpoint. They heard cries and later noticed ambulances evacuating injured soldiers."  Junta forces complained about the lack of support from some segments of the local population. Many casualties in Shyrokyne village, presumably from junta shelling.

Donbass welcomes ceasefire, but will never go back to rule by Kyiv. ria.ru/world/20140905/1022986165.html  The invasion and destruction, uprooting of people from their homes, has created a permanent wall of enmity. 

‘The reality is that Ukraine has lost Donbass’  rt.com/op-edge/185512-ukraine-lost-donbas-nato/ "The people who are resisting the Ukrainian government have made quite clear that their objective is full independence from Ukraine. If decentralization was proposed in March or April, possibly many people in eastern Ukraine, in this area of Donbass which has been fighting, would have accepted it. After all the killing and all the destruction, I don’t think there are any takers for that plan. And I think, frankly, the reality is that Ukraine has lost Donbass." "The important thing to understand about the negotiations that happened today is that they were between the Ukrainian government and the people it is fighting in the east." The Western powers "only became interested in a peace proposal when it became clear that the Ukrainians were going to lose and when it also became clear that there was no support in the West for a military action to help the Ukrainians."

www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/05/377772/prorussians-say-entered-mariupol/ NAF claimed they have taken some streets in Mariupol yesterday, but junta counters that they have been driven out and driven back. 
It appears the rebels were spread too thin and the junta were too well reinforced at Mariupol. I had actually figured the rebels would head for much smaller Melitopol, a strategic crossroads nearer to Crimea. But Mariupol is part of Donetsk oblast. 

German commentator sees NAF failure to take Mariupol before ceasefire as a calamity for Russia, which loses the opportunity to supply Crimea from the Ukrainian mainland. All the most valuable areas like Dnipropetrovsk and Odessa remain firmly in junta hands. www.facebook.com/rolf.heine/posts/731198996947539 Mit Schadenfreude. 

Major Countries Agree Not to Disclose Key Details in Downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 www.democracynow.org/2014/9/5/did_major_countries_agree_not_to

Sept. 5

A ceasefire was agreed between Novorossiya representatives and the junta. csis.org/ukraine/index.htm CSIS Ukraine Crisis Timeline, or see  Reuters  www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/05/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSKBN0GZ18D20140905

Shelling moves closer to port city of Mariupol by Peter Leonard of AP  

Situation in Mariupol unclear but may be settling down with the ceasefire that was supposed to take effect around 6 pm. Reports of two airstrikes and a ground offensive towards Novoazovsk by junta along the coast. Will they be encircled again...
New map from kot-ivanov.livejournal.com/2014/09/05/ shows rebel offensive to the Northeast of Mariupol today. 
Punisher battalions are checking cars looking for separatists. Report that rebel forces are inside the city.
Mariupol harbor is vital for Novorossiya, without it, they are landlocked.

Rock Solid Politics ‏@BradCabana SIT REP: #Ukraine army has significantly cut supply line between #Mariupol and #Donetsk capturing: #Volnovakha #Andriivka #Myrne #Mykolavka

OSCE observers report Aidar battaltion (pro-junta volunteers) has occupied Shchastye power plant near Luhansk, the only one in the area. www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/123251 35 schools were destroyed in Donetsk, 75,000 children can not go to school.

CNN, Amanpour and NATO spox accuse Russian regular army tanks fighting near Mariupol.  amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2014/09/05/russian-ambassador-anticipates-liberation-of-mariupol-in-ukraine/  Quotes from Russian ambassador: Mariupol is “the second-biggest city in Donetsk Oblas, probably, and I believe that they are going to liberate,” Kelin said. The majority of the area’s population “are ethnic Russians, although they are bearers of Ukrainian passports.” So the fact that the city should fall from Ukrainian support, he said, “is natural, absolutely.”

Outside Mariupol, fighting continues ahead of truce's start. www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-ukrainia-mariupol-fighting-20140905-story.html Junta convoy smashed. 

www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/sep/05/ukraine-catastrophic-defeat/ "The scale of the devastation suffered by Ukrainian forces in southeastern Ukraine over the last week has to be seen to be believed. It amounts to a catastrophic defeat." Informative (but obviously slanted) eyewitness overview of the recent change in fortunes of war. (No mention that junta troops failed to surrender their equipment, repeatedly accuses Russian regular troops of changing the balance of forces.) 

Youtube videos of pro-Ukraine rallies staged in Mariupol. Report that loss of Mariupol could threaten bankruptcy for Ukraine, as Metinvest is a big issuer of bonds. Rumor that junta navy attacking Berdyanske. 
Azov battalion have found 3 dozen local volunteers in the city of 500,000 who are willing to be trained to help fight off rebel advance on Mariupol.  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/residents-of-mariupol-scoff-at-idea-of-ceasefire-train-a-defense-battalion-363375.html Azov herald is the Wolfsangel nazi symbol.

Gleb Bazov @gbazov (Sitrep contributor to Vineyardsaker) is furious about the ceasefire, feels NAF betrayed by Russia and Novorossiya leaders. I tend to agree. Why agree to a ceasefire when you have winning momentum. Why let them regroup when they are in panic and collapse mode. He says Novorossiya shouldn't have signed ceasefire at least until after taking Mariupol, and that Strelkov too is really furious. It's rumored Strelkov was removed from command because he wanted to take the war all the way to Kyiv. So it looks like his removal could have been a quid pro quo for Russian help that may have contributed to recent victories - but Russia is holding NAF on a leash. 
On the other hand, a cease-fire could let NAF starve out the trapped brigades in the half dozen cauldrons, and acquire their armor unscathed.

Truce draws mixed feelings in Ukraine www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/05/377807/truce-draws-mixed-feelings-in-ukraine/ Folks in Kiev are glad to see a stop to the killing, but are skeptical if this is the end of the war. The ceasefire was signed after three hours of negotiations between the former Ukrainian president, Leonid Kuchma, who represented the Kiev government, and rebel leaders, Igor Plotnitsky and Alexander Zakharchenko in the Belarusian capital Minsk today.

Stratfor: A Cease-Fire in Ukraine Reveals Kiev's Strained Position. A lack of support from the West leaves Kiev with little choice but to negotiate with a dominant Russia. www.stratfor.com/sample/analysis/cease-fire-ukraine-reveals-kievs-strained-position

Sept. 4

New map of Novorossiya control shows Mariupol encircled, huge new cauldron near Volnovakha. slavyangrad.org/map-of-hostilities-31082014/ Later edition (in Russian only) shows cauldron opened, lighter NAF control around Mariupol. kot-ivanov.livejournal.com/  Check out the archive of maps going back to July 22. 
There were 10,000 troops encircled at Volnovakha, apparently they outnumbered the NAF and were able to break out. 

Have you ever wondered, is a civil war what the empire WANTS for Ukraine? Everywhere else they go that's what they get. Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan, the list goes on. So evidently that is the plan. But Why? To destabilize and crush progressive opposition arising from any independent states against the globalist financier oligarchy, apparently. Seems like it, judging by these reports. 
Far from keeping the peace, Nato is a threat to it www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/03/nato-peace-threat-ukraine-military-conflict 
US, EU Uninterested in Carrying out Agreement on Settlement of Ukrainian Crisis en.ria.ru/world/20140904/192626676/US-EU-Uninterested-in-Carrying-out-Agreement-on-Settlement-of.html 

Vale of tears: a day trip by car through desolate villages between Donetsk and Luhansk blogs.channel4.com/lindsey-hilsum-on-international-affairs/ukraine-journey/4377

Eastern Ukraine Faces Grave Humanitarian Crisis as Over 1 Million Displaced www.democracynow.org/2014/9/3/behind_heated_rhetoric_eastern_ukraine_faces

Vineyardsaker believes junta army is on the point of complete collapse. Some estimates of casualties reaching a horrific 30 to 40,000 dead, "clearly the Junta has used these forces as cannon fodder with not even a modicum of care, never mind support, for them." vineyardsaker.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/september-4th-2353-utczulu-ukraine.html 
Remember how Porky Puppet was going to crush the eastern insurrection in hours? The so-called elite oligarchs of Ukraine only have one skill: how to steal from the state. Army leaders were also leading the charge to loot their own country. This is what happens when corrupt maggots have to fight a real adversary. The Western elite is also corrupt and based on robbing the people. The collapse of their puppet regime in Ukraine is a warning. In fact, it is said that the top commanding officer in Kiev is a US two star general. 

Saker calls for denazification in oligarch-controlled Ukraine.
He believes Mariupol may fall next. Azov battalion is main force there.
Reminder of bitter reaction by residents against Azov Battalion's invasion of Mariupol in May. twitter.com/pmsxa/status/507655464906395648

OSCE observers report on Mariupol situation: "heavy fighting in the area of Shyrokyne (24km east of Mariupol city) and Bezimenne (34km east of Mariupol city) is taking place. Local residents are nervous and fear that Mariupol may be attacked soon. Ukrainian authorities informed the SMM early on 4 September that the situation in Mariupol was worsening by the hour and that there was a danger that irregular armed groups could move into the city tonight." www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/123210  via  rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/

The militia started storming of Mariupol  translate.yandex.net/tr-url/ru-en.en/www.novorosinform.org/news/id/7814  NAF have taken villages within 22 km of the city. Junta governor claims one column repulsed and four tanks destroyed. Defenders say they are well entrenched. Damage to residences. Grad rockets coming in, aimed at junta military vehicles  www.businessinsider.com/russian-rockets-are-falling-close-to-mariupol-2014-9 

www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-04/battle-strategic-mariupol-begins-nato-vows-do-whatever-it-takes More on Mariupol. New map with NAF controlled area surrounding the city.

Strelkov posted a diary by a junta soldier who got caught in the debacle at Ilovaisk, and writes that he was glad to survive and be taken prisoner. The google translation is a bit rocky but you get the picture of a fairly strong task force sent on a fool's errand without enough provisions and getting completely chewed up - including by friendly fire. http://vk.com/strelkov_info?w=wall-57424472_15971

Porky Puppet says: Ceasefire will start at 11:00GMT Friday if Minsk meeting goes ahead. rt.com/news/185008-poroshenko-ukraine-ceasefire-talks/  
Ukraine ceasefire: Putin lays out 7-step plan to stop hostilities in E. Ukraine rt.com/news/184791-putin-ukraine-kiev-militia/ 
What are chances of NAF ceasefire in Mariupol now? Some elements in the NAF oppose the cease-fire  novorossia.today/novorossia-news/the-brigade-prizrak-ghost-commander-alex.html calling it a sell-out to the oligarchs. Also seems like an odd time to me to let the junta regroup when they are on a roll.

Wonk's eye view of Putin's strategy - control over E Ukraine to prevent the country from joining NATO www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-04/putins-ukraine-strategy  "Ukraine’s only way out is to admit defeat, said Arbatov, the former deputy chairman of the Russian parliament’s Defense Committee. “The longer Ukraine waits, the more territory it will lose and the harsher demands it will face,”

Junta switches defense minister. Outgoing Heletey predicted victory in Sebastopol. 

Reported that NAF surrounds junta's "Battalion Kievan Rus" at Debaltsevo, may be retreating. www.interfax.ru/world/395006 Google translates encirclement as environment. English language report here www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-199-nato-divided-meets-to-discuss-ukraine/

Russia Said To Be Creating Citizen Patrols To Prevent Another 'Maidan'  www.rferl.org/content/russia-ukraine-maidan-scenario-patrols/26566852.html  As an agency of color revolution, RFERL betrays an acute interest in this development. 

Dutch to issue report on MH17 on 9/9 bigstory.ap.org/article/initial-report-ukraine-plane-disaster-tuesday

Retweeted by Alex Bukovsky
LOL! Psaki [USA State Department spokesperson]:
2 Sept 2014: "We support the territorial integrity of Ukraine"
3 Sept 2014: "We’re not going to be limited by geography" (Syria)

Obama hints at NATO membership for Ukraine, urges military support  rt.com/news/184845-ukraine-obama-nato-membership/

Six NATO officers blocked in militia-surrounded Mariupol english.pravda.ru/news/hotspots/01-09-2014/128417-nato_officers_mariupol-0/ NATO is running the Kiev media lie machine.

Sept. 3.

en.ria.ru/authors/20140902/192563767/EUs-Coalition-for-Sanctions-against-Russia-is-Crumbling.html  EU sanctions have to be agreed by consensus, and four nations are not agreeing: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Cyprus.

en.ria.ru/trend/malaysia_airlines_boeing_crashes_in_ukraine_170714/ RIA Novosti special blog following MH17 developments. 

Members of US Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) movement wrote an open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying that NATO’s information about the invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine is unreliable. en.ria.ru/world/20140902/192575015/US-Intelligence-Veterans-Say-Merkel-Information-on-Russias-Invasion-to-Ukraine-Unreliable.html

Endless convoy of military vehicles captured by NAF from junta, on the move from Luhansk to Krasnodar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uisl4gqfIl0&feature=youtu.be

The Guardian sees the Ukraine crisis marking the end of the 25-year neoliberal world order that has reigned since 1989.  www.theguardian.com/business/2014/aug/31/russia-economic-warfare-rip-free-market-new-world-order

Nearly a million refugees now en.ria.ru/interview/20140830/192488000/Russia-Does-Not-Conduct-Any-Warfare-in-Ukraine--Defense-Ministry.html

Who’s Telling the ‘Big Lie’ on Ukraine? asks Robert Parry consortiumnews.com/2014/09/02/whos-telling-the-big-lie-on-ukraine/

Drone's-eye view of village of Stepanovka flattened by junta shelling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H976gZoPRb4

European military assistance to Ukraine could lead to a nuclear conflict between Russia and NATO, according to 1980's Solidarnosc leader Lech Walesa. www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/arming-ukraine-could-lead/1342632.html

Junta forces trying to flee Ilovaisk without surrendering their armor were blown to bits together with their tanks and APC's www.mail.com/int/news/europe/3073648-ukrainian-troops-routed-russia-talks-tough.html  14 photos

Pro-junta propaganda organs are claiming almost an entire company of Russian paratroopers of the 76th Airborne Division from the city of Pskov was wiped out during "the Russian invasion." Curiously, the Pskov division did suffer such losses in the Chechnya war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_for_Height_776

www.theglobeandmail.com//news/world/nato-to-take-part-in-joint-exercises-with-ukrainian-army/article20332348/ 1,300 NATO and Ukraine soldiers to carry out 10 days of drills in Lviv area this month. 

www.sott.net/article/284677-Ukraine-on-verge-of-collapse-as-Kiev-forces-capitulate-US-catapults-the-propaganda-with-another-desperate-Russian-invasion-ploy  "In a vivid illustration of the mendacity of empire, US Amb to the UN Samantha Power, while sitting in on yesterday's UNSC meeting, tweeted the image on top with the comment: "A guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & 'accidentally' entering Ukraine."
SOTT.net responded to her tweet with the image above, along with the following comment: "A guide for the US military that keeps 'accidentally' launching illegal wars, invading, occupying and destroying sovereign countries."
Actually, it's not so clear that Ukraine is "not Russia." tarpley.net/metaphysical-doubts-concerning-the-existence-of-modern-ukraine-a-1918-creation-of-the-german-general-staff/

Reuters piece on situation at Mariupol steelworks, with plenty of bravado quotes about defending the plant, but one realist saying all it takes is one shell to bring the complex to a stop. www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/03/us-ukraine-crisis-metinvest-idUSKBN0GX25L20140903 Even Reuters admits the opinions given to reporters depend on whose army is in control.

Zionist chef de France Hollande wimps out and cancels Mistral contract, France will pay penalties to both US and Russia, c'est formidable. vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/09/pauvre-pauvre-france.html

Talk of ceasefire again. GrahamWPhillips comments from Luhansk: Ukraine forces have retreated so far here they couldn't fire on Novorossiya forces if they wanted to. 

nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/09/putin-has-a-peace-plan-for-east-ukraine.html  Couldn't find a media source that relates the plan straight. Most of them just editorialize and gloss over. This one at least gives the plan details, along with the snarky comments. 

YatsenYuk The Ratty Rabbit says Ukraine will build a wall along Russian border. Is he going nuts or maybe it's just a Potemkin wall and his brother in law will get paid for the work. www.ukrinform.ua/eng/news/ukraine_to_build_wall_on_border_with_russia_325874

Sept 2.

Mass Media report that Novorossiya has backed down from demand for full independence in Minsk talks, but their spokesmen independently denied the report. 

Worst case scenario: US props up Kiev just enough for it to hand on, and keep civil war going indefinitely. defense-and-freedom.blogspot.com/2014/09/ukraine-worst-really-abd-case-scenario.html

American Pravda: Who Shot Down Flight MH17 in Ukraine? www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-who-shot-down-flight-mh17-in-ukraine/  Good research. Get a load of the "I Love McDonalds" balloon in the photo, too.

Civil Society Calls For Impartial Inquiry on Air Crash and Catastrophe in Ukraine www.ipsnews.net/2014/09/opinion-civil-society-calls-for-impartial-inquiry-on-air-crash-and-catastrophe-in-ukraine/

Vineyardsaker hits the pages of Counterpunch www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/29/obamas-catastrophic-defeat-in-ukraine

Reverse-flow gas from Slovakia to Ukraine started. Who's going to pay for it?

UN says at least a half million displaced persons in Ukraine, about half within Ukraine and half fled to Russia. www.expatica.com/ch/news/local_news/at-least-half-a-million-displaced-by-ukraine-conflict-un_300971.html

Putin says alleged remark about being able to take Kiev in a fortnight was taken out of context in a private phone call with EU's Barroso, who violated diplomatic protocol by making a public stink about it -- unprofessional and incorrect. www.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/world/europe/ukraine-crisis.html

Lavrov: we hope US is not going to work toward a Libya-style "democracy" in Ukraine rt.com/news/184440-lavrov-russia-ukraine-usa/

Sept. 1. WW3 is, uh, back on the agenda for next week. 

Android "Fog of War" Ratsmuffin to ask for a SS Spearhead unit souped up to hit the ground against Russia within 48 hours.www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/01/us-ukraine-crisis-nato-military-idUSKBN0GW2SP20140901

Putin states the obvious, that Russia could take Kiev in two weeks if it wanted to (two days might work too). MSM calling this simple reminder a warning, threat or boast.  www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/11069070/I-can-take-Kiev-in-two-weeks-Vladimir-Putin-warns-European-leaders.html  I wasn't there to see if he was making threatening grimaces to go with it. 

Putin speaks of Kiev negotiating on statehood for Novorossiya  www.nytimes.com/2014/09/01/world/europe/ukraine.html (within Ukraine, his spokesman clarified.)

Reports of assassination attempt on Zacharchenko. Reports that partisans have retaken Luhansk airport and part of Donetsk airport. Interpretermag says 2 coast guard cutters hit off Mariupol and invents claim they were hit by airstrikes. Kyiv Post says they were hit by shelling- photo: www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/eight-border-guards-rescued-two-missing-after-shelling-in-sea-of-azov-362948.html  Story www.interfax.com/newsinf.asp. They were small, Ukrainian-built patrol boats, a Grif and a Kalkan en.uos.ua/produktsiya/voenno-morskaya-tehnika/55-patrulniy-kater-grif-t  The Grif is 24 m long with 6 to 9 crew, the Kalkan is only 11 m long with a crew of 2. 

East Ukraine militias seizing large amounts of junta armor en.itar-tass.com/world/747032 Hacker group Cyber Berkut released data obtained from Kiev war ministry. Over the week of August 16-23 alone, they captured 14 T-64 tanks, 25 infantry fighting vehicles, 18 armored personnel carriers, and many other heavy weapons. In two months from June to August 23, they seized 94 tanks, 54 APC's and 24 Grad launchers. More than 100 T-64 tanks in all. 
In the Aug 25 counteroffensive, NAF encircled 7000 troops with 400 pieces of armor.
US Senate warhawks want to chip in to the booty and send junta more weapons for the rebels. www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/01/377268/us-senators-call-for-arming-ukraine/ 

Putin's Trump Card In Ukraine: Winter Is Coming  http://www.businessinsider.com/putins-ukraine-trump-card-winter-2014-8 Ukraine will freeze without Russian gas and Donbass coal. 

Telegraph is trumpeting the line that rebels reneged on promise to allow junta soldiers to escape through corridor. Like Intermag, they don't mention that the soldiers didn't abandon their equipment, which was a condition of surrender. They also try to make it sound like it was a regular Russian unit rather than pro-Russian fighters.  www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/11066256/Fears-of-massacre-after-accusations-Russians-reneged-on-safe-passage-for-Ukrainian-forces.html 
An article from LifeRu says over 100 were captured and are being safely held as POW's. This was the infamous Battalion Donbass which lost 250 of 350 men at Ilovaisk, in a strategic attempt to cut off Donetsk.
The other point is that fanatical nationalist volunteer groups like Battalion Donbass or Pravy Sektor are little better than death squads, so the militia are reluctant to let them go, to keep on killing civilians. It's another matter with helpless conscripts. 

A tale of corruption in a Ukrainian hospital. Extreme enmity between regular troops, Natzgard and Pravy Sektor, they can't be kept in same building. Top politicians come for photo-ops, are called vulgar names by wounded soldiers. www.therussophile.org/russia-ukraine/about-the-lucky-ones.html/  Organized theft of donations


Rebels make gains in east Ukraine www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/01/russian-tank-battalion-rebels-gains-eat-ukraine-kiev Possible negotiated autonomy for East?

Russian and American experts meet in Finland, agree on a peace plan for Ukraine  www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/08/a-24-step-plan-to-resolve-the-ukraine-crisis/379121/  

Report from Novoazovsk news.vice.com/article/border-seized-boat-hit-as-war-weary-locals-pray-for-peace

Top ten telltale signs that Russia has invaded  cluborlov.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-can-you-tell-whether-russia-has.html

The other day Putin said this: "no matter where the US gets involved they always achieve the same result: Libya". vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/09/novorussia-independent-associated-or.html The Saker presents interesting evaluation of the alternatives for Novorossiya - independence or confederation. He points out the complexity of a situation where various factions on each side have different interests. Six months ago a compromise would have been much simpler. 
"So why did it not happen? Because the protest movement was completely co-opted, hijacked, manipulated, controlled, financed, organized and run by the USA who used EU political elites and a group of bona fide Nazis to achieve regime change and draw the Ukraine into the AngloZionist sphere of influence. What they wanted was a Ukraine economically exploited by the EU and militarily owned by the US via NATO. This plan centered on not only severing away the Ukraine from Russia and its economic union with Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and others, but to also on severing the economic ties between Russia and Europe."

Aug 31. WW3 has been, erm, postponed again.

You really have to look for the fine print under all the bluff, fluff and puffery stuff. The rapid reaction force is neither rapid, meant to see action, or even a force yet. It may come into existence in 2016 to carry out "exercises" in Europe and elsewhere. Good drum beating for the media brainwashing machine.  www.novinite.com/articles/163001/NATO+to+Set+up+10,000-Strong+Force+in+Response+to+Ukraine+Crisis 
Sorry, Lonely Strangelove Club members. Stick around and be patient.
The proposal is really just a propaganda move to sell the Russian threat to existing NATO countries and try to give NATO a reason for existence it doesn't have. It was nicely timed with calls by Porky Puppet and Arsenic Yat-sen-yuk for NATO military assistance, special NATO membership, and the like. 

Reports NAF artillery sank a junta coast guard ship off Mariupol. twitter.com/arabresistance/status/506090309743562752


Small group of locals chews out a little group of captured junta soldiers, one woman  slaps one of them. vk.com/video-76448097_170141319

Putin: Junta must abide by the political plan for negotiations. If infrastructure in Southeast is not repaired before winter, people will freeze. rt.com/news/184040-ukraine-putin-peace-plan/

Graham Phillips: In Luhansk and Khryaschivate, junta military positioned tanks by civilian homes, knowing they'd be fired on.  twitter.com/GrahamWP_UK/status/506013849766473728 Video  
Junta troops are looting homes, Luhansk woman charges twitter.com/GrahamWP_UK/status/506012238331654144

Ukrainian refugees arrive to new homes in Magadan and Yakutsk in eastern Siberia. www.sott.net/article/284747-Russia-opens-its-arms-10699-5-kilometres-to-a-new-life-as-refugees-from-Ukraine-arrive-in-Magadan-on-the-Pacific-coast

Aug 30. Is this World War III? NATO to send 10,000-man "rapid reaction force" to Ukraine to shore up junta against alleged "Russian invasion."
This "coalition of the killing" consists of 7 mostly small countries - Balts, Scandinavians and - the Netherlands, led by the UK. The Dutch and British governments are playing a key role in the MH17 coverup of the murder of Holland's own innocent citizens, for warmongering reasons of state - gearing up to make war on the innocent freedom fighters of east Ukraine. 

Putin: We don't want any large-scale conflicts, but "we must always be ready to repel any aggression against Russia... we are one of the most powerful nuclear nations."
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused NATO of using "images from computer games" to fake the case that Russian troops are in Ukraine.  edition.cnn.com/2014/08/29/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/index.html 
The story on "1000 Russian troops invade Ukraine" is here  www.cnn.com/2014/08/28/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/index.html
At the UN on Aug 19, Churkin challenged Kiev to release the air traffic control tapes for MH17. www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2728660/Ukrainian-air-traffic-control-sent-doomed-flight-MH17-conflict-zone-Donetsk-region-says-Russia.html  Senior Russian military figures have claimed the plane was shot down by the Ukrainian army

Putin likens Ukraine's forces to Nazis and threatens standoff in the Arctic. Russian president hits back at invasion accusations as Nato accuses Kremlin of 'blatant violation' of Ukraine's sovereignty  www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/29/putin-ukraine-forces-nazis-arctic

Putin has tried every bit of cunning to avoid direct warfare with NATO, but they won't let him sidestep them. They are hell-bent on the first hot war in history between the US and Russia. 

A majority of Russians - 55% in latest poll - now believe Russia should be supporting Novorossiya, a term that Putin has started using now, indicating tacit recognition.  www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/29/putin-mocks-the-west-puts-his-own-prestige-on-the-line.html

The US may be thinking that sending NATO troops will give a morale boost to the junta army, just as they claim that Novorossiya has surged thanks to Russian reinforcements. That might happen, but it could also work out like it has in other occupied countries, that the local army only pretends to fight and is happy to leave the real battles to the foreign troops. 

Yat-sen-yuk to ask the infamous Brawling Parliament to approve a move to join NATO. www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28978699 However, the Ukraine constitution stipulates non-aligned status, as does the Budapest agreement. Moreover, the NATO charter doesn't allow admitting a country that is in a civil war. 

Second aid convoy may come by rail  zeenews.india.com/news/world/putin-poroshenko-agree-on-aid-delivery-to-ukraine-by-railway_1462324.html

Why the West should let Russia have eastern Ukraine: theweek.com/article/index/267245/why-the-west-should-let-russia-have-eastern-ukraine Ukraine ought to be split in two, anyway. The eastern half is Russian. 

The International Monetary Fund has given a green light for Ukraine to receive the second tranche of financial assistance totalling $1.39 billion, meaning more austerity measures for the already struggling economy. rt.com/business/183832-imf-loan-ukraine-risks/

Monsanto in Ukraine: IMF loan for Ukraine may give GMO giant a backdoor into EU rt.com/op-edge/183956-gmo-ukraine-monsanto-imf/

Russia warns EU of Ukraine gas shortage - Ukraine does not have enough reserves for winter, might siphon gas meant for EU.  www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28979642

Graham Phillips from Luhansk: Dramatic reduction in shelling in #Lugansk yesterday and today result of #Ukraine army being pushed further away from the city itself  twitter.com/GrahamWP_UK/status/505592854434291712

"Donbass militia don't need Russia's tanks. They've captured a significant arsenal from Ukraine forces"  twitter.com/theLemniscat/status/505767968551473152

Where do Ukraine’s rebels get arms from? Old Soviet bases, says Russia’s top brass. rt.com/news/183968-defense-deputy-antonov-slovakia/


Mariupol is not surrounded, but it is panicky, Interpretermag says. www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-194-humanitarian-corridor-uncertain-for-evacuation-of-ukrainian-soldiers/#4050

DNR wants prisoner exchange en.ria.ru/politics/20140830/192489435/Ukraine-Militia-to-Insist-on-All-For-All-Exchange-of-Prisoners.html  Not mentioned if this affects the offer of free passage for encircled troops if they leave behind weapons intact

EU to ramp up sanctions against Russia  www.newsweek.com/eu-threatens-sanctions-against-russia-over-ukraine-aggression-timing-vague-267764

April 2014: "The Russian Foreign Ministry has voiced concerns over the buildup of Ukrainian forces and US mercenaries in the southeastern part of the country, calling on Kiev to immediately cease military preparations which could lead to a civil war." rt.com/news/ukraine-military-mercenaries-buildup-013/

Ukraine Troops Suffer Catastrophic Defeat in Novorossiya. Kiev Regime in Disarray  slavyangrad.org/2014/08/27/the-southern-front-catastrophe-august-27-2014/  Informative account of August's turning in the fortunes of war. 

European volunteers are streaming into Ukraine to join the fighting on both sides. While Kiev’s forces are beefed up with mercenaries from private military companies, Europeans have also come to defend the rebel Donbass region of their own free will. Four Frenchmen came as advisers. rt.com/news/183864-ukraine-european-volunteers-fighting/ A Serbian brigade of 250 has already liberated Slavyanoserbsk, a town founded by Serbs in the 18th century.

amnesty.org/en/news/russian-ngo-branded-foreign-agent-after-reporting-russian-military-action-ukraine-2014-08-29 St. Petersburg anti-war group "Soldiers' Mothers" has claimed 15,000 Russian soldiers in Ukraine. www.newsweek.com/poroshenko-accuses-russia-bringing-troops-ukraine-15000-russian-soldiers-join-267169  The figure was repeated by Porko and Newsweek, incurring Kremlin disfavor. 
One aim of taking territory is to raise recruits “Taking Mariupol, the second biggest town in Donetsk region, will allow us to expand our units by another five or seven thousand,” Zaharchenko said.

FWIW AP's Peter Leonard reports rebels didn't allow junta troops to surrender at Ilovaisk  abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pro-russia-rebels-confident-making-gains-25190570  However this reporter notably has very low credibility and seems to be an embedded propaganda mole. He forgot to mention that the junta troops didn't surrender their armament as required by the NAF.

rt.com/news/183916-russian-paratroopers-released-ukraine/  Ukraine returns 10 Russian soldiers who strayed across border while on patrol. 

Greater Lithuania has new accession of megalomania as the Litt Prez says it's a war on Europe.  www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/30/russia-practically-war-state-eu-says-lithuania-lea/

Porky Puppet says near point of no return into full scale war. www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28997946

Only Russian volunteers have joined us, no regular Russina units, says Donetsk Republic leader Zacharchenko rt.com/news/183308-russian-volunteers-ukraine-fighting/

Russia says Hungary's shipments of weapons to Ukraine violate EU rules prohibiting exports of arms to regions where they could exacerbate conflicts or contribute to war crimes en.itar-tass.com/russia/745284

Aug 29 Putin's Orthodox Christian Policy

Putin calls on NAF - Novorossiya Armed Forces to allow conscripts to escape from cauldrons and return to their families, and for junta to stop its war on the people of Donbass. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/08/president-of-russia-vladimir-putin.html 
Sometimes Putin's policy seems to be influenced by Christianity, with a hint of the teaching of turning the other cheek. After all, the war on Russia can be seen as a struggle between Orthodox Christian values and zionist materialist atheism. 
NATO propagandists will call this a cynical maskirovka, but in fact, Russia did set free Ukrainian POW's who escaped to Russia from the southern cauldron, letting them return to Ukraine to fight against Russia again! 
Russia has been long-suffering and benevolent towards Ukraine, yet its actions are always demonized in the interest of carving out an "independent Ukraine" as an anti-Russian body out of Russia's own flesh and blood. 

news.msn.com/world/ukraine-rebels-say-will-allow-trapped-government-forces-to-flee  Zakharchenko said they would have to leave behind their heavy armored vehicles and ammunition.

Vineyardsaker posted a jubilant report today on the military, economic and political collapse of the junta.  vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/08/august-29th-1535-utczulu-ukrainian.html Soldiers deserting, women lying down in front of military vehicles to prevent their men from being drafted. Putin's appeal to Novorossiya to let trapped junta conscripts escape was brilliant - the Novorossiya command agrees if they leave their armor and ammo, so the junta refuses - adding to the growing hatred of the regime. Report on latest military actions. Mariupol encircled.
It would be quite a prize to get the weapons and supplies stored there!

Russian viewpoint on "Russian invasion" -- "To justify endless defeats of his army, Ukraine's President claims a "Russian invasion"

PCR: 1,000 invading Russian troops are just the latest lie out of Washington www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/08/28/washington-piles-lie-upon-lie-paul-craig-roberts/

Ukraine Regroups As Russia Attacks www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/ukraine-regroups-as-russia-attacks-362479.html Kiev says troops had to retreat faced with superior firepower of Russian force taking Novoazovsk. 

"The aim of the unfolding events is an internal Slavic war, the final solution to the Russian question.” slavyangrad.org/2014/08/28/ukrainian-association-with-eu-and-the-mutiny-of-the-euro-integrators-150314/ says Russian geopolitical analyst Fursov.

Shell Oil is withdrawing its shale gas drilling equipment from Slavyansk, fearing a rebel assault. 

Interesting if rebels join up with Crimea, because Crimea as an autonomous republic could participate in the military action on better terms than regular Russian forces can. @BradCabana figures NAF is heading for Melitopol, the main city between Mariupol and Crimea. There's a lack of news on movements of the NAF. They may be moving "through the green."
In what could be a complete folly, it's reported that the junta has pulled forces stationed on the Crimean border to defend Mariupol - opening the border to infiltration from Crimea?
From Zaporozhiye city almost all the way to the Black Sea, the Dnieper River is as wide as a lake, and could be used as one side of a trap or cauldron to pin down most of Kherson oblast between this Dnieper lake and the Crimean border.

Porko blames military failure on deserting commanders rt.com/news/183280-ukraine-mothers-soldier-abandoned/

Excellent summary of Ukrainian situation by Tyler Durden www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-28/summarizing-wests-russia-ukraine-propaganda 
- Russian media are much more fact-based on Ukraine than the talking heads nonsense prevailing in the US.
- Russia is not invading. They have not recognized the DNR and LPR. All they want is to be a normal country at peace and integrated with the world economy.
- Ukraine is falling apart militarily and economically, from its own mistakes and corruption. The junta's days are numbered, the people are very, very angry.

(Soros-funded junta cheerleaders) Interpretermag say house-to-house fighting in Donetsk, blame shelling on rebels. OSCE report confirms shelling . www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/123030

War Propaganda: The Root of Evil  www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/war-propaganda-the-root-of-evil/

Ferguson, Gaza, Ukraine: With friends like America, we don't need enemies, German magazine says  www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/08/25/guest-column-germany-america-frightens-us-roman-baudzus/

Aug 28


twitter.com/BradCabana/status/504808789418459136 "SIT REP: NAF captured these towns in a corridor flanking #Mariupol: #Volodarskaya #Malynivka #Boiove #Respublika #ZelenyiYar #Starchenkovo"
These villages are to the west of Mariupol. www.google.com/maps/@47.1342741,37.3917617,11z  NAF may be pinning Mariupol in a cauldron - while advancing on Zaporozhiye. (Starchenkovo is just before the border of Donetsk and Zaporozhiye oblasts.)
No wonder Ukrainian troops are fleeing - they don't want to be the next batch to be boiled alive. 

AFP journalists saw no signs of government troops south of the rebel-held city of Donetsk, with road blocks on the entire 100km stretch to the Azov Sea manned by pro-Russian rebels. www.news24.com/World/News/Ukraine-Rebels-seize-ground-from-govt-forces-20140828

BBC reports on killed and captured Russian paratroopers. Reportedly, it is dangerous for reporters to report on the fresh graves of soldiers in Pskov, a Russian town near the Estonian border. www.news24.com/World/News/Ukraine-Rebels-seize-ground-from-govt-forces-20140828

NYT claims up to 4000 Russian troops in Ukraine www.nytimes.com/2014/08/29/world/europe/ukraine-conflict.html  "Aleksandr Zakharchenko, a rebel commander and the prime minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, said on Thursday that Russians, including active-duty soldiers on leave, had been fighting against Ukrainian government forces." Putin uses troops on leave. One sly guy. 


blogs.channel4.com/alex-thomsons-view/mariupol-front-russia-ukraine-conflict/8129 Mariupol has one of the world's largest integrated steelworks. It's the city where Akhmetov tried to quell insurgency by asking employees to patrol for peace and quiet. Then they dropped the idea and asked for a raise. He has dropped out of sight. 

Protest march in Kiev against handling of war, plight of sons trapped in cauldron, demanding resignation of Porko and top brass. rt.com/news/183396-kiev-poroshenko-military-protest/ Not too clear if this is spontaneous or arranged, anti-war or pro-war. There have also been protests against corruption.  www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/08/ukrainians-seethe-over-slow-paced-reforms-2014819105837896263.html

Western media report Russia brought in SS-22 missiles, social media claim that NAF captured such a system from junta. 
Kolomoisky says he will take over control of Mariupol and Zaporozhiye. Good, hope he loses control of Dnepropetrovsk.
Report of massive junta counterattack to north and west of Mariupol, may have wiped out rebel gains. 
RIA Novosti with report that NAF has taken checkpoints on outskirts of Mariupol. en.ria.ru/world/20140828/192415066/Donetsk-Militia-Claims-Strongholds-Taken-in-Southeastern.html

Western media trumpet junta spokesman Lysenko remarks that Russia has made a "full-scale invasion" of Ukraine.

Ukrainian troops suffer heavy losses in southeast Ukraine linkis.com/en.itar-tass.com/wor/thp96 DNR says their forces surrounded three junta troop positions, killed or wounded 750, 150 surrendered. Some heavy weapons were captured. 

Yat-sen-yuk calls on West to freeze Russian assets. 
Report "#Lugansk republic authorities have let go all #Ukraine soldiers so that they could unite with their families" twitter.com/mission_russian/status/504988390392356865

Corbett report does one hour video on MH17 beforeitsnews.com/eu/2014/08/video-mh17-fully-exposed-you-wont-believe-the-shocking-truth-about-the-ukraine-false-flag-2567934.html

Aug 27  Tide Turns as Major DNR counter-offensive advances on multiple fronts

vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/ has amazing scoops today - compare his new map showing rebels gaining territory with the finger painting by the BBC showing Donbass dwindling - Rebel offsensive southward to Mariupol captures army base at Sedovo and Novoazovsk - Mariupol has been the rear base, supply station and refuge for retreating junta commanders - its loss will throw panic into junta ranks - Rebel-drawn map of action from Aug 10 to 25 shows 7 pockets and 2 cauldrons - Saker explains how the junta falls into these traps - classic guerrilla warfare lesson (with the twist that the Ukrainian military command belongs to an oligarchy that has only one competence - how to steal from the state). Junta columns under pressure to claim victories, move into undefended villages to "take territory", then get surrounded and cut off. Mariupol is on the coast - will Novorossiya join fronts with Crimea?
This development also sheds light on the claims yesterday by the usual mouthpieces that a Russian convoy appeared out of nowhere in Novoazovsk, far from rebel-held areas, thus it must have come from Russia. That the rebels would strike at undefended Mariupol was a surprise. 
A new map shows further advances from Aug 25 to 27. 

Later reports - Junta is counterattacking, digging trenches around Mariupol, and have cut off NAF (Novorossiya Armed Forces) from the North at Volnovakha, but partisans are holding Novoazovsk. However, Saker's new map today shows the contrary, with NAF taking Telmanove and moving towards Volnovakha. German report says Natzgard pulling citizens in Mariupol from their homes to use as human shields. www.russland.ru/ostukraine-rebellen-greifen-mariupol-an/
Gbazov on Vineyardsaker says militia attack on Mariupol was unplanned, they were probing southward and found no resistance all the way to Black Sea. They may not attempt to hold Mariupol. Sedove on the coast near Russian border may be a good defensive position, with Russia on one side and Black Sea on two other sides. 
Other reports that local partisans are joining the fray and harassing junta units, as far as Zaporozhiye oblast!  translate.yandex.net/tr-url/ru-en.en/www.segodnia.ru/news/146124 
Could the insurrection spread to all of SouthEast Ukraine. What if insurgents have been covertly building their fighting potential in the other oblasts of occupied Novorossiya? The regime's control could collapse quickly, with NAF advancing from the east, meeting up with local partisans, and the junta troops panicking and fleeing for Kiev, leaving vast territories for the taking.
The rebels counteroffensive is active on many fronts. 
Interview with new commanders - English transcript now available. www.vineyardsaker.fr/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/20140824-press-conference-formation-of-as-state.en.txt 
"Why did you make a decision to parade the prisoners of war?"
"Kyiv said that they will march in parade in Donetsk on the 24th. So they did. Poroshenko didn’t lie: they were here together with their [destroyed] hardware."
"If you think that Russia is sending its regular units here... We'd be talking about a battle of Kiev or a possible capture of Lvov."

The counterpropaganda on independence day could be a master psychological stroke almost on the level played by Illuminist-zionist operators when they perform stunts like 9/11 or the Odessa massacre. It's not the soldiers who were humiliated, it was the junta and their taskmasters in Washington. It was a defacing of the junta's own parade, their ritual to the god of war. 

Late unconfirmed report relayed by Saker: NAF may be skirting Mariupol and heading straight to Zaporozhie -  to open new front? To join up with Crimea? or even Odessa? while the junta is on the run...  Other unconfirmed report NAF have already taken Volnovakha. The usual unconfirmed reports of Russian armor, this time against Mariupol. Reports of Russian drones over Mariupol. 

Western media - AP, Independent Uk, NYT essentially all reporting pretty much the same story www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-crisis-prorussian-rebels-take-strategic-port-of-novoazovsk-on-the-azov-sea-9695325.html  hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_UKRAINE_FIGHT_FOR_SOUTHEAST  www.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/world/europe/ukraine-russia-novoazovsk-crimea.html 
Pro-Russian rebel forces entered a key town in southeast Ukraine after three days of heavy shelling. Novoazovsk, a resort town of 40,000 on the Sea of Azov, lies in a strategically significant location - on the road linking Russia to the Ukrainian port of Mariupol and onto Crimea... The new southeastern front also raised fears the separatists are seeking to create a land link between Russia and Crimea. If successful, it could give them or Russia control over the entire Sea of Azov and the gas and mineral riches that energy experts believe it contains. Some Ukrainian conscripts are refusing to fight and are fleeing westwards.  www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/27/ukrainian-troops-in-full-chaotic-retreat-as-putin-/

What was in those water bottles on the aid convoy trucks, energy drinks?


Aug 26

vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/  has an analysis of the story of the 10 captured Russian paratroopers (which he finds hard to believe), and a video of an announcement by the new leaders in the Donetsk Republic. 
Multiple reports of a small Russian military convoy approaching Novoazovsk. Also a report of ''rightist Russian jihadis" ! 
Report junta unit of 94 soldiers surrendered to Novorossiya militia after losing 50 men. donbass.center/news/894-zhenschinam-ukrainy-predstoit-obyazatelnaya-mobilizaciya-v-armiyu.html 
Junta to draft women into army. donbass.center/news/894-zhenschinam-ukrainy-predstoit-obyazatelnaya-mobilizaciya-v-armiyu.html 

In Minsk, Putin's remarks concentrate on trade and the negative consequences for Ukraine's economy of breaking ties to Russia.
Ukraine fails to sell any bonds at auction.
Its economy in tatters due to "anti terror operation" / civil war www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/63e0a202-26fb-11e4-a46a-00144feabdc0.html

Aug 25

Minsk Meet scheduled for tomorrow Aug 26  en.ria.ru/politics/20140823/192278058/Merkel-Hopes-Minsk-Meeting-Involving-Ukraine-to-Be-Successful.html EAU (Eurasian Union), EU and junta to seek for peace in Ukraine or maybe Ukraine in pieces. Personally I don't expect much to come out of it, decisions will be made on the battlefield of Novorossiya. However, it's hopeful symbolism that the EAU is hosting and the US is not attending. 

Porkoshenko dissolves parliament, calls for new elections to "clean out" ex-Yanukovich deputies. www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28931054  With a little help from state of the art American vote theft technology. 

Johnson's Russia List says annexation of Crimea has increased Ukrainian pro-independence patriotism. If true, this poses a problem for the theory that Putin is working to get all of Ukraine into the pro-Russian camp rather than settling for the Eastern provinces; yet at the same time, it would be a reason for caution in annexing the East. The article is by Paul Goble who has been suspected of being a fascist mouthpiece, so who knows what Ukrainians really think, one thing is sure their media are controlled by oligarchs. Like they're not elsewhere. russialist.org/ukrainians-now-almost-unanimous-in-supporting-independent-ukraine/ 
Here's an interesting thought.
What if Russia gains control in the east while NATO gets the west part of Ukraine, like the division of Germany after WW2. There, with the collapse of Soviet communism, the two Germanies were united under the western banner. But years or decades down the road, could Eurasia gain the upper hand in the economic and social struggle with the West, so Ukraine reunites as a member of the Eurasian Union?

Western media reporting Russian military moving into East Ukraine, based on statements by the Kiev junta, and by AP - remember, they were the ones who reported Russian units bring Buk launchers to Torez town. bigstory.ap.org/article/weapons-convoys-seen-rolling-eastern-ukraine-0 "We go through the border in full uniform, totally decked out, with weapons sticking out of the window, five people in the car," he said. "A border guard comes up to us. He looks at us for a long time. Looks at the weapons, then back at us. And then he says: 'Open the trunk?'" 

Ukraine economy in free-fall? Debt as percent of GNP soared from 25% to 60%, without a functioning economy to pay it back - and a currency that has lost 40% of its value. rt.com/op-edge/182616-ukrainian-economy-debt-imf-statistics/

Aug. 24. It's official: Cause of MH17 crash is state secret.

"In the framework of the 4-country agreement signed on 8 August between Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia, information on the progress and results of the investigation of the disaster will remain classified."
This was confirmed in Kiev by the junta Prosecutor General. "Results of the investigation will be published once completed only if a consensus agreement of all parties that have signed the agreement prevails. Any one of the signatories has the right to veto the publication of the results of the investigation without explanation."
What a transparent mask!

In a stinging editorial assailing American "policy" against Russia and Ukraine, Germany's business newspaper, Handelsblatt, writes: "The last successful major military action the US conducted was the Normandy landing. Everything else – Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan – was a clear failure." www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-08/german-handelsblatt-releases-stunning-anti-west-op-ed-asks-if-west-rabble-rousers-ar  "We cannot afford to look at Russia through the eyes of the American Tea Party.... If economic ties were maintained for mutual profit, then severing them will lead to mutual loss. Punishment and self-punishment are the same thing in this case. ... Even the idea that economic pressure and political isolation would bring Russia to its knees was not really thought all the way through. Even if we could succeed: what good would Russia be on its knees? How can you want to live together in the European house with a humiliated people whose elected leadership is treated like a pariah and whose citizens you might have to support in the coming winter.” Ahh, but what about creative destruction, plunder by war and financial scams, hegemony, anglo-zionist rule and conquer, and such-like riotous fun and games? You don't expect an empire to rule through hard work and fraternizing with the peasants, do you? Jeez.  

"Die Deutschen haben die Schnauze voll" - The Germans are fed up. And so are the people of Ferguson, MO - fed up with brutality and exploitation. Is the unspeakable, intolerant US regime going to get its come-uppance? 
Resentment against the US is never far beneath the surface, waiting for a chance to get back at the oppressor.
It's like the ancient Aesop's fable of belling the cat. The mice convened a meeting to brainstorm some way of defending themselves against the constant depredations of the cat. A young mouse had a bright idea. Let's hang a bell around the cat's neck! That way we can hear it coming and get away. All cheered at the genial plan. After the hubbub died down, an old mouse harrumphed, And who is going to bell the cat?

A lot of us have been cheering Russia on to bell the cat, but the Russian mouse is being cautious and cunning, and not sticking out its neck too far. But perhaps it is being defiant enough to lend some other mice the courage to squeak up, too. 

Merkel in Kiev promises 500 bn Euros for reconstruction in Donbass, mumbles about federalization, says Crimea is Ukrainian, because "it’s important to recognize the territorial integrity (of the borders established) after the Second World War." Thanks for the geography lesson, Frau Chancellor, so the Baltics go back to the Soviet Union along with Ukraine, not to mention Yalta and Crimea, plus NATO ceases to exist.... www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/merkel-offers-500-million-euros-for-donbas-restoration-reaffirms-crimea-must-be-ukrainian-361838.html  Oh, and the DDR is back too, isn't it. FT translates the mumbly bit as "Germany urges Ukraine to accept federal solution with separatists." 
500 bn Euros is a lot of money. Nuland spent 5 bn to wreak the damage. As I said months ago, "US to EU: We broke it, you bought it."

Grim report from Luhansk news.vice.com/article/nowhere-is-definitely-safe-anymore-inside-the-besieged-ukrainian-city-of-luhansk

Losing the war on the ground, the CFR thinks they can fool Russia to give up Crimea by "diplomacy". nationalinterest.org/feature/diplomatic-solution-ukraine-11135 Read the Handelsblatt link above to see what US diplomacy is worth. 

Kolomoisky launches English-language TV channel. en.ria.ru/world/20140824/192285333/Kiev-Launches-English-Language-TV-Channel-Ukraine-Today.html

NYT posts map showing Donetsk and Luhansk cities completely cut off by junta troops. www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/02/27/world/europe/ukraine-divisions-crimea.html But then, on July 21 they already had the junta occupying half of both Donetsk and Luhansk cities. 

Donetsk plans counter parade on Ukraine independence day: destroyed military vehicles and prisoners to be displayed. www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-ukraine-donetsk-20140823-story.html

TIME mag  headline "Russia Lashes Out At U.S. ‘Monopoly’ on Humanitarianism With Aid Convoy to Ukraine" time.com/3166682/russia-ukraine-trucks-putin/ Russia is trying to "hijack the West's narrative about humanism over sovereignty." Right to Protect with Food rather than Bombs - Food is an unconventional weapon, it should be banned!

Aug. 23 Fascist safari: Foreigners pay for the right to kill Ukrainians

rusvesna.su/english/1406324464 Going rates for "Great Game" hunters, quoted by former employee of Blackwater: howitzer shot: $100 from, shoot shell from tank,  $200, a shot at the village is priced at $350. One Ukrainian-American volunteer in the junta's "Donbass battalion"  was killed the other day  www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/22/us-army-veteran-west-point-grad-killed-fighting-for-ukraine/

Mission completed: Moscow confirms delivery of aid to E. Ukraine, trucks return to Russia without incident. rt.com/news/182332-humanitarian-aid-foreign-ministry/ Luhansk spokesman Nikitin says, “We don’t have any food left, and we hope that Russia won’t leave us in this situation and these humanitarian convoys containing food will become commonplace. We hope for the help, and we need it,” rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/

Paul Craig Roberts notes the MH17 story has disappeared from the sycophant media and the recordings are being locked up, incontrovertible evidence that the US is lying (and that it was all a false flag, as was so transparent from the charade or scenarization of the Buk system in Torez). Washington is not interested in diplomacy, they are happy to let proxies bomb innocent cities indefinitely. www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/08/20/ukraine-crisis-continues-paul-craig-roberts/   

He also says Russia should have recognized the independence referendums in Donbass republics. We know some reasons why they were cautious to do this, we know Russia wants a friendly Ukrainian neighbor, not a war over one piece of it. But Russia could recognize the Donbass republics provisionally, pending a policy in Kiev that is friendly to its own regions and allows them the autonomy they demand. 

Graham Phillips is back - in Luhansk. Interview with Oleg from the Militia, who points to the street where they are talking and says, yesterday I read that Ukraine troops were here. They were not. It is a frozen front now. But we feel they are getting weaker. Can you win this? Yes, we didn't fight and die to lose. Ask anybody. We are going to win. www.youtube.com/watch

Aug. 22 Capitol Offense - How dare Russia send aid to bombed out regions! Those were OUR bombs dammit, and WE decide who gets bombed and who gets help - US Rules All OK. 

US threatens Russia with sanctions for humanitarian aid convoy - after Ukraine had already agreed to it! Completely logical. It puts Washington in a bad light, and that's a capitol offense. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/23/us-ukraine-crisis-aid-convoy "The United States demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission on Friday, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbor and threatening more sanctions."

Foreign Policy magazine: When Barack Obama's administration sanctioned a prominent Russian bank after Moscow's annexation of Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin pointedly opened a new account at the bank punished by the sanctions. When the United States issued travel bans against prominent Russians in Putin's inner circle because of Moscow's continued meddling in Ukraine, Putin placed a travel ban on longtime critic Sen. John McCain. When Western allies levied penalties against Russia's energy sector after Ukraine shot down a Malaysia Airlines flight, killing 298, the Russian strongman responded by banning American and European agricultural imports. He then shut down the biggest symbol of American cultural might in Russia: McDonald's.

In sending in the convoy, Russia said it had lost patience with Ukraine's stalling tactics and claimed that soon "there will no longer be anyone left to help" in Luhansk, www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/22/russia-artillery-ukraine_n_5700598.html By late afternoon, trucks had reached the city of Luhansk. Tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist Yat-sen-yuk said Russia would attack the convoy itself, creating an international incident. The junta said it had authorized the entry of only 35 trucks.

Vineyardsaker, often an astute observer, has an interesting analysis of the decision to overtly flaunt junta sovereignty be bringing in the aid convoy.  vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/08/the-significance-of-russian-decision-to.html "The US and their main agent in Kiev, Nalivaichenko, immediately and correctly understood the threat: not only did this convoy bring much needed humanitarian aid to Lugansk, it also provided a fantastic political and legal "cover" for future Russian actions inside Novorussia. And by "actions" I don't necessarily mean military actions, although that is now clearly and officially possible. I also mean legal actions such as recognizing Novorussia." Interesting detail - after endless excuses by the junta, the Russian convoy decided to move when feckless junta officials didn't even bother to show up at the border.

Junta claiming it will take Luhansk in a few days. russialist.org/ukrainian-army-could-take-luhansk-by-independence-day Who knows, they lie most of the time. Nobody can keep track of all their lies. 

Junta relies on avowed Nazi brigades to spearhead attack www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/11025137/Ukraine-crisis-the-neo-Nazi-brigade-fighting-pro-Russian-separatists.html

On east Ukraine front, residents make home in Soviet-era bomb shelter, to avoid constant shelling above ground www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/22/us-ukraine-crisis-shelter-idUSKBN0GM1LA20140822

For the N-millionth time, Nato and it's mouthpieces like Interpreter Mag are saying Russian armor is entering Ukraine. I hope they finally get it right. 

Junta could go bankrupt www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-22/ukrainian-credit-rating-cut-by-fitch-as-east-conflict-hurts-gdp.html as its credit rating is cut from B- to CCC

Unholy Hollywood - Death and destruction of the innocents in Donbass is not politically correct for the radical chic "idealist" celeb stooges who lined up to spew the US Color Revolution Subversion line on other US-instigated conflicts in places like Darfur. rt.com/op-edge/181848-ukraine-crisis-hollywood-support

Aug. 21

Ukraine Suffers Heavy Losses in Counterattack by Pro-Russia Rebels. Separatists Still Pose Significant Threat; Ukrainian Officials Begin Inspecting Humanitarian-Aid Trucks From Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry repeated its call for a cease-fire while the aid is delivered to civilians in the rebel-held city of Luhansk. The rebels deny that the government has made any serious advances into the city.   online.wsj.com/articles/ukraine-suffers-heavy-losses-in-counterattack-by-pro-russia-rebels-1408626401  The junta is relying increasingly on volunteer fighters. 

Ukraine defense ministry admits 1,000 of its soldiers captured. www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/defense-ministry-more-than-thousand-ukrainian-troops-captured-361186.html

Novorossiya website claims junta will withdraw from Luhansk, Donetsk and try to defend Slavyansk, Mariupol and Zaporozhiye  translate.yandex.net/tr-url/ru-en.en/www.novorosinform.org/news/id/6651

Hryvnia drops to 13.35 to the dollar www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-21/ukraine-central-bank-friends-usdollar-sellers-posts-failed-fx-intervention-facebook or 7.6 cents, down from 12.5 cents last year. 

Yay! en.ria.ru/business/20140820/192192695/Shell-Suspends-Shale-Gas-Production-in-Eastern-Ukraine-over.html Bye bye Biden. 


Super genius think tank of the planet, the Rand Corporation, delivers a stunning discovery through its powers of penetrating analysis -- or maybe they just found it on CNN --  www.rand.org/blog/2014/08/make-russia-an-offer-on-ukraine-it-cant-refuse.html  "Without cooperation from Russia, Ukraine is in for a long period of violence. Ending insurgencies actively supported by a neighboring power can be nigh impossible. Moreover, Ukraine needs normal economic relations with Russia if it is to emerge from its current recession."  Genius stuff. Would have been even more super brilliant if they would have dreamed of it before they helped launched that little color revolution. But of course  they wouldn't have gotten paid for such advice by the neocon money masters. Business is business.

The IMF major focus is on “opening up” Ukraine’s agriculture riches to takeover by US and EU agribusiness giants, above all, Monsanto and DuPont, the world’s largest purveyors of GMO seeds http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2014/08/20/bfp-exclusive-the-eu-and-imf-rape-of-ukraine-agriculture

Billionaire Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, calls for talks, not war, wants to meet Putin personally.  www.virgin.com/richard-branson/urging-a-peaceful-resolution-to-russia-ukraine-conflict 15 businessmen from the US, Ukraine and Russia signed the appeal. rt.com/business/181892-branson-businessmen-support-ukraine/

Aug. 20

Economic disaster awaits Ukraine as power utilities can't get coal from Donbass for electricity generation.  www.blacklistednews.com/Ukraine%27s_Next_Crisis%3F_Economic_Disaster_/37367/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Kiev ministers of economy and anti-corruption resign. 

Number of displaced persons surges to 190000 in recent days. rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/ 
Reports that half of homes in Luhansk are destroyed. Persistent reports that junta has taken part of the city. www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28858542

Su-25 and two choppers shot down over Luhansk. professorsblogg.com/2014/08/20/ukrainian-jet-fighter-and-two-helicopters-shot-down-by-revoluctionary-forces-in-lugansk/

Polish mercenaries hang militiamen from trees to terrorize townsmen, DNR reports dnrespublika.info/v-lnr-polyaki-povesili-dvux-opolchencev-na-ulice-dlya-ustrasheniya/

Interview with photographer in Donetsk. lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/21/photographing-both-sides-in-ukraine

Ukraine Crisis: Donbass. Chronicle of Genocide www.facebook.com/TruthfromUkraine

Aug. 19 Even a blind pig may have 20-20 hindsight.

"Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault: The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin" by John Mearsheimer http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141769/john-j-mearsheimer/why-the-ukraine-crisis-is-the-wests-fault U.S. and European leaders blundered in attempting to turn Ukraine into a Western stronghold on Russia’s border.  Imagine the American outrage if China built an impressive military alliance and tried to include Canada and Mexico. NB this is the official organ of the CFR. Looks like even a blind pig may have 20-20 hindsight. 

Junta applying US doctrine of "bombing the country back to the stone age" - on its "own country." Junta artillery destroyed the water supply system and residential neighborhoods in Luhansk.  vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/08/august-18th-news-from-novorussia-from.html  Junta also shelled a convoy of fleeing refugees and a team who were trying to repair the electric grid. 

Interpreter Rag for the nth time sees "Russian armed convoy entering Ukraine." Meanwhile Pepe Escobar at the Asia Times sees Nato desperately itching for a war with Russia in Ukraine at any cost. www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/CEN-01-080814.html Ukraine - the new Somalia and Libya now in Europe. 

Civilians in Novosvetlovka were executed by junta troops for refusing to dig trenches for them. lifenews.ru/news/138651

Junta sends 1500 troops to West Ukraine province of Podkarpatia where Ruthenians also want autonomy from Kiev. nedelya-ua.com/articles/1500-ukrainskih-voennyh-pribyli-v-podkarpatskuyu-rus-video

Some bad news for junta, families of 30th brigade which was captured by militia in Stepanovka the other day are angrily confronting army officials. 
Militia are no longer so badly outnumbered, according to www.facebook.com/TruthfromUkraine - only about 2 to 1, not 10 to 1. Militia have about 20,000 men now. 

On the other hand, junta claims again that they have troops fighting in the center of Luhansk. However, if Vineyardsaker is right that a pocket of junta troops is trapped south of Luhansk, this could be them trying to fight their way out, or else reinforcements trying to relieve them. 
Both Luhansk and Donetsk are without food and water. 

Webster Tarpley on MH17, indications are it was shot down by Su-25 cannon fire. www.youtube.com/watch

Today Russia renewed demands that Ukraine release the records of communications between its air traffic control and the Malaysian Airlines MH17 before it was shot down  au.ibtimes.com/articles/563210/20140820/russia-ukraine-air-traffic-control-malaysia-airlines.htm

Aug. 18.  Must Watch Video: "We exchanged thieves for killers" 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5veOECY0tKQ Impassioned Dnepropetrovsk deputy Viktoria Shilova: 6000 civilians dead, 11000 Ukrainian soldiers, 75% of Ukrainian people against the war. We got rid of the thief Yanukovich and got the murderer Poroshenko. Poroshenko is a war criminal, he will go to the Hague tribunal. It's against the constitution to attack civilians with army. We are preparing a lawsuit against this war.
So all 8 million people in Donbass are terrorists? Babies and the elderly too? It's not anti-terror operation, it's illegal war on civilians. People have the right to defend themselves, the right to protest this war.
Our soldiers are shelling innocent people, because the TV told them they are terrorists. Now they are finding out the truth, they are only killing their own Ukrainian people.
Don't believe the propaganda on TV, all the TV channels are owned by oligarchs, the blood-sucking oligarchs, it was not enough for them to suck our blood figuratively, now they are sucking real blood.
Click on CC for captions and turn on English. Transcript below. An appeal by Viktoria Shilova, via Vineyardsaker. 

Transcript of Speech by Victoria Shilova of Dnipropetrovsk, on Youtube
Hello, my name is Viktoriya Shilova, I’m the member of Ukrainian Parliament representing Dnepropetrovskaya District.
I will speak in Russian, so all of the Slavic brothers can understand me.
So, do Ukrainian People want war? Please ask yourself this question first. Do you want war? Do you want innocent people to die? Do you want your relatives, family members, kids, husband or wife, your grandma or grandpa to be killed? I’m 100% sure your answer is NO! Then why, for the past four months, it happens in Ukraine? *
I call it a Civil War, definitely not any "anti-terror operation".
An Anti-terror operation, in my eyes, could only be performed by SWAT teams or anti-terror units. How is it possible there are over 8 million terrorists in Donbass? 8 Million terrorists on its soil.
Poroshenko calls them separatist terrorists. Including infants and elderly people. What do you think, can a disabled person fire an anti air defense system. Or maybe an infant, like Egor Aleksandrov, who was killed in his mother’s arms near the city of Kramatorsk, was holding a gun?
Today, the murderers are in our government. We, the Ukrainian people, replaced Yanukovich the Thief with Poroshenko the Murderer. And today, the majority of Ukrainian people are brainwashed by the propaganda of the national television, so they think -- I would like to disappoint them, by the latest independent social poll, 75 % of Ukrainian people are against the war. Most of them are afraid to say their opinion in public, because they could be imprisoned, interrogated, kidnapped or even killed. Anything can happen in Ukraine today, because we replaced Thieves with Murderers!
So, what happens in Donbass? 8 Million people are under fire, they call them terrorists, but what do Ukrainian soldiers from the 72nd, 79th and 24th Brigades say when they come back? What does Nadezhda Savchenko say? You are right, she says that in Donbass live the same Ukrainians, our brothers, the same people that live in Lviv, in Ivano-Frankovsk and in Kyiv, and they are definitely not terrorists! They are rebels, miners, our citizens, but of course it is not shown on our National TV. Just because all of these TV Channels are owned by oligarchs! All of our National TV stations are owned by our biggest enemy- the Oligarchs!
They are bloodsuckers, like vampires, and they suck our blood, the blood of Ukrainian people! For twenty three years they suck our soul, but it isn’t enough for them! And now from virtual bloodsucking they suck real blood, the blood of our children in Donbass, the blood of our mothers and sisters, the blood of our sons, husbands and wives!
Do you know what the real numbers of killed civilians are? I will tell you. And it is the truth. There are about 6,000 civilians killed.
Everyday about 170 to 200 people are being killed. The Ukrainian Army is killing them with 122mm Grad rocket launchers, just because they are being told that they are fighting Russian "separatist terrorists". 
Just because the National TV and Poroshenko told them so. But, with time, our army realizes what is really happening in the Donbass. And everybody who experienced the bloody war started to tell the truth, against Poroshenko. They say that in Donbass they fought Ukrainian people. They say we should start negotiations. We should stop this bloody civil way.
And now let’s talk about casualties in the Ukrainian Army. We’re talking about 11,000 dead soldiers. It can be proven by a hacked email from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. And we’re talking about 19,000 if we count missing and injured soldiers. These are injured that are in the hospital, but what about injured that were left behind? And what about others, who speak the truth and are being sent to the mental hospital?
Ukrainians, Ukrainian people around the world. I beg you to expose the Ukrainian propaganda. My heart suffers for people from Lviv, from Drobovoche, from Lugansk, and from Donetsk. But today my heart aches for the people of Donetsk and Lugansk. Because children are being killed there.
But now, mothers, I beg you, what would you say to this new president if your house was bombed or worse your child killed? Would you support him? Of course not. That’s why his support is falling down. And it will continue to fall, because he is covered in blood. And when the deaths of innocent people is higher than 22,000, including the army, it is impossible to hide the truth.
The truth is coming out by itself and that’s why we start to see a different point of view. Not only in Russia, but in Europe and the USA as well. German journalists, British journalists, Italian journalists, French journalists, are protesting against the war in Donbass, against Poroshenko who kills his own people. So what did we do and what did I, Viktoriya Shilova, do?
We prepared the document and gave it to the best independent lawyers in Ukraine, to address this matter to our courthouse. And do you know what is written there?
We demand that they acknowledge that it is unconstitutional to perform, the so-called "anti-terror operation" in Donbass. We demand to prosecute the people who were involved in breaking our constitution. The people who broke the Ukrainian law of RNBO, the members of Ukrainian Parliament, who unlawfully voted in Congress. We demand to prosecute Poroshenko for his unlawful signing of the petition for the so called "anti-terror operation". For the unlawful use of the Ukrainian Army against the civilian populace of Ukraine.
We don’t have war declared. We don’t have martial law officially declared. Since martial law is not officially in effect, how could you use the Ukrainian Army on the territory of Donbass? This is unlawful use of the military reserve. And by the constitution, any Ukrainian citizen can defend himself against any aggression, protect his life from any aggressor. And the Army can’t harm its own citizens on its soil. And it is written in our constitution. Please open this golden constitution book and see for yourself. But unfortunately, we replaced the Government of Thieves with the Government of Murderers. And now, blood spills all over Ukraine.
I address myself to all of the Ukrainian people. To all who respect Bogdan Hmelnickiy, Taras Shevchenko, who remember the flag created by Grushevskiy, the Yellow Blue. I address myself to all the 75% of Ukrainians who are against the war, who are for peace.
We should unite and demand the new elected government to respect the law and constitution. Stop the so-called "anti-terror operation", the bloody civil war. And start negotiating. Provide humanitarian aid, help people survive the catastrophe.
Who are you fighting with, Poroshenko? Against the children of Donbass? You can’t do it, you will be prosecuted. For these inhuman errors people will pay the price. The Hague Tribunal is waiting for you. That’s why our army wouldn’t listen to you anymore. And that’s why military mobilization doesn’t help you anymore.
Day by day, people realize and find the truth, and they don’t want to be part of your murders. The Murders of your oligarch friends who started this war, and who gain their capital everyday. You are the ones who need this war, because you can blame war for the economic crisis.
But Ukrainians are against the war. Ukrainians don’t want war. Ukraine is in bloodshed now, thanks to you. But we want peace. People, please, let’s unite. Let’s protest against this war. Let us be heard, just like those protesters during the Vietnam War.
[Clip of Donbass Citizens crying out amid the rubble] "How long will you bomb us? How long will you shoot at us? How long?! Months we are being bombed, please stop this!!! I can’t believe you don’t have saint in you? Aren’t you human? What are you doing? Shooting, bombing us! What are you doing?!!
(Fades out with blood splatters and heavy heartbeats) 

In a similar spirit, Ukrainian women confront a conscription officer and burn the writs he is carrying to draft their men. Via Pepe Escobar  beforeitsnews.com/financial-markets/2014/07/ukrainians-ordered-to-war-women-burn-the-military-writs-2747468.html

Pravy Sektor (Right Sector extremists) threaten to march on Kiev, so junta relents, releases their jailed members and fires deputy minister as they demanded. 

Stepan Bandera's tomb in Munich was blown up today, says Graham Phillips. Here's his blog on Bandera  worldtowrites.blogspot.com/2014/08/stepan-bandera-historys-biggest-loser.html

Junta claims to have captured a police station in the center of Luhansk. www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/kiev-says-separatists-shoot-down-ukrainian-warplane/article20088437/  and the town of Yasinovataya, a strategic railway hub north of Donetsk.

However Colonel Cassad insists that the attack on Yasinovataya was repulsed. He also says one or two Su-25's were shot down on the 17th in addition to the MiG-29. Junta retains initiative to the north of Donetsk, but a new southern cauldron has opened on the border where the 24th brigade is trapped again. Complicated military situation  vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/08/novorossiya-military-briefing-end-of.html  Outnumbered partisans still able to stage counterattacks and inflict heavy losses on junta forces.

European dis-union as Russian sanctions bite hard, Germany, Greece, Czech and Slovakia want an end to sanctions war. www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-16/anti-putin-alliance-fraying-germany-slovenia-greece-czech-republic-urge-end-russian-

US fallacies may be leading to war with Russia www.thenation.com/article/180942/new-cold-war-and-necessity-patriotic-heresy

Aug. 17

Ukraine officially recognizes aid convoy as humanitarian, on petition of Red Cross. rt.com/news/180844-ukraine-recognizes-russia-humanitarian-aid/

veragraziadei.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/the-wrong-side-of-the-barricades-or-why-east-ukrainian-victims-are-ignored/  Donbass victims have failed to die in a politically correct manner, therefore sympathy for their plight shall be withheld. 

Partisans shoot down junta Mig-29 over Luhansk. news.yahoo.com/rebels-shoot-down-ukrainian-fighter-jet-over-east-080521094.html

"Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, said the rebels were in the process of receiving some 150 armoured vehicles, including 30 tanks, and 1,200 fighters who he said had spent four months training in Russia."  www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/17/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSKBN0GF13120140817

Malaysia Airlines said it was told to fly low over Ukrainian airspace by ground controllers. www.sott.net/article/282367

Ukraine's defense industry can't survive without its main customer, Russia. Ukraine factories equip Russian military despite support for rebels  Interesting piece from WashPo.

World's worst performing economies in 2014, according to the Economist: Ukraine and Libya. qz.com/248718/ukraines-currency-is-collapsing-and-there-isnt-much-it-can-do-to-stop-it/ Give Obama a Nobel for Economics too. 

Aug. 16.

Daily Mail says junta forces are closing the ring around Donetsk. Many photos of junta troops, civilians, a few of militia.  www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2721323/Fierce-fighting-rages-Donetsk-Ukraine-government-forces-close-rebel-stronghold.html

Aug. 15.

Junta claims its artillery destroyed part of Russian armed convoy of 20 vehicles in night-time shelling. Russia denying their forces crossed border. Tyler Durden speculates that the junta artillery may have knocked out one of their own tank groups. www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-15/did-ukraine-attack-its-own-tanks-white-house-cant-confirm-russian-convoy-was-destroy Militia spokesman Purgin claims 100 junta armored vehicles destroyed today. 

Aid convoy waiting 30 km from border in Rostov, may be allowed entry after checking by Red Cross. BBC claiming trucks are almost empty. Maybe that's the way to do it - let Donbass militia come and pick up the goods on the Russian side. 

Vineyardsaker explains why some trucks are half empty: The terrain is rough and they need backup capacity in case one truck doesn't get through; Russia explained at the start that not all trucks were full. vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/08/a-couple-of-short-pointers-about.html  He also predicts the junta will collapse from a financial breakdown. (See artwork by Josetxo Ezcurra)

Vineyardsaker also reports militia counteroffensive has surrounded three junta armored units between Luhansk and the Russian border. This is what happened the first time the junta tried to encircle the rebels.  vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/08/novorossiya-military-briefing-august-15.html 
The map here shows an encircled position of the trapped Aydar fighting group. Ukrainian TV broadcast a live phone call from the unit commander begging for help. www.youtube.com/watch 3 min
Junta also tried to encircle Horlovka and now in turn risks an arm cut off there as well. Junta offensive aimed at blocking the aid convoy to Luhansk was also defeated. DNR and LPR Defense forces are now under a unified command of local East Ukrainian officers.
Junta are holding the Saur-Mogila height but it's not helping them much. The partisans sidestepped the junta offensive on the hill, taking the village of Stepanovka instead, and cutting off the 24th brigade in the southern cauldron again.
Saker says junta army has run out of steam, with some of its best brigades wiped out in pockets. I haven't seen anything to contradict the earlier report that the army ran out of pay for the troops on Aug. 1.

German stock market lost 6 billion Euros today on what could be merely a hoax. Wall Street also took a drop amid high volatility. Makes you wonder if Soros and friends staged the whole thing as a charity to fund their favorite warmongers in Kyiv. This photo in the media allegedly showing Russian APC's rolling into Ukraine was taken in Millerovo, Russia.  twitter.com/marcelsardo/status/500356155399745537 

Canadian weapons airlift for junta www.facebook.com/photo.php

Almost a month has gone by since MH17 was shot down on July 17, and Washington is very quiet about it. Did NATO's dirty war command gain what they expected from it? Or is it just such a strong habit with them now they can't help it -- two aspirins and a false flag as a cure for all ills? 

Aug. 14. 
A.M. Yahoo News reports Aid Convoy now heading south towards Luhansk! news.yahoo.com/russian-aid-convoy-resumes-travels-toward-ukraine-053153900.html I love some of the comments there too.

P.M. news.yahoo.com/rebel-forces-unravel-ukraine-military-cuts-off-key-185020246.html  Bad news for Luhansk. Junta appears to have surrounded the city and cut it off from Russian border.  Strelkov has resigned rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/  and Bolotov reported wounded or missing.
UK Telegraph claims a Russian military convoy of 23 vehicles has been sighted crossing into Ukraine near Donetsk. The aid convoy appears to be waiting near the border - but where? Guardian says from Voronezh it moved south on the M-4 - which leads to Rostov on Don, near Luhansk. www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/14/russian-military-vehicles-enter-ukraine-aid-convoy-stops-short-border Guardian reporter spot checked some trucks and talked to drivers, believes it's aid not arms. 
The military convoy is not believed to be an invasion force, but only related to securing supplies for the rebels. 

Red Cross says, We have made initial contact with the #Russia-led aid convoy, Rostov region, #Ukraine. Many practical details are still to be clarified.  twitter.com/ICRC/status/499925660736192513

Monkey see, monkey do: Junta sending its own aid convoy to Luhansk.  www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2724704/Russian-aid-convoy-continues-roll-rebel-held-Ukraine-Kiev-demands-right-search-262-trucks-says-direct-invasion.html

Junta's ethnic cleansing plan proceeding already with Slavyansk being resettled by West Ukrainians slavyangrad.org/2014/08/14/residents-of-slavyansk-have-disappeared-the-town-is-being-re-populated-with-migrants-from-western-ukraine/  "In Slavyansk, occupied by Ukrainian troops, the local residents have practically disappeared. The town is being inundated with migrants speaking in a foreign dialect, who take over the housing of those who left to escape the Ukrainian bombing campaign."

Aug. 13. Russian convoy must deliver the aid to Luhansk directly, or it will be stolen or given to junta forces.  

NYT reports convoy is stalled at a military base near Voronezh. www.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/world/europe/russia-ukraine-aid-convoy.html  "Kiev relented somewhat... saying it would allow the trucks to cross after they had been inspected by Ukrainian officials and" the OSCE.
Checking the map, Voronezh is on the main road to the Luhansk border. Yesterday the convoy passed through Tula, which is on the main road to Belgorod and Kharkiv. From Voronezh, it could go either way. The choice of Voronezh as a stopping place -- it may simply be the military base is a good place to park and lodge the drivers. More suspicious souls may have other guesses, like loading up with military equipemnt.  But if it's inspected and gets clear to Luhansk, it will certainly keep Putin in form as the knight on the white horse. 
And what if junta forces try to hijack the column? It might be wise for Russia not to send all 300 trucks through at once. 

Tarpley on the essentially defensive nature of Russia's posture in Ukraine www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/05/12/362300/russias-moves-in-ukraine-defensive/  Perspectives to an end of American unipolar hegemony

I was wondering what the Netherland's Volkskrant newspaper would be saying about MH17 and Ukraine. It was my favorite newspaper when I lived in Holland. Well, a comment on the Vineyardsaker blog gives a link to a VK headline about the junta: "Not even Hitler bombed his own cities!"  Touché, the old VK has not lost its touch for putting things in perspective.  twitter.com/theristis_/status/499465088320176128/photo/1  via vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/08/ukraine-sitrep-august-13-1515-utczulu.html

The Saker noted the guilty silence in the western mass media about MH17. They can't fake the black boxes, so they're quitting while they're ahead. He speculates Malaysia could break ranks. 
Wall Street mouthpiece The Interpreter however has a rescension of the "evidence" on MH17 and a lot of speculation about the whereabouts of the humanitarian convoy and military movements near the border. www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-177-russian-aid-convoy-approaches-ukrainian-border

Newspeak neologism: soldiers fighting for the evil empire aren't captured, they're kidnapped - same twisted term the Israelis use.  www.cbsnews.com/news/12-ukraine-militiamen-killed-in-ambush-others-kidnapped/ Maybe they should stop sending child soldiers so the poor kids don't get napped. 

Ukrainian social media reporting a peacekeeping convoy of 142 Russian military vehicles have entered Donbass, painted white. Or maybe black. 

Red Cross is ticked off that Russia is using their logo without them having their take and eating it too.  twitter.com/ICRC/status/499597701756243968

Tragic-comic cameo in a Lviv kindergarten: feminazi MP is dictating to tots to change their Russian names.
"What is your name?" "Misha" (Russian name).
"Misha? Well... let us talk about Misha. What is Misha in Ukrainian? In Ukrainian Misha is Michailik." (Rhymes with "Sieg Heil Ich".)
"If Misha was living in UK, he would be Michael, right? And if Misha was living in France, he would be Michel. And if Misha is Ukrainian, he should be Michailik. How do you like it more, Misha or Michailik?"
Class, in unison: "Meee-sha." MP: "Catastrophe, Catastrophe." (Women laughing.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3R3pMtL3eo 2:45  
This woman has also said things like, the demonstrators against the government should be killed.

Alleged hacked phone calls with Kolomoisky team about MH17. Seems to imply Kolomoisky acted on his own. Also includes story about trafficking in organs from wounded soldiers, which seems over the top, although I wouldn't put anything past Kolomoisky. Scenario is that Su-25 tried to shoot down MH17 with cannon, but couldn't keep at altitude long enough, it didn't work, so fired air-to-air missile. This fits data -- almost too neatly. Could be invention of someone out to get Kolomoisky, God bless 'em.   ronrambles.com/hackers-learned-who-shot-down-boeing-mh17-in-ukraine-order-given-by-ukraine-president-washingtons-puppet-beforeitsnews-com/  In Ukrainian and English.  The greetings sound to me like authentic Slavonic, so if it's scripted, then likely by Ukrainian or Russian.
There is mention here of CyberBerkut hacking the Facebook page of Kolomoisky's assistant, but this can't be the source of the conversations, as it's supposed to be leaked phone calls, and he obviously wouldn't put such material on the Internet. So I guess what is meant is the hackers posted the transcripts of the alleged leaks to the hacked Facebook account as a nice way to publish them. 
Coincidentally, the Kiev anti-monopoly commission is also out to get Kolomoisky at this very time for cartel practices with his gas stations. censor.net.ua/news/297936/antimonopolnyyi_komitet_vozbudil_dela_protiv_zapravok_kolomoyiskogo 
Jeez, is there no honor among thieves with this junta. No tears for the butcher of Dnepropetrovsk (erm, Geneva) from me, though. Send him to Gaza to dig tunnels. 
Does this mean the junta feels the jig is up with MH17 and Kolomoisky is set to take the rap? 

Aug. 12. Russia and Germany: learning from the 20th century

Russia's pacifist stance on east Ukraine is an interesting parallel to postwar German reluctance to project military power. Both nations are living down expansionist episodes, the Soviet Empire and the Third Reich, that garnered them so much political ill-will in the 20th century. Both were saddled with extremist counter-gangs that set them against each other's throats. 
Yet by the gifts of geography and culture, both nations are inevitably power poles within their respective regions, Eurasia and Western Europe. If they work together with each other and their neighbors, they can realize that almost idyllic dream of a productive, peaceful, prosperous Eurasian continent - if the meddling Wall Street - City of London - Pentagon axis can't stop them. 
100 years ago, ensnared in the trap of intrigue set by the British empire, Germany declared war on Russia. Today, despite the most imaginative provocations flowing from the think tanks of the evil empire, these two giants will not be led into the same colossal blunder again. 

Junta says Russian aid convoy of 287 trucks may not cross border, they want to unload goods and take the stuff themselves.
Russia said it's agreed the convoy enters Ukraine under aegis of Red Cross. The convoy left Moscow yesterday and is on its way to a Ukrainian border post near Kharkiv.
It's due to arrive tomorrow. english.pravda.ru/hotspots/conflicts/12-08-2014/128261-ukraine_russia_humanitarian_convoy-0/
A lot of absurd comments being made about Trojan horses. If the Russians wanted to invade, they'd just do it wouldn't they? In any case Russia will be the first to deliver aid - or at least to try.
Russia should deliver the goods directly to Luhansk where they are most bitterly needed. Experience shows the only way to ensure charity reaches the needy, and doesn't get diverted by corrupt intermediaries, is to deliver it yourself. 

Hunger is here: Empty shelves in a market in Luhansk  twitter.com/ProfessorsBlogg/status/499263481947099136/photo/1

China to start direct sales of fruit and vegetables to Russia rt.com/business/179376-russia-china-fruit-vegetable/  Go Eurasia!

www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/12/my-moneys-on-putin/  US is abusing the world financial system it built and benefits from to such a degree that other nations are being forced to find alternatives. The wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine are all about preventing Russia and Iran become the dominant energy powers in the European space. The US wants to start a war in central Europe so money will flee Europe to the US, as it did in the world wars. 

Kiev's world famous brawling parliament has passed a law allowing the junta to block websites without a court order, according to Reporters Without Borders.  en.rsf.org/ukraine-ukrainian-parliament-approves-very-12-08-2014,46793.html

Same bunch are set to block gas transit to Europe. rt.com/business/179688-ukraine-parliament-russia-sanctions/

Russia may add corrupt Ukraine oligarchs who finance genocide against Donbass to wanted criminals list.  en.ria.ru/russia/20140813/191960083/Russia-Mulls-Adding-Sponsors-of-Kievs-Offensive-in-East-Ukraine-To-Wanted-List.html

Desperate MH17 “Intelligence” Spin by Ukraine Secret Service: Pro-Russian Rebels had Targeted a Russian Passenger Plane, bidding for a false flag to provoke Russian intervention, “But Shot Down Flight MH17 by Mistake” www.globalresearch.ca/desperate-mh-17-intelligence-spin-by-ukraine-secret-service-pro-russian-rebels-had-targeted-a-russian-passenger-plane/5395501 OK, so false flags are not conspiracy theories when they're done by the other guys, I get it now. 

Odessa slaughter survivors reveal their side of story in international photo exhibit  rt.com/news/179668-odessa-photo-exhibition-ukraine/

Ukraine's state arms export company Ukroboronservice give Su-25 a practical ceiling of 7000-10000 meters. en.uos.ua/produktsiya/aviakosmicheskaya-tehnika/84-cy-25  (Note practical is not maximum ceiling, it's more like service ceiling)

Donetsk checkpoint defenders destroyed a bus carrying an attacking Pravy Sektor death squad www.youtube.com/watch  2 min

Ivan Russki: "We just want to be a normal country." Joe Sixpack: "OK, so what is a normal country like?"

Aug. 11.

The shrillness of US State Dep't warnings to Russia against a humanitarian intervention shows this is exactly the right move for Russia, because the US is desperate with no counter-move. Facts would change on the ground permanently.
Unfortunately Germany's Merkel, a US toady, is making similar warnings, and Putin may listen to her. 

A sanctions regime will help Russia enormously in the not very long run. Western analysts say the Russian economy is too dependent on energy exports and needs to develop and diversify. Quickest, maybe only way to do that is import substitution. 
US sanctions on Russia could sink the US dollar and its status as the reserve currency, by forcing the international financial system to reduce its “exposure” to the dollar, setting the stage for its “eventual demise,” says former congressman Ron Paul.  www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/08/11/374924/us-sanctions-on-russia-to-sink-dollar/

Informative interview with Daniel McAdams on sanctions backfiring on EU and Ukraine; pressure on Bulgaria re SouthStream.  rt.com/op-edge/179388-ukraine-gas-transit-south-stream/ The most bellicose neighbors, Poland and the Baltics, will be hit hardest if junta freezes gas transit: they depend on it for 90% of their gas.

The Red Cross will lead an international humanitarian aid operation into Ukraine's conflict-stricken province of Luhansk with assistance from Russia, the European Union and the United States, Ukraine said Monday. abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ukraine-rocket-attack-leads-mass-jail-breakout-24926814 by Peter Leonard from AP. Why do the URL's never match the story with his stuff? Here's the vanishing story: www.ibtimes.co.uk/ukraine-crisis-dangerous-inmates-mass-jailbreak-rocket-hits-high-security-donetsk-prison-1460693 Junta rocket hits prison in Donetsk, freeing 100 criminals. 

Now it gets interesting. www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/11/russia-humanitarian-convoy-ukraine  "Russia to send humanitarian convoy into Ukraine in spite of warnings - Kremlin says aid caravan will be 'under the aegis of the Red Cross' and would likely depart this week, as US and Kiev plan separate aid mission to rebel-held Luhansk." Yanks to Luhansk, as close as they can get to Russia border, huh.  www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/11/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSKBN0GA0C620140811 This could be interesting because it may slow down junta airstrikes, to avoid hitting the Red Cross. NATO says it sees high probability of Russian invasion.
And oh yeah, the recent US humanitarian airstrikes on Iraq are also an interesting precedent.  www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/13990/u-s-russia-duel-over-humanitarian-interventions-in-iraq-and-ukraine  
Finland backs Russian plan en.ria.ru/politics/20140811/191921989/Finnish-Foreign-Ministry-Backs-Russias-Plan-on-Humanitarian-Aid.html
Junta POV on Red Cross mission in Kyiv Post www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/ukraine-red-cross-to-lead-humanitarian-effort-to-luhansk-oblast-360193.html
Kremlin communiqué on phone call with EU figurehead Barroso over the mission and sanctions eng.kremlin.ru/news/22803

Logically the humanitarian mission must be accompanied by a long-term ceasefire. And that leads to the perpetuation of Novorossiya, perhaps on the Transdnistria format. Or, the collapse of the junta due to its own problems and blunders, with reunification under a regime of reconciliation with Russia and rejection of NATO-Nazi aggressor mania. 

On the Brink of Survival: No electricity, water, communications in besieged Lugansk rt.com/news/179516-lugansk-electricity-water-catastrophe/

As troops surround cities, Ukraine urges evacuation www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/as-troops-surround-cities-ukraine-urges-evacuation Ethnic cleansing for a family-free fracking-friendly zone. "“The operation to encircle these cities is almost over. The active operation continues day and night. We’re pushing ahead and aren’t stopping.” Who do they think they are, Nutman Yahoo? Can Putin stop them?

German TV show ridicules 'evidence' of Russian involvement in Ukraine crisis rt.com/news/179288-german-show-ukraine-evidence-ridiculed/

Excellent analysis of the errors of US posturing about alleged Russian aggression www.thenation.com/article/180930/americas-losing-strategy-ukraine Excerpt: "Despite what is often said in the West, Putin has no intention of seizing more Ukrainian territory, though Washington’s actions may leave him no choice. It is not in Russia’s interest to snatch the pro-Russia provinces from Ukraine, for it would cause Moscow to lose much of the influence it has over Ukrainian politics. In the long run, this would result in Ukraine’s permanent alignment with the West, which is precisely what Putin wants to prevent."

Dutch website gives play to MH17 air-to-air missile theory.  weeswaakzaam.com/mh17-eerst-aangeschoten-voor-ontploffing/

Aug. 10. 2 million refugees?

Junta forces attempting to surround Donetsk. Fierce battles at the Saur-Mogila monument for its commanding position close to Donetsk. Southern cauldron dispersing - see  vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/08/august-10th-tatical-strategic-and.html 
Donetsk may have difficulty holding out much longer, but forces from cauldron may soon be able to reinforce it. 

NYT on Donetsk situation www.nytimes.com/2014/08/11/world/europe/ukraine-steps-up-assault-of-rebel-city.html

Most of the city's over 1 million inhabitants have fled, the 400,000 people left have no drinking water. russian.rt.com/article/44650 Luhansk is without water or power, said Lavrov. Russia calls for ceasefire, en.ria.ru/politics/20140810/191889187/Russias-Lavrov-Urges-Humanitarian-Aid-Ceasefire-in-Eastern.html Militia is willing, junta calls for total surrender. www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-10/ukraine-fighting-rages-russia-calls-another-ceasefire-ukraine-demands-total-surrende  

Euromaidan presents map of decimated remnant of Donbass twitter.com/euromaidan/status/498446690823598082/photo/1

The EU openly posts information that it has funded pro-EU NGO's in Ukraine to the tune of 500 million Euros.  www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/vladimir-putin/11023577/Fresh-evidence-of-how-the-West-lured-Ukraine-into-its-orbit.html

U.S. intervention in Ukraine affairs goes back to the end of World War II.  dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/08/09/cia-intervention-in-ukraine-has-been-taking-place-for-decades/  US set up Ukrainian Gladio unit 73 years ago. www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/05/america-backed-fascists-ukraine-73-years-ago.html

nsnbc.me/2014/08/09/russian-regions-declare-state-of-emergency-as-480000-fled-kievs-ethnic-cleansing/ The total number of Ukrainians who have sought refuge in Russia in 2014 is estimated at 2,5 million.

Red Cross on refugee situation www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/news-release/2014/08-08-ukraine-humanitarian-situation-deteriorates-east.htm

Junta bombing chemical plant in Horlivka, could lead to disaster www.liveleak.com/view

Voltairenet: the unleashing of wars by the evil empire is a response to the creation of a Brics bank to compete with the IMF. www.voltairenet.org/article185028.html

Washington Threatens The World — Paul Craig Roberts ukrainereferendum.blogspot.com/2014/08/washington-threatens-world.html

Junta evicts Maidan campers. 

Junta sold off its energy sector to Big Oil  ukrainereferendum.blogspot.com/2014/08/has-ukraine-lost-all-control-of-ever.html

USA Buys Russian Su-27 Jets From Ukraine to Find Out Why F-15 Is So Bad english.pravda.ru/world/americas/20-07-2009/108253-su27-0/

Malaysia wants the ‘missing’ Ukrainian Air Traffic Control tapes http://www.nst.com.my/node/21260

Ron Paul: US 'likely hiding truth' on downed Malaysian Flight MH17 rt.com/usa/179284-ron-paul-mh17-ukraine/

Aug. 9. Malaysian newspaper presents evidence MH17 shot down by junta warplanes

Malaysia's leading English-language daily the New Straits Times: US analysts conclude MH17 downed by aircraft  www.nst.com.my/node/20925 The article cites findings of Robert Parry, OSCE observer Michael Bociurkiw, and retired pilot Peter Haisenko, concentrating on forensic arguments, without mention of statements by eyewitnesses who saw the warplane shoot down the airliner. The article also noted that "there has not been a shred of tangible evidence" that rebels shot down the plane with a Buk missile.

Sorry about the hiatus since Aug. 4, I was away for a few days - not to mention how is one to try and fight on 5 fronts, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Gaza and whatever else they throw at us!

There have been some big stories - Russia to impose massive sanctions on agriculture from the EU and other unfriendly powers. 
Not to be outdone, the Kiev junta threatens to shoot itself and the EU in the foot by blocking transit of natural gas from Russia to EU.  rt.com/business/178988-russia-ukraine-gas-transit/

Here's a good one: while openly sending tens of millions in military aid to the Banderistan junta, rt.com/news/179136-nato-plane-arrives-ukraine/  the US says, "Any bid by Russia to deliver humanitarian aid into Ukraine would be viewed as an invasion." www.france24.com/en/20140809-us-russian-delivery-aid-ukraine-viewed-invasion/ You know, anything humanitarian at all is seen as an offense by the criminal oligarchy, mad for money and power. 

Junta shelling Donetsk and Luhansk cities. Many civilian casualties. 

Russia at UN urging international humanitarian mission for besieged E. Ukraine cities  rt.com/news/179112-un-russia-ukraine-children/ Churkin to UN: Don't children in E. Ukraine deserve safety? Kerry warns Russia not to try and save its people while US unleashes air strikes on Iraq. 

m.europe.wsj.com/articles/war-exacts-heavy-toll-on-ukraine-economy-and-national-mood-1407295910 "We just wanted Yanukovych to leave and that is it," a Maidan supporter said. "No one thought it would also bring a war."

Over 10,000 (civilians) have been killed in East Ukraine rt.com/news/179048-ten-thousand-killed-ukraine/ 
UN says over 117,000 have fled en.ria.ru/world/20140805/191755388/Ukraine-Crisis-Refugee-Number-Rises-to-117000-Says-UN.html 

Aug 4.

Vineyardsaker has a good hypothesis about MH17 shot down by the Su-25, as well as updates on the fortunes of battle. vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/  "The Shrinking Cauldron - The Surrender of the 72nd Brigade" - about 440 surrendered, having exhausted ammunition and provisions, and were given asylum in Russia. Some hard core units, Polish mercenaries and Pravy Sektor fascist extremists, are refusing to give up. The other brigades are also in a very difficult position, though. 

Further, statements by Fyodor Berezin (Strelkov's Deputy) claim that the junta is losing as many as 1,000 soldiers a day! and still being defeated. These numbers may seem exaggerated, but Ukraine has a population of over 40 million, and this is the third mobilization wave.

What is the sense of sending thousands of young men to such a slaughter? It is an investment in long-term hatred and resentment for Russia, as the pot of synthetic nationalism needs to be stirred and stirred to create an anti-Russian nation out of a Russian ethnic group -- which is what Ukrainians have always been in reality. Even if the Ukraine junta loses, the pain will be remembered and serve to bolster the myth of this artificial national identity. Just look at the israelis to see how potent a myth of victimhood can be to instill hatred and revenge. 

Long-suffering Russia has continued to be enormously magnanimous with its wayward, prodigal province. Rather than being executed or interned as POW's so often are, the conscripts are being given the choice of shelter in Russia or safe-conduct back to Ukraine, where they could continue to fight against the pro-Russian cause.

The 20th century sage Idries Shah noted that people often bitterly oppose those who have helped them too much, because they have no other way to rebalance the debt they owe. Such is the situation here. Pseudo-independence also has aspects in common with adolescent behavior of rebellion against parent figures to try and establish an independent identity. 

In the prophetic book Obama the Postmodern Coup, published in 2008, Webster Tarpley predicted that the Obama regime would be elected using color revolution tactics, would employ them on a wide scale in its foreign policy (Arab "Spring", Ukraine), and would agitate for a war on Russia. The book also contains an article on "swarming adolescents," very much the picture of Maidan and the Russophobic Maidanist pathology of the Kiev junta. The cartoon is from the back cover of the book:

Hillary Clinton and Obama, jingoistic one-up-manship in the 2008 "Democratic" primary campaign. 

Regarding ignorant and immature behavior, I liked this offbeat story of Ukrainian tourists picking fights with Russian ones in Turkish vacation hotels  english.pravda.ru/society/stories/22-07-2014/128120-russians_ukrainians-0/

Viral story of Russian soldier whose geo-tagged selfie showed him in Ukraine - debunked. medium.com/war-is-boring/2a959f92c23b

How safe are the black boxes in London hands? Not. www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-files-reveal-endemic-corruption-at-the-met-9644667.html

Aug. 3

Imperialist-militarist circles pushing headlong to WW3 www.lewrockwell.com/2014/07/paul-craig-roberts/war-is-coming/

www.lewrockwell.com/2014/07/anne-williamson/the-looting-of-eurasia-by-the-west/  "Ukraine’s future lies in becoming one big, super-sized military base and a super-wide, multilane expressway transporting wealth sucked from Eurasia to Europe. The Ukrainian people will, of course, be left stumbling along the highway’s soft shoulders as mere pedestrians."

European governments and the Western media have put the world at risk by enabling Washington’s propaganda and aggression against Russia. www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/27/372988/world-doomed-by-western-insouciance/ 

Aug. 2.

Interpretermag says Russian troops invading East Ukraine, for the 100 th time. ""Because publishing a warning about an invasion AFTER it happens is no good" LOL better safe than sorry! Wash Post says Pentagon will send advisers to Ukraine. 

Analysis of satellite imagery released on the Internet by the Security Service of Ukraine on July 30, 2014 eng.mil.ru/en/analytics.htm Russian Defense Ministry debunks Ukrainian propaganda fakes. 

Continuing from yesterday's analysis:
What if the plane doesn't break apart from stress as it falls, and it wasn't hit by a SAM missile, and an air to air missile or cannon fire was not enough to break it apart? And they are obviously making this up about it popping like a balloon. Then I don't like where that leads us. See where? Into "wild-eyed conspiracy theory" - the plane was rigged to blow up already at the airport. But then why in the world shoot it down in plain view with the fighter jet? To make it plausible that the rebel militia were aiming for the fighter and hit the plane? This meme has already been entered into public awareness by the CIA - See also Robert Parry below, July 25, on the CIA "leaking" a story about the junta shooting down MH17 by mistake.

Aug. 1. Massive explosive disinformation

Looking at a photo of the Boeing 777, I just realized another reason for believing it was hit by a jet fighter. This aircraft is very long, compared to its short nose section. To be exact, it's 74 m or 242 feet long. The approx 4 ft wide section with the shrapnel was located right by the cockpit, where the pilots sit. In fact, the largest hole might be right where the seats are - only a foot wide or so. See photo in July 26 entry below. So the airplane is on the order of about 60 times longer than the piece shown. 

The Buk missile is a fragmentation weapon that explodes before it reaches its target, to spread shrapnel over a wider area and avoid missing it entirely. What are the odds that it would strike exactly where the pilots were, and that the shrapnel damage would be concentrated there, rather than over a wide area on the fuselage? Very low, it seems to me. 

What the damage may show instead is that the aircraft was decapitated by peppering the pilots with 30 mm cannon fire, perhaps to avoid any recordings on the cockpit voice recorder (CVR). Such an accurate strike removes any possibility that the shootdown was an accident. It lends credence to the theories of Zhilin and Haisenko. Alternatively, an air to air missile could have made a direct hit on the other side of the plane, and the piece of cockpit shielding with shrapnel holes that we see was struck from the inside. 

The world media reported findings of the team inspecting the black boxes. They announced that the plane was brought down by "massive explosive decompression," which they attributed to a SAM missile. However, if it was the airplane's own pressure that caused it to explode when the fuselage was weakened, this doesn't really distinguish between the large missile, small missile or cannon fire theory. In any case, it seems to have been hit hard only at the cockpit.

To me, intuitively, there just is not enough air in an airplane to make it "explode like a balloon." It is not a balloon, it's much more rigid. Haisenko seems to be saying that the rear section broke up at its construction points. That could perhaps be due to stress of deceleration and falling, or to a second strike.

What also doesn't fit with this air pressure explosion theory is the Russian observation that the plane stayed up for a few minutes, flying at a slower speed after the initial hit, before it disappeared from radar. 

Are there any precedents for a Boeing airliner blowing up from the cabin pressure? If not, I fear another false-flag cover up.
If aluminium aircraft can turn into birthday balloons, we're back to 9/11, where steel towers turn to butter - or thin air - to collapse at free-fall speed. 

Well, I searched the web for airplane exploded cabin pressure and the answer is NO, airplanes do not explode like balloons! 

"Federal Aviation Regulations say that without pressurization, pilots begin to need oxygen when they fly above 12,500 feet for more than 30 minutes, and passengers have to use it continuously above 15,000. On airliners that operate at altitudes well above that, regulations require that everyone aboard be supplied with 10 minutes of oxygen in the event the cabin pressure can’t be maintained, which brings us to the dramatic scenario known as explosive decompression.

"If the door blew off a jet at altitude, all the air in the cabin would depart very quickly and a momentary thick fog would envelope the cabin as the water vapor in the air condensed instantly. Loose articles would fly around and foam rubber would burst as the tiny air bubbles within it expanded. Within a couple of seconds, oxygen masks would drop down from the overhead panels, and you would have to pull yours toward you and place it over your mouth and nose. The act of donning the mask tugs on a lanyard that starts the flow of life-sustaining oxygen.

"If you’ve been following news reports and have heard that more armed air marshals are flying these days and that a stray bullet would cause decompression, you can stop worrying. The airplane already has a huge hole in it called the outflow valve."  http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/how-things-work-cabin-pressure-2870604/  See also  

So, the popping balloon theory is a fairy tale. What happens is the passengers die of hypothermia and lack of oxygen. Nothing happens to the plane. As Air & Space Magazine put it, "Airplanes are at their best up high, where the air is thin and smooth." 

What happens if an airliner suddenly loses cabin pressure? www.airspacemag.com/need-to-know/what-happens-if-an-airliner-suddenly-loses-cabin-pressure-142253641/  Explosive decompression is the term for this, when the pressurized air "explodes" out through a hole in the fuselage. It's not the aircraft blowing up. Unless maybe in cartoons.

The so-called investigators have added the word "massive" on to it for cartoonish effect, but where does the extra mass come from? There's only so much air in the plane and it has very, very little mass. In physics, mass is proportional to the weight, not the volume of an object or substance, and air weighs almost nothing.

Fake science strikes again! Why in the world did the Russians let these cheaters and liars have both black boxes?

Cabin air pressure, by the way, is about 8 or 9 psi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabin_pressurization  Your average cardboard packing box is burst-tested for a load of around 200 psi. 

Now here is another logical reason to take the jet fighter shootdown scenario seriously, in particular, a shootdown by cannon fire. 

If Russia had satellite images showing the Buk missile being fired from territory controlled by the junta, they would have every incentive to display those images. Alternatively, if the US really had the images that they claim, of a Buk missile fired from rebel territory, as unlikely as that seems, then why don't they show it?
Neither side is showing photos, and there is no logical reason for them to hide evidence that would prove their case. We can't speculate about that, we simply have to work with what we have, from the basis that so far as we know, neither side has any image of a Buk being fired. Because if they did, one side or the other would show them. 

The only images we've been shown are the Russian radar image of the jet fighter, and their satellite images of the Ukrainian moving Buk systems into rebel territory, as if to set up a false flag scenario.

Now if it was the jet fighter, why would they use an R-60 missile over rebel territory and take the risk that wreckage of the missile could be found, exposing them? Much better to use ordinary cannon shells. Then, they can claim the rebels shot a Buk and hid the evidence. 

The Russians said that after MH17 was hit, the flight slowed down and lost altitude for a few minutes. This could have been the time the emergency oxygen lasted for the pilots (or whoever else was trying to bring the damaged plane in for an emergency landing, if the pilots were killed). Meanwhile they tried to reach a lower altitude where there would be more air to breathe for the passengers. Then they may have lost consciousness, or the plane might have lost power, spun out of control, broke up into fragments, and disappeared from radar. 

As I say, too bad the Russians didn't hold back one black box. 

There is still room for the Zhilin-Haisenko theory of the botched false flag and the second missile. The junta offensive in the area of the crash might suggest an attempt to secure tell-tale wreckage. Still, a puzzle why Russia didn't say anything about its own satellite photos. Do they not want to officially reveal a false flag, and is Zhilin a semi-official channel?

MH17 Pieces With Shrapnel-Like Holes, OSCE Says online.wsj.com/articles/mh17-pieces-with-shrapnel-like-holes-osce-says-1406230555  Michael Bociurkiw of the OSCE group of monitors at his daily briefing described part of the plane's fuselage dotted with "shrapnel-like, almost machine gun-like holes."

Tass relayed a DNR report today, "Ukrainian army suffers crushing defeat near Shakhtyorsk."  en.itar-tass.com/world/743282  “The militias have practically destroyed the 25th Ukrainian aero-mobile division and 30 armored vehicles...  The Ukrainian army is retreating from Shakhtyorsk, Torez and Zugres in the south with colossal losses." These are towns near the crash site. 

Yarn being spun that all civilian aircraft were being escorted in Ukrainian airspace on July 17th by a pair of Su-27s because Russian MiG's had shot down Ukrainian warplanes.  theaviationist.com/2014/07/21/su-27s-escorted-mh17/  There is a garbled sort of excuse that somehow Ukraine accidentally shot at MH17 when they meant to shoot at their own fighters in a training exercise. Huh?
Some cover-up. They've come out and said the escorting fighters were the high-altitude Su-27 "Flanker," after trying so hard to claim the Su-25 couldn't do it. 
If it's true that airliners were being "escorted" that day, it's perfectly in line with false flag operation doctrine: there should be a drill going on, which can then go live in the terror incident. Tthey arranged the escorts drill on that one day to provide the cover story and to organize the actual attack. 

July 31.

Russia reacted angrily to the EU economic sanctions yesterday, threatening to increase energy prices. euobserver.com/foreign/125158

Russia moots McDonald’s burger ban https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WypfFJl__Tc RT reports: Some McMeals failed to comply with health regulations

Daily Mail: Germany's 'secret deal with Russia to end violence in Ukraine which would see Crimea officially annexed in exchange for $1billion.'  EU OK, No to NATO. 

Two thirds of Russians against military intervention in Ukraine en.itar-tass.com/russia/742703 Only 11% want to send regular Russian troops. Before the government switched signals on Donbass, 60% were for it. 

July 30. 

Poll finds 82% of Russians believe Ukraine shot down MH17 - 46% say by a SAM missile, 36% by a warplane.  www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/mh17-vast-majority-russians-believe-ukraine-downed-plane-poll Only 3% say resistance fighters.

I have been banned indefinitely from Wikipedia.de for posting a German version of the following text, which had stayed up on the English wikipedia page most of last week, until it was taken down by the usual suspects:  

"On 21 July, the Russian Defence Ministry held a press conference and showed radar images that showed that just before the crash, a Ukrainian Su-25 ground-attack aircraft approached to within 3 to 5 kilometres of the Malaysian airliner. The Ministry also released satellite photographs that showed that the Ukrainian army moved a Buk SAM battery to the area close to the territory controlled by the rebels on the morning of 17 July, hours before the crash. The spokesman Kartapolov also stated that Russian satellites had not seen any Buk launch, and asked the US to show their evidence.

"Am 21. Juli, ein Stellvertreter des russischen Verteidigungsministerium stellte Radarbilder vor, die zeigten, dass kurz vor dem Absturz, ein ukrainischer Su-25-Schlachtflugzeug binnen 3 bis 5 Kilometer von der malaysischen Verkehrsflugzeug angeflogen sei. Das Ministerium veröffentlichte auch Satellitenaufnahmen, die zeigten, dass die ukrainische Armee eine Buk SAM-Batterie in den Gebiet von den Rebellen am Morgen des 17. Juli gebracht haben, einigen Stunden vor dem Absturz. Der Sprecher erklärte auch, dass russischen Satelliten kein Raketenabschuss aufgenommen haben, und bat die USA darum, ihre Aufnahmen zu zeigen.
http://rt.com/news/174496-malaysia-crash-russia-questions/ "

The brainwashing is complete. Anyone who mentions MH17 could have been shot down by the Ukrianian fighter that followed it, is beyond the pale.
Yet this is the actual status of evidence shown: 

-Russia has shown radar images of a jetfighter approaching the airliner.
-Russia has said it has no satellite images of a Buk being launched.
-Kerry has said the US has such images, but for some reason, the US won't show them. They are showing images allegedly of Russia firing artillery, but they can't show the photo of the Buk.
So what do we have? A radar image of a jet fighter. That's it.

General agreement that the plane was damaged by shrapnel. That could be either an air to air missile or a SAM. In fact, it could even be cannon fire from the jet fighter. Even ground based anti aircraft or flak guns can reach 10000m. That could also be a possibility except that the holes in the fuselage appear to be on the sides, not the bottom.

Interesting report by German author and retired Lufthansa pilot Peter H, who says the holes in the fuselage look like they're from 30 mm cannon fire. Both the Su-25 and Su-27 carry such cannon. He believes MH17 was hit first by the junta jet fighter, and the right engine caught on fire. Following Zhilin, he says the plane slowed down and lost altitude, and turned about 180 degrees seeking to make an emergency landing. The intent was for it to crash in the southern corridor so international troops or a ceasefire could relieve junta's beleaguered forces there. When it looked like it might survive and the false flag would become known, Ukraine and the US panicked and ordered it shot down by a Buk. Thus there would be recordings with the pilots talking about the damage and asking Kiev for help, and it also became necessary to immediately confiscate the air traffic control tapes.  globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/07/calling-all-munitions-and-fighter-plane.html 
In German: Quer-Denken.TV , interview with Haisenko

Interesting fact - the July 21 Russian Defense Ministry press conference actually got pretty good coverage in the English speaking media, but seems to be completely missing in German and French news media.

PCR: Guilt by insinuation: How American propaganda works  english.pravda.ru/world/americas/22-07-2014/128122-american_propaganda-0/

Upsetting Poland's apple cart: Russia counters sanctions by blocking Polish fruit, could extend to entire EU. Russia buys over 20% of the EU's fruit and vegetable exports.  www.eleconomista.es/empresas-finanzas/noticias/5980163/07/14/Moscow-fights-back-after-sanctions-battle-rages-near-Ukraine-crash-site.html  The Poles, who have been quick to poke at Russia, are now just as quickly running to Brussels for compensation. 

Battle report on ups and downs of the resistance in recent days vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/


July 29.

Yat-sen-yuk is back and imposing a war tax? http://gokiev.info/economy/cabinet-of-ministers-plans-to-introduce-military-tax/

Maidanisti start packing for the front, then realize they have nothing to fight with. http://aredrover.com/europe/ukraine/slava-ukraini-a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-square/

PeterN ‏@thenelipas Australian investigators in the Ukraine need to be very careful not to become victims of false flag attacks by the Ukrainian Army.

Pentagon, Interpretermag continue to report Russian convoys entering Ukraine. http://www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-161/
Pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine saw some of their worst battlefield setbacks in weeks Monday. Ukrainian forces were advancing from the north and south in an effort to cut off Donetsk,from Luhansk, as well as their supply lines to the Russian border.  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ukraine-setbacks-complicate-putins-strategy-2014-07-29

Ukraine pushes back and takes at least three towns in three days, including Horlivka. Heavy fighting near MH17 crash zone.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2707344/Fighting-breaks-near-MH17-crash-site-EU-security-advisers-sent-help-Ukraine-bring-law-order-rebel-area-call-visit-dangerous.html

July 28.

The thesis by Aleksandr Zhilin, that the junta hit MH17 first with an R-60 missile, then by a Buk missile, has gained very little traction in the media. The reason may not only be suppression but also the anglo-american "keep it simple stupid" mentality going back to Henry of Ockham and his famous razor. In English we don't even have an expression like the French, "un train peut en cacher un autre." One train can hide another one. So can one missile cover up another one. 
Remember that the scientific method prefers the simplest explanation that fits the facts, not just the simplest answer period. 
Zhilin's thesis is the only one that explains the observation by the Russian Defense Ministry that MH17 slowed down, lost altitude and changed direction before it disappeared from radar. It is also the best one to explain what the Ukrainian Su-25 fighter was doing there a couple km behind the airliner. Some eyewitnesses have said they saw the fighter shoot down the plane. Others have reported hearing two explosions.
The only part it doesn't explain is the statement by the Russian spokesman (is it Kartapolov or Kartopolov?) that Russian satellites did not detect a launch or an explosive fireball from a Buk SA-11 "Gadfly" missile. 
There is also the problem that espionage and black ops are a dark art, not a hard science. It's about duplicity, not simplicity. According to Von Bülow, intelligence agencies spend most of their effort designing their operations in a way that does not fit a "sensible" explanation, so that the way they are actually carried out is so roundabout and ridiculous that no one will believe it. Voilà. 

It's also conceivable that the Su-25 was just role-playing as the target the rebels, Russians or Ukrainian conscripts aimed at by mistake, and that it took two Buk SAM missiles to down the plane. So far no traces of even one Buk. 

July 27. Double whammy. MH17 survived hit by junta air-to-air missile, Buk finished it off to hide false flag. Goal was to relieve the southern cauldron.

New facts, new scenario: BOTH air-to-air and SAM missiles had to be employed as the false flag op started to go wrong!
Very strange - the airliner began losing speed before it was hit - it slowed down to only about 200 kph / 124 mph. Apparently it was hit twice, once by the jet fighter and a second time by a SAM missile. Now this starts to make sense of everything. 
Russian Air Force colonel Aleksand Zhilin: "at 16:19:45, a Ukrainian jet fighter targeted the Boeing with an air-to-air missile R-60. The missile damaged the right engine of the Boeing. The Boeing was hit, but still managed to stay in the air. However, in doing so, the Boeing turned 180 degrees to the left. It was at this moment that the false flag attack started falling apart. According to Zhilin, part of the plan controlled by the US with Ukrainian hands executing it was to have the Boeing crash past the southern frontline by the Ukrainian-Russian border. Had the Boeing fallen there, securing the crash sites with the troops in response to international pressure was on top of all else effectively to allow Kiev to lift the encirclement of its brigades (currently pinned down by rebels) in the southern pocket by the Russian border.
“When, however, the Boeing started to turn in the opposite direction and was still apparently manageable, the US-Ukrainian headquarters of the special operation panicked and ordered the Buk battery to destroy the plane in the air in order to pre-empt the possibility of the Boeing’s emergency landing. A Buk missile was fired and the plane was then finally destroyed.”
And then the Russians inexplicably let the Yanks get both black boxes. As the pilot was looking for a place for an emergency landing, might he have spoken with Rostov air control on the Russian side of the border?
Another amazing detail: in the fake audio put out by the junta the day before the crash, the "rebel Buk" emplacement was located where the Su-25 hit the airliner, not where it fell after making the U-turn. The plane did not fall where it was supposed to. 
In any case, the airliner would have passed over the narrow swath of rebel-held territory too quickly for the militia to prepare and fire a SAM missile..
MH17 was 14 km off the normal route, a busy airliner highway known as L980. The Washington and Kiev regimes haven't explained why.
Some days ago a photo was posted on the Web purporting to show the MH17 with its right wing on fire, but the background is a patch of clear blue sky, and the weather was generally overcast when it was hit. 
"It’s no coincidence that US and NATO conducted a large-scale military and intelligence drill in the Black Sea just south of Crimea named, SEA BREEZE 2014, which just so happened to end on… July 17th. The drill included hundreds of US military specialists running ‘war simulations’ in electronic warfare, data collection from a spy satellite, and ‘monitoring’ of all passenger aircraft flying in the region...  the US had its new experimental satellite positioned over Eastern Europe for 1-2 hours, and directly over Donetsk in eastern Ukraine from 5:06pm – 5:21pm."
The junta also had a major offensive timed for the 18th, which must have been in preparation beforehand, to coincide with the crash, which was to create a chance to relieve the southern pocket. Plus, the government runs out of funds for its soldiers on Aug. 1.
So the false flag was an act of desperation. 

If the plane had fallen in the southern pocket as planned, in an area occupied by the junta to controle the evidence, the "international community" of imperialist puppets would have demanded a cease-fire around the crash zone, letting the junta's beleaguered army escape. Now junta and US puppet mercenaries are plunging into the zone to try to cover up the false flag. The junta must be desperate to suppress false-flag evidence - especially R-60 wreckage!

Heavy fighting reported in the crash area as the junta launches an offensive to secure it. International inspectors stay away.  www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-plane-crash/experts-cancel-mh17-visit-amid-renewed-fighting-ukraine-n165936

A web search on Aleksand Zhilin shows a complete media blackout on the story. The only hit was from the comments to an article in an aviation magazine.  theaviationist.com/2014/07/24/mh-17-puncture-marks/  They identified the riddled piece as the left side of the nose. The Buk either hit there, or on the right side of the cockpit. Either way the pilots' voices were killed instantly.

US releases grainy, private-sector photos allegedly showing Russian mortars firing into Ukraine. So why can't they release satellite photos of the Buk launch???   www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-27/us-releases-satellite-images-allegedly-proving-russian-shelling-east-ukraine  They had the area completely covered at the time.

International inspectors call off visit to crash zone because of junta offensive. Maybe they also realize the R-60 wreckage will be elsewhere anyway, and don't want to get in the way of junta troops and cover-up. 

Reuters: Borodai brings in an old Russian veteran of Transdnistria battles as deputy. Sounds like he might have been tougher and not given up both black boxes. "Antyufeyev, also known as Vadim Shevtsov, has a history of supporting pro-Russian separatist movements in the former Soviet Union, and brings a tough discipline and doggedness to the campaign in eastern Ukraine."

NATO meddling in Kiev to bring Parliament back into session to approve international intervention. www.smh.com.au/world/julie-bishop-heading-to-ukraine-to-urge-deployment-of-troops-to-mh17-crash-site-20140727-zxazo.html

Militia warns of massive false flag operation far beyond the scale of MH17 - a Night of Long Knives - junta preparing to carry out mass murders of innocent townspeople in Pavlograd, Donetsk - Death squads disguised as rebel militia will conduct civilian massacres! vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/  or english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/27-07-2014/128170-ukraine_false_flag-0/ The old Gladio technique, dress up your thugs and crazies as the people you want to discredit, then let them loose to do terrible things. 

Pilots of Air India plane heard Ukraine ATC asking Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 to change direction  www.dnaindia.com/world/report-pilots-of-air-india-plane-heard-ukraine-atc-asking-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh17-to-change-direction-2004730


OpedNews rejected my article on the MH17 air-to-air missile theory . They said, 
"Thank you but this article doesn't meet our criteria for support for claims. Either the claims are totally unsupported or you have used links to sites that are not among those we feel are reliable, substantive or trustworthy." So they go by feeling, not thinking. 
I replied, "The sources in my article are mostly ones like the Guardian, Russia Today. TASS. Globalresearch. Wikipedia. Reuters. US State Dept. CBS News. Malaysia Chronicle. FAA. NBC News. Moreover I analyze and evaluate the evidence presented in a logical way. I am sorry I wasted a day working on this article and sending it as an exclusive to oped news."  
You be the judge. I've posted the piece here, with an update from yesterday's blog: The MH17 air-to-air missile theory  It summarizes and organizes material from this blog.
Maybe the reviewer didn't really take time to read it. In the opening I told how at first I thought the junta might have mistaken MH17 for Putin's plane, then I gave the reasons why that doesn't really work, pointing out the case for a false-flag attack by a jet fighter instead.
They do seem to lack the insight that the MSM narrative itself is "totally unsupported," and is based not on sources that are "reliable, substantive or trustworthy," but on sheer warmonger propaganda. I wonder who their "volunteer reviewers" are. 

Petropavlivka villagers in shock from the rain of death from the disaster.  There is no money from Kiev nor from the local coal mine now, either.  m.europe.wsj.com/articles/after-flight-17-crash-agony-debris-and-heartbreak-in-ukraine-villages-1406335532

Russia Today debunks junta photo fakery about rebel Buk installations. rt.com/news/174868-ukraine-buk-falsification-continues/

Robert Parry at consortiumnews.com/2014/07/20/what-did-us-spy-satellites-see-in-ukraine/ ? Nothing.

British lawyers have flown to Ukraine to prepare a class acton against the Russian president on behalf of bereaved families. A horrible fate, to be tried by British magistrates, who make up the rules as they go along. And now the Brits have the black box, too!  www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10993470/Putin-facing-multi-million-pound-legal-action-over-alleged-role-in-MH17-crash.html  It's always about money. So let's have a court case, but let the guilty USA-CIA pay, for once. 
Also about propaganda and psy war. Here's more from the NYT:  the Obama administration to provide specific locations of [NON-EXISTENT!] surface-to-air missiles controlled by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine so the Ukrainian government could target them for destruction. www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/world/europe/ukraine-rebels.html

Ukraine military pushes toward Donetsk thehill.com/policy/international/213429-ukraine-military-pushes-toward-donetsk  and Horlivka/Gorlovka  www.bne.eu/content/ukraine-govt-forces-move-%E2%80%9C-devils%E2%80%9D-donetsk-stronghold-gorlivka


Here's why it's called the cauldron twitter.com/VagelisKarmiros/status/493133765930393600/photo/1

The beast says Strelkov making veiled warning to Putin of consequences of lack of support. Get it how organs like the beast can prattle on about Russia invading Ukraine and then print this kind of thing in the next breath?  www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/25/putin-s-number-one-gunman-in-ukraine-warns-him-of-possible-defeat.html

Cyberberkut releases evidence that 100's of junta conscripts are defecting or deserting. lifenews.ru/news/137374

The dubious Peter Leonard from AP spins the junta false-flag narrative of the Buk cavalcade-charade in Torez.  bigstory.ap.org/article/what-happened-day-flight-17-was-downed  Did he have an appointment with them? Cartoonish staging as commander of unit comes up to AP journos to check they haven't filmed the Buk convoy! Or just to make sure they noticed! Complete with "distinctive" (stage) Russian accent to establish credentials beyond doubt. Neatly tied up with a fake audio from the SBU sound studio. And even different uniforms to place blame on Russia, not separatists. 

July 26.

Press TV reports that NATO or Israel are carrying out airstrikes on East Ukraine from bases in Romania and Azerbaijan.  www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/26/372804/mystery-bombing-running-over-ukraine/  As the false flag coverup desperately snatches at straws, "in a Pentagon briefing, it was suggested that junta air defense units may well have defected 'and then defected back again'."  Genius idea. Maybe they were transhumans from Transylvania. 

Who do you believe - or who's a bigger shill for NWO-NATO - The Guardian or The Independent? Last week The Guardian wrote up eyewitness reports from Torez saying townspeople had seen the Buk system passing through. This week, The Independent talked to people there and nobody had seen it.  http://www.911forum.org.uk/board/viewtopic.php?p=167700#167700

Looking through crash photos online to try and corroborate the photo shown last week by Politikus.ru as evidence of an air-to-air fragmentation missile, and not finding anything. Instead, there's a photo of a piece of the fuselage riddled with holes. Most articles quote sources saying this confirms the Buk SAM theory. www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/23/world/flight-mh17-wreckage-riddled-with-telltale-signs-of-missile-strike  It's true that  the SA-11 Buk (NATO name Gadfly) is also a fragmentation weapon sofrep.com/36195/one-missile-298-lives-lost-profile-buk-9k37-sa-11-gadfly-sam/ , but with a warhead of about 150 lbs of explosive, over 20 times heavier than an air-to-air missile. The media are saying the shrapnel damage supports the US theory that the airliner was downed by a Buk missile fired by separatists. I'm not a forensic explosives expert, but given the choice of 7 lbs of high explosives and shrapnel vs.150 lbs, this looks more like 7 lbs to me. The shrapnel damage is very localized, suggesting the warhead exploded very close to the target.  

There is one report that the wing showed signs of extreme heat, even melting aluminium parts. Most likely cause would seem to be the engine catching fire. Some photos of the wreckage show parts of it still burning. www.ibtimes.co.uk/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh17-extraordinary-new-wreckage-discovered-machine-gun-type-holes-1458258  

Russia's Channel One TV also chimes in with "Ukraine shot down MH17 by mistake." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_grAAnvp1po 
"A system mix up during a Ukrainian air defense units’ rocket launch exercise could be the cause of the Malaysia Airlines crash in southeast Ukraine, a source from one of the Ukrainian defense departments told RIA Novosti."  en.ria.ru/world/20140725/191242509/Ukrainian-Air-Defense-Exercises-Might-be-Behind-Malaysian.html 

So Washington is trying to serve up a compromise of maybe a Ukraine missile went of by accident - but only from an anonymous, unofficial source - or maybe separatists hit the plane by mistake -- still leaving more culpability on the Donbass self-defense forces. 

There remains the problem that the Russian Defense Ministry picked up no SAM missile launch on radar, but they did pick up the fighter closing in on the target, and eyewitnesses say the fighter shot down the plane. In order to damp down this worst-case line of inquiry, Washington is willing to play with a scenario that "maybe" the junta troops accidentally fired a Buk at the jetliner.

This "BUKraine" limited hang-out scenario doesn't really cover up the false flag. There is still a lot for Obama & Co. to explain: 

Why did Kiev put out a video purporting to be a recording of rebels and Russians discussing the crash, with a creation time stamp a day before the crash?
Why did Kiev bring a Buk system into a rebel area just hours before the airliner was shot down, except to stage false evidence?
Russia has shown their missile photos, why can't the US show the photo of the SAM launch?
Why are there no signs or eyewitnesses of such a launch in the area they indicated?
Why did Kiev divert MH-17 from the safe flight path? (Route L980)

and many more....

If the cockpit voice recorder reveals the pilots knew their plane was hit by an air-to-air missile, then seizing the black boxes allows the US to hush this up. But the boxes don't give them any room to invent evidence implicating the Donbass defense forces. So maybe we'll just not hear too much more about it.

Oliver Stone assails US infowar with MH17 and recommends to read Pepe Escobar and Robert Parry on the topic.  en.ria.ru/world/20140725/191255518/Oliver-Stone-Questions-Theories-on-MH17-Crash-Circulating-in-US.html  

"Ukraine should organize a search" for parts of the missile that allegedly shot down MH17  en.ria.ru/world/20140725/191260629/Ukraine-Should-Start-Searching-for-Missile-Launched-During-MH17-Flight.html  If it's a Buk it's big enough to leave wreckage, such as tail fins of the rocket.

Even the R-60 Air to Air missile is plenty large enough to leave identifiable wreckage militaryrussia.ru/blog/topic-101.html - almost 3 meters long, body diameter 120 mm (4 inches)  and wingspan 390 mm (about 15 inches). The missile parts might come down in a slightly different area because of their trajectory.

You can see why NATO wants its special forces to secure the crash area against false flag conspiracy theories, and ensure no photos of R-60 fragments are published.  

 July 25.

Yatsenyuk resigns in Ukraine political gridlock, government falls. www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-ukraine-prime-minister-resigns-20140724-story.html  Irresistible force Banderistan meets immovable object Schweikistan.
Blacklistednews  quotes the Ra(bbi)t: "The entire country is in an impasse. No money will be forthcoming from the IMF until budget legislation is adopted. In the meantime, Ukraine remains on the blacklist of its external creditors..."
OpedNews: "Two of the four parties in Ukraine's ruling coalition have bolted, refusing those IMF terms on loan-repayment."
GlobalResearch: Bankrupt Ukraine applying to US for special status like Israel, logically enough, since their only export now is violence. "The granting of the “status of ally outside NATO” would set the stage for the possible deployment of US and NATO forces inside Ukraine." Kiev is agitating for a bill to get Congress to pay for costs of its military adventure suppressing the anti-fascist resistance in East Ukraine. 
NATO may use pretext of sending special forces to MH17 crash site.  www.globalresearch.ca/collapse-of-kiev-coalition-government-nato-envisages-military-intervention-in-east-ukraine/5393271

Russia and Ukraine (or actually the US) each accusing the other of lobbing shells over the border. rt.com/news/175632-shelling-ukraine-donetsk-rostov/  
"Apparently still laying the groundwork for their own planned military intervention, the US government has invented a narrative of massive Russian artillery strikes against Ukrainian military bases along the border." So that's what MH17 was about. benswann.com/us-invents-reports-of-russia-attacking-ukraine-bases/ Now the false flag didn't work out so well, this is the new provocation. The lie-a-minute junta hasn't even been complaining of artillery attacks lately. 
Efforts to provoke war with Russia continue without respite. rt.com/usa/175596-dempsey-ukraine-cold-war/
Obama administration sending military advisers to Ukraine within weeks rt.com/usa/175048-pentagon-advisers-ukraine-military/
Via legitgov.org www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2014/07/25/australian-deployment-to-ukraine-imminent.html

RT reporter Graham Phillips robbed, charged with soliticiting terrorism, banned from Ukraine for three years and deported. 

230,000 flee homes in Ukraine crisis: UNHCR  www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/25/372733/230000-flee-homes-in-ukraine-crisis/


One thought about MH17 - suppose the Russians have ancillary data - such as electronic eavesdropping on the cockpit conversations, or copies of the control tower recordings through human espionage. And the Americans fear this. That would explain why Russia surrendered the black boxes, and why the Anglo-Dutch custodians are slow to put out any outrageous fakes. 

BBC deletes eyewitness interviews: The black boxes "will not tell us what exactly caused the explosion. The inhabitants of the nearby villages are certain that they saw military aircraft in the sky shortly prior to the catastrophe. According to them, it actually was the jet fighters that brought down the Boeing." The reporter then finds the location shown on junta photos with a streak of smoke purporting to mark the launch site. "Having circled around the nearby fields, we were unable to find any traces of a missile launch. Nor did the local inhabitants that we encountered see any “BUK” either." slavyangrad.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/video-report-deleted-by-bbc/  Righteously deleted. After all, the British Brainwashing Corporation is funded by the state! What a scandal to let it broadcast messages that are so off message. 

More evidence the evil empire is going to spin a yarn it was an accident by junta, to cover up botched false flag, their worst-case scenario.  en.ria.ru/world/20140725/191242509/Ukrainian-Air-Defense-Exercises-Might-be-Behind-Malaysian.html  Claim missile was accidentally fired during training and radar-locked on to the airliner. (Yawn.) 

Paul Craig Roberts in fine form. http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=101375 "the White House permitted US intelligence officials to tell reporters that there is no evidence of the Russian government’s involvement." Caveat: no DIRECT involvement.  http://www.businessinsider.com/us-intelligence-russia-not-directly-involved-mh17-carsh-2014-7  "A senior official said the most likely explanation was the plane was shot down by mistake." Are they prepping us for an admission that sympa cuddly chocolate man pooped in his pants. Or the black boxes taking longer to fake than anticipated?
Back to Roberts. The black boxes were released by Borodai under guarantees they would receive an independent, non-political inspection by the ICAO. Presto, they are with the Dutch or the British, who are changing the story - now supposedly the boxes have been partly tampered with (the part that makes it clear it was a NATO air to air attack on the plane) while another part is intact (the part they can load up with their fake story.) 
"If Washington’s British puppet actually has the black boxes, we will never know the truth. Judging from the hostile and unsupported accusations against Russia from the bought-and-paid-for Netherlands prime minister, we can expect the Dutch also to lie for Washington. Apparently, Washington has succeeded in removing the “investigation” from the ICAO’s hands and placing the investigation in the hands of its puppets." Just as Chossudovsky predicted. 
Washington (Post) is claiming that "any forensic evidence from the crash site in Ukraine that would be valuable to investigators has probably vanished. "That crime scene has been contaminated in the worst way." So they're not going to look for shrapnel holes in the plane or chaff in  the engines. So far, no one has reported finding chaff around the crash scene. 

Robert Parry says a source inside the CIA has told him that US satellite imagery shows Ukrainian soldiers fired a SAM missile at MH17. www.infowars.com/whistleblower-u-s-satellite-images-show-ukrainian-troops-shooting-down-mh17/ I'm still skeptical because if the plane were hit by a high explosive warhead, Russian radar wouldn't be showing the plane losing altitude. There wouldn't be any plane left. The soldiers supposedly may have been drunk because beer bottles were strewn around the site. Sounds like a pretty good limited hang-out. 

How they talked Borodai out of the black boxes. online.wsj.com/articles/malaysias-risky-talks-with-rebels-in-ukraine-paid-off-1406147380

Unspinning the Reuters-Khodakovsky intervew, unfurling RFERL. Khodakovsky did not say he categorically KNOWS rebels have Buk, he said he HEARD one was arriving in the area of Snizhne - the town on the east side Torez. This has to be the same convoy that the junta paraded through Torez to smear the militia. The two towns are about 8 km from Hrabove/Grabove, the crash site. (Snizhne is also where 11 people were killed by a junta airstrike on July 16th.  www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28322304 )
Khodakovsky mentioned the convoy was flying rebel colors. Well, what other colors would it fly, going into enemy territory on a false flag mission??!! Ukrainian colors so it might be shot at, and in any case ruin the mission? 

There are English captions at RFERL, here is a transcript: "I was told that a Buk was coming from Luhansk... under the flag of the LPR towards Snizhne... I do know about that Buk, I heard about it." ["know about" meaning "heard about," no direct knowledge, only hearsay]. "Did it arrive?" "I think it was sent back. I learned about it exactly when I learned that this tragedy had happened. Most likely, it was sent back to conceal the evidence of its presence. But you understand, this question should be considered in the following context.  Ukraine, well in advance, received information that the rebels, because of Russia, had this kind of weapon. Not only did [Ukraine] do nothing to ensure safety, but instead it provoked the use of this kind of weapon against a civilian airplane that was flying by." www.rferl.org/media/video/ukraine-rebel-commander-buk-missile/25468569.html [End of Rferl excerpt]
Here's more from Democracy NWO: "They provoked the usage of the BUK missile system, for example, by starting to attack the object that they don’t need at all, Saur Mogila, that hadn’t been attacked by planes for a week before that. And on that day, they pushed so hard. And at the moment of attack, at the moment of the civilian plane flying, they were attacking Saur Mogila. So even if there was a BUK missile system, and even if it has been used, Ukraine did everything for the civilian plane to be shot down." www.democracynow.org/2014/7/24/katrina_vanden_heuvel_with_100_000

So what this complicated thinker is doing here is getting a lot of attention from eager listeners with statements that are clearly only conjecture, as the sugar on the pill to slip in a thesis of Ukrainian guilt even if the militia did knock it down with a SAM missile, which would otherwise never be aired. See also Reuters excerpts  www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/23/us-ukraine-crisis-commander-exclusive-idUSKBN0FS1V920140723

Junta-supporting Interpreter mag also printed excerpts from the interview, and likewise concluded that Khodakovsky is actually trying to "pin on the Ukrainian military ultimate responsibility for the shoot-down of the Malaysian plane, because they claimed to have confirmed the presence of Buks in the region, and should have re-routed civilian flights accordingly,  yet without giving positive confirmation that the militia had the system."  www.interpretermag.com/russian-backed-separatist-khodakovsky-changes-his-story-to-reuters-or-does-he/ Quite.

Clever in a way, but Khodakovsky seems not to understand how short the attention span is in the superficial, impressionable, mentally lazy West, especially the "keep it simple stupid" US. Or dumb like a fox - the media controllers know most people will remember only the first, sensationalist impression, and the actual conclusion of the story will never be reported.
You can see why other commanders in the Resistance consider Khodakovsky a loose cannon. "Col. Cassad" also considers him part of the "defeatist" party. See this interesting piece about defeatist and maximalist trends in Novorossiya and Russia.  Military successes allow Strelkov to hope for a Novorossiya that absorbs almost half of Ukraine. cassad-eng.livejournal.com/29090.html

July 24.

Elena, pretty young woman soldier from Slavyansk, tells camera how junta fighter jets use passenger planes as human shields, hiding behind them during their bombing runs on East Ukraine villages, hoping defenders will shoot down the aircraft to bring blame on the resistance. They call us terrorists, we are regular people trying to defend our land. Filmed back in JUNE, a month before MH17 crashed.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKKoKmUtQXE  2  min

Graham Phillips and three reporters from Russian ANNA TV are missing, feared taken hostage near Donetsk airport. He has been detained by junta forces before. Here's one of his last reports, an interview with a family hiding in their bomb shelter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rzF2a8hLiw 2 min

BBC interviews A. Borodai, premier of DNR, about MH17. (English subtitles, 7 min) Well it figures, the arbiter of justice and reason, AKA the vile propaganda machine of the "international community" of imperialist sycophants, is accusing his people simultaneously of neglecting the bodies of the crash victims, and of tampering with the evidence. He tells the reporter how he begged the experts to come right away, but they sat in Kiev, while the OSCE threatened him with dire consequences if his people touch anything. What were they waiting for, to put together a bunch of busy old bastards from the Gladio networks for a special ops team of false flag moles, no doubt. 

Borodai admits to tactical retreat to concentrate forces as his men are heavily outnumbered, that Kiev has mercenaries from many countries too. Interviewer says you also are getting external help with weapons, but Borodai says no, we are seizing large quantities of weapons from the enemy and from Ukrainian army bases in the region. But no Buk SAM systems. Photos showing they have Buk are fake. What about Russian support? We are getting support from Russian people. I myself am Russian, from Moscow. I came as a volunteer, and as fate would have it, I'm sitting in prime minister's chair. Denies ever being a member of Russian intel agency. However Strelkove is ex-intel and is his good acquaintance. Interviewer tries to set him up as admitting links to FSB but he answers that as a politician of course he has to know people in business and government circles. He could have asked the interviewer how many people in your business depend on intelligence agency material! 

Mark Sleboda takes on BBC presstitute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D_CnW4GXIc 5 min. Dismisses US "evidence" as ridiculous, just video clips taken on country roads and posted to social media - not usable to document anything. Says Russian defense ministry has supplied solid evidence that junta jet shot down MH17, and that junta had 27 Buk systems in the area. Poroshenko may deny that but you have to ask about motivation, capability, opportunity, and determined will power to murder innocent civilians. Junta had all four factors, in order to discredit Donetsk and Russia - Donetsk defence forces did not. BBC asks about the "outrage" of DNR not letting inspectors in. Sleboda says the inspectors are held up in Kiev, the crime scene is in the middle of a war zone where the junta is launching an offensive, destroying evidence. Rude BBC dude asks if Sleboda is a Russian mouthpiece and gets the right response: are you a mouthpiece for Cameron's gov't? I am working with different evidence, don't accept what you call evidence. What about sanctions, will they cause Putin to change tack? If he does and he clearly has information that the junta shot down this aircraft, I think the Russian people would kick him out of office.

Sure hope he's right. I've been praying to see the false flag cult backfire on its evil-worshipping practitioners. 

Yat-sen-yuk tells ABC News "Russia is on the dark side." D is for Dark. This is the advanced version for first grade and up, ABCD News. 

Guilty foreknowledge. Paul Watson critiques the fake video of a conversation between a rebel and a Russian admits they have shot down MH17 - it was created the day before the crash. Creation time stamp is locked in to the video. (end of first minute, total 8 mins) Watson says:

Ukraine's prosecutor general Vitaliy Yarema told local media on July 18th, "The military told the president after the passenger plane had been shot down that the terrorists did not possess our Buk missile systems." (Source found, Guardian via Globalresearch)  

Watson told about Carlos the Kiev air controller and whistleblower who gave corroboration that fighter jets were near MH17 three minutes before it was shot down. (He disappeared shortly thereafter and his twitter account has been deleted. Why would that happen?) Carlos said military came into the control tower at the time of the crash and threatened everyone to keep quiet. False flag - this whole crisis started with a false flag attack on demonstrators. Cui bono, motive - Putin had just returned from a meeting with his BRICS partners in Brazil. A warning not to carry out their threat to abandon the US dollar? Just before the shootdown, rebels were gaining ground too.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMgIpC-bCfQ

One social media report says passengers were alive and conscious on the plane until it hit the ground. This tallies with the theory that radar chaff blocked the engines and the Russian statement that it began to lose altitude before crashing. It doesn't tally with the report that bodies were strewn about a wide area. There could have been a combination of the chaff and the air-to-air missile. But a high-explosive warhead like the Buk doesn't fit. 

I was able to get Google to translate www.airwar.ru/enc/attack/su25.html . Pages 14-16 with the specs are now here in English as a pdf.  progressivepress.com/dox/SukhoiSu-25Grach-p14-16.pdf  Regarding the "Ceiling, 7000-10000 m", Google didn't translate the word "praktichesky" or "Practical" ceiling. Thanks to @_Just_Sa_ who also sent me specs for the R-60 missile showing speed of Mach 2.5 and maximum altitude of 20,000 m for the rocket itself.  militaryrussia.ru/blog/topic-101.html  Weight is only 44 kg / 100 lbs, plus just 3 kg / 7 lbs for the warhead.

Heavy fighting in Luhansk, civilian victims of shelling, many refugees. Porko claims his troops have taken town of Lysychansk in Luhansk. Some reports by junta sympathizers or trolls of Russian forces, not confirmed. Luhansk republic announces general mobilization. 50,000 more refugees fleeing Donbass. 

Shelling of junta conscripts in southern pocket continues. 

US claims Russian artillery firing over border, refuses to supply evidence. Of course they make the rules anyway, why should they. This videoclip appears to show APC's being shelled, purportedly Ukrainian forces under attack by pro-Russian or Russian artillery. www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4u_w7gVme8 

Two junta Su-25's reported shot down by ManPads yesterday.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfotnnYpzes

Junta using anti-personnel flechette weapons in airstrikes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5-O4CNX2h8

No blog post yesterday, I was busy working on an article on MH17 for OpedNews, which I hope they'll publish.

July 22.

If Washington falsifies the black boxes to push its dirty war project, it will be the last call for Russia to take the kid gloves off the false flag racket and finally tell the world what she knows about 9/11. 

The Malaysia Chronicle included some more points from the Russian presentation not seen elsewhere. www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php

"With what aim was a military plane flying along a civilian aviation route practically at the same time and at the same flight level as a passenger liner?” said General Kartopolov. “We would like to receive an answer to this question.”
He also said that the Russian defence ministry detected unusual activity from radar stations that are used to operate missile systems on the day of the tragedy.
“From July 17 (Thursday) the intensity of the operation of Ukrainian radar stations increased to the maximum,” said General Kartopolov.
He said seven radar stations were operating close to the area of the disaster Tuesday, eight on Wednesday and nine on the day of the crash, Thursday.
After the crash, just four radar stations were operating in the area on Friday and just two on Saturday, he added, citing data...

"The general's explanation comes as US network NBC reported that a Russian broadcaster pinned the blame for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on the Central Intelligence Agency.
The report, on Russia's Channel One, claimed the United States had planned to do the same thing during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis - an event that brought the US and Russia close to nuclear war."
A clear reference to Operation Northwoods. Now let's hear hear hear it for 9/11, and be brave!

The MSM are making a big stink about someone with a Russian government IP address editing a sentence on a Russian language Wikipedia page. Freedom of speech is not for Russians - not even in their own country! As if Wikipedia were not an open source project that is edited by everyone all the time? They've got a twitter bot following Russian government IP addresses so they can persecute them for expressing their point of view. The particular edit they made an infamy of: 

"The changes were made to a site listing civil aviation accidents, including MH17... the original text said MH17 was shot down "by terrorists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic with Buk system missiles, which the terrorists received from the Russian Federation," and was posted by a Wikipedia user with an IP address in Kiev. The text was replaced to say that "The plane was shot down by Ukrainian soldiers.” "

No one noted that the text the Russian participant changed was clearly out of line with Wikipedia's self-styled neutrality guidelines, labeling the DNR as terrorists and stating the shootdown and original of missiles as facts without sources. The Russian did what the average nice guy novice Wikipedia user would do, to replace it with a more neutral expression of his own POV. No hint of that from the damned media! stream.aljazeera.com/story/201407211855-0023944 

AlJazeera (Qatar/CIA/MI6) did show one level-headed comment: "The tweet actually says that Wiki's article has been edited by VGTRK which is a television company. Jeez. VGTRK has thousands of employes, the ordinary people, who can edit Wiki from their work PC-s, any of them could do that. But telegraph decided to make an article out of nothing." For all I know VGTRK might even be a cable internet provider. If the "Russian government" wanted to conduct a propaganda war, they wouldn't make anonymous edits, which show your IP address! They'd use trolls with account names - like the CIA does to con-troll Wikipedia. So the whole idea of tracking IP addresses is a strategy of targeting the innocent, the naive and unsophisticated users - and consumers of this nonsense.

While we're on the trigger-happy West's self-vaunted moral high ground and neutrality, how many times in the last few days have the MSM brought up the subject of the shoot-down of the South Korean airliner that wandered into Soviet airspace (never mentioning the warnings, nor that it was part of a pattern of Cold War espionage overflights) -- and how many times did they mention America the Wonderful's shootdown of the Iranian airliner over Iran, or Ukraine's shootdown of a Russian airliner over the Black Sea? 

vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/ has posted a lot about the MH17 shootdown the last couple days. He notes, "We now have hard proof that the Ukies lied at least twice. They lied about the footage of the Buk missiles being moved back to Russia (the footage was taken in Ukie-occupied territory) and they most definitely lied when they denied having any military aircraft in the area when in reality they had one in the immediate proximity of MH17. That is a huge lie which the Ukies will have a very hard time dismissing." Moreover, "The Russians are challenging their American colleagues to show the images they claim show the launch of the BukM1 rocket. They also point out at the interesting coincidence that an US experimental launch detection satellite was exactly over the area at the moment of the tragedy."

The Yanks are caught out as well. They haven't honored the invitation to show their footage. Here's what Kerry said in a press conference: "We know to a certainty that we saw the launch from this area of what we deem to be an SA-11 because of the altitude – 33,000 feet – and because of the trajectory. We have the trajectory recorded. We know that it occurred at the very moment that this aircraft disappeared from the radar screen." www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/07/229505.htm 
Can we see it too, Mr. Secretary?

Ukraine: Red Code - a call to all resisting the US empire. Video-music collage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zlwOOmJHb8 5:28

Junta bringing up Smerch heavy artillery against residential districts in Luhansk, many casualties.  www.sott.net/article/282380-OSCE-says-dozens-of-civilians-killed-over-100-injured-in-Luhansk-shelling-while-Kiev-junta-denies-any-wrongdoing

July 21. Russian Defense Ministry releases imagery showing Ukraine shot down MH17

Chossudovsky: grave mistake if Donbass rebels give black boxes to "international inspectors." They will be falsified by covert ops to put blame on rebels and Russia.
Donbass should only give up one box and keep the other in reserve, to keep the investigation honest.  www.globalresearch.ca/pm-of-donesk-peoples-republic-alexander-borodai-press-conference-concerning-malaysian-mh17-crash/5392353 The boxes were signed over to Dutch and Malaysian representatives. The Netherlands is a member of NATO, Malaysia is in ASEAN, both US-controlled groups. Plus US the US has paid undecover operatives all over. One box should have been held back under a tamper-proof seal. Alternatively, the DNR and Russia should have got copies of the data before relinquishing them. Let's hope they thought of that and took care of it.
I'm not optimistic about undoctored findings from NATO-controlled black boxes. 

Russian Defense Ministry: Ukrainian Su-25 fighter detected in close approach to MH17 before crash rt.com/news/174412-malaysia-plane-russia-ukraine/ "A Ukraine Air Force military jet was detected gaining height, it’s distance from the Malaysian Boeing was 3 to 5km... [why was] the military jet was flying along a civil aviation corridor at almost the same time and at the same level as a passenger plane... The SU-25 fighter jet can gain an altitude of 10km ... It’s equipped with air-to-air R-60 missiles that can hit a target at a distance up to 12km, up to 5km for sure...", Lt. Gen. Kartopolov said. He noted that Russia has optical images of the Ukrainian fighter.

The R-60 is a lightweight heat-seeking missile which "uses a small, 3 kg (6.6 lb) expanding-rod high explosive warhead." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R-60_%28missile%29 So this tallies with the finding by Politikus.ru that damage photos indicate a strike by an air-to-air fragmentation rod missile. 

RT continued: "At the moment of the MH17 crash an American satellite was flying over the area of eastern Ukraine, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry. It urged the US to publish the space photos and data captured by it."

Additionally, the Russian defense ministry released satellite photos showing that between July 14 and July 17, a Ukrainian BUK missile system was moved from a junta-controlled site near Donetsk to an area generally controlled by the militia, very near to the site where the MH17 crashed. "Kartopolov asked "why the missile system appeared in the area controlled by the local militia forces shortly before the catastrophe...  Images taken on July 18 show that the missile systems left the area of the MH17 crash on July 17."

Here's one reason why: a major piece of "evidence" the media used to judge the partisans guilty was the sighting of a Buk missile launcher near the crash site. Wikipedia made it official: "Locals in Torez reported sightings of a Buk missile launcher on the day of the incident," citing The Guardian, which headlined, "Ukrainians report sightings of missile launcher on day of MH17 crash. In Torez, some say missile's journey through town has been a hot topic but people are scared of talking to outsiders." The townspeople had never seen anything like it.  www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/22/ukraine-sightings-missile-launcher-mh17 
So the Buk battery was not there necessarily to shoot down any plane. It was on display as a stage prop in a psychological warfare operation.
And by the way, between Torez and the Russian border is an area held by the junta's hard-core Azov battalion. 

Kartapolov also debunked the notorious video claiming to show BUK launchers being taken back to Russia. "This is clear manipulation. The images were taken in the city of Krasnoarmeisk, which is borne out by the roadside billboard giving the address of a car dealer in the city. Krasnoarmeisk has been under the Ukrainian army’s control since May 11." en.itar-tass.com/world/741669

A full 28-minute clip of the Defense Ministry presentation of its forensic findings is included here  www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-21/russia-says-has-photos-ukraine-deploying-buk-missiles-east-rader-proof-warplanes-mh1 There are no captions, but the General pauses after each phrase for the live English interpreting. 

Specs of the Sukhoi Su-25 http://www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=195 Service ceiling 32800 ft, 10000 m, Max speed 590 mph/ 950 kph, rate of climb 11400 ft / 3500 m per minute, range 1550 mi / 2500 km, etc. NATO codename Frogfoot. 1x 30mm cannon and up to 9700 lbs of payload ordnance (missiles, bombs etc). The service ceiling is the maximum altitude at which a plane can maintain its specified rate of climb. This is lower than the absolute ceiling, which of course is where it can not climb further, but only fly level. 

The manufacturer's website, www.sukhoi.org/eng/planes/military/su25k/lth/ , gives the service ceiling for the Su-25 as 7 km. It is, after all, a ground attack fighter. Nonetheless, three or four points. Service ceiling is not maximum altitude, it's something like a cruising altitude, and is defined as the altitude where the aircraft can still perform its rated climbing speed. Second, the R-60 missile itself has a range of up to 8 km. Thirdly, Ukraine also has Su-27's, which have a service ceiling of 18.5 km. Finally, there is more than one way of calculating service ceiling, which might be why my source (www.militaryfactory.com/) gave 10 km for the Su-25. It's not something hard an airplane bumps up against, like the ceiling in your living room. 

The FAA defines the service ceiling as the altitude a two-engine aircraft can stay up at with only one engine working. www.faasafety.gov/gslac/ALC/course_content.aspx

Malaysia Chronicle cited a key detail from Kartopolov's remarks: "that the SU-25 is capable of reaching a height of 10,000 metres 'for a brief time.'" www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php 
Some trying to debunk the Russian presentation have made much of the fact that the Su-25 is not normally a high-altitude fighter. First of all, the general said "presumably a Su-25" (viz. Reuters), so the high-flying Su-27 is not ruled out. In that theater, you'd expect a ground attack craft to be deployed, and even a Su-25 could do it. Secondly, the debunkers lay far too much stress on the service ceiling statistic, ignoring that this is not the maximum ceiling. The thrust on a jet fighter is very high in relation to the weight and drag of the aircraft, even on a ground attack model, making it an unlikely assumption that a jet fighter couldn't reach the altitude of a lumbering commercial airliner. 

A Russian technical source detailing the history and development of the Su-25 gives these specs: "Practical Ceiling, m 7000-10000. Max. height of combat employment 5000." Combat meaning ground attack for this model. And practical ceiling being lower than absolute ceiling. I do believe Kartopolov knows his planes better than laymen like us trying to decipher this on the Internet. www.airwar.ru/enc/attack/su25.html

Paul Craig Roberts on the video charade implicating Russian officers that was created a day before, on July 16: 
"Another problem with the video is that whereas we could say that separatists conceivably could confuse an airliner at 33,000 feet with a military attack plane, the Russian military would not. The only conclusion is that by involving the Russian military, the video doubly discredited itself. 
"The circumstantial evidence easiest for non-technical people to understand is the on cue news programs organized to put the blame on Russia prior to the knowledge of any facts."  www.lewrockwell.com/2014/07/paul-craig-roberts/dont-believe-the-lies/

Roberts again: "Before you say Washington is too sophisticated to mistake one airliner for another, keep in mind that when Washington shot down an Iranian airliner over Iranian air space, the US Navy claimed that it thought the 290 civilians that it murdered were in an Iranian fighter jet, a F-14 Tomcat fighter, a US-made fighter that was a mainstay of the US Navy. If the US Navy cannot tell its own workhorse fighter aircraft from an Iranian airliner, clearly the US can confuse two airliners that the RT report shows appear very similar.
"During the entire BBC frame-up of Russia, no one mentioned the Iranian passenger airliner that the US “blew out of the sky.” No one put sanctions on Washington."  www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/07/17/sanctions-airliners-paul-craig-roberts/

Criminologist speculates on a possible link between MH17 and MH370: both lost radio contact minutes before being diverted from their normal flight path.  www.globalresearch.ca/malaysian-airlines-mh370-and-mh17-a-criminologist-questions-what-are-the-probabilities-is-it-a-mere-coincidence/5392265

Junta invasion force in bid to seize Donetsk railway station www.news24.com/World/News/Fighting-near-railway-station-in-east-Ukraine-20140721

Bloodthirsty CNN and genocidal warmonger John Kerry are unfazed by Russian revelations.

Here's how CNN presented the Russian claims: edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/07/22/pkg-magnay-mh17-russia-warplane-theory.cnn.html 
The soundbyte spinners headlined the story in the playlist as "MH17 was near warplane" instead of "Ukrainian jet fighter approached MH17". Their little joke that MH17 attacked a warplane? Russian story brushed off as "claims and counterclaims" until they get their faked "black box data" out to slam dunk their new 9/11.

July 20. Proof MH17 shot down by jet fighter: video shows radar-jamming chaff floating down at crash site. 

beforeitsnews.com/war-and-conflict/2014/07/mh17-shootdown-shows-chaff-was-deployed-proving-fighter-jet-was-somehow-involved-2453122.html  Fighter was protecting itself from ground fire and from detection by radar, to shield it from blame by investigators. Kiev also immediately confiscated all the radar records and air traffic control recordings. www.globalresearch.ca/ukraines-security-service-has-confiscated-air-traffic-control-recordings-with-malaysian-jet/5392197

Brit who joined Donbass rebels arrested in Latvia, says junta shot down MH17 to discredit Putin. www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2698823/Beness-Aijo-Putins-British-disciple-UK-student-29-linked-pro-Russian-rebels-blamed-shooting-MH17-arrested-Latvia-leaving-UK-fight-Crazy-Ukrainians.html and other MH17 updates, concludes it was rebel SAM missile. The BUK system reportedly hadn't been operational in Ukraine for years. The SAM scenario is not working for Russia, as US claims rebels didn't know how to operate one, so they must have had Russian officers. Or the junta had NATO officers, take your pick. But a junta Su-27 firing an air-to-air missile is the best explanation. 

Regarding the motive, killing Putin would not only decapitate the Russian government, especially the more nationalist-leaning wing, but Russian opinion would turn strongly against the militia and any support for them, if they had blundered and shot down the Russian presidential aircraft. Russia and its proxies would be an eternal laughingstock. It was too tempting not to try it.

It's possible of course that it was a US or NATO fighter from an American base, although the US prefers to use proxies, and they would presumably have known that Putin's plane had taken a different course. Still, it was close, and the proximity could be a signal to Putin that the US can disappear him at will, as easily as the two Malaysian airliners.
The answering signal came today as hackers posted this message on the Facebook account of the Wall Street Journal: "#BREAKING: US Air Force One crash feared as air traffic controller loses contact with pilot over Russian air space... #BREAKING: Vice President Joe Biden to address nation in 15 minutes."  www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/20/wall-street-journal-hacked-facebook-air-force-one_n_5603490.html

US covert operations have the most frequent record of assassinations of heads of state in modern times. The power clique in the US has not flinched from murdering US presidents and public figures either, of course - Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy were openly murdered, as were Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and there have been at least 20 attempts on presidents. Kissinger is accused of having President Allende killed in Chile, and the US made very numerous attempts to kill Castro and DeGaulle. NATO-Gladio operations in Europe liquidated the Swedish and Italian prime ministers Olof Palme and Aldo Moro, says Richard Cottrell in his book Gladio, in which he also makes the case that NATO-Gladio capo Lemnitzer was the architect of the JFK assassination. 

Curious reports surfacing that Kiev air traffic control intentionally diverted MH17 over the war zone, when the normal route was further to the southeast.  www.globalresearch.ca/the-flight-path-of-mh17-was-changed-july-17-plane-route-was-over-the-ukraine-warzone/5392182  and  www.infowars.com/was-flight-mh-17-diverted-over-restricted-airspace/  (This information of course fits the false flag provocation to discredit Russia rather than the failed attempt to shoot down Putin's plane, which may have been Plan A, with Plan B as the symbolic sacrifice of the Malaysian plane standing in for Putin's.) 

Contents of video clip "The Real Reason "Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17" Was 'Shot Down' Over Ukraine!" posted by Anti-Maidan  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdFXe_8zQB4

By jumping the gun to blame Russia before the facts were in, the US showed guilty premeditation. The US is saying the separatists could never have done this alone, thus the fairy tale about Russia smuggling the Buk system in and out of Ukraine just to shoot down a passenger plane.  www.cbsnews.com/news/u-s-officials-say-pro-russian-rebels-likely-couldnt-down-plane-alone/ 

Here's the story planted in the media on July 18th: "A fireball picked up by American satellites was the first indication a surface-to-air missile armed with a high explosive warhead had struck Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
U.S. surveillance also detected a part of the missile's flight path as it streaked toward the plane, allowing analysts to backtrack from the point of impact to an area on the ground close to the border between Ukraine and Russia, most likely on the Ukrainian side of the border -- territory held by pro-Russian rebels.
Based on signals the missile system gave off, analysts identified it as likely to be a Russian-made SA-11, a sophisticated system of radars, command posts and launchers. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the rebels probably couldn't have operated on their own."

So the US is lying, which means it is guilty, but what was the motive? To blame Russia - and to establish a no-fly zone. (Putin didn't do it first!) That means they can shoot down any aircraft, and it's a lot safer to send in ground troops. 

Next the narration goes to the theme of the Spanish air traffic controller Carlos in Kiev, who tweeted early on blaming Ukraine for the shootdown, then disappeared. Kiev claims no such person ever worked there, which is why I haven't followed this angle yet. The video shows a link to an article in a European travel news outlet, which is not definitive confirmation. www.eturbonews.com/48079/ukraine-air-traffic-controller-suggests-kiev-military-shot-down-  via "FINAL – Spanish Air Controller @ Kiev Borispol Airport: Ukraine Military Shot Down Boeing #MH17" slavyangrad.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/spanish-air-controller-kiev-borispol-airport-ukraine-military-shot-down-boeing-mh17/ 

"This Kiev air traffic controller is a citizen of Spain and was working in the Ukraine. He was taken off duty as a civil air-traffic controller along with other foreigners immediately after a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft was shot down over the Eastern Ukraine killing 295 passengers and crew on board.
The air traffic controller suggested in a private evaluation and basing it on military sources in Kiev, that the Ukrainian military was behind this shoot down. Radar records were immediately confiscated after it became clear a passenger jet was shot down.
Military air traffic controllers in internal communication acknowledged the military was involved, and some military chatter said they did not know where the order to shoot down the plane originated from.
Obviously it happened after a series of errors, since the very same plane was escorted by two Ukrainian fighter jets until 3 minutes before it disappeared from radar." 

Next some video evidence, a clip put out by Ukraine supposedly being a recording of Russian officers discussing the crash. The malheur occurs with the creation timestamp of the video showing July 16th, proving guilt of framing and foreknowledge. When the mistake was discovered they hastily took it down but by that time many people had downloaded it. This is so reminiscent of the video fakery wars in the earlier phases of the dirty war on Syria.  www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-17/ukraine-releases-youtube-clip-proving-rebels-shot-down-malaysian-flight-mh-17 

On the screen we see a link to another of this gentleman's videos, which asks how the MSM had a day's worth of stories written about it within an hour after the crash. Well, they get their data feeds from the CIA all the time, don't they? "Malaysia Flight MH17: What The MSM Isn't Telling You!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic_mBPDh3Dg 

Next a macabre detail, that the bodies were already rotting when the plane crashed. An elaborate Sandy Hook episode? Bizarre. The narrator sees it as part of a staged operation. I wouldn't get carried away with the idea. This detail was used to ridicule the Russian viewpoint on the disaster. www.newrepublic.com/node/118782

Anyway, the motive, it is plain enough: to totally occupy Ukraine, blow away the resistance in the East, to make it a weapon against Russia. 

Back to Carlos, the Kiev traffic controller who said Ukraine shot down the airliner, he has disappeared and his twitter account @spainbuca has been deleted. He and other controllers said that two jet fighters accompanied MH17, until about 3 minutes before it was shot down. 

Not mentioned by the narrator, but it jumped out at me in the opening: Illuministic false-flag numerology in play, like in the 7/7 or 9/11 bombings. The airliner "was the 84th 777 off the production line. [84 = 12x7] Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 892B-17 engines, it first flew on July 17, 1997, exactly 17 years before its accident."  aviationweek.com/blog/airframe-details-malaysia-airlines-mh17  That's a lot of 7's and 17's. Enough so this looks like a signature from the wizards of the ultimate power cabal, or someone pretending to be them, playing god with their numbers games. Remember the London Tube bombings on 7/7/2005? Well, the numbers 2005 add up to 7, so that date was 777. And 2+5 equals 7 on the Su-25, too. Even the place name where the target landed, Grabove, means graves... Like Lady Di, who died at Le Pont d'Alma, the bridge of the soul, or to the next life.This mumbo jumbo helps the worshippers of evil to replace feelings of guilt with a sense of superiority. 

MH17 as a historic false flag could be as important to the new war on Russia as the 9/11 false flag was to the war on the Muslim world.
Now is the payback for Russia failing to speak out for 9/11 truth?

The dog that didn't bark: Why hasn't the USA come forward to show spy satellite photos of the alleged SAM missile launch to prove their claims?  www.commondreams.org/view/2014/07/20-5 They also reportedly have AWACS flying over the war zone. They would have the images if they were true.  

It is possible that rebels who saw the MH17 crash mistakenly believed it was an AN-26 transport that their own side had shot down. After all, just two days earlier, the militia had downed an AN-26 at about half the altitude, apparently by damaging it with anti-aircraft fire. AA guns have a range of about 3000 m up to maximum 8000m, depending on the type. 

"Smoking gun" backfires - clip claims to show rebels moving their BUK SAM system back to Russia to destroy evidence ukraineatwar.blogspot.nl/2014/07/russian-transport-of-buk-that-shot-down.html, with only 3 of 4 missiles in its rack. Was the missing 4th one destined for MH17? How's that for a wild conspiracy theory. Then one analyst concluded that the video was actually taken in a junta-held area.  en.eurasianunion.ch/2014/07/19/transport-of-buk-system-to-russia-filmed-really/ 

Pepe Escobar at Asia Times suspects Kiev junta of false flag op in MH17 shootdown  www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/CEN-01-190714.htm says Kiev and Washington were far too quick to point blame, Russia should have reliable data analysis in a couple days.

Survivor of the junta's 72nd brigade recalls how his unit was torn to shreds by Grad missiles as they camped in open fields on July 13th.  slavyangrad.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/ukrainian-soldiers-abandoned-in-zelenopillia-corpses-all-around-them/ via @Novorossiyan

Donetsk republic leader Borodai gives press conference on MH17 issue  slavyangrad.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/alexander-borodai-press-conference-july-19-2014/  Highlights-
blames Kiev for delaying investigation. Says wreckage fell over an area of 10 sq km. Denies militia shot it down, have no weapons with that range, which is why Kiev bombers constantly bomb their positions from that altitude. Secondly, shooting down a civilian airliner would be extremely bad for them. Thus the conclusion that it was the Ukraine side that shot it down, whether with a fighter jet or from the ground.
Criticizes Ukrainian information warfare that accuses militia of having a BUK system, which they have never had. "Do you think if we had BUK we wouldn't be using it? (against bombers) We only had portable Manpads... All enemy aircraft which we ever shot down, were taken down at low altitudes... at a height of 3000 meters maximum. I myself and Strelkov were caught in an airstrike. Here is the aircraft, I can see it. We have MPADS, but we cannot take it down, because it is 5000 meters high, approximately.
There were reports that the Antonov (AN-26) was shot at 6000? It was taken down by the Luhansk People's Republic Army, not Donetsk." Besides, the altitude is not confirmed. Two low-flying fighters were taken down the previous day. 
Borodai was particularly agitated by the delay in sending any teams from the West to help with the aftermath of the tragedy, a theme he mentioned several times. So far only a handful of OSCE observers showed up. This contrasts with the grandstanding of the Dutch PM who demanded access to the site, and implied the militia were guilty of hiding something by preventing visitors. http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/07/19/nr-sot-dutch-prime-minister-mh17-investigation.cnn.html  Half the victims were Dutch. 

More from http://slavyangrad.wordpress.com/ - slavyangrad.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/breaking-part-ii-evidence-continues-to-emerge-mh17-is-a-false-flag-operation/ Debunks the BUK SAM missile scenario and evidence manufactured by Ukraine junta. Link to video interview with father of eyewitness who saw fighter shoot down airliner. Two planes came out from behind the clouds, and the one behind shot the one in front with a single shot. 

Some witnesses say the plane came down mostly in one piece, which is more typical of a rod fragments weapon than an explosive warhead. 

The day before the disaster, the junta accused Russia of shooting down their Su-25 with an air-to-air missile fired by a MiG-29. www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28345039 A day later, air-to-air missiles are a conspiracy theory. Maybe because that's too close to the truth. 

July 19. Damage on Malaysian plane shows it was hit by air-to-air missile - apparently in attempt to shoot down Putin's plane - an Act of War.

Evidence shows Kiev junta jets shot down MH17, thinking it was Putin's plane; they were going to blame militia anyway

Evidence shows Kiev junta sent fighters to shoot down Malaysian Air MH17, thinking it was Putin's plane. They would then blame it on militia anyway. Interfax reported that the two planes passed over Warsaw within minutes of each other, but the Moscow airport said Putin's plane did not fly over Ukraine. rt.com/news/173672-malaysia-plane-crash-putin/ Was the junta air force looking for it there?
RT: "Putin’s plane and the Malaysian Boeing intersected at the same point and the same echelon. That was close to Warsaw on 330-m echelon at the height of 10,100 meters. The presidential jet was there at 16:21 Moscow time and the Malaysian aircraft - 15:44 Moscow time... The contours of the aircrafts are similar, linear dimensions are also very similar, as for the coloring, at a quite remote distance they are almost identical," an anonymous source told Interfax.

Damage to the aircraft showed characteristic gashes from an air-to-air fragmentation rod missile, specifically type R-27 or P-73 which are carried by SU-27 or Mig 29 fighters.  politikus.ru/events/24720-strasti-po-boingu-pervye-priznaki-rakety-vozduh-vozduh-sbival-ne-buk-m1.html (use online translation) via  twitter.com/Steiner1776/status/490204832117301248/photo/1 

science.howstuffworks.com/sidewinder8.htm A fragmentation rod missile is like a cluster bomb or shrapnel weapon. It's a package of numerous metal rods that explodes when the missile comes close to the target. In this way it is not necessary to hit the target precisely -- if even a couple of rods puncture the airskin of the plane, it is doomed. The Sidewinder missile on this design weighs only 20 lbs. 

Fragmentation rods are used on fighter jets because they are so light and compact, since they only need to fly a short horizontal distance after firing. A SAM or surface-to-air missile is huge because it needs a lot of fuel to fly many miles upwards. SAM's are launched from large trucks or other installations and need a lot of ground support. That kind of infrastructure is pretty much beyond the means of the militia.

Eyewitnesses on the ground saw the eastbound airplane being following by two Ukrainian jet fighters. russian.rt.com/article/41291 It was shot down just before it reached the safety of the Russian border. The only airforce in the area was Ukraine's. So we now know who did it, how they did it, and we can guess why. The fascist NATO puppets figured if it was Putin's plane, they could kill him, and if it were a civilian airliner, the controlled corporate global media would blame it on Russia. A win-win for NATO.

Indeed, NATO has been goading Russia to wage open war, and Russia is doing all it can to avoid such a confrontation. So Russia is not going to publicize the possibility it was an attempt on Putin's life. 

Russia has 10 tough questions for Ukraine junta over Malaysia Air shootdown. rt.com/news/173976-mh17-crash-questions-ukraine/

Ukraine’s Security Service Has Confiscated Air Traffic Control Recordings With Malaysian Jet www.globalresearch.ca/ukraines-security-service-has-confiscated-air-traffic-control-recordings-with-malaysian-jet/5392197

 July 18. Was the missile that hit the Malaysia airliner meant for Putin's plane?

Latest theory: junta jets were gunning for Putin's plane. It was in the same general area at the same time, on its return trip from Brazil, and has similar markings to the Malaysia airliner. beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2014/07/nwo-attempted-assassination-of-vladimir-putin-but-got-the-wrong-plane-it-looks-that-way-video-2994596.html

Mistaken identity? Putin and MH17 planes - similar size and markings

MISTAKEN IDENTITY? Putin's plane and MH17, similar size and markings. 

Wall Street hoping is has Putin cornered: "Putin’s intransigence over Ukraine risks turning him into a global pariah should the blame for downing a Malaysian Air jet fall on pro-Russia rebels." www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-17/putin-cornered-as-malaysia-jet-crash-shows-isolation-on-ukraine.html

'Possible to determine trajectory of missile if Malaysian plane hit' - aviation experts rt.com/op-edge/173824-malaysian-plane-missile-trajectory-ukraine/

VT presents a range of viewpoints on airliner disaster. It couldn't have been a Manpad. Ukraine responsible for not closing airspace. Ukraine has shot down an airliner before. Spanish aircraft controller in Kiev fired after making early statement about shooting.  http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/07/17/777-shot-down-over-ukraine/

Remember the Lusitania. Tried and true trick of the NWO camp is to set up a ship to be sunk as a war pretext. 

RT interview: suspicious that Kiev traffic control diverted MH17 right into the war zone, and at a lower altitude, instead of the usual course to the south of the fighting. www.youtube.com/watch

July 17. Malaysian airliner MH-17 shot down over E. Ukraine with up to 300 on board.

Why do they always pick on Malaysia? trying to radicalize the country? False flag op to blame on Russia? Junta already calling for NATO involvement ! Maybe a no-fly zone followed by airstrikes, on the Libya recipe. CNN jumping the gun to blame rebels. 23 American citizens on board. 
Strange coincidence, Malaysia again. Sure to get massive publicity, on the tails of the missing MH-370. Kill some moderate Muslims and keep driving the wedge between them and Russia.
Tass reports that junta moved a new BUK anti-aircraft system to Donetsk on Wednesday, which is the only one in the area capable of hitting a plane at 10,000 meters.  en.itar-tass.com/world/741173 
The airliner was also being tailed by one or two junta jet fighters, which could have shot the plane down. ‏@MarkSleboda1 "Locals at crash site report seeing #Ukraine regime fighters following closely behind #Malaysia passenger plane shortly before it went down"

rt.com/news/173628-malaysian-plane-crash-ukraine/ video of crash site. 

Alleged that Strelkov posted the shooting down of an AN-26 transport plane by rebels yesterday at the location the airliner went down. The AN-26 is a large, 4 engine aircraft.  au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/world/a/24489586/rebel-site-suggests-insurgents-shot-down-malaysia-plane-by-mistake/ Did he or his source jump to conclusions? 

More details on situation of junta units trapped in "south cauldron" vineyardsaker.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/july-17th-ukraine-combat-sitrep-by-juan.html 
See also yesterday's report by Col. Cassad colonelcassad.livejournal.com/1673656.html and today's here colonelcassad.livejournal.com/ with a new map showing the 24th completely isolated and the rest of the "arm" taken by militia. 
There is also commentary here about today's Malaysian Air disaster, arguing that Kiev had closed the airspace a few days ago but opened it to let this airliner through on purpose to be shot down? Certificates were revoked around July 11 for Donetsk, Luhansk and Mariupol airports. Link to RT - eyewitnesses saw junta fighters following airliner; Putin holds Ukraine responsible for the disaster. russian.rt.com/article/41291 
Estimates of junta losses in south sector as high as 5,000 troops - not specified if killed, wounded, missing, deserted or fled.
While not decisive, this could be a major victory. Militia will gain a lot of new heavy weapons. If Russia wants to add more, the border is open, and the plausible deniability of provenance is given. Ukraine's badly demoralized troops will be even more reluctant to risk their lives for the oligarchs. 

Russia rejects as absurd junta accusation implicating Russia in shooting down of a SU-25 yesterday. en.itar-tass.com/russia/741146 Review of shootings of junta planes  during the last week. 

Who's purgin' Purgin? Here's another story by Peter Leonard that's scrubbed before I get to it. www.legitgov.org/ distributed the link citing this passage, "Separatist rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have denied that they are responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane. Andrei Purgin, deputy prime minister for the rebels, told The Associated Press the plane must have been shot down by Ukrainian government troops." No mention of Purgin in the version now online.  www.businessweek.com/ap/2014-07-17/official-malaysian-plane-shot-down-over-ukraine Purgin is presumably the "official" in the URL but he's out of the story now. Same thing yesterday, see story below about Marinovka. The media controllers are busy! 

Many statements by DNR about the downed Malaysian airliner here. vk.com/strelkov_info Notes possibility of provocation by Ukraine. Denies that militia have rockets able to shoot to 10 km altitude. Noted that Ukraine has shot down a civilian airliner before, in 2001. Eyewitnesses saw junta fighters near the plane, then it broke in two.
There are also reports of two passengers in parachutes opening from the plane. Extremely unusual! Saboteurs?
Torez, the town where the plane came down, is near the west end of the embattled sector, near positions of the paramilitary Azov brigade. 

The timing is too convenient. Junta is hard-pressed, they desperately needed a false flag now. Foul play or coincidence?

July 16. Junta Army Losing an Arm in the Southern Cauldron

The "pocket" or "cauldron" is the southern edge of Luhansk oblast along the Russian border, which junta forces occupied in an bid to encircle the rebels and cut them off from Russian support. The tactic backfired, as a rebel counteroffensive pinned them down in the narrow corridor. They can't be get reinforcements or supplies. Units are panicking, abandoning weapons and uniforms, with little choice but to surrender to the militia or Russia. See the map and narrative here for a picture of their plight and their tactical blunder.  www.globalresearch.ca/military-briefings-from-donbass-and-slavyansk-ukraine-regime-forces-in-retreat-experience-substantial-losses/5391665 The recent junta attempt to take Luhansk airport, which seemed to be the beginning of the end for the resistance, may instead have been a desperate attempt to relieve their exposed flank. 

A defeat for the junta in this proxy war is a defeat for the US. I'm hoping this will be the Vietnam for America's dirty war policy. 

The militia are reaping a harvest of heavy weapons from the invaders' disaster. Who knows, perhaps some who surrender might even decide to switch sides? 

slavyangrad.wordpress.com/military-briefings-flash-updates-online/ Strelkov's notice of terms for Ukrainian deserters: they "should be turning themselves in to the commandants’ offices of the Militia. Upon voluntary surrender, and following an obligatory interrogation, the prisoners will be provided with accommodations and meals according to the norms set out for the fighters of the Militia. Thereafter, they will be able to decide for themselves whether to return home or to stay in the accommodation centres until the termination of hostilities. No one will be compelled to join the ranks of the Militia." 

With a military fiasco in the east and economic hardship on the home front, the pillars of the regime could cave in and it could collapse, much as the 72nd, 79th and 24th brigades are falling to pieces in the pincer of the South Cauldron. On the west front, the "Euro-vision" proves a chimera and a fraud, yet another robbery against the poor Ukrainian people. The Maidan psychosis could become as discredited as the terms "democrat" and "liberal" in Russia, after Yeltsin and his Yuppies stripped the nation's assets bare. 

All this happened while Putin was in Brazil and Porky was minding the store, yet his shop burned down anyway. Sends a message - I can beat you with one hand tied behind my back. The Russian leadership has depth, it can't be decapitated by removing Putin. I have to admit that for now, it looks like Putin the chessplayer fooled me too... 

30 junta armored vehicles surrounded in Snizhne, only 3 escape. lifenews.ru/news/136528

DNR news story from south front https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhtY-H3qtoc 1:33 highlights

Ukrainian border guards with a white flag asked for help from the Russian colleagues russian.rt.com/article/41116  Wounded Ukies taken to a Russian hospital in the border town of Gukovo, Rostov oblast. 

Ukraine media show videos claiming Grad rockets being fired from Gukovo on Russian side of border  www.athletenewswire.com/breaking-videos-grad-missile-fire-russian-city-gukovo-ukrainian-territory-1699/

Militia claims more junta aircraft downed. One fighter flew into Russian airspace, U-turned back to Ukraine and was shot down by Donbass militia at 6000-meter altitude.  lifenews.ru/news/136731 

Junta foreign minister (replacement for the foul-mouthed one) on CNN proclaiming "inflow of weapons, of mercenaries, of heavy weaponry – tanks, everything" from Russia. amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2014/07/16/ukraine-blames-russia-for-continuous-inflow-of-weapons-and-heavy-weaponry/

Press names AP story  www.thenewstribune.com/2014/07/16/3290480/ukraine-rebels-reclaim-village.html  then changes it to "Urban warfare feared in Ukraine fighting" about "Insurgents in Donetsk appeared be bracing for a bitter fight as they shipped their relatives out of the city." The village would probably be Marinovka in the cauldron, see Slavyangrad blog above.  www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/16/ukraine-rebels-reclaim-village-on-russian-border-in-fight-back-against/  No mention of trapped troops here. 

Reuters says, "Pro-Moscow separatists battled to break through lines of government forces near the border with Russia in eastern Ukraine.. tried to break out of encirclement by the army." www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/16/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSKBN0FL0K020140716

Porky's swinish past: "Money Laundering, Graft and Corruption: Who is Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko" www.globalresearch.ca/money-laundering-who-is-ukraines-president-petro-poroshenko/5384213 

Obamaland announces more of its idiotic sanctions en.itar-tass.com/world/741000 including Gazprombank, and the state-owned oil company Rosneft, and the Kalashnikov concern. 

Good one from Neil Clark back in April: Help me I'm confused. Why is occupying buildings in Kiev in January a good thing but in Donetsk in April it's a bad thing? rt.com/op-edge/west-leaders-ukraine-democracy-600/

Far-right fighters from all over Europe drawn to Ukraine. www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28329329 There are discussions about a Polish-Lithuanian volunteer force. Going to reestablish the P-L Commonwealth and the 100 Years War?

July 15.

Unconfirmed reports that junta army is trapped in a pocket near Donetsk, panicking, and trying to escape in columns of military vehicles, which militia are trying to destroy. Junta retreat from Krasnodar. Rebels bringing up heavy weaponry.
Vineyardsaker says the site is Luhansk airport, there are conflicting claims, most likely a junta reinforcement column broke through to try and rescue the unit but suffered heavy losses and may also be surrounded now. 

Militia claims another SU-25 shot down near Gorlovka/Horlivka, they also blew up another bridge there. 

Airstrike on town of Snizhne smashes apartment building, killing 11. Junta denies responsibility, calling it a provocation, Reuters broadcasts the claim. 

DNR posts video of about 20 prisoners of war saying they are treated better by militia than by junta.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG48QIdstV0

Sabotage? Warning by USA? biggest accident in history of Moscow Metro today, with 21 dead and 43 in critical condition. www.interpretermag.com/russia-this-week-lurid-anti-ukraine-propaganda-broadcast-on-state-tv/#2202 The poetic choice of location: between the Slavyansk and Victory stations. That should make the message clear. Many people believe the Chernobyl meltdown was an act of US cyber-sabotage, for example.   

RT: In Lviv, mothers of conscripts demonstrating for their sons to be sent back. They were supposed to go for only 35 days, under threat of 8 years prison. They have been on the front 3 months. At present they've had no food or water for 3 days and have nothing to shoot with. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWi0Daf228M
No updates on fighting on RT http://rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/
Did Russia sneak up on the junta invasion force and surprise them?

Strelkov says junta forces have been routed in southern sector. slavyangrad.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/briefings-july-15-16-20

The Heroes of Novo Russia http://www.opednews.com/populum/pagem.php?f=Ukraine--Kievs-War--The-by-George-Eliason-Brutality_Courage_Democracy_Heroes-140715-389.html

July 14

Reports from yesterday don't look quite so black this morning. Apparently rebels repelled the columns of up to 70 tanks attacked Luhansk. More rumors of Russian involvement. Is the Russian strategy to deny victory to the junta at minimum expense with maximum deniability? Reports of junta aircraft shot down - so far, according to Wikipedia, the puppets have lost 25 planes. Speculation that Russian anti-aircraft or fighters could have caused recent downed losses. Both sides might like to believe that. NATO claims Russian troops building up again on border. Reports that Russian military vehicles marked as peacekeeping forces are seen near the border. Rebels claim they captured a Ukie anti-aircraft installation. Photos posted allegedly by a guard at a Russian border checkpoint showing military vehicles going through. Junta supply convoy ambushed in Mariupol. Porky trying to conscript refugees. Anonymous Kremlin source airs possibility of targeted strikes in Ukraine, Kommersant reported. www.kommersant.ru/doc/2524914 At the same time a large scale intervention remains unlikely and too costly, according to the analyst. Russian media are making a sensation about the man who was killed by fascist shelling in the village on the Russian side. Junta says Russian column of 100 vehicles entered Ukraine and were attacked by its airforce, and Porky is going to show proof today. www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/poroshenko-to-show-new-proof-of-russian-military-involvement-on-july-14-355896.html In Odessa, two branches of the thug Kolomoisky's Privatbank were torched. 

July 13. Junta offensive on Luhansk. 

BBC reports junta tank offensive on Luhansk. www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28285208 Strelkov "said the rebels had beaten off two government armoured columns numbering between 40 and 70 tanks." NYT: "Government fighters battered the outer suburbs of Luhansk, pushing deeper than ever into the city but falling short of retaking it." www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/world/europe/ukraine.html  Junta claims it has taken Luhansk airport. 

Putin watching World Cup match as Donbass burns. 
Euromaidanpress (CIA) claims Russia establishing a beachhead inside 3m Luhansk oblast to secure corridor for equipment and volunteers. But the video of tanks in Luhansk they showed was all T-64's. euromaidanpress.com/2014/07/12/rnbo-russian-forces-breach-luhansk-border-eyewitnesses-confirm/

Convoy of tanks and artillery moving through Luhansk bearing Donbass St George's insignia, some say it's Russian armor.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WRLPu0QQ4w   (1 min video) 
In the replies to the first comment there, the consensus is that they are Ukrainian T-64 tanks. Luhansk has a locomotive factory and lots of other heavy industry factories that can repair damaged and captured tanks. Russia has scrapped its T-64's. 

Russian media report that Ukraine junta shelling has killed a civilian on Russian territory. Casus belli if anyone is looking for one. rt.com/news/172404-russian-donetsk-shelled-victims/ The death occurred in the village of Donetsk, same name as the Donbass metropole. It is surrounded on three sides by the Ukrainian border. Russia says the attack may have grave and irreversible consequences. Junta flatly denies in spite of a record of cross-border shelling. en.itar-tass.com/world/740386

One theory is that NATO is trying to goad Russia into invading. Russia has been reluctant for many reasons, among them the notion of legality and sovereignty. At this point they are "investigating the circumstances." voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07_13/Russia-vows-tough-measures-against-Ukraine-in-wake-of-shooting-incident-in-Rostov-region-Foreign-Ministry-3676/

www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/fighter-jets-missile-attacks-more-ukraine-violence-erupts-n154241  Ukraine Releases Video of Pro-Russian Separatist’s Arrest.  Putin Aide: Ukraine Has a 'Nazi' Government

Luhansk suspends broadcasting of public webcams. 

I'd be skeptical of "Radio Free Europe" to take an unconfirmed, anonymous interview at face value, and this could be pure and perfect propaganda, but it is an interesting tale of a supposed rebel militia survivor www.rferl.org/content/ukraine-i-was-a-separatist-fighter/25455466.html  Maybe it's a little too perfect. The volunteer is from Armenia, and his motive for the interview is to discourage other volunteers.
Interesting detail about the attack on Donetsk airport, commanders didn't expect junta to bomb it because it's Ukraine's newest, so they didn't bring anti-aircraft guns. (A mistake presumably due to the weak response by the junta up to that point.) He also criticized the decision to flee the airport in two trucks that got hit by grenades, rather than individually on foot. Many of his comrades were killed. 
He says the people of Donbass voted for independence and expected Russia to take care of the military end of it, as they did in Crimea. 

Strelkov says DNR have captured a Sukhoi SU-25 and made one raid with it. vk.com/strelkov_info

Truthseeker: RT blames Rwanda genocide on US and its pursuit of its interests. Clinton admits US "humanitarian" policies only suit US realpolitik.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JFY6Xug6X8 Our author Engdahl reporting. 
Cluster bombing in E. Ukraine. Kiev junta is the most far-right regime on earth. Unarmed civilians systematically massacred. Village of Saurovka targeted because of its WW2 memorial, men killed by cutting off limbs, women raped. State dep't suggests the nearly half million refugees are just visiting their grandmothers. Junta targeting markets, hospitals, ambulances, orphanages. Banderist  "heroes" walk up to people and disembowl them, even children. RFERL calls rebels subhuman, insects and vermin to be cleansed, quoting Porky's Channel 5. Hitler's term for Slavs. Camps and Lebensraum for soldier-settlers. Junta using massive weapons that are little use against small rebel bands, are ideal for destroying cities. US approves this. Lynchings of Russian speakers. WW2 veteran says junta is more brutal than Nazis, even killing children.  

July 12.

Time mag cites June poll figure, 41% of Russian public opinion supporting military intervention in Ukraine, up from 31% in May. time.com/2969586/vladimir-putin-russia-ukraine-rebels/

Unconfirmed reports of Russian forces in Donbass. 

rt.com/news/172288-civilians-killed-ukraine-orphanage An eye for an eye - junta conscripts for Donbass civilians. www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/30-ukrainian-soldiers-presumed-dead-in-overnight-rocket-attack-355693.html Junta media, known for fantastic and outrageous lies, are claiming Russians crossed border and set ambush for Ukies, and separatist rebels shelled the destroyed village in order to blame Kiev.   www.pravda.com.ua/news/2014/07/12/7031737/    Civilians in Marinka blamed junta for rocket attack on their village.   www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2014/07/13/civilians-blame-ukraine-military-for-deadly-blast/IqxL5Da2ilbsEmYSA95KBP/story.html

Putin, Porko, and Merkel to attend Fifa final match in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil tomorrow. But Porky cancels. Out of gas.

On July 10, a Russian foreign ministry spokesman stated Russia was not going to conduct any peacekeeping operation in Ukraine.  tvzvezda.ru/news/vstrane_i_mire/content/201407101600-13qu.htm

Militia claim two junta Sukhoi jets and a MI-24 chopper shot down. voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07_13/Donetsk-militia-brings-down-Ukraines-Mi-24-helicopter-3028/

Junta carries out massed airstrikes and claims 500 rebels killed, militia deny losses.  www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/223750119/scat/b8de8e630faf3631/ht/Ukraine-pounds-rebel-sites-killing-more-than-500

July 11.

Por-oshen-ko says junta is ready for bilateral ceasefire. m.newshunt.com/in/english/oneindia/latest/30639563

Analyst says Putin trying to adopt role of peacemaker to allay conflicting pressure on him from globalist and nationalist opinion currents.  www.interpretermag.com/a-kremlin-reset-putin-from-defender-of-the-russian-world-to-peacemaker/

So Putin could try to form an international peace-keeping force, with troops from BRICS and Europe (if any Europeans are left there). He could talk about this with his partners on his South America tour starting today. voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07_10/Putin-to-spend-one-week-in-Latin-America-visiting-Cuba-Argentina-and-Brazil-4138/  Bon voyage! 

Extensive interview with Strelkov slavyangrad.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/interview-with-strelkov-july-8-2014/ He says junta purpose is to drive people out. They are shelling civilian targets in preference over the militia. They want to ethnically cleanse the Donbass. "Their goal was to cause maximum possible destruction to the infrastructure while clearing the Militia out, thereby leaving people without jobs, without housing, without necessities of life. In effect, to fulfill the task of forcing the people into an exodus, by leaving them without the means to survive even following the cessation of hostilities."

July 10.

The Wayne Madsen Report: Infiltration of RT/Russia Today by CIA and Soros blunts challenge to media hegemony.  milfuegos.blogspot.com/2014/03/soros-eruption-and-sleeper-agents-at-rt.html  Soros-funded mole Thom Hartmann spearheaded the operation to transform RT into another branch of the controlled opposition. Madsen sees the outbursts of Abby Martin and Liz Wahl as stunts to discredit RT, which showed how deeply it is infiltrated even in Moscow, as it took the affront lying down, with a tolerant and permissive attitude. (Mar. 6)

Informative interview with Russian nationalist guru by the Beeb: "Russian nationalist thinker Dugin sees war with Ukraine." www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28229785  "The centrepiece of his geopolitical theory is that Russia's mission is to challenge US domination of the world, with the help of Iran, as well as Eurosceptic parties, which are currently on the rise in Europe." He sees Putin as torn between liberals and nationalists. "The "liberals", in his view, are mainly businessmen who made their fortunes in the 1990s. If further economic sanctions are applied to Russia, they are the ones who stand to lose most because they are "integrated into the world economy"." Thanks to Takis Fotopoulos for the link. 

One can speculate about various Kremlinological scenarios. Not as widely as a month ago, although there are still some dim possibilities besides doom and defeatism. Perhaps Mr. Putin hopes the innocent blood of Donbass compatriots will help discredit the liberal oligarchs whom he has been trying to throttle. Conversely, premature military action could backfire on the nationalists. Still, I'm not optimistic. Putin has been running in reverse since he called for a delay in the May 11 Donbass referendum. 

Deep pockets to get deeper in Ukraine as Yat-sen-yuk announces bill to privatize corruption with massive privatization of state companies. This is the payoff for Nuland's 5 billion (actually they already got it back just by running up a $5 bn gas bill with Gazprom).  www.ukrinform.ua/eng/news/pm_yatseniuk_vows_most_extensive_privatization_in_ukraine_323588  He cited the state alcohol enterprise as a candidate. Obviously, this firm should be an important and badly needed money maker for the sorely strapped state treasury, but billionaires from all over have an even bigger thirst. 

Another big thirst will slurp up Ukraine's gas pipeline network as US energy companies privatize this giant tollbooth. www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/09/pushing-ukraine-to-the-brink 

"Euromaidan" deflates to "Porkomaidan" as Ukrainian scientists are denied visas to attend conference in the UK.  euromaidanpress.com/2014/07/09/why-britain-denies-visas-to-ukrainian-scientists/

February sniper attacks on Maidan: case closed, evidence has disappeared.  www.1tv.ru/news/world/262730

Lull before the blitz in Donetsk?  www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10955654/Ukraine-no-sign-of-siege-as-rebels-prepare-for-inevitable-Donetsk-battle.html 
There is also a link there to a piece from May 28 in RBTH www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/rbth/politics/10857920/ukraine-murder-maidan.html  "who fired the shots that shook the Maidan? Commission in Kiev rejects claims that Yanukovych police unit was to blame for killings that led to change of power"

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Chief Prosecutor Says Police Can Use Force Against Euromaidan Activists now. en.ria.ru/world/20140709/190856841/Ukrainian-Chief-Prosecutor-Says-Police-Can-Use-Force-Against.html

The Punishers: Eyewitnesses report genocide in full swing in Slavyansk and Luhansk.  ukraina.ru/news/20140709/1009769830.html  Troops storming homes and shooting people without asking questions. A witch hunt is being carried out. 

Ukrainian soldier, member of "Donbass batallion," tells how his troop invaded Nikolayevka, throwing grenades and shooting unarmed civilians, when there was not a single armed militia in the town.  www.nakanune.ru/news/2014/7/10/22360176/

Photo of convoy of 100 junta military vehicles south of Donetsk twitter.com/HarrietSalem/status/486921941664923648/photo/1

Ukraine warned that its “all-out” assault on pro-Russian insurgents may last another month and rejected calls for a ceasefire as it pushed tanks within striking distance of the rebels’ two remaining strongholds today. tribune.com.pk/story/733823/ukraine-warns-all-out-assault-may-last-another-month/

"The leaders of France and Germany have backed Russia by calling for a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine but told Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, to prevent separatist fighters and arms from crossing the border into Ukraine."  www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/07/russia-backed-calls-ukraine-ceasefire-201471012563195916.html  In other words, a ceasefire to set them up to be decimated as the junta builds up its massive firepower.

Porky's secret plan B revealed: expulsion of ethnic Russians from the Donbass and resettlement of the region with land-hungry peasants from West Ukraine.  russian.rt.com/article/35671

US-financed Kyiv Post calls for jailing communists. www.kyivpost.com/opinion/editorial/prosecute-communists-355538.html


Strelkov's order to shoot a man for looting now being publicized as brutality of rebels towards civilians. 

Kolomoisky accuses Akhmetov of financing terrorists.  news.pn/en/politics/108276

MPs in Western Ukrainian Lvov demand Poroshenko reinstate Nazi collaborators as national heroes rt.com/news/171888-ukraine-nazi-bandera-hero/  

July 9

www.trust.org/item/20140708134508-q9bw8/ Porko promises "nasty surprise" for militia in Donetsk. 

Donetsk, Lugansk fear humanitarian crisis as junta tightens grip rt.com/news/171216-ukraine-east-military-operation

rt.com/business/170856-ukraine-gas-independence-plan/ Ukraine’s gas debt to hit $5.26 bn, if no June payment (calculated at old contract price of $485)

www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/7/inaction-in-ukraine-threatens-putins-image-at-home/  More Russians seeing Putin as weak for abandoning compatriots in East Ukraine, nationalist thinker says. 

Not all rebel leaders agree with Strelkov's decision to withdraw to Donetsk. Scattered skirmishes in areas taken by junta are tying down much of its forces. 

July 8

Only 35% of Ukrainians polled support junta onslaught on Donbass. 46% against, 19% say it strengthens separatism. http://www.pnn.de/politik/871730/

Crimea euphoria fades for some Russians, says Reuters www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/06/us-ukraine-crisis-russia-economy-idUSKBN0FB0CU20140706

July 7, 2014.

Must-see photos of railway bridge collapsed over highway blocking access to Donetsk. www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2683271/Ukraines-richest-man-worth-6-4billion-pleads-government-not-bomb-Donetsk-rebels-vow-make-stand-there.html  Also photos and text from Luhansk and Slavyansk, destroyed rebel APC's. In Donetsk, militia take T-54 tank from museum. If Russia were supplying tanks why would they need to? 

Akhmetov begs junta not to destroy Donetsk, where his business empire is based. The Rand document allegedly recommends liquidating Akhmetov and the coal mining industry. Yet he still pledges allegiance to a united Ukraine - because Russia is no partner. And he's the richest man in Ukraine. So it's not just a matter of individual oligarchs.

Rebels prepare last stand in Donetsk  www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/07/pro-russia-rebels-in-eastern-ukraine-reportedly-prepare-last-stand-in-donetsk/

Interesting analysis. Fear of encirclement, not ambitions of aggrandizement, motivate Russia. www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/07/fear-ambition-moscow-ukraine-russia-putin They felt they had to take Crimea out of self-preservation, but won't risk their necks for Donbass. 
Remember Aesop's fable about belling the cat. Russia can stand up to the US if it has support from Europe, but Europe is also afraid, and structurally unable, to oppose the US. 
But I still can't understand why Putin doesn't at least propose a peacekeeping force to the UN or the OSCE. Putin was brave enough to start something in Ukraine, but not enough to finish it, or even to ask for help to "protect our Russian compatriots." It's simply off the table. 

The likeliest theory is that a fifth column of oligarchs stopped him. See entry from June 23:

"Underworld figures decided that Kharkiv remains Ukrainian.  www.newrepublic.com/article/118301/kharkivs-kernes-returns-different-city-after-being-shot 
And the mafia decides Russia stays out of Donbass. They shot Kharkiv mayor Kernes. Could they shoot Putin too."

If you read Cottrell's Gladio, you'll get a deeper understanding of the links between NATO and the Mafia. The full title is: Gladio: NATO’s Dagger at the Heart of Europe - The Pentagon-Mafia-Nazi Terror Axis, so you get the picture. It explains the subversions and inversions of the dark side of many political paradoxes.   

July 6.

Map shows junta grip tightening on Donetsk, Luhansk, trying to encircle cities, have nearly cut off Russian border too.  twitter.com/IndependentKrym/status/485721224270839808/photo/1 

I don't know what happened to Russia, only when it happened. 
Around May 7th, a few days before the referendum scheduled in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, Putin suddenly said it would be a good idea to delay the votes and engage in dialogue and diplomacy. Russia stopped supporting the independence movement in Kharkiv oblast around this time too. Still, the Donbass referendum was highly successful, perhaps partly due to the massacres in Odessa and Mariupol, and in spite of onerous conditions. It would have been very easy then to recognize the referendum and send in peace-keeping troops, as the junta military was still woefully ill-prepared. 

Russia is making a miscalculation with the talk about trying to imitate the US empire with "asymmetrical non-linear modern warfare on economic and political fronts." The US uses that stuff to as a force multiplier to project power over the entire planet. But iIf Cuba instigated a color revolution in Puerto Rico and overthrew the US colonial regime there, would the US whine about it, or would they send in the army? 

US mouthpiece Moscow Times claims Russia staying out because its army is not capable of fighting. www.themoscowtimes.com/article/503038.html

Strelkov interview in Donetsk after escape from Slavyansk. slavyangrad.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/strelkov-interview-breakout-from-slavyansk-july-5-2014/ "Advancing against us are real fascists, identical to those described in our history textbooks. Monsters, bandits, murderers, and marauders. Pure Polizei. Banderovtsy, just as they once were.... etween 80%-90% of the personnel and 90% of the armaments were transferred out of the city... The breakthrough took the enemy completely by surprise... despite the fact that we evacuated those who helped and volunteered with us, the enemy has engaged in a massacre there. In Slavyansk, in Kramatorsk and in Nikolayevka...  NazGuard [Note: Ukrainian National Guard] exacted vengeance for their numerous losses on the people [of Slavyansk]."

Junta-controlled Ukie media showing propaganda fakery of Slavyansk citizens "greeting liberators." 

voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07_06/Ukraines-National-Guard-plots-provocations-off-Russian-border-Lugansk-Peoples-Republic-6030/  Luhansk says NazGard planning to put on rebel colors and shell towns to incite hatred against rebels. 

Avakov, junta war minister, is making a big deal about sending supplies from Kharkiv to troops in Slavyansk. 

Junta resumes shelling Slavyansk after departure of rebel army, also shelling cities of Donetsk, Luhansk. rt.com/news/170772-ukraine-residential-shelling-lugansk/ Airstrikes against Luhansk also. Skirmishes continue in Slavyansk. 

Some of the most detailed accounts of the fall of Slavyansk are in French. 
Slavyansk, martyred city, delivered to the "pro-European" savagery. linkis.com/nationspresse.info/pmC12 
Le Monde: Turning point in the war www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2014/07/06/ukraine-le-recit-de-la-chute-de-sloviansk-tournant-de-la-guerre-entre-l-armee-et-les-separatistes_4451825_3214.html

www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/07/05/the-important-roles-of-slavyansk.html Strelkov tells what was achieved by the rebel militia in Slavyansk 

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/07/06/donbass-russians-subject-unparalleled-ethnic-cleansing.html Another side of the significance of Slavyansk: fracking junta to expropriate land of residents for Shell Oil and Biden Gas shale gas project. (see map)

rt.com/news/170624-donetsk-militia-leave-slavyansk/ Junta troops arresting all local policemen who haven't left for questioning whether they collaborated with rebels. They will probably question everyone in order to root out and punish sympathizers with the partisans. All men of fighting age are being arrested. en.itar-tass.com/world/739224

Interpretermag: Rebels left behind weapons stores. www.interpretermag.com/ukrainian-liveblog-day-138-pro-russian-separatists-reportedly-flee-slavyansk-leaving-prisoners/

the fate of Slavyansk was being decided in April-May, when Karachun Mount was taken. slavyangrad.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/slavyansk-is-out-of-sight-now/

Slavyansk residents relate the suffering and hardships of life in a war zone and their hatred of the junta  www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/05/life-in-a-war-zone-ukraine

Rumored junta troops going door to door seeking out partisan sympathizers, implementing Rand-Porky Plan B. 

Reported on facebook that Strelkov and some of his men are in Horlovka, others are in Donetsk.

Ray McGovern correctly notes Europe is pushing for ceasefire, but calling the US "isolated" on pushing the war, this is wishful thinking.  www.alternet.org/world/theres-big-risk-us-will-back-anti-russian-bloodbath-ukraine  How can they be isolated when they're running the show. If the EU wants to avert a genocide in Europe, will they join a peace-keeping operation? I haven't heard a word about it. But they will hit Russia with more sanctions if Russia sends in peacekeepers.

Rogozin reports NATO is asking E. Europe members to donate Soviet-era weapons to Ukraine, they'll get new US stuff instead. The cash register goes Kaching! catching new markets.  rt.com/news/170388-rogozin-ukraine-arms-europe

Masked mob savages office of Russian-language newspaper Vesti in Kiev. rt.com/news/170688-ukraine-mob-savages-vesti-newspaper/

Akhmetov: Donetsk, Donbass must not be bombed, property not destroyed, we need peace, and negotiations. Donbass belongs in United Ukraine.  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/rinat-akhmetov-donetsk-must-not-be-bombed-donbas-must-not-be-bombed-354865.html  Reported elsewhere that none of Akhmetov's property has been damaged.

OSCE Contact Group on Ukraine calls for peace after meeting in Kiev today.  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07_07/Contact-Group-on-Ukraine-stresses-need-of-urgent-peaceful-crisis-settlement-OSCE-0095/

Thousands cheer pro-Russia rebels at Donetsk rally, but many fear the worst.  www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/06/pro-russia-rebels-regrouping-in-donetsk-vowing-to-renew-fight-against-ukrainian/

Ron Paul institute representative says it's ethnic cleansing. rt.com/op-edge/170592-cleansing-campaign-eastern-ukraine/

Life in Donetsk is shutting down, starting to look like a ghost town. www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/06/ukraine-crisis-donetsk

Masked thugs attack non-Slavic looking people on Kiev "Maidan." maidantranslations.com/2014/07/07/shootout-on-maidan-night-of-july-6-7-2014/

Junta spokesman says the plan is to besiege Donetsk and Luhansk cities until they capitulate.  www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/ukraine-military-moves-to-besiege-separatistheld-donetsk-luhansk/article6183865.ece


July 5. Ukraine people despair as Maidan brings war, poverty

Brilliant piece by Bryan MacDonald who knows Ukraine and has many friends there. They are all in despair about the turn of events. No work, as the country plunges into deeper poverty.  A programmer in Lviv is afraid to be drafted and wants to leave the country, he doesn't want to kill fellow Ukrainians in the East, or be killed by them. Maidanisti didn't understand an association agreement doesn't give them a visa to Europe. It only brings a half a billion in trade quotas - which Ukraine can't fulfill as it has little that Europe will buy - while jeopardizing $16 billion in Russian trade. "I stood on Maidan last year and I loved the movement but it has been hijacked. Now I see that the Americans were playing us all along and that this was never about Europe and Europe was my dream."  rt.com/op-edge/170484-no-one-cared-about-ukraine/

Strelkov and militia escape the noose around Slavyansk and fight their way to Kramatorsk. Junta takes Slavyansk, once a city of 120,000, only 30,000 citizens left, they will be treated as separatists. thehill.com/policy/international/211375-ukraine-routs-separatists-from-eastern-stronghold Later report they also were forced to flee from Kramatorsk, and arrived in Donetsk. The biggest city in the Donbass is now at risk of being flattened like Grozny.  korrespondent.net/ukraine/politics/3388456-v-donetsk-voshla-kolonna-voennoi-tekhnyky-ochevydtsy

The moment of truth: it's do or die for Putin's Russia now. Even Putin's patient apologist thevineyardsaker sees the fall of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk as a great defeat for Russia and for Putin.  vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-fall-of-slaviansk-its-meaning-and.html "The perception is clearly that Putin failed to deliver on his promise to protect Novorussia and that the defenders of Slaviansk fought and died in vain.... it is now also beginning to alienate more and more people inside Russia including Putin's core base of support. As I have written many times, the rage in Russia about the actions of the Nazi junta is huge and becoming stronger every day... Lugansk and Donetsk must be held at all cost, including, if that is what it takes, a full-scale ground operation of the Russian armed forces... all I hear from the Kremlin are vapid and lame protests. This cannot continue any further: Russia must react in a determined and effective way." 
I wonder, if Eurasian Union members Belarus and Kazakhstan would join in a coalition to send peacekeepers to protect Donbass cities. Doesn't look like it from this piece by Reuters Russia claiming Belarus and Kazakhstan sympathy for Ukraine vs. Russian "hegemony." ru.reuters.com/article/topNews/idRUKBN0F91CM20140704  Although  www.focus-fen.net//news/2014/07/06/341728/belarusian-president-lukashenko-calls-for-ending-the-fratricidal-war-in-ukraine.html  “We will also be helped and given various opportunities to wage a war against each other... We have already allowed that happen."

If he doesn't know what to do, should Putin resign and let others carry on the fight? And why is he flying to South America for a week? Looking for a warm place to retire, safe from sanctions? 
Why not put the peacekeeping action to the Duma rather than leaking a half-mumbled threat of one?

www.interpretermag.com/putin-at-fateful-crossroads-on-ukraine-says-illarionov/ (from anti-Putin interpreter mag)
Putin faces a difficult choice, if he fails to send in Russian army to save Novorossiya there will be a coup against him in Russia, he could lose his life; the Russian coup NATO's real goal and Ukraine is the gambit. or 2, if he does invade, the reaction from NATO will be war and his fate will be just as bad. He is trying a  third way of psychological warfare, threatening a peacekeeping operation, but it isn't working against the ruthless Porko-RandCo blitzkrieg.
The writer, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrey_Illarionov , was a Putin adviser from 2000 to 2005 when he defected saying Russia was no longer free, and came to work for a libertarian think tank in Washington DC. 
Another Russian defector in the same magazine - despite the anti-Russian twist it may have some useful insights on Putin's dilemma  www.interpretermag.com/putin-regime-has-no-challengers-but-is-liquidating-itself-piontkovsky-says/ 

Leaked: ‘US think-tank plan’ on E. Ukraine advises internment camps, executions rt.com/news/170572-rand-east-ukraine-plan/  A memo attributed to RAND corporation think tank suggests the Ukrainian govt should engage in an all-out war in the east, including shutting down all communications, putting citizens in internment camps and killing all who resist such actions. Men aged 18-60 shall be “checked” in internment camps, while the property of convicted and displaced residents of Donetsk and Lugansk regions shall be nationalized. (I wonder why it's not on US-norm letter-size paper though.) 
Much of what's happening on the ground in Ukraine already lines up perfectly according to the “plan”. 
The region shall be encircled with troops and sealed off entirely from any flow of goods and persons, the memo says, which is exactly what is going on in the cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk in the recent weeks. Water and power supply has been disrupted effectively cutting all the communications and bringing the region to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe with people not getting essential goods and medications. 
Last month Ukraine’s then acting Defense Minister announced the military would be “filtrating” the stream of refugees from eastern regions in special “camps.”

So this was the Plan B that Porko said he had.

Putin will facilitate the transfer of Russian arms, fighters and money so as to ensure that “the insurgency isn’t defeated, but while doing the minimum possible”. www.economist.com/news/europe/21606290-russia-has-effect-already-invaded-eastern-ukraine-question-how-west-will  "The question for Mr Putin is how far he is willing to go if Ukrainian forces seem to be gaining the upper hand over the rebels."
With Russia trying to "freeze" the conflict at a low intensity level, the Rand-Porky counter-tactic is to overwhelm opposition with a massive onslaught. Remember how Porky said on inauguration that the ATO (newspeak: anti-terror operation) should be a matter of hours, not months. 

Ukrainian military fires without warning at civilians who trying to leave Nikolaevka near Donetsk  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07_05/Ukrainian-military-fires-without-warning-at-civilians-who-trying-to-leave-Nikolaevka-1904/ 

Tass reports junta lost 130 men yesterday in battle for Luhansk itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/1300158 
Junta claims over 1000 rebel fighters killed in first days after truce.  www.unian.info/politics/934980-avakovs-counselor-more-than-1000-fighters-eliminated-in-first-days-after-truce.html

www.cbc.ca/news/world/ukraine-presses-offensive-against-pro-russia-insurgents-1.2696953  Putin has been facing increasingly angry nationalist demands to send troops to help the insurgency... Junta murder minister "Parubiy said government forces were attacking rebel positions in eastern Ukraine with artillery and planes, and that 17 villages had been recaptured since a unilateral cease-fire expired Monday. He said Ukrainian forces now controlled 23 of the 36 local regions within the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces that have declared independence. Andrei Purgin of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic dismissed the government's report. "Maybe they occupied 17 villages of some sort, but there wasn't a single militia fighter there," he said." But in spite of denials, later in the day the NAF (Novorossiya Armed Forces) left Slavyansk for Donetsk. 

Tony Cartalucci thinks junta is fighting a losing battle, facing discontent at home and on the front lines against well-entrenched defenders.  journal-neo.org/2014/07/05/ukraine-kiev-s-ticking-time-bomb/ 

In Kiev a week ago, an attack by banderist thugs on a group of protesters against oligarchy and austerity protesters, kidnapping one of them. When protesters took refuge in Trade Union building, thugs broke in and tried to burn it down, like in Odessa in May.  revolution-news.com/kiev-protest-austerity-imposed-maidan-coup/

Takis Fotopoulos: The general attack of the Transnational Elite (TE) at all fronts has now expanded to cover even the “Eastern Front,” i.e. Russia, through Ukraine. The defensive (if not pathetic) stand of the Russian elite so far, which seems to be completely dominated at present by the “globalizers” within it, has led to a massive attack by the TE and the puppets it installed in Kiev, despite the heroic struggle of the workers in East Ukraine, whom almost helpless continue a hopeless struggle against an entire army which enjoy the massive help of the secret services and the criminal mercenaries of the same elites (the transnational and local elites).

Yet, this crucial battle will determine the fate of all of us, as its outcome will decide whether the New World Order will be finally victorious in integrating every single corner of the Earth into neoliberal globalization and the unipolar world monopolizing world power it has created, or whether instead a new bipolar world will emerge around the Eurasian Union, as it was originally planned as an alternative world order based on sovereign nations. www.inclusivedemocracy.org/journal/vol9/vol9_no1-2_editorial.htm

July 4.

Rumour that Russia may begin peacekeeping operation soon. "the Foreign Ministry said that does not preclude the option beginning peacekeeping operation from Russia on the territory of Eastern Ukraine in the next two days." znak.com/moscow/news/2014-07-04/1024886.html All avenues for peaceful settlement have been exhausted. 

New Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey has promised that the army would retake Crimea, restoring the country's territorial integrity.Addressing parliament in Kiev, he said: "There will be a victory parade... in Ukraine's Sevastopol.  www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28144334 

"Putin lays it on the line: Ukraine is a battlefield for the new world order."   www.sott.net/article/281355-Putin-lays-it-on-the-line-Ukraine-is-a-battlefield-for-the-new-world-order "NATO planned to swiftly move its forces into Sevastopol and radically change the balance of power in the region, depriving Russia of everything it had been fighting for since the times of Tsar Peter the Great." "He declared that the time of U.S. world domination has ended and Russia will be reintegrating the Eurasian landmass [former USSR], while promoting better relations with Europe, "which is our natural partner." The Russian foreign ministry was ordered to work on preparing "a joint space of economic and humanitarian cooperation from Lisbon to Vladivostok," based on absolute noninterference in internal political matters and excluding the U.S."

Putin seems to think in terms of partnering, seeking mutual interest. Accordingly he may have been slow to realize that behind the façade, the West is intent on playing a zero-sum game, not a win-win game with Russia. It seems his experience in Chechnya, where he had his first major political success, made a lasting impression. He was able to resolve the crisis by letting the Chechen leader Kadyrov take power. Perhaps he thought he could charm Porky Putschist the same way. 

How Long Can Putin Wait? Russia has published a "White Book" detailing human rights violations in Ukraine (none were committed by Russia).  www.globalresearch.ca/washingtons-war-crimes-spread-from-africa-and-the-middle-east-to-ukraine/ by Paul Craig Roberts. Excerpts:

"Putin’s bet is that European business interests will prevail over Washington’s European lap dogs. This is a hopeful and optimistic bet, but Washington is already at work to threaten and to undermine the resistance of European business interests. Using concocted charges, Washington has stolen $9 billion from France’s largest bank for doing business with countries disapproved by Washington. This was Washington’s warning to European business to comply with Washington’s sanctions. Washington even told France that the fine would be rescinded or reduced if France broke its contract with Russia to supply two helicopter carriers. Other such moves against European businesses are in the works. The purpose is to intimidate European businesses from opposing sanctions against Russia.

"Washington’s arrogance that Washington can decide with whom a French bank can do business is astonishing. It is even more astonishing that France and the bank would accept such arrogance and infringement of France’s sovereignty. France’s acceptance of Washington’s hegemony shows that one risk in Putin’s bet is that the bet assumes European business interests can prevail over Washington’s strategic interest.

"Another risk in Putin’s bet is that by standing down and tolerating Washington’s slaughter of civilians, Putin is becoming complicit in Washington’s crimes against humanity. The longer the slaughter goes on, the more complicit the Russian government becomes. Moreover, the passage of time allows Kiev to increase its forces and NATO to supply these forces with more deadly weapons. A Russian intervention, which previously would have met with easy success, becomes more costly and more drawn out as Kiev’s forces increase."

The village of Kondrashovka in eastern Ukraine lies devastated after shelling by Kiev troops which killed seven people  rt.com/news/170104-ukraine-lugansk-shelling-airstrike/

Evidence that cluster munitions are being used by junta against civilians in east Ukraine. www.armamentresearch.com/9m55k-cargo-rockets-and-9n235-submunitions-in-ukraine/

Junta artillery shells damage bus terminal, customs station on Russian side of border. en.itar-tass.com/world/738815

Francis Boyle calls it genocide. voiceofrussia.com/2014_07_03/Genocide-on-its-way-Ukraine-may-see-total-hell-breaking-loose-Law-Prof-8125/

Ukrainians resisting conscription rusvesna.su/tmp/692191596

The EU association agreement is not in Ukraine's interest, which lies in developing economic ties with both Europe and Eurasia, especially as the latter bloc has a higher economic growth rate. Thus the Kiev junta have not acted in their country's interest, because they are pawns of the US.  fr.rbth.com/opinions/2014/07/02/que_cache_laccord_dassociation_ukraine-ue_29797.html  

July 3.

Following talks in Berlin, the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine agreed on steps aimed at ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine and starting talks that would include representatives from the rebels.  wbponline.com/Articles/View/32103/russia-ukraine-to-end-hostilities-rebels-included-in-future-talks

Junta heavy shelling in Kramatorsk, Donetsk. en.itar-tass.com/world/738798

Putin to West: Stop turning world into 'global barracks,' dictating rules to others  rt.com/news/169628-putin-ukraine-west-barracks/  Putin holds Porko personally responsible for bloodshed now. 

US pushes Kiev to confront Moscow: Lavrov www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/28/369013/us-pushes-kiev-to-confront-moscow/

July 2. US is tooling up Ukraine as a crazed, heavily armed, zombie Nazi state to attack Russia

US is Militarizing Ukraine to Invade Russia -- Sergei Glazyev  www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38977.htm Video from June 10 with English subtitles, 10:38.
TRANSCRIPT: Click on article title to read transcript: conspiracydesk.com/the-traget-russia-u-s-hegemony-over-eurasia-vectoring-towards-war-with-russia-the-u-s-is-militarizing-ukraine-nazism-has-to-be-defeated-in-washington-neo-cons-have-never-disappeared-ja/ 
"Ukraine possesses a large army, which had been removed from operation. But the Kharkov industries are now working at full capacity, restoring tanks and armor. Bringing these tanks out of storage, resurrecting and modernizing them is really not difficult. 200 armored vehicles are engaged in the war. The number is increasing every day. The same is happening with their aviation, which is being brought out of storage in Odessa.
"So what will we face? A very powerful military machine targeting us, fired up by Nazis, ideologically indoctrinated against Russia, who will push the army into war, then block them from behind to prevent retreat. Their goal is a war against Russia - that's not something we can just sit out. Having lost Donbass, we will also lose the peace. The next target they will declare is Crimea.
"I'm not joking. Ukraine will be pushed brutally, resolutely and across the board into a war against Russia on the pretext of Crimea. Poroshenko has stated officially that his intention is war against Russia. How else would they get Crimea back. Nuland said very clearly in Odessa that they expect their Ukrainian agents to go to war against Russia for Crimea. This armada of half a million people will invade Crimea."

Yeah, maybe Putin had to send paratroops into Kiev in the first week of March. Or at least stand by the Donbass before it's blood and mud. Glazyev: "Let me remind you of the words of Churchill: 'You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonor and you will have war.'"

Old but scary news: in March, Tymoshenko and Klitschko introduced a bill to withdraw Ukraine from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.  www.nationalreview.com/corner/373951/ukrainian-politicians-considering-proliferation-blame-weak-west-alexander-sich

Conflicting reports about crashes of junta Sukhoi bombers. Many reports say a SU-25 crashed at Dnipropetrovsk airport due to mechanical failue. There are also claims of another fighter being hit by a manpad and crashing. Also, the Sukhoi's have been adapted to carry extra bombs, and are flattening residential areas. There are even rumors that some of the hits on the Sukhoi's are the result of a discreet and unannounced Russia no-fly-zone, but this sounds like wishful thinking. 
Why Russia can't have a no-fly-zone when the junta really are bombing their own people, but the US can have one when they make up wild stories about Gaddafi or Saddam Hussein?

rt.com/news/170032-lugansk-ukraine-shelling-airstrike/  Shells devastate entire streets in eastern Ukrainian town. (text, photos and video) Eyewitnesses blame junta airstrikes, junta counters with conspiracy theory - rebels shelled the village in sync with flights by Ukie airforce. Or better, that there were no flights at the time. To me the damage and fires look more like aerial bombing than shelling but I'm no forensic observer.
Meanwhile a new ceasefire allegedly was agreed. 

Small convoy of militia gets big cheer from populace in Donbass town https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wRG52zi3t0 1:08

July 1. EC stands for Ethnic Cleansing

It is the clear policy of the European Union to bombard and expel a minority who do not wish to go along with membership. 

We thought the EC stood for European Community, but now it stands for Ethnic Cleansing. And EU stands for Exterminate Ukraine.

"The kind of firepower the junta is using now is truly huge - we are dealing with a merciless and massive attack with everything the junta could muster and we have to accept that the Novorussian Defense Forces might have to retreat deeper into the cities or even go underground." vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/

In spite of massed firepower, junta gains are few -- only one border checkpoint out of 24.  www.themalaysianinsider.com/world/article/ukraine-pounds-pro-russia-rebels-after-failed-truce

Just a thought - Maybe it's Russia's turn to abandon the era of cold war proxy war subterfuges and fight the empire in the open. A few plucky countries have done it and survived - Vietnam and Korea come to mind. 

Putin sends Sukhoi SU-25 fighters with pilots to Iraq - but not to Donbass??  www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/01/exclusive-putin-s-pilots-set-to-fly-over-iraq.html

NYT publishes a map showing a quite small "area of rebel activity." www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/02/27/world/europe/ukraine-divisions-crimea.htm

June 30.

If the ceasefire was fake, the war is real now. Petrodollar Poroshenko's Plan B is for Brutality. He says all wars end in peace. Who said it first, Genghiz Khan?
He also claims, "it will be "a new type of war" - the ATO will not conduct massive military operations, however, "the terrorists will suffer massive losses."
In other words, the old type of war, massive bombing, and civilians will suffer massive casualties. obozrevatel.com/politics/81945-poroshenko-zayavil-o-perehode-vlastej-ukrainyi-k-planu-b.htm

On the other hand, Eric Zuesse says Kolomoisky is going to throw in the towel and recognize Donbass independence.  www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/07/obama-capitulates-ukraine-war.html
Interesting public opinion data there too. "a 6 June 2014 Gallup poll throughout Ukraine found that the U.S. is loathed in Crimea (having only a 2.8% favorability rating there), but that Russia is loved there (having a 71.3% favorability rating there). By contrast, in the western fifth of Ukraine, Russia has a 1% favorability rating, and the U.S. has a 58.8% favorability rating. Furthermore, in this same Ukrainian Gallup poll, Crimeans were asked, “Please tell me if you agree or disagree: The results of the referendum on Crimea’s status likely reflect the views of most people here,” and 82.8% said “Agree,” only 6.7% said “Disagree.”"
One can certainly understand Russia is not eager to take over West Ukraine militarily. 

Tank battle near Donetsk. www.62.ua/news/566371 Russia accused of sending tanks to rebels. 

Heavy bombardment of Kramatorsk and Slavyansk by junta, with heavy civilian casualties reported. vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/

"We’ll attack and free our land" Chocolate man foams at the mouth. A free translation of "destroy the village in order to save it" - can anyone really say that about their own land? Remember the tale of how Solomon judged the two women who each claimed it was their own child.  rt.com/news/169512-ukraine-poroshenko-ceasefire-end/  

McFaul 2.0: Ukraine "color" revolution architect Tefft coming to Russia - as US Ambassador! voiceofrussia.com/2014_06_30/McFaul-2-0-Ukraine-color-revolution-architect-Tefft-coming-to-Russia-7315/  Can't and shouldn't Russia refuse to accredit him? 
"The choice by US President Barack Obama and the neo-conservative Cold War hawks running the US foreign policy establishment of John F. Tefft as the new US Ambassador to Russia should be setting off warning bells all over the Kremlin and in fact in all of the countries currently undergoing or targeted for US regime change/destabilization operations including Venezuela, Brazil, Syria and all other countries pursuing an independent foreign policy. With the current humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine and the rise of violent fascist forces, the fact that the chief architect of Operation Ukraine is now being sent to Russia is at once chilling and at the same time predictable.
"After the spectacular failure of US Ambassador Michael McFaul to pull off a color revolution in Russia leading to his demise as the US top color revolution/ destabilization specialist, the US as usual, rather than admitting it is wrong and pursuing a path of peace and promoting mutual cooperation, has decided to stubbornly snub its nose at the Kremlin and continue down a road of confrontation."

Foreign Affairs mag beating NATO expansion drum in the Balkans. www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141604/edward-p-joseph-and-janusz-bugajski/long-march-to-brussels

Graham Phillips profiles the psychopaths of the Azov Battalion death squad. grahamwphillips.com/2014/07/01/who-goes-to-an-azov-battalion-charity-concert-heres-10/


June 29

Could the Ukraine, backed by NATO, attack Russia? vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/

Graham Phillips on Klitschko's gangster background.  grahamwphillips.com/2014/01/05/klitschko-and-ukraines-love-of-cars-and-cash/

Recent gains by rebels in Donetsk, one base blown up, an anti-aircraft installation taken. voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_29/Donetsk-militia-takes-control-of-Ukrainian-anti-air-installation-1561/ France and Germany urge Poroshenko to extend ceasefire. 

www.globalresearch.ca/from-orwells-1984-color-revolutions-and-irregular-warfare-against-eurasia/5388256 The reasons for the West’s color revolution and regime change project for Eurasia are clear... The emergence of a new Eurasian identity has alarmed the political leaders of de facto Oceania. Eurasia places economic development and respect for traditions over what many in Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and other countries of the region see as a Western «culture» that emphasizes pop culture, homosexuality, destruction of social safety nets, disrespect for religion, destruction of the traditional family unit, and unbridled vulture capitalism that promotes draconian austerity.

June 28 

Even the BBC calls it Ukraine's sink or swim EU agreement  www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28044480

'Provocation': Moscow slams Ukraine’s shelling of Russian border checkpoint  rt.com/news/169100-ukraine-shells-russia-checkpoint/

June 27.

Takis Fotopoulos, author of the forthcoming book "Ukraine: Defeat for the New World Order-- or the Eurasian Union?", had this to say about the signing of the EUkraine agreement:

Following today's EU-Ukraine agreement, the only possibility now left for a (truncated) Eurasian Union is if the following steps are taken immediately:
1) Putin helps the E. Ukraine rebels to intensify their fight, which will lead to a real massacre giving Putin every reason
2) to intervene militarily, in order to allow "New Russia" to split from the west Ukraine and the EU. However this implies that
3) Putin will adopt a strict economic self-reliance program within a Eurasian Union (EEU) that will include also "New Russia", and allow Russia to ignore the transnational elite's sanctions and, more important,
4) to withdraw from the WTO (the other two existing members of the EEU are NOT members).
Unless the above important steps are taken immediately by Putin, if, instead, he continues compromising with the transnational elite, that would be the definite end of the EEU, and Russia, in a few years time, will be something like China, i.e. a subordinate member of the transnational elite (left to believe itself as a rising superpower-- for the sheer entertainment of the transnational elite!)

UNRA - 110,000 refugees have fled from Ukraine to Russia so far. thehill.com/policy/international/210826-un-110000-have-fled-ukraine-for-russia-this-year

Video showing 3-mile long queue of cars trying to flee to Russia, but waiting three days, border crossing is closed. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5ae_1403633594  (posted June 24th)


"Ceasefire" extended until Monday. rt.com/news/168932-ukraine-ceasefire-anti-kiev-forces/

Russian 'Blackwater'? MPs call for local security industry loophole rt.com/politics/168904-russia-private-military-companies/ Bill introduced in Duma to allow Russia also to use private military contractors to defend Russian interests. Ukraine junta have been using US mercenaries and receiving direct military aid from the US and NATO. 

www.sott.net/article/280967-Coming-clean-Turchynov-admits-Ukraines-intelligence-constantly-lied-about-Russian-plans  Junta interim president admits fabrication of hysteria about Russian attacks on Ukraine. 

Soros wants to buy the Ukrainian police. zik.ua/en/news/2014/06/26/george_soros_proposes_to_fund_police_reform_in_ukraine_501051  Good investment if he's planning to rob the country. 

June 26. 

If the US can't control a country, they destroy it. d-lakovich.livejournal.com/25829.html The creation of a military corridor around Russia and the isolation of Russia from Europe and, at the same time, the integration of Europe into the American economic system — these are the two strategic goals that directly affect the way in which America is trying to “resolve” the Ukraine crisis. While Russia wants Ukraine to be a bridge of cooperation between Europe and Russia, America seeks to turn Ukraine into an insurmountable barrier between Russia and Europe.

Russian spokesman Glazyev says Ukraine is committing economic suicide by signing the EU pact. rt.com/business/168360-glazyev-ukraine-economic-suicide/ On the sidebar are links to RT stories from late November, comparing risks and benefits of EU or EEU for Ukraine. Poroshenko vows to implement association agreement ASAP.

Junta MP Lyashko: Half of Soldiers in the “Azov” Battalion fighting in Donbass are ex-convicts  igcp.eu/hronika-prestupleniy/lyashko-half-soldiers-azov-battalion-are-previous-convicts  Graham Phillips reported that Azov was responsible for the massacre in Mariupol in May.  grahamwphillips.com/2014/06/21/mariupol-may-9th-what-really-happened-part-2/ with Lyashko himself as provocateur.

The truce did not stop recruiting volunteers in the Donbass top.rbc.ru/politics/25/06/2014/932414.shtml 

Donetsk militia say they gave captured conscripts back to their families. www.interfax.ru/world/382956

Luhansk and Donetsk form union. en.ria.ru/world/20140626/190719495/Ukraines-Luhansk-Donetsk-Republics-Ratify-Union-of-Peoples.html 
Note if Russia recognizes them, then the cancellation of parliamentary authority to take military action against Ukraine won't apply to the Donbass.

June 25. 


Poroshenko to sign association agreement with EU on Friday. "UE e NATO, il stesso sindicato."
EU and NATO, the same gang. The EU idea was launched by that sort of people back in the 50's, according to Cottrell in Gladio.

Donetsk commander Strelkov states conditions for accepting truce: First - withdrawal of Ukrainian troops 10 km from the main army garrisons of the DNR and LC. Second - the cessation of military operations of Ukrainian aircraft over areas controlled by militias. Third - the cessation of any shelling settlements and militia positions.  lifenews.ru/news/135631 Sounds like a cease-fire to me, but not to the aggressors.

Luhansk leader says junta used cease-fire to attack them for tactical advantage. ria.ru/world/20140625/1013570966.html

Maidanist Journalist from West Ukraine goes to Luhansk to interview leaders there, finds everything the opposite of what he has been told, the resistance are normal people and victims of fratricidal attack by junta.  slavyangrad.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/ruslan-kotsaba-frank-account/

June 24. Putin capitulates. Game over. Or has he still got a trick up his sleeve?

Putin asks Upper House to repeal decision allowing use of military force in Ukraine  rt.com/news/168092-putin-revoke-military-ukraine/ 
A clear victory for the oligarchs of all nations, and their Evil Empire.
I don't even want to watch, as the freedom fighters and their families are bloodily crushed.

However, there is an outside chance, a theoretical possibility, that our chess master Putin is going into asymmetical proxy war mode, imitating the Yanks. How often does Congress declare war before they destroy a country? Very seldom. This is the Gerasimov thesis in the entry from June 21below. 

Putin could still surprise us, but my gut feeling is he is rolling over and asking for a tummy rub -- on command from his backers among the Russian oligarchs -- who, as Strelkov said, are yearning to get back on their yachts on the Riviera, not worrying about the fate of Slavyansk or Kramatorsk.

Nonetheless, the Vineyardsaker is unfazed and still hews to his line that Russia has a superior back plan, which includes a tacit alliance of interests with Europe.  vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/06/ukraine-sitrep-june-24th-1710-utczulu.html  Some of his arguments:
Russia has concluded that the Ukrainians simply do not have the means to take over and ethnically/politically cleanse Novorussia and that covert aid is enough to secure the future survival of Novorussia. 
Russia is buying time, just enough to have the Ukie economy collapse and the resulting social explosion to overwhelm the junta.
Russia is offering a symbolic concession which more or less guarantees that the Europeans will not have to crash their own economy in further US-demanded sanctions.

The Saker is digging in for the long haul. He writes, "I will continue to maintain, as best I can, this blog in a "crisis" mode with a 24/7 focus on what is taking place in the Ukraine. I would even argue that if, and that is a big "if", the ceasefire holds, then the really complicated phase will begin with incredibly complex multi-actor negotiations over the future not only of Novorussia but even the future of the rest of the Ukraine. After all, a ceasefire in the East does not mean that Banderastan has suddenly become viable or that the people in Odessa or Mariupol have suddenly agreed to live under a neo-Nazi regime."
Russia is in for the long haul, too. As is the US - the Saker also analyzes how they're doing with their agenda.

As I noted earlier, Russia itself is the real target. Ukraine is going to be the scorched-earth first line of defense. In a low-intensity warfare scenario, the collapse of Ukraine costs the empire more than it costs Russia. A full-scale Russian invasion is much riskier.

Moscow will continue to protect ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday after dismissing a week-long ceasefire between pro-Kremlin rebels and Ukrainian troops as "too short." Duration: 01:00 nr.news-republic.com/Web/ArticleWeb.aspx

Kiev shuts off hot water, doubles price of cold water to homes. www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-23/kiev-doubles-price-cold-water-shuts-hot-water

Imperialists thank Putin's concession on Duma resolution by threatening a third round of sharper sanctions. Putin calls for extension of ceasefire, which was excepted by Novorossiya side yesterday. Meanwhile a rebel manpad down a junta helicopter near Slavyansk. www.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/world/europe/russia-ukraine.html 
Other sources say 4 of the nine were SBU officers, including the commander of the 95th airborne. Petrodollar Poroshenko threatens retaliation, cancelling of "ceasefire," and orders fire at will. He recently claimed junta troops have secured the entire Russian border and hints at a brutal "or-else" "detailed plan B" in case the ceasefire fails. 

Putin remarks in Vienna: pointless to ask the militias in eastern Ukraine to lay down arms until Pravy Sektor is disarmed, as they need to defend themselves. 
 ria.ru/world/20140624/1013426327.html  Of course, Kolomoisky is not going to disarm.


June 23. The fix is in.

Black seeks draw? “The game is nearing its end, and Putin’s main task is to minimise political losses and save face.”  www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0ac31fc0-fa0e-11e3-bb9d-00144feab7de.html  What a bloody shame. Bad omen yesterday as Belgium (home of EU capital Brussels) beat Russia in the World Cup, too. 
So the ceasefire idea is just a way for Putin to try and climb down from the tree. 

Underworld figures decided that Kharkiv remains Ukrainian.  www.newrepublic.com/article/118301/kharkivs-kernes-returns-different-city-after-being-shot 

And the mafia decides Russia stays out of Donbass. They shot Kernes. They could shoot Putin too?
The fix is in.
How could we be so naive, to believe in people power.


June 22

www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/22/vladimir-putin-backs-ukraine-ceasefire-but-orders-huge-military-exercise Petro $ Poroshenko said junta forces adopted "unilateral ceasefire" starting Friday night. No major fighting reported Saturday. Putin says peace plan needs to include negotiations. Gubarev said there was no sign of any ceasefire near Slovyansk.

P$P's "peace plan" requires Novorossiya forces to disarm and abandon buildings. It's a capitulation plan. vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/

en.itar-tass.com/developments-in-south-eastern-ukraine Junta forces shelled Russian border station, Ukrainian border guards flee onto Russian side seeking safe shelter.

Anti-junta rally in Kiev.  

Russian Railways train derailed by explosion in Donetsk. rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/

June 21

Inside scoop or wishful thinking? Detailed report citing high military official that Russia will send peacekeepers to protect Donetsk and Luhansk if ceasefire doesn't work out.  interpolit.ru/blog/polkovnik_armii_rf_rossija_gotovitsja_vvesti_vojska_na_ukrainu/2014-06-19-1769 However a no-fly zone is not being planned for political reasons. 

Petro $ Poroshenko's condition for cease-fire: junta must have full control of border. Ihor-ror Kolomoisky won't observe any cease-fire, swears to destroy militias.  lifenews.ru/news/135368

Wars by proxy get more foxy: www.interpretermag.com/putins-actions-in-ukraine-following-script-by-russian-general-staff-a-year-ago/ New doctrine of gray-area warfare pioneered by US, now adopted by Russia. "In these wars of a new type, Gerasimov says, are “mixed together” a broad range of “political, economic, information, humanitarian and other measures,” all of which are supplemented by covert and thus deniable military measures plus offers of peace-keeping assistance as a means to strategic ends."

I've not been able to update the blog intensively these days. With the blowup of a civil war in Iraq, we're rushing to get The Iraq Lie into print over the next few days. 

June 20

Petr Simonenko, the leader of the Communist Party of Ukraine, believes that Ukraine will face food riots in the near future   http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_06_19/Ukraine-will-face-food-riots-Ukrainian-opposition-leader-1629/

Rebels skeptical of cease-fire as a trick.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/world/europe/putin-and-poroshenko-ukraine.html  “If they want peace, then they can leave.”

Short clip purportedly showing Russian motorized column on road from Luhansk to Donetsk, flying Russian, St. George flags. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXxH1e5RLPY (1:42) Supposedly junta soldiers at Luhansk airport reported on column, said to include 8 T-64 tanks, anti-aircraft unit, other source claims it's self-defense forces.  

america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/6/19/north-kazakhstanisntthenextcrimeaayet.html  Relations between Russians and Kazakhs are harmonious, but when the 73-year old leader Nazarbayev retires, will it be the starting gun for a Gladio-provoked civil war, like Yugoslavia after Tito?

June 19.

Review of last 3 weeks violent events in Donbass (RT video, 2 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZgeGdtKgbs

"ATO" updates rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/

Junta Warns of '4,000 Coffins' If Separatists Don't Surrender  www.themoscowtimes.com/article/502194.html Battle around Krasny Liman, rebel forces 4000 strong. 
www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/20/us-ukraine-crisis-fighting-idUSKBN0EU0K320140620 Rebels speak of heavy losses

voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_19/Ukraines-army-using-Su-25-fighter-bombers-as-heavy-fighting-in-Artemovsk-underway-Donetsk-militia-5808/  Junta forces ask $5000 per head to return bodies of rebel dead. 

worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/alexander-j-motyl/how-putin-lost-ukraine Says Putin lost Ukraine by viewing it as Russia's backyard, not its own country.

The EU should understand that the transit of gas through Ukraine is extremely unreliable, it should be replaced, considers the head of the Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Alexei Pushkov  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_20/Gas-transit-through-Ukraine-unreliable-and-needs-replacement-Pushkov-1341/

Donetsk oligarch Akhmetov calls for peaceful negotiations, not armed violence www.kyivpost.com/opinion/op-ed/rinat-akhmetov-blood-is-flowing-in-donbass-352608.html

Alleged Russian military buildup resuming near Ukraine border.

Kazakhstan has avoided Ukraine’s mistakes and kept its ethnic Russians in the fold america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/6/19/north-kazakhstanisntthenextcrimeaayet.html

June 18.

Following phone call with Putin, Petro$ Poroshenko considers ceasefire in southeast. www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/18/367523/ukraines-poroshenko-to-order-truce/

Reason given why Russian journalists were blown away in Shchastye ("Happiness"): they were about to report on the mass murder of most of the village by junta. Apparently there was a battle with heavy casualties on both sides, junta called in airstrikes, then Natzgard liquidated civilian residents, perhaps 200 victims.  http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=1692984

Russia blasts UN report on human rights violations in Ukraine for supporting genocide against Donbass.  mid.ru/brp_4.nsf/newsline/EB4C05C64911E14F44257CFB0052635E

Prince Charles Speaks For the Evil Empire  www.schillerinstitute.org/strategic/2014/0526-prince_charles.html

P$P swears fealty to liege lord Soros.  en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/209680.html

www.globalresearch.ca/ethnic-and-cultural-cleansing-in-ukraine/5387539 Junta plan for Donbass: concentration camps and resettlement.


To pay or play? rt.com/op-edge/166764-ukraine-gas-paying-bills/

Thousands of coal miners in mass rally against occupation in Donetsk  rt.com/news/166800-coal-miners-protest-donetsk/

www.ibtimes.co.uk/ukraine-neo-fascist-leader-dmitry-yarosh-vows-destroy-russias-gas-pipelines-stop-world-war-1440620 (Mar. 17)

Russian-authored statistical study from February says Southeast is economic engine of Ukraine, West is backward, subsidized, lacking export products.  darussophile.com/2014/02/everything-is-annihilated-the-split-of-ukraine-on-the-basis-of-economic-data-important-text/


June 17. Strelkov in despair, sees defeat and dire omens for Novorossiya - and Moscow too

Urgent appeal by Donbass/Novorossiya military commander: Russia must intervene or self-defense forces will be wiped out. www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s25fbk "We can burn down even a hundred APCs and kill even five thousand troops, but the overall balance of forces will hardly change. Well, for example, the [manpower] ratio will become 1 to 14 instead of 1 to 15 … 
I see open sabotage in the approach taken by the Russian officials at the highest-level in relation to Novorossiya... Yes, Putin has effectively disavowed (and I wonder – at whose suggestion?) the pledges of standing ready to protect the Russian civilian population of Donbass. NO ALTERNATIVE WHATSOEVER HAS BEEN PROPOSED. If there is no military aid – the military defeat of DPR and LPR is inevitable. 
Whether [this defeat] comes a week earlier or a month later does not matter. The enemy will cut us off from the border and will methodically suffocate us, “cleansing” the territory in the process and, in one go, forcing out into Russia a million or two of utterly deprived and embittered refugees (I trust the consequences for the economy and the social sphere are obvious). 
And then, groups of “grateful oligarchs” will come to Putin with sorrowful faces and offer as their spokesperson the “great schemer” Surkov, who will explain, in a quiet and insinuating voice, that: “We did everything that we could, but these … these good-for-nothing Donetsk bandits themselves failed it all themselves, and we can give them no help without risking nuclear war … They punished themselves … It is not worth it to take a risk … We need to persevere … We will make everything right in time … It is possible to negotiate with Poroshenko … This is a tactical retreat … We are not ready to go to war … After all, we took Crimea, didn’t we? …” and so on and suchlike. 
What this will mean for our company – I know already. Most of us will perish, but that is not the issue – this uprising and all the victims will be in vain, and the “Russian Spring” will be eliminated at the root by the “Ukrainian Freeze.” 
And the next war, the war that we will not witness, will be on Russia’s territory – right after the “Moscow Maidan,” of course …" 

Is Putin listening? No, he's chattering with Petrodollar Poroshenko about the weather. "Putin and Poroshenko Discuss Possible Cease-Fire in Ukraine"  www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/world/europe/putin-and-poroshenko-ukraine.html

Terrorism expected in Ukraine gas pipeline explosion  www.brecorder.com/markets/energy/europe/179745-russiaa39s-gazprom-says-gas-flows-to-europe-via-ukraine-stable-after-blast-.html

Two Russian journalists killed in direct hit by mortar shell rt.com/news/166496-journalist-dies-ukraine-shooting/

June 16.

Gazprom ‏@GazpromNewsEN Today #Gazprom switched Naftogaz of Ukraine to a gas prepayment scheme starting from 10:00 am in full compliance with the existing contract
Gazprom said it has "stopped supplying un-paid-for gas to Ukraine" this morning. rt.com/on-air/gazprom-gas-ukraine-deadline/

www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/ukraines-land-agency-give-land-to-soldiers-in-the-east-for-free-352100.html  Ukraine's Land Agency to give land to soldiers in the east for free. This ethnic cleansing idea was tried by the Germans in World War II and of course by the English colonists in North America. Free land and $10,000 bounty money from Kolomoisky, who needs gas. 

June 15.

Locality of Shchastye, north of Lugansk, captured by Ukraine National Guard today, reported @IndependentKrym.  Ironically, "Shchastye" means luck or happiness.

Luhansk leader Bolotov claims junta forces siding with rebels.  russian.rt.com/article/36622

Yat-sen-yuk calls rebels "evil" "subhumans" usa.mfa.gov.ua/en/press-center/news/24185-mi-uvichnimo-pamjaty-gerojiv-ochistivshi-nashu-zemlyu-vid-nechistiarsenij-jacenyuk-u-spivchutti-ridnim-i-blizykim-zagiblih-vojiniv-u-lugansyku Meanwhile junta's "foreign minister" shouts obscene chant against Putin in front of Russian embassy. 

Russia Wants UN Action to Stop Violence in Ukraine www.themoscowtimes.com/article/501928.html

Ukraine Neo-Nazis Trained by NATO to Commit Atrocities: NATO’s ‘Gladio’ Army in Ukraine  www.globalresearch.ca/ukraine-neo-nazis-trained-by-nato-to-commit-atrocities-natos-gladio-army-in-ukraine/5387134

Junta shelling hospitals in Slavyansk, one nurse killed.  rt.com/news/165988-ukraine-slavyansk-hospitals-nurse

rt.com/news/166040-nato-train-ukraine-military NATO is preparing a package deal to ramp up the Ukrainian military because it ‘must adapt’ to Russia viewing it as an enemy (it thinks it has to prove that Russia is right on that?)

Gazprom has reaffirmed its Monday 6 AM GMT gas cut-off deadline for Ukraine to pay its debts. www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27862849  

June 14.

Rebels shoot down Ilyushin 76 transport plane near Luhansk airport, estimated 49 junta military were aboard.  www.cnn.com/2014/06/13/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/index.html  18-sec. clip shows fireball https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ8VE3AM9dc "The Il-76 is a heavy military transport aircraft that usually has a crew of seven and can transport up to 167 soldiers with weapons." It's a big plane, see photo rt.com/news/165880-ukraine-lugansk-jet-paratroopers/

Russia's slow invasion of Ukraine www.dw.de/russias-slow-invasion-of-ukraine/a-17706523

With Paula Slier. On the bus to Russia with Luhansk refugee mothers and children. rt.com/news/164720-refugees-leave-ukraine-russia/ Visit to a militia training camp in Luhansk. www.youtube.com/watch

Poroshenko is likely to fail as Ukraine's new president www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/petro-poroshenko-is-likely-to-fail-as-ukraines-new-president-9517118.html  Maidan activist in Kiev says, 'We were fighting for new blood in our politics, and this new blood didn't appear in our list of presidential candidates.'

Ukrainian airstrike kills over 50 self-defense fighters in Kramatorsk, injures 150  rt.com/news/165980-kramatorsk-50-killed-army-ukraine/  Live updates continue  rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/

Protesters throw stones, firecrackers, Molotov cocktail at Russian embassy in Kiev, vandalize building, destroy staff cars.  rt.com/news/165952-ukraine-russia-embassy-protest/ 
Russian embassy in Kiev now vs Ukraine embassy in Moscow after Odessa massacre. pic.twitter.com/TrDGnZZH1N 
Russia says the attack was organized, not spontaneous, as "protesters" were armed with explosives. en.itar-tass.com/russia/736104 

Ruins and rubble from junta airstrikes on residential areas in Horlovka (Gorlovka). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_m1Jd0n5Pk  Self-defence forces claim they  owned a SU-25 bomber.  rt.com/news/165904-ukraine-defense-bomber-jet/

Russian nationalist commentator Kalashnikov says that if Putin fails in Ukraine, it will give oxygen to separatists in Western Russia. He also warns against idiotic liberalism and de-industrialization as leading to breakup of Russia. Kalashnikov thus combines the national and the economic issues: "The Kremlin has to change its policies in Russia itself. It has to escape “the neo-liberal monetarist idiotism” which is leading to “the de-industrialization of Great Russia” and thus creating fertile ground for those putting out separatist agendas." Article by Paul Goble, anti-Russian columnist for the neo-con propaganda Interpreter rag  www.interpretermag.com/regional-separatism-threatens-russia-itself-if-moscow-loses-in-ukraine-kalashnikov-says/ 

Ukraine Communist Party MP accuses junta of attacking its own people, junta responds by banning the party. www.vesti.ru/doc.html

Gas talks on again this weekend in Kiev.  

June 13.

Junta APC crosses Russian border into Rostov, breaks down, abandoned. Crew rescued by second APC. rt.com/news/165780-ukraine-russia-apc-border/

Junta forces occupy Mariupol.  www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-ukrainian-forces-mariupol-rebels-20140613-story.html

Ukraine prepares for cut-off of Russian gas on Monday deadline. www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/13/ukraine-crisis-naftogaz-idUSL5N0OU27V20140613  Kiev owes as much as $4 billion, with unpaid bills going back to November. Kiev threatens to sue Gazprom in a Swedish arbitration court.  online.wsj.com/articles/ukraine-proposes-interim-price-for-russian-gas-1402663086  Gazprom is offering $385, generally believed to be about the average for its European customers, while Kiev is trying to keep the special discount price of $268 accorded to Yanukovich. There is also an Ukrainian offer of a temporary price of $326 pending arbitration.  rt.com/business/165764-ukraine-stop-russia-gas/  Russia is preparing to pump more via other pipelines to supply its European customers. Other sources say Gazprom's European average price is around $320  rt.com/business/165328-russia-turn-off-gas/

Flowers, and the word "Genocide" on the pavement in front of Odessa Trade Union Bldg.  twitter.com/zoontangmarg/status/463249430163247104/photo/1

Bombing of Donetsk leader Pushilin's car kills two bodyguards. dippost.com/2014/06/13/two-dead-in-bomb-attack-in-ukraines-donetsk/ 
People's mayor of Mariupol reported abducted from his car.  www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-115-separatist-forces-using-tanks-in-the-east/    Natsgards invade Mariupol, English-speaking mercenaries reported among them. Radical weirdo MP Lyashko is their leader. Junta forces surround Mariupol  www.nytimes.com/reuters/2014/06/13/world/europe/13reuters-urkaine-crisis-mariupol.html

Russia Today reports junta war criminals are using white phosphorus on residential areas in Semyonovka and Slavyansk.  rt.com/news/165628-ukraine-incendiary-bombs-phosphorus Video of phosphorus shells falling on the town  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLizHCJDB6c (see 0:30, 1:08)  Night shelling of Slavyansk with deadly white fireworks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKRqVXg9gXc  "Ukraine may be the first nation to use white phosphorous on its own population."

Luhansk rebels say they captured three T-64 tanks. politikus.ru/events/21114-opolchency-pod-luganskom-zahvatili-tri-tanka-t-64-ukrainskih-vs.html   1-minute video purports to show three Russian tanks driving through Makeyevka. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q977zU2J1ww The lead tank flying a Russian flag. Could be the same three tanks claimed as captured by rebels, but some sources claim they are the T-72 model. NYT quotes Avakov claiming Russian tank column invaded Ukraine.  www.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/world/europe/tanks-of-unknown-origin-roll-into-ukraine.html  Other sources claim several sets of tank convoys entered from Russia. 

Yankee mercenaries pose after taking a checkpoint in Luhansk. twitter.com/davidbarker95/status/477137114573074432/photo/1

Ukraine's humanitarian crisis worsens as tens of thousands flee combat in east - Appalling conditions force exodus from Slavyansk as daily shelling disrupts food supply  www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/12/ukraine-humanitarian-crisis-tens-of-thousands-flee

June 12.

Putin advisor Sergyev Glazyev calls for no-fly zone over Novorossiya to protect civilians.  russialist.org/kremlin-distances-itself-from-putins-aides-statements-on-ukraine  borrowing a page from the evil empire's genocidal wars against Iraq and Libya apparently - but turning it right side up this time. 

Russians are sub-humans in the eyes of the West  vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/06/russians-are-sub-humans-in-eyes-of-west.html

The Fateful Triangle: Russia, Ukraine and the Jews, by Israel Shamir www.veteransnewsnow.com/2014/06/11/406350-the-fateful-triangle-russia-ukraine-and-the-jews/

Supposed offer of humanitarian corridors by US puppet Poroshenko was a fraud. Preonditions were the surrender of self-defense fighters. Which is of course absurd, no corridors would be needed if there were no war.  vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/06/ukraine-sitrep-june-11th-1628-utczulu.html  Saker's report: more recruits for Novorossiya, more equipment, heavy losses of men, machines and morale by Nats. Critics say "humanitarian corridors" would lead into concentration camps. 

Good blog on Russia and Syria bread-circuses-today.blogspot.com/ Russia dumping the dollar. P$P's deluded hopes of US assistance.  Desertion, dissent rising in Ukrainian military

US rattling sabers, sends strategic bombers to the UK --  three B-52's, two B-2 Stealth bombers.  www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140608/NEWS08/306080034/U-S-sends-stealth-bombers-Europe  Funny that "strategic" means "nuclear." Like if you have no nukes you have no strategy, Dr. Strangelove.

Alleged leaked CIA report (May 20) has many interesting analyses of Ukraine situation, military, economic weakness, popular disgust with oligarchs, dissent among military. theother14.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/leaked-cia-report-warns-of-potential-communist-military-coup-in-ukraine/  

russialist.org/the-limitations-of-russian-propaganda-in-ukraine-russian-tv-is-waging-a-propaganda-war-against-ukraine-but-is-it-working/  Only 2% of Ukrainians watching Russian TV.

June 11.

The World Bank cut its forecast for economic growth in Eastern Europe and globally due to Ukraine crisis and sanctions on Russia http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-10/ukraine-crisis-chokes-east-europe-growth-world-bank-says.html


 http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/eastern-ukraine-rebels-say-kiev-waging-phoney-war Few signs of junta's claimed ATO in Mariupol -- yet

P$P was a State Dep't agent http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38760.htm

Does bankrupt junta want Russian gas for free?  america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/6/11/ukraine-rejects-russiasgasdeal.html Junta demands better price than Russia gave its ally Yanukovich, while thumbing its nose and forefinger at Russia. Go figure. They're broke. 
Putin says $385 is final price, if junta keeps pushing it will damage relations. EU umpire Oettinger agrees $385 should be acceptable.  rt.com/business/165332-putin-gas-ukraine-discount/  A cutoff to Ukraine would affect Europe as well, of course. 

Russian press digest: Junta has lost the war for Donbass  rbth.com/international/2014/06/10/press_digest_war_lost_for_kiev_us_aid_to_beef_up_ukraines_borde_37365.html

Junta accused of using white phosphorus against civilians; other reports deny. 

P$P signs military pact with CIA www.voltairenet.org/article184209.html

Graham Phillips: Myself and Ukrainian guys singing with Russian flag in Kiev, exactly 2 years ago. Hard to believe. pic.twitter.com/e9MUGh5dQi

June 10. If Russia won't lead the charge against the NWO, We the People have to do it.

The war on Syria proved rebels can't win against air power. Putin must know that, so it doesn't appear we can depend on Russia to lead a challenge against the NWO.  Russia Today is part of the alternative media front that's preparing the ground. But Putin's Russia doesn't seem to have the self-confidence to do much more than it's already doing.

However, if the people in the resistance movement in the West learn to use Color Revolution tactics to remove the pillars of support for the system - the system of oligarchical dictatorship by sham democracy - they ought to be able to win.

See my blog entries from June 6th and 8th about "How to Start a Revolution."
We need a sequel to Gene Sharp's book, setting out how to do that in the West and all the vassal states of the neoliberal, neocolonial empire.

Poroshenko orders humanitarian corridors for citizens of E. Ukraine to flee westward. Freedom fighters close airport in Luhansk.  rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/

Firefight at Kramatorsk airport, more shelling of Slavyansk  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_10/Non-stop-fighting-in-Ukraines-Kramatorsk-results-in-numerous-causalities-Ukrainian-source-7851

www.therussophile.org/russia-western-mainstream-media/nationalism-and-fascism-in-ukraine-a-historical-overview-2.html/  and other Ukraine stories

Reports and videos of destruction in Slavyansk rt.com/news/164912-ukraine-zone-war-slavyansk  

20,000 refugees have fled Ukraine to Rostov in the last three days. Hashtag: #DontKillUs rt.com/news/164940-dont-kill-us-refugees-ukraine/

rt.com/news/164984-east-ukraine-militia-training Paula Slier visited the camp. Hardly a building left undamaged in Semyonovka. New recruits are joining self-defense forces. A few successes scored. But Slavyansk is without water or power. 

D-Day didn't go well. P$P says, “Yesterday, in the course of our meeting in Normandy, I told President Putin, ‘Crimea is Ukrainian soil. Period!’”  Putin was also cold-shouldered by the allies in Normandy.  russialist.org/putin-and-poroshenko-square-up  In response, "Russian state-run television has unleashed a vilifying campaign against Poroshenko."

www.phantomreport.com/billions-of-nato-dollars-unaccounted-for  Dutch ministry of Defense calls the initiative of the Dutch National Court of Auditors to get more transparency on NATO’s expenditures a ‘good initiative'  www.natowatch.org/sites/default/files/media_briefing_on_nato_financing.pdf

June 9.  Unconfirmed report that the village of Semenovka near Slavyansk has been destroyed. 

Ukraine’s real problem, in four graphs Ukraine exports advanced manufactures to Russia, simple primary commodities to Europe - which has no interest in Ukrainian manufactures. No future for Ukraine in EU. 

Even the imperialist shills at HRW feel impelled to protest against the brutal attack on Novorossiya, to retain some semblance of credibility, presumably.  www.hrw.org/news/2014/06/06/ukraine-human-rights-watch-letter-acting-president-turchynov-and-president-elect-por


A heavy-handed military operation is alienating the very people Kiev should be winning over, says The Telegraph  A heavy-handed military operation is alienating the very people Kiev should be winning over

Nothing is forbidden for Biden: the Whole FRACKING Story of Ukraine gabrielapetrie.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/how-ukraine-should-really-be-narrated/

June 8. Strelkov predicts massive destruction and humanitarian catastrophe by junta overkill against Luhansk and Donetsk 

Donetsk rebel military commander Strelkov says his men are outnumbered 5 or 6 to 1 by junta troops. www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s226ia "They bombard us from long-range positions of absolute safety... They are taking out their anger by carpet-shelling civilian neighbourhoods ... where we have no fighters present." Overkill. Premeditated destruction of power plants and factories. "the entire territory of Lugansk and Donetsk regions will turn into a battlefield... Everything that was built, created over decades, if not centuries, will be destroyed... they use cluster bombs and similar [illegal] weapons... their infantry is not combat-worthy. Their only option is to shell us from afar, again and again and again, and hope to inflict the greatest possible destruction."
- It's time for a Russian no fly zone and responsibility to protect.


'EU uses threats, blackmailing, sanctions to set Ukraine apart from Russia' - Marine Le Pen to RT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuAEn4KeCy0

For 20 years, the EU has consistently rejected Ukraine’s requests for membership.  www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-eu-is-no-friend-of-ukraine/15109

Forbes allows an op-ed by Vladimir Golstein to set the record straight. www.forbes.com/sites/forbesleadershipforum/2014/05/19/why-everything-youve-read-about-ukraine-is-wrong/   
The Western media has been too busy stoking anti-Russian propaganda to notice major facts:
1. violence unleashed by the Kiev regime is polarizing the nation
2. Odessa massacre was a pogrom
3. May 25 election is meaningless due to absence of good candidates
4. Politicians do not really matter in Ukraine, the land of oligarchs
5. The important role of corrupt Kolomoisky, funder of criminal violence and owner of Ukrainian media inciting to hatred
6. Russia is weak and over-extended. The last thing they need is to expand now.
7. President Putin has been accommodating to Western interests.
Western politicians and journalists confuse the issue of defending freedom with the power games that the current Ukrainian elite is playing.

The Rise of Yat-sen-yuk. A profile of the rabbit from 2009.  www.isn.ethz.ch/Digital-Library/Articles/Detail "Yatsenyuk’s Judaism is not his only identity-related political problem. Members of his family were prominent in the Ukrainian nationalist movement, which will doubtless cost him votes in the country’s Russian-speaking east."

Petro $ Poroshenko's peace plan is as hollow as a chocolate rabbit. ria.ru/world/20140607/1011130834.html

Kiev junta abandons border posts to allow people to flee, yet continues to bomb civilian targets? Or are they putting a good face on an inevitable retreat?  www.globalresearch.ca/kiev-regime-abandons-ukraine-russian-border-checkpoints-russia-controls-borders-parts-of-east-ukraine-are-de-facto-integrated-into-russian-federation/5386094

"Elections did not change anything. Businesses close, stop cash flows, Kiev, still full of gangs "Right sector". Kiev is slowly dying. Daily explosions in Slavyansk, the people perish. Not even humanitarian corridors."  translate.yandex.net/tr-url/ru-en.en/rusvesna.su/news/1402085518

NATO screams abuse at Russia in pretended surprise, but it was all planned -- they even reckoned with a Russian invasion. A high-profile meeting in Sept. 2013 decided on the push for integration into the EU which led to the coup d'état. www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/06/washingtons-iron-curtain-in-ukraine/ 
"Forbes reported at the time on the “stark difference” between the Russian and Western views “not over the advisability of Ukraine’s integration with the EU but over its likely impact.” In contrast to Western euphoria, the Russian view was based on “very specific and pointed economic criticisms” about the Trade Agreement’s impact on Ukraine’s economy, noting that Ukraine was running an enormous foreign accounts deficit, funded with foreign borrowing, and that the resulting substantial increase in Western imports could only swell the deficit. Ukraine “will either default on its debts or require a sizable bailout”. 
"The Forbes reporter concluded that “the Russian position is far closer to the truth than the happy talk coming from Brussels and Kiev.”"
I have just one quibble with the article: "Ukraine, a term meaning borderland, is a country without clearly fixed historical borders that has been stretched too far to the East and too far to the West. The Soviet Union was responsible for this." One needs to read Webster Tarpley on the subject. 
Ukraine is the original Russian homeland, and has always been part of Russia since then, except when invaded. 
It was invented as a country by the German general staff in WW1 as part of their war plan against Russia, then "stretched to the east" to get the coalfields.
Ukraine was to provide supplies for the German war effort, and the Donetsk basin was added on (although it had never even been part of the province of Ukraine) because Germany needed coal. It is true of course that Lenin and Khrushchev later had a role in including the Donbass and Crimea in the soviet republic of Ukraine. 

Facebook page of Kolomoisky's "Donbass" Battalion (Donbass as in Down with Donbass) www.facebook.com/CTBDonbas

Commander of junta operation in Artemovsk shot in his car www.06274.com.ua/news/551284 in critical condition, three other passengers killed. 

Russia faces struggle to wean Crimea economy off Ukraine supplies  www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/05/us-ukraine-crisis-crimea-economy-idUSKBN0EG0BJ20140605

Poland adapts section of highway near Ukraine border for use as landing strip - for military?  www.businessinsider.com/jacek-siminski-poland-has-opened-landing-strip-by-ukraine-2014-6

Color Revolution Technology Update. On June 6th I noted, "Tienanmen is referred to in Gene Sharp's textbook documentary on color revolution tactics, "How to Start a Revolution," as a major example of an improvised attempt to change the system by protest, without the benefit of his technology."
Going back to my sources, I found some interesting things that are passed over in the film. It's all presented as a shoestring operation by penniless idealists. In the long version, Sharp's co-star Col. Bob Helvey responds with rude words to accusations of being a CIA agent. OK, he was DIA - Defense Intelligence Agency. And Tien An Men square was one of the first jobs he did for the Pentagon, according to the article "A New Gladio in Action," (printed in Tarpley's Obama the Postmodern Coup, available online here colorrevolutionsandgeopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/04/from-archives-jonathan-mowat-new-gladio.html):

According to B. Raman, the former director of India’s foreign intelligence agency, RAW, in a December 2001 paper published by his institute entitled, “The USA’s National Endowment For Democracy (NED): An Update,” Helvey was an officer of the Defence Intelligence Agency of the Pentagon, who had served in Vietnam and, subsequently, as the US Defence Attache in Yangon, Myanmar (1983 to 85), during which he clandestinely organised the Myanmarese students to work behind Aung San Suu Kyi and in collaboration with Bo Mya’s Karen insurgent group… He also trained in Hong Kong the student leaders from Beijing in mass demonstration techniques which they were to subsequently use in the Tiananmen Square incident of June 1989 … and is now believed to be acting as an adviser to the Falun Gong, the religious sect of China, in similar civil disobedience techniques.
Col. Helvey nominally retired from the army in 1991, but had been working with [the] Albert Einstein [Institution] and Soros long before then... one of [AEI's] first books was Dr. Sharp’s Making Europe Unconquerable: The Potential of Civilian-Based Deterrence and Defense...
It is noteworthy that the former deputy chief of intelligence for the U.S. Army in Europe, Maj. Gen. Edward Atkeson, first “suggested the name ‘civilian-based defense’ to Sharp,” according to John M. Mecartney, Coordinator of the Nonviolent Action for National Defense Institute, in his group’s “CBD News and Opinion” of March 1991. By 1985, Gen. Atkeson, then retired from the U.S. Army, was giving seminars at Harvard entitled “Civilian-based Defense and the Art of War.”

In the film, Helvey tells how he "accidentally" met Sharp at Harvard. Sharp tells how he was a conscientious objector in the Korean War - a good basis for credibility as an advocate of non-violent activism. Whether he was sincere or not, "civilian-based defense" has an eerie echo of the "paramilitary-based defense" of the Gladio network that was already old then, dating back to the 1940's. Thus the title, "A New Gladio in Action." In both cases, Gladio "stay-behind armies" carrying out false flags and strategy of tension, or NGO's mobilizing impressionable youth to topple a government, the touted "opposition against tyranny" is only a mask for an attack on any regime that is sympathetic to the interests of the masses, and not sufficiently servile to the bankster oligarchy.
Like Gladio, color revolutions can be classed in the family of false flag tactics: you have mobs of patsies flying the banner of freedom and popular democracy, when their actions, unknown to them, actually give power to even worse forces of oligarchy and social inequality.

I recommend watching "How to Start a Revolution" - it's on Youtube or available on DVD here , from 4 different viewpoints.
1. The overt message. Isn't it cool how these techniques empower us to topple tyranny.
2. The reality of who the producers, their agenda and financing really are. "Civilian crowd-sourced Gladio."
3. Can we the people adopt these techniques to further a true revolution? Is there hope for change
4. Things to watch out for.
Were movements like Occupy Wall Street sincere attempts to carry out a revolution for the people, or were they infiltrated, or were they actually invented to pre-empt the possibility?
How many of the 198 tactics on Sharp's list www.aforcemorepowerful.org/resources/nonviolent/methods.php can we employ? Ostensibly, we could use most. The biggest limitation is that we don't have either the world media or the local mass media to promote our actions. In countries like Venezuela and Ukraine, the media are firmly in the hands of counter-revolutionaries. It all comes back to having our own media. It's a Catch 22. If we had the media, we wouldn't need sharp techniques, we would already have won. Since we don't have them, we can't afford to ignore color revolution tactics.

We need to think a lot about how Sharp's tactics could be used to overthrow the oligarchy and institute government for the people. As the man said, each country faces a different situation. Maybe I'll write him a letter and ask. :-)
An election campaign could be an ideal opportunity, to work with an issue or a candidate that appeals to the great majority of people. Several people have pointed out that corporations, not the government, are running things.
Find an important issue where the oligarchs want one thing, the people want another, and force the government to bend to the people's will. Success builds success, so if people see this works, it could snowball. It can start at the state or city level, where we have more leverage.
As to how NOT to do it, Tarpley's article "Occupy Wall Street: Who Wants to Hijack the Movement?" tarpley.net/2011/10/07/occupy-wall-street-who-wants-to-hijack-the-movement/ gives some important clues. The leaders should be real people we can trust, not some mysterious, nameless retired military folk. And the organization must make concrete demands to improve life for ordinary people. Occupy WS made no concrete demands, but only whined and complained, says Tarpley. As an associate put it, "all they did was bitch about it and expect someone else to come up with the master plan."
An interesting example of Sharp's principle of co-opting the pillars of power occurred in the February Maidan coup in Ukraine. The MP's of the majority faction, the Party of the Regions, defected en masse to the new junta when their paymasters, the oligarchs, switched over. If a popular movement can make good Congressmen understand that we the people and not the corrupt corporations are the masters, and replace the bad Congressmen with new people, we will have won. 

Our greatest enemy may be apathy, our own and that of the public. Apathy can be changed to activity through non-violent action techniques. One of the early color revolution successes, OK 98 in Slovakia, worked by motivating younger citizens, who ordinarily didn't vote. That brought about the defeat of the pro-Russian, anti-NATO, anti-EU government in the 1998 election. 

June 7. Junta pushes harder to instill terror in eastern region. 

'It's hell down there:' Inside the battle for eastern Ukraine. www.cnn.com/2014/06/06/world/europe/eastern-ukraine-battle/index.html Both rebels and junta troops are getting more professional. Road to Russia from Slavyansk deserted, except for occasional fleeing civilians. Krasny Liman retaken by junta at heavy cost, hospital in ruins. 

Reports of war crimes and a reign of terror by junta forces filtering in from Krasny Liman, village of 20,000 near Slavyansk. Civilian males rounded up, some shot in their homes; wounded in hospital shot dead; foodstores looted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdufQoCNjJg

Donetsk officials call for humanitarian aid to Slavyansk http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/06/365837/donetsk-calls-for-aid-to-slavyansk/

edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/05/27/pkg-paton-walsh-ukraine-donetsk-morgue.cnn.html "I think Ukraine will be destroyed." Donetsk morgue after airport massacre -- murdered wounded regarded as martyrs. 

Putin meets Poroshenko in Normandy, warns against any deal between Ukraine, EU  www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/06/07/365877/putin-warns-against-any-ukraineeu-deal/ Putin also met briefly with Hollande, Merkel, Obama, and Cameron (sans handshake). Leaders call for de-escalation or ceasefire (nothing of the sort happens)  www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27735180

Pentagon openly to send military advisers to Ukraine. rt.com/news/164324-usa-military-advisers-ukraine/ Photo: A Ukrainian Antonov-26 plane burns after it was shot down by a missile launched by pro-Russian rebels near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on June 6, 2014. Story on shooting down of surveillance plane:  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_06/Self-defence-fighters-crash-air-scout-over-Slavyansk-0438/

Russia's proposal to adopt a resolution on the establishment of humanitarian corridors in eastern Ukraine finds no support among most members of the UN Security Council, China is the only exception  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_06/Russia-s-proposal-for-humanitarian-corridors-in-eastern-Ukraine-finds-no-support-in-UN-1080/

original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/06/05/kiev-escalates-air-strikes-on-ukraines-rebel-cities/  So that's who they are: "Meanwhile, the War Party’s propaganda machine is furiously churning: "The Interpreter," a new web site funded by Pavel Khodorkovsky, son of notorious Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and edited by neocon Michael Weiss, is claiming that Russians are streaming across the border."  "Putin has no interest in reestablishing the old Soviet Union, which collapsed due in part to its sheer vastness. He is fighting a defensive war against Western attempts to not only bring NATO to the gates of Moscow but also to destabilize his regime. Various Western "NGOs" have openly aided groups advocating the violent overthrow of the Russian government, including Eduard Limonov’s National Bolshevik Party acting through its front group, known as the "Other Russia." ... ... continuing neocon hatred directed at Russia even after the overthrow of the Communists."

More persecution of Russian journalists in Ukraine: two abducted at NatGard checkpoint near Slavyansk rt.com/news/164332-slavyansk-journalists-missing-ukraine/; reporters accredited to Kiev parliament building driven out by blows by psychopathic MP.  rt.com/news/164260-russia-journalists-parliament-ukraine

'It's hell down there:' Inside the battle for eastern Ukraine. www.cnn.com/2014/06/06/world/europe/eastern-ukraine-battle/index.html Both rebels and junta troops are getting more professional. Road to Russia from Slavyansk deserted, except for occasional fleeing civilians. Krasny Liman retaken by junta at heavy cost, hospital in ruins. 
Reports of war crimes and a reign of terror by junta forces filtering in from Krasny Liman. Civilian males rounded up; wounded in hospital shot dead. 

More on Krasny Liman here plus: outlook for German and European recession if Ukraine unrest, sanctions, gas delivery problems continue.  globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.it/2014/06/unvarnished-ukraine-update-steen.html  American on vacation in Turkey catching European TV, amazed at how much it shows from Donbass viewpoint that US media don't show -- French and Italian reporters have been on front lines and even getting killed in the East, whereas US journos sit in Kiev and suck up junta propaganda. 
"Small unorganized groups in eastern Ukraine are committed to doing whatever they can to resist the formal Ukrainian government. Here's a picture: Three guys at a makeshift 'roadblock' on a country road, standing next to a stack of old tires and concrete blocks, saying they would do whatever they could to fight if the Ukrainian army came their way.
When a resistance fighter dies, thousands of people attend memorial services and political demonstrations.
In a French documentary on the coal mining industry in eastern Ukraine, a major industry there, I learned a) People in eastern Ukraine complain that their lives have become worse every year since breakup of USSR over 20 years ago. They viewed their lives as happy and stable before; b) Coal mining has almost no safety standards so hundreds of miners die every year; c) With no work alternatives, mining jobs are viewed as good jobs; d) With no real safety standards or oversight or clear authorities, people desperate for money illegally mine coal in abandoned shafts and sell (at a discount) for cash to larger mine owners.
Good income in this region is viewed as 300 euros ($420) / month. Given such economic prospects, why not stand at a makeshift roadblock and fight to die?
These people also see what has happened in other former Soviet states, where Russian language speakers have been treated as outlaws. A 'western friendly' government in Ukraine only means things will get worse for 'Russian friendly' Ukrainians. French, German, and Russian TV news all had lots of stories and images that you do not see in the US." (Thanks to Richard Cottrell for the link)
No wonder US corporations don't give employees vacations. They might get out of the Gulag for a look around. 

"The US at War is a Constant, the Target however is a Variable." Ukraine, Russia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa - that's just part of the current set of variables!

June 6. The Tools for the Revolution we are Waiting for are Here -- Courtesy of the CIA, no less.

A little numerology anyone? D-Day was 6/6/44, a date which adds up to 11, the illuministic symbol for Destruction. DD, short for D-Day, itself also = 44.
A mystical 7 times 10 years later, in 2014 (adds up to 7), the Allies open up a new front against their Russian comrades in arms, with a little ritual ceremony in Normandy... Later this year, we'll have the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War on 11/11 at 11:11 a.m., which also the kick-off time for the masked frolic season of Fasching. Whatever, it's just numbers, isn't it. 

Another anniversary this week: 25 years since the Tien An Men Square protests. www.policymic.com/articles/90341/13-photos-of-the-tiananmen-square-massacre-that-china-wants-the-world-to-forget. Authorities are wary lest the anniversary should become the pretext for a renewed attempt to topple the government by a western-inspired color revolution. Tienanmen is referred to in Gene Sharp's textbook documentary on color revolution tactics, "How to Start a Revolution," as a major example of an improvised attempt to change the system by protest, without the benefit of his technology. Chinese history has been marked by frequent peasant rebellions since ancient times, but few of them ever had much success. The success rate of modern color revolutions is much higher. This weaponization of human rights by the US military machine owes much to Col. Bob Helvey, who co-stars with Sharp in the film. Unfortunately, the subversion and betrayal of popular goals is built into such revolutions from the start by those who fund, organize and instigate them. 

Progressives who question color revolution subversion for the globalist agenda are put in the delicate situation of appearing to oppose democratic ideals and support authoritarian regimes instead. Have we of the generation of 1968 become conservatives in our old age? A bit wiser, hopefully. But even in '68 we knew that "the system co-opts everything" - including alternative initiatives. But only in the form of lipstick on a pig. Paradoxically, in "open societies" supposedly ruled by liberal democracy, there is less social equality than in more "authoritarian regimes" -- who are forced to keep a tighter lid on, because they are constantly under attack by psychological warfare tactics of the West.  
In the 19th century, Britain subjugated China with opium, the stuff of dreams. In the 21st, the Anglo empire is using the American or EU dream to hypnotize target populations.

100 years ago, the Old World was still ruled by the Old World Order of monarchy and aristocracy, in its last days. They have all been toppled, save the English monarchy, so that pretty much the entire planet is composed of post-revolutionary republics. Each revolution promised to fill popular aspirations, and each revolution has been betrayed by a counter-revolution, which installs the power of money and oligarchy over the people, who have no real voice.
What is needed is a counter-counter-revolution. That's what both Maidan and the uprisings in the East are really about. 

A human tendency has been noted, particularly in the West, that when any new scientific principle is discovered, its first application is generally as a weapon. It has always been known that political power ultimately rests on the consent of the governed. Gene Sharp's innovation was a specific set of tactics for visibly removing the pillars of support until the government falls. The tactics are propagated by NGO's with fine-sounding names like Open Society or Endowment for Democracy, to instigate and channel the people's hope, energy and activism against themselves, to tear down the old socially conscious revolutionary parties, and replace them with a yuppie, libertarian, anglophile snob elite, the satraps of neo-colonialism.

But that takes nothing away from Sharp's discoveries. A tool is just that -- a useful, empowering thing and neutral thing, whether for good, evil or indifferent purposes. Although many of the 198 tactics he has enumerated can only be used by the "international community" and the globalist corporatist media, there are plenty left for the common people to take the initiative. We may not have the funding, but we have the advantage of wanting to offer our people the real thing, not a toxic facsimile.  
Sharp offers a system that works; never again should revolutionaries be forced to improvise, or seek inspiration in the murky words of Marx.
The empire has spawned the ultimate asymmetrical weapon. Let the weapon be turned on the empire. 

Will anyone have the vision to even try? We live in an age of engineering over nature, where movements are not co-opted, but created even before they can arise on their own. Yet in the Donbass, or New Russia, at least there is someone trying to use some of these methods to challenge the "new world order." And in the West, Russia Today can boast of being the first news organization to get a billion views on Youtube.  

02varvara.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/junta-border-guards-flee-in-lugansk-peoples-republic-150-klicks-of-border-may-be-under-patriot-control/ Text photos, videos. The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (GPS Ukrainy) left five checkpoints on the border with Russia unmanned, leaving about 150 kilometres (93 miles) of the border open or under patriot control. 

June 5. The Real War: the Dirty War on Russia

According to this amazing original analysis, Evil Empire Plan A was to deliver such a resounding defeat to Russia in Ukraine that the Russian government itself would be overturned in a color revolution by millions of angry, disappointed, duped Russian citizens, already in 2014. The main imperialist tool here is a fifth column consisting of Russian media channels, and about 20,000 Anglophile apparatchiks and agents of influence at all levels. Russia is however starting to smell a rat, and Putin's move in Crimea upset the war plan, so that it is now scheduled for 2015. Absolute must read to understand the Ukraine conflict, even at 30-plus pages. 
Was the Kiev Maidan just a prelude to the granddaddy of all color revolutions, planned to topple Putin in Moscow?  http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/05/ukraine-sitrep-may-31st-2113-utczulu.html  "New Insight" writes:
While there is a hot-war going on in Ukraine, remember that it is part of a tactical maneuver within a bigger story. The real strategic objective is to conquer and eliminate Russia,
The details are broken down comprehensively in this discussion with Evgeny Fedorov, a Deputy of the State Duma and the coordinator of the People's Liberation Movement for restoring sovereignty in Russia. It is in Russian with English subtitles and was recorded on 13 May 2014. Duration: 2 hrs. Even without understanding Russian, just watching him talk with the subtitles, you can see he is a pretty smart cookie.

US to attack Russia in 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0zRD-Ulv2s A transcript is given in the comments. I have formatted them as a Word document here:  progressivepress.com/dox/YevgeniFedorov.doc

This thesis may explain a great deal about events. Russia is already under attack in earnest, and is shifting into a modern-day , vrtual scorched earth mode, that classic defense of the endless steppes, bogging down the invader's steps. Donetsk and Luhansk earth is already getting scorched physically. The rest of Ukraine's black earth will be scorched economically by the IMF and the EU.
Defense through wearing down the enemy, a kind of asymmetical warfare, using the enemy's strength against him, is not just Putin's judo hobby, it's Russia's deep-rooted tradition. Meanwhile, Obama apparently wants to join the pantheon of historic immortals as the first black Hitler or Napoleon to crack his crown on the march to Moscow.
Donetsk earth was indeed scorched literally today - a sulfur production factory near Slavyansk caught fire today after shelling by the junta. Meanwhile the KyivPost printed an unconfirmed report that their junta had destroyed a large munitions dump near Slavyansk. More Disinfo from that department? 

The gist of the discussion (as recensed by Vineyard Saker) is this:
1. Washington is preparing to eliminate Russia via another systematic 'color revolution'. The plan was to launch it this very summer (2014), but as they have gotten bogged down in Ukraine, it is likely postponed till 2015.
2. A coup d´état is carried out under the cover of a 'revolution' ascribed to some arbitrary and partially manufactured popular discontent, but is actually the completion of a lengthy, systematic process (over years, if not decades), quietly building up the Washington-friendly fifth column within the media, administration, business and law enforcement, to undermine the target national authority from within. The specific mechanisms and dynamics by which this is accomplished are discussed in detail - something which appears to be documented nowhere on the Internet.
3. The influence of Washington over Russian public servants is at an all-time high, such that Washington is confident they can bring about their latest bloody 'color revolution' on the streets of Moscow and the authorities will turn a blind eye while Putin is swept out of power using the same template by which they have removed Yanukovych, Mubarak and other popularly elected leaders who started making their own decisions rather than following orders from Washington. The predictability of their system is what gives them confidence of its success.
4. At the same time, Russia is slowly beginning to awaken and notice the infestation. The successful repulse of an American attack by Russia will ricochet around the world all the way back to Washington. But is it too late already? In the next few years it will come to a head, with only two possible outcomes : the destruction of Russian civilization or the collapse of the American empire.

A related and very interesting background piece also at the Vineyard blog, on how Russia rose from the ashes of the early '90's with Putin, on the two tendencies, Atlantic Integrationists and Eurasian Sovereignists... vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2013/10/1993-2013-is-twenty-years-long-pas-de.html

Documents released on Facebook accusing Putin of corruption over 20 years ago - is this a salvo to soften up Russia for the color revolution?  www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/vladimir-putin/9171656/Russian-government-warned-not-to-appoint-Vladimir-Putin-20-years-ago.html

Rebel breakthrough opens Russian border www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/04/witness-to-a-ukraine-rebel-breakthrough.html

Yatsenyuk trying to sell off Naftogaz to privatizeers? blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2014/06/04/ukraine-shifting-energy-gears-from-east-to-west/

Battle map liveuamap.com/e/21187035

Putin has ready answers at Paris press conference. rt.com/news/163676-putin-ukraine-french-us The US defence budget is greater than every other country's military budgets combined. So who's aggressive? On Hitlary Klinton: It's better not to argue with women. 

Reported P$P campaign manager murdered. www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-05/ukraine-closes-8-border-crossings-reports-russian-troop-movement

Ukraine Fascists: Three genocides in only one month professorsblogg.com/2014/06/03/ukraine-fascists-3-genocides-per-month/  Odessa, Mariupol, Luhansk

Crimea to nationalize Ukraine oligarchs’ property, if acquired unlawfully en.itar-tass.com/russia/734890  Akh, me too?  Crimea's prosecutor opening file on bandit Kolomoisky's irregular accumulations. 

State Dep't: Ukraine's Responsibility to Protect Their Citizens  www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2014/06/227099.htm  R2P by O-Bomb

‏@ValLisitsa Did you know that conditions of IMF loan to Ukraine include new tax on pharmacies that will raise the price of drugs for destitute pensioners? IMF demands that Ukrainians pay themselves for first 3 days of hospital stay? Even in emergency?

Profile of Vostok Battalion  www.nytimes.com/2014/06/05/world/europe/in-ukraine-separatist-militia-with-russian-fighters-holds-a-key.html

RT live update rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/ Self-defense fighters in Lugansk have occupied two Ukrainian military installations in the region, Itar-Tass reports. In Kamenny Brod, “the soldiers surrendered without a single shot after negotiations with the self-defense” fighters. In Donetsk, Ukrainian border guards “abandoned” another installation after “a brief fight.”
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday accused the Group of Seven of backing Ukraine’s military operation in eastern parts of the country. “The so-called G7 even talks about the measured actions of the Ukrainian army against its own people,” Medvedev said at a meeting with ministers. “Cynicism knows no limit in this case.”

A sincere narrative by a novice journalist on a short trip to Donetsk last month.  www.wwd.com/menswear-news/lifestyle/m-lost-and-found-in-ukraine-7697990  Surprised by the agrarian poverty, the horse-drawn carts, he feels sorry for his hosts.

Neocon senators sponsor a bill to counter non-existent “Russian aggression” and allocate of hundreds of millions of dollars on military needs. But the military are not its only beneficiary: US fracking firms, facing enormous criticism in the West, are to start expansion to Eastern Europe under the guise of making post-Soviet states independent of Russian gas supplies.  voiceofrussia.com/2014_06_05/New-neocon-bill-designed-to-protect-Ukraine-or-to-promote-business-interests-of-US-fracking-firms-6121/  

IGCP Presents Book “Massive Human Rights Violations During the Civil Conflict in Ukraine”  igcp.eu/novosti/igcp-presents-book-massive-human-rights-violations-during-civil-conflict-ukraine-0

Russian poster art: Baran Obama - get your hoof off Ukraine. Baran = Ram. 

June 4.

"What could go wrong? We get the picture -- a low wage slave economy parked on Europe’s doorstep, or over the step, is the New Greece. Wages in the Ukraine could hardly get lower than they are now." -- R. Cottrell sent me this link with forecasts for Ukraine economic growth as a cheap labor pool for the EU. econbrowser.com/archives/2014/06/economic-prospects-of-ukraine 
They ask, "What will determine growth in Ukraine? In short, four factors will play a key role: 
Proximity to the EU and association agreement with the EU.
Low wages and educated workforce.
Rich resources such as highly fertile land and deposits of iron ore and other minerals.
Technological catch-up, improved governance and war on corruption." 
Hmm. Well-argued, but we've been here before. It all sounds so 1990's. I was there in Eastern Europe at the time, trying to make it happen. Indeed, one thing we counted on to help was being closer as a supplier than China, but it only helped so much. The article also mentions 30 days shipping time by slow boat to China, but better transeurasian rail links are afoot too.
One has to ask, how many subcontractor economies can the EU economy feed? It's curious the Polish are leading the charge, because if Ukraine's bid to be an EU supplier is successful, they'll be competing directly with Poland. The comparison with Poland also leaves out the difference in experience of statehood; Ukraine has never really been an independent nation, except as Kievan Rus, 1000 years ago, while Poland was a regional power in past centuries. Perhaps the Polish elite want to get Ukraine back as their colony again? 

NATO gone NUTS. Today's headlines from Rick Rozoff's "Stop Nato" Yahoo Group groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/stopnato/info
1. Brutally Honest: NATO To Expand Military Along Russian Borders
2. NATO Chief Demands Russia Cede Crimea To Kiev Junta
3. 75 Years After 9/1/39: German DM Pushes More NATO Troops In Poland
4. NATO Escalates One-Sided Proxy War Against Russia In Ukraine
5. Ukrainian Junta Moves Armor, Heavy Weapons To Russian Border. Mayor claims 40% of Slavyansk population evacuated. Good, easier to frack it.
6. Barnes & Noble: Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony
7. U.S., Polish Air Forces In Largest-Ever Training Against...
8. Obama Pledges $1-Billion-Dollar Military Buildup In Eastern Europe
9. ‘US wants to make Ukraine anti-Russian state’

Cottrell: "This is journalism? Oh What a Lovely War, Mark II" --  www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-03/obama-unveils-1-billion-europe-security-fund-amid-russia-threat.html NATO press release presented as "news" by media sycophants. 

June 3.

Reports of airstrikes on embattled Slavyansk town.
Reports junta military base 3035 in Luhansk has surrendered.
East Ukraine militia down fighter plane, helicopter gunship, 4 APCs en.itar-tass.com/world/734484 
Confirmed: Ukrainian air force fired over 150 missiles at Lugansk, bombed admin HQ  rt.com/news/163352-ukraine-airstrike-lugansk-missiles/
The village of Krasny Liman near Slavyansk was heavily shelled by the junta forces on Tuesday. Residents were killed and injured as shells hit a hospital, school and train station rt.com/news/163384-hospital-school-shelling-ukraine  

Seven Decades of Nazi Collaboration: America’s Dirty Little Ukraine Secret fpif.org/seven-decades-nazi-collaboration-americas-dirty-little-ukraine-secret/  

Book by Stephen Lendman, Flashpoint in Ukraine, just published.

Commentator sees rebels winning, globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/06/mish-reader-who-speaks-ukrainian-and.html

Angry with the West's response over Ukraine and eager to diversify its options, Russia is moving rapidly to bolster ties with North Korea.  www.foxnews.com/world/2014/06/04/russia-aims-to-bolster-ties-with-north-korea

The Daily Mail does it again with a photojournal of Donbass firefights, attack on children's hospital  www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2646252/Ukraine-forces-fight-500-pro-Russian-gunmen-attack-border-camp-HQ-children-s-hospital-comes-attack-Sloviansk.html

June 2.

Top stories are from Luhansk. Hundreds of rebels attacked a border post and a smaller force attacked the central office of the border guards in the city.  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/insurgents-assault-ukrainian-border-guards-in-luhansk-oblast-350281.html  The junta, which is starting to use its air superiority, bombed the regional administration building in Luhansk, causing carnage among civilians.  Junta lovers tried to claim the explosion was from a badly aimed Manpad aimed at the jet fighter by rebels, but even the anti-Russian leaning Interpretermag listed reasons why it had to be an airstrike. www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-105-ukrainian-border-guard-camp-under-assault/ Isn't this where Obama comes in calling for action against a regime that bombs its own people? Nope, they're just doing NATO's bidding.

In Ukraine, fierce border fight reflects insurgency’s growing strength  www.washingtonpost.com/world/pro-russian-rebels-attack-eastern-guard-post-in-ukraine/2014/06/02/c5a41c16-e331-4f66-bfbd-ce2dc97d874b_story.html

Gas king Biden will represent the US at the inauguration of the butcher Poroshenko.
Vera Graziadei ‏@verafilatova "Poroshenko is a chocolatier, who decided to become a butcher." -- Richard Brenner (Solidarity with Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine)

Gazprom received $768 million on overdue payments for deliveries, and postponed prepayment regime for another week.  en.ria.ru/russia/20140602/190295990/Russias-Gazprom-Postpones-Switch-to-Advance-Payment-for-Ukraine.html

US plans 'first strike' on Russia  rt.com/shows/the-truthseeker/162864-us-plans-strike-russia/  Star Wars tested for Eastern Europe; US space weapons “unofficial declaration of war”; “soft assassinations” planned for last weekend's EU election winners.
Seek truth from facts with Gladio, NATO's Dagger at the Heart of Europe author and former European MP Richard Cottrell; Stop NATO newslist's Rick Rozoff; and Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Excerpt from Transcript:

Richard Cottrell, author of Gladio, NATO's Dagger at the Heart of Europe: The United States is not prepared to tolerate governments which are unfavorable to the regime. Let’s give the example of Syriza in Greece at the moment, which has just won, come top of the list in the European elections. This is an example of a government which is not going to be tolerated by the United States of America.
RT: You write a prototype “soft assassination”, British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, whose “blasphemy in American eyes” was to “flirt with nuclear disarmament”. Cottrell: Yes, it’s become a little bit more difficult to, shall we say, use violent means, than it was in the past. So now you’re going to see more of the Harold Wilson tactics. And they will now increase and I will tell you why – because this weekend the European elections were held. And this has resulted in a very large bloc of anti-Europeans, led by the “Penista”, the National Front of France, which has come out on top in the European elections. Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party in the UK, who has come from virtually nowhere to become the leader of the third largest party. This will not be allowed to happen, so there will have to be Harold Wilson-type moves now to remove those leaderships, and those parties in those various countries.

Russia Today presents, Uncut Chronicles: Ukraine, May 2014 (Raw Video Timeline) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ-fqg1GU98 44 min of highlights from a month of dramatic events.

June 1.

Junta claims it has repelled two attacks by rebels on Donetsk airport without losses.  www.kyivpost.com/multimedia/video-2/ukraine-news-one-ukrainian-troops-repel-two-fresh-attacks-by-chechen-and-russian-fighters-in-donetsk-airport-350207.html

McClatchy News says increased signs of Russian irregulars in Donbass, while Akhmetov may have made a deal with Battalion Vostok.  www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/05/31/228992/russian-pullback-from-ukraine.html

Putin, Obama, P$P to meet in Normandy on June 6 during D-Day ceremony.
Meanwhile, brinkmanship continues over the gas price and cut-off deadline. These are not standard commercial negotiations; the great difficulty is that both sides want political concessions as well.

Militants storm Gorlivka police station.  my360vibes.com/2014/15/pro-russian-militants-storm-ukraine-police-station/

More refugees fleeing Slavyansk. www.dw.de/ukraine-conflict-means-flight-for-those-who-can/a-17675644 
Update on Slavyansk situation: rebel get anti-aircraft weapons; casualty estimates; tactical outlook: "The only known way to defeat a force dug-in inside a city is to engage in building-to-building infantry warfare, something very similar to WWII."  Various reasons guerrilla war is unwinnable for junta.  vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/05/ukraine-sitrep-may-31st-2113-utczulu.html As of May 28, 657 junta troops killed, 1428 deserted. Estimated 50 civilians killed in Donetsk and Slavyansk. Reportedly one Sukhoi fighter shot down. Militants seize buildings in town of Ternopol.

Bizarre story from Donetsk. At a pro-Russian rally, militants came at the end of the show with boxes of candy for the children, which they'd looted from stores. Jubilation turned to instant anger when the people saw the candy was po-ROSHEN-ko brand. The chocolate was all destroyed by the furious crowd. I wonder how the kids felt about it.  azstarnet.com/ap/international/candy-giveaway-by-rebels-in-ukraine-goes-spectacularly-wrong/article_fb050c16-fb5e-54f8-a4aa-7a7d6dcdd95f.html

Semyon Semenchenko, commander of the "Donbass" territorial voluntary battalion, says Pravy Sektor bands are engaging in mafia activities and brutalizing civilians.  www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/06/02/right-sector-looting-attacking-citizens-eastern-ukraine-donbass-battalion-commander.html

Biased and Blinkered Reporting on Ukraine Highlight Western Media Double Standards www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/martin-newman/ukraine-reporting_b_5403331.html  
In the space of a few months Ukraine has been embroiled in two uprisings. Why has the media characterised the US-backed one as a democratic right and the other as troublemaking by Russia? And why does one bloody crackdown (by Gladio snipers) provoke press outrage and another (far more violent crackdown) does not? 

Youtube interview with Strelkov, 15 min, with English translation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxO8i70ozKo
Communique by Strelkov, French translation allainjules.com/2014/06/02/ukraine-la-verite-des-pertes-ukrainiennes-a-slaviansk-feront-tomber-kiev/  
He speaks of very light losses by his side, while they inflicted heavy losses on junta troops, some also killed by friendly fire from junta choppers. Several helicopters have been shot down. Many Ukraine troops sabotaging orders, e.g. by shooting in the air to use up ammo so as not to have to fight. Sees very unprofessional conduct of campaign by junta. When it becomes known how many soldiers are getting killed, the junta will fall.
Strelkov orders two of his men shot for looting.

May 31. Why the fight over Slavyansk? Bidens plan fracking wells there! 

No coincidence that Obama meets P$P in Poland; the country has its fingers in Ukraine at a high level, in training death squads, in the Biden family oily-garch gas company -- and guess where they plan to drill their first gas wells? Around Slavyansk!  www.globalresearch.ca/polish-death-squads-fighting-in-ukraine-cia-covert-operation/5384210

On PBS Frontline TV program: US training anti-Syrian terrorists how to finish off wounded - just what junta troops did in this week's war crimes, when they murdered two truckloads of wounded in Donetsk. Now we know where they get such bloody-minded ideas.  www.progressivepress.com/blog/dirty-war-syria

NATO puppet junta bans exports of military hardware to Russia, the main market for many Ukrainian companies.  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_31/Ukraine-introduces-ban-on-Russian-military-products-supplies-Russian-military-official-0848/  Medvedev says leaving CIS may damage Ukrainian




Useful overview of today's Russia stories www.watchinga.com/pages/russia-123307.html 
and top Ukraine stories - they're almost the same.... www.watchinga.com/pages/ukraine-123278.html

May 30. Donbass headed into guerrilla war, as Russia pulls back army from border, while irregulars and weapons get through

news.yahoo.com/ukraine-army-deflated-guerrilla-warfare-unfolds-170833583.html  "It is extremely difficult to fight against guerrillas. You just cannot destroy them... It's the classic problem which Russia had in Chechnya and the United States had in Vietnam."

Outnumbered 15 to one in terms of GDP by the US-EU-NATO enemy camp, Russia has little choice but to opt for asymmetrical warfare. A full-scale invasion or even a "hypocritical hmm humanitarian intervention" would be too direct and head-on, both from the political and economic viewpoints, even if the junta could only offer token resistance militarily. 

The bold call by P$P (Petro-$-Poroshenko)  to end the insurrection "within hours" is stalled as rebels resort increasingly to hit-and-run guerrilla tactics. www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-29/ukraine-rebels-outfox-army-to-dent-poroshenko-troop-goal.html  Militia numbers are said to be growing, too.

IMF's Insistence on Economic Austerity Could Derail Ukraine's Chance of Survival www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/30-8

"War Nerd" opines that Putin is very cynically using Donbass patriots to wear down the Kiev junta, without any intention of supporting their dreams of independence.  pando.com/2014/05/30/war-nerd-whats-happening-in-eastern-ukraine-is-very-simple-rational-and-straightforward/

Russian volunteers killed at Donetsk airport make the gruesome last voyage home to Russia as Donbass despairs if Putin will ever send help.  america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/5/30/pro-russian-rebelsinukrainecollecttheirdeadandaskwhereisputin.html

In telephone call with Hollande, Putin calls for an end to bloodshed and for talks between Donbass and Kiev representatives.   www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/05/30/364839/putin-urges-halting-ukraine-bloodshed/ 

Vostok battalion takes over Donetsk administration building, saying they will impose discipline on looters who trashed a supermarket. The battalion includes Russian soldiers. news.yahoo.com/east-ukraine-quiet-raises-leadership-questions-175715924.html ,  www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-102-has-the-vostok-battalion-taken-charge-in-donetsk/  The move may have been in reaction to the defeat at Donetsk airport and general lack of professionalism in Donetsk leadership. 

nsnbc.me/2014/05/30/ukraine-casualties-mount-amidst-reports-of-war-crimes-and-evacuations-of-children-from-slavyansk/  200 children reportedly evacuated from Slavyansk to a holiday camp in Crimea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEGS4VKqPQo

80 rebels attack border post at Diakove.
Ukraine claims it has shot down a Russian drone 
Rebels claim they have taken National Guard base in Luhansk.
Junta massing rocket-launcher trucks near Donetsk.
Vigilantes harass pro-Russian ribbon wearers in Ukraine  rt.com/news/pro-russian-picket-ukraine-397/#.U4kqIhjrK1w.twitter 

Pepe Escobar in St. Petersburg - elated over prospects of Eurasian Union and SCO. www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/CEN-01-290514.html In addition to the gargantuan gas deal, there's a $270 bn oil deal, a plan to cooperate in developing eastern Siberia and northern China, rail links from Germany to China, and a bid to head off the TPP with a better kind of partnership. Despite America's huge investment in wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, China is getting the big investment projects in those countries' resources. "China wants to finance an array of projects in Crimea."

China and US strategies contrasted: China is out to become the economic superpower, US concentrates on military superiority.  www.opednews.com/articles/America-an-Irresistible-F-by-michael-payne-China-russia-Alliance_Confrontation_Dominance_Energy-140529-860.html

John Kerry: U.S To Start $5 Billion Anti-Terrorist Fund. www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/28/john-kerry-anti-terrorist_n_5402880.html  (After they just spent one $5 billion promoting terrorism in Ukraine.)

Will the message get through to Ukraine that the door to EU membership is not open, that aid from the West will only be IMF shock therapy, and that the Eurasian Union could be the best thing going for them?
If the junta were not NATO puppets, surely they would try to get the best deal for Ukraine from both the EU and Russia, rather than acting like hooligans.

A few statistics compared for EU, EEU and Ukraine www.nytimes.com/2014/05/31/world/europe/european-union-or-eurasian-economic-union.html

EU hastening to sign Association Agreements with Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine June 27.  online.wsj.com/articles/eu-set-to-warn-russia-on-possible-further-sanctions-1401197563  An agreement "may contain a promise of future EU membership." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union_Association_Agreement  The political agreement was hastily signed on March 27. ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/countries/ukraine/

Populism revisited - I wrote here on May 11: Western hypocrisy is not as paradoxical as one might think. The West is ruled by an oligarchy who use democracy as a mask. The Kiev junta was installed by the US, assisted by a Ukrainian oligarchy, but the freedom movement in E. Ukraine is a genuine popular democratic initiative. The "elected" Kiev Rada (parliament) are mere puppets hired by the oligarchs, who switched sides in the coup. 
There is no real democracy at all in the US; the oligarchy always get their way, the people never do. Repeat from my April 16 entry: 

Good one! Statistical proof is in - the USA is an oligarchy, not a democracy (as if you hadn't already guessed.) Political outcomes have virtually zero statistical correlation with majority public opinion, while being almost directly correlated with wishes of the elite. Pretty neat proof. www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/oligarchy.html 
Conclusion to be drawn: don't waste energy agitating for this and against that. The only thing that could make a difference is getting enough people together to change the system. 

Well today we got some scary information about a few things the American people don't want but the oligarchy do, and are likely to get: Cuts in health care and social security, more offshoring of jobs. www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/29/1302820/-Someone-finally-polled-the-1-And-it-s-not-pretty The author didn't mention warmaking, but of course the people really do not want any more foreign wars. 

Obama to meet P$P in Poland next week www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/17185520-new-user-event/

Kiev pays Russia gas bill for February and March at old Yanukovich price, although Yanukovich was toppled on Feb. 22.  www.nytimes.com/2014/05/31/world/europe/russia-and-ukraine-in-talks-over-gas-supplies.html

May 29

Junta loses 13 soldiers killed as helicopter shot down by Manpad near embattled Slavyansk.  mashable.com/2014/05/29/ukraine-military-helicopter-shot-down/ A general also killed  http://nr.news-republic.com/Web/ArticleWeb.aspx?regionid=3&articleid=23768363 

Slavyansk mayor Ponomarev claims junta has lost 1200-1300 troops in the ATO on Slavyansk alone. en.ria.ru/world/20140529/190221116/1200-Ukrainian-Soldiers-Dead-in-Slaviansk-Special-Op--Peoples.html 

Shells hit hospital as Ukrainian army resumes strike on Slavyansk rt.com/news/162456-slavyansk-shelling-ukraine-army/

US says most Russian troops have withdrawn from border area. 

Increasing reports that Russian irregulars are fighting in Donbass. 

Junta troops looting Donetsk airport.

Smoke of War rises from Luhansk:
Avakov claims junta troops destroyed training camp and "entire Luhansk guard." It appears rebels attacked a National Guard base, about 30 killed on both sides, junta counterattacked with air strikes. 
It's also reported that morale is low among junta forces, and parents of conscripts have come to a junta-held military base in Luhansk to bring their sons home.  www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/26uibl/parents_of_conscripts_descended_upon_a_ukrainian/ 
Yesterday, RT reported 80 junta conscripts surrendered to rebels  rt.com/news/162136-ukrainian-soldiers-surrender-lugansk/ while Luhansk president Bolotov announced 2,000 junta troops were massing to attack.  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_28/Kiev-masses-troops-around-Lugansk-LPP-leader-2167/  
South Front Facebook report: "In Alexandrovsk (Luhansk region) militias have taken under control local military unit. 20 soldiers of Ukraine National guard were taken captive. Previously, as a result of clashes in Alexandrovsk the ammunition depot of National guard caught fire. Ammunition at burning depot continued to detonate for a few hours." Reports also on protesters giving Yat-sen-yuk a hostile welcome on a visit to Germany, and P$P saying Ukraine doesn't need Russian gas, as deadline to pay installment on debt passes. (Ukraine has Russian gas in storage, but if it gets used up during the summer, it won't be possible to supply enough in the winter, for Ukraine or Europe.) 


Russia signs Eurasian Economic Union treaty with Kazakhstan and Belarus as scheduled today.

UK Treasury balks at EU demand for funds for Ukraine. www.bbc.com/news/uk-27616021

tellmenow.com/2014/05/putin-planning-to-release-evidence-exposing-911-as-an-inside-job/  Will Russians finally use the ace in the hole and expose the 9/11 false flag?  tellmenow.com/2014/05/russia-spilling-the-beans-on-911/  Just when we thought the neocons had gotten away with it, will the false flag crime of all time come back to haunt them?
Tellmenow exaggerates the impact a little: "Supposedly demonstrating that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by American officials – well, you could imagine the repercussions. All faith and trust in government would disintegrate, riots would break out in the streets and perhaps a civil uprising would commence."
Having been a 9/11 truth activist for 12 years, I don't think it will be quite that easy. After all, they got away with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, didn't they? But it will cost them dearly nonetheless, and I hope Russia plays the 9/11 card to the hilt. If only to make 9/11 truth respectable, that alone would make life easier! :-)

May 28

Reports of Mig-29s attacking Donetsk City yesterday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi9NqPrkflY

A school and a kindergarten have been shelled in Slavyansk today. rt.com/news/162008-ukraine-shelling-slavyansk-school/

Donetsk officially asks Russia for military aid. www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-100-the-battle-for-donetsk-continues/

Junta general offers ceremonial sword to US ambassador - on bended knee. Oh Lord what vassals.  twitter.com/ProfessorsBlogg/status/471744659501629441/photo/1  "Nationalism" on demand - by globalists. 

RT live update rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/  Rebels attack junta position in Luhansk. 3,000 miners demonstrate against junta aggression in Donetsk city.  rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/   Rebels Claim National Guard Using Banned Explosive Bullets   news.antiwar.com/2014/05/28/fighting-in-east-ukraines-luhansk-as-rebels-attack-barracks/

"OSCE monitors" disappear again in Donetsk. 

Relative calm returned to the streets of Donetsk on Wednesday  in.reuters.com/article/2014/05/28/ukraine-crisis-idINL6N0OE3KD20140528

Russia is seeking ways to evacuate children from the south-east of Ukraine  ria.ru/world/20140528/1009748446.html


The situation in Ukraine is a result of US policy aimed at "binding the hands" of Russia and gaining control over the supply of Russian gas, President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_28/US-wants-to-bind-Russias-hands-in-Ukraine-and-control-Russian-gas-Venezuelan-leader-6889/

Kolomoisky's death squad Battalion "Donbass" asks junta for heavy weapons zn.ua/UKRAINE/batalon-donbass-vedet-peregovory-s-silovikami-o-poluchenii-tyazhelogo-vooruzheniya-145987_.html  Here's the SS badge of Azov brigade twitter.com/nastia_yuriy/status/471590048706854912/photo/1 Azov gang saw action in Mariupol  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_07/Ukrainian-authorities-restore-control-over-Mariupol-acting-Interior-Minister-1951/

Good analysis of Europarliament elections by Neil Clark rt.com/op-edge/161936-lessons-european-election-russophobia/  - 10 Lessons from the European Elections 
# 1: Left parties need to be radical and Populist.
# 2: Russophobia is Certainly no Vote Winner.
# 3: UKIP a Major Threat to the traditional leading parties in next year's General Election UK's.(UK Independence Party: Euroskeptics)
# 4: Europe's Liberal Parties are in Crisis.
# 5: Establishment Media is Nowhere near as powerful or influential as it once WAS.
# 6: Mind the Democratic Deficit - it really is Massive.
# 7: Austerity Is not working.
# 8: Labeling Populist, Anti-Immigration, right-wing parties 'racist' will not stop their Rise.
# 9: The Greens are still A Political Force.
# 10: In an Age of bland, robotic, identikit WHO Politicians are always 'on message', being charismatic and outspoken is A Huge Vote Winner.

Europeans are showing their political awareness, which is far more acute on the whole than one finds in America. Ordinary Europeans quite simply are class-conscious. They remember when there was an aristocracy, and they know they are not it. Americans are fooled by the fiction of a classless society-- although income inequality is more extreme in their country than almost anywhere else, and keeps getting worse! Europe is more truly pluralistic - there are more than two parties in most countries, and there are newspapers which identify with a particular segment of the political spectrum, rather than a monopoly of "mainstream, objective, neutral" news - all owned by the same elite. America has only two parties, one for those who want to get rich, and another for those who already are rich, or who identify with the rich. This creates an illusion of choice, while the establishment and these two essentially identical parties collude to exclude any third-party initiatives, such as set off Europe's political "earthquake" last weekend.
Despite the heavy rhetoric about freedom of choice, the USA is effectively very much a one-party system. That is to say, a totalitarian society -- but an open one, paradox. Open as part of the liberal style and also by a clever calculation - that dissent is more effectively suppressed by ignoring or ridiculing it, than by taking it seriously and oppressing it. Freedom of speech exists also in totalitarian societies to the degree it does not threaten the regime, and we too are free to write sentiments like these in an insignificant marginal blogspace which poses no threat. However, should a prime-time personality or major media pundit come out and say 9/11 was a neo-con job -- they'd be looking for a new job -- but that never happens. QED. To be salonfähig, you got to toe the party line. 
Notwithstanding, even in America we see some amazing developments, like only around 23% of people now trust the mainstream media. People are too busy with their lives to be activists, but they are not fooled. 

"The Kremlin gave up on the previous designs to annex the southeast regions of Ukraine (Plan A); or make them independent from Kiev (Plan B). “Now,” says Bunin, “we see the realization of Plan C: turning the east of Ukraine into a region of chaos and lawlessness, so neither the European Union nor
NATO would dare to ever put their bases in that region.” It is this chaos by design that may become the biggest challenge for Poroshenko’s presidency, Bunin explains, “unless he finds a way to agree with the Kremlin.”  www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/28/can-ukraine-s-new-president-handle-putin.html

Russia has been more than friendly to Ukraine in supplying gas. But May 30 is the deadline to at least pay part of its debt. - Putin.  www.yerepouni-news.com/archives/104315

P$P wants security pact with EU, US  www.nachrichtenportal.com/2014/05/29/ukraine-poroschenko-strebt-sicherheitspakt-mit-der-eu-und-den-usa-an

Russia has returned more than $1 bn worth of military materiel from Crimea to the Ukraine junta. fr.ria.ru/world/20140527/201343056.html

Story dated March 4th surfaces again, Germany sending 80 troops to Kiev  www.norddeutsche-nachrichten.de/bundestag-schickt-soldaten-in-die-ukraine/

A reminder of the importance of Ukrainian companies to the Russian military industry atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/CEN-01-270514.html

Interesting thought (tweet): ‏@JewRussophile "US may succeed in breaking Ukraine, but EU will be left paying the price. This will break EU. Fractures already emerging in EU."  Yes, it is a big chessboard, as Zbig said. 

More on P$P:  www.veteranstoday.com/2014/05/27/the-chocolate-king-and-other-fairy-tales/  Former head of the Council of Ukraine’s National Bank – the country’s privately-held central bank. Owns 5 Kanal TV station and controls the confectionary Roshen Group, the automobile-manufacturing Bogdan Group and the Leninska Kuznya shipyard. It’s off to the privatization/globalization sweepstakes where most Ukrainians will end up in the poor house, while a handful of oligarchs will be even more frequent guests of fellow inbred central bankers on the French Riviera.

johngaltfla.com/wordpress/2014/05/28/putins-indecisiveness-comes-home-to-roost-attempted-coup-in-abkhazia/ John Galt sees the Abkhazia coup attempt as a warning that Putin's indecision on East Ukraine is showing weakness and giving his enemies time and encouragement to test him, creating multiple conflict fronts.  
johngaltfla.com/wordpress/2014/05/26/putins-ukrainian-dilemma-invade-ukraine-soon-or-become-the-obama-of-eurasia/  Vladimir Putin’s time to act [i.e. to occupy the Donbass] is limited and a failure to do so will result in an impotent weakened Russia with little influence outside of its own borders.

Russia to help Kiev establish dialogue with southeast if it ends military op  rt.com/news/162116-russia-churkin-ukraine-dialogue



May 27. How long will Putin keep pussy-footing around? 

More than 50 rebels killed as new Ukraine leader unleashes assault   www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/27/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSKBN0E70F620140527 Air strikes and heavy artillery exact a high toll on Donetsk militia.
If Putin wants to imitate the West, where is the no-fly zone? Will he leave his supporters out on a limb to die?

Junta attack on Donetsk is a crushing answer to low-intensity warfare tactics. Has Putin missed his chance by failing to support the Donbass referendum diplomatically and militarily?

Another atrocious war crime by the junta: "The Vostok Brigade wounded being transported to hospital in a truck were fired upon. The driver was killed, then an RPG round was fired at the truck. All the wounded in the truck were killed, either by the RPG or head shots after the assault. Confirmed by video and photos of the dead, all that could be seen had head wounds."  vineyardsaker.blogspot.se/2014/05/ukraine-sitrep-may-27th-1454-utczulu.html 
Blog has an interesting analysis as well.
- Donbass could easily mobilize 10% of population - that is millions of people - to fight. They should be doing more for themselves first before getting the Russian armed forces in. 
- The strategic calculations are inevitably cynical and callous towards those now being mercilessly targeted.  "Call me cynic, but invasion is when Russia enters in Ukraine after 3 days of shooting. Liberation is when Russia enters in Ukraine after 3 months of bloody mess."
- The "right-wing" vote in Europe on Sunday was actually an "anti-system" vote. 
- Petro$ Poroshenko (P$P for short) is a chameleon, currently sporting US colors, but can change in a minute.

Today the "ATO" (anti-terror operation) is much less intense than yesterday. I wonder if public opinion west of the Dnieper was shocked by the brutality, and Petro$ P. is already adjusting his tune?
Graham Phillips says P$P controls nothing, after the coup, Ukraine went back to the 2002 constitution with a weak president, so junta controls everything. 
Live update on "ATO" rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/

It's been said the Russians take a long time to saddle up, but when they get going, they charge. Perhaps a bit stolid by nature, whereas some of us are more the impatient worrier type. For me anyway it's incredible Russia can respond to yesterday's slaughter in such a low-key fashion. I just hope they do get going before the Donetsk Basin is turned into a blood basin - or knuckles down to the NWO. 

Analyst says Putin doesn't want to go in with troops, but big civilian casualties could force him to. mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0E723P20140527 The election has hardened junta's attitude towards the East and to Gazprom. 

Up to 100 killed in Kiev military op, Donetsk E. Ukraine - anti-govt forces rt.com/news/161592-donetsk-truck-grenade-killed/  Junta forces blasted two trucks carrying wounded soldiers in defiance of the laws of war. One was bombed from the air, the other was ambushed.
WAR CRIME In the ambush, the driver was shot, then an RPG was shot into the truck, and the wounded men not killed by the grenade were finished off by shots to the head. 

Meanwhile the EU calls on Russia to de-escalate - or there will be more sanctions! You can't make this stuff up.  abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/eu-calls-russia-end-fighting-ukraine-23889427

Strelkov says junta replacing regular forces with extremist radicals who lust to kill pro-Russians.  english.pravda.ru/news/hotspots/27-05-2014/127658-ukraine_radicals-0/

Odessa elects pro-Russian mayor  www.unian.net/politics/922390-novyim-merom-odessyi-stal-gennadiy-truhanov.html named Gennady Truhanov
NeoNazi Svoboda party HQ in Odessa torched.  otkat.od.ua/v-centre-odessy-sozhgli-glavnyj-ofis-partii-svoboda/

Petro-dollar Poroshenko asks for US military intervention. Latest junta disinfo or Gladio black op: now they accuse rebels of shelling Slavyansk homes.  Heavy damage to Donetsk airport terminal. Allegedly Russian weapons shipments from Crimea by sea and truck by land have been interdicted by Ukraine border guards.  www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-99-renewed-fighting-around-donetsk-following-airport-assault/

Poor ol' Shenko is going to raise soldier pay from $50 a month to $83 a day. www.kyivpost.com/content/politics/poroshenko-promises-to-raise-ukrainian-army-pay-to-83-a-day-349713.html  Interesting possibilities for bankrupting the country even faster. Or maybe he'll pay them in chocolate gold pieces. Klitschko asking citizens for donations for military hardware and P$P asks Obama for military aid.

Civilians evacuating Slavyansk ria.ru/world/20140527/1009620682.html

DNR claims huge number of reinforcements, Stinger missiles coming from friendly state. rian.com.ua/society/20140527/350864977.html  Does Russia prefer to be on the mujaheddin side this time?

www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/border-guards-clash-with-armed-men-from-russia-one-severely-wounded-vehicles-seized-349574.html Junta claims armed vehicles stopped at Russian border, denied by Russian side en.itar-tass.com/russia/733568

A few volunteers from Chechnya, but most of militia are locals, and more are coming. In yesterday's slaughter, the rebels claim they were caught unawares after being lured inside for "negotiations." That's another war crimenews.vice.com/article/fighting-in-ukraine-escalates-as-militia-groups-flock-to-donetsk 

Chechen leader Kadyrov denies he sent troops to Ukraine. 

Kiev to set up deputy minister portfolio for European integration in each ministry. www.kmu.gov.ua/control/uk/publish/article

"Ukraine’s Naftogaz Plays Down EU Optimism on Russian Gas Talks" (they don't want to pay)  www.eu-russiacentre.org/news/ukraines-naftogaz-plays-eu-optimism-russian-gas-talks.html 

Unconfirmed report that Donetsk city is surrounded and road-blocked by Ukrainian nationalists, civilians were given just three hours to leave.
Junta destroys Donetsk airport in order to save it - they look ready to give whole Donbass same treatment.
Rebels prepare for junta attack on city center. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10859210/Ukraine-crisis-rebels-in-east-prepare-for-assault-on-Donetsk-city-centre.html "Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said the company was ready to provide a discount on the gas price for Ukraine but only after Kiev paid at least part of its debt." Why should junta get a discount when they're trying to wipe Russia off the map?
Russia would like to get paid for the gas now -- Ukraine is expected to be bankrupt by year end.  www.worldreview.info/de/content/wegen-der-russischen-gas-rechnungen-steuert-die-ukraine-auf-den-bankrott-zu Gazprom chief says Ukraine is already defacto bankrupt, they aren't going to pay for the gas at any price. 

Analyst asks if Donbass rebels are acting on their own rather than following Moscow, and what the consequences would be.  www.vox.com/2014/5/26/5752324/is-putin-losing-control-of-ukraines-pro-russia-rebels 
It's also possible that many of the rebels really were Russian special forces, but they were caught surprised, they simply didn't count on such a stiff onslaught. Reportedly the mayor of Donetsk said that only 8 of the first 43 killed were from Donetsk (Donetsk City?). Eight were Russian citizens, some were from Crimea.  www.ostro.org/general/society/news/445696/



Opposition protesters call for resignation of government in Abkhazia, a small republic on the east coast of the Black Sea that broke away from Georgia during the war with Russia, along with South Ossetia. Not clear if this is another western sponsored color revolution or do the protesters want to join Russia. They are protesting against corruption.  rt.com/news/161792-abkhazia-protest-president-opposition

www.infowars.com/soros-admits-responsibility-for-coup-and-mass-murder-in-ukraine/  Soros: "I set up a foundation in Ukraine before Ukraine became independent of Russia. And the foundation has been functioning ever since and played an important part in events now." 

The voters' revolt in Europe:  www.infowars.com/bilderberg-agenda-revealed-elite-desperate-to-rescue-unipolar-world/ 
www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/05/26/marine_le_pen_the_new_face_of_europes_rising_farright.html  "Earthquake" in France: “We must build another Europe, a Europe of free and sovereign nations and freely decided co-operation. Tonight is a massive rejection of the European Union.” Eurasian Union, anyone?

A little online poll in Germany: Should Ukraine be admitted to the EU?
NO Way, 63%. Too soon to think about it for at least 10 years, 31%. Right away, 6%.  blog.gelbevideos.com/eu/ukraine-eu-umfrage.html

May 26. Maidan bagman Poroshenko shows his NATO colors in sharp escalation

Poroshenko says first priority is to get Crimea back. "Anti terror operation" must be quicker and more effective.
Escalation of violence today, with firefight as separatists attempt to take Donetsk airport. Action report with photos: mashable.com/2014/05/26/ukraine-donetsk-airport/ 
More background: ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCABREA4M05420140526 Update from RT: rt.com/news/161516-ukraine-airport-clashes-defense/  Reported that junta forces have outmaneuvered rebels and are driving towards center. Unclear if rebel counterattack on airport succeeded. No reports of rebel hits against aircraft; helicopter reportedly took out an anti-aircraft gun.

Ukrainian troops have apparently stormed the city of Donetsk with the use of military aviation.  english.pravda.ru/news/hotspots/26-05-2014/127656-ukraine_bombs_airport-0

Poroshenko Defies Russia With Vow on Anti-Rebel Operation  www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-25/billionaire-poroshenko-triumphs-in-ukrainian-elections.html Lavrov warned that any escalation would be a “colossal mistake.” Highlights of Donetsk battle, payment for Russian gas.

"Fascists attack civilians" in Luhansk village   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90tOlHZp8Z4 

Junta forces continue shelling Slavyansk homes, rt.com/news/161572-ukraine-slavyansk-shelling-civilian/ at least 3 civilians killed by mortar shells.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QUZ5LeTODM  Junta's bizarro media disinfo controllers claim civilians shot by Russian Chechen provocateurs to incite hatred against armed forces. 


Election turnout was also very low in other parts of southeast not controlled by separatists. "There is no candidate to represent us."  Map:  pbs.twimg.com/media/BokLZ9ICYAA2Ymz.png


Yesterday's elections can be seen as a vote on Ukraine joining the EU. Ukrainians voted yes, Europe voted no. 

Another quote from Putin's address in St. Petersburg on May. 24 
The world is indeed changing very fast. We are witnessing colossal geopolitical, technological and structural shifts. The unipolar model of a world order failed, and this is clear to everyone today, even to those who still try to operate within the familiar reference system, try to maintain their monopoly, dictate their rules in politics, trade, and finance, and impose their cultural and behavioural standards.
The global economic upheavals of 2008 were a vivid example of the profound crisis in a development model built on unification and domination...

More reasons why Poroshenko said Poland might be his first foreign destination? "Poles take an active part in the formation of death squads in Ukraine since September 2013, when Foreign Minister Sikorski invited to Poland 86 members of the "right sector" ... [Polish] Prime Minister Donald Tusk warned President Viktor Yanukovych of "disproportionate use of force" against the Maidan. Today, Donald Tusk, whose grandfather - Józef Tusk - served in the Wehrmacht, demands from Kiev junta handle "eastern rebels" tough "like terrorists.""  ruspravda.info/Za-chto-voyuyut-na-Ukraine-polskie-eskadroni-smerti-5097.html


BERLIN (AP) — A proposed solution to a dispute over Ukrainian natural gas debts to Moscow would see Ukraine's gas company pay $2 billion to Russia's Gazprom this week and trigger talks on the price Kiev should pay for future deliveries as it tries to avert a supply cutoff, a top European Union official said Monday.

On May 19, Kiev said Ukraine will leave the commonwealth of post-Soviet states and force Russians to apply for entry visas, and plans to ask the United Nations to make Crimea a demilitarized zone.  rt.com/news/urkaine-cis-visa-demilitarized-917/

May 25. P.M.

Breaking - Poroshenko reported landslide winner in exit polls with over 55% of the vote. Tymoshenko at 13%. rt.com/news/161416-ukraine-exit-polls-poroshenko/ So there will be no run-off election between the two oligarchs. Extremist parties Pravy Sektor and Svoboda got only about 1% each.
Poroshenko replaces Tyrchinov, responsible for the military crackdown in Donbass. What will Poroshenko do to change things for the better? New parliamentary elections? Unshackle Russian-language media?
He announces he's ready for dialogue with East Ukraine and will soon take a trip to Donbass. Although his deal with CIA color revolution operative Klitschko made his knockout victory possible, he has a knack for switching sides. Klitschko won the post of Kiev mayor today, and announced it's time to end the Maidan protest. The payoff has been made. You will remember that Poroshenko has been identified as the paymaster of the Maidan protesters, gaining him the nickname Petro "Dollar" Poroshenko.

Analysis of Poroshenko's position:  www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-25/exit-polls-show-choco-king-poroshenko-winning-ukraine-election-expected-us-hardly-en  He represents the middle ground, says Ukraine wants to turn towards Europe, but NATO is probably not a good idea. Ukraine will never recognize annexation of Ukraine, but he is ready for talks with Russia. Advocates early parliamentary elections.

An early indicator: after Donbass, his first international trip could be to Poland - hereditary enemy and rival of Russia in the region.  www.pravda.com.ua/news/2014/05/25/7026599/  Moscow refrains from comment on result. 

Poroshenko seen favorably in light of his exemplary home town of Vinnitsa  mashable.com/2014/05/25/ukraine-president-petro-poroshenko/

Dirty hands: an unfriendly portrait - the family fortunes come from sheer corruption, they are crypto Jews, and Poroshenko owns the 5th TV channel known for vehement anti-Russian propaganda. An odious chameleon motivated only by greed.  www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/24/weapons-prostitutes-drugs-things-poroshenko-associated-with.html  Certainly the chocolate business is very much a banksterland cartel, there is no way he could get Ukraine's chocolate monopoly with clean hands and hard work.

Why is Poroshenko's house a copy of the White House?  twitter.com/shaunwalker7/status/470620660923121664/photo/1  While his candy company is named Roshen - sounds like "Russian." (It's the middle part of his name.) He is putting the company up to sell now he is president. To a multinational like Nestlé or Kraft? A fellow Ukrainian oligarch? Or a consortium of investors? Who wants to do this nice man a favor?

What remains to be seen is how Poroshenko is going to deal with Ukraine's economic problems, especially the social problems of IMF austerity. One wag remarked that before long he'll be saying, "Let them eat chocolate."

Ukraine has some of the worst economic, demographic, geopolitical and social problems on this planet.  www.cnbc.com/id/101703753  Eight big problems for new president.

www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2014/05/25/chocolate-king-elected-president-of-ukraine-as-putin-dodges-his-promise-to-respect-the-election/  Putin still saying election is unconstitutional

A blog which got a lot of things right about Syria is sounding retreat for the evil empire in Ukraine too:  www.moonofalabama.org/2014/05/ukraine-major-western-think-tank-admits-defeat.html 
There is simply no viable alternative for Ukraine than to cooperate with Russia and to pay the price that is necessary to do so. That is why Russia is just sitting back and waiting for that simple truth to become evident.
Back in February we said:
Putin will now sit back and let the "west" squabble about who will throw tons of money into the bottomless pit that Ukraine is going to become. ... Putin now just has to wait for the apple to fall from the tree.
In March:
To the growing unrest one can add the likely economic collapse that will come rather sooner than later. Any "western" help will be conditioned on austerity and impoverishing the people as well as on political reform that the oligarchs and the current politicians will not allow to happen. Under such condition further unrest is a given while Ukraine falls apart and there is no need at all for Russia to intervene to achieve such.
Russia will do nothing nefarious, it will do just nothing. Russia will not help, neither economically nor politically, unless Kiev and the "west" are willing to pay its price: A federalized Ukraine with strong regions and a weak central government.

Two months later this truth finally dawns to the mediocre thinkers in those "western" misnomed tanks. The Brookings Institute, which in general supports Obama policies, finally admits that a Ukraine without Russia is impossible and therefore cooperation with Russia on Ukraine is the Only viable way forward. www.brookings.edu/research/articles/2014/05/21-ukraine-prize-russia-west-ukraine-gaddy-ickes  It all comes back to money. The loss of access to Russian markets is already hitting and will kill Ukraine's heavy and weapon industry in east Ukraine. That will be expensive: 

[A] minimum estimate is $276 billion to buy off the east. It is unthinkable that the West would pay this amount....
The key point here is that there can be no viable Ukraine without serious contributions from both Russia and the West. Of all the options for Ukraine’s future, a Ukraine exclusively in the West is the least feasible. A Ukraine fully under Russian control and with severed links to the West is, unfortunately, possible. 

The upcoming sham elections of the chocolate king Poroshenko over which Russia has major sway - his markets and some of his factories are in Russia - is now just a fig leaf for the "west" to disengage.

Overly rosy view of Russia's hand? The Brookings piece is worth reading. The main point is that Ukrainian industry is still back in the Soviet era, subsidized by cheap Russian energy. All the West has to offer in its place is shock therapy and NATO.
Is Poroshenko headed to Poland to see if Ukraine can follow in their footsteps? Poland is one of the more successful post-Soviet economies, but it joined the EU during a more economically dynamic decade. Wikipedia says of the Polish economy, "Despite its GDP growth, Poland faces numerous economic issues; it has chronic high unemployment, low wages despite significant increase of productivity, massive flight of educated population abroad, low level of innovativeness and highest percentage of people working for national minimum wage among countries of European Union." The problem has been more pithily put by saying Western Europe is already saturated with Polish painters and plumbers, leaving not much room for another country of 45 million poor relatives. Poland has always been a good deal closer to Western Europe.

The EU also had elections today, to the Euro-Parliament. The big winners were anti-immigration and anti-Europe parties. That closes the door against EUKraine even tighter. For the man in the street in Western Europe, admitting Ukraine to the EU must seem almost like letting in Russia.
The EU was modeled on the US, it aspired to be the United States of Europe. But Europe is not America. Its nations have separate and deeply-rooted identities. The EU may scorn the EEU, Putin's Eurasian Economic Union, but a looser customs unions is what more countries really want.
The EU's own early success as a trading area called the Common Market led Euro-enthusiasts to believe more integration and more members would be better and better, but it was not. Brussels fears that allowing a new member like Ukraine to have a foot in both camps could pull down their whole tent, tempting other members  to opt out of the EU's rigid bureacratic straitjacket, too.

Pickets protesting outside Akhmetov's house with DNR flag. His thousands of guards not showing up again. Reuters report with English commentary  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JBRZBDbdUk  Photo of crowd marching to oligarch's house  twitter.com/StateOfUkraine/status/470527190589661185/photo/1  RT story   rt.com/news/161428-donetsk-rejects-ukraine-elections/

Photo gallery of voters in Krasnoarmeysk and other Donetsk locations, separatists showing off stolen ballot boxes, separatist rally in Donetsk. Reportedly turnout there was only 5.8% by 11 a.m., 25% in junta-controlled Ukraine.  mashable.com/2014/05/25/photos-ukraine-election/ 

www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/authorities-hackers-foiled-in-bid-to-rig-ukraine-presidential-election-results-349288.html  Yanukovich blamed.

Rinat Akhmetov, a man of his times as he rose through Ukraine's 'Gangster 90s' -  grahamwphillips.com/2013/08/09/ukraine-and-the-90s-nihilism/

US foreign policy - spreading itself too thin. m.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/putting-ukraine-in-its-place/361627/

Veterans of Chechnya war firing into the air at pro-Russian rally in Donetsk? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNjHwHWugKY (Junta disinfo claimed they were saluting Ukraine.) Named Battalion Vostok (East) - RT says they are Donbass natives, who just happen to have the same name as the famed Chechya battalion.  rt.com/news/161428-donetsk-rejects-ukraine-elections/ 

Paul Goble seems to have changed his name from Goebbels, such a raft of absurdities - supposedly Putin is easing up on Ukraine because his visit to China made him realize what a threat the billion-strong Middle Kingdom is. Vladimir P. Columbus evidently just discovered China yesterday.  www.interpretermag.com/putins-shift-on-ukraine-result-of-his-visit-to-beijing-kazan-editor-says/  

Putin's remarks at St Petersburg Economic Forum archive.constantcontact.com/fs156/1102820649387/archive/1117453807098.html  The founding treaty of the Eurasian Economic Union is to be signed on May 29. "We believe that there is a good outlook for cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union and the EU. Until recently, our colleagues refused to deal with the Customs Union, arguing that the EU is ready to cooperate with each individual member state but not with their association. This is strange logic, because we are willing to work, and we are working with individual EU countries and with the EU as an association."
Russia could insist on equal treatment -- as a condition for Ukraine to join the EU, it should also join the EEU. If Germany is willing to work with the EEU, that too will be a challenge to the rigid totality of Brussels. 

Link archive for Johnson's Russia List going back to Nov. 2012 archive.constantcontact.com/fs053/1102820649387/archive/1102911694293.html


Votes may have to be counted manually in today's presidential election, due to cyber attacks.  therebel.org/en/news/rt/770428-cyber-attack-on-ukraine-s-election-system-may-force-manual-vote-count

Paul Craig Roberts: Russia's Rise to Global Power www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/05/22/russia-rise-to-global-power.html "Western propaganda about events in Ukraine has two main purposes. One is to cover up, or to distract from, Washington’s role in overthrowing the elected democratic government of Ukraine. The other is to demonize Russia." Also from Roberts: "World moving away from American financial hegemony."  rt.com/op-edge/160720-russia-china-move-from-west/

Putin exercises restraint in order to win over Germany from othe US camp. 

"Russia is ready to work with whoever is elected in the presidential elections on May 25, President Vladimir Putin said. He added that after the ballot all military actions must be stopped in the country." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHibmiuqTd0 (81 min) Excerpts: tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/ukraine-la-revolte/20140524.OBS8398/poutine-affirme-ne-pas-avoir-l-intention-de-ressusciter-l-urss.html  Russia is not trying to recreate the empire or the USSR. It is impossible to isolate Russia, and our position on Ukraine is just. Many in Western Europe support it. Economic sanctions hurt everyone. We are not trying to enter another Cold War. 

"Showdown in Ukraine: Putin vs. Comrade Wolf" www.smirkingchimp.com/node/56019 The Brzezinski doctrine: break up Russia and reduce it along with China, Europe, Japan, India and the rest into satraps of the US, the "decisionmaker of Eurasia" and the "first and only global superpower."

Donetsk and Luhansk representatives signed an agreement yesterday to join together as the state of Novorossiya. rt.com/news/161304-donetsk-lugansk-unite-state/ There were also representatives of a "Popular Front" of pro-federalization activists from six other southeaster oblasts at the convention - Odessa, Nikolaev, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Kharkov, and Kherson. Their platform is neutrality in foreign policy, fighting corruption, and a decent standard of living for the people. 

No polls have opened so far on Sunday morning in Donetsk, streets are empty. In other parts of the country voter turnout looks to be very high. 

NATO pushes Germany to increase defense budget, German defense minister counters that increasing military spending in reaction to the Ukraine crisis would not be clever, it would increase tensions, as would stationing troops in eastern Europe, it would be exactly the wrong thing to do.  www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/ukraine-konflikt-nato-will-mehr-geld-von-deutschland-a-971497.html

Russo-Chinese gas deal a historic event, Eric Margolis writes in "The Great Western Gas Fiasco".  www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38598.htm The deal may pave the way for the two neighbors to overcome longstanding mistrust, and expand cooperation in many areas. Pipelines will ensure energy security for China, which is presently vulnerable to interdiction by hostile naval forces. Chinese investment will help Russian industry and arms sales. China will become Russia's biggest economic partner. A counterweight to Anglo-American hegemony is a-building. If Germany signs on there will be a new central powers axis. If France and Japan follow, it will be the great Union aspired to by Eurasian leaders in the 19th century. 

May 24.

Can Donetsk and Luhansk really manage to nationalize and manage oligarch-owned firms like Akhmetov's Metinvest, asks author Lada Ray. "The new Lugansk and Donetsk Republics are desperate for money. Therefore, it has been announced that those businesses that fail to pay taxes to the Republics, will be nationalized. 
However, the local governments are reluctant to go this route. Why? Because these people still remember certain Soviet expeIncompetence of Donbass separatist leaders causing their movement to stall, according to NYT op-ed. riences and they may not be willing to repeat the old mistakes. Nationalization means that the state has to manage and supervise industry, which requires a huge bureaucratic apparatus. This is a vicious cycle. 
It takes time to organize such apparatus. While it’s being organized and before it starts bearing fruit, how will they pay these people? How do they quickly find sufficient number of well-qualified and loyal specialists, to both manage companies and to supervise them?"
However, to own is not necessarily to manage. It is also possible to give part of the ownership to the workers. The existing managers are also workers, and may be induced to stay by owning shares in the company. 

"Akhmetov had one card up his sleeve that he has not yet played. He has an armed security force that guards his plants, and if and when he chose to deploy that against the rebels, many thought he would easily defeat them." www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/may/23/ukraine-stalled-rebellion/  Maybe. Security guards don't actually sign on for combat, though. 

In Iran, a billionaire businessman at the heart of a $2.6 billion state bank scam was executed today. The fraud involved using forged documents to get credit to purchase assets including state-owned companies like major steel producer Khuzestan Steel Co.  www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/05/24/iran_executes_billionaire_over_26_billion_bank_fraud.html  Note to Akhmetov: Stealing steelworks doesn't always pay. 

Incompetence of Donbass separatist leaders causing their movement to stall, giving Kiev more confidence. according to NYT op-ed. www.nytimes.com/2014/05/24/opinion/the-pushback-in-ukraine.html

Analyst says first-round knockout by Poroshenko in tomorrow's election is not certain. www.rferl.org/content/ukraine-presidential-election-explainer/25395574.html

Ukraine just had a revolution to oust sleazy oligarchs. Why is it about to elect one as its leader?  http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/the-chocolate-king-who-would-be-president-106998.htm

Junta reports 17,000 police officers are "traitors" who support separatists.  tsn.ua/politika/u-mvs-narahuvali-blizko-17-tisyach-pravoohoronciv-zradnikiv-na-donechchini-351267.html 


The Farce is with You www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-05-22/the-farce-is-with-darth-vader-in-ukraine

www.newsdetector.com/2014/05/23/putin-says-russian-business-feels-real-impact-from-sanctions/  He added that the United States could be pressing sanctions against Russia to win competitive advantage over Europe.
www.thestate.com/2014/05/24/3465022/putin-west-ignores-russias-interests.html  From Putin's remarks at St Petersburg economic conference: ""Where is the guarantee that, after the forceful change of power, Ukraine will not tomorrow end up in NATO? ... We hear only one answer, as if on a record: Every nation has a right determine on its own the security system in which it wants to live, and that doesn't concern you... If the main bonus Russia gets is to sit in the room and listen to what other people are saying, then that is not a role Russia can agree to. We always take into account the interests of our partners ... but there are some lines that cannot be crossed, and Ukraine and Crimea were that line."
Further comments by Putin here: www.cnbc.com/id/101700307  Russia is "going to focus on Eurasian investment" from now on. 

Six-minute video on how energy politics are involved with Ukraine crisis, big oil companies exploring for gas in W. Ukraine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znS_5M5dDeQ

Kolomoisky's pro-junta commandos the Donbass Battalion scare the daylights out of Donetsk villagers. www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/05/the-chaos-engulfing-eastern-ukraine.html


In a tale of two brothers, this author comes very close to the truth: the Ukraine crisis is one of identity, with some seeing themselves as Russian, others buying into Ukrainian nationalism.  www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/ukraine-unrest-drives-brothers-to-different-sides-of-europes-new-cold-war/article18829292/  "The tale of the Vasiliev brothers could have been torn from the pages of Taras Bulba, the famous Nikolai Gogol short story about two Ukrainian brothers who wind up on opposite sides of a 16th-century war against occupying Poland." Indeed, from its beginning in Kiev in the 10th century, the Russian nation was a hybrid of east and west - an Eastern Slav population and their Scandinavian occupiers. Reminder - more on Ukraine's Russian identity here  www.progressivepress.com/blog-entry/dirty-war-ukraine#what-came-first-Ukraine-or-revolution and here tarpley.net/metaphysical-doubts-concerning-the-existence-of-modern-ukraine-a-1918-creation-of-the-german-general-staff/  In short, the region was invaded and occupied by Mongols and Poles from the 13th century up until it rejoined Russia in the 17th. Then the West has been using nationalism since the 19th century to wrest it away from Russia again. But in essence, Ukraine is not just part of Mother Russia, it is the original motherland of Mother Russia.
Another factor is the perennial inferiority complex of the Slavs and superiority complex of the West.

Three foreign journalists caught in violence near Slavyansk, two possibly dead  rt.com/news/161336-foreign-journalists-shot-ukraine/

May 23.

Luhansk spokesman claims Pravy Sektor executed 30 Ukrainian soldiers for laying down arms and refusing to shoot separatists who were negotiating with them, seven militia also killed.  en.itar-tass.com/world/732800 According to an unconfirmed report, wounded were taken to hospital, then they too were shot by Pravy Sektor. 
Luhansk declares martial law and asks Russia to send troops. rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/ukraine-lugansk-declares-martial-law-asks-russia-for-troops/

Report that Pravy Sektor Donbass Batallion ambushed near Krasnoarmeysk, calling for reinforcements / ammo, regular army not coming to help. But Tymchuk says they escaped somehow. 

Crimeans hit by higher prices for goods from Russia. www.kyivpost.com/content/business/crimeans-get-russian-price-shock-348955.html

www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/05/western-media-blackout-reality-ukraine.html As death toll in Odessa may reach 272, Western media silence. Vitali Churkin calls for impartial UN probe. 

Beyond gas deal, Russia and China plan further economic cooperation outside the dollar sphere.  www.globalresearch.ca/vladimir-putin-and-the-de-dollarization-of-russia-china-trade-mutual-payments-in-rubles-and-renminbi/5383064

Lavrov and Defense Minister Shoigu assail US for initiating conflicts, decry color revolution tactics, which are like warfare, are becoming more violent and lead not just to regime change but to complete destabilization of target countries. www.facebook.com/syria24english/posts/679615858740866

Russia outraged at remarks by prince Charles comparing Putin to Hitler. thebricspost.com/russia-slams-charles-over-hitler-quip

Cyberberkut hackers attack and claim to destroy Ukraine electoral commission computer systems. https://www.cyberguerrilla.org/blog/?p=19111

Separatists showing corpse of Pravy Sektor fighter with SS tattoo. instagram.com/p/oVNY2rxlVW/

Ukraine disinfo claiming yesterday's friendly fire was from Russian helicopters. Junta claimed today its forces killed 20 of 500 militia who attacked their positions.

Hostile but informative (30 pages) analysis of Russian information warfare from Polish think tank  www.osw.waw.pl/sites/default/files/the_anatomy_of_russian_information_warfare.pdf

USAID announces another $1.25 million for Ukrainian media. iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/article/2014/05/20140504298744.html

Poroshenko in secret visit to meet leaders in Israel. FM Lieberman said: "I hope that Russia and Ukraine will also normalize relations soon,”  www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4512140,00.html

Putin: US carries out coup in Ukraine, refuses dialogue with Russia - isn't this leading to Ukraine in NATO with nuclear missiles pointed at Russia?  en.ria.ru/world/20140523/190077559/Wests-Refusal-of-Dialogue-May-Lead-to-Ukraines-Membership-in.html

William Hague lied to UK parliament when he said junta was legitimate. The toppling of Yanukovich was unconstitutional.  www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/david-morrison/ukraine-willliam-hague_b_4933177.html

A sampling of a dozen Ukraine stories over the last half year gives an overview of the developments.  www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/12-stories-that-help-explain-the-crisis-in-ukraine/article18639456/

Breaking news highlights, 2 min. video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo6lGV5JrAU on "South Front" channel www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ZNeFDz-R2CGyLDRHCpo_A

Kurt Nimmo says Poroshenko is hand-picked by State Dep't to despoil Ukraine and make it a fief of global corporations.  www.infowars.com/ukraine-fascists-threaten-presidential-candidate-handpicked-by-globalists/

"Looking for Ukraine" - Candid conversations and observations in Donetsk by Tim Judah for NY Review www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/jun/19/looking-for-ukraine/ 

Leader of the "Radical Party" Oleh Lyashko with a group of gunmen stormed a separatist HQ in the town of Torez, killing one or two men.   www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-95-another-deadly-ambush-near-donetsk/

Russia will retaliate if Ukraine holds NATO accession referendum, proposed for June 15 by Tymoshenko.  www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-23/russia-has-prepared-confidential-retaliation-document-ukraine-prepares-hold-nato-acc

Belarus president Lukashenko says referendums in Donbass without legal significance, Ukraine is going crazy, Kiev should talk to people in east and see what they want, like Putin said. eurobelarus.info/en/news/politics/2014/05/23/lukashenka-said-that-referendums-of-separatists-have-no-significance.html

Kremlinological ruminations on Putin's shifting stance  www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-05-23/whats-putin-up-to-now-four-possible-explanations

Ukrainian fascists received training by NATO in Estonia since 2006  orientalreview.org/2014/02/24/the-ukraine-neo-nazi-criminal-state-looming-in-the-centre-of-europe/.

Predicted that Tymoshenko followers will stage provocations in elections on Sunday, to be blamed on Russians. 

www.peacepalacelibrary.nl/2014/05/interview-dr-christian-noack/ Views on Ukraine of a Professor of Eastern European History

May 22.

Rebels seize coal mines in Luhansk oblast.  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/gunmen-seize-four-coalmines-in-luhansk-oblast-348927.html

Rebels reportedly massacre 16 junta troops in ambush at checkpoint.  www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10850306/Pro-Russian-rebels-kill-16-at-Ukraine-army-checkpoint-in-heavy-blow-to-Kiev.html The action was claimed by a rebel group based in Horlivka. However according to another report it was carried out by Kolomoisky's Dnieper Brigade. It's agreed that the attackers were hidden inside a bank armored car, and Kolomoisky has been using these for his militia (he owns PrivatBank.) One Donetsk source said it was Pravy Sektor. Provocation? If so, the junta aren't smart enough to use false-flag tactics properly. The whole story is confusing. The Guardian mentions helicopter support for the attack. "Adding confusion to the incident was the presence of two Ukrainian helicopters, which arrived after the engagement and may have opened fire, leading many locals to believe the operation had been staged by the Ukrainians against their own forces – something that was reported as fact by the press service for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic." Or were the choppers trying to come to the rescue? The video on youtube showing the friendly fire helicopter attack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fiu7ZSYTQUg but the same footage is also being labeled as a clip of the checkpoint attack -- by Dnepr Battalion.  http://vk.com/video269126_168894726  Strange. Oh well might as well blame that psycho Kolomoisky for this too :-) One theory is his band killed the soldiers for refusing to fight, but they were reportedly in a peaceful area.
RT's summing up rt.com/news/160804-military-checkpoint-attack-ukraine The checkpoint on the edge of Blagodatnoe village, near the town of Volnovakha, was assaulted on Thursday night. Eyewitnesses said the attackers arrived in transit vans, with armored vehicles and combat helicopters providing cover for them. Witnesses said that the transit vans, belonged to Privat-Bank, owned by oligarch Igor Kolomoisky. The gunmen set fire to the military’s armored vehicles and began shooting at the rookie soldiers, who had their encampment near the checkpoint. One of the shells hit an ammunition depot, which resulted in a massive explosion that saw dozens injured.

Pravy Sektor is now a registered political party. en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/206070.html  A Svoboda spokesman said the two fringe groups could merge. 

DNR caricatured as world's smallest country with only one 11-story building and endless bureaucracy  www.newrepublic.com/article/117846/donetsks-people-republic-one-building-endless-bureaucracy  

Kiev denies RT Arabic service TV crew entry to cover election. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybFmVgLgHB0

German analyst sees chocolate king Poroshenko as a difficult person with a very difficult task, and gives him little chance of success. Has a reputation for changing sides and getting into trouble. Remember he was the paymaster for the Maidan rioters. An oligarch, he is winning the election as the lesser evil.  www.n-tv.de/politik/Poroschenkos-hoffnungslose-Mission-article12876056.html We'll soon see. 

Can Poroshenko deliver on his fairy-tale promises? He is campaigning on a platform of greater economic ties to the European Union, more jobs, and crushing eastern separatists by force. Yet Putin is signaling that he'll give him a chance.  suffragio.org/2014/05/22/can-poroshenko-deliver-his-fairy-tale-promises-to-ukraine/

More photos of damage to homes in Slavyansk. www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2633775/Inside-homes-shattered-Ukraines-unofficial-civil-war-Destruction-days-fighting-revealed-countrys-richest-man-calls-end-violence.html

Over 6,000 junta troops are stationed near the city of Luhansk, though they are demoralized and calling for negotiations, the Head of the People's Republic (LNR) Valery Bolotov said.  en.ria.ru/world/20140522/190042523/Thousands-of-Ukrainian-Soldiers-Stationed-Near-Luhansk--LNR.html  He also announced there will be a general mobilization of men aged 18 to 45.  en.ria.ru/world/20140522/190040775/Luhansk-Peoples-Republic-to-Announce-Full-Mobilization.html

www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/03/west-manufactures-opposition-movements/ Andre Vltchek notes the similarities between Maidan and Thailand.  

Kiev announces eighteen of thirty-four district election commissions in Donetsk and Luhansk regions captured en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/206079.html

World Bank approves $1.5 billion for energy efficiency and water related projects for Ukraine. 

May 21. $400 bn. Russo-Chinese Gas Deal Goes Through - Price is Secret

Russia to begin supplying 38 bn m3 natural gas per year from 2018. Price kept secret to avoid problems in other markets, but one source says it's close to European prices. Putin says it's pegged to price of oil, which would be a win for Russia.  www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-21/russia-signs-china-gas-deal-after-decade-of-talks.html 
Bloomberg also reported that sanctions may help Russian tech sector.  www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-20/some-russian-tech-companies-are-poised-to-benefit-from-u-s-sanctions.html 
Geopolitically the gas deal is big too, helping Russia avoid encirclement or strangling by the West. No two-front war; China has Russia's back. 

 RT reporter Graham Phillips released by junta national guard and secret police after 36 hours, says he was well-treated. They considered the act of filming barricades and checkpoints a kind of spying.  rt.com/news/160608-rt-phillips-uk-released/ 

Strelkov (DNR military commander) says he has 80 new volunteers who brought 100 APC's. They are still heavily outnumbered by junta but have truth on their side.  vk.com/wall31675526_7996  Reports of continued heavy fighting around Slavyansk. 

Al-Jazeera publishes a "Decline of the West" op-ed by an Iranian professor. He wonders at AngloAmerican persistence in ignoring the rise of Asian powers, and cites Goldman Sachs predicting that in a few decades, the US will be the only western nation among the top 5 economies.   www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/05/china-iran-russia-restructuring-201451964119463320.html

The US and Canada are ranked at the top in the average number of years of education their people are getting. But here's another slant:  "across Asia more than 21 percent of the students are graduating in engineering fields. Across Europe, just under 12 percent of recent graduates are engineers. In the U.S.? 4.5 percent. We are at the bottom of the list in this metric."  www.nae.edu/Projects/Events/AnnualMeetings/19611/53074.aspx 

Western media say the DNR is not getting its act together and has little support. m.apnews.com/ap/db_306481/contentdetail.htm  NYT says Pushilin in Donetsk and Ponomarev in Slavyansk are squabbling.  www.nytimes.com/2014/05/22/world/europe/solidarity-eludes-ukraine-separatist-groups-as-presidential-election-nears.html

Latvian Euro MP wants Pravy Sektor on list of terrorist organizations, and prosecuted for chemical weapons based on chloroform finding.  en.itar-tass.com/world/732333

May 20. Donetsk to nationalize what oligarchs privatized 

Did Akhmetov fall off wrong side of fence? Reports that workers not supporting patrol role, while DNR is going to nationalize what he privatized. Nice try, guy. It was good while it lasted.
"Due to the reluctance of regional oligarchs to pay taxes to the budget, DNR decided to begin the process of nationalization," Pushilin said.  "We will not stop the company. Everyone should stay at their desks. It is now your enterprise... Akhmetov made ​​his choice. Unfortunately , this choice against the people of Donbass. Paying taxes in Kiev means funding terror in the Donbas." Recall that yesterday Rinat Akhmetov makes urgent appeal to the people of Donbass urging them to go on [a general] strike against the DNR.  hvylya.org/news/exclusive/dnr-obyavila-voynu-ahmetovu-i-natsionalizatsiyu-aktivov-oligarhov.html 
The strike fizzled and only about 300 of the tycoon's 300,000 employees showed up as required for a mass pro-junta rally in an empty stadium today. Additionally there was an-anti Akhmetov demonstration with about 100 protesters. yurasumy.livejournal.com/47740.html

RT stringer Graham Phillips detained by junta forces at Mariupol checkpoint. rt.com/news/160188-rt-journalist-detain-army/  Phillips had reported that the story about steelworkers taking control in Mariupol never happened, singling out the New York Times for lying. He posted a videoclip of an abandoned city hall with neither steelworkers nor armed separatists to be seen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_YUutjqLng He says the workers haven't been out patrolling now, nor in the last few days either.  
The NYT today printed an AP despatch claiming locals in Slavyansk are angry at the self-defence forces for drawing fire on their homes.  www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/05/20/world/europe/ap-eu-ukraine.html 
Short clip of houses in Slavyansk damaged by junta shelling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBlgk2-ZM4o

US State Dept repeats junta claim that detained LifeNews reporters had weapons (Manpads?) in trunk of car. 

Rocket revenge? An odd coincidence, make of it what you will:
-- 7 days ago, Russia announced counter-sanctions against the USA on use of its heavy rockets (to keep the International Space Station going beyond 2020), on use of its rocket engines (to launch military satellites) www.scientificamerican.com/article/russia-to-close-space-station-in-2020/ and against US GPS sites on Russian territory rt.com/news/158680-russia-usa-rocket-gps/  (the US has never allowed Russian sites on its territory) 
-- 5 days ago, Russia's launch of its most advanced satellite crashed. rt.com/news/159304-proton-rocket-crashed-kazakhstan/ 
-- In 2013, only one of 23 Russian rocket launches failed.
The rumor started here :-) 
Russia's Interfax announced a successful test of a Topol ICBM today. 

Kiev institute poll of public opinion in southeast oblasts, taken April 2014 (and with a pinch of salt too) dif.org.ua/en/events/pivdea-nashogo.htm# shows low support for separatists, even in Donbass. 

US State Dept repeats junta claim that detained LifeNews reporters had weapons (Manpads?) in trunk of car. 

Short clip of houses in Slavyansk damaged by junta shelling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBlgk2-ZM4o

No gas deal yet in haggling with Chinese: asked $350, offered $250. Will Ukraine pay $350?  www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/20/us-china-russia-idUSBREA4J05620140520 The average price for Europe is reported as $380. Junta are offering just $268 / tm3, the price Gazprom gave with special friendship discounts under Yanukovich, which no longer apply. Under Tymoshenko, Ukraine paid $400. China is getting gas from Turkmenistan for $322.
China spoke in support of Russia in the Ukraine crisis, which both  countries also referred to as "domestic".
Hopes for a gas deal with China at the St. Petersburg economic conference this week. www.institutionalinvestor.com/Article/3343985/Banking-and-Capital-Markets-Corporations/Ukraine-Fallout-Dampens-Putins-Big-Economic-Conference.html  
Maybe Donbass could ship coal to China from its port at Mariupol.

Russian minister claims Russia has invested $200 bn in supporting Ukraine over the last 20 years. rt.com/business/159916-russia-investment-ukraine-ulyukaev/

U.N. envoy warns of social collapse in parts of eastern Ukraine www.vision.org/visionmedia/visionvideos.aspx Slavyansk residents see junta shelling as response to referendum. Avakov boasts rapid reaction team will keep election on track.
In Kiev, dowager neocon Madeleine Albright is coming for five days to oversee the election.

Kyiv Post claims gunmen are taking ballots and voter lists for May 25 election at gunpoint in Donbass.  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/gunmen-seize-control-of-district-election-offices-in-donetsk-and-luhansk-oblasts-steal-ballots-and-documents-348578.html

Kiev admits it sees no Russian troops within 10 km of border. russialist.org/ria-novosti-ukraine-says-no-russian-troops-within-10km-of-border/

Parliament passes local language law. 

Tymoshenko calls for a referendum on joining EU and NATO. fr.ria.ru/world/20140518/201242331.html

Press TV says a group of Ukrainian forces defected to People's Republic of Donetsk  www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/05/17/363060/kiev-forces-join-prorussians-in-donetsk/

John Robles quotes Ponomarev that 650 junta troops killed, wounded or captured in Slavyansk, including dozens of CIA agents and mercenaries.  voiceofrussia.com/2014_05_19/CIA-FBI-agents-dying-for-illegal-junta-in-Ukraine-8655/

www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/kiev-should-let-donbass-go/500504.html Donbass is a drain on Ukraine's budget to the tune of over $1 bn per year. Its steel industry uses energy very inefficiently and the region depends on cheap Russian natural gas. Bringing the Donbass up to the Russian standard of living could cost Russia $80 billion. 

From Johnson's Russia List -
Russian internet censorship increasing www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/the-incredible-shrinking-runet/500423.html  
NGO's under renewed scrutiny in Russia. rbth.com/politics/2014/05/15/prosecutor_generals_office_launches_new_wave_of_ngo_inspections_36665.html 
Should Russia bring back the Young Pioneers? en.itar-tass.com/opinions/1773 Children are growing up in an asocial environment today.
Op-ed in Forbes takes it for granted that US primacy depends on a divide and conquer strategy of keeping Russia and China mutually opposed.  www.forbes.com/sites/markadomanis/2014/05/20/a-russia-china-alliance-is-emerging-and-it-will-be-a-disaster-for-the-west/

Writing in 1968, the famous writer and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn had some profound insights about Ukraine, predicting it would be painful process for Ukraine to find its identity within or without the Russian state.  rbth.com/arts/2014/05/20/solzhenitsyns_foresight_on_ukraine_proves_eerily_prescient_36791.html  "With Ukraine, things will get extremely painful." Even back in Soviet times he prophetically did not rule out that Ukraine might break away, although with the qualification that "a referendum may be required for each region... Not the whole of Ukraine in its current formal Soviet borders is indeed Ukraine." "They will soon understand that not all problems are resolved through separation." 
Solzhenitsyn was of mixed Ukrainian-Russian parentage, and became acquainted with Ukrainian nationalism in the gulag. 

Luhansk Peoples Republic has taken control of major border crossing at Dolzhansky. People can now move freely between Russia and Ukraine -- via twitter @wavetossed

Music video, "I was born in the Soviet Union, I was made in the USSR" shows Ukraine breaking up into Russian and Banderistan halves (21 sec)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkN9OrEICsE

May 19

Rebels are trying to retake Slavyansk TV tower (again). Strelkov complains of insufficient volunteers for self-defense militia. 

Analysis of Odessa episode by Oriental Review via www.voltairenet.org/article183730.html


edition.cnn.com/2014/05/18/world/europe/mariupol-urkraine-leadership-vacuum/ Not clear whether separatists or steel company are running Mariupol. 

www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/05/key-man-behind-may-2nd-odessa-ukraine-trade-unions-building-massacre-many-connections-white-house.html  Our hero Kolomoisky again. He lives in Geneva. Excellent article with good details on oligarchs. When Yanukovich privatized Ukrainian gas fields, Kolomoisky got the best parcels, and his Privat bank owns Burisma Gas. Thus Joe Biden's son Hunter is effectively an employee of Kolomoisky. 
The author also reports that most of Akhmetov's business is with Russia. On May 10th I gave a link to a Bloomberg article that stated that Luhansk sends 70% of it exports to Russia. www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-09/ukraine-s-rust-belt-fears-ruin-as-putin-threatens-imports.html 
"Donetsk’s export to import ratio is 6:1, it accounts for 22 percent of Ukraine’s industrial production, and has a GDP per capita that is 30 percent higher than the rest of Ukraine."  fordhampoliticalreview.org/why-donetsk-will-be-next/ 
Over 90% of Metinvest earnings in 2011 came from iron ore exports, mostly to Europe and Southeast Asia. www.kyivpost.com/content/business/akhmetovs-metinvest-2011-profits-quadruple-126319.html 
Akhmetov may be hedging his bets. So far the West hasn't imposed sector sanctions that would ruin his business, only sanctions on individuals. So he plays the pro-Ukraine note for now. Today he called for a general strike against the separatists, and required his employees to attend a pro-Kiev rally. LifeNews 
Remember when Pavel Gubarev got out of jail he said Akhmetov had financed the pro-Russian opposition, but both Pushilin and Akhmetov denied it. 

Rebel takeover of police station in Luhansk went smoothly yesterday. www.kyivpost.com/multimedia/photo/luhansk-separatists-easily-take-over-police-headquarters-appoint-their-own-interior-minister-348318.html Protesters broke into the barricaded building and the new Interior Minister, a retired police general, shook hands with policemen and assured them "I don't want to fight with you guys." Separatists vowed not to allow any polling places open on May 25, calling any such attempt a provocation. In Donetsk, the last team working on preparing for the election gave up due to intimidation. www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine-abroad/reuters-election-officials-at-sharp-end-in-separatist-ukraine-city-348484.html
In Kiev, Turchinov claimed there are almost no police left in the Donbass. 


Odessa:  chloroform found in the building. It can be used to make people unconscious. russian.rt.com/article/32594

Junta interior minister Avakov says Kiev is halting salaries and pensions payment in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. 

Putin announces further troop withdrawal until May 25 election. www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/vladimir-putin-orders-troops-near-ukraine-to-return-home-ahead-of-poll-30287211.html

Photo of children hiding from Ukrainian troops in a basement in Slavyansk makes the rounds on the Internet twitter.com/Rubiconski/status/468532266981793792/photo/1

May 18 Escalation in Kramatorsk

Escalation. Reports junta is shelling Kramatorsk city, damaging buildings, sending in APCs.
Is the US-backed junta taking advantage of Putin's trip to China to time this offensive, the way they carried out the coup in Kiev while Putin was busy with the Olympics in Sochi?
Some video clips of Kramatorsk on Youtube show only scattered firing. On RT, Graham Phillips reports an intensification in Slavyansk, with an approximate doubling of junta troop strength. rt.com/news/159668-slavyansk-reports-heavy-fighting/

Separate reports that the machine factory in Kramatorsk has been hit and is on fire, while troops move into the center to take city hall. Clip showing smoke cloud rising  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoIcIhMT_9M  and here, also mortar shell strike https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYqDxbm-Cas 
Roadside stand hit by shell twitter.com/linaiolanda/status/468067070794792960/photo/1 

Report on VKontakte page of Cossack Babay  that defenders pushed back attackers from center, also that 10 National Guards who wanted to go over to the rebels were shot.  vk.com/kazak_babai 

Donetsk Republic (DNR) news claims junta troops forced at gunpoint to attack Kramatorsk, those who refuse are lined up against the wall and shot.  dnr-news.com/dnr/78-rebyat-postavili-k-stenke-v-kramatorske-soldat-rasstrelyali-za-otkaz-voevat.html  Brief DNR story on today's clash. dnr-news.com/dnr/74-opolchency-nacgvardiya-dvinulas-k-gorispolkomu-kramatorska-idet-boy.html

RT reports a rally in Donetsk City for open borders with Russia, video shows crowd of at most a few hundred people with DNR and Russian flags. A strategic thought, though.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0orRJ9-IKI

Luhansk republic adopts constitution. Council has 114 members. For now Bolotov is prime minister. There will be elections but no date set yet.  lifenews.ru/news/133421  (Neither Donetsk nor Luhansk will observe presidential election on May 25.)


DNR has elected a prime minister, Alexander Boroday, said to be a Russian citizen. 
Crimea puts a temporary ban on demonstrations, but Tatars hold one in their capital city anyway. 

Russian journalists ‘detained’ at a checkpoint near Kramatorsk in E. Ukraine. rt.com/news/159744-lifenews-journalists-detained-ukraine/ The two reporters for LifeNews have been shot at before, and are said to be the two who filmed the junta's use of helicopters with UN markings. lifenews.ru/news/133401 [in Russian] 

www.foxnews.com/world/2014/05/17/eastern-ukrainians-blast-kiev-in-talks/ Second roundtable in Kharkiv excluded separatists from Donbass, however, other "Lawmakers and officials from eastern Ukraine on Saturday poured criticism on the fledging central government, accusing it of ignoring legitimate grievances of the regions... politicians from the east implored the government to believe that -- apart from the pro-Russia gunmen -- a large sector of the population had lost hope in the interim administration in Kiev... Yatsenyuk, who was often busy with his iPad while some of the eastern lawmakers were making passionate speeches, called on the eastern leaders to resist the armed men."
It took Putin to get them to have a dialogue with the east and then they don't listen anyway. 
The meeting was met by a small crowd of protesters. A much larger crowd turned up on the main square of Kharkiv to demand a referendum and to call for an election boycott.  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_18/Rally-in-Ukraines-Kharkov-calls-for-boycotting-presidential-elections-promises-referendum-5911/

Two years ago, Dnipropetrovsk still saw itself as a Russian, even a Soviet, city. Suddenly, under the thumb of Ihor Kolomoisky, it's the Lviv of the East, HQ of Pravy Sektor. grahamwphillips.com/2014/05/17/dnipropetrovsk-the-lviv-of-the-east/ 
Graham Phillips has also reported that EuroMaidanPR is a CIA website, based on IP addresses, and the domain was created already in 2010 - planned well ahead. 

Write-up of high-level links between Pussy Riot and western governments fables-of-faubus.com/post/86057736120

NYT surmises that Putin's change of tack may be due to Poroshenko's strong lead in the presidential campaign.   www.nytimes.com/2014/05/19/world/europe/frontrunner-in-ukraine-election-may-be-shifting-putins-stance.html  Mr. Poroshenko is a veteran of Ukrainian politics, having served as foreign minister under President Viktor A. Yushchenko; as economics minister under the ousted president, Viktor F. Yanukovych; and as a longtime member of Parliament, including a stint as speaker.
“The reasoning on Poroshenko is that he is a pragmatist and he was in the Yanukovych government,” Mr. Karatnycky said. “He is a person who is a dealmaker. From that point of view, it may mean that Putin is willing to give it a chance of trying to get something out of this.”  
Recently, Mr. Poroshenko has struck a conciliatory tone, promising to mend ties with Russia and saying at a news conference on Sunday that he opposed holding a referendum on Ukrainian membership in NATO. 
Mr. Poroshenko’s support for European integration will inevitably complicate his talks with Russia if he is elected. (end of NYT citation)
At any rate, it's a lot better than Tymoshenko threatening to nuke ethnic Russians. 

www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/05/west-directly-responsible-massacres-ukraine.html CIA, neo-Nazis, Maidan...

May 17


Russia could ban Twitter. in.reuters.com/article/2014/05/16/russia-twitter-idINL6N0O22IS20140516  Fears of color revolution tactics cited, but law could also protect corrupt politicians from criticism. www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpolitik/internetzensur-russland-droht-eine-twitter-sperre-a-969895.html

Graham Phillips: Civil servants in Donetsk Republic have no idea when they will return to work, as unclear who will pay salaries formerly paid by Kiev. Opening for oligarchs? Junta forces moving on Slavyansk, defenders in trenches. 
As junta claims its forces killed 100 in Slavyansk, Donetsk Republic renews appeal to join Russia. Later reports don't seem to bear out a large number of casualties. 

Ukraine being frack-tured. On RT-- Shale gas and politics: Are Western energy giants’ interests behind Ukraine violence?  rt.com/news/159588-east-ukraine-shale-deposits/

Fiat Defeat: Russia to meet with China and Iran on bypassing US dollar. www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-13/russia-holds-de-dollarization-meeting-china-iran-willing-drop-usd-bilateral-trade

ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2014/may/17/nato-aims-to-repeat-its-libya-success-in-ukraine.aspx Successfully turned Libya into a hell-hole for its people and a playground for Big Oil. Ukraine's turn next. 


Israel refuses to let Russian ship to dock at Haifa, not to anger the US over Ukraine, plus Shin Bet's claimed concern about spying.  argumentua.com/novosti/izrail-ne-pustil-boevoi-korabl-vmf-rossii-v-svoi-vody

Anti-Russian site claims Donbass separatist figures are neo-Nazi elements from Russia www.ukrainianwinnipeg.ca/russian-mercenaries-donbas/

Does the Ukrainian Conflict Represent a New, Privatized Form of Warfare? Oligarch's workers patrol Mariupol, while guerrilla tactics defy official army in Slavyansk.  medium.com/war-is-boring/d2863f23ee61

May 16 p.m. The shocking truth about the Odessa holocaust comes out: Organized from top levels of the junta

Shocking inside story of Odessa massacre, how it was carefully organized by top officials of the criminal junta: Turchinov, Avakov, Nalivaychenko, Parubiy, Pashinsky and Kolomoisky, using 1400 Pravy Sektor and UNA-UNSO commandos and provocateurs. Odessa's chief prosecutor: "a well-planned and coordinated action in which some authorities’ representatives have taken part.” See "Bloodbath in Odessa Guided by Interim Rulers of Ukraine"  www.globalresearch.ca/bloodbath-in-odessa-guided-by-interim-rulers-of-ukraine/5382320 Kolomoisky paid $5000 for each pro-Russian killed. The figure of 46 dead only counts the upper floors; as many as 100 more were slaughtered in the basement, where they were lured by provocateurs. The Trade Union Bldg. was set afire also to cover the tracks of the murderers. The altercations leading up to the incident were also carefully planned. Source: anonymous insider.

Army base #3037 in Donetsk surrendered to a platoon of popular militia, according to various media sources, summary on Facebook  Equipment was captured, Ukrainian army units either retreated or joined rebels. 
Report that 1500 Ukrainian soldiers in strategic Dnipropetrovsk mutinied.  antirusofob.ru/news/283-ekstrennaya-novost-v-dnepropetrovskoy-oblasti-vzbuntovalos-1500-voennyh-ukrainy.html

Pravy Sektor tries to capture Ukraine's largest nuclear neactor in Zaporizhye.  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_16/Right-Sector-attempts-to-seize-largest-NPP-in-Ukraine-1602/ 20 terrorists detained by police. Latvian Euro MP calls to have Pravy Sektor put on list of terrorist organizations. 

Crisis looms as supplies blocked from entering eastern Ukraine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwgKALkCnAk

Pravy Sektor ("Right Sector") suspected in the blowing up of three pipelines in West Ukraine which carry Russian gas to Europe.  www.moonofalabama.org/2014/05/ukraine-who-wages-the-pipeline-war.html

Petition on whitehouse.gov asks to designate Russia as a sponsor of terrorism. How about designating the USA as the perpetrator of 90% of the terrorism on the planet?

After Tsarev, another presidential candidate drops out of election, reportedly after narrowly surviving an assassination attempt - Ukraine Communist Party leader Simonenko. He cited a breakdown of law and order. 


Unknown Snipers and Western backed “Regime Change” - A Historical Review and Analysis, by Gearóid Ó Colmáin  www.globalresearch.ca/unknown-snipers-and-western-backed-regime-change/27904

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban urges autonomy for ethnic Hungarians in West Ukraine  www.afp.com/en/news/orban-urges-autonomy-ethnic-hungarians-ukraine

russialist.org/interfax-two-thirds-of-ukrainians-sees-russia-as-friend-poll/ The view that Russians are a friend is held by 50.4 percent respondents in western Ukraine and 85.3 percent in the east, the Razumkov Ukrainian Centre for Economic and Political Studies reported. 

Lavrov: “We don’t consider ourselves foreigners [in Ukraine],” the Russian minister said, citing more than 300 years of common history and the countries’ shared Slavic heritage. He also called Kiev “the mother city of Russia” and the cradle of the Russian language.  russialist.org/ria-novosti-ukraine-not-russias-backyard-lavrov/ 
Lavrov called US sanctions "hysterical" - “If the West, just for the sake of revenge, is ready to sacrifice its reputation as a reliable partner for the entire world economy … it is up to them to decide. The entire world would think differently.”



Interesting viewpoint - one that I've also tended to share at time - at Vineyard of the Saker. vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-look-in-long-distance-who-will-have.html 
- Ukraine has fallen so far behind that rebuilding it will require immense resources in a very difficult political environment. (unless the country rebuilds itself)
- whoever will end up "owning" Ukraine will also own most of its problems. The EU wants to own it all and let Russia pay for it all. Unsurprisingly Russia does not agree. The Americans have it even better: they simply don't ask this question, don't think about this issue and have no plans to own anything if by "owning" we mean "paying for".
- Russia has already reunited the only part of the Ukraine it really "wanted": Crimea.
- No matter what, the AngloZionist Empire will suffer massive consequences for its crazy notion of letting a huge country like the Ukraine explode right in the middle of the European continent.
- The USA's entire Ukrainian policy is based on a fallacy cooked up by Zbigniew Brzezinski and parroted by Hillary Clinton: Brzezinski believes that Russia cannot be a superpower without the Ukraine, and Hillary believes that Putin wants to rebuild the USSR. They are both completely wrong, of course: Russia is already a superpower (it has now defeated the US/EU/NATO alliance in both Syria and the Ukraine) and Putin does not want to rebuild the USSR at all.
- the Ukraine is not a prize at all - it is a huge burden. That is a truth which no politician can openly state, of course.
- Russia's victory in this massive confrontation with the united powers of the US/EU/NATO is so total because no matter what, Russia will have the option to choose how much of the Ukrainian burden it is willing to shoulder - whereas the West will have to take whatever Russia does not want.
- In a sane world ruled by non-delusional people the real priority of western politicians would be to cuddle, beg, plead, threaten and trick Russia into taking over as much of the Ukraine as possible - the whole thing if possible. Let Russia deal with the neo-Nazis, pay Ukrainian pensions and salaries, rebuild the entire economy, waste its energy and resources on this ungrateful and truly Herculean task. If Russia agreed to take over the full Ukraine NATO could even re-heat its "Russian threat" canard and justify its existence.
Luckily, however, as long as Putin is in power Russia will never agree to anything like it. Time is on Russia's side and the worse the situation of the Ukraine becomes, the weaker the US/EU/NATO block is, the stronger the Russian bargaining position becomes.
Russia will simply wait for western leaders to wake up from their current delusional hallucinations and get serious about solving a problem which is first and foremost their problem which they created and they will have to pay for solving.
-- I sent this to Takis Fotopoulos who is working on a book on Ukraine for Progressive Press. He considered it to be very naive in its assumptions and implications.
It's true that territory is a priceless thing. However, it's also a matter of how and when is the best way and time to get it, and if you can afford it.
I hope this time the evil empire's neocon nincompoops really have blundered, but they've been underestimated before.  

Video clip makes the point about not separating things, not a plant from the soil, a person from their family, and not cutting up Ukraine into pieces. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HO2FjyVWAQ  Quite so. Yes, and the great tragedy of Ukraine is that it was separated from Russia in 1991.
The real separatists are in Kiev and Washington, not Donetsk or Moscow. 

One bright spot for Ukraine - due to slow development, it has good wilderness preserves. www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/nature-of-ukraine/

May 16 a.m.

Akhmetov mobilizes his thousands of miners to take control of Mariupol from separatists. www.nytimes.com/2014/05/16/world/europe/ukraine-workers-take-to-streets-to-calm-Mariupol.html Akhmetov is concerned that an independent Donbass would not be recognized, would be subject to sanctions, thus losing markets for its steel products; Russia itself is a steel exporter. Press release by his company MetInvest www.metinvestholding.com/ru/press/news/show/2923 
"A representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, which had declared independence, was also a party to the deal." news.yahoo.com/pro-russian-insurgents-retreat-ukraines-east-081645721.html
More insights on Akhmetov's position - having lost control to the separatists, he sees his chance to reassert himself now as a mediator between them and Kiev, along the line of federal powers for the region within a united Ukraine.  www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/16/us-ukraine-crisis-akhmetov-insight-idUSBREA4F03F20140516 The man has 300,000 employees, more than most armies. 

Russia dumping T-bills blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/05/15/russians-flee-u-s-treasury-debt-as-sanctions-hit/  now holding $100 bn vs $150 bn in October.

Junta reports it has lost 24 troops killed since ATO started a month ago  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/at-least-24-servicemen-killed-during-ukraines-anti-terrorist-operation-348075.html  However, the Kiev Times figures their losses at 1,000 men, counting National Guard units - many killed by friendly fire.  thekievtimes.ua/society/373495-kiev-skryl-fakt-o-tysyachax-pogibshix.html  Russia blasted a UN report blaming separatists for over 100 deaths in E. Ukraine  www.dpa-international.com/news/international/un-death-toll-in-eastern-ukraine-violence-at-almost-130-a-38281175-img-0.html , calling it biased and a whitewash for Kiev junta.

Fighting continues in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. Junta claims it has captured Slavyansk TV tower www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/two-rebel-bases-liquidated-pro-russian-rebel-leaders-issue-ultimatum-with-threat-of-military-action-video-348011.html and killed three rebels in Starovarvarovka.  ukraineinvestigation.com/ukrainian-forces-captured-3-terrorists-near-starovarvarivka/

Reporters Without Borders on the Slavyansk TV tower: "Control of the region’s main broadcast retransmission centres switches between the Ukrainian army and rebel forces in accordance with the success of their operations, resulting in frequent cuts and alternation between Russian and Ukrainian stations. Aside from their strategic importance in the information war, these centres allow the warring parties to mark their territory and project their authority over the local population." en.rsf.org/ukraine-summary-of-attacks-on-media-12-05-2014,46265.html

Portrait of Slavyansk rebel commander "Strelkov" news.kievukraine.info/2014/05/elusive-muscovite-with-three-names.html

Robert Parry protests NYT racism against ethnic Russians of Donbas. us-russia.org/2354-ethnic-russians-are-people-too.html

ATM's have not worked for days in Donetsk, as Ukraine's National Bank suspends operations in the region. 

NATO Secretary General: Ukraine may seek military assistance from individual countries of the Alliance

Svoboda (neo-nazi) parliamentary faction calls to evacuate civilians from Slavyansk, followed by massive airstrikes and mopping up operations to wipe out anyone who stays. fakty.ictv.ua/ru/index/read-news/id/1515161

Paris Match confirms that a Pravy Sektor officer was a leader of the group that killed two civilians in Krasnoarmeysk. Some of the others appeared to be American mercenaries, or to have had such training.  www.parismatch.com/Actu/International/Revelations-on-the-Krasnoarmeysk-killing-564127

Reported that Kolomoisky called dissident presidential candidate Ihor Tsarev (Igor Tsarov) and told him there is a price of $1 million on his head, and not to come back to Kiev.  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_15/Ukrainian-oligarch-puts-1-million-bounty-on-opponents-head-audio-recording-9493/ The phone call was reported tapped by ex-SBU agents "who now call themselves the Joint Cyber-Militia of the Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov Regions. In addition, another audio record was posted online that proves that Kolomoisky personally ordered the Odessa massacre." See RT interview with Mark Sleboda on Kolomoisky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG7IQy0SbKc Information coming in indicates that many victims in Odessa thought to have died of smoke inhalation were actually murdered by thugs. There were also children inside the building. 
Tsarev, who has been beaten and stripped of his presidential candidacy, confirmed the authenticity of the Kolomoisky phone call threat. He also said attackers burned down his neighbor's house by mistake, intending to target his.
Last month a photo of a huge PrivatBank billboard offering a reward of $10000 per head to kill ethnic Russians appeared on the Web. Turns out the photo is fake but the story is true. Kolomoisky is one of Ukraine junta's biggest hit men. He should be serving a life sentence in prison. Instead he is governor of Ukraine's most critical province, proving what a criminal regime the Nulandistan junta is. 
I posted this to Tsarov's Wikepedia entry today:
"Also in May 2014, a recording of a death threat phone call purportedly made to Tsarov by the appointed governor of Dnipropetrovsk, the oligarch and owner of PrivatBank, Ihor Kolomoisky, began circulating in social media. In the call Kolomoisky tells Tsarov that there is a bounty of $1 million on his head, and to stay in Moscow if he doesn't want to be killed. Tsarov said the call was authentic. The Voice of Russia also reported the story." Let's see how long it stays up there until the Maidan swarmers take it down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleg_Tsarov

Russia tones down Ukraine hostility to maximise its influence says Financial Times “We have moved from nonstop mutual accusations to a situation where a political solution again appears possible,” said a German diplomat in Moscow. "There is now a good chance that we will get a Ukrainian president who can be a dialogue partner for Moscow.” 
"There is no support in the military leadership for going in with troops,” said a former [Russian] defence ministry official. “It would be very difficult not just in terms of securing Ukraine itself but also put our overall defence at risk. Russia’s armed forces are just not capable of this.”
Analysts believe that the government now doubts that pro-Russia rebellion could easily be spread and kept alive in all of eastern and southern Ukraine.

However I still hope that Putin has a good long term strategy based on populism in Europe, and a large interest bloc of the world's less wealthy nations - a bit in the spirit of Russia's old communist international, but modern and moderate, without the grotesque features of Marxism. It ought to be a popular recipe.  

m.novinite.com/articles/160478/Ukraine%27s+Donetsk,+Luhansk+to+Seek+Unification+after+Self-Rule+Vote Donetsk and Luhansk discussing merger. 

According to German media reports, Blackwater mercenaries and the CIA are directing the military operation against separatists.  www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/13/blac-m13.html

Portrait of Andrei Purgin, activist for independent Donetsk since 2006. www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article128065029/Der-Mann-der-die-Republik-Donezk-erfand.html

The complete collapse of the Party of Regions left the east unrepresented in Kiev.  news.liga.net/articles/politics/1720721-v_rukakh_akhmetova_kak_umiraet_partiya_regionov.htm The party of Yanukovich and Akhmetov, also at one time Poroshenko. 

Ukraine media headline Poroshenko campaign promise - Ukraine could reach energy independence in two years. But in detail en.interfax.com.ua/news/economic/204536.htmlit's mostly about imports and oil shale. Meanwhile Gazprom says they are open to negotiate gas price if Kiev will just start paying on its debt.  

Putin used the drop in the rouble during Crimea crisis to buy up foreign shares of Russian energy companies at a $20 bn discount. openews.eu/le-genial-coup-du-cavalier-de-poutine-a-fait-gagner-a-la-russie-20-milliards-de-dollars-en-quelques-jours/

It doesn't get much more bizarre: Darth Vader's TV spot in his campaign for mayor of Odessa. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_72v783tlA

Ex-Kanzler Schmidt reproaches EU with incompetence, megalomania and risking World War III. www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/ukraine-krise-helmut-schmidt-wirft-eu-groessenwahn-vor-a-969773.html

May 15

The View from the Moral High Ground

Ukraine and 21st-century Coups, by Tom Snider original.antiwar.com/ted_snider/2014/03/09/ukraine-and-twenty-first-century-coups/ 
The parliamentary process that removed the democratically elected President [Yanukovich] had three stages. In the first, government "security forces left the streets and public buildings unguarded," "allowing protesters in." 
In the second, the opposition ensured that it had the numbers and the strength to take over the parliament. Attaining the numbers was achieved both by timing, as "many of the MPs for southern and eastern Ukraine were absent from the session. Instead they were at a pre-scheduled congress of regional politicians in Kharkiv . . ." and by intimidation. Robert Parry says that storm troopers of the neo-Nazi right wing protesters occupied the government buildings "and forced Yanukovych and many of his allies to flee for their lives." 
In the third, the parliament then dismissed Yanukovych, elected a new speaker and a new parliament and began passing new laws often unanimously under intimidation. Parry says that "With Yanukovych and many of his supporters fleeing for their lives, the opposition parties seized control of parliament and began passing draconian new laws . . . as neo-Nazi thugs patrolled the scene."

Lavrov: "The real aim of the United States is not to let Europeans to go on their own, not to let NATO lose the purpose of its existence and to keep Europe on a short leash.” 
“Ukrainians are killing Ukrainians. I believe it is as close to a civil war as it can get.” 
The violence and Kiev’s refusal to stop it are against the Geneva agreement, which Ukraine signed together with Russia, the EU and US. It casts doubt over the legitimacy of the presidential election scheduled for May 25, the Russian minister believes. 
“In the east of Ukraine there is a real war with heavy weapons shot. If this is something conducive to free and fair elections, then I don’t understand something in freedom and fairness,” he commented.   rt.com/news/158908-lavrov-russia-ukraine-nato/

The vision of federalization proposed by Moscow may become the only political reality. carnegieendowment.org/2014/05/13/only-way-to-save-ukraine-federalization/haox  What Ukraine suffers from the most are internal divisions fueled by a generational gap: the young and better educated want to build a new, Western-oriented country, the older generation values Russian-level pensions, and the oligarchs desire business as usual.

Another great selection of articles by Rick Rozoff today in his Stop Nato Yahoo Group. It seems the only way to view them is to join the group here groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/stopnato/info  Here's today's titles 

1 Ukraine Crisis Exposes NATO’s Eastward Expansion Drive
2 Fascists burning people alive in Odessa, Nazism on the rise in Europe
3 New 54-Nation Partnership: NATO Subverts African Union
4 Gaddafi warned Moslems not to fall prey to US tactics 
5 Audio: U.S., NATO War Moves Trigger Another Cold War
6 NATO to Train Ukraine Regime Troops for Southeast Operation
7 Estonia: NATO To Launch War Games
8 Western Powers Perfect "Color Revolution" Formula: Tajik Official
9 Russia Surveys Former Yugoslav Cities Bombed by NATO Uranium Weapons
10 NATO May Back Invasion Of Abkhazia As "Revenge" Against Russia

How NATO Jabs Russia on Ukraine by Ray McGovern. www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/15-6 A history of aggressive moves by Washington to expand NATO to Russia’s border in violation of a post-Cold War pledge.

How Populism Works for Putin
Very interesting analysis of how Russian domestic politics influences Putin's foreign policy motives  pando.com/2014/05/14/sorry-america-the-ukraine-isnt-all-about-you/  Putin actually started out his political career in the neoliberal faction, who represent a small minority of privileged snobs. Russia may have the worst income inequality in the world, and Putin found a new power base among the disenfranchised Silent Majority on his return to power in 2011. Standing tough on Ukraine and Crimea appeals to the Russian heartland, and Putin's support has never been higher than now. If the US wanted a new Cold War, they certainly have pushed the right buttons for it -- Pussy Riot, Maidan and NATO aggrandizement. 

On this subject, yesterday I was reading a piece by one of Putin's detractors in Snob magazine, Впереди большие перемены. – Александр Гольдфарб – Блог – Сноб (in English translation). The author, Alexander Goldfarb, claims that the Donbass leadership has no end game other than annexation by Russia, but that this is not an option for Putin because he can't stand up to the West. So it will end in fiasco, losing him massive support, and he will move to an oppressive dictatorship to retain power. (I tried to link to the article again today but was stopped by this message "Sorry, this material is available only to participants of the entire project "Snob". Become a member of the project, you can right now." Spasibo, nyet.)

LifeNews reports on an agreement between businessmen and residents of Mariupol to provide security.  twitter.com/lifenews_ru/status/467153648121028609/photo/1  This sounds an awful lot like the militia Akhmetov proposed the other day. It also belies the snotty Goldfarb thesis just mentioned above. If those chaps can organize a vote by most of the population under adverse conditions, what's to keep them from staying open for business? Big changes like this always offer plenty of opportunies for entrepreneurs, and opportunists. They won't be alone. 

May 14

Why has the US relied so heavily on neo-Nazis for their putsch in Kiev, when the drawbacks are so many and obvious? Because their purpose is to use Ukraine as a dagger in the side of Russia, so they need a Russophobic regime. And most ordinary Ukrainians are not like that. They remember that Russians and Ukrainians are brothers, that they are in essence one people -- the Eastern Slavs, who have lived together in this space for over a millenium.
So for the purpose the plotters have to rely on extremists. Where do they come from, how did they get to be useful Russia-hating tools?
The answer is in Webster Tarpley's absolutely indispensable article, relating how Ukraine as a country was actually created by the German general staff, finding themselves caught in a two-front war in World War I -- to use as a dagger in the side of Russia.  tarpley.net/metaphysical-doubts-concerning-the-existence-of-modern-ukraine-a-1918-creation-of-the-german-general-staff/ 
The Germans indoctrinated tens of thousands of Ukrainian prisoners of war in an ideology of nationalism and revolutionism, to forge a force that would successfully rebel against the government of the Tsar in the region of Ukraine -- the same strategy they applied in sending Lenin to Russia.
This legacy has passed down to us today, expressed in the weirdly spiteful mentality of Maidan, nationalist, revolutionist, irrationally Russophobic -- and strongly tinged with Bandera's Nazi sympathies.
So Ukrainian nationalism today is not a natural phenomenon. It has been created and fanned by the Western empires. The natural form of national feeling for the people of Ukraine lives on in the east, among those who still realize that they are "Rysin," Russian, the name the people of the old Kievan Rus always called themselves -- up until World War I. 

Kolomoisky and Kerry at it again? Dnipropetrovsk is now base for an anti-Donbass death squad.  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/volunteer-donbass-battalion-takes-up-arms-to-defend-ukraine-defeat-separatists-347764.html  "Comprised of ex-military men with experience operating in hot spots around the world and civilian volunteers, the brigade operates covertly throughout the regions."

DPR (Donetsk People's Republic) gives junta 24 hours to remove troops from its territory.  sitrepnetwork.blogspot.com/2014/05/sitrep-ukraine-crisis-peace-talks-in.html  "We haven't received any offers to join a round-table and dialogue," said Denis Pushilin, a pro-Russia militant leader in Donetsk. "If the authorities in Kiev want a dialogue, they must come here. If we go to Kiev, they will arrest us."
Next roundtable to take place in Donetsk on May 17 or 19?   en.itar-tass.com/world/731686
Report of a battle in village of Starovarvarovka, which could be an attempt by junta forces to annihilate the group that ambushed and destroyed 2 APC's yesterday.  rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/

Profiles of Donetsk leaders www.n-tv.de/politik/Putins-verwegene-Maenner-article12820776.html 


Junta can try to assassinate east Ukraine leaders and West's corporate-controlled media will always point the finger at Russia.  voiceofrussia.com/2014_05_14/Kiev-junta-threaten-MPs-with-beating-them-to-have-their-votes-political-analyst-4000/  Killers, judge and jury -- all from the same side. 

May 13 (p.m.)

Armed pro-Russian rebels ambushed a Ukrainian military convoy transporting ammunition on the outskirts of the flashpoint city of Kramatorsk around 1 p.m. on May 13, killing seven paratroopers and wounding seven more. One rebel fighter was killed during the assault.  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/defense-ministry-armed-separatist-rebels-ambush-ukrainian-troops-in-kramatorsk-killing-six-347651.html Heavily armed rebels fired rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons. Donetsk news website Novosti Donbassa reported that rebel forces captured the chief of the Ukrainian Eastern Territorial Command, Colonel Yuriy Lebed, during the assault. They also destroyed two APC's. A first taste of guerrilla warfare for the junta. Tymchuk blames lax command and control. Another factor could be that the militias now have better access to weapons stored in Donbass armories, now that they are the recognized authorities and armed forces. Pic of charred APC:  twitter.com/HarrietSalem/status/466480544772292609/photo/1

Russia to ban US from using Space Station over Ukraine sanctions. In retaliation for imposing sanctions, Russia will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military satellites. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10828964/Russia-to-ban-US-from-using-Space-Station-over-Ukraine-sanctions.html The US wants to keep using the $100 billion ISS until 2024, but the only way to reach it is with Russian rockets. 

John Pilger speaks up in the Guardian: In Ukraine, the US is dragging us towards war with Russia  www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/13/ukraine-us-war-russia-john-pilger  Rampant militarism now rules. The Pentagon currently runs "special operations" – secret wars – in 124 countries. At home, rising poverty and a loss of liberty are the historic corollary of a perpetual war state.

OCSE floats peace plan, hinging on getting Donbass to give up their weapons and their buildings. Lots of luck.  abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/proposed-peace-plan-ukraine-23700258  Anyway it gives the West something to chew on while the East consolidates its position.

Vision of Novorossiya split off from Kiev surfaced already during 2004 Orange revolution. blogs.pravda.com.ua/authors/leschenko/53722f577a5cc/ 

Recognize the shady wording of this headline: "Russia Recognises Shady Outcome Of East Ukraine Self-Rule Vote." Story: "Russia said on Monday it respected the outcome of a referendum on self-rule in two east Ukrainian regions and that the results should be implemented peacefully." Are they trying to start a rumor that Russia is conceding that the referendum was shady? www.businessinsider.com.au/r-russia-says-it-respects-outcome-of-east-ukraine-self-rule-vote-2014-12

US VP Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden is on the board of a company seeking to develop Ukrainian natural gas and wean the country away from Russian gas. As VP, Joe Biden is also trying to push Kiev in the same direction. What a gas! Touching how oligarchs try to provide for their young.  burisma.com/hunter-biden-joins-the-team-of-burisma-holdings/  Also on the board is Polish ex-president Kwasniewski.  www.buzzfeed.com/maxseddon/bidens-son-polish-ex-president-quietly-sign-on-to-ukrainian   "Imagine outcry if Russia spent $5bn on regime change in Canada and then top Canada oil/gas firm appointed son of Lavrov or Medvedev to board..." -- Neil Clark

Media reports that Ukraine is using helicopters with UN markings on military missions. The markings were supposed to be removed on returning to Ukraine. The UN is investigating.  itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/1184498

For what it's worth, Wikileaks confirms that Russia warned the US in 2008 that any attempt to get Ukraine into NATO could lead to the country splitting up or to a civil war.  wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/08MOSCOW265_a.html  

More on the Maidan snipers - Kiev is covering up the number of policeman shot dead - may be as many as 100 - it is now known that the snipers were Ukrainian - suspected Pravy Sektor  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_11/Kiev-conceals-real-death-toll-among-policemen-in-Maidan-9071/

Rather than annexing east Ukraine, "The Kremlin wants to create a force in the country's east that will first and foremost represent the Russian identity and which will become part of the Ukrainian elite, where it would balance its Western-oriented representatives."  www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/putins-goal-seen-as-leverage-in-ukraine-not-division/499989.html  Our people were hoping that Russia, Ukraine and Belarus would restore their historic unity, but this hope collapsed in March 2014, when during a coup d'etat the Kiev junta captured power in Ukraine," Pushilin said during a news conference.
What Russia does not want is more hatred, because when there is a lot of hate around, it always gets targeted at Russia in the most damaging way. For Russia the real problem with the Kiev regime, is that it's based on ethnic hatred against Russia. The essence of the friendship pact known as the Budapest agreement was that Ukraine and Russia should be friends and brothers. 

A genial parody of western warmongering then and now. Ukraine: 70 years of German  Propaganda and Hysteria against Russia, 1944-2014 vimeo.com/94031326 15 minutes of agitprop newsreels, from 3rd Reich to Nulandistan (no English subtitles) This is a fantastic piece of satire. Sound track is like a WW2 Nazi newsreel on smashing the Bolsheviks, while video shows parallel sequences from the recent coup - equates the conquest of Kiev 2014 with the invasion of Ukraine by the Wehrmacht, packaged in the style of the German TV news show Tagesschau. Hilarious and cutting to the point. Fab cameo appearance by Obomber too.

Kiev trying the dialogue tack  www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2014/05/13/Ukrainian-government-to-hold-first-National-Dialogue-roundtable-on-May-14/9071400005689/  
"Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada, its parliament, announced Tuesday that the country's first National Dialogue roundtable will take place at the parliament building on Wednesday.
The parliament issued the announcement on its website: "We are ready for the conversation with everybody who has legitimate political aims and is ready to stand for them by the legal means, with those who don't have blood on their hands. We invite representatives of all political forces from all regions, civil society, scientific circles for a dialogue on all issues and concerns the Ukrainian nation is facing now."
Invited participants include former Ukrainian presidents Leonid Kravchuk and Leonid Kuchma, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, cabinet ministers and members of parliament, presidential candidates, regional administration and regional council heads, local government agency representatives, leaders of religious organizations, public and international organizations, and public figures."
Uh, no blood on their hands? What's the junta doing at the table? And what kind of dialogue is it without the separatists? Twill be a coalition of the swilling. 

Torchlight parade by fascists in Kiev with banner of Stepan Bandera pic.twitter.com/2eGPJpffmD

Valery Bolotov, people's governor of Luhansk, has been wounded in an assassination attempt after junta put a bounty of $1 million on his capture.  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/luhansk-separatists-say-their-chief-bolotov-wounded-347628.html

Since Odessa and Mariupol, the pro-Russian viewpoint has been winning the propaganda war on Twitter, if not in the MSM.  everything-pr.com/winning-the-ukraine-social-media-wars/248956/  Thanks also to clever commentators like RT's Paula Slier (our answer to Liz Sly, who shilled for the FSA). New RT hire Graham Phillips was the most influential tweeter of the week, followed by Roza Kazan and her photos. Steiner1776, a familiar face from the Syria media war, got an honorable mention too. 

'Greece-like austerity looms in Ukraine from harmful EU loan' says financial analyst on RT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GFI2y4m6J4  

May 13 (a.m.) Is Putin wise to bide his time on annexing Donbass?

If Russia just scoop up the Donbass eagerly, there are several drawbacks. With Russia looking so eager, the Donbass people may expect more wish fulfillment than is possible, while Russia will be hit harder by sanctions and have a harder time fulfilling expectations. People appreciate things more if they have to wait an uncertain time for them.
It's reasonable to let things simmer down, give Donetsk a little time, and to continue showing their own capabilities, show the makings of a real sovereign state, capable of making a mature request for accession. As mentioned earlier, there isn't even a mandate for accession so far, only for independence.
A fast move is going to give the russophobes and sovietophobes more to crow about, makes Russia look greedy for territory, playing into NATO's campaign for further enlargement.
Putin is going to use the referenda to either get concessions on Ukraine (not likely) or at least wait long enough to make Kiev look like the one who is not playing fair, or to make their next blunder.
It might be smart to do it after the May 25 election. Give Poroshenko a chance to work on the civilized divorce.
So far Putin and team have played their hand well, they seem to knows what they're doing.
For instance, an independent Donbass state would have a better chance of winning over neighboring Dnipropetrovsk than Russia would directly -- especially considering the intense Russophobia that has been indoctrinated into the Ukrainian people, the last few months especially. 

Global Research TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5HUWzeDzrw Eastern Ukrainians do not want to be part of Nulandistan. They gathered in droves and waited in long lines to vote, even though the the unelected US-supported Yatsenyuk regime tried to disrupt the voting by sending its militias into their cities... 
when real "people power" is at play in places like Eastern Ukraine or Bahrain, where ordinary people are struggling for their rights, the US government and European Union always oppose them. 
More here www.globalresearch.ca/welcome-to-nulandistan-a-videographic-essay-of-what-the-us-and-eu-have-unleashed-on-ukraine/5381838

More detail on the treasonous emails between Klitschko and a US color revolution command post in Lithuania, intercepted by Anonymous Ukraine:  http://www.khanfactor.com/blog/?p=1490 "Footprints of the US State Department – Chronology of the Ukrainian Coup by Renee Parsons" 
Nov. 21, 2013: Yanukovitsch says Ukraine will join Eurasian Union rather than European Union.
Nov. 27: emails about "cooperation" and "financial assistance," "details of my German bank account," "money for supporters" etc. already flowing between Klitschko and US destabilization team.
"Your colleague has arrived and started working with my team. He’s a real pro and I think his services may be required even after the country is destabilized."
"I think we’ve paved the way for more radical escalation of the situation. Isn’t it time to proceed with more decisive actions? I also want you to consider the possibility of increasing funding to pay for the services of our supporters."
Complete emails can be read here voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_23/Anonymous-Ukraine-releases-Klitschko-e-mails-showing-treason-3581/  and here urubin.com/het-smerige-spel-van-het-westen-in-oekraine/ 

Donetsk republic to appeal to UN for recognition of its sovereignty. The authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic will roll up their sleeves to resolve the social and economic tasks the region is faced with and they will take up the problem of organizing its Armed Forces.
http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_13/Donetsk-republic-to-appeal-to-UN-for-recognition-of-its-sovereignty-0672/ ""A de facto civil war is being waged on our territory," Pushilin says. "There are many military bases here and we should decide on what’s to be done about their contingents. They either change over to our side or else they are declared occupation troops, which makes them subject to expulsion." Pushilin indicates that active work with the military is underway now and "there are many encouraging signals in return." Among the social and economic tasks, which the DPR will have to untangle in the first place, he named pensions and the salaries in the budget-receiving sector in the Donetsk Coalfields area.


Washington desperately needs a new Cold War with Russia to ensure a healthy Military-Security Complex and to maintain global hegemony, former Reagan administration official Paul Craig Roberts told RT in an interview. "The best thing the Russian government could do is just ignore [Washington's rhetoric] and go on making its relations with China, India, Brazil, and South America, and go on about its business and leave the dollar system, and simply quit trying to be accepted by Washington," said Roberts, also an economist and columnist on global affairs. rt.com/op-edge/158532-russia-ignore-cold-war/

A different slant - while repeating the obligatory anti-Russian noises, this article by NYU political scientist Mark Galeotti makes some interesting points -- that the Donetsk uprising is not directly controlled by the Kremlin -- that USUK-NATO have no real options in Ukraine if they don't want to foot the bill for its dire economic state, other than getting the best terms of surrender they can -- that it is dangerous folly not to take advantage of any opportunities for negotiation that Moscow offers.  www.bne.eu/content/comment-after-referenda-window-opportunity-opens-ukraine

Sometimes you get flak from revtards calling you a dump for Russian propaganda. They don't want to understand that it's not a matter of Russia being the flawless beauty. It's the stark contrast with the hideous hypocritical hag of blood-dripping US imperialism that wins Russia so many hearts, that makes Putin look like the knight on the white horse.  

May 12. Life after the vote.

Junta artillery shelling Slavyansk Monday morning. Later quiet, Kiev's handlers may have told them to lay off.

EU answer to aspirations of Donbass citizens: harsher sanctions against Russia. 

With the "international community" of Washington puppets calling the referendum illegal, Donbass might have little option but to join Russia just to belong to a recognized state.

Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest oligarch and biggest owner of metal and mining industry in Donetsk, has changed his tune and now is practically jumping on the bandwagon with separatists, calling on Kiev to withdraw armed forces, and to use dialogue and diplomacy to regain trust of the people. Meanwhile his company Metinvest says it will form private militias to restore order in Mariupol......  en.itar-tass.com/world/731131 Obviously the guy wants to retain his great power and influence under the new conditions.
But later today Akhmetov trimmed his sails again. Pavel Gubarev claimed Akhmetov was financing separatism. Akhmetov and Pushilin denied it, and Akhmetov said, "I am for a strong Donbas in a strong Ukraine."  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/donetsk-peoples-governor-claims-akhmetov-is-financing-separatism-347469.html 
Akhmetov has to tread a fine line, he has investments in Kiev, too. He would have a lot to lose in a civil war, or even a Russian annexation. Because he was close to Yanukovich, Akhmetov was passed over when the junta named oblast oligovernors; a lesser light named Taruta got the top spot in Donetsk. Even Taruta is chiming in on the peaceful dialogue note.
Although the vote was very much an expression of the popular will against oppressive oligarchical policies, it's not going to be easy to keep Donbass from falling into the clutches of another bunch of fat cats. www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/05/12/ukra-m12.html Pavel Gubarev says Akhmetov was paying separatists in a bid to water down the aims of their movement. (The interview is here www.rg.ru/2014/05/12/gubarev.html, although the google translation is a bit patchy.)  
Hromadske TV (Soros) "Akhmetov and Taruta lost control of the Donbas, journalists say. Donbass police are completely demoralized, or moved to the side of the "People's Republic of Donetsk." Some areas controlled by patriotic pro-Ukrainian militia of local residents, or by competing armed criminal gangs.  hromadske.tv/society/akhmetov-i-taruta-vtratili-kontrol-nad-donbasom-zh/

Putin continuing cautious. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=311744461 "Putin's office urged the Ukrainian government to engage in talks with representatives of eastern Ukraine that could be brokered by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The cautious stance — which contrasted with Russia's quick annexation of Crimea after a separatist vote there — appears to reflect Putin's hope of negotiating a solution to what has become the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.  
"The practical implementation of the referendum results should proceed in a civilized way without any throwbacks to violence through a dialogue between representatives of Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk," the statement said.

Donetsk asks to join Russia. rt.com/news/158436-donetsk-republic-ask-join-russia/ 
“We, the people of Donetsk, based on results of the May 11 referendum and the declaration of sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic, declare that from now on DPR is now a sovereign state,” Republic Co-Chairman Denis Pushilin said. “Given the will of the people of the Donetsk People's Republic, and in order to restore historical justice, we ask Russia to consider the issue of our republic’s accession into the Russian Federation,” he added
The Kremlin’s press service has issued a statement, saying: “Moscow respects the will of the people in Donetsk and Lugansk and hopes that the practical realization of the outcome of the referendums will be carried out in a civilized manner.” This leaves open the possibility of a strong riposte if the junta chooses violence. 

Of course, Kiev has already rejected negotiations with "terrorists," and the matter to be negotiated is the "practical realization of the vote," so there really isn't much to negotiate about except Dozvidania, or as Donetsk put it, a "civilized divorce," that will minimize damage to both sides. This olive branch has to be profferred, but if it's rejected, the junta should be seen to be the intransigent party, or in plain English, the bad sports or poor losers, and shooters of selves in own foot. 

This is the proper protocol. The proposal to join Russia should come from the Donbass side, not from Russia; Russia should consider the request before accepting. For Russia to push the idea will be too easily presented as aggression. Today's Russia has learned from Soviet mistakes of the past (Prague, Kabul). 

Russia may not be in any hurry to act on the request. Transdnistria applied to join years ago, but the cost in terms of sanctions and hostility from the West was too high to accept. What Russia really would like is to have Ukraine as a friendly country, in the Eurasian Union, and not associated with NATO and the EU. But the West won't let that happen. Even better for Russia would be to turn back the clock and undo Yeltsin's break up of the federation, but time machines are not available. 

There is also the problem that the referenda were on the question of independence, not joining Russia. The Donbass leaders would exceed their mandate by joining without a popular vote. What I was expecting is for the new administration to use its powers to organize a new vote on joining Russia. 

The Economist tries to ridicule Putin's sense of responsibility for Russian speakers in Ukraine. What really bothers them is any competition to their self-styled "international community's responsibility to protect [i.e., bomb, invade, destroy] any country regardless." www.economist.com/news/international/21601862-why-should-russian-presidents-innovative-attitude-towards-borders-be-restricted

A straw poll by German news correspondents in Donetsk showed 66% of those interviewed supported independence, while about 62% said they would vote. So the result was support from 90% of the majority that went to the polls, with most of those opposed staying home. www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/separatisten-verkuenden-grosse-mehrheit-fuer-abspaltung-von-ukraine-12934681.html  In other words, the organizers' claims do appear to be accurate. Very similar resulted as from the reports by correspondents in the Crimea referendum. See also www.moonofalabama.org/2014/05/ukraine-serious-media-largely-confirm-donetsk-poll-results.html and comments there. 

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed Gazprom to start supplying gas to Ukraine on a prepaid basis from May 13. en.itar-tass.com/russia/731313

Guardian op-ed says sanctions won't work - "Putin running rings around West" www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/09/ukraine-putin-west-sanctions-russia

Vox Populi Mundi. Reminder: in January, a worldwide Gallup poll asking what country is the greatest threat to world peace found that the USA ranked far and away # 1, getting 24% of the vote (three times 2nd place Pakistan - which threatens no one, but is hated by many in populous rival India).
Even within the USA, 13% named the US as the bad guys.  www.ibtimes.com/gallup-poll-biggest-threat-world-peace-america-1525008  This is the vicious enemy our Mr. Putin has to outwit. 

Recap on the 400 Blackwater "academicians" of terror in Ukraine  www.globalresearch.ca/cia-fbi-and-now-academi-mercenaries-on-the-ground-in-ukraine/5381875

One prediction for bankrupt Ukraine, with its nearly bankrupt friends and suitors: back to medieval, agriculture-based poverty. www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-12/ukraines-destiny-go-medieval "The USA and its NATO allies would apparently like to have Ukraine become a client state, but they’re not altogether willing to pay for it. This kind of raises the basic question: if Russia ultimately has to foot the bill for Ukraine, whose client state is it? And who is geographically next door to Ukraine? And whose national histories are intimately mingled?" But Russia can't really afford it either. 

Ron Paul on the hypocrisy and futility of US policy on Ukraine. rt.com/usa/158448-ron-paul-us-involved-ukraine/ The US urged the [elected anukovich] government not to respond with violence when protesters stormed buildings. “But now that those former protesters have come to power,” Paul wrote, “the US takes a different view of protest.”

U.S. Media Ignores Putin’s Peace Plan  www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38479.htm

Underlying issue is economic austerity with up to 50% drop in real wages, as this miners' protest in Krvyiy Rih, Dnipropetrovsk oblast shows - note they are flying both Ukraine and Donbass flags  observerukraine.net/2014/05/12/appeal-of-the-kryviy-rih-basin-miners-to-the-workers-of-europe/

Ukraine referendums create 'new reality' - media www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27376297 Interesting overview of press commentary and conjectures about the future, from Ukraine and Russia. 

OSCE appoints a negotiator for Ukraine, the German diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger. Most of his career in London or the USA. 

“The Kiev authorities cannot maintain now that they are waging a war against terrorists and gunmen.... Regions voted for independence ... It is not federalization that is the point at issue now, but forms of a more or less satisfactory divorce.”  en.itar-tass.com/world/731299

New free Donetsk Newspaper replaces Junta-Media. www.facebook.com/jovankans/posts/10200990839332336

May 11. VOX POPULI: Happy Mother's Day, Donetsk and Luhansk Republics. Happy Mother's Day, Russia. 

Mother's Day may turn out to be a Happy Mother Russia Day.  Victory Day was a 3-day weekend this year!
Long queues in Mariupol waiting to vote in referendum.   twitter.com/RT_com/status/465381153160323072/photo/1   twitter.com/dnrpress/status/465375663277768704/photo/1 ,  and twitter.com/rozakazancctv/status/465387219503824896/photo/1

Only 8 polling places were open in Mariupol (vs. 60 in much smaller Slavyansk) rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/  Polling stopped in Krasnoarmeysk after junta forces seized four polling stations and seized ballots, and fired over heads of crowd.
Following their bad guy role of clumsy villains in the script, junta forces then moved on Mariupol, where people made haste to finish voting.  
Reported polls shut down by armed forces in four other Donetsk towns. In Mangush they took the ballot box with them.
Election committee claims 69% of the electorate (2.2 million) have cast their votes. Another report says participation by 4 pm was only 24% in Mariupol (due to difficulties there) but 75% in Donetsk city and 80% in Horlivka/Gorlovka. Graham Phillips reports 80% turnout in Slavyansk, with only one No vote to be found. 
Great photo gallery of voting and damaged building in Mariupol twitter.com/rozakazancctv , V-Day rally in Donetsk. 

People Power in Donetsk  twitter.com/alextomo/status/465377100355366912/photo/1   twitter.com/che__ka/status/465392403487404032/photo/1

voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_11/Polls-open-in-Slavyansk-despite-shooting-2042/  Slavyansk voting with the sound of artillery fire in the background. 

Western journos commenting on lack of privacy, and on the fact referendum was organized by supporters of autonomy. But after Odessa and Mariupol, people don't seem to care, they're all for it anyway. And they don't have Diebold vote fraud machines to steal their votes!  

The massive and enthusiastic participation itself legitimizes the vote. Those who are against it or don't care, will stay home; but they seem to be in the minority.
It's an inspiring example of the expression of the popular will and faith in people power.

Western criticism is inherently absurd. The central government will never let those regions organize a referendum by the book. The hypocrites and presstitutes are harping that the people have to follow due process, even if it renders them powerless. But legitimacy springs from the will of the people, not from the obstructions of bourgeois legalistic hacks. 

What happens next - here's a guess. Russia will recognize the two republics but won't annex them. They'll join in a federation of the Donbass Republic. If needed, Russia will send peacekeepers to defend them from Kiev, in conjunction with a coalition from the CIS, after the US vetoes a peacekeeping force in the UN. The movement for independence will become more active in Kharkiv, Odessa, and Dnipropetrovsk, possibly with referenda on May 25 in one or more regions. 
Of course it's also a good possibility that the junta's threats of war on the region are empty, and they will be so demoralized by the vote that they write off Donbass like they did Crimea.
"All military troops on our territory after the official announcement of referendum results will be considered illegal and declared occupiers," said Denis Pushilin, a leader of the Donetsk republic, according to Interfax news agency.  www.itv.com/news/update/2014-05-11/donetsk-leader-kievs-troops-must-go-after-referendum/
Donetsk Republic says will seek "civilized divorce" from Kiev. 
Another scenario is envisioned at zerohedge: there will be another vote about joining Russia, maybe next weekend, and both Donbass oblasts along with Transdnistria will be annexed forthwith by Russia.  www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-11/east-ukraine-votes-independence-turnout-reported-charts The likely final outcome will be that all of "Novorossiya" is annexed - that's the entire southeast, a tranche two oblasts deep. An inner or NW belt from Odessa over Nikolayev and Dnipropetrovsk to Kharkiv, and an outer or SE belt being Crimea, Kherson, Zaporizhzhiya, Donetsk and Luhansk. Three down, six to go. 
No doubt Putin would like even better to find a way to keep all of Ukraine in the Russian camp, except perhaps the far west.
It wouldn't be too late for Kiev to stage a referendum in Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv, perhaps for May 25th. That could get interesting. Maybe that's what this tweet is about: "#Kiev and #US staging 3 referendums for western media. The participants are unknown. More will be revealed soon #Ukraine"

In Krasnoarmeysk, the polling place was first seized by a pro-Ukrainian irregular militia. The crowd of would-be voters were able to force their cars to leave, but at last report the gunmen still held the city hall. One young man was shot and taken away by ambulance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOg4e7pLJus

@MarkSleboda1: "West speaks with one single clear voice today: Ukraine people have no right to self-determination from Putsch regime we helped install in Kiev"

Western hypocrisy is not as paradoxical as one might think. The West is ruled by an oligarchy who use democracy as a mask. The Kiev junta was installed by US assisted by a Ukrainian oligarchy, but the freedom movement in E. Ukraine is a genuine popular democratic initiative. The "elected" Kiev Rada (parliament) are mere puppets hired by the oligarchs, who switched sides in the coup. 
There is no real democracy at all in the US; the oligarchy always get their way, the people never do. Repeat from my April 16 entry: 

Good one! Statistical proof is in - the USA is an oligarchy, not a democracy (as if you hadn't already guessed.) Political outcomes have virtually zero statistical correlation with majority public opinion, while being almost directly correlated with wishes of the elite. Pretty neat proof. www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/oligarchy.html 
Conclusion to be drawn: don't waste energy agitating for this and against that. The only thing that could make a difference is getting enough people together to change the system. 

Video sequence shows ghastly premeditation in the Odessa mass murder, as outnumbered, unarmed protesters are herded into the TU building, which is then set afire, and invaded by killers to finish them off, inside or as they escape.  www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38466.htm

Interview with Vladimir Fédorovski, a Ukrainian Russian writer who is very popular in France, on the demonization of Putin and the arrogance of the West. "The media hate Putin because he embodies the antithesis of radical chic." "Hillary comparing Putin to Hitler is frighteningly stupid."  www.lefigaro.fr/vox/monde/2014/05/08/31002-20140508ARTFIG00177-poutine-la-russie-et-les-medias-francais-le-coup-de-gueule-de-vladimir-fedorovski.php "NATO wants to break the emerging Russian-German axis; in so doing, they push Russia towards China." 

Putin has outfoxed the West again. Like a professional chess player sharing advice with a beginning opponent, he told Kiev exactly what they needed to do: approach the Donbass with dialogue and diplomacy. Or course, the punters already had their hand on the wrong piece. But if they had cooperated in setting up the referendum, and campaigned with words not weapons, they would have had a chance of keeping those regions. By sharing this wise advice, Putin scored an additional psychological victory. Unlucky for the US that they bought such a scurrilous and feckless crew for their $5 billion. Still, it was cheap. The crisis has cost Russia $200 billion - they aren't getting their own land back as cheaply as they gave Alaska to the US! Of course, Novorossiya may be well worth it, even without Kiev.
Putin also has a black belt in judo, a martial art with a philosophy of weakness in strength, and using the opponent's strength against him. He even co-authored a book on judo. The pathetic plight of the scantily armed but plucky Donbass defense forces and unarmed protesters in recent weeks, great weakness up against armed brute force, generated overwhelming sympathy. For now, the puerile daydreams of millions of warmongers have been utterly dashed. 

"Arise, Donbass" music video by Cuba group https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_SRMT0B2mg

This may be a historic day not just for Ukraine, but for the human race in freeing ourselves from bondage to the money power. Let's hope it's a big step forward for us. A day of Victory for People Power over the Money Power. Yes, it was V-Day & Mother (Russia)'s day all rolled into one.

Russian deputy PM Rogozin was returning from Transdnistria on May 10 with boxes of petitions calling on Moscow to recognize the province, when his flight was blocked by Ukrainian Migs and had to return to the airport, according to the Guardian live update. Moldova and Romania also refused their airspace to his plane. Apparently he got back to Moscow on a scheduled passenger flight. en.itar-tass.com/russia/731093 Something about a free vote arouses the monster's military instincts. NATO rhymes with Veto?

Kissinger on CNN: Putin is reacting to Kiev coup, not instigating the crisis. "He spent $60 billion on the Olympics... trying to show Russia as a normal progressive state. So it isn't possible that he, three days later, would voluntarily start an assault on Ukraine."  globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/05/10/kissinger-putin-likely-didnt-plan-to-bring-ukraine-situation-to-a-head/ Bad omen for the Anglo empire as the smart money sits the fence. 

While Western pundits never tire of calling this great outpouring of popular sentiment a "farce," Kiev's lying junta propaganda outlets have outdone all farce and caricature with a report that the Donbass has voted to join Dnipropetrovsk!  24tv.ua/home/showSingleNews.do Oligovernor Kolomoisky's fief. Is this the twinkling of an inkling that Dnipropetrovsk is going to join Donbass...

May 10. Mariupol still seething (see below)

Voting in referendum begins 6 a.m. Sunday (Saturday 11 p.m. ET) en.itar-tass.com/world/731117 Voting to be held at 90% of polling places. More than 25,000 people participating in the effort. The Luhansk regional council called the ATO not an anti-terror but a terror operation, noting that "it was the "first army operation in Europe's contemporary history against their own fellow citizens with the use of both regular troops and paramilitary formations - an open terror against the people."

I'm predicting a landslide for autonomy. Here's why:
1. The Pew Research poll (see May 8) figured that even in the Russian-speaking eastern half of the country, 58% of the people wanted to stay in a united Ukraine. However, this doesn't speak for Donetsk and Luhansk. Here is the map Pew Research uses for east and west Ukraine. www.pewglobal.org/2014/05/08/ukraine-by-region/ Their eastern half of the country contains 11 oblasts, some of them actually in central Ukraine. That's nine oblasts that are less separatist than Donetsk and Luhansk.
2. Secondly, "Russian speakers" includes most of central Ukraine. Many of them don't identify themselves as "ethnic Russians;" the latter are much more likely to want autonomy or union with Russia. The percentage of self-defined ethnic Russians is much higher in Donetsk and Luhansk.
So if we had the Pew data for ethnic Russians in the farthest east oblasts, it might be more like 25% for staying with Kiev. Pew Research found that even in their Big East, the junta only has 24% support.
3. The Pew poll was taken in April, but the atrocities in Odessa and Mariupol in recent days pushed many people to turn against Kiev. In the story from Mariupol below, a local citizen says sentiment changed from 50-50 for autonomy to 90% Yes in 24 hours, after the city was brutally attacked by junta troops.  

In view of these three factors, sentiment is certainly going to be running high for autonomy now in Donetsk and Luhansk. 
Did Putin want to delay the referendum to give it more time to gather support? Well, the time is suddenly ripe now, thanks to the bungling fascists in Kiev.

Turchinov warns East of pogrom if they insist on referendum and independence. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/10/east-ukraine-separatist-referedum_n_5300651.html 
In televised debate, presidential election favorite Poroshenko says people should be able to speak in the language they are comfortable with.
Barricades going up in Mariupol. Local people don't believe junta version claiming the action took place against a band of 60 armed terrorists. Destruction and sadness everywhere. 

Telephone poll in Germany: 89% sympathize with Putin's course.  twitter.com/yetiblog/status/465035407114379264/photo/1

Kiev's military blogwonker Tymchuk expresses satisfaction that troops have overcome qualms about shooting civilians.  www.facebook.com/dmitry.tymchuk/posts/495542620574398  "Yesterday's events in Mariupol showed that the actions of security forces finally enter the mainstream of adequate reaction to events."

www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2014/0505/Kiev-hatches-a-power-sharing-formula-for-its-regions.-Will-anyone-listen Plan to allow regions and cities to elect officials that make decisions rather than centralized control. Good idea, but big problem is on national level: associating with NATO and EU against Russia and Eurasian Union.

House committee on foreign affairs grills Nuland on use of Nazis in Kiev nsnbc.me/2014/05/09/house-grilled-nuland-us-cooperation-neo-nazis-ukraine/ "about half of the 30.000 troops Kiev deployed to southeastern Ukraine are members of the National Guard, created in March, and “special regional military units” created this month, consisting predominantly of members of the neo-Nazi Pravy Sector and UNA-UNSO, militant members of the ultra-nationalist and overtly anti-Semitic Svoboda party and other radicals dressed in uniform to give the impression of “legality”."

Map showing vital sources of supplies for Russian military in Ukraine, mostly in east-central areas like Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhya and Mikolayiv.  twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/464783978504159232/photo/1

True or videopsy-op? Youtube video shows separatists allegedly captured near Slavyansk, handcuffed laying on ground next to box full of referendum sheets already checked "yes."
A number of factors point to this being a fake. No names, faces or license plate #. And so neatly arranged, so convenient for this to come up to discredit the referendum the day before. Why would separatists transport ballots already checked yes, isn't that rather careless?  And in a passenger car with armed men, to attract attention crossing a checkpoint? When they could safely transport blanks and mark them at the location.The alleged captured terrorists are lying face down, their wrists tied, with black plastic bags over their heads. Does that mean they are dead? No signs of blood. Next to them some pistols and a box of ballots. The scene looks carefully staged to "prove" exactly the point. No information on source of film or names of captured. The camera avoids the license plate on the car. No corroboration of the incident from any other source. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imcyNGvbPGw  Poster is a loyal regime media outlet. Video fakery is one of the staples of color revolution tactics, as seen massively in Syria. www.progressivepress.com/blog/dirty-war-syria 
Here the point is made that 100,000 ballots would take up 20 boxes, far more than would fit in a small car, and there are only three boxes shown in the video.  thekievtimes.ua/blog/371900-fejk-pro-sto-tysyach-byulletenej.html 
Finally the whole idea is preposterous, failing elementary logic. If you want to steal an election, you do it in the counting center. You don't have to trundle faked ballots up and down the countryside. You just announce the total numbers you want and be done with it. The good old GOP way.

In a benign world, one not dominated by a Russia-hating empire, the West would say to Russia: "Why don't you take Ukraine back. It's a basket case, you are best placed to get it going again. It was always yours anyway." Instead they put in a mad-dog Russia-hating junta, and saddle Mother Russia with sanctions to ensure that she would have great difficulty pulling Ukraine out of the swamp even if she got a chance. Meanwhile they push Ukraine deeper down the sink-hole with IMF shock tactics. 

In Eurovision song contest, Ukraine's entry Maria Yaremchuk wins prize for best looks. The winner is a bearded drag queen. That sign of terminal decadence is not going to gain the EU many votes in the Ukrainian heartland. 

Mariupol: still seething.

Junta APC's are back in town, flying over barricades at full speed, first one nearly tipped over. Are they rushing to be on time to vote? How many unarmed citizens will they silence forever in Mariupol today? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1XA2dYhQKA Here a tank going wrong way down the median on a boulevard in Mariupol knocks down a billboard  www.techfeedz.com/ukrainian-armored-vehicle-wreaks-havoc-through-city-road-near-crimea/

NWO shills at HRW busy white-washing Mariupol massacre.
Youtube is taking down videos showing troops shooting civilians. "This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube's policy on shocking and disgusting content." Yeah shocking and disgusting it was all right, in fact, they could take down everything about the fascist junta. 
However key footage is now on Rutube rutube.ru/video/853e2e7e04194be3d3e81961a7433465/
The Guardian admits "unarmed civilians were shot at by Ukrainian forces." www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/10/donetsk-referendum-ukraine-civil-war 
Donetsk republic parade today in Mariupol.
"Yesterday it was 50-50 here, and today, I think 90-10" (in favor of the referendum) says a local man. www.kyivpost.com/multimedia/photo/mariupol-in-fire-347232.html Residents set fire to the APC captured yesterday after it broke down. 
The national guard evacuated its barracks in Mariupol on Saturday morning said the Washington Post
Videos on Youtube show a military station in Mariupol burning. Residents have looted it for arms and seized APC's.  www.hromadske.tv/society/mariupol-gorit-viiskova-chastina/
Police chief Androschuk who is blamed for yesterday's crackdown was found hanged near the airport. 
Although the Rutube videso above shows unprovoked shooting of unarmed civilians, photos have also been posted showing snipers who may have shot at Ukrainian troops, from hiding places or even from behind the crowd. 
Mariupol, with half a million population, is the second largest city in Donetsk oblast. 

May 9. Victory Day

Putin goes to Crimea for Victory Day  - junta troops fire on unarmed civilians, kill 20 in Mariupol - Autonomous Republic flags flying in Victory Day rallies in Donetsk and Luhansk. 

Must watch video on the bloodshed in Mariupol today www.itv.com/news/update/2014-05-09/mariupol-seethes-with-anger-after-a-day-of-deadly-clashes/ A firefight over the police station which was captured by separatists leaves many dead in crossfire, the building in flames and the rift between the east and Kiev yawning larger. On the very day of celebrating the victory over fascism, the symbolism is not lost on the people. 

Make Your Choice for Mothers Day - Referendum 11 May.  Banderist terrorist with a Molotov cocktail, or a Donetsk miner with a bouquet of roses. Junta trooper shoots unarmed journalist in Mariupol at close range. 

Tanks invade Mariupol, 20 local people killed. Junta has a strange idea of how to win the referendum.  www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/09/us-ukraine-crisis-mariupol-idUSBREA480I520140509 Talk about about stirring up a hornet's nest!
Sequence of photos showing trooper shooting unarmed man at close range. professorsblogg.com/2014/05/10/ukraine-armys-slaughter-of-mariupol-civilians-9-may-2014/  
6 minute video of same scene showing shooting of unarmed bystanders.  twitter.com/GrahamWP_UK/status/464874063283109888 

US praises the crackdown on innocent civilians. Always on the side of the banks and the tanks.  rt.com/news/157992-mariupol-violence-us-osce/  Blame the victims: "we condemn the outbreak of violence caused by pro-Russia separatists this morning in Mariupol, which has resulted in multiple deaths." 

Unarmed citizens tried to stop tanks.  rt.com/news/157996-civilians-block-apc-mariupol/ One tank was captured, perhaps after it broke down. 

Kiev claims 60 armed terrorists attacked its forces, but video and photo evidence show shooting at unarmed bystanders. 


Kherson governor calls Hitler 'liberator' while addressing veterans on Victory Day rt.com/news/158032-kherson-governor-hitler-liberator/ Crowd calls "Shame!", and a woman takes away his microphone. 

Another good 6 minute video  www.channel4.com/news/ukraine-mariupol-20-dead-russia-putin-crimea-sevastopol 
West pours criticism on Putin's "provocative" appearance in Crimea today. Did "Victory over Fascism" hit a raw nerve?   www.nytimes.com/2014/05/10/world/europe/russia-celebrates-victory-day.html
Putin's visit may have been partly to shore up morale in Crimea, as the transition is not without difficulties, lack of water, problems with banks.  www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/09/crimea-adapt-life-russia-putin  Kolomoisky's PrivatBank had 750,000 accounts in Crimea. Apparently, he has kept their money and closed his 339 Crimean branches. Russia is compensating account-holders.  

May 8. VE Day

Did Putin make a U-turn and let down the pro-Russian movement in East Ukraine?
Putin's move may be tactical. Tact is another word for timing. The goal is still to have Ukraine in the Eurasian Union.
The problem is how to break down decades of nationalist brainwashing and get the Ukrainians to want to join.
It may take months of IMF austerity.
A good sign already is that only 40% of Ukrainians east or west think Kiev is doing a good job, while 82% are happy with gov't in Crimea.
I believe first step is to get Luhansk and Donetsk autonomous, possibly follow up with Eurasian Union peacekeepers and get some happy campers there like in Crimea.
It's a psychological war, like Putin said Kiev is losing the war for hearts and minds by trying to use tanks against its own people.
Soviet Union lost a bunch of such wars, in Prague 68, in Afghanistan. Thus the reluctance to use superior military force.
Kiev and NATO propaganda is painting Russia as the enemy. Let them cry Wolf 100 times about a Russian invasion. 

Photos circulating on Twitter of "Donetsk separatist defense minister" captured by pro-junta forces, stripped down to shorts, possibly tortured. I couldn't find any media text reports to confirm.

Luhansk and Donetsk to proceed with May 11 referendum despite Putin's call for delay. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/pro-russian-separatists-will-proceed-with-vote-despite-putins-plea It will have to be an improvised affair; they have no access to voter rolls, nor do organizers control all the administrative offices. Would it be easier to do it in conjunction with the May 25 election?

Trying to 'Win' Ukraine Could Lead to Its Collapse www.newrepublic.com/article/117649/how-save-ukraine-stop-trying-beat-russia  With the obligatory cracks at Russia, The New Republic admits Western policy hasn't been either constructive or productive. 

Pepe Escobar- IMF loan is not to help Ukraine but to impose shock therapy and secure debts of creditors (like the IMF itself) and also for oligarchs to help crack down on the southeast. Meanwhile the EU is trying to kick Gazprom out of the Southstream pipeline project. rt.com/op-edge/157308-ukrainian-crisis-imf-loans/

"European Union Times" claims a Russian Defense Ministry report that a Dnipropetrovsk brigade defected to the rebels and shot down 2 helicopters, killing 13 CIA agents, and the US refuses to repatriate their bodies. www.eutimes.net/2014/05/us-refuses-to-take-back-13-dead-cia-spies-killed-in-ukraine/ 

Gazprom dispute continues, with Kiev not paying bill and protesting price increase. Under Tymoshenko Ukraine had a price of $400 / tm3, under Yanukovich, Gazprom gave two discounts bringing the price to $268. Without those discounts it jumps up to $485. Kiev says it will pay $268 and the price should be the same as Western Europe pays. Media only repeat these three figures. One report says Russia charges different prices to different European countries, another says the price is $370 for the EU.  See also update of May 20 above regarding Chinese deal.

Russia carries out major second-strike nuclear drill, repelling simulated massive missile attack  www.presstv.com/detail/2014/05/08/361813/putin-oversees-nuclear-military-drills/

RT reports a group of masked men tried to stage a provocation at a border post, possibly with a view to filming a false Russian invasion. rt.com/news/157788-ukraine-russia-border-provocation/ Pravy Sektor, Kolomoisky may be implicated. 
If Russia really wanted to send its army in, they wouldn't even need to take any border posts. There are plenty of unguarded crossings on back roads  twitter.com/JerryPopowicz/status/463785191488499713/photo/1

Odessa massacre: not all the victims died from smoke inhalation. Survivors say the rooms they were hiding in to escape from the blaze were broken into by assailants who pretended to be pro-Russian protesters, who then attacked and brutally killed them. nsnbc.me/2014/05/07/western-cover-up-of-the-odessa-massacre/ In this video we see a group of nationalist extremists armed with clubs break into the building and start looking for the pro-Russian protesters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os-4Na9yUW0 

Pew Research conducted an interesting poll showing most people in Ukraine want it to remain a single state, although less so in the eastern half.  www.pewglobal.org/2014/05/08/despite-concerns-about-governance-ukrainians-want-to-remain-one-country/  Hopefully we can trust the figures. One thing is clear - Crimeans are a lot happier with their new government than Ukrainians are with Kiev. Only 40% in Ukraine think Kiev is doing a good job (only 24% in eastern half of country), while 82% in Crimea answered positively. Let's have what they're having! 

Could Russia and CIS countries carry out a peacekeeping operation in Ukraine? lenta.ru/articles/2014/05/08/putinodkb/

Who needs NATO? "In 2013, Washington accounted for 73 percent of NATO’s defense spending, compared with 68 percent in 2007.  carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/    Is the Ukraine coup an attempt to get Europeans to pay more? 

Three Videos On The Ukraine Crisis: Putin The Merciful, Obama The Vengeful, Yatsenuk The Usurper  disquietreservations.blogspot.com/2014/05/three-videos-on-ukraine-crisis-putin.html

Report of Ukraine building a wall blocking water canal into Crimea is denied by Kherson official who says the work is to install water metering. Quoted in Crimean paper Krimskaya Gazeta  www.gazeta.crimea.ua/news/pynkt-ycheta-vodi-sooryjaut-na-severo-krimskom-kanale-14018   Indeed, logically, to stop the water no wall is needed, it is enough to stop pumping. 

May 7. On the eve of VE day, Putin calls for dialogue and diplomacy

In a bid to defuse tensions, Putin calls for diplomacy, end to junta violence against citizens, delay in Donetsk-Luhansk autonomy referendum, and support for May 25 elections.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6Y0J3dFzls Urges dialogue between junta and protesters.
Transcript eng.kremlin.ru/transcripts/7143 
Highlights: the blame for the crisis that emerged in Ukraine and is now taking the worst direction in its developments lies with those who organised the coup d’etat in Kiev on February 22-23, and have not yet taken the trouble to disarm right-wing radical and nationalist groups.
we all want the crisis to end as soon as possible and in such a way that takes into account the interests of all people in Ukraine no matter where they live.
Russia urgently appeals to the authorities in Kiev to cease immediately all military and punitive operations in southeast Ukraine. This is not an effective means of resolving internal political conflicts and, on the contrary, will only deepen the divisions.
We welcome the release of Mr [Pavel] Gubarev, but we hope to see all the other political prisoners released too. We think the most important thing now is to launch direct dialogue, genuine, full-fledged dialogue between the Kiev authorities and representatives of southeast Ukraine. This dialogue could give people from southeast Ukraine the chance to see that their lawful rights in Ukraine really will be guaranteed.
In this context, we appeal too, to representatives of southeast Ukraine and supporters of federalisation to hold off the referendum scheduled for May 11, in order to give this dialogue the conditions it needs to have a chance.
But one of the essential conditions for getting dialogue underway is an unconditional end to the use of force, whether with the help of the armed forces, which is completely unacceptable in the modern world, or through the use of illegal armed radical groups.

Junta's reply: "a dialogue with terrorists is impermissible and unconceivable... elimination of terrorism which undermines any possibility of the dialogue is the goal of the anti-terrorist operation" rt.com/news/157540-russia-ukraine-crisis-roadmap/

Will referendums be held on May 25th?

The BBC sees balance shifting in favor of Kiev as time runs out for Russia before the May 25 elections. www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27301511 

It took 3 decades for Greece to transition from EUphoria to EUphobia. Under the junta and the IMF, bankrupt Ukraine may make the same journey in a matter of months.

"The U.S. plan for Ukraine seems to be to bait Russia into an occupation. This would destroy EU-Russia relations, embolden NATO and help the U.S. to keep the EU as a secondary partner under its control. There would be lots of economic upsides for the U.S. in such a situation. Selling more arms and increasing energy market shares are only the starters. 
There are two reasons to believe that this plan will fail: 
First: Russia will not take the bait. The people requesting more local autonomy in Ukraine are perfectly able to take a stand on their own. Should a few die, like in Odessa, even more will rise up. Except for the Right Sektor people now included in the National Guard there are no loyal troops for the Kiev coup government to use against the people. The huge mistake the coup government made, repeating a U.S. mistake made in Iraq, was to dissolve the federal riot police Berkut. Those now unemployed trained fighters, together with experienced former Soviet soldiers, are the military backbone of the federalists. There is therefore no need for Russia to openly intervene. The Kiev coup government is already a dying entity.
Second: Many people in Europe have recognized the nefarious U.S. scheme and are protesting against their politicians’ slavishness in following the U.S. lead. The political pressure against Russia bashing is building. Every pro-NATO/anti-Russian report in the media, and there are lots of them, gets trashed in the comment sections. Some of the European elite are openly turning against the U.S. induced anti-Russia propaganda. Even the most staunch transatlantic tabloid in Germany, Bild, today reports (original here) that the CIA and FBI with dozens of agents are running the show in Kiev."

Junta forces kill, wound defenders at checkpoint, retake city hall in Mariupol. Later report says city hall back in rebel hands.


Report junta forces to bring heavy artillery against Slavyansk. This is going to be Ukraine's Fallujah? 

Oleg Tsarev says Donetsk and Luhansk may form an independent state and boycott May 25 elections. www.almanar.com.lb/french/adetails.php What is there to boycott, really. The elections are a farce since there in no choice except between corrupt oligarchs for president, the junta will remain as is without representation for the southeast, and there aren't any regional or parliamentary elections on offer. Why even bother. A non-event. 

Junta allegedly bringing fake Russian army uniforms and ID to Donetsk for false flag op. konjunktion.info/2014/05/ukraine-false-flag-operation-voraus/

The New York Times, which has asserted for weeks that the Russian government is behind the unrest in Ukraine’s east, finally sent some reporters to the region to dig up the proof, but all they found were eastern Ukrainians upset by the coup. www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/05-4

James Petras: Ukraine Putsch: Integral to Imperial Expansion www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38442.htm 
NATOs violent, high-risk seizure of the Ukraine was driven by several strategic military objectives. These included: 
1.) The ousting of Russia from its military bases in Crimea – turning them into NATO bases facing Russia. 
2.) The conversion of the Ukraine into a springboard for penetrating Southern Russia and the Caucasus; a forward position to politically manage and support liberal pro-NATO parties and NGOs within Russia. 
3.) The disruption of key sectors of the Russian military defense industry, linked to the Ukrainian factories, by ending the export of critical engines and parts to Russia.
4.)   The military encirclement of Russia ... designed to end Russian access to the North Sea, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. By encircling and confining Russia to an isolated landmass without ‘outlets to the sea’, US-EU empire builders seek to limit Russia’s role as a rival power center and possible counter-weight to its imperial ambitions in the Middle East, North Africa, Southwest Asia and the North Atlantic.
The US and EU are intent on destroying independent, nationalist and non-aligned governments throughout the world and converting them into imperial satellites by whatever means are effective.

The Russian and Ukrainian arms industries are closely integrated. If Ukraine moves into NATO orbit, it will lose its major customer, while Russia will have high costs to replace its Ukrainian suppliers.  www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-07/putin-eyes-ukrainian-arms-prize-as-troops-build-up-along-border.html

I saw one report that 5 factories have recently closed in Kramatorsk that employed many thousands of people. Graham Phillips, on the road near Kramatorsk and Slavyansk, took a video of a shuttered factory complex so huge it takes five minutes to drive past.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIFagrd0iuo 

Crimea's famously cute prosecutor warns Tatar Mejlis not to fall afoul of Russia's law on assembly www.eurasianet.org/node/68346 The law is part of a package of measures to nip color revolutions in the bud. 

Junta building dam to block water channel to Crimea. twitter.com/argamak75/status/464023099734630400/photo/1

Extremely angry Luhansk woman chewing out junta austerity policies, "Poverty awaits us. Yatsenyuk is killing us. He listens only to America, not to us."   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXZVBdsBgfE  German subtitles on screen, English in captions. 2 min. Translation: 
"Pensions cut, all benefits taken away, gas price increased by 40%, then my pension isn't even enough to pay the gas bill, what am I supposed to live on? This Yatsenyuk, does he even think what he is doing? Who is he thinking for? For America. He does EVERYTHING America demands. When we cry for help, he turns a deaf earl. Yatsenyuk, the "Servant" of our people! Did the children on the Maidan have to die for THIS? I just can't believe that this is what they died for. What are they forcing us into? What do we need Europe for? Who is doing well in Europa? So off we go? We follow the news after all. They've taken other countries into the EU before, not one of them was better off afterwards. Bulgaria, Lithuania etc., everyone is getting out if they can... Rumania, nobody wants to live there... That's what is awaiting us! I am from Luhansk, retired. I worked hard all my life. My pension is 1170 hryvna ($100) -- and I earned good wages, worked 5 shifts in the factory, I slaved under extreme temperatures -- while the fat cats up there divvy up their billions,. I live on a pension of $100 a MONTH ... and he wants to raise the gas price 40%! Do you understand? He is a murderer! What he is planning, I have no idea! Either way we are done for. It makes no difference. We are finished. Bring him this message. We are at the end of our rope! We are dying already! What the heck is he doing? Driving us into the grave. Do we need a revolution like this? What do we need a revolution like this for?"

Many good pieces on Ukraine lately from Rick Rozoff of Stop Nato. at rickrozoff.wordpress.com/ 

Ukraine conflict won't lead to WW3, only to a "new global disorder." China is trying to hide the fact it's already the world's largest economy.  qz.com/205132/ukraine-wont-trigger-world-war-iii-accept-the-new-global-disorder/

Odessa: tragedy survivor: ‘Many people strangled after escaping the fire’  rt.com/news/157256-odessa-witness-massacre-ukraine/

Maidanist source claims support for Putin in Ukraine has dropped drastically outside of Donetsk and Luhansk; if true, it is likely to be related more to Kiev media lies than Putin's actions. twitter.com/andrey_mavrin/status/463750398428209153/photo/1

Germany’s Bild newspaper reported that US CIA and FBI agents are consulting Kiev authorities on its crackdown on pro-autonomy activists in eastern Ukraine. www.globalresearch.ca/huge-population-of-cia-agents-in-ukraine-says-german-expert/5380734

Police prove to be another weak link for junta. www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/05/05/226576/police-prove-to-be-another-weak.html

Junta claims to train partisans. www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/ukraine-young-partisans-106411.html - invoking Stepan Bandera's "insurgent army" that fought "against the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany during World War II." Against Germany? That's strange, just today I read they were the most brutal units in the sack of Warsaw during the retreat of the Wehrmacht.  

Zhirinovsky in Luhansk?? twitter.com/MiddleEast_BRK/status/463748041275478016/photo/1 That should help restore equilibrium, helping balance out the crazies in West Ukraine. :-)

Rumored 700 rebel reinforcements to Slavyansk from Chechnya and Crimea "people's governor" of the Luhansk region Valery Bolotov has signed a decree to organize the regional referendum set for May 11 2014.  http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/self-proclaimed-governor-of-luhansk-region-preparing-for-referendum-on-self-determination-346584.html

Luhansk rebels steal WW2 tank from museum and refurbish it for action. They also destroyed a radar (radio?) station and stole more weapons

Kiev government’s strategy is failing to establish order even as it inflames local feelings.

Released NATO spies have a rough ride on the trip to airport, as junta forces fire on their bus, forcing them to take dirt roads to avoid Kramatorsk.  rt.com/news/157108-osce-observers-shot-ukraine/

Iran's Revolutionary Guards vow to sink US carriers if they get in harm's way. www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/6/iran-vows-take-out-us-aircraft-carriers-gulf-if-wa/

From Gladio author Richard Cottrell

Gladio caught in the act…  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-crisis-mercenaries-m16-and-ready-meals--evidence-of-western-involvement-or-something-far-less-controversial-9322948.html Locals convinced snipers in Andreyevka were foreign commandos. UK journo racks brains for alternative explanations. 

It was Ukrainian fascist thugs in the retreating Nazi army who wrought some of the worst damage and destruction on Warsaw. I learnt during my researches while living in Poland that many of them were swept up by the U.S. talent scouts and put to work on the home front.  http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/05/america-backed-fascists-ukraine-73-years-ago.html "Truman approved the creation of a guerrilla army code-named “Nightingale” in Ukraine. Originally setup by the Nazis in 1941, it was made up of ultra-nationalists." - Oliver Stone. The  Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) is still very much in business. 

www.todayszaman.com/news-346949-ukraine-moving-police-special-forces-to-control-city-of-odessa.html Will Odessa be the pinch point?

The scuffles are one thing. All the stage make up another. All said and done, economics tell the real story about the ‘West’ and Russia. Here’s why. Germany’s gas market is now one fifth controlled by Russian interests and Mother Merkel did nothing about it, nor will in the future. 
The headline belies the real tale. But the sub text is clear enough: the western mania for gross consumerism is the root of the ‘crisis.’

May 6. Russia's "Free Men", the Don Cossacks, reported crossing into Luhansk

Note- by end of day no further confirmation on Cossack story which follows. Instead the story is that the border station has not been captured, and Antratsyt was taken by locals, including local Cossacks. www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/06/ukraine-border-guards-separatists

Earlier today - Rumored that a border crossing near Luhansk was captured by rebels, and Russian soldiers in unmarked uniforms are crossing into Ukraine, occupying a place called Antratsyt (Anthracite), midway between Luhansk and Donetsk capitals, in a direct line of march to Slavyansk. 
Latest reports say the personnel are Cossack volunteers, not regular Russian army. Cossack flag raised above Antratsyut town hall.
The Cossacks have long been an independent nation. During the wars between the Russian and Turkish empires, they carried out raids on the Ottoman Empire, with the Tsar professing to have no control over them. In medieval times, they were instrumental in recapturing Ukraine for Russia from the Tatars and the Poles (as noted in earlier historical viewpoint below). Brzezinski, the Russia-hating Pole, might hate the Cossacks even more! They were instrumental in bringing about the downfall of the Polish-Lithuanian empire. If the Cossacks did gain power, they might be a lot less corrupt than the oligarchs. 

Luhansk journal Ostrov reports the Cossack troops have Manpads. www.ostro.org/lugansk/politics/news/444022/ Other reports say they are heavily armed.

Marching in Cossack freedom fighters rather than the Russian regular army seems like a brilliantly shrewd move. If anyone has a historical claim to Ukraine, it's them. Fighting off foreign occupiers there is central to their history. They don't fall into any neat categories of the MSM propaganda machine, which should gum up the works there. By the time Obama has figured out who they are, they might be in Kiev. :-)  "Cossacks have no borders," Time magazine reported in a piece on how Cossacks volunteered for service in Crimea two months ago  time.com/22125/ukraine-crimea-cossacks-russia/ -- suddenly a very "timely" article. With the ability to raise an army of 50,000 fighters, the Cossacks are spoiling for a chance to prove themselves on a grander stage than Crimea. Liberating Ukraine could be just the mission for them. And it avoids a lot of responsibility for Russia, compared to invading and annexing the land directly. 
Slate's piece on the Cossack role rather similar to Time magazine   www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/04/15/in_sochi_and_ukraine_cossacks_return_to_the_world_stage.html

"Following the Ukraine government's most recent retaliatory escalation, which saw the death of some 50 people in Odessa on Friday, everyone has been waiting to see how the Kremlin would respond. For now while Putin appears to be merely biding his time until the various referendum votes take place in east Ukraine, quite confident they will have the same outcome as the Crimean vote to join Russia, thus giving him a legitimate basis to annex further Ukraine regions, some "independent" military units, according to local press, appear to be making their way into Ukraine: Cossacks, that roving group of militants (and sometimes mercenaries) who have been so instrumental in shaping the history of both Ukraine and Russia." http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-06/russian-cossacks-are-coming

Some of them have already seen action in other conflicts like Chechnya and Georgia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKTDjBNm1Cc

Reports of up to 100 deaths in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. People are burning Ukrainian flags. 

The Telegraph writes that Kiev should do more to reassure the fears of its citizens in the east of the country.   www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10809517/Ukraine-crisis-Those-fascists-killed-this-girl-and-they-will-be-in-hell.html 

CNN does a pseudo-psycho-analysis piece called "Why Russia will Never Trust NATO. Why NATO is such a thorn in Russia's side.... It hardly seems to matter how often NATO makes these assurances. The Kremlin will never trust them. Fear of the Western military alliance's steady march east is deep-rooted. It strikes at the very heart of Russia's national sense of security, a relic of Cold War enmity which has seeped down to post-Soviet generations."
My comment to that (buried under 5000 other comments of course):
"NATO was created to contain Russia, DUHHH!! George Kennan and all that. How disingenous can you get. Come on cut out the silly sheep eyed innocence. Frankly, contain is a good word. Really the Anglo Americans have been trying to destroy Russia since ever. Arnold Toynbee said the West's policy towards Russia is one of aggression." And why are they always looking to smash Russia? It's the biggest obstacle on the planet to their scheme for total global domination. 

May 5. Tra-La-La, Tro-La-La, I'm Guardian my Troll-Bridge, Ha-Ha.

The Guardian, in the person of the troll-like Luke Harding no less, has decided that pro-Russian viewpoints in the comments there are posted by Paid Kremlin Trolls. Welcome to Troll-land little ones, my droll troll tales will do you no harm, bwahaha. www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/04/pro-russia-trolls-ukraine-guardian-online

It is beyond the ken or imagination of the stuffed-up anglo egomaniacs that anyone could find anything positive to say about Russia, or might just get so sincerely fed up with their sickening anglo empire that anything else looks good! After the obscenities of 9/11, Iraq, Libya, Syria; after figuring out Gladio, snipers, false flags, color revolutions and all the other nastiness they are up to. 

Graham Phillips was living in Odessa when the Crimea crisis started, then started working as a stringer for RT in East Ukraine. Since the massacre in Odessa he has received death threats. "Someone in Dnipropetrovsk" (most likely Kolomoisky or Pravy Sektor) has put a bounty of $10000 on his head  rt.com/news/156892-ukraine-radicals-bounty-journalist/

Allegations of over 160 dead in Odessa's Trade Union holocaust. 

Prisoners released as pro-Russia activists storm Odessa police HQ... As prisoners were set free, the crowd chanted: "Odessa is a Russian city" and "Heroes, heroes, heroes!". Many expressed outrage that those who had escaped being burned alive in the trade union building had ended up in jail, while their attackers had not been arrested. -  Howard Amos reporting from Odessa www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/04/pro-russia-prisoners-released-militants-storm-odessa-police-headquarters

Warning: Ukraine Is At A Flashpoint www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-04/warning-ukraine-flashpoint by Tyler Durden. Good if a bit long piece including many points covered in this blog over the last 2 months. 

Iranian source claims Saudi Arabia is moving some Takfiri fighters from Syria to Kiev. A move with grand prospects. Having burned all the churches they could in Syria, they'll have a real field day in Ukraine, with bigger and better churches - and tons of Christians! http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930214000824

West doing same to Ukraine as it did to Yugoslavia in 1990s  rt.com/op-edge/156740-west-ukraine-policy-yugoslavia/ Encouraging and arming extremists will lead to civil war and genocide

Escalation: It's rumored Crimean militia have now reinforced E. Ukraine rebels. Heavy fighting in Slavyansk today, RT reports a dozen killed, including civilians.  rt.com/news/156824-eastern-ukraine-hostilities-shooting/ One MI-24 chopper shot down. 

Hackers post figures on Russian government website that only 15% of Crimeans voted to join Russia; Forbes magazine takes it as gospel truth. Forbes has printed some fairly balanced pieces before but now seems tipping onto the hysteria warpath. Human Rights Watch pipes up to selectively accuse Donetsk rebels of torturing hostages.  www.hrw.org/node/125273

Zbig's son Mark, US ambassador to Sweden, pushes his hosts to join NATO or be left undefended against Putin the bogey man. rixstep.com/1/1/0/20140505,00.shtml

Washington Intends Russia's Demise, writes Paul Craig Roberts. Russia is on the horns of a dilemma with Ukraine. www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/05/02/washington-intends-russias-demise-paul-craig-roberts/

An interesting map is circulating on the Web showing "Territories annexed to Ukraine" from 1654 to 1954. The labeling on the map implies a Ukrainian state which gradually grew by grants of Russian territory over four centuries, so I've reproduced the map here with the note that Ukraine was a province, not a state, during that entire period.
There was no Ukrainian state before the second referendum of 1991; it was always part of a larger state.
The map on the right shows the extent of the Kievan Rus empire from the year 900 to 1054.
Around the year 880 Varangian (Viking) forces captured Kiev from the Khazars and founded the state of Kievan Rus, peopled by Eastern Slavs, which extended from the Black Sea to the Baltic. With the Mongol onslaught, Kiev fell to the Tatars in 1240, and Moscow became the new Russian capital. From the 1400s to the 1600s, Russia was gradually able to reclaim the territory from the Tatars. Russian Cossacks wrested the Dnieper Valley from the Poles and Lithuanians, and their state joined the Russian empire in 1654. This was not the founding of a Ukrainian state, but one step in Russia's reconquest of its original homeland. 
In 1954. Khrushchev, a Ukraine Russian, thought it would be cute to give Crimea to Ukraine as a 300th birthday present to celebrate the occasion. However, the "gift" was not meant for NATO, but only for the Soviet Russian province of Ukraine. One reason why Putin acted much more decisively to reclaim Crimea than Donetsk is the strategic nature of the territory. The rest of Novorossiya was given by Lenin to Soviet Ukraine almost over 90 years ago. 


May 4. Renowned historian Arnold Toynbee: "The West's policy toward Russia is one of aggression." A fascinating analysis of Ukraine crisis

Absolute must-read to understand Ukraine 1991-2014 - an analysis of the conflict between Ukraine's oligarchical clans by Russian academic Andrey Fursov.
Here's a few choice excerpts, but if you can, try and read the whole thing. 

"Oligarchical Topography of Ukraine"

Firstly, it all began with a conflict within the Ukrainian oligarchic class. A great analyst is Vladimir Matveev. I very much recommend you look him up...  [I found this article citing him wadeward.com/2014/01/mossad-took-turnover-in-ukraine/413895.html ]

What do we mean by clans in Ukraine? First we need to understand the division of power at the end of 2013. There are four basic clans.
Firstly the Donetsk clan - Rinat Akhmetov, whose fortune is estimated at $16 billion. His main interests are mining and steel...
The second clan is the Yanukovych family. They control principally the customs officials, farming and infrastructure.
Yanukovych's "achievement" is that during his presidency the welfare state of Ukraine was finished off. In 2010 the number of billionaires in Ukraine was 8. By only 2011 there were 21.
The next massive bloc is Firtash, which is RosUkrEnergo, energy production and chemicals. They are the main partner of Rothschild in Ukraine.
The next corporate group is Privat. This is the most interesting one. It's the group of Ihor Kolomoisky... He is the engine behind what is currently happening in Ukraine. [Mentioned earlier here as the Jewish oligarch who offered $10,000 bounty for each "Russian" killed.]
In Ukraine there isn't a single political center, This propagates into Ukraine's Jewish community too. They don't have a unified center either.
In 2011 Kolomoisky established the European Jewish Parliament
The greed and stupidity of Yanukovych's mafioso clan revealed itself when they imposed their fees not only on the medium-sized businesses, they even went into the small businesses. Basically, they had to pay 60% to this family. So you can understand those who went to the Maidan. They had had enough of that clan.
The Rothschild group entered in 1991-95. Likewise MI6 entered with a free hand. Basically all western intelligence agencies had a free hand in Ukraine. That's why some experts call Ukraine the sandpit of the intelligence agencies. The CIA has a whole floor dedicated to Ukraine.
The interests of the Rothschilds strongly clash with the interests of Russia.
The great French geopolitical analyst Alexandre Del Valle talks about not the foreign policy of the US, but the foreign politicians of the US. There are different clans. The clans behind Obama want one thing, and the clans behind the neo-cons want something completely different. So they really have different foreign policies.
The Ivano-Frankivsk region was basically handed to [the Rockefellers] by Yanukovych. The Rockefellers are more interested in Western Ukraine.
All of the western intelligence agencies, including Israel's, are very active in the higher education establishments in Ukraine... in almost all large institutes of higher education in Ukraine, especially in Kiev, there is a NATO room, a NATO department. If you want to make a career, you have to attend several of their programs.
The role which the West collectively, by their various games, has assigned to Ukraine. Firstly - the battle against Russia. Secondly - the clash with China.
It's 1991. The USSR has collapsed. After 10 years of robbery the Americans are wondering "should we go for more?" Evidently they decided not to, as it would have fallen to the Chinese. Besides, Yeltsin's team seemed to be running the country into the ground. Then suddenly in 2001 came the attacks in New York. The Americans' political vector shifted to the Middle East. They became occupied with the Middle East. i.e. they got distracted from the goals. Then we had Iraq, Afghanistan. During this time the Russian Federation got room to breathe, rise onto its feet again. Then there was the war of 08.08.08 [Russo-Georgian war], which showed the West they had somewhat let go of Russia.
Firstly: in [America's current geopolitical] doctrine: political-economic encirclement of China. Control over the flow of energy into China. That's why we have seen their naval power being moved to the straits between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. This is why land-based energy supply routes are so important for China. Sea-based supply routes can be easily interrupted by the Americans.
Secondly: applying pressure on the Russian Federation, as a partner of China, and as a country beginning to rise up.
The removal of the Assad regime therefore became objective No.1 for the Americans [to weaken Iran].
The American offensive against the Russian Federation and China in the Syrian theater failed.
They started looking for where to attack - and Ukraine came up. Because in Ukraine an explosive situation had developed on all levels: amongst the oligarchs themselves, between the oligarchs and the population.
Stratfor chairman, George Friedman, said openly that the primary task of the United States is the destabilization of Eurasia, in order that there could never be a state or group of states able to challenge the US.
The Americans need controlled chaos and civil war in Ukraine. The Europeans need Ukraine whole - a market where they can dump all kinds of junk.
The theories of political science are very far from reality. Indeed, they exist to hide the thinking of politicians.
Well, now there can be no doubt. The West has no brakes. In trying to solve their own problems, they'll keep going until they hit the wall.
Confrontation against the West is unsustainable on a foundation of neo-liberal economics. Enduring it is only possible on the basis of a mobilization economy.
The West never ended the Cold War against Russia.
Brzezinski spoke very honestly in one of his interviews, this was after the Cold War had already ended. He said: "Don't fool yourself. We are not at war with communism, but with Russia, whatever it may be called." If he'd said war against "the Russian spirit", then he would have been practically repeating the words of Churchill, who said in 1940: "We are not at war with Hitler, or even the National-Socialism. We are at war with the German spirit, the spirit of Schiller, so that it may never be revived." [Schiller was the great philosophical opponent to the thought system of the bankster oligarchy]
The kind of spiritual castration that was imposed upon the Germans after 1945, that's what they wanted to do to Russia after 1991.
"For the West the victory over the Soviet Union was no less important, and possibly more important, than the victory over Hitler." Because Hitler belonged to them. Russia never did.
Ukraine is an absolutely non-viable, artificial construction, which could only function normally within the framework of the Soviet Union.
The scorecard from these twenty years is positive for the West. They have been very busy in Ukraine: with the help of various non-commercial, non-governmental organizations, they have done a quite fantastic job... As for us... do we have any non-governmental organizations busy at work in the sphere of foreign policy? .. But all of this is recent initiatives and these organizations don't have the funds.
The Americans have been pumping massive amounts of money into the place. Besides, all these years there has been a Banderite underground operating in Ukraine, in cooperation with the American and West-German intelligence agencies. 
Now let's look at what the West wanted... Plan "Minimum": the West establishes a Slavic, neo-Nazi, Banderite Reich. Constant pressure on Russia, provocations by various means. If Russia reacts - tell everyone that "the huge totalitarian Russia is harassing the free Ukraine" The same template was used on Yugoslavia: "Those poor Albanians - victims of the evil Serbs."
Plan "Maximum": same as when the German Nazi Reich was established in the 1930s. Set up the forces, which, if necessary for the West, will take on the decisive part of the war against Russia. Some will say: "What a nightmare! How are you supposed to go to war against Russia?" ... What's needed is a kind of "pit bull terrier" state, which would be prepared to start at least a local conflict, to show the weakened Russia how events could develop.
If you think that's laying it on thick, refer to the history of relations between the West and Russia. Every aggression which Russia has endured in the last 200-300 years always came from the West. There was no aggression by Russia in the West.
As Arnold Toynbee noted: "The West's policy toward Russia is one of aggression." By the way, Toynbee wasn't a russophile. "The Russian expansion is of a defensive nature", wrote Arnold Toynbee.
Banderastan, if that's what Ukraine is fated to become, as designed by the puppet-masters across the ocean, is to be an oligarchic, terroristic, russophobic state.
We are already seeing external administration of the country.
This is very well described in "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins.
An oligarchic Banderite Ukraine is unavoidable for this simple reason: Because of their corruption, inability and unwillingness, oligarchy is the ideal vehicle for external control. Clearly, this will suit both the oligarchs and the West.
Finally: if the marionette junta in Kiev can hold out, then by logic they will conduct a policy of terror against the East and South-East.
The East and South-East are industrially developed regions. These areas are modernized. The West is agricultural. It's clear, the EU doesn't need Ukraine's modern industries like Yuzhmash and Motor-Sich: They are competitors and they have to go. They don't need Ukraine's atomic energy either. What they need is a place to store atomic waste.
We must roll out a powerful, massive, informational counter-attack against the North-Atlantic elite. Particularly aggressive wherever they have problems. Specifically, in the Muslim and Spanish-speaking worlds.
Train the population, especially the younger generation, to be ready to repulse any aggression: military, informational, cultural, civilizational.
---End of transcript highlights---

As noted earlier in this blog I've come to the conclusion that Ukraine is not only an integral part of Russia, but is Russia's origin and heartland since the 10th century. However, Kiev was sacked by the Mongols in the 13th century, and it took until the 18th century for Russia to get all of Ukraine back. The West's eternal enmity against Russia may even go back to the genocides of the Mongol hordes. The Holy See and the Venetian empire backed the Mongols to try to crush Islam and take back the Holy Land back from the Muslims. There might also have been a Venetian and Khazar motive in crushing the young Russian state in Kiev, which had earlier toppled Khazaria.  

Another interesting analysis of the different groups in the conflict, from the Daily Kos. www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/04/1296753/--Understanding-All-Sides-To-The-Conflict-In-Ukraine#

Dnipropetrovsk Oligovernor Kolomoisky wants to add Donetsk and Luhansk to his fief, claims 72% of the people want to join. ru.tsn.ua/ukrayina/bolshinstvo-zhiteley-donbassa-gotovy-prisoedinitsya-k-dnepropetrovskoy-oblasti-363577.html The three oblasts would be a powerhouse. Hopefully not his.

Meal packs for Pax Americana - What junta troops left behind in Andreyevka - aside from dead bodies of unarmed civilians - were these empty US Army ready meal packs. View here:   instagram.com/p/ni4epiRW8v/ via @sashakots tweeting from E. Ukraine. More so-called "non-lethal aid," like the $5 bn they invested into starting the conflagration.

Déjà vu? Anti-Kiev protesters storm SBU building in Donetsk. 

Odessa: fascist groups gathering with molotov cocktails again. Junta and Maidan sources are also trying to blame the setting of the fire in the building on the victims. However many photos were taken of pro-Maidan people making molotov cocktails, for instance here in the NY Post nypost.com/2014/05/02/crisis-in-ukraine-escalates-after-unrest-leaves-31-dead/

Moral degeneracy of Maidan mentality shown in total lack of respect or regret for the people burned in the trade union building, as in this new poster of a black and orange striped bug being burned by a cigarette lighter. pic.twitter.com/Tlg1jsC184

Videos are out showing troops speaking foreign languages - NATO mercenaries?
Pro-Russian activists have attacked the police headquarters, forcing the release of 67 people detained over the weekend. rt.com/news/156724-odessa-police-release-activists/
Junta promotes police official who enforced stand-down while 40 activists burned.
Ukraine's SBU spreads rumor that Russia sought deaths in Odessa as pretext to invade, with help of Nuland "social media outlet" Euromaidan PR

In East Ukraine, people are boycotting Kolomoisky's Privat Bank, reports Graham Phillips. 

Junta claims soldiers in Mariupol were sedated by food brought by suspicious "locals" who then attacked checkpoint.   mvs.gov.ua/mvs/control/main/uk/publish/article/1042169

RT live updates - rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/ 

Pierre Crom tweeting from Kramatorsk this morning. @PierreCrom. Quiet sunny morning in Sloviansk, roadblocks around city center manned by proRus soldiers, UKR army in suburb controlling roads. Pro-Russ soldiers patrol city streets. But RT reports troops retake TV station. rt.com/news/156688-ukraine-troops-slavyansk-tv/ Later reports that self-defence forces go on offensive against junta conscripts. rt.com/news/156688-ukraine-troops-slavyansk-tv/

Forces in the east of Ukraine fighting for the federalization of the country have regained control over the cities and townships of Konstantinovka, Slavyansk, Andreyevka, and Kramatorsk, Russia-24 television channel said. en.itar-tass.com/world/730390

Infographic map of occupied towns and buildings in east Ukraine. twitter.com/AFP/status/462993125539987456/photo/1

Interesting man-on-the-street interviews in Luhansk, separatist sentiment is strong and growing, but not everyone agrees.  www.dw.de/locals-in-luhansk-are-divided/av-17609768 (in English) But with Western media you have to wonder if they are picking out the few anti-Russian voices. 


www.radionews.us/2014/05/02/germany-ally-or-arbiter-in-ukraine-crisis/ Poll says more Germans want to be neutral than to back the US.

Mad dog Russophobe Brzezinski tells Obama to send anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, so they can defend their cities in an urban guerrilla campaign against Russian tanks! But the people are fighting junta tanks in east Ukrainian towns. www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/what-obama-should-tell-americans-about-ukraine-106277.html OK, go ahead, send the patriotic defenders some more RPGs. Zbig has moved on to some not quite parallel universe.

Slavyansk defenders say junta troops act strangely, as if on drugs.  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_02/Ukrainian-military-may-be-storming-Slavyansk-under-drugs-activists-6719/  Previously, social networks and media reported that psychostimulants could have been given to people on Maidan under the guise of sports nutrition... The method of pumping up soldiers with psychotropic substances is a long known one, in particular, it has been has been practiced by the US military. This helps to create a feeling of euphoria and invincibility, and also allows people to function better without rest for several days. 

Photo showing NATO mercenaries in Nikolayev. twitter.com/anti_maydan/status/462921583309242369/photo/1

Russian veterans volunteering to help Ukraine against fascist thugs. http://rusvesna.su/news/1399211987

"Crisis Today: Democracy in Ukraine" Film about Pravy Sektor and other neo-nazis, marching throngs with torches, banners, mobs, and the burning of the Odessa Trade Union Bldg. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAUSK8sUnVE 12 min, well-edited

May 3. Russian view of Odessa's NATO-Nazi-Gladio pogrom.

Odessa mourns bloodshed victims, activists demand 'murderer' governor's resignation rt.com/news/156624-odessa-victims-protest-burnt/

Report on the massacre depicts it as a bloodthirsty pogrom against pro-Russian protesters. vineyardsaker.blogspot.ru/2014/05/ukraine-sitrep-update-may-3nd-1445.html  Quoting the entire report on Odessa here (the rest of the report is also interesting, and concerns Russian options as regards civil war in Ukraine):

What happened in Odessa yesterday is much worse than what the initial reports had indicated: it was truly a deliberate and blood-curling massacre. To summarize:

In Odessa the pro-Russian demonstrators had never seized a building, all they did was erecting a small tent city and hanging out there. Hardly any violence had taken place. Yesterday, the neo-Nazis finally made their move:

1) They bussed in large numbers of Right Sector thugs.
2) They then got the local football hooligans (paid by oligarchs according to some reports) to begin a nationalist demonstration.
3) The Right Sector thugs then joined the hooligans and together they viciously attacked the pro-Russian tent city: the tents were torn down and the anti-regime demonstrators viciously beat up to a pulp. The local cops stood by and watched.
[It's reported they were instructed so.]
4) The anti-regime demonstrators ran literally for their lives towards the building of Unions which had been their normal rallying point at which point they were surrounded and the building set ablaze.
5) Those attempting to leave the building were severely beat up and many murdered. Many were shot while standing in the windows to flee from the flames.
6) The neo-Nazis did not let the firefighters through.
7) With each jumping demonstrator or each person shot in the windows the crowd would scream "Glory to the Ukraine! Glory to he heroes!" Many took souvenir videos. For them, this was a joyful, liberating event.
8) The Ukrainian social networks flooded with joyful messages congratulation the "heroes" in Odessa and promising more of the same to the accursed Moskals.
9) The Western and Ukie press reported the events as a "clash" with "casualties" but with no reference to any one party causing this massacre.
10) The last fatalities figure was at 46. But with many dying from smoke inhalation and, especially, burns, it will probably go up.

Junta is making up stories, that the snipers were from Russia, the protesters who died in the building were from Transnistria. But local sources say the dead were all from Odessa. 

It has been rumored that certain elements in Kiev also celebrated the holocaust in Odessa. Hopefully not for long. The fiery deaths seem certain to incite more fiery resistance.
Armed protesters seized the police station in Horlivka today after a gunfight. www.pravda.com.ua/news/2014/05/3/7024276/ Rumors of firefights around a military recruiting station in Luhansk. Luhansk People's governor there announces mobilization of men of fighting age. Attack by junta armored forces expected soon. Seizure of SBU building in Donetsk city reported. Kramatorsk airport and SBU rumored seized by rebels, then taken back by junta. But pro-Maidan sources claim junta is making headway in suppressing the east, against scattered resistance.
Junta forces attacked unarmed protesters in Mariupol, Konstantinovka  rt.com/news/156644-mariupol-konstantinovka-special-operation/

Slavyansk releases NATO mercenaries or spies. 
Knots of angry Kramatorsk residents shouting at junta tanks, drive them with earfuls of bitter taunts. " Get out of here, Back to Kiev, Fascists, C'mon shoot, if we had guns you'd keep away from here, Glory to Berkut, Shame on these guys, Go home, Back to Kiev, Glory to Donbas, Go back to Kiev, bastards." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75dlup0WXGY 

Brzezinski calls for a more warlike stance, sending weapons to Kiev. Kurt Nimmo says Zbig wants a civil war. www.infowars.com/brzezinski-calls-for-sending-weapons-to-regime-in-ukraine/

In Luhansk separatist leader Valeriy Bolotov on Saturday declared a state of emergency and announced the formation of a "South-East" army for the entire region.
In a video statement aired on local stations, Bolotov also introduced a curfew, a ban on political parties, and his expectation that local law enforcement officials will take an oath of allegiance to the people of Luhansk. 
"In case of not following this, you will be announced traitors of people of Luhansk and wartime measures will be taken against you," he announced in the video statement.
Bolotov stated that the new armed forces wouldn't just protect the region, it would try to move forward to take Ukraine's capital.
"We are not going to sit and wait until we are encircled and burned," he said. www.cnn.com/2014/05/03/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/index.html

" ‘Anger’, ‘disenchantment’ and ‘pride’ are three words that perfectly sum up the mood in southeastern Ukraine at the moment. However, there is one thing the majority of citizens in this region crave more than anything – a referendum on their future."  Russia Today claims 80% of people in Odessa are anti-Maidan. rt.com/news/156604-ukraine-southeast-crisis-diary/

May 2. Odessa's holocaust: 40 pro-Russian protesters killed when nazis set fire to building. Gladio snipers AGAIN?

Gladio sniper provocateurs again? Strangely, the same ingredients as in the Maidan putsch of Feb. 20: lots of neo Nazi protesters from Lemberg, Gladio special forces, and killings by snipers. In Odessa, the pro-Russian protesters also occupied the trade union building, as did the Maidan protesters in Kiev. Observers claimed some of them were sniping at the crowd from the roof, whereupon the neo-nazis broke into the building and torched it. It took two hours for firemen to put out the fire, by which at least 30 had died from smoke inhalation and another 8 from jumping from windows. According to the Gladio playbook, the purpose would be to discredit the pro-Russian popular movement, the way they ascribed their crimes to the Italian communists in earlier decades. 
Reports have been posted of military snipers on the street as well.
When a country seems to go crazy, to sink into collective hysteria, it's not necessarily spontaneous. Someone may have reasons to try and drive them crazy - Gladio and the CIA. "There's a method to the madness,"  quoth Shakespeare, who knew the tricks of the war party of his day, and opposed them in his way. More on the
provocation method here: snipers and here www.progressivepress.com/blog/dirty-war-syria 
It's so obviously a provocation that junta blogger Tymchuk is already claiming it was organized by the Russian FSB! In Kiev, too, they had the Russian card ready, by using the Russian-speaking Gladio unit from West Ukraine, as reported here on March 3 (link to article by Engdahl:  21stcenturywire.com/2014/02/28/the-rape-of-ukraine-phase-two-begins)Is it any surprise that the building destroyed for the sake of the NWO, just happened to be the Trade Union Building? The junta isn't going to need one of those. 

Covering-up the dead - with Ukrainian flags. Sources on Twitter say 38 to 40 pro-Russian protesters killed when nazis set fire to building. Western media only say "killed in clashes," won't say which side the dead were on, just that pro-Russian side was very well organized, as if to implicate Russia. For example Newsweek only identifies six of the killed -- as pro-Kiev.  www.newsweek.com/fire-and-clashes-kill-over-40-odessa-249504 Pro-Russian deaths don't count. Except on RT rt.com/news/156480-odessa-fire-protesters-dead/ Video of scene inside trade union building after the holocaust. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv9_z6Cdf3g Ironically, in Kiev during Maidan it was the NWO stooge protesters occupying the trade union building there. In another ironical note, pro-Kiev protesters started out riding a fire truck. pic.twitter.com/x6nCuu0YTo  Rumored that 1,000 neo-nazis were brought in buses to fight in Odessa . 

Odessa is third largest city in Ukraine, westerly on the Black Sea close to Moldova border. Charles Shoebridge: port city of one million, majority Ukrainian but Russian speaking, ethnically diverse, voted for Yanukovych, far right not strong.

Photos of the fire www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27259620

RT Live Update on Slavyansk rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/ Russia has plan to release NATO spies in Slavyansk, but junta won't agree. Junta threatens to deport Russian journalists. West won't agree to Russian draft UN resolution condemning violence in Ukraine. 

www.infowars.com/obama-calls-coup-government-in-kiev-duly-elected/  Obama calls junta "duly elected." He must be thinking "truly selected" by the banksters, like himself and Bush. People who think they can reshape the world at will to suit themselves. Most people are consumers of corporate media propagaganda, rather than thinking for themselves, and even if they don't buy the baloney, the US government gets away with doing what it wants - so who is to stop them from playing God? Just a few rebels.

Junta is firing large numbers of police and officials in eastern regions to create new forces loyal to regime. 

Fox News/AP summary of Slavyansk battle zone. www.foxnews.com/world/2014/05/02/gunfire-blasts-in-insurgent-held-ukraine-city/

Guardian running live updates www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/02/ukraine-crisis-pro-russian-forces-claim-assault-on-slavyansk-live-updates

Neighborhood barricades going up around Slavyansk. pic.twitter.com/AZEpHod1r6 People against tanks: pic.twitter.com/AooLzXIekb

Attacks on Slavyansk resume after dark today. Tass reports helicopter strikes on gathering of civilians. en.itar-tass.com/world/730241 Where is NATO's R2P doctrine now? Left it in Libya? 

Junta military storm Kramatorsk, 1 dead, 9 injured  rt.com/news/156504-ukraine-east-clashes-military/ Update - 10 unarmed civilians killed.  rt.com/news/156552-kramatorsk-military-operation-resumed Why are they unarmed when the Slavyansk area is supposed to have all those armories of light weapons?

President of Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov says same thing can happen in Ukraine as in Chechnya, Western-incited civil war leading to thousands of deaths. chechnya.gov.ru/page.php

landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2014/05/ukrainian-crisis-was-always-about.html Ukraine crisis is about "containing" Russia - look at the map, who is the aggressor, Russia or NATO?

"Containment 2.0" What does Washington's "containment" policy mean? What threats does it pose? Will it work against today's Russia? And does this mean Washington has declared a new Cold War? CrossTalking with Stephen Cohen and John Mearsheimer. rt.com/shows/crosstalk/155288-containment-policy-cold-war/ 28 min.

Russia owes a lot more to Europe than to the US.  pic.twitter.com/dKwyGs1YOE

The essence of pseudo-left brainwashing captured in tweets by @PanchoAbal what about 38 pro-russians set on fire by nazi protesters in #Odessa ? U pretend 2 b cool but support west blindly. You supported protests against elected Kiev goverment but not against junta now? La prensa de Occidente debería reconocer que es igual de tendenciosa que la de las dictaduras a esta altura= the western media should admit that it is just as biased as any dictatorship.

John Robles' blog voiceofrussia.com/by_author/62493347/ 
"The selling out of Ukraine: what the CIA does not want Ukrainians to know." CIA agents now running ministries.
"US Color Revolution coming soon to a country near you." Includes necessary countermeasures to defeat color revolutions.

Kerry vs Parry: Kerry lashes out at RT for distorting propaganda, Robert Parry parries:  consortiumnews.com/2014/05/01/whos-the-propagandist-us-or-rt/

Later in the day the LA Times has a more balanced report referencing RT as well as junta spokesman.  www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-wn-ukraine-russia-odessa-clash-20140502,0,6927270.story

From Gladio author Richard Cottrell

Q.Do you think Russia's aim is to lure NATO into another Vietnam in Ukraine i.e. guerrilla / partisan war?
A. No. This the old Kennanist containment policy played back in Uncle Sam’s face. Putin is marking out Russia’s sphere of influence and control in Northern European and the Caspian. The progressive expansion of NATO to the front doorstep has been stopped. I suspect we’re going to hear about a Korean style DMZ between the ‘two Ukraines.’ This is a good workable scenario but depends on the dogs of war remaining in their kennels, the Pentagon and NATO (which has a new kid on the block) willing to lose face. (In passing, any attempted inclusion of Serbia in NATO might cause additional friction). Really this is Korea in Europe. 
Funnily enough anything that happens with N Korea such as sudden implosion of the Fat Boy’s regime, could well be reflected in the Ukraine, in the sense of encouraging the West to have a go.

Classic signs of a calculated strategy of tension intervention. www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/02/ukraine-dead-odessa-building-fire

Another, harder take on the same story. This is a designer riot. www.todayszaman.com/news-346681-dozens-die-in-odessa-blaze-rebels-down-ukraine-helicopters.html

----and the bottom line- http://www.todayszaman.com/news-346752-hagel-urges-nato-allies-to-step-up-defense-spending.html - quelle surprise

May 1.

Ukrainian army reported to be making new offensive on Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. RT claims as many as 4 out of 20 helicopters downed. rt.com/news/156292-slavyansk-army-special-operation/ 
Reported that army has seized the city and TV station, rebel militia have retreated.   sitrepnetwork.blogspot.com/2014/05/breaking-news-ukrainian-military.html 
Tymchuk claims most of Slaviansk taken, this is denied by others.  www.kyivpost.com/content/author/dmitry-tymchuk/  twitter.com/DmitryTymchuk

Some are saying reports are Russian fabrication for May Day! but reports are also coming from Kiev and Reuters. 

Photo of wounded chopper pilot. pic.twitter.com/GJ51EYhblU Anti-Maidan source says, Ukraine soldiers flew to downed helicopter, took gun from wounded pilot and flew away. Resistance forces helped him.
Photo of downed chopper. twitter.com/jamesmatesitv/status/462108773008822272/photo/1

Very short video clip of SAM / surface to air missile / being fired from Slavyansk. 11 sec. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOPpvn_56zE

At least half the strategic stockpile of light weapons on Ukrainian territory is concentrated near Slavyansk. www.rusi.org/analysis/commentary/ref:C53628C52C2519  Supposedly located there to distribute to good Ukrainian citizens to defend the nation against an attack from the east. Could work just as well against an attack from the west. Is Russia counting on dealing the US another Vietnam-style guerrilla war against proxy partisans?

Ukraine’s government loses more ground after violent clash in Donetsk. A May Day parade in Donetsk ended in a violent clash outside the regional General Prosecutor’s Office today, and the seizure of yet another government building by Kremlin-backed militants who want Ukraine’s most populous oblast to secede.  bluemarbletimes.com/archives/108646 City hall occupied in Horlivka.  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine-abroad/with-no-ukrainian-soldiers-or-police-horlivkas-city-hall-proves-to-be-easy-target-for-separatists-345828.html

Darth Vader runs for mayor in Kiev, Odessa. Disqualified from presidential elections, he's running for mayor in major cities.  rt.com/news/156220-darth-vader-ukraine-mayor/

Ukraine brings back conscription amid unrest in country's east  rt.com/news/156268-ukraine-brings-back-conscription/

Via Graham Phillips. It's not Russia that's pushed Ukraine to the brink of war. The attempt to lever Kiev into the western camp by ousting an elected leader made conflict certain.  www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/30/russia-ukraine-war-kiev-conflict

Here we go again. Locals crowd around an army tank, scolding the soldiers - So go ahead and shoot us! We're all separatists!  twitter.com/ronzheimer/status/462124053785223168/photo/1 Other unarmed citizens crowd around Ukrainian army checkpoint and ask troops to leave.  pic.twitter.com/01MjqqiigQ

More barricades going up around Slavyansk.  www.itv.com/news/story/2014-04-23/russia-ukraine-tensions/

Maidan junta sources claim Slavyansk militia trying to commandeer private cars in order to flee. "Interim interior minister" Avakov claims all 10 barricades destroyed, rebel fighters taken hostage. 

Were fresh attacks on Slavyansk and Kramatorsk part of IMF "conditionality"? $17 bn loan approved yesterday. www.bbc.com/news/business-27233152

Ukraine Reporter ‏@StateOfUkraine: Separatist mayor of Sloviansk Ponomarev: сaptured OSCE observers were moved to an undisclosed location outside the combat zone. Negotiations had been going on for their release. 

From Gladio author Richard Cottrell 

- More Kerry porky pies. A bunch of guys supposedly on a peace keeping mission are seized by ‘terrorists.’ Question: who is behind the mask? When is an OSCE observer not an OSCE observer and someone else altogether? And just how did they manage to stroll without as much as a by-your-leave into a ‘rebel controlled area.’
The hall of mirrors bends fact and fiction yet again. I Spy applies.  Here’s the main course:

‘How would anybody with a sane mind send foreign military observers and Ukrainian officers into towns where those "terrorists" are having the upper hand? For what purpose if not to spy for the Ukrainian government which plans to recapture those towns by military force? 

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2014/04/ukraine-media-obfuscate-about-osce-observers.html  Answers on a postcard to Secretary of State John Kerry, expedition commander.

- The sanctions egg whisk. Very readable on financial drone strikes and their effectiveness, and from Bloomberg at that. Are they – sanctions -  useful weapons or deterrents in the modern ‘globalist’ inter-dependent world. David Cameron, who is reputed to be prime minister of Great Britain, and his alter ego and possible usurper in waiting, burly Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, have jointly ruled out any selective take outs of Russian interests in the City of the Golden Calf. Powder puffs rather than heavy metal from the skies?  http://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/financial-war/

- Its my impression that while Crimea was a push over for Putin (gift parcel reclaimed) Donetsk was always the real target, a fact to which the West/NATO woke up far too late.  Or was the strategy understood all along. How much shadow play is in progress here. Are we really saying NSA/GCHQ have no clue what Putin plans next?  If so, their budgets should be suspended forthwith. This is a war principally conducted in cyber land with stage actors on the ground. Will I be the first to suggest a back door concordat to split the Ukraine east/west. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/29/kiev-losing-control-east-ukraine

- So the only conclusion is that mission control in DC knew all along exactly what the Russians were planning in the Ukraine…. there’s no alternative construction to Kerry’s statement.  The US and their allies followed every step of the way. Talk about letting the cat out of the bag…..  www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/30/us-intercepts-moscow-calls-to-spies-kerry-leaked-remarks-russia

By my favourite philosopher….a great historical corrective… http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n09/slavoj-zizek/barbarism-with-a-human-face

- 1st of the day www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/amidst-masked-men-and-paramilitary-violence-ukraine-is-a-country-on-the-jagged-edge-of-anarchy-9307710.html

- Buddy can you spare a dime. It was only to be expected. For the best seats in the house, book early.  How ‘revolting’.  www.infowars.com/imf-demands-ukraine-risk-world-war-3-in-return-for-bailout-money/

- Kick off time. The drums of war …. http://www.infowars.com/russia-orders-urgent-dispatch-of-military-medical-teams-to-ukraine-border/

- War games. Better war-war than jaw-jaw.   Finding reasons for existence. http://www.todayszaman.com/news-346675-nato-russia-is-now-an-adversary.html  I don’t recall Russia attacking NATO, or have I missed something. 

- War-frustration. What could go wrong?  http://news.yahoo.com/gop-senators--arm-ukraine--hit-russian-banks-194528088.html

- The war coming to yr nearest ATM. This is a prelude to some kind of action in the Ukraine and what the financial fall out might be. Good to know they finally got around to it.  I suppose everyone in America realises they’ll shutter all the ATM’s if war – or more probably even before - breaks out. Just thought I’d mention that.    http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/04/breaking-fed-held-unusual-emergency.html

- Back to Front. Eyeball to eyeball now. Who’ll blink first? Notice the ‘front’ world in play. ‘Eastern front’ at that. We’ve heard that one before.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10802437/Ukraine-to-restore-conscription-after-admitting-it-has-lost-eastern-front.html

Apr. 30.

Dialogue in a Ukrainian cottage: Dad, give me the gun! -What for, my son? -To kill Russians! You know, $10,000 a head! -What if they kill you? -Me? What for?
Moral: everything is about money in the New World Order. 

Obama, McCain, and the NATO/EU Gang: Better War than Saying: “It’s our Fault”? By Michael Scheuer  www.lewrockwell.com/2014/04/michael-scheuer/the-usnatoeu-gang/

In Horlivka, city of 300,000 in Donetsk oblast, handful of militants backed by a crowd of 3,000 protesters seize city council building and police HQ.  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/separatists-seize-horlivka-city-council-building-live-updates-345667.html and uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/30/ukraine-crisis-horlivka-idUKL6N0NM1Y920140430

Apr. 29. Giving up Donetsk and Luhansk for gone.

Webster Tarpley reports: tarpley.net/alleged-osce-observers-are-nato-officers/ "OSCE monitors" are active duty NATO officers from Geilenkirchen Air Base in Germany, a NATO center for AWACS surveillance and military intelligence. OSCE director is NOT going to Ukraine to try and secure their release, counter to claims made by Kiev.
NATO officers went into Slavyansk without their uniforms and used vehicles with OSCE markings as a diversion. To send military officials without uniforms can be considered as spying. NATO is pushing for the OSCE to take responsibility for team, but OSCE has consistently stated the officers are not their personnel and not on an OSCE mission. German and Austrian media have occasionally mentioned this, but English-language media are keeping the stiff upper lip and parroting the OSCE cover story. In my opinion though, as noted below, the OSCE is not neutral either; an American OSCE commander played the key role in the false flag at Racak that gave the US the green light to bomb Serbia, for example. The OSCE was probably complicit in the Slavyansk subterfuge, too, but now that it is in the open, it must distance itself from the affair to try and preserve its mask of neutrality. 

colorrevolutionsandgeopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/04/from-archives-jonathan-mowat-new-gladio.html Excellent article on Gladio and Color revolution tactics. 

Another classic piece from 2004, the time of the Orange Revolution in Ukraine: www.globalresearch.ca/imf-sponsored-democracy-in-the-ukraine-2/5360920  
Excerpt - Power Struggle: Oil and Pipeline Corridors
Behind the presidential elections, there is a power struggle between pro-US-NATO and pro-Russian factions within the leading political establishment and the military.
What is at stake is not only the maintenance of the IMF sponsored macroeconomic agenda, strategic US-NATO military interests in the region are also at stake.
The objective of the Bush Administration is to install a Ukrainian government which is firmly aligned with Washington, with the ultimate objective of displacing the Russian military from the Black Sea.
In this regard, Ukraine has already signed several military agreements with NATO and Washington under the government of Leonid Kuchma.
Ukraine is a member of GUUAM, a military alliance between five former Soviet republics ( Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Moldova). This military alliance was initially designed in 1997 by the Ukrainian National Security Services (NSBU) in close liaison with Washington. Its objective was to undermine the alliance between Russia and Belarus, signed between Moscow and Minsk in 1996.
Ukraine also signed agreements with Poland and the Baltic states, pertaining to the control of transport corridors and pipeline routes.
GUUAM lies strategically at the hub of the Caspian oil and gas wealth, “with Moldava and the Ukraine offering [pipeline] export routes to the West.” The objective of GUUAM was to exclude Russia from the Black Sea, protect the Anglo-American pipeline routes out of Central Asia and the Caspian sea and essentially cut Russia off not only from the Caspian sea oil basin but also from the Black sea.

Apropos, Putin said today that the US has been behind the Ukraine crisis all along, staying in the background while stirring trouble, now coming out and showing its colors.  rt.com/news/155732-putin-usa-behind-ukraine-crisis/  He also noted Russia may reconsider Western participation in energy projects. That could hurt more than sanctions. 

Putin's plan: consolidate Donetsk and Luhansk in a referendum, let the rest of Ukraine sink into chaos as secessionist regions are seen to do better, then watch the rest of the southeast rebel?

German commentator: May 25th elections have been torpedoed by withdrawal by candidate Zaryov from presidential elections on grounds that you can't hold elections during a civil war. www.facebook.com/Infoseite.zu.Christoph.Hoerstel/posts/741839295858676

Good read in the Guardian: "Kiev government powerless as east Ukraine slips out of its control - Pro-Russian crowd storms regional HQ in Luhansk while Donetsk looks likely to declare autonomy after May vote" www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/29/kiev-losing-control-east-ukraine (I remember writer Luke Harding was a horrible shill on Syria for twisting the narrative against Assad, so if he's giving up on Donetsk, it's not without reason.) "Some 3,000 activists – some in masks and military fatigues – stormed the regional government HQ in the eastern city of Luhansk. Police supposed to guard the building let the crowd inside." And it's not even the weekend. They must be in a hurry to organize the May 11 referendum. Police openly express pro-Russian sympathies. "the officers reeled off a list of grievances. These included low pay – $200-$250 a month." They know cops in Russia make 10 times that much.
"They also complained that a mistrustful Kiev had confiscated their service revolvers three weeks ago. "I can't exactly defend myself," Yevgeny said, showing off his empty holster. The captain said he was one of 400 Donetsk region police officers sent to the capital to deal with anti-Yanukovych demonstrations, which began last November. The experience had left him bitterly disillusioned. He had nothing but contempt for the new government, part-formed from the protest movement." 
One officer said: "Kiev started all this by arresting our activists. They [in Slavyansk] are merely defending their rights."
"One pro-Russian activist, 39-year-old Igor Vasilyovich, said at least half of the local police supported the cause. "They understand that without Russia we can't live properly," he said. Igor admitted that not everybody in Donetsk – population one million – was an enthusiast for the new unelected "republic". "We're the active minority. We'll lead the passive majority," he said. But what if the "republic" didn't succeed? "Then we'll start a partisan war," he replied."

nsnbc.me/2014/04/21/situation-around-ukraine-nutshell/ Ukraine sinking in chaos and corruption as US escalates tensions.

RFERL: "Several thousand pro-Russian demonstrators in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk have seized the regional administration building, the prosecutor's office, the main police station, and the local television center." www.rferl.org/content/pro-russian-demonstrators-seize-buildings-in-luhansk-/25367135.html

Junta's reaction: Turchynov demands to dismiss the police in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, calls for volunteers! euromaidanpr.com/2014/04/29/president-turchynov-replaces-law-enforcement-in-eastern-ukraine/  Brilliant move. Make it easy for folks to vote to secede.

Report Rada (parliament) are taking a 7-day holiday. Good idea too. Maybe they won't have to come back.

Some in the Carpathian Rus region of West Ukraine also calling for a referendum for autonomy on May 11th. www.facebook.com/gramsci/posts/10152212989469425 The people are very angry that Pravy Sektor has taken over and that minority rights are not respected. 

Chart of NATO aircraft deployed in Ukraine crisis. www.janes360.com/images/assets/125/37125/UkraineRussia3.pdf But what will they do against the slavic grannies and their pirozhki dishes?

From Gladio author Richard Cottrell 
Kerry extends NATO overnight -- implies Ukraine is in NATO. Jumping the gun?  http://www.todayszaman.com/news-346502-kerry-we-will-defend-every-single-piece-of-nato-territory.html  Or is this a media trick to fool people who don't know the difference? 

3 picks on sanctions, alias whippin’ Putin with a wet lettuce leaf. 




 and possibly the most important shot of the day. If Ukraine/Crimea really is an Appian Way milestone of Thirties significance, then we are really talking the brick on the pond. Other writers invoke Balkans Reprise, Welsh www.ianwelsh.net/some-perspective-on-russian-intervention-in-the-ukraine/ sees the global significance and something I have been saying since the crisis began.  WW2 began with  a pin prick, the Sudetenland which sparked the wider conflict when the Nazis flew a False Flag in Poland. Then all hell broke loose.  It is increasingly obvious that all the component elements of WW3 are in place. If the powers that be summon a conference in Munich it will be time to look up deliver any day this week dug outs.  

Apr. 28. Pass the Jam, it's Duck for Dinner.

Russian media claiming the SU-24 that made all those passes over the USS Donald Cook-ing Duck had jammed the ship's Aegis system so the screens went blank, no fire control system, and the crew resigned out of fear for their lives. True, or propaganda? Or maybe it was the pretty Romanian girls in port made them jump ship. Either way the ship is a sitting duck, see entry for Apr. 14.  indian.ruvr.ru/2014_04_21/Russian-Su-24-scores-off-against-the-American-USS-Donald-Cook-5786/
This story just might be way bigger than it looks. England and America are islands, and the only way the Anglo-American empire could ever directly control Eurasia is by sea power (aside from indirect financial legerdemain -- which is why all Obama can do is threaten sanctions). The US has gotten away with "projecting naval power" against third-rate and worse militaries for decades. Their last action against a real adversary was in the Pacific theater in WW2 -- 70 years ago. And even in the 20th century, air power was already decisive in naval engagements.
"Whether we examine Luftwaffe performance in the Artic, or USAAF performance off the Japanese coast, published statistics from many sources clearly indicate that land based aircraft sunk more shipping than either the U-boats or the US Navy's submarines did, at a fraction of the operating costs." Air power on both sides was also the deciding factor in the Falklands war. www.ausairpower.net/subs-vs-air-power.html
Since then, developments in rocket science and drone technology are turning Navies into floating technical museums. So what is Anglo-American hegemony based on, going forward? The great land powers of Eurasia, Russia in its immensity, China with its dynamism, and the Indian subcontinent, all members of BRICS. Germany too is a land power that feels the pull to throw in its lot with its natural ally, Russia. 
The USA can still bluff with "gunboat diplomacy," but it can't afford a real fight that would reveal its intrinsic weakness, and scuttle its projection of power abroad for good. That unacceptable risk, as much as anything else, may be what deterred the US military from its planned massive missile-boat strikes on Syria.
Their head start in technology led to a Golden Age of power for the Anglo-Americans. Advances in technology should now be bringing that age to its inevitable end.
Goodbye, new American century. It wasn't really nice knowing you. Can you go back to an earlier one? 

There are counter-arguments about carriers -- that they are hard to find, very hard to sink because they are so big, and so well-protected in their battle groups. A huge carrier might take a dozen hits. Yet when the basic equation favors air or missile power, this only means the attacker needs to multiply the payload of cheap missiles on their side of the equation. And if Russia can jam Aegis, there goes the protection. But carrier groups are not meant for the Black Sea anyway. As for being hard to find on the open sea, that sounds very odd. I'd be surprised if Russia and China aren't tracking all ten US carriers.

While the US keeps on building up aircraft carrier groups to keep up the pretense of naval power, it is steadily seeking to add to its ring of land bases to strangle Russia, following the Brzezinski doctrine. The US intention is to become the dominant Eurasian land power, to finish what Britain could not. Look for increased rivalry in Central Asia in coming years, which could dwarf the Ukrainian crisis.

The expansions of earlier modern empires, French, British, and German, were fueled by dynamic economies. Will a post-industrial economy be able to maintain its technological edge? The US outsources most of its manufacturing, and its domestic defense industry is interested only in overpriced, high-profit hardware. China is working on a Mach 10 carrier-killer missile, and Iran, in spite of sanctions, is never far behind the US in developing drones. The US is dependent on Russian rockets for its space program. The US moon shot was a Kennedy legacy. When the oligarchy killed JFK, they put the US on the long road to decline. Ukraine is the perfect example of how corrupt oligarchs can hollow out a nation's military capability. 

Happy Birthday! German Ex-Chancellor Schröder celebrates his 70th birthday with an old friend, Vladimir Putin, in St. Petersburg. www.tagesspiegel.de/weltspiegel/trotz-ukraine-krise-schroeder-feiert-mit-putin-seinen-70-geburtstag-nach/9819024.html Merkel you stay home. Schröder also bought himself a summer villa in the Crimea for 1.2 million Euros last week.  dailycurrant.com/2014/04/25/gerhard-schroeder-buys-holiday-home-in-crimea-3/

Russia, EU and Ukraine to meet May 2 in Warsaw to discuss Ukraine's gas debt to Russia amid fears a cutoff of Russian gas to Europe could tilt the EU back into recession. The price per tm3 is the toughest question. Slovakia is set to pump reserve natural gas to Ukraine in a reverse-flow deal signed today.

Obama advisers are in doubt about effectiveness of sanctions on Russia. abcnews.go.com/International/analysis-obama-doubts-russia-sanctions/story

Pro and anti maidan protesters battle in Donetsk city. rt.com/news/155424-donetsk-clashes-ukraine-protesters/ Graham Phillips reporting. "A group of about 1,000 “neo-Nazi thugs” has come to Donetsk from Dnipropetrovsk on Monday to cause provocations, the press-service of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk told RT."

Kharkiv: Mayor nearly killed www.foxnews.com/world/2014/04/28/mayor-ukraine-second-largest-city-fighting-for-life-after-assassination-attempt/ Mayor Kernes was a Yanukovich supporter but now supports Kiev. Ukrainska Pravda says one theory is he was shot in revenge for reneging on a deal to support separatists. However, that could be typical Kievan disinformation masking an opposite truth. The UK Daily Mail reports, "Kernes (left) was a staunch opponent of the pro-West Maidan movement and was widely viewed as the organizer who sent activists to Kiev from eastern Ukraine to harass those demonstrators.... But he has since softened his stance toward the new Kiev government. At a meeting of eastern Ukrainian leaders and acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk earlier this month, Kernes insisted he does not support the pro-Russia insurgents and backed a united Ukraine... Just last week, he rallied pro-Russian supporters during a demonstration at the town's city hall." So he has been changing tack, and the shooting occurred after he swayed towards the pro-Russian side again. ( www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2614815/Pro-Russian-mayor-shot-assassination-attempt-Ukrainian-city-scene-pro-Moscow-protests.html via Richard Cottrell). He appeared to have been hit by a long-range sniper bullet. This is a specialty likely to be found among US mercenaries...  www.lewrockwell.com/2014/04/jack-d-douglas/pro-russian-mayor-takes-a-sniper-shot-in-the-back/  The mayor, who is Jewish, has been flown to Israel for medical attention.

Another rebel attempt to take the army base at Mariupol. www.0629.com.ua/news/517713

Odessa still has a large Jewish population, and the important positions held by Nazis in the Kiev junta is making them nervous.  www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/04/29/what-makes-odessa-rise-in-protest.html 

Overview of separatist controlled cities ukraineinvestigation.com/cities-controlled-separatists-map/

Another poor innocent captive with a captivating Facebook page  - Irma Krat, the Ukrainian journalist, had her photo online posing prouldy with a bunch of nazi-armband-wearing extremists. It's been deftly taken down now, but @Steiner1776 tweeted a link to the cached copy. webcache.googleusercontent.com/search
Slavyansk spokesperson says rebels are holding 40 captives. 

Report much of radio chatter during attack on Slavyansk was in American English and Croatian. novorossia.su/node/673 via @noDMF
Report Donetsk militia being armed with RPG's.
Report rebels take Konstantinovka. voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_28/Police-city-department-seized-in-Konstantynovka-Donetsk-region-TV-8684/ Police just went home, reported via @A_J_S_B . Rebel goal, prepare for May 11 referendum.

Germans are writing complaints to their media about anti-Putin war propaganda. Ex-Chancellors very critical of NATO attempt to encircle Russia in Ukraine.  histoireetsociete.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/crise-ukrainienne-une-revolte-contre-lotan-gronde-en-allemagne/

The Mass Marketing Campaign for WWIII. Paul Joseph Watson at Infowars assails media hypocrisy and warmongering on Ukraine. OK to capture buildings in Kiev, not in Donetsk. Bad to fire on rebels in Kiev or Syria, OK in Donetsk. Russia isn't encircling USA with hostile bases and missiles, it's the other way about.  www.youtube.com/watch

Donetsk Mayor Lukyanchenko meets President Turchynov to request nationwide May 25 referendum. Via ‏@GrahamWP_UK

Junta retracts claim Russia aircraft overflew Ukraine. rt.com/news/155084-russia-planes-ukraine-airspace/

What does Washington's "containment" policy mean? What threats does it pose? Will it work against today's Russia? And does this mean Washington has declared a new Cold War? CrossTalk with Stephen Cohen and John Mearsheimer. rt.com/news/155084-russia-planes-ukraine-airspace/

Apr. 27 Facebook shows Danish "OSCE" captive has been armed officer in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Ukraine. What was he up to on Maidan? See photos below.

Three Ukraine elite Alpha group agents captured in Donetsk region  rt.com/news/155136-agents-captured-donetsk-ukraine/

Paul Craig Roberts: The White House Fool is telling Putin: “I screwed up my takeover of your backyard. I want you to fix the situation for me and to ensure the success of the strategic threat I intended to bring to your backyard.”  www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/04/26/moving-closer-war-paul-craig-roberts/

German newspaper regards "military observers" captured in Slavyansk as military advisers and as proof of NATO military involvement in E. Ukraine.   www.nachrichtenspiegel.de/2014/04/26/eilmeldung-deutsche-kampftruppen-in-der-ostukraine-aktiv/ 
Western media still hold fast to the lie that they are OSCE mediators. 

Another chapter in the encirclement of Russia by NATO. Izvestia claims the Kiev junta are recruiting reinforcements among unemployed or Russian-hating youth in Georgia, which lost a war with Russia a few years back. If true this would be another indication of the lack of local support for the suppression of protest in the East.  izvestia.ru/news/569977

Romania moves troops closer to Ukraine border. voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_27/Romanian-military-units-moving-towards-Ukrainian-border-2722/

Rumored 2,000 German troops in Ukraine.
Ukrainian soldiers are refusing to fire on Donetsk activists. Pravy Sektor extremists have fired on unwilling brigades to try to force them to fight, killing one young conscript.  www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/04/28/ukrainian-soldiers-killed-neo-nazi-refusing-fire-own-people.html

German public opinion on Ukraine sharply diverging from official anti-Russian mass media line  m.heise.de/tp/artikel/41/41586/1.html 

Southeast Ukraine is not represented in the government, instead their demands are being met with armed force.
@Rubiconski: Kiev is flooded with US officials, mercenaries & IMF economic advisers. Ukraine has no future now, they will make sure of that!

Russia had a chance to make a lightning strike and decapitate Kiev in early March, before the junta could consolidate itself. I believe one reason that wasn't tried is that Ukraine in many respects represents a liability. Russia would have been responsible for everything, including the fulfillment of unrealistic aspirations. The West would eagerly and successfully sabotage the effort, inciting Ukrainian dissatisfaction and leaving Russia little choice but to relinquish the territory again. A better bet to leave the West responsible for fixing the mess they are making, and trying to improve Ukraine's desperate bankrupt condition, then pick up the piece when they fail. 

Report one NATO observer (Swede) released on medical grounds (diabetes). Rest are OK and have made a public statement and been shown on TV. Ponomarev says OSCE may visit to discuss their release. Top OSCE official is flying to Kiev. It seems there is a very fine line between mediators, military observers and spies. Here is a pic from the facebook page of the Danish team member putting him on the military side of that line. 

Photo from Danish "OSCE team" member John Gerhard Ostergaard Christensen's facebook page (via @LynxGAV). Looks like he is the tall blond one standing at the right hand side of the photo. His Facebook page shows he is affiliated with the OSCE, but he looks more like a military advisor than a mediator to me. Photo taken while "advising" at NATO base in Afghanistan, wearing full military gear and bearing an assault rifle,could be an M16. Were they reconnoitering Slavyansk for the other lot with M16s who attacked Soledar? And is the OSCE really any more "neutral" than NATO, or is it just another camouflage maneuver? Funny this "neutral body" didn't send any Russian members along to help them talkovat with the Russian-speaking locals. Just Ukrainian army officers. 

Christensen's Facebook page also indicates he has spent a lot of time in Kiev, at least since November 2013. The page includes photos from Maidan. Although his movements of course do not prove what he was doing there, they point to the possiblity that he could be a Gladio officer with a role in planning and executing the Feb. 20 coup. JohnIraq is his Facebook handle. 

"They have military maps of Slavyansk on them with marked roadblocks, as well as ammunition and military badges," a representative of the militia said on Saturday. Journalists were also shown the documents of the detainees whose names are John Christensen (Denmark), Krzysztof Kobelsky (Poland), Axel Schneider (Germany), in which the military observers were called "officers."  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_26/OSCE-sends-negotiating-team-to-free-detainees-in-eastern-Ukraine-7193/

The OSCE -- just another façade used to create a US-run puppet show for the naive, displaying an illusion of the "international community," toeing the chorus line chanting US propaganda and assailing any rival power center. Ditto NATO, EU, UN, you name it.

So, you ask, if the Dane were involved in covert operations, why would he post his whereabouts on Facebook?
Possible answers. 1. That's exactly what you're supposed to think; it's to make him look innocuous. 2. There don't seem to be Facebook pages for Kobelsky and Alex Schneider. 3. Same reason they marched into Slavyansk expecting a fawning reception. These people believe they can do no wrong. They are convinced that they are God's gift to mankind. Anyone who doesn't see it that way must be a dangerous madman.

Excellent comments on OSCE rubber-stamping NATO aggression on Twitter here @DissidentView. "Walker was the head of the 'factfinding' mission of the #OSCE. Just like @hrw & @amnesty, OSCE is part of the US Imperial system. It's not just Racak. #OSCE rubberstamps elections in NATO-sphere while criticizing elections in non-NATO states, eg #Russia." The head of the OSCE "fact-finding" mission in Yugoslavia, Gen. Walker, was a genocidalist who had earlier covered up murders by El Salvador death squads. It was he who disseminated the lie about a Serbian massacre at Račak, which led to the crimes against humanity wreaked by NATO on Serbia (see Cottrell's Gladio for a full account). 



Rebels take control of TV station in Donetsk capital city. bluemarbletimes.com/archives/101918  

Washington Post interview with Chocolate King Poroshenko who is expected to beat Gas Princess Tymoshenko in May 25 "Farce Majeure" presidential elections. 

Report from Gladio author Richard Cottrell 

OSCE says "the military observers caught in eastern Ukraine are acting under a bilateral (German-Ukrainian) deal." in www.moonofalabama.org/2014/04/ukraine-media-obfuscate-about-osce-observers.html "The coup-government has labeled the protesters in eastern Ukraine as "terrorists" and only yesterday some of them were, allegedly, killed by Ukrainian troops. How would anybody with a sane mind send foreign military observers and Ukrainian officers into towns where those "terrorists" are having the upper hand? For what purpose if not to spy for the Ukrainian government which plans to recapture those towns by military force?"

Very readable on financial drone strikes and their effectiveness, and from Bloomberg at that. Are they – sanctions - useful weapons or deterrents in the modern ‘globalist’ inter-dependent world. David Cameron, who is reputed to be prime minister of Great Britain, and his alter ego and possible usurper in waiting, burly Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, have jointly ruled out any selective take outs of Russian interests in the City of the Golden Calf.
Powder puffs rather than heavy metal from the skies?  http://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/financial-war/

Football hooligans and Neo-nazis attack anti-Maidan protesters in Kharkiv, 14 injured, rt.com/news/155224-ukraine-football-fans-clashes/ Also reported one young man fatally beaten in Kharkiv, 12 police injured.
Victory Day celebration of victory over fascism not held in Kiev this year, instead Lviv celebrates anniversary of creation of Ukrainian SS. 

Brzezinski in The Great Chessboard: “Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.”

Apr. 26.

Dammed if you do and damned if you don't. Instead of paying a penny on their Gazprom gas bill, bankrupt junta cuts off the water to Crimea.  www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-26/tit-tat-ukraine-blocks-crimea-water-supply-russia-set-halt-ukraine-gas 

Canal supplying 85% of Crimea's fresh water cut off. Maidan sources claim water not cut off by Ukraine, but that Crimea stopped pumping water, intentionally or due to malfunction at pumping station. 

 "Unknown gunmen" arrive by helicopter to attack a checkpoint in Soledar, 30 mi. east of Slavyansk, which houses a large arsenal of Soviet-era weapons.  rt.com/news/155104-soledar-ukraine-military-attack/  Militia had to retreat, many of defenders at second checkpoint are unarmed. Time to dust off those guns?
Reports say 16 gunmen carrying M-16s! Blackwater strikes?! The M16 assault rifle of course is exclusively used by the US and NATO. The only "proof" Kerry had that Russians were in Ukraine was that activists carried Kalashnikovs, but Everybody has those! So thanks for the proof Kerry- it's on you. 
So that's where the 20 missing mercenaries disappeared to. They decided to privatize an arsenal and become warlords in a failed state for thrills and profit? Or they're under orders to start a civil war and create another Libya.
If they really are Greystone commandos and any of them are captured, it will get interesting.
Ukrainian media turn the story around, say separatists are attacking a weapons store. www.pravda.com.ua/news/2014/04/27/7023759/

Pro-DNR (Donetsk Narodni Respubika) activists in Horlivka claim to have captured 3 members of Alpha anti terror unit. 

Russia releases satellite photos showing huge buildup of junta military near Slavyansk, "enough to wipe out the city."  rt.com/news/155096-ukrainian-troops-satellite-images/

"It looks like the US and Europe are already starting to become disappointed with Ukraine’s new authorities," as USA offers Kiev very little after Biden visit.  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_26/The-US-starts-to-be-dissatisfied-with-Ukraine-s-current-authorities-4972/

Putin says Google is CIA so don't use their search engine. euronews.com/2014/04/26/google-is-a-cia-project-says-president-putin/ That's not exactly news, but is there a better one out there? I tried that safe page thing but it's slow and is probably a red flag to the NSA anyway. There is Yahoo search. Anyway the man made his point. 1984 is here, this is the global surveillance state. 

Russia offers to try to use its influence to help free NATO spies in "glorious Slavyansk."  mwcnews.net/news/europe/39876-ukraine-hostages.html 
Ukraine rebels holding observers say prisoner swap possible www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/26/us-ukraine-crisis-slaviansk-exchange-idUSBREA3P0G120140426
Militants threaten BBC woman journalist. www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27173473

Lavrov urges Kerry to deescalate and stop military offensive against Donetsk. www.news-republic.com/Web/ArticleWeb.aspx


Russian spy ships operating in international waters off Florida. www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/25/russian-intelligence-ship-operating-us-east-coast-/

Oleg Tsarev says Ukraine junta paying storm troops $1300/mo, their bosses get millions. Via @Dahlia777 russian.rt.com/article/29500 Very good money in Ukraine - especially when there are no jobs. 

One possible outcome: it will be a guerrilla war. That will be the last straw for the junta, it will erode any support or stability they have and quickly bleed them to collapse.

Very informative - first interview with Igor Strelkov, military chief in Slavyanskstorify.com/ystriya/interview-with-gru-officer-igor-strelkov He says militia are taking care not to shoot "Ukrainian brothers" among invading forces. He also claims his forces took out the helicopter in Kramatorsk. His unit came from Crimea.  storify.com/ystriya/interview-with-gru-officer-igor-strelkov

Russian state television is now referring to the upcoming May 25 Ukraine elections as "Farce Majeure"
Ukraine’s pro-Russian presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev barred from TV debate en.itar-tass.com/world/729659

Europe fears economic sanctions will backfire, so US agrees to target only individuals like Putin. ufppc.org/us-a-world-news-mainmenu-35/11904/

Apr. 25. Tank you for the lunch.

Junta tanks retreat after looting Slavyansk checkpoint of food, medicine. rt.com/news/154596-feed-your-army-ukraine/ Reports that invaders killed one or more unarmed guards.

Rebels hit junta chopper on airstrip in Kramatorsk with RPG grenade in the fuel tank, helicopter explodes, according to  www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10787281/Ukraine-helicopter-hit-by-grenade-taking-off.html

Update: LifeNews reports the helicopter exploded due to poor maintenance while loading explosives, apparently not due to hostile action. A nearby airplane also caught fire. lifenews.ru/news/132024 
Remember the Potemkin villages? They were built along the Dnieper. Welcome to the Potemkim armed forces.

LifeNews also report, Donetsk referendum on May 11 is on only one question: "Do you support the act of proclaiming the People's Republic of Donetsk?"  lifenews.ru/news/132088

Q. "Why has there never been a coup in Washington D.C.?"
A. "Because there is no U.S. Embassy in Washington D.C."
"America's Coup Machine: Destroying Democracy Since 1953"  www.alternet.org/world/americas-coup-machine-destroying-democracy-1953 
Main steps: 1) Creating and strengthening opposition forces. 2) Violent street demonstrations. 3) The coup d'etat.

Bankster war on Russia escalates as Standard & Poor downgrades Russian bonds to BBB-, just above junk grade. 
Reports of Russian jets flying over Ukrainian territory.

Lavrov: "The US and EU attempted to create yet another ‘color revolution’ in Ukraine... being used as a piece in a geopolitical game.”  www.blacklistednews.com/West_Tried_to_Stage_Another_Color_Revolution_in_Ukraine_%E2%80%93_Lavrov/34741/0/0/0/Y/M.html

Second stage of junta offensive: isolate Slavyansk  http://rt.com/news/154860-ukraine-slavyansk-military-operation/

Junta admits anti-terror units are treated as enemies by people and police in the east  http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/in-donetsk-region-counterterrorism-operatives-treated-as-enemies-345146.html

Junta arrests, deports pair of Russian lifenews journalists. http://rt.com/news/154844-life-news-donetsk-journalists/

Pepe Escobar rips into Kerry for calling Russia Today a "propaganda bullhorn," says US fears MSM is losing believers.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kenrq8zFNvc


OSCE "military verification team" from NATO countries -- spies? -- detained in Slavyansk. www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/25/us-ukraine-crisis-observers-idUSBREA3O1MV20140425 Ponomarev: "It was reported to me that among them (the observers) was an employee of Kiev's secret military staff... People who come here as observers bringing with them a real spy: it's not appropriate." 
This is nothing new. The UN observers in Iraq, suppposedly looking for WMD, actually prepared the ground for the genocidal war of aggression on the Iraqi people. 
Reports the "military verification team" (NATO military intelligence) pretended to be OSCE monitors on arriving in Slavyansk. 
Lavrov asks the real OSCE to push for release of political prisoners by junta, particularly Pavel Gubarev. Lavrov said that despite “an agreement on amnesty for political prisoners, Donetsk Region people’s governor Pavel Gubarev is in prison. Gubarev never seized buildings, he was arrested only for calls for a referendum on federalisation. Gubarev is a political prisoner.” en.itar-tass.com/russia/729692

OSCE statement: Team lost in Donetsk are not OSCE monitors. www.osce.org/ukrainemonitoring "Military verification team sent following invitation from Ukraine under terms of Vienna Document 2011. Team - led by Germans – and composed of 8 members – 4 Germans, 1 Czech, 1 Danish, 1 Polish, 1 Swedish."  All NATO countries.
(Yes, Sweden is shadow member of NATO. "NATO-Sweden relations should be viewed through the Partnership for Peace framework which Sweden joined in 1994," NATO says. www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_52535.htm )
Invited by Kiev under NATO "Partnership for Peace."  So the team of "observers" is NATO, NATO, NATO, NATO, NATO and, uh, NATO. 

Russian Duma (parliament) may vote April 29 on sending peacekeepers to Ukraine. izvestia.ru/news/569856

Junta has deployed 11,000 troops and 160 tanks against east Ukraine.  www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10785637/Ukraine-crisis-as-it-happened-April-24.html

Anti-NATO protesters in Chicago get years in jail in FBI sting operation for mentioning the word "Molotov cocktail." Pro-NATO protesters in Kiev get high offices for killing policemen with real Molotov cocktails. This is the moral high ground, we are the international community, and we are the law. rt.com/usa/154976-nato-three-sentenced-chicago/

Interview with Denis Pushilin, governor of Donetsk republic in absence of Pavel Gubarev. He denies they get anything but moral support from Russia. At first their aim was federalization and sovereignty, but with Kiev throwing troops at them, that won't be enough now. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10776299/Ukraine-crisis-Security-guard-job-was-boring-says-prime-minister-of-Donetsk.html (Apr. 19)

Gazprom gives Ukraine until May 7th to pay $3.5 bn overdue on gas bill.  www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10789306/Ukraine-Russias-Gazprom-issues-May-7-ultimatum-over-gas-supplies.html Europe needs to start paying another $5 bn to build up gas reserves for winter.
No wonder Russia wants to get paid -- not only is the junta hostile, but Kiev is at the risk of a default and bankruptcy at any moment.  


Guardian refutes reports junta forces have surrounded Slavyansk.  www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/25/ukraine-pro-russian-separatists-european-observers-captive-slavyansk

Blogger David Goldman: Putin won't invade Ukraine, he will sit back and let it implode, then pick up the pieces he wants. spengler.atimes.net/viewtopic.php "Putin Isn’t a Genius — We Are Complete Idiots" "Ukrainian commanders won’t fight the Russians. They are the Russians." 

The US has exhausted its resources with wars. Avoiding war is the secret to long-term prosperity. This is what Russia is trying to do. But will the US let it?

Update on Mariupol city hall: Pro-Ukraine activists surprised the occupiers by storming the building at 4 a.m. on Thursday. The police escorted the pro-Russian activists out, but then, faced by a crowd of sympathizers, they let them back in. So the building is once more under the Donetsk Republic. WashingtonPost: "As Russian forces escalate, Ukraine's influence waning

"Statement by the G7 leaders condemns lack of action by Russia to support the Geneva accord, calls for swift sanctions ahead of Ukraine's May 25 electionsStatement by the G7 leaders condemns lack of action by Russia to support the Geneva accord, calls for swift sanctions ahead of Ukraine's May 25 elections  www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10789717/Ukraine-crisis-G7-to-intensify-sanctions-on-Russia.html

Richard Cottrell reporting:

Over the top. Well, its not an exaggeration to say the situation has now passed beyond War Games…. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/24/vladimir-putin-consequences-slavyansk-ukraine  "Ukraine crisis: Vladimir Putin warns of 'consequences' after Slavyansk skirmish - Russian troops manoeuvre on the border after Kiev government attempts to wrest back control of city"

Once more unto the brink. In a situation like this the leading question is ‘which side is prepared to back down.’ Since the answer is neither the only possible response is the steady escalation of the crisis. We seem to be in the pre war Munich syndrome –‘I have no further territorial claims’ etc. Provocations by both sides can only lead to one end.
As an old Eastern European hand for some twelve years and more, knowing the Ukraine well, I dare to suggest that we are watching a stage drama in which the principal players went off with a script of their own. That’s how big, nasty wars get under way.

Black eyes. There’s more than a grain of truth in this, and we know it. The chummy relationships between Google, certain internet platforms etc, are too well established to be put aside. Of course the national security state has fingers everywhere in the Web, its all part of mapping every individual alive which is now under way. Do we imagine Putin plans to offer Russians freedom from prying eyes when they log on?
The misrepresentation of what is happening in the Ukraine marks an important escalation in what is now – just about – a cold, turning tepid war well on the way to the hot launching stage.

The Mail awakens. Coverage around the Slovyansk Incident, plus some posed stuff elsewhere in the Donets region. Possibly I’m wrong but some images at the so-called illegal border point display indications of careful if not artful crafting, at least in part. We may not doubt  a violent affair occurred, but are these pictures of themselves a reliable gospel record? War photographs have long been employed as a propaganda material.    There’s a lot of stagecraft going on, that much we do know. 

If but and maybe. The piece is in line with my doubts on the accuracy of reporting from the theatre.  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-crisis-ukrainian-troops-behave-with-restraint--and-courage-9284516.html resp mirror site www.democraticunderground.com/10024869130

Who's Who. Definition of NATO - also labelled ‘EU’ - spies required. Presumably, in such territory, they were familiar with local lingua, otherwise they would not be much use. Or has spycraft changed its modus operendi?
I can imagine there are plenty of EU/NATO types with the correct linguistic skills. Poland would be a good place to start, given that Ukrainian and Russian are widely understood by Poles. Having lived in that country for ten years and made frequent travels to the Ukraine, I am confident on that score.
The floorline on this story is NATO-EU co-operation. Pity knee-jerk work by The ‘liberal’ Guardian missed it.

On the Hill. Christopher R Hill is one of those neo con outriders posing as a liberal realist who seems not to live in this world. I once spent an evening at the US Embassy in Warsaw trying to persuade him that CIA influence and money poured on an obvious right wing shady character as successor to the ‘quasi-socialist’ PM Leszek Miller was money down the drain. All advice fell on deaf ears, they’d found their poster boy and no-one could talk them out of it. The head of the CIA post in Warsaw at the time was a certain James Bond. Naturally, that’s a business card I treasure. The poster boy sank without trace.

Good write-up of NYT's photo fakery war propaganda. www.moonofalabama.org/2014/04/kerry-lies-repeates-debunked-state-department-claim.html

Apr. 24. EUkraine vs. RUkraine, Divide and Conquer

Reports Ukrainian army is storming Slavyansk with about 8 APC's and two helicopters. At least one checkpoint on fire there. One report says 4,000 troops massed to take the city. Junta snipers taking up positions outside the city. This offensive seems much better organized than the first fiasco. Are Americans running the show?

The Russians certainly aren't fighting the battle. They woudn't be using burning tires against armored cars and getting killed without inflicting casualties. 

Ukrainian troops were digging in to a new position a few miles from the separatist-held city of Slaviansk early on Thursday, news.yahoo.com/ukrainian-troops-dig-near-slaviansk-reuters-correspondent-070851369.html  Is this going to be a guerrilla war?

Shootout on road between Slavyansk and Svatogorsk. ria.ru/world/20140424/1005239899.html

Slavyansk rebel leader Ponomarev comes in for criticism for poor judgment, rough language, accused of being gang leader.

New York Times tries to whitewash publication of faked Ukraine photos www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/24/nytu-a24.html . Forced to admit that photo allegedly taken of a Slavyansk militant in Russia was actually snapped in... Slavyansk. consortiumnews.com/2014/04/23/nyt-retracts-russian-photo-scoop/ Kerry's proof Russian soldiers are occupying buildings: they have Kalashnikovs. But so do Ukrainians. Like I said, RU and UKR are brothers. 

Gunfights in Artemivsk and Mariupol www.cnn.com/2014/04/24/world/europe/ukraine-gunmen-attack/index.html  www.straitstimes.com/news/world/europe/story/ukraine-forces-deal-defeat-rebels-two-eastern-towns-20140424

Pravy Sektor moves HQ from Lviv to Dnipropetrovsk. rt.com/news/154452-right-sector-yarosh-unit/

Police refused to take part in a special operation against federalization supporters in Donetsk. voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_23/Ukraine-tries-to-downplay-report-of-law-enforcers-siding-with-people-1144/

EUkraine vs RUkraine: the country's east-west split is stark in opinion polls on NATO, austerity and Kiev junta. View article and charts here:  www.forbes.com/sites/markadomanis/2014/04/24/on-all-of-the-important-questions-ukraine-is-still-extremely-divided/ Poll by the International Republican Institute (IRI) about a month ago. The Southeast is strongly against NATO, austerity and Kiev junta.

 If a referendum were held today on joining NATO, how would you vote?

Join NATO? West Center South East
For NATO 64 47 11 14
Against NATO 17 33 52 67
Wouldn't Vote 5 4 26 8
Don't Know 14 16 11 11


 Are you ready to live through some economic difficulties now (e.g. higher tariffs and prices) if it makes your life better in long term?

Austerity OK? West Center South East
Definite YES 22 10 5 2
Rather YES 44 38 17 15
Rather NO 13 25 24 22
Definite NO 11 16 44 51
Don't Know/ Won't Answer 10 11 9 10


 Do you approve or disapprove of the job the Cabinet of Minister of Ukraine under Prime Minister Yatsenyuk is doing?

New Kiev Gov't OK? West Center South East
Strongly approve 21 51 5 3
Somewhat approve 57 15 19 13
Somewhat disapprove 10 17 17 24
Strongly disapprove 5 8 53 47
Don't Know/ Won't Answer 7 9 6 13

 Download excel file here

VICE news reporter Ostrovsky has been released in good health. news.vice.com/articles/simon-ostrovsky-has-been-released A hostage exchange for Pavel Gubarev evidently didn't come off. Ostrovsky has a rude, Russophobic interview style. I suppose he has got grit now for another pugnacious report on his detention.

Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday, as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of "consequences" if Kiev used the army against its own people. Interior Ministry forces backed by the army removed three checkpoints manned by armed groups in the separatist-controlled town of Slaviansk, the ministry said in a statement. "During the armed clash up to five terrorists were eliminated," it said, adding that one person had been wounded on the side of government forces. www.sott.net/article/277940-Ukraine-forces-kill-up-to-five-rebels-Putin-warns-of-consequences
(Media are treating Ostrovsky release as approx. 20 times bigger story than the killing of five protesters in Slavyansk.)

Junta helicopters dropping leaflets over Slavyansk. 

Thursday night was quiet. @DEmmerich

Back to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: Poland wants to create a Polish-Ukrainian-Lithuanian brigade. Another Spanish Civil War?  www.tvn24.pl/wiadomosci-ze-swiata,2/ukraina-chce-utworzyc-brygade-wojska-z-polska-i-litwa-zapewni-spokoj-w-kazdym-panstwie,421284.html

Russia's Grand Duchess: "there is still a common cultural space in the former Russian Empire. This is much more valuable than the state and political unity, which can be ephemeral and vulnerable. And civilisational unity, well-knit by centuries-old spiritual, cultural and social factors, is much deeper."  rbth.com/international/2014/04/17/grand_duchess_maria_russia_will_not_give_up_crimea_despite_sanc_35993.html

Grenade tossed at pro-junta checkpoint in Odessa injures 7.

Speculation Putin under pressure might sign deal with Japan over Kuriles (wishful thinking?)  www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/04/24/when_one_door_closes_russia_japan_contested_islands

"U.S. stealth bombers ($810 million each) and the fleet of nuclear submarines ($8.2 billion each) armed with Trident nuclear missiles ($31 million each) are of little use" against Donbass villages.  blogs.reuters.com/nicholas-wapshott/2014/04/23/putin-learning-what-u-s-didnt/

Apr. 23.


Kiev claims it has retaken a small town, Svyatogorsk. Slavyansk rebel mayor says it doesn't count as rebels had no forces there that day. In Slavyansk, rebel forces are holding 10 captives, and he says they are not real journalists but provocateurs. Rebels will exchange them for prisoners held by Kiev. If Slavyansk is attacked, hostages will not survive. www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-ukraine-donetsk-russian-separatists-20140423,0,3876842.story

Kiev junta claims Spetsnatz killed Rybak, gives names. 

cpj.org/2014/04/in-ukraine-another-journalist-missing-newsroom-des.php Another journalist missing, this time in Horlivka where councilman Rybka disappeared. A newspaper office in Konstantinovka town was burned down by Molotov cocktails. The paper, Provintsiya, had written critically of the Donetsk Republic.  www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2014/apr/24/ukraine-press-freedom

Lavrov says US, not Russ, are running the show in Ukraine, asks about illegal occupation of buildings in Kiev by Maidan. rt.com/shows/sophieco/154364-lavrov-ukraine-standoff-sophieco "In Geneva we all agreed that there must be end of any violence. Next morning or next afternoon Turchinov declared almost a state of emergency and ordered the army to shoot at the people engaged in peaceful protests. In Geneva we agreed that there must be total rejection of extremists and the Right Sector is still very active, and after Geneva the Right Sector staged provocations killing several people in the vicinity of Slavyansk during Easter Sunday."

Lavrov also said OSCE observers found no evidence of the presence of Russian forces in East Ukraine. He demanded investigation of reports that Greystone mercenaries are active there. en.itar-tass.com/russia/729316

MUST READ - The US Treasury's financial doomsday weapon. "The United States has constructed a financial neutron bomb. For the past 12 years an elite cell at the US Treasury has been sharpening the tools of economic warfare, designing ways to bring almost any country to its knees without firing a shot. The strategy relies on hegemonic control over the global banking system... “The new geo-economic game may be more efficient and subtle than past geopolitical competitions, but it is no less ruthless and destructive.” ... The new arsenal was first deployed against Ukraine... Kiev capitulated in short order. Nairu, Burma, North Cyprus, Belarus and Latvia were felled one by one, all forced to comply with US demands. North Korea was then paralysed. The biggest prize yet has been Iran, finally brought to the table."  www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/10771069/US-financial-showdown-with-Russia-is-more-dangerous-than-it-looks-for-both-sides.html

rt.com/news/154432-coal-miners-strike-ukraine/ Luhansk coal miners strike for better wages against owner Rimat Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest oligarch, and against a 10% cut taken from their pay to restore buildings damaged by Maidan protests. rt.com/news/154432-coal-miners-strike-ukraine/

Ukrainian reserves 93rd Brigade rebels against commanders over long hours and no pay www.theapricity.com/forum/showthread.php 

Donetsk Republic says they will boycott May 25th elections. 

The Guardian is accusing Russia of complicity in the murder of Horlivka councilman V. Rybak, who "tried to barge his way into the Horlovka city hall and take down the rebel flag." As he left the scene, a "car pulled up, and four men in masks and military fatigues jumped out and grabbed him." Obviously directed from Moscow!  www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/23/kidnapping-ukrainian-patriots-russia-support-kiev-vladimir-rybak This whole crisis has been opportunistically and cynically used as a factory for anti-Russian propaganda.

Richard Cottrell reporting:

Picked up in a reader response in the Guardian. Well informed perhaps.
"Biden also announced an additional $8m in non-lethal military assistance for the Ukrainian armed forces, including bomb-disposal equipment, communications gear and vehicles.
If the CIA are pushing Svoboda and the hybrid Pravy Sektor/"National Guard" as well as this new "special "Timur" battalion to fight separatism" (no doubt with Nato/CIA advice and instruction) into an escalated conflict then we could be looking at a Milosevic-Tudjman situation (Serbia action against Croatia 1991). 
Civil war in the East (or at least substantial violence) appears to be what the US wants to happen. All the one sided American rhetoric points that way - never a mention of disbanding and disarming Pravy Sektor against whom the "terrorists" in the East are defending themselves in the first place. No insistence on meetings and dialogue between Yats and the "sepratists"... if the US wanted peace this would have been their repeated message on CNN. But every statement and slogan is uniquely about Russia pulling back, "pro-Russians" to disarm.
No mention, not one, not even here in the Graun like "what about disarming Pravy Sektor?". Of course the federalists in the East will defend themselves! So obviously the US is encouraging and assisting Svoboda to full on violence instead of negotiation, they want a war."


"This article appears in the Guardian, supposedly a ‘guardian’ of liberal values and opinions, whereas Randolph Hearst or Beaverbrook could have printed this wild go to war hysteria.
I have long argued that so called liberal fonts such as The Guardian are employed by the globalists to promote one-world agendas which demonise any alternative scenarios as extremist. I am not persuaded by the Guardian’s adoption of Snowden as a cloak. We are watching the same game show that led up to the Spanish-American War except this round belongs in category III of world wars.
Warmongers need liberal breakfast tables to justify attacking and destroying Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, and all the other Stans. But wait_this purifying exercise is something different - it is called Europe. The truth that dare not speak its name is this: Queen Victoria Neuland is pushing the West to the long held neo-con warfest, a direct attack on the visible ramparts of the former Soviet Union.
It will end badly." 

The Reset that was Never Reset: NATO on the warpath against Russia as always. www.natowatch.org/sites/default/files/briefing_paper_no_49_-_ukraine_russia_crimea.pdf 

Yes it is all about targeting Russia. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10784310/Lavrov-accuses-West-of-using-Ukraine-as-a-pawn.html

Apr. 22.

What came first, Ukraine, or Color Revolution Technology? The Long Shadow of 1848.

Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine's literary hero, is an appealing figure: folklorist, poet, and painter in the style of Romanticism. Born in 1814 as a serf in a Ukrainian village, orphaned, and raised by a cruel stepmother, he seems like the protagonist of an archetypal Slavic fairy tale. His master appreciated his talent for drawing, and he was able to move to St. Petersburg, attend an art academy, win awards, and obtain his freedom. Later he was imprisoned for writing a poison pen poem against the Tsar and Tsarina, and the prison conditions may have shortened his life. He died a week before the Tsar decreed the emancipation of the serfs in 1861, which was two years before the Tsar's good friend Lincoln freed the slaves.

Shevchenko was a member of a secret society, the Brotherhood of Saints Cyril and Methodius. Its goals were Ukrainian independence and liberalisation of the political and social system of the Russian empire, which suppressed the group the year after it was formed, in 1846.

This was very much the sort of society the British empire supported against rival powers, the way the west supports Pussy Riot in Russia today.

Interestingly, British foreign policy in the 18th and 19th centuries often made use of literary figures, such as Voltaire and Jeremy Bentham (French Revolution), Byron (Greek nationalism against the Turkish empire), or T. E. Lawrence (Arab nationalism against the Turkish empire.)

Shevchenko's writing was the very basis of the Ukrainian language. Until his time, only various west Russian local dialects were spoken in the area. There is a parallel to Shakespeare, who determined the development of modern English. It's a suppressed fact that Shakespeare was also a political activist, who opposed the globalist faction of the time, which was out to suppress his fellow Catholics and make war on Spain. Shevchenko's nationalist politics in contrast were useful to the British empire, so his nationalist political role has been glorified, except by the Soviets whose own empire needed to suppress local patriotism.

It is difficult to find any earlier historical antecedent for a distinct Ukrainian nation. In the 16th century the great power in eastern central Europe was the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Russian Cossacks in Ukraine fought for independence from Poland, resulting in the splitting of Ukrainian territory between Poland and Russia, and the weakening of Poland. Historically, western Ukraine is closest to Poland, while the rest of the country is basically Russian; indeed, Kiev was the first Russian capital around the 10th century, before the Mongol onslaught. Until the late 19th century, the people called themselves "Rus"  or "Rusyn," not "Ukrainian," and their country was called Ruthenia, or "Russian land." The term Ukraine (meaning "in the countryside") was not common, except in referring to the environs of Kiev and the Dnieper valley, where Shevchenko was born. 
The Ruthenian flag has a shield with the Russian bear on the right, and Ukraine's blue and yellow colors on the left, against a blue, white and red background.  Rusyn or Ruthenian Flag with Shield

"In the 19th century the ethnonym "Ukrainian" was not in common use. Indeed, even the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko, despite using the word Ukraine for the area of ancient Rus, never uses the term Ukrainian as an ethnonym in any of his works, but rather uses the terms Kozak or Rusyn" (Cossack or Russian)  todd-genealogy.ca/Martin/term_ruthenians.html The term Ukrainian gained popularity partly because the Russian empire named the area "Little Russia" (Malorossiya), and no one liked being called a "little Russian." Putin is using the term Novorossiya, or New Russia, which sounds better, even if Kiev is the ancient heart of Russia! 

In the 1790's, weakened by wars, Poland was partitioned between Russia, Prussia and Austria. In 1830, a major rebellion in Poland was put down, releasing a diaspora of Polish emigrés to other countries, where for generations they would play roles in great power politics, against the trio of Russia, Prussia and Austria -- Zbigniew Brzezinski belongs to this tradition. The famous revolutionary Giuseppe Mazzini, an agent of British policy, was the source of inspiration for Polish nationalists, who in turn influenced Ukrainian nationalism. Mazzini was the prime mover behind the revolutions of 1848, which were targeted against monarchies and empires that rivaled the British. (The 1840's, when Taras Shevchenko created the Ukrainian language, and joined the Ukrainian brotherhood, were a busy time for London's psychological warriors; in this decade they also developed Christian Zionism, which would be used much later against the Middle East, and Mormonism, slated for an attempt to break up the United States. Their think tanks were full stink ahead.)

This quick overview of mostly little-known aspects of European history gives us a glance at an interesting possibility. Color revolution tactics as we have seen them in Kiev in recent decades are nothing new, but go back at least to 1848 and the French Revolution. You will have a hard time finding a Frenchman who doesn't believe the French Revolution was French (in fact, it was instigated by the British, but that's a very well-kept secret. On the other hand, France's involvement in the American revolution against Britain is well-known). 

Likewise the Maidan activists are convinced they are a spontaneous, purely Ukrainian phenomenon. Of course, there are always idealistic or ambitious local individuals who see their chance to make it big under the star of independence, separatism or revolution.

Yet in a sense, it is not that Ukraine produced an Orange Revolution and a Maidan coup. It's the Anglo-imperial tactic of revolution that created Ukraine itself, in line with the eternal agenda of the City of London and Wall Street, exporting revolutions against rival empires. But after generations of schoolchildren are taught about their national history and flag and poet, you'll never get them to believe it was all made to order, for the greater glory of the Anglo-American empire and its perennial goal of cutting rivals, like Russia or Germany, down to size. 

Ukraine wasn't built in a day, and Russia probably figures most of it can't be retrieved quickly, either. Russia's enemies have been stirring this conflict for 200 years. Not only is it about getting at Russia, not only does the West not care about Ukraine -- but the West created Ukraine to get at Russia. Divide and conquer.

Nationalism, of course, is the flip side of Balkanization. 100 years ago the Great War was fought NOT to "make the world safe for democracy," but to slice up Europe and the Khalifate into bite-size pieces for US-UK vulture capital. 

Yet paradoxically, the best solution for Ukraine might be to split into two middle-sized countries. The Ukrainians are an East Slavic people (Rus) who have been pulled in two directions, towards Catholic Poland and Orthodox Russia. This schism has aggravated the post-communist tendencies to kleptocracy and corruption -- as one or the other camp took power, they mercilessly milked the common cow. Thus Ukraine's failure to thrive since its independence in 1991 relates to this lack of a distinct and common identity.

One of the ideals of Shevchenko's time was Pan-Slavism, the dream of a great empire in which the various Slavic nations would be on an equal footing, rather than under the Russian Tsar, and where social egalitarianism would also replace serfdom and prejudice. Such a "Commonwealth of Independent States" would be an even greater threat to Anglo hegemony than Russia itself, as it would include the western and southern Slavs: Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia, as well as the Russian empire. The Soviet Union with its satellites came closest in terms of geography, but lacking the idea of freedom that was dear to the Pan-Slavic dream. Poland was the first to saw away at the legs of the throne, in 1980, Solidarnosc came to power, thanks to funding and color revolution technology from the west. And as fate would have it, soon after Gorbachev began to dismantle totalitarian rule, Yeltsin let go vast territories that the Tsars had taken centuries to accumulate.

Russia today is trying to reconstruct the ancient dream of a great and glorious pan-Slavic state, under the aegis of the CIS. That's a great threat to US dominance, and that's why NATO's latest attempt to lure Ukraine into its own orbit has sparked the current conflict. 

The bottom line is that Russians and Ukrainians are one people. The branch in Ukraine, particularly the western and central provinces, are like people who have been kidnapped, had their name changed, and taught by strangers to hate their real family.

See also Must Read by Webster Tarpley tarpley.net/metaphysical-doubts-concerning-the-existence-of-modern-ukraine-a-1918-creation-of-the-german-general-staff/

Simon Ostrovsky of VICE TV, who has been doing a hard-hitting series of anti-Russian reports from Crimea and Ukraine, has also been detained in Slavyansk.  www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/22/vice-simon-ostrovsky-held-ukraine_n_5192590.html He is finally getting the fame he has been trying so hard for. Of course, there is a huge media circus about it -- while the detention of Russian journalists by Kiev is hardly registered at all.

A local politician named Vladimir Rybak, councilman in the city of Horlivka, has been found dead. Donetsk separatists are accused in his killing. www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27118875 Is this the Sarajevo assassination moment of the crisis. Report with gallery of 80 photos from east Ukraine.   www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-crisis-two-bodies-found-brutally-tortured-in-slaviansk-says-president-oleksander-turchinov-9275542.html
After meeting with US VP Joe "Escalator Repairman" Biden, Kiev junta leader Turchynov announces resumption of military operations against east Ukraine. 

Ukrainian public opinion survey shows majority in southern and eastern oblasts don't think Kiev junta is legitimate. Donetsk and Luhansk most strongly, opinion more evenly divided in other oblasts.  zn.ua/UKRAINE/mneniya-i-vzglyady-zhiteley-yugo-vostoka-ukrainy-aprel-2014-143598_.html 

Seven Donetsk villages on border of Dnipropetrovsk oblast want a referendum to join the latter.  tsn.ua/politika/meshkanci-donbasu-vimagayut-priyednannya-svoyih-poselen-do-dnipropetrovskoyi-oblasti-346518.html

Lots of breaking stories here twitter.com/HayleySlier 
Around 60% of all Belorussians would prefer to join Russia rather than EU 
Victoria Nuland: protesters in Ukraine have right to seize govt buildings. But she stressed that the capture of buildings in South-East is different from what it was in Kiev. 
Ukrainian authorities paid some 80 thousand dollars for the capture of eight pro-Russian activists  en.ria.ru/world/20140422/189306128/Witch-Hunt-for-Pro-Russian-Activists-in-Ukraine-Initiated-by-US-.html at instigation of US. 

Are these kidnappings related to the detention of two pro-Maidan journalists in Slavyansk - maybe for a prisoner swap?
Why not capture and detain everybody, that should solve the problem. 

Richard Cottrell, author of Gladio, sent me several links on Ukraine today


"They are after the breadbasket - "wheat a surprise" -  Ukraine as El Dorado of Eastern Europe, corn, gas, minerals, what you will….what a nice playground for Gladio."

Some of the core Iraq war lies, Syria lies and lies about Ukraine were all penned by New York Times reporter Michael Gordonwww.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/iraq-war-propagandists-push-lies-urkaine-drum-confrontation-russia.html

Color Revolutionism, the marriage of left and right wings of the empire www.counterpunch.org/2014/04/18/are-western-policies-evil-or-desperate/

A different take criticizing both Kiev and Russia, by Ilya Ponomarev, the only Russian parliamentarian who voted against annexing Crimea tryukraine.blogspot.it/2014/04/a-moderate-view-on-situation-in-kiev.html Many sensible points. People didn't rise up for another bunch of oligarchs. Many of them also resent Russian interference. People in Russia and east Ukraine are reacting to an exaggerated threat of fascism. 
Update Apr. 23: Richard Cottrell asks who is this guy really? A Putin-hater who used to be in the Yukos oil company. Richard also sends a link to another of Ilya's less artful articles. Strange. First of all, the first piece above was printed in the Russophobic Washington Post. Now he's gone himself one better with a piece called "Pro-Kremlin Sympathy among Naive Westerners." Be a Russophobe, it's sophisticated, worldly and state of the art! tryukraine.blogspot.it/2014/04/pro-kremlin-sympathy-among-naive.html A compendium of pretty nasty stuff, as in "This is reminiscent of those idealistic American communists of the early XX century who... emigrated to Communist Russia to create a better life for themselves... These poor souls were promptly sent off to the camps or otherwise destroyed." Right. Then why is he in Parliament spouting this and not in some Gulag?

Lavrov says US should take responsibility for the crew they installed in Kiev. rt.com/news/us-responsibility-kiev-lavrov-788/   

"Military analyst" Michael Gordon says Russia is using state of the art methods in Ukraine ""Russian Military and Intelligence Services Conducting Classic Asymetric Campaign in the Ukraine - Russia Displays a New Military Prowess in Ukraine’s East". www.matthewaid.com/post/83507425538/russian-military-and-intelligence-services-conducting  NOTE - TAKE THIS WITH A SPOONFUL OF SALT - THIS IS THE SAME NYT SHILL MICHAEL GORDON ABOVE, CAUGHT OUT FABRICATING WAR PROPAGANDA AGAINST IRAQ AND SYRIA. NATO General Strangelove is one of his impeccable sources for this piece of war propaganda puffery. 

NATO front org airs mix of warmongering accusations against Russia, feeble excuses by Ukraine spokesman  www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2014/03/13/ukraine-crisis-six-reasons-why-u-s-use-of-military-forces-is-unthinkable/


Donetsk People's Governor in Detention Pavel Gubarev proposes Republic of Novorossiya. lifenews.ru/news/131834 

Ukraine has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the deaths of civilians on its territory that occurred from Nov. 21, 2013, to Feb. 22.  www.nytimes.com/2014/04/19/world/europe/ukraine-seeks-inquiry-into-killings.html Likelihood the ICC will find for Gladio: Zero. 

US invested billions to bring civil war to Ukraine  ria.ru/world/20140423/1005044039.html

Ukrainian website claims to have identified Russian and Ukrainian Cossacks among the armed militants in east Ukraine. The Cossacks are a warlike and independent people who have lived in this region for centuries. Their name is a Turkic word meaning "free man."  ukrainianpolicy.com/insurgents-identified-the-green-men-of-vkontakte

US sends 600 troops to Eastern Europe, warship USS Taylor enters Black Sea rt.com/news/154096-us-warship-troops-europe/

China to make major investments in Crimea, a deep-water port and a gas pipeline. stratrisks.com/geostrat/18922 The $5 billion China was going to put into a Nevada solar farm, until the project ran afoul of desert patriots, will also go to Crimea. China will also win by getting gas cheaper from Russia. A major deal that has been in talks since 1997 is expected to go through now as Russia is forced to diversify away from Europe. www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-09/putin-seen-signing-china-gas-deal-as-crisis-forces-russia-s-hand.html
The Anglo empire has kept Eurasia down for going on two centuries, but over the long term, geography has to win out.  

International meeting in Brazil may decide to take control of Internet away from USA/NSA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wudHPidibvMw


US and West provoke Ukraine crisis — former Czech president Vaclav Klaus en.itar-tass.com/world/729204

Founder of VKontakte resigns. He had refused to turn over information on Maidan users to Russian government. www.bbc.com/news/technology-27113292 Once again freedom suffers from the abuse of freedom by color revolution aggression technology. 

Apr. 21.

Presidential Elections in Ukraine To Be Held in Violation of Council of Europe Norms linkis.com/zite.to/kERz

More maps from NYT. Scroll down to see maps of Ukraine in the Russian Empire www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/02/27/world/europe/ukraine-divisions-crimea.html

Right Sektor neonazi thug attacks a man and throws him off a bridge after he says he lives in Donetsk rather than Ukraine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gqipes0kHI

Yanukovich, referring to the Feb. 21 accord with the opposition leaders, immediately followed by their coup d'état: "Germany, France and Poland lured us into a trap." de.ria.ru/politics/20140402/268191696.html

Junta's drive to war falters, but not to worry, escalator repairman Biden is in Kiev!
It's been observed each time a high-level US representative is in country, things get worse.

Birthplaces of Kiev junta members +1 = Hometown, but born outside Ukraine. Source: watkin.livejournal.com. Can you blame easterners for wanting to secede?
5 from Lviv, home of Pravy Sektor. It's a Western Junta in more ways than one. Two thirds of the country is disenfranchised, only oligarchs need apply for post of governor or president. The very oligarchs who robbed the country into bankruptcy.

2012 Parliamentary elections- Blue: Party of Regions (Yanukovich), Red: Fatherland (Tymoshenko), Brown: well, brown. (Svoboda, neoNazi party)
Is this really one country? Probably not. Even the Ukrainian language itself was assembed from an assortment of West Russian dialects in the 19th century.

Slavyansk separatists detain pro-Maidan journalist Irma Krat, accusing her of crimes against Berkut and sympathisizing with Pravy Sektor. www.ibtimes.com/ukrainian-journalist-activist-irma-krat-arrested-pro-russian-separatists-war-crimes-1574000  This was pounced on as a major news story by the "international community" of the likes of Time magazine. Meanwhile the arrest and imprisonment of journalist Konstantin Dolgov by the junta in Kharkiv has of course been totally ignored in the blacked-out, one-sided western media. polemika.com.ua/news-143820.html

An American mercenary was said to be captured in Kharkiv around April 9, according to this short Youtube clip - although it wasn't too intelligible to me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFBU4GwBa1s

Apr. 20. Breaking eggs for Easter.

Happy EASTERn Ukraine, everyone! 

Must see website: Donbass Revolution on Facebook www.facebook.com/DonbassRevolution

Press TV reports anti-Jewish flyer hoax traced via intercepted emails to the ADL, the Anti-Defamation League, the radical Zionist Jewish power lobby.www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/19/359181/ukraine-jew-registration-hoax-tr... "> www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/19/359181/ukraine-jew-registration-hoax-tr...  This sheds new light on ADL's early guess the flyers were fake, reported earlier here. Some background on the ADL www.counterpunch.org/2002/02/25/the-adl-spying-case-is-over-but-the-struggle-continues
Although it was debunked nearly from the start, Ukraine and Western media keep pumping the Jewish flyer hoax for all it's worth, giving it top of the new prime time coverage.
Latest - unknown perpetrators threw 2 molotov cocktails at a synagogue in Nikolaev.

Russia expresses outrage at the deadly attacks on a Slavyansk checkpoint yesterday. Kiev propaganda counters with Pravy Sektor accusation it's a set-up by Russian GRU (Spetsnatz), seeking pretext to invade.
But if they were elite commandos with the advantage of surprise, would they have waited around to get killed, by armed reinforcements that arrived late on the scene?
Attackers could have been Kolomoisky's bounty hunters, Ukrainian nationalist hotheads, or anyone trying to sabotage the Geneva agreement.

The OSCE reported on Apr. 15, "The Lviv Team was told by Right Sector activists that ... approximately 100 paramilitaries had already been deployed to Donetsk region."  http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/117787 via @MarkSleboda1

It seems safe to conclude the junta's accusations against Russia belong to their consistent and well-established pattern of propaganda lies. On March 15 I posted a link to Syrian Girl's interview with Ukrainian Girl which tells about Ukraine media lies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKInBwa-FUE Blonde and brunette beauty team! :-)

After all, the junta thugs already tried tanks and fighter jets against Slavyansk. That fiasco indicated to them that small, irregular units might be more successful. It was a truce for the official armed forces, but not for Pravy Sektor. 
@IndependentKrym reported, "the attacker killed was Pavlo Povelko & the detained Vitaliy Kovalchuk, both Right Sector activists."
Russian journal Vzglad believes attackers were trying to target the TV station which is now broadcasting in Russian.  www.vz.ru/onlinetext/2014/4/20/683050.html

Two of the four cars in drive-by shooting on Slavyansk checkpoint the other day were destroyed. One attacker died of his wounds, two or three defenders were killed.  rt.com/news/slavyansk-checkpoint-shooting-killed-640/  Graham Phillips @GrahamWP_UK is posting videos from Slavyansk this weekend.

A random example of Kiev's Thieves fakery: photoshopped Ukrainian flag on a bridge over the Dnieper, uploaded to the web by EuromaidanPR. But it was too difficult to do the reflection of the flag in the water in photoshop. LOL. twitter.com/EuromaidanPR/status/457964512532889600/photo/1 We haven't yet seen anything like the extent of photo and video fakery that the Color Revolution "false flag" puppetmasters disseminated in Syria yet. (If the link is taken down let me know, I've downloaded the image.) 

The Guardian reported on suspicions that Russia might have been behind the provocation. www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/20/ukraine-agreement-falters-shoot-out-slavayansk Reporter says people in Slavyansk are afraid to come out of their houses. Or maybe they're just staying home because they finally have a chance to watch Russian TV?

German reporter in Kramatorsk finds people want to join Russia mainly for a better life, because it's wealthier. He thinks some of the forces in Slavyansk may be Russian.  www.dw.de/a-warzone-without-frontlines/a-17580321 via Kyiv Post. However, Graham Phillips, who has spent several days in Slavyanks, says the "Sloviansk Self-Defence, from my experience, are a mix of (Ukrainian) decent, unhappy civilians, those with military training, and opportunistic thugs." 

Albanian minority in Odessa were granted land and asylum there by Russia in the 18th century, are nervous about Kiev regime. www.ukalbanians.net/pastoral-life-of-albanians-in-odessa-in-ukraine-stricken-with-anxiety-over-relations-with-russia/

The IMF is broke. Efforts to strengthen it by increasing the shares of the BRICS nations have been vetoed by the US. www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/04/19/international-monetary-fund-might-not-live-see-its-anniversary.html  BRICS are forming their own IMF next year (see earlier report here.)

I couldn't find confirmation of the big pro-Russian demonstration predicted in Odessa today.
Otherwise quiet for Easter Sunday in Ukraine. Easter Monday is also a big holiday for the Orthodox Church.

Apr 19. Blood Money Marks the Trail, as Banksters Escalate the War Against the People

Oligovernor Kolomoisky said he has already paid the first $10,000 for a "captured saboteur," in an announcement on his page on VKontakte.  www.profi-forex.org/novosti-mira/novosti-sng/ukraine/entry1008208163.html The most direct proof that this is a struggle between the money power and the people. Billionaire criminal oligarch Kolomoisky was appointed governor of Dnipropetrovsk province by the illegal Kiev junta.

Billionaire criminal oligarch "Gas Princess" Yulia Tymoshenko has a different tack, raising a private militia to put down Donetsk uprising.  www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/18/pro-russian-groups-occupations-eastern-ukraine-kiev-geneva-deal (final paragraphs)

Kidnapped by Kolomoisky's bounty hunters? Pro-Russian leaders in Donetsk oblast are missing. linkis.com/www.ibtimes.co.uk/YWvyQ 

In Donetsk they are replacing Russian flags with the Donetsk Republic flag, due to Geneva agreement, Graham Phillips reported.
RFE/RL reports that most of the separatists who attacked the Mariupol national guard base had criminal records. Other reports say their motive was to obtain weapons, and most of them were drunk. Three were killed during the attack. 

US de-escalates by sending ground troops to Poland. Kiev junta says it will consider federal reforms but not now, maybe in October. 

In September 2013, NATO member Poland gave 86 members of neonazi party Pravy Sektor four weeks training in combat tactics to prepare them for Maidan riots and provocations  www.voltairenet.org/article183373.html . NATO's so-called "Non-lethal assistance". Also from Voltaire Net, on Gladio and the Feb. 21 putsch: www.voltairenet.org/article182860.html "The new Gladio in Ukraine."

Deep freeze: Yat-sen-yuk puts off "discussion" of constitutional reform until Oct. 1.  www.thehindu.com/news/international/ukraine-unveils-reform-roadmap/article5929106.ece

Kiev publishes poll showing most residents of E. Ukraine don't want to join Russia. However, it should be remembered that fake polls are a key element in the CIA-NGO handbook for regime change. According to a Time magazine report by S Schuster in Donetsk, most people don't really care much either way. 

Crimea residents now automatically get Russian citizenship. If they wish to remain Ukrainian citizens, they need to apply to renounce Russian citizenship and apply for a residence permit.

View from Turkey english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/world/2014/04/19/Turkey-The-key-in-The-Russia-Ukraine-EU-crisis.html

Two Ukrainian APC's broke down, tractor repairmen were working on fixing them, Ukrainian paratroops arrived by helicopter and shot up the mechanics, thinking they were hijacking them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYHwePNOfxA

New rumor that Yanukovich will return to Donbass to lead counter-coup. www.rushor.com/articles/17399 It would be a logical move, but is he strong enough? In his interview with AP he said the loss of Crimea was a tragedy for Ukraine. So his role in east Ukraine might be more for federalism than for separatism. 

@GrahamWP_UK is doing video interviews in Kramatorsk. He says, Asking people in Kramatorsk if Ukrainian tv is blocked proves absolutely fruitless, the near universal answer is 'we don't watch it' .
My first impression (on seeing the voting map a month or two ago) seems to be right - It's just not the same country.

Graham confirms that he has seen tons of lies on Ukrainian TV. Ganna Rozhnova / @LynxGAV responds that their lie for today is that self-defence forces shot a Ukrainian soldier in Kramatorsk -- when in fact, he was shot by a fellow Ukrainian soldier in Donetsk.

Report helicopter bringing nazi militia Pravy Sektor into Luhansk. Report four defenders wounded, two nazi attackers killed in Slavyansk in overnight shooting. They won't be able to collect the bounty money. ria.ru/world/20140420/1004670495.html 
Russia Today says three unarmed persons manning Slavyansk checkpoint were killed by drive-by shooters. rt.com/news/slavyansk-checkpoint-shooting-killed-640/ 

The West fooled its sympathizers in Ukraine voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_18/The-West-fooled-its-sympathizers-in-Ukraine-5097/ They told Ukrainians all they had to do was to topple Yanukovich and all their economic woes would be healed. Then they asked Russia to pay the bill -- after installing a Russophobic junta in Kiev. Instead of chipping in, they had the IMF bail out their loans -- to be paid for by the gullible Ukrainians through a shock therapy horse cure. 

Apr. 18

Highlights of Putin's 4-hour press conference yesterday. english.pravda.ru/russia/politics/17-04-2014/127390-putin-0/

Oligarch and coup-appointed governor of Dnipropetrovsk Kolomoisky is advertising huge cash bounties for killing pro-Russian separatists  www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/kolomoisky-promises-a-reward-for-fighting-against-separatists-343970.html See also www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/17/ukrainian-oligarch-offers-financial-rewards-russians-igor-kolomoisky  $10,000 per pro-Russian activist, $200,000 for getting an occupied building back. This is the creep whom Putin singled out as a "unique impostor." One dangerous character all right.

The clumsy hoax about a $50  fee for Jews to register, evidently invented to defame Donetsk, went wildly viral on the Net. But the Jewish oligarch Kolomoisky can blatantly solicit the murder of activists on giant billboards at $10,000 a head, and a giant yawn swallows up the story. Welcome to Planet Brainwashed.

Washington Post on Putin's Novorossiya remarks. Includes interesting map showing Donetsk oblast is the industrial powerhouse of Ukraine, contributing over 16% of its GNP - several times more than Crimea.  www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/04/18/understanding-novorossiya-the-latest-historical-concept-to-get-worried-about-in-ukraine/


Donetsk self-defence chief: "Geneva doesn't apply to us. We weren't represented there." twitter.com/DEmmerich Slavyansk residents encourage the town hall occupiers not to give up, don't leave the building and don't surrender weapons. Self-defence tanks on patrol as crowds applaud.

OSCE observers distribute copies of Geneva accord in Slavyansk www.leparisien.fr/international/accord-sur-l-ukraine-le-niet-des-insurges-pro-russes-de-slaviansk-18-04-2014-3778841.php

Rebels say they won't dismantle their barricades until Maidan putschists resign from government they illegally seized. blogs.channel4.com/lindsey-hilsum-on-international-affairs/power-parody-eastern-ukraine/3807 "The government in Kiev seized buildings, that’s how they got to power so we will leave when they do.”
Russia says Pravy Sektor extremists must be disarmed first. 

"Protest leaders occupying government buildings in eastern cities such as Donetsk said the interim authorities in Kiev must step down first, as they had taken power in what they said was an illegal coup." www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27081271

Ukraine crisis: US raises pressure on Russia over deal Ukraine crisis: US raises pressure on Russia over deal

Junta says no anti-terrorist actions on Easter. Apparently the Easter Bunny is a terrorist too. 

Reported that Donetsk City Council unanimously voted to name a city park after fallen Berkut officers.

Protesters occupy Mariupol City Council. It's the largest city on the Black Sea coast in Donetsk oblast. www.kyivpost.com/multimedia/photo/pro-russian-protesters-in-mariupol-settle-down-in-the-city-council-344048.html The Russian woman journalist who went missing there the other day was released after being detained 16 hours for questioning.
Protesters, Donbass People's Militia take control of small town of Seversk east of Slavyansk. en.itar-tass.com/world/728670 
Junta forces occupying Izyum town northwest of Slavyansk, using it as base of operations against Slavyansk and Kramatorsk.

John Pilger also sees Breedlove as Strangelove. www.counterpunch.org/2014/04/18/the-strangelove-effect/

Baby Bear and Mommy Bear

Famous last photos.

German TV concludes US-backed opposition likely behind Maidan sniper attacks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDPJ-ucnyPU English subtitles.

Unconfirmed report that 20 Blackwater mercenaries were surrounded by locals and taken to Russia


Washington blundered into the Ukraine crisis in an attempt to stave off a multi-polar world independent of the dollar. It backfired - because of sanctions, Gazprom is now issuing bonds in Yuan instead of dollars. www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/04/18/359119/dollar-dying-multipolar-world-in-offing/ "Whereas in 2000 some 55% of all reserves worldwide were in US dollars, today it has declined to 33%. And the trend is accelerating," Iran's Press TV quotes Progressive Press author F. Wm Engdahl. "If the USA and EU try to isolate Russia, Moscow will look East for new business."

Will Russia turn more to the East and let EUkraine stew in its own bankruptcy? 

Reports of protests planned for Odessa tomorrow, possible seizure of buildings. 

Russia says all parties in Geneva agreed on decentralization or federalization for Ukraine's regions, now it's necessary to realize this goal and improve the constitution. en.itar-tass.com/russia/728719 Apparently Russia is OK with federalization rather than annexation, or else the plan is that some autonomous regions may join Russia.

Apr. 17. The Bluster and the Blunder:
Geneva text literally says Maidan junta should abandon Kiev government buildings -- but does not apply to Donetsk Republic, as it was not signed by them.

Four-party talks with Russia, Ukraine, EU and US in Geneva today. Text of agreement here: www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/17/ukraine-diplomats-meet-in-geneva-in-bid-to-ease-crisis-live-coverage (scroll down past miles of paranoiac bear-baiting warmonger rhetoric) or see official version on EU letterhead here  eeas.europa.eu/statements/docs/2014/140417_01_en.pdf 

I've highlighted an important part of the agreement in bold.

 all illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate owners; all illegally occupied streets, squares and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated.

On my reading, this means KIEV JUNTA OUT. Parliament, Ministries, Armed Forces etc. must be returned to the legitimate government, being the Yanukovich government, under the Feb. 21 accords. 

The other point is it's an agreement between the (illegal) government of Ukraine and the representatives of Russia, USA and EU. The Donetsk People's Republic was not invited to Geneva and is not a party to the agreement, and thus is not bound by it. But it does apply to Kiev. They and their Western handlers are so blinded by self-righteousness (and so fixed on blaming everything on Russia) that they didn't realize what they signed. 
Is the wily Lavrov a practical joker who set them up? Of course NATO and its stooges won't follow the agreement to the letter, but if it makes them a laughingstock, that's good too. This war is mostly a psychological one (so far, thank goodness). 

Here is the complete text in italics: 

The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.
All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions. The participants strongly condemned and rejected all expressions of extremism, racism and religious intolerance, including anti-semitism.
All illegal armed groups must be disarmed; all illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate owners; all illegally occupied streets, squares and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated.
Amnesty will be granted to protestors and to those who have left buildings and other public places and surrendered weapons, with the exception of those found guilty of capital crimes.
It was agreed that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission should play a leading role in assisting Ukrainian authorities and local communities in the immediate implementation of these de-escalation measures wherever they are needed most, beginning in the coming days. The U.S., E.U. and Russia commit to support this mission, including by providing monitors.
The announced constitutional process will be inclusive, transparent and accountable. It will include the immediate establishment of a broad national dialogue, with outreach to all of Ukraine’s regions and political constituencies, and allow for the consideration of public comments and proposed amendments.
The participants underlined the importance of economic and financial stability in Ukraine and would be ready to discuss additional support as the above steps are implemented.

The Kiev junta and their CIA handlers realized their mistake quickly enough, and announced they were not bound by the agreement. rt.com/news/kiev-troops-southeast-ukraine-244/ So no agreement made, but the thugs from Maidan got a nice chance to taste the fondue in Geneva. I'm all for pouring funds into cultural exchanges to help raise the level of junta guttersnipes.

Federalization supporters in Sloviansk have occupied the radio and television broadcasting center which airs Ukrainian TV channels in the cities of Sloviansk, Kramatorsk, Horlivka and Makeevka. Protesters have switched off broadcasts of Ukrainian TV programs and ordered to start broadcasting Russian TV channels.  en.itar-tass.com/world/728531

Ukraine limits entry to adult males from Russia. But what will they do about the Slavic grannies in the villages?

Disinformation operation puts out hoax letter on stolen letterhead claiming Donetsk Republic will force Jews to register. Even the ADL thinks it's fake.  www.haaretz.com/news/world/.premium-1.586174 The big lie is making quite a splash in the controlled and social sheeple media. But if Ukraine's ethnic Russian villagers hated being called terrorists, they're not going to be happy about getting tarred with the dirty old anti-semitic label trick either. John "Kerry" and other semi-official organs like USA Today gave the smear wide play.
Once again Israel is not toeing the party line. Does Tel Aviv know something Washington doesn't? For instance, that it's going to be the BRICS century, and not A New American Century after all? "Thanks for the ride, suckers."

Right Sektor takes a page from Takfiri terrorists and slits throat of former Donetsk police chief. 

Tweet by Citizen of EU ‏@wavetossed "25th May election is actually a referendum on Ukr unity. If Southeast does not come and vote, its all over." If there are no better candidates for them, they probably won't. Citizen of EU also says Pravy Sektor are separatists who want West Ukraine to be a one-language, one-people state; they beat up candidate Oleh Tsarev so the south-east will also want to separate. 

Putin is not a Teleprompter Talking Head. He may be the only head of state in the world who can give impromptu answers in press conferences lasting for hours. This would be almost impossible for an American president because of the utter duplicity of the US position.
Today Putin's remarks on the history of Ukraine as part of the Russian empire caused a stir. www.businessinsider.com/maps-of-novorussia-and-old-russian-empire-2014-4
 "We are hearing calls for people in the Southeast [of Ukraine] to lay down their arms. I tell our partners: That’s correct, it’s a great call. But then let’s call the army off of the civilians. Have they gone nuts? Tanks, armored vehicles, and guns are being brought in: against whom are these cannons for? Are they kidding?” Putin said.  peterlembert.blogspot.com/2014/04/putin-hopes-no-need-to-use-russias.html

Strangelove's NATO Intelligence: those Slavic grannies - a few armed with pitchforks but mostly just pirozhki pastries and kind words - are Clearly A Professional Military Force Under Russian Control.   www.businessinsider.in/NATO-COMMANDER-Ukraine-Activists-Are-Clearly-A-Professional-Military-Force-Under-Russian-Control/articleshow/33874593.cms But we can't show you the evidence we have to protect our sources. 
I've figured out what Strangelove is talking about, though. See www.voltairenet.org/article183269.html One of Brennan's advisors told a reporter that the CIA director was in Kiev "to seek information and rescue twenty Greystone Ltd mercenaries of whom there has been no news." Clearly, they too surrendered to provocative grannies serving up tasty pastries. And that's certainly elite level work!
Brennan wasn't supposed to let on his Gladio operatives were in Ukraine, though. Slip of the tongue there. Must have been the jet lag. 

Apr. 16. Russia, the Great ForBEARance


Wednesday morning in Kramatorsk, 6 APC's are blocked by vehicles in middle of town, a crowd of people is talking to the soldiers. Tanks can't move, after the drivers got hungry people fed them pirozhki, kind of buns with meat stuffing. Reported the tankists changed sides and put up Russian flag. Another 15 tanks or APC's went back to Dnipropetrovsk.
Send John Brennan some pirozhki too and ask him if those MRE's are ready yet? (Meals Ready to Eat, NATO rations promised to Kiev).
Are pirozhki some kind of super-weapon? Watch out, NATO - and Soros, NED, AEI, and McDonald's too! 
@NinaByzantina also reports that Kiev media are showing video of the 6 Ukrainian tanks (now with Russian flags) as Russian unit invading Kramatorsk!  

Reported that US advisors are running the ministries in post-coup Kiev now. No need to worry about their ability to twist the news.

BRICS countries to set up their own IMF rbth.com/business/2014/04/14/brics_countries_to_set_up_their_own_imf_35891.html

We should be aware that rule and robbery of a nation by oligarchs doesn't just occur spontaneously. This was the program in Russia under the shock therapy administered there post-Gorbachev. It works for the banksters two ways. Most of the loot the arch-thieves plunder from their people is spent in the West. Then the IMF comes in to loot what's left of the broken country. Every single post-communist or other "liberated" economy has suffered the same scourge of rule by kleptocrats, shored up by the West.

"Ukrainian Crisis In Historical Context" WEBSTER TARPLEY on Bonnie Faulker's KPFA Guns and Butter program, on the air today and Friday, archived audio here  www.kpfa.org/archive/id/101984 
Citizens of Ukraine unwilling to fight on behalf of the fascist coup; Ukraine as a creation of the German General Staff in WWI; Ukraine becomes a country in 1991 as a result of the breakup of the Soviet Union; war monger clique in Washington; solutions to the crisis that would be beneficial and avert war.
or here tarpley.net/why-the-kiev-regime-is-disintegrating/ Why The Kiev Regime Is Disintegrating: Ukraine Historically an Artificial Nation, Still Far Too Integrated with Russia to Be Economically Viable on Its Own

A long way to go for a free lunch - Ukrainian lads take it easy in Kramatorsk. Nice shot getting the fighter jet in there.
Russia Today mocked the flyover "tactic" as a stupid way to try to scare people. rt.com/news/fighter-jet-banzai-attack-112/

 www.npr.org/2014/04/16/303769750/ukrainian-tanks-roll-in-but-above-them-russian-flags-fly Ukrainian tanks arrived in the city of Kramatorsk Wednesday morning. By the time they rolled out of the city, they were flying Russian flags. People in Kramatorsk tell the story of what happened. Tankists arrived demoralized and hungry, wanting nothing more than to go home and have a shower. Kiev incompetence is mind-boggling. Never heard the one about an army marches on its stomach?

qz.com/199832/its-hard-for-ukraine-to-fight-back-when-its-basically-broke/ "They haven’t fed us for three days on our base,” one said. “They’re feeding us here. Who do you think we are going to fight for?”

In Slavyansk, some but not all the armored columns gave up and went home, leaving their APC's behind- after being fed by the locals, who are particularly angry at being called terrorists by Kiev. Dozens of Ukrainian troops surrender APCs in Slavyansk, refuse to ‘shoot at own people’ rt.com/news/ukraine-troops-withdraw-slavyansk-940/  The soldiers were unhappy with the fake media and their poor living conditions. 

Here's how the junta put a face on the story - the 6 APC's were captured by "Russian terrorist sabotage groups" www.charter97.org/en/news/2014/4/16/94827/ 

In Krasnogorska village this video shows a series of cars chasing 3 APC's out of town. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwh4v00WOGY (1 min)

Scuffles in Ivanovka as villagers attempt to block APCs www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27046089 a woman in the village of Novoselivka is seen telling a soldier: "They are using both you and us. They are making us clash."
In Kramatorsk, soldiers fire on villagers, wounding three. fr.ria.ru/world/20140417/200990127.html

Three killed, 13 injured by gunfire in protest at Mariupol army base rt.com/news/mariupol-base-shooting-ukraine-008/ AP reports 300 protesters armed with molotov cocktails and guns attacked the base. A Russian-language journalist is missing. 

Ukraine's "anti-terrorist" operation is looking more and more a non-event - or worse, an outright fiasco, reports the BBC's David Stern in Donetsk  www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27053500

Captured APC is trophy on Slavyansk town square, sporting flags of Russia and Donetsk People's Republic.
"A pro-Russian militant then climbed into the driver’s seat of one and spun the vehicle around on its tracks, screeching and roaring, to please the watching crowd." - NYT.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtfL54BLV7s Taking the new APC for a spin on the square

Ukraine Push Against Rebels Grinds to Halt  www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/world/europe/ukraine-crisis.html  "SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — A military operation ... unraveled in disarray on Wednesday with the entire contingent of 21 armored vehicles that had separated into two columns surrendering or pulling back before nightfall. It was a glaring humiliation for the new government in Kiev... Their task, to confront armed militants intermingled with civilians, would be extremely difficult for any conventional army."
Yeah. Just keep it up and see how they do fighting a guerrilla war. 

"In Kiev, the Ministry of Defense initially denied that the armored vehicles had been captured. Then Sergei Sobolev, the acting head of the Fatherland Party in Parliament, claimed that the armored vehicles had flown Russian flags as part of an ingenious subterfuge to get through pro-Russian crowds.
Later, the Ukrainian military conceded that six vehicles had been captured but said nothing of the surrender of rifles from the other column." 

Bottom line: invading your own country with tanks is not the brightest idea. No bonus for you John Brennan. Take a column of tanks and go subdue Nevada.  beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2014/04/blm-leaves-gives-bundy-back-his-cows-2835696.html

Good one! Statistical proof is in - the USA is an oligarchy, not a democracy (as if you hadn't already guessed.) Political outcomes have virtually zero statistical correlation with majority public opinion, while being almost directly correlated with wishes of the elite. Pretty neat proof. www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/oligarchy.html 
Conclusion to be drawn: don't waste energy agitating for this and against that. The only thing that could make a difference is getting enough people together to change the system.

Apr. 15. Brennan's Brief: Battles for Slavyansk and Kramatorsk

english.pravda.ru/news/hotspots/15-04-2014/127371-civil_war_ukraine-0/  The Ukrainian army took control of the airport in the Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk. During the battle for the airport, at least four local militiamen were killed. Kramatorsk is only 20 kilometers from Slavyansk. It was said that 20 armored personnel carriers and about 500 troops of the Ukrainian army approached Slavyansk. Troops have surrounded the city with armored vehicles, tanks, armored personnel carriers. They may also have Slavyansk airport. They could take high ground and shell the city. Not laughing at Ukraine tanks now.
www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/ostukraine-propaganda-auf-dem-flughafen-kramatorsk-a-964646.html They're shaking their fists at them: an angry mob surrounds the troops occupying Kramatorsk airport, shouting "Traitors!" The schism between East and West Ukraine grows. "They call us terrorists, foreign agents. We were born here! I know Yanukovich was a gangster, but he would never have sent troops against us." The handful of occupying troops are afraid they will be shot at, they keep their weapons pointed at the crowd.
VOR live update reports negotiations between activists and occupying force at Kramatorsk airport. Self defense forces turned back armored column advancing on Luhansk. 
Reported Kiev has cut off cell phone transmissions in the area.
Comment in the Guardian reporting that the officer in charge at Kramatorsk airport, Gen. Vasiliy Krutov, gave the order to fire on local guards who had no firearms, killing four. When he addressed the crowd saying they were forced to fire on armed terrorists, they angry protesters shouted "Lies, lies" and nearly dragged him off.  www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/ukraine-military-forces-russia-live-blog

Slavyansk mayor Nelya Shtepa changes her story, now the freedom fighters are Russian and Crimean terrorists. obozrevatel.com/politics/40632-shtepa-v-slavyanske-dejstvuyut-boeviki-iz-rossii-mestnyie-zhiteli-ih-ne-podderzhivayut.htm She faces prosecution for her earlier role, now claims she played along to release hostages. Says she doesn't know the "people's mayor" appointed by the separatists. 

All roads to Slavyansk are blockaded. But do defenders have anti-tank weapons? And will troops have the nerve to fire on civilians? They've been hyped up with anti-Russian propaganda, but once they see those grannies... However it's reported some of the troops are from a military academy in Lviv.

Live updates voiceofrussia.com/2014_04_14/Ukraine-crisis-Kiev-calls-for-full-scale-antiterrorist-operation-in-south-east-LIVE-UPDATES-0336/ and rt.com/news/eastern-ukraine-army-operation-680/ and (in Russian) grani.ru/Politics/World/Europe/Ukraine/m.227794.html and www.gazeta.ru/politics/2014/04/15_a_5993973.shtml



Reports of downed SU 27 fighter, possibly fake, although Tass cites witnesses. en.itar-tass.com/world/728113 
Reports of Russian special forces troops.
It seems to me Russia has no choice but to defend what they've got so far.
There is an uncaptioned video of Lavrov at a press conference supposedly saying Russia will send in peacekeepers. 

Finland's intelligence chief says protests in east Ukraine are spontaneous, not incited by Russia. "among the protesters in the south-east of the country, there are only locals who took to the streets to defend their rights and demands. Alafuzoff stressed also the lack of Russian military forces in the region."  molotpravdu.com/2014/04/15/glava-razvedki-es-rossiya-ne-prichastna-k-protestam-na-ukraine/

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-crisis-how-spontaneous-are-the-prorussian-protests-breaking-out-in-ukraines-east-9259914.html Includes an account of takeover of Horlivka police station. 

Daily Mail has good photos as usual of the military engagement www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2604496/Little-sign-progress-Obama-Putin-speak.html including angry crowd tackling Krutov. Reports that armed men left the police station in Kramatorsk after Obama asked Putin to use his influence to de-escalate tensions in the area. Perhaps to fight another day -- as guerrillas?

Troops, APCs, helicopters, jets as junta cracks down on eastern Ukraine  rt.com/news/kiev-tanks-amass-east-668

Here's a think-tank pundit saying Russian media have the upper hand with their propaganda in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev has no control over its media and needs to get them on message. www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/in-the-battle-of-hearts-and-minds-kiev-is-losing-eastern-ukraine/article18001997/ Strange. My sources tell me it's wall to wall war mania and russophobia in the Ukrainian media, and that Russian broadcasts have been shut down country wide. Who's fibbing? 

Washington’s objective was “to deny Ukraine a role as a bridge between Eurasian Union and European Union….They want to bring Ukraine under NATO control” and sabotage the prospects for “a common economic zone from Lisbon to Vladivostok.” www.counterpunch.org/2014/04/15/is-putin-being-lured-into-a-trap

www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/04/14/washington-drives-world-war-paul-craig-roberts "It might be the case that Russia’s best move is immediately to occupy the Russian territories of Ukraine and re-absorb the territories into Russia from whence they came. This should be done before the US and its NATO puppets are prepared for war."

If Kiev is sincere about openness to a federal structure with autonomy for eastern Ukraine, Putin may already have achieved the objective and has no need to escalate.  fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/04/15/fred-kaplan-ukraine-may-have-just-given-putin-exactly-what-he-wanted/

Late reports from yesterday

Party of Regions presidential candidate Oleh Tsaryov has been campaigning on a platform of federalism for the south-east and guarantees for the Russian language. Yesterday he was arrested and accused of carrying military gear in his car. www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-56-will-kiev-lose-control-of-the-east/  Then a Kiev mob attacked and beat him, tore off his clothes while chanting threats to kill him. 

Speakers at a Maidan rally last night demanded to re-launch the Maidan protest. They are angry at pres. Turchynov and Minister Avakov regime for failing to defend Ukraine against Russian aggression. They burned tyres and there were even calls to storm Parliament. Others pointed out this would play into Russia's hands.

Ukrainian tanks take up positions around Slavyansk. itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/1121167 
Villagers near Donetsk harass and block a lone tank from Turchynov's "anti-terrorist" force trying to head to Slavyansk, looks like a scene from a madcap comedy, as a yellow Lada doggedly runs the tank off the road into muddy fields.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-KuNWM9Zqk

www.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/world/europe/russians-blending-in-among-ukraine-separatists.html NYT finds that most of the rebels are disenchanted locals, with an occasional Russian. 

Kiev sends a new force to the east, the first battalion of the National Guard, "newly formed from volunteers of the Maidan self-defense troops".  rt.com/news/kiev-military-operation-east-584/

Sorrow at Kramatorsk airstrip, where invading troops shot local boys.

Apr. 14. Realpolitik Rules. 

"Realpolitik" - Rules of Game.
World Power Player: can storm Central Government.
Regional Power: can storm Town Halls.
Fast play mode: World Power can just bomb the damn target country back to the Stone Age (the old one).
Game is rated EVERYONE AGE 10+. That means Bush and Obama CAN play (Parental Guidance advised). 
Help page - Online chat with Grandmaster Putin. Tough luck if you're playing against him, though. Have to make do with Zbiggy's Grand Chessboard handbook.

Samantha "Something to the Nth" Power, US ambassador (or is that embarrassadress) to the UN, says, “It’s professional, it’s co-ordinated, there is nothing grass-roots-seeming about it. The forces are doing, in each of the six or seven cities they’ve been active in, exactly the same thing. Certainly it bears the tell-tale signs of Moscow’s involvement.”
She should know professional, being on the world championship intervention team. In the comments to this article someone has posted a very long list of US foreign interventions since 1893:  voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_02/Putin-reminds-Obama-of-crimes-committed-by-ultranationalists-in-Ukraine-3331/

Yesterday at the UN emergency Security Council meeting called by Russia, a sharp exchange of views with Russian envoy Vitali Churkin hitting hard at US, Kiev and EU.  rt.com/news/security-council-ukraine-violence-312/ He ridiculed tales of a Russian armada poised to strike Europe, assailed the fascist Kiev junta as terrorists, and called for constructive solutions implementing the Feb. 21 accords. He denied the unrest in the east is fomented by Russia when the blame falls directly on the US and its grotesque puppets for alienating Russian speakers. 

Kiev president says not opposed to holding referendums along with elections in May, www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27018199 and Ukraine news roundup.
Rebel offensive in Gorlivka (Horlivka), a rail junction northeast of Donetsk on the way towards Luhansk. Pop. 258,000. www.facebook.com/photo.php Look familiar?
"Horlivka was the last major city in Donetsk province holding out against the wave of occupations"  www.buzzfeed.com/maxseddon/ukraines-new-government-has-lost-its-grip-on-east-ukraine
Luhansk rebels sending reinforcements to Slavyansk, about 70 volunteers. 

Voice of Russia reports on Color Revolution technology. voiceofrussia.com/2014_04_14/Maidan-is-technology-of-managed-chaos-developed-in-US-political-analyst-6020/  More details can be found in Webster Tarpley's book Obama, the Postmodern Coup, which showed how Obama's election campaign was based on these techniques, and that the agenda of his backers was to apply them against target nations - Libya, Syria, Ukraine etc. 

Slavyansk was founded in 1645 by Romanov Russian Tsar Alexis. twitter.com/NinaByzantina

Donetskaya Respublika now has a national anthem. lifenews.ru/news/131248

hotair.com/headlines/archives/2014/04/14/russian-jet-repeatedly-buzzed-u-s-ship-in-the-black-sea-this-weekend/  Just think about a couple anti-ship missiles hitting this proud missile ship, and all of a sudden the totally awesome USS Donald Cook starts looking more like USS Donald Duck, or maybe Cooking Duck, a Sitting Duck in a Cooking Pot, whatever. The SU-24 fighter-bomber carries an ample payload for the job. More here rt.com/news/pentagon-destroyer-russian-jet-428/ Stars and Stripes says they were 2 jets, neither of them armed, and claims the Duck is well able to defend itself against a pair of SU-24's. But I'm swayed by the basic physics: the difficulty of hitting a missile with a missile, vs. the ease of sinking metal boats. Add in the economics: a ship costs many times as much as a missile or even a fighter plane. So the US Navy, to my mind, is a load of bluff and bluster, waiting to be called to Davy Jones' locker. And the purpose of the 90-minute flyover was to remind someone in the Pentagon of just that.
Small, subsonic Exocet missiles, one fired by Argentina and one by Iraq, sank or crippled Allied ships in the 1980's. Russia's Onix and Sunburn anti-ship missiles fly at 2.5 to 3 times the speed of sound. The Navy is worried. www.militaryaerospace.com/blogs/aerospace-defense-blog/2013/07/how-vulnerable-are-u-s-navy-vessels-to-advanced-anti-ship-cruise-missiles.html 

China is working on a Mach 10 "Carrier killer" ballistic missile, the Dong Feng or East Wind. www.usni.org/news-and-features/chinese-kill-weapon

The US empire is the heir to the British empire, which as a sea power, was always inimical to Russia, the greatest land power. For the anglo-americans, world supremacy has always meant subduing Russia, first and foremost. 
Paradoxically, BRICS could soon become the far-flung empire the sun never sets on, while NATO gets a role more like the Central Powers, hemmed up in the homeland. Then the battle between them will be over Africa...  https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/14-2 and its enormous resources.

Interactive map of southeast Ukraine showing actions in various cities here www.interpretermag.com/ukraine-liveblog-day-56-will-kiev-lose-control-of-the-east/

Drone over Dnipropetrovsk www.youtube.com/watch 18 sec. Does the "Drone King" Brennan bring his drone with him wherever he visits? Reported that the CIA is occupying an entire floor of the state security building in Kiev. That would be the one for rebels to seize, wouldn't it. 

2014=1984 www.counterpunch.org/2014/04/14/ukraine-and-syria-in-orwellian-times

"Ukraine’s great unraveling, brought to you by corporate America." Anglo author based in Moscow analyzes US motives for destabilizing Ukraine rt.com/op-edge/ukraine-us-kiev-usaid-380/

Kiev acting prez Turchinov asks for UN peacekeepers. rt.com/news/ki