Jul 02

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‘Yankee go home!’ Hundreds stage anti-US protest in front of embassy in Kiev (RT, July 1, 2015):

Demonstrators have gathered in front of the US embassy in Kiev to protest against what they call US meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs, including the military conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Several hundred protesters held a rally in front of the US embassy in Kiev on Wednesday, Ruptly reports. The demonstrators held placards with signs: “Shame on the US” and “Yankees go away from Ukraine.”

Some carried photos depicting the destruction and casualties in the country’s restive east, while others held signs reading “The blood of Donbass kids is on Obama’s hands.”

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Jun 27

The U.S. And EU Will Collapse Regardless Of Economic ‘Contagion’ (ZeroHedge, June 24, 2015):

In order to understand what is really going on around the globe in terms of the collapsing economy, we must set aside false mainstream versions of reality. When it comes to the EU and its current fiscal turmoil, it is very important to, in some respects, ignore Greece entirely. That’s right; forget about all the supposed drama surrounding Greek debt obligations. Will they find a way to pay creditors? Will they default? Will they make a deal with Russia and the BRICS? Will there be last-minute concessions to save the system? It doesn’t matter. It’s all a soap opera, an elaborate Kabuki theater run by international financiers and globalists.

It is most important to remember the fundamentals. Greece will default on its debts. Period. There is no way around it. Maybe Greece makes a deal today, maybe it makes a deal tomorrow; but eventually, the country’s ability to stretch out its resources in order to meet its exponential liabilities will end. It is inevitable, and no last-minute “deal” is going to change the math at the core of it all. Continue reading »

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Jun 26

Poroshenko inks permission for foreign troops in Ukraine (RT, June 26, 2015):

The Ukrainian president has sealed amendments to the law that allow foreign troops to be present in Ukraine as part of an international peacekeeping force. The legislation also potentially allows the presence of weapons of mass destruction in the country.

Adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament (the Rada) earlier this month and signed by President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday, the amendments establish the necessary legal background and conditions for stationing foreign troops in the country. Kiev hopes that this will help to stabilize the situation in the war-torn eastern regions of Ukraine. Continue reading »

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Jun 23

Related info:

‘Fuck The EU’ Victoria Nuland Says US Spent $5 BILLION To Back ‘DEMOCRACY’ In Ukraine

U.S. State Department Confirms Authenticity Of Intercepted Ukraine ‘FUCK THE EU’ Phone Call, Accuses Russia Of Dirty Tricks

‘FUCK THE EU’ – US State Department Blasts Europe; Revealed As Alleged Mastermind Behind Ukraine Unrest


‘F**k US imperialism': Germany’s ex-finance minister slams defense secretary’s Europe visit (RT, June 23, 2015):

Left-wing German politician and former finance minister Oskar Lafontaine has some harsh language message for US on its politics concerning Russia and Ukraine. He has also called on the EU to oppose Washington.

In a Facebook post which cannot be quoted fully quote due to strong language, Lafontaine, whose latest political post was co-chairman of the democratic socialist party The Left, called US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter the “Secretary of War”, and Washington’s policies “imperialism.”

The US Secretary of War calls on Europeans to confront the Russian ‘aggression’,” Lafontaine writes after a strongly-worded introduction. “The Europeans have every reason to oppose the US aggression.”Ashton Carter has paid a visit to Tallinn, where he pledged a new batch of 250 tanks and armored vehicles to European nations near the Russian border. His counterparts from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were eager to accept the deployment, indicating they see it as a message to Russia over what they call its “aggression.” Continue reading »

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Jun 23

US deploying 250 military vehicles incl. Abrams tanks near Russian border

US deploying 250 military vehicles ‘incl. Abrams tanks’ near Russian border (RT, June 23, 2015):

Washington plans to station hardware, including tanks and armored vehicles, in a number of European countries, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced on Tuesday. Nukes withdrawn in the 1980s will not return to Europe.

Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania will be hosting the new hardware, and it will be possible to move it around for exercises, Carter said as he stood with his Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian counterparts on a visit to Tallinn. Continue reading »

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Jun 21

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U.S. Senator John McCain (Reuters)

McCain: US will supply gas to Ukraine, Europe in 2 yrs (RT, June 21, 2015):

The US will be able to supply natural gas to Ukraine and Europe within two years, Senator John McCain pledged in Kiev. The American politician believes that only gas reliance prevents European countries from hardening sanctions against Russia.

“The United States will supply natural gas to Ukraine and other parts of Europe in two years,” McCain said on Saturday, RIA Novosti reported. Continue reading »

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Jun 21

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Fighters of Social Nationalist Assembly (SNA), part of ultra-nationalist Right Sector movement (Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko)

Ukraine’s Right Sector rejects Minsk deal, calls for renewed offensive in E. Ukraine (RT, June 21, 2015):

The ultranationalist Right Sector political party has once again rejected the Minsk ceasefire agreement, calling on President Petro Poroshenko to renew the military offensive in the eastern part of the country.

We demand that the Poroshenko regime reject the Minsk agreements, and renew the offensive military operations aimed at liberating occupied territories [in eastern Ukraine],” the statement published on the party’s website reads. Continue reading »

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Jun 20

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IMF Humiliates Greece, Repeats It Will Keep Funding Ukraine Even If It Defaults (ZeroHedge, June 19, 2015):

One week ago, we were stunned to learn just how low the political organization that is the mostly US-taxpayer funded IMF has stooped when, a day after its negotiators demonstratively stormed out of the Greek negotiations with “creditors”,  Hermes’ ambassador-at-large Christone Lagarde said that the IMF “could lend to Ukraine even if Ukraine determines it cannot service its debt.” Continue reading »

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Jun 14

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IMF Says It Will Continue Lending To Ukraine Even After A Default, And Why This Is Bad News For Greek Gold (ZeroHedge, June 13, 2015):

With Tsipras’ delegation in Brussels desperate to work out a last minute deal and preserve Greek pension cut “red lines”, not to mention Greece in the Eurozone, it is the IMF which has become the biggest hurdle to getting a deal done because while even the European Commission is ready defer €400 million of cuts in small pensions if Greece reduced military spending by same amount, the IMF promptly scuttled this suggestion according to FAZ.

So as we enter Sunday and what may well be the last possibility to get deal done before the “accidental” Grexit scenario is put in play, we thought our Greek readers would be interested to learn that while Lagarde’s “apolitical” IMF is digging in tooth and nail against giving Greece even the smallest amount of breathing room, the equivalent of half an our of a typical daily Fed POMO notional amount, yesterday the same Lagarde said that the IMF “could lend to Ukraine even if Ukraine determines it cannot service its debt.Continue reading »

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Jun 04

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Ukraine ‘Mobilizes’ Right Sector Neo-Nazis Amid Renewed Fighting; NATO Points Finger, Russia Responds (ZeroHedge, June 4, 2015):

Following yesterday’s “large-scale” rebel offensive, as Ukraine’s military reported it, and hot on the heels of Poroshenko’s threat of imminent martial law(including the right to detain or force relocate foreign nationals at will) and Soros’ exposure as the ‘lethal-weapon-demanding’ puppet-master, Tass reports Ukraine’s nationalists affiliated with the extremist organization calling itself the Right Sector (outlawed in Russia) have been urged to cut short their vacations and all commanders, ordered to begin full mobilization. NATO has asked both sides to back down, focused on Russia’s responsibility as Poroshenko says there are now more than 9,000 Russian troops on Ukraine soil (though YouTube proof remains absent).

As Tass reports, Poroshenko appears to be falling back on his neo-nazi ‘non-terrorist’ supporters to fight the pro-Russian ‘terrorists’… Continue reading »

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Jun 04

‘MH17 Dutch investigators not interested in Russian side witnesses’ (RT, June 3, 2015):

The main problem is that the official MH17 investigation doesn’t appear to be a truthful and honest one, Joost Niemoller, Dutch journalist and author of “MH17: The cover-up deal” told RT’s “In the Now.”

Russian investigators have released a video of a key witness into last summer’s MH17 tragedy, a Ukrainian air force mechanic named Evgeny Agapov who provided investigators with his testimony. Russian investigators say he voluntarily crossed into the country and was willing to cooperate with the investigation. He was given a lie detector test and is now under Russian government protection.

RT: What do you make of this Russian leak – they say they decided to reveal the witness following false reporting in the media about the MH17 crash. Is this an attempt to challenge reports that don’t fall in line with the Russian point of view? Continue reading »

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Jun 03

Russian investigators reveal identity of key witness in MH17 crash (RT, June 3, 2015):

The Russian Investigative Committee has identified a key witness to the MH17 crash in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region. He is Evgeny Agapov, an aviation armaments mechanic in the Ukrainian Air Force.

The man is currently under Russian state protection.

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Screenshot from Russian Investigative Committee video

“As now there is new evidence of the reliability of the words of the witness, as well as various reports concerning the doubts of certain media outlets about the real existence of this witness, we decided to disclose [the name of the witness],” Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

Agapov, a Ukrainian citizen, was serving as a military mechanic in the first squadron of the Ukrainian Air Force’s tactical aviation brigade. Continue reading »

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Jun 02

Ukraine plans to seize Russian foreign property to compensate for ‘lost’ Crimea (RT, June 2, 2015):

Kiev will nationalize Russian overseas property as compensation for the losses over Crimea’s reunification with Russia, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Justice Natalia Sevostyanova said. The decision is now up to the European Court of Human Rights.

Ukraine will be able to use this effective instrument if the European Court of Human Rights rules in favor of Kiev, Sevostyanova told “Channel 5,” Ukraine’s National News (UNN) reported on Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Jun 02

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BUK missile manufacturer on MH17 shooting over Ukraine LIVE UPDATES (RT, June 2, 2015):

The BUK missile manufacturer revealed its own findings into the flight MH17 downing over Ukraine, effectively proving that a missile type consistent only with the Buk-M1 system was used – one that the Russian armed forces do not possess.

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Jun 01

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Europe Shocked When Russia Does To It What Europe Did To Russia (ZeroHedge, June 1, 2015):

The EU issued a press release this morning which could perhaps be summed up in 2 words – “not fair.” Following the denial-of-entry by Russia of several EU politicians, Russia has released a list of 89 names who will face travel bans – of exactly the same type as EU and US enforced upon numerous Russian elites. Europe is displeased that Russia would dare do unto them as they have done unto others… “we deem this measure as totally arbitrary and unjustified,” they exclaimed, adding, “we don’t have any further information on the legal basis or the criteria or the process of these decisions.”

The travel bans by Russia appear to be a response to the E.U.’s imposing several rounds of sanctions on Russia for its role in destabilizing Ukraine, including asset freezes and travel bans on 150 officials.

Full European Union press release… Continue reading »

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May 30

Flashback:

Ukraine Refuses To Extradite Ex-Georgian President Saakashvili:

“Saakashvili was offered the position of first deputy prime minister of Ukraine last December, but he refused the appointment, saying he doesn’t want to renounce his Georgian citizenship.”

Jewish Georgian minister: Thanks to Israeli training, we’re fending off Russia (Haaretz, Nov 8, 2008):

“Israel should be proud of its military which trained Georgian soldiers,” Yakobashvili told Army Radio in Hebrew, referring to a private Israeli group Georgia had hired.

“We killed 60 Russian soldiers just yesterday,” said Yakobashvili. “The Russians have lost more than 50 tanks, and we have shot down 11 of their planes. They have enormous damage in terms of manpower.”

… which is why…

Vladimir Putin ‘wanted to hang Georgian President Saakashvili by the balls’ (The Times, Nov 14, 2008):

With Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on August 12, Mr Sarkozy told Mr Putin that the world would not accept the overthrow of Georgia’s Government. According to Mr Levitte, the Russian seemed unconcerned by international reaction. “I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls,” Mr Putin declared.

Mr Sarkozy thought he had misheard. “Hang him?” – he asked. “Why not?” Mr Putin replied. “The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.”

Mr Sarkozy, using the familiar tu, tried to reason with him: “Yes but do you want to end up like [President] Bush?” Mr Putin was briefly lost for words, then said: “Ah – you have scored a point there.”

And just in case somebody still doubts who started it …

Saakashvili admitted that Georgia began military operations in South Ossestia (The Times, Nov 29, 2008):

“Mr Saakashvili admitted yesterday that Georgia began military operations in South Ossestia but insisted that it was in response to Russian provocation.”

And now he becomes governor in Ukraine.

You really can’t make this stuff up.


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Ex-Georgian president, wanted at home, becomes governor in Ukraine (RT, May 30, 2015):

Georgia’s former President Mikhail Saakashvili, wanted by his country’s prosecutors for embezzlement, abuse of power and politically-motivated attacks, has been appointed governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region.

President Petro Poroshenko personally appointed Saakashvili to the post, saying the former Georgian leader is “a friend of Ukraine.” In a statement at Saakashvili’s nomination in Odessa, Poroshenko said the two had known each other for 25 years, since university days.

According to Poroshenko, Saakashvili “has proven with deeds, not words that he can not only give birth to creative ideas, but also put them into practice.” He added Georgia’s ex-president had changed his country “in the direction of transparency, effectiveness, anti-corruption, appeal for foreign investors, fair justice, protection of citizen’s rights, democracy,” something Poroshenko “would like to see very much” in Odessa. Continue reading »

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May 28

Poroshenko Threatens To Declare Martial Law In Ukraine Within Hours “To Demonstrate Readiness For War” (ZeroHedge, May 28, 2015):

In the case of any advance of Ukrainian army positions – and who is to say whether there is or not – Ukraine’s President Poroshenko says he will declare martial law across his country within hours. As RT reports, Poroshenko added that Ukraine will “demonstrate its readiness for war, for victory, for defense and for peace.

For martial law to be enacted, the parliament has to approve a corresponding ruling by the Ukrainian president. It can be declared in the whole country or selected regions. And as RT reports, Continue reading »

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May 26

H/t reader squodgy:

“Tanks don’t need visas…..Brilliant”


Russia begins huge surprise air force drill on same day as Nato starts Arctic training
Officials say as many as 250 aircraft and 12,000 service personnel are participating in the war games

Russia begins huge surprise air force drill on same day as Nato starts Arctic training (Independent, May 26, 2015):

Russia’s military defence has taken to the skies for a massive – and unexpected – air force exercise.

In a sign of ongoing tensions over Ukraine, 250 aircraft and 12,000 service personnel are involved in the drill, according to its defence ministry.

The ministry described the four-day practice – ordered by President Vladimir Putin – as a “massive surprise inspection” to check combat readiness.

It comes as one of Putin’s closest aides, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, issued a chilling warning to the West.

He said: “It is our territory, it is our shelf, and we’ll provide its security. And we will make money there.

“I have always joked about it, that they will not give us visas.

“They will put us on a sanctions list – but tanks do not need visas.” Continue reading »

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May 22

OK, so somebody hand Porkoshenko a rifle and tell him that he will have to fight Russia on the front line then …

… and then let’s see how that will immediately change his rhetoric.


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Poroshenko Says Ukraine is at War with Russia (GlobalResearch, May 21, 2015):

In an inflammatory statement to the BBC yesterday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared that his regime, which enjoys political and military support from Washington and the European Union (EU), is at war with Russia.

“Can I be absolutely clear with you, this is not a fight with Russian-backed separatists, this is a real war with Russia,” Poroshenko said. He added that he expected renewed fighting in regions of east Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatist forces in the coming days. Continue reading »

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May 19

US Taxpayer On The Hook As Ukraine Prepares Moratorium On Debt Repayments, Increases Military Spending (ZeroHedge, May 19, 2015)

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