Amid the so-called “ceasefire” in Ukraine, yet ongoing shelling in many regions, the Donbass news agency reports that more than 20 Ukrainian solders have died and over 200 soldiers are hospitalized after an apparent leak of a deadly virus called “California Flu” from a US lab near the city of Kharkov.
More than 20 Ukrainian soldiers have died and over 200 soldiers are hospitalized in a short period of time because of new and deadly virus, which is immune to all medicines. Donetsk People’s Republic intelligence has reported that Californian Flu is leaked from the same place where research of this virus has been carried out.
The laboratory is located near the city of Kharkov and its base for US military experts.
Information from threatening epidemic is announced by Vice-Commander of Donetsk Army, Eduard Basurin.
From 1853 into 1856 the Ottoman Turkish Sultan, egged on by Britain and the France of Napoleon III, went into one of the most absurd conflicts in modern history, the Crimean War. Perhaps the most lasting outcome of the ridiculous war fought on Crimea was the oft-cited line from Lord Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade: “Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do & die…Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.”
It aptly describes the escalating conflict being incited by Turkey’s would-be new Sultan, Recep Erdoğan, provoking Russia again and again. Only, in a paraphrase of the famous line by Karl Marx describing France of the time of Napoleon III, “History repeats itself; first as tragedy, second as farce.” This third time, it is Erdoğan, not as Napoleon III, but as Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Continue reading »
Ukraine’s Central Bank has reported a 44 percent hike in inflation this year. However, Kiev’s economists are optimistic about 2016 as they announced a 12 percent inflation target.
According to Central Bank head Natalya Gontareva, the 44 percent rise is an improvement on 60.9 percent inflation in April. Continue reading »
Originally appeared in The Moscow Times
Vladimir Putin said in an interview that he would not allow the people of Donbass to be ‘eaten up’ by Ukrainian extremist fanatics
President Vladimir Putin said he will protect Russians living in southeastern Ukraine from what he described as being “eaten up” by Ukrainian “nationalists,” according to an interview broadcast Sunday. Continue reading »
Waiting for the response.
Ukraine has imposed a moratorium on the $3 billion Russian debt repayment, said the country’s Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk at a cabinet meeting on Friday. The announcement comes ahead of the December 20 deadline for the debt redemption.
“Considering that Russia has refused, despite our efforts, to sign an agreement on restructuring and to accept our proposals, the cabinet is imposing a moratorium on payment of the Russian debt worth $3 billion,” said Yatsenyuk.
The payment is halted “until we make restructuring proposals or a relevant court decision is made,” added the Prime Minister. Continue reading »
The IMF has now been drawn into the U.S. Cold War orbit. On Tuesday it made a radical decision to dismantle the condition that had integrated the global financial system for the past half century… By doing so, it announced its new policy: “We only enforce debts owed in US dollars to US allies.”
On December 8, the IMF’s Chief Spokesman Gerry Rice sent a note saying:
“The IMF’s Executive Board met today and agreed to change the current policy on non-toleration of arrears to official creditors. We will provide details on the scope and rationale for this policy change in the next day or so.”
Since 1947 when it really started operations, the World Bank has acted as a branch of the U.S. Defense Department, from its first major chairman John J. McCloy through Robert McNamara to Robert Zoellick and neocon Paul Wolfowitz. From the outset, it has promoted U.S. exports – especially farm exports – by steering Third World countries to produce plantation crops rather than feeding their own populations. (They are to import U.S. grain.) But it has felt obliged to wrap its U.S. export promotion and support for the dollar area in an ostensibly internationalist rhetoric, as if what’s good for the United States is good for the world. Continue reading »
US Vice President Joe Biden says Russia should stick to a peace agreement on Ukraine and return the Black Sea Crimea peninsula to its western neighbor.
Biden made the comment during his latest trip to Ukraine where he told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that “the US stands firmly with the people of Ukraine in the face of continued, I emphasize, continued aggression from Russia and Russian-backed separatists.”
Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17, 2014 and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum a day earlier, in which 96.8 percent of participants voted in favor of the secession. The voter turnout in the referendum stood at 83.1 percent. Continue reading »
In threat to switch off Ukraine’s gas, Russian president acknowledges gas deliveries to the European Union would also be jeopardised
President Vladimir Putin threatened the “extreme measure” on Thursday of cutting off Russian gas for Ukraine unless the country pays in advance for all its supplies.
In a stark letter to 18 world leaders, Mr Putin acknowledged that, in such a “critical situation”, gas deliveries to the European Union would also be jeopardised. Continue reading »
Kiev’s prepayment is sufficient to cover deliveries for a couple of days, Gazprom CEO noted.
“Volumes of the prepaid gas are running out. I think that they will be sufficient… for a couple of days or so,” Miller told journalists on the sidelines of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum summit in the Iranian capital. Continue reading »
Kiev will not pay Russia the $3 billion debt owed to it, unless other conditions of the restructuring are applied. This was stated by Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
“I said to other lenders there are other conditions to be met or you will not receive the debt. The basic condition is reducing debt by 20%, the transfer of all debts of four years. If you do not like this, then you will receive the decision of the government of Ukraine via a moratorium on paying Russia the $3 billion. It is very easy to explain to our neighbours and the aggressor state: we will not pay $3 billion “,— quotes “RIA Novosti” citing the Prime Minister of Ukraine Continue reading »
From the article:
“NATO military planning generates confrontational approaches to security issues that in our view should belong to the past. The creeping increase in NATO’s military presence on our frontiers [is] testing [our] patience.”
Russia’s dramatic intervention in Syria has served to push the conflict in Ukraine (a country that is now partially governed by Star Wars characters) to the back of the world’s collective mind. After all, separatists exchanging fire with government forces and/or far-right “volunteer” battalions every couple of days against a dreary backdrop of rundown Eastern European towns isn’t nearly as exciting as Sukhois dropping bombs on sword-waving desert bandits and so, Ukraine’s crisis has gradually receded into the background.
That said, it’s important to remember that one of the principal reasons for deteriorating relations between Moscow and the West is the conflict in Ukraine. Continue reading »
You know about ISIS in Syria and Iraq …
But did you know that ISIS is also spreading like a cancer in Afghanistan?
The Independent reported in July:
The Americans, who were, just three months ago, dismissing the arrival of Isis in Afghanistan as nothing more than an internal squabble within Taliban, now belatedly acknowledge they are facing a growing threat with very limited means of response after the withdrawal of the bulk of international forces at the end of last year. Continue reading »
– Ukraine Reignites – 1 Killed, 50 Injured After Grenade Attack On Parliament (ZeroHedge, Aug 31, 2015):
Amid the Ukraine government’s vote for constitutional changes to give its eastern regions a special status (that it hopes will blunt their separatist drive) protests have turned deadly as RT reports50 Ukrainian nation guards have been injured in a greande blast near parliament in Kiev.
People’s Artist of Ukraine Nykolai Gnatiuk posted the following report on his facebook page:“Here I am finally back home from Russia, where I stayed with relatives for more than 40 days. I covered the territory from Bryansk to the coast of the Krasnodar region. What can I, as a Ukrainian, share with the Russians, and Ukrainians?I liked the Krasnodar region, clean everywhere, with the roads no worse than in Europe, the fields well-maintained, shops full of local products, service at a high level, a lot of well-off people, not to mention the houses (I haven’t seen such beauty in a long time (my Sums region is about 200 years behind), and what cars! Most importantly, I have not seen the Russian troop movements, though I had to travel day and night, and nobody in Russia says anything about the war with Ukraine. On the way I met a lot of cars with Ukrainian plates, and there’s a Ukrainian license plate on my car, too, but neither the police at their posts nor the FSB ever stopped me. Continue reading »
– Putin To Get $3 Billion From US Taxpayers After Ukraine Bond Debacle (ZeroHedge, Aug 28, 2015):
On Thursday, Ukraine struck a restructuring agreement on some $18 billion in Eurobonds with a group of creditors headed by Franklin Templeton. The deal calls for a 20% writedown and a reprofiling that includes a maturity extension of four years and an across-the-board 7.75% coupon. All told, Kiev should save around, let’s just call it $4 billion once everything is said and done (there are some miscellaneous loans and bonds that still have to be worked out).
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that Ukraine also owes $3 billion to Vladimir Putin.
Now obviously, owing Vladimir Putin $3 billion is not a situation one ever wants to find themselves in, but this particular case is exacerbated by the fact that Putin did not loan the money to Ukraine as we know it now, he loaned the money to a Ukraine that was governed by Russian-backed Viktor Yanukovych. Of course Yanukovych was run out of the country last year following a wave of John McCain-attended protests. Continue reading »
– Russia Refuses To Participate In Ukraine Debt Restructuring (ZeroHedge, Aug 27, 2015):
War-torn Ukraine has reportedly reached a restructuring deal with a group of creditors headed by Franklin Templeton, according to the country’s finance minister Natalie Jaresko. The terms of the agreement call for a 20% writedown and a reprofiling that includes a maturity extension of four years and an across-the-board 7.75% coupon. Vladimir Putin isn’t interested.
– East Ukraine’s Donetsk Republic Will Hold Referendum To Join Russia (ZeroHedge, Aug 19, 2015):
Following the 2014 Crimean referendum which saw the Black Sea peninsula join Russia shortly after the Ukraine presidential coup and ensuing territorial conflict between pro-Kiev and pro-Moscow regions, many speculated it is only a matter of time before the Donetsk region, subsequently elevated into People’s Republic status, which has been engaged in constant warfare with the Kiev army (which is in such bad shape it recently drafted a disabled man without arms) would follow suit.
We now have the answer.
Having waited for over a year for the Ukraine civil war/conflict to be relegated to back page status, if that, Putin has finally given the green light, and as Xinhua reports, leaders of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” are planning to hold a referendum on seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia, the Donetsk-based Ostrov news agency reported Wednesday. Continue reading »
– Dutch Refusal to Reveal MH17 Crash Documents ‘Confirms Western Involvement’ (Sputnik, Aug 14, 2015):
The Dutch government’s refusal to unseal information regarding the actions of the Cabinet in the aftermath of the MH17 flight crash indicates Western countries’ involvement, Christopher Black, a prominent Canadian international criminal lawyer, told Sputnik on Friday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier, Dutch television news service RTL Nieuws made a request under the Freedom of Information Act for details about the actions of Dutch authorities in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines crash in southeastern Ukraine, which was refused by the Ministry of Security and Justice.
“The fact that they refuse to release the report indicates that the report would point to the West being involved, or the Ukrainians at least, in the shoot-down of that plane,” Black said.
The lawyer added that the Dutch government would have released that report weeks ago if they had proof that Russia or Donbass militias were involved in the MH17 crash. Continue reading »
… like the Israelis in Gaza.
– Ukrainian Military Using Phosphorous Bombs Against Civilians in Donbass (Sputnik, Aug 15, 2015):
The Russian Investigative Committee has obtained evidence proving that the Ukrainian armed forces have used modern analogues of phosphorous bombs against civilians in southeastern Ukraine, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said in Moscow on Friday.“We have received irrefutable evidence of the use by the Kiev forces of weaponry similar to phosphorus bombs,” Markin said, based on the conclusion of a forensic chemical analysis from soil samples provided by witnesses in the targeted areas. Continue reading »
– Another Top US Defense Establishment Figure Calls for Killing Russians (Russia Insider, Aug 13, 2015):
And now for another edition of “America in decline…”
The Intercept comes through with another great piece. The facts on this one are simply surreal. A former national security advisory to Bush II, a super hawk who pushed for the Iraq war and more recently bombing Syria, he is the chairman of the Orwellian “Institute of Peace”. Well, read it yourself, it is just too bizarre to summarize adequately…
We wonder if Hadley is pinochle partners with retired US major general Robert Scales, who made a similar call to widescale global ridicule, as we reported in March of this year.
This article originally appeared at The Intercept
The United States Institute of Peace is a publicly funded national institution chartered by the U.S. government to promote international peace through nonviolent conflict resolution.
But its chairman, Stephen Hadley, is a relentless hawk whose advocacy for greater military intervention often dovetails closely with the interests of Raytheon, a major defense contractor that pays him handsomely as a member of its board of directors. Continue reading »
– It Looks Like Novorussia Might Have Built Itself a Serious Fighting Force (Video) (Russia Insider, Aug 13, 2015):
These are fighters from the Han Battalion, which has the infamous Donbass Special Forces embedded in it.This is only a few guys and might be a complete anamoly, but it does suggest that the Novorussians are serious about training top level fighters.The words on the badge say, “Better death than dishonor”.