The proposal of Ukrainian president to build fortifications on the border with Russia akin to the Mannerheim Line

The proposal of Ukrainian president to build fortifications on the border with Russia akin to the Mannerheim Line is an odious manifestation, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko says POSTED

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September 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Speaker of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko said that the proposal of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to build fortifications on the border with Russia akin to the Mannerheim Line is an act of savagery.
Mannerheim Line was a defensive fortification line dividing Finland, that became independent from the Bolshevik Russia in 1918, and the Soviet Union in the first half of the 20th century.

“I can say that this step is a very odious, half-baked, unprofessional, and populist manifestation,” Matviyenko told reporters on Thursday.
“In the 21st century, when the borders are being wiped off, when more and more countries sign agreements on visa-free travel, on free movements within the framework of globalization processes, the idea to dig up a pit and to build a wall sounds like savagery for me,” she said. “They say we should build bridges rather than build a wall or dig up a pit,” she said.

Matviyenko expressed the confidence that the current situation is “temporary and will pass.” “Noone will be able to divide (Russians and Ukrainians),” she said.
Matviyenko said that year in year three million Ukrainians worked in Russia, while 800,000 had been forced to flee the conflict-gripped Ukraine’s south-east into Russia.

RECOGNITION OF CRIMEA AND SEVASTOPOL’S LAWFUL REUNIFICATION WITH RUSSIA

Long before the United States was a country, Crimea was an integral  part of Russia and home to her Black Sea Fleet. For over two hundred years Crimea has remained a jewel of Russia and of immense strategic defensive value,  inspite of wars and brief periods of occupation.
In 1954 for “administrative” reasons and without any vote by the people or referendum Nikita Khrushchev transferred the legal Soviet  status of Crimea from Russia, to Ukraine.

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This event on 9, March 1954 went unnoticed in western newspapers. Opinions as to the reasons for the transfer differ, however it seems rather odd that only now do the cold warriors in Washington and Brussels place such importance and view with an uncommon legitimacy on a Soviet administrative realignment of boundaries, when at the time it was ignored or dismissed.   That there is a selective approach towards Soviet actions is further evidenced in EU NATO member state  Latvia where the status of “non-citizen” was placed on people who’s families moved there during “Soviet occupation” even though they had been born there! 

  Nikita Khrushchev   has become an authoritative  howbeit unquoted  source of current western foreign policy! Had it not been for an obscure and what was deemed an  unimportant clerical alteration of Soviet organization done in 1954, Ukraine would have no claim of or for Crimea or Sevastopol.  

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Ukraine according to an old postal stamp from 1919 that was reprinted in 2008.

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(New York Times article from 1918)
The Ukrainian People’s Republic or Ukrainian National Republic (Ukrainian: Українська Народня Республіка, Ukrayins’ka Narodnia Respublika; abbreviated УНР, UNR), or simply Ukraine is the predecessor of modern Ukraine that was declared (on 23 June 1917) at first as a part of the Russian Republic after the Russian Revolution but that proclaimed its independence on 25 January 1918. The 18 March 1921 Treaty of Riga between the Second Polish Republic, Soviet Russia (acting also on behalf of Soviet Belarus) and Soviet Ukraine brought an end to the Ukrainian People’s Republic.

Upon the dissolution of the USSR in 1989 during a time of tectonic historical changes, represenatives of the Russian Federation saw no need to alter and or lacked the authority to change what by then was the status quo of Crimean attachment to Ukraine.  In 1989 friendly relations between Russia and Ukraine produced agreements for mutual cooperation as newly formed independent nations. 
The results of negotiations also produced a trade agreement for the sale of natural gas at reduced rates to Ukraine in return for the maintenance and continuation of Black Sea Fleet naval facilities based in Sevastopol and Crimea.
The formation and installation of a western backed  extremist unelected junta (brought to power at the barrel of a gun) in Kiev, (March 2014) served to breach these agreements and nullify any and all treaties. The openly hostile regime in Kiev first official act was to ban the Russian language,  and from there began a campaign of terror against citizens who spoke it.  In Ukraine today speaking the Russian language is all it takes to be identified as a “terrorist” and an enemy of Ukraine. 
Viewing the violence, anarchy and murders unleashed by the maidan, the peaceful people in Crimea sought protection and turned to their historical friend and ally, Russia.  The right of self-determination required a referendum. 

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The referendum held in Crimea on 16, March 2014 was 98% in favor of joining the Russian Federation by a determined and brave people. Those who have opposed and condemned the peaceful voice of the people have surrendered democratic  values for geo-strategic “interests”. 

(Translated transcript)
Declaration of Independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol:

We, the members of the parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Sevastopol City Council, with regard to the charter of the United Nations and a whole range of other international documents and taking into consideration the confirmation of the status of Kosovo by the United Nations International Court of Justice on July 22, 2010, which says that unilateral declaration of independence by a part of the country does not violate any international norms, make this decision jointly:[1]

1. If a decision to become part of Russia is made at the referendum of the March 16, 2014, Crimea including the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol will be announced an independent and sovereign state with a republican order.[4]

2. Republic of Crimea will be a democratic, laic and multinational state, with an obligation to maintain peace, international and intersectarian consent in its territory.[4]

3. If the referendum brings the respective results, Republic of Crimea as an independent and sovereign state will turn to the Russian Federation with the proposition to accept the Republic of Crimea on the basis of a respective interstate treaty into the Russian Federation as a new constituent entity of the Russian Federation.[4]

Declaration approved by the Resolution of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea at the extraordinary plenary session on March 11, 2014 (signed by the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov) and by the Decision of the Sevastopol City Council at the extraordinary plenary session on March 11, 2014 (signed by the Chairman of the Sevastopol city council Yury Doynikov)

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WE THE UNDERSIGNED RECOGNIZE THE LAWFUL AND RIGHTFUL REUNIFICATION OF CRIMEA AND SEVASTOPOL WITH THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND URGE OUR RESPECTIVE GOVERNMENTS TO DO THE SAME
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In the studies of successful Resistance movements throughout history; found shared within their pages of history are multi-dimensional aspects which transcend a purely military definition.
There appears to be a widespread assumption or common misunderstanding that revolutions are won or lost on a geographical battlefield alone.

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Using this strategy produces the very real possibility of winning every battle and yet losing the war; as was the case in Viet Nam for the US.
Ho Ching Ming was criticized for agreeing to engage in the Paris Peace Talks and many called him a traitor for signing the agreements which left a South Vietnamese government in place.
The reunification of Viet Nam and his subsequent victory are nonetheless history. 
As the campaign for freedom over fascism in Donbas transitions from bullets and blood to ideas and ink; we should keep a perspective that embraces a larger strategic objective and be steadfast in the ultimate certainty of victory. 

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Latest from #OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 5 September 2014

Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 5 September 2014
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KYIV 6 September 2014
This report is for media and the general public.

In Kharkiv, the SMM monitored a demonstration of 100 protesters in support of the Ukrainian armed forces and citizens of Mariupol at the Shevchenko monument in the evening hours on 4 September. The SMM also monitored the end of another protest in front of the Consulate of the Russian Federation. Both protests were monitored by the police and were peaceful.

In Luhansk, the SMM visited the “Krasna Talivka” border checkpoint (72 km north-east of Luhansk) where the border guards confirmed that 20 shells hit the area and showed the SMM two shell craters containing missile fragments. The SMM also visited the border crossing points at “Melovoe-Chertkovo” (140 km northeast of Luhansk), “Prosyanoye” (142 km north of Luhansk) and “Novabyeloya” (184 km north of Luhansk) where the situation was calm and the border guards stated that the situation remained unchanged and no Russian military movement was observed.

In Donetsk, while on patrol on the outskirts of Donetsk, in the “Oktyabrskiy” area, the SMM heard intense shelling targeting the airport and originating from both the east and the west. The SMM witnessed damage to several buildings, which were reported to have occurred on 4 September and include direct hits on the cultural house, five apartment buildings and a residential house with a total of two deaths being reported. Furthermore two “Grad” missiles landed within the Hospital complex causing three light casualties and some material damage. The Hospital continues to function.

The situation in Mariupol remained tense (see Spot Report of 5 September).

In Dnipropetrovsk, the SMM monitored a ‘Peace Rally’ in Berdyansk (280 km south-east of Dnipropetrovsk) in support of a peaceful solution to the crisis. The protest was attended by 400 to 500 people and was monitored by the police. Several speakers were women who called the NGO “Mothers of Russia” to join hands. The protest was peaceful when the SMM left the scene. 

In Odessa, the regional administration building was cordoned off and guarded by police for several hours due to a bomb threat. The location was cleared in a few hours. At 14:00 hrs, the SMM monitored a protest in front of the building with some 40 protestors holding red flags with hammer and sickle. Police arrived at around 15:00 hrs and the protest ended peacefully. 

In Chernivtsi, the SMM visited Miliyevo village (80 km south-west of Chernivtsi) where a tense gathering of 90 local residents and four priests took place in front of the church. The village is divided between supporting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate or the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate. The Head of the village council informed the SMM that the split is being discussed as a result of the “Anti-Terrorist Operation” and with the support of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate. The SMM visited the church in Kybaky village (60 km south-west of Chernivtsi) and was informed that the church is changing its support from Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate to Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate.

In Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv the situation was calm. 

In Kyiv the SMM monitored a protest with fifty women participants in front of the government administration building, demanding the withdrawal of Kyiv volunteer battalions from the area of the “Anti-Terrorist Operation”. At 13:00 hrs the protestors blocked the traffic on Khrushevskogo street and shortly afterwards dispersed. The police was not present.

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Spot report by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), 5 September 2014: The Situation in Mariupol

Spot report by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), 5 September 2014: The Situation in Mariupol

MARIUPOL, UKRAINE 5 September 2014
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This report is for media and the general public.

On 5 September, the SMM monitored the Vostochny District of Mariupol city and the “Vostochny” checkpoint on the eastern outskirts of Mariupol.

In the Vostochny District, the inhabitants stated to the SMM that they had spent the night in basements and underground garages and that they lacked food, blankets and a water supply. The location of a newly-established Ukrainian army checkpoint has raised serious concerns as it is located 500 metres from high-rise residential buildings and 300 metres from a large gas distribution hub. Furthermore, residents raised concerns over the presence of snipers from the Ukrainian army on the roofs of their buildings. The SMM did not observe bomb shelters or bunkers in Vostochny District.

The SMM visited the “Vostochny” checkpoint and met local residents who stated that, at about 06:00hrs ten Ukrainian pieces of artillery located 500 metres north of the checkpoint opened fire towards the village of Shyrokyne before leaving the area. The irregular armed groups reportedly fired back at both “Vostochny” checkpoint and another checkpoint located to the north on the old road to Novoazovsk. 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.

The Ukrainian military representatives at the “Vostochny” checkpoint stated to the SMM that there were many casualties in Shyrokyne village and some 30-40 rounds of artillery fired at the “Vostochny” checkpoint from different directions and hidden firing points. They complained about the lack of support from some segments of the local population.

The SMM also spoke to representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) near the “Vostochny” checkpoint who expressed concerns over the humanitarian aid planned to be delivered to 16 internally displaced person (IDP) centres in Mariupol city. In particular there were concerns that the aid might be confiscated by irregular armed forces should the city surrender.

On 4 September, the Monitoring Team was informed by a local source that from 3 September, the Ukrainian border guards started to work at “Novoazovsk” border crossing point with the Russian Federation. He stated that the situation is calm but there are a number of checkpoints of the so-called “Donetsk Peoples’ Republic” (“DNR”) before the border at which vehicles are stopped and all Ukrainian symbols such as flags are collected.

At 16:00hrs today, the SMM visited the “Vostochny” checkpoint and was stopped 300 metres before the checkpoint where all the traffic was blocked. The SMM observed large clouds of smoke, a big concentration of Ukrainian troops, four pieces of 122mm guns, six trucks with soldiers in the staging area behind the checkpoint on the main road to Novoazovsk. The SMM also observed five APCs entering the city. The SMM did not observe any artillery pieces in the area of the residential buildings in the vicinity of the checkpoint.

The SMM proceeded to “Vinogradne” checkpoint where Ukrainian army representatives said that their checkpoint was not shelled and they did not observe any people fleeing from the villages east of Vinogradne. Since 16:00hrs the SMM has heard shelling by “Grad” system from the direction of irregular armed forces positions.

On 5 September, the SMM heard artillery discharge presumably from the western side of the city throughout the day. According to local residents, it was Ukrainian “Grad” systems located in the area of Stary Krym (the western suburbs of Mariupol) firing towards the village of Shyrokyne.

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#OSCE (Organization Security Cooperation Europe) report covering time period as the latest “Russian invasion”  does not confirm nor support the latest hysterical accusations from POTUS/NATO.

The OSCE (Organization Security Cooperation Europe) report covering  time period as the latest “Russian invasion”  does not confirm nor support the latest hysterical  accusations from POTUS/NATO. (currently trying to convince members of the necessity for an additional 2% of GDP for NATOs’ annual budget.) 

September 3, 2014-in Newport Wales

   “Russian combat forces with Russian weapons in Russian tanks have been deployed in Eastern Ukraine.”

OSCE REPORT FROM OBSERVERS

    “Throughout the week, the Observer Teams noticed a net increase of young people (both men and women) wearing military-style dress crossing the border in both directions but did not observe any weapons among these groups.

Transcript of the  OSCE Special Monitoring Mission’s report covered the period from August 20 to September 3, 2014.

    The observers said they had regular interactions with supporters of the self-proclaimed republics. Some discussed openly with the OSCE while others expressed their total mistrust toward the OSCE. At both Border Crossing Points, some supporters of the self-proclaimed republics explained that they are not allowed to cross the border with weapons.
    The observers registered a decrease in helicopter sightings compared to last week but they were still observed at border crossing points flying at low altitude along the border.
    In either case, in as far as could be seen, the aircraft did not violate the Ukrainian airspace.

The OSCE Observer Mission is deployed at the Russian Checkpoints of Gukovo and Donetsk for monitoring  at the request of the Russian Federation.  The decision was taken in a consensus agreement by all 57 OSCE participating states.

The profile of the people crossing the border remains unchanged and can be categorized as follows:
      
Families on foot or by car with luggage
Elderly people with few bags
Adults  with no luggage or empty cars
People wearing military-style clothes with or without backpacks

While the number of entries/exits has remained stable at an average of 6,523 per day for both Border Crossing Points, the OM has observed a clear reversal in the flow of people crossing the border.
Since August 26, the majority of border crossers have been going back into Ukraine with an average net flow of minus 429 per day for both Border Crossing Points in the last week and since that day 3,857 people have returned to Ukraine through both Border Crossing Points.
The statistics also show that the Donetsk Border Crossing Point consistently experiences more traffic than the Gukovo Border Crossing Point.
The cross-border movements registered at both Border Crossing Points account for 43 percent of all the Rostov Region’s entries/exits.
The OM continued to observe a general trend of very low cross-border traffic during the night hours. At sunrise the number of travellers slowly increases until late morning.
Then, the traffic flow decreases but rises towards the late afternoon and evening. The majority of the vehicles crossing the border have number plates issued in the Luhansk region.

Common observations at the Border Crossing Points

In general, the situation at both Border Crossing Points is calm.
People crossing the border talk to the Observer Teams (OTs) regularly and continue to describe the situation in the Luhansk region as dire.
The OTs continued to receive numerous accounts of severe destruction caused by artillery fire which resulted in the interruption of water, gas and electricity supplies, the latter apparently unavailable for more than five weeks in some areas including Luhansk city itself.
Throughout the week, the OTs noticed a net increase of young people (both men and women) wearing military-style dress crossing the border in both directions but did not observe any weapons among these groups.
OTs had regular interactions with supporters of the self-proclaimed republics.
Some discussed openly with the OSCE while others expressed their total mistrust toward the OSCE.
At both Border Crossing Points, some supporters of the self-proclaimed republics explained that they are not allowed to cross the border with weapons. However, on the other side, there are organized places where they receive weapons, ammunition and equipment and are dispatched to their assigned areas on the Ukrainian side.
Upon return, they hand over weapons, ammunition and other military equipment and cross back into the Russian Federation. In the case of Gukovo, there is even a firing range to calibre the newly-received weapons before continuing to the front lines.
As described in previous reports, on a daily basis OTs hear such range-like shootings on Ukrainian territory at a short distance from the Gukovo Border Crossing Point.
The OTs observed more people wearing black t-shirts with the inscription “Novorossiya” (“new Russia”) or “Luhansk People’s Republic” with corresponding flags.
In some instances, this flag was also observed on several civilian vehicles’ windshields and license plates.
Civilian people stopping to discuss with OTs often ask the OSCE to stop the conflict and to record and report their testimonies so that everybody can be aware of the situation.

Military movement

Throughout the week, day and night, the OTs heard the sound of propeller aircrafts in the vicinity of the Border Crossing Points.
During daylight and when the weather conditions were favourable, the OTs observed the same small grey aircrafts identified as UAVs.
The same flight patterns were observed at both Border Crossing Points. The UAVs were following a flight path assessed to be at the edge of the Ukrainian border on very regular schedules with intervals varying from 18 to 25 minutes. In several instances, up to two UAVs were observed in the same area at the same time.
There was a decrease in helicopter sightings compared to last week but they were still observed at both Border Crossing Points flying at low altitude along the border.
In either case, in as far as could be seen, the aircrafts did not violate the Ukrainian airspace in the vicinity of the Border Crossing Points.

Observation at the Gukovo Border Crossing Point

The traffic flow at Gukovo BCP has remained steady compared to last week, with a slight decrease in the past two days.
A daily average of 2,940 entries and exits was recorded, which accounted for 19 percent of all entries/exits into the Rostov Region.
The average number of people entering the Russian Federation has diminished consistently during the reporting period and the net flow has been negative since 26 August with a daily average of minus 262.
This statistic clearly reflects a return movement into Ukraine. In the past week, close to 2,000 people have returned to Ukraine through the Gukovo Border Crossing Point each day.
Throughout the week, the OTs continued to hear gunfire on the Ukrainian side very close to the Border Crossing Point.
As described earlier, these fire incidents were assessed as not combat-related, reportedly originating from a nearby improvised ‘shooting range’ under the control of supporters of the self-proclaimed republics.

Reports of people at the Gukovo Border Crossing Point

OTs received reports from people of Sverdlovsk (17 km west of Gukovo Border Crossing Point) about the town’s situation.
They reported that the town had not experienced direct fights but five houses were destroyed.
Although public transport and the only hospital were functioning, for the past two-and-a-half months, there was no water.
According to them, pensions and social benefits were not paid and people could not access money.
Prices for common goods had increased considerably and therefore people were going to the Russian Federation every three to four days to buy first necessity products and to obtain cash at ATMs or banks.
People reported that the school year was planned to start on 1 September but they did not want their children to follow Ukrainian curricula.

Observation at the Donetsk Border Crossing Point

During the reporting period, the activity at the Donetsk Border Crossing Point has slightly increased compared to last week.
The total number of border crossings at Donetsk Border Crossing Point consistently exceeds those of Gukovo Border Crossing Point.
A daily average of 3,627 entries and exits was recorded, which accounted for 24 percent of all entries/exits into the Rostov Region.
The average number of people entering the Russian Federation has diminished consistently during the reporting period and the net flow has been negative since 29 August with a daily average of minus 410.
As for the Gukovo Border Crossing Point, this statistic clearly reflects a return movement into Ukraine.
In the past week close to 1,900 people have returned to Ukraine through the Donetsk Border Crossing Point each day.
Throughout the week, shootings, blasts and artillery detonations were heard at various times of the day and night, and from different distances and directions around the Donetsk Border Crossing Point.
Artillery detonations were especially intense during the weekend in the direction north of Krasnodon.
Throughout the night of 30 to 31 August, dozens of very loud artillery detonations were heard and felt by an OT. The detonations were close by in a westerly/ north-westerly direction.
In the past weeks, artillery detonations and shootings had been heard only from western and northern directions; but throughout the week for the first time OTs reported light and heavy calibre shootings from the east and south-east areas which are also bordering Ukraine.
Throughout the week, OTs observed a net increase in activity of young people dressed in military style crossing back and forth at the Border Crossing Point.
OTs also observed some of these people visibly wounded crossing back into the Russian Federation with white bandages and/or crutches.
OTs also observed transfers of more seriously-wounded persons by ambulances.
Some people dressed in military style were accompanying the wounded and were particularly well-equipped including holsters but without weapons.
In one instance, an OT observed eight young men dressed in military style carrying two heavy stretchers loaded with boxes.
The stretchers were visibly heavy (more than a hundred kilograms) because the groups were stopping every 30 to 50 metres to recover.
The OT observed Border Crossing Point officials checking the boxes with metal detectors. The OT asked Border Crossing Point officials about the content of the boxes and was told that it was food products.

Reports of people at the Donetsk Border Crossing Point

OTs received reports from people of Molodohvardeysk, Novosvetlovska (15 km south-east of Luhansk) and other places around Luhansk city. They all indicated heavy fighting and considerable damage to infrastructure and asked the OSCE to stop the fighting.

Russian humanitarian convoy

The OM does not have any confirmation that a second humanitarian convoy will go through the Donetsk Border Crossing Point.
During the past week, representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited the Donetsk Border Crossing Point and met with Russian and Ukrainian border guards and customs officers.
To this day, Ukrainian border guards and customs officers are still staying next to the Donetsk Border Crossing Point.
In addition, personnel of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry came to the Border Crossing Point to consult with the Russian Border Crossing Point authorities.
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At his fundraising speech in Estonia
(3, Sept.)  reading from his teleprompter, Obama had this to say:

    “And yet as we gather here today, we know that this vision of a Europe that is whole and free and at peace is threatened by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.”

His sermon went on to include:

“It is a brazen assault on the territorial integrity of Ukraine, a sovereign and independent European nation this is what’s at stake in Ukraine. This is why we stand with the people of Ukraine today.”

The “people of Ukraine ” fails to include however the six and a half million people of the south eastern portion of the country which are considered “terrorists” and “sub-human”.

The attendees shuffled nervously waiting for the collection plate to be sent around and praying that their overtaxed citizens back home would understand why austerity does not include Lockheed Martin or Raytheon.
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NATO released  images purportedly from a satellite Thursday, 28 August 2014. Analytics of which to my knowledge have as yet to be released by Russian authorities. Previous satellite photos released by Ukraine’s SBU concerning #MH17 were proven to be fraudulent and can be viewed at the RU Ministry of Defence.
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Statements and accusations based on these latest images include the following- 
    “show Russian combat forces engaged in military operations inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine. The images, captured in late August, depict Russian self-propelled artillery units moving in a convoy through the Ukrainian countryside and then preparing for action by establishing firing positions in the area of Krasnodon, Ukraine. …. “Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine,” said Brigadier General Tak. “The satellite images released today provide additional evidence that Russian combat soldiers, equipped with sophisticated heavy weaponry, are operating inside Ukraine’s sovereign territory,” (NATO, Allied Command Operations,28 August 2014)

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Report from Donbass War Theater. Kiev Switches To “Strategic Defense” by Colonel Cassad LiveJournal

Report from Donbass War Theater. Kiev Switches To “Strategic Defense”
by Colonel Cassad LiveJournal (Russian) POSTED

The events of recent days clearly indicate that the Kiev Junta is switching to strategic defense tactic in the Donbass.
1. The positions around Mariupol, Artemovsk, Constantinovka, and Lisichansk are being fortified.

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This is no longer about using these cities as bases for an offensive, we are talking about trying to hold them in defensive battles. The Militia should accomplish putting an end to the shelling of Donetsk in about a week. The Junta will try to keep shelling for political reasons; as the cessation of terror attacks on Donetsk would be a clear symptom of a complete disaster, even for the most brainwashed “European Ukrainians”
2. Leaving more than 20 settlements in Lugansk People’s Republic(“LPR”) with open flanks shows that attempts encircle the city are over. Junta forces that can be saved, will be pulled out of the boiler to the south-west of Luhansk, then the front will slowly move away to the north of Lugansk, because in its current configuration, Junta is risking enveloping strikes by Novorossiya Armed Forces (“NAF”) mechanized units. A huge column of armored vehicles in Krasnodon demonstrates the potential power of such attacks, against which the Junta simply has nothing.

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3. The Junta is moving troops from Perekop to Mariupol and Odessa. We can now say goodbye to the plans of military provocations by Armyansk and Chongar. The huge losses of the “Crimea” punitive battalion by Ilovaysk have also seriously weakened the potential future reconnaissance and sabotage capacities in Crimea proper. The Junta initially made a fundamental error when it began massing a part of its forces by Perekop. They were not sufficient to capture Crimea, or to fend off a Russian invasion from the Crimea, and it is quite possible that several battalions with reinforcements were exactly what the Junta lacked in the decisive battles for Shahtersk and Krasnyi Luch. In the end, they still had to be redeployed to the Donbass, but only after they could no longer change anything, strategically. The Crimea itself has now been completely taken out of the equation; the Junta now has too much to deal with elsewhere, so the ambitious plans of military and political pressure on the Crimea are apparently dead for now.
4. A similar pattern of events has occurred in the area near Transnistria. The forces that the Junta had concentrated there have now been redeployed to Donbass to close holes in the front lines. The plan of combined pressure against Transnistria, together with the United States and Moldova, turned out to be stillborn. Now there are no chances for a successful offensive there, so nothing serious will be deployed against Transnistria.
5. The Junta’s fourth wave of mobilization is supposed to somehow make up for their losses, but its “success” will be similar to the third wave. The fact that the fresh cannon fodder are being equipped with obsolete BTR-60/70 APCs (Armoured Personnel Carriers) and machine guns from the 1930s clearly indicates that those unfit for service will also be armed with obsolete weapons, so ground down professional army brigades will be replaced with the new “Ukrainian Volkssturm” – pointless and depressing, and even the punitive battalions will appear capable in comparison to these new forces.
6. The Junta persists in the separation of army units from punitive forces. Punitive units are now even given tanks and IFVs, thus repeating the failed experiment of the Nazis, separating individual units of the SS from the rest of the armed forces, with their own hierarchy, equipment and command. The main problem in these units is lack of competent commanders, which systematically results in high losses of personnel and vehicles.
7. Thus, the autumn starts with the Junta in transition from offence to defense, and there are clearly not enough resources to hold the entire line; even after the front is straightened out. It should be understood that even if the Junta could stretch a solid front line from Donetsk to Berdyansk, there would be nothing available to close a gap in the event of another breakthrough. In general, the size of the theater of operations clearly exceeds the abilities of the warring parties. The Junta is facing the same problem faced by the NAF in June, when it was trying to hold large areas without sufficient forces to do so, which led to breaks in the front. Now the Junta is in the same situation, thus emphasizing that operational initiative is the key to victory, in the event one lacks sufficient forces to control large swathes of territory. The side which has the operational initiative can choose the direction of attack, concentrate forces there, achieve local superiority, and convert these efforts to captured towns and cities; and burning enemy vehicles with charred corpses lying along the roads.
8. As the Junta cannot seize the initiative back yet (the concentration of 1-2 brigades by Zaporozhye, to be used for counter-attack, requires a few more days), it began a retreat, during which it tried to free up additional forces for the southern front and transition to a stubborn defense of advantageous positions. It is now key for the NAF to keep the operational initiative, as it more than offsets the advantages of the enemy in manpower and vehicles. In this respect, while carrying out offensives in several directions, it is important not to overdo it and not to expose the flanks to cleaving strikes of Junta’s mechanized forces (the NAF still had trouble parrying these strikes as late as August).
Overall, as of September 3rd, we can confidently say that the fascist Junta has switched to strategic defense in the Donbass.
Translator: Daniil Mihailovich
Editor: S. Naylor
Original Source: Colonel Cassad LiveJournal (Russian)

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Did Putin Just Bring Peace to Ukraine?

Did Putin Just Bring Peace to Ukraine?

Today in 12:42 POSTED

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– Russian President Vladimir Putin

“What did we do to deserve this? What did we do to deserve being bombed from planes, shot at from tanks, and have phosphorous bombs dropped on us? ….
That we wanted to live the way we want, and speak our own language, and make friends with whom we want?

” – Alexander V. Zakharchenko, Chairman of The Council of Ministers of The Donetsk National Republic, The Vineyard of the Saker There is no way to overstate the significance of what has transpired in Ukraine in the last three weeks. What began as a murderous onslaught on the mainly Russian-speaking population of east Ukraine, has turned into a major triumph against a belligerent and expansionistic empire that has been repulsed by a scrappy, battle-hardened militia engaged in a conventional, land-based war.
The conflict in east Ukraine is Obama’s war; launched by Obama’s junta government, executed by Obama’s proxy army, and directed by Obama’s advisors in Kiev. The driving force behind the war is Washington’s ambitious pivot to Asia, a strategy that pits Russia against Europe to prevent further economic integration and to establish NATO forward-operating bases on Russia’s western border. Despite the overheated rhetoric, the talk of a (NATO) “Rapid Reaction Force”, and additional economic sanctions; the US plan to draw Ukraine into the western sphere of influence and weaken Russia in the process, is in tatters.
And the reason it is in tatters is because a highly-motivated and adaptable militia has trounced Obama’s troopers at every turn pushing the Ukrainian army to the brink of collapse. Check out this frontline update from The Saker: “The (Ukrainian Army) is not retreating on one, two or even three directions, it is retreating everywhere (except north of Lugansk). Entire battalions are leaving the front under orders of their battalion commanders and without the approval of the Junta leaders. At least one such battalion commander is already being judged for desertion. The entire Ukie leadership seems to be in a panic mode, especially Iatseniuk and Kolomoiski, while the Nazis are mad as hell at the Poroshenko administration. There are constant rumors of an anti-Poroshenko coup by outraged Nazi nationalists….. The bottom line is this: Poroshenko promised a victory in a matter of weeks and his forces suffered one of the most total defeats in the history of warfare. ….the most likely thing is that this ridiculous “Banderastan” experiment has seriously begun sinking now and that many rats are leaving the ship. “The War in Ukraine“, Vineyard of the Saker The fact that the demoralized Ukrainian army has been defeated by the superior fighting force is of little importance in the big scheme of things, however, the fact that Washington’s global resource war– which began on 9-11 and has reduced numerous sovereign countries into anarchic, failed states– has been stopped in its tracks, is significant. The so called War on Terror–which was recently rebranded under the ISIS moniker–has wreaked holy havoc and death on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now Syria.
By routing the Ukrainian army the Novorussian Armed Forces (NAF) has put the kibosh on Obama’s Great Game strategy in Eurasia and torpedoed Washington’s plan to rule the world by force of arms. It could be that the battles of Lugansk and Donetsk are eventually regarded as the turning point, where the lumbering and over-extended empire finally met its match and began its precipitous decline. In any event, there’s no doubt that Friday’s ceasefire agreement is a serious blow to US hegemony. THE PROBLEM IS NATO “The defining factor in relations with NATO remains the unacceptability for Russia of plans to move the military infrastructure of the alliance towards our borders, including via enlargement of the bloc,” said Mikhail Popov, deputy head of Putin’s Security Council.
The issue has always been NATO expansion, not the ridiculous claim that Putin wants to rebuild the Russian Empire. The only one interested in in stitching together a global Caliphate is Barack Hussein Obama and his nutcase neocon advisors. Putin is not interested in an empire. Putin just wants to make money like everyone else. He wants to sell gas to Europe, raise living standards and rebuild the country. What’s wrong with that? Putin’s not a troublemaker. He’s not sticking a freaking first-strike nuclear missile system in Havana just 60 miles from Miami. But that’s what Obama wants to do. Obama want to establish NATO bases on Russia’s doorstep and deploy his fake-named “missile defense system” a couple hundred miles from Moscow. Putin can’t allow that. No one in their right mind would allow that. It’s a direct threat to national security. Here’s how Putin summed it up in a recent press conference: “Russia is an independent and active participant of international relations. Just like any nation it has national interests that must be taken into consideration and respected…..We stand against having a military organization meddling in our backyard, next to our homeland or in the territories that are historically ours. I just cannot imagine visiting NATO sailors in Sevastopol,” he stressed. “Most of them are fine lads, but I’d rather they visit us in Sevastopol than the other way around.” (Vladimir Putin) Washington’s harebrained gambit was doomed from the get go. Who made the decision to topple Yanuchovych, install a US-puppet in Kiev, fill-out the security services with neo Nazis, and wage a bloody ethnic cleansing purge on the Russian-speaking people in the east? Who was it? Isn’t there any accountability among the Obama team or is it all a matter of “failing upwards” like the Bush crowd? Here’s Putin again: “Our western partners created the ‘Kosovo precedent’ with their own hands. In a situation absolutely the same as the one in Crimea they recognized Kosovo’s secession from Serbia legitimate while arguing that no permission from a country’s central authority for a unilateral declaration of independence is necessary….
And the UN International Court of Justice agreed with those arguments. That’s what they said; that’s what they trumpeted all over the world and coerced everyone to accept – and now they are complaining about Crimea. Why is that?” Doesn’t Putin have a point? Isn’t this what we’ve seen over and over again, that there’s one standard for the US and another for everyone else? Of course it is. But Putin’s not going to stand for it. In fact, just this week, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expanded on Putin’s comments in an interview that never appeared in the western media. Here’s what he said: “The current stage of international relations is marked by a transition to a fundamentally new world order – a polycentric model based on due regard for the appearance of new economic and financial centres. And political weight comes with economic and financial influence. Transition to a polycentric world order reflects an objective trend according to which the world order should be based on the world’s cultural and civilisational diversity.
This is objective reality, which no one can deny. … After a long period of dominance in global economy and politics, these countries are trying to keep their positions by artificial means. They know that their economic positions are not as strong as they were after WWII, when America accounted for over half of global GDP, but they are trying to use all available military and political instruments, social media, regime-change technology and other instruments to keep back the objective process of the development of a democratic world order based on the equality of all sides. Not everyone has realized yet that it is impossible to move contrary to an objective historical process. We strongly hope that this will happen, because otherwise more illegal unilateral sanctions will be approved against Russia, to which we will respond accordingly, as we have already tried to do. But this, I repeat, is not our choice; we don’t want confrontation.” (Press Conference: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov) “A new world order based on a polycentric model”? What a great idea.
You mean, a world in which other sovereign nations get a say-so in the way the world is run? You mean, a world in which the economic, political, and military decision-making does not emerge from one center of power that is dominated by privately-owned banks, transnational corporations and voracious western elites? You mean, a world in which international law can be applied evenly so that one country cannot unilaterally create off-shore gulags, or incite color coded revolutions, or carry out extra-legal abductions and killings, or order drone attacks on wedding parties or conduct any of the other heinous violations of human rights which imperial Washington engages in without batting an eye? The NAF’s victory in east Ukraine brings us all one step closer to actualizing the multi-polar world of which Lavrov and Putin speak so glowingly.
In fact, just hours ago Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko capitulated and signed a ceasefire agreement with the leaders of the anti-fascist militia, Igor Plotnitsky and Aleksandr Zakharchenko. (Remember: “We never negotiate with terrorists”?) Ukraine’s National Security Council (SNBO) has reported that its troops have halted all military actions. The government’s public statement reads as follows: “According to the decision of the President of Ukraine and the order of the chief of the General staff of the military units of Ukraine, troops in the area of anti-terrorist operations ceased fire at 15.00 GMT.” Peace at last? It sure looks like it. So while Obama is busy trying to ramp up the violence by rallying NATO to expand the wars around the world, international peacekeepers will begin the thorny task of implementing a seven-point peace plan put forward by none-other-than Vladimir Putin. The difference between the peacemakers and the warmongers has rarely been as stark as it is today.

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AUGUST- A NEW BATTALION FORMED

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new battalion formed- “August” !!!

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The other day, the men created a volunteer battalion were certified professional military army Novorossia. Division, which included experienced soldiers as well-known self-defense groups, as “Ghost” and recruits without experience, given the name “August”.

“This name was chosen not only because the battalion begins his biography in the last month of summer, but also in honor of the Holy Mother of God of the August – told me the battalion commander Alexander Kostin with the call “Dad.”
– “We are fighting guys from different places.”
Everywhere – from the territory of the former Ukraine. Interestingly, they came not only from the Donbas, but also from Odessa, Kharkiv and other cities of the country and even from Kiev. “

Militiaman said that the younger members of the battalion had just turned 18 years old, and the oldest – 65 “Among us are veterans of the Afghan war, and the guys who served in hot spots and having a huge combat experience – continues,” Dad. ” – One of our heroes had to take after being injured arm above the elbow. But he is still so spoiling for a fight, that I could not refuse him. “

He tells about the heroism of the young volunteer: just finished school boy named Sergei with three dozen friends and one grenade launcher stopped a convoy of tanks and armored personnel carriers.

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Russia launches third improved ‘Kilo’ submarine, commissions first

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Admiralty Shipyard launched the third of six Project 636.3 improved ‘Kilo’-class (or Varshavyanka-class) diesel-electric submarines for the Russian Navy at its yard in Saint Petersburg on 28 August.

Stary Oskol ‘s launch ceremony follows the commissioning of the first boat in the series, Novorossiysk , at Admiralty Shipyard the previous week on 22 August.

The six 3,125-tonne submarines form part of the Russian Ministry of Defence’s long-term plans to recapitalise the Black Sea Fleet, which currently fields just one submarine – the Soviet-era Project 877V experimental Paltus/’Kilo’-class SSK Alrosa (B 871). Under current planning the new boats are expected to be completed by 2016, according to local media reports.

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