RUSSIA/UKRAINE

Sep 09 14:04

Ukraine Crisis - The situation of journalists in Ukraine

Journalists talk about their experience of reporting from the battlegrounds in Eastern Ukraine.

Sep 09 13:54

Hagel ‘not aware’ of secret deal to supply Kiev with lethal weapons

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he was not aware of a secret deal to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons. His words contradict earlier statements by an aide to President Petro Poroshenko that the US is backing Kiev’s military with arms.

Sep 09 13:54

Troops Slaughter Refugees Escaping Ukraine

This video, from Russian TV reporter Graham Phillips, was filmed on 2 September. It shows the burnt-out hulk of the corpse-encrusted truck. Many of the corpses are so badly incinerated that they’re barely even recognizable as being such; however, parts of human bodies are shown in the immediate surrounds; so, apparently, the truck was blown up and then went into flames, which is why the clearest-looking body-parts are in the vehicle’s immediate surrounds, instead of in the truck itself.

Sep 09 13:50

Italy’s Berlusconi accuses Western leaders of irresponsible policy towards Russia

Italy’s former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition party Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday accused NATO and Western leaders of irresponsible attitudes towards Russia.

Sep 09 13:48

'Target started falling apart' MH17 radio transcript released

The report on MH17 Boeing 777 crash provides a transcript of communications between the pilots and ground control minutes before the crash.

Sep 09 13:32

A Powerful NATO Flotilla Has Entered the Black Sea to Reassure Ukraine

Yesterday, the U.S. Navy began training with their Ukrainian counterparts in the Black Sea. The naval war game Sea Breeze kicks off as rebels continue to clash with Kiev’s troops in the country’s east—this despite a formal ceasefire that began on Sept. 5.

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ross is the lead vessel for this year’s Sea Breeze. The Navy has been running the event in the Black Sea annually for 13 years, according to an official fact sheet.

Canada, Georgia, Romania, Spain and Turkey are also taking part in the training. Thirteen warships are playing in the war game.

Sep 09 13:31

The IMF’s New Cold War Loan to Ukraine

In April 2014, fresh from riots in Maidan Square and the February 22 coup, and less than a month before the May 2 massacre in Odessa, the IMF approved a $17 billion loan program to Ukraine’s junta. Normal IMF practice is to lend only up to twice a country’s quote in one year. This was eight times as high.

Sep 09 08:27

Russia's Response To European Capital Sanctions In One Word

While the West continues to press the "Russia is increasingly isolated" meme, it appears - as we noted ironically previously, that Vladimir Putin is finding plenty of friends... most notably China. While threats of 'asymmetric' retaliation over European sanctions may have been enough to worry Europe's leaders, the slew of news overnight regarding increased cooperation between China and Russia is likely more damaging to Western strategy (and egos).

Sep 09 08:27

Finland reluctant to impose new Russia sanctions

Finland’s Prime Minister has said he wants the EU to wait before imposing new economic sanctions on Russia that will target state-owned energy companies.

"Finland in general isn't of the opinion that now is the right time [for the sanctions]," Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told reporters Monday night in Helsinki after the EU adopted new sanctions against Russia, which could come into force in the next couple days, depending on ceasefire progress in Ukraine.

Finland reportedly objected to more sanctions against Russia, asking for the ability to suspend the new economic restrictions if the ceasefire in Ukraine is kept in good faith.

Sep 09 07:57

Russian Missile Warning System Tracks Ballistic Missile Launch Towards Israel: Ministry

Russia’s early warning missile system tracked on Tuesday the launch of a ballistic missile from the Mediterranean Sea toward Israel, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said.

“The radar fixed the launch of a ballistic target in the Mediterranean Sea at 12:31 Moscow time [08:31 GMT],” Konashenkov said.

The trajectory of the missile originated from the central region of the Mediterranean Sea and headed toward the eastern shores. The suspected target was suspected of landing some 300 kilometers to the north of Tel Aviv.

Sep 09 07:09

Anti-Maidan activists blast Yabloko party over US-funded protests

Representatives of the recently-founded anti-Maidan council claim that the veteran pro-democracy party has received millions from the US and plans to overthrow the Russian government with the help of Ukrainian and Georgian spin doctors.

The head of the Anti-Fascist anti-Maidan council, Evgeny Shabayev has told the popular mass circulation daily Izvestia that his group possessed information about Ukrainian and Georgian citizens who played major roles in preparations to the violent events leading to displacement of governments and dissolution of parliaments in these countries – the so-called ‘color revolutions’. Now these people arrive in Russia and start talks with representatives of the pro-democracy opposition party Yabloko and other opposition groups in order to prepare and launch a similar regime change in Russia, the activist claimed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since the end of World War 2, the US Government has tried to covertly overthrow the governments of more than fifty other nations, succeeding about half of the time. Known successes are Iran in 1953 and Chile in 1973. Known failures include Iran in 2009 and arguably Libya and Ukraine today.

Sep 09 07:02

The War in East Ukraine: US-NATO’s Paranoid Falsification of Reality

Paranoia: The projection, onto another person or group, of an individual’s own repressed aggressive or criminal impulses. The target of the projection is then falsely accused of being the aggressor.

More than twenty emergency United Nations Security Council meetings have been called since January, 2014, the majority of them currently demonizing Russian President Putin for destabilizing Eastern Ukraine. With the exception of China, the stark failure to acknowledge and confront the authors of the current tragic bloodshed and slaughter in Ukraine reveals paranoid ideation by US/NATO members of the Security Council, who either willfully ignore or deliberately eschew their own responsibility for the current ongoing carnage.

Sep 09 06:53

MH17 Was Struck By Multiple “High-Energy Objects From Outside The Aircraft”, Crash Report Reveals

Over a month after the crash of flight MH 17 over east Ukraine, and with the confiscated Air Traffic Control voice recording still kept confidential by a western-led task force for reasons unknown, overnight the Dutch Safety Board released its preliminary report on the causes of the crash. As the AP reported, it agency “stopped short of saying the Boeing 777 was shot down by a missile, but its findings appear to point to that conclusion. It also did not say who might have been responsible.” Actually, what the Dutch report did say is the following: MH17 was struck by multiple “high-energy objects from outside the aircraft,” causing it to break up over eastern Ukraine, a preliminary report into the deadly aviation disaster concluded Tuesday.

Sep 08 22:40

EU adopts new sanctions against Russia to come into force in 'next few days'

A new package of sanctions against Russia has been adopted by the EU. Previous reports said the "further restrictive measures" were aimed at targeting three major oil companies, as well as the defense sector.

Sep 08 22:37

Preliminary report on causes of MH17 disaster to be published in Netherlands

The Safety Board of the Netherlands is expected to publish a preliminary report of the causes of the MH17 flight crash in Eastern Ukraine.

Sep 08 14:54

Europe's Russian Sanctions In Jeopardy As "One Country" Holds Out

As 'rumors' of European sanctions against Russia's major oil energy firms are leaked strawman-like to the market and expected to be enacted as soon as tomorrow, it appears there is a 'glitch' in the union. The FT's Peter Spiegel reports that one country is holding out on EU sanctions and that is the reason for an emergency unscheduled meeting of EU diplomats this evening. While it is unclear which country it is, something tells us its name begins with an 'A' and ends in 'ustria'...

Sep 08 14:34

BOOGA BOOGA : Russian Strategic Bombers Near Canada Practice Cruise Missile Strikes on US

Two Russian strategic bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission last week that defense officials say appeared timed to the NATO summit in Wales.

Sep 08 14:26

Russian jets buzz Canadian frigate near Ukraine

Russian military aircraft are buzzing the Canadian frigate HMCS Toronto which is on a U.S.-Ukraine training exercise in the Black Sea – low-level flyovers that signal Russia is watching them as tensions remain high between Moscow and Kiev.

“While the Russian military aircraft that circled the HMCS Toronto did not in any way pose a threat to the Canadian ship, their actions were unnecessarily provocative and risk escalating tensions even further,” Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said.

Sep 08 14:21

MH17 disaster: Russians 'controlled BUK missile system'

Russians were operating a BUK missile launcher seen in the area where the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet MH17 was shot down, eyewitnesses have told Panorama.

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The eyewitness told the BBC that the crew struck him as Russian soldiers: "Well-disciplined, unlike the rebels, and not wearing the standard Ukrainian camouflage uniform sported by government and rebel troops alike."

"They had pure Russian accents. They say the letter 'g' differently to us," he said.

I guess they also had very loud voices.

Sep 08 14:05

President Poroshenko Puts Mariupol Defenses on High Alert

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday he had ordered troops in southeastern city of Mariupol to ensure proper defenses of Kiev’s key stronghold in southeastern Ukraine.

“As the Commander-in-Chief, I have issued all necessary orders to ensure the defense of Mariupol and to keep the troops in high combat readiness,” Poroshenko said in his Twitter blog.

The Ukrainian president visited Mariupol on Monday as the city remains besieged by pro-independence militia that advanced towards it last week before the current ceasefire agreement.

Sep 08 11:17

Russian airspace may be closed in response to Western sanctions

Russia has suggested that it may ban Western airlines from flying over its territory, in what it has called an “asymmetrical” response to new EU sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine.

Calling sanctions “stupid”, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev blamed the West for damaging the Russian economy and said Moscow aimed to reduce the nation’s reliance on imports – starting with increasing the output of domestic airliners.

Russia has been too patient amidst the worst confrontation with the West since the Cold War, and should have retaliated more strongly over attempts by the US and EU to punish Moscow for its role in Ukraine, Medvedev suggested.

Sep 08 11:00

Here Is Why Europe Just Launched The "Nuclear Option" Against Russia

Europe's leaders, we assume under pressure from Washington, appear to be making a big weather-related bet with their taxpayers' lives this winter. As they unleash funding sanctions on Russia's big energy producers, Europe has pumped a record volume of natural gas into underground inventories in an effort to 'outlast' Russia and mitigate any Napoleonic "Winter War" scenario. The plan appears to be to starve Russian energy firms of cashflow - as flows to Europe are already plunging - and remove their funding ability, potentially forcing severe hardship on Russia's key economic drivers. There appears to be 3 potential problems with this plan...

1) What if the weather is considerably colder than normal this winter?

Sep 08 10:42

Obama Commits US to War against Russia in Defense of Baltic States

In appearances in the Estonian capital of Tallinn and later in Wales, Obama announced a series of military moves against Russia by the United States and NATO as well as expanded economic sanctions and pledges to bolster the military forces of the former Soviet republics of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. He made clear in addition that Washington will push for all three countries to join the US-dominated NATO military alliance.

These statements represent an immense escalation of US and NATO military threats against Russia. Without any public discussion, and entirely over the heads of the American people, the Obama administration has committed the country to go to war with the second largest nuclear power in the world over three small countries in Eastern Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am looking at the NATO exercises in Ukraine, which started today; I am looking at the fragility of the Ukraine vs/ Eastern Ukraine cease-fire; and I am seeing President Obama's pledge to the people of Estonia for US and NATO protection against an as yet thoroughly unrealised threat from Russia.

The exercises end on 9/11 (can't get away from the symbolism here); and I am seeing all possible elements blending together for some huge false flag, somewhere in Eastern Europe, to be blamed on.... drumroll, please...Russia.

I have to wonder if the gentleman protests too much, and that the possible location of the next false flag will be on the Estonian/Russian border; please remember, three days ago, on Friday, there was an alleged "abduction" of an Estonian security officer on the Russian border. As reported in theguardian.com on 5 September:

An Estonian security officer has been abducted during an operation to stop an illegal crossing on the Russian border and taken at gunpoint across to Russia, Estonia's internal security service has said. Estonia's foreign minister, Urmas Paet, said Tallinn had contacted Moscow about Friday's incident on a border that in recent years has seen a number of incidents involving smuggling, illegal migration and weapons trafficking. "He was captured using force at gunpoint. He was fulfilling his duties preventing cross-border criminal activity," a security service statement said. The unidentified abductors, at the Luhamaa checkpoint, had jammed radio communication and used a smoke grenade.
Is THIS how Obama and NATO are going to push for an escalation, now it appears that the ceasefire between Ukraine and Eastern Ukraine just MIGHT be holding? And were the people who abducted this guy really Russians?!?

I am experiencing a "Wag the Dog" moment playing in my head right now, for real.

I hope to hell I am wrong. And I hope to hell that the Estonian government will be guarded by cool heads, moving very carefully on this issue.

Sep 08 09:59

Source: EU states fail to approve new sanctions against Russia

EU countries failed to approve new sanctions against Russia through an automatic written procedure as yet, which led to a necessity to summon an extraordinary meeting of ambassadors of the 28 European Union countries “to discuss the situation”.

A diplomatic source from a mission of one of the western European countries informed ITAR-TASS about it on Monday.

The European Commission and the Council of the EU stated earlier on Monday that the approval of sanctions would take place at 15:00 local time (13:00 UTC). To approve the sanctions through a written procedure at the session of the Council of the EU in Brussels, it is necessary that all the 28 states of the EU sign the new package.

Sep 08 09:13

Russia reopens criminal cases against Lithuanians who refused to serve in Soviet army

Russia has reopened 25-year-old cases that may lead to criminal charges against young people who refused to serve in the Soviet army in 1990-1991, shows a request for legal assistance received by the Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office.

Sep 08 08:31

Industry and Trade Minister: Russia Sees No Problem in Producing Own Mistral-Type Ships

Russia is capable of building its own Mistral helicopter carriers similar to the ones France is currently constructing, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Monday in an interview on Rossiya-24 television.

"If the task comes along to build analogous ships, then we’ll do that since this was [an international] cooperation: the components and maneuvering system were Russian," Manturov said.

The president of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Aleksei Rakhmanov, said earlier the company would suffer no serious damage if the Mistral contracts were broken.

Sep 08 08:17

Ukraine crisis: EU to adopt new Russia sanctions soon

The EU says new sanctions against Russia should be adopted shortly and take effect on Tuesday, despite a Kremlin warning of retaliation.

But an EU spokeswoman said the sanctions would be "reversible", depending on the situation in Ukraine.

Sep 08 07:58

Ukraine conflict death toll rises above 3,000, says UN

The number of people confirmed killed in the Ukraine conflict has risen above 3,000 if the victims of the MH17 plane crash are included, a senior UN human rights official said on Monday.

Sep 08 07:54

How Monsanto, the World Bank and the IMF are working to force GMOs into a destabilized Ukraine

Embattled Ukraine, which is currently under siege (practically) by a belligerent Russia, once upon a time used to be called the "Breadbasket of the Soviet Union," because most of the U.S.S.R.'s food came from there.

Even after the U.S.S.R. dissolved, Ukraine continued to be productive agriculturally, though its production of other goods and services, by 1999, had fallen to 40 percent of what the country was producing in 1991, when the breakup took place, according to the CIA World Factbook.

But now, while the Ukrainian government faces off against a powerful Russian army, the country's agricultural production is about to be ambushed as well, according to CounterPunch:

On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture.

Sep 08 07:39

Tough new EU sanctions target Russian oil giants over conflict in Ukraine, as Moscow threatens to close its airspace to foreign passenger jets

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to respond to any new sanctions, hinting that Western air companies would be barred from using Siberian airspace for flights between Europe and Asia.

If the Russian energy and financial industries are hit, then 'we will have to respond asymmetrically - for example, with restrictions in the transport sphere.'

If European airlines are forced to fly around Russian airspace - for example on routes to and from Asia on which they overfly Siberia - it could threaten their viability, he said.

'It may lead to bankruptcy of many airlines that are teetering on the brink of survival,' he said.

'We would just like our partners to realise that', he said.

Sep 08 07:09

The War in East Ukraine: US-NATO’s Paranoid Falsification of Reality

More than twenty emergency United Nations Security Council meetings have been called since January, 2014, the majority of them currently demonizing Russian President Putin for destabilizing Eastern Ukraine. With the exception of China, the stark failure to acknowledge and confront the authors of the current tragic bloodshed and slaughter in Ukraine reveals paranoid ideation by US/NATO members of the Security Council, who either willfully ignore or deliberately eschew their own responsibility for the current ongoing carnage.

Sep 07 18:34

Europe Goes "All In": Will Sanction Rosneft, Gazprom Neft And Transneft

This is what is known in game theory terms as a major defection round.

It also means that suddenly the stakes for Russia, and thus Europe, just got all too real, as Putin will now have no choice but to really ramp up the retaliatory escalation, which following the food ban can only mean one thing: a staggered reduction in gas flow to Europe.

It also means something else: recall that it was just ten days ago when we reported that Gazprom would begins accepting payment for oil in Ruble and Yuan.

Sep 07 14:27

Sidestepping Ukraine’s ‘N-Word’ for Nazi

On Thursday, the Times published a contentious article critical of Putin’s plan for resolving the Ukraine crisis while also noting that the peace talks faced obstacles from elements of both sides: “Moscow does not fully control the separatists; nor is it clear that Kiev can automatically rein in the armed militias it has unleashed alongside its military in the east.”

Filtered out of that sentence was the “N-word.” The reason that those “armed militias” might resist peace is because they consist of neo-Nazi ideologues who want a racially pure Ukraine. They are not reasonable people who favor living with ethnically diverse neighbors

Ukraine’s militias include openly neo-Nazi battalions such as the Azov brigade, which flies the “wolfangel” banner that was favored by the Nazi SS. Azov leaders espouse theories of racial supremacy deeming ethnic Russians to be “Untermenschen” or subhumans.

Sep 07 13:11

Kiev and separatists accuse each other of breaking Ukraine ceasefire as West lines up Russia sanctions

Pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military accused each other on Saturday of breaking a tenuous Kremlin-backed truce only hours after it came into force across the war-battered east.

Although the situation overall appeared to be calm, the rival claims underscore the fragility of the deal that aims to end five months of bloodshed but contains no framework for a political solution to an insurgency still threatening to tear apart Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember Obama's speech at NATO? While giving lip service to the cease fire, his remarks seemed to largely ignore it, as if it did not matter.

Sep 07 10:40

Deadly fighting resumes in eastern Ukraine as ceasefire undermined

Fresh clashes which erupted in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire agreement have turned deadly. A deal to end fighting between pro-Russia separatists and Ukraine government forces was signed less than two days ago.

"As far as I know, the Ukrainian side is not observing the ceasefire. We have wounded on our side at various points. We are observing the ceasefire," the deputy premier of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's republic, Vladimir Antyufeyev, told the Reuters news agency.

Sep 07 10:34

Situation at MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine still arouses concern - Malaysian Defence Minister

Malaysia’s Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Sunday he was concerned over situation around the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine and the security of the Malaysian probe team, despite the ceasefire declared by the conflicting parties.

Sep 07 09:35

The Grand Saudi Reversal

by Thierry Meyssan

While for the past 35 years Saudi Arabia has supported all the jihadist movements to the most extremist, Riyadh seems suddenly to have changed policy. Threatened in its very existence by a possible attack from the Islamic Emirate, Saudi Arabia has given the signal for the destruction of the organization. But contrary to appearances, the EIS remains supported by Turkey and Israel who sell their looted oil.

Sep 07 09:12

US to supply arms to Ukraine, hold joint military drills in Black Sea

The Ukrainian and US navies will take part in a joint exercise called “Sea Breeze 2014” on September 8-10 in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense said.

READ MORE: ‘Promoting peace and stability’: NATO warships enter Black Sea

Around 280 US servicemen will participate in the drills, according to a statement by US European Command spokesman Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, director of Communication and Engagement.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient. This exercise starts...tomorrow.

That means that right at the critical moment when the cease-fire between Eastern Ukraine, and Ukraine proper, is under tremendous stress, the US government is sending weapons and military "advisers" to Ukraine.

Were I a betting woman, I would bet that the US and NATO have engineered this cease fire to fail.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are on this, but right now, I would not bet against this possibility.

Just because a shooting war with Russia would be the most ham-fistedly, pigheadedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do at this moment, unfortunately, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government will not do it.

Sep 07 09:08

Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane — Paul Craig Roberts

Herbert E. Meyer, a nutcase who was a special assistant to the CIA director for a period during the Reagan administration, has penned an article calling for Russian President Putin’s assassination. If we have “ to get him out of the Kremlin feet-first with a bullet hole in the back of his head, that would be okay with us.” http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/08/how_to_solve_the_putin_problem....

As the crazed Meyer illiustrates, the insanity that Washington has released upon the world knows no restraint.

Sep 07 08:51

NATO Attacks!

Ukraine is all about Germany now. Berlin wants a political solution. Fast. Berlin wants Russian gas flowing via Ukraine again. Fast. Berlin does not want US missile defense in Eastern Europe – no matter what the Baltic states scream. That’s why Poroshenko’s latest “Invasion! Invasion! Invasion!” craze is nothing but pure desperation by a lowly, bankrupt vassal of the Empire of Chaos. Of course that does not prevent Fogh of War – who got the NATO job because he was an enthusiastic cheerleader of the rape of Iraq – to keep crying “Invasion!” till all Danish retrievers come home.

The Ukraine battleground at least has the merit of showing the alliance is naked. For the Full Spectrum Dominance Pentagon, what really matters above all is something that’s been actually happening since the fall of the Soviet Union; unlimited NATO expansion to the westernmost borders of Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pablo Escobar is entirely correct about needing to look at next week's SCO meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. We will do our best to cover it at WRH, because some of the decisions made at this conference may have epic geopolitical consequences on the world's future, regardless of how the issues in Ukraine play out.

Sep 07 08:35

Farmers go hungry as Russian agricultural import ban begins to bite

The tit-for-tat sanctions between Russia and the EU and US is beginning to hurt farmers and the fishing industry. Russia’s ban on most agricultural imports is having knock on effects across Europe.

Sep 07 08:25

NATO stages massive military drills in Latvia (PHOTOS)

As seven-day NATO military exercises continue to take place in Latvia, the organization says the drills are aimed at showing its commitment to Baltic member states in the face of an “assertive” Russia.

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"They made me start WW3, mommy!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 07 07:58

West's 'plan to force out Putin will backfire': Moscow claims US is exploiting Ukraine conflict in bid to force Russian president out of power

The West is exploiting the Ukraine conflict in a deliberate bid to force Vladimir Putin out of power, Moscow claims.

This is the real aim of US policy, but the attempt will backfire, warned former FSB secret service chief Sergei Stepashin, who preceded Putin as prime minister.

In an open letter to Barack Obama – amid a fragile ceasefire in Ukraine – he accused the US president of ‘propaganda’ in blaming Russia for the violence in Ukraine and claiming Moscow threatens its neighbours.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey; it's what we DO!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 07 07:55

Gorbachev on Ukraine: Terrifying massacre in store for Europe

To resolve the conflict in Ukraine, it is highly important to resume the dialogue between Moscow and Washington, as "their role and responsibility is special," first president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev believes. Earlier, Gorbachev stated that Europe may face "terrifying massacre" because of the current crisis in Ukraine. According to him, "too much is at stake; dangers and risks are too high."

Sep 07 07:48

BEX ALERT - Putin is under Satan's influence: leader of Kiev Orthodox Church

President Vladimir Putin has fallen under the spell of Satan and faces eternal damnation unless he repents, a top Ukrainian clergyman said on Saturday in an unusually blunt statement that squarely blamed the Russian leader for the war in Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The propaganda is getting desperate ... not to mention downright silly!

Sep 07 03:16

Sloviansk post-blockade

A resident of Slavyansk who survived 2 months blockade and bombing of the city tells his story.

Sep 07 03:07

Ukraine and US to conduct joint military drills in Black Sea

The Ukrainian and US navies will take part in a joint exercise called “Sea Breeze 2014” on September 8-10 in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense said.

Sep 07 03:03

Explosions threaten Ukraine ceasefire

Numerous explosions have been heard outside an eastern Ukrainian city where a ceasefire is in place between the Kiev government and pro-Russian protesters.

Sep 07 03:01

Iran detains Ukrainian citizen suspected of sabotage at Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant

Iranian law enforcement agencies have detained a Ukrainian citizen, who is suspected of sabotage on the country's only nuclear power plant in Bushehr, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

Sep 07 02:58

National Guard, Ukraine’s Army Remain in Luhansk, Donetsk Illegally

The head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky has said it needs to be clarified what Kiev sees as "illegal armed groups", while Ukraine’s army and National Guard must be withdrawn from the territories of the republics.

Sep 06 21:41

Four Donetsk Residents Died in Shelling First Night After Ukraine Ceasefire: Militia

Four residents of Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk were killed by shelling on Friday night, the first night after ceasefire was agreed in the country, according to militia headquarters.

“Kyivskyi, Kuibyshevskyi, Petrovskyi districts of Donetsk were shelled, four civilians were killed, ten others sustained shrapnel wounds,” the headquarters reported Saturday.

Also on Friday evening APC and automatic grenade launchers opened fire on the self-defense forces gathered near the Donetsk Airport, still controlled by the Ukrainian military, according to the headquarters.

Sep 06 21:37

The US wants to start a war with Russia

I don’t think the ceasefire will last. America won’t let it last.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And it didn't!

Sep 06 18:05

Four Donetsk Residents Died in Shelling First Night After Ukraine Ceasefire: Militia

Four residents of Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk were killed by shelling on Friday night, the first night after ceasefire was agreed in the country, according to militia headquarters.

“Kyivskyi, Kuibyshevskyi, Petrovskyi districts of Donetsk were shelled, four civilians were killed, ten others sustained shrapnel wounds,” the headquarters reported Saturday.

Also on Friday evening APC and automatic grenade launchers opened fire on the self-defense forces gathered near the Donetsk Airport, still controlled by the Ukrainian military, according to the headquarters.

Sep 06 17:59

Ceasefire Over: Shelling Resumes In Mariupol And Donetsk

Perhaps unsurprisingly, numerous reports (from both sides) state that the long-awaited cease-fire in Ukraine is over. As RIA reports, the pro-Russian separatists noted Ukrainian special forces continued shelling towns and militia positions in the Donetsk region late Friday despite the ceasefire established hours before. Several reporters in the strategic 'land-bridge' city of Mariupol claims to have seen flashes from explosions and heard powerful detonations, where tanks are moving rapidly towards the eastern checkpoint. France24 also reports the Ukraine military is now accusing rebels of violating the cease-fire. AP further confirms sustained explosions outside the city of Mariupol with journalists reporting "people dying of bullet wounds."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason Obama did not react to the cease fire is he had already issued orders to Poroshenko to violate it!

Sep 06 17:58

Donetsk source: Ukrainian troops continue attacks

Ukrainian forces do not observe the ceasefire, continuing shelling Donetsk and positions of the Donetsk Republic’s militia near Mariupol, co-chairman of the People’s Front of Novorossia political movement Konstantin Dolgov told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

None of truce agreements concluded with Poroshenko has been observed. Ukrainian forces continue artillery strikes on Donetsk and its suburbs and do not stop firing in Mariupol, he said.

The Defence Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said on Saturday that Gorlovka was under mortar fire. A coalmine was shelled in Makeyevka at about midnight. Fire was opened on the town of Yasinovataya. Ukrainian troops also fired from armoured vehicle weapons at Donetsk airport.

Sep 06 16:44

Dear President Putin and Russian People,

Please accept our apologies for the behavior of our Governments and Media. Western Nations, led by the United States, seem determined to start a war with Russia. A sane person would recognize the terrible consequences of such a war and would do everything in their power to avoid it. In fact it appears that this is exactly what you are doing. In the face of an endless stream of lies and provocations you have managed to keep Russia from being drawn into a nuclear war.

Sep 06 15:18

Interview with Sergei Glaziev - Advisor to President Putin

Subtitles in english, french,german, and (NEW) KOREAN
Konstantin Semin’s interview with Russian Presidential Advisor Sergei Glazyev on July 24 2014.

Sep 06 15:08

Ceasefire: President Poroshenko trick to regroup troops – Spanish volunteer to RT

“The problem lies in the conditions of truce, because people of Novorossia do not want to be part of Ukraine – and they will stick to this line,” Gomez said.

He recalled first coming to the Ukrainian city of Lugansk, already suffering under the shells from the Ukrainian army.

“The situation was really dreadful when I arrived in Lugansk. I entered the city via a completely destroyed road. Everything there, restaurants, schools, hospitals and living quarters, was bombed out,” Gomez remembered.

The Spanish volunteer confirmed that for over a month the citizens of Lugansk lived without water, electricity and electric light, with no communications and scarce food supplies – “and all this under unceasing bombardment from the Ukrainian army, which for good measure was saying this was an anti-terrorist operation, while a full-fledged war was underway.”

Sep 06 14:27

Putin, not Ukraine, is Vexing America

And it is more than a coincidence that America’s rulers have stepped up their aggression towards Russia since President Putin has embarked on a raft of regional trade and development alliances with Eurasian countries, Iran, China, and other BRICS nations, as well as Latin America. Putin’s declared moves to replace the US dollar with bilateral currencies for transactions in energy trade has also marked him out as a threat to US hegemonic interests.

Sep 06 09:29

Vladimir Putin on western propaganda and media lies

Vladimir Putin on on western propaganda and media lies during the Georgia war in 2008.

Putin makes it quite clear, that he is fully aware of how the West's media play it´s part in the military and political structure.

Well worth listening to even though it is 6 years old.

Sep 06 09:12

My Stumbling Days Are About Over!

Stumble has turned off my account it would appear. The last 6 weeks have been really difficult getting stuff up.
I put up the Make sure your Congressman see's this before November of the father holding his child with a brainless open skull plus the article about the IDF bombing an orphanage and the dairy that supports it. A couple of minutes after that I can't get into my account or post anymore!
Stumble has been turning off sites and individual webpages left and right and it has really gotten bad since Gaza and Ukraine.
If I can get back up I will but if not I hope I directed some traffic to WRH and all the bloggers who post here and we woke some more people up!
DRIP! DRIP! DRIP!as we slowly wash this mountain of hate,injustice and inequity into the oceans!

Sep 06 08:52

Did Major Countries Agree Not to Disclose Key Details in Downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17?

PROFESSOR STEPHEN COHEN: So, bring NATO—I mean, bring Ukraine into NATO, and all this stuff will be up and ready. And then it will just take the shootdown of a Malaysian aircraft, about which everybody has forgotten. Still nobody knows who did it. There seems to have been an agreement among the major powers not to tell us who did it. Was suggested wasn’t the rebels, wasn’t Russia, after all. But it would take something like that, which can happen in these circumstances, to launch something that was unthinkable.

AMY GOODMAN: What do you mean there seems to be an agreement between the major countries?

Sep 06 08:27

Russia to reopen Northern Fleet base in Arctic

Russia has dispatched a group of ships from its Northern Fleet to the Arctic, with the aim of restoring a permanent base in the region, Russia media say.

A detachment including two amphibious vessels and an anti-submarine ship set off from the fleet's base in Severomorsk, near the Norwegian border.

It will take equipment and personnel to the eastern New Siberian Islands.

Russia is boosting its naval presence in the Arctic as regional powers seek to claim its rich natural resources.

Sep 06 08:05

Exposed! Dutch Intellectuals 'Apologize to Putin' for LIES on MH17, Syria, Ukraine!

Sep 05 15:31

NATO spearhead force shows turn from defense to offense

A discussion on the latest developments in Ukraine and at NATO’s summit in Wales with British investigative journalist Tony Gosling and political analyst Chris Bambery.

Sep 05 15:24

Russia to sue Ukraine over damages in Rostov Region estimated at $1 bln

State Duma lawmakers are going to to file a lawsuit with an international court seeking over $1 billion in damages caused by Ukraine’s shelling of the Rostov Region in Russia, Izvestia newspaper reports on Friday.

Good luck with that one. Ukraine won't even pay what it owes for gas. Do you seriously think they are going to stump up for the damage they've done?

Sep 05 15:19

Additional EU sanctions against Russia might hurt Slovenian economy

Additional European Union’s sanctions against Russia might have an extremely detrimental effect on the national economy of Slovenia, Ales Cantarutti, the chairman of the Slovenian Trade and Industry Chamber, said on Thursday.

Sep 05 15:15

Putin's restraint

President Putin's matter-of-fact statement over last weekend that, "If I wanted to I could take Kiev in two weeks", following his mid-week reminder of Russia's sometimes forgotten nuclear capacity, was most certainly startling to European Union leaders gathered in Bruxelles to shuffle around EU functions in such way that the bureaucrats-who have made non-elected careers in Bruxelles running as much as possible the lives of Europeans-can keep their jobs.

Sep 05 15:11

Serbian Foreign Minister: The European Union Will Try to Make Serbia to Sanction Russia

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that he expects the EU to increase pressure on Serbia to introduce sanctions against Russia as the Ukrainian conflict grows more violent, adding that he believes that Serbia will build the same relationship of understanding and partnership with the new High EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini as with her predecessor Catherine Ashton.

Sep 05 15:07

EU admits Putin’s comment on ‘storming Kiev’ taken out of context

The EU has admitted that Vladimir Putin’s words about “taking Kiev in two weeks” had been “made public out of context,” said a spokeswoman for the European Commission President in a written response to The Wall Street Journal.

Sep 05 15:04

Ukraine Crisis - Man Hunting Safaris are on the rise in Ukraine

A member of a pro-Ukrainian thug gang describes how anyone can sign up to go murder people in Donbas.

Sep 05 15:02

The State of the Battle in Eastern Ukraine

"all the signs are that the JRF [Junta Repression Forces] have reached their breaking point: this is the moment when a military force suddenly and completely collapses, like a dam which blows out under the pressure of water. The JRF is not retreating on one, two or even three directions, it is retreating everywhere (except north of Lugansk).

Sep 05 14:58

Ukraine Crisis - The Battle for Mariupol has begun

The Donbas Militia is preparing to enter Mariupol - a port city of strategic significance. In this video allegedly a convoy of Ukrainian APCs is destroyed by Militia Grad fire on eastern outskirts of the city.

Sep 05 14:45

Irresponsibly Blaming Russia for US-Led Western Crimes

Washington is public enemy No. 1. It's the real evil empire. It's a longstanding serial aggressor. Rogue Western partners share blame.

Southeastern Ukraine's conflict is Obama's war. Behind the scenes US manipulation controls things.

Kiev is infested with CIA and FBI operatives. Blackwater USA (now Academi) type mercenaries operate in Southeastern Ukraine. Perhaps alongside covert US special forces.

Sep 05 14:06

What Has Vladimir Putin to Say About NATO Putting its Missiles on Russia's Borders?

We have the right to ask, says Putin, against whom is the NATO expansion intended? And what happened to the assurances made after the dissolution of the Soviet Union?

Sep 05 13:35

The West Paves The Road To War With Lies — Paul Craig Roberts

Official statements from the Russian government indicate that the president and foreign minister continue to rely on the good will of “our Western partners” to work out a reasonable diplomatic solution to the trouble in Ukraine caused by Washington. Not only is there no evidence of this good will in Western capitals, the hostile measures against Russia are increasing. Moreover, hostile measures are on the rise even though their main effect is to disadvantage Europe.

Sep 05 13:11

Did Putin Just Bring Peace to Ukraine?

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.

Sep 05 12:27

Talk Of Nuclear War Over Ukraine Beginning To Surface In Mainstream Media

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

Until now, the talk of nuclear warfare between the United States and Russia has been confined to prescient and observant researchers largely operating within the alternative media. Western media outlets, while attempting to Portray Putin as the new Hitler and Russia as a provocateur, still attempt to paint a picture of a winnable confrontation between the two superpowers. Indeed, Western media outlets along with opportunistic politicians are attempting to nurture anti-Russian sentiment amongst the American people who, unfortunately, have no real sense of the consequences of military action...

Sep 05 10:57

Ukraine crisis: Government and pro-Russian rebels sign ceasefire agreement

The Ukrainian Government and pro-Russian rebels have signed a ceasefire agreement hoped to signal the end of the conflict that has killed more than 2,600 people.

All hostilities are due to stop at 6pm local time (3pm GMT) on Friday and a 12-point plan for lasting peace has been confirmed by both sides of the conflict.

Sep 05 09:47

Obama: We are readying new sanctions on Russia despite peace agreement in Ukraine

United States President Barack Obama said Friday that the US and European Union are still prepared to impose sanctions against Russia if the crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate following the signing of a ceasefire agreement.

Sep 05 09:43

Lithuania asks EU for $60mn compensation over Russian embargo

Lithuania has asked the European Commission to allocate €46 million ($60 million) as compensation for Russian food embargo losses. Slovakia has also asked the EU to lift some sanctions against Russia to partially allow exports.

Vilnius is expecting to receive at least part of the requested compensation, as Brussels sees Lithuania as one of the countries most affected by the Russian sanctions, Lithuania’s Minister of Agriculture Virginija Baltraitiene told LRT radio.

She stressed that money is needed to pay compensations to farmers who have seen the price of their produce collapse.

Sep 05 08:48

Russia Negotiates Ceasefire In Ukraine: NATO Responds With Troops, Warships, and Sanctions

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

Only hours after Russian President Vladmir Putin managed to secure a fragile ceasefire between the Western-backed fascist regime in Kiev and the Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine, NATO has rewarded Russia's efforts by shipping NATO soldiers into Western Ukraine, increasing the number of NATO navy vessels in the Black Sea, and leveling new sanctions against Moscow.

According to Reuters, Western Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and one of the main separatist leaders of Eastern Ukraine have agreed to order ceasefires on Friday, pending that an agreement is made on a new peace plan...

Sep 05 08:29

NATO approves new force aimed at deterring Russia

Seeking to counter Russian aggression, NATO leaders approved plans Friday to create a rapid response force with a headquarters in Eastern Europe that could quickly mobilize if an alliance country in the region were to come under attack.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said a command headquarters would be set up in Eastern Europe with supplies and equipment stockpiled there, enabling the "spearhead" force to mobilize and deploy quickly.

"It sends a clear message to any potential aggressor: Should you even think of attacking one ally, you will be facing the whole alliance," Rasmussen declared as a two-day NATO summit in southern Wales drew to a close.

NATO air patrol flights over the Baltic and other air, land and naval measures already in place will be extended indefinitely, Rasmussen said, as part of a readiness package that also calls for upgraded intelligence-sharing and more short-term military exercises.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting timing; just when there has been a cease-fire signed between entities in Eastern Ukraine and the Ukrainian government.

One has to wonder if Poroshenko and Moscow came to some kind of "understanding" that he had to back off, because one way or another, either by losing this war, or the October elections, he was going to be out of power in very rapid order.

Sep 05 08:06

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels sign ceasefire deal

The Ukrainian government and pro-Russia rebels have signed a truce deal to end almost five months of fighting.

The two sides, meeting in the Belarusian capital Minsk, agreed to stop firing at 15:00 GMT.

Sep 05 07:28

‘Most convincing evidence’: Russian embassy trolls NATO with toy tanks

Some of Russia’s diplomats have joined a digital diplomacy row as they trolled NATO by “leaking” on Twitter the alliance’s “most convincing evidence” of Russian troops’ alleged presence in Ukraine.

The Twitter account @RussEmbassyUAE, which is the official Twitter of the Russian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates, posted a picture of tiny toy trucks, tanks and armored vehicles all lined up on the ground, with the words: “#NATO's latest evidence of #Russian armor invading #Ukraine has been leaked! Seems to be the most convincing ever!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 


Ya gotta love their sense of humor!

Sep 05 07:10

RT Crosstalk 5 Sep Kiev Collapses

Sep 05 07:08

Ukraine's Pro-War Party Is Collapsing In The Polls

After the steady rise of enthusiasm for war in Ukraine voter polls through the summer, Ukrainian politicians in favour of the military campaign against Donetsk, Lugansk, and Russia, have suffered a dramatic loss of support across the country.

Sep 05 07:07

Kiev agrees ceasefire with Ukraine rebels

The Ukrainian government and representatives of the Russian-backed rebels meeting in the Belarus capital, Minsk, have signed a ceasefire agreement to take effect from 6pm (4pm BST) on Friday....

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit, DAMMIT!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 05 07:05

NATO Dead, King Dollar Wrecked

the USDollar is under siege despite its rising exchange rate

a Global Paradigm Shift is underway

the Ukraine War has brought about a heightened urgency

Europe must make a decision to preserve its economy, or to support the USD

the European nations will work to install the Gold Standard, and thus will preserve their economies and industry and jobs

Special Forces professional troops from Germany, France, Netherlands, and England are fighting against NATO forces in Ukraine

easy conclusion: NATO IS DEAD

Sep 05 06:49

Grad shelling filmed outside Mariupol as ceasefire deadline closes

User's video shows GRAD rocket barrage hitting countryside near the town. It is unclear who fired the rockets. GRADs have been widely used in the conflict that has left almost 3,000 civilians dead and over 1,000,000 displaced.

Sep 05 06:39

Ukraine, Separatists Agree On Cease-Fire; EU May Suspend Sanctions

While we had grown weary of trashed truces and snapped cease-fires in Israel, it appears, according to Interfax, that Ukraine and the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine (having gained notably over the army in recent days) have agreed a cease-fire:

*UKRAINE, SEPARATISTS AGREE ON CEASE-FIRE FROM 6PM TODAY: IFX
*POROSHENKO: PRELIM. PROTOCOL TO CEASE-FIRE SIGNED IN MINSK: BBC

Great news, especially for Merkel (and Hollande) who has already come out and noted that the cease-fire means EU could suspend sanctions (saving face and avoiding some further escalation). The question is - how much of Putin's 7-point-peace-plan will Ukraine acquiesce to? If any?

Sep 04 19:53

Saker's update on Ukraine situation Sep 4, 23:53 UTC

Military situation:

I think that there is a second expression which now can be used without exaggeration: all the signs are that the JRF have reached their breaking point: this is the moment when a military force suddenly and completely collapses, like a damn which blows out under the pressure of water. The JRF 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. And then, there are the absolutely staggering Ukrainian losses. There is one such list which I reader sent me who, according to my reader, was published on Zero Hedge, but I could not find it there. I did find it here though:

Sep 04 17:47

Our Cold War With Russia Could Turn Hot

As the NATO summit approaches, and Ukraine’s ruthless war on its eastern provinces sets off an exodus of nearly a million refugees to Russia, war hysteria in the West is reaching epic proportions. The pundits are up in arms: miffed that the long-awaited Russia invasion has failed to materialize, they are now declaring it happened anyway – it’s a "stealth" invasion, i.e. the kind only a neocon can see. There has to have been a Russian invasion, because, after all, the Ukrainians are losing, and it can’t be because their soldiers are deserting in droves or turning tail and running at the prospect of having to shoot their fellow countrymen.

Sep 04 17:44

Russian General Demands Preemptive Nuclear Strike Doctrine Against NATO

While NATO is contemplating its existential purpose in a world where the Cold War has suddenly come back with a vengeance, and the military alliance has found itself woefully unprepared to deal with a Russia which no longer accepts the supremacy of the west (appropriately enough NATO is doing this on a golf course) Russia is also strategizing, only instead of issuing "sharply-worded catchphrases" and hashtags, a Russian general has called for Russia to revamp its military doctrine, last updated in 2010, to clearly identify the U.S. and its NATO allies as Moscow's enemy number one. That in itself is not disturbing: we reported as much yesterday and is merely more rhetorical posturing. Where things, however, get very problematic is that the general demands that Russia spell out the conditions under which the country would launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the 28-member military alliance.

Sep 04 16:57

ISIS/ISIL Modern Equivalent of 1948 Israel

The Takfiri militants, ISIL, ISIS they are basically behaving in the same exact way that organized Jewish interests – the Zionists – did in the early part of last century when they invaded the holy land and began wholesale slaughter of men, women and children.

Sep 04 15:37

Putin's Pal Is Pissed Muslim Chechen Leader Vows to Crush ISIS After Threat Against Russia

Looks like Putin has some real Muslims on his side. We live in interesting times!

Published on Sep 3, 2014

The latest recipients of an Islamic State threat are responding in kind, with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov vowing that "these bastards" will be "destroyed."

Kadyrov, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, went on an Instagram rant after Islamic State posted a video threatening Putin over his support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad and vowing to liberate Chechnya. The Muslim strongman, who has fought Islamic militants in his backyard for years, seemed to take special umbrage at a threat aimed at his patron in Moscow.

Sep 04 15:05

IS militants vow to 'de-throne' Putin over Syria support

Pretty obvious who these fellows work for.

Moscow (AFP) - Islamic State militants have issued a threat to President Vladimir Putin, vowing to oust him and "liberate" the volatile North Caucasus over his support of the Syrian regime.

Sep 04 14:23

Candidates in elections must prove their sanity – Russian MP

A nationalist lawmaker suggests making politicians disclose their psychiatric problems to the public and punish those who try to hide them by removing them from polls.

Sep 04 14:11

Ukraine Crisis - Ukrainian Soldiers Counting Losses

Soldiers from 72nd Mech. Brigade tell their story.

Sep 04 13:57

US Boots in Iraq and Baltics, Authorization to Attack Syria…and US Troops in Ukraine!

As the NATO summit in Wales kicks off today, with an expected agreement to create a “spearhead” force of up to 5,000 troops to rapidly deploy to any “hotspot” in eastern Europe, we learn that the US will also send several hundred troops to participate in NATO military exercises in Ukraine later this month. The exercises, provocatively named “Rapid Trident,” are said to be “a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member Ukraine…”

Sep 04 13:44

France to cause long-term damage to relations with Russia if refuses to deliver Mistral

France would seriously damage its relations with Moscow if it decides to cancel the delivery of Mistral class helicopter carriers to Russia, the influential Franco-Russian Dialogue Association comprising politicians and businessmen, warned on Thursday.

Sep 04 13:43

US, EU preparing new round of economic sanctions against Russia

The United States is planning a new round of sanctions aimed at the Russian Federation over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the White House said on Thursday, and the European Union is reportedly on the verge of doing the same.

Sep 04 13:28

Kiev Coup is Collapsing

Kiev’s casualties have been high, and the stories we have about the Ukrainian army field care are just horrible — like amputations without anesthetic, and wounded soldiers being exploited to pay for supplies and care. Those fortunate enough to have families that could come to get them have brought the stories of corruption and incompetency back to the rear areas. The result was the big protests we saw in Kiev this week. We even have reports of masses of women lying down in the streets to block convoys.

In the middle of all of this, Poroshenko invented a new democracy tactic, dismissing Parliament to eliminate his opposition. This also killed any official calls for investigations into the ongoing strategy debacle. Entire brigades have started to desert now, with the Palace Guard special forces (who have not been fighting) being sent out to try to round them up. That is a precursor to a real civil war, if those units can get to a supply base.

Sep 04 11:52

Obama is a Liar. Fake NATO Evidence. OSCE Confirms that No Russian Troops, No Tanks, have Crossed the Russia-Ukraine Border

Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) “have registered no troops, ammunition or weapons crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border over the past two weeks, the OSCE report said on Wednesday.” (Itar-Tass)

Sep 04 11:37

Kiev & self-defense forces ready for Friday ceasefire if Minsk talks successful

The Ukrainian president and the heads of the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk have said they are ready to order a ceasefire if peace talks in Minsk, Belarus on Friday are successful.

"At 14:00 local time (11:00GMT Friday), provided the [Minsk] meeting takes place, I will call on the General Staff to set up a bilateral ceasefire and we hope that the implementation of the peace plan will begin tomorrow," Petro Poroshenko said on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Goddamit NO!!! I need Ukraine to trigger a war with the Ruble ... I mean a war with Russia!!! I want this war. I worked hard for this war. And NOBODY is gonna @#%$ing stop me now!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 04 11:35

OSCE Mission Says Russian Helicopters ‘Never Seen’ Crossing Ukrainian Airspace

Observers from the Organization for the Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), who are working in the Rostov Region, have not detected any violations of Ukrainian airspace by Russian helicopters, the head of the mission Paul Picard said.

"We (have) noted the presence of helicopters, but fewer than last week. They were seen here, at the Donetsk checkpoint, and there, in the Gukovo checkpoint. As noted in the [OSCE] report, we have never seen them crossing (into) Ukrainian airspace. They have always stayed on Russian territory," Picard told reporters.

Sep 04 11:35

Lavrov: Obama’s Statement About Unilateral Amendments to Russia-NATO Act 'Incorrect'

US President Barack Obama’s statement about the possibility of the US unilaterally amending the basic act streamlining Russia-NATO relations is wrong in legal and political terms, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“Declaring that one country decided to amend a collective document signed by 28 states would be incorrect both in legal and political terms,” Lavrov said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep; Russia just told Obama to shove it where the sun don't shine!

Sep 04 11:32

Obama Issues Demands Over Ukraine Ceasefire Deal

Ukraine’s government and rebels are said to be close to finalizing a Russian-brokered ceasefire pact to end the ongoing eastern war, but President Obama is downplaying the chances of the pact taking place, and issuing demands of his own.

Obama insisted no deal was possible unless Russia “stopped pretending” that it isn’t in control of the rebels, and agreed to “stop meddling” in internal Ukrainian affairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a demand intended to prevent the deal from happening. But Putin and quite possibly Poroshenko will tell Obama rightly that it is none of his business anyway!

Sep 04 08:50

The Undoing of US “Interventionism?”

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

Russian journalist Andrey Stenin, missing for a month in Ukraine, has been confirmed dead. He was part of a convoy of refugees fleeing the fighting in Ukraine’s eastern region when he came under artillery fire. The vehicle he was in, along with several others, was destroyed, the occupants killed, and the evidence covered up. Officers representing the regime in Kiev had apparently rifled through the destroyed vehicles beforehand, collecting evidence and looting belongings.

It is even suggested by Russian sources that the regime in Kiev attempted to use Stenin as a bargaining chip during negotiations, giving the illusion the missing journalist was still alive. Killed by NATO-backed Neo-Nazi extremists who seized power in Kiev during the US-EU engineered so-called “Euromaidan,” the subsequent civilian and journalist deaths are nothing less than provocative crimes.

Sep 04 08:11

Ukraine and rebels to seek peace plan, ceasefire on Friday

U krainian President Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order ceasefires on Friday, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan to end the five month war in Ukraine's east.

The first apparent breakthrough of its kind in the war comes after a week in which the pro-Moscow separatists scored major victories with what NATO says is the open support of thousands of Russian troops.

Speaking on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales, Poroshenko said the ceasefire would be conditional on a planned meeting going ahead in Minsk on Friday of envoys from Ukraine, Russia and Europe's OSCE security watchdog.

Sep 04 08:10

ISIS to the Rescue

Amid NATO's failures in Ukraine, America's terrorist mercenaries threaten war with Russia.

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

As the crisis in Ukraine continues to fare poorly for Kiev and its NATO-backers, an "unlikely" ally has emerged - ISIS. Threatening to "liberate" Chechnya and the Caucasus, ISIS would essentially be handing over regions of Russia to its Western and Persian Gulf sponsors. While one would imagine the West would attempt to at least appear to stand in solidarity with Russia in the face of this recent threat, it has instead used the threat to stir fear among Russians, and as leverage against Moscow...

Sep 04 07:58

Ukraine military routed by rebels who claim they are on the verge of capturing the strategic Donetsk airport

The Ukrainian solders were an easy target as they launched a desperate run to safety. Pounded by a gauntlet of rocket shells, blown up in their vehicles, they died by the dozens.

In fields around the eastern Ukrainian village of Novokaterynivka, more than thirty army vehicles lay charred and pulverized into twisted piles of metal Tuesday — the result of a devastating weekend ambush by separatist forces.

Sep 04 07:14

Wikileak Cables: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Washington's Pocket Since 2006

The evidence that the U.S. was behind the toppling of the Ukrainian government early this year is so overwhelming at this point that the subject really isn't up for debate, however initially it was unclear how the election of Petro Poroshenko fit in. The ecstatic response by Washington when he was declared the winner, and their unbending support in spite of his ongoing military assault against civilians in the east, made it clear that he was the chosen one, but the paper trail wasn't immediately obvious.

As it turns out, the evidence that Poroshenko is in the pocket of the U.S. State Department has been available all this time, you just had to know where to find it. In a classified diplomatic cable from 2006 released by Wikileaks.org, U.S. officials refer to Poroshenko as "Our Ukraine (OU) insider Petro Poroshenko".

Sep 04 05:11

Russian MP says Google is spying for Ukraine

A ruling party MP plans to ask Russian law enforcers to investigate Google’s alleged ties with the Ukrainian special services and possible leaking of Russian citizens’ personal data.

Evgeny Fyodorov of the United Russia party has accused Google of taking “an openly anti-Russian position” in an interview with popular daily Izvestia. He added that he possessed information that Google had signed a cooperation agreement with Ukrainian special services, in particular the Security Service of Ukraine or SBU.

“Google remains in the jurisdiction of the United States of America and the USA is now officially seeking to weaken Russia and destabilize the situation. This is a direct order for all organizations that fall under its control,” Fyodorov told reporters.

Sep 04 04:43

Energy-pinched Ukraine orders 1mn tons of coal from South Africa

Ukraine has agreed to import 1 million tons of coal from South Africa according to Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk. Fighting in the east has shut down production at half the country’s coal mines, and stocks will only last until November.

The first ship has already been loaded for delivery to Ukraine, which has found itself in an energy-pinch since fighting erupted in eastern Ukraine. The Donbass area supplies 90 percent of the country’s coal, but many mines have been closed due to the Ukrainian army’s action against anti-government forces in the region. Supply networks have also been disrupted. Currently only 35 mines are operating in the Donbass, according to trade union sources.

Sep 04 04:40

Ukraine's richest help fund military

As military operations persist in Ukraine, many voluntary Ukrainian fighters are becoming increasingly dependent on funds provided by the country's millionaires.

Sep 04 04:40

Russia, Caucasus allies to form ‘security outline’ to counter NATO

Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia may soon enter a trilateral treaty on friendship and cooperation with further formation of a joint military bloc that would oppose NATO, a top diplomat has said.

Sep 04 04:37

‘NATO plan against Russia to cost several hundred million euro a year’

The implementation of NATO’s readiness action plan to 'overt' Russian threat, which will be presented at the alliance’s summit in Wales on September 4, will involve “several hundred million euros” a year, says the bloc’s commander.

"Keeping people on alert carries a certain cost," General Jean-Paul Palomeros, the head of the Allied Command Transformation, which leads military transformation of bloc’s forces and its capabilities, told AFP.

According to Palomeros, the plan which was adopted to counter Russia’s involvement in Ukraine’s crisis could be implemented "by the end of the year."

Sep 03 22:54

Ukraine's Economy Is Unraveling

Ukraine is going through a perfect economic storm. Ravaged by civil war, left with no parliament and led by a self-styled “kamikaze government”, the country is on the verge of a full-fledged economic disaster.

Sep 03 22:44

Western Doublethink on Blind Path to War

The Western sponsors of this indisputable state terrorism against civilians have abdicated all responsibility for their policy of criminal interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

Sep 03 22:40

Another NATO ship enters Black Sea

NATO’s warship group in the Black Sea has reach three as the French Navy Ship Commandant Birot entered the Black Sea on Wednesday, a military diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS on Thursday.

Sep 03 17:08

Obama hints at NATO membership for Ukraine, urges military support

Barack Obama says the “door to NATO membership will remain open” for new members, while also urging the organization to help strengthen Ukraine’s military. Germany has promised to send non-lethal aid, such as bullet proof vests and medical supplies.

Speaking in Estonia, Obama did not explicitly point to Ukraine when referring to expanding NATO membership to other nations. However, the underlying message was clear for all to see, as he accused Russia of a “brazen assault” on Ukraine.

Sep 03 15:29

US and NATO Step Up Military Preparations Against Russia

At their meeting this week in Wales, government heads of NATO member countries are expected to approve the creation of a special rapid response force of as many as 4,000 soldiers that could be deployed to any member state within two days. They are also expected to sanction the establishment of an ongoing troop presence in Poland and the Baltic states, as well as the buildup of equipment and arms stockpiles in Eastern Europe.

The NATO summit, to which Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been invited, will focus on the Western diplomatic, economic and military offensive against Russia that has been continually escalated since the US and Germany triggered the crisis in Ukraine last February by organizing a fascist-led putsch that overthrew the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych.

Sep 03 15:04

Putin's Ukraine Peace Plan

Ukraine is America’s newest colony. Behind the scenes, Washington runs things. It’s putschist-installed regime is a convenient proxy.

Southeastern Ukraine is Obama’s war. Ending it is as simple as him calling off his dogs. He wants war, not peace.

He wants another puppet regime Washington controls. He wants Ukraine incorporated into NATO.

Sep 03 14:59

Russian UFO Jet Fighters 2014

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to see either the F-22 or the F-35 try that!

Sep 03 14:21

Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane — Paul Craig Roberts

snip: Anyone familiar with the disparity between the Ukrainian and Russian militaries knows full well that it would take the Russian military 14 hours, not 14 days, to take all of Ukraine. Just remember what happened to the American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian Army when Washington set its stupid Georgian puppets on South Ossetia. The American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian army collapsed under Russian counterattack in 5 hours.

Sep 03 14:04

Putin's 7-step Ukraine peace roadmap

Kiev must withdraw troops from southeastern regions of Ukraine and rebels must stop offensive to stop bloodshed, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says. He and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko discussed "a ceasefire regime."

Sep 03 13:54

NATO attacks! By Pepe Escobar

snip: Warmongering, though, is not an easy sell in a crisis-hit EU these days. Not only Germany, but also France, Italy, Spain, Romania, Hungary and even Poland have expressed "reluctance" one way or another to back NATO's strategy of a more "robust" presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltic. Moreover, the Empire of Chaos and its Brit junior partner in the "special relationship" want everyone to shell out more cash (a minimum of 2% of GDP). Even as the EU is facing no less than its third recession in five years.

Sep 03 13:52

NATO must help strengthen Ukraine's military: Obama

US President Barack Obama urged NATO on Wednesday to help strengthen Ukraine's military and said the alliance must leave the door open to new members to counter what he called Russian aggression.

Sep 03 11:39

Liar in a Tan Suit: Obama's Distortions from Ukraine to Iraq

On August 28th, president Obama delivered remarks in the White House press room. That is hardly newsworthy but on that day the president wore a tan suit, not the usual presidential dark blue uniform. This simple fashion choice exposed many things that are wrong with America, from shallow media reporting to popular obsession with trivialities. The substance of the president’s statements was lost in the repetition of nonsense and silly jokes. That is unfortunate because the president used this occasion to tell terribly dangerous lies about this country and the rest of the world.

Sep 03 10:45

David Cameron warns of 'appeasing Putin as we did Hitler'

David Cameron has told European leaders that the west risks making similar mistakes in appeasing Vladimir Putin over Ukraine as Britain and France did with Adolf Hitler in the run-up to the second world war.

In a heated debate about the crisis behind closed doors in Brussels on Saturday, the prime minister told an EU summit that Putin had to be stopped from seizing all of Ukraine, according to La Repubblica, the Italian newspaper, which obtained details of the confidential discussion.

Downing Street declined to confirm the prime minister's remarks, but did not contest the accuracy of the report.

Cameron likened the west's dilemma with Putin to the infamous conduct of the British prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, with Hitler in Munich in 1938, when Anglo-French appeasement encouraged the Nazi leader to invade Poland the following year, sparking the second world war.

Sep 03 10:32

Ukraine to Need Another $19 Billion from the IMF

Ukraine is already on the hook to the IMF to the tune of $16.7 billion. Today the IMF reassessed: Ukraine Crisis Hits Economy and Could Require Bigger loan.?

In its first full review since agreeing a $16.7bn standby facility earlier this year, the IMF warned that the two main risks it had foreseen – intensification of the conflict in the east and a natural gas shut-off by Russia – had materialised.

Sep 03 10:20

Kiev in retreat

Ukraine's civil war has grounded in stalemate and the economy is crashing. This has created an opening for dialogue. Will all parties seize the moment or will Moscow continue to be blamed?

Sep 03 10:20

France says it cannot deliver Mistral warship to Russia over Ukraine

France has suspended the delivery to Russia of the first of two Mistral helicopter carrier ships, due to events in eastern Ukraine.

“The situation is serious. Russia’s recent actions in the east of Ukraine contravene the fundamental principles of European security,” said a statement from the office of President Francois Hollande.

"The president of the Republic has concluded that despite the prospect of ceasefire, which has yet to be confirmed and put in place, the conditions under which France could authorise the delivery of the first helicopter carrier are not in place."

The two ships were commissioned by Russia in 2011 at the cost of $1.6 billion. The first of these, the Vladivostok, was due to come into service at the end of this year, with the second, the Sevastopol, due to be completed in 2015.

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And of course France will refund the purchase price in full. Right? Right? Right?

Sep 03 10:19

Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault

Putin’s pushback should have come as no surprise. After all, the West had been moving into Russia’s backyard and threatening its core strategic interests, a point Putin made emphatically and repeatedly. Elites in the United States and Europe have been blindsided by events only because they subscribe to a flawed view of international politics. They tend to believe that the logic of realism holds little relevance in the twenty-first century and that Europe can be kept whole and free on the basis of such liberal principles as the rule of law, economic interdependence, and democracy.

Sep 03 10:18

Falsehoods in the NYT's Editorial, 'Mr. Putin Tests the West in Ukraine'

The only way to expose lies is within context; so, this will have to be lengthy.

The Times editorial opens with a falsehood: "There is no longer any doubt: Russian troops are in Ukraine, not as volunteers, as the rebel commander in Donetsk would have the world believe, but in units equipped with mobile artillery and heavy military equipment." Their only cited source for that statement is "a senior NATO officer." But should anyone take as a source, on that type of matter, either an anonymous U.S.-NATO official, or an anonymous Russian official? That's hardly an unprejudiced "source," in either case -- and it's their only source on this.

Sep 03 08:41

Europe Must Unite Against Russia: NSA's Alexander

Gen. Keith Alexander (Ret.), former director of the NSA, comments on the escalating situation in Ukraine. He speaks with Trish Regan on "Street Smart."

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Sep 03 08:39

Obama Says US to Send Air Force Units, Aircraft to Estonia

US president Obama announced plans to send Air Force units and aircraft to Estonia during a joint press conference with Estonian president Hendrik Ilves held in Tallinn on Wednesday.

Sep 03 08:05

Ukraine ceasefire: Putin lays out 7-step plan to stop hostilities in E. Ukraine

1. Militias should cease military advances in the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.

2. Pro-Kiev armed forces should withdraw to a distance that excludes the possibility of shelling settlements.

3. Implement full and objective international control over ceasefire observation and monitoring.

4. Exclude the use of combat aircraft against civilians and villages.

5. Prisoner/captive-exchange via an ‘all-in-all’ formula, without preconditions.

6. Humanitarian corridors for refugees movement and delivery of humanitarian aid across Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.

7. Direct repair-crew access to destroyed social and transit infrastructure with supportive aid.

Sep 03 08:00

NY TIMES USES SALES TRICK TO SELL WAR WITH RUSSIA

By headlining the lie that the purpose of NATO's "Rapid Response Force" is "to respond to increased Russian intervention in Ukraine", the foundational assumption of "increased Russian intervention" is cleverly stated as a given, even though it is false. This narrows the debate down to how NATO should respond, without ever challenging the false underlying premise itself. It is like saying, "Mr. Doe. My product will cure your bad breath problem. Now will you be paying with cash, check or charge?", when Mr. Doe doesn't even have a bad breath problem to begin with!

Sep 03 07:48

Ukraine Today Trolls & Ukraine Announces then Retracts Ceasefire Announcement

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Poroshenko is in thrash mode!

Sep 03 06:50

From Minsk to Wales, Germany is the key

The road to the Minsk summit this past Tuesday began to be paved when German Chancellor Angela Merkel talked to ARD public TV after her brief visit to Kiev on Saturday.

Merkel emphasized, “A solution must be found to the Ukraine crisis that does not hurt Russia.”

Sep 03 06:26

Is there still hope for peace in Ukraine?

The Ukrainian government, like Israel in Gaza, relentlessly goes on bombing residential areas in the eastern regions “to kill the terrorists hiding out there” (but also the civilians living there). The separatists, called “terrorists”, are in a siege; to break it, they have launched a bloody counteroffensive to the South, with civilian casualties there, too. Tension has spiked with rumors (later debunked) of a full-scale Russian invasion underway. And yet, in spite of it all, a glimmer of hope for peace has finally appeared. Or is it just an illusion?

Sep 03 06:22

U.S. military reliance on Russian rocket raises security fears

The rising tensions with Russia over its aggression in Ukraine is creating national security concerns inside the Pentagon, where the military’s largest satellite program is reliant on a rocket engine produced by Moscow.

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