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Feb 07 19:41

Syrian Army And Hezbollah In Heavy Clashes During Assault On Northern Aleppo

Infantry!
Footage released by Syrian state media shows the Syrian Army and Hezbollah forces in heavy clashes during ongoing Syrian Army assault backed by the Russian and Syrian Airforce on the northern countryside of Aleppo.

Feb 07 17:23

Saudis provide cover for Turkey to start military operation in Syria

Danger exists that Saudi Arabia and Turkey will provide support to armed groupings fighting against the government troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad if these two countries launch a ground operation against the Islamic State terrorist organization on the territory of Syria, experts polled by TASS said on Friday.
On Thursday, a day after the Geneva talks on the Syrian settlement were suspended, Saudi Defense Minister, General Ahmed Asiri said that the armed forces of Saudi Arabia were ready for a ground operation in Syria as part of the US-led international coalition. This statement was welcomed by Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter. Saudi sources told The Guardian that thousands of special force fighters could be moved to Syria, possibly in coordination with Turkey.

Feb 07 17:13

US weapons used to target Russians in Syria: Report

New evidence strongly suggests that US-backed militants in Syria are using American weapons to target senior Russian military officials in the country, a new report says.

The so-called Free Syrian Army has recently released video footage showing a laser-guided BGM-71 TOWs anti-tank missile being fired at a rooftop where unidentified military personnel had gathered, according to the Daily Beast.

Feb 07 17:00

Not Russian op, but NATO’s incursion in Middle East to blame for Syrian crisis – Moscow

Russia’s Defense Ministry has slammed NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, labeling as ‘nonsense’ his comments that the Russian air operation in Syria is causing tensions and undermining the peace process in the country.
The NATO Secretary General made the controversial statement on Friday when he arrived at the EU defense ministers meeting in Amsterdam.

"The intense Russia air strikes, mainly targeting opposition groups in Syria, are undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict… also causing increased tensions and violations of Turkish airspace,” Stoltenberg said.

Feb 07 16:50

Saudi Troops Headed to Syria? Saudi-Turkey Invasion in Support of ISIS?

Russia’s aerial campaign aiding Syrian ground forces continues unrelenting, Putin committed to combating all terrorist groups until defeating or reducing them to a shadow of their peak strength – enabling government troops to contain their remnants.

A previous article cited Russian evidence, indicating possible Turkish ground incursion preparations. Earlier Russian video evidence exposed Turkish shelling of Syria’s Latakia province – whether ahead of plans to invade its territory remains to be seen.

Does Riyadh have the same intention? Weeks earlier, it set up a military coordination body with Ankara. Saudi General Ahmed Asseri said “(t)he kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the (US-led) coalition may agree to carry out in Syria” – on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.

Washington created ISIS, using its fighters as imperial foot soldiers – supported by other NATO nations, Gulf States including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and Jordan.

Feb 07 16:44

U.S. Now Overtly at War Against Russia

The US is preparing for an invasion of Russia.

By the end of 2017» the US will be prepared to invade Russia.

Feb 07 12:45

A Look at Ukraine’s Dark Side

A new French documentary depicts a long-denied truth – that Ukraine is in the grip of extreme right-wing nationalists who seek to impose what the British scholar Richard Sakwa has called a monist view of nationhood, one which does not accept minorities or heterogeneity. Rainbow politics is not what the Maidan uprising was all about.

Feb 07 10:03

Russian Rules of Engagement in Syria

Wont be any DC sponsored terrorists to torture Donald! Go Russia!

Russia’s intervention last year changed the dynamic on the ground. It holds key trump cards, waging real war on terrorism effectively.

It determined rules of engagement - turning the tide in a protracted conflict government forces were losing, now with the upper hand.

Fort Russ quoted an unnamed senior joint operation Syria, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah command official, saying:

“Russia has established new rules of engagement on the Syrian-Turkish border, and has retained the upper hand for the Syrian air force and the Syrian army.”

“Russia also refurbished and upgraded custom made Syrian MiG29SMT (warplanes), to protect the Russian air force squadrons, with clear orders to shoot down Turkish planes that enter the Syrian air space.”

Feb 07 09:59

The IMF Changes its Rules to Isolate China and Russia

Dr. Hudson discusses his paper, The IMF Changes Its Rules To Isolate China and Russia; implications of the four policy changes at the International Monetary Fund in its role as enforcer of inter-government debts; the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as an alternative military alliance to NATO; the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) threatens to replace the IMF and World Bank; the Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty; the China International Payments System (CIPS); WTO investment treaties; Ukraine and Greece; different philosophies of development between east and west; break up of the post WWII dollarized global financial system; the world dividing into two camps.

Feb 07 00:00

Russia Is Preparing the Syrian Army to Repel Any Turkish Incursion

Looks like the Russians and Syrians are preparing to defeat the Turks in detail as they come across the border. Assad's heavy units have been held back through the whole war.It's Assads ace in the hole. Retrained and re-equipped by the Russians the last several months and blooded. The Turks are walking into a big trap!

The source comments, “Russia has red lines that it will allow no one to cross, Russia is preparing a strong Syrian military unit that will serve to repel any Turkish ground incursions, Damascus has the right to defend its borders, and will not stay silent anymore to any aerial violations of Syrian sovereignty, and is preparing for any ground offensive by the Turks with aerial bombardment and ground shelling. Russia considers any plane not operating within the US-Russia coordination agreement to be a threat and will be shot down,.......

Feb 06 13:52

U.S. Now Overtly at War Against Russia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on February 2nd that he approves of U.S. ‘Defense’ Secretary Ash Carter’s proposal to quadruple U.S. armaments and troops in Europe, against ‘Russian aggression.’

Feb 06 13:01

Saudi gambit for all-out US war in Syria

Seriously, Saudi troops going into Syria to fight Daesh? The Saudis, Turks and American CIA have weaponized Daesh. Furthermore, the Saudi army is elsewhere getting pummeled by insurgents in Yemen. The notion that the Saudis or their Persian Gulf allies are readying to send ground forces into Syria is laughable.

Feb 06 11:13

Syria: NATO's Last Desperate Options in Lost Proxy War

As early as 2012, a Department of Intelligence Agency (DIA) document (.pdf) admitted in regards to the Syrian conflict and the rise of ISIS that:

If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).

Feb 06 09:31

Russia’s Cutting-Edge S-500 Missile System to Begin Tests This Year

This is a new generation system, capable of destroying aerial offensive targets as well intercontinental ballistic missiles and near space targets.

Feb 06 09:26

Video: Syrian Army Pounds ISIS

The Syrian army troops backed by popular committees have inflicted heavy losses upon ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists during a series of concentrated operations that were carried out against their dens and gatherings in Aleppo and Deir Ezzor provinces.

Feb 06 09:22

Rebels deploy child soldiers to fight in northern Aleppo

This is a disgusting warcrime on the part of the US government and the Pentagram!

The Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki have begun to use child soldiers in their fight against the Syrian government forces inside the Aleppo Governorate after the latter launched a large-scale offensive to capture much of the province’s northern countryside.

According to local sources, soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have reported a number of firefights in which children were being deployed by the Islamist rebels to help drive back the government forces.

Some of the children were described as “pre-teen” and unable to properly fire the automatic rifles they were being sent to battle with.

Feb 06 08:59

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

Feb 06 01:05

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Feb 05 23:55

Week Sixteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a US Invasion of Syria Next?

This week was marked by major successes for the Syria military the Sheikh Miskeen region of the Daraa Province in the south of the country. In the meantime in the north, the Syrian Army continues its offensive north of the strategic Kuweires air base. But these military successes were eclipsed by rumors that the US was setting up and air base in northern Syria, possibly near Rmeilan, a town in the al-Hasakah Governorate in the northeast of Syria, and that this might be the preparation for a US ground intervention

Feb 05 18:35

European Parliament's resolution on Crimea leaving no space for dialogue — lawmaker

European parliament's resolution on Crimea does not leave space for dialogue with Russia, Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of foreign policy committee in the upper house of Russian parliament said on Thursday.

"The European Parliament has passed a resolution on Crimea and naturally the one marked by categorical overtones that leave no space for dialogue," he wrote on his page in Facebook on Thursday.

Feb 05 18:35

'We Expect A Military Escalation in Syria': Turkey’s True Motives

As Turkey shows increasing signs of invading Syria, Turkish journalist Erman Cete and Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute speak to Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear to discuss the meaning for relations between Russia and NATO.

Feb 05 18:35

Peace Talks “Paused” After Putin’s Triumph in Aleppo

This is the beginning of the end of jihadi presence in Aleppo. After 4 years of war and terror, people can finally see the end in sight.”

Feb 05 18:34

Saudi military intervention in Syria amounts to war: Russian deputy

A Russian deputy has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without the Damascus government's consent amounts to a declaration of war.

Feb 05 15:18

Russia will have to respond symmetrically, if Kiev introduces visas — Russian lawmaker

Ukraine’s Supreme Rada registered a draft resolution on cancelling an agreement on the visa-free regime between Russia and Ukraine, the Ukrainian parliament’s website said on Friday. The draft’s authors are requesting the Ukrainian parliament to terminate the Russian-Ukrainian inter-governmental agreement on visa-free travel for citizens of both countries. According to the Russian lawmaker, Russia’s symmetric response "will unfortunately affect ordinary citizens" because "we have not yet curtailed completely cultural and humanitarian exchanges at all levels.

Feb 05 15:13

European Parliament's resolution on Crimea leaving no space for dialogue — lawmaker

"The European Parliament has passed a resolution on Crimea and naturally the one marked by categorical overtones that leave no space for dialogue," he wrote on his page in Facebook on Thursday. Besides, the document passed by the MEPs says cooperation will be resumed exclusively on the condition of Crimea's "return" to Ukraine, Kosachev indicated. "Which probably means never?" he asked with a rhetoric emphasis. "Reading such bellicose resolutions makes sense only by way of regular monitoring of the current situation at European organizations." "You call in your resolution to respect the free and sovereign choice of the Crimeans to walk down the European pathway, but please respect the Crimeans’ choice not to go to Europe together with those who never asked them where to go," he said.

Feb 05 15:05

Moscow sees no sense in modernising arms control deal due to NATO military activity

"We consider as senseless additional responsibilities in the arms control - on the background of the anti-Russian direction of the NATO training, curbing of the military contacts between NATO and Russia - modernisation of the Vienna document is senseless," The deputy defense minister said in 2015 Russia received all inspection groups under the Vienna document. "If the dialogue on the arms control in Europe resumes, the control mechanism should be different from the one used under CFE (Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe). Nowadays, conventional arms may be compared in potential with nuclear arms, the list of "strategic" system is expanding - there is no limiting to calculating cannons and tanks". The official noted that NATO’s representatives have been inviting the Russian Defense Ministry to "talk on the phone" with the purpose to accuse Russia of the crisis between Moscow and Brussels.

Feb 05 15:03

Zakharchenko TELLS KIEV: We are waiting for you!

DONETSK - The number of attacks by the Kievan power is increased tenfold, Ukraine is preparing to complete the conflict, said President DNR Aleksandar Zakhar?enko at a press conference in Donetsk, commenting on the situation on the fronts.

"The situation is tense, the number of attacks has increased tenfold. Ukraine is trying to put the blame on us, but not representatives of the OSCE have not remained indifferent, they said that Kiev has violated a truce. Gorlovka, Jasinovata, Peski and airport area are under fire. Kiev wants to open return fire on them, or to violate the Minsk Agreement.

Judging by what is happening, Kiev prepares to full escalation. We are waiting. We are ready. Let them make a choice. "

Commenting on the statements of representatives of Ukraine on the intention to invite UN peacekeepers in the Donbass, Zakharchenko said that Poroshenko has to realize the futility of their hopes about helping the US and EU.

Feb 05 14:55

Russia, Belarus undertake exhaustive measures to host Ukrainian refugees — CSTO official

The 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine, who came to Russia and the thousands Ukrainian refugees who came to Belarus — they all are settled. They do not organize rallies or do not demand any special guarantees. Belarusian authorities, like authorities in Russia, have undertaken all exhaustive measures to make sure refugees from Ukraine are settled, accommodated, have work and conditions for normal life. This is a result of the work [of migration services] at the national levels, as well as of common activities.

Feb 05 14:42

Russia's Lukoil sells 230 gas stations in Lithuania, Latvia and Poland

The deal will be closed in the second half of 2016 after getting approval from regulatory authorities of Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland. In April 2015 Lukoil already sold its 100% participation interest in its Ukrainian subsidiary having 240 gas stations and 6 oil depots to AMIC. "The decision to sell the retail chain in Lithuania, Latvia and Poland was made within the framework of the program on optimization of Lukoil’s retail assets structure in Europe," the company said. It was reported earlier Lukoil listed its assets in Lithuania and Latvia for sale. The decision was made because of higher anti-Russian sentiments in these countries, President of the Russian oil major Vagit Alekperov said earlier. Lukoil’s strategy does not address expansion in Europe in the coming years, Alekperov said.

Feb 05 14:39

Russian official: Turkish warplanes’ presence over Syrian skies to increase tension

Frants Klintsevich, first deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee for Defense and Security, commented on a US statement that the Turkish Air Force would comply with the provisions of the Russian-American memorandum on flight security if it joined the struggle against terrorists on the territory of Syria. "Despite all the US assurances, provocations from Ankara are not ruled out completely if Turkish aviation is involved in Syria. In any case, tension over the Syrian skies will increase," the senator said. "there is no special military need for the presence of Turkish aviation in Syria." Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told journalists earlier on Friday that Turkish warplanes should fully comply with the provisions of the Russian-US memorandum on flight security, if they were involved in the Syria operation.

Feb 05 14:23

Ukrainian military ready to use force in Donbass — Russia’s OSCE envoy

According to him, Kiev is trying to shift the blame for the worsening situation in Donbass, which has been seen in recent days, to the militias. Lukashevich believes that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine is not monitoring the situation in Ukrainian troops’ rear in Donbass. The mission should provide more information about the work of patrol teams, the diplomat told a session of the OSCE Permanent Council on Thursday. Also, Lukashevich has called on Kiev to agree the modality of Donbass elections and the region’s special status with the Contact Group for Ukraine settlement. The Ukrainian authorities are trying to dodge the implementation of the Minsk agreements. "They promise whatever one likes but they do not implement anything," Lukashevich told a session of the OSCE Permanent Council on Thursday.

Feb 05 14:21

US rejected Russia’s proposal on Syria consultation center in Amman — defense ministry

"We proposed to Americans, in the first place, and other Western countries to create a joint consultation center to solve issues of cooperation. We suggested that the possible location will be Amman," Antonov said, adding that the proposal was rejected. Russia’s defense minister suggested having a phone conversation with Pentagon’s chief Ashton Carter on January 19. "We were given to understand that such a conversation is inadvisable," he added.

Feb 05 14:18

Some countries ask not to make public military contacts with Russia — defense ministry

A number of countries ask not to make public military contacts with Russia because of "harsh commands" from Brussels, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has told reporters... "A meeting of the Russian and French defense ministers was held, and later a meeting between the two countries’ General Staff chiefs took place as well. Army General Valery Gerasimov spoke with his US counterpart twice. We received high-ranking delegations from the UK, Germany and Switzerland," Antonov said. "Representatives of other countries came here too, but because of the tough commands from Brussels they ask not to advertise the contacts at the moment," he added.
Russia invites 46 defense ministers to International Army Games http://tass.ru/en/defense/854787

Feb 05 14:17

BREAKING: State Dept Spokesman John Kirby Violates Russian Airspace

Social media and other unnamed sources are reporting that US State Dept spokesman John Kirby has openly violated Russian airspace, in an obvious act of aggression against the Russian people.

Witnesses say that Kirby took off from an undisclosed location in Unkraine, flying his vintage single engine Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft, with a premeditated plan to invade Russia.

Reports said that Kirby was wearing a brown leather bomber jacket, a long wool scarf, his big boy deep sea diver mask, and a vintage WW1 leather flying helmet.

Kirby was seen loading a duffel bag full of hand grenades into the aircraft cockpit before taking off, and when questioned about his flight plan, Kirby stated his only mission was "to kill as many Ruskies as possible, because God told him to".

Note this report is not an accusation, it’s a fact.

Don't ask for proof of this report. We don't need proof.

We have stated that it occurred, and so the report is obviously the gospel truth.

Feb 05 14:15

Syrian Kurdistan’s representative office to open in Moscow next week

A representative office of Syrian Kurdistan is due to open in Moscow on February 10, the chairman of the Council of the Federal National-Cultural Kurdish Autonomy said on Friday. "This will be a representative office of the NGO that has no functions of an embassy," Farhat Patiev said. The representative office will advocate the interests of Kurds who live in Russia and Syria, he said, adding that many of them are not Syrian citizens. Some 250,000 Kurds, the largest ethnic minority in Syria, currently live in Russia. Russia’s Foreign Ministry earlier told TASS the opening of the Kurds’ representative office is not envisaged by the Russian legislation. Their interests are advocated by the diplomats from the embassies of Syria and Iraq.

Feb 05 13:49

Ukraine receives first fuel batch from US Westinghouse for NPP this year — minister

The first batch of 42 fuel assemblies from the US-based Westinghouse has arrived for Ukrainian nuclear power plants this year, Energy and Coal Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said on Friday. "Five out of thirteen deliveries will be made by Westinghouse [the other deliveries will be carried out by Russia]. This is far from [energy] independence but gives a possibility to hold talks with confidence on the terms and the price of deliveries," the minister said. The Ukrainian energy and coal minister said earlier that in 2016 Ukraine would import "40% of nuclear fuel from Europe," meaning that the Westinghouse plant producing fuel assemblies for Ukraine was based in Sweden. Ukraine’s nuclear power plant operator Energoatom and the US-based Westinghouse have been cooperating since 2000 under the project of introducing US nuclear fuel at Ukrainian NPPs. In 2014, Ukraine extended its contract with Westinghouse to 2020.

Feb 05 13:46

Moscow denies Ankara's accusations of using banned types of weapons in Syria

"The use of any banned types of weapons by the Russian warplanes is excluded," the ministry said adding Turkey’s information campaign against Russia could be used for preparing the Turkish population for Turkey’s active military involvement in Syria. "This time, the situation with refugees from Syrian districts where Turkmen live compactly has become the subject of unfounded accusations. The materials that are being published assert categorically that refugees are moving towards the border with Turkey as a result of the Russian air task force’s actions. They say that the Russian aircraft are allegedly delivering strikes against civilian targets, using incendiary and cluster bombs. These assertions have nothing to do with reality and are made in an extremely emotional tone.

Feb 05 13:41

Russian UN envoy: Accusing Russia of breakdown of intra-Syrian talks is bad taste

Earlier, Syria’s Riyadh-based opposition and a number of countries, including Great Britain and France, put a part of the blame for the postponement of the intra-Syrian talks on Russia having accused it of stepping up its air operation in Syria.

Feb 05 10:02

Russian menace pushes Sweden towards Nato

In the middle of the Baltic Sea, a chilly east wind blows across a former Cold War frontier.
After more than 20 years of strategic irrelevance, and thanks to increasingly unpredictable Russian behaviour, Gotland is back in the spotlight.
It is the latest chapter in the island's long military history, and one returning soldier is thrilled.
"It's almost a dream come true," says Lt Col Stefan Pettersson.
After a decade in civilian life, Pettersson is back in uniform, preparing to take command of the Swedish island's defences.
As he scans the snowy landscape where he and his colleagues used to train, he is still pinching himself.
"I always had a dream to come back as an officer and to do it here on Gotland and establish a new unit, it's perfect," he tells me.
The new Gotland battle group, expected to take shape by the end of next year, will number 300 full- and part-time soldiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Russian menace"?!?!?

Forgive me, but have the folks at BBC collectively lost their minds, gone barking mad, and conveniently forgotten of what real journalism consists, in order to vomit up this codswallop?!?

And how the hell are they going to convince anyone of alleged "...increasingly unpredictable Russian behaviour..." without any provable allegations thereof?!?!?

These wild-ass allegations, which cannot be substantiated in fact, appear to be a further demonisation of Russia, and is the kind of smear tactic which is most generally a prelude to war.

And lastly, will someone please politely remind whoever wrote this more than insane headline, with allegations which they cannot prove in fact (because otherwise, why wouldn't they?!?) that in the age of the internet, "the big lie" went out with the dribble glass and whoopee cushion?!?

Now, that would be a kindness!!

Webmaster addition: They are just recycling the same bovine excrement they used in the 1950s!

Feb 05 09:43

US claims Russia is ‘in part’ to blame for Syrian talks’ halt, misquotes UN as proof

Kirby appears to have played loosely with the official statement here.

“He [de Mistura] did cite the difficulties that the military activities by Russia and the regime are having in terms of demonstrating a good faith effort by the regime to have negotiations and talks, but I’m not privy to every issue that they’ve raised – the opposition has raised with Mr. de Mistura,” Kirby told Lee.

This comment came soon after the UN mediator suspended the peace talks just two days in, citing differences between the Syrian government and opposition delegations on the priority of humanitarian issues.

When asked if the recent military escalation by the Syrian government troops and the Russian airstrikes “basically bombed your talks,” de Mistura replied: “I’m not referring to military activities.”

Feb 05 09:37

Grabbing a Slice: Neighbors Rush In To Get Their Share of the ‘Syrian Pie’

The steady success of the Syrian government forces with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces have forced Syria's neighbors to rush in, in fear of missing their chance to grab a piece of the “Syrian pie”, according to military analyst Andrei Koshkin.

Feb 05 09:36

Saudi Arabia May Deploy Thousands of Troops to Syria

The Guardian said on Thursday citing unnamed Saudi sources that Saudi Arabia could deploy "thousands of special forces," "probably in coordination with Turkey."

Feb 05 09:35

Syrian Army Cuts Al-Nusra Militants' Supply Line Between Aleppo and Turkey

Several key supply routes of the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front have reportedly been destroyed by the Syrian Army in an area of Aleppo Province which borders Turkey.

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Feb 05 09:09

UKRAINE GOVERNMENT IN CHAOS AS DEALS WITH OLIGARCHS, NEO-FASCISTS FRAY

The deal was pretty simple: in exchange for aligning with the Western-backed, post-coup government in Kiev against Russia, the corrupt oligarch class of Ukraine could keep their economic power and the wealth they made looting the country. The arrangement had the value of helping to temporarily secure the government in Kiev from a second coup and providing a funding source for the far-right militias sent to fight Russian-backed separatists in the east. The oligarchs largely went along for fear of losing their positions, or even their lives, as the government in Kiev had come to power through violence and vocal opponents of the new regime began disappearing.

Feb 05 09:05

Peace Talks “Paused” After Putin’s Triumph in Aleppo 

A last ditch effort to stop a Russian-led military offensive in northern Syria ended in failure on Wednesday when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and heavy Russian air cover broke a 40-month siege on the villages of Nubl and al-Zahra in northwestern Aleppo province. The Obama administration had hoped that it could forestall the onslaught by cobbling together an eleventh-hour ceasefire agreement at the Geneva peace talks. But when the news that Syrian armored units had crashed through al Nusra’s defenses and forced the jihadists to retreat, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura suspended the negotiations tacitly acknowledging that the mission had failed.

Feb 05 08:56

U.S., Russia “Base Wars” In Syria As Turkey Allegedly Prepares For Invasion

By Brandon Turbeville

The chess pieces are continuing to be set by the world’s two superpowers in Syria in steps that are slowly leading to the possibility of a direct military confrontation between them. That is, if the United States and NATO do not abandon their pipe dreams of world hegemony and the destruction of the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

The latest chess pieces being moved around on the board come in the form of air bases now being set up and expanded by both the United States and Russia inside Syrian territory...

Feb 05 08:54

War Warning: Serious Grounds to Believe Turkey Planning Military Invasion of Syria

Russian Major General Igor Konashenkov has announced that Russia now has ‘serious grounds’ to believe Turkey is preparing an illegal ground invasion of Syria:

“We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria,”

“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,”

“We are surprised that the talkative representatives of the Pentagon, NATO and numerous organizations allegedly protecting human rights in Syria, despite our call to respond to these actions, still remain silent,”

“Such steps carried out by a country, which is a NATO member state, in no way contribute to the strengthening of trust and security in Europe.”

Feb 05 08:53

END OF ISIS? Russian Jets Hit 900 Targets in Last Three Days, Jihadists Fleeing

Russia’s intervention in Syria has produced many astounding results since it began late last year, and they seem to be continuing into the new year too.

Major General Igor Konashenkov is reporting that the Russian airstrikes have hit almost 900 targets from 1-4 February in Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Hama and Deir ez-Zor, which have caused the terrorists to sustain heavy losses:

“In order to retain at least some semblance of a fighting capacity, the militants’ forces in the Syria’s northern regions continue abandoning their positions and falling back to the Turkish border.”

Feb 05 07:58

Interior Ministry: Hackers’ attack against Russian banks in 2015 affected Visa, MasterCard

An attack against the Russian banking system made by hackers last year compromised Visa and MasterCard international payment systems, representative of the Cybercrime Department of the Russian Interior Ministry Alexander Vurasko said on Thursday.

"The specificity of that [hackers’] ring was that they managed to compromise the largest international payment systems, including Visa and MasterCard. It made possible for them to attack processing center, modified transmitted information, and attack interbank exchange systems," the official said.

Feb 05 07:57

Ukraine's Econ Minister Denounces Corruption, Storms Out of Government

In a further blow to Poroshenko foreign born Economics Minister Aivaras Abromavicius announces resignation at press conference where he accuses colleagues of blocking reforms and of pressuring him to appoint corrupt officials close to various oligarchs

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yes, Ukraine is doing SOOOOOOOOOOO much better since the US-backed coup!

Feb 05 07:30

Syrian rebels are losing Aleppo and perhaps also the war

Syrian rebels battled for their survival in and around Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on Thursday after a blitz of Russian airstrikes helped government loyalists sever a vital supply route and sent a new surge of refugees fleeing toward the border with Turkey.

The Russian-backed onslaught against rebel positions in Aleppo coincided with the failure of peace talks in Geneva, and helped reinforce opposition suspicions that Russia and its Syrian government allies are more interested in securing a military victory over the rebels than negotiating a settlement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Someone tell those @#$% Russians to stop getting in the way of our conquering the world, dammit!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 04 22:26

US Regime Change Talks on Syria hit blind alley

The real danger, however, is that Washington and its allies might now attempt a direct military intervention in Syria out of desperation.

Feb 04 16:47

WW3 Ahead? Pentagon to Quadruple Military Budget for European Theater

As time goes on, our government is putting more emphasis on the Russians and less on terrorism. ISIS will probably be the last Islamic bogeyman that our government can muster. After that, it’s just going to be Russia and China (and domestic terrorists, but that’s a story for another day).

Feb 04 16:14

The Original Sin That Stained Putin

In September 1999, apartment buildings in Moscow, as well as Buynaksk, and Volgodonsk killed almost 300 people and injured 1,000 more. Supposedly, the work of Chechnyan terrorists, they not only paved the way to the Second Chechen War for Russia, but ushered a security-minded candidate, Vladimir Putin, into the presidency. It wasn’t long, though, before the specter of the Russian intelligence service massacring its own people raised its ugly head.

Feb 04 16:11

BBC’s WWIII: New show peddles ‘Putin’s invasion’ & nuclear attack on UK

A fictitious vision of the future compiled by “western strategists” in which Russia invades Latvia and then launches a nuclear strike on Britain has premiered in a new BBC show titled “World War Three: Inside the War Room.”

Feb 04 15:42

Pentagon lists Russia as top global threat, seeks fourfold boost in defense budget

The Pentagon chief Ashton Carter has announced a four-fold increase in the US’s defence budget for Europe – citing Russian aggression as the main reason.

Feb 04 15:34

Kerry demands Russia halt bombing campaign in Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry has demanded that Russia halt its bombing campaign in Syria, implicitly blaming Moscow for the collapse in the UN-sponsored peace talks.

Speaking ahead of a Syrian donor conference in London, Kerry said he had called his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, for a “robust” discussion on the issue, AFP reported on Thursday.

Feb 04 13:20

Kerry says Russians must stop airstrikes in Syria

Speaking to reporters before attending a Syria humanitarian effort conference on Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Russia for the collapse of the UN-sponsored peace talks and said they must end their bombing campaign in the embattled country, according to AFP

Feb 04 12:25

Flu epidemic kills over 190 in Ukraine — health ministry

"Since the epidemic’s outbreak 192 flu-related lethal cases were registered, including three deaths among children," the ministry said. Over 3.2 million people got infected with flu in Ukraine, the figure grew by 65,000 only in the past 24 hours. Some 50% of those infected are children under 17. The epidemic thresholds are exceeded in 19 of 27 Ukraine’s regions. Health ministry data shows swine flu, officially known as influenza virus A/H1N1, is spreading in Ukraine.

Feb 04 12:23

Russia expects international reaction to Turkey’s violation of Open Skies Treaty

The ministry said "this unprecedented step by Turkey contradicts one of the key goals of the Treaty - to contribute to a greater openness and transparency via confidence measures, whose importance, by the way, NATO likes to discuss. Besides, the Turkish side violated the key principle of the above-mentioned multilateral document - observation of any point on the territory of a state that is its member. We are convinced that Ankara had no right to deny us the holding of an observation mission over its territory and that the denial testifies to the desire of the Turkish side to hide some activity that probably is taking place in areas the Russian jet was to have flown above. The closure of the airspace occurred on a request from the Turkish Foreign Ministry, which suggests that the step has a political motivation.

Feb 04 12:12

Nuland-Surkov Meeting: US Tries to Re-Write Minsk II: Russia Says No

Foreign Minister Lavrov’s press conference shows that Russian government at all levels rejects US attempts to re-write terms of Minsk II Agreement for Ukrainian conflict settlement

Feb 04 11:36

Turkey preparing for military action in Syria: Russia

The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman says Moscow has serious grounds to suspect Turkey of preparing for a military incursion into Syria.

“The Russian Defense Ministry registers a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish Armed Forces for active actions on the territory of Syria,” Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.

“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Further evidence of these preparations can be found in today's http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610:

Many checkpoints on the Turkish-Syrian border can be used for preparing infrastructure for a military intrusion into Syria, Konashenkov went on to say. Konashenkov showed the photos of one of the border checkpoints, where grounds protected by security guards were being expanded. "In wartime, such methods are used for preparing the transport infrastructure ahead of a military intrusion. Such grounds are usually used for ensuring quick movement of military convoys with weapons and ammunition as well as for prompt transportation and evacuation of personnel. There are plenty of such examples, in which troops and military hardware are involved, on the Syrian-Turkish border," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson said. Russia’s Defense Ministry earlier provided convincing video evidence to the world public that Turkish self-propelled artillery systems were shelling Syrian populated areas in north Latakia. "We’re surprised that talkative representatives of the Pentagon and NATO and numerous so-called organizations for the protection of human rights in Syria have kept silent so far, despite our call for reacting to these actions," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said. Russia’s Defense Ministry has intensified all kinds of reconnaissance in the Middle East, the spokesman said. "That is why, if someone in Ankara thinks that the cancellation of the Russian inspectors’ observance flight over Turkey will help conceal something, then this looks unprofessional," Konashenkov said. More: http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610

IF, in fact, these Russia reports are true (and I see no reason to doubt them), the following scenario is very plausible.

Turkey attacks Syria; Russia counter-attacks Turkish forces (or there is a false flag making it appear that this was the case), and Turkey invokes Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.

This means that all of NATO's military are, by treaty obligation, constrained to protect Turkey from any attacker, as though they all had been attacked by Russia.

Welcome to World War III, ladies and gentlemen.

Feb 04 11:29

What if Putin invaded Latvia & nuked UK? New BBC show fantasies will tell

Russia invading Latvia – and then launching a nuclear strike on the British military. That’s the fictitious vision of the future, in a new show from the BBC.

Feb 04 11:29

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

Notorious Saudi intel mastermind Prince Turki, a former mentor of one Osama bin Laden, has been to Paris on a PR offensive; all he could muster was an avalanche of non-denial denials - and blaming the whole Syria tragedy on Bashar al-Assad.

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It would be terrific if military intervention would just shatter before the US and Turkey get their way in the region, thanks to Russia's invited intervention in Syria; unfortunately, however, there are troubling Russian reports of Turkey preparing for an all-out invasion of Syria.

And THAT could well lead to World War III.

Feb 04 11:15

US-Led Coalition Continues Bombing Syria, Telling Russia to Stop

The US-led international coalition continued bombing targets across Syria, Russia's military said, while demanding that Russia stops its own campaign as part of a ceasefire deal.

Aircraft of the international coalition inflicted 12 powerful strikes in five provinces of Syria between Monday and Wednesday, Russia's Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov noted that Russia has been accused of targeting areas which "never had terrorist groups" amid a tentative preparation for talks, an allegation he called absurd. Konashenkov countered allegations previously voiced by US Secretary of State John Kerry, noting that the US-led coalition has continued its strikes while condemning Russia's.

"This is especially true of targets engaged outside Raqqa, where aviation of the so-called anti-ISIL coalition supposedly does not fly and does not bomb," Konashenkov told reporters.

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The Russians are being effective, in tandem with their Syrian military counterparts, so much so that they are very close to taking the city of Aleppo.

Kerry's hypocrisy is showing big-time, because if Syria and Russia are able to control the Western part of the country, they will have far more leverage as to what happens with the rest of Syria, and that is the polar opposite of what the US and Turkey want to see happen here.

Feb 04 11:14

John McCain: Lifting of anti-Russian sanctions will depend on US

Senator John McCain told Sputnik the US will decide when EU sanctions on Russia can be lifted.

Feb 04 10:52

Provocative’ NATO Build-Up Threatens Remaining US-Russia Ties

The decision by the US Department of Defense to boost spending on confronting Russia in Europe and fighting the Islamic State elsewhere will provide no military benefit whatsoever, former US Chief of Naval Operations science and policy advisor Theodore Postol told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The proposed boost in NATO-related spending is "a provocation that builds on the ‘original sin’ of NATO expansion, which led to the predictable breakdown of relations between Russia and the West," Postol stated on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the Defense Department will spend 50 percent more in fiscal year 2017 on its fight against the Islamic State and will request $3.4 billion in its fiscal year 2017 budget to support NATO allies in Europe.

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The narrative here, which this analyst has not yet grasped, is the reality that the US government is spoiling for an actual military confrontation against Russia, to prevent the rise of the Russian economy and the ruble.

Look at the Russian demonisation in the West right now, coupled with a massive pre-positioning of arms, material, and troops in Europe, and particularly in Eastern Europe.

Just because a move may well be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the American government can do is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it will not do it.

The problem here is that the US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia, and that is what makes a military option here so scarily dangerous.

Feb 04 10:51

Russia redeployed advanced Su-35S fighter jets to Syria — defense ministry

Russia’s advanced Sukhoi Su-35S fighter jets started accomplishing combat missions in Syria last week, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Monday. Some media outlets earlier reported about the redeployment of these fighter jets to Syria.

Feb 04 10:35

Closing In: Russia, Iran, Assad "Encircle" Syria's Largest City As Peace Talks Collapse In Geneva

As we noted four months ago, if Russia and Hezbollah manage to recapture the city, it would effectively restore the Assad government in Syria even if the east of the country is still controlled by Islamic State.

Fast forward four months and it appears that after a protracted fight, Russia and Hezbollah are indeed poised to recapture the city where militants are now surrounded. Critically, Russia and Iran have now cut off supply lines from Turkey.

In any event, the urgency expressed by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey shouldn't be mistaken for some kind of benevolent regard for the lives are lost each and every day the war drags on. Rather, Washington, Riyadh, and Ankara know that if Aleppo falls, that's it for the "moderate" opposition.

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The big question, then, is what are DC and Istanbul prepared to actually do to prevent this from happening, and what will they do if they cannot?!?

Feb 04 09:55

Backed By Russian Jets, Syrian Army Closes In On Aleppo

A Syrian army source said the city of Aleppo would soon be encircled by government forces as rebels pounded by Russian air strikes expressed hope that the failure of Geneva peace talks would encourage their foreign backers to send better weapons.

Turkey, a major sponsor of the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad, said there was no point to peace talks while Russia carried out attacks in Syria. Moscow confirmed a Russian military trainer was killed in Syria this week, but denied that Russian servicemen were fighting on the ground.

The United Nations on Wednesday suspended the first peace talks in two years, halting an effort that seemed doomed from the start as the war raged unabated on the ground and government forces severed a major rebel supply route into strategically-important Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the war began.

Feb 04 09:21

General Says Israel ‘Effectively’ Part of Anti-ISIS Coalition

Israeli Major General Nitzan Alon today told reporters that Israel considers ISIS “an enemy” and that it shares so much intelligence with the members of the US anti-ISIS coalition that it is “effectively” a part of that coalition itself.

This seems to be a significant shift from what other Israeli officials have said, with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon only weeks ago insisting that Israel “prefers ISIS” to take over Syria rather than the Assad government, an ally of Iran, remaining in power.

Feb 04 09:09

Despite Territorial Loses, the ISIS Global Position Is Secure

Only the Russian Federation has shown a willingness to truly resist the spread of ISIS

Feb 04 09:09

"Washington Has Put Ukraine on Its Knees": Viewers Discuss the French Maidan Film

To say that the documentary film "Masks of the revolution", directed by French filmmaker Paul Moreira, blew up social networks, doesn't really explain anything. Thousands of users from around the world vividly and fiercely defended their point of view, whether they believed or not what was shown on the screen. The Federal news agency gathered the more interesting comments on the new video.

Feb 04 09:08

BBC Two Show About Hypothetical WWIII ‘Dangerous Provocation’

Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov called the World War Three: Inside the War Room (BBC Two) show a ‘dangerous provocation’ that aims to discredit pro-Russian forces in Europe.

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Feb 04 09:07

Riyadh-backed group left talks amid Syrian army’s success — Russian Foreign Ministry

"The reason behind such a harsh step of the so-called Riyadh group is that the Syrian government army has made serious success over the past days in the north of the Aleppo province," Zakharova said. As a result of the successful operation of the Syrian army and local militias, the gunmen were cut off the supply routes between the north of the Aleppo province and the Idlib province they control. "This was a serious blow for terrorists and those who are their accomplices and sponsors." The diplomat said the case is that the groups of gunmen, including Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar ash-Sham, have reached an agreement with the Islamic State (IS) group on mutual supplies of fuel and ammunition to Idlib and agricultural goods from Idlib.
Moscow won't forgive Turkey’s "aiding and abetting terrorists" — foreign minister http://tass.ru/en/politics/854432

Feb 04 09:06

BEX ALERT - World War Three: Inside the War Room, BBC Two, review: 'gripping'

War games. Bit of an oxymoron, isn’t it? However, Russia recently having annexed a whole chunk of the former Soviet Union, the prospect of an East-West conflict is less unimaginable now than it has been since 1989.

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This film is a sales pitch to sell WW3 to the masses, and starts right out perpetuating the lie that Russia annexed Crimea, when the truth is that Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine following the US-backed coup in early 2014, then asked to join the Russian Republics.

Feb 04 09:03

Russia not going to enter arms race with US — foreign ministry

"We have already commented on the Pentagon’s plans to increase military expenditure four-fold in 2017, with the main focus on the European war theater. All this takes place under the pretext of containing Russia. The fact that all this is done in a very aggressive manner, under the pretense of some potentially possible Russian aggression causes perplexity and disgust. All this, as we see from these statements, creates grounds for extensive military planning against Russia and taking practical steps to bring its military infrastructure closer to Russia’s borders. No one is going to get involved in any new arms race. No one will try to catch up with or overtake others," Zakharova said. "Of course, we would like to remind our colleagues in Washington and Brussels that any unfriendly steps and attempts to exert pressure on Russia will receive an adequate response — both political and diplomatic and in the sphere of defense.

Feb 04 08:43

Ukraine releases Vietnam’s citizens held by security service in Odessa — media

Ukraine’s authorities have released two citizens of Vietnam detained in a recent raid of the Security Service (SBU) in the Vietnamese neighborhood in the southern city of Odessa, local media reports said on Thursday citing the country’s embassy in Kiev... The special Alpha group of the SBU searched for the evidence of an illegal activity of migrants and in particular, foreign currency transactions. Journalists in Odessa said the SBU agents broke into the apartments and cut open the doors even when the owners were not at home. The citizens claimed the agents took their money and valuables. After the incident, the head of Vietnam's Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department Ly Quoc Tuan held a meeting with Ukraine’s Ambassador to Vietnam Alexei Shovkoplias on Tuesday. The Vietnamese diplomat said Ukraine’s actions were unacceptable and demanded official explanations.

Feb 04 08:32

NATO does not comment on Turkey’s denial of observation flight for Russia. NATO not commenting on Russia’s alleged simulated nuclear attacks on alliance’s members

The Turkish authorities should be asked about it, NATO said.
NATO has refused to comment on its allegations that Russia’s exercises carried out simulated nuclear attacks on NATO allies and partners, including Sweden. The allegations were included in NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s 2015 annual report, released on January 28. "We have nothing to add to what is said in the report," the NATO headquarters told TASS on Thursday. The report has been circulated by mass media in Sweden where a discussion is underway on whether this traditionally neutral European country should join NATO amid the so-called increased Russian threat. http://tass.ru/en/world/854447

Feb 04 08:27

Another deputy minister steps down after Ukrainian economy minister’s resignation

Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Yulia Kovaliv said on Thursday she was going to resign after her boss, Aivarus Abromavicius, and two his deputies declared they were stepping down.
The leader of the Radical Party of Ukraine, Oleh Lyashko, made a statement to journalists in the country. "Why does Putin get the blame, if the government steals and lies to the people?! "There is no reason to blame the mirror if the face is crooked", said the leader of the party. The country has the largest unemployment rate in nearly a quarter of a century, the fall of GDP has reached a critical point. Lyashko issued accusations against the existing Ukrainian authorities: "Why is Putin blamed, if it's you that steals?". According to his statement, the authorities deceive people, accepting corrupt and lobbied laws. http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/02/lyashko-why-is-putin-blamed-if.html

Feb 04 08:25

Ukrainian army shells Kominternovo in Donbass buffer zone — local authorities

"The shelling was conducted for two hours. No one has reported to me on destruction or those injured, but the shelling site may only be inspected in the morning," the Donetsk News Agency quoted Morgun as saying. He said the Ukrainian army was possibly using large-caliber weapons, in particular 120-millimeter mortars. Earlier the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR] reported that fifteen 82-millimeter shells were fired at Kominternovo from the Ukrainian side over the past 24 hours.

Feb 04 08:01

Obama Escalates Tensions With Russia As Media Keeps Quiet

Retired professor of Russian studies and history at Princeton, Stephen F. Cohen, warns that a nuclear war between Russia and the West looms on the horizon.

Feb 04 07:58

The Biggest Treasonous Plot In the History of the USA

Have you ever wondered how you could explain the Oregon controversy to your unaware and ignorant relatives, friends and co-workers”? I have the solution to your dilemma. “Kiss” is an acronym which frequently associated with the phrase “Keep It Simple Stupid”.

When explaining the state of affairs to the Fox-News crowd, simplicity is your best friend.

Feb 04 07:52

U.S Control Over Crimea - the Aim of the Coup in Kiev

"The coup d'état in Kiev in February of this year had a specific goal: to neutralize the Russian black sea fleet based in Sevastopol, and replace it with the U.S. fleet. On 22nd February, the day when Yanukovych was deprived of power, the American group hastily entered the Black sea through the Bosporus Strait. This fleet was to take the place of the Russian black sea fleet based in Crimea. The degree of threat to the vital interests of Moscow clarifies to us why Putin was quick to take Crimea and declare the Peninsula to the Russians. He had irrefutable evidence that the coup in Kiev in February of this year had a specific goal: to neutralize the Russian black sea fleet based in Sevastopol, and replace it with U.S Navy. Ukraine's entry into NATO is already a secondary objective.

Feb 04 07:45

Why I Use the Term ‘AngloZionist’, and Why It’s Important

"How long are we going to continue to allow the top 1% of Jews enjoy a bizarre form of political immunity because they hide behind the memory of Jews murdered during WWII..."

"We need to start talking freely about the “elephant in the room” and stop fearing reprisal..."

Feb 04 07:31

NATO intimidates its members with Russian nuclear strikes

The head of the North Atlantic Alliance made a rather provocative statement about Russia. According to Jens Stoltenberg, Russia, in addition to large-scale military exercises, simulated nuclear strikes, in particular, on Sweden in March 2013. "As part of its overall military build-up, the pace of Russia's military maneuvers and drills have reached levels unseen since the height of the Cold War," Stoltenberg wrote in the report. Russia conducted 18 major exercises, some of which involved more than 100,000 troops. According to the NATO chief, the drills were conducted to simulate nuclear strikes on NATO and its partners. Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said that the Pentagon was planning to receive $ 3.4 billion in 2017 to support US allies and their forces in Europe against the backdrop of Russia's policy in Ukraine. Thus, the Pentagon plans to increase defense spending four times.

Feb 04 07:18

French filmmaker Paul Moreira responds to critics of his documentary film on the Odessa Massacre of May 2, 2014

Forty five Ukrainians of Russian origin died in a fire inside a building [the Trades Union House in the city center of Odessa] caused by the Molotov cocktails of Ukrainian nationalist militias. After a quick investigation, I discovered that the event had not been censored. It had been addressed, discussed, but never investigated. As though too embarrassing to discuss. Why no investigation? Probably because the victims were of Russian origin. These victims were reported as “persons” but without knowing who they were, who killed them and why they were dead. “Persons” who were nobodies...
I invite everyone to watch the film on Monday night on Canal Plus and make your own judgment. Because the people who insult me and threaten me on social networks are precisely those who have not seen the documentary. They imagined it. Faith is a powerful drug.

Feb 04 07:08

New French Maidan Documentary, Part 1 Dubbed in English (Video)

This is the documentary shown on French TV which has the Kiev Maidan Regime throwing fits. The hard-hitting documentary by Paul Moreira “Ukraine, les masques de la révolution” [Ukraine: Masks of the Revolution], released on Monday night by Canal+, created a turmoil both in Ukraine and France well before the premiere.
Please watch it attentively. And let’s try to understand why it has infuriated so much the official Kiev.

Feb 04 06:49

Why US LNG Doesn't Stand a Chance Against Russian Gas in Europe

As long as the market determines the winner. Not only is Russian gas already cheaper than US LNG, Gazprom can make it cheaper still and still turn a profit - but US producers can not. U.S. oil drillers have been hollowed out from what has been described as a price war waged by OPEC. But a separate price war might soon descend upon the U.S. natural gas industry, which is already reeling from a downturn in prices. The market for natural gas is not a global one in the same way that it is for crude oil. So while supply and demand fluctuations will reverberate around the world, the full effects of sudden shifts in fundamentals are usually confined to regional markets. A global surge in natural gas export capacity is making the gas trade a lot more competitive. That is especially true in Europe, where U.S. LNG threatens to challenge Russia’s long-held customer base... Gazprom might consider a strategy to flood Europe with cheap gas in 2016 to kill off U.S. LNG.

Feb 04 04:42

Austrian servicemen inspect ranges of Kantemirovskaya tank division

"The foreign military inspectors were shown elements of the formation's range and a combat practice," Western Military District spokesman Igor Muginov told Interfax. The Austrian inspectors were briefed by the first tank army commander and the commanders of the Kantemirovskaya and Tamanskaya formations of the Western Military District, and an artillery regiment of an airborne formation about the formations and military units and the military activity ongoing within the limits of the aforesaid territory, he said. The inspection was made in fulfillment of the 2011 Vienna document on confidence and security-building measures, the report said.

Feb 04 04:39

Ukraine files lawsuit against construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said that Ukraine has filed a lawsuit in connection with the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and is asking the European Commission to launch an investigation into what he describes as an "anti-Ukrainian project." According to Yatsenyuk, Ukraine insists on the canceling of the project, which foresees the construction of an undersea pipeline from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea, circumventing transit countries such as Ukraine... "We do not want to let the Russians outmaneuver us, we want to build a transparent European gas market, that’s why we are sending out a strong signal to our European partners and the European Community. This project should not only be reviewed, but canceled,” he said. Earlier it was reported that Germany will approve the construction of Nord Stream 2 only if it guarantees gas supplies to Eastern Europe.

Feb 04 04:35

Turkey and Poland halt motor freight traffic with Russia

Russia’s long-distance haulers are facing problems following the closure of Polish and Turkish territory to Russian road freight. Negotiations are underway with the Poles to reopen the borders, but the situation with Turkey is more complex. Turkey has joined Poland in closing its borders to Russian motor freight traffic on Feb. 1, saying that the limits proposed for operating in Russia by the Russian side were too narrow. According to the Association of International Road Transport Carriers (ASMAP), the situation with Turkey is linked to the current political situation and the sanctions imposed on Ankara by Russia over the downing of a Russian fighter jet by the Turkish air force on the Syrian border on Nov. 24, 2015, while the Poles have closed their borders to Russian truckers in protest over changes to Russian legislation on road transportation...

Feb 04 04:33

Russia opposed to U.S. missile defense system in South Korea

Russia is opposed to the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea because it could destabilize the region's security landscape, Russian Ambassador in Seoul, Alexander Timonin said on Feb 2. “This issue is drawing a lot of attention in Russia,” Timonin said, according to The Korea Times. "We are paying close attention to the increased contacts over the issue between relevant organizations of the U.S. and the Republic of Korea.” The U.S. is seeking to deploy a THAAD battery to South Korea, to shield its 27,000 troops in the country from North Korea, according to the paper.

Feb 04 04:31

Kremlin unaware of DiCaprio’s plans to play Putin in biopic

"Putin is unware of this," Peskov told reporters. "We also don’t know whether DiCaprio agreed to play Putin or whether this role does exist as we have seen nowhere any comments by DiCaprio."

Feb 04 01:53

Putin: Meeting with Prime Minister of Bavaria Horst Seehofer

Bavaria accounts for 20 percent of total Russian-German economic ties. There are 1,600 companies with Bavarian participation working here in Russia. They are represented in practically every sector, in electronics, engineering, the construction industry and more. Fifty percent of the Germany’s investment projects in Russia are of Bavarian origin. Seehofer: "We have come here from the free state of Bavaria, which traditionally has very intensive ties with Russia, and we want to maintain these ties... I am very pleased that you said today that we are not coming here as plotters. Never in the run-up to any of my previous visits to other countries, have I heard as much untruthful and inaccurate information as I have this time... In today’s globalised world, we in Bavaria, with our population of 13 million, are very much aware, of course, of what is happening every day in our world, whether in Syria or in Ukraine, whether refugees or crime.

Feb 04 01:46

Russian Warplanes Destroy Over 1,300 Terrorist Targets in Syria in One Week

"Over the past week, Russian warplanes carried out 468 sorties in the Syrian Arab Republic, including 24 combat missions conducted by long-range Tu-22M3 bombers," Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said. According to the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, 1,354 terrorist targets have been destroyed in Syria's provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Damascus, Raqqa, Daraa and Deir ez-Zor... Russia delivered more than 200 tons of provisions and medication in January to the Syrian city of Deir az-Zor besieged by Daesh terrorists, Igor Konashenkov said, adding that the aid had been airdropped by Syrian aircraft.

Feb 04 01:42

Photo exhibition supporting Donbass people takes place in Spain

It is worth to mention the photo exhibition «Donbass. Bitter Truth» raised huge interest among Spanish citizens, and is to take place in various cities and suburbs of Spain. The DPR Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses sincere gratitude towards initiators and organizers of this photo exhibition. We are sure such events have huge power and value in struggle for informational blockade breakthrough and sharing true information among happening in the DPR and LPR.

Feb 03 17:33

EX-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn joins Ukraine bank

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been appointed to the supervisory board of a bank owned by Ukraine's second richest businessman Viktor Pinchuk. Kiev's Kredit-Dnipro Bank said the decision to accept Strauss-Kahn and five others to the advisory body was taken on Monday and goes into immediate effect. It added that Strauss-Kahn would serve as an independent committee member who does not represent shareholders' interests.

Feb 03 16:07

Ukraine asks French Canal+ TV to take ‘wrong’ Maidan documentary off air

Ukraine’s authorities have urged a French broadcaster to take a documentary titled ‘Masks of Revolution’ off the air.

Feb 03 15:30

Putin meets ‘old friend’ Kissinger visiting Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has met former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in his residence outside Moscow. The Kremlin said that the two have “long-standing, friendly relations” and that they have used the “opportunity to talk.”

The meeting is a continuation of a “friendly dialogue between President Putin and Henry Kissinger, who are bound by a longstanding relationship,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“They communicate all the time, use the opportunity to talk,” he added. Putin “values” this opportunity to discuss pressing international issues as well as exchange opinions on global perspectives, Peskov said.

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Back-channel discussion... off the record.

Feb 03 14:49

‘Irrefutable proof’: Turkey shells Syrian territory – Russian military

The Russian Defense Ministry has presented video evidence it says shows Turkish military shelling Syrian territory using heavy artillery positioned close to the border.

Feb 03 13:31

US Vice-President Biden’s Son Continues to Buy Gas Assets in Ukraine

Entrepreneur Hunter Biden has acquired equity securities of a company in the country which his father, Vice-President of USA Joe Biden, called the most corrupt in the world.

Feb 03 12:54

Syrian Civil War: Could Turkey be Gambling on an Invasion?

A month before Turkey shot down a Russian bomber which it accused of entering its airspace, Russian military intelligence had warned President Vladimir Putin that this was the Turkish plan. Diplomats familiar with the events say that Putin dismissed the warning, probably because he did not believe that Turkey would risk provoking Russia into deeper military engagement in the Syrian war.

In the event, on 24 November last year a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian bomber, killing one of the pilots, in an attack that had every sign of being a well-prepared ambush. Turkey claimed that it was responding to the Russian plane entering its airspace for 17 seconds, but the Turkish fighters made every effort to conceal themselves by flying at low altitude, and they appear to have been on a special mission to destroy the Russian aircraft.

Feb 03 12:17

"Masks of the Revolution" Broadcasted on French TV Against Kiev's Wishes

The documentary "Masks of the Revolution" is an investigation into the events in Ukraine during the "revolution" in 2014. Earlier, the Ukrainian Embassy in France asked Canal+ to reconsider their decision to broadcast the film. It was shown on Monday (1st February) evening on French TV against Kiev's wishes. The author of the movie, a French journalist named Paul Moreira, over the course of a one-hour film recalled the events in Ukraine in 2014, starting from the protests on the Maidan and ending with the tragedy in the trade unions building in Odessa. During the filming, the reporter interviewed representatives of the nationalist party "Svoboda" and the groups "Azov" and "Right sector" (banned in Russia). The film is based on eyewitness accounts of the events, configured as nationalist and Pro-Russian.

Feb 03 11:39

Kiev Attempts Breakthrough in Donetsk, Residents Demand Removal of UAF From Donbass

The situation in Donbass has worsened. The UAF attempted a breakthrough on the Northern outskirts of Donetsk, with continued shelling of the Kuibyshevsky district of the capital of the DPR, Zaytsevo village on the outskirts of Gorlovka shudders from the shells of the Ukrainian security forces. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Donetsk People's Republic, for the past day the UAF shelled DPR 109 times. Moreover, the Ukrainian security forces violated the ceasefire with the use of technology prohibited by the Minsk agreements. During the shelling the UAF used mortars of calibres of 120 mm, 46 times – 82 mm mortars 53 times and used AGS and small arms 10 times. There has been heavy fire tonight in Zaytsevo village, situated to the north of Gorlovka. According to the DPR, the UAF fired on a DPR-controlled part of the village for half an hour. From the position of the Ukrainian side there was about 80 minutes of caliber 82 and 120 mm.

Feb 03 11:37

Farion: Lugansk and Donetsk Will Speak Ukrainian, or Face Desertion

Those in Donetsk and Lugansk should speak only the Ukrainian language, and those who disagree should leave the country and go to Russia. This was stated on the air of the TV channel 'Zik' by former MP Iryna Farion, now a teacher in one of the universities of Lviv. "It is the fault of the East that Ukrainian society is not capable of bringing adequate politicians to the surface who ultimately will explain to the East that it is Ukraine, and in Donetsk and Luhansk they should speak the Ukrainian language exclusively. If somebody doesn't like it – the borders are open, they can get in a car and drive to Putin," said Farion.

Feb 03 11:35

Migrants in Murmansk go too far with Russian girls: Some in hospital, some in jail

Migrants from the Middle East, hitting a night club in the Murmansk region, started harassing the Russian young women, and realized too late that they were not in the EU... Later on, the media were reporting that Norway expelled about 50 Middle Eastern and Afghanistan migrants for “bad behavior” back into Russia. Once there, the refugees decided to go out for some fun at the local "Gandvik" discotheque, and oblivious of where they were, decided to mash the Russian girls. The problem came down to the fact that in Murmansk, there just isn't the tolerance of enlightened Europe. Judging from the comments of local social network users, they tried to run away and hide, even in the private sector, but they were found and "educated." If entire squadrons of police hadn't arrived, the situation would have gotten really bad, especially in view of the frosts of Murmansk. Results: 18 in the hospital, 33 in the local detention center, and a great desire to go back home.

Feb 03 11:13

In bid to counter Putin, Obama seeks to quadruple military spending in Europe

President Barack Obama's administration said Tuesday it was seeking to expand U.S. military spending in Europe four-fold in a bid to reassure allies still unsettled by Russia's incursion into Ukraine.

The new spending would increase to $3.4 billion under the new plan, which is set to be formally unveiled next week as part of Obama's final presidential budget.

The Pentagon also said Tuesday it was ramping up spending for the battle against ISIS, doubling last year's request to $7 billion.

The White House said that figure would allow for "continuous U.S. armored brigade rotations" through stations in central and eastern Europe, as well as ramped-up U.S. participation in NATO military exercises and the deployment of additional combat vehicles and supplies to the region.

Obama has sought to affirm the U.S. commitment to NATO ever since Russia annexed sections of Ukraine in 2014, causing alarm in other neighboring countries, some of which belong to the military alliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia is not the problem here; it is the warmongers in the Administration and Congress who never met a good faith attempt at real-world negotiations they did not utterly despise.

The ugly truth of the business is, this money will be earmarked for pre-positioning troops and weapons into Europe, ultimately for a war against Russia.

Feb 03 11:01

Migrant party in Murmansk? 18 in hospital 33 in Jail !!!

Migrants from the Middle East in one of the nightclubs in the Murmansk region began to harass girls. They too late realize that they are not in the EU.

Feb 03 09:03

Kremlin sees no need to comment on UK statements on Russia’s goals in Syria

"I think my colleagues in the Russian Foreign Ministry will once again react to such statements. We see no need to do this," Peskov said commenting on UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s statements that Russia could be trying to use "the peace process as a fig leaf to try to deliver some kind of military victory for Assad that creates an Alawite mini state in the northwest of Syria." When asked about Russia’s criticism of his statements, Hammond said: "There has to be a limit to the amount of time that the Russians can sit at the negotiating table posing as sponsors of the political track while at the same time bombing the people who we believe have to be the future of Syria."

Feb 03 09:00

Russia insists on closing Turkish-Syrian border — FM

Russia will submit its proposals on the ceasefire in Syria during a meeting of the Syria Support Group in Munich, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. "As far as a particular aspect of the ceasefire is concerned, we have our own purely pragmatic considerations on that score to make sure that it is put into practice," he said. "We discussed this with the United States, a more detailed conversation will take place in Munich at a meeting of the Syria Support Group on February 11." "The key point for the ceasefire to work is a task of blocking illegal trafficking across the Turkish-Syrian border, which supports the militants," he said. "Without closing the border it is difficult to expect the ceasefire to take place... The aim of the operation is to defeat the Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al-Nursa terrorist groups [outlawed in Russia - TASS]. I see no reason why the Russian Aerospace Forces operation in Syria should be stopped until terrorists are defeated," he said.

Feb 03 08:55

Russia to render maximum assistance to Tajikistan by supplying arms — defense ministry

"Our Tajik friends and brothers are experiencing new challenges and threats, taking into account the problems emanating from Afghanistan. For us it is important to understand what is going on there, what you are doing, and, of course, to render maximum assistance to the armed forces of Tajikistan by supplying arms, military equipment and providing everything necessary to boost their combat readiness," Antonov said. He also promised that Russia’s 201st military base located in Tajikistan would be used, if necessary, "for protecting the national integrity and sovereignty of Tajikistan and, of course, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) as a whole".

Feb 03 08:50

Oman supports initiative to hold Russia-Gulf Cooperation Council meeting

Oman has supported the initiative to hold the next ministerial meeting of the Strategic Dialogue between Russia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Moscow in spring, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday following working visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Oman. The Gulf Cooperation Council comprises Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is holding a meeting with Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said. Lavrov will also hold talks with Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah. Among the issues on the agenda are security, inter-Syrian talks in Geneva and bilateral relations. The sides are expected to sign an inter-governmental agreement on mutual cancellation of visas for holders diplomatic, special and official passports. http://tass.ru/en/politics/854147

Feb 03 08:46

French farmers demand to lift anti-Russian sanctions

'I want to remind that it has been two years since the embargo imposed by Russia has been hanging over us. We should start trading meat, fruits, vegetables and diary products with Russia in a normal way,' Beulin stated.

Feb 03 08:41

Time to Welcome Russia as Partner in War to Destroy Daesh - Donald Trump

The United States should welcome Russia as a full partner in the struggle to destroy the Islamic State, Republican preisdential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump told a rally in Milford, New Hampshire.

Feb 03 08:40

Americans not siding with Obama on Russia: Analyst

US President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union (SOTU) address was a “shallow attempt” to fabricate an acceptable foreign policy record through ignoring well-established facts, says a former US Army psychological warfare officer.

Feb 03 08:14

Washington has ‘no comment’ on Russia’s decision to blacklist five Americans

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday five Americans linked to the US law enforcement system have been barred from entry. The move comes in retaliation for the recent US expansion of the so-called Magnitsky list of sanctions against Russian officials. The Russian blacklist includes former US attorney general Alberto Gonzales, former US undersecretary of defense Douglas Feith, former senior counsel at the CIA John Rizzo, former assistant attorney general Jay Scott Bybee and former general counsel of the department of defense William James Haynes II. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the expansion of the Magnitsky list that has been used for "groundless accusations against Russian officials" is dealing another blow to bilateral ties.

Feb 03 08:12

Senior Russian legislator: US uses UN, Security Council for propaganda

"The United Nations and the UN Security Council still remain optional agencies in the US scheme of things. The US turns to them exclusively in cases when they can be used for propaganda purposes," Klishas wrote in his blog on the official website of the upper house of parliament. "Possibly, the United States may soon start bombing other counties and will not even bother to explain the reasons behind its actions or provide some grounds for its own policies," Klishas said. He also pointed to the Western countries’ refusal to provide any proof of their speculations as a new trend in public behavior. "Denying for no apparent reason the hard facts, such as oil caravans towards Turkey from Syria or refusing to provide any proof to back up their speculations is a new style of civilized Western countries’ policies in communicating with the mass media, the public in their countries and the whole world," he said.

Feb 03 08:10

Foreigners leaving government is a negative signal for Poroshenko from West — expert

The decision of Ukraine’s Minister of Economy and Trade Aivaras Abromavicius to leave his post is a sign of a conflict with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, and a signal from the West about the deterioration of relations, Andrei Zolotarev head of the Kiev-based analytical Third Sector Centre, said Wednesday... The Ukrainian government has several foreign nationals holding the posts of ministers. Before his appointment, Abromavicius was a Lithuanian businessman. Ukraine’s Minister of Healthcare Alexander Kvitashvili is from Georgia, who had also tried to resign earlier, but the Verkhovna Rada did not support his decision. American-born Natalie Jaresko holds the post of Ukraine's Minister of Finance.
"Today I have decided to resign from the post due to a sharp activation of blocking important systemic reforms in the country," Abromavicius said at a press conference in Kiev. http://tass.ru/en/world/854174

Feb 03 08:06

Police discover terrorists disguised as migrants in northwestern Russia

Russian security services have discovered terrorists who penetrated into Russia’s Novgorod region under the guise of migrants, Vladimir Bulavin, the Russian president’s envoy in the North-Western Federal District, told journalists on Wednesday. "Law enforcers in the Novgorod region have exposed migration flows, which include representatives of terrorist organizations Hizb ut-Tahrir and Al Islami as well as other terrorist groups banned in Russia," Bulavin said.

Feb 03 07:48

Moscow Accuses UK of Spreading Misinformation on Russia's Role in Syria

Moscow believes statements made by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Russia and Iran’s alleged interference in settling the Syrian crisis to be “a dangerous gambit,” Russia’s Govorit Moskva radio station quoted Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying Tuesday, Sputnik reported. Hammond earlier said that Russia’s actions in Syria were strengthening the positions of the ISIL, which is prohibited in numerous countries including Russia and the United States, because Russia says it wants to destroy the ISIL, but is not bombing the terrorist group and bombing the moderate opposition. Zakharova said this was “a dangerous gambit of misinformation.”

Feb 03 07:45

Matter of Trust: Russia to Investigate Turkish Military Activity

Russia is preparing to conduct an official military inspection in Turkey, Sergei Ryzhkov, head of Russia’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, told the media. "From February 2 until February 5, a Russian team of inspectors intends to conduct an inspection of a designated area in Turkey – about 18,000 square kilometers in total – in order to promote mutual trust and security in accordance with the Vienna Document of 2011," Ryzhkov said, according to RIA Novosti. He also added that the inspection’s goal is to confirm the scale and nature of the officially declared military activity in the specified area of the country, as Russian inspectors will be allowed to visit military ranges and will be briefed by high-ranking Turkish military officials. According to Ryzhkov, a group of Spanish military specialists will conduct a similar inspection in Russia's Rostov Region during the same time.

Feb 03 07:44

Russian Air Force Eliminates ISIL Munition & Oil Depots across Syria [VIDEO]

The Russian Air Force destroyed the militants' command center and military grid in a mountainous area in Lattakia province. Also other airstrikes ended up in the elimination of ISIL's open oil depots in Hama province and a column of their arms cargo near Aleppo.

Feb 03 07:12

Poroshenko again spoke about the war with Russia

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the threat of war between Ukraine and Russia was higher than last year. As said Poroshenko in an interview with German newspaper Bild that Ukraine was prepared to receive from European countries weapons as aid. In particular, the leader of Ukraine said that Germany should give Ukraine weapons, because "we are talking about European security". In conclusion, replica Poroshenko came to his senses and added that the priority should be a diplomatic solution.

Feb 03 07:06

Ukrainian parliament fails to ratify agreement on opening NATO office in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has failed on Wednesday to ratify the agreement on the opening of NATO's representative office in Ukraine. Lawmakers were unable to secure enough votes for this decision. After that, Verkhovna Rada vice speaker Andrey Parubiy immediately closed the morning session and said the voting on this document had been postponed for February 4.

Feb 03 07:04

One of the major Ukrainian TV channels is experiencing problems after asking about the resignation of Yatsenyuk's Cabinet

The website of the TV channel "112.Ukraine" was unavailable after it launched the voting for the resignation of the government headed by Arseniy Yatsenyuk. More than 68 % of the respondents voted that the Cabinet has resigned in full. About 21 % made that his post should leave only the country's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. To give another chance to the government, gave their votes only about 5 % of voters. After that, the channel's website for some time was not available. At the moment, the Internet page is restored. A vote of confidence in the government continues with similar results.

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