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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.

Feb 02 09:01

German Politicians Slam Bavarian PM Over Decision to Meet Putin

Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer's plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow caused outrage among German politicians, German newspaper Die Welt reported.

Feb 02 08:48

Ukraine Finds a Russian Conspiracy at UK's 'The Independent'

Today's news features an excellent example of the 1984-like absurd attempts at manipulation of information that characterize the pro-US regime in Kiev.

The coup regime has adopted an Orwellian Newspeak term to represent the supposed "Russian aggression" against the country, though there is an almost total lack of objective evidence of such aggression. That term is hybrid war.

Feb 02 08:39

Western criticism of Russian operations in Syria is groundless - Moscow

Moscow is used to “unsubstantiated claims” coming from Western capitals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said in a strong response to his British counterpart’s statement that Russia is undermining international peace efforts in Syria.

“Concerning the statements from London and other Western capitals claiming that our Air Force operations in Syria are not contributing to the resolution of the conflict – we are used to such statements. They are completely groundless,” Lavrov said following a meeting with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Tuesday.

Such statements “reflect the anxiety of our Western partners that our Air Force is operating effectively in Syrian airspace,” he added.

Feb 02 08:25

Su-35S at Its Finest: Advanced Fighter Which Started Its Mission in Syria

Russia has sent its advanced, super-maneuverable Su-35S multirole fighters to Syria to test the brand-new aircraft in a combat environment for the first time ever; aviation experts explain what makes the warplanes so unique.

Feb 02 00:19

The Rise of ISIS and Other Extremist Groups: the role of the West and Regional Powers

by Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban (Political and Media Advisor at the Syrian Presidency).

This essay examines the role of Western and regional players (i.e. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) in inflaming the conflict and the growth of terrorism in Syria.

It examines the attempts to break up Syria’s civilian and military institutions, the delegitimization of the Syrian government, the attempts to procure a UN mandate for a military intervention in Syria, the imposition of suffocating economic sanctions on Syria, and most importantly the support that Western and regional powers gave to a plethora of armed groups, including al-Qaeda and ISIS, to fight the Syrian government.

Feb 01 16:45

Dear Mr Putin, Please Save Us From Wall Street.

Dear Mr Putin, It is customary to say I hope this finds you in good heath when we address a Head of State in an open letter. But America and its NATO partners are the sick ones. We are in terrible economic, social and political health. Our press and our political leaders lie to us. They rob us and demand we believe their lies. Thirty years ago a man whose family had farmed their land for generations was told by the federal government that they needed his farm where he had been growing onions. Their land was seized for pennies on the dollar. Today a giant agricultural corporation is raising onions which was the same crop he and his family had been raising.

Last year police seized more assets from American citizens than did all the burglars, muggers and armed robbers. And our police killed more innocent civilians than did terrorists and crazed mass shooters.

Feb 01 15:19

US urges Russia to respect Turkey, NATO airspace

The US Department of Defense has urged Russia to respect North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) airspace, saying it “can confirm” reports that a Russian jet violated Turkey’s airspace earlier this week.

Feb 01 15:19

Chaos and war came to Russia's borders?

Feb 01 14:52

Russia may officially recognize Turkey as accomplice of terrorism

Russia may officially recognize Turkey as an accomplice of terrorism, whereas the Turkish nationalist organization "Grey Wolves" is likely to be banned in Russia. The suggestion was voiced by Russian MP, secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party Sergei Obukhov, after it was reported that Turkish organization "Grey Wolves" could be involved in the destruction of the Russian A321 aircraft over Sinai. "As for Turkey, given irrefutable evidence of Ankara's criminal ties with ISISL militants, Russia should have initiated the process to recognize the Turkish Republic as an accomplice of terrorists long ago, with all ensuing international consequences," Obukhov told RIA Novosti. The Russian administration will investigate the information on the possible involvement of the "Grey Wolves" in the terrorist attack above Sinai, the MP said.

Feb 01 14:43

Turkish artillery shells Syrian territory – Russian military presents video proof

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

Syria’s General Staff has provided its Russian counterparts with video footage of deployment of self-propelled large caliber artillery vehicles at a Turkish frontier post, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said at media briefing on Monday.

Syrian opposition groups have also provided video evidence of the Turkish military shelling Syrian territory, he added.

Feb 01 14:13

Russia Suspects Involvement of Grey Wolves in Sinai Crash

The investigative Committee of Russia has opened a criminal case on the terrorist act that occurred onboard the aircraft A321 "Kogalymavia", which killed 224 people. According to a Kommersant source in the security services, the traces of the organizers of this terrorist attack leads to a Turkish radical nationalist organization - "Grey wolves" - associated with the banned Islamic State.

Feb 01 14:07

Visa Lifts Sanctions Against Crimea

International payment system MasterCard and Visa stopped working within Russian Crimea at the end of December 2014. It was one of the first strikes of the sanctions, which was inflicted on the rebellious Russia by the United States. It seems that times are changing. According to the authoritative American Agency Bloomberg, France and Germany are nervous about Ukraine, as are the USA. Journalists, analysts and officials that were interviewed have predicted that the lifting of sanctions against Russia will happen later this year.

Feb 01 13:13

IS THE US PLANNING TO REFORMAT UKRAINE?

According to the independent analyst Andrey Knyazev, the US is planning to completely reformat the Ukraine and it should be done somewhere in the middle of spring this year. First they will try to change the government, as well as the statehood itself. He mentioned that there are several options of how it will develop. He continues by going back into the past during the confrontation between USSR and the US when the American military doctrine carried on one large and two local wars. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the US changed this doctrine and began to assume waging three local conflicts simultaneously. Not even a year passed by and the Americas already started talking about two local conflicts. In fact, now we can see that the Americans are actually managing four local conflicts: the Middle East, the South China Sea, Ukraine and Europe which has to be persuaded to sign the so-called Trans-Atlantic pact. So, according to him the American cannot afford Ukraine as it is today.

Feb 01 13:03

Russia’s chief research institute doubts effectiveness of reusable rockets

The chief research institute under the Russian space corporation Roscosmos, TsNIIMash, doubts the economic effectiveness of using reusable launch systems, such as Falcon 9 from SpaceX... According to the research institute’s estimates, Falcon 9 with a reusable first stage may lay claim to part of the commercial launches currently being made with the medium-class vehicle Soyuz if the costs of making the first stage of the US rocket for another use will not exceed 5%-8% of the manufacturing costs. Just recently Roscosmos CEO Igor Komarov said the launch costs of the Proton-M rocket had been lowered from $90-100 million to $70 million. The costs of putting one kilogram of payload in space went down accordingly. TsNIIMash closely monitors progress in research into reusable first stages of launch vehicles and rates highly the achievements of US companies Blue Origin and SpaceX. Both managed to land their rockets after launch, the research institute said.

Feb 01 12:59

Russia’s top security official says Ukraine’s economy is controlled by Western companies

"The vector of development chosen by Kiev has in fact put Ukraine under external control. The country is losing its sovereignty and independence in the decision-making process in the domestic and foreign policy," Patrushev said. "The country’s economy is already controlled by Western companies and the leading ministries are headed by foreigners who have obtained the Ukrainian citizenship," Russia’s top security official said. Patrushev reminded that the United States and the European Union staged a state coup in Ukraine in February 2014 that brought to power "forces conducting anti-national and anti-Russian policy." "Historically, one people lives in Russia and Ukraine that is divided now. The Ukrainians are now being convinced that the Russians are their deep-rooted enemies," Patrushev said. "In Ukraine like in the fascist Germany, the far right nationalist ideology is being reinforced.

Feb 01 11:48

Tit for Tat: Russia denies SU-34 violates Turkish airspace on Friday

Moscow has denied Turkey’s accusation that a Russian Su-34 bomber violated its airspace.

Feb 01 11:45

Kiev refutes media report on Ukraine's troop deployment in Syria

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed a report published by The Independent newspaper in London on alleged plans by Kiev to join the fight against the IS (Islamic state) terrorist group in Syria, the ministry’s Ambassador at Large, Dmitry Kuleba, said on Monday. "It is fake," Kuleba said. "We are involved in active cooperation on a peace settlement in the Middle East but there are no plans for our troops' deployment in the region, including Syria and Iraq." The Independent's report said that a possible Ukrainian military contribution to the fight against IS in Syria - an idea it said was mooted by President Petro Poroshenko - would be discussed during a visit by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to Ukraine this week.

Feb 01 11:43

Over 800 Dagestan residents fighting alongside terrorists in Syria, Iraq — republic leader

"According to special agencies, in Syria and Iraq more than 800 descendants from Dagestan are fighting alongside terrorists," Abdulatipov told the republic’s parliament, the People's Assembly. The republic’s leader said the goal is to prevent the participation of Dagestanis in international terrorist organizations in the Middle East countries. "The position of Dagestanis in regard to these outcasts is unambiguous: they are traitors and enemies of the Motherland - Dagestan, Russia," he said.

Feb 01 11:40

MP: Turkey’s request to Russia to explain alleged airspace violation to NATO nonsense

"Nonsense. It looks like Turkey, in the person of its prime minister, barely understands what it wants from Russia," Frants Klintsevich, the first deputy chairman of the defense and security committee at Russia’s Federation Council upper parliament house, told journalists. He said it was at least strange to explain what had never taken place. "And what NATO secretary general has to do with that? And finally, all this hysteria around the Russian warplane that allegedly violated Turkey’s airspace is not the most direct way to a meeting between the two countries’ presidents the Turkish side has been seeking so persistently," he said. "Turkey has driven itself into a corner instead of being courageous enough to apologize, repair the damage and punish those responsible," Klintsevich noted. "And it’s sheer audacity to demand that Russia provide any explanations on the backdrop of Turkish artillery shelling of Syrian settlement, a fact that is proved by evidence."

Feb 01 11:35

Russian Foreign Ministry says it received no materials on Turkish airspace violation

"The Turkish side sent no materials or data on the alleged violation of the Turkish airspace by a Russian jet to the Russian embassy in Ankara. All the statements of the Turkish side do not correspond to reality, diplomatically speaking," the ministry said.
Turkey has provided no actual data on the incident with the alleged violation of the Turkish-Syrian border by a Russian Su-34 fighter jet, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Monday. http://tass.ru/en/politics/853640

Feb 01 11:33

Russia waiting for explanation from NATO over shelling of Syrian territory from Turkey

"Those who warn us about consequences without understanding what happened, should first of all think about the trap their Turkish partners are dragging them into," Konashenkov said. According to Konashenkov, Turkish military shell Syria’s territory from large-caliber artillery, and Russia has "irrefutable evidence" of these cases. The general said Russia’s military have received footage provided by Syria’s General Staff that shows deployment of large-caliber self-propelled artillery weapons in one of near-border areas. The ministry also received a video from Syria’s opposition showing the shelling of Syria, he said. "This is called a fact. This is irrefutable evidence that Turkey’s armed forces shell near-border Syrian settlements from large-caliber artillery systems," Maj. Gen. Konashenkov said. He showed the journalists a video that pictured a part of the Syrian-Turkish border. "This facility is a Turkish frontier post where several months ago there were no firing points," he said.

Feb 01 11:28

East Ukraine militias claim Right Sector radicals attack Ukrainian marines near Mariupol

"On January 28, a group of Right Sector militants jointly with Ukraine’s Interior Ministry police units attacked a column of the 36th marine brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. One armored personnel carrier and two trucks were destroyed in the fight that followed. There were dead and wounded from both sides. Police and army leaders arrived at the scene," the Donetsk News Agency quoted Basurin as saying. According to the DPR Defense Ministry, Right Sector provocateurs had organized the attack. They had wrongly informed the police headquarters that the DPR forces had allegedly broken the line of contact in the Mariupol direction. "Nikolai Poboiny, the head of the Mariupol national police department of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, issued a personal order to set up an ambush. For the moment, the army and law enforcement bosses are doing everything to prevent the fact from leaking into the media.

Feb 01 11:26

Russia intensifies all intelligence operations in the Middle East — defense ministry

Konashenkov noted that the Russian warplanes were targeting only the earlier reconnoitered and confirmed targets. "Coordinates of militant facilities in the zone of combat operations come from the information center deployed in Baghdad, the command of the Syrian government troops and units of patriotically-minded opposition," the general said.

Feb 01 10:23

Russia military censures Turkey over ‘premeditated provocation’

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman says the recent claim by Turkey that a Russian warplane had violated the NATO member state's airspace lacks any factual basis, describing the allegation as a "premeditated provocation."

"The hysteria launched by the Turkish side, that we define as unsubstantiated propaganda, looks pretty much like a premeditated provocation," Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Monday.

In the statement Konashenkov said Russia's military, instead, had in possession a video which showed "a Turkish artillery battery shelling a Syrian frontier village".

Feb 01 09:46

Is Ukraine MP Blaming Putin For The Flu?

Last week, we reported the uncontained U.S. lab virus dubbed by Donetsk Army officials as “Californian Flu” that killed over 20 Ukraine soldiers and hospitalized hundreds more. The deadly strain apparently escaped a U.S. military lab located near the city of Kharkov and is said to claim lives within two days. Coincidentally, reports surfaced of another flu epidemic that spread to…

Feb 01 09:27

Evidence: Is Hillary Clinton behind BLM Land Grab, To Sell Uranium To Russia?

Feb 01 09:05

Russia's Had Enough: No More 'Business as Usual' With US

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave a remarkable press conference that was entirely ignored by western media: For Russia, there will be no more ‘business as usual’ with the European Union or the United States. A new stage of history is dawning which can develop only on the basis of equal rights and all other principles of international law.

Feb 01 08:02

Ukraine Mulling Military Deployment to Syria – Reports

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry is considering sending troops to fight Daesh militants in Syria at the request from President Petro Poroshenko, a UK newspaper cited its source in the Ukrainian government as saying Sunday.

Feb 01 08:01

Flu Epidemic Emerged From U.S Bacteriologic Laboratory in Kramatorsk

"In the area of Kramatorsk there is bacteriologic laboratory belonging to the USA. There was a leak, of the virus H1N1, so-called Swine flu, but it has menacing potential, as there was a leak of the virus causing fulminant of severe pneumonia. Very often the carriers of virus have them both. In the beginning it affected Ukrainian soldiers en masse, DPR intelligence reported that bodies were just left in the snow and nearly 40 bodies were taken from a single unit. Then it spreaded to the front line. The situation is very difficult" - he wrote on his page on LiveJournal.

"All the doctors are aware of what they are facing. These are artificially derived viruses!

Feb 01 08:00

Ukraine Asks French TV to Refrain From Broadcasting Movie About the Events in Odessa

A request has been made to the French channel Canal+ by the Embassy of Ukraine in Paris to waive the broadcast of the film "Ukraine, The masks of the revolution". This is stated on the website of the diplomatic department on Facebook.

"We were disappointed to learn that on February 1st, Canal+, as part of a special investigation, will air the documentary "The mask of the revolution", which gives the viewer a false impression of the situation in Ukraine", states the message.

Feb 01 01:42

Russia’s truck shipments across Turkey impossible due to expired licence

Russia’s truck shipments across Turkey are impossible as the Turkish agreements received in 2015 expired on January 31, 2016, the Association of International Road Transport Carriers (ASMAP) reported on Monday. "Up to the present moment the Turkish side hasn’t accorded the quota of agreements for 2016. Currently, Russia’s Transport Ministry is assuming measures to settle the issue as proposals on exchange of agreements have been repeatedly submitted to the Turkish side," the report said.

Feb 01 01:41

Russian inspectors to perform observation flight over Turkey — Russian Defense Ministry

Russian inspectors will perform an observation flight over the territory of Turkey within the framework of the Open Skies Treaty, a senior Russian Defense Ministry official said. "As part of implementation of the international Open Skies Treaty, a Russian group of inspectors plans to conduct a surveillance flight on board a Russian An-30B aircraft over the territory of Turkey," chief of the ministry’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergey Ryzhkov said. "The observation flight will be performed on February 1-5, 2016 from the Eskisehir airfield," Ryzhkov said, adding that maximum range of the flight will be 1,900 kilometers. This will be the first observation flight by Russia over the territories of the Open Skies treaty members in 2016. He said the flight would be conducted along an agreed route, and Turkish specialists on board will control the use of surveillance equipment and observation of treaty provisions.

Feb 01 01:35

Poroshenko’s party agrees to overhaul government but wants Yatsenyuk to stay as PM

Earlier on Sunday, Tatiana Ostrikova, a member the Samopomich (Self-Assistance) faction in the Ukrainian parliament, said her faction had expressed no-confidence to the Arseniy Yatsenyuk government and demanded resignation of the entire cabinet. "The Samopomich faction has taken a decision on no-confidence to this government. We demand resignation of the government, including resignation of the prime minister as a manager who has failed reforms and turned to be unable to lead this government team," she said. She did not rule out that in case the government remained as it was Samopomoshch could quit the majority in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament)...

Feb 01 01:31

Source claims Donetsk outskirts were shelled overnight

Kiev forces shelled overnight two villages and the Volvo Center area in the western and northern outskirts of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, a source in the law enforcement agencies of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said on Monday. "The Ukrainian forces began shelling the Zhabichevo village at around 11.30 p.m. The fire later targeted the outskirts of the neighboring Volvo Center. At around the same time the Trudovskiye village was shelled," the source told the Donetsk news agency. The Ukrainian forces carried out the shelling from the positions in the Pesky and Maryinka villages using the mortars with the caliber of 82 mm and 120 mm, the SPG (tripod-mounted man-portable 73 mm recoilless gun) and small arms, according to the source.

Jan 31 14:38

Tomenko: "Poroshenko Does Not Know What to Do With Donbass"

The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, understands that the special status of Donbass will never pass in Parliament. This was announced by MP of Ukraine Mykola Tomenko: "Poroshenko doesn't know what to do with Donbass, so he has had to freeze this question. He's waiting for something to happen: Perhaps Merkel will extend sanctions against Russia for 10 years, maybe something will happen with Putin. He understands that neither the amendments to the Constitution required for the special status of Donbass, nor the decentralization proposed in the existing bill, will gain 300 votes. Forget about the special status of Donbass, it will never pass in Parliament". As a reminder, earlier the Deputy of the People's Council DPR, Vladislav Brig, said that the return of the republics within the Ukrainian State, while the current Kiev authorities are in power, will not happen.

Jan 31 14:35

DPR Deputy: "Donbass will not return to Ukraine - neither by Federation or Confederation"

The United States is fully controlling the Kiev regime, to make the existence of DPR and LPR impossible as part of a Ukrainian state, said the Deputy of the People's Council DPR Vladislav Brig. "I don't see any reason for the authorities in Kiev to change, in 10-15 years there will be Russophobic American power. Therefore, Donbass, in any form, neither Federal, nor Confederate, will not return to Ukraine", said the politician. "When we went to the dialogue in March 2014, we would have agreed on the establishment of the Federation. But it was trampled with a boot. This included Ukrainian tanks, Grad's falling down on our houses. How many of our people have been killed? And today how can we tell the relatives of dead that we are going back to those who brought them so much grief " said the Deputy of the people's Council DPR.

Jan 31 14:33

Flu Epidemic Emerged From U.S Bacteriologic Laboratory in Kramatorsk

The epidemic of an artificial strain of flu was deliberately released from the USA bacteriologic lab in Kramatorsk. This was reported by sources among the doctors of the town who spoke to blogger Viktor Peshkov. "In the area of Kramatorsk there is bacteriologic laboratory belonging to the USA. There was a leak, of the virus H1N1, so-called Swine flu, but it has menacing potential, as there was a leak of the virus causing fulminant of severe pneumonia. Very often the carriers of virus have them both. In the beginning it affected Ukrainian soldiers en masse, DPR intelligence reported that bodies were just left in the snow and nearly 40 bodies were taken from a single unit. Then it spreaded to the front line. The situation is very difficult" - he wrote on his page on LiveJournal. "All the doctors are aware of what they are facing. These are artificially derived viruses!

Jan 31 14:13

FAKE UKRAINE

“I propagate Nazism, terror, genocide. But no matter – I am not a bad person. Justification: the “war for peace” – said the girl, which was chosen for the model on its social network by the magazine “Elle”.

Jan 31 13:12

Russian-Egyptian inter-governmental commission begins work in Cairo

The joint Russian-Egyptian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation is beginning its work in Cairo on Sunday. Its tenth meeting will be held in the Egyptian capital under the guidance of the Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov and Egyptian Minister of Industry, Foreign Trade, Small and Medium Enterprises Tarek Kabil. It will last until February 2. Representatives of about 60 Russia’s largest companies interested in the implementation of infrastructure projects in the energy sector, supply of machinery and equipment and transport in Egypt are taking part in it...

Jan 31 13:07

Ukraine looking at temporary closure of crossing points along engagement line in Donbass

"The command of the ATO [the so-called anti-terrorist operation in Donbass - TASS] forces in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions is looking at a possibility of temporary closure of crossing points with a relevant appeal to international organizations involved in the monitoring of the implementation of the Minsk agreements," the press center said, explaining the move by the aggravation of the situation in the area and possible provocations. Ukraine’s state border service however reports active movement of people across the line of engagement. "The passenger and transport traffic at the crossing points has been intense," a spokesman for the border service said on Sunday, adding that the traffic had deceased over the past day.

Jan 31 13:06

DPR defense ministry reports 43 ceasefire violations by Ukrainian troops in past day

"Ukrainian troops opened fire at the republic’s territory 124 times in 43 episodes of ceasefire violation," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. According to the DPR defense ministry, Ukrainian troops shelled the area around the former Donetsk airport, including the Volvo Center, the settlements of Zhabichevo and Spartak, and the villages of Staromikhailovka and Trudovskiye in Donetsk’s western suburbs, as well as the settlement of Signalnoye south of Donetsk, the settlement of Zaitsevo in Gorlovka’s northern suburb and Gagarin mines in Gorlovka. Fire was open from 120mm and 82mm mortars, armored vehicles, grenade launchers and firearms. "The Ukrainian side continues to use banned weapons from its positions in the buffer zone. Casualties and damages are specified in the settlement of Sakhanka," the spokesman said.

Jan 31 12:57

Turkish foreign minister: data on Russia’s alleged airspace violation referred to Moscow

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday all information about the alleged violation of Turkey’s airspace by a Russian fighter jet has been referred to Russia. Russia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday denied the claims by Turkey. Konashenkov said: "I am convinced that even Turkish air defense specialists know that radar stations controlling airspace may only register the altitude, course and speed of the object in the air. None of these radars is capable of establishing the type and state affiliation of the air object - Russia or the US-led so-called anti-ISIL coalition." He said this is only possible with the help of "direct visual contact from another aircraft, which did not take place." "Only illiterate propagandists who have watched many Hollywood action movies may speak seriously that the radars were used by someone to warn someone ‘in Russian and English’," Konashenkov said.

Jan 31 12:48

Warsaw refuses to prolong licenses for truck haulage between Poland, Russia

Poland has turned down Russia's proposal to prolong the 2015 licences for truck haulage between the two countries through to February 15, 2016, the press service of the Russian Transport Ministry said on Saturday. However, both Russian and Polish truckage companies will have an opportunity to return their trucks to the country of incorporation. "The Russian side proposed to prolong the 2015 licenses through to February 15, 2016, so as to avert the halting of cargo haulage but unfortunately the Polish officials turned this proposal down and agreed only to give the truckers from both countries, who will have entered the territory of either country before January 31, 2016, to return to the country of registration using the same licenses regardless of the type of haulage transit bilateral or into the territory of a third country," the report said.

Jan 31 12:23

Ukraine has asked the French channel to cancel the screening of the film about Maidan

The Ukrainian Embassy in France asked the TV channel Canal+ to not broadcast the film "Ukraine, revolution of the mask" directed by Paul Moreira. As reported "?????????????.net" the diplomatic mission said on its page in Facebook. "We were disappointed to learn that on 1 February Canal+, as part of the special investigation provides the documentary "the Mask of the revolution", which gives the viewer a false impression of the situation in Ukraine", — said in a statement.

Jan 31 12:14

Trucks from Russia will be able to leave Poland before February 15

Earlier it was reported that the freight transport between Russia and Poland may be ceased from the 1st of February.
"The Ministry of transport of Russia jointly with the Ministry of infrastructure and construction of the Republic of Poland decided, in accordance with which the vehicle entered on the basis of permits of 2015 on the territory of Poland until 31 January 2016, on the basis of these permits to return to the Russian Federation not later than February 15, 2016", — stated in the text of the official message. This authorization will cover all types of vehicles, regardless of type of transport.

Jan 31 09:48

Erdogan warns Russia will 'face consequences' after airspace violation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned Russia it will "face consequences" after Ankara accused Moscow of a new violation of its airspace.

Jan 31 09:32

Chaos and war on Russia’s border

Dear friends,

This is a conversation between one of the foremost Russian experts on the Ukraine, Rostislav Ishchenko, and one of the best know Russian military experts, Igor Korotchenko. Both of them have Ukrainian last names and Ishchenko actually worked for several Ukrainian presidents. These two guys really know what is going on and both of them enjoy a superb access to Russian decision-makers. In this conversation they discuss the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and other national security issues in great detail and from many aspects. This is why I asked Eugenia to subtitle this video even though it is a very long one (1 hour and 20 minutes). An immense THANK YOU to Eugenia for taking on such a huge task (even though she has a demanding job and a family!). The fact that such long, but detailed and extremely interesting conversations are translated by volunteers of the Saker Community greatly contributes to make our blogs something unique.

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Jan 31 09:20

New Turkish Airspace Violation Claim Excuse for Su-24 Downing – Lawmaker

Turkey claims that another Russian warplane has violated its airspace in an attempt to deceive the international community and justify the November downing of a Su-24 bomber, a senior Russian lawmaker said Sunday.

Jan 31 08:33

Stratfor: Washington will not permit any rapprochement between Germany and Russia

Strengthening of partnership between Germany and Russia would strengthen both countries, but Takada developments would represent a threat to US interests - an assessment of the founder of Stratfor, George Friedman.

He runs the largest US private intelligence and analytical company, for which many rightly say that "the CIA in the shadows." Insofar is indicative that in an interview with Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten pointed out:

"Germany today is under enormous pressure and it is economically vulnerable, and it needed the active cooperation with other countries. However, Berlin is in the choice of partners it's pretty limited. For the greatest benefit would that comprehensive rapprochement with Russia, but he knows that this would cause enormous discontent United States. "

Friedman openly claims to be an important goal of Washington, from whose realization would not give up, just disable warming between Germany and Russia:

Jan 31 05:45

War in Syria: Russia’s ‘rustbucket’ military delivers a hi-tech shock to West and Israel

Their army’s equipment and strategy was “outmoded”; their air force’s bombs and missiles were “more dumb than smart”; their navy was “more rust than ready”. For decades, this was Western military leaders’ view, steeped in condescension, of their Russian counterparts. What they have seen in Syria and Ukraine has come as a shock.

Jan 30 18:19

Syrian Army outflanks ISIS fighters in eastern Aleppo – Map update

Pretty soon they will have ISIS in a Cauldron and they will be rolled up and destroyed Like G.A. Custer at the Little Big Horn,which is why Erdogan is screaming bloody murder!

Earlier today, Tiger Forces captured the village of Tanouza as government troops continue to defeat ISIS fighters in eastern Aleppo. Just yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army captured Afesh village while also advancing from newly liberated Wadiah. The main government push seems to be west from Kuweiris Airbase towards the city of Aleppo; meanwhile, sporadic clashes continue relentlessly a few miles from Deir Hafer and Al-Bab.

Regrettably from an Islamist perspective, local ISIS fighters witness themselves desperately trying to predict the next advance by Tiger Forces. Meanwhile, government troops find themselves in high morale as they continue to seize momentum while gradually passing through a collapsing Islamic State line of defence.

Jan 30 09:02

A 13-year-old girl from a Russian-speaking community in Berlin was not kidnapped and sexually assaulted by immigrant men as previously reported, but simply spent the night with an acquaintance.

Russia's foreign minister has poured oil on a firestorm surrounding the alleged kidnapping and rape of a Russian-speaking teenager by asylum seekers in Berlin, charging that there's been a cover-up by German officials who say the crime never took place.

Jan 30 08:16

THE NUMBER OF BELIEVERS AMONG SERVICEMEN OF RUSSIAN ARMED FORCES DOUBLES

The percentage of believers among the servicemen in the Russia’s Armed Forces has increased more than twice since 2001 and now they make up 76 percent of the total number of military men, reported head of Directorate for working with religious servicemen at the Chief Directorate for educational work in the Russian army Alexander Surovtsev on Tuesday to the journalists.

Jan 30 07:42

Security alert regime announced in Dagestan’s three districts

An anti-terrorist security alert regime has been announced in three districts of the North Caucasus’ Dagestan republic, a spokesman of the National Anti-Terror Committee told TASS on Saturday. "At 6:00 on January 30, in the Buinaksk, Karabudahkentsk and Kumtorkalinsk districts in Dagestan was announced the anti-terrorist security alert regime," the source said. "Militants are being searched there".
Dagestan blocks access to 40 extremist sites 2016 http://tass.ru/en/politics/853349

Jan 30 07:39

Rightwing radicals hang Ukrainian president's effigy in front of Roschen store in Lvov

Several hundreds of activists of rightwing radical volunteer brigades (Svoboda, the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, the Right Sector, Ukrainian National Assembly Ukrainian People's Self-Defence, Tornado Battalion) hanged President Petro Poroshenko's effigy in front a store belonging to Poroshenko's private company Roschen in the western city of Lvov, Vesti digital publication said. "The fighters wearing fatigues sprinkled the walls of the store with swine blood and hanged the effigy on a decorative tree in front of the entrance with the chocolate head down," the report said...

Jan 30 07:37

Ukrainian military responsible for 25 violations of ceasefire regime - DPR

"The Ukrainian military opened fire 224 times on the territory of the republic during 25 violations of the ceasefire regime," the ministry said. Under the fire was the area around the Donetsk airport, the Volvo Center, as well as Zhabichevo, Spartak, Alexandrovka, Zaitsevo, Golmovsky, Sakhanka and Kominternovo. The military used artillery and 120mm mortars - 91 times, 82mm mortars - 109 times, IFV (infantry fighting vehicle) - 5 times, as well as grenade launchers and small arms, the defense ministry said.

Jan 30 07:11

‘US after undermining Russia polls with graft claims against Putin’

Moscow has hit out at US over American officials’ corruption claims against Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying such ‘insulting’ allegations aim to influence Russia’s presidential election.

Jan 30 07:10

Russia calls not to underestimate role of Dutch referendum on EU association with Ukraine

The significance of the Dutch referendum on the ratification of the European Union’s association agreement with Ukraine should not be underestimated, Russia’s Permanent Representative at the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said on Friday. "The Dutch government is seeking to put a good face on I would not say what," he said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel. "It is obviously not the right time for them, bearing in mind that the Netherlands’ six-month presidency in the European Union Council started from January 1."

Jan 30 07:09

"Pedophiles" on an International Scale

The Pseudo-patriotic segment of the Ukrainian part of the Internet gladly picked up the cheap falsified link between "pedophilia" and Putin on the grounds that he once somewhere kissed a child on camera.

So, to avoid being accused of the forgery of facts, please refer to the English Wikipedia:

Baby kissing is a practice where politicians kiss babies in order to garner public support. The practice appears to have originated during the era of Jacksonian democracy along with other techniques such as "banners, badges, parades, barbecues, free drinks and baby kissing [which were used] in an effort to 'get out the vote'".

Jan 30 06:49

WORLD WAR III - THE NEW AXIS OF EVIL

The alliances and proxies of the Syrian Front explained.
The concept that humanity is teetering on the edge of third world war is no longer the domain of the lunatic fringe.

Those of you who have been paying attention know that in reality, the war is already underway. In this video we're going examine the profiles of the key players and the alliances they've formed, expose their motives, and present evidence of crimes that they've already committed. All of our sources will be linked below.

Clearly it is not in the interest of the anti-Assad axis to eliminate ISIS. The United States and France are keen to make a show of airstrikes and special forces, but what they really want is the ability to operate in Syria militarily. This is the only way they'll have any chance of influencing the outcome.

Jan 30 05:56

Medinskiy caught Poland in the information war against Russia

TV presenter Maria Pshelomets discussed with the Minister the decision of the Polish authorities to dismantle the bas-relief of General Chernyakhovsky, who, in her words killed her grandfather. As Medinskiy said, after the end of the broadcast presenter confessed to him that she made up the story. "She said with a smile: "You know, my grandfather died many years later, somewhere in Siberia, I said that for imagery". So here for imagery to form a view about Russia and Russians in Poland. Unfortunately," Medinskiy added. After the incident aired, the TV station TVP fired the producer Marek Kunkevich due to the fact that he apologized to Medinskiy for the behavior of Maria Pshelomets during the interview.

Jan 30 02:41

THE NUMBER OF BELIEVERS AMONG SERVICEMEN OF RUSSIAN ARMED FORCES DOUBLES

The percentage of believers among the servicemen in the Russia’s Armed Forces has increased more than twice since 2001 and now they make up 76 percent of the total number of military men, reported head of Directorate for working with religious servicemen at the Chief Directorate for educational work in the Russian army Alexander Surovtsev on Tuesday to the journalists.

Jan 29 14:23

McCain Wants to Stop US Air Force From Importing Russian Rockets

Sen. John McCain is introducing legislation on Thursday to prohibit the use of Russian-made rockets in the U.S. space program, but analysts predict it will face resistance from his own party.
RD-180 engines are used in the first stage of the US-made Atlas booster rockets. The US industry does not produce an analogue to the Russian RD-180 engine. Chief editor of "Arsenal of the Fatherland" Viktor Murakhovsky told Pravda.Ru that "the Americans use these engines for their most ambitious scientific and military programs, such as the launch of the spacecraft to Pluto." "They have no other alternative, as they intend to build their own engine like that some time in 2020". http://www.pravdareport.com/news/world/28-01-2016/133189-rd_180_rocket...

Jan 29 14:07

You have now landed in Geneva, Syria

Let’s start with last summer, when Iranian Quds Force superstar commander Qasem Soleimani laid down the law, in person, in Moscow, establishing without a doubt the grim situation across the Syrian theater of war.

Essentially Soleimani told the Kremlin and Russian intelligence that Aleppo might be about to fall; that Jabhat al-Nusra was at the doors of southern Damascus; that Idlib had fallen; and Latakia – home to Russia’s naval base at Tartus – would be next.

One can imagine the effect of this jolt of realpolitik on President Putin’s mind. That clinched his resolution to stop the fall of Syria, and prevent it from becoming a Libyan remix.

It’s easy to pinpoint who’s livid with all the Russian action: Saudi Arabia, Turkey and – last but not least – the ‘Empire of Chaos’, all at the table in Geneva.

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This is about to get very nasty very quickly, until we have some adults in the room ratcheting the tensions down here.

Turkey is a NATO member, and if attacked by Russia, may well - as is its privilege as a NATO member - invoke Article 5 of the NATO CHARTER, which states that when one member is attacked, it is as though all NATO members are attacked, and must come to the aid of the attacked party.

This potentially places NATO against Russia, in a military military conflict which will have intense international repercussions.

Let's say, we are looking at the fuse well and truly lit for World War III for real.

Jan 29 13:33

Details emerge about Russia's mysterious Ebola vaccine

In January 2016, Russian authorities announced a vaccine for the Ebola virus, which killed thousands of people in West Africa last year. Officials, however, did not go into detail about how it works or how in less than two years researchers managed to develop a unique drug that has no equivalent in the world. According to RBTH's sources, the new vaccine might in fact have been conceived to fight against biological weapons...

Jan 29 13:24

Obama = killer? Activists put provocative banner opposite US embassy in Moscow

Jan 29 12:51

Should Russia take US clowning seriously?

So if that is the case, a pretty black-and-white statement, why have we not yet seen sanctions against Putin?..
Needless to say that the White House is fed up with all the talk about "Obama's weakness." To demonstrate its force, the US administration chooses, among other things, to attack the Russian president. The relations between Russia and the United States are still on a low level, and the Obama administration will not be able to improve them this year. Therefore, the US administration assumed that speaking "rubbish" about Russia would be just fine. Do we have to expect any development on the topic of Putin's corruption or do they just know it? Obviously, any improvement of relations between Russia and the United States is out of the question now. The White House has burnt all the bridges.

Jan 29 12:47

Kremlin waits for explanation from US officials on corruption accusations against Putin

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters earlier today that such groundless statements aim to play the card of Vladimir Putin in upcoming elections both in the United States and Russia. The spokesman said that US admits its weakness by making such statements. "We are confident that this is not a demonstration of force but rather of weakness and powerlessness. This will not affect neither Putin nor Russia in any way," he noted. As a press secretary, Peskov said he would never have made such accusations against a leader of a foreign country. "This is an absolutely unacceptable statement from the point of view of general practice of international relations, a groundless (accusation)," he said. "This is so obvious that it is hard to analyze it," he added. "It is impossible for us to imagine. If I had insulted the US president like this, I would have been fired," the Kremlin spokesman said.

Jan 29 12:36

White House: Claims of Putin’s Corruption Are ‘Administration’s View’

Earlier this week, Treasury undersecretary Adam Szubin told a BBC program that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “the picture of corruption.” Questions about whether Szubin went off-script or was reflecting official US allegations were resolved today, when the White House affirmed that Szubin’s comments amount to an official “administration view.”

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Given all the corruption of the US government, including the White House spokesperson's statement today that many of Hillary Clinton's emails are "too damaging to release", this Putin-bashing appears to be desperation on the cusp of madness.

But it is what a government will do when it is attempting to demonize a foreign political figure as a prelude to war.

Jan 29 12:33

The U.S Has Spent a Trillion Dollars to Catch up With Russia

The Obama administration intends to spend a trillion dollars in the next 15 years, about half the annual defence budget of the USA, on the modernization of the arsenal of cruise missiles, writes The Economist. The reason for opening one of the most expensive military programs was the demonstration of the Russian cruise missiles "Kalibr", dispelling the myth of the hegemony of the United States in the field of precision weapons. None of our ships are able to destroy the enemy ship using the standard weapons at a distance greater than 100 kilometers (the range of American anti-ship CU "Harpoon"). And none of the ships are capable of launching these missiles since their 1999 entrance into the service of the Navy," said the Deputy Director of the Center for the study of American naval power at the Hudson Institute, Bryan McGrath. However, US military commanders do not understand the panic because of the accumulated arsenal of thousands of "Tomahawks"...

Jan 29 12:23

The U.S And Turkey Are Creating A "Kosovo" in the Kherson Region

The "face" of the blockade of Crimea, the businessman and former Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean government, Lenur Islyamov, claims to be the first Ukrainian Vice-Governor to have his own army. A source in the Kherson regional state administration reported on January 26th to Ukrainian media that officials in Kiev had given candidate Islyamov a new job. We are actually talking about illegal armed groups, despite the Poroshenko administration pledging to disarm such groups, according to the Minsk 2.0 agreements... Deputy head of oblast... The Cabinet of Ministers in its decision introduced this position in the regional administrations, whose territory bordered the combat zone — Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, Lugansk, Kharkiv and Kherson regions. But if you look at a map of Ukraine, Kherson region is the only one not having access to Donetsk or Lugansk. But Kherson region directly borders Crimea, and all land border crossings are located on its territory.

Jan 29 12:16

Pentagon Seeks ‘Hundreds More’ US Troops in Iraq and Syria

Last week, Pentagon officials were talking up a few hundred additional “trainers” for the ISIS war in Iraq and Syria. This appears to have just been the start, as reports now suggest that over the last several weeks, the Pentagon has sought another 800 US troops for the war.

800 would be a big deployment for a war in which the “no boots on the ground” mantra has continued to be repeated by the administration, so the plan is to split this up over several deployments. Over the past 18 months, the US has brought some 3,700 troops into Iraq, over a large number of small escalations.

Absent from the Pentagon push for ever more troops is the question of if the Iraqi government will go along with it. Several times in the past they’ve expressed annoyance at the US announcing escalations before asking them, and several Shi’ite militias in Iraq have complained that the US presence is already far too large.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the White House, Pentagon, and State Department are, collectively, suffering from SMD (Selective Memory Disorder), and I can demonstrate very clearly why.

Fact: Iraq doesn't want more US military troops.

And does anyone beside me happen to remember the Shiite Cleric, Muqtada Al Sadr?!?

Does anyone else beside me in Foggy Bottom, any adults in the room there remember the Mahdi militia he used to lead?!?

Does anyone beside me in DC remember that he threatened, if US troops did not leave PRECISELY on the date stipulated in the SOFA Agreement with Iraq, that our military would be "fair game" for his militia?!?

How happy is this guy going to be with more American deployments coming to his country?

And the question which SHOULD be keeping Sec Def Carter awake at nights is, how long would it take for this man to "get the band back together", i.e., how long would it take him to reconstitute the Mahdi militia?!?

Unfortunately, should he choose to do so, the logical short answer is, not long at all.

So let's turn our attention to Syria.

ISIS, US government trained and funded, was established to create regime change in this country.

Basshar Al-Assad, Syria's president, invited Russia to get rid of all the jihadists in his country, including ISIS.

The escalation of an American military presence will GUARANTEE, at some point or another, a military confrontation with Russia, which is a really, really bad idea.

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 the military option so scarily dangerous.

I have become singularly disenchanted with a Federal Government which sees war as the only way to get what it wants, rather than good faith, hard-won negotiations, and appears to be hell-bent on preserving and enhancing the wealth of the 1%, even at the cost of sheer misery for most of the rest of us, in doing so.

All I can tell you, is that something wicked this way comes; and unfortunately, the US Federal Government will be both morally practically responsible for generating Big Mistake # III.

Jan 29 11:52

Donetsk republic militia report 153 episodes of shelling by Kiev forces over past day

"Ukrainian troops opened fire at the republic’s territory 153 times. As a result, they committed 23 violations of the ceasefire regime. Ukrainian troops used tanks, mortars of 82mm and 120mm caliber, armored personnel carriers, anti-aircraft systems, anti-tank guns and firearms," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. According to the DPR defense ministry, the settlements of Trudovskiye in Donetsk’s western suburb, Zhabichevo, Lozovsky and Spartak, as well as the area of the Volvo Center in the vicinity of the former Donetsk airport, the airport and the village of Naberezhnoye came under fire. Earlier, the DPR defense ministry reported 148 episodes of shelling along the engagement line in Donbass by Ukrainian troops on Thursday.

Jan 29 11:51

Russian weapons exported to Fiji at its official request — foreign ministry

Russian weapons are being supplied to Fiji at the official request from that country and will be used to boost the efficiency of a peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday. "Reports about more ‘Russian traces’ spotted, this time, in the south of the Pacific have turned to be another failure of conspiracy theorists," she said. "A batch of Russian small arms and munitions is being supplied to Fiji at the official request of that country. These weapons will be used by Fiji’s mechanized infantry battalion which part of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) deployed in the Golan Heights." Russia will expand comprehensive practical cooperation with Fiji and other southern Pacific states, including in the military technical sphere. "Such cooperation is not meant to interfere into their domestic affairs and is not aimed against third countries".

Jan 29 11:41

UN Peace Talks on Syria Remain Stalled

Vijay Prashad says the government in Damascus has made significant gains inside Syria with the help of its allies, and this has changed the tenor of the Western response to Russia

Jan 29 11:19

Ben Carson Dazzles At Fox News Republican Debate By Revealing 'Putin Is A One-Horse Country'

Overlooking the fact Ukraine is not a NATO member, the doctor ploughed on: "I think we ought to put in our missile-defense system. I think we ought to give Ukraine offensive weapons, and I think we ought to fight them on an economic basis, because Putin is a one-horse country — oil and energy."

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Jan 29 10:51

MP: PACE representatives won't be able to monitor Russian State Duma election in 2016

"The absence of the Russian delegation in PACE means not only our physical absence from Strasbourg during sessions and absence in the meeting room," Pushkov said. "All forms of cooperation that existed between Russia and PACE — preparation of reports by PACE on the Russian territory, visits by representatives and members of monitoring missions, our contacts with PACE’s official representatives — everything is cancelled," he noted. "Consequently, PACE’s participation in monitoring Russian elections is cancelled as well," the lawmaker stressed.
Russia welcomes decision of Swedish court of appeal on Yukos case — justice ministry http://tass.ru/en/politics/852960

Jan 29 09:54

Punisher of the Seas: How The "Kalibr" Of "Buyan" Makes NATO Tremble

The word "small" in the title of this ship points out only its capacity of water displacement – the MRK project 21631 is 949 tons, which is comparable to the corvette class. The tonnage is really small, as initially, the project "Buyan-M" was designed as the type of ship not ideal for ocean spaces, but for operations in closed maritime areas for the protection of economic zones (for example in Russia – the Black, Caspian and Azov seas).

Jan 29 09:48

NATO’s increased military presence in E. Europe doesn’t mean return to Cold War – Stoltenberg

NATO will continue increasing its presence in Eastern Europe as Russia remains a serious security challenge for the block, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said as he presented his annual report.

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"There is no new Cold War. We are calling it the Chilly Confrontation this time!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 29 09:00

Special services prevent infiltration of IS group preparing terrorist attacks in Russia

"Some time ago a group of blatant gunmen consisting of four people was sent from Syria, their task was to carry out a terrorist attack in one of the cities," Andrey Przhezdomsky told reporters. The gunmen had arrived in Russia legally and rented a house where they equipped a base and bought components for explosive devices. "The operative control over them was established from the very beginning, they have been detained and await trial," he said.

Jan 29 08:56

Lavrov in talks with Kerry expressed indignation over US corruption accusations

"It was stressed that the blame for delicately fanning tensions in bilateral relations lies fully on Washington," the foreign ministry said. The telephone conversation was held on the initiative of the US side, and the sides also discussed the situation in Syria.
"Of course, the president is familiar with those statements. He also considers them to be absolutely unacceptable and inappropriate for such high-ranking officials from the United States," Peskov said answering a TASS question. http://tass.ru/en/politics/853066

Jan 29 08:49

Artillery bombardments hamper OSCE monitors’ visit to Naberezhnoye village in DPR

DPR Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin and deputy Chief of Staff of the People’s Militia Corps Igor Yaschenko earlier said that the Ukrainian armed forces had begun to work out plans to carry out subversive activities and terrorist attacks against members of the OSCE mission "with a view to withdrawing the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) and deploy the NATO peacekeeping contingent to the area of the so-called anti-terrorist operation."

Jan 29 08:48

Militia say Ukrainian military shell Luhansk republic from grenade launcher, IFV

"On January 28, at 7:28p.m., the Ukrainian military opened fire eight times from IFV-2 [infantry fighting vehicle] and from an AGS-17 [automatic grenade launcher] from positions near the Luganskoye settlement aiming at the Kalinovka settlement," the militia said in a statement.
"The shelling of the airport began at around 9.00 p.m. [6.00 p.m. GMT]. Later the Volvo Center came under fire from the Ukrainian units," the source told the Donetsk news agency. http://tass.ru/en/world/852989
Russia takes for treatment 140 children injured in DPR during conflict in Donbass: Over the time of the armed conflict in Donbass, in the DPR territory 78 children were killed in shelling and other actions by the Ukrainian military http://tass.ru/en/politics/852980

Jan 28 23:48

Western State Terrorists Slander Putin

Washington and London are all-out to demonize Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Only days after a British judge insinuated that Putin had ordered the murder of a former Russian intelligence agent, the BBC and the American Treasury Department were accusing the Russian president of financial corruption. Meanwhile, in the world of hard facts Washington and London are guilty of state terrorism involving the murder of millions of innocent people. We may marvel at the discrepancy. It’s called brainwashing

Jan 28 16:00

Donations to the Clinton Foundation, and a Russian Uranium Takeover

Uranium investors’ efforts to buy mining assets in Kazakhstan and the United States led to a takeover bid by a Russian state-owned energy company. The investors gave millions to the Clinton Foundation over the same period, while Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s office was involved with approving the Russian bid.

Jan 28 15:50

Cheering a ‘Democratic’ Coup in Ukraine

There was always a measure of hypocrisy but Official Washington used to at least pretend to stand for “democracy,” rather than taking such obvious pleasure in destabilizing elected governments, encouraging riots, overturning constitutional systems and then praising violent putsches.

Jan 28 15:50

Nazi Roots of Ukraine’s Conflict

The latest issue of Foreign Policy magazine, one of the leading journals in its field, offers a two-page photo essay on “what to see, do, and buy” in Lviv, a picturesque city in the Western Ukraine. “Amid the turmoil that has rocked Ukraine over the past two years,” the article gushes, “Lviv has stood firmly as a stronghold of national culture, language, and identity.”

Jan 28 15:05

BREAKING ALERT: RUSSIAN FIGHTER JET INTERCEPTS U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT BY 20 FEET!

The event occurred when a Russian S U 27 jet fighter came within just 20 feet of a U S R C 1 35 reconnaissance aircraft when it was well within international airspace and far away from any Russian territory.

Navy Captain Daniel Hernandez, chief spokesman for the U.S. European Command, told the Washington Free Beacon quote, “On January 25 an R C 1 35 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian S u 27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner. We are looking into the issue.”

U S officials reported the S U 27 flew alongside the R C 1 35, then performed an aggressive banking turn away from the intelligence jet disturbing the controllability of the U S aircraft.

Jan 28 12:58

Assessing a Murder Case Against Putin

Once Western media demonizes a foreign leader it becomes hard to assess allegations because if you express doubt, you’re dubbed an “apologist.” But careful analysis is still crucial as Russia Insider editor Alexander Mercouris offers on the British claim that Russian President Putin “probably” ordered a murder in London.

Jan 28 12:28

Trouble Brewing in Syria: Is US-Led Coalition Preparing for Advance?

US Vice President Joe Biden's recent visit to Turkey indicates that Washington is not inclined to pressure Ankara into halting its anti-Kurdish crackdown nor its military deployments near the rich Iraqi oilfields of Mosul, F. William Engdahl notes.

On January 24 US Vice President Joseph Biden held intensive meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

F. William Engdahl, American-German researcher, historian and strategic risk consultant, believes that the Obama administration manipulates both the ambitious Turkish President Erdogan and the impulsive Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, indulging their militarism and greed.

"The Washington game seems to be to give the Saudi-Turkish duo enough rope to hang themselves in a mad power grab of Syrian and Iraqi oil riches and perhaps, if they are really mad enough, of Iran's oilfields too," the researcher remarks in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report and analysis are true (and I have a great deal of respect for the work of Bill Engdahl), heaven help this planet.

There is going to be a point past which Russia cannot NOT respond militarily in Syria, and it almost appears that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been tasked with "playing picador" here in a proxy war against Russia.

Turkey, a NATO member, may well be goaded by the US and NATO into making some kind of military aggression against Russia, then will invoke Article 5 of the NATO AGREEMENT, which states:

Highlights Collective defence means that an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies. The principle of collective defence is enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. NATO invoked Article 5 for the first time in its history after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States. NATO has taken collective defence measures on several occasions, for instance in response to the situation in Syria and in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. NATO has standing forces on active duty that contribute to the Alliance’s collective defence efforts on a permanent basis. This principle is enshrined in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which states that an attack on one Ally shall be considered an attack on all Allies.

There is only two minor problems with declaring war against Russia, somewhat akin to twin 6,000 lb gorillas, snoozing on the Boesendorfer; neither the US, nor NATO, have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

The second problem is that of the difference in the ethics, and performance, of weapons manufacturers, between Russia, the US, and the West.

When weapons developers in Russia deliver, their products work as advertised, and then some, upon first deployment.

With Western (and particularly US) weapons manufacturers, products are delivered late, flawed, and hopelessly over budget. If you want a glaring example of this, just look at what has happened to the US's F-35.

Jan 28 11:49

George Soros Finally Suspends His Lifelong War Against Russia

On January 21st, George Soros, who has throughout his life been passionately opposed not just to communism but also to Russia, finally stated in a Bloomberg News interview at the World Economic Forum, that the United States (and possibly the EU, but he says that the EU is in terrible economic shape itself) must now fund a new Marshall Plan for all of Europe, including, this time, even his bête noire: Russia.

Jan 28 11:40

Corrupt US Government Accuses Putin Of Corruption

The most corrupt government on earth, a government so utterly corrupt that it allows former executives of a handful of corrupt mega-banks to run the economic policy of the US solely in the interest of their banks, denying tens of millions of American retirees any interest income on their savings for 7 years and denying hard-pressed Social Security recipients any cost-of-living adjustments by falsifying inflation measures, a government so totally corrupt that it has destroyed seven countries and millions of Muslims solely on the basis of lies, this irredeemably corrupt government has accused the most admired political leader on earth of corruption.

The entire world outside brainwashed America, its EU vassals, and Nazified Ukraine is laughing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The utter shamelessness of the US government, to make this accusation against Russia and Putin, is astonishing.

And in the run-up to Big Mistake #3, expect a deluge of Russia/Putin bashing, big-time, from movies which vilify Russia on television, to intense hit pieces against Putin by the corporate whoreespondents.

Jan 28 10:24

Holland to discuss joining Syria air strikes ‘within days’

The Dutch cabinet will discuss a U.S. request to join coalition air strikes against jihadists in Syria within “the coming days”, Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said, amid speculation a decision may come as early as Friday.

“The cabinet will now decide. We’ll discuss it in the coming days,” Koenders told Dutch news programme Nieuwsuur late Tuesday night.

Late last year the Dutch government received a request from its allies the United States and France to broaden its campaign of air support against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group from Iraq into Syria.

After weeks of dallying, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, the Labour Party (PvdA), Tuesday finally agreed to back an extension of air strikes into Syria, apparently ensuring there is now a parliamentary majority in favor of such a move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...political process...", MY ASTROLABE!!!

And Koenders is making this statement 48 hours before the Syrian peace talks are due to begin?!?

I sense very strongly that these talks are being engineered to fail, to open the way for a multi-country attack on the sovereign nation of Syria.

I have learned that in geopolitics, there is no such thing as 'coincidence'.

But the biggest question which needs to be asked under these circumstances, is, just how will Russia respond, should this happen?!?

Remember: Russia was invited by the Syrian government to get rid of ALL jihadists (including those trained and equipped by the US government).

I don't know what odds the bookies in Vegas are making on an explosive, world war generated by the West's and US's actions in Syria, but I would almost be willing to bet they are not terribly badly stacked against this happening.

Jan 28 09:33

Yekaterinburg first Russian million-city to close schools amid flu outbreak

Yekaterinburg in the Urals has become Russia’s first million-city to shut down all schools for at least ten days in an effort to contain the flu epidemic, the head of the local education department said on Wednesday.

"This is a forced measure," Yekaterina Sibirtseva said. "The schools will switch to distant learning until the epidemic subsides."

Jan 28 09:24

Poroshenko and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Come to Blows in Davos

The tense situation between politicians emerged during breakfast, which was attended by the head of delegation and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The Russian Vice-Premier was sitting at the table close to Poroshenko, and after some time, the intensity of their discussions began to increase rapidly and the politicians rose from their seats.

“They reverted to name-calling. They stood up, grabbed each other's garments. Even had to be pulled apart. Poroshenko, apparently, did not realize that his guard was not around.

Jan 28 09:24

Good Relationship With Russia, China ‘Would Be Great' for US - Trump

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump said that it would be great if Washington had a good relationship with Russia and China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump is the only candidate who will pull the US back from the brink of war with Russia and China. All the other candidates want to shove us over that edge.

Jan 28 09:20

Ten regiments of Russia’s Strategic Missile Force placed on highest alert

Ten missile regiments of Russia’s Strategic Missile Force have assumed combat duty and the highest level of alert, the Strategic Missile Force’s press office said on Tuesday.

Seven regiments armed with Topol, Topol-M and Yars mobile missile systems will advance for combat patrols in the Ivanovo, Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk, Kirov and Irkutsk Regions, the Altai Territory and the Republic of Mary El, the press office said.

Jan 28 09:19

THE PENTAGON DECLARED THAT RUSSIA IS THE MAIN THREAT IN EUROPE

The United States European Command (EUCOM) said that deterring Russia was its top priority in Europe. This was stated in the new strategy, published on the EUCOM website. The document also says that Russia challenges the US's allies and partners around the world, which is a global problem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You people in Europe better slap Washington DC up side of the head and tell them to take their war somewhere else.

Jan 28 09:17

Russian aggression a top concern in U.S. European Command's new military strategy

The U.S. European Command issued an “updated theater strategy” document Tuesday, pointing to Russian aggression as a top concern and warning that the U.S. troop drawdowns of the past 25 years put the region’s stability at risk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Still pushing that "Russian aggression" crap! Who invaded Afghanistan in 2001? Who invaded Iraq in 2003? Who invaded Libya? Who invaded Yemen? Who supported the coup in Kiev in 2014? The US is the aggressor nation.

Jan 28 08:57

Syria conflict: Russian air force and local militia hunt for Turkish nationalist suspected of killing pilot

A Turkish ultra-nationalist who allegedly killed a Russian pilot is being hunted by the Kremlin’s forces in Syria.

Jan 27 20:26

"Donbass Seasons". (English subtitles)

documentary on what is going on

Jan 27 16:49

Putin: a ‘picture of corruption’ or just another mere allegation

Russian President Vladimir Putin faced yet another accusation. It is thought to be the first time the US official of such level has directly accused the Russian President of being corrupt.

Jan 27 14:56

Russia ready to discuss migrant crisis with Finland — foreign ministry

"The Russian side understands the Finnish side’s concerns with the migrant crisis and is invariably ready to discuss all the existing problems constructively on the basis of mutual respect," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "However, it should be taken into account that Russian laws and Russia’s international commitments do not ban persons without a Schengen visa to leave Russia."

Jan 27 14:54

Prosecutor: Witnesses confirm Khodorkovsky’s complicity in masterminding murders

Witnesses confirm the complicity of former head of the Yukos oil company Mikhail Khodorkovsky in the crimes he is accused of, the spokesman for the prosecution said at Moscow City Court hearings over the lawyer’s complaint against Khodorkovsky’s arrest in absentia. He added that Khodorkovsky’s complicity was confirmed by other testimonies and victims. Nevertheless Lakhtin said that according to testimonies by [businessman Yevgeny] Rybin Khodorkovsky was the one who ordered three killings due to a conflict he was not going to resolve by legal means. "I began to be victimized. Stones were thrown into my windows. There were attempts at blowing me up and attack me on the roads. Those were Khodorkovsky’s people," say Rybin’s testimonies read out by the prosecutor...

Jan 27 14:12

HRW Criticizes Kiev for Failing to Investigate the Events of Maidan and Odessa

"There has not been considerable progress in bringing to justice the perpetrators of violations committed during the protests of Maidan in 2014", — stated the report in the section on Ukraine.

Kiev Thugs Injure Woman Whilst Shelling Zaytsevo http://fortruss.blogspot.ru/2016/01/kiev-thugs-injure-woman-whilst-she...

Jan 27 14:03

Pushkov: "Mariani Will Visit Crimea in Response To "Void" Resolution of PACE"

A member of the National Assembly of France, Thierry Mariani, will re-visit Crimea with his colleagues, and until June – Donbass, in response to the "void" resolution of PACE regarding the alleged imposition of sanctions against MEPs for a similar trip.
Ukrainian authorities have stated that more than 8000 military service personnel have been declared on the wanted list. It is reported that the soldiers went over to side of Russia at the time of the so-called Crimean spring. http://fortruss.blogspot.ru/2016/01/prosecution-planned-for-8000-ukrai...
Russian-Speaking Children in Kindergartens in Kiev Forbidden From Speaking Russian http://fortruss.blogspot.ru/2016/01/russian-speaking-children-in.html

Jan 27 13:45

Doctor Grubnik Arrest Signal Reprisals Phase of Ukraine Civil War?

He is a member of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons, as well as a peaceful opponent to the violent takeover of his country. In October of last year, the Poroshenko government has brutally arrested him, and according to other inmate reports, beaten him on more than one occasion. The same kind and calm man you see watching the BBC report, is reportedly denied even medical attention for his existing tuberculosis condition. I received information on Dr. Grubnik's arrest and his condition from another guest on the BBC show, Russian photo-journalist and colleague, Vladimir Samarin, who expressed concerns Grubnik may not live out the month. I have contacted Human Rights Watch and other organizations on Dr. Grubnik's behalf, but this report is an appeal to you readers, to raise the bar on awareness of this man's condition there in Odessa...

Jan 27 13:44

Lithuania opens mass trial for 1991 Soviet crackdown

A mass trial has started in Lithuania against 65 former Soviet officials charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and other offenses for their roles in a violent crackdown on the Baltic country's quest for independence in 1991.

Jan 27 13:32

Obama Killer No. 1 banner appears opposite US Embassy in Moscow

A large banner with a picture of US President Barack Obama has appeared opposite the building of the US Embassy in Moscow in the morning of January 27. The banner says: "Obama Killer ?1." Noteworthy, the Council on Foreign Relations, CFR, a private US-based organization in the field of international relations, calculated how many bombs the United States dropped on other countries in 2015. The results were shocking. It was found that since 1 January 2015, the US had dropped 23,144 bombs on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Unfortunately, the bombing strategy does not work. Despite 947 bombs that the United States dropped in 2015 on the territory of Afghanistan, the Taliban still controls most of the territory of the country. The US side claims that due to the bombings and other efforts of the Pentagon, more than 25,000 terrorists have been destroyed.

Jan 27 13:20

Nearly 1,000 Ukrainians ask Belarusian government for protection

"The total number of Ukrainian citizens applying for protection amounts to 978 or 78.5% of the total number of applicants. As in 2014, they are the largest group of forced migrants applying for protection," the ministry said. The Belarusian Interior Ministry said the number of forced migrants to Belarus from Syria and Afghanistan grew too, and citizens of Iraq and Yemen applied for protection for the first time.

Jan 27 13:15

Ukraine set to liquidate world famous aircraft manufacturer Antonov

The world famous Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov renowned for producing the world’s biggest airliners An-124 Ruslan and An-225 Mriya will cease to exist, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade reported on Wednesday. According to the Ukrainian government’s decision, Antonov will be liquidated while enterprises integrated into the aircraft manufacturer will be assigned to the state defense group Ukroboronprom.

Jan 27 13:01

Russian diplomat: Donbas special status should be permanent

According to Gryzlov, the amendments to the law on the special status for the Donbas region should be agreed in the Contact Group. "It is also necessary to enshrine in Ukraine’s Constitution that the powers of the persons elected in Donbass under a separate law should not be terminated in 2017, as stipulated by the Constitutional reform for the whole of Ukraine," Gryzlov said.

Jan 27 12:47

Russian legislator blames US for governing ‘international corruption’

"We do understand that the United States is working for a renaissance of colonial policies around the world. The renaissance of colonial policies US style implies new information technologies as a means of subjugating other countries with the aim of influencing people’s minds, demotivation and brain washing," Yarovaya said at the beginning of the State Duma’s full-scale session in a traditional five-minute political address each parliamentary faction is free to make before the session begins. Yarovaya sees one of the manifestations of the new colonial policy in "international corruption," of which the sanctions imposed on Russia by some countries, including the United States, were an integral part. "Traits of international corruption are clearly present in the sanctions being applied to Russia by the very same United States," Yarovaya said.

Jan 27 12:34

Senior lawmaker calls memory of Leningrad siege source of spiritual strength of Russians

Valentina Matviyenko made this statement on Wednesday on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the full lifting of the siege. Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941, the Nazis besieged the city of Leningrad (historically and currently known as St.Petersburg) in September. Although the Soviets managed to establish a land corridor to the city, the full siege was not lifted until 1944. Altogether, the Siege of Leningrad lasted almost 900 days claiming the lives of more than 1 million civilians.
900-day siege of Leningrad: 125 grams of bread, weighed on scale, a daily limit given to workers, dependants and children during the siege of Leningrad http://tass.ru/en/society/773592

Jan 27 12:31

Japan not to voice protest over Russia's statement on Kuril Islands — official

"We consider the position of the Russian side absolutely unacceptable," he noted after Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia did not see the signing of a peace treaty with Japan as synonymous with the settlement of the long-running territorial dispute. "The position of the Japanese government on the issue was stated clearly, and we are not considering any concrete action in connection with these statements [of the Russian foreign minister]," he said, adding that Japan intended to continue "pursuing an adequate policy" in the territorial dispute. "We do not consider that the peace treaty is synonymous with solving the territorial problem. This is a step that is needed for the relations between the two countries to be normal not only in fact but also in legal implementation," Sergey Lavrov said at an annual news conference on Tuesday.

Jan 27 12:27

Luhansk People’s Republic reports more shelling from Ukrainian army

"At 8:15pm (Moscow time) on January 26 Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled the area 1.5 kilometers to the north-west of Kalinovo village from the Troitskoye settlement. Four shots from infantry fighting vehicles were made," Lugansk Inform Center quoted people’s militia as saying.

Jan 27 12:17

Kiev forces reportedly used Grad rocket launcher to shell self-proclaimed Donetsk republic

he Ukrainian armed forces have used the Grad multiple rocket launchers for the first time since the beginning of this year to shell the territory west of Donetsk, the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Wednesday. According to the defense ministry, the situation along the line of contact has escalated dramatically over the past 24 hours. The Ukrainian military shelled the DPR territory 222 times using the Grad multiple rockets launchers for the first time in 2016 whose projectiles exploded in the vicinity of the villages of Staromikhailovka and Tudovskiye.

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