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Feb 20 10:51

The State Duma has proposed to establish prosecutorial oversight of the Central Bank

Google translation: "The bill is intended to include the powers of the prosecutor's office in Russia oversee compliance with the Constitution of Russia and the execution of federal law by the Central Bank of Russia, as well as clarifies in this regard, the subject of prosecutorial supervision," - said in a memorandum.

MPs also emphasize that the adoption of this bill will ensure the stability of the national currency and to implement unified state monetary policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reinforcing state control over the central bank. That will definitely put Putin on the Special High Interest Targets list!

Feb 20 10:48

Putin said that Russia is ready to give an answer to external pressure

Google translate: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will always find an adequate response to any pressure from the outside. The Head of State said at a gala concert dedicated on February 23, "Interfax".

Feb 20 10:47

SWIFT has accused Russia of violating ChronoPay trademark rights

Google translate: The company "Soyuzpatent" on behalf of the Society for Worldwide International Financial Telecommunication SCRL (SWIFT) filed a claim Russian processing company ChronoPay abuse solely on the trademark «Swift», the letter says "Soyuzpatent".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is pure harassment. The Russian system does not call itself "SWIFT", so how can they infringe on the trademark?

Feb 20 10:09

HUGE DEAL: Russia Ratifies $100bn BRICS Development Bank

Today, Russia’s government ratified its commitment to the new BRICS Development Bank. The bank will fund infrastructure development in the BRICS nations and be first global competitor capable of challenging the financial hegemony of the Western-led World Bank and IMF.

Feb 20 09:11

Russia’s Antimonopoly Agency Launches Antitrust Probe Against Google

Yandex said Google prevents manufacturers of phones and tablets working on the US company's Android operation system from preinstalling services by Google's competitors.

Yandex is a party to another antitrust investigation against Google, led by the European Commission.

Feb 20 09:06

Kiev accuses Russia of sending more tanks to east Ukraine

Kiev accused Russia on Friday of sending more tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine and said they were heading towards the rebel-held town of Novoazovsk on the southern coast, expanding their presence on what could be the next key battlefront.

Russia did not immediately respond to the accusation which, if confirmed, would be almost certain to finally kill off a tattered European-brokered truce that came into force on Sunday. Moscow has always denied such charges in the past.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Give the Russians a chance to stop laughing! Meanwhile FOX News is carrying this latest "cry Wolf" from Kiev as if it is established fact, ignoring the numerous embarrassments where supposed photographs of Russian military in Ukraine turn out to be older photos taken elsewhere, including Russia itself.

Feb 20 09:04

STSKK recognized Debaltseve part of the LC and the DNI

Google translate: Russia's representative to the Joint Center for control and coordination of the ceasefire and stabilization (STSKK) Lentsov Alexander said that in accordance with the plan of withdrawal of heavy weapons Debaltseve is part of the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republic.

Feb 20 08:53

Dutch Government Releases Heavily Redacted MH17 Documents

The Dutch government released dozens of documents Tuesday about the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but much of the information was redacted in order to safeguard "the interests of the Netherlands' relationship with other states"

Feb 20 07:50

Today’s prisoner exchange announced by Kiev not coordinated with DPR — defense ministry

According to DPR intelligence, Ukrainian forces capture civilians in Artyomovsk and Slaviansk to exchange them as prisoners

Feb 20 07:49

Russia’s humanitarian aid delivered to Luhansk, Donetsk

Fifteen trucks carrying more than 100 tons of cargo arrived to Donetsk, and fifteen other trucks delivered around 100 tons to Luhansk

Feb 20 07:49

France spends €2.5 mln monthly on maintaining Mistral ship intended for Russia

According to earlier media reports, France’s penalty for breaching the contract on Mistral delivery to Russia may amount to around €3 billion

Feb 20 07:34

Top GOP senators blast Obama admin’s waffling on arming Ukraine military

Two influential Republican national security hawks in the Senate hammered the Obama administration’s failure to take a more aggressive posture toward the war in eastern Ukraine Tuesday, asserting that the White House should “immediately” authorize the shipment of U.S. weapons to the Ukrainian military.

“The Chancellor of Germany and the President of France, with the support of the President of the United States, are legitimizing the dismemberment of a sovereign nation in Europe for the first time in seven decades,” Sens. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona said in a joint statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay John, if you really feel that way, here's your rifle and here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here is a bright day-glo orange jumpsuit left over from the CIA's torture centers and we think the cleaners got most of the blood out. Watch your head climbing into that transport plane and we will call Putin and tell him you are on your way to kick his butt all by yourself.

But We The People remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago you tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We The People remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, We The People remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that wee have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

Feb 20 07:32

Scaremonger: UK Defence Secretary Accused of Delusion Over Baltic Threat

British military experts have poured scorn over the UK Defence Secretary's claim that the Baltic States could be the next targets for Russia. The news comes as senior British parliamentarians accused the EU of "sleep-walking" into the current crisis in Ukraine.

Feb 20 07:27

Ukraine: UK and EU 'badly misread' Russia

The UK and the EU have been accused of a "catastrophic misreading" of the mood in the Kremlin in the run-up to the crisis in Ukraine.

The House of Lords EU committee claimed Europe "sleepwalked" into the crisis.

The EU had not realised the depth of Russian hostility to its plans for closer relations with Ukraine, it said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia wasn't the problem. It was the US and EU who were hostile to the legitimate Ukraine government's intentions to move closer to Russia. That is what triggered the US backed coup that drove the legitimate government out and installed a pro-European junta in its place a year ago; one of an endless series of such covert regime changes the US engages in (such as the one that just failed against Maduro last week).

What the EU and US failed to anticipate is the Ukrainian people deciding they were under no obligation to follow a government they did not create for themselves, which triggered first Crimea to secede, then Lugansk and Donetsk. The US panicked, because unless the people of nations can be relied on to follow a new installed government as they followed the old, then the US model for covert overthrow in all countries ceases to work. The Ukrainian people changed the dynamic, and invoked their right to self-determination as set forth in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The US had to have Poroshenko retake Lugansk, Donetsk, and ultimately Crimea, or the US model of conquering a nation by simply replacing its government no longer works. and that is what has led to this last year's carnage!

Feb 20 07:15

Britain, Spain oppose lethal military assistance to Ukraine

The United Kingdom and Spain have expressed opposition to the provision of lethal military aid to Ukraine, highlighting that the settlement of hostilities between pro-Russia forces and the Ukrainian military has to come through dialogue.

Feb 20 07:00

If You Can't Make It Fake It: UK Claims Russian Missiles in Ukraine

British diplomats released photographs on Wednesday of what they described as Russia's advanced anti-aircraft artillery system allegedly being used in eastern Ukraine, saying it was further proof of Russia's military involvement in the conflict.

The snapshots of the truck-mounted SA-22 Pantsir surface-to-air missile system appeared on the web and on social networks, but for some strange reason the time and date they were taken differed from what appears on these very same photos published earlier.

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Further linked was the webpage of the Billingcat investigative journalism group and showed a KAMAZ truck with a Pantsir-like unit sitting on top. The photo, made on a misty day against the backdrop of a concrete wall and some trees, only says, without elaborating, that it was taken in Shakhtarsk.

Which is surprising, because the very same photograph, which appeared on other websites, indicates it was taken on January 23 in Russia’s very own Rostov region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If at first you don't succeed, lie lie again!

Feb 20 06:56

EU set to dispatch armored vehicles to Ukraine: Official

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... as soon as they finish painting Russian insignia on them! :)

Feb 20 06:42

The young man rescued from ice captivity" dog

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian man rescues dog from frozen lake. Those Russians are tough people! Do we really want to go to war with them?!?

Feb 19 18:45

Ukraine Soldiers Storm Poltova Rada Demand Promised Payments for Fighting in Civil War

Feb 19 15:06

"Taking Mariupol - a matter of two weeks"

Armed Forces Novorossia count trophies that Ukrainian security forces left at Debaltseve. Only tanks - about 90 units. Who fights moved to Mariupol. According to the Ukrainian security forces, militias are now regular attacks Shirokino village, which is located 20 km from Mariupol. Field commanders say that they can take Mariupol two weeks.

Feb 19 14:47

Fighters "Aydar" tortured and drowned civilians under Lugansk

Google Translate: At 10 km from Lugansk in a recreation area militia found the body of a local woman in civilian clothes. Woman with his hands and feet tied with Georgia was drowned in a local pond, she had a broken jaw and shoot toe.

On the territory of the golf club militia LC found mutilated corpse Battalion "Aydar". They suggest that his friend finished off themselves Ukrainian military in retreat. Of the fact that security forces in the territory of the golf club say the package found on American rations that were included in the list of aid from the United States, together with bullet-proof vests, uniforms, etc.

Feb 19 14:45

Ukrainian security forces fired on their own reinforcements

Google translate: Ukrainian security forces came under fire, who opened their comrades during the shelling of the Donetsk airport. Roth died almost at full strength. Militias under the auspices of the OSCE are negotiating the extradition of the Ukrainian bodies of several dozen soldiers killed. It is reported by news agency "Kharkov" referring to the representative at the headquarters of the militia DNR.

According to the agency, on the eve of the part of the village of Sands of the airport runway moved column Ukrainian military equipment and about fifteen hundred reinforcements. The militiamen began to lead him on fire, but unexpectedly by the enemy artillery fire were heard.

Feb 19 14:44

The National Guard fired from "Grad" own reinforcements

Google translate: Also, representatives of DNR reported another fact of the lack of coordination in the ranks of the Ukrainian Army: the fire of MLRS "Grad" was almost completely destroyed the column reinforcement, which went to Mariupol. Accurate data on casualties yet.

Ukrainian troops had to leave town Kulikovo in Novoazovskiy district and town Krasnoarmeiskoe in the Slavic area.

Another provocation by the Ukrainian security forces began shelling from tanks dam on Pavlopolskom reservoir, which they marked the arrival of the President of Ukraine in Mariupol Poroshenko.

Feb 19 14:43

LC militia said the shooting of "right quadrant" comrades of the National Guard

Google translate: Adventure ultranationalist groups "Right Sector" thirty soldiers shot the National Guard of Ukraine for refusing to kill villagers Navodruzhkovka that under Lisichansk Luhansk region. This was to "Interfax" said commander of the defense Ostap Black.

Nationalists entered the village on Thursday, 22 of May. Civilians, including women, the elderly and children, tried to stop the military equipment and asked them to spare. Fighters self-defense also tried to engage them in negotiations. However, gunmen opened by the villagers and the militia fire with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, killing four people and wounding 16. In addition, "pravoseki" point-blank shot by fellow soldiers who refused to crack down on unarmed people.

Feb 19 13:57

Washington Turns its Back on Poroshenko

It seems that Poroshenko now has virtually no power over the course of events in Ukraine and he’s almost finished. According to what the leader of Novorossiya, Oleg Tsarov says – he will be overthrown soon; secondly, he does not represent any army because currently he is even unable to perform the successful mobilization since the majority of Ukrainians do not want to fight after all. Thirdly, the real power is the Right Sector, Yarosh, Kolomoisky. As Long as they have the money and weapons, there will be no ceasefire. Why is that?

Feb 19 13:23

New York Times: Retreating Ukrainian Soldiers Get Drunk, Act Like Animals

Many soldiers were in a demoralized and drunken state. Shellshocked soldiers from the battle in Debaltseve wandered the streets through the day Wednesday, before beginning to drink heavily.

By Wednesday evening, gunshots were ringing out on the central square. One man stood, swaying, on the sidewalk mumbling to himself. Soldiers who had escaped from Debaltseve after weeks of shelling were commandeering taxi cabs without payment. It was not clear that all of them had been given places to sleep, and one group stood silently, shivering on a street outside the Hotel Ukraine.

And at Biblios, an upscale restaurant in Artemivsk, soldiers staggered about in the dining room, ordering brandy for which they had no money to pay, and then firing shots into the ceiling as other guests quietly fled the premises.

This is the Anti-Terror Operation.

Feb 19 13:22

Kiev Has No Chances of a Military Victory

Debaltsevo was the turning point. From now on, Kiev will be on the defensive

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the eastern Republics need to do is stop their forces at the border and Poroshenko has nothing left to play victim with.

Feb 19 13:21

State Department's Nuland Threw a Fit over Merkel-Hollande in Minsk

There are increasingly signs that Merkel and Hollande operated behind the backs of the Americans, when they traveled to Minsk last week, in an attempt to reach an agreement between the warring factions.

During a closed-door meeting at the Munich Security Summit, Nuland fumed that the Europeans needed to be fought:

Feb 19 13:21

Debaltsevo Fiasco Could Be the End of Poroshenko

The battled for Debaltsevo has enormous strategic implications—but it could also be the end of the current Kiev regime, which has insisted from the start that the military situation was stable

Feb 19 13:20

"You Want to Scream for Vengeance": An Italian Recounts Kiev's War Crimes against Lugansk

The truce raised many hopes. I was in Lugansk on February 16th but it has basically not eventuated. I am a witness right on the spot in the Western part of Lugansk region, around such towns as Zorinsk, Chernukino, Perevalsk, Pervomaisk, Stakhanov. The militias told me that in that area the front runs in a parallel, kind of comb-shaped way, the opposing lines crossing and intersecting one another. The risk of encountering Ukrainian units is real and pretty sobering. From early afternoon, in the town of Zorinsk, one could hear explosions, incoming artillery and Grad. On the same morning, towards 10:00, a cluster shot, obviously fired by the Ukrainians, killed an elderly man and seriously wounded another person. One could still see traces of blood in the snow, after several hours and a storm notwithstanding.

Feb 19 12:38

In Spite of Fighting in Debaltseve, Ukraine Ceasefire May Hold

Occasional fighting in Ukraine may continue but that does not mean the Minsk II ceasefire will fail, says Tarik Cyril Amar, Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poroshenko has nothing left to fight with!

Feb 19 12:30

Ukrainians Exact "Trashbin" Justice On Former "Elite"...There Is A Message Here For Our Own Corpgov 'Elite'.. ...

Feb 19 12:10

Ukrainian Soccer Legends Receive Call to Arms – Against Their Will

Legendary former players and now coaches for Ukraine’s national team, have received orders from the Ukrainian defense ministry to report to the army’s drafting stations.

Feb 19 12:09

Kiev’s Massive ‘Blame-Russia’ Fail Shows Real Cost of Its War in The East

The Ukrainian government released an amateurish report supposedly showing all the damage that Russia has caused in the country. The thing is, it wasn’t Moscow that ruined East Ukraine, but Kiev.

Feb 19 12:09

Debaltseve Symbolizes Capitulation of Kiev Forces - German Politician

Chairman of the Bundestag's Committee on Foreign Affairs, Norbert Röttgen, stated that “there is no real peace process" in Ukraine and called Debaltseve events a “capitulation” of Ukrainian security forces.

Feb 19 12:05

NATO, not Russia, threatens Baltics: Moscow

Moscow has rejected the British defense secretary's allegation that Russia poses a threat to the Baltic countries, saying the real risk comes from NATO's increased activity.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said Thursday that British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon's remarks are beyond "diplomatic ethics."

"The comments of Mr. Fallon of course are already beyond diplomatic ethics and the characterization of Russia is completely intolerable," Lukashevich added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You wanna do something about it, Putin? Huh? HUH? I dare you to do something about it. I double-dog dare you!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 19 11:44

Greece Is Just the Beginning. ISIS and Ukraine Are Skirmishes: “The Real War is Economic and Currency Related”

Greece alone has the potential to unravel the Euro-zone and shatter the fragile dominoes across the global financial markets. And that’s just one area that is exploding.

Though Russia is taking a hit from the falling gas prices, and the combined effect of sanctions, it has also been furiously stockpiling gold and working with China and the BRICS nations to build a counter-balance to international development and currency manipulation, as SHTF has reported.

Something huge is happening with currencies on the global scene, but it is a quiet war – you won’t hear about it on the mainstream news. Just make sure it doesn’t sneak up on you; instead, be as prepared as you possibly can for whichever why the wind blows and the hammer falls. Have you considered your plan? Have you invested in gold, silver, storables or valuable barter items?

Feb 19 11:16

Germany rejects Greek proposal for bailout extension

Germany has rejected a Greek proposal for an extension of bailout funds. With funds rapidly dwindling, Greece is seeking additional financing, but without strict conditions likely to be imposed by the eurozone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Greece may be driven to consider Russian overtures.

Feb 19 11:13

US steps up threats against Russia as Ukrainian troops retreat from Debaltseve

Speaking from Hungary on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the Ukrainian troops in Debaltseve to give up their weapons and for the separatists to allow them to return home. He downplayed the significance of the fighting and called for the cease-fire he negotiated with Germany and France to be “implemented in full.”

American officials have seized on continuing hostilities following Sunday’s cease-fire deadline to press for an escalation of economic and military pressure on Russia. US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki stressed at a press briefing Tuesday that the delivery of American weaponry to the Kiev regime remained “on the table.”

Feb 19 11:10

Top German Media Continue to Discredit Themselves with Obviously False Headlines

The German media is between a rock and hard place. That it seems to be infiltrated by US and German intelligence services which enforce a rigid, propagandistic line, is widely recognized and openly discussed.

But it has little room for manoeuvre. Either it continues to push propaganda, and discredit itself, or it starts to be more objective, and risk swinging public opinion against US interests. The stakes couldn’t be higher, because Germany’s position on the Ukraine crisis is the deciding factor in EU policy on this crucial issue.

Feb 19 11:10

British Defense Secretary Warns Putin Could Target Baltics Next

Putin has repeatedly halted rebel advances in Ukraine. Translation: He wants to conquer the world!

Feb 19 11:07

Ukrainian Soldiers Share Horrors of Debaltsevo Battle after Stinging Defeat

Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers retreat from strategic town taken by pro-Russia separatists, leaving their dead and wounded comrades behind

Feb 19 11:07

Russian PM Orders Humanitarian Gas Supplies to East Ukraine

The Russian prime minister has ordered to provide humanitarian aid to the citizens of Debaltsevo and other settlemets in the conflict zone, including the gas supplies

Feb 19 11:07

The West's Dilemma after Debaltsevo: What to Do about Poroshenko?

Poroshenko has now been shown to be completely off his rocker. He can no longer be sold to the public as the bearer of the truth, the sincere white knight against the dark forces of Russia

Feb 19 10:36

Pro-Kiev Commander: 'We Will Burn Down Crimea, With All Its Residents'

You can take the leader out of his battalion, but you can't take the battalion out of its leader: a Ukrainian MP has issued outrageous threats against Crimea and threatened to torch its population.

Feb 19 09:09

De-Dollarization Accelerates: Russia Launches SWIFT-Alternative Linking 91 Entities

Back in 2013, The NSA was first exposed for secretly 'monitoring' the SWIFT payments flows. This appears to have been among the last straws for Russia (and others) as far as both NSA spying and dollar domination.

Last year, following threats to remove Russia from SWIFT by the UK, (which SWIFT rapidly distanced its 'independent-self' from), Russia (and China) announced plans to create its own de-dollarized version. In November, Russia detailed the SWIFT-alternative's launch date around May 2015, and just last month, Medvedev warned of "unlimited reaction" if Russia was cut off from the SWIFT payments system.

So the news this week that Russia has launched its own 'SWIFT'-alternative, linking 91 credit institutions initially, suggests de-dollarization is considerably further along than many expected (especially as Russia dumps US Treasuries at a record pace).

Feb 19 06:57

Debaltsevo graced by a Novorossia flag and a new Greek mayor

New authorities are focused on restoring peaceful life in Debaltsevo. The head of DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko has signed a decree on the formation of a special commission to restore the city. It consists of the Minister of Emergency Situations of the Republic, representatives of government agencies and a fresh face - Alexander Afendikov, appointed by the head of DPR to the position of the mayor of Debaltsevo. LifeNews managed to learn some details of the biography of the new head of city administration.

Feb 19 06:53

Does the Russian Bear Smell Gold?

Is Russia Planning a Gold-Based Currency? ... The "perfect-storm" of geopolitical instability, diplomatic isolation, severe currency depreciation, and economic decline now confronting Russia has profoundly damaged Moscow's international standing, and possibly for the long-term. Yet, it is precisely such conditions that may push the country's leadership into taking the radical step that will secure its world-player status once and for all: the adoption of a gold-exchange standard.

Feb 18 16:43

Poroshenko wants EU peacekeepers in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Security Council has agreed to call on the UN and EU to deploy a peacekeeping mission in the war-torn eastern part of the country, as requested by President Petro Poroshenko.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poroshenko has cratered he war against the East and calls for help from his masters.

Feb 18 15:33

"Horror, Darkness, Fire, and Death"--The Agony of Debaltsevo Cauldron

The cauldron will cease to exist in a few hours, a day at the most. Novorossia’s army has taken most of Debaltsevo. UAF and volunteer battalions have lost their HQ, therefore are acting in an uncoordinated, chaotic fashion, in order to save themselves. Many of the soldiers who have nothing to fear (draftees and reservists) are laying down their arms. DPR/LPR is mentioning hundreds of POWs. But that is only the beginning.

Most of the prisoners will likely be captured today or tomorrow, and here’s why.

Feb 18 15:29

Sanctions-Struck Russia Goes for Islamic Banking

Russia is enacting regulations and building infrastructure to enable Russian firms and eventually the government to issue sukuk- bonds compliant with Islamic law

Feb 18 14:06

UNSC unanimously adopts Russian draft resolution on Ukraine

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Skip forward to 20:57 where the RF Ambassador to UN rips the Western liars a new one!

Feb 18 13:47

Debaltsevo Pocket Is Crumbling, Ukraine Forces in Retreat

All my sources confirm that Debaltsevo is mostly in Novorussian hands and that the junta forces are in full retreat to the south of the pocket. All the top Novorussian brass was on hand today, including Kononov, Motorola, Givi, Mozgovoi and Zakharchenko as were many tens of Ukrainian prisoners.

Feb 18 13:47

Ukraine Women Protest, Want Their Men out of Debaltsevo Cauldron

Odessa women, whose relatives and loved ones are surrounded in the Debaltsevo cauldron, blocked a highway with signs "Help Debaltsevo", creating traffic jams six kilometers long.

Feb 18 13:47

Yandex Says Google Shutting Others Out From Russian Android Devices

Russian Internet giant Yandex has requested that Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service investigate Google for violating Russian legislation, news agency RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday.

Feb 18 12:28

Victoria Nuland the F**k the EU spiritual mother of Nulandistan is in trouble

Der Spiegel attacked Victoria Nuland, President Obama’s Nazi-loving representative for Europe, as "America’s Riot Diplomat" — the sobriquet can mean both that Nuland acts disruptively, and that she creates riots (as on the Maidan in Ukraine).
The "Politics" column states that Nuland poses a threat to America’s allies, and that while she is supposed to solve the crisis of Ukraine and relations with Russia, "In the crisis, Nuland herself has become the problem."

EIR Founding Editor Lyndon LaRouche has called the immediate firing of Nuland, an indispensable step to avoid a plunge into thermonuclear war with Russia.

Feb 18 07:55

Canada’s Prime Minister Announces New Anti-Russia Sanctions

The Prime Minister of Canada announced economic sanctions and travel bans against 37 Russian and Ukrainian individuals, and economic sanctions against 17 Russian and Ukrainian entities.

Feb 18 07:35

Hungarian prime minister gives Putin warm welcome in Budapest

Russian President Vladimir Putin started his visit to Budapest on Tuesday with the laying of wreaths at the memorial to Soviet soldiers before heading to a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

After several hours of talks, the leaders said they had reached an agreement to extend a gas supply contract with Russian energy giant Gazprom that was set to expire at the end of the year.

Hungary is heavily dependent on Moscow for its energy - about 60 percent of its gas supplies come from Russia.

Feb 18 06:40

Nazi Ukraine Soldiers kill Women and Children in retreat.

Google Translate: "During the retreat in Debaltseve punishers kill civilians. Punisher, surrendering its position Debaltseve began in senseless rage violently cracking down on peaceful population: no mercy for elderly or children. Shooting is constantly in the areas that our free and try out the peaceful population, most of the homes people have already been killed. Ukrainian Army was doing cleaning tough. Right in the homes of people killed, corporate headshots in almost all civilians found in dilapidated houses and apartments. The evacuation of civilians from Debaltseve was planned for February 18 and partly carried on, but remove the civilian population is extremely difficult and dangerous because of the continuing fighting. "

Feb 18 06:28

Ukraine "Truce" Fails: Withdrawal Deadline Passes, Debaltseve Situation Deteriorating

UPDATE: *POROSHENKO SAYS UN MUST NOT ALLOW FULL-SCALE WAR IN EUROPE

As the game of chicken between Greece and the Eurogroup hots up, it appears another - potentially far more deadly - is escalating in Ukraine as neither side is willing to follow through on the terms of the Minsk Summit peace deal - removing heavy weaponry from the frontlines - as a key deadline passes without agreement. As The Guardian reports, The Ukrainian military have stated that "as soon as the militants cease fire, the Ukrainian side will begin to withdraw heavy weaponry from the frontline," and the pro-Russian separatists proclaim, "We do not have the right [to stop fighting for Debaltseve]," adding that as far as the truce, "we have everything ready for a mutual withdrawal. We will not do anything unilaterally – that would make our soldiers targets."

Feb 18 06:25

RT Breaking News -Ukraine forces retreat 18 Feb

Feb 17 14:00

Russian draft resolution on Ukraine passed by UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to approve a Russia-drafted resolution to support the Minsk agreements, reached by the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine last week.

Feb 17 11:57

BEX ALERT - Russia shelled Ukrainians from within its own territory, says study

When Ukrainian forces came under withering attack in the east of the country last summer, soldiers were surprised as much as scared by the ferocity of the attack. The separatists they were up against had proven fierce and organised. But this was something else.

Now a group of British investigative journalists using digital detection techniques, satellite imagery and social media has provided near conclusive proof that the shelling came from across the border in Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OSCE does not confirm this.

And the co-author of this piece, Eliot Higgins, has a very spooky background!

Feb 17 10:18

Poroshenko President and members of Parliament have taken their families abroad

Google translate: Ukrainian political elite is preparing for a new round of conflict in the country, which will occur in the near future. President Poroshenko and many Members of Parliament have already taken their families abroad, and the mayor of the capital Kiev Klitschko inspect the bomb shelters. What awaits Ukraine - new maidan or full war with Russia?

Feb 17 10:04

Intel: US Mini-Nukes Delivered to Ukraine; Poroshenko’s Family Urgently Leaves the Country

The potential false flag involving a mini-nuke inside the Debaltsevo cauldron is supposed to be blamed on Russia. Therefore, Russia gets again painted as a villain that detonates nukes in poor Ukraine. This may result in more EU sanctions and in US delivering those lethal weapons they had been threatening to send.

Feb 17 10:03

PUTIN HEADS OFF A US-RUSSIA WAR

Has Russia’s Vladimir Putin pulled Barack Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire for a second time?

Will the shaky cease-fire in Ukraine that began this weekend hold up and end a conflict that was threatening a nuclear war between the United States and Russia?

The answer to the first question is yes. Remember back in 2013 when the Obama White House was threatening to attack Syria over allegations it was using poison gas?
As it turned out, the UN found it was the US-backed Syrian rebels who were likely to have used chemical weapons rather than the Damascus regime.

Feb 17 10:01

Russian Federal Security Service seizes caches with weapons for mass riots in Crimea

Officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in Crimea have seized caches of the Right Sector Ukrainian ultranationalist far-right movement that were designed for organization of mass riots, the head of the regional FSB department in Crimea and Sevastopol Viktor Palagin said Tuesday.

Feb 17 08:17

Paul Craig Roberts – Putin Just Warned The West It Faces These Terrifying Consequences

Former U.S. Treasury official, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: “The U.S. demonization of Russia and Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has resulted in alienating those Russians who were supportive of the West and the United States. The constant demonization of Russia and Putin has galvanized the Russian people behind their president.

Feb 17 07:55

Ukrainian army battles rebels for control of Debaltseve

The fighting has erupted on the streets of the besieged town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine, despite the shaky truce. The rebels claim they have taken over most of the key strategic city.

Feb 17 07:45

‘Concrete steps for OSCE to monitor E. Ukraine’ agreed by Putin, Merkel, Poroshenko

The leaders of Russia, Germany and Ukraine have discussed the progress in implementing the Ukraine ceasefire deal amid an ongoing dispute over Kiev’s besieged military force in Debaltsevo.

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It is all well and good for these leaders to agree to a course of action and quite another to get the eastern Ukrainian republics, who are not part of the negotiations, to go along. Everyone is assuming that Putin is somehow able to influence the eastern Ukrainian Republics, but even Poroshenko is unable to control his own hard right sector, which has vowed to continue the fighting. And, if the reports we had yesterday are accurate, Poroshenko has been handed an ultimatum by his own military to end the war in one week, or be ousted. After a year, it is clear that Poroshenko cannot capture the east in just a week, and the Eastern Ukrainian Republic know this.

Feb 17 07:33

Kremlin rejects copyright defenders’ initiative for ‘internet tax’ - report

Russian Presidential Administration will oppose the motion suggesting to introduce a universal copyright fee levied on all internet users, a Russian business daily reports.

The initiative originated in the Russian Union of Copyright Holders – a nationwide organization headed by film director Nikita Mikhalkov. The union has earlier succeeded in introducing the 1 percent universal fee on digital media – since 2010 Russian businesses that sell blank DVDs and memory cards have to pay to copyright holders because their products could potentially be used to record pirated works.

Feb 17 07:30

‘Such a knucklehead’: US army commander admits confusing location of key Ukrainian city

A US general and NATO's most senior military commander in Europe said he felt like a “knucklehead” after mixing up the location of the strategically important Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.

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And US officers are supposed to be training the Kiev troops?

Feb 17 07:06

Hungarian rhapsody: Will Putin’s visit to Viktor Orban give Russia a way into Europe?

Vladimir Putin has chosen Hungary for his first state visit to an EU state since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis a year ago. Energy issues are expected to top the agenda, yet the Russian leader usually has an ace up his sleeve.

The Russian president’s visit to Hungary is keeping EU officials in Brussels guessing about what sort of deals exactly are going to be signed in Budapest.

Feb 17 07:05

BBC Reporter Almost Killed by Ukrainian Shell While Accusing Rebels of Shelling

In one more incredibly biased TV report from the Donetsk airport, a BBC journalist started accusing Donetsk self defense forces of breaking the ceasefire while almost getting killed by a Ukrainian "peace-loving" sticking-to-ceasefire shell.

First, Ian Pannell, international BBC corespondent, implicitly accuses rebels of a "scorched earth policy".

Than in an almost surreal moment while saying that artillery fire "appears" to be mostly "outgoing", there's a clear and visible evidence of incoming Ukrainian fire, resulting in an dangerous explosion extremely close to and directly behind him.

Feb 16 21:36

German TV Channel in Trouble After Being Caught in Ukraine War Lie

The German federal television channel ZDF got into a bit of trouble recently after a citizens' media monitoring group called them out over false reporting on the presence of Russian tanks in eastern Ukraine.

Feb 16 21:35

Ukrainian Government Faces Possible Coup - Michael Rivero

Feb 16 14:35

Oleg Tsarev: Deputies are evacuating families ahead of the upcoming coup in Kiev

Poroshenko turned out to be too independent, having, as a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, many personal contacts abroad. He is not as obedient as the Western curators would like him to be. His peaceful rhetoric is caused by pragmatic interests. In the case of a military scenario the influence of the military battalions, coordinated by Avakov, Kolomoisky and others, will increase, which will contribute to the weakening of Poroshenko's power. Moreover, it is clear that Ukraine will lose the war. As has happened before in history, the US can easily dump "the contractor". Let me remind you, war crimes have no statute of limitation. In addition, in Russia Poroshenko successfully operates a chocolate factory, which suggests that he has good connections in Moscow. All this can not please the Americans.

Whether the third Maidan will be successful, time will tell. In the meantime my friends from the Parliament are taking their families out of Ukraine in anticipation of disturbing events.

Feb 16 14:33

Kiev claims Poroshenko's wife "just visiting troops."

google translate: First Lady of Ukraine Maryna Poroshenko visited the military logistics of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the village of Lake Zhytomyr region, where donated mobile washing systems for military personnel who are in the area ATO.

Reported Galnet with reference to the press service said.

Feb 16 13:51

Wife Poroshenko urgently left Kiev, "chocolate" hires "titushek"

Google Translate: Wife and children Poroshenko today urgently charter flight left Kiev, in the power structures panic, everyone feels that on the eve of a large "kipesh." Thousands died in Debaltseve not controlled by radicals, the evil master of the US ... Poroshenko and environment understand that soon will come after them ...

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Feb 16 13:50

Wife Poroshenko in fear left Ukraine

Google Translate: Wife Poroshenko left Kiev with the children on a charter flight.

In the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine started a real panic. Curators of the Security Service and other agencies to urgently gathered for the meeting, which will discuss a plan to eliminate a new Maidan. We also learned that Poroshenko for accidents, four hryvnia ready to disburse the people who will have to disperse the Maidan, but they will need to gather more people and to suppress the new Maidan.

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Feb 16 13:42

Poroschenkos Familie aus Kiew geflohen - Poroschenkos family fled from Kiev

Google Translate: According to reports of several Ukrainian and Russian newspapers, the whole family of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has left the Ukraine. Background should be an ultimatum to the right sector at Poroshenko that it "same fate will befall like Gaddafi", if has not improved until February 23,

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Feb 16 12:56

Kiev Breaches Minsk Agreement

It didn’t surprise. Talks were futile. Kiev straightaway breached what it agreed to.

What it didn’t intend observing in the first place. Even though ceasefire and other terms don’t officially take effect until February 15.

At the same time, Russia and rebels are consistently blamed for Kiev crimes. Propaganda wars rage. Outrageous Big Lies substitute for hard truths.

Western media scoundrels sunk to new lows, if that’s possible, given their longstanding scandalous geopolitical misreporting.

Feb 16 12:05

East Ukrainian Republics Demand Non-Alliance Status for Ukraine

According to a joint statement made by representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s republics, should Kiev continue striving to become a NATO member state, the republics will consider the Minsk agreement null and void.

Feb 16 12:04

EU to Unveil New Targeted Anti-Russia Sanctions on Monday

Nothing is going to change in any positive way for the populations of this world until The Bankers and those in their employ, due to an aspiration for personal profit, blackmail or fear for their lives, or the lives of their families, are reined in by any means necessary.

Feb 16 11:51

After Conducting Navy Drills In East Mediterranean, Russia Puts Airborne Troops In Volgograd On Alert

While the latest Ukraine "ceasefire" is all but dead following such headlines as:

Kiev security forces open fire on DPR, LPR republics’ positions - Basurin
Fighting Strains Ukraine Truce; Russia Criticizes EU Blacklist
Battle rages for town where Ukraine rebels reject ceasefire

... perhaps a better question is what just what is Russia doing in the East Mediterranean (as in close by to both Greece and Cyprus) where as Interfax reported earlier, the Russian navy conducted tests. Bloomberg adds that the "Russian Navy vessels fire artillery rounds at sea, air training targets as part of tests in eastern part of Mediterranean, Interfax reports, citing statement by Defense Ministry."

This happens hours after Interfax also reported that the Russian Air Force conducted a practice bombing drill in the south of Russia, in which about 10 airplanes took part.

And finally, moments ago, Interfax (and Bloomberg) made it a trifecta when it reported that

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Maybe Poroshenko is about to make a move on Crimea?

Feb 16 11:06

FIGHTING CONTINUES IN UKRAINE

Feb 16 08:32

As IMF Extends $17.5 Billion Credit To Kiev, Gazprom Demands Debt Repayment

No sooner had the International Monetary Fund (IMF) extended $17.5 billion over four years in new credit to Ukraine, Russia’s private gas giant Gazprom was claiming $2.4 billion of it to settle Kiev’s gas debt.

Feb 16 08:22

Putin Smiles as Ukraine Unravels

Naturally Vladimir Putin has reason to smile as the Kiev regime, increasingly perceived as an American puppet, slowly unravels before his eyes.”

Feb 16 08:19

Commander of US Army in Europe Sees Russia Mobilizing for War

'I believe the Russians are mobilizing right now for a war that they think is going to happen in five or six years —not that they're going to start a war in five or six years, but I think they are anticipating that things are going to happen, and that they will be in a war of some sort, of some scale, with somebody within the next five or six years."

Feb 16 07:55

The Putin-Did-It Conspiracy Theory

he original falsehood behind the Iraq War was that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and intended to use them against America either directly or by giving them to al-Qaeda. The opening lie about the Ukraine crisis was that Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated the conflict as part of some Hitlerian plan to conquer much of Europe.

Yet, while the Hussein-WMD claim was hard for the common citizen to assess because it was supposedly supported by U.S. intelligence information that was kept secret, the Putin-Ukraine lie collapses under the most cursory examination based simply of what’s publicly known and what makes sense.

Nevertheless, the New York Times – much as it did when it was falsely reporting breathlessly about “aluminum tubes” for Iraq’s non-existent nuclear weapons program – continues to promote U.S. government propaganda about Ukraine as fact and dismisses any rational assessment of the situation as crazy.

Feb 16 07:18

US Ex-Defense Chief Hawks Escalation in Ukraine

Former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is arguing for supplying arms to Ukraine, saying the US should counter Russia's influence in the former Soviet Union and act as a global leader.

Feb 16 06:55

Ukraine Cease-Fire At Risk As Government, Russia-Backed Rebels Accuse Each Other Of Violations

Intense artillery exchanges between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists persisted Monday around a strategic town in eastern Ukraine — fighting that threatens to dash a cease-fire deal brokered by European leaders last week.

Under a cease-fire agreement negotiated by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, the warring sides to begin withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line Tuesday. That plan already looks at risk, with the rebels saying they are not satisfied that conditions are in place for the process to go ahead.

Associated Press reporters in Luhanske, a government-held town 15 kilometers (9 miles) northwest of the bitterly contested railway hub of Debaltseve, heard sustained shelling Monday. Some of the artillery appeared to be outgoing, suggesting it was being fired by Ukrainian troops.

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I frankly did not expect this truce to hold.

There are far too many businesses, which have a corner on both bullets and band aids, who see at least a proxy war with Russia as a good thing.

Ukraine has lost over 5,000 people, with many more desperately wounded, for whom there is absolutely no reasonable care.

The US and EU are going to pounce on Russia with more sanctions, and soon. Sanctions, unfortunately, are generally a prelude to a shooting war.

And right now, 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: and that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.

Unfortunately, just because a military attack against Russia would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do at this point, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government will not do it.

Feb 15 11:42

How to combat U.S. World War propaganda...Question it!

Feb 15 10:51

Ukraine’s Right Sector Goes Rogue, Aims at Derailing Minsk Process

The Right Sector is not actually under the control of Kiev that is undermining the peace process in Ukraine, experts said.

Feb 15 08:32

Ukraine Agrees To Monsanto Land Grab For $17 Billion IMF Loan

Monsanto has an office in Ukraine. While this does not shout ‘culpability’ from every corner, it is no different than the US military’s habit to place bases in places that they want to gain political control. The opening of this office coincided with land grabs with loans from the IMF and World Bank to one of the world’s most hated corporations – all in support of their biotech takeover.

Previously, there was a ban on private sector land ownership in the country – but it was lifted ‘just in time’ for Monsanto to have its way with the Ukraine.

Feb 15 08:29

US STATE DEPARTMENT BEX - Ukraine -- Countering Russian Intervention and Supporting a Democratic State

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Russia isn't the aggressor, and not one of the US interventions since the end of WW2 has ever produced a true democracy.

Feb 14 18:25

Kiev Forces Fire Mortars, Shell LPR, DPR Targets – Donbas Militia

Despite the official beginning of a ceasefire in Donbas, Kiev forces started firing mortars and shelling the positions of the independence supporters of the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DPR and LPR).

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Well, that didn't take long!

Feb 14 10:01

Update of Minsk Peace Deal — Paul Craig Roberts

In my last column I provided reasons for believing that the deal will fail. I saw a larger downside for Russia and the Donetsk and Luhansk republics because Putin and the break-away provinces will be blamed. English is the world language, and this enables Washington and its presstitutes to control the explanation.

The Saker and I are in agreement that the provisions of the peace deal are ridiculous and cannot and will not be implemented. However, The Saker sees an advantage for the republics in the provision, if implemented, to remove heavy weapons from the conflict zones. The Saker’s viewpoint is worth knowing. Whereas I have stressed that the conflict could be ended by Russia accepting the republics’ requests for unification with Russia and that the longer the conflict is drawn out the more the West can demonize Putin and the break-away republics, Saker sees the conflict ending this year with the economic, military, and political collapse of Ukraine.

Feb 14 08:53

Fighting Rages In Ukraine As Cease-Fire Deadline Approaches

Heavy artillery fire roared Saturday in eastern Ukraine as fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists continued hours before a cease-fire was to take effect in the conflict that has killed more than 5,300 people.

Associated Press reporters saw the artillery barrage near the town of Svitlodarsk as well as considerable movement of Ukrainian forces' armored vehicles and rocket launchers along the road.

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"...Russian-backed separatists?!?!?!?

What is the level or degree of alleged "Russian backing" which can be proved?!? The short answer is, none.

However, we can state, with some degree of security, that the following, as reported at ronpaulinstitute.org, 23 January 2015,, is true.

There appears to be a problem, however. The 9,000 troops and heavy weapons and equipment that purportedly accompanies them have been seen by no one. There are no satellite photos of what would certainly be a plainly visible incursion. We know from incredibly detailed satellite photos of Boko Haram's recent massacre in Nigeria that producing evidence of such large scale movement is entirely within the realm of US and NATO technological capabilities. Still there remains a lack of evidence. Additionally, the US announced it was transferring heavy military equipment to the Ukrainian armed forces, including the Kozak mine-resistant personnel carrier and some 35 other armored trucks. The US government has reportedly set aside several million dollars to help train the Ukrainian national guard. Considering the fact that the national guard was only re-formed after last year's US-backed coup and is made up in large part of neo-Nazis from the extremist Right Sector, one would hope some of the money is spent dissuading members from such an odious ideology. So there may well be Russian troops and equipment on the ground in Ukraine -- though so far no proof exists and the Russians deny it. But we know very well that there are US troops and heavy military equipment on the ground in Ukraine because the US openly admits it! So Russia has no business claiming interest in unrest on its doorstep, but the US has every right to become militarily involved in a conflict which has nothing to do with us nearly 5,000 miles away? Interventionist illogic.

I frankly do no hold out much hope for this ceasefire to hold; there are, unfortunately, too many people who want, for whatever economic and geopolitical reasons, for this war to move forward.

I shudder to think of the outcome of a hot, shooting war between the US and Russia; but I believe that thinking individuals need to prepare themselves, and those they love, for such a war to come.

I hope to hell I am wrong; unfortunately, barring a miracle, the facts on the ground, right now, indicate that this may well be the case.

Feb 14 07:42

Going Underground with some real TRUTH about Ukraine 14 Feb

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