Just a few short days after President Trump’s ‘relative’ rapprochement with Russian President Putin, his ‘allies’ in NATO have stepped up the rhetoric in a very sensitive area for Putin, as NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg pledged support for Ukraine during a visit to Kiev on Monday. As Military.com reports, Ukraine and the West accuse Moscow of smuggling weapons and troops across the porous border in support of the separatists, a charge has repeatedly denied. “Russia has maintained its aggressive actions against Ukraine, but NATO and NATO allies stand by Ukraine and stand on your side,” Stoltenberg said at the NATO-Ukraine Commission session in Kiev. “Russia must withdraw its thousands of soldiers from Ukraine and stop supporting the militants,” he added during a press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 12, 2017.
Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov cancelled an upcoming meeting with the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., according to AP, in retaliation to the Trump administration’s announcement on Tuesday that it has imposed sanctions on 38 Russian individuals and firms over Russian activities in Ukraine. Ryabkov said that “the situation is not conducive to holding a round of this dialogue” that was scheduled for Friday and criticized the U. S. for ‘not having offered and not offering anything specific’ to discuss. “We have said from the very beginning of Washington’s exceptionally destructive policy in regard to applying anti-Russia sanctions, that [such measures] will not and cannot have an effect desired by the US on our individuals or entities,” Ryabkov told RIA Novosti Tuesday. The decision to widen the list came as President Trump met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the White House.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 21, 2017.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has imposed a ban on Russia’s biggest social media networks and internet services popular with millions. His decision is a significant ramping up of sanctions on Ukraine’s neighbour for its annexation of Crimea and the continuing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Those targeted include social networks VK.com and Odnoklassniki, search engine Yandex and the Mail.ru email service. Ukrainian service providers have been ordered to block access to the sites. The companies’ offices in Ukraine will also face asset freezes and other restrictions although it was not immediately clear how the ban on the services would come into force and whether Ukraine had the technical means to enforce it.
As we have mentioned here throughout the beginning of this year, Ukraine has been (and continues to be) a major ‘flash point’ that holds dire consequences for a Europe already in tatters. Ukraine is also a major spot of contention between Russia and the United States. To recap, presently we have a President intent on a new era of relations between Vladimir Putin and his government. The problem lies in what the U. S. has done in the past five year under the Obama-directed State Department (courtesy of Victoria Nuland). That State Department was aided and abetted by none other than Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. As mentioned in other articles, the situation in the Eastern Ukrainian provinces is serious. Although the Minsk accords provided for an official ceasefire between the Kiev government under President Petro Poroshenko and the separatist militias in the Donbass region, the former has been clearly guilty of violating it repeatedly. These violations have taken the form of prohibited armored vehicles and artillery barrages in numerous cities. At the very beginning of the U. S.-sponsored coup d’tat that ousted legally-elected President Viktor Yanukovych and sent him fleeing to Russia, the Maidan movement (comprised of Ukrainian ultra-nationalists) began protests and riots that led to fighting. Maidan was (and is) being both encouraged and supported financially by none other than George Soros. The intent for Ukraine with Soros is no different: to crush the opposition of separatists and enable the U. S.-installed government to rail Ukraine into NATO and the IMF.
This post was published at shtfplan on March 1st, 2017.
As of this writing a tremendous number of things are happening in North Korea and Russia. Although these are not events that seem momentous, they are quite profound when taken into consideration with the grand scheme: the worldwide plot to form a state of global governance. These behind-the-scenes maneuverings are not in the forefront of the news; however, they are having effects within the nations mentioned and influencing their current actions. Almost a month ago, it was reported that one of the foremost militia commanders in the separatist-controlled Donbass area of Eastern Ukraine was assassinated via car bomb. Then almost immediately afterward, just a few weeks later, the Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian Army of the Kiev government mysteriously died on duty of a ‘heart condition’ although he was in his early fifties. These ‘tit for tat’ actions stimulated a new wave of fighting in the Eastern Provinces. The truce between the separatists and Kiev government has been violated without ceasing, primarily by the Ukrainian military under the direction of the US-sponsored president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. At this time, there is an uneasy ‘stalemate’ between the U. S. and Russia in a proxy war between the U. S-backed Kiev government and the Eastern Ukrainian separatists supported by Russia. Next, we have North Korea, where Kim Jong Un is ramping up the bellicose rhetoric against the U. S. Yes, we have heard it before, but this time it is a little different. On Monday, 45-year-old Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il was assassinated in Malaysia. Here is an excerpt of a report on it:
This post was published at shtfplan on February 23rd, 2017.
In the past few days tensions in eastern Ukraine suddenly and unexpectedly escalated, with Kiev and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) accusing each other of starting the shelling on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30. Whatever the truth, dozens are dead and the outskirts of Donetsk have been left without electricity. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cut short his visit to Germany and urgently convened an emergency meeting of the Contact Group for the settlement of the Donbass conflict, as well as appealed to the United Nations. Experts point out that the fighting began on the day following the telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and newly-elected U.S. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly stated his desire to distance himself from the Ukrainian conflict. “No one knows what really happened and who lit the match to the powder keg; the situation has been potentially explosive all this time as neither side is implementing the Minsk accords,” said Kost Bondarenko, director of the Ukrainian Politics foundation. Escalation is a way to draw attention to oneself, Russian experts said. Anyway, the DNR reciprocated and can continue reciprocating for a long time to come. The result is that the frozen conflict remains while the Minsk accords are quickly melting away.
The drumbeats of war are growing louder. Fighting in eastern Ukraine between separatists and pro-government forces has risen to an intensity not seen in well over a year, and the Russians claim that they recently foiled a ‘Ukrainian plot’ to conduct terror attacks in Crimea. As tensions in the region have increased, the Russians have used the cover of ‘military drills’ to move massive amounts of troops and military equipment up to the border with Ukraine. This is something that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, but things have intensified since then, and a huge military exercise is planned for September. Needless to say, the Ukrainians are quite alarmed by this, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is warning that a full scale mobilization of the Ukrainian military may be needed. If something is going to happen, it is likely to happen soon. As you will see below, once we get into October it will become much less likely that we would see a Russian invasion of Ukraine. We aren’t hearing much about this conflict in the U. S. media, but over in Europe this is a very big deal. Just consider the following excerpt from an article in the Independent entitled ‘Russia is teetering on the brink of ‘all out war’ with Ukraine’… Ukraine is holding a major military parade in Kiev today to mark its 25th anniversary as an independent state. But, at a time that should otherwise be a moment of national celebration, a serious crisis with Moscow is flaring up. So serious, in fact, that on Tuesday the Russian President Vladimir Putin, German ChancellorAngela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande were forced to hold a three-way phone call to try to de-escalate the situation. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has even warned that there is growing risk of a ‘full scale Russian invasion along all fronts,’ ratcheting up what is already the bloodiest European conflict since the wars over the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
August 2016 – UKRAINE – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday put the military on highest state of alert along the frontier with Crimea after Russia accused Kiev of making attempted incursions into the annexed region. Moscow’s FSB security service said Wednesday it had thwarted ‘terrorist attacks’ by Ukraine’s military on the Black Sea peninsula that Russia seized from Ukraine in March 2014. Poroshenko said he met Ukraine’s top brass as well as foreign ministry officials to discuss the latest flare-up in tensions between the two ex-Soviet foes. ‘I ordered a high-alert level on the administrative line with Crimea and contact line in eastern Ukraine,’ he tweeted. Russian President Vladimir Putin also held a meeting Thursday with security chiefs where discussed ‘additional measures for ensuring security for citizens and essential infrastructure in Crimea,’ the Kremlin said in a statement. Russia also said its navy – whose Black Sea Fleet is based in annexed Crimea – would start war games to practice repelling underwater attacks by terrorists.
In the latest escalation between the Kremlin and Kiev, yesterday we reported that Ukraine had put its troops near the Russia border on combat alert, following an incident that according to Russia was an attempted terrorist attack. Recall that Russia’s secret service, the Federal Security Service, said on Wednesday that it had foiled ‘terrorist acts’ prepared by Ukrainian military intelligence against infrastructure in the territory, with the aim of disrupting Russia’s parliamentary elections due on 18 September. Kiev denied the allegations. In response to the alleged operation, Putin said he was pulling out of international peace talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. He said he was no longer ready to meet his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, and German and French leaders in the so-called Normandy format, which has been used for negotiations. As such the Minsk peace process, which one can argue neither side had wanted, has been effectively put on hold (for more on the speculation behind the peace process fallout, read here). Ukraine promptly denied all accusations, when president Petro Poroshenko and Ministry of Foreign Affairs sternly rejected Putin’s accusations that Kiev is committing terrorist acts in the disputed peninsula. “Accusations against Ukraine of terrorism in occupied Crimea sound as preposterous and cynical as the statements of the Russian leadership about the absence of Russian troops in [eastern Ukraine’s rebel-controlled] Donbass [region],” Poroshenko said. “Ukraine condemns in the strongest terms yet another Kremlin-manufactured provocation and rejects all accusations, which are completely groundless,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement. “Under a made up pretext, the Kremlin is undertaking another hybrid special operation with the aim to justify its future aggressive actions against Ukraine.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 12, 2016.
It has been over a year since the market cared about potential military developments and escalation in the ongoing proxy war between Russia and Ukraine in the Donbass region, however as reported overnight, tensions are again rising rapidly. Two members of Russian government forces were killed last weekend in what President Vladimir Putin said were “stupid” and “criminal” incursions by Ukraine into the territory annexed by Moscow two years ago. Additionally, Putin on Wednesday accused the Ukrainian military of launching the incursions into Crimea as part of repeated efforts to reclaim the land. As the FT noted yesterday, Russia’s secret service, the Federal Security Service, said on Wednesday that it had foiled ‘terrorist acts’ prepared by Ukrainian military intelligence against infrastructure in the territory, with the aim of disrupting Russia’s parliamentary elections due on 18 September. Kiev has denied the allegations. In response to the alleged operation, Putin said he was pulling out of international peace talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. He said he was no longer ready to meet his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, and German and French leaders in the so-called Normandy format, which has been used for negotiations. Mr Putin hinted at a possible meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China early next month. ‘Under these conditions, meeting in the Normandy format, especially in China, is meaningless,’ Mr Putin said at a press conference. ‘Apparently, the people who seized power in Kiev and continue to hold on to it, instead of seeking compromise, instead of searching ways of a peaceful settlement, have moved on to the practice of terror.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 11, 2016.
In a stark reminder of how precarious the situation remains in Ukraine two years after a coup took place, which ushered in a new-pro Western government and which the western democracies had no objections against, earlier today a prominent journalist working for the online investigative website Ukrayinska Pravda was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev early on Wednesday morning, in what President Petro Poroshenko said was an attempt to destabilize Ukraine.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 20, 2016.
The news network reports have been combined with leaks within the intelligence communities of Europe and the United States to paint a picture of a possible spring offensive in Eastern Ukraine by Russia. Now that Ukraine’s ‘bid’ to enter the EU seems to be coming apart at the seams, the United States and the Western IMF hegemony seem to be in an indecisive state about what option to pursue next. Arseny Yatsenuk, the puppet of the United States installed by Victoria Nuland, John McCain, and Lindsay Graham has resigned, so no more words of ventriloquism will be emanating from his lips. Petro Poroshenko the chocolate magnate will now hold the reins in his hands while the IMF/NATO cartel figures out what is next in store. The plan to ‘take’ Ukraine into NATO and the EU was nothing more than a thinly disguised design to encroach upon Russia’s back door and invade her sphere of influence. The Daily Mail’s Allan Hall reported that Vladimir Putin has been building a secret army of trained battle groups for close combat operations in Western Europe, specifically in Germany. These battle groups are reported as being ready to go into operation ‘at a moment’s notice.’ Actually this is nothing new. Vladimir B. Rezun, writing under the pen name Viktor Suvorov has written such revelatory pieces such as ‘Inside the Soviet Army,’ and ‘Inside the Aquarium,’ the latter work chronicling the GRU and Spetsnaz operations throughout the world on behalf of the Soviet Union. The techniques (as corroborated by Stanislev Lunev, a defecting Colonel and author of several works on the subject) have carried over into Russia today.
This post was published at shtfplan on April 21st, 2016.
Did the Panama Papers just claim their second victim? Just days after Rothschild was forced to defend Ukraine’s billionaire president Petro Poroshenko from his involvement in with the Panamanian tax haven law firm Mossack Fonseca, when it said that “as a matter of principle, we never comment on individuals or client relationships, but on this occasion we have been authorized by our client to confirm that Rothschild Trust has been appointed by Mr Poroshenko as trustee of a blind trust to hold his shares in Roshen”, moments ago Ukraine’s embattled prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced that he had resigned, according to local media reports. “I decided to resign from the post of Ukraine’s prime minister. On Tuesday, April 12, the decision will be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian parliament]”, Yatsenyuk said as quoted by Ukrainian TV channels Sunday. Yatsenyuk said that destabilization in Ukraine is “inevitable” if a new government is not formed, which is a dramatic change from his position just several weeks ago when he decided to dig in to his post, created by the active US intervention in early 2014 when “Yats” was preappointed to run the local government by none other than the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, Victoria Nuland.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 04/10/2016.
Update: Ukrainian deputies collected 159 signatures, more than 150 required, which will enable them to proceed w/ no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s cabinet, lawmaker Mustafa Nayem says in Twitter. This means Yats is out. * * * Nearly two years after Victoria Nuland decided that “Yats” should be her puppet prime minister in Ukraine as part of the CIA-organized presidential coup, the latest embarrassment for the U. S. State Department is about to become a fact when moments ago Ukrainian billionaire president Petro Poroshenko called on Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to resign and urged the formation of a technocratic government to end a political crisis and reignite an overhaul of the economy.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/16/2016.
Fighting broke out in parliament among members of Ukraine’s ruling coalition on Friday after a member of President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc physically picked up Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk and pulled him from the podium. Yatseniuk was defending his embattled government’s record when lawmaker Oleh Barna walked over to him with a bunch of red roses and then grabbed him around the waist and groin, lifting him off his feet and dragging him from the rostrum. Members of Yatseniuk’s People Front party waded in, pushing Barna and throwing punches, sparking a brawl in the assembly. You just can’t make this up…
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/11/2015.
As much as we’d like to believe in the fairytale that the seeds of democracy can take root anywhere in the world at any time as long as the will of the people is strong, that just isn’t the case. Sometimes, the circumstances surrounding ‘elections’ just aren’t conducive to the perpetuation of the democratic process and attempts to derive anything meaningful in terms of divining the preferences of the electorate are hopelessly complicated by questions about the integrity of the polling process. Take Syria for instance, where some are now suggesting that Bashar al-Assad may hold elections even as the country’s years-old civil war still rages. And then there is of course Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has done virtually everything in his power to subvert the democratic process on the way to ensuring that one way or another, AKP will win an absolute majority in parliament. Well, now that Syria has become the mainstream media’s geopolitical topic du jour, Ukraine has faded into the background but on Sunday, the country held local elections which served as a kind of referendum on where Ukrainians stand in terms of i) the current government in Kiev, ii) the nationalist movement as embodied by the various ‘volunteer’ battalions fighting in the east, and iii) the pro-Russian separatist movement. Here’s a bit of color from AP for what it’s worth: Four exit polls from Ukraine’s local elections released Monday indicated the governing coalition would retain its dominant position in the west and center of the country despite widespread disappointment with the government of President Petro Poroshenko.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/27/2015.
Amid the Ukraine government’s vote for constitutional changes to give its eastern regions a special status (that it hopes will blunt their separatist drive) protests have turned deadly as RT reports 50 Ukrainian nation guards have been injured in a greande blast near parliament in Kiev. The clashes began earlier in the day… *** Following, as Reuters reports, Ukraine’s parliament on Monday voted for constitutional changes to give its eastern regions a special status that it hopes will blunt their separatist drive… At a rowdy session, a total of 265 deputies voted in favor in the first reading of a “decentralization” bill, backed by President Petro Poroshenko’s political bloc and his government – 39 more than that required to go through. But many coalition allies, including former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, spoke against the changes and it is open to question whether Poroshenko will be able to whip up the necessary 300 votes for it to get through a second and final reading later this year.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/31/2015.
Vladimir Putin declined to comment on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s remarks that the Russian president should have coordinated with Kiev his current trip to Crimea. Crimea seceded from Ukraine to reunify with Russia in March 2014, following a referendum in which 96 percent of the voters supported rejoining Russia.
Dissatisfied with alleged concessions to Russia, the leader of the Right Sector battalion, Dmytro Yarosh, seeks a nationwide no-confidence referendum in President Petro Poroshenko. The Right Sector is an illegal battalion that Kiev tolerates because its fighters are well-trained, well-equipped, and willing to take on the separatists. There is growing unease in Kiev over the Right Sector, because of Yarosh’s call for a vote of no-confidence along with some in the group openly threatening a military coup. Russia claims (likely accurately), Right Sector neo-Nazis were responsible for the violence in the 2104 Ukrainian Revolution that ousted then-President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. Please consider Fears Grow as Ukraine Rightwing Militia Puts Kiev in its Sights.
Submitted by Justin Raimondo via AntiWar.com, We’re in the summer doldrums of the news cycle, a perfect time for our government and the media – or do I repeat myself? – to drop certain inconvenient stories down the Memory Hole. My job, of course, is to retrieve them…. Remember Ukraine? I seem to recall blaring headlines about a supposedly ‘imminent’ and ‘massive’ Russian invasion of that country: the Anglo-Saxon media was ablaze with a veritable countdown to D-Dayand we were treated to ominous sightings of Russian troops and tanks gathering at the border, allegedly just awaiting the order from Putin to take Kiev. And it turns out there has been an invasion, of sorts – although it isn’t a Russian one. It’s the Kiev regime’s own foot-soldiers returning from the front and turning on their masters. The war is going badly for the government of oligarch Petro Poroshenko. The east Ukrainians, who rose in revolt after the US-sponsored coup threw out democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych, show no signs of giving up: they’ve repulsed the ‘anti-terrorist’ campaign launched by Kiev, withstanding relentless bombardment of their cities and enduring many thousands of casualties, not to mention widespread destruction. Indeed, the brutal protracted war waged by Kiev against its own ‘citizens’ has arguably steeled the rebels’ resolve and made any thought of reconciliation unthinkable. As is usual with violent fanatics, the war aims of the Kiev coup leaders – to bring the eastern provinces back into the fold – have been rendered impossible by their methods and conduct. The de facto blockade imposed on the east has bound the separatists all the more tightly to Russia, and so economics as well as searing hatred of a government the easterners regard as ‘fascist’ has sealed the country’s fate. Unable to crack the rebels’ resolve, the ‘revolutionaries’ who once gathered in the Maidan have begun to turn on each other. Poroshenko, fearful of the rising power of the far-right militias who make up the backbone of his makeshift army, has ordered their dissolution – and the rightists are resisting.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/02/2015.