The Road To World War 3: Russia And Ukraine Are Now Engaged In A Shooting War

Russian soldiers and Ukrainian soldiers are now shooting at each other in eastern Ukraine. Could this conflict ultimately lead us down the road to World War 3? This week, a very robust force of “tanks, artillery and infantry” has opened up a “third front” in the Ukrainian civil war in a part of southeastern Ukraine that had not seen much fighting yet. Exhausted Ukrainian forces are suddenly being pushed back rapidly and many outsiders are wondering how the nearly defeated rebels were able to muster such impressive military strength all of a sudden. But it really isn’t much of a mystery. The tanks, artillery and infantry came from inside Russia. In recent days, Ukrainian units have captured ten Russian paratroopers and there have even been funerals for Russian paratroopers that have been killed in action back home in Russia. Even though it has become exceedingly obvious that Russia is now conducting a stealth invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is still choosing to deny it. But if he did publicly admit it, that would be even more dangerous. Barack Obama would be forced into a position of either having to do something about the Russian invasion or look weak in the eyes of the public. And as the Russians have already shown, they are more than willing to match any move that the Obama administration makes.
There has already been much written about who is to blame for all of this, and I am sure that much more will be written about who is to blame in the future. The western world is blaming “Russian aggression” for the mess in Ukraine. In return, the Russians point out that it was westerners that funded and organized the groups that violently overthrew the democratically-elected government of Ukraine. To the Russians, the current government of Ukraine is made up of neo-Nazi terrorist usurpers that are attempting to brutally oppress millions of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.
So the Russians seem themselves as “the good guys” in this conflict and so does the western world. But that is how most wars start. Both sides usually feel morally justified at the start of a conflict.
In the final analysis, however, is it really going to matter very much who was “right” and who was “wrong” if the end result is World War 3?
If the rebels in eastern Ukraine had been able to defeat the Kiev government forces on their own, Putin probably would have been content to let them do that. But instead, they had been pushed back to two major cities and seemed on the verge of defeat.
But now it is the Ukrainian forces that are experiencing “panic and wholesale retreat”…

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on August 27th, 2014.

Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Imminent Gas Cut-Off, Russia Denies, Germans Anxious

So much for the Russia-Ukraine talks bringing the two sides together as even Germany’s Steinmeier could only say it’s “hard to say if breakthrough made.” Shortly after talks ended, Ukrainian Premier Yatsenyuk stated unequivocally that “we know about the plans of Russia to cut off transit even in European Union member countries,” followed by some notably heavy-on-the-war-rhetoric comments. The Russians were quick to respond, as the energy ministry was “surprised” by his statements on Ukraine gas transits and blasted that comments were an “attempt at EU disinformation.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/27/2014.

Ukraine Seeks Ceasefire Following ‘Very Tough and Complex” Talks With Putin

On August 10, Ukraine said No Cease-Fire Until Rebels Surrender.
Things changed.
This just in … On August 26, Reuters reported Poroshenko Seeks Ceasefire After ‘Very Tough’ Talks With Putin.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised after late-night talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to work on an urgent ceasefire plan to defuse the separatist conflict in the east of his former Soviet republic.
The first negotiations between the two leaders since June were described by Putin as positive, but he said it was not for Russia to get into the details of truce terms between the Kiev government and two rebel eastern regions.
“We didn’t substantively discuss that, and we, Russia, can’t substantively discuss conditions of a ceasefire, of agreements between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk. That’s not our business, it’s up to Ukraine itself,” he told reporters early on Wednesday.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on August 27, 2014.

NATO is the Greatest Threat to Peace on the Planet – James Corbett on RT

The following video was published by corbettreport on Aug 27, 2014
Under the pretext of an ‘overt’ Russian threat, NATO is pushing for a ‘readiness action plan’ that will bring the Cold War military bloc closer to Russian borders than ever – even despite objections from some NATO members. James Corbett, editor of the Corbett Report, an independent Japan-based news outlet, gives his perspective on the matter.

Merkel Slams US Hegemony? “America Can’t Solve All The World’s Problems Anymore”

First Russia and China, then UAE, Egypt, and Turkey… and now it appears Germany (following a phone call with Putin) is pulling the rug out from under US hegemony – just as Obama’s warmongery ramps up…
*MERKEL SAYS U. S. CAN’T SOLVE ALL THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS ANYMORE Which is odd because just yesterday, President Obama (who never lies) stated “The United States is and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world…“ adding that “no other nation can do what we do.” Perhaps he is wrong?
‘Even a superpower can’t solve all of the problems alone anymore,’ German Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/27/2014.

Ukraine Releases Video Of Captured Russian Troops; They “Entered Accidentally” Russia Claims As Putin-Poroshenko Meeting Begins

Moments ago, Russian president Vladimir Putin arrived in Minsk, Belarus where upon the initiative of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko a summit between the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) and Ukraine will be held on Tuesday. As Interfax adds, the meeting will also be attended by three European commissioners – EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and European Commission Vice President, Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger.
Amusingly, Putin’s arrival did not proceed without incident…
This will be second meeting in the past three months between Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko organized with the mediation of a president a third country. However, official confirmation that a separate meeting between Putin and Poroshenko will take place does not yet exist.
As noted earlier, the main reason for the recent ramp in futures is because someone activated the de-escalation algo sending futs promptly from overnight lows to highs, on hopes there will be some resolution of Ukraine’s proxy civil war, and maybe a detente between Russia and Europe, where the latter is now on the verge of a triple-dip recession due to “costs” against Russia.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/26/2014.

Ukraine’s Poroshenko “Optimistic” Over EU Deal, Putin Warns Of Consequences

When two of the richest presidents in the world currently met this morning in Minsk, the tensions was palpable. As Poroshenko (net worth ~$1.3 bn) and Putin (~$440bn) prepared for talks, the threats, promises, and hopes were everywhere…
*POROSHENKO SAYS ‘OPTIMISTIC’ ABOUT TODAY’S MEETINGS IN MINSK, INTERESTED IN EU, CUSTOMS UNION AGREEMENTS But Vladimir Putin – having reminded everyone that Russian capital represents 32% of the Ukraine banking system (threat or statement?) warned any EU association pact may force Russia to scrap trade preferences.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/26/2014.

Libyan Government Overrun, Central Bankers Prepping Invasion Of Libya – Episode 450

The following video was published by X22Report on Aug 25, 2014
France is collapsing and the President dissolves government. One of every two Cyprus loans are in default. Real Estate is now imploding in the month of July, the bump in sales is over, the hard slide down is accelerating. China is designing their own OS and Russia is looking to replace the SWIFT system. Federal Reserve takes a survey and it reports Obamacare is destroying business. Dempsey heading to Afghanistan to keep US soldiers stationed there. Poroshenko dissolves parliament using social media. Libya is now overrun, government is out. US and other nations preparing to invade and recapture Libya. US Government officials pushing the agenda of terror.

Putin’s Chief ‘Integration’ Advisor Warns “Transition Has Always Come About Through War”

When we last met Sergei Glazyev, Vladimir Putin’s chief ‘integration’ adviser (who has been regularly featured on these pages in the past (see Putin Adviser Threatens With Dumping US Treasurys, Abandoning Dollar If US Proceeds With Sanctions and Putin Adviser Proposes “Anti-Dollar Alliance” To Halt US Aggression Abroad for two examples) he explained “how the U. S. military and oligarchs are trying to maintain leadership in the global competition with China.“
Arguably the best informed man in Russia, his perspective seems important to grasp as he considers:
“The world today is going through a year of overlapping cyclical crises. This is a period when the global economy is changing as the structure that has driven economic growth for 30 years has exhausted itself. The world needs to transition to a new system and transition has always come about through war…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 08/23/2014

90% of All Deaths In War are CIVILIANS

The United States is responsible for 41% of the worlds total military spending. The next largest in spending are China, accounting for 8.2%; Russia, 4.1%; and the United Kingdom and France, both 3.6%. . . . If all military . . . costs are included, annual [US] spending amounts to $1 trillion . . . . According to the DOD fiscal year 2012 base structure report, The DOD manages global property of more than 555,000 facilities at more than 5,000 sites, covering more than 28 million acres. The United States maintains 700 to 1000 military bases or sites in more than 100 countries. . . .

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