New Russian GRAD-K MRL Operating in Donetsk–Yet More Proof of Russian Troops in Ukraine

 

GRAD-K (in circle) 22 Jan in Donetsk

GRAD-K (in circle) 22 Jan in Donetsk

More definite confirmation of Russian Army in Donetsk (as if more were needed). A video yesterday from the ‘Novorossiya/DNR/LNR’ news net (https://vk.com/newsosamomglavnom) showed, with talking fighter in the foreground, several BM-21 GRAD multiple rocket launchers firing massive salvos from a built-up area described as being in Donetsk. Those in the foreground were the regular standard BM-21 on Ural-375 or Ural-4320 chassis, but at the end one vehicle on the far end started driving away, but it was not a standard BM-21. Rather, it was the new KAMAZ chassis-based 2B26 multiple rocket launcher, also called Grad-K (essentially a BM-21 on a newer chassis with a few other mods). This vehicle was only accepted into the Russian military in 2011 and fielding began in 2012. So it is NOT something taken form the Ukrainians, and is almost certainly not something simply handed over to the ‘separatists’, as it is brand new to the Russian arsenal.

 

New GRAD-K MRL

New GRAD-K MRL

Novorossiya video of BM-21s and new GRAD-K firing in Donetsk 22 Jan

 

Russian Offensive, Despicable ‘Journalism’, Russian MVD Presence, and Latest War Crimes

Main points:

-Russian forces launched an indiscriminate bloody Grad and Uragan multiple rocket launcher attack on Mariupol 24 January

-Russians launched a bloody mortar attack from within Donetsk on 22 January as a propaganda spectacle they tried to blame (as usual) on Ukraine; perhaps as pretext for offensive two days later

-Ukrainian POWs were paraded and assaulted at mortar attack site as PR, but in blatant contravention of Geneva Conventions

-Russian MVD is clearly present in Donetsk and controlling the captured Ukrainian colonel

-British RT ‘reporter’ Graham Phillips is a true low-life—lower than many previously thought

Details:

Mariupol early 24 Jan after rocket attacks

Mariupol early 24 Jan after rocket attacks

Early on Saturday 24 January, Russian forces to the east of Mariupol launched salvos of BM-21 Grad and Uragan rockets into the centre of the Ukrainian city, killing about 30 and hitting an outdoor market, school, shops, and other buildings. The OSCE SMM verified that those weapons were used and came from the Russian lines to the east of the city. This comes on the heels of ‘DNR Prime Minister’ Zakharchenko announcing a new offensive to take more of Ukraine, and former ‘DNR Peoples’ Governor’ Pavel Gubarev writing yesterday (23 Jan) on his Facebook that it is ‘great news’ of the offensive starting, with him listing several cities including Mariupol, and saying this is the ‘decisive phase’.

Gubarev's joyous FB post 23 Jan about offensive starting

Gubarev’s joyous FB post 23 Jan about offensive starting

OSCE SMM report on 24 Jan Russian MRL attack on Mariupol

Following Ukraine’s failed attempt to reinforce its ‘cyborg’ forces that have been holding off Russian attacks on Donetsk Airport for three quarters of a year, a major Russian offensive succeeded in taking the ruins of the facility late on 21 January—one likely involving some newly introduced regular Russian forces in addition to Russian government mercenaries and some local Russian militia. (There are reports that some Ukrainian elements remain on the outskirts of the airport.) The bloody end to the resistance was naturally used by Russian state media as a propaganda spectacle, with Rossiya TV disputing Kyiv’s announcement that the final battle left 10 Ukrainian soldiers dead and 16 wounded taken prisoner. Russia claimed incredulously (since such numbers never were at the airport) that the fight ended up with 597 Ukrainian military and national guard killed and 44 taken prisoner (the Russian used was ‘plen’ meaning ‘prisoner of war’).

Russian state TV Vesti newscast on Donetsk trolleybus mortar attack, showing bodies

Throughout Thursday the 22nd, Russian state TV channels showed close-up graphic footage of several dead Ukrainian soldiers in the ruins of the airport, which was also done in even worse detail by Russian disinformation channel RT by their sick ‘correspondent’ (actually an unabashed participant on the Russian side) Graham Phillips, who uploaded and tweeted videos of him and others picking through the ruins, showing the dead close up, and even taking their wallets out of their pockets and showing family photos. He reached a new low, which few thought was possible given the depths to which he had slithered before.

 

Scene of Donetsk trolleybus shelling 22 Jan

OSCE SMM at scene of Donetsk trolleybus shelling 22 Jan

One of the small craters from the 22 Jan Donetsk Russian mortar attack

One of the small craters from the 22 Jan Donetsk Russian mortar attack

At about 0730 on Thursday the 22nd, near the center of Donetsk, a couple of explosions went off near a trolleybus, killing at least eight and wounding many more (though some Russian reports claimed 13 dead, but without independent verification). Russian TV crews were on the scene within five minutes, though it was just over an hour before the OSCE SMM was notified by the city’s emergency services and they arrived about n hour and a half after the incident. Amazing how the Russian TV crews were right nearby—or maybe not amazing. Analysis of the two impact craters showed that the rounds were fired from the northwest, but the relatively small size of the craters indicates that they were not caused by artillery, but by mortars. Most likely, given their size, by an 82mm mortar—certainly not by tube artillery or Grad rockets. The problem for the Russians and their local fighters who control the area is that the 82mm mortar has a maximum range of just under six kilometres, and the closest Ukrainian military position to the impact scene is over 15 kilometres, with most being about 20 kilometres away, meaning the rounds were fired from within the Russian-held and heavily patrolled/militarised city.

OSCE SMM report on Donetsk trolleybus attack

Distance from Ukrainian positions to Donetsk location of trolleybus mortar attack--only possible from within the Russian-held city

Distance from Ukrainian positions to Donetsk location of trolleybus mortar attack–only possible from within the Russian-held city

Naturally they found a way around that lie by putting out the usual several ‘versions’ to confuse the story, saying that they knew there had ben a Ukrainian diversionary team driving around the city for some time in a white Gazelle van, and they must have done the attack. Right—and pigs can fly. The usual deflection of blame tactic.

Russian state TV Vesti newscast about Donetsk trolleybus attack including video of victims

Zakharchenko in Donetsk leading POW parade, with his Russian Spetsnaz bodyguards

Zakharchenko in Donetsk leading POW parade, with his Russian Spetsnaz bodyguards

They were quick to make use of this incident, by bringing over a dozen of the Ukrainian soldiers they had captured at the airport to the spot of the explosions, and having them kneel in front of some locals—mainly elderly—who berated them, spat on them, and hit some of them. According to one Western journalist who has been working out there for a long time, when one woman started leaving, one of the fighters took her back and admonished her, saying she could not leave ye and still was supposed to heckle the POWs. The whole show was orchestrated by ‘DNR Prime Minister’ Zakharchenko, who arrived on the scene in a convoy including a couple of T-72B tanks (some of those which have shown up in Ukraine and were never in use by the Ukrainian military—only the Russian forces—clearly indicating they are Russian tanks). Of note, one of those POWs they paraded was Colonel Oleg Metsak, whom along with others they kept prodding to admit that his forces were responsible for the ‘artillery attack’ that hit the bus and car in Donetsk. Some said ‘yeah, yeah, we did’ after being punched around enough, even though this was obviously not the truth, particularly given that Metsak and his men had already been taken prisoner on 20 January—a full two days before this mortar attack.

Novorossiya clip of abusing Ukrainian colonel and forcing him into Russian MVD-plated vehicle

Ukrainian COL Metsak being pushed into Russian MVD 4x4 in Donetsk

Ukrainian COL Metsak being pushed into Russian MVD 4×4 in Donetsk

As Metsak was being interviewed on the street at the mortar attack site, and being roughed up, he then was quickly led away to a waiting new olive drab green Toyota 4×4 with a police light on it, being hit all along the way despite being in handcuffs. He was then shoved into the right front seat. But the most interesting aspect of this vehicle is that it had Russian Federation number plates. Even more interesting is that the city code of 96 on the number is one of the plate series reserved for the Russian MVD (Interior Ministry). Someone please explain once again how there are no Russian military or government people involved in the war they unleashed in Ukraine!

Regarding the violations of the Ukrainian prisoners’ rights, it should be noted that under the Geneva Conventions, they cannot be paraded before media in a spectacle, or humiliated and beaten as was done in Donetsk, and reprisals cannot be taken against them. The Russians of course, who are signatories to the Conventions, are blatantly ignoring this, but parading some POWs at a press conference and showing parading about a dozen through Donetsk to the site of the trolleybus bombing and forcing them to kneel as people insulted and spat on them and slapped some. According to ‘Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, 75 U.N.T.S. 135, entered into force Oct. 21, 1950’:

Article 13:

‘Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated. Any unlawful act or omission by the Detaining Power causing death or seriously endangering the health of a prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited, and will be regarded as a serious breach of the present Convention. In particular, no prisoner of war may be subjected to physical mutilation or to medical or scientific experiments of any kind which are not justified by the medical, dental or hospital treatment of the prisoner concerned and carried out in his interest.

Likewise, prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity

Measures of reprisal against prisoners of war are prohibited.’

As for whether the rebels, militia, or whatever the separatist forces are called fall under the Conventions, given the fact that they are operating with and are under control of the Russian military (which is actively fighting in the east as well as official Russian government mercenary units made up of recently discharged Russian servicemen), they definitely meet the conditions as both captors and as prisoners of war, whenever that occurs. Per Article 4:

‘A. Prisoners of war, in the sense of the present Convention, are persons belonging to one of the following categories, who have fallen into the power of the enemy

1. Members of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict as well as members of militias or volunteer corps forming part of such armed forces.

2. Members of other militias and members of other volunteer corps, including those of organized resistance movements, belonging to a Party to the conflict and operating in or outside their own territory, even if this territory is occupied, provided that such militias or volunteer corps, including such organized resistance movements, fulfil the following conditions:

(a) That of being commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates;

(b) That of having a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance;

(c) That of carrying arms openly;’

Geneva Conventions

Under the Second Geneva Convention, it is clear that even though Russia implausibly denies involvement in the war in Ukraine, it is a party bound by the Conventions:

Article 2:

‘In addition to the provisions which shall be implemented in peacetime, the present Convention shall apply to all cases of declared war or of any other armed conflict which may arise between two or more of the High Contracting Parties, even if the state of war is not recognized by one of them.’

Now, even if Russia and its propagandists, including the nominal separatists, claim they are not subjects of the Conventions, it turns out that they are. Per Common Article 3 found in all four of the Conventions, even in non-international conflicts, certain basic standards are binding:

In the case of armed conflict not of an international character occurring in the territory of one of the High Contracting Parties, each Party to the conflict shall be bound to apply, as a minimum, the following provisions:

1. Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed ‘’hors de combat” by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria. To this end, the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:

(a) violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;

(b) taking of hostages;

(c) outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment;

(d) the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.’

Furthermore, if Russia and its local rebels insist this is an internal matter (which it is not, in any case), these provisions apply. Plus the separatists are legally Ukrainians, and given that Ukraine is a signatory to all of the Conventions, they are bound under the rules of ‘non-international’ conflict.

Amnesty International raises concerns over Ukrainian POW treatment

But then again, all of this is probably overruled by the fact that Russia does not care about anything it has ever signed, and does not give a damn about decency or what anyone thinks of them. After all, from the start in eastern Ukraine, the separatists and their Russian military masters including Girkin excelled at taking hostages, and even openly proclaiming the fact, including a couple of groups of OSCE inspectors and observers—the former actually having diplomatic immunity.

So it has been a busy and bloody couple of days in eastern Ukraine. Russia tried to blame Ukraine for an atrocity (as usual) that it did itself, and right away used it to blatantly abuse POWs in violation of the Geneva Conventions and launch an attack in multiple directions, including against the populace of Mariupol. When will the world stop treating Russia like a possible ‘partner’ in solving this crisis (which it started and perpetuates) and openly call it the invader it is?

Dpty PM Ready to Sacrifice Russian Peoples’ Wealth for the Vozhd

Shuvalov

Shuvalov

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, responsible for the federal budget and economic policies, spoke at Davos and warned the West against trying to topple President Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin’s support. Easy for him to say, given that he is considered one of the wealthiest people in the Russian government (despite being in government positions since the lete 1990s, but in positions dealing with state property and privatisation and the like, so no surprise really how he made a little money). Granted, his wife supposedly also has a great business portfolio, but it looks like Shuvalov is offering up the ‘wealth’ of the Russian people to support their dictator while he continues living the rough life in his mega-mansion. Might have to sacrifice too by letting one of the 40 gardeners go.

Shuvalov's modest little house

Shuvalov’s modest little house

The Most Ridiculous and Sickest Russian Disinformation Ever

Murderer Permyakov as ancient knight hero to Russian nationalists

Murderer Permyakov as ancient knight hero to Russian nationalists

Just when you think you have seen everything in terms of lowdown propaganda from the Russian regime, it hits a new low. A really low one.

 

To Russian nationalists Permyakov is a hero. 'Americans murder, Russian pays. That's Democracy!

To Russian nationalists Permyakov is a hero. ‘Americans murder, Russian pays. That’s Democracy!

On 12 January, according to Armenian prosecutors, police, and even the Russian 102nd Military Base in Gyumri Armenia, conscript soldier Valeriy Permyakov from Chita in the far east of Russia, murdered six people form the Avetisyan family in their home in Gyumri. This included a 2-year-old child, and another seventh victim—a 6-month-old—is in intensive care after he had been stabbed by a bayonette, since supposedly Permyakov did something few have been able to do—he jammed an AK-74. He then fled about 10 kilometres to the west to the closed Turkish border, where he was apprehended by Russian Border Guards (who still to this day are responsible for guarding the Turkish border in independent Armenia). He has been held back at his base in Gyumri, and in the ensuign days a few thousand Armenians came out onto the streets there (and smaller numbers in the capital Yerevan) to protest the murders, with some calling for Russian troops to leave Armenia. In some videos an older man tears down the Russian flag from the Russian consulate in Gyumri and in others angry protesters face off against lines of shiled-wielding riot police, and some pelt them with paving stones. However, the response is definitely not Berkut-like—at least not yet. The people on the streets claim they want Permyakov turned over to the Armenians for trial, though the Russians say they will try him since under Article 61 of the Russian Constitution, they can not extradite a Russian citizen (actually it says they cannot be extradited from Russia to another country—he is already in Armenia, but details, details).

 

Russian nationalist support for murderer Permyakov, including from Donbas

Russian nationalist support for murderer Permyakov, including from Donbas

That would have seemed to be the end of it. Cut and dry case. Even his court-appointed Russian laywer said she was not taking the case after talking with him since he could not be defended.

But leave it to the Russians. Today the disinformation is flowing on VKontakte pages like ‘antimaidan armeniya’, ‘valeriy permyakov’, and my favourite, ‘anr’ (Armenian People’s Republic). The top post goes to the KiveJournal page of a certain ‘pribor’ whose page, according to rating sites, is today in the top 50 posts and blogs of the Runet (Russian Internet), which means it is getting a lot of attention. The content of these postings? Simple. As Pribor puts it (and as the others parrot), Permyakov did nothing—it was Obama’s sceme through his State Department (the new bogeyman of Russia, ‘Gosdep’) to have American troops kill the family, probably ‘with the participation of Ukrainian nationalistic groups’, with the goal of tarnishing the international authority of Russia and destroying Armenian-Russian relations. (One has to wonder, where are the Georgian ‘Misha-Nazis’ in all this? Forgotten?) Permyakov was framed because the fantasy SEAL team left some of his military items at the scene. He ends by saying Obama will burn in Hell for this.

 

Pictures of Armenian family murdered by Permyakov and claim that Obama did it and should burn in Hell

Pictures of Armenian family murdered by Permyakov and claim that Obama did it and should burn in Hell

These sites are spreading this garbage and claiming the goal of the US in all this was to spread a Maidan revolution to Armenia because apparently the US wants Armenia so badly (and because Armenia joined Putin’s sickly Eurasian Economic Union on 2 January). This is on par with the Russian disinformation about Ukraine—that the US supposedly started Maidan because the US wanted Crimea and the Sevastopol naval base for strategis reasons. This is similarly ridiculous, since under the 1936 Montreaux Convention which governs the Turkish straits and the Black Sea, any non-Black Sea countries may in total have only about 30,000 tonnes of shipping in the Black Sea at one time, meaning about three destroyers total, and they can only stay there for three weeks before having to leave. Now, while Russia does not abide by international treaties, the US and other countries do abide by Montreaux. Therefore, a base in Crimea would do no good at all (for 2-3 little ships?). Not to mention that there are three NATO countries who are on the Black Sea (Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey). But in any case, apparently the US now badly wants Armenia, because…well just because.

 

Nationalists call for Moscow street to be renamed for murderer 'Soldier Vitaliy Permyakov'

Nationalists call for Moscow street to be renamed for murderer ‘Soldier Vitaliy Permyakov’

The Russian antimaidan-type sites are also making Permyakov out to be some kind of big Russian hero, showing him as a historical Russian knight, and of course always shown in the pictures with a superimposed ‘Colorado ribbon’ (St George ribbon—now the symbol of Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine). Some call him a ‘prisoner of conscience’. One post called for people to petition for having a street in Moscow renamed ‘Soldier Valeriy Permyakov Street’. (What’s one more street named after a mass murderer after all…) Naturally, all the demonstrators in Armenia are termed ‘Armenian Nazis’, just as Russia brands everyone in opposition to it as Nazis. Idiot firebrand and fake Russian opposition leader Vladimir Zhirinovskiy (who is part of the regime and is used by it to spout off the garbage that even Putin is afraid to say but would like to) wrote on VK that this was Gosdep attacking Russia in the Caucasus, but Armenia would always be with Russia, but if the Gosdep Nazis started a revolution there, Russia has a base and would put it straight in two hours. So apparently Armenia is NOT independent, because just as in Crimea, hosted Russian troops would roll out and take power. Not legal at all, but at least he is upfront about it. And naturally a lot of people from the “Donetsk People’s Republic’ and Luhansk People’s Republic’ and fictitious ‘Novorossiya’ are chiming in with their support for a mass murderer and to blame the US and Ukraine.

 

Zhirinovskiy rant on US State Sept having killed the Armenians to blame it on Russia

Zhirinovskiy rant on US State Sept having killed the Armenians to blame it on Russia

The scariest thing about these posts is how they apparently are proliferating in Russia, which has far too many people willing to believe the most ridiculous shit the government puts out. Certainly in the coming days and weeks there will be, just as with MH-17 which a Russian Army SA-11 shot down, many official and unofficial ‘versions’ put out about this mass murder, but all will no doubt point at the US and Ukrainian ‘Nazis’ and maybe even Jen Psaki from Gosdep.

Russian Film Leviathan–Good Shot at Oscar–Putin Hating it

Leviathan

The Russian film Leviafan (Leviathan) won the Golden Globe last Sunday for best foreign language film, and has been nominated for the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film (which is probably has a good chance of winning. But you wouldn’t know it in Russia, since even though only three Soviet/Russian movies have won that Oscar since 1968 (and only the second for a Golden Globe since War and Peace in 68), Russian media have said nothing about it. Nothing. Russian state TV is totally mum on the subject, and it is not even being allowed in theatres in Russia, as it is considered by Putin’s minions as being “anti-Russian” (read: anti-Putin regime).

It is a horribly true story of how Russia functions these days. Surely not coming to Russian theaters this century. This powerful Russian film (with English subtitles in the link provided here) by Russian Director Andrey Zvyaginsev shows the truth about Putin’s Russia. It demonstrates how the system actually works there, with government, police, prosecutors, and judges all working together criminally backing each other with the help of the Orthodox Church, which is part of the corrupt power structure. It indeed works like that at every level. The film shows how there seems to be no hope to change it, even with the truth on your side. It takes place in a small decrepit Russian town somewhere in the north (Murmansk area), but everything in it is so typical for the whole of Russia (and the CIS states in general). Total hopelessness. An excellent and very watchable and suspenseful piece, but not a “feel-good” film by any means.

Leviathan film online viewing site

Of course, many on comment boards have come out of the woodwork, including not a few trolls, writing the most vile comments against the director and the film, and claiming for one that the decrepit town shown in the film is nothing like what exists in Russia. Obviously they do not get out too much, since it is precisely what most of the real Russia looks like. Poor, shoddy, run down, and drowning in vodka. I have been to many of these same types of places in the Caucasus, outside Moscow, Pskov, and in large parts of Belarus. The reality is far from the glitz of Moscow or St Petersburg, though the reality of this film regarding how the system works is present throughout the land.

As a backlash against the film, Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, known for his outlandish statements (including saying Russia gained an extra chromosome with the annexation of Crimea), now wants prohibition of any films like this which say anything negative about the state. This is no doubt part of his and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin’s campaign to create a new patriotic Russian Internet, patriotic radio and TV, books, exhibitions and video games. Such pro-Russian media are necessary they claim, “to speak in support of the president’s policy and go on the ideological offensive on all fronts. We must consolidate the state and society based on the values instilled by our history. We need a patriotic trend in the public consciousness.” This is purely one of the tenets of Fascism. Control of all aspects of society. “The State educates the citizens to civism, makes them aware of their mission, urges them to unity; its justice harmonizes their divergent interests; it transmits to future generations the conquests of the mind in the fields of science, art, law, human solidarity; it leads men up from primitive tribal life to that highest manifes­tation of human power, imperial rule. The State hands down to future generations the memory of those who laid down their lives to ensure its safety or to obey its laws; it sets up as examples and records for future ages the names of the captains who enlarged its territory and of the men of genius who have made it famous. Whenever respect for the State declines and the disintegrating and centrifugal tendencies of individuals and groups prevail, nations are headed for decay” (Benito Mussolini, The Doctrine of Fascism, 1932)

Imprisoned for Supporting Free Speech and Terror Victims

 

Galperin on Manezhnaya

Galperin on Manezhnaya

Mark Galperin, a Moscow activist, was sentenced to day to 38 days. Crimes? He got 8 days for being on Manezhnaya Square in Moscow with this “I am Charlie” sign supporting Charlie Hebdo after the Paris terror attacks. And he was there yesterday when a couple thousand came to protest the system and the bogus imprisonment of Aleksei Navalny, for which he got 30 days.

As for the Charlie part–Putin, like most world leaders, sent the French a condolence message, but unlike most (except for leaders such as like-minded Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan), only mentioned how it was a horrible terror attack and that everyone needs to work together more against terrorists. Not a word about it being an attack on free speech and media freedom. Maybe because he is one of the top imprisoners and murderers of any opposition media. Eight days for this sign (the same one the whole world is holding up), shows who the intolerant fascist is who is leading Russia (into oblivion). The conviction of Galperin violates at least two articles of the Russian Constitution (as well as human decency, basic human rights, and common sense).

Article 29

1. Everyone shall be guaranteed the freedom of ideas and speech.

Article 31

Citizens of the Russian Federation shall have the right to assemble peacefully, without weapons, hold rallies, meetings and demonstrations, marches and pickets.

But as with the old Soviet Union, the Russian Constitution has one last unwritten article: Don’t take any of the numerous guaranteed freedoms seriously.

 

Rogozin’s Fascistic New Year Greetings–Just his Style

Rogozin's New Year's greeting

Rogozin’s New Year’s greeting

Russia ultra-nationalist Deputy Prime Minister with responsibilities for the military-industrial complex and relations with Moldova (in other words, supporting separatism in its Transnistria region and planning to use it as a support base for Russian efforts to extend ‘Novorossiya’ to it from the east), who was also Putin’s ambassador at NATO for many years (being the most anti-NATO person on Earth, this was obviously a good choice) sent out his annual New Year greetings on Twitter. They display his (and unfortunately many Russians’) world view–i.e., everything around us is an enemy, they all want to kill us, and we need to kill them. The Soviet-era card poem roughly reads: ‘New Year’s gifts Grandfather Frost bears gifts in his bag for the enemy, which turns severe cold to heat, and takes away the cold with heat.’ This is perfectly in line (in his sick mind maybe) with the teachings of Jesus, and fully in keeping with the true spirit of Christmas (which the Soviets mixed into the New Year holiday back in the day where much of it still remains, despite the resurgence of Orthodox Christmas).

Rogozin's Twitter 2014 New Year's greeting to his 'NATO friends'

Rogozin’s Twitter 2014 New Year’s greeting to his ‘NATO friends’

Not much different than the sick greeting he sent last New Year to his ’NATO friends’ with a picture of an RS-2PM (SS-25 Topol) ICBM launcher.  But what to expect from a deputy prime minister who earlier this year after flight denials by Romania tied to his vocal support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine said that the next time he flies to Romania it will be in a Tu-160 intercontinental bomber. But he is a top official in a truly fascist regime, so what’s new?

 

More Unique Russian Military Kit in Ukraine

BPM-97 in Luhansk

Russian forces are undeniably operating in eastern Ukraine as well as government mercenary forces with regular Russian military equipment. This is fact, regardless of the moronic denials from the Russian government and its army of paid and unpaid trolls, who simply deny. Those denials are usually not out of ignorance, but are just pure lies, just like Russia’s campaign in eastern Ukraine since February.

Bellingcat article on new Russian kit in eastern Ukraine

The latest evidence of more unique Russian vehicles in eastern Ukraine was once again published by Bellingcat in an article on probable new military kit being sent into Ukraine. It included a video of some BMP-2s and T-72B tanks on a firing range, with a Russian mercenary commander (wearing a Soviet pin on a leather cap) providing commentary. Notably the video also showed a number of BPM-97 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) 4×4 light armoured vehicles with those tanks and BMPs on the range. This relatively new vehicle is only used by the Russians—principly for the Border Troops. Small numbers have also been sold to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, but there are no other foreign users. Therefore it is interesting that at least one of these was just seen and photographed in Luhansk, occupied Ukraine.

 

BPM-97 location in Luhansk as identified using Yandex

BPM-97 location in Luhansk as identified using Yandex

Excellent detective work using Google Earth and Russia’s Yandex geolocated it just off Vulitsiy Karpinskoho in Luhansk near a couple of unique-looking kiosks.

Russian Yandex location in Luhansk

Given that Ukraine does not have and never had the BPM-97, the usual Russian/troll response that ‘these were just taken from the Ukrainians who would sell their own mother’ is just, as always, a load of crap. This vehicle, just like the hundreds of tanks (including T-72B and T-72BM models seen in eastern Ukraine since summer—models never in the Ukrainian inventory) and other kit sent in with the Russian , is undeniably Russian military equipment introduced onto the territory of another sovereign state. Full stop.

 

Oliver Stone—Yanukovych’s New BFF

Yanuk with Stone in Moscow

Yanuk with Stone in Moscow

Oliver Stone, the American movie director who has been responsible for some of the most fantasy-laden films to ever hit the screen, has just returned from Moscow where he was gathering material for a movie he plans to make about the overthrow of Ukrainian kleptocrat President Yanukovych. And what better source of information on the overthrow than the word of the lying‘legitimate president’ who had his security people kidnap, torture, and sometimes murder protesters, while covering up the theft he and his ministers had done in four short years, stealing over $32 billion (some estimates were that during his presidency $70 billion were transferred offshore) from the country, while keeping it subservient to Putin, culminating with the murder by sniper and automatic weapons fire of about a hundred protesters in February?

Naturally Stone sees CIA agents under every stone and behind every tree, fully buying into and amplifying the Russian disinformation narrative that the Maidan revolution, which was probably the most grassroots, across the board popular revolution in history, was contrived by murky US and EU secret services. The Russian talk at the time about how the US ‘State Department’(the new bogeyman) was financing and arming Maidan with some $20 million per week is obviously why the protesters were able to come up with such high-tech weapons as sticks, recycled street sign shields, and burning tyres. Those obviously cost a lot these days.

Stone’s sick rant on Facebook, which fortunately drew countless comments from sane people attacking his sellout and ridiculous theories, had some real nuggets in it worthy of a Putin press conference. ‘[Yanukovych] was the legitimate President of Ukraine until he suddenly wasn’t on February 22 of this year….it seems clear that the so-called ‘shooters’ who killed 14 police men, wounded some 85, and killed 45 protesting civilians, were outside third party agitators. Many witnesses, including Yanukovych and police officials, believe these foreign elements were introduced by pro-Western factions– with CIA fingerprints on it.’ Naturally the CIA. In Stone’s world the CIA killed JFK in 1963, so why not?

Furthermore, the figures Stone cites are not in keeping with anything anyone else has for the murder on Maidan. The sniper and Kalashnikov murders there of protesters, which Russia loves to say was the work of Maidan itself (or Israeli or US snipers) is probably the most well-documented mass murder in history, with scores of videos and countless stills taken on those days, which clearly show the Ukrainian riot police and security services doing the shooting. Even Russian propaganda network RT’s own Ruptly video service distributed video taken from the Hotel Ukraine showing Berkut firing AK-74s on full auto and shotguns in front of the October Palace above Maidan, directly at unarmed (or stick armed) protesters. Those are undeniable facts, unlike Putin’s and Stone’s propaganda inventions.

RT Ruptly video of Berkut firing into Maidan protesters

‘It’s America’s soft power technique called “Regime Change 101.” In this case the “Maidan Massacre” was featured in Western media as the result of an unstable, brutal pro-Russian Yanukovych government. You may recall Yanukovych went along with the February 21 deal with opposition parties and 3 EU foreign minsters (sic) to get rid of him by calling for early elections. The next day that deal was meaningless when well-armed, neo-Nazi radicals forced Yanukovych to flee the country with repeated assassination attempts. By the next day, a new pro-Western government was established and immediately recognized by the US.’ Right. As with the Putin disinformation narrative, sticks now count as ‘well-armed’. And the lame story of ‘neo-Nazi radicals’ raises its ugly head again, when in fact there are far more of these to be seen in Russia than there ever were in Ukraine where right and far right parties got less than 2% in the May presidential election and where the right-wing Svoboda party got a whole 6 seats in the Rada in October’s parliamentary election (down from 37) and the far right Praviy Sector got one seat.

Stone continues: ‘A dirty story through and through, but in the tragic aftermath of this coup, the West has maintained the dominant narrative of“Russia in Crimea” whereas the true narrative is “USA in Ukraine.” The truth is not being aired in the West.’ He then invokes Pepe Escobar’s writings—the Brasilian journalist who is a regular ‘analyst’ on Russian state disinformation network RT. No Mr. Stone, the truth is not being aired by Russia, and certainly not by you. This is just the latest sick warped fantasy of yours that you use to demonise the US and the West in general. All the while, you as a supposed ultra-leftist liberal are cosying up with the likes of Yanukovych and his sponsor Putin, who is a true Fascist according to the classic definition thereof. Makes perfect sense if you are a total idiot.

 

Putin Returns to Soviet Practice of Punishing Families as Russians Fail in Reaction

Navalny brothers in court cage 30 Dec

Navalny brothers in court cage 30 Dec

It is no big surprise that Putin can always find new lows to which he can stoop, which is precisely what happened yesterday in Moscow. First his court moved the date for the verdict and sentencing of his biggest opposition critic, Aleksei Navalny, from 15 January to 30 December (along with Aleksei’s brother Oleg), likely to prevent a big demonstration that had been getting organised on Facebook and other social media to coincide with the verdict on the 15th. The move ot the 30th, with just one day’s notice, also meant that the sentences would go into effect before the New Year’s holiday—arguably the biggest holiday of the Russian calendar. Putin’s way of saying ‘s novym godam’ apparently.

OMON riot police on Manezhnaya

OMON riot police on Manezhnaya

Of course it is of interest that the case, which was the latest involving supposed business embezzlement from the Navalny brothers’ past, involved the verdict AND sentencing all at once, indicating the verdict was already decided—no doubt by Putin himself. This case revolved around an alleged complaint from cosmetic maker Yves Rocher, which however never filed court papers and never sought any damages for the alleged business impropriety by the Navalny’s company. The evidence presented was as solid as that used in the previous Navalny trial on timber sales, which was also lacking.

Putin clearly wants to just silence his main opposition, which has been waging a constant anti-corruption campaign against the supreme leader, who by many estimates has himself embezzled over $40 billion while in power. However, this time his method was a throwback to Soviet methods, by giving his main critic Aleksei 3 ½ years’ probation and a hefty fine, while giving his brother Oleg the same, but he must serve it in prison. Oleg has never played a role in the Russian opposition movement. As Judge Yelena Korobchenko handed down the verdice, Aleksei shouted “Aren’t you ashamed of what you’re doing? You want to punish me even harder?”, and later said “This is the most disgusting and vile of all possible verdicts….the government isn’t just trying to jail its political opponents – we’re used to it; we’re aware that they’re doing it – but this time they’re destroying and torturing the families of the people who oppose them.”

By Tuesday evening a couple thousand protesters gathered on Manezhnaya Square near the Kremlin, which the regime had already prepared for by driving in scores of police trucks and paddy wagons on the night of the 29th. Aleksei defied his house arrest and probation by briefly attending before being apprehended and brought back to his apartment. The demonstration was allowed for a couple of hours before being broken up by police, who arrested reportedly about 200 participants. Demonstrating Russia’s paranoia, some of those arrested later said the first question the police asked them was whether there were any Ukrainians present at the protest. Some regular opposition-linked social media reporters noted there were instances of some apparent government ‘titushki’ provocateurs present wearing the telltale orange and black “Colorado potato bug’ St George ribbon for identification, some carrying short sharpened spade handles, who casually mingled with the riot police present, indicating that they were prepared to use armed provocateurs if necessary to draw a police reaction, as Berkut often did in Kyiv and as was done during the Bolotnaya protests in May 2012.

 

Navalny apprehended again on Manezhnaya by police 30 Dec

Navalny apprehended again on Manezhnaya by police 30 Dec

The failure to bring out large numbers is not surprising as most Russians believe the garbage they are fed on state TV about any opposition being a‘fifth column’, and the fact that those more willing to do wo are cowed by heavy-handed crackdowns such as Bolotnaya which ended up in participants and non-participants alike being handed lengthy sentences on bogus charges. Some Tuesday participants complained of the cold and said they were going home because of that, and most arrested went calmly to the police holding vehicles. This was not lost on some Ukrainian social media commenters who spoke of the sheepish nature of even the Russian protesters. Perhaps the situation is getting to the point where some civil disobedience is needed, though for that to work they need to take a lesson from Maidan—numbers are decisive. The police can round up and arrest hundreds or even a thousand, but hundreds of thousands are an intimidation factor to the authorities.

 

Latest Russian MH-17 Disinfo Version—The BS Gets Deeper Every Time

Komsomolskaya Pravda interview of alleges "witness" of shootdown

Komsomolskaya Pravda interview of alleges “witness” of shootdown

The Kremlin propaganda apparatus is grasping at yet more straws and getting more laughable in its attempts to show that the Ukrainians shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 on 17 July over eastern Ukraine. They keep trying to show that ANYONE but them did it, and have presented at least 10 different versions (starting with the sickest one that the Malaysian pilots must have been working for the Ukrainians and/or CIA and flew a plane full of dead bodies there to gt shot down). The latest is from an interview published today by Komsomolskaya Pravda with an alleded Ukrainian walk-in named “Aleksandr” who amazingly knows everything about the Ukrainian plane he says shot it down. The Russian Investigative Committee—a state organ reminiscent of KGB control elements that is used to investigate opposition and anything the regime does not like, says it wants to talk with this supposed witness. Certainly they really do not, since this guy was just another Russian regime special propaganda instrument, which no doubt lots of people in Russia and the West will believe.

Komsomolskaya Pravda disinfo piece 23 Dec with bogus “witness” of MH17 shootdown

According to the latest fairly tale, this guy came into the office of Komsomolskaya Pravda by himself. They checked his papers and found out of course that he is not an actor and not a fake. He said he was near Dnipropetrovsk in the village Aviatorskoye, which is a regular airport used in the summer by Ukrainian fighter jets and helicopters. His status and job is nto clear, as he seems to know little of substance about aircraft at some times but every detail at others. He said from his vantage point that he knew Su-25 attack aircraft bombed Donetsk, Lugansk from there every day.

 

Capt Voloshin in Ukrainian TV interview

Capt Voloshin in Ukrainian TV interview

He said there were eight airplanes, and two had air-to-air missiles to provide air cover if the planes were attacked whil on a bombing mission. Yet later he said that the Soviet-era missiles o nthe planes were old and were not allowed to be flown. [Couldn’t decide apparently. Also, if one wanted to provide Combat Air Patrols for attack aircraft, why use the Su-25 whici is not optimized for that, since Ukraine has lots of Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters for that job. No logic.]

On 17 July he claims that in the afternoon, about an hour before the downing of the Boeing, three attack fighters took off—one with AAMs and two with ground attack munitions, but he says he doe not remember the exact time. He says he was there but cannot reveal exactly where he was. But he could not confuse AAMs with ground attack missiles because they “vary in size, fins, coloration… With a guidance head. Very easy to recognize.” Only one plane returned since two were whot down, and the returning plane was the one with the AAMs, but they were now missing (!).

It gets better. The pilot was very scared. He said he knew the pilot a little and his name was Captain Vladislav Voloshin. He said that “quite possibly, when the other two airplanes were shot down in front of him, he just had a frightened reaction” and went mental, and “out of fright or in revenge launched the missiles into a Boeing. Maybe he took it for some other combat aircraft.” He said that when the pilot got out of the plane he was saying “It was not the right plane.” [Rather interesting since he would have fired at it from several kilometers away, and even the Russian “separatist” commanders on the ground including Girkin were happily pronouncing for an hour or two that they had shot down a Ukrainian transport plane. But then again, this pilot did not shoot down the 777 so this is just a fairy tale anyhow.]

This “Aleksandr” who was not even sure of the pilot’s first name did know that he was about 30 years old and that the unit came from Mykolayiv, and that this unit was even, he thinks maybe in 2013, the best base in Ukraine. [Since he was supposedly such a bigshot in this unit, knowing all about the weapons used, being planeside when the pilots landed, and everything else, he was not sure of even when his unit was ranked the best. Odd.]

But he said all pilot talk of the shootdown was hushed up and forbidden.

The “witness” said about the missile that it could find a target at 3-5 kilometers, that that the missile was a “very fast rocket.” This is where the narrative gets interesting, since it is obviously an attempt to correct some obvious mistakes made in the earlier Russian disinformation versions involving an Su-25, such as the fact that the 777 was flying at 10,000 metres and the Su-25 cannot get anywhere near that altitude. Earlier Russian state TV programmes and RT special propaganda films had interviewed foreigh “experts” who claimed the Su-25 could fly at 10 or even 12,000 metres, which is dead wrong. Now this “witness” said it was flying at “its maximum altitude – to 7 thousand meters – and could quite easily focus on the target.” Even though the target was much higher, “the aircraft can simply lift the nose up, and can find the target with no problems and launch the rocket. The range of this missile is more than 10 kilometers.” After locking onto the target in that nose-up attitude that is. [There are some problems even with this modified version of the story. An Su-25 can reach 7 km altitude—clean—that is, without any weapons mounted. With missiles it can only reach 5 km altitude. That is according to the manufacturer, Sukhoi. As for being at maximum altitude and pointing the nose up at a high target ot get lock-on, as a pilot, I can say there is such a thing as stalling in a nose-up attitude, particularly if you are at the aircraft’s ceiling. This is not something that could be done, and again calls into question why anyone in their right mind would choose to use a low-flying ground attack airplane to do a high-flyign fighter’s job. Only Russian disinformation specialists could dream us such stupid crap.]

R60 (AA-8)

R60 (AA-8)

As for the proximity to the target where the missile explodes, he said it oculd be “when it hits the body or at a distance of 500 meters.” The Komsomolsaya Pravda interviewers said the wreckage showed fragments in the fuselage close together like it exploded half a metre away

As for other revelations, “Aleks” said he did not see phosphorus bombs, but the Ukrainians were using volumetric explosive bombe, which he said are banned. He said “this bomb is inhumane, burns everything. Burns absolutely everything.” [Actually there are no prohibitions on volumetric/thermobaric bombs and warheads, which are a big part of the Russian inventory and have been extensively seen being used by Russians in eastern Ukraine, wuch as the RPO-A shoulder-launched thermobaric warhead rockets. As for burning everything—actually it burns hardly anything at all. These kill and destroy by creating a massive overpressure. But it is part of Russia’s latest fairy tale.]

He said they also used banned cluster bombs for “maximum annihilation of manpower.” Of course Russia widely used “cassette”—cluster—munitions.

He closed by saying he had to wait to tell his story. Though he did not believe in this “civil war” and killing one’s own people, he said the Ukrainian SBU security service and National Guard intimidate everyone and you can be beaten or jailed for any false word.

Some impact site Russians being less than respectful

Some impact site Russians being less than respectful

Regarding the damage to the 777, the cockpit clearly showed the results of a large warhead detonating to the right front of the plane, blowing many hundreds of pieces of shrapnel through the cockpit and out the left side. Other parts of the fuselage further back showed lesser damage, but still many different sized shrapnel holes. The missile KP claims was used is the old R60 (AA-8 APHID), which and engage a target from the rear aspect from just a few kilometers away. It can hit from much further from front aspect—about 7 km. The problem is that it is infrared homing, meaning that it will seek and fly to a heat source, like the jet engines, and will typically detonate a few metres from mthe target. However the explosion was clearly to the right front of the plane and was massive. The warhead on an R-60 is about 3 kilogrammes, and it produces only a little under a hundred pieces of small shrapnel by design, weighing just about a kilo total. Whatever hit MH17 was much larger and produced massive amounts of shrapnel of varying sizes. That is what an SA-11 BUK missile does, and this is what was fired by a Russian military crew from the 53rd Air Defence Missile Brigade (based normally at Kursk in Russia). From a single SA-11 TELAR in Torez in Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine.

At least you have to hand it to the special propaganda team that put this together. Despite all the fantasy and gross inaccuracies, they at least this time did not have to fabricate a fake pilot, as they were able to pick Captain Vladislav Voloshin, who is an Su-25 pilot and had been interviewed on Ukrainian television. This pilot’s existence is the only truth in this legend.

The Russian regime November "truth" version of a fake Google Earth-based alleged US spy satellite photo showing an Su-27 firing a missile at the 777

The Russian regime November “truth” version of a fake Google Earth-based alleged US spy satellite photo showing an Su-27 firing a missile at the 777

After all the versions Russia has put out and all the effort, even bringing reporters to a firing range to demonstrate that the damage done by an Su-25s 30mm cannon was consistent with the damage to the 777 (consistent in that both the 777 and the target had holes, but the similarity ended there), and the latest one where Russian state TV’s top disinformation reporters Kiselev and Leontev showed an alleged US spy satellite image whowing the precise moment when by chance the 777 was over Donetsk and being fired on by an Su-27 FLANKER interceptor (not an Su-25 FROGFOOT), the disinformation circus continues with yet another bogus version. But multiple versions are useful. Already the blogosphere is full of left and right-wing nut job sites regurgitating this Komsomolskaya Pravda garbage as the truth, and some will believe it. Naturally RT is on top of it as well. Forget all the other versions—THIS one is the REAL version. Murdering Russian regime idiots.

 

 

Putin’s Annual Big Lie Presser

Putin presser 18 Dec 14 arms up

Yesterday, 18 December, Putin held his last big lie-fest of the year in front of a group of eager mainly friendly adoring journalists, with a few of the ‘enemy’ mixed in. Lots focused on the dire economic conditions with sanctions, the sliding oil prices, and even more slippery Ruble, though he just put on a brave face and said all is just fine (but said Russia would be able to recover form the sanctions in two years, so apparently everything is not fine). But the main interest for us is of course more traditionsl security issues and that little pesky invasion of Ukraine thing. Best thing to do is to take blocks of the more notable questions and his retorts (which usually avoid the hard questions totally), and add a bit of commentary to explain why what he said is pure lies. And it was almost all lies and obfuscation as always. [Our comments in brackets throughout.]

Question from Russian NTV state TV about the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Putin’s remark on the Wall fall: “You just said the Berlin Wall fell, but some new walls are being put up now. I will respond, and I hope you will agree with me….Didn’t they tell us after the fall of the Berlin Wall that NATO would not expand eastwards? However, expansion started immediately.”

[No, actually there was never any such agreement. In fact I was working in Berlin at the time and engaged on everything that was happening there. In 1990 there was an agreement that with German unification that there would be no non-German NATO troops stationed in the old East Germany. That was all. Indeed, the whole Warsaw Pact had not yet dissolved and the USSR still existed, so why would the West agree not to expand into an area where it could not in the first place?]

Putin: “You see, nobody has ever stopped. This is the main issue of current international relations. Our partners never stopped. They decided they were the winners, they were an empire, while all the others were vassals, and they needed to put the squeeze on them.”

[As usual, Putin ascribes to others precisely what he himself is doing.]

Putin presser 18 Dec 14

Putin: “I believe that our tough stand on certain critical situations, including that in the Ukraine, should send a message to our partners that the best thing to do is stop building walls and to start building a common humanitarian space of security and economic freedom.”

[Thought you were not doing anything in Ukraine?]

“Since I have mentioned Ukraine, I have to give the floor to our colleagues from Ukraine. Go ahead, please.”

Questions from Roman Tsymbalyuk, a rather brave reporter form Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency, who did not pull any punches.

“My first question concerns the punitive operation you have launched in eastern Ukraine, which is mostly spearheaded against Russian speakers. It’s an open secret that it is Russian servicemen and Russian militants who are fighting there. Question: How many Russian servicemen and units of equipment have you sent there, and how many of them have been killed in Ukraine? What would you as the Commander-in-Chief say to the families of the Russian servicemen and officers killed there? And my second short question, if I may. We had a president called Viktor, who is now hiding in Russia. He had imprisoned the number one on the Batkivshchyna list, Yulia Tymoshenko. She has been released, but now the current number one on the party list is in prison, this time in Russia…The number one on the list of Yulia Tymoshenko’s party, Batkivshchyna, is currently in a Russian prison. I have a question: On what conditions will you release Ukrainian pilot Savchenko, Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and at least 30 Ukrainian prisoners of war whom you are keeping in various prisons in Russia? Thank you.”

Putin on imprisoned Ukrainian pilot Savchenko: “The question about Ukrainian citizen Savchenko and the conditions for her release. I have an open and, as far as I can see, a clear position on this issue. You can see in this audience the colleagues of our journalists – they are also your colleagues – who have died in the line of duty in southeast Ukraine. I want to stress that they did not take part in fighting for any of the sides, and they were unarmed. It is the duty of all state agencies, including the military ones, to protect their lives and health and to give them an opportunity to do their professional duty which is to provide objective and full information, at least as they see it. It is a fact that has been recognised in the civilised world. They have been killed.”

“According to our law enforcement agencies, Ms Savchenko called in artillery fire via radio. If it is reliably established during the pretrial investigation and the subsequent trial that she was not involved and is not guilty, she will be released immediately. But if they prove that she was indeed involved in the journalists’ murder, a Russian court will issue a proper ruling, as I see it, and she will serve her sentence in accordance with the verdict.”

[Total lies. She was a pilot. An artillery forward observer is a specific skill that requires specific training. A lot of training. Also, your lie has been that she was found in civilian clothes having crossed the Russian border in search of some relatives, and you apprehended her and ‘found out’ she was the one who called in artillery fire on the journalists—who actually happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time when a checkpoint was being targeted. And it is well established that she was taken prisoner by the ‘separatists’ who allowed her to be questioned at length in a TV interview there in Ukraine by Russian state TV. Undisputable fact. Then you moved her across a state border to be your war trophy. Sick lying POS.]

Putin on other Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia: “As for the other servicemen you have mentioned, we don’t consider them prisoners of war. They are in detainment in Russia, and they are being investigated on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activity.”

[Oh, the catch-all. So fighting for your territory against a foreign invader is terrorism now?]

Putin on there being no Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine: “All those who are following their heart and are fulfilling their duty by voluntarily taking part in hostilities, including in southeast Ukraine, are not mercenaries, since they are not paid for what they do.”

[Usual lie—they are all just “volunteers.” No Russian military. No Russian mercenaries. Transparent demonstrably false lies. Tell it to the many hundreds of families of the dead soldiers. And if they are unpaid volunteers, what do you mean by '"fulfilling their duty"?]

Putin on evil Kyiv: “Russian public opinion holds that what is now happening in southeast Ukraine is actually a punitive operation, but it is conducted by the Kiev authorities and not the other way around. The self-defence fighters of the southeast were not the ones who sent troops to Kiev. On the contrary, the Kiev authorities amassed their military forces in the southeast of Ukraine, and are using multiple rocket launchers, artillery and fighter jets.”

[Typical—getting the facts out of chronological order. Russian Spetsnaz and mercs started the separatism in the east entirely and only after they took over areas did the Ukrainian government react. And how about 100,000+ dead civilians caused by Russian forces fighting separatism in Chechnya in a much more total war way?]

Putin lie on the “military coup”: I’ll try to answer this question as well. The problem is that after the government coup (and no matter how others call it and what is being said in this respect, a government coup was carried out in Kiev by military means) part of the country did not agree with these developments.”

[Again the same ridiculous lie of a coup in February—and “military means” no less. Sticks and street sign shields and burning tyres constitute a “military” since when?]

Question from Russian ORT State TV.

“Mr President, are the current economic developments the price we have to pay for Crimea?

Putin: “No. This is not the price we have to pay for Crimea… This is actually the price we have to pay for our natural aspiration to preserve ourselves as a nation, as a civilisation, as a state. And here is why.”

[So melodramatic! Our existence was at stake if we did not annex Crimea—which we lived without for most of our existence, including the past 60 years.]

“… after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia opened itself to our partners. What did we see? A direct and fully-fledges support of terrorism in North Caucasus. They directly supported terrorism, you understand? Is that what partners usually do? I won’t go into details on that, but this is an established fact. And everyone knows it.”

[Ah, no everyone does not know it, because it didn’t happen. Same reason you choose to not elaborate on your “facts,” which as usual are non-existent. The US, UK, and others (with the exception of some Islamic states) did NOT support the Chechen fighters at all. You don’t provide evidence because there is none as usual.]

“However, and this is an evident truth, unprecedented and clearly orchestrated attempts were made to discredit our efforts to organise and host the Olympics. This is an undeniable fact! Who needs to do so and for what reason?”

[Because you and your cronies embezzled tons of money in your $51+ billion Olympics without even paying what was owed to many migrant workers.]

“You know, at the Valdai International Discussion Club I gave an example of our most recognisable symbol. It is a bear protecting his taiga. You see, if we continue the analogy, sometimes I think that maybe it would be best if our bear just sat still. Maybe he should stop chasing pigs and boars around the taiga but start picking berries and eating honey. Maybe then he will be left alone. But no, he won’t be! Because someone will always try to chain him up. As soon as he’s chained they will tear out his teeth and claws. In this analogy, I am referring to the power of nuclear deterrence. As soon as – God forbid – it happens and they no longer need the bear, the taiga will be taken over.”

[Typical paranoid garbage. Everyone wants to destroy us!]

“We have heard it even from high-level officials that it is unfair that the whole of Siberia with its immense resources belongs to Russia in its entirety. Why exactly is it unfair? So it is fair to snatch Texas from Mexico but it is unfair that we are working on our own land – no, we have to share.”

[Actually I never heard anyone in the West say that at all about wanting to take Siberia away from Russia, though there are maybe over a billion Chinese who might be thinking that.]

“And then, when all the teeth and claws are torn out, the bear will be of no use at all. Perhaps they’ll stuff it and that’s all.”

“So, it is not about Crimea but about us protecting our independence, our sovereignty and our right to exist. That is what we should all realise.”

[Why don’t you just use the term “Lebensraum”—same reasoning. And actually just over a week ago during your speech you said Crimea was all about being the site of Khersones where Vladimir was baptized and brought Christianity to Russia. And before that it was because you had to keep the Black Sea Fleet there. Or protect the ethnic Russians there. Apparently the reason for the invasion changes week by week.]

Question from Rossiya-1 state channel.

“The most urgent question for me is about eastern Ukraine, which is now calling itself Novorossiya. How do you see the future of that part of Ukraine? Do you believe in the success of the Minsk agreements? Do you think they will help reconciliation? And how are we going to further help Donbass? Will it be humanitarian aid, as it is now, or something else?”

Putin: “…it should be addressed and settled by political means, and not through pressure….After all, we should proceed from the fundamental principles of international law and from people’s right to decide their fate on their own.”

[Yes, and over two-thirds of the people in those regions are ethnic Ukrainians—next question!]

Putin on reasons for no Donbas coal to the rest of Ukraine: “Our colleagues told me yesterday: We are ready to pay and have transferred a prepayment. I’ve made inquiries and found that there is no prepayment. They allegedly wired the money to the miners’ bank cards, but the cards are not working! And this is how it is with eash issue.”

[So the individual miners decide where the coal will go. Amazing level of democracy they have in Russian-occupied parts of Donbas!]

Putin on the reason Russian fighters did not withdraw from some places after the Minsk agreement: “When we tried to insist – I’ll be frank with you about this, since the public needs to know these things – they told us that they can’t leave these villages (there were three or four disputed villages), because their families live there, and they can’t risk their children, wives and sisters being killed or raped. This is the most important thing.”

[Ridiculous scare tactics—there have been no recorded incidents of this happening involving Ukrainians, though there have been with Russians there.]

Putin on “separatists” allowing Ukrainian troops at Donetsk Airport to go to the baths: “Are you aware of the latest developments? The self-defence forces allowed them to rotate their troops at the airport. They took them to a bathhouse and sent them some food. This may well put a smile on your faces, but, on the other hand, this is a positive development.”

[Really? They were doing a regular rotation of Ukrainian troops fro mthe airport and were also shot at while they were driving from the airport. Along with some OSCE observers who were with them. Just like your free passage guarantee in the late summer that was a set-up for a massacre.]

Questions from independent (but under pressure) Dozhd TV, by Ksenia Sobchak (daughter of the former mayor of St Petersburg who brought Putin into the local government in the 1990s, and later had to flee to Paris under threats. She is now an outspoken critic of Putin’s regime).

”First, while everyone is concerned about the developments in Ukraine, there are events unfolding in the Chechen Republic that concern us. Namely, Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has de facto announced that Russian laws and the Russian Constitution do not apply in the Chechen Republic. He has publicly stated that there would be certain reprisals regarding relatives of people accused of terrorism who have not yet been convicted in court. In this regard, I would like to get an answer from you: as a lawyer and the guarantor of the Constitution, will you protect the citizens who have been left vulnerable, in fact, to pre-trial reprisals? Their homes have been burned, and the only human rights organisation in Chechnya was subjected to searches and even set on fire. What do you plan to do about this?”

Putin to his press speaker Peskov: “Why did you let her speak?”

Peskov: “I’m guilty.”

Sobchak: “I would like to clarify for myself and our audience this fine line between the fifth column and the opposition. Things are now clear with Lermontov, but it would be nice to sort things out with the present. Mr Putin, once you publicly stated that there was a bullying campaign against my father at some point in time. I think today, the term “bullying” has come back into our lives. I’m referring not only to the harassment of [long-time rock musician now supportive of Ukraine] Makarevich, the allegations about invented friends of the junta (I know these people and I’m sure that many of them are true patriots of their country), or all the epithets like “yid Banderites” heard on federal channels. I get the sense that federal channels are deliberately fanning hatred in Russian society. Take for instance the episode about a crucified boy from Slavyansk that was shown on the first federal channel where the state has a controlling stake. This episode was considered. It was proved to be false, but nobody apologised for it. Aren’t you afraid of such hatred in our society where some people are so strongly pitted against others? And what are you going to do to reduce this hatred? Do you think that people are still being divided into allies of yours and Bandar-logs?”

Putin: “I’m referring to what Kadyrov said about the relatives of terrorists, their homes, expelling them from the republic and so on. Naturally, I can have only one view on this: in Russia everyone must obey the existing laws and nobody is considered guilty until this is proved by court. This is the first point. Second, I’ve already said that life is complicated. I’ll tell you something from the practical experience of counterterrorism units. Generally – I won’t say always – the relatives of people who commit acts of terror know about them in the overwhelming majority of cases, if not more. But this does not give anyone the right, including the head of Chechnya, to resort to extrajudicial reprisals. I absolutely agree with you on this…It is necessary to find out who burnt down houses and killed them (relatives of the terrorists) because they were wearing masks….As for Kadyrov’s statement, it could have been simply emotional, and then someone seized on it….As you know, thousands took to the streets to demonstrate.”

[Not true—there was a virtual lockdown in Grozny]

“Under the circumstances, the head of the republic made some emotional statements….I’m sure that these remarks fully lived up to people’s expectations. But he had no right to say that. And it would be absolutely correct to verify the facts. To repeat, apart from public remarks and the subsequent actions, including actions to destroy these residential buildings, a probe should be conducted to establish what really happened. Maybe someone took advantage of that and did it. Maybe not.”

[So mini-dictator Kadyrov says the families of the gunmen will have their homes destroyed and they will be expelled, it happens, in full contravention of Russian law, which is supposed to allpy everywhere in Russia, and Putin lets his little dictator off the hook. Typical.]

Putin on repression of those opposed to his Ukraine invasion: “I would like to assure you that there has been no organised persecution of people who disagree with our actions, say, in Ukraine or in Crimea or on some other domestic political issues. None of the official power bodies, no official government representatives are doing this. If there is some reaction from the public, from the people who disagree with this position, the people who have encountered this today should understand that they cannot monopolise the right to make sweeping accusations, that there are people who disagree with their position and that they will also face accusations. It’s important to learn to react to this properly. It is unnecessary to make such a hue and cry, shouting from the rooftops: Help, I’m being harassed! Reaction should also come from the public domain. As for the government bodies, let me reiterate that there were no and won’t be any attempts, instructions or efforts to stigmatise anyone. Unlike Russia, this is not the path chosen by, say, our European partners. For example, Gazmanov, Valeria and Iossif Kobzon were banned by Latvia’s Foreign Ministry from entering the Latvian Republic. This is an example of an official position of a government body. The Russian authorities never have adopted or will adopt such a stance.”

[Actually it is hard for you to have plausible deniability on this one, since all your state media demonise those celebrities and others who speak out in favour of Ukraine or against your policies, and they have all their concerts cancelled in Russia. As for those who could not go to the Russian Jurmala music fest in Latvia this summer—they had all been vocal supporters of Putin’s annexation of Crimea and were on an EU sanctions list. Given that Latvia is EU, and not part of Russia, it was living up to its EU obligations by not allowing them in. Plus Kobzon is mafia through and through and tight with the Godfather—Putin.]

[With BBC reporter John Simpson Putin was downright nasty, questioning his sanity on a couple of occasions, but that is Putin’s rude and crude style]

Simpson: “Western countries almost universally now believe that there’s a new Cold War and that you, frankly, have decided to create that. We see, almost daily, Russian aircraft taking sometimes quite dangerous manoeuvres towards western airspace. That must be done on your orders; you’re the Commander-in-Chief. It must have been your orders that sent Russian troops into the territory of a sovereign country – Crimea first, and then whatever it is that’s going on in Eastern Ukraine. Now you’ve got a big problem with the currency of Russia, and you’re going to need help and support and understanding from outside countries, particularly from the West. So can I say to you, can I ask you now, would you care to take this opportunity to say to people from the West that you have no desire to carry on with the new Cold War, and that you will do whatever you can to sort out the problems in Ukraine? Thank you!”

Putin: “Thank you very much for your question. About our exercises, manoeuvres and the development of our armed forces. You said that Russia, to a certain extent, contributed to the tension that we are now seeing in the world. Russia did contribute but only insofar as it is more and more firmly protecting its national interests. We are not attacking in the political sense of the word. We are not attacking anyone. We are only protecting our interests.”

[MAJOR Lie!]

“Our Western partners – and especially our US partners – are displeased with us for doing exactly that, not because we are allowing security-related activity that provokes tension.”

“Let me explain. You are talking about our aircraft, including strategic aviation operations. Do you know that in the early 1990s, Russia completely stopped strategic aviation flights in remote surveillance areas as the Soviet Union previously did? We completely stopped, while flights of US strategic aircraft carrying nuclear weapons continued. Why? Against whom? Who was threatened?”

“So we didn’t make flights for many years and only a couple of years ago we resumed them. So are we really the ones doing the provoking?”

“So, in fact, we only have two bases outside Russia, and both are in areas where terrorist activity is high. One is in Kyrgyzstan, and was deployed there upon request of the Kyrgyz authorities, President Akayev, after it was raided by Afghan militants. The other is in Tajikistan, which also borders on Afghanistan.”

[This is a major revelation or slip on Putin’s part. Only two bases outside Russia? Really? That would imply that the major Russian bases in the stolen parts of Georgia—South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as well as the Russian base in Moldova’s breakaway Transnistria region are considered to be in Russia. Very enlightening slipup form someone who should and does know better.}

“Now, US bases are scattered around the globe – and you’re telling me Russia is behaving aggressively? Do you have any common sense at all?”

[Condescending and insulting, but this is Putin’s style.]

“What are US armed forces doing in Europe, also with tactical nuclear weapons? What are they doing there?”

[Maybe keeping invaders like you at bay?]

“Listen, Russia has increased its military spending for 2015, if I am not mistaken, it is around 50 billion in dollar equivalent. The Pentagon’s budget is ten times that amount, $575 billion, I think, recently approved by the Congress. And you’re telling me we are pursuing an aggressive policy? Is there any common sense in this?

[Again questioning the BBC reporter’s sanity. But Putin’s point is correct in that the US spends far more than anyone on defence, though the US has a couple of wars going on, and the vast majority of the funding is for salaries and military facilities and welfare programmes.]

http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/23406

Well, enough of Putin’s fluff for one day. There was a lot more in the answers he provided that were also equally false, but he learned the lying trade well when becoming a KGB oeperative in the 80s.

George Orwell Turning in His Grave: Putin’s Doublespeak

Felix DzerPuto

Felix DzerPuto

Just when many thought Putin could not get any more ridiculous, along came his annual speech to the Federal Assembly. It would be hilarious, the way he is a total nutcase, if he were not dangerous and heavily armed.

Today was Putin’s annual state of the nation speech to the Federal Assembly. Now, this is one of the few people in the world (except for his sheepish followers in Russia, Serbia, and other places) who equates liberals with Nazis, and routinely says that the West is pushing its liberal agenda which is being spread by Banderovtsy, neo-fascists, and Nazis and is undercutting countries trying to preserve traditional values. (Because Hitler and Mussolini were such liberals apparently!) But I digress. Anyhow, today he managed as usual to spew copious quantities of lingual feces. A little line-by-line analysis of his blatant misrepresentation of some pretty basic facts.

Text of Putin’s Speech to the Federal Assembly, 4 Dec 2014

–“Of course, we will talk about this year’s landmark events. You know that a referendum was held in Crimea in March, at which its residents clearly expressed their desire to join Russia. After that, the Crimean parliament – it should be stressed that it was a legitimate parliament that was elected back in 2010 – adopted a resolution on sovereignty. And then we saw the historical reunification of Crimea and Sevastopol with Russia.”

(OK VVP, you know damn well that the referendum under occupation was a farce. Wheras only 4% of Crimeans voted for a party in favour of joining Russia in 2010, that somehow jumped to about 98% in 2014? And according to the Crimean CEC a whopping 123% of all residents of Sevastopol of all ages voted I it for joining Russia. Pretty good work. And the votes in the Crimean parliament starting on 27 February, the same day it was stormed and taken over by a group of Russian Spetsnaz, were held with Russia’s man Sergei Aksenev locking deputies in the chamber, holding them at gunpoint, and confiscating their phones. And there was not even a quorum since many deputies did not attend, fearing this kind of thing, but “officially” they did vote for him to be the PM.)

–“It was an event of special significance for the country and the people, because Crimea is where our people live, and the peninsula is of strategic importance for Russia as the spiritual source of the development of a multifaceted but solid Russian nation and a centralised Russian state. It was in Crimea, in the ancient city of Chersonesus or Korsun, as ancient Russian chroniclers called it, that Grand Prince Vladimir was baptised before bringing Christianity to Rus.”

(Whatever. I thought a lot of other cities in Russia are the “spiritual source”.)

–“In addition to ethnic similarity, a common language, common elements of their material culture, a common territory, even though its borders were not marked then, and a nascent common economy and government, Christianity was a powerful spiritual unifying force that helped involve various tribes and tribal unions of the vast Eastern Slavic world in the creation of a Russian nation and Russian state. It was thanks to this spiritual unity that our forefathers for the first time and forevermore saw themselves as a united nation. All of this allows us to say that Crimea, the ancient Korsun or Chersonesus, and Sevastopol have invaluable civilisational and even sacral importance for Russia, like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for the followers of Islam and Judaism. And this is how we will always consider it.” (Ditto.)

For Return of Crimea--with initial campaign date listed as 20 Feb 2014--the day Berkut and SBU Alfa snipers with FSB support were murdering about a hundred protesters on Maidan

For Return of Crimea–with initial campaign date listed as 20 Feb 2014–the day Berkut and SBU Alfa snipers with FSB support were murdering about a hundred protesters on Maidan

–“It is well known that Russia not only supported Ukraine and other brotherly republics of the former Soviet Union in their aspirations to sovereignty, but also facilitated this process greatly in the 1990ies. Since then, our position has remained unchanged.”

(So this is why you invaded Georgia and Ukraine?”)

–“Every nation has an inalienable sovereign right to determine its own development path, choose allies and political regimes, create an economy and ensure its security. Russia has always respected these rights and always will. This fully applies to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.”

(Almost exactly what you said before November last year about Ukraine and a few times since, but the fact is, you do NOT respect those rights for other countries. There are lies and there are bold-faced lies.)

–“It is true that we condemned the government coup and the armed takeover of power in Kyiv in February of this year. The developments we are currently witnessing in Ukraine and the tragedy unfolding in the country’s southeast prove that we were right to take such a stand.”

(For the ten thousandth time you call it an armed coup. Sticks and burning tyres do not count as arms. The T-64Bs, BM-21 MRLs, artillery, most modern RPG models, antitank guided missiles, man-portable air defence systems, SA-13 AD systems, BMPs, BMDs, BTRs, etc that you have delivered to mercenaries for use in eastern Ukraine ARE real arms.)

–“How did it all begin? I will have to remind you what happened back then. It is hard to believe that it all started with a technical decision by President Yanukovych to postpone the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. Make no mistake, he did not refuse to sign the document, but only postponed it in order to make some adjustments.”

(That is what Yanuk said a few times, but fact is he strung along the people for years about signing an agreement and pulled out at the last minute after Yanuk disappeared in early November 2013 and ended up being in Moscow for instructions from you.)

–“As you recall, this move was fully in line with the constitutional authority vested upon an absolutely legitimate and internationally recognised head of state.”

(Officially Yanuk was, but leaders cal and do lose legitimacy when they start killing and kidnapping and torturing their people, imprison their election contenders on bogus charges right after the election, and change the constitution to invest themselves with most powers. Sort of like what that Hitler guy did too.)

–“Against this background, there was no way we could support this armed coup, the violence and the killings. Just take the bloody events in Odessa, where people were burned alive. How can the subsequent attempts to suppress people in Ukraine’s southeast, who oppose this mayhem, be supported? I reiterate that there was no way we could endorse these developments. What’s more, they were followed by hypocritical statements on the protection of international law and human rights. This is just cynical. I strongly believe that the time will come when the Ukrainian people will deliver a just assessment of these developments.”

(OK, enough BS. Again armed coup? And what is this violence and killings? It was Yanuk with FSB advisers who had his people murdering Maidaners and kidnapping and torturing others previously. As for Odessa, that was months later in May and that fire was caused by Molotovs tossed from the roof by Russians that smashed on top floor window ledges. And the Ukrainians set up structures to try to rescues as many as they could, but could not reach the top floors. And please provide one shred of evidence that there was any suppression or repression of people in eastern Ukraine or Crimea. There were none. Full stop.)

–“How did the dialogue on this issue begin between Russia and its American and European partners? I mentioned our American friends for a reason, since they are always influencing Russia’s relations with its neighbours, either openly or behind the scenes. Sometimes it is even unclear whom to talk to: to the governments of certain countries or directly with their American patrons and sponsors.”

(Please stop calling the US and Europeans “friends”, since you hate them and treat them as enemies.)

–“As I mentioned, in the case of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, there was no dialogue at all. We were told that it was none of our business or, to put it simply, we were told where to go.”

(Frankly it was none of your business. You just said that you respected the sovereign rights of former Soviet countries to choose their alliances, friends, and economic parthers. Ukraine is not Russia. And anyhow, there are plenty of countries actually in the EU that have good trade relations with Russia.)

–“All the arguments that Russia and Ukraine are members of the CIS free-trade zone, that we have deep-rooted cooperation in industry and agriculture, and basically share the same infrastructure – no one wanted to hear these arguments, let alone take them into account.

(So what. Same bogus argument as the previous paragraph.)

–“Our response was to say: fine, if you do not want to have a dialogue with us, we will have to protect our legitimate interests unilaterally and will not pay for what we view as erroneous policy.”

(So you are saying Ukraine did NOT have a sovereign right and you would protect your interests—by invading Ukraine.)

–“So what’s came out of it all? The agreement between Ukraine and the European Union has been signed and ratified, but the implementation of the provisions regarding trade and economy has been postponed until the end of next year. Doesn’t this mean that we were the ones who were actually right?”

(No. Your logic train once again derailed as it was leaving the station.)

–“There is also a question of why all this was done in Ukraine? What was the purpose of the government coup? Why shoot and keep shooting and killing people? In fact, the economy, finance and the social sector were destroyed and the country ruined.”

(Yes, that is a good question. Why did YOU have your bitch Yanuk keep shooting and killing protesters in Kyiv? And YOU are the one who had destroyed the Ukrainian economy, after it was already weakened by Yanuk and his gang raping it to the tune of over $34 billion in just four years. Oh, and it was not a “coup”. The “legitimate president” fled the country to yours with your help after he loaded up trucks full of his loot for days as his police were murdering Ukrainian citizens.)

–“What Ukraine currently needs is economic assistance in carrying out reforms, not petty politics and pompous empty promises. However, our Western colleagues don’t seem eager to provide such assistance, while the Kyiv authorities are not willing to address the challenges their people are facing.”

(Kyiv authorities are kind of busy fighting to hold together the country after you have invaded it.)

–“By the way, Russia has already made a major contribution to helping Ukraine. Let me reiterate that Russian banks already invested some $25 billion in Ukraine. Last year, Russia’s Finance Ministry extended a loan worth another $3 billion. Gazprom provided another $5.5 billion to Ukraine and even offered a discount that no one promised, requiring the country to pay $4.5 billion. Add it all up and you get as much as $ 32.5-33.5 billion that were provided only recently.”

(Total bullshit as usual. You have signed countless gas agreements with Kyiv to provide cheap gas in exchange for something, like the 2010 cheap gas deal for being able to keep the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol till at least 2042, but within half a year you had jacked up the rates Ukraine paid to higher than European rates—and they are further downstream.)

–“Of course, we have the right to ask questions. What was this Ukrainian tragedy for? Wasn’t it possible to settle all the issues, even disputed issues, through dialogue, within a legal framework and legitimately?”

(Not when you and Yakuk were murdering the people he deceived.)

–“If for some European countries national pride is a long-forgotten concept and sovereignty is too much of a luxury, true sovereignty for Russia is absolutely necessary for survival.”

(Right out of Mussolini 1923—one of the tenets of Fascism.)

–“Speaking of the sanctions, they are not just a knee-jerk reaction on behalf of the United States or its allies to our position regarding the events and the coup in Ukraine, or even the so-called Crimean Spring. I’m sure that if these events had never happened – I want to point this out specifically for you as politicians sitting in this auditorium – if none of that had ever happened, they would have come up with some other excuse to try to contain Russia’s growing capabilities, affect our country in some way, or even take advantage of it.”

(This is the usual Russian “everyone is our enemy and is surrounding us and they wantto destroy us”. Maybe if you did not act like such an asshole and operated Russia as a real country internationally people migh like you more.)

–“The policy of containment was not invented yesterday. It has been carried out against our country for many years, always, for decades, if not centuries. In short, whenever someone thinks that Russia has become too strong or independent, these tools are quickly put into use.”

(Same thing. Everyone wants to destroy Russia. So WTF was this whole “reset” thing that the US tried, which you responded to by intimidating the US Ambassador and essentially spitting in the US’ face? And containment was first conceived in 1946 to stop Soviet expansionism. Maybe it IS time for new containment, but it certainly does not go back centuries. Faulty reading of history as usual.)

–“However, talking to Russia from a position of force is an exercise in futility, even when it was faced with domestic hardships, as in the 1990ies and early 2000ies.”

(Yes, we strong and want to be feared by everyone!)

–“We remember well how and who, almost openly, supported separatism back then and even outright terrorism in Russia, referred to murderers, whose hands were stained with blood, none other than rebels and organised high-level receptions for them. These “rebels” showed up in Chechnya again. I’m sure the local guys, the local law enforcement authorities, will take proper care of them. They are now working to eliminate another terrorist raid. Let’s support them. Let me reiterate, we remember high-level receptions for terrorists dubbed as fighters for freedom and democracy. Back then, we realised that the more ground we give and the more excuses we make, the more our opponents become brazen and the more cynical and aggressive their demeanour becomes.”

(We did not support Chechen separatists in the first war or the Muj terrorists in the second one. Wrong as usual, but part of your plan to show Russians that we always supported your enemies.)

–“Despite our unprecedented openness back then and our willingness to cooperate in all, even the most sensitive issues, despite the fact that we considered – and all of you are aware of this and remember it – our former adversaries as close friends and even allies, the support for separatism in Russia from across the pond, including information, political and financial support and support provided by the special services – was absolutely obvious and left no doubt that they would gladly let Russia follow the Yugoslav scenario of disintegration and dismemberment. With all the tragic fallout for the people of Russia.”

(This is total fantasy. All of it. There was no US support whatsoever for Chechen separatists and definitely not for the Mujahedeen, who you might remember were killing Americans and Europeans at the same time. Are you just dense?)

–“Just as it did not work for Hitler with his people-hating ideas, who set out to destroy Russia and push us back beyond the Urals. Everyone should remember how it ended. Next year, we will mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Our Army crushed the enemy and liberated Europe. However, we should not forget about the bitter defeats in 1941 and 1942 so as not to repeat the mistakes in the future.”

(Once again, everyone is always out to get us and destroy us, so we have to prevent this again—maybe by invading “fraternal” Ukraine who we say we love and support but actually despise.)

–“We will never enter the path of self-isolation, xenophobia, suspicion and the search for enemies. All this is evidence of weakness, while we are strong and confident.”

(Um, Putin, all the things you mentioned are precisely the things Russia is doing. Every one of them.)

–“Conscientious work, private property, the freedom of enterprise – these are the same kind of fundamental conservative values as patriotism, and respect for the history, traditions, and culture of one’s country.”

(Nothing really incorrect here, but this is almost word for word from Mussolini—one of the tenets of Fascism, which is what Putin had been busily constructing in Russia.)

In short, it was another masterpiece of disinformation from the master. Easily disprovable disinformation, but such is the garbage he puts out for feeble minds in Russia (who want to be told how encircled and in danger they are but how great they are for invading “fraternal” neighbours) and abroad (mainly those identifying themselves as extreme liberals who mistakely believe he is one of them, and not the Fascist he really, and quite obviously, is).

 

Ukrainians Down New Russian Military Granat-4 UAV

 

Russian military Grant-4 UAV shot down by Ukrainians

Russian military Granat-4 UAV shot down by Ukrainians

Granat-4 tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) brought down by Ukrainians in eastern Ukraine. These UAVs have been seen flying over the eastern parts of Ukraine for months. This is a relatively short range UAV with a radius of under 100km. Surely the Russians will claim this was either something in the Ukrainian inventory captured by the rebels, or was otherwise given to the rebels. However, the Granat and Orlan-series UAVs (it was earlier misidentified as an Orlan) have only been in the Russian military inventory since sometime in 2013. This was Russian, being operated by the Russian military. Full stop. And given the radius, the operators and launch points almost certainly had to have been inside Ukraine, meaning of course more Russian military recon troops on another country’s sovereign territory.

Russian tech blog on Granat UAVs just entering Russian military service in 2013

New Russian Granat-4 UAV shot down by Ukrainians

New Russian Granat-4 UAV shot down by Ukrainians