Thursday, December 11, 2014

Obama questioned the appropriateness of new sanctions against Russia



Obama questioned the appropriateness of new sanctions against Russia

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According to Barack Obama, the introduction of new sanctions is a miscalculation if they lead to a split between the US and Europe.
US President Barack Obama.  Archive photo
MOSCOW, December 11 - RIA Novosti. President Barack Obama has questioned the feasibility of the introduction of new sanctions against Russia if they lead to a split between Washington and Europe, transfers on Thursday agency Reuters .
"I think if we can simply impose new sanctions more and more, more and more and eventually (Vladimir) Putin change his mind, in my opinion, is a miscalculation," - Obama said, as quoted by the agency.
Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated over the situation in Ukraine. In late July, the EU and the United States from the point of sanctions against certain individuals and companies have moved to the measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia has limited food imports from countries that have imposed sanctions against her: the US, EU Member States, Canada, Australia and Norway.

As the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions against Russian politicians and businessmen

US and EU do not recognize the annexation of Crimea to Russia and accuse Moscow of interfering in the affairs of Ukraine. Russia denies the allegations and calls unacceptable. Western countries since March has repeatedly imposed sanctions against a number of Russian politicians, businessmen and companies and threatened to extend the restrictive measures. The last case of the use of such practices became September sanctions.
Full list of Russian citizens and companies have come under the sanctions - in the material RIA Novosti >>

As Russia responded to Western sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin on August 6 signed a decree on the application of certain special economic measures to ensure safety. Imports of certain goods from countries that have imposed sanctions against Moscow, bounded on the year. In the corresponding list includes beef, pork, fruits, poultry, dairy products, nuts and other products. Full list of prohibited for import into Russia of products - Help RIA Novosti >>

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US Politicians Are a Lost Cause. Russia Must Engage Americans Directly

US Politicians Are a Lost Cause. Russia Must Engage Americans Directly

The anti-Russian hysteria among American leaders is unprecedented. But they don't have much support

Edward Lozansky

According to US Congress

This article originally appeared in Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

It was translated by Oriential Review

That country has been no stranger to anti-Russian rhetoric these past few years, but that previously focused mainly on human-rights abuses and the stifling of the free press. Recent resolutions in the House of Representatives (HS Res. 758) and the Senate (S. 2277) however, show that the political atmosphere has grown much more heated. Almost every paragraph in these resolutions describes “Russian aggression” and how to combat it.

Resolution 758 lists 34 “violations” committed by the Putin regime. These include the invasion of Georgia and Ukraine, the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an escalated campaign of propaganda, and the persecution of political opponents.

Twenty-two countermeasures are suggested – from supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine and deploying missile-defense systems on Russia’s borders, to increasing funding for NATO, the Voice of America, and Radio Liberty. Naturally, support for the Russian opposition movement gets its own line item.

This resolution, which Ron Paul, the former Republican congressman and presidential candidate, has called “one of the worst pieces of legislation ever,”has already received the overwhelming approval of Congress.

There were only ten votes against it, five from each party. Ron Paul and some other observers have called it a direct provocation of war with Russia.

And it is true that never, even during the lowest point in American-Soviet relations or during the run-up to the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, has the rhetoric coming out of from Congress reached such a fever pitch of hostility toward that country and its leadership.

Although he phrases his ideas more bluntly, Ron Paul echoes the words of another former member of Congress, Democrat Dennis Kucinich,

“NATO encirclement, the U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine, an attempt to use an agreement with the European Union to bring NATO into Ukraine at the Russian border, a U.S. nuclear first-strike policy, are all policies which attempt to substitute force for diplomacy.”

It should be noted that Resolution 758 is not binding, but it effectively presents President Obama with a blank check, or, as Kucinich calls it, a green light, to use military force against Russia.

Therefore, it is important, at least for historical purposes, to note and preserve for posterity the names of these American “dissidents” in the US Congress – those few who are not blind to the potentially catastrophic consequences this resolution may entail.

Here they are: Republicans Justin Amash, John Duncan, Walter Jones, Thomas Massie, and Dana Rohrabacher, plus Democrats Jim McDermott, Alan Grayson, Alcee Hastings, George Miller, and Beto O’Rourke.

An almost identical Senate resolution has already been approved by the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and there is no doubt that the vast majority of senators will vote in favor of it – it is even possible that vote will be unanimous, since no “dissidents” have yet stepped forward.

In this context it should be noted that perhaps never before has the American public held a lower opinion of their Congress than they do now.

Only 8% of the population approves of the job they are doing, and there can be no question that the vast majority of Americans oppose the idea of war against Russia, despite the media’s unprecedented anti-Russian hysteria, in which the once-respectable New York Times and Washington Post are leading the charge.

American politicians are quite vulnerable to public opinion, so the Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama is unlikely to embark upon a debacle such as a war with Russia. Therefore, in addition to diplomacy, direct contacts, both personal and virtual, between citizens of Russia and the United States can have an exceptionally important part to play in this difficult situation.

Public diplomacy is what is needed now, so that we can discuss political problems – in addition to narrowly defined professional issues – in order to broaden our understanding of what is happening in the world.

Germany, Stuck with Massive Bill for Ukraine, Asks Russia for Help

Germany, Stuck with Massive Bill for Ukraine, Asks Russia for Help
  • IMF: Ukraine Weeks Away from Economic Collapse - $15 billion urgently needed

  • With 1 hand EU asks Russia for financial help, with other it bombs ethnic Russians in East Ukraine, sanctions Russian economy...

  • Black hole of Ukraine finances becoming a political liability for EU leaders

  • EU demanding austerity from Ukraine while population struggles with grinding poverty, economic collapse

  • EU policy towards Russia/Ukraine poorly conceived, in danger of collapsing due to contradictions

Alexander Mercouris 

A Brutal Friendship: Ukraine and the IMF

As this article in the Financial Times shows, the wheels are coming off Ukraine’s economy, with the IMF now admitting it needs a further $15 billion on top of the money already given within weeks to avoid total collapse.

This has come after news the Ukrainian Central Bank’s foreign exchange reserves have fallen below $10 billion.

Ukraine must pay a further $1.6 billion from these reserves before year end to fulfil its part of the gas deal the EU brokered between Ukraine and Russia on 30th October 2014.

This will push the Central Bank’s foreign exchange reserves down to even more critical levels.

Meanwhile Gazprom has said that despite Ukraine’s recent purchase of 1 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia, Ukraine’s total gas reserves are close to critical levels, endangering transit of Russian gas to Europe.

The article however exposes something else, which is perhaps even more important.

The last two paragraphs in the article show that the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble has been obliged to telephone Anton Siluanov, Russia’s Finance Minister, to ask him not to call in Russia’s $3 billion loan, which becomes automatically repayable when Ukraine’s debt exceeds 60% of its GDP, something which everybody knows has now happened.

It also says that “George Osborne, the UK finance minister, expressed surprise at the request, attendees said, saying the EU was now asking for help from Russia at the same time it was sanctioning the Kremlin for its actions in Ukraine.”

In other words in order to “save” Ukraine (and their own political reputations) the European leadership is now being forced to turn to Russia for help - the same country they accuse of invading and destabilising Ukraine and which they have sanctioned.

The background to this is that Russia is Ukraine’s biggest creditor with Ukraine owing Russia around $35 billion. Money the IMF gives to Ukraine therefore inevitably ends up in Russia by way of debt repayments.

As we previously reported, another article in the Financial Timeshas confirmed what many have suspected - the western powers have been looking for excuses for Ukraine to renege on its debts to Russia whilst pretending it is not a default. To their intense frustration the western powers have discovered that the Russians were extremely careful to make their loans to Ukraine totally full-proof. The option of reneging on the loans does not therefore exist.

Transfers of yet more money to Ukraine from the West are now becoming so large and so open-ended that the point is probably soon coming (if it has not already come) when more transfers including the $15 billion the IMF is talking about would have to be authorised by national parliaments before they could legally happen.

At a time of economic austerity that might be very difficult to pull off, especially once it got known that most or even all the money would ultimately end up in Russia. At the very least it might lead to Western governments being asked serious questions in their parliaments about the policy in Ukraine they have been following - questions the governments might not want to answer or to have asked.

The result is that Western governments are turning to Russia for help since, as has been obvious from the start, it is only with Russia’s help that Ukraine can be stabilised politically and economically.

At the same time, as Merkel’s most recent comments show, they don’t want to make any concessions to Russia over Ukraine or modify their policy there.

This is the delusion the West’s Ukrainian policy has suffered from ever since talks about Ukraine’s association agreement with the EU first got started.

The West wants Ukraine to follow a pro-West pro-EU anti-Russia line. At the same time they want and expect Russia to pay the bills. They are then baffled and angry when Russia says no.

Though Russia goes on saying no, they refuse to take no for an answer. Instead they threaten and pass more sanctions and vilify and abuse Russia’s leadership in what is looking like an increasingly desperate hope that this will force Russia to back down and change its policy.

When that doesn’t happen they are left looking like a card sharp with no cards left to play.

The latest report from the IMF shows that the moment when this delusional policy finally comes crashing down to earth may not now be so far off.

The International Monetary Fund has identified a $15bn shortfall in its bailout for war-torn Ukraine and warned western governments the gap will need to be filled within weeks to avoid financial collapse.

The IMF’s calculations lay bare the perilous state of Ukraine’s economy and hint at the financial burden of propping up Kiev as it battles Russian-backed separatist rebels in its eastern regions.

The additional cash needed would come on top of the $17bn IMF rescue announced in April and due to last until 2016. Senior western officials involved in the talks said there is only tepid support for such a sizeable increase at a time Kiev has dragged its feet over the economic and administrative reforms required by the programme.

“It’s not going to be easy,” said one official involved in the talks. “There’s not that much money out there.”

People briefed on the IMF warning said the fiscal gap has opened up because of a 7 per cent contraction in Ukraine’s gross domestic product and a collapse in exports to Russia, the country’s biggest trading partner, leading to massive capital outflows and a rundown in central bank reserves.

The breakaway regions of the east accounted for nearly 16 per cent of Ukraine’s economic output before the start of hostilities.

Without additional aid, Kiev would have to massively slash its budget or be forced to default on its sovereign debt obligations. Since the bailout programme began in April, Ukraine has received $8.2bn in funding from the IMF and other international creditors.

Pierre Moscovici, the EU economics chief, said the European Commission was weighing a third rescue programme on top of the €1.6bn ($2bn) it has already committed to Kiev; the Ukrainian government has requested an additional €2bn from Brussels.

But Pier Carlo Padoan, the Italian finance minister who chaired a discussion of Ukraine’s financial situation at a meeting of his EU counterparts on Tuesday, said EU resources should only be mobilised if Kiev made a “stronger effort” towards implementing reforms.

At a meeting of his cabinet in Kiev, Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseniy Yatseniuk, insisted his government was prepared to put in place unpopular measures, including deep cuts in spending, a crackdown on the massive shadow economy and moves to deregulate the country’s uncompetitive economy.

“It’s hard for us to make ends meet ourselves,” Mr Yatseniuk said. “We are not begging for money, we are not moaning. We are saying: we are partners. If we are partners, then help us and this help will go both ways.”

Under IMF rules, the fund cannot distribute aid unless it has certainty a donor country can meet its financing obligations for the next 12 months, meaning the fund is unlikely to be able to send any additional cash to Kiev until the $15bn gap is closed.

The scale of the problem became clearer last week after Ukraine’s central bank revealed its foreign currency reserves had dropped from $16.3bn in May to just $9bn in November. The data also showed the value of its gold reserves had dropped by nearly half over the same period.

A person with direct knowledge of the central bank’s policy said part of the drop had been due to large-scale gold sales.

An IMF mission is currently in Kiev for talks with the government on the future of the programme.

According to two people who attended the EU meeting, concern over Ukrainian finances has become so severe that Wolfgang Schäuble, the German finance minister, said he had called his Russian counterpart, Anton Siluanov, to ask him to roll over a $3bn loan the Kremlin made to Kiev last year.

George Osborne, the UK finance minister, expressed surprise at the request, attendees said, saying the EU was now asking for help from Russia at the same time it was sanctioning the Kremlin for its actions in Ukraine.

Junge Welt: «The junta organized a blockade of Donbas"

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Junge Welt: «The junta organized a blockade of Donbas" 

_______Pindos-Bandera junta intends to turn the Donbass in desolation and doing everything possible to maximize the blockade of the region. This is stated in a report in the German newspaper Junge Welt. In Donetsk snowing almost every day, it's cold. However, do not care about the cold people living in this city, and fear.
With the arrival of winter Donbass stood on the brink of a humanitarian disaster on an unprecedented scale. People like my father 17-year-old boy, survived the shelling of schools have lost hope. He - er, a taxi driver with five children, and the future he sees is not rosy. Home residents Makeyevka, Gorlovka, Donetsk and many other settlements - in ruins, many living there are people killed. The ongoing systematic destruction of infrastructure and living space of the civilian population in the Donbas has become commonplace monotony of everyday life.
Ordinary people, many months forced to look for new opportunities for survival, nevertheless repeated - "we will starve, but will not give an inch and." And as if all the junta a little - the leader of the junta government Poroshenko even tighter tightens the noose around the neck of Donbass, deliberately destroying the banking system in the region, thereby putting the population under attack. If before the salaries and pensions were not paid for months, but now people can not even use their savings. Thus, once again was ignored reached in Geneva on the April agreement between the junta and Novorossia, which in turn leads to a humanitarian catastrophe.

The war is not against more militia, and against a plain and peaceful population - the elderly and children. The days without water or heat - weekdays Donetsk. In addition to civilian purposes ukrofashistskaya army deliberately bombarded facilities of water and electricity, and this leads to the fact that in an already difficult weather conditions on Smer will be doomed to more people. In turn, the maintenance crews in the world of unrecognized republics DNR and LC, under fire, trying to eliminate the possibility of damage. Banderostan ceased to finance the salaries and the purchase of medicines for the Donbass. 

On the one hand, in the Donbas is no longer sufficient stocks - urgently needed drugs delivered only permanent humanitarian convoys from Russia, on the other hand, it is impossible to buy the necessary medicines due to lack of funds.De facto health care in the Donbass already had would not be, but it is, nevertheless, there is - the hospital provided. Doctors and nurses every day go to work and do everything they can to help and it is - without any prospects of their salaries. But the junta also wants to paralyze and delivery of items and food from other regions of the country at the Donbass.

There are more reasons to talk about the total blockade of visits and access roads to the Donets Basin - the junta tightens the noose and, thus effectively cutting off the Donbass. Junta, of course, wants to remain part of the Donbass Banderostana, but before that he wants to turn the Donbass in desolation.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

USA - Becoming a Joke to the World

USA - Becoming a Joke to the World

By Xavier Lerma

The US Congress passed another bill condemning Russia and Putin. Now that's pretty funny. The Clown from out of town and his minions are pretending to be rule makers in a world where they think they are king. They've constructed a "New World" Order" of money and power for the privileged few. The punks in public office continue to lie to themselves and their voters hoping Russia's power and wealth will magically vanish through propaganda, terrorism and sanctions. The US eagle can poop everywhere but the Bear can still do whatever it wants.

I am not speaking about the hard working conservative Americans who know there is a God in heaven. People who pray "Thy will be done" bowing in obedience to the Almighty. They carry the Word of God in their hearts. I am speaking about that brood of vipers in Washington who dare live in a city named after a great general, president and man of deep faith. The insanity comes from the politicians who sold their souls to the devil. Men and women who would never bow at Christ's Holy Sepulcher like Putin did more than once.

I'm surprised Putin wasn't cracking jokes during the recent assembly in Moscow. "This little country America , relies on foreign oil and is telling the whole world and us what to do. Never mind that we're the largest country in the world with our own resources of oil and gas that can supply every nation. America, trillions in debt printing paper money while we have a vast gold supply and trillions in reserves. America has forgotten history. Hitler with millions of soldiers could not conquer us. We met the Nazis face to face and pushed them back to Berlin. A country like the US that overthrows governments for corporate interests like the coup in Kiev will be overthrown in the end."

The land of illusion; the land of entertainment producing songs and movies to warp reality. People pretending to be something they are not. Likewise, Washington DC has people who pretend to represent the people's interests. Pretending to bring hope and a change for the better. Pretending to bring unity and peace among all races. Lying through their teeth and laughing like clowns behind closed doors. Setting up a consumer based economy forcing the once mighty middle class to shrink and work at customer service jobs. "Ya want fries with that?"

The laughing only stops when they see Russia. They murdered the Tsar and his family and they thought Holy Mother Russia was dead. Today they think the sanctions are working as the ruble falls but they fail to see it's because of the low price of oil. Putin is right when he said the US would have made up any reason to stop Russia's economic growth. One day the US will blame Russia for global warming and racism if it hasn't already.

The US government starts wars in the name of democracy while accusing Russia for invading Ukraine and for supporting terrorism everywhere. Those who watch American TV believe it to be true. More laughter from the White House as they get away with murder in their country and abroad as the war scam continues. They seek to overthrow Russia in a bill, called the "Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014". It's another joke as the US has proven to be the aggressor.

Although it appears to be economic reasons for destroying Russia, the underlying reason has always been a spiritual one. If Russia expands trade to other countries it will not only share goods but her faith as well. Putinpromised to help the Orthodox Church and its goal is to spread the faith. He said in this video, "We shall do everything we can to help it grow strong. We shall continue our cooperation and joint work in strengthening harmony in our society with high moral values". That's no joke to the west. They are the first to squeal censorship or separation of church and state. They use the law to choke Christianity.

A communist trick is to ignore the enemy. If that doesn't work they attack and accuse. They ignore Putin's Christianity and demonize him for things he hasn't done instead. It's not our world but their liberal world that is in danger of being destroyed. Like the dawn, Christianity will grow in the world. Today, the liberals who control the West fear Putin as though doomsday was tomorrow. It's not a nuclear threat but rather a spiritual renewal that threatens them. The joke is on them.

Xavier Lerma

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Breakthrough Russia: America is shocked by the new Russian missile defense system

Breakthrough Russia: America is shocked by the new Russian missile defense system

December 9, 2014, 7:58

Russia is building a new missile defense system. Its features are similar to the US missile defense system THAAD, which allows us to solve the problem to intercept ballistic missiles, medium-range and at the same time will be absolutely unique. Told the general designer of "Concern PVO" "Almaz-Antey" Paul Sozinov.

"Almaz-Antey" - leading enterprise in Russia to build missile defense systems. Anti-aircraft missile systems S-300 today is not only lazy copies.Why is only one clone of Chinese HQ-9. This system is practically defeated a better set of Russian S-400 "Triumph" on the tender in Turkey. However, this did not prevent Beijing decide to buy a "Triumph" in Moscow officially.According to the newspaper "Vedomosti", citing a source in the military-industrial complex , the contract was signed in the fall during the Airshow Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai. China wants at least six divisions missile systems worth more than $ 3 billion. The implementation of this contract was presented as a symbol of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

"Proposal of modern technology for export implies that the seller has a more perfect system - said the TV channel" Star "magazine editor" Arsenal Fatherland "Viktor Murakhovski. - If we offer China S-400, it means that we have to reserve something better. "

In this situation, the comparison of our future system with the American complex THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system) is very significant. Not least because that THAAD mobile missile defense system designed to intercept short- and medium-range for a few minutes before hitting the target. The development of these systems is 1992. And, in general, can not boast of some kind may be a huge success. Of the known 39 test launches of THAAD, 31 were found to be successful. Half of them were "fighting" for simulators well-known after the first war in Iraq, the Soviet R-17 (NATO reporting name SS-1 Scud). This obsolete missile, which has no complex flight path to overcome missile defense systems, so that the progress achieved in the tests THAAD can not be considered comprehensive. Indeed, in the case of changes in their environment, the use of more advanced missiles target, the results can be quite different.

Photo: US Department of Defense website

However, this system has an important technical feature - the so-called concept of "kinetic interception," when used to hit a target only the kinetic energy of a hardware unit, single warhead on a missile not. Prior to this, shoot down ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads, the designers chose an easier way.

For example, the only real operating missile defense system A-135, deployed around Moscow, used for this purpose missiles with nuclear warheads. Antimissile starts in the area of ​​intended entry of enemy warheads and undermines its own nuclear warhead. In plasma, air nuclear explosion burns everything warheads, decoys and the remains of rockets themselves. Cheap and cheerful. If you do not take into account that the A-135 system deployed around Moscow. And all the "radioactive waste" nuclear interception will inevitably fall on the heads of Muscovites.

THAAD concept assumes that the anti-missile missile hits the target "ordinary", not "toxic" warhead. However, to realize this at the present stage of technological development is not so simple. Radar air defense system / BMD do not see today supersonic and hypersonic purposes. For example, our strategic warheads of ballistic missiles "Topol-M" and the RS-24 "yars". They not only that there are warheads, capable of entering into the atmosphere at a speed of 5 miles per second, they also can maneuver, ie at some point, suddenly change the flight path that will make aiming air defense / missile defense useless. No radar or missiles will not see the target, which means that a nuclear attack is inevitable.

"The main difficulty is selektirovanie purposes: it is necessary to understand where the real warhead and where simulators, - explained the TV channel" Star "editor of the Military-Industrial Courier Michael Khodarenok. - In the A-135 resolved this principle is very simple: in the plasma of a nuclear explosion will burn both. In the case of a "point" of hitting the target need completely different properties of missile defense. "

What they may be, shows Russian anti-aircraft missile system S-400 "Triumph". Today she goes to re-air defense units of the Central Industrial Region, more precisely, Moscow and the region. Territory where the concentration of the main political and administrative center of Russia.

C-400 - a few mobile launchers of anti-aircraft missiles from, radar target acquisition and fire control car battery. To bring the system to full combat readiness must only 5 minutes. Launchers occupy the area of combat duty, the connecting cable (and can operate over the air) with mobile radar, those with the command post. As a result, area 400 kilometers securely blocked from air attacks.

"Triumph" - a direct heir to the anti-missile system S-300 , but with a completely different, modern electronic filling. The changes primarily affected interface jobs combat crew: this plasma, the combat information management shell weapons program is very similar to all the familiar Windows. That is, as they say the military serviceman, who owns a regular computer, it will be very easy to learn and software "Triumph". Especially in the work now will help him, again familiar in everyday life, such as mouse controllers.

Furthermore, in comparison with C-300 C-400 have much more powerful computing machine capable of significantly faster character emerging threats and most dangerous to hit the target. Radar complex provides both en-route tracking up to 100 targets and precise tracking of up to 6. Conducts simultaneous firing 36 goals guided them to 72 missiles.

Another feature of the C-400 is that different types of targets the system can affect different missiles. For example, one missile aerodynamic targets are destroyed at a distance of 400 km, while the other is able to knock down the object and at a height of five meters in front of him literally. S-400 is able to hit targets flying at a height of 5 meters to 30 kilometers at a speed of up to 4.8 thousand meters per second. This allows you to capture even nuclear warheads. To do this, launchers S-400 "Triumph" can be equipped as 4 anti-aircraft missiles 48N6 series, and a combination of missiles - with 3 missiles 48N6E and 4 - type 9M9E / E2. This combination allows you to create and weapon system with different echelons of interception of targets, both aerodynamic and ballistic. For the class of weapons is unique, having no analogues in the world system.

Works "Triumph" is 6 times faster than their predecessors, including the American «Patriot». This is achieved through the use of vertical launchers and missiles themselves design. After starting the rocket takes off from the launch tube vertically and in the air locator signal is sent to the other side, where the goal is. As a result, the reaction time is reduced, since it is not necessary, as in «Patriot» deploy launcher. In addition, the dead are completely eliminated in the field of defense, through which attackers can break the object missiles.

Curiously, the C-400 can use not only its own target designation radar, but also receiving information from the outside with control centers and air defense missile, satellite and airborne early warning aircraft. In this case, any system S-400 can not only shoot at other people's teams, but he manage the network anti-aircraft missiles of various types: C-400, C-300, shell-C1, Tor-M1, united under his reign dozens of launchers with hundreds of missiles.

This principle, as assured designers, and laid in a more perfect Russian anti-aircraft missile system S-500 "The Triumphant". Not known about it so much, "is able to intercept, as small targets - drones, cruise missiles, nuclear warheads, and satellites." In the future, "Triumvirator" will be merged with the missile defense system A-135, according to an anniversary edition, dedicated to the centennial of the creation of the Russian air defense systems.

"In the future, the S-500 is planned to merge with the only Russian missile defense system A-135, which protects Moscow and central region of the country. In the near future to replace the latter must come a new missile defense system A-235, "- says the publication, quoted by RIA" Novosti ".

From all this it can be concluded that the C-500 will not be just "starting with missiles", and will be a global system of airspace control and management of all forces and means of air and missile defense Russia.Moreover, those launchers, like the S-400 "Triumph" will be fully mobile, making the Russian complex "analog" or "copy" of the US missile defense system THAAD with a single amendment to the individuality of the concept of a "mobile and self-sufficient" missile defense systems .

Photos: Concern PVO "Almaz Antey" and Russian Defense Ministry

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Don Debar: United States supports the popular fascist uprising in Ukraine

Don Debar: United States supports the popular fascist uprising in Ukraine
RIA Novosti 
In fact the world and the United States created it.

Photo: © AP Photo / Evan Vucci

United States supports the popular fascist uprising in Ukraine, according to an anti-war activist and journalist Don Debar. He stated this on portal Press TV.

"Imagine that the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov," took to the streets of Mexico City and the protesters announced that instead of the government should be a new, and old, respectively, must be overthrown, and then Russia begins arming Mexican revolutionaries, "- said the journalist.

"It would be a boost to the popular uprising", - said Debar, adding that the United States in this case would take stringent response.

"But this is exactly what is now the US does in relation to Russia," - he concluded.

He also criticized the resolution 758, adopted by the US House of Representatives, which condemns Russia's policy in relation to a number of former Soviet republics.

"They accuse Russia of involvement in the war in Ukraine, without presenting any evidence," - said Debar.


Fuel crisis forced shut down of biggest nuclear power plant in Ukraine

Fuel crisis forced shut down of biggest nuclear power plant in Ukraine
Posted by Finian Cunningham on December 7, 2014

Kiev Regime – a Disaster Awaiting Meltdown

Strategic Culture Foundation

Was the forced shutdown of the biggest nuclear power plant in Ukraine last week a result of the country’s fuel crisis? That crisis is itself a product to the political crisis that the Western sponsors have engendered in the country with the illegal coup in Kiev earlier this year.

The Western-backed Kiev regime has claimed that there was «no threat» to public safety or the environment from the week-long closure of the nuclear reactor at Zaporozhiya. But with scant detail on the nature of the incident and given the regime’s total unreliability and unscrupulousness in other matters, there are grounds to be extremely cautious.

Also, the Kiev authorities did not report the shutdown until at least five days after it occurred. Such maverick incompetence is typical of this regime. After all, it took a bizarre unprecedented step this of appointing three foreign nationals, including an American citizen, to its ministerial cabinet. But why the apparent secrecy over the nuclear accident? What are they hiding?

Recall too that this is the country that inflicted the world’s worst nuclear accident when the reactor at Chernobyl exploded in April 1986. That disaster resulted in thousands of cancer deaths, radioactive contamination of large parts of Russia and Western Europe, and an estimated $18 billion in damage control.

Zaporizhia, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, is in southeast Ukraine on the banks of the Dnieper River

The Zaporozhiya nuclear power station, which was forced to shut down on November 28, is located on the Dneiper River in southeast Ukraine. It is not only the biggest in the country, it is also the largest operating facility in Europe, with an output of 6,000 megawatts. Ukraine relies on four nuclear power plants for the supply of about half of all its electricity requirements.

The facility at Zaporozhiya is by far the biggest generator of the four nuclear power sites, according to the World Nuclear Association. Fitted out with six reactors, it produces over 20 per cent of Ukraine’s total electricity needs. The latest shutdown reportedly occurred in Unit 3, one of the oldest of the six reactors, having been commissioned back in 1987 and approaching the end of its 30-year operating life.

Kiev’s newly-appointed energy minister Volodymr Demchishin told a press conference on Wednesday this week, held five days after the Zaporozhiya outage, that the problem was «caused by a short-circuit in its power outlet system». He claimed that it was not linked to power production. Well, we have to take his word on that explanation. The minister added with notable uncertainty: «I think the problem will be resolved by Friday [one week after the shutdown].»

Demchishin maintained that there was radiological leak from the incident. That assessment appeared to be supported by a French-based watchdog organisation. Reuters reported: «France’s public nuclear safety institute IRSN said it had not detected any unusual radioactivity in Ukraine.»

Other media reports on the nuclear incident described an electrical transformer «tripping» and resulting in a halt in electricity production while the reactor continued operating as normal. That suggests an unexpected surge in power led to the shutdown.

While the Kiev regime is claiming that nothing untoward or dangerous occurred the fact is that the country is, by necessity, relying more heavily on its nuclear facilities to generate sufficient electricity, especially as winter deepens.

The two other major fuel sources of Ukraine’s electricity supply are coal and gas, which account for some 40 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, of total production.

However, the supply of coal and gas are being severely disrupted as a direct consequence of the Kiev regime’s war on eastern Ukraine and its hostility towards Russia. More than 80 per cent of all of Ukraine’s coal mines are located in the eastern Donbas regions, which are under the control of the breakaway self-declared republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.

The Kiev regime is running short of coal stocks, with some media reports putting its depot inventories down by a quarter, and this shortage is because of the conflict it embarked on against the dissident Donbas population in April this year. Recent plans by the Kiev regime to import alternative coal from South Africa and Poland have also hit a dead-end, partly because the quality of fuel from these countries does not suit Ukraine’s thermal power stations. The stations have been designed to run on anthracite coal that is typical of the Donbas mines. Another impediment are disputes over non-payment for imports by the Kiev regime. No surprise there given the regime’s insufferable gimme-something-for-nothing attitude.

Massive military expenditure from the regime’s seven-month assault on the Donbas has exacerbated the country’s fiscal woes and foreign debt. That plus past unpaid gas debts to Russia amounting to over $5 billion, as well as overt hostility towards Moscow, has vitiated natural gas supplies from its historically important Russian trading partner.

The inescapable upshot is that the Kiev regime, which seized government power in an illegal Western-backed coup last February, has created an acute energy crisis in the country through its own reckless hostile policies. Voice of America reported this week that «rolling blackouts» are being expanded in many towns across Ukraine by the regime in order to conserve dwindling electricity supplies. With freezing temperatures hitting negative double-digit figures, the energy crisis can only worsen.

This is, in turn, leading to greater dependence on the nuclear power network and the giant facility at Zaporozhiya in particular. It is fair to surmise that the authorities in Kiev are pushing the nuclear plants to their maximum operating capacity so as to make up for the desperate decline in electricity production – a vicious cycle that the regime has itself generated.

So far as one can tell, the shutdown at the Zaporozhiya site does not appear to have been the result of a meltdown in the nuclear reactor. But with the whole nuclear industry being pushed to its capacity limits, and perhaps beyond, the danger is that a catastrophic event is becoming more probable.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right, talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday.

With full support from Washington and Brussels, the Kiev regime, led by irresponsible demagogues like CIA-sponsored prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the oligarch-president, Petro Poroshenko, has already instigated a litany of disasters. More than 4,000 people have died in Kiev’s military onslaught against fellow Ukrainians and up to one million have been turned into refugees. The Kiev military has used internationally banned cluster bombs on civilian areas and deploys neo-Nazi paramilitary battalions that have committed wholesale war crimes. A civilian airliner was downed last July with the loss of 298 lives, most likely as a result of Kiev’s military machinations. Ukraine’s economy and infrastructure has been destroyed, with the impact worsened by Kiev’s declared economic blockade on the eastern regions – a Nuremberg crime of collective punishment.

Is a nuclear disaster the next outcome?

We shouldn’t be in the least surprised because this Western-sponsored regime is a constant disaster awaiting meltdown.

German Foreign Minister: never before has the UN Security Council was not so incapacitated

German Foreign Minister: never before has the UN Security Council was not so incapacitated

Photo: Media Centre UrFU

Never UN Security Council was not even more incompetent than they are now. This was stated in Yekaterinburg, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

"The dispute Russia and the United States on the conflict in Ukraine blocked the work of the main UN agencies," - he said, speaking with a lecture in the Ural Federal University, which is an honorary doctor.

"This is a serious concern. Never before in the last decade, the Security Council has played a more important role than it is now, has never been more important than it is now, but it has never been so incompetent than they are now, "- said the politician.

According to Steinmeier, "to overcome this disability, it is necessary, first of all, the joint efforts to overcome the conflict in Ukraine." In this regard, the German foreign minister expressed hope that the peak has already passed a military confrontation. "I think the most serious escalation of military confrontation in Ukraine, we have overcome, - he said. - I hope that such an assessment in a few days or weeks is confirmed. "

"The threat of a new" iron curtain "to continue, if we do not take enough effort in a situation that is emerging, - he continued. - But the split, I think we will be able to overcome, if the good will be on both sides. " "Our advantage is that we have not witnessed a new war, and the responsibility is not to condone the events leading to not only cold, but the" hot "wars" - said Steinmeier.

Germany's foreign minister is in Yekaterinburg at the invitation of the Ural Federal University. This is already his sixth visit to Yekaterinburg, and each time it has traditionally been a lecture to the students of the university.

Ukraine Helicopters are not flying for fear they will be shot down

Battalion "Donbass" Ukrainian pilots accused of cowardice - and are unwilling to support the infantry from the air

December 8, 2014

Kyiv, December 08 (PolitNavigator Vladimir Raichenko) - Cowardice of the vast majority of pilots - is the main cause that so little active work of Ukrainian military in aviation is done in the area of ​​the so-called ATO.

In an interview with the Kyiv weekly "Vesti. Reporter, " was said of a veteran of Afghanistan, the commander of the second company of the battalion" Donbass, "Victor Kaminski, aka known under the call sign" Jacques ".

"I think that the helicopters are not flying because our fear that they will  be shot down" - believes the Ukrainian officer. - It's not just the fear of command the possibility of losing expensive helicopters and airplanes, but also an elementary cowardice and incompetence of jet pilots and helicopter pilots. Of course not all were so desperate to be the guys there in the Air Force to start with. If they could fly or not they fell into the batch. But their is little unity, And all the flyers were afraid - so if there was any who were willing to fly, they became harder to find then a "needle" in a  "haystack"! .

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Russia's Secret Sukhoi-24 (Su-24) Fighter Jet with an Electronic Warfare Device.

What spooked the USS Donald Cook so much while in the Black Sea

08 November 2014

What frightened the USS Donald Cook so much in the Black Sea

The State Department acknowledged that the crew of the destroyer USS Donald Cook has been gravely demoralized ever since their vessel was flown over in the Black Sea by a Russian Sukhoi-24 (Su-24) fighter jet which carried neither bombs nor missiles but only an electronic warfare device.

On 10 April 2014, the USS Donald Cook entered the waters of Black Sea and on 12 April a Russian Su-24 tactical bomber flew over the vessel triggering an incident that, according to several media reports, completely demoralized its crew, so much so that the Pentagon issued a protest [1].

The USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) is a 4th generation guided missile destroyer whose key weapons areTomahawk cruise missiles with a range of up to 2,500 kilometers, and capable of carrying nuclear explosives. This ship carries 56 Tomahawk missiles in standard mode, and 96 missiles in attack mode.
The US destroyer is equipped with the most recentAegis Combat System.

 It is an integrated naval weapons systems which can link the missile defense systems of all vessels embedded within the same network, so as to ensure the detection, tracking and destruction of hundreds of targets at the same time. In addition, the USS Donald Cook is equipped with 4 large radars, whose power is comparable to that of several stations. For protection, it carries more than fifty anti-aircraft missiles of various types.

Meanwhile, the Russian Su-24 that buzzed the USS Donald Cook carried neither bombs nor missiles but only a basket mounted under the fuselage, which, according to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta [2], contained a Russian electronic warfare device called Khibiny.
As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer.

In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up - or about to be - with the defense systems installed on NATO’s most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control.

The Russian Su-24 was then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft - unarmed - repeated the same maneuver 12 times before leaving flying off.

After that, the 4th generation destroyer immediately set sail towards a port in Romania.
Since that incident, which the Atlanticist media have carefully covered up despite the widespread reactions sparked among defense industry experts, no US ship has ever approached Russian territorial waters again.

According to some specialized media, 27 sailors from the USS Donald Cook requested to be relieved from active service.

Vladimir Balybine - director of the research center on electronic warfare and the evaluation of so-called "visibility reduction" techniques attached to the Russian Air Force Academy - made the following comment:
"The more a radio-electronic system is complex, the easier it is to disable through the use of electronic warfare."

A video presentation of the US Aegis system. Currently installed on the most sophisticated US Navy warships and in the process of being set up throughout the entire range of NATO naval forces, this missile defense system that was completely knocked out in the Black Sea by a Russian electronic warfare device.

                                                     Visual display of the incident.
[1] “Pentagon Protests Russian Jet Buzzing Antimissile Ship in Black Sea”, Global Security Newswire, 15 April 2014.

"CyberBerkut" hacked computer of Attorney General Vitaly Yarema

Hackers from "CyberBerkut" hacked computer of Attorney General Vitaly Yarema

We are CyberBerkut, we continue to publicize the crimes, and accomplices of the junta who carry out atrocities against their fellow citizens.


Today we bring you a prepared text of the Attorney General of Ukraine at the inter-agency meeting, found by us on his personal computer.
On his e-mail address, Vitaly Yarema trying dokrichatsya siloviki pointing them to the numerous facts of their crimes: "So, on or during September-October 2014 (and after the announcement of the armistice) began in the area of anti-terrorist operations, atrocities.

The Military Prosecutor's Office reported 65 criminal proceedings on the facts of crimes that were in anyway associated with illegal weapons or torture devices that were used.
"The Attorney General cited examples of atrocities against civilians committed by soldiers of these volunteer units: "Soldiers 24 Territorial Defence Battalion, 'Bespalyi SF', and 'SL Helemendrik', in the first 21 hours, illegally entered the private home of a citizen Shevchenko IV in his Sandy Starobelsk district home. 

At gunpoint these soldiers tied Shevchenko IV, put a bag over his head, and took him away in an unknown direction. After that it he was doused with gasoline and set on fire, and stabbed with a knife in his left leg. 

As a result of misconduct specified, the military cited Shevchenko IV had received burns to the body and injuries of varying severity. "The representatives of the junta was surprised to learn that these so called "heroes of their ATO" had kill innocent civilians. They also asserted that the civilians must be protected from these unethical "terrorists" Example: On "22 October 2014, two soldiers of the military unit - Field Mail V0095, while intoxicated, had mocked and then killed two civilians.

According to Yarema , who offered that we must create the examples necessary to protect civilians and ourselves from the participants ATO : On October 18, 2014, about 2100 hours, military unit 'PP V2317', being intoxicated, carried out shots of their AK-74s, resulting in four soldiers being killed and one was wounded.
" As noted by the Attorney General, these crimes are not isolated. With a full range of offenses mentioned by Yarema, you can look at link here for more: .If these crimes have occured, said the Attorney General, What's really going on out there? Apparently this iniquity has reached such an extent that even the private prosecutor can not hide it.
Retaliation is inevitable, and the ICTY investigation into these war crimes is getting closer. It seems that if the factual evidence base for this dirty business gets to the CyberBerkut, they will strongly encourage punishment of the organizers and accomplices of this genocide crime against the people. If they were  able to revel this undue impunity. The list of criminals from the report of the public prosecutor is here:  

We CyberBerkut! We do not forget! We do not forgive!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Operations In East Ukraine Indicate Possible Escalation | The Saker

Increased Combat Operations In East Ukraine Indicate Possible Escalation

Ukrainian forces engage in combat reconnaissance, a tactic used before a military offensive

The Saker UKRAINE 10 hours ago

The situation remains tense

The latest analysis of the situation on the ground in East Ukraine from one of the best informed military analysts watching the Ukraine conflict. He contributed this post to RI, and it also appeared on his blog.

I consider the blog of "Colonel Cassad" the best informed and most honest blog about the situation in the Ukraine, bar none.

Right now, he is reporting that while there is an increase in combat operations, this is more a case of "combat reconnaissance" (opening fire to try to evaluate the enemy disposition), than of a real full-scale attack.

That is the good news.

The bad news is that a energetic "combat reconnaissance" is exactly what the Ukrainians would be doing before a major offensive.

I will try to keep you posted. Right now, this is not a full scale attack. Not yet.

One more thing

If the real Ukrainian offensive materializes (maybe later tonight, maybe not) the Novorussians will most definitely retreat along certain axes.

This does not mean that they will be "defeated", only that they are retreating which is a defensive tactical maneuver. So, please, let's not have a repeat of the general panic attack of last Spring, okay? By itself retreating indicates nothing at all, it is neither good nor bad, it is neutral.

To evaluate/assess a retreat we must look into the "fine print" of the military situation and understand why and how this retreat has been ordered.

Questions such as "did the enemy force go beyond the 2nd tactical defensive echelon" are absolutely crucial for any evaluation.

I just want to make sure that when the hurray-patriots and Putin-bashers resume their hysteric you don't get fooled by their antics.

Source: Russian Insider .com

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