Archive for July, 2014
Four Tochka SS-21 (Scarab) missiles were launched and, following what JUAN has detailed in the post before this, I am guessing that this is what may have happened. A Ukrainian Army contingent may have wanted a escape corridor and decided to use the missiles to open just that. Juan describes the RF (Russian Federation) forces moving towards the Russia-Ukraine border. Then the four missiles were launched and the RF forces intercepted them. Afterwards, the RF forces halted and remained stationary where they stopped. What may have happened is that satellites detected the movements of the missile launchers towards the Russian border. The Russians should know these mobile launchers and what they are capable of since these were built in Russia. The contingent of the RF that rushed towards the border may have been missile interceptors. After the missiles were shot down by these interceptors before they even reached maximum altitude, the RF forces halted. This effectively marks the line the distance of which can bracket any missile launches from Ukraine.
This incident is noted to be more significant than any other
involving NATO strategy.
If this was to test the Russian missile defenses, the test revealed a lot.
The speed by which the Russian defense umbrella reacts
is lots faster than that of the Israeli Patriot Iron Dome,
catching the Scarabs on their upward flights.
This is probably because the Russian sensors can detect the missile launches
faster than the Iron Dome.
These sensors may be using a system other than heat detectors,
probably an environment disturbance sensor.
Whatever the system is, such NATO mobile missile launchers
installed in Poland would be useless propositions.
Russia would be able to stock more missile interceptors
across Poland than NATO could stock Scarabs.
After this missile launch failures
Poroshenko decided that he is ready to negotiate peace.
July 20th Combat SITREP by Juan
Information from very reliable sources. These sources are in Novorossiya, Russian Federation, EU and Ukraine:
29.07.2014 in afternoon Ukraine time 4 SS-21 Tochka tactical ballistic missiles were fired by Ukraine Armed Forces. At least two were clearly aimed at Saur Moglia with the idea of the Ukes trapped in The Cauldron having a sudden escape route opened for them. Moments before launch Russian Federation units surged toward the border at The Cauldron area and to the north of The Cauldron.
None of the 4 Tochka missiles reached their targets. I repeat, none of the 4 Tochka missiles reached their targets and none impacted with the ground anywhere that can be found in anything close to one piece. As you know this missile can carry a tactical nuke, chem/bio, cluster munition or HE in the weight of just under 500 kilos.
When the 4 missiles failed to reach their targets the Armed Forces of RF immediately halted their surge and held position. They are in the same positions 30.07.2014.
There has been a noticeable slow down of fighting activity since the launches and Strelkov has pointedly said again that Novorossiya is open to negotiations.
The 4 Tochka missiles were shot down over Novorossiya territory occupied by Ukraine Armed Forces before the missiles reached their programmed height. They were shot down from inside RF according to normally reliable sources. No visual evidence has been provided of RF shooting down the Tochka systems nor of the system used to shoot down the Tochka missiles.
(the Ukrainian missiles reported by CNN to have been fired at the Southeast Ukraine was actually fired across the Russian border)
(see what I mean?)
The word, repeated thusly, starts to become a litany; nay, more like a prayer.
The economy wizards and the finance gurus of the world can’t make up their minds.
So they issue warnings of disaster for both sanctioners and sanctionees.
Having done so, why don’t we just let the sanctions go forward
so we would see what happens afterwards.
Warnings of sanctions have now become idle threats,
not political, not military, not financial, but personal idle threats.
The world has become a playground for the heads of state,
who mark lines on the ground
which are invisible to all the others.
If sensibility suddenly overcomes these heads of state,
a sudden realization of the crux of their problems
would be two essential things
which are oil and water.
Sadly enough, these two things are immiscible.
And the only emulsifier to be found
is being stifled by animosity.
Let therefore the bullies of the world triumph
so that they may reap perpetual hatred from
and fear of those they ran over.
what more crimes will be committed in thy name!
(angeles y serafines dicen sanctions, sanctions, sanctions!)
One of the reasons why a better part of the world considers the people of America as the Ugly American is their way of shoving themselves, and what they represent, onto people of different walks of life. This clip should show what I mean.
(ever since I realized that CNN is one network with a one-track mind, I stopped tuning in on it. However, I do sneak a peek at those lovely chicks they put on, but only to look at their eyes. Now don’t blame me for this. I am in to girls, not to boys!)
(On the CNN program “New Day” goes Peter Lavelle of “Cross Talk.”
He also writes with sense.
Maybe not the sense that is common
but the sense that is sensible.)
“MH17 tragedy used to fight an information war.
There is a real civil war being fought in Ukraine. The fabric of social life is collapsing and war crimes are being committed. The downing of Malaysian flight MH17 is a tragedy that should have never happened.
These are all facts and almost all of us in media covering this conflict can find common agreement regarding these points. Sadly, this is where agreement comes to an end. Ukraine’s calamity is victim of an information war and propaganda.
I can’t think of a better example of this than from my appearance on CNN’s “News Day” being questioned by Chris Cuomo. Commentary on our encounter to date describes it as a “battle,” “shouting match,” and a “brawl.” All of these appellations apply if one only focuses on how the “interview” appeared in form. What is more important – and not commented on – is the content of the “give and take” slug match.
Being the interviewer, Cuomo from the outset forcefully attempted to frame the interview – and that framing was to blame Russia for the downing of MH17. He appealed to emotion using moral indignation. I refused to participate in his charade. In fact, I was determined to rely on facts as much as possible. This is what generated all the fireworks.
As soon as it was reported that MH17 was brought down, Western media immediately pointed the finger of blame at Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
A Malaysian air crash investigator works at a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 24, 2014. (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev)
Over the next few days, media outlets went into a hysteric frenzy portraying Russia in the most horrific fashion. This is not particularly new – Western media is well known for its anti-Russian editorial lines. What I found extremely distressing this time around was that this hysteric frenzy was unleashed based on little or any facts to draw conclusions about MH17. Cuomo, CNN, and other Western media outlets again committed massive journalistic malpractice.
My take coming away from the interview was Cuomo conducted himself like a “drama queen” appealing to emotions and probably his sense of moral justice. However, emotions and any sense moral justice are not substitutes for facts. As journalists it is incumbent on us to report on the facts and only the facts. Cuomo appeared unable to marshal basic facts about what has been happening Ukraine over the past half year.
He also appeared unable to put the tragedy of MN17 into context. This constitutes epic failure on the part of CNN. Additionally, Cuomo’s fixation on my place of employment was a cheap shot and a desperate attempt to “shoot the messenger”, because the “message” challenged the mainstream media’s hastily assembled narrative on Ukraine in general. I work at RT as host of the debate program called “CrossTalk.” Unlike CNN, at “CrossTalk” we have real and often very heated debate. As host of the program I may not like or agree with a guest’s point of view, but all points of view are given a fair hearing. And ad hominem attacks are not allowed.
Lastly, I am convinced I was asked to appear on CNN for the sole purpose of discrediting RT and myself. Well, it backfired and badly so.
Cuomo’s performance was sketchy, his knowledge questionable, and his professional responsibly to establish facts absent. To sum up my experience with CNN, I propose readers and viewers answer the following questions: Who uses tragedy to fight an information war? Who is the propagandist willing to say anything to frame a story?”
by Peter Lavelle
Canada will get into the act sans invitation.
The country will send investigators to the MH17 crash site.
It appears that the Canadian Ministry of Defense has already made up its mind
as to who or what is at fault.
The reason is:
that all the Western powers have the same conclusion.
Canada, naturally, will have to get in the bandwagon
seeing that there are a considerable number of Ukrainian voters
inside the country
and that the US has dangled the approval of the Keystone pipeline
over Canadian heads for more political influence over the years.
What cold war?
There is no cold war as being propagated by America!
What they are referring to is a COLD SHOULDER!
Mainly by Putin, on the sanctions made to Russia!
Who believes the CNN now?
BTW, the rt.com has become very progressive now
what with the sudden increase in advertisements
flooding its internet pages.
(there’s no harm in telling the truth. it may hurt, but no harm done really.)
Suspecting that the unfavorable results of the black box and the flight recorder analyses , it is assumed, are the excuses for the Kiev army to launch a full scale offensive upon the lightly armed rebel militia. The target is obviously the site of the MH17 wreckage. Such debris would inevitably validate the analyses from the MH17 boxes. SO therefore……..
The Kiev government has resigned en masse which might just might prove that this rogue army has been orphaned as regards its provisions and ammunition. A last ditch hurrah may be in the offing.
IMF is not making a peep about re-funding the government, and the US arms aid is being sent elsewhere.
And Russia still refuses to be provoked.
The Kiev oligarchs may have been dipping into their own pockets to maintain the assault on Donetsk.
If Poroshenko’s motivations lie on the premise that he must drive the Russian-speaking Ukrainians out of Ukraine to receive Nato aid, then he is not even half-done in this enterprise. He is about to be abandoned.
Iraq is a bewildered state. Nigeria is about to be overrun. Iran is impotent to fight the ISIS because its American- made weaponry has not been properly maintained. Libya is now finding some use for its excessive amount of weapons. Hamas, the Unrequited force in the region, does not agree with the UN’s UNilateral ceasefire. Israel, therefore, must occupy Gaza permanently if they want the shelling to stop. This will foment more hatred upon Israel, and upon the West, by association.
It will not be hard to foresee that it will be ages before the Palestinians will forgive, nay, even trust the West and its UNilateral UN.
Sarcastically, I would add; that the Syrian government, whom the West wanted to topple, is now the most peaceful country in that region.
And so goes for Vietnam!
What I sense about the Ukrainian Army must be true. There are two separate armed forces, and one of them is a rogue army. This rogue army is more active in Donetsk and it does not inform the other army of what it is doing. This is the reason that one army can deny to the world that it did not commit such atrocities. They really have no idea of what the rogue army is doing.
Realizing that there is such a thing as a rogue army, Poroshenko had a mobilization law passed. This is his effort to overcome the rogue army with numbers at least. This mobilization will come too late. The coalition government has collapsed. The government budget has been exhausted by the expenditures for the rogue army.
As for EU and the US, a propaganda blitz has intensified in the effort to fish for something to pin the blame on Putin and Russia. This blitz would have backfired after the results of the black box and cockpit recorder analyses are publicized.
(kudos to Putin for ignoring the Kiev provocations)
A declaration to make Poland as a jumping base to invade Russia is a crazy thought, childish at most. But then what can we expect from the Nato leadership. This is an extreme effort to revive what was once a conglomeration of modern armies with modern weapons. Nato must know that even if they have brilliant strategists and military leaders like Eisenhower, Montgomery, and Patton now, these generals never had to contend with the depth of Russian manpower and radical developments in armor and aviation. In truth, more than 90% of the World War II effort was provided by Russia.
Alexander never reached the outskirts of Russia, Napoleon had to retreat with a beaten army. Hitler hardly made a dent of the Russian cities, and Genghis Khan never made the effort to invade Russia. Moreover, the Russians would rather scorch their lands first before they give them up.
A build up of outmoded arms and old soldiers is not good to make for a Nato invasion force. Today, Europe lacks the manpower, the armaments, and the money to start another conflict. They couldn’t even finish the Ukrainian War even without the involvement of Russia. How much more would Nato fare when it faces the Russian armed forces.
They should look at what Nato has now—their army units are skeleton in formation, and their weapons are rusting. I do not blame them for choosing Poland as a jumping off base. The country needs the revenue, and they have surplus vodka, and boy—you should take a gander at the Polish women!
The more Nato spends time to mass their forces, the more they must spend money. This will be good for Russia. The Russians are just sitting smug inside their tanks waiting for Nato to start.
A frustrated PM Yatseniuk resigns from the ruling coalition party as Prime Minister. He realizes that there are actually two military factions in the government, one that assaults the Southeastern Ukraine, and another that starves.
Moreover, the fact that the IMF and the West will not provide another round of subsidies has plunged the government into a catch 22 situation. Money is desperately needed to finance the government and the troops. But this will not come unless the conditions by the EU and the US are met. Yatseniuk resigns because he knows that his situation is unpalatable and the position has become untenable.
Money is running out!
The Ukrainian government is falling apart!
What did I tell you!