Russia invaded Ukraine 16 times so far this year!

Here is the list of Russian declarations of war and invasions to Ukraine this year, as reported by official media or the government of Ukraine. Let me know if I missed any, I’ll add to the list.

28 February – Russia declared war on Ukraine, according to Gazeta.ua
01 March – Russia declared war on Ukraine, according to Aratta-Ukraine
03 March – Russia declared war on Ukraine, according to Ipress.ua
09 March – Russia declared war on Ukraine, according to Espresso.tv
30 March – Russia declared war on Ukraine and Timoshenko is Putin’s agent, according to EuroMaidan-online
12 April – Russian army invaded Ukraine, according to Admiral Kabanenko, says Nezalezhne Bureau Novin
14 May – Russian army invaded continental Ukraine, according to Frankivchani
12 July – Russian troops are three kilometers deep in the Ukrainian territory, according to BY24.org
13 July – Russian army invaded Ukraine, according to sokrytoe.net
16 July – Russia declared war to Ukraine, according to Meta,ua
17 July – Russia declared war to Ukraine, according to Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk
02 August – Russian army helicopters invaded Ukrainian air space, according to newsru.ua
25 August – Russian troops invaded Ukraine and march to Mariupol, according to Interfax.ua
26 August – Russian army invaded Ukraine from the side of Taganrog, according to Nezalezhne Bureau Novin
27 August – Russian regular army invaded Ukraine, according to Pressa Ukraine
28 August – Poroshenko announced the military invasion by Russia, according to the President Poroshenko

It has been quiet for a while, I think it is about time Russia would invade Ukraine again or at least declare a war or something, what do you reckon?… -->

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Top ten signs that Russia invaded Ukraine

Last Thursday the Ukrainian government, echoed by NATO spokesmen, declared that the the Russian military is now operating within Ukraine’s borders. Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn’t; what do you know? They said the same thing before, most recently on August 13, and then on August 17, each time with either no evidence or fake evidence. But let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.

You be the judge. I put together this helpful list of top ten telltale signs that will allow you to determine whether indeed Russia invaded Ukraine last Thursday, or whether Thursday’s announcement is yet another confabulation. (Credit to Roman Kretsul).

Because if Russia invaded on Thursday morning, this is what the situation on the ground would look like by Saturday afternoon.

1. Ukrainian artillery fell silent almost immediately. They are no longer shelling residential districts of Donetsk and Lugansk. This is because their locations had been pinpointed prior to the operation, and by Thursday afternoon they were completely wiped out using air attacks, artillery and ground-based rocket fire, as the first order of business. Local residents are overjoyed that their horrible ordeal is finally at an end.

2. The look of military activity on the ground in Donetsk and Lugansk has changed dramatically. Whereas before it involved small groups of resistance fighters, the Russians operate in battalions of 400 men and dozens of armored vehicles, followed by convoys of support vehicles (tanker trucks, communications, field kitchens, field hospitals and so on). The flow of vehicles in and out is non-stop, plainly visible on air reconnaissance and satellite photos. Add to that the relentless radio chatter, all in Russian, which anyone who wants to can intercept, and the operation becomes impossible to hide.

3. The Ukrainian military has promptly vanished. Soldiers and officers alike have taken off their uniforms, abandoned their weapons, and are doing their best to blend in with the locals. Nobody thought the odds of the Ukrainian army against the Russians were any good. Ukraine’s only military victory against Russia was at the battle of Konotop in 1659, but at the time Ukraine was allied with the mighty Khanate of Crimea, and, you may have noticed, Crimea is not on Ukraine’s side this time around.

4. There are Russian checkpoints everywhere.… -->

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Another strong humanitarian move from Russia

On August 28, 2014, Russian President Putin addressed the militia of Novorossia with a request to open a humanitarian corridor for the Ukrainian military.

Putin said that the actions of the militia resulted in surrounding a large number of Ukrainian troops that were in battle against their will, just carrying out the orders. In order to avoid increasing the number of pointless victims President offered to provide a possibility for Ukrainian forces to withdraw from the area of ​​operations, reunite with their families and return to their mothers, wives and children. The wounded in military operations could receive the urgent medical aid they need.

Putin also urged Kiev to cease hostilities immediately and to negotiate with representatives of the Donbass. For its part, Russia is ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the population of the south-east of Ukraine.
This decision of President Putin is a strong and humane step, once again demonstrating the peacefulness of the Russian foreign policy, the willingness to contribute to peace and to the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. Stating that the Novorossia is already a de-facto geopolitical reality, Putin suggested that the Ukrainian authorities cease hostilities immediately, stop the fire, sit down at the negotiating table with representatives of the Donbass, and solve all the accumulated problems peacefully.

The actions of the Russian government are completely in line with the international efforts to protect the population of countries in a state of armed conflict from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

UN has adopted the concept of “responsibility to protect” at its World Summit in 2005. “Each individual State has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. This responsibility entails the prevention of such crimes, including their incitement, through appropriate and necessary means.” This concept is adopted in connection with the experiences of Rwanda and Srebrenica, states that sovereignty is not a privilege, but an obligation. In accordance with this concept, sovereignty does not only provide to the states the right to control their own internal affairs, but also imposes direct responsibility for the protection of people … -->

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NATO: Ukraine is a good excuse for military bases in Eastern Europe

The Guardian reports that NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the organisations’s summit in Cardiff next week would overcome divisions within the alliance and agree to new deployments on Russia’s borders.

“We will adopt what we call a readiness action plan with the aim to be able to act swiftly in this completely new security environment in Europe. We have something already called the Nato response force, whose purpose is to be able to be deployed rapidly if needed. Now it’s our intention to develop what I would call a spearhead within that response force at very, very high readiness.

“In order to be able to provide such rapid reinforcements you also need some reception facilities in host nations. So it will involve the pre-positioning of supplies, of equipment, preparation of infrastructure, bases, headquarters. The bottom line is you will in the future see a more visible Nato presence in the east.”

NATO plans to establish a permanent network of operational military bases across Eastern Europe trampling the pledges of the West not to expand the military presence to the East. NATO continues its march towards the Russia’s borders demonstrating a total absence of free will and clearly exhibiting the intentions of escalating the military standoff with Russia.

Ironically, NATO’s latest enlargement plans are being opposed not just by Russia, but by its very members, some of whom do not see the point in aggravating tensions with Moscow. The most outspoken support for the expansion plans comes from the most distant members – U.S. and UK. Other members, like France, Spain and Italy, clearly expressed serious concerns with the military plans. Germany remains noncommittal for the moment.

Remarkably, Rasmussen asserted that Russia “does not consider NATO a partner,” when it was NATO that flat-out refused Russian participation in the controversial US missile defense system, also planned for Eastern Europe. Such cooperation could bring to end years of mutual suspicion and antagonism between the cold-war era foes. Instead, the US and NATO opted to try to keep Russia isolated, ensuring nothing less than another full-blown arms race.

Meanwhile, there is no question as to how Russia views NATO’s relentless eastward encroachment.

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Kiev: from parade to war. Donetsk: from war to parade.

When Kiev was preparing for the military parade dedicated to the 23rd anniversary of the independence of Ukraine, many analysts and observers joked that that parade will see the last available military forces of Ukraine that would have to go to war with Donbass directly after the parade. I, for one, was caught completely off balance because that is exactly what happened. It was not a joke after all.

SS-21 “Scarab” (“Tochka-U”) ballistic missile systems parading in Kiev before being sent to war in the East Ukraine.

President Poroshenko announced that right after the parade in Kiev the column of the “new, just purchased or renovated” military equipment will go to the zone of military operation in the east of the country.

The parade was attended by 49 samples of military equipment, including multiple rocket launchers “Grad“, armored personnel carriers, air defense and missile systems “Tochka-U” (SS-21 “Scarab”).

Poroshenko also said he plans to spend about 40 billion hryvnia (about $ 3 billion) for the Ukrainian army in the years 2015-2017. “This will purchase upgrades and supply the troops with planes, helicopters, warships and boats. And this is only a modest beginning,” – the president promised among fears that the economy of Ukraine would collapse within the next couple of months.

The head of the state was repeatedly urged to abandon the event in this difficult time for the country. Activists of “Evromaydan”, in particular, talked about unreasonable charges of organizing the parade at the time when the country is waging an expensive war in the east. Former adviser to former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, Anna Herman called the parade “inappropriate” at the time when “many of the residents of Donbass still mourn the death of their loved ones,” and “in the Donbass region there are only ruins and mourning.”

Meanwhile, in Donetsk, another kind of parade was taking place. About a hundred people introduced over a public address system as Ukrainian prisoners of war were marched through the central Lenin Square. They looked dirty and unshaven, and bowed their heads as they passed. Some had bandaged arms and heads. They were guarded by militia fighters.

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Novorossia’s UAV discovers Ukrainian troops hiding in villages

The 1st Dedicated Aerial Squadron of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles of Novorossia flies drones over the war area to discover the positions of Ukrainian Army. They come back with aerial photographs that show in detail the locations of the military.

The picture shows the village Petrovskoe with a concentration of Ukrainian Army. The missile artillery and other war machinery hides between the houses making attacking them impossible for the militia who try not to cause civilian casualties. Militia says this is a typical trick employed by the Ukrainians to avoid destruction of the armored vehicles by the militants’ artillery. You can see BM-21 “Grad“, BM-30 “Smerch“, and even an SS-21 “Scarab” between the houses.… -->

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Western mercenaries have reasons to flee from Ukraine

Numerous disappearances in Ukraine of upscale professional mercenaries from private military companies (PMC) specializing in carrying out sabotage operations in the areas of ethnic conflict instantly demoralized most “wild geese” that counted on easy money. Western PMCs and the Ukrainian authorities can not find the missing mercenaries, “Pravdorub” reports.

PMC “Greystone”, «Academi» of the Brito-American “Helo Trust” and others, that received an order for a certain kind of work and a carte blanche to specific activities from the U.S. State Department and the new Ukrainian authorities, have provided the new Ukrainian government with the best-paid and most trained personnel. The company MPRI, which was founded in 1987, is engaged in the selection and procurement of weapons, provides advice in reforming the armed forces, develop doctrines, and military exercises, has checked in Ukraine as well. The company also provides operations support to rapid reaction forces. The company cooperates with the U.S. government, the CIA and the Defense Ministry. At the disposal of the company is the largest database of experts from military industry in America.

Its staff has repeatedly participated in local conflicts, for example, offered their services to the Colombian Government, trained the Croatian army, helped the Albanian rebels in Macedonia and the authorities of Liberia. For example, in 1995 the Croatian army successfully conducted the operation “Storm” focused on destruction of Serb separatists that was planned and carried out by the staff of PMCs. This invaluable experience was supposed to play, according to employers, a crucial role in suppressing the uprising in the south-east of Ukraine. Well, they wish it was so easy …

Mercenaries of these companies are considered the elite “Wild Geese”, as evidenced by the size of the payment they receive for their bloody business. The soldiers in the army get from 1 to 4 thousand dollars a month, while for a day’s work a PMC’s mercenary can earn from 250 to one thousand dollars. Given the realities of Ukraine and time pressure for critical reaction to the growing avalanche of events in the south-east of the country, the pay rates double and triple.

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Yet another American military instructor killed in Ukraine

One more American military instructor of those 180 professionals that arrived recently to Ukraine was killed by a sniper bullet.

The assault started when the instructor swam in the Sea of ​​Azov, near the city of Zhdanov, reports the agency “New Russia.” The associates that were on shore were unable to help, as they themselves were trying to find shelter from the fire.

This is the third American instructor, who was killed on the territory of Ukraine. Two instructors from the United States were shot in Mariupol on July 24.

These losses have led to the desire of half of the professionals to return back to the United States. They agree to continue the rest of the mission only if they are well away from the front lines.

The 180 military instructors arrived in Kiev from the United States on July 23rd, representing the Rangers, air mobile forces and specialists in aviation targeting. The declared purpose of American instructors is Ukrainian military training.… -->

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American instructors arrive to Ukraine

Today a body of 180 elite U.S. Army instructors arrived to Kiev in an atmosphere of utter secrecy. The instructors represent particularly airmobile forces, rangers and specialists of aviation targeting. Many of them have been studying Ukrainian language intensively in recent days.

Place of permanent deployment of these officers and NCOs is Fort Benning base in the states of Georgia and Alabama, where they report to the Special Operations Command and Command for training and development of the military of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Most of the arrivals have experience in training in the “backyard” of the U.S. – the states of Central and South America – within the framework of military and military-industrial cooperation, as well as intelligence and counterintelligence collaboration in accordance with U.S. geopolitical interests.

Usually no more than one or two such instructors are required to prepare a special forces company for combat. An unusually large number of arrivals (usually an arrival of two dozen in one country is regarded as a major mission) hardly suggests that Ukraine are going to prepare over a hundred new special forces companies.

In all likelihood it is a plan to accelerate (to one to two months) the retraining of Ukrainian military personnel who will be thrown into battle under the command of American officers and sergeants.

This is great news for existing American private military companies in Ukraine: U.S. troops taking part in the fighting officially will lead to the delivery of the latest weapons and equipment at the public expense, from which they will be able to profit together with some private entrepreneurs who manage to establish close ties with the U.S. Army, now officially present in Ukraine.… -->

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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash

The news of the crash of the Malaysian “Boeing 777” split the whole world in just a few minutes based on a predetermined basis: “believe / do not believe” that the blame lies with Russia / U.S.A. / Ukraine / Donetsk. While the international investigation has not even started, most viewers and opinion leaders very quickly – after just fifteen or twenty minutes after the news related to the disaster started to arrive – already knew who were to blame.

There was yet no information that the plane mysteriously deviated from the set route, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine has not announced yet that Donetsk and Luhansk militia did not possess air defense missile systems “BUK“, that Spanish flight control manager in Borispol did not yet tweet that Kiev stands behind the tragedy – but the world was already divided.

One of the hundreds of thousands of aircraft flying daily over the world, with citizens of countries on board that have no relation to Ukrainian problems fell exactly where someone needed it and exactly when someone needed it. The probability of this event happening by pure chance is so small that all of mathematical statistics, logic and common sense rein unanimously against the act. Then, we need to find out the details, and look at who actually benefited from the event to find the culprit.

According to the information available today the following facts are established:

1. Footage from the crash site shows that the relatively large surviving fragments of the aircraft (pieces of wings, vertical stabilizer, fuselage sections) contain no holes (inlets and outlets) from shrapnel-like damaging elements (balls or rollers, depending on the manufacturer) contained in the warheads of “BUK M1” system that allegedly shot down the aircraft. If a “BUK” misile was used, numerous holes would inevitably be noticeable as the warhead explodes approximately 8-12 m from the aircraft on approach.
2. Noteworthy is the absence of traces of combustion (soot) on all remaining large fragments, eliminating fire as the cause of the destruction of the aircraft.
3. Residents of the village Hrabovo that watched the crash, declare that the airplane first dramatically reduced altitude and then two (or three) “loud bang” sounds were heard, after which the aircraft disintegrated.… -->

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