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    I'm waiting for the typical libtard reaction about how racist we all are in comparing Obama to an ape.

    Actually, I am waiting for the media to say that about Rumsfeld when he CLEARLY didn't say anything of the sort. lol
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    President Obama: 'understand, this is not another Cold War we are entering into.. unlike the Soviet Union, Russia leads no bloc of nations' - @mattyhoyeCNN

    RT @W7VOA: Obama: “Neither the U.S. nor Europe has any interest in controlling #Ukraine, we have sent no troops there.”

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    US President Obama: The world is safe and more just when Europe and America speak as one - @mattyhoyeCNN


    Russia global, not regional power - [Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Valentina] Matviyenko -Interfax



    Obama is speaking at the EU-US Summit:

    RT ‏@W7VOA: Obama: Energy is obviously a central focus of our efforts.

    RT ‏@W7VOA: Obama: In order for #Russia to feel brunt of sanctions it will have some impact on the global economy.

    via Abby Rogers at AJAm:

    On the issue of Ukraine joining NATO, Obama said neither Ukraine nor Georgia are on the path to NATO membership, partly because of the complex relationship to Russia.

    Daniel Sandford‏@BBCDanielS6m
    Obama says "we need to make sure everyone is chipping in" to Europe's collective security...not just US or UK



    gandalf greybeardþ@gerrydogma4m
    Obama to speak in Brussels in ~5 mins. Expected to label Putin a "menace" http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    Obama to highlight Putin threat to EU during keynote speech in Brussels

    US president will use visit to brand Russian leader as a menace to international system built up by Europe and US

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...peech-brussels


    "I have to admit it's easy to love a country famous for chocolate and beer" -Obama


    RT @W7VOA: Pres. Obama in Brussels speech: This is a "moment of testing of Europe and the United States."


    Obama : none of us know what the coming days will bring in Ukraine

    Transcript of Obama's Speech: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...985_story.html



    Thomas Grove ‏@tggrove 18m
    Out of everything @BarackObama just said on #Russia,
    #Ukraine, only thing Russian wires reported was:
    USA does not want conflict with Russia




    zerohedge‏@zerohedge·54 secs
    HAGEL: RUSSIA CONTINUES TO BUILD UP FORCES ON UKRAINE BORDER.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Russia needs to live up to their commitment to not move their military across the border into Ukraine - @NBCNews



    RT @EuromaidanPR: #Obama agrees to export natural gas to #Europe in the amount required for the daily usage http://tvrain.ru/articles/obama_razr...obemah-365797/ … |PR News #Ukraine #Crimea


    Roland Oliphant@RolandOliphant2 hrs
    The Ukrainian Navy is down to 10 ships. The other 50-odd it had a month ago are now Russian.

    Missilito@Missilito5 hrs
    Russian Airborne battalion from Pskov will go to Belarus in mid April for joint exercises with with Belarusian units http://ria.ru/defense_safety/20140326/1001077421.html …


    Marinа Ivanova@m_kartinka13 hrs
    personnel of the Sevastopol naval college will be dismissed because they refused to swear the oath to the Russian occupiers #Ukraine #Crimea


    Missilito‏@Missilito·4 hrs
    Norway temporarily abandon military cooperation with Russia in connection with the situation in Ukraine and Crimea. http://m.gazeta.ru/politics/news/201..._6038017.shtml


    Missilito‏@Missilito·4 hrs
    25-28 March: Second phase of Belarusian Armed Forces joint staff exercise via @MOD_BY http://www.mil.by/ru/news/29101/
    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma28 mins
    March 24, Bryansk region. 12th Tank Regiment of the 4th Guards Tank Division (reportedly) http://vk.com/video212766418_167945175?hash=bec0664c7d8ac435

    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma26 mins
    Reportedly ~25 military helicopters seen from the highway near Belgorod http://dumskaya.net/pics1/c15007-1395832379.jpg …


    Euromaidan PR@EuromaidanPR24m
    #Poland cancels #Polish-#Russian forum that was supposed to take place in #Gdańsk in April http://www.ukrinform.ua/ukr/news/polshcha_vidmovilasya_provoditi_z_rf_forum_regioni v_cherez_okupatsiyu_krimu_1922202 … |PR News #Crimea #Putin



    Jerry Popowicz@JerryPopowicz8 hrs
    VIDEO: Russian T-80 tanks being unloaded in Klymovo 15km from #Ukraine border. You can hear locals say "War" (Mar 24) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxyEmEQmWBg&feature=youtu.be …





    Jerry Popowicz‏@JerryPopowicz·10 hrs
    Russian fuel tankers at dusk near Novozybkov, 50km from Ukraine border. These followed the tanks. pic.twitter.com/Pu7IeXiuBx VIA @INadtochey

    Jerry Popowicz@JerryPopowicz6 hrs
    Russian tanks, support vehicles near Klymovo, Bryansk Oblast, 15km from the #Ukraine border. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjoNkXTCcAAmmgq.jpg …

    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma5 mins
    Russian military convoy, Kaluga Oblast. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDLvunF0gNU …

    RT @Interpreter_Mag: Ukraine Liveblog: Russian social media filled with reports of LOTS of Russian armor on the move just north of Ukraine http://t.co/zIjDyfrOFR

    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma4 mins
    Ukrainian BM-21's. Kirovohrad Oblast. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz00F3iyYs4 …



    Euromaidan PR‏@EuromaidanPR·13 mins
    At administrative border w/ #Crimea #Russian troops bolstered w/ armoured vehicles. Rus intelligence vessel near Strilkove. dpsu,gov.ua

    NTERFAX RUSSIA

    18:26 Ukraine's ban on Russian TV channels broadcast proves incapacity of new authorities - Peskov

    18:15 BAN KYIV INTRODUCED REGARDING BROADCASTS OF RUSSIAN TV CHANNELS IS ANOTHER PROOF OF INABILITY OF NEW UKRAINIAN AUTHORITIES - PESKOV


    Jerry Popowicz@JerryPopowicz4m
    Now you see them, Now you don't. Russian army unloads in Novozybkov, March 26 #Ukraine SRC http://vk.com/nvzcity pic.twitter.com/sbuYhJOfnw



    Euromaidan PR‏@EuromaidanPR·8 mins
    On 25Mar State Border Guard Service registered 40 cases of Russian drones piloting in proximity of #Ukraine's border. http://dpsu.gov.ua


    James Miller@MillerMENA5m
    Ukraine Liveblog: Some of the reports of Russian tanks we're tracking are 50km from Kiev http://bit.ly/1dr2BN8



    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma23 mins
    Another Russian military train, Novozybkov region yesterday http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJr_JC1wHAo …



    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma31 mins
    Russian military train unloading this morning at Novozybkov, near the *northern* Ukraine border. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjowkIVCMAAAxub.jpg:large …

    KnowsisBonds@KnowsisBonds2 mins
    West's response may stop further Russian actions in Ukraine-Polish PM http://ow.ly/2F3TM4

    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma25 mins
    Two Tiger-M MKTK REI PP electronic warfare vehicles spotted in Russian military convoy in Crimea today http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nyeyfKzx0E …



    Euromaidan PR@EuromaidanPR31m
    #Simferopol, #Crimea today @KRYMSOS |PR Post #Crimeaninvasion pic.twitter.com/dgyg4YXFxr


    http://www.windsorstar.com/travel/Fr...928/story.html
    Air France says a plane carrying 495 passengers and 22 crew was diverted on its way from Shanghai to Paris after Russia announced at short notice that part of its airspace was closed for a military exercise.
    zerohedge ‏@zerohedge · 7 min
    Air France Flight Diverted Over Russia Due To Last Minute Military Exercise http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-0...itary-exercise


    http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140326/188...-80--Poll.html
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval rating has reached 80 percent, with a majority of Russians saying the country is heading in the right direction, an independent pollster said Wednesday.


    1433 GMT: The tanks reported near the border north of Kiev are not just on trains, either. Take this video (which we are still working to verify) reportedly showing Russian tanks on the ground and on the move near Novozybkov, which is just north of the Ukrainian capital. If these tanks are where the video says they are, they’re within an hour from the Ukrainian border.

    Rock Solid Politics @BradCabana
    26.03.14 12th Tank Regiment from Moscow (elite) in Novozybkov-Klimov on #Ukraine border #cdnpoli :
    http://youtu.be/T71TwvJAJTI via @YouTube 1)
    10:24 AM - 26 Mar 2014

    http://www.interpretermag.com/ukrain...the-move/#1422


    Russian begins exercise in Kaliningrad
    http://en.delfi.lt/65823/russian-exe...ing-201465823/
    On Tuesday, the Russian forces in Kaliningrad opened a new large exercise involving missile units, warships and aviation, the military said.

    Micheál & Friends@GorseFires13m
    @20committee Russia plan to base Ty-22M3/Tu-22M3 Backfire long-range bombers in Crimea 2016 http://www.rg.ru/2014/03/26/rakeri-site.html … http://russian.rt.com/article/25430




    Robert Gates: Putin's Challenge to the West
    March 25, 2014 6:52 p.m. ET

    Russia has thrown down a gauntlet that is not limited to Crimea or even Ukraine.


    Russian President Vladimir Putin has a long-festering grudge: He deeply resents the West for winning the Cold War. He blames the United States in particular for the collapse of his beloved Soviet Union, an event he has called the "worst geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century."

    His list of grievances is long and was on full display in his March 18 speech announcing the annexation of Crimea by Russia. He is bitter about what he sees as Russia's humiliations in the 1990s—economic collapse; the expansion of NATO to include members of the U.S.S.R.'s own "alliance," the Warsaw Pact; Russia's agreement to the treaty limiting conventional forces in Europe, or as he calls it, "the colonial treaty"; the West's perceived dismissal of Russian interests in Serbia and elsewhere; attempts to bring Ukraine and Georgia into NATO and the European Union; and Western governments, businessmen and scholars all telling Russia how to conduct its affairs at home and abroad.


    Russian President Vladimir Putin. Getty Images

    Mr. Putin aspires to restore Russia's global power and influence and to bring the now-independent states that were once part of the Soviet Union back into Moscow's orbit. While he has no apparent desire to recreate the Soviet Union (which would include responsibility for a number of economic basket cases), he is determined to create a Russian sphere of influence—political, economic and security—and dominance. There is no grand plan or strategy to do this, just opportunistic and ruthless aspiration. And patience.

    Mr. Putin, who began his third, nonconsecutive presidential term in 2012, is playing a long game. He can afford to: Under the Russian Constitution, he could legally remain president until 2024. After the internal chaos of the 1990s, he has ruthlessly restored "order" to Russia, oblivious to protests at home and abroad over his repression of nascent Russian democracy and political freedoms.

    In recent years, he has turned his authoritarian eyes on the "near-abroad." In 2008, the West did little as he invaded Georgia, and Russian troops still occupy the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions. He has forced Armenia to break off its agreements with the European Union, and Moldova is under similar pressure.

    Last November, through economic leverage and political muscle, he forced then-President Viktor Yanukovych to abort a Ukrainian agreement with the EU that would have drawn it toward the West. When Mr. Yanukovych, his minion, was ousted as a result, Mr. Putin seized Crimea and is now making ominous claims and military movements regarding all of eastern Ukraine.

    Ukraine is central to Mr. Putin's vision of a pro-Russian bloc, partly because of its size and importantly because of Kiev's role as the birthplace of the Russian Empire more than a thousand years ago. He will not be satisfied or rest until a pro-Russian government is restored in Kiev.

    He also has a dramatically different worldview than the leaders of Europe and the U.S. He does not share Western leaders' reverence for international law, the sanctity of borders, which Westerners' believe should only be changed through negotiation, due process and rule of law. He has no concern for human and political rights. Above all, Mr. Putin clings to a zero-sum worldview. Contrary to the West's belief in the importance of win-win relationships among nations, for Mr. Putin every transaction is win-lose; when one party benefits, the other must lose. For him, attaining, keeping and amassing power is the name of the game.

    The only way to counter Mr. Putin's aspirations on Russia's periphery is for the West also to play a strategic long game. That means to take actions that unambiguously demonstrate to Russians that his worldview and goals—and his means of achieving them—over time will dramatically weaken and isolate Russia.

    Europe's reliance on Russian oil and gas must be reduced, and truly meaningful economic sanctions must be imposed, knowing there may be costs to the West as well. NATO allies bordering Russia must be militarily strengthened and reinforced with alliance forces; and the economic and cyber vulnerabilities of the Baltic states to Russian actions must be reduced (especially given the number of Russians and Russian-speakers in Estonia and Latvia).

    Western investment in Russia should be curtailed; Russia should be expelled from the G-8 and other forums that offer respect and legitimacy; the U.S. defense budget should be restored to the level proposed in the Obama administration's 2014 budget a year ago, and the Pentagon directed to cut overhead drastically, with saved dollars going to enhanced capabilities, such as additional Navy ships; U.S. military withdrawals from Europe should be halted; and the EU should be urged to grant associate agreements with Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine.

    So far, however, the Western response has been anemic. Mr. Putin is little influenced by seizure of personal assets of his cronies or the oligarchs, or restrictions on their travel. Unilateral U.S. sanctions, save on Russian banks, will not be effective absent European cooperation. The gap between Western rhetoric and Western actions in response to out-and-out aggression is a yawning chasm. The message seems to be that if Mr. Putin doesn't move troops into eastern Ukraine, the West will impose no further sanctions or costs. De facto, Russia's seizure of Crimea will stand and, except for a handful of Russian officials, business will go on as usual.

    No one wants a new Cold War, much less a military confrontation. We want Russia to be a partner, but that is now self-evidently not possible under Mr. Putin's leadership. He has thrown down a gauntlet that is not limited to Crimea or even Ukraine. His actions challenge the entire post-Cold War order including, above all, the right of independent states to align themselves and do business with whomever they choose.

    Tacit acceptance of settling old revanchist scores by force is a formula for ongoing crises and potential armed conflict, whether in Europe, Asia or elsewhere. A China behaving with increasing aggressiveness in the East and South China seas, an Iran with nuclear aspirations and interventionist policies in the Middle East, and a volatile and unpredictable North Korea are all watching events in Europe. They have witnessed the fecklessness of the West in Syria. Similar division and weakness in responding to Russia's most recent aggression will, I fear, have dangerous consequences down the road.

    Mr. Putin's challenge comes at a most unpropitious time for the West. Europe faces a weak economic recovery and significant economic ties with Russia. The U.S. is emerging from more than a dozen years at war and leaders in both parties face growing isolationism among voters, with the prospect of another major challenge abroad cutting across the current political grain. Crimea and Ukraine are far away, and their importance to Europe and America little understood by the public.

    Therefore, the burden of explaining the need to act forcefully falls, as always, on our leaders. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "Government includes the act of formulating a policy" and "persuading, leading, sacrificing, teaching always, because the greatest duty of a statesman is to educate." The aggressive, arrogant actions of Vladimir Putin require from Western leaders strategic thinking, bold leadership and steely resolve—now.

    Mr. Gates served as secretary of defense under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2006-11, and as director of central intelligence under President George H.W. Bush from 1991-93.



    Jerry Popowicz@JerryPopowicz4mMore Russian troops arriving at Novozybkov, 50km from #Ukraine border. March 26, 18:00 EET http://vk.com/nvzcity pic.twitter.com/vN6jqNGdsM



    RT @20committee: New, detailed info on Russian forces deployed near UKR border, incl elite VDV & armor/MR units. http://t.co/kuZhSuhXUn

    On Monday, Secretary of the National Security and Defense of Ukraine Andriy Paruby said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not abandoned plans to invade mainland Ukraine . According Parubiya, now at the eastern borders of Ukraine has about 100,000 Russian soldiers. "We can now say that their continued action plan codenamed" Russian Spring "continues to attempt to destabilize the situation in the south-eastern regions of Ukraine", - said the NSDC Secretary. He recalled that the deployment of combat units of the army in the border regions of Ukraine has been completed.

    gandalf greybeard‏@gerrydogma·17m
    Ukraine's State Border Service : More than 40 cases of Russian UAV's flying near border regions in the past day alone.

    gandalf greybeard‏@gerrydogma·12 mins
    (UKR) State Border Guard "Redeployment & reinforcement of Russian units, armored vehicles observed at the administrative border with Crimea"

    gandalf greybeard‏@gerrydogma·8 mins
    (UKR) State Border Guard "Movement of 4 more Russian ships in Azov Sea waters was also detected"

    gandalf greybeard‏@gerrydogma·7 mins
    (UKR) State Border Guard "2 Russian Navy ships were detected near Strilkove one of which is the reconnaissance ship Pryazivie" (Sea of Azov)

    John Schindler‏@20committee·1 min
    #Ukraine MoD: all abducted officers in Crimea, incl Col Mamchur, have now been released from Russian custody - Interfax


    John Schindler‏@20committee·2 mins
    Interfax: Russian police & intel are conducting "joint operations" against "extremism" in Crimea


    John Schindler‏@20committee·55 secs
    Multiple reports suggesting that lots of GRU operatives have been infiltrated into Transdnistria recently, as many as 700 per some accounts.


    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma13 mins
    Livejournal user kkirill1509 who spoke to RU soldiers at Novozybkov station said they'll be based in Klimovo (very close to UKR border) 1/2

    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma12 mins
    And that 5 more trains were due to arrive there tonight 2/2

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    Ukraine's spy dolphins switch allegiance to Russia

    Ukrainian Army dophins, which have been trained to plan bombs and kill frogmen, will be transferred to Russia

    The Soviet Union began training dolphins in the 1960s Photo: Rex Features








    By Roland Oliphant, Simferopol

    2:37PM GMT 26 Mar 2014


    Russian forces completed their take over of the Ukrainian navy’s assets in Crimea with the storming of the minesweeper Cherkessy.

    The Ukrainian navy has been reduced to only 10 vessels, with the other 51 it held at the beginning of this month, including its only submarine, now flying the Russian flag.

    A Russian Navy's St Andrew flag on the bow of the surrendered Ukrainian submarine 'Zaporozhye' (EPA)

    But of all the Ukrainian military assets Russia has seized during the annexation, none is quite as unusual as the combat dolphin program.

    The Soviet Union began training dolphins and other marine mammals to locate mines, mark underwater and obstacles and detect – and if necessary kill – enemy frogmen in the 1960s.

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    The program is shrouded in myth, but the mammals are believed to have been trained to kill frogmen with special harpoons or knives fitted to their backs, or drag them to the surface to be captured.
    They were also reported to be fitted with packets of explosives and trained to carry out suicide attacks against enemy vessels, using their natural sonar to distinguish Soviet submarines from potential targets.
    With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine inherited both the animals and the experts who trained them.
    With fewer geopolitical foes to worry about, the dolphins found a new role providing therapy swimming for disabled children.
    Ukraine relaunched the military program in 2012, and the current generation of dolphins at the centre are already proficient at marking lost weapons and underwater obstacles with buoys.
    But in February this year the defence ministry in Kiev announced plans to release the dolphins into the wild or rehouse them in civilian aquariums in a cost cutting move.
    Now the base is hoping for a new lease of life under a better funded Russian navy.
    "Our experts have developed new devices, which convert the detection of objects by the dolphins' underwater sonar to a signal on an operator's monitor," an employee told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency on Wednesday.
    "But the Ukrainian Navy lacked the funds for such know-how, and some projects had to be shuttered."
    The next stage is to train them to kill enemy frogmen with knives or guns mounted on their heads, the employee told RIA Novosti.
    The program has not always run smoothly however. In March last year three dolphins reportedly “deserted” to look for mates.
    The only other country to train military dolphins is the United States, which runs a marine mammal program in San Diego, California.
    But like much Soviet-era military equipment, “graduates” of the Soviet academy are reportedly to be found in militaries around the world.
    In 2000 Boris Zhurid, a former submariner who ran the training program in Sevastopol, sold 27 marine animals including walruses, sea lions, and a Beluga whale to Iran, saying he had run out of food and medicine for them at the Black Sea base.
    It is unclear whether the animals are still in the service of the Iranian military.
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    ‘Ukraine’ or ‘the Ukraine’? It’s more controversial than you think.


    • By Katie Zezima






    When speaking about Ukraine, three seemingly innocuous letters can make a huge impact: the.
    In recent weeks, politicians including President Obama and Mitt Romney have used the construction "the Ukraine" while speaking about that country and Russia's recent annexation of Crimea.
    (CBS News)

    "And unfortunately, not having anticipated Russia's intentions, the president wasn't able to shape the kinds of events that may have been able to prevent the kinds of circumstances that you're seeing in the Ukraine," Romney said on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday.
    “It is important that Congress stand with us. I don’t doubt the bipartisan concern that’s been expressed about the situation in the Ukraine," Obama said earlier this month.
    Placing "the" in front of Ukraine may appear to be harmless syntax, but the word has a long, controversial political and social history.
    "I don’t want to say it's derogatory, but it’s putting it in a subordinate position," said William B. Taylor Jr., the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009. "When you talk about 'the Ukraine,' that suggests that you really don’t think that Ukraine is a sovereign independent country."
    Historically, the name Ukraine is thought to have derived from a Russian word that roughly means "borderlands" or "on the border," said Donna Farina, a professor of multicultural education at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, N.J.


    When Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union, it was referred to as "the Ukraine" because it was a region in a larger country, according to linguists and historians. It would be the equivalent of saying "the Northeast" or "the Rockies" in the United States, said Michael Flier, a professor of Ukrainian philology at Harvard University.
    Russians used the construction "na Ukraine," roughly "in the Ukraine," while it was part of the Soviet Union, he said.
    Shortly after Ukraine gained independence in 1991, it asked Russia to stop referring to it as "na Ukraine" and instead switch to "v Ukraine," which basically means "in Ukraine" as opposed to "in the Ukraine."
    David Lightfoot, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, said "the" appears before independent countries whose names are plural, like the United States or the United Kingdom, as well as the Netherlands, a "confused title" that actually refers to the low countries.
    Growing up in Great Britain, Lightfoot remembers calling Argentina "the Argentine" and Lebanon "the Lebanon" before they gained independence.
    "My sense was the the forms were archaic forms that would refer to the area before it became an independent country," he said, noting it is more of a British way of speaking.
    Taylor, however, thinks using "the" is "more of a Russian construct as opposed to a Ukrainian construct or an international construct."
    Russian and Ukrainian are distinct but similar Slavic languages. Both are spoken in Ukraine, although Ukrainian is the official language. Flier compares them to the relationship between Spanish and Italian or Portuguese.
    Crimea is often referred to as "the Crimea," a construction to which Taylor, Flier and others do not object.
    "I've heard both," Flier said, mostly because Crimea is a region of a country. "It’s like the Northeast. I’m going to the South. It doesn’t bother people."
    Farina and her husband, a native Russian speaker, said they perused Russian media Web sites and the usage varied.
    Obama has since dropped "the" and refers to the country as Ukraine.
    But for others, old habits may just be hard to break, even though it is a political issue.
    "It’s generational, but for Ukranians it is a political issue," Farina said. But even she has trouble remembering.
    "Depending on the age of the speaker, it’s very hard to break that habit," Farina said. "I still usually say 'na Ukraine,' or 'in the Ukraine' even though I know it’s not the right way to do it."
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    Obama Says Putin’s Challenging the World Order in Ukraine

    By Julianna Goldman and Mike Dorning March 26, 2014


    Ukrainian soldiers transport their tanks from their base in Perevalnoe, outside Simferopol, Crimea, on March 26, 2014. Photographer: Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo

    President Barack Obama said indifference to Russia’s attempt to unilaterally redraw the boundaries of Ukraine would ignore the lessons that are written in the cemeteries for the dead in two world wars.
    The U.S. and Europe are at “a moment of testing,” as Russia challenges the ideals of democracy, free markets and international law that have spread peace and prosperity, Obama said in a speech at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
    “Once again, we are confronted with the belief that bigger nations can bully smaller ones to get their way, that recycled maxim that might makes right,” he said.“So I come here today to insist that we must never take for granted the progress that has been won here in Europe.”
    Video: Obama Urges EU to Cut Reliance on Russian Energy
    Obama is in Europe to rally allies in opposition to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and troop buildup along the Ukrainian border, the most tense standoff involving the NATO alliance since the collapse of the Soviet Union. He cast the confrontation as a battle between 21st Century ideals and “the old way of doing things.”
    The situation in Ukraine has neither an easy answer nor a military solution, Obama said. Even so, he said, every member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “must step up and carry its share of the burden” of the alliance’s defense and its role in maintaining international security.
    “We must meet the challenge to our ideals -- to our very international order -- with strength and conviction,” Obama said in the speech.
    Story: Power Delusions: U.S., Russia Face Off Over Ukraine
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    Failure “would allow the old way of doing things to gain a foothold in this young century. And that message would be heard -- not just in Europe -- but in Asia and the Americas; in Africa and the Middle East,” he said.
    Obama rejected Russia’s assertion that the invasion of Iraq and military intervention in the former Yugoslavia show NATO’s hypocrisy. He noted his own opposition to the Iraq war and said the U.S. sought to work within the international system.
    “We did not claim or annex Iraq’s territory, nor did we grab its resources for our own gain,” he said. “Instead, we ended our war and left Iraq to its people and a fully sovereign Iraqi state could make decisions about its own future.”
    Story: What Chess Players Could Teach Obama About Handling Putin
    The U.S. and European Union have imposed financial sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian officials as well associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, leaving open the threat of broader sanctions targeting the Russian economy.
    Market Reaction

    As Obama spoke, U.S. stocks fell, erasing earlier gains, on investor concern that the conflict may escalate. The Standard & Poor’s 500 lost 0.3 percent to 1,859.63 at 1:49 p.m. in New York, after earlier climbing to within three points of its record closing level reached March 7.
    Before the speech, Russian markets rebounded to levels seen before Putin’s decision to annex Ukraine’s Crimea region. The benchmark Russian Micex Index climbed 1.9 percent to 1,349.39, the highest since March 5 by the close, though it is down 10 percent this year.
    Story: Putin’s Gamble: Crimea Land Grab Will Be Met With Western Inaction
    European governments, faced with youth unemployment rates above 50 percent in some southern-tier countries, are debating the costs. Banking curbs would hurt Britain, an arms embargo would bar France from selling Mistral-class helicopter carriers to the Kremlin, and cutbacks in purchases of Russian gas would harm a swathe of EU countries, starting with Germany.
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    Deputy Defence Minister: Russia’s new S-500 system to destroy any target at any altitude


    49m
    Russia revives plans to develop own card payment system to cut dependence on Visa and MasterCard after US sanctions led to disruptions int heir services, finance minister says - @Reuters

    1h
    Chief executive of Germany's Siemens says firm supports 'trusting relationship' with Russian companies after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence outside Moscow - @Reuters

    1620 GMT: The Russian news outlet Interfax reports that Russia will send Tu-22M3 long-range strategic and maritime strike bombers to Crimea. The move, which will happen in 2016, will be accompanied by a bolstering of other Russian garrisons and strike forces in Crimea, including a deployment of the 4th generation Su-27, the Tupolev Tu-142 ASW, IL-38, and Ka-27 and Ka-29 helicopters.
    http://www.interpretermag.com/ukrain...the-move/#1757


    RT @20committee: Any overt Russian moves ("land grabs") on Baltics will mean Article 5: War or NATO's de facto dissolution. Just how big a gambler is Putin?




    @NATOSource 1m
    Felgenhauer: In a series of military maneuvers Russian paratroopers & air force have been preparing a possible push deep into Ukraine

    @NATOSource 1m
    Russian paratroops have been training to take over "enemy airfields & airports as bridgeheads of an overall advance
    @AFPNordic 3m
    Denmark to send six fighter jets to the Baltics amid tensions over Crimea

    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma2h
    Russian military train pulling into Klimovo yesterday. 7 miles from northen Ukraine border. http://youtu.be/hLbH3bAj3m4


    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma1h
    CNN : Special forces, airborne troops, air transport units appear to be at a high state of mobilization in other locations in Russia...

    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma18m
    Reuters : "Intelligence information available to policymakers regarding what Putin is thinking... is fragmentary to non-existent."

    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma16m
    Reuters : U.S. & EU security sources said RU forces deployed on UKR border includes units wearing uniforms lacking insignia or markings

    "Baltic Landgrabs" could mean some place like Ida-Viru in Estonia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida-Viru_County

    Check out the demographics:
    By ethnic origin, 71.3% of population are Russians, 19.7% are Estonians, 2.7% are Ukrainians, 2.7% are Belarusians and 1.4% are Finns (as of January 1, 2009)




    gandalf greybeard ‏@gerrydogma6m
    House Armed Services Committee letter to Obama calls "to convene emergency session of the North Atlantic Council..." 1/2

    gandalf greybeard ‏@gerrydogma6m
    "...to request that our NATO enhance their force readiness in the event that an Article V response is required" 2/2



    Jerry Popowicz@JerryPopowicz11m
    VIDEO: Columns of Russian Army Trucks move at night through Novozybkov, Bryansk Oblast (March 26) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfKd8Tzb_O4 … #Ukraine

    John Schindler@20committee3h
    On Russian state TV tonight, top RU FP expert Fedor Lukyanov hailed Obama's #Ukraine speech as "simply golden words": not a good sign, folks

    John Schindler@20committee3h
    @magicbravosolo if we don't effectively deter international smash-n-grab behavior by this Kremlin, we will get more of it, promise


    RT ‏@JerryPopowicz: VIDEO: Russian Army moves through streets of Novozybkov Bryansk Oblast 50km from Ukraine border. (March 26) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtNr3pMcQlw

    Jan Gyllenhammar@JanGyllenhammar1h
    @20committee John, several Ukrainian websites are down and movements at the border is reported. Do you know something about it?

    John Schindler@20committee1h
    @JanGyllenhammar I am hearing and seeing the same things....no idea, could be very bad...am following closely


    Tom Nichols@TheWarRoom_Tom17m
    @20committee I am reminded of what @dick_nixon said about the Korean War: "A miscalculation by them based on a misrepresentation by us."

    Silver Surfer @RobPulseNews
    @20committee Looks like US intelligence is seeing invasion as imminent. businessinsider.com/russia-

    Euromaidan PR@EuromaidanPR7m
    #Ukraine will hold large scale military training in #Kharkiv http://tsn.ua/politika/na-harkivschini-provedut-masshtabni-viyskovi-navchannya-342093.html … |PR News

    Missilito@Missilito1h
    Russian Defense Minister Shoigu meets Angolan counterpart in Moscow Thursday to discuss Military Cooperation http://function.mil.ru/news_page/country/more.htm?id=11912411@egNews …




    Some 20 Russian Military Helicopters seen at Chicherina in Belgorod Region near #Ukraine Wednesday via @milinformant pic.twitter.com/qWSE3f0R1d
    https://twitter.com/Missilito/status...339264/photo/1

    gandalf greybeard ‏@gerrydogma 8h
    House Armed Services Committee letter to Obama calls "to convene emergency session of the North Atlantic Council to request that our NATO allies enhance their force readiness in the event that an Article V response is required"



    Kalashnikitty ‏@CustosDivini 7m
    A mini-NATO: #Ukraine, #Poland, and #Lithuania create a joint military brigade
    http://news.liga.net/articles/politi...ya_brigada.htm

    @breakingnews70: Canada worried about ‘serious possibility’ of Russian invasion in Ukraine within week #breakingnews

    2 h ·
    The Russian government has forbidden the use of Apple’s iPad tablets across government agencies for security reasons including concerns over possible US spying.

    uacrisis ‏@uacrisis 3m

    Situation going to 2nd stage of Russia's operations against #Ukraine; could be more dangerous than 1st -Yevhen Marchuk, General, UKR Army





    2 h ·
    The Russian government has forbidden the use of Apple’s iPad tablets across government agencies for security reasons including concerns over possible US spying.



    RT @ARothNYT: About 20 Russian military helicopters near Ukraine border in Belgorod. Some say theyre MI-24s but I couldnt go closer pic.twitter.com/icVVnRueaU



    2h
    Head of Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom says some contracts could be affected by Western sanctions - @ria_novosti, @Reuters

    4h
    Russia's central bank governor says central bank will support domestic banks with liquidity, but sees no need for such measures yet - @Reuters


    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma2 hrs
    Russian military train offloading at Maslovka, about 70 miles from the Ukraine border http://vk.com/video39903788_168269951?list=d1d61daeecea386a19&og =1


    gandalf greybeard‏@gerrydogma·2 hrs
    SA-19 spotted on one of the trains arriving in Klimovo yesterday http://cs620926.vk.me/v620926788/128d/4ATMkzZWkKY.jpg

    gandalf greybeard‏@gerrydogma·2 hrs
    Tu-95MS Bear-H spotted near Rostov yesterday, close to SE Ukraine border http://cs620926.vk.me/v620926788/126a/Zo93OVYJwxQ.jpg

    gandalf greybeard‏@gerrydogma·2 hrs
    Train with a lot of BMP's arriving in Rostov-On-Don : https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjtT8v0IcAAG7Zr.jpg

    Boris Zilberman@rolltidebmz13m
    Where the Russian armies are said to be massing. pic.twitter.com/nyr25mHoBW via @b_judah



    John Schindler‏@20committee·30 secs
    Interfax: As Russian forces ready to invade, Russian diplomat urges #Ukraine to tame its "militarist zeal" #agitprop

    John Schindler ‏@20committee 37s
    RIA Novosti: meanwhile, another Russian diplomat warns Ukrainian "radicals" could gain access to nuclear weapons (whose?) #agitprop

    John Schindler‏@20committee·49 secs
    "Western Sanctions are a Sign of Weakness": Igor Ivanov, Russian ForMin, 1998-2004

    Mark MacKinnon‏@markmackinnon·12 secs
    "The Russians are coming" - great, dark read from Kiev by @b_judah:
    http://standpointmag.co.uk/dispatche...ah-kiev-maidan


    Andrew Roth‏@ARothNYT·22 mins
    YouTube is blocked by Belgorod Internet provider "Regional Telesystems" (Региональные Телесистемы).

    gandalf greybeard‏@gerrydogma·18 mins
    @ARothNYT That's one way of stopping those pesky locals who have been uploading videos of the military buildup in the region...





    RT ‏@20committee: Looking increasingly like it's gonna go down ... #Ukraine http://freebeacon.com/national-secur...nent-invasion/

    US Mission to NATO ‏@USNATO 7m
    "...going fwd we'll be increasing our rotations of ground & naval forces to #NATO Allies to complement aviation deployments..."--@rhodes44

    John Schindler@20committee4 mins
    "Where will Putin stop?...when he achieves his objectives or when he is prevented from achieving them." http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/james-sherr-it-is-time-we-stopped-praising-ukraine-for-exercising-restraint-340991.html …


    grasswire@grasswire11m
    Tymoshenko: We are at war with Russia pic.twitter.com/0H1ku10fmV #Ukraine

    Must read via @20committee: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinio...ow/496915.html
    By insisting that Putin capitulate, the West is actually leaving him no option but to respond with force.
    And in the face of this harsh reality, Russia has always chosen war over capitulation.

    bruce springnote‏@BSpringnote·33 secs
    Russia press reporting that Ukraine's favorite son might give a press conference as soon as tomorrow.

    Leonid Ragozin ‏@leonidragozin 7m
    Third Yanukovych presser tomorrow. Sounds scary considering Russian troops amassing at the border.

    John Schindler@20committee2 mins
    Canada worried about ‘serious possibility’ of Russian invasion in Ukraine within week http://globalnews.ca/news/1230531/canada-worried-about-serious-possibility-of-russian-invasion-in-ukraine-within-week/ …


    Michael Letterle@mletterle3m
    @20committee Pretty much blows any diplomatic solution out of the water as far as Moscow is concerned. Perception of events too different.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/wo..._133219284.htm
    The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday that the air force is holding large-scale drills in the South, Northwest and Far East of Russia.

    A group of SU-25SM3 frontline bombers are to make 40 sorties during the two-day exercises being held in the Krasnodar region, the Southern military district's press service told reporters.

    That region borders Eastern Ukraine across Azov Sea and Crimea peninsula through the narrow Kerch Strait.

    Mark MacKinnon‏@markmackinnon·2 mins
    RT @Amb_Yakovenko MFA:Evidence of massive rights abuse of Russian-speakers in #Ukraine to be made public soon

    (Reuters) - Moldova's pro-Europe prime minister warned of "a series of provocations" from breakaway Russian-speaking Transdniestria, identified by NATO as a possible next target for Russia after it sent troops into Ukraine.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A2Q0ZT20140327


    http://www.turkishpress.com/news/396750/
    The UN General Assembly will vote Thursday on a resolution that would declare invalid the Crimean referendum on becoming part of Russia.

    The resolution, titled “Territorial integrity of Ukraine,” will be put to a vote at 10 a.m. EDT (1400GMT). It is intended to send a message in support of Ukrainian state sovereignty and it is expected to be approved by a wide margin.
    http://www.turkishpress.com/news/396750/


    RT @violagienger: Putin strategy of provoking protests in eastern/southern #Ukraine failing w/low turnout. - Parubiy @AtlanticCouncil Naharnet ‏@Naharnet ora
    #Breaking A Kiev official said almost 100,000 Russian troops were near Ukraine.




    Middle East News‏@MiddleEast_BRK·4 mins
    #BreakingNews #Ukraine says 30.000 Russin troops stationed on #Crimea, around 70.000 on its mainland borders with #Russia.

    @L0gg0l: NEARLY 100,000 RUSSIAN TROOPS DEPLOYED AT UKRAINE BORDERS, KIEV OFFICIAL SAYS -- AFP



    Adam Reichardt@areichardt9m
    Yevhen Marchuk: next 2 days will be most difficult in history of independent #Ukraine. hints that #Russia may begin next military incursion

    Jay Solomon‏@WSJSolomon·12 mins
    Kiev's national security chief Parubiy says #Russia has secret plan to take over #Ukraine called "Russia Spring." @AtlanticCouncil

    Jay Solomon‏@WSJSolomon·3 mins
    Kiev National Security Chief Parubiy says #Moldova territory being used to destabilize #Ukraine. @AtlanticCouncil

    Jay Solomon‏@WSJSolomon·3 mins
    #Ukraine national security chief Parubiy calls for sanctions against "Russian state." @AtlanticCouncil

    zerohedge‏@zerohedge·9 secs
    STATE DEPT SAID TO HALT LICENSES FOR DEFENSE EXPORTS TO RUSSIA

    Interfax Russia
    18:31 Russia is opposed to Kyiv's un General Assembly draft resolution on Ukraine, it is of confrontation character - Churkin

    @L0gg0l: Russian aerial drill have prompted emergency alerts in eastern Finland, YLE says
    http://yle.fi/uutiset/russian_aerial...inland/7158574


    "Officials from the southern Savo rescue services unit said that aerial shots were fired by aircraft during Russian military drills near the eastern border, adding that the discharges left a yellow light that observers may have mistaken for emergency flares."


    Mark MacKinnon ‏@markmackinnon now
    Both @ARothNYT and @JimMaceda struggling to find massed Russian armies. Either not there in numbers reported, or they're very, very stealth.


    Andrew Roth ‏@ARothNYT 2h
    Same experience, military I've seen are on bases MT @JimMaceda We stopped at borders expecting tension near to E Ukraine, but all was quiet


    Dan De Luce@dandeluce19 mins
    Almost 100k Russian troops on Ukraine border, Kiev defense official says but US believes number lower http://shar.es/BsxG1 via @sharethis

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/...mania-23082640
    [Romania's President] told defense ministry officials on Thursday that Moscow may have plans to grab territory in a pro-Russian separatist region in Moldova or in southern Ukraine "from Odessa to the mouth of the Danube to Chilia" — referring to areas in Romania next to the border with southern Ukraine.

    RT ‏@DefenseBaron: PENTAGON: No evidence of any "exercises" along Ukraine where troops amassing, as Russia's claimed. - @PentagonPresSec

    RT ‏@DefenseBaron: "I'm not going to get into estimating specific numbers of Russian forces" - @PentagonPresSec. Says Russian MOD should answer. #Ukraine

    UN GA resolution on Ukraine will only complicate situation :China -Interfax

    RT @UN_PGA: #UNGA resolution on the territorial integrity of #Ukraine 100 voted in favour, 11 voted against, 58 abstained

    0400 GMT: The calls for a boycott of Russian-made products in Ukraine are intensifying. In some supermarkets, goods are now being divided according to their place of origin:
    http://www.interpretermag.com/ukrain...-intelligence/

    Gregor Peter‏@L0gg0l·28 secs
    $$ Market talk - US Tsy, USD getting bid on reports of U.S intel assessment Russia planning further incursion into Ukraine and even Baltics


    Lesley@Currahee888m
    ---> “@MoscowTimes: #Russia 'May Want' Romania http://tmt-go.ru/496998 #news

    RT ‏@RT_com · 33 seg
    BREAKING: UN Gen Assembly adopts resolution backing #Ukraine's territorial integrity http://rt.com/news/ukraine-russia-cr...esolution-609/Mark MacKinnon‏@markmackinnon·now
    United Nations General Assembly votes 100 to 11, with 58 abstentions, to condemn Crimea referendum.

    John Schindler@20committee11 mins
    Many think Parubiy's 100K estimate of Russian troops on the border is too high, considerable debate about #s going on. We'll know soon...


    zerohedge ‏@zerohedge · 2 min
    So much for bailout: UKRAINE PARLIAMENT FAILS TO SUPPORT 1ST BID TO PASS ANTI-CRISIS LAW REQUIRED FOR IMF DEAL, DEPUTIES CONTINUE DISCUSSION

    MineForNothing ‏@minefornothing · 3 min
    UKRAINE PARLIAMENT FAILS TO SUPPORT FIRST BID TO PASS ANTI-CRISIS LAW REQUIRED FOR IMF DEAL

    Mike Giglio@mike_giglio22m
    Hell of a team: MT "@EuromaidanPR UN today. Russia supported by Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, N Korea, Syria, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Venezuela"



    U.S. Air Force Radar Problem Delays NROL-67 and SpaceX CRS-3 Launches

    http://spaceref.biz/military-space/u...-launches.html

    A problem with the U.S. Air Force AN/MPS-39 Multiple Object Tracking Radar (MOTR) at the Eastern Range, reportedly a fire, has delayed the launch of the National Reconnaissance Office's NROL-67 launch and now unofficially SpaceX's launch of the CRS-3 resupply mission to the International Space Station.


    Yesterday, United Launch Alliance tweeted that "Prior to the 1st #NROL67 launch attempt Mar 25, an issue developed with a @45thSpaceWing mandatory range asset needed to support the launch."

    Through sources at the NASASpaceflight forum that asset was identified as the Air Force MOTR 19.39 radar, though the Air Force has yet to publicly comment or confirm that this is the asset with the problem.


    MOTR radar just south of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Credit: Google Maps.

    According to U.S. Army which uses the MOTR at White Sands are the "are phased array radars, each capable of simultaneously tracking up to 40 objects within a scan volume of 60 degrees by 60 degrees. Each MOTR phased array antenna is mounted on an azimuth over elevation pedestal so that full hemispheric coverage is possible. The precision of the radar is 0.2 mils (approximately .02 milliradians) in angles and 1.5 yards in range. The peak power of the radar is one-megawatt, but a mix of six different waveforms provides for a total average transmitted power of 5000 watts, the highest of any of the WSMR radars. The MOTR is capable of tracking a six-inch sphere to range in excess of 120 km."
    The MOTR radar was developed in the 80's and put in service in the 90's. There are only a handful in operation globally today.

    3/27/14 at 12:36 pm
    BREAKING NEWS: New U.S. intelligence assessments show there are more indications than ever that Russia could invade eastern Ukraine, with one official telling Fox News the likelihood of a ‘major Russian incursion’ has increased.
    http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/...a-major-russi/


    Andrew S. Bowen@Andrew_S_Bowen28 mins
    @mhikaric @20committee @UkraineInEurope to my mind, the more worrying aspect is reports that Putin has bypassed the general staff, Shoigu



    Putin Directly Overseeing Troop Buildup Near Ukraine, U.K. Official Says
    U.S. Doesn't Know Whether Other Russian Officials are Involved in Making Decisions

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/...?mg=reno64-wsj

    "All the evidence suggests that the Russian agenda is being very much run by President Putin personally. And other Russian players, including Minister Shoigu, may express views but it's a moot point. We cannot know, we do not know, to what extent all of those people are really inside the inner circle in which President Putin is planning this exercise," Mr. Hammond told reporters.

    Jerry Popowicz@JerryPopowicz22 mins
    Russian Army moving some serious military hardware near Klimovo Bryansk Oblast 15km from Ukrainian border, March 26 pic.twitter.com/Pf6ATPJZ8M



    Here Is The YouTube "Start A False Flag War With Syria" Leaked Recording That Erdogan Wanted Banned -Zerohedge



    John Schindler@20committee22 mins
    "I can't tell you how awful this is" / RT @BlogsofWar US intel: More indications Russia could invade Ukraine http://goo.gl/pnLPl7


    FOX : Third congressional source, "A deteriorating situation...very serious concern.”

    FOX : Second congressional source, “It’s remarkable concern. There are senior people here...more concerned than I have ever seen them."

    FOX : Congressional source speaking on RU/UKR crisis, “I can’t tell you how awful this is”


    Gregor Peter@L0gg0l15s
    OVER THE PAST WEEK, RUSSIA MOVED AN ADDITIONAL 80,000 TROOPS NEAR THE UKRAINE BORDER, REP. TURNER SAYS http://turner.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=374387 … @repmiketurner






    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma1m
    Rep. Mike Turner (Chair of the U.S. Delegation to the NATO) : "Over the past week...buildup of up to 80,000 additional Russian troops" 1/2

    gandalf greybeard@gerrydogma37s
    Rep. Mike Turner : "Putin is creating options to potentially capture much of Eastern Ukraine and move on Kyiv" 2/2

    Ben Judah‏@b_judah·44 mins
    The Kremlin is said to be actively considering the possibility of early parliamentary elections based on Putin's new war popularit


    Avakov is the URK Min. of Internal Affairs. This likely has something to do with the Right Sector leader killed the other day


    Natalia Melnychuk‏@pravolivo·7 mins
    here is a live stream from the Right Sector gathering at the parliament: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kutiepov13 … #Ukraine



    Natalia Melnychuk‏@pravolivo·10 mins
    Right Sector has just had a gathering at #Maidan, ppl are now going to the parliament with the demand of Avakov's resignation. #Ukraine



    John Schindler@20committee14 mins
    On #Ukraine, the Kremlin announces: "Russia Has Already Won" http://20committee.com/2014/03/27/kremlin-russia-has-already-won/ …

    RT ‏@JerryPopowicz: Video of tanks in Klimovo, Russia heading south towards Ukrainian border. March 26 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYujP34fsqUhttps://www.google.ca/maps/@52.36836...5w_XtwbDrQ!2e0 … #Ukraine


    John Schindler‏@20committee·14 mins
    Kremlin: move of regiment of T-22M3 Backfire long-range bombers to Simferopol is because "Crimea wants protection" http://www.rg.ru/2014/03/26/rakeri-site.html

    John Schindler@20committee16 mins
    Late model Russian SIGINT/EW gear + vehicles spotted in Crimea @ former Ukrainian Navy coastal defense base: http://dumskaya.net/news/na-byvshej-ukrainskoj-baze-v-krymu-obosnovalis-n-034132/ …




    John Schindler@20committee4 mins
    By the end of the weekend, Europe's biggest war since 1945 will have begun or Putin will have started to send the troops on the border home.


    John Schindler@20committee2 mins
    Moscow's best army units (elms of 2nd GMRD, 4th GTD + VDV) are camped out on #Ukraine's border: soon it's time to execute or head home.


    John Schindler@20committee2 mins
    Plenty of YT clips now of RU units near the border: they look to be in good order, eqpt well maintained, locked and cocked, & ready to roll.

    http://www.voanews.com/content/penta...s/1880734.html
    Intelligence sources in Ukraine tell a VOA reporter that Russian forces have established a field hospital in Russia's Bryansk region about 20 kilometers from the border with Ukraine.
    Brian Hubbs‏@BrianHubbs1·24 secs
    "Intelligence sources in Ukraine tell a VOA reporter that Russian forces have established a field hospital in Russia's Bryansk region"



    Jerry Popowicz@JerryPopowicz4mConvoy of Russian military vehicles on the road near Cholkhov Bryansk oblast. Can someone help ID vehicle type? pic.twitter.com/Rl6CD92K8o

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    A mini-NATO: #Ukraine, #Poland, and #Lithuania create a joint military brigade
    http://news.liga.net/articles/politi...ya_brigada.htm
    Prelude to all out attack?

    Jan Gyllenhammar@JanGyllenhammar1h
    @20committee John, several Ukrainian websites are down and movements at the border is reported. Do you know something about it?
    Quite possibly the US IS seeing this... ignoring it?



    Breaking RIGHT NOW: dozens of USAF personnel "disciplined" in nuclear sites. A dozen commanders have been fired.




    For the uninitiated....

    NATO Article 5:

    Article 5

    The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.


    Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security .




    NATO Member Countries

    NATO is an Alliance that consists of 28 independent member countries.

    Albania
    Belgium
    Bulgaria
    Canada
    Croatia
    Czech Rep
    Denmark
    Estonia
    France
    Germany
    Greece
    Hungary
    Iceland
    Italy
    Latvia
    Lithuania
    Luxembourg
    Netherlands
    Norway
    Poland
    Portugal
    Romania
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    US intel: More indications than ever Russia could invade Ukraine

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    New U.S. intelligence assessments say there are more indications than ever that Russia could invade eastern Ukraine, as congressional lawmakers reacted with alarm to Vladimir Putin's rapidly expanding military buildup along the border.

    "The thinking in the U.S. government is that the likelihood of a major Russian incursion into Ukraine has increased," a senior U.S. official told Fox News.

    The new thinking is based mostly off analysis of public information, such as heightened rhetoric from Putin and his claims that Russian-speaking people in Ukraine face "brutality." He is building a public case for more military action, according to senior U.S. officials.

    Also significant is the large buildup of Russian forces along the border with Ukraine.

    U.S. Defense officials say the numbers of troops far exceeds the amount needed for a training exercise. And the fact that there is no real evidence any large-scale exercises have occurred, and that none of the troops have returned to their bases, is also concerning to U.S. observers.

    Some have estimated the troop strength to be at about 30,000 -- Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, though, claimed Thursday that the number could be as high as 80,000. It is believed that an additional 50,000 troops may have flooded the region in the last few days.

    These indications are contributing to a growing sense of alarm in Washington.

    "I can't tell you how awful this is," said one congressional source who spoke to Fox News on the condition of anonymity.

    In Rome as part of an overseas tour, President Obama stressed the need for the U.S. to support Ukraine. The Senate, shortly after noon, approved the first major Ukraine aid bill -- one which also includes sanctions against Russia. The House approved a different version, but each would provide $1 billion to Ukraine, and lawmakers are trying to iron out the differences before the end of the day.

    The massive troop buildup along the border is reminiscent of Russia's military movements prior to the conflicts in Chechnya and Georgia, one official said.

    A Defense official said if Russia were to invade the mainland, Ukraine would attempt to defend itself and this would be "far from a bloodless event as we saw in Crimea." However, Ukraine would be outmatched, this official said.

    The latest assessment offers a consensus view of intelligence agencies and the U.S. military. The assessment also takes into account that Putin likely has the desire to create a land bridge into Crimea.

    Putin may also believe that if he is to pay a price with the international community in the form of sanctions, he is better off getting everything out of this incursion that he wants, one senior U.S. official told Fox News.

    Amid the warnings, the commander of NATO forces in Europe briefed lawmakers Thursday on the threat posed by Russian forces.

    Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe, gave a classified briefing Thursday morning to members of the House Armed Services Committee. He plans to give several briefings, including on the Senate side.

    "We're all concerned about what Russia is doing on the border of Ukraine," Breedlove said after the first briefing. "The size of the forces have a message that are not congruous with respecting the borders."
    After the briefing, one committee aide said: "Nothing that happened in the briefing calmed the sense of alarm expressed by members yesterday."

    Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday strongly urged President Obama to take a firmer stance against Russia.

    The letter, by eight congressmen, comes after U.S. and European security agencies estimated that Russia has deployed military and militia units totaling more than 30,000 people along its border with eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported.

    The letter's authors said they are "gravely concerned" about the reported troop buildup, and urged the Obama administration to work with NATO allies to share intelligence with the Ukrainian government so they can prepare for any further incursions by Russia.

    "There is deep apprehension that Moscow may invade eastern and southern Ukraine, pressing west to Transdniestria, and also seek land grabs in the Baltics," they wrote.

    In a statement accompanying the letter's release, committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., said Russia's "war on Ukraine has already started."

    "It is time to stop speculating about possibility, and start dealing with reality," McKeon said. "Continued inaction by the President in the face of Mr. Putin's invasion will make further Russian aggression more -- not less -- likely. Any show of resolve from the White House will have my full support."

    Over the weekend, Breedlove raised the possibility that Moscow could move to expand its territory by annexing Transdniestria, a breakaway state whose 1990 claim of independence from the former Soviet republic of Moldova has gone unrecognized by the rest of the world.

    "It's remarkable concern," one source said Wednesday. "There are senior people here are more concerned than I have ever seen them." A third source said that information received on Capitol Hill Wednesday "reflects a deteriorating situation which prompted very serious concern."
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    here's the full text of the NATO treaty for reference:

    04 Apr. 1949
    The North Atlantic Treaty

    Washington D.C. - 4 April 1949

    The Parties to this Treaty reaffirm their faith in the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and their desire to live in peace with all peoples and all governments.
    They are determined to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilisation of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. They seek to promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area.
    They are resolved to unite their efforts for collective defence and for the preservation of peace and security. They therefore agree to this North Atlantic Treaty :
    Article 1

    The Parties undertake, as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations, to settle any international dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered, and to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.
    Article 2

    The Parties will contribute toward the further development of peaceful and friendly international relations by strengthening their free institutions, by bringing about a better understanding of the principles upon which these institutions are founded, and by promoting conditions of stability and well-being. They will seek to eliminate conflict in their international economic policies and will encourage economic collaboration between any or all of them.
    Article 3

    In order more effectively to achieve the objectives of this Treaty, the Parties, separately and jointly, by means of continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid, will maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack.
    Article 4

    The Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.
    Article 5

    The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.
    Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security .
    Article 6 (1)

    For the purpose of Article 5, an armed attack on one or more of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack:

    • on the territory of any of the Parties in Europe or North America, on the Algerian Departments of France (2), on the territory of or on the Islands under the jurisdiction of any of the Parties in the North Atlantic area north of the Tropic of Cancer;
    • on the forces, vessels, or aircraft of any of the Parties, when in or over these territories or any other area in Europe in which occupation forces of any of the Parties were stationed on the date when the Treaty entered into force or the Mediterranean Sea or the North Atlantic area north of the Tropic of Cancer.

    Article 7

    This Treaty does not affect, and shall not be interpreted as affecting in any way the rights and obligations under the Charter of the Parties which are members of the United Nations, or the primary responsibility of the Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security.
    Article 8

    Each Party declares that none of the international engagements now in force between it and any other of the Parties or any third State is in conflict with the provisions of this Treaty, and undertakes not to enter into any international engagement in conflict with this Treaty.
    Article 9

    The Parties hereby establish a Council, on which each of them shall be represented, to consider matters concerning the implementation of this Treaty. The Council shall be so organised as to be able to meet promptly at any time. The Council shall set up such subsidiary bodies as may be necessary; in particular it shall establish immediately a defence committee which shall recommend measures for the implementation of Articles 3 and 5.
    Article 10

    The Parties may, by unanimous agreement, invite any other European State in a position to further the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area to accede to this Treaty. Any State so invited may become a Party to the Treaty by depositing its instrument of accession with the Government of the United States of America. The Government of the United States of America will inform each of the Parties of the deposit of each such instrument of accession.
    Article 11

    This Treaty shall be ratified and its provisions carried out by the Parties in accordance with their respective constitutional processes. The instruments of ratification shall be deposited as soon as possible with the Government of the United States of America, which will notify all the other signatories of each deposit. The Treaty shall enter into force between the States which have ratified it as soon as the ratifications of the majority of the signatories, including the ratifications of Belgium, Canada, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States, have been deposited and shall come into effect with respect to other States on the date of the deposit of their ratifications. (3)
    Article 12

    After the Treaty has been in force for ten years, or at any time thereafter, the Parties shall, if any of them so requests, consult together for the purpose of reviewing the Treaty, having regard for the factors then affecting peace and security in the North Atlantic area, including the development of universal as well as regional arrangements under the Charter of the United Nations for the maintenance of international peace and security.
    Article 13

    After the Treaty has been in force for twenty years, any Party may cease to be a Party one year after its notice of denunciation has been given to the Government of the United States of America, which will inform the Governments of the other Parties of the deposit of each notice of denunciation.
    Article 14

    This Treaty, of which the English and French texts are equally authentic, shall be deposited in the archives of the Government of the United States of America. Duly certified copies will be transmitted by that Government to the Governments of other signatories.

    1. The definition of the territories to which Article 5 applies was revised by Article 2 of the Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession of Greece and Turkey signed on 22 October 1951.
    2. On January 16, 1963, the North Atlantic Council noted that insofar as the former Algerian Departments of France were concerned, the relevant clauses of this Treaty had become inapplicable as from July 3, 1962.
    3. The Treaty came into force on 24 August 1949, after the deposition of the ratifications of all signatory states.
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    Canada worried about ‘serious possibility’ of Russian invasion in Ukraine within week

    By Vassy Kapelos Parliamentary Correspondent



    Above: Global News has learned Canada’s military is anticipating a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. Vassy Kapelos reports.
    OTTAWA – Canada is preparing for a Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine – and soon, sources say.
    “We’re worried about their intentions. I think it’s the view all the G7 leaders that we are very concerned that they haven’t necessarily stopped here,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said at a press conference in The Hague on Tuesday.

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    Here’s why: Russia has strategically chosen spots to build up its military presence along Ukraine’s eastern border.
    Though the Russian defense ministry says it’s complying with limits, the presence is large, and sources say there’s a “serious possibility” Russia could invade within a week.
    “The fact that they explicitly said they have stopped here gives us no confidence. They assured us they wouldn’t do this kind of thing in the first place,” Harper said.
    Russia’s next moves are part of the discussion G7 leaders are having, but the government won’t speculate on Canada’s response in the event of an invasion.
    Conservative MP James Bezan says for now, sanctions are working.
    “I think if we hit them where it hurts – which is in their own personal pocket books – they’ll take a step back,” Bezan said.
    And if they don’t – there’s a lot at stake for Canada.
    WATCH: Harper says Putin’s mentality on Canadian sanctions has no basis
    Russia has made claims to parts of the Arctic – claims Canada doesn’t recognize.
    What do its actions in the Ukraine say about the Kremlin’s willingness to pursue those claims?
    “If Russia has these ideas of increasing territory, we are a neighbouring state. I think we have to continue to be in lockstep with our partners,” Bezan said.
    But Ivan Katchanovski, political studies professor at the University of Ottawa, says any action taken by Putin is less about the West and more about Russia’s interest in Ukraine.
    The Ukrainian-born professor says an invasion is likely, but a military response from Canada is not, as long as the battle is contained to Ukraine.
    “Western military involvement in Ukraine to prevent such intervention by Russia is not very likely. …It’s not realistic,” he said.
    United States President Barack Obama was also asked Tuesday what the U.S. would do if Russia made other land grabs.
    He replied that if the country is a NATO member nation – which Canada is – then the U.S. would defend it with force.
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    Obama Renewing U.S. Commitment to NATO Alliance

    By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and PETER BAKER


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    BRUSSELS — President Obama has spent much of his presidency mired in the challenges of a world well outside the borders of Europe — the turmoil of the Middle East, the power struggles in Asia and the terrorist threats percolating in northern Africa, Pakistan and elsewhere.
    But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its stunningly fast annexation of Crimea have demanded a renewed focus on the part of the world that dominated American attention in the 20th century. Often accused of neglecting Europe in his first five years in office, Mr. Obama is using his trip here to recommit to the NATO alliance, rally the Continent against Russian “brute force” and cast the showdown as a test of common values.
    To show resolve, Mr. Obama decided on Wednesday to modestly increase military deployments in Eastern Europe, and aides said he would intensify efforts to broaden energy security, negotiate a trade agreement with Europe and upgrade military capabilities.
    Yet it will be hard to back up words with resources. The United States has only a small fraction of the force it once had in Europe, expanded energy ties will take years, and his own party leaders oppose quick action on a new trade pact.
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    At the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the president appealed to Europeans to stand behind the ideals of freedom and human dignity, and deplored Russia’s “brute force” in Ukraine.
    Moreover, Mr. Obama next month will head back to Asia, and aides said he would again promote his policy of pivoting toward the region he believes represents the future. One goal then for Mr. Obama, aides said, is to challenge Europe to take more of a leadership role itself, a familiar theme from Washington but one infused with new urgency by the Ukraine crisis.
    “Russia’s leadership is challenging truths that only a few weeks ago seemed self-evident,” Mr. Obama said in a speech here on Wednesday. “That in the 21st century, the borders of Europe cannot be redrawn with force; that international law matters; and that people and nations can make their own decisions about their future.”
    “The contest of ideas,” he added, “continues.”
    Julianne Smith, a former national security aide in Mr. Obama’s White House now at the Center for a New American Security, said she did not expect “a fundamental recalibration of U.S. foreign policy” toward Europe, but a more “symbolic” shift. “It’s a little bit less about what the U.S. is going to do above and beyond what it’s done and more about challenging Europe to stand up to the task, particularly on the defense side,” she said.
    Yet if the renewed American attention to Europe proves largely symbolic, that by itself might represent an important shift. European leaders and analysts have long complained of Mr. Obama’s lack of interest.
    While he came into office wildly popular in Europe and made six trips here in his first year, he stopped traveling so often in his second year and even skipped a summit meeting with the European Union, offending the hosts until it was eventually rescheduled. In 2012, as he ran for re-election, he made no trips to Europe.
    His poll numbers in Europe remain higher than President George W. Bush’s, but they have slipped since 2009 amid disenchantment with drone strikes and other policies. Analysts said he never forged particularly strong relationships with his European counterparts, and spying revelations soured ties even more, especially with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.
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    But Russia’s actions in Ukraine appear to have sent an electric jolt through Mr. Obama and his team. At first, when a political crisis broke out in Kiev in November, he largely left the matter to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Since President Vladimir V. Putin ordered troops to seize Crimea, Mr. Obama has become increasingly engaged, blitzing foreign leaders with telephone calls, imposing sanctions and speaking out more frequently.
    To reassure nervous allies, he sent six extra F-15C Eagles to Lithuania and 12 F-16 fighter jets to Poland. Mr. Obama, who met here with Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO secretary general, will further bolster defenses in Eastern Europe by rotating more ground and naval forces for exercises and training in Poland and the Baltic countries; update contingency planning; and increase the capacity of a NATO quick-response force.
    “Putin just declared war on the European order and it’s demanding that the United States focus on Europe again as a security issue,” said Damon Wilson, a former national security aide to Mr. Bush and now executive vice president of the Atlantic Council. While some Republicans have pushed the president to be tougher, Mr. Wilson praised Mr. Obama’s response. “I don’t think I’ve seen the president more personally engaged on any foreign policy crisis in a concerted way as he has been on Ukraine.”
    Mr. Obama’s speech here on Wednesday offered his most extensive rejoinder yet to Russia, a point-by-point refutation of every justification offered by Moscow for its seizure of Crimea. He rejected Mr. Putin’s comparison of his actions in Crimea to the West’s actions in Kosovo. He said Kremlin claims of persecution of Russian speakers in Ukraine were not true and called it “absurd” to suggest America supported fascists in Kiev. “No amount of propaganda can make right something that the world knows is wrong,” he said.
    Perhaps most strikingly for a Democrat who rose to prominence in part because of his opposition to the Iraq war, Mr. Obama took on and dismissed the Russian claim that the United States was hypocritical because it used force to dislodge Saddam Hussein. He reminded his audience that he spoke out against Mr. Bush’s decision to invade in 2003. “But even in Iraq, America sought to work within the international system,” he said. “We did not claim or annex Iraq’s territory. We did not grab its resources for our own gain.”
    Mr. Obama also turned away from his own rhetoric in 2012 when he mocked Mitt Romney’s us-against-them assessment of Mr. Putin by suggesting it was old-world thinking at a time when history had largely moved on. Now, it was Mr. Obama who evoked history, visiting Flanders Field Cemetery, a burial ground in Belgium for thousands of Americans who died in World War I, and later recounting the “ongoing clash” of two sets of national ideas about power and values during the Cold War.
    “For decades, this vision stood in sharp contrast to life on the other side of an Iron Curtain,” Mr. Obama said, describing democratic ideals fostered by European countries. “For decades, a contest was waged, and ultimately that contest was won.”
    In his speech, the president called for a reaffirmation of Atlantic relationships, suggesting that Europeans and Americans had become complacent since the collapse of the Soviet Union. He said that “man’s darkest impulses” had returned to Europe and that Americans and their allies must not take the progress of the last 50 years for granted.
    “Casual indifference would ignore the lessons that are written in the cemeteries of this Continent,” Mr. Obama said. “It would allow the old way of doing things to gain a foothold in this young century. And that message would be heard, not just in Europe but in Asia and the Americas, in Africa and the Middle East.”
    Correction: March 27, 2014
    An earlier version of a picture caption with this article misstated the location of Flanders Field Cemetery. It is in Waregem, Belgium, not Brussels.
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    Foreign policy expert: US must support NATO allies

    By Christopher Snyder
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    Foreign policy expert Rebeccah Heinrichs stressed the importance of supporting NATO allies and the need for stricter sanctions on Moscow as Russian troops began to build up along Ukraine’s border.
    Heinrichs has worked in the areas of nuclear deterrence and missile defense and is the former manager of the Congressional Missile Defense Caucus. She spoke with Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland about the current security situation in Europe.
    “The United States needs to show some resolve that we’re going to defend our allies,” said Heinrichs. “One of the first things we could do is send some military equipment to Ukraine and doing some joint military exercises.” These actions, she says, could be a deterrent to any further movements by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
    “The United States [must be] willing to actually support its NATO allies.”
    - Rebeccah Heinrichs

    Obama pledged this week to European allies the U.S. will “always uphold our solemn obligation, our [NATO] Article 5 duty to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our allies.”
    Heinrichs says the U.S. needs to strengthen NATO’s position in Europe as a counterbalance to Russia. However, critics have blasted any talk of U.S. military buildup, believing America is spread too thin overseas.
    “Russia doesn’t need to be provoked,” Heinrichs said. “The Russians understand Americans are ‘war-weary’ and it’s understandable we’re tired but one of the things we can do is bolster NATO to make sure that it doesn’t break out into a larger, regional war.”
    Heinrichs says stronger economic sanctions are necessary and they need to be “biting” enough to impact the Russian economy.
    “What Vladimir Putin understands is military might and he doesn’t want to get into an outright war with the United States,” said Heinrichs. “The United States [must be] willing to actually support its NATO allies.”
    Heinrichs stressed the importance of NATO. “NATO is a very important alliance, we can’t allow the alliance to fall apart.”
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    Denmark offers to send 6 F-16 fighter jets to NATO's expanded air mission over Baltics

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    COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Denmark is offering up to send up to six F-16 fighter jets to the Baltic countries, joining fellow NATO members that have pledged to boost the alliance's air patrols over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in response to Russia's incursion in Ukraine.


    Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said Thursday that it will be up to NATO to decide how many planes are needed to patrol the skies of the three countries, which don't have their own air forces.


    NATO's air policing mission normally consists of four planes. The United States has already sent six extra F-15 fighters, and Britain and France have also pledged to send jets.


    The Danish government's proposal needs to be approved by parliament, a formality since all but one party back it.
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    US to boost ground, naval forces in NATO countries

    By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent1:45 p.m.March 26, 2014

    ROME (AP) — The United States plans to join a NATO effort to increase its rotation of ground and naval forces in Eastern Europe as part of its response to Russia's incursion in Ukraine.


    White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes says the move is aimed at having a continued presence in NATO countries that feel threatened by Moscow's provocations. He says the U.S. expects European nations to join the effort.


    Rhodes says the scope of the force increase and the specific countries where they would be deployed had not been decided, but would be discussed at a NATO meeting next week. He says the U.S. has a particular focus on Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.


    Rhodes briefed reporters aboard Air Force One as Obama headed from Brussels to Rome.
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    March 26, 2014

    FACT SHEET: U.S. Efforts in Support of NATO Allies and Partners

    The United States has a solemn commitment to the collective defense of all NATO allies. As has been true since we signed the Washington Treaty in 1949, we will respond if the security or territorial integrity of our allies is violated. We also have built constructive security and defense cooperation with Ukraine and other members of NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) over the past two decades to help build a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace.
    Russia’s aggressive actions have already led many to call for reinforcing NATO’s readiness through Article 5-related planning, training, and adjustments to force posture. The United States took several immediate steps to demonstrate solidarity with our NATO allies, such as augmenting the Baltic Air Policing mission with the deployment of additional U.S. aircraft. We also will take additional measures to enhance NATO military plans and defense capabilities. We expect other allies will join us in these efforts. These measures should include:

    • A demonstration of NATO’s visible resolve to ensure collective defense of all allied territory through enhanced deployment of air, land, and sea assets for training and exercises;
    • Continued review and updating of NATO plans for collective defense; and
    • Increased readiness and exercising of the NATO Response Force.

    The President discussed these measures with NATO Secretary General Rasmussen on March 26, and we will continue to consult with allies, including at the upcoming April 1-2 Foreign Ministerial. To date, we and NATO have undertaken the following specific efforts:
    New U.S. Measures

    • Poland Aviation Detachment (AVDET) Training: On March 13 and 14, the United States deployed 12 F-16s and approximately 200 support airmen from Aviano, Italy, to Lask, Poland, to participate in a U.S.-Poland AVDET training rotation. The deployment will focus on training and interoperability with the Polish Air Force. Three C-130J aircraft will deploy to Powidz Air Base, Poland, on March 31 as part of the next pre-scheduled AVDET rotation.
    • Open Skies Treaty Flight: On March 14 the United States conducted -- at Ukraine’s request -- an Open Skies observation mission over Ukraine.
    • Senior Leader Engagement: The Department of Defense is scheduling near-term Bilateral Defense Consultations with Ukraine, during which senior DoD leaders will discuss defense-related issues with their Ukrainian counterparts.
    • At the request of the Ukrainian government, the Department of Defense will deliver approximately 25,000 cases (300,000 meals) of Meals Ready-to-Eat to Ukraine.
    • Joint U.S.-Ukraine Humanitarian Assistance Command Post Exercise (CPX): Ukraine requested U.S. officials travel to Kyiv to help plan a humanitarian assistance CPX. Planning may be conducted in conjunction with the Bilateral Defense Consultations and the CPX executed when the situation in Ukraine is stabilized.

    Preplanned but Enhanced U.S. Measures

    • NATO Baltic Air Policing: On March 6, the United States deployed an additional six F-15Cs to augment the four F-15Cs already in Lithuania filling a NATO peacetime requirement to have quick reaction interceptor aircraft “ramp-ready” for a four-month period to ensure the integrity of the airspace above Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The U.S. rotation began in January and is due to end in early May, after which Poland and the United Kingdom have offered to deploy aircraft to support the mission.
    • USS Truxtun: The USS Truxtun entered the Black Sea through the Turkish Straits on March 7 to conduct port calls in Constanta, Romania, and conduct a passing exercise (PASSEX) with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces. She extended her stay in the Black Sea to conduct a port visit in Varna, Bulgaria, to hold an onboard maritime planning conference with Bulgarian and Romanian officers, and to conduct a second PASSEX.
    • Chiefs of Defense Staff Conference: U.S. European Command Commander/Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Philip Breedlove added discussion on the situation in Ukraine to the scheduled meeting of Eastern and Central European Chiefs of Defense (CHODs) in Croatia from 19-20 March. In addition to the Croatian CHOD, who was the co-host, the CHODs from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia attended.

    United States Ongoing/Steady State Measures

    • U.S. Force Presence: There are approximately 67,000 service members in Europe. Approximately 57,000 active duty service members are assigned to U.S. European Command and approximately 10,000 support other organizations, such as U.S. Africa Command.
    • NATO Response Force (NRF) Commitment: The United States pledged several thousand service members to the NRF, including a brigade combat team from the Texas-based 1st Cavalry Division, a hospital ship, air-to-air refueling tankers, and escort ships.
    • Army Rotational Forces: The United States will send a battalion-sized unit from the United States to Europe twice a year for up to two months per rotation. The unit will participate in NRF exercises, such as the French Rapid Reaction Corps Exercise ROCHAMBEAU in May, and U.S. European Command-hosted multinational exercises such as COMBINED RESOLVE II in June. Additionally, they participated in Exercise STEADFAST JAZZ this past November.
    • Missile Defense / European Phased Adaptive Approach: The U.S. contribution to European missile defense, whose aim is to protect against emerging threats from outside of the Euro-Atlantic area, includes a missile defense radar in Turkey, plans for four Aegis destroyers to be forward deployed in Rota, Spain (the first, USS Donald Cook, recently arrived), and two planned Aegis Ashore sites; in Romania (2015) and Poland (2018).
    • Exercise COLD RESPONSE: The United States participated in COLD RESPONSE, a Norwegian Joint Headquarters command post and field training exercise involving maritime, land, and air forces. The exercise began on March 10 and went through March 21. The exercise involved approximately 660 U.S. service members, 470 of whom deployed from the United States. Overall, 16,000 service members from 16 nations participated in the exercise.
    • Exercises in the Baltic Sea and Poland: The United States will send U.S. Marines from the Black Sea Rotational Force to the Baltics this April to participate in exercise SUMMER SHIELD. The United States will also deploy 18 F-16CJs and one KC-135 tanker to Lask Air Base, Poland, concurrent with this year’s BALTOPS exercise, which is an annual, multinational maritime exercise focusing on interoperability, maritime security, and cooperation among Baltic Sea regional partners.
    • Exercise SABER GUARDIAN: U.S. Army and Bulgarian land forces, along with military personnel from 12 other NATO and partner countries, are conducting Exercise SABER GUARDIAN, a pre-planned consequence management and peace support exercise at the Novo Selo Training Area in Bulgaria, March 21- April 4.

    NATO Measures

    • North Atlantic Council Meetings: Since March 2, the North Atlantic Council has met regularly to review developments in the crisis.
    • NATO-Ukraine Commission Meeting: On March 2, the NATO-Ukraine Commission met at Ukraine’s request. On the same day, NATO allies underlined their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, condemned Russia’s military escalation in Crimea, called on Russia to de-escalate, and agreed to increase economic and political pressure on Russia. There will also be a NATO-Ukraine Commissionmeeting held at the Foreign Ministerial on April 1-2.
    • Article 4 Consultations: Subsequent to a request from Poland, the North Atlantic Council held consultations under Article 4 of the Washington Treaty on March 4 and agreed to intensify its on-going assessment of the implication of the crisis for NATO, continue to consult with Ukraine, support efforts for a peaceful solution to the crisis, and meet with Russian representatives on March 5.
    • Support to Ukraine: On March 5, NATO allies decided on a number of measures to intensify NATO’s partnership with Ukraine and strengthen cooperation to support democratic reforms. Measures included an increased engagement with the Ukrainian civilian and military leadership, strengthened efforts to build the capacity of the Ukrainian military, including with more joint training and exercises, and increased efforts to include Ukraine in multinational projects to develop capabilities.
    • Suspension of NATO-Russia Council (NRC) Activities: At an NRC meeting on March 5, allies condemned Russian military intervention and announced they would be reviewing the entire range of NATO-Russia cooperation in the period before the April 1-2 NATO Foreign Ministerial. Allies also suspended staff-level civilian and military meetings with Russia, but ambassadorial-level meetings of the NRC will continue.
    • AWACS: On March 10, the North Atlantic Council approved establishing AWACS orbits over Poland and Romania to enhance NATO’s situational awareness of activities in the region and to reassure NATO allies. These aircraft will only fly over NATO territory and will come from the NATO fleet and allied contributions.
    • Crimea Referendum: On March 17, the NATO Secretary General issued a statement on the referendum calling it illegal, illegitimate, and a violation of the Ukrainian constitution and international law and noted that NATO allies do not recognize its results.
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    Norway's Stoltenberg reportedly will take over as next NATO chief

    By Slobodan Lekic Stars and Stripes
    Published: March 25, 2014

    Norway's former prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, will reportedly take over as the next NATO chief.
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    Norway’s former socialist prime minister is likely to take over as NATO’s top official later this year when the term of current Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen ends, diplomats said Tuesday.


    Jens Stoltenberg appears tapped to assume the top job at September’s NATO summit in Wales after securing the backing of the United States and other leading members, said two diplomats at the alliance’s Brussels headquarters, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
    Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper reported on Monday that Stoltenberg’s candidacy was supported by the U.S., Germany, Britain and France, and that the candidacy was expected to be announced at next week’s meeting of NATO’s foreign ministers.


    NATO said it could not comment on the reports.


    “I would refer you to the 28 member states,” said a NATO official who could not be named under standing rules. “Decisions on the appointment of the next secretary-general are taken by allies, so we can’t comment on the discussions or the timing.”


    Traditionally, a European civilian heads NATO’s political office in Brussels, while an American officer commands the alliance’s military forces from NATO headquarters in Mons, about 50 miles southwest of the Belgian capital. The secretary-general normally serves for a four-year term with a possible extension of one year.


    Stoltenberg, 55, served two terms as Norway’s head of government, from 2000 to 2001 and from 2005 until last year. At a time when other NATO member states were slashing defense budgets, Stoltenberg’s government steadily expanded Norway’s military spending and modernized its armed forces.


    He negotiated a settlement to a marine dispute with Russia in the Barents Sea and cultivated a strong relationship with Moscow.


    If confirmed by the member states, Stoltenberg would take over at a time when the alliance is due to complete the withdrawal of its combat forces from Afghanistan after an inconclusive 12-year war in which it failed to defeat the Taliban insurgents and bring stability to that nation. The appointment would also come at a time of falling defense budgets among alliance members and heightened tensions with Russia after its occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.
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    INTRUDER WATCH: UKRANE STATION SZRU ACTIVE ON 20 METERS


    The IARU Monitoring System newsletter reports the Ukraine foreign Intelligence Service SZRU has been active every Wednesday on 14.280 MHz at 1010 UTC running full carrier AM. Reports say that a female voice spelled numbers and encrypted messages. The exact location is believed to be near Rivne.


    The newsletter also says that REA4 which is a call used by the Russian Airforce in Moscow was still active on 7 dot 018 MHz with Frequency Shift Keying at 100 Baud and a 1000 Hz shift. Harmonics could be measured on 14 dot 036, 21 dot 052 and 28 dot 072 MHz on February 28th at about 10:50 UTC.


    If you hear or are bothered by these or any other illegal user of ham radio spectrum, please report these incidents to the Intruder Watch Coordinator for your nation. Here in the United States that would be The American Radio Relay League. (IARU R1 Newsletter)
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    Russia Must Stop U.S. Expansion in Ukraine


    • By Sergei Markov
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    Today, as a result of the Ukrainian crisis, U.S.-Russian relations have hit their lowest point since the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 or of Czechoslovakia in 1969 — or perhaps even since they bottomed out during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Crimean crisis, which began as a power struggle between the ruling authorities in Kiev and opposition forces, transformed in to an attempt to overthrow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych by pro-Western and nationalist opposition forces with the support of the U.S. and European Union.
    The crisis escalated into a conflict between the U.S. and Russia after the West supported a coup, then lied by violating the Feb. 21 agreement when it recognized the formation of a new and illegitimate government of extremists
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    This conflict has the potential of sparking a new Cold War — something I never thought could happen in modern times since I believed it would have to be rooted in ideological differences. Instead, Moscow and Washington have billions of dollars of economic interests at stake, making this a geopolitical rather than an ideological Cold War.
    Moscow does not see the revolution in Ukraine as an attempt to create a more democratic or law-based society. Instead, it sees the events in Kiev as an attempt to make Ukraine as anti-Russian as possible. The new government represents a minority of the Ukrainian population. It wants to suppress the Russian-speaking majority and violate their right to representation by holding unfair elections on May 25.
    Moreover, U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel deceived President Vladimir Putin when they pursuaded him to convince Yanukovych to refrain from using force to quell the Maidan, and then to sign the Feb. 21 agreement — which they refused to uphold. Instead, they told Russia to accept the new reality in Ukraine. But why should Moscow accept that reality when it is directed against Russia, democracy and human rights?
    What did Russia do to become the focus of so much animosity? Is it because it prevented the West from bombing Syria? Because it persuaded Yanukovych not to sign the Association Agreement — a treaty of little real importance to the EU? Those are trivial reasons for starting a new Cold War.
    It seems that the West simply does not like Putin. He is a huge obstacle who prevents them from achieving global hegemony. For this reason alone he must be broken. Nobody in Moscow has any doubt that what happened in Ukraine will be repeated in Moscow in two or three years. Without Putin, there will be few world leaders left who have the power or courage to stand up to Washington. When this happens, the entire world will have to quickly accept the new reality.
    Russia is not in Crimea to expand its territory but to oppose the immense power of West and its financial institutions in New York and London. Washington wants to characterize this as a conflict between Moscow and Kiev, thereby forcing Russia to negotiate with an illegitimate regime determined to destroy everything Russian in Ukraine.
    However, everyone understands that this is a conflict between Moscow and Washington and that these countries should negotiate a solution. The question here is not Crimea but which reality the two sides are prepared to accept.
    Should Moscow allow Washington to force it into humiliating submission and accept the possibility of a violent overthrow of the Putin regime? Or should Washington acknowledge that it can no longer impose its will on others? Both sides are unwilling to admit their weakness, thus making a geopolitical Cold War likely.
    The West will hit Russia with economic sanctions to pressure Russian oligarchs into forming a fifth column, just as it did in Ukraine. To avoid this, Moscow will have to force oligarchs to bring their overseas assets back to Russia.
    If Washington wins this geopolitical Cold War, it will install a pro-Western government in Moscow which could lead to the breakup of Russia. Siberia, the Caucasus and the Far East will demand autonomy, and the country's oil and gas resources will be transferred from the government to multinational corporations.
    However, it is possible that Russia can resist, thereby fulfilling its historical mission of foiling the designs of those who long for world domination. Just as Russia stopped Hitler in the 20th century, Napoleon in the 19th century and Frederick the Great in the 18th century, it will stop Washington in the 21st century. This is nothing personal, just business. Russia has its historical mission to fulfill.
    If a geopolitical Cold War erupts, it very well may morph into an ideological one since a Western attack would force Putin to rely heavily on conservative forces in the country's so-called "moral majority" in order to bolster his support. Additionally, Moscow will attempt to relieve pressure and find support abroad by stepping up its information campaign among the hundreds of millions of EU residents who sympathize not only with Putin's stance against Washington, but also his support of the traditional values that have been rejected by the EU elite.
    Recent polls show that 80 percent of Germany's population sympathizes with Russian policy in Ukraine and only 8 percent favor sanctions. The online social networks in the West constitute an intellectual revolt against the bias of the mainstream media — all of which demonize Putin without any objectivity. Social network users clearly sympathize with Putin and their support will only grow.
    Washington once transformed Cesar Chavez from a minor U.S. activist into a major political figure. Now Washington will transform Putin from his role as the man that lifted Russia off its knees into a global leader in the struggle against the global domination of Washington and the new values of postmodernism.
    However, I would like to believe that the current crisis will not develop into a full-fledged geopolitical Cold War. After all, Obama thinks in 21st century terms, not 19th century. For his part, Putin holds many Western convictions. What's more, a geopolitical Cold War would hit Europe the hardest, robbing it of the balanced economic growth it needs and preventing it from consolidating its resources for something more useful. It is now the time for every responsible European leader to speak out against a new Cold War since they have the most to lose.
    The way to end this standoff is clear: Ukraine must become a neutral state with a democratic government. It must grant full equality to both its Ukrainian and Russian-speaking citizens, adopt the policy of federalism and make both Ukrainian and Russian official state languages.
    Sergei Markov is director of the Institute of Political Studies.



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    After Kiev Coup, the West Will Focus on Moscow


    • By Sergei Markov
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    In a conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama several weeks ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had the impression President Vladimir Putin was living in another world.
    That statement was quickly picked up by the Western media and dominated headlines for days.
    But it seems to me that Merkel felt this way because of a lack of understanding of Russia's reality, which is common among Western observers.
    The West's Feb. 22 coup in Kiev was just the appetizer. The main meal will be when the U.S. and Europe support the Russian opposition in its attempt to overthrow Putin and form a Maidan-style government in Moscow.



    What is the Russian reality? If we are talking about the nature of the conflicts in Crimea and Ukraine, Russia's understanding differs significantly from the West's.
    In Russia's reality, the Maidan protests and coup did not move Ukraine closer to democracy and the rule of law but in the opposite direction: toward lawlessness and violence against journalists, political opponents and ordinary citizens. The revolutionary authorities in Kiev are dominated by an armed, extremist minority that is planning a campaign of *widescale repression against ethnic Russians and others.
    In Russia's reality, Ukraine has no legitimate government because demonstrators overthrew a democratically elected president.

    In our reality, Ukraine has no sovereign authority because the U.S. effectively appointed the country's senior officials behind the scenes. Why else did the little-known Oleksandr Turchynov become acting president, while Vitaly Klitschko, who had actively pursued that post but was disliked by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, was sidelined? And on what grounds did Arseny Yatsenyuk, who was not popular among Ukrainians but was Nuland's clear favorite, become prime minister?
    Nuland's plans for Ukraine were revealed during a leaked phone conversation several weeks before the coup that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.
    In Russia's reality, Ukrainian deputies were threatened with force to vote for ministers whom they did not know. After all, force takes precedence over the rule of law in the new Ukraine, which is effectively ruled by a junta composed of various militias. In addition to Turchynov and Yatsenyuk, that junta includes Andrei Parubiy, the head of the National Security and Defense Council. He was also head of the Maidan self-defense forces, an armed group that apparently took the lead in carrying out orders from Washington in February. The junta also includes Dmitry Yarosh and Oleh Tyahnybok, who control the neo-Nazi Right Sector and Svoboda armed militias, respectively.
    Who are these junta leaders? We are told they are nationalists, but they display all the signs of neo-*Nazis. In a reference to the fascists of World War II, they call themselves followers of Stepan Bandera, Roman Shukhevych and the fascist theorist Dmitry Dontsov. Bandera and Shukhevych both swore fidelity to Hitler. They entered Ukraine in 1941 along with the Wehrmacht, or more exactly, the German SD — the Nazi intelligence division — that they obeyed. The SD issued the Ukrainian extremists weapons, ammunition and administrative posts on the occupied territories. On German orders, they actively fought against Soviet partisans.
    During the three years that Bandera later spent in a German concentration camp, he was well fed and enjoyed the comforts of a radio and access to a library. In 1944, Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler removed Bandera from detention and transferred him into active service, giving him money and weapons.
    During the Cold War, the U.S. and its allies used veterans of Bandera's forces in their struggle against the Soviet Union, turning a blind eye to their Nazi collaboration. Yet, Russia has always viewed these "Banderas" as accomplices to Hitler and fascists. Shukhevych, for his part, headed the notorious Nachtigall punitive battalion and was responsible for the mass murder of Jews and other civilians.
    Today's Right Sector and Svoboda organizations employ many neo-Nazi beliefs and practices. These include the use of stylized Nazi symbols, Nazi flags, Nazi greetings such as "Glory to Ukraine — Glory to the Heroes!" that is associated with Bandera's movement. These two leading Ukrainian extremist groups preach anti-Semitism, hatred of neighboring peoples, Russophobia, a violent struggle against opponents, glorification of Nazi veterans and the denial of Nazi crimes.
    The result is that Svoboda and Right Sector are not just radical nationalists, but hardcore neo-Nazi groups that have come to power and now control Ukraine's main law enforcement agencies.
    Ukraine already had dozens of political prisoners even before these groups took over. On its first day in power, the supposedly pro-European government suspended the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, then switched off the Russian-language version of government agency websites and prohibited schoolteachers from teaching in Russian. When the Constitutional Court refused to recognize their coup as constitutional, the authorities dissolved the court and brought criminal charges against its judges. In Russia's world of reality, neo-Nazi militants shoot at demonstrators in Kharkiv, and the authorities provide them with safe passage back to Kiev.
    In this reality, the U.S. and the European Union are behaving irrationally, abandoning the Ukrainian people to the extremist authorities in Kiev and supporting criminal leaders. As for the sanctions, can anyone explain why Putin aide and former minister Andrei Fursenko was included on the list? Is it only because he owns a dacha at the Ozero cooperative? It seems the list of sanctions was copied directly from the article that whistleblower Alexei Navalny published in The New York Times last week, immediately before the names were announced. Perhaps the U.S. State Department wanted to strengthen Navalny's influence in Russia?
    In Russia's reality, the obvious conclusion is that the U.S. and EU are trying to help the Russian opposition overthrow Putin and form a Maidan-style government in Moscow.
    How will the West execute this coup in Russia? First, it will install a leader in Kiev who will be much like former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili — an anti-Russian hothead willing to do all of the West's bidding. Then, it will finance the Ukrainian army, and in 2017 — on the eve of Russia's presidential elections — it will send that army into Crimea and Russia proper, just as it deployed Georgian troops in 2008. Does the West seriously believe that Putin will take this military aggression against Russia passively?
    Russia demands a compromise: immediately form a new coalition government in Ukraine, disarm the extremists, ultra-nationalists and fascists, institute federalism, provide constitutional guarantees of equality for the Ukrainian and Russian languages and hold honest and fair elections. But in place of that, the U.S. and EU continue their threats and insistence that Russia accept the current status quo.
    Do Western leaders really believe that Putin will reconcile himself to their distorted vision of reality? By insisting that Putin capitulate, the West is actually leaving him no option but to respond with force.
    And in the face of this harsh reality, Russia has always chosen war over capitulation.
    Sergei Markov is director of the Institute of Political Studies.



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    Neo-Nazis Pour Into Kiev

    A stream of European jihadists have traveled to Syria to wage holy war. Now a group of European neo-Nazis are traveling to Ukraine to save the white race
    In early February, Fredrik Hagberg stood at the rostrum in Kiev’s City Hall, offering fraternal and comradely greetings from Sweden to the sweaty, bruised, and exhausted Ukrainian insurrectionists scattered throughout. The place was festooned with flags—some celtic crosses, a stray Confederate banner, a standard for the political party Svoboda, whose members essentially controlled the building—reflecting the dubious politics of its occupiers.


    Revolutionary tourists, thrill seekers, and parachute journalists suffused Kiev. Sen. John McCain, actress Hayden Panettiere, and French intellectual Bernard Henri-Levy roused massive crowds with paeans to freedom and national sovereignty, while offering moral support to the opposition forces led by former boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko.
    But Hagberg, a square-jawed and baby-faced member of the Swedish armed forces, had a darker message.

    “I stand before your forces of revolution to tell you about what your future might be if you fail your glorious endeavour,” he said in fluid-but-clipped English. “I stand here as a Swede. However where I come from is no longer Sweden.” Hagberg warned Ukrainians that a successful revolution must chart a path that carefully avoided the evils of abortion and ethnic mongrelization, one that harshly punished welfare abuse and rejected the normalization of homosexuality. “Officials in Sweden like to calls us the most modern country in the world. I say to you, brothers, this is what awaits you if you choose to follow our example. You now have the opportunity to choose and create your own future. Do not accept the trap of choosing either the West or Russia.”
    It’s unclear who, if anyone, invited him, but Hagberg was speaking as a representative of Nordisk Ungdom (Nordic Youth), a Swedish neo-Nazi group that celebrates “a traditional ideal of a better man, striving for something greater and more noble than his own personal benefit; an idealistic man who fights for Europe’s freedom.” Visitors to the group’s English-language website are met with with a Barbara Kruger-like advertisement beseeching visitors to “help us to help the revolution! Support a free Ukraine! Donate Now...” Because Hagberg is trying to provoke his fellow neo-Nazis into travelling to Kiev to help shape a new, fascist-friendly Ukraine.
    Amongst the fascists, ultra-nationalists, and racists in Europe, there has been much griping that the revolt in Ukraine has been overtaken, if not controlled from the outset, by “CIA/ZOG [Zionist Occupied Government]/Soros-sponsored” forces. The Euroscepticism of the continent’s far-right movements has produced a skepticism of the uprising’s much-discussed Europhile mainstream.
    But Pro-Yanukovych forces and the former president’s Kremlin allies have heavily promoted an alternative narrative—one that Hagberg and his allies happily embrace—suggesting that the protest movement is in fact honeycombed with dangerous neo-Nazis affiliated with the extremist Ukrainian political parties Svoboda and Right Sector. Therefore, Western supporters of the protests, like John Mccain, are agitating on behalf of violent Ukrainian fascism.
    It’s a modified version of the Kremlin’s argument against Western support for Syrian rebel groups, which it says has amounted to material support for al-Qaeda-sponsered terrorism. And like with Syria—and the Spanish Civil War before it—sympathetic European extremists are travelling to provide support to their ideological brethren.
    “We just got boots on the ground and are discussing with Svoboda representatives and other nationalists what we can assist with,” Magnus Söderman, the neo-Nazi organizer of the Swedish Ukraine Volunteers (Svenska Ukrainafrivilliga), told me. “Our message to them is that we will assist with whatever; clearing the streets, security, making food.”
    On the group’s website, stuffed with hackneyed neo-Nazi propaganda, potential volunteers are told that “we do not organize any paramilitary force because our involvement is of a civil nature, as aid workers. Of course, should violence break out we will make use of our right of self-defense.” (The site advises recruits to “improve your physical fitness” before travelling to Kiev.) Ukraine, the group says, is facing an existential threat and “we must secure the existence of our people and the future of our white children!”
    According to the group’s newly constituted Facebook page, a representative of the Swedish Ukraine Volunteers recently “visited the parliament and established ​​important contacts” amongst local politicians, presumably those affiliated with ultra-nationalist parties Svoboda and Right Sector. The idea of foreign volunteers is “a good initiative,” said one member of a fascist message board in Sweden, “and I give my full support to Mikael Skillt and other party comrades who are travelling down to help our brothers in the east.”
    Mikael Skillt is well-known in Swedish neo-Nazi circles. A spokesman for the vigilante group Stop the Pedophiles and a veteran of various now-defunct fascist organizations, Skillt is currently affiliated with the Party of the Swedes (SvP), a neo-Nazi group founded by members of the less camera-friendly National Socialist Front. According to its website, SvP “has good contact with [Svoboda] who were guests at our conference Vision Europe just under a year ago.”
    When I contacted Skillt he was in Moscow, on his way to agitating in Kiev. So why does Ukraine need a fascist international brigade? “We are scanning the needs of the Ukrainians, but we will be offering [them] our help in whatever they need,” he told me. “We have members with experience in most fields, ranging from military to truck drivers to journalists.”
    When I asked if he had canvassed the opinions of Russian neo-Nazi groups while in Moscow, Skillt told me, with predictable obliqueness, that he had “heard some [Russian] nationalists who have spoken of a revolution inspired by Ukraine.”
    So how large is the international brigade of ultra-nationalists? A European journalist who follows the movement of European jihadists to Syria—and now fascists migrating towards Kiev—told me that there was indeed scattered evidence that neo-Nazi groups outside Sweden were making pilgrimages to Ukraine. When I asked Magnus Söderman if there was a network of other Nazis on the ground, he told me that “comrades from other European countries are also preparing to assist if it is needed.”
    And while most European far-right groups have been coy about providing on-the-scene support for groups like Svoboda, the ecosystem of ultra-nationalist websites seem heavily focused on supporting Svoboda’s bid for political power in post-Yanukovych Ukraine. An article praising Svoboda on the webite of the extreme-right British National Party enthused that “a group of our Polish comrades from the [neo-Nazi] Falange organization visited Ukraine” to support the party and the revolution. (Last year, members of the Polish Falange travelled to Damascus to offer support to Bashar Assad.)
    While numbers are difficult to gauge, authorities in Sweden don’t see the threat as equivalent to the migration of Scandinavian jihadists to Syria. A spokesman for Säpo, the Swedish security service, told the tabloid Expressen that “the security service is only interested in Swedes that travel to take part in terror-related activities in other countries, like al-Qaeda inspired groups in Syria.”
    The Swedish Ukrainian Volunteers wouldn’t provide numbers of those who had either arrived--or committed to join—their sturmabteilung in Kiev. Söderman said he didn’t “foresee any major numbers [of Swedish neo-Nazis] going since the modern world don't make men as it once did. During the war between Finland and the Soviet Union about 12,000 Swedes went over—and that was in wartime.”
    “If we get 50, all in all, I will be very proud.”

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