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Moscow Accuses Ukraine of Electronic Attack on Satellite

April 15, 2014

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Russia is accusing Ukraine of conducting an electronic attack on an orbiting communications satellite and is threatening unspecified retaliation as cyber warfare between the two states heats up over the crisis in Crimea.

Russia’s Ministry of Communications and Mass Media revealed Saturday that an electronic attack against a Russian television satellite was traced to Ukraine.

“Appropriate services have detected the exact location of the source in Ukraine’s territory,” the ministry said, according to state-run ITAR-TASS news agency.

The Russian ministry said the attempt to use “radio-electronic war means against a Russian relay satellite” violated the 1992 International Telecommunication Union charter.

A second Russian state-controlled news agency, Interfax, reported that the Ukrainians attempted to “decay” the orbit of the communications satellite. No details were provided. Some communications satellites can maneuver based on ground signals and apparently the unidentified source of the electronic attack sought to command the satellite to lower its orbit in an attempt to have it reenter the atmosphere and burn up.

‪James Oberg, a specialist on space issues, said there have been reports in the past of satellites being pirated by non-government groups for political purposes.

‪“Taking over a satellite to fire its engine and alter its orbit is an entirely different challenge and I know of no examples, nor do I expect any,” Oberg said in an email.

‪Oberg said one explanation for the Russian government statement about the satellite disruption is that it may have been an attempt by someone to fool the Russians into thinking the satellite’s orbit had changed and thus create confusion and mistrust of the data it is relaying.

‪“But here, as in all effective tactics, the target is the enemy’s decision loop, not his hardware,” he said.

“The people behind this decision should consider the consequences,” the Russian ministry warned Ukraine.

Disclosure of the satellite attack comes as both nations reported cyber attacks against government and non-government websites as the first phase of a new Cold War between Russia and Ukraine. The countries are currently embroiled in a conflict over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and Russia’s announced annexation of Crimea following a controversial independence referendum.

Continued at http://freebeacon.com/national-security/moscow-accuses-ukraine-of-electronic-attack-on-satellite/

Ukraine Retakes Kramatorsk Airfield from Pro-Russian Separatists

April 15, 2014

According to Voice of America, Ukrainian forces have retaken Kramatorsk Airfield from pro-Russian separatists, in what Ukraine is calling an anti-terrorist operation.

“Ukraine is spreading lies that Russia is behind the actions in the southeast. This is a total lie that supposes that those residents there are completely incapable of protesting of their own will,” Lavrov said on a visit to China.

The US State Department disagrees.

The Ukrainian Government has arrested more than a dozen suspected Russian intelligence agents in recent weeks, many of whom were armed at the time of arrest. In the first week of April 2014, the Government of Ukraine had information that Russian GRU officers were providing individuals in Kharkiv and Donetsk with advice and instructions on conducting protests, capturing and holding government buildings, seizing weapons from the government buildings’ armories, and redeploying for other violent actions. On April 12, armed pro-Russian militants seized government buildings in a coordinated and professional operation conducted in six cities in eastern Ukraine. Many were outfitted in bullet-proof vests, camouflage uniforms with insignia removed, and carrying Russian-designed weapons like AK-74s and Dragunovs. These armed units, some wearing black and orange St. George’s ribbons associated with Russian Victory Day celebrations, raised Russian and separatist flags over seized buildings and have called for referendums on secession and union with Russia. These operations are strikingly similar to those used against Ukrainian facilities during Russia’s illegal military intervention in Crimea in late February and its subsequent occupation.

Source: http://m.state.gov/md224759.htm

Russia – I See You’re Watching

April 15, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 11.56.02 AMOh, Russia.  See that map on the right?  I see you have people reading my blog.  Thank you.

Incidentally, you have not quite reached the number of readers from Canada or US.

Why are you reading my blog?  Are you worried that negative press about russia might reach your people?  Are you worried that they might realize you’re not telling the truth?  Are you worried about how the world will perceive Russian actions in Ukraine?   Are you busy inventing another excuse for a repeat of Hungary in 1956, Prague in 1968, South Ossetia in 2008 or Crimea in 2014, where Soviet/Russian forces forcibly invaded?

Do you worry that your lies, your disinformation, your misinformation, your concocted stories, your active measures are being exposed for what they are?  A regurgitation from the old Soviet Active Measures?  Agitprop?  Propaganda? 

Sorry, I don’t mean to poke a finger in your eye.  Or maybe I do.

“Truth March” Took Place in Moscow – Russian Media – Stop Lying

April 15, 2014

 

A “truth march” took place in #Moscow today: thousands of ppl demanded 4 #Russian media to stop lying @tsnua #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/Nq1DLetUeO

A “truth march” took place in today: thousands of people demanded 4 media to stop lying  

https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPR/status/455535868250304514/photo/1

How about it, RT, Voice of Russia, ITAR-TASS, Pravda?  Stop lying?

Bet you a dollar you can stop…

 

Ukrainian Armor Attack Russian Provacateurs

April 15, 2014

Source: RT

According to multiple unconfirmed sources, including RT, Ukrainian armored forces are attacking Russian provocateurs holed up in various East Ukraine cities, including Donetsk.

RT’s headline “Military storm airfield, town in eastern Ukraine, wounded reported – protesters.”, neglects to say it was the Ukrainian military, somewhat of an amusing oversight.

This story is now confirmed by KyivPost.  “Ukrainian troops storm Donetsk Oblast’s Kramatorsk airfield, Sloviansk; unconfirmed reports of casualties (LIVE UPDATES)

NTV.ru also confirmed “Tanks in the Streets of Donetsk.”

According to a private Dutch source:

breaking: Ukraine ”government” claims their forces are encountering AND engaging the russian 45th airborne division in Slavyansk. very heavy fighting is taking place there.

Another source, also unconfirmed states:

General command in kiev: UKRAINE ARMOUR ON THE BORDERS HAVE BEEN TOLD TO PREPARE FOR A POSSIBILE IMMINENT INVASION, PUT ON HIGHEST ALERT

In the meantime, Russia does not want their takeover bid for East Ukraine blocked:  “Reuters: Russia says hopes Kyiv ‘has brains’ to avoid escalation.”

RT: “Video: Ukrainian fighter jets flying over Kramatorsk as army starts military op“.

Reports of a Ukrainian jet being ‘downed’ are incorrect, the jet was already being repaired.

So far, no response from the Russians.

Bottom line, folks, it appears that Ukraine is using force against the Russian provocateurs.

Provocateurs?  Yes.  According to the US State Department (in what has to be the single best document in this whole mess):

The Ukrainian Government has arrested more than a dozen suspected Russian intelligence agents in recent weeks, many of whom were armed at the time of arrest. In the first week of April 2014, the Government of Ukraine had information that Russian GRU officers were providing individuals in Kharkiv and Donetsk with advice and instructions on conducting protests, capturing and holding government buildings, seizing weapons from the government buildings’ armories, and redeploying for other violent actions. On April 12, armed pro-Russian militants seized government buildings in a coordinated and professional operation conducted in six cities in eastern Ukraine. Many were outfitted in bullet-proof vests, camouflage uniforms with insignia removed, and carrying Russian-designed weapons like AK-74s and Dragunovs. These armed units, some wearing black and orange St. George’s ribbons associated with Russian Victory Day celebrations, raised Russian and separatist flags over seized buildings and have called for referendums on secession and union with Russia. These operations are strikingly similar to those used against Ukrainian facilities during Russia’s illegal military intervention in Crimea in late February and its subsequent occupation.

Source: http://m.state.gov/md224759.htm

Russian?  “Russian paramilitary leaders in eastern Ukraine caught on tape communicating with Moscow.”

Russia Does Not Deny Buzzing US Destroyer

April 14, 2014

Su-24 aircraft (RIA Novosti / Mihail Mokrushin)

The USS Donald Cook, a US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, was buzzed by a Russian SU-24, supersonic, all-weather attack aircraft developed in the Soviet Union.  The plane was unarmed but its actions were clearly provocative, passing by 12 times at various ranges, speeds and various low altitudes.  The closest the plane came to the warship was one mile.

The Russian aircraft did not respond to multiple warnings from the US destroyer.

The US immediately condemned the Russian aircraft’s actions, calling them provocative and unprofessional.

Strangely, RT picked up the story and did not offer an apology or a denial.  To me this is not a confirmation but as close to one as we can expect.

In response the Russians stated the US has been violating the Montreux Convention of 1936.  The convention is still in effect but the former Soviet Union complained often and loudly about the convention when it restricted their passage in and out of the Black Sea. 

This is clearly a warning by Russia, trying to establish their dominance in the area.  The next step in escalation would be to fire warning shots or perhaps flares or chaff.

Honestly, I do not expect to see either the US or Russia fire at the other, the main focus remains on the three towns in East Ukraine occupied by  Russian provacateurs.

Russian Fiction the Sequel: 10 More False Claims About Ukraine

April 13, 2014

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 13, 2014
“No amount of propaganda can make right something that the world knows is wrong.”
– President Obama, March 26

Russia continues to spin a false and dangerous narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine. The Russian propaganda machine continues to promote hate speech and incite violence by creating a false threat in Ukraine that does not exist. We would not be seeing the violence and sad events that we’ve witnessed this weekend without this relentless stream of disinformation and Russian provocateurs fostering unrest in eastern Ukraine. Here are 10 more false claims Russia is using to justify intervention in Ukraine, with the facts that these assertions ignore or distort.

1. Russia Claims: Russian agents are not active in Ukraine.

Fact: The Ukrainian Government has arrested more than a dozen suspected Russian intelligence agents in recent weeks, many of whom were armed at the time of arrest. In the first week of April 2014, the Government of Ukraine had information that Russian GRU officers were providing individuals in Kharkiv and Donetsk with advice and instructions on conducting protests, capturing and holding government buildings, seizing weapons from the government buildings’ armories, and redeploying for other violent actions. On April 12, armed pro-Russian militants seized government buildings in a coordinated and professional operation conducted in six cities in eastern Ukraine. Many were outfitted in bullet-proof vests, camouflage uniforms with insignia removed, and carrying Russian-designed weapons like AK-74s and Dragunovs. These armed units, some wearing black and orange St. George’s ribbons associated with Russian Victory Day celebrations, raised Russian and separatist flags over seized buildings and have called for referendums on secession and union with Russia. These operations are strikingly similar to those used against Ukrainian facilities during Russia’s illegal military intervention in Crimea in late February and its subsequent occupation.

2. Russia Claims: Pro-Russia demonstrations are comprised exclusively of Ukrainian citizens acting of their own volition, like the Maidan movement in Kyiv.

Fact: This is not the grassroots Ukrainian civic activism of the EuroMaidan movement, which grew from a handful of student protestors to hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians from all parts of the country and all walks of life. Russian internet sites openly are recruiting volunteers to travel from Russia to Ukraine and incite violence. There is evidence that many of these so-called “protesters” are paid for their participation in the violence and unrest. It is clear that these incidents are not spontaneous events, but rather part of a well-orchestrated Russian campaign of incitement, separatism, and sabotage of the Ukrainian state. Ukrainian authorities continue to arrest highly trained and well-equipped Russian provocateurs operating across the region.

3. Russia Claims: Separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine enjoy broad popular support.

Fact: The recent demonstrations in eastern Ukraine are not organic and lack wide support in the region. A large majority of Donetsk residents (65.7 percent) want to live in a united Ukraine and reject unification with Russia, according to public opinion polls conducted at the end of March by the Donetsk-based Institute of Social Research and Policy Analysis. Pro-Russian demonstrations in eastern Ukraine have been modest in size, especially compared with Maidan protests in these same cities in December, and they have gotten smaller as time has progressed.

via Russian Fiction the Sequel: 10 More False Claims About Ukraine.

 

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