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Russia / New Administration Media Ad Hoc – 11 Feb 2017

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I haven’t had such a laugh in a long time, reading the Ukraine envoy to Britain’s response to Graham Phillips.  Laughter is such a cathartic. C’mon, Graham. Admit it, it was funny. 

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The most interesting media today is around Russia and Ukraine. POTUS in writing praises Lithuania’s support for Ukraine, not doubt a cause for apoplexy in Moscow circles. Two truly bizarre reports out of Russia, the first being the Russian Foreign Ministry hyperinflating Ukrainian combat losses roughly 35-fold, the second being claims that Russia wants to “gift” Snowden to POTUS as a political sweetener – evidently the Russian campaign to build a globalised reputation for absolute perfidy even encompasses political asylum.

Russia is indeed self-typecasting itself into the image of the DPRK.

Since Amb Haley made her statement on Russia, the propaganda, spin and public advocacy emanating from Moscow has verged on the truly bizarre, not unlike the post MH17 flurry of falsehoods. It will be interesting to see whether the Russian propaganda machine attempts a recovery, or continues its current campaign of self-flagellation.

Some excellent Euromaidan essays, and a fascinating interview on Youtube about ferreting out Russian trolls in social media.

Donbass bombardment continues unabated.


Trump congratulates Lithuania, with focus on Ukraine, defense spending, fighting ISIS VILNIUS – US President Donald Trump has congratulated Lithuania on the upcoming independence anniversary, thanking for its support to Ukra…

As Fighting Escalates in Ukraine, Attention Focuses on Donald Trump – The New York Times The lack of a clear position on the conflict by the president has bewildered officials on both sides of the war, particularly in Ukraine.

Lithuanian Official: LITPOLUKRBRIG brings Ukraine closer to NATO | Defence Blog

Putin Said Plotting to Provoke a New Refugee Crisis to Influence Outcomes of Elections in EU – To Inform is to Influence Two days ago an esteemed colleague, speaking in Holland, asked for some examples of recent Russian misinformation and disinformation operations in Europe.  I conferred with another colleague, here in DC, and we agreed, the refugee crisis out of Syria and into Europe was by far the worst.  I gathered a ton of links and shared…

Russia Today Is Expanding In France And Preparing To Launch A French TV Channel – To Inform is to Influence The Russian broadcaster’s global influence is continuing to expand, with extra staff being hired ahead of the French presidential election – with a TV channel to follow by the end of the year. posted on Feb. 10, 2017, at 1:46 p.m. Jim Waterson BuzzFeed UK Political Editor David Perrotin Journaliste chez BuzzFeed News, France Russia…

Russian Foreign Ministry Hyper-Inflates Ukraine Casualties – To Inform is to Influence Here is a wonderful example of Russia twisting and fabricating the facts. Apologies, this refers to dead Ukrainians, brave soldiers and noncombatants. Senior Russian Foreign Ministry official, Dr. Igor Panarin, occasionally publishes the Russian version of a Battle Damage Assessment AKA body count. Please allow me to illustrate the absurdity of the Russian version of…

“Kyiv to talk about impossibility of local elections in Donbas,” – Poroshenko on coming Normandy Four ministerial meeting 10.02.17 19:26 – Kyiv to talk about impossibility of local elections in Donbas, – Poroshenko on coming Normandy Four ministerial meeting The Ukrainian president has stressed the elections in the Donbas will not be possible until Russia withdraws its troops. View news.

Gen Igor Romanenko | Putin’s “unsinkable aircraft carrier” in NATO’s southern underbelly Read online in the news feed of Ukraine’s UNIAN Information Agency – world from 10 February

We Are In A War Of Ideas – To Inform is to Influence Why Information Is More Important Than Cyber I speak with reporters almost every day, they want to know about the Russian hacking. I tell them, quite plainly, Russia hacked us, they’re still hacking us, and they will continue to hack us. We can only stop a percentage, the network administrators are only human.  They need to…

How Do We Fight A War Of Ideas? – To Inform is to Influence First, we need a “National Information Strategy”.  Making a great strategy takes time, so that effort must start immediately. Any and all maneuvering in the information space must fit within the limits stated there. Next, we need to establish Measures of Effectiveness or MOE. A combination of academics, practitioners, policy wonks, and corporate experts must…

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Stops Funding Magazine Critical Of Russia The decision to end partnership with The Interpreter predated Donald Trump’s victory, but fears remain over how U.S.-funded outlets will cover Russia.

What happened to Donald Trump’s Russia scandal? | MSNBC For a while, it looked like the biggest political scandal in at least a generation. But while Trump’s Russia scandal isn’t on the front page, it’s not over.

An agreement with Putin is an agreement with the devil – Ukraine’s vice-PM on European integration -Euromaidan Press Article by: Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Ukraine’s vice-prime minister on European integration On February 10, the German newspaper Die Welt published an article of the Ukrainian vice-prime minister on European integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze about the West’s policy regarding Ukraine and the dangers that this brings. Euromaidan Press, with the permission of the office of the vice-prime minister, is publishing the English version of the article. It has been mostly bad news for Ukraine lately. Thousands of civilians found themselves caught between frost and fire under Putin’s fierce onslaught in Donbas – the worst since early 2015. The Kremlin rubs its blood-smeared hands in anticipation of a new division of the world – anticipating that Ukraine is soon to be theirs. Meanwhile, many in the West seem to be contemplating “all options” to make a deal with Putin.

Rest assured, Marine Le Pen, sanctions against Russia work -Euromaidan Press |Article by: Dirk Mattheisen To hear Marine Le Pen talk, sanctions against Russia don’t work, and she stands a decent chance of being elected president of France. She has company here and there in odd places. The deputy speaker of the Serbian parliament, Gordana Chomich, recently said she could not support sanctions because they hurt the Russian people, and did sanctions actually target oligarchics anyway? So, do sanctions work and who do they harm? The best evidence for the success of sanctions is that Russia has not achieved its goals.

Five more disturbing revenants from Soviet past in Putin’s Russia | EUROMAIDAN PRESSEuromaidan Press |Even as Vladimir Putin claims that Russia is fated to have a great future, the Kremlin leader is doing little to end the impoverishment and repressions of Russians today and ever more to restore many of the worst features of the dark Soviet past. This week has brought five more examples of that retrograde trend. 1. Orwellian “Newspeak” in Russian Legal Practice Orwellian newspeak is returning to Russian legal practice at alarming rates. Asked by the regional news portal 7×7 to comment on the increasing use by officials of terms like “pseudo-religious,” “destructive organizations,” and “anti-social groups, SOVA Center director Aleksandr Verkhovsky said this is extremely dangerous.

How Russian state media misinformed the audience on the escalation in Avdiivka -Euromaidan Press |In 2014, NATO’s General Philipp Breedlove talked about Russia waging “the most amazing information warfare blitzkrieg we have ever seen in the history of information warfare” in relation to obfuscating over its intervention in Ukraine. This week we have seen the “fog of falsehood” fall again, this time in connection with recent violence in the Ukrainian city of Avdiivka. Avdiivka is on territory that should be under the full control of the Ukrainian army, according to the line of conflict stipulated in the Minsk Agreements. On the morning Sunday 29 January, the Ukrainian army reported that Russian-backed militants had begun shelling their positions there. The OSCE special monitoring mission positioned in the city flagged up hundreds of ceasefire violations in both directions of the front. Journalists reported that the shelling came from Russian-backed “separatists” (here, here, and here).

The Kremlin resumes its war against Ukraine, how should the EU react? | Marieluise Beck, German Bundestag -Euromaidan Press Article by: Marieluise Beck, Member of the Bundestag The arms never rested in Donbas. But now the war escalated again. The city of Avdiivka is bombarded from heavy artillery and rockets located in the living areas of Donetsk. Up to 20.000 people had to flee for their lives. Under extremely cold conditions the people had to persist with emergency heating, without electricity and flowing water. Up to 400.000 people are fearing the same destiny. This is a humanitarian catastrophe in the middle of Europe. We don’t have the time to discuss the content of the telephone conversation between President Trump and President Putin. Also we don’t have the time to speculate over the military actions of the Russian-sponsored warlords happening at the same time.

Kremlin trolls exposed: Russia’s information war against Ukraine -Euromaidan Press |UKRINFORM journalist Lana Samokhvalova found something strange while browsing facebook for a schedule of commemorative events dedicated to the Euromaidan Revolution– she accidently unearthed an entire network of very suspicious, self-identified “Ukrainian patriots.” She quickly realized they were Kremlin trolls who had been working systematically to destabilize the situation in Ukraine: “There was a very distinct pattern. Every two-three days, they’d urge people to bring Molotov cocktails to these commemorative events. To overthrow this government, to throw their Molotov cocktails and march on the government. It was very a distinct and systematic call for violence.” The moderator of the group, Mykola Hayduk, called himself Stepan Mazura at the time. It’s hard to keep track of who’s who; they change their display names regularly. But Lana pinned him as the lead author, primary source and instigator of would-be riots. In truth, however, he had no connection to Ukraine whatsoever– except for a patriotic profile picture.

Kremlin Trolls Exposed: Russia’s Information War Against Ukraine – YouTube While the devastation of Russia’s war in eastern Ukraine is easy to spot, the virtual battle between Moscow and the West remains covert. Thousands of interne…

How to Identify Russian Propaganda Terms – To Inform is to Influence A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official posted a link to an article on the “TV and Radio Company of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation “STAR”” at http://tvzvezda.ru/.   Farewell ceremony with Givi: video quadrocopters  The use of quadrocopters is hip, they “get it”.  Sorry, /end sarcasm. (Translation from Russian by my humble Chrome…

“They fire from a vehicle in a residential area so that we won’t retaliate,” – militants mortar Ukrainian positions near Donetsk. VIDEO 10.02.17 18:18 – They fire from a vehicle in a residential area so that we won’t retaliate, – militants mortar Ukrainian positions near Donetsk. VIDEO Russian militants have mortared Ukrainian positions in the vicinity of Donetsk. View video news.

Terrorists use Grads against Krasnohorivka, 120 mm mortars against Avdiivka, Krymske, – ATO Staff 10.02.17 20:00 – Terrorists use Grads against Krasnohorivka, 120 mm mortars against Avdiivka, Krymske, – ATO Staff Russian occupation forces keep breaching the truce. Overall, 34 attacks have been recorded today. Ukrainian troops have incurred no losses. View news.

Krasnohorivka pounded twice over day, militants fired 28 Grad missiles, used mortars and SPGs, – ATO Staff10.02.17 23:08 – Krasnohorivka pounded twice over day, militants fired 28 Grad missiles, used mortars and SPGs, – ATO Staff Krasnohorivka village (the Donetsk sector) has been attacked twice over the day. Terrorists used Minsk-proscribed weapons, including Grad rocket systems, tanks, and heavy artillery. View news.

Grads, tanks and mortars: Donbas militants attack Ukraine 63 times The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 63 times in the past 24 hours, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. News 11 February from UNIAN.

No one even asked their names over two weeks,” – terrorist Khodakovsky confirms Russian invaders’ reluctance to retrieve bodies of killed militants 10.02.17 17:21 – No one even asked their names over two weeks, – terrorist Khodakovsky confirms Russian invaders’ reluctance to retrieve bodies of killed militants The authorities of the so-called DPR refuse to retrieve the bodies of two killed militants, who have been lying on the battlefield near Avdiivka for two weeks after recent clashes. View news.

Ukraine troops in Donbas on forced defensive – Poroshenko Moscow is trying to share with Kyiv its responsibility for the escalation in Donbas; however, the Ukrainian army in Avdiyivka are on forced defensive, which is confirmed by NATO satellite imagery and intercepted communication of the militants, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday during his working trip to Ivano-Frankivsk region, according to&nbsp;an UNIAN&nbsp;correspondent. News 10 February from UNIAN.

Ukraine defense spokesman: “Army ready to fight back” | UNIANThe situation in the town of Avdiyivka in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, is tense, but the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and the local authorities control it, according to a Ukrainian defense ministry spokesman. News 10 February from UNIAN.

Ukrainian Soldiers Shoot Down Unidentified Drone Over the Combat Zone | Defence Blog

Ukraine Envoy to Britain comes up with witty response to interview request by infamous Graham PhillipsThe Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Kingdom has named a condition for an interview with a scandalous pro-Kremlin propagandist Graham Phillips following his written request. And it seems,&nbsp;Mr&nbsp;Phillips cannot find the condition acceptable. News 10 February from UNIAN.

Putin Hails Slovenia’s Offer to Host Summit With Donald Trump – NBC NewsIs a summit between President Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin in the offing in the First Lady’s birthplace, Slovenia?

Friday essay: Putin, memory wars and the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolutionHow is Vladimir Putin – for whom uprisings are anathema – treating this year’s centenary of the Russian revolution?

Russia Considers Returning Snowden to U.S. to ‘Curry Favor’ With Trump: Official – NBC News Trump has called the former NSA contractor a “spy” and a “traitor.

Russia considers giving Edward Snowden as ‘gift’ to Trump – NY Daily News Edward Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in 2013 after fleeing the United States.

Shinzo Abe visits Washington as Donald Trump pivots on Asia – CNNPolitics.com President Donald Trump now has his own Asia pivot.

Trump commits to Senkaku defense – The Japan News Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump in their first official meeting at the White House on Friday afternoon (early Saturday JST) agreed to further strengthen security ties and confirmed that U.S. forces will continue to be committed to defending the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture.

Beijing’s Patience Pays Off With Trump’s Reaffirmation of ‘One-China’ Policy – WSJChina’s wait-and-see approach to U.S. President Donald Trump’s periodic diplomatic outbursts has paid off with the president dropping his threat to upend a cornerstone of Beijing-Washington relations.

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