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Putin may have shown his hand, arguing that Ukraine intends to escalate in Donbass, so this may be flagging an offensive again. Pointkovsky predicts increased aggression and risk taking by Putin.
Claim the FENCERs harrassing the Porter were armed with FAB250 – i.e. Russian Mk.82-ski – photos.
Klimkin very busy in DC, with Congress, think tanks, and visiting DepSecDef.
DefMin Poltorak says Ukrainian aircraft will return fire if fired upon by the Russians over the Black Sea.
Ukrainian troops at Avdiivka describe Russian troops: “they squeak like mice”.
NYT story on bogus Ukrainians, i.e. Russians, supporting anti-EU vote in Holland.
Ukrainian authorities seek military solution to Donbas conflict, conduct subversive activities in Russia, – Putin 16.02.17 15:48 – Ukrainian authorities seek military solution to Donbas conflict, conduct subversive activities in Russia, – Putin The Ukrainian authorities are intent on disrupting the Minsk agreements by escalating the situation in the country’s southeast. View news.
SU-24, WHICH FRIGHTENED THE DESTROYER USS PORTER IN THE BLACK SEA WERE ARMED! (A PHOTO) Recently the Russian media, with the inherent morality highly spiritual excitement, savored the news that on February 10, flying the Russian VKS scrap once again gave unsafe circus over the US destroyer USS Porter Navy. Of course, as is characteristic of the Russians, the news was presented ala “which have no analogues in the world of middle-aged Su-24 scared cowardly Yankees!” Yes, an exaggeration ruSSoSMI obvious, and only for that experienced sailors of USS Porter so is this what would flying junk in their area is not left a corkscrew in the sea surface. After all, with creased incidents MiG-29K and Su-33, the composition of another historic site of the Russian Federation, “Admiral Kuznetsov” army exclude such state of emergency would be naive. And there was such confusion, again, the whole gembel the mountain-rescue pilot to lay on the shoulders of USS Porter. But it’s all a joke, and now the serious and very alarming fact. The fact that the incident on February 10 was in its composition as a mediocre performance, three acts. In the first, on the destroyer flew the Su-24MR and Su-24M, during the second act was just one of the Su-24, and in the third act granted the anti-IL-38. But, because that’s what the whole point – if earlier similar incidents treated only “take the weak”, and planes were not payload, this time the Su-24 aircraft were armed with bombs FAB-250! In other words, a direct threat to the destroyer still took place. Here such, getting stronger US-Russian friendship! Interestingly, as reported by Donald to his statements about the Crimea, or after?
Paul Goble | End of Kremlin’s dream of ‘Big Deal’ with Trump makes Putin more dangerous not less | EUROMAIDAN PRESSEuromaidan Press | Andrey Piontkovsky is undoubtedly correct that “’a big deal’” between Moscow and Washington has become “impossible” given the fallout from the Flynn scandal because “any step by Trump in this direction would mean for him political death.” But while the Russian commentator doesn’t say so in his latest article, the apparent collapse of Putin’s calculations that the new US Administration he so openly has backed would deliver just such a deal may in fact make the Kremlin leader more dangerous in the short term for at least two reasons.
Trump’s Valentine card for Ukraine – News about politics | UNIAN Read online in the news feed of Ukraine’s UNIAN Information Agency – politics from 16 February
Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work’s Meeting with Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > News Release View Deputy Secretary of Defense Spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson provided the following:Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work met with Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin at the Pentagon today. The two leaders discussed the recent,
U.S. to support buildup of Ukraine’s military potential – Pentagon Washington said that the United States would continue to support the buildup of a capacity of Ukraine’s forces, the U.S. Defense Department press service reported following a Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work's meeting with Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin Wednesday. News 16 February from UNIAN.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin opened the VIII Security Forum in Washington – News – MFA of Ukraine Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine opened the VIII Security Forum in Washington, D.C., which was held at the Library of Congress. Pavlo Klimkin thanked the U.S. Congress for bipartisan support of Ukraine, which is of great significance for the security of Ukraine and the world. He underlined the practical value of American assistance aimed at strengthening defense capabilities of Ukraine. Namely, the Minister noted the productive training of Ukrainian military by U.S. instructors. He emphasized that Ukraine’s Armed Forces have proven their combat effectiveness and readiness to deter Russian aggression, which was once again shown during recent escalation due to the actions of Russian-terrorist forces in Avdiivka. Pavlo Klimkin also emphasized that peace in Donbas could be renewed only when Russia fulfills its obligations under Minsk Agreements. “First and foremost, this concerns the ceasefire, access of international observers who would have the possibility to carry out monitoring and verification, withdrawal of arms and release of hostages.” The Minister also emphasized the need to de-occupy Crimea and restore territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin met with leading experts at Washington think-tanks – News – MFA of Ukraine Мinister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin met with Heritage Foundation experts to share his vision of the US-Ukraine Strategic Partnership. He underlined the importance of continuous unwavering support of Ukraine by the United States. Discussing the upcoming Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedoms 2016, Minister Klimkin emphasized Ukraine’s efforts to build strong anticorruption institutions and highlighted the results of their work, as well as outlined the steps taken to further strengthen the rule of law in Ukraine. At the Atlantic Council, the Minister also discussed Ukraine’s efforts to implement Minsk agreement, de-occupy Crimea, carry out fundamental reforms and consolidate international support for Ukraine under the U.S. leadership. The Minister also emphasized the importance of support of Ukraine by the new U.S. Administration to enhance our country’s defense capabilities, while Ukraine is defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity. During the discussion with representatives of the U.S. Senate, Administration and experts organized by the American Foreign Policy Council, Minister Klimkin called for continued U.S. support of Ukraine and emphasized Ukraine’s determination to further strengthen the Strategic Partnership with the United States.
AFU will open fire on the Russian military in the event of an attack from the rigs in the Black Sea The armed forces are going to open fire in case of an attack on combat aircraft by the Russian military on the occupied rigs in the Black Sea. About this to Ukrainian News reported the Minister of Defense, Stepan Poltorak. Thus he commented on the shelling by the Russian security forces aircraft Ukrainian Navy AN-26 on February 1, over the Black Sea near Odessa. “There was no fighting, and transport aircraft If you open fire on combat aircraft, we will certainly open fire in the response if there is shelling our combat aircraft in our territory, the pilot has the right and is obliged to open fire..”, – Stressed the Minister. Poltorak also said that Ukraine will not stop the execution of certain operations in the area of the Black Sea. “The tasks that are performed there, they will perform situations, when we are constantly provoking Russia, they are and will be.” – He said. The Minister stressed that the Ukrainian military plane flight took place exclusively within the territory of Ukraine. Recall, the naval forces of the Armed Forces said the shelling by the Russian security forces of the AN-26 on Wednesday. Later became known details of shelling by the Russian security forces transport plane An-26 of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Note that the photos were also published airframe damage, which is not “tally” with the words of the representatives of Russia.
Ukraine will not stop the execution of certain operations in the area of the Russian captured drilling rigs in the Black Sea – Poltorak The armed forces are going to open fire in case of fire fighting aircraft by the Russian military in the occupied rigs in the Black Sea. This Ukrainian News reported Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, transmit Tsenzor.NET . Also read: The bullet that hit in the Ukrainian aircraft over the Black Sea, will be the proof of the international criminal court – Matios Thus he commented on the shelling by the Russian security forces aircraft Ukrainian Navy AN-26 on February 1, over the Black Sea near Odessa. “There was no fighting, and transport aircraft If you open fire on combat aircraft, we will certainly open fire in the response if there is shelling our combat aircraft in our territory, the pilot has the right and is obliged to open fire..”, – Stressed the Minister. Poltorak also said, Ukraine will not stop the execution of certain operations in the area of the Black Sea. See the “Tsenzor.NET: Snipers with trapped occupants drilling platform” Chornomornaftohaz “fired Ukrainian ship” Pochaev “, – the Ukrainian Navy photo essay. ” Tasks that are performed there, they will perform. Situations where we are constantly provoking Russia, they are and will be “- he said. The minister stressed that the Ukrainian military plane flight took place exclusively within the territory of Ukraine. As reported Tsenzor.NET , the aircraft of the Naval Forces of Ukraine An-26 was shot April 1 at 10:20 of the Odessa gas field in the Black sea. On the plane opened fire from small arms to the side of the small anti-submarine ship Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. In addition, the AN-26 was accompanied by a detection station anti-missile system. Ukrainian plane was damaged hull, the crew was not injured.
Soldiers protecting Avdiyivka: We have shown that we have learned how to fight – they squeak like mice Ukrainian troops continue to hold positions in the industrial zone Avdeevka. Landscapes on “zero” on the front portion tamoshnem apocalyptic, according to a story TSN. Despite the fact that the military has had to wait for hours under fire in inconvenient places, they did not complain about his fate. “There is a fight with someone, someone to be with someone to emulate,” – says the fighter with the call sign “Student”, who spoke about this family, which is at the forefront of his comrades-in-arms. Ordinary soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have learned very well to do their job. “We have shown that we have learned how to fight – they squeak like mice,” – said the soldier, “Huntsman” of the enemy. That is why on the opposite side of the front spread rumors about mercenaries from NATO and ruthless punishers – differently explain the success of the Ukrainian military there may not. “This is the usual propaganda, we will not pay attention, because it came here to do their duty to the Motherland”, – says the fighter with the call sign “The Kid.” Soldiers from all over Ukraine, with different fates are now risking their lives to the rear of their relatives could safely go to bed and wake up, have children and bring up patriots. “This is men’s work, to be performed by every man, and not hide in burrows,” – say the fighters.
War with Russia: We would lie in the snow for five hours. Now we know how to fight, – Ukrainian scouts near Avdiivka. VIDEO – fighter, war, intelligence, military actions, Avdiivka, Russian aggression against Ukraine, War with Russia, Avdiivka fighting (16.02.17 15:02) « Video news | EN.Censor.net 16.02.17 15:02 – We would lie in the snow for five hours. Now we know how to fight, – Ukrainian scouts near Avdiivka. VIDEO Ukrainian scouts – the eyes and ears of the strong point outside Avdiivka – say they can lie in the snow for hours to get useful reconnaissance data. View video news.
Avdiivka shelled: Eight houses damaged in last night attack on Avdiivka, no casualties reported, – National Police. PHOTOS – fighter, shoot out, Avdiivka, Abroskin, infrastructure, Russian aggression against Ukraine, Avdiivka shelled (16.02.17 12:32) « Photo news | EN.Censor.net 16.02.17 12:32 – Eight houses damaged in last night attack on Avdiivka, no casualties reported, – National Police. PHOTOS Last night, enemy artillery struck a residential area in the so-called “old Avdiivka” (a part of the town closer to the front line). The attack damaged civilian homes with one house having been completely obliterated by fire. So far, no… View photo news.
Fake News, Fake Ukrainians: How Russians Tilted a Dutch Vote – The New York TimesWith Europe facing critical elections, fears of Russian meddling are high. Many officials say the first test comes in March in the Netherlands.
Paul Goble | Moscow acting in the Arctic the way Beijing is in the South China Sea, French analyst says | EUROMAIDAN PRESSEuromaidan Press | Moscow is now acting in the Arctic the way Beijing is in the South China Sea, a Russian move that challenges the US and the West even more than Chinese actions, French commentator Jean-Michel Bezat writes in Le Monde; and Washington in the minds of many needs “to show the Kremlin ‘an Arctic fist.’” In an article published four days ago, Bezat says that the retreat of the Arctic Sea’s ice cover has awakened “predatory instincts” especially among Russians who see the region not only as a source of wealth but as a place to reassert Russia’s lost greatness by projecting power. Vladimir Putin announced a new Russian Arctic strategy shortly before he invaded Ukraine, Bezat continues, a move that many at the time saw as a logical development but that now looks more like aggression. He adds that many US conservatives are alarmed “Trump isn’t doing anything” despite his tough talk about Beijing’s moves in the South China Sea.
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Russian troops Georgia: NATO urges Russia to withdraw troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia – Abkhazia, Georgia, NATO, Ossetia, Russia, Stoltenberg, Russian troops Georgia (16.02.17 16:08) « News | EN.Censor.net 16.02.17 16:08 – NATO urges Russia to withdraw troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia The NATO secretary general has called on Russia to respect the territorial integrity of Georgia. View news.
France Warns Russia Over ‘Interference’ In Presidential Election France says it will not accept meddling by Russia or any other country in its upcoming presidential election, and that it could respond to such interference with "retaliatory measures." …
Russian Anti-Gay Lawmaker Caught Shopping For Embargoed Fish In Finland A prominent Russian lawmaker who has praised the Kremlin's trade embargo on European Union goods has been photographed outside a fish shop in Finland and accused of unpatriotically buyin…
The pull of Putin – BBC News What attracts some Western politicians to the President of Russia?
President Trump’s Boris Yeltsin Moment – Bloomberg View Washington is starting to look a lot like Moscow in the 1990s.
NATO survival will depend on Germany – POLITICO Europe is $100 billion short of strategic autonomy. Berlin could close that gap.