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Ukraine campaigning to strip Russia of UNSC veto rights. Amb Haley clobbers Russia again. Multiple essays arguing that Russia has nothing to offer for a deal, and multiple criticizing Putin. McMaster’s skepticism on Russia drawing attention. Russia bullies Sweden and Finland.
Artemenko charged with high treason. Criticism of Donbass passport decree producing more traffic. In Ukraine SBU breaks up influence ring among political staffers, manipulating bills and advice for money to favor a Russian position. SBU also arrests a Navy sailor who was claimed to be attempting to smuggle 12 AKMs to the Kiev Maidan commemoration and service to conduct a massacre.
China complains about USN exercises while finalizing ADA installations across the Great Wall of Sand.
Russian propaganda machine now targeting Sen McCain with what appears to be “fake news” via Wikileaks.
“Allegedly”, “pretense”. Words used by Tass, Russian-state owned and operated news source, with a surprisingly straightforward report on Ukraine’s attempt to remove Russia’s veto authority if the action involves Russia. Russia admits no guilt and accepts no blame. Ukraine is the current chair of the UN Security Council. Russian Ambassador to the UN Churkin just…
21.02.17 21:28 – UNSC requires immediate reform; abuse of veto power must end, – Klimkin Ukraine insists that a country involved in an international conflict be deprived of the U.N. Security Council veto power in decisions to resolve this conflict. View news.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, who is chairing today's meeting of the United Nations Security Council on unresolved conflicts in Europe, has called to reform the organization to prevent further veto power abuses by Russia. News 21 February from UNIAN.
Ukraine backs more sanctions against Russia in passport spat
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday underlined America’s “total commitment” to its European allies, echoing recent assurances by other administration figures to European leaders anxious about President Donald Trump.
The Trump administration threw its support unequivocally behind Ukraine Tuesday in that country’s ongoing conflict with Russia, informing the Kremlin that U.S. sanctions will remain in place until Russia ends its occupation of Crimea.
22.02.17 10:59 – Washington believes better US-Russia relationship possible after Kremlin fulfils its Minsk commitments and returns Crimea to Ukraine U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley admits possibility of better relationship between America and Russia after Moscow fully honors its Minsk commitments and returns control over Crimea to Ukraine. View news.
Nikki Haley also calls NATO the ‘strongest alliance in history,’ and adds US working to make organization ‘even more effective’
Montenegro’s chief special prosecutor has told a local TV station authorities believe Russian security services were behind a plot to kill the country’s then-prime minister and overthrow the government last October.
So Sergei Lavrov wants a new world order. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference this weekend, the Russian Foreign Minister called for a "post-West" international order in which &quo…
ON MY MIND The way the Kremlin is planning to spin the centennial of the 1917 revolution is coming into focus. As an editorial in Nezavisimaya Gazeta (featured below) points out, the Russia…
For all of Trump’s dreams of a “grand bargain” with Russia, Moscow isn’t ready to offer serious collateral
While the new US administration should be looking for areas of cooperation with Russia where possible, it should do so without compromising the United States’ principled stance on Ukraine. Any such compromise will have grave repercussions not only for security in Eastern Europe but also for the global nuclear nonproliferation regime.
The Long Read: Russia’s role in Trump’s election has led to a boom in Putinology. But do all these theories say more about us than Putin?
The remote control became one of Putin’s tools, the scepter of his power, and he developed an obsession with how different channels covered him
We overlapped, Vladimir Putin and me. Putin arrived in Dresden in August 1985 as a 32-year-old KGB major. He was working undercover as a consular officer, recruiting academics, journalists, and business people to spy for the Soviet Union in the West. I was in Dresden and throughout communist East Germany often in those days; I was a twenty-six-year-old high school German teacher and doctoral dissertation writer focused on Marxist-Leninist language theory and education in the so-called German Democratic Republic. We never met (as far as I know). But on some two dozen trips—and through acquaintances and good friends—I got a feel in the 1980s for the systematic and pathological perfidiousness of Putin’s intelligence world. That’s because Putin’s KGB was maker, mentor, and master of the Stasi, the ubiquitous East German secret police. And while the KGB (and its successor, the FSB) may remain a bit of a mystery, we have a good deal of information about its prized pupil.
Medical examiners who performed an autopsy on Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday that more tests are needed to determine how and why he fell ill in his office and later died.
Trump said he was “saddened” by the news and praised Vitaly Churkin as an “accomplished diplomat.”
So says Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, who predicts his GOP colleagues will come around to his way of thinking.
Western countries are still struggling to develop a long-term strategy to address the increasing problems that Russia poses for their security.
Russia to rely increasingly on nonnuclear deterrent
U.S. President Donald Trump has shown little patience for dissent, but that trait is likely to be tested by his new national security adviser, Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster.
Volatility in the administration’s staffing places Trump’s relationship with the United Nations on shaky ground.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the military neutrality of Sweden and Finland is fundamental to the security of the Baltic region. Lavrov made the comments on February 21 at a join…
Having once been a figure to rival such Soviet giants as Molotov and Gromyko, Sergey Lavrov is now reduced to a shadow of his old self.
The so-called “Artemenko peace plan” for Ukraine is a much larger plot than appears at first glance, with powerful hidden players.
21.02.17 16:33 – Legal proceedings initiated into suspicion of MP Artemenko’s high treason, – Lutsenko Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea based in Kyiv has initiated a criminal proceeding into suspicion of MP Andrii Artemenko of high treason. View news.
NATO is the "strongest alliance in history" and the United States is committed to its alliances in Europe, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on February 21. …
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that military force is becoming the main tool for resolving foreign policy issues, therefore Russia is set to further develop its strategic nuclear forces, an UNIAN correspondent in Moscow reported. News 21 February from UNIAN.
The Parliament of the Netherlands (Second Chamber) has the required number of votes to support the bill introduced by the country’s government with a proposal to ratify the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, an UNIAN correspondent reported following a Tuesday debate in The Hague, held in the presence of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Minister Bert Koenders. News 21 February from UNIAN.
In the former atheist stronghold, a law ‘protecting the feelings’ of religious believers enforces Russian Orthodox Christianity.
21.02.17 22:06 – “Constitutional referendum” in Nagorno-Karabakh is illegal, – Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Ukraine does not recognize the so-called constitutional referendum” that was held in Nagorno-Karabakh on Feb. 20. View news.
The saying “where there is conflict there is opportunity” rings true in the South Caucasus. Here, conflict with Russia provides Georgia an opportunity for continued American and European patronage. The perpetuation of conflict helps their allies on the ground. It can be argued that Georgians don’t want to resolve the conflict because continuing it ensures Western defense aid and makes the small country more important in international affairs. But at what point does conflict become too costly? While Trump’s first moves as president hangs perilously over Georgia, Tbilisi would be better off to keep Abkhazia open to the outside world before Georgia loses more than it bargained for. Like in varied theaters of conflict from Syria to Libya, from the Baltics to Belgrade, the future of Georgia and Abkhazia hang in the balances between Trump and Putin.
Greater cooperation with Russia cannot come at the expense of the security of Washington's European friends and allies, according to the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who addressed the UN Security Council Tuesday, according to RFE/RL. News 21 February from UNIAN.
Europe Needs a Hearts and Minds Campaign for Russia « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
Mapping the spread of antigay ideology
Even as Vladimir Putin decreed that Moscow recognizes documents issued by its clients the “Donetsk Peoples Republic” and the “Luhansk Peoples Republic,” Russian officials in at least seven places in the Donbas are reported to start handing out Russian passports, a repetition of what Moscow did in South Ossetia in 2008. The two steps are in fact interrelated, Russian journalists Aleksandr Artishchenko and Lidiya Grigoryeva of the portal Versia suggest. They mean that residents of the “DNR” and “LNR” can now take Russian citizenship on the basis of their own documents rather than on those of Ukraine, thus easing and accelerating the process. And that in turn suggests three more important things, the two authors say. First, it is an indication that Moscow may very well have had enough with negotiating about the fate of the Donbas and is prepared to live with or at least threaten to live with a frozen conflict there for a long time. Second, it is a statement of contempt about Western sanctions, an indication to the world that Moscow is no longer impressed by them or affected by them in such a profound way that there is any chance that it will change its policy in Ukraine no matter how long they remain in place. And third, it creates a situation in which Moscow can, as it has in South Ossetia, gradually move toward annexation, something that Artishchenko and Grigoryeva say there is ever more support for in Russia. They say that there will be demonstrations in support of that across Russia next weekend.
Oleksandr Turchynov: By having signed a decree on recognition of passports and other documents of the so-called LNR and DNR, Putin left the Minsk process – National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine
By having signed a decree on recognition of passports and other documents of the so-called LNR and DNR, Putin left the Minsk process, Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov stated. According to him, the Minsk process involves de-occupation of Donbas and its return to the legal field of Ukraine. “By having signed this decree, Putin legally recognized quasi-state terrorist groupings that previously had been covering Russia’s occupation of Donbas like a fig-leaf”, – Oleksandr Turchynov said. “Such a step by the Kremlin, – Secretary of the NSDC Ukraine underscored, – completely negates the Minsk process and equals to Russia’s statement about leaving it”.“
21.02.17 18:18 – Russia seeks to make Ukrainians believe they live in a fake state, – Lutsenko Russia is trying to represent Ukraine as a failed state. View news.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley, during which the parties discussed the enhancement of strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States and ways to counteract Russian aggression, according to the president's press service. News 22 February from UNIAN.
21.02.17 23:35 – Poroshenko meets with Senator Durbin and Congressman Quigley. PHOTO President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with U.S. Senator Richard Durbin and U.S. Congressman Michael Quigley. View photo news.“
21.02.17 16:57 – We need to steamroll law on Russian language, can pay one grand extra, – SBU wiretaps conversations of intermediaries using Russian money for bribing Ukrainian politicians. VIDEO The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) published wiretapped talks between members of the group mediators involved in bribing Ukrainian politicians using Russian money. View video news.
Ukraine’s security service has gone public with communication intercepts proving Moscow funds anti-Ukrainian motions in Rada and local councils across Ukraine. News 21 February from UNIAN.
A Ukrainian Navy contracted serviceman who intended to bring 12 Kalashnikovs and an SVD sniper rifle to the Maidan was detained by Ukraine’s military prosecutors Tuesday, according to the country’s top military prosecutor Anatoliy Matios. News 21 February from UNIAN.
21.02.17 23:02 – SBU seizes 12 AK rifles, foils attack on Maidan tomorrow, – Matios. PHOTOS Ukraine’s Chief Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios has reported the seizure of weapons that he says were meant to be used at Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square tomorrow. View photo news.
21.02.17 17:48 – Revolution of Dignity continues. You need to pump up this bubble by making more calls for it, – FSB instructs Russian mercenary Dolgov. AUDIO The Kremlin instructed “DPR” terrorist and Kharkiv antimaidan leader Konstantin Dolgov to call on Ukrainians to take part in new riots against the government. View video news.
Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 59 times in the past 24 hours with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. News 22 February from UNIAN.
Russia's occupation forces have changed tactics of warfare near the town of Avdiyivka: the intensity of attacks has decreased since morning, but enemy snipers have advanced to the forefront, according to a Ukrainian defense ministry spokesman. News 21 February from UNIAN.
21.02.17 14:11 – Three Russian invaders planting minefield in occupied Donbas killed after triggering own mine, – Ukraine’s defense intelligence agency The number of non-combat losses continues growing in the ranks of the Russian occupation forces deployed in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. View news.
22.02.17 12:29 – I am certain there will be case in The Hague’s Criminal Court against Putin and his cronies, – Justice Minister Petrenko Ukraine’s Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko believes that the International Criminal Court will hear a separate case on Russian President Putin’s involvement in the Donbas war crimes. View news.
Again, this paper is calling Russia soldiers “separatists”. It is helping perpetuate Russian propaganda. </end editorial> It is reported that the separatists receive tanks, anti-tank weaponry and anti-aircraft missiles 09:35, 22 February 2017 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) announced about the Russia’s weapon deliveries to the self-proclaimed “republics” of Donbas. This information was stated…
A Polish delegation headed by lawmaker Malgorzata Gosiewska visited the frontline town of Avdiivka on February 18. Two days later EU Commissioner Christos Stylianides and MEP Rebecca Harms made their trips to Donetsk Oblast.
The blockade of coal supply from the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is a hot topic of last week’s political battles. Activists and politicians have been blocking few railroad hauls in Donetsk and Luhansk regions since January. This have hindered the supply of anthracite for Ukrainian thermal power plants. The government announces rolling blackouts and summons Anticrisis energy staff and admits the possibility of power cutoffs in 7 regions. Blockade organizers give their reasons. Blockade activists say that trading with the occupied areas is equal to trading on the blood. To officially cease commercial activities, a respective law needs to be adopted, it will stop the flows of money to “DNR” and “LNR”. In their opinion, the militants get their profits from commerce with Ukrainian companies.
Activists have been blocking several railway lines connecting the Donbas with its occupied parts since January. The blockade created obstacles for transportation of coal for anthracite-fired power plants in Ukraine and of iron ore raw materials for steel works on the uncontrolled territories. On February 20, the Metinvest Group operating factories on both sides of the frontline reported that its plant and coal company in the occupied regions halt production:
Nearly 10,000 dead. Approximately 23,000 wounded. And almost 1.8 million displaced. These are the human costs of Russia's aggression in Ukraine, which began three years ago this week. …
Arguments put forward by Nord Stream 2’s Brussels lobbyist in defence of the Russian-led project are not consistent and ignore some basic facts.
YOUNG British troops are set to be targeted by Russian babes trying to lure them into a honeytrap, it has been claimed.
Part or all of eight Russian regions will be under water by mid-century as a result of global warming and the melting of permafrost, a development that experts say will force the Russian government to radically change its development plans for the resource-rich and security-important Far North, according to researchers in the Urals. Climate specialists at the Urals Federal University have determined, Igor Pushkaryov reports on the Znak portal, that the melting of the permafrost over the next three decades mean that “part of the territory of eight regions of the Russian Federation will disappear under water.” Temperatures above the permafrost zone have changed “sharply” over the last 50 years, the researchers say. Earlier, they averaged about minus 10 degrees centigrade; now the average minus five degrees, and when they reach “plus one,” the experts say, “the permafrost will thaw and everything will collapse.”
Events unfolded once again at a swirling pace in 2016. Terrorists hit Europe’s capital in March. The British population voted for Brexit in June. Turkish armed forces failed to topple Erdoğan in July. A resurgent Russia flexed its military muscles again in the Middle East and actively interfered in American elections, in which the American population elected Trump, in November. We are worried but certainly not surprised by the volatility of contemporary international relations.
MOSCOW — On February 14, a 10-year-old girl in the St. Petersburg suburb of Kirishi was hospitalized with a concussion and other injuries after falling from a window. Local media cited &quo…
Seldom do I label anyone a Useful Idiot or Propagandist for Russia, but Dan Kovalik has worked hard to earn that title with this piece. As an expert, I proudly declare, he deserves it. He has light years to go to be on the same level as Stephen F. Cohen, but he’s trying. As I…
Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.
Retired Adm. James Stavridis says the U.S. is unprepared to tackle cyberthreats.
Fifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.“
*argh* The phrase “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate” is a quotation from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, spoken in the movie first by Strother Martin (as the Captain, a prison warden) and later, abridged, by Paul Newman (as Luke, a stubborn prisoner). – Wikipedia Dr. Ken Geers is a friend of…
A few months ago I began noticing Russian sites posting copies of mostly US publications on Information Operations, some Electronic Warfare, but very, very few about cyberwar. I noticed a few trends. All the domains are used once The spellings of the domains are seemingly random Many of the books are copyrighted and blatantly stolen…
We must learn from the past, anticipate the future and concentrate on identifying what would be considered a force multiplier in cyberspace.
Russia’s sanctioned banks get a credit upgrade, but Washington-Moscow relations don’t look to be in reset mode.
Donald Trump Will Design a New Middle East « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
The USS Carl Vinson, began ‘routine operations’ in the South China Sea on Saturday amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway.
While the Pentagon insists its warship maneuvers – the first under President Donald Trump – are routine, Beijing has denounced them as a threat.
Or is the new national security adviser on a collision course with Steve Bannon?
China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters.
China is reportedly nearing completion of more than 20 buildings on the artificial islands it constructed in the South China Sea that would be able to house long-range surface-to-air missiles.
In the beginning, they didn’t care for Donald Trump.
The John McCain Russian saga keeps getting more bizarre. Sen. John McCain as a presidential candidate in 2008 directly and illegally propositioned Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, to donate to the McCain/Sarah Palin GOP ticket, according to documents released by Wikileaks. Since the 2016 presidential election in Nov., Sen. McCain has accused Russia of hacking and meddling in U.S. politics and President Donald Trump’s successful campaign. But ironically it was McCain himself who forced Russia to interfere in the 2008 presidential campaign by asking the ambassador and Russian embassy for a campaign contribution. Adding intrigue to an already bizarre story, True Pundit recently contacted Russia’s Permanent Mission (embassy) in New York for comment from Ambassador Churkin regarding McCain’s unorthodox written request for money. By Tuesday, however, diplomatic staff reported Ambassador Churkin had died suddenly at the embassy late Monday. NBC News has framed the death as suspicious.
President Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, hasn’t shied away from expressing strong public opinions on military and strategic issues.
Book excerpt — national security advisor at war: McMaster as a colonel in Iraq « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
Priebus wriggles in his effort to deny campaign involvement.
Trump vehemently denies any connection to Putin, but his actions, or lack thereof, suggest otherwise.
Solving problems trumps understanding problems.
Melania Trumps reluctance to leave New York for the White House has been ascribed to her desire that son Barron isnt uprooted during the school year probably true to her dislike of the White house possibly true.