Good essay by Michel on lethal aid, while Larison regurgitates a bundle of Russian / Rice arguments for throwing Ukraine to the Bear. Remouchamps restates arguments put for many months by Karber and others in the US, which is good, not so good is his failure to acknowledge US argument on the matter – “Under European noses, …” would have been a more accurate title. Dickinson essay is excellent and long overdue – the denial is not just Putin’s, but much of Russia’s, clinging to delusional stereotypes of Ukraine – the Russian invasion force was greeted with AK-74s, 152mm arty and T-64Bs, instead of the expected flowers. Fascinating 1995 interview with assassinated Chechen President Dudayev, formerly a Soviet strategic bomber pilot and later two-star general, discussing early 1990s Russian planning to overrun Crimea, the Baltic states, and parts of Central Asia. MJ report on the Russians feeding the alt-right media campaign against NatSecAvd McMaster. Many reports on Georgia, including an item by Ruger that could have been scripted in Moscow. Russia seems to have a myriad of little helpers in the US claiming to be “conservative”, yet promoting a demonstrably fascist regime’s agenda, putting them politically outside conservative values and ethics.
Multiple reports on Russia’s descent, the most interesting being a poll that indicated the Russian public has abandoned the decades running priority of stability / status quo, and wanting change – exactly the opposite of Putin’s offering.
Saakashvili speculates that Belarus will be annexed during Zapad-2017.
Moldova is seeing a war of words involving the Russian proxy Pres Dodon, Russian Deputy PM Rogozin, chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Kalashnikov, and the Moldovan parliament, with Rogozin winning another COCW Award – Russia is far more of a fascist state than Moldova could ever try to be. Russia is not in the position to protect Transnistria short of conquering Ukraine completely to gain access.
Zapad-2017 remains a major topic in Ukraine. Most surprising reports cover the Czech ambassador to Kyiv, Radek Matula, announcing the Czech govt is lifting its arms embargo on Ukraine and ready to supply weapons, while lambasting Putinist president Zeman in Prague. Donbass fires continue, more harassment of OSCE. New T-72AMT upgrade package displayed, intent to rebuild 300-500 mothballed examples, the upgrade adds numerous components from the T-80 and Ukrainian T-64BM upgrades. Ukraine selects Turkey’s Aselsan as the supplier for VHF digital jam resistant encrypted Army field radios, intended to recapitalise all Soviet era Army radios. History spat with Poland expands, Lithuania also taking offence. Saakashvili and Klimkin tit-for-tat.
Iranian RPV flown into USS Nimitz landing pattern, forcing a Rhino to evade a collision.
The DPRK is the major media topic, following POTUS’ warning that threats of nuclear attack will not be tolerated by the US, the DPRK playing its escalation game immediately canvassed a nuclear strike on Guam. The DPRK is rapidly talking itself into a regime change scenario / outcome – and as noted yesterday, intentionally ignores the inevitable outcome of a WMD strike on the US – annihilation of the DPRK. The DPRK appear to be playing the famous “madman strategy” to increase the effect of their extortion game, that is a really dumb play given the force ratios involved, and makes a convincing strategic case for regime change even if costly – a madman is not a rational player like an extortionist, and cannot be trusted to behave. Reports on DIA assessment claiming the DPRK may be able to now build compact nuclear warheads. Farrell essay on DPRK land campaign planning is very good. RoK orders more Taurus KEPD 350K ALCMs. Fisher on China’s new DF-31AG ICBM.
Germany now has three political parties captured by Russia, the major SDP and minor FDP and Die Linke, showing how effectively Russia was able to corrupt Germany’s political centre-Left and far-Right. While they may not have the numbers to take the Chancellorship, they will continue to drive Germany away from the US and NATO positions.
LtGen Stewart restates what the IW and modern strategy communities have argued to no avail for 20 years. Stratfor on hybrid warfare. Indonesia closes a barter deal with Russia for 11 x Su-35S FLANKER F, putting it at the top of the regional air power pack, including the long term defanged / neutered RAAF.
Most interesting US domestic report is poll on reader trust of MSM, where US media fell well behind British media. Manafort is making headlines again, following a raid by the Bureau.
Russia / Russophone Reports
Sending weapons to Kiev would raise the cost of Moscow’s continued territorial aggression …
If the U.S. sends weapons with the intent of “raising the cost” for Russia in Ukraine (i.e., killing their soldiers and proxies), Russia could do the same thing to endanger U.S. forces in Syria, Afghanistan, or elsewhere. If the U.S. is going to risk that sort of reaction, there has to be a much more compelling reason than sending a “signal.” There isn’t one, and that’s why arming Ukraine would be an act of stupendous folly.
In the last few months, I have repeatedly warned about Putin’s shifting approach to Russia’s involvement in eastern Ukraine. In spite of this, there has been very little coverage in the mainstream media and scant debate amongst the elite political circles, with both being more interested in the perceived mistakes committed by Donald Trump rather than acknowledging and responding to the very real threat of Putin’s increased foreign policy activity. Meanwhile, there are many signs that Russia is increasing its military activity near Ukraine. From right under the noses of politicians and the media they’ve completely missed increased Kremlin activity. The Kremlin reorganized, strengthened and attracted forces to the Donbas region and the border area with Russia to “correct” the existing borders. Putin had accurately calculated that Russia’s advance would be unchecked by the West and counted upon the lack of a “joined up” response by NATO and the EU at large. This assessment and understanding additionally strengthened Putin’s resolve to take a firmer rein upon Ukrainian territory. Putin shows no signs of stopping and for the purposes of clarity for our green table experts, the recent efforts of the Russian Napoleon are set out in the points below.
In the last few months, I have repeatedly warned about Putin’s shifting approach to Russia’s involvement in eastern Ukraine. In spite of this, there has been very little coverage in the mainstream media and scant debate amongst the elite political circles, with both being more interested in the perceived mistakes committed by Donald Trump rather…
When historians look back at the collapse of Russia-Ukraine relations, they will likely pinpoint the invasion of Crimea as the decisive moment. The 2014 military takeover of Ukraine’s southern peninsula and the subsequent Kremlin-led hybrid war in the east have forced Ukrainians into a fundamental reassessment of their attitudes toward Russia. It has poisoned bilateral ties and transformed what was essentially a trade dispute into the geopolitical divorce of the century. On a personal level, the impact has been particularly painful. Thousands of extended families living on both sides of the border are no longer on speaking terms. Lifelong friendships have fallen victim to the polarization of propaganda. As the conflict has dragged on, rivers of hate have created an entirely new topography, obliterating the blurred borders and casual sense of community that once drew Russians and Ukrainians together as kindred spirits in a wider world. On the national level, survey after survey has reflected a massive shift in Ukrainian public opinion. Formerly solid support for closer ties with Russia has evaporated, while membership of the European Union and NATO have become increasingly appealing. The war has proved a watershed moment in Ukraine’s nation-building experience, forcing Ukrainians to address issues of national identity after decades of post-Soviet ambiguity. Record numbers now self-identify as Ukrainians, with the rising profile of Russian-speaking Ukrainians one of the major social breakthroughs since 2014. Nobody talks about Russian fraternity anymore, except in the most bitterly sarcastic of terms. Many in Moscow will no doubt hope this violent swing in public opinion is reversible. After all, history is full of warring nations that rebuilt ties once the bloodletting stopped.
Russia intended to deploy troops to the Crimea immediately after the First Chechen War, and it also planned to occupy the former Soviet republics, a Chechen general and politician, Dzhokhar Dudayev, declared in an interview in an interview published on YouTube earlier in 1995, Transmits TSN. He said that Russian troops had to be transferred from Chechnya to the Crimea. And then the Crimea. The campaign in Chechnya was coming to an end, and all these troops had to move to the Crimea. Russians also have plans to occupy Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, “Dudayev said. In addition, he already said in 1995 that there will be a conflict between Ukraine and Russia. In the Crimea there will still be slaughter. Ukraine will still clash with Russia on the irreconcilable. While Russism exists, he will never give up his ambitions. Russia is essentially a racketeer. It is threats, it is beating out its tanks, threatening to give nuclear technology to Iran. If the civilized world does not want this, then let it give money, “the general said. It is worth noting that the First Chechen War took place between 1994 and 1996, the second war between Russia and Chechnya was from 1999 to 2009 (active hostilities were held until 2000). Jokhar Dudayev was a Chechen military, state and political figure, leader of the Chechen liberation movement in the 1990s. On September 27, 1991, he became president of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. However, the Moscow authorities did not recognize the state, in connection with which the First Chechen War began. According to the Russian military, during this war Dudayev was killed.
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The United States will send a company of paratroopers to Estonia during the time when Russian-Belarussian exercises Zapad 2017 are held. …
As Trump spoke, Russian-linked social-media networks were busy attacking Trump’s national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, using the same type of digital operations that the Kremlin deployed against the 2016 presidential election. Russian-linked Twitter accounts had for days been piling onto a growing campaign by the so-called alt-right to purge Trump’s national security adviser—who is viewed by some of the president’s base as a “globalist tool” and a threat to their hardline nationalist agenda. Meanwhile, recent content from Russian state media RT and Sputnik has included stories such as “What’s Behind Trump’s Striking Back at Washington’s ‘Russophobes’”—a piece that went on at length about McMaster “falling out of favor with Trump.” Some of Russia’s digital efforts to continue to disrupt and influence US politics are now more in the open, thanks to “Hamilton 68,” a new dashboard tracing Russian-linked information warfare on Twitter. A project of the nonpartisan Alliance for Securing Democracy, Hamilton tracks 600 accounts in real time, analyzing “a network of accounts linked to and participating in Russian influence campaigns,” according to the site.The dashboard tracker shows that #FireMcMaster became a top trending hashtag on their global list last week. As the New York Times reported Friday, the #FireMcMaster hashtag was tweeted more than 50,000 times in the previous 48 hours. “Echoing the drumbeat were social media organs tied to the Russian government,” the Times said. The dashboard also shows that each day the Russian-led effort delivered some 20,000 to 25,000 McMaster-related tweets overall. “Here’s what #Putin wants Americans talking about,” tweeted former FBI agent Clint Watts, one of the cyber warfare experts behind the project. How did the campaign start? Hamilton 68 engineer J.M. Berger told Mother Jones, “It appears that the #FireMcMaster hashtag campaign may have originated on Reddit, and users there took it to Twitter and directed it to prominent alt-right figures until it began to trend. At some point in this process, the Russian influence networks picked up on it and began to amplify it as well.” “The Knives are Coming Out for H.R. McMaster,” is the way Business Insider described the spreading alt-right campaign on Friday, amid a fresh round of McMaster-bashing stories from Breitbart News and others. “Allies of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon intensified their battle against national security adviser H.R. McMaster this week as McMaster began asserting more control over the National Security Council and fired officials appointed by his immediate predecessor, Michael Flynn.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia and reiterated Russia’s support for the separatists. The Georgian government condemned the August…
On Tuesday, the ninth anniversary of the war between Russia and Georgia, Russian President Vladimir Putin took time off from shirtless fishing in Siberia to pay a visit to Abkhazia. That’s one of Georgia’s two occupied territories, recognized as independent by Russia since the war — and Putin’s trip comes exactly one week after Vice President Mike Pence visited Tbilisi and gave a shout out to Georgia’s hopes of joining NATO. (Keeping Georgia out of NATO was the driver behind the 2008 war.) The meeting between Putin and the so-called president of Abkhazia was a poke in the eye to Georgia — and understood as such. “We must not be provoked. We should keep peace as it is vitally important for us,” said Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, Georgia’s Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality. That sentiment was by Georgian officials in Washington. “We must do everything in our power to politically resolve our conflict with Russia in a peaceful and constructive manner with support from our international strategic partners,” David Bakradze, Georgian Ambassador to the United States, said in an email to Foreign Policy. “We are focused on ensuring reconciliation between our populations living on either side of the occupation line and uniting our country.”
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has said Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to the Abkhazia region of Georgia on the ninth anniversary of the armed conflict is detrimental to international efforts to find a peaceful and negotiated settlement. News 08 August from UNIAN.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to unrecognized Abkhazia, Reuters reports …
The anniversary of the 2008 Russo-Georgian war has once again brought Russia’s aggression against its neighboring states to the limelight. However, the Russi…
The Russo-Georgian war in 2008 lasted only 5 days.Yet, even in that short time, around 400 people were killed – many of whom were civilians. More than 1000 w…
Georgians linked arms on a highway in South Ossetia to protest the continued presence of Russian troops in the breakaway region. They joined a series of anniversary tributes to the victims of the five-day 2008 war with Russia. (RFE/RL’s Georgian Service)
Americans need to be alert to the reality that an alliance with Georgia ultimately risks the safety of their country and the lives of their troops. The United States should not take on such obligations lightly, and they must be rooted in its own interests first. Adding a weak dependent like Georgia creates more costs and problems than benefits. This is not a good deal for Americans and their safety.
The district prosecutor's office of Warsaw received a request from the Georgian Ministry of Justice to establish whether former Georgian …
A leading Russian pollster affiliated with a quasi-state agency says Russian society is increasingly looking to the Kremlin not for stability, but for change.
Russian political activist Ildar Dadin has filed a privacy-protection lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights against Russian authorities over the publication of footage showing him bein…
The coordinator of Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s presidential election campaign staff in the Siberian city of Barnaul has been detained. The chairwoman of the Barnaul branc…
The detention of a Siberian scientist turned high-tech entrepreneur stirs dismay as Russia struggles to diversify its faltering economy beyond oil and gas.
It isn’t the first time that Russian authorities have blocked the site, and it’s not the first time that they’ve been mocked on Twitter for it either ANDREW GRIFFIN @_andrew_griffin Thursday 15 September 2016 07:32 BST THE INDEPENDENT TECH Pornhub and YouPorn, the biggest adult websites in the world, have been blocked in Russia. And things…
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IT HAS been one of sport’s most compelling stories. News of a Russian doping programme first broke in December 2014, when the German broadcaster ARD aired a documentary in which Russian athletes described a conspiracy between coaches and drug-testers.
The upcoming Russian drill has concerned the Baltics, but it is Moscow-ally Belarus that should be worried, Mikheil Saakashvili says.
The Zapad 2017 war-games will take place next month in Russia’s neighboring ally of Belarus.
The dictator will have run out of money by the end of the year. Fines are a clever tactic. They will strangle us that way. The unemployed will not be able to pay off all the sum, but we see the tip of the iceberg. My fellow inmates, common people, did not go anywhere for help, they pleaded with the judge for a fine, because the cat was dying without water alone at home. Criminal proceedings have been initiated against the REP trade union that renders assistance as part of “BY_help” campaign. As well as against Henadz Fiadynich, a leader of the BNC and REP trade union. I want to say “the throne is shaking.” Some media outlets report that the economy has been pumped up with empty money from Russia, China, the EurAsEC foundation. They gave a gas grant and promised the oil required by Kabiakou. The Decree number three has been amended. There will not be mass extortions from the temporarily unemployed. ID cards, paid clinics, etc. Men under fifty, how often do you go there? Some economic observers believe that the social base of the autumn protests has become “blurred” … But according to the famous politician, not everything is rosy for the authorities. The payments on loan interest have come close to a dangerous line. There is no confirmation regarding the Chinese “easy” money. And with what he has at the moment, the dictator will have run out of money by the end of the year. We will succeed. If not me, then the others. I believe in it.
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Transnistria / Moldova Reports
The military infrastructure under the village of Bulboaca is only a few dozen kilometers from the border with the unrecognized Transdniestria. The other day at the training ground were joint American-Moldovan exercises Dragoon Pioneer. The President of Moldova many times opposed the republic’s accession to NATO and the participation of Moldovan military in the exercises of the member countries of the military bloc. The provocation was called the head of state and the intention of the US Navy to build military facilities in Bulboaq. “I regard this as another provocation from the government of Moldova. The construction of military facilities should be coordinated with the president of the country, who is also the supreme commander-in-chief. With us this issue was not agreed. We will understand, “- said Igor Dodon. The President assured that he would block these plans. According to the tender requirements, the future contractor must conduct “design and construction of facilities for military operations in urban development”. The preliminary amount of the contract is about 5 million lei. Comments from official representatives of the US Navy could not be obtained.
The main news of the last days. The situation around Transnistria and the reaction of world powers. The United States started construction of military facilities at the training ground in the village of Bulboaca. On the border of the Security Zone. In Russia they say they are ready to help Transnistria. The US is building up military influence in Moldova. According to the constitution, the neighboring country is neutral. This means refusing to participate in various military blocs and alliances. In fact – regular exercises of Moldovan and American soldiers, Washington’s assistance in the form of military equipment and weapons. Now here’s the possible construction of military-strategic facilities. Viktor Baranets, military expert: “Not only the American preparatory center, there are other plans in the Pentagon’s plans, there are plans in the Pentagon’s plans that relate to the deployment of anti-aircraft missile systems” Patriot “on the territory of Moldova. Since, according to the plans of the Pentagon, the US needs to close this Moldovan flank. ” The American construction of military facilities is planned in Bulboacs. At the very edge of the Security Zone. In an interview with Russian media, President Vadim Krasnoselsky said: “If the United States is building something or planning to do it in Moldova, and even at the contact line of the Moldovan military training ground with the Security Zone, the position of Russia and Ukraine as guarantor countries in the settlement of the Moldovan-Transdniestrian conflict is necessary” . Chisinau aggravates relations with Moscow, develops ties with NATO and the Pentagon. In such a situation, the role of Russian peacekeepers in maintaining peace in the region is growing. Russian deputies and senators speak about this. Bair Zhamsuev, deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security: “Our peacekeeping forces are in Transnistria. Therefore, we will certainly protect the peaceful inhabitants of Transnistria – this is what the US is counting on. True, I very much hope that we will not be able to go beyond diplomatic relations and continue to resolve this issue through negotiations. We need to show maximum flexibility so that the innocent inhabitants of this region do not suffer in the Transnistrian conflict. The situation there is complicated. ” Leonid Kalashnikov, chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, KPRF faction: “Naturally, Russia can not stay away from the fate of Transnistria, if only because 200,000 Russian citizens live there. By the way, there are more than 100 thousand Ukrainians there. And, of course, if necessary, Russia will find measures to protect the Transnistrians, and which – will depend on the nature of the situation. ” The Moldovan Defense Ministry explains the future construction for the money of the United States by modernizing the infrastructure for the training of Moldovan peacekeepers. But, as experience shows, the USA builds facilities in third countries with other purposes: as a rule, for direct cooperation with the NATO bloc.
The government of Chisinau is pro-Romanian and pro-fascist, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told ROSSIA-1 television channel , informs Monday open.md site. Rogozin made this statement Sunday night. The Russian official commented on the Romanian airspace overflight ban on the aircraft, mentioning that it is a “crime” committed by Chisinau and Bucharest. “It is a crime, because the border fuel plane landed in Minsk. Of course we will respond, it is important to understand how to react and, at the same time, to understand what is happening in Chisinau. My analysis says that Romania and the pro-Romanian and pro-fascist Moldovan government have been very impetuous in their tendency to be in tune with American politics, which implies only rusophobia, idiocy, sanctions and wild declarations, “Rogozin said. Subsequently, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia was declared persona non-grata by the authorities in Chisinau. Rogozin warned on Sunday evening that the evolution of the events in the Moldovan-Russian relations could lead to the re-emergence of the Transnistrian conflict. “This moment is of concern to us most,” the Russian official said in answer to the question whether the latest conflicts with the government in Chişinău could lead to a new conflict in the Dniester. “There is our military contingent, which keeps the warehouse of the former 14th Soviet Army. Secondly, there are our peacekeepers: about 450 people. And Moldova is constantly creating difficulties with the rotation of the militaries in the region, “the Russian dignitary said.
The Republic of Moldova is ready for any kind of reaction from Russia as a result of the declaration by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin as a persona non grata on the territory of this ex-Soviet republic, Chisinau Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu said . “We are a peaceful people, but that does not mean that we can stand up. We have officially expressed our attitude towards the events dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the peacekeeping operation in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova. , The parliament adopted a statement on the withdrawal of the Russian troops, and we were correct. “Someone seems to think that the official decisions of our authorities can be ignored,” said Andrian Candu, adding that “as before Be never “. “The Republic of Moldova has always respected all international partners and it is our right to expect a mutual attitude,” the Chişinău Parliament Speaker said.
Moldova follows Russia’s (bad) example by introducing draft legislation that would restrict the activities of 90% of its NGOs.
This was told by the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko in an interview with Liga.net . “First and foremost, the creation of a military grouping on the territory of Belarus is offensive, and secondly, we do not exclude the possibility that, under the guise of Zapad-2017 exercises, Belarus will create advanced weapons and military equipment that will enable the Russian Federation to short Terms to create new groupings, “Muzhenko said. He also noted that during the exercises “West-2107” Russia will apply its favorite tactics of “themtimes.” “Initially, it was announced the number of the Russian grouping is up to 3 thousand – now we see that it is already about 5 thousand, but in fact, I think this group will be much larger.” According to the principle of “they will”, “the chief of the General Staff added. He also stressed that the exercises are not limited to the territory of Belarus, a complex of exercises is planned: the creation of appropriate groups, the redeployment of military units, and on the territory of the Russian Federation, including along the border with Ukraine. “This is an attempt of pressure, not only on Ukraine, but also on the NATO member countries, first of all, the states of Eastern Europe: the Baltic countries and Poland,” summed up Muzhenko. Earlier, the IP group reported who really should be afraid of the West-2017 exercises,
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko says the format of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) may be changed if the situation in Donbas aggravates, according to LIGA.net. News 08 August from UNIAN.
Willem Aldershoff America’s freshly appointed “Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations” Kurt Volker visited the war zone in East-Ukraine in late July. In the warn-torn village of Avdiyivka he made some remarkable statements: the conflict is not “frozen, but a hot war” and “it is America’s main task to restore Ukraine’s integrity and sovereignty.” That is a fully different language than could be heard during the Obama presidency. Then the word “war” was not uttered, effective military support was withheld from Ukraine, and the solution of the conflict was left to the warring factions, supplanted by Germany and France. That this could not work becomes clear from the so-called “Minsk II agreement” of February 2015. Under pressure from a heavy military offensive in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian President Poroshenko was forced to eventually agree with this document that was co-signed by Germany, France, and Russia.
The Ukrainian government has terminated the intergovernmental agreement with Russia signed on July 18, 2003, regulating the procedure for cooperation in export of military products to third countries. The corresponding draft resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers on the termination of the agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Russian Federation on the procedure for cooperation in the export of military goods (products) to third countries was approved at a government meeting on Wednesday without a discussion. An explanatory note to the document available to Interfax-Ukraine says the adoption of the resolution will bring the bilateral legal framework in line with the current realities of Ukraine’s relations with Russia.
Russia has removed the restrictions on the length of time which citizens of the separatist-held territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces …
Czechia’s Ambassador to Ukraine Radek Matula has said there is a possibility to provide Ukraine with certain types of military equipment based on export licenses. “A possibility has opened for cooperating in the provision of several types of military equipment to Ukraine – of course, based on the standard process of export licensing. Until now, there were policy limitations on this from the Czech government. Since the winter of 2014 there was a ban on supplying military equipment and materials to Ukraine. We have now made this practice standard. This means that for each deal a license will be given,” Matula said in an interview with the Kyiv-based Ukrayinska Pravda e-zine. “We indeed believe it is important to keep the unity of the European Union, and therefore support sanctions against Russia until the full implementation of the Minsk peace agreements. Even after the situation in eastern Ukraine is resolved, Czechia will insist keeping sanctions in place regarding Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea,” the ambassador said.
Czech Ambassador to Ukraine Radek Matula is convinced that the Czech-based manufacturers of military equipment are in talks with their Ukrainian partners on arms supplies, Europeiska Pravda reports. The Czech diplomat has said that the earlier policy of his country limited the possibility of arms supply to Ukraine, while now the opportunity for cooperation is opening up for on supplies of certain types of military equipment to Ukraine based on a standard process of export licensing, according to Europeiska Pravda. “Since winter 2014, a ban has been enforced on the supply of military equipment and materials to Ukraine. We are returning to the standard procedure now. This means that in each case, the licensing issue will be considered separately,” the ambassador said. Read also Czech Gov’t has no support for President Zeman’s anti-Ukrainian position – Envoy At the moment, Ambassador Matula says he is not aware of whether there have been requests from the Ukrainian side showing interest in certain types of weapons. However, the diplomat is confident that a number of Czech manufacturers of military products are already in contact with their Ukrainian counterparts on the issue.
The official position of the Czech Republic is the position of the country’s government, which is interested in maintaining good relations with Ukraine, Czech Ambassador to Ukraine Radek Matula told Europeiska Pravda publication, commenting on anti-Ukrainian statements of Czech President Milos Zeman. “In the Czech Republic, as in most countries, there is no equal view of the world among all authorities, but there is no doubt that the Czech government – which is responsible for the concept of the country’s foreign policy – is interested in good relations with Ukraine,” Europeiska Pravda quoted the diplomat as saying. According to the ambassador, within the EU, NATO and other international organizations, the Czech Republic supports the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The Czech Republic does not recognize the annexation of Crimea and stands for a peaceful settlement. The diplomat is convinced that the Czech Government will not support Zeman’s position on the issue of easing Russia sanctions. “The Czech Government believes that sanctions cannot be revised if the reasons for their introduction have not been resolved. We really consider it important to maintain unity on the issue within the EU, and therefore we have supported and still support the extension of sanctions until Minsk agreements are fully implemented,” said Matula. Read also RFE/RL: Court in Czech Republic closes DPR mission in Ostrava The diplomat added that even after the settlement in eastern Ukraine, the Czech Republic will insist that sanctions related to the illegal annexation of Crimea be left in place. Zeman, who is considered one of Putin’s most vocal supporters among European leaders, said in September 2016 that “Khrushchev acted unforgivably stupid (by handing Crimea over to Ukraine), and today world politicians recognize that Crimea can be returned to Ukraine.”
09.08.2017 09:36. Militants launched 28 attacks on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in ATO area in Donbas over the past day. Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed, eight servicemen were wounded and another one was injured.
09.08.2017 14:25. Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed, nine servicemen were wounded and injured due to active hostilities in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone in eastern Ukraine over the past day.
09.08.17 11:51 – Three Ukrainian fighters killed, eight wounded, one traumatized yesterday in Donbas, – ATO HQ Yesterday, Aug. 8, three Ukrainian military were killed in the ATO (anti-terrorist operation) area shelling, eight were wounded, and one traumatized. View news.
Over the past day, Russian-backed militants violated the ceasefire 28 times, leaving three Ukrainian troops killed and eight soldiers – wounded in action, while another soldier suffered an injury in combat, as reported by the press center of the ATO Headquarters. News 09 August from UNIAN.
09.08.17 11:30 – 21-year-old Donbas Battalion fighter Volodymyr Zeilyk killed in Marinka area. PHOTO On Aug. 7, Donbas Battalion fighter Volodymyr Zeilyk was killed in Marinka area. View photo news.
In the proxy statelets Russia helped carve out of Ukraine, the Luhansk and Donetsk “People’s Republics,” expressing pro-Ukrainian sentiments will get you, at best, expelled from your home, at worst – imprisoned or even killed. Most people supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity have left the areas which the Ukrainian government is mulling designating as being under Russian occupation – but not all. Those disagreeing with the self-proclaimed pro-Russian republics uncertain views for the future are regularly detained, imprisoned and tortured, as recent news from the “republics” reveal. As we reported earlier, the occupation authorities of the Luhansk People’s Republic,” a Russian-backed proxy statelet in Ukraine’s east, released hearing-impaired Liudmyla Surzhenko on 29 July following her 16-day illegal captivity. She was expelled from her occupied hometown of Luhansk. On the same day, acting Ukrainian judge Vitalii Rudenko was released after his nine-month illegal imprisonment in the occupied part of Luhansk Oblast, where he had come to visit his father’s funeral in the occupied city of Sorokyne (formerly Krasnodon) in fall 2016. Later, the occupation authorities informed that the so-called “military court of LNR” sentenced two “citizens” to 12 and 14 years in prison for “state treason.” The hostages were not named, but one of them has been identified as a prominent Luhansk blogger Eduard Nedeliaiev kidnapped in fall 2016. The Luhansk police agency reported the arrest of three more pro-Ukrainian activists.
In their third year of fighting pro-Russian separatists, soldiers speak of brotherhood and desire to retake eastern part of country.
09.08.2017 11:29. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has stated that "DPR" militants continue to hinder observers from accessing areas near the occupied Novoazovsk in Donetsk region, on the border with Russia, according to a report posted on the mission's website.
09.08.2017 11:05. An unmanned aerial vehicle of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine spotted continued presence of anti-tank mines on the MO3 road from Svitlodarsk to Debaltseve early on Tuesday, August 8, the mission has reported on its Facebook page.
Russia in July supplied illegal armed formations in eastern Ukraine with four tanks, seven armored vehicles, four artillery systems, seven rocket launchers and up to eight other vehicles, Ukraine’s representative to the security subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group Yevhen Marchuk has said.
Alexander Kovalenko, military political analyst | Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 11:23 The other day, a new modification of the T-72 tank was presented – AMT. What is it like and how good is it? Yesterday director of the agency Defense Express Sergey Zgurets on his Facebook page published the first photos of the T-72 tank that was upgraded to the state enterprise “Kiev Armored Factory” to the level of AMT. As is known, the T-72 was rarely used by the AFU during the war in the Donbas, largely because they were withdrawn from the armament, and the T-64 was given priority. However, the urgent need for technology made us remember that in the bins of the homeland there remained an unlimited amount of seventy-second, which until then had been mercilessly exported all over the world. Congo, Ethiopia … in the end, we have 530 T-72 left, and if we believe the most pessimistic information – a bit more than 300. But let’s not talk about sad things, but let’s talk about AMT. As reported by Sergey Zgurets: on the T-72 tank, the AMT version includes the installation of night vision devices, with third-generation electron-optical converters; Night sight 1K13 with the possibility of conducting a fire guided by a missile “Kombat”; Engine V-84-1 instead of V-46; Same ERA as a T-72UA tank (combined “Nozh”); Aselsan radio stations; Navigation system SN-3003 “Basalt”; Driving wheels with tracks and hinged flaps of type T-80. Actually, the set of improvements is impressive, but, personally to me, first of all, the moments that were not mentioned were first noticed, but deserve attention. First of all, these are protective lattices, with which the tank is literally covered! I remember how in 2014-15 gg. On the Russian thematic forums ridiculed the lattice of BTR-4, and on May 9, 2017, all together shut up, when the Red Square rolled out T-72B3 modifications of 2016 with trellised lattices on the turret and the projection of the logistics center. And further, speaking about AMT, I will repeatedly return to the Russian B3, because the Russians much earlier began to improve their main shock horse, taking into account the experience of fighting in the Donbass. As for the trellised lattices on our T-72, unlike the Russian B3, they are far removed from the tower, which provides less contact with the surface of the case when the cumulative grenade breaks. Although, this distance can be due to the preservation of the layout of spare parts. There is also a more balanced distribution over the top projection of the DZ turret, covering a larger area and having fewer vulnerabilities. What surprised AMT, and it is unpleasant, is the lack of integrated RS modules on the tower, instead of ZIP boxes. Of course, the RPG-7 screen will help, but if it arrives, something heavier then the grids are no good. It was this moment that was taken into account in Russian B3, which significantly increased its survival rate. In general, this tuning on the one hand pleased new solutions, and on the other, painfully reminded the T-72UA seven years ago … with old instruments and the “heart” of Russian roots. Returning to the ranks of the APU T-72 forces us to use new skirts for the reanimated old men. In addition, confirmation of the reliability of the body kit in combat will be a good help in concluding contracts for improving the T-72 for the armies and other countries. But first of all – APU. I hope so. Photo: Sergey Zgurets “Defense Express”.
Commander of the Armed Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – Chief of the Main Directorate of Communication and Information Systems of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Major-General Volodymyr Rapko tells how the troops changed since the beginning of the anti-terrorist operation. – Vladimir Vasilyevich, with what achievements the troops approach to the next celebration of a professional holiday? – Today, the provision of modern means of communication between combat units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is more than 70 percent of the staffing needs. It’s not so small when you remember where it started. This indicator grows year after year, and two factors play their role: the financial resources provided by the state and international assistance from our partners in the world. In addition, we have connected almost 90 percent of the military units to the digital fixed communications network. And in the near future we want to build our own satellite communication system. Also, comparative tests were completed and it was determined that the main VHF radio station of the Armed Forces of Ukraine would be Aselsan of Turkish production, which would later be made in Ukraine. We are planning to supply troops and domestic integrated hardware communications and command-and-head machines manufactured by Ukroboronprom enterprises. Ukrainian Military Pages Photo © defence-ua.com – What is the current situation with the automated control system, which is talked about for a long time. And why is she at all? – Certain elements of ACS have been developed for many years. Unfortunately, only the war gave impetus to this case. The state has found funds, and with the help of software provided volunteer organizations and foreign partners. Now this system actually exists already. Its use will greatly increase the combat capability of our units. Such software facilitates the actions of the troops on the battlefield, accelerating the decision-making process. An adequate response to the opponent then accelerates at times. – To work with modern technology, we need the right specialists. Where are they preparing today? – Indeed, in order to use the new technology park and to actively participate in the development of the forces, there is a need for educated officers, sergeants and soldiers who are aware of the capabilities of modern information and telecommunication technologies and capable of ensuring their implementation. Such specialists are trained in three educational institutions. This is the Military Institute of Telecommunications and Informatization, which trains future communications officers, the NCO and the Joint Training and Training Center of the Armed Forces. There are also three-month officer courses on the basis of the institute. The best-trained sergeants of the higher education institutions have the right to study for them. After completing the courses, they get the rank of junior lieutenant. – Have the requirements for the training of military liaison officers changed? – Based on the ATO experience, last year we radically changed the program of training specialists for communication troops. In particular, they revised the requirements for practical skills of graduates in the field of telecommunications and radio communications, prepared a list of what should be known and able to such a specialist, and on the basis of their modified training programs. Also, before the classes are widely involve and civilian specialists. In addition, in pursuance of the decision of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, emphasis was placed on the study of general military disciplines. Because every officer, regardless of the specialty, must be able to manage the battlefield by a motorized infantry unit. The training of officers is already largely based on NATO standards. At present, foreign colleagues are teaching our communications to use the equipment that we purchase abroad or receive as humanitarian aid. – Who is now the main supplier of modern communication tools? – Nowadays in the Armed Forces of Ukraine there are widely used domestic and foreign means, purchased at a budget or received as material and technical assistance. – What are the urgent tasks facing the military liaison officers? – One of the main tasks that now faces us is to minimize the passage time of information channels. In addition, it must be reliable, closed to the enemy and be intact. As convinces the experience, the indicator from the moment of target detection to shot on it should not exceed a few minutes. Therefore, we are constantly studying the experience of the advanced armies and try to introduce the best in ourselves if possible. In the process of rearmament, we seek to get as close as possible to NATO standards. Our task is for the near future: communication troops should become highly professional and mobile and be prepared to provide such quality of communication and management that will enable to improve the efficiency of the management system. Already we can say that during the ATO, the troops have come to a new level of quality. But without widespread use of automated and information systems, the effectiveness of control of troops will not succeed. And in order for them to function properly, it is necessary to create a reliable and stable system of communication with the necessary bandwidth. And now we are working on it. – What problems do you encounter? – In a short period of time it is extremely difficult to completely solve all the problems that have accumulated over the years. Nowadays it is necessary to procure and adopt modern means of radio relay and tropospheric communication, impedance-proof and compact KH-UHF radio stations, new CMS and hardware, cable system and video communication, new means of radio intelligence and electronic warfare. And this requires significant financial expenses. But the biggest problem in the forces of communication is the speed of technology. And what the students taught in the first year, on the fifth, may become a bit outdated. Therefore, the learning process needs constant improvement. Of course, fighting and developing at the same time is somewhat difficult, because there is a lack of the main resource – time. In addition, the process of rearmament is very difficult, since it requires significant costs. – Thank you for the conversation.
08.08.17 17:31 – State Border Guard Service commemorates officers killed in fighting with Russians on state border in August 2014. PHOTOS The State Border Guard Service is commemorating Ukrainian border guards who were killed defending Ukraine from the Russian aggression in August 2014. View photo news.
08.08.2017 13:41. Conscription for compulsory service in the National Guard of Ukraine begins today, August 8.
08.08.2017 16:27. A regular rehearsal of the military parade dedicated to the Independence Day of Ukraine took place in Kyiv.
08.08.2017 14:58. Five European countries have received 29,895 applications for a permanent residence permit from displaced people from Donbas since the war in the east of Ukraine started.
09.08.2017 09:39. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned Russia's military aggression against Georgia in 2008 and stated that a fifth of the country is still under occupation because of the absence of the world's tough timely reaction to the Kremlin's crime.
Ukraine and Lithuania are protesting a proposal by Poland’s nationalist government to include images in Polish passports of landmarks in formerly Polish cities that are now within the borders of those neighboring countries.
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08.08.2017 17:52. President of the Ukrainian World Congress Eugene Czolij has called on Australian politicians to step up support for Ukraine, the Ukrainian Embassy in Australia has told an Ukrinform reporter.
09.08.17 09:31 – Klimkin was born in Russia and has Russian citizenship, – Saakashvili Former President of Georgia and former governor of the Odesa region of Ukraine Mikheil Saakashvili states Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin is a citizen of Russia. View news.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has Russian citizenship, former Georgian President and former head of Odesa Regional Administration Mikheil Saakashvili said. “Instead of doing his job, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin is for days on end calling all countries I have visited or plan to visit with complaints. By the way, Pavlo Klimkin is not ethnically Ukrainian but Russian, he was born in Russia, and as far as I understand, has citizenship there and speaks Ukrainian worse than I do,” Saakashvili said on his Facebook page on Tuesday. “Mr. Poroshenko, here is another candidate for you to deprive of citizenship after you make enough use of his services,” Saakashvili said in addressing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Earlier on Tuesday, first deputy chief of the Ukrainian State Border Service Vasyl Servatiuk warned that if Saakashvili attempted to cross into Ukraine, border guards would seize his Ukrainian passport and bar him from entering Ukrainian territory. It was reported on July 26, 2017 that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had signed a decree depriving Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship. It was further reported on August 4 that Saakashvili had arrived in Poland. Saakashvili himself said on August 7 that he encountered no problems entering Poland with his Ukrainian passport. He had been invited to Warsaw to take part in events commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. Media reported on August 8 that Saakashvili had left Poland and traveled to Lithuania. Speaking in Vilnius, Saakashvili said he was not seeking Lithuanian citizenship although he is grateful for such proposals by some Lithuanian politicians.
09.08.17 09:54 – Unlike some, I am not passport collector, – Klimkin responded to Saakashvili’s claims Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said he is not a passport collector and is not going to leave Ukraine whatever circumstances. View news.
If ex-president of Georgia and former governor of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili tries to cross the Ukrainian border, his Ukrainian passport will be seized by the border guards, and he himself will not be allowed to enter the territory of Ukraine, first deputy head of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service Vasyl Servatiuk has said.
Saakashvili. Under-dictatorship. Ellipsis. In early December 1996, one of mainstream Ukrainian TV channels showed a feature, according to which Dmytro Tabachnyk, the head of Leonid Kuchma’s presidential administration, lobbied for a colonel’s rank for himself. The president saw the feature and got curious which rank he has. It turned out he was a captain. A decree to fire Tabachnyk was signed the same day. A few words should be said to explain WHO Dmytro Volodymyrovych was at the time of early Kuchma. The almighty head of the administration, he was the first to turn this inconspicuous official’s post into an alternative vertical of power, the first to demonize it. He headed the presidential administration for over two years. It is when the anecdote was born that “Kuchma works as the president in Tabachnyk’s administration” (its essence has not changed over the years – only the names changed). The elites hated Tabachnyk, they shared compromising information about him with Kuchma, complained about him and tried to frame him up. Nothing helped because Kuchma liked Tabachnyk and was not going to replace him. Until he saw that TV feature. The feature that hurt his feelings. Hence his reaction. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
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Six months into his presidency, President Donald Trump has made several moves highlighting the administration’s thinking on the war in Syria. For example, his decision to empower the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the assault on Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa — and, perhaps, to clear the rest of the Euphrates River Valley, including Deir al-Zour — was followed last month by the shuttering of the CIA’s program to arm rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad. These military decisions were bracketed by negotiations with Russia to establish deconfliction zones, most notably in southwestern Syria along the Israeli and Jordanian borders.
Meetings held in Jordan and Europe days before Moscow and Washington announced the Syria deal. Jerusalem raised objections that pact empowers Iran, allies in war-torn country
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North Korea said Wednesday it was “seriously reviewing” a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with missiles, just hours after President Donald Trump told the regime that any threat to the United States would be met with “fire and fury.”
The island is on the edge of U.S. power in the Pacific and is the home port for nuclear submarines, a contingent of Special Operations Forces and the launching point of flights for strategic bombers.
Russia’s top diplomat downplayed North Korea’s nuclear saber-rattling following a diplomatic summit Tuesday, and said the United States has to take “prudent” steps to deescalate the crisis. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov emphasized that North Korea always complains about sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council. The regime threatened a “physical” response to the new sanctions and warned South Korea it has the ability turn “Seoul into a sea of flame,” but Lavrov betrayed little alarm. “Strictly speaking, this is how representatives of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have reacted to all previous U.N. Security Council resolutions,” he told reporters Tuesday following an east Asia diplomatic summit in the Philippines. “We will judge by their actions.” Lavrov’s response was consistent with the ambivalent rhetoric from Russian and Chinese representatives at the U.N. Security Council after both countries supported a U.S.-drafted resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea. Despite that apparent agreement, they faulted the United States for conducting military exercises with South Korea and deploying a new missile defense system to the region. “All must understand that progress towards denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will be difficult so long as [the North Korean regime] perceives a direct threat to its own security,” Vasily Nebenzia, Russian ambassador to the U.N., told the council Saturday. “For that is how the North Koreans view the military build up in the region, which takes on the forms of frequent, wide-ranging exercises and maneuvers of the U.S. and allies as they deploy strategic bombers, naval forces, and aircraft carriers.”
North Korea hinted that it would conduct another nuclear or missile test, as it has often done in response to past United Nations sanctions.
President Donald Trump threatened North Korea “with fire and fury like the world has never seen” on Tuesday after reports suggested the communist country has mastered one of the final hurdles to being able to strike the United States with a nuclear missile.
President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Tuesday it would face “fire and fury” if it threatens the United States, prompting the nuclear-armed nation to say it was considering firing missiles at Guam, a U.S.-held Pacific island.
John Cassidy writes about Donald Trump’s threat to North Korea, which many listeners took to suggest a potential nuclear escalation. Can anybody persuade Donald Trump to go back to work? Having him on vacation is too stressful. When he is in the White House, we’ve come to expect that bizarre and disturbing developments can occur at any moment. But the phrase “Presidential vacation” conjures up images of Ronald Reagan chopping wood in Santa Barbara, George H. W. Bush fishing off the coast of Maine, Bill Clinton golfing in Jackson Hole, and Barack Obama biking on Martha’s Vineyard. At this time of year, White House correspondents are usually puttering about some exclusive resort, filing color stories, and almost everybody else is tuning out Presidential politics for a couple of weeks. Trump vacations aren’t like that. On Monday, the President took time away from the lush fairways and greens at Trump National Golf Club, in Bedminster, New Jersey, to tweet insults at Senator Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Democrat, who had the temerity to suggest that Robert Mueller, the special counsel, should be allowed to continue and complete his investigation. On Tuesday afternoon, Trump again interrupted his break, this time to attend a briefing in the Bedminster clubhouse about the nation’s opioid crisis. He took the opportunity to threaten a devastating nuclear strike on North Korea. “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said. “They will be met with the fire and fury that the world has never seen.” These remarks came in response to a reporter’s question about a story in the Washington Post which revealed that U.S. intelligence agencies now believe that North Korea has developed a miniature nuclear warhead, which could be fitted to the country’s prototype intercontinental ballistic missiles. “He”—Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader—“has been very threatening beyond a normal statement,” Trump went on. “And as I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before. Thank you.” After the reporters were ushered out of the room, Trump returned to the supposed business of the hour: a discussion about how to expand prevention efforts and treatment facilities for the more than two million Americans with an opioid problem. Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, was sitting on one side of Trump; Trump’s wife, Melania, was on the other. The only military man in sight was John Kelly, the former four-star Marine general, who recently took over as the White House chief of staff. Within minutes, news of Trump’s words had gone around the world. They were met with a mixture of astonishment, alarm, and gallows humor. “Look on the bright side: compared to the coming thermonuclear inferno, global warming will seem quite pleasant,” Paul Begala, the Democratic strategist, said on Twitter. In a similar vein, Ross Douthat, the Times columnist, tweeted, “Nuclear war Twitter will be the best Twitter.” Psychologists tell us that laughing is often a way to deal with stress and to downplay dangerous situations. Indeed, the neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran has theorized that laughter developed as a way for early humans to signal to their kin, “Don’t waste your precious resources on this situation; it’s a false alarm.” Hopefully, Trump’s use of this bellicose rhetoric was such an instance, but it’s hard to be sure. It’s not even clear what he was trying to say. Taken literally, the President’s words suggest that the United States would launch a massive attack in response to mere verbal threats from Kim and his official mouthpieces. Surely, that can’t be the case. It is North Korea’s actions, not its words, that matter—a fact that Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, had acknowledged just twenty-four hours earlier. Speaking at a security forum in the Philippines, Tillerson said that if Pyongyang halted its missile tests, Washington would be willing to open talks with Kim’s regime. On Wednesday, when he was asked about Trump’s remarks, Tillerson said that the President was “sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong-un would understand” and downplayed an imminent military threat, saying that “Americans should sleep well at night.”
President Trump on Wednesday ratcheted up his rhetoric against North Korea, pointing to the strength of the U.S. nuclear arsenal one day after warning Pyongyang of “fire and fury” if it continued its threats. Trump said in a series of tweets that he hoped that the “power” of the U.S. nuclear arsenal would never have to be used. He added that “there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world.”
U.S. Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that President Donald Trump must tread cautiously when issuing threats to North Korea if he is unprepared to act.
The stakes for average Americans, he says, are becoming too high.
A secret assessment says North Korea has achieved another key milestone toward making nuclear-tipped ICBMs.
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If President Trump wants to successfully address the North Korean threat, he should focus on a strategy of containment rather than “fire and fury” rhetoric, Jamie Metzl writes.
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For Westerners, North Korea is perennially on and off of the headlines. This year, the confluence of a new US president, the US missile attack in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and an apparently in-your-face program of missile and nuclear tests on the part of North Korea has returned the world’s last Stalinist state to comment threads and coffee-room speculation. Military professionals obviously follow these events even more closely, and Maj. ML Cavanaugh’s recent thoughtful pieces for MWI serve as an example. But for military planners in South Korea (the Republic of Korea or ROK) and the United States, planning for war with North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK) has been constant since the last Korean War ended in 1953. Indeed many will be aware that the Korean War ended in an armistice only, rather than a formal peace treaty, so that the two sides remain technically at war. An interesting consequence of this is that while Western military staff colleges spend a great deal of time studying strategy and campaign design, ROK planners focus purely on one strategic problem and one campaign: Korean War II. While there are some variables, ROK (and DPRK) leaders know who their enemy will be, what his capabilities are, what the war aims of each side will be, and under what terrain, weather and population conditions they must fight. It is therefore possible to wargame the campaign with an unusual degree of precision. Based on my studies as an exchange officer at ROK Army Staff College and training with US planners, I am convinced that the combined ROK/US forces would quickly win the military conflict, though it would be hard-fought and civilian casualties would be high. But what is the ROK estimate of how such a war would unfold? And what are the major assumptions and variables that might alter that story?
South Korean government has allowed electronics companies to join a weapons procurement project for the first time. South Korea plans to buy additional 90 air-to-ground Taurus-class missiles from Germany and have asked local technology firms to submit a list of products that they wish to sell to the German firm, Korea Herald quoted unnamed sources as saying Tuesday. The Korea Electronics Association, a lobby group for electronics and technology firms, asked its members to submit the list by Thursday, the source said. “We can sell personal computers and electric parts to Taurus in exchange for our military’s purchase of Taurus missiles,” the source said on condition of anonymity. The Taurus missile mounted on F-15K fighter planes can hit key facilities in Pyongyang from the sky over Daejeon, 164 kilometers south of Seoul, they said. The missile has a range of 500 kilometers. Under an “offset” procurement program, a foreign contractor is obliged to undertake local investment or buy local products when they sign a weapons deal with the South Korean government. So far, local defense-related firms have mainly benefited from such arrangements, but the government decided to allow electronics, electric and aerospace firms to join the program, according to the insider.
Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim has been freed after two and a half years in detention in North Korea.
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Moscow continues pouring money into the treasury of Venezuela, whose economy plunged into a chaos caused by currency shortages, lack of essential goods and protests, during which more than 120 people were killed. In the second quarter, Venezuela received another $1 billion from Russia’s Rosneft, as reported by Finanz news web site with reference to Raiffeisenbank’s semi-annual IFRS report. The money was transferred to the accounts of PDVSA, a Venezuelan oil company that consolidates the last industry in the country that is still functioning: the extraction and processing of crude oil. Through it, Venezuela receives 96% of all foreign currency earnings, enabling it to import food and avoid mass starvation. The Russian loan was formalized as a prepayment for the purchase of Venezuelan oil. A similar transaction worth $1.5 billion was concluded last summer but ended in failure. By February, the loan was 50% overdue. According to Reuters, PDVSA is drowning in debt and could not deliver aviation fuel and crude petroleum worth $750 million due to the seizure of tankers and a terminal in the Bahamas. Despite this, the state company Rosneft decided to increase financial aid to the regime of President Nicolas Maduro, the former bus driver who mobilized the army to suppress protests in April, and in August convened the Constituent Assembly to change the constitution and deprive the opposition parliament of levers to influence the government. In the second quarter, Rosneft’s cash flow was already negative. The withdrawals from the company’s accounts surpassed the credits. Generosity towards Venezuela has increased the hole in the company’s balance sheet to 183 billion rubles or about $3.04 billion, as calculated by Raiffeisenbank. As a result, the company’s cash supply decreased from RUB 790 billion ($ 13.11 billion) to RUB 439 billion ($ 7.29 billion). The company was losing cash at a rate of about 2 billion rubles ($33.2 million) a day. As with last year, the money arrived at Venezuela on the eve of large payments on foreign debt, which threaten the country with a default. In April, the Venezuelan government repaid the largest payment of this year to Western creditors: $3 billion. In August, $725 million more is supposed to be paid, and another $3.5 billion in October and November.
With the White House in chaos, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson decimating the State Department, China and Russia are exploiting vacuums left by Trump’s “America first” policies. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s impaneling of a grand jury to investigate possible coordination with the Trump campaign and Russia, and leaked transcripts of Trump’s embarrassing conversations with the president of Mexico and prime minister of Australia, have exacerbated the world’s loss of confidence in Trump and his policies. As of late May, there were roughly 200 unfilled positions at the State Department requiring Senate confirmation. Fifty-two ambassadorships are currently vacant with no nominations. Several top officials resigned, citing the department’s disdain for their expertise and failure to communicate downstream. Others described the environment as toxic. ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, Russia and China are expanding their economic, geopolitical and military reach around the world. This has undercut our global trade, military influence and ability to fight terrorism and maintain peace in regions where tensions are high. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Paris climate accord were international forums in which we could communicate, lead and influence on many important issues. Sadly, we lost those opportunities when Trump’s withdrew from them. NATO affords similar opportunities. But given Trump’s aggressive diatribes, NATO countries listen to us with less trust, waiting for us to pivot back to combativeness at any moment. China greeted our withdrawal from TPP by promoting its Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. It excludes the United States but includes ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus six other countries. The group accounts for just under a third of global GDP. The Philippines, Vietnam and other countries are seeking bilateral trade relationships with China that exclude the U.S. Joining TPP would have underscored the U.S. commitment to Southeast Asia and allowed us to expand our diplomatic and military power in the region. Now, countries there doubt America will come to their defense. This has already played into China’s hegemonic agenda. Vietnam backed off its Hague-declared legal right to drill in the South China Sea, citing doubt that America would come to its aid if China took military action. China has traveled to the location to inspect the area for its potential. Our weakened influence has fed the rivalry between China and Japan. “Without strong U.S. leadership to mediate tensions, the long simmering enmity between the two Asian giants could explode into violence,” says the Rand Corporation. There’s a global perception that Southeast Asia will have to bend to China’s belligerence. A recent survey shows that leaders in the region believe that the United States is losing trade to China, has lost interest in the region, and is less likely to uphold international law and free trade. It is now easier for China to proceed with its massive infrastructure plan known as the Belt Road Initiative, which will increase China’s economic, political and trade leverage over its neighbors at the expense of the U.S. A similar pattern is unfolding in Latin America, where Russia may reopen Soviet-era military bases. Moscow is building a satellite-tracking station in Managua that could be used to spy on the U.S. The Putin regime is strengthening economic ties and providing aid to countries in Central America and the Caribbean. We can’t afford to lose any more influence in the region. Yet, under the mantle of “America first,” Trump proposes cutting aid to Central America roughly 40 percent. Trump has encouraged Russian influence and military presence in Cuba by reversing Obama’s softening of our policy there, and accusing Castro regime of “crimes.” Cuba first turned to Russia because President Eisenhower rejected the island’s efforts to create diplomatic and trade ties with the United States. Vladimir Putin has reason to believe that it may be happening again. His massive military exercises along NATO’s border signal a willingness to be more aggressive militarily. It’s not absurd to envision another Castro — this time Raúl — turning to Russia again, this time in response to Trump’s slap in the face insulting the current regime. Trump’s attitude toward Cuba is another gift to China, Cuba’s largest trading partner and lender. Beijing is already Brazil’s, Chile’s and Peru’s biggest trading partner and could supplant the United States in economic and political influence in Latin America, experts believe. So far this year, China’s government funded a record $17.2 billion to develop coal, oil and natural gas reserves in the region. The Trump administration is touting China’s agreement to impose sanctions on North Korea for its nu as a foreign policy achievement. But experts doubt they will work. The sanctions rely on China and Russia enforcing them, which may not happen. Besides, North Korea has a history of enduring past sanctions. Watching as global reach of other countries expands, it’s hard to understand America’s isolationist leanings. “America first” may have a patriotic ring to it, but in practice it puts America last in trade, military presence, leadership, influence, and ability communicate with the rest of the world. Neil Baron advised the SEC and congressional staff on rating agency reform. He represented Standard & Poor’s from 1968 to 1989, was Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Fitch Ratings from 1989 to 1998, and was on the board of Assured Guaranty for a decade.
As the situation in Venezuela escalates, experts say the U.S. needs Latin America and the rest of the international community to apply pressure on the South American country.
No longer guardians of order or national integrity, from the high command to the common soldier the Venezuelan military has been corrupted by the Cuban-Chavista system.
Venezuela launched a country-wide manhunt on Monday for the men who assaulted an army base the day before, using state TV to flash pictures of the accused rebels who escaped with weapons after a gunfight with soldiers.
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In 21st century warfare, war is cognitive as much as it’s kinetic, Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told a small group of reporters in his office this week.
As the costs of conventional conflict have risen, so, too, has hybrid warfare’s prominence as a tool in international relations — something no one knows better than Moscow.
It’s to meet three of Moscow’s strategic imperatives.
Indonesian state-owned trading company PT Perusahaan Perdagangan and Russian state-owned company Rostec have signed a memorandum of understanding to barter Indonesian agricultural commodities for Russian jet fighters.
After three painstaking years of negotiation, Russia and Indonesia have finally agreed to sign a major aerospace deal later this year: 11 top-of-the-line Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets in exchange for Indonesian palm oil, coffee, and other goods.
Indonesia says it will barter coffee, palm oil and other commodities for 11 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets.
Indonesia has signed an MoU with Russia’s Rostec to exchange Indonesian coffee, palm oil and other agriculture products for Sukhoi Su-35 fighters
Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu announced that Jakarta will procure 11 Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E multi-role fighters from Russia
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The search warrant, carried out July 26, shows newly aggressive techniques by the special counsel.
The Washington Post reports that the FBI recently raided the former Trump campaign chair’s home.
FBI agents recently raided the residence of Paul Manafort as part of the ongoing probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, a spokesman for the former Trump campaign chairman confirmed on Wednesday.
The FBI conducted a predawn July raid on the…
U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said his health was fine on Tuesday even as he underwent treatment for glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.