MAIN LINK: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/why-there-will-be-war-in-ukraine/495740.html
I will be writing more tomorrow on this, and it will be here on WordPress rather than Examiner, which is more concerned with timely byline. I’ve been watching US, Asian, European and Canadian news media and they all for the most part are drawing the wrong conclusions about what is driving all this in Moscow.
So, I’m going to try to clear the fog. Because this is NOT a rebirth of the Soviet Union, it’s more a rebirth of the Russian Empire perhaps. In any case, what we’ve come to know as the post-Cold War Era ended Feb. 27th, when Russian troops seized Crimea. It’s a whole new ballgame now.
This is a link to an article in the Moscow Times. The author is a ‘mouthpiece’ known to ‘pre-echo’ what Putin is up to and what the Kremlin’s agenda is. This article like everything else coming out of the Kremlin and Putin, is part of the psychological warfare going on right now against Ukraine. You could call it, ‘bullying’, though it’s more intended to scare the ‘children’ minding the store in Washington, than Ukraine.
MAIN LINK: http://www.examiner.com/article/russia-issues-ultimatum?cid=db_articles
What Putin seems to be doing now, is psychological warfare. They issued the two ultimatums, the first of which expired at Noon EST and only then did they come out and deny any had been issued.
Grisha III Class ASW Corvette arrives in Sevastopol, Crimea
MAIN LINK: http://www.examiner.com/article/ukraine-mobilizes-reserves?cid=db_articles
**NOTE** As I was in the process of writing this, word shot out that the newly appointed Ukrainian Navy Chief, just swore and oath of loyalty to the new Prime Minister of Crimea. He was appointed Saturday, but the interim government in Kiev. He probably won’t be the first to switch sides. Many Ukrainian officers began their careers as Soviet officers and/or they’re also ethnic Russian.
Donetsk, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk & Odessa in eastern Ukraine have all seen ethnic clashes play out; no doubt the result of a little ‘community organizing’ in the shadows as domestic Russian media tweaks up more and more jingoism.
MAIN LINK: http://www.examiner.com/article/russian-duma-authorizes-force-ukraine?cid=db_articles
This was nothing more than a ‘rubber stamp’ by the Upper House of the Duma.
Russian Federation Council
MAIN LINK: http://www.examiner.com/article/russian-spy-ship-arrives-havana?cid=db_articles
This event is not about Russian global presence as American media is interpreting it. It’s all about the unfolding mess in Ukraine which is very fluid and changing rapidly. What Putin is trying to do in the Crimea is secure the peninsula before he makes whatever move on Ukraine proper he has in mind. It’s also likely Crimea itself, will be one of the staging areas for a Russian military intervention into Ukraine which is looking more and more likely to happen. BBC has been showing supposed ethnic Russian ‘militia’ guarding the two main airports in Crimea, but I can tell you from my knowledge and the old ‘Mark I’ eyeball, those men are Russian military. Either Russian Marines, or Spetsnaz.
Russian spy ship, Viktor Leonov: known in Cold War days as a Soviet AGI
MAIN LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRY3PnGt2I8#t=195
This is a video in a series called, “Ask the Expert”. Professor Stefan Hedlund discusses Ukraine and it is pretty candid and informative. As he says, Ukraine’s troubles are going to be around for quite some time. And, there is military movement afoot in the Crimean Peninsula, which is on the Black Sea coast of Ukraine well inside the ethnic Russian zone.
MAIN LINK: http://www.worldreview.info/content/ukraine-crisis-time-russia-and-west-step-back
I hadn’t written anything myself on Ukraine, because no one reads those tea leaves better than Professor Stefan Hedlund. As he says here, we’re entering new territory on this one. And, he is 100% correct when he says the European Union sparked this disaster.
As of now, BBC World Service has gone to 24/7 coverage of Ukraine. Some of what’s buzzing right now there: 17 protestors shot dead this morning; riot police reportedly shot with military grade armor-piercing bullets, the western Ukraine city of Lvov has ‘severed ties’ with the capital. Lvov is ethnic Polish. Pres. Yanukovic fired his military chief yesterday and replace him with an Admiral who is more ‘compliant’ and several government officials have resigned from Yanuckovic’ party and are using their positions of authority to issue orders favorable to the protestors, such as resuming metro rail operations so they can move about.