Putin is getting ready to attack in Ukraine, Shmulyevich says

The Balakliya ammunition depot explosion (Image: zn.ua)

The Balakliya ammunition depot explosion (Image: zn.ua) 

Analysis & Opinion, Military analysis, Russia, War in the Donbas

President of Israel's Institute for Eastern Partnership Rabbi Avraam Shmulyevich

President of Israel’s Institute for Eastern Partnership Rabbi Avraam Shmulyevich

“Two terrible events in one day” – the murder in Kyiv of former Russian Duma member Denis Voronenkov and the blowing up of the Balakliya arms dump, the largest in Europe – may mean that Vladimir Putin has launched “a major diversion” in preparation for an expansion of his attacks on Ukraine, according to Avraam Shmulyevich.

The Israeli analyst argues that such diversions have often preceded Putin’s aggression in Ukraine and elsewhere and that there are compelling reasons to think that he believes he can break the Ukrainian regime of Petro Poroshenko and put himself in line to advance on Kyiv.

“In any Western country, such events, even more when they occur simultaneously would be sufficient to raise the issue of trust in all ministers of the force block and even the head of government because such things in a normally organized country cannot be allowed by definition,” Shmulyevich says.

Protecting a prominent defector is obviously a matter of importance for the state because such an act of liquidation “must be excluded in principle,” and “the very largest dump of military matériel must not be blown up or blow itself up.” However, in Ukraine this week, “the deputy was killed and the dump blown up.”

The causes of the explosion are not yet completely clear, “but the best variant about which it is possible to dream is that this was a diversion of Russia.” If it blew up on its own or by the actions of Ukrainians, then the conclusions would be much worse. They would suggest that all critical infrastructure in that country, including atomic power stations, are at risk.

So let us exclude that this was a diversion,” Shmulyevich says “even though the other variants are much worse.” Some reports say that the dump was blown up after a drone flew into it, but that raises questions about whose drone and for what purpose. But there is a far more serious issue involved here.

“The level of trust in the official authorities in Ukraine as anyone can see is quite low. Citizens far from always trust official information.” And so many are likely to think that the explosion at Balakliya was something intended to cover a massive theft and diversion of military equipment by Ukrainian officials themselves.

Of these three versions of events – a diversion by the Russian Federation, a spontaneous fire, or a conflagration designed to cover theft – Shmulyevich says, he has difficulty choosing “the least traumatic” because “they all testify to the colossal crisis of the Ukrainian state.”

The situation with regard to Voronenkov’s murder is simpler, he continues. This act “almost certainly was undertaken by Moscow,” although even in this case, “there are questions” and inconsistencies in the official reports have already been pointed to by Ukrainian commentators and officials.

But one can accept the conclusion of Senator John McCain that this murder in the center of Kyiv was “a bold act of state terrorism” by Russia. But “if Putin has decided on such a major terrorist act and even more if he is behind the explosion at the arms dump, then “this means that he is going over to the attack and that all red lines have been crossed.”

And that in turn means something even more disturbing to Ukraine and the world.

If Putin is doing that, Shmulyevich says, then it is only because he is “certain that America is paralyzed and Ukraine will be afraid to respond in an adequate manner” or will be unable to do so because of fundamental problems within its own government apparatus.

“Both the reaction of the Ukrainian powers that be,” Shmulyevich concludes, “and the results of the investigations will show us and Putin and indeed the entire world whether this is the case.”


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  • laker48

    One kleptocracy has replaced another, while the Ukrainians are subjected to misery and destitution.

    • Alex George

      You don’t know anyone in Ukraine, do you.

      • Njordheim

        Neither do you… Khazarian Spam-Flag Troll.

      • laker48

        To the contrary; quite a few, mostly in the western part of the country, but also several in the Kharkiv, Kyiv, Dnipro and Zaporizhia regions. I also ski on a regular basis with two Greco-Catholic Ukrainian priests. The Knights of Columbus from my district has sent hundreds of wheelchairs ad other humanitarian aid for the Donbas veterans to eastern Ukraine. I’m sorry to rain on your parade, but Ukraine is still a mafia state, albeit some visible progress has been made since the Yanukovych era.

        • Quartermaster

          Wise move on the aid. I wouldn’t say Ukraine is a mafia state (not like Russia anyway), but corruption is much too common and if aid is given, measures must be taken to be certain it gets to the people that need it.

          • laker48

            If you don’t know who is Navalny, you seem not to have the first clue about real politics in the region.

          • Quartermaster

            Hardly. But you’re welcome to embrace that myth.

          • laker48

            You’d have to understand that the only way of getting rid of the fascist RuSSian Federation is to wait until it is blown out from inside by its own population. The West can speed the process up by arming itself to the teeth, standing by, corralling it and providing catalysts.

          • Quartermaster

            That’s fine, but not related to what was said above.

          • MichaelA

            that wont happen for a long time

          • laker48

            Well, we never know.

          • MichaelA

            we never know anything

          • laker48

            If you don’t, I do remember the 1991 collapse of the mighty Soviet Union. The fascist RuSSian Federation is a shadow of its ill-fated, infamous predecessor. Crimea, SE Ukraine and Syria are three heavy millstones tied to RuSSia’s neck that will eventually drown it in the cesspool of its ow making. It’s coming. Even RuSSian sheeple’s patience has its limits. We need to be prepared for this.

        • Alex George

          I’m sorry, but anyone who writes “the Ukrainians are subjected to misery and destitution.” does not know anyone in Ukraine.

          Same for the claim about it being “the same kleptocracy”. Sorry but that’s garbage.

    • Njordheim

      Disgusting Lying Khazarain Polak said something – Yakk.. Yakk!!

  • Alex George

    Sure a Russian invasion might be imminent. That could happen at any time. Putin has large forces arrayed against Ukraine, equally useful if one wants to intimidate or to attack (although not quite so useful if one wants to be able to react to other events across the 17 million square kilometres of Russia!).

    But I don’t see what the assassination of Voronenkov has to do with it. Russia regularly attempts political murders – two months ago a plot against Ukrainian MP Gerashenko was foiled, and a couple of months before that, one against the Prime Minister of Montenegro. But these are the highly protected targets and the FSB isn’t as good as the old KGB. The FSB enjoys more success against less well protected targets like Voronenkov, or journalist Sheremet last year, or numerous separatist leaders, especially when they are visiting Russia.

    The blowing up of the ammo plant could be a prelude to an invasion attempt, but its not the first time the Russians have attempted this either. I guess we will know soon enough.

    • veth

      Just in: Navalny arrested in Moscow.

      • Quartermaster

        The name doesn’t ring a bell with me. Who is Navalny?

        • Tony

          Anti corruption fighter, guy who sparked massive 2012 protests in Russia and now he is running for president. Kremlin is out for his blood but problem is his popularity.

          • Quartermaster

            That’s what I found. It appears Putin is going to try to put him away for good. I don’t think he will like the result if he does. Making martyrs is never a good idea.

    • Njordheim

      You little Khazarain scum… you like to write to me while flagging my posts, didn’t you, old Khazarian SCUM!

    • Andrew Chmile

      STFU — Ruski lying **MOLE** & *MOLE* — defender!

  • veth
    • Andrew Chmile

      Trump does not! — Obama didn’t either!

      Trump said NOTHING to the increase in monhol attacks — did he?

  • Yoshua

    Attack is the best defense ?

    Ukraine must take back the coal mines in Donbas. Without ammunition an attack is now halted.

    Russia now controls Crimea and Donbas and doesn’t want another full blown military conflict with Ukraine.

    • Alex George

      This ammo dump is only a fraction of Ukraine’s ammunition. And only half of it was affected.

      Anyway, why should Ukraine attack in the Donbass? In modern warfare that would just increase Ukrainian casualties – far better to let Russia take the casualties.

      Ukarine is going to wean itself off Donbass coal, not attack to take it back.

      • Njordheim

        LOL… confused Khazarian yakking profusely! Yakk… Yakk… !!

      • Yoshua

        Coal accounts for 34% of Ukraine’s primary energy use and the coal price has gone up. Coal is expensive to import and even more so to transport by sea.

        Ukraine did try to reclaim Donbas.

        Russia doesn’t have “the money and recourses” to invade and occupy Ukraine. Russia has enough economic problems as it is now.

        • Murf

          But not all of the coal is in Donbas, just the Anthracite.
          And the coal fired plants only produce 15% of Ukraine’s electricity.

      • Andrew Chmile

        “Alex George” — is a LYING Ruski *MOLE*.

        https://disqus.com/by/disqus_wDEiDgqPKE/

        • Alex George

          Ah, Andrew the Putin troll is back, attacking those who make positive statements about Ukraine.

    • Njordheim

      LOL… pooor Ukrapian Baboons.. natural, born losers!!

  • Murf

    Given that the Ukraine Army has 250k men.That it is the most combat experianced conventional army in Europe and can call on 100k paramilitries such as police SWAT and Boarder Guards, any out right invasion would require at least, and I mean the VERY least 350k Russian troops. 500k would be better. but that is still below the 3-1 supriority conventional militery thinking requires.
    Keeping that large a force quite is nearly impossible.
    Plus they will have to be staged in Assembly Areas within 25 kms of the boarder and that cannot go unobserved. Even open source social media will be tracking it.
    Putin can can’t afford supporting 45k troops in Donbas, 20k in Crimea and his never ending battle in Syria.
    Even the US with NATO support would be hard pressed to pull this off.
    Then there will years of occupation costs.
    Putin critics get bumped off on a regular basis and ammo can be replaced.
    I don’t see it happening in the near term.

    • Njordheim

      Alex George has earned his title “Fantasy Baboon” and now you are competing for that title too. Stop pretending that you know something that you don’t. Ukraps are losers and lose they would. We all know that!

    • Njordheim

      Yawn…

      After 16 years and trillions of dollars, the Afghan Taliban still holds sway over “the world’s only superpower” http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/23/taliban-captures-strategically-important-sangin-district-in-southern-afghanistan/.

      Here is a US general’s excuse for America’s military defeat: http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/23/us-general-russia-perhaps-supplying-taliban/ It is the Russians’ fault!

    • Ihor Dawydiak

      Agreed. There are a multitude of reasons that would strongly suggest that Putin and his fellow mongrels in the Kremlin abandoned any notion of launching a full out invasion and occupation of Ukraine some time ago. A few other examples that have not been mentioned include; 1) It is well known that Putin cancelled out the option of establishing a “Novorossiya” (New Russia) spanning an area that included all of Eastern Ukraine through Southern Ukraine up to and including Transdnistria that bordered Moldova and Southwestern Ukraine (All of Ukraine would have been a non-returnable entry into Dante’s Inferno). Why? The costs would have been exorbitant if not completely prohibitive, the casualties probably excessive, the hostile population unwieldy, not to mention the international ramifications. 2) The US Congress would become even more hostile towards the Kremlin and the likelihood of any further possible accommodation with the Trump Administration would be greatly diminished. 3) The possibility of irreparable harm with the EU and NATO would loom on the horizon as would the possibility of further destroying the credibility of Putin’s pals such as France’s Marie Le Penn, etcetera, etcetera… Therefore, what else could Russia’s Grand Pederast do to try and undermine Ukraine’s Government and its people? Sanctions? Not really. The Russians are already overburdened with Western sanctions. Besides, Ukraine has committed itself to a Western direction. Terrorism? Hmmm. Would that not make Ukrainians even more hostile with their Eastern neighbors? So what realistic alternatives are left on the table or are there any realistic alternatives for Putin without destroying himself and perhaps Russia in general? Let’s face the facts, Vovochka. You’ve lost Ukraine through your own stupidity and your fantasy fable of a new Russian Empire is sheer nonsense. All of your neighbors hate you and your “Great” Russian chauvinism. Now go to bed and don’t forget to take your shot of polonium.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        The dwarf getting South Ossetian units to integrate into the Dwarfstanian army suggests that he wants to augment his forces before a full-scale assault on the Ukraine. I also believe that he will annex Belarus before attempting such an assault for two reasons.
        First, annexing Belarus gives him extra frontage from which to attack, plus extra bases. This would make defence much more difficult for Kyiv.
        Second, he can theoretically add the Belarusian armed forces to Dwarfstan’s strength, though it remains to be seen what percentage would join Dwarfstan’s army and how reliable those troops would actually be. Some at least would resign, I think. With Dwarfstan’s army at some 750,000 and commitments elsewhere- Syria, the Stans, the border with China- the dwarf would need every man he can get to stand a chance of succeeding, and Belarusian forces would be a welcome addition.
        If the dwarf does attempt a full-scale assault it would be the act of a very desperate person. With time and money running out I suspect he’s getting very desperate indeed.

        • Quartermaster

          From what I’ve been able to find, Putin’s Army strength is less than 400,000. Depending on his near abroad for troops is foolish as the troops from outside Russia will not be reliable. The size of his Army is too small to occupy Ukraine, much less invade it. With the White Russians waking up, I doubt that Putin will be able to depend either on troops taken from there, or on the people themselves remaining quiet.
          Putin is between a rock and hard place if he insists on invading Ukraine, and he can’t depend on the west not aiding any sort of insurgency if he invades. If Putin invades, he’s a fool.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            Germany and other western European countries won’t supply any aid to a Ukrainian insurgency- Merkel for instance has repeatedly refused to supply lethal stuff to Kyiv for fear of Dwarfstanian soldiers being killed by German weapons- but Poland and the Baltics most certainly will help as much as they can. Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Warsaw know only too well that if the dwarf succeeds in occupying the Ukraine they will be next.

            The dwarf miscalculated badly when he seized the Crimea and sent Girkin, Bezler, Borodai and Co to the Donbas and there’s no guarantee that he wont compound his folly by annexing Belarus. Both time and money are running out for Dwarfstan; the dwarf badly needs a “success” to distract from the increasing problems at home, not least his economy. One swallow doth not a summer make, but the demonstrations against him in cities all over Dwarfstan during the past weekend could be a first indication that even Dwarfstanians are beginning to see that the dwarf is leading them into a dead end street. We’ll have to wait and see, though.

          • laker48

            Germany and, to a degree, France are still in a clandestine strategic alliance with RuSSia and it was Angela Merkel who implicitly gave Putin permission to anne and occupy Crimea by saying in an open text right after the first hybrid military RuSSian actions in Donbas that any military intervention is off the table. If we look back in history, it was Germany, not MATO, that triggered the breakup of the former Yugoslavia by clandestinely financing and supporting the independence referenda in Slovenia in 1990, Croatia in 1991 and Bosnia in 1992 in response to the creation of the Central European Initiative called of the Quadragonale in Budapest on 11 November 1989 whose founding fathers were Italy, Austria, Hungary and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY). At the first Summit in Venice in 1990, Czechoslovakia was admitted and the Initiative was renamed Pentagonale. In 1991, with the admission of Poland, it became the Hexagonale. The group posed a grave challenge to the German domination in Europe and the neverending secret strategic alliance between RuSSia and Germany.

          • MichaelA

            you dont have a clue
            merkel is one of the best friends ukraine has ever had
            without her germany would have supported russia

          • laker48

            We’ll see in a not so distant future who is right. :) Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany, not Ukraine, and has to look after Germany’s strategic interests. States don’t have feelings; they only have eternal interests. Germany still trades with RuSSia quite extensively overriding the sanctions and the trade volume dropped only due to the precipitously lower oil and gas revenue of RuSSia. Siemens has recently supplied turbines and generators to RuSSia knowing that they’ll end up in Crimea.

          • MichaelA

            we dont have to see in the future
            we can see right now and in the past
            the facts say that merkel has been a very good friend to ukraine
            if not for her germany would have given far more help to russia

          • laker48

            Well, Merkel is still driven and sponsored by the German big business, but she’s pragmatic and knows that short and medium term German priorities are good relations with the US, as exports make up over 50% of Germany’s GDP, so she fights for a free trade with the US that charges on average 15% customs duties and excise taxes on all German imports.

            RuSSia, on the other hand, doesn’t have money to buy enough German goods and services due to a dramatic drop in global prices of energy and other raw materials that make over 80% of RuSSia’s exports. Germany’s trade volume with small Poland was in 2016 2.1 times larger than with the fascist RuSSian Federation. Here’s the link to Germany’s foreign trade statistics for 2016. https://www.destatis.de/EN/FactsFigures/NationalEconomyEnvironment/ForeignTrade/Tables/OrderRankGermanyTradingPartners.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

            Merkel keeps sanctions on RuSSia for the fear of the US, not her sympathy for or love of Ukraine. The US is Germany’s largest export market for mostly high value added industrial goods. Also bear in mind that as long as Trump lives in the White House, the TTIP is dead in the water, thus depriving Germany of duty and excise-free access to the US consumer market.

            Germany will feel the pinch of the Trump trade policies and an open mutiny of the EU member states east of France and Germany. All these events will ricochet and hit both Germany and RuSSia hard. I rationally expect that France and Germany will try to keep the UK and US away from the Normandy Four for as long as they can and strike a deal with RuSSia by forcing Ukraine to even more concessions in order to lift at least some sanctions and return to business as usual with RuSSia, because France, Germany and Italy, to name these three, need RuSSia as a dumping ground for their exports in exchange for cheap RuSSian gas bypassing Ukraine. If you don’t see these facts, I’m sorry for you.

    • Andrew Chmile

      Russians have BETTER weapons & training…

      Nor do ALL (few??) of that number have exposure to combat.

      Saddam Huessein had a big army too… so what?

      • MichaelA

        why are you talking down the ukrainian army?

        • Andrew Chmile

          Shudd-up stupid LYING RUSKI ***MOLE** !!!

          Your BS monhol “cleverness” is OK for where you live, but not “here”…

          So did you ask Murf? :)
          Regarding my bona fides as it were? :)
          Or didja “forget” :))

          Like you evidently do a LOT of things 😉

          Even as a MOLE, you ain’t too swift :)

          • MichaelA

            you arent ukrainian so dont pretend
            I asked why you are talking down the ukrainian army and talking up the russian army

          • Andrew Chmile

            I asked why you didn’t ask Murf as to my bona fides & also why YOU most
            vigorously defend moles & ***LIE**.

            You don’t answer because you are LYING — RUSKI POS ***MOLE***.

            So don’t pretend!

          • Andrew Chmile

            PROVE I was “talking up the russian army.”

            Faqqot Ruski! — You don’t know sh*t !!!
            Try “talking” some more !!! 😉

  • Njordheim

    Yawn… we all know that Goble is an old, *Cold War Style* propaganda agent of Washington who only make sense among the confused Ukraps and that’s why he is here!.

    The important news here is that all across the world, the calls for the creation of a new international monetary system are getting louder with each passing day. In this context it should be noted that the UK government plans to release debts denominated in yuans while the European Central Bank is discussing the possibility of including the yuan in its official reserves.

    Those trends are to be seen everywhere, but in the midst of anti-Russian propaganda, Western newsmakers prefer to keep quiet about these facts, in particular, when inflation is skyrocketing in the United States. In recent months, the proportion of US Treasury bonds in the Russian foreign exchange reserves has been shrinking rapidly, being sold at a record pace, while this same tactic has been used by a number of different states.

    To make matters worse for the US, many countries seek to export their gold reserves from the United States, which are deposited in vaults at the Federal Reserve Bank. After a scandal of 2013, when the US Federal Reserve refused to return German gold reserves to its respective owner, the Netherlands have joined the list of countries that are trying to retrieve their gold from the US. Should it be successful the list of countries seeking the return of gold reserves will double which may result in a major crisis for Washington.
    http://journal-neo.org/2015

    • Eolone

      Njord, what do you know about the
      US? Your “inflation is skyrocketing” in the US says a lot, like
      laughable. Each compartment in the Fed underground (of states with gold there) has four locks
      and can only be opened with representatives of the states. The
      representatives would know if their gold were taken.

      • Njordheim

        My inflation? LOL!!! You don’t know me but as typical Ukrap you pretend you do… What do I know /about US/? More then you. Let’s see:

        The US attack on Mosul, Iraq, is not an attack on ISIS. It it a repeat of Israel’s operation Cast Lead in Gaza. The purpose is to kill as many Muslims for Israel as possible. Here is the evidence:

        http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/23/reports-us-airstrikes-killed-230-civilians-in-mosul-overnight/

        http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/23/child-victims-of-mosul-overwhelm-emergency-hospital/

        http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/23/un-warns-worst-is-yet-to-come-with-400000-civilians-trapped-in-western-mosul/

        Remember, the reason ISIS is in Iraq and Syria is that the US equipped ISIS and sent ISIS to overthrow Assad when the British Parliament and the Russian government blocked Obama’s planned invasion of Syria. ISIS is Washington’s creation, just as is Al Qaeda.

        After 16 years and trillions of dollars, the Afghan Taliban still holds sway over “the world’s only superpower” http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/23/taliban-captures-strategically-important-sangin-district-in-southern-afghanistan/.

        Here is a US general’s excuse for America’s military defeat: http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/23/us-general-russia-perhaps-supplying-taliban/ It is the Russians’ fault!

      • Murf

        He is another troll that infested UT.
        The comment was deleted but it doesn’t take much imagination to figure it out.

        • Quartermaster

          I flagged him every time I responded to him, and on some I did not. Eventually the moderators get the message and ban the troll.

          • Andrew Chmile

            It wasn’t YOU stupid!!!

            That **SERBIAN** mental case DELETED HIS DISQUS ACCOUNT AS THAT ENTITY!

            IGNORANT MORON!!!

        • Andrew Chmile

          “Infested” is the proper word … constantly POSTING ALL DAY, EVERY DAY! — A real ***SERBIAN*** “volunteer” wanna-be Ruski troll & mental case.

          Identifying his **SERB** ethnicity & MENTAL ILLNESS was “difficult” for that VICIOUS animal … Imagine using as a “handle” — the call name of that PSYCHOPATHIC little man, that BRAVELY executed Ukr. prisoners of war — “motorola”.

          Even the REAL Ruski trolls had no use for him & his SERBIAN vulgarity & sexual deviance.

          Pathology (and “medication” city) …. you were thr only one that semi-treated him as a human in terms of discussion … so he was more careful with you of-course.

      • laker48

        Arguing with idiots is like playing chess with a pigeon ….
        … No matter how good you are, the bird is going to sh*t on the board and strut around like it won anyway.

        • Murf

          No truer words were ever spoken,

        • Andrew Chmile

          SAME AS WITH A LYING, EVIL, SNEAKING, HATEFUL polak LIKE YOU!

        • Eddy Verhaeghe

          I hope you don’t have the copyright to that 😉
          Will use it anyway with due reference to laker48 !

          • laker48

            LOL! :)

  • Eolone

    Russia has two bases near Ukraine and Belarus from which to launch an invasion. One is in
    Valuyki, near Ukraine. This is closest to Kharkiv. An attack here would bypass the defenses in the south and encircle them. The other base is in Klintsy, equidistant from Ukraine and Belarus. Putin has yet to form a reason to invade; and an invasion might have bad consequences for Russia.

    Russian police have detained protestors in Moscow, today. Not known how many; but the crowd seemed large.

    • laker48

      According to reports from many independent sources, RuSSian police detained over 1000 people countrywide during the last weekend’s peaceful demonstrations from Vladivostok to Petersburg.

  • Njordheim

    Incompetent Ukraps blew their own ammunition – what a bunch of lunatics rivaled only by crazy Polaks !!

  • Njordheim

    Let’s be honest. The US attack on Mosul, Iraq, is not an attack on ISIS. It it a repeat of Israel’s operation Cast Lead in Gaza. The purpose is to kill as many Muslims for Israel as possible. Here is the evidence:

    http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/23/reports-us-airstrikes-killed-230-civilians-in-mosul-overnight/

    http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/23/child-victims-of-mosul-overwhelm-emergency-hospital/

    http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/23/un-warns-worst-is-yet-to-come-with-400000-civilians-trapped-in-western-mosul/

    Remember, the reason ISIS is in Iraq and Syria is that the US equipped ISIS and sent ISIS to overthrow Assad when the British Parliament and the Russian government blocked Obama’s planned invasion of Syria. ISIS is Washington’s creation, just as is Al Qaeda.

    After 16 years and trillions of dollars, the Afghan Taliban still holds sway over “the world’s only superpower” http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/23/taliban-captures-strategically-important-sangin-district-in-southern-afghanistan/.

    Here is a US general’s excuse for America’s military defeat: http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/23/us-general-russia-perhaps-supplying-taliban/ It is the Russians’ fault!

  • zorbatheturk

    Putin is a punk.

    • Quartermaster

      Putin doesn’t rise to that level.

      • zorbatheturk

        Yes, it was an insult to punks.

  • Vol Ya

    The most important thing is to remain united. Stop raising conspiracy theories about what is happening inside Ukraine’s political circles because that just divides us. Let us all promise to do everything we can to help the brave men and women who are protecting our country against russian aggression. As long as we remain united, putin and russia will never conquer Ukraine.

    • MichaelA

      you mean overlooking corruption
      doing that means putins victory

    • laker48

      Deeply entrenched, Byzantine corruption destroys Ukraine more than the war in Donbas, as the war will eventually end with the collapse and disintegration of the fascist RuSSian Federation, while the corruption, if not eliminated, will gut Ukraine from inside. Ukraine is ranked on the global corruption scale ex aequo with Kazakhstan and RuSSia, what indicates and incremental progress in fighting it, but doesn’t give Ukraine any bragging rights in this field. Let’s hope this year will bring about more success in making Ukraine a modern, European state. Good luck!

      • Andrew Chmile

        “Deeply entrenched, Byzantine corruption destroys Ukraine more than the war in Donbas,”

        WRONG STUPID ***LYING*** anti-Ukr. polak!!!

        An INVASION—CONQUEST — IS ALWAYS FAR WORSE!!!!

        Like when poland ATTACKED & INVADED UKRAINE AFTER WW ! — RIGHT STUPID?

        You TRULY are an idiot — besides a LIAR!!!

      • Alex George

        In a sense, Ukraine does have bragging rights – it has accomplished a great deal in rooting out corruption. Its job is harder than for countries like Poland or Hungary because it was part of the core of the Russian- and later the Soviet-empire, so the Soviet system is more entrenched.

        But I agree, Ukraine dare not stop its work to clean out corruption, or it will go backwards.

        Putin in particular wants Ukraine to remain corrupt, or to get more corrupt, because that is his best chance of bringing it down.

    • Tony

      Best advice for the future is to learn to think critically, check sources, check if the arguments hold up to counter arguments, etc. Unity today may mean blind following tomorrow, but for now it may be necessary.

  • zorbatheturk

    Shootin’
    the Putin
    is no crime…

    • laker48

      Given the last weekend’s demonstrations and riots throughout the whole RuSSian Federation, another revolution might be brewing in the centenary of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. The fall and dissolution of the fascist RuSSian Federation may be right around the corner. https://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1597/5078/original.jpg

      • zorbatheturk

        I have watched the documentary The Putin System which you mentioned. Putin has obviously further consolidated his control since it was made. The rise in oil prices from $10 in Dec 1998 to $147 in 2008 coincided nicely with Putin’s imperialistic comeback. What struck me most about RuSSia in the documentary was how old-fashioned and archaic it all was. Goosestepping soldiers, tank parades, like a Nazi rally from 1936. And Bush just sitting there grinning along with his supposed ally Putin against the baddies of Muslim fundamentalism like AQ. Putin is KGB to the core, and as that movie showed, for the KGB it is all about control. Hard to believe that in the 21st century Putin thinks he can turn the clock back sixty years. What an anachronism he is. As is RuSSia.

        • laker48

          The investigative report I’ve given the link to is now very hard to find, as an offshore corporation had bought copyrights to it and it was purged from the CBC website few years ago. There are more CBC reports about Putin that hound him. This documentary is even more scathing: http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2014-2015/putins-long-shadow

          Also this US public TV channel PBS documentary about Putin’s corruption, criminal activities and fortune is beyond scathing. The footage is the mirror image to override copyright protection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo-9RttqYLE&ab_channel=Dr.GavagaiPlus

          This video is about the 2014 RuSSian invasion of Crimea.

          Putin and RuSSia will eventually pay dearly for that crime ad many other criminal acts.

      • Tony

        Maybe, my threshold for russia is 1million people protesting. Anything less than that and I think they will sweep it under the rug as they did in 2012. It’s not at that level yet but it may still grow.