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Russia Masses Troops, Weapons Near Ukraine

by Brendan McGarry on April 10, 2014

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Russia has amassed as many as 40,000 troops and dozens of fighter jets, helicopters, tanks and armored vehicles near Ukraine that could be mobilized within “hours,” according to a new assessment by NATO.

The analysis is based on satellite images captured by Longmont, Colo.-based company DigitalGlobe and released by the alliance on Thursday.

The pictures clearly show a build-up of Russian armament near the border with Ukraine, including Su-27/30 “Flankers” fighter aircraft, Mi-8 “Hips” and Mi-24 “Hinds” helicopters, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, an artillery battalion and possibly an airborne or Spetsnaz (special forces) battalion.

“These could move in a matter of hours,” Brig. Gary Deakin, a director at NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, said in the announcement. “These forces have a destabilizing effect and present serious implications for the security and stability of the region.”

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The U.S., Europe and Canada have levied sanctions against Russia for deploying forces to and later annexing the Ukraine’s Crimea region amid political unrest there.

Top officials from the Group of Seven leading economies planned to meet Thursday to consider tightening the economic penalties amid fears that Russia plans to take over more territory in the Ukraine.

Russia has suggested the troop movements are part of normal military activity. But NATO says the Russian military has between 35,000 and 40,000 troops in the vicinity of the Ukrainian border, with units massing  – and not conducting training exercises or maneuvers – near such locations as Belgorod, Novocherkassk, Kuzminka, Yeysk and the Primorko-Akhtarsk Air Base.

“I would characterize it as a combined arms army,” Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip Breedlove said in the announcement. “It has all of the provisioning and enabling that it needs to accomplish military objectives if given them.”

NATO has increased surveillance flights over Romania and Poland to monitor the activity in and around Ukraine.

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Charles Kasper April 10, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Either show the Russians that we mean business militarily or stop misleading the Ukrainians that we will come to their aid. Maybe the European partners could step up to the plate and get more involved,

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andy April 10, 2014 at 4:25 pm

US,BRITISH, said Ukrain if you give up the Nuclear weapon we will defense you…REALLY?

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PolicyWonk April 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm

The deal was more along the lines of "we will respect your sovereignty (between the USSR/Russia, and the western powers) if you give up your nuclear weapons", as opposed to "we will come to your defense".

There are no mutual defense pacts between the west and Ukraine. Putin violated the treaty signed by his predecessors and international law.

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andy April 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

"we will come to your defense".

WHAT IS THIS MEAN?

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tiger April 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Andy, feel free to travel to Kiev & defend the so called nation of Ukraine.
As for me? I'm more worried about getting pot holes filled & keeping a roof over my head. Till I see the Ukrainians do more than play the Vichy French part 2.0, they could drop dead & nobody would notice.

Matthew Jacobs April 10, 2014 at 11:46 pm

That will be the Last Time Any Country Believes US Assurances of Protection.

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tiger April 11, 2014 at 8:30 am

Ask the folks in Ho Chi Minh City about US assurances? Mr. Jacobs, Ukraine was not exactly a united nation even in February. Less so today. The Crimea is a lost cause. There is no military solution to this matter even in the ballpark.

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Anavel Gato April 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Europe should. As usual the US is the world police again. Putting our US troops in harms way. Again!

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Matthias April 11, 2014 at 3:29 am

Why? Us Europeans don't give a ****. All those in the east have been causing trouble to the 'world' for ages and can all drop dead if you ask me. It's America that has some big guns (the biggest in the world at the moment) and likes to show off. It's not us Europeans asking the US to help Ukrain.. Yet I believe if there were military actions from Russia on any country, that Europe (and US) will step in.

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weiss April 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Lol. US is the world police? Not funny anymore. The world hooligan is more like it , to put it politely.

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Joshua April 16, 2014 at 10:21 am

YOU CAN NEVER WIN! It’s always too involved, or getting fingers pointed at us for not getting involved soon enough. Granted out foreign policy is very contradictory, and I do often ask myself why it’s okay for us to be in other backyards and it’s expected to be okay but vice versa it is not…so I can see both sides of the issue.

Also funny how our congress is fine with sending weapons to Libyans and wants to send them to the brutal, terrorist Syrian rebels, but we won’t send any help to ukraine, who seem like a much more likely future ally over a group of terrorists. Pretty idiotic, and sends a weak message. No need to spark WWIII due to our egos, but doing nothing and getting laughed at by Russia surely isn’t a great message or solution.

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Mic April 10, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Perhaps we should Nuke them thieves

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weiss April 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Then nuke Wall Street first, followed by Washington DC and City of London. There are more thieves there than the rest of the world combined.

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Matthew Jacobs April 10, 2014 at 11:49 pm

It's reported that the US will not even share Intel. with Kiev. I think they know they are are on their own.

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tiger April 11, 2014 at 8:19 am

Intel? They can look out the window & see Russians. What more intel do they need?

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weiss April 12, 2014 at 6:45 pm

one has to be really clueless to think that the US can win a war in Ukraine against Russia.

the US has already spoken loud and clear: we miscalculated Russia's resolve to counter US / NATO's plot in Ukraine. Russia can have its properties back as long as US banksters (fronted by the IMF) can rape and plunder the rest of Ukraine.

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papa April 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm

the kind of actions needed in any amount of forces will not be done by Obama's rule. he's a chicken shit master and that's it.

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William_C1 April 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Didn't some "pro-Russian Ukrainians" in eastern Ukraine (not Crimea) just recently declare themselves an independent republic and are now asking for "Russian peacekeepers" to enter and secure the region.

How strangely convenient for the Russians.

Where are the hordes of Backfire bombers? Nothing says 1980s USSR like hordes of Backfires.

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Stratege April 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

What makes you think that there is no real pro-Russian Ukrainians?
Ukrainian army is a comedy pardody on military forces. The hordes of Backfires are truly overkill.

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William_C1 April 10, 2014 at 5:14 pm

There are indeed pro-Russian Ukrainians but I'd bet a lot of money that the Russians are already involved to some degree there, directly aiding those factions and making them seem larger than they really are.

It's true that the Ukrainian military is not in the best state. While their industry has made some capable modern vehicles and upgrade packages (the factory that made the USSR's T-64s was in Ukraine), the Ukrainian military has gotten very little of this. It has mostly been only for export because they don't have the money.

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xXTomcatXx April 11, 2014 at 10:53 am

Regardless of there being pro-Russian Ukrainians or not, the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances signed by Russia, the US, the UK assures the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The only reason this was signed was because Ukraine handed over all of it's nukes. What a message to send.

"Give us all your nukes and we'll make sure no one messes with you. Unless Russia comes in. Then you're on your own."

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Stratege April 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm

The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances the WAS NOT RATIFIED, not Russia, not by US! So, it's firmness as an international agreement is very questionable (at least).

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xXTomcatXx April 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm

It was still signed as an Assurances Memorandum (e.g. not a guarantee, but a justification of political support). The ratification that's talked about is to ratify the memo from "assurances" to a "guarantee" which obligates military action.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/04/opinion/pifer-u

Mick April 10, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Back fire Bombers were Junk……you might mean the Bear……still crap….once a commie always a commie…..why POWER

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octopusmagnificens April 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Ukraine does not pay its debts and mistreats the Russians. Vladimir Putin has been forced to act. Ron Paul has warned against interfering in Ukraine.

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Mic April 10, 2014 at 11:45 pm

All Russians come from the Ukraine……..Back to the U.S.S.R. I see ….Loser asse's

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Matthew Jacobs April 10, 2014 at 11:53 pm

When It come to Foreign Relations Ron Paul is Foolish.

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Truth fwd April 11, 2014 at 12:43 am

No, Ron Paul has the brains to know the truth and the courage to tell the truth, unlike the warmongering chicken hawks who are invariably puppets of the NWO lunatics from Big Oil and Military Industrial Complex.

The truth is that it's the US and NATO who covertly planned and funded the illegal coup against a democratically elected president in Ukraine. Practically the entire body of news and reports from the press have been lies and propaganda. It's the same M.O. used in illegal military operations against Yugoslavia / Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Venezuela, Cuba, Vietnam etc.

Unlike the illegal bombings and invasions by the US in various countries, Russia has a legitimate reason to get prepared to protected the ethnic Russians in Ukraine if their lives are threatened by the thugs funded by the US / NATO.

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majr0d April 14, 2014 at 10:34 am

You may want to research how that "democratically elected" president got elected…

You'll find the FSB heavily involved as they are today in Crimea and the Ukraine. You have to read more than just RT.

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fig spk April 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm

You may want to research how US presidents got "democratically elected" these days

you may also want to stop getting your news from US MSM.

you are thousands of miles away from recognizing what the reality is.

octopusmagnificens April 11, 2014 at 4:06 am
meow April 16, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Matthew Jacobs, Ron Paul is light years ahead of you in foreign relations and sound government policies.

don't flatter yourself here. thanks.

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Charles James Haas April 15, 2014 at 6:30 am

Yeah, blame it on the ones getting invaded. Tell me, when has Russia complained about not getting paid? And the simple response is, don't loan them money.

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Stratege April 15, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Even Kiev confirms debt:

Ukraine's debt for gas to the Russian Federation as of the settlement date of April 8 will be about $2 billion, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Prodan has said at a press conference in Kyiv.

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jake April 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm

If these are pictures of Crimean airbases, I remember looking on Google Earth when this first began and there already were Russian Jets all over there. I saw these identical pictures and this was before they actually annexed Crimea.

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Lance April 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm

There Su-27s Russian passed over the SU-30 for the SU-34. Yeah so Russia has had those Flankers as well as many MiG-29s near Ukraine for months now. Its there territory I think its stupid to start WW3 over this. Besides the US and UK are downsized and too small to deal with a real war after years of nation building crap. I guess we need to reteach our men in the tactics and survival methods in the Nuclear battlefields again if you want to get back into possible shooting wars with Russia. But Obama thinks training for that is so 1950s.

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jake April 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Lmao, I have to agree with you there. I do think we should always be looking at Russia as our standard for military training. I just think they’re doing this all as a plot to get the U.S. As the main supplier of natural gas. It’s all another corporate run agenda. Our elected officials are nothing but sales people for the corporations.

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Rob April 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Someone needs to Remind Russia that they already have the largest land mass in the world. Build from within, no need to expand.

But it appears Ethnic Russians live deeper into Europe then just Ukraine and they smell weakness in NATO to stop any of it. If invade, any attempts to remove Russian forces from Kiev, will bring on Chaos to Europe & America . Asia countries will choose sides &or stand frozen in fear.

A solution is needed that allows both sides some economic & political gains.

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blight_ April 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Most Russians live west of the Urals or on the Pacific ocean, which is parallel to how most Americans live west of the Rockies or along the eastern seaboard. The people we define as "ethnic Russians" are of European origin, and the further into the 'stans you go the more Asian they are, a product of early human migration patterns.

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Reality_Check April 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

So compromise is always a good thing ?

How about this one, both sides can send people with your I.Q. and below to death camps and both sides can win by taking your house, car and other property.

Does that compromise work for you ?

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tiger April 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Wow………..
Reality? You need to meet "reality."

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Hunter76 April 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm

No, most Russian citizens live in the East.

Early human migrations? There's been plenty of migration in the last 2 millennia, including the eponymous Rus.

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Hunter76 April 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Oops! in the West.

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Donald Bacon April 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm

“These could move in a matter of hours"
I would speculate that "minutes" would be adequate for Russian forces.

Meanwhile, as a result of the recent US-backed coup d'etat in Kyev the Ukraine economy is spiraling downward while the EU — victim of the US Nuland's "F. the EU" strategy — is standing by helpless, and Russia gains from US/EU malfeasance. Not to worry — the US has voted to pay Ukraine's gas bill, due to Russia.

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Reality_Check April 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Really, when and where, and exactly what was the language in the bill that promised to pay Ukraine's gas bill?

The correct answer is: never, nowhere, such language does not exist in any bill.

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ronaldo April 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm

The gas situation is comical. Our Congress is pushing to supply American gas to Ukraine and any other country that is threatened by a Russian cut off of energy. The problem is, that even if we changed the law to allow this, the Russians would not lose any market share because they would just lower the price of energy below what the US would sell it for.

Simple econ.

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jake April 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm

We are breaking into astronomical amounts of natural gas. There is simply no way we couldn’t compete with better prices and much much cleaner burning product.

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majr0d April 14, 2014 at 10:40 am

As well as dropping the cost has an impact on Russia's profit margins which is paying for their military growth.

Hunter76 April 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

The US might have "backed" the coup, but really there was very little influence it could have had. The Ukrainians, a different language-culture group, simply hated that pro-Russian corrupt dictator.

The EU is not a victim of the US, it was a victim of its own failure to plan for such an eventuality.

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peters April 16, 2014 at 12:47 am

might have? Don't kid yourself. There is not the slightest doubt that the neo-cons in the US plotted the illegal coup against the democratically elected government in Ukraine. Nor is there any doubt that the CIA got involved as usual.

Learn to question and analyze what the media feed you. Use your head.

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Hunter76 April 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Russia will keep grabbing land until there is real military action. There are Russians in all countries bordering Russia. Putin can keep playing this game, the West doesn't have the stomach for a fight. When he goes into a NATO country, probably one of the Baltics, NATO will probably react. A dustup– planes and armor. Putin is celebrated as a peacemaker. No land goes back.

Putin believes the breakup of the SU was a catastrophe. He was embarrassed by the inferiority of (old) Russian arms in Afghan and Iraq. He wants his troops bloodied. Big winning streak for Puti coming up.

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tiger April 10, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Hunter, it is 2014 not 1938. Stomach for a fight? We have our own troops shooting each other. A debt of $17 trillion & military hospitals Like Bethesda rather full of 12 years of folks who have given up their stomachs, legs & arms. Not for for nothing, but these are not even a close ally your crying over. Sorry, but this one for the diplomats to solve.

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Hunter76 April 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm

I'm not crying, only predicting. Neville Chamberlain is needed again.

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Citizen of the World April 11, 2014 at 1:35 am

Tiger – You might recall that in the 1938 we were in the Great Depression and WWI had recently devastated Europe.

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tiger April 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

Is Ukraine a Ally? Not really a 3rd tier one.

Strategic importance? The Black Sea has always been a Russia backyard pool. No real economic or political importance to the US or the EU in general.

The Nation? The place has never been very united still not. Many are Happy the Russians are there.

Do you even see a fight going on? The Ukrainians rolled over and played dead with out a shot fired. Yet, your fired up to fix Bayonets?

Is a Military response able to change facts on the ground? Nope……..

Make any political or logistical sense? Nope……

Does it effect my daily traffic, price of gas, the Sixers being a crappy b-ball team? Nope…….

Can most Americans even find the place on a globe? Nope…….

Sorry, but Putin is not wearing a funny mustache.

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blight_ April 11, 2014 at 2:14 pm

So long as Turkey is our friend, the Russians can have the Black Sea to themselves.

If the Turks need some anti-ship missiles and CAPTOR mines…

xXTomcatXx April 11, 2014 at 11:03 am

Poland and Czech Republic weren't close allies either. Shall we wait for Lusitania or Pearl Harbor before acting? The diplomatic solution is completely nonexistent. Putin is not a diplomat. Remember, he's ex KGB trained in the art of deception. Stateside lawmakers should be green with envy at his ability to deceive the masses. It's astounding. Not to mention, the word of the US and UK is on the line since the Budapest Memorandum was signed.

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peters April 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm

As far as deception is concerned, Putin is nothing compared to the scums in Washington DC and the US press corps.

The world community respect Putin and Russia far more than the US.

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extreme_one April 10, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Fake news. Again!
The photos are from 2012 summer military exercise. The NATO propaganda machine is at work trying to secure as much funding as quick as possible

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Chuang Shyue Chou April 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Sabre-rattling I would think.

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TheReverend007 April 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I believe we should set up a couple of Battalions of troops like we dix in Germany. Using Marine and Army Striker units, placing them in Urkraine.

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tiger April 11, 2014 at 7:56 am

You must be on LSD or something?

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nancy April 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Concur. LOL.

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Donald Bacon April 11, 2014 at 9:54 am

Sacrifice Americans in support of Ukraine neo-fascists?
Not a good idea.

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majr0d April 14, 2014 at 10:44 am

You have to stop relying on RT for your news.

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greg April 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm

And turn to lies, propaganda, and rubbish trivia from FOX, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, or other US so- called media outlets instead?

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peters April 15, 2014 at 4:25 am

You have to stop relying on FOX, CNN (or the likes) for your news.

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fig spk April 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm

majr0d, you are so clueless and misinformed. Why can't you be like other US military leaders who have courageously written Obama about the torture being committed at CIA's tortures camps at home and abroad, about the senseless mass murder of innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries by rogue elements in the US government and military, and about the utterly wasteful spending and runaway corruption in military procurement processes.

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peters April 15, 2014 at 4:33 am

Not Ukrainian neo-fascists, but American neo-cons and neo-fascists. The illegal coup in Ukraine was concocted by neo-cons (aka defense industrial complex lapdogs) in the US.

How else does one get big spending on military procurement from the government, or big weapons contracts from foreign buyers?

To the neo-con fascists (e.g. Cheney, Condi Rice, Susan Rice, H. Clinton, Bush Sr., Bill Crystal, Bill O'Reilly etc), the US military is merely a tool. How many Americans die or how they die means nothing to the fat cats.

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hibeam April 10, 2014 at 11:01 pm

I see where this is going. When the Russian supply lines are stretched into France then we strike. Its a trap.

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tiger April 11, 2014 at 7:57 am

My calender says 2014, not 1914. Hmmm, not happening……

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blight_ April 11, 2014 at 10:05 am

I was thinking of World in Conflict myself.

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JamcaicanMeAfraid April 11, 2014 at 8:41 am

Before the current administration decided to support overthrowing the rightfully elected government of Ukraine they should have had contingency plans. But then there are no adults in the situation room that have any clear knowledge of this region and Putin.

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blight_ April 11, 2014 at 10:08 am

You'd think the AP would simply send people to those coordinates and see what was up.
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/t

That said, perhaps they went to the wrong places and saw nothing, or were fooled by deception measures?

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TonyC. April 11, 2014 at 11:24 am

Hitler will take the Sudatenland to save the oppressed Germans. Putin's startegy is a very familiar one.

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chaos0xomega April 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Y'know, if you look at google earth imagery of these bases taken a few years back, you'll find pretty much the exact quantities and types of these aircraft, so either Russia has been planning this for years now… or, this is simply where Russia has based these forces for years now, and there is no 'buildup', just what has already been there.

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tiger April 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

“The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
'Forward the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!' he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
Some one had blundered:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them
Cannon in front of them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.
Flashed all their sabres bare,
Flashed as they turned in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wondered:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right through the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reeled from the sabre-stroke
Shattered and sundered.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came through the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.
When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

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notmyname April 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I don't worry with John Kerry on the case.

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Ziv April 13, 2014 at 7:55 am

LOL! But you really ought to put a sarc/ tag on that.

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fig spk April 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

nor anyone else from the US government.

/sarc/

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orly? April 11, 2014 at 11:02 pm

I'm surprised no one here wants a "Preemptive strike."

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ronaldo April 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Mc Cain does….lol

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Joey Byden April 15, 2014 at 11:00 pm

I do! (Only if it is thermonuclear!)

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reader April 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm

If NATO released these DigitalGlobe shots, one wonders how much the classified assets overhead are seeing and cataloging.
The trouble is, there is no way to film or document how the "pro russian unrest" is actually being created in Ukraine and other neighboring countries. No satellite will ever capture that money trail.
Estimate – to stir up largely ethnically russian masses in any border city, you'll probably need to hire about a thousand highly paid activists, and maybe another couple thousand "plebs". If that results in a "referendum" and joining the motherland – its a very small price.
Its an old template, and has worked for Russia for hundreds of years.

Also, trace back through history how did these ethnic russians get there in the first place ? Well, they were moved in during the last period of occupation with the freight trains. And during that occupation period, all policies and pressures were forcing the original population to migrate westward …

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JohnB April 13, 2014 at 12:40 am

The bear is well fed and now it wants to bite back. And we the US have been feeding to strengthen our former commie enemies like russia, china, vietnam, and many to name.

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marrs101 April 13, 2014 at 7:26 am

Welcome to the Eastern European reality.

Hungary: 1956

Czechoslovakia: 1968

Poland: almost regular uprisings against Russia

Ukraine: ongoing aggression

The west has always failed in this region.

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orly? April 13, 2014 at 9:43 am

True, the administrations of the past failed because they were trying to prevent WWIII.

And again, it is true now there is not much we can do in the current situation (yet too many ask to react unrealistically) without causing WWIII.

But to prevent further aggression/escalation, to proceed cautiously both militarily and diplomatically would be the best course of action.

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marrs101 April 13, 2014 at 8:58 pm

The moment the West made clear that they would not use force, the Russians had nothing to fear. “Cautiously”? C’mon guys, we both know what that it means. “No action”. You can tiptoe around the answer as much as you like. This WW3 bullshit was ok maybe in the 50′s, but today… Russia needs a WW3 just as much as the West. The west has no answer/balls to stand up, so Putin does whatever he pleases to.

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tiger April 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Not every solution to a problem is a gun barrel. This time last year, folks were crying about Syria. Now not even page 10 news.

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ondeathsdoorstepp April 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Just because the media stopped covering it doesn't mean the situation didn't deteriorate. Last I saw Assad was starving out the rebels and disarming them….

marrs101 April 16, 2014 at 4:18 pm

I’m not talking about gun barrel solution. It is the tendency, how much the west ignores everything in this area. And the argument was about the possibility of the WW3 from this situation. The Russians not going to fall for another western bluff. Since Reagan’s “Star Wars” they not believe a word the west saying. And they are not afraid to call any new bluff. Just remember that chemical weapon incident in Syria. Now that was an ice cold Putin, and Obama backed off. Putin will not blink this time either. Europe’s defense is a worthless mess, the USA just managed to drag her ass out of the afghan mess. This region’s just simply nobodies priority. The russians only understand one language: power. Nothing else matters.

Joey Byden April 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Russian "soldiers" = Drunken conscripts

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marrs101 April 16, 2014 at 4:20 pm

idiot

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tiger April 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm

The guys in Crimea are first teamers. Spetsnaz & airborne. http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/russia/articles/2

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Matthew Jacobs April 11, 2014 at 12:05 am

I guess China seeing our impotent reaction and taking over the So. China Sea falls into your "Not in My Back Yard" attitude as well.

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Guest April 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Are you ready to see American blood and treasure spent and American cities "disappeared" over an "Assurances Memorandum"?

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xXTomcatXx April 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm

The implications of not holding up their end of the bargain reach far beyond Ukraine. The US is negotiating with Iran and North Korea to halt and eliminate their nuclear ambitions. One of the few bargaining chips the US has left is assurance that both these countries borders' are preserved if they give up their nuclear programs. If the US falters on that same agreement with Ukraine then it's word becomes completely devalued.

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tiger April 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Head scratch…….. Who the Hell wants Iran or North Korea? Nobody has any interest in their land.

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Lightingguy April 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Well, no, that's not analogous. A better example would be assuring Taiwan that we will make sure their territorial integrity remains intact should they choose to not go nuclear.

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tiger April 11, 2014 at 4:56 pm

The Turks are more interested in other neighborhood news. Syria at war, Greece in civil break down, Iraq & the Kurds.

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Visitor April 13, 2014 at 11:49 pm

You've been getting false news and lies from the press. The reality is that it's the US that is threatening world peace by constantly engaging in covert operations of sabotage and subversion around the world.

Ukraine is the latest example of US meddling. If the rest of the world would follow the principle of standing up to bullies and thugs, they would be forming a united to front and sending their navies to the coasts of America. They just don't have the navy for now.

By the way, the US navy is being built with money borrowed from China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

It doesn't pay to get your news from US sources, where lies, propaganda and misinformation have been a matter of daily routine.

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peters April 14, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Yes, a leaked conversation among dirty Turkish politicians has exposed that Turkey was recently planning a false flag attack on its own people and blame Syria.

Wonder if the Turks are such good students of US schemes, or if the US has a big surplus of false flag operation schemers.

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