WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR GOES HOT: Ukraine’s NSDC: Invading Russian tank column directs firepower at town in Lugansk Oblast, destroys every house, Novosvitlivka liberated from Moscow-backed rebels on Aug. 12, invaders move onto town of Khriaschuvate; 5 trucks full of “armed terrorists” (i.e., rebels, Russian regulars) breach border in Lugansk O. on Aug. 28; Russian tanks, APCs rushing border, pulling back at various sites; Ukrainian IM Avakov: 28 members of Donbass Battalion, 4 journalists escape from town of Ilovaysk, 200 volunteer soldiers surrounded by Moscow-backed rebels, later Russian regulars, since Aug. 25, follows statement from Putin to allow Ukrainians to retreat; Russian occupational forces mining approaches to Novoazovsk as 1,000s of civilians in neighboring Mariupol help Ukrainian Army brace for combined attack by insurgents, Russian tank column N. of city, some residents fleeing; state-run enterprise UkrOboronProm responds to President Poroshenko’s orders, shifts into “3-shift” (24/7) mode, ramps up production, modernization of armored vehicles

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Incidentally, the commander of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s Donbass Battalion is an ethnic Russian but a loyal Ukrainian citizen, which highlights the complexity of the Ukraine crisis.

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR GOES HOT: UN Security Council holds emergency session to discuss Russian invasion of Ukraine; Moscow’s UN envoy, Churkin, deflects accusation, retorts Kiev “is waging war against its own people”; PM Yatsenyuk submits bill to Rada, urges NATO membership for Ukraine; Czech Republic to host 11-nation NATO air force exercise, Ample Strike 2014 to run Sept. 3-15; follows gradual buildup of alliance military assets in Baltics, Poland, Romania in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March; Herashchenko, adviser to Ukrainian IM: Russia launched overt attack after President Poroshenko called snap Rada election, complicating implementation of martial law, effective countering of invasion; NATO Sec.-Gen. Rasmussen: “Despite Moscow’s hollow denials, it is now clear that Russian troops and equipment have illegally crossed the border”; Dutch Brig.-Gen. Tak, head of NATO crisis management: “We have also detected large quantities of advanced weapons, including air defense systems, artillery, tanks and armored personnel carriers being transferred to separatist forces in eastern Ukraine”; volunteer battalions Facebooking about Russian army’s assault upon Novoazovsk 3 days before Obama comments

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR GOES HOT: Russian Ground Forces in firm control of Ukrainian border town after launching invasion on Aug. 25, bolsters flagging Donbass insurgents, stockpiles armaments in Novoazovsk for further ops; invasion force splits up: 1) northward Russian column consists of up to 100 tanks, heavy weapons, seen moving towards Temanove on Aug. 27; VDV’s Pskov division besieges Ukrainian forces at Ilovaysk; encircled by 12 Russian paratroopers, 2 Ukrainian majors refuse to surrender, perish while blowing up all attackers, selves with grenades, ATO urges conferment of title “Hero of Ukraine”; 2) southward Russian column consists of 60 tanks, concentrated 12 mi. N. of Mariupol; Ukrainian Army, National Guard units from Novoazovsk fall back to new positions along coastal highway, mine approaches to port city; 3) possible pincer movement from occupied Crimea feared; Ukrainian troops in shootout with Russian recon patrol near Kherson Oblast on Aug. 25, 3 Russian helos stray 500 m N. of peninsula’s militarized border; 4) Reuters reporter in Russia’s Rostov Oblast witnesses battle-weary, injured soldiers returning from Ukraine, 2 mi. away, army helo landing at first-aid base

Russia is no longer a partner like it used to be; it has to be seen as an enemy.
– High-ranking NATO diplomat, quoted in Deutsche-Welle, August 29, 2014

We have to change our positions frequently as enemy spotters help artillery attacks on us. It’s the Russian invasion. We saw it yesterday [Aug. 27] when Russian tanks with Russian flags and soldiers entered Novoazovsk.
– Ukrainian serviceman, quoted in Zik (Lviv), August 29, 2014

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR GOES HOT: Russian invasion force smashes its way into Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast in support of Donbass insurgents, consists of 1,000 troops, 100 tanks, APCs, rocket launchers; invaders fire Grad missiles at Ukrainian border post, reportedly head for regional capital, 20,000 troops poised across border; follows farcical Putin-Poroshenko summit in Minsk, Putin gives nod to cease-fire plan, maintains fiction of no Russian military presence in Ukraine; Poroshenko cancels Turkey trip, calls emergency session of NSDC, urges citizens not to panic, declares: “Russian troops were actually brought into Ukraine”; Ukraine’s OSCE envoy Prokopchuk: “What we registered is a direct invasion of the Russian military into the E. regions of Ukraine”; 1st Russian armored column of 50 vehicles entered Donetsk O. on Aug. 25, shells, seizes strategic town, Ukrainian troops stand ground but some desert; Novoazovsk situated on highway linking Russia’s Rostov O., government-held port of Mariupol, occupied Crimea; Ukraine prepares to defend Mariupol, military brigade rushed to temporary capital of Donetsk O., deep trenches dug around city of 450,000

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Ukrainian forces detain 10 Russian paratroopers in Donetsk Oblast, armed invaders surrender without fight, profess to have crossed border by mistake; DM Geletey: “In reality, they are participating in military aggression against Ukraine . . . “; NSDC spokesman Lysenko: “We think that this is not a mistake, but a special task”; capture of Russian recon patrol complicates Putin-Poroshenko summit in Minsk; Novoazovsk, Donetsk, under cross-border artillery barrage, town site of battle between Ukrainian army, rebel armored column from Russia; 2 Russian Mi-24 combat helos attack Ukrainian border post in Lugansk Oblast, 4 guards dead; NATO: 10,000s of Russian troops near neighbor’s border; US ambassador to Kiev warns of possible “Russian-directed counteroffensive” by separatists (definitely underway); Russian neo-fascists form volunteer battalion, support Donbass rebels: “We are all Russian imperialist nationalists, descendants of the White Guard”; Poroshenko dissolves Rada, calls snap election; SBU arrests Communist Party cell leaders on charges of financing terrorism (i.e., separatism)

According to recent news reports, Russian combat helicopter and artillery units appear to be providing cross-border fire support for rebel offensives against the Ukrainian military.

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WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Ukraine counters yet another armored incursion from Russia as Moscow-backed separatists thrust across border from Rostov Oblast, head SW along highway to government-held port city of Mariupol, battle Ukrainian troops at town of Novoazovsk; latest invasion force consists of 10 tanks, 2 APCs bearing symbols of self-styled Donetsk People’s Republic; NSDC spokesman Lysenko: Incursion attempt “by the Russian military in the guise of Donbass fighters to open a new area of military confrontation”; Moscow plans 2nd aid convoy to SE Ukraine, Kiev fears unauthorized 1st convoy transported arms to insurgents in Lugansk; rebels parade captured government soldiers through Donetsk city, crowds chant “Fascists”; Ukrainian president announces US$3 billion defense budget for 2015-2017; Poroshenko, Putin scheduled to talk peace in Minsk on Aug. 26, Merkel in Kiev, gloomy over prospects of “breakthrough”; Moscow pouts over exclusion from NATO’s Ukrainian crisis summit in Wales

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Convoy of humanitarian aid trucks returns to Russia after delivering food, medicine to rebel-held Ukrainian city of Lugansk; estimates of convoy size vary from 184 to 260 white-painted vehicles; Ukrainian State Border Guard Service inspected contents of some trucks, partly confirms Kremlin line; NSDC spokesman Col. Lysenko alleges Russian personnel delivered cargo, but also stole equipment from Ukrainian military factories, including Kolchuga radar system, firearms magazines; NATO chief Rasmussen condemns unauthorized Russian aid convoy, describes as “major escalation in Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine,” Russian artillery units have moved into Ukrainian territory, firing at Ukrainian government forces; German Chancellor Merkel arrives in Kiev on official visit

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: 145-truck Russian “aid convoy” enters E. Ukraine without permission of Ukrainian authorities or International Committee of the Red Cross escort, heads for rebel-held city of Lugansk, follows 10-day standoff with Kremlin; Ukrainian President Poroshenko denounces “flagrant violation of international law,” SBU chief Nalivay- chenko fulminates “We consider this a direct invasion by Russia of Ukraine,” but promises Ukraine will not attack Russian personnel, avoid provoking Moscow; Russian Foreign Ministry: “All excuses delaying the delivery of aid to people in the humanitarian catastro- phe area have been exhausted. The Russian side has decided to act”; Ukrainian military spokesman Lysenko reacts to Russian incursion: “The Ukrainian side suggested holding negotiations between the leadership of the general staffs of Ukraine and the Russian Federation, but the Russian side refused”

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian strategic bombers try to enter Dutch airspace, repelled by Royal Netherlands Air Force, make U-turn, second run at NATO member; Japanese warplanes shadow two Bear bombers circumnavigating archipelago; Kremlin’s nuclear bombers penetrated USA’s NW air defense identification zone 16 times over 10 days in late July, early Aug., one Russian sortie near Alaska included spyplane, NORAD confirms “spike in activity”; Moscow settles on Baranovichi, W. Belarus for new air base to open in 2015, already operates fighter jet squadron in buffer state; 2,600 Union State paratroopers train in Russia’s NW region of Pskov while CSTO troops converge in Kyrgyzstan for “anti-terrorist” Enduring Brotherhood 2014 drill; Russian Defense Ministry to rehabilitate Cold War-era airbase, build 6 “closed” military towns in NE Siberia, Tiksi Aerodrome first served as staging base for Soviet strategic aviation to reach N. America

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Poles hawkish over Russian annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, arming of rebels in Donetsk, Lugansk, shooting down of Malaysian airliner; PM Tusk foresees Russia’s “direction intervention” in SE Ukraine as Kremlin once again builds up military positions near neighbor; 1,000 Polish soldiers, dozens of visiting US, Canadian troops march through Warsaw in country’s largest military parade since Cold War; Poland speeds up plans to buy 30 attack helicopters, second naval strike missile system, air-to-surface JASSM missiles for 48 F-16 fighter jets, long-range UAVs; unveils futuristic PL-01 light “stealth tank,” mass production slated for 2016; Gen. Campbell, commander of US Army Europe, in Warsaw to discuss boosting US military power in ex-communist state; Polish FM summons Russian ambassador, demands explanation for Zhirinovsky’s bellicose remarks, neo-fascist lawmaker threatens to “wipe out” Poland, Baltics in war against West

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Kiev says Moscow-backed rebels attack convoy of civilians fleeing Lugansk city, killing “dozens”; self-proclaimed PM of “Donetsk People’s Republic” boasts army of 1,200 fighters trained in Russia’s Rostov Oblast, 150 armored vehicles, including 30 tanks; 20,000 Ukrainian men living in Czech Republic receive call-up orders for military service as Russian moves along border spark fears of invasion under guise of humanitarian mission; Ukraine completes national revolution, dissolved Communist Party’s pro-Moscow/pro-separatist Rada faction on July 24; acting president, parliamentary speaker Turchynov praised “correction of historical error,” expressed hope in disappearance of “communist ideology”; Russian, EU communists dismayed over dissolution, CPRF deputies retaliate, seek “terrorist” tag for Right Sector, neo-fascists in Ukraine’s National Guard fighting separatists

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: President Poroshenko says army directly engaged Russian armored column on Ukrainian soil on Thursday, UK journalists maintain APCs bore full Russian markings, including license plates; Kremlin denies incursion as it prepares to send massive humanitarian convoy to Ukraine’s war-torn SE oblasts, alleges Ukrainian volunteer battalion plans to mine roads, blow up aid vehicles; separatists continue to hold positions in cities of Donetsk, Lugansk; Kiev has claimed for months Moscow bolstering insurgents with arms, guerrilla fighters from occupied Crimea, Caucasus, Moscow, Serbia

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Back from summer vacation . . .

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: 2 Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory from altitude of 5,200 meters, attack occurs near site of catastrophic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17; Kiev says Russian regular forces across SE border fired SAMs that hit combat planes, National Security and Defense Council: “They were shot down very profes- sionally. The terrorists [separatists] do not have such professionals”; government troops regain control of suburbs of Donetsk, Lugansk as shelling blows up chemical plant in first city; Moscow-backed rebels concentrate forces in downtown Donetsk, fortify posi- tion near university, dig trenches; rebel commander, Russian GRU officer Strelkov bans media from combat zones; train with refugees from Lugansk arrives in Kiev

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It’s hard to know how far Comrades Putin, Zyuganov and Co. intend to go with this mess their agents, lackeys and proxies have fomented in Ukraine, but it’s a superb opportunity for Russian neo-imperialism/neo-fascism/neo-communism to reassert itself. A weak, uncoordinated response from NATO could lead to similar Kremlin-sponsored adventurism in both the Former Soviet Union and the former East Bloc.

Although he would be very elderly if still alive, Anatoliy Golitsyn’s analysis of the Ukraine crisis would no doubt be very illuminating. This unique KGB defector’s most valuable insight was to remind Western analysts that communists are very persistent in their determination to overthrow freedom and capitalism, adroit in both organization and propaganda, and capable of concocting multi-decade plans to bring about their totalitarian global regime.

Meanwhile, for your resident blogger summer vacation has arrived. This is likely to be our last post for the next three weeks.

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: From Russia with malice: Moscow-backed, GRU-directed separatist insurgency in Ukraine takes horrific turn as Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 reportedly shot down by SAM over village of Grabavo, Donetsk Oblast, 298 passengers and crew perish, airliner on flight between Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur; US VP Biden says Boeing 777-200ER apparently “blown out of the sky,” responsible party unknown, Ukrainian President Poroshenko: “We do not exclude that this plane was shot down, and we stress that the armed forces of Ukraine did not take action against any airborne targets”; rebels locate, seize Flight MH17’s black boxes, turn over to Russian aviation authorities

What’s Putin’s game here? Is he provoking a NATO intervention and, thus, global nuclear war, or are his insurgents in SE Ukraine just trigger happy?

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Latin America File: From Russia with shove: President Putin thumbs nose at Washington amidst Moscow-backed separatist insurgency in Ukraine, makes sur- prise official visit to Nicaragua during regional tour, long-time KGB asset Ortega revels in Kremlin’s affec- tion for second Sandinista dictatorship; Managua pitstop unprecedented show for any Soviet/Russian leader as rumors abound of Moscow’s “silent partner- ship” in Hong Kong-led Nicaragua Canal megaproject; Russian Navy patrols Caribbean Sea, helps Nicaragua, Honduras interdict narco-trafficking; Putin arrives in Cuba, Argentina, Brazil to promote bilateral commercial arrangements; state-run Russia Today: Moscow to reopen Lourdes electronic spy base, facility closed in 2002, suspected role in monitoring US military, civilian air traffic during 911 terrorist attacks

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Flashback: Cuba’s Lourdes Radar Base, Terrorist Mohamed Atta and the Kremlin (source)

Blogger’s Note

In recent weeks we have posted less frequently on the Ukraine crisis. Other responsibilities have made it difficult to keep this blog up to date.

However, we have redirected our efforts to the writing of a history of Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic from a “Golitsynian” perspective.

Work began last year and the project is now many hundreds of pages in length.

We hope to publish this history late next year or possibly in 2016.

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Ukrainian military scores first major victory against Moscow-backed insurgents, rebels abandon stronghold of Slavyansk after 3 months of on-again, off-again fighting, GRU officer Igor Strelkov/Girkin reportedly joins exodus from city; self-proclaimed PM of “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Russian citizen Borodai: “Due to the overwhelming numerical superiority of the enemy [i.e., government forces] our men were forced to abandon their positions”; death toll of Ukraine crisis: 250 civilians, 200 soldiers, 800 rebels; displacements: 110,000 people flee SE Ukraine for Russia, 54,400 displaced within country itself

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Poroshenko refuses to extend ceasefire as Ukrainian Army, National Guard press attacks against Moscow-backed rebels in Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts; insurgents try to down Su-24 Fencer combat plane with missile, kill border guard in mortar attack; acting DM Koval on Monday: Govern- ment forces carried out strikes against 120 rebel positions, “We have to eliminate the fighters who have brought misfortune to the land of the Donbass”; Ukrainian, Russian, German, French FMs to meet in Berlin, talk peace; Moldova tries to escape Russia’s neo-imperialist dragnet, parliament ratifies EU “association agreement,” 34 pro-Moscow Communist deputies leave chamber in protest; Putin, Russian Orthodox Patriarch bestow awards upon Communist Party boss Zyuganov

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: 65,000 Russian troops hold week-long drill in Volga, Ural regions as President Poroshenko announces week-long cease-fire with Moscow-backed rebels in SE oblasts; 3 soldiers in Donetsk injured by insurgents in mortar/ sniper attack; 300 civilians, soldiers, rebels dead since April, 34,000 civilians displaced; Donetsk “people’s governor” Gubarev calls Kiev cease-fire “fake,” main- tains army still shooting; RAF Typhoons stationed in Lithuania intercept Russian Air Force sortie over Baltic Sea on June 18, latter consists of Tu-22M Backfire strategic bomber, 4 Su-27 Flanker fighters, Beriev A50 Mainstay early-warning plane, Antonov 26 Curl transport

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Russian state TV reporter killed, colleague missing after position shelled in clashes between Ukrainian forces, Moscow-backed separatists, army making push to enter rebel-held city of Lugansk; gas pipeline blows up in NE oblast of Poltava, “accident” occurred day after Gazprom terminates supply; Right Sector leader Yarosh reported- ly threatened to sabotage Russian pipelines in March; National Security and Defense Council chief Parubiy: “Between 15,000 and 20,000 militants are in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Nearly half of them are . . . from the Russian Federation,” including “natives of the Cau- casus and special units of the Russian Armed Forces”; NSDC spokesman: “Terrorists get the coordinates of the sites of the deployment of Ukrainian security forces from a Russian satellite”; DPR leader Pushilin names Russian controllers: “We interact with [Alex] Babakov, [Valentina] Matviyenko, [Sergey] Glazyev and Zhirinov- sky. . . . [T]hese are politicians who provide support”

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Kremlin cuts natural gas supply to Ukraine after payment deadline expires, Kiev’s Naftogaz: Country can manage without Russian energy until Dec.; gas feed to EU untouched; Russia alleges military border violations, follows incur- sion into Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts by 3 Russian tanks, APCs, presumably by Russian soldiers or Moscow-backed separatists; Moscow says Ukrainian Su-27 fighter jet entered Russian airspace on June 5, Mi-8 helo on 12th, infantry fighting vehicle crossed land border on 13th; Russian Foreign Ministry: “We consider such actions an illegal act that will prevent the peaceful resolution of the armed conflict in the SE of Ukraine”; Kiev: 16,000 Russian troops still deployed along main- land border, 22,000 in occupied Crimea, “Separate subunits of 76th Pskov air assault division of Russian Armed Forces redeployed to districts close to Ukrainian border on June 15”; Poroshenko: Government ousts rebels from all frontier areas near Russia; Alex Yanu- kovich phones Lukashenko, says father Viktor no longer trusts Putin, seeks asylum in Belarus or presidency over self-proclaimed Federal State of New Russia

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Moscow-backed Russophone separatists down Ukrainian Il-76 strategic airlifter on approach to Lugansk International Airport, 49 crew, soldiers killed, President Poroshenko declares day of mourning; Ukrainian Health Ministry: Total of 270 deaths since clashes began in SE oblasts; Moscow denies sending unmarked T-64 tanks to sup- port rebels as 100 protesters storm Russian embassy in Kiev, condemn downing of military plane, break win- dows, tear down Russian flag, overturn diplomats’ cars; pro-Ukrainian volunteer militia fighting separatists: “We won’t forget. We won’t forgive”; NATO: Videos, satellite pics of armored unit at Russia’s Rostov military base, later in Ukraine’s rebel regions “raise significant questions” about Moscow’s role in insurgency; bomb found, defused near presidential office, motorcade route, follows June 7 car bombing in Kiev, just prior to Poroshenko’s inauguration

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Ukrainian troops destroy 2 tanks, 2 APCs, 2 Kamaz trucks near village of Stepanivka, Donetsk, armored column from Russia waved through rebel-held border crossing in neighboring Lugansk region; DPR chairman Pushilin in Moscow, speaks on Russian state TV, admits acquisition of tanks, NATO chief Rasmussen: Incursion of Russian tanks into Ukraine “marks a serious escalation of the crisis in E. Ukraine”; Kiev says military also intercepted 3 “terrorist” convoys that “intruded from the side of Russia,” 40 Moscow-backed insurgents killed in Snizhne, Russian-made MANPADS, antitank rifles, small arms seized; 100 soldiers of newly formed Azov Battalion evict rebels from state buildings in Mariupol (again), port city sits astride highway leading from S. Russia to occupied Crimea; billionaire governor of Dnipropetrovsk oblast offers to build 1,900-km fence/ trench within 6 months, “protect Ukraine from Putin”; Gazprom CEO Miller demands Kiev pay US$3.5 billion debt by June 16 or face immediate prepayment regime

Middle East File: Iraq facing worst crisis since with- drawal of US troops in 2011, “failed state” status loom- ing: Iran sends 2 battalions of elite Quds Forces to shore up Shi’ite PM Maliki’s government as Sunni rebels hoist black flag of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) over major cities in N. Iraq, including Mosul, Tikrit; Ba’athist military officers, Hussein loyalists who eluded arrest after 2003 US-led inter- vention join rebellion; militants confiscate Iraqi Army’s US-built Humvees, seize and fly two helicopters; reportedly execute soldiers, police in captured towns; fearful of rebel advance, Iraq’s Kurds seize control of Kirkuk oil fields; Iraqi government’s authority now confined to country’s south, army “essentially evapo- rated” ahead of rebels’ “stunning advance,” lost control of Euphrates Valley W of capital last year; Iraqi warplanes fire missiles at insurgent targets in Mosul, uniformed Shi’ite volunteers head for front lines 60 miles N of Baghdad; ISIS militants hold 80 Turks hostage in Mosul, Ankara threatens to retaliate if any citizens harmed, Turkish hostages include special forces soldiers, diplomats, children

Middle East File: Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant seize control of Mosul, take over airport, police stations, military bases; 500,000 residents flee Iraq’s second largest city; soldiers abandon weapons, don civilian clothes, join exodus; PM Maliki urges parliament to declare state of emergency; Al Qaeda offshoot controls “considerable territory” in eastern Syria, western and central Iraq, including cities of Ramadi, Falluja; FM Zebari: “Iraq faces a serious, mortal threat”

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: President of Ukraine’s official website: Army, border guards have resecured control of 100 km swathe of frontier near Russian border, follows deep incursion by small armored column via rebel-controlled border crossing, identity and fate of invading troops after battle with Ukrainian army unclear; Poroshenko phones Putin to discuss peace plan for rebellious SE oblasts, calls arrival of Russian tanks, heavy artillery “unacceptable”; Pushilin, self-styled chairman of “Donetsk People’s Republic,” spotted at Moscow meeting with veteran neo-fascist/neo-imperialist Zhirinovsky

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Russia takes advantage of Ukraine’s failure to swiftly recapture frontier from insurgents, mini-invasion force of 3 T-72 main battle tanks, APCs waved through rebel-held border crossing near Dyakove, Lugansk; Russian armor proceeds to Snizhne in neighboring secessionist region of Donetsk, Ukrainian military engages 2 T-72s near town of Horlivka; Interior Minister Avakov: “The fight is under way. I cannot say about its final outcome, but part of this column has been destroyed”; Kiev fears Moscow preparing to send more guerrillas into rebel- lious SE oblasts, 80 “self-defense” militiamen involved in Crimean takeover later received training at special services base in Rostov Oblast, formed “sabotage group” to aid separatists in mainland Ukraine; rebels lay siege against Lugansk International Airport last weekend, security forces finally repel attackers on Wed.; ATO spokesman says army defended hotly con- tested Kramatorsk airport during rebel attack on June 10, 40 “mercenaries” (i.e., from Russia) killed; 60 Russians, Belarusians volunteer for Interior Ministry’s Donbas Battalion in defense of Ukraine

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Amid Ukraine crisis, 4 Russian Bear H bombers intercepted over Aleutians on June 9, 2 TU-95s continue flight across N. Pacific, repelled 50 miles off N. California coast; Krem- lin brands NATO’s “Baltops” naval maneuver in Baltic Sea, land drills in Baltic states as “act of aggression,” matches alliance’s 6,500-troop deployment with units from Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet, Russian Air Force, VDV, stealth corvette Soobrazitelny live-fires missiles at surface targets; Putin’s personal envoy Markov issues truculent warning to Helsinki ahead of FM Lavrov’s visit: “Russophobia could start the third [world war]. Finland is one of the most Russophobic countries in Europe, together with Sweden and the Baltic states. Russia recommends Finland not to join NATO”; con- veniently forgets Finns’ “Russophobia” might be linked to 1939 Soviet invasion; France, Italy dispatch spy ships to Black Sea, monitor Russian military activity in occupied Crimea

Final Phase Backgrounder: Russian Communists urge referenda on changing names of St. Petersburg, Volgo- grad back to Leningrad, Stalingrad, Putin expresses support for initiative; CPRF’s long-standing policy to restore Soviet Union; CIS co-founder Shushkevich maintains Putin rebuilding USSR through formation of Eurasian Union, Russian special services intervention in Ukraine; freest former Soviet republics–Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova–have lost “chunks of territory” to pro-Moscow separatists; Lukashenko “doing his part” in Belarus via KGB-controlled “democracy,” collective farms, 80% of economy in state hands; C. Asian repub- lics have made “scant progress towards” democratic reform in 23 years; Shushkevich denies he, colleagues Yeltsin, Kravchuk had “ulterior motive” in dissolving USSR, but KGB defector Golitsyn predicted contrived demise of Soviet Union, followed by “new worldwide communist federation” (New Lies for Old [1984], p. 346), identified CIS as component of “longstanding overall Communist strategy of convergence” (The Pere- stroika Deception [1995], p. 149); Borodin: Russian-Belarusian Union State “great development of commu- nism,” USSR to be restored in 2017, centennial of Bolshevik Revolution

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Heavy fighting resumes around rebel stronghold in Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast, shelling heard in downtown Slavyansk as govern -ment troops, Moscow-backed separatists exchange fire, rebels shoot down Ukrainian An-26 transport plane on June 6, 5 of 8 aircrew survived; insurgents attack military base in Artemivsk, repelled, others claim to detain pro-Kiev mercenaries from Poland, Czech Rep. (possibly to deflect attention from Russian citizens fighting on behalf of “people’s republics” in Donetsk, Lugansk); newly inaugurated President Poroshenko: OSCE-brokered talks to close “porous” border between Ukraine, Russia; Washington reassures European allies in face of Russian aggression, deploys 2 B-2 stealth bombers to UK, 3 B-52s arrived last week; NATO navies carry out “Baltops” maneuver in Baltic Sea, “Sabre Strike” land drills in Estonia, Latvia; Polish paratroop- ers host US, Canadian counterparts, conduct grenade training; London to commit 1,000 soldiers, 25 tanks to NATO drill in Poland later this year; Hagel tours US missile cruiser in Black Sea; NATO’s largest-ever cyber- warfare drill “Locked Shields” held this past March

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Outgunned by Moscow-backed rebels, invaders from Russian Federation, Ukraine’s State Border Guard shuts down 8 checkpoints in Donetsk, Lugansk Oblasts, self-styled PM Nikitin: Armed wing of “Lugansk People’s Republic” controls 150-200 km swathe of border region, creating invasion corridor for Russian Armed Forces, still poised nearby; Ukrainian fighter jet supported border guards at Marynivka crossing, attacked rebels, Russian mercenaries; PM Medvedev: Russia has received 4,000 refugees from Ukrainian civil war; governor of Russia’s Rostov Oblast declares “state of emergency,” deal with alleged influx of Ukrainian refugees, Kiev denies such exodus; Kremlin recycles months-old propaganda, alleges “extremists” entering Russia from Ukraine

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Skirmish erupts near Ukrainian border village of Marynivka, Donetsk, border guards (with standing order to “open fire”) repulse convoy of Russian mercenaries in trucks, infantry vehicle, 100 Moscow-backed rebels arrive on scene to support invaders, 5 Ukrainian soldiers injured, 15 separatists killed, latest episode of infiltration by guerrillas from Russian Federation; Kiev claims heavy fighting with artillery around rebel stronghold of Slavyansk on Tues., Wed. leads to 300 insurgent deaths, residents flee, self-styled PM of “Donetsk People’s Republic” denies losses; rebels seize border guard base near Lugansk city after troops retreat, remove Ukrainian flag; USA to send military advisers to former Soviet republic, assess need for “defense reform,” Obama approves US$5 million in body armor, night vision goggles, communication devices for Ukrainian army, non-lethal supplies for border guards, follows shipment of 300,000 MREs; Putin, Poroshenko meet, speak at D-Day event in Normandy, no handshake seen, Ukrainian president-elect to be sworn in June 7

EU/USSR2 Files: Fascism resurgent amidst Eurocrisis: Moscow’s hidden control over European politics revealed, 30-year-old warnings of KGB defector Golitsyn confirmed (again): Far-right parties—e.g., Britain’s UKIP, France’s National Front, Belgium’s Vlaams Belang (VB), Hungary’s Jobbik, Greece’s Golden Dawn—parrot Kremlin script in Brussels, vilify USA, EU, NATO, Ukraine; Farage frequent interviewee on state-owned Russia Today; Le Pen troops to Moscow before Euro vote, Putin says Marine “one of Europe’s most promising new leaders”; Dewinter: “We can be a good partner for Russia in the European Parliament, and Russia sees us as a potential partner”; VB, Austria’s Freedom Party, Bulgaria’s Attack, Italy’s Northern League sent “independent observers” to Crimea to validate Russian annexation; Jobbik chair- man Vona trekked to Russia in 2008, rubbed elbows with Communist MP Kalashnikov, Moscow State U. Prof. Dugin during follow-up 2013 trip; Gulyás, ex-member of Hungary’s parliamentary committee on national security: “Jobbik is a phony nationalist party which serves only Russian interests”; Eurasianist Dugin wrote CPRF constitution, advises current State Duma speaker Naryshkin, inspired creation of new Eurasian Union, attended founding congress of insur- gents’ New Russia Party in Ukraine in May 2014

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: NATO’S top commander on Moscow-backed insurgency in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts: “Russia is continuing to de- stabilize Ukraine . . . Russian irregular forces, Russian-backed forces, and Russian financing are very active in E. Ukraine. This has to stop. . . . [W]hat you see in the E. part of Ukraine are very well-led, very well-financed, very well-organized clashes with Ukrainian forces”; Breedlove on Russian regular forces near Ukrainian border: “There are several large formations that are remaining and they have not reduced their presence in any way”; Pentagon admits “dangerous” Apr. 23 provo- cation by Russian fighter pilot over NW Pacific, Su-27 “Flanker” rolled sideways to reveal air-to-air missiles, flew within 100 feet of cockpit of US RC-135 spy plane, ret. USAF Lt. Gen.: “President Putin sees weakness in the current American leadership and is trying to intimi- date us”; follows Russian Air Force’s Apr. 12 provoca- tion against US destroyer in Black Sea; White House reassures European allies in face of Russian aggression in Ukraine, Pentagon deploys 3 B-52 strategic bombers to Fairford, England; Boeing installs advanced avionics in venerable “Stratofortress,” first such upgrade since 1960s

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: 500 Moscow-backed insurgents launch 8-hour siege of border guard base in Lugansk city, 5 separatists killed, 10 soldiers wounded, Ukrainian fighter jets show up to repel attack; Kiev’s ATO spokesman denies air force bombed regional state admin bldg. in city, militants caused blast; rebels attack army checkpoint near insurgency “epicenter” Slavyansk, mine power plants to deter government offensive; NATO chief confirms Russia pulls back 2/3 of regular forces near Ukrainian border, even as Russian strategic aviation holds missile drills in W. Military District; Obama, Poroshenko to meet during Warsaw security conference; self-proclaimed Donetsk, Lugansk “people’s republics” form “Federal State of New Russia,” self-styled DPR PM, Russian citizen Borodai admits Moscow “financing” separa- tists; SBU defector Khodakovsky assumes command of Vostok Battalion at Donetsk city army base, irregular force consists of mercenaries from Russian Federation; pro-Kremlin Chechen president belies earlier denials, Kadyrov vows to send “74,000” more fighters to support rebels

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Self-proclaimed pro-Moscow political entities in SE Ukraine:

Federal State of New Russia (FGN, est. May 24, 2014)

consisting of

Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR, est. Apr. 7, 2014)

- People’s Governor: Pavel Gubarev (born Ukrainian SSR, Russian National Unity [neo-Nazi], Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine [communist], New Russia Party)

- Chairman of Supreme Soviet: Denis Pushilin (born Ukrainian SSR)

- Prime Minister: Alexander Borodai (born RSFSR)

- Supreme Commander: GRU Colonel Igor Girkin/Strelkov (born RSFSR)

and

Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR, est. Apr. 24, 2014)

- People’s Governor, Commander of “Army of the Southeast”: Valery Bolotov (born Ukrainian SSR)

- First Deputy People’s Governor: Sergei Tsyplakov

- Commander of Lugansk Guard: German Prokopyev

Russophile political party to rule FGN:

New Russia Party (PN, est. May 13, 2014); founding congress attended by Russian neo-facscists/neo-imperialists/Eurasianists Alexander Dugin, Alexander Prokhanov and Valery Korovin; Dugin past member of Pamyat, National Boshelvik Party, past ideologist for Communist Party of the Russian Federation

Donbass People’s Militia, PN paramilitary wing (est. March 2014), under joint command of Gubarev and Girkin/Strelkov

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Kiev considers imposing martial law in Donetsk, Lugansk, “urgently” increases defense budget for ATO soldiers’ salaries, food; Interior Ministry, regional govs organize, arm “territorial defense units” (a.k.a “Black Men”), to wage guerrilla war against Moscow-backed separatists, Azov Battalion operating semi-clandestinely in SE oblasts; military’s decisive victory over insurgents at Donetsk International Airport focuses attention on infiltration of Russian, Serbian nationals into rebel-held regions; Ukrainian authorities ID dead fighters from Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Russian-occupied Crimea (Ukraine), Abkhazia (Georgia); notorious Russian mercenary killed during battle for Donetsk airport, Zhdanovich at training camp in Rostov-on-Don on May 19 before stealing into Ukraine with “truckloads” of other mercs; possible internal coup among separatists as Russian-led “Vostok Battalion” evicts supporters of “Donetsk People’s Republic” from HQ, removes barri- cades; rebels in Slavyansk, under command of GRU officer Strelkov, shoot down yet another Ukrainian helo, 14 soldiers killed, including National Guard Gen. Kulchytskiy; Ponomarev, “people’s mayor” of rebel stronghold, admits comrades holding 4 OSCE monitors, refuses to disclose location

USSR2 File: De facto president of Abkhazia decries “armed coup attempt” after protesters hold large anti-government demo in Sukhumi, storm presidential building, state TV center on May 27, accuse Ankvab of authoritarianism, demand resignation, reforms; Russian Security Council official Nurgaliyev, Putin aide Surkov rush to capital of Russian-occupied region, confer with Ankvab, opposition leaders behind closed doors; de facto PM Lakerbaya speaks to reporters, does not rule out government resignation; Russian army invaded Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia, S. Ossetia in August 2008, Kremlin bars observers of EU Monitoring Mission from entering Abkhazia

EU/USA Files: NATO observes uptick in Russian espio- nage—already more pervasive than during Cold War— since beginning of Ukraine crisis: Hungarian MEP, Jobbik politician accused of spying for Russia, neo-fascists deny allegations in wake of growing popularity, state prosecutor confirms investigation, pro-Russian Bela “Bond” Kovacs studied in Soviet Union in mid-1980s, only returned to Hungary in 2003; Hungarian military: Russia infiltrating SVR into positions of sensitive political importance in Budapest; Germany’s BfV: One third of Russian embassy staff in Berlin spies, wining and dining politicians, businessmen; Prague Post: “Latest developments in Ukraine have stepped up the activities of Russian agents in the West,” Czech diplomat: Russians funded “anti-radar base” protests in effort to scuttle Bush Admin’s NMD plans in 2008; Lithuania accuses Russian diplomat of bribing civil servant for data on country’s EU presidency; FBI urges hi-tech companies to be wary of Russian venture capital, Boston division: Skolkovo Foundation must be “watched closely” in view of partnership with MIT

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Kiev claims success as military retakes Donetsk’s Sergey Prokofiev International Airport from pro-Russia militants, Ava- kov: “The airport is under our full control. The enemy suffered heavy losses. We have none”; up to 40 gunmen of “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) killed, may have been attempting to prevent visit by President-Elect Poroshenko; ATO spokesman: Rebels must vacate all state buildings or face “precision weaponry”; self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic rejects validity of Ukrainian election, Bolotov alleges DPR leader surrendered to Ukrainian army, denounces Pushilin as “traitor,” target for “liquidation”; State Border Guard Service near Biriukove, Lugansk repels rebel arms convoy as militants try to cross border from Russia, gun battle ensues, incursion thwarted; Ukrainian border guards near Dmytrivka, Donetsk observe large inva- sion force on Russian side: “Up to 40 Kamaz trucks with armed men are concentrated, ready to cross the state border”; 2nd column of 50 trucks spotted oppo- site Rovenky, Lugansk; Interior Ministry forms 3rd National Guard battalion for ATO; unknown persons occupy Communist Party office in Dnipropetrovsk overnight, reds facing ban

In spite of Putin’s apparent willingness to accept the results of Ukrainian election, it is clear he still intends to destabilize and ingest Russia’s neighbor, using proxies for now. If the so-called people’s republics in Donetsk and Lugansk can consolidate their hold on the two regions, then Russian Ground Forces can follow later.

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Blast from the Past File: Poland’s last communist leader dies at age 90, Wojciech Jaruzelski imposed martial law in 1981 to crush dissent as alternative to Soviet military intervention, justified actions in 2005 interview: “The structures of the state were paralyzed. . . . A general strike was imminent. We were staring hunger, cold, and blackout in the face”; Jaruzelski one of several Warsaw Pact generals to plan 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, carried out orders to suppress 1970 workers’ revolts in Gdansk, leaving 44 people dead, hundreds injured, purged Jews from Polish army in 1971; 1996 parliamen- tary commission dominated by “ex”-communist party spared Jaruzelski a trial before state tribunal over martial law (go figure); Red Army deported Jaruzelski family to Siberian gulag in 1939, young Wojciech afflicted with snow blindness, later known for trade- mark tinted glasses, drab olive military uniform

EU File: Fascism resurgent amidst Eurocrisis: Extreme, Eurosceptic, populist parties–angered by Muslim immi- gration, austerity measures, unemployment–more than double representation in European Parliament, stun- ning election results present dominant centrist bloc with “unprecedented challenge from noisy insurgents”; France’s National Front thrusts past ruling Socialists, secures first-ever top spot at European level, PM Valls bewails neo-fascist victory as “political earthquake”; Britain’s UKIP trounces ruling Conservatives, opposi- tion Labour, draws 30% of voters; Germany’s neo-Nazi NPD picks up historic first MEP, while Austria’s Freedom Party secures 4 seats, up 2; Denmark’s anti-establishment People’s Party achieves first place, Netherlands’ anti-Islam Freedom Party, Hungary’s anti-Jewish/anti-Gypsy Jobbik both score second position; Greece’s Eurocommunist Syriza pushes past ruling right-wing New Democracy, Socialists, grabs 2 regional governments, including Attica (Athens); neo-Nazi Golden Dawn dodges incarceration of party leaders on charges of murder, arson, extortion, sends 3 MEPs to Brussels

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Ukrainian fighter jets launch air strikes against Donetsk’s Sergey Prokofiev International Airport, helicopters disgorge paratroopers after several dozen pro-Russia insurgents seize facility, set up anti-aircraft batteries; Kiev issued ultimatum to gunmen from “Donetsk People’s Repub- lic,” police cordon off airport, smoke seen billowing from buildings; follows Sunday’s landslide election of “chocolate king” Poroshenko as president, national voter turnout 60% but Kremlin-backed militants shut down 80% of polling stations in Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts; businessman turned politician vows speedy suppression of insurgency, closer relations with West: “Peace in the country and peace in the east is my main priority,” “The anti-terrorist operation cannot and should not last 2 or 3 months. It should and will last hours”; FM Lavrov: Russia willing to enter talks with Ukraine’s new president, preconditions include ending government ATO in SE oblasts, no mediation by EU, USA; SBU accuses former chief Yakymenko of running arms from occupied Crimea to separatists

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Three days before Ukrainian vote, pro-Russia separatists impede 50% of election officials in Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts, steal computers, documents; Kiev condemns attempt by Kremlin-backed militants to smuggle weapons, ammo into Lugansk from Russia, violation of airspace by Rus- sian Mi-8 helicopter in Sumy region, Min. of Foreign Affairs: “These and other provocations by Russian side in Ukraine are . . . attempts to disrupt the presidential elections on 25 May and destabilize . . . the E. region of our country”; insurgents attack army checkpoint near village of Blahodatne, 30 km S. of Donetsk city, kill at least 11 soldiers; Parubiy: Russia trained more than 1,000 insurgents at “big military base” near Rostov-on-Don over past 2 years [i.e., long before Yanukovich’s ouster]; Chechen gunmen fighting on behalf of Donetsk, Lugansk “people’s republics”; Russian Communist Party, Just Russia rail against Kiev’s “fascist” plan to suppress Ukrainian reds; Kiev think tank: Collapse of Party of Regions, ban could drive CPU into “radical opposition” as only remaining “voice” for SE oblasts; Right Sector, Automaidan to patrol polling stations, including in rebel-held regions

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Putin yet again assures West of peaceful intentions, orders troop pull- back ahead of Ukraine’s presidential vote; NATO chief Rasmussen: No “visible evidence” of Russian with- drawal; Moscow unilaterally shelves 2001 deal with Lithuania, ends military inspections in Kaliningrad; S. Korea deploys warships, surveillance planes to E. China Sea as Russia, Red China hold 3rd joint maritime drill; Beijing’s no-fly zone overlaps with Seoul’s, Tokyo’s ADIZs; Sino-Russian naval exercise coincides with Putin’s trip to Beijing, meeting with Xi Jinping, pro- ceeds amid Senkaku-Diaoyu dispute with Toyko, Taipei; Russian warships make port of call at Shanghai ahead of Joint Sea 2014; Russo-Mongolian ground forces exer- cise “Selenga-2014″ to take place in Aug.; US missile cruiser Vella Gulf to enter Black Sea this week; fearing former Russian overlord’s aggression in Ukraine, Poland accepts delivery of first 50 of 105 German-built Leopard 2A5 main battle tanks

Latin America File: Russia accuses USA, allies of start- ing “second Cold War” over Ukraine crisis, imposing anti-Kremlin sanctions, refuses to disavow annexing Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk; retaliates by meddling in “America’s backyard,” consolidates old/ new relations with communist regimes in Havana, Managua, Caracas; FM Lavrov: Russia needs “naval stations” in W. Hemisphere to refuel, repair warships, Russian companies to join Hong Kong-led consortium in building inter-oceanic canal across Nicaragua; Russian media: Russian warships, aircraft to patrol Nicaragua’s Caribbean, Pacific coasts, deter “provoca- tions” targeting canal megaproject; Col. Alejandro Castro Espin leads Cuban delegation to Moscow, meets with leaders of SVR/FSB; Russian Security Council, Cuba’s Commission for National Security and Defense ink cooperation memo, form joint working group; Venezuelan army tests Russian-built MRLs in W. state, near Colombia, recent history of tensions between Caracas, Bogota

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: 200 heavily armed Moscow-backed separatists show up at border crossing in Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine, demand release of self-styled “people’s governor,” Bolotov received medi- cal treatment in Russia for wounds sustained in May 13 “assassination attempt,” new firefight with border guards ensues, rebel leader rescued; facing party ban for allegedly fomenting regional secessionism, Com- munist boss Symonenko drops out of presidential race (good riddance); 6,000 NATO troops, including military forces from UK, USA, carry out Steadfast Javelin 1 exercise in Estonia, repel hypothetical invasion of former Soviet republic, exercise includes infantry, anti-aircraft and recon units, engineers, fighter jets, cyber security team; Baltic states nervous over Russia’s annexation of Crimea

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Thousands of miners, steelworkers rise up against Moscow-backed separatist regime in Donetsk Oblast, establish patrols in 5 cities, including regional capital, seize power from rebels in Mariupol, urge longshoremen to join national unity movement; Ukrainian flags fly outside coastal city’s two steel mills; self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic elects Russian neo-fascist as PM, Borodai former dep. editor of ultranationalist Zavtra, moves in Eurasianist/Red-Brown/National Bolshevik circles with Dugin, Prokhanov; SBU intercepted phone calls from Russian special forces in Donetsk to Borodai’s Moscow number; armed Don Cossacks occupy electoral commis- sion bldg. in Krasnyi Luch, demand Ukrainian authori- ties cease preps for presidential vote; military expert maintains Russian army poised to invade Lugansk Oblast, commanders received orders to carry out “peace -keeping mission” in Ukraine; Kiev to close border with Russia in case rebels, local residents try to block, seize checkpoints

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Russian neo-fascists, Borodai colleagues to gather under “anti-fascist” banner in Helsinki, discuss situation in Ukraine, future of “Great Russia”: source 8

Alexander Dugin bio

Alexander Prokhanov bio

 

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Ukrainian army destroys 2 insurgent bases near Slaviansk, Krama- torsk, Donetsk Oblast, no casualties, 3 rebels captured; pro-Russia separatists abduct National Guard regional cmdr. on May 12, Kiev uncertain of Col. Lebid’s loca- tion; government-backed Dnepr, Donbass Volunteer Battalions train for guerrilla war against separatists; UK’s center-left Guardian: Kremlin propaganda about Right Sector threat against Russophones “exaggerated”; Kiev demands Moscow withdraw troops from border as pre-condition for “road map” to peace, condemns Russian Air Force drill to take place N. of rebel-held Lugansk Oblast May 21-26, during Ukraine’s presiden- tial vote; Russian naval aviation pilots carry out bomb- ing drills in Kaliningrad; Tusk: “The NATO presence . . . should be greater in Baltic countries, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria . . . where we have a border with an unstable region”; Czechs chicken out, recall 1968 Soviet invasion, side with Slovaks, question need for NATO troops on territory

If Putin has not reacted to the call of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ to make it a part of Russia, it does not mean he gave up the Donbass region. On the contrary, I don’t doubt that Russia will start military action by the election on May 25 and call it a ‘peacekeeping operation in eastern Ukraine’. By the way, Belarus will take part in the ‘operation’ too. Lukashenka made a clear hint lately. Putin wants not only the Donbass region, but also entire Ukraine, Transnistria, a part of Latvia and Estonia. A new Russian Empire is the only state that would require Putin as president. Putin is under strong pressure from overexcited Russian patriots, whom he agitated.

– Konstantin Borovoy, former Russian Federation State Duma deputy, Party of Economic Freedom, former general manager of Russian Trading System; quoted by Charter 97, May 14, 2014

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WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Ukraine’s Acting President Turchynov joins movement to suppress Communist Party, orders Justice Ministry to investigate legality of ban: “Too much information and materials about Communist Party representatives’ complicity in organisation of terrorist and separatist action. I’d like to consider this matter and, if any evidence, to submit to court the materials seeking prohibition of the Communist Party in Ukraine”; takes umbrage to party boss Symonenko’s description of Ukrainian soldiers as “executioners,” accuses red leader of backing separatists, regurgitating Kremlin propaganda: “You have neither conscience nor honour. Take your place, liar. I direct you to discontinue your speech”

WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Amid Russia’s occupation of Crimea, secession of 2 more Ukrainian regions with intent to join Russian Federation, US Strategic Command conducts nuclear war game, “Global Lightning 14″ military drill involves 10 B-52, 6 B-2 strategic bombers “to deter, dissuade, and defeat current and future threats to the U.S. and our allies”; US Defense Secretary Hagel: “Russia is an adversary in Ukraine, sure”; follows Russian Armed Forces exercise “simulating a U.S. and NATO nuclear attack”; NATO chief Rasmussen to visit Romania May 15-16, reassure ex-communist state of support in face of Russian aggression in neighboring Ukraine; Romania, Russia exchange sharp words after Bucharest, Kiev close airspaces to Russian Dep. PM’s plane, trap Rogozin in landlocked Moldova after visiting rebel regime of Transnistria, force Russian leader to depart country via Chisinau, authorities seize petition for Transnistrian accession to Russia; vindictive Rogozin threatens to fly over Romania in “Blackjack” bomber