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
July 25, 2014
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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.