Monthly Archives: August 2016

Latin America/Asia Files: Cold War-era communist insurgencies wind down in Colombia, Philippines: Bogota, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ink historic peace deal, ending 52-year rebellion, cessation of hostilities takes effect Aug. 29, FARC supreme cmdr. “Timochenko” formally declares rebel army’s ceasefire from Havana, where negotiations began in 2012; armed conflict cost lives of more than 265,000 Colombians, displaced millions; Marxist guerrillas to hold conference between Sept. 13-19, vote on peace deal, approval will lead to 180-day demobilization/ disarmament process in zones controlled by UN, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States; Colombian Pres. Santos continues peace negotiations with 2,500 fighters of National Liberation Army; Manila, New People’s Army finally agree to “indefinite ceasefire” after 30 years of on-again/off-again negotiations, Norway has facilitated peace talks since 2001, 3,000-man Maoist rebel army mainly operates in south, east of Philippine archipelago

This may be the end of war in Colombia and the Philippines, but it’s not the end of the ideology of communism in Latin America and Asia by any means.

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Russian hybrid forces in Donbas increase attacks over past 24 hours, use heavy artillery forbidden under Minsk 2 agreement, 1 Ukrainian soldier killed; Washington promotes mil-mil coop with Kiev, ATO cmdr. Lt. Gen. Homchak welcomes US Army Europe counterpart Lt. Gen. Hodges to frontline near Mariupol; Kremlin mobilizes 100,000 troops for Aug. 25-31 snap drills, beefs up military occupation of Crimea with Su-34 fighter-bombers, airborne troops (VDV), Caspian Flotilla marines; Russian analyst Pavel Felgengauer warns Putin will launch full-scale invasion of Ukraine “within next few weeks”: “[Otherwise] there is no reasonable explanation why all this was organized, because very serious forces are put forward – with real bombs, missiles, torpedoes . . . the main thing for Russia is to achieve strategic and tactical surprise . . . One would need to turn off full-scale operations in October because of the rains [in Black Sea region] and the next draft to Russian army . . . “lame duck” Obama is not interfering . . . so now it’s a unique option [i.e., opportunity]: Europe is split with BrExit, even major new sanctions would be difficult to reconcile [i.e., justify] . . . So it is a great temptation to act now . . .”

WW4 File: RFE/RL’s Russian-language Radio Svoboda reports: Central Bank of Russia, Russia’s Ministries of Industry, Trade and Communications adopt war footing, Russian Military-Industrial Commission checks ability to supply and repair weapons in S. Military District; Russian, Belarusian militaries jam cell phone signals in NE Poland, ruling Law and Justice party politician: “Could it be that Russians disrupt the signal on purpose?”; NATO alarmed by Russian aggression in Ukraine’s Donbas, Crimea, troubled by rash of snap military drills in Russia over past 2 years, Dep. Sec. Gen. Vershbow comments: “If there is an interest in Moscow in stability and predictability, then these exercises are not the way to go”; points out NATO has conducted no snap drills since Cold War; Polish DM Macierewicz reacts to Russia’ war footing, summons armed forces chiefs, air defense, military intelligence heads for “urgent briefing” on Aug. 25; Ukrainian HUR: Russia planning to “attack Europe” from Crimea, Tu-95 strategic bombers participated in Aug.25-31 snap drills ahead of Kavkaz 2016 exercise, conducted mock attacks against NATO in airspace over occupied Crimea, Black Sea

Back from summer vacation. Russia hasn’t launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine yet, but its military buildup around the former Soviet republic continues.

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WW4 File: Brussels-based EurActiv cites two independent sources, claims US military has begun moving 50 Cold War-era B61 nuclear bombs from Turkey’s Incirlik air base to Romania’s Deveselu air base, home to US Aegis missile interceptors; US State Dept., Turkish foreign ministry refuse to comment on alleged nuke transfer, Romanian foreign ministry strongly rejects claim; since failed military coup in Turkey on July 15, relations between USA and politically unstable NATO ally have worsened, Turkish state media openly accuse CIA of taking part in supposed plot to assassinate President Erdogan; analysis: news of redeployment of US nuke arsenal to Warsaw Pact-turned-NATO member, whether true or not, would provide Russia with justification for full-scale invasion of Ukraine, provide pretext for nuclear war with West; so far Kremlin media only pointing out alleged nuke transfer violates 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty, interviews London-based Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, MI5 labeled CND “communist controlled/penetrated,” “subversive” during Cold War

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow-backed rebels launch 96 attacks against government-held positions in Donbas over past 24 hours, 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed; ATO spokesman says Russia’s latest deliveries to Donbas insurgents include: 5 Soviet-era T-72 tanks to Lugansk, 3 T-64 tanks to Sverdlovsk, as well as fuel trucks, ammo to frontline rebel positions near Pisky and Maryinka, consignment of Shmel rocket flamethrowers; Pentagon identifies 8 areas near Ukraine where Russian military appears to be assembling possible invasion force consisting of at least 40,000 troops, tanks, APCs, air assault units: Yelnya, Klintsy, Valuyki, Boguchar, Millerovo, Persianovskiy, plus bases “Rostov-1” and “Rostov-2”; with an equal number of troops in occupied Crimea (as we have previously posted); Poroshenko says his government has not ruled out “full-scale Russian invasion” in near future, will impose martial law in such an event; Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office to request Interpol to issue international arrest warrant for collaborationist PM of “Republic of Crimea,” Sergey Aksenov; Ukrainian ambassador to Moldova supports neighboring country’s demand for withdrawal of 1,412 Russian troops from Transnistria

WW4 File: Former Soviet republic of Latvia fears imminent Russian invasion amidst stand-off between Moscow, NATO over Ukraine, orders rare snap checks for army’s combat readiness across E. region of Latgale, bordering NW Russia, mobilizes Land Army Infantry Brigade and 2nd National Guard; Latvian Ministry of Defense releases statement: “Consequently, members of the local population should not be alarmed by the sight of military columns on the move and armed men on patrol”; also reveals that 1) Russia’s adjacent W. Military District, including 30,000 troops of 1st and 20th Tank Armies, placed on “state of high alert” on Aug. 12; 2) W. Military District to host CSTO exercise Vzaimodeistvie 2016; 3) dozens of Russian warships from Baltic, Northern and Black Sea Fleets left port; Latvia notes uptick in Russian naval activity near its territorial waters in July, deploys additional patrol ship; US National Guardsmen from Michigan completed joint training with Latvian counterparts in Big Sword exercise in W. part of country, Aug.8-14; nearly 27% of Latvian citizens are ethnic Russians

Another major European war coming. North American shopping mall regime continues post-Cold War snooze.

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Russian-terrorist formations attack government-held positions in Donbas 52 times over past 24 hours, lob 60 shells at E. suburbs of strategic port of Mariupol; ATO: Russian FSB/KGB delivers 200 fake Ukrainian army uniforms to frontline proxies, provocations expected; Russian Navy’s small but deadly missile frigates, corvettes conduct drills in E. Mediterranean, Caspian Seas, Caspian Flotilla fired Caliber cruise missiles over Iran, Iraq, struck ISIS targets in Syria last Oct., Nov., Moscow once again requests permission from Baghdad, Tehran to launch Calibers at ISIS; Russian forces, Transnistrian separatists hold another “anti-terrorist” exercise in Moldova’s breakaway region, previous drill took place in early Aug., involved amphibious vehicles, paratroopers; 1,412 Russian combat, peacekeeping troops stationed only 80 miles NW of Ukrainian city of Odessa, Moldova has repeatedly demanded withdrawal of Russian army from its territory, comply with 1999 CFE Treaty; Ukrainian military intel (HUR) still on alert for potential Russian invasion into country’s heartland via Donbas ahead of Aug. 24 Independence Day events; Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany says Russia’s 40,000 troops in Crimea well-positioned to also attack mainland, “new bloody conflict will be really fatal not only for Ukraine, but for the whole of Europe”

The isthmus connecting Crimea to Kherson Oblast is very narrow, but if the Russian army can break through the Ukrainian Ground Forces’ first line of defense, which consists of main battle tanks, APCs, anti-tank rockets and a 20-km anti-tank trench with watchtowers, and hold that line, then an invasion corridor could potentially be secured.

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WW4 File: US intel detects dozens of new hardened bunkers for Russian leaders, as well as recent construction at Yeltsin-era underground cities in Urals, e.g., Kosvinsky and Yamantau Mtns., CIA report: “The command post at Kosvinsky appears to provide the Russians with the means to retaliate against a nuclear attack”; special subways exist to whisk neo-Soviet leadership to bunkers within Moscow region, e.g., Voronovo, Sharapovo; Virginia-based think tank: “Russia is getting ready for a big war which they assume will go nuclear, with them launching the first attacks. We are not serious about preparing for a big war, much less a nuclear war”; Russia modernizing nuclear deterrent with deployment of SS-27 Mod 2 MIRV-able ICBMs, SS-N-32 SLBMs

The Moscow Leninists evidently expect a nuclear war to be fought over Ukraine . . .

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WW4 File: Syrian Civil War: Kremlin establishes military presence on NATO’s S., S.E. flanks: 1) deploys Tu-22M3 strategic bombers to Hamedan air base in W. Iran, cuts flight time to ISIS targets in Syria by 60%, Backfires normally fly out of Modzok in S. Russia, too large to operate out of air base near Latakia, Syria; follows Russian ambassador’s formal statements on close military cooperation between Moscow, Tehran, contractual obligation to deliver all S-300 air defense batteries to Iran by end of 2016; 2) formalizes agreement with Assad to transform Hmeimim air base in Alawite heartland into permanent facility for Russia Air Force contingent with 1,000 airmen, expand runways to accommodate An-124 airlifters; Moscow disavows deployment of strategic bombers, nuclear weapons to Syria but, according to TASS news agency, bilateral agreement “allows Russia to bring to and from the Syrian Arab Republic any weapons, ammunition, equipment and materials relevant to the air task force’s missions . . .”

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow-backed rebels in Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts use grenade launchers, 82 mm mortars and large-caliber machine-guns to attack 64 government-held positions over past 24 hours; “Russian hybrid forces” continue to pummel E. suburbs of Mariupol with heavy artillery, anti-tank rockets as of May 14; Ukrainian border guards report “situation calm” at checkpoints leading to occupied Crimea, observe decline in Russian military “activity”; meanwhile, Kremlin deploys S-400 air defense battery to occupied Crimea, air defense troops to participate in North Caucasus (Kavkaz) 2016 exercise in Sept.; Ukrainian military intel (HUR) says Russia has also secretly deployed air defense battalion to rebel-held Donbas, specifically E. Military District’s 60th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade, under command of Russian Armed Forces Major Yuri Korchinskiy; Informatsiynyi Sprotyv website reports Russian battle formation near Crimea-Kherson border consists of at least 30 tanks, 60-70 armoured vehicles, 40 artillery units; SMOG OF WAR: Russia’s N. Fleet conducts unusual exercise, uses fog machines to blanket closed Arctic city of Severomorsk with artificial haze, hide naval base in “event of confrontation,” CBRN troops participate

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukrainian General Staff affirms ability to repel possible Russian invasion: “We have enough forces and resources in order to effectively confront our enemy”; Ukrainian Air Force pilots practice landing, taking off in MiG-29 fighter, Su-24 attack aircraft on highway between Kiev and Chop, in W. Ukraine, part of Sky Shield 2016 drill; Ukrainian Navy mobilizes coastal missile and marine infantry troops in Kherson, Zaporizhia oblasts, carries out live-fire drills; Kherson regional officials work with Kiev to fortify “second and third lines of defense” against possible Russian advance from Crimea; UN Security Council holds closed meeting on Crimean crisis, Ukrainian, Russian ambassadors “trade barbs” on subject of alleged Ukrainian raid into occupied peninsula

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow foments pretext for open war with Kiev: FSB parades alleged terror suspect Yevhen Panov on Russian media, maintains nuke power plant technician working for Ukrainian military intelligence, brother Igor insists Panov kidnapped from Zaporizhia Oblast, smuggled to occupied Crimea; Admiral Komoyedov, chairman of Russia’s Duma defense committee, lashes out at “uncontrollable Ukrainian radicals,” brands saboteurs that allegedly tried to infiltrate Crimea as “Banderites” (named after WW2-era Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera), calls supposed killing of Russian soldier, FSB agent near Armyansk “a huge provocation that could push the situation in the region and the entire Europe off the balance”; NATO official says recent Russian military activity in Crimea “not helpful,” adds “We are also deeply concerned by the recent upsurge in violence in eastern Ukraine, and the increase in ceasefire violations along the line of contact, primarily by the Russian-backed militants”; urges Moscow to “work for calm and de-escalation”

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Chief of Ukrainian military intelligence (HUR) Kondratiuk reports to Poroshenko, says Russian soldiers, FSB/KGB border troops evidently staged gun battle along border between Crimea, mainland Ukraine, mock skirmish supports Moscow’s designs against Kiev; Army General Staff Chief Muzhenko ridicules Russia’s allegations of Ukrainian-led sabotage squad infiltrating occupied peninsula to bomb beach resorts: “This is complete hogwash and does not correspond with reality. No one opened fire with artillery or fired any other kind of weapons. This can be verified . . .”; Poroshenko requests emergency meeting of UN Security Council to discuss “Kremlin-manufactured provocations in Crimea”; Putin summons Russian Security Council to discuss conflict with Ukraine, announces war games in Black Sea; body previously met on Aug. 8 in midst of provocations in N. Crimea; Black Sea Fleet’s Aug. 11-13 drill to coincide with North Caucasus 2016 maneuver, counter “underwater saboteurs” at Crimean resorts, consists of 12 warships and support vessels, Mil Mi-8 and Kamov Ka-27PS helos

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukraine’s Pres. Poroshenko responds to war drums in Moscow, says: 1) “Russian accusations that Ukraine has launched terror attacks in the occupied Crimea are equally cynical and insane as its claims that there are no Russian troops in eastern Ukraine. These fantasies pursue the only goal: a pretext for more military threats against Ukraine’; 2) places army on combat alert along frontlines in Crimea, Donbas; 3) urges foreign ministry to arrange Normandy Four peace talks, also invites US VP Biden, Pres. of European Council/former Polish PM Tusk; outgoing US ambassador to Ukraine scoffs at allegations: “Russia has a record of frequently levying false accusations at Ukraine to deflect attention from its own illegal actions”; state of Ukrainian land defenses since Russia’s seizure of Crimea: 1) Kiev allocated US$155 million to build 2,000 km of defensive barriers along Russian border, total of 180 km of anti-tank trenches dug as of Aug. 2015, additional 230 km of trenches, metal fences, 32 watchtowers constructed between Kharkiv and Chernihiv (in N. Ukraine) as of Feb. 2016; 2) state-run armored vehicle plant quadruples output, delivers 13 T64BV, 12 T-80BV tanks to Ukrainian Ground Forces; Ukraine boasts 160,000 active frontline personnel (to Russia’s 766,055) and 2,809 MBTs, light tanks, tank destroyers (to Russia’s 15,398); Russia’s military ranked 2nd most powerful in world, Ukraine’s is 30th

Open hostility between the leadership of Russia and Ukraine does not bode well. In terms of the political subtext to this conflict, which is generally ignored by the Western MSM, Putin reaffirmed his commitment to communist ideals back in January, while Ukraine repudiated its Soviet legacy by banning communism last year. Viva Golitsyn!

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow foments pretext for open war with Kiev: Putin steps into fray, accuses Ukraine of “practicing terror” in alleged special ops raid into occupied peninsula: “This is very alarming news. In fact, our security services prevented an incursion into the territory by a sabotage-reconnaissance group from Ukraine’s defence ministry. From the Russian side there were losses – two soldiers killed. We obviously will not let such things slide by”; Russian dictator dismisses need for upcoming “Normandy Four” (Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany) summit in China next month; spokesman for Ukraine’s foreign ministry tweets: “Putin wants more war. Russia escalates, desperately looks for casus belli against Ukraine, tests West’s reaction”; Ukrainian Defense Ministry retorts: “Such allegations by the FSB are nothing but an attempt to justify the redeployment and aggression of the Russian Federation troops on the territory of the annexed peninsula”; Russian occupational authorities block pro-Ukrainian/pro-West websites in Crimea, including RFE/RL, independent News from Crimea

Enormous war dot. Was Trump’s un-statesmanlike rambling on the subject of Crimea last month the signal that Putin needed to dismember Ukraine?

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow foments pretext for open war with Kiev: Russian Federal Security Service accuses Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) of plotting “terrorist attacks” in town of Armyansk, Crimea on night of Aug. 6-7; FSB (operating illegally on occupied Ukrainian territory) says one of its agents killed while trying to arrest saboteurs, 20 bombs, mines, ammo found in area, “Ukrainian spy network eliminated,” Ukrainian and Russian citizens detained; Russian soldier supposedly killed on Aug. 8 in “clashes” with 2 more groups of saboteurs; spokesman for Ukrainian HUR denies Kremlin accusations; Russian occupiers (disingenuously) reopen all 3 checkpoints between Crimea, mainland Ukraine, but request tourists to refrain from visiting peninsula; Ukrainian border guards noted Russian troop movements in N. Crimea up to 2 weeks ago: “A large part of military hardware and personnel of the Russian armed forces had been moved through the Kerchensky ferry from the Krasnodar Krai to the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea”

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Historical Flashback: Hitler’s Gestapo Stages Provocation at Gleiwitz Radio Station, Foments Pretext to Invade Poland Next Day (source)

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Yevhen Marchuk Facebooks: “Russia publicly supplies a large number of heavy military equipment, mainly of offensive character, to Crimea and the occupied territories of Donbas . . . I think that Russia has already developed and activated its plan, which is designed to ruin and disrupt the celebration [on Aug. 24] of the 25th anniversary of independence of Ukraine”; Marchuk is Ukrainian rep for Trilateral Contact Group (Moscow, Kiev, OSCE), former PM (1995-1996); Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR): Russia has deployed ground-based and air-launched nuclear weapon delivery systems to occupied Crimea, nearest nuke warheads stored at Black Sea port of Novorossiysk; HUR also reports “secret rotation of Russian troops serving in Ukraine’s east is still going on, [while] some reshuffles of Russian commanders also took place”; ATO spokesman on Donbas rebellion: Moscow-backed insurgents launched 62 attacks against government forces in Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts over past 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers killed; 8 Russian-separatist UAVs spotted flying over Donetsk region, 4 specifically near government-held port city of Mariupol

USSR2 File: Putin addresses All-Russia People’s Front in Stavropol on Jan. 25, 2016, criticizes Lenin’s legacy, but unwittingly (or not) confirms Anatoliy Golitsyn’s thesis that Soviets would feign their demise, rebuild worldwide communist federation after period of dormancy: “You know that I, like millions of Soviet citizens, over 20 million, was a member of the Communist Party of the USSR and not only was I a member of the party but I worked for almost 20 years for an organization called the Committee for State Security [KGB]. I was not, as you know, a party member by necessity. I liked Communist and socialist ideas very much and I like them still”; emboldened by Russia’s economic downturn, official (i.e., United Russia) corruption, surge in popular support for Communist Party of Russian Federation (from 15 to 21%), 23-year-old neo-Komsomol chief Vladimir Obukhovsky gloats ahead of Sept. Duma vote: “Communism is the sole system under which our country had it all. Today’s authorities have destroyed everything that was built up by the Soviets. Sooner or later, BY WHATEVER MEANS, the Communist Party will come to power again”

In addition to “Great Russia” patriotism, the pipedream of communism is one of the main reasons why the Moscow Leninists want to keep Ukraine in Russia’s orbit. See our most recent posts below.

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukrainian General Staff fears imminent Russian invasion via occupied Crimea, possibly to coincide with Russian military exercise, Northern Caucasus 2016 drill to include troops in Crimea; Kiev bolsters defenses in Kherson Oblast with anti-tank rocket launchers, “heavy military hardware”; Ukrainian border guards spot 9 Russian Mi-8 helos, 2 UAVs flying along administrative border with peninsula; possible Kremlin provocation: Infiltrators from Ukraine allegedly attacked occupiers’ border post near Armyansk, Crimea, killed as many as 4 Russian soldiers; Putin abolished Crimean Federal District on July 28, incorporated illegally seized Ukrainian territory into Russia’s Southern Federal District; collaborationist leader of Crimea: “There will be no return to Ukraine”; Moldova condemns joint “anti-terror” exercise between Russian, Transnistrian forces on July 27-Aug. 3; Moscow sets up possible counter-thrust against NATO’s SE flank: Russia, Belarus, Serbia to hold third Slavic Brotherhood military drill near Croatian border in Sept., Russian VDV troops to participate, Zagreb joined NATO in 2009; Russian PM Medvedev to arrive in Serbia in late Sept., ratify special status for “Russian forces” base in Nis

A US presidential election looms only months away. The two main candidates are widely viewed as “flawed,” one being a pro-Russian businessman, the other a die-hard leftist whose husband boasts a sordid, unprosecuted criminal history stretching all the way back to the governor’s mansion in Little Rock. Putin could be calculating that this is an opportune time to dismember Ukraine for good. The Americans will be too preoccupied with their own problems.

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WW4 File: Donbas War/Syrian Civil War: Russian occupational authorities in Crimea block checkpoints to mainland Ukraine, amass troops, tanks near Dzhankoy and Armyansk, towns located in N. of peninsula; follows reports of new Russian military buildup along Ukraine’s N. and S. borders, transportation of tanks, other heavy firepower to Donbas rebels; leader of self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic barely survives assassina- tion attempt after SUV bombed, one bodyguard killed; Ukrainian military’s Main Intelligence Directorate observes infighting among Moscow-backed insurgents: “[N]ow there is an ongoing struggle for power and financial flows among militants in eastern Ukraine”; Polish interior minister: Cross-border traffic with Russian exclave of Kaliningrad to remain suspended until “causes that are related to the security of the Polish state disappear”; Putin’s air campaign against ISIS continues as 6 Tu-22M3 strategic bombers fly from Russia to “deliver concentrated strike with high-explosive munitions” against militant positions near Palmyra, Syria; Syrian opposition claims Russian Air Force Su-34 strike fighters based near Latakia targeted rebel-held city of Idlib with thermite bombs, 10 civilians injured, apparent retaliation for recent failure of Assad’s troops to reclaim Aleppo

The Russian Air Force’s combat experience in Syria could easily be applied to a European war over Ukraine.

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Kiev refuses to recognize credentials of new Russian ambassador, Mikhail Babich career Chekist; Ukrainian General Staff’s Main Intelligence Directorate: 1) “Over the last week, about 30 tanks, 11 armoured vehicles, six Grad MRLSs, and a large amount of ammunition were transported to E. Ukraine [from Russia]. More trucks carrying food and military equipment for the Russian-backed occupation forces are expected to arrive on August 2”; 2) Donbas rebels refuse to conduct “offensive reconnaissance on government-controlled territory,” execute Russian commander of insurgent 11th Makiivka motorized rifle regiment; 3) “Russian-terrorist formations” readying for “large-scale offensive near Avdiivka, Zaitseve, Opytne and at the so-called Svitlodarsk salient”; Russia reactivates 1st Guards Tank Army in W. Military District, near N. Ukraine, deploys 4 new divisions, 9 brigades and 22 regiments in S. Military District, adjacent to S. Ukraine; Kremlin-linked newspaper rumbles: “Ukraine has become Russia’s strategic adversary: Moscow does not exclude the possibility of a major war”; independent Russian military analyst: DM Shoigu already considers Ukraine part of NATO

The shopping mall regime has forgotten about Ukraine, but Putin hasn’t . . .

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WW4 File/Red Dawn Alert: Five US strategic bombers, including 3 B-52 Stratofortresses, 2 B-2 Spirits, carry out non-stop flights from CONUS to North, Baltic Seas, over Pacific Ocean, Alaska, North Pole; in cooperation with NATO/NORAD allies, “Polar Roar” drill “demonstrates the ability of the U.S. bomber force to provide a flexible and vigilant long-range global-strike capability”; People’s Liberation Army Navy holds “routine” live-fire drills in hotly contested waters of East China Sea, “firing dozens of missiles and torpedoes,” E. China Sea home to Senkaku/Diaoyu islets claimed by both Beijing, Tokyo; China, Russia plan to hold another “routine” joint naval drill in South China Sea in Sept., follows Hague ruling rejecting Beijing’s claim over islands in region, builds upon 11-year history of combined Sino-Russian military exercises; Russia ships 20 T-72B1 main battle tanks to cash-strapped Nicaragua, President Ortega likely to unveil new firepower in military parade ahead of Nov. re-election bid, 30 more tanks expected; modernized Soviet-era MBT will place neo-Sandinista regime at head of new C. American arms race

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Historical Flashback: Soviet/Cuban-Backed Sandinista Popular Army Most Powerful in Central America during 1980s (source)