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
August 9, 2016
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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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