EU File: Greece’s leftist-led, anti-austerity government receives vote of confidence in parliament ahead of emergency meeting with Eurozone finance ministers; Germany rejects new debt accord as PM Tsipras’ right-wing coalition partner, DM Kammenos hints Athens may accept bailout from Moscow after all: “[I]f there is no deal . . . and if we see that Germany remains rigid and wants to blow apart Europe . . . [then] Plan B is to get funding from another source. It could the United States at best, it could be Russia, it could be China . . .”; Russian FM Lavrov butters up the Greeks: “We appreciate the stance of the Greek government [vis-à-vis European Union]”; Syriza’s internal “Communist Tendency” praises Tsipras for standing up to EU, Berlin: “SYRIZA’s Communists welcome the government’s intentions not to give in to the provocative ultimatums of Germany, and to the ECB’s attempt to suffocate the Greek banking system”; Tsipras decides to privatize Port of Piraeus after sending mixed signals, Beijing-owned COSCO front-runner to buy state’s 67% stake in facility; Kremlin clinches military cooperation deal with bankrupt Cyprus, Nicosia opens ports and air bases to Russian Air Force, Navy

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Weeks of heavy fighting between Ukrainian troops and Donbass rebels, Russian regulars prompt evacuation of city of Vuhlehirsk, railway hub Debaltseve, 80% of civilians flee, dead bodies lying in the streets; Tymchuk: Russian Ground Forces deploy 1,200 troops, 45 tanks to prosecute siege of Debaltseve; PM Yatsenyuk at joint press conference with US State Secretary Kerry in Kiev: “We are fighting against rebels, we are fighting against Russian regular troops. It is without doubt that Russia keeps its troops in Donbas. It is rather difficult to buy Russian tanks and missile batteries in Donbas stores”; ATO spokesman reports “Russian terrorist forces” also preparing to re-attack strategic port city of Mariupol: Merkel, Hollande travel to Moscow on peace mission, hold talks with Putin on Feb. 6, attend Munich Security Conference on Sat., unable to guarantee success of peace initiative for Ukraine’s Donbass

EU File: Global stock markets “falter” as Greece’s new leftist government adheres to anti-austerity program, ECB withdraws “key borrowing option” for Greek banks; PM Tsipras converses by phone with Putin, discusses economic, energy cooperation, Ukraine crisis, Russian dictator invites Syriza leader to Moscow; right-wing DM, coalition partner Kammenos assures NATO allies Athens “committed” to military alliance in spite of friendly “political” relations with Moscow, “[W]e have [Russian] military equipment. We discussed that with the [NATO] secretary general. We will continue to source spare parts so that we are able to keep this equipment . . .”; Merkel digs in heels over Greek sovereign debt, while Germany’s “ex”-communist Left Party urges EU to talk reduction with Athens; Golden Dawn fuehrer Michaloliakos, 71 followers to stand trial on charges related to 2013 murder of anti-racist musician, membership in “criminal group,” unclear whether neo-Nazis to be permitted to take seats in Greek parliament prior to court date

EU File: Greece’s new leftist PM rejects Moscow’s overtures for financial bailout (for now), carries out first official foreign visit to Greek-speaking Cyprus, meets center-right President Anastasiades, communist predecessor Christofias; Tsipras warns Turkey against “undermining” peace talks for divided island, Ankara bolstered occupational troops from 36,000 to 43,000 in 2013, but withdrew 100 tanks, leaving 349; Syriza leader urges Athens, Nicosia to establish “bridge of peace and cooperation” between EU, Russia, both countries side with Serbia in rejecting Kosovo independence; Russia seeks military base in Cyprus (even though British Forces Cyprus stationed at Dhekelia, Akrotiri since 1960), Anastasiades slated for state visit to Moscow in late Feb.; Syriza deputy minister Katrougkalos, former MEP vows to sink EU-USA trade pact, ruling coalition partner ANEL shares same hostility towards Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; Golden Dawn wins third place in Jan. 25 election even though party boss, six MPs on remand, neo-Nazis release statement, back Tsipras government, oppose privatizations, EU’s anti-Russia sanctions; 1000s of anti-fascists gather in Athens, rally against Greek ultranationalists

EU File: Euro Parliament president warns Greece against linking EU policy vis-à-vis Russian aggression in Ukraine to Greece’s sovereign debt crisis; upon Schulz’s arrival in Athens, PM Tsipras announces country’s intention to “exit from the dead end of the crisis,” Deputy PM Dragasakis cautions against “mutual blackmailing”; Fin. Min. Varoufakis seeks cancellation of 50% of debt, dismisses talks with EU-ECB-IMF troika, holds fruitless meeting with Eurogroup head Dijsselbloem; EU secures limited Greek support, extends existing anti-Russia sanctions by 6 months, Moscow raises stakes: 1) sends strategic bombers to English Channel, “Bears” fly “dangerously” close to passenger planes, Kremlin’s UK ambassador hauled in for explanation; 2) Fin. Min. Siluanov offers bailout to Greeks if Athens so inclined; Greece’s new Syriza-ANEL government holds damage control meeting with Red China delegation, smooths over hard feelings created by termination of port sale to Beijing’s COSCO; Cypriot communist leader makes congratulatory phone call to Tsipras, Marxist AKEL ruled island 2008-2013

EU File: Greece’s new “ex”-communist PM Tsipras declares: “We are coming in to radically change the way that policies and administration are conducted in this country”; Greek bank stocks crash 26% on Jan. 28, reflect cumulative losses of 40% since last Sun. vote; Tsipras welcomes Russian, Red Chinese envoys to PM’s mansion within hours of inauguration; rolls back ECB/IMF-imposed austerity, halts privatization of state assets (e.g., Public Power Corporation of Greece, Hellenic Petroleum); stacks cabinet with “ex”-KKE cadres: Dragasakis, Deputy PM, overall coordinator of economic policy; Stathakis, czar of “economics superministry”; Varoufakis, Finance Minister, self-described “libertarian Marxist”; Kotzias, Foreign Minister, praised Communist Poland’s crackdown on Solidarity in early 1980s, hides personal links to Russian neo-fascist Dugin; Russian counterpart Lavrov sends telegram to Kotzias on Jan. 29, suggests official visit to Moscow; Lafazanis, Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy; Skourletis, Minister of Labour and Social Solidarity; Kammenos, Defense Minister, head of nationalist ANEL, but deputies both Syriza; France’s neo-fascist National Front, Left Party hail Syriza triumph

EU File: Greece’s anti-NATO Radical Left Coalition (Syriza) grabs plurality in Jan. 25 snap parliamentary vote, forms shaky anti-austerity, pro-Moscow government with nationalist Independent Greeks (ANEL); Syriza leader, ex-communist PM Tsipras opposes sanctions against Russia, steers country toward collision with ECB, Germany over financial policy; Ukraine’s Euromaidan Press: Tsipras travelled to Moscow in May 2014 (i.e., after annexation of Crimea) to meet key Putin allies in Duma, Federation Council; ANEL chief Kammenos trekked to Moscow in early Jan. 2015, ANEL MP Avramidis head of “Greek-Russian Alliance,” conferred with Russian consul general in Thessaloniki on Jan. 23 (i.e., 2 days before election); Tsipras meets Russian ambassador day after victory, Maslov hands new Greek PM congratulatory letter from Putin; new Syriza FM heads for Brussels, rejects further anti-Russia measures, pro-NATO Kammenos secures post of DM; Syriza’s internal “Communist Tendency” denounces party’s cooperation with “bourgeois” ANEL, urges alliance with KKE; mainstream New Democracy, PASOK locked out of power first time since military junta ousted in 1974

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The [European] system is under pressure. Challenges to the system can come from the left or the right. Syriza is the first anti-systemic, radical left party to come to power in Europe. I doubt it will be the last.
— Dimitris Papadimitriou, Political Science Professor, University of Manchester

Viva Golitsyn!

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukraine finally declares state of emergency in Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts after Moscow-backed insurgency drags into 12th month, PM Yatsenyuk says “not martial law,” army to call up 200,000 men for duty, including 62,000 reservists, “high alert regime” introduced for civilians throughout country; SBU chief: Captured Russian artillery controller admits superior officer commanded battery that pounded Mariupol on Jan. 24, Russian invasion force retrieved Grad rocket launchers from border, MRLs and Tyulpan mortars previously hidden in nearby village of Markyne; Ukrainian artillery destroys 4 of 6 Grads employed in assault against port city; ATO: Maj.-Gen. Kuzovlev of Russia’s S. Military District “personally commands Russian-terrorist troops leading the offensive against Ukrainian units near town of Popasna”; Donbass rebels, backed by estimated 9,000 Russian regulars, mercs prosecute offensive into Jan. 26, fighting near town of Debaltseve, NE of Donetsk city, “particularly fierce”; Russian aviation steps up activity near Ukraine, “numerous” strategic airlifters spotted landing in Rostov-on-Don, 50 attack helos deployed to occupied Crimea, Black Sea Fleet aircraft test-firing missiles at Crimea’s Kerch Peninsula; Russian riot police target Tatars, raid “ATR” TV in Simferopol, seize “evidence” of protest outside Crimea’s collaborationist parliament; Ukraine’s treasonous Communist Party boss in Strasbourg to lobby leftists, readmit Russia to PACE

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: International condemnation, including from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, EU foreign policy coordinator Federica Mogherini, follows rebel missile attack against Mariupol; estimates of dead, injured revised up to 30, 83 respectively, OSCE monitors rush to strategic port city to assess casualties, damage; Moscow-backed DPR “prime minister” Zakharchenko denies responsibility, but admits: “Today [Jan. 24] an offensive was launched on Mariupol. This will be the best possible monument to all our dead”; Kiev, NATO fear Russia secretly supports rebel seizure of Mariupol to create “invasion corridor” between Rostov Oblast, occupied Crimea; Mariupol subject to sporadic artillery, missile attacks since Aug. 2014; 3 Ukrainian fighter jets bomb “Russian army base” near rebel-held town of Novoazovsk, presumably part of invasion force on Ukrainian side of border, but details from intercepted Russian army communication sketchy; targets apparently included Russian servicemen of 17th brigade, 200th artillery brigade, 45th paratroopers’ brigade; Ukrainian troops say 3 Russian fighter jets violated airspace over Lugansk Oblast on Jan. 24, flying from town of Milove to regional capital

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: DPR “prime minister” Zakharchenko vows “no more cease-fires” after Donetsk airport takeover; meanwhile Russian Ground Forces, Donbass rebels launch punishing Grad missile attack on Mariupol’s E. suburbs on Sat. morning, 15 civilians, 1 National Guard soldier killed, 76 people injured; NSDC chief Turchynov refers to assault on strategic port city as “another bloody crime against humanity committed by the Russian military and the bands of terrorists under their complete control”; Lysenko: “Illegal armed groups are trying to widen the boundaries of controlled territories and correct the demarcation line to their advantage”; Ukrainian ATO forces capture 10 rebels, Russian servicemen with IDs, Putin’s invariable retort: Russian soldiers in Donbass “on vacation”; Turchynov to visit Warsaw on Jan. 26-27, confer with Polish president, DM, FM, National Security Bureau chief on “matters of comprehensive military cooperation in the security and defense sector”

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Japan Air Self-Defense Force besieged by Russian, Red Chinese military flights over, near territorial waters; Russian long-range bombers, spy planes intruding into northern airspace at Cold War levels, PLAAF fighter jets probing southern flank, E. China Sea near disputed Senkaku islets; Japanese combat pilots scramble 744 times to repulse intruders during last 9 months of 2014; PM Abe’s cabinet endorses Japan’s largest post-WW2 defense budget, 5 trillion yen (US$42 billion) allocation to include surveillance aircraft, drones, F-35 stealth fighter jets to “counter China’s rising assertiveness in the region”; Japanese Communist Party nearly triples seats (from 8 to 21) in parliament’s lower house in Dec. vote, country’s strongest left-wing party opposes Trans-Pacific Partnership trading bloc, restarting NPPs closed after 2011 earthquake

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: NSDC spokesman Lysenko: “Large number” of Russian soldiers in unmarked uniforms spotted near regional capital of Lugansk; Russian armor, consisting of 60 tanks, 50 infantry carriers, 100 “Tigr” IMVs, appear in city of Krasnodon; “Donetsk People’s Republic” militants in town of Horlivka being replaced by Russian regulars; 100 Russian tanks located near cities of Shakhtarsk, Torez; broadcast on rebel-controlled TV station “Luhansk 24” demands residents of government-held city of Shchastya, village of Stanytsya Luhanska rally against presence of Ukrainian Armed Forces, or population centers will face shelling; Russia’s top general Gerasimov vows to bolster military capabilities in Arctic, Kaliningrad, Crimea, follows reported Backfire bomber deployment to occur on occupied peninsula by 2016, Russia rumored to have moved nuclear weapons to Crimea; 400 Russian commandos train with Transnistrian troops on Ukraine’s SW doorstep

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: NATO contradicts Kremlin lies, confirms “increase in numbers of tanks, artillery pieces and other heavy military equipment being used by Russian troops in eastern Ukraine,” but refuses to comment on troop numbers; Ukraine-Russia-France-Germany summit in Berlin issues (toothless) demand for cessation of hostilities in Donbass; mean- while, Ukrainian troops retreat from Donetsk’s inter- national airport after 242 days of “heroic defense,” runway, control tower and terminal completely ruined and indefensible, 6 soldiers killed during last stand, some crushed by debris, 16 captured in final battle with Moscow-backed insurgents; DPR “prime minister” Zakharchenko vows to push front deeper into government-held territory; mortar rounds hit bus stop in war-torn regional capital on Jan. 22, killing 13 civilians, wounding dozens; Ukrainian troops in villages near port of Mariupol repel “multiple but fruitless” artillery assaults from Russian Ground Forces, “terrorists” (i.e., rebels)

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Total Devastation: Pics of Donetsk’s Sergei Prokofiev International Airport Before and After 242-Day Siege by Moscow-Backed Rebels: link

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Poroshenko claims additional 2,000 Russian soldiers, 200 tanks invade rebel-held Donbass on Jan. 21, attack Ukrainian troops at checkpoints 29, 31 leading to Lugansk city; pro-Russia militants “seriously damage” sole vehicle bridge en route to rebel-held regional capital; latest Russian violation of Ukrainian territory follows Aug. invasion and retreat, augments Jan. 19 incursion of Lugansk Oblast by 800 Russian regulars, 8,500-man “stay-behind” mercenary force fighting for separatists; Kremlin aggression against insurgency-wracked neighbor occurs hours ahead of Berlin peace talks, brokered by Germany, France; Bloomberg interviews Poroshenko, Ukrainian president comments on Putin’s game-changing tactics: “The situation is getting worse . . . This creates a very high risk of further escalation of the situation”; hostile tank column approaches government-held positions around heavily fortified, strategic port of Mariupol, launches “massive fire attack,” NSDC reports Russian battalion heading for Mariupol from Rostov Oblast; railway bridge over Kalchyk River restored, links Mariupol’s steel mills to port, blown up by saboteurs on Dec. 23

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Flashback: Russian Army Invades Ukraine in August 2014 Support Mission for Rebels, Thrusts Toward Donetsk City, Seizes Coastal Town of Novoazovsk (source)

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Kremlin-backed separatists renew assault upon Donetsk’s international airport, 3 soldiers killed defending devastated terminal, runway on Jan. 19; ATO spokesman Lysenko: 800 Russian regular forces, in 2 battalion task groups, invade Lugansk Oblast across uncontrolled stretch of border, support rebel offensives; PM Yatsenyuk: “I have just spoken with . . . [NSDC chief Turchynov]. Ukrainian military intelligence confirm the fact [Russian] military personnel and equipment have been transferred from Russia to Ukraine”; Rada approves partial mobilization, conscripts to boost size of Ukrainian Ground Forces beginning Jan. 20, Turchynov claims more than 36,000 armed rebels in Donbass, 8,500 of which are Russian mercenaries; Russian army has deployed 52,000 soldiers near Ukraine’s E. border, along with 541 tanks, 990 armored vehicles, 700 heavy weapons, MRLs, anti-aircraft missiles; blast near Kharkiv prosecutor’s office latest bombing in GRU-led destabilization plot, previous targets outside combat zone include Kiev residential district, 10 cars damaged, ATO-critical railway bridge in Zaporizhia Oblast, train derailed

Gray Terror File: Multiple-scene terror incident unfolding in and around Paris: Self-confessed Al Qaeda militants suspected in Jan. 7 massacre at Charlie Hebdo newspaper hijack car, flee to town of Dammartin-en-Goele, 25 miles NE of French capital, encounter police roadblocks, engage in gun battle, hole up in print works with 1 hostage, possibly armed with RPG; 5 French Army helos, heavily armed regular police, gendarmerie elite forces converge on facility, siege ensues; second terror scene in Paris: Man of “African appearance,” wearing bullet-proof vest, jumps from car, fatally shoots black female traffic cop in Montrouge, S. of Paris, flees to capital’s Porte de Vincennes district, storms kosher grocery store, seizes “several” hostages, “prolonged” gunfire heard; Jan. 8 shooting suspect believed to have links to Kouachi brothers; President Hollande holds crisis cabinet meeting

Gray Terror File: Two gunmen storm into office of satirical Paris newspaper on Jan. 7, kill 12 people, including 8 journalists, 2 police, wound 11, flee, 800 extra officers deployed, UK ups security checks; Charlie Hebdo published caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, witnesses say attackers claimed allegiance to al-Qaeda in Yemen; PM Valls admits suspects in slayings — brothers Cherif (32) and Said Kouachi (34) — known to French intelligence; Socialist President Hollande calls for “tolerance,” but political analysts fear National Front presidency in 2017, “final demise of the EU and euro,” neo-fascists already enjoying surge in support from far right and far left voters, financial backing from Russian banks; Moscow lackey, anti-capitalist Marine Le Pen blames massacre on “Islamic fundamen- talism,” vows to reintroduce death penalty; 35,000 Parisians hold rally to denounce terror, trumpet freedom of speech; popular, pro-Putin Russian TV channel says “US intelligence agencies” orchestrated Charlie Hebdo bloodshed, Washington “sabotaging Russia-led effort against Islamist terrorism”; Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front claims Jan. 6 bombing at Istanbul police station, but Turkey’s Interior Ministry says female suicide bomber was Russian citizen, Chechen “Black Widow” plot suspected

WW4/Red Terror Files: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukrainian Communists (no doubt under guidance of Russian GRU, which is known to be operating in Ukraine) resort to sabotage, terrorism in S. ports to destabilize country, evade SBU by fleeing to rebel-held areas of Donbass; 7 bombings hit Odessa over past 5 months, latest strikes cargo train at Zastava-1 station on Dec. 24, petroleum tanker train at Odesa-Peresyp station on Jan. 3, city’s Euromaidan office on Jan. 4; Security Service accuses Communist Party (which is facing ban) of staging terror attacks in Dnipropetrovsk, adviser to SBU chief: “The group led by the Commu- nists planned a number of explosions targeting banks and public places and seizing weapons at military units”; 5 blasts rock Mariupol since Nov., saboteurs blow up railway bridge over River Kalchyk on Dec. 23, gunmen wearing camo, toting automatic weapons attack Azovstal steel plant same day, 1 worker killed; ATO forces come under rebel small arms, artillery attack at various locations in Donbass on night of Jan. 6-7; Interior Ministry’s Azov Battalion near village of Hranitne, Donetsk Oblast, Facebooks: “[Terrorists] are shelling us with a 120-millimeter mortar. Good morning to everyone!!!!”; fearing Russian naval assault, Ukrainian combat engineers mine shores of Sea of Azov

Odesa, Mariupol as well as Kyiv and Kharkiv are those sensitive spots where Russia-backed forces feel there’s still a possibility to destabilize the situation.
— Oleksiy Melnyk, Ukrainian military expert, quoted in Kyiv Post, January 5, 2015

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Communist Bloc Military Updates: New Kremlin military doctrine identifies NATO as main threat to Russia, Moscow hosts CSTO summit, vows to increase number of combat aircraft, helicopters at Belarusian air base; Russian strategic aviation carries out 50 flights over world ocean in 2014, modernizes Tu-160 avionics, awaits stealth bomber prototype in 2019; Poland races to rearm in face of Russian aggression in Ukraine, US$30 billion plan to upgrade, enlarge armed forces by 2022, shifts troops to E. border, revives Home Army light infantry to help thwart Russian re-invasion, organizes 2nd naval strike missile battalion for coastal defense; U.S. Army to deploy “heavy brigade” in Baltics, Poland or Romania in 2015, reassure CEE allies with 150 M1 Abrams MBTs, M2 Bradley IFVs, 24 self-propelled howitzers; Ukraine’s Poroshenko visits Poland, inspects barracks that will house Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian brigade, new military formation to be combat ready in early 2015

The new Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian brigade shows that Ukraine is already integrated into NATO, at least militarily if not politically.

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EU/USSR2 Files: Russia’s EU ambassador urges Brussels to open talks with Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Russia-led bloc inaugurated Jan. 1, includes Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan to join in May; Moscow to control EEU via Eurasian Economic Commission, Supreme Eurasian Economic Council; Russian Communists demand President Putin dismiss PM Medvedev’s government over ruble collapse, “catastrophic” 2015 budget, establish “crisis reversal” plan for country, urge return to Stalinist dictatorship: Chairman Zyuganov: “Stalin … was a genius,” CPRF’s Moscow city committee: “These days the interest in the personality of Stalin in Russia is growing, mostly with the loss of the country’s previous foothold on the world scene and profound economic and social problems inside the country”

EU File: Fascism resurgent amidst Eurocrisis: Italian police infiltrate neo-fascist New Order Vanguard, arrest 14 members, including ex-cop ringleader, Stefano Manni stockpiled arms, planned assassinations of politicians, judges, attacks against tax agency, state railway, police stations; 31 other persons under investigation for extremist political activities; original New Order banned in 1973, after carrying out campaign of violence; national unemployment rate of 13.2%, youth jobless rate of 43.4%, economic stagnation push segments of Italian society, including south, to far right; poll says one third of Italians back Kremlin-funded Northern League, anti-EU/anti-immigrant Matteo Salvini compared to France’s Marine Le Pen, visits Moscow in Oct., confers with United Russia leadership, urges strong Italo-Russian friendship

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The Moscow Leninists cover all the bases. Merry Christmas. We’ll be back in the New Year.

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Snap multi-branch exercise in Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave mobilizes 9,000 troops Dec. 5-10, numerous aerial encounters between NATO, Russian warplanes leave Baltic states jittery; ITAR-TASS: “The exercise involved units of missile troops, artillery, mechanized infantry, airborne troops, marine forces, units of reconnaissance, communications, logistics, as well as combat and military transport aircraft, helicopters and ships of the Baltic Fleet”; People’s Liberation Army Navy heading for Mediterranean Sea as Russia, Red China plan maneuvers for Pacific Ocean, Med in 2015; Moscow-Beijing Axis’ “one clenched fist” inaugurated with first Peace Mission exercise in 2005, Sino-Soviet military drills unheard of during Cold War, fake ideological split

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Flashback: “Power politics: China, Russia, and Peace Mission 2005” (source)

EU/USSR2/Middle East Files: Russia implements drastic interest rate hike to stabilize ruble, offset effects of Saudi Arabia’s oil war against Iran, global crude price collapse, protects Putin’s ambitious remilitarization program, covert war against Ukraine, funding for Euro-fascists; 1) Saudis refuse to cut production, Iran’s Rouhani lashes back: “Iran and people of the region will not forget such conspiracies, or in other words, treachery against the interests of the Muslim world”; 2) new truce holds between Ukrainian army, Moscow-backed separatists in Donbass, DPR/LPR insurgents withdraw heavy weapons from front line; 3) National Front chief Marine Le Pen admits France’s most popular party accepted €9 million loan from First Czech-Russian Bank, French weekly: FN leaders regularly confer with Russia’s ambassador in Paris; 4) Russian loans also extended to Greece’s violent Golden Dawn, Hungary’s Jew/Roma-hating Jobbik, Austria’s Freedom Party, Belgium’s Vlaams Belang, Italy’s N. League

During the Cold War, Soviet Russia funded Western Europe’s communist parties. Now the Moscow Leninists fund the European far right with the same intent, the convergence of East (i.e., Eurasian Union) and West (i.e., European Union), within the context of a revived worldwide communist federation. Viva Golitsyn!

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Communist Bloc Military Updates: Stockholm: Russian combat jet, without active transponder, nearly collided with airliner en route from Copenhagen to Poznan on Dec. 12; NATO’s Dec. 7 encounter with 6 Russian strategic bombers over Baltic Sea included veritable Russian air armada, 22 additional combat aircraft accompanied Bears, Backfires; ex-Soviet Lithuania bumped up army’s alert level in response; NATO Sec.-Gen. Stoltenberg comments on “unprecedented” surge in Russian military aviation in region: Undeclared flights have jumped threefold since 2013, to more than 100 annual interceptions; NATO replies to Russian aggression in SE Ukraine, Crimea, launches new command in Bavaria, Very High Readiness Joint Task Force carries out Trident Lance 2014 exercise, mobilizes 3,700 troops to repel simulated attack against ex-Soviet Estonia

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Navy denies media reports armed marines seized control of French-built helicopter carrier after Nov. 14 deadline passed without formal transfer, describes alleged takeover “extraordinary invention”; 400 Russian sailors arrived at W. French port of Montoir-de-Bretagne in June, trained aboard Vladivostok ahead of planned handover; French President Hollande, citing Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, suspended transfer on Nov. 25, French shipbuilder DCNS confirms theft of warship computers, communications software prior to this date, no sensitive data taken; second Mistral-class ship bound for Russian Navy, Sevastopol, floated out of dry dock in late Nov.; Dep. PM Rogozin expresses Moscow’s annoyance with Paris: “The stern section of Mistral was made . . . in St. Petersburg. . . . [I]f they want to keep the ship, we will have to tear away its stern section and get it back to use it in other ships”

EU/USSR2 Files: Kremlin sends 1,200 tons of Christmas cheer (i.e., weapons, troops?) to Ukrainian rebels, “humanitarian” convoy of 130 trucks arrives in Donbass; 60 Russian aid trucks slated to show up in Moldova’s pro-Russia breakaway region of Transnistria (via Ukraine land route?), “President” Shevchuk in Moscow early Oct., supports integration with Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), opposes Chisinau’s Association Agreement with EU; Moldova’s pro-Moscow Communists contest validity of Nov. 28 election after PCRM, Socialists scoop 38% of vote but not enough to prevent pro-EU government from renewing coalition; President Sargsyan signs union treaty, Armenia to join Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan in formation of EEU on Jan 1., 2015; Russian Communist MP attends CP of Armenia congress in Yerevan, Taysayev claims new bloc “communist project”: “This is our program as we call on the leaders of our countries to seek closer integration, establish the Eurasian Union, the Customs Union. We do not doubt that a new Union of friendly peoples will be created”; SBU chief Nalivaichenko backs ban against CP of Ukraine, Holodomor denial, French Communists decry Kiev’s anti-communist measures

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Red China’s jet-powered, cruise missile-armed strategic bombers menace Japanese islands of Okinawa, Miyako on Dec. 6, occurs amidst joint PLAAF-PLAN drills in W. Pacific, Cold War-era H6K planes capable of threatening US bases in Japan, Guam; Portuguese fighter jets under NATO command intercept sortie of four Russian “Bear,” two “Backfire” bombers over Baltic Sea on Dec. 7, occurs amidst spike in recent months of Russian Air Force flights near NATO, NORAD peripheries; Canadian fighter pilots scramble to intercept two Russian Tu-95s over Beaufort Sea on Dec. 8, while CF-18s based out of Lithuania repel 2 Russian long-range bombers in violation of Baltic country’s airspace; ahead of mid-Nov. Serbo-Russian military drill, Serbian analyst scoffs at claim Russian “emergency situations center” near S. city of Nis a military base

EU/USSR2 Files: Belgrade, Budapest walk tightrope between Moscow and Brussels: Russia pulls plug on South Stream pipeline, reroutes LNG through Turkey, Putin informs Serbian counterpart Nikolic, but reaffirms countries’ friendship (i.e., opposition to Kosovo independence); follows Putin’s Oct. state visit to EU candidate Serbia, first-ever Serbo-Russian military exercise near Belgrade, 6 Russian Ilyushin-76s disgorged troops, equipment “under veil of secrecy”; Serbian DM Gasic downplays SREM-2014’s overt threat toward NATO, retired Yugoslav general: “The [Serbian] army is not exclusively facing West right now”; Russian, Serbian air forces to hold joint tactical aviation drills in 2015; Russia to add 2 reactors to Hungary’s Soviet-era Paks NPP under US$12.4 billion deal, Hungarian PM Orban chummy with Putin

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Russian military conducts drills near border of insurgency-wracked Ukraine, Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30M2 fighter jets operating out of former Ukrainian base in occupied Crimea; Russian paratroopers carry out practice drops, combat planes drop armored vehicles over N. Serbia, near NATO member Croatia as Moscow, Belgrade hold unprecedented joint live-fire drills in mid-Nov.; Serbia, Croatia part of Communist Yugoslavia until 1992; Ukrainian Armed Forces spokesperson: Up to 10,000 Russian troops fighting alongside 22,000 insurgents, mercs in Donbass; NATO Sec.-Gen. Stoltenberg: “We see a significant military buildup in and around Ukraine… large transfers of Russian advanced weapons, equipment and military personnel to violent separatists”; Russia’s Central Military District to carry out “large-scale” drills in 2015; Russian Navy vice admiral to oversee transfer of helicopter carrier Vladivostok from France, Moscow warns Paris to abide by terms of contract in spite of Ukraine conflict

Russian Soldiers in France

Pictured above: Russian sailors stand in formation in front of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok at the STX Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, western France, on November 25, 2014.

Reports concerning the sale, or non-sale, of two French-built Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia vary from month to month. However, Moscow is determined to collect its hardware. No doubt, in the end, the Ministry of Surrender in Paris will comply.

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Battle for control of Donetsk’s international airport rages on as Kiev’s ATO says Russian special forces aiding separatists in months-long siege, Spetsnaz retreat with “significant losses” after weekend assault, shelling from both sides continues; Ukrainian government forces unable to hold 409-kilometer stretch of border with Russia, Kremlin rotating regular troops, mercenaries in and out of Ukraine, still shipping weapons to Donbass rebels; “terrorists” defy farcical cease-fire, use artillery, MRLs to hit army positions 41 times overnight throughout Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts; Ukrainian troops build anti-tank defenses along border with Russian-occupied Crimea; Russian warships training in North Sea, enter English Channel, anchor in France’s Bay of the Seine; Rada elects new speaker after Oct. 26 election, Grojsman allied with pro-West President Poroshenko

Ukrainian flags are pictured at Donetsk airport

Pictured above: Holding out against Kremlin-backed separatists, Ukrainian troops fly the flag over the shattered terminal of Donetsk’s Sergei Prokofiev International Airport, on September 1, 2014.

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Flashback: Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) 45th Special Purpose (Spetsnaz) Regiment spearheads takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula on February 27, 2014 (source)

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian DM Shoigu announces extension of routine strategic bomber patrols from Arctic Ocean to Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean (i.e., along US East Coast), follows spike in military flights around European periphery, covert intervention in Ukraine’s secessionist Donbass; supersonic Tu-160 “Blackjacks” made low-key but historic first visits to Caracas in 2008 and Managua in 2013; Moscow in talks with Algeria, Cyprus, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Cuba, Seychelles, Vietnam, Singapore to set up refuelling/ maintenance sites for Russian Air Force, Navy; Kuznetsov Design Bureau completes bench tests of new propulsion system for Russia’s PAK-DA stealth bomber, prototype expected to fly in 2019, “suppress modern air defenses,” deploy hypersonic weapons, replace aging inventory of Tu-95MC Bear, Tu-160 Blackjack, Tu-22M3 Backfire aircraft

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Government troops, Moscow-backed rebels in Donetsk city exchange artillery fire overnight, worst shelling since farcical Sept. 5 cease-fire; insurgents with RPGs, small arms resume months-old siege against Ukrainian army at Sergei Prokofiev International Airport, main terminal building, control tower in ruins since early Oct.; NSDC confirms Russian Ground Forces without insignia (“Little Green Men”) moved more than 32 tanks, 16 howitzers, 30 trucks, mobile radar over border into Lugansk Oblast, border guards repulse attack by gunmen near settlement of Blahodatne; Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza reports Putin’s meeting with Russian Security Council on Nov. 6, creation of four strike groups of Russian mercenaries in Ukraine, speculates Russian army may again open hostilities in Donbass; NATO “aware” of (yet another) Russian troop buildup near Ukraine, checking reports of cross-border incursion; SBU nabs ring of saboteurs in W. city of Lviv, Russian FSB recruited Ukrainian citizens to plant explosives near critical infrastructure, military bases

Putin’s not giving up on his plan to dismember Ukraine. Crimea is not enough. He’s clearly determined to wrest the industrial Donbass from Ukraine.

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Blast from the Past File: Last Soviet dictator Gorbachev in German capital, attends ceremony marking 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall, warns Ukraine conflict could descend into “new Cold War,” possibly already begun; Gorby implemented perestroika (restructuring), glasnost (openness) reforms, leading to (controlled) collapse of East Bloc regimes in 1989, Soviet Union in 1991; KGB defector Golitsyn, in New Lies for Old (1984), predicted rise of Gorbachev-like reformer in Russia, “confederation” of West, East Germanies; 1990 reunification resulted in infiltration of Federal Republic by ex-GDR communists, Left Party to lead first-ever coalition government with Social Democrats, Greens in state of Thuringia; German President, Chancellor both raised in East, Gauck questions Left’s commitment to democracy, Merkel calls coalition “bad news”

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The German Democratic Republic dismantled the Berlin Wall in November 1989.

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WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA AT WAR: Kiev: Russian armored column of 32 tanks, 30 trucks invades Donbass across rebel-held frontier, heads for town of Krasny Luch, Poroshenko: Ukraine must “repel possible attacks,” not allow “spread of this cancerous tumour”; NATO’s Gen. Breedlove says Russia maintains 250-300 troops in Ukraine to support rebel forces: “Russian equipment, re-supply, (and) training flows back and forth freely across that interborder space”; comments on surge in Russian long-range bomber patrols around European periphery: “They [Moscow] are messaging us that they are a great power and have the ability to exert influence”; notes US Army troop strength in Europe at 31,000; follows illegal elections for chief executive posts, leading to “victories” for Zakharchenko, Plotnitsky in Donetsk, Lugansk “People’s Republics”; Kremlin “respects” outcome of rebel votes

EU/USA Files: Poland to shift 1,000s of troops from Cold War-era positions along border with Germany to those with Kaliningrad, Belarus, thwart possible Russian (re-) invasion; Warsaw arrests, accuses army officer, lawyer of spying for Russian GRU, Czechs say Moscow dispatched “extremely high” number of spies to Prague in 2013; NATO: 1) replies to Russian aggression in Ukraine, Noble Justification exercise in Med. deploys alliance warships, US Air Force B-52s; 2) notes uptick in Russian bomber sorties, daily intercepts taking place over Norwegian, North, Baltic, Black Seas, along Portuguese coast; Kremlin reinstated Soviet-era long-range bomber patrols in 2007; Copenhagen: Russian planes with live missiles simulated attack against Danish island during major political event that drew 90,000 visitors in June; Tokyo curries Moscow’s favor while bolstering security pact with USA, holds drill with Russia’s Pacific Fleet while hosting Orient Shield drill with US Army on Hokkaido; Japanese intercepted Russian Air Force 235 times in April-June, Tokyo think tank: “The Russian missions are probably a message aimed at the U.S., which has 38,000 military personnel in Japan”

USSR2 File: Ukrainian president dismisses Nov. 2 vote in rebel-held Donetsk Oblast, “election” of mining electrician Zakharchenko as DPR chief executive, refers to “farce [conducted] under the barrels of [insurgents’] tanks and machine guns”; Communist Party boss Symonenko refuses to leave Ukraine in face of Rada ban, recent electoral flop; Poroshenko anxious for demise of communism, highlights CPU’s “past and present crimes,” e.g., Holodomor, consisting of Stalin’s forcible collectivization, dekulakization of Ukraine, leading to famine-deaths of 4 million Ukrainians in 1932-33; CPRF boss Zyuganov addresses congress of Union of Communist Parties-Communist Party of the Soviet Union (placeholder for old CPSU), exhorts Russian, as well as German, French, Italian communists to “provide all necessary and possible support” to Ukrainian comrades in face of “violent propaganda assaults and physical abuse”

USSR2 File: Pro-West parties win Ukraine’s parliamentary election, President Poroshenko’s bloc secures 23% of vote, PM Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front takes 21%, third pro-EU party snaps up third place, Opposition Bloc, Radical Party, neo-fascist Svoboda scrape up enough votes to limp over 5% threshold, Communists flop; 5 million Ukrainians in Russian-occupied Crimea, separatist-controlled districts of Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts unable to cast ballots, 27 seats in Rada to remain empty; Poroshenko praises countrymen: “Today we have a new Ukraine. I hope it will be possible to form a strong, pro-European democratic coalition”; Moscow promises to recognize vote, but Kiev urges Kremlin to denounce DPR/LPR insurgents’ illegal Nov. 2 election

USSR2 File: Kremlin grants license to Communist Party of the Russian Federation’s TV channel to “broadcast over all Russia,” brainwash post-Soviet generation with communism, “Red Line” already posts online; CPRF lawmakers embrace neo-Stalinist autarky, draft motion to forbid MPs, officials, civil servants from owning foreign real estate, current law prohibits holding accounts in foreign banks, securities; CPRF No. 2 Melnikov deplores Ukrainian “neo-fascist zombies” for toppling Lenin statues, another party official describes Ukrainian state without communism as “myth,” borders depended on existence of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (1919-1991); meanwhile, Communist Party of Ukraine crumbling before Oct. 26 election, likely unable to muster 5% threshold vote, faces new lustration law purging bureaucracy

Viva Golitsyn! Comment hardly necessary.

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Gray Terror File: Two soldiers, two Muslim extremists dead after “micro-terrorist attacks” in Ottawa, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu; French Canadian recruit Couture-Rouleau stalked soldiers for 2 hours before Oct. 20 hit-and-run incident in small Quebec city, Warrant Officer Vincent later died of injuries; RCMP believe Rouleau planned to join militants overseas, ISIL/ISIS logo appeared on suspect’s Facebook page; Canadian-born Muslim Zehaf-Bibeau boasted rap sheet prior to point-blank shooting of soldier in Ottawa on Oct. 22, Cpl. Cirillo guarding National War Memorial when murdered; RCMP refuses to confirm second gunman involved; soldier killings in Canada continue pattern of attacks against NATO military personnel by Islamic radicals, Merah gunned down French paratroopers in Toulouse, Montauban in March 2012; Canadian communists (predictably) accuse PM Harper of using tragedy to “advance a pro-war agenda and impose dictatorial powers at home”

Gray Terror File: “Micro-terrorist attacks” in Ottawa, Quebec city suggest possible ISIL/ISIS plot unfolding in Canada, follows deployment of Canadian warplanes to Middle East, months of US air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets; French Canadian convert to radical Islam runs down two soldiers near St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, SE of Montreal on Mon., one soldier later dies of injuries; Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau shot dead by police after high-speed car chase, RCMP investigating 90 terror suspects, including Rouleau; follow-up terror attack occurs in Ottawa on Wed., masked gunman jumps out of car driven by second person, kills reservist guarding National War Memorial, runs to, infiltrates Parliament Building, killed by security, MP reports more than 30 shots fired, ruling Conservative Party caucus meeting in progress; Canadian authorities seeking multiple suspects, NORAD increases alert posture

USSR2 File: Svoboda, Right Sector activists clash with police outside Ukrainian parliament ahead of Oct. 26 election, amidst Moscow-backed uprising in Donbass; neo-fascists demand MPs recognize WW2-era, Nazi-allied Ukrainian Insurgent Army, 50 protesters arrested; Kremlin-linked “SandWorm” hacking group exploits flaw in Microsoft Windows, breaks into computer networks operated by NATO, Ukrainian, Polish governments, cybersecurity firm director: “This is consistent with espionage activity. All indicators from a targeting and lures perspective would indicate espionage with Russian national interests”; no evidence “SandWorm” same group behind intrusions into U.S. bank computers, including JPMorgan Chase; DPR separatist in Ukraine threatens to take war to Poland unless Warsaw terminates weapon shipments to Kiev

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Unknown gunmen ambush Gubarev’s car in Donetsk Oblast after Kremlin-backed separatist, neo-Nazi/ex-communist leaves Russia’s Rostov-on-Don, DPR co-leader unconscious, hospitalized back at Rostov; Putin says Russian Armed Forces have withdrawn 17,600 troops from Ukrainian border, perpetuates myth about no Russian military in Donbass; Austria delivers aerial surveillance drones to Ukraine to monitor border with Russia, Germany, France also commit to providing Kiev with UAVs; Poroshenko dismisses Helety as DM, replaces with National Guard chief Poltorak, Helety criticized for allowing 100 soldiers, volunteers to perish during Russian army’s siege at Ilovaysk in Aug.; NSDC spokes- man Lysenko: Repeated attempts by rebels to seize Donetsk’s international airport have failed, “Our troops repelled the attack and inflicted significant losses to terrorists”; Tymchuk: Rebels continue to violate month-old cease-fire at multiple locations, attack ATO forces

USA/USSR2 Files: Hackers with “loose connections with officials of the Russian government” launched massive cyberattack against total of 10 US financial institutions in July-August, previously reported computer network breach at JPMorgan Chase compromised accounts of 76 million households, 7 million small businesses, personal information accessed; Kremlin spokesman dismisses allegations Moscow seeking “payback” for Western sanctions over Ukraine crisis, Peskov: “This is nonsense”; former NSA director, US Army general Alexander: “How would you shake the United States back? Attack a bank in cyberspace. If it was them [i.e., the Russians], they just sent a real message: ‘You’re vulnerable,’” hackers had “exceptional skills,” were “a nation-state backed group”

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow-backed rebels with tank and support from Russian regular forces press attack against government-held inter- national airport at Donetsk on Sept. 3, lose 12 fighters; shelling of army positions around besieged city of Mariupol persists, port city temporary oblast capital, Governor Taruta denies Ukrainian army responsible for cease-fire violations; NSDC: Russian Armed Forces’ 100th intelligence brigade, military hardware from N. Ossetia infiltrates border, lurks near Mariupol; Tatar leader Dzhemilev in Warsaw says 40,000 Russian troops with “offensive weaponry” concentrated in Crimea: “There are persistent rumors that soon the Russian troops will invade Ukraine in the south. If the invasion starts, the Russians will try to destroy the Crimean Tatars whom they describe as Kyiv’s fifth column . . . for opposing the annexation of Crimea”; Poroshenko approves lustration law to purge Communists, KGB agents, Party of Regions activists from public service

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukrainian POWs released by rebels, describe combat with Russian Ground Forces in Donbass, expose Kremlin lies alleging no military presence in Ukraine; soldier Alexei Koshelenko surrendered to Russian regular forces near town of Ilovaysk, Aug. 25: “We . . . were fired on heavily from all sides. Tanks, APCs and infantry were attacking us. We thought we were in the rear, we thought they were ours … The fire mowed down the woods. Our troops retreated and it was Russians all around. We got captured. We ran out of ammunition . . .”; soldier Andrei Krupa captured near village of Dzerkalniy, 20 km S. of Ilovaysk, same day: “They were Russian soldiers – soldiers from Kostroma, paratroopers”; 9 Ukrainian soldiers defending Donetsk’s international airport killed by rebel shelling, DPR leader Purgin maintains cease-fire deal awards facility to separatists; national unity demonstrators in Kharkiv topple 40-foot Lenin statue, pro-Moscow mayor promises to restore monument, IM Avakov Facebooks: “Lenin? Let him fall”; Poroshenko adviser: Russian GRU “spearheading” provocations along “Odessa-Zaporizhia-Kharkiv-Kherson axis,” planning “explosions in Kharkiv and Odessa,” Russia continues to build up invasion force in occupied Crimea

EU/USA Files: White House reassures East Bloc-turned-NATO allies over Russian invasion of Ukraine, sends 600 armored infantry to Poland, Baltics for Atlantic Resolve exercise, 200-man armored unit, complete with 12 Abrams MBTs, 8 M2 Bradley IFVs specifically deployed to Poland; DM Siemoniak hints Poland may scrap US$1.6 billion deal with French arms giant Thales to supply missile defense shield, unless Paris stops waffling on Mistral sale to Russia; Kremlin sends unfriendly message while Poroshenko visits Ottawa, Washington DC: F-22 fighter jets scrambled from Alaska base to repel 6-plane Russian bomber sortie on Sept. 18, 6 hours later Royal Canadian Air Force intercepts Tu-95s over Beaufort Sea; CF-18s on NATO mission in Lithuania shadow Russian An-26 over Baltic Sea on Sept. 11, RCAF Lt.-Col. Pletz: “Not to diminish the threat that they pose [to N. America], but [what] we are used to dealing with in NORAD is lumbering Bear strategic bombers . . . Here you have all the Russians’ latest gear. There are Su-27 fighters, Su-34 fighters, Tu-22 bombers as well as transport aircraft”

EU/USSR2 Files: Lukewarm EU member Hungary cowers before past Russian overlord, Gazprom CEO Miller arrives in Budapest on Sept. 22, confers with pro-Moscow lackey PM Orban, offers to up natural gas shipments in exchange for ex-East Bloc state terminating reverse-flow gas supply to Ukraine; Kiev’s Naftogaz describes stoppage as “unexpected and unexplained”; Russian Energy Minister Novak rumbles: “Re-exporting Russian gas to Ukraine is illegal and could lead to some EU states going without fuel shipments from Gazprom”; Moscow stopped direct gas shipments to Ukraine in June, citing unpaid US$4.5 billion debt; in controversial July 26 speech to Hungarian-Romanians, “soft authoritarian” Orban advocated “illiberal,” nationalist state, praised Putin’s Russia, cracked down on NGO as “foreign agent”; meanwhile, Budapest’s top prosecutor asks Euro Parliament to lift immunity from Jobbik MEP suspected of spying for Russia, Hungarian paper alleges Soviet-educated neo-fascist “KGBéla” Kovács held “conspiratorial meetings” with Russian diplomats, Russian wife employed or financially backed by SVR

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Poland’s biannual “Anakonda” military exercise assumes new urgency in light of Russian invasion of Ukraine, memories of 1945-1992 Soviet occupation; 10-day drill kicks off at 4 test ranges in country’s N., Baltic Sea, involves nearly 11,750 Polish troops, 750 from NATO allies, including USA, UK, 4 ex-communist states; Poles contribute 120 armored vehicles, 50 anti-aircraft units, 15 missile launchers, 17 warships, 25 aircraft to repel simulated invasion under NATO’s “mutual defense article”; DM Siemoniak: “Poland’s biggest military exercise, Anakonda, has acquired special significance due to the events in Ukraine”; 1,300 NATO troops, including 200 US paratroopers, wrap up exercise near Yavoriv, W. Ukraine, U.S. Army Sec.: “If anyone questions the United States’ commitment to security in the Black Sea region, they might want to take a look at . . . Rapid Trident 14”; Ukrainian Ground Forces commander: “It goes without saying this event is very important. . . . This increases our combat readiness”; pro-Kremlin think tank lambastes “2,600-km American military front” against Russia, i.e., from Lithuania to Turkey

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Historical Flashback: Last Russian Combat Troops Withdrawn from Poland in 1992 (source)

 

WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: NATO spokesman, Canadian Lt. Col. Janzen confirms “significant pullback” of Russian Ground Forces from Ukraine’s Donbass, but “many thousands are still deployed in vicinity of border,” “Russian special forces are operating in Ukraine,” although “difficult to detect”; under terms of Minsk agreement, Kiev, Moscow-backed rebels agree to withdraw artillery from engagement line, create 30 km buffer zone; meanwhile, in spite of Sept. 5 cease-fire, insurgents prosecute 4-month siege of Donetsk’s Sergey Prokofiev International Airport; Ukrainian soldiers, reportedly equipped with T-72 tanks, MRLs, protected by Soviet-era nuclear-resistant fortifications fend off near-daily bombardments; control tower heavily damaged, terminal building partly collapsed, narrow strip of land connecting runway to nearby village links besieged soldiers to supply route; DPR leader Purgin says “We haven’t got the weapons to take it,” but Kiev fears Russian cargo planes could land at facility; Ukraine worries over economic retaliation from Moscow, once again hesitates over closing border with Russia

Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russia’s Eastern Military District wraps up Vostok-2014 exercise, 100,000 servicemen, “thousands of tanks and aircraft, dozens of ships” participated in combined-arms drills in Urals, Siberia, Sea of Okhotsk; “large-scale firing practice” conducted in Orenburg, Chelyabinsk, Novosibirsk regions; Air and Space Defence Forces “drilled actions in conditions of a simulated nuclear strike”; Pacific Fleet deployed in Primorsky, Kamchatka sectors, while Russian paratroopers practice thwarting hypothetical (i.e., Japanese) attack against Kuril Islands; Moscow, Tokyo technically in state of war, no peace treaty signed in 1945; Northern Fleet subs simulate torpedo attacks against enemy warships in Barents Sea, Borey-class ballistic missile sub Vladimir Monomakh successfully launches Bulava from submerged position in White Sea, SLBM hits target on Kamchatka Peninsula