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U.S. Military Exercise in Ukraine on Friday

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COMMENT: As a Forbes article notes, despite a Russian-negotiated cease-fire in Ukraine, U.S. military forces will be participating in a NATO exercise in Ukraine. Some thoughts in this regard:

  • The OUN/B heirs in Ukraine have shown an inclination toward provocation. Might U.S. forces in Ukraine be attacked by “pro-Russian separatist rebels”? IF that is the case, might Russian intel have gotten word of such intent, and/or might they have uncovered this after investigation of such an incident? Might this have played a role in Putin’s ability to prevail on the rebels to stand-down, for the time being?
  • As noted in the Forbes article (referencing a Spiegel article), the NATO “Drang Nach Osten” toward Russia’s border is in direct violation of an agreement between the U.S.S.R. and the West.

“Hours After Russia Succeeds with Cease Fire, U.S. Military Heads to Ukraine” by Kenneth Rapoza; Forbes; 9/3/2014.

Okay, now you’re asking for it.

Washington is going ahead with a planned military drill in Western Ukraine just hours after Russian president Vladimir Putin was able to convince pro-Russia separatists to stand down in their fight with the Ukrainian military in the eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk.  This military drill does not bode well for Friday’s cease-fire discussion in Minsk, Belarus between the Ukrainian government and the separatist leaders who will demand autonomy from Kiev.

According to a Reuters report on Tuesday, preparations are under way for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies shipping into Ukraine for the roughly three year old Rapid Trident program, part of Ukraine’s military tilt towards NATO. . . .

. . . . Anti-war journalist John Pilger wrote in The Guardian back in April that the military exercises with Ukraine were part of Washington’s “Manifest Destiny” — a longstanding ambition to dominate the Eurasian landmass from China to Europe, a landmass that Russia controls, at least in part, due to its energy resources.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 19991, NATO has surrounded Russia with military bases, reneging on a promise by Ronald Reagan to the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 that NATO would not expand “one inch to the east”. In the former Soviet Caucasus, NATO’s military build-up is the most extensive since World War II, Pilger wrote.




2 comments for “U.S. Military Exercise in Ukraine on Friday”

  1. Now Kiev wants to dispose of the Nazi battalions – another “Night of The Long Knives”?

    Washington’s Blog



    “all the signs are that the JRF [Junta Repression Forces] have reached their breaking point: this is the moment when a military force suddenly and completely collapses, like a dam which blows out under the pressure of water. The JRF is not retreating on one, two or even three directions, it is retreating everywhere (except north of Lugansk). Entire battalions are leaving the front under orders of their battalion commanders and without the approval of the Junta leaders. At least one such battalion commander is already being judged for desertion. The entire Ukie [Ukrainian Government] leadership seems to be in a panic mode, especially Yatseniuk and Kolomoiski, while the Nazis are mad as hell at the Poroshenko administration. There are constant rumors of an anti-Poroshenko coup by outraged Nazi nationalists. And then, there are the absolutely staggering Ukrainian losses.. …

    And this from ITAR-TASS



    “WASHINGTON, September 07,/ITAR-TASS/. Fighters of Ukrainian volunteer battalions that were encircled outside the city of Ilovaisk in late August are accusing the Kiev government of not supporting them and threaten to change the regime, Foreign Policy magazine said in an article published on its website on Saturday. The magazine correspondent met some of the fighters.

    Over 800 servicemen killed in army operation in eastern Ukraine — spokesman
    “The army didn’t come to help us we were in the corridor for two days and they didn’t come to help us, and that’s the worst part”, said a fighter from the Donbass volunteer battalion.

    “All the battalions brought to Ilovaisk think the government betrayed us to destroy the volunteer battalions. The government fears us and wants to control us”. “All the battalions brought to Ilovaisk think the government betrayed us to destroy the volunteer battalions. The government fears us and wants to control us,” he said

    The defeat at Ilovaisk and a series of similar losses across eastern Ukraine in recent weeks are part of what pressured Ukraine to head to the bargaining table for a cease-fire and peace plan negotiated on Friday.”

    Posted by Swamp | September 7, 2014, 10:36 am
  2. From NBC News:

    German TV Shows Nazi Symbols on Helmets of Ukraine Soldiers


    Posted by Swamp | September 21, 2014, 12:52 pm

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