Surrendered Ukrainian soldier: “Lyuba, don’t worry, I’m in captivity”


Here is the article related to yesterday’s powerful video showing captures Ukie soldiers confronted with civilians.

SLAVYANGRAD.org

Original here: http://www.kp.ru/daily/26275/3153420/
Translator: Daniel Mihailovitch / Edited by @GBabeuf

Photo: Aleksander KOTS Dmitriy STESHIN Photo: Aleksander KOTS Dmitriy STESHIN

I have two small children!” A woman slaps a Ukrainian Army prisoner on the cheek. “They almost lost their voices!”

Knock it of!” A militiaman growls, and the woman moves away from the ranks.

A dozen local residents went out into the street in Snezhnoe to share with the surrendered artillerymen all that they had accumulated in their hearts in the last weeks. Under fire. During sleepless nights in basements. In anticipation of the next terrible artillery barrage, during rare moments of respite. The prisoners stand in silence, heads bowed. They can raise a plaintive look at the guards, but have not the strength to look into the eyes of ordinary civilians, those they shelled with large-calibre weapons.

After two more cauldrons were created in the Donbass, the flow of government soldiers willing…

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#Ukraine: News from the #Gas War


There are a number of interesting news regarding the gas war being fought right now throughout Europe. Learn about the OPAL pipeline, the start of construction of the pipeline to China, the Power of Siberia pipeline, and a antitrust trial started against GE.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak

ITAR TASS has a story about a rather interesting pipeline: the OPAL pipeline. Actually a boring side path of North Stream, the political dimension of OPAL makes it interesting.

The European Commission (EC) will say whether it is possible to load the OPAL pipeline fully by September 15, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in a news conference Monday, following an August 29 discussion with EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger.

“At the last meeting, we discussed the full loading of the OPAL pipeline, giving the full capacities. It will improve the situation with living through the autumn-winter period, will give more opportunities to supply gas bypassing Ukraine’s transit risks…Oettinger has promised us to make a decision by September 15. There is no reason not to do it,” Novak said.

The OPAL, whose capacity amounts 36 billion cubic meters, is plugged into Russia’s Nord Stream undersea export pipeline and stretches along Germany’s eastern border. Under the EU’s third energy package, Russian gas giant Gazprom is limited to use only 50% of its capacities.

But the only filler of the OPAL pipeline is the Nord Stream, and to avoid financial losses, Russia and Germany urged the European Commission to exempt OPAL from the Third Energy Package legislation. The commission decided to hold an auction in July for the remaining 50% of the pipeline’s capacities to remove the OPAL from the package by imposing a so-called partial regulation, but the auction was cancelled.

What makes this pipeline so interesting is that EU breaks its own rules with OPAL, while it sabotages the South Stream project on the same grounds. Yep, that is their hypocrisy out in the open. For Russia this is good as it gives more reach to Russian gas in Europe.

While the business with the West is rather cumbersome currently, even though the gas industry is exempted from all sanctions, the developing China business is promising. Before any business activities can start, however, huge investments are to be done and the pipeline to be built. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended Gazprom’s groundbreaking ceremony for its construction of the Power of Siberia pipeline

Gazprom Begins Construction of Gas Export Pipeline to China.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended Gazprom’s groundbreaking ceremony for its construction of the 3,000-kilometer (1,860-mile) Power of Siberia pipeline Monday.

“Without any exaggeration, we are launching a large-scale strategic project on the global level. It is meant to stimulate the development of Eastern Siberia and the Far East and increase Russia’s energy security as a whole. The new gas pipeline will significantly strengthen economic cooperation with the governments of the Asia-Pacific region and, first and foremost, with our key partner China,” Putin said during the opening ceremony.

“This project doesn’t only give us the ability to export gas, it gives us the ability to develop the gas infrastructure of our own country, the eastern regions of Russia: the Far East and Eastern Siberia,” Putin said.

“We are launching the world’s biggest construction project. There will not be anything bigger in the near future,” the Russian president stressed.

Putin also thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his support of joint efforts.

In May, Gazprom and China’s CNPC signed a 30-year agreement on the annual export of around 38 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to China. The project is valued at $400 billion. Russia’s Power of Siberia gas transmission system is designed for delivering gas from the Irkutsk Region and Yakutia gas production centers further eastward to Russia’s Far East and China. The pipeline’s Yakutsk-Khabarovsk section is scheduled for a late 2017 launch.

In terms of the domestic gas infrastructure, the Power of Siberia pipeline is expected to become a unified gas transmission system (GTS) for the Irkutsk and Yakutia production centers, transporting gas from the regions to Vladivostok via Khabarovsk.

The pipeline will run along the already operational Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean oil pipeline, which should help streamline infrastructure and power supply costs. The first section of the Power of Siberia GTS is expected to go into operation in late 2017.

On May 21, 2014, Gazprom Deputy chairman Alexei Miller and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) chairman Zhou Jiping signed a contract to supply gas from Russia to China via the eastern route. According to the 30-year contract, Russia will deliver 38 billion cubic meters of gas to China annually.

The length of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline is estimated to be about 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) and have an annual throughput of 61 billion cubic meters of gas.

In the light of such huge investments, budget control becomes important. What you do not want is paying more than necessary, for instance, due to corruption. And what could be better if an American company is one of the suspects?

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p class=”b-material__title”>Russia’s RusHydro, GE suspected in violations at gas turbine tender

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has opened a case against hydropower giant RusHydro and US General Electric (GE) over alleged violations at gas turbine tenders for the Yakutsk GRES-2 plant, the antitrust body said Monday.

The service said it opened the case based on documents and information obtained during unscheduled inspections.

“The development of the Far East has an important political and social significance and is carried out mostly with budget funds, that’s why it is important for us to make sure that tender winners connected with the construction of the facilities of the fuel and energy complex in the Far East are picked fairly,” Alexander Kinyov, the antimonopoly service’s deputy director, said.

The construction of the first stage of the Yakutsk GRES-2 plant is one of RusHydro’s projects to build four power plants in the Far East. The government earlier gave 50 billion rubles to the company for the implementation of these projects.

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#Ukraine: It’s #sanction time again


The EU summit behind us and the NATO summit ahead, Western politicians have all hands full to do with their hypocritic theatre. Headlines say “More Sanctions: Europe Will Ban Purchase Of Russian Bonds; However Russian Gas Exports Remain Untouched”, “EU works to prepare new sanctions against Russia”, “Australia’s Abbot Announces New Sanctions Against Russia” or “Merkel: Russia’s ‘Aggressive’ Behavior Cannot Go Unanswered”.

Politicians seem to speak with one voice currently, even though experts say that sanctions are rather harmful than helpful and companies on the ground say that the real losers are not in Russia but in the West. I take a look at seven articles from today that are related to the new wave of sanctions rolling.

Zerohedge. Over the weekend, insolvent, debt-dependent Europe thought long and hard how to best punish Russia and moments ago reached yet another milestone in deep projective thought: as Reuters reports, Europeans could be barred from buying new Russian government bonds “under a package of extra sanctions over Moscow’s military role in Ukraine that European Union ambassadors were to start discussing on Monday, three EU sources said.” This will be in addition to the ban on the debt funding of most Russian corporations. So as Europe’s 7-day ultimatum for the Kremlin to “de-escalate” counts down, Putin has a choice: continue operating under a budget surplus and ignore Europe’s latest and most amusing hollow threat which is merely a projection of Europe’s biggest fears, or spend itself into oblivion as Europe has done over the past decade and become a vassal state of the Frankfurt central bank.. Somehow we doubt Putin will lose too much sleep over this latest “escalation”…

Some more details on today’s latest threat by Europe, which if nothing else has sent the ruble to a fresh record low against the dollar, leaving Europe green with envy at such currency debasement, and boosting Russian exports even more. I don’t know if that is the reason for articles of today (e.g. Goldman & Sachs) forecasting a 1:1 exchange rate for Dollar and Euro, which means that the Dollar is blown up. The Dollar! Despite all that fiat money business and uncontrolled Dollar printing. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who led the drive for a tougher EU response, said on Monday that Moscow’s behaviour in Ukraine must not go unanswered, even if sanctions hurt the German economy, heavily dependent on imported Russian gas, and not only that. Moscow News:

“I have said that (sanctions) can have an impact, also for German companies,” Merkel told a news conference in Berlin. “But I have to say there is also an impact when you are allowed to move borders in Europe and attack other countries with your troops,” she said. “Accepting Russia’s behaviour is not an option. And therefore it was necessary to prepare further sanctions.”

It remains to be seen just how much more loss-generating populism German companies are willing to take. After all, every now and then even Europe requires a reminder that it is corporations who pull the political strings. And if German corporations want Merkel gone, that just may be what they will get. For now however, all Europe gets is more “draconian” populism. What a welcome change of tune after all that austerity lamenting! Or is the same? 

The leaders asked the executive European Commission to prepare further measures within a week, building on steps taken at the end of July, which targeted the energy, banking and defense sectors.

“I’m hearing that a ban on buying Russian government bonds could be in the next package,”

an EU official familiar with the preparations said. ITAR TASS: They will be imposed on the financial, arms, dual-use goods sectors and some technologies in the energy sector

The European Commission has started preparing suggestions on new sanctions against Russia, which will be presented before September 7, Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen told reporters Monday.

Work on the suggestions will be finished on terms set by the EU – within a week, she said, without disclosing the measures, saying only that they will have economic consequences which have to be assessed the political and economic point of view.

Previously, Finland’s Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told ITAR-TASS the new restrictions will be set in the framework of existing sanctions. They will be imposed on the financial, arms, dual-use goods sectors and some technologies in the energy sector, he said.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry replied that the country will take new countermeasures if the Union imposes new sanctions.

“It is regrettable that the Union follows the countries interested in increasing confrontation with Russia despite interests of its member-countries,” the ministry said in a statement. “But there is still hope that the EU can look at the situation above last century’s stereotypes and will organize constructive work on settling the Ukrainian crisis.

And in another ITAR TASS article:

Russia will take countermeasures in retaliatory to the West’s new sanctions, Federation Council (upper house) chairperson Valentina Matviyenko said on Monday.

“We have serious steps and countermeasures if the spiral of sanctions is widen,” she said, adding that Russia did not support such measures. However, she said if Western politicians forced Russia to take retaliatory measures “it will be a hell to pay”.

“The EU rhetoric changed” after Russia banned imports of beef, pork, poultry, fish, cheese, dairy products, fruit and vegetables from Australia, Canada, Norway, the US and the EU for one year on August 7.

To be sure, nothing was decided: it is, after all, Europe, and decisions is what well-catered parties in the future are for. 

An EU diplomat said ambassadors of the 28 member states would hold an emergency meeting on Monday at 1300 GMT to start work on a “significant” package of further measures although no immediate decisions were expected. A further meeting is set for Wednesday.

The leaders said the Commission should include in the sanctions “every person and institution dealing with the separatist groups in the Donbass”, potentially leaving a very broad area that could be targeted.

I would suggest that the new EU thought crime legislation, which has been prepared for months to curb anti-Muslim sentiments throughout the EU, is extended to make all verbal and written support for Russia punishable. In the end, only that will help to keep people in line after they lost their jobs due to “inevitable measures” and politics “without alternative”.

And just to add to the European flavor, and humor, the key countries in central Europe have already opined against further Russian sanctions, thus further jamming the wedge discussed previously whereby Russia has succeeded in converting that all-important safehaven, Austria, to its side.

However several EU countries heavily dependent on Russian gas, including the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria, are opposed to new sanctions, which require unanimous agreement.
“I consider sanctions meaningless and counterproductive,” Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Sunday.
“Until we know what is the impact of the already imposed sanctions, it makes no sense to impose new ones,” Fico said. “I reserve a right to veto sanctions harming national interests of Slovakia.”

 

But back to the stupidity of Eurocrats, who instead of focusing on fixing their own imploding economies, are hell bent on making Russian life a living hell, in the process accelerating Europe’s mere “triple-dip” into an outright depression: 

EU diplomats said the main thrust of new steps could be financial because that would hit the Russian government rather than citizens. It could be coordinated with the United States, whose measures were also focusing on the financial sector.

Two diplomats said they did not rule out a ban on the purchases of Russian sovereign bonds to make it more difficult for the Russian government to finance itself on markets. In July, the EU banned Russian state-owned banks from raising capital or from borrowing in EU markets.

And of course, since Putin knows he hold all the trump, or rather Gazprom, cards from day one, all Europe will achieve with further sanctions is even more retaliation: 

Moscow has retaliated against sanctions by banning most agricultural imports from Europe and the United States. The risk of a ban on buying Russian sovereign bonds is that the Kremlin could hit back by dumping European government bonds, of which Russian state institutions have significant holdings.

Which bring us to the dumbest idea from last week: the UK’s push to exclude Russia from SWIFT… and in the process accelerate the demise of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. 

Asked about the idea that Russia could be cut off from the international money transfer system known as SWIFT, one diplomat said the idea had been floated several months ago, but that there was opposition to it among several EU countries.

The problem is that while it would probably work well in the short-term, as in the case of Iran, in the long-term it would trigger the creation of an alternative system to SWIFT and the setting up of two alternative world transaction systems and nobody wants that,” the diplomat said.

Well certainly not the US government, who gets every single SWIFT transaction presented under the pretext of the “war on terror”.

But the punchline, and why once again anyone with half a brain knows it is all for show, is that as usual, Russia’s gas sector, which powers European industry and lights its cities, has been spared so far and will continue to be spared.

By now even 5 year olds realize that if Europe really wanted to hurt Russia, it would cut off the gas and oil imports.

Only one problem: it can’t, as that would be economic and political suicide for Europe, and for the “infinite” political capital behind its unraveling monetary union. Everything else is noise.

McDonald's falls victim of Molotov cocktail attack in Russia. 53471.jpeg

Noise are, of course, also Russian retaliatory steps against McDonalds fastfood restaurants in Russia. After the closing of some five or seven restaurants on health grounds, McDonald’s has fallen victim of Molotov cocktail attack in Russia. Pravda writes:

In the morning of August 31, a group of unknown individuals threw a Molotov cocktail into a window of McDonald’s restaurant in the city of Ivanovo, Central Russia. The perpetrators escaped from the crime scene immediately afterwards. 

Employees of the restaurant managed to put down the fire before a fire brigade arrived. The police are looking for those, who committed the act of arson.

McDonald’s chain has been under close attention in Russia lately. Several restaurants of the chain were closed in different cities of Russia, including Moscow, over violations of sanitary conditions and poor quality food.

Meanwhile, State Duma deputy from Just Russia Andrei Krutov appealed to Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika with a proposal to check the activities of charity fund Ronald McDonald House. The principal activity of the fund, according to the deputy, is “other forms of monetary intermediation”. Charity is not indicated on the list of activities of Ronald McDonald House. The MP believes that one needs to understand where the collected money goes and how reliable financial statements from the fund are.

In addition, the organization, founded by foreign entities, is not registered in the Ministry of Justice as a foreign agent, Interfax says with reference to the Izvestia newspaper. The fund is registered at the place of mass registration.

Representatives of the fund rejected the deputy’s accusations. They noted that Ronald McDonald House “timely generates adequate reports and sends them to the General Directorate of the Ministry of Justice of Russia in Moscow. The press service also said that the fund was not referred to non-profit organizations that serve as a foreign agent, since the organization did not engage in political activities.

 
So, idiots are obviously not exclusive to the US and the EU. Is it really needed to remind that McDonald’s is a franchise system, which means the restaurants are owned by local investors, possibly together with foreigners. McDonald’s is delivering the raw materials and provides the marketing material.
 
Yesterday I saw a report about a German, who went 25 years ago as an apprentice to Russia and today owns the largest farm for milk production in Russia with some 20,000 cows and is an adviser to President Putin in the food ban issue. He reported that Russian farmers were already heavily under price pressure from abroad and that the import bans is working really nicely now to relieve the local producers from this pressure. He expects the whole crisis to be a tremendous development stimulus for Russian agriculture.
 
Worrying is however that the Wests bans or threatens to ban technology sales to Russia. Under this category would also fall the software needed to run modern farms of today and spare part for Western farming machinery. The Chinese, he says, have immediately picked up the opportunity and are sending armies of sales reps to invite farmers and producers to visit China to present them what they have to offer in this category. Verdict after the first visits: the Chinese products are not bad at all and have improved a lot from what they have been like some ten or twenty years ago.
 
Bottom line: the West, and especially the EU and Germany, are destroying all their gains they made in the Russian market. The winners will sit in China, the losers in the crisis-ridden countries of Western Europe.
 
To this fits another article on RIA Novosti that the Chinese are now tackling the Russian car market: Chinese ‘Haima’ Plans to Return to Russian Auto Market
 
Chinese automotive company Haima plans to enter the Russian market for the second time
 

Chinese automotive company Haima plans to enter the Russian market, following another Chinese automobile manufacturer Lifan, newspaper Kommersant reports.

 “Chinese manufacturers, apparently, hope for special preferences or plan to fill niches, which can emerge after potential sanctions in the automotive sector,” said Oleg Dazkiv, head of the internet portal auto-dealer.ru. In his opinion, the moment for starting production is not quite right, as Russian automotive industry is currently experiencing a slowdown in sales.

 According to Kommersant, Haima is going to invest 100$ Mln in the new project, which is expected to produce 10-30 thousand cars in a year. The project implementation is planned to take place in four steps – starting with SKD followed by gradual extension of localization levels. 

For Haima, it will be a second attempt to start car manufacturing in Russia. In November 2010 a plant for Haima 3 production was opened in Cherkessk by Derways Automobile Company. However, due to Derways’ inability to pay for Haima’s knock-down kits and its low set-up quality, cooperation between the two companies was suspended. 

Some analysts believe that the attempts of re-opening can be attributed to the deepening of Russia-China economic relations. 

According to Forbes, Haima is currently producing 150 thousand cars a year, holding a 2% share in the Chinese automotive market.

What makes me so immensely angry with all of these politicians claiming that we have no alternative at all to destroying our own economy and jobs is the fact that the imagined reason for taking action are based on so many lies and falsehoods and in the end, for whom are we doing all this? Is Ukraine worth all that? Not at all! Is the American ambition of conquering Asia to ensure everlasting leadership worth it? Are you kidding???

Last aspect. A Ria Novosti video on Australian sanctions. Australia is moving quickly from being a cool country with nice and friendly people at the edge of the world to an important player in Washington’s plans to attack China and conquer the Pacific Rim. Japan is still a bit more important as the coming pitbull of Washington, but Australia will be the poodle that the UK used to be and keep Japan’s back free and provide logistical support. What do Australians do gain from all that apart from being used as cannon fodder once more as in WWII?

Check out the video: Australia’s Abbot Announces New Sanctions Against Russia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that Australia will introduced fresh round of sanctions against Russia targeting finance, defense and petroleum sectors. Oh yes, here is what Australian politicians think they can get from this: Australia has built up sizeable LNG capacities and if of course not very happy when Russia builds pipelines to China, South Korea, and Japan.

 

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#Ukraine: Euphoria in #Novorussia


The euphoric video shows the Novorussian Armed Forces (NAF) in action, who are retaking their country from the Kiev killer commandos of the Ukies.

 

Maybe it is too early to celebrate the victory, NATO will not give up their plans that easily. But the Ukies hear about the euphoria as well and their spirit is sinking.

In the German propaganda media, Vladimir Putin’s TV interview of today caused waves of outrage. Putin spoke about a sovereign state to be created in Southeast Ukraine and they connected it with the keyword of Novorussia such that it is Putin creating Novorussia. None of the journalists and viewers know anything about Russian history and nobody explains it to them. Everybody thinks now Putin wants to create a new Russia. Miserable mainstream media!

Mysterious sea battle off the coast of #Mariupol, #Ukraine


Today a number of videos popped up showing two jets attacking a ship off the coast of Mariupol, Ukraine.

The question is who attacked whom. As far as I know there are no Novorussian aeroplanes and the Russians would not attack a Ukrainian ship out in the open. If they were Ukie jets, whose ship was it? A Russian ship?

Here is another one:

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Zakharchenko: “We’re Preparing a Second Large-Scale Offensive”


Oh this irony, each word will burn on their skin!

Voices from Russia

00 aleksandr zakharchenko. 27.08.14

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Chairman of the DNR Government A V Zakharchenko said in an on-air interview on Russkoi Sluzhby Novostei (Russian News Service), “We continue to advance, we’re mopping up the pockets, and we’d like to break through and create a corridor between Donetsk and Lugansk. We’re preparing a second large-scale offensive. We have no shortage of arms and ammunition. In fact, the Ukrainian army provided us with enough equipment and ammunition, we captured quite a bit from them. Just in the last day, we captured about 40 pieces of equipment”. The DNR offensive on the southern strategic direction began on 24 August.

30 August 2014

Russkaya Vesna

http://rusvesna.su/news/1409413366

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»Vision 2020«: #Bulgaria’s struggle with #Russian influence


I am trying to find out what is going on in Bulgaria. I got the impression the President Rossen Plevneliev is the problem, who already showed his bias in the context of the South Stream project.

Russia causes sparks between Bulgaria

Traditionally, many Bulgarians view Russia as the brother country that freed them from what they call »Ottoman tyranny«. In 1878, after ten months of war between the Russian and the Ottoman empire, the Treaty of San Stefano created an independent Bulgarian state once again. But since the end of the Cold War, Bulgaria–Russia relations are ambivalent. Bulgaria depends strongly on Russia in a variety of fields, including energy, while the Russian government often stands accused of interfering in Bulgarian politics.

A week ago, the Bulgarian defence ministry published »Vision 2020«, a report that would be presented by the Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev and the acting Defence Minister Velizar Shalamanov at the NATO summit in September. The report stressed, that one of the main risks to Bulgaria would be „the new hybrid war, which combines conventional methods with guerrilla, cybernetic and information war.“ Russian propaganda, especially via Bulgarian political and economic personalities, and the media, would put Bulgarian economic and energy security to the test, and undermine its defence capacities.

The report soon caused ‚sparks‘ between the President and Georgi Bliznaski, the acting Prime Minister appointed by him. The president defended »Vision 2020« as overlapping with the official position of the NATO alliance, while the Prime Minister called the report unbalanced and wanted it to be withdrawn. Finally, they ‚agreed‘ that the published report was only a draft version and it got deleted or – in the words of the Prime Minister: „The document was returned for revision.“

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